Friday, July 23, 2021

Marxist Support for Palestinian Terror Fuels Jew-Hate Throughout the West - Guy Milliere


by Guy Milliere

Will those committed to Judeo-Christian values react before it's too late?


Reprinted From the Gatestone Institute.

London. May 23. An organization called The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign organized a protest against Israel. 180,000 people turned up. Placards compared Israelis to the Nazis, and black flags of jihadist movements, accompanied by cries of "Allahu Akbar", fluttered alongside the Palestinian flags. "Israel, the new Nazi state", some read; and "Nazis are still around, now they call themselves Zionists". This kind of comparison is now common among many in Europe who also seem sympathetic to Marxism, in which there always has to be an "oppressor" and "oppressed", never a "win-win" or a "making the pie bigger." Do these new Marxists, who compare Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, to the Third Reich and the Zionists to the Nazis, really not know what the Nazis did to six million Jews, or what Communists and Marxists today, in China, Russia, Cuba, or Venezuela, are still doing to their own citizens?

The protesters in London shouted openly anti-Semitic slogans. One demonstrator, Tariq Ali, a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review, addressing the crowd, implied that the Jews deserve a second Holocaust: "They have learned nothing from what happened to them in Europe. Nothing". Another man exhibited a drawing of Christ carrying the cross, along with the words: "Do not let them do the same thing again". A few days earlier, when a convoy adorned with Palestinian flags drove through a Jewish area in North London, shouts from loudspeakers included "Free Palestine", "F**k the Jews", "F**k their daughters", "F**k their mothers" and "Rape their daughters".

In Paris, the same day, protesters shouted similar slurs. Since the French government had banned the demonstration and had asked the police to disperse all groups carrying Palestinian flags, the demonstrators numbered "only" a few thousand. The French interior ministry said the ban was necessary to avoid "ugly incidents", as when, in 2014, in the heart of Paris's Jewish district, kosher restaurants and a synagogue were attacked.

In Berlin, a demonstration had been organized a few days earlier, on May 16. As in London and Paris, protesters also denounced Israel -- and Jews. Antonia Yamin, an Israeli television journalist reporting on the protest, was assaulted with firecrackers by demonstrators who heard her speak in Hebrew.

Similar protests -- in StockholmBrusselsRomeMadridWarsawLos Angeles and New York -- indicate that all over the Western world, those imbued with Jew-hate no longer hesitate to make false and delusional accusations against Israel and Jews -- sadly, a long tradition in Europe. They no longer bother to hide it. Jew-hate is out in the open now, along with a readiness to physically attack Jews.

Although the organizers of these protests described them as "pro-Palestinian", they soon became more pro-terrorism. When, on May 11 and for the next 10 days, Hamas -- on the list of terrorist organizations in the European Union, the United States, and other nations -- began firing more than 4,000 rockets and missiles at Israel, a country the size of Vancouver Island, and Israel defended itself, most demonstrators sided with Hamas.

For those who may not know, Hamas's charter in its preamble states: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it." It adds in its Article 7:

"The day of judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (kill the Jews), when the Jews will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."

The protesters were supporting and making common cause with an anti-Semitic Islamic terrorist organization with a genocidal aim.

Journalists from major European and American media could have pointed out these comparisons, as well as the incitement to hatred of Israel and Jews; most did not.

Nearly all of the articles published in Europe and the United States nonchalantly described the protests and the hatred shouted by protestors, without drawing any connection between the protests and the subsequent assaults.

For decades, most articles on the Middle East have portrayed Israel in a negative light, not as a democracy under constant threat. Willfully or not, they promote Jew-hate. Hamas is often described as a "Palestinian militant group," almost never as a terrorist organization. Instead, Palestinian propaganda is repeated: the Gaza Strip is described as an "open air prison" -- which it is -- but imposed by its own leadership, not by Israel. Israel completely withdrew from Gaza in 2005. All the same, Israel is accused of imposing a "blockade" on the coastal strip -- without a mention that everything necessary for the residents of Gaza is allowed, or that what is being blockaded are deadly weapons. Also never mentioned is the extreme brutality of Hamas operatives towards their own residents of Gaza, who are all Arabs, or that the Palestinian Authority still supports and finances terrorism. The Palestinian Authority's rewards and incentives for murdering Jews are also always left out.

Judea and Samaria are usually referred to as the West Bank, but recently the United States, instead, resumed using the tainted "occupied territories". Although Jews have inhabited the area for nearly 4,000 years -- Judea is named for Jews -- Israel is portrayed as occupying territory not its own. In April 2018, the major French magazine Paris Match published on its front page a portrait of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, smiling, in front of a large photo of Jerusalem's al Aqsa mosque. The caption described him not as the head of a terrorist organization but as a "political leader" -- you know, like Churchill. Inside the magazine, in an interview, Haniyeh falsely accused Israel of "war crimes". "The Palestinians", he added, "want to regain the land that the Jews have stolen from them". For the record, Palestinians, meaning Arabs who claim the land now home to Israel, did not even exist until the twentieth century. Yet no article correcting Haniyeh's lies accompanied the interview.

In addition, on May 21, Newsweek published an article in which the most deceptive elements of anti-Israel propaganda are gathered and Israel is defined, incorrectly, as "the initiator of violence". On May 28, The New York Times published on its front page photographs of Palestinian Arab children killed in Gaza. "They were only children... they wanted to be doctors artists, leaders", the paper stressed. The accompanying article did not mention that it was the rulers of these children who began the bombardment. The article did not even discuss Hamas -- or that when Israel turned over all of the Gaza Strip to the Arabs in 2005, they could easily have made it into a "Singapore on the Mediterranean". Instead, the article falsely claimed that the Arabs in Gaza were victims of Israeli violence. The former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, wrote in a tweet: "I am canceling my subscription to NYTimes ... Today's blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough." One wonders what took him so long.

On June 24, The New York Times published yet another biased report: "Gaza's Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People". The Times stated that "on May 16, Israeli airstrikes destroyed three apartment buildings, decimating several families". It never noted that Hamas had attacked Israel, that Hamas uses civilians as human shields, or that Israel invariably warns residents in advance about buildings set to be destroyed (for instance here and here), to provide time for the residents to leave rather than be injured or killed.

Europe's political leaders could have denounced the protests and incitement to hatred; instead, they spoke about Israel and the Palestinian terror organizations in the same breath, as if there were no difference between the firefighter and the arsonist. Europe's leaders rarely spoke of Palestinian terrorism -- instead, many accused Israel of "violence against the Palestinian populations".

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, recently spoke of the "warlike arrogance" of Israeli politicians, of "the dehumanization of the Palestinians by a large part of the Israeli political class and society". His apparently uninformed -- or malicious -- positions are those of the great majority of leaders of European countries. French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian went even further. On May 23, he described Israel as an "apartheid" country, thereby choosing to ignore what he must know: that Israel is home to a population of 1.8 million Arab citizens who enjoy the same rights as Jews. Israel's government replied that Le Drian had not told the truth and had promoted antisemitic hatred.

A few days earlier, on May 18, when Israel was being subjected to some of the 4,000 missiles fired at it by Hamas, French Prime Minister Jean Castex first accused the state of "colonizing Jerusalem", then announced that he was "worried about the fate of the civilian populations in Gaza". He did not even touch on what Hamas and Iran are planning for Israel's population.

American leaders, unlike many European politicians, generally show respect for the core values of democratic societies and Western civilization. Now, however, when some American politicians repeat openly anti-Semitic statements, their political party refuses to reprimand them or even remove them from committees that might lead them to further misrepresentations. After U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar made allegations that Jews buy influence with money ("It's all about the Benjamins"), Congress passed a resolution condemning antisemitism in a vague and general manner. It condemned discrimination in just about everything. On June 7, Omar sent out a tweet saying:

"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.

"We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."

The tweet prompted 12 Jewish Democrats in the House of Representatives to send a letter maintaining that "there is no moral equivalency between the US and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban" and asking Omar to "clarify" her position. Her answer was a denial of the evidence, along with an arguable, "I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries".

House leaders then issued a joint statement. saying they "welcome[d] the clarification" from Omar and that the incident was over.

"It takes considerable skill," Attorney Stephen M. Flatow commented, "to come up with the words to sound just apologetic enough to get your critics off your back, but without actually apologizing."

Then, on June 29, Omar declared that her Jewish Democratic colleagues who say that she is antisemitic "haven't been partners in justice" and "haven't been equally engaging in seeking justice around the world".

Another politician, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, has also been repeating, falsely, that "Israel is a racist state". On June 15, she published a tweet saying, "Israel's government doesn't value Palestinian lives. It has managed a decades-long ethnic cleansing project, funded by the U.S." On June 30, she sent another tweet about Israel: "This is not democracy, this is apartheid." As of this writing, there has been no reaction from the leaders of her party.

In Europe, for years, most of the leading politicians have chosen to support the "Palestinian cause" while staying blind to the viciousness of Palestinian terrorism, the killing of Israeli Jews and the repeated thirst of Palestinian leaders for Jewish blood. These European leaders fund non-governmental organizations that -- again dishonestly -- accuse Israel of "war crimes" and other atrocities. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 16th year of his four year term, is received in Paris and Berlin with all the respect due a lawful head of state. During each of their visits, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron maintained that they support the creation of a Palestinian state -- without ever addressing the lethal statements of Abbas or the support and incentivization the Palestinian Authority gives to murder, terrorism, and other breaches of human rights. When Israel is attacked, if they denounce the attacks at all, they immediately add that the Israel's response must not be "disproportionate" and, from the U.N., that the "fighting must stop". They never talk about the relationship between the hatred of Israel -- to which they contribute -- that is rising in Europe or the Jew-hate that follows Israel-hate.

The United States under the presidency of President Donald J. Trump was an unconflicted friend of Israel. Trump unequivocally denounced the Palestinian Authority's ties to terrorism and quickly ceased regarding Abbas as a legitimate interlocutor. Trump stressed that Israel is a democracy under attack, which deserves to live in peace.

The Biden administration has been following a different path; it has promoted and funded the Palestinian Authority, without so much as a murmur on its continuing support for terrorism. Biden, rather, seems to be promising to reward terrorism. His administration has already given Abbas, who has who has not stopped calling for Israel's destruction, $75 million and allocated an additional $100 million for aid, apparently with no guarantees that it would arrive where it was intended. The United States has additionally pledged that it will rebuild Gaza, still ruled by a genocidal Hamas, and open a consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem.

When anti-Semites attacked Jews in New York and Los Angeles a few weeks ago, Biden said nothing. On May 21, probably regarding his silence as unacceptable, several Jewish groups sent him a letter asking for a response. Three days later, he posted a simple tweet: "The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop." Aaron Keyak, who was the "Jewish engagement director" of the 2020 Biden presidential campaign, offered advice -- but to Jews. His "solution"? "It pains me to say this, but if you fear for your life or physical safety take off your kippah and hide your magen david. [star of David]..."

With the exception of a few Central European countries, Europe has become an anti-Israel continent. It is now unsafe for Jews -- especially those who support Israel or do not see why they should hide that they are Jews. A 2018 poll carried out in the seven main European countries showed that only 22.6% of people in Western Europe had a favorable opinion of Israel. The poll indicated that older people were more sympathetic towards Israel than younger people. A 2019 study, conducted by the European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights, found that 44% of European Jews between the ages of 16 and 34 have experienced anti-Semitic harassment; 85% reported "that people in their countries accuse or blame them for anything done by the Israeli government", and 41% said they have considered emigration. Since 2019, the situation has not improved.

Most people in the United States are still pro-Israel. A recent poll shows that 75% of Americans have a favorable view of Israel. Although America today is also a far safer country for Jews than Europe, the recent anti-Israel demonstrations, and the physical assaults on Jews in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and especially the presence of outspoken anti-Semites in Congress, suggest that changes could easily take place. One hopes that Americans committed to the Judeo-Christian values of the Free World ​​will react before it is too late.

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, a Jewish Democratic Congressman from Minnesota, tweeted in May:

"I'll say the quiet part out loud; it's time for 'progressives' to start condemning anti-semitism and violent attacks on Jewish people with the same intention and vigor demonstrated in other areas of activism. The silence has been deafening."

On May 25, Senate and House Republicans joined together to introduce the "Preventing Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Act". Senator Ted Cruz stated:

"Antisemitism is a unique prejudice with a unique history, which has resulted in unique horrors throughout history... This wave of abhorrent violence is directed at Jews for being Jewish, just like Hamas is firing rockets into Israel because they want to murder Jews and eliminate the Jewish state."

On June 15, the U.S. Senate, passed a resolution asserting that "Anti-Semitism remains a serious and growing danger for Jews in the United States and around the world." It is, however, merely a resolution. It does not point to the causes of the danger -- presumably 2,500 years of Jew-hate combined with the newly-imported Islamic kind -- or offer any means to fight it.


Dr. Guy Milliere, a professor at the University of Paris, is the author of 27 books on France and Europe.


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Enemies of the State - Pete Hoekstra


by Pete Hoekstra

The Biden Administration, Big Tech, and other organizations will go to almost any extreme, including propaganda, to promote their priorities.

  • Taken together, the administration's efforts paint a picture of an emerging, out-of-control police state. Those of us who disagree with the administration are no longer citizens, we have become "enemies of the state."

  • Just in the last few days, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was coordinating with Big Tech on correcting "misinformation." This is censorship. They are doing this with increasing frequency....

  • When individuals engage with social media, the federal government, in coordination with Big Tech, will, at best, have planned responses that will move them to sites designed to give them the "right" answer. Sound far-fetched? On its webpage, Moonshot CVE, a company already doing work for the Pentagon, says it uses "targeted advertising to connect people searching the internet for violent extremist content with constructive alternative messages."

  • Rather than the federal government using its massive power to facilitate our access to knowledge and information, thus enhancing our individual freedom and decision making, the Biden administration appears to be seeking to become a behemoth propaganda machine targeting its perceived enemies.

In the last few days, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was coordinating with Big Tech on correcting "misinformation." This is censorship. They are doing this with increasing frequency. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Biden Administration, Big Tech, and other organizations will go to almost any extreme, including propaganda, to promote their priorities. Their efforts on COVID vaccines may be a trial run for what we may see for the next three years on a range of issues. With vaccines, we have already seen social media censor those who have raised legitimate concerns or objections to various COVID vaccines.

"Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus," President Biden said.

"Trusted" local leaders could be going door-to-door to discuss getting vaccinated. The administration also may enlist Big Tech companies to manage our views countless issues, by controlling our access to information.

Make no mistake about it, this is a huge propaganda effort, and it is troubling. A campaign that "suppresses the conversation; the man opposite is no longer an interlocutor but an enemy," French philosopher Jacques Ellul wrote in his book Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes. Taken together, the administration's efforts paint a picture of an emerging, out-of-control police state. Those of us who disagree with the administration are no longer citizens, it seems we have become enemies of the state.

How America is changing. In my 18 years as a Congressman, I frequently met with constituents who voiced opinions on policies. Our views differed many times, but even then, we were able to discuss our differences in a constructive and civil manner. Contrast that with how the current administration treats those who disagree with them on their key priorities, including COVID vaccines.

Skeptics have been vilified, which the administration apparently now believes necessitates and justifies retaliatory action. Just in the last few days, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was working with Big Tech on correcting "misinformation." This is censorship. They are doing this with increasing frequency, banning President Trump, originally banning discussion of the origins of the COVID virus (reversing their wrong decision a year later), and shadow banning conservative writers and groups. They are setting themselves up as the arbiters of truth. Americans used to be in the position where they could decide for themselves.

The Biden Administration, however, appears ready to go further. They will enlist "trusted messengers who are part of the community" to go "door-to-door," Dr. Anthony Fauci said. Do not come to my door! Americans do not want so-called community messengers -- picked by who knows who -- knocking on our doors asking personal questions about health or much else.

I have knocked on plenty of doors during my political career and experienced quite personally how strongly people feel about the sanctity of their home. Mr. President, this is a really bad idea that should be cancelled.

As Charlie Kirk's group, Turning Point USA, recently said in an email blast to its supporters:

"Throughout history, dictators have sent government agents to intimidate members of the public in their own homes ... forcing them to comply with the edicts of the government. The result of these brutal tactics has always been less freedom and forced compliance...."

So, this administration no longer trusts its citizens' personal judgment, and wants to come into your homes to "change your mind." While these first two steps are rather open and obvious, the third part of their strategy might be the scariest. They could begin employing breakthrough social media technology developed on the battlefield against anyone who disagrees with their "official" policies, label those people "extremists," then use this technology against their newly designated internal enemies.

In the ongoing war against ISIS and al-Qaeda, technology wizards have developed technology to identify potential terrorists (the enemy) through engagement on the internet. These wizards then manage potential terrorist's social media interactions, attempting to control and direct the content terrorists receive to dissuade them from radicalizing -- an admirable and laudable goal we need in order to defeat real enemies and terrorists.

My fear is that President Biden or others may use these same strategies against individuals who are opposed to administration policies. When individuals engage with social media, the federal government, in coordination with Big Tech, will have planned responses that will move them to sites designed to give them the "right" answer.

Sound far-fetched? Moonshot CVE, a company backed by Google that works with the Pentagon, says it uses "targeted advertising to connect people searching the internet for violent extremist content with constructive alternative messages." It goes on to say it has deployed its methodology in partnership with tech companies, governments and grassroots organization to challenge ISIS and Al Qaeda and violent far-right narratives. Just interchange conservative, anti-vaccine activist, or even libertarian where you see ISIS or extremists and you begin to understand the challenge we face.

Rather than the federal government using its massive power to facilitate our access to knowledge and information, thus enhancing our individual freedom and decision-making, the Biden administration appears to be seeking to become a behemoth propaganda machine targeting its perceived enemies.

This is the stuff of civil liberties nightmares. And it is not just big-name conservatives the Biden administration might be going after; they might be coming for you.


Pete Hoekstra is a former Representative in Congress from Michigan. He served as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. More recently he was U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


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US won't raise 'sensitive issues' with Israel until state budget cements coalition, official says - Ariel Kahana


by Ariel Kahana

Among the issues the Biden administration is expected to raise after the budget is passed is the reopening of the American consulate in Jerusalem.


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PM Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden | Photo: Oren Ben Hakoon, AP

The Biden administration is interested in the survival of the Bennett-Lapid government and is consequently expected, at this stage, to continue granting it comfortable wiggle room, according to a senior American official close to the White House.

The administration, the US official said, wants the current Israeli coalition to remain intact and, as a result, isn't likely to challenge it or pose firm demands until it passed the national budget.

"Officials in the administration understand that passing the budget is the definitive test for the government's survivability. Hence, until it is passed, they don't intend to cause any shockwaves that could jeopardize it," the official said.

The American desire to prevent Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu from returning to power, the official added, along with the fact that the present coalition includes left-wing parties and the Arab Ra'am party, are among the reasons for the Biden administration's favorable approach.

The senior American official said he believes that until the state budget is passed, the administration won't raise politically sensitive issues in Israel.

The government plans to pass the budget in three months, after which, as stated, the situation could change from the American perspective. Although even then, according to the American official, the US administration will likely tread lightly in terms of pressure and will prefer to avoid any head-on confrontations with Israel.

It should be noted that contrary to the Obama administration, the current American administration has taken a moderate approach toward Israel, even when Netanyahu was in office, and has opted not to criticize or condemn the Jewish state too vehemently.

Among the issues the administration is expected to raise after the budget is passed is the reopening of the American consulate in Jerusalem, which acted as a de facto mission to the Palestinians, and was shut down under the Trump administration.

The building in Jerusalem that housed the US consulate for the Palestinians (Oren Ben Hakoon)

In the meantime, at Israel's request, the Biden administration has delayed the consulate's reopening.

The US decision follows requests from the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is opposed in principle to the reopening of the consulate, arguing that this contradicts the US recognition of Jerusalem in 2017 as the capital of Israel.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, meanwhile, has conveyed to the Americans the political sensitivity of such a move – which essentially signals a future partition of Jerusalem.

Another matter the Americans are expected to raise is the de facto transfer of land to the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, but not through altering the sovereignty status of said lands. The intent, for example, is to put a plan back on the table to establish industrial zones in Judea and Samaria for the Palestinians and to develop residential neighborhoods adjacent to Palestinian cities.

Likud MK Nir Barkat, meanwhile, has met with several Republican and Democratic congressmen and senators in Washington in recent days within the framework of a public relations campaign he is spearheading to explain the dangers of reopening the consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Likud MK Nir Barkat (Oren Ben Hakoon)

"To my pleasure, I found many partners and allies in Washington who will preserve the status of Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel," he said.

Barkat, a former mayor of Jerusalem, submitted a bill earlier this month that would prevent the US from reopening its Jerusalem consulate to the Palestinians.


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Erdoğan's Favorite Mobster Turns against Him, Reveals Secrets - Burak Bekdil


by Burak Bekdil

Peker's revelations are quite dark and scary even for a nation that is no stranger to the notion of the "deep state."

Originally published under the title "Turkey's Mobgate Reveals the Islamist Deep State."

Turkish mob boss-turned-YouTube star Sedat Peker has enraptured the public with tales of murder, rape, corruption, bribery, political assassination, drug smuggling, arms shipments to jihadists, and torture committed on behalf of his erstwhile ally, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

A powerful psychodrama is illustrating the kleptocratic face of political Islam for the Turkish people and the world.

The revelations of Turkey's most notorious mob boss, Sedat Peker, have made Ankara's open secrets even more open: bribery, murder, political assassination, corruption, rape, drug smuggling, arms shipments to jihadists in Syria, and torture and violence to silence the opposition.

Peker, a staunch supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whom he calls "brother Tayyip," began to reveal his secrets in early May when he launched a personal feud with Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. Since then, he has uploaded 10 videos to YouTube, which have been collectively viewed more than 100 million times at last count.

Peker's videos have a prima facie credibility. He is a convicted crime boss who has been living abroad since 2019. He claims that Turkey offered Morocco a batch of Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles either for half price or for free in exchange for his extradition. He praised the Moroccan ruler, King Muhammad VI, for honoring a principle passed down by his father, which is to never extradite anyone who defects to Morocco.

Peker left Morocco to seek refuge in the UAE, and in mid-June, Turkey formally requested his extradition from that country as well. As there is no extradition treaty between Ankara and Abu Dhabi, the UAE has not responded to the request. In addition, Turkey and the UAE have been at odds in the past over Erdoğan's rigid support for Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar, and Islamist warriors in Libya.

Peker's revelations are quite dark and scary even for a nation that is no stranger to the notion of the "deep state." Peker resembles Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the capo di tutti capi of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra. Riina was arrested in Palermo in 1993 and has since published his memoirs.

Peker alleges that former PM Binali Yıldırım's son, Erkam Yıldırım, was directly involved in drug trafficking via merchant fleet sailing from Venezuela to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Mersin, and revealed dates when Yıldırım traveled to Venezuela. Yıldırım confirmed his travel but said he went there for charity purposes.

Peker further alleges that a woman who claimed to have been raped by the son of former Interior Minister Mehmet Ağar was later found dead, and that the current interior minister once warned a criminal of his impending arrest, allowing him to flee.

Peker revealed that he once ordered his gang to raid Turkey's biggest newspaper at the government's request.

Peker also revealed that he once ordered his gang to raid Turkey's biggest newspaper, Hürriyet, at the government's request; that his gang members once beat up an opposition member of parliament for the same reason; that a member of parliament who had insulted Erdoğan was tortured by his men at a police station; and that his group transferred money to gangs in Germany to assault opposition members there. The mobster also revealed the names of businessmen, police chiefs, judges, bureaucrats, investors, and journalists he claims were involved in these dirty operations.

Peker admitted having his men torture a member of parliament who insulted Erdoğan.

In a video posted on May 23, Peker said he tasked his brother, Atilla Peker, with killing Turkish Cypriot journalist Kutlu Adalı, a liberal, in 1996 upon a request from then-Interior Minister Ağar. Peker says his brother was unable to carry out the murder, though Adalı was indeed shot dead shortly afterward, in July 1996. Adalı's assassination remains unsolved.

In his videos, Peker challenges Erdoğan's government with the words "You will be defeated by a tripod and a camera," though he has avoided challenging the Turkish president directly. A poll by researcher Yöneylem Sosyal Araştırmalar Merkezi revealed on May 26 that 52.6% of Turks think Peker's revelations are true, with only 22.5% thinking the mob leader is slandering politicians for his own interests.

In November 2002, Erdoğan came to power mainly on his pledge to eradicate the "deep state" that had rattled the governments of the 1990s. Almost two decades later, the Turks are seeing that the "deep state" has exponentially flourished under Erdoğan's Islamist government.

Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based political analyst and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.


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Israel’s Tumultuous Two Years - Hugh Fitzgerald


by Hugh Fitzgerald

And how it has emerged stronger than ever.


Israel has had a tumultuous two years, with many crises, and has managed to emerge stronger than before. This story is here: “Don’t overlook Israel’s success,” by Dan Schueftan, Israel Hayom, July 6, 2021:

For the past two years, Israel has withstood crisis upon crisis and exhibited admirable resilience. This, despite the intellectuals who have been writing the country off, refusing to look at the big picture and focusing on the minor detail that was bothering them at each given moment.

Since 2019, Israel has had to grapple with medical, economic, security, diplomatic and political crises….

In terms of diplomacy, Jerusalem has had to come to terms with the fact that the Biden administration is determined to return to a nuclear deal with Iran. And last but not least, the political system has been in limbo for several years.

Any democracy would struggle to see a bright future under such circumstances, let alone come up with a solution to this spate of crises….

Until world peace sets in, our challenge is to avoid the delusion of peace and brotherly love among nations and to focus on guaranteeing that Israel will continue to be a free and thriving country despite its threatening environment while working on small, modest, but consistent achievements that would somehow blunt the impact of the conflict.

This means no delusions of a permanent peace with the Palestinians, but instead, keeping to the strategy of deterrence that has kept Israel secure; that means – though Schueftan doesn’t spell it out – holding onto, at a minimum, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem. Truces — hudnas — are the best Israel can hope for in its dealings with the Palestinians.

As for Iran, the Islamic Republic will only cease being an existential threat to Israel and the entire region if the regime and its violent practices are defeated. But Jerusalem does not have the power to do so, and it must, therefore, create a regional alliance with Iran’s adversaries to counter its pursuit of hegemony. This will at the very least slow down the development of its nuclear and conventional capabilities….

Israel has done very well in establishing unofficial security alliances with the Gulf Arab states – the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Bahrain – that are most threatened by Iran. They share intelligence on the Islamic Republic. And Israel’s Mossad has been conducting a relentless campaign of sabotage and assassination to slow down Iran’s nuclear project. The Stuxnet computer worm in 2010 that caused more than 1,000 of Iran’s centrifuges to self-destruct, the assassination of four of Iran’s nuclear scientists between 2010 and 2012, the theft of Iran’s entire nuclear archive by Mossad agents in 2018, the attack on Iran’s centrifuge plant at Natanz in 2020, and another devastating attack, in 2021, on a centrifuge plant that had been built 50 meters underground at Natanz to replace the one destroyed in 2020, and finally, the killing of Iran’s most important nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in late 2020 – all these acts of Israeli derring-do have won the admiration of Israel’s Arab allies.

Israel has managed to emerge from the pandemic with relative success compared to other Western democracies – despite the issues that came up with the Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities – boasting a much lower death rate and a relatively quick economic rebound.

In fact, Israel has emerged not just “with relative success” from the pandemic, but has done better than any other country, in its rate of vaccination and in its success in treating the infected.

And on top of that, Israeli society has shown resilience during the recent flare-up with Hamas, Israel was not dragged into a war in the north and in Judea and Samaria, and the Israeli-Arab coalition in the region has been strengthened….

Hezbollah remained quiet during the Hamas-Israel war, unwilling to risk a crushing defeat by the Jewish state. In Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank), the PA also chose to remain on the sidelines, not in any rush to help its archenemy Hamas. The Arab states belonging to the Abraham Accords — especially the U.A.E. — issued the mildest of rebukes to Israel; the Accords held firm. And both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, neither a member of the Accords, continued their security cooperation with the Jewish state.

Israel’s democracy held firm as Netanyahu was peacefully replaced by Bennett, despite many warnings of political paralysis. Israel’s health care system coped with the pandemic better than that of any other country in the world. The Arab violence in Israel’s “mixed” cities was swiftly – within two weeks — brought under control, despite all the fears expressed of a “civil war.” The Gaza war led to a crushing defeat of Hamas, with the loss of only 12 Israeli lives. Hamas not only saw its store of rockets depleted by more than 4,300, but the tunnel network on which it had spent more than $1 billion to build, was pounded by the IDF, resulting in at least 62 miles of the tunnels being completely destroyed. Meanwhile, Israel’s Iron Dome batteries intercepted 90% of the rockets launched from Gaza into the Jewish state.

As for the disagreement with the U.S. over Iran, Israel has managed to forcefully and repeatedly state its objections to the Americans about a return to the 2015 Iran deal, and made clear it will act alone, if necessary, to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. When Biden met with Israel’s outgoing president, Reuven Rivlin, Biden told him that “My commitment to Israel is … ironclad,” and assured him that “what I can say to you is that Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch.”

With the peaceful transition of political power, the Gaza war won decisively, the Arab violence in mixed cities like Lod and Ramle quickly suppressed, with the pandemic nearly licked, with Israeli companies on Wall Street in just one month — June — reaching a combined valuation of more than $37 billion in IPOs, with the Abraham Accords still solid, and especially so between the Jewish state and the Emirates, leading to ever more deals in trade, technology, and tourism, it’s hard not to conclude, with Dan Shueftan, that Israel “has had to grapple with medical, economic, security, diplomatic and political crises” and managed quite well, thank you, with all of them.


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It Is Time for Regime Change in Communist Cuba - Con Coughlin


by Con Coughlin

To keep the sanctions in place would further increase the pressure on the Cuban regime, pressure that could ultimately result in its collapse and the liberation of the Cuban people from their communist oppressors.

  • For US President Joe Biden, the recent unrest in Cuba should persuade his administration not to repeat the mistakes of the Obama era and attempt some form of rapprochement with Havana.

  • The US, as it is apparently able to do, should also immediately restore the ability of the Cuban people to use their internet.

  • One of the reasons Cuba's communist regime is struggling to survive is the impact the hard-hitting sanctions that the previous administration imposed on Cuba is having on the Cuban economy.

  • Any attempt now by the Biden administration to lift the sanctions would simply be to reward the regime for its brutal repression of the Cuban people.

  • To keep the sanctions in place would further increase the pressure on the Cuban regime, pressure that could ultimately result in its collapse and the liberation of the Cuban people from their communist oppressors.

For US President Joe Biden, the recent unrest in Cuba should persuade his administration not to repeat the mistakes of the Obama era and attempt some form of rapprochement with Havana. The US, as it is apparently able to do, should also immediately restore the ability of the Cuban people to use their internet. Pictured: Cuban police in riot gear are deployed to quell anti-regime protests in Havana on July 12, 2021. (Photo by Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images)

Nothing better illustrates the utter bankruptcy of communist ideology than Cuba's basket case economy, which has resulted in the country suffering its largest wave of anti-government protests in at least three decades.

To date, at least one protester has been killed and hundreds more detained, as the communist regime founded by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has responded with characteristic brutality to the outpouring of nationwide dissent.

The root cause of the protests has been the dire state of the Cuban economy, with Cubans protesting at the lack of basic food and medicines. To further add to their misery, the country's inept mishandling of the Coronavirus means that the country's 11 million inhabitants now have more Covid cases per capita than any major Latin American nation.

The autocratic regime of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel may be totally incapable of meeting even the basic needs of its citizens but, as the ruthless crackdown against the protesters has shown, it still understands how to intimidate its restless population.

No sooner had thousands of Cubans taken to the streets in what appears to have been spontaneous protests throughout the country, than the regime's security forces were in action reasserting its authority.

Special forces and police flooded the streets, and internet connections were cut across the island to prevent dissidents from attempting to coordinate the protests, with the result that, within hours, nearly all the protesters had dispersed.

Since the initial protests on July 11 in the western city of San Antonio de los Banos and later spread to more than 40 towns and cities -- including the capital Havana -- the security forces, aided by rapid reaction brigades and Communist Party militants armed with heavy sticks, have been busy rounding up more than one hundred dissidents.

Nevertheless, while the Cuban authorities may congratulate themselves on suppressing the disturbances, there is mounting evidence that, this time around, the desire of an increasingly vocal Cuban opposition for radical change in the way their country is run may ultimately prove irresistible.

Cuba's communist leaders have long prided themselves on their ability to withstand any challenge to the survival of their Marxist revolution. While communist regimes throughout the world, most notably the Soviet Union, have been consigned to the history books, and other communist regimes in places such as China have quietly embraced the benefits of capitalism, Cuba has remained stuck in the anachronistic mindset that has dominated the country since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.

The big difference now, though, is that, without Castro's charismatic leadership, the regime's current generation of leaders is totally incapable of commanding the support of the Cuban people.

This is the first time Havana's communist government has had to face a major challenge to its authority without having a member of the Castro clan in charge. The last time the country faced large-scale domestic protests in 1994, Castro personally confronted the demonstrators on the capital's Malecon seafront boulevard and succeeded in winning them over.

After Castro died in 2016, he was replaced by his brother Raul. When Raul, who is 90, retired from frontline politics, however, his replacement, Diaz-Canel has shown himself to be a dull party bureaucrat who lacks any hint of revolutionary pedigree. So when the president called on party loyalists to defend the regime against the protesters, most Cubans seemed decidedly underwhelmed.

Add to this the dreadful state of the Cuban economy and it is easy to see why Cuban exiles living in Florida are excited about the prospect of regime change soon taking place in Havana. In the past year the Cuban economy has contracted by more than 11 percent, with the result that Cubans are obliged to queue for hours just to buy basic goods such as chicken and bread.

The Caribbean island is regularly subjected to lengthy electricity outages, while the government's handling of the pandemic has resulted in a massive increase in fatalities, rising from just 146 deaths in 2020 to its current level of nearly 2,000.

Now, thanks to the regime's woeful handling of both the economy and Covid, ordinary Cubans are finally making their true feelings known concerning the failure of Cuba's communist rulers.

This has prompted opponents to amend the old Castro slogan "Patria o Muerte", homeland or death, and turn it into "Patria y Vida", homeland and life.

What is without doubt is that, if Cubans truly want to make a better life for themselves, then they first need to dispense with their oppressive and incompetent communist regime.

For US President Joe Biden, the recent unrest in Cuba should persuade his administration not to repeat the mistakes of the Obama era and attempt some form of rapprochement with Havana's dictatorship.

The US, as it is apparently able to do, should also immediately restore the ability of the Cuban people to use their internet.

One of the reasons Cuba's communist regime is struggling to survive is the impact the hard-hitting sanctions that the previous administration imposed on Cuba is having on the Cuban economy.

Any attempt now by the Biden administration to lift the sanctions would simply be to reward the regime for its brutal repression of the Cuban people.

To keep the sanctions in place would further increase the pressure on the Cuban regime, pressure that could ultimately result in its collapse and the liberation of the Cuban people from their communist oppressors.

Con Coughlin is the Telegraph's Defence and Foreign Affairs Editor and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.


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How the FBI Failed America on 9/11 - Lloyd Billingsley


by Lloyd Billingsley

And learned nothing from the experience.


“That attack, that siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple and this behavior that we, the FBI view as domestic terrorism. It’s got no place in our democracy and tolerating it would make a mockery of our nation's rule of law.”

That was FBI director Christopher Wray, in his first testimony to Congress after the January 6 riot. The “domestic terrorism” description invites a look back at the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history, perpetrated from within the country. With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 coming up in September, and al Qaeda again calling for the murder of Americans, the nation might wonder why the mighty Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to prevent the massive attack that claimed 3,000 lives and inflicted suffering that endures to this day.

“September 11, 2001, was a day of unprecedented shock and suffering in the history of the United States,” proclaimed The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. “The nation was unprepared,” notes the 2004 report, including an agency that should have been the best prepared, the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trouble was, as the report notes, the FBI could not share any intelligence with criminal investigators, even if no FISA procedures had been used. So relevant information “often failed to make its way to criminal investigators.” In similar style, the intelligence unit of the Federal Aviation Administration failed to receive the “broad range of intelligence data” from the FBI, CIA and other agencies.

FBI assessments of “the potential use of flight training by terrorists” and warnings of “radical Middle Easterners attending flight school,” were not passed on to FAA headquarters. FAA administrators called it a “serious blind spot.”

According to The 911 Commission Report, the FBI did not produce the kind of intelligence reports other agencies disseminated, and its usual practice was to withhold reports and say little about investigations. FBI field offices “never used the information to gain a systematic or strategic understanding of the nature and extent of al Qaeda fundraising.”

In the spring of 2001 reports of potential attacks on U.S. facilities, personnel and interests increased dramatically. On April 13, The FBI sent a message on Sunni extremism to all field offices, but did not suggest a domestic threat.

In May 2001, reports warned of possible attacks by the bin Laden network in London, Boston and New York. According to the report, FBI counterterrorism boss Dale Watson had only two people looking at threats from bin Laden.

In July 2001, an FBI agent in Phoenix sent a memo to FBI headquarters about the possibility of bin Laden’s efforts to send students to U.S. aviation schools. “His recommendations were not acted on,” the report explains, and no managers saw his memo before 9/11. On July 4, two days after a CIA-FBI meeting in New York, terrorist Khalid Mihdhar, new U.S. visa in hand, flew to that city. According to the report, “no one was looking for him.”

Terrorist Zacarias Mouassoui had no qualifications for flight training on Pan Am’s Boeing 747 simulators. Mouassaoui was prevented from further training but FBI headquarters believed there was “insufficient cause” to search his laptop computer. An FBI agent in Minneapolis said he was “trying to keep someone from taking a plane and crashing it into the World Trade Center.” Officials at FBI headquarters said that was not going to happen and they did not know if Mouassaoi was a terrorist.

As the report reveals, terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad (KSM), wanted to hijack 10 airplanes with targets on both coasts, including CIA and FBI headquarters and the tallest building in California. KSM and Osama bin Laden were doubtless delighted with what they got on September 11, 2001.

“The domestic agencies never mobilized in response to the threat,” The 9/11 Commission Report concludes. “They didn’t have a plan,” and “the public was not warned.” The FBI Inspector General contributed to the report, so FBI incompetence was doubtless worse than indicated. No word about any FBI bosses losing their jobs over the failure, and the FBI appears to have learned little or nothing about Islamic terrorism.

In 2009, American-born Muslim Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was communicating with al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about killing Americans. The FBI was monitoring the communications but dropped the investigation and did nothing to stop Hasan from murdering 13 American soldiers and wounding more than 30 others, at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009. See the testimony in Lessons from Fort Hood for details.

The FBI failed to stop Islamic terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik from murdering 14 people in San Bernardino, California, on December 2, 2019. The FBI believed Omar Mateen was not a threat, and did nothing to stop the Islamic State supporter from murdering 49 people in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. That year, the FBI was busy with other operations.

The FBI launched the Midyear Exam operation to keep Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. The FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation targeted candidate and President Trump. As Julie Kelly recalls, the FBI framed Gen. Michael Flynn, misled the FISA court, doctored correspondence, and used a fake dossier against President Trump and his allies. In the style of the Soviet KGB, politicians point out the man and the FBI creates the crime.

Like Robert Mueller and James Comey, Christopher Wray was never an FBI agent and has no record of preventing terrorism. Wray has reverted to the policy of the composite character David Garrow charted in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. He purged the FBI of material on Islamic terrorism and targeted people dedicated to bourgeois trifles such as the Constitution, limited government, and individual rights.

With these Americans targeted and Islamic jihadists ignored, the FBI will have no more success at stopping actual terrorism than they did before September 11, 2001. Twenty years later, conditions favor the jihadists.

“It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country,” explains 9/11 and Terrorist Travel: Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. With Biden opening up the border, terrorists will not even need the visas they so easily procured before 9/11.

The latest issue of al Qaeda’s online magazine, titled “Praise and Guidance,” urges “attacks against the American enemy, whether inside its homeland, which is preferred, or outside.” For the best success, “try to always choose a location where it is hard for those gathered to find shelter, hide, or escape. Do this to ensure that the largest number of people are killed.”

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Photo credit: 9/11 Photos


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Leftwing Losers - J. R. Dunn


by J. R. Dunn

Revolutions demand a particular type of personality – intelligent, heartless, ruthless, and decisive. That's not what the Dems have got.


I admit I was worried last January. It really seemed as if the Left had taken it all and that nothing stood between them and their goals. The Supreme Court, Electoral College, HR-1, criminalization of firearms, rollback of immigration reforms, and all that just to start. 

I wasn’t alone in this. Submissions here at AT relentlessly beat the doom and damnation drum: it was all over. The Terror was about to begin. Prepare for the American Gulag.

But all the time, something kept telling me: they’re leftists -- they will screw it up.

What a difference six months makes. The race has not gone to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

At this point, the American Left is in complete disarray. Not one of their policies has been put into effect. One clear effort at reversing Donald Trump’s policies – opening up the border – has developed into a debacle that has humiliated the Zhou Biden administration. 

The Dems are even suffering dissidence from their own ranks – something unheard of in previous epochs, and that they don’t know how to deal with.

Most telling, though, has been the fate of their elites, the people they were depending on to push forward their agenda. To turn scriptural once again: How are the mighty fallen!

The first of these to go was America’s premier stealth leftist, Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania. Wolf stumbled into office largely due to the ineptness of his predecessor, Tom Corbett (no, they’re not really original with first names in PA), a GOPe nonentity that seems to be all that PA is capable of producing.  

Wolf was, amazingly, even more nondescript. Wolf was memorable only for his almost perfectly egg-shaped head. He knew he was undistinguished, and often joked about it in the media. A cookie-cutter leftist, he could have used this quality to pass anything he wanted. But, as is customary with PA governors, he did little of note right up until the outbreak of COVID. Then Tom Wolf seized his moment.

Wolf quickly adapted the most extreme tactics of Gretchen Wilmer, Phil Murphy, and Andrew Cuomo. Businesses were shut down statewide, along with churches, clubs, and most everything else. Hospitals were paralyzed. As in New York and New Jersey, the sick were sent to nursing homes, with the same ghastly results.

Nothing much was said about this – nothing at all in the media – but it penetrated anyway. Pennsylvanians may be stolid to the point of aggravation, but they do have their limits, and Wolf breached those.  In last May’s elections, voters stripped Wolf of emergency powers, shifting them instead to the legislature. They voted to end lockdowns and mask mandates, reopen the schools, and put the state back into business once more.

A spiteful Wolf responded by doubling down on the mandates two days later, but it didn’t matter – PA residents simply stopped paying attention. Lame-duck Wolf had been dealt as serious a rebuke as any governor in recent memory.

On to Anthony Fauci. What can be said about St. Anthony of Wuhan that hasn’t been said so far? This is the man, who, working virtually singlehanded, turned the country’s pandemic response into a circus. If COVID had been anywhere near as deadly as was claimed, we’d have been knee-deep in corpses by Spring 2020.

At the same time, the media went into overdrive in its attempt to deify a man whom coworkers called “Little Napoleon.” Fauci appeared on the cover of virtually every major magazine (Time portrayed him with a halo). His pronouncements featured relentlessly on all media online and off, though often his reversals were somehow overlooked. Children were treated to *comics, coloring books, and cartoons featuring their friend Tony.

Then we discovered the explanation for all the confusion and contradiction. Plainly said, the fox had been given charge of the henhouse. In revelations that skirted the very limits of belief, it developed that Fauci had been directly responsible for the COVID outbreak. Along with others both inside and outside the government, Fauci had funded the creation of COVID-19 through “gain-of-function” research, in which disease pathogens are genetically modified to make them more deadly to humans. Since this was far too dangerous to be done in the U.S., arrangements were made with China, where the government cares no more for the health of the populace than it would an ant’s nest. What followed was as difficult to foresee as in Robert Heinlein’s dictum: “seeing two trains approaching each other on the same track and predicting a collision.”

Was all the confusion an intentional effort to draw attention from Fauci’s involvement? That’s an obvious conclusion and one worthy of serious investigation, and Rand Paul is taking steps in this direction. But these revelations, along with Fauci’s outright lies and denials, have served to knock him off his pedestal. Though he continues to predict woe and damnation from various COVID mutations while insisting that we all wear masks until the return of the glaciers or the Second Coming, whichever happens first, nobody is paying attention. I pity whoever purchased the film rights.

Our third example is Kamala Harris, risen from incompetent attorney general to incompetent vice-president. That decision, like so much else in 2021, remains unexplained. Harris dropped out of the presidential race early, gaining the interest and enthusiasm of no one, including her father and California political powerhouse Willie Brown, her ex sugar daddy. Though she ticked off the “female” and “minority” boxes, she did so inadequately, being of Caribbean and Hindu descent.

So while little was expected of her, she managed to disappoint even those hopes. In her first foreign affairs effort, she managed to embarrass both herself and the United States before the assembled heads of the Central American nations, generally not a difficult bunch to impress.  In Mexico, President Andres Lopez-Obrador referred to her as “Kabala,” confusing her either with Jewish mystics or a sporting goods chain.

Harris’ downfall was completed by her entanglement in the “border crisis.” In a move that in anyone else would have been Machiavellian, Biden named her “border czar,” with the mission of solving the crisis that Biden himself had triggered days after entering office. Harris proceeded to dawdle for several months, taking no action though under heavy pressure from within the Beltway and, interestingly enough, the media. At last, she was booted into action by none other than Donald J. Trump, whom the administration desperately wants people to forget about. The Orange Cthulhu appeared at the actual crisis point near McAllen, made a number of loud and completely sensible pronouncements, applauded Governor Greg Abbott’s program to complete the border wall using state resources, and heaped abject humiliation on the Asterisk administration.

Harris made a pale jab a few days later, appearing for a couple of hours at El Paso – several hundred miles from the center of action – letting out a cackle or two and racing back to D.C.

If the Democrat scheme involving Harris was to 25th Amendment Biden out of office and replace him with Kamala, they’ll need to think again.

As for our final example… well, there are plenty of choices. We have Merrick Garland, whom we were assured not too long ago was Supreme Court caliber, the living equivalent of Marshall or Holmes, but who turns out to be the kind of mutt you hire to run a witch-hunt. We have Lori Lightfoot, who offers undeniable proof that a lesbian can be as incompetent a mayor as anybody, and to make things bipartisan, we have Brad Raffensperger, whose cries get louder as he sinks deeper into the morass of November 3rd election fraud. (It was just revealed that at least 10,500 and as many as 35,000 fraudulent votes have been identified in Georgia. Raffensperger had ‘em tossed into the kitty.)

Then we have Gavin Newsom, High Lord Autocrat of California, the Great White Democratic hope,  and future Democratic presidential material.

Any California governor could make his political career and vault onto the national stage with a few simple, bold moves. Wildfires out of control? Order the brush cut. The worst crime rate in the country? Get the cops out on the street. Power outages? Vow to build power plants and build ‘em big.

Newsom, a standard Left Coast Democrat, did none of these things. Instead, he doubled down on the old left-wing policies. While lieutenant governor he promoted Prop. 47, which decriminalized a range of felonies, and Prop. 64, which legalized pot. On taking office as governor in 2019, he put a moratorium on capital punishment as the product of “a racist system.” Over the next year, he produced two executive orders, a transgender order that legalized the entire transexual agenda, and an order phasing out all internal combustion cars by 2035. He also shut down fracking, tried to shunt the homelessness problem onto individual municipalities by suing them for not provided low-cost housing, and in a truly Kafkaesque decision, cancelled both ends of the disastrous high-speed rail project while continuing work on the middle section.

By the second year of his term, California was in free fall – effectively broke, brownouts occurring throughout the southern half of the state, homeless taking over entire neighborhoods, crime skyrocketing, and women’s prisons and jails collapsing into chaos as putative “transwomen” went on rape sprees.

Then came COVID. Newsom responded with an authoritarianism matched only by Wolf and Whitmer. He commandeered hotels and hospitals, made masks mandatory, closed bars and restaurants, and went so far as to issue a “stay-at-home” order commanding everybody in the state to keep off the streets (though he didn’t threaten to arrest them, like they did in Ontario). It was all to no avail – COVID spread like wildfire. When vaccines became available, Cali had the most sluggish distribution of any major state.

Even before that, voters decided they’d had enough. Several previous attempts to recall Newsom had foundered, but the recall effort of Autumn 2020 took off as if it had been built by Jeff Bezos. By April, the effort had achieved 1.5 million signatures, 300,000 of them Democrats. It was clear that Newsom’s greatest achievement would be to become the second California governor recalled in twenty years. There would never be a President Newsom, and he was nobody’s fair-haired boy anymore.

Not that this will save California, which, after all, is the state that revealed Conan to be a wimp.

What it comes down to, in the end, is that the American Left is crafty but not bright. They can cheat – and on the grandest scale. They can lie, and they do so every day. They can manipulate as effectively as any Bundy or Dahmer. But they don’t have the killer instinct.

They truly do want a revolution, their “fundamental transformation” of the country and our way of life. But revolutions demand a particular type of personality – intelligent, heartless, ruthless, and decisive. The Lenins and the Stalins, the Castros and the Pol Pots. Amid Obama with his month-long vacations, Bernie with his artfully disarrayed hair, Hillary with her bottle, and Biden with his maimed brain, no such figure is visible among the Democrats.

Images: Governor Tom Wolf, Bluerasberry, Mark Warner, Thomas Hawk

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