State Dept.: No Mention of Netanyahu Quid Pro Quo


John R. Houk

© September 13, 2016


While examining some of the G+ Communities I belong to, I came across a two-minute video of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talking about the absurdity for blaming Israel for the disruption of talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Of course those talks are about proceeding with the deplorable plan of a so-called Two-State Solution for the existence of both the Jewish State of Israel and a sovereign nation of Jew-hating Palestinians.


As Netanyahu points out, the reason for blaming Israel is absurd because the reality it is the PA holding up talks with racist stipulations. The racist stipulation addressed in the two-minute video is that the PA demands that no Jews be allowed – EVER! – within the boundaries of a Palestinian State.


Netanyahu says this is comparable to ethnic cleansing because there is already a sizable presence of Jews of what the Israelis call Judea and Samaria and what the Palestinians (and most of the world) call the Occupied Territories or the West Bank.


Netanyahu’s reasoning is if the Jews must leave the homes established in Judea-Samaria then how would the world feel about forcibly removing Arabs from the State of Israel? It is absurd! The world would scream Israel is committing ethnic cleansing.


VIDEO: Netanyahu: There will be no ethnic cleansing in Judea, Samaria

Posted by Arutz Sheva TV

Published on Sep 10, 2016


Watch: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejects the idea that the presence of Jews in Judea and Samaria is an obstacle to peace.
Click here for more:


Unsurprisingly the Obama Administration via the auspices of the State Department were not very pleased with Prime Minister Netanyahu “ethnic cleansing” analogy.


VIDEO: Daily Press Briefing – September 9, 2016

[Begin at the 19:01 point]



Posted by U.S. Department of State

Published on Sep 9, 2016


Press Relations Director Elizabeth Trudeau leads the Daily Press Briefing at the Department of State on September 9, 2016. A transcript is available at


Elizabeth Trudeau the Prime Minister’s use of the term of “ethnic cleansing” but doesn’t address Netanyahu’s analogy of also expelling the million or so Arabs that are citizens of Israel under the same logic used by the PA. Why? Because if Israel expelled Arabs out of the Jewish State the American government would put the finger of ethnic cleansing accusation at Israel.


For the State Department to address the quid pro quo analogy would signal Obama’s antisemitism toward Israel. Ergo it is my guess – as is typical of the Obama led Administration – part of the details for condemning Prime Minister Netanyahu are left out merely to smear Netanyahu.


That is absurdly ridiculous!


JRH 9/13/16 [Hat tip: G+ Community Crushing Jihad and World Israel News (See Also WIN)]

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Pakistani Christians with false hopes of refugee status


Shamim Mahmood continues to report on the plight of persecuted Pakistani Christians.


JRH 9/12/16

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Pakistani Christians with false hopes of refugee status


By Shamim Masih

Sent Mon 9/12/2016 12:20 AM


ISLAMABAD: Religious extremism has gone to its peak since Afghan refugees entered in Pakistan. Due to the terrorism Pakistan lost thousands of its precious lives and properties. Religious banned outfits have attacked on schools, worship places, parks and even on law enforcement agencies and their places. In the past years those militant organizations have targeted the religious minorities especially Christians. In the latest episode four suicide bombers, wearing suicide vests and carrying latest firearms attacked the Christian Colony, Warsak Dam, Peshawar but due to the prompt action by the security forces they were saved.


The Army Chief General Raheel Sharif played an aggressive role in combating terrorism in Pakistan and due his proactive approach the ratio has been decreased. According to the recent statement by DG ISPR Lt. Gen Asim Bajwa, “[The] Pakistan Army has eliminated the militants’ groups in the country.” But the very next day, the spokesperson for TTP JA [See Also HERE], Ehsanullah Ehsan said, “We have carried out the attack.” He said the attack was a response to the Army’s spokesperson (Lt. Gen Asim Bajwa’s) press Conference who said yesterday that militant groups had been eliminated.


Religious minorities in Pakistan are already persecuted under stringent blasphemy law. Since military dictator General Zia ul Haq added new clauses in the law, minorities in the country feel insecure. And usually this law is misused and resultantly many people including Muslims either being killed or suffering in the prisons. In this critical condition, militants’ groups turned to attack Christians. Twin blasts in the Peshawar Church killed more than 80 worshipers and left many injured. Two churches were attacked in Youhanabad, Lahore that killed dozens of worshipers and many were injured. Later on the occasion of Easter festivity, suicide bomb blast in Iqbal Park, Lahore killed many innocent people.


In this itchy living environment, four years back, persecuted Pakistani Christians started reaching Thailand seeking resettlement in the West. Thailand was one of the few countries that allowed Pakistani easy entry as tourists. And nearly 10,000 Pakistanis have been gathered in Bangkok, and now most of them are living an underground existence. Alas, the UNHCR offered false hope. The typical refugee waits years just for an interview, the first step to receiving official refugee status. So far, no one among them has moved on to Europe, America or anywhere else.


In the meantime, Pakistan Today reported that the Hong Kong delegation had contacted the Interior Ministry to take up the issue of increasing number of illegal Pakistani immigrants sneaking entry into Hong Kong with false hopes of “refugee status”. According to the sources, the Thai government did the same about the Pakistani immigrants. Religious minorities in Pakistan face persecution. Christians are disproportionately targeted by blasphemy laws, often as retaliation for commercial and personal disputes. Sectarian murderers are publicly supported and applauded. Public response after the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri is a common example. The Government has failed to protect victims and a “deep-rooted climate of impunity.”


Discriminatory attitude, sectarian threats and attacks drove many Christians from their homes. Asylum seekers are struck in Thailand and other neighboring countries and endure a tenuous existence. On arrival the UNHCR typically gives them an appointment set a year or two in the future; the date often is delayed as the appointment approaches. Once the visa expires, the asylum hopefuls are unable to work legally and subject to arrest whenever they leave home. The Thai authorities stake out neighborhoods and raid apartments where refugees are believed to live. Hundreds of unlucky asylum seekers have been ended up in detention and some even died during the mean time. [See BBC and]


Some welfare organizations do their best to help refugees, providing food, sundries and legal aid. But those can only assist a limited number of families. Many of the families’ flow ebbed after word returned to Pakistan that there is no easy exit from Thailand, those already arrived are essentially trapped. They have sold their possessions. But they see no path forward either.


The Europeans and the U.S. have accommodated millions of Afghan, Syrians and Egyptian Muslims in their countries; resultantly facing terrorist attacks in their countries.  Why can’t they bear the people with the same faith and values? [Bold Text is Blog Editor’s] The only feasible solution is that the UNHCR High Commissioner is supposed to make a designation with 90 days and should take up this issue on priority bases. And the U.S. and other European Countries should admit people who are not only in desperate need, but “who share the same faith and values” as the people persecuted for their faith are among the best candidates to receive asylum.


Be Blessed,


Shamim Mahmood

Editor Fire Magazine






Journalist, Blogger and Social Reformer



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Americans Don’t Leave Americans to Die

Benghazi Cover-up

The anniversary of two Islamic terrorist attacks is coming up on September 11. The first in 2001 on the World Trade Center and the second in 2012 at Benghazi. Justin Smith is writing about the egregious cover-up about Benghazi.


Why didn’t the Obama Administration make no effort at a rescue during the thirteen-hour fire fight with Muslim terrorists? Was Obama Administration afraid that secret arms dealing was going on between Muslim terrorists in Libya and Muslim terrorists in Syria? Was there an even more sinister clandestine operation going on that Obama didn’t want the public to know about during an election year? What was then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in all the lies surrounding Benghazi?


These are questions that all branches of the Obama Administration have NOT been forthcoming in giving out data and eye-witness accounts. It is this kind of cover-up that brought down the Nixon Administration. The Dems have become so sleazy that they will protect their power prospects at any cost to truth and integrity.


Here are some story lines that are supportive of Justin Smith’s assertions below:


Benghazigate Articles Demonstrating Obama Foreign Policy Incompetence Pt 2SlantRight 2-0; 11/2/12


Shocking new report: Obama administration denied 3 calls for help in; 10/26/12 3:29 PM EDT


BOMBSHELL: New email shows Pentagon tried to send help in Benghazi, BUT; 12/8/15 7:55pm


Hillary’s Benghazi Stand-Down Order Exposed;; 1/13/16


It’s Time America Got Some Answers About Huma Abedin; Stone Cold Truth; 6/18/16


State Dept. finally turns over Huma Abedin/Susan Rice Benghazi files; Conservative Base; 4/10/16


JRH 9/4/16

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Americans Don’t Leave Americans to Die


By Justin O. Smith

Sent 9/3/2016 1:45 PM


Never has America witnessed a more shameful event than on September 11th, 2012, when the Obama administration refused to go immediately to the assistance of the U.S. Consulate and the CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, as besieged Americans fought a full pitch battle against a well-planned terrorist attack by Ansar al-Sharia and the Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman. Beyond a shadow of doubt, several U.S. military resources were available, despite all administration claims to the contrary, and could have arrived in time to have prevented the deaths of Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, if not Sean Smith and Ambassador Chris Stevens. However, according to numerous well respected sources of unquestionable integrity, various military units received a “stand down” order.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had direct authority over the Libyan facilities. So what happened?


Twice after the initial “critic”/Critical Incident Flash, the White House received requests for military assistance during the attack. Twice they denied those requests, before Obama finally ordered Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton to “do everything possible” to save the remaining Americans at the CIA Annex. And then Obama nonchalantly went to bed, as he was more focused on his next day presidential campaign event.


Information released by the Congressional Select Committee on Benghazi shows that at 11:45 PM Washington time (5:54 Benghazi time), more than five hours after Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued his order to deploy (military) elements, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough sent an email to the high level representatives of the Executive Branch. McDonough’s primary concern seemed to be the removal of Pastor Jones’ video, of the Prophet Mohammed burning in effigy, rather than ensuring U.S. military forces were moving to rescue the American survivors, who were still fighting for their lives at this time.


Just days after the attacks, (Retired Army) Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told FoxNews that the U.S. planned the invasion of Grenada in 1983 in six hours. He added, “We could have had a strike team on the ground in Benghazi in thirty minutes or less to protect, assist and extract our personnel under attack.”


Gregory Hicks, Ambassador Stevens’ State Department deputy, told the Congressional Select Committee on Benghazi that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were preparing to board a C-130 from Tripoli to Benghazi, when Gibson received a phone call. He was told not to board the flight. Hicks also testified that the State Department never requested country clearance from Libya for any U.S. forces that night.


One CIA contractor, Kris “Tanto” Paranto, who was in the thick of the battle all during that night (’13 Hours’), has since revealed that two AC 130-H “Spectre” gunships were “on call” on 9/11/2012. One was a 45-minute flight away at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, and its 25mm rapid-fire Gatling guns, 40mm precision Bofors gun and 105mm canon would have made short work of the terrorists, scattering them to the wind.


Paranto also knew members of the European Command Commander’s In-Extremis Force (EUCOM/ C-110), which was about 3 hours away on a counter-terrorism training mission in Croatia, and he called them after he and his security team fought their way back to the Annex with the surviving U.S. personnel. The EUCOM loaded up and prepared to leave, when they were stopped around midnight.


Pentagon Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash offered the U.S. military’s assistance to the State Department soon after receiving Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear and unambiguous orders to go rescue our people. At 7:09 PM Washington time (1:09 AM Benghazi time) Bash informed Hillary Clinton’s office of numerous military assets that were “spinning up as we speak” to deploy to Benghazi. And yet, by the time of the final lethal battle at the CIA Annex, after nearly 8 hours of battle, no assets ordered deployed by Secretary Panetta had even left the ground.


Two U.S. Marine Corps Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) platoons stood by at the ready for three hours, changing their uniforms four times due to “diplomatic sensitivities” expressed by Clinton and her staff. Armed predator drones stayed inactive. Marine Expeditionary Units in the Mediterranean stayed aboard ship, and the 173rd Airborne Infantry at Aviano Airbase in Italy never made the two-hour flight by C-130.


The only military “asset” to reach Benghazi during the attacks was Team Tripoli, military personnel based at the Tripoli Annex, whose presence was unknown to Clinton, Panetta and the Joint Staff. They deployed themselves that night, improvising, persevering and overcoming the odds, because fellow Americans needed them, and they saved American lives.


Why didn’t Hillary Clinton request the deployment of U.S. military resources? One AFRICOM commander said, “The State Department was concerned that an overt U.S. military presence in Libya could topple the government.”


More importantly, who was the leak at the State Dept. that gave the terrorists ten-days prior notice of Ambassador Stevens’ arrival in Libya? — a trip that was supposed to be a secret. What role did Clinton advisor Huma Abedin play in this? — Abedin, who has long advocated for Sharia law and has deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization, and the radical Imam Yusuf al-Qaradawi through her parents, Syed and Saleha Abedin.


Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty both died in the final hours of the attacks. Charles Woods spoke to the Citizens’ Committee on Benghazi this June (WND), stating: “My son and the rest would still be alive if there were any attempt made at a rescue … I want to know who was responsible for my son’s death.”


Mr. Woods and the family members of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty may soon have more definitive answers. The FBI has just recently recovered 30 Benghazi related emails that Hillary Clinton deleted.


Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) stated: “We expect our government to make every effort to save the lives of Americans who serve in harm’s way. That did not happen in Benghazi. Politics were put ahead of the lives of Americans.


Americans don’t leave Americans to die, but this administration and Hillary Clinton did. Obama and Clinton both were derelict in their duties, but Clinton’s black heart and overt malfeasance, with her focus on her Libyan agenda and her personal schemes, left four Americans dead and ten wounded. Thirty-five were waiting in fear, desperate for help. But help never came from Washington, D.C., because Clinton gave the stand down order, which halted the Tactical Operations Center Team Leader’s standard operating procedures at Tripoli’s U.S. Embassy and the deployment of U.S. military assets for a rescue mission. The Pentagon could not act without a specific request for assistance from Clinton’s State Department. All America saw these “Progressives” and their government fail to rescue our people, when most of us would have moved Heaven and Earth to do so.


By Justin O. Smith


Edited by John R. Houk


© Justin O. Smith

Double Standard


Shamim Mahmood – Christian human rights activist – writes about the disparity between Pakistan minorities and the majority Sunni Muslim population. Shamim focuses on the Christian minority which lately has been the victims of horrific acts of Islamic Supremacism.


JRH 8/30/16

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Double Standard


By Shamim Mahmood

Sent 8/30/2016 1:31 AM


Islamabad: Former Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said that Pakistan policy regarding Kashmir seems to have failed miserably. Talking in a seminar held under International Lobbying Group Youth for Kashmir, Kashmir’s leadership unanimous call that the parliament should form a national policy of Kashmir, which the government cannot alter and the chairmanship of Kashmir Committee should be withdrawn from Maulana Fazalur Rehman. “We don’t accept a Kashmir Committee, which does not include a Kashmiri,” they added. On the other hand, Foreign Office said that Pakistan has always raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the UN. There is no doubt that Pakistan has always raised India’s human rights violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) at all levels and said that it is not India’s internal issue but international issue.


Let me give you a clear picture of human rights violation in Pakistan. Christians and minorities in Islamic Republic of Pakistan are often targeted, hated, mistreated, prosecuted all the way from the workplace, in schools, playgrounds, in communities and all the way in the system right to the top. My main concern is about Christians, so they are ignored not only in Pakistan but forgotten worldwide as they are often refused by Western countries and rejected their asylum. For example, tens of thousands Syrian, Afghan, Pakistani and Egyptian Muslims got refugee status in Canada, Australia and European countries but how often do you see Christian refugees from the same countries. Thousands are leading a miserable life and looking for their future in Thailand, but UNHCR and so called international human rights defenders, are silent about their status. Where is Germany the current Chancellor Angela Markel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and even Pope Francis, who asked Catholics to accommodate one Muslim refugee family each?


If Muslims are unsafe in their own countries, how can one consider that Christians are safe in a Sunni Muslim dominated country, Pakistan? Blasphemy laws are the “official hanging sword” and often misused to kill minorities in Pakistan. According to the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) an estimated number has gone to 1,470; those have been charged under the stringent blasphemy laws of Pakistan, until 2015 and 1,116 are recorded in Punjab province alone. NCJP sources added that around 12 are facing death sentences including Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih, Zafar, Anjam Naz and Javed Naz (ALL Christians). More than fifty people accused of blasphemy were murdered during their judicial trials. Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer and Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti were killed for talking about this law and its misuse.


In the recent past, churches and Christians’ colonies have been attacked and set ablaze. A Christian couple was burnt alive accused of blasphemy. Christian girls are routinely kidnapped, raped and forcefully converted to Islam. The government failed to protect lives and properties of Minorities. Government usually lauds about protection and rights given to minorities but practically have done nothing. When government representatives raise a voice about the human rights violation in Kashmir, [it might be] better to think about the human rights violations in Pakistan first.


Minorities are not given a right to choose their representative through secret belt [perhaps ballot] vote. It is a violation of basic human right. There is no minister to protect for minorities rights at the federal level. A five percent quota is announced by the previous government but not implemented, most recently; during the recent Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police Rapid Response Force recruitment; IG Islamabad totally ignored this quota. Religious Minister and Minister for Interfaith Harmony at the Federal level are both Muslim.  To fulfill the GSP plus status requirement, the government appointed a retired judge from the same faith as the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission. Later in political interest, the government appointed a Christian person as a Federal Minister for Human Rights. Taking the oath as a chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (EPTB), Mr. Saddique-ul-Farooq, — PML-N leader — assured all Hindu and Sikh Communities of the world of protection of their properties through impeccable measures. If the government is really interested to serve these minorities group, why don’t they appoint any minority person who can look after their inheritance and can even serve better its communities? [Of interest in relation to minority property in Pakistan: HERE and HERE]


A human rights activist, Kashif Nawab, Director (SATH [See Also Facebook]) rejected the measures taken by the present government and said that the government should take minorities in confidence while appointing heads of the institutions like chairman ETPB. He demanded the government to replace Minister for Interfaith Harmony, Peer Amin ul Hasnat and appoint any minority person as well as chairman ETPB. The government should ensure to implement 5 percent quota at all levels. [Perhaps] the government wants minorities to fight for their rights like Kashmiris, he added.


Be Blessed,


Shamim Mahmood Editor

Fire Magazine/Online TV





Journalist, Blogger and Social Reformer



Edited by John R. Houk

All links and any text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.


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© Shamim Mahmood

Teach the Truth About Islam

Islam- The Hidden Truth

Paul Sutliff needs your help to tell as many as you can about American text books are being Islamized then stuffed down our children in school. Paul is using a Go Fund Me account asking for contributions to enable this to be a campaign utilizing his expertise. Also Paul encourages readers to share this info. INDEED, Americans must know what is being taught in schools!


Below is the Go Fund Me text. To donate to the cause, you will need to go there. But to share the info, you can share this blog or the Go Fund Me page.


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By Paul Sutliff

Sent 8/23/2016 9:35 AM

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I am an educator and author who has discovered numerous lies in textbooks that promote Islam to the non-Muslim. It is my intention to create an online forum for school personnel to learn if their textbooks are accurate or filled with lies and problems of prejudice.

Social Studies teachers are generalists in history. Most of them know little to nothing about Islam and its history and simply accept what they are told regardless if it is accurate or not.

I want to change that and enable teachers to become purveyors of truth about Islam, rather than educators sharing deception.

Your donation will go towards creating an online venue for everyone to use that exposes textbooks that do not allow students to know the truth about what Islam teaches.


VIDEO: 25 Reasons to Remove McDougal-Littell’s World History



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Published on Mar 30, 2016


McDougal-Littell’s World History textbook is in many classrooms throughout the USA. It has 23 historical aberrations and 2 problems of prejudice in its 11 pages on the Muslim World. To see the article in print, go to

Please do share this with your school and let me know what happened.


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August 22, 2016


God has blessed this idea with a start in the first 24 hours of me posting it.

Some have asked what if CAIR tries to stop me? Rather it should be how can CAIR stop someone who tells the truth and can prove that he is doing so. Secondly, if they desire a fight, my God is much bigger!


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The Problem with Cockroaches

ISIS Cockroaches

Here is a tongue-in-cheek essay by Norma Zager. Norma uses cockroaches as a metaphor for ISIS and other global evils such as North Korea. What does one do when infested with cockroaches? One figures out how to get rid of them. When getting rid of cockroaches, how do you think the U.S. government’s Rules of Engagement (ROE) are in getting rid of Islamic terrorism and other global evils. If you get the point – ENJOY. If don’t understand the subject matter, you may be a part of it.


JRH 8/18/16

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The Problem with Cockroaches


By Norma Zager

Sent 8/17/2016 10:01 PM


“Violence is never the answer but sometimes, like with cockroaches, it is the only possible response.”  Tanya Huff



Watching the world decide what to do about Isis is both a comical and frustrating effort. One is forced to wonder the common sense level of these so called world leaders that discuss ad nauseam the problem of these cockroaches and what can and should be done to alleviate the world of this deadly infestation. I don’t think Walmart sells roach hotels the size of Syria.


Simply another infestation of cockroaches scurrying through the world and spreading their disease until someone roach bombs them out of existence.


I have to wonder if Hitler and his fun group of merry men were alive today, how the world would react. My guess is we’d all be speaking German, except of course for the few Jewish people left on earth who actually wouldn’t be speaking at since they’d no longer exist.


The world leaders of today make Neville Chamberlain look like Joseph Stalin. And we thought Chamberlain was a wuss!


Evil men are free to speak, do and plan their malice without any repercussions, in fact the more evil you espouse, the more the world seems to cater to your demands. What a great time to be alive, for the wicked that is.


North Korea’s little wannabe Cruella De Vil sends off missiles in preparation for the day he will achieve accuracy and hit Rodeo Drive.


And what is the penalty for this little cockroach? Someone calls China and asks,” Can’t you do something about your naughty child, he’s causing trouble again?”


China of course responds they will do what they can, but you know that boys will be boys. Then they go about their business of feeding and clothing this monster and allowing him to grow and continue plotting his malevolence.


Has the world never heard of a roach bomb? Or a roach motel where you could invite the little creep inside using Dennis Rodman as bait and as the ad says, roaches go in but they don’t come out! Problem solved.


Of course the list is endless and the fact the US pays and enables Mullahs in Iran who regularly espouse destroying Israel, and shouting “Death to America! Death to Israel!” makes one wonder who the madmen really are here.


But oh well, boys will be boys, right Adolph?


So what is being done to stop the flow of evil?


We hear that Isis is being bombed, and yet Isis bombs seem to be spreading to Paris, Nice, Orlando, Riverside, Istanbul, Belgium, Germany and all points west.


Hey, is someone putting roach killer in those bombs or is Isis getting hit with politically correct bug spray that stuns but doesn’t kill.


So as I sit picturing the geniuses that are planning Isis’s demise, I can only imagine how those meetings go.


I should think if one sees a cockroach there are only two responses. A giant shoe and an understanding he is not an orphan and there are thousands more hiding where he came from.


As ridiculous as I find this scenario, can you imagine the cockroach’s response to this craziness?


Cockroach Charlie runs out from under the kitchen counter, looks up and sees a human. He stops, looks and waits to be squashed, but nothing.


The human makes a call to the other people in the house.


“We need a meeting.  There’s a cockroach in the kitchen.”


They gather to discuss their options.


“I think we have a cockroach.”


Horror facial responses exhibited.


“What should we do?


“I don’t know, shouldn’t we call the neighbors and check to see if they have cockroaches too?”


They concur.


“But which neighbors should we call?  I mean we want the ones with the biggest feet after all.”


They concur.


“Yes, but last time we had a problem when only the big-footed neighbors were called, and it is only fair we all take turns.”


“I know, but if we call neighbors with small feet they may miss and not hit the cockroaches.”


“Or there are some that may claim the cockroaches are their friends.”


“You’re right.  We have had cockroach-friendly neighbors before, and we just got more of them in the end.


“I know, and some of the neighbors want to be politically correct about the roaches. They claim that cockroaches under 18 shouldn’t be bombed. They need jobs, not bug spray.”


“You’re right, but how do we kill them without hurting the little roaches?”


“Good question.  Maybe we should call a meeting of everyone and set some ground rules. Then publish them and leave ample time for comments. I mean, we don’t want to look bad to other condo buildings in the neighborhood who might claim we were using excessive force.”


“Plus, some of the neighbors aren’t talking and we can’t put them in a room together, so we’ll need separate meetings for them.”


“Good idea.  Let’s plan a schedule of meetings to discuss the limits and guidelines for killing roaches. I mean, who will pay for the spray? Should we tent the place and do it all at once? Should we just yell under the sink and give them a warning and a certain time period to get out? Maybe there are some who could be turned into humans?”


“And don’t forget shoe size. How big a shoe should we use? Are there rules about that? What kind of shoe, Dutch wooden one, pump, maybe a sling back? Or should it be a boot or a sandal? And should those boots actually be allowed to touch the ground? I think we should vote on that one. You know Marcia in 3B gets hysterical about boots on the ground.”


“Perhaps James Taylor is free to come and sing them a few peace songs?”


“How about calling in a mediator to handle the discussions, maybe make a deal?  I hear cockroaches can be tough negotiators. Trump will probably be free now to act as a “neutral” intermediary.”


Meanwhile back in the kitchen the cockroaches are partying. They broke out the booze and are singing, dancing and attacking the pantry with a ferocity only a celebratory roach can muster.


Six months later the meetings are still being planned and discussions held. The roaches are laughing while parading in a conga line singing La Cucaracha throughout the entire city.


History has proven when we dismiss evil and stand by and watch, bad stuff happens.


God gave man a memory so he wouldn’t repeat his mistakes and yet, shockingly, that’s exactly what he does.


Almost 60 million people died during World War II.


Do the wusses in charge today truly believe if you ignore evil it just fades away, like a rash from eating strawberries?


Or a cockroach can one day turn into a butterfly?


Wake up and smell the hummus gentlemen, before the cockroaches inherit the earth.


Oh, I forgot, they will.


I must apologize to any cockroaches that were offended by a comparison to Isis, the Mullahs or Kim Jong-un.


This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.


Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.


© Israel Monitor, August, 2016


First Published August 17, 2016


Silencing the Dissent

Repressing Free Speech

Minorities are still being persecuted in Sunni Islam-dominated Pakistan. This is especially the case for Pakistan’s Christian minority. Adding to the repression is a process of silencing online social media.


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Silencing the Dissent


By Shamim Mahmoud

Sent 8/8/2016 5:32 PM


Pakistani minorities under the leadership of Federal Minister for Human Rights, Kamran Michael are planning to celebrate Minorities’ Day on August 11. The Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) former government had declared August 11 as minorities’ day; however, some minority groups chose to observe August 11 as black day to register their protest over the abuse of minority rights. Following the footsteps of the PPP government the present PML-N government has also announced to dedicate August 11 as minorities day.


On August 11, 1947, the founder of the nation Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah had announced the freedom for the minorities living in new born Pakistan. But it is very unfortunate that after sixty-nine years, Pakistan is ranked sixth on the list of the countries where Christians are most persecuted, according to the World Watch List 2016.


The survey conducted by Open Doors, an organization working to help persecuted Christians and churches worldwide, highlights the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as Christians. The report found that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws continue to be abused to settle personal scores, particularly against minorities, including Christians. A Christian couple was thrown into the brick kiln where they worked and burned to death after being accused of blasphemy, orphaning their four children. Two churches in Lahore were bombed, killing 25 people and wounding dozens. An estimated 700 Christian girls and women are abducted every year and often then raped and forcibly married to Muslims,” the report added.


The list ranks North Korea as the most oppressive place in the world to live as a Christian. It adds that in 2015, the persecution grew most rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa, while in the Middle East Islamic States and Pakistan violence increased the migration of the Christian population from the region. The index measures the degrees of freedom that Christians have to express their faith in six spheres- private, family, community, national and church life, while also measuring levels of violence.


The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance has released its annual report for 2015 and showed serious concerns over the minorities’ situation in Pakistan, especially the issues pertaining to the country’s blasphemy laws. Giving reference of the assassinated Punjab governor Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti for raising their voices against the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, especially in the Asia Bibi case. The report expressed that although the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a positive development has expressed its concerns about widespread misuse of blasphemy laws and issued a detailed judgment warning against false blasphemy accusations and stating that in Islam a false accusation can be as serious as blasphemy itself, but unfortunately, criticizing the reforms to blasphemy laws in public was still dangerous in any Pakistan society. The report further stated that terrorist groups like Taliban have continued to severely persecute religious minorities, especially the Christian community, considering it an agent of the West and in revenge of the western intervention such as US drone strikes in Pakistan areas. The report also gave the reference of blasts and firing in churches in Youhanabad and Iqbal Park on the eve of Easter celebrations.


Earlier hundreds of the Christians houses in Gojra and Joseph Colony, Lahore were set ablaze. And twin blasts in Peshawar Church killed at least 80 and hundred were injured.


Where is Quaid’s Pakistan?


The report further disclosed that due to religious persecution, around 11,000 Christians are seeking asylum in Thailand. A Hindu parliamentarian claimed that 5000 Hindus emigrate from Pakistan every year due to discriminatory treatment, forced conversions and fears of their safety. The report stated that in the months of April and May 2016, it was also reported that as many as 18 Christians’ girls were kidnapped and forcefully converted in the Punjab province alone.


Due to the religious persecution thousands of Christian families are looking for their future in Thailand. It is pertinent to mention that European countries do not encourage Pakistani Christian visitors. Even these countries adopt stricter policy when find the applicant from the same faith. Most recently “World Youth Day 2016” was held in Poland and reportedly there were more than six thousands of applicants but the Poland embassy rejected a maximum amount of visa applications on frivolous grounds and granted only 400 – 500 visas to Pakistani Christians. The weird part of the story is that journalists’ visa applications were denied without any cogent reasons.  The officials in EU countries on the condition of anonymity said the visa officers had orders from the “higher level” to reject the maximum number of visas from the Christians background. It means, poor Pakistani Christians face the same behavior from the either side.


Cyber Crime Bill 2015


The Cyber Crime Bill 2015, tabled by the Minister of State for IT aims at regulating the online conduct of individuals/organizations. The Bill passed by the Senate now awaits final approval by the NA [National Assembly] before the president enacts it into law. The controversial Bill has been criticized by the IT industry and civil society for curbing human rights and giving enormous power to law enforcement agencies. It certainly intended to leash in the power of social media, given its increasingly transformational role in shaping public opinion and holding rulers accountable. No doubt, it aims silencing the dissent.


Be Blessed,

Shamim Mahmood

Diplomatic Correspondent





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Edited by John R. Houk

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About Shamim excerpted from a past email:


Greetings to you! Let me introduce myself first, though many of you are witness to my professional work. I am the only Christian journalist in this arena with diverse work experience with different media outlets like Independent News Pakistan (INP), as columnist with “Daily Times” for two years, two years with one of the leading Urdu daily, “Khabrain” & Channel 5, Daily Mail and now with Pakistan Today. I have been working as lead Reporter for “British Pakistani Christian Association” since 2010. As stringer I have worked with BBC world service. Being a Christian journalist, I have been writing on minority rights and working as a social reformer/peace maker as well.