Don’t believe every headline, but there may be truth to the one on this blog.
The reason? There’s many a happy smile in places like Iran, now that one of our Presidential candidates has joined Noam Chomsky’s cult – the one that uses propaganda to express hate, not just signs in Arabic like “Death to Israel” on long-range missiles.
Every high school class has organizers, those busy, enthusiastic souls who run for student council, plan proms and after they graduate, are drawn to suggesting alumni events. The latest test for me to remember classmate names was on Saturday night at Central High School’s 211th class’ 75th member birthday party.
The original graduating class in 1959 had some 210 students; 46 have died. Ours was not the most remarkable class in the school’s history. A list of notable graduates from all classes is here.
In fact, it was good that some of the 211th weren’t there – Rev. Jeremy Wright, for example, who was rebuked by President Barack Obama. Or Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor, justly serving time for hideous acts.
There were special moments. Standing together for a class picture, Classmate Richard Donald Smith, who is blind, entertaining with a flute rendition of our school song. It was that kind of night.
When Ben Rhodes recently boasted about the ability of the White House to get its message across with little investigation of facts by the networks, he acted as though the blame fell on young, inexperienced members of the press corps.
Many political reporters are young and inexperienced. But that wouldn’t stop them from checking facts and seeking other sides to stories. Only their bosses could curtail their quest for truth. And if you are making a couple hundred thousand dollars a year, losing your job may be more important to you, than telling the whole truth.
Rhodes is Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speech writing, according to the White House.
He also serves as the deputy national security adviser for strategic communication for Obama and is an advisor to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action also known as the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
If you wonder how a 30-year-old became Obama’s speechwriter in 2007, perhaps one clue might be his last name and his famous brother.
Ben’s brother (you can tell by the ears), David, is president of CBS News. At his appointment in 2011 he was the youngest network news president in the history of American television, and he is responsible for CBS News broadcasts and the division’s news gathering across all platforms including television, CBS News Radio, CBSNews.com and CBSN.
David began his career in television journalism with Fox News, where he joined as a production assistant before the channel started in October 1996. He eventually became Vice President, News. In 2008, Rhodes moved to Bloomberg as head of U.S. Television.
It’s nice to have a brother in the White House, and it’s equally pleasant to have a brother running a major network. One hand washes the other. It’s difficult not to wonder if the CBS eye is just winking today, or has entirely closed?
Do French leaders know what the Arab public watches on Palestinian television?
The history of France and the Nazi empire, especially the Vichy government, some of whose senior officials were tried for crimes against humanity, will reach another hate plateau with a May 30 meeting of Arabs and Europeans that will push for an end to Israel.
The Vichy strain in France continues to this day, even denying the French participation in the deportation of Jews for extermination ( link shows timeline of crimes) in Nazi concentration camps, abuses of prisoners, and severe acts against members of the Resistance. Few of the perpetrators were ever punished.
The French have scheduled this Arab-led Israel conference before the U.S. November elections. Do they believe the current administration and its preening Secretary of State are more amenable to their Arab-centric efforts than a new face in the White House? The answer may be yes, as our President strains for a legacy of mostly appeasing the enemies of peace at the expense of America’s friends.
“There is no other solution to the conflict other than a two-state solution, Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace and security with Jerusalem a shared capital,” Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a joint statement to four of his favorite newspapers – Liberation, the Wall Street Journal, Al-Quds al-Arabi and Haaretz .
The French final soluition for the conflict will be based on the official 2002 Arab League proposal, he said. That proposal urged:
“1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well.
“2. Further calls upon Israel to affirm:
I- Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4, 1967 lines as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.
II- Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194.
III- The acceptance of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
“3. Consequently, the Arab countries affirm the following:
I- Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.
II- Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace.
In short, Israel will be shrunk to a tiny land mass and forced to allow millions of Arabs to take over the government with right of return and their votes. In exchange Israel will get a piece of paper saying the “conflict is ended.”
The U.N. Resolution 194 referenced in the Arab League plan said:
Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible; Instructs the Conciliation Commission to facilitate the repatriation, resettlement and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees and the payment of compensation, and to maintain close relations with the Director of the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees and, through him, with the appropriate organs and agencies of the United Nations;
The United States, France and the United Kingdom voted for this plan, which would allow millions of people, who were told to leave Israel by the Arab governments, to demand money or citizenship, including even the descendants of the soldiers who invaded the country in 1948.
Today’s French advocates of 194 do not mention that a number of countries voted against the resolution: Afghanistan, Byelorrusian SSR, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Ukrainian SSR, USSR, Yemen, Yugoslavia. They wanted the destruction of Israel, not peace.
The May conference will include the Middle East Quartet (the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations), the Arab League, the U.N. Security Council and some 20 other countries. The Palestinian Authority has already endorsed the conference, realizing that the Arab League promoting an Arab League initiative has to be good news for them and very bad news for an Israel to be pushed back to a 13-mile width in an age of ICBMs.