Archive for March 27th, 2009

Friends of Israel Editor: Accusations Against “Christian Zionists” Couldn’t be “More Slanderous or Perverse”

Friday, March 27th, 2009

We are Christian Zionist.
We support the Nation of Israel as a sovereign country. We believe this nation has roots directly from the ancient Hebrews and Israelites of the Bible, and are one and the same people. We believe the Jews, and by extension, the current Nation of Israel, have exclusive rights to the area commonly known as the “Holy Land”, and have the sole right to determine who is allowed to reside within that territory. We classify ourselves as “brothers” and “sisters” to modern Jews, with a commonality through Almighty God, Creator of the Universe; the same God of the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible, with all of us descended from Adam and Eve of Genesis. We fully support Israel’s right to exist and live peacefully and securely with their neighbors. We fully support Israel’s right to defend herself against all enemies, both internal and external. We consistently pray for our Jewish friends and for God’s protection for the Nation of Israel. We believe Genesis 12:3 where God states: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Few accusations by those who claim to be frontline seekers of peace and tranquility could be more slanderous or perverse. Furthermore, in addition to other gross inaccuracies in the brochure, there is this one: Christian Zionists “treat Israelis and Palestinians not as neighbors to be loved, but as pawns in a cosmic drama of divine vengeance and retribution. The conclusion of this drama involves the death of all non-Christians, including Jews, through apocalyptic warfare or divine judgment.”
No genuine Christian Zionist can justifiably be accused of “the dehumanization of Israelis and Palestinians.” The very hint of such an accusation is preposterous.

Sadly, the clarifying paragraphs of the brochure reveal the guts of an agenda based more on reactionary bigotry than scholarly research and legitimate observation. It is but one more example of an organization that has consistently endorsed, defended, and enabled the most radical elements in society while targeting those with whom it disagrees. Never mind the protestations about an inclusive, loving embrace for all people of faith, stripe, or distinction.

Mark D. Tooley, director of the United Methodist committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, put his finger on the problem. In an article titled “Christian Zionists: The Real Terrorists,” published in December in FrontPageMagazine.com, he wrote, What actually frustrates the NCC is that pro-Israel sentiment in the U.S.-which includes but is far from restricted to evangelicals-has prevented the U.S. from forcing Israel into surrender and a disastrous settlement. A 2003 Pew poll showed that U.S. white evangelicals favored Israel over the Palestinians by 54 to 6 percent, compared to general American support, which tips toward Israel by a robust 41-to-13 percent.

Mainline Protestants and Catholics favored Israel by two-to-one margins. More than 60 percent of evangelicals thought Israel would play a role in the Second Coming, along with 21 percent of Mainline Protestants and one quarter of Roman Catholics.

That Americans as a whole . . . are more partial to Israel than the Palestinian cause is informed not just by Israel’s role in the Bible but by modern history. Democratic Israel is seen as a miraculous regathering of an ancient people into a successful nation state. Terrorist factions often seem more enthusiastic about destroying their Jewish neighbors than creating a country of their own.

And about the claim that Christian Zionists ignore or minimize the suffering of Palestinian Christians, believers in Iraq and Iran, and Muslims under such radical Islamist rules as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the horrifically murderous Sudanese Islamists: Take a look at who is praying, reaching out, rescuing, and speaking out for these beleaguered people. You’ll find that a large majority are Zionist Christians who understand what is going on and other believers, many in Mainline churches, whose compassionate convictions are at odds with their leaders’ prejudices.

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“The New Vigilantes and their Unaccountable Enablers” by Michelle Malkin

Friday, March 27th, 2009

If you think there are no consequences to hysterical, anti-corporate grandstanding in Washington, pay attention to what’s happening across the pond: “This is just the beginning.”

So warned a public letter signed this week by a vigilante group called “Bank Bosses are Criminals.” The thugs claimed responsibility for vandalizing a former financial executive’s home and car in Edinburgh, Scotland. The bank official, Sir Fred Goodwin, was excoriated by U.K. politicians for refusing to give up company pension benefits dubbed “obscene,” “grotesque,” “unjustifiable and unacceptable.” The vigilantes were stoked by a former newspaper editor, one Max Hastings, who wrote a diatribe exhorting citizens to violence:

“The time has come to address the entire robber banker culture. Investment banks have been run not for the benefit of society, customers or even shareholders, but exclusively for the advantage of the bankers themselves. … This is why we must stand outside their homes throwing rocks through the windows until they do.”

This is no marginal movement. Some 3,000 protesters from around the world are expected to wreak havoc on the G20 summit next week in London. What happened at Sir Fred’s house is a mere dress rehearsal. Bankers are being told to dress down to disguise themselves and avoid becoming riot targets.

Demonstrators are threatening to hang effigies. Protest organizer and university professor Chris Knight vowed worse: “We are going to be hanging a lot of people like Fred the Shred from lampposts on April Fools’ Day, and I can only say let’s hope they are just effigies. To be honest, if he winds us up any more, I’m afraid there will be real bankers hanging from lampposts, and let’s hope that that doesn’t actually have to happen.”

How soon before we see this same kind of anarchic domestic terrorism on this side of the Atlantic? It’s already here.

Animal-rights terrorists have firebombed researchers’ homes, Molotov cocktail-bombed their cars, and been convicted of inciting threats, harassment and vandalism against employees of a private company engaged in animal research. Environmental terrorists have set private real estate developments on fire. Self-proclaimed “bank terrorist” Bruce Marks of the government-supported Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, whom I reported on last March, has been threatening bank employees in their homes and harassing their children for years. And last weekend, of course, the radical ACORN mob and its corporate shakedown allies chartered a bus — with twice as many outrage-stoking mainstream media photographers in tow — to menace AIG executives at their homes.

Democratic Rep. Barney Frank shrugged off testimony from AIG CEO Edward Liddy concerning death threats leveled against the company’s employees. GOP Sen. Charles Grassley recklessly called on executives who accepted retention bonuses to commit hara-kiri. Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ ground troops in the ANSWER coalition waved signs decrying, “CAPITALISM IS ORGANIZED CRIME! STOP AIG!” And 85 House Republicans, led by Minority Whip Eric Cantor, abetted the demagoguery by voting for the retroactive 90 percent bonus tax.

Pundits on both sides of the aisle demonized the business people whose sin was continuing to work for a company that accepted taxpayer funding from Chicken Littles in Washington who forked it over in a blind frenzy. Washington scribe Mort Kondracke joked about boiling the execs in oil. But the families who received the following threats through AIG’s website can’t afford to be so glib. Among the vile messages disclosed this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Hearst Newspapers:

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Biting the Hand that Feed Us – “Spanking” the Wall Street CEO’s Has Consequences

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Consequences

We blogged about the consequences of over taxation. Now I want to talk about the consequences of the flap over the AIG corporate bonuses.

I thought the cartoon above really made the point about the outrage shown to AIG executives who were paid bonuses they were for staying with the beleaguered company. Aside from being contractually correct, targeting these executives is also unconstitutional.
Many of the executives have returned their bonuses, even though they were not legally bound to do so, but did out of fear of the witch hunting congress and senate who threatened to “name names”.

After all of this hoopla over the AIG bonuses and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner request to Congress to give the White House unprecedented powers to seize large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds that aren’t, in their opinions, solvent enough, does the government actually believe that these very same CEO’s are going to be the least bit interested in buying so called “toxic assets”?

I would think this is a true case of Obama and the Pelosi-ites in congress biting the hand that feeds them.

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Israel Successfully Tests ‘Iron Dome’ Interception System

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Iron Dome

The Defense Ministry announced on Thursday evening that it had carried out a variety of tests on the “Iron Dome” rocket interception system over the last few days.

Defense officials described the tests as successful, adding that the creation of a timetable for the system’s installation in the South was in the process.

A Grad-type rocket was successfully intercepted during the tests. Moreover, the tests included the location and uncovering of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, as well as live testing of arms supervision systems against real missiles.

A new battalion responsible for operating the “Iron Dome” will be created in the airforce once the system becomes operational in the coming weeks.

Defense officials said that the results of the tests reinforced research and simulations that were done in preparation, adding that the tests signaled an important stepping stone in the system’s ability to meet the scheduled time for its use.

In January, Israel used Operation Cast Lead to help perfect the interception system. Weapons-development teams had been posted outside Gaza to track the hundreds of rockets fired by terrorists during the three-week offensive against Hamas.

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“Obama Team Eyes Second Amendment” by Oliver North

Friday, March 27th, 2009

On Sunday, November 9, 2008, Rahm Emanuel, now White House Chief of Staff, famously described the Obama administration’s philosophy for governing: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is it is an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” O-Team sycophants in the so-called mainstream media chuckled. Conservatives were alarmed. We now know we had reason to be.

At the time Mr. Emanuel made his comment — five days after the election — we thought he was referring to the ongoing “economic crisis” to justify life-altering legislation on new government spending, social entitlements, higher taxes and massive debt. A quick glance at the Obama budget proves we were right. However, it turns out we grossly underestimated the willingness of the O-Team to apply their carpe crisis maxim to every situation — foreign or domestic.

Anyone who has followed the current travail of the Mexican government in dealing with hyper-violent drug cartels south of the Rio Grande agrees that it is a serious calamity. In 2008, more than 5,800 people were killed in Mexican drug-related violence, double the number in 2007. At least 1,100 have died thus far in 2009.

The $40 billion that drug lords reap annually from U.S., Canadian and European “customers” has fueled massive corruption in Mexico, allowing cartels virtually unlimited power. Ruthless killings of civil, police and military officials who resist has become endemic. When the chief of police in Ciudad Juarez refused a cartel order to resign, he was told that they would kill one of his police officers every 48 hours. Five of his officers were murdered in ten days. The chief quit and went into hiding.

Not all of the problem is south of the border. Well-funded Mexican-affiliated drug gangs operate in at least 230 U.S. cities and towns — keeping their American “clients” supplied — and fighting for “turf.” Last year in Phoenix, Arizona, there were more than 370 drug-related kidnappings. Cartel-related crimes have been reported from Albuquerque to Anchorage and Seattle to Savannah.

Last month Mexico’s courageous and beleaguered President, Felipe Calderon, began deploying military units to fight well-armed narco-terrorists in northern Mexico. On the U.S. side of the border, DEA, ATF, FBI, CBP (Customs & Border Patrol) and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents along with state and local law enforcement officers, commenced a coordinated, multi-state crackdown on drug gangs. According to the Department of Justice, the operation netted 755 drug dealers, money launderers and smugglers.

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