On September 18, Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV labeled U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a “black snake.” The phrase is circled in the above image. (MEMRI TV)
* Remember: These are the same people that scream ‘racist’ when you criticize Islam!
JERUSALEM â€” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the United States “will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza,” shortly after Israel declared the territory to be an enemy entity in order to cut off power and fuel supplies to the coastal strip.
At the same time, Rice said Gaza, ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas group, “is a hostile entity to us as well.”
Pope: ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you…’
Pope Benedict XVI refused to meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in August, saying he was on holiday, an Italian newspaper reported Wednesday.
Rice “made it known to the Vatican that she absolutely had to meet the pope” to boost her diplomatic “credit” ahead of a trip to the Middle East, the Corriere della Sera daily reported without citing its sources.
She was hoping to meet the pontiff at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo at the beginning of August, it said.
“‘The pope is on holiday’ was the official response,” the paper said.
A pet theory of the US State Department is that solving the Israeli – Palestininian conflict will magically solve the Israeli-Arab conflict, and that solving both will even more magically solve all the problems of the Middle East, make Wahhabi Sheikhs fall in love with democracy and reduce the price of oil to about 25 cents a barrel. Bikinis will replace Hijabs in Iran, the Persian Gulf will turn into grade A crude oil, the lion will lie down the lamb, and a little assistant undersecretary of state for Middle East Affairs shall lead them.
The upcoming summit conference on the Middle East was designed according to those percepts: the United States would show “progress” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arabs in turn would help the United States extricate itself from Iraq. The particular idea that the Jews are at fault for the problems of the United States in Iraq was due to the Iraq Study Group report, where it was injected as a last minute afterthought by Ray Close.
There is no longer any need for agents of the World Zionist Conspiracy, A.K.A. “Israel Lobby” to explain that this idea is a fantasy. The idea was just shot down by the Arabs. According to an AFP article:
Pro-Western Gulf Arab states do not want the Middle East peace conference called by Washington to be aimed at helping get it out of “the Iraqi impasse,” the oil-rich bloc’s chief said on Tuesday.
Gulf Cooperation Council member states “welcome any attempt to reach a just and comprehensive solution of the Palestinian issue and settle the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Abdulrahman al-Attiyah said in remarks released at
GCC headquarters in Riyadh.
He said he hoped the proposed conference will address core issues and will “not be aimed at linking movement in the Middle East peace process to developments in Iraq in a bid to attract Arab states to a conference whose real goal is to help (the US) get out of the Iraqi impasse.”
Attiyah did not elaborate on his suggestion that Gulf monarchies, which have close ties with the United States, fear Washington might use the conference to ease its difficulties in war-torn Iraq, where the continuing insurgency is fueling mounting domestic criticism.
This Agence France Presse article on Israel’s decision to declare the Gaza Strip a “hostile entity” reeks of the usual bias:
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel declared the Gaza Strip a “hostile entity” on Wednesday, clearing the way for shutting off basic supplies to the Hamas-run territory in revenge for rocket fire.
The Western-shunned Islamist movement slammed the decision as “collective punishment” for the 1.5 million residents of the impoverished territory, one of the world’s most densely populated places. A senior UN official also said the move was against international law, while the United States said it had received assurance from Israel that it would not affect the humanitarian situation in the territory.
* Charles asks: ‘Why would Israel break international law and visit collective punishment on the poor innocent people of Gaza?’
Important observations by Michael Barone
Never in the history of the United States had lawyers had such extraordinary influence over war policy as they did after 9/11.” Those are the words of Jack Goldsmith, the Harvard law professor who was one of those lawyers, as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2003 and 2004. They appear in his book “The Terror Presidency,” hailed as a criticism of the Bush administration’s legal policies, which in part it is. Believing that some of his predecessor’s opinions, particularly two on interrogation techniques, were “deeply flawed,” he reversed them. He argues that the administration would have ended up with more latitude in fighting terrorism if it had worked with Congress to get legislation, even if those laws would not have been as expansive as the administration wanted. It’s a serious argument, and he also presents fairly, I think, the opposing view that such restrictions would make it harder to protect the American people.
From the ‘Delusions In High Places’ Department:
We at Central Command, partnered as we are with many Islamic nations, recognize that the War on Terrorism is not a war against Islam; it is a war against the enemies of Islam.
~ US Central Command Chief General John Abizaid, SEPTEMBER 25, 2003
The United States must make it clear that America has no territorial designs. “We must make clear that we fight with them out of mutual respect and mutual benefit,” Abizaid said.
ALL HAIL GLOBAL DHIMMING
“Iran is not a suicide nation,” he said.
“I mean, they may have some people in charge that don’t appear to be rational, but I doubt that the Iranians intend to attack us with a nuclear weapon.”
* America; the place where gullible idiots in high places go to bed with Islamofascist lunatics
(IsraelNN.com) Iran has promised a devastating “final response” to supporters of the Jewish State on October 12, the Islamic Republic’s Quds (Jerusalem) Day.
“Supporters of the Zionist regime will receive their response during the world Quds Day’s rallies,” Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said at a weekly press conference Wednesday.
According to the state-controlled Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Elham was describing Iran’s planned response for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit “to the occupied Palestine [sic].”