9-11-01 has metastasized and the elimination of Western Democracies is under way. The new target is the Christian world.  We cannot remain silent and uninvolved while this genocidal tragedy engulfs us. President Obama and both Houses of Congress must drop their vacation plans and respond with forceful action. It is too late for a ho-hum, “business as usual” response.

National leadership is a necessity. It is the responsibility of our elected officials to finally step up to the plate and sound the alarm by providing visible support for our democracy which is under attack. We praise those who already have spoken out, for example:

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, argued that; "the Islamic State’s nearly unchecked rise is the result of Obama failing last year to take action against the group in Syria, even after the FBI and other U.S. intelligence officials warned the White House and Congress of its growing global threat. - Mr. President, be honest with the threat we face,” Graham said. “They are coming.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat and the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is taking a hawkish stance, similar to Graham’s. “It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront [Islamic State] now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future.” She concluded by saying “Inaction is no longer an option.”

We ask our readers to please join us in expressing our anguish and outrage over the barbaric deaths resulting from the purge of Christians, and other religious minorities at the hands of Iraq and Syria, (ISIS) - the new “Islamic State”. Let’s raise our voices in unity to empower organizations and individuals in response to the butchery and help to avert the horror that losing this battle would mean.

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TO:  President Obama, U.S. Senators, and Representatives of Congress,

I plead with you to show leadership during these trying times. The world seems to be unraveling under the most bizarre scenario created by an avowed enemy, the terrorist groups allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. Their goal is to erase our constitutional liberties and replace them with a 7th century brutal Caliphate governed by Sharia Law. They must end their radical Jihad-driven attacks.

As you know, the State of Israel and the Jews have been the victims of a war that was started by an onslaught of thousands of Hamas rockets aimed at Israeli civilians. The 51 concrete tunnels that Hamas has built were intended to be used by terrorists this September during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The potential massacre would have dwarfed 9-11 in the number of civilian casualties.

Now, Christians are also targets. Christian children, their mothers and fathers are now being killed in the most unthinkably brutal way.

This is no time for Congress and the President of the United States to take a vacation from their sworn duties to protect U.S. citizens, undoubtedly a promised future target. Please do not desert us at this critical time when we need you to show strength and leadership.  To avoid your responsibility is akin to waving a white flag and signaling our deadly enemy that we are too weak or afraid to defend ourselves. We must not allow a white or a black flag to fly over the White House!

Mr. President, as an American, I urge you to show leadership. Return to your post as Commander-in-Chief and fulfill the job you were elected to do. Ignoring this challenge is a cowardly way to deal with this existential crisis.

I respectfully ask that our government leadership remain in Washington and exercise the strength and courage needed to stop the mass civilian murders. The entire world is waiting for you to act.

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Editor's Note: Tuesday August 19, 2014
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ISIL THREATENS to drown all of Americans in blood
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place if US air strikes hit them.

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Thomas Joscelyn on the NEW CALIPHATE: ISIS
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Defense of Democracies, and the senior editor of The Long
War Journal. Mr. Joscelyn gives a briefing about recent
events in Iraq and Syria and the (so-called) new Islamic State.

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Contents: (summaries below)
  1. Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire, Associated Press, Josef Federman
  2. Israel: Coup attempt in West Bank planned by Hamas official in Turkey, todayszaman.com, Associated Press
  3. Abbas: Hamas plot against PA threatens unity govt, Ynet News, Yoav Zitun
  4. 'Israel won't compromise on security needs', Israel Hayom , Mati Tuchfeld, Daniel Siryoti, Boaz Bismuth and Israel Hayom Staff
  5. Israel Lauds New Capabilities in Gaza, Defense News, Barbara Opall-Rome
  6. IS militants threaten to 'drown Americans in blood' in new video, france24.com, FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP
  7. Declared Syrian chemical weapon stockpile now completely destroyed, The Washington Post, Thomas Gibbons-Neff
  8. The Case for an Independent Kurdistan, American Thinker, Russ Read

Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire
Josef Federman

Associated Press, August 19, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has carried out a series of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire. There was no immediate word on casualties from the strikes.

In a statement Tuesday, the military accused Palestinian militants of violating a cease-fire and said it maintains "both defense and striking capabilities in order to address the renewed aggression."

The airstrikes came minutes after Palestinian militants fired three rockets into Israel, breaking a temporary cease-fire and endangering negotiations in Egypt over ending a monthling war between Israel and Hamas. Authorities said the rockets landed in open areas and caused no injuries.

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Israel: Coup attempt in West Bank planned by Hamas official in Turkey
Associated Press

todayszaman.com, August 19, 2014

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian during clashes at a protest against Israeli military action in Gaza, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah on Aug. 15. (Photo: Reuters, Mohamad Torokman)

In recent months, the Shin Bet said it had arrested more than 90 Hamas operatives, confiscated dozens of weapons that had been smuggled into the West Bank and more than $170,000 aimed at funding attacks. It produced photos of the confiscated weapons and cash and a flowchart of the Hamas operatives who had been questioned.

The Shin Ben said the plot was orchestrated by senior Hamas official Salah Arouri, who is based in Turkey and enjoys the support of the local officials there. The idea was to set up cells in major West Bank cities. Hamas had no immediate comment to the claim....

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Abbas: Hamas plot against PA threatens unity govt
Yoav Zitun

Ynet News, August 19, 2014

Abbas warned that the developing information posed a serious threat to the future of the Palestinian Unity government. In his statement, the Palestinian leader repeatedly stressed the name Hamas to more severly highlight the organization behind the foiled attempt some are calling a coup.

The Shin Bet revealed earlier that the investigation of 93 Hamas activists arrested across the West Bank in recent months revealed that they participated in planning a series of mass attacks on Israeli targets – with a focus on violence in the Temple Mount compound – in order to instigate a third intifada.

The plan called for using the intifada as cover to seize rule in Ramallah, which would have been led by the "Mohammed Deif of the West Bank" who currently operates out of Turkey.

More than 70 indictments were served in recent days at military tribunals in the West Bank, and they expose the largest coordination effort Hamas has attempted in the area since Operation Defensive Shield more than a decade ago.

Under the framework of the planned operation, terror cells were created in 46 Palestinian towns and villages – in Jenin, Nablus, East Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Hebron....

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'Israel won't compromise on security needs'
Mati Tuchfeld, Daniel Siryoti, Boaz Bismuth and Israel Hayom Staff

Israel Hayom , August 17, 2014

...At the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said, "We are in the midst of a combined military and diplomatic campaign. From the start, the Israeli delegation in Cairo has operated under one very clear directive -- stand firm on the security needs of the State of Israel. We will only agree to reach understandings if there is a clear answer to our security needs."

The prime minister said Israel had delivered a devastating military blow to Hamas during Operation Protective Edge. He said Hamas would be wrong if it thought it could translate its military defeat into a diplomatic achievement.

"As long as quiet is not returned, Hamas will continue to take tough blows," Netanyahu said.

"We are a strong people, and we are determined," Netanyahu said. "We will continue to stand steadfast and united until we achieve the goal of the campaign -- to return quiet and security to all the citizens of Israel."...

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Israel Lauds New Capabilities in Gaza
Barbara Opall-Rome

Defense News, August 16, 2014

Pictured left:  Networked Fire - IDF self-propelled artillery in action during Protective Edge Gaza operation. (Israel Defense Forces)

TEL AVIV — On July 8, the first day of Operation Protective Edge, five Hamas frogmen attempted an amphibious assault on an Israeli military base bordering northern Gaza.

They didn’t get far.

First, they were spotted by a Navy coastal sensor, which streamed targeting data through the Army’s new command-and-control network to air, sea and ground shooters. Almost instantly, the Nahal infantry battalion commander in the sector had multiple options for these moving targets of opportunity.

A Merkava Mk4 tank poised at the border had them painted in its sights, as did Israeli Air Force unmanned aircraft. At the same time, a Navy offshore patrol vessel was following the frogmen, eager for orders to launch electro-optically guided Tammuz missiles.

Brig. Gen. Eyal Zelinger, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief signals officer, and C4I Directorate chief of staff, recounts what happened next.

“In the end, everyone shot at the same time,” Zelinger said. “As the event was unfolding, they all shared a common picture that allowed the ground commander in charge to choreograph the strike.”...

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IS militants threaten to 'drown Americans in blood' in new video
FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP

france24.com, August 19, 2014

...US airstrikes in northern Iraq have helped Kurdish fighters take back some territory captured by Islamic State militants (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS), who have threatened to march on Baghdad.

Screengrab of the IS video released Monday.

Military aircraft have carried out 35 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the past three days, destroying more than 90 targets, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The strikes marked the most intensive US bombardments of IS positions since they began on August 8.

Drones and fighter, bomber and attack jets “eliminated” Islamist fighters’ positions as the militants battled for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.
“In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of vehicles, equipment and fighting positions,” he added in a statement.

“Iraqi forces have cleared the dam and are working to further expand their area of control.”...

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Declared Syrian chemical weapon stockpile now completely destroyed
Thomas Gibbons-Neff

The Washington Post, August 18, 2014

American ship MV Cape Ray docked at Naval Station in Rota, Spain, on Thursday, Feb. 13.
(Miguel Angel Morenatti/Associated Press)

The Obama administration said Monday that U.S. military and civilian personnel had completed the destruction of the Syrian government’s declared chemical weapon stockpile, heralding the neutralization of chemical agents aboard an American ship as a watershed moment in the Syrian conflict.

The completion of the effort, President Obama said in a statement, “advances our collective goal to ensure that the Assad regime cannot use its chemical arsenal against the Syrian people and sends a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community.”

The effort was conducted under the auspices the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations. In early July, a Danish container ship transferred the Syrian government’s stockpile of chemical agents to the MV Cape Ray, a gun-metal gray 648-foot-long American vessel, in the Italian port of Gioia Tauro. The Cape Ray made for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where it used custom-made equipment to diffuse the chemical agents — 620 tons of substances used as precursors for sarin and other chemical weapons – into polluted water.

“In record time, even amid a civil war, we removed and have now destroyed the most dangerous chemicals in the regime’s declared stockpiles,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. “But much more work must be done.”

Kerry said there are still “discrepancies and omissions related to Syria’s chemical weapons declaration.” He also highlighted the continued use of chlorine gas against Syrian civilians by the government of President Bashar al-Assad, while reaffirming the United States’ support of moderate rebels....

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The Case for an Independent Kurdistan
Russ Read

American Thinker, July 28, 2014

The state of Iraq as we once knew it is in shambles. ISIS continues to occupy vast swaths of Iraq, sectarian conflicts are on the rise, and the Maliki government cowers in Baghdad while the barbarians batter the gates. In response, the U.S. has sent a few hundred military advisors in an attempt to bolster the Iraqi military’s morale, so far with little success. Elsewhere in the region, Israel and the Palestinians are in the midst of another conflict, Syria is still in a bloody civil war (with ISIS involved), and the Iranian nuclear talks have been extended with no real promise of a deal in the works. Simply put, the Middle East as a whole is extremely volatile.

That is, except for Kurdistan.

The Kurds of northern Iraq are sitting pretty. They have not only successfully defended themselves from the ISIS threat, but they have taken control of the key city of Kirkuk, as well as some crucial oil fields. According to Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Kurdistan has taken in over 220,000 refugees fleeing Syria, and over two million others fleeing ISIS. In addition, what is left of the small Chaldean Christian minority of Iraq has been given protection by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Recently, the Kurds even helped some monks expelled from Iraq by ISIS.

Ironically enough, it appears Kurdistan, which is technically not sovereign, is perhaps the most stable state in their neighborhood, apart from Israel, of course. Just as importantly, they are a regional leader and symbol of democracy and human rights in this volatile region.

If there ever was a time for the U.S. to recognize an officially independent Kurdistan, it is now....

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