Birthpangs of the Day – 8/25/10

Israel Rattling Its Sling
So far Israel doesn’t seem to be mounting an attack on Iran’s burgeoning nuclear capability, but it does seem to be employing a public strategy of assuring the Iranian people that their fight is strictly against their increasingly unpopular leaders. This week, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon addressed the Iranian people in a Farsi radio broadcast, saying,

"Israel bears no animosity towards the Iranian people. We have deep respect and aspire to cooperate with them to bring about a better reality in the region. The problem is intrinsic to the Iranian regime and its conduct, particularly regarding the nuclear issue. This is a regime that calls for ‘Death to the United States, Great Britain and Israel’. The Iranian regime spreads instability, supports terror, and oppresses its own people. It is impossible to accept atomic weapons in the hands of such a regime.

"The Iranian reactor constitutes a tremendous danger to the stability of the entire region and to world peace in general because, besides nuclear armaments, Iran is also developing a missile system that threatens countries beyond the Middle East, such as Europe. Nuclear weapons in Iran’s hands will enable it to threaten all the Arab governments with its present means (subversive elements in various countries, agents, and so forth). Even now it controls bodies that function as a state within a state, in Lebanon, Yemen, the Palestinian Authority, and other places."

It’s a definite possibility that the reason why Israel is sending these messages is that a strike is in the works, and they’re hoping the Iranian people will blame their own leaders instead of rallying behind the regime when it happens. It’s also possible that no strike directly against Iran is on the table, but Israel is preparing for a war with Iran’s Hezbollah proxies. As always, we will pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as well as for the liberation and salvation of Iran.

Fake Hate Trumps Real Hate

Over the recent Fourth of July weekend, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) interviewed attendees of the 47th annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention about their experiences in dealing with “Islamophobia.” Shortly afterwards, on July 6, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate an act of arson at a Georgia mosque, saying that hate crimes were increasing because of a “vocal minority in our society promoting anti-Muslim bigotry.” The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) referred to it as one of the “incidents of Islamophobia [that] are on the rise in this country.” However, police later arrested a Muslim suspect. . . .

Naturally, CAIR won’t bring up the numerous documented incidents of Muslim intimidation and violence against Jews and pro-Israel groups–or the fact that hate crimes against Muslims have actually plummeted in recent years (Front Page Magazine helpfully includes a graph in their article).

Shalom.

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