Friday, June 4, 2010

Flotilla Choir: "We Con the World"

Thanks to Pikkumatti for pointing out this great parody. HT Powerline.

My favorite line = "Like some cheese and missiles for the kids."

Keith Pavlischek on Proportionality in Warfare and problems with "Double Intention"

This takes a good while to read, but it is worth it. The author discusses the common abuses of the concept of proportionality in just war theory to condemn superior fighting forces and their victories. I'm not going to excerpt it because Pavlischek, a retired U.S. Marine colonel, is building a strong, careful argument and it should be taken as a whole. I will say that it makes me wish all the more that people would consider how evil it is that Hamas and other terrorist groups routinely use civilians as human shields and how sad it is that this well-demonstrated fact is just as routinely ignored in the media.

Biden: "This would end tomorrow if Hamas agreed..."

"... to form a government with the Palestinian Authority on the conditions the international community has set up." This is Joe Biden on the Charlie Rose show talking about the so-called "peace flotilla" incident.

Readers know that we've taken shots at Joe Biden plenty of times here at Est Quod Est, but he is speaking the truth with so much clarity in this interview with Charlie Rose that he must be praised. He rightly points out that there are so many ways in which Hamas could deliver relief supplies that it is ludicrous to suppose that they have to sail through the Israeli's blockade. He also affirms Israel's right to search the ships based on common sense and mentions twice the 3,000 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. Twice―that's probably more times than the mainstream media has mentioned it in the last year. I never thought I'd say I was proud of our Vice President, but I must confess that I am while listening to his proper defense of Israel. It's a welcome break from the regular talking points which comprise the tide against which he is swimming.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mona Charen setting the record straight on the Jihad Flotilla

Yesterday Mona Charen gave us some pieces of the "rest of the story" regarding the so-called "peace flotilla". Here are some facts she lists which should cause discomfort for anyone buying the stupid line that this was some type of humanitarian cause:

Fact: Israel imposed a blockade of Gaza to prevent weapons from reaching the radical Islamic regime there that continues to make war on Israeli civilians. Egypt too has blockaded the strip, hoping to choke off weapons to Hamas, which it views as a threat.

Fact: Humanitarian relief is delivered to Gaza from Israel on a daily basis. During the first three months of this year, 94,500 tons of supplies were transferred to Gaza from Israel, including 48,000 tons of food products; 40,000 tons of wheat; 2,760 tons of rice; 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear; and 553 tons of milk powder and baby food for the strip’s 1.5 million inhabitants. Representatives of international aid groups and the United Nations move freely to and from the Gaza Strip.

Fact: Upon learning of the intentions of the Gaza flotilla, the Israeli government asked the organizers to deliver their humanitarian aid first to an Israeli port where it would be inspected (for weapons) before being forwarded to Gaza. The organizers refused. “There are two possible happy endings,” a Muslim activist on board explained, “either we will reach Gaza or we will achieve martyrdom.”

So as usual, the jihadis want to agitate and perpetuate the struggle. They don't want a peaceful resolution. The shouts of "Remember Khaybar, O Jews, Muhammad’s army will return!" should put that myth to rest—it's not the first time we've heard that, nor will it likely be the last.

The whole attack on Israel's actions from the usual suspects (mainstream media, United Nations, etc.) has the flavor of Obama's "police acted stupidly" meme from last summer. It's the knee-jerk attack on law enforcement to which the left seems to be addicted.

Obama kills Shaikh Saiid al-Masri

We have to give praise whenever it's well deserved, so here's some good news about President Obama bringing some hope and change to the world by having the CIA kill Shaikh Saiid al-Masri, the number three Al Qaeda guy.

Hat tip FSM.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pam Geller on the Jihad Flotilla

It is so sad to see so many fooled into thinking this flotilla thing had anything to do with peace or humanitarianism. Here's the real story. Excerpt:

It is no accident that reality is being rewritten, and this brazen, bloody attack by Islamic jihadists is being called a humanitarian mission. The media is the front line in the impending war. It is interesting how this new war is being waged on two fronts, very much in tandem with one another. The battle has long been in the information battlespace. Guns, bombs, and bloodshed are the results of what happens in the war of ideas. Now we enter phase II. The West has been sufficiently subdued by years of relentless anti-Semitic propaganda. Now the anti-Semitic forces of jihad are going in for the kill with the tacit approval and sanction of their copywriters in the media. They’re dressing up genocide in a flotilla bow and serving it up cold.

In the information battlespace, the jihadis can count on the complicity of the subdued, Islamophiliac press. They can physically attack Israeli troops and count on the corrupt media to package any act of Israeli self-defense as an aggression. Then this repackaging will lead to international condemnation, United Nations Security Council resolutions, and further delegitimization of Israel.

This Jew-hating, jihad flotilla was the opening salvo in the war.

Ted Nugent on Memorial Day

A moving piece from a patriot. Excerpt:

We owe it to these brave Americans and their families to win this war with our honor intact, not to telegraph to the enemy when we are packing up and leaving the battlefield. I'm no military tactician, but announcing when we are leaving the battlefield is analogous to putting an ad in your local newspaper to let all local punks and thugs know when you are going on vacation so they can plunder your home.

I stand with most Americans demanding a victory strategy, not an exit strategy.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Speaking of film....

Here's one to put in your queue: The Informant! Highly entertaining and based on a true story. I won't put spoilers here in the post, but feel free to post as many as you like in the comments if you've seen it and you like it.

Working through some female issues

(Click picture for source.)

That reminds me. Do you think the new A*Team can be any good? Will it be worth seeing? Maybe... maybe not. But I will go see it anyway.