Which century is this anyway? We ask because elite opinion is once again blaming Germany for ruining the rest of Europe, if not the entire world economy. All that’s missing are references to the Kaiser or Herr Schicklgruber, but we hope the Germans don’t fall for this global guilt trip.
Berlin’s alleged sin is its reluctance to write a blank check to save the euro—either by underwriting a new euro-zone fiscal union, or granting permission for the European Central Bank to buy trillions in sovereign debt. The chant comes in unison from the debtor nations themselves, the bailout caucus in Brussels, an Obama White House concerned about its re-election, and liberal pundits worried that their welfare-state economic model is under assault. Like the “rich” in America who must pay their “fair share,” the Germans are supposed to pay up to save a united Europe.
The reality is that the Germans—along with the Dutch and the Finns—are the rare Europeans who understand that saving the euro requires more than a blank check. It requires a new political commitment to better economic policy. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet are as euro-centric as the French, but they realize that money alone won’t solve Europe’s more fundamental debt and growth problem.
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND YAAKOV KATZ:
Satellite imagery “clearly showing billowing smoke and destruction” has proven that an explosion Monday damaged a nuclear facility in the Iranian city of Ifsahan, according to a Wednesday Times of London report .
The report quoted Israeli intelligence officials as saying that there was “no doubt” that the blast damaged a uranium enrichment site, and asserted that it was “no accident.”
Mohammad-Mahdi Esma’ili, Isfahan’s deputy governor in political and security affairs, called the reports “sheer lies” according to the IRNA news agency. An official from the city’s fire department also denied that there had been an explosion.
The mysterious explosion Monday rocked the Iranian city of Isfahan, which hosts a nuclear facility involved in processing uranium fed to the Natanz fuel enrichment facility.
The source and target of the explosion were initially unclear. Some reports claimed it took place in a military base and others said it was a gas explosion.
by Frank Crimi:
Editor’s note: Below is the latest profile of Frontpage’s new series, “Voices of Palestine,” which will illuminate the core beliefs, in their own words, of leading figures in the Palestinian death cult. Click the following to view the profiles of Ahmad Bahr, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Ibrahim Mudayris, Yasser Ghalban, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Wafa al-Bis, Mahmoud Abbas and Ahlam Tamimi and Yassir Arafat (Part I and Part II).
Since its founding in 1987, the Islamic Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas has been vigorously committed to annihilating the state of Israel and all of its Jewish inhabitants in an attempt to replace in its stead an Islamic state.
To that end, the terror group has launched over the ensuing decades countless terrorist attacks on both Israeli military and civilian targets, assaults which have left thousands of Israelis killed and wounded.
by Ned May:
Editor’s note: The following is the first installment of a series of articles following activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff’s battle against her own government, as they proceed to prosecute her for disseminating the truth about Islam.
On February 15, 2011, the Austrian Counterjihad activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted of “hate speech” in a Vienna courtroom for what she said in a private seminar about Muhammad and Islam.
The original charge was “incitement to hatred”. On the second day of her trial, the judge at her own discretion added a second charge, “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion.” Elisabeth was acquitted of the first charge, but convicted of the second. She was sentenced to pay a fine of €480. Her case is currently being appealed to Austria’s highest court. If the verdict is upheld, and she refuses to pay the fine, she will spend two months in jail.
How could this happen in a modern European democratic state which recognizes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and enshrines the right to free speech in its Constitution?
by Taylor Dinerman:
The Euro crisis is already eroding the EU’s ambition to become a new kind of global superpower. Even before the economic crisis entered into its current phase, Europe’s leaders refused to turn to the EU’s military and security institutions when some of them chose to intervene in Libya. Instead they chose to allow their successful anti-Gaddafi campaign to be lead by the US-dominated NATO alliance.
The Libyan campaign also showed, once again, the profound military weakness of both Europe’s national military forces and the nearly complete lack of effective transnational combat forces. The reports of the European air forces running short of smart bombs and missiles may have been exaggerated, but no one believes that the stories were wholly without foundation.
By Peter Heck:
In the first Thanksgiving address given by an American president, George Washington encouraged his fellow citizens in 1789 to join him in “acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” Clearly demonstrating an equal grasp on the gravity and meaning of such an occasion, current U.S. President Barack Obama followed in Washington’s footsteps by calling this generation of Americans to a day of “eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how truly lucky we are.” Quick, grab a tablet of stone and chisel in that pellet of eternal insight before it escapes our mortal consciousness.
Perhaps the comparison is unfair given that Obama did issue a written statement that thanked God for “the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives.” Nonetheless, conservative critics pounced, observing that the same president who never misses the opportunity to host an Iftar dinner and extemporaneously proclaim the great benevolence of the God of Islam just totally blanks on the magnanimity of the Judeo-Christian God amidst the very holiday our people have historically set aside to honor Him for His blessings.