North Korea moons the world.

Apr 7, 2009 by

nkrocketWith the launch of yet another long range rocket North Korea demonstrated how easy it is to defy the world. Backed by Russia and China, as well as other member countries of the United Nations, North Korea continues with its policy of intimidation, threats and false promises. North Korea has promised time and again to abandon its nuclear ambitions for concessions which the United States and South Korea have been only too eager to concede.

The initial response of the United Nations to the launch was weak. It essentially only reaffirms Resolutions 1695 and 1718. Even before the launch U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth revealed that he was ready to visit Pyongyang and resume the six-partly talks. No wonder North Korea felt it had nothing to fear from launching its rocket. To make matters worse Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently announced deep cuts in the U.S. Missile defense program as well as the F-22 Raptor program.

While all this is going on you can be sure that Iran is carefully monitoring the responses of the United States as well as the United Nations. It would hardly be surprising if Iran decided to ramp up the pressure on the new administration in Washington. Iran sees an American president so ready to bend his knee for public favor in Europe that the mullahs’ push for U.S. concessions will rapidly grow.

And lets not forget what kind of message the lack of any significant U.S. or U.N. response is sending to Israel. The new administration in Israel is probably drawing the conclusion that it should look our for No. 1 first and not hold its breath waiting for Mr. Obama to do anything about Iran. If the U.S. and the U.N. continually use only the carrot and never show North Korea a big stick, it will only embolden the criminal regime in North Korea while at the same time send a dangerous message to other countries in the world like Iran, Russia and China that they have little to fear from either the United States or the United Nations.

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U.N. – United Nations against the U.S. and Israel

Mar 5, 2009 by

BoltonOnUN Once again the United Nations is showing that it is little more than a collection of states that hate the United States and Israel. There are many member states that need to go back and read the U.N. Charter to remember what the true mission of the United Nations is. Article 1 of the Charter states the purposes of the United Nations. They are:

  1. To maintain international peace and security.
  2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.
  3. To achieve international co-operation in solving problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character.
  4. To be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

I wish someone would tell me which of the above purposes was being served when a top official of the U.N. accused the United States of committing inhuman “atrocities” in Iraq and Afghanistan during a speech Wednesday to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann ranted during his speech that:

The aggressions against Iraq and Afghanistan and their occupations constitute atrocities that must be condemned and repudiated by all who believe in the rule of law in international relations.

D’Escoto claimed that U.S. actions have directly led to more than a million Iraqi civilian deaths since 2003, a vastly inflated figure that does not correspond with the U.N.’s own vastly overstated estimates. The U.N.’s health and medical agency, The WHO, says 151,000 Iraqis have died since the 2003 invasion while IraqBodyCount.org puts the death toll between 90,000-99,245. D’Escoto goes on to scream that these violations “must be addressed to bring an end to the scandalous present impunity.”

This clown is a top U.N. official and stands in front of the United Nations making these outrageous statements without a hint of condemnation from any U.N. official. Again I ask which of the stated purposes of Article 1 of the U.N. Charter is being served by a U.N. official making such statements? What really makes his statements so outrageous is the fact that D’Escoto was once the foreign minister for the Communist Sandinista government of Nicaragua.

The Sandinista government had a long record of human rights violations, one in which D’Escoto played a prominent role. Included in these violations were the murders of 800 Miskito prisoners, the disappearance of hundreds of detainees every month for years, the discoveries of 60 common graves of individuals who were executed by the Sandinista People’s Army or the State Security and the torture of many others. In 1997 R.J. Rummel in his book Statistics of Democide estimated that the Sandinistas were responsible for 5,000 non-battle related deaths.

I find it outrageous that someone with D’Esconto’s past history of association with human rights abuses could not only be a top U.N. official today but have the gall to stand in front of the world and falsely accuse the United States of the murder of a million Iraqis and Afghans. Rhetoric like this against both the United Sates and Israel is all to common with many top U.N. officials and should be recognized for what it really is. And what it really is is a blind and unreasoning hatred of countries like the United States and Israel and everything that they represent. Could someone please explain to me why the United States is still a member of the United Nations?

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United Nations Human Rights Council once again shows it’s anti-Semitism

Jan 12, 2009 by

663px-Judenstern_JMW The United Nations Human Rights Council has once again shown it’s anti-Semitism by approving a resolution condemning Israel’s military offensive in Gaza saying it has “resulted in massive violations of human rights of the Palestinian people.”

Anti-Semitism is defined as  prejudice against or hostility toward Jews as a group. The prejudice or hostility is usually characterized by a combination of religious, racial, cultural and ethnic biases. The council’s 47 members voted 33 in favor and 1 against the resolution that also accuses Israel of systematically destroying Palestinian infrastructure and of targeting civilians and medical facilities. Only Canada voted against the resolution with European Union countries abstaining.

While the resolution urges an end to the rocket attacks it never mentions Hamas nor violations of Israeli civilian’s rights by constant rocket attacks and suicide bombings of civilian targets. The United Nations has a long history of passing resolutions that condemn Israel while never condemning any of the internationally recognized terrorist organizations that constantly threaten Israel’s citizens.

The United Nations Human Rights Council apparently does not recognize Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense that it is exercising by attacking Hamas military infrastructure that supports the launching of Hamas terrorist attacks in the form of rockets loaded with ball bearings launched against Israeli civilian targets for years. The Councel also ignores human rights violations that Hamas perpetrates against it’s own people by using them as human shields against Israeli attacks.

There is a large body of evidence that shows that Hamas regularly uses mosques, hospitals, schools and other civilian structures to store weapons as well as launch rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli civilian targets. It has been reported that Hamas is using Gaza’s Shifa Hospital as a meeting place and even distributing salaries to its operative there. The majority of civilian casualties that have occurred during Israel’s attack against Hamas have come from Hamas’ strategy of using human shields. I have seen many Israeli defense videos that show Israeli pilots steering their missiles away from legitimate Hamas targets when civilians have have been spotted near the targets. Israel drops leaflets warning civilians to stay away from Hamas infrastructure and even calls by phone to warn people out of targets before they are struck.

The argument put forward by countries like France that Israel is using “disproportionate” force is absurd. Israeli is trying to destroy Hamas’ ability to launch attacks against Israel. Is Israel supposed to do this by building crude rockets like the ones Hamas uses and launch  them indiscriminately at Gaza like Hamas does against Israel? Israel has over a million citizens living under the constant threat of rocket attack by Hamas and is simply trying to protect its citizens. If the Council is truly concerned about the killing of Palestinian citizens it needs to condemn Hamas for using them as human shields as well as to call for a stop  to targeting Israeli civilians.

A recent poll showed that only 14 percent of Palestinians support Hamas. Only when Hamas is no longer in control of Gaza can the Palestinians have any hope of peace and a normal life. Calls for a cease fire make no sense as long as Hamas still controls Gaza. Hamas has constantly signaled that it has not interest in peace talks or peace. Hamas is repressive to its own citizens and has passed legislation which ushered in whipping, dismembering and execution as standard punitive measures. But apparently the United Nations Human Rights Council does not see these as human rights violations.

Israel has exhausted all avenues of negotiations with Hamas and has been forced to act to protect its citizens. How can you achieve peace with an organization whose own charter (Article 13) states that:

There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavor.

With no partner to engage with diplomatically and with no truce in place, Israel had no choice but to protect its citizens by force. Yet the United Nations Human Rights Council sees this instead as an act of “massive violations of human rights.” Israel has withdrawn completely from Gaza and only controls access to Gaza from Israel to prevent Hamas from launching suicide attacks and smuggling weapons into Gaza. The United Nations Human Rights Council  has once again shown that it is an organization that is basically anti-Semitic and should be condemned by the world for its anti-Semitism.

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Hamas responsible for the bloodshed in Gaza

Dec 27, 2008 by

After enduring a week in which Hamas rained down hundreds of mortars and rockets on its citizens, Israel responded today with a large scale series of aerial strikes on Hamas infrastructure in Gaza. Reactions from the Arab world were typical. Defiant Hamas leaders threatened revenge, Egypt summoned the Israeli ambassador to express condemnation, protests erupted in the West Bank and across the Arab world.

Angry Jordanians poured out of buildings in the capital Amman and cried, “You are the cannon, we are the bullets”, some waving the signature green Hamas banners. Protests erupted in Beirut and in Syria. In the West Bank, Hamas’ rival, Abbas condemned the “aggression” and called for restraint. A shopkeeper in Gaza whose son is missing after the attacks shouted for Israel to burn.

I would say to the shopkeeper that he would be better advised to wish for Hamas to burn than Israel as it is Hamas’ fault that his son is dead or missing, not Israel’s. Ever since Israel was declared a state in 1947 it has been trying to live peacefully with its Arab neighbors, who have been trying to destroy Israel ever since. Israel left Gaza in 2005 after a 38 year occupation, but the withdrawal did not lead to better relations with Palestinians in the territory.

When President Shimon Peres was questioned about Israel’s willingness for peace, the president emphasized that it was Hamas, not Israel which was preventing the diplomatic process from moving forward. How do you practice restraint and sue for peace with an organization that will not be satisfied until Israel is destroyed? The only way for a lasting peace to occur in the Middle East is for the people of Palestine to denounce Hamas and negotiate for peace directly with Israel.

If the leaders of the Arab world would condemn Hamas or at least ask them to show restraint then maybe Israel would not have been pushed to respond to the attacks of Hamas. Israel is only defending it’s citizens. Does anyone really think that Israel does not want to have peace with its neighbors? The only ones that do not want to have peace with Israel are terrorist organizations like Hamas. Arab nations need to do more about organizations like Hamas. When was the last time you read of an Arab nation calling on Hamas to show restraint and stop shelling Israel?

Hamas deliberately targets civilians with its rocket and suicide attacks as well as endangering its  own civilians by firing from populated areas and using mosques and schools as bunkers. The Israeli military risks its own soldiers in its efforts to limit civilian casualties. Yet the Arab world always screams about the civilians killed by Israeli attacks but is silent whenever Israeli civilians are deliberately targeted and killed by groups like Hamas.

The Palestinians would have their own state by now if it were not for Hamas and its senseless hatred for Israel. President Peres of Israel stated the truth clearly.

For the past sixty years, a number of wars have been fought, but in recent years we have turned towards peace. I have signed peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, and we have withdrawn from their territory to the very last centimeter. We have withdrawn from Lebanon, and it is possible to say that we have no conflict with Lebanon. Currently we have negotiations with Syria, and we have begun advanced negotiations with the Palestinians.

Yet Hamas continues to rain down a barrage of rockets on Israeli cities and towns. Nothing Israel can do will mollify Hamas. Hamas does not care about a Palestinian state or the peoples of Palestine.  All Hamas cares about is the destruction of Israel. If the people of Palestine want peace as well as their own state, Hamas has to go. The Palestinian people deserve to live in peace in their own state as do the citizens of Israel. As soon as Hamas is disbanded or destroyed that peace will be obtainable. Until then both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples will continue to suffer.

The Face of Hatred

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