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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Nov 3, 2014 at 10:01

Hi, Tovey. You said,

An interesting observation, of a lame duck even considering crossing in all that traffic; but pushing someone else to clear a path to make a crossing, now that would be worth film at eleven.

Lots of yuks (hearty laughs) on that one. It would be funny, if it weren't so close to reality: Our "lame-duck" President is not very careful about what roads and red lines he crosses; but this would not concern us if he were not at the same time asking the American people to support him in foolhearty wars and foreign policy. You said further,

It is the premise of proxy fighting, is it not?

It is, and all our allies and "allies", from Turkey to Britain to Iran, know it. That's why we have gotten such a tepid response from them. The use of the word "terrorist" as an excuse for engaging in these wars, meanwhile, has gotten rather worn: Every side uses that term, to describe his enemies: To the American public, ISIL is supposed to be synonymous with "terrorism", making us afraid, very afraid. To the Turks, "ISIL" doesn't sound so bad -- just another flavor of the Islamic State they're trying to create in their own country; but anything "Kurdish" smacks of holy terror. The Iranians and Syrians have their own bogeymen, and the Israelis theirs. I'm not terrified by any of this; and I don't consider "terror" to be a legitimate way of promoting national policy -- including the policy of proxy fighting.

The current American Administrative Chief Executive's mindset and this ideology he keeps trying to insist is not his own has now been persuasively demonstrated as not only his, but it is shared with every sensibility that opposes a peaceful solution for Israel.

That's a tough sentence to parse, and I'm not even sure where the commas and semicolons should be inserted. You've been reading too much New Testament Greek again (joke). Concerning what seem to be your main points, (1) Yes, this proxy war against ISIL is very much the "baby" of Obama and his advisors; and (2) it has NOTHING TO DO with a "peaceful" solution for Israel.

Despite the fact that Obama, Kerry and 185+ members of the UN General Assembly believe that Israel is to blame for the lack of peace in the world, it's really insulting to the Kurds of Kobane, who are fighting for their national survival, to try to link the Arab-Israeli "Middle East Peace Process" with their life-and-death struggle. Ditto for the Christians, Sunnis, Shi'as and others of Syria and other places. Those people are suffering greatly, because of political and religious manipulation from every side, essentially none of which is coming from Israel and the "Middle East Peace Process". We are fighting ISIL for very short-sighted political reasons, most of them domestic (Election time, hello?). To your credit, you said,

What is happening north of Israel is part and parcel of what is happening in the south of the Negev. PM Netanyahu indeed, is playing hardball; and like the Giants' Baumgartner, seems to have an upper hand in making the right plays, in spite of some earlier issues.

Yes, and I respect Netanyahu as a true patriot and an astute politician. I disagree with many of his decisions; but even America's President Lincoln said he voted 90% of the time against his own convictions, in order to vote for them the other 10% of the time. It's a tough field to master, but Bibi has come pretty close.

The American Administration does not like Israel's play for peace and security and the answer as to why they do not is plain: they do not like Israel...[FULL STOP belongs here]

Barack and Michelle seem to have a long list of things they don't like, most of them more fair-colored than themselves. Most Jews are more white than most Arabs. Add to this some historical European antisemitism, and this is the bottom line in the policies of most world leaders. With the Obamas, I think a simmering personal grudge is also at work. You went on,

if American foreign policy has not learned anything, why has it not learned from 1948, 1967, 1973, 2006, 2014: that Israel is not going quietly into that dark night; but the lame duck just might.

Clinton also used his twilight years to come up with an imbecilic Middle East "Peace" plan; and GW Bush ended his tenure with the Annapolis Conference, where the Arabs came through the front door but the Jews, literally, had to use the servants' entrance. Clinton was in three-cornered pants in 1948, and getting stoned in 1967 and 1973. Bush, meanwhile, was piloting National Guard aircraft to ship bananas for personal friends. I don't thing any of them was fully aware of the significance of those years. As for the "lessons" of 2006 and 2014, Obama can be excused: There was nothing to be learned, other than the fact that Israel can be expected to turn victory into defeat with a mere disapproving glance from Washington, DC.

Back to the OP, "Be afraid, be very afraid!" Terror lurks everywhere! Only Big O and Big Government can keep us from it! ...and other Halloween tales.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
An Agreed Definition [72 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Freddy TerraneanApr 4, 2016 17:27228712
2Definitions of Terrorism in the U.S. Code [413 words]LudvikusJan 17, 2015 00:51220437
Define [19 words]AlbertEDec 15, 2014 19:35219789
the abstract or the actual islamist terrorist [16 words]mythNov 17, 2014 05:39219336
The name of the "game" is Zionism [823 words]Richard MartensNov 14, 2014 14:37219307
The wellfare state result: mass terrorism [60 words]PermReaderNov 12, 2014 10:54219285
3Terrorism is not an ideology [176 words]saraNov 3, 2014 21:09219150
You are correct: Terrorism is not an ideology; and we're not convincingly at war with it. [373 words]Michael S.Nov 9, 2014 09:22219150
1Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder [158 words]saraNov 16, 2014 18:39219150
War on Flying [408 words]Michael S.Nov 17, 2014 15:07219150
Muslim Brotherhood threat [153 words]saraNov 20, 2014 21:29219150
1It takes all kinds [295 words]Michael S.Nov 21, 2014 15:18219150
Muslim divisions [571 words]Michael S.Nov 26, 2014 05:09219150
Terrorism [133 words]donevanNov 2, 2014 14:42219127
1It's Personal [546 words]Michael S.Nov 25, 2014 11:23219127
1I agree...it's not a religion [181 words]donevanNov 27, 2014 14:40219127
It's all "religious", by someone's definition [573 words]Michael S.Nov 29, 2014 18:51219127
Not a 'Religion" [184 words]donevanDec 1, 2014 22:10219127
Defining "Religion" [209 words]Michael SDec 4, 2014 12:28219127
Terror May Have Religious Connection; But Never a Righteous One [388 words]M. ToveyDec 4, 2014 17:20219127
I Agree......I think I do [119 words]DONEVANDec 8, 2014 10:02219127
Religion and Terrorism...... [117 words]donevanDec 8, 2014 10:21219127
How to become a heretic [1033 words]Michael S.Dec 9, 2014 12:21219127
Hereticism Can Be Avoided By Holdng to the Spirit of Scripture [538 words]M. ToveyDec 11, 2014 14:10219127
Murder From Supremacist Motives [65 words]DaveOct 31, 2014 19:14219088
1Still puzzled after 13 years. [120 words]JD WillOct 31, 2014 09:58219068
An endless war.... [151 words]donevanNov 3, 2014 22:17219068
Why did the lame duck cross the road? [919 words]Michael S.Oct 29, 2014 14:43219039
Someone Tell the Duck to Duck - It's Dark Out On That Roadmap to Peace. [324 words]M. ToveyOct 31, 2014 18:22219039
Be afraid! Be very afraid! [875 words]Michael S.Nov 3, 2014 10:01219039
Terrorism is in the Eye of the Beholder [26 words]Barry BlackOct 28, 2014 09:36219010
Koran sponsored crimes [64 words]PermReaderOct 27, 2014 12:19218990
what about "a state actor attacking civilian targets to spread fear for some putative political goal" ? [25 words]servet cevikOct 27, 2014 08:04218987
4What can we learn from the terrorist attack in Ottawa [219 words]dhimmi no moreOct 27, 2014 07:18218985
terrorism is a Monster with many face [26 words]myselfOct 27, 2014 06:47218984
1"TERRORISM" IS THE CRIME OF "EXTORTION" [41 words]Uncle VladdiOct 26, 2014 20:55218980
Let's Define Terrorism Better [379 words]Richard H. ShulmanOct 26, 2014 20:31218979
Définitions Of TERROR, TERRORISM and TERRORIST [161 words]JACQUES HADIDAOct 26, 2014 18:02218977
Its the purpose...not the degree of violence [167 words]gerNov 3, 2014 11:12218977
Don't Forget the Media's Role [156 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
AlexOct 26, 2014 16:50218973
1common sense [49 words]Charles MartelOct 26, 2014 16:02218972
Freud summed it up. [80 words]Andrew HOct 26, 2014 13:32218967
That Explains It [50 words]Barry BlackOct 26, 2014 10:19218964
1The Winslow Plan [367 words]TL WinslowOct 26, 2014 10:13218963
1terrorism [25 words]Jan LapterOct 26, 2014 09:37218960
Yes, "Terrorism" is already known as the crime of "Extortion." [13 words]Uncle VladdiOct 27, 2014 21:36218960
terrorism [11 words]Jan LapterOct 28, 2014 04:37218960
"Terrorist inmates" are subject to many extra restrictions - I would add: many extra benefits if members of ROP [16 words]MarkOct 26, 2014 09:28218958
Terrorism is a tactic in the War [90 words]Ralph C Whaley MDOct 26, 2014 09:27218957
Maybe there is a reason terrorism defies definition [179 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
S. KleinOct 26, 2014 09:01218956
What's wrong with the definition provided? [36 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Eric GoodmanOct 26, 2014 06:59218950
Pst! "Terrorism" isn't limited to "non-state actors." [27 words]Uncle VladdiOct 27, 2014 21:33218950
What's wrong with the definition provided? (Defining vs. criteria of application) [133 words]Daniel D. NovotnyOct 29, 2014 09:26218950

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