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There is no such thing as Neutral

[Note: A few days ago, Donald Trump cheerfully announced that he plans to be "neutral" on the Israeli-Palestinian situation. This column is dedicated to him. - LB]

"How's your new Muslim boyfriend?" I teased my friend Casey. "Oh c'mon," she said. "He's a perfectly normal person. He's not religious. He drinks, he goes to the bar, he hangs out with my Jewish friends--
"And," she added, "I asked him what he thought about the Israeli-Palestinian situation, and he said 'Both sides are so crazy, they just keep on fighting, there will never be peace."

She smiled at me as if to say See? He's not a hater. He's just like everybody else.

And he is. Because "both sides are crazy, both sides just keep on fighting" is just how most well-meaning Americans would describe the conflict.

Those who believe this are decent people. They pride themselves on being able to see past the cheap sloganeering of "Free Palestine!" on one side and "Am Yisrael Chai!" on the other. They understand there are two sides to every story. It's nuanced, they say. It's complicated.

Well, I'm here to tell those well-meaning people that that's total bullshit.

Let me clarify.

The "cycle of violence" is bullshit. Stabbing an old lady on a bus and being shot for stabbing an old lady on a bus are not the same thing. No other country in the civilized world would tolerate Israel-like levels of terrorist attacks.

"There's hate on the Israeli side too" is bullshit. A friend said this to me, before comparing Abbas' "Jews' filthy feet defiling al Aqsa" comment to her teenage son's Israeli friend, who once guiltily confided that he "sometimes felt like he hated Arabs." Sorry, but that's apples and oranges: there's nothing in Israel comparable to the institutionalized anti-semitism and anti-Zionism of the Palestinians (paid for largely by you, American Taxpayer! )

"They're just frustrated because they want their own state like the Jews have Israel" is bullshit. They could have had their own state in 1948, and at least four times since. They said no each time. They don't want a state, they want the State—of Israel.

In other words, "It's complicated" is bullshit.

One side gives up land for peace. The other side takes the land, but instead of peace, gives Qassam rockets and terror tunnels in return. (But guess who gets accused of "not making the tough choices for peace"?)

One side goes over and above what any other military does to avoid harming civilians. The other side uses civilians as human shields. (But guess who gets told it's "not trying hard enough to avoid civilian casualties"?)

One side is a diverse, vibrant country of Arabs, Jews, and Christians of all colors and national origins. The other side has been doing its best to make the West Bank Jew-free for years, and has already announced that the putative state of Palestine will be 100% Judenrein. (But guess who gets accused of "apartheid"?)

Do both sides have rights? Of course. Does each side agree that the other has rights? Sadly, no. And that's why it's all such bullshit—and so tragic.

What I learned from Flint

Flint Michigan has been in the headlines of Local, National and International press for weeks. The reason is because, some folks who knew and some who didn't poisoned and potentially killed Flint residents. Many who don't like the Republican Governor have shaken their fingers and said, see, that's why you don't want to run government like a business. And the other side just wanted to blame the EPA or a government agency. There is some truth to both arguments but I think there is a larger point that everyone is missing.

I spent many years at Wayne State University getting my degree in Public Affairs. One of the major things that I have learned is that one of the most misunderstood terms that people throw around is "Career Politician". What I hear is, "We don't want qualified pencil pushers". Let me explain. Both Barack Obama and Rick Snyder are very similar in their complete lack of political experience. In fact, Obama had more than Snyder, albeit not so much. When you have relative newbies to the political scene in Lansing or Washington, it comes with a lot of mistakes. These mistakes come in the form of political appointments.

Political appointments are not a dirty word. These folks whether you like it or not, are what keep your water running, literally. Without knowledgeable and experienced political folks, things can go disastrously bad. Nationally, we have seen this play out, but that is for another time. Lest people think that I am blaming President Obama for anything that happened in Flint, I am not. The buck and blame must be placed with the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder. He is to blame, based on the ineptitude of not knowing the system, the business.

Government is a business. It is has its own particulars and nuances. Understanding these, is crucial to running it properly. That is why some of the seemingly more successful politicians were not always the cleanest of person or character. Political appointments done for the sake of scratching your friend's back, does not work in the real world. The real shame of the Flint malfeasance is that it was all preventable. Government must be run like the business that it is. It needs people in seats that understand what is happening and how to deal with the issues that come up. It needs the pencil pushers with knowledge of the material and the system. And the voters must realize that while the political labels matter in the general sense, competency and political experience is a must.

Soldier of Allah

Did you happen to see Dennis Prager's excellent article about Obama's mosque visit?

"President Obama spoke a lot of nonsense, some of it dangerous," says Prager.

Here are two samples, with comments:

Obama: "So let's start with this fact: For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam's message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from salaam--peace."

Prager continued, "Why did Obama say this? Even Muslim websites acknowledge that "Islam" means "submission" [to Allah], that it comes from the Arabic root "aslama" meaning submission, and that "Islam" is in the command form of that verb."

. . .

Obama: "These are the voices of Muslim scholars, some of whom join us today, who know Islam has a tradition of respect for other faiths."

Another falsehood. Islam has no such tradition. Islam has always demanded that Jews and Christians be treated as humiliated second-class citizens--when not forced to choose between conversion or death.

Reading this account, something a little chilling occurred to me:

Who, really, was this speech for?

Not the people at the mosque, surely. That audience of all audiences had to know Obama was lying. They sat there and let him lie because they were part of the kabuki theater that is the Obama anti-Islamophobia road show.

So, who was he talking to? To us.

He wants AMERICANS to believe that 'Islam' means 'peace'. He wants us to think that Islam is "part of the fabric of this nation" when in fact, as Prager points out, it isn't. He pretends there's an epidemic of discrimination against Muslims--that WE have the problem, not the Islamists--while ignoring the real problem of growing antisemitism.

One Islamic principle Obama didn't mention in his speech is taqqiyah. Taqqiyah is the principle that says that lying in the service of Islam is not only ok, it's encouraged.

There are really only three possibilities: either Obama is an idiot, or he's so delusional he really believes what he says, or he is practicing taqqiyah. I'll leave it to you to decide.

Is Donald Trump a Nazi?

It wouldn't be a boring day without a mindless liberal Facebook friend speculating that Donald Trump is a Nazi. Frankly, conservatives and republicans don't make those types of comparisons. On our side we question people’s love for God and Country. Most of the time we are correct, but still get raked over the coals for making such statements. Yet, the farther Trump goes in his bid for the White House, the more we will hear such claims. So let's dive right in and do some fun comparative analysis.

Adolf Hitler was a veteran of WWI and got involved in politics soon after. He attempted a coup of the government and was imprisoned. In prison he wrote a book called Mein Kampf that was a step by step plan to exterminate European Jewry. Later, Hitler worked his way, not so cleanly, to becoming the Dictator of Germany and exterminated and murdered over 10 million people. He also led the world into WWII. Along with Stalin, Pol Pot and a few others, he is considered one of the universes most evil people EVER!

Donald Trump was born into a wealthy family in New York. He was given control of his family's business and went on to build many casinos and hotels. He wrote his book, the art of the deal, presumably at his computer. In all his books he talks about how great the United States is. Trump is running for President and won a primary in New Hampshire. While extremely bombastic and slightly self-absorbed, he seems by most accounts to be a decent person.

I digress. While Donald Trump is not my first or second choice for the Republican candidate, these smears and comparisons must stop. That may be too much to ask from the left these days, but thought I would try.

Nitsana Is My Homegirl

It's depressing to think about how anti-Israel most of the media is. The fact that the deeply biased Diaa Haddad is still allowed to write New York Times articles about Israel is shocking, and why people like NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin still have their jobs after lying ON AIR I don't know. (Ayman lied so blatantly the MSNBC host had to correct him. Yeah, you read that right: so wrong he had to be corrected by an MSNBC host.)

But here's one depressing story with a somewhat happy ending.

An amazing Israeli lawyer named Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is doing some amazing things at Shurat HaDin, also known as the Israel Law Center. Nitsana and her attorneys battle terrorists in the courtroom. They've won millions of dollars for the victims of terror attacks, including a record $655 million judgment last year against the PLO. (You may recall the State Department whining about this, and how it would hurt the Palestinians if they had to pay.) 

She also stopped a second flotilla ship from trying to break the Gaza blockade—by threatening to sue the insurance company that was covering the boat. In other words, Nitsana and her team are winning real battles against the Islamic fundamentalists our own government won't even admit exist.

Shurat HaDin is now suing Facebook "for not doing more to prevent incitement against Israel." Facebook claims there's nothing they can do. But we all know that's BS. To help prove that Facebook can and does remove offensive sites when it feels like it, Shurat HaDin ran a neat little experiment recently:

"On December 29, 2015 we began posting nearly identical incitement content and video materials on [two] Facebook pages.

-On the “Stop Israelis” page, we featured a post that stated “The Zionist bites Palestine part after part and the world is silent. We’ll stop them any way we can.”

-At the same time, we posted content on the “Stop Palestinians” page that stated, “Greater land Israel should return soon from the hands of the Muslim enemy back to Jewish sovereignty! We’ll do it in any way we can.” On December 30, 2015, two days after the experiment began, we reported both pages to Facebook and requested that they be removed for posting hateful and violent content.

Facebook was very quick to respond to our reports. On the same day that we filed the report, the “Stop Palestinians” page that incited against Palestinians was removed by Facebook. Facebook sent us a response stating that the page was removed for “containing credible threat of violence” which “violated our community standards.”

On the other hand, the “Stop Israelis” page that incited against Israelis, was not removed. We received a response from Facebook stating that the page was “not in violation of Facebook’s rules.” "

Oh, btw: Facebook was finally shamed into taking down the anti-Israeli page—six days after they'd happily removed the anti-Palestinian page.

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