Thursday, 17 March 2011


Ken Berwitz

From, we have this story from Itamar, the settlement in which five innocent family members were massacred in their beds last week - mother, father and three pre-teen children, one of them a three month old who was beheaded.  Please pay special attention to the parts I have put in bold print:

IDF Itamar settlers save arab baby.

After massacre, settlers help bring new life into world:


IDF forces and local paramedics helped save the life of a Palestinian woman and her newly born infant Wednesday, at the settlement where Fogel relatives are sitting Shiva (engaging in traditional Jewish mourning )for the five Israelis brutally murdered last week.


Just as IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz arrived in Neve Tzuf to offer his condolences, a Palestinian cab raced towards the community's entrance. In it, soldiers and paramedics discovered a Palestinian woman in her 20s in advanced stages of labor and facing a life-threatening situation: The umbilical cord was wrapped around the young baby girl's neck, endangering both her and her mother.


The quick action of settler paramedics and IDF troops deployed in the area saved the mother's and baby's life, prompting great excitement and emotions at the site where residents are still mourning the brutal death of five local family members. Corporal Haim Levin, 19, an IDF paramedic, was the first medical team member at the scene and recounted the dramatic situation he faced.


"When I arrived, I saw a woman covered by a blanket in a yellow Palestinian van. I moved closer and saw the baby's head and upper body," he told Ynet. "The umbilical cord was around the baby's neck; the baby was grey and didn't move."


"I first removed the cord from the neck and at the same time asked paramedics to prepare the baby resuscitation kit. I pinched her to see if she's responding, and she started to cry," he said. Paramedics also treated the mother, who was in good condition at that point, Levin said.


Paramedic: We treat everyone 


Meanwhile, ambulance driver Orly Shlomo raced to the scene. "We joined the military paramedic and helped him cut off the umbilical cordwithout the medical treatment, the fetus and woman faced genuine life danger," she told Ynet.


"It was touching, but I couldn't help but think that a few meters from there, people were sitting Shiva for another baby, who was murdered," she said. "I was touched to see the face of the new baby, but I also thought about the face of the murdered baby."


Gadi Amitun, who heads the Magen David Adom team at Neve Tzuf, said this was not the first time settlers assist Palestinians in distress.


"They know we have a skilled medical team here, and in any case of accident or injury they arrive and we help them," he said.


The paramedic noted that on the day of the Fogel massacre, settlers saw fireworks and celebrations in nearby Palestinian communities, but added that the local medical team is committed to assisting anyone in need.


"Two years ago, we also made sure to treat a terrorist who attempted to place a bomb on the road and was shot by soldiers," he said.


Palestinians from the nearby village of Nabi Salah gathered around the paramedics along with the new grandmother and could not hide their joy.


"They thanked us and told us they named the girl Jude," Corporal Levin said. "I volunteered for Magen David Adom since age 15 and it's the first time I witnessed childbirth. It was an amazing feeling, to hold the girl that was just born in my arms, and to know that in this complex place we did something good."

It is a not-well-enough known fact that Israel provides health services, very much including emergency services such as this, to Palestinian Arabs every day.

Now let me ask:  How likely do you think it would be that Palestinian Arabs would ever do the same for an Israeli?  What do you think would happen if an Israeli mother came to a group of Palestinian Arabs, begging for them to save her baby?  How many of those joyous Palestinian Arabs do you think were among the celebrants when news of the Itamar massacre spread last week?

Yes, there is a difference.  An enormous difference.  One that should be remembered always.


Ken Berwitz

John Kasich is a former congressperson, then political and economic commentator, and now Governor of Ohio. 

He is also one of the few Governors who appears serious about addressing the huge deficits staring just about every governor in the face.  And doing so will probably make or break him as a viable Presidential candidate.

Excerpted from Kevin O'Brien's article at The Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Well, this is different.


Ohio has a governor who isn't sugarcoating a fiscal crisis and isn't frantically mining the couch cushions for one-time nickels and dimes to stave off the inevitable.


Instead, Gov. John Kasich is giving Ohio a straight-from-the-shoulder budget that reflects reality.


Ohio's books show an imbalance of at least $6.2 billion, and probably more like $8 billion. Surprise at an austerity budget simply isn't an option.


Nor should there be any surprise at the unhappy mooing from cows who are coming to the realization that they're no longer sacred.


"Kasich's irresponsible slashing of local aid will have dire consequences for middle-class families across Ohio. Local communities will face unprecedented budgetary shortfalls and have to depend on local property tax increases to maintain even the bare essential services," moans a press release from the Service Employees International Union, which represents lots of government workers.


Funny how the only solution the SEIU can imagine is a local tax increase to keep its dues-paying members employed. Taxpayers may actually consider making government smaller and less expensive a more attractive option.


Dozens of variations on the SEIU's theme have hit my electronic junk mail folder lately. All of them have come from people who make their living on the taxpayers' dime.


Feel free not to like everything -- or anything -- about Kasich's budget, but money is finite, states' budgets have to balance and choices have to be made. At least Kasich is offering an unambiguous course: He wants government to be smaller, less expensive and more efficient.

 That's the kind of performance that gets noticed.  Both negatively and positively.

I assume you are not surprised by SEIU's reaction.  I also assume you will not be surprised if other public sector unions are also enraged by Mr. Kasich's budget.  But, then again, who expects them to support Kasich anyway?  Ironically, their virtually monolithic support for Democrats liberates someone like Kasich to do what he is doing - i.e. he has nothing to lose.

The big question for John Kasich is whether the general population of Ohio sees this in a positive light (something the jury is still out on in Wisconsin).  If so, it will position him not only as a politically experienced man, but also as a leader who is not afraid to make truly tough choices when they are necessary.

If the voters want an alternative to Barack Obama, that is about as complete a u-turn as they could get.

Keep an eye on Ohio.  It just might tell you a lot about 2012.


Ken Berwitz

Understandably, the world's attention is on Japan.  There is great concern that one or more nuclear plants will radioactivize large areas of the country, killing countless Japanese, and spreading plumes of radioactivity to other parts of the world.

But other events are taking place as well - ugly events by murdering despots.  Which brings us straight to Libya.

Muammar Gaddafi's forces are pushing towards the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and predict they will suppress the rebel uprising within days, even as world leaders continue to dither on imposing a no-fly zone over the country. By News Wires (text)  REUTERS - Muammar Gaddafi's forces pushed towards the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Wednesday and his government predicted victory within days while world powers debated imposing a no-fly zone to help stop him.

Foreign powers condemn the crackdown but show little appetite for action to support an uprising that was inspired by pro-democracy rebellions that toppled the Egyptian and Tunisian presidents. A Gaddafi victory and a crackdown on protests in Bahrain could turn the tide in the region against pro-democracy movements.

Supporters of a no-fly zone to halt Libyan government air strikes on rebels circulated a draft resolution at the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that would authorise one, but other states said questions remained.

The draft was distributed at a closed-door meeting by Britain and Lebanon after the Arab League called on the council on Saturday to set up a no-fly zone as Gaddafi's troops advanced against the rebels based in the east.

German Ambassador Peter Wittig told reporters after the meeting his country still had queries.

"We raised questions we felt are still not fully answered, as to the Arab participation in such a measure, as to whether the implementation of such a zone would run counter to the intention of the Arab League itself, the Arab League having pointed out that there should be no foreign intervention," Wittig said.

Veto powers Russia, China and the United States, along with Portugal, Germany and South Africa are among the members that have doubts about the wisdom of a no-fly zone for Libya.

A senior Libyan foreign ministry official said the government hoped to regain control over all rebel-held territories soon.

"We hope (it will be done) as soon as possible. I hope it will be in a matter of days," Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim told Reuters in Tripoli.

In a televised speech, Gaddafi taunted Western countries that have backed the imposition of a no-fly zone to come and get him.

"France now raises its head and says that it will strike Libya," he told a gathering of supporters at his Bab al-Azizia fortified compound in central Tripoli.

"Strike Libya?" he asked. "We'll be the one who strikes you! We struck you in Algeria, in Vietnam. You want to strike us? Come and give it a try."

qaddafi, a deranged murderous subhuman, has crushed the movement to remove him by wholesale killing of his own people - very much including civilians - and bombing his country's own assets (who cares if oil doesn't flow for a while, he  still lives in a palace, doesn't he?).

And now, as he correctly notices the fecklessness of the UN and of individual nations that might have done something about it, qaddafi is daring them to "come give it a try". 

Hey, why not?  It's not like anyone is going to.

And so, just like in Rwanda, and Sudan, and Zimbabwe, etc. etc. etc. the world stands by, arguing over the wording of resolutions that will be ignored, while people die.  And the United Nations again proves itself to be nothing more than a high-end debating society with great parking privileges in Manhattan.

What a sad ending to this ugly story.

Zeke .... ..... No Fly Zone ? ? ? .... ..... Where will the "Allied" planes be based? Egypt ??? Aircraft Carrier ? .... Well, the US has 11 nuclear powered carriers of the 100,000 ton class (plus the Kitty Hawk, 82,000 tons, conventional power, in reserve). France has the 42,000 ton deGaulle, (nuclear). ..... ..... Brazil has France's old Foch built in 1959, with A4D Skyraiders (last flew off US carriers in 1979). No other nation has a carrier that flies anything but STOL ('jump jets') which are NOT air superiority fighters. Russia has ONE carrier, a 55,000 ton, a STOL. ...... ..... The rest of the world has only SIX carriers, all in the 11,500-28,000 ton STOL class. ...... ...... So, only the US and France can provide air superiority with carriers. .... .... [China, India, England, and the US all have carriers under construction, as well.] (03/17/11)

free` I love this line written by Ken, "And the United Nations again proves itself to be nothing more than a high-end debating society with great parking privileges in Manhattan." It is so Ann Coulter like. :) (03/17/11)

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