After weeks of ratcheting up the criticism and pressure, President Obama has finally explicitly called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to resign. He intensified sanctions on by freezing all assets of the regime under American jurisdiction and imposing other tough measures, but he ruled out “foreign intervention.”
Here in the national manufacturing center for hot air, we just finished sweating out one of the lengthiest heat waves in the city's history with 16 consecutive days at or above 90 degrees, and many of those over 100 and setting records.
Bashar Assad ushered in Ramadan this weekend by killing at least 136 unarmed civilian demonstrators, including nearly 100 in the city of Hama, the place where nearly 30 years earlier his father massacred tens of thousands of his fellow Syrians. Tanks and machine-gunners also targeted mosque minarets in the Sunni-majority city; Assad and his ruling circle are Alouite Shi'ites.
Ronald Lauder has a good idea. In a gesture of peace and understanding, he wants to save the Iranians the humiliation of being defeated by Israeli athletes at the 2012 Olympics in London and protect the losers from any retribution they may incur for returning home with the stigma of having been bested by a Zionist by having them sit out next year's games.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 07/28/2011 - 11:46
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in town to meet with top administration officials -- Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta --on Thursday before heading to New York for a session with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
"There are no real expectations that Barak's consultations in the U.S. this week will result in any breakthrough on stalled peace process efforts," reports Laura Rozen in her Yahoo blog, The Envoy.
A sign like that would be infuriating. How about a presidential candidate saying he would be uncomfortable appointing Jews to his cabinet, you know, with all those dual loyalty questions? Outrageous bigotry, you say? Now substitute Muslim for Jew and you have Republican presidential wannabe Herman Cain.