Sunday, January 25, 2009

Joe Wurzelbacher reporting from Sderot

Watch the report here.

The mayor of Sderot reminds us that approximately 7500 rockets have blasted away at his city over the last 7 & 1/2 years. Do the math people! That's an average of 1000 rockets / year. That's approaching 100 rockets / month. Three /day.

And yet Israel and Israelis are the ones vilified by the lamestream media. We live in upside-down world!

More Truth about the Middle East

A near perfect analysis on the situation can be found at Victor Davis Hanson's website.

January 23, 2009
Israel’s Fight for Survival
by Bruce Thornton
Front Page Magazine

Israel’s fight for survival is not only against Hamas, Hezbollah, and their state sponsors Syria and Iran. Equally formidable, if more insidious, are those in the West whose virulent hatred of Israel imperils her existence. This antipathy among Western academics, commentators, and reporters is itself a reflection of the larger moral and intellectual corruption that endangers not just Israel but Western civilization. The media coverage of the current Israeli offensive against Hamas and its rockets in Gaza bears all the signs of this irrational and incoherent hatred of the only country in the Middle East in which the rule of law, human rights, and political freedom — all the boons we Westerners take for granted — are respected in ways impossible to duplicate in any Muslim Arab country.
Just as with the Lebanon offensive of 2006, the Western media report events in terms of a prefabricated narrative shorn of historical fact and context. In this mythic paradigm, Israel is the neo-colonial, neo-imperialist minion of late capitalism, an outpost of Western aggression and exploitation of the dark-skinned Third-World “other” whose land has been stolen and whose people have been displaced. All the dysfunctions of the West, so this tale goes, such as racism and xenophobia, are expressed in Israel’s treatment of her victims. Hence the mechanisms of Zionist “apartheid” such as checkpoints, walls, restrictions on movement, “refugee” camps, “displaced” persons, and the brutal indifference and “disproportionate” response of Israel’s U.S.-financed military machine. Muslim “terrorism” is explained away as the understandable response on the part of those subjected to this oppression and lacking the resources to fight back. Thus they can be forgiven for being caught up in the “cycle of violence” whose prime mover is Israel.
This narrative is gratifying to those Westerners who think that a hatred of one’s own civilization is a sign of intellectual sophistication. But it’s possible only by dint of massive historical ignorance. Take, for example, the very term “Palestinian,” used as though it referred to a distinct people. Yet the majority of so-called Palestinians are indistinguishable from the Arab Muslims in Syria, Jordan, or Lebanon. The very word itself is from the Latin word for “Philistine,” and was the Orwellian name the Romans gave the region after it destroyed what was left of the Jewish nation that had existed in the region for a thousand years. Later the term was an Ottoman name for an administrative district, and as such was used to describe the Jews who lived there as well as the Arabs.
The current usage of “Palestinian,” then, does not reflect historical reality but rather political propaganda whose purpose is to obscure historical fact, just as the Romans had attempted to erase the Jewish nation. Once the Arab world painfully realized that it could not defeat Israel militarily, it cast the war against Israel in terms that would appeal to Western ideals –– as a struggle of national self-determination, an ideal, by the way, alien to Islamic history and ideology. Now those wretched “Palestinian refugees,” who are in fact a creation of the Arab states that refused to integrate their brother Arabs into their own nations, became photogenic icons of suffering used to undermine Israel’s legitimacy in the eyes of Westerners addled by noble-savage multiculturalism and trite Marxist critiques of capitalism and “imperialism.”
Such historical ignorance crops up everywhere in the thinking of Israel’s enemies. Israel is an “illegitimate” state, even though it was created by the same process that created Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia –– the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire that followed World War I, and that was ratified by the League of Nations and then the U.N. The 600,000 Palestinian refugees are an intolerable injustice, yet we never hear a word about the 800,000 Jews expelled by Egypt, Iraq, and other Muslim nations after 1948. Nor are we told why the Palestinian refugees deserve such international concern and outrage as compared, say, to the 1.2 million Greeks whom the Turks expelled from lands that Greeks had inhabited for 2000 years, or to the 12 million Germans kicked out of Eastern Europe after World War II.
“Occupation” of a “homeland” is another of Israel’s crimes, yet no one talks about the Arab occupation of Spain for seven centuries, the occupation of Greece and the Balkans for five centuries, and the continuing Muslim occupation of Asia Minor, Egypt, North Africa, and the eastern Mediterranean littoral, regions that were Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian for centuries before they were conquered and occupied by Muslims. And of course, no mention will be made of the historical fact that what today is called the West Bank, the presumed Palestinian “homeland,” is ancient Judea and Samaria, the heart of the Jewish homeland for 1000 years. Likewise, “occupation” of the holy Muslim city of Jerusalem is another outrage, even though Jerusalem is extensively documented as a Jewish city and holy site dating back to 1300 B.C., and only became Muslim in the 7th Century by violent conquest. And while Israel, after retaking Jerusalem in a defensive war, has allowed Muslims to occupy the Temple Mount and keep the mosque there, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, once the second-most important church in Christendom, is in the hands of Muslim Turks
whose ancestors defaced its once-glorious mosaics after the brutal sack of Constantinople.
In other words, historically Muslims have violated, and continue to violate, every principle by which Israel is deemed an international pariah, yet rarely do we hear anything other than perfunctory denunciation of Islamic bigotry and violence. This double standard, whereby the West and Israel are held accountable to principles that are not applied to Muslims, partly accounts for the moral incoherence of Israel’s Western critics. Hence to Israel’s critics, the inadvertent deaths of non-combatants resulting from Israel’s attempts to defend its citizens are condemned more vehemently and obsessively than the deliberate murder of women and children by the Arab jihadists. These terrorists, moreover, use their own people as expendable propaganda assets precisely because they have taken the measure of the Western media, which can be depended upon to provide inflammatory coverage of Palestinian suffering without providing the moral context that identifies who is responsible for that suffering.
This failure of Western moral and historical intelligence represents the greatest danger to Israel’s survival, and it exposes the fatal weakness of the West––a loss of confidence in the very values and beliefs that have created the ideals, such as freedom and human rights, without which life is intolerable.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What really happened in the Middle East

The war is not about land. Arabs were not evicted from their homes or from the area. Jews were driven out of every Middle Eastern country they existed in (although some are held essentially hostage in Iran today). These refugees were welcomed into Israel, of course.

Arabs were given 90% of the original Balfour Mandate for a state of their own. It's called Jordan. Apparently 90% wasn't enough.

Do you want to know the truth? See for yourself.

Again, I say to all of you, choose a side! I challenge especially my fellow Christians. Support The Apple of God's Eye! When you hear lies in the media about Israel, write/email/call. When you hear politicians lie about Israel, call/write/email. And most importantly, when you hear individuals in your own life repeat those lies, set them straight. Show them the facts in a kind, loving, but firm manner and make them see the truth so that their decision is fully informed.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Why don't the "palestinians" control their children?

Carl in Jerusalem has a post up (with video) entitled "Hamas terrorists, surrounded by kids, fire at IDF helicoptor".

Carl goes on to say...

What's striking in each of these videos is how there are kids everywhere and NO effort is made to protect them from the action. In fact, the terrorists shooting at the helicopter surround themselves with kids - mostly boys aged about 10-13.

What the hell is wrong with these people? Why are the streets in a war zone simply lousy with teenage and pre-teen boys? What kind of parent would allow their child out in a war zone?

Golda Meir was right.

Except in Israel, there appears to be no respect for human life at all in the middle east.

Monday, January 12, 2009

God Bless Joe The Plumber! er, I mean, Joe The Journalist!

Joe the Plumber is reporting for pajamastv! Read about his trip and see his first report here!

A few snippets from Bob Owens...

Pajamas TV is turning Joe the Plumber into a journalist, and the media class doesn’t like it one bit.

Joe Wurzelbacher is in Israel with a television crew in tow to talk to Israeli civilians about the war with Hamas in Gaza, and quite a few journalists — including the author of this media blog — seem personally offended that an out-of-work plumber who was recently the focus of their snarky asides might soon be counted as a peer.

On the surface, their complaint seems to be that that being a war correspondent — among the most glamorous and dangerous of media assignments — requires a specialized journalism background.

At the risk of bruising the fragile egos of some of these journalists — no, it doesn’t.

Mr. Owens goes on to list Stephen Crane, Ernie Pyle, Michael Yon, Michael Totten ... none of whom were officially trained journalists.

Well good for you Joe Wurzelbacher! This is America! You can be/do anything you want! You were a plumber and now you're a journalist! Go get 'em!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Demons of Gaza by Ralph Peters

Ralph Peters gives us a near perfect assessment of the situation. I wasn't going to post the entire article but it's just too good to miss a single word.

Israel hasn't killed a single civilian in the Gaza Strip. Over a hundred civilians have died, and Israeli bombs or shells may have ended their lives. But Israel didn't kill them.

Hamas did.

It's time to smash the lies. The lies of Hamas. The UN lies. And the save-the-terrorists lies of the global media.

There is no moral equivalence between Hamas terrorists and Israeli soldiers. There is no gray area. There is no point in negotiations.

Hamas is a Jew-killing machine. It exists to destroy Israel. What is there to negotiate?

When Hamas can't kill Jews, it's perfectly willing to drive Palestinian civilians into the line of fire - old men, women and children. Hamas herds the innocent into "shelters," then draws Israeli fire on them. And the headline-greedy media cheer them on.

Hamas isn't fighting for political goals. "Brokered agreements" are purely means to an end. And the envisioned end is the complete destruction of Israel in the name of a terrorist god. Safe in hidden bunkers or in Damascus, the Hamas leadership is willing to watch an unlimited number of civilians and even street-level terrorists die.

Lives, too, are nothing but means to an end. And dead kids are the coins that keep the propaganda meter ticking.

All Hamas had to do to prevent Israel's act of self-defense was to leave Israel unmolested by terror rockets. All Hamas needs to do now to stop this conflict and spare the Palestinian people it pretends to champion is to stop trying to kill Israelis and agree to let Israel exist in peace.

Hamas didn't, and Hamas won't.

Now Israel has to continue its attack, to wreak all the havoc it can on Hamas before a new American president starts meddling. If Israel stops now, Hamas can declare victory just for surviving - despite its crippling losses. While it's impossible to fully eliminate extremism, killing every terrorist leader hiding in a Gaza bunker is the only hope of achieving even a temporary, imperfect peace. The chance may not come again.

And don't worry about " Hamas.

Israelis, Americans and Westerners overall share a tragic intellectual blind spot: We're caught in yesterday's model of terrorism, that of Arafat's PLO, of the IRA, the Red Brigades or the Weather Underground. But, as brutal as those organizations could be, they never believed they were on a mission from God.

Yesteryear's terrorists wanted to change the world. They were willing to shed blood and, in extreme cases, to give their own blood to their causes. But they didn't seek death. They preferred to live to see their "better world."

Now our civilization faces terrorists who regard death as a promotion. They believe that any action can be excused because they're serving their god. And their core belief is that you and I, as stubborn unbelievers, deserve death.

Their grisly god knows no compromise. To give an inch is to betray their god's trust entirely. Yet we - and even some Israelis - believe it's possible to cut deals with them.

In search of peace, Israel handed Gaza to the Palestinians, a people who had never had a state of their own. As thanks, Israel received terror rockets. And the Palestinian people got a gang war.

Peace is the last thing Hamas terrorists and gangsters want. Peace means the game is up. Peace means they've disappointed their god. Peace means no more excuses. They couldn't bear peace for six months.

This is a war to the bitter end. And we're afraid to admit what it's about.

It's not about American sins or Israeli intransigence. It's about a sickness in the soul of a civilization - of Middle-Eastern Islam - that can only be cured from within. Until Arabs or Iranians decide to cure themselves, we'll have to fight. Instead, we want to talk. We convince ourselves, against all evidence, that our enemies really want to talk, too, that they just need " for is terrifying.

Yet, it's understandable. Barack Obama's entire career has been built on words, not deeds, on his power to persuade, not his power to deliver. But all the caucuses, debates, neighborhood meetings and backroom deal-making sessions in his past haven't prepared him to "negotiate" with men whose single-minded goal is Israel's destruction - and ours.

If Obama repeats the same "peace-process" folly as his predecessors, from Jimmy have-you-hugged-your-terrorist-today? Carter through Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he'll be devoured before he knows he's been bitten.

How many administrations have to repeat the identical error of believing that, deep down inside, terrorists, gunmen and warlords really want peace every bit as much as we do? Israel's enemies aren't just looking to cut a sharp deal. They want to destroy Israel.

Which part of what they shout in our faces is so hard to understand? Israel's foes have been preaching Jew-hatred for so long that even the "moderates" can't turn back now.

And why does the global left hate Israel so? Why would they pull out the stops to rescue Hamas?

Because Israel exposed the lie that a suffering people can't lift itself up through hard work, education and discipline. Israel didn't need the help of a hundred condescending NGOs and their misery junkies.

Because the Holocaust is a permanent embarrassment to Europeans. They need to believe that Israelis are kosher Nazis.

Because, from the safety of cafes and campuses, it's cool to call terrorists "freedom fighters." It makes you feel less guilty when you hit up daddy (or the state) for money. I mean, dude, it's not like you have to, like, live with them or anything, you know?

(The preceding sentence is not a direct quote from Caroline Kennedy.)

Because, above all, the most-destructive racists in the world today are mainstream leftists. Want the truth? The Left codes Israel as white and, therefore, inherently an oppressor. Israel is held to the highest standard of our civilization and our legal codes - and denied the right to self-defense.

But the Left tacitly believes that people with darker skins are inferior and can't be expected to behave at a civilized level. Leftists expect terrorist movements or African dictators to behave horribly. It's the post-modern, latte-sucking version of the "little brown brother" mentality.

The worst enemies of developing societies have been leftists who refuse to hold them to fundamental standards of governance and decency. But, then, the Left needs developing societies to fail to prove that the system's hopelessly stacked against them.

A battered, impoverished, butchered people built a thriving Western democracy in an Eastern wasteland. Israel can never be forgiven for its success.

In this six-decade-old conflict that Israel's intractable neighbors continue to force upon it, there not only are no good solutions, but, thanks to the zero-sum mentality of Islamist terrorists, there aren't even any bad solutions - short of nuclear genocide - that would bring an enduring peace to the Middle East.

And even the elimination of Israel wouldn't be enough. The terrorists would fight among themselves, while warring upon less-devout fellow Muslims.

All Israel can do is to fight for time and buy intervals of relative calm with the blood of its sons and daughters. By demanding premature cease-fires and insisting that we can find a diplomatic solution, we strengthen monsters and undercut our defenders.

And don't believe the propaganda about this conflict rallying Gaza's Palestinians behind Hamas. That's more little-brown-brother condescension, assuming all Arabs are so stupid they don't know who started this and who's dragging it out at their expense.

Gaza's people may not care much for Israelis, but they rue the day they cast their votes for Hamas. Hamas is killing them.

Ralph Peters is a retired U.S. Army officer and the author of "Looking For Trouble."

More Hitleresque cries for genocide

In Los Angeles, people scream for Jews to be put into ovens.

At about 50 seconds in, you'll see the Hezballah flag. The flag of an organization designated by the government as terrorist waving boldly in one of the largest cities in America.

At about 1:20, you can hear "From the river to the see, palestine will be free" which shows you, without any doubt or confusion, exactly what these terrorist supporters want.

The real message begins at about 1:35 where the calls of "long live hitler" and "rest in peach hitler" begin. And at 1:47, calls to "put Jews in ovens" begin.

These people are vile. I always say, if you can't live in a civilized manner on this planet, then get off the planet!

Enough already! You have enough information. Make a choice! You either stand with the apple of God's eye, or you stand with the enemies of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Call the White House. Call your Senators. Call your Congressional Representative. Tell them to stand with Israel! This is more important now than at any time in the last 50 years. The agenda of genocide is in the open. The supporters of genocide have exposed themselves to the world.

Also, call your local police when you see these demonstrations calling for genocide. Surely there is a local statue against the wearing of masks or any sort of covering which obscures one's identity! Demand that these laws be enforced!

Proof of Hamas using human shields

This video shows a map found during the current Cast Lead operation in Gaza. It shows how Hamas deliberately uses private homes and mosques as shields. It shows a powerful anti-tank IED placed near a gas depot which would cause the entire neighborhood to light up.

The palestinians and their willing accomplices in the West constantly harp on the Geneva Convention. These actions would be in violation of the Geneva Convention if palestine were actually a country (which it never has been in the entire history of the world) and a signatory to the Genevea Convention.

Video of Hamas terrorizing palestinians

Hamas terrorizing people; rounding palestinians up and killing them; shooting up a wedding party for the crime of singing. This is far worse abuse than anything Israel has EVER done. Watch as a very young child is taken into a mosque and leaves with a quran and a weapon. In the West, this would be the criminally prosecutable offense of child abuse.

Why then is the world not screeching against the moslems in Hamas? Why do the palestinians not screech to the world over the abuses of Hamas? You know why.

It's 1938 again. Choose a side!

These videos were recorded by palestinians. The narrator is an Arab. May G-d bless him and keep him safe.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ft Lauderdale Mouth Update

I found the original, entire video of the Ft Lauderdale Mouth here (there are quite a few worthwhile vids there). The man who recorded it apparently has a youtube channel called watchobsessiondotorg with clips of other events.

The hate-filled mouth is at about 3:20 in.

It apparently started as a counter protest to some Baptists who were demonstrating in support of Israel. The counter demonstration grew more agitated over several hours especially after an "imam's call to prayer".

This brave man, Tom Trento, was on the "palestinian" side of the demonstration so that we could see what these people really want. In their own words, they quite literally want Israel nuked.

Why do we allow these people in our country? Most of the chanters had accents which indicate they are not from the USA. Deport them!

And look at the fool black American muslim "imam". Islam enslaved more black Africans than the entire rest of the world and continues to do so today!

Don't miss the devil-worshipping freak at about 5:50 who stumbles into the concept of the sin-nature of mankind and the sin nature of the death cult of islam when he says "and we need to try harder as moslems to educate the people about what islam really is so that they can appreciate the beauty of it because once people understand the real beauty of islam they will have no choice but to accept it because they'll realize that it's part of their nature".

OK, nevermind the giant run-on sentence with no punctuation indicating his complete lack of intellect. Rather, focus on what he said.. it's part of their nature. Right. Only if you accept evil you devil-worshipping freakazoid! No thanks. I choose to follow the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Anti-Semetic mouth in Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA!

This video shows an amazing amount of hatred. It's an outrage that someone with this amount of hate lives freely in the West.

For those who don't want to actually hear this hatred, she says, "Go back to the ovens! You need a big oven, that's what you need."

You know who she's saying this to. You know she's a Hamas supporter. You know Hamas wants to literally destroy Israel and kill Jews all over the world. If you don't believe that, then read their charter.

It's 1938 again. Choose your side. The Jewish people are once again under seige. And for those of you who don't care the way I do, then at least be practical and understand that God's Chosen people represent the canary in the coal mine. The islamics hate the Jews. And the Christians. And secularists. And humanists. And Buddhists. And Hindus. And homosexuals. And athiests. And Zoroastrians. No matter who you are, you're on their list. It's just a matter of when will the alligator eat you.

The dichotomy in life is stunning. Last night, I attended "Saved by an Angel". A Holocaust Lecture given by Leon Leyson, the youngest survivor on "Schindler's List". I am so grateful to Chabad House for sponsoring this event. Mr. Leyson experienced more tragedy by age of 10 than most of us experience in a lifetime. His family was forced to live in a ghetto where he was "always hungry". In and out of camps, losing his entire extended family but 4, he considers himself fortunate. He did an amazing thing. He was able to make the choice to go on with life, emigrate to the USA with his aging parents, acquire an education, serve when drafted during Korea, and teach Industrial Arts for 39 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. God saved this man for a purpose. If you don't know his story, then please research it.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

It's 1938 again. I ask again...

What will YOU do? Which side will YOU choose? Well Christians? Get off the fence and defend God's Chosen People!

Near-pogrom in Antwerp (Carl has video)

There was nearly a pogrom in Antwerp on Wednesday (December 31) after Hamas supporters attending a demonstration sponsored by the Arab European League entered the Jewish quarter of the City and rioted there. Antwerp is one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe (after London and Paris, I believe it is the largest).

Carl also has some translations there...

Many Jews in Antwerp did not go on the street Wednesday after the demonstration
from the AEL against the war violence got out of hand.

There was considerable damage done

Also in the Diamantbuurt where many Jews live and work said the chief editor of the weekly Joodse Actueel, Michael Freilich. The Jewish community fears according to him to become victims of vandalism and violence. An internal sms agency from the community warned people to avoid the Diamantbuurt."According to Freilach everyone is afraid that the situation could escalate. We have not experienced this since 2003. Freilich said that his telephone rang off the hook from worried people who don't know what to do


The demonstraters went on a rampage and destroyed car windows, trams, and buses. There were also fights with the police who had closed off the district.

The demonstration in Antwerp began around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. When the police dispersed the demonstration around an hour later the atmosphere was grave and the rioters turned in the direction of the Jewish district. The demonstration in Brussels was quiet.

Carl is right. It's time to leave these hostile locales!

Captain Elie Isaacson tells BBC "Israel has no choice "

This young man is articulate, concise, and an obvious asset to the IDF, Israel, and the Jewish people.

A few quotes...

...we have upwards of a half-million Israelis in lethal danger from rocket attacks as they continue to rain down

...when you have a situation where terrorists are targeting Israeli civilians in their homes in direct breach of their human rights, failure to act is just not an option

And my personal favorite, a description of the appropriate way to treat a homicide/suicide bomber:

One of the ground forces units inside, identified a suicide bomber coming towards them and they successfully intercepted him in time by shooting him on the spot

Operation Cast Lead: Background Briefing 6 Jan. 2009

A very good historical report of the events since 2005 leading to Israel finally defending itself against the terrorist thugs in Gaza.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Welcome to Mordor (aka Hell)

As it says in the sidebar, I'm a Bible-believing Conservative Christian. As such, I believe the scriptures "I will bless he who blesses thee, and I will curse thee who curses thee" in regards to God's Chosen people; those whom we refer to as the Jews and the Israelis.

In light of that, consider the world and it's reaction to the thousands of rockets (6000!) raining down on Israelis the last few years - a big fat yawn! And now consider the world's reaction to Israel finally making an effort to put a stop to it - cries to stop the defensive action, idiots with signs saying "kill all juice" (plausible deniability my @ss!), pro-terrorist demonstrations in Denmark, Australia, etc (just google it up).

I for one will not stand by while the world prepares to ignore another Holocaust! This blog isn't much in the grand scheme of things, but here anti-semitism will be condemned for the evil that it is! Here and in my real world life, Jews will be defended and offered what little protection I have to give. Here, the Jewish people are honored for the enormous contributions they have made to all human-kind.

1938 has returned. What will YOU do to stop it? Where do you stand? What will YOU do when you see the evil right before your eyes?

From Victor Davis Hanson

There is something especially nauseating about the latest Middle East war — scenes of worldwide Islamic protests with photos of Jews as apes, protesters (in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida of all places!) screaming about nuking Israel and putting Jews in ovens, parades of children dressed up with suicide vests and fake rockets, near constant anti-Semitic vicious sloganeering, Gaza mosques stuffed with rockets to be used against civilians — all to be collated with creepy Hamas rhetoric about the annihilation of Israel. This is the world in which we now live.

Almost no other issue in recent memory has illustrated the moral bankruptcy of much of the international community. Hamas has no pretensions, like the PA, of being a governing authority; it used violence to rout the PA and then bragged that its charter pledging the destruction of Israel remained unchanged. Israel evacuated Gaza; Gazans in response looted their own infrastructure, alienated both the PA and Egypt,and then sent off more than 6,000 rockets against Israeli civilians, while eagerly becoming a terrorist puppet of theocratic Iran.

Nothing could be more clear: either the fact that a constitutional republic was trying to avoid civilian casualties while a terrorist organization was intent on killing Jewish civilians as it used its own citizens as shields to protect mostly young male terrorists; or the world's craven reaction to all this.

Again all very creepy — the stuff of Tolkien's Mordor. It is now clear that the so-called and much praised "international community," the hallowed U.N., the revered EU, all pretty much are indifferent to the survival of a democratic Israel, or are actively supportive of its terrorist Hamas enemy. Only the U.S. (for now) stands by a constitutional state in its war against a murderous terrorist clique, with annhilation its aim and religous fascism its creed.

Mark Steyn on Clashing Civilizations although that is quite a misnomer. We are civilized. Those we and the Israelis clash with are barbarians.

according to President Ahmadinejad’s chief adviser Hassan Abbassi, his geopolitical trategy is based on the premise that “Britain is the mother of all evils” — the evils being America, Australia, Israel, the Gulf states, Canada, and New Zealand, all of which are the malign progeny of the British Empire. “We have established a department that will take care of England,” said Mr. Abbassi in 2005. “England’s demise is on our agenda.”

David Warren of The Ottawa Citizen selects Sarah Palin as man of the year.

And indeed, she was the better "man" in all our choices in 2008. With any luck, she'll be at the top of a Conservative ticket in 2012.

My selection for "Man of the Year 2008" is: Sarah Palin.
The citation reads: "For a politician of real accomplishment and promise, who has somehow managed, for the first time since Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, to cut through the verbiage and posturing of an election campaign, and look an electorate in the eye; a politician whose policy instincts are sound, whose wits are sharp, and whose moral vision is unclouded -- who drives all the right people crazy, across party lines."