A Peace Deal with Afghanistan?

by: Brent Smith

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So the United States wants the Taliban to agree to a ceasefire in Afghanistan. Isn’t that special.

Politico reported a couple of days ago that a peace agreement is what America is seeking, but first the Taliban must agree to a ceasefire.

Apparently, long defunct peace talks began again after president Trump made his surprise stop in November to see the troops in Afghanistan.

It’s my opinion that Trump really wants a deal with the Taliban in order to fulfill his promise to wind down the endless wars and American presence all over the world. And for Trump, it’s not just some hollow political slogan – “bring our boys (and girls) home.” He really means it.

It’s a laudable goal to be sure. One I agree with – particularly regarding Afghanistan.

And I also think that the President understands that, short of a “peace” agreement, our military is there for a long time. And it’s already been 18 years. read more

Diplomats Lack Common Sense

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Have scientists found the area of the brain that generates common sense? I’m guessing they must have not only located it, but discovered a means of extracting it.

It also appears that every Western diplomat, as well as the entire Obama White House, has had the “common sense” extraction procedure.

Through the years, diplomats have demonstrated a complete lack of common sense – possibly the most famous being the Neville Chamberlain “Peace in Our Time” declaration.

There’s Madeleine Albright’s stupidity in dealing with North Korea, and Hillary Clinton’s Russian “Reset” debacle. And now the latest is the repeated Israel/Hamas cease-fire.

Anyone with any common sense must know that one cannot negotiate a peace with terrorists, who by their own admission wish to exterminate their enemies. read more

Another Israeli Mistake

from The American Thinker:

Israel Defense Force (IDF) ground units completed their withdrawal from Gaza on Tuesday, August 5. At first, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that this was part of a strategic Israeli decision to deal unilaterally with Hamas. Then Israel agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire, supposedly without committing to talks. Now Israel will enter Egyptian-mediated talks with Hamas, in contradiction to Netanyahu’searlier pledge that there would be “no accommodation, only deterrence.”

One thing is very clear at this point: Israel did not seek or win a military victory over Hamas, no matter what Netanyahu says, nor are most Israelis buying that claim. For its part, Hamas claimed victory too. At best Israel achieved yet another draw with Hamas, though at much higher cost than in previous campaigns. Yes, Hamas suffered disproportionately. But its leadership remains intact, as do much of its rocket and artillery forces, and almost certainly some undiscovered terror tunnels. For Hamas, such a result is not a defeat.

Yet a military victory was within Israel’s grasp. The Israeli retreat began on August 3, shortly after the IDF determined that Lieutenant Hardar Goldin, feared kidnapped by Hamas, was in fact dead.  Hamas terrorists attempted to abduct Goldin on August 1, shortly after another ceasefire went into effect in Gaza.  read more

America Endures Rocket Attacks

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Imagine a time in the future when Canada’s Muslim population decides it’s tired of waiting – it’s had enough of America’s decadence and is ready to take action against us.

Their leader, Salaam al-Bakr al-Hoser-eh and his Back Bacon Brigade have been stockpiling weapons, including rockets.

On a warm summer morning, the quiet of a major city is shattered by dozens of rockets raining down on it. Areas of Detroit are demolished.

Okay… Wait… That’s a bad example and poor scouting of the Canadian terror group. In Detroit, no one would even notice the difference.

All right – how about the Vancouver-based terror group raining missiles down on the café lined streets of Seattle.

Like ISIS, the Back Bacon Brigade have actually taken over parts of Canada that border the United States and have set up their own quasi-government, and a weakened Canada is just allowing it to happen.

Well, upon hearing the attacks on the TV news, President Malia Obama calls for a press conference, where she announces that the United States will conduct controlled pinpoint attacks on the growing Back Bacon Brigade scourge. read more

Faux Ceasefire

Report: Spy Satellite Detects Iranian Long-Range Rocket Shipment to Gaza

by:  at the Blaze

Showing just how fragile the Israel-Hamas ceasefire declared Wednesday is, a new report says Iran was already preparing a new shipment of long-range rockets for terrorist groups in Gaza even while the ceasefire was being finalized.Sunday Times Reports Israeli Spy Satellite Detects Iranian Long Range Rocket Shipment to GazaIsrael’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted incoming rockets fired from Gaza (photo credit: IDF)

Britain’s Sunday Times reports Israeli spy satellites last week detected a cargo ship being loaded with rockets and other weapons at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. Israeli intelligence officials believe those weapons are headed for Gaza.

Ynet provides further detail on the route Iranian secret shipments take via Sudan and Egypt:

Israeli intelligence sources believe the weapons-laden cargo ship will pass through the well established Iranian weapons smuggling route to Gaza, through Sudan and the Red Sea. Sources told the British newspaper that they believe Iranian ships stationed in Eritrea will escort the ship from the moment it enters the Red Sea. “Regardless of the ceasefire agreement, we will attack and destroy any shipment of arms to Gaza once we have spotted it,” an Israeli defense source said.

It appears that the ship’s cargo includes Fajr-5 missiles, which terrorist groups have already fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during Operation Pillar of Defense, and possibly Shahab-3 missiles, which can hit deep in Israeli territory.

Adding another layer to the threat facing Israel, the report suggests those Shahab-3 missiles wouldn’t even need to make it all the way to Gaza and could be fired at Israel from Sudan.

Intelligence officials believe the Fajr-5 missiles are broken apart for shipment, whisked through smuggling tunnels into Gaza and then reassembled by terror groups on the ground.

Last month, a weapons factory in Sudan was destroyed in a bombing Sudanese officials blamed on the Israeli Air Force. Some reports suggested the factory was being used to build Iranian long-range missiles. The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs Amos Gilad then said Sudan is a key transit point for shipment of arms to Gaza terrorists.

On Sunday, a Sudanese official said the arms factory that was bombed will be relocated away from residential areas, according to the Associated Press.

As TheBlaze posted Saturday, whereas in the past it was more secretive, Hamas is now openly boasting about the support it receives from Iran. Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar said Saturday he believes Tehran will increase military support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad. If the Sunday Times report is accurate, it appears that is already happening.

Comment by the Common Constitutionalist: This ceasefire, like most all ceasefires is bogus. Hamas was getting their ass kicked by the Israelis. They (or one of their colaborators) asked for the ceasefire in order to regroup and rearm, with the help of Iran. Israel was foolish to agree to this. They must know they are the most hated country on earth. So what’s the point in agreeing to this farce? They will eventually sign their death warrant by doing these types of things. Victory is only achieved by beating the enemy into submission. They can’t do that if they keep letting the enemy up off the canvas. 

Islamic Dictator in Egypt?

Protests rock Egypt after Morsi seizes new powers

from: Reuters

with comments provided by: the Common Constitutionalist [  ]

Protesters stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s party in Alexandria on Friday, throwing chairs and books into the street and setting them alight, after the Egyptian president granted himself sweeping new powers. [Really, who would have seen this coming. Certainly not Bill Kristol ]

Supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and opponents also threw stones at each other near a mosque in the city, Egypt’s second largest, a witness said. [ Have you noticed, they never seem to run out of stones in these middle-east cities. Do they have them trucked in or something for these special occasions? ]

Two cars had glass smashed as the clashes moved away from the area.

In Port Said, another port on the Mediterranean, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party headquarters and pelted it with rocks. Some tried to storm it but did not enter, another witness said. There’s the rocks again. Maybe I’ll develop a vending machine that dispenses rocks. Maybe a nickel a rock or 25 for a dollar. ]

In Cairo, thousands demonstrated against the decree issued on Wednesday night, calling Morsi “pharaoh” for seizing new powers.

Morsi’s decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution. [ Didn’t they vote this guy in? Could the Egyptians have been that stupid not to know who Morsi is? On the hand, I should talk; look who we just reelected. ]

Morsi’s aides said the decree was to speed up a protracted transition that has been hindered by legal obstacles but Morsi’s rivals were quick to condemn him as a new autocratic pharaoh who wanted to impose his Islamist vision on Egypt. [ Wow! That sounds eerily familiar; kind of like an Executive Order from a president who just can’t wait around for Congress to act. ]

“Morsi a ‘temporary’ dictator,” was the headline in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm and hundreds of protesters in Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, demanded Morsi quit, accusing him of launching a “coup”.

Buoyed by accolades from around the world for mediating a truce between Hamas and Israel, Morsi on Thursday ordered that an Islamist-dominated assembly writing the new constitution could not be dissolved by legal challenges. [ Did anyone else notice that an hour after the treaty was announced, Hamas lobbed a rocket into Israel? Heck of a job, eh? ]

Morsi, an Islamist whose roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood party, also gave himself sweeping powers that allowed him to sack the unpopular general prosecutor and opened the door for a retrial for Mubarak and his aides.

The president’s decree aimed to end the logjam and push Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, more quickly on its democratic path, the presidential spokesman said. [ I think that may be a typo. I think they meant to write theocratic, not democratic, but maybe I’m just splitting hairs. Tomato, Tomahto. ]

“President Morsi said we must go out of the bottleneck without breaking the bottle,” Yasser Ali told Reuters.

The president said any decrees he issued while no parliament sat, could not be challenged; moves that consolidated his powers but look set to polarize Egypt further, threatening more turbulence in a nation at the heart of the Arab Spring.

“The people want to bring down the regime,” shouted protesters in Tahrir, echoing one of the chants that was used in the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down.

The decree is bound to worry Western allies, particularly the United States, a generous benefactor to Egypt’s army, which effusively praised Egypt for its part in bringing Israelis and Palestinians to a ceasefire on Wednesday. [ I can guarntee the Obama administration isn’t the slightest bit worried. I’d lay odds they are supporting Morsi and the Brotherhood government. ]

The West may become concerned about measures that, for example, undermine judicial independence. But one Western diplomat said it was too early to judge and his nation would watch how the decree was exercised in the coming days. [ As long as he is a benevolent dictator, like our beloved leader. ]

“We are very concerned about the possible huge ramifications of this declaration on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, said at the United Nations in Geneva. [ Really! Human Rights? The UN is only ever concerned with human rights abuses when they can claim America is at fault. ]

“The decree is basically a coup on state institutions and the rule of law that is likely to undermine the revolution and the transition to democracy,” Mervat Ahmed, an independent activist in Tahrir protesting against the decree, said. “I worry Morsi will be another dictator like the one before him.” [ No need to worry. It’s too late for that. He will be, and like us here in the U.S., you’re stuck with him. ]

Leading liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, who joined other politicians on Thursday night to demand the decree was withdrawn, wrote on his Twitter account that Morsi had “usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh”.

Cease Fire – Terrorist Style

The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted five Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward Ashkelon Saturday night. The renewed rocket fire came on the heels of a declared cease fire by Hamas and an IDF (Israeli Defense Force) response asserting that “fire will be met by fire and quiet by quiet”.

No damage or injuries were reported from the intercepted Grad rockets.

On Saturday, over 20 rockets were fired into Israel, amounting to nearly 150 since the beginning of hostilities on Monday. A number of rockets targeted Sderot, injuring a factory worker. One projectile also smashed into an empty school, causing extensive damage.

The Israel Air Force retaliated with a number of airstrikes late Friday night after terrorist groups in Gaza, although not Hamas,  fired rockets into Israel despite reports that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had gone into effect in the morning. IDF sources said that most of the rocket fire over the weekend was carried out by the Popular Resistance Committees and other small terror factions.

In response to the rocket attacks on Friday, early Saturday morning the IAF (Israeli Air Force) bombed three Hamas bases in the Gaza Strip, wounding around 20 people. In response, Hamas fired rockets and mortar shells mostly into Sderot. The factory worker was injured in one of the attacks while seeking cover. He sustained moderate shrapnel wounds to his neck and stomach and was rushed to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

A factory manager said that the site had been hit twice before, but that on this occasion, expensive equipment worth millions sustained a direct hit. Two other civilians were treated for shock in the attack.

Also Saturday, the IAF carried out an airstrike against Palestinians spotted preparing to launch rockets into Israel. Two Palestinians were killed, raising the death tally to 14.

“We will continue operating to prevent the rocket fire but in general, quiet will be met by quiet and fire by fire,” a senior IDF officer said Saturday night.

The officer said that Israel had received signals from the Egyptians that Hamas was interested in ending the current round of violence. He attributed Hamas’s interest in stopping the fighting to the IDF’s aggressive response Friday night and Saturday to the rocket fire which included bombings of several of the group’s military bases.

“Hamas was surprised by the bombing of one of its bases since until now the IDF has limited its attacks to smaller outposts,” the officer said. “This made Hamas understand that it is in its interest to obtain quiet.”

The officer said that while Hamas was not behind most of the rocket fire over the weekend, Israel expected it to rein in the other terror factions in Gaza and to stop their rocket attacks.

“If the attacks continue though the IDF will not hesitate to act against the terrorist launching the rockets,” the officer said.

Attribution: Jerusalem Post