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Ben Shapiro gets medieval on Trump’s North Korea debacle

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Headlines following the failed negotiations with North Korea often gave kudos to the President for being willing to walk away. After a few Democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, gave lukewarm but tangible credit to the President for not making a bad deal, some anti-Trump publications followed suit and painted the non-deal as a positive result of the trip.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was having none of it.

My Take

There is absolutely no reason to have a summit like this if the very basic premise behind it – the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula – had not been hammered out beforehand. It’s inexcusable, as Shapiro noted, that they should have had to walk away from a deal when it could have been known up front there would be no deal worth discussing.

Had they held discussions in private beforehand and established the non-negotiables, they would have known Kim Jong un was unwilling to completely abandon his nuclear weapon ambitions. That could have saved a lot of time, heartache, and jet fuel instead of learning once they made the trip that it was impossible from the outset.

What happened in North Korea is indicative of a foreign policy that’s shot from the hip. Making deals on the fly is a common tactic in business. It’s one of the techniques the President should never have brought over from his private life.

 


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Hezbollah deploys ‘donation boxes’ as Iran’s terrorism economy collapses

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Hezbollah deploys donation boxes as Irans terrorism economy collapses

If anyone needs proof the sanctions against Iran are working, one need only talk to the nearest Hezbollah leader. The terrorist group is so strapped for cash, they’re putting out donation boxes to fund their efforts according to newly declassified information on Iran’s finances.

A report by Fox Business covered the declassified information last week, noting Iran has communicated to their military and terror proxies that they need to start finding alternative sources of revenue. Iran, which is coming off recent windfalls in cash during the Obama era, are now finding it harder and harder to support their region-controlling ambitions. Meanwhile, their people continue to suffer, having not seen much of the cash that went Iran’s way in recent years.

Hamas has even begun looking into “austerity plans” to compensate for the lost revenue from Iran.

“When people talk about Iran’s regional aggression, their talking about Iran’s support for its proxies – Hamas, Hezbollah, Shia militias in Iraq and Syria, and the Houthis in Yemen,” said Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We are making it harder for all of these terrorist organization to operate and destabilize the Middle East.”

The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement and reinstatement of sanctions against the Middle East nation have pushed Iran to take drastic measures. They are pressuring Europe to somehow shield them from the sanctions under threat of restarting their nuclear weapons program. Some American and Israeli officials say the program was never actually stopped but simply moved from view of the United Nations.

Last month, the defection of Brigadier General Ali Nasiri likely prompted the recent increase in our military presence in the region. Threats of attacks by Iran’s proxies against American interests were likely discovered in the cache of intelligence the defector brought with him to the U.S. Embassy.

As rumors of war continue to beat, it’s encouraging to learn Iran’s ability to fund terrorism has been greatly hampered. They may be getting pushed into a corner, but the alternative brings us no closer to peace.

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Misplaced sympathies and overlooked opportunities

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Misplaced sympathies and overlooked opportunities

Every time there is a slightest indication that a Muslim is mistreated anywhere in the world, everybody is up in arms. But the wanton slaughter and genocide of Christians continues while the world yawns.

This is fully in keeping with Islamic Sharia law which makes Muslims a privileged class and all of us infidels not even worthy of living. Even our own government is susceptible to being misled down the road to perdition.

Under Islam, Jews and Christians are treated as dhimmies or second-class citizens. The options are to convert to Islam, become a dhimmi and pay the jizya tax or die. While not recognized by Islam, one could also flee from the Dar ul-Islam to the Dar ul-Harb, or House of War.

But now many non-Islamic nations are bowing down in submission to Islam as when Twitter notifies someone that they are violating the blasphemy laws of Pakistan. It should be a matter of us just saying, “So, who cares?”

Other than Islam, Americans also still have to contend with the ideology of Communism / Socialism / Progressivism. First we will look at where our attentions are directed followed by where they would more appropriately be able to do some good.

MISPLACED SYMPATHIES

Uyghurs

China’s Western province in Central Asia of Xinjiang is known to the indigenous Muslims there as East Turkestan. Uyghurs joined Al Qaeda in training camps in Afghanistan during the terror campaign of UBL. Some wound up at Guantanamo Bay, of which a half dozen were released by Obama to the former U.S. territory and now independent nation of Palau in the Western Pacific for reasons known only to his own demented mind.

In 2014, Uyghurs traveled to Kunming in southern China just above the Vietnam border and slashed victims at the airport there. Other domestic acts of terrorism have been attributed to them within China as well. There have also been concerns of international terrorism that they could commit at some point.

China is a totalitarian state which we shall discuss later in this article, but Uyghurs should not be portrayed by the leaders of world nations and by the world media as innocent victims. While China’s activities to contain this Islamic Insurgency may not meet with our own specifications, it is a legitimate concern.

Rohingya

The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are not indigenous, but rather migrated from the Indian subcontinent. They began the current conflict by attacking Buddhist authorities in that Southeast Asian country. Rohingya have also threatened Hindus in nearby India and are even unwelcome in the neighboring Islamic nation of Bangladesh. Some Rohingyas have become boat people and tried mostly unsuccessfully to get into Australia. Rohingyas are legitimately viewed as a security concern by Myanmar authorities.

Gaza

Both Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are terrorist organizations which act as surrogates for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The orchestrated riots at the border fence are a made-for-the-media show. If they fail to penetrate into Israel to murder Jews, then they use their own children as human shields so they can claim victimhood when the Israeli Defense Force has to fortify the border.

Palestinians are just Arabs who migrated from other nearby countries. Their claims to possess all the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea are specious at best and designed to obliterate Israel at worst.

Yemen

Yemen is a failed state. 30 years ago there were two countries of North Yemen and South Yemen. They have accomplished virtually nothing since other than to become a primary source of khat as well as a terrorist training ground for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. It was a base of operations for American Anwar al-Awlaki until he and his cohort were taken out by a drone. Today the Houthi of Yemen act as surrogates for Iran to fire missiles into Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan

The Islamic government of Pakistan deliberately makes life for the Christian minority in that country a hell on Earth. That’s why Asia Bibi had to flee after a drummed up charge of blasphemy. Her life may still be in danger in Canada as her tormentors have sent someone to follow her and assassinate her there. Pakistan harbored UBL there after 9/11. Today Pakistan is behind the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is really not one bit better off today than it was 18 years ago. There is no reason for American soldiers to still be shedding blood in a nation that has resisted foreign influence all the way from Mongols to Russians to Americans.

Ilhan Omar

Along with foreign countries to which Americans improperly direct their sympathies, there are three new U.S. Congresswomen who are getting entirely too much attention compared to their actual contributions to the national good, which in each case is at absolute zero.

Ilhan Omar came to Minnesota as a refugee from the failed state of Somalia. Her hostility toward American values and her animosity toward American allies endangers our national security, particularly as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Both the voters of Minnesota and the Democrat leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives are accountable. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Majority Leader Steny Hoyer should be told that they are derelict in their duties for not reprimanding this new member for her bigotry.

Rashida Tlaib

The new Congresswoman from Michigan is a Palestinian advocate who favors Hamas and fails to respect Israeli sovereignty. She barely got the furniture arranged in her new office before she called for the impeachment of President Trump. To say her priorities are wrong would be a gross understatement.

AOC

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a joke still waiting for a punchline. She is basically an airhead and an empty vessel being used by Social Justice Warriors to further their own objectives with her as a figurehead. Her stupid remarks should just be ignored and she should not be given so much attention at every political utterance.

OVERLOOKED OPPORTUNITIES

China

Whenever I see all of the megabytes of data used to document the alleged plight of Muslim Uyghurs, I pause for a moment and wait to see if anything will be said about the increasing persecution of Christians in Communist China. More times than not, nothing is.

China bans one of the Ten Commandments

North Korea

For 18 years in a row, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been #1 on the Open Doors list of countries where it is the hardest for Christians to survive. KJU has perpetuated the state religion of worship of himself as the heir of the Kim family.

Just having a Bible or uttering the name of Jesus can get a person and three generations of his or her family relentlessly murdered. It is a primary responsibility of Christians to teach their children and raise them in the faith. But many parents under Pyongyang’s bloody regime must hide their beliefs from their children lest they be betrayed.

If President Trump has another summit with Kim Jong-Un ~ and I do mean IF ~ ceasing the persecution of Christians and other religions by North Korea must absolutely be a prerequisite before proceeding to anything else.

Turkey

Turkey was once considered a dependable American ally with U.S. Air Force listening posts near the border of the former Soviet Union. But under the autocratic Islamic rule of Erdoğan, it has become a conduit for ISIS and other Muslim terrorists to transit to the battlefields of the Middle East.

Erdoğan fancies himself the next Caliph of the revived Ottoman Empire. Many of the churches to which St. Paul the Apostle ministered in Asia Minor are in present-day Turkey. Today it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christians to live according to their beliefs in Turkey.

Turkey has also sought to align with Russia and Iran as it distances itself from the United States and Israel.

Syria

Syrian Christians continue to suffer more in that country today than they did when Bashar al-Assad was in full control. America’s single-minded focus on eliminating ISIS just left a vacuum which Iran now seeks to fill. Both the Sunni Islamic enemy and the Shia Islamic enemy endanger our own country and particularly Israel via the Golan Heights.

As ISIS disperses geographically, Iran becomes the primary threat to the well-being of Christians in Syria.

Iraq

Saddam Hussein did have blood on his hands. He harbored a Palestinian terrorist who took a flight via Japan to Honolulu and planted a bomb under the seat before disembarking. A Japanese youth was killed in the explosion when Pan Am 830 landed at Honolulu International Airport on August 11, 1982.

That said, Christians within Iraq still fared better under Saddam than they have ever since. Now that ISIS has lost its territory, Iran is poised to establish a land bridge all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

Assyrian and Chaldean Christians in Iraq have diminished greatly in numbers since 2003. Those who remain are still in mortal danger. Even Muslim Kurds in Northern Iraq and the Nineveh Plain have begun imposing the Sharia jizya tax on Christians, who are threatened from all sides.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is still just as inhospitable to Christians today as it was in the heyday of UBL and Mullah Omar of the Taliban. Don’t look for any churches or synagogues to be built in Kabul any day soon. As the U.S. Embassy keeps touting years of friendship between our two countries, it’s all one-sided.

Afghans get full respect in the United States as do all Muslims. American can’t just walk safely down the street in Afghanistan and a Christian is a very targeted minority.

Saudi Arabia

Our alliance with Saudi Arabia against Iran is strategic. But KSA remains one of the most closed countries in the world. A Christian can’t even enter the country with a cross around his neck or a Bible in his hand. A non-Muslim is not allowed to ever visit Mecca. Not that there would be a whole lot of incentive to want to do that anyway. Christians who worship secretly within their own homes, if found out, are often raided and arrested.

Nigeria

Nigeria has approximately equal numbers of Christians and Muslims but it has a government that is currently unwilling to protect Christians from Muslim slaughter particularly in the northern part of the country. Christians are regularly murdered in their churches including on such holy occasions as Christmas and Easter. Nigeria is perhaps the world’s worst killing field of our present day. It should be receiving due attention by the United States government and in the media but it is not.

Burkina Faso

Only recently has this landlocked country in West Africa begun drawing attention for the kidnapping and killing of westerners and Christians. Years ago, you may have learned of this nation under the former name of Upper Volta. It is in a very volatile region near the Sahel of Africa. Unfortunately, things do not bode well and more atrocities are likely to occur in Burkina Faso.

Kenya

3,885 miles away from Burkina Faso is Kenya in East Africa. Kenya has long been one of the more stable nations on the continent, but it has the unfortunate problem of a border with Somalia. Attacks are becoming more frequent where Christians are told to recite the Islamic shahada and deny Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior or die. Many suffer the death of the body rather than the death of the soul.

Egypt

Northern Africa was once predominantly Christian. Alexandria in Egypt was a center of advanced learning. But 600 years after the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the followers of Muhammad subjugated Egypt and that entire region at the tip of a sword.

Even today, Coptic Christians comprise perhaps as much as 15% of the population of Egypt. While the persecution is not as severe as it was under the Muslim Brotherhood, the current military government under el-Sisi has failed to prevent further killing of Christians by Muslims. Perpetrators are not properly prosecuted.

Pakistan

Pakistan deserves special attention and scrutiny both as a country which severely persecutes Christians and other religious minorities and as a breeding ground for worldwide terrorism. The United States does well to ally itself with India as a hedge against Pakistani aggression. Israel has likewise sought closer relations with India.

All the Islamic institutions in Pakistan are arrayed against Christians who are accorded absolutely no rights whatsoever. That is why it is so hypocritical of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to condemn India for Hindu persecution of Muslims while ignoring persecution of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan and her native Somalia by Muslims.

Indonesia

Indonesia is often falsely seen as a moderate Muslim country. With 264 million people, it is the most populous predominantly Islamic country in the world. Christians comprise about 10% throughout the island nation. Some areas such as Aceh on Sumatra are more rigid in implementing Islamic Sharia law. But attacks also occur on Java and throughout the archipelago against Christians simply because of their faith.

Philippines

The Philippines is America’s only former colony in Asia. For our review of the relationship with the United States, see:

America’s good friends in the Philippines

It’s a very complex situation, but for our purposes here, the salient point is that in Muslim regions in the southern Philippines, it is very perilous for local Christians. The current regime of President Rodrigo Duterte, who admits to having Muslims within his own family, and who hails from Davao City on Mindanao, does not fully appreciate the ideological nature of the struggle within the Philippines between Muslims and the predominant Catholic Church.

Which is not to say that the United States government fully understands that ideological underpinning of Islamic Jihad either.

Israel

Israel under Prme Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is America’s most dependable friend and ally in the world today. Bibi is very articulate in English and often touts his government’s respect for the rights of Christians. What he does not seem to fully appreciate, however, is the role of Messianic Jews who follow Yeshua.

In the alliance which his Likud political party has had to re-establish with other smaller factions, one is with orthodox Jews who will continue to control the immigration apparatus and who will keep making it difficult for Jews who accept Yeshua as the Messiah promised by the Hebrew prophets to make aliyah to Israel and reside there as citizens.

This has been a suggestive rather than exhaustive compilation of countries where the rights of Christians and other minorities are not respected. Our current government here in the United States and all of our future administrations need to take heed and act accordingly. Think of this in the ballot booth on November 3, 2020.

IRAN, IN A CATEGORY BY ITSELF

When we hear presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and other misinformed persons accusing President Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton of warmongering and provoking a conflict with Iran, it displays an incredible ignorance of the threat posed by the apocalyptic regime in Tehran. Congresswoman Gabbard, who is a Major in the Hawaii National Guard, is a 38-year-old who was born after Iran had released the American diplomat hostages when Republican Ronald Reagan took over the White House from Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Iran is ancient Persia. You can read the book of Esther to see how far back the hostilities with Israel actually go.

Iran has progressed beyond mere talk and has actually used surrogates in Gaza to launch missiles into Israel and also has launched them over the Golan Heights from Syria. Therefore, when Iran threatens to attack United States forces throughout the Middle East, there is every reason to believe that they actually will do so.

The people of Iran are suffering as their resources are squandered by their government supporting worldwide terrorism. Christians continue to be arrested just for being Christians. The best case scenario would be for the Iranian people to replace the hostile government that acts in their name.

But meanwhile, America and Israel must remain on full alert. We are not going to initiate any hostilities no matter how much we are provoked to do so. But if and when Iran attacks, we must ensure that they regret it and that their capacity to inflict further damage is completely neutralized, whatever that takes for us to accomplish.

WRAPPING IT ALL UP

We have taken a glimpse at American priorities in the world. We have seen that we all too often focus on supposed victims who do not merit our involvement. We have also considered how we frequently fail to recognize those who truly need our assistance.

I adjure you to help focus this 2020 political campaign on issues that really matter. You may very well find that those which you have read about here are worthy of your consideration in that quest.

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Battle of the pundits: Trish Regan and China’s Liu Xin to debate next week

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Battle of the pundits Trish Regan and Chinas Liu Xin to debate next week

Fox Business host Trish Regan was recently attacked directly by China’s state-run media. She had a fiery retort last night followed by a challenge to debate Liu Xin, one of China’s most prominent talking heads. They agreed. Now, it’s on.

Regan has been outspoken about the rise of China’s economic clout and the threat they pose with their aggressive trade stance. She hasn’t been shy about pointing out that as China’s economy grows, it becomes more of a threat to America’s economy. Both rely heavily on the world markets as the global economy continues to favor larger nations, and no economies are even close to China’s or America’s.

Liu initially looked to Monday, but then realized it’s Memorial Day. They two are working directly to set a day and time next week to debate.

The video above of Regan defending herself went viral in China where it racked up more than 20 million views on Weibo, a Chinese blog. This is why this debate is so important. It may be media personalities instead of politicians, but both seem to be well aware of the stance of the leaders in both countries, giving it a public shine many may not anticipate.

There is much more at stake with the debate between Trish Regan and Liu Xin than most Americans realize. This won’t be viewed as two individual pundits going head-to-head by the Chinese. This is the US vs. China. It will make an impact one way or the other.

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