22.2 percent of Irish would deny citizenship to Israelis. Ireland, J’accuse!

Buchenwald survivors arrive in Haifa. Will it never end? Will Jews be able to live confidently as Jews in Europe, without sacrificing their Judaism and Israel for their peers?

This is the saddest, sickest thing I have read all day. From IrishCentral, a left-leaning website aimed at Irish in America:

More than one in five Irish people would exclude Israelis from Irish citizenship, according to recent research on ethnic and religious attitudes in Ireland.

As a group, Israelis had one of the lowest favorable ratings among the Irish, ranking 44th out of 51 categories.

In the study “Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland,” the author Father Father Micheál Mac Gréil, a Jesuit priest and sociologist, found that while 22.2% of Irish would stop Israelis from becoming naturalized citizens, 11.5% would deny the privilege from all Jews.

“There is a real danger that the public image of ‘Israeli’ can lead to an increase in anti-Semitism,” Mac Gréil told The Irish Catholic newspaper.

Prejudice against Jews was strongest in the 18-25 age group, with 53.6% of this group saying they would be willing to accept a Jewish person into their family, versus 60.7% of Irish people of all ages.

Only 47.9% of Irish would accept an Israeli into their family.

The Jewish population in the Republic of Ireland is less than 2,000 out of a total of 4.5 million, says the Jewish Journal.

The fact that the prejudice is worse among young people shows just how the universities in Ireland are failing to live up the the values universities are supposed to be a beacon for. When we hear about bans placed on speakers who defend Israel in Norway’s universities, it may not be much better in other European countries.  The IPSC and similar groups can certainly pat themselves on the back.  I have no problem pointing to Amnesty International, The Irish Times, Ireland’s universities, Sinn Féin, Eirigi, the SWP, the IAWM and saying: you helped this happen. You are the reason almost half of Irish youngsters would not accept a Jew in their family. You are the reason over one in five don’t want Israelis in their country. You are not only the enemies of the Jewish people, but of all humanity in our time. You are responsible for what can only be described as the return of classical anti-Semitism to mainstream European opinion today.

Its high-time for the sensible majority of people of Ireland to take their media back, take their universities back, take their parliament back and drive a whole lot of Jew-haters into the Irish sea.

UPDATE (May 31st): It seems these statistics are from a book being published on June 30th this year, yet based on research done in 2007-8. Thus, they will not reflect any hostility generated by propaganda or emotion relating to the Operation Cast Lead, the now retracted Goldstone Report, or Ireland’s dispute with Israel over the use of Irish passports in covert ops.

Colonel Richard Kemp’s Speech to Israel Conference in London, May 15th 2011.

Sometimes, a perfect piece of writing comes along, in the form of a speech or letter or article passionately defending Israel against the conspiratorial onslaught, or standing for truth and justice in a world going mad. I just want to help spread something beautiful. Here is a speech given by Col. Richard Kemp on the anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, as it was delivered.

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Lieutenant Paul Mervis was a platoon commander in the British Army’s 2nd Battalion The Rifles. His company serjeant major said of him: “In my twenty years in the Army, I have never met, nor am I likely to meet, a man who cared so much about his men. He fought the corner of every single one of them.”

Paul had a razor sharp intellect and devoured military books in his desire to gain ever greater knowledge of his chosen profession. According to his platoon serjeant: “He had our utmost respect as a platoon commander, but perhaps more so as a genuine friend.”

He had an infectious sense of humour, and was always messing about and joking like one of the lads – one of his soldiers said you could hear his laugh anywhere in the base in Afghanistan – usually at someone else’s expense!

He had time for everyone, and would go out of his way to help anyone he could. He made an enormous effort to get to know as many as possible of the 600 troops in his battalion. His men were always at the forefront of his mind, and although he was their commander, every man felt he could approach him and talk about absolutely everything. Although still a young man, Paul was like a father-figure to his soldiers.

On patrol near Sangin, central Helmand, on the morning of the 12th of June last year both of Paul’s legs were blown off by a Taliban bomb hidden in the roof of a school. His men worked desperately – desperately – to save his life, but he died soon afterwards.

With enormous personal courage, he had been leading his men from the front through an area known to be laced with explosives, putting himself in danger to protect the lives of his men, risking everything to safeguard the local people, including women and children, who had been so horrifically assaulted by the Taliban.

After his death, one of the soldiers under his command, Lance Corporal Joe Ellis, said: “The Merv-dog left us this morning, surrounded by his men. He will always be part of 10 Platoon – tough riflemen who were proud to be led by him.”

Lieutenant Paul Mervis was a Jewish soldier.

He grew up in London, and was educated at King’s College School Wimbledon. He spent a gap year in Israel, studying Hebrew. During his service in Afghanistan, His sister Hannah and brother Jack sent him a provisions parcel with matzah and dried chicken soup so that he could mark the Passover festival while on duty. Paul carried a 1936 issue Soldier’s Siddur which had previously belonged to Sergeant Dave Newman, a Jewish soldier who fought in the Battle of El Alamein in World War II.

It would have been equally possible for Paul to have opted to join the Israeli Defence Forces to realise his soldierly ambitions, as do so many young British Jewish men and women. In fact he did undergo training with the IDF during his gap year before joining the British Army.

But had he joined the IDF, instead of developing into a brave, dedicated military leader concerned for the welfare of his men and taking every conceivable step to protect the civilian population, would Paul Mervis have become a callous, brutal thug, haphazardly dropping white phosphorous into the houses of innocent civilians? Would Paul Mervis have deliberately and without qualms killed women and children? Would Paul Mervis have blown up schools, raked ambulances with machinegun fire?

No. No. No. Because that image of the Israeli Defence Forces is horribly false.

This malevolent portrayal of the Israeli Defence Forces is carefully and systematically planned, cultivated, developed, expanded and relentlessly driven forward. It is the key part of what amounts to nothing less than a pernicious and increasingly dangerous global conspiracy of propaganda aimed at the total delegitimization of the state of Israel. A conspiracy that has so far exceeded in its international scope, anything dreamt of even by that master of propaganda, Dr Josef Goebbels himself, spreading the idea that Israel is so evil that it has no right even to exist, aiming for the point where that idea becomes an acceptable, mainstream argument in our societies.

It is no surprise of course that such a campaign has great popularity in the Arab and the wider Islamic world any more than Goebbels’s twisted propaganda machine succeeded in persuading so many Germans to his murderous cause. But what is truly shocking is the traction that this propaganda has gained in the west among student bodies, teachers, university authorities, academics, think tanks, human rights organizations, aid agencies, parliamentary bodies, and – perhaps most damaging of all, the mass media.

What is the evidence for this?

A favourite vehicle for the anti-Israel conspiracy is the United Nations Human Rights Council. While continuing to neglect the woefully abused rights of 350 million citizens of the Middle East, not to mention the rights of many more people the world over, the Council focuses its attention almost exclusively on Israel. The Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission into the 2009 Gaza Conflict, better known as the Goldstone Report, accused Israeli forces of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, deliberately killing, wounding and terrorising innocent civilians.

That report was endorsed on two occasions by the General Assembly of the United Nations. But only last month, Judge Richard Goldstone retracted the most serious allegations that he had made, saying that Israel did not in fact intentionally kill or wound innocent civilians. He wrote that if he had known at the time of his investigation what he knows now, the Goldstone Report would have been a very different document. Well, I, with my far more limited resources and access, could have told him a great deal of what is now apparently new to him.

In fact, I did tell him at the time of his report, in evidence I gave to the United Nations Human Rights Council in October 2009:

“During its operation in Gaza, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.”

I based my opinion on 30 years of experience fighting terrorists and insurgents, of my detailed study of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, of my extensive knowledge and understanding of the Israeli Defence Forces, and of my knowledge of Hamas and its military strategy and tactics. The same strategies and tactics used by insurgents and violent jihadists in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other parts of the world.

Many people have contradicted my assertion about the IDF. But no one has been able to tell me which other army in history has ever done more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone. In fact my assertions about the steps taken in that conflict by the Israeli Defence Forces to avoid civilian deaths are inadvertently borne out by a study published by the United Nations itself. A study that shows that the ratio of civilian to combatant deaths in Gaza was by far the lowest in any asymetric conflict in the history of warfare.

The UN estimate that there has been an average three-to-one ratio of civilian to combatant deaths in such conflicts worldwide. Three civilians for every combatant killed. That is the estimated ratio in Afghanistan: three-to-one. In Iraq, and in Kosovo, it was worse: the ratio is believed to be four-to-one. Anecdotal evidence suggests the ratios were very much higher in Chechnya and Serbia.

In Gaza, it was less than one-to-one.

This extremely low rate of civilian casualties flatly contradicts many of Goldstone’s original allegations, and the bleating insistence of various other human rights groups about Israel’s alleged crimes against humanity.

As with Operation Cast Lead, the tragedy of the Gaza flotilla incident almost exactly one year ago has been widely exploited as part of the conspiracy against Israel. The anti-Israeli activists on board the ship Mavi Marmara set out deliberately to provoke the Israeli boarding party into an attack that would cause bloodshed to be exploited in the world’s media. Which of course is exactly what happened.

The Turkish humanitarian group IHH were prominent among the organizers of the Flotilla, and had purchased the Mavi Marmara for that purpose. As well as being a genuine humanitarian aid group, the IHH is a radical Islamic organization: vehemently anti-Israeli and anti-American, with extensive connections to international jihadist groups including Al Qaida.

According to a French investigative magistrate specialising in terrorism, the IHH played an important role in an Al Qaida plan to carry out a mass-casualty attack at the Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium. So – not an entirely innocent humanitarian organization attacked without justification by vicious Israeli thugs, as presented in the world media, by governments and by the UN.

The Israeli handling of the Flotilla Incident was far from a model military operation. Indeed Israel’s Turkel Commission criticised a lack of preparedness by the commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara. But I have seen nothing to suggest that their actions amounted to a breach of international law. Many have stridently proclaimed that the Gaza blockade itself is illegal. But does the government of Israel not have the right – indeed the duty – to protect its citizens against the re-arming of Hamas and other jihadist groups in Gaza, which continue to attack the civilian population of Israel with rockets, and undoubtedly desire to expand their conflict in line with the proclaimed objective of destroying Israel as an entity?

The Royal Navy, the Irish Navy and the French Navy  often boarded ships heading towards Ireland in the ’80s and searched them for munitions at a time when Gadaffi’s Libya was arming the IRA with weapons, missiles and explosives that killed hundreds of British soldiers and civilians. But unlike Israel’s blockade – which has an identical purpose – these boardings were never criticised or characterised illegal and still are not.

And I’ll bet that no-one will accuse NATO of acting unlawfully in its naval blockade of Libya which was put into place last week. Again, an operation with an identical purpose to the Gaza maritime blockade – a blockade in which, with supreme irony Turkey – arch condemners of the Gaza blockade – is playing a role.

But why would they be criticised? These were not Israeli operations. To Israel, a completely different standard is unfairly and unrealistically applied by so many, even in the Western world, as a result of the international conspiracy of deligitimisation against Israel.

On her 63rd birthday I do not see an apocalyptic future for the State of Israel. Allah will not bring a new holocaust to the Jewish people at the hands of Islamic believers, according to the evil prophecy of Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood, who are no doubt on the eve of gaining significant power in Egypt. Israel will not be “wiped off the map”. Her people will not be “driven into the sea” in accordance with the perverted vision of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad who disposes so many of his nation’s offensive resources with such brutality against the Israeli people.

But a central aim in the conspiracy of delegitimization against Israel is to give validity and justification to attacks on Israel by groups such as Iran’s proxies Hamas and Hizballah, allowing them to strike at Israel with impunity, and encouraging the view that any retaliatory or defensive measures by Israel are by definition disproportionate and should be criminalised. The more traction this objective is allowed to gain, the greater the instability between Israel and her neighbours; the less chance of any lasting peace; the more that blood will be shed on all sides in the region.

The most powerful weapons in this conspiracy are legal, diplomatic and media. Fundamentally we are talking about a war of words. Words that are given unprecedented potency by the internet, by the globalisation of the 21st Century. Words have consequences. Look at the Goldstone Report. I have no doubt that people have died because of the hatred stirred up as a result of the endorsement of false accusations by the Goldstone Report. People who need not have died. What is said and who says it is of course very important.

There is nothing the anti-Israeli conspirators find more appetising than the support for their agenda of Jewish voices. That is why they so relished Judge Goldstone’s specious role. It is the same basis on which the Nazis prized the British Lord Haw-Haw above any of their own broadcasters. And the late, unlamented Usama bin Laden seized so hungrily upon the supportive words of Noam Chomsky.

If this is a war of words, we must also use words to counter attack. I am not suggesting that anybody should give unqualified support for Israel, or that we should not dissent on any specifics of policy or approach – even in the widest sense. I am critical of many of Israel’s actions, as indeed I am critical of many of the actions of our own democratic government here in the UK and of many of our institutions. I recognise too that the IDF is far from perfect. They make mistakes. As do the British Army. Apart from anything else the friction of war ensures it. They certainly killed people in Gaza who should not have died. As did the British Army in Northern Ireland, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. They have bad soldiers, who either through stupidity or malicious intent, disobey orders. As does the British Army. I know as well as anybody about that!

But the conspiracy that I have been discussing does not concern itself with such details as this, or with any individual policy of Israel. It seeks to undermine the right of Israel to exist as an entity. And it is this that we must stand up against, as we would stand up vigorously against any movement that seriously sought to undermine the existence of our own state. In this war of words, all that is necessary for this evil conspiracy of delegitimisation to triumph is for good men to say nothing.

I would like to conclude by adding to the theme of this conference. As a friend of Israel, of course I “believe in Israel”. As a life-long soldier I believe also in the brave, dedicated, and democratically-accountable soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces, who sacrifice so much for the defence of Israel and for our Western democratic values.

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Remembering The Good Old Days, When We Could Massacre Jews At Our Leisure

Not long ago I reviewed the worst drama series ever seen on British television, the crude anti-Israel Channel 4 agitprop ‘The Promise’. One of the worst parts of the show was when the main character encountered an old Arab lady in Hebron being tormented by her Jewish neighbors. The lady complained bitterly as her father had supposedly aided the Jews there during the 1929 massacre and subsequent flight of the Jewish community which had existed for many centuries (Jews living there now are automatically considered racist, illegal occupiers).

Here is a much more realistic view of the opinions of Hebron’s little old Arab ladies. I wish all Channel 4 viewers could see the woman in this video below, who fondly recalls her father taking part in the massacre and looting Jewish property. Words like this could never be put into the mouth of a Palestinian character in a British series (thanks a lot, Edward Said):

Thankfully, today Arab Muslims can no longer do what they wish to their formerly second-class Jewish citizens. That is what these people in the video really mean by the word ‘Naqba’. It means the loss of a part of the former Islamic Caliphate to dhimmis. The Jewish state is strong, the best place to live in the Middle East, and could wipe this woman off the face of the earth if it wanted. To paraphrase Golde Meir, its better for Jews to be strong, alive and be criticized by the British left than to be dead and loved by them, like the Jewish victims of countless massacres in the past.

The Tragedy of the Jews from Muslim Lands: A Plight Twice Forgotten

Yesterday, May 15th 2011, was commemorated all over the world as ‘Naqba Day’. It is a day of demonstrations and mourning over the defeat of the five Arab armies and Palestinian Arab militias, as well as the displacement of many Palestinian Arabs as a result of their war against Israel’s independence from 1947-48. In recent years the commemorations have focused heavily on the issue of the descendants of Palestinian refugees, a topic which is well known and has been covered extensively in literature, academic work and in the media.

This day is an appropriate one to also remember the larger refugee crisis caused in the wake of the conflict. The victory of the Jews, the historic dhimmis, over the armies of their larger Muslim neighbours, so incensed the Arab population that in a few years, virtually no Jews would remain in the Muslim lands. A rich civilisation, a population of about one million people, was utterly devastated to the extent that there are only about 5,000 Jews in all the Arab countries today. That is why on May 15th I attended a most important event at the Hilton on Edgware Road. Organised by HARIF (Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa) I went to hear the testimonies of survivors of those dark times and learn more about the fate of the Jews in Muslim lands and future prospects on the issue.

Edgware Road is a center of Islamic life in London. On the way to the event I encountered a small march of anti-Israel demonstrators in a noticeably happy mood. Being a masochist I tried to talk about the conflict to these people, mainly by firing innocent sounding questions to get a feel for the group. No participant knew who Mohammad Amin Al-Husseini was, or that there was a thriving Jewish community in Morocco, Yemen, Egypt and others, or what happened to them. All they ultimately did was shout slogans, like ‘Free Palestine’ or ‘Palestine will be free/from the river to the sea’. All were Arab, but interestingly a sole white fellow emerged with a thick Ulster accent to proclaim ‘IRA-Hamas same struggle, baby’.

Security at the event was tight, an unfortunate necessity at an event such as this. It was a relief to be away from idiotic protesters. The dignity and reflective mood among the participant at this event, called ‘The Jewish Nakba’ was a welcome contrast to the sloganeering and ignorance of anti-Israel activists. When I found a decent seat I immediately struck up a conversation with a man who told of how his father, part of one of the wealthiest families in Iraq, had to flee across the rooftops of Baghdad during the ‘Farhud‘, a large-scale pogrom in 1941 that signaled the beginning of the end for Iraqi Jewry. He also told of life during Israel’s early early years in a transit camp for new immigrants, and the hardship faced after losing all the family assets, apart from their treasured holy books, in Baghdad. I knew this evening would turn out to be a rich experience.

It was soon on to the scheduled speakers. Firstly there was Colette Littman, originally from Egypt. She told of how the Sinai Campaign of 1956 led to increased hostilities towards the Jews among Arab nationalists, who would gather near Jewish homes to issue blood curdling threats. It was very sad to hear her story of when, as a little girl, she asked a Muslim worker in their home what the large knife he was carrying around was for. He told her that it was to cut the throats of her family. After this came Elia Meghnagi, originally of Benghazi, Libya, of all places. He remembered how in the 1950’s every fiery speech from Nasser broadcasted on the radio would lead the young unemployed Arabs to attack Jews and their property. The Jews of Libya lost all legal protection, and the police were eager to play dirty tricks on them. For instance, Jews would be taken to police stations for questioning, only to be released deliberately after the mandated curfew. Then the released Jew would be arrested for breaking curfew and face a possible sentence of five years in prison. Meghnagi ended up in England. His father, a lawyer, lost his practice and found a job in London packing t-shirts.

I found the saddest story was told by Edwin Shuker, who informed the audience about his childhood, a ruined childhood, in Iraq – a country that was descending further and further into madness. Shuker grew up without aunts, uncles or any extended family. Most had fled the country to Israel, and contact would have obvious difficulties. For good reason people fled. Every Wednesday, claimed Shuker, the newspaper featured a section devoted to anti-Jewish letters from readers. Our speaker held up a yellow card, a special ID Jews were forced to carry. The Jewish community had existed for thousands of years and proved only to be model citizens, producing government ministers and prominent businessmen. The Jewish community had long predated Islam. Yet they were now treated as enemy aliens, constantly suspected of spying or harboring spies and even committing terrorist acts. Restaurants eventually stopped serving Jews, and more restrictions reminiscent of the Nuremberg Laws kept on coming. When the Baathists came to power, one in four Jewish adult males in the country were in prison and torture was widespread. On January 27th, 1949, a national holiday was declared – nine Jews were hanged on false spying charges and 500,000 people gathered by the gallows to celebrate.

Not a great photo, but this is Edwin Shuker holding up his own discriminatory ID card given to Jews in Iraq

The evening continued with an award ceremony for a woman who worked to aid Jewish communities at this time, and with the showing of a condensed version of a film aptly titled ‘The Forgotten Refugees’ which I would urge people to check out HERE.

I called the Jewish refugees the ‘twice forgotten’ victims. This is because they were written out of the history of the perpetrating countries – many young Arabs today are unaware that they ever existed – but subsequently let down by those who really should have helped champion their cause. An activist called Michelle Huberman spoke about going to Amnesty International to have the Jewish refugee plight recognized in their campaigns, such as Refugee Week which begins on the 20th June this year. Amnesty were not hostile to the idea, but nobody there seemed to be aware of the issue in the first place. Yet the strangest behavior of all has emerged from the UN. While the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recognized displaced Jews as refugees, no assistance of any kind was ever offered to them or any country were they were resettled. The UN General Assembly has yet to pass any resolution in their favour. This is in great contrast to the Palestinian refugee issue, as that has been the concern of 101 UN resolutions so far (out of just under 700 in total ever dealing with the Israel-Palestine conflict). This alone is enough to damn the UN as a dishonest broker in the conflict. A massive agency, UNRWA, was dedicated to all Palestinian refugees and their descendants with no generational limits. It provides accommodation, schooling, healthcare and other entitlements to all its unfortunate clientele and is proving to be both spectacularly expensive and ultimately pointless. No other refugee group was given a similar infrastructure.

I wondered why ‘The Jewish Naqba’, as some call it, never did get the attention it deserved. My seating neighbour made an interesting point about his father, who never mentioned much about it when he was growing up. He had absorbed the Arab culture of avoiding shame, perhaps, and never sought to burden others with his problems. He was also acutely aware of the plight of the other Jewish communities in Israel. Israel had taken in many refugees from Nazi Germany, Russian pogroms and in the end survivors of the Shoah itself, which destroyed Yiddish civilisation in Europe. Who was he to complain about his loss and try to make it public policy to redress it?

Other refugees offered similar stories. Elia Meghnagi and Edwin Shuker stated how they had never sought compensation of any kind, and were proud not to. They felt the Jewish obligation was to move on, not let it affect the next generation, build a better life for themselves and their children, and contribute much to the general society you live in. This has always been the Jewish way. The contrast with the descendants of Palestinian refugees is astounding. Perhaps if the Jewish refugees had received the same treatment as their Arab counterparts, and had the same sense of victimhood, their history would be better known. Though they too might have been left languishing in rotten ghettos and camps, dependent on international aid (56% of the descendants of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are unemployed – few incidents could give more credence to free-market views on welfare). Jewish refugees were able to forge successful lives, but it is still in the interest of sound justice not to take them out of the equation as the civilised world seeks to make peace between Israel and the Arab world.

HARIF released a succinct statement for the event:

”We, Jews from Arab lands and their descendants, call upon the international community – the UN, US, EU and the Arab League – to recognise our right as dispossessed people.

We call upon them to take into account the plight of nearly one million Jewish refugees in any Middle East peace negotiation, and provide compensation for human rights abuses, lost assets and property.

In any solution to the conflict in the region, we should not be taken out of the equation just because we re-settled in Israel and other countries and were not left to languish in camps”.

For more information on the forgotten Jewish refugees, the blog Point of no return is an invaluable resource. Sir Martin Gilbert’s recent detailed work on the history of the Jews in Muslim lands, In Ishmael’s House, will no doubt be recognized as an authoritative work on the subject.

Thoughts on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

When I first read that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by US Navy SEALS, I was left in a kind of awe by the fact that this could happen on, of all days, Yom HaShoah. I thought this must be wishful thinking. But it was true.

Yet a part of me felt quite bitter, and not just because of my high bodily acidity in the mornings. Bin Laden was killed by a small, focused unit of extremely skilled fighters. Why, I thought, did we not listen to Congressman Ron Paul way back in 2001 when he introduced this bill concerning marque and reprisal of foreign enemies? Instead of a massive land war that incited religious hatred, due to perceptions of re-instituting colonialism and the killing of Muslims, Ron Paul wanted small units to hunt down Al Qaeda, such as was seen in the Steven Spielberg movie ‘Munich’. Bin Laden was eventually killed by a small unit. So was an occupation, war and an expensive unrealistic nation building exercise really necessary?

What’s worse was the fact of where Bin Laden was ‘hiding’. This bastard was living in an affluent suburb, in a large expensive house close to an army academy and the homes of Pakistani generals. His compound was protected by 18 foot walls topped with barbed wire. Remind me, someone, of how much money the United States has given the government of Pakistan for their assistance in the fight against the Jihadists? Again, it seems Ron Paul had this right all along. US taxpayers were paying Pakistan to protect Bin Laden:

Ach, perhaps this day is not one for ‘could haves, should haves’ and excessive moralizing. Instead, one may want to celebrate last nights event by watching Chuck Norris pound the living daylights out of Arab villains in one of my favorite brainless action movies of all time, The Delta Force (also starring the great Lee Marvin in his last on screen appearance):