Friday, June 11, 2010

In the news...

There are several interesting news items today:

Just as I was ready to move on from the "flotilla story", I ran across this article, and it just has to be circulated, because it is the TRUTH in a sea of lies.

"More evidence Gaza is not starving"

The international community is sticking to the line that the Gaza Strip is a land of destitution where famine grips nearly every family. Comparisons with World War II concentration camps are popular.

But one of the results of the recent failed "humanitarian aid" flotilla to Gaza is that more and more journalists and researches are looking into the Gaza situation and finding it doesn't really reflect what is being written about it.

We already wrote last month about how National Post correspondent Tom Gross discovered gourmet restaurants and Olympic-sized swimming pools in Gaza. Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs has compiled a comprehensive report on the situation in Gaza including several quotes from the mainstream and Arab press that acknowledge Gaza is not starving, and is no worse off than anywhere else in the Middle East.

Wait, it gets better:

To drive home the point, Halevi included a list provided by Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territoris of what Israel sent into Gaza in 2009 (in addition to what was smuggled in or brought in by private business concerns):

Health: 4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicines entered Gaza that year in coordination with the Palestinian Authority and international agencies;

Electricity: Israel continued to supply electricity to Gaza from its power plant in Ashkelon. In addition, 41 truckloads of equipment were transferred for the maintenance of the electrical system in Gaza. Between April and October 2009, Siemens carried out maintenance work on the power system in Gaza, to which more than 100 million liters of diesel fuel were delivered for its operation.

Communications: 45 truckloads of communication equipment were sent to Gaza at the request of the Palestinian Authority.

Water and sewage: 95 truckloads of equipment for water and sewage systems, as well as 3,720 tons of chloride for water purification, were transferred during 2009.

The private sector: 77 percent of the contents of trucks sent into Gaza in 2009 were for the private sector. 257 Palestinian businessmen exited Gaza to Israel, the West Bank, and abroad. 10,871 head of cattle were transferred to Gaza, mainly for the Ramadan and Eid al-Adha holidays. In preparation for winter, 3,607 tons of glass for windows was transferred to Gaza.

Money: Over NIS 1.1 billion (approximately $300 million) was transferred to Gaza in 2009 to fund salaries and the activities of international organizations. In addition, NIS 40 million (approximately $10 million) in worn banknotes were replaced.

Humanitarian aid: 141,390 tons of humanitarian aid were transferred by the international community through Israel, including 115,043 tons of food and 2,990 tons of medicines and medical equipment.

UNRWA: 3,282,000 liters of fuel and diesel were transferred for use by UNRWA. In addition, special equipment for summer camps, including swimming pools, ice cream machines, musical instruments, and sports equipment were transferred to UNRWA.

Agricultural export: The export of flowers and strawberries was approved as part of a joint project with the government of the Netherlands. Since the beginning of the project, more than 7 million flowers and 54 tons of strawberries were exported.

Of course, you won't hear this from the MSM because it doesn't fit in with the political agenda to destroy Israel while bolstering terrorists, but at least a few people can know the truth.

More truths as they relate to the flotilla story:

"IHH Premeditated Violence - Video Statements of Marmara Crew"

In other news...

The Consequences of Media Failure: Demopaths Setting the Global Agenda"

The latest explosion of anti-Israel rage, driven by the Muslim world and echoed by both the MSM and the international diplomatic community, raises important questions. How is it that in a world where North Korea and South Korea may go to war, Iran may get nuclear weapons, and jihadis are killing fellow (non-) Muslims by the dozens in mosques and hospitals, Israel’s killing of nine streetfighting jihadis sets the international agenda?

For some time now, critical observers have warned about the “halo effect” that “human rights” NGOs have benefited from even as they were taken over by radical political activists who had strong links to jihadi organizations and individuals. This halo effect works in two directions: it extends to the “allies” of these hijacked NGOs (“peace activists”) and also to the MSM which tends to convey the “testimony” of the NGOs as reliable news. All of this comes to a grotesque climax in the flotilla affair.

In other words, Qashoo is a particularly unambiguous case of a demopath: someone who presents himself and his companions as pacifists and lovers of humanity even as he chants jihadi songs about wiping out whole populations. Even to Church he shows his hand, by claiming that nothing will stop them, and that they will treat the Israelis as pirates if they try. Demopathy is perhaps jihad’s greatest weapon, precisely because we are so receptive to claims of good will and peaceful intent. Identifying demopaths is one of the most pressing needs of the 21st century, and one of the reasons for that importance is that behind the demopathic fa├žade that invokes human rights and respect for the Muslim minority lies another reality.

This song the fellows on the Mavi Marmara were singing is not just an oddity of that group. It’s a chant of global jihad, sung right under the noses of progressive protesters in the U.S., in the streets of Europe, and around the world. Perhaps the most notable occasion was in London in February 2006, when crowds promising the Europeans a holocaust chanted it in front of the Danish Embassy. These folks made no bones about their intention: their signs promised to bring Europe its very own, well-deserved holocaust. The poetic fancy of the ditty, translated into the European idiom, was visible on a number of signs:


If Church, or anyone at that billion-dollar operation, had done even the slightest amount of research, she could have embarrassed Osama with some well-chosen questions. Of course it doesn’t help that the current administration doesn’t even want to discuss these matters.

This article has several interesting videos included and are well worth watching. But here comes the conclusion:

It seemed easier to imagine reckless Israeli soldiers assaulting brave and pacific protesters. The idea of Israeli commandos landing with toy guns and holstered hand guns with a maximum of about 10 rounds of fire seemed so absurd as to be incredible.

And when subsequent evidence appears corroborating the Israeli position, Reuters does its best to mask the evidence.

And the end result? Turkey, a country that still refuses to acknowledge its role in the first genocide of the 20th century, that treats its minorities — Kurds, Greek Cypriots — with a heavy hand that makes Israel’s treatment of Gazans look perfectly humane, that considers the death of these nine jihadis as a “dark stain on human history” … Turkey gets to set the international agenda.

This is not the first time that MSM error has done immeasurable damage to Western democratic concerns. The question is how much longer can we afford this kind of folly.

Otherwise, why would there be more indignation about this than, say, the killing of 12 people in a hospital in Pakistan by jihadi militants, itself a follow-up to the killing of 80 people in a mosque the previous week? Does it not interest the world that the main suspects here were members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a group involved in everything from the murder of Daniel Pearl to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto? That they have links with al-Qaeda, like the IHH?

As previously stated, the truth just doesn't matter when it comes to an agenda. In fact, I would say that one of the characteristics of this age - is the difficulty in finding the truth. It certainly isn't presented by the MSM.

If you are in the mood, here is some more truth:

"The Incredibly Wonderful World of our Sensitive Elites"

These are dark days - but we knew that would happen. As we approach the Tribulation, the lies and "deception" will continue, unabated, as led by the Antichrist and his partner the False Prophet. The scriptures are full of descriptions of deception, false teachings, false teachers, false messiahs, and apparent miracles etc. This is just the beginning of what is to come.

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