In what officials caution is now a dangerous and even deadly crime wave, Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City and over 370 cases last year alone. In fact, kidnappings and other crimes connected to the Mexican drug cartels are quickly spreading across the border, from Texas to California. The majority of the victims are either illegal aliens or connected to the drug trade. ED STRAKER
Friday, May 11, 2018
ARI LIEBERMAN - 12 REASONS TURKEY'S ERDOGAN REGIME MUST FALL AND END HIS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
IS THIS ANOTHER MUSLIM-FASCIST REGIME THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE UNWITTINGLY FUNDING???
12 REASONS TURKEY SHOULD BE EXPELLED FROM NATO
The time has come to part ways with the unhinged Erdoğan.
Turkey’s acceptance to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in October 1951 was a boon for the organization. Though its human rights record was far from stellar, it was staunchly anti-Communist, maintained a formidable army, was amenable to the placement of NATO assets in the country, including nuclear-tipped Jupiter ballistic missiles and was strategically located, flanking the Soviet Union on the south and acting as a bridge between Europe and Asia.
Though Turkey was technically a Muslim country, it leaders, following the doctrines espoused by Kamal Ataturk, zealously guarded the secular nature of the state. Religious influence was kept to a minimum and this was especially true for government officials and parliamentarians. Indeed, there was a significant Jewish population in Turkey and Turkey was the first Muslim majority nation to recognize Israel, extending recognition in March 1949.
During the Korean War, Turkey sent a sizable contingent to fight alongside the United States-led United Nations coalition, and its troops acquitted themselves well in combat. Turkey’s strained relations with its neighbor Greece and its human rights record proved to be problematic issues for NATO but were overlooked in light of the benefits conveyed to NATO by Turkish membership.
With the ascension of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as prime minister in 2003, the equation began to change. Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, began systematically changing the character of secular Turkey, incrementally at first so as not to upset the Turkish Army, but at an accelerated pace in recent years. Now president, Erdoğan has consolidated his power and has neutered his foes in the press, the judiciary, the political opposition, and the army.
The Turkey of today is vastly different than the Turkey that existed prior to the ascension of Erdoğan. The nation is currently led by a neo-Ottoman, heavy-handed, authoritarian Islamist who shares nothing in common with his NATO partners, and who works at cross-purposes with NATO to frustrate its objectives. Rather than being an asset, Turkey has become a hindrance to NATO. The time has come for NATO to part ways with Erdoğan. Here’s why.
Human rights abuses: On April 20, the U.S. State Department released a report detailing significant human right abuses in Turkey. These included arbitrary detentions and mass arrests, torture, press censorship, curtailment of free speech and forced disappearances of political opponents. Authoritarian Erdoğan has transformed Turkey into a near-dictatorship where one can be arrested for dubious crimes like “insulting the president.” Political opponents and members of the press are routinely arrested on contrived “terrorism” charges based on the flimsiest evidence. The once independent judiciary has been thoroughly corrupted and is now staffed by Erdoğan cronies and party hacks.
Use of foreign nationals as bargaining chips: In October 2016 Turkish authorities arrested and detained an American pastor named Andrew Brunson on contrived terrorism charges. The identities of the witnesses who testified against Brunson were obscured. In February 2017, Turkish police arrested German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, accusing him of engaging in terrorist propaganda. Turkish police also detained two Czech nationals it accused of aiding Kurdish guerillas, and in March 2018 the Turks seized two Greek soldiers, who due to inclement weather, mistakenly strayed across the border at Evros River. In the former case, the Turks are demanding that the Czechs extradite a Kurdish leader currently in Prague in exchange for the two Czech nationals and in the latter case, the Turks are demanding that Greek authorities hand over Turkish soldiers who fled Turkey following the failed 2016 coup attempt. In this regard, Turkish behavior is no different than the behavior of Iran and North Korea both of which routinely snatch foreigners for potential use as bargaining chips. The only difference is that Turkey is a member of NATO and is seizing the nationals of allied partners.
Support for ISIS: It seems absurd to suggest that Turkey supported ISIS in light of the terror attacks perpetrated by ISIS on Turkish soil but this was in fact the case. The Erdogan government initially believed that it shared common interests with the terrorist group. Both were Sunni, and shared hatred for the Kurds, the Shia and Assad. As such, Erdogan was instrumental in propping up ISIS during its formative years. Turkish intelligence officials assisted ISIS terrorists with arms and logistics and the Turkish government purchased ISIS oil thus providing the terror group with a steady stream of funding to support its activities. The Turks also permitted known ISIS operatives to freely cross their borders and hindered U.S. efforts to support the Kurds against ISIS during the battle of Kobani. Of course, the Turks soon bitterly learned that they could not control the beast they helped create. Nevertheless, Erdogan and his henchmen were partly responsible for the group’s ascendancy.
Support for Hamas: Hamas is a terrorist organization fully recognized as such by the U.S., Israel the European Union, Canada, Japan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia without the fraudulent distinction between its military and “political” wings. Yet Turkey has fostered excellent relations with the blood-thirsty group. This is due to the fact that both the AKP and Hamas are closely affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and profess similar ideologies. Turkey has permitted Hamas terrorists to freely operate, recruit and fundraise within its borders. The murder-kidnapping of three Jewish youths from the Gush Etzion junction in the summer of 2014 was the product of a plan hatched and funded by Hamas operatives in Turkey. Hamas continues funnel money to its operatives in the West bank and Gaza via its offices in Turkey as evidenced by the recent arrest by Israeli undercover commandos of Omar al-Kiswani, a Hamas terrorist who received €150,000 from his Hamas handlers in Turkey.
Deceptive and untrustworthy: Turkish-Israeli ties, never good under Erdogan, experienced a marked decline following the 2010 seizure of the blockade-running Mavi Marmara vessel and the killing of 10 Turkish IHH terrorists who attempted to attack Israeli naval commandos during the operation. Political ties were all but severed. Nevertheless, there was limited cooperation between Israeli and Turkish intelligence services. But in what can only be described as an act of egregious perfidy, Turkey’s intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, betrayed the names of 10 Israeli agents, all Iranian nationals, who were working undercover in Iran, condemning them all to death and wrecking the secret spy ring. Fidan obtained Erdogan’s approval before committing this monstrous act. It was an unprecedented act considering that Israeli and Turkish intelligence had previously enjoyed a mutually beneficial, 50-year relationship. If Turkish intelligence is capable of engaging in such treachery, it’s a sure bet that Turkey is handing over closely-guarded NATO secrets to its close allies, Russia and Iran.
Incompatible weapons procurement: In times of war, NATO members are expected to act in a cohesive, unified manner to meet common challenges. To that end, alliance members are expected to procure weapon systems and sub-systems that are compatible. In layman’s terms, these platforms need to recognize and communicate with each other for things to run smoothly. Until recently, this was the case until Turkey decided to unilaterally purchase Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles in a deal worth $2.5 billion. The platform is not compatible with alliance platforms. Protests by the U.S. and other NATO members have been largely ignored. In addition, Russia is still viewed as the greatest conventional threat to peace on the European continent but Turkey’s S-400 procurement gave the Russian defense industry a significant boost, which of course, is not good for NATO.
Migrant extortion: On multiple occasions, Erdogan has threatened to flood Europe with Syrian and Iraqi migrants camped in Turkey if his extortionist demands were not met. He has demanded visa-free access for Turkish nationals to EU nations, demanded Turkish admittance to the EU, and demanded billions of euros in extortion money from EU nations. Considering Turkey’s abysmal human rights record, Islamist bent and close affiliation with Islamist terrorist groups, these demands are beyond absurd.
Divergence on Syria: As noted, Turkey has assisted ISIS militarily, logistically and economically and in 2014, frustrated U.S. efforts to help Kurdish forces fend off ISIS attacks on the Kurdish city of Kobani. In January 2018, Turkish forces invaded Syria’s northwest region of Afrin to do battle with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a group closely allied with the U.S. and largely responsible for defeating ISIS in Syria. Turkish aggression was motivated by imperialistic and irredentist ambitions. Before invading, the Turks consulted with the Russians but paid scant attention to American and German protests. Turkey’s invasion, obscenely called “Operation Olive Branch,” was a violation of international law and nearly caused direct confrontation with U.S. forces stationed in nearby Manbij. By its words and actions, Turkey has made clear that its geo-political interests lie with Russia and Iran, not with NATO.
Sanctions busting: On Erdogan’s orders Turkey helped Iran circumvent internationally imposed sanctions aimed at forcing the rogue regime to quit its nuclear proliferation activities. In a plan hatched by Erdogan, Turkish state banks were employed in a complicated scheme involving gold for Iranian oil to the tune of billions of dollars. Erdogan’s cronies were paid hefty bribes along the way. An attempt by Turkish police to expose the illegalities was quashed by Erdogan.
Anti-Semitic and anti-Western rhetoric: Erdogan frequently lashes out at Israel and alliance members. His fiery speeches are often laced with anti-Semitic overtones, wild conspiracy theories and bellicosity. Erdogan has compared Israel to Nazi Germany, claimed that Israel has committed genocide against the Palestinians, alleged that Israel engineered the coup that saw the overthrow of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Morsi and accused the international “interest rate lobby,” a euphemism for rich Jews, of fomenting the 2013 Gezi Park riots. Alliance members have not been spared his conspiracy-laden wrath either. Germany, France, the Netherlands, Greece and the United States have all been subjected to his unhinged vitriol. Following a spate of racist attacks by Muslims directed against French Christians and Jews, an effort was made by the by prominent French officials to remove Quranic verses that made reference to violence against non-Muslims. Rather than acknowledging the problem and seeking a solution, Erdogan responded by referring to the West as “vile” and lashed out against Judeo-Christian writings. His utter disdain for the West was clearly demonstrated last year when he made the following statement; “Our concern is not what George or Hans or Helga says. Our concern is what Hatice, Ayse, Fatma, Ahmet, Mehmet, Hasan, Huseyin says, what Allah says…”
Aggression towards Greece: Turkey continues to initiate aggression against fellow alliance member, Greece. In March, it seized two Greek soldiers who mistakenly crossed the border due to inclement weather. Turkish aircraft routinely violate Greek airspace and its ships have rammed Greek vessels near disputed areas of the Aegean. There were at least two such hostile ramming incidents this year. Add to this Erdogan’s express coveting of Greek territory, expansionist agenda and unhinged temperament and we have a recipe for an all-out war between Greece and Turkey, which ultimately harms the cohesiveness of the NATO alliance.
Occupation of Northern Cyprus: In 1974, Turkish forces invaded Cyprus and occupied the northern part of the Mediterranean island nation. The Turks dubbed their belligerent military invasion the “Peace Operation,” a misnomer if ever there was one. During the course of its aggression, Turkey displaced some 200,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes. In addition, the Turks implanted Turkish colonists from mainland Turkey in an effort to create a further ethnic imbalance. Turkey’s actions in Cyprus are no different than those of the Iranians in Syria, who are ethnically cleansing large swaths of Syria and replacing vacated Sunni areas with Shia. Turkey was found to be in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which addresses displacement of populations. Turkey may also be in violation of Article 49, Clause 6 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which states that, “the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” After 44 years, Turkey still continues to flagrantly violate international law through its illegal occupation of one-third of an EU member state.
Each of these transgressions, standing alone, is cause for concern. Collectively however, they are damning. Sovereign nations of course, are free to pursue their own national interests. Erdogan has chosen a virulently anti-Western path that veers sharply from NATO’s. He has demonstrated that he is nothing but an unhinged, conspiracy-prone and deeply anti-Semitic thug. It’s time now for NATO to politely show Erdogan the door and expel Turkey from the alliance.
"slay the unbelievers wherever you find them"
Koran 3:21 "Muslims must not take the infidels as friends"
Koran 5:33 "Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam"
Koran 8:12 "Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other
than the Koran"
Koran 8:60 " Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the
Koran 8:65 "The unbelievers are stupid, urge all Muslims to fight
Koran 9:5 "When the opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you
Koran 9:123 "Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood"
Koran 22:19 "Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron
rods, boiling water, melt their skin and bellies"
Koran 47:4 "Do not hanker for peace with the infidels, behead them when
you catch them".
HOW MUCH DIRTY MUSLIM MONEY HAS GONE INTO OBAMA'S PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, WHICH IN FACT WILL HAVE NO PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS AS THE OBOMB DOES NOT WANT PEOPLE TO TRULY KNOW HOW EVIL HE AND HIS BANKSTER REGIME WAS?
Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
President Trump this week withdrew the United States from the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. It’s about time. In the long history of delusional diplomatic agreements, Obama’s pact with the genocidal mullahs to halt their development of nuclear weapons was was one of the worst since Neville Chamberlain handed Czechoslovakia over to Nazi Germany. Like Trump’s abandoning of the feckless Paris Climate Accords, ending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action may contribute to a needed reevaluation of the West’s antique paradigm of diplomatic engagement as the best way to stop aggression and protect our country’s interests and security.
The Europeans, of course, are unhappy. They’ve been doing a bustling business with Iran ever since Obama delivered $1.7 billion in cash on pallets as the payola to the mullahs for going along with the charade. At home, the evangelical internationalists of both parties and the foreign policy establishment are caterwauling, with grim predictions of doom of the sort we heard about North Korea until Kim, his mind apparently focused by Trump’s tough talk, agreed to meet with the president. They all assert that Trump’s move is counterproductive, that under the watchful eye of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the agreement was working and that Iran had stopped it progress. Not counting ballistic missiles, of course. Now, they warn, Iran is free to start the program back up and obtain a weapon sooner than they would have if the deal remained.
This is what counts as a diplomatic triumph for delusional internationalists: for nearly forty years, a brutal, apocalyptic, fanatical cult has been at declared war on us, threatened our closest ally Israel with genocide, murdered our troops, kidnapped our citizens, fomented terrorism across the world, and declared openly and repeatedly its hatred of us and its intentions to harm our interests––this failing state that brutalizes its own citizens and rampages throughout the Middle East will see its acquisition of nuclear weapons delayed for maybe a decade.
Forget the lies of the plan’s supporters, forget the despicable John Kerry, whose began his political career in the seventies by cozying up to the brutal North Vietnamese and slandering his comrades, and lately graduated to giving comfort and aid to another enemy. Forget the talk about us not keeping our word, when the only “word” that counts in international relations is a treaty ratified by our Senate. Forget the bipartisan gaggle of apologists who either are lying about the efficacy of the plan, or are terminally naïve. The only sure fact we know is that we have no real clue what Iran has been up to over the last few years. We don’t know how much progress they have secretly made as they have pretended to comply with the terms of the agreement. That’s because the only way to know is to demand intrusive, unannounced inspections without limits on what to inspect. But Obama discarded that trump without even playing it.
Consider carefully The Wall Street Journal’s wording in its brief for the deal: “Most experts believe that the accord largely ensured that by removing roughly 98% of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile, mothballing two-thirds of its uranium-spinning centrifuges, limiting research and development, and removing the core of the Arak reactor.” Not “know” or “have confirmed,” but “believe.” Apparently, many foreign policy wizards in this country and Europe are willing to roll the nuclear device based on an unverified “belief.” This is nearly as feckless as Neville Chamberlain telling his cabinet that Hitler “would not deliberately deceive a man whom he respected and with whom he had been in negotiation.” Maybe that’s why John Kerry has been canoodling with Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, the slick and soothing “moderate” who pulled off this diplomatic swindle.
Worse yet, even if the Iranians have complied, so what? The fatal flaw of the agreement––that it terms out after a mere decade––is that it won’t keep the regime from the bomb, but merely delay it. Analysts disagree over how quickly the Iranians could create a nuclear device and a delivery system, but the main point is that deal or not, they possess and will keep all the infrastructure, enriched uranium, equipment, and technical know-how, along with help from Pakistan and North Korea, necessary eventually to succeed.
But we can be sure that the Iranians have cheated and lied, just as they cheated and lied to the world about not pursuing nuclear weapons program, a fact we know definitively because the Israelis, our only ally that seems to know what it’s doing and understands the hard world we live, stole 100,000 documents from under the mullah’s noses. The apologists, of course, brush that away as old news. Since the agreement, the Iranians have been the souls of honesty and rectitude, obeying every jot and tittle of the agreement they signed in faith.
Again, how do we know? We don’t. We just trust but don’t verify. But history tells us that every significant arms reduction or arms control agreement has been violated by most of the signatories. Germany in the twenties and thirties, the Soviet Union and Russia for decades, Saddam Hussein in the nineties, North Korea for the last thirty years, and now the Iranians. Especially the Iranians, given that they have not allowed inspectors unannounced access to all suspected facilities. And even with more intrusive inspections, we can’t be completely sure we’ve seen everything. Hussein managed to rope-a-dope international inspectors and intelligence agencies for several years until he just kicked them all out, even while Iraq was occupied by foreign troops, its army had been degraded and disarmed, and two-thirds of its country’s air-space dominated by its enemies. Only after the George Bush coalition invaded and removed Saddam from power in 2003 did we finally know for sure he had only a program.
No doubt numerous dire consequences will be prophesized by the disappointed keepers of worn-out foreign policy paradigms. Iran will restart its program! Though we don’t know if it’s even slowed it down that much. So it will get sooner rather than later what the deal already gave it. The Europeans will go their own way, refusing to cooperate with reimposed economic sanctions! As though we don’t have powerful economic incentives to concentrate the minds of E.U countries currently underperforming economically and facing intensifying resistance to Brussel’s high-handed ways. Iran might resort to terrorist attacks! Which suggests they have been restraining themselves lately, even as they have been brutally rampaging throughout the Middle East, empowering the terrorist gang Hezbollah, propping up the mass-murdering Assad, hijacking Lebanon, and threatening Saudi Arabia from Yemen.
On the other hand, turning off the economic respirator and restoring the deterrence that the feckless Obama squandered could have other, more positive effects. Reimposing sanctions could further weaken Iran’s economy, and increase its people’s anger over the ruling elite’s corruption, galvanizing the forces for regime change. Iran might provide some casus belli in the Gulf that could give us an opportunity to teach them the grim wages of arousing America’s might. Or Iran could lash out at Israel, which would invite a response they are unlikely to survive––especially if the U.S. keeps its nerve and backs Israel up with action rather than empty threats and Security Council tsk-tsking.
Obama’s bad agreement, however, is just climax of a bipartisan failure to accept the eternal lesson that weakness and restraint in the face of an aggressor only breed more aggression. We have never punished Iran for its offenses against our interests and honor: the hostage crisis, when Jimmy Carter dithered then paid ransom to Khomeini; the Marine barracks bombing in Lebanon, when the Reagan administration did not punish the Iranian-backed perpetrators, a failure that disgusted even the French who did strafe and bomb the camps in the Bekaa Valley over the attack on their embassy; the training, munitions, and money supplied to al Qaeda and other jihadist groups who have killed our troops in Iran and Afghanistan; and its continual support, throughout the region and beyond, for terrorist outfits targeting us and our allies. And, of course, Barack Obama’s groveling appeasement of them that has brought us to this pass, when time is running out, and the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran are so severe for our interest and security, and those of our regional friends and allies.
Trump’s rejection of this deal can be the first step––and only a step–– in restoring our confident independence and willingness to take action when our security and interests are threatened. It must be followed up, however, with attention-getting action when it’s needed, with all the risk and uncertainty force always entails.
For a century we have indulged delusional fantasies, serially discredited by history, that multilateral negotiated agreements can give us the luxury of not having to take the politically risky and costly action required to stop aggression. It’s time to awaken from our foreign policy dogmatic slumbers. Returning our foreign policy to the tragic realism that, as Plato said, “war is the natural state of relations among states, and peace is just a name,” will restore our prestige, strengthen our power of deterrence, and create not world peace, but a more peaceful world.
JUDICIAL WATCH GOES AFTER CLINTON AND OBOMB… will they see prison time?
THE OBAMA-CLINTON SWAMP…. How close they came to destroying American democracy…. It’ what happens when two psychopath lawyers are permitted to run for office!
“If the Constitution did not forbid cruel and unusual punishment, the sentence I would like to see imposed would place both Bill and Hillary Clinton in the same 8-by-12 cell.” ROBERT ARVAY – AMERICAN THINKER com
GEORGE SOROS PARTNERS WITH BARACK OBAMA and ERIC HOLDER TO CREATE A GLOBALIST REGIME FOR THE BILLIONAIRE CLASS and CRONY BANKSTERS…. Open borders and endless hordes of illegals will make it happen!
YOU WONDERED WHY OBAMA-HOLDER WORKED SO HARD TO SABOTAGE AMERICAN VOTING FOR MORE ILLEGALS???
Those are the sub-literate, low-skill, non-English-speaking indigents whose own societies are unable or unwilling to usefully educate and employ them. Bring these people here and they not only need a lot of services, they are putty in the hands of leftist demogogues as Hugo Chavez demonstrated - and they are very useful as leftist voters who will support the Soros agenda.
Of course, the game of the Democrats is to avoid at all costs any of the safeguards against fraud, such as photo ID requirements. That should tell anyone with integrity what they are up to. But most media continue to ignore this stain on democracy. THOMAS LIFSON – AMERICAN THINKER
BARACK OBAMA and ERIC HOLDER’S SABOTAGE OF HOMELAND SECURITY: The “zero tolerance” program was dismantled by Attorney General Erc Holder once it had successfully cut the transit of migrants by roughly 95 percent. Initially, officials made 140,000 arrests per year in the mid-2000s, but the northward flow dropped so much that officials only had to make 6,000 arrests in 2013, according to a 2014 letter by two pro-migration Senators, Sen. Jeff Flake and John McCain. NEIL MUNRO
DEATH BY CORRUPTION:
What caused the destruction of the bankster-funded LA RAZA SUPREAMCY Democrat Party in America?
The thuggishness of Barack was clear early on. There was his land deal, wherein he enriched himself with Tony Rezko in Chicago. All his political wins came by nefariously taking out his political opponents rather than beating them fairly in the arena of ideas. Everyone should have known.
BARACK OBAMA: THE CLOSET MUSLIM PSYCHOPATH WHO HATED AMERICA!
"But the Obamas are the center of the most delusional cult of personality that the media has yet spawned. And so we get bizarre pieces like these."