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Sunday, August 17, 2008

War Candidate Obama Drops the Anti-War, Anti-Military Mask with a Thud and Assumes the Mask of National Security Obama

Revised 8-17-2008

The Change candidate comes out of his chrysalis as the old standard Washington statesman that we know so well.

The Prince of Salina [in Lampedusa's The Leopard] said that in order for things to stay the same, things must constantly change. That may explain why some Establishment circles favor the candidacy of Senator Obama, the "Change" candidate, who endeavored mightily not to be specific about which changes he would introduce. Indeed, anti-war, anti-military Obama seems to have been a cocoon or chrysalis from which "national security" Obama is now emerging. This latter day Obama wants to shift troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, where they will presumably be either out of harm's way or in a better position to go after al-Qa`ida. This was stated by Obama's foreign policy advisor, one Susan Rice. It was also stated by the pacifist saint himself in his speech at the Berlin Victory Colunn [24 July 2008]. So the advocate of change is himself changing --back to the old style Washington "statesman" that so many millions believed he had come to drive out.

Here is Susan Rice:
In an interview with SPIEGEL, Obama's leading foreign policy advisor Susan Rice said: "Neither Germany nor the US has the luxury of assuming that we can skate by on half-measures in Afghanistan and Parkistan and not risk suffering the consequences." She added that the "US has to put more resources and troops into Afghanistan, and NATO should do the same, while, to the greatest extent possible, lifting operational restrictions." [Der SpiegelOnline, 7-21-2008]
Zbigniew Brzezinski is also mentioned as a foreign policy advisor to Obama. If Zbig is involved at all, then he is likely to be the truly senior advisor although not involved in day to day minutiae. After all, Zbig spent four long years as Jimmy Carter's national insecurity advisor. In this capacity he very proficiently laid the groundwork for future wars. The world is far from recovering from Zbig's hyperactive foreign policy heaving and churning.

Here's some info about Obama's trip to Berlin where he spoke at the Victory Column, a monument dedicated to 19th century German victories against Denmark, France and Austria.
Here are the immortal words of the pacifist saint himself:
No one welcomes war," he said. "I recognize the enormous difficulties in Afghanistan. But my country and yours have a stake in seeing that NATO's first mission beyond Europe's borders is a success. For the people of Afghanistan, and for our shared security, the work must be done. America cannot do this alone. The Afghan people need our troops and your troops; our support and your support to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, to develop their economy, and to help them rebuild their nation. We have too much at stake to turn back now." [ABC News 7-24-08]
Hitler had the monument moved to its present location. What does it mean that Obama spoke at a monument to victory, several military victories in fact, that was set in its present location by Hitler?? Do the obamabots not comprehend that their idol, supposedly against Bush's war in Iraq during his primary election campaign against Hilary, is now advocating more war in Afghanistan?? Maybe war in one place is better than war in another location. But it's still war. Can we agree on that?

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Inscription Discovered in Jerusalem of Name of Biblical Personage

UPDATING: better photo of stamp seals, 8-8-2008

A new discovery has been made in the area of the original Jerusalem, called `Ir David, City of David, which forms another physical [archeological] confirmation of the real life of a Biblical personage. This discovery is only the latest in a series of discoveries of names of Biblical personages in the `Ir David area. This person's name is found in the Book of Jeremiah [38:1], He lived in the late First Temple period, as did most or all of the other Biblical personages whose names have been found in that area. The building where this bulla [seal stamp impression] was found was also where at least one other bulla was found in `Ir David. The personage was named: Gedalyah son of Pash'hur [Jer 38:1] who served King Zedekiah. The other personage of whom a seal stamp impression was found was: Yehukal son of Shlemyah [Jer 37:3]. His name in Jer 38:1 is spelled Yukal. Here is the Hebrew:
גדליה בן פשחור ויהוכל בן שלמיה שהוא גם יוכל בן שלמיה

The archeologist Dr Eilat Mazar believes that the building where the bullae were found was King David's palace. However, since these names come from the late First Temple period, and King David lived before the Temple was built [It was built by his son, Solomon], then these findings alone are not proof that the building was David's palace, although it was a governmental/administrative structure. Furthermore, it is possible, even likely, that David's original palace was considerably renovated or torn down with a new palace built in its place by later kings. After all, we are talking about a period [of the First Temple] of 400 years approx. Given the proclivity of later rulers to compete with or improve upon or distinguish themselves from earlier ones, especially in regard to building works, then a new royal palace, built with the latest features and luxuries, is quite likely. Consider that in the United States, new presidents who move into the White House almost always do renovation work on the building, some more and some less.

`Ir David, the City of David, was the original Jerusalem where David ruled, built on a narrow ridge that goes downhill from north to south from the Temple Mount. It is now outside the Old City walls although it was within the walls up to and through the first of the two periods of Crusader rule in Jerusalem [up to 1187]. However, the city walls were torn down by one of the Ayyubid rulers [descendants of Saladin] and not rebuilt by later Crusaders, as far as I know. When the Ottoman Empire decided to rebuild the city's walls in the 16th century, the `Ir David area was left outside the walls. The small village of Silwan was built there apparently in the 19th century. Silwan takes its name from the Greek/Latin name Siloam for the pool at the southern, lower end of the ridge, Shilo'ah. Jews lived among Arabs in Silwan village up to the pogroms of the 1930s when Arabs drove Jews out of the neighborhood, although it does not seem that the local villagers took the initiative in the expulsion. Rather the decision seems to have come from the Arab leadership in the Arab Higher Committee, who operated with British encouragement.

See report from `Ir David. For news of the earlier discovery of a similar bulla in that location, see "Good News on the Archeological Front," here. This earlier report is part of another post not directly related to Israeli archeology.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Is Saint Obama Ready to Make His Second Coming?

Sophisticated humor is the last thing you'd expect from this year's US presidential election campaign. But McCain's campaign has actually succeeded in that major and welcome feat. Here's Saint Obama making his Second Coming. But is he ready?

I know that there's enough to be depressed about. Olmert's "resignation" was a fake-out. He promises to resign if and when a new leader chosen by his Kadimah Party in its September 17th primary succeeds in forming a new government. That might not be till November. Meanwhile a criminal suspect subject to SIX criminal investigations plans to continue as prime minister of the ancient nation of Israel, heirs to 3,500 years of civilization since the Tablets of the Law were handed down on Mount Sinai. I know it's a disgrace. Meanwhile, entertain yourself with the Second Coming of Obama.

Withal, this is not an endorsement of McCain. Thanks to Little Green Footballs for the film.

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Coming: More on Obama the war candidate -- his mask drops with a loud bang, More on the anti-Jewish racism of the "Peace Process," Jews in Jerusalem, Hebron, the Land of Israel, archeological updates, peace follies, propaganda, etc.