Tuesday, June 13, 2006

CNN Still Spreading Blood Libel

CNN: Palestinians: Israelis kill 7 on Gaza beach when in fact Probe: Hamas Bomb, Not IDF Shell, Caused Gaza Deaths

PA TV falsified Mohammed Al Dura    

Palestinian Media Watch said that ''the Palestinian Authority television has repeatedly broadcast a falsified video of the events linked to the death of seven members of a Palestinian family on a Gaza beach, the 9 June. (Guysen.News)

In order to make the Israeli Navy responsible for these deaths, this Television has interposed video images of an Israeli ship firing towards Gaza earlier in the day between scenes of the dead, creating the impression that Israel was responsible for these deaths. The scene filmed by the Palestinians on the beach rules out the hypothesis of an Israeli missile, because an Israeli missile would have made a giant crater and spread sand on the sea and the victims. There is no crater in the scenes from the Palestinian TV.

Read it all here. I reported this back on Friday. Friday, the 9th. CNN, terror tool.

Fallaci on Trial for Speaking Truth to Power

In an extraordinary case of European dhimmitude, the trial of Goddess Fallaci for 'defamingFallaci Islam' started yesterday. The Jawa Report has the best coverage here. Read it all, I insist. I saw Fallaci at her last lecture here, read that too.

I predict that the only sound you'll hear coming from the left is deafening silence. The left abandoned true free speech some time ago. A pity, really. There was a time when even the most despicable communist or child molester could count on help from the ACLU to defend his rights.

Clarity and Resolve, a must read BTW:

Just another chunk of the Italian soul being sold for a pittance to the multicult/death cult consortium.

Dhimmitude Going Global

Glaring example of  dhimmitude;

Australia: Muslim prisoner wins damages over halal meat (hat tip tOmP)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Atlas VLOGS the UN, Gaza, Fat Bloggers


A quick vlog cause I have to run and someone (other than Bolton) has to set the clerk Brown straight.

Uh oh, who is going to tell Malloch this?

Great Rushhhhhhhh on Mallach

Rules? In a Knife Fight? Classic Vanderleun

The truth of the matter is that far too many Americans are becoming far too interested in our troops behaving correctly than actually supporting and sustaining them. They blather support out of one orifice while spewing disdain from the other. We hear these clapped-out flatulators daily at work, on the street, and over the tube of the boobs. I don't know about you, but for me these hyperventilating hypocrites are beginning to gripe my hindquarters big time.

The question of "should we be fighting" has long since been answered. Election or no election, Bush or AntiBush, we are in this war and we will be staying in it. If we don't go to it, it will come to us or to a Canada nearby. I hear all these psychotic babblers saying that they are only interested in finding peace through justice. The facts on the ground, as we saw in peace-promoting Canada this month, is that this war is only interested in peace through death.

But if a soldier of America has the will to pursue killers and cowards into the chaotic labyrinth of a Baghdad slum where friend, foe, and neutral are all of the same make and model, where is the will of the Americans that soldier is sworn to protect and serve when it comes to unqualified support; support without the weasel word "but?" If an American soldier can muster the will to drive down a road in Afghanistan where his comrades were killed in the last month, surely there is no excuse for an American citizen, secure for five years in his fat and happy world, to muster the will to support that soldier in deed and in word with no qualifications.

hoo ah! Oh yeah, it gets better.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Ehud Olmert's daughter (after the rant on Ehud's wife on the VLOG.) You can't say I didn't warn you here:

JERUSLAEM - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's daughter this weekend took part in a demonstration against the Jewish state in which Israeli leaders were termed "killers" and calls were made for the Palestinian Arab intifada - or terror war - to prevail.

The demonstration took place outside the Tel Aviv house of Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff Dan Halutz following an explosion this weekend on a northern Gaza Strip beach that reportedly killed seven Palestinian Arabs and wounded more than 40.

At first, the IDF was blamed widely for the Gaza beach explosion. The army routinely fires artillery shells at empty areas in northern Gaza in response to the regular launching of Qassam rockets by terrorists from the area aimed at nearby Jewish communities. Full story here  (hat tip Dr. Nancy)

UPDATE: Lowlives anonymous.  He's "feelin' good and getting ready to get back to work." Does that mean he'll reporting to the nearest bar?

UPDATE: Speaking of Olmert's suicide disengagement plan.

Kofi Jumps the Jew hating Shark

Once again we can count on Kofi Annan to pounce on the latest Jew hating device to alienate Israel from the rest of the world while empowering savages, murderers --  in other words like-minded kindred Kofi anti-spirits. And jump on it he did, even though the ruse was exposed almost immediately.

The secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, was "deeply disturbed," he said in an official statement on Friday, at the killing of women and children picnicking on a Gaza beach, committed "reportedly by Israeli forces."

Eyeless in Gaza, Mr. Annan carelessly relies on heart-wrenching press photographsFlying_monkeys juxtaposing Israeli shelling with a child crying over her dead mother's body. Israel, meanwhile, fears inflaming the region where myths about the supposed Jewish thirst for innocent Arab blood quickly translates into a war cry for billions of Muslims around the world. More here

This story was suspect from the first. I revealed to all the malevolent, diabolical charade that the Jew killers were perpetrating back on Friday here. But let's be honest, does Kofi care if it's a lie. No way. Kofi reports to these savages. He pays the jiyza. He and his flying monkeys.

UPDATE: More ugly UN  news: ANNE BAYEFSKY: SPREADING HATE, DESTRUCTION AND TERRORISM

UPDATE: Probe: Hamas Bomb, Not IDF Shell, Caused Gaza Deaths

Iran War Huddle

I think it's about Iran. But hey, that's just me. They can't really mean to give Iran nuclear technology. Reward them so richly for such rogue belligerence, right? It's a ruse? Right? Pinch me, please.
Iraq is mop up.

Bush summons war cabinet for post-Zarqawi session al reuter
Bush will hold two days of high-level consultations at Camp David starting on Monday to reassess strategy on Iraq as he struggles with an increasingly unpopular war that has dragged down his approval ratings in a congressional election year. (hat tip Bruce)

Iran Seeks Talks but Rejects Nuclear Freeze, than there's nothing to talk about.

Increasingly unpopular with who? al reuters?

Iran Accused of Hiding Secret Nuclear Weapons Site -
Fresh evidence has emerged that Iran is working on a secret military project to develop nuclear weapons that has not been declared to UN inspectors, at a secret military base outside Teheran. The project is codenamed Zirzamin 27, and its purpose is to enable the Iranians to undertake uranium enrichment to military standard. The Zirzamin 27 operation is thought to be being supervised by Iran's Revolutionary Guards under the direction of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of Iran's Modern Defensive Readiness and Technology Center, a top-secret military research site. (Telegraph-UK)

A most revealing slip of the tongue

Terror in Queens, NY, USA

Wake-up call editorial from The New York Post - The Fifth Column. The Post may have been referring to home grown terror but if you read carefully, it's the terror enablers (the media, leftists,  Muslim advocacy groups) we really have to beware of;

"He had a really good heart," an official from an Islamic center in Jamaica said. "He cared about people."

Well, apparently not his fellow Americans. Hashmi was indicted for conspiring to send money and military gear to al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan to use against U.S. troops. (Some "good heart.")

And he wasn't even the first former Queens kid to be charged with helping al Qaeda. Muhammad Junaid Babar, an associate of Hashmi, has pleaded guilty to terror-linked charges.

But Babar stated openly that he considered himself Muslim first, American second. And that, in fact, he sided with the Taliban against the United States.

"I'm willing to kill Americans," he said.

And how does the fifth column, The New York Times and syncophants, CAIR, et al react to such news?

Meanwhile, news reports of busted terror plots always seem to include someone excusing the plotters, doubting the story or questioning the tactics of law-enforcement agents.

When Shahawar Matin Siraj, a Pakistani immigrant, was convicted last month of plotting to bomb the Herald Square subway station, The New York Times ran long reports on the NYPD's intensive surveillance of the Muslim community.

Which only serves to propel the enablers into action.           CAIR-LA: FBI Tries to Reassure Muslims

All of which only helps feed a sense of isolation, victimization and resentment among American Muslim youth.

Add to that the lure of waging a valiant jihad against Western "oppressors." And the Islamic-supremacist brainwashing by Saudi-funded madrasas, mosques and cultural centers. Pretty soon, it's easy to imagine numerous cells, like the Al Muhajiroun group that Hashmi and Babar belonged to, festering throughout the nation?

Hashmi's pals, who call themselves the Islamic Thinkers, set up a sidewalk table each week and display anti-U.S. material. They're also fond of defacing the American flag in public, in hopes of provoking a confrontation (and occasionally succeeding).

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Bostom on Book TV

Hey, fortunate Atlas readers. Bostom will be on Monday morning at 5:30 (usually they hide truth seekers in the 3 am slot.) For early risers or creatures of the late late night (like me), watch it. Better yet, TIVO (no, I don't have it).

History on Book TV. A look at non-fiction history books.
The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims

Andrew Bostom discusses the history of Islamic fundamentalism throughout the Middle East, a subject he takes up in his new book, "The Legacy of Jihad." Dr. Bostom also talks about the treatment of non-Muslims living in Islamic countries, the threat to Israel posed by fundamentalists in the region, and the war on terror.

The NY Times on Iran: Severe dysentery

The Jihadis' hometown newspaper.

Just How Far Did They Go, Those Words Against Israel?
New York Times

Did President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran callIsrael to be wiped off the map? And if so, was it a threat of war?

No it means lets make love you fcking maroooooons. Who reads this insanity? It is irrational.

"Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to wipe Israel off the map because no such idiom exists in Persian," remarked Juan Cole, a Middle East specialist at the University of Michigan and critic of American policy who has argued that the Iranian president was misquoted. "He did say he hoped its regime, i.e., a Jewish-Zionist state occupying Jerusalem, would collapse." [translation: wipe Israel off the map, d'oh - Atlas]

Ischabibble, ischabobble.

"The Iranian president was quoting an ancient statement by Iran's first Islamist leader, the late Ayatollah Khomeini, that 'this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time,' just as the Shah's regime in Iran had vanished.

Hmmm, could it be this statement of Ayatollah Khomeini that this evil mouthpiece is quoting? Read; more about the Ayatollah's bookat LGFAyatollah Khomeini, Circa 1942: RoPMA,

From the book Anti-American Terrorism and the Middle East (a collection of source documents and statements from key militant Islamic figures), the late unlamented Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (subject of a recent gushing photographic tribute at the BBC) answers the question, “Is Islam a religion of peace?”

Islam is Not a Religion of Pacifists
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 1942

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Islam’s jihad is a struggle against idolatry, sexual deviation, plunder, repression, and cruelty. The war waged by [non-Islamic] conquerors, however, aims at promoting lust and animal pleasures. They care not if whole countries are wiped out and many families left homeless. But those who study jihad will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. All the countries conquered by Islam or to be conquered in the future will be marked for everlasting salvation. For they shall live under [God’s law]. ...

Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does that mean that Muslim should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill the [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender [to the enemy]? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!

There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths [sayings of the prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.

It gets sicker and sicker. Check out this logic.

Mr. Steele added that neither Khomeini nor Mr. Ahmadinejad suggested that Israel's "vanishing" was imminent or that Iran would be involved in bringing it about. "But the propaganda damage was done," he wrote, "and Western hawks bracket the Iranian president with Hitler as though he wants to exterminate Jews."

If Mr. Steele and Mr. Cole [yes that's the nototrious Juan Cole. It's always the same usual suspects - isn't it? -- Atlas] are right, not one word of the quotation — Israel shouldIran_death_us_israel_14 be wiped off the map — is accurate.

Huh? The craven little nazi midget is standing in from of a ginormous poster saying a world without Zionism and a graphic showing a broken America on the ground with Israel soon to follow.

The second translation issue concerns the word "map." Khomeini's words were abstract: "Sahneh roozgar." Sahneh means scene or stage, and roozgar means time. The phrase was widely interpreted as "map," and for years, no one objected.

It reads like an unpublished work of Beckett.

The final translation issue is Mr. Ahmadinejad's use of "occupying regime of Jerusalem" rather than "Israel."

Huh? Pure garbage, the finest crap you can buy. The Sunday New York Times *SPIT*

So did Iran's president call for Israel to be wiped off the map? It certainly seems so. Did that amount to a call for war? That remains an open question.

Oh I get it now, 2 + 2 = 5

UPDATE: Richard Weltz over at American Thinker rips this propaganda apart here. And this guy can translate.

UPDATE: More love from Ahmadinejad. Let's see how the Times mangles this translation. Lowlife Jew Haters. I saw this over at From Hot air here

Iran leader's aide: Jews are filthy

Senior aide to Iranian president says Jews have been accused of spreading deadly plagues throughout history because they are filthy; states that as long as Israel exists, 'there will never be peace and security in Middle East'

Israel Denies Killing Pali Arabs in Gaza

A top Israeli general says the country's armed forces didn't cause the explosion that killed eight Palestinians on Friday and ended the fragile ceasefire in the region. Go here now.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Pali Arabs Kidnap American Jewish Kid

What has to happen to wake Israel, its head clerk and Amerabia out of its self deluded kumbaya stupor? Are they nuts? Or are they still investigating the frame up - the death of the Pali family frolicking on the beach by Israelis Palestinians?

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AMERICAN JEWISH STUDENT BENJAMIN FISHBEIN KIDNAPPED IN JERUSALEM

The Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service is checking a claim that an Israeli citizen was abducted Saturday night in Nablus. Fatah activists sent a tape to the Reuters News Agency, claiming it shows an Israeli, Benjamin Bright Fishbein, of Jerusalem. The videotape released to the international media shows Fishbein holding up his identity card and broadcasts a statement in Arabic that his kidnappers will kill him if Israel does not release jailed Arab terrorists. The terrorists said they are holding Fishbein in Shechem. Full story here

The target is deliberate. It fits perfectly with the  Jihad official: Florida teen 'ideal target'

Terror leaders rejoice in death of U.S.-born Daniel Wultz, after Tel Aviv bombing. 'He is best target combination – American and Zionist,'

UPDATE: FISHBEIN FREE! La Chaim!Cheerleader_8

The PA security forces subsequently handed the American over to the Israel Defense Forces. Defense officials believe once the militants discovered the person was indeed an American citizen, they took steps to end the matter quickly.

“Apparently, the kidnappers did not want to end up like Zarqawi,” a defense official said. (hat tip tOm P) From Haaretz via LGF.

Fear and Loathing in Islam

Muslim Madness Alert: Beef up Ayaan Hirsi Ali's security. Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Reaction to Hirsi Ali's Gay Movie

The Dutch authorities fear that “Submission 2,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s soon to be released new movie, might make the Netherlands a target of angry Muslims worldwide. The movie criticizes Muslims for their intolerance of gays. In a report published last Wednesday the country’s National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator (Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding, NCTb) warns that one must seriously take into account the possibility of an international Muslim boycott of the Netherlands, similar to the boycott of Denmark by the Islamic world earlier this year over the Muhammad cartoons.

UPDATE: Nothing like murder, embassy burnings, mob lynchings, mass violent protests to bring a community closer together. Isn't that special?

Cartoon crisis helps unite Danish Muslims
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Muslim groups in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, say the crisis early this year over published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad helped them unite behind building of the nation's first multi-community mosque.

Iran: Women Risk Life, Limb to Protest

I stand in awe of these Iranian women who go out to protest knowing they are going to get the shit kicked out of them. They know it and still they go.

Iran Rapes and Tortures Dissident Women

These women, these heroes, take their life in their own hands when they dissent by speaking out, by marching, by talking to other women  but they do it anyway. During a conversation I had with Phyllis Chesler,a couple of months ago, she told me of the phone calls she had gotten back in March from women in the international community and from Iran asking what Phyllis thought should they go to the annual march --  -- Phyllis said NO, they shouldn't go. And while Chesler is a  huge proponent of freeing women of the brutality of Islamic life, she advised them not to go because she feared for their lives. Of course, they went away (and were beaten

Support for the June 12th Women's protest in Tehran

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If you oppose stoning [of women]!

If you oppose compulsory wearing of the hijab!

If you oppose the arrest and persecution of Women!

If you oppose the swooping of a whips on women's bodies!

If you oppose any form of patriarchy and male-dominance!

If you oppose all inequality and the medieval rule of the Islamic regime against Women!

Place: Haft'eh Teer Square, Tehran
This is a translation by the Iran Press news here.

"We have reached a level where women on the streets are being killed," Story here 

Friday, June 09, 2006

Al-Durah? Jenin? More Blood Libel

*SCROLL* FOR UPDATES  - Breaking news
The Palestinians eat their own. There is a diabolical complicity between the Jew hating media and the savages that would wipe the Jews off the map. What set off the second intifada ? Al-Dura. The moment that plunged Israel into a sea of shit was a staged event. And the French media knew it. And who could forget the farce of Jenin? The irony of Jenin was how the Israelis took more military causalities because they would not employ air cover  so that there would be less Pali civilian deaths (is there such a thing as a Pali civilian? Oh yeah the 4% that voted against terror. )
Aldura_lieJudith at HNN has an eye opening account of what really happened to the Pali family here

GAZA BEACH CARNAGE FOOTAGE STAGED?

A terrible tragedy happened on the Gaza beach. Shells exploded and killed 9 men, women and children and injured others. Heartbreaking.

Israel is investigating. But Mark Regev, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman who said that Israel believes such shelling of civilians to be unacceptable also told the BBC that naval or air shelling have been ruled out. Other possibilities are explored. In the meantime Hamas vows to end the unilateral cease fire with Israel.

But, please, watch this BBC report and tell me what were the cameramen doing on the beach at the moment the shell hit? CNN has the exact same footage.   

Are we once again dealing with a Jenin/al Dura style staged recreation?

The BBC also features an eyewitness by a jounalist named Sami Yousef who just happened to be on the beach during the shelling. He ends his account thus:

I've heard people in the last few hours calling for revenge. If an attack happens inside Israel it will make them a little bit happy. It might also make them reject the referendum planned by [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas. Do I smell a Hamas member exploiting an opportunity (with BBC acquiescence) or is it something more sinister?

So what have we here? Another evil staging to incite and drive those thirsty for Jewish blood. Is this "incident" the deliberate precursor to a world of pain?

Hamas Ends 'Truce' With Israel; Threatens New Violence  

The militant group Hamas has declared an end to its informal ceasefire with Israel and has vowed to increase the level of bloodshed in the region after the death of seven Palestinian civilians taking a beachside picnic on the Gaza Strip Friday.

UPDATE: SHOCKA! Palis refuse to cooperate with investigation here. Transparancy fellas, c'mon now, we is on to you.

IDF sources say Palestinians have not disclosed information regarding exact location, time of explosion that killed seven civilians on north Gaza beach; ‘this makes it very difficult to form clear picture of what happened,’

IDF sources said Saturday that the Palestinians are not cooperating in the investigation of the Gaza beach incident , during which seven civilians were killed. (hat tip tagrafiti)

UPDATE: More and more the truth emerges. Savages.

IDF: Palestinians may have caused blast

As the IDF continued its investigation into the cause of the explosion that killed seven Palestinians on a Gaza beach on Friday, with the initial assumption being that an errant artillery shell was to blame, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Saturday night that it was possible the blast was an "internal Palestinian incident." IDF officers said that an "internal Palestinian incident" referred to the possibility that terrorists had fired a Kassam rocket which went off target and hit the crowded Gaza beach between Sudaniya and Beit Lahiya. (hat tip AB)

UPDATE: Augean Stables is working this story here: Pallywood on Gaza Beach

I’ve now seen the footage of the BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. It bears all the marks of Pallywood:
Palestinian contribution: no blood, bad child actors (it takes the girl two tries to throw herself on her father, no signs of damage or crater, hospital chaos with men in doctors’ coats accusing Israel, played over and over again on TV, use of rhetoric of genocide against Israel.
Western media contribution: cutting to make it more believable (take out the girl throwing herself on the sand beside her “father” before “finding him”), cut from action piece to action piece so the audience doesn’t have the time to develop suspicions, accept the Palestinian version (Israeli shells) as reliable (without even presenting it as the Palestinian claim).

[...] In other words, once again, a scene that bears many marks of staging, will drive Palestinians to self-destructive choices, while the Western media, in the unprofessional credulity, lend credibility to the unlikely and poisonous footage. Let’s hope this time they’re smarter than they were in 2000. Read it all

UPDATE: Sunday morining 4:30 am:

Brig_genreal_aviv_kochavi Saturday night, Brigade General Aviv Kochavi did not rule out the possibility that the missile that caused the death of seven Palestinian civilians was a Palestinian missile. He said that according to the initial findings of the inquiry there is information that supports this hypothesis. Translated from the French Guysen here.

Following the death of seven Palestinian civilians on a Gaza beach, last Friday, 19 Kassam rockets have been fired towards Israel. IDF officials however have decided to freeze artillery fire until the end of the inquiry. (Guysen.Israכl.News) Chief of Staff, General Dan Halutz, appointed General Meir Kalifi to the head of the team which will examine the circumstances of this incident. He has until Wednesday 13 June to present his conclusions.

UPDATE: More from Honest Reporting here;

[...] despite suggestions that a single artillery shell was responsible, the Guardian claimed: "a barrage of Israeli artillery shells rained down on a busy Gaza beach...", while the Independent, without waiting for confirmation or otherwise, attributed the incident to "Israeli naval gunboats".

In fact, while the most likely explanation is a single stray artillery shell, the possibility of a Qassam missile fired from Gaza itself has not yet been discounted and has been made more difficult to ascertain due to Palestinian refusals to cooperate with Israeli investigators.

As emotions run high, it is likely that Israel will come in for heavy criticism in the media from those genuinely horrified by recent events and those who do not need an excuse to accuse Israel of "war crimes" or to attack its morality and very existence

NO MORAL EQUIVALENCE

When examining the circumstances behind the Gaza beach incident, it is worth looking at the wider context. An editorial in the Jerusalem Post excellently summarizes the Israeli situation:

Firstly, Israel, while confronting an enemy publicly committed to maximizing civilian fatalities, seeks relentlessly to minimize such casualties even as it defends itself. Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists deliberately aim to kill and maim civilians, both in disputed and purportedly non-disputed Israeli-controlled territory, and show little concern for any "collateral" damage such attacks may inflict on their own people. Israel, in absolute contrast, acts concertedly to thwart the terrorists, not to attack the civilians from whose residential areas the terror cells despicably operate.

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Israel would have no interest in, nor any need to be firing artillery shells or any other weaponry into the Gaza Strip were sovereign Israeli territory not coming under incessant attack from Gaza.

Indeed, as Qassams have rained down on Sderot and other areas of the Negev, striking residential buildings and schools, it is only due to immense luck that Israel has not already suffered multiple deaths and injuries as a result of such attacks. In the latest missile attacks, carried out by Hamas, an Israeli suffered critical injuries as a Qassam struck a school campus. These attacks, despite their potential for mass casualties, are described by the BBC's Simon Wilson as "mainly symbolic".

While the IDF has not taken responsibility for the Palestinian deaths until the conclusion of an inquiry, Israel has offered assistance to the Palestinians, including evacuating the wounded to Israeli hospitals, where a number are now being treated.

Israel's rush to apologize was a MAJOR MEDA MISTAKE;

Israel's hasty apology for 7 killings in Gaza enabled civil rights organizations, left-wing MKs & foreign countries to condemn Israel. It now appears that Israel had nothing to do with it.

Meanwhile, storms of Kassam tockets are hitting Sderot and nobody says anything. The world stands idly by.

Schools in Sderot are closed... Some 20 Kassam rockets at Israel since last night, critically wounding one... 3 terrorists killed, 7 injured, as they were about to fire more rockets Sunday...

UPDATE: Westbank mama tells us

According to IDF radio today, the artillery shelling on Friday stopped at 16:51, and at that time there was no commotion on the beach. There was only commotion at 17:01, a full ten minutes after the IDF stopped.

UPDATE: REVENGE!' CRY AT GAZA FUNERAL "DESTROY ISRAEL!"

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At a mass funeral in which crowds screamed "Revenge!" and "Destroy Israel," seven of the victims were laid to rest a day after Israeli troops shelled a coastal area used by militants. The dead included five members of one family.

"Don't leave me alone," 7-year-old Huda Ghalya

Huda survived because she was swimming when her family died yards away onshore. "Father, father, forgive me," she cried as she kneeled to kiss her father's face at the stark cemetery in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiyah.

Amid the mourning, Abbas called for a July 26 referendum, in which Palestinians are expected to endorse what is effectively an acceptance of Israel's right to existence. New York Post

UPDATE: Israel denies firing shell that killed Palestinians (hat tip Klinghoffer)

A top Israeli general says the country's armed forces didn't cause the explosion that killed eight Palestinians on Friday and ended the fragile ceasefire in the region.    Hamas, which leads the Palestinian Authority parliament, blamed the deaths on Tel Aviv as its military branch resumed attacks on Israel for the first time in 16 months.

Liars.

But Israeli Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant said Sunday the military can prove it wasn't Israeli fire that hit the beach in Gaza, killing eight people.

Galant, who commands Israel's southern command, said Israel stopped firing 15 minutes before the explosion.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday said he was sorry about the deaths, which included three children. [what are you apologizing for schmuck!? Facts first! -Atlas]

UPDATE:DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hamas suspected of planting a daisy-chain bomb trap on Gaza beach to trap Israeli naval commandos (hat tip Bob V)

UPDATE: Rich has updated his  brilliant anaylsis, frame by frame,  of the blood libel here at Augean Stables

On the other hand, a feature unites both the al Durah and the Ghalia families. Their tragedy came at a most important time. In both cases, the Palestinian leadership was on the defensive world-wide (Arafat for his Camp-David no, Hamas for their unwillingness to even mouth conciliatory formulas in English), they were under direct pressure to do something (in this case by Abbas’ referendum which struck horror in the hearts of good Jihadis everywhere), but especially of Hamas, and on the eve of a visit by the Israelis to Europe where this incident would deeply embarrass them (for Barak it was the October 4th humiliation at the hands of Chirac; here it was Olmert “under a cloud“).

Finally, the most important similarity that emerged in the aftermath of both the al Durah and Ghalia family tragedies is that, whatever actually happened, the greatest likelihood (by far) seems to be that the Israelis did not cause the damage in question.

Is it possible that the evacuation scene of real bodies was staged in a different place for the sake of the cameras? Such a hypothesis might explain a great deal of the anomalies already noted, including the strange placement of the bodies and beachware.

It is certainly not beyond the reach of Palestinian cameramen and the “street.” And like so often, the quality of the performance is shoddy at best.

All in all, highly suspicious footage suggesting that, in order to turn a scandalous error into a PR coup (at best — who wants to think about a real Hamas conspiracy to kill their own innocents?), by blaming Israel, the footage was staged using real bodies. As with Pallywood at Netzarim Junction, Pallywood producers don’t sweat the obvious details (at Netzarim the evacuations take place in front of the Israeli guns; here the reconstruction takes place where the original explosion did not happen), because they can count on the media — Arab, Western, Israeli! — to react to the emotional drama they play out. Like magicians with a sleight of hand, they have us focus on the wrong details

UPDATE June 13: Probe: Hamas Bomb, Not IDF Shell, Caused Gaza Deaths

 

Islamic leader: 'British should try arranged marriages'

While the West looks away in fear, Islam marches apace.

In his first newspaper interview since being elected, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari suggests this country should adopt more Islamic ways.

Speaking of the recent arrests and shooting of suspected Muslim terrorists in the UK, Bari, chairman of the east London mosque and the new leader of Britain's Muslims said;

"On the face of it, these guys are innocent. I have talked to people who know them in the Bangladeshi community. The family said they were good boys."

"We need 3,000 more Muslim policemen in London to restore trust."

And the new leader of the British Muslims has big plans for the Brits;

His aim, he says, will be to encourage Britain to adopt more Muslim ways, as well as to encourage Muslims to be good British citizens. He thinks that non-Muslim Britons would benefit from having arranged marriages and espousing stronger family values; they would also do well to stop drinking and gambling and to follow many of the teachings of Islam.

But instead of integrating, do not some Muslims insist on imposing their values? For example, the schoolgirl in Luton who demanded to wear the jilbab left some feeling threatened.

"We supported her right to wear what she wanted," Dr Bari says. "It was wrong for her to lose out on an education just because of her dress. As Muslims, we are far more shocked by pupils' short skirts, but we don't complain. That is another thing the British could learn: modesty is very attractive."

Read it all here

The Brits have their work cut out for him. This is a  "puff piece"  I am quoting. Stop Muslim immigration  and that goes for the States as well.

UPDATE: Excellent piece here from CUANAS for the Kumbaya klowns

Sister describes terror raid as 'barbaric'
Guardian Unlimited
The sister of a man shot in the shoulder by police during an anti-terrorist raid in east London described the actions today as "barbaric and horrific".

Uh, I don't think so sistuh. The London train bombings. That was barbaric and horrific hon and you ought to be damed happy that the police are going after the murderers and terrorists planning mass murder while laying in wait. Right?  Wrong ..........

British Muslims: British Police Go to Hell!

UPDATE: So someone explain to me why British Muslims would want more corrupt policemen? (yeah, it's a rhetorical question)

  Secret report brands Muslim police corrupt

HAMAS CONDEMNS ZARQAWI KILLING

I ask my counterparts, my sparring partners, my colleagues, friends, lovers, countrymen. When can we finally call the our mortal enemy the enemy and conquer these savages? Egyptian Sandmonkey reports;

The whole world celebrates his death , but not Hamas. Hamas mourns him

The ruling Palestinian faction Hamas on Thursday deplored the killing by U.S. warplanes of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, describing him as a casualty of a crusade against Arabs and Muslims.

Hamas, branded as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union and shunned by the West since winning office in the Palestinian government in March, had distanced itself in the past from violence abroad blamed on al Qaeda.

But in a statement faxed to Reuters after Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. air strike north of Baghdad on Wednesday, Hamas said it mourned the Jordanian-born insurgent as a "martyr of the (Muslim Arab) nation."

"With hearts full of faith, Hamas commends brother-fighter Abu Musab … who was  martyred at the hands of the savage crusade campaign which targets the Arab homeland, starting in Iraq," the statement said.

What are we waiting for? Israel has already surrendered in the name of  'security'. It's up to the U.S.

Hamas: Zarqawi's Death Will Not End Anti-U.S. Resistance

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War on Jihad: Now or Never

As Islamists Grow Confident, It's Time for the West To Stand Firm
- Lt. Gen. (res.) Moshe Yaalon

  • In Europe I observed a widespread refusal to consider Hamas' January electoral victory beyond the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In reality, Hamas' rise to power has global ramifications. It opens a new front for radical Islamism in its confrontation with the West and provides encouragement to Islamists worldwide.
  • In a February 3 speech in a Damascus mosque, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal redefined Hamas' ambitions from the goal of destroying Israel to the much broader goal of defeating the West. He also revealed the growing confidence of Islamists in pursuing more ambitious goals.
  • Hamas' electoral victory is only the latest in a series of strategic successes that have given radical Islamists every reason to believe that God is on their side. They include international terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda and its supporters in the U.S., Spain, and Britain; the insurgency's perceived victories against coalition forces in Iraq; Muslim Brotherhood electoral successes in Egypt; and Hizballah's attainment of a cabinet seat in Lebanon.
  • Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leading terrorist in Iraq, recently declared that America "is breathing its final breath," while Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas branded the U.S. an "enemy of Islam."
  • Conceptually, the West should be wary of any diplomatic, economic, or military move that might serve to reinforce the Islamists' notion that they are winning. The current Hamas-led government must be made to fail, Hizballah should be disarmed in accordance with UN Resolution 1559, and the Iranian regime must be stopped in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and support for terrorist groups throughout the region. A unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank would undermine any attempt to confront the advance of the global jihad movement; to the contrary, it would encourage and energize radical Islamists worldwide.
  • Confronting the advance of radical Islamist elements requires, first and foremost, striking at the confidence that has motivated their progress. This requires uniting behind a policy that refuses further concessions to terrorism, acts aggressively against future transgressions, and appropriately engages the next generation in the Muslim world.

The Force of Reason

Only in New York

I love The New York Post! Today's Front Page

I hate The New York Times They suck! "No Joy in Iraq, Even After Zarqawi's Death"

Taranto WSJ: Zarqawi Defeats Truman

"Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda's man in Iraq, remains at large."--

"Zarqawi Found, but bin Laden Still Eludes US," reads a Reuters headline. What will Reuters "report" when we get bin Laden? "Hitler whereabouts still unknown"?

The Philadelphia Daily News says NOTHING about Zarqawi on the Front Cover. Instead it says: "SUPER SPORTS WEEKEND" and has a picture of Shaquille O'Neil shooting a Foul Shot.  No mention of Zarqawi ANYWHERE on the front cover  (hat tip Rich)

Zarqawi

Only in Vegas: The Circus comes to town, freaks, bearded  women et al.

UPDATE: My new SCREENSAVER (hat tip Robert)

Congress Hearings on Arab Terror Ties to OKC Bombing

There has been so much intel on the Middle East connection to the OKC bombings, these hearings are long overdue

Congress to hold hearings into OKC bombing Examining foreign connection to plot, including Arab terrorists

Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., has given the nod for hearings into the long-debated question of whether those responsible for the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building had help from any foreign source.

Spurred to action by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., Hyde has given Rohrabacher's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee the wide-ranging authority to conduct interviews and subpoena documents related to the April 19, 1995, terrorist attack that left 168 dead, 19 of them children.

UPDATE: Go to Jayna Davis' site for me

The excellent blogedtrix Ms. Underestimated writes me ;

Anybody interested in reading detailed research into the Middle-Eastern connection into the OKC Bombing should read Jayna Davis' book, "The Third Terrorist."

I've always known this was not the end of it. Oh, you wanna know something else? There are Clinton ties to it...

UPDATE: More here;

The Truth Behind the Oklahoma City Bombing 4-2-2005

Explosives found at Terry Nichols House 4-3-2005

Investigate the OK City bombing 4-25-2005

Another Islamofascist Bombing in OK City?

Islamofascist OK City bomber identity revealed


America's Police State: Remembering Oklahoma City and Waco

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Atlas VLOGS Zarqawi's Death!

He's Dead, He's Dead! Yeah yeah baby.


Apparently Special Forces  scored a a huge cache of intel in Zarqawi's den and off his computer-Yummy

UPDATE: Any doubt the Democrats are the fifth column? The Washington Times has the story here:

“Some Democrats, breaking ranks from their leadership, today said the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in Iraq was a stunt to divert attention from an unpopular and hopeless war. ‘This is just to cover Bush's [rear] so he doesn't have to answer’ for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers, said Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat. ‘Iraq is still a mess -- get out.’ Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, said Zarqawi was a small part of ‘a growing anti-American insurgency’ and that it's time to get out. ‘We're there for all the wrong reasons,’ Mr. Kucinich said.

The Network,  The Counter Terrorism blog here

Our Contributing Experts have reported often on the scope of the network of terrorists and sympathizers who were trained by or pledged allegience to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:

Evan Kohlman:
The Inside Story of Al-Qaida's First Terrorist Training Camp in Iraq

The State of Al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, Connections to Zarqawi in Iraq
Scoffing at Allegations of Ties to Saddam, Zarqawi's Al-Qaida Claims Link to Egyptian Islamic Jihad Elite
Jordanian Zarqawi Ally Resurfaces in Chechnya
Al-Qaida Identifies Suicide Bomber in Iraq as Saudi Trained in Afghanistan, Chechnya
GSPC: "Defeating Evil America" Will Bring Peace to Algeria
GSPC Leader Reflects on Murder of Algerian Diplomats in Iraq
The Jihad in Iraq: An Engine for International Terrorism
GSPC Commander in Algeria Hails Al-Qaida in New Video
Al-Qaida Affiliates Respond to Zarqawi's Call

Steven Emerson & Lorenzo Vidino of The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
Zarqawi's European network
Our New Reports on Terrorist Threats to Italy and the Muslim Brotherhood in France

Olivier Guitta:
Al Qaida targeting Fatah leaders?
Al Qaeda's Master Plan
GSPC's spiritual leader killed
French interests possible targets of Zarqawi and GSPC
The GSPC cell arrested in France was onto major acts of terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross:
Zarqawi A Threat to Europe?

Douglas Farah:
Terror Finances, Foreign Fighters and Claims of Victory  (hat tip Bruce)

UPDATE: Zarqawi impure?

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Holy Imam! Prison Islamic Chaplain Guilty on Gun Charges

Why does a holy man, man of G-d, a reverend,  need guns? What kind of religious leader is this? What is up with these prison Imams? Could it have anything to do with prisons - America's new terror training camps. Gun toting Imam story here, NY Post

June 8, 2006 -- The former head Islamic chaplain for the state prisons pleaded guilty yesterday to charges he had weapons in his Bronx apartment.

Warith Deen Umar then accused authorities of using the case as an excuse to raid his home to search for terrorism-related materials.

Umar admitted he had the guns in a Bronx building he owns when he called cops there in December after a dispute with a tenant.

Officials said he was not allowed to have guns because he was convicted in 1971 of possession of a dangerous weapon.

USS Cole Sails Again

Did William Jefferson Clinton drop the ball or what? It is inconceivable to me (or any rational American) that two suicide murderers could float towards a US  destroyer and blow it up.  And subsequently nothing is done. Think about it. Tammy Bruce has it all here

USS Cole Sails Again

Cole sailors stoic as they prepare to head to Middle East

Every day the sailors aboard the Cole walk across a reminder of the attack that made the destroyer the most famous ship in the U.S. Navy fleet. The floor in the corridor leading to the dining area has 17 gold stars — one for each sailor killed when terrorists bombed the Cole as it was refueling in Yemen's port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000.

As the Cole sails tomorrow, let's remember the 17 who died:

Remember: USS Cole Incident

Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow
Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Cole_uss

Signalman Seaman Recruit Cherone Louis Gunn
Rex, Georgia

Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels
Norfolk, Virginia

Seaman Recruit Lakiba Nicole Palmer
San Diego, California

Operations Specialist Second Class Timothy Lamont Saunders
Ringgold, Virginia

Ensign Andrew Triplett,
Macon, Mississippi

Seaman Apprentice Craig Bryan Wibberley
Williamsport, Maryland

Hull Maintenance Technician Third Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter
Mechanicsville, Virginia

Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis
Woodleaf, Cole_june_2006North Carolina

Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna
Rice, Texas

Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Electronics Warfare Technician Third Class Ronald Scott Owens
Vero Beach, Florida

Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett
Churchville, Maryland

Fireman Apprentice Patrick Howard Roy
Keedysville, Maryland

Electronics Warfare Technician Second Class Kevin Shawn Rux
Portland, North Dakota

Mess Management Specialist Third Class Ronchester Mananga Santiago
Kingsville, Texas

Firecontrolman Gary Graham Swenchonis, Jr.
Rockport, Texas

God bless them all.( hat tip tOm P)
Bottom photo: The USS Cole, which was bombed by terrorists in October 2000, waits pierside at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia before shipping out again to the Middle East.

Palestinians: No $ for food, Millions for TVs

While the Hamas/Palestinian Authority continues to claim hunger andTv_arab_marketl impoverishment because of the world's financial boycott, 111 truckloads of TV sets have entered Gaza over the past two weeks. Because the media is the most powerful weapon in modern warfare. No money for food.........millions for TVs. More here

PA Refuses Israeli Medicines, Demands Cash

Palestinians Promise THIRD Intifada

The Israelis are in a self induced coma. They went into it when Sharon went into his coma. Sort of like the husband that suffers labor pains when his wife is pregnant. But the consequences from this hysterical pregnanacy are deadly deadly deadly.

The Jewish state is headed toward a major, violent confrontation with the Palestinian Arabs, while Prime Minister Olmert’s plan to withdraw from most of the West Bank will “not help”to decrease the terrorism, according to an Israeli army assessment.    

The prognosis will be released in an official Israeli Defense Force report next month. It follows interviews with The New York Sun in which the leaders of every major Palestinian Arab terror organization said recent events here are leading them to launch what they call a third intifada — or violent confrontation against Israel.The terrorists warned of suicide bombings, rocket attacks against Jewish communities, and “a few new surprises in our arsenal.”

Palestinian Poll: 61% Say Hamas Should Reject Recognizing Israel
In a poll conducted 31 May-2 June 2006, 1,200 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza were asked: Which of these two directions do you support? Hamas continues to reject recognizing Israel, while reaching out to countries like Iran and the Arab world to get funding - 61%; Hamas recognizes Israel and continue to receive funding from the international community - 31%.
    What is your evaluation of the performance of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh? Good - 57%. Mahmoud Abbas? Good - 48%. Since the [Hamas victory in the] PLC elections of January 2006, do you feel that your family income has: Improved? - 2%, Declined? - 63%. Since the elections, do you feel: More secure? - 14%, Less secure? - 41%. (Birzeit University Development Studies Program-PA)

UPDATE: Infidels Bloggers Alliance points out "4% Oppose Terror!" here

Zarqawi is Dead

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And I'm glad.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted terrorist in Iraq, is dead, killedZarqawi_dead in Baghdad, according to an aide to Iraq's prime minister.(BBC,CNN, AP) Special Forces has his body (Regime Change Iran)
Great background piece on this America's most wanted Islamic terror leader here (hat tip Steverino)

UPDATE: The Iraqis are dancing. hOO ah! Loving the dead mug shot (he never looked so good.)

"The ideology of terror has lost its most visible, aggressive leader." - President Bush, 6/8/06

IRAQIS DANCING IN THE STREETS


Ding Dong

the Witch is Dead

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: Nidra Poller Column One "BAKED ON THE PREMISES"

Nidra Poller: Baked on the Premises

How much richer and smarter are we in the Atlas sphere now that Nidra Polleris cooking up a regular column for us . This is her first column for Atlas but it is the beginning of a beautifulFrench_bakery alliance. Nidra will be giving us the real 411  from the French street, the Arab French street, and the French Jews (they have no street.)
"Baked on the Premises" - the sweet smell of a  French truth teller (yes, you read that right, no oxymoron there.)  Coining the term, Punk Jihad to described the enormous violence. Violence against Jews, violence against Muslim women, violence against teachers, violence against the state - an economic decline, and a government in its last throes and virulent exterminationist Jew Hatred.

Today we get the real story behind the recent incident, the Wrath of Ka --  terrorizing French Jews here. Details had been sketchy. No more. I am running it all unedited because you must eat every word on your plate.

RUE DES ROSIERS REVISITED AFTER KA TRIBE INCURSION

Nidra Poller
Paris  Wednesday 7 June 2006

Sunday 4 June, one week after the Ka Tribe militia’ marched into rue des Rosiers looking to bash Jewish heads, the street stood up to be counted! What us scared?  On the contrary.  Out in force.  A few police cars blocked one of the side streets, policemen and gendarmes were posted in twos and threes at strategic entry points, but the main line of defense was made up of ordinary people in all shapes and sizes casually lined up on both sides of the narrow five-block stretch of shops, restaurants, bakeries, delicatessens, bookstores, and trendy boutiques.  A rather pathetic yellow Jewish Defense League flag wrapped around a street sign in front of the Hollywood Bagel shop offered a shred of evidence for anyone who wants to swallow the story that the paramilitary incursion was a legitimate episode in a turf battle between the Ka and the JDL –Betar riffraff.  I share one feature with all those rabid anti-Semites: I can’t tell the difference between a dues-paying member of the JDL and a common ordinary Jewish kid in t-shirt and jeans.   

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Melanie Phillips: Axis of Feeble

Melanie Phillips, truth teller, gives us a geography lesson from Londonistan to Canadastan  here
(hat tip tOm P)

If the details emerging are true, it would seem that this haul of suspects has a significance extending far beyond Canada. They appear to have been part of an international conspiracy, demonstrating once again the global aspect of the jihad and the way in which, as a decentralised and endlessly mutating network of like-minded terrorists, it has spread like a cancer throughout the world.

The Australian reports:

The investigation into Canada's home-grown terrorism plot has been widened, with authorities looking for links between those detained in Canada and terrorist cells in at least six other countries. It has been established that two men from the US state of Georgia, who were charged this year in a terrorism case, had been in contact with some of the Canadian suspects via computer, according to a US law enforcement official. The other countries are believed to be Bangladesh, Bosnia, Denmark, Britain and Sweden.

Apparently the Georgia men travelled to Washington to shoot ‘casing videos’ of the Capitol and other potential targets. But the Canadian investigation appears to have started in — where else — Londonistan. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The October arrest of a London man who allegedly ran al-Qaeda-linked websites and distributed jihadist propaganda kicked off a multinational investigation that culminated in last weekend's arrests in Canada, U.S. law enforcement officials and counterterrorism experts say.

Younis Tsouli, who is being held on charges ranging from conspiracy to murder to terrorist financing, is suspected of involvement in a possible plot to attack Washington, and other militant activities. During the raid on Mr. Tsouli's home Oct. 22, Scotland Yard found a PowerPoint-like presentation on a computer showing how to make a car bomb, various bomb-making manuals and a digital video clip of Washington monuments. Federal law-enforcement officials now say that the digital movie, believed to be a surveillance video, was taken by one of two suspected Atlanta terrorists who was arrested and charged in March in the first part of a counterterrorism operation that resulted in the Canadian action.

And what else was Mr Tsouli apparently doing in the UK in addition to allegedly plotting to blow up Washington?

Mr. Kohlmann noted that Mr. Tsouli seemed to be particularly active in radicalizing non-Arab terrorists, whether they are English-speaking South Asian men or Muslim converts. This, he said, could allow al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups to greatly alter the profile of many of their operatives.

He was, it seems, radicalising people in Britain. Unnamed UK ‘security sources’ tell us that some 1200 terrorists — 1200! – are biding their time within the British suburbs. Any connection? So are our media’s finest jumping up and down about this UK connection to Toronto? Are they asking hard questions about the record of our intelligence service, which ignored this man’s activities —like so many others - for so long? Are you reading anything at all about this in the British media? Of course not. British intelligence is instead feeding the media with what they want to hear: that the root of the problem is the UK’s involvement in Iraq. Yeah, yeah - just like Canada, eh?

Now America faces the chilling realisation that while it has been convulsed for weeks over illegal immigration across its border with Mexico, a far greater threat is posed by its unpatrolled border with Canada — twice the length of the border with Mexico – which has one of the most liberal asylum and immigration policies in the world.

Jack Hooper, deputy director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has admitted 

that the CSIS could vet only about one-tenth of the immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan. In other words, apart from bare details, which themselves may be spurious, Canada knows nothing--not even current addresses--of approximately 18,000 immigrants from that part of the world who have arrived just in the last five years.

Sound familiar? Canada, America, Britain — the axis of feeble.

UPDATE: From the most reliable reliapundit;

CHE: TOTALITARIAN AND LEFTIST ICON SUBJECT OF MUSEUM EXHIBIT IN LONDONISTAN THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM IS HAVING A SHOW ABOUT CHE. Those who admire this murderous racist promoter of tyranny are dupes. Of course, the museum blurb conveniently leaves out the fact that he and Fidel promoted tyranny - in Cuba and abroad.

HERE IS A LINK TO MY FAVORITE PHOTO OF CHE.

What's next, a show honoring Zarqawi!?

Israel: NO MORE LAND GIVEAWAYS

Suicidal .................. road to hell paved with good intention,

But Mr. Olmert’s plan could be loaves and fishes for Palestinian terrorists. After 60,000 Israelis now living in some 60 smaller settlements are transferred to larger ones behind the 456-mile (up from 420 miles), $2.2 billion barrier, funded by U.S. soft loans, Hamas would be free to lob its Iran-supplied missiles into Israel. Jordan would come under tremendous pressure from Palestinians in the West Bank to reopen its border. Hamas would also have a hunting license to destabilize the Hashemite kingdom whose population is already 65 percent Palestinian. All in all, a bad deal for Israel and a good deal for Hamas.More here

IRAN POURS MILLIONS INTO SUPPORTING HAMAS INFRASTRUCTURE

UPDATE: Carl in Jerusalem calls Olmert and co. - a government of dhimmis here.

UPDATE: Israpundit has a fascinating post (comments are worth reading as well);

The Situation is Grave. Action Now to Defend the Jews of Israel
... As a means of mobilizing the American people for the greatest struggle in their history - to defend the Jews from Islamofascism and the EU and US (their own ...

666 - "Behead the Prime Minster"

What me worry? Nah But this is funny.

This, OTOH, is not. Canada Terror Probe expands to 7 Nations - more arrests likely.

UPDATE: Terror suspect Chand accused of wanting to behead prime minister ...

The evil that dares not speak its name.............

"One thing is I think clear: namely that Hitler has concluded that we mean business and that the time is not ripe for a major war.

"Therein he is fulfilling my expectations. Unlike some of my critics I go further and say the longer the war is put off the less likely it is to come at all as we go about perfecting our defenses and building up the defenses of our allies.

"That is what Winston and Co. never seem to realize. You don't need offensive forces sufficient to win a smashing victory. What you want are defensive forces sufficiently strong to make it impossible for the other side to win except at such a cost to make it not worthwhile.

"That is what we are doing and, though at present, the German feeling is it is not worth while yet, they will presently come to realize that it never will be worthwhile, then we can talk.
"
(07/01/1939) Neville Chamberlain, Former British Prime Minister

UPDATE Lovely. Thinking happy thoughts here (hat tip Bruce H)

UPDATE: Back to terrible reality. An anniversary no less. But but but it's the China Century here, here and  here.

UPDATE: This guy gets it. My idea of a real man.

UPDATE: SOWELL! So gets it BIRTHRIGHT SALE (hat tip Bruce H)

UPDATE: MUST READ: CAROLINE GLICK: THE PATH TO OUR DESTRUCTION

UPDATE: WTF? Anti-tank weapons in North Carolina?

UPDATE: Swashblogger thinks the families know more than they care to admit in Haditha

The fair citizens of Haditha will NEVER agree to an autopsy; but the MSM will never ask why.  And you can take that to the bank

We have to wait until the Military investigaters present their findings, eh?

Danish Cartoon Editor Attacks Media

Joern Mikkelsen, the editor in chief of Jyllands Posten, the Danish newspaper that sparked the Muhammad cartoons furore, today attacked misreporting over the incident. Speaking before the 13th World Editors Forum in Moscow, Mr Mikkelsen used the bulk of his address to correct mistakes made by other media in reporting the affair. Article here

"I must conclude, alas, that real reality and published reality were rather far apart. In many instances it was a rather disappointing experience for us," Mr Mikkelsen said.

He said the newspaper's objectives in publishing the cartoons - an examination of self-censorship among Danish cartoonists - had been overtaken.

"The affair was swiftly politicised and forces with different agendas took over."

Mr Mikkelsen said the consquence of the affair was that the 12 cartoonists whose cartoons had been published received death threats and were still under police protection.

"Would we do it again?, I have been asked time and time again. It is very hard to tell, I have said that we wouldn't do it if we had known the consequences."

Publication of the cartoons led to several deaths in widespread rioting and attacks on embassies around the world.

"No responsible editor would risk such consequences again," he said.

Mr Mikkelsen said he wanted to correct "appalling allegations" levelled at the paper.

"Allow me to get a few fundamental things straight. No, Jyllands Posten is not owned by the Danish government. No, it is not an ultra-right pamplet, it is a liberal newspaper wholly independent of outside influences.

"No, we did not have a cynical, mean ambition to upset Muslims around the world. No we did not have a cynical, mean ambition to upset Muslims in Denmark. No, we were not an accomplice of extreme anti-Muslim sentiment around the world

"No we did not seek to force a clash of civilisations."

The paper apologised for hurting the feelings of Muslims but did not apologise for publishing the cartoons.

Mr Mikkelsen said all newspapers, whether they published the cartoons or not, had been forced to think about issues of free speech.

"Each player has learned a lesson from this," he said.

Rockets Attacking Israel, Again:"How long can we rely on miracles?"

From Gaza, the land of the disengagement, a rain of rockets, yet again.

Palestinian Rocket Lands on Child's Bed - Shmulik Hadad
Palestinians in Gaza fired five Kassam rockets toward the Western Negev city ofGaza_sderotkassams Sderot early Tuesday. One rocket landed near a school and a woman passing by sustained light injuries from shrapnel. Another rocket penetrated a home and landed on the bed of one of the children, who had left for school just minutes before. Damage was caused to the house and to a number of parked cars. (Ynet News)

It is endless, and ignored by world news organziations. It wont't stop at Kassam rockets. What kind of rocket is next?

Sderot residents protested this morning, after Kassam rockets smashed into a child's bedroom and near a school this morning. "How long can we rely on miracles?" they ask. Sderot municipal spokesman Yosef Cohen told Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler, "The rockets today were especially powerful, and their blast was heard clearly throughout the city. Children are frightened, people are panicking, and the IDF has no answer.

UPDATE: Is Israel losing its collective mind:

“If We Need to Cut Electricity, Cut Off Gaza First”

Referring to yesterday’s power outages, MK Eliyahu Gabbai of the NRP stated today: “If we urgently need to cut off the electricity, we should cut off Gaza first and plunge Shechem and Jenin into darkness. Israeli citizens and the country’s economy should not be harmed by a lack of electricity while the enemies of the state enjoy a steady electricity supply.”

Mr. Gabbai added, “The electricity supply in Sderot will be cut off, putting the Red Dawn early warning system in jeopardy, while in Gaza everyone continues to burn their electric lights while firing their missiles.” hat tip Grasiela
 

Ganji is coming to America

Hope springs eternal.

Azerbaijanis Stage Protests in Several Cities in Iran

Domestic Threats to Iranian Stability: Khuzistan and Baluchistan -

and Ganji, the Iranian dissident that galvanized his nation is coming to America here.

Speaking yesterday in Moscow, Mr. Ganji said he was accepting the award from the world’s press on behalf of “all Iranian dissidents and freedom fighters.”
He added, “More than anyone, the prize should go to those who fought for freedom and human rights and were as punishment slaughtered during what came to be known as ‘Serial Murders.’ The prize should go to the prisoners who in 1987 were executed while serving their sentences in prisons across Iran.”

2006 Golden Pen of Freedom Acceptance Speech by Akbar Ganji (hat tip: One Busy Bee)

Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji who spent the last six years in jail for criticising the Iranian authorities has been awarded the 2006 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize from the World Association of Newspapers..

 

  Mr. Ganji was released from Evin prison in April after capturing the world’s attention by conducting a hunger strike for most of July and August 2005. In prison, Mr. Ganji managed to write and have published on the Internet a two-part manifesto laying out the case for collective noncooperation with the current regime and suggesting strategies for ousting the country’s current unelected religious rulers.

    No figure in Iran today, with the possible exception of Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, the senior cleric who also has called for direct election of the supreme leader, has been so outspoken in his public challenges to the supreme leader.

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Islamic militia seizes Somalia's capital

Somalia falls to Islam. Home of Bill Clinton's Mogadishu - Black Hawk Down. What other religion is conquering peoples and taking over capitals. RoPMA.  Article here

An Islamic militia with alleged links to al-Qaida seized Somalia's capital Monday after weeks of fighting with U.S.-backed secular warlords, raising fears that the nation could fall under the sway of Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization.

[...]It also posed a direct challenge to a fledging U.N.-backed Somali government.

"We won the fight against the enemy of Islam. Mogadishu is under control of its people," Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, chairman of the Islamic Courts Union, said in a radio broadcast

"The Islamic clerics want to be like Taliban regime in Afghanistan," Abdulqaadir Bashir, a computer engineer, said. "People have no hope at all."

Jamal said it will take time for the militants to consolidate their power in Mogadishu, and that the struggle to control the country will not end there. He called on the international community to do everything possible to support the U.N.-backed government to keep the Islamic radicals from expanding their power base any farther.

"This war will not stop in Mogadishu," Jamal said.

Quite right, Jamal.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Fear Of Muslims Forces England NOT TO FLY OWN FLAG

While many think Melanie Phillips may have overstated the case inLondonistan. I think she's underestimated it.

Following warnings by extremist Islamic group al-Muhajiroun, in which the group said that the red cross in the England flag symbolizes the ‘blood thirsty crusaders’ and the occupation of Muslims, some of the largest companies in England have ordered their workers not to wave the flags.
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The flag has recently appeared in England on everything from bikinis to cars, and sold in endless versions in stores.

But the Islamic protest forced some corporations, such as cable companies NTL, Heathrow airport in London, and even the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Agency to ban the flag in every form due to fears from reactions of Muslims. More here

AYAAN HIRSI ALI [Andrew Stuttaford at NRO]

Here’s a fascinating interview with Hirsi Ali from the London Sunday Times. She has a few unkind words for Tony Blair:

“I had a good laugh when he claimed to have read the Koran from cover to cover twice: nobody has. And when he said there was no conflict between the two civilisations, he missed 600 years of history.” She pauses, breaking into a grin: “I am no longer a politician. I can say such things now.”

And with her new project she reveals, once again, how she is a true child of the Enlightenment. It’s a book “dealing with Muslim treatment of gays. It will also feature the Prophet transported to modern-day New York, forced by three great western liberal philosophers, Mill, Popper and Hayek, to recognise the failure of many Muslim societies."

Fasten your seatbelts.

Ex-Mossad Chief Warns of Muslim European Cities

UPDATE: From a Brit who would know;

Pamela, the flag in question is the English one (not the British one you've put on your blog, much as I love to see that one too!) and, with the (soccer) World Cup starting at the end of this week it's being flown literally everywhere all over the country: it's inconceivable that anyone could be cowed into not doing so - indeed the UK version of the Sun is naming and shaming anyone who dares try. One of the companies cited in the article may indeed not be flying the flag - but that's because it's located in Wales which has its own national team (which hasn't qualified for the World Cup) and the Welsh and Scots are not renowned for supporting England in those sports where the four constituent components of the UK compete in their own right as is the case in football.

I can not lie, I ran that flag because the graphic fit in with Melanie Phillips description of Britian losing its belief  in itself as a nation. Wrong flag, guys ............

 

Canada: Blaming the "Jew Lobby"

Boycotting the Jews won't save Canada from the violent Islamists.

Writing in the Globe and Mail, former Soviet prisoner and current member of Israel’s Knesset (that’s a parliament for you CUPE members), Natan Sharansky, described the CUPE Ontario resolution as un-Canadian and inconsistent with Canada’s stand on human rights issues.

Mr. Sharansky is wrong.

The more things change, the more the stay the same. Boycotting the Jews, from our Northern neighbors.

After the resolution was passed, Sid Ryan made the obligatory comment that the resolution was not an attack on the Jewish people. Yet he went on to tell Coren that CUPE Ontario had received a few threats from people who described themselves as Jewish. Ryan blamed these threats on "the Jewish lobby", seeing nothing wrong with essentially blaming "the Jews" for what may or may not have been the acts of a very few members of the Jewish community. More here hat tip Jay, SOS

Jewish death threats .............. c'mon. That is so so so so not Jewish.

In a country where it seems that half of the population works for the government and the other half spends their days lobbying, it appears that the fact that the Jews have a lobby to promote and defend their interests is illegitimate in the eyes of CUPE Ontario and its president; something fully consistent with the notion that Jews and Canada are, or should be, second class citizens in the land of tolerance and diversity.

France: "DEATH TO JEWS"

From a reader/writer in Israel. More here

At present, in my Hebrew class, there is a woman who recently made aliya from Paris with her family. I have spoken with her about anti-Semitism in France and she confirmed that it is very, very serious and getting worse every week. She and her family fled Paris and came to Israel, fearing for their lives - literally. This is first hand, my friends.

To give you an idea of what's going on in France where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews, here is an email that came from another Jew still in France. Please read! Will the world say nothing - again - as it did in Hitler's time?

He writes, "I AM A JEW -- therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing." Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France:

In Lyon, a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire. In Montpellier, the Jewish religious center was firebombed; so were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles; so was a Jewish school inCreteil - all recently.

A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails, and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus in Paris, the words "Dirty Jew" were painted. In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish footbal team with sticks and metal bars. The bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months.

According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days. Wake up, world! Walls in Jewish neighbourhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming "Jews to the gas chambers" and "Death to the Jews."

A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher's shop (and, of course, the butcher) in Toulouse, France; a Jewish couple in their 20s were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne, France. The woman was pregnant; a Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles, France.

 

More here and here (hat tip Grasi)  The response?

The umbrella group of French Jewish organisations, CRIF, has offered to launch a national campaign for tolerance, during a meeting last Thursday with French President Jacques Chirac." European Jewish Press  here

Are they effing kidding?  A national campaign of tolerance???? Of course the clown Chirac would support another exercise in mob masturbation.

“The Halimi affair stresses the urgent need to change the atmosphere in France. It struck us that the thirty-member ‘Barbarians gang’ was composed of people from various origins, African, from the West Indies, from Iran, North-Africa, French, a sample of the new French youth, and that none of these people felt the need or the duty they had to report this to the police, even anonymously, and say that someone’s life was at risk. This illustrates the level of violence in our county and the need to change things.” [ya think?]

Notice, yet again, the glaring absence of the world Muslim, the word the dhimmis dares not speak its name.

Blood Libel International

Nidra Poller wll be reporting here later in the week on the rampant horror of Jew Hatred in Francea and the continuing spinning out of control of Muslim wilding. Punk Jihad.

The following article was published two years ago in Hebrew in Makor Risho, in English on the site of Israel Hasbara Committee. The IHC version had been edited.  Badly. Nidra has restored the original version and I am running it here, unedited. This is the first time this piece has appeared in English.

BLOOD LIBEL INTERNATIONAL

Gérard Huber
Nidra Poller

How many times over how many centuries have Jews been killed by murderous mobs inflamed by the accusation of blood libel?  Christian children who had died of natural causes were held up for the crowd to see, and then the real blood flowed, Jewish blood.  The pogroms are a matter of historical fact.  And the Christian children murdered by Jews?  How many of these accusations were based on the truth?  We can fairly reply without further research: none.

Then how are we to explain the indelible quality of the Mohamed Al-Dura international blood libel accusation?  And how can we dare to underestimate its power to motivate a new type of worldwide pogrom, a new wave of jihad against the Jews?  A jihad that, if it is not stopped in its tracks, could put the Shoah to shame!  Irony of ironies, people who have taken the pains to study and analyze all available evidence and present the results of this research for public scrutiny are labeled “revisionists.”

Let us put it simply: at the dawn of the 21st century, television audiences in the entire world were convinced by a crudely concocted fictional death scene instantly transformed into the founding myth of the so-called Al Aqsa Intifada.  Global village indeed!  Global shtetl, in fact.

One is hard put to know where to begin.  An avalanche of questions hurtles down the sharp peak from myth to reality, carrying millions in its wake: they would rather be buried than face such immense doubt.  They would prefer to believe there is no way of knowing the truth than to withdraw the emotional investment provoked by their initial reaction to the scene.  They do not want to wade through the factual evidence, picking over small details, comparing conflicting testimony, discerning discrepancies; they will not dare to stand up against a mountain of belief.

The child “died in his father’s arms.”  So what if the image contradicts the belief induced by the France 2 journalist’s voice-over commentary?  He died in the arms of his father who tried frantically to shelter him.  It would seem considered heartless to point out that the image shows no such thing.  Clearly visible details contradict features discernible only to the believing eye: the blood soaked t-shirt, the fatal moment captured live, the father’s frantic appeals--in the wrong direction--to stop the shooting.  Even before examining discrepancies in testimony by people directly involved in the incident, we must admit that the emblematic image imprinted on the collective mind contradicts the myth it sustains.

The death—real or fictional—of Mohamed Al-Dura is an accusation against Israel, against the Jews.

If the truth could be chosen, if one could choose the truth in the Al-Dura affair, what would be the best truth?  That the “death scene” displayed before the eyes of the world is a fiction and the child, as seen in the film, was not shot and killed.  It doesn’t matter if we cannot find him and bring him back to take a bow on the world stage, offering catharsis, ushering in a new era of peace and harmony.  The human best truth is that this child was not killed before our eyes, was not killed at all.

If, as it would seem, the organizers of the “intifada” or more precisely the latest phase in the ongoing jihad against Israel, created and distributed the myth of the child murdered in cold blood by Israeli soldiers, that can be repaired.  If all’s fair in love and war, meaning all is unfair, peace can be pieced together.  If the child is dead, the loss is irreparable.  If he is alive, that’s good news.

Why does this possible good news provoke reactions shading from disdainful skepticism to vicious hostility?  The refined intelligence searches for truth without arbitrarily excluding potentially valid hypotheses.  Honest research is impossible when alternative hypotheses are previously hooked up to ideological poles erected at opposite extremes like goals on a football field.  The truth lies ahead on a road that cannot be traced in advance.  It isn’t a football disputed by two teams.

For what could be broadly described as the Arab/Muslim/antiZionist team the truth is undeniable: Mohamed Al-Dura was killed in cold blood by brutal Israeli soldiers.  And in fact the role of the soldier implied in the soft version distributed worldwide is made explicit in the hard version peddled to this day in the Muslim world: the image of an Israeli soldier aiming at the Palestinian boy is spliced into the Al Dura scene.  Western viewers who have never seen Palestinian propaganda films  will be surprised to discover how similar they are to the Al Dura film: same crude style, same amateur acting, same slipshod directing.  According to the football game version of the truth the position defended in Contre-expertise--the death scene is a fiction--is necessarily at the opposite extreme from the hard version--the child was killed in cold blood by Israeli soldiers.  Two extremes to be avoided by the discerning mind.

Which leaves us in the crossfire.  The child was killed by accident, by Palestinian gunmen?  If this is the truth, it’s worthless.  No one knows what really happened, there is no way of ever knowing? Again, worthless.  Mohamed Al Dura cannot be the founding myth of the “intifada” unless he was deliberately killed by Israeli soldiers.

This explains, at least partially, the ambiguity entertained by those who brought the myth into the world and those who need it to sustain a movement, which is not finished but only just begun.

We must not forget that the Al-Dura image is a Palestinian creation backed up by French credibility.  According to the news report spread around the world with the speed of light, a French cameraman filmed the incident (which he claims lasted 45 minutes) as the child was felled by Israeli bullets.  In the reportage offered free of charge to all the world’s television, the cameraman’s evidence is corroborated by a voice-over from the France2 Jerusalem correspondent Charles Enderlin speaking as if he were on the spot (he was in Ramallah).  In fact the “French” cameraman is a Palestinian stringer named Talal Abu Rahma.  His sworn testimony presented to the Palestine Human Rights Commission is still available on sites such as www.solidarité-palestine.org where his detailed account of the incident is posted under the headline “Mohammed Al-Durreh was murdered deliberately, in cold blood.”  Abu Rahma’s extensive description of the events is illustrated with the famous pictures of father & son crouched behind the concrete “barrel,” and authenticated by his credentials as an experienced journalist working for France2 and CNN.  His unambiguous assertion that the shots that killed the boy and wounded his father could only have come from the Israeli position stands as gospel truth for millions who would never believe a word that could contradict it, not even when the contradiction is written and signed by the very same Talal Abu Rahma in a fax addressed to the France2 Jerusalem news desk on 28 September 2002: “I never said to the Palestinian Human Rights organization in Gaza that the Israeli soldiers killed willfully or knowingly Mohamed Al Dura, and wounded his father….” 

As James Fallows observed in his Atlantic Monthly (June 2003) article, Who shot Mohamed Al-Dura? the same image is functioning on radically different levels in different regions of the international community.

So where does the French public stand on this continuum?  Curiously enough, this French society that prides itself on the finesse of its cinéma d’auteur while demeaning lowbrow glitzy Hollywood products has swallowed the Al Dura film with uncritical candor.  In an obvious attempt to deflect attention from the French peacenik foreign policy fiasco, America bashing took to gasps and tut tuts over the biased American media manipulated by a dictatorial warmongering government.  French media, you understand, would never stoop so low.  In a world of sordid self-interest and backroom deals France has elected itself to a permanent seat on the higher plane.  Did France not show its valor in opposing the heartless war machine of the hyperpuissance?  Does France not stand, alone if necessary, for a just solution to the Middle East crisis?

There is no Mohamed Al Dura affair in France!  It is an open and shut case.  Charles Enderlin, the journalist who brought the Mohamed Al Dura image to the world’s screens, always has the last word in the French press.  Interviewed by the lightweight weekend magazine VSD (N° 1344: 52) after he was awarded the Peabody prize for the English language version of Le Rêve brisé, Charles Enderlin was asked:

VSD: How did you feel when you were accused of misinformation on the death of Mohamed al-Dura before the cameras on 30 September 2000?

Charles Enderlin: It's defamation, propagated by extreme right organizations that pretend the scene was staged.  The Israeli army never investigated.  We suggested they contact us to get the rushes, but no request was presented to our legal service.  Since that time France2 and I have filed 4 lawsuits in Paris.

(See www.menapress.com info # 012905 for a full reply to the above)

None of the alleged lawsuits ever reached Gérard Huber or any other person involved in this investigation!

 

When the subject was raised in whispers on a television program called Campus, Libération journalist Hatzfeld shrugged it off with "nous assumons le dérapage," which freely translated means okay it was a fiction film, so what?  We might call this media libertinisme.  Everyone’s doing it so what’s the big deal? Maybe so. 

But it is legitimate to ask why the Al Dura affair is such a big deal in the United States?  David Kupelian’s in-depth investigation (Whistleblower March 2003) and the abridged version posted on WorldNetDaily circulated widely.  Fallows’ Atlantic Monthly piece has attracted attention in all quarters.  It is reasonable to expect that TV stations unwittingly involved in broadcasting the myth will come into the fray.
And, further, one can ask whether French-speaking people have been given a chance to decide for themselves, since the issue has never been openly treated in the French media and, we might add, not even in French Jewish media.  Contre-expertise, a serious, solidly documented study of the Al-Dura case, published in January 2003, has met with dismissive silence.  Total refusal to consider the evidence and respond to the arguments is coupled with a pernicious smear campaign against the author Gérard Huber--labeled “right wing extremist”--and assorted supportive individuals, associations, and news agencies bunched together in an anonymous mass and accused of being unconditional supporters of Sharon, Likud fellow travelers, dangerous members of the Betar, etc. 

There is no need for a conspiracy against those who suggest that the Al Dura story is weighted with too many discrepancies to float undisturbed in the upper atmosphere of journalistic reliability; the defensive reaction draws on ingrained attitudes and habits of thought.  The reaction of contemptuous silence is eating away at the French media culture and making serious inroads into French democracy.  Because of course the Al-Dura affair is not an isolated incident; it is an essential element in a troubling climate of antisemitism cloaked in antizionism.  The distress of French Jewry is no secret to anyone…but the French.  In the same way that the media cannot dare to ask if Mohamed Al Dura is alive and well and living somewhere, French society cannot ask what French Jews are complaining about.  And this is leading to ever more complicated contortions and variations on the theme of “don’t we have the right to criticize the government of Ariel Sharon without being accused of antisemitism?”  Of course the answer is yes.  But the corollary is not heard: if criticism supposedly directed against the Israeli government is constantly translated into acts of aggression against French Jews is this not evidence of the underlying antisemitism that motivates this “criticism”? 

The false accusation of ritual murder has led to the real murder and mutilation of thousands of victims…with no real end in sight.  Israeli children murdered in their beds, homes, streets, schools, playgrounds, cars, restaurants.  Palestinian children killed accidentally in actions aimed at terrorists embedded in the population; children foolishly throwing stones at soldiers and tanks and taking the fire directed at killers hiding behind them; children roped into blowing themselves up in terrorist bombings; a whole generation of the living dead, children with no model but suicide, no hope, no future.  Demystifying the Al Dura myth could help to roll back this culture of suicide.

Whatever provisions might be made and eventually respected in this road map or that peace process, no plan for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence between Israel and Palestine—between Jews and Muslims--can succeed if it does not include an end to the incitement to murder Jews.  Which is more degrading?  To pursue the incitement and make peace impossible, or to renounce jihad and build new relations based on mutual respect?  It takes courage to dismantle the emblematic myth of this “Intifada,” but we believe that the hope generated by such a gesture is no less crucial than the hope of political autonomy.

In today’s “we are not anti-Semitic” France, Jews are called to task from morning to night, from right to left, from a vulgar-to-sophisticated wide spectrum of commentators, and summoned to answer for a century’s hit parade of crimes attributed to the “Hebrew state”: genocide, apartheid, occupation, colonialism, crimes against humanity, war crimes.Certainly the death of Mohamed Al-Dura is in the top ten of this hit parade.  It is the knot that holds together the intricate enterprise of deligitimization of Israel, denied the right of self-defense against attacks perpetrated with the ultimate aim of extermination.  It is the beginning, or the fake beginning, of this “intifada.”  The “provocation of Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount” has already been deflated.  The Al Dura myth will not resist much longer.  This leaves the atrocious murder of two Israeli reservists in a Ramallah police station as the real first bloody horror of this conflict.

In questioning the authenticity of the claim that a Palestinian child was killed in cold blood—or by accident--by Israeli soldiers—or Palestinian gunmen--at the Netzarim crossing on 3o September 2000 we are not seeking to whitewash Israel, to save face, to cover crimes in order to have a free hand to pursue a criminal project.  We are simply showing that the image of the “death scene” does not stand up to unbiased examination.  Then why should it be left standing?

Flashback:

Dateline Gaza, 11 October 2000, 11 days after the alleged death of the Palestinian child and one day before the bloody mob murder of two Israeli reservists in Ramallah: Le Monde, France’s newspaper of record, publishes a full-page article signed Gilles Paris--Mohamad, a simple child from Gaza.  A tour de force of narrative journalism studded with endless details of local color that place the reader in the heart of the tragedy --the stairway, the metal door, chirping birds in cages, plastic chairs for condolence visitors.  The child in the article is named Mohamad El Dirah, the woman identified as his mother is known today as his stepmother, the shoulder injury sustained by her husband Jamal in the France2 news report has turned into an unspecified injury that will cause him to limp for the rest of his life.  The mother comments “I know that martyrdom is the best way to die but I doubt that it will change anything….when it comes to international negotiations.”

The Gilles Paris article, twisted with wilful bias stitched into every word and dripping in gooey pathos that curdles into anti-Israeli poison, is a stunning demonstration of the confused and contradictory gospels built up around the Al Dura legend and glibly presented as factual reporting.  Why quibble about the discrepancies when the point is that Mohamad, “the martyr of Al Aqsa….an ordinary child who loved birds…” is dead. 

But what if he isn’t dead?  If the death scene is a fiction film then where did the Le Monde journalist draw such vivid details for his human interest story?  How did he pump such convincing authenticity into these tales embroidered on a myth?

Mohamad’s older brother Iyad remembers a marvellous trip to Jaffa with their father, the only time he and Mohamad had ever left Gaza.  Compared to Gaza, Jaffa is a “paradise.”  Iyad would love go there again.  But, writes Gilles Paris, “he will never go to Tel Aviv.  ‘Because there are many Jews there and it’s the Jews who killed my brother,’ says Iyad calmly.”  And Gilles Paris adds, as if the words fell from heaven, “It’s perfectly clear.”

 

[1]For example the “rape” scene reproduced in Pierre Rehov’s Contre-Champs video Israel and the War of Images.  Palestinians dressed as Israeli soldiers rape a Palestinian woman and slit her husband’s throat.  The scene is so grotesque that it is limited to domestic distribution.  But French journalist Sara Daniel made the no less grotesque claim in a Nouvel Observateur article that Israeli soldiers deliberately rape Palestinian women so they will fall victim to honor killings.

Eurabia Tires of Pali Vampires

Thoughts in an Oped piece in the Jerusalem Post on yesterday's release of new polls taken in Europe by a leading international pollster showing that European support for Palestinians has fallen precipitously: European support for Palestinians ‘crashes’ reported on LGF:

Europeans may be entertaining much-belated second-thoughts about the Palestinians - and in a big way. As reported in yesterday's Jerusalem Post, new polls indicate that the Palestinians are fast losing their place of honor as the darlings of Europe's "opinion elites."

Surveys conducted among those defined as such trendsetters by renowned international pollster Stanley Greenberg have produced results so unexpected that the pollster himself was incredulous and repeated some of the polls to make sure. Yet the same apparent shift in inclinations again became evident, reinforcing Greenberg's belief that this was no accidental finding.

It may be far too soon to count on the end of Europe's lack of sympathy, if not often outright antagonism towards the Jewish state. The collective experience of all citizens in all democracies has taught us time and again not to put absolute faith in opinion surveys, no matter how expertly conducted or by whom. By the same token, however, we must not succumb to the opposite extreme and dismiss out of hand what may indeed prove to be a pivotal swing in sentiment.

Europe's arrogance and animus sometimes seemed so immutable and so entrenched that Israelis essentially wrote if off. The consensus here and in much of the Jewish world abroad was that to appeal to European reason and decency was a waste of breath.

It is clearly much too premature to celebrate the end of Palestinian supremacy in the fight for European hearts and minds, but what confers particular credence on Greenberg's findings is both what they show and what they don't. Greenberg does not report a remarkable rise in sympathy towards Israel. He does report a dramatic fall in sympathy for the Palestinians.

What is striking about this shift is that it is occurring despite the fact that much of the European media remain skewed against Israel. Europeans have not been exposed to pro-Israeli coverage, and precious little that, from this perspective, appears fair-minded.

Whatever change is measured must therefore arise from Europeans' own experiences rather than from what is transmitted to them. There's been no face-lift for Israel's image. Rather, the Islamist threat in Europe, the terrorist predations there, the burgeoning of what has been dubbed Eurabia - are all apparently impressing Europeans deeply enough to begin to question the perception of Israel as an intransigent imperialist aggressor and the Palestinians as progressive freedom-fighters.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Mighty, Mighty BOSTOM: Outing Bernard Lewis

Finally, someone outs Bernard Lewis as an Arab sympathizer/apologist for Islam. It would have to be an intellectual powerhouse and scholar, the mighty Andrew Bostom. In today's American Thinker, Bostom pens an extraordinary paper delivering devastating evidence of the intellectual dishonesty of Bernard Lewis. It is rather long, I have run excerpts, but you must read it all.

I've long had my suspicions, especially when Lewis would wax poetic about how well the Jews were treated under Islam, living as dhimmis.

Dhimmitude and The Doyen

Recently, multiple deserving tributes to Bernard Lewis’ career as a scholar, and public intellectual, have been written in celebration of this remarkable nonagenarian (see here for example)—the latest by Reuel Gerecht here appearing in the Wednesday May 31, 2006 online edition of The Weekly Standard, coincided exactly with his 90th birthday. Gerecht, in his lavish praise, maintains that Lewis,

…has attained a stature in the field and with the general reading public unrivaled by any historian, living or dead, of the Middle East and Islam. His range of writings—from the pre-Islamic period, through Islam's classical and medieval ages and its premodern “gunpowder” empires, to today's Muslim nation-states—is simply unparalleled by any other scholar, even from the golden age of Islamic studies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the field's terrifyingly erudite, multilingual European founding fathers—the much despised “orientalists”—bestrode the earth. Lewis is the last and greatest of the orientalists…

Whether or not one accepts all of Gerecht’s assertions, there can be little debate regarding Lewis’ “unrivaled” current stature, particularly as a public intellectual. And in discussing how Lewis’ views have evolved over his enduring and illustrious career, Gerecht highlights a striking example:

In 1945, for example, Lewis was not in favor of a Jewish state in Palestine today, he is, seeing Israel  as one of the things that has gone more right than wrong in the region.

Gerecht might have also cited the evolution of Lewis’ thought on the Muslim conception of freedom, or “hurriyya”. At present, Lewis worries here,

The war against terror and the quest for freedom are inextricably linked, and neither can succeed without the other. The struggle is no longer limited to one or two countries, as some Westerners still manage to believe. It has acquired first a regional then a global dimension, with profound consequences for all of us. . . . If freedom fails and terror triumphs, the peoples of Islam will be the first and greatest victims. They will not be alone, and many others will suffer with them.

And Lewis concludes with a stunning observation, when viewed in light of the present travails in Iraq nd throughout the Muslim world, as well as his own evolved views:

In the final revulsion against the West, Western democracy too was rejected as a fraud and a delusion, of no value to Muslims.

In stark contrast, Lewis’ views have remained unchanged on the subject of the plight of those non-Muslims living under Islamic rule—what Bat Ye’or’s own remarkable scholarship has characterized with painstaking elegance as the civilization of dhimmitude (here, and here ).  Writing in 1974 (vol. 2, p.217) Lewis maintained,

The dhimma on the whole worked well. The non-Muslims managed to thrive under Muslim rule, and even to make significant contributions to Islamic civilization. The restrictions were not onerous, and were usually less severe in practice than in theory. As long as the non-Muslim communities accepted and conformed to the status of tolerated subordination assigned to them, they were not troubled. The rare outbreaks of repression or violence directed against them are almost always the consequence of a feeling that they have failed to keep their place and honor their part of the covenant. The usual cause was the undue success of Christians or Jews in penetrating to positions of power and influence which Muslims regarded as rightly theirs. The position of the non-Muslims deteriorated during and after the Crusades and the Mongol invasions, partly because of the general heightening of religious loyalties and rivalries, partly because of the well-grounded suspicion that they were collaborating with the enemies of Islam.

More recently, Lewis in a rather flippant pronouncement, characterized the conception of “dhimmi-tude” (derisively hyphenated, as he wrote it), “…subservience and persecution and ill treatment” of Jews, specifically, under Islamic rule, as a “myth”.

 

  • Bat Ye’or’s own extensive analyses of the dhimmi condition for both Jews and Christians published (in English) in 1985 and 1996, are summarized here:

..These examples are intended to indicate the general character of a system of oppression, sanctioned by contempt and justified by the principle of inequality between Muslims and dhimmis…Singled out as objects of hatred and contempt by visible signs of discrimination, they were progressively decimated during periods of massacres, forced conversions, and banishments. Sometimes it was the prosperity they had achieved through their labor or ability that aroused jealousy; oppressed and stripped of all their goods, the dhimmi often emigrated.”

…in many places and at many periods [through] the nineteenth century, observers have described the wearing of discriminatory clothing, the rejection of dhimmi testimony, the prohibitions concerning places of worship and the riding of animals, as well as fiscal charges- particularly the protection charges levied by nomad chiefs- and the payment of the jizya…Not only was the dhimma imposed almost continuously, for one finds it being applied in the nineteenth century Ottoman Empire…and in Persia, the Maghreb, and Yemen in the early twentieth century, but other additional abuses, not written into the laws, became absorbed into custom, such as the devshirme, the degrading corvees (as hangmen or gravediggers), the abduction of Jewish orphans (Yemen), the compulsory removal of footware (Morocco, Yemen), and other humiliations…The recording in multiple sources of eye-witness accounts, concerning unvarying regulations affecting the Peoples of the Book, perpetuated over the centuries from one end of the dar al-Islam to the other…proves sufficiently their entrenchment in customs.

[...]

Vryonis rejects categorically Lewis’s celebratory assessment with these deliberately understated, but cogent observations :

…in discussing the devshirme we are dealing with the large numbers of Christians who, in spite of the material advantages offered by conversion to Islam, chose to remain members of a religious society which was denied first class citizenship. Therefore the proposition advanced by some historians, that the Christians welcomed the devshirme as it opened up wonderful opportunities for their children, is inconsistent with the fact that these Christians had not chosen to become Muslims in the first instance but had remained Christians…there is abundant testimony to the very active dislike with which they viewed the taking of their children. One would expect such sentiments given the strong nature of the family bond and given also the strong attachment to Christianity of those who had not apostacized to Islam…First of all the Ottomans capitalized on the general Christian fear of losing their children and used offers of devshirme exemption in negotiations for surrender of Christian lands. Such exemptions were included in the surrender terms granted to Jannina, Galata, the Morea, Chios, etc…Christians who engaged in specialized activities which were important to the Ottoman state were likewise exempt from the tax on their children by way of recognition of the importance of their labors for the empire…Exemption from this tribute was considered a privilege and not a penalty…

Perhaps most concerning in the realm of dhimmitude have been Lewis’ inexplicably evolved views on the jihad genocide of the Armenians. His renowned The Emergence of Modern Turkey, originally published in 1962 (reissued in 1968 and 2002), includes these characterizations of the mass killings of the Armenians by the Turks in 1894-96, 1909, and 1915:
(1894-96, p. 202) The Armenian participants mindful of the massacres of 1894-96, were anxious to seek the intervention of the European powers as a guarantee of effective reforms in the Ottoman Empire [in the 20th century].
(1909, p. 216) With suspicious simultaneity a wave of outbreaks spread across Anatolia Particularly bad were the events of the Adana district, which culminated in the massacre of thousands of Armenians…While Europe was appalled by Turkish brutality, Muslim opinion was shocked by what seemed to them the insolence of the Armenians and the hypocrisy of Christian Europe. The Turks were, however, well aware of the painful effects produced by these massacres in Europe, which had not yet forgotten the horrors of the Hamidian repression [i.e, the 1894-96 massacres]

Thus when Lewis wrote his authoritative history of modern Turkey, he understood, and made explicit, that the Armenians had been massacred under successive Ottoman governments in 1894-96, and 1909. Moreover, he maintains that the Armenians were subjected in 1915 to a “holocaust”, during which 1.5 million “perished”. By 1985, however, Lewis was the most prominent signatory on a petition to the US Congress protesting the effort to make April 24- the date the Armenians commemorate the victims of the genocide—a nationwide Armenian-American memorial day, which would include the mention of man’s inhumanity to man. Both this petition drive and a simultaneous high profile media advertisement campaign were financed by the Committee of the Turkish Association. Vryonis has raised, unabashedly, the appropriate questions and accompanying concerns regarding Lewis’ actions:

When was Professor Lewis expressing an objective opinion: when he wrote the book [i.e., The Emergence of Modern Turkey, 1962/68 versions], or when he signed the political ad? To phrase it more bluntly, what shall we believe?

And Bat Ye’or reminds us why the Armenian genocide was a jihad genocide committed against a non-Muslim people “violating” the ancient dhimma, a “…breach…[which] restored to the umma [the Muslim community] its initial right to kill the subjugated minority [the dhimmis], [and] seize their property…”. Moreover, the massacres, were perpetrated solely by Muslims and they alone profited from the booty: the victims' property, houses, and lands granted to the muhajirun, and the allocation to them of women, and child slaves. The elimination of male children over the age of twelve was in accordance with the commandments of the jihad and conformed to the age fixed for the payment of the jizya. The four stages of the liquidation- deportation, enslavement, forced conversion, and massacre- reproduced the historic conditions of the jihad carried out in the dar-al-harb from the seventh century on. Chronicles from a variety of sources, by Muslim authors in particular, give detailed descriptions of the organized massacres or deportation of captives, whose sufferings in forced marches behind the armies paralleled the Armenian experience in the twentieth century.

Bernard Lewis possesses an enormous fund of knowledge regarding Islamic civilization accrued over a distinguished career of more than six decades of serious scholarship. A gifted linguist, non-fiction prose writer, and teacher, Lewis shares his understanding of Muslim societies in both written and oral presentations, with singular economy and eloquence. These are extraordinary attributes for which Lewis richly deserves the accolades lavished upon him in the recent spate of 90th birthday homages. And even Lewis’ detractors cannot deny his deep seated affection and genuine concern for the Muslim world. For example, Ian Buruma sees Lewis’ cheerleading role in relation to the war in Iraq as a manifestation of this phenomenon:

…perhaps he loves it too much. It is a common phenomenon among Western students of the Orient to fall in love with a civilization…His beloved civilization is sick. And what would be more heartwarming to an old Orientalist than to see the greatest Western democracy cure the benighted Muslim?

But Lewis’ remarkable contributions are diminished by a yawning gap in his understanding of dhimmitude, including an apparent unwillingness to even acknowledge this uniquely Islamic institution. His myriad works and addresses are largely devoid of the concerns for the dhimmis—past (here, and here ) present (here), and ominously, future (here)—Lewis freely expresses for their Muslim overlords. This critical limitation and its implications must also be recognized by all those for whom Lewis remains an iconic source of information, and advice.

R-E-A-D   I-T   A-L-L, now

Islamic Cartoons

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Columnist writes Yvonne Ridley;

But, as we saw from the Danish cartoons -which were of an appalling quality, it is not funny when you target individuals simply because of their skin color or faith. When a gifted cartoonist hits the spot, naturally the image will literally zoom around the world courtesy of cyberspace. Such an image is winging its way into email inboxes at the moment, but the irony is so bitter I doubt if it will make you laugh. You can view it on the website mahjoob.com

Laugh Yvonne? No, it doesn't make me laugh. Calling the Danish cartoons appalling and this cartoon "ironic."

I love satire and irony, especially when it is done through clever caricatures, cartoons and comedians.
I think it was supposed to induce a wry grin, maybe a faint chuckle or a couple of guffaws. Instead, it provoked a train of thought which ended with a sigh and a shake of the head in total dismay

The soldier depicted is a US soldier. The writer of the article is a woman (from DailyMuslims.com) extolling the use of the image of rape as clever tool. This is sick, this mindset is evil and we have to snap out of our PC paralysis.

 

A Real "Haditha"

But you won't see any of the media elite (what an oxymoroon) -- not The NY Times, LA TIMES or alphabet news networks -- all over this story  like maggots on dead flesh. No you won't.

HadithaBAGHDAD, Iraq --  Gunmen dragged passengers off a buses northeast of Baghdad and killed 21 people, including a dozen high school students. The attackers spared four Sunni Arabs in one the worst sectarian atrocities in recent weeks.

Serwan Shokir, the mayor of Qara Tappah, said one other person was wounded in the early morning attack. He said there were 26 people on three mini headed from his town to Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. The 12 slain students were apparently headed for Baqouba to take exams.  article here

What U been saying here. (hat tip Bruce H)

 

Not a Single Jew left in Iraq

A sobering but salutary and very necessary reminder of what happened to Jews in Arab lands before Israel was restored:

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the Farhud. Arabic for ‘violent dispossession,’ this is the word used to describe the infamous pogrom of June 1, 1941, against the Jews of Baghdad. In its wake, the Farhud left some 200 dead, 2000 injured, and 900 Jewish homes destroyed. It was the beginning of the end of the Jewish community of Iraq, a community that had existed for twenty-six centuries, preceded Islam by a thousand years, and once numbered over 125,000 souls. Today, not a single Jew is left in Iraq. Read it all.

I am off to the Israel Day Parade. Will report back later.

 

France: "Go forth and stamp on their livers, soak the ground with their blood!"

The Religion of Peace spreads its message of peace and tolerance in France . Not.

  'Stamp on their livers!'

(WND) A 40-minute videotape released last week by an al-Qaida leader living in France exhorted French Muslims to rise up and punish France for what Anas al Liby calls France's disrespect for Islam.

According to al Liby, the French deserve destruction for France's prohibition on religious symbols. He named in particular the wearing of head coverings for Islamic women involved with government or educational institutions. French soil, he declared, must be reduced to "an ocean of blood." This event will signal "the beginning of the end of Western Civilization."

Al Liby concluded that France's disrespect for Islam was another example of Western contempt for Islamic values, so it's now time to apply those Islamic values and burn the country to the ground.

 

A 40-minute videotape released last week by an al-Qaida leader living in France exhorted French Muslims to rise up and punish France for what Anas al Liby calls France's disrespect for Islam.

Why don't they throw him out?

According to al Liby, the French deserve destruction for France's prohibition on religious symbols. He named in particular the wearing of head coverings for Islamic women involved with government or educational institutions. French soil, he declared, must be reduced to "an ocean of blood." This event will signal "the beginning of the end of Western Civilization."

Al Liby concluded that France's disrespect for Islam was another example of Western contempt for Islamic values, so it's now time to apply those Islamic values and burn the country to the ground.

Al Liby didn't stop with France. After rising up and reducing France to ashes, al Liby advised his followers to take the uprising to Norway and Denmark, who deserve punishment for allowing cartoon images of Muhammad to be published. He says the cartoons, which depicted Muhammad as the bloodthirsty founder of a violent religion that preaches hatred and jihad against infidels, were "offensive" to Muslims.

Speaking of "the prophet's perfect image," al Liby told his followers that the war against the West is no different than the war that Muhammad fought against unbelievers in his day.

Massive Terror Attack? Connect the Dots

It appears that there is a global web of terror tied to this most recent bust of  17 Canadian Muslims and the "dirty bomb" bust in London. The weaponry found in these raids are WMD, weapons of mass destruction. Big time. Before these recent raids,there were at least 18 related arrests already taken place in Canada, the United States, Britain, Bosnia, Denmark, Sweden, and Bangladesh. Hat tip Pastorius and LGF;

Canadian National Post: A Canadian counter-terrorism investigation that led to the arrests of 17 people accused of plotting bombings in Ontario is linked to probes in a half-dozen countries, the National Post has learned.

Well before police tactical teams began their sweeps around Toronto on Friday, at least 18 related arrests had already taken place in Canada, the United States, Britain, Bosnia, Denmark, Sweden, and Bangladesh.

The six-month RCMP investigation, called Project OSage, is one of several overlapping probes that include an FBI case called Operation Northern Exposure and a British probe known as Operation Mazhar.

“It was their intent to use it for a terrorist attack,” RCMP assistant commissioner Mike McDonell said.

“This group posed a real threat. It had the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks.”

It's easy to be global when the internet is Jihadi TerrorUniversity;

INTERNET CO-OPTED BY TERROR GROUPS

The Internet has emerged as "the virtual university of terrorism," the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Abraham Cooper told a high-level international conference in Brussels last week.

Cooper, the associate dean of the Los Angeles-based center, said there were up to 600 "problematic sites," some of which carried anti-Semitic and racist messages while others even served as instruction manuals on how to make bombs and carry out terrorist attacks.

"Without any doubt, the Internet today has been co-opted by terrorist groups who present to all of us existential threats," he said, "and I believe we are only at the very beginning in civil society of grasping the enormity of that challenge."

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Canada Terror Bust: Three tons ammonium nitrate

UPDATED: Massive terror attacks, globally:

Police also said they seized about three tonnes of the commonly used fertilizer ammonium nitrate. Just one-third of that material was used in the bombing of a U.S. federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people in 1995. More here hat tip Norman

"This group holds a real and serious intent," RCMP Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell told reporters.  Three tons of ammonium nitrate and still the leftards are in denial. Norman writes;

I think you might find the audio of the police news conference here as well. Of course they went out of their way to explain that these people were advocates of an "ideology" and were not members of any particular ethnic group, of course we will never be told they are Muslims. These guys have set up terrorist training bases up here, they purchased 3 tons of ammonium nitrate, (one ton was used in the Oklahoma bombing) and they were apparently going to attack on Monday.

More details coming in; "Did the US tell Canada to do this, or are they just rounding them up to send them south?" hat tip Drov

A group of [Muslims - the word the media dares not speak - Atlas]  Canadian residents inspired by al Qaeda and arrested for "terrorism related offenses" had amassed enough explosives to build huge bombs and were planning to blow up targets in Ontario, Canada's political and economic power center, police said on Saturday. More here

UPDATE: StoptheACLU reports that these arrests were the result of internet monitoring.  The FBI are looking into ties between these terror suspects and some in the U.S. Go here now.   This goes to show just how effective programs like the NSA are. Hey Russ FoolFeingold & co., are you listening? Impeach Bush, my ass.

UPDATE: Have you guys been reading CUANAS this past week. Pastorius nailed it, connected the proverbial dots, as it were..Here's the gist of it, he writes me;

A week back the FBI and the Justice Dept announced that they were conducting "urgent" investigations into terror cells across the US, and in particular in NYC.
 
The next day, British intelligence made a similar announcement.
 
Then, we had the London raid and the toronto raid.
 
Clearly, something massive is in the works, spanning at least three major Western countries.
 
But, if canada is a target, why not france, holland, denmark, sweden, norway, and germany?
 
My guess is they are also targets.
 
An early report out of London also said that police had ordered a five mile no fly zone around the site of the bust. This might also indicate they suspect rocket launchers.
 
By the way, why did US and UK intelligence make announcement about ongoing "urgent" investigations.
 
The answer would be they feel they have lost control, so they are trying to intimidate terror cells into thinking they are all being watched.
 
Considering all major terrorist attacks since 9/11 have been on key dates, 3/11, 7/7, 7/21, I think we should look at what date is coming up
 
6/6/06
 
Do you think they might try to do something like this to spook us infidels?

Certainly. Also noteworthy,

Five of the seventeen suspects aarrested in the latest terror bust in Canada were under the age of seventeen. The suspects were all homegrown. They had never been to the Middle East, and had contact with recently arrested Muslims in Georgia (USA).

Two men charged last week in a terrorism case traveled to Washington D.C. to shoot "casing videos" of the Capitol building and other potential targets, a prosecutor alleged during a bail hearing.A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student and another man traveled to Canada to meet with Islamic extremists to discuss "strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike," according to an affidavit made public Friday. More here

An FBI agent's affidavit accused Sadequee and Ahmed, a 21-year-old Georgia Tech student, of meeting with at least three other targets of the FBI probe during a trip to Canada in March 2005. The men allegedly discussed attacks against oil refineries and military bases and planned to travel to Pakistan to get military training at a terrorist camp. More here

You remember Sadaquee..............I wrote of him him here back in April;

FROM ATLAS POST ,APRIL 22:
SADAQUEE IS BEING ARRAIGNED IN NY COURT RIGHT NOW [he came from Canada - do you remember now? - Atlas]

This morning, Sadequee arrived in Anchorage, Alaska, where he was brought before a United States Magistrate Judge and ordered removed to the Eastern District of New York.

The charge against Sadequee is serious - the lies he told impact issues of national security and were material to an ongoing terrorism investigation," said United States Attorney Mauskopf, here

19 year old Ehsanul Sadequeee and 21-year-old Georgia Tech student Syed Ahmed met with Islamic extremists to discuss "strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike," according to an affidavit made public Friday.

Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, both U.S. citizens who grew up in the Atlanta area, met with at least three other targets of ongoing FBI terrorism investigations during a trip to Canada in March 2005, the FBI agent's affidavit said.

The affidavit said the men discussed attacks against oil refineries and military bases and planned to travel to Pakistan to get military training at a terrorist camp, which authorities said Ahmed then tried to do.

Ahmed told agents they had met with extremists and plotted how to disrupt military and commercial communications and traffic by disabling the Global Positioning System.

These are very young people. 21 year old from Georgia, five  suspects under the age 17 in Canada. This just in from France;

Islamic extremists in France are speeding up recruitment and reaching people younger and younger, according to a new intelligence report cited by a French newspaper Saturday.

The document said women are playing an increasing role in radicalizing fellow Muslims, but noted that extremists remain a very small minority, about 5,000 of the nation's 5 million Muslims, Le Figaro newspaper reported.

Radicalization is happening "faster and faster and younger and younger," said the document from the Renseignements Generaux, France's chief intelligence agency, according to Figaro. More here

More terror right now in London: POLICE HUNTING CHEMICAL "DIRTY" BOMB

British anti-terrorist police are hunting for a "dirty" chemical bomb that could be used in an attack in Britain after a major raid failed to uncover a device they believe exists, newspapers reported on Saturday.

More than 250 officers, some wearing chemical, biological and radiological protection suits, shot one man and arrested another during a dawn raid on an east London house on Friday.

The operation, one of the biggest since last July's suicide bombings in the capital, was prompted by suspicions that the house could have been used for making bombs or chemical weapons.

Some newspapers, citing unnamed security sources, said police believed suspected militants had made a "dirty" chemical device -- a conventional bomb surrounded by toxic material that could be set off by a bomber wearing a suicide jacket.

"We are absolutely certain this device exists and could be used either by a suicide bomber or in a remote-controlled explosion," one source told the Sun newspaper. More here

Names of the 12 adults charged with terrorism-related offenses (hat tip Atlas Readers)

The RCMP has released the names of the 12 adults charged on terrorism-related offensives after last nights arrests in Toronto. The Young Offenders Act prevents the RCMP from revealing the names of minors charged.

Arrested and charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada are:

1. Fahim Ahmad, 21, of Robinstone Drive, Toronto, Ontario;

2. Zakaria Amara, 20, of Periwinkle Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario;

3. Asad Ansari, 21, of Rosehurst Drive, Mississauga, Ontario;

4. Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, of Lowville Heights, Mississauga, Ontario;

5. Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, of Montevideo Road, Mississauga, Ontario;

6. Mohammed Dirie, 22, Kingston, Ontario;

7. Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Kingston, Ontario;

8. Jahmaal James, 23, of Trudelle Street, Toronto, Ontario;

9. Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, of Stonehill Court, Toronto, Ontario;

10. Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, 25, of Treverton Drive, Toronto, Ontario;

11. Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, of Robin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario;

12. Saad Khalid, 19, of Eclipse Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario.

UPDATE: Boycotting Israel won't save Canada from the violent Islamists.

  Israel's ambassador to Canada on Friday joined national Jewish groups and politicians in condemning a decision by a branch of the country's largest public employees' union to support boycotting Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians

Pastorius asks me;

A commenter at IBA just pointed out that the date of Mohammed's death is 6-8. Could that be the date they are pushing for? It seems something is imminent.

Readers, help me out here. They had different calenders in the days of Mohammad. The Gregorian calender had not be invented, the Julian calender. Moderate Muslim readers (do I have any?), is June 8th the universally held date for Mohammed's death?

Chemical_vest

UPDATE: POLICE IN LONDON HUNTING CHEMICAL SUICIDE VEST:(hat tip Turn)

Man shot in dawn raid on suspected weapons factory Officers believe World Cup fans could be target of attack  

  A DESPERATE search is under way for a “chemical vest” that a British suicide bomber was ready to deploy in a terror attack on London. Police fear that the strike, using a home-made chemical device, was imminent after an informant told MI5 that he had seen the lethal garment at the home of two young men.

Last night detectives were at the hospital bedside of a 23-year-old postal worker shot during a pre-dawn raid on his parents’ home, while his younger brother, aged 20, was being questioned at Paddington Green high security police station.

UPDATE: A reader weighs in on the Mohammad date of death

There is absolutely no tradition of recording the prophet's date of birth or death in the Julian or Gregorian calendar. So June 8th has no significance at all.

The date in the islamic calendar is also disputed, but the most commonly given is 12 rabi-ul-awal, which has already passed this year.

6-6-6 should have no islamic significance at all, but jihadis watch horror movies too, so who knows...

Omar Ali

Thanks Omar.

More from The Reaction here.

Shakespeare was Right, Iran knows It

Excellent. Toronto Sun (hat tip Bruce H)

In Shakespeare's most famous drama the Danish prince tragically perishes at the end in his effort to purge the kingdom of the evil of regicide with which the court compromised when the queen, Hamlet's mother, wed the murderer of the slain king.

In Hamlet's story, Shakespeare unravelled a microcosm of consequences thatHamlet_1 follow when an individual or people, knowingly or unknowingly, compromise with evil.

This is an abiding theme of the world's great literature, particularly European literature reaching back to the Greek classic of Sophocles in the story of Oedipus, the tragic king.

The rottenness alluded to in Hamlet and Oedipus, now found amply in Europe, is the tendency to compromise with evil. It is based on the ultimate utilitarian argument of weighing costs and benefits to conclude there is nothing worth fighting for.

Hence, in this view prevalent in Europe, it is absurd to defend freedom or believe that occasionally life might require preparedness to fight and sacrifice for freedom to prosper.

The causes for this rotten view spreading are many.

But the dominant explanation lies in the blood-letting Europe precipitated in two world wars.

[...]
In response to the deadliest wars of modern history, Europeans swore "never" to allow their peace, however unsettled or fragile, to be undermined by fighting for any cause irrespective of how worthy it might be.

The "never" would have been praiseworthy if it meant "never" to compromise with the enemies of freedom.

Through the decades of the Cold War against Soviet Communism, Europe was defended by the United States -- even though dishonest revisionists would have us believe otherwise.

Meanwhile, a great many European intellectuals, such as Jean-Paul Sartre or Gunter Grass, engaged themselves in support of Soviet Communism, made apologies for Stalinism or remained quietly as fellow-travellers of a mass-murdering global ideology, presented even today to new generations of dupes as a progressive movement.

The rottenness in the heart of contemporary Europe is the view that radical Islamism can be tamed, and diplomacy can bridge the difference between the West (and its values of freedom and democracy) and the hate-filled ideology of Islamism, espoused, for example, by the Iranian regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

For the past few years EU-3 (Britain, France and Germany) have engaged themselves with Iran over the nuclear issue, believing ayatollahs in Tehran and Qom, with their hand-picked politicians, can be appeased with carrots of peaceful nuclear technology if they renounce their ambition of acquiring nuclear weapons.

Iran instead has only raised the price for European surrender. Now Ahmadinejad threatens Europe with untold consequences if Iran's nuclear ambitions are thwarted.

The brazenness of Ahmadinejad's thuggish regime and that of the wide phalanx of radical Islamists comes from their belief that Europe has become unsettled by letting in the Trojan Horse of Islamism. The abject apology by many Europeans over Danish cartoons to those who rage and murder in the name of a religion was indicative of how greatly Europe is unsettled, and ready to appease those who send suicide-bombers for half a loaf of a contemptible peace.

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.         Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Friday, June 02, 2006

Nuclear Iran Defiant, Emboldened by Axis of Evil

What is in Russia's mind when it says it has ruled out use of force against Iran?  I will tell you.

"You have to play the best you can play. We can't stop Iran from  building nuclear weapons so try to be friends with Iran. That's what Russia is trying to be" -Nikolai Zlobin - World Security Institute

So that's how it is, eh? They mean for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. They are advocating diplomacy because you have to play nice with a country that has a nuclear weapon and Russia would like very much to dilute and diminish America's standing as the world's hyper power.Iran_death_us_israel_13

One Russian official was quoted as saying that the Kremlin would be only too happy to see the U.S. ensnared in another messy military venutre in the Middle East and to see Iran get it's hands on the bomb.

A senior American official said that in the negotiating sessions in Vienna this week, Soviet foreign Minister Lavrov was "very difficult" with Secretary Rice. She held her own but he didn't make it easy.

That's it. And Ahmadinejad is feeling the power. Emboldened. The US hasn't had talks with the Islamic Republic for 30 years but now the U.S. is offering talks. Iran went nuclear so they have us steppin' and fetchin." They have the world by the balls. So it does pay;

The efforts of some Western countries to deprive us will not bear any fruit," he said, according to the state news agency IRNA. "The reason of their opposition is not their claim of concern over nuclear weapons, but Iran's access to the technology that means opening of the way for all independent countries, especially Islamic countries to the advanced technology," he said after talks with the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Video here

UPDATE: Russia Steps In To Arm Venezuela After U.S. Ban

BY ADRIAN BLOMFIELD - The Daily Telegraph
MOSCOW - Weeks after an American ban on weapon sales to Venezuela, Russia has agreed to build arms factories for President Chavez's leftist government - a move likely to further sour relations between the White House and the Kremlin.

Britain rules out force against Iran

Rice's Reversal On Iran Policy Irks Santorum

Black Hand Behind Church Divestment of Israel

Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be. Ayn Rand

Video: Crusader18

There is more, much more to to the Presbyterian Church divestment of Israel here, and here and here and their alliance with Hizbollah;

Seraphic Secret Reveals Secret Divestment Tactics

Two years ago, Presbyterian Church USA leaders began a divestment of .Israel.. Today, a Google search with keywords (Presbyterian(s), Israel, and Divestment) produces 181000 hits. ... More here at Seraphic Secret

My sources inform me that, no surprise, there is a n Arab group, behind the scenes of this divestment, working furiously with the radical leftists and antiSemites in the PCUSA for the divestment program. Their goals are long range. They are quite happy that this issue has been legitimized and is "fashionable" on our elite university campuses. Their attitude is: it may not happen this year, but it will happen next year. We are strong and patient, the Zionists are and weak and do not have the strength of their convictions.

The fact that pro divestment groups have Jewish students in their ranks only serves to strengthen their convictions.

My Anonymous source is a brave person who risks a great deal by leaking this unsavory information to Seraphic Secret.

Larry Rued risks scorn and isolation with his insistence on standing by the truth, and against the forces of darkness in his church.

There are many more fine Christians who are diligently working behind the scenes aganst this wretched campaign, against the antiSemitic elements in PCUSA--the Jewish community should be aware and express deep gratitude.
Posted by: Robert Avrech at June 1, 2006

I am expressing my deepest gratitude.

UPDATE: More anti-semitism from the Episcopals - thank G-d for the righteous Gentiles fighting for the Jews. We need you to fight these haters;

  Palestinian priest to receive US Episcopal Church peace prize
Ecumenical News International  Daily News Service  19 May 2006

Jerusalem, 19 May (ENI)--A Palestinian Anglican priest, who has drawn criticism from Jewish and pro-Israeli Christian groups, has won a prestigious peace prize awarded by the Episcopal Church in the United States.   

"Canon Naim Ateek's [rabidly anti-Israel Naim Ateek -Atlas] voice is heard around the world   

Ateek will receive the Episcopal Peace Fellowship's John Nevin Sayre Award at the US church's annual convention in  Colombus, Ohio, being held from 12-21 June.   

A former priest at Jerusalem's St George's Cathedral, Ateek is the founder of Sabeel, a movement of Palestinian Christians, which works with churches in North America and Europe to host regional and international conferences, witness trips to the Holy Land, and theological education.

We know Sabeel. The worst.

Ateek has been particularly critical of pro-Israeli Christians for acting against the interests of Middle East Christians. He held a conference in Jerusalem in 2004 for 600 visiting Christian delegates entitled: "Challenging Christian Zionism".     

Sabeel institute has attracted controversy in Israel and among some Christian groups for  "being a driving force behind the campaign by mainline Protestant churches to divest from Israel," according to the U.S.-based Jewish Anti-Defamation League. 

Islam Infiltrating Congress and Halls of Power

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Taking a page from the Muslim Brotherhood Project, there is a deliberate, carefully thought out, systematic program to infiltrate our Congress with the enemy.CAIR reports on a failed attempt to

ARAB CANDIDATE SUES AFTER LOSING ENDORSEMENT OVER 9/11 COMMENTS - TOP
PATERSON, N.J. -- An Arab-American political candidate who was dumped by Passaic county Democratic leaders for comments some people interpreted as sympathetic to suicide bombers is suing to get on the ballot.

Democrats put forward Sam Merhi's name as a nominee for a county freeholder seat in the June 6 primary, but withdrew it in March amid political backlash from remarks Merhi made in 2002 about the 9/11 attacks.

Merhi, a Totowa businessman active in Democratic politics, said during a political fundraiser that he was outraged by the 9/11 attacks. When asked whether those feelings also applied to Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel, Merhi said he did not see a comparison.

He was running as a Democrat,mind you, in an overwhelmingly dhimmicrat state until the word got out about his 9/11 comments. Otherwise he would have slipped through the cracks unnoticed.

Vital Perspectives has the filth on McClosky here.

House Candidate, Supporter of Anti-Semitic Myths, Funded by Terror Financier Former California Rep. Pete McCloskey, running against Rep. Richard Pombo in Tuesday's GOP primary in an effort to regain a seat in Congress, is returning a $2,100 campaign donation he received from a man tied to al-Qaeda .

The money was from M. Yaqub Mirza, a Pakistan native living in Virginia, who has been investigated by the Justice Department for allegedly helping to finance al-Qaeda and Islamic Jihad. Mirza's offices were raided by federal authorities in March 2002.

McCloskey has courted support from the Muslim community, and also has criticized Israeli foreign policy and was a personal friend of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. McCloskey is also chairman of the Council on the National Interest, a group dedicated to combating what it calls the "Israel lobby" in Washington (he should get together with Walt & Mearsheimer). In 2000, McCloskey gave a featured address to the Holocaust denial group Institute for Historical Review. In his speech, McCloskey lashed out at Jews for allegedly controlling the media and funding his defeat when he challenged Pete Wilson for U.S. Senate:

And then there is this jewel from CAIR, front for terror organizations;

CAIR: MUSLIM CONGRESSIONAL AIDES TAKING STAND - TOP  AP

WASHINGTON -- At midday on Fridays, Muslims gather to pray in a basement room of the U.S. Capitol. Kneeling on sheets they've spread over the floor and facing east toward Mecca, they are members of the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, about two dozen congressional aides who are part of a small but growing minority in America and in the halls of government.

At first just a prayer group, later a Muslim support group, the association is now looking outward to change what many see as woeful ignorance about Islam on Capitol Hill and beyond, said Jameel Aalim-Johnson, a black Muslim and chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York.

Some 100 non-Muslim congressional colleagues attended an association luncheon and the showing of part of a documentary on Islam in America. Visiting Imams from the Middle East recently met with association members.

The congressional chaplain's office consulted them about offering classes on Islam on Capitol Hill, said association member Nayyera Haq, daughter of Pakistani immigrants and spokeswoman for Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo."

That's not always easy to do.

Though there's no official count, the association says the number of congressional staffers who identify themselves as Muslim is little more than 20 out of some 10,000 employees at the Capitol complex.

There also is a smattering of Muslims at other Washington agencies, and some departments have consulted American Muslims for help with the counterterror war. Muslims have served as state legislators, but there is no member of Congress who identifies himself as a Muslim, said Corey Saylor, government affairs director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.(MORE)

UPDATE: Bookstores terrified of Muslims here.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Atlas Quickie Vlog

Just because

I was in the mood and CAIR makes me sick. Insane that Karen Hughes takes meetings with them. Neocon Express wants to know why  a top administration official is hanging out with CAIR, an organization which has been linked to terror, instead of hanging out with real Muslim moderates who do need to be legitimized with White House attention. Earth to White House, come in White House.

The Caged Virgin : An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Smells like Jenin: Profoundly disgusting piece on Haditha in the LA Times. This could have been written by al qaeda. (hat tip Steverino)

More thoughts on Haditha, VIEW VIDEO HERE - hat tip Stew

I don't know if the American Heroes were killed or not.  The Sunni Triangle is a horrible place.  al-Qaeda are Sunni Muslims.  Saddam Hussein is Sunni Muslim.  Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit, is Sunni Muslim.  Haditha Iraq is Sunni Muslim.

Cao has the right take. More thoughts on Haditha here and here

Haditha: Who, What, When, Where, Why

Regardless of where the truth ultimately is, at this point the major media’s treatment of Haditha is little more than a literate lynch mob in a rush to judgment.

This isn’t an attempt to wiggle out of responsibility for anything that happened at Haditha by bashing the media. But, to be shocked there's gambling at Rick's, or that some innocents die in any war, especially when harboring and abetting the enemy, is ignorant and purposeful hypocrisy.

Among the only hard facts known is that the military took this incident seriously from the start by launching an investigation so thorough that even the hostile Iraqis in that village have given it respect. That’s more than media commentators give to our nation, its military, or the handful of Marines actually involved by trotting out inapplicable and inappropriate comparisons to My Lai, an exception itself, in order to bemoan and undermine our entire mission in Iraq. They can say all they want that they are trying to uncover facts, and they are, but the prominence and surrounding fluff is simply irresponsible.

Bill Kristol in the Weekly Standard "Haditha Handwringing" here, "the last thing we need in response  to Haditha is handwringing liberalism." (hat ip Bruce H.)

On the Homeland Security Cuts to New York. From The New York Times  (hat tip John L)

NYC:  From Riches to Rags in Just One Day

Yesterday's early news would have caused one to believe that New York City was rolling in dough---or, more accurately, dinero.

Alan D. Aviles, the president of New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation,  went out of his way to let illegal aliens know that local hospitals would be there to serve them, with no questions asked.   

Aviles even  issued a letter to city residents in which he advised immigrants that local hospitals would keep all information, including immigration status, confidential.

However, New York's open wallet policy for criminals there illegally does not quite square with the city's reaction to the new Homeland Security budget. 

More here in the NY Daily News

'The city was stunned yesterday to find that its share of federal anti-terror funds was slashed nearly in half by bureaucrats who said it has no national icons to protect and lousy defense plans.

The city will get $125 million from the feds' high-threat bank account, a 40% cut from the $207 million it received last year. The Homeland money pot was smaller overall this year, but the rest of the country is being trimmed just 14%.'

New York's Local, State Tax Burden Tops the Nation
By MARK JOHNSON
ALBANY - New York State tops the country in taxes collected by the state and local governments, siphoning off $5,260 per person a year, a business group said yesterday. New York's combined local and state tax burden was 53% above the national...

On Illegal immigration: Broken Borders, Tonight  on Lou DobbsBroken_borders

Washington Times columnist Diana West says the Senate immigration bill could be the end of America. She tells us why on Lou Dobbs here

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France:"I do not want any Jew to be afraid"

Then why we the cops told not to intervene when Jews inLe Marais were being terrorized? How can the Jews not be afraid?

On Wednesday, during his visit to the Rue des Rosiers (75003 Paris),Sarko_rosiers Interior and Religion Minister Nicolas Sarkozy promised to increase security in the predominantly Jewish area. He said: "I do not want any Jew to be afraid". More here

Paul Belian of  The Brussels Journal writes here;

Tensions between black Muslim immigrants and French Jews have been rising since another black gang, who call themselves “the Barbarians,” kidnapped Ilan Halimi, a 21-year old Jew, last February. Halimi was tortured for three weeks and subsequently murdered. Youssouf Fofana, the imprisoned leader of the gang that murdered Halimi, is acclaimed as a hero by groups such as Tribu Ka. Tribu Ka was founded by Kami Saba [Kémi Séba], a black Parisian who says he has been inspired by the Black Muslims in the United States.

  Though a police officer admitted that the authorities knew the “tribe” was going to march through the Jewish neighbourhood last Sunday, as “it had been announced on the Tribu Ka internet site,” twenty minutes lapsed before the police arrived. According to a Jewish source a senior police officer, called to account by angry inhabitants of the Rue de Rosiers, said that the police “had received instructions from the top not to intervene.” The French authorities apparently did not want to provoke the thugs. As a result some Jews openly wonder whether the Jewish community should not organize its own militia.

Though a police officer admitted that the authorities knew the “tribe” was going to march through the Jewish neighbourhood last Sunday, as “it had been announced on the Tribu Ka internet site,” twenty minutes lapsed before the police arrived. According to a Jewish source a senior police officer, called to account by angry inhabitants of the Rue de Rosiers, said that the police “had received instructions from the top not to intervene.” The French authorities apparently did not want to provoke the thugs. As a result some Jews openly wonder whether the Jewish community should not organize its own militia.

Of course they should!

The authorities fear that provoking the thugs could trigger a new round of urban violence, similar to last November’s riots, in predominantly immigrant suburbs of major cities across France. The situation in the “banlieus” appears to be tense again. On Monday night around a hundred youths clashed with French police after setting fire to cars and rubbish bins in Clichy-sous-Bois, a Parisian suburb that was the scene of violence in November.

Fear of provoking thugs is not a strategy. It is a death wish.

Please sign the petition to the US Congress  for French Jews seeking asylum in the US.

 

China Calls for Sino-Arab-Hamas Axis

This continuing development in the axis of evil is hardly surprising. What is the common thread, the anti-value these countries share? Not one values human life (hat tip Daryl).

China seeks to expand trade, energy ties with Arab world
BEIJING : China called for closer Sino-Arab trade and energy ties as foreign ministers from the region, including the Palestinians' Hamas representative, gathered in Beijing for a two-day forum.

I know all about China's ferocious need for oil supplies but there is more here (Hamas has no oil.)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Israel/Pali Conflict: KNOW YOUR HISTORY!

Not that it's about truth, history or right and wrong. It's about Jew hatred plain and simple. Even so, know the truth.

Who Caused the Arab Refugee Problem? Refugee: Arab Leaders Told Us to Flee in 1948 - Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
In another corroboration by an Arab refugee that it was Arab leaders who were responsible for the flight of Arabs from the new State of Israel in 1948, an elderly woman, Asmaa Jabir Balasimah Um Hasan, told the PA newspaper Al-Ayyam on May 16, 2006, that it was Arab leaders and not Israel who told her and her neighbors to flee, for tactical military reasons. "They told us: 'The Jews attacked our region and it is better to evacuate the village and return after the battle is over.'"
    This confirms earlier statements that have appeared in the PA press. On April 30, 1999, an Arab viewer called PA TV and quoted his father and grandfather, complaining that in 1948 the Arab District Officer ordered all Arabs to leave Palestine or be labeled traitors. On March 19, 2001, columnist Fuad Abu Higla wrote in the official PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida of Arab leaders "in the year of 1948, who forced us to leave, on the pretext of clearing the battlefields of civilians." It is well-known among Palestinians that Arab leaders bear responsibility for the mass flight of Arabs from Israel in 1948, and were the cause of the "refugee" problem. (Palestinian Media Watch)

BOLTON ON CAVUTO

Are you watching this? I love this guy. How often do you hear to truth to power?
"When  we say a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, we mean its unacceptable."

Cavuto:
Does that mean we'd take military action?

Bolton:
No options off the table.

Cavuto:
Unilateral military action?

Bolton:
No options off the table.

We are pursuing all diplomatic means.

Just got to the puter so TIVO it  or if you're like me and love the night watch it at 1 am.
Cavuto's site should have the video later, if anyone snaps the vid, email me. Excellent .

UPDATE: Here's video of the  second half a an eleven minute interview;


Ahmadinejad Gets the Direct Talks He Wanted - Editorial
When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly released a long, insulting letter seeking direct talks with the U.S. last month, President Bush dismissed it as unworthy of reply. But Wednesday Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered the real U.S. answer: Yes. In a surprising policy reversal, Rice offered to negotiate directly with Iran's mullahs if they first suspend all uranium enrichment and cooperate with UN arms inspectors. The Secretary of State seems to have convinced Bush - over the doubts of Vice President Cheney and others - that this was the only way to prevent the U.S. from being isolated as our European allies ran for cover and Russia resisted any UN sanctions.
    Iran was already pocketing the direct talks and demanding that any negotiation be "without pre-conditions." This was entirely predictable, and you can bet this new Iranian demand will soon be echoed in Paris, Moscow, and all too many precincts in Washington. Iran's relentless drive for a nuclear weapon is a difficult problem, and perhaps Rice is right that direct diplomacy is essential to expose Iran's real purposes. But given Iran's track record, we'd say the Secretary has walked her President out on a limb where the pressure will soon build on him to make even more concessions. If this gambit fails, she'll have succeeded mainly in giving the mullahs more time to become a terrorist nuclear power. (Wall Street Journal)

Click on the link below for the first half.............

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New Rampages in Paris Burbs

Nidra Poller's Punk Jihad is back with a vengeance, second night of rioting here

Mobs on new rampage in poor Paris suburbs

MONTFERMEIL, France: Rioters hurling rocks clashed with police in the troubledFrance_suicide_jpg suburbs of northern Paris for a second night running, as authorities arrested a youth whose injury - along with the death of two friends - sparked last year's riots.

Fresh rioting had spread from nearby Montfermeil, where gangs attacked a police station, set ablaze cars and hurled stones at public buildings. Police said four officers were wounded, three of them trying to protect the Montfermeil police station from a hail of missiles.

Always leaving out the word Muslims................always.

Interesting OpEd piece from Augean Stables here.

I wonder if the French are aware just how quickly that country can/will spin out of control. Based on this new book, perhaps they do.

French plot to kidnap Abu Hamza and save the World Cup

Exasperated by Britain’s failure to silence the Islamic preacher of hate, France considered drastic measures to protect itself from a terror attack, suggests The Suicide Factory  

  “PERHAPS we could snatch him off the street, kidnap him, take him to Paris and deal with him properly there.” hat tip Matthew

  "The problem hampering all the plans – assassinations or kidnappings – was the attitude of the British authorities. Over lunch, Jérôme made it clear to Hassaine that while his contacts in the undercover worlds of MI5 and MI6 might be prepared to turn a blind eye to such an operation, there was unlikely to be any such help from the regular police. “We might get some help from the British,” he said, “but we will not get any help from the British law.”

  In short, if anything went wrong, all hell would break loose. If there were a gunshot, if Abu Hamza were injured, if a traffic policeman stopped the kidnap vehicle – if just one thing tripped up, there would be a huge diplomatic incident. Suicde_factory What the French were proposing was to kidnap a British citizen in London and take him to face justice in France. The scandal could be bigger than the blowing up of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand in 1985. But such was the level of French frustration – from the Minister of the Interior downwards – with the British that all options were being countenanced.      As far as the French were concerned, the British had entered into a Faustian pact with the extreme Islamist groups assembled in London. They were free to organise, propagandise and speak, as long as there was no threat and no trouble on British soil. Abu Hamza seemed to enjoy a friendly relationship with MI5 and Scotland Yard’s intelligence wing, the Special Branch. They called him regularly, invited him for meetings and were generally on cordial terms."

Apparently the British aren't listening to Melanie Phillips either.

Noam Chomsky, Terror Tool

New York Times bedmate Noam Chomsky lovefest with Hizbollah - video here

Noam_chomsky
Chomsky: "The United States considers Hizbullah a terrorist organization, but the term terrorism is used by the great powers simply to refer to forms of violence of which they disapprove. So the U.S. was of course supporting the Israeli invasions and occupation of southern Lebanon. Hizbullah was instrumental in driving them out, so for that reason they are a terrorist organization."

There is no way this complete shit should be allowed back into this country.

Back here in the United States of Islam

C-SPAN PROMOTES CHOMSKY, BURIES BOSTOM

Do not get me wrong. I like and watch C-span especially in ungodly hours. No, that is not merely because I am a night owl but also because that is the time when the less conventional offerings of C-Span can be found.

Observe this week-end programming. If I want to watch for the umpteen time Noam Chomsky's anti-American pro-Hizbullah diatribe I can watch it on Saturday night on Saturday, May 27 at 7:00 pm and Monday, May 29 at 10:30 pm.

But if I want to watch Andrew Bostom lay out The Legacy of Jihad for the first time, I can only do it on Sunday, May 28 at 4:30 am or Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 am.

ED KOCH: THE NEW YORK TIMES' ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS

Jyllands-Posten: "Why I published the Danish Cartoons"

Why I Published the Muhammad Cartoons Spiegel Online English
European political correctness allows Muslims to resist integration, argues the culture editor of Jyllands-Posten. Instead, Muslims should be treated just like all Europeans -- including being subject to satire. He argues that publishing the caricatures was an act of "inclusion, not exclusion.

And still the cartoon jihad inflames, incites, makes war.

Muhammad Cartoons Get Harper's Pulled from Canadian Bookstores
The Book Standard
Copies of the June issue of Harper’s Magazine have been removed from 260Danishpaper_weekly_standard_2_3 Canadian bookstores because of a ten-page article by Art Spiegelman about the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad.

Jordan court sentences two journalists for reprinting prophet cartoons CNews
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - A Jordanian court on Tuesday sentenced the editors of two weekly newspapers to two months in jail for harming religious feelings by reprinting offensive caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

'News-driven' Cartoons Cause Provocation in Denmark
Zaman Online
Following the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, another daily, the Politiken, also published the insulting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed for “news purposes.”

For those you who can't see what we in the West are up against, it is time to stop drinking the bong water - or at the very least -- put down the bong.

 

Iran Rapes and Tortures Dissident Women

Do you think the jihadi organ, The New York Times,  had rape and torture in mind in their Sunday puff piece where they repeatedly trumpeted Ahmadinejad as “a proponent of women’s rights,” and claimed Ahmadinejad “challenged high-ranking clerics on the treatment of women,”or that he has “defended women in a way that put him outside the mainstream of conservative Islamic discourse.”  Of course, the “mainstream of conservative Islamic discourse” takes a rather dim view of “women’s rights.”

The jihadi New York Times  painted Ahmadinejad as an “ideologically flexible” leader who seeks a “dialogue.”  and also described Ahmadinejad’s “consistent theme” as “the concept of seeking justice.” More here

Iran Rapes and Tortures Dissident Women From the Telegraph:

A leading Iranian pro-democracy and women's activist, who was jailed on trumped-up charges last year, has revealed how the clerical regime cynically deploys systemic sexual violence against female dissidents in the name of Islam.

Roya Tolouee, 40, was beaten up by Iranian intelligence agents and subjected to a horrific sexual assault when she refused to sign forced confessions. It was only when they threatened to burn her two children to death in front of her that she agreed to put her name to the documents.

Perhaps just as shocking as the physical abuse were the chilling words of the man who led the attack. "When I asked how he could do this to me, he said that he believed in only two things - Islam and the rule of the clerics," Miss Tolouee told The Sunday Telegraph last week in an interview in Washington after she fled Iran.

"But I know of no religious morality that can justify what they did to me, or other women. For these people, religion is only a tool for dictatorship and abuse. It is a regime of prejudice against women, against other regimes, against other ethnic groups, against anybody who thinks differently from them."

Miss Tolouee's account of her ordeal confirms recent reports from opposition groups that Iranian intelligence officials use sexual abuse against female prisoners as an interrogation technique and even rape young women before execution so that they cannot reach heaven as virgins.

Few women from the Islamic world are willing to discuss such matters, even with each other, but Miss Tolouee said that the regime routinely committed sexual attacks against female detainees....

"Four armed men and three armed women barged into my house at night and took me away," she said. "My kids were terrified and crying. I was questioned all night by different interrogators and then thrown alone into a cell."

She was held in solitary confinement in the prison of the feared internal intelligence service, with only a blanket and a cup that often had to serve as a lavatory.

For the first six nights, she was taken to a basement where interrogators demanded that she admit to organising the protests, and also that she identify co-conspirators on a list of names they put to her.

"When I wouldn't do what they wanted, they slapped me. But after the sixth night, the routine changed. I was left alone in a small dark room with two men. One was the assistant prosecutor and called himself Amiri. The other had a filthy mouth and said terrible things. They started slapping me again. For the rest of the night they did to me what no woman should ever experience. Amiri said, 'I'm going to hang you, but before I hang you, I will make an example of you so that no woman will dare to open her mouth here again'." He then sexually assaulted her.

When she asked Amiri how he could act like that, he told her that only Islam and clerical rule were important to him. The attack left her badly bruised and bleeding internally, but she refused to sign the papers they put before her. To her assailants' fury, she demanded to see a lawyer and cited international treaties on human rights.

The following night they did not sexually molest her again as she was still bleeding - and hence "unclean". Instead, they told her that they would kill her children by setting them on fire before her eyes.

Meanwhile, the world may be saved from a nuclear holocaust by a popular uprising now occuring across Iran and essentially unreported in the mainstream news media. More over at The IRIS blog

These women, these heroes, take their life in their own hands when they dissent by speaking out, by marching, by talking to other women  but they do it anyway. During a conversation I had with Phyllis Chesler, she told me of the phone calls she had gotten back in March from women in the international community and from Iran asking what Phyllis thought should they go to the annual march -- Women of Iran for the commemoration of International Women's Day in Tehran to fight for our freedom from under the rule of the misogynist Mullahs Date: March 8th, 2006 Time: 16:30 p.m. Place: Laleh Park, Tehran -- Phyllis said NO, they shouldn't go. And while Chesler is a  huge proponent of freeing women of the brutality of Islamic life, she advised them not to go because she feared for their lives. And Phyllis is a warrior in the a war on Islam - she is in the pantheon of truth tellers, along with Bat Ye'or, Nidra Poller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Melanie Phillips, Brigitte Gabriel ......

Despite the danger, despite the threats, the women in Iran went. . They went and got beaten, stomped, harassed. "We have reached a level where women on the streets are being killed," Amiri said. That story here 

Suspected Collaborators Executed in the Street by Palestinians

Where is the outrage? Where are those voices screaming out about Haditha without knowing anything but hyperventilating  to blame our soldiers (but remember the accusations of a "rush to judgement" with OJ?)

Where is The New York waste of  Times on this story?

Suspected Collaborators Executed by Palestinians

Masked Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades gunmen on Tuesday publicly executed a Palestinian man and woman they suspected of having spied for Israel.Alaqsadragsinformer

The man was shot dead in the main street of a refugee camp, with a large crowd looking on. The woman was later shot to death by her relatives in the courtyard of the West Bank's largest hospital.

The Aksa Martyrs' Brigades, an offshoot of Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, accused Jafal Abu Tzrur, 24, of having informed the IDF where to find three of its members. The three were killed by IDF troops during a raid on the Balata refugee camp near Nablus earlier this year.

Al Aksa gunmen interrogated Abu Tzrur, claimed he confessed and then dragged him into Balata's main street. As a large crowd looked on, the gunmen threw Abu Tzrur to the ground, witnesses said. When he tried to get up, the gunmen killed him with several shots, the witnesses said.  Read the whole article here

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Dhimmi EU Hurts War on Islamic Terror

The elite ruling class of the European Union once again shows great stupidity here...... a limitless resource which shows no sign of abating;

The European Court of Justice has annulled an EU-US agreement requiring airlines to transfer passenger data to the US authorities.
The court said the decision to hand over the data, including addresses and credit card details, lacked an "appropriate legal basis".

The US says the information helps identify potential terrorists.

The Goddess Fallaci and Lefty Loser New Yorker

The brain damaged New Yorker (the once great, venerable, brilliantly written instittution turnedOriana_fallaci_3_3 lefty terror enabling tool) has an nterview with Orianna Fallaci here. It is unworthy of Fallaci and her work, and while Maragret Talbot tempered her contempt, Fallaci's much needed message was marginalized  and dishonestly portrayed. I hated it. Talbot's pull quotes from Fallaci's work were the ones that sounded worst out of context. It kicks off with

“Yesterday, I was hysterical,” the Italian journalist and novelist Oriana Fallaci said. She was telling me a story about a local dog owner and the liberties he’d allowed his animal to take in front of Fallaci’s town house, on the Upper East Side. Big mistake. “I no longer have the energy to get really angry, like I used to,” she added. It called to mind what the journalist Robert Scheer said about Fallaci after interviewing her for Playboy, in 1981: “For the first time in my life, I found myself feeling sorry for the likes of Khomeini, Qaddafi, the Shah of Iran, and Kissinger—all of whom had been the objects of her wrath—the people she described as interviewing ‘with a thousand feelings of rage.’ ”

So you get the flavuh of how they paint her.

I reqeusted an intervew with Fallaci months ago but I am not ginormous enough.  But thes mainstream media  pieces do Fallaci little good to advance the  cause of exposing Islam and the gravity their intentions.

Read her books and make up your own mind:
The Rage and The Pride
The Force of Reason

Culture of Life vs. Culture of Death

Why do they hate us? Because we love life. Why do they hate us? Because we are all of us in the gutter, but so many of us in the West are reaching for the stars. Why do they hate us?  Because we live for life and they live to die and fuck 72 virgins.

In Jewish life, the toast when drinking, the toast when saluting those getting bar/bat mitvahed or married...........the toast of life is L'Chaim (to life.) This is our mantra - our manifesto. To life. Everything the Jew does is to better life. Tikun Olam (repair the world.) In Jewish life, there is an exurberance for life. A joie, a passion, a wild happiness...........we do not exalt death. We study medicine, science, technology so that life will be better, healthier longer. Michaya! Recent developments at Israel 21c here;

UPDATE: Westbankmama sent along this disgusting, inhumane story here, read it

MONEY QUOTE: PA's Minister of Health decided that it would be better to see this little girl die than allow contact on any level with the 'Zionist Entity'.

Israeli breakthrough shortens the window of HIV detection    
Over a million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, and many of them are unaware of it, even though they've been tested. That's because the antibodies for both diseases don't show up initially on tests, and take weeks or months after infection to develop in the body. This gap can give the patient a false impression that he or she is healthy... and puts others at a lethal risk. But now, a breakthrough technology called the SMARTube developed by Israeli scientist Dr. Tamar Jehuda-Cohen and her company Smart Biotech can do what no other test does: detect each disease at its earliest stage. More...

Israeli researchers stem the tide of desertification   
05/21/06 - A growing global problem, desertification leads directly to a loss of the biological and economic productivity of land, and can cause famine. Israeli scientists are at the forefront of the global effort to help preserve valuable drylands, and prevent them from becoming deserts. Whether through technologies that will enable farmers to water their crops with recycled waste water or repopulating forests through plant genetic modification, the researchers from Hebrew University's Agricultural faculty are honoring World Environment Day next month and its slogan 'Don't Desert Drylands' - by providing the tools the world will need to preserve its arid land and make the desert bloom. More...

Culture | Congressmen and senators raise a glass to Israeli wine

Global Democracy | Israeli researchers stem the tide of desertification

Health | Jellyfish that can get under your skin

Technology | Spelling and grammar mistakes go up in smoke - WhiteSmoke

Global Democracy | Protecting Israel's coastlines with Zalul

Culture | Israel's 'electric' fashion springs to life

Culture | Israeli dates at forefront of shift in market trends

Continuous streaming therapy gets under your skin
Israeli 'virtual patient engine' designs safe clinical trials, and saves lives
Drug trials on mice are 'almost human' thanks to new Israeli technique 
Giving heart to cardiac patients 
Israeli mini-camera achieves a painless view of the colon 
Israel's 'slimming' potato a hit abroad 
Israeli researchers regenerate torn ligaments and tendons with adult stem cells 

Fresh lemon grass fields in Israel become mecca for cancer patients -

Israel leads world in stem cell research papers per capita -
A new Israeli solution for a weighty problem 
Israeli and North American specialists have a 'heart to heart' -
Israel concocts a delicious new therapy
Relieving the pain of arthritis with snake venom 
Israeli researchers close in on vaccine for autoimmune diseases 
Johnson & Johnson looks to the future with Israeli science  A healing place for children 
Israeli device lengthens the stem cell cord that save lives 


Global Democracy |
Israeli doctors deliver new smiles    
A dedicated team of Israeli plastic surgeons are giving the invaluable gift of a new smile to children in the developing world free of charge. Under the banner 'Operation New Smile', the doctors from Sheba Medical Center have traveled as far as Peru, Nepal and Vietnam, bringing their high-quality medical expertise to correct a devastating and disfiguring birth defect that can also affect eating, speech, and hearing: cleft lip/palate disorder. Each 'Operation New Smile' trip brings new hope and a new smile to 30-50 children in the Third World.  More... Health | Michael J. Fox Foundation finds promise in Israeli Parkinson's treatment   
The celebrity spotlight is shining on a small Israeli company working on a better way for Parkinson's disease patients to receive their medication. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has granted nearly half a million dollars to startup NeuroDerm, which is working to develop a transdermal skin patch, used to maintain steady levels of Levodopa - the drug that Parkinson's patients depend on to control their symptoms. The Fox Foundation grants its highly selective award to technologies it believes have a significant chance of greatly improving the lives of patients with Parkinson's disease. More.....

Culture | When Ahmed met Avshalom   
In a small village near Haifa, 15 Arab and Jewish children are quietly making history.The Ein Bustan kindergarten is the first in the world in which children of both backgrounds learn together in a Waldorf educational setting. On Fridays, the children light candles and bake challah in preparation for the Jewish Sabbath, but they also recite a blessing in Arabic speaks of 'kneading the dough together, Arab and Jew,' and of 'living in peace, with God's help.' More...  More...

And then there is the  Culture of Death that worships death.

Monday, May 29, 2006

But who is regulating Evil Google?

G-d I am so sick of the these lucky leftarded Jewhating Jew owners of Google. They think themselves enlightened, when in fact we know them to be idiots. Real, dyed in the wool, idiotarians;

It should be noted that websites from The Ku Klux Klan, The American Nazi Party, The New Black Panther Party, al Manar (the terrorist group Hezbollah's "news" website) and The Mazui Foundation – that offers a t-shirt that says "Kill Whitey" for $15 – are currently included in Google's search engine index. It should further be noted that The New Media Journal pieces cited by Google as "hate speech" are still available on Google through other publications.

It's a dangerous thing when those who identify themselves as disseminators of unbiased information begin to establish definitions for the rest of us. One man's "hate speech" is another man's dissent. While some, or many, may disagree with the information presented in any given publication (I personally was offended by the untrue stories published by Newsweek of Qurans being flushed down toilets and by Dan Rather and Mary Mapes attempting to pass off manufactured news as the truth) it is still in the interest of preserving free speech that all information be presented, so the public can decide for itself. More here

UPDATE: Oh yeah and did you catch this -- GOOGLE is evil

Google disses Memorial day
Search engine's catchy holiday logos have honored
Earth Day, Persian New Year – but not war dead
 

Google's habit of celebrating holidays like New Year's, Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving by altering its logo to match the season's theme has been extended in the past to honor the birthdays of famous inventors, scientists, artists and musicians, as well as Earth Day and the Persian New Year, but on the day Americans honor those who died serving their country, it's business as usual at the Internet-search giant.

Memorial Day visitors to the website found Google's standard logo – but no mention of Memorial Day. This was true as well at the company's news-search site.

Since 1999, Google has redesigned its logo for major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, as well as minor ones like Ground Hog Day and St. Patrick's Day. It's even honored artists like Picasso, Monet, and Andy Warhol as well as Earth Day and the Burning Man festival.

"If you go back through the Google archives, you'll find that, although it has over the years commemorated Shichi-go-san being celebrated in Japan, Bastille Day in France, and Korean Liberation Day, it appears that Google has never dressed up its logo for Memorial Day," wrote Newsbusters blogger Noel Sheppard.

When Google News launched its beta site in April 2002, it said its mission was to construct an unbiased news engine free of human intervention using new methods of aggregating news from sources worldwide.

According to the April Nielsen/NetRatings report, 49 percent of all searches conducted in the U.S. in March 2006 were carried out on Google.

Last week, WorldNetDaily reported Google's decision to ban several Internet news sites from its search archives because of their criticism of radical Islam.

Along with the dropping of conservative news providers, Google has received other complaints of liberal bias:

In addition, the company came under fire for an editorial decision to giving preferential placement to large and predominately liberal media outlets such as CNN and the BBC over conservative news sources, even if they are more recent or pertinent.

As WND reported, 98 percent of all political donations by Google employees went to support Democrats, and as a matter of fact, Al Gore is now a senior adviser to Google.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave the maximum legal limit of donations to Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry and to primary candidate Howard Dean.

Schmidt also contributed the maximum amount to Sen. Clinton.

Shame shame shame on you brothers

 

Sunday, May 28, 2006

One Smart Brit's Take on Eurabia

Matthew, our man in Britain, and I have had something of a back and forth on the distressing state of affairs in Europe. His last correspondence deserves attention. While it may not change our perception of th decay, it is interesting to see it through their deluded eyes;

The way I see it is this.  European societies face a problem in that the Muslim populations in their midst are growing at a faster rate than the native population.  Over time, the proportion of those societies made up of Muslims is going to increase. It's often said that one consequence of this is that Europeans adopt a spineless attitude towards Islamic terrorism, attempting to appease it rather than address it, for fear of provoking civil unrest in their own countries.  This invertebrate attitude on the part of Europeans is cited as something that will lead to the inevitable downfall of their civilisation and, maybe within our lifetimes, their eventual partial or total submission to an Islamic way of life with all the horrors that brings.  It's seen as a suicidal strategy, born of weakness.

I think that analysis is correct, but it omits some important matters. 

Europeans don't have any affection for Muslims.  To take one of the countries at most risk of this Islamic timebomb, the French are pretty intolerant of Muslims. They're pretty intolerant of everyone who isn't French.  I know quite a number of people who have lived and worked in France for at least a decade and they're still seen as outsiders, still treated differently, still not fully accepted even by their French 'friends' (despite being bilingual, having French husbands or wives, etc.).  This is as true (more true in fact) of the English than the Americans working in France.  Among the French people I know well enough to discuss these things openly with, the general attitude towards Muslims is usually somewhere along a spectrum between complete incomprehension to contempt.  There are some who think they, collectively, should make more of an effort to integrate Muslims into the mainstream of French life, but there's no equivalent of that perverse self-flagellation you see among American and British politicians on the left.  You can see the effects of this attitude everywhere in France.  Muslims generally live in the worst parts of town, in which any French person who could afford it wouldn't dream of living. I've never met a Muslim (or a black, or an Asian) French lawyer.  So far as I'm aware none work in our office out there or in our competitors'.  I have never seen an Arab in any professional role in France and I must have visited Paris at least twenty times.  If they work in the centre of town, they're in pretty menial jobs.  That isn't the case in London, and in my experience it's not the case in New York either.

I think the reason for this is that French culture, and European culture generally, is radically different from American and, to a lesser extent, British culture.  What I adore about the United States is that anyone can be an American.  In my eyes the values that define the United States are such that they're open to anyone.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are universal values and aspirations from which everyone, everywhere, at any point in time, can derive inspiration and can use to build a better life. Europe's nothing like that, France in particular. French culture isn't one based on ideals of freedom and personal achievement but on birth, class, status, refinement in matters of taste, humour, attitude, getting ahead, and protecting your own ass. Importantly, it's also based on geography.  Nobody born in Italy could, or would consider, or would ever be described as, living like Frenchman.  In contrast, an American or a potential American you can spot a mile off.  American culture is potentially universal; French culture is confined to a time and a place. 

Another point is that, to adapt the term, France is a RINO country - a republic in name only.  Under the veneer of democracy and rights and freedoms, it behaves like a monarchy.  To get into the government you need the right background, need to have gone to the right school, look right, say the right things. Moreover, like all monarchies, it is a characteristic of public administration in France that it is monopolised by a particular caste, is plagued with infighting among the 'courtier' class, and features a more or less total lack of financial or legal accountability on the part of those in charge.  To varying extents this is true of all European countries, which explains why most Europeans aren't overly concerned about the lack of democratic or financial accountability in the institutions of the European Union.  It's because they're not even concerned about it in their own countries.  Above all, as in all old European countries, what's important if you're French is being French, not being free.  It thus makes sense for Europeans to say "X is very French" / "very English" / "very German" in a way that it doesn't make a lot of sense to say that "X is very American".  It does make sense to say "she's such a New Yorker" but that's a comment about ways of thinking, speaking, working, dressing, tastes, etc. It's not an observation about core values.  In Europe, ways of thinking, speaking, working, dressing, and taste, is all the values there are.  What I think distinguishes European culture from American is that it's more concerned with things that are, ultimately, trivialities.  It lacks any concern with what we think of as the big issues in life - how free am I, how much money has the government taken from me this fiscal year (and for what freakin purpose?) am I able to live my life as I please, am I better off than I was last year, what are the threats to my security, what are the threats to the security of my country, and so on. It's perverse that Europeans characterise Americans as introverted; it's the Europeans who are the most introspective of all.  Europeans generally see these issues as questions for someone else (the government). In their political thinking probably what distinguishes Europeans from Americans above all else is that Europeans are totally unwilling to accept any personal responsibility for making decisions which affect the future of their countries so long as the problems their countries face are not currently affecting them personally.  Government, in Europe, is seen as something that just happens to you.

In the context of this Islamic problem, I think the apparent spinelessness of Europeans and their governments is probably best understood as a manifestation of the general sentiment that if these problems are not affecting most people personally, (a) they don't feel any motivation for doing anything about them and (b) largely they don't even see them. Clearly this is an idiotic attitude to adopt, but unlike freedom, which we see as a universal value and we can see as threatened by and in Muslim societies, core French values are particular to France.  Likewise with almost every other European society. The lack of any serious emotional commitment to freedom among Europeans means that Europeans simply don't notice or care about future threats to their freedom that are looming on the horizon.  What they would care about, however, is actual disruption to their own (myopic and self-indulgent) way of life. 

Take an absurd character like De Villepin.  If all the little De Villepins in France, who are now growing up and looking forward to attending L'Ecole Nationale d'Administration, found their paths somehow blocked by Muslims they'd be seriously angry.  If all the characteristics of the French way of life which one can't avoid noticing when visiting France were to be displaced by Muslim habits and attitudes, the French would be angry.  But, because they lack the commitment to the universal outward-looking value of freedom, I bet you your bottom dollar that, unlike us, they wouldn't notice the threat to their own way of life until the threat started manifesting itself in actual disruption to it.

What happens at that point is the issue I was drawing attention to in my post.  I think that, were European societies to get to the point where the native population's sense of its own identity was actually being damaged by Muslim influences, there would be a very visceral and violent reaction to those Muslim influences.  This is because it's only at that point that we can expect Europeans to react to Muslims at all.  You or I can look at the Taleban (and not just Muslims but also, say, the Chinese) and even from thousands of miles away see them as antipathetic to our whole way of life, and a genuine menace.  So long as communists and Islamic fanatics exist, our core value - freedom - is under threat, in a way that Frenchness is not threatened by the existence of those regimes. 

I think two consequences flow from this.

1.  The likelihood that European societies won't do anything about their Muslim problems until such problems begin to actually disrupt the 'native' European culture means that any attempts to address these problems will take place at a time when there are far more Muslims in Europe than there are today. This is likely to make the eventual 'reckoning' more serious and may lead to some sort of civil conflict.

2.  The lack of any real commitment to freedom means that the European reaction to the Muslim problem, when it finally does emerge, will be less restrained than the reaction in the United States.  We can characterise these issues as a fight between freedom and tyranny; the French will only be able to characterise it between Frenchness and an Islamic identity.  That would make it more personal and specific to them, and more nation- and racially-based, than looking at it in terms of freedom-tyranny makes it to us.  Same goes for all the European countries, and we know from bitter experience that people fighting to preserve their national or racial identity fight dirty.

Summarising:

1.  European culture is more specific to national and racial characteristics, and geography, than is American culture.
2.  In any area of European life you care to look at, Europeans tend not to concern themselves with the wider world.
3.  As a result, Europeans will only deal with problems when they present a real upclose serious problem to their lives.
4.  Re. the Muslims, this is only going to happen when the number of Muslims in Europe is much larger than it is today.
5.  Any conflict at that point is going to be tougher than it would be were it to occur today, on the numbers alone.
6.  Europeans, if there were to be such a conflict, will see it in national and racial terms because those are mainly the terms in which they see themselves. 7.  Conflicts motivated by national or racial issues tend to be bloody and unrestrained.

What's screwing Europe at the moment is apathy and a deadly unawareness of the nature of the problem at the level of the individual citizen, not any misplaced affection or tolerance for Islam.  Some of the political class might see the problem but, if their people don't, there's no mileage to be had by putting their countries on a war footing.  Doing so would be seen as a disruptive and expensive response to a problem that their people lack the cultural tools to even be aware of at the moment.  Essentially they just don't get it.

Matthew gives much to chew on. Fascinating . But frankly I am so quintessentially American I can not relate to any of it. It's not so much that they are apathetic to, or ignoring the 800 lb gorilla in the room................what irks me is they are paying the jiyza. All public schools serve meat that's halal. The French government funds Islamic schools. And still they won't stop  immigration. The birth rates are a different problem with enormous consequences, yes. But every move they make is another bullet in a suicidal gun.

*Europe Offers Welfare to Members of Palestinian Terror Groups *

Spain Becoming Favored Destination for Palestinians

Mohammed Zaghal and his friends have no doubt about where they would rather be: Spain. Since the Islamic group Hamas won Palestinian elections in January, the number seeking to escape has risen sharply, locals say. "Everyone in Jenin just wants to get out," says Zaghal, 24, who used to work in Israel until a Palestinian uprising began.

Zaghal's brother Fida, 26, is already in Spain. He is now getting financial support and receiving Spanish lessons. Some have told Spanish authorities that they are supporters of Fatah, Hamas' rival, and that they need asylum to escape Hamas threats.

Fleming Rose: Europe's Politics of Victimology

This is a must read essay by Fleming Rose, the editor of Jylland Posten, the Danish newspaper that first ran the Danish cartoons. Read it all at RealClearPolitics here (hat tip Rick)

The worldwide furor unleashed by the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that I published last September in Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper where I work, was both a surprise and a tragedy, especially for those directly affected by it. Lives were lost, buildings were torched, and people were driven into hiding.

And yet the unbalanced reactions to the not-so-provocative caricatures -- loud denunciations and even death threats toward us, but very little outrage toward the people who attacked two Danish Embassies -- unmasked unpleasant realities about Europe's failed experiment with multiculturalism. It's time for the Old Continent to face facts and make some profound changes in its outlook on immigration, integration, and the coming Muslim demographic surge. After decades of appeasement and political correctness, combined with growing fear of a radical minority prepared to commit serious violence, Europe's moment of truth is here.

Europe today finds itself trapped in a posture of moral relativism that is undermining its liberal values. An unholy three-cornered alliance between Middle East dictators, radical imams who live in Europe, and Europe's traditional left wing is enabling a politics of victimology. This politics drives a culture that resists integration and adaptation, perpetuates national and religious differences, and aggravates such debilitating social ills as high immigrant crime rates and entrenched unemployment.

I don't think it will be long before Fleming Rose joins Ayaan Hirsi Ali in crossing the Atlantic.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Atlas Insomniacs! Bostom is on the Air

For me the timing couldn't be better, Atlas readers know I do my best work at 4 am. It's not exactly choice viewing times (aarrggghh) for normal people, but Andrew Bostom, the most respected, sagacious scholar on Islam is on the air nonetheless! Bostom sugarcoats nothing and gives us encyclopedic evidence of a jihad that means to destroy the West. Bostom points out that there is not one, not one, hadith that speaks to a spiritual jihad. Bostom tells it straight - which is why he is my number onr source of intel on Islam - but you knew that.

History on Book TV A look at non-fiction history books.

On Sunday, May 28 at 4:30 am ET and Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 am ETAndrew_bostom_3

The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims Andrew Bostom, ed. Description: Andrew Bostom discusses the history of Islamic fundamentalism {NOTE:not really, just the legacy of jihad in historical Palestine--ALL of it} throughout the Middle East, a subject he takes up in his new book, "The Legacy of Jihad." Dr. Bostom also talks about the treatment of non-Muslims living in Islamic countries, the threat to Israel posed by fundamentalists in the region, and the war on terror. Commentary is provided by Laurent Murawiec of the Hudson Institute and Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation.

Author Bio: Andrew Bostom is an associate professor of medicine at Brown University Medical School and a contributor to Frontpage magazine For more information on Dr. Bostom and his work, visit Bostom's site here.

Normal sleepers: TIVO it!

Cartoon Jihad:The Religious War Rages

America may not care but the religious war is raging and there is no way America can remain insulated;

Religious Mobs Break Out Again in Nigerian Cities

The religious violence first broke out last Saturday in the northeastern city ofDo_not_censor_me_4 Maiduguri, when a Muslim protest against Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad ran out of control and 28 mostly Christian people were killed.

But the violence has taken on a logic of its own in Africa’s most populous country, which is divided roughly equally between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. Religious violence has killed thousands over the past six years.

Authorities are afraid the fighting could spiral into a bigger bloodbath and hundreds of armed riot police patrolled major cities across the north.

Muslim and Christian mobs killed four people in three Nigerian cities on Friday, extending a week of tit-for-tat religious riots that have claimed at least 151 lives.

And while violent maelstrom is in Nigeria, they are kidnapping foreigners;

In the far south of the country, militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta have waged a three-month campaign of attacks and kidnappings, which has cut supplies from the world’s eighth largest oil exporter and driven up world prices.[you thnk the leftards in America will cite this as one of the reasons for higher gas prices or is it still "big oil in the White House?- Atlas]

They issued pictures of nine foreign oil worker hostages -- three Americans, one Briton, two Thais, two Egyptians and one Filipino -- on Thursday night. One photograph showed the captives sitting on a bench in a forest with militants in army fatigues pointing assault rifles at their heads.

BUSH at West Point: Long War Just Started

Bush understands the enemy........but is reticent to call it by it's right name, IMAO. His speech to the West Point graduates who were the first to enter the elite Army school after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacksf is seminal.

Bush Tells West Point Graduates Terror War Is in Early Stages

President George W. Bush, marking the fourth anniversary of his doctrine of preemptive military force, said the war against terrorism is in its early stages and will rival the Cold War in its length and difficulty.

``The war began on my watch, but it's going to end on your watch,'' Bush said in a commencement address today to 861 graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. ``One day the world will celebrate your achievements,'' he said, acknowledging ``setbacks and challenges'' in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Bush alluded to Iran and Syria as governments that aren't adopting democratic principles. ``The message has spread from Damascus to Tehran that the future belongs to freedom, and we will not rest until the promise of liberty reaches every people and every nation,'' he said.

Bush compared the spread of communism during the Cold War to the more recent rise of Islamic radicalism, recalling the pressure Democratic President Harry Truman was under sending troops around the world in a ``struggle between tyranny and freedom.''

``Like America in Truman's day, we are laying the foundation for victory,'' Bush said. Terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction post a threat ``as great as the Soviet Union.''

Today's West Point graduates were the first to enter the elite Army school after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Speaking at the academy in June 2002, Bush said the Cold War policy of deterrence ``means nothing against shadowy terrorist networks'' and America must ``be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives.'' Ten months later the U.S. invaded Iraq and toppled its then-leader Saddam Hussein. More here

Full text: President Delivers Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy at West Point

U.S. DRAFTS INTEL SCENARIOS ON IRANIAN NUKES

Friday, May 26, 2006

" Our Strength is the Willingness to Sacrifice Our Blood & Children"

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sheikh Nasrallah Speech on Al-Manar TV: The Zionist Entity's Weakness is "Their Strong Adherence to This World"... Our Strength is the Willingness to Sacrifice Our Blood & Children... They Will Leave the Land

MEMRI provides the following  excerpts from a speech delivered by Hizbullah secretary-general Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on Al-Manar TV (Google news provider) on May 23, 2006.

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Hassan Nasrallah: "This [Zionist] entity, which has many strengths - I don't have time now to list them all - has weaknesses as well. One of its most important weaknesses is the fact that it is an extraneous entity. It is not deeply rooted.

"Another weakness of this entity is that its people came because they were promised security, peace, and a life in the land of milk and honey. But if they encounter something else, they will leave this land.

"Another weakness is that both as individuals and as a collective, they are described by Allah as 'the people who guard their lives most.' Their strong adherence to this world, with all its vanities and pleasures, constitutes a weakness.

"In contrast, our people and our nation's willingness to sacrifice their blood, souls, children, fathers, and families for the sake of the nation's honor, life, and happiness has always been one of our nation's strengths."[...]

"A year ago today I said, in Bint Jbeil, that the resistance has more than 12,000 missiles. When I say 'more than 12,000 missiles,' it doesn't mean 13,000. It doesn't mean 13,000... I acknowledge that for many years - since 1992, to be precise - the resistance has had a significant and respectable missile capability, both in quantity and quality. Therefore, I can tell you that the north of occupied Palestine is entirely within the range of the missiles of the Lebanese resistance.

"This, of course, is the minimum. As for reaching beyond the north - the less said the better. We have no reason to say whether or not we have such capabilities. Let's keep quiet about this.

"Today the north is within the range of the missiles of the resistance - their ports, their bases, their factories, everything... This creates a balance between the north of Palestine and the south of Lebanon and Lebanon in its entirety."[...]

"Today, if I appear on TV... If I am talking to you and it is aired on TV, and I say to the people of the settlements in the north of occupied Palestine: "On behalf of Hizbullah, I recommend that you go down to the bomb shelters within two hours," they would all go to Tel Aviv." More here at MEMRI

Two States? Barbaric Foreign Policy

I like Youssef Ibrahim, he understands the realities in the Middle East better than most Jews or "intellectuals" in the free world. And frankly, in any compromise between good and evil, only evil can profit. Ibrahim speaks to  biting, straight, unblinking truth in The New York Sun (Paid only)

A Two State Disaster

A new Palestinian state, carved out of Gaza and the West Bank and governed by Palestinian Arab jihadists, would be a recipe for disaster. Indeed, drawing up a two-state solution now would be tantamount to opening the gates to barbarians.

  A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, James Woolsey, was on target when he warned that a hastened pullout would unleash a wave of Islamic fundamentalist terror on Israel as well as Arab lands, without resolving anything for Palestinian Arabs.

The notion that unilateral withdrawal by Israel from parts of the West Bank would lead to peace and Palestinian statehood constitutes “flawed logic,” Mr. Woolsey wrote in the May 23 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

Spot on. Palestinian Arabs are far from ready to run anything — let alone a country in the tinderbox that is the Middle East.

A few days ago, Egypt asserted that the perpetrators of the most recent deadly bombings of tourist resorts in the Red Sea, as well as those of two other attacks since 2004 that killed more than 100 and wounded hundreds more, were trained, equipped, and “weaponized” ideologically as well as physically by Muslim Palestinian jihadists in Gaza and the West Bank.

[...]
That is only the tip of the iceberg.    A new Palestinian Arab state, governed by Palestinian jihadists, would fling open doors to a potpourri of anarchists, assassins, and killers. It is tantamount to laying down a welcome mat for Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah pro-Iranian activists, Saudi Wahhabi preachers of darkness, Iraqi messengers of insurgency, and Muslim Sunni and Shiite fanatics, along with Muslim Brotherhood angels-of-death types, including European and Pakistani Muslims — all competing for hearts and minds in a seriously dysfunctional Palestinian and broader Arab society .

Nation-building is too serious a business to come to that. No responsible party can give such people an area of operation under the name of Palestine.Jihad is already an ideology to a lot of Muslims, indeed an obsession.There is no need to add more bats to a dark night. We already have the government of Saudi Arabia doing enough harm as it is.
Should anyone allow this, Israel will be the last to suffer from it. With superb intelligence management, technology, and informant apparatus, it will take care of itself. The question should instead be about the Arabs who live in places like Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and beyond.
[...]  Giving Muslim fundamentalists a base in Palestine from which to operate and finish off these dying regimes would be unconscionable.    A two state Palestinian-Israeli solution may be possible one day. But not today. The Palestinian Arabs, who just elected a radical, mindless, bloody Islamic fundamentalist regime, Hamas, as their first freely elected government, have not demonstrated they deserve further indulgence.

It's time the US stopped buying into the deception of double speak. If we demand the UN reform, if we claim the moral high ground,  if we adhere to the Bush doctrine, it can't suddenly stop  on the beaches of Mediterranean and the Dead Sea.

Rand said the evil of the world is made possible by the sanction that you give it..........why is it we sanction Pali evil, and call it by any name except what it is?

The Palestinian Charade - Editorial
In their dealings with the Palestinians, the U.S. and Israel are engaged in a charade. The reality is that the road map has been in tatters since it was first agreed upon in 2003. In the face of unremitting hostility by Hamas to the existence of a Jewish state, Israel's prime minister has said he will attempt to negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas. But Abbas is a busted flush, unable to deliver anything. (Telegraph-UK)

 

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Long War

Al-Qaeda Doctrine: The Eventual Need for Semi-Conventional Forces

Media reports from both Iraq and Afghanistan have suggested the appearance of a slow evolution of the Islamist insurgents' tactics in the direction of the battlefield deployment of larger mujahideen units that attack "harder" facilities. These attacks are not replacing small unit attacks, ambushes, kidnappings, assassinations and suicide bombings in either country, but rather seem to be initial and tentative forays toward another stage of fighting. In the past month, reports have suggested Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his Iraqi resistance allies are trying to train semi-conventional units, and last week's large-unit action by the Taliban at the town of Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan may be straws in the wind in this regard.
As was explained in the earlier Terrorism Focus articles, al-Qaeda believes that it and its allies can only defeat the United States in a "long war," one that allows the Islamists to capitalize on their extraordinary patience, as well as on their enemies' lack thereof.

Spain: Dumb and Dumber, Dhim Dhimmier

From the land of dhimmitude. Spain is becoming a haven for Pali terrorists, not surprising, considering the Spaniards elected a terror appeaser less than a week after Al Qaeda struck in the heart of Madrid. Spain's Retreat After The Madrid Bombings Rewards Terrorism

  • Spain Becoming Favored Destination for Palestinians - Luke Baker
    Mohammed Zaghal and his friends have no doubt about where they would rather be: Spain. Since the Islamic group Hamas won Palestinian elections in January, the number seeking to escape has risen sharply, locals say. "Everyone in Jenin just wants to get out," says Zaghal, 24, who used to work in Israel until a Palestinian uprising began.
        Zaghal's brother Fida, 26, is already in Spain. Earlier this year, he traveled first to Jordan and then boarded a flight to Cuba, for which he did not need a visa. When the plane landed for a brief stopover in Madrid, he got off and requested political asylum. He is now getting financial support and receiving Spanish lessons. Some have told Spanish authorities that they are supporters of Fatah, Hamas' rival, and that they need asylum to escape Hamas threats. (Reuters)
  • Iran: An Historic Nuclear Smackdown

    While Olmert was making history in the Joint session of Congress yesterday, Ahmadinejad was making a different kind of history. Clearly Tony Blair is meeting with Bush now regarding this very thing. It is soooo not about Iraq, we done won Iraq. Sectarian violence is part and parcel of this global war on Islamic violence. Iraq is so yesterday. Blair is here to war game, right on the heels of Olmert. Coincidence? Hardly. I will try to liveblog the Bush Blair press conference tonight, but I am not home and the day is not my own. Meanwhile, get thee over to Kobayashi Maru here;

    Yesterday Iranian President Ahmadinejad was widely reported as having said that the West would "receive an historic slap" if we so much as waved an unloaded BB gun in the direction of Iran. (In the American media it was "a historic slap". We prefer the British: "an historic".)

    According to Google News, 56 stories contained that phrase, while a total of 1074 were 'related' to it. By contrast, the rest of Ahmadinejad's remarks - and, we would argue, the most relevant part that sets "historic slap" in its proper context - appeared in only seven, with a total of 619 'related' to it. What is the context of those remarks?

    "Today, Iran has mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle, from start to finish, thanks to young Iranian scientists. The enemies are looking to plot and want to create differences among Iranians to stop us getting our rights. But if they do the slightest damage to the Iranian people, if they commit the slightest aggression, they will receive an historic slap." [emphasis added]

    A little different, no? Mastery of "the entire nuclear fuel cycle" and "historic slap" are clearly linked ideas... the fuel cycle that's going to be used entirely for generating electricity...

    But let's not be too quick to judge. With Ahmadinejad's straight-faced assurance that Iran's nuclear capability is only for the peaceful purposes, we can all relax. (Never mind that Iran could have done the nuclear-generated electricity thing sans all the sturm and drang had it simply abided by the obligations it signed onto under the NPT and remained open to IAEA inspections. Never mind that an investment in petroleum refining capacity could have generated far more energy at far less cost than a nuclear program.)

    Never mind all that. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt - again.

    Perhaps "slap" is really a typo. What Ahmadinejad probably really meant to say was "zap". Of course. That's it. How could we have been so bellicose and arrogant in our interpretation of the nuance of their unique language, culture and customs? When the nuclear power grid goes on-line and Tehran's Sharia-compatible toasters and state-censored televisions get all the domestically generated, CO2-free, Kyoto-compliant juice they need, it will be a metaphorical 'zap' to the ego of insensitive, planet-stomping, war-mongering theocrats like Bush.

    Back to reality for a second. Let's go deeper. Another version of the remarks, over at Iran Focus raises even more pointed questions that most of the MSM have chosen to ignore:

    "Today we can proudly announce that Iran has at its disposal the nuclear cycle from zero to 100... Any thought of aggression against the rights of the Iranian nation will be met with a lasting and historic slap from the people of Iran. The enemies of Iran know that they are not capable of harming the Iranian nation in the slightest bit from the outside. The enemies failed to prevent the Iranian nation from obtaining [nuclear capabilities] through political pressure, plots, and use of international organisations and today are plotting and trying to create [ethnic] divisions and despair to prevent the realisation of all of the Iranian nation’s rights." [emphasis added]

    What's interesting about this longer excerpt is the introduction of a third concept: the West (aka, 'the enemies') have failed - past tense. This is important in that it implies either facts on the ground (nukes already built and maybe already loaded onto missiles on container ships en route to Western capitals) or perceived empowerment - we'd guess both. Unfortunately we can't find a transcript of the full remarks. It would appear however, that the sequencing of the key sound bytes is consistent across many media outlets, as is the gist of the translations.

    The idea that Iran believes the West to have already failed in stopping their nuclear ambitions is reinforced by the recent actions (or rather, non-actions) of pretty much everyone in the international community, including the U.S. Although Iran has not rolled its armies across any borders recently (a technical, though hardly meaningful, point of departure from literal Hitlerian analogies in light of Iran's outsized influence in Syria and elsewhere), the state of mind that Ahmadinejad appears to be in is the same that possesses any leader when his aggressive actions have gone unopposed. If they didn't stop us from doing 'x', he thinks (and quite logically) then why would they stop us from doing 'y'? And if that's true, then why should we believe them when they say that 'z' is really truly their bottom line and it "will not stand"?

    In short, they are on a roll and they know it.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006

    Palestinians Behind Sinai Bombing

    Terrorists are the government in the Pali territories. These savages must be taken out. It's no wonder the world doesn't want Israel to leave the territories. The descent into violent madness would be occur with frightening speed.

    Rand said "the spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles." We have been compromising our principles for far too many decades to deleterious effect.

    Egypt: Palestinians aided Sinai bombings

    Palestinian extremists [is there any other kind ?- Atlas] helped finance and train members of the militant Egyptian group that carried out deadly attacks at Sinai resorts, Egypt said Tuesday, making a direct connection for the first time between militants on either side of the Egypt-Gaza border.

    The accusations could add to the troubles of the Islamic militant group Hamas, which leads the Palestinian government and is struggling with international isolation.

    The Egyptian claim made no mention of either al-Qaida or Hamas and did not say whether the Palestinians who helped the Egyptian militants belonged to any organization.

    Egypt's accusation also could fuel Israeli and Palestinian claims that al-Qaida militants have infiltrated the Palestinian territories.

    Some analysts say the Egyptian group that carried out the bombings that killed 21 people last month at the Sinai resort of Dahab were al-Qaida-inspired. It took the name Monotheism and Jihad, which has been used by groups linked to al-Qaida.

    The Interior Ministry said Palestinians helped the Egyptian group. It said three brothers who belong to the Egyptian group and helped plan the suicide attacks "made contacts with some fundamentalist Palestinian elements" before the attack and two of them - Ayman and Yousri Muhareb - went to the Palestinian territories.

    UPDATE: Pastorius from CUANAS and the brilliant alliance, Infidel Bloggers Alliance sent this intel over to me;

    Egypt as a New Front for al-Qaida

    Sinai_attacks

    Egypt is the cradle of Sunni Islamist radicalism, but since the Luxor terrorist attack in 1997, there has been no significant jihadist activity there. Now that appears to be changing. Is Egypt becoming a New Front for al-Qaida?

     

    Olmert Speech to Joint Session of Congress: Witnessing history

    And a reliable witness am I.

    Ehud Olmert  became the first Israeli prime minister in more than a decade to address a joint meeting of both houses of Congress. Before I describe this most impressive speech and the historic moment in US/Israel relations, a little background first.

    What a day. I was honored to have been invited. The experience more than exceeded my expectations. DC, itself, was glorious. Just beautiful. Crisp, sharp and regal. Such a great town, wonderful people. My favorites are the cab drivers, they are from all over the world and so happy to be here. Free, working, you know -- the American thang.

    I arrived at the south door, opposite the Longworth building where a small press contingency had congregated. I started chatting with an elegant gentlemen, and coincidentally the only other blogger invited to cover the historic speech, Paul Mirengoff of Powerline. I liked him, he gave good conversation and was equally surprised and pleased to be in attendance.

    Arriving at 8:40 am for an 11 am speech, gave me an opportunity to survey the press. Broadcast went off to a different designated area. The Israeli press was very clique-y, stayed very much to themselves. I  had the enormous pleasure of  extraordinary company. Uri Dan of The New York Post ((whose column I seldom miss), Paul and erudite Ed Lasky, The American Thinker (you could say Ed's a blogger too.). Uri Dan is a funny, funny guy and smart -- which makes him funnier. Of course the crux of the conversation particularly with Uri was the bonecrushing impact the blogs (no one likes that word anymore but I still think its cool. They prefer website, I say anything but that dirty word media) have had on the media and jihadi organs (my term) like the New York Times.

    Had a short chat with the reporter from al arabiya. His take on recent events was amusing --  referring to the violence between Fatah and Hamas as "not important," like a "family fighting," and that 'it certainly will not lead to civil war." Whatever, my family doesn't fight like that, but hey.........what do I know? It must be a cultural thing.

    Entering chambers was the great satisfaction. I looooved it. It was thrilling. Watching the Senators and Representatives mill about was wildly interesting. The wannabees working the higher ups on the food chain, the higher ups deigning who they would reward with their attention and conversation. I sat next to Dina, from Israeli TV (for Russian Israelis) and we shared the same politics. Not a suicidal lefty, of which Israel has many (too many.) She was as surprised by my politics as I hers. And so we dished.

    Kerry came in looking haggard (think Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend), spent and depleted (think Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas without the bravado.) Watching that man gave me great pause . That someone as incompetent and worthless as he might have been President, made me shudder. Slumbering, slobbering Ted Kennedy came in late and scribbled notes and nodded off during the speech. What a yutz.

    Hillary Clinton dashed (not quite but it was what she attempted to project - she can't really do dash) in at the last moment – very red carpet, very I am the star, a real diva moment. She thinks she’s President, or at least soon to be. Watching her watch the speech, she too was lackluster in her response and when she would bring herself to applaud it was almost in slow motion. As if her hands were weighted down with iron shackles. She has her agenda.And it ain’t pretty although her pink overcoat was rather stylish.

    Santorum came in, shook hands,  as did Corwyn, affable.... ..you know, plain, decent rational folks. It was most interesting to see the play, the dance, of the power players.

    Finally Vice-President Cheney (woo hoo) preceded Ehud Olmert into the chamber. A long, wonderful standing ovation greeted Olmert. It was good. And then he began.

    Olmert_ovation Distinguished members of Congress, I come here – to the home of liberty and democracy – to tell you that my parents’ dream, our dream, has only been partly fulfilled. We have succeeded in building a Jewish homeland. We have succeeded in creating an oasis of hope and opportunity in a troubled region. But there has not yet been one year…one week…. Even one day… of peace in our tortured land.

    The confrontation has become even more violent, the enemy turned even more inhumane due to the scourge of suicide terrorism. But we are not alone. Today. Israel. America, Europe and democracies across the globe, unfortunately, face this enemy.

    Over the past six years more than 20,000 attempted terrorist attacks have been initiated against the people of Israel. Most thankfully, have been foiled by our security forces. But those which have succeeded have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians…and injury of thousands --- many of the children guilty ONLY of being in what proved to be the wrong place at the wrong time. [Although I differ with Olmert here, they were guilty of being Jewish.]

    Olmert began to speak of the recent American victim of of this brutal and unremitting terror, Daniel Cantor Wultz, the 16  year old student from Weston, Florida, who went  to Israel to spend the Passover holiday with his parents in Israel.

    Sitting with Olmert’s wife in the chamber was Daniel’s parents and sister, Yekutiel, Sheryl, andOlmert_wurtz Amanda. Daniel’s mother had her hands covering her face, weeping weeping weeping. It was anguish, the utter despair, is beyond my poor description. The heart breaks.
    Photo right:  Top row Elie Wiesel, Sheryl Wurtz- second from left. Bottom row, Gray haired woman weeping Aliza Olmert (Ehud's wife).

    Olmert went on, defiantly;

    Let me state this as clearly as I can: we will NOT yield to terror. [Wild applause]. We will NO surrender to terror… and WE WILL WIN the war on terror and restore peace to our societies.

    The Palestinian Authority is ruled by Hamas – an organization committed to vehement anti-Semitism, the glorification of terror and the total destruction of Israel. As long as these are their guiding principles, they can never be a partner [wild applause]

    Now there was a group of sour faced nasty looking attendees, all seated together, they would applaud nothing, instead they grimaced and sat like  lemmings, lovers of evil.. I don’t know who they were, I suspect they are the same savages that voted against the terror bill, here but I will investigate further. It is frightening to know that people like this exist, people that would scowl at fighting terror-- and be legislators in what is the ‘greatest deliberate body in the world’.

    Olmert commended the Congress for initiating the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism act which “sends a clear message that the United States of America” will not tolerate terrorism in any form.”

    When Olmert spoke of Sharon, he met with thunderous applause. Dina and I were surprised but wildly gratified that the Lion got the much deserved respect and admiration.

    Ariel Sharon is a man of few words and great principles. His vision and dream of peace and security transcended time, philosophy and politics. Israel must still meet the momentous challenge of guaranteeing the future of Israel as a democratic state with a Jewish majority, within permanent and defensible borders and a unified Jerusalem as its capital – that is open and accessible for the worship of all religions.

    Amen to that.........I am sure he ran that by Bush.

    But Olmert 's official visit was dominated by Iran and the controversy over its nuclear potential. Iran's nuclear ambition "is hanging over this visit like a black cloud," said David Landau, editor in chief of the Israeli daily Haaretz . But he added, "Maybe this black cloud could have a silver lining."

    The silver lining would be a package linking Iran's nuclear threat and Israel's defense needs to the sea change in Israelis' attitudes toward occupation, which could spell further unilateral withdrawals from Palestinian lands after last year's pullout from the Gaza Strip. I asked Dina what the Israelis thought of further pullouts. She said they want it, they voted for it. They want to get out of there and stop the fighting and be done with it. Enough. But, I said, that won't stop the fighting. That won't stop the Palestinians. They'll never stop.  And Dina replied "that's what Sharon said."

    With the vision of Ariel Sharon guiding my actions, from this podium today, I extend my hand in peace to Mahmoud Abbas, elected President of the Palestinian Authority. On behalf of the State of Israel, we are willing to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority.This authority must renounce terrorism, dismantle the terrorist  infrastructure, accept previous agreements and commitments, and  recognize the right of Israel to exist.

    Let us be clear: peace, without security, will bring neither peace nor security.

    We will not, we cannot, compromise on these basic tests of partnership.

    Amazing statement............extending his hand to Abbas, too bad Hamas won the election. Terrorists are now the government. Sharon is in a coma. The realities on the ground have changed considerably since Sharon envisioned his disengagement plan. The funny thing is, now no one wants Israel to leave those lands, the "territories"  unilaterally. So afraid are they of the result.  al qaedastan perhaps.

    Olmert also spoke to "global warming." Hokey I thought, but I guess he knows his audience and he had to throw the leftards a bone. But even to that sour faces were stonefaced.

    A land with limited resources, eager to facilitate cooperation with the United States, Israel devotes its best and brightest scientists to Research and Development for new generations of safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly sources  of energy. Both our countries share a desire for energy security and prevention of global warming. Therefore, through the United States - Israel energy cooperation act and other joint frameworks, in collaboration with our US counterparts, Israel will increase  its efforts to find advanced scientific and technological solutions, designed to develop new energy sources and encourage conservation.

    On Iran, Olmert spoke forcefully, unequivocally;

    Allow me to turn to another dark and gathering storm casting its shadow over the world…

    Every generation is confronted with a moment of truth and trial From the savageryOlmert_speech of slavery, to the horrors of World War Two, to the gulags of the Communist Bloc. That which is right and good in this world has always been at war with the horrific evil permitted by human indifference.

    That for me was the quotable quote - the proverbial 'money quote,"

    Iran, the world's leading sponsor of terror, and a notorious violator of fundamental human rights, stands on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. With these weapons, the security of the entire  world is put in jeopardy

    A nuclear Iran means a terrorist state could achieve the primary mission for which terrorists live and die: the mass destruction of innocent human life. This challenge, which I believe is The Test of Our Time, is one the West cannot afford to fail

    The radical Iranian regime has declared the United States its                 enemy. Its President believes it is his religious duty and his destiny to lead his country in a violent conflict against the nfidels. With pride he denies the Jewish Holocaust and speaks   brazenly, calling to wipe Israel off the map.

    For us, this is an existential threat. A threat to which we cannot  consent. But it is not Israel's threat alone. It is a threat to  all those committed to stability in the Middle East and the well  being of the world at large.

    Mr. Speaker, our moment is NOW. History will judge our generation  by the actions we take NOW…by our willingness to stand up  for peace and security and freedom, and by our courage to do what  is right.

    Olmert_greeted_1 The international community will be measured not by its intentions       but by its results. The international community will be judged  by its ability to convince nations and peoples to turn their backs on hatred and zealotry.

    If we don't take Iran's bellicose rhetoric seriously now, we  will be forced to take its nuclear aggression seriously later

    Thundering applause, but still the lovers of evil sat stoic. The speech was a great one. The moment, enormously important. Cementing the bond. Olmert's address to Congress followed Tuesday meetings with President Bush that Bush said "reaffirmed the deep and abiding ties  between Israel and the United States. View the whole speech here. I understand the speech was broadcast live on all three Israeli television networks. Thirty eight outbursts bursts of applause and 18 standing ovations - the Israelis must have been kvelling.

    Photos: Getty, we were allowed no cameras, no cells, no blackberries, etc .

    UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal's take from their evening wrap;

    Should Israel conclude it has no legitimate negotiating partner in a Hamas-led government that refuses to acknowledge Israel's right to exist, his government would be forced to unilaterally impose a border in the West Bank. "We cannot wait for the Palestinians forever," Mr. Olmert told a receptive gathering of senators and congressmen, adding that "our deepest wish is to build a better future for our region, hand in hand with a Palestinian partner, but if not, we will move forward, but not alone." Israel won't be "alone" because of Mr. Bush's unexpected support for Mr. Olmert's border-drawing plan should the current "road-map" peace plan founder. Mr. Olmert's ideas "could lead to a two-state solution if a pathway to progress on the road map is not opened in the period ahead," Mr. Bush said. That came as a surprise to Israeli politicians and others who didn't expect any explicit statement of support from Mr. Bush.

    The prospects for further progress on the road map aren't encouraging. The Palestinian leadership has fractured since Hamas quite unexpectedly prevailed in recent parliamentary elections. Mr. Bush encouraged Mr. Olmert to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, affiliated with the Fatah party, but Mr. Abbas has shown little ability to tamp down militants in the past and Fatah loyalists are engaged in an increasingly bloody struggle with Hamas militants that some fear could trigger a Palestinian civil war. Late today in Gaza City, Nabil Hodhod, a Palestinian security official with ties to Mr. Abbas, was killed when his car exploded. It was the second attack on security commanders in a week. Meanwhile, masked gunmen kidnapped and shot three Hamas militants, killing one. Hamas blamed the incident on Fatah. The developments are symptomatic of a struggle that has been building and building ever since Hamas assumed power and is unlikely to end either quickly or tidily. Israel and other nations have placed sanctions on the Hamas-led government, and as the inflow of resources slows, the fighting in the streets stands a good change of getting worse. A civil war could also be a humanitarian disaster for the already poor region, and would deal another destabilizing blow to the Middle East that could send shockwaves far beyond the tiny Palestinian territories.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Olmert was also discussing Iran's nuclear ambitions with U.S. officials. He spent 35 minutes yesterday talking to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about the issue, and told lawmakers today that "if we don't take Iran's bellicose rhetoric seriously now, we will be forced to take its nuclear aggression seriously later."

    UPDATE: In related news;

    • Israel launched a series of actions against Palestinian terrorists, including the arrest of the head of the Hamas Military Wing in the West Bank and the targeted killing of Islamic Jihad's most senior militant in Gaza. [Full Story]

    UPDATE: Israpundit has insightful analysis from Belman here

    UPDATE: Remembered these folks later on. Harry Reid was very low key. Sullen.....almost clinically depressed, but, hey, I am not a doctor. Maybe he was still licking his wounds over his 'friend's'  editorial in his state's flagship newspaper, Las Vegas Review Journal. Or perhaps, that's just his look, Laurel (as in Laurel and Hardy, but with the reid doofy frown replacing Laurel's doofy smile.) McKinney got her old hair back - Heidi goes to Washington. Whattup with the braids girl? Next thing you know she'll be yodeling.

    UPDATE: The Israeli press did not see things quite as optimistically as I did. I will not back or deride OLmert's plan because I do not live there. I do not sit in the front row, on the front lines of violent extremism everyday. All I will say is he was not my pick here and to this very day, I didn't undertsand the Israeli election here and here. Sharon or no Sharon, he was quite out of the picture and Hamas was quite in the picture when the Israelis made their bed choice. They must live with it.

    UPDATE
    : Ed Lasky of The American Thinker wrote a brilliant, insightful piece on Olmert, the speech, America, the Jews, and world history  here. Read it all. Having met Lasky I can vouch for his take on world affairs. I loved the historical context of Lasky's piece.

    God Bless America: Olmert speaks to Congress

    Who should be surprised about the welcome extended by America? Since America’s inception, America has had a special place in its collective heart for the Jewish people, and now, for Israel.

    deep and widespread. The Founders believed they owed a debt to the Jews for providing many of the basic precepts that the nation was founded upon and for inspiring them in their efforts to create a nation. This was only the genesis of a long history of friendship and partnership.

    Many view this support as biblically ordained, for in the Bible it is written that God “will bless those who bless the Jews and curse whoever curses the Jews” (Genesis 12:3) and for the last two hundred years, America has indeed blessed the Jews. The Jewish people were the progenitors of Judeo-Christian civilization that has reached extraordinary success – whether measured in prosperity, justice, freedom or liberty – in the fertile soil of America. Had Prime Minister looked upwards from the podium when he deliver his address he would have seen directly facing him a relief of Moses. Moses, the founder of ancient Israel and the man who brought forth The Ten Commandments, the foundation stone of Western civilization.

    The United States has more than returned the favor. America has provided a haven for terrorized Jews from around the world, has protested pogroms under the Czar, facilitated the creation of Israel, crafted the Jackson-Vanick Amendment that was vital in permitting Jews to emigrate from Russia, interceded to facilitate the escape of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, replenished Israel military supplies after the surprise attacks by its neighbors in 1973, and in a myriad of other ways America has truly been a blessing for the Jewish people.

    In the concluding words of Prime Minister Olmert, “God Bless America.”

    G-d bless America, indeed. I gotta tell you. Standing in those chambers yesterday, I can not articulate how proud I was /am to be an American.

    Tuesday, May 23, 2006

    The Choice: War with a Nuclear Ahmadinejad or Without

    Jay over at StoptheACLU is blogging this latest dire development in the Iranian nuclear crisis. It is painfully obvious that Iran wants us to strike first. They are goading. Why?

    Iran conducted a test launch Tuesday night of the Shihab-3 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which is capable of reaching Israel and US targets in the region, Israel Radio reported. The test came hours before Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with US President George W Bush in Washington to discuss the Iranian threat.

    "What deters the enemy from launching an aggression is the resistance's continuous readiness to respond," Nasrallah told scores of supporters. "Northern Israel today is within the range of the resistance's rockets. The ports, bases, factories and everything is within that range."

    Dangerous development.

    You gotta love Bolton, talking to them like they are Kindergartners (Nuclear kindergartners) ...ok kiddies, you can stay and play but put down the nuclear weapons, NOW;

    Bolton: Iran regime can stay if ends arms pursuit
    John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that Iran's leaders could stay in power and improve their ties with Washington if they ended their pursuit of nuclear arms

    Islamic Terrorism Bill! Who Voted No?

    Cantor Statement on Hamas Legislation

    “Hamas kills. It murders. It maims. It orphans, and it robs”

    WASHINGTON, DC – Chief Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following excerpts today from the statement made on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 22 in support of H.R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act. This legislation, which passed the House today on a vote of 361 to 37, restricts U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority until Hamas rejects terrorism and accepts the right of Israel to exist.

    “Hamas believes that terrorism is a legitimate tool of political negotiation. Hamas does not hide from its endorsement of homicide bombings or its desire to use this tactic to achieve its goal of destroying Israel.”

    “Hamas kills. It murders. It maims. It orphans, and it robs. It blunts the future of innocents. It takes away the happiness of children, and it tears apart families. Hamas believes that this behavior is somehow acceptable. “Today, we must send a message to Hamas and President Abbas that the free nations of the world reject their desire to be recognized as legitimate leaders of their people.”

    “Mr. Speaker, today the United States House of Representatives sends a strong message that our government does not and will not deal with terrorists, nor in this Congress should we or will we allow American taxpayer dollars to fund terrorist activities.”

    “Make no mistake about it, the very freedoms that we hold dear are at stake, and we must never stop fighting this war until the last terrorist on Earth is in a cell or a cemetery.”

    Good man. Speaks to truth.

    How did your Congressman Vote on the Islamic Terrorism Bill? Debbie Schlussel gives us the 411;

    The bill--which was heavily opposed by the Islamist lobby in the U.S.--passed, today, 361-37.

    While we are no fans of PM Olmert and feel that his weakness and landgrab on behalf of Islamic terrorists only encourages more attacks like the one on Passover which claimed Wultz, we do support this bill. It has a number of measures we only wish our government would be forced to undertake. Until the Palestinian Authority takes serious steps to stop terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, has financial transparency, and a number of other reasonable conditions, the bill would:

    * Restrict all financial and other assistance to the Palestinian Authority;

    * Restrict all financial and other assistance to the Palestinian controlled-areas of the West Bank and Gaza;

    * Restrict monies to UN agencies and programs helping the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza;

    * Designate the Palestinian Authority as a Terrorist Entity;

    * Deny Visas for PA officials and prohibit them from having representatives in the U.S., including diplomats;

    * Target international financial institutions funding them; and

    * Prohibit any U.S. officials from having any diplomatic ties with Palestinian terror organizations (that one should have been U.S. policy long ago).

    So, which Congressman voted in favor of Islamic terrorism?

    The roll-call vote was recorded, and the following Congressmen voted NO to this (most of them are the usual loyal Arabs and anti-Semitic loons--like Kilpatrick, Conyers, Moran, McDermott, Kucinich, Dingell, and McKinney):

    Abercrombie [Hamas Lover]

    Becerra
    Blumenauer
    Capps
    Capuano
    Conyers
    DeFazio
    Dingell
    Doggett
    Eshoo
    Farr
    Gilchrest
    Grijalva
    Hinchey
    Jones (NC)
    Kaptur
    Kilpatrick (MI)
    Kolbe
    Kucinich
    LaHood
    Lee
    Marshall
    McCollum (MN)
    McDermott
    McGovern
    McKinney
    Miller, George
    Moore (WI)
    Moran (VA)
    Obey
    Paul
    Price (NC)
    Rahall
    Stark
    Thornberry
    Velázquez
    Watt

    The following Congressmen abstained (including Jesse Jackson's son):

    Carson
    Clay
    Davis (IL)
    Gutierrez
    Jackson (IL)
    Johnson, E. B.
    Payne
    Rush
    Watson

    The following Congressmen did NOT vote (including, conspicuously, Darrell Issa a/k/a "Jihad Darrell"):

    Brown, Corrine
    Camp (MI)
    Davis (FL)
    Doolittle
    Evans
    Ford
    Gibbons
    Higgins
    Hunter
    Issa
    Istook
    Jenkins
    Kennedy (RI)
    Larson (CT)
    Lewis (GA)
    McCrery
    Napolitano
    Peterson (PA)
    Pickering
    Poe
    Pombo
    Rehberg
    Ruppersberger
    Snyder
    Wicker

    Who is really afraid of Iran?

    Lee Smith, a Hudson Institute visiting fellow based in Beirut, is writing a book on Arab culture, writing in this week's Weekly Standard here;

    U.S. MIDDLE EAST policy is undergoing an identity crisis.
    The giddy days of roll-back seem like a distant memory now, as a president who staked his historical legacy on Arab democracy grants Gamal Mubarak an audience at the White House while his father's government is beating and arresting protesters in the streets of Cairo. Is regional transformation rolling up its tent? Have all the sticks turned into carrots? And why is Washington so thrilled at reestablishing full diplomatic relations with Libya? If it is to illustrate what benefits are in store for another prominent power in the region should it abandon its own nuclear program, then maybe there should also be a counterexample of what happens to dangerously intransigent Middle Eastern regimes. Because     Iran is looking increasingly unimpressed by the posture of the Bush White House.

    The White House has pointedly explained that Iran's nuclear program is a threat to     Israel, but Tehran is perhaps a more pressing problem for Gulf Cooperation Council members Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and especially Saudi Arabia. Speculations by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about post-Zionist geography are alarming, to say the least, but Israel has a nuclear deterrent. The Gulf countries, which in the past have shown neither the ability nor desire to protect themselves, depend entirely on the United States for their security. Read it all.............

    Media Won't Identify the Enemy that Dares not Speak its Name

    Malvo Says Muhammad Planned Bombings

    Malvo: Muhammad Wanted to 'Terrorize' the Nation

    The sniper shootings in D.C. - media negates the most glaring, obvious motive. Debbie Schlussel reports;

    Sniper Trial Media Whitewash: Are you Traveling Along "Allah 1"?

    The trial of John Allen Muhammad, the Muslim D.C. sniper murderer, is ongoing, with Muslim partner-in-crime Lee Malvo among the last witnesses testifying.

    Is this the religion of peace? Their actions said otherwise. But we note that not only do none of the news reports of the trial mention Islam (or call the snipers what they are: Islamic Terrorists), more glaring is that they do not mention one key point in FBI expert testimony, which our astute readers caught:

    The name the snipers chose for their route of killing, marked with skulls and crossbones to denote good potential kills, was called "ALLAH ONE."

    Yet, another pair of hijackers of their religion. Right? More like the other way around. Here's what the the "whitewashing press DID report: Case against Muhammad builds".

    Ignoring the glaring truth in these terror attacks makes developments like these all the more dangerous;

    German court bans data trawl for Qaeda "sleepers"

    A Moroccan man won a landmark legal victory on Tuesday when Germany's highest court set strict limits on the ability of police to trawl electronic databases at random in search of possible terrorists.

    The Constitutional Court said such data trawling, for example to identify foreign male Muslim students, was only lawful if there was a concrete threat to Germany or one of its regions, or a danger to human life or freedom. hat tip Bill

     

    Bill Clinton Endorses Gore

    Clinton Endorses Gore: Says Global Warming Bigger Threat Than Terrorism

    CLINTON: Why climate change is the most -- more remote than terror, but a more profound threat to the future of the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren I hope all of you have. (hat tip Rich)

    What a marooooon! That this clown was president for 8 years is really frightening.
    Islamic terror is the enemy

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    Earth day? Everyday is Earth day you silly rabbit.

    Democrats and enviro-loonies on space patrol aside, serious people here on earth know the recent NASA announcement dealt a major blow to the theory of Man-Made Global Warming (MMGW).

     

    Atlas Goes to Washington

    Posting will be sporadic as I make my way to the nation's capital to cover Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's speech to the Joint session of Congress. Woot! I am going as press, ain't that a kick in the head.
    Despite all ink and punditry I do not believe for one second they are talking convergence I don't think theWest Bank is the top of Olmert's U.S. Agenda Uh uh, they are war gaming Iran, IMAO.

    There is considerable concern that an American attempt to blow up Iran's nuclear reactors - like Israel's destruction of Saddam Hussein's reactor in 1981 - would be answered by Iranian reprisals against Israel.

    "Israel should know in advance if the United States is planning military action," the newspaper wrote.

    Olmert arrived in Washington on Sunday and was set for a working dinner last night with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He is scheduled to see Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld this morning and Bush in the afternoon. New York Post

    Evil is made possible by the sanction you give it. Hats off to Congress for withdrawing their sanction
    House of Representatives Set to Pass Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act

     

    Amnesty International Blames the Victims of Terror

    These guys are sick, mentally ill. What are they suggesting? That we don't fight back? Idiots that live off the freedom our military strength provides. BTW, this is the lead story on Google.

    Amnesty says brutal terrorism on rise as "war on terror" fails

    London (dpa) - Terrorism by armed groups reached a "new level of brutality and intensity in 2005" amid clear signs that the so-called war on terror was failing, Amnesty International said in its annual report published in London Wednesday.

    "Terrorism by armed groups is inexcusable and unacceptable. Sadly, the increasing brutality of such incidents throughout the world last year is a further bitter reminder that the 'war on terror' is failing and will continue to fail until human rights and human security are given precedence over narrow national security interests", said Irene Khan, secretary-general of Amnesty, at a press conference.

    Someone, get Irene a chador and a circumsion.

    The annual human rights report accuses the world's most powerful governments of playing a "dangerous game with human rights" by paralysing international institutions assigned to safeguard global security. (hat tip Steve)

    Safeguard global security? Is that what oil-for-food, UN pedophiles, terror enablers, and ineffectual UN/IAEA workers do?

    This is the lead story on Google. The lead story. Somebody tell them they ain't William Randolph Hearst. See my previous post, 'by their acts ye shall know Google' here.
    From the Reliapundit here

    IS LEFT-WING DOMINATED GOOGLE CENSORING NON-LEFT NEWS/COMMENTARY?

    Maybe. At least according to these SEVEN (7) reports I got from GOOGLING "google censoring" at GOOGLE NEWS.

    BLOG SEARCH at GOOGLE and put the same words in, and got 4.254 hits.

    IS IT PROOF THAT GOOGLE CENSORING NON-LEFTIST NEWS AND COMMENTARY AND TRYING TO COVER IT UP?!

    I'm very suspicious because history is replete with Leftist states which have done the same thing. And are doing it today: North Korea; Cuba; Vietnam; Syria; Iran and Zimbabwe. And the like. All ruled by Leftist regimes. Like GOOGLE.

    UPDATE: Flight delays! Should arrive in DC just in time for rush hour traffic.

    NO Amnesty International report would not be complete wihtout a good does of Jew hate and moral equivalency....some things never change here;

    Israel continued to build a "separation wall/fence" in occupied Palestinian land, restrict Palestinian movement in the West Bank which contributed to high unemployment and poverty, and conduct unlawful attacks routinely using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators, Amnesty International charged in its annual report for 2006 released Tuesday.

    The report also referred to Palestinian suicide bombings, shootings and mortar attacks "that were part of a pattern of war crimes and crimes against humanity" perpetrated by both sides.

    Lie.


     

    Yellow Badge of Denial

    Andrew Bostom hits the nail right on the head in today's American Thinker. The badge is not a Jewish thing. It applies to all non muslims and Jewish lay leaders (with whom I find myself increasingly at odds with, since they are so leftarded.) They are wildly mistaken. This is not the Yellow Star of David of Nazi Germany -- it's not just Jews, it's all non Muslims;

    “a political order from Islam and must be adhered to by the followers of Islam, and the goal [was] to promote general hatred toward those who are outside Muslim circles.”

    This “hatred” was to assure that Muslims would not succumb to corrupt, i.e., non-Islamic, thoughts.

    The dehumanizing practical impact of najis regulations were again observable at points of contact between Muslims and non-Muslims—wherever non-Muslims owned or operated businesses or manufacturing facilities whose personnel or products might “pollute” Muslims (see here, p. 137). For example (see this), shops that sold sandwiches or bakery goods (foodstuffs associated with minorities) were forced to display signs stating “especially for minorities.”

    Invoking the Nazis?

    Many people have reacted to these reports with a comparison to Nazi requirements of Jews to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothing. Major Jewish organizations, including both The Simon Wiesenthal Center (in an almost apoplectic statement by Rabbi Marvin Hier,

    “This is reminiscent of the Holocaust…Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis.”

    and The American Jewish Committee,

    “…the story, with its chilling echoes of the Shoah, is another heinous example of the Iranian regime’s contempt for human rights”

    have followed this rhetorical path.

    I sent my original background essay on this sad state of affairs to ranking officials in the Wiesenthal Center, and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Their responses were neither edifying nor reassuring. The Wiesenthal Center official acknowledged that my essay raised an “historical and Islamic context” which “factored in”, but was (apparently) trumped by this non-sequitur observation, i.e., the “…proliferation of Iranian websites and blogs that are appearing in the last two months that specifically embrace and promote  Nazism”. The official from the AJC rebuked me for even discussing “…legislation that to the best of our knowledge at this time does not exist.”

    In response I posed the following five questions to the AJC official (and they certainly apply to the Wiesenthal Center as well), which remain unanswered:

    • Why doesn’t the American Jewish Committee (AJC) discuss…what najis is, how najis (practices) have been restored under Khomeini (and continued under his successors), and thus why the initial report of “badging” was plausible?

    • Why didn’t the AJC include this clear statement from Prof. Laurence Loeb’s study of the Jews of Iran (Loeb lived there to do his anthropological field work) published in 1977, as appropriate background?

    [the] badge of shame [as] an identifying symbol which marked someone as a najis Jew and thus to be avoided. From the reign of Abbas I [1587-1629] until the 1920s, all Jews were required to display the badge

    • What does any of this have to do with “Nazism”?

    • Why can’t AJC and the other major Jewish organizations speak honestly based upon the real (and sadly living) history of such sanctioned Islamic doctrines—najis, the dhimmi condition, discriminatory badging, etc.—and their implementation for centuries (in Iran)?

    • What is to be gained by such denial and obfuscation other than further isolating us (i.e., Jews—I was writing as a Jew, albeit a “lapsed” Jew) as a tiny minority from the rest of the victims of jihad hatred (in this case the Christians and Zoroastrians also targeted by the putative dress regulations)?

    While memories of the Holocaust are fresher and more widely held than memories of traditional Islamic oppression of Jews, such comparisons should be avoided. To invoke the Holocaust blinds us to the far longer and much more deeply-rooted traditions in the Islamic world which predate the rise of Nazism by well over a millennium.

    In our struggle to defend our civilization and our freedoms, we must understand our enemy. Those who insist that anti-Semitism be seen exclusively through the lens of Nazism and the Holocaust divert our attention and hobble our understanding of the forces against which we defend ourselves.

    It is my fervent hope that I receive serious, informed responses to the five queries posed to the AJC so as not to squander this “teachable moment.”

    Monday, May 22, 2006

    CAIR: "A SENSIBLE WAY TO DESCRIBE TERRORISTS "

    CAIR, Council of Islamic Thugs and Gangstas and American arm of the Muslim Project just shot off this email to explain how to describe terrorists. These guys are serious.

    ISLAM-OPED: A SENSIBLE WAY TO DESCRIBE TERRORISTS
    The European Union will soon distribute new guidelines to its 25-member nations that recommend using "non-emotive lexicon for discussing radicalization." [dhimmis all - Atlas]

    EU officials say that the guidelines, which are not legally binding, will ask European governments to shun the phrase "Islamic terrorism" in favor of "terrorists who abusively invoke Islam." Other terms being considered by the review include "Islamist," "fundamentalist" and "jihad. [This is what the Bible means when it says "woe to those who call evil good and good, evil...Atlas]

    This first-of-its-kind effort to separate terrorism from its perceived roots is laudable. Associating the criminal enterprise of terrorism with the faith of 1.4 billion Muslims, 99.99 percent of whom will never come near any act of terrorism, much less use Islam as a justification for their crimes, is just plain wrong. [Where are they? Why don't they scream out against it? Where is this global movement? - Atlas]

    Unfortunately, all too often "Islam" and "terrorism" are juxtaposed in news reports and editorials. A word search on news stories published in major newspapers over the past decade shows that reporters are hundred of times more likely to associate Islam with terrorism or militancy than all other faiths combined. [Shocka! associating Islam with terrorism - Atlas] Such lopsided portrayal is indicative of deep-seated misunderstandings about Islam, and sometimes just plain prejudice. Surely all terrorists are not Muslim, neither are all Muslims terrorists.[The coverage is lopsided alright, but not in the way CAIR would have you think - Atlas]

    The 9-11 attacks brought home the horrors of a new form of suicidal terrorism. In order to eradicate terrorism, it is important to explore its root causes. [Bullshit, it's important to kill the terrorists -Atlas]

    More and more scholarly [one man's scholar is a rational man's terrorist - Atlas] writings are delving deeper into this issue offering us new insights. [It ain't deep, it's mass murder - Atlas] Robert Pape's book Dying to Win uses more than two decades of data to show the paucity of connection between suicide terrorism and any of the world religions. [Then Pape is intellectually dishonest - Atlas]  (MORE)

    UPDATE May 23rd: Today's FrontPage mag has more this clandestine terror propaganda organization here, CAIR AND ISLAMIC JIHAD

    Al Qaeda Selling Child Slaves "consign them to a life of misery in domestic servitude or in the sex trade"

    Sunday Times of London confirms this previous post;

    A SENIOR member of an Islamic organisation linked to Al-Qaeda is funding his activities through the kidnapping of Christian children who are sold into slavery in Pakistan.

    The Sunday Times has established that Gul Khan, a wealthy militant who uses the base of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JUD) near Lahore, is behind a cruel trade in boys aged six to 12.

    They are abducted from remote Christian villages in the Punjab and fetch nearly £1,000 each from buyers who consign them to a life of misery in domestic servitude or in the sex trade.

    Khan was exposed in a sting organised by American and Pakistani missionaries who decided to save 20 such boys and return them to their homes. Using a secret camera, they filmed him accepting $28,500 (£15,000) from a Pakistani missionary posing as a businessman who said he wanted to set up an operation in which the boys would beg for cash on the streets. More here

    For all those that dissed WND shame on you. Joseph Farah is da bomb.

     

    Russia Becoming A Muslim State

    Nothing happens for decades, decades happen in a day. Well not quite, but sweeping historical changes happen almost imperceptively. Islamic Russia;

    Paul Goble, a specialist on ethnic minorities in the Russian Federation has predicted that within the next several decades, Russia will become a Muslim majority state. There is another bad news with fast decline in country's population. This has already become a headache for Russian politicians and policy makers. President Vladimir Putin has called already for Russian women to have more children, because demographers predict that Russia's population will fall from 143 million to 100 million by 2050. This situation has alarmed Russians as well Western leaders, more so because analysts estimate that Muslims will comprise the majority group in Russia's population in few decades.

    [...]not only the number of Muslim population in Russia is on fast growth because the Muslim women have more than one child, but in recent years, a large number of Islamist NGOs are actively working in the country, which are playing desperate role in having very large number of newly converts in Islam from other religion. He further said, especially the atheist groups are gradually getting inclined towards Islam because of extensive propaganda and activities of the Islamist NGOs. Highly educated scholars are engaged in giving sermons in mosques and other public places on a regular basis, which is putting tremendous impact on the minds of the people, especially the younger generation. These Islamic clerics are even with suits and clean shaven face. They speak different languages fluently, which is a very strong point for them to attract the attention of already educated Russian people, who are in serious economic and social distress.

    He said, in contrary to activities of Islamist NGOs, there are virtually no or very few activities of missionaries of other religious faiths in Russia. Although the Islamist clerics and missions have their hidden and open missions in mind, from their faces and sermons, it is really difficult to identify anything. They initially spread the message of peace, and end up with the poison of religious hatred and jihad. These groups are even gradually capturing Russian media, through investments via Western countries, which are actually Arab money. They are even spending money in giving voice and strength to Muslim leadership, with the ultimate goal of taking over the power of Kremlin.

    Comparing the new converted Russian Muslims with Muslims in other countries, he said, they are more fanatics and their beliefs are deep rooted in their minds and thoughts. They openly pronounce that, the main reason behind accepting Islam was as salvage. Poison of hatred has greatly influenced their minds. They instantly take the example of Chechnya, where Kremlin forces committed serious massacre. In their inner thoughts, there is a kind of hatred for Russian leaders and for the non-Muslims, and they want to take revenge of Chechnya case. hat tip Brigitte  Gabriel

    UPDATE: Rick sent me Mark Steyn's "The Death of Mother Russia'"

    the following item, which appeared a century ago — 13 September 1905 — in the Paris edition of the New York Herald:

    Holy War Waged
    St. Petersburg: The districts of Zangezur and Jebrail are swarming with Tartar bands under the leadership of chiefs, and in some cases accompanied by Tartar police officials. Green banners are carried and a ‘Holy War’ is being proclaimed. All Armenians, without distinction of sex or age are being massacred. Many thousand Tartar horsemen have crossed the Perso-Russian frontier and joined the insurgents. Horrible scenes attended the destruction of the village of Minkind. Three hundred Armenians were massacred and mutilated. The children were thrown to the dogs and the few survivors were forced to embrace Islamism.

    in our more sensitive age the Herald Tribune’s current owners, the New York Times, would never dream of headlining such a report ‘Holy War Waged’, though the Muslim insurgents are fighting for a pan-Caucasian Islamic republic from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea.

     

    And in the long run it’s hard to see why they won’t get it, the only question being whether it’s still worth getting. Moscow has reduced Grozny to rubble, yet is further than ever from solving its Chechen problem. Moreover, the sheer blundering thuggery of the Russian approach has no merits other than affording Moscow some short-term sadistic pleasure as it exacerbates the situation. The allegedly seething ‘Arab street’, which the West’s media doom-mongers have been predicting for four years will rise up in fury against the Anglo-American infidels, remains as seething as a cul-de-sac in Pinner on a Wednesday afternoon. But the Russian Federation’s Muslim street is real, and on the boil.
    [...]

    So the world’s largest country is dying and the only question is how violent its death throes are. Yesterday’s Russia was characterised by Churchill as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Today’s has come unwrapped: it’s a crisis in a disaster inside a catastrophe. Most of the big international problems operate within certain geographic constraints: Africa has Aids, the Middle East has Islamists, North Korea has nukes. But Russia’s got the lot: an African-level Aids crisis and an Islamist separatist movement sitting on top of the biggest pile of nukes on the planet. Of course, the nuclear materials are all in ‘secure’ facilities — more secure, one hopes, than the secure public buildings in Nalchik that the Islamists took over with such ease last week.

    Russia is the bleakest example on the planet of how we worry about all the wrong things. For 40 years the environmentalists have warned us that the jig was up: there are too many people (see Paul Ehrlich’s comic masterpiece of 1970 The Population Bomb) and too few resources — as the Club of Rome warned in its 1972 landmark study The Limits To Growth, the world will run out of gold by 1981, of mercury by 1985, tin by 1987, zinc by 1990, petroleum by 1992, and copper, lead and gas by 1993. Instead, poor old Russia is awash with resources but fatally short of Russians — and, in the end, warm bodies are the one indispensable resource.
    [...]

    That's the danger for America — that most of what Russia has to trade is likely to be damaging to US interests. In its death throes, it could bequeath the world several new Muslim nations, a nuclear Middle East and a stronger China. In theory, America could do a belated follow-up to the Alaska deal and put in a bid for Siberia. But Russia's calculation is that sooner or later we'll be back in a bipolar world and that, in almost any scenario, there's more advantage in being part of the non-American pole. A Sino–Russian strategic partnership has a certain logic to it, and so, in a darker way, does a Russo–Muslim alliance of convenience. In 1989, with the Warsaw Pact crumbling before his eyes, poor old Mikhail Gorbachev received a helpful bit of advice from the cocky young upstart on the block, the Ayatollah Khomeini: 'I strongly urge that in breaking down the walls of Marxist fantasies you do not fall into the prison of the West and the Great Satan,' wrote the pioneer Islamist nutcase. 'I openly announce that the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the greatest and most powerful base of the Islamic world, can easily help fill up the ideological vacuum of your system.'

    In an odd way, that's what happened everywhere but the Kremlin. As communism retreated, radical Islam seeped into Afghanistan and Indonesia and the Balkans. Crazy guys holed up in Philippine jungles and the tri-border region of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay which would have been 'Marxist fantasists' a generation or two back are now Islamists: it's the ideology du jour. Even the otherwise perplexing enthusiasm of the western Left for the jihad's misogynist homophobe theocrats is best understood as a latterday variation on the Hitler/Stalin pact. And, despite Gorbachev turning down the offer, it will be Russia's fate to have large chunks of its turf annexed by the Islamic world.

    We are witnessing a remarkable event: the death of a great nation not through war or devastation but through its inability to rouse itself from its own suicidal tendencies. The 'ideological vacuum' was mostly filled with a nihilist fatalism. Churchill got it wrong: Russia is a vacuum wrapped in a nullity inside an abyss

     

    Euroweenies Extraordinaire, eh oui!

    They are denying it, but who could believe such scaredy-cats? We know what what magnificent liars they are. Who can forget France actually lying to us before the Iraq war. Bush and Powell were so taken aback when foreign minister Dominique de Villepin pulled the rug out from under United Nations negotiations on January 20, 2003, by announcing, apparently out of the blue, that France would never ever agree to using force against Saddam Hussein.

    Before the first U.N. vote in early November 2002 (actually, it was the 17th U.N. resolution condemning Saddam and calling on him to voluntarily disarm or suffer the consequences, which included his forceful ouster), Jacques Chirac picked up the phone and called President Bush at the White House, personally reassuring him that France "would be with" us at the U.N. and in Iraq.

    Ha! Paris pussies.

    FRENCH PAID BLACKMAIL $ FOR HOSTAGE RELEASE

    According to the [TIMES OF LONDON], Paris paid $15 million for the December 2004 release of journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot and another $10 million for the June 2005 release of journalist Florence Aubenas.

    $58 MILLION PAID FOR 9 HOSTAGES?

    LONDON: Details have emerged that France, Italy and Germany have paid terrorists a combined $58 million to free nine hostages in Iraq.

    Britain's The Times has seen documents detailing the hostage payments despite earlier public denials by each country's government that no ransom money was paid.

    The list of payments, held by security officials in Baghdad, has angered Western diplomats who argue the payments only encourage organised crime gangs to grab more foreign captives.

    The ransom money has freed three French hostages, three Italians and three Germans – despite denials at the time from the respective governments.

    Britain has refused to pay ransom money, leading to the death of English pair Kenneth Bigley and Margaret Hassan in 2004.

    The government in Berlin has not given details of how the release was secured for the three Germans held hostage in Iraq.

    Amid persistent speculation that ransom was paid, the head of the German Foreign Ministry crisis unit that handled the latest case said earlier this month that "the government does not let itself be blackmailed."

    "It is our clear principle that the government rejects ransom payments," Reinhard Silberberg was quoted as telling the Leipziger Volkszeitung daily.

    The Italian Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment on the Times report. However, the former Italian government of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi always denied strong speculation in Italy that money was paid to free Giuliana Sgrena and other Italian hostages in Iraq.

    Critics complain that paying ransoms encourages gangs in Iraq to take foreigners hostage.

    D'OH.

    Stop Giving Territory to Terrorists

    The Center for Security Policy today began a television advertising campaign concerning Israel's proposed surrender of most of the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem to terrorists like al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The ad [VIDEO HERE] recalls the consequences for Israel and for U.S. interests of previous Israeli retreats from southern Lebanon and theTerror Gaza Strip, and urges Americans' representatives in Washington to oppose further territorial concessions to our enemies.

    The Center's ad campaign is timed to coincide with the visit to Washington next week by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Mr. Olmert will be pitching his so-called "Convergence Plan" for the West Bank to President Bush in an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday. Among other activities during his U.S. visit, he will also be holding meetings at the Pentagon on Monday and addressing a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

    The ad draws on an analysis of the convergence plan authored by the Center's Senior Mideast Fellow, Caroline Glick. A summary of its main findings can be found by clicking here. Ms. Glick is also the Deputy Managing Editor of and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.

    IRAN: "The Student Fund for Demolishing Israel"

    Iran_myth4
    Cartoons here

    Iranian students set up fund dedicated to Israel's destruction.

    Encouraged by regime, students call fund 'symbolic move' in support of Palestinians Associated Press

    A group of Iranian students announced Sunday at an event attended by a high-ranking member of the elite Revolutionary Guard that they were setting up a fund to destroy Israel.

    Although the initiative's name - "The Student Fund for DemolishingIran_destroy_israel Israel" - brings to mind President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call last year to destroy the Jewish state, an organizer said its goal was to support the cash-strapped Palestinian government.

    Some 300 students attended the event hosted by a group calling itself the Movement of Justice-seeking Students at the University of Tehran.

    "This is a symbolic move to attract public attention to the Palestinian cause at a time when Western countries have halted financial support to the Hamas-led government," Javad Miri, the group's spokesman, told The Associated Press.

    Miri said the group was collecting money that it will send it to the Hamas-led Palestinian government. "When an elected government is in power in Palestine and Israel is pressuring it, everybody should help the Palestinians."

    'We are ready to support Palestinians by any means' (hat tip Geoff)

    Bring it on

    Iran_myth

    UPDATE: Olmert: Iran Close to Atomic Bomb Know-How
    Iran is just a few months away from acquiring the technological know-how that will allow it to build an atomic bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told CNN on Sunday. "This technological threshold is nearer than we anticipated before. This is because they are already engaged very seriously in enrichment," Olmert said. "The technological threshold is very close. It can be measured in months rather than years," he said.

    Sunday, May 21, 2006

    'Al-Qaeda in Palestine' claims attack

    It's always been about Islam. It's always been about religion. it's not about land. That piece of beach holds no oil, gold, or any other valuable resources. It however, holds the Jewish people. The world knows that getting the land is meaningless, it is getting the Jew that will be the victory for the forces of evil.

    'Al-Qaeda in Palestine' claims attack on intelligence chief

    PARIS (AFP) - A group calling itself Al-Qaeda in Palestine said it carried out a bombing against the Palestinian intelligence chief and threatened more attacks in a statement posted on the Internet.

    T "We declare our full responsibility for this operation," the group said in the statement, whose authenticity could not be independently verified. "Your mujahedeen brothers managed to place a bomb in the special lift used by the apostate Tareq Abu Rajab ... but were hasty in detonating the device which should have been triggered once the lift door was closed."

    There is that word again - apostate.

    Abu Rajab, overall head of the Palestinian intelligence services, was seriously wounded and his bodyguard killed in Saturday's blast in a lift at the services' Gaza headquarters.

    The Internet statement also threatened other "apostate" Palestinian officials Sunday, including moderate     Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas and the longtime Gaza strongman of his mainstream     Fatah movement, Mohammed Dahlan.

    A large bomb was discovered Sunday next to the Gaza City home of Rashid Abu Shbak, the overall head of the Palestinian security services, security sources said.

    A group proclaiming its loyalty to the Al-Qaeda network of     Osama bin Laden announced its formation in the Palestinian territories in a statement received by AFP on May 8.

    In March, the Israeli authorities announced that they had detained two Palestinians from the     West Bank city of Nablus late last year on suspicion of working for Al-Qaeda in the first such arrests by     Israel.

    Al-Qaida funded by Christian-slave trade

    No matter how the spineless, dickless left portrays the enemy "why do they hate us?"  - remember, this is the enemy.  And they would  grab your kid so fast your head would spin.

    Pakistani, American missionaries film purchase of 20 boys in sting

    Two Christian men – one an American evangelist and the other a Pakistani missionary – have exposed a senior member of an al-Qaida-linked group behind a trade in Christian children by going undercover and secretly filming their purchase of 20 boys, age six to 12.

    Gul Khan, a wealthy militant and senior member of Jamaat-ud Daawa, an Islamic organization declared by the U.S. State Department to be a front for another banned terrorist group banned in Pakistan for joining with al-Qaida in 2003 in an attempted assassination of President Pervez Musharraf, was filmed by a hidden camera accepting $28,500 from a Pakistani missionary posing as a businessman wanting to purchase boys to work for him as street beggars.

    The two Christian men hatched their elaborate sting after seeing pictures of the abducted boys, taken from Christian villages in the Punjab, the London Times reported. During the months the two developed their plan, the American evangelist, who runs a small charity called Help Pakistani Children returned to the U.S. to raise funds. He asked to be identified only as "Brother Dave," His Pakistani counterpart took on the identity of a businessman named "Amir."

    "We knew if we just purchased the boys, the slavers would just restock. We would be fuelling the slave trade," said Brother David. WND article here

    UPDATE: LGF casts doubt on this story here, questioning the journalists integrity. I am not so sure, I will do further digging but  human trafficking in Islam theocracies is part of their social fabric (ie the Sudan) and we know al qaeda has been  given safe haven to al qaeda in Khartoum. So frankly, the story has legs........

    UPDATE May 22nd: Sunday Times of London is confirming the story. I told you, slavery is the modus operandi of Islam. More of the story here, Sunday Times, London;

    A SENIOR member of an Islamic organisation linked to Al-Qaeda is funding his activities through the kidnapping of Christian children who are sold into slavery in Pakistan.

    The Sunday Times has established that Gul Khan, a wealthy militant who uses the base of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JUD) near Lahore, is behind a cruel trade in boys aged six to 12.

    Khan was exposed in a sting organised by American and Pakistani missionaries who decided to save 20 such boys and return them to their homes. Using a secret camera, they filmed him accepting $28,500 (£15,000) from a Pakistani missionary posing as a businessman who said he wanted to set up an operation in which the boys would beg for cash on the streets.

    Khan was observed driving from the meeting with a knapsack full of cash to the JUD headquarters at Muridke, near Lahore.

    The base was funded by Osama Bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader, in the late 1990s and the JUD’s assets were frozen last month by the US Treasury after it was designated a terrorist organisation.

    The US State Department declared the JUD a front for another organisation, Lashkar-i-Toiba, a terrorist group banned in Pakistan which joined with Al-Qaeda in an attempt to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf in 2003.

    Pali Savages Firing Rockets at Classrooms

    Give' em a State

    2-3 Gaza-fired rockets hit the Negev city of Sderot this morning. One hit an empty classroom while the students were praying in a different room, and another caused two women to go into shock.

    The first rocket was fired by Palestinian terrorists from northern Gaza shortly after 7:30 AM, landing at the Gevim Junction just south of Sderot. Two women were treated at the site for shock.

    Give 'em Jerusalem, shell zahov.

    Rupert & Prince sheik it up

    More bad news us. More whitewashed news and lies by omission. Remember when Saudi Arabia purchased 5 -6% of News Corp last year. It changed the way your news was reported. Yes it did. When satcaster Fox News described unrest in France last year as "Muslim riots," one phone call to Murdoch saw the banner changed to "civil riots" within a half half hour.
    Considering the limited sources the average American has to actual news (as opposed to the agenda driven drivel spewed by the propaganda arm of the Democratic party - the mainstream media) this latest development is most discouraging. Viva la blogs! The only place to get the news. More bad news here

    Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal is expanding his media ventures, but instead of investing in the West, the West is now investing in him.Saudi_prince_al_waleed

    Rupert Murdoch is set to acquire a stake in Bin Talal's Mideast media titan Rotana. The size of the stake and the coin have yet to be announced.

    Rotana is the dominant media force in the Mideast with six TV channels, the region's most powerful music label and a film production arm. Despite having lauched within the last two years, it already accounts for 50% of all Arab film production, with 22 pics produced in 2005.

    Rotana execs are in Cannes to world preem the first Saudi feature, "Keif al hal," in the market.

    Al-Waleed is the third-biggest shareholder in Murdoch's News Corp., and also has sizeable stakes in Time Warner and Disney. He hopes to use the media to bridge gaps between East and West.

    "It's part of an overall strategy to put Saudi Arabia on the radar and show the real face of Islam and Arabs to the West," he said. "We cannot accept or tolerate being stigmatized as terrorists forever. Culture has a big role in bridging this gap. It can show the West we are human beings like them."

    Murdoch is in negotiations with Bin Talal, reputedly the world's eighth-richest man, to buy into Rotana before it goes public sometime next year.

    The madness of financial support to a hostile Hamas

    From Thorton at Hanson's Private Papers

    Fig Leaf Diplomacy
    T
    he drama being played out between Hamas and the West grows stranger by the minute, exposing the cultural toxins that are weakening our resolve in the fight against jihad. The murderous aims of Hamas are clear, as their spokesmen and sympathizers do not hesitate to remind us. Nor is their commitment to jihad against Israel and the West a minority obsession of a lunatic fringe. Just recently the religious leaders of several Muslim countries issued a statement of support for the goal of Hamas to drive Israel into the sea: “The right to historical Palestine is an eternal right, and no soul can relinquish it, neither in an agreement, a document or a promise.” They added that nobody can ban “jihad for the liberation of Palestine” or “damn the jihadists.”

    And contradicting those Westerners who still believe the whole crisis is about Palestinian nationalist aspirations, a Sudanese cleric said, “Palestine is a religious issue, not just a political one, and affects all Muslims.” A representative for Hamas agreed: “This meeting has reverted the Palestinian issue to its rightful depth as an Arab and Islamic issue.” The upshot of the declaration is that there will be no “land for peace,” no recognition of Israel’s right to exist, no signing on to “roadmaps” or other desperate Western attempts to avoid facing one simple fact: Israel is the beleaguered Western salient in the frontlines of the war against jihad.

    Yet even as Hamas and the religious leadership of Muslim nations tell us their intentions, we Westerners refuse to listen. Instead of facing the existential threat to our way of life, we continue to wring our hands over the hardships of the Palestinian people, with the result that our refusal to allow Western money into the hands of murderers gets ever more wobbly. Despite the fact that Hamas was democratically elected, which means that a critical mass of Palestinian Arabs agree with Hamas’ aims, we seem to think the Palestinians are somehow being held hostage by some alien ruling clique. Having created the myth of large numbers of Palestinians willing to accept Israel and merely wanting a state of their own, we ignore the mountains of evidence — the Palestinians dancing in the streets after 9/11, the ubiquitous posters idolizing homicide bombers, the preschool pageants replete with three-year-olds wrapped in toy explosive belts — suggesting that such moderates are few. Nor will we accept that years of support for the corrupt thug Arafat, and now for the terrorist faction Hamas, reveal a widespread willingness on the part of many Palestinians to endure political, economic, and social dysfunction as an acceptable price to pay for holding on to their bitter hatred of Israel.

    The most absurd response to the cut-off of funds to these terrorists, who want to destroy not just Israel but us as well, is that we are “punishing” the Palestinians for their democratic choice. We forget that the flip side to democratic choice is responsibility for that choice. During our own Civil War, Southerners made a democratic choice to secede from the Union and test their right to do so by force of arms. The Confederate soldiers in the field were sustained in their fight by the moral and material support of their families back home, who wrote them letters of encouragement, held public rallies and celebrations honoring them, and worked on farms and factories providing them with food and weapons.

    General Sherman understood this dynamic between soldier and civilian, and conceived his March to the Sea as a psychological as well as military action: “I propose to demonstrate the vulnerability of the South and make its inhabitants feel that war and individual ruin are synonymous terms,” he wrote. So too in a letter to the mayor of Atlanta: “Now that war comes home to you, you feel very different. You deprecate its horrors, but did not feel them when you sent carloads of soldiers and ammunition, and molded shells and shot, to carry war into Kentucky and Tennessee, to desolate the homes of hundreds and thousands of good people who only asked to live in peace at their old homes, and under the Government of their inheritance.”

    As hard as life has been for some Palestinians because of their support for terrorists, continuing Western aid over the years, and continuing Western restraint of Israel at the expense of her citizens, have both propped up Palestinian society just enough to keep Palestinians from feeling the full consequences of their stubborn hatred of Israel and refusal to acknowledge with deeds rather than mere words Israel’s right to exist. So too has the West’s willingness to accept empty declarations and carefully hedged “condemnations” of terrorism on the part of so-called moderates like the terrorist Mahmoud Abbas. After Oslo was followed by the intifada, after the great refusal at Camp David, only the most deluded or naïve could fail to see the duplicity of these protestations routinely contradicted whenever Arafat spoke in Arabic. Agreements and summits and road maps were all mere tactical feints that had nothing to do with the permanent long-term strategic goal of destroying Israel.

    Yet here we go again, demanding that a terrorist organization make insincere, tactical statements so we can hang on to our pretense that a Palestinian state will solve the whole crisis, and that Israel’s refusal to sacrifice its citizens and its existence is the prime mover of Muslim discontent with the West. Apparently we didn’t learn our lesson from Arafat and the P.L.O., who did precisely what we are demanding Hamas do: pretend to accept Israel’s right to exist and to abjure terrorism, all the while that the strategic goal of Israel’s destruction continues to be pursued, with terrorism when tactically necessary. So far Hamas refuses to play that rhetorical game. Perhaps they think that with the U.S. engaged in Iraq and confronting a belligerent Iran, they have the opportunity to take a more aggressive tack. And no doubt they are banking on the European instinct for appeasement and its deep-seated dislike of Israel to shake loose the money that will continue to prop them up.

    And it seems their gamble will pay off. Fig-leaf mechanisms for getting money to the Palestinians are already in the works. The failure of Hamas to act like a legitimate government will be papered over with Western money, just as the Palestinian Authority’s failure and corruption were. Money being fungible, funds that should go to schools and hospitals and economic development will go to weapons, explosives, and the salaries of armed gangs. The contempt of the jihadists for Westerners, who will subsidize those eager to destroy the West, will grow only more intense, and their conviction that they will ultimately prevail will be held only more firmly.

    Saturday, May 20, 2006

    BY their Acts Ye Shall Know Google

    Do no evil? Google is evil. Check this out. New Media Journal (go over to the site) has been labeled a HATE SITE but Google considers Hezbollah's Al Manar a legit news sources? Who the fuck are they kidding?  (hat tip Cinnamon Stillwell).

    From: Google Help [mailto:source[email protected]]
    Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 11:56 AM
    To: NewMediaJournal.us
    Subject: [#58423255] Google News

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for writing. We received numerous reports about hate content on your site, and after reviewing these reports, decided to remove your site from Google News. We do not allow articles and sources expressly promoting hate speech viewpoints in Google News (although referencing hate speech for commentary and analysis is acceptable).

    or example, a number of the complaints we looked at on your site were found to be hate content:

    http://www.newmediajournal.us/staff/peck/05102006.htm
    http://www.newmediajournal.us/staff/stock/05082006.htm
    http://www.newmediajournal.us/guest/imani/04222006.htm

    We hope this helps you understand our position.

    Regards,

    The Google Team

    The google team of dhimmis -Atlas

    The fact is, all of the writers mentioned in the complaints are contributors to numerous other websites included in Google Search and Google News. Therefore, the targeting of The New Media Journal is selective and does not constitute a consistent policy applied to all publications by Google.

    urther, each of the writers have credentials in the subject area of radical Islam:

    Ms. Peck is a television host and columnist from Los Angeles who has spent an extensive amount of time in Israel and the Middle East. Although her viewpoint is entirely her own it is validated by of her first-hand life experience.

    Mr. Imani is an Iranian national whose family had to flee after the Shah was toppled. He has first-hand knowledge of the atrocities committed within that country and his viewpoint is validated by his life experiences.

    s. Stock validates her viewpoint through research of first-source material from think tanks and governmental agencies.

    Finally, The New Media Journal is branded on each page with a disclaimer that reads:

    Opinions expressed by contributing writers are expressly their own and may or may not represent the opinions of The New Media Journal.us, its editorial staff or its publisher."

    The editors at The New Media Journal leave it up to you to make the call. If you believe that we have been unfairly targeted by a “special interest group” that attempts to smother all criticism of radical Islam, if you believe that the spirit of the First Amendment is being trampled, if you believe this is blatant discrimination, we urge you to use the email address in the above response from Google News or call and fax them at (650) 253-0000 - fax: (650) 253-0001 to demand that they cease their politically correct censorship of The New Media Journal.

    Google Alert for: al manar

    Badging Infidels in Iran

    "Our aim is to make sure that every Muslim, wherever he or she happens to be on this earth, is a living and walking symbol of Islam," says Pourhardani.

    More on my previous post. Today's must read  Andrew Bostom piece in the American Thinker. Read it all NOW. This is not just about Jews, Ahmadinejad's has made previous  to "stop Christianity in his country," this is about all infidels.

    Badging Infidels in Iran

    The Iranian Majlis or Parliament has reportedly passed  (now disputed) a law requiring that, “Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.” An outraged Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Weisenthal Institute immediately responded to the provisions for Jews:

    “This is reminiscent of the Holocaust…Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis.”

    Such a comparison sprang to the minds of many.

    But Rabbi Hier’s statement and this general view ignore the immediate context—most glaringly, the simultaneous dress badge requirements for Christians and Zoroastrians living in Iran—and more importantly, the sad historical legacy of Shi’ite religious persecution of all non-Muslims which dates back to the founding of the Shi’ite theocracy in (then) Persia, under Shah Ismail at the very outset of the 16th century.

    A reflexive invocation of the Nazi era is ahistorical, and symptomatic of a general failure to appreciate either Judenhass or much broader anti-“infidel” (i.e., in this case anti-Christian and anti-Zoroastrian) motifs intrinsic to orthodox Islamic doctrine and practice—both Sunni and Shi’ite. The Iranian Parliament’s legislation reflects the profound influence of najis—a unique Shi’ite institution—not Nazism.....

    Professor Laurence Loeb’s seminal analysis of dhimmi Jews in Shi’ite  Persia/Iran (Outcaste- Jewish Life in Southern Iran 1977), documents the social impact of najis regulations, beginning with the implementation of a badge of shame [as] an identifying symbol which marked someone as a najis Jew and thus to be avoided. From the reign of Abbas I [1587-1629] until the 1920s, all Jews were required to display the badge

    Loeb emphasizes, “Fear of pollution by Jews led to great excesses and peculiar behavior by Muslims.”

    Conclusions:

    An ethos of infidel-hatred, including paroxysms of annihilationist fanaticism, has pervaded Persian/Iranian society, almost without interruption (i.e., the two major exceptions being Sunni Afghan rule from 1725-1794, and Pahlavi reign, with its Pre-Islamic revivalist efforts, from 1925-1979), since the founding of the Shi’ite theocracy in 1502 under Shah Ismail, through its present Khomeini-inspired restoration, since 1979.

    Having returned their small remnant Jewish community to a state of obsequious dhimmitude—including now, perhaps the full restoration of discriminatory badging —Iran’s current theocratic rulers focus most of their obsessive anti-Jewish bigotry on the free-living Jews of neighboring Israel.

    Former Iranian President Rafsanjani’s December 2001 “Al Quds Day” sermon  threatened, explicitly, the nuclear annihilation of this largest concentration of autonomous Jews in history. Current President Ahmadinejad has reiterated these threats repeatedly as Iran’s nuclear ambitions near fulfillment. But Ahmadinejad has also reportedly vowed, “To stop Christianity in this country” [i.e., Iran]  , and his recent “letter” to President Bush emulates the jihad war precept (originally formulated by the Muslim prophet Muhammad) of calling infidel powers—often Christian powers—to accept Islam, prior to initiating a jihad war against them.

    The Iranian regime’s words and deeds are authentic manifestations of the hatred of jihad. Whether directed against internal or external “infidels” this is a potentially genocidal animus which must be understood in its Islamic context without meaningless and distracting invocations to modern Western forms of totalitarianism, like Nazism

    UPDATE: At least they are denying it, or at least a Jewish member of the Iran  Parliament is here.

    Taheri's piece in the New York Post is a must read here;

    'There is no sense in a Muslim man or woman wearing something that is, in fact, an advertisement for an infidel designer or clothing merchant," says Pourhardani.

    Another aim of the new law is to abolish the chador, the overall piece of cloth that Iranian women have tucked themselves in for centuries. The reason is that the chador existed before the Khomeinist revolution and thus cannot be regarded as "properly Islamic." Women must wear clothes that would, in fact, transform them into advertising billboards for the regime's ideology.

    One remaining problem is to decide the age at which girls should wear the uniforms. At present, the hijab is mandatory from the age of 6. But some of Ahmadinejad's advisers want to reduce that to 4.

    What is already labeled "the Islamic clothes revolution" will not be limited to Iran. Tehran has already sent a team to Lebanon to inform the Hezbollah of the new law and train cadres to impose it on Lebanese Shiites.

    UPDATE May 21: Continuing reports questioning the accuracy of the badge story here . But lets not forget everything Iran has been calling for, the end of Israel, the end of Christianity in that acountry and the coming of the 12 imam. Let's not lose our perspective.

    Jew Hate, America Hate Speeches at UC Irvine

    Watch the VIDEO here. It is almost inconceivable that this is here in America, sanctioned by the University. If this virulent hate continues, America has no chance to stem the tsunami of Islam.

    The parade of radical, hateful speakers brought to UC Irvine this week were of the most extremist variety. 
    Their insults included "Israel the 4th Reich," "Holocaust in the Holy Land," "Apartheid Israel" etc. Statements made by speakers included historical mythology that continuously demonized Israel with a steady drum beat. StandWithUs staff were there, all week, supporting the local community of students, faculty and community members who chose to stand up to the hatred and misinformation. We collected photos and video footage. More here

    The last speaker, Imam Abdel Malik Ali, is a firebrand rhetorician who uses street slang to vilify Jews and to rouse his audiences to fight for the victory of Islam in America. “We ain’t gonna lose. We must implement Islam as a totality,” in which “Allah controls every place - the home, the classroom, the science lab, the halls of Congress,” he told a Berkeley MSA conference in 2004. Nor does he insist that this victory for Islam be done peacefully. “In America, you’re mostly fighting with your tongue. But you should also learn how to fight with the sword."His goal is to see Sharia law instituted in America, and he acknowledges that "There will be some poop-butts who will not want to live under sharia law and will leave.”

    It is unclear why the MSU invited such guests or how a public University justifies funding their speeches. But it is clear that these speakers will widen the divide between Americans and radical Islamists and between Muslims and Jews and that they represent the ugliest, fringe element in today’s culture wars. The MSU only marginalizes itself-and, unfortunately, Islam— by putting on such programs. Here

    Friday, May 19, 2006

    U.S. Muslim Leader, "9/11 Planned by Americans"

    Columbus, Ohio Muslim Leader Says 9/11 Planned by Americans, Praises the Wanted Al-Qaeda-Linked Yemenite Sheikh Al-Zindani

    "This scenario... I still believe to this day... This scenario still baffles me. I share the view of many Americans, French, and Europeans, who say that 9/11 could not have been carried out entirely from outside [the U.S.] - by Muslims or others. The confessions by some people could have been edited. But even if they were not edited, I believe that these people were used in a marginal role. The entire thing was of a large scale and was planned within the U.S., in order to enable the U.S. to control and terrorize the entire world, and to get American society to agree to the war declared on terrorism - the definition of which has not yet been determined.

     Dr. Salah Sultan is president of the American Center for Islamic Research (ACIR), a non-profit organization registered in Ohio and located in Columbus. On his website, he asserts that the main purpose of the ACIR is to "serve Allah (God) in the best way possible through the principles laid out in the Quran and Sunnah," to address misconceptions and extremism, to build bridges with non-Muslims, and to provide fatwas.(1)

    Sheik_majid_al_zindani

    There's more. The following are excerpts from Sultan's May 17, 2006 address on Al-Risala TV. TO VIEW THIS CLIP go here.

    Salah Sultan: "The film 'The Siege,' starring Denzel Washington, portrayed the Muslims in a very bad light. They are shown calling for prayer, performing the ablution, praying, and then planning multiple bombings - a government building, a security agency, the FBI, a bus carrying young men and women, adults and children. They bombed shops.

    "The film came out in April 1999. It paved the way for 9/11, since it was filmed in Brooklyn, New York. The truth is that immediately after 9/11, I said people should view these events in the context of 'The Siege,' because these events were identical.

    That movie would never be made now. Strange right? After 9/11, Hollywood would never portray the Muslims in a negative light - after 9/11.

    Yemenite Sheik Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani Praises Palestinian Suicide Bombers in a Hamas Fundraiser

    According to his online resume, Sultan's "vision" is: "To live happily. To die as a martyr."

    May it happen sooner than later,  propeller beanie be upon him

    Islam Gone Wild

    While the Jihadists' Return Worries Europe, European societies thrash about in the last throes of civilization (as we know it). From the Iris blog

    Today's news from Germany buries the fact that the gang rapists of a 13 year-old were likely Arab Muslim immigrants:

    I told you immigrant is the euphemism for Muslim. Remember this as you read news account so events surrounding Muslim violence.

    Shock in Berlin as Suspected Rapists Freed

    Nowhere is the news reported that this is part of a gang rape epidemic sweeping areas with high Arab Muslim immigration.

    As is the case with young Arab Muslims throughout the West, teenage girls are generally forbidden to go out, leaving separatist gangs of predatory Arab Muslim males with highly misogynist attitudes. Harassment of females has therefore exploded throughout the West, most shockingly demonstrated in the recent phenomenon of gang rape for sport. Listed below is the evidence.

    While these cases are primarily not related to the core group of committed Islamists within Arab Muslim immigrant populations, there is some "trickle-down" of attitudes so it is also worth noting the rape aspects of Jihad ideology as well: The Rape Jihad.

    Germany
    Shock in Berlin as Suspected Rapists Freed

    The youths, aged 13 to 15, allegedly attacked their victim as she walked home from school in the Charlottenburg district which is generally seen as safe area with low crime rates.

    While allegedly gang-raping the girl, the youths are reported to have filmed the sexual attack with a mobile phone camera. Media reports say the four later boasted about the rape to other school children and sent copies of the video to friends.

    Police who detained the four earlier this week have so far not found any film footage of the alleged rape. There is suspicion the video pictures may have been erased and mobile phones of the suspects are being analysed by experts in a bid to retrieve any pictures

    Adding to the potential explosiveness of the alleged rape is the fact that the four suspects are all the children of immigrant families, while the victim is German. The normally well-informed Bild tabloid said the suspects were two German-Turks, a German Russian and a German-Angolan.

    Federal police statistics released on Monday show non-German youths under the age of 21 were twice as likely to be crime suspects last year than German nationals of the same age.

    Officers in charge of the case are convinced the four youths carried out the gang rape and DNA tests are being carried out on sperm traces found on the victim.

    Given the brutality of the attack, there has been anger over a decision by Berlin justice officials to order the youths be set free. The 13-year-old suspect is too young to be kept in detention under German law, but the other three could be held.

    Berlin justice Senator Karin Schubert insists, however, that even youths suspected of violent crimes can only be kept locked up if there is danger they will flee justice.

    France
    Racial Gangrape: Another Diversity Disaster

    ...in more cosmopolitan centers like Paris and Australia, the game is blossoming. It consists in the ritual gang rape of white women by non-white immigrants....The ritual is known as a “tournante,” meaning “Take your turn,” and it consists of a black male becoming “friendly with” (seducing) a white female, preferably a teenager. Once they’ve become chums, the male lures the girl to a location where his buddies in the gang “take their turns” with her. In the case on trial in Paris, it was no fewer than 14 buddies. Unlike many victims of such fun, this young lady lodged a complaint with the police. As a result, she was gangraped a second time—this time, allegedly, by the 11 who went on trial in April....

    The incident is not isolated. Police investigations of similar rapes were underway in three other French cities, and one French magistrate says the game has been going on since at least the 1980s. “Their technique was to pick up a young girl—a white girl—and once she had become the girlfriend of one of the members, he would allow his mates to make use of her”

    France Takes on Plague of Sexual ‘Rite’ (scroll down to see)

    Kidnap Accomplice of Ilan Halimi Was Herself a Victim of "Tournante"

    Australia

    The Australian Sun-Herald reports that police data show that some 70 racially motivated rapes of young white girls, one as young as 13, by Middle Eastern immigrants have taken place in the last two years. “Fifteen youths and men have so far been charged with more than 300 offenses relating to matters since mid-2000 alone. They are all of Middle Eastern extraction. None of those involved is presently before the courts....those in Australia don’t seem to be part of a gang initiation, but they are nonetheless clearly racially driven. “Before being brutalized,” the Australian paper reports, “other victims have reportedly been questioned about their Australian heritage or forced to endure taunts about their attackers’ prowess.” But, like the rapes in France, those in Australia follow a similar pattern in which one non-white male becomes intimate with a white girl, whom he then delivers to his friends for sexual violation, beating and humiliation.

    See also: Racial Gang-Rape: The Sequel

    Sweden
    Muslim Rape Epidemic in Sweden and Norway

    ...doubling of the number of reported rapes by ambush in 2004, following what was already a decade of steadily increasing numbers of sexual crimes

    the number of reported rapes against children is on the rise. The figures have nearly doubled in the last ten years: 467 rapes against children under the age of 15 were reported in 2004 compared with 258 in 1995. Legal proceedings continue this week in a case involving a 13 year old girl from Motala who was said to have been subjected to a group rape by four men. (Note: These four men were Kurdish Muslims, who raped the girl for hours and even took photos of doing so).

    and Fjordman wrote of the epidemic of rape here;

    Swedish girls Malin and Amanda were on their way to a party on New Year's Eve Sweden_rape_1 when they were assaulted, raped and beaten half to death by four Somali immigrants. Sweden's largest newspaper has presented the perpetrators as "two men from Sweden, one from Finland and one from Somalia", a testimony as to how bad the informal censorship is in stories related to immigration in Sweden. Similar incidents are reported with shocking frequency, to the point where some observers fear that law and order is completely breaking down in the country. The number of rape charges in Swedenhas tripled in just above twenty years. Rape cases involving children under the age of 15 are six - 6 - times as common today as they were a generation ago. Most other kinds of violent crime Instability is spreading to most urban and suburban areas.

    Norway

    Rape charges in the capital are spiraling upwards, 40 percent higher from 1999 to 2000 and up 13 percent so far this year. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen of Oslo's Vice, Robbery and Violent crime division says the statistics are surprising - the rising number of rape cases and the link to ethnic background are both clear trends....While 65 percent of those charged with rape are classed as coming from a non-western background, this segment makes up only 14.3 percent of Oslo's population. Norwegian women were the victims in 80 percent of the cases, with 20 percent being women of foreign background.

    Denmark

    Alarmed at last week's police statistics, which revealed that in 68% of all rapes committed this year the perpetrator was from an ethnic minority, leading Muslim organisations have now formed an alliance to fight the ever-growing problem of young second and third-generation immigrants involved in rape cases against young Danish girls.

    See also: Copenhagen Mufti Declares Women who Refuse to Wear Headscarves are "Asking for Rape"

    Continue reading "Pan-European Arab Muslim Gang Rape Epidemic"

    JIHADIS RETURN TO EUROPE

    The Jihadis are fleeing Iraq because the US has kicked their ass and they have lost. Where to go? EUROPE! Where they have capitulated to the Muslim's every demand.
    Why in G-d's name would any country In Europe allow these murdering savages back in? Europe is a tinderbox...........and suicidal

    Jihadists' Return Worries Europe
    The return of Europe's jihadists from Iraq is giving the Continent's intelligence services nightmares. Last October, Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr warned that intercepted correspondence between Abu Musab Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and other figures in the movement had revealed a decision to send large numbers of Islamist volunteers back to their countries of origin to wage holy war. Baltazar Garzon, a Spanish judge who has led inquiries into al-Qaeda in Spain, said last week that large numbers of veterans of the Iraqi jihad were returning to Europe. "Infrastructures are being put in place to accommodate them," he added.
        Claude Moniquet, director of the Brussels-based European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center, estimates that there are "several hundred" former fighters from Iraq in Western Europe and says they are "potentially very dangerous."

    "Given the high motivation and the youth of these Iraqi volunteers, the risk that they will start to commit terrorist acts on European soil is very real," he said.

    IRAN: Jews, Christians Must Wear "Special Badges"

    Ahmadinejad has vowed, “To stop Christianity in this country” [i.e., Iran] here and his recent “letter”  to President Bush emulates the jihad war precept (originally formulated by the Muslim prophet Muhammad) of calling infidel powers—often Christian powers—to accept Islam, prior to initiating a jihad war against them. hat tip Andrew.

    Make no mistake, this is not about Joooooooos. This is against all non Muslims and non practicing Muslims. The yellow badge is back.

    Star A yellow badge, also referred to as a Jewish badge, is a mandatory mark or a piece of cloth of specific geometric shape, worn on the outer garment in order to distinguish a Jew. Jews in Germany were forced to wear these yellow badges.

    The color yellow had been maligned since feudal times. Horses that were yellowish were considered worthless throughout society (as seen in the obsolete phrase, to curry Fauvel, a conventional name of a yellow horse). All other colors were used by knights on their shields, so yellow was left to brand the Jews.

    IRAN EYES BADGES FOR JEWS AND CHRISTIANS

    Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.Yellow_star_of_david"

    Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."

    The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

    Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.hat tip Jay

    The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has written to Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, protesting the Iranian law and calling on the international community to bring pressure on Iran to drop the measure.

    Sorry, the only think I expect Kofi Annan to do is turn on the ovens - or in this case, help Iran secure the  A bomb.

    Bostom wrote of this back in July "The Ayatollahs’ Final Solution?" Read it

    Just for knowing, this is not new to Islam. Going back to the year 717.........

    • 717 Caliph Omar II orders both Jews and Christians to wear a distinguishing mark. [1]
    • 807 Persia Abbassid Caliph Harun al-Rashid orders Jews to wear yellow belt, blue for Christians.
    • 853 Caliph Al-Mutavallil of Persia issues a yellow badge edict.
    • 1005 Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim orders Jews of Egypt and the Land of Israel to wear bells on their garments and "golden calf" (made of wood) around the neck. In 1301, they were obliged to wear yellow turbans.
    • 1121 A letter from Baghdad describes decrees regulating Jewish clothes: "two yellow badges, one on the headgear and one on the neck. Furthermore, each Jew must hang round his neck a piece of lead with the word dhimmi on it. He also has to wear a belt round his waist. The women have to wear one red and one black shoe and have a small bell on their necks or shoes." (Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews, p.204)

    UPDATE: And if I may issue a stern warning for these Jew haters. They are coming for you too. You too will wear a badge!

    The Presbyterians are calling upon their allies.

    A main focus of the conference was encouraging "divestment" (which was also called "morally responsible investment") campaigns against Israel.  Speakers stressed that it was "now more important than ever" for Western sympathizers to move from mere pro-Palestinian pronouncements to such concrete action.  Ateek enthused that movements for Israel divestment were afoot in the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ (UCC), a couple Roman Catholic religious orders, the United Church of Canada, the Methodist Church of Great Britain, and the WCC.  He reported that after the 2004 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adopted its controversial resolution to divest from selected companies doing business in Israel, Sabeel sent an appeal to other Western church leaders encouraging them to take similar action.  However, Ateek admitted to being greatly worried that churches would back away from divestment under pressure from opponents, as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was already "under great attack" for its divestment measure.

    Who is really under attack here fellas? huh?

    UPDATE: Bruce says "Laugh at me all you want, but I keep a bag of jewels and dual-nationality passports for my wife and children to help them if they ever need to and can escape a pogrom here in the United States. I grew up among many, far too few, who managed to escape from Europe in the ‘30’s and ‘40’s, through perseverance, cunning, and luck. Very few survived due to Allied intervention or rescue."

    I am not laughing Bruce, I am not laughing.

    UPDATE: Iranian expatriates insist that the "National Uniform Law" authorized by the Iranian parliament a few days ago, which is aimed at getting “Western” style clothing off the streets and advancing more traditional “Islamic” attire, also includes a clause obligating Iranian Jews to wear a yellow ribbon.

    Despite a report in a Canadian newpaper that the badge story may not be accurate I will not retract it. Because it is the objective of Iran, the objective of Islam to convert all non Muslims  to Islam or die  (or live as dhimmis.)

    Ahmadinejad's has made numerous declarations to wipe Israel off the map" and to "stop Christianity in his country." So why split hairs here?

    Thursday, May 18, 2006

    Chavez and Livingstone, Dance of Evil

    In the continuing alienation of the Brits from America, the grave implications  of which Melanie Phillips could not stress strongly enough yesterday, Ahmadinejad's lover, Hugo Chavez met with know Jew hater and communist, London mayor Livingstone (Atlas reades are familiar with his malevolence here and most assuredly here) for a Hate America fest. I have long contended that anti-America  coalition is a Jew hating one. It's about values.

    The two ideologies exhibit similar pathologies, appeal to similar constituencies, and are manipulated for similar purposes. They are, in reality, two sides of the same counterfeit coin, as Natan Sharansky has long argued. More here

    I outline the struggle between good and evil.

     

    Chavez_livingstone

        If anybody doubts the depths of anti-Americanism to which those who dominate the public square in Britain have sunk, consider the case of Hugo Chavez. The Venezuelan president came to London this week on a very public “private” visit, ostensibly to talk to oil companies and to offer cheap fuel for the poor, but in reality to pursue his propaganda offensive against the United States. Mr. Chavez is riding the wave of anti-Americanism that still shows no sign of breaking.

        Brits flatter themselves that they know more about the world than Americans, but it was a British prime minister (Neville Chamberlain) who notoriously justified his policy of appeasement as the solution to “a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing.”

        Americans know what to expect from Mr. Chavez. Condoleezza Rice has warned against his “Latin brand of populism that has taken countries down the drain,” but the only thing Britons know about Mr. Chavez — in the unlikely event that they have heard of him at all — is that he hates President Bush.     At a carefully staged “rapturous reception” at City Hall on Monday, the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, embraced his charismatic guest,basking in reflected notoriety.Mr.Chavez seems unfamiliar with the British habit of understatement. In the course of one rambling speech, he described Mr. Bush as “the biggest perpetrator of genocide the world has known … an assassin … the worst criminal in the human race … an immoral man who should be put in jail by an international court.”

        Mr. Chavez reserved his particular venom for American policy in the Middle East, warning of a nuclear war between Iran and Israel.War with Iran would result in an oil price hike to $100 a barrel that would impoverish the West and cause people in London to die in winter, according to the Venezuelan president.     Bashing Bush alone is enough to endear him to the likes of Mr. Livingstone. But there is also a sentimentality where Latin American demagogues are concerned that is bound up with the socialist youth of the Sixties Generation. Once they had Che Guevara posters on their walls, demonstrated about Chile, and sent money to the Sandinistas. Even now, they still read Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende; they still buy fair trade coffee from Nicaragua, and, 10 years ago, they exulted when the aged Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London.

    At a rally on Sunday in the Camden district of North London, these aging revolutionaries were out in force, led by B-list celebrities such as Bianca Jagger. Mr. Livingstone praised Mr. Chavez as the only man capable of taking on the “gangster regime” in Washington. New York Sun

    Note to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Come on in, the water's fine

    First take a look at PeakTalk for a magnificent post about the resentment that success and ambition usually generate in The Netherlands. So first and formost, we have a dish of schadenfreude served piping hot.

    Israpundit observes Holland: A Nation of Cowards, the Streetwalker of Europe

    Ayaan_hirsi_aliThe Dutch were once a courageous and admirable people who fought their Spanish oppressors and then vied with Great Britain for dominion over the seas. The days of William of Orange and Admiral DeRuyter are long gone, though. As shown by their reaction to physical threats to Member of Parliament Hirsi Ali, the Dutch are now a nation of contemptable cowards who deserve to be collectively raped and trampled under foreign [Islamic] bootheels.

    We have already shown that physical cowardice is an Arab cultural trait, and that the Dune Goon prefers to get its way by lying and treachery (e.g. hudnas or phony truces). Honor was once so important to Europeans that anyone who called himself a gentleman and any nation that considered itself a gentleman in the community of nations felt obliged to fight to preserve it. Here, for example, is what the Polish magnate Jarema Wisniowiecki said of Poland’s negotiations with Cossacks who had slaughtered Polish citizens, raped Polish women, and looted and burned Polish property.

    Then go over toLiberty and Justice (scroll down on that long post).  Michael wrote to tell me  Planet Internet reports that VVD and CDA will support the D66 attempt to grant AHA Dutch citizenship after all.

    So the Dutch have deigned to give a reprieve to Ayaan Al Hirsi. They threw her out, and coming on the heels of condemnation by the West have have had a change of heart. Well I say fcuk 'em. She's too good for them. They don't deserve her. She belongs in the Big Apple.....home to the world's most famous dissident asylum seekers. Reliapundit says "if she can't get a US visa, then Bush and Congress should confer citizen status on her AT ONCE. She would be in fitting company: Winston Churchil, Raoul Wallenberg, Mother Teresa, Lafayette, and The Penns - (NOT Sean and Robin, but the Founders of Pennsylvania!)" and Oriana Fallaci .........

    Across Europe, dozens of people are now in hiding or under police protection because of threats from Muslim extremists. Dutch police say politicians reported 121 death threats last year. The number this year will likely be much higher. Geert Wilders, a right-wing member of parliament who also lives in a high-security apartment owned by the state, says he has received 120 menacing emails and letters since January. One of the latest reads: "Oh you cursed infidel! Don't think you are safe from our mighty organization....It is our wish to kill you by decapitation. Your infidel blood will flow freely on cursed Dutch streets!"

    In Germany, several researchers, journalists and members of Parliament receive police protection because of threats by radical Muslims. Hans-Peter Raddatz, an Islamic-studies expert under police protection, recently moved to the U.S.

    Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, is also mulling a move to America, at the urging of friends and security contacts. He set off a global storm by publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Twelve Danish cartoonists who drew the caricatures are staying out of public for fear of attack.

    "I think it is very dangerous to give in to intimidation, because it sends a signal: If you threaten enough, we will do as you please," says Mr. Rose. More here in todya's WSJ

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    Cartoon: Cox and Forum via A blog for all

    "Once this lady leaves, the problem is no longer there," says Ger Verhagen, a retired executive who owns a place two floors above the hunted politician. He says he has nothing personal against Ms. Hirsi Ali. But along with other residents, he wants to banish the fears stirred by the proximity of Holland's most acid -- and most frequently threatened -- critic of Islam. More here

    Mind you, these are the very same Dutchmen that expressed shock! horror! outrage! when Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered for directing Hirsi Ali's screenplay "Submission." The "woke up", they were taking their country back!

    On the morning of Nov. 2 in a busy street in east Amsterdam, a 26-year-old Dutch Moroccan named Mohammed Bouyeri pulled out a gun and shot controversial filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was riding a bike to his office. Van Gogh hit the ground and stumbled across the street to a nearby building. He didn't make it. As the Moroccan strode toward him, van Gogh shouted, "We can still talk about it! Don't do it! Don't do it." But the Moroccan didn't stop. He shot him again, slit vanAyaanhirsiali01 Gogh's throat and stuck a letter to his chest with a knife. He was slaughtered like an animal, witnesses said. "Cut like a tire," said one.Van Gogh, the Dutch master's       great-grand-nephew, was 47 years old.

    The letter pinned to van Gogh's chest contained accusations aimed not at him but at Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a    Somali refugee and liberal parliamentarian, who for years has been fighting for women's rights in the Netherlands' widespread Islamic community. Earlier this year, Hirsi Ali and van Gogh had made "Submission," a short fiction film that was shown on Dutch public television. In the film, a Muslim woman is forced into an arranged marriage, abused by her husband, raped by her uncle and then brutally punished for adultery. Her body, visible through transparent garments, shows painted verses from the Koran. The film, van Gogh said in a TV interview, was "intended to provoke discussion on the position of enslaved Muslim women. It's directed at the fanatics, the fundamentalists.

    Written in Dutch, the bloody letter called Hirsi Ali an "infidel fundamentalist" who "terrorizes Islam" and "marches with the soldiers of evil." With her "hostilities," she "unleashed a boomerang and it's just a matter of  time before this boomerang will seal your destiny." In capital letters it said: "AYAAN HIRSI ALI, YOU WILL SMASH YOURSELF ON ISLAM!" The letter ended with a kind of chant: "I know for sure that you, O America, are going to meet with disaster. I know for sure that you, O Europe, are going to meet with disaster. I know for sure that you, O Holland, are going to meet with disaster."More here, toon here

    "She spits in the face of all Muslims," says Jan Schoonenboom, the head of a [Dutch] government-sponsored research project on Islam. He says he regrets the eviction campaign but says she's partly to blame for stirring Muslim anger. In April, his think tank, the Scientific Council for Government Policy, issued a report that found no fundamental clash between Islamic and Western values and condemned a "climate of confrontation and stereotypical thinking." The Council, which helps set Dutch policy, urged Holland and other European countries to reach out to Islamist groups abroad that have been involved in terrorism, such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Steven writes,

    about 10 years ago, I had a summer share in the Hamptons. The house on the corner was guarded by policemen 24 hours a day. It turned out to be the summer home of the judge in the first World Trade Center bombing case.

    Nobody felt imposed upon. The issue never came up. And there was no resentment towards the judge for potentially attracting violence. It just was not an issue, not for the summer guests, not for the home owners, nobody.

    I know it is not exactly the same situation, but it is close enough. I don't think what happened to Hirsi Ali in the Netherlands would not happen here.

    UPDATE: from Peaktalk;

    What to say? It is a moral victory for our embattled heroine that much is certain, but at this point it is of course of little help to her. As she mentioned during her press conference yesterday, it was the court ruling that led to the eviction from her apartment a few weeks back that forced her decision to resign from parliament and leave the lowlands in search for greener pastures overseas. Upon joining AEI she will most likely be in a position to apply for US citizenship and consider her Dutch passport as a tainted relic that will forever remind her of her dreadful last few months in The Netherlands.

    For Verdonk, the story is truly extraordinary, and not exactly in a positive sense. She gambled that a tough stance vis-à-vis Ayaan would pay her political dividends in the leadership race for her party, but the gamble failed to pay off. Not only were the motions against her actions supported by a wide spectrum of the Dutch left and right, during the debate she also lied about certain issues according to writer Leon de Winter on Dutch TV last night. A group of Dutch celebrities published an open letter yesterday in which they stated “we are embarrassed about our own country”, and if you read it, it is patently clear that – without mentioning her name – the finger is pointed directly at the erstwhile Dutch 'iron lady'. hat tip tOm p

    UPDATE: Robert Spencer, godfather of Islamic Scholars weighs in on Holland's Cassandra;

    Certainly there will be no more Cassandra voice in the Dutch Parliament warning of the threat Sharia poses to human rights and the equality of dignity of all people. And so much the worse for the Dutch Parliament and Dutch society. Hirsi Ali’s foes will find that the crocodile to which they have thrown their most prominent politician will come for them next. Hirsi Ali herself, meanwhile, has announced her intention to come to the United States to work with the American Enterprise Institute. Europe’s loss is America’s gain, but this is no occasion for rejoicing by Americans; Hirsi Ali’s ejection from Holland will before too long be seen as one significant step closer to the extinguishing of the light not only in that country, but in all of Europe.

    UPDATE: Check out "The Princess from Somalia" here from Radio Netherlands

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    UPDATE: G-d bless America

    Hirsi Ali  welcome in US: Zoellick

    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Somali-born lawmaker who may lose her Dutch citizenship because she lied on her asylum application is welcome to move to the United States, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said on Thursday.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of Islam, said earlier this week she was resigning and leaving the Netherlands after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, a member of her own VVD liberal party, told her she might lose her Dutch passport.

    Hirsi Ali has been offered a job by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington-based think tank, and according to media reports had been in negotiations with two other U.S. institutes.

    Zoellick, on a visit to the Netherlands, told journalists Hirsi Ali would be admitted to his country.

     

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

    Melanie Phillips:"Disintegration not Integration"

    Made my way into town today to meet and listen to  Melanie Phillips, author of the most compelling book on Islamic fundamentalism, violence and intimidation in the West,Melanie_phillips_011_1 Londonistan.

    It was a small elegant lunch given by the Middle East Forum. I was secretly pleased to be meeting a great intellect and truth teller, a woman  I greatly admire,  in  the most magnificent edifice in all New York - The majestic Chrysler Building. Mmmmm.........pure, brilliant,  style.

    When I worked at the Daily News, another glorious monument to man's aesthetic, I would walk that block to admire Chrysler's beauty, never tiring of it. And still, it rises seductively, gorgeously, singularly into that competitive Manhattan sky, and you have to pause and bask in its unabashed exquisiteness. I love that building.

    It is a beautiful day in Manhattan and there is  a wistfulness in my joy. Always the same sadness. These beautiful days are eerily reminscent of September 11th, and I never shake that feeling. Never.

    The terrorist attacks in July 2005 exposed the UK's role as the European epicenter in the promoting, recruiting, and financing of terrorism - and explains why those in the know have given London the moniker "Londonistan."

    Melanie_phillips_013 In her book Londonistan , Melanie Phillips exposes the scandalous appeasement of radical Islam by the British government, media, and the Church of England, and demonstrates how their actions have paved the way for radical Islam to set up shop in the UK’s capital city. She further explains how the dangers of "Londonistan" apply not just to Britain, but also to the United States.

    A prominent British journalist and author of six books, Melanie Phillips has written extensively on British politics and culture. Educated at Oxford, her writings have appeared in such venues as the Guardian, the Observer and the Sunday Times, and she is the recipient of the Orwell Prize for journalism. She currently writes a weekly column for London’s Daily Mail.


    I was fortunate enough to ride up that wonderful art deco elevator with the erudite Deputy Consul-General for the British Consulate and so we chatted, dined and debated the impending ramifications of Radical Islam gone wild. Jon does not appear to be quite as worried as yours truly. Sweet, but denying. I am sure we will continue to debate.

    The Heritage Foundation hosted Melanie Phillips on the 10th of May and there is a video and live stream if you want more of Melanie (which you do do.)

    The suicide bombings carried out in London in 2005 by British Muslims revealed an enormous fifth column of Islamist terrorists and sympathizers. Under the noses of British intelligence, London had become the European hub for the promotion,Melanie_phillips_014 recruitment and financing of Islamic terror and extremism – so much so that exasperated European security agencies mockingly dubbed Britain “Londonistan.”

    Melanie Phillips posits that the advance of the global jihad is being facilitated by a wholesale collapse of western values and national identity within Europe and in which Britain is taking the lead. Paralyzed by minority rights and the terror of Islamist violence, Phillips argues that the British establishment is even now failing to confront the religious fanaticism in its midst and is choosing instead to appease it. Meanwhile, the post-modernist onslaught upon the concept of truth itself has produced such confusion that, instead of standing up to the ideas that threaten democracy, many in Britain now subscribe to the false narrative of those who are laying siege to their society. This disorientation of the once-implacable British bulldog has major lessons and warnings for America as well.

    Daniel Pipes hosted and wasted no time introducing Phillips to speak. Phillips is tall, lithe, beautiful. She was angles and edges, no fleshiness.She started right off in the political context. Here are some of her notable remarks (although all of it was notable):

    Tony Blair: "He has said he will stand down before the next election. The question for the United States and for others also is whether the succeeding Prime Minister Melanie_phillips_017 will  be as staunch a friend to America as he [Blair] has been and as staunch in the alliance in the defense of the West. I am suggesting to that is the very important question that is now troubling me.

    Clearly the special relatonship between Britain and America is very much in Britain's interests.  From the point of view America being its great protector, but it's also important to what we mean to America -- the kind of moral, psychological support that Britian gives along with everything else.

    I am suggesting to you that there are now very powerful trends in Britain that are making that alliance increasingly problematic.

    People in America will think that because Blair is such a staunch supporter of America that Britian is very much on her side. I am afraid this is absolutely not the case.

    I am saying Britian is actually a weak link in the alliance because of  a cultural enfeeblement that has taken place.

    This should be of particular concern to us here in the States.

    Britian is more important [to America than Europe] because of its central role in the alliance

    So what has happened that is causing me such concern

    [...] There has been over the past 20 to 30 years an evisceration of British National identity and values which has created a cultural and moral vaccum being exploited by Radical Islamism which has come to fill that vacuum.

    It gets worse

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    "Britian has lost belief, really, in itself as a nation and furthermore in the idea of the nation itself. The nation itself is seen as the cause of all ills in the world fromMelanie_phillips_015 prejudice, discrimination to war. Legitimacy resides instead in super national institutions, values and laws. So institutions such as the United Nations, the European Union, the International Criminal Court and values such as the doctrine of International  human rights and minority rights are considered to be more legitimate because they are not rooted in the particular. The particular is discriminatory by defintion. The particular is rooted in a majority culture. The majority culture is by nature exclusivist and therefore discriminatory. They're essentially racist."

    Wild.

    Much of Britain's rot is the grave consequence of unregulated immigration. Turning a blind eye to the jihadis flooding that country in the 1990's was a great blow to the proverbial head. Once Britain lost control of its borders, it could not maintain security. Why were they so hospitable? Partly it was Britain's excessive deference to freedom of speech and the pragmatic (some would say cynical) point of view that in Britain, today's dissident is tomorrow's Prime Minister.

    "Immigrants are coming into a culture which no longer cares to integrate them because to integrate minorities into a culture you've go to believe there is a culture for them to be integrated into. Instead Britain believes the majority culture -- the definition of it -- is illegitimate. Therefore it's a multicultural country, for there is no culture for them to be integrated into."

     "Instead of doing integration, Britain now does disintegration in every sense."

    Phillips dissection of Britain's cultural collapse is clinical, surgical, scary. I found the most devastating examination to be the following;

    "The deconstruction of TRUTH. Postmodernism, if you like, in which the whole idea of objectivity is regarded a an unsophisticated and ignorant construction. And that therefore all that  is relative. And if you go down that road, and you open the way to lies taking the place of truth, and you open the way to, through the minority rights situation, a moral inversion."

    That is truth to power, read that again. (Toohey lives). This madness taking place.

    [...] truth and lies - in which because minorities can do no wrong even when they are committing mass murder through suicide bombings, because they are essentially victims of the majority. It is the majority's fault.

    "The inherent disintegration of the culture of the country has meshed in a disatrous way with the deformation of thought at the heart of Islamic radicalism."

    The governing class response? Appeasement.

    If you ride a tiger, you must expect to get eaten and Britain is in the process of being eaten."

    Essentially what England needs is a "counter counter revolution."

    And while Phillip's blames Britain's church for the appeasement, she sees hope in the rise of the evangelical, Black evangelical churches, as a counterweight;

    " I believe the churches that are most robust are Evangelical churches, which are very largely Black churches, and in a way that's the strength almost the potential salavation here, that the rise of evangelicalism in Britian, which is at the moment at a fairly low level, but it's increasing."

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    If you can't listen to it all, tune in at the end and listen to the Q&A.

    The good news? This woman with such a clear idea of the present danger is "insanely optimistic" and doesn't wish to go off the cultural cliff. The problem of course is Britain hasn't realized yet (!) how dangerously close to the cliff Britain is.

    After she spoke, Phillips graciously chatted with us and signed copies of her brilliant new book Londonistan. The crowd was smart, wary, concerned. And for those who attended that are Atlas readers, I say................keep reading!

    UPDATE: More thoughts, on worldwide terror, Phillips cited Dershowitz

    Controlling the world through this sort of blackmail. It preys on weakness, and it preys on weakness which doesn't  confront lies, and it doesn't show that it's prepared to when attacked, are not prepared to defend themselves.

    Until the West starts to undo this appeasement culture that it's been in,  then that is going to continue. I am very taken bythe argument put forward  by Alan Dershowitz in his book I've forgotten the title, his book  about terrorism in which he made a devastating point that right from the very beginning of the hijacking epidemic by Palestinians back in the early sixties, late fifties even, the very first plane that was hijacked. The reaction of the world set the tenor for what was going to come and sealed the world's fate. The reaction of the world was not, this act is completely unsupportable and these people therefore are pariahs.It was 'oh my goodness, we must address the root causes of this.'

    UPDATE: Additional thoughts before I give the kids dinner. Phillips was reluctant to discuss Iran and issues she was not completed immersed in (Britain is her expertise) but she was struck by what Ayann Hirsi Ali said last week while she was still a Dutch politician;

    Parpahrasing Hirsi Ali, Phillips said, the West, the free world is making a mistake if it thinks the choice in Iran is between peace and war, the choice is between war with Ahmadinejad who does not have a nuclear weapon and war with Ahmadinejad who does have a nuclear weapon. I think that's a very realistic way of putting it.

    Arafat used foreign aid to buy weapons

    Expect Hamas to do the exact same thing. Expect nothing less.

    Ex-PA paymaster: Arafat used foreign aid to buy weapons

    Former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat ordered millions of dollars, taken from international aid funds, tax money transferred by Israel and from Arab countries, to be used to purchase weapons and ammunition, it was revealed on Wednesday

    These weapons were then provided to Palestinian terrorists from the Tanzim and al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades.

    The information came from the interrogation of Fuad Shubaki, the Palestinian official who was arrested by the IDF two months ago in a raid on the Jericho prison where he was held together with the assassins of former tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi. Prior to his imprisonment, Shubaki served as the finance chief in the Palestinian security forces.

    [To read an archive interview the Post had with Shubaki, click here]

    He revealed that several senior Palestinian officials were involved in the allocation of the money to military purposes. Among them were, Jibril Rajoub, Amin al-Hindi and Ghazi Jibali, who all received payments for their part in the weapons purchases.

    Shubaki informed his investigators that when the Intifada broke out in 2000, Arafat ordered the establishment of several bodies, consisting of PA officials in various Arab countries, who were in charge of purchasing large amounts of arms.

    Remember this is just after Clinton and Barak offered that murderer his own state (97%) and Jerusalem. He walked away and declared war, the intifada. It's not about a state and it's not about a tiny strip of land called Israel. That piece of beach holds no oil, gold, or any other valuable resources. It however, holds the Jewish people. The world knows that getting the land is meaningless, it is getting the Jew that will be the victory for the forces of evil.

    He noted that the members of those bodies presented Shubaki with the deals and he would then go to Arafat for approval.

    Iran was one of the most generous donors, Shubaki said, offering to assist the Palestinians by training fighters, providing weapons and weapon-producing know-how and funding the establishment of installations that could generate arms.  Read it allHat tip Andrew

    "Impending World of Jihad "Tsunami"

    Ex-Military Intelligence chief Ze'evi warns of impending world jihad 'tsunami'

    Former Military Intelligence chief Aharon Ze'evi warned an impending world jihad "tsunami" that he said may soon descend on the entire Middle East.

    Ze'evi, speaking at a Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies conference in Tel Aviv University, said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad has been overheard promising the "end of history in two or three years."

    Ze'evi recommended that the Iranian threats be taken seriously, saying that Tehran will soon have nuclear warhead compatible surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 5,000 kilometers, putting Europe within striking distance.

    Read it all, it's not pretty but we have to know what we are up against.

    The United Nations Security Council approaches the sinister summer of 2006 confounded by the nuclear-tipped threat of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its hallucinatory leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Of the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France urge confrontation and sanctions under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter; the Russians and Chinese urge accommodation without an endgame. Meanwhile, Iran, radiating potency, announces advances in uranium processing, yellowcake mining, the construction of a breeder reactor to produce plutonium, the deploying of more sophisticated and mirved ballistic missiles. In response, gray beards in the United States and Europe sincerely counsel peacefulness, generosity, dialogue, mutual respect, timeless patience. New York Sun

    Submission: Europe Weighs Giving Reactor to Iran     (AP)

    Tuesday, May 16, 2006

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Letter of Resignation

    Forced from her adopted home for speaking truth, Ayaan Hirsu Ali's resigns. I am running the  whole of it, hat tip Pat S.

    "I came to Holland in the summer of 1992 because I wanted to be able to determine my own future. I didn’t want to be forced into a destiny that other people had chosen for me, so I opted for the protection of the rule of law. Here in Holland, I found freedom and opportunities, and I took those opportunities to speak out against religious terror.

    In January 2003, at the invitation of the VVD party, I became a member of parliament. I accepted the VVD’s invitation on the condition that I would be the party’s spokesman for the emancipation of women and the integration of immigrants.

    What exactly did I want to achieve?

    First of all I wanted to put the oppression of immigrant women -- especially Muslim women – squarely on the Dutch political agenda. Second, I wanted Holland to pay attention to the specific cultural and religious issues that were holding back many ethnic minorities, instead of always taking a one-sided approach that focused only on their socio-economic circumstances. Lastly, I wanted politicians to grasp the fact that major aspects of Islamic doctrine and tradition, as practiced today, are incompatible with the open society.

    Now I have to ask myself, have I accomplished that task?

    I have stumbled often in my political career. It has sometimes been frustrating and slow. However, I am completely certain that I have, in my own way, succeeded in contributing to the debate. Issues related to Islam – such as impediments to free speech; refusal of the separation of Church and State; widespread domestic violence; honor killings; the repudiation of wives; and Islam’s failure to condemn genital mutilation -- these subjects can no longer be swept under the carpet in our country’s capital. Some of the measures that this government has begun taking give me satisfaction. Many illusions of how easy it will be to establish a multicultural society have disappeared forever. We are now more realistic and more open in this debate, and I am proud to have contributed to that process.

    Meanwhile, the ideas which I espouse have begun spreading to other countries. In recent years I have given speeches and attended debates in many European countries and in the United States. For months now, I have felt that I needed to make a decision: should I go on in Dutch politics, or should I now transfer my ideas to an international forum?

    In the fall of 2005 I told Gerrit Zalm and Jozias van Aartsen, the leaders of the VVD, that I would not be a candidate for the parliamentary elections in 2007. I had decided to opt for a more international platform, because I wanted to contribute to the international debate on the emancipation of Muslim women and the complex relationship between Islam and the West.

    Now that I am announcing that I will resign from Dutch politics, I would like to thank the members of the VVD for my years in parliament – to thank them for inviting me to stand for parliament, and -- perhaps more importantly -- for putting up with me while I was there, for this has been in many ways a rough ride for us all. I want to thank my other colleagues here in parliament for their help, although some of our debates have been sharp. (Femke Halsema, thank you especially for that!). I would also like to thank the 30,758 people who in January 2003 trusted their preference vote to a newcomer.

    But why am I not remaining in parliament for my full term, until next year’s election? Why, after only three and a half years, have I decided to resign from the Lower Chamber?

    It is common knowledge that threats against my life began building up ever since I first talked about Islam publicly, in the spring of 2002. Months before I even entered politics, my freedom of movement was greatly curtailed, and that became worse after Theo van Gogh was murdered in 2004. I have been obliged to move house so many times I have lost count. The direct cause for the ending of my membership in parliament is that on April 27 of this year, a Dutch court ruled that I must once again leave my home, because my neighbors filed a complaint that they could not feel safe living next to me. The Dutch government will appeal this verdict and I grateful for that, because how on earth will other people whose lives are threatened manage to find a place to stay if this verdict is allowed to rest? However, this appeal does not alter my situation: I have to leave my apartment by the end of August.

    Another reason for my departure is the discussion that has arisen from a TV program, The Holy Ayaan, which was aired on May 11. This program centered on two issues: the story that I told when I was applying for asylum here in Holland, and questions about my forced marriage.

    I have been very open about the fact that when I applied for asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, I did so under a false name and with a fabricated story. In 2002, I spoke on national television about the conditions of my arrival, and I said then that I fabricated a story in order to be able to receive asylum here. Since that TV program I have repeated this dozens of times, in Dutch and international media. Many times I have truthfully named my father and given my correct date of birth. (You will find a selection of these articles in the press folder). I also informed the VVD leadership and members of this fact when I was invited to stand for parliament.

    I have said many times that I am not proud that I lied when I sought asylum in the Netherlands. It was wrong to do so. I did it because I felt I had no choice. I was frightened that if I simply said I was fleeing a forced marriage, I would be sent back to my family. And I was frightened that if I gave my real name, my clan would hunt me down and find me. So I chose a name that I thought I could disappear with – the real name of my grandfather, who was given the birth-name Ali. I claimed that my name was Ayaan Hirsi Ali, although I should have said it was Ayaan Hirsi Magan.

    You probably are wondering, what is my real name?

    I am Ayaan, the daughter of Hirsi, who is the son of a man who took the name of Magan. Magan was the son of Isse, who was the son of Guleid, who was the son of Ali. He was the son of Wai’ays, who was the son of Muhammad. He was the son of Ali, who was the son of Umar. Umar was the son of Osman, who was the son of Mahamud. This is my clan, and therefore, in Somalia, this is my name: Ayaan Hirsi Magan Isse Guleid Ali Wai’ays Muhammad Ali Umar Osman Mahamud.

    Following the May 11 television broadcast, legal questions have been raised about my naturalization as a Dutch citizen. Minister Verdonk has written to me saying that my passport will be annulled, because it was issued to a person who does not hold my real name. I am not at liberty to discuss the legal issues in this case.

    Now for the questions about my forced marriage. Last week’s TV program cast doubt on my credibility in that respect, and the final conclusion of the documentary is that all this is terribly complicated. Let me tell you, it’s not so complex. The allegations that I willingly married my distant cousin, and was present at the wedding ceremony, are simply untrue. This man arrived in Nairobi from Canada, asked my father for one of his five daughters, and my father gave him me. I can assure you my father is not a man who takes no for an answer. Still, I refused to attend the formal ceremony, and I was married regardless. Then, on my way to Canada -- during a stopover in Germany -- I traveled to the Netherlands and asked for asylum here. In all simplicity this is what happened, nothing more and nothing less. For those who are interested in the intimate details of my transition from a pre-modern society to a modern one, and how I came to love what the West stands for, please read my memoir, which is due to be published this fall.

    To return to the present day, may I say that it is difficult to live with so many threats on your life and such a level of police protection. It is difficult to work as a parliamentarian if you have nowhere to live. All that is difficult, but not impossible. It has become impossible since last night, when Minister Verdonk informed me that she would strip me of my Dutch citizenship.

    I am therefore preparing to leave Holland. But the questions for our society remain. The future of Islam in our country; the subjugation of women in Islamic culture; the integration of the many Muslims in the West: it is self-deceit to imagine that these issues will disappear.

    I will continue to ask uncomfortable questions, despite the obvious resistance that they elicit. I feel that I should help other people to live in freedom, as many people have helped me. I personally have gone through a long and sometimes painful process of personal growth in this country. It began with learning to tell the truth to myself, and then the truth about myself: I strive now to also tell the truth about society as I see it.

    That transition from becoming a member of a clan to becoming a citizen in an open society is what public service has come to mean for me. Only clear thinking and strong action can lead to real change, and free many people within our society from the mental cage of submission. The idea that I can contribute to their freedom, whether in the Netherlands or in another country, gives me deep satisfaction.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, as of today, I resign from Parliament. I regret that I will be leaving the Netherlands, the country which has given me so many opportunities and enriched my life, but I am glad that I will be able to continue my work. I will go on.

    Voor meer informatie: [email protected]

    Vogue Magazine take notes. More at Expatica here

     

    Spy LIE: CAIR, Democrats and Media- Shared Values and Goals

    The Council of Islamic Relations (CAIR), has sent out the following directive to all of their foot soldiers in America. It seems that the CAIR, American arm of Islamic extremism doesn't like the US government knowing too much about their war plans. They share the same values and goals as the dhimmicrats Democrats;

    ACTION: URGE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO PROBE NSA SURVEILLANCE, APPOINT SPECIAL COUNSEL - TOP

    (WASHINGTON, DC, 5/16/06) - CAIR today joined a broad coalition* of groups [broad coalition my ass, THE AMERICAN LEFT -Atlas] in calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to urge their elected officials to demand a full, public investigation of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program and the appointment of a special counsel to probe possible legal violations.

    Legal violations? Lie. More here

    The phone records monitoring program, reportedly authorized by the president shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks, permits the NSA to bypass a secret court set up to provide warrants for such surveillance.

    Lie

    The coalition is asking Congress to reject draft legislation that would give the executive branch new surveillance powers that are immune to oversight.

    Last week, CAIR called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate revelations that the NSA has built a giant database of Americans' phone records.

    Yes, that's just what we need an Islamic appointment of a special council to investigate our top secret defense mechanisms.

    SEE: CAIR Calls for Special Counsel on NSA Phone Data Spy Program here

    CAIR is also part of a legal challenge to the domestic wiretapping program:

    SEE: CAIR Joins Legal Challenge to NSA Eavesdropping here

    IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.)

    1) CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS and ask them to ensure that there is an immediate and unrestricted investigation by a special prosecutor into the NSA surveillance program, including a probe into the massive database of American phone calls.

    GO HERE: 

    2) PUT YOUR CELL PHONE TO GOOD USE. Call all of your friends and family members and ensure that they contact their elected officials. Act as a facilitator. You can enter their zip code into our website at here and get the names and contact information of their Senators.

    All outlined in the Muslim Brotherhood Project

    *Organizations supporting the call-in day (partial list) include the Alliance for Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Electronic Privacy Information Center, First Amendment Foundation, Friends Committee on National Legislation, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Coalition Against Oppressive Legislation, National Lawyers Guild, People For the American Way, and Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

    Look at the groups, all far left Anti-American orgs all

    CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey P. Saylor
    Phone: 202-488-8787 x3221
    Cell: 571-278-4658
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Next I am sure we can expect a flurry of lawsuits. Lawsuits are another favored tool what seems to be CAIR's  policy of using the legal process to silence or chill critics.

    UPDATE: May 18th Unmasking CAIR: Think Globally, Act Locally

    HAMAS HATE COMICS FOR KIDS

    Hamas_comics_for_kids

    Palestinian Media Watch is reporting the current edition of the Hamas website for children (www.al-fateh.net) includes short comic strips teaching children to hate the "Zionists".

          

    In a story called "dangerous games" two children find toys in the street, however "...these are not toys but bombs that explode in the hands of those who touch them. The evil Zionists place them here to kill the innocent children of Palestine". More here.

    Hamas website addresses:

                 

    http://www.al-fateh.net/fa-75/luab.htm
    http://www.al-fateh.net/fa-75/gadab.htm

     

    Hamas: "No Peace Ever"

    Hamas: ´No Peace, Ever, Without Return of Millions of Arabs´(in other words, Goodbye Joooooooooos")

    While worldwide attempts continue in an effort to moderate Hamas and have it agree to negotiate with Israel, Hamas issues a bellicose "Nakba Day" proclamation rendering all such efforts moot.

    The Arabs of the Palestinian Authority commemorate May 15 - the date of the end of the British Mandate in 1948, which made room for the formation of the State of Israel - as their "Nakba Day," or Day of Catastrophe. The Hamas terrorist movement, which now controls the Palestinian Authority after an overwhelming popular election victory earlier this year, issued its Nakba Day proclamation yesterday, effectively putting to rest any chances for peace with Israel.

    The Hamas announcement emphasizes the justness of terrorism against Israel, as well as the unyielding nature of its demand for the return of millions of Arabs to Israel.More here

    Olmert, are you listening to Hamas? or your far left wife?

    Give 'em a state! *SPIT*

     

    Monday, May 15, 2006

    Eurabia Snuffs Out Truth, Sinks deeper into Dhimmi Cesspool

    One of the very best sources of Intel for those inside and outside of Eurabia and its rapid descent into dhimmitude is Brussels Journal -- regular Atlas readers are quite familiar with that site and Fjordman in particular. The fascists are smearing Brussels Journal with criminal allegations in an attempt to shut it up and shut it down. This is Germany 1938.Pastorius of Infidels Bloggers Alliance rails here;

    Yes, that's right. Paul Belien, the writer of the Brussels Journal is being accused by Belgian authorities for having provoked the racist murder of two black Muslims in the streets of Antwerp.


    Infidel contributor Thomas the Wraith wrote of the murder here.

    Here's what Paul Belien himself has to say about the situation:

    Following last Thursday’s Antwerp massacre the Belgian authorities have announced zero tolerance for racism. Belgian journalists, lawyers and politicians (including Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt), say that I am responsible for creating the atmosphere of hatred that led to the massacre. Some people even demand that I be prosecuted.

    Belgian television and the Brussels papers say that the Antwerp shoot-out is the result of my writings. Regular readers of The Brussels Journal know my view well enough: I have repeatedly defended the view that Muslim immigrants are not to blame for Europe's predicament. The latter is entirely of our own making.

    Europeans have foolishly replaced God by the State as the one on whom they rely to take care of all their needs from cradle to grave. The religious vacuum has led to a demographic vacuum, because those who lose faith in God lose faith in the future as well. A civilization that has created a religious and a demographic vacuum is bound to perish.

    The lights are turning out for Europe.

    If America follows Europe’s example Christendom is lost.

    The lights are on in America. Pastorius refuses to accept the voices of truth being snuffed out.  I stand with Pastorius, Fjordman, Brussels Journal, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nidra Poller, Oriana Fallaci, I will stand shoulder to shoulder - tell us what you need.

    I would suggest to Mr. Belien that he adopt a pseudonym and join either Atlas Shrugs, Gates of Vienna, or the Infidel Bloggers Alliance. Or, best yet, join all three.

    There are two ways this can go. Either the government can take down the bloggers.

    OR THE BLOGGERS CAN TAKE DOWN THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT.

    It's getting towards that time, my friends. It's getting towards the time when the people of Europe, and possibly America are going to have to start taking things into their own hands.

    Am I nuts? Tell me what you think.

    You ain't nuts, Pastorius. Lock and load.

    Hirsi Ali: Netherlands Nevermore

    Unbelievable. Hirsi Ali was on my mind all day......now I know why. Michael in the Netherlands writes me;

    Pamela, this is important news. The Dutch minister (secretary) of Integration Verdonk wrote a letter to Ayaan in which she writes that Ayaan is concidered to have not received the Dutch nationality. She is considered to never have received the Dutch passport.

    The good news? She is coming to my town. Yup, New York bound. It's where she belongs.

    Read his blog NOW here;

    NOS Journaal reports:
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali received her Dutch passport on false grounds. This wrote minister Verdonk in a letter to the VVD-MP.
    [...]
    The definitive results (re: of the investigation) will come later, but on the basis of the broadcast of the tv-show Zembla and the "now known facts", Hirsi Ali is "concidered as not having reveived the Dutch nationality" according to Verdonk.
    [...]
    Not having a Dutch passport will mean that Hirsi Ali is falsely a member of Parliament. Hirsi Ali has six weeks to (go in) appeal to the letter from Verdonk.

    I don't know what to say about this. I feared this would happen, but thought that there was only a slim chance that Verdonk would take away Ayaan's Dutch nationality (not having received the Dutch nationality means she has her passport illegally; right now, she is not concidered Dutch.

    This will have a huge impact on Ayaan. If this will turn out to be the definitive decision from Verdonk, she will also have big difficulties moving to the U.S.

    To my major disappointment:
    The Dutch population does not seem to regret her leaving the Netherlands either. Almost 3/4 of the Dutch does not concider her leaving (re: the Netherlands) Dutch politics as a loss.

    My God.

    How tolerant the Dutch.  Cya, wouldn't want to be ya........

    UPDATE: Jeremiah sent me the best account of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's appearance at Harvard here.

    UPDATE:  I am thrilled that conservative think tanks are bellying up to the bar and supporting voices of reason that need to be heard. We nedd more of this ie Chesler, Fallaci. Gould.we have to raise these voices.

    Ayaan's American Enterprise: Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali has accepted a position at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. A Somali Muslim who became a fervent critic of her religion after being granted asylum in the Netherlands, Hirsi Ali has been pilloried in recent weeks by her own anti-immigration party, the VVD, for lying in her asylum application. More blogger reaction st Slate

    UPDATE: Wonderful post from the American Thinker here;

    Holland’s loss is America’s gain: She is a  brilliant, beautiful opponent of Islamofascism.   YARGB  poster  Chuck notes “This all reminds me a bit of the 1930’s. Will the American think tanks play the same role as the University in Exile?”    I hope so. As in the 1930’s Europe is on the frontline of a pending disaster and we must rescue those who need rescuing. Clarice Feldman    5 15 06

    Thomas Lifson adds: Rather than rallying around her when she was threatened, residents of her apartment building wanted her out. The Dutch have not exactly risen to the challenge of Islamofascism. A very bad portent.

    AYAAN HIRSI ALI: VOGUE’S VAPID VANISHING ACT

    Today was a traveling day for me. Up and out by 5 am, shitty weather causing inordinate delays. So by the time I got on my second  flight at 2:30, I decided to pick up some brain candy. I needed a break. I had had enough of Fred Barnes, Ayn Rand,  Fallaci  and the latest bogus indictment in Durham.

    Vogue_may_06 There was a time I was a ferocious reader of all those long ago vestiges of fabulousness --  the fashion books,--Vogue, W, Elle, Paper etc. When they lost touch with reality, I lost touch with them and while I consider myself and my  closet the most glam, fab oasis of one of a kind fashion pieces, the lefty sucking up at those magazines drove me to feed my fashion fix elsewhere.

    Anyway, I decided to pick it and look it over to see if Fall had anything clever, coy, or  sexy up her sleeve. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a  review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book (!)

    Vogue Magazine, the largest selling women’s fashion magazine, in America deigned to review Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book. This is shocking considering the scant attention Vogue pays to the essential issues of the day, the war and any women of substance and particularly the black out on women center right.

    Madison Avenue lives in the same alternative universe as Follywood. So what happens when they hit the brick wall of terrible reality? Cognitive dissonance. Imagine my dismay upon completing Megan O’Grady’s review below  (it was not on their online site so I transcribed it for you);

    In the early nineties, Ayaan Hirsi Ali fled her native Somalia – and an arranged marriage to a man she barely knew – and made her way to the Netherlands, whereHirsi_ali_1 she has since become an outspoken member of parliament and an author (it was the film of her screenplay, Submission, that resulted in director Theo van Gogh’s murder.) Her new work The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam (Free Press) is both an indictment of the repression she escaped and a call for democracies to address the subjugation of women within their growing immigrant communities. The examined life, we’re reminded, isn’t just worth living: It’s worth fighting for.

    Huh? I think they are sucking down way too may antidepressants over there on Madison Avenue. Read it again. Not one mention of Islam, the brutality exacted on Muslim women or the barbaric practice of female clitorectomy. Hirsi Ali was a victim of this mutilation.

    And notice the new leftoid buzzword. "immigrant". “Immigrant" is the new euphemism for Muslim. This holds for the European papers too, immigrant rioting, immigrant honor killings, France car burnings - immigrant.  You get the idea. The whole objective of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s work is whitewashed, completely ignored. The whole point of the book. “The examined life”?  This is what the free, thong twisting, stiletto wearing O'Grady thinks Hirsi Ali is doing? She is trying to expose the horrors of Islamic extremism.

    Islamic extremism  declared war on America. Islamic extremism murdered 3,000 innocent Americans. The very war  that Europe, the fatherland of ffffffashion!,  is sinking under, Vogue does not mention once.

    Hey Anna NuclearWintour , shame shame shame on you, bee-yatch.

    Spy Lie: Can you trust these people?

    In a word, no. Their take is fallacious, their agenda  is remarkably similar ro Osama's and they never speak of the real war, the current world war.

    Newsweek_spy They never speak to the seige of Islamic extremism and TIME magazine is no better.

    The bottom line on the four month old story is  here. for TRAFFIC ANALYSIS PART I.

    Ben weighs in with TRAFFIC ANALYSIS II;

    Saturday I listened to a couple of talking heads on AM radio utterly fail to comprehend the concept of Traffic Analysis.  This isn't surprising, as the word most often used in association with the field is "Arcane".  And this isn't surprising, given the field's origin.

    Traffic Analysis is a response to the rise of electronically encrypted communications systems.  It is designed to produce intelligence when the content of the message is unavailable.  The current NSA usage is a twist- using traffic analysis on unsecure, un- encrypted messages because you DO NOT WISH to pry into the contents.  Because it is a powerful intelligence tool it is enveloped in secrecy.  Traffic Analysts all hold a "Top Secret" clearance with further access to what is called "Compartmented Information".  But by analogy, I can describe the sort of process it involves.

    Let us imagine that rather than study a communications network, you are studying the vehicle traffic in New York City, and one Tuesday afternoon in mid winter the question comes up, why is there such a traffic jam in midtown? Now, in this analogy the individual vehicles involved are the messages.  You are forbidden from actually stopping a car and asking "What are you doing here?", because you cannot see the contents of the messages.  But you have access to the routing information.  Somewhere in your computer system is the data on where and when each car entered the highway system, where it was at the height of the traffic jam, what bridges it crossed, and where and when it left.  You don't have time to examine theTime_spy routes of thousands of cars.  You leave it to the computer, which sorts the information to discover patterns in accordance with the techniques you and your team have devised. Sure enough, a pattern emerges, and it is centered on Madison Square Garden.  Not enough.  You could call the Garden and ask what's up, but again, actual access to information in this model is forbidden.  So you study the patterns- not the individual cars- and many cups of coffee later you hit upon the fact there if you subtract out the general, day to day statistical distribution of trip origins for cars in Midtown Manhattan, the "excess" traffic forms a  pattern of car origins that matches the demographics for the fan base of the New York Rangers.

    You now know what is going on.  And what's important, you know what is going on even though you have no knowledge of the fact that Bob and Alice from Bensonhurst drove in to see the game.  Their trip contributed to the pattern you analyzed, but there is no leakage of their personal information.  This is a key point:  You know with certainty that there was a hockey game that night, but you cannot answer the question "What were Bob and Alice doing that night?" even though their actions were part of the pattern you studied. You have no clue what Bob and Alice did, or even if they exist at all.  Their data is buried, hidden somewhere in the machine, with the mountains of other data- all of it far too unimportant to warrant individual scrutiny.

    A master traffic analyst would tell you something like "yeah, and I can also tell if the Rangers won that night".

    Ben, you rock,. Newsweak/Time, you suck.

    "Spying on our calls" is beyond a misleading lie, it is a deliberate attempt to mislead the American people. Yet again. These thumbsuckers are despicable.

    And dangerous, and treasonous.

    UPDATE: More excellent analysis from Taranto, Opinion Journal here

    Muslims Desecrate Belgium Churches

    Eurabia, stop the immigration. Now.

    Muslim refugees desecrate Belgian churches Brussels

    Illegal immigrants have taken refuge in some Belgian churches and, according toBrussels_church_photo the conservative Brussels Journal, these churches “are being turned into mosques before [the bishops'] very eyes.”

    A recent report in the journal indicates that the Belgian bishops have opened their churches and offered sanctuary to illegal immigrants in order to pressurize the Belgian authorities to allow them to stay in the country.

    Suicidal preachers. Save them from themselves.

    Most of these illegal immigrants are Muslim, and the Brussels Journal accused the bishops of being “ignorant” to the fact that these immigrants are desecrating the churches.

    According to the Belgian publication, the squatters live in tents in the churches. Catholic relief organizations provided the tents and offered radios, television sets and computers. They hold Islamic prayer services in the church and display banners showing the name of Allah. They have also moved the altar and covered the face of a statue of Our Lady with a cloth.

    Photo top right: "And an open fire. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo. The man was quite aggressive." Chris Gillibrand

    See all of all Chris Gillibrand's photos here.

    Daryl writes, "the death-wish of relativist and indifferentialist Europe is just becoming more self-evident." And continues

    In 1974, Algerian President for Life Houari BOUMEDIENNE gave a historic speech before the United Nations. He told Europe that the Third World would overwhelm and conquer them by means of immigration and that their chief weapon would be their (enslaved) womens' bodies. Europe's response?

    Encourage and subsidize immigration by Moslem savages.

    Brussels_chruch_mosque_3_1 Until Europe rediscovers the moral certainty and pride of its historic Christian Identity, which produced the singular achievement of Modernity, it simply cannot find the Will to resist subjugation by the reawakened Classical Orient,* which possesses the confidence of its own historic identity: Despotic, Collectivist, Ahistoric, Mystical, and Unreasoning. hat tip Daryl

    Expect Surprises

    Holocaust Papers To Be Released

    Not that the media will give it any ink or air. But pay attention anyway. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The Nazi-Arab Connection

    Documents from the British National Archives show that in World War II, Nazi Germany sent weapons to the Palestinian Arabs, by way of our friends the Saudis.


    Steyn Steyn Steyn Steyn Steyn

    It's not so much a template as the left's deliberate campaign to undermine America's efforts to fight the savage enemy, and render Bush impotent.

    Calling All Jihadists

    So there are now two basic templates in terrorism media coverage:
    Template A (note to editors: to be used after every terrorist atrocity): "Angry family members, experts and opposition politicians demand to know why complacent government didn't connect the dots."

    Template B (note to editors: to be used in the run-up to the next terrorist atrocity): "Shocking new report leaked to New York Times for Pulitzer Prize Leak Of The Year Award nomination reveals that paranoid government officials are trying to connect the dots! See pages 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13-37."

    How do you connect the dots? To take one example of what we're up against, two days before 9/11, a very brave man, the anti-Taliban resistance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, was assassinated in Afghanistan by killers posing as journalists. His murderers were Algerians traveling on Belgian passports who'd arrived in that part of the world on visas issued by the Pakistani High Commission in the United Kingdom. That's three more countries than many Americans have visited. The jihadists are not "primitives". They're part of a sophisticated network: They travel the world, see interesting places, meet interesting people — and kill them. They're as globalized as McDonald's — but, on the whole, they fill in less paperwork. They're very good at compartmentalizing operations: They don't leave footprints, just a toeprint in Country A in Time Zone B and another toe in Country E in Time Zone K. You have to sift through millions of dots to discern two that might be worth connecting. Read it all here.

    UPDATE: Link fixed

    Sunday, May 14, 2006

    Kosovo: Clinton bombed the wrong people

    Clinton bombed the wrong people. Everything clinton touched turned to shit. More here from thr American Council of Kosovo;
    Kosovo: The real test of U.S. foreign policy source: WND
    If you want to see a place where Christians are outside of the law on their own ancestral land – come to Kosovo.

    If you want to see American troops committed to establishing a narco-Islamic state on Christian land – come to Kosovo.

    If you want to see Christian churches, monasteries and cemeteries desecrated on an almost daily basis, under the noses of thousands of Western soldiers – look no further than Kosovo.Seven years after William Jefferson Clinton launched a bombing campaign against a European Christian land in support of the Islamic terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army, it's as though the bombs have never stopped falling on the Christian remnant in Kosovo. Whether Clinton did it to divert attention from a burgeoning sex scandal, or whether it was part of a global anti-Christian campaign by Western liberals with a cultural death-wish, the results for the Kosovo Christians – and all non-Albanians in Kosovo – are the same.
    hat tip Lois

    Daniel Wultz has Died, American Victim of Islamic Terror

    No,  it is not mother's day after all. I am sick sick sick. Debbie Schussel just gave me the tragic news. Daniel Wultz has died. He died. We all thought he was going to make it here after that terrible suicide murder bombing in Tel Aviv;

    Last week, we wrote about Daniel Wultz, an American teen-age boy from Miami, who was a victim of the Palestinian homicide bombing of a Tel Aviv restaurant and bus station, during Passover, on April 17th.Danielwultz

    Miraculously, though losing massive amounts of blood, suffering massive internal injuries, losing a kidney, his spleen, and a leg, Danny survived and awoke from his coma. But the pain of his injuries was too great for the 16-year-old who wanted to become a rabbi, and Danny was put back into a coma.

    Sadly, this morning, Danny died. He is the eleventh fatal victim of that Passover homicide bombing perpetrated by Islamic Jihad and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and one of many unsung American victims of Palestinian Islamic terror. As we noted, unlike Jill "Zeinab" Carroll, there was very little news or blog coverage of the story of Danny Wultz. As Americans, we should be outraged at the treatment of our fellow American, both by the Palestinians and by our media.

    Wurtz_classmates_1Daniel Wultz, Z"L, 16-Year-Old American Victim of Palestinian Terror

    Danny's father Yekutiel (Tuly) was also injured in the bombing, where he and his son lunched together at Mayor's Falafel, a kosher for Passover restaurant. He is quoted in The Jerusalem Post:

    "Unfortunately, I remember everything," he said. "Daniel was thrown into my hands, and asked me to pick him up. But when I saw the extent of his injuries, I laid him down to wait for an ambulance. I held his hand and told him I loved him, and he told me he loved me." Go over to Debbie's site and read it all.

    Bottom photo: Classmates of Daniel Wultz praying for his recovering at David Posnack Hebrew Day School in Florida on Monday, April 24.

    UPDATE: This is an outrage;

    JAMES BESSER: U.S. SOFTENS STANCE ON HAMAS

    UPDATE: Jihad official: Florida teen 'ideal target'

    Terror leaders rejoice in injuries of U.S.-born Daniel Wultz, critical after Tel Aviv bombing. 'He is best target combination – American and Zionist,' Islamic Jihad official says Aaron Klein

    Abu Ayman, a leader of the Islamic Jihad, which also took responsibility for the April 17 bombing in which Wultz was injured, threatened all Americans and Jews worldwide and expressed regret Wultz is still alive. hat tip Geoff

    Yeah, go soft on these savages and they will tear you limb from limb. Get real.

    Saturday, May 13, 2006

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali evicted from home, Now Deported?

    Andrew Bostom hipped me up to this. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an international treasure. We must guard here, protect her with our very lives;

    The upshot of this article is that Rita Verdonk, Integration Minister in NL, is “looking into” the basis on which Ayaan Hirsi Ali became a naturalized Dutch citizen.  On Friday Verdonk said Hirsi Ali had nothing to worry about, but today her spokesperson would no longer say that.

    Absolutely despicable.  First they drive her out of her house – now they are apparently trying to drive her out of her country.They threw her out of her house because of all of the trouble she brought with her, the guards, the threats, but I don't believe that. They can not bear what she represents. They can't look at her and then look in the mirror. The can't stand the truth so they are evicting th truth.

    Verdonk bekijkt naturalisatie Hirsi Ali toch

    DEN HAAG - Minister Rita Verdonk (Vreemdelingenzaken en Integratie) gaat de naturalisatie van Tweede Kamerlid Ayaan Hirsi Ali toch onderzoeken. Volgens een woordvoerder van het ministerie van Justitie laat de minister „aspecten van de naturalisatie bekijken”, zo zei hij zaterdag.

    Verdonk zei vrijdag dat Hirsi Ali niets te vrezen heeft. Of dat nu wel het geval is, wilde de woordvoerder niet zeggen.

    Het prominente VVD-lid geeft al jaren toe dat zij heeft gelogen om een verblijfsvergunning in Nederland te krijgen. In een uitzending van tv-programma Zembla donderdag verklaarden de broer van Ayaan, een tante en haar ex-man onder meer dat zij niet tegen haar zin was uitgehuwelijkt en dat zij destijds geen angst had of hoefde te hebben voor haar familie.Caged

    Naar aanleiding van die uitzending stelden verschillende Kamerleden, waaronder Hilbrand Nawijn, vragen over de kwesti

    Liberals don't care Hirsi Ali lied to get asylum in 199212 May 2006

    AMSTERDAM — Somali-born MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali may have told more lies about her past in order to get asylum in the Netherlands in 1992 than she has previously admitted, news programme Zembla has suggested.  

    Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Friday that Hirsi Ali need not worry about facing repercussions for what she did 14 years ago. But she repeated she would have deported Hirsi Ali if she had been the minister back in 1992. "I don't like lies," Verdonk said on Friday.

    Hirsi Ali shot to fame in 2002 when her criticism of aspects of Islam and the treatment of women in Muslim societies led to death threats. She joined the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD) and was elected to parliament in 2003.

    She wrote the scripts for the short film Submission which featured semi-naked women taking about mistreatment under Islam. The director Theo van Gogh was murdered in November 2004 for helping her to make the movie.

    Thursday's edition of Zembla retraced Hirsi Ali's journey from Somalia, via Kenya, to the Netherlands and uncovered both well-documented and previously unreported inconsistencies in her story.

    Interviews with her brother, aunt and ex-husband raised doubts about Hirsi Ali's contention she fled to Europe to escape possible retribution from her family for not going through with an arranged marriage. Her relatives contradicted her claim that she was not present during the wedding to the Canadian-Somali man.

    Hirsi Ali said she was forced to marry a stranger but her ex-husband said they had been in love and spent the week together after the wedding. [ a whole week? wow - Atlas] He then went back to Canada to prepare for her arrival. Supplied with a plane ticket, Hirsi Ali later arrived in Germany and took a train to Amsterdam rather than continue the planned journey to Canada.

    Hirsi Ali said she came clean about the lies she told to get asylum when she joined the Liberal Party (VVD) in 2002. Yet prominent VVDer (and now EU Commissioner) Nelie Kroes described Hirsi Ali as a person who had lived through five civil wars in Somalia. This was not true as Hirsi Ali lived in Kenya for over 10 years before coming to the Netherlands.

    A spokesperson for the VVD said the party had been aware that Hirsi Ali lied about her name and date of birth when seeking asylum. This was not seen as a barrier to her joining the party or becoming one of its MPs.

    Her real name is Hirsi Magan. Her father was an opponent of the regime in Somalia and was jailed there. Hirsi Ali and her brother were sent to Kenya where she lived from the age of 10 to 22.

    Zembla showed footage of Hirsi Ali in a documentary made the Dutch Muslim broadcaster only months after she was supposedly in hiding for fear of retribution from her family. It also emerged she was in contact with her father and on one occasion her jilted husband came to see her in the Netherlands. He left without harming her when she made it clear she did not want to continue with the marriage.

    The MP's spokesperson said there was nothing new in the documentary and noted Zembla had chosen not to include other issues about her past, including her claims to be undergone female circumcision as a young girl.

    Former Immigration Minister Hilbrand Nawijn called for Hirsi Ali to be stripped of Dutch nationally and deported. He was head of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) when Hirsi Ali applied for asylum.

    History stutters. Truth tellers are always punished. We can not, must not let the Islamists take control of Hirsi Ali's destiny. She is under 24 hour armed guard. Our government must take a strong stand. On second thought Hirsi Ali needs American asylum. She belongs in New York. Oh and can someone tell me why the mainstream media has all but blacked out Hirsi Ali's tour. She should be front and center on the pages of America's newspapers.

    Judith has more here.

    UPDATE: From Michael  in in the Netherlands,

    I am a Dutch conservative (weirdly we call that liberal) blogger. I am a member of the party Ayaan is a member of as well (the VVD).

    Anyway; like you I am absolutely disgusted by what is happening lately to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I try to keep close track of everything she is doing and I am incredibly ashamed about what is currently happening.

    The debate whether or not they should take her nationality from her (deport her) is a real debate. It is almost unbelievable, but this could really happen. Although I think that the following two options are more probable: 1- they will force her to appologize and she'll leave parliament in 08

    2- they will force her to leave parliament immediately

    Both options are terrible, of course, but not as bad as the 'deport option'. We must aware; minister of integration Verdonk started an investigation already

    Go over to his blog Free and Justice and get a gander at what is happening in the country itself from a soldier fighting the fight. Read it all.

    Saturday Night Open Thread

    Iran_death_us_israel_12

    Notice that America is already broken -- as Israel is about to fall. I first ran this here  back in October. Ahmadinnerjacket has been stoking the fires, his people  and turning up the heat. This is a war plan,  I kid you not.

    UPDATE: Janine writes;

     

    I've been looking at that graphic again also.  I've been trying to find someone who speaks Farsi to translate the bottom of that "World Without Zionism" graphic.  The top is in English - something Ahmadinejad appears to want us to be able to read but the bottom is in Farsi.  Do you know anyone that speaks farsi?

    Well folks, does anyone speak farsi?...........here's another poster from that gathering

    Iran_ahmadinejad_2

    John Bolton: "Syria must come out of denial that Lebanon is an independent country"

    Syria must come out of denial that Lebanon is an independent country, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said May 12. here Which is why I so adore boltin John Bolton.

    Bolton is calling on the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution to pressure Syria and Lebanon to establish formal diplomatic ties and demarcate their shared border.[Good luck, Syria is Iran's proxy - Atlas] The  U.N. Security Council must pass a resolution pressing Damascus and Beirut to establish diplomatic ties to force Syria to "come out of denial" and recognize Lebanese sovereignty, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Friday.

    A draft resolution circulated at the United Nations by Britain, France and the United States this week called on Syria to respond to Lebanese government requests to clarify their shared border and agree to formal diplomatic relations.

    Some of the council's 15 members have signaled they wanted the language taken out of the draft, saying it amounted to unwarranted interference in the neighbors' internal affairs. [but but but isnt that what Syria is doing in Lebanon, interfering in their neighbor's internal affairs. That UN is so confusing *SPIT*, uh not really, we got their number. We know they are and what they are -Atlas] More here.

    And of course Bolton is right. But the UN stands against us. Stands against freedom loverrs everywhere. I mean let's call it what it is.

    But Bolton called the provision "critical to force Syria to come out of denial that Lebanon is an independent country."

    "The question between Syria and Lebanon involves a decades-long occupation of one country by the other, a continued meddling in the internal affairs of Lebanon by Syria," he said.

    Danish Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Loj also defended the provision. "In my mind there is no doubt that it is needed," she said. But Greek Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis cautioned that the resolution must conform "to the proper responsibilities of the council."

    I love Denmark~!

    The draft would also call on Syria to take steps to prevent arms flows from Syrian territory to militias in Lebanon. [Hizbollah and Hamas wont take kindly to that - Atlas]

    Dhimmi Google Supports Al Manar Hezbollah

    From my Google news alerts. Al Manar *spit* - if al manar is hezbollah, a terrorist organization. Isn'tGoogle_terrorist there a law against spreading terror and incitement to kill innocents? Check out how they describe the vile Chomsky.........

    Noam Chomsky: Hezbollah's insistence on keeping its arms is ...
    Al-Manar - Lebanon
    Noam Chomsky the famous US intellectual anti Israel and US foreign policies visits Hezbollah's Headquarters and meets Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in the South ...

    GOOGLE: SHUT IT DOWN!~

    Hezbollah: Honoring Bolton by Lebanese figures is a scandal Al-Manar - Lebanon
    ... Who is John Bolton so that they would rush to pay tribute to him? What has he offered to Lebanon? What we have read in the newspapers is a scandal and a shame. ...

    WTF is wrong with this picture?

    While  the  U.N. links highly enriched uranium to Iran's military, Mohamed ElBaradei receives award for defending freedom.

    No I don't make this stuff up. Was the award for North Korea's nukes, Iran's nukes, or the proliferation of nuclear weaponry under the study of A.Q. Khan?

    PUNK JIHAD: Muslims Rioting in France

    Having just spent time with Nidra Poller, it seems reality comes fast on the heels of her sagacity. Poller coined "Punk Jihad." Their government in its last throes. An anarchical Muslim population that knows the government will cave. They are incapable of saving themselves. Poor poor France. From today's weekend Wall Street Journal.

    PARIS -- More than 11,000 people marched through Paris on Saturday to protest a bill that would stiffen rules for immigrants in France and give authorities the power to chose who is allowed in the country.

    Protesters shouted "Solidarity with immigrants!" Many wore stickers showing anFrance_sucide immigrant being tossed into a trash can. Demonstrators marched to a square near the Interior Ministry and the headquarters of the governing conservative party.

    Police said 11,200 people turned out to protest Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy's bill, while organizers put the figure at 35,000. It was France's largest march in support of immigrants in years.

    The bill would make it more difficult for poor immigrants with little education and few skills to start a new life in France. Mr. Sarkozy, a presidential hopeful in next year's elections, says France should take a more proactive approach to immigration, an argument that gained resonance after riots ripped through heavily immigrant French suburbs last fall and forced France to rethink its model of integration.

    The plan would set up a kind of quota system and create a three-year "competence and talent" residence card for foreigners whose skills would "constitute assets for the development and influence of France." Lawmakers began debating the plan early this month, and a first reading is planned next week.

    Translate immigrants to Muslims. The press are afraid of their own shadow. Punk Jihad. No matter how they try the paint the riots as "rallying" it is this. Did you know all meals served in the public schools halal.

    France is out of control. It's not good for Anerica. Losing Europe is not good for us.

    "Palestine belongs to Islam"

    This is what is has been all along. All along. For Jew haters it will always be good old fashioned anitsemitism, they'll use any excuse. But Israel has always been about Islam (and good old fashioned Jew hating.)

    Palestine is ‘property of Islam’: Qaradawi
    HAMAS would be toppled quickly if it gave concessions to Israel “because nobody has the right to give up even a grain of sand that belongs to Palestine,” prominent Islamic scholar Dr Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi said in his sermon yesterday.

    Hamas is a tool. Iran's tool, so is Hizbollah. And this war on Israel is part of Islam's war plan to dominate the world, outlined  in The Muslim Brotherhood Project here,
    Qaradawi is the Islamic Bostom spoke of here in my interview with him.

    Another front of the Islamic assault on the West. Threaten the banks;

    Qaradawi renews call to ‘confront’ banks over funds to Hamas govt
    The Peninsula
    doha • Renowned Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi, while delivering the Friday sermon yesterday, renewed his call to Muslims to "confront" those banks which refuse to transfer funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

    This all points to the grand Islamic war plan.

    Friday, May 12, 2006

    Phony Phone Foolishness

    I am stunned when the lunatics elected by the uninformed (thank the media)  scream bloody  murder about the latest NSA canard. The 12th imam is on his way (at least ah-mad-mini-me seems to think so), the worldwide Islamic extremist movement means to take us out, and Hitler part II is playing with nuclear weaponry. To better understand the latest phone kerfuffle, Ben wrote the following ;

      Traffic Analysis

    As a public service, I thought I would shed some light on what it is the NSA is doing with all those phone records.  It’s not what the media implies it is. For starters, what they are not doing:  NSA analysts are not sitting at their consoles with their headphones listening to your conversation.  They don’t know about your mistress, how smart your son is, who Emily is going out with, your dinner plans, why you hate your boss, and they don’t care.  They don’t have the time to bother because:

    1)       They have phone records, not taped conversations.

    2)       Even if they had conversations, they wouldn’t have a fraction of the analysts needed to listen to more than a tiny, tiny subset of conversations, and they cannot waste their time on your personal issues.

    In fact, they don’t even know what number you called, when, and where.  Yes, thisSorry_wrong_number_academy_promo information exists, but buried inside machines.  No one “knows” it, just as a librarian does not “know” a fact merely because it exists in a book on a shelf in a library.  And this information will stay buried, unknown, secure and personal unless something very unusual turns up.

    So here is what is being done:  traffic analysis.  This is an arcane art-science, in which the analyst, or more precisely, in this case, the algorithms designed by analysts, glean information not from the conversations themselves, but from the patterns those communications generate in time and space.  Some of it is obvious and self evident:  you can tell the difference in communications patterns between passing information and coordinating an activity, because the coordination conversations will have short return messages initiated by the non-node elements, while information is generally passed to a node from only one element, and then distributed to a larger group by the node.

    After 9-11, a lot of people talked about “connecting the dots”.  This is connecting the dots.  This is using a computer to pluck patterns out of the virtual “information space” in which people communicate, without actually monitoring the information itself.  Of course, should a particular pattern be red flagged by an algorithm, it could lead to actual monitoring.

    In a New Century kind of way, it’s not unlike scanning the airspace for signs of enemy bombers- something taken for granted back in the Cold War but inappropriate today, now that we have an enemy that doesn’t bother to maintain old fashioned conventional air forces.  Today we have to scan information space for signs of enemy activity.

    Exactly what can be gained from traffic analysis is highly classified for obvious reasons.  Any enemy, aware that certain communications patterns meant certain things to analysts, would make an effort to change patterns, or send “false positives” to the analysts.    The New York Times is aware of this too, and so would make every effort to get this information to terrorist groups and help them thwart intelligence analysts.

    The people railing against this are still living with September 10th Mentalities.  I’ve heard it over and over; it’s “Wrong” to gather intelligence unless there is a clear sign of law breaking.  On 9-11, some of those hijackers hadn’t actually committed a felony UNTIL they took over the planes- what dots, then, were we supposed to connect?  Traffic Analysis is dot connection at work.  It is not wiretapping, it is not eavesdropping.  No personal information comes into contact with another human being unless it is part of a very suspicious pattern.

    Thanks Ben.
    In other words, STFU already and start fighting the real war. BTW, most Americans agree.

    Continue reading "Phony Phone Foolishness" »

    Cartoon Jihad Video: "Sea of Blood"

    Remember going in, it was never about the cartoons. It was about opening up another front, another jihad in the war to take down the West.

    Video calls for a "Sea of Blood"

    A VIDEO by an al-Qaeda member posted on the Internet overnight calls on MuslimsDanishpaper_weekly_standard_4 to attack Denmark, Norway and France for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

    "Muslims avenge your Prophet .... We deeply desire that the small state of Denmark, Norway and France ... are struck hard and destroyed," said Libyan Mohammed Hassan, who escaped from US custody at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan last July.

    "Destroy their buildings, make their ground shake and transform them into a sea of blood," said Hassan, dressed in military fatigues and a black turban, and holding an assault rifle.

    Geoff Fuller down in Charleston, West Virginia, has an eye opener on the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries - instigator of the cartoon jihad here)

    Apparently, the impact of the Danish “cartoon controversy” will not be limited to the torching of embassies and burning of flags. If OIC has its way, it will begin the dismantling of freedom of speech worldwide.

    The offending cartoons, originally published last November in a Danish newspaper, would have descended into deserved obscurity if a group of imams hadn’t taken them on tour. (They are generally unfunny and assuredly less than insightful.) In fact, if the actual Danish cartoons alone had toured before the truly offensive ones were added, they might still have been largely ignored. Instead, because they were used to foment anti-Western sentiments, we are still talking about them five months later.

    The continued discussion seems due to agendas that have, to date, stayed largely hidden from the European and American public. The Saudi-based OIC leadership is orchestrating an international campaign to respond to what it calls “wanton provocation and reckless, blasphemous libertarianism cowering behind so-called freedom of the press.”

    So-called?

    Instead, I suspect we are witnessing another step in the Islamist agenda. Less than a year ago, President Bush spoke for the first time of a political and fundamentalist movement — Islamism — whose followers seek to reestablish the caliphate, an ancient Muslim theocracy. I don’t know why he waited so long. Whether Islamists traffic in pipe dreams, their ideology, Islamism, is what America has been at war with — not terrorism. Read it all here.

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    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    Atlas Interviews ANDREW BOSTOM: "Muhhammad is the Prototype Jihadist"

    First, view the video of Andrew Bostom on O'Reilly here going toe to toe against a member of the Muslim Council of Islamic Affairs on last night's show. Then listen to my interview with Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Jihad, we just hung up the phone.

    Much thanks to Brian. He just transferred file  to MP3- -- if anyone wants the digital version, write me.
    Download AndrewBostominterviewedbyAtlasS.mp3

    Here's lunch (and dinner) kids.................Bostom is wildly brilliant and yet,  very regular.  Rare.  Bolton has that quality too.
    Interviewing Andrew  Bostom validates every diabolical concern I have with the RoPMA, and makes America's delusion and denial all the more devastating. Oh and BTW, Bostom hates that bullshit religion of peace nonsense too. Ridiculous.

    Here is a man, a professor of medicine at Brown, that has made the study of Islam and Jihad a life's work. A life's work...........the depth and breadth of his knowledge makes ominous the prospect of a peaceful, diplomatic solution. In a word, impossible.

    Bostom's book makes mincemeat out of the whole argument that Radical extremism is merely one interpretation of the Koran.  Jihad does come out of many verses of the Koran.Legacy_of_jihad_1

    "Chapter 9 is a series of war proclamations. And those war proclamations are not against long extinct people. They are against Jews, Christians, Pagans (Hindus, Buddhists, Animists ie those in Sudan.)
    Take Muhammad's behavior. Muhammad is the prototype Jihadist. Muhammad evolved from a proselytizer to a warrior. He is the "perfect Muslim man." He waged 70 odd Jihad campaigns. Almost all of them targeting specific populations on the Arabian peninsula.......Christians, Jews, Pagans........this became the normative model.

    Many of today's leaders of Islam link  Muhhammad to terrorism ..........to Jihad. For example Sheikh Qaradawi who has with an enormous audience he reaches on al-Jizz, recently did a 2 hour sermon on  The Prophet Muhammad as a Jihad man.  The prophet Muhammad is the perfect Jihad model.

    There is no "greater spiritual Jihad" as many point to as an alternative interpretation of jihad. Many have gone--  including Islamic scholar Reuben Firestone --  in search of such a reference - to a Spiritual Jihad - in the Koran and it is not to be found. There exists no such hadith. This supposed saying can not be found.

    It gets worse........

    We covered a lot of ground. From Bosnia to Bernard Lewis.Nor did he gloss over  Clinton's shallow understanding of the Serbian/Kosovo conflict. "The Serbs suffered 500 years under Muslim rule." We bombed the wrong people and they were shocked when we bombed them.
    Bostom strongly advises we read the book Defeating Jihad:How the War on Terrorism Can Be Won - in Spite of Ourselves by Serge Trifkovoc. Trifkovic identifies with precision the existential threat to both Western and other modern democracies--global Islamic terrorism, as perpetrated by Muslims following the uniquely Islamic dogmas and historical practices of jihad.

    Bostom reveres Wafa Sultan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and holds these courageous heroes up as the antidote, the possible cure for the gangrene that infects the Muslim world. I hold no such hope.He calls Hirsi Ali;

    "compelling, articulate and incredibly courageous. Charles Johnson was blogging just about every speech of hers. She has a new book* that I just grabbed yesterday. She makes very clear that the problem is Islam itself. That shouldn't be a terrible thing to say.  Islam needs to undo a lot of its institutions, you know the kind of thing that [CAIR and the Muslim Council of Islamic Relations] deny even exist ....like the Jihad, like the imposition of  Islamic law, like the brutalization of women, that's all sanctioned by sharia. Like the whole notion that no Muslim society can be ruled by anything other than sharia law".

    We leave our children a terrible, awful world. We must stop buying into the hudnas-- temporary calm  until they get their act together to "kick the shit of us."

    And Bostom thinks like me, we gotta take those nuclear installations in Iran. Bah dah bing, bad dah boom.

    *Ayaan Hirsi Ali's new book: The Caged Virgin : An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam

    UPDATE Here is a powerful example of why ALL Americans must learn about jihad doctrine--:

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that his letter to President George W. Bush did not concern the nuclear dossier, but rather was an invitation to Islam and the prophets culture. Article here.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    Andrew Bostom on O'Reilly!

    Did anyone else catch  favorite scholar on Islam and author of The Legacy of Jihad on Bill O'Reilly on Fox tonight? He was the bomb (no pun intended.) If I had known ahead of time I would have given you a heads up  (no pun intended.) He was up against a robot from the Muslim Islamic Affairs Council spouting the jihad line but Bostom was having none of it. He really rocked. O'Reilly did what he does best - morally equivocate. As far as O' Reilly holding up Morocco as some paradigm of Muslim tolerance (this is on today's wires);

    Morocco:  Show Limits to Press FreedomAllAfrica.com
    Politically motivated prosecutions of independent newsweeklies are rolling back press freedom in Morocco, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.

    It repeats at 11pm EST and again in the middle of the night (check you lisitings) - catch it!

    Bostom was at the Heritage Foundation at noon today.

    If you'd like to hear, or even better, view that event, click below or go here;

    The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims

    UPDATE May 11th ,11 am : I am conducting a live interview RIGHT NOW with Bostom. He is brilliant (and depressing, but funny.) Will upload upon completion.

    Eurabia "Quartet" Pay the Jiyza to Savages

    The spineless, dickless  room is getting awfully crowded. Am I the one one who holds their nose when reading about Europe's latest act of dhimmitude? Hamas is a militant arm of Iran, guilty of mass murder, what is the EU doing?

    Quartet Approves EU's Temporary Palestinian Aid Plan
    "The Quartet reiterated its support for assistance directed to help meet the basic human needs of the Palestinian people and promotion of Palestinian democracy and civil society."[ishcabibble, ishcabobble - Atlas]
     
    Israel to Oppose Quartet Payment of Salaries to Hamas Government Employees
    Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon said Tuesday that Israel will oppose paying salaries to Hamas government employees in the PA via the humanitarian mechanism that the Quartet announced. . "I hope that the Quartet mechanism doesn't plan to finance the salaries of PA workers under the Hamas government," said Ayalon. "External financing of salaries will only strengthen Hamas, intensify violence, and block any chance of a solution." Sources in Washington said EU representatives in the Quartet lobbied to include the payments of salaries as one of the goals of the mechanism, but U.S. representatives strongly objected.

    How does Eurabia fight the global war on Islamic extremism? Buying them bombs is not going to save Europe, not by a long shot. And puhleeze don't try to tell me the Palis are going to
    "take care of their people," based on what we know, they are the worst abusers of their people. They treat them like they treat their animals.

    UN Elects Savages to Human Rights

    What's next-- beheadings on the floor of the UN?

    UN elects notorious abusers to new rights councilAFP
    The UN General Assembly elected Cuba, China and Saudi Arabia to the new Human Rights Council, putting notorious abusers on a panel created to replace its discredited predecessor.

    Why do we continue to support this farce? The crystal clarity of  this decision becomes more obvious everyday.

    And while we are at it, Kofi Annan's conflicts of interest must be investigated .

    As Kofi Annan limps into his final few months as UN Secretary-General, questions mount about his judgment and personal integrity. Annan has talked piously about accountability and transparency and the supposed winds of change sweeping through the UN, but his own leadership has been imperial in style and hugely dismissive of criticism. A secretive culture of impunity still dominates the upper echelons of the UN Secretariat.

    Kofi is a pig.

    UPDATE: Only left wing press could spin it like this.......how do they think these things up?

    UN: New Human Rights Council Elected With Fewer Abusers

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Philip Gourevitch
    Despite death threats and intimidation, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has remained a vocal critic of the treatment of Muslim women.

    Hirsi Ali was at Harvard today, if any of my readers attended, please let us know your thoughts.

    LISTEN to NY appearance on 4/30
    •  Entire conversation

    UPDATE: There is an excellent account of Hirsi Ali's appearance at Harvard today over here  at Roger Houston via  LGFand Michelle has great info too, read all;

    “I am a Muslim”, she began, “How on Earth was it possible for a non-western country to be so peaceful? I realized that we asylum seekers from Tunisia, from Somalia, from Iran, from Iraq, we from Muslim countries misunderstood Islam. In our countries, government terrorized you. Here, government served the people. Governments did nasty things to you, they terrorized you, they took your money. In the West, they did things like take your garbage away. It was unthinkable.”

    “The West appealed to my reason. I thought it was fascinating what humanity could accomplish. A good number of students who went through the refugee camp with me and then came to the West saw something else. The same things that fascinated me, infuriated them. They saw the West as an enemy of Islam.”

    “I thought to myself, these people (westerners) are the enemies of God? These people are in trouble with God, but they are doing things better than you? That became a curiosity for me. Who would believe these people are in trouble with God? I became more curious.” ...

    On September Eleventh:

    I was in a blissful state of mind. I had gotten rid of the cognitive dissonance. I was thirty one or thirty two at the time. If you really want to have a good time, you have to be in Amsterdam! At the time, I don’t remember much about crime in Amsterdam. Everything was good... and then 9/11 happens. It was in the evening for us when it became clear that it was the Muslims behind it. I really followed it. I read the letters from Bin Laden and Atta on the internet, and it was all terribly familiar. This was Islam. I knew I had to find my own moral way through it.

    Read it all

    UPDATE: Sugiero has classic Hiirsi Ali video here

    On a lighter note.....

    Wildy funny video here..............hat tip Judith. On a side note, you think this guy reads my blog or what?

    This on the other hand is not a joke;

    Boy strangled to death as tribal justice flouted

    KARACHI — An 11-year-old boy was strangled by relatives who killed him rather than obey a tribal elders’ order for them to marry one of their womenfolk to the child, police in Karachi said on Monday.

    The marriage had been ordered in compensation for the kidnapping of the boy’s sister. Mohammad Asif was killed on Sunday, five months after his 15-year-old sister was abducted from their home in a poor part of the southern Pakistani city.

    The children’s widower father, Saeed Akbar, a rickshaw driver who hailed from northern Pakistan, appealed to a tribal jirga, or council, for justice after his daughter was snatched.

    But after the jirga ordered the kidnappers to betroth one of their daughters to the boy, they began making threats, prompting Saeed Akbar to seek protection from the jirga. Read it all (hat tip Daryl)

    Iran's Latest,Best Supporter: The Left

    Amir Taheri in today's Wall Street Journal here;

    In 1979, soon after the mullahs seized power, Mr. Carter sent Ayatollah Khomeini a warm congratulatory letter. Mr. Carter's man at the U.N., a certain Andrew Young, praised Khomeini as "a 20th-century saint." Mr. Carter also tapped his closest legal advisor, the late Lloyd Cutler, as U.S. ambassador to the mullarchy.

    A more dramatic show of U.S. support for the mullahs came when Mr. Brzezinski flew to Algiers to meet Khomeini's prime minister, Mehdi Bazargan. This was love at first sight--to the point where Mr. Carter approved the resumption of military supplies to Iran, even as the mullahs were executing Iranians by the thousands, including many whose only "crime" was friendship with the U.S. The Carter administration's behavior convinced the mullahs that the U.S. was a paper tiger and that it was time for the Islamic Revolution to highlight hatred of America. Mr. Carter reaped what he had sown when the mullahs sent "student" fanatics to seize the U.S. embassy compound, a clear act of war, and hold its diplomats hostage for 444 days. "The Carter administration's weakness was a direct encouragement to [anti-American] hard-liners," wrote Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, one of the hostage-takers, years later.

    And still today, the left suffers from the same mental disorder;

    The "engage Iran" coalition also has advocates in the U.S. Over the past few weeks they have hammered the "engagement" theme with op-eds, TV soundbites and speeches. Some have recommended John Kennedy's "sophisticated leadership" during the Cuban missile crisis as a model for George W. Bush. The incident has entered American folklore as an example of "brilliant diplomacy," but few bother to examine the small print.

    JFK brilliant? More leftard fantasy. Bay of Pigs!

    And of course TIME magazine is shilling for the mad mullahs here, Iran's Nuclear Program: The Way Out,. They refer to this as an "exclusive," notice how the title implies "an answer".

    Three years of robust inspection of Iranian nuclear and non-nuclear facilities by the IAEA inspectors led Dr. El-Baradi to conclude and certify that to date there are no indications of any diversion of nuclear material and activities toward making a bomb.

    Oh puhleeze, WTF does a really oil rich nation vowing to destroy neighboring democracies need nuke technology for?

    What is, then, the motive for the rush to heighten the situation and create a crisis? Could it be that the extremists all around see their interests — however transient, domestic and short-sighted — in heightened tension and crisis? This situation, if not contained with cool head and if miscalculations continue, can easily turn into a crisis with potentially global ramifications for the rule of law under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and for the economic and security interests of all concerned in the region and beyond. It is high time to cease sensationalism and war mongering, pause and think twice about where we are heading.

    It gets worse.

    A negotiated solution still can and must be found if we intend to strengthen the non-proliferation regime and avoid an unwise and unnecessary conflict. To this end, we must dare to leave the emotions aside and avoid polluting the atmosphere with the baggage of immediate and long-past history of Iran-U.S. relations.

    BTW, make sure you check out the credentials of the author at the very end. (hat tip Steven)

    CIA: Failure, Failure and More Failure

    Cliff May's Spies in the Cold, read it all here;

    Recall, for example, that the CIA failed to foresee such historic events as the Khomeini revolution in Iran, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    In the 1980s, the CIA didn't know that Saddam Hussein was close to developing nuclear weapons. Discovery of that fact was an unintended consequence of the first Gulf War -- a war which, ironically, was not waged to find and destroy Saddam's WMD capability.

    Until 1994, the CIA had been penetrated for nearly a decade by Aldrich Ames, a KGB mole who revealed to the Kremlin the names of every "human asset" the U.S. had in the Soviet Union. All are believed to have been executed. He also compromised scores of U.S. intelligence operations. The CIA was slow and clumsy in pursuing and capturing him.

    In the 1990s, the agency underestimated the threat posed by a growing global Militant Islamist movement. It gathered little useful intelligence on al-Qaeda, Saddam's regime or the ruling mullahs of Iran.

    Astonishingly, CIA analysts failed to imagine terrorists using hijacked passenger planes as guided missiles. Or, if they did, they failed to persuade the Clinton administration to take such obvious precautions as reinforcing cockpit doors, arming pilots, and more effectively screening passengers.

    Emblematic of the CIA's fogginess: Two months before the 9/11/01 attacks, former CIA operative Larry C. Johnson wrote in The New York Times that "Americans have little to fear" from terrorism. Johnson today is a frequent commentator on intelligence issues for the mainstream media.

    The CIA failed to keep track of Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction.  The intelligence community is still uncertain as to what he did with his WMDs: Did he secretly destroy them, hide them or transfer them to another country at some point before the American-led invasion of 2003? Not knowing has contributed to the myth that Saddam never had WMDs.

    The next CIA director needs to re-organize and re-prioritize. He needs to establish metrics for success. He needs a short-term plan to bring in more information and develop better analysis of what is obtained. He needs a long-term plan to prepare the CIA to become better than it is today and better than it's perhaps ever been.

    This NRO editorial on the CIA is worth reading.

    Good on leaks bad on everything else. Fire all the Clintonistas for starters.

    Ehrenfeld Attack: Islamic Libel Tourism

    Regular Atlas readers are familiar with the inestimable contribution Rachel Ehrenfeld has made in exposing the funding that makes terror possible.

    Judge Richard Casey of The Southern District Court in Manhattan has handed down a decision against Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of the American Center for Democracy, that will have a chilling effect on the fight against Saudis and others financing Islamist terrorism. Story here

    In an extraordinary ruling, a New York judge *spit* has bound and gagged a truth teller in the land of the free, home of the brave *spit*

    Ehrenfeld has written extensively about the Saudi fifth column in the United States that uses its oil wealth to invade American colleges, circulate materials in secondary schools reflecting Wahhabist ideology, and provided lucrative incentives to officials in our state department and politicians in Washington. Her 2003 book, Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It, among other things, revealed connections between Saudi billionaire Sheik Khalid Salim a bin Mahfouz and his sons, and al Qaeda funding.  Despite the fact he lives in Saudi Arabia, and that Ehrenfeld's book was published in the United States and not even on sale in Great Britain, the Sheik decided to become what is known as a "libel tourist" and sued Ehrenfeld in the UK—notoriously plaintiff friendly—for defamation and libel.

    The pretext for filing in a British court was that 26 of Ehrenfeld's books made it into the hands of British citizens who ordered the book via Amazon. 

    Had Mahfouz filed in the USA he would have had to prove that the book misstated the facts and was written in malice, a standard he could not have met. Moreover, he would have been subject to a discovery process that would reveal more than the Saudi billionaire wanted the world to know, especially since he'd already been under the microscope for bank fraud and money laundering in a failed Muslim bank he financed, and for which he was forced to make restitution. The Saudi billionaire is ranked the 210th richest man in the world, and his sons are already named as defendant in the US by several of the families whose relatives died on 9/11 because of his links to funding the al Qaeda terrorists who struck that fateful day

     

    .[...]her attorney stated to the Court: "The freedom to ferret out and publish facts without fear of expensive lawsuits an d huge judgments in foreign countries whose defamation laws negate a commitment to freedom of expression and public discourse are pregnant and antithetical and contrary to our fundamental policy."

    Dhimmitude: "International Religious Court"

    Pathetic. Do these fools think empowering the thugs will quiet their bloodlust? Stoking the cartoon jihad is a  huge mistake, huge. From the Iris blog;

    Cartoon Insults * Here is a perfect illustration of dhimmitude:

    In order to rectify the situation, and to prevent a future crisis of this type from erupting, what is needed is a "code of conduct" for the newspapers and other mediaDo_not_censor_me_3 in both the Western and Muslim worlds. All governments must agree that the negative depiction of religion is "out of bounds," and penalties should be imposed on those who violate the code of conduct.

    The problem, of course, is to determine the difference between legitimate criticism of someone who acts in the name of a religion, and the negative depiction of that religion.

    To solve that problem, I propose the creation of an International Religious Court, composed of Christian, Muslim and Jewish clergymen with one clergyman representing each of the three religions. Anyone feeling that his or her religion was insulted could appeal to the International Religious Court for a ruling on the matter, and the court would then determine whether a penalty should be invoked. It would be the responsibility of the government on whose territory the action took place to impose the penalty.

    Soccer Dad has more here

    G-d Bless George W. Bush

    Because he is not afraid call good, good and evil evil in a world gone to hell in a handbasket.

    The Bush administration says it is unlikely to stray from its strategy of isolating Hamas until the militant group renounces violence, recognizes Israel, and agrees to previous deals between Palestinians and Israelis. "We want to address the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people, but we are not going to provide money to a terrorist organization," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.More here

    Considering Hamas is an arm of Iran, this is in America's best interest.

     

    Monday, May 08, 2006

    France: "We Will Defy Their Rule"

    Stringent new laws notwithstanding, France is a tinderbox. Edicts have been decreed in violence stricken "immigrant neighborhoods" like prohibiting young people to circulate in groups of no more than three across a large swath of town. And in order to address the crushing unemployment, "legislation allows job applications to be made anonymously to avoid the stigmatization that non-French names and addresses associated with immigrant neighborhoods often provoke."More here in the International Herald Trib;

    Nearly 18 percent of the town's working age population is jobless; violent crime has surged more than six-fold, according to the local police; and tensions between immigrant youths and the police remain high. Nationwide, youth unemployment in troubled districts - seen as a key factor in the disturbances in November - remains near 40 percent.

    They got it bad and that ain't good.

    The suspended edict was unanimously condemned by youths in dozens of interviews, even as it was welcomed by several elderly residents who said they felt threatened by teenage groups.

    I bet they were.

    Nine streets and a number of other areas, including parking lots, were off- limits to teens. So was the central square, where the town hall is located. Inside, in his sun-swept office, Lemoine rejected accusations by political opponents that his decree arbitrarily restricted the freedom of young people.

    "I am trying to protect the freedom of young women who don't dare leave their homes and of the elderly who are too scared to go to the supermarket for fear of being ambushed by teenage gangs," said Lemoine, a former member of the far- right Movement for France. He recently joined the governing Union for a Popular Movement, the center-right party led by Nicolas Sarkozy.

    "I only want to give myself the legal tools to clamp down on violence," he added. "Since the riots, all the mayors in the Parisian suburbs have experienced a very serious increase in street crime."

    "Our experience is that many of those who were arrested during the riots and were subsequently released have come back to the suburbs emboldened," Denion said.

    "We will defy their rule," Karim said. "If they prohibit groups of four, they will get groups of 40." Like many of those interviewed, Karim declined to give his full name for fear of the police.

    And the of course there is this;

    15 masked "youths", apparently, boarded a bus, in Pontoise, France, macing and beating passengers.

    The driver of a bus and several passengers were attacked Saturday afternoon in Pontoise (Valley of Oise) by several young people armed with teargas grenades which then escaped.

    "About fifteen encagoulés young people" are gotten into the bus towards 14H and waited until it starts for gazer. "The driver and three teenagers", in the district of Louvrets, before leaving the bus to the following stop, according to a police source.
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    On the whole, six people whose driver were poisoned to differing degrees. One of the three teenagers aimed, more touched to the eyes that the others, was taken along to the hospital.

    The reason for the aggression remains unknown. [Now that's rich -Atlas]

    Sounds like a long, hot summer awaits.

    UPDATE: Went spinning for a good historical docu, and ha! stumbled upon Belle du Jour, ah.......it's been downhill ever since

    Palis: Christian Zionism is Satanism

    The author of the PMW article, Hamed Al-Tamimi, is a member of the Supreme [Islamic] Judicial Council and the director of the Inter-Religion Dialogue Department. He charges that the Christian Zionists, together with Jewish Zionists, “both agree on hatred of Islam and the Muslims and on [the goal] to destroy them." Story here

    He goes on to slam the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, accusing the organization of “criminal activities against the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people."

    Official PA government Religious Judicial Council web site:

    Christian Zionists "adopted Satan as God"

    Christian Zionism is a dangerous distortion, a deviation from the true Christian faith

    The Christian Zionists and Zionist Jews "comprise the greatest danger to world truth, justice, and peace".

    The International Christian Embassy "carries out criminal activities" against Palestinians

    Christian Zionism must be expelled by the World Church.

    Introduction:
    The following article, written by a senior Palestinian Authority religious figure and placed on the website of the PA Supreme [Islamic] Judicial Council, attacks Christian Zionists for adopting "Satan as God" and deviating "from the true Christian faith."

    Christian Zionists are presented as a danger to Muslims and the world, and the PA Religious leader calls for their expulsion by the "World Church."

    Zionist-Christian motivation is said to be "Crusader motivation" and was behind not only the "cursed Balfour Declaration" but is today "behind the British and American policy in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Arab and Muslim countries."

    It should be noted that the writer Hamed Al-Tamimi, a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, was appointed to his position of religious leadership before the Hamas came to power in the PA. The following is the text as it appears today on the website of the Supreme [Islamic] Judicial Council: here at Palestine Media Watch

    Trojan Letter from Iran

    Word of the letter Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had written to U.S. President George W. Bush helped ease trader concern on the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, which helped push U.S. oil prices to $75 last month.

    Apparently, oil fell $1  on hopes tension over OPEC member Iran's nuclear ambition will ease after Tehran made an unprecedented move to contact Washington.
    Look who is lecturing who;

    "In this letter, he has given an analysis of the current world situation, of the root of existing problems and of new ways of getting out of the current vulnerable situation in the world," Iranian government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham said. More here

    Clearly, this is Tehran's latest diabolical chess move to eliminate the UNSC, the EU, the IAEA and make this a war between America and Iran. POPPYCOCK AH-MADINNERJACKET! Bush, for gawd's sake, don't answer him and if you do, use missiles.

    EGYPTIAN OPPRESSION: HELP FREE AYMAN NOUR AND BLOGGER ALAA

    The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, active, the brave." —Patrick Henry (hat tip Bruce via The Patriot)

    Please sign the petition I ran back in April. We must support those fighting for liberty in the Arab world. THe following commentary ran in today's Wall Sreet Journal here;

    None of the setbacks echoes more loudly than President Hosni Mubarak's decision to take the one truly independent candidate who had the temerity to run against him and clap him in jail.

    NourThat candidate was Ayman Nour, a long-time advocate of human rights and a maverick parliamentarian. Mr. Nour pried a small opening in Egyptian politics late in 2004 when he succeeded in securing legal status for his al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Party. One of the hallmarks of Egypt's authoritarianism has been its peculiar party system. A plethora of official "opposition" parties, all of them long since suborned or neutered by the government, are formally licensed, a status which genuinely independent parties are consistently denied.

    Such was the initial fate of al-Ghad, but Mr. Nour was unusually persistent. Another hallmark of Egypt's system -- which is authoritarian but not totalitarian -- is that the judiciary, particularly at its highest levels, has always retained some independence. So Mr. Nour doggedly used the courts to force the regime finally to grant the license. No sooner had the regime bent to Mr. Nour's legal tactics, however, than it announced his arrest. Read it all.

    Muslim extremists are targeting moderates

    UPDATE: More Egyptian oppression from the Sandmonkey;

    As you may have heard by now, Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abdel Fatah has been arrested alongside 10 others while demonstrating in support of the independence of the Judiciary in Egypt and the release of previous demonstrators who were detained 2 weeks earlier. The Police entrapped them, cordoning off their peaceful protest and then proceeded to handpick the demonstrators that they wanted to detain, beat them, and then arrested them.

    Alaa and those arrested with him are now arrested for 15 days "pending investigation", which could be renewed indefinitely if the state so wishes. He and the men were sent to the infamous Torah Prison and the girls to the Qanatir prison for the duration. This makes them hardly safe, because stuff that goes on in Egyptian prisons on the hands of the jailors: beatings, sexual assaults, torture of all kinds.

    Currently there are about 48 detained, 6 of them are bloggers, and 3 of them are women. The best known is Alaa, which makes him the posterboy of this campaign - but getting them out is equally as important. Egypt has fewer than 830 bloggers all in all, 60 of whom are political and less than 30 are politically active. Now 6 of those are in jail - 20% of all politically active Egyptian bloggers - and amongst them one of Egypt's most highly profiled one.

    This is by no means a co-incidence. Government agents handpicked people to arrest from amongst the protesters. They have been wanting to get Alaa for a long time now, precisely because he is high profile, and because he helps organizes the protests and spread the information through the blog aggregator he runs (www.manalaa.net). With Alaa gone, Aggregator could shut down without his maintenance and other bloggers could get too scared to be active and find no way to organize or reach one other. It's of vital importance that he gets released ASAP.

    Alaa is a secular democracy activist, and a tireless advocate of freedom, free speech and human rights. He organizes demonstrations and engages in protests against all kinds of injustices in Egypt and is the winner of the international Best of the Blogs award from Reporters Without Borders last December.

    Alaa was arrested while protesting to support Egypt's Judges fight for independence. 2 weeks earlier he had organized a "National Unity" protest to show solidarity with Egypt's Christians who suffered a sectarian attack on 3 churches on Good Friday. Before that he was one of the few voices that urged calm and peaceful dialogue while the cartoon crisis was hitting its peak. He is a desperately needed voice of moderation and democracy in Egypt, and one of the few flickers of hope in a country whose future seems mire between the crushing rule of the regime and the fanaticism of the Islamist opposition.

    And now Alaa needs your help. We have started an e-mail campaign to the Egyptian embassies and the US State Department in order to push for his release, and have started protests in front of the Egyptian embassy and consulates in the US for his release. We will also hold protests in France, Italy and Gemany. We could use your help in getting the word out and sending them an e-mail demanding his release.

    Addresses for the Egyptian embassies in the US and Canada are available here, templates for e-mails to be sent to the embassies here, and the contact information for the person to e-mail in the US state department is here. If you are a journalist or know one, help us spread the word by writing about this or demanding your local newspaper write about this. If you have a blog or a website and would like to raise awareness about this issue, banners for the Free Alaa campaign can be found here and here. We could use any help we can get, so if you have any ideas or ways to help us, please do.

     

    Eurabia: Attacking Jews in Germany

    UGH................

    BERLIN  – A serious anti-Semitic assault took place in Berlin last week, when an Israeli medical student was attacked at night by a group of young women after they heard her talking in Hebrew on her mobile phone. The Israeli [JEWISH] woman was beaten and wounded.
    [...]
    The incident happened last week  a party at the house of friends in the Steglitz neighborhood  in south-west Berlin, where a large Muslim community resides (hat tip Asher)

    UPDATE: Steven elaborates;

    This isn't new. When I was visiting Germany regularly in the 80s there was always alot of security around any Jewish related place or event. Just as now, the violence was attributed to Moslems. Germany has made an effort, in good faith, to deal with its demons. However, it seems Moslem anti-semitism is more openly expressed in countries with a history of anti-semitism.

    One time, an orthodox colleague of mine suggested I visit a Jewish old age home nearby where he had once spent Shabbat. I will never forget the look of fear in the eyes of the caretaker when I walked up to the door. They lived in fear of an attack and I was suspect until I explained why I was there.

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    Hamas/Fatah: Killers Killing Each Other

    Something morbidly poetic about that. Hamas and Fatah battle leave 3 dead. Civil war looms large.

    The confrontations began after midnight with a spate of kidnappings and peaked at daybreak, when Hamas fighters fired a shoulder-held missile into a jeep with government license plates, killing two Fatah gunmen who were also members of the Palestinian security forces.

    The fighting was the latest sign that the two sides could be sliding toward large-scale clashes. Each group has been training its gunmen for possible confrontation, and Hamas recently outbid Fatah in buying a black market shipment of 100,000 bullets.

    Meanwhile, Israel Foils Hamas Plot to Kill Mahmoud Abbas

    A Hamas plot to assassinate PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been thwarted after he was tipped off by Israeli intelligence. Hamas' military wing, the Iz a-Din al-Qassem, had planned to kill Abbas at his office in Gaza, intelligence sources said. "So when we learned that Abbas' life was in danger, we made sure to inform him without delay," said an Israeli intelligence source. "Hamas considers Abbas to be a barrier to its complete control over Palestine and decided to kill him," said a Palestinian source who is a close acquaintance of Abbas.

    Israel saving Yasser Arafat's successor - who'd a thunk it?

     

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Harvard, Bostom at Heritage

    Support the heroine of Western Civilization, Hirsi Ali, at Harvard this Tuesday, May 9 at 5 PM.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali (born in Somalia) is a Dutch human rights leader, feminist, and a member of theAyaanhirsial_iharvard_flyer Dutch Parliament. She is a prominent and controversial spokesperson, author, film maker and critic of Islamism. Her movie "Submission" on abuse of women in Islam, directly led to the murder of the director Theo Van Gogh in November 2004. A death letter left on the body was addressed to Ms. Hirsi Ali.

    Ms. Ali lives under 24 hour security protection.

    The Harvard Dutch Cultural Society invited Ali to come to Harvard. After a fierce (and so-far behind-the-scenes) political battle, Ali’s invitation is NOT being rescinded and her evening speech and afternoon book signing at the Coop are proceeding as planned.

    If you want to participate in making history, and support the bravest of the brave, come to one of these events on Tuesday, May 9, described below:

    NOTE: ONLY THOSE WITH HARVARD AFFILIATION WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE 5PM TALK.

    BUT EVERYONE CAN GO GET HIRSI ALI TO SIGN HER BOOK AT THE COOP AT NOON.

    The Harvard Dutch Cultural Society announces:

    Realizing the Open Society

    A DISCUSSION ON ISLAM, GENDER AND FREE SPEECH

    with AYAAN HIRSI ALI, MEMBER OF DUTCH PARLIAMENT             (see biography below)

    Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Director of Women and Public Policy Program Prof. Thomas M. Scanlon, Department of Philosophy Dr. Ahmed Mansour, Former Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School

    Tuesday, May 9, 2006

    Panel Discussion- 5pm, Reception -6:30, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Building

    All members of the Harvard community are invited.  Harvard ID required for entry.  Reception to follow. For more information, please contact: [email protected] (857-222-0911)

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali Interview, February 2006 -- Video here hat tip Bostom

    talking about her film Submission, Theo Van Gogh, her views on Islam, the Danish cartoons, and her need for constant protection from Islamic threats of death. The clip starts with a short segment in Norwegian, then switches to English for the interview.

    UPDATE:  Bostom to speak at Heritage Foundation
                        The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslim

    The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims

    Date: May 9, 2006 Time: 12:00 noon

    Speaker(s): Dr. Andrew G. Bostom, Author of The Legacy of Jihad and Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Renal Diseases, Rhode Island Hospital

    Laurent Murawiec, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Author of The Mind of Jihad

    Host(s): Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Affairs and International Energy Security hat tip Lorenzo

    Sunday, May 07, 2006

    "If they are sleeping at night they are fools"

    THE PRESIDENT:...... And when Ahmadinejad speaks, we need to take it seriously, and when he says he wants to destroy Israel, the world needs to take that very seriously. It's a serious threat. It's a threat to an ally of the United States and Germany. But what he's also saying is, if he's willing to destroy one country, he'd be willing to destroy other countries.

    If the American people stand by while the the fifth column undermines and ties the hands of the Bush administration, then they are as culpable as the terror enabkers. Read it all over at Powerline here. Hat tip Bruce H

    Jerusalem Post editor David Horovitz conducts an interesting interview with "a longtime Iranian-born opposition activist who, among other efforts, is a member of the National Union for Democracy in Iran, a three-year-old, US-based opposition group..." Horovitz's introduction and the interview itself are interesting in their entirety. Here is an exchange toward the end of the interview:

    How worried should the West be by the nuclear drive and horrible rhetoric?

    Extremely worried. They should not be sleeping at night. If they are sleeping at night they are fools. They should take Ahmadinejad at face value. This is no rhetoric for political consumption, or domestic consumption, or international consumption. He means what he says and says what he means. And when I say "he" I mean "they" - the regime.

    If they had a nuclear capability would they use it?

    I would say so, yes.

    Unprovoked

    They would make good use of it, in their aim to defeat the West.

    How does Hamas fit into this mind-set?

    As an operational arm of the Islamist regime - financially, politically.

    Where does this desire to take over the world come from? Retreating from modernity is one thing, but taking over the world? Why the effort to defeat the West? Is this a religious imperative?

    Judaism is more conducive to modernity. It does not close the mind. It encourages debate. I am Muslim-born, but Islam is the most rigid faith. Islam paralyzes the brain.

    Saturday, May 06, 2006

    Islamic Bloc: We Respect Press Freedom But

    They just don't get it. And it seems they are never gonna get it. Freedom of the press is a western value. We will not falter, we will not submit to dhimmitude, we will not change our core values, we will not submit to Islam. Fugedabowdit.

    There are no buts about it.

    (CNSNews.com) - A bloc representing the world's Islamic nations is marking World Press Freedom Day Wednesday by calling for urgent action to establish international law or a code of conduct aimed at preventing media from defaming religion.

    The Saudi-based secretariat of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) said in a statement it was committed to press freedom, but that journalists should be deterred from premeditatedly vilifying, defaming and violating the rights of others."

    What about the rights of those dying in the cartoon jihad riots? Or the cartoonists that are being  hunted down for assassination? Or the journalists on trial for their lives. Hypocrites.

    Citing the controversy earlier this year over the printing of cartoons depicting Mohammed, the OIC said the publication of the sketches and its ramifications provided "absolute evidence of the consequences of non-abidance with these regulations."

    Absolute evidence of Islamic intolerance.

    It said the caricatures had insulted "a faith embraced and revered by over one-fifth of the world population, and a religion that advocates peace, tolerance and moral virtues."

    RoPMA.

    UPDATE: How would Islamists treat free media? Malkin provides insight here.  Execution of the press.

    Background:
    London Sunday Times--"Part of me died when I saw this cruel killing."

    Jihad Watch--"Her cries — 'Ah, ah, ah' — can be heard above the 'Allahu akbar' intoned by the holder of the mobile phone."

    New York Times Leaps to Zarqawi's Defense

    UPDATE: On journalist beheading video. It's a fake but the journalist is dead. Dead.  Shot, apparently.  But not beheaded. More  here at My Pet Jawa.

    America Stuck in September 10

    WND 'Easily the most scandalous anecdote in the book is that of FBI agent [correction: junior translator - Atlas]  Sibel Edmonds walking into the Washington field office after 9-11, to find the Middle Eastern linguists making merry – passing around date-stuffed cookies to celebrate the occasion on which America got its just deserts. Were they fired? Stripped of their top-secret security clearances? Au contraire! More of their ilk were hired. Meanwhile, Arabic-speaking Sephardic Jews have been rejected for the job. There were "loyalty concerns," or so the bureau said.'
    'In the final analysis, Sperry's book constitutes a withering indictment of an administration that has not only failed in its constitutional duty to uproot America's enemies on the home front, but has done its best to accommodate and appease them.' hat tip Robert D

    Can you feel the gloom? I can. The President insists that "we are winning the war on terror," but as Americans are becoming more informed about Islam, and about the nature of the global jihad, and with that knowledge comes the realization that in the face of various aspects of this immense, life-and-death challenge, our leaders are responding either improperly or not at all.

    Hence the formidable Derbyshire writes this about the Moussaoui sentence at National Review's The Corner:

    Does anyone, DOES ANYONE, think we're going to defeat Islamofascism by Losingbattle squirting clouds of this multicultural mush at it? The terrorists sure as hell don't. Does anyone think the enemy gives a fig for our determination not to "focus on hatred, bigotry, and irrationality" (Judge Brinkema). I wonder if you can win a war without deploying hatred. Homer didn't think so.

    The New York Post described Judge Brinkema's closing remarks as "a tongue lashing." I would say that's about right. They have suicide bombers — and, any day now, nukes which they will use. We have wet tongues.

    "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, naturally they will favor the strong horse."—-Osama bin Laden. Yes, they will. We are doomed, doomed.

    Likewise, at the Restoration Weekend in Phoenix not too long ago I was on a panel with Daniel Pipes, Phyllis Chesler and Steven Emerson. The topic we were given was, "Are we winning the war on terror?" All of us said no.

    How can this be, when the enemy has nothing approaching our military might? Because far more important in the long run than the jihad of bombs and beheadings is the soft jihad of subversion of the West, which is succeeding magnificently while most citizens of Western countries are completely unaware that it is happening. Those who are unaware of just how bad things have gotten would do well to read David Selbourne's The Losing Battle with Islam. Selbourne, a historian and former Oxford professor, writes with an unusual and refreshing clarity and honesty about the ways in which the West, through short-sightedness, ignorance, and a deeply rooted unwillingness to make hard decisions or face hard facts, has enabled the jihad threat to grow to its present dimensions. And he explains why things are likely only to get worse.

    Selbourne details how, "in contrast with Western confusion, indecision, anxieties to avoid offense, and an unstable media feverishness over individual events, a steadier truth is to be found in Islamist declarations that a 'confrontation' is in progress between 'Islam and world infidelity', and that a 'clear crystallization' is taking place between the 'two camps' of Islam and non-Islam." The mujahedin keep pushing that confrontation, while instead of standing up and defending our civilization, heritage, and values, our leaders are doing everything they can to ignore that confrontation and pretend to themselves that as soon as they hit upon the right mix of concessions and fuzzy-focused "anti-terror" and "democratization" initiatives, peace will return.

    Selbourne explains why this will never work, and how "the tolerances, moral inertias and hidden sympathies of the corrupted liberal could themselves become liberticidal..." He exposes not only the murderous ideology of the mujahedin, but also the devices they use to further its advance. Enormously helpful are Selbourne's catalogues, such as his list and explanation of twelve common devices of deception -- to wit:

    FIRST DEVICE: To appear, in your own interest, to be sympathetically disposed to the non-Islamic world, while continuing covertly to act against it, as by condeming hostilities against it in which you have had, and continue to have, a hand. This device has been best exemplified by the conduct of the Saudi royal household....

    He also catalogues "Nine Arguments which have been commonly used to keep at bay 'unwelcome and inconvenient truths' about the Islamic revival and its advance." As one who has been on the receiving end of all nine of these, I highly recommend this catalogue as a useful too to help anti-jihadists spot such rhetorical tricks and defeat those who use them.

    I also highly recommend Selbourne's assessments of why democracy, modernization, and hearts-and-minds initiatives are useless in this struggle, and doomed to failure. hat tip sherwood

    Hit List on Papers that ran Cartoons

    Terror Group hints at attacks on Papers that Ran Muhammad Caricatures 

    The publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad caused outrage and violence across the Muslim world several months ago. Now a militant Muslim group with a presence in Germany and other European nations has published a list of newspapers that reprinted the cartoons, urging Muslims to take action against Western journalists.

    Ansar al-Sunna: "The path of jihad against the enemies of God is still available."
    Ansar al-Sunna: "The path of jihad against the enemies of God is still available."
    The article in the latest issue of an online journal published by the terrorist group Ansar al-Sunna starts out innocently enough with a neutral chronicle of events: "On Sept. 17, 2005, the Danish newspaper Politiken published an article reporting that journalist Kare Bluitgen was having difficulties finding illustrators for his children's book on the life of the prophet Muhammad."

    The next paragraph describes how another major Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published a series of 12 cartoons representing the founder of Islam. In the second paragraph, the authors become more explicit, describing the newspaper as an "extremist crusader's paper" controlled by Denmark's "ruling party."

    At the end of the article, the authors formulate a call to violence that may seem roundabout at first, but which is unlikely to be misinterpreted by the online journal's readership. It's not a matter of a single newspaper, the authors write, but rather one "of international significance." The gist of the article is this: Something needs to be done, the prophet must be avenged. Hat tip Daryl

     

    Friday, May 05, 2006

    Krauthammer: Screaming into the Void

    His words are like sledgehammers. No one even bothers to look up. No rubber necking here, see no evil.......And now Kofi enema Annan is calling for direct talks between the US and Iran? Reward these fascists? Empower them? Hell no, Kofi Kofi has to go.

    Hey Koffee, what happened to the security council, the IAEA? Huh? Hey Koffee, are you trying to make this a battle between Washington and Tehran? You, Koffee, are part of the problem. What a tool, Iran's tool.
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    NEVER AGAIN, Charles Krauthammer

    When 6 million European Jews were killed in the Holocaust, only two main centers of Jewish life remained: America and Israel. That binary star system remains today, but a tipping point has just been reached. With every year, as the Jewish population continues to rise in Israel and decline in America (and in the rest of the Diaspora), Israel increasingly becomes, as it was at the time of Jesus, the center of the Jewish world.

    An epic restoration, and one of the most improbable. To take just one of the remarkable achievements of the return: Hebrew is the only "dead" language in recorded history to have been brought back to daily use as the living language of a nation. But there is a price and a danger to this transformation. It radically alters the prospects for Jewish survival.

    For 2,000 years, Jews found protection in dispersion — protection not for individual communities, which were routinely persecuted and massacred, but protection for the Jewish people as a whole. Decimated here, they could survive there. They could be persecuted in Spain and find refuge in Constantinople. They could be massacred in the Rhineland during the Crusades or in the Ukraine during the Khmelnytsky Insurrection of 1648-49 and yet survive in the rest of Europe.

    Hitler put an end to that illusion. He demonstrated that modern anti-Semitism married to modern technology — railroads, disciplined bureaucracies, gas chambers that kill with industrial efficiency — could take a scattered people and "concentrate" them for annihilation.

    The establishment of Israel was a Jewish declaration to a world that had allowed the Holocaust to happen — after Hitler had made his intentions perfectly clear — that the Jews would henceforth resort to self-protection and self-reliance. And so they have, building a Jewish army, the first in 2,000 years, that prevailed in three great wars of survival (1948-49, 1967 and 1973).

    But in a cruel historical irony, doing so required concentration — putting all the eggs back in one basket, a tiny territory hard by the Mediterranean, eight miles wide at its waist. A tempting target for those who would finish Hitler's work.

    His successors now reside in Tehran. The world has paid ample attention to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declaration that Israel must be destroyed. Less attention has been paid to Iranian leaders' pronouncements on exactly how Israel would be "eliminated by one storm," as Ahmadinejad has promised.

    Former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the presumed moderate of this gang, has explained that "the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam." The logic is impeccable, the intention clear: A nuclear attack would effectively destroy tiny Israel, while any retaliation launched by a dying Israel would have no major effect on an Islamic civilization of a billion people stretching from Mauritania to Indonesia.

    As it races to acquire nuclear weapons, Iran makes clear that if there is any trouble, the Jews will be the first to suffer. "We have announced that wherever [in Iran] America does make any mischief, the first place we target will be Israel," said Gen. Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani, a top Revolutionary Guards commander. Hitler was only slightly more direct when he announced seven months before invading Poland that, if there was another war, "the result will be . . . the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe." READ IT ALL HERE

    Lame CNN Bends Over for Zarqawi

    It sounds impossible but the dhimmi press continues to surprise me. The lamestream media, in this case CNN, is begging for Zarqawi's forgiveness. Yup. Check out the pathetic attempt by CNN to make excuses for Zarqawi's amateurishness and ineptitude. Yo CNN, he's the enemy, you putzes! (Much thanks Morton for the following):

    Over at EXPOSE THE LEFT This is CNN's apology to Zarqawi's problem getting his, ah, gun to fire, as it were.  CNN singlehandedly accomplishes an incredible array of goals in a very few short minutes:

    1)  Excuses Abigail's gun problem since the gun is "very heavy" and difficult to use (even though "exposetheleft" posts from military personnel deny that very notion);

    2)  Points out that we were very close to him (and in parentheses failed to capture him);

    4)  (By omission) To my recollection, fails to label the recent spate of terrorist videos as such, that is, as propaganda.

    You can see the video by going to the link and downloading the topmost "DOWNLOAD."  It's slow, click away and get yerself a cuppa joe.

    This sinks the stomach.  Whatever.  I continue to believe that this has great propaganda value for our side.  I had the time and skill I would launch a site dedicated to terrorist incompetence, for primarily muslim consumption. >

    Hamas: U.S. Guilty of "WAR CRIMES"

    Give 'em a state!

    Hamas Accuses U.S. of "War Crimes"
    The spokesman for the Hamas-led Palestinian government, Dr. Ghazi Hamad, on Thursday accused the U.S. of "war crimes," and said "the great criminal is the USA." In an interview with the Ma'an News Agency in Jerusalem, Hamad said, "the U.S. is practicing a kind of war crime as it puts the Palestinian people under siege and starvation and oppression." (Ma'an News Agency-PA)

    What exactly is a Hamas war crime? Considering all of the murder, bombings and death suffered at the hands of Hamas, that and their avowed mission to destroy Israel, what is a "Hamas war crime?" Living free? Science, math, philanthropy, education?

     

    Thursday, May 04, 2006

    Zarqawi: But can he find his ass with both hands?

    OMG!  What a pussy!

    BAGHDAD, Iraq — The U.S. military command Thursday released previously unseen images of a video purportedly posted by Al Qaeda in Iraq's leader, showing him decked out in American tennis shoes and unable to operate his machine gun.

    • Click here to watch the Zarqawi video.

    Authorities also said 31 "foreign fighters" had been killed since April and 161 Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders were killed or captured since January, seriously undercutting the group's logistical abilities. FOX News (hat tip steve)

    Al Qaeda WMD: Another Bush Success in the GWOT

    So many Bush successes in the war on Islamic extremism, so little press coverage.

    U.S. DISRUPTED AL QAEDA WMD EFFORTS

    U.S. and international programs to defeat al Qaeda have limited the terrorist group's ability to acquire weapons of mass destruction, the No. 2 U.S. intelligence official said.
        Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden, principal deputy director of national intelligence, said in a recent speech that al Qaeda remains dangerous but has grown more diffuse.
        In explaining successes in the global war against terrorists in the past 4? years, Gen. Hayden noted that the United States and its allies "disrupted [al Qaeda?s] efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction."
        He and other intelligence officials declined to provide specifics of the disruption.
        However, administration officials said operations in Afghanistan and a few recent incidents show that al Qaeda continues to seek nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons.

    Neo-neo con has a much needed post on the apologists here

    Take Iran Seriously

    "When they came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I did not speak out; I was not a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out." It is attributed to German Pastor Martin Niemöller, a onetime Hitler supporter who was later imprisoned by the Nazis.

    Ex-Mossad Chief: Take Iran Seriously - Yitzhak Benhorin
    Former Mossad Director Ephraim Halevy said Wednesday in Washington the world should believe Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he talks about his desire to annihilate the State of Israel. However, Halevy said Iran's aspirations of making Israel disappear have no chance of materializing. He noted that "now more than ever," Israel and the U.S. share the same interests "in the face of Iran's threats on Israel and the free world." (Ynet News)

    Atlas: Don't take France seriously;

    French Leader: Don't Fight Iran  AP
    France's prime minister said Thursday that military action is not the solution to the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

    Iran's Latest - Editorial
    A funny thing happened on the way to the Iranian bomb: The more alarming the mullahs' behavior, the more nonchalant the rest of the world seems to be about it. Israeli intelligence reported last week that Iran has purchased an upgraded version of the Soviet SS-6 ballistic missile from North Korea, which is capable of carrying a nuclear payload and has a range of about 1,600 miles, putting parts of Europe well within range.
        And the international community's response? Russia and China, both veto-wielding members of the Security Council, are adamantly opposed to UN sanctions on Iran. In Europe, British Foreign Minister Jack Straw has reportedly told cabinet colleagues that it would be "illegal" for Britain to participate in any prospective military action against Iran.
        Last week, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, offered to share the nuclear genie with visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Mr. Bashir, whose government abets the massacre of Darfuris, says Sudan could use a nuclear reactor to generate electricity. How so many apparently thoughtful people can face the idea of an Iranian bomb with relative equanimity remains a mystery to us. (Wall Street Journal, 3May06)

    It is painfully clear, what ever has to be done, America is going to have to have do it. Unilaterally.

    The Gathering Storm over Iran - Nile Gardiner and Joseph Loconte (Boston Globe)

    • In October 1938, in the heat of the crisis over German intervention in Czechoslovakia, Winston Churchill asked: ''Does anyone pretend that preparation for resistance to aggression is unleashing war?...I declare it to be the sole guarantee of peace."
    • The Allies were not prepared to resist German aggression at that crucial moment. The result was a policy of appeasement - the infamous Munich Agreement - which abandoned Czechoslovakia into Nazi hands.
    • In the current standoff with Iran, the West is approaching what can fairly be described as another Munich moment. An Islamo-fascist regime is apparently determined to acquire nuclear weapons, destroy Israel, and extend its radical ideology.
    • What should the U.S. do to avoid another Munich? If the Security Council fails to confront the Iranian threat, America must form an international coalition to disarm the regime, enforcing a range of targeted political and economic sanctions. It must place the potential use of force squarely on the table. More here

    Terrorists Hunt to Kill Danish Cartoonists

    The cartoon jihad was/is a deliberate incitement by the Islamic Extremists to open up another front on the war on the West. Don't expect it to go away.

    12 terrorists hunt Danish cartoonists

    Europe-bound dirty dozen traveling through Iran, claims Afghan report

    WASHINGTON – A dozen young terrorists have departed Afghanistan, bound first for Iran and then Europe, where their mission will be to hunt down the DanishDanishpaper_weekly_standard_3 cartoonists responsible for drawing anti-Muhammad sketches, according to a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

    The report was passed on by Hamid Mir, the Pakistani journalist who has interviewed al-Qaida leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri and who just visited the no-man's land along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    While there, he was told by Taliban sources in south Waziristan that 12 young men – nine Afghans and three Pakistanis – are on their way to Europe to kill the Danish cartoonists. While some carry Afghan passports and others carry Iranian passports, all will travel through Iran on their way to Europe, he reports.

    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams: Jihad Against America

    The jihad against America is as old as America.
    Andrew Bostom reviews  in Front Page AMERICA'S FIRST WAR ON TERROR;

    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, then serving as American ambassadors to France and Britain, respectively, met in 1786 in London with the Tripolitan Ambassador to Britain, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja. These future American presidents were attempting to negotiate a peace treaty which would spare the United States the ravages of jihad piracy—murder, enslavement (with ransoming for redemption), and expropriation of valuable commercial assets—emanating from the Barbary states (modern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, known collectively in Arabic as the Maghrib). During their discussions, they questioned Ambassador Adja as to the source of the unprovoked animus directed at the nascent United States republic. Jefferson and Adams, in their subsequent report to the Continental Congress, recorded the Tripolitan Ambassador’s justification:

     

    … that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.

    Thus as Joshua London’s Victory in Tripoli elaborates in lucid prose, an aggressive jihad was already being waged against the United States almost 200 years prior to America becoming a dominant international power in the Middle East. Moreover, these jihad depredations targeting America antedated the earliest vestiges of the Zionist movement by a century, and the formal creation of Israel by 162 years—exploding the ahistorical canard that American support for the modern Jewish state is a prerequisite for jihadist attacks on the United States.

    Andrew Bostom will be speaking at the Heritage Foundation May 9th to discuss his book "The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims" a comprehensive, meticulously documented compilation, which includes Muslim theological and juridical texts, eyewitness historical accounts by both Muslim and non-Muslim chroniclers, and essays by preeminent scholars analyzing jihad (“holy war”) and the conditions imposed upon the non-Muslim peoples conquered by jihad campaigns.

    Details here.

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    "America is Now Disappearing From the Hearts Within America Itself... Whereas Islam is Growing Even Within America"

    Congratulate the left, they are doing a fine job of burying this great nation.

    "America is Now Disappearing From the Hearts Within America Itself... Whereas Islam is Growing Even Within America"; "Whoever is Familiar With the Sunna and Hadith Knows That a Battle Against the Enemies of Allah Awaits on the Horizon, in Which the Muslims Will Be Victorious"  Saudi Cleric Nasser bin Suleiman Al-'Omar:More here

    Saudi_professor_vid_clip

    View MEMRI Clip here

    On April 19, 2006, Saudi Islamist cleric Sheikh Dr. Nasser Al-'Omar appeared on Al-Jazeera delivering a lecture on jihad. In it, he said, "The Islamic nation now faces a great phase of jihad," and added "There are places where jihad is proper - Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir, and the Philippines." He also told his audience that the U.S. was "disappearing" - echoing his statement on Al-Majd TV on June 13, 2004 that "America is collapsing," and that Muslims "must be patient." 

    In November 2004, Dr. Al-'Omar made headlines as one of the 26 signatories of a fatwa supporting the Iraqi resistance. On December 17, 2004, he explained, in an interview for the PBS program Frontline, why he was opposed to eliminating anti-Western and antisemitic teachings from Saudi schoolbooks. (1)

    According to a March 13, 2006 Reuters report, Al-'Omar hosted a reception for a Hamas delegation, led by Khaled Mash'al, in Riyadh on March 12, 2006. The report also stated that according to Al-'Omar's website ( www.almoslim.net , hosted in Canada(2)) the reception was also attended by prominent clerics and Islamists - some of whom had served prison terms for their suspected support of Al-Qaeda or for criticizing the Saudi government.(3)

    The following is the transcript of excerpts from the lecture by Sheikh Dr. Nasser bin Suleiman Al-'Omar, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on April 19, 2006.

    "[A] U.S. Congressman... Said: 'The 21st Century is the Century of Islam, Which Will Offer an Opportunity for Peace in the World'"

    Dr. Nasser bin Suleiman Al-'Omar: "Listen to this report, which was submitted by the American intelligence to the American officials, regarding the religion of Islam, which some think is defeated or weak today. According to the report, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Muslims will soon become one-third of the world's population. Conversion to Islam increased significantly following 9/11.

    "In addition, U.S. Congressman John Morlan [sic] said: 'The 21st century is the century of Islam, which will offer an opportunity for peace in the world.' There is no doubt that it is Islam that will bring peace, and not the U.N., America, Russia, or anyone else."

    [...]

    Three Myths About Islam

    More you need to know about Islam. Sorry folks, get educated!  This is a paid sub piece over at  the Sun  - that paper and the blogs will save Western Civilization ................. no joke.

    None of the three myths can survive the light of competent scholarship, and the author of “Islamic Imperialism: A History," Efraim Karsh, of King’s College, London, is much more than merely competent. He starts at the beginning, with the missionary preaching of Muhammad in the seventh century, and almost reaches the present. Readers of the blog  know I am a great, great admirer of Mr. Karsh and cite his writings often. Read it all benath the fold.

    Islam_5Luttrell  Psalter’s  illumination  (c.  1340)  of  King  Richard  I  in  combat  with  Saladin.  GRANGER  COLLECTION

    Much of what we think we know about Islam is false. Islam has been on the attack since its birth in the seventh century.

    Many people know many things about Islam and its history. Unfortunately, much of what they know happens to be untrue. The great Jewish Orientalists of the 19th century, such as Gustav Weil and Ignaz Goldziher, can be blamed for myth no. 1: that Islam is especially tolerant of other religions. Their scholarship was immense but they were too eager to praise Islam to remain objective.

    Islamic_imperialism Myth no. 2 is that Muslim extremists are not attacking us, but only counterattacking, so that if non-Muslims would only stop provoking them, all would be well.

    But Muslims certainly cannot be faulted for Myth no. 3: that Islam is a religion of peace.That myth is strictly the creation of Western liberals and especially American educational administrators, librarians, and academics determined to invent their own peaceful Islam, in which even Jihad is always or at least mostly an entirely nonviolent spiritual struggle.

    None of the three myths can survive the light of competent scholarship, and the author of “Islamic Imperialism: A History” (Yale University Press, 288 pages, $30), Efraim Karsh, of King’s College, London, is much more than merely competent. He starts at the beginning...............

    Click below to read it all.
    This is a paid subscription piece over at the Sun so I've run it for you beneath the fold.

    Continue reading "Three Myths About Islam" »

    The liberal betrayal of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    "My criticsim of the West, especially of liberals, is that they take freedom for granted. Hirsi Ali, this past weekend in NYC.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali was in New York, that bastion of liberalism, where her host at PEN acted badly, the cognitive dissonance in the room belonged less to those who had paid to listen to her than to those who had invited her to speak.....

    AN ENLIGHTENMENT FUNDAMENTALIST
    By BRENDAN BERNHARD , New York Sun (paid only, so I am running it all)

    Like an increasing number of immigrants in the West who refuse to have a “victim” label pinned to their lapels, the Dutch-Somalian actress, author, and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents something of a problem for liberal intellectuals. A short film she cowrote, “Submission,” was shown on Dutch television in August 2004. Its subject was the mistreatment of Muslim women at the hands of Muslim men.

    Deliberately provocative, the film projected words from the Koran onto exposed female flesh. Just over two months later, the director, Theo van Gogh, was savagely murdered by a Muslim fundamentalist.Ever since, Ms. Ali, who is a member of the Dutch Parliament and the author of a new book, “The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam”, has had to live under the protection of armed guards. On Sunday, Ms.Ali was interviewed by the Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch at the New York Public Library as part of PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature.[Not so incidentally, Hirsi Ali was recently evicted from her home. Just to show how far Dutch tolerance goes: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s neighbors have sued the Dutch state in order to get her to be removed from the apartment complex in which she is living under police protection. The request was initially rejected, but following an appeal a higher court has now ordered Hirsi Ali to leave her house within four months, Peaktalk translates here - Atlas]

    Paul Holdengraber, the library’s director of public events, got things going with a brief introduction, pausing only to take a mandatory swipe at President Bush, before introducing the president of PEN American Center, Ron Chernow.

    Mr. Chernow’s introduction was curiously ungracious. It consisted largely of a warning that the audience might find itself in agreement with only some of what Ms. Ali had to say, or perhaps just a small portion of it, or even none of it. Nevertheless, he assured us, we could all agree that she is a woman of uncommon courage and integrity.

    A slender, dark-skinned woman with a pretty face and long-fingered, expressive hands, Ms. Ali, 37, smiled politely as she took this in. She is, after all, a politician, and accustomed to what in a few minutes she would term “the liberal betrayal” namely, the failure of the West to defend its own Enlightenment values against those who openly seek to undermine or destroy them. On this particular afternoon, it would take an African refugee to remind a New Yorker writer (Mr. Gourevitch), a multi-lingual European intellectual impresario (Mr. Holdengraber), and the president of PEN American Center (Mr. Chernow) that courage and integrity are not necessarily at odds with rational, coherent thought, and might even be an integral part of it. At least Salman Rushdie, seated in the front row in what appeared to be a gesture of moral support for a co-religionist in trouble with Muslim radicals, seemed to understand.

        Mr. Gourevitch, the 45-year-old author of a critically acclaimed account of the RwandaHirsi_ali genocide, “We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families,” conducted the interview fluently and without the benefit of notes. His demeanor was cool and mildly skeptical. He didn’t place Ms. Ali in the dock, exactly, but he certainly didn’t put her on a pedestal. There was an unmistakable air of cognitive dissonance in the room — how do we deal with this woman? — given almost palpable expression by occasional loud bursts of electronic static that initially seemed to give the Dutch woman a fright. (She does, after all, suffer from continual death threats.) But she laughed it off.

    “My criticism of the West, especially of liberals, is that they do take freedom for granted,” Ms. Ali responded. She noted that Western Europeans born after World War II are unused to conflict. “They have lost the instinct to recognize that there can be such a thing as an enemy or a threat to freedom, and that’s what I’m witnessing in Europe now,” she stated. “[There is] a pacifist ideology that violence should never be used in any circumstances, and so we should talk and talk and talk. Even when your opponent tells you, ‘I don’t want to talk to you, I want to destroy you,’ the reaction is, ‘Please, let’s talk about the fact that you want to destroy me!’” [That sums up the  American left -  Atlas]

        At this, the audience, which included a female student wearing a Little Green Footballs T-shirt, a reference to the pro-Iraq war Web site, burst into laughter. At the end of the interview, the Dutch politician and author was given rousing applause, and it became clear that whatever cognitive dissonance had been in the room belonged less to those who had paid to listen to her than to those who had invited her to speak.

    UPDATE: Other bloggers who covered the event, check out Mary at Exit Zero  and Judith at Kesher Talk, which is where I found this pearl. SHE SPEAKS! LGF , T-shirt Teen in her own words:

    I never post here (though I read quite frequently--LGF is my homepage! And I really should be commenting more often) but I'm very proud to say that I am the "female student wearing a Little Green Footballs T-shirt" mentioned here :)

    I'm honestly thrilled that I was able to go hear Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak. As I remarked to my mother, this was the first time I've heard a speaker with whom I agreed on every point. I think she's incredibly inspiring and I wish more people had the opportunity to hear what she has to say. Surprisingly, hardly anyone in the elitist-NYC-liberal circle I go to school with every day knows about her--I told my U.S. Government teacher I went to hear her speak, and not only did he not know who she was, he'd never heard about Theo van Gogh! I think that's all pretty appalling.. .

    . . And no, my t-shirt wasn't wet. I'm a respectable pro-Iraq-war-website reader!

    There was never any doubt.

    UPDATE: I took down the rest of the article until I receive permission from The New York Sun to run it all. Check back tomorrow.

    First, KILL ALL THE FREE THINKERS

    Sounds like mao, adolph, pol pot, hugo, baby doc................
    Arab Reformists Under Threat by Islamists: Bin Laden Urges Killing of "Freethinkers"

    Arab reformists are constantly threatened by Islamists, who consider freethinkers to be guilty of the worst of crimes.(1) The most recent death threat against Arab intellectuals was issued by Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

    In an audiocassette released April 23, 2006, bin Laden addressed the issue of the Danish cartoons and what he regards as the Arab countries' failure to show an appropriate response. He emphasized that anyone mocking the Prophet or making fun of Islam should be killed.

    Likewise, bin Laden attacked Arab "freethinkers," several of whom he mentioned by name, and called for them to be killed as well.
    He cited the precedent of Ka'b ibn Al-Ashraf, whom the Prophet had killed for writing poems against him, as a model for proper conduct in such cases. According to bin Laden, there is no need to consult anyone on this matter; every loyal Muslim should see it as his duty to eliminate these heretics.

    The following are excerpts from bin Laden's speech, as posted by the reformist website Middle East Transparent on April 27, 2006.(2)

    Freethinkers and Heretics who Defame Islam Should Be Killed

    Read it all at MEMRI

    Speaking of free thinkers, Tigerhawk is has a must read post for free thinkers everywhere here;
    it bites off alot - Iranian threats, "wiping Israel off the map," and the Hitchens v. Cole cage match  

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006

    The Minutemen Make My Day

    Here are men of integrity, character, guts, and reason. This resonates of Giuliani turning down the Saudi blood money. Girls, these are the type of men you want next to you. Trust me. They are all that and a bag a chips. hat tip to Michael over at over at  MEMRI

    Minutemen Turn Down Al-Jazeera Interview Request Barbara Ferguson, Arab News

    WASHINGTON, 2 May 2006 — The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, an anti-illegal immigration organization that patrols the border in Arizona, has refused another interview request by Al-Jazeera TV, calling it a “terrorist TV station.”

    The Minutemen volunteers, many of them Vietnam, Korean and World War II veterans, said they would leave camp if the Arab news organization, which some described as “anti-American,” was given access to the site.

    Al-Jazeera has attracted millions of viewers throughout the Arab world with its coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and its airing of tapes of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

    But Al-Jazeera’s growing popularity also brought it greater scrutiny. US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused the Qatar-based network of encouraging militants by airing hostage executions. And Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly branded it a “propaganda network...bent on encouraging violence and sympathetic to terrorists.”

    The controversy between the Minutemen and Al-Jazeera started a year ago, when Nasreddine Hssaini, a Washington, D.C.-based Al-Jazeera reporter, said he wanted to interview leaders of the Minutemen and others in Arizona.

    Hssaini said he was interested in covering the increase in apprehensions of illegal aliens known as OTMs — “Other Than Mexicans.” Reportedly, these foreigners increasingly include Arabs, Muslims and others from the Middle East.

    At the time, the founder and president of MCDC, Chris Simcox, refused Al-Jazeera request to interview and film the Minuteman patrols on the border.

    “I’ll have no part in aiding and abetting the enemy, and will continue to work to protect our country from terrorists who are clearly looking at our unsecured borders as the pathway to destroy America,” he said in a June 2005 interview.

    “Would we allow Japanese or German television to film the unsecured border during World War II?” Minuteman spokeswoman Connie Hair added. “These people broadcast to the enemies of America. It’s not a news story, it’s recon.”

    They got it down, cold.  G-d love you.

    "America Cannot Do a Damn Thing"

    “We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel, Revolutionary Guards Rear Admiral Mohammad-Ebrahim Dehqani was quoted as saying by Iran’s student news agency ISNA Story here. It's always been about America, Israel is merely America's proxy. No matter what the media tells you, it ain't about that tiny oil-less, strip of desert (Israel).

    America cannot do a damn thing -- .Ayatollah Ruhollah, Late Iranian leader (01/01/1979)

    This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and liberty ...The passengers and crew of United 93 had the blessed opportunity to understand the nature of the attack and to launch a counterattack against the enemy. This was our first successful counterattack in our homeland in this new global war. David Beamer, Father of Todd Beamer, killed aboard United 93 on 9/11/01

    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Albert Einstein 
    More at FDD 

     

    Aznar Totally Got It

    And they threw him out;

    NEO-NATO? Former Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar, International Co-Chairman (with Vaclav Havel) of the Committee on the Present Danger, argues that if the West is to prevail against the Militant Islamist terrorist threat, NATO must target the 21st century enemies of the Free World.

    He argues that NATO must recognize and stand up to this existential threat. Militant Islamism is not merely "protesting Muslim grievances." Militant Islamism intends to destroy Judeo-Christian societies, "crusaders, infidels and Zionists alike."

    More here.

    Iran: Kristol is Wrong, IMAO

    This was a depressing piece by William Kristol on Iran and the Bush Doctrine in the Weekly Standard.

    Iran is not Iraq

    [...] As for the statement, "The Security Council is the primary and most important institution for the maintenance of peace and stability and security"--of course that's not true. But what's the harm in saying it? It creates goodwill as the United States goes through the Security Council process. Sure, that process won't lead anywhere. But then the Europeans will finally see that they've got to join us in serious sanctions. They will be very targeted sanctions, which won't affect ordinary Iranians, because that would be counterproductive. But a signal of resolve will have been sent to Tehran, nonetheless. They will know that if they don't change, we and the Europeans will remain united behind these targeted sanctions. And you can't argue with this: Our relations with the Europeans are much better than they were during that nightmarish first term.

    * * *

    Yes, that's the view from Foggy Bottom. And it's true the Europeans don't fear the Bush administration any more. Nor, unfortunately, do others. One might also note that, despite all the goodwill built up by our outreach to the capitals of Europe,     President Bush seems much weaker today than he was in the bad old days of unilateralism and bellicosity, and so does the United States. But the State Department is popular, and at least we don't look like Neanderthals in the drawing rooms of Europe and Georgetown.

    Condi and her colleagues may come home and say, privately, it ain't so. But it is so. Much of the U.S. government no longer believes in, and is no longer acting to enforce, the Bush Doctrine. "The United States of America understands and believes that Iran is not Iraq." That's a diplomatic way of saying that the United States of America is in retreat.

    Despite the tongue-in-cheek approach, there is a good deal of truth to what Mr. Kristol says here. But I don't believe we have lost our will. I do believe we are doing the diplomatic dance, much the way we did the diplomatic cha cha cha prior to the Iraqi invasion. The left wing in America demands it. But there comes that moment of truth -- when all diplomatic roads have been exhausted and it's time to put up or shut up, we put up.

    And who is to say we did not have a hand in the surprise revolt against the mullahs today?

    The Iranian people came out in force to express their anger at the Iranian regime's failure to listen to their needs. The regime fears its own people more than a sanctions or military strikes. It knows well the overwhelming anger people have towards the regime and how quickly regimes can change.

    Therefore the regime organized its own May Day or International Workers Day march at the former US Embassy in Tehran hoping to control the event. This move angered workers and student groups who called this a bogus event.

    But things did not turn out as the regime hoped. Angry workers went to the regime's march and hijacked it instead. The Iranian people used this government sponsored opportunity to come out in force and make their voices heard.

    Go over to Regime Change Iran for the complete round up. Incredible photos of the demonstrations here. These are very encouraging signs of serious internal dissent.

    Monday, May 01, 2006

    A pain afflicts modern Islam.....

    A personal tribute to  Bernard Lewis in the WSJ. Extraordinary

    A pain afflicts modern Islam--the loss of power. And Mr. Lewis has a keen sense of the Muslim redeemers and would-be avengers who promise to alter Islam's place in the world. This pain, the historian tells us, derives from Islam's early success, from the very triumph of the prophet Muhammad. Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land; he had led his people through wilderness. Jesus had been crucified. But Muhammad had prevailed and had governed.
    [...]
    The faith he would bequeath his followers would forever insist on the oneness of religion and politics. Where Christians are enjoined in their scripture to "render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things which are God's," no such demarcation would be drawn in the theory and practice of Islam.

    "It may be that Western culture will indeed go: The lack of conviction of many of those who should be its defenders and the passionate intensity of its accusers may well join to complete its destruction. But if it does go, the men and women of all the continents will thereby be impoverished and endangered."

    Andrew Bostom: Jihad in Europe

    How very cool of Solomon and how very excellent for us that Solomon blogs? He attended the brilliant Bostom lecture at Harvard (SHOCKA);

    Audio: 'Andrew Bostom: Jihad in Europe: Past as Prologue?'

    In commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies of Harvard University, Dr. James Russell announces a lecture by  Dr. Andrew G. Bostom:: "Jihad in Europe: Past as Prologue?" based upon his recently published book,The Legacy of Jihad

    I know Dr. Bostom was disappointed because C-Span's BookTV was willing to send a Boston crew to cover the event, but the requisite permissions couldn't be had in time, [bullshit I bet Harvard wussed out - Atlas] but the room was very small and as it was, the approximately 40 people who did attend were crammed in together in a very small space to hear the lecture. The Semitic Museum at Harvard is a very cool spot, but perhaps doesn't have much in the way of large lecture facilities. The sarcophagi take up all the space, I suppose.

    Go over to Solomon's post and listen to the audio here. It is rare to hear so knowledgeable scholar on Islam reveal the ugly underbelly of militant Islam.

     

    It's Time to Take Out Nuclear Iran

    IRAN CLOSER TO NUKES THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

    It is no surprise that the Ayn Rand Institute articulates what is fundamentally true.

    No amount of negotiation or international pressure will persuade the Iranian theocrats to give up their longtime quest for nuclear bombs. To ensure Iran will not produce--or use--nuclear bombs, the United States and its allies must destroy Iran's nuclear facilities and wipe out its regime--and must do so without delay.

    Atlaslogo Iran presents a much greater danger to the United States' security than did Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Once Iran gets hold of nuclear bombs, the United States will be an easy target for blackmail and a likely target for mass destruction. As one of the principal ideological sources of Islamist totalitarianism, Iran is an avowed enemy of the United States and a leading state sponsor of terrorism.

    Iran finances, trains, shelters and equips terrorists from organizations like al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad. Iran is currently waging a proxy war against the United States in Iraq and killing American soldiers by the dozens (if not by the hundreds). Under those circumstances the United States has a moral right--indeed, a moral obligation--to defend its people from Iran's threats and preempt future terrorist attacks.

    The Iranian regime has repeatedly threatened to use its soon-to-be-produced nuclear weapons to wipe Israel off the map. It has repeatedly called for "Death to America." These threats must be taken seriously. We did not take Osama bin Laden's threats seriously, and lost thousands of lives in the Twin Towers. We do not want to make the same mistake with Iran, and lose many thousands more.

    Thousands? Maybe millions. The time is now. The world is impotent, incapable of protecting it's own lands, it's own countries, its own sovereignty. It's no longer a question. It is 1938, it is Germany, Ahmadinejad lunches with the 12th imam.

    Atlas can not, must not shrug.

    UPDATE:  Tangentialskulduggery

    Families flee Iranian shelling of Kurdish rebels in Iraq
    Iranian forces shelled Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq for a second day, forcing dozens of Kurdish families to flee attacks Teheran would neither confirm nor deny.

    TIME MAGAZINE: #1 in Radical Islam

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    File under "you can't make this stuff up," this is the enemy, the fifth column. 
    America, snap out of it!

    TIME magazine's 100 Leaders and Revolutionaries

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ayman al-Zawahiri, Muqtada al-Sadr, Revolutionaries?Time_mag

    No American Soldiers. No Rudy Giuliani?

    Heroes & Pioneers: No Glenn Reynolds, No Charles Johnson, NO Michelle Malkin? No milbloggers?
    Al Gore?  Jan Egeland, Ralph Lauren, PAUL SIMON? WTF........Joey Cheek?

    Colbert? yup! Clooney, uh huh!  Bloggers, NYET!

    No Denzel Washington or Gary Sinese, or Bruce Willis.

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    Stop buying this treasonous rag . CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TODAY!

    Top Photo: Jesse Jackson, Cindy Sheehan, Al Sharpton, Susan Sarandon marching in support of terror yesterday, NYC May you spend eternity living under Shariah law (better cover up those swingin' mammaries Susie). Uh, did she borrow Yasser's kafir?

    Bottom photo: Denzel Washington visited Brooke Army Medical Center and made a substantial donation to the Fisher House FoundationThis is where soldiers who have been evacuated from   Germany come to be hospitalized in the United   States, especially burn victims.  The Fisher House is a Hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time.

    UPDATE: Original details of when Denzel wrote the check was off, but the story is right-on here.(hat tip razOr)

    UPDATE: Also cracking the list is Wayne Gould, the man responsible for the craze of Su Doku, the numbers game that The New York Post introduced to America.

    Pakistani Who Passed On Nuclear Secrets to Iran Is Freed

    And we can't talk to this guy?

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A senior Pakistani scientist suspected of helping leak nuclear weapons technology to Iran, Libya, and North Korea has been released after two years in detention, an army spokesman said yesterday.

    Mohammed Farooq, who worked at Pakistan's top nuclear weapons facility, was detained in December 2003, along with 10 others, when it was revealed the head of the facility, Abdul Qadeer Khan, gave sensitive technology to Iran, Libya, and North Korea. New York Sun

    Can we at least expect this enemy of all humankind to wear a GPS bracelet?

    Sunday, April 30, 2006

    Negotiate with Iran?

    Iran's hardliners go ballistic over proposal to end to a decades-old ban on women entering stadiums for major sporting events, including football matches.

    Let 'em have nukes!

    A boycott you could love.

    Iran says Russian atomic proposal could still fly
    Atlas Says pigs could still fly

    Iran prez a Hitler. Israel's leader said Iran's president is a "psychopath" and is on the same path as the world's most notorious war criminal, Adolf Hitler.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "speaks today like Hitler before taking power," interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Germany's Bild newspaper in an interview reported yesterday.

    "He speaks of the complete destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people," Olmert said. "God forbid that this man ever gets his hands on nuclear weapons, to carry out his threats."

    Give 'em nukes!

    Senior Iran Cleric Tells Sudan That Nuclear Aid Is Available

    Give 'em nukes!
     

    CAIR Smears Sudan Freedom Walk

    The thugs over at CAIR (Council of Islamic Relations) have begun a smear campaign against those fighting for Darfur because they weren't included. Invite CAIR? Why not invite the Nazi party to Holocaust Remembrance day? The Sudan Genocide is a jihad, has CAIR ever spoken out against the jihad?  What has CAIR said against Islamofascists committing these heinous crimes? Not a damn thing. Here is the CAIR NEWSLETTER;

    CAIR ASKS WHY NO MUSLIM GROUPS TO SPEAK AT DARFUR RALLY
    Lack of Muslim speakers calls into question rally's 'true agenda'

    True agenda? Are they for real? The organizers are ex slaves. The organizers excaped  the killing fields. Their "true agenda" is to save lives. The real question is, what is CAIR's real agenda?. It can't be a coincidence that Bin Laden is calling for the genocide to continue and CAIR's known affiliation with terrorist organizations.


    (WASHINGTON, DC, 4/30/2006)
    - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today questioned why no representatives of major American Muslim groups are listed as speakers at the Save Darfur Coalition "Rally to Stop Genocide" this afternoon in Washington, D.C.

    CAIR and other American Muslim groups, including the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, are members of the coalition. But no representative from these, or any Muslim coalition member, is listed on the latest rally program. (Several Muslims will speak, but they do not represent Islamic groups that are coalition members.)

    Thank G-d, maybe they want to keep it terror free. THERE ARE MUSLIMS SPEAKING, JUST NOT THOSE WITH TERROR CONNECTIONS.

    The Washington Post reported that rally organizers "rushed this week to invite two Darfurians to address the rally after Sudanese immigrants objected that the original list of speakers included eight Western Christians, seven Jews, four politicians and assorted celebrities -- but no Muslims and no one from Darfur."

    The ex slaves are from Darfur! And you just wrote that several Muslims will speak " but they do not represent Islamic groups that are coalition members" -  who would you like Hamas?

    Earlier this month, after noticing the lack of Muslim speakers on the program, CAIR wrote to rally organizers asking to have a representative speak at the rally. The Save Darfur Coalition never replied to CAIR's letter, despite the fact that the Washington-based Islamic civil liberties group is an original signatory of the coalition's founding "Unity Statement."

    "It is unfortunate that the Save Darfur Coalition chose not to list any mainstream American Muslim groups in the rally program," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This disturbing omission calls into question the coalition's true agenda at the rally."

    Is CAIR on a smear campaign because Muslims' Plight in Sudan Resonates With Jews in U.S.

    Evil has no limits, no bounderies. None.

    Simon Deng ends the walk today in DC, I was hoping to be able to cover the rally (which began and was poorly attended in NY) but the kid's two travel soccer games are mandatory and I haven't been able to juggle to get them there and be in DC. If I can't make it but any of you do, please send me your thoughts and pics of the rally.)

    UPDATE: From the Devil's Lair at Turtle Bay;

    Money shortage forcing U.N. to cut food aid to Sudan by half
    The U.N. food agency said Friday that it is cutting rations in half for about 3 million refugees in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region because of a shortage of money, calling it ``scandalous'' that it has to stretch out supplies while it pleads for funds.

    Cut payroll in half, kill all the perks and expense accounts and they'll find themselves awash in money. How bout opening all those oil for food slush funds. PIGS!

    Saturday, April 29, 2006

    Osama Bin Laden all NUKED UP

    M16 Cofirms Bin Laden's  Nukes

    MI6, Britain's secret intelligence service, has identified six Pakistani scientists working in Iran's nuclear bomb program who have been "advising al-Qaida onBin_laden_nuclear_2 how to weaponize fissionable materials it has now obtained."

    MI6 and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe the scientists have played a major role in enabling Iran to be "well advanced in providing uranium enriched materials for nuclear bombs," said Alexander Cirilovic, a nuclear terrorism expert in Paris.  More here at G2

    Both high-level MI6 and CIA sources have confirmed the scientists would only have been allowed to assist al-Qaida with the authority of Iran's unpredictable President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Pakistani journalist who met bin Laden confirms acquisition

    Kabul in 2000: Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri in the wake of 9/11, has confirmed that al-Qaida has obtained nuclear suitcase weapons from the Russian black market, that the weapons were tested inand that may have already been forward deployed to the United States.

    g2 news (paid sub only)

    Three tapes in one week, bin laden, little al and and now big al. Busy cavemen. hmmmm

    G2 BullitenThe latest tape from Osama bin Laden, aired by al-Jazeera Sunday, is a Suitcase call upon all Muslims to take part in a New Jihad against the United States, Israel, and Europe that will include the killing of more civilians.

    Osama bin LadenThe al-Qaida leader said the American people, including women and children, have become fair targets because they continue to support the decisions of the Bush administration.

    "The war is a responsibility between the people and the governments," bin Laden said. "The war goes on and the [American] people are renewing their allegiance to its rulers and masters. They send their sons to armies to fight us and they continue their financial and moral support while our countries are burned our houses are bombed, and our people are killed

     

    Continue reading "Osama Bin Laden all NUKED UP " »

    Friday, April 28, 2006

    Atlas and Atlass do the Vblog


    It ain't my genre

    Woot!

    Islamic Iran "WON'T GIVE A DAMN"

    Iran "won't give a damn" about any U.N. resolutions concerning its nuclear program, its president said Friday

    BREAKING NEWS:  10:50 AM: IAEA FINDS IRAN IN DEFIANCE OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL. IRAN  HAS SUCCESSFULLY ENRICHED URANIUM AND CONTINUES THESE ACTIVITIES IN DEFIANCE OF THE UN. FOX News here

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    The mullah regime has taken delivery of missile technology that can extend the range of its warheads to reach most of Europe. New York Sun

    UN Ultimatum Expires Friday Afternoon

    “What we do know about Iran’s ballistic missiles program is they have been working very hard with North Korea and others to extend their range and accuracy, and that’s a concern,” the American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, told The New York Sun.

    The United States, France and Britain say that if Tehran does not meet the deadline, they will make the enrichment demand and other conditions compulsory and they want punitive measures to stay on the table.

        But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said no Security Council resolution could make Iran give up its nuclear program.

    The Iranian nation won't give a damn about such useless resolutions," Ahmadinejad told thousands of people in Khorramdareh in northwestern Iran.

    The Security Council is awaiting the arrival of a report by the nuclear watchdog chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, which is expected to be critical of Iran. Diplomats at the United Nations said yesterday that the new missile threat could add weight to arguments of European and American officials who are attempting to persuade their colleagues from China and Russia not to veto a resolution that would set in motion punitive measures against Iran’s defiant leaders.

    “In order to be credible, the Security Council,of course,has to act,” Rice said The council “is the primary and most important institution for the maintenance of peace and stability and security, and it cannot have its will and its word simply ignored by a member state,” she said, referring to Iran.

    "Iran will respond double-fold to any attack."

    Iran hardliners see Ahmadinejad delivering true Islamic regime

    Iran: Germans exploited by 'greedy Zionists'

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    Why Arabs Won't Enlist

    Why is the US military struggling to enlist Arab-Americans that don't want to be in the military? Seems counter intuitive.  Obviously they don't support the war effort so who would want them standing shoulder to shoulder with our men and women. Clearly they wouldn't make good soldiers. Might even make bad soldiers.

    Bemoaning the shortage of soldiers with Arabic skills that would be invaluable on the ground makes little sense. Could you trust the intel or translation of a hostile witness? Haven't we had enough problems with inaccurate translations?

    US military struggling to recruit Arab-Americans

    DEARBORN, Michigan (Reuters) - The U.S. military is struggling to recruit Arab-Americans for its war on terrorism some five years after September 11, with many in the community wary of U.S. foreign policy and fighting wars in the Middle East.

        Pentagon officials have often bemoaned the shortage of soldiers with Arabic skills that would be invaluable on the ground in     Iraq, and could help translate a backlog of captured or intercepted material that could be critical to fighting militants.

    Officials say that in a military of roughly 1.4 million people, about 4,000 have some proficiency in Arabic. The Pentagon says it will spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the next five years to beef up its foreign language capabilities, especially in Middle Eastern languages.

    Seems to be a rough subject, citizen journal was banned here for taking a stand. What'd he say?

    UPDATE: I am sensing a trend here

    Muslims to join pro-illegals protest in L.A.WorldNetDaily.com 

    Millions of activists expected to 'close' major cities May 1Illegal_mexicana

    Mexica Movement activists protest in L.A.

    Muslims in Los Angeles and elsewhere are being urged to join millions of Latino protesters in the streets May 1 to demonstrate in favor of leniency toward illegal aliens currently living in the United States unlawfully.

    "In solidarity with immigration activists around the country, the Muslim Public Affairs Council as well as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)- Los Angeles, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, the L.A. Latino Muslim Association, the Muslim American Society - Los Angeles, and the Muslim Students Association - West are calling on American Muslims to participate in a day of action on May 1, 2006," says a statement from the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

    "Islam's message is one of social justice, economic fairness, and fair treatment in the workplace. The Quran urges the proper treatment and respect of workers."

    Choosing May 1, the day Communists worldwide celebrate the worker, activists have vowed to "close" major American cities as millions of Latinos, both legal and illegal, mark what some organizers are calling "a day without an immigrant" and others refer to as the "Great American Boycott." They are urging supporters not to go to work, school or spend money on that day. Hat tip Veritas

    UPDATE: There appears not to be even  one degree of separation  between the enemies of freedom, America, and our way of life. Pastorius over at the Infidels Blogger Alliance furnishes proof of the the requisite Jew hatred in all things evil, that malevolent common thread.  Depressing but not suprising. The illegals have overplayed their hand.

    Aztlan Movement Hosts The Protocols At Official Website

    The Aztlan Movement is one of the groups behind the recent illegal immigration demonstrations here in the United States.

    For whatever reason, apparently, facilitating illegal immigration, and working to effect a reconquisa of the American Southwest isn't their only issue. They also hate Jews.

    Here is the a link to the page where they host the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

    The Decline of Arabism, The Rise of Islamic Iran Part II

    I received this insightful email from Marcin in Poland in response to my post on The Decline of Arabism, The Rise of Islamic Iran. You must read it.

    This disturbing development actually dovetails nicely with what Prof.  Marek Edelman (the youngest and only surviving leader of the Warsaw  Ghetto uprising) said in an interview with the weekly "Przekrój" when  questioned about his support for the war in Iraq. He said that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has nothing to do with Palestinians.  Take the Palestinian autonomy. They have no industry, no commerce, no  schools, insufficient clean water, no medical facilities. Really,  they have nothing which makes a modern society worthy of the name.  They do, however, have guns, ammo and explosives aplenty. Which of  course means that someone is supplying them with these things (but  not with life's basic necessities). This has only one possible  conclusion: that someone wants unrest in the region for political and/ or economic gain. Please note that they want UNREST and not for the  PA to win. If they wanted them to win, they'd give them tanks,  warplanes etc., all those things needed to fight a modern military.  Instead they give them toys, baubles to keep them pestering Israel,  without posing an overwhelming threat to the latter. At the same time  they rely on Israel not to go in and obliterate the PA, using Western  fear of political correctness as a weapon against it. Meanwhile, the  lack of life necessities is a powerful prod to the Palis urging them  to keep on killing "for social justice". Unrest is forever, while a  win for one side or the other is a termination of the status quo.

    Now, to get back to your article, we have known for a long time that  like the Saudis, the Mad Mullahs of Iran have been supplying the PA  and as it turns out other terrorists with all forms of arms and money  (which was promptly spent on weapons). This means that like the  Saudis they have an interest in the PA being a thorn in the side of  Israel and of the entire region., most likely to maintain  artificially high oil prices and has made Iran very wealthy, since  they are the #4 world oil producer. It has also enabled them to  become a regional powerbroker and a military power as well. Now, not  content with being a grey eminence, the leopard is showing his true  spots. The Iranian government feels powerful enough to issue  challenges to the West, which it has always done, but also to its  immediate neighbors. This means that they feel reasonably confident  that they would end up on top, if the whole festering heap of the  Middle East were to collapse; as it would during a general war in the  region.

    Thus,

    A) they have a military capability which is unknown to us ie.  being closer to nukes than we think, or/and

    B) they are greatly  overconfident in their military power and disdainful of any Western  military response. This is a bad thing, in particular the latter  option. A dilettante confident in his knowledge and skill will  actually launch a war much sooner than a professional who is aware of  the risks and realities (vide Hitler vs. Stalin). And if the two  options both held true, as they might, then a dilettante with nukes  is even worse. Of course, we know Iran would lose in the end, but  this would involve the entire Western world, and at what cost?

    This is indeed horrible news.

    Melanie Phillips is running a splendid piece here by former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar,which "reminds us of what a tragic day it was for both Spain and the defence of the free world when the Spanish buckled under the threat of terror and replaced him by an appeasement-minded government. Aznar is one of the few present or former world leaders who really gets it. NATO, he says, needs to articulate a new mission: to combat jihadism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and concentrate its efforts upon fighting terror. Obvious. In pursuit of this aim, he says, it should open its doors to those nations that share its values and invite Japan, Australia, and Israel to become full members".

    As you can imagine, many people in Europe and in NATO were shocked by the idea of inviting Israel, although they took as a natural fact the establishment of closer cooperation with Japan and Australia, which indeed is a big change for NATO. Some people from Israel also objected to having Israel as a formal ally in NATO. But treating Israel as if it were not an integral part of the Western world is a big mistake that will affect our ability to prevail in this long war against jihadism. I think it is in our mutual interests to have Israel as a formal ally...

    The West cannot fight this radical tide without Israel. Israelis might decide that for their own security they had better follow the traditional policy of relying just on themselves. But Islamic extremism is more a tsunami than a tide, and in front of this powerful force we better stand together. In Europe, more and more people better understand the Israeli position each day. If you agree that the world faces a global threat, it is necessary to organize a strong response to this threat. For me, Israel is a vital part of the Western world. Israel is becoming more and more important to the Western world for stability, prosperity, and freedom...

    I don't believe in appeasement against terrorism. I don't believe in negotiation with terrorism. I believe in the necessity to fight against terrorists. It is a very serious mistake to negotiate with terrorism. Terrorists should be frightened and defeated, and this is possible. No other policy exists for me.

    It’s not often one hears a member of the political or intellectual class articulate so clearly and unequivocally such a moral, progressive and eminently realistic position.

    Thursday, April 27, 2006

    Extreme Sweden

    Sweden is sick. Terribly, mortally. They have surrendered to the extremists. There is no hope. No hope for these cowards.

    Sweden,won't take part in exercise because of Israel's participation
    Sweden and Israel were locked in a diplomatic row after the Scandinavian country pulled out of a military exercise because the Israelis were taking part.

    "we don't want to take part because of Israel's participation"

    wow. that's fucked up.

    On Thursday, the Israeli embassy in Stockholm condemned the Swedish decision.

    "If Sweden cannot take part in a peacekeeping exercise because Israel participates in it, then we can hardly see Sweden take part in peacemaking in our region," the embassy said in a statement.

    It also criticised Stockholm for approving a forthcoming visit by members of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, at the invitation of Swedish associations.

    Send a Message to the Swedish

    Vikings. Once they were brave. Today some are brave and some are cowards. The brave ones are the Danish and the Icelanders, the cowards the Norwegians and the Swedish (at least where the governments are concerned).

    The Swedish government shut down a website because it had published Muhammad cartoons. Has Stockholm ever shut down a website because it posted Jesus cartoons? No, it hasn’t...............personal blog entry - Paul Belien

    Swedish Welfare State Collapses as Immigrants Wage War

    Last year I wrote an article about how Swedish society is disintegrating and is in danger of collapsing, at least in certain areas and regions. The country that gave us Bergman, ABBA and Volvo could become known as the Bosnia of northern Europe. The “Swedish model” would no longer refer to a stable and peaceful state with an advanced economy, but to a Eurabian horror story of utopian multiculturalism, socialist mismanagement and runaway immigration. Some thought I was exaggerating, and that talk of the possibility of a future civil war in Sweden was pure paranoia. Was it?

    In a new sociological survey (pdf in Swedish, with brief English introduction) entitled “Vi krigar mot svenskarna” (“We’re waging a war against the Swedes”), young immigrants in the troubled city of Malmö have been interviewed about why they are involved in crime. Although it is not stated, most of the immigrant perpetrators are Muslims. In one of the rare instances where the Swedish media actually revealed the truth, the newspaper Aftonbladet reported several years ago that 9 out of 10 of the most criminal ethnic groups in Sweden came from Muslim countries. This must be borne in mind whilst reading the following newspaper article:

    UPDATE: The largest Muslim front group in Sweden has demanded that Sweden institute shari’a law. (Hat tip: LGF). America, pay attention;

    SWEDISH MUSLIMS WANT SEPERATE LAW

    The Swedish Muslim Association, Sveriges muslimska förbund (SMuF), the largest Muslim organisation in Sweden, has written a letter to all the parties in the Swedish parliament to demand that separate legislation be introduced for Muslims. SmuF has 70,000 members and claims to represent the 470,000 Muslim immigrants living in the country. Sweden has a total population of 9 million. One in every 19 people in Sweden is a Muslim. It is the fastest growing segment of the population.

     

    Cartoon Jihad: Mo' Money

    Taking a page from CAIR, if you can't beat 'em sue 'em. Gateway Pundit has the story here --Pakistan Slaps Blasphemy Charges on EU Papers

    Well it had to be done and  Pakistan had to do it.
    The penalty for the crime is reasonable... death.
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    Danish newspaper, Jyllands Posten, its editors, publisher, blah-blah had cases registered against them for the Muhammad cartoons they published (What about Egypt's Al Fager? or the Rocky Mountain News?)

    Yahoo, Hotmail and Google were also named in the case. uh oh.......does that mean I have to get all lawyered up? I am surrounded by them , and they love raw meat.

     Police have registered cases against the editor and publisher of a Danish newspaper and several other European dailies over their publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), under a blasphemy law that carries the death penalty, an officer said.

    Internet giants Yahoo, Hotmail, and the search engine Google were also named in the cases for allowing access to the drawings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that were considered sacrilegious by Muslims. A lawyer who runs a citizens’ rights group submitted the cases.

    Islamic tradition bars any of drawings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), favourable or otherwise, in a policy to discourage idolatry. Lawyer Iqbal Haider, who runs Egypt_newspaper_1Awami Himayat Tehrik or People’s Support Movement, had petitioned the Supreme Court against the publication of the cartoons under a blasphemy law that allows the death penalty for anyone guilty of insulting the Holy Prophet (PBUH) or the holy Quran.

    Cases were registered on Tuesday against Jyllands-Posten, its editor, publisher, a cartoonist, and newspapers in France, Italy, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands at a police station in Karachi on the court’s orders, said Tariq Malik, an official at the station.

    "It is now the government’s job to contact the Interpol and bring the offenders to a court of law in Pakistan," Haider said on Wednesday.

    Evidently, there will be no charges handed out for the most offensive cartoons that were invented by the Danish Imams. hat tip Tom P boobyla

    It will be interesting to see how Google handles this. Let's see if they bend over and yelp 'how far???' or if they finally take a stand. That would be fresh, they haven't yet. They could take a few lessons from Bill Gates. They are not worthy of their ill gotten gains. Chinese food anyone?

    Top Photo: Jylland  Danish newspaper, Bottom left photo: Egyptian newspaper

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006

    The Decline of Arabism, The Rise of Islamic Iran

    Nothing happens for decades then decades happen in a day here. Ominous developments from Rubin;

    Something very important is happening that is changing the Middle East dramatically and perhaps permanently in a way no one expected: the decline of the Arab world, the development of a major conflict between Sunni and Shi'ite Arabs, and the rising power of Iran.

    Certainly, since the Iranian revolution of 1979, Arabs have worried about Islamist Iran becoming a major regional power. After all, that was a key reason behind the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war, which included Gulf Arab oil-producing states giving Saddam Hussein billions of dollars to defend them, and then pleading for the United States and Europe to defend their oil tankers from Iranian attack.

    The Philosophy of Death

    Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia and Qatar Seek to Fund Hamas

    Philosophy of Death - Nazir Majali (Ha'aretz)

    • There are no words to adequately condemn the despicable attack in Tel Aviv, not only because it is contrary to the interests of the Palestinian people, but, most importantly, because of the philosophy behind it that is destroying the Palestinian people.
    • It is a racist philosophy that is based on the cruel principle of killing Jews because they are Jews, which characterized movements in history among which it is not a great honor to be numbered.
    • It is a philosophy of war criminals, the goal of which is to murder innocent people walking down the street. And it is a philosophy of cowardice. If someone wants to fight occupation, let them go and attack the occupying army, not innocent people in the street.
    • From the point of view of Palestinian society, this is a philosophy of self-destruction. Those who sent the young man to blow himself up in Tel Aviv foster in young Palestinians the culture of death instead of the culture of life. Therefore every patriotic Palestinian must condemn the attack and see it as anti-Palestinian terror.

      The writer is a commentator on Arab television stations and in the Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat.

    Security Officials After Sinai Attack: "Global Jihad Is Closing In" -

    U.N. SANCTIONS SUDAN

    Someone pinch me. The UN actually did something constructive. That John Bolton is one wily fellow. New York  Sun

    U.N.OKAYS SANCTIONS IN SUDAN

    A SIGNAL IS SENT TO IRAN’S MULLAHS

    UNITED NATIONS — As the U.N. Security Council slapped sanctions on four men in Sudan yesterday and prepared to begin negotiations next week to halt Iran’s nuclear program, the leaders of the two renegade countries met in Tehran, promising to increase cooperation, including a possible transfer of nuclear technology.

    The council’s economic sanctions against a Khartoum air force officer, a Janjaweed sheik, and two rebel leaders marked the first punitive measures taken against anyone involved in the ongoing atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region that have left hundreds of thousands dead and millions homeless, and which America considers genocide.

       China and Russia expressed reservations about the measures, but both countries refrained from vetoing the American-proposed resolution. Both, along with Qatar, abstained from the vote, while the rest of the 15 council members supported the action.

       China’s U.N. ambassador, Wang Guangya, said his country continues to oppose sanctions as a diplomatic tool. The five permanent members of the Security Council, however, “should use the veto power very carefully and constructively,” he told The New York Sun.

       “We take the Russian and Chinese abstention to be acquiescence in the opposition to the sanctions,” the American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said.

    Swissinfo has more here.

    UPDATE: How great is this? Half-million postcards to Bush on Sudan

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006

    The Cartoon Wars Are Over

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

    Best commentary as always from the Weekly Standard;

    Washington Vol. 011, Issue 31 - 5/1/2006 - "EVER SINCE THOSE CARTOONS in Denmark, the rules have changed. Nobody shows an image of Muhammad anymore." When a character on the animated TV show South Park made that avowal a few weeks ago, he could easily have been speaking for media outlets across Europe and North America.Danishpaper_weekly_standard_2 This past winter's Cartoon Jihad occasioned far fewer robust defenses of press freedom than it did craven surrenders to the threats of radicals. Now, even South Park, Comedy Central's irreverent powerhouse, has felt the backlash.

    Sometime in March, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker approached network executives with their idea for an episode satirizing the Danish cartoon spat. Could they depict the Muslim prophet Muhammad on screen? No way, came the immediate reply. True, Comedy Central had allowed South Park to broadcast a Muhammad character five years earlier, in the episode "Super Best Friends." But that episode debuted on July 4, 2001--just before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "A lot changed two months later," one source close to the show told me, explaining the network's decision. "It's a vastly different world that we live in right now." Yes: a world where terrorists apparently have veto power over American television. Read it all

    Caveman al-Zarqawi Crawls Out From Under His Rock

    Terror in the name of Allah.

    [...] to U.S. President Bush, the man castigates the United States for rejecting a truce with Osama bin Laden."You will never live in peace until we live in peace," he says.

    He makes reference to Israel and Zionism, saying "our eyes are on Jerusalem."

    Al-Jiyza reports new al-Zarqawi jihad-kill-all-the-infidels-vide0. May his suicide vest go off before he leaves the hut.
    Stop the ACLU has the details here;

    The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said insurgents were fighting on despite a three-year "crusader" war, [...]

    "Your mujahideen sons were able to confront the most ferocious of crusaderZarqawi_video_4_25 campaigns on a Muslim state. They have stood in the face of this onslaught for three years," Zarqawi said on the video.

    The video was believed to be the first to contain a "message" from Zarqawi, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

    "As far as we know, this is the first video," said a senior intelligence official. "We have seen videos of him before but they were older, more like home videos like the one of him at a wedding." Technical and contextual analysis was under way at the CIA, the official said.

    A wedding? Was he doing the hora?

    Bill Rogio has commentary at the Counterrorism Blog

    CNN has commentary and visual of the video.

    Bare Knuckle Politics has the full video.
    Expose The Left has the video too.

    My Pet Jawa has rough translations.

    It seems to me that his video following on the heels of Osama’s and repeating many of the same talking points about Zionist-Crusader garbage, is a desperate attempt to rekindle their dying cause. Many are also taking note that he is wearing a suicide belt. Don’t think these thugs will let us take them alive. He also talks about Iraq’s new government, obviously unhappy that a liberated people can now choose their own leaders instead of being dictated.

    Malkin is covering it here

    Extensive analysis at the Counterterrorism Blog

    Zarqawi’s new videotape comes one day after the Sinai’s attacks and two days after Bin Laden’s “state of the world Jihad” audiotape aired on al Jazeera. Many questions are fusing: Why now and is there a connection between the three events? What is the essence of Abu Mus’ab’s message and why is he risking so high? Are there troubles behind the release of the video? In fact there are many levels of analysis and multiple dimensions.

    The Good News and the Not Good News

    Hallelulah! Good News: U.S. Teen terror victim wakes up!

    U.S. teen wounded in TA attack wakes up after 9 days in coma

    The Associated Press A 16-year-old American tourist, critically wounded in last week's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, woke up on Tuesday for the first time since the explosion.Wurtz_classmates

    Daniel Wultz, a high school student from Weston, Florida, was in Israel with his parents to visit relatives during Passover. He and his Israeli-born father, Tuly, were lunching near Tel Aviv's central bus station on April 17, when a Palestinian suicide bomber ignited 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) of explosives at the entrance of the restaurant. The bomb killed nine people and wounded dozens.

    On Tuesday, Daniel regained consciousness, said Yael Tsubary, spokeswoman for Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, where the youth is being treated. He is not yet able to speak, she said, but he can communicate with his eyes.

    Photo: Classmates of Daniel Wultz praying for his recovering at David Posnack Hebrew Day School in Florida on Monday. (AP)

    NOT GOOD NEWS: Lodi Teror Mistrial

     A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the federal terrorism trial of a Lodi man charged with lying to protect his son, who authorities say attended an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan. Michelle Malkin has it all here.

    Stop the ACLU has the nitty gritty shitty here. Scary, this guy confessed to having terror ties, and gets a mistrial!  For extensive background on this case, make sure to read this post at My Pet Jawa.

    UPDATE: GOOD NEWS!: In the other Lodi Terror trial, GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS here:

    A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old Lodi man of supporting terrorists by attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan three years ago.

    Antisemitism at Penn State

    First take a moment -  and write the good Professor a note. Don't be rude. Don't threaten. Be firm and respectful and forthright. And pass this on to as many people as possible.

    Do not let this man have a moment's peace. My letter:

    Dear Mr. Garoian,
       There are moments in life when one is so close to a situation they cannot see the forest for the trees. This, I fear, is the cause of your recent blindness.
       As a leader, role model and educator your actions are a template for our children. I think you have done a great disservice to yourself, your fine institution and the children you serve by canceling the young Master Shulman's exhibit "Portraits of Terror."
       It would be one thing, if Mr. Shulman was the murderer ( ie  John Wayne Gacy). But Shulman's retelling of history in his art is a noble, admirable undertaking. Why would an educator and role model attempt to stifle or shut down an aspiring artist?
        Please step back, take a deep breath and consider the dastardly path you have chosen. Moral compass notwithstanding, this is a bad decision. I implore you to please reconsider.
    Best,
    Pamela Geller Oshry

    Charles Garoian( E-mail: [email protected]) Professor and Director of the School of Visual Arts.

    Office: 814.865.0444   Fax: 814.865.1158

    PENN STATE CENSORS EXHIBIT

    For Penn State student Josh Stulman, years of hard work ended in disappointment yesterday when the university cancelled his upcoming art exhibit for violation of Penn State's policies on nondiscrimination, harassment and hate.

    Three days before his 10-piece exhibit -- Portraits of Terror -- was scheduled to open at the Patterson Building, Stulman (senior-painting and anthropology) received an e-mail message from the School ofJosh_stulman Visual Arts that said his exhibit on images of terrorism "did not promote cultural diversity" or "opportunities for democratic dialogue" and the display would be cancelled.

    The exhibit, Stulman said, which is based mainly on the conflict in Palestinian territories, raises questions concerning the destruction of Jewish religious shrines, anti-Semitic propaganda and cartoons in Palestinian newspapers, the disregard for rules of engagement and treatment of prisoners, and the indoctrination of youth into terrorist acts.

    "I'm being censored and the reason for censoring me doesn't make sense," Stulman said.

    Charles Garoian, professor and director of the School of Visual Arts, said Stulman's controversial images did not mesh with the university's educational mission.

    How about killing babies in pizzerias? Does that mesh with the university's mission, tool?

    The decision to cancel the exhibit came after reviewing Penn State's Policy AD42: Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment and Penn State's Zero Tolerance Policy for Hate, he wrote.

    Garoian could not be reached by The Daily Collegian for further comment by press time yesterday.

    "We always encourage those who are offended by free speech to use their own constitutional right to free speech to make their concerns known," Mahon wrote. "This is an educational institution and people should embrace opportunities to inform one another and the public. ... We don't have a right to hide art."

    Stulman said the exhibit, which is sponsored by Penn State Hillel, aims to create awareness on campus about the senselessness of terrorism and drew inspiration from images that have appeared in the public through newspapers and television.

    He said he was shocked at the university's decision to cancel the exhibit and that he has tried to meet with Garoian on numerous occasions to discuss his artwork.

    "It's not about hate. I don't hate Muslims. This is not about Islam," Stulman said. "This is about terrorism impacting the Palestinian way of life and Israel way of life."

    Stulman said advertisements for the event were defaced in the Patterson and School of Visual Arts buildings, one of which had a large swastika on it.

    Stulman, who is Jewish, said he felt threatened and abused by the Nazi symbol and is concerned for his artwork and his personal well-being.

    "We don't have a political agenda except to support the voice of Jewish students," he said.

    Photo: Josh Stulman examines his artwork, previously scheduled for an art exhibit that was canceled by Penn State. The painting to the right, by Stulman, is titled “Ramallah.”

    UPDATE April 26: Best letter I've read. hat tip Naomi Ragen

    Dear Professor Garoian,

    May I address you as a fellow academic, albeit one working in the United Kingdom, whose original field is Arabic, Persian and Islamic Studies? The reason for my writing is that I have just learned of your decision to ban an exhibition of art centred around Palestinian terrorism, the work of a Penn State student called Josh Stulman.

    I understand that your decision to cancel Mr Stulman's exhibit was made on the grounds that it 'did not promote cultural diversity' or 'opportunities for democratic dialogue'. This seems perfectly bizarre to me. I believe that the exhibition was concerned with the social and cultural impact of Palestinian terrorism on two societies, Palestinian and Israeli. In what way would that not promote 'cultural diversity'? Israel, which is daily threatened and harmed by that terrorism is - and I say this on the basis of close knowledge of the situation - is one of the most racially, religiously, and culturally diverse nations in the world, and certain many times more diverse in all these respects than any of its neighbours for a long way round. To convey the nature of a singularly vicious form of hatred (both racially and religiously 'justified') that has corrupted Palestinian culture to a frightening degree and has damaged one of the world's most open and vibrant societies seems to me a very legitimate thing.

    But I also have to ask why on earth a work of art, however didactic in intent, has to conform to a rigid doctrine that it should 'promote cultural diversity'. That sort of ruling sounds like something from a totalitarian system like China under Mao or Russia under Stalin, or, indeed, countries like Saudi Arabia or Iran today which, in case you have not noticed, not only hate Israel and Jews, but spend a lot of money to promote terrorism against her.

    You say the exhibit would not provide 'opportunities for democratic dialogue'. First, how do you know whether this would be the case or not? Since the exhibition was to take place on university grounds, I have to assume that the normal rules of open dialogue would have applied. Was Mr Stulman in some way preventing other students or staff from debating the merits of his work, from holding meetings on campus, say, or from writing online comments, or anything else? Since I assume he was not doing this, it seems to me that your action in banning the exhibit is an abuse of academic standards. The academy, as you well know, is a place in which ideas are put forward and - sometimes strongly - debated and disagreed with. Or does Penn State now allow one side of an argument to be put forward? If so, I must tell the more opinionated of my students to enrol there.

    Since you are in favour of cultural diversity, I take it you also approve of diversity of argument. American campuses (much more than ours in the UK) are repeatedly venues for anti-Israel speakers, meetings, and exhibits. Why, then, should one student exhibiting images about Palestinian terror rock the boat so much?

    If this had been a Muslim/Arab/Iranian student who wanted to put up an exhibition on the evils of the 'Zionist entity', would you, I wonder, have banned the event?

    I will ask you now to do some hard thinking. Reflect on the meaning of the academy, the open exchange of opinions, and the profound significance of Palestinian terrorism as a subject for artistic expression. If you disagree with Mr Stulman's take on the matter, please just argue with him. Do not, at the risk of losing all credibility and honour as a university teacher, censor him. You are living in America, a country that has, as one of its many claims to fame, rights to free expression that are enshrined in the First Amendment. Please confirm me in my opinion that Americans still live up to the high standards imposed by their remarkable Constitution. We don't have one over here: you have that privilege. Please honour it.

    Yours sincerely,
    Dr. Denis MacEoin University of Newcastle upon Tyne

    Michigan State: Dar al-Harb or Dar al-Islam?

    Why do we seem to be having this cloying conversation every damn day in one way or another?  Every effing day. BASTA! This is America, get over it. Live free and let live.

    Professor's Private Email Angers Muslims

    Members of a Muslim student group want MSU officials to publicly speak out against an engineering professor who sent an "offensive" e-mail message to the organization in February.

    Indrek Wichman, a mechanical engineering professor, told the Muslim Students' Association that "If you do not like the values of the West … you are free to leave. I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option," in a Feb. 28 e-mail sent from his university account.

    The e-mail also read, "I counsul you dissatisfied, agressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile 'protests.'"

    Is he referring to the