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 Living with Terror

16.05.19. Today two stories about terror, in both cases rotten policies by western governments encourage the terror by feel good policies. Firstly there is a crime wave in UK: Organised criminals are rampent in the UK killing many, many Brits. Funnily enough the killers don’t seem to have names such as Smith, Green or Winterbottom. 20% of Brits are affected by crime every year all because of Governments slack attitude to migration. In the second story, the west soft attitude to the Palestinians has led them to think terrorizing Israel is acceptable, it’s not, and the west must get tough with the leadership in Palestine. The Jewish state has a right to exist in peace and the west, if not all people, should see that it does.
Organised crime is killing more British, citizens than war, terrorism and natural disasters combined according to a new report by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The report, due out on Tuesday, will say that organised crime is one of the most deadly threats facing the country.
NCA director-general Lynne Owens said that “people should understand that serious and organised crime kills more of our citizens every year than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined,” warning that the problem “is chronic and corrosive, and the message needs to be heard by everyone”.
“Against a backdrop of globalisation, extremism and technological advances, serious and organised crime is changing fast and law enforcement needs significant new investment to help combat it,” she added.
In April, Europol announced that in its estimation organised crime across the continent was a bigger threat to the population of Europe than terrorism.
The organised crime industry was said to be worth 110 billion euros a year. Most of the crime was said to be carried out by Italian, Albanians, and Eastern European mafias, as well as motorcycle gangs.Asian, African, and South American groups were also said to be becoming more and more prominent in organised crime across Europe as well, with many of the groups now working together.
The stark warning on organised criminals comes as Britain is in the grip of a general crime wave. Figures released in January show that there was a 14 per cent surge in homicides in the previous year across England and Wales — which may have been higher if not for medical advances and the establishment of specialist trauma networks.
Robbery was also up by 22 per cent, with rises recorded for burglary, theft, and vehicle-related theft as well.
Overall, it was reported that fully one in five adults in the United Kingdom had been a victim of some form of crime over the previous 12 months.Living with Terror: Observations on How Israelis Deal with Rockets from Palestinian Arab Terrorists in Gaza
Jonathan Feldstein
You could be forgiven if you hadn’t heard of the latest round of Palestinian Arab terrorists firing an unprecedented barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israel since Saturday morning. Since most of the world media broadcast limited details, if you’ve heard about it, odds are that you’ve only heard part of the reality, if at all.
Below you’ll find a variety of observations about the situation that you’ve probably not heard of or considered that will give you a sense of what life is like on the ground.
Another battle, not a war – with this week being Israel’s 71st Independence Day, the latest barrage of missiles underscores that this is another battle in the war that began 71 years ago and that has never ended. Israel has not known a day of peace in 71 years.
Who started it – foreign media reports have suggested that Israel started the latest round of violence, indiscriminately, and that the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza merely responded. In fact, a terrorist sniper shot an Israeli soldier Friday night and Israel responded. Reports also are that the terrorists responded to Israel destroying another terror tunnel that crossed the border from Gaza to Israel.
Terrorist color war – Gaza is dominated by Hamas but there are other terror groups that operate there. They compete for hegemony, followers, and money. Their “sport” is terror. It’s understood that Islamic Jihad instigated the latest round. However, not to be outdone, Hamas joined in to compete to be the most aggressive and not lose control.
Welcome to Ramadan – most religions celebrate their holy seasons with prayer and introspection. As Ramadan began this week Islamic terrorists welcome their holy month with belligerence, their common denominator.
Threats to shut down Eurovision – On May 14 Israel is hosting the international musical competition, Eurovision, with participants from 41 countries and thousands of tourists. The terrorists want to hold Israel hostage, threatening to shut down Eurovision by escalating the violence. Israelis are debating whether we should take care of business in Gaza even if that means Eurovision being canceled. Others think that we need to be sure Eurovision goes on because if the terrorists succeed, there will never be an end as to what they can threaten in the future.
Red Alert annoying – like many Israelis and its supporters, we have apps that sound whenever there is an air raid siren in Israel. These days the Red Alert sirens have sounded like a room full of of slot machines hitting the jackpot, over and over and over. Designed to keep people safe, these also create stress particularly among children.
Frightened to shower – at one point one of my kids was going to take a shower. While we are far from the front line (for now) and would have 90 seconds to get cover if there were to be an air raid siren, the stress of something as mundane as being in the shower and hearing (or not) an air raid siren is hard to deal with. How much more so for people who have 15-30 seconds to get cover within just a few miles of Gaza!
No public mourning – As Israeli victims are buried, public warnings are issued for people not go to the funerals because cemeteries don’t have public bomb shelters in case of an air raid.
Dozens injured and treated for shock – in addition to those killed, dozens have been injured and treated for shock. This doesn’t include children who are scared and suffering PTSD by the thousands.
Schools and workplaces closed – Israel has employed emergency measures within 25 miles of the Gaza border. Schools, universities and places of work are closed, disrupting the ability to attempt to have any sense of normalcy.
Parents stay home – even if parents were able to get to work, they need to stay home with their kids who can’t go to school, much less go out of the house, for fear of a rocket attack.
Several hundred rockets – as of Monday morning, several hundred rockets and mortars have been fired at dozens of Israeli communities in about 36 hours. Rockets are packed with shrapnel to maximize injuries.
No other country would behave like this – a familiar mantra that’s heard in Israel and abroad where people know what’s going on. We sometimes say it as a matter of pride, that we don’t go in with an all-out blitz. But other than bemoaning the situation, or engaging in an all-out war to clean up the terrorist situation once and for all, there are limited answers and many more questions.
Israel values life and invests to protect its citizens – The irony is that the Iron Dome probably protects Palestinian Arabs more than their own leaders do. If a fraction of the rockets fired at Israel were not shot down and hit their targets, Israel would have no choice but to respond in a way that would cause much more collateral damage and many more casualties among Gazan Arabs.
Terrorists value death – When they die, they win. When we die, they win. For terrorists it’s all about death.
A distraction – one wonders if this is not all a set up for a more serious drone or other attack from Gaza, or from Lebanon. Israel needs to be on alert, and imagine any possible means of attack from all directions.
Life is surprisingly normal – for the 80% of Israelis not in the line of fire (yet), life has been surprisingly normal: people go to school, work, shopping and play sports as usual. In Jerusalem one sees Palestinian Arabs and Jews mingling freely as if nothing is going on. Arab teens can be seen taking selfies and bantering in Arabic and mingling with Israeli Jews in public as if nothing was going on 50 miles to the south.
The hazard of the news – broadcasts from areas under fire are interrupted by announcements of all the places that air raid sirens are being sounded. When air raid sirens interrupt live broadcasts where they are sitting, the anchors quickly get up and go to public bomb shelters with everyone else.
Open house – throughout Israel, people have opened their homes to host strangers whose lives have been impacted. Hotels and guest houses have offered their vacant rooms. Israel is like one small community and when pushed hard, we become closer.
National test in “citizenship” – in 11th and 12th grade, standardized tests in the same subject are taken on the same day throughout the country. This week is the test in “citizenship.” For the students in the areas under rocket fire who can’t go to school, the tests will be postponed. However, this week their very lives embody a test in citizenship, albeit not for a grade.
Celebration and mourning – how do we celebrate Independence Day and observe Memorial Day this week, with four new victims and a heavy heart over the situation clouding the festive day?
Cease fire – even if there is a cease fire, there are two catches. Each time Hamas increases terror and things get too close for comfort, meaning that they are not deriving any benefits, they need to climb down from the tree they put themselves in. To do so they increase demands from Israel so when they back down they can somehow claim victory. Second, while Hamas might agree to a cease fire (to restock rockets for next time), Islamic Jihad and other terror organizations will resist, in order to try to challenge Hamas for leadership and influence.
No end – The conflict will never end as long as there are Islamic terrorists that want to kill Israelis and Israelis who don’t want to be killed. If the Arabs put down their weapons, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons, there would be no more Israel.
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  • TommyGun 16/05/2019, 5:26 am

    Sad but true.
    If the Brits don’t start deporting these crims en masse; they’ll live to regret it.

    About the Israeli problem….they should start playing hardball!
    Next time they catch some muzlim crims; shave them head to toe, cover them in pig fat (lard), strip them naked and make them walk home in public in daytime.
    If there are more; just ramp it up a notch at a time.
    Plenty of fun to be had!

    • Bwana Neusi 16/05/2019, 1:48 pm

      Next step surgically castrate male offenders to ensure they will never enjoy their seventy two virgins. I’ll wager that after the global outcry had subsided there would be fewer terrorists willing to expose(excuse the pun) their genitals to eternal damnation.

      • Neville 16/05/2019, 10:46 pm

        Interestingly, there’s a book by Tom Kratzman (fiction) where this method was employed by the protagonists.

  • DT 16/05/2019, 6:53 am

    During a visit to relatives in the English countryside during the drought late in the 1970s a comment was made by one regarding London, she said it is no longer for the British people.

    • Penguinite 16/05/2019, 9:27 am

      Agree DT! The ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech was made by British Member of Parliament, Enoch Powell, on 20 April 1968, to a meeting of the Conservative Political Centre in Birmingham, Now Birmingham is virtually Islamic! 50 regrettable and wasted years. In a generation, or so, we have allowed our society to succumb to stone age rule. We have been duped by the people who should have been protecting us! They have facilitated our demise that ultimately will destroy the establishment that has taken 2000 years to evolve.

  • L.B.Loveday 16/05/2019, 12:46 pm

    Quote: “Welcome to Ramadan – most religions celebrate their holy seasons with prayer and introspection. As Ramadan began this week Islamic terrorists welcome their holy month with belligerence, their common denominator”

    During Ramadan Muslims fast, importantly including no liquids, from sunup to sunset for 30 consecutive days (up to 15 hours 10 minutes in Australia depending on the date, less this year as it falls in Autumn).
    Do you want someone who has not had a drink or food for many hours driving your taxi, bus or train? Piloting a plane?
    Diagnosing your medical condition, preparing your prescription or performing surgery?
    Investigating a crime, chasing a criminal or securing a public event? Teaching/child-caring your children?

    If you can’t fit into the Australian work environment, it is difficult to see how you can fit into Australian society other than as a welfare burden or on permanent night shifts.

    We should have a right to know if someone whom we are entrusting with important tasks, even our lives, is fit for purpose, and someone who has not had a drink for say 12 hours is not fit for almost all work purposes.

    Look at the Middle East where the number of traffic accidents and deaths jump drastically during Ramadan.

    Fasting is a safety issue, and the government should prevent people working when fasting just as surely as when they are drunk or high, and if they won’t do that, we should at least have the right to know whether people serving us are fasting (and telling us the truth!). A Christian who has a glass of wine with lunch commits an offence if he drives a cab or train, even a fork-lift, but a Muslim can drive in a more impaired condition with impunity.

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