The John Batchelor Show

Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Air Date: 
May 03, 2017

Photo left: North Korean concentration camp.
Hour One:  Alan Tonelson, RealityChek. Walter Lohman, Heritage. Chris Harmer, ISW. Paul Giarra, Global Strategies and Transformation.


What does the US gain by inviting Philippines Duterte to the White House? @GordonGChang  @WalterLohman, director at the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation,
Hour Two: Stephen Yates, Boise State University. Bob Collins, Seoul, Korea. Rick Fisher, International Assessment and Strategy Center.

PRC vs DPRK combat on the Korean Peninsula. Rick Fisher, International Assessment & Strategy Center.


"After a productive phone call between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese state-run media reported that a force of 150,000 troops went to North Korea's border.


International observers fear that North Korea may conduct another nuclear test this weekend on the anniversary of the founding of the Kim regime, but the US has broadcast loud and clear that nuclear posturing in the Korean peninsula will no longer be tolerated, and the Chinese seem to be stepping up to help..."


South Korean election points toward appeasement of North Korea. Bob Collins Seoul, Korea. @GordonGChang


"...If Mr. Moon is elected, conservatives fear he will revive the “sunshine policy” of trying to build trust with North Korea through investment and dialogue. The policy, championed by Mr. Roh and his predecessor, heralded a period of détente, but conservatives argue that it helped finance the North’s nuclear weapons program. They also view Mr. Moon as a replica of Mr. Roh, a liberal who once said he would never “kowtow to the Americans.”


In a book published in January, Mr. Moon said South Korea should learn to “say no to the Americans,” and he has opposed the deployment of the antimissile system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad.


In a statement, a spokesman for Mr. Moon accused Mr. Trump of acting “unilaterally and without close bilateral consultations” after suggesting that South Korea should pay for Thaad...."

Hour Three: John Bolton, AEI. Thaddeus McCotter, WJR. Aaron Klein, Breitbart Jerusalem. 
Abbas fools no one. @AaronKleinShow


“Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace,” Abbas claimed. “And we are endeavoring to bring about security, freedom and peace for our children to live like the other children in the world, along with the Israeli children in peace, freedom and security.”


Despite the PA’s repeated use of maps that erase Israel and PA propaganda calling for the dismantlement of the Jewish state, Abbas claimed that the “Palestinian people recognize the state of Israel.”


The PA’s media and education arms incite against Israel regularly.  Here are a few examples from Breitbart Jerusalem’s coverage from the past two weeks alone:


A leading Islamic cleric appointed by Abbas claimed in a PA TV sermon earlier this week that Israel is waging war against the Muslim world with drugs and “sex mania.”

Official PA TV broadcast a special edition of a TV show from the family home of a terrorist who murdered his Israeli employer 15 years ago, referring to him as a “hero” and a “source of pride for Palestine.”

On Abbas’s Fatah TV, a Palestinian woman declared that the real meaning of “The Promised Land” is the place where Allah will fulfill his promise to exterminate all the Jews.

Abbas’s Fatah party published an anti-Semitic cartoon comparing Israel to the Islamic State terror group.

An official PA daily newspaper published a cartoon last week depicting the message, “Water the soil with your blood.”

During today’s joint appearance, Trump lectured Abbas to end anti-Israel incitement....'
Hour Four: Amos Guiora, author, "Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust. Grant Rumley, FSS. Robert Grayboyes, Mercatus. Charles Blahous, Mercatus, Hoover.

The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust by Amos N. Guiora



“…I propose creating three distinct bystander-victim paradigms: 1) Anonymous Bystander, Faceless Victim; 2) Neighbors; 3) Desensitized Bystander, Disenfranchised Victim. In my book, the first theme will be examined through the lens of Death Marches (November 1944-May 1945); the second theme will be examined through the lens of the deportation of Dutch Jewry and the third theme will be examined through the lens of the deportation of Hungarian Jewry.

It has been suggested that the primacy of the bystander’s obligation to self and family outweighs duty and responsibility to the other. In addition, the decision—oftentimes quickly made—to scurry on, thereby deliberately ignoring the needs of others, has been repeatedly offered as reflecting the reality of human interaction, or more correctly of human “non” interaction.

What is particularly problematic in the effort to create a legal standard addressing this issue is determining the degree to which the state can impose a “positive” duty on members of society. Nuance is essential to a full discussion regarding the bystander; different circumstances and conditions must be taken into consideration when articulating and implementing a duty to act paradigm. Creating, or allowing, a wide range of exceptions to an agreed upon rule facilitates unwarranted “wiggle room” that, ultimately, provides justification for a lack of intervention and involvement.

The perpetrator bears the greatest degree of culpability for the harm that befalls the victim; however, as the Holocaust clearly demonstrated the complicity of the bystander greatly facilitated the perpetrator’s actions and its consequences. It is that complicity that is at the core of our undertaking; in proposing legal standard that enables prosecution of the bystander the assumption is that there is a need to clearly articulate an enforceable duty to care. That is the essence of the social contract. To not protect the vulnerable and at-risk members of society—regardless of their status, position, and class—is a resounding rejection of the social contract. That, for me, is the critical lesson I propose we take away from Kristallnacht.