Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Post

The story so far....

Nine days ago, Russian rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 killing two hundred and ninety-eight people.

This is why you never have a ceasefire with Hamas:

Israel extended a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for another 24 hours, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, said it would only accept the truce if Israeli troops left the territory.

The IDF should finish Hamas for once and for all, including the schools where the UN lets them keep rockets and the tunnels built by children.

Didn't one know that Hamas used child labour to dig the tunnels it uses for its terrorist purposes?

The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted in a large number of child deaths.
“At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials”

The author, Nicolas Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies”.

Human rights groups operating in Gaza raised concerns about child labor in the tunnels as far back as 2008. Hamas responded by saying it was “considering curbs.” Following Operation Cast Lead in 2009 Hamas softened its position and the Interior Ministry established the Tunnel Affairs Commission (TAC) which, “In response to public concern at a rising toll of tunnel casualties, particularly of child workers…issued guidelines intended to ensure safe working conditions.” No mention is made in the report of the conditions that would result for both Palestinian and Israeli children from building tunnels that would be used to launch terror attacks.

Nor does it seem that Hamas paid much subsequent attention to ensuring the safety of the child workers that it used to build the tunnels that would wind up endangering the lives of many in Gaza. On a tour of the tunnels in 2011, Pelham noted that, “nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels.”

Not only are Hamas misappropriating much of the humanitarian aid supplied to Gaza—800,000 tons of cement were used to construct the terror tunnels into Israel—they are also directly exploiting and endangering Gaza’s youth in their construction and operation.

ISIS, which has ordered Christians to leave Mosul, is now denying it wants females from eleven to forty-six years old to be mutilated:

A report released by the United Nations' resident and humanitarian coodinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, suggested that the terrorist group Islamic State had issued a fatwa demanding all women between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation. While conflicting reports followed the claim, some rushed to defend the terror group. ...

In addition to supporters of Islamic State online, various experts consulted by progressive sites argued that the edict was unlikely. In a column titled "No, ISIS is Not Ordering Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq," the website ThinkProgress dismissed the claims entirely, rather than treat them as "disputed," the way outlets like BBC and Talking Points Memo have. According to one expert by ThinkProgress, female genital mutilation is "based more on culture" and "not something jihadists have ever really taken up... [or] spoken about.” The Guardian also challenged the claim, noting that ISIS supporters who very prominently posted ghastly images of beheadings and mass killings were denying this particular crime: "If ISIS responds to every lie and rumour they will not be able to control all these areas you hear about," they wrote.

The Guardian noted, however, that the UN is not the only source of this report. Kurdish officials and some in Mosul have claimed the report is real. Ahmed Obaydi, a spokesman for Mosul police, said publicly that the edict came directly from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the "Caliph Ibrahim" of the Islamic State. Said Obaydi, "Baghdadi's decision to have all women circumcised is, as he claims, to prevent immorality and promote Islamic attitudes among Muslims. The decision was made by Baghdadi as a 'gift' for people in Mosul."

The best way to dispel this alleged myth is for women who post articles for ThinkProgress to go to Mosul right now and prove that there is no fatwa and that ISIS' al-Baghdadi is really a reasonable man and not at all a murderous thug.

Go on, ThinkProgress.

Related - why burqas are a great idea:

If a woman does something dishonorable or is raped by a mob, she should probably have rocks hurled at her until she dies. This takes some mettle because you see her collarbone get broken and her cheek split open way before the final brain hemorrhage. It probably takes forever to kill a woman with stones and when the whole village is watching, you want to be killing a woman who has been sufficiently dehumanized. 

I mean, imagine it was Western culture, and the woman being stoned to death was Pam, the red-haired, freckle-faced lady who sells pies at the local bakery. When she starts crying and begging for mercy, you’re like, “Uh, this is awkward.” Then, when she’s gone, people are all, “Where’s Pam?” They notice there are no pies and her likable chatter has been erased from the village. When you prevent women from making their presence known, it’s easy to obliterate them.

Supported by liberals/leftists everywhere.

Ontario Liberals have the government they voted for:

Ontario’s government under Kathleen Wynne is planning a massive tax increase on jet fuel, which is likely to set airfares soaring. But consumers won’t be the only ones hurt. Airlines and Canadian airports are all bracing for a hit.

The fuel tax, currently at 2.7 cents per litre, will jump to 6.7 cents by 2017, under Ontario’s budget proposal — an “unbelievably punitive” hike according to Ben Smith, Air Canada’s chief commercial officer. Smith isn’t wrong. Airlines, which continue as barely profitable in 2014, operate on the tightest of margins. The hike is expected to cost Air Canada alone more than $50-million next year. To put this figure into context, the airline generated just $50-million in net profit in 2012.

The country’s airlines will not of course swallow the tax hike whole: Much of the Wynne surcharge will be passed on to Canadian consumers in the form of higher ticket prices. That is certain to send even more Canadian travelers scrambling to U.S. border cities, where fares cost an average $428 less per round trip ticket.


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