Sixty-nine years ago this month, Nazi Germany mounted its last, horrific offensive in the dead of winter in what came to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. Perhaps taking a page from the playbook of their fellow totalitarians, the Muslim Brotherhood seems to have its own audacious winter offensive underway — only this one is being waged inside America, a country they have declared they seek “to destroy from within.”
At the moment, the object of this exercise appears to be to prevail on the U.S. government to do what it did once before: help install a Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt.… Seguir leyendo »
Forty years ago this week, Arab armies launched the Yom Kippur War at a moment when practically every Israeli was preoccupied with religious obligations. The Arab coalition very nearly succeeded in their long-standing goal of driving the Jews into the sea.
Such a peril arose principally because the Israelis failed to understand the enemies they were confronting at that moment — and their perception that the Jewish state was, if not weak, at least unready for a concerted, coordinated attack. As has happened so often in the past, such a perception need not be right to precipitate war. It just has to take hold in the minds of freedom’s foes.… Seguir leyendo »
A chemical weapons pact written in desperation is wasted ink
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, announced a deal last weekend that is supposed to make the Syrian problem go away, or rather, make Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons go away. Or at least disappear President Obama’s immediate political problem with breached red lines and an America with no appetite for war with Syria in response.
The bottom line: It isn’t going to happen. The only question is: Will this deal actually make things worse in any, or all, of those respects?
The old axiom, “You want it bad, you’ll get it bad,” applied to the three days of fevered bilateral negotiations in Geneva that produced the so-called “plan” for international control and dismantling of the entire Syrian chemical arsenal.… Seguir leyendo »
Going to war may be the worst of the bad options
Team Obama’s public campaign to embroil the United States in Syria’s civil war has kicked into high gear. President Obama’s senior subordinates have been warning incessantly about the costs of inaction and making preposterous promises about the benefits of conducting a limited attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
Mr. Obama was set to throw himself into the sales pitch, too, with a saturation round of TV appearances Monday night and an address to the nation Tuesday.
Will all this lobbying work? Will skeptical legislators ignore their constituents — who overwhelmingly recognize the folly of this proposal — and do as the White House and some Republicans demand?… Seguir leyendo »
Ever since President Obama came to office, his administration has cultivated relations with, legitimated, emboldened, empowered, funded and even armed the Muslim Brotherhood. This policy has amounted to our changing sides in what is best described as the War for the Free World.
As documented in a free online, video-based course I produced last year, one of the factors behind this strategically disastrous — and largely unnoted — reversal is the success the Muslim Brotherhood has had, going back at least to the Clinton administration, in penetrating and running influence operations against our country. The Brotherhood calls it “civilization jihad.” It has enabled them to establish not only an array of front groups to insinuate themselves into American civil-society institutions and governing agencies.… Seguir leyendo »
Recent threats from North Korea have led the Obama administration to reverse some of its previous decisions and to build up U.S. missile defenses. Welcome as that course correction is, the North’s recent missile developments and underground nuclear test should cause President Obama to rethink his basic approach to nuclear weapons policy. He should acknowledge that he was unrealistic in making it U.S. policy to achieve “a world without nuclear weapons.”
Whatever good and idealistic intentions may have motivated the initial rhetoric about “nuclear zero,” the practical effects of embracing this slogan are harmful. The goal of minimizing the possibility of nuclear war is not served when the U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly declared that “a world without America is not only desirable, it is achievable.” While that sentiment won’t be embraced in President Obama’s inaugural address next week, all other things being equal, it seems likely to be the practical effect of his second term.
Of course, Iran’s regime seeks a world literally without America. More to the point, Mr. Ahmadinejad and the mullahs in Tehran are working tirelessly to secure the means by which to accomplish that goal. Specifically, they have or are developing the ability to engage in devastating electromagnetic pulse attacks, biological warfare and other asymmetric terrorist strikes.… Seguir leyendo »
Did you have a Merry Christmas? If so, chances are you are not a Christian in the Middle East or many other parts of the world.
Under the headline “Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East,” London’s Telegraph reported this week on the findings of a shocking new study by a British think tank known as Civitas Institute for the Study of Civil Society.
The new study is entitled “Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack,” thereby making the foundational point that followers of Christ are truly being persecuted in much of the planet, as opposed to the purported problem of “Islamophobia,” manufactured by Islamic supremacists to cow and induce Christians and other infidels to submit to their dictates.… Seguir leyendo »
In October 2001, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a prophetic warning: “Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a ‘convenient temporary solution.’ ” He declared: “Israel will not be Czechoslovakia.”
Tragically, President Obama today is increasingly treating Israel as Western leaders did in abandoning the Czechs 74 years ago. He is signaling to a genocidal regime in Iran that the Jewish state is on its own — a signal like the one to which Adolf Hitler responded with the worst bloodletting in world history.
To be sure, Team Obama has engaged from the get-go in what Mitt Romney has called “throwing allies like Israel under the bus.”… Seguir leyendo »
Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, says he will be a “leader for all Egyptians.” That sounds a lot like the sorts of lies his fellow Muslim Brothers have been telling for months, only to renege on them when they can. We ignore the true character and ambitions of the Muslim Brotherhood - in Egypt, elsewhere in the Mideast, in the wider world and here - at our extreme peril.
In fact, the Brothers’ bait-and-switch gambits are standard operating procedure for their secretive organization. After all, from the Brotherhood’s inception in Egypt in 1928, it has been a revolutionary organization committed to the imposition worldwide of a totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine they call Shariah.… Seguir leyendo »
The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East has caused many Americans to reflect on that group’s stated ambition to impose worldwide the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine known as Shariah. Particularly unsettling is evidence of the group’s goal in America, namely of “destroying Western civilization from within,” as documented in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas in 2008.
For some prominent conservatives, however, such facts are not just inconvenient. They - and any who point them out - must be denied, ignored or suppressed.
The latest examples involve a pair of articles published in two of the right’s most prominent online outlets: Townhall and National Review Online.… Seguir leyendo »
One of the most important challenges we face as a free people is understanding the true nature of - and threat posed by - a totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine its adherents call Shariah. So it would seem to be good news that a $3 million public education campaign is being launched nationwide to "clarify" what Shariah is.
The question is: Will this campaign be truthful and helpful, or will it amount to an exercise in what is not only permissible under Shariah, but obligatory: lying for the faith, or taqiyya in Arabic?
Unfortunately, because the sponsor of this initiative is one of the most virulent Muslim Brotherhood fronts in the United States, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Shariah tour assuredly will be all taqiyya, all the time.… Seguir leyendo »
As we witness surging Muslim violence against non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Egypt and even here, the response seems increasingly that the victims must apologize to the perpetrators. In particular, the United States government - from President Obama on down - has been assiduously seeking forgiveness for giving offense to Islamic sensibilities after accidentally burning Korans. This was felt necessary even in a case in which the books had been defaced by captured Afghan jihadis as a means of encouraging their comrades to further acts of violence against us.
It seems that Christians are also widely considered to be at fault for having churches, Bibles and religious practices that offend the ascendant Islamists in Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.… Seguir leyendo »
President Obama's recent trip to three Latin American nations was surreal. For one thing, he launched a war against Libya from there. For another, he lauded and pledged support for offshore drilling in Brazilian waters that he has shut down in our own. And he spoke glowingly of the progress of democracy as though its forces were on the march in the region rather than those of enemies of freedom.
What might have passed for Mr. Obama's willful blindness with respect to the rising threat posed by Chavismo - the rabidly anti-American regional campaign named for and sponsored by the dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez - was revealed last week as perhaps something far more worrying, if not downright sinister: a deliberate effort by the Obama Justice Department to impede U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
One might have been forgiven for thinking it was an April Fool's joke. At the very least, the author of an Op-Ed published in The Washington Post last Friday - former South African Supreme Court Justice Richard Goldstone - sure looked foolish as he all but acknowledged being incredibly naive and irresponsible when he authored a harshly critical report for the United Nations Human Rights Council after Israel's 2008-09 war with Hamas in Gaza.
It seems the lead author of the Goldstone Report has experienced a severe case of second thoughts or buyer's remorse. Presumably, that is due at least in part to a belated appreciation of the immense damage caused by his misbegotten handiwork.… Seguir leyendo »
As Egypt lurches toward the end of President Hosni Mubarak's regime, one way or another - by "an orderly transition to democratic rule" (as Hillary Rodham Clinton delicately puts it), through violent overthrow or simply through the demise of the ailing 82-year-old president - much is unclear. One thing that should not be is that the Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy, and whatever role it plays in Egypt's future will be to our detriment.
Such clarity is readily available because the Brotherhood (MB or, in Arabic, Ikhwan) has told us as much. Consider, for example, the mission statement for the MB found in one of its secret documents, titled "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America."… Seguir leyendo »
Seventyyears ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced to the nation in one of his famous "fireside chats" that America must be "the great arsenal of democracy." It was a visionary and, at the time, controversial declaration that a nation dead-set against becoming entangled in the war then consuming Europe must nonetheless help arm democratic nations fighting for their survival. This initiative proved critical to Britain's defense in the run-up to Pearl Harbor, at which point the United States became decisively not just the Free World's armory, but its savior.
Today, we find another country putting its formidable military-industrial complex in the service of others around the globe.… Seguir leyendo »
President Obama announced Friday that he had concluded a follow-on to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia. He characterized the cuts that it would make in the two nations' nuclear arsenals as a major step toward his goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. In practice, however, the so-called "New START" accord will contribute primarily to the denuclearization of the United States and to making the world a more dangerous place. Accordingly, it would be more accurate to call it "False START."
The first thing to note about the Obama treaty is that it confers real advantages on the Russians.… Seguir leyendo »
Any day now, President Obama is ex -pected to unveil a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. This so-called Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) follow-on will be ballyhooed as an important step toward the realization of Mr. Obama's goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world. As things stand now, however, that step seems unlikely to be approved by the Senate - let alone translate into an end to nuclear proliferation and the dangers associated with it.
There is no small irony that the prospects for the START follow-on treaty were made worse recently by four men who arguably have done more than any others to lend credence to the notion that a nuclear-free planet would be desirable and realizable: Former Republican Secretaries of State Henry A.… Seguir leyendo »