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Rebuilding Gaza – Again!

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Gaza and Hamas, Iran, Israel, News, Palestine, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 17/10/2014 by floroy1942

Once again many nations are talking about donations to rebuild Gaza after the last few months of their war with Israel. So far around $5.7 billion has been raised by donations from countries like the USA, Britain, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and many others. It is well known that countries are very quick to promise large donations in time of need, but sadly many do not fulfil their promises.

Leaders Gather To Discuss Donations For Rebuilding Gaza

Leaders Gather To Discuss Donations For Rebuilding Gaza

But the main concern of everyone is that after the rebuilding programme is completed at some date in the future, Hamas will once again provoke Israel into retaliatory action, and more damage will be caused. Following the 2008 and 2012 confrontations, this is the third time donations have been made to restore Gaza’s infrastructure.

Hamas Missile Ranges in Israel

Hamas Missile Ranges in Israel

The problem is that Hamas will not accept Israel as a nation, and attack when they have built up sufficient resources. This last spat was also the fault of Hamas who began attacking Israel with rockets fired from within Gaza, and what else would anyone expect Israel to do in such circumstances but retaliate. Who would accept rockets raining down on their towns and cities and do nothing about it? You? I doubt it!

How The World Sees The Situation

How The World Sees The Situation

Their strategy has always been the same, provoke Israeli retaliation and then use the calculated deaths among the civilian population to gain world sympathy for their cause. The sad thing is, people are so gullible as to believe the lies they spread, and Israel gets all the blame.

Hamas Civilian Shields

Hamas Civilian Shields

Hamas Launch Sites In Populated Area

Hamas Launch Sites In Populated Area

It is true the damage to Gaza has been severe and the casualties among the population high, but then you have to ask why? The simple answer is the tactic of Hamas to fire their rockets from the middle of built-up areas, by schools and hospitals.

Different Part Of Town, Same Picture.

Different Part Of Town, Same Picture.

Aerial photo’s have proven this to be true so no-one can dispute this fact. It is true the Israeli counter-attacks have caused a lot of damage to the infrastructure of Gaza which must be repaired, but so long as Hamas is in existence there will be no end to the fighting, and it will erupt again in the future unless an agreement is signed.

Self Explanatory.

Self Explanatory.

The big problem for the current donors is, what happens to the money when it is handed over? It is well known that the Hamas leaders are all billionaires, and when you consider they all started with nothing when they stopped being a terrorist organization and became the government of Gaza, it must make you wonder where all the donations went. On top of that, for years supplies of cement and other building materials have been donated to Gaza but most of it was diverted into building the myriad of tunnels Hamas used in this last attack, and for smuggling arms into Gaza.

So Where Did All The Concrete And Wiring Come From - Take A Guess!

So Where Did All The Concrete And Wiring Come From – Take A Guess!

All of them were lined with with concrete, and had electric lights with tracks for trolley’s for moving equipment. The Israeli soldiers, and international observers, were quite surprised at the sophistication of the ones they found. It was estimated at the time that each one would have cost around $1 million to build, so you have to ask, where did the money come from?

Iran Attempts Arms Smuggling

Iran Attempts Arms Smuggling To Gaza

Well, considering the financial state of Gaza there can be only once answer, the international rebuilding donations! This money, handed over in good faith for rebuilding the infrastructure of Gaza for the people was siphoned off for the Hamas war effort, and to make its leaders ultra-rich! Hamas had managed to acquire over one thousand rockets for this last confrontation with Israel, and you should ask how they got them.

Smuggling Tunnels From Egypt

Smuggling Tunnels From Egypt

It is clear they were smuggled in through the many tunnels that exist on the border with Egypt. It is not hard to suppose they were provided by Iran who has always been a close ally of Hamas. It is true that Hamas manufactured many crude rockets themselves, but they still needed the parts to make them.

Hamas Kills Their Own People

Hamas Kills Their Own People

These ‘home made’ rockets fired by Hamas were of poor quality. Many failed and actually landed in Gaza killing many of their own people, but they still blamed the Israeli’s.

Hamas Training Children

Hamas Training Children

So far as a new outbreak of violence is concerned, we will have to wait until Hamas has spent the donations meant for the people on acquiring new arms and stockpiling them until they have enough.

So the sad truth is, all the attacks on Israel in the past have been financed by western nations making donations to ease the plight of the Palestinian people, and that is apart from making the leaders of Hamas multi-billionaires. Makes you think doesn’t it!

Roy.

A New Twist In The al Quada Terror Campaign

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Europe, Insurgents, Islamic Revolution, News, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 26/04/2014 by floroy1942

Many hoped that with the death of Bin Laden the terror organization would lose its power, but unfortunately that did not happen, for a new leader was appointed. The group has grown in strength and changed tactics from terror bombing in western countries to a more subtle approach. Anyone who follows the news will know they are involved in the uprisings in many Middle East countries in the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, Syria being a prime example.

The al Quada Leader

The al Quada Leader

Now it seems they have turned to yet another tactic that can have serious consequences for travellers.  Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has now called on Muslims everywhere to kidnap foreigners, especially Americans, in order to exchange them for terrorist prisoners in jail. This must of course be treated with careful consideration for it indicates that any foreign tourist or businessman could be a target for Muslim extremists. He seems intent on freeing a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York landmarks.

In an audio interview he said, “I ask Allah the Glorious to help us set free Dr. Omar Abdel-Rahman and the rest of the captive Muslims, and I ask Allah to help us capture from among the Americans and the Westerners to enable us to exchange them for our captives.” Abdel-Rahman is serving a life term in the United States for a 1993 attack on New York’s World Trade Center.

Tourists, An al Quada Target?

Tourists, An al Quada Target?

This shift in policy puts a great many people in danger, and it is distinctly possible that in the months to come governments will find themselves dealing with a hostage situation. How governments will react to this is anyone’s guess. There can be no doubt that to release some of the jihadists currently in custody would pose more problems in the future. Once free they will be able to continue their ‘crusade’ against the west.

Naturally it would be easier to cut off the head of this particular snake, but as we have learned from the Bin Laden experience, the snake just grows another head. Part of the problem is that it takes so long to locate these people before action can be taken. Once located, drones have proven very capable of killing them, but we have to find them first.

American Muslims

American Muslims

The great majority of Muslims living in western countries are quite prepared to live in peace with their new hosts, but there is always the fringe who are out to cause trouble and work with the jihadists. These people make it a way of life to persuade normal peace-loving Muslims to take up the cause of Allah in the name of al Quada and like organizations.

This fact has been born out by the number of Western European youth who have been persuaded to join the fight in Syria by radical priests and jihadist internet sites. Many are being selected to carry on the fight when they get back to their home country, and have been taught how to make suicide vests and car bombs.

Kenya Atrocity

Kenya Atrocity

As we now know, this ‘Holy War’ has spread across the planet to many countries in the Far East and Africa. Some countries like Kenya are being hit hard by extremists who are intent on gaining control of a country so they can further their cause. In my view, this is the reason behind the Arab Spring, although in most Middle East countries like Algeria and Egypt they have failed to gain control.

In Syria the in-fighting between the various groups has done nothing to help the cause, therefore al-Zawahiri is calling on the groups to unite. He said, “The Ummah (Muslim world) must support this jihad with all that it can, and the mujahideen (Islamist militants) must unite around the word of Tawhid (unity).” He went on to say, “So everyone should prioritize the interest of Islam and the Ummah over his organizational or partisans interest, even if he gives up for his brothers what he sees as right.”

Whatever happens next, it will pay foreign visitors to Muslim countries to keep one eye looking over their shoulder, or better still, don’t go there.

Roy.

An Enforced Libyan No-Fly Zone – Is It Wise?

Posted in Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Government, Insurgents, Muslim, Obama, Parliament, President, Terrorism, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 08/03/2011 by floroy1942

Should America and NATO be allowed to enforce a no-fly zone on Libya? Personally, I think it would be a huge mistake for these organizations to even try, unless they have the full coöperation of other arab nations.

Libyan Rebels

There can be little doubt that the current attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces on the rebels must end, and it is indeed a scandal they are taking place in the first place. However, we have to remember, this is an internal struggle in which non-arab nations cannot impose their will, even in the name of humanity.

To put this in context, what would American reactions have been if South American countries had felt it necessary to intervene during their Civil War? Food for thought!

Once again it has been amply demonstrated the UN is a toothless tiger with nothing to contribute other than useless words and condemnation, but that is not helping the people of Libya one iota. There again, the UN is nothing more than a ‘babble shop’ in my eyes, and throughout its history, with the exception of the Korean war, has never really succeeded in quelling war, aggression, genocide or human rights violations in the world.

Careful Thought Required By NATO Members

In actual fact, NATO has been more proactive with its actions in Kosovo, Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

But back to the main theme, Libya has suffered an uprising of the common man against a dictatorial regime much the same as other North African countries of late, but this one has turned out different. There is little doubt the military were the deciding factor in Libya, for they had the choice of siding with the protesters or Gaddafi. They chose the latter, and this may well have spelled the end for the popular uprising, because a dedicated man with an AK47 is no match for a tank or fighter-bomber in the long term.

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Libyan Airforce Under Gaddafi Control

In my opinion, enforcement of a no fly zone over Libya will not change the situation on the ground very much, as the pro-Gaddafi forces are far superior in arms and equipment and must eventually win. If they do not, it will not say much about their effectiveness as a fighting force. One can only hope the common soldier gets tired of killing people he is sworn to protect, and eventually rebels against his officers. This however is unlikely to happen if, as reports suggest, most of the fighting is carried out by African mercenaries in the pay of Gaddafi.

But so far as the politics of foreign intervention are concerned, I believe it would be a disaster of international  proportions for either America or NATO to intervene in this struggle. It is worthy of note that the other arab nations have been silent on this issue until very recently. Not one of the main arab countries, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, or Iran have come out and publically condemned Gaddafi’s actions, or those of the rebels. All stayed silent, just as they do on the question of Islāmic insurgency.

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This may well be because most arab countries are run by an elite few who have been in power for decades, and they too fear a popular uprising in their own country. The people of Iran have tried it and were ruthlessly put down by the government.

As a purely arab problem, one would expect the other nations to come together quickly to find a way to end the bloodshed of their brethren, but until very recently all we had was a wall of silence while they sit on the fence and wait to see what happens, again, much as they have done with the insurgency. Declarations of condemnation have now been made, but it seems no move towards actually stopping the bloodshed have yet materialised. 

Oil - Not the Excuse As Some People Think!

Should NATO countries, or indeed the USA, decide to enter the conflict, it will be seen purely as ‘protecting their oil interests’ and they will once again be accused of ‘wielding the big stick’ as they were in Iraq and Afghanistan.

America has long been perceived by many nations to be acting as the world’s policemen, and to a certain degree I believe this attitude is held by many Americans. No matter how powerful a nation, or group of nations is, it does not have the right to intervene in what is, as in the case of Libya, an internal struggle. The motives may be the best in the world, but they will not be seen as such by all.

Considering the tensions that have existed between the arab nations and ‘the West’ since 9/11, it would be a brave fool who intervenes in a purely arab struggle without the participation, or at least a nod of approval, from the rest of the arab block. To do so will only stoke the fires of anti-western feeling within these nations. It is without doubt a very delicate situation, for if anyone decided to enforce a no-fly zone, what then?

Two Men In The Hot Seat

As Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defence has already stated, to begin such an operation would first mean attacks on the airfields and missile defence systems of Libya which amount to an act of war. Once that happens, any country embarking on such a task would be fully committed as a participant in the conflict. Would the people of NATO member countries, or Americans be happy at the prospect of their servicemen being killed in such a situation? I think not.

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I can just imagine the lines of protesters marching up and down outside the White House condemning Barack Obama for getting America into yet another conflict. He could certainly kiss goodbye any hopes of re-election, as would the governments of any other NATO country.

Trying To Bring Down An Air Force Fighter Bomber

War is not something to be taken lightly, people die in wars, and for any country to think of participating in one, especially when so far away and none of your business, governments and Presidents must tread warily. America learnt a hard lesson in Vietnam and the scars are not yet fully healed.

Certainly, it is hard to sit on the sidelines and watch as a country tears itself apart in this manner, but sometimes that is all you can do. To get involved against the will of neighbouring nations and your own people is sheer folly.

It may be fine for politicians like Britain’s William Hague to spout about no-fly zones, but I am sure if the people of Britain were asked their opinion, there would be a resounding ‘No!’ to any involvment, and much the same in the US.

Bomb Attack On Rebels

Western nations can do no more than sit on the sidelines and wait to see what happens. The conflict started, and will end, in Libya and the only nations that can stop it are other arab countries, if they have the guts to come out of the shadows and take action. I hold my breath!

Roy.

See related post:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/the-un-europe-and-arab-league-on-libya-blah-blah-blah/

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