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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Another French Joke To Start Off The New Year Right!

At a French airport... A group of American retired teachers recently went to France on a tour.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, was part of the tour group.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
"Your first visit to France, monsieur?" the customs officer asked contemptuously .
Mr. Whiting said, "No I have been to France before."
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible!" barked the officer. "Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France."
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained.
"Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to." READ THE REST...

-Getting creamed at the gas pump? Hating those gas guzzling billionaires? Well, here's another reasons to trade in that huge SUV for an "economy" car. (*I don't really believe in that green-peace garbage, but it makes for a good seguay*) Citgo is owned by Venzuela's own dictator, Huge Chavez. All profits go to him; none goes to his people.
Latin America - waiting for Allah

Islamic leaders are allying with South American indigenous groups because they see this impoverished, illiterate population as the ideal environment for starting an extremist revolution and converting them to Islam. The process may take hundreds of years, but time means nothing to the fundamentalist. After all, Allah is immortal and if Muslims waited 1300 years before invading Europe again, they can wait to convert Christians, animists and pagans.
The problem is not the religion itself since everyone is free to believe, or not to believe, as they choose. The problem is that many of the new generation of Muslims in Europe openly reject what they see to be its materialistic, secular, degenerate society. Bernard Lewis – for many the greatest Islamic expert in the world – has forecast: "Europe will enter a crisis of unimaginable proportions."

-Keeping with our anti-UN theme, a member of Canadian's Parliament, Irwin Cotler, discusses the disgrace of Durban - 5 years later.
It was said in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that "the whole world changed." I don't know if the world is any different. But it is clear that 9/11 had a transformative impact on our politics and collective psyche.

But if 9/11 was a transformative event, the same description must apply to another event that ended on the eve of 9/11. I am referring to "The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance" in Durban, South Africa, which was the "tipping point" for the emergence of a new wave of anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-racism. Unfortunately, the 5th anniversary of this event has gone largely unremarked.

As one of my colleagues put it at the time, if 9/11 was the Kristallnacht of terror, Durban was the Mein Kampf. Those of us who personally witnessed the Durban festival of hate -- with its hateful declarations, incantations, pamphlets and marches -- have forever been transformed. For us, Durban is part of our everyday lexicon as a byword for racism and anti-Semitism, just as 9/11 is a byword for terrorist mass murder.
But what happened at Durban was truly Orwellian: A conference purportedly organized to fight racism was turned into a festival of racism against Israel and the Jewish people. A conference intended to commemorate the dismantling of South Africa as an apartheid state resonated with spurious calls for the dismantling of Israel's alleged apartheid state. A conference dedicated to the promotion of human rights as the new secular religion of our time increasingly singled out Israel as a sort of modern-day geopolitical Anti-Christ.

How did this happen?
The problem originated with the Asian regional conference, held in Tehran in February, 2001. Although Israel belonged to the Asian group, the conference organizers excluded Israel and Jewish non-governmental organizations from participation: Contrary to the United Nations' own principles with respect to universality and equality, a member state was made a pariah. The Tehran conference also supported a country-specific indictment of Israel, yet another breach of international human-rights principles and the UN's own procedures in this regard.
While UN Security Council Resolution 1373 adopted in the aftermath of 9/11 would characterize terrorism itself as a threat to international peace and security -- which no cause or grievance could ever justify -- Tehran and later Durban would characterize terrorist acts against Israel as "resistance" to occupation. In both Tehran and Durban, delegates would ignore the fact that the root cause of the Middle East conflict was, and is, the denial of Israel's right to exist in any boundaries.

Second, Israel was characterized as being an apartheid state. And since delegates at Durban saw "resistance" against apartheid states as eminently praiseworthy, Durban served to validate terrorist acts against Israel.

Third, Israel was cast as being responsible for all the evils in the world, the "poisoner of the international wells," the contemporary analogue to the medieval anti-Semitic stereotype of the scheming, murderous Jew. In this regard, the delegates at Tehran and Durban were very much taking their cues from the larger UN itself: In March, 2001, one month after the Tehran conference, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights condemned Israel, and Israel alone for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Fourth, Israel was accused of the "ethnic cleansing" of "Mandatory Arab Palestine" in 1947-48; of being, in effect, an "original sin" in its very creation, though its international birth certificate was sanctioned by the UN Partition Resolution of 1947. (The Jews, readers will recall, accepted the Partition Resolution, the Arabs rejected it, and launched, in their words, a "war of extermination" against the embryonic Israeli state.)

Fifth, the documents emanating from Durban introduced a new perspective on the notion of "holocausts," intentionally written in the plural and in lower case. A large number of states even sought to minimize or exclude any references to the Holocaust, or to marginalize and ignore anti-Semitism, while holding up Israel's treatment of the Palestinians as an example of a "real" holocaust. Zionism was characterized not only as "racism," but as a violent expression of racist supremacy. In the ultimate Orwellian inversion, Zionism was held out to be a form of anti-Semitism itself.
In sum, Durban became the tipping point for the coalescence of a new, virulent, globalizing anti-Jewishness reminiscent of the atmospherics that pervaded Europe in the 1930s. In its lethal form, this animus finds expression as state-sanctioned genocidal anti-Semitism, such as that embraced by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran, and its terrorist proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah.
human-rights standards should not be applied selectively. If they are applied to Israel, which they must be, they must be applied equally to everyone else. If Israel must respect human rights, the rights of Israel deserve equal respect, including the right to live in peace and security.
As history has taught us only too well, while it begins with Jews it does not end with Jews. Combatting racism and anti-Semitism is everyone's responsibility.

-Read the horrifying account of a mother and daughter that were raped for 12 days as punishment for the daughter going to school.
-Finally, an 84 California woman was deported after it was discovered that she worked as a guard in a Nazi Concentration Camp. Her Jewish HOLOCAUST survivor husband was very surprised.

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At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for providing the paraphasing of 'The Disgrace of Durban - Five Years later' a great article well worth the long read. I felt like I was on a stream of consciousness, one minute I'm raeding a particularly funny 'french' joke, next I'm reading an insightful text on the disgrace of the modern world, the sham of Durban.

thanks for the 'rollercoaster!'


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