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If a nation of millions allows a handful to rule, for decades, without any significant opposition they have de-facto made the decision to support those tyrants. Please don't come crying to us (though they will) when we are forced to bomb you because of the action of those rulers.
I will respect the Iranians when they rise up, violently, to depose the lunatics. Anything less is cowardice and unworthy of a supposedly great people.
At least some Nazi's tried to assassinate Hitler. Many others resisted. All I see from the Iranians are protests, which sometimes go violent. This is silly.
The time is long past to be organizing military resistance, buying guns, forming cells, and carrying out targeted assassinations of Mullahs.
This is what would certainly have happened in the USA decades ago were some sick sect of crazed religious fanatics attempt to impose dictatorship on the American people.
So no, I won't feel sorry for those who die. They have literally brought this upon themselves".
Easy to stand in your shoes or sit in the safety of your chair and accuse a populace of cowardice because they no longer want to face an Arab mercenary force - the Basiji - newly equipped with $253 MILLION of weaponry and crowd control and riot suppression equipment AND open season to kill anyone they want to in the streets - without fear of punishment.
Their sole job - presently, is to repress any street location or university demonstrations and use whatever means they want. A new task envisaged for them will be the running of elections and screening of candidates. If it was bad and discriminatory before, the "fix" is in for the ardent followers of Hojatieh to win everything.
They have been given arrest authority BUT they take those arrested to their own sites and do with them as they please. And their pleasure is inevitably sadistic to the extreme.
No law, no oversight, no restrictions and nowhere for anyone to go and complain.
Within those parameters, would you DARE go into the streets of your own neighborhod to even shop for groceries let alone oppose anything or anyone? Say if the local gangs had the same mission in mind and the same immunity from punishment or retribution?
Be real, good friend.
Specially when the social weave of Iranian society - after over a quarter of a century of the Mullahs - has been weakened by corruption essential for survival.
Where married women take on several lovers to pay their daily life's needs and to feed their husbands and children.
Where prostitution is almost an unavoidable part of life for women. In best case scenarios as a beaten and degraded wife of some man - often with multiple wives. Who at any moment can find herself thrown into the street to join the countless homeless women on the streets of cities, who failed to please their husbands enough and thus become indigents with no way to earn a living
Where drugs are sold more easily than music CDs.
Where more than 400,000 starving children roam the streets of Tehran and will do anything to survive. Peddling themselves or others - snitching on others to the authorities for a meager reward - to survive another day.
Compared to Iran's current social turmoil and dislocation, the Jews almost "had it good" under Hitler - not much of an exaggeration since the Bassiji kill just as readily or more so than the Nazi SS. The streets and private homes are the concentration camps, not just the multitude of formal prisons.
They have been killed and maimed with tire irons by Bassijis for appearing close to a small crowd in the streets, even if not participants. What energy is left in these battered, sucked dry souls to do what you ask? To avoid your accusation of cowardice.
Put your thoughts into Islamic Iranian context not some philosophical, impossible parameters of what should have, could have, might have been done in an American scenario.
Friday, August 18, 2006
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Background information about Hezbollah and its involvement in anti-Israel and international terrorism according to Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center Special Bulletins Overview On July 12, 2006, Hezbollah carried out the most serious terrorist attack against IDF forces and Israeli communities along the Israeli-Lebanese border since the IDF withdrew from Lebanon in May 2000. During the attack two Israeli soldiers were abducted, eight soldiers and one civilian woman were killed and approximately 54 soldiers and civilians were wounded (as of noon on July 13). The Israeli government convened an emergency meeting and stated that it viewed the Lebanese government as solely responsible for the Hezbollah attack. In response to the attack the IDF shelled Lebanese infrastructures and Hezbollah targets in both north and south Lebanon.
Hezbollah responded by firing Katyusha rockets at Israeli population centers in the northern part of the country. A separate analysis of the Hezbollah attack and the IDF's response will appear during the day. During the past few years the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has issued dozens of Information Bulletins about Hezbollah, its involvement in anti-Israli and global terrorism and about the sponsorship it receives from Syria and Iran.
They can be found in the ITIC Website through the “Hezbollah” link. The following is a selection of ITIC Information Bulletins providing basic and day-to-day information from the past year about Hezbollah activities: A. Basic information:
1) “Profile of the Lebanese Shiite Terrorist Organization of Global Reach Sponsored by Iran and Supported by Syria ,”
Parts 1 and 2, at
2) “ Iran as a State Sponsoring and Operating Terror,”
B. Current and updated Information Bulletins:
1) “ Terrorism and humor: a satirical show severely criticizing Hezbollah was shown on Lebanese LBC-TV,”
2) “Katyusha rockets fired deep into the Galilee led to a day of exchange of heavy fire between the IDF and Hezbollah, the most significant since Israel withdrew from Lebanon (May 2000),”
3) “Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah boasts of the organization's ability to maintain a balance of deterrence with Israel ,”
4) “Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah general secretary, publicly admits his organization provides funds for Palestinian terrorist organizations,”
5) “Another limitation placed by the international community on broadcasts emanating from Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station,”
6) “In an unusual public statement, Zakaria Zubeidi, chief of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, admits that his organization receives operative assistance from Hezbollah (funds, arms and training), and that the organization exerts much influence on him,”
7) “Hezbollah in Lebanon continues sending Fatah/Tanzim operatives in the West Bank on terrorist missions by means of a link in the Gaza Strip which transmits funds and instructions,”
8) “A ceremony held on the occasion of Israel's handover of bodies of Hezbollah operatives was accompanied by a belligerent yet apologetic speech given by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah,”
9) “Argentina's General Prosecution issued an official announcement identifying a Lebanese national sent on behalf of the Hezbollah organization as the terrorist responsible for the suicide bombing attack at the AMIA Jewish community center (July 1994),”
10) “Hezbollah attacks along Israel's northern border to cover an attempted abduction of Israeli soldiers,” Bulletin and two updates
11) “Hezbollah has no intention to disarm,”
12) “Mahmoud Qumati, a Hezbollah senior, praised Al-Qaeda's Katyusha rocket attacks on Aqaba and Eilat and expressed his hope that the organization would step up its attacks against Israeli targets,”
13) “Hezbollah attacks at Har Dov (Shebaa Farms) continue,”
14) “Provocation from Lebanon , Independence Day eve: a 107 mm rocket shell falls on the village of Shelomi (in the western Galilee ),”
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
(To student)You asked me what I thought would most likely happen in the near future (May 2003 time frame) and this is probably as close to an initial answer as possible. Though what happens after that is still open ended. Arafart has tried to destabilize every Arab country that had helped him and he's too old to change, so there could be vast conflagration in North African Arab countries and destabilization in Jordan. More later. Pointing to himself, he quotes the Arabic adage "Hasm Hazm," which loosely translated means "He who has the last word." Another favorite adage of his is: "If it doesn't break us, it makes us stronger," remembering the multitude of times he has been kicked in the butt. No, not by Israelis but by Arab nations after he tried to stab them in the back. He knows about Washington's idea of moving him to Gaza and dismisses it as an "American-Zionist conspiracy" that the Arab nation will smash to bits. Since his confinement in Ramallah, Arafat has abandoned his most insistent demands; he no longer wants an international force to keep Israelis and Palestinians apart and shrugs off the Saudi peace initiative as a device to mask the secret willingness of Arab rulers to go along with the "American-Zionist conspiracy." (Little wonder after how he behaved toward them and trying to destabilize their countries). Above all, he wants to remove Egypt and Jordan, but also Saudi Arabia and Syria, from any involvement in Palestinian affairs. (He prefered the French and Europeans who fell for his lies. Arabs who had experienced him as a person knew better). This he hopes to achieve by stirring up increasingly violent popular riots in Arab cities in unison with a fresh wave of suicide and terrorist attacks against Israel, which he is hatching even now. (Watch this happen). When he refers to himself, it is no longer as Palestinian president, but as the pre-eminent pan-Arab leader. (Watch Ahmadi-Nejad try to follow that example as the pre-eminent pan-Islamic leader). He dwells at length on the growing manifestation of martyrs and suicides in Arab lands, holding up as an example the Egyptian who was killed Friday when he tried to infiltrate Israel from Sinai and the Egyptian woman caught today in Taba, attempting to smuggle explosive substances into Israel. In Arafat's eyes, both were "martyrs of the Arab nation" – and path-blazers. (Today Ahmadi-Nejad claims 52,000 homiciders ready to go). Arafat pins his highest hopes on Saddam Hussein, declaring that at the peak of popular unrest in the Arab states and the fresh anti-Israel suicide cycle, Iraq will choose the moment to throw its might against Israel and Jordan. An American military offensive against Baghdad will make no difference, Arafat believes. He has no doubt that the offensive will fail and the Iraqi armed forces of Saddam Hussein will be free in no time to loose deadly missile attacks against Jordan and Israel. (To pro-Palestinian university student in USA). Did you know that there was never any country called Palestine? Did you know that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people? You will find Palestine listed as a region as it always has been, but definitely never a country. We can locate the Mojave Desert on the USA map, but we still would never recognize it as our 51st state, let alone a sovereign country. Nor any residents who migrated there, a "Mojavian" people. Even if some have traditionally lived locally for a long time Only about 120,000 nomadic Arabs resided in an area that covered the claimed, so-called "occupied" territories, the state of Israel and Jordan. When Mark Twain visited the area, he wrote he found nothing but a wasteland. During the 19 years that these territories - including Jerusalem and Gaza - were occupied by the kingdoms of Jordan and Egypt, no one talked about a Palestinian state nor a Palestinian people. These Arab states recognized no such thing. The fact simply is that there are no Palestinians nor were there any. These people are generic Arabs like all other Arabs, and they happen to live in a region called Palestine. They are not a separate people. Anymore than Siberians are a separate people in Russia. Israel did not go to war against a Palestinian state and occupy its land. Rather, Israel was attacked by six Arab countries at once. She defended herself, defeated her attackers, and won the so-called territories, not from the Palestinians, but from Jordan and Egypt. And the Golan Heights from Syria. Most Arabs living in Palestine today are not indigenous to the region. It was not until after the Jews had changed deserts and swamps into a productive and thriving land that the Arabs started migrating there. Arafat, the head "Palestinian" was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Did you know that? What's he got to do with Palestine, other than a hijacker of a cause which lined his pockets and those of his wife? Any more than intruder or invader "ayatollah" Rouhollah Khomeini, with a British father from Bristol, England and an Indian mother from the Kashmir area had anything Persian or Iranian about him. I'm not Jewish but am amazed how much hatred seems to exist against this race and nation, to the extent of according wide spread legitimacy, specially by the Press and Media, who should know better, to illegitimate claims by their opponents. Not liking historical truth because it does not serve your purpose or agree with what you or your friends think, is emotionally understandable. But my pointing it out does not mean I'm taking sides. You can do that after reading all this. I present you decide. Don't get angry at me because it appears the Israelis were in the right at that time - thus invalidating the Palestinian excuses or justification for hatred and uncivilized acts. But look who is biased?? Did you notice you cannot accept a differing point of view from your own? I'm definitely not Jewish, nor specifically pro-Jewish but as someone who knows much more than you about the politics of the world, not just the Middle East and am old enough to have lived some of it, I think your attitude needs to be a bit more flexible to be justifiable. I lived in that area longer than you have been alive, so just because you have Palestinian friends at school, we all probably have Palestinian friends, don't get carried away by surrounding emotions. It's because I do know so much about the politics of the area that I differ with you on what is the truth, though even that is not an absolute. Historically the Jews have the right to that area of land - justification was on their side. Then things unraveled after that, where both have to bear much of the blame for what's going on. No saints here. It might interest you - and I was there in Iran at the time - that for the first six months or so of the ayatollahs revolution, ALL the firing squads that killed so many Iranians were ONLY manned by the 2,000 or so men Arafat brought with him to Iran when he came. Using the mullah's ignorance, Arafat plundered the art work, antiques etc. etc from the palaces, private homes and museums and took them out of Iran by convoy of hundreds of trucks going back and forth almost daily. Plunder claimed as his payment for supporting Khomeini and doing the killings by firing squad. The mullahs didn't understand art nor want these things, not even Iran's historical treasures, so if he wanted them instead of lots of money then goody, goody! Just don't let him take any jewelry. He finally got young Iranians to do the executions by mixing them in with his men and threatening to shoot them if they did not shoot to kill those who had been condemned to die. And as you may have heard - you are too young to actually know - this included hundreds and hundreds of young girls and totally innocent, non-political people who got shot BY MISTAKE when, blindfolded as they were, they went into the wrong line!! Or had been arrested as part of a family and friends round-up when a single member of that enclave was suspected of something! You weren't old enough to see or even sense all this. Nothing to do with Jews or Palestinians. Everything to do with the kind of person Arafat is and represents as a so-called Palestinian - and the man you are supporting. He didn't just do nasty things to the Jews, he did horrible things to Iranians, who had nothing to do with Palestine. You really don't know enough about real life and react to glimpses of it. Specially with fervent anti-Jewish friends to incite you. I don't personally overly care who is getting killed one way or another and don't condone it on either side. But if you go and kick someone and then get your nose bloodied, whose fault is that? Specially after the tenth time you do it? Arafat was exiled before and there is no country (though Morocco seems to be weighing the possibility) which now wants to have him if he is sent away by the Israelis. In previous times he and his Palestinians tried to overthrow and destabilize the government of every country which gave them shelter. Even Jordan, which was originally intended as the Palestinian state, threw him and his Palestinians out after he tried to over throw the government. And just because history does happen to favor the Israeli position - something to which you have had no exposure nor have studied, nor can have a clue - it is something nevertheless you have to accept, even if it removes the justification of the cause you have espoused. I grew up in England so was constantly having to read all about the British Empire and the Middle East was part of it. Including all the original mess and hardships of Israel. If you could read without getting your blood boiling because it's contrary to what your friends have told you - again you have no first hand knowledge - you may end up with a broader and obviously different point of view. Then again, what you do or don't do matters little to anyone but yourself. As you grow older you will mature and mellow, so don't despair. The revolution in Iran happened not because the Shah was so bad but because the Western world wanted a lock on Persian oil and didn't realize how easy it is to inflame people your age who have high ideology, totally untempered by experience or knowledge. Idiot Jimmy Carter added his personal peeve against the Shah with utter disregard to what would happen to the world if he helped the Soviets overthrow the monarchy. And in Iran, totally uneducated politically or otherwise, though there was a growing percentage of literacy, the insanity fo Marxist-Islam did the damage intended through fomenting an uneducated, young populace. Reading is a tool but knowing how to analyze and understand what to read for deeper knowledge is being educated and experienced. Iran was swiftly moving in that direction but had a long way to go. As I said, nearly 60% of Iranians were under the age of 25 (!!) when they were fanned into doing something nearly everyone seems to regret - even most of the revolutionary factions. 20+ years later life did not get better as Khomeini's face on the moon promised. Except for a number of mullahs like Rafsanjani, owner of a small pistachio orchard, suddenly building personal $2 Billion projects in Canada. With his own money. A penniless cleric a decade or so ago ? Your fervor, as a student with easily invoked high ideals is understandable but your commentary was definitely "deeg be deeg goft ruyat siah" or the pot calling the kettle black. The pictures of Arafat, to which you objected, were about the kindest way I could poke fun at a man who has killed thousands of innocents. In Iran !!! Who cares about what he does in Palestine? He is not a good person and if he ever was, he has not been for at least a quarter of a century. MORE ON THE PALESTINIANS Palestinians doubt Blair can deliver,” announces the BBC. “Four Palestinians die in West Bank,” reports CNN. “IDF demolishes building used by Palestinian gunmen,” announces Israel’s government run Channel 1 News. The modern media is filled with stories about the Palestinians, their plight, their dilemmas and their struggles. All aspects of their lives seem to have been put under the microscope. Only one question never seems to be addressed: Who are the Palestinians? Who are these people who claim the Holy Land as their own? What is their history? Where did they come from? How did they arrive in the country they call Palestine? Now that both US President George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (in direct opposition to the platform he was elected on) have come out in favor of a Palestinian state, it would be prudent to seek answers to these questions. For all we know, Palestine could be as real as Disneyland or less so. The general impression given in the media is that Palestinians have lived in the Holy Land for hundreds, if not thousands of years. No wonder, then, that a recent poll of French citizens shows that the majority believe (falsely) that prior to the establishment of the State of Israel an independent Arab Palestinian state existed in its place. Yet curiously, when it comes to giving the history of this “ancient” people most news outlets find it harder to go back more than the early nineteen hundreds. CNN, an agency which has devoted countless hours of airtime to the “plight” of the Palestinians, has a website which features a special section on the Middle East conflict called “Struggle For Peace”. It includes a promising sounding section entitled “Lands Through The Ages” which assures us it will detail the history of the region using maps. Strangely, it turns out, the maps displayed start no earlier than the "very ancient" date of 1917. Good grief! The CBS News website has a background section called “A Struggle For Middle East Peace.’’ Its history timeline starts no earlier than 1897. The NBC News background section called ‘’Searching for Peace’’ has a timeline which starts in 1916. BBC’s timeline starts in 1948. Yet, the clincher must certainly be the Palestinian National Authority’s own website. While it is top heavy on such phrases as “Israeli occupation” and “Israeli human rights violations” the site offers practically nothing on the history of the so-called Palestinian people. The only article on the site with any historical content is called “Palestinian History - 20th Century Milestones” which seems only to confirm that prior to 1900 there was no such concept as the Palestinian people. While the modern media maybe short on information about the history of the “Palestinian people” the historical record is not. Books, such as Battleground by Samuel Katz and From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters, long ago detailed the history of the region. Far from being settled by Palestinians for hundreds, if not thousands of years, the Land of Israel, according to dozens of visitors to the land, was, until the beginning of the last century, practically empty. Alphonse de Lamartine visited the land in 1835. In his book, Recollections of the East, he writes "Outside the gates of Jerusalem we saw no living object, heard no living sound…." None other than the famous American author Mark Twain, who visited the Land of Israel in 1867, confirms this. In his book Innocents Abroad he writes, “A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action. We reached Tabor safely…. We never saw a human being on the whole journey.” Even the British Consul in Palestine reported, in 1857, “The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is that of a body of population…” In fact, according to official Ottoman Turk census figures of 1882, in the entire Land of Israel, there were only 141,000 Muslims, both Arab and non-Arab. This number was to skyrocket to 650,000 Arabs by 1922, a 450% increase in only 40 years. By 1938 that number would become over 1 million or an 800% increase in only 56 years. Population growth was especially high in areas where Jews lived. Where did all these Arabs come from? According to the Arabs the huge increase in their numbers was due to natural childbirth. In 1944, for example, they alleged that the natural increase (births minus deaths) of Arabs in the Land of Israel was the astounding figure of 334 per 1000. That would make it roughly three times the corresponding rate for the same year of Lebanon and Syria and almost four times that of Egypt, considered amongst the highest in the world. Unlikely, to say the least. If the massive increase was not due to natural births, then were did all these Arabs come from? All the evidence points to the neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In 1922 the British Governor of the Sinai noted that “illegal immigration" was not only going on from the Sinai, but also from Trans-Jordan and Syria.” In 1930, the British Mandate sponsored Hope-Simpson Report noted that “unemployment lists are being swollen by immigrants from Trans-Jordania” and “illicit immigration" through Syria and across the northern frontier of Palestine is material.” The Arabs themselves bear witness to this trend. For example, the governor of the Syrian district of Hauran, Tewfik Bey el Hurani, admitted in 1934 that in a single period of only a few months over 30,000 Syrians from Hauran had moved to the Land of Israel. Even British Prime Minister Winston Churchill noted the Arab influx. Churchill, a veteran of the early years of the British mandate in the Land of Israel, noted in 1939 that “far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied.” Far from displacing the Arabs, as they claimed, the Jews were the very reason the Arabs chose to settle in the Land of Israel. Jobs provided by newly established Zionist industry and agriculture lured them there, just as Israeli construction and industry provides most Arabs in the Land of Israel with their main source of income today. Malcolm MacDonald, one of the principal authors of the British White Paper of 1939, which restricted Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel, admitted (conservatively) that were it not for a Jewish presence the Arab population would have been little more than half of what it actually was. Today, when due to the latest “intifada”, Arabs from the territories under 35 are no longer allowed into pre-1967 Israel to work, unemployment has skyrocketed to over 40% and most rely on European aid packages to survive. Not only the pre-state Arabs lied about being indigenous. Even today, many prominent so-called Palestinians, it turns out, are foreign born. Edward Said, an Ivy League Professor of Literature and a major Palestinian propagandist, long claimed to have been raised in Jerusalem. However, in an article in the September 1999 issue of Commentary Magazine, Justus Reid Weiner revealed that Said actually grew up in Cairo, Egypt, a fact which Said himself was later forced to admit. But why bother with Said? PLO chief Yasir Arafat himself, self declared “leader of the Palestinian people”, has always claimed to have been born and raised in “Palestine”. In fact, according to his official biographer Richard Hart, as well as the BBC, Arafat was born in Cairo on August 24, 1929 and that’s where he grew up. To maintain the charade of being an indigenous population, Arab propagandists have had to do more than a little rewriting of history. A major part of this rewriting involves the renaming of geography. For two thousand years the central mountainous region of Israel was known as Judea and Samaria, as any medieval map of the area testifies. However, the state of Jordan occupied the area in 1948 and renamed it the West Bank. This is a funny name for a region that actually lies in the eastern portion of the land and can only be called “West” in reference to Jordan. This does not seem to bother the majority of news outlets covering the region, which universally refer to the region by its recent Jordanian name. The term “Palestinian" is itself a masterful twisting of history. To portray themselves as indigenous, Arab settlers adopted the name of an ancient Canaanite tribe, the Philistines, that died out almost 3000 years ago. The connection between this tribe and modern day Arabs is nil. Who is to know the difference? Given the absence of any historical record, one can understand why Yasser Arafat claims that Jesus Christ, a Jewish carpenter from the Galilee, was a Palestinian!
Every year, at Christmas time, Arafat (when he was alive) went to Bethlehem and told worshippers that Jesus was in fact “the first Palestinian”. If the Palestinians are indeed a myth, then the real question becomes “Why?” Why invent a fictitious people? The answer is that the myth of the Palestinian people serves as the justification for Arab occupation of the Land of Israel - not the other way round! While the Arabs already possess 21 sovereign countries of their own (more than any other single people on earth) and control a land mass 800 times the size of the Land of Israel, this is apparently not enough for them. They therefore feel the need to rob the Jews of their one and only country, one of the smallest on the planet.Unfortunately, many people ignorant of the history of the region, including much of the world media, are only too willing to help. It is interesting to note that the Bible makes reference to a fictitious nation confronting Israel. “They have provoked me too jealously by worshipping a non-god, angered me with their vanities. I will provoke them with a non-nation; anger them with a foolish nation (Deuteronomy 32:21).” On second thought, it may be unfair to compare Palestine to Disneyland. After all, Disneyland really exists. As do true Disneylanders like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy etc. NOTE: the reality of the Israeli and Hez-ebola conflict mirrors the above in many ways. Specially when Iran's President and Hezbollah sponsor, Ahmadi-Nejad, in his Wallace interview, states that the Hezbollah were simply and justifiably defending their homes against Israeli incursion and attack and were trying to eject the Israeli occupiers from their homeland. Matters little or not at all that Israel had been out of Lebanon for at least six years and would have stayed out if their soldiers had not been kidnapped by the Hez-ebolas. UPDATE INFORMATION (with annotations by Alan) The First Palestinian State by Emanuel A. Winston Oh. You didn’t know there was a First Palestinian State? It’s not necessary to go back to 1964 when, with Egypt’s help, the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) was formed - with the sole intent of engaging in terror for the purpose of conquering the Jewish State, with the assistance of all the Arab/Muslim nations. Those goals of the PLO have not changed. Yasser Arafat was elected Chairman of the PLO in 1969. Arafat and his terrorists ended up in the Kingdom of Jordan after a series of unsuccessful wars by the Arab/Muslim nations against Israel. There, they arrogantly walked the streets of Amman well-armed and with supreme confidence. They intimidated the people of Jordan. Between 1967 and 1971, the PLO challenged King Hussein for political control of Jordan. Hussein made 26 agreements to keep the Peace. Arafat signed them all and broke them all. The last straw would be when Arafat put out a kill order for King Hussein’s brother, who commanded the Jordanian Army and, particularly, the special Bedouin troops who had clashed numerous times with Arafat’s thugs. This was not going to end up Arafat’s State by coup d’etat, but it was a lesson in his MO (Modus Operandi). Hussein’s Army was called up and a memorable slaughter of Arafat’s followers took place, an event the Arab Palestinians called "Black September". The major conflict began in September 1970, but took 17 months until Arafat’s terrorists fled, mostly into Lebanon. However, many crossed the Jordan and were rescued by Israeli settling pioneers on the west side of the Jordan River. In Lebanon, the Arab Palestinians were greeted with open arms by their so-called brother Arabs. Like with the Hez-Ebola currently, It was a case of mistaken identity, which the Lebanese did not know then was a one-sided hudna (time of false peace, rest and re-arming for Arafat’s terrorists). To this day, the Lebanese people bitterly regret opening their borders to Arafat’s Arab Palestinians. Then, it began. Arafat first established the parameters of a terror state much as they started to do in Jordan before Black September. Wherever they gained critical mass in numbers and arms, (like the Hez-ebola have done currrently) that area of the city or country became theirs. Every street corner was an Arab Palestinian ‘checkpoint’ to collect pass-through money, but also, frequently, to rape women passengers, steal cars and extort whatever they wanted. As in Jordan, Arafat’s Arab Muslim Palestinian gunman acted as conquerors, threatening everyone, looting and taxing through terror. As Arafat expanded his control over Christian and Muslim Lebanese, they too became part of the conflict that became a 12-year Civil War, killing 100,000 Christian and Muslim Lebanese. Lebanon had once been called the Paris of the Middle East, the Garden of Eden spot for vacationing Arabs, with a Banking Center for the Arab world - but all that was destroyed. The Christians and Muslims had worked out a ‘peaceful, political accommodation’ to run Lebanon and, particularly, Beirut. Arafat had stirred them up, so now they were bitter enemies, attacking each other and fighting Arafat’s Palestinian Mini-State of Terror. The killings went on day and night, with whole villages massacred, with a retaliatory massacre soon after. Arafat turned the various Arab refugee camps into his bases of operation. Weapons and explosives were stored in apartment building, hospitals and schools, using the civilians as human shields. As confusion and terror reigned, Arafat continued to expand his mini-State of Palestine with the presumption that one day all of Lebanon would be a Palestinian State. Arafat’s methods were a mirror image of what Americans found in Iraq, particularly Baghdad, where Saddam’s family and Republican Guards wreaked havoc. Granted, Saddam’s regime was larger and very well-funded, but the hideous brutality was virtually the same. Arafat’s gunman roamed the streets of Lebanon with modified pick-up trucks, manned with 30-50 caliber guns mounted in back. They were looking for various factions of Christian militia to gun down, but Muslims were also shot dead - as were any of the few Jews who still lived in Lebanon. (By that time, the Arab/Muslim nations had ejected almost all of their Jews (approximately 800,000) and had confiscated all their property and assets - personal and community. In effect, this was a replay of Hitler and Europe’s confiscation of all that their Jews owned.) Arafat launched frequent terrorist cross border attacks into Israel from his safe Mini-State in Lebanon - just as does Hezb’Allah does now. Hezb’Allah, as everyone knows is a "fierce/ruthless" terror organization based in Lebanon, run by Syria and funded by Iran. When those attacks became intolerable, Prime Minister Begin gave Defense Minister Gen. Ariel Sharon permission to attack Arafat’s Terror State in Lebanon. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) discovered and exposed many things that were photographed, catalogued and described in books published subsequently about the savagery of Arafat’s treatment of his Lebanese brothers. As today, the Left-leaning liberal media ignored what Israel had discovered, but they did castigate Israel for daring to respond to Palestinian terror attacks. Israel’s early encounters came from what then was called the RPG Kids (Rocket-Propelled Grenade). These were 9- to 11-year old kids who were trained (on Arafat’s orders) to use rocket-propelled grenades and hide behind their seemingly innocent youth. Many Israeli soldiers were killed because they hesitated to kill mere children. However, these were not ‘mere’ children; they were fully trained Palestinian killers who were merely smaller in height than Arafat’s regular terrorists. They were trained from early childhood to hate, kill and obey their master. (That education to hate, kill and obey continues to this day in the Palestinian Authority and the Hez-ebola terrorist virus that has taken over Lebanon just as Arafart did before). The IDF discovered miles of machine-dug tunnels, stocked full of arms, ammunition and plans for the next major war against Israel - aimed at her elimination (shades of Hez-ebola today). These were the pre-stocked positions for planned advancing Palestinians, with regular Syrian troops, into Israel. I believe it was the Austrians who supplied the huge tunnel-digging machines, which could dig wide tunnel into the Lebanese mountains, thus allowing large trucks to deliver their deadly loads. When Israeli troops broke through into Beirut in 1982, they were again shocked at what they found. Much the same as in 2003, American troops were shocked when they entered various compounds of Saddam Hussein and his two sons, Uday and Qusay. Torture rooms, masochistic sex rooms and always the fields of hundreds of thousands executed Iraqis - with Shi’ites and Kurds topping the list. In 1982 when the Israeli soldiers entered the hospitals in Lebanon, they found Lebanese Christians’ bodies stacked like cordwood in the hallways. Their blood had been totally drained for transfusions into Arafat’s wounded, ‘more worthy’ fighters (on Arafat’s orders). (FYI the Islamic Regime of Iran also issued a directive - copy posted in the Graphics section of this site - to draw the blood of prisoners and use this for transfusions for Revolutionary Guard fighters). Arafat’s men often used special, pre-Christian, torture and death on captured prisoners. Copying the Roman technique of drawing and quartering captured prisoners for the amusements of the crowds, Arafat used four cars to slowly pull a man apart by driving in four different directions. Here, too, the mob of Arafatian Arabs found this to be exciting and cheered. This ‘mind-set’ is endemic in most Arab nations, (despite their claim that Islam is a religion of peace and goodness); we recall the two Americans in Mosul, Iraq, being shot, pulled from their car, having their throats slit, and being mutilated. Then the mob moved in to crush their heads with cement blocks, and to stamp on the two doomed soldiers. The surrounding mobs cheered delightedly. This, in turn, was similar to the lynching the Arab Palestinians committed against the two Israeli soldiers who made a wrong turn into Ram’Allah, and the frequent lynching of their own people who they accuse of being ‘collaborators’. Then, there was the matter of the village leaders in Lebanon (the mukhtars of the village) paying baksheesh, a.k.a. protection money, to keep his own village protected from Arafat’s murdering marauders. One mukhtar refused to pay protection money. So, Arafat’s collectors kidnaped the mukhtar’s teen-age daughter, raped her, cut off her breasts and delivered her back to the mukhtar’s doorstep in a gunny sack. No tax collector of a mini-state could have been more convincing. (And we complain about the Internal Revenue Service in the USA. Though truth be told they in some ways often have the same mind set and inflict financial pain - that often turns to physical distress). There were thousands of these examples, photographed, catalogued, books written and all seemingly forgotten - except for some. This was Arafat’s First Palestinian State, which was crumpled by the invasion by Israel in 1982, when Arafat and his killers came under American protection as they shipped out to Tunis. Later, under the auspices of Oslo, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres resurrected Arafat, gave his Arab Palestinians and Arafat a reprieve and invited them back. Most recall what followed their return. Since Oslo was signed September 13, 1993 - 1,500 Israelis (and at least 45 Americans) were brutally murdered and hundreds of thousands wounded - many maimed for life. Without the exact count of the Arab Palestinians tortured and murdered at Arafat’s orders in those territories handed to him under Oslo, there have been hundreds. Then, one must add in those suicide bombers - the young men, women and children convinced or brainwashed to blow themselves up in order to kill Jews and ascend to Muslim Paradise and receive 72 virgins. When Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu turned over Hebron under pressure from America (expecting gratitude from America, which he did not get), the Palestinian businessmen begged Israel not to leave. They knew what was coming. In all the territories given over to Arafat and his Palestinian Authority, every business, manufacturer, farm suddenly had a new partner in one of Arafat’s officers. That was Al Capone’s business: the protection racket, which Arafat carried to astonishing levels of corruption. Even the Arab Palestinians in the Eastern section of Jerusalem want Israeli citizenship, before they fall under the control of Arafat at the behest of the Bush Administration - now a not-so-silent partner of the Geneva Accords. Wherever Arafat and his Arab Palestinians achieved a critical mass, they tried to produce a State born out of terror, torture, blackmail and extortion. The Arab Palestinian State that the Bush Administration is trying to create through the Road Map - and now through aberrant Leftist Jews, employed by the E.U. (European Union) - cannot be anything else but what it has always been. It doesn’t matter that Israel is forced back to her indefensible 1967, or even her 1949, borders, or that there is no wall to separate terror from civilization. Arafat and his Arab Palestinians have proven time and again that any entity they can control, be it a state or merely a city, immediately becomes a base for launching terror and suppressing their own people. After all, why would Arafat and his Arab Muslim Palestinians rule any differently than Saddam of Iraq, the Assads of Syria, the Ayatollahs of Iran, etc.? Should Israel and Bush be foolish enough to actually give Arafat or his successor a large base of operations called a ‘state’, with Jerusalem as its capital, rest assured that, like Saddam’s Iraq, Syria or Iran, they will begin absorbing high-tech weapons of mass destruction, including NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical), and their reach will be shockingly far. They are already linked up with Syria and Iran, and had been closely linked to Iraq, and will probably be again when Bush pulls the American troops home - before elections. This new terrorist state (or the Hez-ebolas) will never be satisfied with a Palestinian State on only the ‘West Bank’. The new state will use the Palestinians in Jordan, who are already 75% of the population (or more), to overthrow King Abdullah. Then, it is just a matter of time before they subvert the region, in lockstep with the other terror state of Syria. So, this is the preamble to what will be the Second State of Palestine, courtesy of the Bush family and a weakened Israeli Prime Minister. Look at a map of the neo-Palestinian State, the centerpiece of a chain of Islamic nations going north and south, which are to be a choke chain for Israel and the region. This then will be the legacy of Bush and Sharon to the Free World and the people of Israel - guaranteed terror for millions in Israel and the Free West for years to come. Arafat’s terror state (or his Hamas successors) will have many godfathers - not the least of whom would be Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, the U.N., the Europeans, Colin Powell and the pro-Arab U.S. State Department, the Bush family, James Baker III, among many others. As I said at the beginning, the Arab Palestinians had a first terror mini-state in Lebanon, which demonstrated the prototype and Arafat’s MO - terror and murder. The godfathers know all of this, but they plunge ahead - often with Israel’s acceptance of a born-to-die fate, which some Jews have accepted as their destiny. They would rather be de-Judaized as their entrance into acceptance by the world of nations. Let us hope and pray that a new leader will emerge who will understand that Israel must say: "No!" to their American friends; "No!" to the Europeans; "No!" to the U.N.; "No!" to the Arab League; and "Absolutely no!" to acceptance of a so-called mini-state of unremitting terror. Whether a Hezzie, 'palestinian' or combined one.