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  • 10 quotes that shred progressivism from a best-selling British author who left the Left

    02/20/2014 10:25:42 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/20/14 | Benjamin Weingarten
    The below quotes come from award winning British journalist and best-selling author Melanie Phillips’ “The Guardian Angel.” “The Guardian Angel” tells the story of how Phillips started her career in British journalism on the Left in the late 1970s, only to become a stalwart Liberal culture warrior, as reflected in her positions on Islam, Israel, feminism, education, economics, environmentalism and a whole host of other issues that have earned her the wrath and contempt of European Leftists, particularly among media peers. 1. The “Chicago Way” (in London) ”I always believed in the duty of a journalist to uphold truth over...
  • Welcome to Obamastan

    05/13/2013 5:20:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 13, 2013 | Melanie Phillips
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Welcome to ObamastanPosted By Melanie Phillips On May 13, 2013 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Reprinted from MelaniePhillips.com.Fort Hood, Benghazi, the Boston bombings, Iran/Syria, Israel. The pattern is unmistakeable; the danger to America is exponentially increasing; the scandal is deepening into something nearer to a national crisis.The Obama administration is playing down the Islamist threat to the US and the free world, empowering Islamists at home and abroad, endangering America and betraying its allies — and covering up its egregious failure to protect the homeland as a result of all...
  • Why the Left hates families: MELANIE PHIILLIPS reveals how the selfish sneers of Guardianistas...

    05/05/2013 5:01:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3 May 2013 | Melanie Phillips
    Why the Left hates families: MELANIE PHIILLIPS reveals how the selfish sneers of Guardianistas made her see how the Left actively fosters – and revels in – family breakdown... For the Left, I am the target of deepest hatred. For my trenchant views, expressed in this newspaper, they call me ‘insane’, ‘reactionary’, ‘racist’, a ‘Nazi’, a ‘shroudwaver’, a ‘witch’ and a ‘warmonger’. I have been accused of ‘unmatched depths of ignorance and bigotry’ and being the ‘queen of mean’. It was even suggested (in a particularly extreme spasm of hyperbole) that I eat broken bottles and kill rats with my...
  • America goes into the darkness

    11/08/2012 6:47:29 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies
    Melaniephillips.com ^ | November 7, 2012 | Melanie Phillips
    The greatest satisfaction today over the re-election of Obama is not being felt in the Democratic Party. It is not being felt among the media, who are no longer objective observers but have turned instead into corrupt partisans who ruthlessly censored the truth about Obama and helped peddle his demonising propaganda about his opponent. It is not being felt among the gloating, drooling decadents of the western left who now scent a great blood-letting of all who dare defy their secular inquisition. No, the greatest satisfaction is surely being felt in Iran. With four more years of Obama in the...
  • Melanie Phillips Defamed But…

    08/17/2011 11:13:22 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 1 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 17 August, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    The politically-incorrect British writer Melanie Phillips was recently defamed for opposing leftwing groupthink (my guess) on the 2011 Norway massacre. But some welcome news arrives: A column by Heather Mallick on July 28 contained a number of inaccurate statements about the well-known British journalist and author Melanie Phillips. Ms. Phillips has expressed her horror at the slaughter at Utoya, Norway in a clear and unambiguous way, writing “there can be no excuse, justification or rationale whatsoever for the atrocity perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik.” The column made reference to Ms. Phillips’ writings in an entirely misleading and inappropriate manner. The...
  • Britain's Liberal Intelligentsia Has Smashed Every Social Value

    08/13/2011 11:24:42 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | Aug. 11, 2011 | Melanie Phillips
    So now the chickens have well and truly come home terrifyingly to roost. The violent anarchy that has taken hold of British cities is the all-too-predictable outcome of a three decade liberal experiment which tore up virtually every social value. The married two-parent family, educational meritocracy, punishment of criminals, national identity and many more fundamental conventions were all smashed by a liberal intelligentsia bent on a revolutionary transformation of society. Those of us who warned that they were playing with fire were sneered at as Right-wing nutters. What has been fueling all this is NOT poverty, as has so predictably...
  • Melanie Phillips (Video) - British Media Incites Mass Murder and Hatred

    03/28/2011 8:30:05 PM PDT · by bronxville · 5 replies
    newzeal.blogspot.com ^ | March 29, 2011 | Trevor Loudon
    Melanie Phillips - British Media Incites Mass Murder and Hatred Some of the straightest talking on the anti - Israel media you will ever hear, from the great Melanie Phillips. http://newzeal.blogspot.com/ Video at site
  • The Inquisition of Melanie Phillips

    03/26/2011 11:48:07 PM PDT · by bronxville · 22 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Mar 25th, 2011 | Robert Spencer
    Last week British columnist Melanie Phillips wrote a blogpost at the Spectator entitled “Armchair barbarism,” discussing the brutal jihad murders of the Fogel family in Israel. Her references to the “moral depravity” of the Arab “savages” who committed the crime have gotten her in hot water with Britain’s hyper-PC Press Complaints Commission, which has launched an investigation. Phillips is being investigated, ironically enough, for writing that “the moral depravity of the Arabs,” as she chose to term the murderers of the Fogels and those in Gaza who celebrated those murders, “is finding a grotesque echo in the moral bankruptcy and...
  • Death threats against UK columnist for opposing homosexualist agenda

    02/02/2011 4:05:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/2/11 | Hilary White
    LONDON, February 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent conservative UK columnist has said she received death threats after she criticized plans to insert homosexual materials into all subjects in the curriculum in Britain’s schools. Writing in the Daily Mail this week, Melanie Phillips said that she had been expecting a reaction, “which would amply bear out the truth of what I had written.” “The response, however, exceeded even my expectations.”For the last week, she said, “I have been subjected to an extraordinarily vicious outpouring of hate and incitement to violence” through emails, the internet and in mainstream media.“If the gay...
  • British journalist defends ‘gay brainwashing’ Daily Mail article that caused Twitter uproar

    01/25/2011 7:46:35 AM PST · by scottjewell · 13 replies
    Pink News UK ^ | 1-25-11 | Pink News staff
    Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips has defended an article which suggested that gay people were becoming the “new McCarthyites”. Her column, published yesterday, implied that homosexuality would become “mandatory” and accused gay activists of trying to “brainwash” children. The article was written in response to plans to make lessons more inclusive of LGBT people and became a trending topic on Twitter. Ms Phillips told PinkNews.co.uk that she would always defend gay people against “true prejudice” but maintained that the gay rights lobby intends to destroy “normal sexual behaviour”. In an email, she wrote: “I’m sorry if what I wrote has...
  • PANEL VIDEO: Karen Lugo, John Yoo, Marc Thiessen and Andrew McCarthy on Terrorism and Our Courts

    11/28/2010 8:08:30 PM PST · by damonw
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11/28/10 | damon
    I found this video, and the three listed in my first comment, at David Horowitz TV. I learned allot watching this video about how trying terrorist in civilian courts neuters our intelligence agencies and how woefully inadequate our civilian courts are in trying them. That's the reason why a terrorist recently was acquitted of almost 250 charges of murder and only a peripheral charge stuck. You'll learn what harm the Obama administration is really causing our country. It's almost as if he does not want us to win the so called war on terrorism.
  • VIDEO: Michael Coren and Melanie Philips have a very candid talk about Liberalism....

    11/21/2010 4:43:28 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11-19-2010 | Melanie Phillips & Michael Coren
    This site is one of the best new sites on Islam. From quotes, links, to videos... by far the author spends some time on this topic (at least finding the topic for us to watch). In this post you have Michael Coren interviews the author of "The World Turned Upside Down," Melanie Phillips. There are also links to some of the best video presentations on why progressive secularists seem to be in bed with Islam.
  • The Left/Islamo-Nazis/Homosexuality/Women's Rights/and Contradictions

    09/10/2010 9:32:50 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 2 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 9-10-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    This post includes and excerpt from a recent article on Front Page Magazine, a small excerpt from David Horowitz's book, Unholy Alliance as well as some input by Melanie Phillips and Dennis Prager with some joining commentary by yours truly. All references linked for your following through and use.
  • Islamolepsy: The New Pathology: Is the disease incurable?

    08/31/2010 8:27:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 31, 2010 | David Solway
    In a recent YouTube video, a de facto symposium of world-class scholars and political authors, including Paul Williams, Melanie Phillips, Bernard Lewis, and Mark Steyn, have united to articulate a grim and pressing warning to a seemingly insensible Western world. As Steyn tells it, the worldÂ’s most advanced societies are starting to go out of business, on the one hand refusing to assess and confront the gathering Islamic storm that threatens their survival and, on the other, losing out in the reproductive sweepstakes. Europe in particular is poised to suffer a Damoclean fate. Tracing an inverted family tree in...
  • Lynch-Mob Justice (Leftist ideology is replacing the rule of law in Britain and America)

    07/07/2010 2:56:35 PM PDT · by Stultis · 14 replies
    WSJ - Opinion Journal ^ | 7 July 2010 | MELANIE PHILLIPS
    In both Britain and America, ideological prejudices are coming to undermine the rule of law. In a number of incidents, people who have committed criminal acts have been acquitted or had their cases dismissed purely because they represent a politically correct cause or belong to a "powerless" victim group.
  • What Daniel Pearl's decapitation means to Barack Obama

    05/22/2010 7:06:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies · 1,851+ views
    spectator.co.uk ^ | May 22, 2010
    Even given Obama’s ever more terrifying and lethal performance in office, his comments about the jihadi murder of Daniel Pearl, and in front of Daniel’s bereaved family, are simply astounding. This is what Obama said: ‘Obviously, the loss of Daniel Pearl was one of those moments that captured the world’s imagination because it reminded us of how valuable a free press is.’ Daniel Pearl was not murdered because he was a journalist. He was decapitated because he was an American Jew. Khalid Sheikh Mohamed cut off his head in an act of unimaginable barbarism, which was videoed in order to...
  • The World Turned Upside Down

    05/09/2010 4:14:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 406+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 09, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    review of The World Turned Upside Down, by Melanie Phillips Melanie Phillips, the columnist for the British newspaper the Spectator, has written a fine new book: The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle Over God, Truth and Power. Ms. Phillips lives up to her reputation for tackling political and social issues in this attempt to create an overarching thesis for why we have seen such absurdities as climate change fraud, political correctness run amok, unbalanced portrayals bordering on propaganda regarding Islam and Israel, and the war in Iraq. This is a challenge that Phillips meets head on and masters....
  • They do not stand alone

    01/01/2010 3:19:25 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 552+ views
    Spectator ^ | Melanie Phillips
    While the west has been on vacation, truly momentous events have been occurring in Iran. With stupendous courage, the people have been on the streets in enormous numbers demonstrating against the hated regime and declaring that the Supreme Leader Khamanei will be overthrown. In bloody street battles last Sunday, the nephew of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was shot dead along with nine others. On Monday, the regime started rounding up opposition leaders as well as arresting hundreds of protesters, beating and shooting them and using vehicles to run them over. As the Wall Street Journal reports, one of...
  • Alan Dershowitz vs. Melanie Phillips--a heated debate about Obama and Israel

    07/24/2009 5:37:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 554+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | July 24, 2009
    Alan Dershowitz vs. Melanie Phillips By: Frontpagemag.com FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, July 24, 2009 <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Book Antiqua"; panose-1:2 4 6 2 5 3 5 3 3 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:647 0 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; dummy:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} p {mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; dummy:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New...
  • Phillips vs. Dershowitz

    07/07/2009 9:28:32 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 1 replies · 337+ views
    APRPEH ^ | APRPEH
    Melanie Phillips highlights troubling contradictions contained within Alan Dershowitz's Wall Street Journal editorial. To use the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft" description of Dershowitz would be generous. Coming from a professor of law (wasn't Obama supposedly a professor too or so he told us?) of his stature one would hope for more than a wishful thinking op/ed on his part. more
  • He (Alan Dershowitz) doesn't get it

    07/04/2009 5:23:43 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 39 replies · 2,233+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3rd July 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    The American lawyer Alan Dershowitz is one of the most prolific, high-profile and indefatiguable defenders of Israel and the Jewish people against the tidal wave of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish feeling currently coursing through the west. So a piece by him in the Wall Street Journal giving expression to the rising anxiety being felt about Obama by American Jews naturally arouses great interest. But just like the majority of American Jews, getting on for 80 per cent of whom voted for Obama, he is a Democrat supporter who is incapable of acknowledging the truth about this President. For most American Jews,...
  • WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PUT ISRAEL-BASHING BEFORE THEIR CAUSE

    06/28/2009 6:45:58 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 354+ views
    PAJAMAS MEDIA.com - Chesler Chronicles ^ | June 10, 2009, 9:56 am | Phyllis Chesler
    SNIPPET: "Today, I received two emails from an Elly Kilroy on behalf of WLUML, asking me to “please immediately remove the link to Women Living Under Muslim Laws from your list of recommended websites; we do not want to be associated with you in any way.” The email reads as follows: “Dear Phyllis, Please could you remove the link to Women Living under Muslim Laws from your list of Recommended Websites; we are more than uncomfortable about being in the same list as names such as Daniel Pipes, Melanie Phillips and Internet Haganah to name just a few. We are...
  • Obama’s deadly hand revealed

    06/26/2009 11:59:46 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 101 replies · 4,237+ views
    MelaniePhillips.Com ^ | June 26, 2009 | Melanie Philips
    Among American Jews, a degree of ‘buyers’ remorse’ has been detected recently. Almost 80 per cent of American Jews voted for Barack Obama as President. Those of us who warned that this man would endanger Israel were scorned. How could that possibly be, said the secular, liberal American Jews. He’s a Democrat, he’s black and he’s pro-abortion. With this triple-lock of unassailable virtue, how can he be bad for Israel? Now some of them are getting an awful feeling that they may have made the biggest misjudgment of their lives. As the world watched events unfold in Iran, Obama’s double...
  • The Iran Crisis Moves Closer to Home

    06/23/2009 6:32:34 PM PDT · by Pinetop · 10 replies · 520+ views
    The British Spectator ^ | June 24, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    There is chatter in some quarters that the Iranian ‘green revolution' may be petering out. Well, it depends whom you’re reading. The Iran expert Michael Ledeen says he has no idea what’s going to happen. But there are signs that the regime is preparing for an all-out assault; and that they are panicking and the ayatollahs are at odds amongst themselves; and that, most interestingly of all, this: ...that there are cracks in the regime’s edifice, ranging from declarations of small groups of Revolutionary Guards calling on their brothers to defect to “the people,” to a phenomenon that is just...
  • Obama in Cairo

    06/05/2009 6:48:32 AM PDT · by fiodora · 7 replies · 328+ views
    The Spectator ^ | Thursday, 4th June 200 | Melanie Phillips
    So Obama has equated genocidal terrorism by the Palestinians with the civil rights movement in America and the true resistance against apartheid in South Africa. Thus the moral bankruptcy of the moral relativist. Next, he repeated that the settlements (all of them? just new ones?) undermined peace and so had to stop. But they don’t undermine peace. It is Arab rejectionism that prevents peace in the Middle East, and the settlements are a palpable excuse. Yet Obama delivered no ultimatum of any kind to Iran, the real threat to peace in the region and the world... For his egregious sanitising...
  • The modern heresy of true science

    06/01/2009 7:43:33 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 796+ views
    Spectator Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 1, 2009 | Melanie Philips
    Every so often, a book is published which, it is instantly clear, is the definitive last word on the subject. Such a book has just appeared on the global lunacy of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). In his devastating study Heaven and Earth. Global Warming: The Missing Science (Quartet) Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide and previously Professor of Earth Sciences at the Universities of Melbourne and, in the UK, Newcastle systematically shreds the theory and the hallucinatory propaganda industry it has spawned. There is simply nothing left of it when he has finished – and...
  • The sexualisation of heresy

    05/25/2009 12:48:15 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 543+ views
    Spectator Blogs (U.K.) ^ | May 25, 2009 | Melanie Philips
    The Equality Bill currently going through Parliament is the latest and potentially most oppressive attempt to impose politically acceptable attitudes and drive out any that fall foul of these criteria. Since the attitudes being imposed constitute an ideological agenda to destroy Britain’s foundational ethical principles and replace them by a nihilistic values and lifestyle free-for-all, they represent a direct onslaught on the Judeo-Christian morality underpinning British society. The most neuralgic of these issues is gay rights. This is because the tolerance of homosexuality that a liberal society should properly show has long been hijacked by an agenda which aims at...
  • Creating an insult to intelligence (another misrepresentation of Intelligent Design)

    04/29/2009 7:56:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 738+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 4/29/2009 | Melanie Phillips
    Listening to the Today programme this morning, I was irritated once again by yet another misrepresentation of Intelligent Design as a form of Creationism. In an item on the growing popularity of Intelligent Design, John Humphrys interviewed Professor Ken Miller of Brown University in the US who spoke on the subject last evening at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge. Humphrys suggested that Intelligent Design might be considered a kind of middle ground between Darwinism and Creationism. Miller agreed but went further, saying that Intelligent Design was nothing more than an attempt to repackage good old-fashioned Creationism and make it more palatable....
  • Delivering Israel to the Arabs

    04/30/2009 11:18:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 468+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 4-30-09 | Melanie Phillips
    As was entirely predictable, Obama has gone to his good friends the Saudis to help him throw Israel under the bus. Having bowed deeply to the Saudi King Abdullah when they were in London last week (an image which tells you everything you need to know – and so has been conspicuous by its absence from the MSM; the Queen, by contrast, merited only a protocol-busting hand on the back) Obama, according to his Middle East envoy George Mitchell, is adopting the Saudi Israel destruction “peace” plan as his solution to the Middle East impasse. Ha'aretz reports: The Arab peace...
  • The torture of the Revealed Truth

    04/28/2009 9:39:14 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Spectator Blogs (U.K.) ^ | April 28, 2009 | Melanie Philips
    In the Sunday Times yesterday Andrew Sullivan claimed, in respect of the controversy over the alleged use of torture by counter-terrorist investigators under the Bush administration, that a senior al Qaeda suspect named abu Zubeydah had given false information under torture that there had been an operational relationship between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda – furthermore, that he had been tortured specifically to get him to make that statement in order to help justify the war in Iraq. Sullivan wrote: This is partly how the entire war was justified: on a tortured lie. And this much we now know for...
  • The suicide of American sovereignty

    03/31/2009 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1,125+ views
    Spectator.co.uk ^ | March 31, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    As London locks down in feverish anticipation of the arrival of The One,Commentary publishes an important essay by John Bolton on an academic paper articulating what he correctly perceives to be the underlying rationale for Obama’s foreign policy – nothing less than the ending of American sovereignty. The progressive classes in Britain and Europe have signed up to this idea for years. Dubbed ‘transnational progressivism’, it is based on the belief that the nation state is in and of itself the cause of all the ills of the world, from prejudice to war. Nations cause nationalism; nationalism causes conflict; abolish...
  • The Iranians betrayed (Melanie Phillips)

    03/27/2009 6:58:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 671+ views
    Spectator UK ^ | Mar. 27, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    Amil Imani has written an impassioned piece about the way in which Obama is betraying Imani's fellow Iranians: "President Obama said, ‘The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations.’ But, Mr. President, the Iranian nation does not wish to be associated with this occupying regime, whatsoever. In fact, they want the Islamic Republic to be thrown into the dustbin of history as quickly as possible. Mr. President, today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the greatest threats to the stability of the civilized world and humanity at...
  • Team Obama Thinks Just Like Him

    03/21/2009 12:38:21 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 12 replies · 647+ views
    http://www.melaniephillips.com/articles-new/?p=653 ^ | March 21, '09 | Melanie Phillips
    Although Charles Freeman is no longer to become chairman of the National Intelligence Council, disturbing questions raised by his aborted appointment remain. Freeman, a veteran Arabist who blamed 9/11 in part upon America's poliicy towards Israel was forced out over concerns about his financial links to the Chinese and Saudi regimes and his support for the Chinese crackdown at Tiananmen Square and his dismissal of Tibetan protests against Chinese oppression as a "race riot." And Freeman's ravings about a Zionist conspiracy were not the views of a solitary crackpot. The big question is how the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis...
  • The inescapable apocalypse has been seriously underestimated

    03/14/2009 11:27:57 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 31 replies · 1,692+ views
    Spectator Blogs (U.K.) ^ | March 12, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    The atmosphere is cooling, the ice is expanding, the seas are not rising -- even though carbon emissions are increasing. The evidence is now crystal clear to anyone with an unwashed brain that man-made global warming theory is sheer unadulterated bunkum. So how do the warmers react to the ever more embarrassing evidence that they have hitched their reputations to the biggest anti-scientific scam in history? By ratcheting up the hysteria to fever pitch and shrieking that their predictions about the impending irreversible environmental apocalypse have grievously underestimated the catastrophe which is going to be far, far worse. At the...
  • From Islamabad To Bradford (The New Spirit Of Appeasement Grips The West Alert)

    02/21/2009 6:05:54 AM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 625+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2009 | Mark Steyn
    It is hard to understand this deal,” said Richard Holbrooke, President Obama’s special envoy. And, if the special envoy of the so-called smartest and most impressive administration in living memory can’t understand it, what chance do the rest of us have? Nevertheless, let’s try. In the Swat Valley, where a young Winston Churchill once served with the Malakand Field Force battling Muslim insurgents, his successors have concluded the game isn’t worth the candle. In return for a temporary ceasefire, the Pakistani government agreed to let the local franchise of the Taliban impose its industrial strength version of sharia across the...
  • America slides into the sewer

    02/16/2009 6:14:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 620+ views
    spectator.co.uk ^ | Feb. 16, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    While American Jews and many Israelis still have their heads stuck firmly in the sand about Obama, there is huge and growing concern in more informed Israeli governmental circles that Israel faces the most unfriendly or even hostile President that anyone can recall -- and this at a time when the drums of Iranian genocide are beating ever more loudly. Such concern has been deepened by his decision at the weekend to ‘help plan’ the 'Durban 2' UN conference. This event, which I wrote about recently here, is a re-run of the UN’s anti-Jew hate-fest that was held a few...
  • America -- what have you done?

    02/08/2009 5:18:55 AM PST · by nuconvert · 70 replies · 3,221+ views
    Spectator UK ^ | Feb. 9, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    President Obama has had, by general consent, a torrid First Fortnight. To put it another way, it has taken precisely two weeks for the illusion that brought him to power to be exposed for the nonsense that it so obviously was. The transformational candidate who was going to sweep away pork-barrel politics, lobbyists and corruption has been up to his neck in sleaze, as eviscerated here by Charles Krauthammer. Despite the fact that he came to power promising to ‘ban all earmarks’, his ‘stimulus’ bill represents billions of dollars of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections -- which have nothing...
  • America -- What Have You Done

    02/07/2009 4:21:46 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 55 replies · 3,631+ views
    The Spectator ^ | February 7, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    President Obama has had, by general consent, a torrid First Fortnight. To put it another way, it has taken precisely two weeks for the illusion that brought him to power to be exposed for the nonsense that it so obviously was. The transformational candidate who was going to sweep away pork-barrel politics, lobbyists and corruption has been up to his neck in sleaze, as eviscerated here by Charles Krauthammer. Despite the fact that he came to power promising to ‘ban all earmarks’, his ‘stimulus’ bill represents billions of dollars of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections -- which have nothing...
  • The Telegraph Becomes An ISM Mouthpiece

    01/22/2009 9:54:12 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 408+ views
    the Spectator ^ | THURSDAY, 22ND JANUARY 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    To their lasting disgrace, the British media covered the war in Gaza through the prism of Hamas propaganda, repeating Hamas claims about casualty figures as if they were proven facts, failing to report the ways in which Hamas was victimising the people of Gaza by using them as human shields and failing to challenge activists and apologists for Hamas when they promoted its cause. But there appears to have been one newspaper that went even further than that. It did not just report uncritically activists’ claims. It seems to have actually used an activist as a supposedly dispassionate member of...
  • A Defining Moment

    01/21/2009 11:21:56 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 528+ views
    the Spectator ^ | 22 Jan 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    So the inevitable has now come about in the teetering civilisation of Europe, and it has happened first in the Netherlands. One of the supposedly most liberal societies on the planet wants to criminalise someone for telling the truth. The BBC reports that Dutch Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders is to be put on trial ‘...for for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs’...In March 2008, Mr Wilders posted a film about the Koran on the internet, prompting angry protests across the Muslim World. The opening scenes of Fitna -...
  • Sorry To Be A Party Pooper, But I Can't Share This Swooning Obama Hysteria

    01/20/2009 6:41:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 94 replies · 3,240+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 21, 2009
    MELANIE PHILLIPS: Sorry to be a party pooper, but I can't share this swooning Obama hysteria Has everyone lost their marbles? The inauguration of President Obama is being treated like the Second Coming. The coverage is so gushing we might all drown. Of course it’s a great thing that America, with its history of slavery and segregation still a shockingly recent memory, now has a black President; the palpable joy of African-Americans is entirely understandable and deeply touching. And there’s no doubt that Obama is a highly charismatic and attractive personality. But what’s more than a wee bit troubling is...
  • Someone Else Gets It

    12/31/2008 4:32:31 PM PST · by pharmamom · 7 replies · 490+ views
    WhenWeAreQueen ^ | December 31, 2008 | pharmamom
    I’ve written extensively about Western civilization in these pages, noting that in a West that seems increasingly intent on its own extinction, the United States remains the heart of the flame—the exemplar of all that man at his best can create. Melanie Phillips, over at the Spectator, rightly points out that Israel stands as Western civilization’s avatar; or perhaps more tellingly, our canary in the coal mine: "The issue of Israel sits at the very apex of the fight to defend civilisation. Those who wish to destroy western civilisation need to destroy the Jews, whose moral precepts formed its foundation...
  • The real 'goldene medina' for American Jews

    12/22/2008 7:23:18 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 448+ views
    spectator.co.uk ^ | 22nd December 2008 | Melanie Phillips
    n the current issue of the Shalem Centre’s magazine Azure, Michael Oren has written a fine article using the subtle anti-Zionist message of the hit movie You Don’t Mess with the Zohan to point out the key fact – which the bigoted morons who believe there’s a Jewish conspiracy stretching from Jerusalem to Washington fail to grasp – that American Jews are deeply ambivalent about Israel. As I noted here about Steven Spielberg’s disgusting movie Munich, for the majority of American Jews it has always been America, not Israel, that is the 'goldene medina' or ‘promised land’. Israel makes them...
  • The Left’s Delusional Fantasies About Obama

    12/06/2008 9:12:31 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 15 replies · 1,066+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 06, 2008 | Ron Radosh
    Melanie Phillips is a writer whose yeoman work in defense of Israel and whose critique of radical Islam and its threat to the West is second to none. Her book Londonistan is a clarion call for us to wake up and to ignore the threat of radical Islam at our own peril. I had the pleasure to finally meet her a few weeks ago, and to have the chance to engage in a brief conversation. As much as I admire her I have profound disagreements with her column today in the British Spectator. She came across a blog written by...
  • The Mumbai atrocity is a wake-up call for a frighteningly unprepared world

    12/02/2008 3:22:06 AM PST · by Alia · 41 replies · 1,019+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/02/08 | Melanie Phillips
    Around the world, people have reacted with horror to the vile atrocities in Mumbai. For three days, our TV screens transmitted images of carnage and chaos ... Despite the fact that Western citizens were caught up in the attacks, there is nevertheless a sense that this was nothing to do with us — a horrible event happening in a faraway place. Among commentators, moreover, there has been no small amount of confusion. Were these terrorists motivated by the grievance between Muslims and Hindus over Kashmir, or was this a broader attack by Al Qaeda? If British and American tourists were...
  • Melanie Phillips: The Axis of Appeasement

    12/01/2008 4:50:05 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies · 439+ views
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 11/27/2008 | Melanie Phillips
    One further point about the ambiguities of the nascent Obama administration and his hiring of supposed ‘centrists’, a fact which has apparently caused many hitherto fearful and appalled opponents now to fling open their doors and windows to the new dawn with a spring in their step and a song in their hearts. What is not yet commonly understood is the emergence of what might be termed an ‘axis of appeasement’ which runs from left to right. In Britain, this became apparent straight after 9/11 and solidified as the Iraq war shaped the entire British political zeitgeist into 1930s-style defeatism....
  • The Mumbai massacre is a wake-up call for a frightenly unprepared Britain. . .

    11/30/2008 6:44:41 PM PST · by cricket · 51 replies · 3,038+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 1, 2008 | Melanie Phillips
    [. . .]there is nevertheless a sense in Britain that this was nothing to do with us - a horrible event happening in a faraway place. . . . Those who believe that Islamist terror can be halted by addressing grievances around the world are profoundly mistaken. [. . .] Yesterday, Gordon Brown said . . .'Mumbai'. . .had raised 'huge questions' about how the world should address violent extremism. Wrongly believing that it can use religious fundamentalists to counter terrorist recruitment and that it must at all costs avoid causing offence, it is failing to stop extremists spreading their...
  • The message from Mumbai

    11/30/2008 4:18:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies · 1,870+ views
    Melanie Phillips takes a look at the atrocities committed in Mumbai and finds that "they told us very clearly a number of things." Here is one message that should be hard to mistake: Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies, including that of the terrorists, were taken said they had not seen anything like this in their lives. "Bombay has a long history of terror. I have seen bodies of riot victims, gang war and previous terror attacks like bomb blasts. But this was entirely different. It was shocking and disturbing," a doctor said. Asked what was different...
  • Carpe diem -- or can we all relax now?

    11/26/2008 3:52:03 PM PST · by MHGinTN · 14 replies · 724+ views
    Spectator UK ^ | 11/26/08 | Melanie Phillips
    Carpe diem -- or can we all relax now?Melanie PhillipsWednesday, 26th November 2008 On my recent travels in America, I met two types of Republicans: those possessed by the most profound, gut-wrenching fear of the supreme danger that President-elect Obama represented for their country and the world, and those who believed that he was merely a cynical opportunist who had used radical politics as a means of achieving power but who, mindful of the need not to derail his presidency and indeed to campaign for a second term, not to mention having to face up to the dual threats of...
  • An age of barbarism

    11/15/2008 11:33:40 PM PST · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 576+ views
    Spectator Blogs (U.K.) ^ | November 14, 2008 | Melanie Phillips
    Twenty years ago, I started writing about the breakdown of the family, the systematic undermining of moral constraints and the ascendancy of ‘lifestyle choice’, a doctrine which forbade condemnation of any lifestyle as harmful. Non judgmentalism was now mandatory; the only judgment to be permitted henceforth was that judgment was discriminatory, and only disapproval was to be disapproved of. Stigma and shame were considered an affront to individual rights; disapproval of adultery or elective lone parenthood, for example, were dismissed as ‘Old Testament fundamentalism’. During the past two decades, I warned repeatedly that the fragmentation of family life was in...