There must be something in Moldova’s water…
There are only just over 4 million people in Moldova. It is a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe, and one of the poorest. Despite these limitations, it has managed to produce two ex-citizens that regularly hit the front pages, and generally not in a popular light.
Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, was born and raised there before moving to Israel in his teens. Lieberman is known for his rather extreme views about Israel and her neighbors. You can read about some of his more controversial views here, but they include such gems as bombing the Aswan dam to flood Egypt and pushing Palestinians back into the sea. He is also currently facing investigation for corruption. However, despite his rather checkered history, and due to the often fragmented and dysfunctional Israeli electoral system that generally sees a new coalition Knesset every two years, he still holds one of the highest offices there.
Moldova also managed to be the birthplace of another unusual character, Orly Taitz. She is, and this gets a little difficult to follow, a Moldova born, once Israeli resident ,and now US located, political activist. She has rather an unsual world view and an obsession with President Obama. She was one of the originators of the ‘birther’ movement that allege Obama is Kenyan, and so not eligible for the Presidency. She somewhat got disowned even by the ‘birthers’ as going too far, however, when she said in a MSNBC interview thet her detractors were “Obama’s brownshirts.” However, that is not her only theory as relate to the President. She has at various time alleged:
- That Obama is a proponent of extreme socialism and an agent of radical Islam
- A number of homosexuals from Obama’s former church have died mysteriously
- Obama has dozens of social security numbers, and his passport is inaccurate.
- Taitz claims that a person who was cooperating with the FBI in connection with Obama’s passport died mysteriously, “shot in the head”.
- A Kenyan birth certificate with the name “Barack Obama” is authentic.
- Obama or someone connected to him has made threats to Taitz’s life, including vandalizing her car
Now she is on the rampage again, and is causing quite the stir in Israel and with the Russian media. Though she has fairly much been confined to the lunatic fringe by most American commentators after alleging that Hugo Chavez owns the software that runs American voting machines. As they say, when it comes to Orly Taitz, ‘Oy vey!’
She believes Obama poses a threat to Israel not only because of his support of radical Islamic groups such as Hamas, but also because of his “radical socialist” policies, that will bring the United States to “totalitarianism and Stalinism.” According to Taitz, these policies “pose a threat to all democracies, not only Israel.”
Taitz, who argues that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is building internment camps for “anti-Obama dissidents,” said that on the road in the United States “people have shown me they want to have guns so they aren’t rounded up into FEMA camps,” a scenario which she says the Obama administration is planning.
Over the last two weeks, Taitz has been featured in a segment on Channel 10 television’s popular nightly news show “London and Kirschenbaum,” filmed a segment for the far-right Arutz 7 Web site and recorded a show for their radio channel, was featured in a three-page article in mass circulation daily Ma’ariv, and was the subject of a feature on Channel 1 TV.
Israel’s Russian press has also taken notice, and interviewed Taitz for a feature for Russian radio and Israel’s Russian-language Channel 9. Taitz will also be the subject of a lengthy article in “Vesty,” Israel’s largest Russian-language newspaper.