"Where books are burned, human beings are also destined to be burned" (Heinrich Heine).
Every insult to Islam will be used as an excuse to trigger Muslim wrath; in an attempt to justify aggression against the Jewish people or others around the world, or worse, as a threat to start the final war.


When the Florida Pastor threatened to burn the Koran last year: "Indonesia says Koran burning threatens world peace," "Gen. Petraeus' fears it will lead to violence against U.S. forces in Afghanistan and around the world."

16 Dead in Afghan Riots Over Florida Quran Burning: At least five people have been killed in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar as violent protests over the burning of a Quran by Florida Pastor Terry Jones enter their second day, a Afghan government spokesman said on Saturday. The deaths in Kandahar bring the death toll to sixteen.

A suicide attack also targeted a NATO military base in the capital Kabul on Saturday, the day after protesters overran a UN mission in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing seven foreign staff in the worst ever attack on the UN in Afghanistan. Four more were killed in the Mazar-i-Sharif riot when Afghan security forces turned their rifles on the rioting crowd. On Friday, a group of approximately 150 men took to the streets to denounce the Quran burning and set tires alight, smashed shop windows and attacked a photographer, witnesses told Reuters.

The spokesman for Kandahar province said the protest was organized by the Taliban who used the Quran burning as an excuse to incite violence in a city where their reach has been curtailed by an aggressive NATO-led military campaign."The demonstration in Kandahar was planned by insurgents to take advantage of the situation and to create insecurity," said Zalmay Ayoubi, spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor (INN, 04/03/11).

 

Video: Aussie burns Quran, Bible: A home-made video by a man who burns the holy books of Muslims and Christians to smoke what appear to be drugs has caused outrage in Australia. Professed atheist and Brisbane-based lawyer, Alex Stewart, posted the video on YouTube which showed him tearing pages from both books and using the paper to roll what looks to be marijuana cigarettes. After smoking pages from both books, he gives marks out of 10 to them -- rating the Bible as a better burner than the Quran (Press TV, Tuesday Sep 14, 2010).

Throughout the centuries many Jewish Torah Scrolls and Holy Books have been burned, as part of an agenda of persecution against the Jewish people and Judaism. Tomas de Torquemada, leader of the Spanish Inquisition, demanded  burning of all non-Catholic books, focusing especially on the Koran and the Jewish Talmud. Hitler and Stalin both ordered the burning of all Judaica texts and or books related to Jews or Judaism, as an attempt to wipe out the Jewish people and their faith.

Jerusalem - Yad Vashem: Nearly Two-Thirds of Jewish Holocaust Victims Identified: Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Centre announced Monday it was close to identifying the names of some two- thirds of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II. “Whole Jewish families and communities were wiped out,” he said, adding that the Nazis did not only try to destroy people, but also aimed to erase their culture, their documentation and their memory.

On May 10, 1933, a ritual 'public burning of noxious Jewish writings' was organized in Opera Square, opposite the University of Berlin. Some 20 000 books by Jewish authors and non-Jews suspected of writing in a "Jewish spirit" were destroyed in the fire. Similar events took place in other German cities.

Torah Scrolls Torched By Arsonists In Corfu on Passover: Arsonists broke into Corfu's only synagogue and burned the community's prayer books and torah scrolls Tuesday morning. On Wednesday members of the community, some distraught and weeping, gathered at the synagogue and mourned over the ashes of the Torah scrolls (INN,04/20/11).

In the words of Yitzchak Reuven at The Temple Institute : In attempting to eradicate the presence of Israel from within Egyptian society, Pharaoh actually embarked upon a three pronged approach, each of which have been repeatedly tried throughout Israel's long history, with increasing venom and aggression in modern times. Approach number one was servitude: make their lives miserable with the aim at breaking their spirits. Their spirits and bodies broken, they will lose their communal cohesiveness, break apart and disintegrate into nothingness (Exodus 1:13-14).

 

Approach number two was genocide, or more specifically, infanticide: Destroy the males at birth. The surviving females with serve the Egyptians and eventually disappear into Egyptian society, leaving no trace (assimilation). (Exodus 1:16,22).

 

Now the third approach was really the first approach, as enslavement and genocide were but logical corollaries of the first approach, which was erasing Israel from the collective memory of the nation. "A new king arose over Egypt, who knew not Yosef." (ibid 1:8) In ancient totalitarian Egypt, Pharaoh's state of mind was what informed every nook and cranny of Egyptian civilization.

 

What Pharaoh knew, or didn't know, was the law. Although the exact nature of Pharaoh's forgetfulness concerning Yosef and his people remains an unanswered question, (was this a new Pharaoh, or even a foreign invader who assumed the title Pharaoh, and to whom the legacy of Yosef held no meaning or allegiance, or was it the same Pharaoh of Yosef's day who experienced a change of heart), it ultimately translated into the same thing: the willful obliteration of Yosef from the national consciousness.” (They Know Not Yosef, Ex. 1:8, Dec. 23, 2010).


In the NT, Acts 19:13-20 some Jewish converts to Christianity burned their Scrolls after "have been thoroughly convinced of the truth of Christianity, and of the unlawfulness of their own arts (Adam Clarke). Martin Luther suggested that Jewish synagogues and schools be burned down, Rabbis prevented to teach,  prayer books and Talmudic writings taken from them. "This is to be done in honor of our Lord and Christendom" (On the Jews and Their Lies (1543).

 

The reason why the Jewish Scriptures have been set ablaze throughout history, in an attempt to eradicate them, may have been an attempt to try to hide how the Catholic Church (Rome) tampered with the original Hebrew Scriptures.

In Jeremiah Ch. 36 Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, upon hearing the Scroll of Lamentations 1:1-5, "concerning the weeping of Jerusalem, the exile of Judah, the mourning of Zion, "her adversaries have become the head," implying that he would no longer be king, became so enraged that he took a scribe's razor-blade and cut up the scroll, throwing it piece by piece into the fire. In doing so the king blatantly flouted the strict prohibition against burning or destroying holy writings. He brought God's curse upon himself and his descendants.

Jeremiah 30:30-31 ”Therefore, so said the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the king of Judah; He shall have no one sitting on the throne of David,. .” See also Jeremiah 22:24-30. This devastating curse removed all descendants of Jeconiah (Jehoiachin, Coniah) from the royal line. In I Chronicles 22:9-10 God took an oath, that the throne always would belong to David and his seed, but only through his son Solomon.

 

Therefore, Jesus' genealogy, as we have it in the Christian Scriptures, (Luke 3:31, Matthew 1:1-11) does not allow him to be the Messiah, because either you run into the curse of Jeconiah or the genealogy does not include king Solomon, but his brother Nathan, eliminating any claim to the throne.


The drawings of the prophet Mohammed also set off a series of violent demonstrations around the world.


Seattle Mohammed Cartoonist Runs for Her Life

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139683

There have been strong reactions to the Gaza flotilla raid of 31 May 2010, this was also seen by the international community as a threat to international peace. If Jews are visiting the Temple Mount, it is seen as a provocation and a threat to the peace process. Jordan's King Abdullah II threatens war and that the 'World will pay if PA-Israel talks fail.' And Hamas will do everything in its power to make them fail.

PA: Jewish Worship 'Sin and Filth' at Western Wall: The Palestinian Authority has publicly labeled Jewish worship at the Western Wall to be “sin and filth” in a television program broadcast in Arabic on Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. The documentary was broadcast in Arabic on Fatah's PA TV, run by the faction headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139632


Obadiah 1:8-16 "Shall I not in that day-says the Lord-destroy wise men from Edom and discernment from the mountain of Esau? And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O dwellers of the southland, in order that every man be cut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter."The leadership of the west does indeed today seem to have fallen into the hands of fools who seem bent on their own ultimate self-destruction.

Yaalon Outlines Principles in War Against Terrorism

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The first principle should to prevent that Jerusalem is divided or that any part of it is given over to Muslims, whether it be so-called "moderate" or radical Muslims. The second principle should be to prevent Iran from acquire nuclear weapons, if not; "silent submission to Islam."

Report: Blair's 'Peace' Ideas May be Motivated by Profit: The British paper Daily Mail has charged former British Prime Minister Tony Blair with exploiting the cause of Middle East peace in order to line his pockets. A recent deal involving a Palestinian Authority telephone network, in which Blair was involved as an international envoy, saved a bank which pays Blair's salary from taking a loss.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139578

PA Negotiator Charges ‘Peace Partner’ Ad Was Altered: Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat accused the Geneva Initiative of altering his comments in an ad, partly paid for by the United States and which promotes the PA as a “peace partner” with Israel.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139570

"Because of the violence of your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever. On that day you stood from afar, on the day strangers captured his possessions, and foreigners came into his cities, and on Jerusalem they cast lots; you, too, are like one of them." In our own times, Israel's chief "allies", U.S.A. and Britain, are constantly pushing for a "settlement" that involves the division of Jerusalem. See Joel 4:1-2, Zechariah Chs. 12-14.

"And you should not have looked on the day of your brother on the day of his being delivered, and you should not have rejoiced about the children of Judah on the day of their destruction, and you should not have spoken proudly on the day of distress. You should not have come into the gate of My people on the day of their misfortune; you too should not have looked at their affliction on the day of their misfortune, and you should not have stretched out [your hand] upon their possessions on the day of their misfortune.

Fatah TV on Eve of Peace Talks: Haifa Part of ‘Palestine’
Palestinian Authority incitement continues as Israel and the PA begin talks. Fatah TV, controlled by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, says Haifa and other Israeli cities are part of "Palestine," and a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) envoy expresses hope for the ”eradication” of Israel.

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"And the sea-coast (Gaza) shall be pastures, even meadows for shepherds, and folds for flocks. And it shall be a portion for the remnant of the house of Judah, whereon they shall feed; in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening; for the LORD their God will remember them, and turn their captivity. 

I have heard the taunt of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, wherewith they have taunted My people, and spoken boastfully concerning their border. Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding-place of nettles, and saltpits, and a desolation, for ever; the residue of My people shall spoil them, and the remnant of My nation shall inherit them. This shall they have for their pride, because they have taunted and spoken boastfully against the people of the LORD of hosts. The LORD will be terrible unto them; for He will famish all the gods of the earth; then shall all the isles of the nations worship Him, every one from its place" (Zephaniah 2:6-11).

PA Chief Abbas: We Left Galilee on Our Own: Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas says the Arabs of the Galilee city of Tzfat left in 1948 not because they were driven out, but on their own volition.

It is notable that the Abbas family moved back to Damascus, as that is likely the place where it had originated less than 90 years earlier. Joan Peters, in her scholarly work “From Time Immemorial” on the Arab population of Israel, writes that in 1860, “Algerian tribes moved from Damascus en masse to Safed.” She notes that the Muslims in the city were mostly descended from Moorish settlers and from Kurds – more evidence negating the claim that the Arabs in the Land of Israel had been there “from time immemorial.” 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132257

Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat As Qudwa al-Hussaeini was born on 24 August 1929 in Cairo, and as the name shows, not an Hebrew or an Israelite. His father was an Arab with Egyptian ancestry. Members of the Hamas leadership, though many of them are born in Israel, having a good education; they are practicing wickedness and the policy of terrorism, not the loving-kindness which should characterize a true descendant and child of Abraham.

"And you should not have stood by the gap to cut off their fugitives, neither should you have delivered their survivors on the day of distress. For the day of the Lord over all the nations is close; as you have done shall be done to you; your recompense shall be returned upon your head." God will requite the nations measure for measure. And in the end the House of Jacob will repossess all that the nations took from them and be restored to Zion (Obadiah v 17).

For, as you drank on My Holy Mount, shall all the nations drink constantly, and they shall drink and be stunned (an expression of confusion, amazement, and benumbing the mind), and they shall be as though they were not." Silenced.

PA TV Song: Pull the Trigger - Redeem the Country (09/16/10): Palestinian Authority TV, in the midst of the current round of direct peace talks between Mahmoud Abbas and Binyamin Netanyahu, broadcast a PA dance group performing and singing about conquering Israel. The song describes Israelis as "despicable" and an "invading enemy," and declares that "the Palestinian revolution awaits [them]." Israeli cities Lod, Ramle, and of course Jerusalem are presented as Palestinian cities to be liberated via Jihad. The song then calls upon PA Arabs to "Pull the trigger."

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139665


PA Seeks Control of Gaza Crossings: (09/19/10) The Palestinian Authority is seeking control over crossings between Gaza and the southern Negev and of crossings on the Jordanian border, according to PA minister Hussein A-Sheikh, who described the plans to the Bethlehem-based Maan news service.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139698  

PA: Give us a State or It's War: (09/19/10) Senior Palestinian Authority negotiator Nabil Shaath has announced that the PA will never accept Israel as a Jewish state. In addition, he threatened war if the PA fails to obtain its demands through negotiations, saying, “A Palestinian state will arise, either through negotiations or through armed resistance.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139692 

Hamas: War will settle Jerusalem dispute, not talks (Haaretz, 25.10.09): Jordan to Israel: Temple Mount violence derails peace efforts; Arab MK: Israel letting extremists desecrate Al-Aqsa. Following a conflagration of violence at Temple Mount in Jerusalem , Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal declared that "Jerusalem's fate will be decided with jihad (holy war) and resistance, and not negotiations."

Clashes between Israeli police and youths armed with rocks broke out Sunday at the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount compound, home of the Muslim holy site, the al Aqsa mosque. The confrontation was apparently sparked by radical Jewish clerics' call to their followers to go up to the compound, and by calls by radical Muslim clerics for their followers to defend the site.

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communication Nabil Sharif in Jordan warned:.. further provocation at the compound would "fuel violence in the region and jeopardize peace efforts".  "Any new provocative attempts by Israeli troops and Jewish extremists such as what happened today in the shrine's compound represents a flagrant violation of international law and conventions and sets the stage for more tension and acts of violence,"

"Jordan, out of its historical responsibilities in being the custodian of the holy places in Jerusalem, is extremely worried about what is taking place and warns against going ahead with this provocative behavior on the part of Israeli troops," he added. Sharif urged "an immediate end to such dangerous practices which threaten to derail all opportunities of peace and stability in the region".

Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. Under the peace treaty which the two countries concluded in 1994, Israel acknowledged Amman's right to look after all Islamic and Christian holy places in Jerusalem.

VIDEO: The Islam and Catholic Connection By Professor; Walter J. Veith


"Muhammed married Kadijah when she was 45 and he was 25. Her cousin Waraquah was also a Roman Catholic Meccan."

 

"Alberto Rivera, claimed that Cardinal Bea, the Jesuit general, personally  instructed him in the origin of Islam. According to Rivera, the Roman Catholic Church started Islam on purpose to take the Arabs under their control, to secure Jerusalem."

 

Who controls who? Has really Roman Catholicism controlled and dictated Islam from its beginning?


http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/media/129/216-232K/ 

 

Roman Catholic Doctrine regarding Mary: The One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church, as led by the Bishop of Rome, successor to Peter, the first Pope, has always venerated the Blessed Virgin Mary, including her sinlessness, for the Church follows scripture - especially the New Testament, which she, Herself, compiled, as perfectly as she follows her Tradition – ”For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed” (Luke 1:48). Luke 1:45 says: ”Blessed is she (Mary) who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord."


Virgin Maryam plays a very significant role in Islam, and she has an entire chapter in the Quran named after her, Mariam.

 

Does the Hebrew Word Alma Really Mean "Virgin"? For nearly two millennia the church has insisted that the Hebrew word alma can only mean “virgin.” The church must hold this position because Matthew 1:22-23 translates alma in Isaiah 7:14 as “virgin.” The first Gospel quotes this well-known verse to provide the only “Old Testament” proof text for the supposed virgin birth of Jesus.

 

The stakes are high for Christendom and Islam, because if the Hebrew word alma does not mean virgin, Matthew is misquoting the prophet Isaiah, and both a key tenet of Christianity and the credibility of the first Gospel and Islam collapses.

 

http://www.outreachjudaism.org/alma.html

 

Listen for Free: How do Missionaries Paint Jesus into the Jewish Scriptures? This is a fascinating program where Rabbi Singer demonstrates how missionaries use the Jewish scriptures for the purpose of evangelizing and ultimately converting the Jewish people to Christianity.   He illustrates how verses in the Hebrew Scriptures are manipulated, misquoted taken out of context, mistranslated, and even invented by overzealous missionaries in order to make Tanach appear as though it is speaking about Jesus.

 

http://www.outreachjudaism.org/biblical.html

Papal Session on Muslim Terror Starts By Blasting Israelis: Pope Benedict XVI convened a synod (meeting) of Middle Eastern bishops to discuss the attacks on the Catholic church in Muslim lands. However, the bishops have been talking more against Israel than about Muslim aggression against Catholics – or at least, it was the anti-Israeli angle that the Associated Press news agency chose to play up (INN, 10/12/10).

Iran Threatens Israel Once Again: Iranian and Syrian leaders meet for two hours at Damascus airport on Yom Kippur. "No room for Israel in the Middle East," Ahmadinajad says. He also called the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority a "failure." "The front of resistance is increasing in the region," the Iranian president said, referring to the Syrian-Iranian alliance, and "the people of the region support [this] policy." He also that Iran-Syria relations were "solid and strategic with a unified view on all issues."

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/139680 

Russia Insists Weapons to Syria Will not Reach Terrorists: Russia has defied Israel and the United States and is going through with its sale of Yakhont cruise anti-ship missiles to Syria that could endanger the Israeli Navy. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said he rejects fears that Syria, a designated country that supports terror, will allow the missiles to fall into the hands of Hizbullah. Hizbullah used advanced Russian anti-tank missiles against Israel in the Second Lebanon War, causing heavy casualties and surprising Israeli intelligence sources that did not know Syria had facilitated their transfer to Hizbullah (INN, 09/19/10).

Genesis 18:17-19 "And Hashem said, ”Shall I conceal from Abraham what I do? (God was about to destroy Sodom), now that Abraham is surely to become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by him?"

The Torah explains God’s reason: ”Since Abraham is destined to become a great and mighty nation, and he will teach his values of kindness and justice to future generations, it is appropriate that I will tell him what I plan to do. Otherwise people will wonder, ’How could God have hidden this from him?’ or ’How could Abraham have been so callous that he failed to pray for his neighbors?’


Furthermore, if there is legimate cause to pardon the Sodomites, Abraham will beseech Me to do so. But if they are completely guilty, even he will want the judgment against them to be carried out (Ramban). Alternatively, God wanted Abraham to know that the opportunity for repentance is always open to sinners (Sforno); or He wanted Abraham to know that if there had been some righteous people in Sodom, even if the rest of the population was overwhelmingly wicked, the righteous would be spared (Alshich).

”For I have loved (known) him, because he commands his children and his household after him that they keep the way of HaShem, doing charity and justice, in order that HaShem might then bring upon Abraham that which He had spoken of him.” See Genesis 15:18-20, Isaiah 11:14-16.


God loved Abraham because he would always convey God’s teachings to his offspring. One reveals his values by what he teaches to his children. For one to preach morality but not inculcate it in one’s own family reveals that the preaching is less than sincere. In summing up the greatness of Abraham and the reason he was entitled to a role in the Divine conduct of the world, God said that it was because of what he could teach his children. To do charity and put into practice the chesed (expansive loving-kindness) of Abraham is the characteristic of the true descendant of Abraham. Abraham was also called "God's friend."

Arabs Wound Boy in Shimon HaTzaddik: Nonstop rock-throwing attacks by Arabs against Jews in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shimon HaTzaddik led to the wounding of an eight-year-old Jewish boy Sunday afternoon. The child was treated on the spot by Magen David Adom emergency services and a complaint was filed with police.

A resident of the neighborhood told Arutz Sheva that violence escalated over the past month – apparently because of Ramadan. Earlier in the month, Arutz Sheva reported that Arabs in Shimon HaTzaddik have been sending their children to throw rocks at Jews. Three weeks ago, a security camera recorded an Arab boy throwing a rock at a motorcycle owned by a local Jewish man and damaging it. The cameras also showed a group of Arabs breaking their Ramadan fast for that day and then attacking a Jewish passerby verbally and physically.
(INN, 09/12/10).

Surah 4:125 says: "Who is better guided in his religion than one who submits totally to GOD (being a doer of good), leads a righteous life, according to the creed of Abraham: monotheism? GOD has chosen Abraham as a beloved friend."

A Muslim translator of the Qur'an gives a fine definition of the meaning of the title. He says: "But the English word 'friend' does scant justice to the idea of khalil which, in Arabic, denotes the dearest or most sincere friend who has no rival in the love and reliance placed upon him" (Daryabadi, The Holy Qur'an, Vol. 1, p. 91A).


Isaiah 41:8 says: "But thou, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham My friend;.."

In II Chronicles 20:5-7 Yehoshaphat was turning to God in the Temple at this moment of national emergency in exactly the way that Solomon had taught in his prayer on the inauguration of the Temple (II Chronicles Ch. 6). Yehoshaphat began his prayer affirming that it is God who rules over all the kingdoms of the nations and who therefore has the power to defeat Israel's enemies.

"Didst not Thou, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham Thy friend for ever?" Rashi explains Yehoshaphat's argument: "Therefore it is Your obligation to strengthen Israel's possession of the land and to drive these peoples out, because even a king of flesh and blood or indeed any man who has given a gift to his friend only to find someone else coming to rob him of it would surely exert himself in every way to keep the gift in his friend's hand - how much more so should You!!!"

Rabbi Eliyahu: Islam is 'Zionist,' It Promises Israel to Jews:“Mohammed says very clearly that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, and that G-d will gather them up out of exile at the end of days. This is true Islam; and Muslim clerics who say otherwise are using their religion to incite, and act against the wishes of G-d,” Rabbi Eliyahu says.

"And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will remain few in number among the nations to where the Lord will lead you. And there you will worship gods, man's handiwork, wood and stone, which neither see, hear, eat, nor smell. And from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

When you are distressed, and all these things happen upon you in the end of days (the choice between the blessing or the curse, Deut. Ch. 30), then you will return to the Lord your God and obey Him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not let you loose or destroy you; neither will He forget the covenant of your fathers, which He swore to them" (Deut. 4:27-31). See also Leviticus Ch. 26, Deuteronomy 11:26-28, Ch. 28. The choice between the blessing or the curse is nothing less than the choice of whether to accept the Torah or not.

Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you." Peoples, nations and empires will be judged on how they treat the Jews.

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WikiLeaks cables tell the story of an empire in decline: Beyond the gossip, the indiscretions and the petty lies, the cables released by WikiLeaks tell a sad story. They depict the fall of the American empire, the decline of a superpower that ruled the world by dint of its military and economic supremacy. President Barack Obama emerges from the cables as a weak, flimsy leader, whose good intentions and lofty visions dissipate like dust in the wind in the face of the conservatism and stubbornness of his Middle Eastern counterparts (Haaretz, 01.12.10).