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IRS alleged to discriminate against Obama critics in awarding non-profit tax status in “Z Street” case

Did IRS illegally specially scrutinize “Israel-related organizations”?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/05/28/did-irs-illegally-specially-scrutinize-israel-related-organizations/

……” The complaint alleges that during [a telephone] conversation, [IRS] Agent [Diane] Gentry told Z Street’s counsel that she had two major concerns about approving the application …: first,that the organization engaged in “advocacy” activities that are not permitted under Section 501(c)(3); and second, that the IRS had special concerns about applications from organizations whose activities relate to Israel, and whose positions with respect to Israel contradict the current policies of the U.S. Government. According to the complaint, Agent Gentry told Z Street’s counsel that the IRS carefully scrutinizes all Section 501(c)(3) applications that are connected with Israel, and that “these cases are being sent to a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.” …

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Don’t Let it go Unheard podcast on Obama’s supposed “turning point” re: the #NSA, #Jihaddenial @ the 9/11 memorial & the “peace process” fantasy #tcot #Aynrand #Objectivist

Wishing Won’t Make It So, Today at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET) | Don’t Let It Go

http://dontletitgo.com/2014/04/25/wishing-wont-make-it-so-today-at-12-p-m-pt-3-p-m-et/

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Facebook Page of PA Negotiator Headed to Washington Shows Entire Israel Under Banner of ‘Palestine’ #ccot #jcot

http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/07/29/facebook-page-of-pa-negotiator-headed-to-washington-shows-entire-israel-under-banner-of-palestine/

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The Times of Israel gives itself over to Israel bashing filth

Dutch patience with the Netanyahu government is running out | Jaap Hamburger | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/dutch-patience-with-the-netanyahu-government-is-running-out/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=27675e3a5e-2013_07_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-27675e3a5e-54475017

….”But it does share a point of view — and quite fairly, in my opinion — which sees Israel as by far the strongest party in the conflict, creating more responsibilities and possibilities, more so than the Palestinians, to ensure a peace agreement. And, above all, Israel is an occupying force, which binds it to international obligations to end the occupation.”…

If you wish to grasp why Objectivists use the word altruism as a by word for evil this is a textbook case of what they mean by that word. The strong are to make “peace” with genocidal maniacs because the genocidal maniacs are (thank god) weaker than their targets. I have no doubt that a similar view is shared by psychopathic scum in our own country,indeed I recall that once several years ago on the Tavis Smiley show Rep.Charlie Rangel characterized the war in Iraq as a case of the Pentagon “picking fights with nations weaker than our own”. Of all the various arguments against going to war in Iraq that is one of the most bizarre.

Why is this depraved filth being published in a periodical carrying the name of Israel? One cannot,(not “should not”) ,CANNOT make peace with those who are determined to wipe out your country. One can permit them to slaughter your citizens while pretending that good is evil & evil good as this brazen psychopath does in this piece of intellectually dishonest garbage ,but one cannot make “peace” with such barbarians. For the record I supported the withdrawal from Gaza on the deluded hope that peace might somehow result. Unlike the various frauds (Friedman etal ) I was sincere ,they professed to wish to “see” what would happen,they did,& the more the Palestinians demonstrate that they do not want peace the more brazenly they & Israel’s other enemies become. Sadly given our insane nihilistic world none of this is at all surprising to me any longer.

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The Times of Israel gives itself over to Israel bashing filth

Dutch patience with the Netanyahu government is running out | Jaap Hamburger | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/dutch-patience-with-the-netanyahu-government-is-running-out/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=27675e3a5e-2013_07_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-27675e3a5e-54475017

….”But it does share a point of view — and quite fairly, in my opinion — which sees Israel as by far the strongest party in the conflict, creating more responsibilities and possibilities, more so than the Palestinians, to ensure a peace agreement. And, above all, Israel is an occupying force, which binds it to international obligations to end the occupation.”…

If you wish to grasp why Objectivists use the word altruism as a by word for evil this is a textbook case of what they mean by that word. The strong are to make “peace” with genocidal maniacs because the genocidal maniacs are (thank god) weaker than their targets. I have no doubt that a similar view is shared by psychopathic scum in our own country,indeed I recall that once several years ago on the Tavis Smiley show Rep.Charlie Rangel characterized the war in Iraq as a case of the Pentagon “picking fights with nations weaker than our own”. Of all the various arguments against going to war in Iraq that is one of the most bizarre.

Why is this depraved filth being published in a periodical carrying the name of Israel? One cannot,(not “should not”) ,CANNOT make peace with those who are determined to wipe out your country. One can permit them to slaughter your citizens while pretending that good is evil & evil good as this brazen psychopath does in this piece of intellectually dishonest garbage ,but one cannot make “peace” with such barbarians. For the record I supported the withdrawal from Gaza on the deluded hope that peace might somehow result. Unlike the various frauds (Friedman etal ) I was sincere ,they professed to wish to “see” what would happen,they did,& the more the Palestinians demonstrate that they do not want peace the more brazenly they & Israel’s other enemies become. Sadly given our insane nihilistic world none of this is at all surprising to me any longer.

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#antisemite Roseanne Barr defends fellow #antisemite Gilad Atzmon #antisemitism #jcot #tjot #tcot #ccot

RRD: First a note to any anti-semitic trolls out there who are reading this : I am not Alan Dershowitz nor am I like the well intentioned (but naive ) souls who have argued with this creature Barr. I don’t debate with scum. I won’t respond to those who spit on me & curse me by asking them “Why do you say these hateful things” . I am not “polite” & I am certainly not naive enough to give you “the benefit of the doubt”. You are scum: I know it,& you know it in your pus -filled little souls & I will not waste one minute of my life “arguing” with you. If you comment your comment will never show up. If you Tweet me your Tweet will be ignored & you will be blocked. Threats will be reported to the police. Now to the article. Roseanne: It’s ‘bullsh*t’ that Gilad Atzmon is a Holocaust denier; Atzmon lashes out at ‘Zio-trolls’ | Twitchy http://twitchy.com/2013/05/09/roseanne-its-bullsht-that-gilad-atzmon-is-a-holocaust-denier-atzmon-lashes-out-at-zio-trolls/ Barr herself has previously warned us of something called “Jewish Mind Control” Vile: Roseanne Barr warns against the horrors of ‘Jewish mind control’ | Twitchy http://twitchy.com/2012/08/23/vile-roseanne-barr-warns-against-the-horrors-of-jewish-mind-control/ Barr need not worry, after all one cannot control that which does not exist . I have written about this putrid scum Atzmon before(fn1) . Gilad Atzmon is a rabidly anti-semitic cretin whose vile “The Wandering Who” was applauded by his fellow travelers in Jew Hatred Richard Falk & John Mearsheimer (fn2) . So repellent are Atzmon’s ravings that many anti-zionists have denounced him(fn3) This has not stopped the anti-semites at the BBC from welcoming him on to one of their anti-semitic shows.(fn4) ( You may note that I am using the word “anti-semite” frequently,lest these anti-semites be able to say that they have intimidated me from calling them out as the scum that they are). Barr is not intelligent enough to create this pose of feigned innocence & feigned outrage which ANTI-SEMITES (such as the anti-semites Falk,Gilad,Mearsheimer & Barr) have adopted as their latest tactic,she is merely emulating her more cunning associates. As for the poor martyred Atzmon here is a sampling of his bile: Gilad Atzmon: “It is not fair for the sea to have Jews thrown in to it” – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?client=mv-google&hl=en≷=US&v=0RS1MaQ1d_Q&nomobile=1 The protocols of Gilad Atzmon – Israel Culture, Ynetnews http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4147243,00.html ……… ”

This process institutionalizes the Jewish suffering and doesn’t impress me. I heard about Holocaust deniers who were forced to sit in jail just because they wouldn’t fall for the Holocaust narrative as described by the Zionists. Holocaust denial laws are the worst – they prevent Jews from understanding their own history. “Take the death marches issue, for example. It’s clear to everyone that at the beginning of the war the Nazis wanted to clear the Reich of Jews. If that’s the case, why did the lead the Jews at the end of the war into the Reich in what people refer to as ‘the death marches’? If the Nazis wanted. to destroy the Jews, the last thing they should have done was lead them to Germany.” “Jews were no longer a labor force. They were too weak and therefore died in the marches. Jews say the Nazis wanted to conceal evidence, but that’s an idiotic response because the Nazis left Jews behind in the camps.” “According to one interesting answer, the Jews preferred to stay with the Germans than fall into the hands of the Russians. There was a typhus outbreak and the assumption was that if the Jews were taken to Germany, the Americans and Britons could deal with the disease. “So the death marches were actually humane. This is a very consistent ruling.”……….. …………..”Both Nazi Germany and Israel are driven by ethnocentrism. They are both racist countries with a tendency to expand. Israel and the Nazi movement are similar in many categories. But since Israel is a democratic country, each of its citizens is responsible for its crimes, while in Nazi Germany only the Führer and his party members were responsible for the war crimes. “Moreover, the Zionist movement was born before the Nazi movement. The Nazis disappeared, but the Zionists remain – and today they are even stronger than America.

” ………… Global March to Jerusalem fundraiser Gilad Atzmon’s odious conspiracy theory on Toulouse murders | Global March to Jerusalem http://gm2j.co/2012/03/26/global-march-to-jerusalem-fundraiser-gilad-atzmons-odious-conspiracy-theory-on-toulouse-murders/ …. “

Israeli press reported this evening that French gunman Mohamed Merah had been on a trip to Israel in the past. According to the report, Merah’s passport had Israeli stamps in it. The purpose of his visit is unknown. Israeli analysts suspect he was either trying to visit the Palestinian territories or preparing for a terror attack. However, I won’t rule out the possibility that Merah was actually trained by Israeli forces. Marah may have conducted a false flag operation. By way of deception is, after all, the Mossad’s motto.

” ….. BBC World Service hosts antisemite Gilad Atzmon | BBC Watch http://bbcwatch.org/2012/10/14/bbc-world-service-hosts-antisemite-gilad-atzmon/ …..”

Here is a recent article from 972 Magazine referring to Atzmon’s book ‘The Wandering Jew’: “Atzmon is a Holocaust denier; he has previously asked “if the Nazis ran a death factory in Auschwitz-Birkenau, why would the Jewish prisoners join them at the end of the war?” In this book […..] Atzmon writes on page 179 “we, for instance, can envisage a horrific situation in which an Israeli so-called ‘pre- emptive’ nuclear attack on Iran that escalates into a disastrous nuclear war, in which tens of millions of people perish. I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’ On page 27 he argues “Throughout the centuries, some Jewish bankers have gathered the reputation of backers and financers of wars and even one communist revolution.

”………… RRD: Note that Dershowitz links to the sources of some of the quotes at anti-semitic blogs. I will not drive traffic to the blog of this creature Atzmon or to others of his ilk so I will not link to them myself. The numbers in parentheses are the page numbers from the book “The Wandering Who. Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? by Alan Dershowitz | November 4, 2011 http://www.newrepublic.com/node/97030/print ……”

Lest there be any doubt about Atzmon’s anti-Semitic credentials, listen to his self -description in the book itself. He boasts about “drawing many of my insights from a man who … was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist” and a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity” (89 -90). He declares himself a “proud, self -hating Jew” (54), writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me” (94), and describes himself as “a strong opponent of … Jewish-ness” (186). “……….. ·….“[W]e must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously.”….. From On Anti-Semitism http://web.archive.org/web/20040114024643/http:/www.gilad.co.uk/Anti%20Semi.html ….“American Jewry makes any debate on whether the ‘Protocols of the elder of Zion’ [sic] are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do try to control the world, by proxy.”… Atzmon in The Wandering Who ?: …..”He calls the recent credit crunch “the Zio-punch” (22) and says it was not “a Jewish conspiracy” because “it was all in the open” (30).”…. ….”Paul Wolfowitz, Rahm Emmanuel, and other members of “the Jewish elite” remain abroad instead of moving to “Zion” because they “have proved far more effective for the Zionist cause by staying where they are” (19).”…. …..”The American media “failed to warn the American people of the enemy within” because of money (27).”…. ….“With Fagin and Shylock in mind Israeli barbarism and organ trafficking seem to be just other events in an endless hellish continuum.”…. …..“The Homo Zionicus quickly became a mass murderer, detached from any recognised form of ethical thinking and engaged in a colossal crime against humanity.”….. …..“[T]o be a Jew is a deep commitment that goes far beyond any legal or moral order” (20) and this commitment “pulls more and more Jews into an obscure, dangerous and unethical fellowship” (21).”….. ….”If Iran and Israel fight a nuclear war that kills tens of millions of people, “some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all’” (179).”…. ·….“It took me years to accept that the Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense. … If, for instance, the Nazis wanted the Jews out of their Reich (Judenrein—free of Jews), or even dead, as the Zionist narrative insists, how come they marched hundreds of thousands of them back into the Reich at the end of the war?”… ….“[E]ven if we accept the Holocaust as the new Anglo -American liberal-democratic religion, we must allow people to be atheists.”… ….” Children should be allowed to question, as he did, “how the teacher could know that these accusations of Jews making Matza out of young Goyim’s blood were indeed empty or groundless” (185).”…. …. “The Holocaust religion is probably as old as the Jews themselves” (153).”….. ….”The history of Jewish persecution is a myth, and if there was any persecution the Jews brought it on themselves (175, 182).”…. ….. “[I]n order to promote Zionist interests, Israel must generate significant anti-Jewish sentiment. Cruelty against Palestinian civilians is a favourite Israeli means of achieving this aim.”…. From On Anti-Semitism http://web.archive.org/web/20040114024643/http:/www.gilad.co.uk/Anti%20Semi.html ….. “Jews may have managed to drop their God, but they have maintained goy -hating and racist ideologies at the heart of their newly emerging secular political identity. This explains why some Talmudic goy -hating elements have been transformed within the Zionist discourse into genocidal practices.”…. The Wandering Who ?: ….”The “Judaic God” described in Deuteronomy 6:10 -12 “is an evil deity, who leads his people to plunder, robbery and theft” (120). Atzmon explains that “Israel and Zionism … have instituted the plunder promised by the Hebrew God in the Judaic holy scriptures” (121).”… ….” The moral of the Book of Esther is that Jews “had better infiltrate the corridors of power” if they wish to survive (158).”…. …. “Many of us including me tend to equate Israel to Nazi Germany . Rather often I myself join others and argue that Israelis are the Nazis of our time. I want to take this opportunity to amend my statement. Israelis are not the Nazis of our time and the Nazis were not the Israelis of their time. Israel, is in fact far worse than Nazi Germany and the above equation is simply meaningless and misleading.”…. …..”He claims that “robbery and hatred is imbued in Jewish modern political ideology on both the left and the right” (123). And like other anti-Semites, Atzmon is obsessed in the book with Jewish names. It was Jews, such as Wolfowitz and Libby, who pushed the United States into war against Iraq in the “interests” of “their beloved Jewish state” (26). “How is it that America failed to restrain its Wolfowitzes ?” Atzmon asks (27). Likewise, according to Atzmon’s book, it was “Jewish bankers,” financiers, economists, writers, and politicians such as Greenspan, Levy, Aaronovitch, Saban, Friedman, Schiff, and Rothschild who have caused the economic and political problems of the world, ranging from the Bolshevik revolution to the wars of the 20th century to the current economic troubles (27,194). And like other classic anti-Semites, Atzmon doesn’t simply fault the individual Jews he names; he concocts a worldwide Jewish conspiracy motivated by a “ruthless Zio-driven” (27) “Jewish ideology” (69) that finds its source in “the lethal spirit” (122) of the Hebrew Bible. “…………. …” Leiter [RRD: An Atzmon apologist who defends Atzmon from those critics who have read the book despite his having not read the book himself] should read the book, especially pages 175 -176, before leaping to Atzmon’s defense. There Atzmon reflects “that 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we must be entitled to start asking questions. We should ask for historical evidence and arguments rather than follow a religious narrative that is sustained by political pressure and laws.

”… RRD: John Mearsheimer co-author of “The Israel Lobby” — has praised Atzmon for being a “Universalist” & for being a foe of racism & for being a friend of hunanity. (fn5). In a sane society Atzmon would be regarded as a crank. Since our world is insane he will probably be awarded the Noble Peace Prize. Footnotes: fn1. Dershowitz: Why Are John Mearsheimer And Richard Falk Endorsing A Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? RRD:They’re anti-semites | Gl… https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/dershowitz-why-are-john-mearsheimer-and-richard-falk-endorsing-a-blatantly-anti-semitic-book-rrdtheyre-anti-semites/ Anti-Semite & 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Richard Falk will not debate Dershowitz #jcot #supportisrael | Glory to man in the hi… https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/anti-semite-911-conspiracy-theorist-richard-falk-will-not-debate-dershowitz-jcot-supportisrael/ fn2. Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? by Alan Dershowitz | November 4, 2011 http://www.newrepublic.com/node/97030/print fn3. No place for Atzmon at SW.org | SocialistWorker.org http://socialistworker.org/2010/07/15/no-place-for-atzmon-at-sw Lauren Booth’s attack points up new split in PSC | The Jewish Chronicle http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/59320/lauren-booths-attack-points-new-split-psc Gilad Atzmon, antisemitism and the left | Andy Newman http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2011/sep/25/gilad-atzmon-antisemitism-the-left HOPE not hate blog: GILAD ATZMON: Supporting Holocaust Deniers and spreading hatred of Jews http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1493/gilad-atzmon-supporting-holocaust-deniers-and-spreading-hatr fn4. BBC World Service hosts antisemite Gilad Atzmon | BBC Watch http://bbcwatch.org/2012/10/14/bbc-world-service-hosts-antisemite-gilad-atzmon/ ….” Here is Tony Greenstein – not exactly a “Lover of Zion” – congratulating the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (also not known for their Zionism) for dissociating itself from Gilad Atzmon in 2011 after , as Greenstein puts it, “Atzmon himself [h]as openly embraced the politics of holocaust denial question the existence of Auschwitz as a death camp”………….. fn5. Why Jeff Goldberg is Wrong about Mearsheimer–Again | Stephen M. Walt http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/09/25/mearsheimer_responds_to_goldbergs_latest_smear

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Palestinian ”peace protesters” in NYC call for second holocaust #tcot #jcot #tjot #ccot

Israel Matzav: ‘Peace partners’ protest in New York City http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2013/05/peace-partners-protest-in-new-york-city.html?m=1

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Obama urges Israel to submit to UN while UNHRC Special Rapporteur Falk compares Hamas to French resistance

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US Urges Israel to Partake in UN Human Rights Review – Israel National News http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=164553

“We have encouraged the Israelis to come to the council and to tell their story and to present their own narrative of their own human rights situation,” said Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative to the United Nations’ Human RightsCouncil in Geneva, AFP reported. Israel cut all ties with the biased 47-member state council last March after it announced that it would probe how Israeli communities beyond the green line may be infringing on the rights of the Arab population. “The United States is absolutely, fully behind the,Universal Periodic Review and we do not want to see the mechanism in any way harmed,” Donahoe said, responding to questions at a conference at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She said the council and its president, Remigiusz Henczel of Poland, had been working tirelessly to determine if the review should go ahead even if Israel doesn’t participate, as well as what kind of sanctions might be appropriate. “Our very strong hope is that the outcome protects the two overriding values of universality … and the cooperative, collaborative nature of the process,” Donahoe said, according to AFP.”…. …”We see (this) as a structural bias against Israel,” Donahoe said, However, “UPR is different… (It) is a tool that treats all countries equally and is universally applicable,” she said, maintaining that it would be in Israel’s interest to take part in the review. ”…..

So Obama ”the greatest friend Israel has ever had” is urging Israel to submit to a ”review” of its Human Rights record by the rabidly anti-Israel UN Human Rights Commission. (fn1) This comes at a time when Richard Falk –that commission’s Special Rapporteur to the Palestinians– has once again equated Israel to Nazi Germany & added that Hamas is the equivalent of the French Resistance. (fn2) Previously Falk promoted a virulently anti-semitic book ”The Wandering Who?” by Gilad Atzmon(fn3),posted a Anti-semitic cartoon,(see the attached photos & fn4) ,& called for a new investigation into 9/11. (fn5) Falk himself will not conduct the review,but it is grimly ironic that his latest outlandish statement comes at the same time that Israel’s ”friend” Obama is pressuring the country to submit to this farce of a review. Footnotes: fn1. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Human_Rights_Council Jackson Diehl – A Shadow on the Human Rights Movement http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/24/AR2007062401373.html UN’s Ban faults rights council over Israel – Israel News, Ynetnews http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3415619,00.html Human Rights Actions – by UN Body http://www.eyeontheun.org/browse-un.asp?ya=1&sa=1&u=344&un_s=0&ul=1&tp=1&tpn=Resolution The U.N.’s Spokesperson for Suicide Bombers – Anne Bayefsky – National Review Online http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/219025/u-n-s-spokesperson-suicide-bombers/anne-bayefsky Netanyahu to UNHRC: You should be ashamed JPost – Diplomacy & Politics http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=262512 fn2. UN’s Falk Compares Hamas to French Resistance During WWII – Israel National News http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=164647 Falk’s previous comments: U.N. Taps American Jewish Critic of Israel as Rights Expert – The Jewish Daily Forward http://m.forward.com/articles/13037/un-taps-american-jewish-critic-of-israel-as-rights-01560

“Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel & its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty.” …

BBC NEWS | Middle East | UN expert stands by Nazi comments http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7335875.stm fn3. Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? | New Republic http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/97030/atzmon-wandering-who-anti-semitism-israel fn4. Timeline: Richard Falk’s Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Denial, and Non-Apology Apology – UN Watch http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1316871&ct=10896001 fn5 UN’s Falk rejects calls to resign after 9/11 comments JPost – International http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=205767

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Fikra Forum interviews Anti-islamist Egyptians;they call for changes to U.S. policy

Egyptians Question U.S. Policy, Call for Change | Fikra Forum http://fikraforum.org/?p=2914 ….”At this critical time in Egypt’s transition, Fikra Forum felt it important to gauge the reaction of the non -Islamist Egyptian opposition to current U.S. policy. We are happy to present the opinions of well-established democracy and human rights activists on the ground, in addition to expert analysts and observers. We offer gratitude to our contributors, Hafez Abu Saeda, Basil El-Dabh, Dina Guirguis, Hany Nasr, Bassem Samir, Josh Shahryar, and Dalia Ziada, for their valuable insight. “….. More at the link.

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Should we launch a military strike to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon as a last resort?

RRD: I wish to preface this post by noting that I believe that if Tehran’s nuclear program is not stopped that we face a potential nuclear holocaust . That said,how that threat is neutralized, whether through sabotage,or through a overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran by it’s people,or through a military strike,is another question. I do not believe that the matter is as simple as immediate war on the one hand, or ”containment” on the other. Containment & deterrence are not terribly effective when you are dealing with apocalyptic medievalists. But Tehran’s nuclear program was delayed for months to years by sabotage. Whether we have reached a point where we must face a stark choice between bombing Tehran’s nuclear facilities or “learning to live with” nuclear armed maniacs is unclear to me. Certainly the leaks on Israel’s cyberwarfare program by this administration have moved us closer to that point. War is not a lark or a game,& it should only be undertaken as a last resort,but if it does in fact come down to a war initiated by the U.S. against a non-nuclear armed Tehran ,or a war initiated by nuclear armed religious fanatics it would be suicide ( for the U.S. & Iran & Israel) for us to choose the latter. The Iranian people are held hostage by the maniacs who rule their country,but their situation will not be improved if their dictators unleash a nuclear holocaust in the middle east. My purpose in posting this is not to call for war,but to make the case that if we exhaust all other options,we must preserve the option of a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. More arguments: The argument against Military action (even as a last resort) : No Rush to War – NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/opinion/no-rush-to-war.html?_r=0 The argument for Military action as a last resort: The Price of Inaction An Analysis of Energy and Economic Effects of a Nuclear Iran Bipartisan Policy Center http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/price-of-inaction HT to for the source: The Costs of Inaction on Iran « Commentary Magazine http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/10/19/the-costs-of-inaction-on-iran-study-nuclear-oil-gas-prices/ Background: List of links on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Threat and Mahdism (the doctrine of the Twelfth Imam) | Glory to man in the highest https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/list-of-links-on-the-islamic-republic-of-irans-nuclear-threat-and-mahdism-the-doctrine-of-the-twelfth-imam/

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