Activist … Hedy Epstein, 90, is arrested in St Louis. Source: Supplied
A 90-YEAR-OLD Holocaust survivor was one of at least eight people arrested in downtown St Louis as tensions flared over the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Hedy Epstein was among hundreds of protesters who marched through St Louis against the involvement of the National Guard on the streets of Ferguson. She was arrested for “failure to disperse.”
Ms Epstein, who lives in St Louis, has been a political activist most of her life. She is a vocal campaigner of the Free Gaza Movement and has made five trips to the Gaza strip in the past 10 years.
Hedy Epstein, a 90 y.o. Holocaust survivor, was among the those arrested for blocking Nixon office bldg. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/s4y68zFFrF
Ms Epstein helped the Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials having lost all but two of her family at Auschwitz.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Ms Epstein told The Nation. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.”
Anger still surrounds the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, 28.
Wilson has been placed on administrative leave with a grand jury set to decide this week if he should be indicted.
(Mother claims Michael Brown was to start college two days from the time he was brought down by Ferguson police for assault, strong-armed robbery of a local Quik Trip store, and attempting to further batter the Ferguson police officer. Weeks, and months, before what appears to be the justified shooting of Brown, telephone solicitors clogged up phone lines pushing easy-to-get, tax payer funded “loans” to anyone willing to enroll in college. Not only is this tax payer money offered to anyone regardless of credit rating, the “loans” come without strings, such as guidelines directing how the money is spent. The agenda behind this federal government being in the money-lending business is to indenture servants under the guise of educating the population. The loans are sizable and not easy to turn down. As long as there is something to be gained by it, oppressive governments, such as the Obama Regime, will use every trick in the book to enslave its people. There isn’t a tastier carrot for the poor than a bribe of thousands of dollars in exchange for college enrollment. Use the money to buy a car, drugs, alcohol, clothes, or use it to do whatever the heart desires. No one is watching. Just Me)
Not forgotten … Mark Gaines holds up his hands as demonstrators autograph a sketch he drew of Michael Brown during a protest. Source: AP
An independent pathologist hired by the Brown family found that the teenager was shot six times, including twice in the head.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced that the National Guard had been called in to help run the command centre, further stoking tensions in the area.
Call for peace … A man holds up a rose during a protest for Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson. Source: AP
VSP Vision Care, an arm of Rancho Cordova-based VSP Global, on Thursday announced a campaign to help raise, train and place a guide dog with a U.S. military veteran who is blind or has limited vision.
VSP is partnering with America’s VetDogs, a New York-based, nonprofit guide and service dog school that works to meet the needs of veterans with disabilities. There are an estimated 1.5 million veterans whose vision has been impacted by active-duty service.
Through the “Vision to Share” campaign, VSP will donate up to $50,000, which covers the two-year cost of training and placing a guide dog with a military vet. VSP will make a $1 donation every time a person shares the campaign’s video or photos through Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. To participate, go to the “Vision to Share” link at seemuchmore.com.
To date, America’s VetDogs says it has placed more than 300 assistance dogs with veterans with disabilities, at no cost.
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Let’s all pray that the named police officer remains safe from harm and as well protected as police would protect Michael Brown had he succeeded in his efforts to kill that officer. Brown was shot and killed after stealing from Quick Trip and assaulting police officer as he tried to take the officer’s weapon away from him.
Captain Johnson on Ferguson: This Is Not a Black and White Issue
August 15, 2014 11:39 AM
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson answers questions in Ferguson. Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - Following this morning’s release of the name of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson answered questions from the press.
Johnson said Highway Patrol is not involved in the shooting investigation, and is only tasked by Gov. Jay Nixon with security.
“He wants to make sure that people in Ferguson are safe and have the right to speak their mind, and that’s what we’re tasked to do,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he would have liked Ferguson police to consult with him before releasing the name of the officer this morning. Johnson saw it on news. He said that the release of the name was requested by the community.
Johnson also said that no tear gas was used against protestors in Ferguson on Thursday, and that “last night was a great night.”
“In our anger, we have to make sure that we don’t burn down our own house,” Johnson said.
“This is not a black and white issue,” he said. “We all have sons and daughters. We all have to communicate better.”
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“We Don’t Understand Real Evil, Organized Evil, Very Well. This is Evil Incarnate.”
Baker’s quote of Crocker, who served as President George W. Bush’s Ambassador to Iraq and President Obama’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, is worth reading in its entirety:
“This is about America’s national security,” said Ryan Crocker, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.”
This is the chilling reality of the war in which we continue to find ourselves, a reality that the American left –of which the president is the condensed, 100 percent concentrated version– refuses to believe: that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, or Hamas, or any Islamist not named bin Laden is a threat to the United States. The president and his ideological allies especially refuse to consider any facts that are inconsistent with their conclusions, even facts that line up as direct threats to America, because they’d rather live in ignorance and danger than validate in any way W’s view of the world and of the crucial necessity of staying involved in the Islamic world, helping our genuine allies and fighting our genuine enemies there.
That was the terribly difficult “middle ground” that Bush and Vice President Cheney knew the U.S. had to occupy, possessing as they did (and still do) a perspective that understood that we and the rest of the West are not at war with Islam but with a virulent, radicalized and very violent strain of Sunni Islamist extremism, every bit the match of the Khomeinism that gripped Iran in the late 1970s and holds on to it still. This latter terror was not opposed by Jimmy Carter and nearly 40 years later still threatens the West in new and more menacing ways. The Sunni equivalent nested first in Afghanistan, was beaten back there, in western Iraq in the person of Zarqawi, and across the globe until, after the election of President Obama, it was granted a reprieve and regrouped and reorganized, and is growing fast and very strong now in western Iraq and other places around the globe.
The left will want to argue that Bush created ISIS, an absurd but predictable last ditch effort to build a weak wall against the reality that people like Lawrence Wright and Bernard Lewis have been arguing against for more than a decade. Indeed, Baker found the pitch perfect representative of the school of pretend-it-doesn’t-exist to quote for his piece:
“This is a slippery slope if I ever saw one,” said Phyllis Bennis, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, a research organization for peace activists. “Whatever else we may have learned from the president’s ‘dumb war,’ it should be eminently clear that we cannot bomb Islamist extremists into submission or disappearance. Every bomb recruits more supporters.”
At the core of Obama’s thinking is that American military involvement cannot be the primary instrument to achieve the new equilibrium that the region so desperately needs. And yet thoughts of a pacific equilibrium are far from anyone’s mind in the real, existing Middle East. In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.
“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”
He went on, “You have a schism between Sunni and Shia throughout the region that is profound. Some of it is directed or abetted by states who are in contests for power there. You have failed states that are just dysfunctional, and various warlords and thugs and criminals are trying to gain leverage or a foothold so that they can control resources, populations, territory. . . . And failed states, conflict, refugees, displacement—all that stuff has an impact on our long-term security. But how we approach those problems and the resources that we direct toward those problems is not going to be exactly the same as how we think about a transnational network of operatives who want to blow up the World Trade Center. We have to be able to distinguish between these problems analytically, so that we’re not using a pliers where we need a hammer, or we’re not using a battalion when what we should be doing is partnering with the local government to train their police force more effectively, improve their intelligence capacities.”
This point of view cannot be reconciled with the facts on the ground in western Iraq, or Nigeria, or Mali, or Somalia or indeed in Gaza. It must oblige the president o almost double over with the pains of cognitive dissonance when confronted with the rampage and slaughters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As Remnick pointed out, this worldview is “the core” of the president’s understanding of the world, the equivalent of Reagan’s view of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” It is the Rosetta Stone to understanding everything President Obama has done –and mostly not done– since becoming president in 2009. He departs from it only when the televised pictures he and his advisors see –whether from Libya as Qaddafi marched towards Benghazi with the intention of slaughtering his opponents or of ISIS trapping children on mountains– persuade him that, if only because the poor, emotional American people won’t put up with such picture, he has to pretend to do something.
It isn’t really “appeasement” which at least recognized evil and tried to buy it off, though it issues in policies that look like those that were produced by appeasement. It is rather a child-like anti-intellectualism, an academic’s withdrawal from reality into endless faculty meetings where debates about parking spaces and tenure displace the reality of the world outside of the 90-minute meeting committee process.
Because this worldview is fully in control of the American military, national security and diplomatic powers, we will do nothing about al-Baghdadi for at least two more years when, hopefully, an heir to Reagan arrives to reintroduce American power and influence in the world. American power does not always and everywhere mean military power, but it does include it and it ought to be used, especially when a long standing ally like the Kurds are threatened by barbarians at their gates, and not in a haphazard, half-gesture of concern from the skies. A reflexive horror of “boots on the ground” gripped Carter as it grips Obama, and the president who follows Obama will have to reintroduce the world to the prospect of dealing with American military might.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi understands he is up against a paper mache president right now, and is acting accordingly, as are his arch enemies –the mullahs in Iran– and their half-brothers in Hamas and their generous uncle in Moscow. As do the Chinese. The good news is that there are Abbotts and Harpers about, and especially Netanyahu. They have their counterparts within the GOP and those men and women are finding their voices. Even this pretend-to-be-president president may be obliged to act if the ISIS fanatics go too far and too fast. They lack brakes because they believe God is on their side. What they might do that might wake even this president is pretty horrible to consider but if you have seen what they are doing in Iraq, you must understand they’d gladly do whatever they could to deeply injure America again.
It is an ongoing, never-ending-in-our-lifetimes global conflict and it isn’t going away, no matter how many iPads we produce or where LeBron plays or how Johnny Football does. I like most Americans treasure my diversions from the reality of this awful situation, but presidents don’t get to live a life disconnected from them and deeply connected to fairways and greens.
It is hard to imagine how far ISIS will have spread its evil by the time January 2017 brings a new resolve to the White House. Hopefully the seriousness of this situation adds to the repudiation of the president and his party of go-along yes men and women at the polls in November, and a rebuilding of the Department of Defense can begin in earnest in January 2015.
It didn’t have to be this way. W’s generals and their troops won the war in Iraq. President Obama booted away the peace and the intricate coalition that held it in place when he abruptly pulled a residual American force from Iraq in 2011. This is a sequel to what happened in Vietnam in 1975. This time there are no boat people because there is no ocean and there are no boats. Just slaughter. And this time the enemy isn’t going to stop with conquering their country and incursions into a few local countries.
“This is evil incarnate,” as Ambassador Crocker put it so succinctly and well. Evil incarnate doesn’t fill out brackets, or rest or grow weary. It marches on and sneers at the delusions of its enemies who don’t even know they are the target.
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Normally I would insert the direct link to this post of Hugh Hewitt’s, however, due to malfunctioning that was impossible. This article is easily found on the “Townhall.com” website.
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