Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Israel: Swift Justice for three murdered teens

Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
courtesy of the families

From Israel National News:

Murderers of the Three Teens Eliminated

Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisha of Hevron located and killed in exchange of gunfire.

Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisha of Hevron, who abducted and murdered three yeshiva boys Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel in June, were located and killed in exchange of gunfire early Tuesday morning.

The operation was carried out by the Yamam, a special unit of the Border Police, and the IDF, in Hevron. An attempt was made to arrest the suspects but an exchange of fire developed in which they were killed.

The operation was made possible by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), which located the murderers' hideout. In the last few days, several Hamas suspects were arrested and questioned on the assumption that they were assisting the fugitives.

"We have been pursuing these two since the abduction,” said Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brig. Gen. Tamir Yadai. “Last night the investigation ripened as regards their location and we have been surrounding the place where they were hiding since 1:00 a.m. We killed them and there are arrests of several other collaborators.”...

Bergdahl Investigation continues - or not!

Remember this? In the aftermath of Obama holding a news conference on the Rose Lawn to herald the release of Bowe Bergdahl, the administration has continued to hold to the 'we will conduct a full investigation' as they have re-integrated Bergdahl back into active duty.

Sounds good,  yet amid all the "Welcome Home" hoopla - and despite Obama et al's attempts to portray Bergdahl as a naive innocent abroad -  others who were there have gone on the record sharing their memories of events, that led to the ultimate release of five GITMO detainees in exchange.  Their re-telling of what happened is very different from the picture of Bergdahl painted by the White House; the White House spokeswoman dismisses them as   "not reliable sources"

 And on it goes. Three months later, and this administration has moved on to their 'not at war' strategy with regard to an ever- bolder murderous terrorist threat.

However, not everybody has been prepared to delegate victim Bergdahl to the  dustbin of history - yet - and today the main question is still being asked.  From the New York Post::

Is Obama whitewashing a traitor?
 By Paul Sperry 
September 20, 2014 
 Three and a half months have come and gone and the Pentagon has offered no clarity on what happened to alleged Army deserter and Taliban collaborator Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Fellow soldiers and other critics fear the military’s now-delayed investigation is shaping up to be a whitewash.

 The case has become a political powder keg for President Obama.

Since he traded five imprisoned Taliban leaders for Bergdahl, the US Government Accountability Office has declared the swap illegal, and nearly two dozen House Democrats have joined Republicans in officially condemning the move for making “Americans less safe.”

In addition, the Taliban deal appears to have encouraged the Islamic State to put up American hostages as trade bait to free other terrorist detainees, namely “Lady al Qaeda” Aafia Siddiqui.


But a senior Army official told me court-martialing Bergdahl would “make the president look bad.” In spite of damning evidence against him, the official expects Pentagon brass to separate him from the military with a less-than-honorable discharge, sparing Obama total embarrassment.

 In a sign Bergdahl may indeed get off with a slap on the wrist, the Army has delayed its AR 15-6 investigation into his disappearance — a development that Bergdahl’s attorneys see as helpful to their client....

Really?  Read the rest here.

Obama may hope that the public will forget all about Bergdahl, as his admin continues to shape the latest issue du jour.   Not going to happen.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Muslim leaders ARE condemning ISIS: MSM doesn't think it newsworthy

( The Telegraph)

Over the last few years, as Islamist terrorists have rampaged and murdered innocents around the world, I have often asked "where are the muslim moderates?  Why are they not speaking out and condemning the atrocities?"

It seems that locally these leaders of the muslim communities have been speaking out, but the msm hasn't seen fit to report on this.

This may be about to change.  From the Guardian (UK):

British Muslim leaders issue fatwa against would-be jihadists

Imams reportedly tell Muslims to oppose the promotion of the ‘poisonous ideology’ of Islamic State

31 August 2014

Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning British jihadists.

The fatwa prohibits would-be jihadists from joining the “oppressive and tyrannical” Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq and Syria, the Sunday Times reported. It said the imams had ordered Muslims to oppose the promotion of the “poisonous ideology” of Isis in the UK.

Six senior Islamic scholars have endorsed the fatwa, the first of its kind issued in the UK, describing Britons allied to Islamic State cells as “heretics”....

From the Independant:

Alan Henning: British Muslim leaders unite to urge Isis to release UK hostage‘We are not prepared to let these lunatics hijack our faith’ - read the letter and add your name to the #NotInMyName list

17 September 2014
More than 100 Muslim leaders today make an unprecedented joint appeal to the kidnappers of Alan Henning to release the aid worker unharmed or commit the “worst condemnable sin” against Islam.

The statement to The Independent has been signed by dozens of Imams from across the UK as well as community leaders and other prominent Muslims. It has been passed on to Mr Henning’s family.

It pleads with those holding the British hostage to accept that he was on a mission to Syria to help innocent civilians and to see the errors of their ways.

“In Islam, concern for fellow humans and the duty to help everyone is a religious obligation,” they write. “Anyone undertaking a humanitarian act is paving his or her way to receive help from heaven....

There is much more, including video, here.

Muslim Leaders Worldwide Condemn ISIS

August 23, 2014
Many Americans Want to Know Why Muslims Aren’t Condemning ISIS

ABC News’ Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ Sean HannityFox & Friends and other U.S. media commentators say that Muslims are silent and complicit in the barbarian crimes of ISIS.  Fox News hostAndrea Tantaros said that all Muslims are the same as ISIS, and implied that all Muslims should be met “with a bullet to the head”.

Why don’t we hear Muslims condemning the barbarian ISIS terrorists?

Turns out they are loudly condemning ISIS … but our press isn’t covering it.  [Emphasis mine]

Father Elias Mallon of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association explains:

Why aren’t Muslims speaking out against these atrocities?” The answer is: Muslims have been speaking out in the strongest terms, condemning the crimes against humanity committed by ISIS (or, as it is increasingly called, IS) and others in the name of Islam....

Operation Market Garden: 70 Years On

From MoD:

22 September 2014

Soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade and airborne troops from across the world gathered in Arnhem at the weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. In September 1944 British and American troops landed behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of Rhine river crossings, but met with strong resistance at the final bridge at Arnhem. Over 1,500 British soldiers were killed and nearly 6,500 captured. The picture shows paratroopers jumping onto the original British landing zone at Ede. [Picture: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC, Crown copyright]

[Related:  Heroes: Remembering the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem [photos]

Arnhem Veteran Lance Corporal Smith's story

GITMO: Chief Prosecutor delaying retirement

From Miami Herald:

Due to retire, Guantánamo prosecutor gets 3 more years on job09/19/2014

The Pentagon has extended the career of the chief war crimes prosecutor into the first year of the next president of the United States, a move designed to instill stability and confidence in the on-again, off-again war crimes trials at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, 54, was due to retire from service in November. Instead, said Army Lt. Col. Myles B. Caggins III, the Department of the Army has delayed the general’s retirement “until November 2017 specifically for him to continue performing the duties of Chief Prosecutor, Office of Military Commissions, Washington, D.C., for an additional three years.”

The move is not a surprise. Martins, a career Army officer, has for more than a year been telling victims he wants to see the Sept. 11 and USS Cole death-penalty cases through....

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article2170545.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, September 19, 2014

Video: Scotland says NO; Salmond to quit

With a wider margin than I had predicted, Scotland voted to stay as part of the United Kingdom.  With a final total of 55% -v- 45%, the mouthpiece of the Yes for Independence campaign, Alex Salmond, says he will step down.

From the Beeb:

19 September 2014
Scottish referendum: Salmond to go after Scotland No vote

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland after voters decisively rejected independence.
He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the "No" side won Thursday's referendum by 2,001,926 to 1,617,989 for "Yes".
The national split of the vote was 55% for "No" to 45% for "Yes".
Mr Salmond said: "For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die."
Speaking from Bute House in Edinburgh, the first minister's official residence, he told journalists: "I am immensely proud of the campaign that Yes Scotland fought and particularly of the 1.6m voters who rallied to that cause."...

There is much more on Mr Salmond and his political career and aspirations here.