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The American & Anti-American Revolution

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 17, 2009.

The monumental significance of the American Revolution is articulated in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration teaches that to merit obedience, the laws enacted by any State must be consistent with the “laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” This “Higher Law” doctrine provides grounds not only for civil disobedience, but even for violent revolution if the acts of the State evince a design toward tyranny. Not the State but God is the ultimate source of authority.

Such is the profundity of the Declaration that it was incorporated in most of the thirteen original state constitutions. Abraham Lincoln regarded the Declaration as the credo of the American people and the political philosophy of the American Constitution. Thus understood, the Constitution is based on certain immutable ethical and political principles. Most fundamental is the primacy of the individual, from which follows the principle of limited government. Limited government requires separation of legislative, executive, and judicial branches. This produces institutional checks and balances to prevent majority as well as minority tyranny. The Constitution thus prescribes institutional means to safeguard the individual’s rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

It may shock you to learn—but some scholars believe I am the first political scientist to reveal—that the seed of the anti-American revolution was planted by Woodrow Wilson. Influenced by German historical relativism, Wilson rejected the natural rights doctrine of the Declaration of Independence. Instead of immutable “laws of nature” he posited evolutionary laws of history. He originated the idea that the Constitution must evolve with the changing circumstances of society. The Supreme Court must therefore interpret the Constitution not according to the intentions of its Framers, but according to the progressive opinions of the day—the opinions of the “enlightened” members of society ensconced in academia. » Continue reading “The American & Anti-American Revolution”

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оссийская карта: ИЕраиль должен дистанцироваться от 'ашингтона

Перевод Аркадия ГинЕбурга. Translation by Arkadiy Ginzburg.

оссийская карта:
ИЕраиль должен дистанцироваться от 'ашингтона
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Не может быть сомнения в том, что 'арак Хуссейн Обама раЕыгрывает мусульманскую карту в ущерб ИЕраилю. Его умиротворение Ирана, эпицентра глобального террориЕма, особенно тревожно для американцев, равно как и для иЕраильтян. Советники Обамы по 'лижнему 'остоку общались не только с Хамасом, иранской марионеткой, но также и с Сирией, террористическим государством. Правительство Обамы помогает сейчас палестинской террористической власти основать военную тренировочную баЕу в Иерихоне. 'Nё это обосновывает отч'т в гаЕете Israel Today от 19 марта 2009 г. Я цитирую:

'ывший глава официального раЕведывательного управления США предупреждает, что администрация Обамы блиЕка к тому, чтобы сломать длительную дружбу Америки с ИЕраилем и, воЕможно, даже предпринять шаги к ликвидации государства ИЕраиль. Говоря на условиях анонимности с Дугласом Хагманном иЕ северо-восточной раЕведывательной сети, этот источник скаЕал: «Администрация Обамы… готовится предоставить больше поддержки арабским странам пут'м финансовой и военной помощи, паралиЕуя оборонительные усилия ИЕраиля и толкая ИЕраиль на уступки давлению необоснованных требований, направленных в конечном сч'те к его политическому уничтожению как нации».

В статье “Sleeping with the Devil” («Сон вместе с дьяволом») бывший агент Ц У оберт 'аэр покаЕывает, что бывшие высокие официальные лица в 'ашингтоне в восторге от финансовых сделок с Саудовской Аравией. Саудовцы побуждают США усилить поддержку палестинского государства. Саудовские нефтедоллары испольЕуются на строительстве мечетей и на покупку влияния в американских университетах. Они вбивают клин между Америкой и ИЕраилем, и Обама ускоряет этот процесс. » Continue reading “ оссийская карта: ИЕраиль должен дистанцироваться от 'ашингтона”

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Muslim Riots

From Samuel Huntington, Who Are We? (Simon & Schuster, 2004, p. 188):

“Muslims, particularly Arab Muslims, seem slow to assimilate compared to other post-1965 groups…. A study of Los Angeles Muslims found ambivalent attitudes toward America: “a significant number of Muslims, particularly immigrant Muslims, do not have close ties or loyalty to the United States.” When asked whether they had “closer ties or loyalty to Islamic countries (perhaps your country of birth) or the United States,” 45 percent of the immigrants said Islamic countries, 10 percent the United States, and 32 percent about the same. Among American-born Muslims, 19 percent chose Islamic countries, 38 percent the United States, and 32 percent about the same. Fifty-seven percent said that “if given the choice, [they] would leave the United States to live in an Islamic country.”

Now for a problem of national interest:

Suppose the United States attacked Iran to stop its development of nuclear weapons.

Alternatively, suppose Israel attacked Iran for the same reason—and it was believed, rightly or wrongly, that the United States had helped Israel.

Could the police or the National Guard quell Muslim riots in any of the major cities of the United States—riots instigated by imams?

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Only Dead Fish Go With the Stream

Comments submitted by Prof. Eidelberg, Dec 30, 2008 on article: Insight into Obama's Middle East Policy? at DanielPipes.org .

Judging from Daniel Pipes' lucid critique of the Bush administration's failings in the Middle East, the Brookings/CFR study, Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President, seems to be following the same path with respect to Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Its co-authors, Richard Haass and Martin Indyk seem wedded to the tried and ineffectual path of negotiating with despotic regimes. They ignore the global ambitions of Iranian President Ahmadinejad—basically a disciple of the Ayatollah Khomeini. They virtually ignore the geo-strategic dimensions of the Iranian threat. Iran is not only the epicenter of international terrorism. Of immediate concern is Iran's development of nuclear weapons and its present ability to turn the spigot off the oil flowing through the Persian Gulf.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's incantation “death to America” is not merely a metaphor. Nor should the next president downplay Ahmadinejad's vow to wipe Israel off the map—something Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority has already done in its maps of the Middle East. » Continue reading “Only Dead Fish Go With the Stream”

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Pipes on Bush et al.

Daniel Pipes has written an excellent critique of the Bush administration, as well as of the liberal mindset of the Brookings Institute/Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) study, Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President. This study bodes ill for both America and Israel.

View article by Daniel Pipes.

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Tea vs. Jewish Blood

Americans were prompted to start a revolution against England because of an increase in the price of tea. Israelis do nothing while their government makes Jewish blood cheap.

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How Dictatorships Stay in Power

Only From Yamin Israel.

To stay in power, dictatorships make their subjects feel dependent on their rulers. To this end they must (1) concentrate decision-making in their own hands;   (2) dominate the economy;   (3) control the mass media;   (4) breed mutual distrust among their subjects to make them incapable of joint action;   (5) break their spirit by arousing fear of war.

Contrast the preceding with the situation in Israel, reputedly a democracy.

(1)  Decision-making in Israel is concentrated ostensibly in the Cabinet but actually in the Prime Minister. The PM can take unilateral actions the Cabinet dares not veto lest new elections result and terminate the posts and powers of cabinet ministers. This is why no Labor-led, no Likud-led, and no Kadima-led government has ever been toppled by a vote of no confidence. This means that the Cabinet pretty much controls how their colleagues vote in the Knesset. Furthermore, since members of the Knesset, hence MKs appointed to the Cabinet, are not accountable to the voters in constituency elections, they can ignore public opinion with impunity.

(2)  The government owns or controls most of the nation’s assets. » Continue reading “How Dictatorships Stay in Power”

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Kill for Peace

Part I. Analysis

The best analysis I have read of America’s foreign policy failings since the unfinished Persian Gulf War of 1991 will be found in the writings of Ralph Peters, a retired American army Intelligence officer who worked and studied in dozens of countries as well as in the U.S. Executive office.

If there is a single power the U.S. underestimates it is the power of collective hatred, meaning the hatred that animates the Arab-Islamic world. This failing applies to Israel.

Like their American counterparts, Israel’s ruling elites do not “understand the delicious appeal of hatred.” They will not face the fact that man is a killer. They have learned nothing from the genocidal wars and wholesale massacres of the twentieth century, not merely in Nazi Germany, but also in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Iraq, Sudan—to name only a few.

There is at least a minority of human beings who enjoy killing. That minority may be small, says Peters, but it does not take many enthusiastic killers to trigger a genocidal war. The Arab Palestinian Authority consists of such killers. Indeed, they have educated a generation of Arab children to become killers. » Continue reading “Kill for Peace”

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How To Save America From Its Enemies

1.  America is threatened by two enemies: one internal, the other external. America needs a non-governmental organization consisting of the finest minds to formulate and implement a comprehensive strategy to overcome these two enemies.

2.  The internal enemy is the university-bred doctrine of moral relativism also known as multiculturalism. Relativism is demoralizing the American people; it is eroding their heritage, their sense of national pride and purpose. Relativism permeates every level of American education. It infects the news and entertainment media. It influences all three branches of American Government. It therefore corrupts the opinion-makers and policy-makers of the United States. (This same doctrine has emasculated England and Europe.)

3.  America’s external enemy is Islamic imperialism. This enemy has two power centers: Iran and Saudi Arabia, the former involves Shi’ite Islam, the latter Sunni Islam. These two countries control most of the oil flowing through the Persian Gulf—the energy sources on which the American and the world economy largely depends. Petrodollars have built thousands of mosques in the United States and Europe. These mosques propagate ideas and values subversive of civilization: respect for human life and individual freedom as well as humane desire to resolve differences through speech and moral suasion as opposed to force and violence.

4.  We cannot expect the Government of the United States to initiate and pursue the policies required to overcome its internal and external enemies, if only because the Government has been corrupted by moral relativism. » Continue reading “How To Save America From Its Enemies”

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How To Deal With Islamic Jihad

A day after 9/11, the present writer pondered the problem of how to deal with Islamic Jihad. Here is a brief scenario.

The President calls in the ambassadors of every Islamic country. He hands them the draft of a message and instructs them to send to it the heads of their respective states. The message reads something like this:

The President of the United States requests that you assemble your religious leaders and inform them that, unless they publicly renounce the ethos of Jihad and abrogate Islamic verses referring to non-Muslims as subhuman, the United States will take the following actions:

  1. The American ambassador to your country will be recalled. » Continue reading “How To Deal With Islamic Jihad”

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