U.S. Shoots Itself In the Foot By Arming ISIS

U.S. Shoots Itself In the Foot By Arming ISIS

Although al-Abadi and other Iraqi and U.S. officials haven’t attached a dollar sign to the lost weaponry and vehicles, a back-of-the-envelope calculation of those losses might look something like this: …

According to Reuters, the U.S.-made weaponry that fell into enemy hands including:

2,300 Humvee armored vehicles @ $70,000 per copy. Total: $161 million

40 M1A1 Abram tanks @ $4.3 million per copy. Total: $172 million

52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems @ $527,337 per copy. Total: $27.4 million

74,000 Army machine guns @ $4,000 per copy. Total: $296 million

The grand total comes to $656.4 million, but experts say those losses represent just a portion of the many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied military equipment that has fallen into ISIS’s hands and is being used against the U.S. and allied forces on the ground in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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As total f’ups of leaders of the ‘free’ world i don’t think it’s possible to beat the current leadership of the USA. Blaming Bush isn’t viable, sooner or later that region would have exploded anyway. The problem with the current leadership (or lack thereof) is that they are incapable to understand the enormous chasm between the civilized world and the law of the jungle in those regions. The major misunderstanding is that whilst the West will try to find a peaceful way out of conflict, the other party sees that as a sign of weakness and an incentive to push even harder

I need no stinking facts: Palestinians dispute autopsy finding of Abu Ain heart attack

I need no stinking facts: Palestinians dispute autopsy finding of Abu Ain heart attack

Palestinian officials called Ziad Abu Ain, 55, who collapsed and died during a scuffle with Israeli border police Wednesday “a martyr” and held Israel responsible for his death. They refused to accept the findings of the overnight Palestinian post mortem in Ramallah that he had died of a heart attack. It was also attended by Israeli and Jordanian pathologists.

To guard against violent outbreaks in protest at the death of the man in charge of Palestinian “Resistance to Jewish Settlement and the Wall,” the Israeli military Thursday sent two battalions of troops and two companies of paramilitary border police to reinforce West Bank security. His funeral was scheduled for Thursday. Abu Ain was known to suffer from a heart ailment as well being a heavy smoker. Israel offered to take part in a joint investigation of the incident with the Palestinian Authority and voiced regret over his death..

 

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Proud Palestinians must lead the fight to reform UNRWA

Proud Palestinians must lead the fight to reform UNRWA

We Palestinians can no longer deny our responsibility for the destiny of our people. For 26 years I have been devoting my life to the mission of defending human rights. I have seen wars and terror. I live in Jerusalem and was brought up in an United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camp in Shuafat, a refugee camp like 58 other UNRWA refugee camps created for the sole purpose of keep Palestinian Arab people in “temporary” conditions, for 65 years, under the false pretense and specious promise of the “right of return” to pre-1948 villages that do not exist.

As a proud Palestinian, I must take responsible for what will happen to our people.

We can no longer deny our responsibility for the future of our people.

UNRWA, to continue its operation, depends on death and the visual suffering of five million Palestinians who continue to wallow in and around UNRWA facilities.

The more Palestinians suffer, the more power goes to UNRWA, which allows it to raise unchecked humanitarian funds and purchase munitions. People ask: Why not abolish UNRWA? Well, this cannot be done.

The only agency that can abolish UNRWA is the UN General Assembly, which has never had the interests of the Palestinian people at heart. After all, the UN rakes in more than $1.2 billion a year as an “incentive” to continue our status as refugees.

People ask: Why not ask the donor nations to defund UNRWA? Do they not realize that a Western defunding of UNRWA would allow nations like Qatar to enter the vacuum, leaving the West with no leverage over UNRWA policy? The point is to influence donor nations to reform UNRWA and predicate future aid to UNRWA on reasonable conditions:

1. Audit all funds allocated to UNRWA, which operates with a $1.2b. budget.

2. Introduce UN High Commissioner for Refugees standards to UNRWA, to encourage permanent refugee settlement.

3. Cancel the UNRWA war curriculum, based on principles of jihad, martyrdom and right of return by force of arms.

4. Demand that UNRWA schools conform to the UNRWA slogan: “Peace Starts Here.”

5. Dismiss UNRWA employees affiliated with Hamas, defined by the donor nations to UNRWA as a terrorist entity.

It is therefore the responsibility of the Palestinian people to rebel against the arbitrary administration of UNRWA, which seeks to perpetuate our refugee status instead of helping our people to strive for a better future.

The Palestinians see that UNRWA is continually cutting back on its activities, devoting most of its budgets to health and education.

UNRWA claims that this is because the contributing countries have not upheld their commitments regarding the transfer of funds. Furthermore, UNRWA provides many more services to the Gaza Strip than it does to the West Bank, and this even further infuriates the residents of the West Bank. Moreover, UNRWA has not raised the salaries it pays to its local workers for years, and, in many cases, has even neglected to pay its workers for months at a time –thus enraging the Palestinians even further and leading to numerous strikes and conflicts.

UNRWA has not conducted a census within the refugee camps for some two decades, and so the organization cannot know how many refugees are living in the camps in the Occupied Territories and in the Diaspora. To this day, the numbers remain unclear. While one source says there are 2.5 million refugees, the Palestinian Authority claims that the number is higher than 6 million. UNRWA, which should be the authoritative source, is silent. So on what figures is UNRWA basing its requests for funds? Do the contributing countries have any idea of what they are contributing to? The Palestinian refugees have lost all hope that UNRWA will make any effort to return them to their original lands (right of return) and they believe that they will have to settle for compensation. But they are concerned that if they don’t bring pressure to bear on UNRWA, these monies, too, will be swallowed up by its vast organizational apparatus.

In my opinion, it is essential to carry out a comprehensive investigation within the refugee camps throughout the entire Middle East, not only to ascertain the precise numbers of refugees, but also to understand what the Palestinian want for themselves, what they wish for, and what they believe they can reasonably expect.

In the eyes of the Palestinians, UNRWA acts a state with its own foreign policy.

And that foreign policy does not serve the best interests of the Palestinian refugees.

I’m saying this as a loyal Palestinian. I’m saying this because I am concerned about my people’s future.

The author is the founder and director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. This article will be part of a special presentation to the British Parliament sponsored by the London-based Henry Jackson Society and the Jerusalem-based Center For Near East Policy Research.

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How Hamas uses Temple Mount

How Hamas uses Temple Mount

The desire of Hamas leaders to ignite the West Bank and fan the flames of the uprising in East Jerusalem is no secret. The calls on the Palestinians to launch a third intifada are openly made during prayers in the mosques, as well as by media channels affiliated with Hamas. In addition, intensive activity has been going on in the field. While, so far, it has apparently not been aimed at setting up terrorist cells designed to carry out attacks, the Palestinians are encouraged and urged to clash with the Israeli security forces and set out on independent terrorist attacks.

The Hamas methods of operation were anticipated by the Palestinian security apparatuses a year ago already. According to a report submitted in December 2013 to PA President Mahmoud Abbas by the PA adviser for security affairs, Gen. Tawfiq Tirawi, officials in the Palestinian security apparatuses warned that the failure of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians would push Hamas into trying to ignite the area. The authors of the report evaluated that Hamas would seek to reorganize its military wing in the West Bank and lead to a third intifada. Officials in the Palestinian security apparatuses anticipated that, rather than sending out suicide terrorists — the way Hamas operated during the second intifada — Hamas members would opt for shooting attacks and other independently launched terrorist attacks by individuals acting on their own.

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Ari Shavit, Martin Kramer, Efraim Karsh en . . . . . Lydda, Lydda, Lydda !!!


Martien Pennings

Een inscriptie op de gevel van de Dahmash Moskee, ook wel genoemd “Kleine Moskee”, in Lydda. In het Arabisch staat er: “De moskee werd gesloten als gevolg van de monsterlijke massamoord gepleegd door de bezettingsmacht in 1948 en werd in 1996 gedeeltelijk heropend.” (FotoMartin Kramer)

Eerst een paar inleidende woorden. Er zijn nu een paar maanden verstreken sinds in de zomer van 2014 Ari Shavit zijn New York Times bestsellende Judas-kus aan Israël in de vorm van een cultuur-verraders-boek in een waarachtig links-narcistische zelfmanifestatie-triomftocht langs alle “literaire” hotspots in Amerika en Europa . . . . . eh . . . . . . . verkocht. Ik heb van dat verschríkkelijke boek alle 17 hoofdstukken één voor één geanalyseerd, steeds onder de titel “Het Stockholm-dualisme van Ari Shavit” met het betreffende hoofdstuk-nummer er achter. Wie naar analyse nummer 17 gaat, vindt onderaan nummertje 16 de hyperlinks naar de analyses…

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Turkey doesn’t want a terrorist state on its borders


Who does…

Turkey Voting For Christmas
By Alan | October 12, 2014 | BBC bias

Interesting take on the world from the BBC.

It has been telling us recently that Turkey is in a dilemma concerning ISIS. On the one hand it doesn’t want a terrorist state on its borders, on the other it doesn’t want to see the Kurds becoming more established and powerful.

So Turkey has plumped to support ISIS…probably not too hard a decision for the Islamist Erdogan who no doubt fancies resurrecting the Ottoman Empire.

Such a stance might also reflect the opinion of Israel as it faces the reality of what a terrorist state on its borders looks like.

BBC R4 promotes unchallenged anti-Israel propaganda and warped histories of Jerusalem


BBC is nowadays a spokesperson for the Islamic State it seems. Their uniquely warped view of reality mostly fits in with the viewpoints professed by the more radical of the ideology

BBC Watch

On September 3rd BBC Radio 4 aired an edition of a programme called ‘Agree to Differ’ which will be repeated on the evening of September 6th and is available here. The title of the edition is “Jerusalem” and the programme is presented by Matthew Taylor – today the chief executive of the RSA and formerly Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to Tony Blair during his premiership.R4 Agree to Differ

At the beginning of the programme Taylor informs listeners:

“…we’re going to give you a completely new way to understand a controversial issue and to decide where you stand.”

“We’re looking at a dispute that’s almost as old as civilization itself. We’re exploring the respective claims of Palestinians and Israelis over the city of Jerusalem.”

That historical illiteracy unfortunately continues throughout the programme with Taylor promoting a variety of bizarre and inaccurate interpretations of historic, political and legal issues as we…

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