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Organ Snatching; WSJ Thinks Arabs are Iranians

Here are a couple of stories to look into. The Arab News reports:

RAMALLAH: The chief Israeli pathologist and director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir, professor Yehuda Hiss, has admitted harvesting organs from the bodies of dead Palestinians without the consent of their families.

You can read more at the link. And the other story, found at BoRev.net, is about a Wall Street Journal article conflating Iranians with Venezuelans of Arab descent. To make it more scary.

From the penultimate paragraph of the WSJ article:

What do Fadi Kabboul, Aref Richany Jimenez, Radwan Sabbagh and Tarek Zaidan El Aissami Maddah have in common? The answer is that they are, respectively, executive director for planning of Venezuelan oil company PdVSA; the president of Venezuela’s military-industrial complex; the president of a major state-owned mining concern; and, finally, the minister of interior. Latin Americans of Middle Eastern descent have long played prominent roles in national politics and business. But these are all fingertip positions in what gives the Iranian-Venezuelan relationship its worrying grip.

From BoRev:

Wow, was your mind just blown? Iran is infiltrating the highest levels of the Venezuelan oil sector using…Christian immigrants from Lebanon! I don’t mean to add fuel to the fire or anything, but I think I saw a Sikh cab driver in Caracas once too.

The commenters at BoRev are pretty sure that all those guys are of Lebanese Christian descent, but I can’t verify it. After all, most people don’t have to declare their ethnic descent and religion to the world. A google search on their names mostly brings up dozens of blog posts about this WSJ article. Plus the dismaying realization that attempts to link Iran to Venezuela through Arab Christians has been going on for a while.

There are several sites out there linking Venezuelan Minister of the Interior Tarek El Aissami to Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime in the sense that his great uncle was a Baathist, and I can’t figure out if that’s true or not, but I can pretty much guarantee that a tie to the Iraqi Baathist party is pretty much the opposite of a tie to Iran.

Plus, why did the WSJ writer, Bret “They All Look Alike to Me” Stephens, include Tarek El Aissami’s middle name and maternal last name? He doesn’t go by them, and his name is plenty scary-Arab-sounding without them.

See more mocking of Bret here. I only regret that there isn’t a lot more mocking.

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Looking at a Map…

I’m reading The Tenth Cow by Aram Schefrin. I’ll write about it again when I’m done, but I’m not done yet. I blogged a few posts ago about the strange alliance between some Jewish/Israeli nutters and their Christian counterparts, all of whom are trying to hasten armageddon so they (the Christian ones) can get raptured. I can’t remember what’s in it for the Jews.
Long story short, they need this perfect red heifer so they can sacrifice it and then rebuild “the temple” so that the antichrist will come and worldwide war will break out and armageddon will commence.
One bit of the prophecy that I would consider to be a sticking point, which all and sundry seem to be glossing over, is that Israel is supposed to be attacked from the north. And with all the recent saber-rattling over Iran’s nuclear program, the nutcakes are expecting Iran to be the evil empire that makes that attack from the north. The problem, as I see it, is that Iran is not to the north of Israel. Is fudging the facts supposed to fool God? Because if it is, why not just spray paint the heifer with some vegetable dye?
Teheran is located farther north than Israel, but then so are London and Rome. And every European capital. Washington DC and Tokyo look to be at about the same latitude. It’s safe to say that an attack on Israel by any country from Mexico down to Australia can’t be counted as an attack from the north.

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