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On just about every issue, in 2016, candidate Trump ran in opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Donald Trump won the presidency; Lindsey Graham quit the race with a near-zero popularity, as reflected in the polls.

The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among the least popular senators.

No wonder. Graham is reliably wrong about most things.

But being both misguided and despised have done nothing to diminish Sen. Graham’s popularity with Big Media, left and right. Thus were his pronouncements accorded the customary reverence, during a July 10 segment, on Fox News’ “The Story.”

Which is when he told anchor Martha MacCallum that, “Putin is not doing anything good in Syria.”

Then again, Lindsey is being consistent. The revival of “one of the world’s oldest Christian communities,” in Syria, is not something the senator we’ve come to know and loathe would celebrate.

It’s true. “A new Syria is emerging from the rubble of war,” reports The Economist, a magazine which is every bit as liberal and Russophobic as Graham and his political soul mate, John McCain, but whose correspondents on the ground—in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs—have a far greater fidelity to the truth than the terrible two.

“In Homs, … the Christian quarter is reviving. Churches have been lavishly restored; a large crucifix hangs over the main street.” ‘Groom of Heaven,’ proclaims a billboard featuring a photo of a Christian soldier killed in the seven-year conflict. And, in their sermons, Orthodox patriarchs praise Mr. Assad for saving … the Christian communities.”

Don’t tell the ailing McCain. It’ll only make him miserable, but thanks to Putin, Assad “now controls Syria’s spine, from Aleppo in the north to Damascus in the south—what French colonists once called la Syrie utile (useful Syria). The rebels are confined to pockets along the southern and northern borders.”

“Homs, like all of the cities recaptured by the government, now belongs mostly to Syria’s victorious minorities: Christians, Shias and Alawites (an esoteric offshoot of Shia Islam from which Mr. Assad hails). These groups banded together against the rebels, who are nearly all Sunni, and chased them out of the cities.” (“How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria,” The Economist, June 28, 2018.)

A Christian teacher in Homs rejoices, for she no longer must live alongside neighbors “who overnight called you a kafir (infidel).”

The teacher’s venom is directed at John McCain’s beloved “rebels.” Internet selfies abound of McCain mixing it up with leading Sunni “rebels,” against whom Putin and Bashar al-Assad were doing battle. Who knows? McCain may even have taken a pic with the infamous “rebel” who decapitated Syrian Franciscan monk Father Francois Murad.

Ignoramuses McCain and Graham had both urged the US to send weapons to the “rebels”—even as it transpired that the lovelies with whom McCain was cavorting on his sojourns in Syria liked to feast on … the lungs of their pro-Assad enemies. A devotee of multiculturalism, Lindsey could probably explain the idiosyncratic cultural symbolism of such savagery.

Infested as it is by globalist ideologues, the permanent establishment of American foreign policy refuses to consider regional, religious, local, even tribal, dynamics in the Middle East. In particular, that the “good” guys in Syria—a relative term—are not the Islamist “rebels,” with whom the senior Republican senator from Arizona was forever frolicking; but the secular Alawites.

You likely didn’t know that Alawites like al-Assad also “flinch at Shia evangelizing. ‘We don’t pray, don’t fast [during Ramadan] and drink alcohol,’ says one.”

Under Putin’s protection, the more civilized Alawite minority (read higher IQ), which has governed Syria since 1966, is in charge again. Duly, reports the anti-Assad Economist, “Government departments are functioning. … electricity and water supplies are more reliable than in much of the Middle East. Officials predict that next year’s natural-gas production will surpass pre-war levels. The railway from Damascus to Aleppo might resume operations this summer. The National Museum in Damascus, which locked up its prized antiquities for protection, is preparing to reopen to the public.”

Good thinking. The “rebels” would have blown Syria’s prized antiquities to smithereens.

Given that Islamists are not in charge, the specter of men leaving their women and fleeing Syria has had an upside. Syrian women dominate the workforce. Why, they’re even working as “plumbers, taxi-drivers and bartenders.” Had Sen. Graham, his friends the “rebels,” and their Sunni state sponsors won—Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar—would this be possible? Turkey is currently sheltering “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a group linked to al-Qaeda, and other Sunni rebels.”

Aligned against the Christian-Shia-Alawite alliance are Israel and America, too. They’ve formed a protective perimeter around rebel holdouts.

Before the breakthrough, when Sunni rebels were gaining ground, Syria’s “women donned headscarves,” and “non-Muslim businessmen bowed to demands from Sunni employees for prayer rooms. But as the war swung their way, minorities regained their confidence.” “Christian women in Aleppo [now] show their cleavage, the internet is unrestricted and social-media apps allow for unfettered communication. Students in cafés openly criticize the regime.”

Contra the robotic sloganeering from Lindsey, Nikki Haley and the political establishment, Russia has been pushing Bashar al-Assad to open up Syria’s political process and allow for the revival of “multiparty politics.”

Alas, the once bitten Assad is twice shy. His attempts, a decade ago, to liberalize Syrian politics resulted in the ascendancy of Sunni fundamentalism, aka Lindsey Grahamnesty’s rebels. (The nickname is for the Republican senator’s laissez-faire immigration policies, stateside.)

As has Russia called “for foreign forces to leave Syria,” Iran’s included. Iran commands 80,000 Shia militiamen in Syria. “Skirmishes between the [Iranian] militias and Syrian troops have resulted in scores of deaths. Having defeated Sunni Islamists, army officers say they have no wish to succumb to Shia ones.”

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It all boils down to national sovereignty. So as to survive the onslaught of the Sunni fundamentalist majority, the endangered Alawite minority formed an alliance with the Iranian Shia, also a minority among the Ummah. Now, civilized and secular Syrians want their country back. In fact, many Syrian “Sunnis prefer Mr. Assad’s secular rule to that of Islamist rebels.”

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook,Gab & YouTube

 
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  1. llloyd says: • Website

    So according to Ilana, Christianity means women showing their cleavage which she links to unrestricted Internet and aps. To me that sounds Satanic. That is not Middle Eastern Christianity.

  2. Realist says:

    The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among least popular senators.

    But not in South Carolina…those dumb bastards keep electing him/her.

  3. @llloyd

    “Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are like its clusters. “I said, ‘I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.’ Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples.” Song of Solomon 7:7-8

    “Could it be Satan?” Church Lady Lloyd

  4. tito perdue says: • Website

    Ms. Mercer has invited emails and I wish to communicate with her but the links provided don’t work for me.
    Can you give me her email address or give her mine?

    Tito Perdue
    Alt Right
    author
    http://www.titoperdue.com

    • Replies: @Haxo Angmark
  5. @Realist

    Primary elections are easy to rig. Turn-out is low and campaigning at the intra-party level is so cheap you could literally pay ringers to split your opposition’s vote. Primary elections are, effectively, political parties deputizing the government to run their nominating process for them. It’s a weird, hybrid relation that needs to be abolished.

    • Replies: @Realist
  6. Alawite, Shia and Christian Syrians don’t routinely marry their cousins. Therefore they have a higher IQ. It’s sad, but unsurprising that the Sunni fell for ISIS’ idiocy.

  7. Dan Hayes says:

    Ilana, thank you for correctly pointing out the significant opponents of the Christian-Shia-Alawite alliance: “Israel and America.”

  8. You’re not getting his full name right.

    It’s Lindssthaaay Grahamnesty.

  9. Daraa is the FSA’s Götterdämmerung. As Deir-ez-Zor and al-Bukamal were Baghdadi’s and Idlib will be Jolani’s.

    I can say with no reservations that seeing that red, white, and black beauty lapping at the winds over that storied city and progeny of Canaan, symbolizing and encapsulating the Syrian national identity, the return of order and of unity of spirit and of purpose, of the principle and ethos of one people, one nation, one leader indivisible activates all the relevant neural pathways, delights the imagination and the senses. Anything is possible now that history has been steered in its proper direction and arrived at this juncture by the efforts of great men.

    The Syrian Arab Army, nay the whole military in every branch, leadership, and resistant people and their allies, are making all possible, making reality bend to their will to shape it as desired, and writing the history of this thing called Syria in the streets of Daraa for a thousand generations hence. They are the children of its past, guardians of its present, and untamed mother of its future. Syria will still have a nation and a civilization to call its own on the face of this rock because of their service, valor, and unshakeable unyielding belief. A triumph of their will over the foreign invasion and everyone and everything that served it.

    Sorry if I’m emotional on this day but it turns my legs to quivering aspic but it should be their enemies in foreign capitals kneeling. They’ve showed and humbled them all, humbled Obama’s billion dollar weapons pipeline, McCain’s temper tantrums and the world’s silence. History is not pre-determined. History is what we make it with our own hands. The real fight for freedom by the real rebel, the Syrian Arab Republic, has been won. No greater freedom than the collective self-determination of a nation; the army its fist and President Assad its voice, speaker, and manifestation of its will.

    • Replies: @Avery
  10. @tito perdue

    just go over to her website. She used to have a contact e-mail there. Probably still does.

  11. since the Issacsohn-Mercer is evidently not going to make aliyah,

    perhaps its time for her to do a Portman instead,

    and abandon Israhell altogether. That would

    gain her some bonus points from

    those of us on the hardRight, and so

    avoid eventual deportation to Antarctica.

  12. Lindsay Graham should rot in Hell.

    Nothing he has ever said Ever. Has been correct as time has passed.

    Nothing he says is true. Or has been true. Or has been proven to be true.

    Ever. Nothing that this man has said ever in his life has been proven to be true ever in time.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  13. @Echoes of History

    Hah! I had the word “hilarious” in my head right when I put the mouse over Anitwar7.

  14. @restless94110

    Yep, and kudos to Mrs. Mercer for using the common term “Grahamnesty”. (“Miss Lindsey” works too.) I”ve called on the phone to his Senate offices before, and that’s the the term I use.

    S. Carolinians have got to come out to the primary voting booth some damn time. This guy should have been voted out 2 terms ago at least. They’ve had “D”s running against him in the general election who were pro-gun, etc., but, no, Grahamnesty’s got that magical “R” after his name.

    Maybe when McCain is gone, Miss Lindsey will be so forlorn from his lost love that he’ll give it up and move to Lost Wages as a concubine for his “gaming” benefactor Sheldon Adelson.

  15. Oh, I almost forgot about this, as it’s been a while. A certain Miss Ann Barnhardt, of Lone Tree, Colorado, had a great video in which she discusses/burns pages of the koran, and she uses her bacon bookmarks to keep on the script. Miss Barnhardt uses the term “jackass” in reference to Miss Lindsey, and I think that’s a very underutilized term nowadays.

    Ann Barnhardt, being a very religious Catholic, also has some not-so-kind words to say about the Commie so-called-pope they’ve got now over there now. I agree wholeheartedly.

    • Replies: @Jake
  16. Avery says:
    @Hypocrisy Dies In Dankness

    Well written post.
    Excellent English.
    Fully support your sentiments.

    Sad that 100s of 1,000s of Syrians were killed by Western supported savages.
    Much of what barbarians destroyed (historical sites like the Aleppo souk) are damaged or gone beyond restoration. Well established communities who contributed over generations to Syria’s success – have scattered all over the world now.

    However, as you said, it is morning again in Syria.
    God bless the heroic Syrian people, and their few foreign helpers for defeating the dark forces of death and destruction.

    Long live Syrian Arab Republic.

  17. Rich says:

    Excellent column. It’s amazing that this information is blocked throughout the mainstream media. How, in Heaven’s name, did any Westerner, or American, think supporting these insane rebels was a good idea?

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  18. @Realist

    You are a moron Realist.I live in SC and loathe sissy Lindsay Graham.I have never met a Lindsay Graham voter in many political talks.People here despise him,except for all the Yankees like yourself who love his leftist policies.There is massive fraud and deceipt used in all American politics to keep the preferred slate of candidates as the only choice.The Republican aka Uni-party leadership here insist on keeping our primary system open here so that liberal voters all flood into the GOP primary and give us a very liberal candidate(as Democrats here don’t win the general election this is an excellent strategy for them and one which only work because Uni-party Republican leaders want it so).Also Jewish media and massive donations allow Lindsay to lie with impunity and shut out any challenger around which all the conservative voters might coalesce.We aren’t dumb nor bastards you piece of trash we are merely prisoner to the Jewish dominated system as it now stands.Notice all GOP presidential candidates spend more time mouthing loyalty to Israel than they do the American voter.One critique I do have about many voters here is they buy into unBiblical lie that that shitty atheist Jews are God’s chosen people.Followers of Christ are the chosen people of God and only an imbecile would think otherwise.DO NOT forget,Lindsay Graham is despised and mocked by South Carolinians daily,we cringe when we hear him call Mestizo invaders good people and when he calls honorable South Carolinians bigots for opposing the invasion of their country and opposing their replacement by brown hordes.The crooked system is the ONLY reason the homo Graham is Senator.

    • Replies: @Realist
  19. Realist says:
    @Christians aka God's true chosen people

    You are a moron Realist

    In light of your ad hominem attack here is a little something to up the ante.
    FUCK YOU

    In spite of you South Carolinian bozo’s protestations and excuses, a majority of you dumb shits are electing Lindsey Graham…if you don’t want to….stop voting for him.

    People here despise him,except for all the Yankees like yourself who love his leftist policies.

    I do not support leftist policies. But since you are so enamored with God why don’t you ask him to pull your head out of your ass so you can write a coherent sentence?

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  20. Realist says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    It’s a weird, hybrid relation that needs to be abolished.

    If voters in South Carolina don’t like it…change it.

  21. SMK says: • Website

    Yes, the left-liberal MSM loves “Grahamnesty,” despite his warmongering, largely because he’s an open borders fanatic whose support for amnesty for illegal aliens and for an invasion of nonwhites from the Third-world, tens and tens of millions, will transform the U.S. into a nonwhite-majority hell-hole and dystopia in which no Republican will ever be elected President again and the country will be ruled in effect by a one-party left-wing, nonwhite dictatorship. And so. too, with his quasi-father, the even more odious John McCain.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  22. SMK says: • Website

    And, likewise, Fox News and most of the right-wing media. Jeanine Pirror even called him “the great Lindsey Graham,” and extolled him as the “one and only Lindsey Graham.”

    • Replies: @Anon
  23. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @llloyd

    After Jesus, the next biggest Christian icon is Mary holding Jesus with cleavage exposed.

    Christianity means men can control their urges when they see a women’s face, hair, legs neck and a bit of cleavage.

    The Muslim women’s covering is to protect women from the oversexed Muslim men who can’t control themselves.

    It’s the difference between humans and beasts.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @anon
  24. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Echoes of History

    So Solomon humped tree trunks? Ps, he didn’t exist. Shouldn’t religion be a private thing?

  25. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve admired the Assad family for a long time. I’m so glad they defeated Israel and it’s American colonial troops.

    France had the Senegalese, Britain the Indians Israel has the Americans.

    It seems many violent retarded dangerous young Muslim men fled to Europe Without them Syria will flourish.

    This is a great article, Ilanas’ best

  26. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @llloyd

    What do you know about middle eastern Christianity?

    • Replies: @llloyd
  27. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @SMK

    I don’t watch Fox News. It should be called the AIPAC channel.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  28. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    A splendid film

  29. nagra says:

    if majority of the people in USA still don’t know who McCain and Graham are without such analysis

    than happy civil war
    a congratulations
    you deserve it

  30. Anonymous[348] • Disclaimer says:

    Ignoramuses McCain and Graham had both urged the US to send weapons to the “rebels”—even as it transpired that the lovelies with whom McCain was cavorting on his sojourns in Syria liked to feast on … the lungs of their pro-Assad enemies. A devotee of multiculturalism, Lindsey could probably explain the idiosyncratic cultural symbolism of such savagery.

    Which raises a good question: Is eating human body parts even halal?

  31. Moi says:
    @llloyd

    Mostly drivel from Ms. Mercer. She apparently thinks the Arabic word “kafir” means infidel. It doesn’t.

    • Replies: @Jake
    , @RadicalCenter
  32. Jake says:

    The more that Neocons, Gentile same as Jew, favor it, the more it is anti-Christ, anti-Christian, and anti-white Gentile.

  33. Jake says:
    @Moi

    For whom do you post? ADL? SPLC? AIPAC? Bill Kristol? Max Boot? John McCain?

    And you are dead wrong about word knowledge, at least in this case.

    • Replies: @Moi
  34. @llloyd

    women showing cleavage is Satanic?

    you are a moonbat.

  35. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Realist

    Hard to deny that it was the people of South Carolina who elected that traitorous bastard.

    And hard to deny that the people of Arizona put in power the evil McCain.

    Or the people of Wisconsin put in power the venal and corrupt Paul Ryan.

    Time and time again.

    No hope for a republic with voters this stupid and out to lunch.

    At some point the electorate has to be held responsible for the choices they have made.

    • Replies: @Realist
  36. llloyd says: • Website
    @Anon

    Just lived in Iraq for a year and knew Assyrian Christians.

    • Replies: @Anon
  37. @Rich

    How, in Heaven’s name, did any Westerner, or American, think supporting these insane rebels was a good idea?

    Supporting insane rebels is a good idea because it helps grow the arms industry. Lindsey Graham keeps getting reelected because he represents an area of the country where large numbers of people derive their living, directly or indirectly, from the arms industry. Fort Gordon, which is now home to a huge NSA spy facility, along with SRP (Savannah River Project bomb plant) both employ thousands of people

  38. Bottom line: Putin is totally bogged down in Syria. The day he goes, Assad falls. Trump can pull out of Syria. Putin can’t. And the US can re-launch the war at any time. Putin is a sitting duck. All he can do is sit there and take whatever the US serves up to him.
    Also: “Orthodox patriarchs praise Mr. Assad”. Why are the Catholics not praising nice Mr Assad?

    • Troll: L.K
    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @WHAT
    , @anon
    , @WJ
  39. ISIS aka AL CIADA is a creation of the U.S and Israel and Britain aka the CIA/MOSSAD/MI6 with help from NATO and Saudi Arabia and Turkey and is being used to destroy not only Syria but Iraq and Libya and Iran and Egypt for the benefit of Zionist Israel.

    All the blood being shed in the ME is being shed for the benefit of zionist Israel for their goal of a zionist NWO/ONE WORLD GOV and the America taxpayers are paying for every bit of the slaughter that the zionists who control the U.S. gov have caused in the ME.

    Thank GOD for Russia and Putin and Assad and Syria for standing against this SATANIC CABAL in Syria.

    • Agree: Druid
  40. Moi says:
    @Jake

    You’re plainly nuts if you think I’d have anything to do with those Israeli shills. If you think kafir in Arabic means infidel, then please provide me with a citation.

    BTW, there is no equivalent for infidel in Arabic. Prove me wrong if you can…

    PS: and jihad does not mean war, it means to struggle, exert etc….

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Talha
  41. Sen. Graham is a trusted servant of the Deep State. Remember, MIC profiteers need a credible enemy to justify looting the US treasury, thereby robbing every American taxpayer, by “patriotic” rhetoric. Therefore, they will lie through their teeth about Putin, Assad, Iranian leaders, or whoever to keep their profits flowing. Their narrative is so false today that they had to dispense with shame, following Dr. Goebbels dictum that “the lie must be big”. That’s what the MSM are full of: “comrade Ogilvy” stories.

  42. @Anon

    Hate to disappoint, but CNN and CNBC are 100% AIPAC channels, whereas Fox news is only 80%. That’s why Fox news says something true more often than CNN or CNBC (not that they do it very often: the majority of their stories are lies, just like all stories on the “leftist” channels, as well as in NYT, WP, etc).

    • Replies: @Anon
  43. anon[107] • Disclaimer says:
    @Moi

    Having defeated Sunni Islamists, army officers say they have no wish to succumb to Shia ones.” Author’s quote

    Todays NYT nowhere ,NYT says which is said on FOX “US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin resulted in a “really good” outcome for Israel, the president told Fox News of the Helsinki Summit yesterday.
    “We came to a lot of good conclusions. A really good conclusion for Israel. Something very strong,” 
    though NYT is documenting each and every behavior of Putin in Syria as nothing but betrayal of American-Russian agreements .

    In another site Sprinkler or Spengler is out saying he was a neocon and not now , also adds that Moscow and China don’t know how clueless America is but then adds somewhere that the chaos and the mayhem in ME is not US’s planning but the result of cluelessness . He goes on adding that the DIA reports on Salafi takeover of Iraq and Syria was a product of A NON-IVY LEAGUE EDUCATED NOT VERY INTELLIGENT AND NOT VERY IMPORTANT SOLDIER .

    (http://www.atimes.com/article/trump-is-right-about-whos-to-blame-for-bad-relations-with-russia/ )

    Russia shall be very careful of friends like this author or reborn non -neocon like Goldman .

  44. @Michael Kenny

    I feel sincere pity for the State Department trolls: they are forced to resort to total BS to support its narrative, which is false through and through.

    In fact, Assad is the most popular leader in Syria now. That’s why the “Assad must go” crowd is vehemently opposed to any elections in which Assad can participate. BTW, most of the “Assad must go” “leaders” are already gone, Merkel is the only one still clinging to power by the skin of her teeth. Normal Syrians who lived under Islamists’ rule, including Sunnis, are now more pro-Assad than anyone: they’ve tasted the alternative and hated it.

    • Replies: @Kiza
    , @NoseytheDuke
  45. @Moi

    Doesn’t it literally mean unbeliever in Arabic?

    • Replies: @Moi
  46. WHAT says:
    @Michael Kenny

    You forgot to drone on Ukraine and how Putin can’t be allowed to win there.

  47. Heinrich Graetz in his History of the Jews makes it amply clear the Jewish preference for Islam over Christianity; the only other thing he hated in equal measure or more is Zohar, the basis for the esoteric Kabbah. The volumes were written and published in the 1850s and gives one an insight in to the mind of a people, who in spite of having lived for nearly a millennium in Europe, and not unlike the Gypsies, could not overcome their own narrow biases against the natives in favor of the neighbors they had left behind in the Levant and in case of Roma, the Subcontinent. That visceral hatred (the gypsy doesn’t the collective intellect nor the wherewithal for it to matter) against the Christian creed is alive and well even today, at least in those who direct the course of Judaism as it moves forward and the recipient of its contra position (benevolence) is the Islamic creed. Now it’s under these circumstances, we’re looking at the situation: What are McCain and Graham to do given that the large donors and media bossed are of the Tribe whose allegiance is not to Iran and Shias but to Semitic Arabs and Sunnis? It would be futile to piss in the wind!

  48. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnonFromTN

    I never watch CNN CNBC whatever that is. I never watch TV news or read newspapers.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  49. @Anon

    Very wise. I didn’t read mainstream newspapers for at least 5 years and didn’t watch TV for about 10 years. Problem is, you still get a whiff of their lies via Internet. It’s hard to escape propaganda completely.

  50. Canute says:

    The intelligence community always maintains a corral of loyal sycophants to carry the water for them in the media, if not on the floor of the senate. McCain has traditionally led this group, but the prince-in-waiting has been Graham for some time now. McCain had to sell his soul to the agencies for protection from his entirely bogus war record, but there is really very little of what we know about the file they must have on Graham. I suspect it has something to do with little boys, but that is entirely conjecture on my part. Graham’s rise to the Senate seat says more about the corruption of the SC republican Party than it does about his talents – whatever they might actually be.

    • Agree: Kiza
    • Replies: @Kiza
  51. Moi says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Yes, but Islam regards Christians and Jews as people of a revealed book, so it could hardly consider them unbelievers. The root of the word kafir means “to cover,” so another valid meaning of that word is a person who covers himself from the truth of God, and is therefore an ungrateful person.

  52. @Echoes of History

    So, because the Sacred Scriptures don’t believe sex is dirty but good — an echo, and pale at that, of the joy of the union between the soul and God and because they do not endorse flesh-pedaling our Jewish elites use, to the tune of billions, to keep us controlled,a la Samson, grinding at the mill of our own lust… it is Lloyd who is the fool?
    Button up your mouth, your fear of the world is showing.
    And try clearing your conscience instead of supressing it by projecting your problem onto its remedy.

    • Replies: @Echoes of History
  53. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Paypal or J-pal and the like are using their ethno-monopoly to deny basic services of buying-and-selling to American citizens.

    According to J-Pal ethno-monopoly, anyone who supports Zionism, globo-imperialism, or homo-worship can spend freely. They got rights of Free Spending. They can buy and sell and donate and collect money.

    But if you’re into European consciousness(that refuses to bend to Globo-Homo agenda), you are denied the basic services of buying and selling. This wouldn’t matter IF there wasn’t an ethnic monopoly of systems that allow the transfer of funds. But Jews have a lock on those services and even pressure alternative venues with all sorts of threats and blackmail from allowing Free Spending for dissidents.

    Here is Faith Goldy.

    • Replies: @Mike P
  54. I still remember this closeted, unhappy warmonger convulsing in laughter at the GOP debate when Jeb! tried to deliver a zinger at God Emperor Trump. What a huge embarrassment Graham is.

  55. anon[108] • Disclaimer says:
    @Michael Kenny

    Delusion is a safeguard, last ditch attempt against the dawning of the nature of the reality.

    It gets dangerous just before total meltdown .

    Call for help and avoid CNN MSNBC and NYT and Guardian ( UK)

  56. WJ says:
    @Michael Kenny

    Why in the world would you wish Assad’s fall on the Syrian people? Your hatred of Russia is at least slightly understandable, perhaps some absurd old Cold War grudge but what have the relatively normal people of Syria ever done to you?

    By the way, you are incorrect about Assad. His forces have mostly crushed the jihadi rats and are in mopping up operations, so, no, Assad will not fall anytime soon.

  57. @Anon

    With many millions of women in our (thankfully non-Muslim) societies dressing like sluts and hookers in public, how has that been working out for us?

    Can “our” people control themselves? Rates of STDs, and the utterly commonplace casual sex without any pretense at commitment or love, tend to suggest otherwise. Surely even many of our men, yes white European-American men, have been influenced by the lewd way women so many dress here, and that’s one factor (certainly not the only one) in their refusing or failing to resist casual sex and promiscuity.

    Bottom line: perhaps most men from ANY racial or cultural background tend to be too easily corrupted and tempted into sin by modern Western women’s hooker dress and conduct. Let’s not pretend it’s just Arabs or Muslims or Africans. We would benefit from greatly increased education and social pressure towards much more modest dress and self-respecting behavior, because as a whole we are not acquitting ourselves admirably.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  58. Well sadly, it seems our president has just thrown the russian president under the proverbial bus, and that makes even me sad.

  59. Lindsey Graham is a comfort woman for the IDF.

  60. Rurik says:

    Very nice to see Ilana Mercer writing about the Syrian conflict in an honest and forthright way.

    I was amazed to hear president Putin actually mention the Golan Heights at the Summit press conference. There just aren’t too many people who understand how central the Golan Heights is to this conflict.

    So as providence has deemed that John McCain is better suited to haplessly gibbering and drooling in disgraced obscurity, as Trump and Putin undo all his nefarious schemes, it is perhaps suitable that his rotting brain is at least able to bear witness to the complete repudiation of his career as a traitor and blood-stained miserable cretin on the world’s stage, (as is Lindsey) and how humanity will rejoice at his passing.

    Good article.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @L.K
  61. Kiza says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Don’t we enjoy how disconnected from reality and delusional these trolls are? It has truly become humorous, whoever this character works for (or even if he is just plain dumb). I have concluded that these trolls are an Internet equivalent of the TV reality shows in which the “actors” get themselves humiliated for the sake of fame and fortune. These trolls get neither but still embarrass themselves terribly with the sole cover of anonymity.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @RobinG
  62. Kiza says:
    @Canute

    Ron Unz himself postulated one basic law of politics: the attractiveness of any political candidate is directly proportional to the number of skeletons in his closet. In other words, the dirtier the better, that is the more controlable. This law explains perfectly the apparent success of politicians such as Hillary and Bill Clinton, Obama, McCain, Graham and so on. On the extreme, even the enemy may like such politician, as the Israelis loved Yasser Arafat until he became too much of a nuisance and got poisoned by them.

    It is becoming harder to find sufficiently vile thing to do to become a successful politician in a declining society.

    Finally, I hold a belief that paedifiles can be recognised by a special look in their eyes and Graham has got it, but it could be conjecture as you say.

  63. That this kiddie diddlie’s gets through primaries is a clear indication of the perversion of the Republican party.

    The misspelling of the fourth word is a function of Kindles aversion to truth.

  64. @Felix-Culpa

    “When a man has sexual relations with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both of them must bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.” Leviticus 15:18

    You’ve either not read the Bible, or you’re flat out lying. Which is it?

    • Replies: @Felix-Culpa
  65. Z-man says:

    I wish ‘Linda’ Graham could join her friend ‘Nuts’ McCain on ‘terminal leave’.

  66. @Rurik

    McCain is a historical person: he is the only person in history who managed to completely incapacitate American aircraft carrier. That was one of the high points of his glorious military career.

    It’s hard to disagree with your last sentence. As Caitlin Johnstone titled one of her pieces about McCain “Please, just f…ing die already:

    https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/please-just-fucking-die-already-acb3a879656e

    • Agree: Rurik
    • LOL: Z-man
  67. @Kiza

    Agree. That’s why we should feel Christian pity towards the people tragically lacking brains, decency, and self-respect. (Always assuming that this troll is a person, rather than a computer script).

    • Replies: @Mike P
  68. @AnonFromTN

    I always look forward to comments from Michael Kenny much in the same way that I soon turn to the comics pages whenever I read a newspaper (I would never purchase such a thing but I do read them). He is always good for a laugh and never breaks character. The guy is a hoot!

  69. L.K says:
    @Rurik

    rurik:

    Very nice to see Ilana Mercer writing about the Syrian conflict in an honest and forthright way.

    Zionist Ilana Mercer has done NO such thing.

    Her “article” is filled with misinformation and towards the end she inserts her idiotic and uninformed anti-Iran spin.

    Ilana Mercer is a Zionist shill who is on record here at Unz saying that the Zionists bought the land of Palestine which, acc to her, was a desert that her Zionist heroes turned into an oasis or something…

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Mike P
    , @Mike P
    , @Rurik
  70. L.K says:

    So Ilana, who is really behind this disgusting war against Syria, who caused it and prolonged it?

    Well, your Zionist heroes of course… you barely even mention this fact in your “article”, eh? This despite all that Giraldi has written on the subject right here at Unz.

    In their article “The People Against the 800 Pound Gorilla( Sept. 2013)”, author Diana Johnstone(whose articles have begun appearing on Unz) & Belgian professor Jean Bricmont write re the war against Syria:

    …An American friend who knows Washington well recently told us that “everybody” there knows that, as far as the drive to war with Syria is concerned, it is Israel that directs U.S. policy. Why then, we replied, don’t opponents of war say it out loud, since, if the American public knew that, support for the war would collapse? Of course, we knew the answer to that question. They are afraid to say all they know, because if you blame the pro-Israel lobby, you are branded an anti-Semite in the media and your career is destroyed.

    One who had that experience is James Abourezk, former Senator from South Dakota, who has testified: “I can tell you from personal experience that, at least in the Congress, the support Israel has in that body is based completely on political fear – fear of defeat by anyone who does not do what Israel wants done. I can also tell you that very few members of Congress–at least when I served there – have any affection for Israel or for its lobby. What they have is contempt, but it is silenced by fear of being found out exactly how they feel. I’ve heard too many cloakroom conversations in which members of the Senate will voice their bitter feelings about how they’re pushed around by the lobby to think otherwise. In private one hears the dislike of Israel and the tactics of the lobby, but not one of them is willing to risk the lobby’s animosity by making their feelings public.”

    Abourezk added : “The only exceptions to that rule are the feelings of Jewish members, who, I believe, are sincere in their efforts to keep U.S. money flowing to Israel. But that minority does not a U.S. imperial policy make.”[1]

  71. @Echoes of History

    Try reading what you yourself quote.

    Did the passage say “When a man has sexual relations with a woman they will be unclean?” No, it didn’t. Because it does not hold that sex is bad; sex is dirty. It is not afraid of the consequences of the sex act, but instead glories in its fruit.

    Unlike the spiritus mundi which, puritanical to the core in its attitude towards sex, considers it so filthy that it must be made “safe” by barriers like condoms; the woman protected from (horror of horrors!) reception of the man’s to-be-avoided- at- all-costs semen.

    Leviticus nails which of the above attitudes holds sex to be unclean and gives it no quarter, despite, amazingly enough, lacking SNL’s authorization to do so.

    The fool in his heart says, “Lorne Michaels is God.”

  72. Corvinus says:
    @RadicalCenter

    “With many millions of women in our (thankfully non-Muslim) societies dressing like sluts and hookers in public, how has that been working out for us?”

    Your numbers, per usual, are WAY off. I would say a small percentage of women dress in that vein depending upon their environment. Regardless, who made you the fashion police?

    “Can “our” people control themselves?”

    White people, right? Well, let’s assume they cannot “control themselves”. Is that due to genetics or environment?

    “Rates of STDs, and the utterly commonplace casual sex without any pretense at commitment or love, tend to suggest otherwise.”

    So, it’s biological.

    “Surely even many of our men, yes white European-American men, have been influenced by the lewd way women so many dress here, and that’s one factor (certainly not the only one) in their refusing or failing to resist casual sex and promiscuity.”

    Now, you’re saying it’s environmental.

    Can you make up your mind?

    “Bottom line: perhaps most men from ANY racial or cultural background tend to be too easily corrupted and tempted into sin by modern Western women’s hooker dress and conduct.”

    Nature or nurture? Which is it? Or, dare I say it’s both working simultaneously?

    “Let’s not pretend it’s just Arabs or Muslims or Africans.”

    Oh, so it’s a human race issue. Glad you clarified.

    “We would benefit from greatly increased education and social pressure towards much more modest dress and self-respecting behavior, because as a whole we are not acquitting ourselves admirably.”

    Why don’t you address your concerns with Roissy and Roosh and the rest of the manosphere, and get back to us with a field report.

  73. L.K says:

    “Homs, like all of the cities recaptured by the government, now belongs mostly to Syria’s victorious minorities: Christians, Shias and Alawites (an esoteric offshoot of Shia Islam from which Mr. Assad hails). These groups banded together against the rebels, who are nearly all Sunni, and chased them out of the cities.” (“How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria,” The Economist, June 28, 2018.)

    Pure BS. This is merely a sectarian narrative that has been pushed by Zionist/Western presstitutes since the war was forced on Syria in 2011. Sunnis make up more than 70% of Syria’s pop. & more than 50% of the Syrian army and paramilitary units are made up by Sunnis. Without the support of a large % of Syria’s Sunnis, the real moderate ones – while the ZUSA led coalition supported the Salafists – the Syrian government would not have been able to succeed, even with Iranian and Russian support.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  74. L.K says:

    At the end of Mercer’s disinfo piece, comes the anti-Iranian Zionist spin:

    As has Russia called “for foreign forces to leave Syria,” Iran’s included. Iran commands 80,000 Shia militiamen in Syria. “Skirmishes between the [Iranian] militias and Syrian troops have resulted in scores of deaths. Having defeated Sunni Islamists, army officers say they have no wish to succumb to Shia ones.”
    It all boils down to national sovereignty. So as to survive the onslaught of the Sunni fundamentalist majority, the endangered Alawite minority formed an alliance with the Iranian Shia, also a minority among the Ummah. Now, civilized and secular Syrians want their country back.

    Hahaha. Ilana, you Zionists are trying too hard to do damage control re Syria, and to put a Zio spin on Zionist/Israeli failure in Syria.
    First of all, the “civil” war in Syria was cooked up by the Israelis back in 2006, as wikileaks cables revealed.
    Therefore, Syrian national sovereignty, which you don’t give a damn about, was threatened NOT by Iran, but by the Zionist inspired, ZUS led coalition of cutthroats.

    Iran has long had a strategic alliance with Syria, since the Iran-Iraq war. This alliance involves Syrian cooperation with Iran to send weapons to Hezbollah and, to the degree possible, to the Palestinian armed resistance.
    As CIA veteran Ray McGovern explained on RT, the major reason for the ZUSA role in Syria is Israel’s desire to cut off Syria’s weapons/ammo resupply to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
    Even Zionist edited wikipedia has the basics on the strategic Syrian/Iranian alliance.

    Iran, despite being itself under ever more draconian sanctions, has been supporting Syria from the start and the Russian intervention would not have succeeded without Iran. RT’s M. Sleboda even admitted that ISIS could not have been defeated in Syria and in Iraq without Iran.

    Your 80.000 Iranian led Shia militiamen in Syria is pure fantasy, as the numbers are much smaller; there are however, many Syrian units which have been trained and are backed by Iranian advisers and Hezbollah, all of this in coordination with Assad and the Syrian military. Your ‘quote’ of SAA officers in fear of “shia domination” is pure Zionist disinfo.

  75. L.K says:

    E. Magnier is an actual expert on Syria and Iraq, reporting from the ground.

    https://ejmagnier.com/2018/07/16/putin-netanyahu-meeting-in-moscow-your-concern-about-irans-presence-in-syria-must-be-postponed-until-terrorism-is-defeated-and-syria-is-liberated/

    Highlights:

    …Putin, on the same day, received at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow the Iranian special envoy of the Leader of the Revolution Ali Akbar Velayati who announced a $50 billion investment in oil and gas. A real slap in the face to Trump, who had revoked the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Deal (JCPOA). It shows how solid is the Russian commitment to Iran and the fact that its presence in Syria represents a strategic relationship. …

    Israel knows it has lost the war against Assad and therefore it is trying to come out with as little damage as possible. Netanyahu may be relying on the Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin who both agreed on the respect of the 1974 treaty and line bordering the occupied Golan Heights. However, the Syrian government’s position doesn’t support such an agreement and its message is very clear: no Iranian withdrawal from Syria unless Israel pulls out from the occupied Golan heights.

    This equation means the conflict between the “axis of the resistance” and Israel is entering a new phase. This may be just the beginning.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  76. Talha says:
    @Moi

    If you think kafir in Arabic means infidel, then please provide me with a citation.

    To be honest, most Arabic dictionaries will translate kaafir to infidel, but that really only reflects the paucity of options on the target language. The tri-letter root “kfr” actually means to cover something up or be ungrateful (as you mentioned). So, I would personally say infidel is a valid translation, but only because of a lack of other options. Maybe ‘unbeliever’…?

    I dunno; it is always difficult to be completely accurate with translation between languages.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Moi
  77. @SMK

    ‘Yes, the left-liberal MSM loves “Grahamnesty,” despite his warmongering…’

    Why ‘despite’? Since we started fighting our wars for Israel, the MSM has been all for them.

  78. Realist says:
    @lavoisier

    I emphatically agree.

    I applaud your work in chemistry.

  79. Moi says:
    @Talha

    Agree… but I’d suggest the word “infidel” has a different connotation in the Christian/western mind than the meaning of the word “kafir” to Muslims.

    • Agree: Talha
    • Replies: @Talha
  80. Z-man says:
    @L.K

    Always good to know as I didn’t know this Mercer gal from a hole in the wall.

  81. Mike P says:
    @Anon

    Shouldn’t this be a market opportunity – censorship-free Paypal and social media clones?

  82. Mike P says:
    @L.K

    … on record here at Unz saying …

    OK, but what are your specific complaints about this article?

  83. The issue, as always is the Israel filth.

  84. Mike P says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Always assuming that this troll is a person, rather than a computer script

    How would we know? What might a Turing test for trolls look like?

    If I were a NWO propagandist tasked with creating an army of troll bots, I would likely give them user names suggesting “people of colour” or the whole “rainbow” of sexual orientations (including some not yet legally sanctioned ones), and let them use some slang words to match. However, most trolls use names and writing styles suggesting white guys – like “Michael Kenny”. That makes me think he is indeed a human deserving of the noble feeling you express.

  85. Mike P says:
    @L.K

    Never mind my first reply – you answered my question further down the thread.

  86. Talha says:
    @Moi

    “Infidel” derives from Latin; not/without + faith = faithless

    Kufr is a term that describes a state of either knowingly covering the truth and/or being ungrateful.

    Iblis is counted as a kaafir even though he has full belief and conviction in God, the angels, messengers, etc.

    The parable starting at line 32 of Surah Kahf lays this out well, when one of the two farmers (both of them believing in God) boasts about his garden and assumes his blessings are due to himself and will never perish – and his companion asks; ” a kafarta” (have you disbelieved)?

    Peace.

  87. Talha says:

    Meanwhile…the Zionists are looking to set themselves up as kingmakers and ride the new tide of nationalism…on their terms…
    “A notorious hardline, pro-Israel conservative think tank has claimed that it is helping fund the legal expenses of jailed far-right British activist Tommy Robinson.
    In a statement published Sunday, the Middle East Forum (MEF) also took credit for funding protests that have taken place in support of Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon.”

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180710-pro-israel-think-tank-funds-tommy-robinsons-legal-costs/

    Peace.

  88. Rurik says:
    @L.K

    Ilana Mercer is a Zionist shill

    I know

    that’s why I was encouraged to read her piece about Syria with Assad and (most of) his allies in a favorable light.

    It’s been obvious to me who the good guys are vs. the minions of the Fiend.

    The good guys are Assad, Putin’s Russia, Iran, and the Syrian people.

    The bad guys are Israel, the zio-West, Turkey, Saudi and their legions of sub-human, head slicing orcs.

    So any recognition of Assad’s government as the good guys, by a former and reformed “Zionist shill”, I took as an encouraging sign.

    But then I was also glad to see you put the record straight, vis-a-vis Iran and the Sunnis of Syria.

  89. Rurik says:
    @L.K

    Trump and Putin who both agreed on the respect of the 1974 treaty and line bordering the occupied Golan Heights.

    interesting and disappointing, but not surprising

    the Syrian government’s position doesn’t support such an agreement and its message is very clear: no Iranian withdrawal from Syria unless Israel pulls out from the occupied Golan heights.

    A very reasonable stipulation.

    And neither Trump nor Putin deigned to ‘recognize’ the Golan as Israel territory, just that, for now, the treaty line and occupation can persist.

  90. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Practices of total veiling of women came from Christian Byzantine to Islam.

  91. RobinG says:
    @L.K

    Good comments. BS indeed, and part of the general superficial trope that all ME conflicts (except Israel, of course) are due to ages old Sunni/Shia division.

    On another propaganda front, this is must watching for learning the Browder story.
    H/T to tac.




    THE MAGNITSKY ACT – BEHIND THE SCENES
    (about 2 hours long)

  92. RobinG says:
    @Kiza

    Just taking a break from linking Andrei Nekrasov’s film,
    The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes.
    Here’s Stranahan giving a short update from London -

    THIS is the Man Putin Said Gave Hillary Money

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