I only ask because when POTUS was in Mexico he blasted amnesty opponents as "demagogues." I understood that to mean that he didn't seriously credit the historically verified possibility of a post-amnesty illegal immigrant flood. And if he doesn't credit that possibility then he probably isn't thinking much about the very real potential for a refugee crisis in the aftermath of a Mexican collapse. Which is a problem, because Mexico pretty much looks like it's on the brink of collapse.
Between the routine mass murder and the ambushing of military patrols and the stitching of enemies' faces on soccer balls and the dumping of heads in town squares and the hanging of victims from overpasses and the revenge slayings of dead soldiers' entire families and the savage beheadings of women and disabled men and the murdering of investigative journalists and the dissolving of drug rivals in acid, it kind of seems like Mexican authorities don't really have a handle on their country. Which is what you'd expect given that the entire country runs on drug money:Mexican cartels, which control most of the cocaine and methamphetamine smuggled into the United States, bring an estimated $25 billion to $40 billion into Mexico from their global operations every year. To put that in perspective: Mexico probably made more money in 2009 moving drugs than it did exporting oil, its single biggest legitimate foreign currency earner... drug cash is everywhere in Mexico. It has even propped up the country's banking system, helping it ride out the financial crisis and aiding the country's economy... narco money finds its way onto the books of restaurants, construction firms and bars as drug lords try to legitimize their cash and prevent police from tracing it."Mexico is saturated with this money," said George Friedman, who heads geopolitical analysis firm Stratfor.
Referring to his country's less than innovative agricultural industry, one Cabinet-level Mexican official emphasized that farmers "should follow the example of drug traffickers because they produce what the market demands." Memo to the OED: it's time.
References and related after the jump...
* CNSNews.com Speaking in Mexico, Obama Calls American Opponents of Immigration Amnesty 'Demagogues' [CNS News]
* New INS Report: 1986 Amnesty Increased Illegal Immigration [CIS]
* Video: Er, what if Mexico collapses? [Hot Air]
* 7 bodies found in abandoned cars in south Mexico [AP]
* Shootout in Mexico kills 2 soldiers, 4 gunmen [AP]
* Mexico man's face skinned and stitched onto a soccer ball in Sinaloa in threat to Juarez drug cartel [NY Daily News]
* Man's head found in Mexican town square [AP]
* Murder victims found hanging from Mexico overpass [AP]
* Revenge in Drug War Chills Mexico
* 2 men decapitated, 2 women killed on Mexico border [AP]
* Reporter kidnapped and killed in northern Mexico [AP]
* Alleged chief of violent Mexican cartel captured [AP]
* From spas to banks, Mexico economy rides on drugs [Reuters]
* Mexico farm official: Drug lords have much to teach [Chron]
* Narco-Capitalism [Wiki]
Cambridge University Cancels Speech by Israeli Historian over “anti-Muslim statements…” — Winds Of Jihad By SheikYerMami
The Cambridge University Israel Society has cancelled a meeting at which the Israeli historian Benny Morris was to speak, after objections by the Islamic Society and others who drew attention to Morris’s record of anti-Muslim statements.
See the Facebook page “Cambridge protests Islamophobia on campus“.
According to our dictionary an Islamophobe (is-slahm-o-fohb) – is a non-Muslim who knows too much about Islam.
What to do on a plane if the passenger next to you is irritating you:
1. Remove your lap top from its bag
2. Open the laptop slowly and carefully
3. Turn on
4. Ensure the passenger next to you is watching
5. Connect to the Internet and turn on the sound.
6. Close your eyes for a brief moment, open them again, turn your gaze upwards to the sky as if in prayer
7. Take a deep breath and open this site http://www.myit-media.de/the_end.html
8. Turn and observe the facial expression of your neighbouring passenger
The number of Jews in Judea and Samaria has grown to 313,000 – double the growth rate of the rest of Israel – according to the latest Civil Administration report.
The Civil Administration report, as quoted by Haaretz, shows that the population in Judea and Samaria grew in the past half-year by 2.75%, and by 5.1% in the past year, and now stands at 312,940. A large part of the growth is due to the hareidi-religious cities of Beitar Illit (6.3%) and Modiin Illit (9,8%) - but even without those cities, Yesha’s growth rate of 3.8% more than doubles that of the rest of Israel, which stands at 1.7%Two-thirds of the towns in Yesha grew at a higher rate than the rest of Israel (see below).
MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh), one of the original driving forces in the early years of the settlement enterprise, both as top aide to then-Housing Minister Ariel Sharon and as one of the founding members of Beit El, said it's just another step in the glorious return of the Nation of Israel to the Land of Israel.
“The steeply-climbing number of Jews living in Judea and Samaria joins the 300,000 Jews in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem over the Green Line,” Katz said, “and is proof that the eternality of the Nation of Israel is much stronger than the freeze decrees of a weak prime minister who violates his promises. We guarantee that the hundreds of thousands of Jews in Yesha will continue to multiply and will reach into the millions.”
Ketzaleh noted the disproportionate national contributions of the Yesha population: “The pioneers of Yesha already make up the backbone of the commanding echelons in the IDF, as well as the main educational institutions of the country: the Hesder yeshivot, the pre-military academies, the ulpanot [girls’ yeshiva high school, and the university in Ariel. They are the supporting column of Israeli society. In every generation, G-d gives us heroes who lead us, from the Maccabim, to the pioneers of the Land of Israel of 100 years ago, and up to the settlers of today. These groups are the torch-bearers of the nation’s most internal values: Torah, Nation, Land. They will emerge victorious over the current prime minister and his attempts to humiliate them.”
Sample populations in Judea and Samaria and their growth rate over the past half-year:
Shomron Regional Council – 25,875, up 3.75%
Binyamin Regional Council (Israel’s largest) – 47,636, up 2.5%
Mt. Hevron Regional Council – 5,909, up 3.8%
Gush Etzion Regional Council – 15,818, up 3.5%
Maaleh Adumim – 36,508, up 2.1%
Alfei Menashe – 7,338, up 3.2%
Ariel – 18,264, up 1%
Efrat – 8,674, up 2.4%
Elkanah – 3,460, up 2.4%
Kedumim – 3,840, up 1%
Kiryat Arba – 6,774, up 1%
this contradicts recent reports that the Arabs would take Judea and Samaria by attrition.
Two barrels of explosives washed up off the coast between Ashdod and Ashkelon on Monday night. Fortunately, no one was hurt.Islamic Jihad, the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and the Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades issued a leaflet in Gaza claiming responsibility for sending three explosive devices to Ashkelon and Ashdod.Haaretz adds:
A large barrel filled with explosives was found on a beach in the Ashkelon area Monday morning. The beach was closed.
Policemen and bomb disposal experts neutralized the explosives, according to police spokesman Miki Rosenfeld.
A second barrel filled with explosives was discovered later in the day on the shore of the city of Ashdod.
Authorities conducted a controlled explosion on the second barrel. Police were combing the beaches, and nearby areas were closed to the public. Authorities have not discussed a third device.
The Israel Defense Forces, in a statement Monday, said several Palestinian groups had claimed responsibility January 29 for a maritime terrorist attack after the detonation of two sea-born explosive devices about two kilometers (1.24 miles) off the coast of Gaza.Both barrels, containing between 15 and 25 kilograms of explosives each, were neutralized by police sappers.YNet adds:
Sources in the Southern District police said they believed the barrels, which originated in Gaza, were intended to explode next to a ship or near beachgoers.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the barrels.
Police have banned fishing or swimming at the beaches between Ashdod and Zikim today over concerns that there may be additional explosives still in the Mediterranean or on a beach.
Security officials said that terror actions at sea are carried out jointly by Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees.
As far as is known, Hamas is not directly involved in these actions.
Security officials said the attempted attack was original, but not especially sophisticated, and that attempts by terror groups to perpetrate attacks by sea would continue and increase in the near future.
Large police contingents are to deploy today to search for any additional explosive charges. The operation was ordered by police head of operations Maj. Gen. Bentzi Sao after he held consultations.
The search began last night along the shore, on foot and by air, and was scheduled to resume at dawn today.
Security personnel at infrastructure facilities along the shore were instructed to heighten their level of alertness and to conduct increased patrols.
Police are asking the public to be particularly aware of any suspicious objects, especially at bathing beaches, and to inform the police immediately if they find anything unusual.
The barrel that washed ashore on Ashkelon's Hofit beach was discovered by a fisherman at 11:30 A.M. After he called police the beach was evacuated. It took several hours for sappers to neutralize the explosives, which were taken to a laboratory for examination.A senior official in one of the Palestinian organizations said that the devices discovered in the sea near Ashdod and Ashkelon were intended for a terrorist attack on the Ashdod Port and on oil infrastructures in the Ashkelon area.Someone please remind me what the difference is between Fatah and the other terrorists. Why are we 'negotiating' with Fatah?
The source told Ynet that the planned attack was a joint effort by the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's military wing, Salah a-Din Brigades, the PRC's military wing and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing. The senior official said that the devices were sent to sea last weekend in response to Israel's crimes.
Ayoub Kara is a rarity in this country. He's an Israeli Arab MK who gets it. In fact, he's an Israeli who just happened to be born Arab and not an 'Israeli Arab' like the ones I usually describe with scarequotes. There are two reasons for this: He's Druze and not Muslim, and he belongs to the Likud and not to one of the 'Israeli Arab' parties. In fact, Kara often gets it better than his Prime Minister.
Kara gets it about Christians in the Middle East enough that he met with the Pope in Rome last week and tried to explain it to the Pope.Member of Knesset Ayoub Kara said on Monday that he got the feeling from his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican last week that the Catholic Church was behind the pontiff on behalf of the Jewish people. Speaking on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal, the deputy minister for development of the Negev and the Galilee said that the pope's speech on International Holocaust Day showed that he knew what happened in the concentration camps.I have my doubts that this Pope gets it about the Holocaust (see canonization of Pope Pius XII and Williamson) but Kara definitely gets it about what would happen to churches in the Middle East if there were no State of Israel. In fact, the number of Christians is increasing in only one country in our region.
Kara said that after his meeting with the pope, he had an argument with the Church's representative on the Middle East, who said internationalization of Jerusalem was the optimal solution to the Arab-Israeli struggle over the capital. Kara responded by saying that if there was no Israel, there would be no churches in the Middle East, noting how the Christians of Bethlehem and Nazareth are being treated by their Muslim neighbors. He added that the interest of the Church should be Israeli control, and felt that some of what he said was accepted by the cardinal.
You guessed it: Israel.
"I've just been told something I didn't know; that eating pork improves your sex life ... I'd say it's a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra," President Cristina Fernandez said to leaders of the pig farming industry.
She said she recently ate pork and "things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true."
Argentines are the world's biggest per capita consumers of beef, but the government has sought to promote pork as an alternative in recent years due to rising steak prices and as a way to diversify the meat industry.
"Trying it doesn't cost anything, so let's give it a go," Fernandez said in the televised speech.
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
Your Tax Dollars Hard @ Work: Or did you think the Pal’s are paying for this?Once again, youtube is protecting you from knowing too much: Even more telling than the genocidal lunacy of this ranting monkey is the fact that the video has been removed for “terms of service violation.”But we got more, much more. You know that, that’s why you read WoJ:
Evidence that the genocidal hadith, in which Muhammad says that in the end times Muslims will hunt down Jews and murder them, is taken seriously — and that Mahmoud Abbas was lying about what goes on in Palestinian mosques.
“PATV sermon: ‘Jews are enemies of Allah and humanity – Kill them,” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, February 1: Here is the transcript from Jihad Watch>>>
Since the video has been removed, we replaced it with this one:
Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub:
The Jews are the Enemies of Muslims Regardless of the Occupation of Palestine; ‘Believe That We Will Fight, Defeat, and Annihilate Them, Until Not a Single Jew Remains on the Face of the Earth’ MEMRI
Israel wiped off the globe, again:(IsraelNN.com) American Jewish protesters have convinced Target stores to recall a mini-globe that wiped Israel off the map and instead described the land as “Palestine.” Target apologized and said it had no intention “to offend any of our guests.”
Jews rallied at Target stores in New York after discovering that the mini-globe refers to the Land of Israel as “Palestine.” “We’re fighting [a] global war on terrorism, and in this global war we have to ‘target’ the people who are coming against us,” protest leader Rabbi Gary Moskowitz told NBC New York. Jews Protests ‘on Target’ as Stores Recall ‘Palestine’ GlobeHere’s the transcript from the video removed from youtube:
A sermon calling for the genocide of Jews was broadcast Friday by PA TV, which is under the control of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The speech called the Jews the enemies of God and humanity, and compared Jews to Nazis.In a recent interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Abbas proudly declared that there is no more incitement in the mosques:Actually, the Gharqad tree is not in the Qur’an, but the Hadith.
“They [Israel] said there is a problem with incitement in speeches in mosques
during Friday prayers. Today there is no more incitement at any mosque,” he
[Abbas] said.” [Haaretz, Dec. 16, 2009]
The following is the transcript of excerpts of the hate speech in a mosque broadcast on PA TV:
[...] “The Jews, the enemies of Allah and of His Messenger, the enemies of Allah and of His Messenger! Enemies of humanity in general, and of Palestinians in particular – they wage war against us using all kinds of crimes, and as you see – even the mosques are not spared their racism…
“Oh Muslims! The Jews are the Jews. The Jews are the Jews. Even if donkeys would cease to bray, dogs cease to bark, wolves cease to howl and snakes to bite, the Jews would not cease to harbor hatred towards Muslims. The Prophet said that if two Jews would be alone with a Muslim, they would think only of killing him. Oh Muslims! This land will be liberated, these holy places and these mosques will be liberated, only by means of a return to the Quran and when all Muslims will be willing to be Jihad Fighters for the sake of Allah and for the sake of supporting Palestine, the Palestinian people, the Palestinian land, and the holy places in Palestine. The Prophet says: ‘You shall fight the Jews and kill them, until the tree and the stone will speak and say: ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah’ – the tree and the stone will not say, ‘Oh Arab,’ they will say, ‘Oh Muslim’. And they will not say, ‘Where are the millions?’ and will not say, ‘Where is the Arab nation?’ Rather, they will say, ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah – there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’ Except for the Gharqad tree [tree mentioned in the Quran - Ed.], which is the tree of the Jews. Thus, this land will be liberated only by means of Jihad…”
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 29, 2010]
Jews as “Christ-Killers” in IslamAndrew Bostom
The gulf between modern Muslim and Christian teachings with regard to the “Christ-killer” allegation against the Jews couldn’t be wider.
Lenny Bruce often confronted the deicide or “Christ-killer” allegation in his bold pre-Vatican II act. The comedian would relate how a beleaguered Jew put a note in his cellar, where it could easily be found, to absolve all other Jews. It said: “I did it. Morty.” For weeks, the American media has been inundated with apoplectic diatribes surrounding the unproven, (soon to be disproven?) potential impact of Mel Gibson’s recently released, “The Passion of The Christ” on reviving this now heretical allegation, forty years after Vatican II. Curiously ignored in this overheated discussion is the openly professed, orthodox theological view of Islam and Muslims that the Jews themselves (ala Morty?), claimed to have killed Christ.
Specifically, Quran 4:157-158 iterates,
“That they [i.e., the Jews] said in boast, “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not…Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise…
Ibn Kathir (d. 1373), a pre-eminent Muslim historian, theologian, and Qur’anic commentator, provides this elaboration of Qur’an 4:157-158, which emphasizes the Jews overall perfidy, especially their gloating (but unknowingly “false”) claim to have killed Jesus:
“When Allah sent Isa (Jesus) with proofs and guidance, the Jews — may Allah’s curses, anger, torment, and punishment be upon them – envied him because of his prophethood and obvious miracles…the Jews defied him…and tried their best to harm him. Allah’s Prophet Isa (Jesus) could not live in any one city for long and he had to travel often with his mother…Even so, the Jews were not satisfied, and they went to the King of Damascus at that time a Greek polytheist who worshipped stars. They told him there was a man…misguiding and dividing the people in Jerusalem and stirring unrest among the king’s subjects. The king became angry and wrote to his deputy in Jerusalem to arrest the rebel leader, stop him from causing unrest, crucify him and make him wear a crown of thorns. When the king’s deputy in Jersusalem received these orders, he went with some Jews to the house that Isa (Jesus) was residing in, and he was with twelve, thirteen, or seventeen of his companions. That day was a Friday, in the evening. They surrounded Isa (Jesus) in the house, and when he felt that they would soon enter the house or that he would sooner or later have to leave it, he said to his companions, ‘Who volunteers to be made to look like me, for which he will be my companion in Paradise?’A young man volunteered, but Isa (Jesus) thought that he was too young. He asked the question a second time and third time, each time the young man volunteering, prompting Isa (Jesus) to say, ‘Well, then you will be that man.’ Allah made the young man look exactly like Isa (Jesus), while a hole opened in the roof of the house, and Isa (Jesus) was made to sleep and ascended to heaven while asleep…When Isa (Jesus) ascended, those who were in the house came out. When those surrounding the house saw the man who looked like Isa (Jesus), they thought that he was Isa (Jesus). So they took him at night, crucified him and placed a crown of thorns on his head. The Jews boasted that they killed Isa (Jesus) and some Christians accepted their false claim due to their ignorance and lack of reason.
In his commentary on the related Qur’anic verse 4:159,
“And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his death; and on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them.”
Ibn Kathir elucidates the Islamic version of the “Resurrection” from the hadith (oral tradition recording Muhammad’s words and actions) in which Isa (Jesus), who is merely a Muslim prophet preaching Islam, returns to “break the cross, kill the pig, and banish the jizyah [Qur’anic poll-tax signifying a non-Muslims subjugation under Islamic rule] and call all the people to Islam.”
It is critically important to understand that all the essential themes of Ibn Kathir’s narrative regarding the Crucifixion are reiterated in the authoritative contemporary (February 1991 English edition) manual of Islamic Law (‘Umdat al-salik wa’uddat al-nasik), “The Reliance of the Traveller,” which is certified by Cairo’s distinguished Al-Azhar University. In addition, “Reliance of the Traveller” reaffirms the accepted interpretation of Isa’s (Jesus’) return as described in the Qur’an andhadith:
“(T)he time and place for [the poll tax] is before the final descent of Jesus…After his final coming, nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus’ descent…
The modern pronouncements and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church stand in stark relief. For example, Professor Phillip Cunningham (in, “Education for Shalom: Religion Textbooks and the Enhancement of the Catholic-Jewish Relationship,” 1995, p. 39) summarized the principal features of the Second Vatican Council’s “Declaration of the Relationship of The Church to Non-Christian Religions” (Nostre Aetate), issued in 1965, as follows:
“Nostre Aetate rejected key elements of the ancient anti-Jewish tradition. ‘The Jews’ were not guilty of the crucifixion, had not been renounced by God, were not under a wandering curse, and their covenantal bond with God endured.”
Furthermore, despite the fact that Islam categorically rejects the Gospels’ account of the Crucifixion, large segments of the Muslim intelligentsia were infuriated by theNostre Aetate declaration rejecting the charge of deicide against the Jewish people. According to prominent dhimmi cleric advocates of the Islamic viewpoint, such as Youakim Moubarac (in, L’Islam et le Dialogue Islamo-Chretien, Pentalogie Islamo-Chretienne, 1972-1973.), Muslim protestations “against the disculpation of the Jewish people” were lodged in “a perfectly authentic pursuit” of the Qur’an “ for the honor of God and the Virgin.” Moubarac added that Jews were “the principal agent of an entire sinful mankind [and] …blame cannot be placed on this mankind for a deed for which its prime author is absolved.” The historian Bat Ye’or has noted bluntly that the sentiments expressed by Moubarac and his ilk reflect an “Islamic and Christian anti-Judaism [which] mutually strengthened each other in order to torpedo Judeo-Christian rapprochement.”
As a Jew, even an admittedly very secular one, it has been quite reassuring to see the preponderance of devout American Christians fully prepared and willing to mollify any potentially anti-Semitic (especially deicidal) motifs in “The Passion of The Christ,” due in no small part to The Church’s sincere modern teachings. There is no remotely comparable progressive strain evident in the Islamic world. Muslim clerics and regimes, especially in the Near East, vehemently opposed, and continue to oppose, the Vatican II/ Nostre Aetate renunciation of the deicide allegation against Jews. Moreover, basic Islamic theology regarding the deicide allegation, and its ugly related politics, are barely known in the West, due to a combination of profound ignorance, and deliberate, cynical obfuscation. The chasm between modern Muslim and Christian teachings with regard to the “deicide/Christ-killer” allegation against the Jews, as well as the overall conception of Jesus, couldn’t be wider. Religious leaders, as well as elites in government policy, academia, and the media must begin to discuss this asymmetry candidly, as well as its implications for serious, meaningful interfaith “dialogue” between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Pam Geller’s new poster vandalized by leftist, so sanctimonious she can’t even see why she was arrestedMona Eltahawy is a darling of the feminist progressive left. She was recently attacked in Egypt's Tahrir square. ...another left win...
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Israel Matzav: It's official: Government inquiry finds al-Dura 'killing' was a hoax
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but the Third Intifada pages are OK?
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