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19 December 2016


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An addendum: it now looks like that police didn't catch the truck driver. They just grabbed a petty criminal asylum seeker from Pakistan from the street who has nothing to do with the truck or the attack. That is while the real terrorist, who got in possession of the truck by robbery and killing the rightful driver, is unknown and on the run.


Police seems to know exactly nothing about the real perpetrator. This all looks as an even larger desaster for the German government.


And how much credence is there to the theory that Trump Russia reset is made more difficult by this attack? If this is the last FU by the Obama admin to Trump by muddying up the waters?


Thanks, beaver, haven't checked his blog for quite some time.

Babak Makkinejad

I do not think so; there won't be any change in the Fortress West policies in the Levant and the Persian Gulf; no matter how many of their own citizens fall victim to terrorism.

They have sunk too many equities there to change now.

Furthermore, Trump has surrounded himself with un-repentant Neo-cons; General Flynn has publicly denigrated Islam as not even being a religion (like he would know).

Trump's position seems to be this:

Let us see if we can transaction-ally deal with Russia all the while pursuing the same policies as we have had for the last 40 years in the Islamdom.

He would be trying to isolate his Middle East policy and his Russian policy - failing at both - without a doubt.

But, as you state, we will have to wait and see.


interesting. My old fascination with words and their context. ;)



Bandolero: reminds me of the bungled arrest not too long ago. Remember the man that committed suicide inside his prison cell? Before he had been delivered 'parceled up' (?) to police by countrymen? Was he Afghani?

What's the curious story about the 12 year old that was arrested, supposedly since he or his controllers planned to attack a Christmas Market further down? Ludwigshafen?

David Habakkuk

Babak Makkinejad,

It is very difficult to know what is happening.

You write: ‘They have sunk too many equities to change now.’

But – who are ‘they’?

As was also the case with Obama, Trump has to operate inside the ‘fields of force’ of the American political system. But there are significant differences – among them that the new President has very much deeper roots in American culture, and an enormously better understanding of it, than than the old.

(And, it can help to be a successful ‘reality TV’ presenter.)

So, he has to ‘face different ways’ – and the ways he will finally decide to ‘jump’ are unpredictable.

This brings me on to what you have said about the ‘cult of the Shoah’.

I cannot judge what the situation is in the United States, or indeed elsewhere in Europe – because I do not know what people say, as it were, behind closed doors, as I to some extent do here.

Speaking at a meeting of ‘Conservative Friends of Israel’ a few days back, Theresa May announced that Britain is formally adopting a definition of anti-Semitism agreed earlier this year by a body entitled ‘the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.’

This definition is, frankly a mess.

Two matters which brand one as an 'anti-Semite' - supposedly:

‘– Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

‘– Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.’

(See http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/definition-semitism-demonizes/ ; https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/sites/default/files/press_release_document_antisemitism.pdf .)

If one defines Jews as a ‘people’ with a ‘right to self-determination’, it follows, as a simple point of logic, that any Jew so defined must necessarily have a focus of national loyalty, which is distinct from that of people whose only such loyalty is to Britain.

The question of whether, in a given instance, the loyalty to the ‘national home of the Jewish people’ is stronger, or weaker, than the loyalty to Britain is obviously a matter which cannot be prejudged.

But to suggest that to suggest that a given individual is an ‘Israel-firster’ is necessarily unjustified is, quite obviously, irrational. To try to ram stupidity down people’s throats courts a backlash – which is already developing.

A very good insight into many of these issues comes from the blogging of Robert Cohen – an Orthodox Jew, who used to work for the BBC (started out in local reporting), and now works for the Co-operative Society in the North of England, and is married to an Anglican Minister.

As he noted in a recent post, we come back to issues which were raised at the time of the Balfour Declaration.

(See http://www.patheos.com/blogs/writingfromtheedge/2016/11/reclaiming-the-lost-jewish-voices-of-the-balfour-declaration/ .)

These are too complex matters to treat adequately here.

But, to give a taste of how people are feeling, I came not long ago upon a list of ‘The Jerusalem Post’s 50 Most Influential Jews of 2016.’

(See http://www.jpost.com/50-Influencers-2016 .)

At the top were Haim Saban, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Sheldon Adelson. As to the rest …

If these are the figures who are supposed to define a ‘Jewish people’, then any rational ‘Goy’ should be, in some sense, an ‘anti-Semite’ – and the only proper strategy for Jews of intelligence and feeling would have to be ‘self-hatred’.


Actually we have some of trump's actions to judge. Nominating an extremist as ambassador to Israel does not bode well for any sort of stable diplomacy in the ME IMO.

Sam Peralta

You are not giving Trump any credit.

He won a surprising and huge electoral victory against all odds by defeating the sure thing Hillary backed by the entire political establishment and the big media with unlimited campaign funds. Don't underestimate the fact that he took out both the GOP and Democrat leading political dynasties in this campaign.

You may very well be surprised at what he accomplishes in the ME. It's not necessarily what you want to see happen but it will likely not be the status quo. In my layman's opinion his first act will be to work in concert with Russia to clear Syria of the jihadis. Then he'll put the squeeze on Iran and the Saudis with the Russians playing good cop.



"One wonders why this terrorist attacks doesn't happen in Tokyo, Seoul, Rio,"

Do you really wonder why a radical Islamic terrorist does not commit terrorist acts in Japan, Korea or Brazil?

Sam Peralta

Note what Trump said today:

"ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad."

Who else has made such an observation before? Putin. There will be more common cause against the jihadists than you expect between the two, IMO. Obama, Hillary, Merkel, Hollande, Blair, Cameron never made that point.



I think the opposite idea has more credence: the acts of terror make Trumps idea that more cooperation with Russia to defeat the common terrorist enemy look even more plausible.

Sam Peralta

First, he's just an Ambassador. Second, if you think Trump's going to deliver the Palestinians their pre-1964 border state then you are sadly mistaken. When he gets to the broader issue of the ME the offer that he'll make the Arabs and Iranians will not be what they desire but something they would be foolish not to accept.



This fits all neatly into what Mike Flynn said, that there was a willful decision taken in Washington to let the jihadi cancer fester in Syria in order to weaken Assad.


And it also fits neatly into what John McCain, a true friend of Israel honored with a JINSA award, said in 2014, quote begin:

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.

Qutie end. Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/06/isis-saudi-arabia-iraq-syria-bandar/373181/

What seems somewhat strange to me is that people in Arizona just reelected this guy as a senator, though he's openly in bed with jihadi terrorism.


It is the Cult of Shoah that has had a hugely corrosive effect on the United States and, evidently, the rest of Fortress West

It's odd you respond like that.

But more associatively: vague memories of the early post 9/11 universe surfaced during the last days. At that point I wondered if "Fortress West"--obviously without the special few both in the US and I suppose over here can afford their share on security--was meant to look like Fortress Israel long term.

OK, admittedly Tyler might object: Before they built a wall

Babak Makkinejad

Thank you for your comments which indeed confirmed the pernicious effect of Shaoh Cultists on admirable structures of Liberal Democracy in England.

I would like to further observe here another one of its effects on the international scene:

On December 6-th of this year, 15 Shia were sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for spying for Iran.

US and EU have been silent.

In early 1999, when Iranian government arrested 13 Jews on the suspicion of spying for Israel, US and EU came down as a ton of brick on Iran; threats followed threats...

The moral of this, it seems to me, is that US and EU value the lives of foreign Jews above and beyond every one else's; an untenable proposition for them and for everyone else - in my opinion.

By the way, their Iranian handler had fled earlier back to Israel.

Babak Makkinejad

I must state that, in my opinion, you live in a fantasy.

Putting squeeze on Saudi Arabia?

You mean that he is willing to un-make US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency? And go against all the entrenched and mutually beneficial commercial and financial relationships between Fortress West and the Gulfies?

Well, I would like to sell you a piece of the "True Cross" that has been passed to me from my ancestors since the time of the Bahram II. My price is very reasonable.

Babak Makkinejad

Putin would want NATO to go back to where she was in 1991 - one thousand miles away from Moscow and not what obtains today - 300 miles.

Would Trump, or May, or Hollande, or Merkel countenance that?


There are serious structural constrains now on the depth and extent of profitable cooperation between NATO and the Russian Federation; a legacy of Cold War as well as the Unilateral Moment that followed it.

Putin, in my opinion, is pursuing a far-sighted policy predicated on the decay of Soviet structures in Central Asia as well the disintegration of Afghanistan and spread of Jihadism. He is recruiting Iran and Syria and Iraq as the buffer states between the Russian Federation and the rest of Islam.

He is likely not as concerned about Turkey, calculating that she is effectively limited by NATO in what she can do against the Russian Federation.

Babak Makkinejad

This: " the offer that he'll make the Arabs and Iranians.." is an interesting point.

I would like to know, in your opinion, what that offer could be.

I am personally very curious because several years ago I concluded that there is nothing that US could offer to Iran.

I do not mind to be corrected on that score.

different clue

I noted that they did not try to take him alive. They wanted very much to keep him silent about what he might say regarding who he knew, how he got in with the detail, etc.

different clue

Allen Thomson,

Off the top of my head, I will just guess that the shooter meant "East" Aleppo, the jihadi-ruled towns in Idlib, Raqha, and other jihadistani towns and cities.

alba etie

Bandolero ,
Yes , and if you look at President elect Trump's tweets regarding these attacks in Ankara & Berlin we are all under dire existential threat from the "radical Islamist terrorist " - meanwhile the PRC is making noises about its great upset regarding the upending of the One China architecture. The very same diplomatic architecture that has kept the peace in East Asia since President Nixon went to China . I really pray that President Trump starts attending all of his Daily Briefings .,


Interesting you think that...CNBC is on in the other room & they just did a story about a Russian bot that is stealing millions of dollars a day in
false advertising money; supposedly it sends out sales pitches for ads that
can reach millions of listeners/readers & only has them read by bots &
somehow steals business' ipo addresses. I don't really understand it but
if the uber rich somehow are convinced it's costing them money then the
shit is really on.


Sam Peralta said in reply to Babak Makkinejad...

"You are not giving Trump any credit.

he'll put the squeeze on Iran and the Saudis with the Russians playing good cop."

Trump resembles Loki
Your other statement is partially correct, it is playing the Russia and China against one another. US can not afford the other two giants forming any alliances.


alba etie

Sam Peralta
"Then he'll put the squeeze on Iran & Sauds with the Russians playing good cop. " Intriguing pronouncement regarding working with Putin care to elaborate ? And while we are discussing the Trump foreign policy - do you think its a good idea to put in play the continuation of the One China Policy that Trump appears to have done ? And if we are going to be scrapping the One China Policy what will we be replacing it with - perhaps that the USG formally endorse the independence of the Taiwan government from Beijing ?

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