What We’re Thankful for This Year & (Hopefully) Next

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This Thanksgiving, Clarion Project takes a look at what we’re thankful for this year and what we’d like to see happen that we could be thankful for next year:


5 Things We’re Thankful for That Happened This Year

Trump Nixed the Iran Deal

Probably the worst deal of the century, President Trump took the bold move and got the United States out of a strategically and morally unfathomable agreement. The deal poured billions of dollars into the Islamic Republic to fund their international terror enterprise and gave no assurances that the ayatollahs weren’t steadily advancing toward nuclear capability.

Instead, Trump reinstituted crushing sanctions designed to bring Iran to its knees (so far, its economy is imploding).


ISIS Is on the Run

The U.S. coalition to crush ISIS in Syria and Iraq and retake the territory claimed by the world’s most disgusting terror group was largely successful. Although pockets of ISIS-controlled territory remain, they are small and, for the most part, a function of locals joining forces with ISIS or the coalition’s hands being tied by Turkey’s ever-present paranoia of the Kurds.


Hezbollah Is the U.S.’ Crosshairs

The Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group poses an enormous long-term threat to the U.S. The Trump administration and Congress has targeted Hezbollah with sanctions to stop the flow of money used to fund the group’s multiple terror activities and recognizes the threat Hezbollah poses on our southern border. The government has also taken steps to reverse the pass Hezbollah drug dealers and money launderers were given by the Obama administration to make way for the nuclear deal with Iran.


The U.S. Constitution

The Constitution guarantees, among other rights, freedom of speech and religion. Contrast that to the European Court of Human Rights, which recently became the enforcer of sharia blasphemy laws. In a ruling, the court declared that defaming the Islamic prophet Mohammed was prohibited and exceeds the permissible limits of free speech in Europe. (This is in contrast to a ruling by the same court which allowed the insulting of Christianity in 2012.)


Angela Merkel Resigned

The long-standing German chancellor was responsible for allowing into Europe unfettered immigration with no vetting procedures. Besides the shocking crimes (sexual, terror and and other) being carried out by segments of this population, real refugees have been put in horribly compromising positions. Yazidi girls escaping ISIS sex slavery in Germany now find that their former captors are free and roaming the very same streets. Christians fleeing religious persecution in their home countries in the Middle East face the same abuse in centers for asylum seekers in Europe.


What We’d Like to Be Thankful for Next Year

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Is Completely Banned

After the ruling that the federal law banning FGM was unconstitutional because the law considered this horrific practice a form of commerce (which it is not), we’d like to see every state in the union adopt an anti-FGM law (as recommended by the judge). Ditto for the rest of the world. To date, only 27 states in the U.S. have banned the practice. We hope the remaining 23 states are motivated to do the same after the recent ruling in Michigan.


The United States Offers Asylum to Asia Bibi and Her Family

Bibi, a Christian mother, sat in a miserable prison in Pakistan for nearly a decade on a trumped up charge of blasphemy against the Muslim prophet Mohammed until Pakistan’s Supreme Court worked up the guts to exonerate her. Many of those years were spent on death row.

The UK has already shamefully caved on the issue, saying granting asylum to Bibi would prompt “unrest” in the UK (read: it didn’t want to offend the presumably many extremist elements of its Muslim community). In addition, the UK was afraid of attacks on its embassies worldwide. Currently in Pakistan, when they aren’t on the streets demonstrating for her death, Islamists are searching house to house to find Bibi.


Saudi Arabia Stops Torturing and Killing Activists, Dissidents and Those Who Just Don’t Jive With the Royals

Informed sources say women activists in Saudi Arabia, who were arrested last May (less than a month ahead of the lifting of the driving ban for women), have been electrocuted, flogged and sexually molested in prison.

Missed during the media frenzy generated by Saudi Arabia’s rival Turkey that surrounded the assassination of royal critic Jamal Khashoggi was the disclosure that another Saudi journalist had been arrested and tortured to death. Reports state that Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser was arrested March 15 and charged with running a Twitter account which exposed human rights violations by Saudi authorities and royals. He died while being tortured in detention.


The United Arab Emirates (and Other Sharia-Run Countries) Adopt a Real System of Justice

The UAE just imprisoned for life a British academic who they accused of spying for the UK. The sentencing hearing for Matthew Hedges, 31, lasted five minutes with no lawyer present. His trial was not much better. Hedges was in Dubai doing research for his PhD thesis when a man from the Emirates accused him of spying.

In the UAE and other sharia-run countries, women who are raped (including foreign women and those who go to the police to report the rape) are regularly imprisoned for having sex outside of marriage – even if the courts determine that the rape occurred and the rapist is punished.


The Palestinian Authority (and Other Islamists) Stop Inciting Children to Hate

The following video, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch, is the latest episode of The Best Home, a popular children’s show on PA-run TV. It is just one program in the constant stream of hate-filled messages aimed at children. ‘Nuff said.



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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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