The Thirst for Revenge. The Media and our Politicians.

SPECIAL REPORT

“Our media have very little moral fiber left.”

There’s a well known quotation by the American writer Eric Hoffer. “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.”

by Alan Simons

Among the lives of people, individuals and cultures there are some who maintain that the best thing for man to strive for in this world is to take revenge on his enemies. The satisfaction of thirst for revenge cannot be clearer than it is today. And since November 2016, be it from the political left or the right, America must accept ownership of being in the forefront of adding a venomous fire to religious hatred and intolerance.

The great ninth century Jewish philosopher Saadia Gaon commented that the thirst for revenge affords the pleasure of seeing discomfiture of its enemy, assuages the vehemence of its wrath and puts an end to excessive brooding. Saadia said that the man who is consumed by the desire for revenge gets into a frame of mind of refusing to accept intercession or entertaining any feeling of compassion or pity or listening to any plea of clemency.

Over one thousand years later Saadia’s comments still reflect the attitude that we have learnt nothing. As we observe the hatred between America’s political elites, Sunni and Shia, between Muslim and Jewish sense of victimhood, between Kenyan Luo, Kalenjin and Kikuya, Turkey and its PKK militants, Africa’s Greater Sahel and Lake Chad Basin and the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar, we find very little is based upon the two way acceptance that my world is also your world.

Many gloat over peoples misfortune, falsify historical evidence, instill a hatred in each other’s cultures and religions that no civilized government has a hope in hell or will in stopping. It is a hatred that has its own direction, its own time and space, egged on by the perverse nature of fanatics such as Daesh and the Jew-hating Hizb ut-Tahrir, as well as a score from the evangelical movements, utilizing the services of the ten second clip, satellite dishes, mobile phones, photos of children flourishing guns and Internet web sites.  It is a hatred spurned on by educated societies to the masses of the uneducated and their educated children.

Today, as we fantasize for the return of the Walter Cronkite’s of our world, we attempt to compare the difference between America’s fake news and the flag-waving, drum-rolling entertainment news programmes thrust upon us by the TV networks. For lighting the match of hate and intolerance is by no means a right of privilege of our politicians, who are in direct competition with much of our media.

It’s been said that because our media have very little moral fiber left, they have enhanced the egregious display of open prejudice pervading our society today. The days where media were supposed to spread enlightenment has vanished. We have crossed the red line. It’s an utter travesty. I’ve said enough!

Alan Simons is the publisher and owner of jewishinfoNews

 

Between friends: Folks, black U.S. presidential storms have arrived in Canada.

Opinion

This article contains content that was originally published in the October 16, 2016 edition of jewishinfoNews.

“A president who politically acts like a leader of a tin-pot country.”

by Alan Simons

Was it not Euripides who said “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness?” Unfortunately, today nothing is more certain than an acute awareness in Canada of a profusion of black storm clouds from the U.S. looming over us. In times of storms one normally takes shelter with family and friends alike. We are one, so to speak. This time it is different.

Canadians in general have an admiration towards our friends living to the south of us. After all, many Canadians have close family ties in the U.S. going back generations. 

Yet, with President Trump’s recent statements condemning various trade agreements with Canada, we are seeing a shift away from admiration to a “weltschmerz” – a mood of sentimental sadness towards a president who politically acts like a leader of a tin-pot country, rather than a statesman of a country that deserves better.

Trumptwit, as he is now referred to in some quarters, is riding high on top of a vicious heap of dirty rags that unfortunately puts America and its people to shame. Trumptwit the American, has lit the destructive match of revulsion unseen in modern day U.S. history. He falsifies credible and substantiated information with such downright bullheadedness and utter ignorance. Simply put, he makes President Warren Harding look like a genius!

Napoleon Bonaparte said: “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” Welcome to these United States of America.

strangeloveIn fact, as we have regularly seen during the past months, anyone who Trumptwit believes doesn’t agree to follow his train of thought had better watch out. The similarity to Dr Strangelove is unnerving. Trumptwit. He embellishes all that is distasteful in an individual. He is the archetype of a destructive lost soul whose aim in life is to put a culture of fear into people and nations. If it wasn’t all so pathetically sad his character could be taken right out of a Thomas Pynchon novel!

The bottom line is this: We are watching a president whose political thirst for power is so repulsive by many in nature, it goes far beyond the pale. And, as it’s been said: “His actions are outside the bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment.”

What is so painful from a Canadian perspective, is to observe a president being so violently negative towards Canada. Trumptwit continues to regard the U.S. as a barren doom and gloom economic wasteland, taken right out of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and in his mind much of this is seemingly due to Canada.

To quote Trumptwit: “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me …” He’s right on this one. No other modern day president has done more to build a wall around himself that has fractured American society than Trumptwit.

In Canada, America’s largest trading partner, there are now serious concerns of what lie ahead for the country. As reported last year in the Toronto Sun, “Canada’s economy would take a direct hit if Donald Trump follows through on his anti-trade rants, trade experts say.

“If he actually does what he says he’s going to do I think there would be a very significant impact on Canada,” University of Ottawa Law Professor Debra Steger said. Today’s suggestion is he would end significant agreements including the Canada-U.S.-Mexico North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which took effect in 1994. “NAFTA was the worst trade deal in history,” Trumptwit proudly states. Poo on Trump!

The Government of Canada has for some time correctly seen the need to respond to Trumptwit’s shenanigans by saying:  

Nearly nine million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

  • History has shown that trade is the best way to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.
  • Since the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement came into force in 1989, Canada’s two-way trade in goods and services with the United States has more than tripled. Thanks to this agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement, the trading relationship between our two countries is so strong that we exchanged approximately $2.4 billion in goods and services every day in 2015.

America’s largest customer

  • Canada is the U.S.’s largest customer, purchasing US$338 billion in goods and services in 2015.
  • Canada buys more from the United States than does any other nation – including all 28 countries of the European Union.
  • Canada and the United States are the world’s largest trading partners: more than US$670 billion in goods and services were traded in 2015.
  • The United States is the most important destination for Canadian direct investment abroad, which totaled $448 billion (stock) in the U.S. in 2015.

This week a former U.S. ambassador to Canada came out with a harsh anti-Trumptwit statement with regard to the President’s ridiculous tirade against Canada. 

”It’s goofy stuff, unbecoming of our relationship and frankly unbecoming of the leader of our country,” remarked James Blanchard.

Currently, no one has openly compared Trumptwit with some of the worst Roman Emperors. But I venture to say it might not be too long before somebody freely offers Trumptwit the title, “Aut Caesar aut nihil.” 

 Alan Simons is the publisher and owner of jewishinfoNews

(Featured image credit: lightstalking; Strangelove, sillyfunda) 

 

Hizb ut-Tahrir. A peaceful revolutionary non-violent group? Poppycock!

OPINION

Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT). No longer the whipping boy of the fervent minority demanding a world Caliphate.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is front and centre of an enthusiastic Islamist bunch of antisemitic, anti-West and anti-democratic educated ideological vicious revolutionists who, in the West, dress as if they are on the board of a blue-chip company.

by Alan Simons

Have I made myself clear? Do you get the message?

I venture to say many of us living in Canada and the USA have never heard of them. Well, you better start right now. I’ve been following and writing about this revolutionary group for years. They’ve matured into a sophisticated organisation that maintains the illusion, to us dumb Westerners, that they have an interest in reaching its goals of a Caliphate peacefully and through non-violent means. Poppycock!

For a start, the Britain’s think-tank, formally known as the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC), now the Henry Jackson Society, stated with sources on page 28 of their HTs Ideology and Strategy report:

HT promotional materials have called for violence against Jews. Despite its official non-violent stance, HT has called for violence against Jews. In 2002, HT leaflets found in Denmark urged Muslims to kill Jews “wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have been [sic] turned you out.” A BBC report quoted the HT leaflet further: “The Jews are a people of slander…a treacherous people… they fabricate lies and twist words from their right context.”

 In 2003, similar anti-Semitic rhetoric resulted in the group being banned from many university campuses in Britain and a complete ban of the group in Germany.

HT photo 2HT supports not only violence against Jews in general but offensive jihad against Israel in particular.

HT believes Israel has “occupied Islamic lands”—lands once ruled by Islamic law. Accordingly, HT believes those lands should return to governance by Islamic law and supports jihad as a means to that end.

Accordingly, HT views violent acts against Israel as legitimate political protest until Israel no longer exists. The organization’s literature has supported Islamist suicide bombers in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank.

In 1994, HT’s global leader, Ata Abu Rashta, reiterated this point when he declared that Jews who came to Palestine after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire have no right to live there. He called for all Jews of fighting age in Israel to be “killed until none survive.”

It adds on page 29:

“HT also sanctions killing Jewish ‘women, children and elderly’ – innocent civilians – as collateral damage. In addition, HT “makes it permissible to bomb planes and carry out suicide bomb attacks, or any other means necessary, to kill the ‘enemy unbeliever’”.

So much for peaceful and non-violent means!

Now, of course I won’t be duly surprised if many western-based HT revolutionists will strenuously object to these obvious blatant so-called Jewish inspired lies. And when I watch a video that tells me Hizb ut-Tahrir America is again set to hold their annual conference in Glendale Heights, Illinois on Sunday, 23 April 2017, called “Falsehood Perishes, Islam Prevails,” I wonder what in hell is happening in America!

HT Photo 3By last count HT is operating in over 40 countries worldwide including the USA, Canada and the UK. Australia has been pussyfooting to ban the organisation for years. However, HT isbanned in many Muslim-majority countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. In Malaysia, the Selangor Fatwa Committee  has outlawed HT, declaring the group ‘deviant.’   Last year in Singapore, an HT member was arrested for propagating online extremism.

The group is also banned in China and Russia. HTs British chapter in London is regarded as the “nerve center” of the movement.

On social issues, it’s been reported that “HTs ideology is reactionary. HT dictates subservient roles for women, who are required to obtain their husbands’ permission to leave the house and cannot go outside wearing perfume.” HTs doctrine also prohibits participation in other faiths’ celebrations, much to the angst of all of our societies’ religious communities. 

The very essence of a multi-faith society, the concept of which I adhere to, has no place with the likes of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Yet, in North America this revolutionary group, with their seemingly pharisaical Facebook site, remains in good standing. Go figure!