Muammar Qaddafi continues to taunt the international community as NATO again looks for an exit strategy. That Qaddafi feels confident enough to ride around Tripoli waving to supporters from the open sunroof of an SUV points is the direct result of President Obama’s curious hands-off approach toward the Libyan leader.
While NATO leaders have no problem with their planes bombing tactical vehicles that threaten Libyan civilians, they refuse to target Qaddafi himself. This is both strange and misguided. Qaddafi is not the elected leader of a democratic state. He is a military despot who had presumably commanded his forces to target civilians indiscriminately.
If Predator drones can take out individual terrorists in the deserts of Yemen and the mountains of Pakistan, is there a reason why President Obama has not deployed them to the skies over Tripoli? Muammar Qaddafi is willing to fight until his last Libyan conscript; he is less willing to risk his own neck. If Qaddafi is a coward, let the Libyan people see that for themselves. And if he is fool-hardy, let his lifespan be measured in days.
At National Review Online, Jonah Goldberg notes that a new anti-Israel group called “Move Over AIPAC” will be honoring Helen Thomas at its summit next month. The goal of the organization is apparently to “expose AIPAC and usher in a “new foreign policy,” according to its website. It’s not clear what this new policy would be, but apparently it’s endorsed by a lot of aging, irrelevant anti-Israel types:
Move Over AIPAC is endorsed by changemakers including: writer Alice Walker, journalist Helen Thomas, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, The Israel Lobby authors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, past American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee President Abdeen Jabara, authors Nadia Hijab and Naomi Klein, Jewish Voice for Peace EDRebecca Vilkomerson, former US Senator James Abourezk, Israeli activist and researcher Dalit Baum, blogger/writer Laila El Haddad, clown doctor Patch Adams, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, union organizer Bill Fletcher, analyst Phyllis Bennis, human rights advocate Anna Baltzer, and many more.
And yes, that’s the eponymous Patch Adams, as in the 1998 Robin Williams movie. In preparation for the “Move Over AIPAC” summit, Adams and one of the Code Pink shrews even cut this unintentionally hilarious promotional video for the event with a camcorder in somebody’s grandmother’s rec room (because nothing says “the tide is turning against AIPAC” like old men in pony-tails and fake plastic butt jokes).
AIPAC should be thanking the stars the group has formed. The Patch Adams video alone does more to discredit the anti-lobby movement than anything Israel supporters could ever come up with.
The Iranian press is reporting (h/t Ali Alfoneh) that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has just accepted the resignation of Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi. Not only is he the second intelligence minister that Ahmadinejad has removed from his cabinet, but more importantly, he was the only cleric left in the cabinet. Certainly, this sets up an inherent conflict in Iran between Ahmadinejad’s Revolutionary Guard patrons and the clergy. More to come as events develop.
Two Palestinian teenagers from the village of Awarta have been arrested for the murder of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their six children in Itamar last month.
Haaretz is reporting that the suspects, who are said to have confessed to the crime, are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A Shin Bet official told the newspaper that the suspects, Amjad Mahmad Awad, 19, and Hakim Mazen Awad, 18, “described what they did with self-control and did not express regret over their actions at any stage of the investigation.”
According to Ynet, Hakim Awad belongs to a terrorist family. His uncle was involved in a June 2002 terror attack in Itamar, which left five dead. He was later killed in clashes with IDF forces.
Just three weeks before the Fogels’ murder, Palestinian TV had reportedly broadcast a tribute to a terrorist involved in another deadly 2002 attack upon Itamar.
Within days of the murder, Hamas was spreading the disinformation that an Asian worker, disgruntled over pay withheld by the “settler family from Itamar settlement,” was the primary suspect.
As transportation minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio, “To those Palestinians who said ‘it can’t be one of us,’ well, it turned out to be one of you.”