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Arabia
Flying-carpet diplomacy
FEW sovereigns have shown more diplomatic ambition this year than the emir of Qatar. Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has brokered a peace deal between the Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, acted as linchpin in America┬'s negotiations with the Taliban, spurred Libya┬'s resurrection and led the international charge to oust the Syrian regime.

No wonder the 60-year-old is dubbed the ┬"Arab Kissinger┬". He says he strives to be friendly with everyone. A thick wallet seems to help, though his pragmatism at times offends allies. American Congressmen say he is a friend on Monday and sends money to extremists on Tuesday.

With Qatar holding the rotating presidency of the Arab League, the emir has played a leading role in the region┬'s response to the Arab spring, spurring the once toothless body into action. He was the first Arab leader to shut an embassy in Damascus, the Syrian capital, and called on the president to go. Controversially, he raised the possibility of intervening militarily in Syria.

The emir, who attended Britain┬'s Sandhurst military academy and ousted his own father in 1995, armed Libyan rebels last year. He is determined to transform Doha, his capital, and will host a Taliban liaison office as well as the 2022 football world cup. Great gas wealth has allowed the rotund leader of the al-Thani dynasty, Qatar┬'s rulers for two centuries, to amass extraordinary clout.
Posted by: tipper || 02/16/2012 13:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top||


Europe
NATO still matters for Europe
by Victor Davis Hanson
Posted by: ryuge || 02/16/2012 05:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top||

#1  even more importantly, to help protect twenty-first-century Europeans from themselves.

It's impossible to protect people from themselves. EUropeans made their bed---let 'em lay in it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/16/2012 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  How many chances do you get? Two World Wars dragging America into a fight in Europe from which their ancestors either left or were thrown out, followed by an unending expense of military welfare for first world countries.

Justinian squandered the resources of the Eastern Roman Empire to reconstruct the Western Roman Empire. That weakening only helped to have his lands overrun by the original Islamic Conquest.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/16/2012 8:52 Comments || Top||

#3  The role of NATO┬--and America┬'s participation in it┬--is now more critical than ever, both to protect a relatively disarmed and insolvent Europe from foreign pressures┬--but, even more importantly, to help protect twenty-first-century Europeans from themselves.

I dunno, I'm not inclined to save Europe right now. The southern Euros need an object lesson in the consequences of failure (much as Prof. Hanson notes the object lesson Germany did not receive after World War I). Germany may fly high now but when the default comes they'll suddenly feel, economically, more like East Germans.

The history of the 20th century can be seen, in part, as the failure of Europe to take responsibility for itself. I'm not eager to continue to enable them.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/16/2012 9:42 Comments || Top||

#4  POLICE INTRODUCE PERSUASIVE FLASH ( TRAP ) REHMAN. WAMIQ SHEIKH┬'S POLITICAL STANZA DESTINATION 2012
CIA┬'S CRIMINALS┬' CRIMES IT┬'S HARD TO SWALLOW BUT EASY TO VOMIT USA┬'S SUPPORTED UNO┬'S CRIMINALS┬' CRIMESWORLD WIDE CONTROL, SUPERVISE & SCRUTINIZED INTENTIONAL PLANS BLOODSHED CRIMES AN RROW TWO BIRDS JEWISH┬' ALONG WITH MUSLIMS┬' GENOCIDE THE USAGE OF RELIGION AS AN UGLY WEAPON BY THE WHITE HOUSE┬' 666 CRIMINALS.

MUSLIMS┬' GENOCIDE ALONG WITH (AN ARROW TWO BIRDS) ANOTHER COMING JEWISH┬' BLOODSHED CLOCKWISE LIKEWISE 6 MILLIONS JEWISH┬' HOLOCAUST

1. TAME THE UNTAMED USA MIDGET POWER
2. USAGE OF RELIGION AS AN UGLY WEAPON
3. USA EARTH MIDGET POWER
4. 9 / 11 CRIMINALS RUN BABY RUN BUSH BUSHES
5. MOJAHID HANEEFUN
6. DETECTIVE KOSOVO REFUGEES
7. MOMAN VERSES MAMMON
8. MOMAN VERSES MORMON
9. USAGE OF RELIGION AS AN UGLY WEAPON
10. UNO┬'S CRIMINALS┬' BLOODSHED
11. CIA┬'S CRIMINALS┬' BLOODSHED
12. 6000 YEARS OLD MODERNISM
13. 6000 YEARS OLD GREEK┬'S DEMON┬'S SWEETISH DEMOCRACY
14. 6000 YEARS OLD DEMON┬'S SWEETISH DEMOCRACY┬'S WORLD SOPHISTICATED SLAVERY BLOODSHED
15. cia (international criminals agency / alliance comitting crimes wiorldwide) cia
16. AN RROW TWO BIRDS JEWISH┬' ALONG WITH MUSLIMS┬' GENOCIDE THE USAGE OF RELIGION AS AN UGLY WEAPON BY THE WHITE HOUSE┬' CRIMINALS
17. USA┬'S SUPPORTED UNO┬'S CRIMINALS┬' WORLD WIDE CONTROL ,SUPERVISE SCRUTINIZED INTENTIONAL BLOODSHED
18. THUGBURG (IN JUG-IN PRISON & DECEASED-MEANS KILLED BY CIA┬'S CRIMINALS WORLDWIDE) RANTBURG
19. 9/11 CRIMINLS MUS STAND ON TRIAL WITH NO ECAPE GOAT VISIONARY
20. WHITE HOUSE NARCISSISM┬' APPOINTED CRIMINALS NATIONAL SECURITY AGENTS COMMITTING CRIMES OPEN NAKED VISIONARY NUDISM HARASSING SCARING INSULTING THE WHOLE HUMANITY BIGOT WRITER WAMIQ
20. AN RROW TWO BIRDS JEWISH┬' ALONG WITH MUSLIMS┬' GENOCIDE THE USAGE OF RELIGION AS AN UGLY WEAPON BY THE WHITE HOUSE┬' CRIMINALS
21. WHITE HOUSE┬' 666 CRIMINALS┬' WORLDWIDE BLOODSHED
22. BIGOT WRITER WAMIQ O┬' CHILDREN OF ADAM & EVE BE UNITED WHRE AMONG NO DIFFERENCES TO DO THE BEST TO THE BEST DEEDS TO SAVE THE WHOLE HUMANITY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE┬' 666 CRIMINALS┬' BLOODSHED
23. HANEEFUN
24. CANADIAN WORLDWIDE PEACE ADDICTION CAMPAIGN APPEAL
25. CANADIAN MOJAHIDEEN-E-PAKISTAN SOCIAL WELFARE WORLD CORRECTIONAL ISLAMIC POLITICAL{Under Sharia Laws}PARTY FOR WORLD PEACE
CANADIAN WORLDWIDE PEACE ADDICTION CAMPAIGN APPEAL: PLEASE TYPE EACH ITEM IN GOOGLE.CA BAR AND ENTER I AM FEELING LUCKY. WEB. SEARCH RESPECTIVELY, stroll page up and down AND PARTICIPATE IN CANADIAN PEACE ADDICTTED CAMPAIGN AND TO DO THE BEST TO THE BEST DEEDS LIKE A TEAM WORK IN ORDER TO SAVE ONE┬'S LIFE; SAVE THE WHOLE HUMANITIY FROM 666 CRIMINALS┬' BLOODSHED
*CANADIAN MOJAHIDEEN-E-PAKISTAN SOCIAL WELFARE WORLD CORRECTIONAL ISLAMIC POLITICAL{Under Sharia Laws}PARTY FOR WORLD PEACE
Posted by: wamiq sheikh || 02/16/2012 13:33 Comments || Top||

#5  A muzzi Mendiola?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/16/2012 13:52 Comments || Top||

#6  A troll, g(r)omgoru.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 14:01 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Sean Penn should return his Malibu estate to the Mexicans
I┬'d like to make a statement about the growing crisis in the Americas. It┬'s time for justice. It┬'s time for liberty. It┬'s time to end the ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology. It┬'s time Sean Penn handed his Malibu estate back to the Mexicans
Posted by: tipper || 02/16/2012 12:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top||

#1  It is long past time for Sean Penn to sell all that he has and give it to the poor.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/16/2012 13:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Well,with the demise of USA midget power, we Canucks would have to step up the plate. We're all for peace... through superior firepower.

(A group of Canucks (some are of Hindu origin) works on a weapon code-named Garuda Puncher. It's totally quiet -- bare the buzz created by high voltage [have to end it there for top secret reasons]. It punches a clean surgical precision hole of a size of Canuck Loonie into anything. The only problem to resolve is to make it stop at some point--for example, if you lined up all the Pakis in a column, one push of a button would make them "holed", and consequently "demised"--make it three-four pushes of a button, to cover differing tallness of the Paki induhviduals. We are also working on audio recognition--if someone utters an Islamic call to prayer or shahada, the Garuda Puncher would zoom on the subject and automatically punch, going six inches above the vocal box)
Posted by: Twobyfour || 02/16/2012 14:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Mods, you shouldn't remove the troll's post, now my reply seems out of place.
Posted by: Twobyfour || 02/16/2012 14:32 Comments || Top||

#4  After selling all his worldly goods Sean should then move to Venezuela or the dictatorship of his choice.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/16/2012 15:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Sean should also take a vow of silence. If he doesn't take a vow of celibacy, at least he can get his tubes tied.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/16/2012 16:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Mods, you shouldn't remove the troll's post, now my reply seems out of place.

'Twas I, Twobyfour. Nothing you have ever posted is out of place, my dear. I love your idea. Do let us know when it becomes useful -- that sad little Canadian keyboard jihadi could use a spanking. A quick google reveals he's been doing this to other sites since last September or so.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 17:17 Comments || Top||

#7  I think he should go boating.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/16/2012 17:24 Comments || Top||

#8  I think he should go boating.

With Kennedys?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/16/2012 18:23 Comments || Top||

#9  No, I think that would be driving G(r)omgoru - or rather riding. Riding with the Kennedy's...

Just make sure you know how to breath water.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/16/2012 22:51 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Fundamentally Freund: The end of Palestine
I never thought I would say this, but those of us on the Israeli Right owe a debt of gratitude to the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
By forging a unity agreement with Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, earlier this month in Doha, Qatar, the Paleostinian Authority president has inadvertently corroborated one of the central tenets of our political philosophy: the Paleostinians cannot and must not be granted a state.

Ever since the signing of the Oslo Accords in September 1993, we have warned against the establishment of a Paleostinian entity alongside Israel. Historical, military and geopolitical arguments have been made, numerous articles and papers have been written, and countless rallies and protests were organized, all with the aim of demonstrating just how foolhardy such a step would be.

The tiny Gulf state has played a significant part over the past year in helping to strengthen various Islamist forces throughout the region, from the Moslem Br├╝derbund in Egypt to the Islamist Party Ennahda which came to power in Tunisia. The Qataris are now obviously trying to shepherd Hamas to power as well in order to further their own interests, and they will surely make a concerted effort to see that come to pass.
Repeatedly, we have pleaded with the public to recognize the dangers inherent in dividing the land of Israel and placing the heart of the country within our foes' artillery range. Time after time, we have insisted that an independent Paleostine would be swept up by the rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism and become an outpost for Iranian-style extremism.

It has often been an uphill battle, as much of the media and the international community has prodded and pressed to give the Paleostinians a state of their own, seemingly without regard for the consequences.

But earlier this month, Abbas delivered decisive and irrefutable corroboration of everything the Right has been saying for nearly 20 years.

When he sat down with Hamas thug Khaled Mashaal and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on February 6, smiled for the cameras and then formally agreed to joint Fatah-Hamas rule, Abbas validated the worst fears of every Israeli.

He embraced a terrorist movement committed to Israel's destruction, legitimized them by welcoming Hamas into the Paleostinian political mainstream, and laid the groundwork for their possible takeover of the Paleostinian Authority. Under the terms of the deal, Abbas will head a unity government that will oversee Paleostinian presidential and parliamentary elections in Judea, Samaria and Gazoo later this year.

And so, in one fell swoop, he has breathed new life into the Paleostinian jihadist movement, raising their hopes to eventually seize the reins of power in Ramallah, just as they did in Gazoo City. From a security point of view, this is a nightmare in the making.
And so, in one fell swoop, he has breathed new life into the Paleostinian jihadist movement, raising their hopes to eventually seize the reins of power in Ramallah, just as they did in Gazoo City. From a security point of view, this is a nightmare in the making.

Should Hamas prevail, it would mean that the same organization that has been busy firing rockets into southern Israel would suddenly gain a political and institutional foothold just 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem. And Hamas' Iranian backers would enjoy a clear and unmistakable boost by further tightening their ring of encirclement around the Jewish state.

Lest anyone doubt the significance that Hamas attaches to the deal, they should consider what Mashaal declared its primary goal as being: "to resist the enemy [Israel] and achieve our national goal."

Qatar's role in forging the Paleostinian unity deal should not be underestimated.

The tiny Gulf state has played a significant part over the past year in helping to strengthen various Islamist forces throughout the region, from the Moslem Br├╝derbund in Egypt to the Islamist Party Ennahda which came to power in Tunisia. The Qataris are now obviously trying to shepherd Hamas to power as well in order to further their own interests, and they will surely make a concerted effort to see that come to pass.

However dangerous this development might be on the ground, it does present a significant opportunity in terms of Israel's public diplomacy. Simply put, Abbas's embrace of Hamas should be used to make a strong case against the prevailing notion that a "two-state solution" can bring about peace.

After all, the mirage of moderation surrounding Fatah and the Paleostinian Authority is now unambiguously on display as little more than a figment of the Left's imagination.

We must make the case that this is the end of Paleostine, the death knell of the delusion that the Paleostinian leadership was interested in reconciliation, compromise and peace. For if Abbas and his cohorts truly wished to see an end to the conflict, they would not have joined hands with those who advocate endless confrontation. By affixing his signature to the unity deal, Abbas has therefore settled the argument once and for all.

Faced with a choice, he discarded the possibility of an armistice with Israel, thereby closing the door on any chance of a resolution. Abbas chose Hamas over harmony. Now we must make sure he pays a price for doing so.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top||

#1  In an Era when Arab pseudo-states are collapsing in droves (the misnamed "Arab Spring"), anything Paleos do or not do is largely superfluous.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/16/2012 7:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm not so sure about that. When the Arab pseudo stakes recover from the Arab spring many will be looking for ways to distract their people from the starvation, death, and poverty, with an outward enemy. Israel shames them by her success and will always be the top of the list.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/16/2012 8:08 Comments || Top||

#3  They may have one big war in them yet. Regardless, they're not going to recover. They overbreed the carrying capacity of their habitat.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/16/2012 8:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Israel really missed a bet with the collapse of the Mubarak regime by not expelling as many Gazans as possible into Egypt, permanently.

Since Israel could again assert control over the border crossing, make it a one-way arrangement.

It would be worth it to *pay* any Gazan willing to leave for good.

For just $20b, 1/10th of the Israeli annual GDP, they could pay every Gazan man, woman, and child the equivalent of three years of the average pay of an Egyptian. A family of five would get 15 years full pay, instantly making them middle class by Egyptian standards. And the money would be paid directly to them, not their corrupt leaders.

Egypt would benefit from the big influx of wealth, even if it meant they got Paleos with it.

And then empty Gaza could be bulldozed.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/16/2012 9:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Remember the difference between an extreme and a moderate Palestinian:

An extremist wants all the Joooz dead or expelled and the state of Israel destroyed, all in one step.

A moderate wants all the Joooz dead or expelled and the state of Israel destroyed; if it takes two steps, In'shallah.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/16/2012 9:55 Comments || Top||

#6  The truly moderate Palestinians either inform to the Israelis or move as far away as they can get.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 11:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Does anybody recognize the language of the above comment? Because I can't make heads or tails of it.
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 02/16/2012 14:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Mizzou Mafia, the above nonsense has been evaporated on the grounds that it's too stupid to take up our space. It comes from Canada.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Heh, I thought he was referring to the phrase 'truly moderate Palestinian' in tw's #6. I guess something got deleted in between.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/16/2012 14:36 Comments || Top||

#10  You can see it in the Sinktrap, if you feel the need, SteveS. We left one for the amusement of our sane readers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 14:42 Comments || Top||



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