Saturday, June 19, 2021

That high-level Chinese defector's 'embarrassing and damaging information about our intelligence community' - Andrea Widburg


by Andrea Widburg

We now know who he was, how he escaped, how COVID happened, and how deeply China's tentacles have sunk into America — and into certain Americans.

We already knew that a man with a high-level position in the Chinese Communist Party had defected to America.  We also knew that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) refused to let the other intelligence agencies in on the secret because it was immediately apparent that our government is riddled with Chinese spies, agents, true believers, and people on the payroll.  Now, though, we know who the spy is and the broad outlines of the information he provided — and it's a lot worse than you thought.

As before, Jennifer Van Laar — who I believe first reported about the defector's existence — has the most comprehensive information.  For the deep dive, go to RedState; for the short(ish) summary, stick with me.

The defector's name is Dong Jingwei, and he's the vice minister of state security.  He knows where all the bodies are buried, both in China and, I'm sorry to say, in America.  According to Spy Talk, Dong "was responsible for the Ministry's counterintelligence efforts in China, i.e., spy-catching, since being promoted to vice minister in April 2018."

Spy Talk also reports that China demanded Dong's return, but Blinken said no.  Interestingly, the weak, woke Blinken said "no" not as a matter of principle.  Instead, he took a stand only because the DIA hadn't told the administration about Dong's existence.  That tells you about how little the DIA trusts the Biden administration.

According to Spy Talk, Dong's presence in the U.S. is a rumor.  However, Van Laar seems very sure of her sources, who told her China possesses "embarrassing and damaging information about our intelligence community and government officials in the 'terabytes of data' he's provided to the DIA."

Van Laar also shares information from a Washington Free Beacon report claiming that, when China realized that Trump was about to close travel from China, it sent hundreds of "students" back in January, much earlier than their planned return dates, to monitor events in America.  These students (spies), summarizes Van Laar, "were charged with reporting back on public policy changes, economic response and damage, impacts on the healthcare system (equipment/hospital bed shortages, etc), supply chain impacts (including how long it took things like semiconductors from China to reach the United States), civil unrest, and more."

And here, straight from Van Laar herself, is other information Dong brought with him that should have you simultaneously furiously angry and really terrified:

  • Early pathogenic studies of what we know as COVID.
  • China's models about what COVID would do to the U.S. and the world (which makes it sound as if COVID was a bioweapon, not an accident).
  • Financial records about which organizations and governments funded COVID "and other biological warfare" research.
  • The identity of U.S. citizens who gave intel to China.
  • The names of Chinese spies working or attending universities in America.
  • Financial records showing American businesspeople and officials who took money from China.  (Note: At least as to the businesspeople, these may have been legitimate transactions.  I don't know how they can have been for the officials.)
  • U.S. government officials who met (knowingly or not) with Chinese and Russian spies.
  • Details about the Chinese government getting into the CIA communications system, which led the Chinese to kill dozens of CIA assets in China.
  • Hunter Biden's hard drive, which meant that the Chinese knew all about his porn and drug problems, his acting as a conduit for money to Joe, and his and Joe's corrupt financial dealings generally.
  • News that at least a third of Chinese students on American campuses (who pay full retail, so they drive out American students) are Communist Party assets or the children of high-level communist officials in America under false names.

There's every reason to believe that all this information is true.  Says Van Laar, "DIA has high confidence in the veracity of Dong's claims."  In a sane, just world, our government would act upon this information immediately.  China would become a pariah nation, with immediate steps taken to shut down all possible trade with China; Chinese students would be returned to China; corrupt officials and politicians (regardless of party) would be fired and, if appropriate, indicted; and our intelligence agencies would be cleaned up or, if too corrupt, disbanded.

The mainstream media, however, are currently keeping a tight lid on this story, and it's doubtful that the Biden administration will act — especially considering how compromised both Biden and his son are.  We'll have to wait for the 2022 election for things to happen.  If Republicans gain the majority in Congress, there should be some very interesting hearings.  And if DeSantis becomes president in 2024, the indictments had better start rolling out.

Image: China’s 70th-anniversary parade.  YouTube screen grab.

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Biden’s Terror Strategy Defines Republicans as the New Terrorists - Daniel Greenfield


by Daniel Greenfield

If you disagree with the Democrats, you’re a “domestic terrorist.”



As the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, Joe Biden has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to fight Al Qaeda. Instead he’s going to fight other Americans.

The Biden administration’s newly released National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism mentions Al Qaeda only once in its 30 pages. Even though the FBI continues to break up Islamic terrorist plots against America, the document only defines Muslims as victims.

Just last month a Seattle Muslim convert was arrested. The convert had discussed driving a "semi-truck" through "the gay pride parade in downtown Seattle". Even though the arrest came shortly before the anniversary of the ISIS massacre at the Pulse nightclub, both Biden and the media ignored the potential plot and the fact that the Pulse shooting was Islamic terrorism.

“I wish to see the kuffar (non-Muslims) as I kill them, I want to strike terror in them and make Allah pleased for doing so,” the Seattle convert had boasted.

That same month another Muslim convert pled guilty to plotting to attack an Ohio synagogue and murder a rabbi. A third Muslim convert in Brooklyn was also sentenced that month for promoting terrorist plots against Americans. American converts to Islam are a major source of recruits for domestic terrorist plots. Despite that, Biden’s strategy ignores their existence.

In a flashback to the Clinton era, the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism claims that the only serious terrorist threats come from the militia movement and racists.

And the only racists whose existence the Biden administration will admit to are white racists.

Micah X. Johnson, a black supremacist who murdered 5 police officers in Dallas, is described as an “anti–authority violent extremist”. Racist and supremacist terrorism can only be practiced by members of the majority against “minority populations”. It can’t work the other way around.

Antifa is also rolled together into “anti-government”, a category that encompasses the militia movement, black supremacists, white anarchists, and everyone who isn’t a white racist.

Islamic terrorists, like the three in May, don’t even make the list.

The two categories, anti-government and racists, tell us little about the actual domestic terrorist threat, but a great deal about the Biden administration’s agenda for exploiting terrorism.

Either you’re with the Biden administration or the “anti-government extremists”.

The National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism redefines the terrorist threat as coming first and foremost from political opponents of the Biden administration. And it defines that threat as a primarily political and ideological battle rather than a violent threat.

The new strategy doesn’t come up with any new ideas for fighting terrorism. Its ideas fall into the murky territory of preventing terror through everything from internet censorship to critical race theory. Biden is rebooting Obama’s CVE or Countering Violent Extremism program to target Americans in a battle of ideas against “misinformation” and “racism”.

This also defines the administration’s two approaches: indoctrination and suppression.

The National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism redefines domestic terrorism as a domestic ideological struggle against people who disagree with Biden and his partisan party.

The strategy’s concluding sentence speaks of “finding ways to counter the influence and impact of dangerous conspiracy theories that can provide a gateway to terrorist violence.” It warns of “an information environment that challenges healthy democratic discourse” and cautions that, “today’s digital age requires an American population that can utilize essential aspects of Internet–based communications platforms while avoiding vulnerability to... harmful content deliberately disseminated by malicious actors online.”

The binary model is a choice between people who believe everything the media tells them or terrorists. Fighting terrorism requires a national security system that indoctrinates its citizens.

The strategy blithely notes that “the Department of Homeland Security and others are either currently funding and implementing or planning... digital programming, including enhancing media literacy and critical thinking skills, as a mechanism for strengthening user resilience to disinformation and misinformation online for domestic audiences.”

A one-word term for this is ‘propaganda’.

The “broader priority” is “enhancing faith in government and addressing the extreme polarization, fueled by a crisis of disinformation and misinformation” on the internet.

Elected officials don’t address “polarization”, they’re a product of it. They enhance faith in government by keeping their promises instead of indoctrinating and censoring the people.

Governments that suppress “misinformation” to fight “polarization” are totalitarian states.

The Democrats and their media had previously blamed President Trump’s election on “misinformation”. The new strategy blames “misinformation” for domestic terrorism.

And the best way to fight “misinformation” is with suppression and indoctrination.

The strategy document suggests that the Biden administration will be engaging in more “robust” efforts to “assist online platforms with their own initiatives to enforce their own terms of service”. It defines “private–sector online platforms” as the front line in this new suppression campaign.

But censorship is very 2016. The 2021 terrorism strategy is much more ambitious than that.

The Biden administration will only acknowledge two terrorist threats. The first threat comes from “anti-government extremists” which justifies a crackdown on any kind of political opposition and a suppression of “conspiracy theories”. The second threat comes from racists which creates an urgent need to tackle “the threat posed by domestic terrorism” with “substantial efforts to confront the racism that feeds into aspects of that threat”.

That “means tackling racism in America” with a civics education that covers “when racism and bigotry have meant that the country fell short of living up to its founding principles”.

That’s code for embedding critical race theory in schools to teach students that America is evil.

It’s hard to think of anything more likely to encourage new recruits to ISIS and other terrorist causes than divisive racist materials that devalue our country and our common heritage.

But the strategy is also much more ambitious than that, “prioritizing efforts to ensure that every component of the government has a role to play in rooting out racism and advancing equity.”

It’s easy to miss the significance of what the Biden terrorism strategy is doing here.

The National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism has defined domestic terrorism as being caused by conspiracy theories, misinformation, racism, and hostility to the government. Fighting domestic terrorism means recreating the government bureaucracy and its policies around “equity” and the agendas of “critical race theory” while rooting out their opponents.

Just as Biden’s purge of the military defined military readiness and national security around a willingness to embrace critical race theory, identity politics, and hatred of America, this new counterterrorism strategy makes it the basis for national security across the government.

Every arm of the government is not only being tasked with imposing the racial discriminatory and wealth redistribution elements of “equity”, but with viewing any opposition as terrorism.

Or a gateway to terrorism.

The Obama administration abused national security to target its Republican political opponents by falsely accusing them of treason and acting as foreign agents of Russia. With Biden appeasing Putin, the Russian smear is no longer viable, but the domestic terrorist smear is.

The new strategy document will serve as a basis for using national security to target Republicans as domestic terrorists.

The Biden doctrine creates a phantom terrorist movement of conspiracy theories and misinformation that is as vaporous as the Russia smear and seeks to tie any violence to political opponents who engage in “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories”.

Since the Democrats and their media have defined virtually any disagreement as “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories”, most conservatives can be accused of terrorism.

What that will do is make it much easier to surveil and monitor political opponents by manufacturing networks that are based around “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories”.

The strategy document begins by redefining terrorism from an organized, even in the loosest sense, movement to “lone actors” who “mobilize to violence with little or no clear organizational structure or direction.” The document skips over the vital question of whether they are part of any movement calling for terrorism, instead it claims that their “fluid” ideologies “connect and intersect with conspiracy theories and other forms of disinformation and misinformation”.

The Biden administration has turned away from dealing with domestic Islamic terrorists with a clear connection to a terrorist movement like ISIS to defining ideas as dangerous without regard as to whether those ideas, theories, or movements are actually calling for violence.

By discarding the existence of any actual terrorist movement or infrastructure, the Biden administration has set a very low bar for defining terrorism and an even lower bar for complicity.

There doesn’t have to be any linkage between the perpetrator of a violent attack and the conservatives who will be blamed for acting as a “gateway” with their “conspiracy theories”.

This will mean censorship and deplatforming, but also surveillance and worse things.

The National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism defines political opponents and anyone resistant to critical race theory or who questions the government as either a gateway to terrorism or possibly even inciting terrorism. This strategy will be used to target conservative non-profits through the IRS, to remove conservative speech from the internet, and to surveil hundreds of thousands of conservatives on the pretext of fighting domestic terrorism.

While Islamic terrorists continue to plot actual attacks, Biden is plotting to terrorize Americans.


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


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Is Egypt Planning to Take Control of Gaza? - Hugh Fitzgerald


by Hugh Fitzgerald

What replacing Hamas might just prevent.


The Egyptians have been heavily involved in ending the Gaza War and its aftermath. It was Egypt that was responsible for arranging the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. It is Egypt that has been the first state to pledge a massive aid package — $500 million – for Gaza. And it is Egyptians, with heavy-duty equipment – bulldozers, trucks, cranes –who have been arriving in the Gaza Strip to begin the enormous task of both clearing the rubble, and rebuilding the Strip. Whether Egypt is considering remaining in the Strip is discussed here: “Is Egypt planning to retake control of the Gaza Strip?,” by Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2021:

Scenes of dozens of Egyptian bulldozers, cranes and trucks entering the Gaza Strip last Friday have left some Palestinians wondering whether Egypt is planning to return to the coastal enclave it ruled between 1948 and 1967.

The Egyptian decision to send building equipment and engineers to the Gaza Strip came within the context of Cairo’s pledge to contribute to reconstruction efforts there after the recent

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has pledged $500 million to help rebuild the houses and buildings that were destroyed during the fighting.

This is an enormous sum for Egypt to commit, and signifies Cairo’s deep interest in winning the gratitude, and allegiance, of Palestinians in Gaza. The Egyptians view Hamas as the local branch in Gaza of the Muslim Brotherhood, and therefore an object of suspicion and loathing. The Egyptians want their presence in Gaza to offer a sharp contrast to Hamas, which dragged the Strip into a war that devastated the area, while Egyptians and their equipment are very visibly in Gaza to repair the damage that Hamas brought upon not only itself, but on the civilians whom the terror group used as civilian shields, by placing its weapons and rocket launching pads in the midst of civilian areas, and even inside schools, hospitals, houses, and apartment buildings in Gaza. Egypt no doubt hopes to win the gratitude of Palestinians as it cleans up the rubble and begins the enormous undertaking of rebuilding.

The presence of the Egyptian construction teams in the Gaza Strip means that Hamas and other Palestinian factions will not be able to resume the rocket attacks on Israel, Palestinian sources told The Jerusalem Post.

“It will be hard for Hamas to initiate another round of fighting with Israel when there are many Egyptians inside the Gaza Strip,” one of the sources said. “If Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad start firing rockets at Israel while the Egyptian construction teams are working in the Gaza Strip, the two groups will get into trouble with Egypt.”

Egypt will have no patience if Hamas or the PIJ starts firing rockets at Israel while Egyptians are present in the Strip, putting them in danger of being hit either by Israeli airstrikes or by malfunctioning Hamas rockets that fall short, and land in Gaza. Egypt is intent on enforcing, if need be with force, the ceasefire it arranged, and will come down hard on Hamas if it dares to violate that agreement. Egyptian soldiers will likely be quickly brought in to suppress Hamas if, by firing on Israel, it endangers the lives of Egyptians trying to rebuild the Strip. That might include replacing the Hamas leaders and installing Egyptians in their stead. That’s the best way to ensure that hostilities with Israel do not resume, bringing with them further destruction to the Strip and misery to its people.

According to the sources, the Egyptians have warned Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar against initiating another round of fighting while Cairo pursues its efforts to help rebuild the Gaza Strip.

During the 1948 War of Independence, the Arab League established the “All-Palestine Government” to govern the Egyptian-controlled Gaza Strip. Palestinians living in the enclave were issued “All-Palestine” passports. Egypt did not offer them citizenship. After the dissolution of the All-Palestine Government in 1959, Egypt continued to control the Gaza Strip until 1967.

The Egyptians, however, never annexed the Gaza Strip and chose to administer it through a military governor.

“There are many rumors that the Egyptians are planning to return to the Gaza Strip,” said a veteran Palestinian journalist in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. “Many people here are convinced that the Egyptian-sponsored reconstruction work is part of a plan to pave the way for a permanent Egyptian security presence in the Gaza Strip.”

Could those rumors reflect a desire, on the part of many exhausted residents of Gaza, to have the Egyptians enlarge their security presence, and to keep Hamas from starting another disastrous war? Could some of them, having endured the misrule of Hamas, want to be ruled by Egypt?

The Egyptians played a crucial role in reaching the Israel-Hamas ceasefirethat went into effect on May 21.

The head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel, last week made a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, where he met with leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian factions and discussed with them ways of maintaining the ceasefire and the reconstruction efforts.

Kamel’s visit to the Gaza Strip is seen by some Palestinian political analysts as a sign of Egypt’s intention to play a major role in the coastal enclave in particular and the Palestinian arena in general.

In Gaza, Egypt’s interest is clear: it wants to limit the power and influence of the Muslim Brotherhood – that is, Hamas. If possible it would like to replace the Hamas-run government either with Palestinian technocrats, or with Egyptians, who would already be present in the Strip both to administer the distribution of Egypt’s colossal donation of half-a-billion dollars and to oversee Egyptian engineers and construction workers, and their equipment, as they rebuild what Hamas caused to be destroyed.

“I don’t believe that Egypt wants to go back to the days when it was administering the Gaza Strip,” one analyst told the Post. “But Sisi’s decision to contribute to the reconstruction effort shows that he wants to be heavily involved with everything concerning the Gaza Strip.”…

Egypt may find that it can only hold Hamas in check by taking the reins of power itself. It could present itself to the Gazans as the savior of the Strip, both because it arranged the ceasefire that stopped Israel from bombing still more of Gaza, and because it is now the largest contributor to Gaza’s rebuilding, with its engineers and equipment much in evidence throughout the Strip. The presence of the Egyptian military – Cairo will undoubtedly choose to send a contingent of soldiers to protect their civilian workers – will make it possible for those Palestinians who up till now have been afraid of voicing their opposition to Hamas, to be emboldened to do so. Egypt, in assuming the task of distributing vast amounts of aid money to the Gazans, will be able to crack down on the massive corruption that characterized Hamas’ rule, with just two Hamas leaders, Khaled Meshaal and Mousa Abu Marzouk, each amassing a fortune of at least $2.5 billion.

The Gazans have repeatedly been brought low by Hamas, which has started four disastrous wars with Israel. Their leaders have already announced that they are preparing for the next round of hostilities with Israel. That’s not what Gazans wanted to hear. Egypt is best positioned to hold Hamas in check, and to prevent that folly of another war, by removing it forcibly from power, and putting in place a government consisting of both Egyptians and Palestinian technocrats. Would Hamas resist this development? How many Hamas fighters would want to challenge the Egyptian military on the ground in Gaza – a military not nearly as scrupulous about avoiding civilian casualties as the IDF?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appreciates the efforts Egypt has been making to calm the situation and assist in the reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official in Ramallah told the Post….

Mahmoud Abbas especially appreciates Egypt’s ability to take the lead in reconstruction, thereby showing up the ineffectiveness in this effort – even the irrelevance — of Hamas, which is the party most responsible for the destruction in the first place.

“The Egyptians are working to achieve Palestinian national reconciliation and reunite the West Bank with the Gaza Strip,” the official said. “That’s why they have invited representatives of several Palestinian factions to Cairo. The Egyptians support the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and east Jerusalem.”

Is it true that Egypt has no interest in possibly returning to the pre-1967 period, when Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip? Or is that simply the wishful thinking of a Palestinian official who doesn’t want to contemplate such an outcome? Might Egypt not conclude that such control is necessary to keep Hamas from starting yet another conflict with Israel, thereby leading to another round of destruction of Gazan infrastructure – the infrastructure that Egypt is right now rebuilding? Gaza is going to remain a problem for Egypt, no matter what, but isn’t it better to have the Strip firmly under Egyptian control rather than being ruled by the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Egypt’s military could finish the destruction of the terrorist infrastructure, including that part of the tunnel network that Israel did not get a chance to finish destroying. The Egyptians on the ground in Gaza could more easily seek out and find the places where 10,000 rockets are still hidden by Hamas, then seize and transfer them, say, to the Sinai or to Egypt’s Western Desert – either to be destroyed or, possibly, to become part of the Egyptian Army’s own armory.

Meanwhile, the Gazans’ lot should improve under Egyptian rule and with the deployment of Egyptian aid. An Egyptian civilian administration, intent on winning and keeping popular support, could be created for Gaza, one intent on winning and keeping popular support through ending the mismanagement and corruption that characterized the rule of Hamas.

Israel should welcome control of Gaza by the Egyptian military, that would keep Hamas and PIJ from starting another war, by seizing thousands of its warehoused rockets, and other weapons, by destroying more of its vast tunnel network, and by preventing Hamas from getting its hands on the aid from donors that Egyptian officials would be distributing. The last time the Egyptian military controlled Gaza, from 1949 to 1967, Israel and Egypt were enemies. Now they have a peace treaty, and are close collaborators on security, especially against threats from both the Muslim Brotherhood (which includes Hamas) and Iran. Israeli-Egypt relations are constantly improving. Egypt did not take Hamas’ side in the recent conflict; its role was as a neutral arbiter, promoting a ceasefire between the two sides. .

What would Mahmoud Abbas think of an Egyptian takeover in Gaza? Mixed feelings, no doubt: on the one hand, he would be pleased at the weakening of his archrival Hamas; on the other, he would not relish the removal of Gaza from his own possible rule. But could he openly break with Egypt, the most important Arab nation? After all, the Egyptians could claim, truthfully, that “we have assumed control in order to prevent the terror group Hamas from again leading the long-suffering people of Gaza into another disastrous war.” That would play well in Ramallah, and the PA might be willing to let the headache that is Gaza become Egypt’s problem.

Another round of fighting in Gaza, this one between Egypt and Hamas, may be in the offing. Stay tuned.


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The Biden Administration's Iran Policy: All Carrots, No Stick - Majid Rafizadeh


by Majid Rafizadeh

Tehran has not only been using Venezuela for military cooperation, but also, it seems, to advance its nuclear program

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken... stated at his inauguration hearing that he had "deep concern about the designation" of the Houthis as a terrorist organization, in that "at least on its surface it seems to achieve nothing particularly practical in advancing the efforts against the Houthis and to bring them back to the negotiating table...." One wonders if the same thinking would apply to Al Qaeda or Islamic State.

  • In yet an additional form of appeasement, the Biden administration has been strenuously ignoring the Iranian regime's aggression and destabilizing behavior..... now, [Iran] is sending a destroyer... and a support vessel... to Venezuela.

  • "If the boats [seven Iranian high-speed missile-attack craft] are delivered, they may form the core of an asymmetrical warfare force within Venezuela's armed forces. This could be focused on disrupting shipping as a means of countering superior naval forces. Shipping routes to and from the Panama Canal are near the Venezuelan coast." — H I Sutton and Sam LaGrone, USNI News, U.S. Naval Institute, June 1, 2021.

  • Tehran has not only been using Venezuela for military cooperation, but also, it seems, to advance its nuclear program.... Iran's ruling mullahs, in fact, appear to have been using Venezuela as part of a larger agenda for increasing Iran's influence and the presence of its proxies in Latin and North America.

  • Instead of confronting Iran's predatory regime, the Biden administration, has been forging ahead with the failed 2015 "nuclear deal" -- which permits Iran to become a legitimate, full-blown nuclear power in just a few years. The Biden administration is also turning a blind eye to the regime's alarming and increasing human rights violations.

Since the Biden administration assumed office, it has been increasingly appeasing the Iranian regime, which in return, is further emboldening and empowering the mullahs. Pictured US President Joe Biden (right) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (second from right) in Geneva on June 15, 2021. (Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Since the Biden administration assumed office, it has been increasingly appeasing the Iranian regime, which in return, is further emboldening and empowering the mullahs.

The first appeasement came when the administration changed the previous administration's policy of maximum pressure to a policy of appeasement toward the Iran's proxy militia group, the Houthis. Even as evidence -- including a report by the United Nations -- showed that the Iranian regime is delivering sophisticated weapons to the Houthi militia group in Yemen, the Biden administration suspended some of the sanctions against terrorism that the previous administration imposed on the Houthis. The previous US administration had designated Iran's proxies, the Houthis, a terrorist group.

The Houthis have been committing crimes against humanity, including taking over Yemen's capital, Sana'a; arbitrarily detaining and forcibly disappearing people; recruiting children, seizing hostages; dispatching "numerous indiscriminate and disproportionate airstrikes, killing thousands of civilians and hitting civilian structures in violation of the laws of war," according to Human Rights Watch; as well as using banned antipersonnel landmines, and firing "artillery indiscriminately into cities such as Taizz, killing and wounding civilians," and "launching indiscriminate ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia." The Houthis have also been inflicting extreme forms of torture such as beating detainees with metal bars and rifles, and hanging them from walls with their arms tied behind them.

According to Human Rights Watch's World Report 2020:

"Since September 2014, all parties to the conflict have used child soldiers under 18, including some under the age of 15, according to a 2019 UN Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen report in 2019. According to the secretary general, out of 3,034 children recruited throughout the war in Yemen, 1,940—64 percent—were recruited by the Houthis."

The Houthis are also using landmines that kill civilians in Yemen, according to Human Rights Watch. In addition, more than 40 drones and missiles were reportedly launched by the Houthis at Saudi Arabia in the month of February alone.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken nevertheless stated at his inauguration hearing that he had "deep concern about the designation" of the Houthis as a terrorist organization, in that "at least on its surface it seems to achieve nothing particularly practical in advancing the efforts against the Houthis and to bring them back to the negotiating table...." One wonders if the same thinking would apply to Al Qaeda or Islamic State.

On February 12, 2021, in yet a further appeasement of Iran, the Biden administration revoked the designation of Yemen's Houthis as a terrorist group altogether. The Biden Administration handed Iran's regime an undeserved political victory.

Then, right before heading to Vienna to negotiate rejoining the disastrous 2015 nuclear deal, which, incidentally, Iran never signed, US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that America was prepared to lift sanctions against Iran:

"We are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the JCPOA, including by lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA. I am not in a position here to give you chapter and verse on what those might be".

Iran's mullahs, nevertheless, did not actually have to wait until the revival of the nuclear deal; last week, on June 10, the Biden administration lifted sanctions on three former Iranian government officials and two Iranian companies involved in the country's oil industry.

"Biden cravenly lifted sanctions on Iran," former US President Donald Trump commented.

"Now, they're actually asking for money. Here we go again. Remember? They got $150 billion plus $1.8 billion in cash. Now, they're actually asking for money. They never asked me for money. It's unbelievable. It's so sad to see."

Indeed, Iran's leaders are now emboldened and most likely assume that they can extort even more concessions from the Biden administration because they successfully did so in the past -- when Biden was Vice President during the Obama administration. As Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told a forum organized by New York's Council on Foreign Relations last fall, he wants a new deal. "A sign of good faith is not to try to renegotiate what has already been negotiated," he said, adding that the US must "compensate us for our losses" before any new talks.

Iran's top judicial body had already demanded a year earlier that the US pay $130 billion in "damages."

In yet an additional form of appeasement, the Biden administration has been strenuously ignoring the Iranian regime's aggression and destabilizing behavior. Iran's regime not only threatened to destroy US warships in the Persian Gulf last April; now, it is sending a destroyer, the Sahand, and a support vessel -- the intelligence-gathering Makran -- to Venezuela. The Makran set sail on the mission "with seven high-speed missile-attack craft strapped to its deck," according to a report published by the U.S. Naval Institute. The report continued:

"If the boats are delivered, they may form the core of an asymmetrical warfare force within Venezuela's armed forces. This could be focused on disrupting shipping as a means of countering superior naval forces. Shipping routes to and from the Panama Canal are near the Venezuelan coast."

Tehran has not only been using Venezuela for military cooperation, but also, it seems, to advance its nuclear program. Venezuela has been accused of covertly assisting Iran with the production of raw material for nuclear weapons as well as ballistic missiles. The ruling mullahs, in fact, appear have been using Venezuela as part of a larger agenda for increasing Iran's influence and the presence of its proxies in Latin and North America.

The Biden administration should be seriously concerned about Iran-backed Hezbollah's increasing presence in Venezuela. As Ambassador Nathan Sales, former Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department, said:

"We're concerned that Maduro has extended safe harbor to a number of terrorist groups, the ELN [National Liberation Army] in particular, but also FARC [the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] dissidents who rejected the peace accord, as well as supporters and sympathizers of Hezbollah."

Instead of confronting Iran's predatory regime, the Biden administration has been forging ahead with the failed 2015 "nuclear deal" -- which permits Iran to become a legitimate, full-blown nuclear power in just a few years. The Biden administration is also turning a blind eye to the regime's alarming and increasing human rights violations.

The Biden administration's policy towards the Iranian regime can fairly be characterized, then, as all carrots, no stick.


Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a business strategist and advisor, Harvard-educated scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review, and president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He has authored several books on Islam and US foreign policy. He can be reached at Dr.Rafizadeh@Post.Harvard.Edu


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How Much Did the IDF Hurt Hamas? - Joseph Puder


by Joseph Puder

The scoreboard for the "Guardian of the Walls Operation" of May, 2021.


The Guardian of the Walls operation of May, 2021 caused far less casualties among both Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and Israeli soldiers, than the Protective Edge operation of 2014. It also lasted much less time; 11 days compared to Protective Edge’s operation of 50 days. The damage to Hamas’ military infrastructure was, however, much more severe. Its top engineers, who headed its rocket program, were eliminated, as well as top military leaders of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas. Its attack tunnels, built with huge monetary and human investments, were largely destroyed.

In the seven years since Protective Edge, Hamas improved its capabilities. Hamas possessed more rockets with longer range and larger warheads, more attack tunnels, more fighters, and more sophisticated electronic warfare. As a result, in the most recent confrontation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Hamas was able to surprise the IDF with its ability to fire non-stop barrages. Hamas also showed that it had a more sophisticated command and control system, which the IDF didn’t completely destroy. While Hamas’ new technique of firing barrages with multiple rockets to confuse and get through Israel’s Iron Dome system, over 90% of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome batteries, and those rockets projected to land in open uninhabited areas were disregarded. Iran has provided Hamas and PIJ with technical support as well as millions in financial aid. Israel’s blockade in recent years reduced Iran’s ability to supply Gaza with arms; hence, Hamas has built its rockets in local shops.

Israel’s intelligence services performed exceptionally well in being capable of pinpointing individual targets of Hamas and PIJ operatives, without causing collateral damage and killing innocent bystanders. Intelligence provided the Israeli Air Force (IAF) with the exact location of the “Metro” - a confluence of various Hamas attack tunnels. The IDF had some impressive strategic and tactical achievements, including the destruction of Hamas’ rocket production workshops. The navy sank Hamas’ mini submarines aimed at attacking Israel’s offshore gas facilities. Some called these submarines “suicide subs,” others submarine drones. Israel’s home front deserves credit for displaying discipline as well as moral and psychological strength. The IDF Home Command issued warnings, while the prepared shelters and safe spaces saved many lives. That’s a strategic achievement.

The IAF dropped over 1,000 bombs on terrorist targets, and while civilian losses are regrettable and unintended, only 100 non-combatants died. (In Operation Protective Edge 1,394 Palestinians were killed according to B’Tselem). Quite a number of non-combatants were killed by Hamas’ misfired rockets. The Palestinian advocacy group Defense for Children reported on May 11, 2021 that, “A homemade rocket fired by a Palestinian armed group fell short and killed 8 Palestinians, including two children.”

In the long term, the full effects of the Guardian of the Walls operation are yet unknown. As for the short term, Israel’s deterrence has seemingly been restored. Hamas and PIJ terrorist groups in Gaza will not be in a rush to resume firing on Israeli communities surrounding the Gaza Strip or central Israel. The Israeli government must however, focus on maintaining its deterrence by preventing Hamas from restoring its military capabilities. Israel must henceforth react disproportionally on the slightest violation by Hamas of Israeli sovereignty. This means responding with full force to Hamas’ or PIJs’ use of balloons with explosive devices against Israeli agricultural fields, or attacks by drones laden with explosives. Israel must change the rules vis-à-vis Hamas in Gaza. No more reacting to Hamas’ sporadic provocations. Israel’s political leadership must be more resolute, and end the lackluster way it has reacted in the last few decades. It must seize the initiative and make sure that Hamas fully understands the consequences of the slightest provocation against Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated that warning to Hamas. “If Hamas thinks we will tolerate a drizzle of rockets, it is wrong.” He vowed to respond with “a new level of force” against aggression anywhere in Israel.

Given the radical Islamist credo of Hamas and its agenda, it would be naïve to expect Hamas to seek peace and harmony with the Jewish state. Hamas’ charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. Yet, the two million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip desperately need a “Marshall Plan,” restoring its economy, and finding proper living conditions for those living in squalid refugee camps. Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Arab world have done nothing to uplift those people, and in fact, have intentionally kept them in misery as a propaganda weapon against Israel, and as a source of suicide bombers. Israel had offered, in the past, to help build housing for the refugees in Gaza; it was flatly rejected by the Palestinians and the Arab states. Nevertheless, Israel would offer humanitarian aid to Gaza if and when the territory is pacified.

Next time the Qatari regime plans to deliver cash to Gaza, Israel must condition it on Hamas returning the bodies of the fallen Israeli soldiers Hadar Goldin, and Oron Shaul, in addition to Israeli citizens Avera Mengistu, and Hisham al-Sayed. In any possible exchange with Hamas, Israel mustn’t free Hamas or PIJ terrorists with blood on their hands. Israel must make it clear to the Egyptian mediators that it will not tolerate Hamas’ attack tunnels aimed at kidnapping and killing Israelis.

Hamas succeeded in the area of consciousness. It was able to establish itself as the defender of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It had thus scored a major political victory over its rival, the PA, and the Fatah party. Mahmoud Abbas’ cancellation of the parliamentary and presidential elections due respectively in May, and June, helped Hamas portray itself as the activist organization on behalf of Palestinians everywhere. Palestinian public opinion in Eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, and among Israeli-Arab young people tilted sharply toward Hamas. They cheered Hamas for causing Israelis to flee to shelters, and compelled the Israeli government to cancel planned activities already approved, including the Flags March through the Shechem (Damascus) Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. Hamas was also able to incite Israeli Arabs in mixed cities, and Arab towns, to riot and attempt lynching’s of Israeli Jews.

PM Netanyahu summed up the results of the war by pointing out that Israel inflicted major damage on Hamas’ military capabilities, killing 200 Hamas and PIJ operatives, including 25 senior commanders. He added that the IDF struck more than 60 miles of terrorist tunnels, as well as rocket launchers and other military infrastructure. On Friday, May 21, 2021, the Israeli security cabinet agreed to the Egyptian mediated cease fire. The decision was criticized by many of Netanyahu’s constituents for prematurely ending the war without vanquishing Hamas.

In the final analysis, one crucial strategic result stemming from Israel’s Guardian of the Walls operation is that it sent a message to Iran and Hezbollah, who must have clearly recognized Israeli superiority in intelligence, the effectiveness of its aerial power, as well as its cyber capabilities. The IDF believes that at least five years of calm from Gaza would constitute a success for operation Guardian of the Walls.


Joseph Puder


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Democratic Strategist Linked to Early Push on Controversial Election Grants - Tod Shepherd


by Tod Shepherd

The revelation is likely the first direct link, discovered in Pennsylvania.


Reprinted From Broad and Liberty.

An email introducing a Delaware County councilwoman to the idea of election grants from a nonprofit also cc’d a political strategist whose online bio boasts that he led “the soft-side effort to win the swing state [Pennsylvania] in 2020” for Democrats and their causes.

The revelation is likely the first direct link in Pennsylvania between grants from the Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life for the 2020 election and a source with an open partisan affiliation for Democrats.

The email was obtained by Republican activist Leah Hoopes from Delaware County via a Right to Know request filed in February. 

The email thread began on July 24 of last year when someone named Gwen Camp emailed Delaware County Councilwoman Christine Reuther. Although requests for comment to Camp were not returned, she is most likely a former Obama administration FEMA staffer as well as a former staffer for Sen. Bob Casey, according to a LinkedIn bio with that name.

Also cc’d on the email was Kevin Mack, whose email address identified him as employed with Deliver Strategies.

“Kevin Mack is a veteran political, communications and direct mail strategist,” his bio on the Deliver Strategies website says. “Mack most recently served as Lead Strategist for The Voter Project in Pennsylvania which was instrumental in signing up over 3.2 million people to vote by mail and leading the soft-side effort to win the swing state in 2020. Prior to that, Mack ran the Need to Impeach Campaign which built a grassroots movement of over 8.4 million Americans across all 50 states.”

The website’s homepage boasts that Deliver Strategies has worked for campaigns ranging from President Obama to Governor Wolf, and Congresswoman Susan Wild—all Democrats.

“Christine and Marc, I know you’ve both been hearing about the other’s operations but wanted to get everyone together to talk about the potential for an official partnership,” Camp wrote as she introduced Reuther to Marc Solomon, a longtime political strategist.

“Marc, I would love to talk to you about the journey we have been on with our election department in Delco, what we have to do, even if I have to steal funds from other County departments, and what I would like to do if I can find the money,” Reuther replied.

The last person included in the email thread is Jennifer Walls-Lavelle, a staffer for Gov. Tom Wolf. The email for Walls-Lavellle was a personal email address however and did not use her state-provided email account.

None of the email participants responded to request for comment except for Councilwoman Reuther.

Reuther told Broad + Liberty that Kevin Mack, “isn’t someone I have dealt with in a political or partisan context.”

“I was introduced to CTCL in the context of facilitating statutorily mandated vote by mail processes that were not being funded by the Republican controlled legislature that imposed them or by the prior Council which had failed to budget for them,” Reuther continued. “The need was acute last summer because we had already learned in the primary what kind of vote by mail turn out we could expect given the pandemic.”

She further said the comment about needing to “steal” from other departments was likely half joking, half serious.

“I won’t disavow the sentiment behind that statement even if the word ‘steal’ is a bit hyperbolic. One of the County government’s key responsibilities is to provide for the conduct of safe and secure elections for all voters, regardless of their party affiliation,” she explained.  

“I would have sought from Council the mid-year reallocation of budget dollars from other departments to make sure that the 2020 general election, conducted during a pandemic with new machines and a new vote by mail, could be conducted safely and securely.  It was not necessary, in large part because of the CTCL grant.”

Elected Republican lawmakers are taking aim at this kind of outside funding. A bill is currently pending that proposes to allow for nonprofit donations intended to help Pennsylvania’s elections, but the money would first go to the Department of State, and the DOS would be restricted to dispensing the money to counties on an equalized, per-registered-voter basis.

A previous Broad + Liberty analysis of the CTCL grants awarded in Pennsylvania last year showed that although monies went to both Republican and Democrat-leaning counties, the Democrat counties received many times more when averaged out on a per-registered-voter basis. 

For example, Chester County received $6.73 per registered voter via CTCL grant, while the largest grant to a Republican-leaning county was $1.73 per registered voter.

While the GOP may be upset with disparities across the commonwealth for the CTCL grants, Delaware County says their use of the grant money was nonpartisan.

“CTCL funds were used equitably throughout the County (e.g. one drop box for each municipality) and the objective of the County was to facilitate a range of voting options, during the height of the pandemic, for all registered voters in the County, without regard to party registration or affiliation,” said county spokeswoman Adrienne Marofsky. “In multiple lawsuits brought by partisan interests, there was never any evidence presented that the County election administration attempted to benefit one party over another.”

As Broad + Liberty also reported, the blue collar counties of Philadelphia were already applying for their CTCL grants in July and August, at a time when no other counties in the commonwealth had been made aware of the existence of the money.

Only after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan gave CTCL $250 million on Sept. 1 did the Pennsylvania Department of State inform all counties that they could apply for grant monies to help with the election.


Tod Shepherd


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Ebrahim Raisi elected next president of Iran - Arutz Sheva Staff


by Arutz Sheva Staff

'Butcher of Tehran' elected with 62% of vote in election with 48% turnout. 'He should be on trial for crimes against humanity.'


Ebrahim Raisi
Ebrahim Raisi                                                                      Reuters/Majid Asgaripour/WANA

Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as the next president of Iran.

Raisi, a hard-line cleric, was a member of the 1988 'death committees,' which were responsible for the extrajudicial executions of thousands of people, and has been called the 'butcher of Tehran.'

Raisi received 62% of the vote. However, voter turnout was just 48% a historic low for a presidential election in Iran.

The new president is expected to take a hard-line stance on foreign policy issues such as Iran's nuclear program, stances more in line with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned the results of the election. "Iran’s new president, known as the Butcher of Tehran, is an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians. He is committed to the regime’s nuclear ambitions and to its campaign of global terror," Lapid wrote.

Amnesty International stated that Raisi should be on trial instead of in elected office.

"That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran," said Amnesty Secretary General Agnès Callamard.


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Leftists are a why do they keep winning? - Robert J. Hutchinson


by Robert J. Hutchinson

You'll find the answer at your next Fourth of July backyard barbecue.

As Americans approach a post-COVID celebration of the Fourth of July, it's an appropriate time to consider why the most extreme elements of the far Left have been able to take control of American institutions so quickly — despite polls showing that the overwhelming majority of citizens oppose the "woke" agenda almost in its entirety.

During the Fourth of July, the root cause of this national nightmare will be on display for all to see.

I'm speaking of the backyard barbecue.

The barbecue is the hermeneutical key to understanding the gradual breakdown of western society — not just in the U.S., but also in Australia, Canada, and many other countries. 

It explains why normal citizens watch helplessly as blue-haired men in dresses take control of key government departments, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, intelligence services, virtually all universities, many corporations, and much of the judicial system.  It all comes down to influence.


The truth is, normal, happy, well-adjusted people don't really care about politics — or care only when they are forced to by rioting mobs of looters in their cities.   

Normal people of any and all colors don't want to tell you their pronouns, chemically castrate their sons with puberty-blocking drugs, or defund the police.  They're neither oppressors nor oppressed. 

They just want to live their lives in peace, attend their kids' soccer or baseball games, and enjoy summer afternoons grilling

Therein lies the problem: it turns out that, with a very few exceptions, the absolute worst people on the planet — the kind of people who were hall monitors in high school and enjoy creating and enforcing petty regulations on their fellows — go into politics. 

These are the entitled few who believe that rules and regulations are for other people, never for themselves — the grifters, tax cheats, and adulterers who run for office instead of working for a living.  These are the Bill Clintons and Gavin Newsoms of the world.

Now we have scientific data to back up this commonsense intuition. 

In a fascinating article on Substack, political scientist Richard Hanania provides a mountain of evidence for why, as he puts it, "everything is so liberal" — despite the fact that, statistically speaking, there are relatively few liberals and fewer still "woke" progressives.

The most basic reason is the barbecue — the fact that normal people would rather grill than protest, rather throw water balloons than Molotov cocktails.

It turns out that protesting — screaming, yelling, burning down buildings — gets attention.  It gives the tiny handful of fanatics influence wildly disproportionate to their numbers.

One example: The cowardly executives at the Target Corporation removed from their stores all copies of a book critical of "gender-affirming" treatments for minor children, particularly young girls, when a single anonymous person tweeted in protest.

One tweet was all it took — and all the copies were removed.

What Hanania shows is that the lunatic left is full of screaming fanatics who desperately want to "change the world" and will do anything it takes to achieve their goals.  "Democracy does not reflect the will of the citizenry, it reflects the will of the activist class, which is not representative of the general population," he explains.

Statistically, this is seen, Hanania says, in the greater number of leftists who donate to political causes and show up at political marches, protests, and demonstrations.  They simply care more.

Hanania points out that while 74.2 million Americans voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, only 3.7 million donated to his campaign — compared to 5.9 million for Joe Biden.     

This divide is even more dramatic when it comes to demonstrations. 

If a university forces its freshman women to share showers with senior men, as Joe Biden's executive order apparently does, it doesn't have to worry about armies of angry parents occupying the administration building. 

Yet if it dares to maintain its century-old "trans-exclusionary" policies, that is precisely what it can expect from phalanxes of blue-haired men in dresses, egged on the likes of CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon. 

Which group gets its way?  As Yeats put it: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity."

"Conservatives may tell themselves that they are the normal people party, too satisfied and content to expend much time or energy on changing the world," Hanania writes.  "But in the end, the world they live in will ultimately reflect the preferences and values of their enemies."

All is not entirely lost. 

As the far-left pushes more and more of its totalitarian policies on the general population, normie Americans and MAGA boomers are slowly beginning to awaken to the reality of what is happening to their country.

The recent explosion in protests at school board meetings — led by parents angry at the "anti-racism" equity curricula being forced on children in schools — shows that conservative activism can make a difference. 

Yet that also explains why America's oligarchy is pulling out all the stops against the January 6 protesters and Trump-supporters generally, desperate to send a message to half the country that it will not tolerate normal Americans acting the same way leftists do — causing a ruckus, vandalizing government buildings, wrestling with police, and so on.

If ordinary Americans start making as much noise as leftists, then the oligarchs' political agenda may be threatened.  And that simply cannot be tolerated.


Robert J. Hutchinson writes about the intersection of history, politics and ideas.  He is the author of What Really Happened: The Lincoln Assassination.


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'In Spite of Rock and Tempest Roar' - Lawrence Kadish

by Lawrence Kadish

This is not the time to despair. Rather, we need to go beyond simply recognizing today's threats and embrace the spirit of a nation that has weathered the worst our foes have ever thrown against us.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (Photo by Otto Herschan Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

America! Since our founding we have stood tall against every assault and every enemy. This is not the time to despair. Rather, we need to go beyond simply recognizing today's threats and embrace the spirit of a nation that has weathered the worst our foes have ever thrown against us.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America's most vigorous patriots, used the power of poetry to rally his fellow citizens and remain true to the steadfast courage of our forefathers when he penned, "The Building of the Ship." The poem compares building a ship to building a nation and within the verses he implores us to defend it!

Their words still ring out: "In spite of Rock or Tempest roar, in spite of false lights on the shore."

Assaults against America continue today, both from overseas enemies and from within our own borders. Further, social media has acted as an accelerant for those seeking to divide us. Political operatives masquerading as journalists have used their platforms to further advance their cynical agendas. (Sadly, this is not the first time in American history that "journalists" have sought to destroy the reputations of White House occupants such as Donald Trump. Lincoln was the subject of countless lies -- but those reporters had no access to Twitter or Facebook. The damage they inflict now on our nation is incalculable.)

Our nation also is confronting the abdicators of their sacred Oath of Office; politicians, members of the judiciary and others state and federal institutions who have solemnly sworn to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Cynically, they seem to evolve into the very enemies from whom they swore to protect us.

More damaging to our nation is that they are never held to account. Questions have been asked about matters from subpoenaed evidence that was destroyed to election laws that are apparently bypassed -- with never any negative consequences for those who destroyed the evidence or bypassed the laws.

Overseas enemies of our democracy are trying to destroy us, seeking the means to turn Americans against each other. It is this author's opinion that they are now using the anonymous power of the Internet, rather than nuclear weapons, to attack our society. Consider how North Korean hackers shut down Sony just a few years ago and how Russia-based hackers forced Colonial Pipeline and the meat processing industry to hand over tens of millions of dollars in ransom.

Despite these enormous threats, we should not despair. Instead we need to gather strength from our past -- such as the lessons offered to us in Longfellow's poem -- and to take to heart the words that ring clear, true, and inspiring.

The Building of the Ship" 1849, Abridged Version

"Build me straight, O worthy Master!
Stanch and strong, a goodly vessel,
That shall laugh at all disaster,
And with wave and whirlwind wrestle!"

Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
We know what Master laid thy keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what a forge and what a heat
Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!

In spite of rock and tempest's roar,
In spite of false lights on the shore,
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
Are all with thee, — are all with thee!

What our nation needs now is the wisdom to hear these inspiring words and reclaim a democracy that remains the hope of the free world.


Lawrence Kadish


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