Friday, January 22, 2021

Will Israel Be Able To Withstand Biden Administration’s Pressure? - Caroline Glick

 

​ by Caroline Glick

A new administration's unbridled hostility towards Israel.

 

 

In an interview with The New York Times last month, President-elect Joe Biden restated his intention to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Israel opposes this plan because the 2015 deal ensures Iran will become a nuclear-armed state.

Media reports over the past few weeks have detailed some of Israel’s plans to convince the incoming administration to reconsider its position. Among other things, the government intends to use documents from Iran’s nuclear archive, that Mossad agents spirited out of Tehran in 2018, to show Biden and his advisers that the 2015 deal was based on the incorrect assumption that Iran’s nuclear program was defensive and civilian.

The archive proves incontrovertibly that Iran’s nuclear program was conceived with the aim of and has always been about making nuclear bombs, not medical isotopes, and that the purpose of that nuclear arsenal is not to defend against its enemies, but to obliterate them.

Although Israel’s case is rock solid, it is unlikely to convince the Biden team to change course. Even without the benefit of the archive, there was massive evidence five years ago that Iran’s actions and intentions in relation to its illicit nuclear program were aggressive.

Israel shared that evidence with the Obama administration, and Barack Obama and his advisers didn’t care. They drove forward and demonized Israeli leaders and their American supporters as warmongers.

The same people who dismissed Israel’s evidence then are now leading Biden’s national security team.

William Burns – a bad sign

On Tuesday, Biden announced he was appointing William Burns to serve as CIA director. The announcement followed Biden’s decision to appoint Jake Sullivan to serve as his national security adviser.

Obama appointed Burns and Sullivan to hold secret nuclear talks with Iran behind the backs of U.S. allies Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Those talks led to the deal which provided Iran with an open path to a nuclear arsenal by 2025. It permitted the regime to enrich uranium. It didn’t touch Iran’s ballistic missile program. It gave Iran the power to decide which nuclear sites United Nations inspectors could enter. And it gave Iran a direct payoff of $150 billion dollars, including $1.7 billion in cash.

Biden appointed Wendy Sherman, who served as the chief negotiator of the open nuclear talks with Iran, to serve as his deputy secretary of state.

Burns was a reasonable choice to lead secret talks with Iran because he had a long track record of treating Iran well and Israel poorly. During George W. Bush’s administration, Burns served as assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs.

According to officials who worked with him in that position, Burns advocated against sanctioning Syria and Iran. He undermined sanctions against Yemen. He also tried to prevent Israel’s development of the Arrow missile defense system, by claiming falsely that it violated the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

Then there are the Palestinians. In September 2000, the Palestinians launched a massive terror onslaught against Israel that lasted for four years. Every day, Israelis were subjected to acts of murderous terrorism that ranged from roadside stonings, shootings and bombings to mass shootings to suicide bombings, to mortar and missile assaults.

The Palestinians launched their terror war after rejecting Israel’s offer of peace and statehood at the Camp David Peace Summit in July 2000. Yet in 2001, Burns was instrumental in convincing then-president Bush to become the first president to support Palestinian statehood.

Burns’ support for the Palestinians is widely shared among members of Biden’s incoming team. On Wednesday, Biden announced he is appointing Obama’s former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power to serve as administrator of USAID.

Power – another Obama retread

Power played a central role in conceiving and passing U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 in December 2016 which referred to Israeli communities and installations beyond the 1949 armistice lines in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria as “a flagrant violation of international law.”

As USAID administrator, Power will be responsible for providing U.S. financial support to the endemically corrupt and terror-supporting Palestinian Authority and to international organizations that facilitate Hamas’s terror regime in Gaza.

According to sources in contact with Biden’s transition team, Biden intends to appoint Obama’s ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, to oversee the Abraham Accords.

The sources raised the concern that Biden’s goal in making the appointment is to restore the Palestinian veto over the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab states. Shapiro, who took the unprecedented step of remaining in Israel and active in public affairs after he left office, is expected to remain in Israel to take on this function.

In anticipation of the incoming administration’s restoration of Obama’s policies towards Israel and the Palestinians, on Tuesday, the foreign ministers of Germany, France Britain, Egypt and Jordan called on the Biden and his team to lead negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians towards the so-called “two-state solution,” replete with an Israeli withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines. The foreign ministers also called on Israel “to completely end all settlement activities including in East Jerusalem.”

The leftist political group J Street issued a call for Biden to officially abandon the Trump administration’s peace plan. It also asked the new administration to end scientific cooperation with Israeli institutions located beyond the 1949 armistice lines, to open a diplomatic legation in Jerusalem to serve the Palestinians, and to pledge to open a U.S. embassy to “Palestine” in Israel’s capital upon the conclusion of a peace deal.

Reversing Trump on anti-Semitism

Efforts by Biden’s supporters to blot out the actions and achievements of the outgoing administration extend to the fight against anti-Semitism. One of the most significant achievements that Israel and Diaspora Jewry have accomplished in recent years in the fight against anti-Semitism has been the adoption by governments throughout the world of the definition of anti-Semitism conceived by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

The Trump administration and key governments in Europe have made the IHRA definition the basis for criminal prosecution of anti-Semites and protection of their Jewish communities.

The IHRA definition, adopted in 2016 defines anti-Semitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

The definition includes examples of anti-Semitism which are integral to the definition itself. Among the examples of anti-Semitism, the IHRA definition lists, “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

In other words, anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism.

Ahead of Biden’s inauguration next week, American Jewish groups aligned with the dominant progressive wing of the Democrat Party began lobbying the incoming administration to abandon the IHRA definition as the basis for identifying and defending against anti-Semitism in America.

Americans for Peace Now, the New Israel Fund, J Street, Habonim Dror North America, Hashomer Hatzair World Movement, the Jewish Labor Movement, T’ruah, Partners for Progressive Israel and Reconstructing Judaism released a joint statement this week opposing the use of the IHRA definition specifically because it rightly identifies anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism.

In so doing, these groups are asking the new administration to deny American Jews civil rights protection from anti-Semitic assaults when those assaults are couched in rhetoric that opposes Israel’s right to exist.

Anti-Semite at Justice?

The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is the government body responsible for fighting anti-Semitism. This week Biden appointed Kristen Clark, an African American attorney and advocate, to serve as head of the division. Following her appointment, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reported Clark’s troubling past promotion of both racial bigotry and Jew-hatred.

Carlson reported that as the head of the Black Studies Association at Harvard in 1994, Clark published a letter to the Harvard Crimson where she argued that blacks are biologically superior to whites.

A month later, Clark hosted an outspoken anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist to speak at Harvard. Professor Tony Martin, then at Wellesley College, had just self-published a tome titled, “The Jewish Onslaught“ in which he laid out a conspiracy theory about “the ongoing Jewish onslaught against black people.” Martin peddled his gutter anti-Semitism to Harvard students at his lecture.

When Clark was criticized for bringing Martin to campus, she told the Crimson, “Professor Martin is an intelligent, well-versed Black intellectual who bases his information on indisputable fact.”

If confirmed by the Senate, Clark will be responsible for prosecuting anti-Semites who attack Jews, among other things by harassing them for supporting Israel.

Israel was able to withstand unrelenting pressure and hostility from Washington during the Obama years in part because of massive support for the Jewish state in Congress. Israel was also able to stand strong because its supporters in the media and around the country were willing to stand up to the administration when it undermined Israel strategically—as it did with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Situation is worse than Obama’s time

But as Biden takes office, Democrats are no longer willing to stand up to the progressive wing of the party, which is deeply hostile to Israel and its American Jewish supporters. The 2020 Democrat primaries saw some of Israel’s most stalwart congressional allies booted out of office by progressives openly hostile to Israel.

Republicans, for their part, are fending off witch hunts.

Over the past week, the public atmosphere in the United States has become one of unprecedented fear. The move by social media companies to deplatform President Donald Trump happened as media outlets and powerful political operatives are calling for Trump administration officials to be blacklisted and his supporters to be “deprogrammed.”

Deutsche Bank and Signature Bank shut down Trump’s accounts. Republican lawmakers who questioned the Electoral College results in disputed states are being defunded by major corporations and targeted for censure by their Democrat opponents and the media.

The social media free speech platform Parler was rapidly expanding as millions of conservatives fled the onerous and frightening censorship of their views by social media giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google. Last weekend Parler was destroyed by Apple, Google and Amazon who acted in open collusion to remove it from the Internet.

A new administration led by men and women with long records of unbridled hostility towards Israel and support for its enemies is taking the reins, with their party in full control of Congress, their ideological allies in full control of social media, and amid a cancel culture that punishes dissenting voices.

Americans who support Israel are less free today to voice their opposition to policies that harm Israel and embolden anti-Semites in America. And Israel itself is subjected to obsessive demonization by the dominant wing of the Democrat Party.

Thanks in large part to Trump’s extraordinary friendship, Israel is much more powerful than it was when Obama left office, but it is still vulnerable. Whether it has the power to persuade Biden and his advisers to change course remains to be seen. But what power Israel does have will have to be used to protect itself from the coming storm in its relations with the United States.

 

Caroline Glick 

 Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/01/will-israel-be-able-withstand-biden-caroline-glick/ 

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Biden Rescinds Trump’s 'Muslim Travel Ban' as 'Inconsistent with American Values' - Raymond Ibrahim

 

​ by Raymond Ibrahim

Even as most of the nations on that list have just appeared on another more troubling list.

 

 

No sooner did Joseph Biden enter the White House on January 20, 20201, before he began rescinding some of his predecessor’s strong immigration policies.

In early 2017, for example, Trump issued travel restrictions into the U.S. from various nations.  They are currently eight: Chad, Iran, Somalia, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  Although North Korea and Venezuela have nothing to do with Islam, in an effort to present Trump’s policy as “Islamophobic,” then and now his enemies refer to it as a “Muslim Ban.”  Or, in the words of the Biden White House, it was “rooted in religious animus and xenophobia.”

In reality, Trump banned entry from those eight nations because they were all to various degrees either state sponsors of terrorism and/or posed a serious security threat to the U.S; most or all of them regularly appear on the State Department’s list of “countries of particular concern,” while others are known state sponsors of terrorism.

Interestingly, and perhaps even more tellingly, most of these eight nations appeared on another list just a few days ago.  On January, 18, 2021, Open Doors, an international human rights organization that annually ranks the 50 worst nations that persecute Christians, published its latest findings.  Six of the eight nations affected by Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban”—that is, 75 percent of them—are on this list.

North Korea (#1) is the worst: “Being discovered as a Christian is a death sentence.”  The other nations—Somalia (#3), Libya (#4), Yemen (#7), Iran (#8), Syria (#12)—are not much better.  As with North Korea, they too, as part of the absolute worst 12, are all categorized as nations where “extreme persecution” occurs.  

For the record, Open Doors, which compiled this list, is critical of Trump, i.e., its findings are not politically motivated.

Of course, you may not be nor care much about what happens to Christians; even so, rest assured that these aforementioned nations that persecute Christians do so less because they know or care about Christianity, and more because they simply hate “the other”—that is, you, if you’re not Muslim.

Despite all this, Biden has denounced Trump’s strict travel measures against these eight nations as “inconsistent with American values.”  Moreover, and as one of his very first acts, Biden has just issued an order that “instructs the State Department to restart visa processing for affected countries and to swiftly develop a proposal to restore fairness,” as well as to increase “information sharing” with foreign governments and nations.   

Only time will tell what the ramifications of this ease on travel restrictions will be.

By the way, and in closing, that six of the eight nations on Trump’s “ban” are Muslim—and that nearly 80 percent of the nations that persecute and maul Christians and other minorities are Islamic—is and always has been less a reflection of “Islamophobia” and more a reflection of why fear of Islam exists in the first place.

 

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.


Source:
https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/01/biden-rescinds-trumps-muslim-travel-ban-raymond-ibrahim/ 

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Poll: Less than half of voters think election concerns got a fair hearing - Monica Showalter

 

​ by Monica Showalter

"Swept under the rug."

For all the talk about basement-campaigning Joe Biden winning the election freely and fairly, from the press calling any questioning of election results "baseless" with zero detail to Biden himself crowing that the courts have taken his side, the perception of electoral fraud among the public continues to linger.

According to John Solomon's JustTheNews:

Less than half of U.S. voters say that concerns and allegations of voter fraud were given appropriate attention by the courts and Congress, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Just 49% of respondents said such concerns received a "fair hearing" before the courts and Congress, while 38% said the concerns were "swept under the rug."

That goes against Joe Biden's taunting insistence that every court in America, in response to election challenges, all took his side, meaning proof that Biden won the election fairly.  Actually, lots of courts didn't even take the cases or look at the facts.  The Supreme Court didn't want overturning the election to be on it, so rather than trying to find a way to legally wrangle some reason to not, the justices punted, claiming that the state of Texas had no standing.  Among the blue cities and states, the courts were often partisan outfits, which put the Trump side on the outs.  What's more, Democrat governors and election boards obstructed any inquiries about election irregularities even further.  They shut the door and refused to take questions, something they do even to this day.

Yet the kind of fraud that went on was the kind that people understand and can describe to each other.  That's toxic, because it's not about matters few understand.

Voters know about people who got multiple ballots in the new junk mail–style election, and some probably sent them, or maybe just took pictures to share with their friends.  They know about the huge string of witness testimonies that recounted a large number of unexplained irregularities.  Can someone explain what the suitcases full of ballots wheeled out from beneath vote-counters' desks after Republican observers had been ordered to depart meant?  The participants in that have reportedly lawyered up and aren't talking.  How about the reports of uncreased ballots, meaning they were never mailed at all, just filled in, by someone in haste?  Or the votes that came in late at night, all with just one box checked, for Biden?  Does that sound like maybe someone "found" some ballots?  Why can't these questions be addressed?  Meanwhile, Latino voters in particular nodded knowingly when the news came out of vote-counting stopped in the middle of the night (to see how many votes were needed first) and then resumed with huge spikes for a particular candidate.  They know all about this because they saw it back home.  What of the destroyed election ballots, or the failures to match signatures,. or the problem of tainted and legitimate ballots, without their envelopes, all mixed in and impossible to sort out?  Voters know that those issues have never been addressed.  They also know about the phony water main break in Georgia that somehow stopped the counting, before the direction of the counting eventually switched.  Anyone want to ask questions about the phony water break?  To do so is to be called a nut.  Voters know about the truck-drivers who testified under oath that they had been commanded to transport ballots from one state to another, to ensure they were counted twice.  Any explanations to that?  So many irregularities, so many questions, yet not a single good answer.

We're not to ask.

Most Americans with these questions would willingly accept Biden as president were some of these questions to be credibly answered.  But they aren't.  And all inquiries, in the press and among the Democrats, especially Joe Biden, are said to be "baseless" or conspiracy theories.  In short, anyone asking is being told to shut up.

So the questions linger, and the distrust grows.  Republicans are now branded rioters, even though few actually rioted on Jan. 6.  The rally they were at was to support electoral integrity, and the Democrats have used the bad incident to smear and repress all of the original inquiry that brought the people together as "riots."

That's why we are seeing these Rasmussen numbers.  And as Robert Zimmerman notes (hat tip: Instapundit), the effects of that stolen election have far reaching consequences:  It could be seen, for one, in the very sparsely attended inauguration of Joe Biden.

 

Monica Showalter  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/01/poll_less_than_half_of_voters_think_election_concerns_got_a_fair_hearing.html 

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The True Legacy of Donald Trump - Nikola Kedhi

 

​ by Nikola Kedhi

Donald Trump’s four years in office are the perfect model of how to build up a nation and lead it to prosperity.

Donald Trump is a difficult man to understand, to say the least. He says controversial things, is a stranger to political correctness and yet his actions steer towards patriotism and conservatism.

Truthfully, as conservatives, we reject and abhor the cult of the individual. We believe in the sanctity of life, in the paramount freedoms of thought, speech and religion and in the purity and sacredness of family, country, tradition and history. Quite often, conservatives are left alone in defense of these values.  Many times they feel bullied, excluded, unwanted guests in their own countries by the media, the left, the so-called woke mobs and even right-wing politicians, who desperately seek inclusion in elite circles. 

In this context, most conservatives see Donald Trump as the protector and champion of these beliefs. They rise to the defense of someone who finally stood up for them. Without understanding the deep chasm between the common people and the elites, it is impossible to comprehend the rise of Donald Trump and the devotion of his supporters around the globe. Yet, the establishment refuses to grasp this reality. They detest those who are not obedient. Hence, Donald Trump did not divide Americans. He was a defense mechanism of the common people in an environment of deep divisions and cultural conflicts.

In a rarity in national politics, President Trump does not leave a legacy merely to his own people, but to the entire world. On a planet where everyone does their best to mingle, hide their differences, erase their personalities, and forget about individuality, Donald Trump reminded us that our uniqueness, our identity, our nation, our community and most importantly our history and family are what make us special, giving hope that every individual can determine his own destiny. He urged everyone to reject dependence on government, unleash the potential within and live, think, and act freely. If an individual knows where he comes from, his strengths and advantages, he can go far. That takes away the power from the politicians and special interests and gives it to the individual. That is why Donald Trump is today the most attacked person on Earth.

President Trump gave the example of putting the nation first. His doctrine holds that if one cannot care about his family, community, and country, then he cannot help his neighbor – a logical assumption. Thus, Trump’s advice was for each country to look inwards first, strengthen itself, help increase the prosperity of its people and then cooperate with the other nations in rising to the challenges of our century. America First he said on more than one occasion, does not mean America alone.

For nations that suffered under communist regimes, where the individual was destroyed, the Trump model is of vital importance. In Albania -- the country where I come from -- the communist dictator and his co-criminals tried, and in many cases succeeded, in deforming the historical, cultural, and individual memory of the people, in an endeavor to create soulless men, part of the herd, incapable of reacting to corruption.

Donald Trump, through his sometimes harsh rhetoric and necessary political incorrectness, warned precisely against this. He rose as a mechanism of defense for the common people against cancel culture, mob rule, high taxes, the revision of history, collectivism, socialism and a globalism that leads to the annihilation of the individual, of the family and of small communities and businesses. He inspired millions in Europe and the U.S. to follow his lead. These modern conservatives reject violence, including endless wars and dangerous radical mobs, pursue supply-side economic policies, advocate for stronger national defense, and encourage freedom of thought, religion, and life. Having won the moral and logical arguments, they seek to stand up in front of an ever-aggressive and totalitarian left.

Trump exposed the left’s violent actions and hypocritical rhetoric. Since the day after his inauguration, members of the Democratic Party pushed for impeachment and harassment of Trump officials. Members of the Obama administration used illegal warrants to spy on the Trump campaign and pursued a witch-hunt using the now-discredited Steele dossier. The media in the U.S. and Europe showed how partisan and dishonest it is. The Establishment and the Media worked together to undermine the 45th President and remove him from office, through a farce impeachment, riots, looting, and murders by the Antifa and BLM mobs throughout the 2020 summer, and a disgraceful coverage of the election, all because he had threatened their power and influence.

Post-November reports showed that the media’s and Big Tech’s interference had influenced the outcome of the election. The hypocrisy reached new highs when the President and the Republicans in Congress raised doubts about the honesty and transparency of the electoral process. The same people who spent four years of parroting the lies of Russian collusion and interference in the 2016 elections, the same politicians who endorsed the objection of electoral votes in 2001, 2005, and 2016, now branded as traitors anyone who dared speak of the same issues. Donald Trump did not defeat the Swamp. Yet, he exposed its rot for everyone to see.

Trump’s legacy includes standing up to China, pushing other world leaders to form a coalition against the Asian dragon’s attempt for world domination. His decoupling goal is a painful but necessary policy. The Chinese Communist Party does not deal in good faith, does not hold up its end of agreements, mistreats its own people and is responsible for stealing around 70% of software from the U.S., at a cost estimated to be $600 billion.

Moreover, according to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, “Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically.” The West was wholly unprepared regarding China’s expansionary goals. Yet Trump, through his rhetoric and actions, was the only world leader to do something about it. Four years after his election, we live in a totally changed world, one in which the Chinese threat is viewed entirely differently.

In addition, he is the first U.S. president in more than three decades who has not started a new war. His foreign policy accomplishments include peace agreements in the Middle East between Israel and Arab countries, most notably the United Arab Emirates. He moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, something every president before him had promised. Trump eradicated the Islamic State and authorized the assassination of terrorists such as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani. Trump has placed sanctions on communist regimes and vowed that the U.S. will never become a socialist country, becoming the first President since Reagan to actively denounce the scourge of communism.  Today, the world is a safer place thanks to President Trump.

Furthermore, Donald Trump has proved that supply-side, capitalistic policies work, providing a blueprint for every nation to follow, by restoring American economic superiority. He cut taxes for individuals and businesses. Both consumer and business confidence reached record highs. Because of the President’s policies, in 2019, the median household income grew by 6.8%, which, as the Wall Street Journal noted, is the largest annual increase on record. America gained seven million new jobs -- more than three times government experts’ projections. Middle-class family income increased nearly $6,000 -- more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration. Median household incomes rose most among Hispanics (7.1%), blacks (7.9%), Asians (10.6%) and foreign-born workers (8.5%). For whites, the increase was 5.7%, while for native-born Americans 6.2%. Overall, poverty rates during the first term fell to a 17-year low.

Lastly, through his judicial appointments, President Trump has strengthened the fundamentals on which the United States is built on: equality under the law, equality of opportunities, safety, and freedom of expression.

According to an October 2020 Gallup poll, 56% of Americans said they were better off compared to four years ago, showing that America is stronger. This helps the entire world because a stronger U.S. means a stronger West. It is in the interest of every freedom lover in the world that the balance of power remains in the West in front of Russian, Chinese and Iranian aggression.

Conservatives around the world should be proud of these achievements. Donald Trump’s four years in office are the perfect model of how to build up a nation and lead it to prosperity. Not every President can make a lasting influence in the world. Donald Trump’s triumphant doctrine will be his true legacy in the history books.

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Nikola Kedhi  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/01/the_true_legacy_of_donald_trump.html 

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Now We’ve Got Them Right Where We Want Them - John Green

 

​ by John Green

The ruling class has taken an election, but they’ve substantially weakened their position in doing so.

Like many Americans, I’ve been in a funk since last November.  Now it’s time to shake it off and re-engage.  George Washington presided over a series of lost battles and tactical retreats during the American revolution.  But each battle (regardless of outcome) weakened the enemy, and led to eventual freedom from monarchical rule.  The ruling class has taken an election, but they’ve substantially weakened their position in doing so.  It’s time to take stock of our relative positions and move on.

So, what is the left’s position now?  They lost seats in Congress.  Even more significant, they lost power in state governments.  These are the same state bodies that are going to reapportion congressional districts this year.  They’ve exposed their true nature to all Americans.  Through their actions over the last year, they’ve revealed themselves to be petty, vindictive, dishonest autocrats.  It is not an attractive look.  They’ve also exposed all of their covert operators.   The media, tech oligarchs, and faceless bureaucrats have taken sides -- and now we know it.  Much of their power came from secrecy, which they no longer have.  All of this was sacrificed to drag a demented, racist has-been across the finish line.  President Asterisk enters office in the weakest position of any president in recent history.  We’re not at the dawn of the left’s ascendancy.  They have peaked.  They’re spent.  I’m sure they’re not done fighting, but their strategic position is not something to envy.  It’s doubtful they can retain power.

However, what conservatives have is quite formidable.  We have over 75 million followers.  That number is our floor, not our ceiling.  Our ranks are growing every day.  The more our ruling class attempts to suppress us, the faster our movement will grow.  Remember when the left used to warn us, “Don’t mistreat terrorists.  They’ll use it as a recruiting tool.”  They were right, and it applies here too.

Republicans control a majority of state governments now.  Republicans control 32 upper chambers (versus 18 for Democrats) and 30 lower chambers (versus 19 for Democrats and one TBD in Alaska).  Republicans are in the driver’s seat for reapportionment.  They’ve been on the receiving end of gerrymandering for a long time.  Now it’s their turn.  In addition, state and local governments stand as a bulwark against tyranny.  My home of Star, Idaho recently declared itself a 2nd amendment sanctuary, as many other communities across the country have.  Sheriffs are beginning to step forward and assert that they will not enforce unconstitutional laws.  Our state and local governments have the ability to push back, and many are beginning to do so.

Finally, and most importantly, we have the truth on our side.  We know the election was compromised.  We know the left is trying to impose socialism on us.  We know socialism never works.  We know we are not a racist country and we can no longer be subdued with name calling.

Many on our side are arguing that the left institutionalized election fraud and we’ll never be able to win an election again.  That is simply not true.  Elections are controlled by the states, and Republicans control the majority of states.  Out of 50 states, the vote was compromised in perhaps six of them.  Fraud was only able to tip the election because it was close.  As Hugh Hewitt used to say on his radio show, “If the election isn’t not close, they can’t steal it.”

Some argue that now that the Democrats have all of the levers of power, they’ll use the military to subdue us.  I’m sure a few Democrats have given that some thought and realized the notion is nonsense.  Putting aside the optics of another Kent State massacre, it simply wouldn’t work.  Soldiers are not robots.  They are us.  Some would follow their orders, but many would not.  So no, military suppression of the citizenry is not an option.

The use of the military for propaganda purposes is an option.  The left will try to use it to intimidate us, but it’s all a bluff.  The Democrats moved five divisions of soldiers into Washington D.C. for the inauguration.  Let me ask this -- does putting on a Kim Jong-un style coronation telegraph confidence or fear?  The fact is, our ruling class knows that they’ve overplayed their hand, and they are terrified.  But beyond a bluff, they’ve got nothing else.  If they want to retain power, they have to do it through politics.

Here’s what they have to work with.  They have a propaganda ministry that sacrificed the last shred of credibility they had in the last election.  The legacy media approval rating is bouncing around somewhere between that of Congress and used-car salesmen.  They have big-tech oligarchs that went out on a limb and then sawed it off.  Google, Facebook, and Twitter are now facing legal challenges from state and foreign governments (bet they didn’t see that coming).  They’ve got educational institutions which have been politically indoctrinating our children for generations.  But COVID-19 lockdowns and remote learning exposed many parents to the reality of what’s been going on in classrooms.  It was both eye opening and disturbing.  The Democrats have a tenuous grip on political power, and are likely to lose it in the mid-term election.  Finally, the left has only minority support from the citizenry.

All we need to do, is keep up the pressure.  We need to vote nationally and work locally.  Speak over the propaganda by talking to friends and neighbors.  Take over school boards.  Deprogram our children by talking to them.  Engage in local politics.  Elect local officials based on a constitutional litmus test.  As General George (Washington or Patton -- take your pick) would say, “Okay boys.  We’ve got’em outnumbered, exposed, and scared -- Engage!”

John Green is a political refugee from Minnesota, now residing in Star Idaho. He is a retired engineer with over 40 years of experience in the areas of product development, quality assurance, organizational development, and corporate strategic planning. He can be reached at greenjeg@gmail.com.

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John Green  

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/01/now_weve_got_them_right_where_we_want_them.html 

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Anti-Trump Reprisals - Matthew Vadum

 

​ by Matthew Vadum

Allies and supporters of the 45th president won’t be safe.

 


As Joe Biden, an illegitimate president, was sworn in at a funereal inauguration ceremony surrounded by thousands of U.S. troops, Democrats were busy plotting and scheming and planning reprisals against Republicans for doing nothing other than supporting his duly elected predecessor.

These anti-democratic Democrats have been driven to utter madness by the events of January 6 even though what happened that day does not compare with the months of Antifa and Black Lives Matter murdering people and burning down cities to protest the Fentanyl-caused death in police custody of George Floyd, a drug-addicted career criminal who resisted arrest.

Even the claim that five people were killed January 6 is a lie that the Left is using as propaganda against Orange Man Bad and his backers.

Three of the people –Trump supporters— who died during or after the rally died of medical emergencies.

Kevin Greeson, 55, from Alabama, who had high blood pressure, experienced a heart attack “in the midst of the excitement,” his family said. Benjamin Phillips, 50, from Pennsylvania, had a stroke. Media reports indicate Roseanne Boyland, 34, from Georgia, was trampled by the mob but it is unclear what actually happened. A purportedly authentic redacted police incident report in case #21002749 states that Boyland “was witnessed to collapse during the protest demonstrations at about 1700 hours. … Despite all lifesaving efforts, SUB-1 died and was pronounced dead by Dr. Pyle at 1809 hours.”

Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, 35, from California, was shot to death under suspicious circumstances by a police officer inside the U.S. Capitol. Another police officer, Brian David Sicknick, 42, reportedly died after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher but an investigative report by National File’s Patrick Howley suggests the event didn’t happen and that the policeman succumbed to a preexisting medical condition.

But lies in the service of social justice are noble and justified, according to the Left.

The same goes for violence committed in the name of social justice.

As everyone knows, punishing people for doing bad things is not part of the Democratic Party’s agenda. Violence against disfavored individuals and institutions is condoned, and even praised because it is simply part of retail politics for the Left. They don’t go after their friends.

This explains why Democrats have shown no interest in going after Black Lives Matter (which the DNC officially endorsed) and Antifa as the two movements’ activists assaulted Trump supporters and firebombed courthouses and ICE facilities. They don’t care that leftists attacked and threw fireworks at Trump supporters around “Black Lives Matter Plaza,” the fake public square D.C.’s Democrat mayor installed outside the White House that honors the terrorists and murderers of the BLM movement, on November 14 after the Million MAGA March. They’ve already forgotten about Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson who came close to assassinating Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) at a congressional baseball game in 2017.

Pushing the demonstrable falsehood that the 45th president of these United States incited a January 6 riot at the United States Capitol in order to derail the congressional certification of Electoral College votes and usher in a Trumpenreich or something, left-wingers on Capitol Hill and across America are screaming for blood.

These incipient persecutions emanate from the very top.

Biden, who, even before his installation as president refused to halt a divisive, pointless, fact-free second Trump impeachment, questioned the patriotism of the U.S. troops now occupying Washington, D.C., and sparked a new immigration crisis at the border by signaling an amnesty, recently compared Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels because they objected to Electoral College votes from states Biden supposedly won.

“They’re part of the big lie,” Biden said.

“It's one thing for one man, one woman to repeat the lie over and over and over again,” Biden said. “By the way, Trump said that before he ran, if you say it enough, I'm going to convince you, I'll say it enough: ‘the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad.’”

“If he's the only one to say that that's one thing, but the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is,” he said.

Biden said there were “decent people” in the U.S. “who actually believe these lies.”

“The degree to which it becomes corrosive is in direct proportion to the number of people who say it. And so it's interesting to me, and I was pleased to hear some more prominent Republicans say to me that the Ted Cruzs of the world are as responsible in terms of people believing the lies, as –not as responsible— but similar responsible like Trump.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) demanded Hawley and Cruz resign, but interestingly enough, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) rejected calls to punish the two senators and defended their right to object to presidential electors.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and some of his colleagues want Hawley and Cruz to be censured, but also want the other Republican senators who objected to certification to be disciplined. Those other six GOP lawmakers are Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Rick Scott of Florida, and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.

At least 60 lawyers have signed a formal complaint asking the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel at the Missouri Supreme Court to investigate Hawley, an attorney, for his electoral objections, according to The Hill.

The erratic, perpetually fence-straddling Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wants to use the 14th Amendment to expel Hawley and Cruz from the Senate.

“That should be a consideration,” Manchin said in an interview when asked if the 14th Amendment should be invoked. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”

The thin reed Manchin relies on is a section of the 14th Amendment that states no lawmaker holding office “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.” 

Meanwhile, paranoia is setting in among Democrat lawmakers as they try to get Republican lawmakers investigated and expelled from Congress for outrageous acts of treachery such as –wait for it— giving constituents tours of the Capitol.

Offering zero evidence of actual wrongdoing, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) smeared her GOP colleagues, accusing them of abetting an alleged Trump-led conspiracy by showing people around what Nancy Pelosi called the people’s “temple of democracy.”

The malicious j’accuse Sherrill hurled at her opponents is what until recently left-wingers called “McCarthyism.”

"I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him — those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day — those members of Congress who incited the violent crowd, those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy, I'm going see that they're held accountable," Sherrill said, according to Politico.

Sherill was one of 34 House members who signed a January 13 letter addressed to Timothy Blodgett, Jennifer A. Hemmingway, and Yogananda Pittman, respectively the acting House Sergeant at Arms, acting Senate Sergeant at Arms, and acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police urging action be taken against their as yet unidentified Republican colleagues.

Sherrill and others are also calling for the punishment of Republicans who exercised their free speech rights. She wants those who supposedly delivered incendiary remarks and argued Biden lost to face legal consequences.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) wants a commission to investigate the events of January 6 and has introduced legislation to prevent Trump supporters who attended “Stop the Steal” events from obtaining security clearances.

“Even if it does not constitute a criminal offense, attendance at an event designed to overturn the results of a presidential election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power raises serious questions about an applicant’s suitability for a security clearance,” she said in a press release.

One of leftists’ favorite targets –the First Amendment-guaranteed advocacy rights of their opponents— is under attack.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), likely the incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wants to weaponize the IRS against nonprofit groups that organized the “Save America” pep rally that took place January 6. It was only a few years ago, by the way, that Lois Lerner of the Obama IRS targeted conservative nonprofits.

Wyden does not mention any groups by name in his hyperbole-strewn January 15 letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig but he cites media reports that do. Among the groups mentioned in those reports are Women for America First, Turning Point Action, and Rule of Law Defense Fund.

“Last week a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol sought to block certification of President-elect Biden’s Electoral College victory, in one of the darkest episodes in American democracy since the Civil War,” Wyden gravely intones about an unfortunate incident few reasonable people would characterize as an insurrection.

Freshman Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) wants GOP lawmakers who supported the electoral certification challenges to be investigated. “All options” for dealing with her colleagues, including, presumably, expulsion from the House, should be on the table, she said.

“I think that any person of any party in any chamber should be held accountable,” she said Jan. 17 on CNN. “They should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law.”

Even lawyers who merely represented the Trump campaign are being targeted.

Trump campaign attorney John C. Eastman, who spoke alongside the president at the January 6 rally, was forced out of his position as a law professor at Chapman University in California for challenging the suspect Pennsylvania election tallies in court.

Chapman University President Daniele Struppa excoriated Eastman for engaging in constitutionally protected free speech, accusing him of playing “a role in the tragic events in Washington, D.C., that jeopardized our democracy.”

“Eastman’s actions are in direct opposition to the values and beliefs of our institution. He has now put Chapman in the position of being publicly disparaged for the actions of a single faculty member, and for what many call my failure to punish and fire him.”

On January 13, Struppa announced a settlement had been reached with Eastman and that his departure would be “effective immediately.”

Eastman accused members of the university’s board of trustees of publishing “false, defamatory statements about me without even the courtesy of contacting me beforehand to discuss.”

“Had they bothered to discuss the matter with me, they could have learned that every statement I have made is backed up with documentary and/or expert evidence, and solidly grounded in law.”

Intimidating lawyers is gaining in popularity among leftist thugs.

Look at the grifters of the execrable Lincoln Project, a pro-Democratic super PAC, which harassed attorneys for providing legal services to the Trump campaign.

In November it vowed to blow at least $500,000 on advertising undermining the law firms of Jones Day and Porter Wright Morris and Arthur for representing Trump and the Pennsylvania Republican Party, it was reported.

“These firms are architecting Donald Trump’s unwarranted and dangerous attacks on our democracy … Their employees should resign in protest,” the group wrote on Twitter.

The Lincoln Project doxxed attorneys from both firms on Twitter, posting their LinkedIn pages and the names and contact information for lawyers acting for Trump.

On January 3, the Lincoln Project urged Twitter users to call respected Republican attorney Cleta Mitchell’s Milwaukee “home office” because she participated in the conference call with Trump “when he threatened & pressured [Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger] to overturn the will of Georgia voters.”

“How does that make you feel? Tell them,” the tweet continued.

In reality, the president didn’t demand that Raffensperger, a Republican, do anything inappropriate with election results or threaten him. A leaked recording of the January 2 telephone call showed Trump just told the state official how many votes he needed to make up to secure Georgia’s electoral votes.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump said on what was a legally privileged call initiated in hopes of settling ongoing litigation.

Mitchell was driven from her law firm, Foley and Lardner, where she was a partner.

The New York State Bar Association is looking at disbarring Trump lawyer and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Democrats also want pro-Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood disciplined.

And leftists are now planning to punish –including with acts of physical violence— Trump supporters outside the world of elected officials and lawyers. Some want to “reeducate” and “deprogram” Trump supporters, while others want South African-style truth and reconciliation commissions, or worse.

Democrats are not celebrating their election victories, Tucker Carlson notes.

“In fact, no one in the Democratic Party seems happy,” he says. “Instead of taking victory laps, they are plotting revenge against the people they just beat. They're thinking of new ways to injure, humiliate and degrade their political opponents, make it impossible for them to work again, throw them in jail, and destroy their lives.”

“The leaders of the Democratic Party have now decided that 74 million Trump voters weren't just wrong or misguided. They didn't simply back the wrong guy or have incorrect opinions or fail to see obvious truths. No, the threat they pose is graver and more serious than that. These 74 million Trump voters are, in fact, terrorists. They are a looming physical threat to the rest of us, and must be dealt with in the way that you deal with threats like that. “

And so a new, grim chapter in American life begins.

 

Matthew Vadum  

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/01/anti-trump-reprisals-matthew-vadum/ 

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Hail to the Thief - Daniel Greenfield

 

​ by Daniel Greenfield

Democrats celebrate a “victory for democracy” with barbed wire, soldiers, and political terror.

 


On a cold, windy day with a small group of spectators watching from behind barbed wire, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. swore another in a long series of false oaths before his motorcade passed between a long row of soldiers with their backs to him looking outward for threats.

No inauguration has been this empty in a century of American history. And at no inauguration have the spectators been outnumbered by a raw display of armed force. American presidents have been inaugurated in wartime and during actual national emergencies with a better turnout.

Through world wars and wars on terror, Washington D.C. has remained a national capital where the hundreds of millions of taxpayers who labor to pay for its grand edifices, free museums, and lavish lifestyles could briefly come to enjoy a little of the life lived by the ruling class in the Imperial City. Now the ruling class has made it clear that it doesn’t want peasants entering D.C.

Even as Biden’s team prepped the executive orders that would end the national emergency at the border and shut down construction of the wall, new walls topped by razor wire were rising across the imperial city. The new Fortress of Government sealed off two miles of the National Mall and parts of downtown D.C. and filled it with more soldiers than are deployed in Iraq.

The Secret Service designated green and red zones. Some 25,000 National Guard members were dispatched from Vermont, Maine, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Colorado to prepare for a fake invasion that never came. But the armored vehicles and heavy weaponry did come. President Trump had wanted a military parade that would show America’s strength to the world. Biden held his own military parade to intimidate his fellow Americans.

Democrats had deployed more soldiers in D.C. than they had in Iraq and Afghanistan while authorizing them to use lethal force and investigating their politics before the deployment. The radical leftists who had resisted using the military to fight terrorism or secure the border from invasion were eager to deploy the military against the people of the United States of America.

The handfuls of ordinary people who arrived, as Americans always do, to attend the inauguration of a new president were confronted with heavy weapons and barbed wire.

D.C. had become a Baghdad and Berlin of checkpoints, choking off access to much of the city, closing roads, bridges, and metro stations. Soldiers could be seen on every corner, and the 25,000 troops were bolstered by 4,000 Marshalls, and a motley crew of local forces, including 200 members of the NYPD, 40 members of the Chicago police, New Jersey and Maryland state troopers, Miami-Dade cops, and other law enforcement officers who were needed back home.

24 people were shot in Chicago this weekend and murders are already up 125% this year in New York City. Those officers could have done more good at home, but Democrats don’t care about murder victims in urban areas, instead redeploying officers to D.C. in a show of force.

Biden took office in a city under military occupation whose businesses were closed and boarded up. The D.C. government had tried to force hotels to shut down. The hotels didn’t close, but there were hardly any people. Instead the hotels were filled with soldiers tramping through their lobbies. Any tourists that did come found nothing to see except barricades and barbed wire.

Sometimes what you don’t see is more important than what you do see.

Filling D.C. with soldiers meant that no one was going to measure Biden’s crowds. The only crowds were heavily armed and had been ordered to come. The complete lack of enthusiasm for the new one-party state that was getting its Mussolini on was the dog that didn’t bark.

Questioning Biden’s election has been deemed to be incitement. It’s enough to get you censored, deplatformed, and fired by the companies standing behind him. The election challenges have been used as the pretext for a military occupation of Washington D.C. But the cloud of a disputed election, like the winter clouds overhead, still hung over the inauguration.

There were no crowds, just soldiers. After the military and police contingent, the second largest group there for the inauguration weren’t Biden’s civilian supporters, but his propagandists. With few people, the media had to work twice as hard to manufacture the illusion that this was a popular leader taking office instead of a usurper imposed by Amazon, Google, Facebook, and the rest of the political, cultural, and economic oligarchy which owns the media on America.

CNN, a subsidiary of AT&T, had already gushed about, "Joe Biden's arms embracing America". MSNBC, a subsidiary of Comcast, compared Biden to God. "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." The only wounds being bound up were those of the ruling class which had temporarily lost electoral power to an army of flyover country workers and peasants, only to reclaim it with sedition, wiretapping, abuse of power, billions of dollars, and soldiers in the street.

Popular leaders, elected or unelected, might have troops in their cities, but they also have adoring crowds to cheer them on. Biden’s only cheers were coming from employees of huge corporations whose jobs depend on praising him as the greatest thing since SuperPACs.

Biden couldn’t manage the cheering crowds that greeted even the most mediocre presidents on their arrival. The band might as well have struck up a rousing chorus of, “Hail to the Thief.”

Jokes like that are all but illegal these days even though they were ubiquitous during the Bush and Trump administrations. But jokes only need to be banned when they’re too close to the truth. The hysterical fascist theater with troops in the streets and fawning praise on the lips of the press are all efforts to overcompensate for the hollow man taking a false oath on a bible.

This isn’t the pageantry of Stalin or Hitler. It’s the weary theater of Brezhnev, a senescent leader of a decaying regime being propped up by desperate threats of force by the nomenklatura. Even though the media has told us more about Biden’s dogs than it has about any of the Americans killed by Islamic terrorists enabled by the open borders that Biden just reinstated, no one cares.

Biden isn’t a charismatic leader. He isn’t moving the cause forward. He’s a placeholder for a ruling class that wants homes in Dupont Circle that it buys by selling out America to China, by ruining our economy with environmental consulting gigs and racial contract quotas, and for all the manifold ways which the swamp is coming back as Biden’s wetlands restoration project.

“Hail to the Thief” is as much their anthem as it is Biden’s. They fought to keep hold of D.C., the center of their power base not because they care about its history or that of this country, but because it’s where they network, collaborate, and do their dirty little deals at our expense.

The troops in the street are their warning to the rest of the country about who is really in charge.

And it isn’t Joe Jr, who, along with his criminal family, will be allowed to dip their beaks in cash and cocaine until they’re sopping wet, along with every aide, staffer, and associate. Biden will be fawned over, his idiot wife will be dubbed a doctor, and the investigations involving his son and brother will be swiftly dropped. And when the time is right, Kamala Harris will step into his place.

When the Soviet Union was entering its last days, one leader quickly made way for another. The parade of old Communist hacks in their dotage became a procession of political funerals. Generations after the revolution and the purges, the only thing anyone in Moscow believed in was the power and decadence of the ruling class. That and the threat America posed to them.

These are still the only three things that Washington D.C.’s ruling class believes in anymore.

Democrats and their media claim that this charade is a “victory for democracy”.

"We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated," Amanda Gorman, the Harvard youth poetess, sonorously recited her tin-eared Maoist verses at the inauguration.

But where is this democracy? Where are the adoring crowds, the joyous mobs celebrating and the people cheering the tremendous victory of the democracy of Google, Facebook, Amazon, AT&T, Comcast and their D.C. lobbyists and associates over the Rust Belt and the flyovers?

Biden and the Democrats celebrated their democratic victory with barbed wire, troops in the streets, political terror, and the threat of even more political repression to come.

"There is a broader societal issue that is going to take years to detox the disinformation," Ben Rhodes, the Obama adviser who had boasted of creating a media echo chamber, ranted on Comcast's MSNBC. On that same state TV news network, John Brennan warned that "because of this growth of polarization in the United States" members of the Biden team would be "moving in laser-like fashion" to "root out an insidious threat to our democracy".

Democracy is in a state of permanent emergency that requires locking down D.C., filling it with soldiers, walls, and barbed wire, and investigating political crimes. And D.C. will do everything it can to end the threat that Americans pose to democracy even if its ruling class has to live in its green zone surrounded by troops and barbed wire until democracy is saved from Americans.

Biden, we are told by the political interests and corporations advocating this, is incredibly popular. But the crowds of his devotees can’t be allowed to come to Washington D.C. Anyone who doubts that Biden is incredibly popular is inciting violence and will have to be rooted out as an insidious threat to our democracy. The more people doubt Biden’s popularity, the longer D.C. will have to be under military occupation until finally no one doubts his legitimacy in office.

Hail to the Thief.

 

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.  

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/01/hail-thief-daniel-greenfield/ 

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Palestinians: Victims of an Arab Country - Khaled Abu Toameh

 

​ by Khaled Abu Toameh

The Palestinians do not need new elections. They need new leaders who will guide them out from their longstanding morass into a future of promise and peace.

  • Like most Arab countries, Syria denies citizenship to Palestinians. Children born in Syria to fathers who are Palestinian nationals are considered Palestinians, not Syrian nationals.

  • Palestinian leaders see no evil or wrong-doing when their people are being killed, injured, displaced, arrested and tortured in an Arab country. The attention of these leaders is solely focused on Israel, which they denounce day and night not only for what it does, but also for what it does not do.

  • On January 9, Abbas entered the 17th year of his four-year term. He is again talking about his desire to hold new elections. This charade is played at least once or twice a year so that people will believe that he really wants elections.

  • The Palestinians do not need new elections. They need new leaders who will guide them out from their longstanding morass into a future of promise and peace.

Fighting between the Syrian army and opposition groups in the Yarmouk refugee camp (once home to approximately 160,000 Palestinians) ended two years ago, but only 435 families have been permitted to return to their homes. Pictured: Yarmouk refugee camp, near Damascus, on May 22, 2018, days after Syrian government forces regained control. (Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP via Getty Images)

As Palestinian leaders condemn Israel almost on a daily basis, they continue to ignore the ongoing suffering of Palestinians living in a number of Arab countries, especially Syria.

Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria in 2011, 4,048 Palestinians have died – but Palestinian leaders hardly seem to notice. Another 333 Palestinians have gone missing, while 1,797 are being held in prisons controlled by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Like most Arab countries, Syria denies citizenship to Palestinians. Children born in Syria to fathers who are Palestinian nationals are considered Palestinians, not Syrian nationals.

Palestinian leaders who meet on a regular basis in the West Bank city of Ramallah seldom discuss the tragedy that has befallen their people in Syria.

Similarly, the leaders of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, who relish giving interviews to the media, seem oblivious to the existence of Palestinians in Syria.

Palestinian leaders see no evil or wrong-doing when their people are being killed, injured, displaced, arrested and tortured in an Arab country. The attention of these leaders is solely focused on Israel, which they denounce day and night not only for what it does, but also for what it does not do.

The PA and Hamas are now condemning Israel for carrying out renovation work at the Western Wall Plaza below the Temple Mount, the most sacred site in the world for the Jewish people, in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas are making the surreal claim that Israel is trying to turn the Western Wall -- all that remains of the Jews' Second Temple, destroyed by Roman legions in 70 CE -- into a Jewish site.

Recently, some Palestinian officials tried to divert attention from their failure to quickly provide vaccines against the coronavirus to their people by arguing that it was Israel's "duty" to purchase the doses and distribute them to the Palestinians. Their argument was made even as the Palestinian leadership said it was seeking to obtain the vaccines from four companies, with the help of the international community. It is important to note that the Palestinians never approached Israel with a formal request to supply them with vaccines.

The primary victims of this obsession with Israel are the Palestinians living in Syria, whose daily appeals for help seem not to find their way to the ears of PA President Mahmoud Abbas or the Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, Qatar and Turkey.

Palestinian human rights organizations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as "pro-Palestinian" groups around the world, also remain silent about the catastrophic human rights violations of Palestinians in Syria. The voices of these organizations and groups are raised only when they have something bad to say about Israel.

Here are some figures from Syria that Palestinian leaders, human rights organizations and "pro-Palestinian" groups in the US and Europe do not feel comfortable talking about: 40% of the Palestinians in Syria have been displaced since the beginning of the civil war, and 91% of their families live in absolute poverty.

These statistics appear in a January 2020 report published by the Action Group For Palestinians of Syria (AGPS), a London-based human rights watchdog group that monitors the situation of Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria.

Referring to the deteriorating security and economic conditions of the Palestinians there, the AGPS report, titled "Palestinian Victims of Destruction," talks about the emergence of "female and child labor, begging, search for food in litter containers and school dropouts."

At the same time, the report reveals, thousands of Palestinians continue to flee to Lebanon, Turkey, Libya and Egypt. Upon their arrival at these countries, many Palestinians are arrested or fall victim to extortion by smugglers and human traffickers.

"The Syrian economic crisis exacerbated the humanitarian and living conditions of the Palestinians in Syria, who are now facing a social, health, environmental and educational catastrophe, in addition to the spread of social diseases resulting from the high rate of poverty," according to the report.

During 2020, many Palestinians were killed by the Syrian security services, especially in the Daraa Governorate in southwest Syria.

The AGPS report revealed that since 2011, in various Syrian detention centers, at least 620 Palestinians have been tortured to death.

The report further found that in addition to the killings, the Syrian authorities have also been confiscating the homes and property of many Palestinian refugees. Although fighting between the Syrian army and opposition groups in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp (near Damascus) ended two years ago, only 435 families have been permitted to return to their homes.

According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Yarmouk was home to approximately 160,000 Palestinian refugees before the eruption of the civil war in Syria 10 years ago. "In December 2012, fierce clashes erupted in Yarmouk, causing numerous civilian casualties, severe damage to property and the displacement of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians," UNRWA wrote . "Now the camp is largely destroyed and contains just a few dozen families. These are mostly elderly Palestinian refugees."

What are Palestinian leaders doing to help the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians still living in Syria? Essentially nothing. They are so busy inciting violence against Israel that they have forgotten about their people.

On January 9, Abbas entered the 17th year of his four-year term. He is again talking about his desire to hold new elections. This charade is played at least once or twice a year so that people will believe that he really wants elections.

It is hard to see how elections would help the Palestinians of Syria (who anyway would not be participating in them). Palestinian elections may make some people in the Biden administration and the European Union happy -- although Palestinians might again elect the terrorist group Hamas -- but for the Palestinians nothing will change, definitely not for those who are being targeted almost daily in Syria.

The Palestinians do not need new elections. They need new leaders who will guide them out from their longstanding morass into a future of promise and peace. In the current circumstances, however, it does not appear that such leaders can be found either in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip.

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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/16948/palestinians-victims-syria 

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