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I'm an Ivy League grad trying to navigate the corporate world as I watch this country implode.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Guess What? You're a Racist!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

France in Israel's Shoes

First off, let me extend my deepest sympathies to Paris. No words can convey the wretchedness of the tragedy that occurred, so no words will suffice. As we stand behind France in support of any and all retaliatory measures they take, we must come to grips with the fact that the US will not come to their defense in any substantial way. How can our President or the Democratic candidates possibly defeat radical Islamic terrorism when they won't even name their enemy?

Islamic terrorists mirrored their attack on Paris from their incessant attacks on Israel, as they too maim and murder innocent men, women, and children. Just as it transpired in Paris, Muslim Extremists target restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes. Whether we look to the First or Second Intifada (the Arabic term for "uprising" that, in layman's terms, translates to Jihadists indiscriminately waging terror on Israeli civilians), to what has now sadly become the status quo in Israel, the horror that Paris recently suffered is a reality that Israel faces without remission - it is their every day life, it is business as usual.

Yet no other country is held to the standards that the Western world expects of Israel and its leaders. No other country or its leaders are expected to show such an extreme level of restraint, all at the cost of its own people. So now, let's use the official responses that the EU has repeatedly stated, verbatim, against Israel whenever Israel has practiced self-defense against the formally recognized Islamic terrorist groups of Hamas and Hezbollah, Islamic Jihadists, and droves of others.

If the European Union responded to the attacks on Paris as they do to the attacks on Israel (simply substituting France's descriptors for Israel's), it would sound precisely like the following:

The European Union is gravely concerned about France's escalation of aggression against the Islamic State. Over the past 24 hours, France has launched massive airstrikes on the densely populated capital of Al-Raqqa.

The French aggression follows a series of ISIS shooting incidents in Paris; eight Muslim suspects were summarily executed by French security forces without detention or trial.

We strongly condemn French bombardment of metropolitan areas in the Islamic State, the disproportionate use of force by the French army, and the humanitarian crisis it has aggravated. Particularly unhelpful is rhetoric from the French President, who promised "to lead a war which will be pitiless" against the Islamic State.

As the stronger party with a nuclear-armed, world-class military, France must refrain from actions which create further difficulties for a lasting peace.

In light of the above, the EU calls for three steps to be taken immediately:
  1. Immediate cessation of hostilities on all sides
  2. France and ISIS must begin negotiations 
  3. Grievances of both ISIS and France in this conflict must be addressed
  4. This tragic escalation of hostilities confirms the unsustainable nature of the status quo with regard to the ongoing French insults against the Prophet and occupation of Islamic territory
The EU believes that the events of the past few days reinforce the need for France and Islamic State to work together to fight all forms of terror and insult. The only way to resolve the conflict is through an agreement that ends the French occupation of Muslim territories in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, and that fulfills the aspirations of both parties.

This would be a ludicrous response to the attacks on France, and this is a ludicrous - although unfortunately not satirical - response to the attacks on Israel. These condemnations against Israel and these demands from Israel after every attack the country faces is, if nothing else, ludicrous.

You cannot negotiate with an individual who glorifies dying for his or her cause, even more so when that cause is - in no uncertain terms - to annihilate you. Your way of life is not in line with Sharia Law, it is not in line with their uniquely precise interpretation of the Quran, and so it defies everything they espouse. They live and die by this certainty. There is no place in their world for it. But their world is this world, it is your world. And so, we are at a war that we never signed up for.

Nobody is exempt, not even fellow Muslims. Radical Muslims slaughter other Muslims, both radical and moderate alike. Hamas fights Hezbollah. Sunnis fight Shiites. ISIS fights Al Qaeda. Each has an army who has enlisted to be the bloodthirsty warriors of Jihad, in quest for the ultimate glory of martyrdom. Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and all the other Jihadists have signed up to kill you, themselves, and each other. And so, the slaughter ensues.

Israel is at the front lines in this war on terror. But this is not a problem isolated to Israel. Israel's enemy is France's enemy. It is America's enemy. It is your enemy.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

You Might Live in a Country that is Run by Idiots


If plastic water bottlers are okay, but plastic bags are banned...

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering & remaining in the country illegally...

If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion...

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote for who runs the government...

If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt...

If, in the nation's largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat...

If an 80 year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched...

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more...

If a seven year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is "cute", but hosting a sexual exploration class in grade school is perfectly acceptable...

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation & intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones...

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, timeshares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV, and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage...

Palestinians: You Aren't That Special

There are conflicts all around the world today. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria to half of Africa to Mexican drug wars in South America to conflicts in the Ukraine to insurgencies in Asia.

And yet, somehow the Palestinians think their one is the most important, their one is the most vital, their one is the most brutal. Over 40,000 people died in Syria so far this year and less than a hundred in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and yet... we're supposed to be more "appalled" at their cause? And of those Palestinians that died, we're told they are protesters... yeah, protesters. Well, here's a newsflash for you: a protester who hurls stones at cars of innocent travelers and sets up burning roadblocks and tries to violently pull people out of cars, all the while laughing and drinking cola while people scream for help, is no longer a protester, but a terrorist.

Palestinians: You think you're special because somehow you believe God created Palestine first, and then he created the earth. Um, no. In fact, throughout the last 2,000 years, since the Romans invented the word Palestine, it certainly didn't mean you. In fact, before 1964, when Yasser Arafat, Abbas, and the rest of your cronies formed the PLO to "liberate" the "occupation" of 1967 (that makes sense...), the term Palestinian didn't refer to you at all. Oh, not to say there wasn't a Palestinian soccer team. There was. You can even YouTube it. They played Australia in 1939 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only thing is that their uniforms featured a prominent Star of David. And with team members with names such as Itzhak Fried and Herbert Meitner... yeah, don't think they were Arabs.

And despite having the highest per capita "days of rage" of any people, you're still not that special. Why don't you become special and have "days of hope" and "days of literacy" and "days of science"? But, no - that does not fit your narrative. Your buzz words are not hope and a brighter future; your buzz words are death, blood, and rage.

Somehow you think you are so different from the rest of your Arab brethren. Well, you're not. You're Arabs - who happened to steal the term "Palestinian" and fabricate a national cause and a story to tug at the heartstrings of the world. But in reality, there is very little difference between you and Arabs in Syria or Jordan (which is mostly "Palestinian" anyway) or many other Arab countries. Somehow, when the British were inventing countries, they divided up regions of land between which Arab clan could help them the most - a term we call bribery. Anyway, you got offered an additional country, to the many other Arab countries around you, and you rejected it and launched a war. That doesn't make you special - it makes you stupid.

You think you're special because you believe you've been "oppressed". Oh, please - oppression - what a joke. Where in history has an "oppressed" people had 22 Arab states created for them, and even then - even then - it's still not enough? How the truly oppressed people of the world would have dreamed about that - not a place to call home - 22 places to call home! The only place in the world where Arabs have more rights than any other country just happens to be the Jewish state you crave so badly to wipe out. So, as to your desire for another state, that doesn't make you special - it makes you greedy.

You don't even understand how lucky you are to have landed your asses in the butter dish you have. And you don't even understand how lucky you are that the so-called enemy you face is the State of Israel. If you had happened to have landed in any one of your fellow Arab countries, well... there wouldn't be a talk of a "Palestinian" state because you wouldn't even exist. You would have been wiped out ages ago.

You also think you're special because you happened to have duped the world into sympathy to your cause. And you think you're special because you happened to have your flag raised at the UN, which, by the way, looks the same as a bunch of other Arab countries. That still doesn't make you special - it makes the world naive.

Many parents raise their kids hoping they can make a brighter future, one in which they can contribute to the world and make it a better place. But not you. With you, we see endless videos of how proud those parents are who raise their kids and nourish them with hatred, so that they can rise up to be a shahid and kill Jews. Parents, sacrificing their children, to achieve... what? That doesn't make you special - it makes your society insane.

You think you're special because you've got celebrities like Roger Waters to support your cause such as the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel) movement. You know, BDS - the one founded by Omar Barghouti, who was born in Qatar, grew up in Egypt, and moved to Jaffa, Israel where he studies at Tel Aviv University. May I suggest the boycott of the electricity and water that you're currently receiving from Israel? Please, I insist. Because supporting the BDS movement doesn't make you special - it makes you hypocritical.

You scream of human rights, even though your dictatorial government arrests your own people - those brave enough who dare to criticize the leaders - for reasons as obscure as liking a Facebook page. You execute those who you deem "traitors". You ostracize those who preach living in harmony - those like Mohammad Zoabi, a proud Israeli that you are angered by. That doesn't make you special - it makes you self-destructive by killing your own future.

You think your revolution is special, that you're fighting for the freedoms of all oppressed people around the world. You're not. All your leaders are doing is fighting for a bigger slice of the money pie dished out to your "cause" over the last few decades. Ever wonder how your leaders get so damn rich while your revolution gets nowhere and achieves nothing, year after year after year, an eternal conflict? And, all the while, your leaders accumulate more and more and more wealth.

You think you're special because your leaders speak of "genocide" against you. Genocide - now, how do I explain this to you? But the way a genocide works is populations go down, not up. In the Armenian genocide, 1.5 million people were wiped out by the Turks. In the Holocaust, the Jewish population fell from 17 million to 11 million after 6 million were murdered by the Nazis. A million Rwandans were murdered as the Hutu majority tried to wipe out the Tutsi people. And, even now, the Islamic State is trying to wipe out the Yazidis. You insult the memories of real victims with your blood libels. That doesn't make you special - it makes you delusional.

So continue to believe that somehow you're special. Continue to be proud to send 12 year-old children to throw rocks. Rejoice as your 15 year-olds die at the arms of security forces after being sent out to murder innocents. Celebrate the fact that you will continue to achieve nothing, while you indoctrinate generation after generation with rage, bathed in the milk of hatred.

For all those things don't make your society special - it only makes your society sad.