An interesting development to note about that scrawl above, Obama had invited Shrub to that 9/11 ‘memorial’ in NY on Thursday, but, he’d ‘graciously declined’ the invite…! That was mighty white of ya, Shrub!
Right worried Israel will pay price for bin Laden killing
MKs and officials on the Right expressed concern on Monday that Israel would end up paying the price for the American decision to assassinate al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
MKs questioned why Israel is routinely condemned by the world for assassinating mass murderers and terrorists, while the bin Laden assassination has been celebrated internationally. They also asked why an international leadership that has not criticized the Palestinian leadership for making a deal with Hamas, has universally praised the killing of the leader of al-Qaida.
They warned that Israel could be targeted by Islamic fundamentalist groups avenging bin Laden’s death, and suggested that US President Barack Obama could use the assassination as an excuse to pressure Israel.
“Israel will need to take action to prevent Obama from appeasing the Muslim world at our expense,” National Union MK Aryeh Eldad said. “Bin Laden was never a direct threat to Israel. Ahmadinejad, Arafat and our other real enemies didn’t need bin Laden for inspiration. There is no doubt that Obama is a greater threat to Israel than Osama was.”
Col. Pat Lang, had penned a great response to OBL’s demise, in his ‘Are We There Yet?’…
…I am surprised at the level of press and public hysteria. It was a well run raiding operation based on what had to be good human intelligence operations and prolonged ground surveillance of the target area. USSOCOM and JSOC worked well together and the integration of their effort with CIA is impressive stuff. There have been more difficult raids than this one but this was the “big kahuna” in terms of political impact.
Will this kill off the Islamic zealot groups that keep trying to mount operations against Western and especially American targets? I think not, but what it will do is contribute to the long term process of attrition that will eventually bring the current cycle of violent Islamic revivalism to a new “place,” a “place in which emphasis is likely to be placed on evolutionary change in Islam as a faith system and way of life.[...]
President Obama took a long time deciding to launch this operation. What will he do now? With Petraeus and Rodriguez leaving Kabul and the July date for the beginning of withdrawal approaching this is a good time to decide to revert to a CT strategy and to accelerate the withdrawal of conventional forces from both Iraq and Afghanistan. This operation was not the fruit of COIN. COIN in Afghanistan “buys” us nothing but a temporary presence in a lot of dusty neighborhoods.
The American people want an end to COIN campaigns that bleed us and empty out our pockets.
Like the kid in the back seat, the American people want to know if we are “there” yet. I think we are. pl
Exactly…! We need to bring the Boys home, all of them, now…!
Here’s an excellent Muslim response to OBL’s death…
…One hopes that the death of Bin Laden will be the end of a tragic era between the US and the Muslim world. However, with the scandal of Palestinian rights still unresolved and the US surrendering incessantly to the Israel lobby, one should harbour no illusions about the future awaiting us.
This writer strongly condemned the 9/11 attacks in the United States unconditionally. None the less, no reasonable person can ignore the opinion that America’s hostile policy toward Muslims was what created the al-Qaeda phenomenon in the first place.
Al-Qaeda reasoned that in a jungle – and, yes, we must admit that America and Israel helped transform our world into a jungle – one would have to be cunning in order to survive.
I hope that Al Qaeda’s reasoning is false and that the organisation will never be vindicated. That, however, depends on Israel and its guardian-ally, the United States, as much as it does on al-Qaeda.
It is hoped that we have all learned a lesson from the confrontation between al-Qaeda and the United States: Muslims need to have realised that mindless violence and terror, especially against innocent civilians, is wrong and doesn’t pay. Likewise, the US and its allies need to understand that pushing people to the brink can be extremely dangerous for both the aggressor and the victim, because nothing encourages terrorism more than oppression.
Now, in great I/P news today, Hamas, Fatah, and, 11 other factions, all signed the Unity pact in Cairo…
Palestinian factions sign unity deal in Cairo
Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Tuesday to end the divide between the West Bank and Gaza and hold elections in a year in an agreement Israel called a blow to peace.
Representatives of 13 factions, including President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party and its rival Hamas, as well as independent political figures, inked the deal following talks with Egyptian officials.
“All the Palestinian factions signed the document at a meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials,” Bilal Qassem, politburo member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told AFP.
He said all factions were given the opportunity to discuss the document and air any reservations.
“We signed the deal despite several reservations. But we insisted on working for the higher national interest,” said Walid al-Awad, a politburo member of the leftist Palestine People’s Party.
“We have discussed all the reservations. Everyone has agreed to take these points into consideration,” he told Egyptian state television without elaborating.
The agreement was immediately denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “a hard blow to peace process.”
Netanyahu’s call on Abbas to cancel the agreement was denounced as “unacceptable interference” by the head of Fatah’s delegation, Ahmed al-Azzam.
The deal, which was announced last week, comes after 18 months of fruitless talks. It envisages the formation of an interim government of independents that will pave the way for presidential and parliamentary elections within a year.
Now, if ya thought that would have Bibi’s knickers all in a knot…
Confidential Foreign Ministry report calls Palestinian reconciliation agreement ‘an opportunity,’ despite premier’s recent comments following the deal’s announcement.
“The Palestinian move is not only a security threat but also a strategic opportunity to create genuine change in the Palestinian context,” the report states. “Such change may serve the long-term interests of Israel.”
The Foreign Ministry internal witchhunt, spearheaded by Avi and/or the Rightwing Knesset, begins in 5,4,3…