The Great Western Retreat

From the publisher of jewishinfoNews. The following article was originally published by Gatestone Institute and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews on May 4, 2016.

by Giulio Meotti
  • Giulio M JIN May 4 2016Of all French soldiers currently engaged in military operations, half of them are deployed inside France. And half of those are assigned to protect 717 Jewish schools.

  • This massive deployment of armed forces in our own cities is a departure from history. It is a moral disarmament, before a military one.

  • Why does anyone choose to fight in a war? Civilized nations go to war so that members of today’s generation may sacrifice themselves to protect future generations. But if there are no future generations, there is no reason whatever for today’s young men to die in war. It is “demography, stupid.”

On March 11, 2004, 192 people were killed and 1,400 wounded in a series of terrorist attacks in Madrid. Three days later, Spain’s Socialist leader, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, was elected prime minister. Just 24 hours after being sworn in, Zapatero ordered Spanish troops to leave Iraq “as soon as possible.”

The directive was a monumental political victory for extremist Islam. Since then, Europe’s boots on the ground have not been dispatched outside Europe to fight jihadism; instead, they have been deployed inside the European countries to protect monuments and civilians.

Opération Sentinelle” is the first new large-scale military operation within France. The army is now protecting synagogues, art galleries, schools, newspapers, public offices and underground stations. Of all French soldiers currently engaged in military operations, half of them are deployed inside France. And half of those are assigned to protect 717 Jewish schools. Meanwhile, French paralysis before ISIS is immortalized by the image of police running away from the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during the massacre there.

French soldiers guard a Jewish school in Strasbourg, February 2015. (Image source: Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons)

You can find the same figure in Italy: 11,000 Italian soldiers are currently engaged in military operations and more than half of them are used in operation “Safe Streets,” which, as its name reveals, keeps Italy’s cities safe. Italy’s army is also busy providing aid to migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

In 2003, Italy was one of the very few countries, along with Spain and Britain, which stood with the United States in its noble war in Iraq — a war that was successful until the infamous US pull-out on December 18, 2011.

Today, Italy, like Spain, runs away from its responsibility in the war against the Islamic State. Italy’s Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti ruled out the idea of Italy taking part in action against ISIS, after EU defense ministers unanimously backed a French request for help.

Italy’s soldiers, stationed in front of my newspaper’s office in Rome, provide a semblance of security, but the fact that half of Italy’s soldiers are engaged in domestic security, and not in offensive military strikes, should give us pause. These numbers shed a light not only on Europe’s internal terror frontlines, from the French banlieues to “Londonistan.” These numbers also shed light on the great Western retreat.

US President Barack Obama has boasted that as part of his legacy, he has withdrawn American military forces from the Middle East. His shameful departure from Iraq has been the main reason that the Islamic State rose to power — and the reason Obama postponed a military withdrawal from Afghanistan. This US retreat can only be compared to the fall of Saigon, with the picture of a helicopter evacuating the U.S. embassy.

In Europe, armies are no longer even ready for war. The German army is now useless, and Germany spends only 1.2% of GDP on defense. The German army today has the lowest number of staff at any time in its history.

In 2012, Germany’s highest court, breaking a 67-year-old taboo against using the military within Germany’s borders, allowed the military to be deployed in domestic operations. The post-Hitler nation’s fear that the army could develop again into a state-within-a-state that might impede democracy has paralyzed Europe’s largest and wealthiest country. Last January, it was revealed that German air force reconnaissance jets cannot even fly at night.

Many European states slumber in the same condition as Belgium, with its failed security apparatus. A senior U.S. intelligence officer even recently likened the Belgian security forces to “children.” And Sweden’s commander-in-chief, Sverker Göranson, said his country could only fend off an invasion for a maximum of one week.

During the past ten years, the United Kingdom has also increasingly been seen by its allies — both in the US and in Europe — as a power in retreat, focusing only on its domestic agenda. The British have become increasingly insular – a littler England.

The UK’s armed forces have been downsized; the army alone is expected to shrink from 102,000 soldiers in 2010 to 82,000 by 2020 – its smallest size since the Napoleonic wars. The former head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Nigel Essenigh, has spoken of “uncomfortable similarities” between the UK’s defenses now and those in the early 1930s, during the rise of Nazi Germany.

In Canada, military bases are now being used to host migrants from Middle East. Justin Trudeau, the new Canadian prime minister, first halted military strikes against ISIS, then refused to join the coalition against it. Terrorism has apparently never been a priority for Trudeau — not like “gender equality,” global warming, euthanasia and injustices committed against Canada’s natives.

The bigger question is: Why does anyone choose to fight in a war? Civilized nations go to war so that members of today’s generation may sacrifice themselves to protect future generations. But if there are no future generations, there is no reason whatever for today’s young men to die in war. It is “demography, stupid.”

Spain‘s fertility has fallen the most — the lowest in Western Europe over twenty years and the most extreme demographic spiral observed anywhere. Similarly, fewer babies were born in Italy in 2015 than in any year since the state was founded 154 years ago. For the first time in three decades, Italy’s population shrank. Germany, likewise, is experiencing a demographic suicide.

This massive deployment of armed forces in our own cities is a departure from history. It is a moral disarmament, before a military one. It is Europe’s new Weimar moment, from the name of the first German Republic that was dramatically dismantled by the rise of Nazism. The Weimar Republic still represents a cultural muddle, a masterpiece of unarmed democracy devoted to a mutilated pacifism, a mixture of naïve cultural, political reformism and the first highly developed welfare state.

According to the historian Walter Laqueur, Weimar was the first case of the “life and death of a permissive society.” Will Europe’s new Weimar also be brought down, this time by Islamists?

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

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The UN’s pathological obsession with Israel

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

The following article was originally published in French on April 15, 2016 by Causer.fr . No copyright infringement is intended.

UN: anti-Israel obsession

The UN Commission on the Status of Women is going after the Jewish state

by Oudy Ch. Bloch

Oudy Ch Bloch FThere is something pathetic and indecent in the pathological obsession with the UN to Israel. Especially in matters of women’s rights, other countries merit special attention, particularly in the Muslim world.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel against only three resolutions on the world namely, Syria, Iran and North Korea. Nothing on China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan and all other progressive democracies.That’s how the United Nations level put Israel. It is grotesque but true.

And 2016 clearly does not bring big changes. In its latest report, the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations (CSW) has again managed the feat of condemning Israel, of course. Which, on reflection, is not really a feat since the same commission made a similar report last year.

The Jewish state is, this time, abused for its alleged violence against Palestinian women. For CSW indeed  “the Israeli occupation remains the main obstacle to the improvement of Palestinian women, to their promotion, to their empowerment and participation in the development of their society.”

Regrettably, the CSW did not hear the Palestinian activist Ahlam Akram who believes that the laws on the status of Arab women are “back to the stone age” and that Arab countries do virtually nothing to improve the status of women, because they are busy with “the great campaign against Israel.”

JIN woman lashed photo April 18 2016Regrettably, the CSW was not informed that, according to Islamic law widely applied by the Palestinian Authority (West Bank) and Hamas (in Gaza), women are discriminated against by the laws governing marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance and domestic violence, men and women do not have equal access to justice, women do not have the same value as witnesses in court.

Regrettably, the CSW did not take into account the Palestinian Center for Human Rights report which says that the recurrence of killings of women is due to the relative impunity “given to men at honor crimes” (murder of women by their own families for having extramarital relations) in an ultra-patriarchal society in which women are considered the property of his family which directs the social, sexual and professional.

Regrettably, the CSW will be not be interested in Hamas that forbids women to leave without being covered, participate in sporting events such as the marathon Gaza canceled by UNRWA in 2013 for that reason, to get on a motorcycle or cycling, hookah smoking in public, to participate in folk dances, which forces girls in schools and universities to wear the headscarf, forcing women to go out accompanied by male relatives … all in the name of a campaign of “Promotion of Virtue” reasons, according to Hamas officials by “the alarming increase of amoral behavior”.

Regrettably, the CSW does not consider this fact as an “obstacle to improving the status of Palestinian women, to their promotion, to their empowerment and participation in the development of their society.”

This is invariably the same. By voting this conviction, the CSW maintains the Palestinians in their illusion are never responsible for anything, especially not for themselves and allows them to use a forum for women’s rights as an anti-Israel forum .

There is, in this pathological obsession with Israel, something at once pathetic and indecent. Especially in matters of women’s rights, other countries deserve special attention.

Stoning of women Iran a

Nothing. Not one condemnation of the condition of women in Iran where:

– Women cannot travel, work or attend classes at the university without permission from their husbands;

– Women cannot judge, because – according to the mullahs – they do not possess intellectual faculties;

– The law permits a father to marry his adopted daughter from the age of 13 years.

Nothing about Saudi Arabia where:

– Women are considered legally a minor and therefore cannot go to the doctor, opening a bank account, travel, renew their passports without the permission of her guardian;

– The women has no right to drive;

Nothing on Sudan where:

– Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmad Al-Hussein escaped at the point of death, sentenced to forty lashes for wearing fashionable trousers for women, prohibited by Article 152 of the Criminal Code;

Nothing on India where:

– In many villages, even today, girls are killed at birth, mainly because the marriage dowry is expensive;

– Domestic violence affects 65% of women;

– Widows are ostracized by society, abandoned and rejected because they would bear misfortune;

Nothing on Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Yemen and other countries where FGM is practiced. In half of the 29 countries that practice FGM, the majority of the girls suffered before the age of 5 years and in the vast majority of the remaining cases, 15 years. The goal is to prevent sexual desire and avoid premarital relations.

Nothing on countries where Sharia law is applied, the Sharia that permits polygamy but not polyandry, which forbids women to divorce but allows a man to divorce, which requires women – to prove it raped – the testimony of four men, allowing her husband to beat her, that makes a woman be inherently inferior to man (Sura 4:34).

Nothing on the manifest “Women and the Islamic State,” written by Daesh and precise in accordance with Sharia, that marriage of girls is permitted from the age of 9 years, that women’s education should limited to the prophet’s life, the history of Islam, Sharia but also the sewing and cooking, they are not supposed to work for not to leave their homes.

Nothing on the young Samra Kesinovic, the 17 year old Austrian who had run away from home in 2014 to wage jihad in Syria, was beaten to death with a hammer after being used as a sex slave for new fighters of Daesh.

The work of the UN Commission on the Status of Women is an insult to all women worldwide. Violence, humiliation and discrimination. The UN has lost credibility once more. 

The above article can be read in French at: http://www.causeur.fr/onu-lobsession-anti-israelienne-37778.html

Oudy Ch Bloch is a lawyer called to the Paris Bar in 2003 and the New York Bar in 2009. He is a Postgraduate in Business Law from Université Paris X-Nanterre and holds a J LL.M Law of Literary and Artistic Property (UCLA Los Angeles, USA)

(Photo credits: pinterest.com; sipa.com; impunitywatch.com)

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Antisemitism. Hand-in-hand. Britain’s media and the Labour Party

“It is really no surprise that, in a media world that has been so compromised by an invasion of political partisans and inarticulate airheads with communications degrees, a fake journalist can seem more trustworthy than the real thing.”  -David Horsey

 

Many years ago in the UK, I worked for The Guardian. I have to admit I didn’t work in the editorial department, but I had day-to-day contact with many of the paper’s internationally respected columnists and journalists. I even had to pay for the occasional round of drinks at the pub around the corner from the office.

by Alan Simons

Unlike now, the editorial staff were media icons in their own right. Mark Arnold-Forster, Clare Hollingworth, Victor Zorza, John Cole, Mary Stott, Norman Shrapnel, and of course Alistair Cooke in the USA, to name just a few.

Editors of the past such as Alistair Hetherington, who even now continues to be regarded as one of the leading editors of the second half of the twentieth century, and Peter Preston both strove to present a balanced view.

Since then the paper has steadily spiraled downward to its current biased anti-Israel position.  As Greville Janner, the former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, has stated, the paper is “viciously and notoriously anti-Israel.”

It may surprise some readers to learn that C. P. Scott, one of the most famous editors of The Guardian had a strong friendship with Chaim Weizmann. It is believed their friendship played a role in the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

In 1948, The Guardian was a supporter of the new State of Israel.

With Alistair Hetherington at the helm, The Guardian‘s sympathetic view of Israel continued, as illustrated in their Leader of Monday, June 12, 1967:

“Future security is their first concern. They will not give up the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank of the Jordan, or the heights overlooking the upper Jordan valley until they know what the Arabs will accept. If there is no peace settlement, will they ever give them up?

“Israel wishes to live in peace. She does not want hostile neighbours on her borders, whoever they are, for another hundred or two hundred years. She wants normal trading relations with her neighbours. The offer of generous terms is therefore still worth trying – especially if, through the United Nations and all the Great Powers, Israel’s future frontiers are effectively guaranteed.”

And in 2002 in a Leader which in part said:

“The Jewish community is right to fear that the repulsive antisemitism… in many Arab countries… can find an alarming echo within some British Muslim communities.”

But, sadly that was The Guardian of the past. Jump ahead to 2014.

Two years ago, The Guardian broke all barriers in stoking the fire of antisemitism with a hateful speech by their associate editor, Seumas Milne.

Prior to working for The Guardian, Milne was the business manager of Straight Left, a monthly publication which followed the manifesto of the Communist Party of Great Britain.

Milne, as reported by CiF Watch said:  “In front of tens of thousands of anti-Israel protesters at Hyde Park in London, explicitly justified Palestinian terror attacks on Israelis (a refrain from his Guardian column in mid-July), and accused ‘terrorist’ Israel of  ‘industrial scale’ killing in Gaza.” A link to a video where Milne shows his true self can be seen at the end of this article.

And there’s more!

Presently, I understand Milne is on leave from The Guardian. On October 2015 he was appointed – oh what a surprise – the Labour Party’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, which no doubt has something to say about the British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s repulsive passage into the murky territory of promoting antisemitism. 

As the Daily Mail succinctly put it this past April 1:

“Antisemitism at the heart of Corbyn’s Labour Party: Devastating dossier exposes how extensive anti-Jewish bigotry is in Labour and poses profoundly troubling questions…”

To quote Tarek Fatah, the Canadian writer, broadcaster and secular Muslim activist: “Any nation, any society, any country that is created on the basis of a hatred towards the others, will soon run out of people that it can hate or groups it can decimate and it will devour itself.”

In response, I say to Seumas Milne, The Guardians of this world and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, “Do hurry up and devour yourself. Clearly, my people haven’t got all day. It’s nearly Passover!”

Seumas Milne National Demonstration for Gaza - 09_08_14

Seumas Milne – National Demonstration for Gaza.  Click here to watch the video 

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