Gleanings, 23.04.11

NB. Most of the postings (and the regularity of) the Gleanings comes from Fabian Pascal (oao), who blogs at The PostWest.

Pakistan stops US using air base to fly drones

“Yes I can confirm that Shamsi Air Base is no more under the use of Americans and the 150 Americans previously stationed there are now gone,” a senior military official told NBC News.

The news came as four missiles fired by two suspected U.S. pilot-less aircraft hit a house in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border Friday, killing at least 25 people, Pakistani intelligence officials said. They said the house was being used as a militant hideout, but some civilians were among the dead. The death toll included five children and four women, NBC News reported. The strikes wounded about 10 others.

FP: I am waiting for the Amnesty, HRW and Goldstone reports on the US war comportment.

PowerLine: A Crescendo of Violence in Syria

The latest killings prompted President Obama to get tough, by his standards, with the Assad regime:

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government against demonstrators,” Obama said in a statement on Friday. “This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now.”

Obama likes that word “must.” Mubarak must resign; Qaddafi must go; Assad must stop shooting Syrians. Evidently he thinks that if he can command the oceans, commanding Arab dictators is a breeze. The Washington Post wasn’t impressed, however. Its editorial condemned President Obama’s “shameful inaction” on Syria …

Israel’s Arabs: The enemy from within? (MUST READ)

“On the political level, we have no option for a solution on the issue of Arabs in Israel,” Schueftan asserts today. “They are unwilling to accept a solution that is less than what is perceived as the Jewish nation-state’s suicide. We are dealing with an especially difficult branch of the complete rejection of the Jewish state in the Arab world.”

… “This will be Israel’s great dilemma domestically, vis-à-vis Europe, and later vis-à-vis the Untied States as well,” Schueftan says. “Even if a solution is found to the conflict with the Arab world and with the Palestinians, this will be the next area where they will try to de-legitimize Israel.”

“Recognition of the Palestinian collective as a national minority granted a recognized status, while eroding the state of Israel’s national Jewish aims to the point of annulling them. The Jewish nation-state is illegitimate in the eyes of the main camp within Israel’s Arab minority, even if an Arab-Palestinian state is established alongside Israel in the same land, between the Jordan River and Mediterranean.”

Lester Brown: This will be the Arab world’s next battle (MUST READ)

Population growth and water supply are on a collision course. Hunger is set to become the main issue

… Thus in the Arab Middle East, where populations are growing fast, the world is seeing the first collision between population growth and water supply at the regional level. For the first time in history, grain production is dropping in a region with nothing in sight to arrest the decline. Because of the failure of governments to mesh population and water policies, each day now brings 10,000 more people to feed, and less irrigation water with which to feed them.

Kenneth L. Marcus: The Wrong Statement on Campus Anti-Semitism

On April 20, Cary Nelson and Kenneth Stern issued a widely discussed but troubling statement in response to recent allegations that anti-Semitism has gotten out of hand at three universities:  the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Rutgers.

On each of those campuses, activists have alleged a pattern of intimidation and harassment of Jewish students who support the State of Israel.  These two authors carry weight because Nelson is president of the American Association of University Professors and Stern is the top anti-Semitism expert at the American Jewish Committee.  Having spear-headed the federal government’s work on campus anti-Semitism for several years, I am pleased that these two figures are turning their attention to the topic, but I am disappointed that their statement is more critical of activists who are fighting this problem than of the perpetrators who have created it or the administrators who tolerate it.

The problem is that many incidents go well beyond Israel-bashing to include anti-Jewish harassment, vandalism or violence … some university administrators continue to deny that there is any connection between anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism.

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