November 22, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: Radical Islam: A Problem World Leaders Must Confront


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Radical Islam: A Problem World Leaders Must Confront

Radical Islam is a growing problem throughout the world.  In Europe, it’s a burgeoning issue that politicians have been unwilling to address properly because of the influence of Muslims there, but it’s a critical problem in the United States, too — especially in our nation’s prisons.

The mood in the U.S. is so anti-anti-Islam that politicians run for cover whenever Islam is raised as an issue.  Not so with Representative Peter King (R-New York).  He endured death threats and ridicule from liberals because he held hearings in the House of Representatives to investigate the Islamist threat we face as a nation.  The people who castigated King because he took his job in the House seriously will be the first in line to raise a ruckus if/when a homegrown terrorist, maybe an ex-convict who is out on parole, attacks innocent men, women, and children in this country.

I’m reminded of a scene in the movie Ghost Writer.  Pierce Brosnan plays a former British prime minister being charged with crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Geneva, Switzerland for trying to prevent terrorist attacks in Great Britain.  Toward the end of the movie, Brosnan tells his ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) that if he had it to do all over again, he would have two lines for people boarding planes out of England.  The first line would lead to planes carrying passengers whose terrorist affiliations and connections were not investigated.  The second line would lead to planes carrying passengers who had been cleared.  He says, in effect, “You know which planes the chronic complainers would board.  Every one of them would choose a plane that we cleared.”

The movie is fiction, but the problem is real.  World leaders who attempt to deal with the growing Islamist militancy problem that’s spreading across the globe like a putrid infection are at risk of being charged with crimes against humanity or worse in the ICC.  For example, President George W. Bush was forced to cancel a trip to Geneva in February 2011 to avoid being charged with crimes against humanity for the role he played as president of the United States in creating the federal prison in Guantánamo Bay, where the U.S. holds captured terrorists.

Radical Islam Is a Global Threat

An article in a June 2011 issue of The Weekly Standard titled “From Somalia to Nigeria: Jihad” stops far short of revealing the extent to which radical Islamists have infiltrated countries around the world.  “From Somalia to Nigeria” is across the heart of Africa, from the Arabian Sea to the South Atlantic, but jihadists have a major presence in every North African country, too, from Morocco to Egypt.  Their presence in the Middle East is obvious as well, from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon and Syria, but it doesn’t stop there.  They have created strongholds in IranAfghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent.  Their reach extends from India to the Philippines and Indonesia and into the heart of Asia from China to Russia.

Jihadists are active in Europe, too, but their presence doesn’t stop there, either.  They have footholds in most South American countries, including VenezuelaBolivia, and Brazil.  Like a thriving cancer, jihadists have extended their reach to North America from Mexico to the United States to Canada.

Radical Islam is a problem that the entire world must confront.  It’s not about politics.  It’s about eradicating a festering sore before it turns into gangrene and threatens our very existence.

The YouTube videos below showing recent violent outbursts in Cairo aimed at Coptic Christians who dared to stand up for their rights demonstrate what the Arab Spring has become.  Discrimination against Christians and Jews in the Muslim world isn’t limited to Egypt.  It exists in IranSaudi ArabiaSyriaIraq, and most other predominantly Muslim countries.

The U.S. doesn’t need a president who bows and scrapes before Islamic despots in hopes of currying favor — something that President Obama is prone to do.  We need a president who is willing to lead the leaders of the world in a global mission before it’s too late.  We didn’t declare war on jihadists.  They declared war on us, and they are deadly serious.  We should be, too.

We Don’t Need Dilettantes in Leadership Positions

In a recent article, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz pointed out that after a terrorist attack on Norway, Norway’s ambassador to Israel said that Hamas’ terrorist activity against Israel is more justified than terrorist attacks against Norway.  The ambassador’s logic was simple, naïve, and asinine.  “We Norwegians,” he said, “consider the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel.”

First things first: the land in question in Israel isn’t “occupied.”  It’s “disputed land.”  There’s a huge difference.  People in Norway need to get it straight, and so do people in other nations around the world.

Second, Islamofascists have made it clear that they have set their sights on the entire world.  They say that they want a one-world caliphate under sharia law.  They don’t really mean that, though — they don’t want the rule of any law.  They are subversive butchers, murderers, and thieves — Islamist anarchists, as it were.  They are a threat to everyone, Muslims included.  They don’t like even each other.

Third, the terrorist attack on Norway wasn’t carried out by a radical Islamist.  It was perpetrated by Anders Breivik, a man who was reported by the Western media to be a Christian.  His manifesto proves that that’s not so, but the anti-Christian point of view sells in a world where it’s okay to attack Jews and Christians, but not Muslims.

We may be witnessing the beginning of a global backlash against radical Islamists in the wake of government unwillingness to address the problem.  In a nutshell, I’m saying that I don’t think Breivik was a lone wolf.  Neither do I believe that the anti-Islamists of the world are connected in a formal sense — not yet, anyway, but that day may come.

When governments fail to do their jobs, people take matters into their own hands.  I’m not excusing Breivik’s brutal, unprovoked attack on innocent victims, many of whom were children.  I’m simply stating a fact, and I’ll repeat it to make sure that my message is crystal-clear.  If people who are charged with the responsibility to secure our nations won’t do their jobs, vigilantism will result.  It’s a dangerous consequence of government failure.

Note: I wrote this article almost 2 years ago and published it in American Thinker.  It remains as relevant today as it was then.



9--Jerusalem Post


Analysis—Filling the Mideast vacuum

Liberman: Israel needs allies besides the United States

Netanyahu, Putin sharply divided over Iran nuclear deal

Doubting US reliability, some Arab leaders looking to Russia

Dermer: US, Israel rift over Iran doesn’t amount to crisis in relations

Azerbaijan arrests Iranian suspected of planning attack on Israeli embassy in Baku

Kerry: No decision on uranium enrichment in any interim Iran deal

OPCW: Syrian chemical arsenal could be destroyed at sea

Khamenei: ‘Israeli regime is doomed to failure, annihilation’

UN Blocks Jewish Group from Attending Pro-Palestinian Meeting



10--Arutz Sheva


Friedman Slams ‘Israel Lobby’ for Preventing Iran Deal

Elkin: Russians Don’t Want a Nuclear Iran Either

After Marriage Law, MKs Eye Age of Consent

Libyan MP Carried Hand Grenade in Her Handbag ‘For Self Defense’

Comptroller: What is Govt. Doing to Save Hadassah Hospital?

US ‘In No Hurry’ to Close Iran Deal, Says Official

European BigWigs visit Samaria, Oppose Boycotts 

David’s Sling Test: Even the Americans Shed Tears 

MKs: Release Pollard Now

Ancient Jewish Altar Found in Shilo








Palestinian official accuses ‘fool’ Bush of colluding in Arafat’s death

Group Behind Beirut Bombing Has Fired Rockets at Israel

Iranians will ‘cut your throat,’ ex-US official warns

Khamenei tweets pictorial followup to anti-Israel vitriol

Pitching senators, Biden says Iran deal will ‘roll back’ nuke program

Military option against Iran still active, US envoy says

Syrian refugees’ debt out of control, aid group warns

Former hotel guard pleads guilty to defacing Torah

One killed in Cairo clash as Egypt violence spreads

Kerry says Muslim Brotherhood ‘stole’ Egypt revolution



12--Other News


Khamenei threatens ‘rabid dog’ Israel with ‘doom’

Iran nuclear talks: Tehran ‘will not step back one iota’

Rebuffed by Washington Netanyahu heads to Moscow

US, Israel need to agree on an Iran deal

US-Israel rift over Iran nukes now in the open

If Israel Strikes Iran, Gen. Dempsey Says U.S. “Would Meet” Obligations 

Supreme Court allows Texas to keep enforcing abortion restrictions

Obamacare Consultants Warned of Health Website Failure in March

Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov’t Responsibility

Jews challenge worship rules at holiest of Jerusalem sites






13--Perspectives 2


Michael Doran: U.S. Relations with Allies in Free Fall—Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations last week, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, complained bitterly about the White House’s deep aversion to working with Congress. The Obama administration, he said, “figure[s] out the policy…then they come tell us what it is.” A senior official from a European country recently said that President Obama “does not do consultation, and he doesn’t do discussion with allies. He reports, and he describes his analytical process.”

Noah Beck: Obama, Iran and World War III— According to a recent news report, President Barack Obama has for over a year secretly conducted negotiations with Iran (through his adviser Valerie Jarrett) and the Geneva talks on Iranian nukes now appear to be just a facade providing international legitimacy for Obama’s secret deal with Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry’s contradictory criticism of Israeli objections to that deal only suggests more bad faith by the Obama administration. Kerry claims that Israel has been kept fully apprised of the negotiations with Iran but then argues that Israel has never seen the terms of the proposed deal with Iran and therefore shouldn’t question it. The Obama administration apparently wants to present the nuclear deal as a fait accompli that Israel must simply accept as is.

Bruce McQuain: Is the Obama presidency failing?— Edward Luce, writing in the Financial Times, certainly seems to think so: …Faith in Mr. Obama’s competence was already negative. Doubts now extend to his personal integrity. A majority of Americans tell pollsters that they no longer believe he is always telling the truth. Were Mr. Obama in a different system, he would be fending off a leadership challenge or facing a snap election. Since the US constitution rules out those options, Mr. Obama is in danger of becoming a permanent lame duck.

Richard Baehr: The Iran-Obamacare connection— Israel is currently caught in the middle of a dynamic in which policy that impacts Israel seems to be determined by the problems experienced by the Obama administration on other fronts in the United States. Most directly, the policy issue that seems to be weighing over all others for the Obama administration is the colossal failure of the rollout of its health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. This bill, often characterized as the signature achievement of the president’s first term, was never popular — from the time it was working its way through House and Senate Committees in 2009, to when a final version of the bill was voted on in early 2010, and right through to the date when the website to allow online enrollment on the new exchanges occurred on Oct. 1. Things have now fallen apart for the administration in two significant ways over the last six weeks.

Nadav Shragai: The state must decide— In Monday’s High Court of Justice ruling, it is hard to avoid the impression that the court handed the state a blank check over settlement outposts in Judea and Samaria, although, unfortunately the state doesn’t know how to fill it out. In granting a Peace Now motion to remove buildings developed on private land in six outposts in Judea and Samaria because the lands in question are in dispute, the justices wrote, more or less: We hereby grant the state the authority to do pretty much whatever it wants regarding outposts. If it so desires, the state can regulate outposts not situated on private land; the state can indefinitely delay evacuations while developing a whole slew of new outposts; the state can even put off demolishing houses built on private Palestinian land after such land purchases were apparently approved by the original Palestinian owners.

Simon Henderson and Olli Heinonen: Iran’s Nuclear Narrative Needs to Be Challenged—The International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report on Iran’s nuclear program, released Nov. 14, contains persistent suspicions of Iran’s true motives, as detailed under the heading “Possible Military Dimensions.” “Since 2002, the Agency has become increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear-related organizations, including activities related to the development of a payload for a missile.” The agency also received information indicating that Iran has carried out activities “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” The report deemed this intelligence to be “credible,” noting that the IAEA has obtained more information since November 2011 that “further corroborates” its analysis.

Robert Satloff: Israel’s Critique of U.S. Iran Policy—Israel’s critique of U.S. Iran policy has three key aspects: (1) In terms of strategy, Israel worries that the administration quietly dropped its longtime insistence that Iran fulfill its UN Security Council obligation to suspend all enrichment activities and that an end to enrichment is no longer even a goal of these negotiations. (2) In terms of tactics, Israel cheers the administration’s imposition of devastating sanctions on Iran but fears that the near-agreement in Geneva would have wasted the enormous leverage that sanctions have created in exchange for a deal that, at most, would cap Iran’s progress without any rollback of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities and no commitment to mothball the worrisome Arak plant, which could provide an alternative plutonium-based path to a nuclear weapon. (3) Operationally, Israel has complained that it was kept in the dark on details of the proposed Geneva deal, despite commitments from Washington to keep Jerusalem fully apprised.

Michael Rubin: U.S. Should Embrace Syrian Kurdistan— Twenty-two years after their Iraqi Kurdish brethren proclaimed their autonomy against the backdrop of an uprising against Saddam Hussein, Syrian Kurds yesterday formally declared the creation of an autonomous government. The United States should embrace the move. Syrian Kurds have largely restored order to the territory they control in and around the town of Qamishli. Children go to school, hospitals are open, and the local government provides basic services. This was no mean feat: Syrian Kurdish militias had to defend their region from encroachments and attacks from the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

Elliott Abrams: Palestinians from Syria: Worst treatment of all— According to UNRWA: “Palestine refugees in Syria have been severely affected by the armed conflict in the country, with virtually all their residential areas experiencing armed engagements or the use of heavy weapons. The number of Palestine refugees in need of assistance in Syria is rapidly approaching the total population of 529,000 registered refugees. Over half have already been displaced from their homes.” How are neighboring Arab countries reacting? Here is what UNRWA says about Jordan: “The Government of Jordan announced a policy of non-entry to Palestinians fleeing the Syria conflict in early 2013. This stemmed the flow of Palestine refugees from Syria towards Jordan and compounded the extreme vulnerability of Palestinians seeking safety in Syria, as well as that of those who managed to enter Jordan.”

Orde F. Kittrie: How to Strengthen the Interim Iran Deal— Press reports make it clear that the interim deal will bring Iran into compliance with none of its key international legal obligations as spelled out in applicable Security Council resolutions.  These resolutions explicitly require Iran to verifiably: “suspend” all enrichment-related activities; “suspend” work on “all heavy water-related projects” including the construction of the Arak heavy water reactor; “provide such access and cooperation as the IAEA requests” to resolve IAEA concerns about Iran’s research into nuclear weapons design; and “not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.” It was unrealistic to think that an interim deal would bring Iran into compliance with all of its key preexisting legal obligations.  But it seems surprising that Iran is to receive billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for compliance with none of them.






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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

The scripture below is from the New American Standard Bible, and the hyperlinks associated with each word are from Strong’s Concordance for the New American Standard Bible.

Jonah 4: 1-4

But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. He prayed to Yahweh and said, “Please Yahweh, was not this what I said while I was still in my [own] country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. “Therefore now, O Yahweh, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.” Yahweh said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?”


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  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now.  There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


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