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The roots of the anti-Israel bias at “Human Rights Watch” go deep.

"The leather SS jacket makes my blood go cold it is so cool!"

Hardly something we wanted to hear from a senior military analyst at a prestigious human rights organization.

Yet this was expressed in a blog post by Human Rights Watch senior analyst Marc Garlasco, as cited in ICEJ News for Sept. 15.  It turns out Garlasco is an avid collector of WWII Nazi memorabilia.  Very avid.

Now at this point, a normal reaction might be something like, “Uh, so what?” 

But, aye, there’s the rub, as Prince of Denmark might say.  A person’s off duty proclivities to collect memorabilia of whatever sort shouldn’t affect his day job, should they?  But they might offer insight into his personality.  If the guy were an accountant at Bear Stearns, I don’t see what difference it would make what he does in his off hours, but when he works as a senior analyst at an organization whose stated purpose is a dedication to “defending and protecting human rights” (HRW About Us page), and when said organization self-righteously asserts an adherence to "rigorous, objective investigations,” and (this is the critical part) when said organization has regularly blazed new trails in anti-Semitism, then you just have to stop and wonder if maybe there is a connection.

Now I’m not going to say that HRW hired Garlasco in order to make use of his apparent fascination with the Third Reich, or even that HRW had given any thought at all to his unusual interests.  But I am saying that, given their task, they really should have taken into consideration whether such a mind set could cloud his judgment, particularly with regard to writing reports concerning the modern Jewish nation of Israel. 

The Human Rights Watch organization really, really should have taken these things into consideration, if they were at all concerned with objectivity, as they say they are.

But you see, that’s the problem.  HRW has consistently demonstrated a strong – I would even say vindictive – bias against the Jewish state.  NGO Monitor  (a truth seeking organization which I consider a true ball carrier, if I may use my football analogy), puts the matter rather nicely in their detailed report Experts or Ideologues? A Systematic Analysis of Human Rights Watch’s Focus on Israel:

Our investigation shows a consistent pattern of ideological bias, lack of professional qualifications, and unsupported claims based on faulty evidence and analysis on the part of HRW.

So, back to Mr. Garlasco.  Do you think maybe his fondness for the legacy of Adolf, Herrmann, Heinrich & company were somehow missed by an employer which regularly attacks the modern state that grew out of the ashes of that legacy?  I think that’s a bit of a stretch.

I’m trying to keep this simple, so anyone can see through the fog and notice there is something seriously wrong here.  The controversy surrounding Garlasco’s work at HRW, the organization’s tepid response, and a more detailed discussion of the whole sordid affair can be found at NGO Monitor and in several fine blogs better than this one. I particularly suggest Omri Ceren’s Mere Rhetoric blog; also Elder of Ziyon is an excellent source for information of this sort.

I’m just trying to add one more shoulder to the push.  If we keep pressing for the truth, something is going to move.



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Speaking of Obama being ‘way too busy to fend off Netanyahu…

This is an email I received today from a rather, ahem, conservative relative.  There is quite a lot being said lately about the way Glenn Beck has been taking on Obama and the Czars on radio and television and in print, and I won’t try to add to it or elucidate here, but I thought this writer had a great sense of humor.  Enjoy!

Glenn Beck Has Brass Gonads

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Don’t you know Obama and his ilk wish to God (or whoever the heck they wish to) that Glenn Beck would fall into adultery with an Argentinean newswoman, or cut his jugular vein while shaving, or show up drunk, high and naked to his FOX show and forever be publically vilified, marginalized and thus muzzled?

Beck has formally joined Rush as an Official Pain in Barack Obama’s Backside (OPIBOB). (Are you an OPIBOB yet?) Yep, not only has Obama’s administration called Rush out, but the White House has now phoned Beck during his TV show in an attempt to get him to dial the heck down.

Glenn said this past week that Barack’s minions were actually calling his show while he was on air because he was being a meany. When I heard this I was sitting there eating pretzels and drinking a martini thinking: Are you kidding me? Is Perez Hilton running the White House? The White House is actually calling Beck during his program in an attempt to get him to cease and desist his digs? Wow . . . sounds, pretty gay to me. No offense to gay people, of course.

So, what’s next, Whine House? Are you gonna post an angry note on Beck’s Facebook wall? Are you going to place Glenn’s picture on the White House website and draw naughty stuff on his forehead? Unbelievable. Not only do we have to contend with and check a radical Socialist-in-Chief at every point, but we also have to a field a cheeky, paranoid, oversensitive staff that makes Nixon look like Andy Griffith’s Aunt Bee.

So, what’s all the hubbub about? Why is Beck under their epidermis? Well, it’s principally because he asks questions. And if there is one thing that derails the Hope and Change Train, it’s questions. Oh, I almost forgot: Facts also get them purty PO’ed. Questions and facts . . . can’t have that. Yep, both of those little damnable ditties are detrimental to Obama’s oligarchical grasp.

For those who missed Beck’s week of must-see TV, he boldly parleyed into the President’s court questions several million of us want to ask but don’t have a top-ranked TV show on the most watched cable news channel to get the proper respect and response. Here’s a little sample of Beck’s mischievous queries. On Monday he inquired:

– We are in so much debt, why spend more borrowed money on cap-and-trade and healthcare programs before we stop the flow of red-ink?

– The stimulus package funneled billions of dollars to ACORN. How does giving billions of dollars to ACORN stimulate the economy?

– If it was so important for congress to pass the stimulus bill before they even had time to read it, why has only a fraction of the stimulus money been spent 6 months later?

– Why won’t members of Congress read the bills before they vote on them?

– Why are citizens mocked and laughed at when they ask their congressman to read the bills before they vote on them?

– How did Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist, become a special advisor to the president?

– Did President Obama know of Van Jones’ radical political beliefs when he named him special advisor?

– The Apollo Alliance claimed credit for writing the stimulus bill—why was this group allowed to write any portion of this bill?

– If politicians aren’t writing the bills and aren’t reading the bills, do they have any idea what these 1,000-page plus bills actually impose on the American people?

– If the “public option” health care plan is so good, why won’t politicians agree to have that as their plan?

– If town hall meetings are intended for the politicians to learn what’s on our mind—why do they spend so much time talking instead of listening?

– Is using the economic crises to rush legislation through congress what Rahm Emanuel meant when he talked about “not letting a crisis go to waste”?

– What are the czars paid? What is the budget for their staffs/offices?

On Tuesday Beck wondered aloud:

– Who is “surrounding” the President in the White House?

– Do any of the President’s advisers have criminal records?

– Are the President’s advisers working to better the country or their own ideals?

– Who are the anti-capitalists in Washington?

– What roles do they have in crafting bills?

– What was “STORM”? What happened to the founders, and where are they now?

– What qualifications must one have to be a Presidential adviser?

– Should a communist have the ear of the President of the United States?

– What role did the Apollo Alliance play in crafting bills?

– Does the President know the co-founder of the Weather Underground is a board member of the Apollo Alliance?

On Wednesday Glenn wanted to know:

– Why does the FCC have a diversity “czar”?

– Who is Mark Lloyd, and how does he plan to “balance” the airwaves?

– Will he bring back the Fairness Doctrine, or worse?

– Cass Sunstein once said he wants to balance the Internet; is that next?

– Will broadcasters who leave the airwaves be allowed to go to satellite or Internet without government regulation?

– Is there any place (that has a mass audience) where the government won’t regulate free speech?

– Why does it seem every member of the Obama advisory team hates capitalism, unless those companies (like G.E.) are in bed with the administration?

If Lloyd has his way, stations that don’t comply with the government’s definition of the “public interest” will have to pay a massive fine—which helps support public broadcasting:

– What will be the definition of “public interest”?

– Who defines “public interest”?

– Why should it be balanced? Because it’s public airwaves? (Well, there are public roads that go by my house, and I don’t count how many Republicans and Democrats are driving on them.)

On Thursday GB thought:

– Why do we need a civilian force?

– Who is posing a threat to us?

– Who will this “force” be made up of?

– Who is the real enemy?

– Does the president know of a coming event? If not, who builds an army against an unrecognized enemy?

– Why won’t the media get off their butts and look into these radicals in the White House? And into this civilian army?

(*For the full list visit: You see, Beck was just asking questions. Hey, White House . . . Can we not ask questions anymore? Is that verboten? Can we not ask our elected officials to explain themselves, elucidate a bit about their odd buddies and make clear their policies and proposals?

Can we not question you boys with boldness, hold to the truth, and speak without fear of reprisal? Huh?

In the words of my redneck hunting buddy, better known as the West Texas Warrior, “Why, hell we can!” Not only can we, ladies and gents, but we must.

Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but this is our nation; this ain’t Cuba or Venezuela yet. We pay the government’s bills, and therefore they answer to us, they represent us—and if they don’t then we take their airplanes, limos, mistresses and five-star hotels away from them. Yeah, I believe that’s how it’s supposed to work.

Keep asking the hard questions, boys and girls. Don’t let them tread on you.

Great job, Mr. Beck.

If I ever quit my job as a lineman, can I sign up to be an OPIBOB?

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Will he, won’t he, or when will he?

Headline Monday: Peres confirms Obama to mediate Netanyahu-Abbas talks.

US President Barack Obama is expected to moderate a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, President Shimon Peres said in an interview with Fox News on Monday.

But, come to find out WednesdayNo meeting agenda between Abbas, Netanyahu

A senior Palestinian official said on Monday that no meeting was decided to be held soon between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu… The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and president Abbas ruled out holding any meeting with Netanyahu or any renewal of the peace talks unless Israeli authorities announce a total freeze of settlement activities in the West Bank.

When the news came out Monday that Benjamin Netanyahu was supposed to meet with Mahmoud Abbas under Barack Obama’s auspices next month, it made a few people unhappy.

Not that these people don’t want peace, nor especially that Mr. Netanyahu isn’t continually reaching out to both the US and the PA.  But consistent with those efforts, he has been doing a good job of maintaining a position of strength, while Mr. Abbas rejects each new overture from Israel, always demanding just a little more than what is being offered to him, and all the while Mr. Obama is trying less and less successfully to keep his balance in all this.  Besides being much too busy at home.  And then there’s poor Mr. Mitchell; he is actually a skilled diplomat and negotiator, but he can’t fire his own boss.

If you’ve been following these things, you may realize that ‘Bama wants so badly to pull a Carter or maybe at least a Clinton.   Not that I’m an admirer of either of those two.  God forbid!  But like it or not, they were achievers to whatever extent, and poor Barry would like to be, but just isn’t.  (As an aside at this point, Clarice Feldman over at American Thinker has done a wonderful job of analyzing just how smart Barack Obama is. Seriously.)

Enter  Shimon Peres.  Now I’m not really as knowledgeable about Israeli politics as y’all think I am, but it has been my understanding that the office of the President of Israel is more ceremonial than substantial, and that he is actually prohibited from  political intervention or even expressing potentially divisive personal views on major issues.  So how come he gets to make a major news announcement that Obama is going to supervise a get together for Netanyahu and Abbas next month?  Well, simply put, he doesn’t.  Not to mention that Mr. Peres’ politics have been somewhat to the left of the present government, and of a few others.

And so I told someone last night that, not to worry, Bibi is not betraying anybody or jumping into bed with the baddies any time soon.  He is making forward progress; he’s just smart enough to do it at a pace of his own choosing.  Israel could do worse.

Addendum:  since these two items were published, there has been a late development.  It was disclosed today that, yes indeed, talks have begun at a higher level than they have been up until now.  And I also noticed two important points. For one thing, the discussion today was along the lines which have been proposed by Netanyahu all along, of first focusing on bringing increased economic benefits to the PA ruled areas.  Secondly, and not to be downplayed, is the report that the PA is at the moment having enough sense to back down from its refusal to talk until Israel has met all of its demands.

Or, in the words of the Israeli representative, Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom,

“I’m glad that the Palestinians understand that boycotting talks with the Israeli government was harmful primarily to them,” he said. “As I’ve said, our goal is economic peace, and that does not impede political dialogue, but rather helps it along.”

Hardly anything is ever a done deal in life, and all the less so in the Middle East.  But I have a better feeling about today’s meeting than I have had about some others.  We’ll see.  Sometimes it’s much easier just being a lineman.

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