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OTTAWA, JERUSALEM, KOBANI & TEHRAN - CONNECT THE DOTS

 Islamist terror struck within minutes in two separate world capitals, Ottawa and Jerusalem. It was a stark sign of the times that pits the militant Islam from over 1,400 years ago against everyone else: Christians, Jews, and other Muslims. Lone terrorists struck in Ottawa and Jerusalem, and Jihadist forces continue to threaten and massacre the remaining Muslim Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani, while in Tehran it appears as if the ayatollahs have conned the U.S. into letting them keep their nuclear facilities for building A Bombs. 

'It could never happen here, Canadians are different'.

 October 22nd: It started as another quiet morning in Ottawa, one of the most peaceable capitals of the world. Suddenly, a gunman shoots dead a Canadian soldier standing on duty at the impressive Cenotaph memorial for Canada's fallen. The killer then races to the entrance of the nearby Parliament building and rushes, unimpeded, through the entrance and into the building where Prime Minister Stephen Harper is at the time. Pandemonium ensues. Several thousand Canadian politicians and government employees are located on Capitol Hill this busy morning with hundreds of tourists milling around.

 

 There is fear of a multiple terror attack in process - just two days earlier another Muslim convert murdered a first Canadian soldier by running over him. This should have sent alarm bells ringing in Canada's Security apparatus, but it didn't. Although Canadian soldiers were sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan and Harper is a strong supporter of Israel, Canada was still thought to be immune from the Islamist terror that has rocked its mighty neighbor to the south.

'It could never happen here, Canadians are different'.

It was a rude awakening, and Canada obviously will never be the same after the heart of Canada's proud democracy has been shocked to its very core.

 

 But when it did, it was just as bad as the crackpot who managed to climb over the fence and walk unchecked into the White House and wander around before being apprehended. It was a rude awakening, and Canada obviously will never be the same after the heart of Canada's proud democracy has been shocked to its very core.


 Then while the world was watching in wonder, live on TV, Canadian security guards inside the Parliament building went into action. Harper had to be spirited immediately away from the building by car; the lone gunman was tracked down and shot dead. Canada is still reeling from the shock as it awakens to its own threat of Muslim terrorism and what must be done about it, while preserving civil rights for all. It was disclosed that some ninety Canadian Muslims were being monitored by Canada's secret service, including the killer. An overwhelming number of Canadian Muslims are as law abiding as everyone else, but some Muslim Canadians are believed to have joined the Islamic State forces in Syria and Iran. Again, this should have been a tip-off but apparently a deadly attack on Canada's parliament was required to shock Canada out of its slumber. An Israeli friend visited Canada recently and came back raving:

 "It's a wonderful country, I've never seen anything like it, everybody seemed so pleasant and easy going, I thought they must all be on Prozac!”

 

 And then suddenly, as the Canadian guards raced down the corridor with gunshots reverberating in an obvious shootout, Israeli TV stations cut over to Jerusalem where a Hamas terrorist had just driven a car at high speed into a light rail station in the eastern part of Israel's capitol. He plowed into a group of commuters, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding a dozen others. An off duty police officer drew his revolver and shot the attacker who later died of his wounds. It was the latest and most deadly attack in the more than 200 acts of mounting Palestinian violence on the eastern side of town recently.

Netanyahu condemned the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, for egging on the teenagers who have been throwing the rocks and Molotov cocktails.

 

 Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu vowed to put a stop to it, and hundreds of policemen have been dispatched to Jerusalem from other parts of Israel. Netanyahu condemned the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, for egging on the teenagers who have been throwing the rocks and Molotov cocktails. Get this: Abbas declared that the very presence of Jewish worshippers on the Temple Mount, the original site of the Israelites First and Second Temples, was defiling the sanctity of the al Aksa mosque that was built there centuries later!

 

 Cry in the wilderness…

 But after the tragic killing of the Israeli baby, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also pointed the finger at Israel's own actions. Writing in Facebook, Livni did not spare her cabinet colleagues:

 "We are a step away from a national conflict turning into a religious one - Jerusalem is on fire. My heart goes out to the family of little Chaya Zissil, but my head is thinking what is the right thing for Israel to do to douse the flames and prevent a further escalation? There is no question the law must be enforced against Palestinian terrorists and rock throwers. Although it is right to condemn the Palestinian President's incitement, we must also halt our own populist declarations, irresponsible legislative bills, and construction as provocations, as is celebrating in the middle of the night when Jews buy and take over a home in a Muslim neighborhood."

Yaalon was clearly concerned that the Obama administration is due to cave in to Tehran's nuclear demands before the November 24th deadline expires.

 

 While all this was happening, Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was paying a visit to Washington to meet with his American counter-part Chuck Hagel. Despite the verbal salvoes exchanged with Secretary of State John Kerry, Yaalon has a very warm working relationship with Hagel. But interviewed on several TV networks, Yaalon was clearly concerned that the Obama administration is due to cave in to Tehran's nuclear demands before the November 24th deadline expires.

 

 In his view, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has good reason to keep on smiling these days. In effect, the Iranians are on the way to conning the Obama administration into easing the economic sanctions in its rush to seek a deal with Iran. The key issue in the negotiations with the 5P+1 has been Iran's insistence on preserving its thousands of centrifuges that it needs to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.

 

 Interviewed on PBS, Israel's Defense Minister left no doubt - the U.S. has jettisoned a military option, Iran's terror operations abroad were not being discussed, or their missiles designed to carry a nuclear warhead. In fact, as things now stand, Iran is only two months away from processing enough enriched uranium for producing its first nuclear weapons, and only one year away from developing its first A- bomb, if they decide to do so. They already have a delivery system waiting for it. Nevertheless, what if the 5P+1 does acquiesce in Iran's keeping its nuclear capability to build A- bombs in the future? Ya'alon replied:

"We will have to discuss the results of the negotiations - we have not taken all the options off the table."

 "We will have to discuss the results of the negotiations - we have not taken all the options off the table."

 In this context, Yaalon was also quoted as saying:

 "We are searching for opportunities to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program."

 

 Israel's Defense Minister could have, but didn't, refer to the massive explosion that recently leveled much of Iran's military test site at Parchin, where Israel claims tests have been conducted for detonating a nuclear weapon. It was reasonable to expect that after the massive blast, the 5P+1 and the IAEA would have been clamoring to find out just what happened there. However, it's all quiet on that front, not a peep from world leaders or the international media. It's as if it's a foregone conclusion that Obama has opted for a deal with Iran in return for its collaboration on confronting Islamic State. It looks as if the U.S. President is bent on passing the nuclear buck to his successor in 2016.

If Israel were being viewed as again helping the Kurds in their hour of need, it would be accused of sabotaging Obama's coalition that is seeking the likes of Turkey and Iran.

 

 Lest we forget Kobani, where the brave Kurds are still holding out against IS, amid the realpolitik being played by the world and regional powers. The consequences of Kobani's saga are apparent to the Jewish state, which, like Kurdistan, is being buffeted from different directions in a very hostile environment. Prime Minister Netanyahu has expressed support for the Kurdish struggle knowing full well his hands are tied. If Israel were being viewed as again helping the Kurds in their hour of need, it would be accused of sabotaging Obama's coalition that is seeking the likes of Turkey and Iran.







 

 David Essing
















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