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Fools Rush In Where Statesmen Fear to Tread

June 30th, 2013 - 3:23 pm

–The Iranian government does not want the United States to help them reach a nuclear accord.

–The Palestinian regime does not want the United States to help them reach a two-state solution.

–Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad does not want the United States to help him reach a diplomatic solution to who rules Syria.

–The Syrian rebels do not want the United States to help them reach a moderate democratic state in Syria. Here’s my favorite recent quote from a rebel commander: “Throughout history, nobody has suffered injustice under the state of Islam – the state of truth and justice.” With that attitude I’m sure that things will be fine. Islam, he adds, must be the sole source of law. His important group has been eligible to receive weapons according to U.S. guidelines, though it won’t be trained and armed directly by the U.S. government.

Moderate is an over-used word to say the least. The Free Syrian Army has about 300 moderates sitting in Turkey and will now get arms to distribute among its about 30,000 radical Islamist soldiers in Syria.

Incidentally, the mass media is really baffling and pitiful. On June 22 the New York Times reported that the Syrian rebels are getting arms from Libya. I reported that more than eight months ago and there were two UN reports discussing that in detail last year! Maybe they should start reading the blogs. In fact, during the Stalin era, it was said in hindsight that you got a better picture of the USSR’s social conditions from reading Reader’s Digest than from reading the New York Times. That’s certainly true for the contemporary Middle East regarding the good blogs and sites.

In other matters, a reader asks about my recent writing on Egypt:

”Barry, A good piece! I grant that the West too often misread the Mid-East. But what of the present troubles/demonstrations and fierce critique towards [Egyptian President] Morsi and the MB? Is it only ‘futile’ rear-guard action from some liberals/reformists? Or are there more people ‘out there’ truly seeing reality and wanting change accordingly you think?”

My response is this: The problem is that the Egyptian opposition—like the Turkish, Lebanese, Tunisian, and Syrian moderate forces–is very disunited, very disorganized, and lacking support from any powerful institution, namely the army.

They do, however, have some significant backing from the courts, which are about to rule on the legality of the past elections. But I am very pessimistic about the moderate opposition in all these countries, especially because they can expect no support from the Obama administration. Unless the army decides that things are really getting out of hand — and I think it is going to take more than the present situation to get them to go into action.

And remember that a large share of the army is Islamist and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. If the generals secretly know that intervention would lead to a civil war within the army, they will not act.

What the heck is the U.S. line on Egypt? To support the elected repressive, anti-American, anti-Christian, antisemitic, anti-woman, anti-gay regime which cannot even decide on taking billions of dollars from international banks which would never be paid back?

Unhappiness is when you know that Iran’s regime is smarter than the U.S. government.

Maximum unhappiness means knowing that Iran’s, the Muslim Brotherhood’s, al-Qaida’s, and Turkey’s leaders are smarter than America’s.

“I told you! i didn’t break the Middle East! I think it was Obama, and Hillary, and Panetta, and Kerry and Powers, and Hagel, and of course Brennan. Did I mention Obama? Now let me go back to sleep like most of the American public! ”

Maisie Rubin photo by Judy Rubin

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Although not an Islamist per se Obama is definitely a strong Muslim sympathizer with whatever the Islamic world is currently in thrall with, excluding Al Qaeda. He comes to his belief set via the influences he was exposed to in his pre-adult years and his life since suggests that he's incapable of a level of critical thinking that would allow him to change it. He will persist on this path until he's out of office. The nature of his foreign policy with respect to the Middle East strongly suggests that the situation throughout the region will only get worse.
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It's amazing that no one ever seems to realize that Obama had a Muslim father. That in and of itself means nothing but to a Muslim, it means that Obama was a Muslim, no matter how he spins it. Same with Judaism, where being a Jew comes from the mother. So Obama is really a Muslim (regardless of how many times he is corrected by George S on ABC's "This Week") or he is an apostate. Which means he is either lying to the American people which is permitted (You don't "go to hell" for lying in Islam as Christians have been threatened with over the years) as a Muslim or he could be a target for Jihadists. The world is upside down.
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I don't know why it doesn't occur to anybody that this is by design. Obama has supported every regime and regime change that is hostile to the US. He has also gone out of his way to insult and belittle every ally we have.

Seems to me he WANTS this country to be completely isolated and hated.

Oh - and lest we forget - he is flooding us with muslims and illegal marxists.
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Breaking news from Al Ahram:

"BREAKING: Egyptian military gives 48 hour ultimatum to Brotherhood, political forces

"The armed forces are giving all political forces 48 hours as a last chance to solve the ongoing problems, or else the armed forces will have to announce a new roadmap for the future, and will enforce certain measures with the help of all factions including the youth, without excluding anyone."
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Yes, Obama is impervious to facts or evidence. He cannot be dissuaded. He loves the Muslim Brotherhood. It's like a religious fervor. Ditto for his embrace of "Global climate change". Being religiously infatuated with such ideologies (incapable of critical thinking), I (in the past) associated with non-Westerners or (more broadly) the ignorant, the superstitious, and the uneducated. Guess this disease is now manifesting itself in the White House and the Havard "educated" (something I never thought possible). Welcome to the brave new world.
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Under Obama administration there are the Arabists influencing (Brennan )-the Irish -IRA (Powers)- the say nothings to keep their employment and benefits. Tell Vladimir- Obama is at heart a community organizer- big spender on others' money. Your articles about ME are always factual and there is an understanding of history and undercurrents fluctuating in different Arab majority countries. Lets take Maisie's counterparts i.e. Egypt. In Pharaohs' time the felines had a great influence (archeological digs supporting this statement). To get an understanding of 'Islam' roots- which are based on oral history (person telling another person about Christianity- Judaism) varying re: comprehension- adding etc. and Persian Fairy Tales. Why American literati are so enamoured with MB all over - is the enigma I'd like to find. MB was the fedeyiin around State of Israel raiding/murdering/butchering innocents over the border 'sorties'. RE: Syria rebels- at least free media in Europe is reporting how many 'refugees' from prior era are seeing their sons going to Syria- lured by Imams and $$$ for one-way ticket (Qatar,Saudis) to take part in jihad-the youtube videos of utter butchery of Syrian soldiers who had surrendered- the beheadings of Christian priests- even the red line Chemical Weapons. No wonder then that NSA in Berlin is using Teufelsberg.
41 weeks ago
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It just occurred to me that while Obama has been saying we could make the world safer by eliminating nuclear weapons, a better strategy for making a safer world would be to work for an Islam free world.
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I read in Daily Telegraph that on June 23 , Syrian rebels breached a monastery, grabbed the Catholic priest Francois Murad and beheaded him before cheering crowds. These are the people Obama ( and Cameron ) are supporting. Also, where is the MSM here ? Where is the news coverage ?
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It is impossible to aptly describe the maelstrom brewing, particularly with Obama Inc's busybodies shuttling to and fro from Jerusalem to Ramallah, unless they peer through a Palestinian intelligence officer's binoculars! - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/27/the-two-state-solution-peering-through-the-binoculars-of-a-palestinian-intelligence-officer-embedded-pictorials-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Mind you, the same dangers lurk inside the entire Mid East, but the Pyromaniac-in-Chief understood - via the coaching from his surrogates - Samantha Powers and Valerie Jarrett in the forefront - where the the fires lie. None of the current chaos is happenstance. None of it. Ordering Mubarak, GO NOW, was their opening shot. Benghazigate followed and so on....rearranging the decks in favor of the Brotherhood Mafia!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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"What the heck is the U.S. line on Egypt? To support the elected repressive, anti-American, anti-Christian, antisemitic, anti-woman, anti-gay regime which cannot even decide on taking billions of dollars from international banks which would never be paid back?"
That's an easy one! The U.S. line is that of the Muslim Brotherhood line as per Obama's MB advisers with whom he is now joined 100%.
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Although not an Islamist per se Obama is definitely a strong Muslim sympathizer with whatever the Islamic world is currently in thrall with, excluding Al Qaeda. He comes to his belief set via the influences he was exposed to in his pre-adult years and his life since suggests that he's incapable of a level of critical thinking that would allow him to change it. He will persist on this path until he's out of office. The nature of his foreign policy with respect to the Middle East strongly suggests that the situation throughout the region will only get worse.
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The M E Arab nations Mr. Rubin mentioned being, '..is very disunited, very disorganized..' - What else would we expect from the aforementioned nonproductive, fundamentalist, voluntarily devolving peoples the last 1200+ years!?

As for the Uhbama administration - Teleprompter Jesus is STILL referring to his mulatto/bi-racial self as, 'African-American'. The guy continues to believe and espouse the most simplest fiction pertaining to him!

It's all unbelievably sickening and quite sad.

Any who, Happy Canada Day.
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The opposition "...is very disunited, very disorganized" and composed of people very unlike those of us in Western society, which means we can't rationally expect an outcome remotely resembling a Western style democracy.

Still, the "experts" cling to the absurd fantasy that a democracy acceptable to American liberals can emerge from this wasteland.

There is hardly anyone who has not heard SunTzu"s advice.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself,you will succumb in every battle”

The clueless buffoons in this administration insist on knowing neither the enemy or ourselves, heck, they can't even bring themselves to name the enemy -- Islam. As for knowing ourselves? Obama's mission to show the world that America sucks is not a very effective way to promote our interests.

It doesn't look good.
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The bureaucrats may be clueless functionaries concerned about career preservation. The President is emotionally and practically tied to Islam and the MB, among other manifestations. He made it clear again in South Africa when he termed Islam one of the world's greatest religions. Your knowledge is vast, Barry, but you don't make the leap into acknowledging what Obama actually believes, and how it makes his policies more than clueless bumbling.
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