Operation Thunderbolt: Fighting Prejudice and Persecution

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called “Operation Thunderbolt: Fighting Prejudice and Persecution.”

No people should suffer blatant prejudice and persecution and everyone should be “entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These are part of the foundational values that America and Israel share. We stand as friends and allies for respecting and valuing human rights, always to be underscored by peace and security for our peoples. Isn’t it an amazing “coincidence” that the rescue in Entebbe occurred on America’s 200th anniversary, July 4, 1976!


The raid on Entebbe and the miraculous rescue of the hostages stands as an everlasting symbol of courage and triumph of good over evil. As we continue to work and pray for a genuine peace in the Middle East for all its inhabitants, we also must stand resolutely and say “Never Again.”

(Credit Photo: Government Press Office Israel via Flickr)

Iran Man

Iron Man

Today, Iran warns a U.S. Navy ship and fighter jet to stay away from military exercises they were conducting.


And what did we, the Superpower, do? 


We hightailed it out of there. 


Yet, presumably we were in international waters this time, so it’s curious why the U.S. military would take it’s orders from Iran if we were legitimately there. 


This is just…


– A little more than 2 weeks after Iran seized 2 U.S. Navy ships and 10 sailors and put them execution style on their knees and broadcast this to world.


– And less than a month after Iran fired missiles within 1.3 km of the U.S. aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.


Wonder why did Iran warn us this time and not last month with the aircraft carrier–should we be “thankful” again to them, this time for warning us.


– And just less than 2 weeks ago, Iraq-based Shiite terror militias (alleged proxies for Iran) abducted 3 more Americans (almost simultaneously with their prisoner swap with us–refilling their human cache).  


– All this, plus the 2 ballistic missile tests (those capable of carrying nukes) that Iran conducted in October and again in December in violation of U.N. resolutions, and what do we have? 


A new “Iran Man” (not Iron Man) in town–with over $100+ billion to spend on global terrorism while chanting “Death To America”–and he most certainly isn’t a superhero. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Iran Outsmarts And Humiliates

Hostage

Iran so far continues to outsmart us at every turn…

Take just last week:


We released 7 Iranians for 5 Americans hostages plus a $1.7 billion settlement to Iran, even though our victims of terrorism haven’t received their settlement money from Iran. 


Good deal?


Well after Iran released the 5 Americans, the Shitte militias in Iraq “whose funding and direction come from Iran” immediately took 3 new Americans hostage.


Oh well.


How about with the nuke deal with Iran?


We got short-term commitments from the Iranians to restrain their nuke program in return for $100+ billion and a removal of sanctions.


Good deal?


Well after Iran agreed to this, they immediately tested 2 ballistic missiles capable of carrying nukes in violation of UN resolutions, and then Iran threatens to pull out of the deal if we impose any new sanctions


Oh well. 


Then again, what about our naval vessels seized?


Iran took 2 US naval vessels and 10 American servicemen/women and after releasing them, we profusely thank Iran. 


Good deal?


Well after we thank them, Iran broadcasts humiliating images of the Americans on their knees captured, and it is reported that Iran kept SIM cards from the sailors handheld satellite phones presumably to hack these communications in the future. 


Oh well. 


They win some and win some more–AND–we lose some and lose some more. 


Ready for the next humiliating round? 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Scott Joseph)

Imagining The Unimaginable

Iran Loves USA and Israel

So today, I am imagining the unimaginable, and thinking the unthinkable. 


What if extremists in Iran stopped hating Israel and the United States, and instead liked or even loved us?


Not because of the recent agreement on nukes and lifting of sanctions, but actually in spite of it–because as the Ayatollah has said, he prohibits any further negotiations and often refers to the U.S. as it’s enemy (the only thing missing is the usual Iranian chants of “Death to America!”).


But today, I saw the Iranian family again the I referred to in a Sept. 27 blog post, where the father had a stroke and the son comes on the weekends from Texas to help his father with physical and occupational therapy to recuperate. 


Well today, I saw the daughter too, and both she and the son where in the pool trying to help the father in every way to move and walk again. They swarmed around him in such loving-kindness, I couldn’t believe the amazing display of love and devotion to any parent or disabled person. They were all there for him!


And my heart opened up, and I couldn’t help thinking what if the Iranian leadership could be moderated by average normal people who just want to care for their families, earn a living, and worship and live in freedom? 


What if the Iranian leadership could learn to forgive and love again those who they have hated for so long and so much–the USA and Israel?


If the U.S. can forgive Iran for the hostage crisis that took 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 long days and the bombing of the Beirut barracks that killed 241 marines, and Israel can forgive the endless Hezbollah terror attacks, the bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Center that killed 29 and wounded 250, the Holocaust denial, and threats of maniacal genocide…then surely, Iran can forgive the U.S.’s role in the 1953 coup that brought the Shah to power and can forgive Israel for merely existing!


As a son of Holocaust survivors, I am a die-hard for the defense and security of the Jewish people, so maybe today I am just being naive, foolish, or letting my imagination run wild. 


But I feel that Hashem is putting the words on the screen through my fingertips…what if Esau can stop hating Jacob? What if Iran can stop hating the USA and Israel and there can be peace and not war?


This is a fantasy, but perhaps it can become a reality.


Instead of the cycle of hate, the sponsorship of terror, the secret building of nukes, and aggression escalating until ultimately major devastating military strikes…instead imagine abandoning the old hateful and belligerent ways…imagine forgiveness for the past transgressions and affronts…imagine peace!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Looking At Ourselves In The NUKE Mirror

Eye In Mirror
Any deal is based on T-R-U-S-T and verification, especially when it comes to dangerous nukes. 


Yet the deal with Iran–a member of the “Axis of Evil” and the #1 state sponsor of terrorism worldwide and of the worst abusers of human righs is trustless, especially when verification mechanisms are weak and Iran is non-complaint?


So where’s the trust headed now (has anything changed, what are the signs so far)?


T – Turning away – Iran continues to turn away and refuse access to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) who are tasked with the verification of Iran’s non-proliferation of nukes.


R – Restraining people – Iran continues to disrespect us and holds 4 Americans hostage with no sign or promise of release. 


U – Undermining – Iran continues to undermine any relationship with the West by affirming that hostile policies toward “arrogant” America will not change


S – Swindling – Iran continues to swindle and deceive the West going so far as to publish a 416-page manifesto by the Ayatollah on destroying Israel, “the ally of the American Great Satan.”


T – Threatening – Iran continues to threaten the West most recently warning of a “Third World War” sparked by terorrism, and continuing chants of “Death to America!


So what’s the future of this deal in protecting the world from nukes and terrorism–let’s be honest and look in the mirror and ask what’s the deal here? 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cuddles Versus Lashes

Cuddles and Lashes
Interesting juxtaposition of civilizations before us…



On one hand, we have people in the West looking for a hug and cuddle (even if oddly, they think they have to pay for one). 



While on the other hand, Islamist extremists are giving 1,000 lashes (the first 50 of which were proudly given today with more to come in the following weeks) for “opposition” blogging, and terrorists are killing hostages in a kosher grocery store in Paris and gunning down satirists making comics for Charlie Hebdo magazine.



Seems like somehow we just aren’t mentally getting it (or maybe we can’t stop “getting it” from the bad guys)!



Cuddles and lashes will never go together. 



You cannot cuddle a terrorist!



Yet, we ostensibly have terrible difficulty even calling them Islamist terrorists and extremists, even though that is what they are.



They are killing people with AK47s in Paris and bombings in London, hijacked airplanes targeting the World Trade Center and Pentagon, beheading journalists and gassing civilians in Syria, kidnapping women and children in Nigeria, and slaughtering schoolchildren in Islamabad



However, we are and will unfortunately continue to get our lashes from them, as the threats are not gone or dissipating, and the war is not won or maybe has barely even begun–although we are “war weary”.



We must awake from our cuddling stupor and realign ourselves to the mentality of 1000 lashes. 



Appeasement will keep failing as the false thinking and broken promises of those who teach hatred and kill indiscriminately and barbarically will somehow just stop–they won’t. 



Sadly, be ready for the enemy upping of the ante with bolder, more daring, crazier, and deadly attacks.



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

For The Love Of America

Flag
Tomorrow is Veterans Day and we remember and honor the sacrifices of so many in securing our freedom and democracy.



Yet, recent events seem to indicate that we are straying from our principles and values as a nation.

  • November 6, 2014: Aside from trying to cut what many are calling a “bad deal” with Iran over their dangerous nuclear WMD program, there are now “private letters” being written to partner with arch enemy Iran against ISIS.
  • November 8-9, 2014: Just 2-3 days later, we once again see the tyrannical and genocidal intentions of Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei calling for the annihilation of one of our closest allies, the State of Israel. 



Hmm…Israel is designated the U.S.’s “Major Strategic Parter,” while Iran is a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism.



Short memories? Iran took more than 60 American Hostages for 444 days in the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 and they have an ongoing “Horrific Human-Rights Record.” 



Was all the sacrifice just for naught–for the love of America, what are we doing?



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)