Friday, June 23, 2017

Patrick Condell: The Invasion Of Europe

Patrick Condell in another classic commentary, this time on what he calls the invasion of Europe. As usual, he gets right to the heart of the matter.



As Patrick Condell points out, this is a self inflicted wound, and a particularly dangerous one for women, gays and Jews. And slowly but surely, the cost of keeping these 'refugees' many of whom remain on welfare is slowly bankrupting the EU. There's also the cost, both human and financial, of crime.

Will Europe eventually wake up and stop this slow suicide? Time will tell.



The Secret behind Amazon's New Bestseller On Palestinian History



A new book, "A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era," has become the number 1 best seller on Amazon in its Israeli and Palestinian History category.

Written by Israeli publicist and editor Assaf A. Voll, the book sells for $7.99.

Here's a summary of this 132-page book, easily read in one sitting:

This book is the fruit of many years of research, during which thousands of sources have been meticulously reviewed in libraries and archives worldwide. It is no doubt the most comprehensive and extensive review of some 3,000 years of Palestinian history, with emphasis on the Palestinian people’s unique contribution to the world and to humanity
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So what's the secret of its success? The passionate writing style? The meticulous research involved?
No, not exactly.

This lauded historical account, also available in Arabic and in Hebrew offers real insight. Because every one of its 120 pages is blank.

Even more to the point, Amazon isn't mentioning this in it's description of this important historical work.

Even 'Palestine's' leaders have revealed many times in the past that they adopted the name 'Palestinians' in 1965 as a tactic. For instance:


In a 1977 interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw, PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein admitted frankly, “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism".

And Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad made it clear that nothing has changed since 1977. This is what Hammad said when he was interviewed on Al-Hekma TV in March 2012: “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? ... We are Egyptians…”

Yasser Arafat, for example, was an Egyptian.


The word 'Palestine' itself came from the Romans, who named their conquered province as an insult to the Jews after the Jew's old enemies, the Philistines. It was after the Philistines had actually ceased to exist as a people centuries before that the Romans renamed conquered Judea 'Palestine.'


You see, Palestine is the world's most successful con game, resulting in stolen billions for Arafat, Abbas and their Fatah cronies. They picked the right enemy, the Jewish State.

Even more Ironic is the situation of the 'Palestinian refugees' on whom so much time, attention and money has been lavished and who still remain official 'refugees' after 4 generations. They even have an entire, well funded UN Agency, UNRWA, devoted to their care, feeding and welfare, something no other refugee group has ever had. It's the largest agency of the United Nations, employing over 30,000 staff and has one of the largest budgets of any UN agency, 75% of which is funded by the U.S.

The irony? It's twofold. First, these 'refugees' were given Jordanian citizenship by act of parliament in 1954, along with every other Arab living in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem after the Jordanians and their British officers ethnically cleansed every Jew from those areas after 1948. So these people are neither refugees or stateless, but are still being treated as 'refugees' 63 years later.

The second? Both of the first two UNRWA heads admitted in testimony before the UN General Assembly and before the U.S. Congress that there had been no vetting of any of these refugees to see whether they had actually ever lived in what became Israel and really were refugees. UNRWA head John Blandford Jr. admitted to congress in 1952 thqat they simply put any Arabs who showed up on the rolls for free food, housing, medical care and other assorted goodies.

Rather like what's happening today with most of those 'refugees' in Europe, if you think about it!


UPDATE: Amazon has removed the book from their site. Pity, I would have bought a copy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mark Steyn Weighs In On Special Election Outcomes…

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The one and only Mark Steyn had a few things to say about the special elections in his own inimitable style:



 I'm still laughing at Steyn's characterization of the bogus 'Russia' scandal - “Deep State Dinner Theater!”


I liked this tweet as well:


Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0

Steyn of course is completely right. Einstein's classic definition of insanity applies...doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, That's exactly where the leadership of the Democrat Party is now. Oddly enough, what's left of sanity in the party, the 18 member strong Blue Dog caucus of conservative and Centrist Democrats is meeting with top aides of President Trump, doing exactly what Steyn and President Trump suggested; opening discussions to come to agreements on issues like tax reform  to come up with policies Democrats- sorry, the Blue dogs, at least - can work on and support.

While the Democrat  media is characterizing this as Trump being desperate to break the DC logjam I see it as strategy, splitting the Blue Dogs off from the radical left that now has control of the Democrats. Based on the constituencies most of them represent (primarily in Red States) not only does he have a good chance at getting them to work with him, he might even get some of them to switch parties. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who has consistently voted to support President Trump's  agenda is said to be fairly close to doing that already.

Republicans Win Georgia 6 Election



With almost all the vote counted, the results are are pretty unanimous..the Republicans win Georgia 6 and Karen Handel has beaten Jon 'Pajama Boy' Ossof like a gong. Even CNN, wiping the tears from their eyes has called it for the Republicans.

At this point, Karen Handel is ahead by five points, 52.5% to Ossof's 47.5%. I guess that's all $25 million that was almost entirely out of state money buys a left wing Democrat in Georgia.

As I predicted, Ossof's lack of any relevant experience and the label of 'carpetbagger' that stuck to him because of all the out of state money and Ossof's not even living in the district hurt him.

To add insult to injury, the Republicans also won the seat in South Carolina 5.

Here's another prediction from the link above :
But here’s a prediction I feel perfectly OK making. If Ossof manages to eke out a win, the Democrats and their media will celebrate it as if the Messiah had arrived. If he loses, they will spin like tops telling everyone how unimportant it is.

I know this because this is exactly how they behaved in the Kansas and Montana special elections, both of which they were confident of winning and were viewing as ‘resistance’ against Trump. Remember when they lost, and lost handily? Suddenly neither of these races were deemed important anymore. Move along, nothing to see here.

There’s a prediction you can take to the bank.
Look at the media in the next few days and see if I'm not right.

Oh, and one more thing:

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BWah Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah!

 

UPDATE: The Dem Media is already starting to spin this. It's already starting. From Dave Wasserman at .538 :

Among the questions I can already hear Democrats asking tomorrow: Why didn’t Ossoff take the fight to Trump in his ads? And why didn’t he take a sledgehammer to the AHCA? Why did he run such a bland campaign? But I think a better explanation might be: After over $30 million in pro-Ossoff/anti-Handel ads, there is such a thing as Ossoff fatigue.

Before, Jon Ossoff was the Trump Slayer, a prog Hero. Now he's a scapegoat.

Pathetic.

Cross posted on Wow! Magazine

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why The Georgia 6 Election Isn't Any 'Omen' Of Things To Come

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The special election in Georgia's 6th district is being held tomorrow, and as usual, pundits,particularly on the Left are making it a huge deal..a 'referendum on Trump.' It isn't, no matter who wins.

The election is being held because Republican Tom Price resigned his seat in order to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. While Price is quite conservative and won his district by over 20 points, the district itself isn't, and Price's long incumbency is due a lot more to his general character and attention to the needs of his constituents in his district. In reality, Georgia 6 is sort of a middle of the road district for the most part, one Trump won by only 1.5%.

The two candidates are Jon Ossoff, who ran unopposed as a Democrat and Karen Handel who finished on top of a field of 14 Republicans and took just enough of the votes to force a runoff. Combined, the Republican votes totaled more than Ossof's tally.

Ossoff's entire background is as a political operative. He's never done much else. He was and remains the beneficiary of huge amounts of cash,$27 million or so, almost all of it from blue strongholds like California and New York. The huge influx of out of state cash actually might hurt him, since he doesn't live in the district and has already been tagged with the label 'carpetbagger.' That still means something in this part of the country.

Another interesting factoid is that the nature of his campaign changed. Originally, he ran as 'someone who's going to make Donald Trump furious' and concentrated on attacking President Trump and his policies. Reportedly, his internals including a 'focus group' run by the DCCC discovered that wasn't playing all that well. So he stopped attacking the president in his ads and began running more of a Bernie Sanders lite, reform Washington, eat the rich,class warfare type campaign.

At the same time, Republican Karen Handel, Georgia's former secretary of State has run her campaign along the lines of tax reform and more centrist GOP lines, taking care not to ally herself too closely with the Trump presidency.

Both these factoids are evidence that the Left's frenzy over Georgia 6 being a referendum on the Trump administration are sheer nonsense. Ditto for any opinions on the Right that a victory means a major endorsement of the president. And the fact that this is likely going to be a tight race underlines the idea that this race being any kind of sign of trends in the future are ridiculous.

A prediction? The polls are pretty evenly divided some showing Karen Handel ahead and some showing Ossof ahead. All of them are within the margin of error, although Handel seems to be showing a very slight amount of momentum.

But here's a prediction I feel perfectly OK making. If Ossof manages to eke out a win, the Democrats and their media will celebrate it as if the Messiah had arrived. If he loses, they will spin like tops telling everyone how unimportant it is.

I know this because this is exactly how they behaved in the Kansas and Montana special elections, both of which they were confident of winning and were viewing as 'resistance' against Trump. Remember  when they lost, and lost handily? Suddenly neither of these races were deemed important anymore. Move along, nothing to see here...

There's a prediction you can take to the bank.

A Few Remarks About The DC Shootings


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Yesterday's hit, now dubbed the DC shootings, was launched by an extremely partisan, anti-Trump activist on a group of Republican congressmen and their staffers practicing for a charity baseball game.

By now we know most of the details about the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson. He was a hard core, very politically involved Leftist influenced heavily by what he saw and heard promulgated by the Democrats and their media. For instance, here's an entry from his FaceBook page: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

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Let's compare that with something that ran on the Left wing outlet Huffington Post by one Jason Fuller:
Impeachment and removal from office are only the first steps; for America to be redeemed, Donald Trump must be prosecuted for treason and — if convicted in a court of law — executed.


Draining the swamp means not only ejecting Trump from the presidency, but also bringing himself and everyone assisting in his agenda up on charges of treason. They must be convicted (there is little room to doubt their guilt). And then — upon receiving guilty verdicts — they must all be executed under the law. Anything less than capital punishment — or at least life imprisonment without parole in a maximum security detention facility — would send yet another message to the world that America has lost its moral compass. In order for America’s morality and leadership to be restored, it must rebuke Donald Trump, his entire administration, and his legislative agenda in the strongest manner possible. And nothing would do more than to convict them of the highest offense defined by our Constitution, and then to deliver the ultimate punishment. Donald Trump deserves nothing less. Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon, and Paul Ryan should also share Donald Trump’s fate, for they have done more than practically anyone to protect him and to throw our country under the proverbial bus. In order to survive, we as a nation must deliver the ultimate punishment under the law to all involved in its current destruction.
There are a lot of similar fever swamp rants I could produce that go on in quite a similar vein. And people like Hodgkinson read them, and watch them on video and TV. After all, if you truly believe what the Left is peddling 24-7, that Trump is Hitler, and a traitor who colluded with the Russians, why wouldn't you think he and his 'collaborators,'those evil Republicans' deserve to be executed? Why else do you think they call it the 'Resistance?'

Even today, after the fruits of this sort of thing have ripened into congressmen and their staffers being gunned down, a lot of voices on the Left think this was simple justice. I'll spare you the disgusting tweets ( "Too bad it wasn't Trump"). You can find those for yourself if you have a strong stomach. But for all the talk of 'unity' a lot of people on the Left think what happened yesterday was justified, either because of the innate evil of anyone who doesn't think like them or because of the Republican's support for the Second Amendment.

Leftist icon Markos Moulitsas is the founder of VOX Media and the leftist site Daily KOS. His take? The Republicans had it coming to them:

“Republicans are getting what they want,” Markos Moulitsas wrote on Twitter, linking to a tweet from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that quoted Fox News personality Judge Napolitano as saying, “Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!”

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) gave us a good example of the second,using the shootings to advance her call for American citizens to essentially be disarmed, which is something of a jihad for California's senior senator. Of course, she ignored the fact that the only reason a number of congressmen and their staffers weren't murdered is because the Capitol Police were in attendance as well and took the shooter out before he could finish the job. She also ignores the fact that criminals can always obtain guns illegally and that unlike her, the average American isn't gifted with trained 24-7 armed security. At taxpayer expense, I might add.

Let's face up to something. The DC shootings and other similar incidents like the Berkeley riots and the murder of police are directly linked to the extreme hatred fomented by the Left and their media. This kind of hate now grips certain sectors of America, and it has been seeded and nourished extensively by the Left and their media. It's the Left who has financed it and the Left who applauds it. There's nothing bipartisan about it. It's the Democrats and the Left who have gloried in targeting a sitting president for murder to placate what has become their base. And more mainstream Democrats have largely been silent.

Kathy Griffin’s severed head photo-shoot, Madonna telling a rally how she thinks all the time about blowing up the White House, Shakespeare in the Park performing 'Julius Caesar' and using the play as venue to call for President Trump's assassination...and those wonderful New York audiences cheering them on...the videos by Snoop Doggy Dog about shooting Trump, Jim Carey talking about how he'd like to murder the president with a golf club. They all have an effect. They are all designed to dehumanize the president and his supporters. And they have led to actual violence by #blacklivesmatter supporters, AntiFa and black bloc groups. The DC shootings cross another new, blood red line.

These are not new tactics. The idea behind them, again, is to dehumanize your opponents. They're exactly the ones Adolf Hitler, a progressive pioneer in many ways used in the 1930's with the National Socialist German Workers Party, or Nazis for short. In fact, Hitler could be said to be the originator of Alinsky's famous Rule 13: 'Pick the target, freeze the target, personalize it and polarize it.'

So what are we to make of this?

I live in Realsville, so here are a few things we need to keep in mind for the future :

Do not expect the Left or their media to step back from the abyss just because of the DC shootings. Do not think there's going to be any moderation in the slander, hatred or violence. The Left revels in such things, it always has. It will continue to reward and approve them, and to finance them. And since they couldn't win an election, the next best thing for them will be to either bring down President Trump by any means necessary or make it impossible for him to govern. How successful they are depends largely on how the American people react and how effective their propaganda and violence are when it comes to intimidating opponents. So far, that has not been successful.

Be aware that the Left for the most part has no respect for law and order. But they will continue to use those of their ilk who are part of that system - Leftist Obama appointed judges, prosecutors and attorneys general in blue run states and cities, and local police chiefs under their orders -to pervert and abuse law and order whenever its remotely possible.

An example of what we can expect happened just yesterday, when, as the AP reported,200 Democrat lawmakers filed a spurious lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. Their grounds? That even while President Trump has relinquished all control and has put his business in the hands of his elder sons while he's serving the American people for $1 per year, his business is still making money from people staying at his hotels and leasing his properties. The idea, of course, is to waste the president's time and energy while allowing their media to continue to beat the drum of supposed high crimes and misdemeanors the President could be impeached for in the unlikely event the Democrats take both houses of congress.

The Left fully understands and appreciates the use of Stalin and Goebbels's technique of the big lie, repeated over and over again. If President Trump is wise, he will avoid his personal involvement in this travesty of justice as much as possible and put together a team to both debunk nonsense like this and possibly counter sue the signatories for libel and slander. The two Democrats who organized this, Rep. John Conyers(D-MI) and Senator Richard Blumenthal(D-CT) are both despicable swamp creatures who have backgrounds and associations that are extremely easy to publicize and attack. For instance, had the law existed when he ran for the Senate, Blumenthal could plausibly have been prosecuted and convicted for violating the stolen valor statutes.

'Resistance' to Trump's emigration policies and perfectly legal travel ban will continue no matter what the Supreme Court decides. As president, Trump has a perfect right to have U.S. Marshalls or the FBI arrest any governors or mayors who refuse to obey the law for obstruction of justice. Prosecuting one of them will make the rest think twice, if the president has the courage to do so.

Expect that Mueller's 'investigation' will end with him not finding any criminal charges (because there aren't any that are remotely possible) but having enough to say about 'improper conduct' and 'possible misconduct, but I couldn't find any direct evidence' to keep the Left's fire burning. Expect Mueller to take his time as well...the Democrats are already saying they will push the bogus 'Trump-Russia' narrative through the 2018 midterms.

The police in most blue run cities and on their college campuses have already been marginalized by the local Democrat politicians.They are largely working men with families to support and pensions to protect. The best to be expected is tacit non-involvement. So be prepared to defend yourself forcefully as needed. Remember that these people are bullies who attack only en masse, hunt for people unlikely to be able to defend themselves and run away when they're confronted forcefully. Expect the violence to escalate, even to the point of more shootings and likely, an assassination attempt on the president.

Also expect that at some point, one of these budding Leftist SA Brownshirts is going to attack the wrong person at the wrong time and be severely hurt or killed by someone on the Right defending his or her life or property. When that happens, the Left and their media will go berserk as only they can and make a 'martyr' out of this thug, which is exactly what the Nazis did with Horst Wessel . When this happens it will be important that the Right applaud someone who rightfully defended themselves rather than falling into the usual craven, cowardly behavior.

Since a part of this conflict (because that's what it is) will be fought with propaganda and arguments aimed towards the deconstruction of lies and slander, it will be important to fight back with as much counter-information as possible.

This 'civil war' is not going to be fought with large armies and epic battles. It will be fought by individuals in the streets, on the Internet, in the courts and in the culture. And whatever you might think of President Trump, like it or not he is the commander in chief of our side, which is exactly why he must be supported. The alternative is rule by the totalitarian Left.

Like it or not (and I admit I personally find it distasteful) this is what we're going to be facing, the result of a quarter century of national decline.

Ronaldus Maximus was completely right when he said that freedom can be lost in a generation. Let it not be known to history, that it was in our time and by our generation.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Another London Terrorist Attack

 

There has apparently been another serious London terrorist attack

A van plowed into Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque to walk home after taraweh, the prayers said before breaking the Ramadan fast. There are a number of casualties reported.



London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate said:

“We were called at 12.15am to reports of a road traffic collision at Seven Sisters Road.

“We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene. An advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car.

“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.

In many ways, this attack was a 'copycat' of the jihadi attack on London Bridge, using a rented van.



There is one difference. This time, the driver, who was arrested has immediately been identified by the British press as a 'white man.' Two other occupants of the van fled and are being sought by London's police.



I have been afraid of something like this happening for quite some time.

Many governments, including the UK's have been quite lax about dealing with Islamist based terrorism in their home countries for quite some time. The Finsbury Mosque, where this horrible attack took place is a prime example.

While the British press is quick to say that the mosque has changed under its new imam, The Finsbury Mosque was the notorious headquarters of jihad in London. Al Qaeda operatives including the “shoebomber” Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui attended the Finsbury Park mosque regularly. In 2002, The Guardian reported that weapons training had taken place inside the building. And it's imam for most of this period was jihadi Abu Hamza al-Masri (AKA 'Hookhand').

The UK's government did nothing about this and other jihadi outposts for years. And frequently, political correctness and multiculturalism were deemed more important than national security or even basic safety in the streets. After numerous terrorist incidents occurring and little being done except for verbiage, if non-Muslims (AKA 'whites') were responsible for this cowardly attack, it's a bad sign that shows people's tolerance for being unsafe in their home country may be coming to an end.

One of the primary reasons for having a government is to ensure public safety. If there are people who feel (with some justification) that the British Government isn't providing that, some of them are liable to take matters into their own hands, with as little regard for the innocent as the jihadis have. That could be what we have here.

That, of course, will also likely lead to a hell of 'revenge' terrorism back and forth. That's exactly what this could be the beginning of.

 It is the British government's responsibility to stop this before it gets started. Innocent blood is innocent blood no matter who is responsible.

 UPDATE: ISIS and other Islamist groups are already using this to call for more terrorist attacks of the kind they already have perpetrated. The driver of the van, by the way has been  identified as Darren Osborne, a 47-year old British man from Cardiff. As he was pinned down and held for the police by Muslims at the mosque, he reportedly shouted, “I’ve done my bit.” We may indeed be seeing the start of a war here.

WoW! Magazine's Forum: What Will be The End Result Of Mueller's Investigation?



Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question:What Will be The End Result Of Mueller's Investigation?



Mike McDaniel: The results of Mueller’s investigation do not require the insight of an Old Testament prophet. Special prosecutors spends tens, even hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, and they prosecute as many people for as many crimes as they can… I was going to say “for as many crimes as they can find,” but the better formulation would be: “for as many crimes as they can manufacture.”

Take the “Russian collusion” narrative. Even Democrats are beginning to back away from that one. There is no such crime as “collusion,” which is nothing more than agreeing on a course or action or working in concert toward it. One might conceivably violate portions of the espionage statutes, perhaps money laundering, even RICO, which is often stretched to attack little girls running lemonade stands, but people may discuss, even make manifest, their common views on a variety of topics--collude, if you will--without violating the law.

There might be treason, but that’s so yesterday. Progressives have always loved the Russians and envied their totalitarian ways. They only changed their views because TRUMP. Only five people in American history have been convicted of treason, but Progressives would surely think it the most important statute in the history of the Republic if they thought they could use it against President Trump or someone close to him.

Another significant problem is that as head of the Executive branch, Mr. Trump has the unlimited power to fire the Director of the FBI; he’s part of the Executive branch. President Trump has the same power to demand any federal prosecutor, from the Attorney General down to the newest junior prosecutor just hired in Buffalo Breath, ND, cease prosecution of any case. He need not produce any reason. That’s all part of the rule of law, which progressives find so inconvenient.

Let’s review: Mr. Trump, apparently feeling kindly toward General Flynn, and thinking he had suffered enough, told James Comey he hoped--hoped--Comey could see his way clear to let the Flynn case go. Comey testified--in a Mittyish manner--he didn’t consider this an order to end the investigation, which by all accounts, was already ended. He also testified he did not do anything to end that, or any other investigation, and the current, acting head of the FBI testified no one has tried to influence or stop any investigation. Yet Progressives are screaming “obstruction of justice,” and “cover up.”

How can the President of the United States obstruct justice when he did not direct Comey to do anything, and when he has absolute constitutional power to direct Comey to end any investigation at will? Even if Mr. Trump specifically told Comey to drop a specific investigation/prosecution--and he didn’t--that’s not a crime, merely an exercise of the President’s prosecutorial discretion. Whether it would be a politically wise thing to do is another matter, but a political matter, not a crime.

Mr. Trump is right. It’s a witch hunt. Mueller has been hiring legions of known leftist lawyers. I remember not long ago when James Comey was universally hailed as a straight shooter, as a man who would never put his thumb on the scale of justice. As Sarah Palin would say: “How’s that workin’ out for yah?” Now Mueller is the straight shooter, but thus far, all his rounds are bending sharply to the left.

This is nothing more than standard progressive tactics, as in the case of former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Austin’s chief prosecutor, a real piece of work, was arrested for drunk driving, and her horrifically bad behavior, which required her to be strapped to a chair, and which included threats, was videotaped. As she was in charge of the state’s public accountability unit--prosecuting corrupt public officials--Perry thought it wise she resign. She refused, so Perry made it clear he’d veto funds for that sole function--not the entire prosecutor’s office--and when she still refused to resign, he did.

He was charged with multiple felonies, which came down to arguing the Governor could be convicted of crimes for exercising his constitutional authority. Perry eventually won; all charges were dismissed, but it took years, cost millions, and destroyed Perry’s presidential hopes, which, apart from the general, enthusiastic exercise of leftist hate and cruelty, was the point of the prosecution.

It is inconceivable that Mueller, who is reported to be hiring large numbers of plainly leftist lawyers, with no end in sight, will simply close up shop and announce no crimes were found. This is, in the finest progressive Washington DC style, an investigation in search of a crime, and someone to hang it on--actually, someone to hang in general. With that in mind, trifles such as probable cause, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, credible witnesses and evidence and the presumption of innocence until the state proves one guilty certainly won’t be bothered with.

In this case, Shylock will get his pound of flesh, and it will take him at least four years, or more, to get it. Just as with Rick Perry, that’s the point.

Rob Miller:Here's what I had to say about this elsewhere, and I'm sticking by it:

Expect that Mueller’s ‘investigation’ will end with him not finding any criminal charges (because there aren’t any that are remotely possible) but having enough to say about ‘improper conduct’ and ‘possible misconduct, but I couldn’t find any direct evidence’ to keep the Left’s fire burning. Expect Mueller to take his time as well…the Democrats are already saying they will push the bogus ‘Trump-Russia’ narrative through the 2018 midterms.

That's about as long as the Left is going to be able to keep this nonsense going. After that, the same tactic the Clintons and Obama used successfully is going to backfire on them...people get bored after awhile.

If the president does his job, the economy continues to do well, the AHCA is implemented, tax reform becomes a reality and illegal migration is curtailed, the American people at large aren't going to care about what the NYT or CNN manufactures. And the hard left will fail in its attempt to take over congress.

Dave Schuler: There will be no end result. It will grind on without much in the way of results until the end of Trump's second term, he's defeated in his bid for re-election, he resigns or declines to run for re-election, he dies in office, the investigation is terminated, either by the Congress or by the president, or some combination of the above.

Laura Rambeau Lee : The American people are outraged at the unsubstantiated allegations by unknown sources regarding the Trump Administration’s “obstruction of justice” accusations that continue to be reported in the media. Yet during former FBI Director Comey's testimony he revealed Hillary Clinton was in fact under investigation when Bill Clinton met former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on her plane. Comey also disclosed that Lynch directed him not to call it an investigation and instead he should call it a “matter” when discussing it. Shortly thereafter he reported they would not be pursuing charges against Clinton after reciting a list of the numerous illegal activities committed by Clinton. This is the very definition of collusion and obstruction. This is what should be investigated. And yet the media refuses to cover and expose this story.

This is a witch hunt by people who still cannot believe their precious Hillary Clinton did not win the election and their anger has not subsided. In fact, it continues to escalate as the progressive media pushes the narrative that President Trump colluded with the Russians in the election. Since none of our intelligence agencies could find any evidence of this, they are now pursuing obstruction of justice charges against President Trump for his firing of Comey. President Trump has the constitutional power and right to fire anyone in the executive branch at any time.

Nothing good will come of this investigation. We the people need to put unrelenting pressure on our congressmen and woman to support President Trump and insist on an end to the investigation. We need to allow our president to get on with his agenda and keep his campaign promises. And those Republicans who refuse to support our president should be primaried out in 2018 and 2020. Drain the swamp.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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How Obama Dismantled U.S. Intel Capabilities To Appease Iran



Now that President Barack Hussein Obama is out of office, a number of disturbing things have surfaced about Obama's signature foreign policy achievement, known as the Iran Deal. Among other things, in his lust for the Iran deal at any cost, President Obama dismantled U.S. intelligence capabilities being used against Iran and it's terrorist satellites and proxies.

As the Washington Free Beacon reported, David Asher, an adviser to Gen. John Allen at the Defense and State Departments during the time these actions took place told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 8th that top officials running several key law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the Obama administration "systematically disbanded" law enforcement and intelligence activities targeting the terrorism financing operations of Iran, Hezbollah, and Venezuela. This happened during the nuclear negotiations with Tehran.

"Senior leadership, presiding, directing, and overseeing various sections [of these agencies] and portions of the U.S. intelligence community systematically disbanded any internal or external stakeholder action that threatened to derail the administration's policy agenda focused on Iran," he testified.

According to Asher's testimony, the Obama Administration deliberately obstructed U.S> intelligence and law enforcement from a prime opportunity to take apart Hezbollah's worldwide financial network, including proxy use of the U.S. banking system, moneylaundering, and narcotics sales in conjuction with the world's major drug cartels.

As a side note, Hezbollah, like most other terrorist organizations has been trafficking in drugs for years, Their headquarters, in Lebanon's Beka'ah Valley is one of the prime drug growing and refining areas in the world.

"We lost much of the altitude we had gained in our global effort, and many aspects including key personnel, who were reassigned, budgets that were slashed—many key elements of the investigations that were underway were undermined," Asher testified.

"Today we have to deal with the legacy of that and how we rebuild this capability—knowing that you can have a nuclear deal with Iran and you can contain and disrupt their illicit activities," he continued.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R., Calif.) plans to introduce additional sanctions aimed at Hezbollah and Iran.

Another aspect that come out in the hearing that Rep. Royce referred to was a report he cited about the Obama administration's release of seven Iranian-born prisoners in U.S. custody last year as part of a prisoner swap for dual U.S.-Iranian citizens. A Politico article in April detailed how several of the seven freed Iran in's were accused by the Obama administration's own Justice Department of posing threats to national security.

Citing court filings, the report also showed that the Obama Justice Department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, some of whom had actually committed espionage.

David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector testified to the same panel recently about how the Obama administration also interfered with U.S. law enforcement efforts against Iran's terrorist networks.

When Rep. Royce asked Asher about this, Asher said, "We had operations that were denied overseas. We had funding that was cut," he said. "People were making decisions that the counter-terrorism mission and the Iran nuclear deal was a central and all-important element whereas containing Iran's malevolent forces was less important."

Another facet of how shameless the Obama Administration was involved what occurred just a week after the US Senate failed to stop the Iran nuclear deal, while secret 'side deals' were still being negotiated to finalize things. Iran revealed it's duplicity and its contempt for Obama and Secretary of State Kerry by launching a huge cyber attack on the U.S. State Department in late September of 2015. Not only did the Obama Administration refuse to publicly disclose the attack, but they made it classified to make sure no one else in the State Department or its private contractors did either.

At that point, of course, the deal could still have been scuttled. President Obama made a decision not to do so.

How cowardly this appeasement was can be seen by Iran's subsequent actions - holding U.S. citizens captive for ransom, ballistic missile testing, jousting with U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf and even taking a U.S. navel vessel captive and publicly humiliating its crew.

The UN isn't even bothering to inspect Iran's nuclear facilities anymore. In fact, UN inspectors never even got to see a number of Iranian facilities, which was supposed to be part of the deal. At this point, Iran is 'self-inspecting' its facilities. So much for the rigid inspections and verification creatures like Ben Rhodes sold to his friends in the U.S. media, who lapped it up and happily regurgitated it to the American people.

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The Iran deal, you see, was no 'deal' at all.It was jizyeh*, monetary tribute by the Infidels (who feel themselves subdued') to the Islamic Republic. And the vast majority of the billions of dollars Iran received was given to them before they even agreed to do anything, let alone complied.

Nations frequently fall on such willful follies and appeasement.



* Qur'an 9:29. "Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Demonize Police, And Here's What Happens

 

Pravda-on-the-Hudson has an interesting article up that inadvertently showcases one of the effects of  efforts to demonize police by the #blacklivesmatter movement and its media and political supporters.

Here's the headline: "Heroin Use? Juvenile Record? For Recruits, Police forgive Past Sins."

The article breathlessly goes on...and note what I emphasized:

But now, faced with thousands of vacancies, a shortage of applicants and a mandate to become as diverse as the communities they serve, police departments are rethinking requirements once considered untouchable.

New Orleans no longer automatically disqualifies those who have injected heroin or smoked crack. Aurora, Colo., has stopped using military-style running tests, but now checks how quickly candidates can get out of a squad car.

Pittsburgh, accused of discriminating against black applicants, recently updated its hiring criteria to include integrity, dependability and “cultural competence,” or the ability to incorporate diverse perspectives.

In other words, the current climate created by #blacklivesmatter, the media and Democrat politicians who cater to #blacklivesmatter for political reasons means that a lot of ordinarily desirable recruits who met the old standards involving background checks required to be hired as a police officer are no longer applying. Instead, because police departments are desperate for recruits, they're opening the doors to hiring former gangbangers. With special diversity points if they're black or Hispanic. Because of course, white police are automatically racist and can't be expected to have the 'cultural competence' to treat non-whites with fairness and competence.

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In St. Paul, the department has experimented with a number of ways to find the best officers, including taking some “situational judgment” questions — meant to test common sense, adherence to police hierarchy and police priorities — off the written exam.

Chief Todd Axtell said the tests might have been unintentionally biased against minorities, proving particularly difficult for those who are not native English speakers.

“We’ve got a lot of diversity in St. Paul, and we’ve struggled with recruiting in the past, so we need to be more thoughtful about these communities,” he said. {...}

For 'minorities' read 'Somalis.'

The department’s new written tests now focus more on personal histories and community engagement, and interviews have been refocused to allow applicants to personally explain incidents that may have previously disqualified them.

“Some people have been caught doing bad things and other people haven’t been caught,” Chief Axtell said. “The question we have is, ‘Was ownership taken?’”
Ownership???? As in 'yeah, I did it. I've gotten over it, you should too.'

As police departments grapple with complaints of excessive use of force and retrain officers to “de-escalate,” or defuse, tense encounters, Chief Axtell said he had used the interviews to identify one personality flaw that in the past might have gone overlooked.

“People who I believe have a short fuse,” he said, “will not get the opportunity in this department.”
Not that we want trigger happy police, but we've already seen policemen being murdered attempting to 'de-escalate.'

Now this isn't the first time this sort of change  has happened after the media whips up an incident to  a frenzy. After the Rodney King riots, old school police chief Daryl Gates was forced out and Willie Williams, Los Angeles's first black police chief was hurriedly hired. Williams proved comically inept and had personal corruption issues to the point where the City of Los Angeles eventually bought his contract out for a hefty sum to get rid of him. But he hung around long enough to implement new hiring practiced in the LAPD that pretty much mirrored what the New York Times is talking about here, where standards for police were dramatically lowered.

The result was the Rampart Division scandal, which involved  major police corruption including falsifying evidence, perjury, the targeting of specific gangs for the benefit of other sets and the theft of drugs by policemen from police property areas among other things. In the end, Ramparts negated over 100 convictions, put criminals who were actually guilty of violent crimes back on the streets  because of police errors and cost the City of Los Angeles  $125 million in financial settlements.

 It's a guaranteed recipe. Demonize police in big cities with fake prosecutions like Freddie Gray and Michael Brown and add a healthy dose of racialist politics. Then watch as people with impeccable backgrounds no longer find the job desirable and don't apply, or the ones already there get fed up and leave as the job becomes unbearable. 

Then, when you lower the standards simply to get more bodies on the street with diversity uber alles as a guideline, that leads to a whole different set of problems.

No police force is perfect, but demonizing police for political purposes is always a bad idea.  And keep in mind that the people sponsoring this kind of attitude usually don't have to live with the consequences, because they have 24-7 private security...many times paid for by the taxes on the same people  who will have to live with those consequences.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Forum: What Do You Most Like And/Or Dislike About Where You Live?



Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Do You Most Like And/Or Dislike  About Where You Live?

 Don Surber: West Virginia is Almost Heaven but also God's Waiting Room. On the one hand, the scenery is lovely nine months a year (when the trees lose their leaves, it is pretty dismal with black sticks poking in the air). I love those mornings when green hills beneath the blue skies await the yellow to burn off the morning fog. A bird feeder hanging off the back porch -- a metal roof keeps the squirrels from the feeder -- invites the neighbor's cat to sit and wait, and hope. But either the dog next store barks at his fence, or I arrive at the back door, to chase the cat away. He'll have to hunt voles again this day.

On the other hand, this is one of the three oldest states in the Union. More than 320,000 retirees live in the state. Nearly one in five people. The economy is moribund. The young and ambitious leave. Left behind are, well, we lead the nation in opioid abuse. Directions often are given in used-to-be's. You go down to where the Dairy Queen used to be and hang a left...

I am retired. My days are divided in two categories, Top Down Days and other days. My red convertible (a 2010 Mustang GT) is as common a site as a Marine flag; they outnumber Confederate ones 3 to 1 here.

My roots are in Cleveland. My butt is here. The wonder of it all is that from my living room in Poca, I can reach people throughout the country, and even the world. Just mailed an autographed copy of my latest book to Australia. Arrived within days via the post office, where they know me for the books I mail hither and yon.

I hope you like where you are as much as I like where I am.

Laura Rambeau Lee : Florida is one of only nine states with no income tax, which is a major attraction for many people and why the state continues to grow.

Living in the suburbs of Tampa we have the feel of country living while enjoying the benefits of a big city. Our neighborhood backs up to a two thousand acre conservation area so we have alligators, bobcats, black bears, wild boar, and I have counted twenty-six deer wandering through the back yard in one night alone. Yet within a half hour drive we can see Broadway shows and attend music concerts, visit the zoo and aquarium. Cruise ships leave out of Tampa to New Orleans, Mexico and many islands in the Caribbean. Tampa International Airport always rates in the top three best airports in the country. Some of the most beautiful beaches are nearby along with plenty of lakes and rivers with natural springs, so if you like any kind of water activities this is the place for you. There is plenty to do for all ages. These are the best features of the area.

What I dislike most is the heat and humidity, which makes it difficult to enjoy the outdoors for much of the year unless you are on or near the water. It’s hard to imagine life here before air-conditioning. But all in all, the Tampa Bay area is a great place to work and raise your family.

  Rob Miller: Coastal California's virtues are pretty well known. The climate is wonderful. If you dislike shoveling snow or dealing with frozen pipes it's definitely the place. Even in th ecities there's a surprising amount of green and open space. There's a diverse population here that can add a lot of fun and verve to living here if you're so inclined. There are lots of cultural opportunities.

That's about where it stops.

The cost of living is absurd, especially  if you migrate here from elsewhere. Taxes are extremely high, among the highest in the country. If you are renting, rents are ridiculous in most of the coastal areas where the majority of population lives. Los Angeles also boasts a 10% 'carbon tax' on power, something the city council sneaked in when no one was looking. Property taxes are grandfathered and relatively low, but I wouldn't count on them staying that way as the state becomes desperate for money to give to the public employee unions and other assorted scams.    The public schools are mostly  dysfunctional, and so is the essentially socialist state government, whose answer to anything is to raise taxes, spend other people's money and pass more arcane, byzantine regulations. Since there's essentially no political opposition, they do whatever they want, no matter how insane or ridiculously expensive.

Traffic in the major cites is abysmal. As an out of towner friend of mine once said, 'Yeah, the beaches are OK, but what's the attraction if it takes you hours of driving in L.A. traffic to get to them?' I live in an area that isn't very crowded (most people in Los Angeles couldn't even tell you where it is, which suits me fine) , but I can sympathize with what he's saying. And even if you get to the beaches, they'll mostly be incredibly crowded too, especially in the summer unless you know where to go. It definitely didn't used to be like that at all, and it wasn't that long ago.  

 The infrastructure, particularly in Los Angeles was never meant to accommodate the number of people who live there, legally and illegally.  It's in poor repair in a lot of places.

To sum up, if you're rich, don't mind high taxes and cost of living , bad traffic, a hostile climate towards business and a far Left political environment, California's coastal cities should suit you just fine.

Mike McDaniel: Living in a quiet, rural suburb of the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex offers unusual opportunities. The small town where I teach is just far enough away from the urban areas to still be quiet, relatively crime-free, and a great place to work and raise a family. My commute to work is five minutes by car, a bit more by bike, and always stress-free, unlike the commutes of the poor people forced to daily endure the eternal traffic jams of the main highways into and out of the cities.

My life is generally quiet, calm and rewarding. Yet virtually any good or service one can imagine is available within a 25-45 minute drive. Where else can one regularly sing with a first rate symphony orchestra in world-class venues? Where else can one, with a 25-minute drive, be a paid, professional singer?

Surprisingly, Internet access in my town is mediocre at best--a small annoyance. It’s sort of Bermuda triangle of the Web.

The climate is mild in the winter, and often, there is no snow. Last winter, school wasn’t closed once due to ice, which is a bit rare. The summers can be hot, and for extended periods, but not always. It’s often windy, but for bicyclists, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s rather like a Kendo dojo where I trained for many years. At the ends of training sessions, we used to half-joke: “much blood on floor! Good training!” The same goes for wind for bicyclists: “The wind is actually forcing me backward! Good training!”

Our ice storms are just infamous, and actually somewhat hilarious. Texans have no idea how to drive on snow and ice, so that kind of weather tends to paralyze the area. Mrs. Manor and I simply go out for a spin and have fun driving with abandon on the kinds of roads we both grew up navigating. I do miss the changes in seasons, however. In North Texas, one season sort of mushes into every other. Our lawns are green and the trees leafy until as late as December. I rarely put the lawnmower away until mid November. The colors--and smells--of fall often pass us by. And I do miss winter, particularly the snow.

I have a fierce internal furnace, producing prodigious body heat. As a result, I’ve never found cold daunting, and there is nothing like a fresh snowfall. During my police patrol days, I worked the midnight shift--by choice--and always enjoyed new snowfalls as they covered the ground, and occasionally, revealed the tracks of bad guys. They never caught on.

Perhaps the best part of Texas is the cost of living is relatively low, particularly compared to the rest of the country, and the economy continues to thrive. It’s a great place to live.


 Dave Schuler:I won't bother telling you all what I dislike about Chicago—you probably already know.

Chicago has a wonderful cultural scene. It's probably the best major city for music, drama, and the arts in the country. It's a great food city—some of the best restaurants in the country and restaurants in amazing profusion and variety.

But what I like best about Chicago is my neighborhood. I'm in easy driving distance from the Loop, Chicago's downtown, and O'Hare, Chicago's major airport. Indeed, I'm about 20 minutes from just about anywhere one might want to go.

And the very best thing about my neighborhood is my neighbors. We're very diverse. I have black neighbors, East Asian neighbors, South Asian neighbors, Hispanic neighbors, and Chicago Irish neighbors. Catholics, Orthodox, other Christian denominations, Hindus, Muslims, and Jews (I actually live in an eruv).

We shovel each others' walks when it snows, look out for each other, care for each other. We have block parties together. We rejoice at each other's children's graduations and weddings; we mourn each other's dead. It's like living in a village in the best sort of way.

My neighborhood is a frequent topic at my blog. Here are some of my posts to give you the flavor.

The Sauganash Fourth of July Parade, 2016
Dining in My Neighborhood
His friends turned out for him


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Friday, June 09, 2017

The UK Election Results; What Happened And What It Means



The UK elections are over, with just one constituency(parliamentary seat) remaining to be counted, in Kensington. The end results? A hung parliament, a resurgence of the hard Left under Jeremy Corbyn and a huge slap in the face for the Conservatives and PM Theresa May:

  • Conservative Seats: 318; Change in seats: −12
  • Labour Seats: 261; Change in seats: +29
  • Liberal Dem Seats: 12; Change in seats: +4
  • UKIP Seats: 0; Change in seats: −1
  • SNP Seats: 35; Change in seats: −21
  • Other Seats: 23

The Tories went from having a workable majority of 17 seats to being 8 seats short of a majority in an election called by Theresa May that didn't need to be held at all. That has to go down as one of the worst political blunders in British history.

In order to get legislation through, the Conservatives will now have to rely on an alliance with the Democratic Union Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland and their 10 seats. Since the Unionists normally vote with the conservatives anyway, it isn't a big stretch but still amounts to a lessening of stability and cohesion when it comes to governing. That's especially ironic when you think of Theresa May's often repeated mantra that 'this country needs stability.' Her political blunder just made things a lot less stable.

So how did this happen? How did the Tories go from being 20 points ahead in the polls to losing their majority. And what does it tell us about Britain?

Theresa May ran a poor campaign and Jeremy Corbyn ran Bernie Sander's. May presented herself as a strong leader but came across as anything but. She alienated a key Tory constituency by proposing that the elderly pay more for their healthcare, something she later had to do a U-turn on. She  was seen as remote and unconcerned, rarely campaigning actively. She refused to participate in debates and was also seen (correctly) as weak on terrorism and national security.

Or as I put it earlier:

The point I’m making here is that when it comes to national security and the two major parties, we’re dealing with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Neither the Tories or Labour really want to fight Islamist terrorism. The conservatives are just merely a bit less dum, if you take my meaning…

Unlike Labour’s Corbyn, who actually sympathizes with jihadis like Hamas and Hezbollah, PM May at least understands in some way that the current situation is not good at all and most be dealt with..albeit in some politically correct way, she’s not quite sure how, that doesn’t result in anyone calling her racist or the Leftist press mauling her.

Jeremy Corbyn essentially ran Bernie Sander's campaign, promising free goodies for everybody without any concrete plans for paying for it except 'tax the rich.' Like Sanders, he also promised the kiddies free college. This resulted in a larger than average turnout as young voters flocked to him. In some of the constituencies in the North and in the Midlands the Tories were counting on flipping, it made the difference.

Unlike May, Corbyn campaigned actively. And his openly anti-semitic and anti-Israel stance, something he's been unapologetic about for a long time brought in the Muslim vote as well without him having to dwell on it overmuch.Overall it appears to have been a plus numbers wise. And it obviously wasn't a problem for a lot of Labour's voters in general either. Here's a Labour campaign poster tying May in with Israel and that old, familiar anti-semitic theme of the Jews running things behind the scenes:



While Britain's Jews mostly deserted their old home in Labour (it likely cost Corbyn four seats in London in districts with a high Jewish population), Labour still got something like 13% of the Jewish vote. And based on the favorable coverage Corbyn is now getting in the Leftist press worldwide, his success can definitely be seen as mainstreaming his anti-semitic and anti-Israel views not just in the UK, but elsewhere.

The election became essentially a return to two party politics, and those ex-third party voters didn't break the way the Tories figured they would. One of Theresa May's reasons for calling a needless election was her theory that the pro Brexit UKIP voters would now vote Tory since their main issue was no longer in play. Instead, those voters went back to their former parties and split a lot more evenly. The Scottish National Party had a similar meltdown, losing 21 of the seats it won in 2015. And their voters also split among the two major parties.

The appeal of socialism and anti-semitism is a rising tide on the UK's left, especially among young voters. As I mentioned, Jeremy Corbyn's friendship for jihadists, enmity for Israel and general views on Jews didn't stop Labour from getting 40% of the vote compared to the Tory's 42.4%. And a number of those voters were young voters. The 18-24 year-old demographic is one of the only ones where Labour had a significant lead, and those votes made the difference in a number of places. Many of the Labour politicos that disagreed with Corbyn's views are going to have to come to terms and support him, or leave the party.

Theresa May's leadership has been severely compromised. She made it plain that she has no intentions of resigning and has already received the Queen's Commission to try and form a government. But at this point, many of her own party despise her for taking a gamble like this and losing, especially after many of them advised her not to. And their disapproval is mild compared to what the Left has in store for her.

A party leadership election at this point would make things even more chaotic, especially with the Brexit negotiations just a few days away so that's unlikely. But she's basically governing crippled at this point. And I wouldn't be surprised if she either resigns as Prime Minister or is forced out by a vote of no confidence in the future.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Anniversary Of A Miracle - Israel's Victory In The Six Day War



Today is the anniversary of a modern miracle, the Israeli victory of the Six Day War, מלחמת ששת הימים, or Milhemet Sheshet Ha Yamim in Hebrew. It saw an outnumbered Israel beat back an attempt at destruction and genocide, reunite Jerusalem, bring the strategic Golan and the historic Jewish homelands of Judea and Samaria back under Israeli sovereignty. It's worth recounting 47 years later, when Israel's mortal enemies once again gather to attempt to destroy her.

Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser had formed a military alliance with Syria, the United Arab Republic (UAR) and with the aid of the Soviet Union, both countries had built up a substantial military force, vastly outnumbering Israel in tanks, planes and manpower.

After the 1956 war,the Israelis had agreed to withdraw from Sinai based on President Eisenhower's guarantees that provided for a UN peacekeeping force to be stationed there to prevent feydayeen terrorist raids on Israel, the main cause (at least from the Israeli standpoint) of the '56 war.

Another part of the ceasefire agreement that ended the 1956 war concerned the Straits of Tiran, a waterway connecting the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea and Israel's sole Red Sea outlet for the port of Eilat.



According to the ceasefire ratified by the UN, the Straits of Tiran were to be considered an international waterway with full access to Israeli shipping.

On May 17th, 1967, after a huge amount of rhetoric about annihilating every Jew in Israel, Nasser demanded an immediate withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping troops from the Sinai. Secretary General U Thant immediately complied in less than 24 hours without informing the Israelis until Egyptian forces had already reentered the Sinai.

Nasser subsequently deployed a huge force of troops,tanks and artillery in the Sinai. The Egyptians massed over 100,000 troops in the Sinai, including all of its seven divisions (four infantry, two armored and one mechanized), four independent infantry brigades and four independent armored brigades. At least one third of them were veterans of Egypt's intervention into the Yemen Civil War, and the Egyptian forces included 950 tanks, 1,100 APCs and more than 1,000 artillery pieces, many of them of the latest Soviet models.

On May 23rd, Nasser announced a blockade of the Straights of Tiran, saying in a speech to his troops in Sinai:


... Yesterday the armed forces [of Egypt] occupied Sharm el-Sheikh. What does this mean? It is an affirmation of our rights, of our sovereignty over the Gulf of Aqaba, which constitutes Egyptian territorial waters. Under no circumstances can we permit the Israeli flag to pass through the Gulf of Aqaba. The Jews threaten war. We say that they are welcome to war, we are ready for war, our armed forces, our people, all of us are ready for war, but under no circumstances shall we abandon our rights. These are our waters ...


At the same time, the Syrians began massing 75,000 troops, artillery and armor on the Golan Height to the north of Israel, where they held the high ground and were dug in.

Jordan, to Israel's east signed a mutual defense pact with the UAR on May 30th and moved 55,000 troops and 300 tanks to the border.

Documents captured by the Israelis from the Jordanians show that contrary to popular belief, the Jordanians always intended to go to war against Israel - it was by no means a last minute decision. The Arab Legion's Hashemite Brigade had orders to capture the Israeli town of Ramot Burj Bir Mai'in in a night raid, codenamed "Operation Khaled". This was to be the base of operations for the capture of Lod and Ramle. The "go" codeword to be was "Sa'ek" and end was "Nasser". The Jordanians also planned for the capture of Motza and Sha'alvim in the strategic Jerusalem Corridor. Motza was the target of Infantry Brigade 27 camped near Ma'ale Adummim: "The reserve brigade will commence a nighttime infiltration onto Motza, will destroy it to the foundation, and won't leave a remnant or refugee from among its 800 residents"

Along with these forces, at Jordan's invitation the Iraqi army sent 100 tanks and an infantry division to join in the fighting along with two squadrons of fighter aircraft.

The Israeli troops even with their available reserves were out numbered by more than two to one, and in tanks and combat aircraft by more than three to one.

Efforts to try and resolve the crisis in the UN came to absolutely nothing as the Soviets and the European nations who found Arab oil far more valuable than Jewish blood combined to torpedo any meaningful settlement as Israel's economy began to falter and the Arabs continued to mass troops and equipment for an obvious coming attack meant to wipe out every Jew in Israel, a goal the Arabs made no secret of.

The final push towards war came when Israel chief arms supplier, President DeGaulle of France abruptly informed the Israelis on June 1st that he would no longer sell them arms or spare parts for French-made equipment like Israel's Dassault Mirage and Super Mystère jets or even fill existing orders.

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Surrounded and outnumbered, the Israelis now also had to contend with the problem of resupply in a combat situation. They literally had no choice but to throw the dice and gamble on a quick and decisive victory before their equipment broke down for lack of spare parts and components.

So the decision was made to launch Operation Focus ( in Hebrew, Moked), a massive attack on the Egyptian Air Force.

The Egyptians had by far the largest and best air force among the Arab armies. They had 420 combat aircraft, all of them Soviet-built and many of them the latest MiG-21s capable of attaining Mach 2 speed. The Egyptians also had 30 Soviet Tu-16 "Badger" bombers,which were a particular target of Operation Focus because of the danger to Israeli civilian areas.

The IAF had been training for this mission for quite some time. In particular, they had become adept in training their ground crews to rapidly refit planes returning from combat so that multiple sorties per day could be flown. The IAF had things wired to the point that their combat aircraft were capable of flying four sorties per day while the Arab pilots were only able to fly one or two at most.

The Israelis also had excellent intel on their targets and trained their pilots to memorize them until they were second nature, and every contingency that could be taken into account was planned for.

But in the end,it still came down to a roll of the dice, with the Israelis sending all but 12 of their 200 combat aircraft into the skies and gambling their lives on the outcome.

On the morning of June 5th, 1967, the Israeli planes attacked their targets. Most of them evaded the Egyptian radar by flying in low over the Mediterranean, well below the point where the Egyptian SA-2 surface-to-air missile batteries could hit them and then hooking left to hit the Egyptian air bases, while the rest flew in over the Red Sea.

They caught the Egyptians completely by surprise with most of their planes on the ground. The Israelis attacked in successive waves. Some 338 of the Egyptian aircraft were destroyed and over 100 pilots killed, while the runways were made unusable by bombing runs utilizing special explosives designed to penetrate and fragment tarmac. The Egyptians lost all 30 the Tu-16 bombers, 27 out of 40 Il-28 bombers, 12 Su-7 fighter-bombers, over 90 brand new MiG-21s, 20 MiG-19s, 25 MiG-17 fighters, and around 32 assorted transport planes and helicopters, plus the Egyptian radar and SAM missile bases. The only Egyptian planes that survived were the handful that were in hangers being serviced and a small contingent based at El Arish in Sinai, which the IAF decided not to attack because they wanted it as a strategic base.The Israelis lost just 19 planes, including two destroyed in air-to-air combat and 13 hit by anti-aircraft fire.

The victory in the air was so devastating that at first no one in the western press, particularly in Europe believed it. They continued to cite the Egyptian propaganda reports of 70 Israeli planes downed. It only became apparent that Egypt's Soviet supplied air force had been destroyed when Egyptian planes failed to make any appearance during the rest of the war.

Retaking Sinai



The Egyptian forces in Sinai were deployed based on Soviet tactics of massed depth. In addition they were tied to dugouts and fortresses, a mistake the IDF themselves would make 6 years later in the Yom Kippur War with the Bar-Lev line.

The Israelis had deployed to the border the night before the war,  camouflaged themselves and remained hidden until they advanced. Rather than attack the fortified Egyptian positions head on, the IDF attacked the Egyptian positions from the flanks

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The Israelis understood that if the Egyptians suffered a military defeat that the UN would move quickly to implement a cease fire to protect Nasser's armies. Therefore, a primary objective was to make as many strategic gains as possible in the shortest time period, especially when it came to Sharm al-Sheikh, the choke point for shutting down Israeli shipping through the Straits of Tiran.

Because of the need for speed,  the initial battles involved attacking entrenched positions in Sinai without air support, because the IAF was still involved in dealing with Egypt's air armada.

The IDF attacked with three divisions. The first, under General Israel Tal had the mission of attacking the fortified Rafah/El Arish sector, near the Mediterranean coast. The Egyptians had large minefields in place in front of well dug in infantry, anti-tank weapons in reinforced bunkers and over 100 tanks and supporting artillery at the ready.

Tal's solution was to avoid the mine fields entirely,  and swing around and attack from the rear through Khan Unis. After Khan Unis was taken, General Tal launched a pincer attack on Rafah from the rear, commanding one arm personally while the other was commanded by the brilliant then-Colonel Rafael Eitan, later the IDF's Chief of Staff. The Egyptians, with most of their defensive positions facing the wrong way, were taken by surprise and routed. By June 6th, El Arish was in Israeli hands and the race to the Canal along the Mediterranean coast was on.

The second division under General Arik Sharon had the job of breaking through the center and assaulting the heavily fortified Kusseima/Abu Agheila strongholds.This was a particularly difficult mission because the Egyptians expected the IDF to concentrate on attacking this area head on, as they had in 1956. However, General Sharon's modus operandi, as usual,  was to do the unexpected, Here's what he did, in his own words:

Since 1956 the Egyptians had completely rebuilt the Abu Agheila fortifications according to the latest Soviet concepts of linear defense. About fifteen miles from the Israeli border the Ismalia road crossed a long swell of sand known as Um Cataf. There the Egyptians had constructed three parallel trench systems intersecting the road. Anchored in the north by high soft dunes and in the south by jagged ridges and broken foothills, each line was several miles long and each encompassed an array of gun positions, storage depots, and lateral communications trenches. In the front of the first line was a thickly laid mine field. With the trench system manned by a full infantry brigade and with its flanks secured on either end by the terrain, this position itself constituted a major defensive obstacle.

A mile or so behind the trenches the Egyptians kept a mobile reserve of over eighty tanks ready to move in any direction, the sword that complemented their defensive shield. Just to the south of the tanks was their artillery deployment – eighty 122- and 130-mm guns whose range far outmatched my own guns. Perimeter outposts screened this concentration of forces on the approaches to the east and especially in the north, where the flank was guarded by an infantry battalion supported by tanks and artillery in a fortified position which we code-named Oakland.

To destroy Abu Agheila it would be necessary to identify and exploit the position’s inherent vulnerability. Here we would be up against good defensive fighters whose numerical strength was not much less than ours, and whose firepower was in some ways greater than ours – a far cry from the offensive-defensive ratio of three to one usually considered minimal for an attack against prepared positions. So the plan of battle would have to emphasize concentration of forces, surprise, and maneuver. And the action would have to take place at night, our traditional method of reducing the odds and negating the advantages of prepared fortifications …

What I had in mind was a closely coordinated attack by separate elements of our forces on the Egyptian trench lines, tanks and artillery … [with the attacks developing] from the north, from the west (at the rear of Abu Agheila), and from the east (at the front of the position) in a continuous unfolding of surprises, each force securing the flank of its neighbor …

In my overall approach the first order of business would be to create a deception against Kusseima with a brigade under Uri Baidatz. Then I would isolate the battlefield. In the south a screening force of tanks, half-tracks and mortars under Arie Amit would block any reinforcements from Kusseima. This force would also give us a lodgement once we were ready to move in that direction. In the north I would launch a reinforced armored battalion, including my best tanks, the British Centurions under Natke Nir, against Oakland, the position that guarded Abu Agheila’s northern flank. Once Natke took Oakland, he would then circle around to the rear of Abu Agheila, setting up blocking forces as he went on the road to Jebel Libni, where the Egyptian reserves were. The Centurions would then be in a position to assault the base from behind.

Once the field was isolated, we would attack the entire depth of the Egyptian positions simultaneously. That would be the “taboulah,” the shock that would unbalance the defenders. Kuti Adam’s infantry brigade would come down on the northern end of the trench lines through the ostensibly secure dunes. At the same time my artillery commander, Yakov Aknin, would concentrate all the division’s artillery fire on the trenches just in front of Kuti’s attack, making life hell for the defenders as they tried to respond to the unexpected assault. To the right of Kuti’s brigade, helicopters would land Danny Mat’s paratroop brigade, which would strike into the artillery positions, preventing the Egyptian long-range guns from hitting our own forces. Once the infantry had disrupted the trenches, our tank brigade under Mordechai Zippori would move through the mine fields in a narrow frontal assault. At the same time, Natke’s Centurions would hit the Egyptian tanks from behind and come in on the rear of the trenches. And all of this would happen at night, compounding the Egyptians’ confusion as they struggled to piece together what was happening to them. (Warrior, Ariel Sharon, p. 188-190)

That's pretty much exactly what happened. Many of the Egyptian troops were so anxious to retreat that they actually took their shoes off to be able to run more effectively in the desert sand.The Israelis even captured a number of Soviet tanks in perfect condition with the keys still in the ignitions. Sharon's losses were limited to 40 killed and 140 wounded, and by June 6th the way forward for Sharon's forces to the Canal was wide open.

 

The third IDF division was under Brigadier-General Avraham Yoffe. Their target was Egyptian forces near Bir Lahfan junction, who were attempting to aid the Egyptian forces at Rafah and Abu Agheila.

There was a point between Rafah and Abu Agheila called Wadi Haridin, large sand dunes that were supposedly impassible to vehicles. Because of that, Wadi Haridin was left completely undefended by the Egyptians.

But the Israelis had scouted the area during the 1956 war and discovered that the Wadi was a rough slog, but it was passable. General Sharon had remembered an old report on this during the run up to war that had been filed away and decided to make use of it.

Yoffe's division split into two, each with 100 tanks. The first half trekked over the Wadi and took the Egyptian forces by surprise who were attempting to come to the aid of the Egyptians at Rafah and Abu Agheila. After making short work of them, Yoffe's troops linked up with General Tal's forces to attack the Egyptian Third Division, who were attempting to hold the Egyptian line near Bir Lahfan.

The other half of Yoffe’s division went through Sharon’s lines while fighting was still going on at perimeter of Abu Agheila, and attacked the rest of  Third Egyptian Division who were dug in at high ground of Jebel Libni, southwest of Bir Lahfan. This was another pincer attack that caught the Egyptians between the hammer blows of Tal and Yoffe. The Third division collapsed and by sundown on June 6 all of the Jebel Libni bases and the surrounding areas had fallen.

The Egyptian state media at this point was still broadcasting that Egyptian forces were advancing into Israel and that Tel-Aviv had been bombed, In fact, Nasser had already given King Hussein this same information,pressing him to bring his forces into the war.

However, Egypt's military chief, Marshal Abdel Hakim Amer had seen first hand what was happening to his army. According to eyewitness accounts, after the fall of Abu Agheila he issued immediate orders for a wholesale retreat across the Suez Canal to Egypt rather than trying to get his army to regroup and shore up a new line of defense.

What was left of the Egyptian forces engaged in what was essentially a race for the Mitla and Gidi passes through the the mountainous area of West Sinai and the retreat turned into a rout.

By this time, the Israeli air force had finished with decimating Egypt's Soviet supplied air force, had total control of the skies and were able to devote attention to the Egyptian ground forces as they fled for the passes.

The Egyptian tanks and fleeing infantry units were caught between massive bombardment from the air and ground attacks from Sharon's forces and those belonging to the 8th Armored Brigade under Colonel Albert Mandler, fresh from taking out the fortified areas of Kuntilla. The entire Egyptian Sixth Division was trapped what amounted to a box and soon ceased to exist as a cohesive unit.

At the same time, Yoffe and Tal's forces were racing towards the Sinai passes in an attempt to cut off the Egyptian units fleeing for the Canal. Sharon's division advanced southward then westward via An-Nakhl to Mitla Pass, where it hooked up with parts of Yoffe's division, while other units under Yoffe's command blocked the Gidi Pass. These passes became killing grounds for the Egyptians, who ran right into the waiting Israeli positions and suffered heavy losses.

While Egyptian casualties were heavy, the blocking of the passes was only partially successful and many got through to the Canal, (especially through the the Khatmia pass) although they abandoned literally tons of armaments and equipment along the way. Many died in the desert from hunger, thirst and raids by hostile Bedouins.

Others surrendered to the victorious Israelis, but about four days into the Sinai offensive Israel's capacity for holding prisoners was exceeded and the Israelis concentrated on high ranking officers, disarming the other, giving them aome food and water and and pointing them in the direction of the Canal.

At the same time, an Israeli naval force launched an attack on Sharm el-Sheik, the Egyptian base used to enforce the blockade on the Straits of Tiran. When they landed, the base was deserted,because its garrison had fled. Sharm el-Sheik fell without a shot being fired, the Israeli flag once more flew over ships in the Straits of Tiran and after 96 hours the war in Sinai was over.

The Fight For Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria

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The battle for Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria was very different from the war in Sinai.Instead of open country suitable for mobility and tank battles, the area of Judea and Samaria that abuts what was then the 1948 ceasefire lines between Israel and Jordan are mountainous and densely populated, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, and the large cities of Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron. And the Jordanian Arab Legion held the high ground.Aside from fortifying the area, they had an army of 11 brigades on Israel's borders, plus an Iraqi infantry division, 100 Iraqi tanks and Iraqi Soviet supplied aircraft at their disposal.The Israelis opposite them had only three infantry brigades and an armored brigade.

Jordan's Arab Legion were the most competent soldiers among the Arab armies.They were a professional force armed and trained by the British, equipped with over 300 modern Western tanks and a force of 24 British-made Hawker Hunter fighters, six transports, and two helicopters.

The Israelis, who were concentrating on the Egyptians and Syrians made a concerted effort to avoid a war with Jordan. They had signaled previously to King Hussein via the UN and Norwegian General Odd Bull, commander of the UN observer force that Israel had no hostile intentions towards Jordan. As King Hussein himself related in his book Hussein of Jordan: My War with Israel:

It was now 9 A.M. on Monday, June 5, and we were at war.

Riad [the Egyptian general who commanded Jordanian forces] increased our fire power against the Israeli air bases by directing our heavy artillery – long-range 155's – on the Israeli air force installations within our line of fire. Our field artillery also went into action, and our Hawker Hunters [British-supplied fighter jets] were ready to take part in the combined operation with the Iraqi and Syrians.


At this point the Jordanians were actually shelling civilian and military targets within Israel. But the Israeli government was still hopeful that the Jordanian attacks were just a demonstration of solidarity and held off any retaliation. In the King’s own words:

... we received a telephone call at Air Force Headquarters from U.N. General Odd Bull. It was a little after 11 A.M.

The Norwegian General informed me that the Israeli Prime Minister had addressed an appeal to Jordan. Mr. Eshkol had summarily announced that the Israeli offensive had started that morning, Monday June 5, with operations directed against the United Arab Republic, and then he added: “If you don’t intervene, you will suffer no consequences.”

By that time we were already fighting in Jerusalem and our planes had just taken off to bomb Israeli airbases. So I answered Odd Bull:

“They started the battle. Well they are receiving our reply by air.”

Three times our Hawker Hunters attacked the bases at Natanya in Israel without a loss. And our pilots reported that they destroyed four enemy planes on the ground, the only ones they had seen.

On their side, the Iraqis bombed the airport at Lydda. And a little later, the Syrians finally headed for the base at Ramad David and the refineries in Haifa.


At 11:15 am, Jordanian howitzers began a 6,000-shell barrage at the Israeli half of Jerusalem. The Jordanians initially targeted kibbutz Ramat Rachel in the south and Mount Scopus in the north, then began firing into the city center and outlying neighborhoods. The Prime Minister's Residence, and the Knesset compound were also targeted. Israeli civilian casualties totaled 20 dead and about 1,000 wounded.Among the many buildings fired on by Jordan was Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.The Jordanian Arab Legion also launched an offensive on the ground and occupied Government House, the UN headquarters on the Biblical “Hill of Evil Counsel” in the no-man’s land between the two countries, a direct threat to threatening Israeli positions in southern Jerusalem.

Finally, realizing that Jordan had no intention of merely sitting out hostilities the Israelis struck back. It is one of the ironies of history that those Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians have never blamed King Hussein for what followed. If not for him, East Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria would have remained Jew free and under Arab control, just the way they liked it.

The Israelis quickly moved to deploy additional forces into the area. They took a division under Major General Elad Peled from the Northern front and a paratroop brigade under Colonel Motta Gur from Sinai, and moved them to the new front in Jerusalem.

But first, the Israeli air force went into action.They caught all of King Hussein's Hawker Hunters on the ground at their bases in Amman and Mafraq refueling for another raid on Israel and destroyed all of them, including the helicopters and transport aircraft as well as taking out the runways. Jordan effectively no longer had an air force.

Jordan's radar facility at Ajloun was also destroyed.

The IAF also flew sorties against H-3, the Iraqi Air Force base in western Iraq where raids had been flown against Israel. During the attack, 12 MiG-21s, 2 MiG-17s, 5 Hunter F6s, and 3 Il-28 bombers were destroyed on the ground or shot out of the air.

In the meantime, the Arab Legion had attacked Ramat Rachel, where  four civilians including the wife of the director defended their homes,  armed with old Czech-made weapons from WWII, remnants from the 1948 War.

The Israelis immediate objective was to retake Government House and its strategic ridge.

Lieutenant-Colonel Asher Dreizin and the Jerusalem Brigade's Reserve Battalion 161were given the task. Dreizin had two infantry companies and eight tanks under his command, five of which broke down or became stuck in the mud at Ramat Rachel, leaving three for the attack. The entrenched Arab Legion troops knocked out two more.

Nevertheless, the Israeli reservists somehow broke through. They continued to advance, taking out Jordanian trenches held by the Hittin Brigade. At the evening's end, the Arab Legion had retreated to Bethlehem, all but ten of Dreizin's soldiers were killed or wounded and Dreizin himself was wounded three times.

During that same day, the armored Harel Division under Col. Uri Ben-Ari together with Gur's paratroopers moved down from Latrun and headed for Jerusalem from the north.

The Harel Division fought for control of the Ramallah Ridge, a strategic area known throughout history as a key point for control of Jerusalem. The Arab Legion had done a professional job of fortifying the ridge, including laying a minefield in front of their positions.

Because a tank couldn't be spared, Israeli sappers cleared a path through that minefield by hand while they were under fire. The cost was high, but somehow they managed it. Ben-Ari's tanks rumbled up the ridge, taking the Jordanian strong points of Radar Hill, Sheikh Abed El-Aziz, and Beit Iksa, then taking the fortified village of Biddu and Nehi Samuel to the east.

The next morning, the village of Sur Baher fell, giving the IDF control of the main road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and Hebron. The Jordanian forces to the south near Hebron were now cut off.

A combined force of tanks and paratroopers entered Jerusalem near the Mandelbaum Gate. One of Gur's paratroop battalions attacked the Arab Legion troops in the heavily fortified Police Academy, using explosives to blast their way through barbed wire while exposed and under heavy fire. With the aid of two tanks borrowed from the Jerusalem Brigade, they captured the Police Academy. They then received reinforcements and fresh ammunition and mounted a fierce assault up Ammunition Hill.

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It was a bloody fight.The Jordanians were heavily dug in and had the advantage of high ground. The battle lasted 4 hours, and was mainly fought at close quarters in trenches and bunkers.During the battle, 36 Israeli and 71 Jordanian soldiers were killed, including all of the Israeli officers except for two company commanders.

To this day in Israel, Ammunition Hill is one of the focal points of the ceremonies on Yom Yerushalyim, the day Israel celebrates the re-unification of Jerusalem and remembers what it cost.

By mid morning on June 6th, the battle for Ammunition Hill was over, and Gur's paratroopers linked up with another force that had taken the Jordanian positions around the American Colony near the northern edge of the Old City. But Gur’s paratroopers were not yet able to enter the Old City because the Arab Legion still held the Augusta Victoria Hill, a position on high ground that overlooked  the city from the east.

General Moshe Dayan had originally ordered the IDF not to enter the Old City. While of course there had been no 'international reaction' to Jordan illegally occupying East Jerusalem nineteen years before and ethnically cleansing it of Jews, Dayan was fearful of the reaction both at the UN and in Israel if Israelis had captured the Old City and then were faced with demands to turn it back over to the Jordanians.

However, sometime on the night of June 6th, he reversed himself and gave the order to take the Old City back.

Gur's paratroopers attacked 8:30 in the morning on June 7 – one battalion attacked August Victoria Hill from Israeli-held Mount Scopus, another battalion attacked August Victoria by climbing up the valley between it and the Old City, and a third battalion, led by General Gur himself,  broke into the Old City proper via the Lion's Gate. Arriving at the gate, Gur’s halftrack plowed through and into the Old City. The Jordanians were defeated, and Gur made for the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount. When he got there he famously radioed to his commanders, “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”



Afterwards, the paratroopers proceeded to the Western Wall, the Kotel...where the Shofar was blown for the first time in years.



The Jerusalem Brigade continued on, capturing Judea and Gush Etzion and Hebron. In Hebron , where the Arabs were afraid that the IDF would behave the way their own soldiers would have and take revenge for the horrific 1929 massacre of the city's Jews, Hebron's Arab residents flew white sheets from their windows and rooftops, and voluntarily surrendered. The Harel Brigade proceeded eastward, continuing to the Jordan River. The Arab Legion attempted to regroup with battles in Jenin and Nablus, but facing Jewish armor and air power rather than unarmed civilians they crumpled and fled across the river. Israeli sappers blew up the Abdullah and Hussein bridges on the river with captured Jordanian mortar shells while elements of the Harel Brigade crossed the river and occupied positions along the east bank to cover them, but the Israelis quickly pulled back afterwards to the other side of the Jordan, reportedly due to pressure from Dean Rusk and the Johnson Administration.

As of 8 PM on June 7th both sides accepted a ceasefire, leaving Israel in complete control of Judea and Samaria.And Jerusalem was united again.

The Syrian Front


Like the Jordanians, the Syrians believed Nasser's propaganda about a crushing Egyptian victory. From their positions in the Golan Heights, the Syrians began shelling Northern Israel and sent a dozen of their Soviet Mig fighters to attack Israeli towns in the Galilee.

The Israeli Air Force scrambled and went after the Migs, shooting down three of them and driving off the rest. Later that day, June 5th, the IAF launched a major raid on Syria' air bases, destroying 32 MiG 21s, and 23 MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters, and two Ilyushin Il-28 bombers. The few Syrian planes that were left retreated to bases far from the border and were not seen again during the war.

The Syrians also attempted an offensive aimed at Kibbutz Tel Dan, which was repulsed with heavy losses. The Syrians stayed put after that, counting on the larger Egyptian forces to do heavy work of defeating Israel's forces and reckoning that their built up defensive positions on the Golkan Heights would be enough to deter any Israeli attack.

The Syrians accepted a UN ceasefire on June 8th. It lasted all of 5 hours, after which the shelling of Israel began again and Hafez Assad's state radio announced that Syria was no longer bound by the cease fire.

On the morning of June 9 the Israeli air force began an intensive bombing of the Syrian positions in the Golan, and Israeli forces under the command of Major General David Elazar crossed the cease fire line into Syrian territory.

The Syrians held the Golan with around 75,000 men grouped in nine brigades, They were  supported by artillery and armor.

The Israeli forces were led by Colonel Albert Mandler's 8th Armored Brigade and the Golani Brigade who were to attack from one point near Givat HaEm in the north, and another two infantry brigades and and one of General Peled's brigades summoned up from Jenin to the central Golan.

Elazer decided to launch a number of coordinated attacks, starting with an armor assault on the town of Q’ala, where the terrain most favored the Syrians, the Israelis were not expected to attempt an attack and where the defenses were least fortified.Another advantage is that if Q'asla could be taken, it was a mere two and a half miles from there to the strategic Quneitra Road, which would allow the Israelis to attack the Syrian defensive positions from the rear. Not only that, but Quneitra was the regional HQ of Syria's army and a depot through which all roads passed, including the one to Damascus.

First, the IAF launched waves of attacks on the Syrian positions, which caused heavy casualties and some desertions, but still left much of the defenses in place.Then the Israeli offensive began.

It is still chilling to read of how the attacks were made and imagine what it was like to participate.

The Q’ala attack was led by sappers under fire to clear the mine fields by hand, followed by armored bulldozers to create a road up the mountain, because there wasn't one. Immediately following were tanks and infantry. The Israeli armored brigade moved up in single file, which meant that the Syrian guns took a horrible toll. But foot by foot, the Israeli armor continued to attack, and moved up the mountain. When they were about half way up, the brigade split its forces, half moving to flank the Syrian defenders, the rest continuing directly upwards towards the target. After five and a half hours of bloody fighting the brigade had covered the three miles to the Syrian positions  and assaulted the actual bunkers and trenches, with the tanks firing at what amounted to point blank range.

At the same time as the armored assault, the Israeli infantry brigade with some supporting tanks attacked about a mile to the north, aiming to protect the flanks of the armored attack by taking Syrian positions on and around the fortified  hill position of Tel Fakhir.

That fight raged for more than seven hours In the end, the Israelis won through sheer guts and determination, taking Tel Fakhir.The first Israelis to reach the perimeter of laid their bodies down on the barbed wire to allow their fellow soldiers to vault over them. Much of the fighting at that point was hand to hand and at close quarters. The Syrian positions in Dardara and Tel Hilal also fell after hard fighting and the entire Syrian position became untenable, causing entire units to abandon their positions and simply disappear.

The Israelis continued to advance, and on June 10th fresh IDF brigades approached Quneitra. To their surprise, Syrian government radio announced that the city had fallen while the IDF was still en route. There's some speculation that this was designed to provoke Soviet intervention to protect their client, but it backfired. Hearing from their own radio that Quneitra had fallen, the remaining Syrian defenders panicked and fled, afraid they would be cut off and unable to escape.

That was the end of both the Syrian campaign and the war.


The Aftermath


The Six Day War was unique in that it was one of the few wars fought since WWII that had definite goals and a definite conclusion. Democracies are noted for not seeking out war,and Israel was no exception in 1967. It was a war they did not want that was forced upon them, and a war they had to win if they were going to continue as a nation.

Israel's victory over such overwhelming odds without a major power 'sponsor' meant that they were there to stay, that they would prevail. Less than three years after the victory of the Six Day War, President Richard Nixon dropped the American stance of neutrality and formally embraced Israel as an ally, defying the Europeans and bringing them into the camp of free nations.

Israel's Labor government made what many would consider a foolish gesture after Israel's victory. They openly offered the Arab nations back the territory taken in the war...and all they wanted in exchange was recognition of Israel's right to exist as a nation and a real peace.

The Arab response was the famous Three No's of Khartoum, the site of the next Arab League conference - no peace, no recognition and no negotiation.

In spite of all the concessions by the Israelis in the ensuing years, the Arab position remains essentially the same, even in the two countries that supposedly have a peace treaty with Israel. Israel's relations with the Arab world are clandestine and tinged with hostility where they exist at all.

This proves something that I've had occasion to say many times...that real, lasting peace comes from victory.

After the Six Day War, The Israeli government's willingness to cede some of the fruits of that victory sent a signal to the Arab world that it was worth trying aggression again. In the Arab mentality, only losers cede territory after a war. To this day, the Egyptian government continues to tell its people that Egypt defeated Israel in 1973, because Israel yielded to pressure from the US and the UN  to allow the trapped Egyptian Third Army to go free with its weapons intact and survive to march through Cairo to a hero's welcome. The subsequent ceding of Sinai by Israel to Egypt in exchange for what amounted to a temporary armistice underlined that lesson for the Egyptians and the Arab world, although there are signs that the relationship between Israel and some Sunni states may be thawing, at least superficially under the shadow of a major threat from Iran.

But there is this. In 1967, a besieged, outnumbered free people only a generation removed from the reeking ovens of Auschwitz drew a line in the sand and said 'no further'. They prevailed against huge odds over totalitarian barbarism and provided an example to the world of what heroism is made of.

It was indeed a modern miracle, just as Israel itself is.

And that is no small thing to reflect on in these times.

(reposted by request)