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So did Palestine EVER exist? I linked to an article by Japanese writer Yashiko Sagamori below that presents an excellent argument that questions and evaluates the very basis for the pro-Palestine movement’s claim for a Palestinian state. I do not think historical fact will do any good whatsoever as the pro-Palestine movement here in the US and internationally are emotion-based. Critical thinkers evaluate facts and understand that emotion will blind you. Take CodePink and Barrack Obama for example. Their lack of historical knowledge of the middle east is astounding but understandable because their argument is based on emotional feelings rather than historical fact. We can’t have facts getting in the way of emotional rage, now can we?

Link: Questions to ask Pro-Palestine Windbags

Here is an excerpt from the article that questions Palestine ever existing:

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  1. When was it founded and by whom?
  2. What were its borders?
  3. What was its capital?
  4. What were its major cities?
  5. What constituted the basis of its economy?
  6. What was its form of government?
  7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
  8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
  9. What was the language of the country of Palestine ?
  10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ?
  11. What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
  12. And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

You are lamenting the “low sinking” of a “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of?

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So where the hell do these batshit crazy pro-Palestine loons come from?

Our public schools and universities from grades K to college professor are infected by pro-Palestine / anti-Israel propaganda. I indict the public education propaganda machine that no longer educates, but indoctrinates our children and young adults. Academia is infected with tenured professors that live in the rarefied  vacuum of emotional theory and intellectual masturbation. Gone are the days of open debate based on argument that is supported by logical fact and perspective. What has replaced critical thinking is emotional feeling and sense of social and global justice where logical fallacies do not exist. To present facts that are contrary to the accepted group think of college campuses is to be charged with racism, hate-speech, intolerance etc.. Fortunately, history has proved time and time again, that activism is not a skill that most employers are looking for. Beyond the walls of academia is this inconvenient thing called reality.

Remember, logic and coherency are enemies of the leftist pro-Palestine debate: Emotional rage and amplitude are their friends. Can anyone present a coherent and logical pro-Palestine argument? I really want to hear it.

Exercise for activists:

Honestly ask yourselves:

Are there logical fallacies in my argument?                                                                                                     Yes: -1 No: +1

Are the key facts well supported by primary source data?                                                                       Yes: +1 No: -1

Do the key facts support the foundation of  my argument?                                                                        Yes +1 No: -1

Have you taken the devils advocate position to evaluate the strength of your argument?         Yes: +1 No: -1

Am I ignoring facts that may erode my argument by stacking the deck of facts that do?             Yes: -1 No: +1

If you score a perfect 5, why do you feel the need to shout when your argument is solid?

If you score anything other than a 5, you can compensate for the weakness of your argument with a little amplitude.

If you score a -5, might I suggest fifty people with megaphones to drown out the voice of dissent?

I know that the honesty part will be entirely impossible for some, such as CodePink for example. This only works if you really want to get as close to the truth as possible.

What could be a possible unintended consequence of a total handgun ban in the US? Criminals would just resort to the next best tool: The knife. In the UK, that is exactly what has happened. Now knife related crime is epidemic and the UK is approaching the issue aggressively, but short of a a ban on all knives. Although they did try to ban sharp pointy knives, allowing only rounded knives, such as a butter knife. Pointed steak knives would have been banned under this proposal. The bottom line is that humans will always find a way to do each other in or use any common object as leverage to threaten a victims life.  Below is a link to the story and another to the program overview of a tactic to reduce knife related crime. Did it work? Of course not. The data concluded there was no statistically significant change in knife related crime after over $20 million was spent on the program even though they can search and seize at random and without probable cause. The citizens of the UK will always be an infinite source of victims for their criminal element until they recognize the right of citizens to defend themselves with reliable means.

Telegraph story:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8533735/Knife-action-programme-made-no-difference-says-report.html

Link to program overview:

http://publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/docs/8J30-PPE_3_Helen_Kynaston.pdf