China’s Security Chief Optimistic Defeating the USA

With Beijing Biden and the stolen election they already have.

The CCP knows that any country that would install Beijing Biden in the White House, seeks to silence the 74+ million people who voted for Trump, demonize Trump after he did so much for all Americans before the CCP virus was unleashed on the world and shut down entire economies (except for the politically protected corporations), ignore blatant election fraud, and coerce Republican politicians into kowtowing to the Democrat Party has shown its weakness, corruption, decadence, and lessened will to keep America as the top superpower in the world. The CCP has spent decades buying American politicians, Fake News Media members, government bureaucrats, academics, scientists, and Big Tech. They are on the cusp of succeeding in bringing America to her knees. These greedy traitors who colluded with them don’t even realize that if the CCP prevails, they would be among the first to be put away because the CCP knows if they betray their own country, they will be an impediment to the hegemony of the CCP. Despotic regimes always do away with the now-useless idiots who helped them achieve their conquest. Canada has already allowed the Chinese military in their country. This is a very dangerous path. An immediate military Tribunal is the only path to save America. President Trump is aware of that. *** Amil Imani

China’s security chief optimistic about winning ‘protracted war’ with US

by Joel Gehrke, Foreign Affairs Reporter |
| January 15, 2021 06:20 PM

Chinese officials are optimistic about winning a geopolitical competition with the United States due to the perceived “decline of the West,” according to the boasts of a top Chinese Communist security chief.

“The rise of the East and the decline of the West has become [a global] trend, and changes of the international landscape are in our favor,” Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission chief Chen Yixin told colleagues, per a South China Morning Post translation. “The U.S. suppression [of us] is a major threat, but [our struggle with the US] is both a skirmish and a protracted war.”

American and Chinese officials have moved into open rivalry in recent years after U.S. intelligence officials concluded that Beijing has been “waging … a cold war” against the U.S. Those tensions have underpinned a yearlong controversy over China’s censorship of information about the coronavirus pandemic, as well as disputes over Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong and high-stakes debates over whether American allies can rely on Chinese state-backed tech companies.

“The coronavirus pandemic is a major test, but [we should] rise to the challenge of this crisis and turn threats into opportunities,” Chen said.

Success or failure in key arenas of the competition, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s campaign to thwart state-backed Huawei’s bids to build fifth-generation wireless technology networks around the world, depends on European allies. Their confidence in the U.S. could be shaken by the attack on the U.S. Capitol and President Trump’s success in convincing supporters that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, despite his failure to prove that case in courts across the country, according to a prominent Senate Democrat.

“The Republican Party will have something to say about this because European nations will sort of hedge their bets on getting in too deep with America, if they think that Donald Trump is coming back four years from now or Donald Trump Jr. is coming back four years from now,” Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during an Atlantic Council event Friday.

Murphy, a Democrat, said that he has advised Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken to draft the Republican lawmakers who accepted the election results into a diplomatic initiative.

“I think he should deploy Republicans and Democrats in the Senate who voted to certify the elections, who have condemned those that tried to undermine democracy, and send us out around the world to try to tell the story of how we overcame this moment,” he said. “This transition, as messy as it will be, will still be a transition, and that, in the end, is, again, still a miracle of American democracy.”

Chinese officials, for their part, have pointed to the crisis at the U.S. Capitol to justify their crackdown on Hong Kong dissidents who protested Beijing’s plans to undercut the rule of law in the former British colony.

“While the society is stable overall, there are still many risks, and hidden dangers … intertwine, resulting in a wide range of public security risks,” said Chen, the security chief. “Security is the cornerstone of development … Without security, we cannot achieve anything.”

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Most Illegal Immigrants Arrested by ICE in 2020 Had Average of Four Criminal Convictions or Charges

The overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants arrested by federal authorities in 2020 had an average of four criminal convictions or charges, according to a year-end report published by the government. In the document Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveals it arrested 103,603 illegal aliens last fiscal year with a total of more than 374,000 convictions and charges. Driving under the influence was the most popular conviction or charge at 74,000, followed by drug crimes (67,000), assaults (37,000), sex offenses (10,000), robberies (3,800), homicides (1,900) and kidnappings (1,600).

It doesn’t end there. An additional 185,884 illegal immigrants were deported by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in 2020 and most of them—64%—had criminal convictions or pending charges. In fact, they had a total of 399,235 criminal convictions and pending charges, according to statistics provided by the Homeland Security agency. Those removed from the country include 4,276 gang members, 675 of them from the famously violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), and 31 terrorists. ICE reports that 350 were considered “high-profile removals.” Among them is a Bosnian named Saudin Agani who provided material support to a terrorist organization and has ties to the suspect who attacked two New York City police officers in 2020. “ERO Removal Division’s ICE Air Charter Operations coordinated a record-breaking 76 Special High-Risk Charters to 61 countries, six of which were new countries it had not previously visited,” the report says. Those countries include Jordan, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, and Mongolia, effectuating 3,278 removals. “This is a 160% increase in total removals via Special High-Risk Charter flights compared to FY 2019,” according to ICE.

The agency also issued 122,233 detainers last year with local law enforcement agencies nationwide for illegal immigrants with criminal histories. More than 1,900 committed homicide-related offenses, 3,600 robberies, 42,800 assaults and 11,900 sex crimes. The detainers are issued as part of a federal-local partnership known as 287(g) that notifies ICE of jail inmates in the country illegally so they can be deported after serving time for state crimes. A growing number of leftist officials running local governments around the country refuse to participate in the program, but 150 still do and federal immigration authorities credit them with significantly improving public safety. ICE says when law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines its ability protect public safety and carry out its mission. Judicial Watch has reported extensively on some of the culprits, providing outrageous examples that include elected law enforcement officials freeing child sex offenders, major counties releasing numerous violent convicts and a state—North Carolina—that discharged nearly 500 illegal immigrant criminals from custody in a year.

The problem continues as more local police departments refuse to comply with 287(g). In the recently issued report ICE discloses that a two-month program known as Operation Cross Check XI helped arrest more than 2,700 at-large individuals living illegally in the U.S. with pending charges or convictions for crimes involving victims. That means the offenders were likely protected by sanctuary policies. “Of the arrests conducted during Operation Cross Check XI, there were more than 5,800 criminal convictions and more than 3,200 pending charges associated with those arrests,” the ICE report states. “The aliens who were the subjects of these arrests had criminal histories including, but not limited to, the following charges and convictions: more than 1,500 assaults, more than 340 sex crimes, nearly 200 weapon offenses, more than 50 robberies and 31 homicide offenses.”

As if all this information was not enraging enough, the document also reveals that the government spent a ghastly $315 million on healthcare for illegal immigrants in custody last year. That includes comprehensive medical, dental, and public health services. In 2020 the feds delivered health care to nearly 100,000 detainees at 20 facilities nationwide that have inhouse ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) and oversaw health care for more than 169,000 additional detainees housed in facilities without IHSC. This includes 99,219 intake screenings, 3,048 emergency room visits,15,571 dental visits,19,367 urgent care visits, 123,936 sick calls, 68,985 mental health interventions, 270,222 filled prescriptions and 52,278 physical exams. Adding to the expenses, when COVID-19 hit, ICE created a working group of medical professionals, disease control specialists and other experts to minimize the spread of the virus.

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My Letter to The Superintendent of West Point

West Point’s current superintendent, Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams, has taken a lot of heat over his lenient treatment of black cadets caught cheating on a final exam last summer. I believe he likely had little leeway in dealing with the scandal. Dating to Obama’s administration and possibly earlier, all military installations, including the four service academies, have been directed to inject Critical Race Theory into every facet of military life.

Like LTG Williams, his counterpart at the Air Force Academy is also African American.

Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams
Office of the Superintendent
United States Military Academy

Cc:
Lieutenant General Richard M. Clark
Superintendent, United States Air Force Academy
Vice Admiral Sean Buck
Superintendent, United States Naval Academy
Rear Admiral William G. Kelly
Superintendent, United States Coast Guard Academy

Dear Lt. Gen. Williams:

“A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.” To someone like me who has never served, West Point’s honor code seems unambiguous: cadets caught cheating on exams will face severe punishment.

Last May, when I presume classes were being taught online due to the pandemic, 73 freshmen cadets were accused of cheating on a final exam in calculus. Your chief of staff, Col. Mark Weathers, told USA Today that although he is disappointed in the cadets for cheating, he did not consider the incident a serious breach of code, speculating that cheating might not have occurred had the exam been taken in the classroom, rather than remotely. I’m sure it wasn’t Col. Weathers’ intent, but that rationalization comes close to sounding like cheating at West Point is no big deal as long as it occurs outside the classroom.

Col. Weathers’ position on the scandal was not the only suggestion that leniency is in order. In a memo to faculty, you wrote that the honor code constitutes “an inequitable application of consequences and developmental opportunities for select groups of cadets,” with one of the select groups to which you referred apparently being the disproportionate number of African American cadets implicated in the scandal.

If you were suggesting that black cadets generally receive an inferior pre-college education and therefore should receive leniency, I wholeheartedly agree with the first part of that position: that black cadets as a group are disproportionately burdened by a substandard pre-college education.

If, however, you meant to suggest that systemic racism in K-12 public schools is the reason for that educational handicap and that black honor code violators should therefore receive special treatment, I could not disagree more.

Please consider the following examples of the type of substandard education meted out to millions of young African American students:

  • In 2010-2011, public schools in the nation’s capitalspent$29,345 per pupil—nearly $600,000 per each classroom of 20 students—yet the District’s 8th graders finished dead last in a nationwide proficiency test in math and reading.
  • According to a 2015 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 96 percent of 8th graders in Detroit’s public schools tested not proficient in math, and 93 percent tested not proficient in reading.
  • According to a 2017 investigation by Project Baltimore, 13 of the city’s 39 public high schools had zero students who tested proficient in math. Zero! Going back to 2011, nearly 90% of Baltimore elementary and middle schools fell short of academic targets on state assessment tests.

Similar horrendous results can be found in every big city school district in America. Since 100% of these districts portray themselves as passionate champions of anti-racism, their collective failure to adequately educate our country’s most vulnerable children is obviously not caused by systemic racism. Instead, blame can be placed squarely in the lap of blue city school systems that have failed for decades on end to provide even a minimally acceptable education to generations of minority students.

Your words seem to suggest that the cheating scandal should be downplayed because a disproportionate number of the accused cadets belong to a “select group,” the members of which share a characteristic—skin color—that is totally beyond their control. That’s not much different than saying cadets of color are inherently unable to conform to high honor standards, which is, of course,  patently untrue.

African American cadets are not hapless young men and women incapable of overcoming prior educational disadvantages without cheating. As a group, they are blessed with just as much native intellectual ability as their white counterparts, and therefore should not, in my opinion, be given special consideration regarding consequences for honor code violations. Like everyone else, they should be judged by the content of their character, not by an immutable attribute they inherited at birth. Any lesser standard seems patronizing.

The phrase “inequitable application of consequences … for select groups of cadets” sounds like the language of “critical race theory,” one of the most pernicious political constructs foisted on the military during President Obama’s eight years in office, A form of victim vs. oppressor ideology (Marxism), critical race indoctrination is used to advance the false narrative that black people in America just can’t catch a break because the nation in which they live is an incurably unjust place plagued by unchecked systemic racism.

West Point once had a zero tolerance policy regarding code violations—zero tolerance is what the 12 words of the etched-in-stone Cadet Honor Code strongly imply. As recently reported by NPR, a ‘second chance’ policy was put in place in 2015, sending the message that cheating is tolerated, provided it’s committed by members of “select groups,” and as long as it’s not done more than once.

If a code violation is tolerated once, why not twice? Or three times? Or ten? With the Pentagon soon to be hit by a new tsunami of social experimentation, further erosion of the honor code is all but certain.

The constant promotion of critical race theory and its first cousins—white privilege, Project 1619, political correctness, wokeness, etc.—is a major contributor to a sharp drop-off in feelings of patriotism in half of our country. Evidence that patriotic fervor has dropped like a rock on one side of the aisle is shown by a Gallup finding that less than a third of today’s Democrats are extremely proud of being Americans. Less than a third. Just as ominously, a 2019 survey by Public Opinion Strategies found that an astounding 77% of Democrats have fallen under the spell of socialism, the precursor of communism.

I presume you and your counterparts at the other service academies are under orders to inculcate critical race ideology into the institutions the four of you lead. If so, those orders must be obeyed. But doing so comes at a price.

Subjecting young, impressionable future military leaders to the poisonous idea that the nation they’re preparing themselves to serve is actually an incorrigible racist hellhole has a way of eroding love of country, likely causing some cadets and midshipmen to question whether their nation is worthy of being defended.

America’s deplorable history of slavery and segregation will always be a permanent stain on the legacy of an otherwise great nation. That unpleasant fact notwithstanding, it’s also a fact that a black child born in America today has the exact same legal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as a white child. As I’m sure you know, that wasn’t always the case.

There was a time in our country’s past when systemic racism was more than a political talking point. Having grown up in the Old South during Jim Crow, I witnessed real, unmistakable systemic racism with my own eyes. In that unenlightened era, black citizens were denied public accommodations, denigrated as lacking intelligence, forced to sit in the back of the bus and generally treated like dirt. When I enrolled at Georgia Tech in 1962, there were no black football or basketball players in the SEC, and only a handful of black students. But look at what’s happened since.

Although enormous strides have been made at mitigating racial injustice, no reasonable person would argue that things are anywhere close to being perfect. Fair-minded people agree that we must continually strive for improvement, but here’s something that’s almost never acknowledged: no nation in history has ever done more to correct wrongs once committed against an oppressed minority of its own citizens than has this great nation. If that was not so, you and Lt. Gen. Clark would not be wearing three stars.

Finally, in an 1838 speech in Springfield, Illinois, the future president who would end slavery in the United States said in so many words that if freedom in America is ever destroyed, its destruction will not come from the outside, but rather from within. The greatest threat our free country faces today is from the political party that churns the racial landscape as a means of achieving single-party socialist rule, the antithesis of the constitutional system that those in uniform risk their lives to protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Thank you for your 38 years of service to the country.

Very respectfully,

John Eidson
Marietta (Atlanta), GA
BSEE Georgia Tech, 1968

©John Eidson. All rights reserved.

Antifa Revolutionary Arrested: Planned Attack on Patriots at Florida’s Capitol

He surely is not a lone wolf, but is the first evidence of Antifa’s evil plans to lure angry Trump patriots to state capitals in the coming days so they can begin the revolution.

Remember Antifa/BLM/Insurgence USA are all revolutionaries. They don’t give a rat’s you-know-what about Biden or Harris, it is revolution they want.

As I said last night, stay away!  The events at the US Capitol were a trap, don’t be so dumb and let them do it again.

See my post yesterday on Sullivan. https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2021/01/15/laugh-and-cry-john-earle-sullivan-should-be-in-federal-prison-for-life/

From Gateway Pundit:

Antifa Activist Daniel Alan Baker Arrested for Plotting to Murder Trump Supporters and Police on Inauguration Day

Antifa supporter Daniel Alan Baker was arrested for plotting to murder Trump supporters and police on Inauguration Day.

He trained in Syria in 2017 with the YPG, was featured on VICE, and in 2020 participated in the CHAZ insurrection in Seattle, per DOJ documents.

Jack Posobiec broke the story Friday.

Here is Baker’s call to arms:

Some of my friends who were in the massive pro-Trump rally around the Capitol on January 6th reported that there were people shouting for them to move forward, “hold the line,” don’t retreat. Note that Baker says to surround them (pro-Trump Patriots) and trap them inside.

See the Justice Department Press Release which specifically says his target was the Florida Capitol at Tallahassee:

Tallahassee Man Arrested For Inciting Violence At The Florida Capitol Building

In case you wondered, I am still on Twitter and so are some great people who are able to spread the news widely there until others, notably Parler and Gab, are fully operational.

Today I realized I needed to get screenshots of tweets like those above from the indomitable Jack Posobiac because they could be taken down at any moment and my imbedded tweets would disappear.

I have also posted some of my posts from Frauds and Crooks to my facebook page for Refugee Resettlement Watch where I am reaching about 46,000 people.  You can see it there (until it gets removed).

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NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties, Lying to FBI, ‘Recruited People With Access to Intellectual Property’

We are surrounded by enemy operatives – in key, sensitive positions….all the way up to and including Beijing Biden.

NASA SCIENTIST, 66, PLEADS GUILTY TO LYING TO THE FBI ABOUT TAKING PART IN A CHINESE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM THAT ‘RECRUITED PEOPLE WITH ACCESS TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY’

  • Senior NASA scientist Meyya Meyyappan, 66, of Pacifica, California, entered his plea before US District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan on Wednesday 
  • Prosecutors said Meyyappan participated in the Thousand Talents Program, a Chinese government program to recruit people familiar with foreign technology 
  • Meyyappan also held professorships at universities in China, South Korea, and Japan, and ‘failed to disclose these associations and positions to NASA’

NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties

By Eva Fu, The Epoch Tines, January 14, 2021:

A senior NASA scientist pleaded guilty on Jan. 13 to lying about his ties to a Chinese-backed program designed to harvest talents from the West and transfer intellectual property to China, the Justice Department announced.

Meyya Meyyappan, 66, joined NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1996 and has been the chief scientist for exploration technology at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley since 2006.

He was charged with one count of making false statements and could face a maximum five-year prison sentence and up to $250,000 fine if convicted, according to a Justice Department press release. The court hearing is scheduled for June 16.

Prosecutors said that Meyyappan had participated in China’s state-run Thousand Talents Plan and held positions at universities in China, South Korea, and Japan without NASA’s knowledge. The Thousand Talents program has recruited thousands of experts globally since its inception in 2008, according to Chinese state media reports.

NASA prohibits “any outside employment activities” without approval, including engagement as a speaker or teacher, U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss said in the court complaint. As a NASA employee, Meyyappan is also required to report annually any additional income exceeding $5,000, gifts, and travel reimbursements.

Meyyappan failed to disclose these activities to NASA. Around 2016, he applied for and was accepted into the Thousand Talents Plan, through which he traveled to China and recommended other candidates into the program, according to prosecutors. Beginning in 2014, he worked as a visiting professor at a Chinese research university, giving lectures, writing research papers, and receiving compensation for his travel. He also started similar engagements at a South Korean university from 2009, and at a university in Japan from 2013.

When questioned by federal investigators in October 2020, Meyyappan denied his membership in the Thousand Talents Plan and his Chinese employment.

“Members of U.S. government agencies are strictly prohibited from maintaining undisclosed affiliations with foreign entities, especially those that are actively seeking our intellectual property and technological advances,” said FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney Jr. “Actions like those carried about by Meyyappan can have security implications, and his charges should serve as a warning to others thinking about engaging in the same type of activity.”

While the court complaint didn’t name the specific universities, public records show that Meyyappan had repeated speaker appearances in China’s southeastern Suzhou city.

He made a themed speech as a nanotechnology expert at the 2016 CHInano Conference and Expo in Suzhou, which aims to “share the latest scientific and technological achievements, cutting-edge information and development trends,” according to its website.

Meyyappan was again featured as a “celebrated guest” in 2020 during the same conference, which convenes annually under the directive of China’s government-funded agencies.

Meyyappan also made a presentation about the applications of nanotechnology in May 2014 at the Soochow University’s College of Nano Science and Technology. His name has appeared in multiple scientific papers co-authored with Soochow University-affiliated scholars.

He is also listed as a “distinguished visiting professor” at the division of IT convergence engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology, a top private university in South Korea.

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MINNEAPOLIS: Muslim migrant joins the Islamic State, receives military training for jihad activity

Celebrate diversity! Biden is going to remove Trump’s “racist” “Muslim ban.” Then many more people like Abdelhamid Al-Madioum can enter the United States among peaceful migrants, and our society will be more multicultural than ever! The results could be positively explosive!

“Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to ISIS,” Department of Justice, January 13, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The Justice Department today announced the guilty plea of Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 24, to one count of providing material support and resources, namely personnel and services, to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Al-Madioum, a native of Morocco and naturalized U.S. citizen, previously had been detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and was subsequently transferred into FBI custody and returned to Minnesota. Al-Madioum entered his guilty plea today before Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A sentencing date will be scheduled at a later time.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed with the court, on June 23, 2015, Al-Madioum and his family traveled from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, to Casablanca, Morocco, to visit their extended family. On July 8, 2015, Al-Madioum left Morocco and traveled to Istanbul, Turkey. There, Al-Madioum met up with members of ISIS who aided his border-crossing into Syria. Once in Syria, the defendant joined other members of ISIS who brought him to Mosul, Iraq.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea, after Al-Madioum arrived in Mosul, he was administratively ISIS and received military training from its members. Al-Madioum was then assigned to the Tariq Bin-Ziyad Battalion of the Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi Division of ISIS, where he served as a solider for ISIS until 2016, when he was injured conducting military activities on behalf of ISIS. Following Al-Madioum’s injury, he remained a member of ISIS and continued to receive a stipend until his surrender to the SDF in or near Baghouz, Syria, in March of 2019. In September of 2020, Al-Madioum was returned to Minnesota.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force….

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More Extreme Than Obama: Webinar looks at Biden’s National Security Team

President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team is more radical than Obama’s was, with key members showing a lifetime of softness toward Communist China, Iran, radical Islamists, and Russia.

The Center’s J. Michael Waller and John Rossomando went down the list of Biden’s announced appointees in a January 13 webinar titled “More Extreme than Obama: Biden’s National Security team will Fundamentally Form American Sovereignty.” Here is some of what they discussed:

Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense-designate. The retired four-star general ran the US Central Command (CENTCOM) that covers the Middle East and North Africa lacks the fame and distinction as the previous general to run the Pentagon, James Mattis, and isn’t known as a military strategist. His brusque management style might complicate how he leads the Department of Defense.

Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State-designate. Blinken has a long relationship with Biden and former secretary of state John Kerry, dating to when they both were senators. When Biden was vice president, Blinken was his national security advisor. He played a big role in the Obama debacle in northern Iraq that gave birth to ISIS, and became in charge of Obama’s worldwide refugee program. He was also Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, which was founded by Communist China.

William Burns, CIA Director-designate was a secret back-channel for Obama to Iran during the Iran Deal.

Avril Haines, designated to be Director of National Intelligence, was legal counsel to the Obama National Security Council at a time when the Obama NSC was spying on American political rivals of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and during the framing of the debunked “Russian collusion” narrative. Biden’s transition team website makes a big deal of the fact that Haines is a woman.

Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security-designate. His first qualification, the Biden website says, is that if confirmed, Mayorkas “would be the first immigrant and Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security.” Not once, but twice. Mayorkas ran immigration at the Obama DHS while Blinken was running the global refugee program at State. He is considered extremely weak on immigration and likely to pack immigrants into the United States once again, without regard to their impact on, or benefit to, American society.

Samantha Power, Administrator-designate, US Agency for International Development. A former NSC staffer to Obama, Power became a capable but controversial ambassador to the United Nations. She stresses large-scale funding and programs to change the cultures and values of traditional societies and earned the nickname “Unmasker-in-Chief” for being behind the exposure of the identities of Americans whose names were picked up in foreign intelligence collection. Power’s politically-motivated unmasking requests – considered very unusual for an ambassador to the UN – became pretexts for some of the most controversial abuses of the Obama-Biden administration.

An especially controversial if obscure Biden appointee, Thomas Zimmerman, reportedly is to become Special Assistant to the President for Personnel. Zimmerman is presently on the transition team vetting national security appointments. He brings some baggage with him to the White House, having held a position at the Shanghai Academy of Sciences, a Chinese Communist Party organization that the FBI has described as a “front group for Chinese intelligence collection and overseas spy recruitment.”

Waller and Rossomando discussed other Biden appointees, ending with one who will not be part of the national security team at all: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, slated to become Secretary of Labor. Walsh drew notoriety last year by flying the Communist China flag at Boston City Hall.

COLUMN BY

J. Michael Waller

J. Michael Waller is Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy. His areas of concentration are propaganda, political warfare, psychological warfare, and subversion. He is the former Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school in Washington, DC. A former instructor with the Naval Postgraduate School, he is an instructor/lecturer at the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. 

ELECTION FRAUD: San Antonio Election Democrat Arrested for Widespread Vote Harvesting and Fraud

Stolen.

A woman has been arrested in connection to alleged election fraud and illegal voting, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday.

According to Paxton, Rachel Rodriguez of San Antonio was “exposed in a Project Veritas video” ahead of the 2020 election regarding vote harvesting and acknowledged what she was doing was illegal.

In an undercover video, Ms. Rodriguez was seen persuading an elderly woman to change her vote on her mail-in ballot from Republican Sen. John Cornyn to Democratic candidate M.J. Hegar, then giving her a shawl as a gift in an apparent violation of election law.

Ms. Rodriguez told a Project Veritas investigator that she was bringing “at least 7,000 ballots to the polls” in the San Antonio area, and that she had a team of at least five other people working on “flipping people,” referring to voters.

Rodriguez is accused of election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail and unlawfully possessing an official ballot, according to Paxton. She could face up to 20 years in prison if she is convicted.

Texas AG Paxton: San Antonio Election Fraudster Arrested for Widespread Vote Harvesting and Fraud

Press Releae, January 13, 2020:

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each charge constitutes a felony under the Texas Election Code. Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall while she engaged in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election. The Election Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General reviewed dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage, which led to this arrest. In an uncharacteristic moment of honesty, Rodriguez acknowledged on video that what she was doing is illegal and that she could go to jail for it. If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison.

“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious, un-American form of fraud.”

This investigation is ongoing. Individuals involved in or with knowledge of this organized vote harvesting scheme are encouraged to come forward and cooperate with the Office of the Attorney General.

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Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer Registered as Foreign Agent for China Spy Firm

This is treason. This is party of sedition. Eric Eric Swalwell banging Chinese spy, Fang Fang. Hunter Biden’s pecker knee deep in Chinese graft and corruption ….


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Former Sen. Barbara Boxer is now working for a Chinese surveillance firm

By: Eric Ting, 

The inaugural committee for President-elect Joe Biden reportedly returned a $500 donation from former California Sen. Barbara Boxer after it was learned she registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese surveillance firm.

Axios reported that the committee rejected Boxer’s donation since the Chinese firm — named Hikvision — has been “accused of abetting the country’s mass internment of Uighur Muslims.” According to Justice Department documents published Friday, Boxer provides “strategic consulting services” to Hikvision’s subsidiary in the United States.

Hikivision was banned from doing business with U.S. firms absent a government-issued license in 2019, and was accused by the Trump administration of having ties to the Chinese military.

In a statement to Axios, Boxer stated, “When I am asked to provide strategic advice to help a company operate in a more responsible and humane manner consistent with U.S. law in spirit and letter, it is an opportunity to make things better while helping protect and create American jobs.”

During his presidential campaign, Biden said the internment of Uighur Muslims is “among the worst abuses of human rights in the world today.”

“The U.S. cannot be silent — we must speak out against this oppression and relentlessly defend human rights around the world,” he tweeted in November 2019.

Boxer is the latest California Democrat with reported ties to agents of the Chinese government. In December, Axios published another story revealing that Rep. Eric Swalwell had close ties to a suspected Chinese spy who was sent to gain influence with young, up-and-coming American politicians.

In 2018, it was revealed that Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a suspected Chinese spy on her staff for about 20 years without her knowledge.

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Dark Days for America? Big Tech Wields Cudgel on Conservative Voices

Along with the president, conservatives de-platformed in a coordinated operation.


It will probably go down as the Friday Night massacre. Only it didn’t end Friday night and it won’t end for quite a while.

On Friday night, Twitter permanently banned President Trump’s account. The move was soon followed by Facebook and Instagram.

Over the weekend, scores of conservative voices – those who have never advocated for any violence – had also been de-platformed. The ones who still had a voice watched as their followers disappeared by the tens of thousands.

Entire communities were wiped off of Facebook – like the Walkaway movement, a peaceful group of “red-pilled” former Leftists, which had a half a million followers on the platform.

By Sunday morning, Big Tech had shut down Parler, a free-speech app that deigned not to censor any voices, conservatives included. In a coordinated effort, Google and Apple deleted Parler app from their stores and Amazon, whose server hosted the app, took it off-line.

In addition, CNN launched a campaign to get cable carriers to refuse to air Fox News as well as other conservative channels. On its website, CNN’s Senior Media Reporter Oliver Darcy wrote,

“It’s hard, for instance, to imagine they’d carry a fringe and conspiratorial network like InfoWars. So why do AT&T (which I should note is CNN’s parent company), CenturyLink, and Verizon carry OAN? Why do AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Comcast, Charter, and Dish carry Newsmax? And why do they all carry Fox — which is, frankly, at times just as irresponsible and dangerous with its platform as its smaller competitor networks?”

Also over the weekend, passengers on a Delta flight were reportedly thrown off the plane after having a private conversation in support of President Trump.

BlazeTV journalist Elijah Schaffer as well as YouTube influencer Karlyn Borysenko, among others, were put on the government’s no-fly list following the events at the Capitol in which pro-Trump demonstrators invaded the building. Schaffer had police permission to enter the Capitol building to document the events. Borysenko, a prominent voice in the Walkaway movement, attended the peaceful “Stop the Steal Rally” in Washington, D.C., and was nowhere near the inside of the Capitol building.

Many more examples could be added to this list.

Free speech, along with the right to peaceful protest and freedom of movement, are the linchpins of our liberty. Without these rights – all of which are guaranteed to us by the Constitution – we are no different from communist China or the former Soviet Union.

Big Tech has been engaging in the suppression of free speech for months. But what was previously a slippery slope to censorship of conservative voices suddenly became an avalanche over the weekend taking us to a new reality.

The Far Left arm of the Democrat party has been agitating for years for Big Tech to censor conservative voices on their various platforms, threatening action against them if they don’t. Now that Democrats control the House, Senate and presidency, the move by Big Tech comes as no surprise – both ideologically and business-wise.

Ideologically, Big Tech gets to squash their nemeses. Business-wise, this just might be the most efficient move to get radical Dems off their backs. In any event, it’s not a good combination for the future of free speech in America.

Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has become a bastion of Far Left ideology in recent years, said in a statement,

“ … it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions  — especially when political realities make those decisions easier.”

For those who would argue that Big Tech are private companies that owe us nothing, for better or worse, being able to communicate on social media platforms has become “indispensable” (in the words of the ACLU) in our society – especially during the current pandemic.

The very reason why the government has kept their hands off Big Tech until now has been because they had committed to be open channels of communication. Congress specifically granted immunity from libel prosecution to online platforms through Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act so that these platforms would remain “forum[s] for a true diversity of political discourse.”

And for those who would argue that Trump’s language amounts to incitement to violence and thus should be banned, we have laws for this. To date, Trump has not violated those laws, according to the most respected legal experts.

History professor Dr. Richard Beeman relates in Perspectives on the Constitution the following anecdote:

“There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created.

His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

The brevity of that response should not cause us to under-value its essential meaning: democratic republics are not merely founded upon the consent of the people, they are also absolutely dependent upon the active and informed involvement of the people for their continued good health.”

Depriving a voice to the 75 million ordinary citizens who voted for President Trump in the 2020 election will create a pressure cooker that, when it explodes, will make the brief Capitol Building takeover look like child’s play.

Ideas, no matter how bad one group thinks they are, don’t go away because they are suppressed. Rather, they begin to fall under the purview of extremists, which have their own agenda for the accelerated destruction of America.

“Offensive” speech or not, better we should talk in the open and let the best ideas prevail.

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Palestinians need to face reality and avoid daydreams vis-à-vis the upcoming Biden administration

Among the main spectators anxiously waiting for the new Biden administration, one can presume that the Palestinian Authority is dusting its house and getting ready, like a bride awaiting the return of her groom. The Palestinians in Ramallah are eager for American taxpayers’ money to fund their empty coffers, similar to the period of Obama’s two terms.

However, it appears that the Biden administration wants Palestinian elections, which would be the first in 14 years. Similar demands have already been made by the EU as the German foreign minister is expected to visit Egypt, Jordan, and France in an attempt to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been in office for 16 years. Despite his recent announcement of favoring elections,  “he will try to dodge elections as he has previously accused Israel of torpedoing them. He  Will try to blame it again”. Yoni Ben-Menachem, former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and prominent journalist, commented recently in an editorial published in the Jerusalem Center for Public and State Affairs.

The dispute between the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Abbas and the Islamic movement of Hamas will not disappear overnight but should lead to a truce termed as reconciliation; at least until the alleged elections are held sometime this year.

Despite the grievances and criticisms of the Palestinians living in harsh economic conditions in the Gaza Strip, it is hard to imagine that Hamas would relinquish its hold on power.  In the West Bank, the Tahrir Islamic party has been gaining momentum and popularity. In recent protests, the party spearheaded the opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to allow a musical party at a historic site east of Jerusalem.

The good news for Fatah authority is that this Islamic group does not accept to join forces with Hamas, its biggest rival.

One needs only to reflect on the past twenty years to realize that the Palestinians have been accustomed to political miscalculations and wrong expectations, including believing that the United States will consider what Israel has refused to allow, particularly on the Temple Mount issue.

Today, the Islamic radicalization on the Palestinian street will never recognize that their Al-Aqsa Mosque was indeed built on the site of the Jewish Temple Mount that was destroyed in the year 70 AD.

In fact, that was one of the main reasons for the failure of the Camp David peace talks, held in 2000 where late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat rejected Jewish rights in Jerusalem out of hand. This was the primary reason the Israeli side would no longer consider him a partner in the peace process.

It is well known that not a single major Israeli political party would compromise Jewish rights on the Temple Mount. In parallel, Muslims regard it as their Noble Sanctuary.

It is worth noting that both Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches in Jerusalem have historically known that the Islamic mosque, regarded as the third principal mosque for Muslims, was constructed on the Temple Mount in the 8th century.  The Gospel of Luke records that the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple took place forty days after his birth. Both churches celebrate this event on their annual feast calendar.

Late Father Peter Medros of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem confided to this writer that on February 2nd of every year, a Catholic priest would hold a silent prayer inside the Aqsa Mosque, a tradition that continued until 1951. It was halted because of the controversy surrounding the site.  But after the unification of Jerusalem in 1967, both churches chose to avoid delving into this sensitive subject.

This topic is cited here to illustrate the complexities of a scenario where the Palestinians had rejected any flexibility on sharing the site. Israel, on the other hand, will never surrender this right which is viewed as a core symbol of its Jewish identity.

Among other factors of dispute, this could be a major deterrent to any peace talks between the two sides, since almost neither could compromise.

Furthermore, Hamas, Iran’s main proxy in Gaza, won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. Of course, if the next Palestinian elections occur soon, they will not hand over power to a Palestinian authority that is under the control of Abbas in Ramallah.

According to a Palestinian journalist who chose to remain anonymous, the two most important factors in the West Bank are “corruption and Islamic radicalism”. Another demand by the US is that the old guards of Fatah tainted with corruption and nepotism should leave the political scene.

In addition, some believe that Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi might be freed from the Israeli prison as part of a new movement by the Palestinians to form a leadership that can make some historic decisions.

In an interview with Marwan Muasher, Vice president of Carnegie Endowment for Peace Studies, the renowned former Jordanian diplomat was quoted saying that “the Biden administration would cancel the Trump peace plan”, which had been dubbed a “Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People”. Nonetheless,  he also predicted that Biden, whom he knows personally, would not succeed in establishing a Palestinian state and would not relocate the US embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

Marwan Muasher was Jordan’s foreign minister during the Aqaba peace conference that President Bush attended in 2003. He previously served as Jordan’s ambassador to Tel Aviv and Washington.

However, during the election campaign, Biden promised to support the return of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Muslim organizations, such as The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which mobilized one million votes for Biden might want to cash in on their support to Biden by making him provide US tax money support to the Palestinians.

It is believed that the Biden administration will reopen the US Consulate in East Jerusalem (Virtual US Embassy for the Palestinians) while the PLO office in Washington can resume its previous limited status.

The Palestinians hope that the United States will exert pressure on Israel to end its plans of unilaterally annexing portions of the West Bank and to cease settlement activities.

Moreover, by now, the Palestinians must know that the incoming US administration will continue to focus on pressing issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic, whereas Israel is scheduled to hold its fourth election in two years on March 23.

It is hard to believe that any significant steps can be taken during this year since both the US and Israel have different priorities. The most the Palestinians can hope for is immediate financial support and the return of US funding to UNRWA.

While the incoming President Biden and both the US Houses know very well that neither is going to support any step that is perceived as compromising Israel’s security or that will oblige Israel to make existential concessions.

Furthermore, the United States is expected to face massive resistance from Israel over the return of the nuclear deal that was reached during the Obama presidency in 2015. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are in the same trench with Israel to keep Iran isolated.

The new alliance between Israel and these Arab countries should strengthen its resolve to face new international pressure. Israel should continue its dominance, both regionally and within the US.

©Samir A. Zedan. All rights reserved.

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Minneapolis Protesters Raise Somali Flag

On December 30, a 23-year-old man named Dolal Idd, who was wanted on felony charges, fired on Minneapolis police officers, who returned fire and killed him. Despite the fact that what happened is clear and there is no actual question of excessive force by the police, hundreds of people protested Sunday, claiming that Idd had been treated unjustly. In the course of the protests, some of the participants replaced an American flag that was flying over a South Minneapolis gas station with a Somali flag. It was a telling indication of what mass immigration without assimilation has already done to this country, and what it is likely to do in the future.

Joe Biden is set to reopen the mass migration floodgates, and so it is virtually certain that before too long, numerous Somalis will enter the United States and further increase the Somali population in Minneapolis and elsewhere. Will any attempt whatsoever be made to ensure that the people entering the United States will become loyal citizens, or at very least loyal residents, and that they will accept American values including? Will any attempt whatsoever be made to ensure that none of those immigrants who are coming in are Islamic jihadis?

Those who took down the American flag and raised the Somali flag in Minneapolis may not be jihadis, but they certainly don’t seem to be interested in expressing any gratitude to the country that welcomed them, or in maintaining any loyalty to it. Meanwhile, other migrants from Somalia have indeed been jihadis: a Somali Muslim migrant named Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant, in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud, Minnesota (not too far from where the protesters raised the Somali flag) while screaming “Allahu akbar”; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant, in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University.

What’s more, Fox News reported in February 2019 that “more men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country. FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled.”

Hassan Sheikh Ali, a lecturer on international relations at Somali National University, hailed Biden’s vow to repeal Trump’s travel bans on entry from jihadi hotspots. “Many Somali families,” he explained, “who were in the process of uniting with their relatives in America have been affected. Their life has been put on hold by that decision. There are many Somalis in Somalia and America who want to see Trump out of office because of that.”

That tugs at the heartstrings, but forgotten amid the lovefest is the president’s responsibility to protect the citizens of the United States and America as a free society. Nothing is more certain than the fact that Joe Biden will do nothing whatsoever to ensure that those coming in from Somalia won’t put their loyalty to Somalia over their loyalty to the United States, like the protesters who raised the Somali flag in South Minneapolis. Just as absolutely certain is the fact that no efforts whatsoever will be made to ensure that none of the Somalis entering will be jihadis. Instead, any and all such concerns will be brushed aside as “racism,” and the doors will be flung open wide.

A modest proposal: all “lawmakers” who henceforth support measures allowing for unrestricted, unvetted mass immigration should be held legally liable for any crimes committed by those who enter as a result. But of course there is no chance of such a proposal being adopted: now more than ever, those who rule over us will be insulated from the consequences of their actions, and the American people will have no recourse.

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VIDEO: Introduction to Political Islam with Al Fadi, a former Muslim

I have done many interviews about the foundations of Political Islam, but I find this interview to be one of the best. We begin with my personal history that led to learning about Islam, and then discuss various topics such as:

  • Why you don’t want to start out learning about Islam by reading the Koran
  • Knowing the life of Mohammed, the Sira, is the easiest way to learn about Islam and the most efficient use of your time
  • There is a law of saturation for Islam. After Islam enters a nation, in a matter of time, the nation becomes completely Islamic

This is the first of several interviews with Al Fadi about Political Islam. More will follow.

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VIRGINIA: Muslim professing love for Allah murders two, county attorney says we ‘may never know’ his motive

Ivan Maertens Aramayo is Ayanna Maertens Griffin’s father. In this Washington Post report, consistent with the establishment media’s never-ending mission to exonerate Islam from all crimes done in its name and in accord with its teachings, he offers two quotations from the Qur’an, apparently in order to establish that what Mohamed Aly did was completely inconsistent with his “professed love for Allah.”

The first one (“And do not kill one another…”) is Qur’an 4:29. The full verse is: “O you who believe, do not squander your wealth among yourselves in vanity, except in a trade by mutual consent, and do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is always merciful to you.” It is thus clearly addressed to “you who believe,” and does not override the Qur’an’s thrice-repeated imperative to kill unbelievers (2:191, 4:89, 9:5).

The other quote is Qur’an 5:32, which is one of the most oft-quoted verses of the Qur’an, the one that Western non-Muslim leaders refer to frequently in order to establish that Islam is a religion of peace. There is, however, less to it than Western leaders and Islamic apologists claim. It is not a general prohibition of killing: there are big exceptions to the prohibition on killing, for “manslaughter or corruption on the earth.” Also, this prohibition is not a general command, but is specifically directed at the children of Israel. After it was given, “many of them committed excesses on earth,” so all this passage is really saying is that Allah gave a command to the children of Israel and they transgressed against it. Some Islamic authorities interpret this passage in a supremacist manner, as applying only to Muslims. The eighth-century Muslim jurist Sa’id bin Jubayr is said to have explained: “He who allows himself to shed the blood of a Muslim, is like he who allows shedding the blood of all people. He who forbids shedding the blood of one Muslim, is like he who forbids shedding the blood of all people.” Then 5:33 continues from 5:32 and makes clear the dire punishments that are prescribed for the corruption and transgressions of the children of Israel, and a warning to the Jews to stop their bad behavior. Seen in its light, this celebrated passage, Qur’an 5:32, is explaining what must be done with Jews who reject the messenger and commit the vague sin of spreading corruption on earth. Contrary to popular belief in the West, the passage is not dictating lofty moral principles.

Meanwhile, is anyone even looking into the possibility that Mohamed Aly’s murders of Ayanna Maertens Griffin and Ntombo Joel Bianda may be tied to his “love for Allah”? Or has such an investigation been dismissed out of hand as “Islamophobic”?

“Nearly a year after a young couple were killed, a guilty plea provides few answers,” by Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, January 4, 2021 (thanks to Darcy):

…Ayanna Maertens Griffin, 18, and her boyfriend, Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, were shot to death in southern Halifax County nearly a year ago. An 18-year-old student at Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School was quickly arrested and confessed. Mohamed Aly pleaded guilty in December to first-degree murder counts and sentenced to four life terms, but his reasons for killing two acquaintances remain a mystery.

“One of the most painful aspects of this case is that the family may never know Aly’s motive to murder their loved ones. We are all left asking, why?” Halifax Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said in a statement. “We may never have an answer to that question.”…

After the arrest, Maertens Aramayo had looked at Aly’s social media pages and saw that the teenager professed love for Allah. A Roman Catholic himself, he studied theology, and what he knew about Islam gave him an opening. He offered two quotes from the Koran:

“And do not kill one another, for God is indeed merciful unto you” and “Whoever kills an innocent life, it is as if he has killed all of humanity.”

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Some of the expectations and challenges confronting the Middle East in the wake of the upcoming Biden administration

In Iran, which has been eagerly looking forward to the return of a nuclear agreement reached with the Obama administration, the excitement is evident after it was announced that Biden would be the new occupant of the White House in under two weeks.

However, the Islamic Republic, known for its shenanigans to maintain its grip on the Persian Gulf area, now faces a new reality: namely, a rapidly growing Israeli-Arab alliance (mainly with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain) to counter Iranian challenges.

No wonder, Israel’s warm relationship with the United Arab Emirates surpasses any peace agreement it signed either with Egypt or Jordan. The following Emirati song (Take me to Tel Aviv!) offers a good example of the deep level of cooperation and passion between the UAE and Israel. It also indicates the UAE and Bahrain’s accelerated efforts to normalize ties with Israel at a rapid pace.

Observing carefully the recent statements by some Iranian officials about Iran’s nuclear program, they might try to use them as a pressure card so Biden will rush to return to the status quo that existed under Obama’s nuclear deal reached in 2015.

In this video, Ali-Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) talked about the scope of the Iranian nuclear project and its future mission to become one of the most important ambitions.  He also claimed that the Iranian president had ordered the allocation of financial resources to support these ambitious plans. This may well mean that Iran’s hope for lifting economic sanctions has become realistic.

According to the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in the video below, Iran is not withdrawing from the nuclear deal by turning up nuclear enrichment to 20%, but rather to pressure the United States and the European co-signatories to “correct their own ways and their own violations”. This step is yet further evidence to pressure the United States for an unconditional resume of the nuclear deal and the lifting of economic sanctions.

It is not surprising to see that the Trump administration continues to impose sanctions on the Islamic State in order to cripple “the regime’s destabilizing activities around the world”. “The United States will continue to aggressively implement sanctions with respect to the Iranian regime, those who evade sanctions, and others who enable the regime to fund and carry out its malign agenda of repression and terror”. The latest statement released by the spokesperson of Secretary of State Pompeo concluded.

With these ongoing sanctions, It is also obvious that the Trump administration seeks to make it harder for the incoming Biden administration to unconditionally lift them. It can also cause embarrassment and be exposed as a sign of weakness as well.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia, which expects some clashes with the Biden administration because of its human rights record, may find itself deepening its relationship with Israel to confront Iran. In his speech at the GCC summit, the Saudi Crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman reaffirmed his calls for unity among the Gulf states against Iran’s threats.

The Saudis resumed pursuing closer ties with Turkey despite the dispute caused by the murder of a Saudi journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Turkey’s support for Qatar in its contention with Saudi Arabia.

Needless to add, the recent Gulf Cooperation Council summit, which took place in Saudi Arabia, witnessed the beginning of a reconciliation project with Qatar in response to the new political developments, such as the Biden administration.

While the United Arab Emirates was initially not enthusiastic about the rapprochement with Qatar, it supported the path of reconciliation supported by the United States in order to put an end to thorny issues such as Qatar’s relationship with Iran and Turkish presence in the Gulf.  Nevertheless, The main target remains to face Iran’s menace to the region.

The Trump administration’s strenuous efforts to isolate Iran in the region may ultimately fall to waste if the Biden administration decides to reverse that policy and return unconditionally to the infamous nuclear deal.

Iran’s ballistic missile program is no less dangerous than its nuclear programs since Iran wishes to make itself a striking power beyond the Gulf states and Israel.

It is clear that Israel, reputed for its intelligence capabilities which succeeded, not long ago, in eliminating the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizdeh near the Iranian capital Tehran, is facing continued looming threats. Hezbollah, Iran’s military arm in Lebanon, as well as the increasing military capabilities of Hamas in Gaza make the Jewish state more vigilant than ever before.

The Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza, in the video below, made it very clear that Iran wants to continue to pose a major security threat to Israel. He added that Iran gave Hamas the ability to strike Tel Aviv by building a missile network, “which is one of the most significant accomplishments of the late Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.” No wonder Israel celebrated his death which came as a result of a US strike at Baghdad airport last year.

How will the Biden administration deal with Iran’s unrelenting hegemonic ambitions? Perhaps liberal voices in the United States have the answer to this question.

The most important question is how Israel will react to an unconditional return to Iran’s nuclear deal.

Will Israel and its new Arab allies take action against the Iranian nuclear program or will they accept to be pawns in such a scenario where the nuclear deal is inviolable?

©Samir A. Zedan. All rights reserved.