Aide to Egyptian President Morsi: The Holocaust was faked

January 29, 2013

Consider this to be another example in support of this post: Holocaust denial is antisemitism, it is Jew-hatred, and it is endemic at the highest levels of the Egyptian government:

To Celebrate Holocaust Remembrance Day two days ago,   Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to President Morsi who is now responsible for appointing the editors of all state-run Egyptian newspapers called the Holocaust a hoax cooked up by U.S. intelligence operatives and claimed the 6 million Jews who were killed by Nazis simply moved to the U.S.

“U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb,” Shihab-Eddim said. “The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,”

Remember, it was the Obama administration’s deft deployment of “smart power” that helped bring to power a Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government in the largest nation in the Arab world. A government that drinks deeply from the well of Islamic antisemitism. Great job, guys!

Read the rest at Yid With Lid.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Did an Iranian nuke facility go boom? I think so…

January 29, 2013
"Seen over Fordow?"

Seen over Fordow?

The key is found not in what governments are saying, so much, but in what they are doing, which in turn lends perspective to their words.

Background: A few days ago, a report appeared on World Net Daily that there had been a massive explosion at Fordow, one of Iran’s major nuclear facilities, where centrifuges enrich uranium to a level at which it could be used as a warhead on a missile. I ignored the story, largely because WND has as much credibility for news as Timothy Geithner does for economics.

Then again…

Lee Smith has weighed in on Israeli actions around the time of this possible event, and his analysis has me saying “Hmmm…”:

Over the weekend there was news of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet’s “intense” consultations. According to reports, Jerusalem has deployed two Iron Dome missile defense batteries to the north—one near the port city of Haifa, and another in the Galilee region—a move that Israeli spokesmen explain is only part of a regular, scheduled rotation all over the country. However, taken in tandem with Jerusalem’s public concerns that Bashar al-Assad’s beleaguered regime may itself use chemical weapons against Israel or transfer them to Hezbollah or that the arsenal may fall into the hands of Islamist rebels, the speculation is that the Iron Dome batteries have been moved to intercept Syrian missiles carrying chemical weapons.

However, there is no obvious reason why Assad is more likely to use or transfer those weapons now more than any other time during the last two years since the uprising began; or why the rebels are more likely now to appropriate them and divert resources from their existential war with the regime to tangle with Israel. Perhaps more to the point, the Iron Dome is not designed to intercept the kind of missiles that can carry chemical weapons payloads. The likelier scenario is that Israel is girding itself in the event that Hezbollah is called upon to retaliate for the Fordow operation, using the Iranian-supplied rockets and missiles that Iron Dome is designed to stop.

Add to this Iranian denials that anything happened (1), American doubts that anything happened (2), and the Israelis mostly keeping quiet (3), and the astute reader is left with one conclusion:

Something happened. Something big. And a good thing it is, too, for the Iranian leadership is far too dangerous to ever let have nuclear weapons.

And lest you think this is too big and too far away for the Israelis, bear in mind that they and we were also behind  Stuxnet.

As I like to say in situations like these: “Oh, those wacky Jews!” (4)

via Power Line

Footnotes:
(1) Of course they would. If you were them, would you admit your archenemy had just broken one of your favorite toys?
(2) Of course we would. Publicly. If we were involved, or if the Israelis warned us. If they didn’t involve us, which may be wise, then our doubts would serve to confuse Tehran.
(3) Of course they would. Not only does Israel rarely talk about intelligence operations, but, if this really happened, the last thing they want to do is rub Tehran’s nose in it and force them to retaliate.
(4) It’s the First Rule of Mideast Politics: “Do not [mess] with the Israelis!”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


An excellent review of Islamic antisemitism

January 29, 2013

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Apologists for Islam often try to argue that the virulent Jew-hatred that seems so pervasive in the faith isn’t really a part of “true Islam.” Instead, they argue, it’s a result either of a) being taken out of context, b) the historic wrongs done to Arabs by the Zionists and the West with the creation of Israel, or c) the evil outside influence of Western totalitarianisms, such as Nazism or Communism, which Arabs were drawn to out of opposition to the colonial powers.

Not so.

As Dr. Andrew Bostom demonstrates in a long, but very educational essay at PJM, Jew-hatred has a history within mainstream Islam dating back to the earliest days — to the Qur’an, itself. From that point, he traces the thread of antisemitism through medieval, mainstream commentators to modern exponents, such as Egyptian President (and Muslim Brotherhood member) Muhammad Morsi, who was recently exposed referring to Jews as the “descendants of apes and pigs.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Indeed, the Koran’s overall discussion [6] of the Jews is marked by a litany of their sins and punishments, as if part of a divine indictment, conviction, and punishment process. The Jews’ ultimate sin and punishment are made clear: they are the devil’s minions (4:60 [30]) cursed by Allah, their faces will be obliterated (4:47 [31]), and if they do not accept the true faith of Islam — the Jews who understand their faith become Muslims (3:113 [32]) — they will be made into apes (2:65/ 7:166), or apes and swine (5:60), and burn in the Hellfires (4:55 [33], 5:29 [34], 98:6 [35], and 58:14 [36], 15 [37],16 [38],17 [39],18 [40],19 [41]).

Classical Koranic commentators [6] such as Tabari (d. 923), Zamakshari (d. 1143), Baydawi (d. 1316), and Ibn Kathir (d. 1373), when discussing Koran 5:82 [12], which includes the statement “Thou wilt surely find the most hostile of men to the believers are the Jews,” concur on the unique animus of the Jews towards the Muslims, which is repeatedly linked to the curse of Koran 2:61/2:90-91/3:112.

For example, in his commentary on Koran 5:82, Tabari writes [6]:

“In my opinion, [the Christians] are not like the Jews who always scheme in order to murder the emissaries and the prophets, and who oppose God in his positive and negative commandments, and who corrupt His scripture which He revealed in His books.”

Between 2004 and 2010, Muhammad Morsi repeated direct citations of or references to Koran 5:60 [14], 5:64 [42], and 5: 82 [12] during interview discussions of the Jews and Israel.

I strongly commend the whole article to your attention. Antisemitism is not a late arrival in Islam, nor is it the result of contact with the Nazis (1). Rather, as Dr. Bostom shows, enmity with the Jews is a core, defining tenet of the faith, which shapes Muslim attitudes toward Israel to this day. Any attempt to bring peace between the two sides must take this religious imperative toward hate into account.

RELATED: Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy looks at our fatuous sale of warplanes and tanks to Morsi’s Egypt: “Apes, Pigs, and F-16s.” Dr. Bostom has written three major works documenting Islam, its ideology, and its jihad against the non-Muslim world: The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism; The Legacy of Jihad; and Sharia vs. Freedom. I consider these essential reading.

Footnote:
(1) It would be wrong to say Nazism and Communism had no influence in the Arab Islamic World, however. But it’s my belief that their antisemitism and totalitarianism found a sympathetic audience, rather than introducing an alien idea. What these two ideologies did, especially Nazism, was give Islam the vocabulary and ideological tools to translate its medieval antisemitism to the world of the 20th and 21st centuries.


January 29, 2013

Phineas Fahrquar:

Wow. And here I thought California had a monopoly on stupid, petty bureaucrats.

Originally posted on International Liberty:

As a public finance economist, I normally focus on big-picture arguments against excessive government.

If the public sector is too large, for instance, that undermines economic growth by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy.

The damage is then compounded by a needlessly destructive and punitive tax system.

But I’ve also discovered that it helps to personalize the analysis by pointing out examples of ridiculous and wasteful behavior by government.

From England: The world’s most useless sign

That’s one of the reasons I share horror stories as part of the U.S. vs U.K. government stupidity contest.

Some actions by government, however, belong in a different category. I’m not sure what word I would choose to describe them – perhaps venal, evil, despicable, reprehensible, or disgusting would be good options.

Am I being overly dramatic? Perhaps, but is there any other reaction when the government persecutes a…

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