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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Is Obama Encouraging Palestinian Violence?

A Palestinian Arab leader says the Obama administration is encouraging his people to "resist" Israel. Click here for the story.

Liberal Media Launch Anti-Russian, Pro-Islamist Propaganda Offensive to 'Understand' Bombers


Active measures alert. In the wake of the Moscow Metro bombings, the liberal media in the United States, led by The New York Times (naturally), is mobilizing ... against Russia.

Click here, here, here--and here--for the subtle, opening salvos of a propaganda campaign aimed at "understanding" the so-called root causes of Islamist terrorism and separatism in Russia and, more specifically, the so-called legitimate grievances of Islamist separatist terrorists in Chechnya, a republic that belongs to the Russian Federation.

The anti-Russian propaganda will include selective, biased reporting and commentary (MSNBC will serve as a key cable TV news outlet for the offensive), a downplaying of Al Qaeda connections and the role of religion (orthodox Islam), and outright disinformation. In the coming weeks, we can even expect to read and hear hints and suggestions that elements of the Russian government may have conspired with or been complicit in the attacks on their own citizens in order to provide a pretext for a crackdown on dissent, tighter controls, etc. Certainly, the Russian government will be accused of exploiting the bombings, just as the Bush administration was accused and is still accused by Islamist supporters, sympathizers, and dupes of exploiting 9/11.

Some perspective on the terrorists' targeting of Russia's transportation system. So far, 112 commuters have been killed in seven separate bombings in the Moscow Metro in the past 14 years--most of them by Muslim Chechen suicide bombers. Chechen Islamist terrorist leader Doku Umarov vowed last month to take the war to Russian cities.

Last November, Islamist Chechen terrorists bombed the Nevsky Express luxury passenger train, killing 27 people.

Islamist Chechen terrorists were responsible for the destruction of two Russian airliners in 2004. The attacks claimed more than 70 lives.

In addition to the conflict in Chechnya, in which an estimated 100,000 people have died, lower-level but worsening Islamist insurgencies are also underway in the neighbouring republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan. Click here for today's deadly bombing news from the region.


Back to the media. It is one thing to criticize Russia's leaders for failing to connect the dots between domestic terror and aiding and accommodating Iran's atomic advance, or failing to protect and warn Russian citizens against a new wave of terrorism, and another thing, entirely, to sympathize and side with the terrorists. The distance between "understanding" and justifying terrorism is actually quite short.

Put differently, liberal media essentially excuse terrorist acts by implying that they arise out of intolerable social conditions or intolerable oppression. This is known as the theory of legitimate grievances. Never mind that the resistance movements in Nazi occupied Europe never deliberately attacked civilians, or that terrorists disproportionately come from the middle classes and not the poor. Today's terrorists, who present themselves as rebels and resistance movements, have been licensed by liberal apologists to murder, maim, and menace innocents. Ironically, many liberals buy the Al Qaeda/Islamist Big Lie that especially in a representative democracy nobody can be considered innocent and immune from attack because the very act of voting for leaders in a democracy makes an ordinary citizen an accomplice to a government's oppressive policies.

Understand, as President Obama likes to say, that behind the theory of grievances is a hidden moral agenda. It is to persuade people that terrorism is really a social disease--a manmade disaster in the jargon of the Obama administration. Acceptance of this twisted idea frees a society that is confronted with terrorism from having to assume the burden of moral, political, and military action.

Cowardice and confusion--the liberal answer to terrorism.


UPDATE: Chechen terrorist leader claims responsibility for subway bombings. Click here for the Times account. You have to read down to the seventh paragraph to learn that the Islamist monster--the leading liberal paper calls him a "rebel"--is a Muslim.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yes He Can Allow Iran to Produce Atomic Arms


Yes, he could and did.

U.S. President Barack Obama has done it, alright--allowed Islamist Iran to become a country capable of producing nuclear weapons, as China Confidential predicted, and the CIA confirmed this week.

Read the IDB editorial here.

Why Anti-Israel, Islamist Iran is Building an Arsenal of Missiles Capable of Striking Moscow and Europe

A must-view, 2008 interview with ex-Israeli defense minister Ephraim Sneh....

American Spectator Story Confirms Confidential Reporting and Analysis of Obama's Loony Linkage of Iranian Nuclear and Israeli-Palestinian Peace Issues

As if to confirm a China Confidential analytical report on the same subject--click here to read it--the American Spectator has a first-rate, insider story on the Obama-Netanyahu meeting. East Jerusalem is a sideshow; President Obama has linked the Iranian and Palestinian issues in exactly the wrong way. George H. Whittman reports:

The real story is that the Obama Administration is proceeding on the basis that evolving a Palestine/Israel accord will be an important element in negotiations with Iran to cease nuclear weapon development.

This fantastical idea has evolved out of the strong White House belief that Iran can be cajoled into an agreement on nuclear weapon development if only the Palestine "problem" was solved. Any action appearing to inhibit the current campaign to bring Israel and Palestine closer is perceived by President Barack Obama as contrary to his plan to prevent Iran from "going nuclear." Contrary to the oft-stated theme of keeping the military option on the table, the Obama Administration is committed to avoiding a preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear development targets.

Go here to read Whittman's article.

On Saturday, Confidential Reporter observed: "U.S. President Barack Obama is right to link the Iranian and Israeli-Palestinian/Arab problems. But he has drawn the wrong conclusions. Iran must be dealt with--militarily--ahead of and in order to make possible an Israeli-Palestinian/Arab peace pact, not after or parallel to an all-out push for an agreement.

"In other words, the road to peace in the Middle East does not run through Jerusalem, Israel's capital city--and the capital of the Jewish people for millennia. The road to Middle East peace runs through the fountainhead of fascistic political Islam--Tehran. But the road is blocked. Remove the blockage--the monstrous Iranian regime and its menacing nuclear program--and Israel's most radical and dangerous foes are suddenly exposed and vulnerable. They either collapse without Iranian backing or come to their senses and change their policies."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Russian Leaders Talk Like Leaders, Not Appeasers




Russia's leaders vow the terrorist "beasts" will be "destroyed," as reported here.

No mincing words. No politically correct praise for an inherently intolerant and violent faith that has never reformed itself, never moved beyond the Middle Ages....

Now, if only the Russians would stop playing games with nuclear-arming, terrorist-sponsoring, Islamist Iran as a way of countering U.S. influence ... with Washington reciprocating with a firm promise (a) to stop criticizing Russia for alleged human rights abuses in its war against Al Qaeda-connected, Islamist separatists, and (b) to forever abandon the Cold War notion of using right-wing political Islam as a sword against Russia .... if only the two superpowers who have so much in common in today's world would come to their senses and stop dancing with the devil ... and stay the course ... some good could come from today's horrific terrorist attack.

The leaders of both countries owe it to their citizens to unite and cooperate to the maximum possible extent in order to defeat a common enemy--fascistic political Islam.

CIA SAYS IRAN CAN PRODUCE NUKES

Bill Gertz has the story--over here.

US Transit Lines Tighten Security

Washington, DC, New York, and Atlanta are stepping up rail security, as reported here and here.

But the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sees no elevated threat to the nation's rail system.

In the meantime, President Obama has denounced the suicide bombings on Moscow's subways that have killed at least 37 people and injured 65. He issued a statement saying Americans "stand united" with Russians in opposing "violent extremism and heinous terrorist attacks that demonstrate such disregard for human life."

Obama's statement--especially, his use of the taboo T word--was an improvement over the condolences he sent Russia after November's Nevsky Express passenger train bombing, which killed 27 people. Obama called that terrorist attack a "tragedy."

References to radical Islam, however, are not expected to be forthcoming.

Use of such words as Islam and Islamic, Islamist and Islamism, and radical Islam (let alone Islamofascism) in the context of the Islamist/Islamonazi terrorist onslaught has practically been banned by the White House and an adoring liberal media (who prefer "militants" over terrorists). Any and all references to Islamic or Islamist terrorism are regarded as offensive to "Muslim sensibilities"--meaning, more specifically, the imams and mullahs and so-called Islamic scholars who not-so-secretly support, sanction, sympathize with, and apologize for the terrorists.

After 9/11, even President George W. Bush felt the need to praise "peaceful and beautiful Islam" so as not to offend (organized) Muslim sensibilities.

After the Fort Hood massacre, the Pentagon praised "diversity," a code word for suicidal political correctness and appeasement of radical Islam.

Why? What about the rest of us--our sensibilities? Our security?

What will it take to shake and wake up our leaders and the liberal media--an atomic attack on an American city?

Muslim Terror, Trains, Planes and Automobiles


Radical Muslims have struck again, with a new terrorist atrocity aimed at killing the maximum possible number of civilians. Scroll down for the China Confidential coverage, which began within minutes of the horrific attacks. This blog was the first to report that terrorism was suspected in the Moscow explosions and to pinpoint Islamist Chechen separatists as the prime suspects, following the recent bombing of Russia's Nevsky Express passenger train--which U.S. President Obama referred to as a "tragedy" in line with his policy of appeasing the forces of fascistic political Islam.

Perfidy! Where normal people see people movers, Muslim terrorists see people killers. Across the globe, the terrorists target and use trains, planes, and automobiles (car and truck bombs). From the the early morning destruction of the twin towers in Manhattan to the twin bombings in Moscow's Metro--at the peak of rush hour--radical Islam has struck, over and again.

And our leaders still refuse to name the enemy.

Where ordinary Americans see terrorists, Obama and his helpers see "extremists" and "manmade disasters."

Where regular folks see terrorists, the Obama-adoring liberal media see "militants."

Whereas the common people rightly cry out for victory over an enemy whose name they know and dare to say aloud, condemning their crimes as inexcusable, the political and intellectual elitists reflexively dig for "root causes" and call attention to alleged "legitimate grievances."

Whereas everyone in the civilized world knows that radical, right-wing Islam, also known as Islamism, has declared and is waging war on civilization as we know it, the government of the world's greatest democracy persists in pursuing irrational political correctness to terrifying degrees.

Whereas it is clear to most of us that there is no meaningful difference (in terms of the threat to our way of life) between the Saudi Wahhabis who produced Bin Laden and the Iranian Shiite fanatics who created Ahmadinejad, our so-called leaders, led by the Appeaser-in-Chief, don't see it that way at all. They connect dots, alright--to find new ways to blame Israel. Its resistance to radical Islam, Israel's determination to survive and grow and prosper in the midst of a sea of barbarism and backwardness, offends the appeasers and enrages the fifth columnists--and their friends in the liberal media.

Heaven help us.

CONFIRMED: TWO FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBERS HIT MOSCOW METRO; 36 DEAD, DOZENS INJURED

Senior Russian officials say terrorists from the troubled Northern Caucasus could be behind two deadly explosions that ripped through Moscow's subway during morning rush hour on Monday. Female suicide bombers are suspected of carrying out the bomb attacks that killed at least 36 people and injured dozens more.

The blasts occurred during the morning rush hour in central Moscow. The first was at the Lubyanka metro station near the headquarters of the Russian State Security Service, known as the FSB, the successor to the Soviet KGB. The second came 40 minutes later at the Park Kultury station near the city's well-known Gorky Amusement Park.

In a televised Kremlin meeting, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said preliminary information indicates the first device contained the equivalent of four kilograms of TNT, the second up to two kilograms. Bortnikov also shared a possible motive.

The security official says the FSB's preliminary version of the attack points to involvement of terrorist groups from the Northern Caucasus. He says his agency will consider this the working version, because body parts of two female suicide bombers found on the scene link them to the Northern Caucasus.

The deputy speaker of Parliament, Alexander Torshin, told the Interfax News Agency the choice of Lubyanka was not accidental, because FSB agents come to work through the station.

Torshin also pointed to a connection in the Northern Caucasus, noting that the bombings could be in retaliation for killings announced this month of two prominent Islamic rebel leaders in the region. Both were allegedly linked to Doku Umarov, an Islamist leader in Chechnya wanted by Russia on charges of terrorism, kidnapping and murder.

No one has claimed responsibility, but the last suicide bombings in Moscow six years ago were blamed on separatist rebels seeking Chechen independence.

Russia has fought two wars against Chechnya since the 1990s - the latest effort to quell regional separatism since it was conquered by Russia in the 19th century. Residents of Chechnya and other Caucasus republics complain of widespread corruption and unemployment. Many come to Russia in search of work.

Ordinary Russians have also been quick to blame the Northern Caucasus. VOA interviewed six metro passengers at random, and each pointed to the region as the likely source of the attack. Olga notes many workers come from the Caucasus to Moscow in search of a living, but earn relatively little compared to long-time residents of the capital.

Olga says the newcomers get the least desirable jobs, earn no more than $600 a month and must work every day like a slave. She notes many Muscovites earn five times their wages.

Russian authorities have opened hotlines for relatives seeking information about victims. Criminal psychologist Mikhail Vinogradov at the independent Psychological Assistance Center told VOA his organization is being flooded with calls from people seeking expert help to cope with the trauma. Vinogradov, a retired Interior Ministry official, says it is very hard to defend against terrorist attacks.

Vinogradov says Russian special services stop about 350 terrorist attacks a year, but given such a massive threat, it is impossible to prevent them all. He says people should know that fact, adding that authorities are doing all they can to prevent terrorism.

Moscow's already crowded street traffic ground to a halt in many places as subway passengers sought other transportation. Russian news reports says taxi drivers raised fares sharply and many people simply walked to their destinations.

ATROCITY: MOSCOW SUBWAY SUICIDE BOMBINGS

BREAKING NEWS ... AP is reporting the Moscow city prosecutor says at least one of today's rush hour subway blasts was a suicide bombing.

A cell phone may have been used to trigger the explosion--or both blasts.

Scroll down for earlier China Confidential coverage of the terrorist atrocity, which was timed for the peak of rush hour in order to kill the maximum number of civilians.

RIA Novosti says it was told by a police source that the blasts bore all the hallmarks of "a well-planned terrorist attack."

China Confidential analysts believe the twin bombings were carried out by Islamist Chechen separatists.

As of this hour, central Moscow is at a standstill, and helicopters are being used to evacuate the injured.

San Francisco Police Chief Pressured into Apologizing for Terrorism Remarks as Obama Team Debates Further Downgrading of War on Terror


Read all about it here and here.

Will U.S. President Barack Obama condemn today's terrorist attack on Moscow's metro system as an atrocity, or again express his condolences for a "tragedy," as he did in the case of the Islamist bombing of the Nevsky Express passenger train last November?

Will his administration continue to downgrade the war on Islamist terror to the level of a law enforcement challenge?

Will the United States at last get serious about the gaping holes in passenger rail security, including Amtrak and commuter lines? Click here for news about Islamists in New York charged with plotting bombing attacks on the city's subway system.

Americans deserve answers.

BREAKING NEWS: MOSCOW SUBWAY EXPLOSIONS

TERRORISM SUSPECTED

1:30 AM UPDATE: AT LEAST 41 KILLED. TWO BLASTS CONFIRMED.

Death toll in explosion at Moscow's central Lubyanka metro station rises to 25--TASS, quoting Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova.

The huge blast occurred at 7:50 AM on Monday, during rush hour, when thousands of passengers were packed onto trains.

Andrianova says the dead include 14 people who were in the train's second car where the blast occurred and 11 people who were waiting on the platform of the station.

A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, about 40 minutes later, Russian news agency Tass reported.

Suicide Bombings Suspected

Interfax says the blasts may have been caused by suicide bombers.

The headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is located just above the Lubyanka station.

Today's explosions follow the Islamist bombing of the Nevsky Express passenger train last November, which killed 27 people and injured 90.

As China Confidential reported in December, the bombing of the Nevsky, a Moscow-Saint Petersburg luxury train that is popular with businesspeople and tourists, raised fears of a resurgence of Islamist terrorist attacks in Moscow and other major cities.

Russia was hit hard by Islamist terrorism in the 1990s and the early years of this decade, but the violence has largely been confined to the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region since 2004.

Sixty people were injured in an attack on the Nevsky Express in August 2007. Fifteen people were injured in the 2005 bombing of a train headed to Moscow from Chechnya, and a suicide attack in the Moscow metro killed 41 and injured approximately 120 in 2004.


Are U.S. rail passengers sitting ducks? Click here.

Israeli Finance Minister: War with Hamas Inevitable

Sooner or later, Israel will have to put an end to Hamas rule of Gaza, according to Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. Click here for the story.

Iran's Influence in Iraq Increasing

A new civil war is possible. Click here for the analysis.

North Korea Issues New Warning

Bloomberg reports:

North Korea said the U.S. should force South Korea to stop its moves to “disturb the security and order” in the Demilitarized Zone, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. If the U.S. and South Korea continue their “wrong acts to misuse the DMZ for the inter-Korean confrontation despite our warnings, these will entail unpredictable incidents including the loss of human lives in this area for which the U.S. side will be wholly to blame,” KCNA said in a statement today, citing a spokesman for the Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People’s Army of North korea.

Reuters has more--over here via the Washington Post.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Understanding the Turkish Threat

An increasingly openly Islamist Turkish government is pursuing a neo-Ottoman strategy, as explained here.

That Iran and Saudi Arabia honor Turkey for aiding the "Islamist nation" should send shock waves through the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Not so. The Obama administration is facilitating Turkey's Islamist tilt.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Road to Peace Runs Through Tehran



U.S. President Barack Obama is right to link the Iranian and Israeli-Palestinian/Arab problems. But he has drawn the wrong conclusions. Iran must be dealt with--militarily--ahead of and in order to make possible an Israeli-Palestinian/Arab peace pact, not after or parallel to an all-out push for an agreement.

In other words, the road to peace in the Middle East does not run through Jerusalem, Israel's capital city--and the capital of the Jewish people for millennia. The road to Middle East peace runs through the fountainhead of fascistic political Islam--Tehran. But the road is blocked. Remove the blockage--the monstrous Iranian regime and its menacing nuclear program--and Israel's most radical and dangerous foes are suddenly exposed and vulnerable. They either collapse without Iranian backing or come to their senses and change their policies.

Understand, as Obama likes to say (typically, when talking down to or lecturing his listeners), that the emergence of non-Arab Iran--ironically, a friend of Israel and staunch American ally prior to the Carter administration-assisted, Islamist overthrow of the Shah--as an existential threat to the Jewish State has utterly transformed the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict, formerly known as the Arab-Israeli conflict and, in recent years, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (in spite of the festering dispute with neighboring Syria over the final disposition of the strategic Golan Heights that Israel captured during its defensive Six-Day War of June 1967). An emotionally charged conflict over land, a relatively small piece of real estate--about the size of New Jersey--has been Islamized, thanks in large measure to Shiite Iran's support for two Arab terrorist groups, Sunni Islamist, Palestinian Hamas and Shiite Islamist, Lebanese Hezbollah. The latter Foreign Terrorist Organization (U.S. State Department designation) is bristling with Iranian-supplied missiles--about 45,000, according to Israeli officials--including many weapons capable of striking Tel Aviv and, perhaps, even, Israel's nuclear reactor in the Negev desert. The former FTO also has rockets capable of hitting Israel's main population center, and commercial, industrial, and cultural capital, as well as legions of jihadist suicide bombers and armed fighters.

Put differently, in an impressive bridging of ethnic and theological divides, Iran has mobilized Muslims to wage holy war against "the Jews" (usually referred to as "Zionists") and their Christian allies and friends--also known as "Crusaders." And America's first Muslim-born President (he was born a Muslim according to Islamic law), who has elevated the stature of and made outreach to and "respect" for "the Muslim world"--an inherently Islamist idea--the foundation of his failed foreign policy, complete with repeated references to "the Holy Koran," has effectively helped Iran in its Islamizing endeavor by relentlessly pressuring Israel to withdraw to indefensible borders--"the Auschwitz lines," as the late Israeli foreign minister, Abba Eban called the pre-'67 boundaries--in order to make way for the rise of an irredentist/Islamist Palestinian Arab state in Israel's midst, with eastern Jerusalem as the new state's capital.

The Iranian/Islamist achievement cannot be overstated. Israel's founders would not recognize the issue that defined and consumed their lives. Not only did they underestimate an enemy, the secular nationalist PLO, and the power of Palestinian nationalism, in general; heroic giants like Menahem Begin, David Ben-Gurion, and Golda Meir never imagined Islam as the dominant organizing principle for forces seeking Israel's destruction. They could not predict, for example, that a Marxist/nationalist, Christian Palestinian terrorist leader such as the late George Habash, who pioneered passenger airline hijackings and bombings as an instrument of political warfare, would finally feel compelled to align his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine with an FTO called the Palestinian Islamist Jihad.

Back to the future. The road to peace runs through Tehran. The mad mullahs and their atomic ayatollah--and Holocaust-denying maniac-in-chief--must go.

Friday, March 26, 2010

America's First Third World President


Understand, as Barack Obama likes to say, that he is America's first Third World President. This explains his antipathy toward Israel, which he clearly regards as an outpost of Western colonialism; appeasement (engagement) of Islamist Iran and Islamism in general; downgrading of the war on terror in order to avoid antagonizing the so-called Muslim world--to which he has bowed and apologized--and outreach to such despots as Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Castro brothers.

If Obama is a socialist, as many conservatives suspect, he is a Third World-style socialist, someone who is focused on nationalizing the economy, distributing wealth, creating, vast, controlling bureaucracies, and limiting freedom--in contrast with traditional, Western European democratic socialists, for whom socialism was synonymous with a quest for freedom and genuine humanism.

As a rising political star, Obama came under the influence of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, an advocate of black liberation theology, which blends black nationalism and religious traditions, Marxism, socialism, and Third Worldism with Christian liberation theology--and hatred of the U.S. political and economic system, which is viewed as being inherently imperialist, racist, and oppressive. As President, Obama is seemingly sympathetic to a melding of Marxist/socialist and Islamist ideals, while seeking a diminishing of U.S. military power around the world--viewing it as a root cause of anti-Americanism and terrorism--and a distancing of the United States from Israel in the context of a realignment of Washington with the Third World. U.S. support for Israel is perhaps the primary root cause of anti-Americanism in the Middle East and throughout "the Muslim world," according to Obama and his most senior foreign policy advisors.

The whole concept of the West--the fact that Israel's current prime minister is the author of a book titled Terrorism: How the West Can Win--offends Obama, whose thinking on the subject was influenced by the late, controversial Columbia University professor, proponent of postcolonial theory, and PLO/terrorism apologist, Edward Said, with whom Obama dined on at least one occasion. (See picture below.) No snubbing of Said! On the contrary; he may have been another Obama mentor.



Also offensive to Obama: any emphasis on America's Judeo-Christian heritage. Hence, his Big Lie about Islam shaping the country since its inception and wildly inaccurate estimates of the U.S. Muslim population, which he has inflated for political purposes.

There is more. Mary Ellen Synon's essay is a must-read:

Obama is the first US president who was raised without cultural or emotional or intellectual ties to either Britain or Europe. The British and the Europeans have been so enchanted with 'America's first black president' that they haven't been able to see what he really is: America's first Third World president.

If you doubt it, remember the kick in the teeth he gave Britain over the Falklands just a few weeks ago. Obama had his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, fly to Buenos Aires to give American support to President Kirchner's call for international negotiations over the Falklands. Amazing. What was more amazing is that all we've heard out of Number 10 and the Foreign Office since then is that it doesn't mean anything.

Oh, yes it does, and Washington insiders know it does.

I've just been in touch with Dr James Lucier, a former US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, about all this. He tells me: 'Culturally, Obama detests Great Britain. He sent the bust of Churchill back without a fig leaf of an excuse. He insulted the Queen and the Prime Minister, giving them ridiculous gifts.' At one point, 'he refused to meet the prime minister.'

Here is what is happening, though the British Government seems oblivious of it. The Obama administration is ready to dump the Old World in pursuit of the One World.

Britain is being dumped. The special relationship, whatever is left of it, is over. Britain losing control of the Falklands to Argentina would just be collateral damage.

But France is being dumped, too. Obama's ostentatious refusal to have dinner with President Sarkozy during his visit to France last year was no accident. Rather than meet the French president, Obama went off to a restaurant with his wife Michelle.

Germany is being dumped. Obama has been little more than dismissive of Chancellor Merkel. Russia in turn will be waved aside.

Most spectacularly of all, the European Union has now been comprehensively dumped. The American president has refused to attend what is supposed to be a US-EU Madrid summit in May.

What we have shaping up, but what the British Government doesn't yet grasp, is that Obama has a conscious policy of down-grading America's relationship with, first, Britain and then with the rest of Europe.

He believes that the US -- yes, his own country -- and Britain, and the leading European countries, too, for that matter, are imperial powers who ruthlessly exploited the Third World for their own profit.

And Obama is America's first Third World president.

Forget Obama's Chicago black cadence. It is a fake. He copied from the kind of black preachers that were unknown to him until he was a grown man and inventing his political image.

What the Obama administration has near-wiped from the president's personal history is that his only childhood links with America were as a schoolboy in a fashionable private school in Asia-dominated Hawaii, where he was raised by his white, bank executive grandmother.

Chicago is not Obama's homeland. It never was his formative influence. The president's world view is more aligned with that of Indonesia.


Click here to read the whole piece.

NORTH KOREA SINKS SOUTH KOREAN NAVY SHIP, THREATENS SOUTH AND US WITH NUCLEAR WAR



UPDATE: North Korean link played down. Click here for the story. China Confidential analysts in Asia still believe the North was responsible. The Obama administration may be pressuring South Korea to suppress the truth in order to avoid escalating tensions with the North--and China.


Click here and here for the breaking news.

Today's developments follow a threat by North Korea, made earlier this month, to "blow up" the United States. Reporting on that, China Confidential said:

Feeling protected by China's nuclear missile shield, perceiving the U.S. as a paper tiger, nuclear-armed North Korea is an extremely dangerous and unpredictable adversary. It is capable of any and all provocations and aggressive acts, ranging, respectively, from new nuclear and missile tests to actual assaults on U.S. and South Korean forces.

The deranged North Korean leadership is even capable of attempting a deniable nuclear strike against the U.S. homeland, using seemingly civilian cargo ships flying flags of convenience to launch nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles at U.S. coastal cities.

North Korea and Iran have developed and tested concealed, containerized, cargo vessel missile launching systems.

Last July, China Confidential reported:
The North is preparing a series of extremely provocative acts, including new nuclear and missile tests and a possible assault on South Korean targets--troops or ships at sea.


Why is China still supporting North Korea? Why are the two countries still as close as "lips and teeth?" Click here for answers.



China Confidential is the only media outlet that accurate predicted both North Korean nuclear tests, including the exact test dates on which they would occur. Using open source intelligence and an international network of volunteer stringers and analysts, China Confidential has consistently out-reported the mainstream media on the twin threats to world peace--nuclear-armed North Korea and nuclear-arming Iran.

NETANYAHU SNUBBED, SENT HOME WITH 13 OBAMA DEMANDS; SATURDAY DEADLINE

The reporting is accurate ... and shocking.

Click here, here and here.

Unfortunately, China Confidential predicted this--here.

The President is pushing the Saudi peace plan, and there really is nothing of substance for Israel to negotiate, in his opinion. In fact, his mind was made up before taking office, as reported here.


For the United States to be publicly pressuring Israel in such an unprecedented manner while softening the sanctions plan for Iran speaks volumes about the Obama administration's approach to the Middle East, and sends so many wrong signals on so many levels that it boggles the mind. Obama is effectively helping Iran to change the status quo in the region. His long-term strategy, however, may be to seek to strengthen Saudi Arabia at Israel's expense--i.e. to try to counter rising Iranian influence in the Middle East by forcing Israel to accept a peace plan for which Saudi Arabia will be given the credit. A dysfunctional family business disguised as a country, Saudi Arabia--like the Obama administration--may be resigned to living with an Iranian nuclear weapons state. The Saudis know that it is too late for sanctions to stop Iran's atomic advance.

In any event, Israel's status seems to have been lowered from that of a strategic ally to an annoying client state. Given Iran's intentions--with respect to the U.S. and Israel--the developments are deeply disturbing.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Next year in Jerusalem ...



For more information click here.

US SOFTENS STANCE ON IRAN SANCTIONS


Click here for the news.

Preparing to "live with but never accept" a nuclear-armed Iran--the notorious Brzezinski formula--the Obama administration is softening its sanctions plan in an attempt to win more international support for it.

No matter. Even the initially proposed, supposedly tough new sanctions are inherently flawed and have no chance of halting Iran's atomic advance. Appeasement (packaged as "engagement") failed to stop Iran. Sanctions--an act of war in Iran's view--will be followed by containment, the policy that Obama, influenced by Brzezinski, has already decided on as the best way forward.

The Obama/Brzezinski line will be that just as the United States contained the Soviet Union, with its stockpiles of nuclear weapons, throughout the Cold War, Washington will also be able to deter Iran from overreaching or attacking the U.S. or Israel and other Western allies. An analogy with containment of nuclear-armed Maoist China will also be drawn--over and again.

Nonsense. Iran is not the Soviet Union (which, in spite of the conventional wisdom concerning the peace-preserving accomplishments of the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, known as MAD, actually came close to causing a nuclear war as a result of Moscow's mad installation of nuclear missiles in Communist Cuba). Nor is Iran China (whose monstrous Great Helmsman, it should be recalled, once weighed the pros and cons of nuclear war with the U.S.). At the end of the day, the two Communist powers (and rivals) mainly acted according to their perceived national interests and not in line with their ideologies. They therefore could be accommodated--without appeasement--and contained. This was clearly the case in Europe, where successive Soviet governments knew that crossing an American line in the sand--which ran through Germany--would trigger an American nuclear response, and less obvious in the Third World (Vietnam being the prime example), where the separation lines were blurrier and the superpower rivalry was more reckless.


Iran Can't be Contained

But Iran can neither be contained nor appeased. Like Nazi Germany, Islamist (Islamonazi) Iran is pursuing an imperialist foreign policy--meaning, in this usage, a policy that aims to overthrow the status quo, or power relations among nations, regionally and internationally. Hence, Iran's backing for Hamas and Hezbollah, ominous dealings with North Korea and Venezuela, courtship of Brazil, and establishment and sponsorship of Iranian/Hezbollah terrorist, sabotage, and espionage cells in South America--a strategy that recalls the Nazi penetration of the continent prior to World War II.

Iran's repeated vows to annihilate Israel and calls for "a world without America and Zionism" should not be taken lightly. Iran means what it says. It will not be deterred by diplomacy or sanctions. Barring a miraculous event, such as a revolution or coup in Iran that would end the regime of the atomic ayatollahs, there is only a military solution to the Iran problem.

In fact, there is no deterrent--none at all--against an anonymous Iranian nuclear attack against the U.S. Whereas Israel would automatically obliterate Iran should any sort of nuclear device explode within the borders of the Jewish State--its presumed nuclear arsenal is more than capable of doing the job--the Obama administration would be more likely to respond to an anonymous nuclear attack on the U.S. homeland with an investigation, prayer and healing sessions, quotations from the Koran, and appeals for calm and reason.

An anonymous nuclear attack on Israel would certainly not trigger U.S. retaliation against Iran--not by the Obama administration. No way. Iran knows this; and so does Israel. A sovereign state with the mightiest military in the Middle East, Israel will do what it must, reactively or preemptively, to prevent a repetition of the Holocaust that Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly denies but secretly celebrates.

As China Confidential Predicted, Obama, Emboldened by His Health Care Victory, Escalates Against Israel, Isolating and Weakening US Ally


As China Confidential predicted, the Obama administration is trying to isolate and weaken Israel in the wake of the President's historic health care overhaul victory. Haaretz reports:

At their White House meeting, Obama made clear to his guest that the letter Netanyahu had sent was insufficient and returned it for further corrections. Instead of a reception as a guest of honor, Netanyahu was treated as a problem child, an army private ordered to do laps around the base for slipping up at roll call.

The revolution in the Americans' behavior is clear to all. On Sunday morning Obama was still anxiously looking ahead to the House of Representatives vote on health care - the last thing he wanted was a last-minute disagreement with congressmen over ties with Israel.

The moment the bill was passed, however, a victorious Obama was free to deal with his unruly guest.

The Americans made every effort to downplay the visit. As during his last visit in November, Netanyahu was invited to the White House at a late hour, without media coverage or a press conference. If that were not enough, the White House spokesman challenged Netanyahu's observation at AIPAC that "Jerusalem is not a settlement."

The Americans didn't even wait for him to leave Washington to make their disagreement known. It was not the behavior Washington shows an ally, but the kind it shows an annoyance.

Read the whole thing here.

It is clear where all this is leading: toward an imposed settlement on Israel. Obama's intention is to force the Jewish State into surrendering all the lands it gained in the defensive Six-Day War of June 1967--to pull back to indefensible lines--in order to make possible the creation of a Palestinian Arab mini-state comprised of the disputed West Bank territories, including the eastern portion of Jerusalem, Israel's capital, and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Palestinian Arab refugees and their descendants would either be allowed to return to Israel or compensated heavily for resettlement in the new state--which would actually be the second Arab state in historic Palestine, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan being the first such entity.

Obama and his left-wing supporters long ago signed onto this plan, which has been endorsed by the Saudis. In fact, Obama's views on Israel and Middle East peace have not really changed since his undergraduate days at Columbia University, just as his views on nuclear disarmament have not changed since he was a college student.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Will Dell Leave China for India?

Is Dell planning to leave China for India or simply playing both countries to get the best possible deal for the company? Click here for the story, based on intriguing remarks by India's prime minister.

Israel Refuses to Bow to Obama and Saudi Arabia

Israel will continue to build in its capital, Jerusalem, regardless of pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama and the king of Saudi Arabia--a country with no human or civil rights, where every religion except Islam is outlawed. Click here for the story.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Carl Icahn's Bid for Lionsgate Turns Hostile After Exposing What's Wrong with Wall St. and Hollywood


Billionaire investor and shareholder advocate Carl Icahn is trying to buy 100% of Lionsgate, the Vancouver-based, NYSE-listed (stock symbol: LGF) film and television production and distribution company, for a generous (in our opinion) $6 a share. A case could be made that the company is only worth $5 a share. But Icahn can clearly afford the risk of possibly overpaying for the company.

Click here and here for the up-to-date news and background.

That the company's management has resisted the offer and resorted to a poison pill strategy in order to stay in power speaks volumes about what is wrong with Wall Street (meaning public companies) and Hollywood (meaning the entertainment industry). Unrestrained greed and egoism rule both spheres. Public shareholders and other investors are considered last, or not at all. They are "civilians," to use a hoary Hollywood term, meant to be used and abused, squeezed dry like lemons, then discarded.

The way Wall Street was duped into investing in MGM some years ago ironically illustrates the point. This reporter says ironically because the studio's crown jewel, its famed library, figures in the Lionsgate story. Management wants to buy MGM (with shareholders' money). But Icahn is against the acquisition. He contends the MGM libary is less valuable than it used to be because of declining DVD sales, and argues that no matter what, shareholders should have a say in the decision (an alien and threatening concept to management).

Icahn is probably right about the MGM acquisition. Unlike Lionsgate management, he has no Hollywood ego, and is relentlessly, exclusively focused on unlocking hidden value, balancing risk and reward, wealth creation, and related challenges.

In any event, his $6 offer seems to be in the best interests of both the investors and the citizens of Canada. In sharp contrast with the Lionsgate management, Icahn intends to keep the company domiciled and actively engaged in its native land.

China Counters Google Move

China is countering Google's move off the mainland. Click here for the story.

India Still a Second Fiddle to China

Plagued by corruption and a lack of infrastructure, India is still a "perpetual second fiddle" to China, as this article illustrates.

Money Will Flow to Emerging and Frontier Markets

Why emerging and frontier markets will continue to attract money ... why it will make sense to borrow dollars to invest in these markets ... why the dollar will be depressed ... how low interest rates can vacuum money out of an economy .... Harry Long's brilliant, informative article explains it all. Must reading over here.

Netanyahu: 'Jerusalem is Not a Settlement'



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told AIPAC activists that "Jerusalem is not a settlement" and depicted the Palestinian Authority as not taking steps for peace.

During Netanyahu's comments on Jerusalem, the 8,000 American Israel Public Affairs Committee activists packed into the Washington Convention Center burst into lengthy cheers Monday evening, underscoring how the U.S.-Israel tensions over Israeli building in the eastern part of the city have yet to subside.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her address Monday morning to the pro-Israel lobby's annual policy conference described building in eastern Jerusalem as frustrating an "atmosphere of trust."

Netanyahu, who had met Clinton earlier Monday, told the AIPAC crowd that building in Jerusalem was a natural Jewish right, but stopped short of pledging to keep launching new building projects.

"The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 year ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today," he said. "Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital."


Peace Process

Speaking about the peace process, Netanyahu asked, "What has the Palestinian Authority done for peace? They have placed preconditions on peace talks, waged a relentless international campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy, and promoted the notorious Goldstone report that falsely accuses Israel of war crimes."

The Israeli leader blamed the Palestinian Authority for continued incitement.

"A few days ago, in a public square near Ramallah, the Palestinians named this square after a terrorist who murdered 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children, including the murder of an American photographer, Gail Rubin, and the Palestinian Authority did nothing."

The Palestinian Authority has refused to rejoin talks with Israel until it imposes an absolute settlement freeze; the Netanyahu government has imposed a partial freeze and has improved movement in the West Bank.

"President Abbas, come and negotiate peace," Netanyahu said. Peace, he said, was not sustainable when "Israel makes all the concessions and the Palestinian Authority makes none."

In her speech, Clinton blamed the incident involving the square on the Palestinian Authority's Hamas rivals.

The Palestinian Authority in recent years has introduced anti-incitement measures, including mass firings of militant Islamist preachers and teachers. A number of Jewish groups say the Palestinian Authority has not done enough, citing provocative broadcasts on PA television.


Iranian Nuclear Threat

The Obama administration -- backed by Israeli defense officials -- says PA troops in the West Bank have made strides in maintaining law and order and helping to prevent terrorism. PA leaders initially did not oppose U.S.-led efforts to quash the U.N. Goldstone report, but after their tacit cooperation was made public -- reportedly through leaks by Israeli officials -- they reversed course.

Netanyahu also said that Israel would not hesitate to defend itself from the Iranian nuclear threat.

"Today, an unprecedented threat to humanity looms large," he said. "A radical Iranian regime armed with nuclear weapons could bring an end to the era of nuclear peace the world has enjoyed for the last 65 years. Such a regime could provide nuclear weapons to terrorists -- it might even be tempted to use them. Our world would never be the same."

-JTA

Obamacare Masks Wealth Distribution

IBD nails it--here. Read the whole editorial.

And read about Obamacare and the "dismantling of America" here.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hitler Had His Social Welfare Programs


As Obama and his arrogant, dumbbell Democrats, fresh from their pyrrhic health care victory, proceed with plans to weaken the United States and make it even more vulnerable to atomic attack by Islamists and other implacable enemies of Western democracy and civilization, it is important to recall that Nazi Germany was also well known for its social welfare programs. Really.

The Nazi social welfare programs focused on providing employment and insuring a minimal living standard for German citizens. The Nazis also fostered a sense of community (a sacred liberal concept), sponsored vacation trips and traveling cinemas, and created a National Labour Service and Hitler Youth Organization--with compulsory membership.

In addition to these "reforms," many massive architectural projects were undertaken; and the government funded development of the Volkswagen ("People's Car"), which was designed to be an automobile that every German citizen would be able to afford, and built the Autobahn--the first freeway system in the world.

Nazi Germany also boasted the most powerful anti-tobacco movement in the world. Anti-tobacco research received a strong backing from the government, and German scientists proved that cigarette smoke could cause cancer. The government urged German doctors to counsel patients against tobacco use.

German scientists also proved that asbestos was a health hazard. In 1943, as the first nation in the world to offer such a benefit, genocidal Germany recognized lung cancer as an asbestos-caused occupational illnesses eligible for compensation. German asbestos-cancer research was later used by American lawyers doing battle against the Johns-Manville Corporation.

As part of the general public-health campaign in Nazi Germany, water supplies were cleaned up, lead and mercury were removed from consumer products, and women were urged to undergo regular screenings for breast cancer.

Overall, after 1933, Nazi Germany's compulsory health insurance program--begun by Bismarck as a tool to fight socialism--was a means of popular demagoguery, a bastion of bureaucratic power, an instrument of mass murder (euthanasia) and regimentation, and a vehicle for rewarding political favorites and financing rearmament through loans. In short, a cog in the Nazi wheel.

Chamberlain Was Progressive, Too

Like Chamberlain, Obama will be remembered for his appeasement.

Click here for the essay by Alan Dershowitz. He is brilliant, and not just because he agrees with China Confidential.

Flush with Victory Over the American People, Obamao Prepares to Force Israel to Submit


Forget Hillary's remarks to AIPAC. Unfortunately, she is a collaborator and tool of the most anti-Israel President in American history--a crypto-Marxist, Third World ideologue, who is bent on bringing the greatest democracy--and one of its most important, noble, loyal and deserving allies--to their knees.

Flush with his perfidious victory over the American people, a majority of whom clearly opposed his unconstitutional health care bill (compelling people to buy insurance simply because they exist within the borders of the country is unprecedented and unconstitutional), the Great Helmsman Obamao is preparing to force Israel to withdraw to indefensible borders. Some background over here.

Obamanation: Innocent Widow Could be Deported

Under Obama, every Islamist is welcome, and the country continues to be overrun by illegal aliens, including Mexican drug dealers. But a widow and victim of terrorism has been detained for deportation. Click here for the story.

How Far We've Come: From Bush to Obama

The Anti-Obama: Eric Cantor's AIPAC Speech


Republican Whip Eric Cantor's Remarks To AIPAC
March 22, 2010

Thank you, and what a pleasure it is to join you this afternoon. I’m delighted to be here with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Although we’re on opposite sides of the political aisle, we are absolutely united when it comes to the US-Israel relationship. Steny is a genuine leader on this issue in his party, and I respect and thank him for that.

We gather here today under a dark cloud of uncertainty. Despite all the bloodshed Israel’s small population has borne, despite the hand of peace Israel has consistently extended to its neighbors, the 2,000-year-old dream of self-determination in the Jewish ancestral homeland is in mortal danger. We are in a critical time. Now is not the time to be picking fights with Israel in what seems to be an attempt to curry favor with the Arab world. Now is the time when the U.S. must stand with Israel in the global struggle against the threats posed by radical Islam.

It is times like these when we must remember what happens when Americans and decent-minded people everywhere fail to stand up to evil. Seventy years ago, after the violence of Kristallnacht, newspapers across America screamed Hitler’s warning that the Jews would be wiped out unless other countries took them in. Hitler correctly predicted that the world would be shocked, but do nothing. The U.S. Congress refused to raise quotas on refugees. The State Department erected a barricade of paperwork to keep the Jews out.

In 1938, two members of Congress sponsored a bill to admit 20,000 German-Jewish children into the United States. It was a priority for many Americans, including the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. But isolationist forces sabotaged the effort, and even the president failed to offer his full backing. The result? The bill died. And 20,000 Jewish children, who could have been saved, joined the 1.5 million children who would die in the Holocaust. Another instructive moment can be found in the tragic journey of the ship St. Louis.

Exactly 9 years to the day before the birth of the State of Israel, some 900 German Jews fleeing the Nazis set sail from Hamburg en route to Havana, Cuba – where they thought they had permission to land. But when the St. Louis pulled into Havana Harbor two weeks later, virtually all of the passengers were denied entry. Efforts to pay Cuban officials to accept the Jews broke down, and the ship was soon ordered out of Havana. On its way back to the cauldron of Europe, the St. Louis sailed so close to America’s shores that the passengers could see the lights of Miami. So near, yet so far. The German boat captain pleaded with U.S. officials for permission to dock. But instead of helping them come ashore, the U.S. Coast Guard patrolled the waters to make certain no one tried to jump ship. Passengers aboard the St. Louis frantically cabled President Roosevelt begging for refuge, but their pleas fell on deaf ears. The State Department’s reply: Get in line and wait your turn.

American Jews and other well meaning Americans were powerless to move our government to save countless lives. There was no State of Israel to take the Jews in. In fact, British-run Palestine was off-limits to Jewish refugees. At that moment, the tragic fate of the passengers was sealed. The majority were destined for the death camps. The takeaway for us? We must do all we can to ensure the survival of the state of Israel.

At a time like this there’s nothing more critical than making the case that a strong Israel is in the best interest of U.S. national security. There’s no better way to demonstrate this than to take people to see Israel first-hand. Steny and I have had the tremendous privilege of leading AIPAC-sponsored trips to Israel for members of Congress. Our colleagues are often moved to tears when they exit Yad Vashem and walk up to a balcony overlooking the eternal city of Jerusalem. Meeting with besieged families in Sderot, these members begin to understand the struggles the Israeli people go through every day. One Congressman summed it up like this: “Some of us came as supporters. Some of us were ambivalent and others were skeptical. But now we have seen this nation’s courage, and we’ve seen how it shares our values. We’re going home as Zionists.”

In 2010, a new set of dangers has emerged. A new enemy has arisen. And once again, Israel and the Jewish people are in the crosshairs. The Iranian regime, emboldened by the west’s lack of unity and resolve, brazenly forges ahead with its nuclear weapons program. Iran’s President denies the Holocaust and threatens to wipe Israel off the map. Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist terror groups operate on Israel’s borders with the support of Tehran. They threaten the Jewish state with weaponry that grows more lethal by the day. No less dangerous is the worldwide campaign to delegitimize Israel as a state among the nations. Israel’s critics deny the Jewish people’s irrefutable, historic and religious link with the holy land.

Today’s blood libels and anti-Semitic incitement is a page taken directly from Nazi propaganda. Like a plague, this vitriol has spread throughout the international media, across the Internet, and into our colleges and universities. My message to you today is simply this: Should any of us ever grow weary, should any of us for one minute waver in our resolve to safeguard Israel, We must let the powerful lessons of history propel us to action! Unfortunately, there are signs of tension right now between our two nations. So we must remind our leaders here in Washington of the critical importance of the US-Israel relationship.

Let’s face it. Israel is not the problem. From Yemen to Afghanistan to Pakistan, terrorists are not going to lay down their arms against America if we abandon Israel. We must do everything possible to hold the media accountable and empower our communities at home with an understanding of the true nature of our shared struggle with Israel. We must begin with Iran. To those growing voices that say we shouldn’t take seriously the threats of a “madman”, we must ask: “Have we not been down this road before?”

We cannot take cover under the notion that we can actually deter a nuclear Iran. That would merely be lulling ourselves into a false sense of security. Iran must be dealt with firmly, with real sanctions that have real teeth. The message should be clear: If you deal with Iran, you are not welcome to deal with the U.S. Stopping the regime in Iran will involve empowering the domestic opposition and delivering Tehran the message that our willingness to use force is on the table.

As we face these new threats, one could ask, “What is the difference between 70 years ago and today?” The answer: The grassroots force of the American pro-Israel community led by AIPAC!!!

Thanks to you, I have complete faith that the United States Congress, and the American people, know well who our one true and reliable friend in the Middle East is: Israel.

The American people know who stands with us in our fight against terrorism; we know who wept at candlelight vigils when America was attacked on 9-11; and we know who sends teams of doctors and millions of dollars halfway around the world to save lives in Haiti. In the same way, we Americans also know who teaches their children to emulate suicide bombers; who danced and tossed candy around in the streets on 9-11 celebrating that horrible day. And we do know who names their boulevards, schools and their public squares after terrorists.

The case I press before you now is more than just a “Jewish cause” or just an Israeli issue. These are challenges to America. Israel’s security is synonymous with our own. The People who point guns at her with murder in their eyes will next turn on us. Israel has turned out to be not just a friend who shares our values, but a critically important strategic ally who brings stability and balance to a volatile region.

As Golda Meir said, Zionism and pessimism are not compatible. With your ongoing commitment, the miracle of the modern-day state of Israel will survive. And together, we will hasten the day, when the Jewish people, after 2,500 years of uninterrupted persecution, will at long last… live in peace in their ancestral homeland. Thank you.

Google Moving China Search Engine to Hong Kong

Google is moving its search engine for China off the mainland. Visitors to Google.cn are being redirected to the Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong.

Click here for the story.

Hillary Clinton's AIPAC Address


The prepared text of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech to the annual convention of AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group, appears below. Clinton emphasized America's "rock solid" commitment to and shared values with Israel, her personal commitment to Israel's well being and survival and appreciation for the Zionist cause, and Washington's determination to stop Iran from acquiring atomic arms. But she also said Jewish settlement construction in the disputed West Bank territories--and East Jerusalem--"undermines America's unique ability to play a role" in the peace process and that the "status quo is unsustainable."


SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
REMARKS TO AIPAC
WASHINGTON, DC

MARCH 22, 2010

Thank you for that welcome. It is wonderful to be back at AIPAC and back with so many good friends. I want to thank Lee Rosenberg for that introduction - and congratulations, Rosy, you're going to be a terrific president. I also want to thank David Victor, Howard Kohr, Lonny Kaplan, JB Pritzker and all of AIPAC's directors and staff for your leadership and hard work. I'm also pleased that my friend Congressman Jim Langevin, a great champion for Israel, is here.

To all of AIPAC's members, thank you for your example of citizen activism. Petitioning your government, expressing your views, speaking up in the arena. this is what democracy is all about. I am particularly pleased to see so many young people here today. You recognize that your future and the future of our country are bound up with the future of Israel. And your engagement today will help make that future more secure.

Given the shared challenges we face, the relationship between the United States and Israel has never been more important. The United States has long recognized that a strong and secure Israel is vital to our own strategic interests. We know that the forces that threaten Israel also threaten the United States. And we firmly believe that when we strengthen Israel's security, we strengthen America's security.

So from its first day, the Obama administration has worked to promote Israel's security and long-term success. As Vice President Biden said in Israel, we know that to make progress in this region, there must be no gap between the United States and Israel on security. And there will not be. For President Obama, for me, and for this entire administration, our commitment to Israel's security and Israel's future is rock solid.

OUR COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL
Our countries and peoples are bound together by our shared values of freedom, equality, democracy, the right to live free from fear, and our common aspirations for a future of peace, security, and prosperity.

Americans honor Israel as a homeland for a people too long oppressed and a democracy that has had to defend itself at every turn. A dream nurtured for generations and made real by men and women who refused to bow to the toughest of odds. In Israel's story we see our own. We see the story of all people who struggle for freedom and the right to chart their own destinies.

It took President Harry Truman only 11 minutes to recognize the new nation of Israel in 1948. And, ever since, our two countries have stood in solidarity.

Guaranteeing Israel's security is more than a policy position for me. It is a personal commitment that will never waiver.

Since my first visit to Israel nearly thirty years ago, I have returned many times and made many friends. I have had the privilege of working with some of Israel's great leaders, and have benefited from their wise counsel.

(And I may have sometimes caused them consternation -- I don't think Yitzhak Rabin ever forgave me for banishing him to the White House balcony when he wanted to smoke). Over the years, I have shared your pride in seeing the desert bloom, the economy thrive, and the country flourish. But I have also seen the struggles and the sorrow. I will never forget the heart-rending words of Noa Ben Artzi-Pelossof at her grandfather's funeral, or the sight of a bombed-out pizzeria in Jerusalem, or the look on the faces of Israeli families who knew a rocket could fall at any moment.

On one of my visits, in 2002, I met a young man named Yochai Porat. At only 26, he was a senior medic with Magen David and oversaw a program to train foreign volunteers as first responders for MDA. I attended one of the program's graduation ceremonies and I saw the pride in his face as another group of young people set off to do good in the world. Yochai was also a reservist with the IDF. A week after we met, he was killed by a sniper near a roadblock, along with a number of other soldiers and civilians. MDA renamed the overseas volunteer program in Yochai's memory and it has continued to flourish. In 2005, I visited with Yochai's family. His parents were committed to continuing Yochai's support for the MDA and its mission - and so was I. I spent years urging the International Red Cross to admit MDA as a full voting member. And in 2006, we finally succeeded.

As a Senator from New York, I was proud to be a strong voice for Israel in the Congress and around the world. And I am proud that I can continue to be that strong voice as Secretary of State.

Last fall, I stood next to Prime Minister Netanyahu and praised his government's decision to place a moratorium on new residential construction in the West Bank. And then I praised it again in Marrakesh and Cairo. We also made clear that this was just a first step and, like every administration for decades, underscored that the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. As Israel's friend, it is our responsibility to give credit when it is due and to tell the truth when it is needed.

In 2008, I told this conference that Barack Obama would be a good friend to Israel as president. That he would have a special appreciation of Israel because of his own personal history. A grandfather who fought the Nazis

in Patton's Army. A great-uncle who helped liberate Buchenwald. President Obama and his family have lived the Diaspora experience. And as he told you himself, he understands that, "there is always a homeland at the center of our story." As a Senator, he visited Israel and met families whose houses were destroyed by rockets. And as President he has supported Israel in word and deed.

Under President Obama's leadership, we have reinvigorated defense consultations, redoubled our efforts to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge, and provided nearly $3 billion in annual military assistance. In fact, that assistance increased in 2010 and we have requested another increase for 2011. More than 1,000 U.S. troops participated in Juniper Cobra ballistic missile defense exercises last fall, the largest such drill to date. And President Obama has made achieving peace and recognized borders for Israel a top administration priority.

The United States has also led the fight in international institutions against anti-Semitism and efforts to challenge Israel's legitimacy. We led the boycott of the Durban Conference and repeatedly voted against the deeply flawed Goldstone Report. This administration will always stand up for Israel's right to defend itself.

IRAN
For Israel, there is no greater strategic threat than the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. Elements in Iran's government have become a menace, both to their own people and in the region. Iran's president foments anti-Semitism, denies the Holocaust, and threatens to destroy Israel. The Iranian leadership funds and arms terrorists who have murdered Americans and Israelis alike. And it has waged a campaign of intimidation and persecution against its own people. Last June, Iranians marching silently were beaten with batons; political prisoners were rounded up and abused; and absurd and false accusations were leveled against the United States, Israel, and the West. People everywhere were horrified by the video of a young woman killed in the street. The Iranian leadership is denying its people rights that are universal to all human beings -- including the right to speak freely, to assemble without fear; the right to the equal administration of justice, and to express your views without facing retribution.

In addition to threatening Israel, a nuclear-armed Iran would embolden its terrorist clientele and would spark an arms race that could destabilize the region. This is unacceptable. Unacceptable to the United States.

Unacceptable to Israel. And unacceptable to the region and the international community.

So let me be very clear: The United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

For most of the past decade, the United States declined to engage with Iran.

And Iran grew more, not less, dangerous. It built thousands of centrifuges and spurned the international community. But it faced few consequences.

President Obama has been trying a different course designed to present Iran's leaders with a clear choice. We have made extensive efforts to reengage with Iran, both through direct communication and working with other partners multilaterally, to send an unmistakable message: uphold your international obligations and reap the benefits of normal relations, or face increased isolation and the painful consequences.

We took this course with the understanding that the very effort of seeking engagement would strengthen our hand if Iran rejected our initiative. And over the last year, Iran's leaders have been stripped of their usual excuses.

The world has seen that Iran, and not the United States, is responsible for the impasse. With secret nuclear facilities, increasing violations of its obligations under the nonproliferation regime, and unjustified expansion of its enrichment activities, more and more nations are expressing deep concerns about Iran's intentions. There is growing international consensus on taking steps to pressure Iran's leaders to change course. Europe is in agreement. Russia has moved in this direction. And although there is still work to be done, China has said it supports the dual track approach of applying pressure if engagement does not produce results.

This stronger consensus has also led to increased cooperation on stopping arms shipments and financial transactions that aid terrorists, threaten Israel, and destabilize the region.

We are working with our partners in the United Nations on new Security Council sanctions that will show Iran's leaders that there are real consequences for their intransigence, that the only choice is to live up to their international obligations. Our aim is not incremental sanctions, but sanctions that will bite. It is taking time to produce these sanctions, and we believe that time is a worthwhile investment for winning the broadest possible support for our efforts. But we will not compromise our commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring these weapons.

THE STATUS QUO IS UNSUSTAINABLE
Iran is not the only threat on the horizon. Israel today is confronting some of the toughest challenges in her history. The conflict with the Palestinians and with Israel's Arab neighbors is an obstacle to prosperity and opportunity for Israelis, Palestinians, and people across the region.

And it threatens Israel's long-term future as a secure and democratic Jewish state.

The status quo is unsustainable for all sides. It promises only more violence and unrealized aspirations. Staying on this course means continuing a conflict that carries tragic human costs. Israeli and Palestinian children alike deserve to grow up free from fear and to have the opportunity to live up to their full God-given potential.

There is another path. A path that leads toward security and prosperity for all the people of the region. It will require all parties - including Israel - to make difficult but necessary choices.

Both sides must confront the reality that the status quo of the last decade has not produced long-term security or served the interests of Israelis, Palestinians, or the people of the region. Nor has it served the interests of the United States. It is true that heightened security measures have reduced the number of suicide bombings and given some in Israel the hope that the status quo could be sustained. But the dynamics of demography, ideology, and technology make this impossible.

First, we cannot ignore the long-term population trends that result from Israeli occupation. As Defense Minister Barak and others have observed, the inexorable mathematics of demography are hastening the hour at which Israelis may have to choose between preserving their democracy and staying true to the dream of a Jewish homeland. Given this reality, a two-state solution is the only viable path for Israel to remain both a democracy and a Jewish state.

Second, we cannot be blind to the political implications of continued conflict. There is a struggle between those in the region who accept peace and coexistence with Israel, and those who reject it and seek only continued violence. The status quo strengthens the rejectionists who claim peace is impossible and weakens those who would accept coexistence. That does not serve Israel's interests or our own. Those willing to negotiate need to be able to show results for their efforts. And those who preach violence must be proven wrong. All of our regional challenges -- confronting the threat posed by Iran, combating violent extremism, promoting democracy and economic opportunity - become harder if rejectionists grow in power and influence.

Conversely, a two state solution would allow Israel's contributions to the world, and to our greater humanity, to get the recognition they deserve; would allow the Palestinians to realize their own legitimate aspirations; and would undermine the appeal of extremism across the region.

Finally, we must recognize that the ever-evolving technology of war is making it harder to guarantee Israel's security. For six decades, Israelis have guarded their borders vigilantly. But advances in rocket technology mean that Israeli families are now at risk far from those borders. Despite efforts at containment, rockets with better guidance systems, longer range, and more destructive power are spreading across the region. Hizbollah has amassed tens of thousands of rockets on Israel's northern border. Hamas has a substantial number in Gaza. And even if some of these are still crude, they all pose a serious danger, as we saw last week.

Our message to Hamas is clear: renounce violence, recognize Israel, and abide by previous signed agreements. And I will repeat today what I have said many times before: Gilad Shalit must be released immediately and reunited with his family.

Unfortunately, neither military action nor restricting access into and out of Gaza has significantly stemmed the flow of rockets to Hamas. They appear content to add to their stockpile and grow rich off the tunnel trade, while the people living in Gaza fall deeper into poverty and despair. This path is not sustainable for either Israelis or Palestinians.

Behind these terrorist organizations and their rockets, we see the destabilizing influence of Iran. Reaching a two-state solution will not end all these threats, but failure to do so gives our extremist foes a pretext to spread violence, instability, and hatred.

In the face of these unforgiving dynamics of demography, ideology, and technology, it becomes impossible to entrust our hopes for Israel's future in today's status quo. These challenges cannot be ignored or wished away.

Only by choosing a new path can the Israelis, Palestinians, and all the people of the region ensure their children inherit the future of opportunity and security they deserve.

A COMPREHENSIVE PEACE
The way forward is clear: two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security, with peace between Israel and Syria, and Israel and Lebanon, and normal relations between Israel and all the Arab states. A comprehensive peace that is real and not a slogan, that is rooted in genuine recognition of Israel's right to exist in peace and security, and that offers the best way to ensure Israel's enduring survival and well-being.
And, it is a goal that the Obama administration is determined to achieve.

George Mitchell has worked tirelessly with the parties to prepare the ground for the resumption of direct negotiations, beginning with the proximity talks both sides have accepted. These proximity talks are a hopeful first step, and they should be serious and substantive. Ultimately, of course, it will take direct negotiations to work through all the issues and end the conflict.

The United States stands ready to play an active and sustained role in Israeli-Palestinian talks, and to support the parties as they work to resolve all permanent status issues including security, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. The United States cannot force a solution. The parties themselves must resolve their differences through direct negotiations.

But, we believe that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree to an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the '67 lines, with agreed swaps, and Israel's goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israel's security requirements.

The United States recognizes that Jerusalem is a deeply important issue for Israelis and Palestinians, and for Jews, Muslims, and Christians. We believe that through good faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world.

For negotiations to be successful, they must be built on a foundation of mutual trust and confidence. That is why both Israelis and Palestinians must refrain from unilateral statements and actions that undermine the process or prejudice the outcome of talks.

When a Hamas-controlled municipality glorifies violence and renames a square after a terrorist who murdered innocent Israelis, it insults the families on both sides who have lost loves ones in this conflict. And when instigators deliberately mischaracterize the rededication of a synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem's old city and call upon their brethren to "defend" nearby Muslim holy sites from so-called "attacks," it is purely and simply an act of incitement. These provocations are wrong and must be condemned for needlessly inflaming tensions and imperiling prospects for a comprehensive peace.

It is our devotion to this outcome - two states for two peoples, secure and at peace - that led us to condemn the announcement of plans for new construction in East Jerusalem. This was not about wounded pride. Nor is it a judgment on the final status of Jerusalem, which is an issue to be settled at the negotiating table. This is about getting to the table, creating and protecting an atmosphere of trust around it - and staying there until the job is done.

New construction in East Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides want and need. It exposes daylight between Israel and the United States that others in the region could hope to exploit. And it undermines America's unique ability to play a role - an essential role, I might add -- in the peace process. Our credibility in this process depends in part on our willingness to praise both sides when they are courageous, and when we don't agree, to say so, and say so unequivocally.

We objected to this announcement because we are committed to Israel and its security, which depends on a comprehensive peace. Because we are determined to keep moving forward along a path that ensures Israel's future as a secure and democratic Jewish state living in peace with its Palestinian neighbors, who can realize their own legitimate aspirations. And because we do not want to see that progress jeopardized.

When Prime Minister Netanyahu and I spoke, I suggested a number of concrete steps that Israel could take to improve the atmosphere and rebuild confidence. The Prime Minister responded with specific actions Israel is prepared to take toward this end, and we discussed a range of other mutual-confidence building measures. Senator Mitchell continued this discussion in Israel over the weekend, and is meeting with President Abbas today.

We are making progress and we are working hard to keep the proximity talks moving ahead. I am looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu today in Washington and President Obama will see him tomorrow.

We will follow up on these discussions and seek a common understanding about the most productive way forward.

Neither our commitment nor our goal has changed. The United States will continue to encourage all parties to take steps that advance the prospects for peace.

We commend the government of President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad for the reforms they have undertaken to strengthen law and order, and the progress they have made in improving the quality of life in the West Bank.

But we encourage them to redouble their efforts to put an end to incitement and violence, continue to ensure security and rule of law, and ingrain a culture of peace and tolerance among Palestinians.

We applaud Israel's neighbors for their support of the Arab Peace Initiative and the proximity talks. But their rhetoric must now be backed up by action. They should make it easier to pursue negotiations and an agreement.

That is their responsibility.

And we commend Prime Minister Netanyahu for embracing the vision of the two-state solution and for acting to lift road-blocks and ease movement throughout the West Bank. But we also expect Israel to continue taking concrete steps that will help turn that vision into reality -- building trust and momentum toward comprehensive peace by demonstrating respect for the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians, stopping settlement activity, and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

From the time of David Ben-Gurion, who accepted the UN proposal to divide the land into two nations, Israel and Palestine, leaders like Begin and Rabin have made difficult but clear-eyed choices to pursue peace in the name of Israel's future. It was Rabin himself who said, "For Israel there is no path that is without pain. But the path of peace is preferable to the path of war." Last June at Bar-Ilan University, Prime Minister Netanyahu put his country on the path to peace. President Abbas has put the Palestinians on that path as well. The challenge for both will be to keep moving forward - and to stay on course.

Peace brings with it a future of promise and possibility. Ultimately, this is the vision that drives us. We see a future for Israel and for our relationship that is finally freed from the shackles of this conflict.

Families no longer afraid of rockets in the night. Israelis traveling and trading freely in the region. Palestinians able to pursue their dreams in a state of their own. Former adversaries working together on issues of common concern like water, infrastructure, and development that builds broadly shared prosperity in the region. And a global strategic partnership between

Israel and the United States that taps the talent and innovation of our societies to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century.

From addressing climate change and energy to hunger, poverty and disease, Israel has so much to offer. Look at the spread of high-tech start-ups, the influx of venture capital, the number of Nobel laureates. Israel has the potential to be a major force for progress on the world stage. We are already working as partners, just imagine how much more we could achieve together if the dream of peace can be realized.

We are entering the season of Passover. The story of Moses resonates for people of all faiths. It teaches us many lessons, including that we must take risks, even a leap of faith, to reach the promised land. When Moses urged the Jews to follow him out of Egypt, many objected. They said it was too dangerous, too hard, too risky. And later, in the desert, some thought it would be better to return to Egypt. It was too dangerous, too hard, too risky. And when they came to the very edge of the promised land, there were still some who refused to enter because it was too dangerous, too hard, and too risky.

Israel's history is the story of brave men and women who took risks and did the hard thing because they knew it was right. Theodor Herzl championing a dream many said was impossible. Pioneers who found a desert and made it bloom. Warriors who offered their adversaries a hand of peace because they knew it would make Israel stronger. Who understood, as the rabbis teach, that the strongest among us is the one who turns an enemy into a friend.

Israel has shed more than its share of bitter tears. But for the dream to survive, for the state to flourish, this generation of Israelis must take up the tradition and do what may seem too dangerous, too hard, and too risky.

And of this they can be sure: the United States will stand with them, sharing the risks and shouldering the burdens, as we face the future together.