Tag Archives: Middle East

Netanyahu gives UN hell

How should Israel feel about trusting Putin's Bitch?

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, did today what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nixon’s Ambassador to the United Nations, once did. He “gave them hell at the U.N.” In plain English, Netanyahu told the world who really practiced terrorism. He ended by asking, in effect, whose side the world at large, and the U.N. in particular, would stand on.

Anti-semitic ancient evil

Nehemiah oversees rebuilding of the Wall of Jerusalem. Drawing by Jim Padgett. Credit: Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License

Anti-Semitic attitudes and policies have been a sad part of Christendom since the Roman church superseded the Roman Empire. Who can forget The Merchant of Venice? Or The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion? (That last will bear mention later.) Or the negligent policies of the former Allied Powers of the First World War, that led to the ugliest part of the Second? But anti-Semitic policy did not start with Christendom. It did not even start with the Roman Empire. Instead, ancient Jewish chroniclers documented episodes of anti-Semitic policy during the Persian Empire.

Muslim terror in Oklahoma

The Daily Iowan editorial board makes a bad choice of causes.

Two days ago a recent Muslim convert acted out a brutal Muslim practice: kill those who won’t convert. He killed one woman and wounded another before a company officer wounded him in turn. And those in authority refuse to call this incident by its proper name: a terrorist act in the name of Allah.

Thank the troops

Sarah Palin in Kuwait

President Obama stepped off the U.S. Marine Corps helicopter (Marine One) in New York City Tuesday, September 23, 2014, to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting. It was sickening to watch President Obama return a formal military salute from two Marines standing at attention in their dress uniforms with a sloppy limp salute using his right hand which was holding a Styrofoam cup., a gesture that has been labeled the ‘latte salute.’

King Saul didn’t listen!

King Saul died here, and at an Amalekite's hand.

The Old Testament is filled with instructions from God that modern day philosophers find puzzling. This is symptomatic of man thinking that God and His ways have to make sense to our small and limited brains, when in fact God tells us that His ways are not our ways (Isa. 55:8). We often fail to understand that God sees all of history laid out before Him, while we only see a small slice of it during our lifetimes. So, when man decides to do what is right in his own eyes and not in God’s, at some point he usually finds himself in a maze of problems that could have been avoided had he only listened.

Silk Road notes 5: ships

Silk Road route tracing

Navigation is one of the most important of the technologies  of the Silk Road. It is what made parts of the Silk Road passable. Muslims try to claim credit for that, too. And some of the claims are patently absurd.

Silk Road notes 4: learning

Silk Road caravan

This fourth instalment of the Silk Road Notes series shows the distorted picture the Cleveland Museum’s Silk Road exhibit gives to the development of writing and learning along that ancient trade route. As ever, this exhibit gives credit to Muslims for developing real learning. In fact, the credit is due, not to the Muslims, but to the cultures they conquered.

The new anti-ethics

Obama, hypocrite in chief at the National Prayer Breakfast

Forty years ago last month, President Richard M. Nixon resigned his office. No American President had ever resigned before. None has done so since. Furthermore, several of Nixon’s men went to jail. And only because they lied about a third-rate burglary in a political rival’s office. The country had a strong sense of ethics then. (Or so we thought.) Where is that ethics today? Or has a new anti-ethics taken its place? A new moral code that rewards those who promise “bread and circuses,” and no one cares whether anyone in government lies or not?

Obama advising Islamic State?

Obama, hypocrite in chief at the National Prayer Breakfast

Jim Geraghty writes a daily newsletter for National Review. He calls it Morning Jolt. This morning he gave a “jolt” to his readers. He recalled a feature article in Sunday’s New York Times with interviews from several favored persons who sat down recently with de facto President Barack H. Obama. During that sit-down, Obama seemed to give free advice to the “Islamic State.” Does Barack Obama now let would-be new States consult him on how to run a war? If so, he might have given the Islamic State the best advice he could have given them, advice in keeping with their real goals. And that only compounds his treason.

Silk Road notes 3: glass

Silk Road route tracing

These notes on the Silk Road exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History continue with a discussion of glass and ceramics. Again the exhibit gives a false impression: that glassmaking and pottery began, or at least were most closely associated, with Islam.