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“I implore the end of this violence, which is to be condemned in every way in all its manifestations. I implore the re-establishment of the ceasefire in the Gaza strip. I ask for a strong sign of humanity and wisdom from all those who have responsibilities at all levels in that situation. I ask the international community to try every possible way to help Israelis and Palestinians to come out from the dead-end street and to not give up.”

~ Pope Benedict XVI ~

~ IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS, all those who encounter the One Ring of Power are tempted by it, each in their own way. The way of destruction and domination may start out with good intentions, but the destination that both Gandalf and Galadriel foresaw when tempted to use The Ring for Good was themselves taking the place of Sauron, ultimately. Even Frodo, faithful ring-bearer, is ultimately overcome, and Middle-Earth is only saved because the Ring had so long gnawed a hole in Gollum’s heart that he takes it at the last moment, then slips and falls into the volcanic furnace of Mount Doom.

Israel & Gaza

In the current episode of struggle between Jihadism and the nation of Israel, we are seeing a battle with the kind of moral clarity only seen in World War Two, and– ironically enough– plenty of justification why the Jews of the 20th Century needed a homeland, and were given one by the world. Otherwise, as in Europe and countless other places in the ‘civilized’ world, Jews become the playthings of intolerance, whim, hate, murder & torture, and arbitrary violence.

A nation was founded; and though the newborn land of Israel was intended for Jews and all others alike, the massive all-eggs-in-one-basket Arab-Jihad war that greeted her independence.

Moreover, the radicalized Palestinian leadership dragged their own reluctant people into the war, ensuring that if Israel won, those same people risked losing their land: and that destructive leadership has continued ever since. They have chose the way of domination and destruction; little realizing at first it meant their own people and hopes and future, first of all.

On The Other Hand

Sad to say, there are voices on the right which sound One Ring-ish to this writer. Columnist Debbie Schlussel for one, has recently written in an annihilationist vein:

“While I want Israel to beat HAMAS, there is only one way to do so–total annihilation of the Palestinians, who are all HAMAS. And again, Israel neither has the guts to do this, nor the ability to do so with its unfortunate dependence upon America and the international community.”

Who-say what-now?!?!? She sounds like a radicalized Paleostinian herself: the Jews should massacre their enemies, and the Little Satan is actually an evil force, not one for good and freedom in a region of tyrants, religious extremism, and hate. Shame on Ms. Schlussel,and all others who would choose such evil in order to do some ill-imagined good. Jesus himself makes the same point in the Parable of the Wheat and The Weeds: God himself is patient with judgement, and the world’s unbelief. In our judging, we would do well to look to ourselves first, and not judge others as we would not ourselves want to be judged.

Should we become evil, that good might be done? Should we advocate massacre, for some sort of poisonous and blood-soaked ‘peace’? Then we replace Jihadist hate with our own– and are become worse than they, because theoretically we knew better, intended better, and had already seen the consequences of doom and destruction that come from such thoughts & ways.

Over And Over And Over

We must say no to the way of the One Ring, not once, but over and over again. And yes to better things and ways than revenge and genocide and jihad.

We are dealing Gaza or the Arab world, we deal with people like ourselves: warped, embittered, betrayed on all sides, but who– like us– have the hope of redemption, better things, and peace. That is what we should aim for, even if Hamas and Fatah and Hizballah only long for blood and heaps of dead Jews, in a greater Auschwitzian anti-paradise. The vile poisons of Jihadism need no further proof than the many miseries of Israel and the people called Palestinians, over the past 62 years and more. The false promise of a pure and wonderful Caliphate, as dreamt by the Muslim Brotherhood has– like the Utopian fascisms before it– mounted up a mighty body-count: that’s what Utopias do: kill all else for a lie, and an impossible inhuman paradise.

Sad to say, we know what to do but lack the will to do it: cut off the foreign money, Israel must be allowed to destroy the military capacities of Iranian proxy-warriors Hezballah & Hamas, so that the Palestinians may be weaned from Jihad and mafia and hate, and allowed to live like humans, and not pawns. Whether this will ever happen is an open question: but the jihad will not cease or fade or be bought off.

Yet despite us, and our warlike hearts, God has dreamt us better things: in this world and the world to come. The bright shadow of those dreams is the Christian-rooted secularity which recognizes the equality and dignity and rights of all people, Jew & Gentile, male or female, Greek or barbarian. Beyond the bright shadow lurks Jihad, techno-humanism, Utopianism, political power and domination in spite of goodness, humanity, or the true, the good, and the best things.

Binks


A Few Particular Linkeries

~ SORROW– The sea from the cliffs, via Ghostly Fleas. May Nick’s mum rest in peace, and rise in glory …. (ghostofaflea)

~ REMEMBER TO Support Shire Network News …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ BINKY: “a Canadian Blogging Hero, gets on my side of the internet for a few minutes and dishes up the goods” …. (anglocath.blog)

~ THEY MAKE A DESERT and Call It “Culture”: Anthony Esolen knows of what he speaks: “Man is most free, and most human, when he celebrates a feast, in honor of the divine” …. (holywhapping.blog)

~ STEALTH-JIHAD exposed– “Big ambitions: David Horowitz of FrontPage writes that Hamas aims at nothing less than the extermination of world Jewry and the termination of Western civilization”; and “The bravest woman in Canada: My vote goes to Homa Arjomand, the Iranian-born Canadian who spearheaded the drive to keep sharia tribunals out of Ontario, and who is now trying to prevent sharia in the form of polygamy from becoming legal” …. (canuckjihad)

Mark Steyn

~ ISRAEL vs HAMAS: THE OLDEST HATRED, RESURGENT— Never mind the Palestinians, what about the Europeans? …. (ocregister)

~ IN THE CORNER: NUTS— Peanuts and martyrdom monkeys …. (nrotc)

~ “I’VE NEVER EXPECTED A POLITICAL SOLUTION”: Ken Whyte on free speech and “human rights” …. (macleans.ca)

~ THE NEW NEW DEAL AND THE SAME OLD SAME OLD: Obama at home and abroad …. (hughhewitt)

~ GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY— REQUEST OF THE WEEK: Abortion and the state …. (steynonline)

~ MACLEAN’S publisher singles out fat genocidal racist homophobic bitch for praise! …. (Fgrhb)

~ MARK SHEA: “It’s a Weird Day When Time Magazine Sound like Mark Steyn” …. (markshea.blog)

Ezra

~ EZRA, JEW-BOY ON: Hamas uses Israel’s humanitarian ceasefire to launch missiles; Launching missiles from mosques …. (Ez)

~ EZRA— Ken Whyte discusses his interview with the Prime Minister; Parsing Stephen Harper …. (ezralevant)

~ HATERS— Liberal blogger: Hamas wise to use human shields. Liblogs.ca: the anti-Israel faction wins …. (Ez)

~ THE EZ ON Terry Milewski’s Gaza report …. (Ez)

~ QUOTH THE IGGY— Good for him …. (ezralevant)

~ WHO DESERVES Alberta’s highest honour? I nominate Ezra Levant and some others from the Liberty 100 …. (westernstandard.blog)

FreeSpeechers

~ DEBORAH GYAPONG— Father Richard John Neuhaus — may he rest in peace; Harper has no plans to revamp Canadian Human Rights Act; Polygamy MUST be stopped; The CHRC proudly proclaims its social engineering achievements; Check out ProWomanProLife; I have got to buy Roger L. Simon’s new book The New Blacklist; Why don’t we make a market for conservative movies and books?; Something’s gotta be done about union political activity; Can I bear to watch Barbara Hall on The Agenda? …. (deborahgyapong.blog)

~ RIP, A TRUE FREESPEECHER & CONSERVATIVE THINKER— Remembering Father Richard John Neuhaus; Farewell, Father Neuhaus; Summing Up a Great Man’s Life; CrunchCon: “Richard John Neuhaus, Damon Linker and me”; Funeral arrangements for Father Neuhaus; President Bush and Catholic Leaders Give Tribute to the Late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus …. (Various)

~ STEPHEN WHO? “Everyone on our side is upset with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying he has no plans to repeal Section 13.1. So what? I violate 13.1 every day at this blog or I’m not doing it right.” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ MARXISM UBER ALLES! Should schools pick applicants based on their adherence to “social justice”? …. (drhelen.blog)

~ REASON.COM— There Are Two Kinds of Libertarians …. (reason.com)

~ OUR CHEMICAL GODS— Inventor of birth controll pill condemns it: Dr. Djerassi says Austrians are committing national suicide …. (cantuar.blog)

~ FROM REBEL TO SUPREME— Book Review: My Grandfather’s Son, by Clarence Thomas …. (acton.org)

~ 2008 Weblog Awards – The Grim Rodent Of Canuckistan! Small Dead Animal Signals End Of US Blogosphere Hegemony …. (sda)

~ SHAIDLE— “‘Nice’ can be an unforgiving tyranny” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ BC LIBERAL GAG law in force from February 12th …. (rjjago)

~ THE DALRYMPLE— Reading the Signs: Gestural politics and disturbing reality at a Paris Metro stop …. (city-journal.org)

~ SOME TYPES of Free Speech need to be fought, some need to be condoned …. (MaD)

~ DEADLY ATHEISTS Play Their Hand — Probability …. (albertmohler)

~ STEVE DOOFUS? Whither free speech? Harper states support for section 13.; Currie: “Time for Plan “B”; Warren Kinsella rejoices. Well, as Caroline Glick says “leaders only learn when we, the people, force them”; Stephen Harper OK with Section 13 …. (Various)

~ ORWELLISTAN— David Rusin: “Thought police stifle talk of Islam” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ SMUGISTAN: Canada’s No. 1 with people-smugglers …. (novascotiascott)

~ REMEMBERING OURSELVES— “The West’s Cultural Continuity: Aristotle at Mont Saint-Michel” …. (brusselsjournal)

~ EDMONTON: “A proposed bylaw would make it an offence (punishable by a $250 fine) to idle one’s car for longer than three minutes” …. (kennethhynek)

~ THE IRREPRESSIBLE Theodore Dalrymple (a Very Good Egg) Watches as the Cognoscenti Continue Making Very Selective War, not on “Religion”, But on Jesus Christ the Last Vestiges of Christian Influence on Western Culture …. (markshea.blog)

~ FATHER NEUHAUS, R.I.P.– “Without Richard John Neuhaus, the Christian conservatives in America would have been politically much weaker and intellectually far less formidable”; Roger Kimball: “Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009” …. (nro, pj)

~ WHERE WE ARE: “Slowly and almost imperceptibly, the liberal left has morphed into the lunatic left. They have abandoned most of the liberal legacy that gave them emotional consistency and moral clarity; and instead, they have embraced positions that would have been completely inconceivable to imagine just a few short years ago” …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)

~ WHERE IS Canada’s Vaclav Klaus? …. (edwardmichaelgeorge.blog)

~ AUDIO— Al & Mike Show – Episode 49 – Unintended Consequences: The first show of 2009! We talk about the Israel-Hamas conflict. Jay Currie sits in for Al. Craig Yurish of UCLA also drops by to talk to us about incrementalism, among other things …. (shotgun)

~ AVERAGE Canadians sure do love them some multiculturalism and tolerance and diversity …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ RETRUTHIFUCATION: European Union Rewrites History …. (brusselsjournal)

~ SCIPIO, ON SKOOLZ: “And let us get something straight right now. There are no “problems in our schools.” The problem is in the homes—in the fractured, broken, ruptured and crazily dysfunctional homes that almost seem the new norm. Without question those kids who come from homes where ‘divorce’ is a foreign word do better in school—period. Hands down. End of debate. Don’t even argue”; and Alert The Media! — Girls play less energetically than boys ‘because they prefer to chat’ …. (thereturnofscipio)

~ EVIL PAPISTRY— “Vatican Nuncio to the Netherlands Called to Defend Church Teaching on Sexuality by Dutch Foreign Minister” …. (lifesitenews)

~ ARE WE GOING TO LET 535 Politicians Destroy America? By Ron Ewart: Fight for freedom, liberty and property rights …. (canadafreepress)

~ ABORTIONISTS as Euphemists – the Curious Case of the Shifting Language: a column by John Jalsevac …. (lifesitenews)

~ HRH BARBARA HALL— Via Steve Paikin’s The Agenda (video, right column) …. (tvo.org)

~ EU FREE PRESS? The EU arrests an anti-corruption journalist – and no one cares …. (blogs.telegraph)

~ ACTON BLOG— Conservative/Libertarian Books for the Acton Reader …. (blog.acton.org)

~ YE SHALL BE AS GODS: “Did anyone ever ask IVF children whether they wanted to go through life as genetic orphans?” …. (mercatornet)

~ THE ANCHORESS— Richard John Neuhaus, RIP …. (theanchoressonline)

~ GAY ‘MARRIAGE’ POLYGAMY— “Colby Cosh, who really should have been a lawyer, agrees that the B.C. polygamy prosecutions have no realistic chance of success.” Next up to bat, anyone? Wihout our religious roots, which undergird our human rights & relations, we will be driven ever more and more by lust, convenience, restlessness, lawlessness– and, of course the stealth-Jihad. Children and stable homes with a mother and father are just so last-millennium, dontcha know; and “John Oakley: The marital confusion the Constitution hath wrought“; The war on polygamy— better decades late than never …. (dp, np)

~ FIRST FREEDOMS: A Chilling Account and a Word of Warning …. (albertmohler)

~ DOCTORS Have a Duty to Kill? …. (reformedpastor)

~ ORWELL’S PICNIC AMIDST Vatican Museums, Baroque Churches and Ancient Rome; Limericks for Epiphany… and other things …. (anglocath.blog)

The Holy Fellowship of the Rings

~ MERE COMMENTS— Esolen on Fr. Richard Neuhaus …. (merecomments)

~ ALL HAIL HOLY NOOKIE, OUR GOD! “Coup de Culture Alert: Media Mislead About Effectiveness of Abstinence Pledges”; 50 years of popular music in one sentence; Oh dear, Mandy’s off her meds again …. (Various)

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~ ROGER KIMBALL— “Why Satire Suffers: a Example from the “Adult Entertainment” Industry” …. (pajamasmedia)

~ POOR CHOICERS Want Their License To Kill; Bitter Truth — Abortion Kills Somebody; Sex-Selection Abortions – A Form Of “Good Discrimination”? …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ LEVIATHAN REARS UP in the UK: “Do you want to buy a can of furniture polish? You may have to produce state-issued identification to rpove that you are over 18 years of age” …. (shotgun)

~ BOINGBOING— The Air Force’s rules of engagement for blogging …. (boingboing)

~ DEHUMANISM— Love Potions and Scientific Sorcery: Big Science’s latest attempt to rule out the will …. (ft)

~ EGYPT RELENTS: Citizen Wins Rare Legal Victory to Revert to Christianity …. (compassdirect)

~ SYMPOSIUM: A Discussion on Faith, By: Jamie Glazov. A distinguished panel discusses the “new atheism” and the role of religion in political life …. (frontpagemag)

~ BRUSSELS JOURNAL: Life in the Ruins …. (brusselsjournal)

~ AL MOHLER— The Transcendentalists and the Making of the Modern Mind …. (albertmohler)

~ THE STEPHEN Harper Fire Engine Conspiracy Theory …. (stevejanke)

~ EUTOPIAN ECONOMICS— The EU’s response to the recession: reduce working hours; The people say “No”, the Eurocrats hear “Yes” …. (blogs.telegraph)

~ ABUSE OF POWER? What abuse? Bumping people off is a noble thing! “Swiss Assisted Suicide Group Investigated for Profiteering” …. (wesleyjsmith)

~ GIRL ON THE RIGHT: “21st Century Manifesto” …. (girlontheright)

~ THE ENGINEERING technique of defect analysis yields surprising insight on liberalism’s approach to social problem …. (americanthinker)

~ BEHOLD! Christians Don’t Hate Jews! …. (rightwingnews)

~ SAITH UPPITY WOMAN— Vote for Uppity Woman, Riehl World View, and Pundita …. (uppitywoman08)

~ SAVE THE ICE! Environmentally Friendly Car Crashes, By: Floyd and Mary Beth Brown. “Seattle decides the environment is more important than clearing ice from its roads” …. (frontpagemag)

~ ANOTHER DEAD RETARD! NHS Breakdown: “Communication Breakdown” Results in Down Syndrome Patient Starving to Death …. (wesleyjsmith)

~ SOCIALIST PARADISE WATCH: Crumbling school in Guangdong …. (boingboing)

Video: 100 Years of Headlines About Catastrophic Climate Change

~ IOWAHAWK— “The International Center for Extreme Internet Excellence has just named your site as 2008 International Blog of the Year!” and “That Was the Year that Was: I file my 2009 Annual Report Early” …. (iowahawk)

~ ACE OF SPADES— PeTA’s Top Ten Rejected New Names for Fish …. (ace.mu.nu)

10. “Marine gerbils”

9. “Fish of Color”

8. “Aquatic Chipmunks”

7. “Honorary Maritime Palestinians”

6. “Ocean-Based Independent Book and Record Store Owners, Who Desperately Need Our Help to Stay Viable Given the Predatory Corporate Media Distribution Regime and Also, Given Large Predatory Commercial Fishing Nets”

5. “Undocumented Dolphins”

4. “Aquabunnies”

3. “Ichthysexuals”

2. “Sea Vaginas”

and the Number One Rejected New PeTA Name for Fish…

1. Plucky Little “Obamanauts”

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Obysmal, Law Unto Himself

~ ‘BAMA BUDDY Blagojevich Impeached; Burris contradicts himself in testimony before impeachment committee; Blagojevich Gets Impeached, Still Refuses to Resign; Blago Waxes Poetic …. (Various)

~ SCARY JOB NUMBERS add fuel to Obama’s bailout mania …. (americanthinker)

~ BE AFRAID— Obama’s choice for Intel Director has dark past in East Timor …. (novascotiascott)

~ AMERICAN DIGEST— “In what may be his last executive order, President George Bush today put the kibosh on the Bullshit industry citing “national security concerns” and the lack of enough bullshit snorkels to supply the population of all states” …. (americandigest)

~ NEW ANIMAL FARM— “Victor Davis Hanson: Maybe when the great Obama takes office, the media will stop blaming the presidency for everything from natural to local disasters, and diplomacy and the economy will become complex. “At New Animal Farm” …. (victorhanson)

~ OBAMA, JUNE 2008: “We must isolate Hamas unless and until they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and abide by past agreements. There is no room at the negotiating table for terrorist organizations.”; January 2009: Oh Yippie!… Obama Is Preparing Talks With Hamas …. (Various)

~ WHAT DOES Barack Obama’s surprise choice as CIA director mean for the future of American intelligence? …. (spectator.org)

~ SHAIDLE— Pretty sad when a writer for Cracked is smarter than you …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ GETTING HIS GROVEL ON: “Tavis Smiley of PBS: ‘We’re All Working For Barack Obama'” …. (newsbusters)

~ MINITRUE-USSA— Obama Ministry of Truth favors ‘recovery’ not ‘recession’ …. (americanthinker)

~ OBAMA CAMP to Legitimize Terrorist Group …. (mypetjawa)

~ ROGER KIMBALL: “Obama and Capgrass Syndrome” …. (rogerkimball)

~ DEM DONORISM: “Stephen Greenspan is a psychologist who specializes in gullibility at the University of Connecticut, wrote an article this week using his expertise to understand why so many people—himself included—fell for Bernie Madoff’s chicanery”; Where Did Madoff Hide His Money? …. (firstthings, neatorama)

~ OBAMA’S cabinet appointments are frightening to our security …. (canadafreepress)

~ ANDREA MITCHELL Touts Obama as Story That ‘Turns Her On,’ Bashes Critical Bloggers, Talk Radio …. (newsbusters)

~ INDEED: Bush “pre-socialized” the economy for Obama …. (hotair)

~ DEMOCRAT Mayor Of Baltimore, Obama Supporter, Indicted …. (stoptheaclu)

~ EVER WONDERED how Barack Obama sums up his philosophy?– “Pragmatic progressive” …. (spectator)

~ SANJAY GUPTA And The Rest of the Talking Heads — Obama’s naming t.v. hosts to his cabinet. Let’s put a few more in and see what happens …. (creativeminorityreport)

~ OBAMA AND the Ugly New UnAmerican United States …. (canadafreepress)

~ RECALLING Hayek on Responsibility, by Gary Wolfram: “The great bailout of 2008-09 is reaffirming our modern tendency to evade accountability for our own action” …. (spectator)

~ NO HE CAN’T: Anne Wortham Throws a Big Bucket of Cold Water on Her Fellow Black Americans in the Midst of Their Obama Coronation Bacchanals …. (markshea.blog)

~ THAT SOCIALIST CASH-GRAB— Just How did the Bail-Out Money Get Used?; Dems Pave the Way for Massive Looting by Lawyers …. (spectator, stoptheaclu)

~ FIRST THINGS— Abortion After Obama, by Joseph Bottum …. (firstthings)

~ PAGING THE O-MESSIAH— “Unemployment Soars to Highest Level Since Clinton Years… It Must Be a Depression”; Obama Warns That Only Government Can Save Us Now …Update: Dems Already Propose Tax Hikes …. (gatewaypundit.blog)

~ EWWWW! Many on the Right resorted to their air sick bags last year when Chris Matthews felt a tingle going up his leg during the Democratic primaries …. (godscopybook)

~ US MUSLIMS heart Obama: From a “cultural” perspective, he’s their kind of guy …. (scaramouche)

~ THE NEW SOCIALISM— “The bad thing is that the federal government has figured out that it can borrow a lot more money than it previously thought.” …. (pajamasmedia)

~ US JUSTICE DEP’T Alleges Voter Intimidation by New Black Panther Party …. (canadafreepress)

~ A BAILOUT Package for the Porn Industry? …. (firstthings)

~ POLITICO— O-Bummer: Dems Spoil President-Elect’s D.C. Debut …. (pajamasmedia)

~ REALITY BITES Remember the controversial story a few months ago, in which NBC abruptly pulled-down a spoof that playfully poked fun at Democrats? At first, controversy erupted because many of us assumed that, while criticizing Sarah Palin was “fair game,” NBC decided they had gone too far in actually criticizing their beloved Democrats” …. (evangelicaloutpost)

~ LIVING ACTION HERO? IMAO: “Apparently Spider-Man is going to meet Obama in the comics. To keep comic book Obama congruent with real life Obama, will he be a long time friend with the Green Goblin?” …. (imao.us)

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~ OBAMA IS EVIL! “While there have been grumblings about President-Elect Barack Obama from the angry left almost from the day he was elected, it took a matter of true importance to them, i.e. their “right” to steal music off the Internet, to jerk them back into characteristic full-blown rage” …. (bovinabloviator.blog)

~ DEMOCRATS chafe as Wall Street learns to love Barack Obama …. (nationalpost)

~ REALITY CHECK: Blame For the Financial Meltdown Heaped On Democrats …. (gatewaypundit.blog)

~ UBER-DONOR SCHEMES— Why Soros wants Norm Coleman out of the Senate …. (americanthinker)

~ SEND IN THE CLOWN, By: Kathy Shaidle– “We’ll tell you something other magazines won’t about Al Franken: he’s an idiot” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ HATERS! CRAZED Media STILL Investigating If Palin Is Trig’s Mom!; Sarah Palin on the treatment she received at the hands of the media …. (gatewaypundit.blog, shotgun)

~ IMAO ON Conservative Characters on TV; Conservatives in Hollywood …. (imao)

~ MESSIANISM: DC transit passes now bear Obama’s image …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ PEOPLE’S CUBE— 15 DOs and DON’Ts of New Progressive Order; Progressive Lightbulb Jokes; Reid Offers Burris The Three-Fifths Compromise …. (peoplescube.com)

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Jihad

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A Little Intimidation For Christians

~ REFORMED PASTOR— The Pope Stumbles Over Gaza; Vatican Slams Muslims for Holding Islamic Prayers in Front of Italian Cathedral During Gaza Protest; Vatican alarmed by Muslims burning Israeli flags outside cathedrals …. (reformedpastor, Wz)

~ PRELIMINARY hearing on Toronto honor killing of Aqsa Parvez …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ JEW-KILLING FOR FUN & PROFIT! — “Sources which cannot be revealed because safety is a factor have confirmed that attacks are expected on Jewish businesses, schools, community centers, and perhaps Jewish nationals that have risen to prominence in the capital city of Caracas”; Israeli Ambassador Expelled from Venezuela …. (examiner, mypetjawa)

~ IDIOT LIBERAL CHRISTIANS: PCUSA Mission Network Sides with Hamas; Ignorance in the Frozen North; Holding Mainline Leaders Accountable …. (reformedpastor)

~ SCARAMOUCHE— J T-E’s modest proposal: In view of how the Canadian Arab Federation is championing the Hamas cause, National Post editor John Turley-Ewart advises that a name change is in order …. (scaramouche)

Hamas – Human Shield Confession

~ MELANIE PHILLIPS— “Those who refuse to believe that Hamas are using the population of Gaza as human shields/bomb fodder should watch this video”; and “The experience this week of a London Jew” …. (spectator)

~ WIKIPEDIA Editors Threatened Over Muhammad Article …. (shotgun)

~ IN OUR MIDST— “John Turley-Ewart: Gaza exposes the Canadian Arab Federation for what it now is by John Turley-Ewart” …. (np)

Video: Hamas Dragging Kids Into Place to Act as Human Shields

~ AN SWEET SMACK-DOWN— “Take that, Sid: Jonathan L. Richler is dubious; Sid Ryan is odious. Put the two together and you get this, Richer’s letter in the Globe and Mail” …. (scaramouche)

~ BEWARE MODERATES— “UK: “Moderate” Islamic Group MPAC-UK Calls for Jihad Against Israel” …. (Wz)

~ ‘PERSONALLY OPPOSED’ — Is the Anglican Communion anti-Semitic?; and “Irked that everyone in the world ignored her the first time around, Mrs. Schori takes another run at the Gaza situation” …. (themcj)

~ TORONTO ORC-FEST 2: “Israel Must Not Exist Any Longer” — Muslims plan another rally in Toronto tomorrow …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ CAIR’S Silence on Hamas …. (ivp)

~ TURK IRKS genocide-denial jerks, returns property of 1915 Assyrian Genocide victims; Turkish prosecutor investigates apology campaign …. (jihadwatch, nscott)

~ THE HANUKKAH WAR: Hamas plays The Crying Game …. (pundita.blog)

~ JIHAD STUDIES PROGRAM? “One reporter’s quest to get to the bottom of a federally subsidized Middle East studies program. Do academics outside the mold of Edward Said need apply?” Why Does the New York Times Love Hamas? …. (spectator, ivp)

~ THE BENIGHTED NATIONS— “Does Ban Ki-Moon Think It’s His Job to Help Destroy Israel?” …. (claudiarosett)

~ SANITY PREVAILS: France has Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV Taken off European Satellite TV …. (weaselzippers)

~ GEE, D’YA THINK?!? Former Secretary of Defense William Perry predicts that a nuclear Iran will challenge the incoming Obama administration …. (pajamasmedia)

Fraudulent CNN Video

~ FRAUDULENT CNN Video: “The blogosphere has been abuzz about a CNN video (see below) allegedly showing Gaza physicians vainly trying to revive a dying boy, filmed by his brother, Ashraf Mashharawi (who, as it turns out, owns a company that hosts Hamas websites). Sharp-eyed viewers noticed that the doctors were clearly play-acting, and CNN pulled the video with no explanation, though the network left a text story up” …. (volokh.com)

~ INDY AIRPORT cites policy, removes photo of Israeli soldier, leaves Muslim items …. (creepingsharia)

~ OLDER BROTHER charged with slicing open womb of pregnant, 14-year-old rape victim: “I told my sister that [her pregnancy] was bad for us, for our family, and bad for the community” …. (jihadwatch)

What Really Happened in the Middle East

~ THE MEDIA-WAR: “Is The Media Fair In Its Portrayal Of The Israeli-Hamas Conflict? Investigative Project on Terrorism Executive Director Steven Emerson appears on Fox News to discuss his Daily Beast article criticizing New York Times coverage of the Israeli-Hamas conflict” …. (investigativeproject.org)

~ HOW ABOUT A UN Food-for-Rockets Program in Gaza? …. (claudiarosett)

~ “DEAR ABDULLAH…” Terrorist Penpals! A new program by Amnesty International. by Thomas Joscelyn …. (weeklystandard)

~ FIRST THEY CAME For The Jews …. (MaD)

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Jewminators!

~ FINALLY: The Arab Street fears that “the Jews have gone crazy.”; and “As the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip nears the end of its second week, two things are clear: first, that it will come to some sort of internationally brokered end; and second, that it will end thus because there is no other end that Israel will countenance” …. (pajamasmedia, brusselsjournal)

~ RENOVATION SQUADS— “Activists Demolish Churches: “We Will Establish Islamic Rule From Alaska & Chile to South Africa, & From Japan to Russia – Beware, We Are Coming.” Via …. (atlasshrugs2000, memri)

~ VIA PUNKIN— An IDF soldier’s Hanukkah …. (pumpkin-watch.blog)

~ SOCIAL ENGINEERS— “Religious and labor leaders called upon Congress and President-elect Obama to pass a comprehensive immigration package this year and said that the U.S. economy could not be restored without legalizing the nation’s undocumented immigrants” …. (nrotc)

~ WHO REALLY Paid for Congressman Ellison’s Hajj? …. (creepingsharia)

~ GOODNESS GRACIOUS! “Israeli ‘Sound Bombs’ Reported ‘Exploding’ Wombs Of Pregnant Palestinian Woman And Girls” …. (mypetjawa)

~ WINNEPEG Sun Lays off all part time staff, and terrorist rally in winnipeg …. (MaD)

~ SO PUZZLED— “Be-Jewed, bothered and bewildered: A scribe for news agency al Reuters is genuinely confused by U.S. Congress’s refusal to get with the Phase III Judenhass program” …. (scaramouche)

~ ROUNDUP of Anti-Semitic Attacks in Europe …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

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~ NONIE DARWISH: “The non-Muslim World Must Have No Illusions.” In an interview with Phyllis Chesler, Darwish discusses her new book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law …. (Various)

~ WHERE IDEOLOGY, Theology And Islam Collide: “While Islamic theology is presented to the west as one of equivalence to our own, it is Islamic ideologies that rule the day” …. (sigcarlfred)

~ FBI SPONSORS Eid Dinner at Virginia mosque …. (creepingsharia)

~ ISSUES? MUZZLE! — Government Policies Stifle Talk of Islam …. (pajamasmedia)

~ A MAP, CONFISCATED Wednesday (Jan. 7) by IDF paratroopers operating in the north of Gaza, “shows how Hamas uses an entire neighborhood, rigging it with explosive devices and putting the entire civilian population at great risk” …. (mypetjawa)

~ VERY UGLY Pro-Palestinian Riots in Oslo …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

MEMRI– Hamas In Their Own Voices

~ CHARMING Muslim purposely provokes a lawsuit then gives it to Gaza …. (MaD)

~ THE BIGOTRY OF LOW EXPECTATIONS— “Arab Liberal Criticizes European Parliament President for Suggesting That the Middle East Does Not Deserve The Democracy Enjoyed By The West ” …. (memri.org)

~ ISRAEL SAYS NO to the Untied Nations death-wish …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ MORE MELANIE— Britain turns ugly; ..and even uglier; The hysteria that dare not speak its name; Depravity and double standards …. (spectator)

~ GLICK: “Today’s war between Israel and Hamas is a remarkable case study in how leaders in democracies learn. In a nutshell, it shows that leaders only learn when we, the people, force them” …. (carolineglick)

~ VERY NASTY Anti-Israel Protests in America Cross the Line of Decency; Hating Israel in Trafalgar Square …. (pajamasmedia)

Pro-Palestinian riots in Oslo

~ GETTING THEIR CLUCK ON— Hamas: Willing To Kill For God, Unwilling To Die for God …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)

~ MARK SHEA— Ghastly Reports from Gaza; Dawn Eden Notes a Vital Point about Magisterial Guidance When It Comes to Thinking About Israel’s Right to Exist …. (markshea.blog)

~ AND IN THIS CORNER… “An Irshad Manji – Sid Ryan debate… I’d pay good money for a ringside seat at that one: “As we left, I asked his translator why Dr. al-Hindi would give me an on-camera interview, knowing that he could not find a single verse to prove his claim that the Koran justifies suicide operations.” …. (macadamia.blog)

~ THE GAZA CIVIL WAR: Jonathan Schanzer’s Hamas vs. Fatah seems tailor-made to address the big questions behind the headlines from Gaza …. (nro)

~ PAM GELLER— Bless you father! “Andrew Bostom sent me this Righteous Pastor’s Letter. Mark Durie is a an excellent scholar of Islam, brilliant linguist (who studed amonng the Acehnese Muslims of Indonesia), and uniquely courageous man” …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ IRRITATED MUSLIMS hijack UK radio station because “they hate Cliff Richard” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ LEBANESE terrorists fired missiles on Israel today. One rocket hit a nursing home in Nahariya, lightly injuring two people …. (gatewaypundit.blog)

~ IGNATIEFF— “Hamas is a terrorist organization, and Canada can’t touch Hamas with a 10-foot pole. Hamas is to blame for organizing and instigating those rocket attacks and then for sheltering among civilian populations.” …. (damianpenny)

~ YOU IDIOTS! Not Anti-Semitic. Just On The Side Of Eliminating Jews …. (sda)

~ THE WORLD BANK Shills for Hamas …. (mypetjawa)

~ THE EURABIAN FRONT: “Antwerp is suffering from a peculiar and serious illness. The symptoms are well known: songs of The Strangers may no longer be listened to, children on school trips are required to eat halal food and separate swimming hours for men and women are actually being introduced in the Antwerp public swimming pools, and the cross on the mitre of Sinterklaas [St. Nicholas] is prohibited” …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

~ GATES OF VIENNA— A Socialist Who Stands With the (Dead) Jews …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

~ DULY NOTED: Hamas Does Not Respond to Criticism …. (brusselsjournal)

~ DEPRAVED UN, MEDIA MULES MANUFACTURE JEWISH BLOOD LIBELS:GIN UP THE JEWHATE: “There is a dangerous recklessness to all of the lies and misinformation that the Islam along with left, the internationalists, the media and other useful idiots are trafficking in to smear the Jews” …. (atlasshrugs2000)

~ HOW WE GOT TO GAZA: The Emperors Of Hate Have No Clothes; and “The Road To Gaza: Paved With Deceit” …. (sigmundcarlandalfred)

~ MULLAH & HOOKER Vid Is YouTube Hit In Iran …. (gatewaypundit.blog)

~ CAIR-ING FOR HAMAS, By: Joe Kaufman. The connections between the terrorist group killing Jews in Israel and the “Muslim civil rights organization.” …. (frontpagemag)

~ AN IDF RETRACTION: “According to Ha’aretz, the IDF has retracted its claim (noted here) that they were being fired on from a school in which Palestinian civilians were killed.” No such reports have eminated from Hamas, who fully intend to blow up schools full of little Jewish kids …. (dp)

~ THE WAR AGAINST the Jews, By: David Horowitz: “And its Western apologists” …. (frontpagemag)

~ DR. SANITY— “What is of even more interest to me as a psychiatrist, however, is that it is actually Hamas that seems to believe Israeli lives are worth more than Palestinian lives. They are willing to sacrifice untold numbers of Palestinians on the altar of their so-called “honor” (see previous posts on how highly they value their women and children) just to avoid acknowledging the reality of Israeli military and moral superiority” …. (drsanity.blog)

~ LET THEM EAT Rockets – Richard Baehr …. (at)

~ DANISH PUBLIC OPINION on Gaza and Israel …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

~ THE FATAH DEADWOOD— “Justice: Just wondering: does the Gaza death toll include Palestinians summarily executed by Hamas?” …. (damianpenny)

~ PALESTINIAN FAMILY VALUES— From I.N.N.; and “Assud the killer bunny has finally achieved a well-deserved martyrdom” …. (drsanity.blog)

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~ WE ARE ALL SOLDIERS on the Front Line; Israel fights west’s war again …. (canadafreepress)

~ THREE QUESTIONS About “Disproportionate Force” …. (commentarymagazine)

~ THEY ARE AFTER THE CHILDREN: “Meryl Yourish has a fascinating study on what seems to be a tremendously unlikely statistical aberration. It seems that since Hamas started using the Grad rocket, it has been able to hit an increasing number of Israeli schools” …. (commentarymagazine)

~ PAUL TUNS: “The future of the Islamic world… Is full of failed states” …. (soberingthoughts.blog)

~ MODELLING Terrorist Group Behavior: Hamas & Hezbollah …. (counterterrorismblog)

~ THE BIGGER JIHAD: “Almost lost in the shuffle of Gaza and the transition is the story of the Turkish interdiction of Iranian arms shipments to Venezuela” …. (counterterrorismblog)

~ FOR UTTER SHAME, DEBBIE! Annihilation for Peace? Final Solution, is it? …. (spectator)

~ WHY LIBERALS Support Islamic Terrorism and Oppose Self-Defense Against It …. (canadafreepress)

~ EQUAL TIME FOR ORCS! LATimes Prints Hamas Terrorist’s Op Ed …. (stoptheaclu)

~ CONTINUING Strategic Ripples of Mumbai Attacks; Mumbai Terrorist Leaders Cheered As Hostages Were Lined Up & Shot Dead …. (counterterrorismblog, gatewaypundit.blog)

~ RADICAL Muslims ‘love death the same way Americans and Europeans love Life’ …. (cfp)

~ THE CANADIAN FORCES – arguably more conservative in some respects than their American cousins – have taken an admirable leap of faith and approved an embedded blogger to go to Afghanistan …. (ghostofaflea)

~ ITALIAN UNION targets Jewish-owned businesses …. (americanthinker)

~ ANDREW BOSTOM— Europe’s Rampant Muslim Jew-Hatred, and Absent Jewish ‘Islamophobia’ …. (americanthinker)

~ THE NYT’S EXPERT on terror calls Israel a ‘cancer’; Rashid Khalidi, professor of Arab studies at Columbia–and (depending whom you asked and at what point in the 2008 presidential campaign you asked it) friend, acquaintance, or friendly acquaintance of Barack Obama– had an op-ed column in yesterday’s New York Times …. (americanthinker)

~ OPERATION Cast Lead and the Civilian Front: An Interim Assessment …. (cfp)

~ A PALEOCON Case for Israel …. (spectator.org)

~ IRRELEVANT world governing body treated as such by Israel …. (americanthinker)

~ WHY CAN’T THEY JUST Leave Israel Alone?! …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ EGYPT and Jordan – Lifelines to Gaza and West Bank …. (canadafreepress)

~ OFF TO HELL: New Year’s Day attack takes out two al-Qaeda bigwigs …. (americanthinker)

~ SHAMELESS CNN busted running phony Gaza propaganda, doesn’t fess up …. (americanthinker)

~ JUSTICE FINALLY reaches 1998 embassy bombers …. (hotair.com)

msalam-swedan

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