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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Today's Golden Oldie is a Dry Bones cartoon done 22 years ago in 1988.
Back in 1988, Yasser Arafat attempted to stir up international support
by a boat-based public relations plan. It was the first version of the
Gaza "Flotilla"! It didn't work out. Notice that the Palestinian
terrorists in the cartoon are wearing ski masks. Such a popular terrorist
fashion of the day that everyone who saw the cartoon back then would have
immediately recognized the speakers as terrorists.
I've posted several previous golden oldies and columns about Arafat's
"Refugee" Boat campaign which made waves back in 1988. Today's cartoon
marked the final sinking of the enterprise.
For one posting
click here. For another
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sea story one.
According to the Voice of America:
Israel Urges Lebanon to Block Gaza Aid Ships
"Israel is bracing for another attempt to break its
blockade on the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip.
Israel has appealed to the United Nations to prevent two ships in
Lebanon from sailing to Gaza, in defiance of the Israeli blockade. In a
letter to the U.N. secretary-general and the Security Council, Israel
accused organizers of trying "to incite a confrontation and raise
tensions" in the Middle East. The letter called on the Lebanese
government "to demonstrate responsibility" and stop the ships from
Sea story two.
According to ABC NEWS:
North Korea threatens 'sacred' nuclear war
"The Korean peninsula is on high alert today, with Pyongyang
threatening a nuclear response to massive war games being held by the
United States and South Korea.
Hundreds of war planes, dozens of ships and thousands of military
personnel are taking part in the four-day drill designed as a show of
force to North Korea after the sinking of a South Korean corvette four
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Yes, antisemitism is a "cultural virus", and right now
we're in the middle of an out-of-control world-wide pandemic!
Viral antisemitism is spread by mass movements to divert attention from
their own diabolical attempts to grab control of society.
Nazism did it. Stalinism did it. Now Islamism is doing it.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The word is that Bibi and Obama are scheduled to meet in
Washington next week, on July 6. They were supposed to meet a month ago,
on June 1, but that meeting was cancelled because of the May 31st flotilla
This White House meeting does not promise to be a jolly event. The
enmity of the Obama administration to the State of Israel grows more and
more obvious. We can only hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu has the
strength to resist the attack that is awaiting him behind the closed doors
at the White House.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The Story as reported by UPI:
WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI)
-- "Eighty-seven members of the U.S. Senate urged President Barack
Obama Wednesday to oppose a U.N. resolution criticizing Israel's
handling of an aid flotilla.
The senators -- including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. -- signed a letter to Obama
defending Israel's actions in a May 31 confrontation during which nine
people aboard a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza were killed, The Hill
The letter expresses support for Israel's right to defend itself
and asserts Israel was acting in self defense when its troops boarded
ships in the flotilla.
"In response to thousands of rocket attacks on Israel from Hamas
terrorists in Gaza, Israel took steps to prevent items which could be
used to support these attacks from reaching Gaza," the letter said.
"Israel's naval blockade, which is legal under international law, allows
Israel to keep dangerous goods from entering Gaza by sea. The intent of
the measures is to protect Israel, while allowing humanitarian aid into
Eighty-seven Senators out of the 100 in the Senate is really
But I was curious about the identity of the 13 American Senators who
refused to sign the letter. So I checked.
The thirteen are:
1. Chris Dodd (D) - Connecticut
2. Dan Akaka (D) - Hawaii
3. Tom Harkin (D) - Iowa
4. John Kerry (D) - Massachusetts
5. Jeff Bingaman (D) - New Mexico
6. Tom Udall (D) - New Mexico
7. Jeff Merkley (D) - Oregon
8. Patrick Leahy (D) - Vermont
9. Jim Webb (D) - Virginia
10. Jim Bunning (R) - Kentucky
11. Judd Gregg (R) - New Hampshire
12. Robert Byrd (D) - West Virginia [may his name blotted out]
13. Bernie Sanders (I) - Vermont
* * *
Meanwhile Bibi will soon be off to a meeting with Obama. Will the
message from the Senate mean anything to the President?
Friday, June 25, 2010
On May 31, 2010, two events took place:
Israeli troops were assaulted by Islamists as they boarded the Mavi
Marmara, forcing the Israelis to fight back. Nine of the provocateurs
2.) Islamist gunmen entered
a Pakistani hospital, where they shot and killed 12 badly wounded
patients...The 12 victims were survivors of Islamist attacks on two
mosques a few days earlier, when 93 worshipers were killed.
* * *
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights immediately
responded. What she said that day was:
“I unequivocally condemn what appears to be disproportionate use of
force, resulting in the killing and wounding of so many people
attempting to bring much needed aid to the people of Gaza”’
Source: the Ettinger Report
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The lawless "wild west" of 20th century Hollywood movies
has been translated into the 21 century. The Somali Pirates are the
outlaws raiding stagecoaches. The Flotilla battles are becoming like the
American range wars between farmers and cattlemen. "Why can't the Farmer
and the Cowman just be friends?" goes the frustrated refrain of the
* * *
Meanwhile, the world media shields us from seeing the massive
world-wide assault on modern society and its freedoms by ferocious,
Monday, June 21, 2010
Samar Hajj, who is coordinating the trip was quoted as
saying; “We are all independent women who believe in breaking the siege on
"One day after Israel threatened to attack a new Gaza-bound aid
ship with only women activists on board, the Lebanese resistance
movement of Hezbollah highlights Israel's fear, saying its military
ability is "deteriorating."
"Israeli threats against women activists and journalists who are
organizing new flotillas serve as proof of the immense fear the Zionists
are living in," Israeli dailyYnet news reported Hezbollah's Executive
Council Chief Hashem Safieddine as saying on Saturday.
The comment comes after earlier on Friday, Israeli Ambassador to
the UN Gabriela Shalev called for a halt to the Gaza-bound aid ship
scheduled to set sail from Lebanon, warning that Tel Aviv would use "all
necessary means" to stop the vessel.
Israel "is terrified by a boat carrying women who want to deliver
aid to Gaza. How will this Israel be able to face the rockets and the
resistance bloc in the next confrontation?" the Hezbollah official
"This is the Zionist entity in its current state and its
deteriorating ability," he went on to say.
A group of 50 female Lebanese and foreign activists have
announced a plan to send an aid ship loaded with medical supplies to
Gaza, which has been under siege since 2007.
The organizers are yet to announce a departure date for the ship,
named "Mariam" in honor of the Virgin Mary."
Friday, June 18, 2010
Are we witnessing a major shake-up in the region with Turkey going
Islamist and becoming part of the anti-Western Islamic Jihad bloc? Will
Gaza, the Palestinians, and the "Flotilla" affair be successfully and
skillfully used to focus Turkish public attention on the "demonic Jews"
while the throat of secular Turkey is slit?
Forbes offers this interesting analysis out of Istanbul:
Erdogan's Dangerous Rhetoric
"ISTANBUL -- Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's speech upon his return
to Turkey from meeting President Obama was greeted in some quarters with
relief. "At least he didn't declare war," said one headline.
Understandably, the confrontation between Israeli commandos and the Mavi
Marmara has consumed the media here. And though it seemed, at first,
that the national mood was one of shock followed by outrage, already
numerous gently demurring voices have begun to break the surface. The
prime minister's speeches showed no such restraint: "Even bullies,
pirates and criminals have a code of honor," he said, "but for those who
have none, it would be a compliment to call them such names."
Condemning Israel for harming innocents, Erdogan added, "Even in
a war, you don't attack women, children and religious personnel,"
(without, of course, elaborating on what to do if the latter happen to
be combatants, as they often are in Islamist circles). The prime
minister has traveled the country in a kind of victory tour inciting
massed crowds to chant anti-Israeli slogans, repeatedly citing "Thou
Shalt Not Kill" as being explicitly a commandment from the Torah and
therefore all the greater a sin when committed by Israel. Some 22
national leaders are currently in Istanbul for a conference of Eurasian
nations; Erdogan is publicly flogging the issue there, too.
The atmosphere in Turkey is highly combustible and open to
political exploitation. Photos of bashed and bleeding young Israeli
commandos published in the leading newspaper, Hurriyet--thereby
confirming Israel's self-defense argument--elicited cries of "traitor"
Meanwhile, the Mavi Marmara events coincided with a string of
guerrilla attacks in the country by the Kurdish terror group PKK. These
included an unprecedented operation against off-duty navy personnel in
the non-Kurdish port town of Iskenderun, which left six dead and seven
wounded. In the anti-Israeli side of the docket one can include attempts
by highly placed Turkish officials to link the two--that is to suggest
Israeli support of the PKK--and ubiquitous voices asserting that no
Israeli inquiry into the Mavi Marmara raid can be dependable."
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This is one of the cartoons that I did while watching the Flotilla
affair from America and not from back here in Israel. Many Jews back in
America and here in Israel now understand that virulent antisemitism is
alive and well. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was, and is, a major
vehicle for the spread of "Jew hatred".
For info about the history of the Protocols click
"The Protocols" was not only a big hit in Nazi circles, it's a now a
blockbuster in the Arab world. Below is the cover of the currently
best-selling Egyptian version.
Click on the book jacket and we'll take you to an Islamic site where you
can read the whole thing yourself... In English, French, German,
Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Italian!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I'm just back from a trip to America to attend the National
Cartoonists Society's Annual Awards Weekend, where I gave a presentation
on the history of Dry Bones.
Before I got back, the "flotilla" story broke, so I scratched out a few
cartoons about it. The story does not look like it's going to go away. So
I'll post the cartoons that I did while watching the world from America
and not from my usual vantage point back here, at home in Israel, in a
little town on the Mediterranean sea.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
How did Turkey do an Islamist Flip? Why is the
West surprised? Today's Golden Oldie was a clear warning I sounded in a
cartoon that I did in 2007. I'm reposting it today, along with the column
that originally accompanied it three years ago in April of 2007!
* * *
Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the modern secular state of
Turkey was born in the collapse of the
Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War II.
The leading legal reforms instituted by Mustafa Kemal included the
complete separation of government and religious affairs and the adoption
of a strong interpretation of the principle of laïcité in the
constitution. This was coupled with the closure of Islamic courts and
the replacement of Islamic canon law (1924 - 1937) with a secular civil
code modeled after Switzerland and a penal code modeled after the
Italian Penal Code (1924 - 1937). The reforms also instituted legal
equality between the sexes and the granting of full political rights to
women on December 5, 1934, well before several other European nations.
The Turkish Army is the "Guardian" of the secular state and functions
as a block against the establishment of Islamic rule. Unfortunately,
today's Europe is unhappy with that fact.
EU Enlargement Commissioner, Olli Rehn, speaking at an
international conference in Brussels, noted that the recent controversy
in Turkey was a litmus test for the military to respect democracy, BBC
EU officials believe that the recent reaction by the Turkish military to
the country's democratic process indicates the likelihood of them
interfering in the election procedures.
At the first round of parliamentary votes on Friday, the present foreign
minister and AK party candidate, Abdullah Gul, narrowly failed to win.
The Turkish army then issued a statement saying it would defend the
country's established secular principles.
Monday, June 14, 2010
I'm fresh back from my trip to the States. Before I left I did this
cartoon and set it to automatically post today. I was sure that it was the
kind of cartoon that would have a long "shelf-life".00
And that was before the "Flotilla" business.