Sunday, 5 July 2020

Appreciation for White Exploration and Discovery

You can’t have a sense of history or create a better future by bulldozing the past. That is what Black Lies Matter is doing
Destroying the statue of the man who discovered America is a metaphor of what they are doing. Christopher Columbus. What would America be like today if it had not been discovered by men like Columbus, men with pioneering minds? Explorers going where no man went before, reaching out over water, land and space to discover new worlds.
Without the spirit of adventure and curiosity of people like Columbus, what would the continent of America be today? Would it be the extraordinary beacon of progress, freedom and democracy? Or would it be a large barren backwater?
Lincoln let the way to emancipation and progress which African-Americans and minorities enjoy today, hampered though they are under Democrat governance.
Would an undiscovered America it be like parts of Africa and the Middle East? Desolate desperate territories where poverty, wars and slavery still prevail?
Would these places be improved or made worse today with more Western intervention of innovation, science, technology, freedoms and democracy, or less?
So why this nonsense of white guilt and white privilege?
White enlightenment and progress has lit up the places it has shone its light. It has given them order, education, health, science and development.
So, when people curse the founding of America let them think of what America would be without the intervention of brave explorers and men of spirit eager to create a better world.

Barry Shaw, 
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Muslims can pray in Jerusalem. It’s easy. Come in Peace.



I read an article in the London edition of the Al-Arab newspaper.
It is always interesting from a strategic point of view to get a feeling of the mood of the Arab world and this article entitled “Now is not the time for chants about Jerusalem” was built around the premise of Muslim yearning to pay in Jerusalem. From an Israeli perspective, that Yearning is indelibly linked with conquest, and conquest brings with it wars and terror in failed attempts to eradicate the Jewish State.
If Arabs were as honest as Kheir Allah Kheir Allah, the author of the piece, it would become obvious to any practical Arab or Muslim that there is one overriding way they can indeed pray in Jerusalem that wouldn’t demand bloodletting as a way of achieving that ambition.
I will get to that solution later in this assessment.
Mr. Allah gives us a glimpse into the realities of most of the Middle East. It is not a pretty picture.
He invites us to look at Lebanon.
While Hezbollah chief, Hassan Nasrallah implores his minions to jihad in order to pray in Jerusalem, he does this from his protected bunker in a secure, but not so covert, location.  Believe me when I tell you that Israel knows exactly where he is located.
Hezbollah has ruined Lebanon, financially as well as politically. They have wasted the resources of that country fighting Iranian battles in Syria that has decimated the Lebanese economy.
Mr. Allah tells us that the Lebanese banking system is on the verge of collapse and, as long as Nasrallah is pulling the Lebanese purse strings, there is no immediate incentive for the World Bank, the IMF, or anyone else to come along and rescue them with Hezbollah choking Lebanon.
Abdullah al-Wardat, the regional director of the World Food Program, predicts that over a million Lebanese are at risk of falling below the food poverty line this year.
With Lebanon in such dire straits it is incredible to think that only a number of years ago this country was the “Switzerland of the Middle East,” the banking center of the region. Beirut was called the Cote d’Azur of the eastern Mediterranean. 
Those were the heady days before Arafat’s PLO, before the Assad father Syrian intervention, the rise of Islamic Hezbollah, and the interference of Iran.
These were peaceful days when Christians were fully 50% of the population and government rule was by amicable division of labors.
Look at it now. Christians have fled. It is the epicenter of divisiveness with Hezbollah profiting from global drug trade and money-laundering operations, including in Europe, the profits of which it refuses to share with the Lebanese population to drag it out of its misery.  It exports its indoctrinated manpower to fight proxy wars for Iran and Syria.
Which takes us to Syria in which a London opthamologist heralded a brighter future but who turned out to be an Alawite butcher.
Syria is now lying in total ruin with an estimated 13 million refugees or displaced people, more than half the population of that country. The death toll in Assad’s war against his own people is given at over half a million, including tens of thousands of children.
Al-Arab puts the number of Syrian’s living below the poverty line at 86%.
They also put the figures needed to protect Assad, his family and his coterie at an estimated $30 Billion. This is just to protect the Syrian leader’s grip on power. It is assessed that it will take in excess of $500 Billion to reconstruct Syria.
Who exactly is going to cover that cost? Hardly Iran. They are ambitious to use Syria as a battlefront runway against Israel but, as we have seen, Israel is savvy about what Iran is up to and strikes frequently, without boots on the ground, to destroy the Iranian forward bases and weapon assembly facilities which leaves Syria with even more collateral damage.
As for the Palestinians, they have become a distraction, a nuisance, for much of the Arab world that knows all too well they are nothing more than an occasionally deadly pinprick in the side of Israel.
Many Arab critics blame Palestinian leaders for missing too many opportunities for peace. In short, they have lost patience with them and are paving semi-covert relationships with Israel.
Any righteous Muslim is aware that Palestinians make false claims to ownership over Islamic holy shrines in Jerusalem. Their history places the wardenship of these shrines with the Hashemite Jordanian king. This was a position, often thought wrongly by Israelis, that was adopted by Moshe Dayan after Israel re-liberated the Old City of Jerusalem in a defensive war against Jordan in 1967.
In the battle for Jerusalem, the IDF succeeded in driving Jordanian forces out of the city. The Jordanians had occupied the eastern side of Jerusalem in an earlier war of aggression in 1948. 
During the 19 years of their occupation of Jerusalem, they had brutally driven all the Jews out of their ancestral homes in the Old City, deliberately destroyed all the Jewish synagogues and teaching centers, used Jewish gravestones from the Mount of Olives as paving stones, and the Jewish Temple walls as urinals.
Based on such a history, Israel can be forgiven for trusting nobody but itself for protecting the faith freedoms in the holy city of Jerusalem. But this gives an opportunity to Muslims who wish to pray in peace in Jerusalem.
Having to accept that peaceful prayers comes with the necessary price of security to all, there is no reason why Muslims cannot make their pilgrimage to Jerusalem just as Jews and Christians do on a regular undisturbed and protected basis.
Allowing their citizens to visit Israel may require Arab readers to literally bite the bullet and accept that Israel is ready to welcome their people on condition they come in peace.
Their visitors will be vetted by Israeli security and intelligence agencies for obvious reasons. This can be done partly by cooperation between Israel and the visitors government intelligence agencies.
I accept this may seem like a fantasy but, quite honestly, so was the two-state solution. That was a non-starter due to the duplicitous flawed character of the Palestinian leadership starting with Arafat and continuing with Mahmoud Abbas and all the Hamas/Palestinian Islamic Jihad bad actors. That fantasy turned out to be a nightmare for Israelis.
But, in the yearning to “give peace a chance” it may be worthy for Israel to welcome and let Arab and Muslim visitors see Israel as a prosperous, diverse peaceful society.
The problem of that may be that these visitors will return home to discover how regressive their own countries are compared to Israel, and how much they have been lied to through the years by their past leaders about the Jewish State.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. Author of '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.'

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Rioting Democratic Cities. Chaos, or Coordinated Mayhem?


What we just witnessed in the pandemic of riots, mainly based in Democrat states and cities, is the future of the Democratic Party.
Well-meaning people took to the streets to identify with the death of an African-American at the hands of the police. His death was filmed. It was awful to watch. The people were justified in identifying with that man’s suffering. To show that they care. They called it a protest against injustice, although the cop who killed George Floyd had been arrested and charged with murder. Justice was already in the process of being served.
No matter. The numbers swelled rapidly city by city. Mainly Democratic cities. The voices grew louder, more raucous, and, not unexpectedly, the violence erupted.
First, the target was the police. Vehicles and buildings were torched. Not all were police property. Other official buildings were ignored. Were they deliberately avoided?  Instead, the growing crowds became a mob, and the targets were the cities commercial districts.
Like a raging fire, the arsonists and looters destroyed commercial stores, private shops and vehicles.
To an untrained eye it seemed like anarchy, but the media called it justified anger, a protest that must be understood with sympathy.
The authorities restrained the police. Held them back and let the herd momentum take its course. Like a virus it rapidly spread its infection. This virus destroyed property and livelihoods. It was not incidental. There was motive and method behind it.
There was intent behind the mayhem.
The violent riots and apparent chaos, including arson and the wanton prolonged destruction of property and uncontrolled looting, was a symbiotic dance.
This crisis turned out to be the perfect storm.
It was hardly an accident that in every city the pattern was the same. Growing crowds looking for action, government stand down, total destruction unchallenged.
When this repeated itself city after city, day after day, you didn’t have to be a detective to see organized intent.
This was a symbiotic course of action loosely choreographed between local government, radical organizations, and the media, each with their intertwining ultimate goal. A hybrid desire for continued mayhem and economic distress to sway an angry public ahead of a vital upcoming election. The timing couldn’t have been better coming as it did at the tail end of a harmful virus lockdown.
Riots, burning everything in their way, pillaging. Smashing stores and buildings, taking whatever they could grab for free. Not caring who pays for the damage and the loss.
Intelligent people would call it robbery, arson and vandalism, but the looters see if differently.
They hate capitalism. They hate people who use their imagination, their money, and the ability to use their talents and hard work to try and build up small businesses, eventually in some cases becoming big businesses, that employ people.
They hate the whole notion of such an enterprise. They want to tear it down and take whatever they can grab.
What we saw on the streets of Democratic cities was a microcosm of Democratic big government. Take it from those that do and give it for free to those that don’t.
What we witnessed was Democratic policy crudely played out on the streets of Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, LA, and DC.  This is what the radical wing of the Democratic Party is promising the looters.
The protest of racial justice based on the killing of a black man by a white cop in Minneapolis was built on a questionable premise.  
True, the George Floyd killing was a tragic horror, but there is ample evidence the argument of police targeting innocent African-Americans being systemic in American society is heavily disputed by statistics and evidence.
Data provided by Statista, an independent, reliable and unbiased research center with global coverage in over 160 countries, showed that almost 50% more white people were shot by police between 2017 and 2020 than black people. 1268 to 698.
This was confirmed by Manhattan Institute fellow, Heather McDonald, who testified before a US Congressional Committee that an “epidemic of racially biased police shootings against black men” is false.
On the contrary, she said, “if there is a bias in police shootings, it is against white civilians,” quoting from a report by the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
The authors of that research were the universities of Maryland and Michigan, not exactly Republican strongholds.
Black radio host, Larry Elder, said, “It is not true that police go about mowing down black people.”
He quoted the CDC report that, in the last 45 years in America, killings of blacks by police have decreased by 75%, and in 2019 nine unarmed black people were killed by police as opposed to 19 unarmed white people.
“You don’t know the names of white people killed by the police,” he said, “because it happens all the time.”
The fulcrum of the current wave of disorder was the horrible killing of George Lloyd. Thousands took to the streets across America to protest this outrage. But no one took to the streets when a colored officer shot an innocent white woman to death outside her home in Minneapolis.
In 2017, officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed female Justine Damond outside her home. She was totally innocent.  Zero protests on behalf of the victim, or women killed by cops.
In the end, the bad cop received a 12-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
There was a short-term campaign, but not on behalf of Justine. It was an attempt to get the killer cop released from jail by angry protests including the slogan, “Free Mohamed Noor!”
Justine’s family won a $20 million law suit against the city, which will probably reflect the level of justice that Lloyd’s family will receive.
The important point here is that the city and the cop were found guilty of negligence and homicide. Not the President, as anti-Trump haters and the media projected recently over the Lloyd incident.
It was clearly a Democratic screw up as the Damond family statement spelt out after Lloyd’s murder, that Minneapolis learned nothing since Justine’s murder and had “not made adequate changes to their practices and training as we told they would after Justine’s murder.”
In other words, the Lloyd murder was a continuation of this Democratic city’s systemic failure, not a global race issue, and in no way connected to the President.
So what is going on, even beyond Minneapolis?
It had nothing to do with George Lloyd. The mob, and their organizers, did not listen to Lloyd’s family imploring them not to dishonor the memory of their dead brother and son by their violence and anarchy.
George Lloyd became a hashtag to hang a political street campaign. Just like #MeToo, #GeorgeLloyd carried a bias.  
Floyd today is a forgotten man.
It has nothing to do with the victim. It has everything to do with overturning a Trump Republican presidency.
It was a Democrat that said “never like a crisis go to waste.”?  It has become a party policy.
It includes the deliberate destruction of the economy. It is the Cloward-Piven strategy of community negative activism to change the face of government.
The Democratic Party is powered at local level by radical elements financed by wealthy non-elected manipulators.  The agenda is to take power locally, at state level, with the ultimate goal of usurping national power by fair means or foul, structured in a way that can never be reversed.
This role of state and city governance is to give the people what the powerful think they need. They fill their local councils with activists, their court benches with liberal judges that pervert constitutional law. They fill their towns with illegal immigrants and offer them freebies to keep them voting for them. They are working hard to restructure a voting system that will allow them to defraud the system and ride them into power.
At national level, the leading Democrat candidates all declared they would overspend. Just vote Democrat and get free education, free everything from the cradle to the grave, including abortions whenever you want, even after birth. Driving licenses and voting rights for illegal immigrants. Free bail-out for criminals awaiting trial, and no jail sentence for most. Those arrested for violent crimes and destruction during the riots know they have nothing to fear in Democratic states.
Is it any wonder that mayors and governors ordered their police forces to stand down and let the rioters rampage through their commercial districts? It was an unwritten, unspoken, cooperative venture with the hard left activist wings of the Democrat Party.
The Democrats have replaced law and order with no law and disorder. And it seems to be working for them.
And those economically damaged by the dwindling work opportunities as a result of both their virus lockdown policies and the widespread destruction of protest, will be given unemployment money higher than the minimum wage. So why work?  Just keep voting Democrat.
It’s an appealing message for millions of losers.  It’s message for troublesome people looking for power. Like the anarchists, the Marxists, the Communists. Like the radical bullyboys of Antifa and BlackLivesMatter who know how to manipulate a mass protest and direct the masses into action, negative action, like burning other people’s buildings and taking other people’s stuff in the name of protest.
Today’s riots will eventually die down, but which party will the looters and destroyers attach themselves to in their search for more free stuff? Take a guess.
It is worse than a virus.
This is a cancer that is metastasizing in America. This cancer has attached itself to the body politics of the Democratic Party.
This cancer feeds off the soft tissue and organs of a party that doesn’t yet feel the pain. The Democrat body welcomes them, feeds them, encourages them.
They don’t yet understand that this cancer is going to destroy them, if it doesn’t destroy America first.
Democrats think need this cancer in their obsessive quest for power. A fateful November is on the horizon. They think they can control the cancer, but the cancer is controlling them. 
Post-election, win or lose, old Democratic tissues will be replaced by stronger more radical tumors that will attach themselves to important organs enveloping and destroying the body that feeds it –democratic liberal progressive America.
The pain felt in Minneapolis, Los Angeles. San Francisco, Detroit, New York, the soft underbelly of “progressive” America, will not be cured by a November Democratic victory. 
And even if they lose 2020, the radical cancer will continue to spread within the Democratic body and throughout America hoping to emerge massively victorious come 2024.  
Let Democrats not fool themselves. This is not liberalism. This is not progressivism. This is not even Socialism. It is certainly not Americanism. This is Venezuela, Cuba, played out on a larger stage.  
It is intolerant and violent leftist fascism. It is the un-American heart of the Democratic Party. It is the de-structuring of America. It began in the Obama-Biden era. Today’s events are a continuation of their Baltimore and Ferguson legacy that elected weak incompetent leaders and pandered to the violent.
Conditions deteriorated rapidly in Obama-Biden inner cities despite their charismatic words that charmed and fooled the masses.
We see today the Saul Alinsky doctrine of Rules for Radicals, the strategy of local persuasion to a momentary cause while disguising the ultimate goal, the collapse of the economy by using a crisis to press home a political agenda, including publicly visible disruption and destruction to attract attention and drive willing hands to the cause of regime change. 
This is not democracy. It is the law of the jungle, which is no law at all.
A compliant media spreads the lies and misrepresents what was going on.  
“They don’t know what to do with that emotion, so they respond by lashing out. Do you see all this damage here? Acting out gets attention,” says CNN, koshering the violence, arson, and ruin of local communities.  As if thousands of looters, rushing in and out of Apple, Target, and other destroyed stores, with trolleys full of stolen goods, were doing this to get attention.
Speaking of CNN, another propagandist is Don Lemon. “Open your eyes America! We are teetering on a dictatorship,” after the President offered the National Guard to governors to restore law and order to America’s major cities.
Let me advise Mr. Lemon that America is teetering on the brink of anarchy, not dictatorship, due to lack of effective action by the authorities who are allowing their cities to burn to the ground.
The only question that requires answers is this is due to incompetence, or is it deliberate?
Why are piles of bricks mysteriously deposited at the roadside of forthcoming protests where there is no construction going on?
Why were bottles found with explosive additives down alleyways close to protest routes?
An Illinois man was arrested handing out explosives at a Minneapolis protest rally.
Baltimore, Ferguson, Detroit haven’t recovered, a decade after the Obama riots. These neighborhoods are a metaphor for Democratic America.
The Ferguson effect is seen all across America today where the rioters, looters and arsonists are given the freedom of the city in the name of Black Lives Matter. Thus began the downward spiral of decency by liberal Democrats.
Who in their right mind would reinvest in such troublesome communities? Justice for looters is a revolving door in Democratic courts. In New York, the policy of no bail fees is the brainchild of Governor Cuomo. Crime isn’t a crime. Criminals aren’t criminals. Store owners can only cry in frustration after the looters are arrested and released back onto the streets.  This is Democratic justice.
More evidence of the collusion between the rioters and the lack of police involvement came from former NY mayor and crime-fighter, Rudi Giuliani. He said that Bill De Blasio was interfering in the enforcement of the law. He accused the mayor of phoning his police chiefs and ordering them not to enforce the law.  “He is holding back the police department.”
This was confirmed by David Paterson, the former Democratic Governor of New York, who said, “We are dealing with a different kind of riot than we did years ago. We have outside agitators.”
“This is happening in Democratic progressive cities that are friendly with criminals,” Rudi Giuliani said to Fox News Sean Hannity.
A final word about the police is this. In the recent violence more police officers were injured than protesters
Leo Terrell is a civil rights lawyer and a Democrat. He is alarmed by what he has seen to express himself this way;
“We people of color want law and order. You know why these mayors and governors won’t bring in the National Guard? They don’t want to acknowledge that President Trump is absolutely right, and they don’t want to give him the credit.”
I will go one step further. They don’t do it because it doesn’t fit their political agenda which is diametrically opposite to that of a President who wants a prosperous America and was giving it to them before the virus and the rioting.
In a previous article, I wrote about the anecdotal tweeting of a person called Chris Martin Palmer. Hee HeH sent out a series of tweets as raging riots spread in his wealthy Los Angeles. As a Democrat, he thrilled by what the protesters were doing as he posted a picture of a burning Minneapolis building.
“Burn that s**t down! Burn it all down!” he thrilled.
The building happened to be an affordable housing project for the homeless and poor people.
CMP deleted that tweet, but you can’t delete a cancer, Chris.
As the raging arson fires moved in the direction of his own Los Angeles neighborhood, he still didn’t get it.
“Wouldn’t miss it for the world,” tweeted the excitable Chris. “A historic event. I will try to capture plenty images.”
The destruction of people’s properties and hard-earned businesses was just a selfie to him. No pain – yet.
By the time it moved into his rich neighborhood, he was getting worried.
“You bring that shit to our neighborhood and I’m gonna have a real problem with it. There’s a lot of people up here who care and are angry. Attacking our neighborhood kills the movement and disgraces George Floyd. Are the Beverly Hills cops jerks?”
Then, “They destroyed Starbucks and are now in front of my building. Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood!”
Too late, Chris. The cancer is in your party and it’s far too late for surgery.
Now Chris can do some self-reflection. Were the riots really chaos, or organized mayhem? And does he now subscribe to their goals?
Chris may get it, but too many voters haven’t. They are still oblivious of what is happening in front of their eyes.
The final question has to be, are you voting with the mob, or against them?

Barry Shaw, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

The Cancer in the Democratic Party. And it’s far too late for surgery.


What we just witnessed in the recent riots is the future of the Democratic Party.
A large number of well-meaning people took to the streets to identify with black folk. To show them that they care. They called it a protest against injustice, although the cop who killed George Floyd had been arrested and charged with murder, so justice was already in the process of being served.
But well-meaning events became angry protests and then turned into something worse. Much worse.
Riots, arson, pillaging. Smashing stores and buildings, taking whatever they could grab for free. Not caring who is going to pay for the damage, the loss.
Intelligent people would call it robbery and vandalism, but the looters see if differently.
They hate capitalism. They hate the people who use their imagination, their money, their talents, their hard work, to try and build up small businesses, eventually big businesses, that employ people.
They hate the whole notion of such an enterprise. So they destroy and they take whatever they can grab.
This is what they want in a world of big government. They want to suckle and survive off the money and the labor of others.
This basically is what the radical wing of the Democratic Party is promising them.  What we saw was Democratic policy crudely played out on the streets of Minneapolis.
This is what local and state Democrats are starting to give them. You don’t even have to be legally in their state or town to get the freebies. Local government will give you what you want. Just vote for them. The money will be provided by the hard-working middle class, by federal government.
Even when the state and the city has overspent, wildly overspent, someone else will pay. Just vote Democrat and they will give your kids free education, that is if you kid wants to learn. If not, no worries. Local government will give you unemployment money, even higher than you would get if you were working.
Just vote Democrat.
It’s an appealing message for millions of losers.  It’s message for troublesome people looking for power. Like the anarchists, the Marxists, the Communists. Like the radical bullyboys who know how to manipulate a mass protest and direct the masses into action, negative action like burning other people’s buildings and taking other people’s stuff.
Today’s riots will die down but which party will these looters and destroyers attach themselves to in their thirst for power and more free stuff?
It is worse than a virus.
This is the cancer that is metastasizing in America. This is the cancer that has attached itself to the body politics of the Democratic Party.
This cancer feeds off the soft tissue and organs of a party that doesn’t yet feel the pain. The Democrat body welcomes them, feeds them, encourages them.
They don’t yet understand that this is a cancer that is going to destroy them.
The Democrats need them inside their body in their obsessive quest for power. A fateful November is on the horizon so they call it something else. Anything but a cancer that is going to devour them.
Maybe they think they can control the cancer. Clearly, as we saw in too many cities, they can’t. The cancer will grow, eating away as it does within a body until even chemotherapy will not cure it.
Old Democratic tissues will be replaced by stronger more radical tumors that will attach themselves to important organs destroying them as they eat the body that feeds the cancer.
The pain felt in Minneapolis, Los Angeles. San Francisco, Detroit, New York, the soft underbelly of “progressive” America, will not be cured by a November victory. 
Should be Democrats win it will herald the death knell of America.
It will be too late for treatment, too late for chemotherapy to remove the cancer. The cancer will, by then, or by 2024, be controlling the body of the Democratic Party.
My last article about the current crisis talked about race. I was wrong. This is way beyond issues of race. What we witnessed was the cancerous heart of American politics. The cancer today has attached itself to racial issues. It has already spread to other issues and policies as it metastasizes and invades the Democratic body.
This is not liberalism. This is not progressivism. This is not even Socialism. It is certainly not Americanism. This is closer to Venezuela. To Cuba.
It is intolerant and violent leftist fascism. It is the un-American heart of the Democratic Party. This is the de-structuring of America that began under the Obama-Biden era. It is a continuation of their Baltimore and Ferguson legacy that elected weak incompetent leaders and pandered to the violent.
Conditions deteriorated rapidly in the inner cities under Obama-Biden.
It is the Cloward-Piven strategy of collapsing the economy by using a crisis in order to press home your political agenda, including publicly visible disruption and destruction to attract attention and drive willing hands to the cause of regime change. 
It is filling the country with illegal immigrants, filling the country with illegal drugs, filling court benches with compliant judges, changing the voting system to enable unidentified masses to cast ballots en-masse for the Party.
 It is the Rahm Emmanuel’s “never let a crisis go to waste.”
It is the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals,” the organized gathering of the masses into community disruption.
The Democrats have learned nothing. A CNN reporter misrepresented what was going on in Minneapolis.  “They don’t know what to do with that emotion, so they respond by lashing out. Do you see all this damage here? Acting out gets attention.”
As if the hundreds of looters who were rushing in and out of Apple, Target, and other destroyed stores with trolleys full of stolen goods were doing it to get attention. Give me a break, CNN!
Baltimore, Ferguson, Detroit haven’t recovered ten years after the Obama riots. Is it any wonder? Who in their right mind would reinvest in such troublesome communities?
These neighborhoods are a metaphor for America if these radical anarchists take over the Democratic Party.
A person called Chris Martin Palmer sent out a series of tweets as raging riots spread in his town. He thrilled by what the protesters were doing as he posted a picture of a burning Minneapolis building.
“Burn that s**t down! Burn it all down!” he thrilled.
The building happened to be an affordable housing project for the homeless and poor people.
CMP deleted that tweet, but you can’t delete a cancer, Chris.
As the raging fires moved in the direction of his neighborhood, he still didn’t get it.
“Wouldn’t miss it for the world,” tweeted the excitable Chris. “A historic event. I will try to capture plenty images.”
The destruction of people’s properties and hard-earned businesses was just a selfie to him. No pain – yet.
By the time it moved into his rich neighborhood, he was getting worried.
“You bring that shit to our neighborhood and I’m gonna have a real problem with it. There’s a lot of people up here who care and are angry. Attacking our neighborhood kills the movement and disgraces George Floyd. Are the Beverly Hills cops jerks?”
Then, “They destroyed Starbucks and are now in front of my building. Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood!”
Too late, Chris. The cancer is in your party and it’s far too late for surgery.
Barry Shaw, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Monday, 1 June 2020

America’s Race Problems. An Outsider’s Perspective.


The world is watching in horror as America goes up in flames.
Arson, looting, violence, caused by the death of one black man at the hands of a white cop in a place called Minneapolis.
We outsiders recall previous problems in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson and Los Angeles. There have also been race riots in Chicago and Detroit.
So this outsider opened up a map of America and found some fascinating facts.
My knowledge of American history includes the north–south divide over issues of race. That was when the north under President Lincoln went to war with the south over slavery with the southern states being the slave owners.
The American Civil War was waged over the abolition of slavery.  Lincoln was considered a moral statesman.
Today, we are led to believe by the Democrats that they hold the moral high ground over race and minority issues, but I found it curious that Lincoln was not a Democrat. He was a Republican president. Strange! It seems the Republicans were the pioneers of racial equality, not the Democrats.
In the period that Lincoln was president, 1861-1865, the southern states where slavery existed were not Republican. In fact, the Democratic Party dominated the South due to its opposition to civil and political rights for African-Americans.
In the 20th Century, the Democratic Party set out to represent and support minority rights.
How have these principles worked out?
When you hear that the Lincoln Memorial has been desecrated and the World War Two Memorial was defaced with spray-painted graffiti you know that nothing is sacred to those who would wish to come to power riding on the Democratic coat-tails.  

Nothing. Not even America itself.
After listening to Democratic politicians and media pontificators lecture in high moral tones about the lack of civil rights in the Republican camp, I took a look at the American political map to check where recent outbreaks of rioting, violence, arson, and looting have taken place in the name of “racial justice.”
My research uncovered more shocking facts, and you deserve to learn of my discovery and conclusions.
Denver is a Democrat city where a councilwoman with the unlikely name of Candi CdeBaca actually called for virus infected people to attend Trump rallies to infect his supporters. That is as politically insane and inciting as you can get. 
But we are not here to talk about the virus. We are here to identify the locations of destruction and social breakdown of individual states and cities, wrecked by unremitting racial injustices.
In Denver, on the night on May 31, at least 120 rioters were arrested on charges that included illegal weapon possession, physical assault, arson and property destruction. Dozens of police officers were injured and several were hospitalized.
Denver was far from the worst case of anarchy provoked by radical groups on the left of the Democrat Party purporting to be protesting the death of George Lloyd.
The recent destructive riots have in common. They have all occurred in Democratic cities and states.  Minneapolis, Los Angles. New York, Detroit. Oakland, San Francisco. Philadelphia, Washington DC, all Democratic cities.
Minnesota Democrat.  Illinois Democrat.  California Democrat. NYS Democrat. Virginia Democrat. Pennsylvania, currently governed by a Democrat. San Francisco and Los Angeles in Democrat California. Denver in Democrat Colorado.
How can it be that race riots only occur in Democratic cities if the Republican are guilty in perpetrating racist policies?  It doesn’t make sense.
How is it that white supremacists express their racial hatred only in Democratic states? Hardly likely. In fact, the media went in search of white incitement to make a case against Republican but found instead that white inciters were members of the far left Antifa anarchist group that support and vote Democrat and that the local and imported agitators, looters and arsonists were predominantly black.
In sharp contrast, the locations that were not dragged into mayhem were Republican states and cities where there is more racial harmony. How come?
Maybe it’s because they’ve got their policies right?
Why the difference? Maybe it’s because playing up, even exaggerating, racial discord is an integral part of Democratic social policy?  Constantly beating the drum of racial division is incitement. It leads to action, often violent action, and it constantly takes place in Democratic cities and states.
Dare I compare George Lloyd’s horrible death to that of Justine Damond?
She was shot to death in Minneapolis in 2017 by a police officer. There were no protests or riots then. Why not?  The reason was that Justine was white and the cop that shot her to death was black. There is little rhetoric about blacks murdering whites. This is not considered a race issue.
The racist rhetoric perpetrated by opportunists such as Al Sharpton and others over black deaths at the hands of police is statistically wrong.
My research uncovered another uncomfortable truth. That the murder of Justine Damond, a white woman, was more common than the death of black citizens, such as George Lloyd, at the hands of the police in America.
Accord to the Statista Research Department statistics on May 31, 2020, during the years 2017-2020, 1268 white people were shot to death by police in America. This was almost double the numbers of African-Americans killed by cops (698) during the same period.
It would appear that white Americans seem to have a greater cause to call out police brutality than blacks.
Based on these figures, It is hardly unexpected that a survey conducted by Omar Wasow, an assistance professor at the department of politics at Princeton, found that the riots have nudged most Americans closer to the Republican camp than the Democrats.
Perhaps this is due to a white majority that finds itself marginalized by the forgery of the provocations against them by prominent members of the Democratic Party and the violence of the mob.
Wasow’s conclusions included this, “I find that black-led protests in which some violence occurs are associated with significant decline in Democratic vote-share in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 presidential elections.”
The physical damage inflicted upon city centers and urban neighborhoods by predominantly black rioters and looters does not encourage entrepreneurial business people to return and rebuild destroyed stores and shops to serve a destructive and violent community.
Such people will never vote Democrat again after being failed by local and state dereliction of duty.
One prominent American civil rights attorney Leo Terrell, an ardent Democrat said, as the riots spread across America, “I am disappointed, shocked that there has been no Democratic lawmaker in the last 72 hours who have focused on the criminal activities of these individuals who are not protesting. I’ve got news for you: you’re alienating me.”
He said of Democrats. “I’m a black voter and you have lost me if you don’t stand up and do something about these criminals.”

Let’s be clear. What has been going on has got nothing to do with George Lloyd. He got lost in the stampede to anarchy. Lloyd’s family will eventually get justice, but the question hovering over the smoke of ruined American neighborhoods is, do you want chaos and mayhem? Or do you want law and order?
The ruin is down to the utter failure of Democrat governors and mayors unable to solve the problems as well as their Republican counterparts have done in their states and cities.
Historically, it has been the Republican Party that has taken a sympathetic look at racial issues and dealt with them more successfully.
In short, the most progressive states in America, when it comes to harmonious race relations and peaceful prosperity, are Republican states.
As an outside observer, may I suggest that American voters give Republicans an opportunity to prove their worth in their communities.
After all, as Trump asked rhetorically in 2016, what do you have to lose?
You are already living in chaos under Democratic governance.
Barry Shaw, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Saturday, 30 May 2020

An Indictment of Democrat Failures During the Pandemic.


New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo panicked. He demanded that President Trump provide him with 30,000 respirators.

The question left hanging in the air was why didn’t New York State have an emergency pandemic stockpile of medical equipment?

Ask Governor Cuomo who, in 2015, rejected the need.

As for his ventilator demand, President Trump sent him 4,000. Cuomo demanded more, many more.
In the meantime, Cuomo kept Trump’s ventilators in a New Jersey warehouse in New Jersey saying he didn’t need them.

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Cuomo said that President Trump doesn’t understand “how to run a government, how to plan an operation.”

Cuomo: They sent 4,000 ventilators. I’m not using them today because I don’t need them today. I need to assemble them in a stockpile. “

March 27. Cuomo. “I follow the data.”

March 30. Cuomo. “The tsunami is coming!” If you haven’t done the work before the storm hits, it’s too late to do it once the storm hits. And the storm is coming. Stop the politics. Listen to the scientists and the pros and plan because otherwise … people will die who don’t need to die.”

A lot of panicky wordage and verbiage, but Trump delivered more than New York needed with far less words, and a lot more action.

March 17. Cuomo. “NY needs 110,000 hospital beds for corona patients. We only have 55,000.”  Trump sends him the army to convert the Javitz Center into coronavirus hospital. The President also converted the Comfort hospital ship to accommodate thousands of virus patients. Trump also provided six other new facilities providing 8,000 beds.
The Javitz Center and the Comfort were barely used. A clear case of Democrat panic and waste.

Despite the excess of hospital beds, Cuomo signed an order sending over 4,500 infected patients into unprotected nursing homes condemning over five thousand vulnerable elderlies to death. Cuomo defended his failed policy as being a “long term care” policy.

It was short term death for the senior inmates.

When rightly criticized, Cuomo first blamed the nursing homes. When asked whether he believes his policy requiring homes to admit infected patients contributed to the death toll, Cuomo said no.
“No, because you’d have to be saying the nursing homes were wrong in accepting COVID-positive patients,” he said. “That’s what you would have to be saying. Do you believe a nursing home operator would accept a patient who they knew they couldn’t care for? Why would a nursing home operator do that?”
Then he blamed the President. "Anyone who wants to ask 'why did the state do that with COVID patients in nursing homes?' It’s because the state followed President Trump’s CDC guidance. So they should ask President Trump," he said. 
When asked by a reporter if family members can prosecute for the death of loved ones, Cuomo shamelessly said, Who can we prosecute for those deaths? Nobody. Nobody. Mother Nature? God? Where did this virus come from? People are going to die by this virus. That is the truth.”
The governor repeatedly emphasized that COVID-19 targets the elderly, and argued that vulnerable people would have died from the virus no matter what protocols were in place.
“You can have a situation where everyone did the right thing, and everyone tried their best, and people still die,” Cuomo said.
The Guardian, on May 26, revealed that Cuomo received a powerful healthcare industry $1 Million donation from GNYHA for his 2018 election campaign. This was conditional on indemnifying nursing home and hospital executives from lawsuits. Cuomo quietly introduced that legislation in April as part of his annual budget bill.
Now try suing nursing home executives for their criminally negligent behavior, New Yorkers. Good luck with that.
Sally Dreslin, the NY Health Executive Deputy Commissioner, and Howard Zucker, the NY Health Commissioner, who executed the plan to move infected people into vulnerable nursing homes, should be charged with criminal negligence. They are the ones who got Cuomo to sign off on the policy.
Dreslin was an alumni of Columbia who profiled her as a “Leading Light,” a “Change Agent for Nursing’s Future.”  Columbia was so proud of their graduates such as Dreslin that they wrote proudly if their alumni who “Excel at the Bedside and Far Beyond.”
In Dreslin’s case, far beyond the bedside for her patients was death imposed on them by her gruesomely wrong decision.
Columbia must be hanging its head in shame, but Cuomo’s 2018 election gift indemnifies Dreslin and Zucker from prosecution.
After covering his own backside, Cuomo followed up with a public announcement of a joint investigation into the state’s long-term care facility in conjunction with state attorney general Letitia James, promising fines of $10,000 per violation as well as the potential loss of licensure. How this links in with this indemnification commitment to GNYHA only time will tell.
Maybe Cuomo cannot be prosecuted for his wrong-headed policies, but he bears heavy responsibility for lacking common sense by being unaware of the danger of sending infected people into the facilities of the weak and elderly while practicing cynical protectionism.

Then we have PA Health Secretary, Rachel Levine, she of the manic-looking hair, who ordered Covid-19 patients into nursing homes to mingle with the weak and fragile elderly residents. 

With the temerity of knowing the inevitable consequences of her order, she moved her own mother out pretty sharpish in order to save her life. When questioned why she had rescued her from the inevitable jaws of death, she went on the defensive.

“My mother is 95 years old. She is very intelligent and more than competent to make her own decisions.”

In her arrogance, Levine refused to admit that she has left others to die due to her foolish and dangerous “health” policy.
Unlike her own mother, the other isolated old folk would just have to suck up and accept the consequences.

Unlike Levine, family members of the remaining elderly were not informed of the danger that had been injected into their parents and grandparents final resting place.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the face of regressive progressivism literally at the end of the day.

Such facilities accounted for more than two-thirds of all deaths statewide.
Levine had ordered infected people into care homes before she imposed virus testing. So much for the professionalism of the PA health expert, Rachel Levine, a decision approved by Governor Tom Wolf, which resulted in Pennsylvania’s nursing home death rate being 57.3% of the total in-state fatalities.

Why waste precious testing kits on the elderly? This seemed to be the calculating inhumanity of Democratic policy making. And they always preach from the disconnected heights of moral superiority?

Like PA Governor, Tom Wolf.

Wolf was criticized for enlarging his power base by creating costly bureaucratic jobs while ordering his peasants into harsh lockdown during his state’s virus crisis. This included the employed people and small business owners. It smacked of government overreach and a massive misuse of state funds.

By mid-May, a number of counties were defying Wolf’s stringent lockdown orders. Small business owners protested that they were facing bankruptcy and family financial ruin.   
This failed to move the Governor. In fact, he threatened them and called them names. He said he would penalize and cut off the water and electricity of any business that did not obey him.  Wolf called them cowards.

” They need to understand the consequences of their cowardly act.”

To Wolf, people who must work to work to feed their families are cowards. He also called them immoral.

In Pennsylvania, the Governor is a Wolf in progressive clothing.

Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, made herself very unpopular with a list of contradictory lockdown regulations. She allowed her citizenry to go out and buy liquor but not to buy paint. She allowed individuals to go kayaking on the state’s lakes but not go fishing. She had her state in tight lockdown until lifting long distance travel to second homes which allowed her husband to drive to their alternative residence in Antrim County to rake leaves and stay for a couple of nights.

That’s not all. Her husband, Marc Mallory, tried to get a small business to defy his wife’s lockdown orders when he asked North Shore Dock to ignore his wife’s lockdown order for them to release the family yacht onto the water in time for Memorial Day weekend. The Whitmer family intended to go sailing, something not permitted to others. During his efforts to persuade the company to do his bidding, he reminded them that he was the husband of the State Governor.
Company owner, Tad Dowker, reported the incident on Facebook. At first Whitmer denied it happened. But when confronted with the truth she pivoted to calling it a failed joke.

If there is a failed joke in this story it is the Governor Whitmer, another woman who thinks she is a candidate to be America’s next Vice President.

But there is worse. Whitmer signed a directive in mid-April that ordered that any nursing home with a population below 80% "must create a unit dedicated to the care of COVID-19-affected residents.”

By early May, the virus death toll was raging through Michigan nursing homes. As one lawmaker, a Democrat whose elderly mother was tested positive, said, her controversial decision was “the most stupid thing we could come up with.”

A State Oversight Committee member, Pete Lucido, said it was a “reckless disregard for human life.” He has called for an investigation.

According to some of the state’s health departments, the number of nursing home deaths came to 1,372, some 33% of Michigan’s fatalities, and numbers may be higher as the Whitmer Administration have not been fully transparent.

Democratic states seem to treat their elderly as third class citizens - after illegal immigrants and infected patients.  Is it down to mismanagement? Or do they consider them expendable, more of a cost burden on the state budget?

But the segment of the population suffering anxiety are not only the elderly. They are the age group up to 55. They are not anxious about dying. They are anxious about the chances of ever being able to live as they did before the lockdown.

Thousands, millions, do not see a way back to prosperity because Democrat governors and mayors stomped on their necks. The curve may have been flattened but the hopes and dreams of millions were sent into the abyss, maybe never to return.

Another hypocritical Democrat is Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker. Repeatedly, he demanded that his subjects stay in lockdown until he allows them out. With typical arrogance, Pritzker dodged an embarrassing question from a reporter who asked why, when everyone else in his state was stuck at home, his wife had jetted off to their $12 million equestrian estate in Florida.

Instead of apologizing to Illinoisans, his fired back, “My official duties have nothing to do with my family. So, I’m just not going to answer that question. It’s inappropriate and I find it reprehensible, honestly that, that, uh that reporter wrote a story about it.”

A typical Democrat deflection, deflecting the guilt on to the reporter for asking the question rather than having the humility to admit his family’s wrong decision. So the guilt remains, and the good people of Illinois can decide on the efficacy of Pritzker come November.

In Virginia, Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam, he of killing babies after birth notoriety, banned gatherings of more than ten people and forbade anyone in his state to go out without a mask. “Wearing a mask,” he said, “can literally save a person’s life.”

Clearly saving lives was not on Northam’s mind when he was photographed and filmed on a Virginia beach on Memorial weekend chatting with people, and not wearing a mask.

Hypocrite! But we knew that anyway, didn’t we?

It was the same with New York’s Mayor. De Blasio banned people walking in Central Park, except that he was publicly exposed by an irate citizen for doing precisely that with his wife and a couple of associates.
“Do as I say, not as I do,” has become a Democrat policy.

“This pandemic has just begun,” said California Governor, Gavin Newsom, almost enthusiastically in mid-May. His intention was clear. Keep them away from work.

New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Griffin, enforced a lockdown on her public. This included closing all “non-essential” businesses. After lecturing New Mexicans to stay home, she allowed a non-essential shop to open briefly for the sole and exclusive service of having her browse covertly through their collection and have them deliver her purchase to her home.
Griffin is on the list of Biden candidates to be the next Vice President.

On a national level, American voters will not readily forgive the Democrats under Pelosi’s leadership for abandoning them when she refused to return the Democrats early to Congress to help forge an emergency budget for the hundreds of millions of Americans unable to earn a living.
Instead, they watched her gloat about her expensive and exclusive ice cream on a TV comedy show in her luxury California mansion.

The contrast could not be more striking.

In her selfish action she showed that her governance was not an essential service, and when she returned to the House it was to pass a bloated three trillion-dollar package that did absolutely nothing to help the unfortunate Americans in lockdown but had everything to do with blatantly advancing a Democrat political agenda.

And so it goes on and on and on.
Terrible cases of Democrat mismanagement in time of crisis. Minneapolis anyone? Minneapolis is not the prototype. Ferguson, Baltimore went before. Even Detroit and Chicago without the riots. All cities of utter Democrat social and economic failure now made worse due to their mishandling of the pandemic.

Despite all this failure, the Democrats really believe they can lead America.

Democrats have become a faith based political party. They believe the negative projections and models because it gives them hope to find their way back to power and domination over their people.

It allowed them to preach that America must remain in lock down for as long as possible, long enough to screw up the election process and twist it in their favor with mail-in ballots, the avoidance of mass rallies, and no televised head-to-head debates between Trump and Biden.  The Democrats pray that the ruin of the American economy would be Trump’s Via Dolorosa on his way to his crucifixion come November.

Covid was their epiphany after three desolate years of failure to remove the President. The virus fell like manna from heaven. The governors and the mayors supplicated themselves to the false gods of science and projections in order to guide their people toward the Promised Land of November. Their message is clear. No matter how many fall along the way, the Temple of Big Government will care for the survivors come Election Day.

God help us all!

Barry Shaw, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.