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Monday, April 01, 2013

Every Day Is April Fool's Day for Bonni Benstock-Intall

I had intended to do a post lampooning the most idiotic thing Bonni the Holocaust Denier posted on April 1st. However, her final post on 31st March, which I didn't read until today, fits my requirements to a T.

Consider the FSA, the Syrian rebels fighting President Assad's army. At present, while Assad is being supplied with arms by Iran and Russia, the West has an embargpo on the supply of weapons to the rebels. Indeed, Britain and France have been unsuccessfully trying to get the EU to lift its embargo, though it seems that France has now reversed its position and supports it.

Meanwhile, President Obama has consistently opposed sending arms to the rebels, even when members of his cabinet recommended it.

President Barack Obama has already turned down recommendations to arm the opposition, even when those recommendations came from cabinet members such as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as well as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey and former CIA Director David Petraeus. Obama explained that he did not want American weapons to fall into the hands of extremists currently operating in Syria.

There is, however, a bill now before Congress (which, I need hardly remind you, is controlled by the Republican party) which would authorise the shipment of arms to the rebels.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives put forward a bill to arm the rebels this month. The Free Syria Act of 2013, introduced March 21 by Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., would increase economic and humanitarian assistance for Syrian fighters and civilians, while also authorizing the administration to supply arms to rebels.

The IBT article points out that some weapons are reaching the rebels, from Croatia for example, but counsels caution insofar as weapons sent to the rebels might end up in the hands of dodgy groups such as al-Qaeda.

OK, so much for the real world. In Bonni's Bizarro-world, President Obama (personally - not the US government, but President Obama) is supplying sniper rifles to the Syrian rebels. Leaving aside his consistent opposition to any such supply, the only "evidence" Bonni can produce to support her claim is a video, entirely in Arabic, of a bunch of turbanned guys yelling "Allahu Akbar" while loosing off rounds from what seems to be an AS-50. I note from the sales video Bonni helpfully supplies that the AS-50 has a floating barrel which minimises recoil, which makes it odd when we see the massive recoil from the Arabs' rifle nearly taking out the sniper's eye. Looking at various pictures of the AS-50, they all seem to show a distinctive structure between the magazine and the barrel: this encircles the barrel (presumably to provide the "floating") and has a row of five slots on top. No such structure adorns the Arab rifle. Also I would expect the fire selector to be visible on the right-hand side of the Arabs' rifle: it isn't. I conclude that they are shooting something rather like an AS-50, but not actually the real McCoy.

So we have a video which shows what looks quite like an AS-50 at first glance, being shot by people who might be Syrian rebels, but might be Assad loyalists, or might even be a bunch of guys from the IDF (hey, Bonni's always telling us what an equal society Israel is, and we KNOW that Israel has all the American weaponry it could ever want - why would there not be Muslim IDF snipers?) Meanwhile, the transfer of the imaginary AS-50 to the Central Casting Muslim fighters is blamed on President Obama, despite his being one of the few voices in the US government opposing arms transfers to the rebels. None of this has any source cited other than Bonni's imagination: she gives a hat tip to "Golem Bar" but no link, and the only Golem Bar I have located is a Hamburg drinking den. Perhaps Bonni got drunk there and imagined the whole thing...

Bonni's commenters lap it all up, of course, despite their supposed expertise on weaponry. They demand the armed overthrow of the President and the hanging of anyone who supports arming the rebels. (Er, that would be the Republican Congress. LOL.)

I would say "You couldn't make it up", except that that is precisely what Bonni has done. APRIL FOOL, imbecile.