Are we witnessing the end of a struggle ?

Posted July 18, 2018 by Peter Hofman
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I want peace what do you want?

Posted July 18, 2018 by Peter Hofman
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By Dushan Wegner

https://www.journalistenwatch.com/2018/07/18/ich-will-frieden-was-wollt-ihr/

Photo: Imago

The White House announced some time ago: The US president congratulates Putin on his recent victory in the Russian presidential election. The two state leaders spoke on the phone. The US president stressed the improvement of US-Russia relations, including military cooperation. The US president and Putin agreed that the successful relationship in the years ahead should be strengthened. The US president told Putin that he was pleased to meet him soon.

Then they met too! They were in good spirits and schäkerten. The video you see  here at YouTube , the report read  here at Foreign Policy .

If you have clicked the two links? If so, then you know: My lines refer to a report from 2012. The aforementioned US President is the ” Messiah ” Barack Obama. (This congratulation is displaced so intense today that  snopes.com Extra has a page to which it confirms .) It is the same Obama who promised Medvedev once, after the election, he would have “more flexibility” to negotiate with Russia , (Yes, this is also  documented by video  and  confirmed by Snopes .) Later, the US relationship with Russia deteriorated then something.

Yesterday Trump and Putin held a joint press conference in Helsinki. Trump was friendly, though not as chummy as Obama or W. ( of went fishing with Putin ), unlike the Clinton clan to Melania Trump has taken unpaid in the context of lecture tours in Moscow with Putin, while Trump was still in office (see  newsweek.com, 20/10/2017 ) – and he did not have any “flexibility” promised. And yet the press was angry – very, very angry. If it were up to many opinion makers, Trump would have on the spot to explain the Third World War. Good thing there is not (always) goes to the press.

The bad sleeper

After the war, the Allies banned first the previous press to back in 1945 gradually permits to ” license newspapers to approve” such as Süddeutsche, time or the Frankfurter Rundschau. Only in 1949, the press was again completely released, after about the FAZ (1949) or IMAGE (1952) were founded.

The first generation of journalists not know the war. The chief editor of the world about,  Rudolf Meier sexton , had been resistance fighters and prisoners in the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Arno Rudert , co-founder of the Frankfurter Rundschau and later Director of the dpa precursor  DENA , had been arrested several times and sentenced to forced labor. Not all journalists had been so clearly to be found on that side, as should turn out right later, but all they had experienced the war. (Did I say too careful?)

The second generation, the children of the war generation quasi had parents who may not like telling them about the war, but highly frightened at night and cried, or had hidden these memories of which they did not want to talk back in the living room closet.

Today, nearly 75 years after the Second World War, we are dealing with an entirely new, entirely different generation of journalists. Oh yes, they talk about the war, and how! But: The intellectuals talk today about the war as one who curses in a foreign language; they say the word, they know its meaning, but they do not feel the pain. One who speaks of the war, but does not feel the pain, does not understand the word truth. A man is indeed never really understand what a birth, and if he ever so often pronounce the word. I see journalists who yearn for the war in the name of a higher “morality”, and I will be physically sick. These poor, stupid, scruffy children do not know what they are talking.

look yourself

Donald Trump is rare press conferences, but when he gives what it degenerates ever made in a scandal. Yesterday, on July 16, 2018 Donald Trump gave a press conference at the side of Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Previously, she had talked privately. The video of the press conference there  on YouTube  and the  transcript at npr.org . (Both are in English.)

The response of some journalists and fellow politicians at this press conference was of the kind that might make one think one is that they are disposed to Mr. Trump not only neutral to friendly. There were words like “ignorant,” “treacherous,” “naive” and “useful idiot”. (see, for example  spiegel.de, 07.17.2018 )

I have also seen the conference. Yes, it is true that Trump was friendly with Putin, though not quite as playfully as then Obama. Yes, it’s true that it was contrary to the narrative in the context of Mueller-examination, after which Putin has thrown the choice for Trump. But it still ran on a few more things as it can be established on the basis of the video and the transcript.

Let us enter into the matter, but first we want to warm up virtually to train some logic.

syllogisms

In logic there is the art of syllogistic reasoning. From two premises gives a conclusion.

Let’s practice the syllogism!

Like this:

  • Premise 1: All humans are mortal.
  • Premise 2: Socrates is a man.
  • Conclusion: Socrates is mortal.

Or so:

  • Premise 1: Who takes politicians such as Trump and Putin literally in Empörungs age, is an idiot.
  • Premise 2: Many opinion leaders take Trump and Putin literally.
  • Conclusion: Many opinion leaders are idiots.

(Enough practiced logic, further in the text!)

At this point, I suppose, have you looked into the press conference itself and have read headlines such as “It’s a sad day for the world” ( faz.net, 07.17.2018 ). If you believe the media consensus, then delivered to the Russian President in this news conference the US president and the country.

However, read the transcript and the reports themselves! Read the review, even the geiferndste, and search for the answer to the question, what concessions because Trump has actually done in practice? He has taken what commitments? He has taken what action?

No.

Not a single.

What is Trump  then  criticized?

journalism today

In about 38 minutes the video, the AP journalist Jonathan Lemire stands up to the last question, and attempts finally in aggressive journalistic activism, as he became famous among others “by CNN’s Jim Acosta.” Lemire calls on Trump: “Would you now say with the whole world as a spectator, President Putin, that you condemn what happened in 2016, and that you do not want him to do it ever again?”

We need not discuss whether the journalism is. It is not even “journalism with attitude”. It’s simple political activism (in this case non-elected political actors), populist and reserved for extra-smart.

Most citizens do not look at the entire conference. They trust people who act as journalists and report on the policy. A large number of citizens will receive their world view pre-filtered by activists who believe themselves to be the better politicians.

Functioning democracy requires informed citizens. If those who are to inform, but even openly appear as political actors, is “the press” not a guarantee but a threat to democracy.

The server

Trump and Putin are both presidents, have understood the communication in the age of social media. This means that they know that a large part of their audience has understood social media.

But those journalists who are still holding on ‘elite’,  hate  social media, because they take away their important role in society. Formerly, journalists “gatekeeper.” You decide which information is published and which are not.

Trump tweets past journalists. Journalists will never forgive Trump that he does not accept its claimed sovereignty over what the “common people” experiences.

Trump and Putin have introduced a practice in this conference, which could be described as “Drunter comment” in the Twitter-style. If a journalist posts a one-sided information or question, now is anyone willing illuminates the context and the statement takes the lead.

When that activists from the Associated Press gave his political plea, Trump replied, among other things: “There are groups who are wondering why the FBI has never taken the server. Why do they have never taken the server? Why has told the FBI that it should leave the offices of the Democrats? “

You could call it “whataboutism” – by the way, according to legend, a classic Russian tactics (which Putin also applied in the following interview with Fox News). I think it’s more than distraction. But too many journalists are so busy, Trump obliterate one that she did not hear what the politicians really want to tell.

Trump and Putin have – and this is  my  interpretation – especially one central message conveyed: At any given time pass 10,000 things between all major states, each of which could scandalize individual. Activist journalists like to always pick out only those aspects that can look bad political opponents of their editors. But: Thanks to social media, it is quite easy to make the counter-arguments in the room. “I know how dossiers are done,” said Putin in reference to a likely all or fake in much of Anti-Trump dossier, was involved in the dissemination of the Republican Trump hater John McCain (see eg theguardian.com, 01/11/2017foxnews.com, 05.10.2018 ).

Numb with rage

Many journalists have become so walled in their anti-Trump-activism that they have not realized how Putin said some things in a roundabout way that could be interpreted as an admission of influence opinion. With respect to the company “Concorde Management” (which influence acquisitions are accused in the 2016 election campaign, see eg  cnn.com, 14/05/2018 ) denies Putin effect that the Russian government has to do with this – and mentions just as George Soros example of a political player with no connection to the government. ( “But does that make him, his position the posture of the United States? No it does not.”  Npr.org )

Now it is so that the George Soros Foundation “Open Society” seems well on friendly terms with some politicians and side-by-side with governments against a common political enemy fights (see, eg  tichyseinblick.de, 05/03/2017 ) while in countries whose policy is less “suicidal” oriented than the Merkel government, is rather suspicious observed, as in his native Hungary to (see eg  welt.de, 05.15.2018 ) or Israel (see eg  jpost.com, 4.2. 2018 ). If Putin says that Russia is so far removed from the company like Soros governments is far, then it is at least interesting.

Paid “quality journalists” are literally numb with rage. Perhaps the new generation of journalists covering who-knows-what relations took office just do not, only the inner span to look behind the curtain of irrelevancies. The two gentlemen  want  so that you understand what they are really saying – but they have to say it so that they can deny it any time.

He who has ears to hear, “let him hear!” It says  in the Bible , and that seems to be good advice here.

Blessed are the peacemakers

No, not all journalists are outraged emotional fools. They still exist, the breath deeply and think about what happens as the quiet thinker – and not lose their colleagues from view!

Timo Lokoschat of the BILD newspaper writes about the press conference:

“There’s certainly a lot of reprehensible on #TrumpPutinSummit, with some commentators have been, however, a feeling they would not be satisfied until the two yelled at in front of cameras or better yet organize a wrestling match.” ( @Lokoschat, 07/17/2018 )

What would Trump because to do? Bill Clinton was kind to Putin. George W. Bush was friendly with Putin. Obama was friendly with Putin. At Trump but it is made the accusation that he does not strike Putin on camera in the nose.

What Trump because  really  done in Europe in terms of Putin? He has put pressure on Germany, the Russian-German pipeline project “to lay Nord Stream 2” on ice (some say with self-interest, see eg  handelsblatt.com, 07.11.2018 ). He insisted that Germany is upgrading its own power (see, eg  cnn.com, 07.11.2018 ). In German: He acts for the benefit of America, it strengthens the energy independence of the West  , and  he wants to force Central Europe de facto to finally take responsibility for themselves – and because he wants to make Central Europe stronger and more independent of Russia, he is a Putin- Servant?! It is journalists logic, it’s not my logic.

A cynical wag might say that Trump is a poor man, in fact, doing as if he were a billionaire – and Putin a poor man who acts as if he were a poor man (see eg  welt.de, 12.11.2007 ) , But no, I believe that by now both have to include all grandchildren and great grandchildren no longer worry about how they will pay the children’s braces. Both Trump like Putin, are businessmen, and as far as I survey that they are not of the kind that earn more than the peace in the war. Trumps skyscrapers and Russian energy companies alike deserve better, with people traveling merrily, golf and afford overpriced apartments.

There are strange times. You get the feeling that the powerful want peace, but the journalists intending to write at the mercy of the Third World War.

Yes, truly strange times! Those who want peace, who is soon as “right”. One should not be taken literally Trump, that’s true, but you should listen exactly what campaign promises he made. It was during the election campaign clear to many observers – and Trump has said it explicitly (see eg  guardian.com, 25/10/2018 ) – that the risk of war with Hillary Clinton would be higher than under Trump (see eg  independent.co.uk, 25/10/2016 ) .

I could be wrong, but I think, in Helsinki, something happened in our European perspective, which  still  is more problematic than the hackneyed Trump collusion narrative suggests.

In Helsinki Trump told Putin: “Vlad, old house, what we do with Europe? This “Merkel, Seriously?

Then Putin: “Oh stop it, I know, from before. And  fear of dogs has also . No, Europe is irresponsible. “

Trump: “Unzu-what?”

Putin: “Stupid.”

Trump: “Yeah, incredibly stupid. OK. We need to bring order to Syria. And North Korea. And Iran. And Israel! Without Europe, because they have just invited Africa and are busy on the next 100 years. “

Putin: “Karashow. Israel has asked us where  to help with Syria . “

Trump: “One more thing: Have you hacked us?”

Putin: “We, you? No way. Your us about? “

Trump: “We chop you? Never ever!”

(Both laugh.)

I know that some journalists see it differently, that left suddenly feel bloodlust and suddenly “require journalists who were themselves overwhelmed by the battle with plastic spoons hardness’. They talk about the war and do not know what their words mean. We once spoke of the “just war” – some journalists seem to think that there is a “unjust peace.”

I still know the generation that woke up at night because they nacherlebte the fight again and again. I still know the generation that knew to report how the comrade at night out of the ditch went to shit, and then the shells struck, and then here you had to pick the childhood friend in pieces, tibia, skull half there.

Trump is now “called traitors” and “wet noodle” (eg see  bild.de, 07.17.2018 ). He gets “advice” of George W. Bush ( Afghanistan –  and  Iraq war ) and Obama ( 10 times as many drone strikes as Bush20,000 bombs ).

Who “never again,” says the need to ask for any politician: Is a new war with him more or less likely?

It is addressed for evil today ( “agitators” or “Right” there is the mildest), but I think simply that  nothing is more important than human life  , and nothing worse than war.

My motto is ” Arrange your circles! “But if you state Mannn, it must always be: Arrange your circles so that peace reigns.

I will speak out more for the politicians and politics that make peace more likely, as I understand. If you insulted me that I find peace well, then I take that as honor.

 

Democrats Call Russia Meddling “Act Of War”, Urge Cyber Attack On Moscow Banks In Retaliation

Posted July 18, 2018 by Peter Hofman
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President Trump’s refusal to condemn Russia for allegations of meddling in the 2016 US election while accepting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial has triggered many on the left along with never-Trump conservatives in a blind rage.

After declaring Trump “treasonous” and calling for a coup, many on the left are now calling Russia’s alleged hacking an act of war, with some suggesting it was a modern Pearl Harbor. Aside from the 2,403 Americans who died in Pearl Harbor that just had their deaths casually compared to an alleged cybercrime, sure.

Former Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Adviser to President Bush and CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Frances Townsend is one of those people – tweeting on Tuesday night: “Putin’s Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor. It was an Act of War and we should recognize it as such.

Politico drew the same copmparison with their article: “Putin’s attack on the US is new Pearl Harbor,” while trotting out the “Act of War” language as well.

Members of the House and Senate have been briefed, but remain deadlocked in partisan bickering. Some in the House have spent more time investigating the investigators than they have in trying to hold Russia accountable. Trump’s suggestion to accept Russian investigators into this process adds a new layer to the sideshow. When right of the boom feels like left of the boom, it’s easy to miss the fact that what the Kremlin did—is doing—was, and is, an act of war. –Politico

Rep. Steve Cohen, (D-TN) – the guy who wanted to give disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok the Purple Heart – told The Hill‘s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball that Russian interference was clearly an act of war, and that the U.S. should have hit back with attacks on Russian targets.

It was a foreign interference with our basic Democratic values. The underpinnings of Democratic society is elections, and free elections, and they invaded our country. A cyber attack that made Russian society valueless. They could have gone into Russian banks, Russian government. Our cyber abilities are such that we could have attacked them with a cyber attack that would have crippled Russia. –The Hill

Meanwhile, as Breitbart‘s Josh Caplan notes, CNN’s Chris Cuomo is stoking the fire:

CNN New Day host Chris Cuomo repeatedly accused Russia of “election hacking” to wage war against the U.S. “The big, ugly white elephant in the room will be the U.S. election hacking,” Cuomo speculated. “We’ve been calling it meddling, but I’m trying to stay away from the word because it’s just way too mild. This is an act of war.

The CNN host described the Russian hacking allegations as “the truth”: “How does [Donald Trump] raise the act of war of the hacking and different attacks during the U.S. election when Vladimir Putin knows damn well that President Trump doesn’t really believe the truth and doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in the event itself?” –Breitbart

Marketwatch’s Rex Nutting suggested that “Russia’s ongoing attack on our democracy amounts to an act of war,” while criticizing President Trump’s meeting with Putin.

Russia’s ongoing attack on our democracy amounts to an act of war. But instead of confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference in Finland on Monday, Donald Trump praised him. Instead of standing up to Putin, Trump stood by him. By his actions, Trump is violating his oath, in which he “solemnly swore” to not only “faithfully execute” his duties as president and commander in chief of the armed forces, but also to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution. –MarketWatch

Not everone’s on the warpath…

Business Insider senior editor Josh Barro injected some common sense into the debate, tweeting “People like to throw this term around, “act of war.” I don’t think they’re being very thoughtful about what that means. An act of war justifies military action.”

Author Michael Malice offered some perspective:

Others questioned the sanity of the MSM and politicians alike for casually throwing around the notion of war:

And Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York offers up some suggestions for why President Trump does not accept the Intelligence Community’s assessment on Russian election interference:

Is every country whose elections the United States meddled in now entitled to retaliate for our “acts of war”?

Republicans Press Urgent Need for Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights Due to Iranian Regional Influence

Posted July 18, 2018 by Peter Hofman
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http://freebeacon.com/national-security/republicans-press-urgent-need-israeli-sovereignty-golan-heights-due-iranian-regional-influence/

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House Republicans said Tuesday that the need for the United States to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has become more urgent now that Iran has solidified its foothold in Syria.

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.) said that since the 1967 United Nations Resolution 242, which does not recognize the Golan Heights as official Israeli territory but allows Israel to maintain a military presence there, the situation in the Golan Heights has changed drastically due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“With Iran’s involvement in the Syrian civil war and Iran’s stated intentions to find ways to annihilate Israel, their ability to harm Israel, at least, has changed due to their proximity now to the Golan Heights and their involvement in Syria,” Rep. Lamborn said.

Michael Doran, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, said the decline of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Iran’s rise to power in the region, and the deterioration of Syria are all indications of a changing situation in the Golan Heights.

“The entity that was in Syria when UN Resolution 242 was issued is no longer there,” Doran said. “When we’re negotiating with the Assad regime now, behind it is Iran [and Russia.] This is not an entity like Egypt that can make a guarantee about the borders of Syria that we can rely on in any serious respect.”

National Security Subcommittee chairman Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) cited Iranian influence throughout the Syrian civil war and fortification of U.S.-Israeli relations as the chief reasons why the U.S. should recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territory.

“Just think how crazy it would be to say that Israel should give the Golan to Assad or to some of these proxies,” DeSantis said. “It would be absolute madness.”

DeSantis and other Republicans pushed for a resolution to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in May, but House leadership shot down the proposal.

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer said he does not believe declaring Israeli sovereignty in the Golan would boost Israel’s interests in the region.

“Most of these [Arab] countries would be unwilling to come out from behind that curtain in support of a claim of sovereignty,” Kurtzer said. “They have their own domestic audiences. I do not suggest that a recognition of sovereignty would bring people into the streets, but it would force Arab states to take positions against Israel at a time when they’re working with Israel on Israel’s important security interests as well as their own.”

Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said the threat to Israel’s national security interests has become too great in recent months because of Iran’s growing military presence.

“The Iranians are planning on building a very large army,” Gold said. “If there is a massive Iranian force in the next five to six years that develops in Syria, Israel’s dependence on the Golan Heights and the initial terrain conditions that the Golan presents to Israel will become more vital.”

First Win for Trump-Putin Summit: Agreement to Restrain Iran in Syria

Posted July 18, 2018 by Peter Hofman
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By Joel B. Pollack

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/18/first-win-for-trump-putin-summit-agreement-to-restrain-iran-in-syria/

 

President Donald Trump has been criticized by the media and by Beltway politicians of both parties for his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. But the summit has already produced a very significant win: namely, agreement to avoid a war in the Middle East by restraining Iran in Syria.

As Breitbart News columnist Caroline Glick noted last month, it was crucial that Trump confront Putin over Syria, because Russia  was about to allow Iranian and Hezbollah soldiers, dressed in Syrian uniforms, to move into southwestern Syria along the border with Israel and Jordan.

That was not a situation that the U.S. or Israel could accept.

As Glick explained:

The U.S. has a major interest as well in preventing Iran’s Hezbollah forces from deploying in Syria and in Yemen. The U.S. has an interest in preventing Russia from taking over Syria. … [T]he physical deployment of Iranian-controlled forces along the Syrian-Israeli border and the Syrian-Jordanian border all but ensures a major war between Israel and these forces — including Syrian military forces, which are also controlled by Iran. It raises the likelihood of a Jordanian war with these same forces to an unprecedented level.

The Iranian-Israeli war will spread to Lebanon, which is controlled by Iran through Hezbollah. It can easily spread to Gaza as well, given Iran’s sponsorship of the Hamas terror regime that rules the area.

North Korea, Glick added, would also interpret Iranian deployment along the Syrian border as a sign of American weakness, and U.S. allies around the world would once again lose confidence in America’s protection, as they did under President Barack Obama.

But in the days leading up to Helsinki, the Trump administration maneuvered to constrain Russia’s options. The U.S. and Israel, exerting both military force in Syria and diplomatic pressure on Moscow, made clear that Putin would not have a free hand there.

National Security Advisor John Bolton, Glick noted, announced that Trump was scrapping Obama’s policy of allowing Iran free reign within most of Syria, and would seek a new agreement with Russia that would move Iranian troops out of Syria altogether.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly insisted on compliance with the Israel-Syria Separation of Forces Agreement of 1974, which was brokered by the United Nations, and which was credited with keeping the border quiet for decades.

Fast-forward to the press conference on Monday. Putin, who spoke first, said that the U.S. and Russia had agreed on a new course of action in Syria: “The south of Syria should be brought to the full compliance with the treaty of 1974, about the separation of forces — about separation of forces of Israel and Syria. This will bring peace to Golan Heights, and bring [a] more peaceful relationship between Syria and Israel, and also to provide security of the state of Israel.” Trump also referred to the agreement in his remarks at the press conference, and suggested that both the U.S. and Russia had agreed with the Israeli position on the issue.

Most of the Beltway journalists at the press conference were too busy asking about the 2016 election to ask about either Iran or Syria. But the Israeli media noticed — and so, too, did Yaroslav Trofimov,  the Wall Street Journal‘s Middle East columnist, who reported that Putin had granted Israel’s request. While it was not clear whether the two leaders had agreed to push Iranian troops out of Syria, it is clear, as Glick observes, that Iranian troops cannot operate within Syria without the help of Russian air cover.

On Tuesday, Trump told reporters at the White House that Putin was “very much involved now with us” on guaranteeing Israeli security in Syria. Whether Putin follows through remains to be seen, but it is certainly a step in the right direction — of peace.

And so while Trump’s critics compete to show how outraged they are that he even shared a stage with Putin, and the opposition accuses him of treason, the president appears to have scored a victory for American interests in the Middle East.

Perhaps eight years of failure under Obama, and years of frustration under George W. Bush, made Washington forget what success looks like.

Iran’s Khamenei Celebrates Birthday By Calling for Destruction of Israel

Posted July 18, 2018 by Peter Hofman
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17 Jul 2018

By Deborah Danan

https://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/07/17/khamenei-celebrates-birthday-by-calling-for-destruction-of-israel-trumps-vicious-satanic-peace-plan/

Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

TEL AVIV – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei celebrated his 79th birthday on Monday by calling for the destruction of Israel and slamming President Donald Trump’s as yet unveiled peace plan as a “satanic, vicious plot.”

His Twitter feed on Monday was overlaid with a festive display of multicolored balloons, somewhat incongruous with the deluge of hate messages underneath.

“Everyone should know that the satanic and vicious plot that the U.S. has for #Palestine — calling it the Deal of Century — will never happen,” he tweeted.

“The turbulent dream that Al-Quds [Jerusalem] would be given to the Zionists will never come true.”

He continued: “The Palestinian nation will stand against it and Muslim nations will back the Palestinian nation, never letting that happen.”

“By God’s grace, the Palestinian nation will certainly gain victory over the enemies and will witness the day when the fabricated Zionist regime will be eradicated,” he vowed.

Much of what he tweeted was paraphrased from a speech delivered at a meeting of Iran’s Hajj organization on Monday. Khamenei took the opportunity to blast Saudi Arabia, home to Mecca where the faithful make the Muslim pilgrimage.

“Regrettably, some Muslim governments, due to their lack of faith in the principle of Islam, never mind the Palestinian cause, have chosen to sacrifice themselves for the US,” the state-affiliated Mehr media outlet quoted him as saying. He continued by predicting that “this too will come to nothing and they will see the day when the roots of the fabricated Zionist regime will dry up.”

He added that Mecca’s holy sites “belong to all Muslims, not to the rulers of Saudi Arabia.”

“Today, the Muslim World needs unanimity. Division is forbidden, because the enemy is focused on the Islamic World,” Khamenei emphasized.

He said that in order to conduct a “true” hajj, Muslims must commit to a complete “disavowal of the infidels.”

Khamenei also called for a fresh investigation into a 2015 crush during the hajj that killed hundreds of pilgrims, blaming the tragedy on the Saudi authorities’ alleged indifference to the safety of the participants.

Rep. Steve Cohen Melts Down, Defends Tweet Calling for Military Coup

Posted July 18, 2018 by Peter Hofman
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By Sean Moran

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/17/rep-steve-cohen-melts-down-defends-tweet-military-coup/

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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) this week repeatedly defended his tweet that implied that America needed to have a military coup to remove President Donald Trump after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump held a summit with Putin on Monday, in which the 45th president declined to directly chastise Putin for allegedly trying to influence the 2016 presidential election, even when asked by an Associated Press (AP) reporter to do so. President Trump blamed the Russia investigation for some of the friction between the two countries.

In response to the summit, Rep. Cohen tweeted on Monday, “Where are our military folks? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!”

Congressman Cohen then proceeded to tweet several times suggesting that he never implied that the military needs to intervene in light of the Trump-Putin summit.

The Tennessee Democrat complained that people on Twitter are jumping to conclusions over his vague tweet on Monday.

“Talk about jumping to conclusions without talking to source. No coup called for,” Cohen contended. “I seriously doubt anyone would use twitter to do .. one tweet if by land two if by sea…Wow.”

In another tweet, Cohen wrote, “Twitter is for tweets, not a coup.”

Now, in a tweet on Tuesday, Cohen said his inflammatory tweet was merely a call for “twitter comments from military.”

Cohen wrote:

So not true &so bad journalism,.You know I didn’t call for coup but sought twitter comments from military. Tweeted it 3 Times that not coup , very soon after false interpretation. Wouldn’t a reasonable person when such a tweet from a Congressman, call for clarification but NO.

Surprisingly, Rep. Cohen even blocked Breitbart News’s Sean Moran from viewing his Twitter account.

Cohen’s tweet on Monday is not the first time he has said something incendiary. Last week, Congressman Cohen said that disgraced Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent should receive a Purple Heart during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Armed service members receive the award when they are wounded in combat. The Democrat said that the Strzok deserved a Purple Heart for surviving attacks from Republicans that focused on his alleged anti-Trump bias.

Congressman Cohen said, “If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. You deserve one. This has been an attack on you, in a way to attack Mr. Mueller, in the investigation that is to get at Russia collusion involved in our election.”

Similar to his Monday tweet, Cohen then walked back his assertion that Strzok should get a Purple Heart.

Rep. Cohen said, “My intent was to speak metaphorically to make a broader point about attacks against the FBI and Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller’s investigation into a Russian attack on our country.”