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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West

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The Maddox and the Moonbats

The USS Maddox was an Allen M. Sumner class destroyer that first saw action in the Pacific in November 1944. She was hit by a kamakaze on 21 January 1945 in which seven men were killed. The Maddox DD-731 also deployed during the Korean War were one of her duties was escorting the battleship USS Missouri. My step-father served aboard the Maddox for the duration of the Korean War. He told me that their standing orders were that if a torpedo was spotted heading for the Missouri they were supposed to intervene and take the hit.

The Maddox is most famous for being attacked by North Vietnamese Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) in the Gulf of Tonkin. This incident led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, more properly the Southeast Asia Resolution, where President Johnson was given authorization by Congress to go to war defending South Vietnam from Communist aggression:

North Vietnam's leaders, who knew from their own intelligence sources about the American connection to Operation 34A, were determined not to bend to U.S. pressure. Hanoi directed its navy, which had not been able to catch the fast PTFs, to attack the slower American destroyer. On the afternoon of 2 August, the Communists dispatched three Soviet-built P-4 motor torpedo boats against Maddox. Torpedoes launched from the P-4s missed their mark. Only one round from enemy deck guns hit the destroyer; it lodged in the ship's superstructure. The North Vietnamese naval vessels were not so fortunate. Shellfire from Maddox hit the attackers. Then F-8 Crusader jets dispatched from the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) strafed all three P-4s and left one boat dead in the water and on fire.

This last Thursday Ehren Watada's father, Bob Watada, made some comments at Hilo's Palace Theater before the showing of the pro-Islamist victory film, Sir! No Sir!. Among other "anti-war" cliches and lies, Watada said this:

Speaking of the incident that propelled the United States into the Vietnam War, "I found it hard to believe that 12 fishing ships in the Gulf of Tonkin could fire a torpedo at Navy ships," Bob Watada said.

That's the left's definition of history: those kook conspiracy theories that confirm to their anti-American bigotry. The mayor of Hawaii County Harry Kim was also there, where he courageously came out against war, "I consider war the greatest failure of mankind." I understand next week Mayor Kim is going to take a strong public stand in opposition to drowning puppies.

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A Nation of Middle East Affairs Experts

Although I'm cut off the Internet for the time being, I am following in the traditional media what is turning the collective German knickers in a knot right now.

No it is not the high unemployment rate, the general, and generally poor, state of the economics, nor the question how we will be able to go on funding a deluxe (And any German who has NOT suffered first-hand experience of the British NHS please shut up here!) health system. Neither of this. It is the German distress about and responsibility for the Jews, their manners, performance and conduct and how embarrassed we are if they are leaving a bad impression. We call that: "Our special relationship with Israel".

Here is my biased summary of the general mood in Germany, that of the man in the street, the politicians, the lobbyists, and, of course, the media who provide us with all this. If you think I'm exaggerating, you're wrong.

Read the rest of my rantings HERE.

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"Hizb'Allah's New Body Armor"

Here's a great bit of photo madness courtesy of "The All-Seeing Eye" over at The Jawa Report. I love the humor of the post as well as the commenters who both "get it" and just plain don't. Oh, how I wish I could accomplish these feats of photo-manipulation, but I'll leave it to the more talented, like The All-Seeing Eye. Re-posted with permission.
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Mein Kampf in Dar al Islam

We've all read the reports of Hitler's Mein Kampf being a best-selling book in various Middle Eastern countries. I must admit that though I know the major themes, I have not read the entire book. I know, as do we all for the most part, that Churchill read it early enough on and warned that those who ignored it were doing so at their own peril.

My question is (call in an ongoing research assignment, an open question, a call for more info, etc.) what is the SPECIFIC impression that this book is having in the countries in which it is currently selling like hotcakes? We all know the major themes, hatred of Jews and rationalization of eradicating them, the insistance on one race being destined to dominate, the idea that people should be led by a stronger will than a democratic goverment.

These ideas seem to be already present in the Islamic world, so my question is: are those in the Middle East currently enamored of this book just finding a treatise that they agree with, or is there something deeper that they are getting from Mein Kampf? Is it yet again a 'blueprint' of things to come? What are all of these constantly reported on readers getting out of Hitler's charming little book? Let us try to find the answer.
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Storm Track Infiltration: The Islamic Plan of Domination Unfolds

From The Gathering Storm

During the 1930s the Nazis perfected the tactic of infiltrating the nations they planned to conquer by sowing lies, confusion and political unrest. It worked perfectly as one European country after another, confused and disoriented by the propaganda and “Fifth Column” elements in the targeted nation’s media, schools and political organizations, feel easily into quickly into the hands of the Nazis like the low countries and France, and some without a fight like Austria and Czechoslovakia. Even in America, many feared the presence of a German Fifth Column before World War II. The most visible organization of infiltration was the German-American Bund.

The Nazis were genius at the art of exploiting the weakness of their intended targets. The Corvinius Library of Hungarian History writes that resistance to the Nazis infiltration tactics was weak through free Europe’s disunity and perplexed by the appeasement action of Western diplomacy. In addition, the free nation’s social ills and national strife were skillfully exploited by Nazi diplomacy and propaganda.

Militant Islam has been very successful today infiltrating the free democracies. To a large extent, Muslims who immigrate to non-Muslim countries do not assimilate. And encouraged by many of the countries they emigrate to who hold high the scared banner of cultural diversity, Muslims feel no need to assimilate into their guest countries society. Even to the effect of setting up separate enclaves where even the police of the guest countries are afraid to enter.

And what about the Nazi use of infiltration. Does it apply here?

Is there a “Fifth Column” operating freely in the free democracies, one that sows the seeds of doubt, confusion and even outright lies? We only need to look at the main stream media, our educational institutions and the ‘loyal’ political opposition of today for the answer.

Let’s take a peek into the Islamic playbook that describes how Islam will conquer America (reported here and reprinted from Truth in Crisis). First, #9 on the list.

#9. Accelerate Islamic demographic growth via:
a. Massive immigration (100,000 annually since 1961)
b. No birth control whatsoever – every baby of Muslim parents is automatically a Muslim and cannot choose another religion later.
c. Muslim men must marry American women and Islamize them (10,000 annually). Then divorce them and remarry every five years – since one cannot have the Muslim legal permission to marry four at one time. This is a legal solution in America.

Is it working?

The Asian Tribune reports that this strategy of demographic domination will turn Russia into an Islamic state by 2050. “According to 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……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…..The Muslim population growth rate since 1989 is between 40 and 50 percent, depending on ethnic groups. Today Russia has about 8,000 mosques while 15 years there were only 300 mosques. According to statistics, by the end of 2015, number of mosques in Russia will cross 25,000….Main reason behind fast decline in non-Muslim population in Russia is, particularly larger section of young females in the country is not in favor of having even any child. If someone has, that is also limited within one only. On the other hand, almost all the Muslim couples have at least three children. The number generally ranges between 3-5.”

“He said, 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. “

“A senior journalist with Russian Interfax news agency told Blitz Afro-Arab sources are putting millions of dollars behind Islamist NGOs in Russia. In near future, quite a number of important seats in Russian parliament will also go into the hands of Muslim leaders. He said, in Russian press clubs, number of Muslim journalists is increasing steadily. He said, millions of dollars are spent for building mosques and Islamist institutions in different parts of Moscow and other parts in Russia. The Islamist NGOs even operate orphanages, where children from various religions are adopted and later converted to Islam.”

So much for Russia - but the same strategy is being used by Islam allover Europe to the extent that Europe is now being referred to as Eurabia.

Now let’s look at the US and #11 and #17 on the list.

#11. Provide very sizeable monetary Muslim grants to colleges and universities in America to establish “Centers for Islamic studies” with Muslim directors to promote Islam in higher education institutions.

#17. Raise interest in Islam on America’s campuses by insisting that freshman take at least one course on Islam. Be sure that the writer is a bonafide American, Christian, scholarly and able to cover up the violence in the Quran and express the peaceful, spiritual and religious aspect only.

IsraPundit reported recently that “the infestation of American universities by Muslim student associations is becoming a burning issue as these organizations act as fifth columns and fronts for Islamofascist extremists and perhaps actual terrorists. Multiple incidents during the past six months show that these organizations should be watched very carefully– perhaps even by Homeland Security– and alumni should consider selective boycotts of programs that support these organizations and their agendas.”

“We recall very distinctly that the Students for Justice in Palestine at Georgetown University hosted an anti-Israel divestment conference at that university, which seems to be under the influence of the Saudi terror supporter Al-Waleed bin Talal. bin Talal gave Georgetown $20 million for a Muslim studies center to “promote Christian-Muslim understanding.” We can think of no conceivable mission for this institution other than to function as a jihadist propaganda center because bin Talal also boasted during an interview, “There are no Christians in Saudi Arabia.””

Quoted in the piece was Abdel Malik Ali who said, “There will be some poop-butts who will not want to live under sharia law and will leave.”

The piece goes on to say, “The most immediate problem, though, seems to be the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine. It is quite clear, as shown by its list of distinguished guests, that it is an Islamofascist fifth column and a possible security risk to the United States. UC alumni should consider a selective boycott in which they cut off all donations to the University of California that might be directed to the Muslim Student Union. We are also aware that about 20 Saudi Arabian students have enrolled at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre PA. As reported by Dhimmi Watch.”

The Islamic plan for world domination unfolds, and worst of all, those who see it and reveal it are immediately shouted down – or worse – by the politically correct crowd that is selling our civilization down the river.

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Report - Imad Mugniyah - Seriously hurt

From Gertz (Sub req - excerpted)

Imad Mughniyah, the man responsible for killing more Americans in the Levant than any other terrorist, is believed to be seriously injured in Beirut.

Mughniyah, the foreign liaison and intelligence chief for Hizbullah, attended a Hizbullah meeting of commanders on July 19 when Israeli fighter-jets struck their headquarters in southern Beirut. Western intelligence sources said part of the command bunker collapsed, killing or wounding most of the dozen people inside.

"The only one who we know escaped was [Hizbullah Secretary-general] Hassan Nasrallah," an intelligence source said. "We know that most of the other military commanders were in that room."

For years, Mughniyah, born in Lebanon from a Palestinian family, has been on the top of the U.S. list of terrorists. In 2001, the FBI offered a $25 million reward for information leading to his capture. He was accused of being responsible for the killing of 250 U.S. Marines in a series of 1983 bombings in Beirut.

Mughniyah has also been the bane of France and Israel. He reportedly participated in the bombing of a French paratrooper barracks in Lebanon in 1983.

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Iran's 'supreme leader' — Khamenei — tells country to brace for war

They really, REALLY want us to attack ..what do they have here? What is the PLAN?

NICOSIA — Iran has ordered preparations for war with Israel and the United States.

In the first such order, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has directed its more than 300,000 troops to prepare for a confrontation with Israel and the United States. IRGC has directed and participated in the Hizbullah war against Israel.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in June 2006. AFP

"Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards and Basij should prepare themselves to get even with Zionists and Americans," IRGC commander Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi said. "The supreme leader [Ali Khamenei] will announce the time for this."

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The chosen people.

From News from Norway.

In today’s Aftenposten, bestselling Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder, demonizes the state of Israel, and claims that the world community are no longer willing to recognizes Israel’s right to exist. He says that the world wouldn’t recognize the apartheid state of South Africa, nor the islamic Taliban, or the ethnic cleansing policy of the Serbs during the Balkans wars.

He says the biblical notion that the Jews are Gods chosen people is preposterous, arrogant and a crime against humanity, and that normal people would call such statements racism. He goes on to say that the worlds patience has run out, and that we don’t believe in divine promises as a justification for occupation and apartheid. We’ve put the middle ages behind us. We laugh at those who say God gave the chosen people funny stone tables, burning bushes and a license to kill. We choose to call baby killers by its proper name, and will never accept any divine excuses to justify their dirty deeds. He goes on to say that any acts of terror are inexcusable, whether they’re committed by the Israelis, hizballah or hamas.

He says that Europe takes full responsibility for the fate of the Jewish people, for the harassment, persecution and the holocaust. He says it was absolutely necessary to give the Jews their own nation, but that the present day Jewish nation, with it’s scrupulous warfare and it’s disgusting weapons, has massacred it’s own legitimacy. It has consistently violated international conventions and UN resolutions and can no longer expect any protection from the world community. It has carpet bombed the worlds trust and recognition, and will not see peace before it lay down it’s weapons.

May the holy spirit and words blow the Israeli apartheid walls away. The state of Israel doesn’t exist anymore. It is without defense and skin. May the world find mercy in it’s people, our prophecies of doom are not aimed at them, but the state of Israel. We wish the people of Israel well, but we choose not to eat the Jaffa oranges as long as they taste of evil and poison.

We don’t believe that the Jews mourned the loss of forty innocent Lebanese children. They Jews have mourned and whined for more than three thousand years, for a forty year stay in the dessert. We’ve seen the Israelis celebrate such events. We’ve seen pictures of young Israeli girls write greetings of hate on Israeli missiles that have been dropped on innocent Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. Young Israeli girls aren’t cute and pretty when they find joy in the misery in the suffering of innocent Lebanese and Palestinians.

We no longer recognize the eye for an eye rhetoric of the state of Israel. We don’t believe in ten thousand Arab eyes for one Israeli eye. We don’t believe in collective punishment. We no longer believe that the empire of David should be a reference for the present day middle east.

We recognize the borders of 1948, but not the ones from 1967. Israel wants more water and villages. In achieving this goal, the chosen people have resorted to the “final solution” of the Palestinian problem.

We don’t recognize the state of Israel, not today. If the state of Israel should fall, and it’s people have to flee from it’s land in another exodus, we say, let your fellow man show you some mercy. It is forever a crime to harm refugees. They are innocent like an animal without protection. Just as vulnerable as the defenseless women of Qana, Gaza, Sabra and Shatila. Give the Israeli refugees food and shelter. Don’t allow a single Israeli child to loose it’s life, too many innocent people have lost their lives already.

I have abbreviated the original text, but the overall message is quite clear. Mr Gaarder doesn’t recognize the state of Israel, and doesn’t care if the arabs drive the jews from the land. Not a very nice guy Mr Gaarder!
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The Dhimmi Contract

A Dhimmi is a non-Muslim who Muslims deign to allow to live in a Muslim land. In order to live safely the Dhimmi must pay a special Dhimmi protection tax. If he does, then he is agreeing to a contract of Dhimmitude which guarantees that he will not be killed, as long as he behaves himself.

With thanks to Stogie at SaberPoint, here is the Dhimmi contract:

1. Dhimmis live in a second class condition within the society they inhabit.
2. Dhimmis are not allowed to vote or hold public office.
3. Dhimmis must pay a steep tax, called the Jihza, and do so under humiliating conditions: they must pay the tax in person where they are either spit on or slapped. The tax is a heavy financial burden, but if you can't pay it, you're dead. Some dhimmis who couldn't pay were forced to turn over their children as payment. The children were then raised as Muslims.
4. Dhimmis must dress differently than Muslims, e.g. with broad cloth belts, shoes of different color on opposite feet, or no shoes at all, and must shear their forelocks (the front part of their hair) so their dhimmi status is obvious.
5. Dhimmis must give way to Muslims on the sidewalk or street.
6. Dhimmis must give up their seat in any public place if a Muslim wishes to sit.
7. Dhimmis cannot build a house that is higher than Muslim houses in his neighborhood.
8. Dhimmis can only work in menial jobs like street sweeping or manual labor.
9. Dhimmis cannot renovate their churches or synagogues, so when they fall into disrepair they continue to deteriorate.
10. Dhimmis cannot display any symbol of their religion in public, like a cross, nor ring church bells or sing too loudly in their churches or synagogues lest they offend Muslims.
11. Dhimmis must house and feed any Muslim who passes their door for three days.
12. Dhimmis cannot criticize Islam, the Qur'an or Muhammad, under penalty of death or imprisonment.
13. Dhimmis cannot prevent any of their family members from converting to Islam.
14. Dhimmis cannot attempt to convert any Muslim to their religion.
15. Dhimmi men cannot marry Muslim women, but Muslim men can marry Dhimmi women.
16. Dhimmis cannot be witnesses in court against Muslims.
17. Dhimmis cannot own or carry any weapons.
18. Dhimmis cannot fight with or injure any Muslim, even in self defense, under penalty of death.
19. Dhimmis are subject to execution for apostasy against the Prophet of the Qur'an. (This provision was often abused. When a Muslim wanted a dhimmi's land or house, he simply had to state the dhimmi had insulted the Prophet. Since a Muslim's word was always accepted over that of a dhimmi, the dhimmi's unjust execution or imprisonment was assured.)
20. In many cases, dhimmi children are not allowed to attend state schools or universities.

Boy, that's quite a deal. I advise all Western appeasers to take it, before the Muslims start negotiating downward.
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Friday, August 04, 2006

Mohammed Cartoon: Live Action Animation From South Park

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If Nasrallah is more popular, that's THEIR problem

I hear all this whining about 'oh the jews made a mistake in their brusque disproportionate response' because now Nasrallah is more popular.
popular nasrallah.jpg
Exsqueeze me my moronic little friends, but if we do NOTHING he becomes more popular and if we do something he becomes more popular. If we kill him he becomes even MORE popular. If he lives he becomes more popular. That's why HAMAS is elected, and it has nothing to do with us, it has to do with the desires of the muslim peoples for THIS TYPE OF LEADERSHIP and a need for WAR.

Since the time that Islam swallowed cancer to kill a sore throat and joined ancient quranic and hadith based jew hate to western stupid jew hate, and created a new alloy with Sayd Qutb's Maududi like fornicating 'swarm of thighs' west hate, the teaching of Islam has been saturated with hatred of all not islamic. It is a hatred which creates men and women as damaged as if they had be sexually abused as children too young to remember and identify the villains in their lives. From this moment on the popularity and influence of those who espouse evil and murder to redress grievances of a crashed society and a deen unable to cope with modernity was guaranteed.

But that is their problem. And I have little sympathy. By all means adulate murder and murderers as a society.

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We're Losing The War

Barbara Lerner of National Review says we are losing the war:

Today, Iran’s emboldened mullahs are on a triumphant roll, waging a bloody, three-front proxy war against us, using the Mahdi army to assassinate dreams of peace and democracy in Iraq, using Hezbollah to blow up those same dreams in Lebanon, again, and using Hamas to make a grotesque mockery of them in the Holy Land.

Now they threaten to activate Hezbollah terror cells, here in America and throughout the world, to kill and maim us at home and inflict more carnage on our allies. This week, they mocked our efforts to prevent them from becoming a nuclear power, announcing that nothing we do — in the U.N. or elsewhere — will stop them from going nuclear, and sharing their WMDs with other rogue states and Islamofascist terror groups at will.

More ominous yet, they threaten to unleash an apocalyptic surprise on us on August 22, the night they believe Mohammed lit up the skies by ascending to heaven from the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Despite all this and more, we have yet to admit that Iran is at war with us, or to seriously consider striking back at her, and, in speaking of our own war aims, we never dare use the v-word — victory — anymore. Instead, we make head-in-the-sand happy-talk about “peace,” “democracy,” and “ceasefires,” rejecting any military action against Iran for fear of “widening the war” — as if Iran were not already at war with us — and rely on the U.N. and “the international community” to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions and to prevent her proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, from continuing to bring death and destruction to our smallest, truest, and most vulnerable ally, Israel.

In doing this, we ignore two obvious realities: rather than restraining Iran, U.N. heavyweights Russia and China are busy arming her, and the perfidious EU will not even recognize the plain fact that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. Instead, these old-Europe “allies” join with our Islamofascist enemies in demonizing our brave soldiers in Iraq, and damning Israel for daring to fight back against unprovoked aggression, pursued with openly genocidal intent.

We should not wait, passively, for the Iranians to unveil their surprise. We should light up the skies with our own surprise: a massive aerial bombardment that wipes out most of Iran’s nuclear facilities, and decimates the ranks of its mullahs as well as those of the Revolutionary Guard and Basij forces that keep them in power, defeating these monsters and decimating their fan base by shattering their image of invincibility.

Retired air force Lt. General Tom McInerney already has a plan to wipe out most of Iran’s nuclear facilities from the air. As I’ve argued , we should augment it with additional targets and let fly, as soon as possible, with no forewarning, for maximum effect.

Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu, one of the few who argues in public for a similarly bold course sums it up this way:

By waiting for a first strike we are put in a position of playing a retaliation game after we have already endured unacceptable losses in population and perception. Once America and Israel are seen as weak enough to defeat, then the international jackals will all join in for the kill. This is what our enemies hope to accomplish…We face a crisis of major proportions. Hesitation may be fatal.

He’s right. The time to act is now.
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Friday War Linkfest

IDF Calls Nasrallah’s Bluff

"If you bomb our capital Beirut, we will bomb the capital of your usurping entity... We will bomb Tel Aviv."
An Israeli military spokesman said that if Tel Aviv were bombed, Israel would deal a "painful" blow to Lebanese civilian infrastructure. Asked for clarification, an Israeli source said that the government would most likely "for starters, turn out the Lebanese lights."

Several hours after Nasrallah's threat, Israeli jets bombed Hezbollah strongholds in south Beirut, igniting several huge explosions.

Your move, pansy-boy.

Islamists Attack British Embassy in Iran (Iran Focus)

Radical Islamists attacked the British embassy in Tehran on Friday and called for the expulsion of the British ambassador from Iran. [snip]

They threw stones at the embassy building, shattering several windows, and tore down the embassy plaque on the gates of the compound.

Several British flags were set on fire during the demonstration.

Egyptian Judges: End Peace with Israel (YNet)

Judges in Egypt called upon the government to dissolve its peace agreement with
, on the grounds that it is inconceivable for Egypt to coexist peaceably with Israel while the IDF operates in Lebanon. The judges expressed support of popular resistance against Israeli advances, which, in their eyes, is the only way to protect the Arab ummah (greater nation).

In a statement issued Thursday, Egyptian judges censured "the barbaric Israeli attacks on the Palestinian and Lebanese people." [snip]

The Egyptian union of professional associations, boasting seven million members, announced that they intend to hold a general, hour-long strike on Sunday…

Lebanese Packaging Found in German Train Bombs (Expatica)

German investigators declined Friday to discuss a news report that packaging from Lebanon was found in two bombs that were planted four days earlier on German railway trains. A federal prosecutions spokesman, Ullrich Schultheis, said, "When assessing supposed or genuine clues, it has to be remembered that they might have been put there to mislead the investigation."

Iran Racing to Resupply Puppet Army (NY Sun)

Iran is racing to resupply Hezbollah across the Syrian border ahead of a possible cease-fire being ironed out this week at the United Nations. Meanwhile, Israeli jets have begun a new bombardment of Beirut's suburbs and Hezbollah is threatening to launch a missile attack on Tel Aviv.

Israeli military and intelligence officials here say Iranian technicians were aboard a flight to Damascus on Monday with the Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki.

Iran Says UN Security Council Must Close (Iran Focus)

“The United Nations and the Security Council are so weak that they cannot issue a resolution against Israel, but when it come to Iran using peaceful nuclear energy they immediately issue a resolution”, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told Friday prayers worshippers in Tehran. His comments were aired on state television. Jannati, who heads the powerful Guardians Council, said that the United Nations was an instrument in the hands of large world powers.

“The support of Muslims for Lebanon’s Hezbollah in any shape or form is an absolute necessity”, he added.“They must close down the UN and its Security Council”, he said. Jannati is a key ally of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Tuesday, he called on Muslim nations to provide arms to Hezbollah.

Welcome to 1938 (Victor Davis Hansen at NRO)

When I used to read about the 1930s — the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, the rise of fascism in Italy, Spain, and Germany, the appeasement in France and Britain, the murderous duplicity of the Soviet Union, and the racist Japanese murdering in China — I never could quite figure out why, during those bleak years, Western Europeans and those in the United States did not speak out and condemn the growing madness, if only to defend the millennia-long promise of Western liberalism.

Not any longer.
Our present generation too is on the brink of moral insanity.
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More Attention To Israel's Psychological Warfare

Hizbullah's (future) army

I have written on numerous occasions before that one of the mistakes Israel has made is that she hasn't paid enough attention to the war of propaganda. Although Israel must, indeed, change her approach / become more successful in it, Israel is fighting the war of propaganda inside Lebanon.

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Hizbullah In Britain

Hizbullah's wish for the future Britain

Melanie Philips wrote a magnificent article for The Spectator (subscription only, but it's free). In it she emphasizes that Iran is the driving force behind Hizbullah and that the Mullahs of Iran seem to influence Hamas greatly these days as well.

From the BBC, protests in London by supporters of Al Qaeda et al, in response to the Muhammed cartoons

These days more and more Hizbullah supporters raise their voices in Britain and confront the Brits with the extremism present and growing in their country. These Hizbullah supporters organize protests in favor of Hizbullah and calling for the destruction of Israel, the United States and Britain.

Protestors in London carry signs: "Massacre to those who insult Islam", "behead those who insult Islam" and more friendly oneliners like that

It seems that Hizbullah told its sleep cells in the West to stand by:
According to German and Israeli intelligence sources, Hezbollah sleeper cells are present in more than 20 countries in Western Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia, and have been told to be ready to carry out terrorist attacks should Israel prolong its military action in Lebanon. The Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has told the Commons that ‘there are indeed concerns’ about Iran-backed terrorists attacking the UK.

Some people in the West argue that if Israel would not have reacted the way she did to the kidnapping of two of her soldiers by Hizbullah and of 1 by Hamas, the current threat to the West posed by Hizbullah and its sleeper cells would not exist. Melanie deals with that:

But the belief that there would be no threat to Britain or America without these recent events is demonstrably false. Way back in 1994 Shadjareh spoke on a platform in Trafalgar Square draped with a banner which read, ‘Death To The Enemies Of Islam’.

Until 11 September 2001, Hezbollah was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organisation. It is known or suspected to have been involved in the suicide truck bombings of the US embassy and US Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in 1983, the bombing of the US embassy annexe in Beirut in 1984 and the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome. And it is said by various intelligence agencies to have kidnapped over 30 Westerners between 1982 and 1992.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Ahmadinejad has now decided that Islam has three main enemies: Israel, the US and Britain:
And now Iran has explicitly singled out Britain as a target for attack — not because of Lebanon or any other recent event, but because of the British Balfour Declaration of 1917, which led eventually to the restoration of the Jews to part of their ancient homeland in the state of Israel.

In an Iranian TV interview on 23 July, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that ‘England was the founder of this sinister regime’ (Israel) and, like America, was ‘an accomplice to all its crimes’.

Lastly, to all those who think that these extremists will back off if Israel will 'compromize', here is a quote from Nasrallah:

‘If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice I do not say the Israeli.’

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Storm Alert Disinformation: Can A Peaceful Islamic Sect Help Save Islam’s Soul?

Outside of stuffy departments of religion at universities, an old and persecuted sect of Islam, and one largely ignored in today’s media, may be able to help bridge the gap between Muslim and non-Muslim and save the soul of Islam. A recent organization of this sect has been launched with the support of the British government to join its campaign to tackle what ministers describe as "radical extremism" within the country's 1.8 million community.

You would think that this new organization would be applauded by the other more traditional Muslim organizations like the very large Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). After all, isn’t this what the Muslim spokesman have claimed is the real problem with Islam - that it’s been hijacked by a ‘small minority’ of misguided fanatics who are causing distrust and suspicion of Muslims in the British population and throughout the world?

Guess again.

The MCB views the new organization of British Sufi Muslims called the Sufi Muslim Council (SMC) as a "motley crew of discredited figures" wheeled out to support the "ludicrous arguments" of a recent TV documentary about the Islamic problem in Britain. In addition, the SMC created to represent the "silent majority" of British Sufi Muslims and tackle extremism has been dismissed by the Muslim Council of Britain as unrepresentative and divisive.

Why? Because the Sufi organization had the courage to call a spade a spade. They stated that existing Muslim organizations have not done enough to tackle radical extremism within the Muslim community.

Ruth Kelly, the communities and local government minister supports the words and actions of the Sufi group.

"We must work together to protect our young people from recruitment to violence and help them reject forces that seek to destroy our wonderfully diverse society. That is why we are looking to organizations and individuals across the Muslim communities to be vocal and challenge the ideology of the extremists."

Mr Rafiq, who served on the government's Muslim taskforce, created to tackle Islamic radicalization following the 7/7 London bombings, says the SMC is seeking to fill a "vacuum" within the Muslim community.

"Unfortunately, many UK Muslim organizations lack the courage to stand up and speak forthrightly about extremism.”

The Sufi group says up to 80% of Britain's 2 million Muslims come from the Sufi tradition, which is a mystical and personal interpretation of Islam and largely apolitical. One of the SMC founders, Haras Rafiq, said:

"Up to now they [Sufis] have lacked a [representative] voice, and the intent of forming this council is to provide such a strong voice."

And what is this voice? Who are the Sufis? And what do the Muslim fundamentalists think of the Sufis? Let look at some recent examples.

  • On March 19, 2005, up to 50 worshippers were left dead and twice as many wounded in a bomb blast at a shrine to the 19th-century sufi saint Pir Rakhel Shah at Gandhawa in Pakistan’s conflicted province of Baluchistan. The bomb went off as pilgrims at the shirne had lined up for a meal and were being served food. Although the shrine is at a Shi’ite mosque, it is revered by Sunnis as well. “Everyone comes here, even Hindus. There is no distinction here between a Shi’ite and a Sunni,” said the shrine’s caretaker, Syed Sadiq Shah. “God’s curse be on those who did this. They have killed innocent people.”
  • On May 27, 2005, at least 25 were left dead and some 200 wounded in a suicide bombing at the Bari Imam sufi shrine at Nurpur village outside Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Thousands of devotees were attending the last day of a five-day festival at the time of the explosion. Worshippers had been waiting for a prominent Shi’ite cleric to address the gathering when the bomb went off. “Today was the annual festival of Bari Imam. Devotees had come from all over Pakistan. Shi’ites and Sunnis were praying together.
  • On June 2, 2005, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a gathering of sufis north of Baghdad, killing 10 and injuring at least 12.

Get the picture. Aren’t you wondering why a peaceful sect like the Sufis who are trying to bridge that gap between free people and the Islamo-fascists who would seek to enslave them would be the target of so much hatred? Perhaps mainstream representative groups like the MCB are Islamists themselves who support the ends of the violent jihadists but not their means and rather use the lawful jihad of intimidation, infiltration and disinformation gathering support from the appeasers and apologists to reach their goals of an Islamic world?

And what’s their defense? The MCB says its criticism of Jewish groups in Britain and its boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day reflect the anger of British Muslims at the actions of Israel and their desire for justice for the Palestinians.

That’s right. The same of bull hockey that is paraded out in front of the TV cameras, heard on radio shows, and voiced in printed articles every single day of the week by the Islamists. It’s the Jews’ fault. Like the inscrutable Mulla Nasrudin of Sufi lore who admonished those not to react erroneously to a problem, “If your donkey allows someone to steal your coat — steal his saddle.”

Muslims need to respond to those that ‘stole’ their religion and not worry about the donkey that they rode in on. And modern Muslims should look closely at the Sufis and what they have to say. It could just save their religion form being thrown unto the trash heap of history along with their violent and insidious means to conquer the world for Allah.

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Domino theory

The "domino theory" was popular during the Cold War. Wikipedia summarizes it like this:
The domino theory was a 20th Century foreign policy theory that speculated if one land in a region came under the influence of Communists, then more would follow in a domino effect. The domino effect indicates that some change, small in itself, will cause a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on in linear sequence, by analogy to a falling row of dominoes standing on end. (See butterfly effect.)

The theory was used by many United States leaders during the Cold War to justify U.S. intervention in the Vietnam War. The domino theory was applied by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his top advisers in 1954 to describe the prospects of communist expansion in Asia if Indochina were to fall. Eisenhower argued that all of southeast Asia could fall. The theory's ultimate validity remained mixed, and debatable. After the U.S. left Vietnam, the North took over the South, and Cambodia and Laos had also turned to Communism, although Cambodia is no longer a communist state. This limited spread of Communism in Indochina provides ammunition for opponents of the theory, but both sides argue that the historical record overall supports their position.

In the 1980s, the domino theory was used again to justify the Reagan administration's interventions in Central America and the Caribbean region.

From its first conception, many have disputed central assumptions of the domino theory, for instance by arguing that Communist States lacked the tradition of cooperation the theory assumes (eg Cambodia attacked Vietnam, to which Vietnam responded by overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government). Supporters however have continued to argue it was a sensible policy in the context of the times.

Then at the end the article it mentions
Similarly, another new form of the domino theory has been advocated by those who seek to oppose Islamic terrorism. Some foreign policy advocates in the United States refer to the potential spread of both Islamic theocracy and liberal democracy in the Middle East as representing a sort of domino theory. During the Iran-Iraq war, the United States and many other western nations supported Iraq, fearing the spread of Iran's radical theocracy throughout the region. In the 2003 invasion of Iraq, neoconservatives argued that by invading Iraq a democratic government could be implemented, which would then help spread democracy and liberalism across the Middle East.

As I've argued 18 months ago, this push to democratize without first ensuring basic freedoms is not only useless, but counterproductive. In this case just the existence of democratic elections has not brought about the hoped for domino effect of democracy - it achieved gains instead for fanatical Islamic theocracy.

Radical Islam is the one place where the domino theory really does appear to exist. Thirty years ago, Islamism as a political movement was relegated to the fringes of the Arab and Muslim world, but since then (starting with the 1979 revolution in Iran) it has grown into a major worldwide political force, threatening not only the Western world but also the secular Arab world. It also has an advantage over Communism - the ascetism it demands and the religious virtues it claims makes it somewhat less vulnerable to internal dissent.

One cannot understate the fact that the goals of radical Islam is nothing short of world domination, with the infidels dead and the dhimmis subjugated.

This is why the war with Hezbollah is not just a regional conflict, not just a local spat. A victory (or perceived victory) by the terrorists is a huge boost tothe worldwide Islamicist movement in terms of recruitment and prestige. It is all too easy to imagine an Islamist revolution in Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco and the Gulf states. And the idea that one would cascade into the next doesn't seem far-fatched - it seems inevitable.

So even if one tries hard to forget that Iran is racing to get the Bomb, the threat on the horizon is having a much-more empowered Iran or similar minded Islamists turn off the spigot of oil just to punish the West for not enforcing UN resolutions on Israel, or tolerating cartoons, or allowing R-rated movies, or any of a thousand other perceived injustices against Islam.

The fight against Hezbollah is a fight on behalf of the entire civilized world.
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What warning?

Indonesian Prez:"From there, it will be just one step away to that ultimate nightmare: a clash of civilizations."

I have a clue for you Susilo, ole buddy, we are there. We have been there since 619 AD. It's YOUR call to call it off, all you have to do is back off 9:29 and Dawa
Leaders of key countries in the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, including
Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan and Turkey, voiced strong support for the Lebanese people "in their legitimate and courageous resistance against the Israeli aggression."

It was a this same meeting we got this forecho of the passions of Mel .....
We are up against a people who think. They survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back, but by thinking. They invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others.With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power. But today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."

Which resulted in a standing ovation for racism ..but never mind that, the racism is a byproduct of the arrogant religious supremism and intolerance ..

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Avenging Apostate's "A Step Further"

Pedestrian Infidel's own "Avenging Apostate", the ex-Muslim blogger who has converted to Christianity in secret (and wrote about the experience in his exceptional series 'From a Jihadist to a Human'), is back! AA, a lone voice of sanity and reason living in Dubai with his devoutly Muslim family, has written a thought-provoking and revealing post about the seething sea of Jew-hatred that has utterly consumed everyone around him since the war started.

Here's an excerpt:
Since the commencement of Israel's war against Hezbollah, all I see around me is ever more Jew hatred--posters with photos of dead Lebanese children (alleged victims of 'Zionist atrocities') are featured prominently everywhere in Dubai, such as shopping malls and hospitals. Wherever I look, I see it--wherever I hear people talking, I hear words of hatred against the Jews. I try to look for the posters about the women and children who have died in Israel. But there is nothing about them, because all Jews have committed a crime, young and old alike. They have committed the crime of being Jewish.

It seems that I am the only one here who fully supports Israel and the Jews; that I am the only one who can see beyond the web of Muslim lies. How long am I going to sit back for and watch it all happen all around me? How long am I going keep hiding? How long am I willing to hear the chants 'Death to Israel, death to the Jews' without objecting to them? I ask myself these questions, but I can't answer them.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

"In the old days, Jews faced property restrictions; now they face sovereignty restrictions"

Steyn is on fire....here is his inbox...

"Israelis are the pigs of planet earth: butchering Arab babies, polluting the sea, the land, and the very air we breathe with the the stench of their inhumanity. Israel is a collection of the scum of earth and should be destroyed."

It's been tried, honey

That’s from Nica Campbell, and her opening sentences are only the warm-up. For centuries, Jews were viewed as sinister wandering rootless cosmopolitan figures of no national allegiance. So they became a conventional sovereign state and now they’re hated for that. The standard defense is that it’s not anti-Semitic to criticize Israeli policies, but, as Miss Campbell’s letter suggests, what’s being questioned is not Israel’s policies but the right of Israel to have policies, especially on national security. If, say, some fellows in Mexico had kidnapped California State Troopers and were lobbing rockets randomly into residential areas of San Diego and Los Angeles, even La-La-Land libs would be demanding the US respond. It’s only the Israelis the world wishes to deny the conventional rights of sovereignty. In other words, it’s the legitimacy of the state that’s at issue. In effect, Israel has become the geopolitical version of the European Jew who’s allowed to operate a store in the town but not to exercise full ownership rights: in the old days, Jews faced property restrictions; now they face sovereignty restrictions.

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The Many Faces of Self-Hatred

This is one of the archived bits I never found the time to translate with so many more topical items around needing to be blogged. Being confined to occasional online access right now, I finally managed to make this "bloggable".

I am not trying to expose the folly of a number of menopausing crones or one attention seeking journalist. That is, so to say, a collateral effect. It isn't even so much about another one of the Evils of Islam. Hell, we have seen much worse! At least the victims I am introducing here don't get their heads chopped off and I suppose that is SOMETHING.

No, this is about a specifically nasty and dangerous kind of political correctness.

I never twigged before that there might be a hierarchy of politically correct values and mantras, but of course there is, and if two of them clash one will be jettisoned and you can bet your right of primogeniture against an old shoe that it's the more contemptible one of the two that will prevail. After all, that's what political correctness is all about, isn't it?

This is, too, about the sad fact that self-hatred may exist at both ends of an argument.

However, earlier this year, I came across what is probably THE fucking dumbest and certainly one of the five most irritating sites in the entire Internet, together with PETA, ISM, Robert Fisk's website and NOW.

What is it about?

It is about, and by, victims of the schemes of "Middle Eastern men". (The victims' choice of words, not mine!)

Read the rest HERE. High nausea-threshold requited!
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Today's Jeopardy question is: "What is always mistaken for a Weber grill?"

Door at Baltimore Hebrew University firebombed

Police yet to classify incident as hate crime

laughing%20chimps.gif Baltimore police are investigating a firebombing at Baltimore Hebrew University after an employee reported a loud noise and then a fire at the base of a side door of a building in the 5800 block of Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

The incident occurred about 2:45 p.m. yesterday. Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said the female employee alerted maintenance workers who came and extinguished the small fire and then alerted authorities.

Moses said detectives determined the fire was started by an incendiary device, such as a Molotov cocktail, thrown at a steel door, causing no damage. It is being investigated by the department's arson unit, but has not yet been classified as a hate crime.
"At this point, there's nothing that would indicate that this is a hate crime," Moses said. "They have problems with juveniles in that area."

The spokesman said no notes or messages were left. Any witnesses are asked to contact the arson unit at 410-396-2645.

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Mike's America prompts a real question?

Mikes america actually caused me to utter a level 2 tech support question

What kind of galactically stupid morons takes a group like Hizballah and believes their view rather than the inheritors of the legacies of the Adams boyz ?

Is it that the minions of Agence France Presse just can't take it that unsophisticated cowboys that spit and squint into the sun and then smile, won't recognize the superior nuanceville of manipulating adultery into an adult cultural advantage of the stylish and avant garde, not to mention intelligent and suave?

Is it that the BBC is holding onto that moment of dread of Cornwallis? Or exulting that until Cromwell jews were VERBOTEN in England (I mean, we all know how pushy and loud thay can be, right Mel ..oh wait, you are an embarassment to Australia, not England)? Or is it that same sickness which caused the Oxford Club in 1935 to vote NOT to fight for king and country (I mean who has time old boy, what with the fellows at the club in such a snit over the cricket loss)

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Instilling Fear and Loathing

Isaac Schrodinger published a magnificent article about his school years at a Pakistani school in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
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O Yeah: Don't Kill Civilians...

Well, no Lebanese civilians that is.

When the building in Qana collapsed after an Israeli (air)strike, we saw the Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora reacting very passionately, he even praised Hizbullah for defending the Lebanese people. Hizbullah cried foul. O, those terrible Israelis, curse them for accidentally killing civilians!

Today, PMW reports:

While the world debates about responsibility for Lebanese civilian casualties, Hezbollah takes unequivocal pride in its responsibility for causing Israeli civilians casualties. Indeed, Hezbollah celebrates its attacks on civilians as restoring "honor". Hezbollah TV, Al Manar, continues to broadcast video clips glorifying Hezbollah attacks on Israeli cities. Scenes showing Israeli civilians being rushed to the Hospitals are accompanied by the words:
"Resist! Explode! Shake! Destroy! Your weapon restores my country's honor."

You can watch the video clips, two of them, at PMW's website.

Now, it's important to remember that Siniora expressed his complete support for Hizbullah. He praised them for 'defending Lebanon'. He didn't make any exceptions in the means they use to fight against Israel.
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Dinner Jacket - "Have a problem? Get the jews"

Iranian President: Solution to Middle East crisis is to destroy Israel

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, Iranian state media reported. 26iran.xlarge1.jpgIn a speech during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Malaysia, Ahmadinejad also called for an immediate cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and the Iranian-back group Hezbollah. "Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented," Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site. ahmaditwerp.jpgFrance's foreign minister condemned Iran's call on Thursday, saying Iran is ruining its chances to play a positive and stabilizing role inthe Middle East.

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You are not reading this

Hezbollah reports becoming less and less believable


If Hezbollah-run media are to be believed, then 35 Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed or wounded in Aita Shaab, militants downed an Israeli helicopter and destroyed a house in which IDF soldiers were hiding, and IDF troops are always hit in the back because they are running away.

All these statements are baseless because - despite the impression Hezbollah has made for straight talk - credibility is not its strong suit. Hezbollah's reports have become less and less believable in recent days. On Monday, Al-Manar television - the central component of Hezbollah's well-oiled media empire - reported that the organization had destroyed an Israeli ship off the coast of Tyre, which had some 50 sailors aboard - a charge the IDF dismissed completely.

It's not clear what incident, if any, the report was referring to, and the Arab world has been asking questions. Al-Arabiya television asked Mahmoud Kamati, a member of the Hezbollah political bureau, about the Hezbollah claim and he repeated that an Israeli ship had been hit, but said no pictures were broadcast because visibility was poor

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Willful denial of Jihadist goals is a psychosis

Today, as every day, many prominent Muslims are calling for the utter destruction of Israel as well as Jihad against the West:
Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Muhammad Mahdi 'Akif, called on all Muslims to "help the resistance in all its forms," both in Lebanon and in the Palestinian areas, describing the current "official" Arab position as "shameful." .

The Islamist leader praised Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Palestinian areas, and Hezbollah in Lebanon, calling on his followers to prepare themselves to fight "the Zionist gangs." According to 'Akif, Israel was "planted within the Palestinian lands by the Western crusaders, to perform as representatives of the Western superpowers headed by the United States."

TEHRAN –– Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the answer to the conflict in south Lebanon was the "elimination of the Zionist regime," ISNA agency reported.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted United States policy in the Middle East and warned of an impending Muslim “jihad”, or holy war, against the West.

“Today, it is clear for everyone that the aggression against Lebanon was a premeditated U.S.-Zionist action as a key step in the path of dominating the Middle East and the Islamic world”, Khamenei said. His comments were reported in the official news agency IRNA and aired in part on state television on Wednesday.

“Today, Muslim nations more than ever despise the U.S.”, he said.

“With its support of the Zionists crimes and criminals and its blatant aggression against the rights of Muslim nations, the U.S. regime must be prepared for a hard slap and a destructive punch by Muslims”, Khamenei said.
The mainstream media reports these things occasionally, but always in a sort of secondary, backhanded way, in one of the bottom paragraphs and glossed over as if it is not really news when the "supreme leader" of a nation threatens the entire Western world.

The liberals read things like this and think, "well, it is just rhetoric, just Arab bluster, it is not serious." No matter how many terror attacks occur against the West, no matter how many 9/11s and Balis and Madrids and Londons and Bombays, no matter how clear the Islamists make their position that they are not distinguishing between Western liberals and Western conservatives, and that we are all targets for death - the left remains in utter denial. If they are forced to confront real terror, they are unable to see that the jihadists are to blame for their actions.

Because the truth is hard to take. It is easier to belittle those who see evil for what it is, those who see that Lebanon is not a regional spat over land but a spark of a global conflagration between Islamists and the Western world. It is hard to accept that hundreds of millions of people want to see you dead or subjugated - even if you accept that fewer than half of worldwide Islam subscribes to these views.

It is an understandable psychological defense mechanism, to try to take the easy way out. If only Israel would agree to all Arab demands then the Arabs won't bother us, they say. If only we do what they say, it won't affect my life right now today. The direct jihadist threats are not to be taken seriously.

Because to believe the threats means that something must be done about it, and all the other justifications for appeasement and blaming of Israel and US policy is an intellectual equivalent of hiding one's head in the sand.

If there is one thing that Jews have learned through history, it is that if someone says they want to kill you, take them seriously. It is a lesson that the "enlightened" West needs to learn very badly.
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Storm Track Appeasement: UK Dithers While Jihadists Plan

From The Gathering Storm

Britain faces a severe risk of another terrorist attack, the UK Home Office and the domestic spy agency MI5 said as it launched the country's first public terror alert system modeled on the US Department of Homeland Security.

The response from the PC side of the government?

  • “The Court of Appeal refused to allow the government to appeal against a High Court ruling that threw out "control orders" -- enacted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to put terrorism suspects under partial house arrest. The ruling came on the day the government unveiled a new security alert system which said Britain was at "severe" risk of a terrorist attack, its second highest level of threat. Blair rushed the control orders through parliament after courts threw out emergency post-September 11 powers to jail foreign terrorism suspects indefinitely.”

Did Blair want to incarcerate suspected terrorists without trial? Nope. His order that “amounted to a deprivation of liberty” was the physical restriction that confined each respondent to a small flat for 18 hours a day.

How brutal! Will the cruel and unusual fascist tactics of a nation’s leader who wants to prevent and attack on his country ever cease?

The jihadists are laughing up their sleeves on the contortions that the free democracies are being forced into to protect their nation’s citizens. They know the weak knead appeasers who equate freedom with license will give them wide leeway to plan their attacks knowing that they will not be disturbed until after the fact.

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Alfred and the complexity of war

A fellow took me to task the other day for referring to "Europe" as if it is a monolithic entity. We were discussing Islamic ghettoization in Europe, and he made the point that the situation is far too complex to paint with a broad brush and that one must look at each country in Europe individually in order to discuss the subject. He is right of course, unless the point of the conversation is Islamic ghettoization in Europe.

It is true that parts of Europe are ghettoized and other parts are not. It is also true that Texas was not involved in the American revolution and that Saskatchewan was not involved in the war of 1812 (since neither existed at the time). Yet that does not make it untrue that the American revolution took place in America or that Canada was a protagonist in the War of 1812. Nor is it false or misleading to say that Europe faces Islamic ghettoization; the fact that parts of Europe are not yet ghettoized is hardly an assurance that they won't follow the parts that are if ethnic immigration floodgates are left open across Europe.

Heuristics, meaning in this case the use of shortcuts or rules of thumb, is a useful tool without which we would not be in a position to communicate anything to anyone. Taken to its logical conclusion, without the use of heuristics we would be reduced to a state of the egocentric particular and only be able to think, but not talk, about our individual selves. It is the very complexity of life which makes it necessary to reduce it to understandable categories.

I would dismiss this entire exercise as a latterday version of the debate on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, except that the "complexity" critique is becoming an overused meme these days. It represents one of the more glaring flaws in modern academia: a tendency to inflate a subject with endless facets and in the process preclude any hope of arriving at a conclusion. Beyond that and far more annoying is the fact that neo-liberals seem to have fallen in love with "complexity".

What was spawned in academia has become in the hands of neo-liberalism a rhetorical tool; one with the twofold value of allowing the user to appear to seize the intellectual high ground and sidestep all arguments into the bargain. But how valid is it really?

Its fine to reject simplicity in favour of complexity, but somehow users of the complexity mechanism never seem to get around to talking about the myriad perspectives they have cleverly introduced to the subject. In fact, the implied suggestion is that the given subject is too complicated to deal with at all. Thus any argument this mechanism is used against has not been addressed...it has merely been devalued and sidestepped.

The rhetorical complexity meme is often used to devalue arguments for the use of force against Islam. Whenever someone calls for war against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah or Hamas, some pseudo-intellectual on the left is quick to leap up and assure us that the issue is far too complex to address through the use of brute force, and that the "warmonger" is brutish for even entertaining such simplistic thinking.

If pressed to expand upon this alleged complexity, the leftist looks stunned for a moment and then invariably trots out the usual mantras of "poverty", "ignorance" or "imperialism" as if nothing more need be said. If pressed harder, the leftist will retreat to the position that war ought to be a last resort; a tautology that has no end, since there will always be other resorts, including perpetual diplomacy, capitulation and abject rout. Ultimately the complexity argument usually means that the leftist has no real understanding of the issue, but knows that calling something "complex" elevates his non-understanding to an appearance of wisdom.

Alfred, King of Wessex, was both a scholar and a warrior. He could have taken the role of either when he faced the Danish Great Army at Edington in the year 878. He could have examined the enemy minutely, observing the myriad complexities of the opposing shieldwall and how this or that Dane or camp follower didn't really look like his heart was in it and that perhaps a bit of wergeld might calm their nerves. He could have reasoned that if his Saxons insisted upon attacking or even stubbornly standing their ground it would only make the Danes angrier and more alienated, and he would have been right. He might have reflected that Nordic Paganism was probably a religion of peace, despite its worship of warrior gods, violent battle death, and supernatural transport to Valhalla. He might even have deduced that it was only the Dane Guthrum and his henchmen who were the instigators, and that the great mass of Danes were moderates. Had he done all of the those things he might have been known to history as "The Clever".

Fortunately for the survival of Anglo-Saxon England, Alfred instead took the simplistic and artless route of seeing the Danish shieldwall for what it was: a horde of barbarians clamouring for blood, loot and rapine. And so he thrashed them and then he thrashed them again and after the slaughter he forced a truce on them, forcibly converting Guthrum to Christianity in the process. Then he built the borders of Wessex into a fortress and made a point of thrashing the Danes each time they encroached. For his brutish simplicity in time of need, and for laying the groundwork for a true and lasting peace with the Danelaw, Alfred is the only King in the long history of Britain to be honored with the title "The Great".

Rarely in history have we seen anything so farcical as the situation we have now between the West and Islam. On one side the enemy beats its shields and howls for our heads, while on the other side we look for any possible excuse...not just to avoid war...but to avoid acknowledging that the enemy even exists.

I deeply sympathize with the idea that war ought to be a last resort. War is a horrible thing to behold, and the war that is coming will be nasty, brutish and long. But the barbarians are here whether we like it or not, and they want war, and there is nothing very complicated about that.
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Right before our very eyes Hezbollah are, apparently, metamorphosising from a terrorist organisation to...well, no news what exactly they are yet. I'm sure it'll only be a short time before the MSM starts calling them freedom fighters or some such nonsense. I wonder how long before other terrorist groups are elevated to the same level as nation-states?

The United Nations’ #2 man, Mark Malloch Brown, says it is “not helpful” to call Hizballah a terrorist organization.

The [Australian] government is on a collision course with its Muslim advisory group over its claim that Hizbollah should not be considered a terrorist organisation.

In a rebuff to Washington, the European Union will not add the Islamist Hezbollah movement to its list of terrorist organizations, the EU president says.

I guess Al Qaeda will soon be along to start firing rockets at random into Israel in order to have their terrorist status rescinded too.
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Ben Stein knows best

How to Lose to Terrorists

By Ben Stein Published 7/31/2006 12:09:22 AM

We are in real serious trouble, and I'll tell you how and why I know it:

* Because the Hezbollah -- as has been well reported -- launches missiles at purely civilian targets in Israel as a matter of course, and no one in Europe or in the American left says "boo" about it. It's considered the Hezbollah's "right" to kill Israelis and when they do, they boast about it and promise to do more;
* Because it's been also well documented that the Hezbollah hides behind civilian targets and adjacent to civilian dwellings in Lebanon to fire its rockets at Israel, and when Israel fires back and mistakenly hits a home with civilians, the world of "intellectuals" and "thinkers" blames Israel and calls Israel bloodthirsty;

* Because when the Israelis kill civilians, they apologize, but when the terrorists kill civilians, they brag -- and the beautiful people scream at Eretz Israel and excuse the terrorists;

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War Crimes and Qana

Never mind that the toll has been reduced to about 28 by now, we can chalk that up to initial report confusion and a desire for '1200 dead in Jenin' (though one would hope that reportage would know better by now, but let's put that aside along with pallywood theories for the moment.

The reaction of Israel was to stop air bombardment and then conduct an investigation. Of course, this is of limited usage (short of a truly impartial set of coroners and forensic investigators, who will know what they are doing without bias), but it speaks to intent of the Israeli armed forces.

The arabs cry war crimes, but ....

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

WaPo claims BanglaDesh going salafifreakazoid

A New Hub for Terrorism?

While the United States dithers, a growing Islamic fundamentalist movement linked to al-Qaeda and Pakistani intelligence agencies is steadily converting the strategically located nation of Bangladesh into a new regional hub for terrorist operations that reach into India and Southeast Asia.

With 147 million people, largely Muslim Bangladesh has substantial Hindu and Christian minorities and is nominally a secular democracy. But the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) struck a Faustian bargain with the fundamentalist party Jamaat-e-Islami five years ago in order to win power.

In return for the votes in Parliament needed to form a coalition government, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has looked the other way as the Jamaat has systematically filled sensitive civil service, police, intelligence and military posts with its sympathizers, who have in turn looked the other way as Jamaat-sponsored guerrilla squads patterned after the Taliban have operated with increasing impunity in many rural and urban areas.

To the dismay of her business supporters, the prime minister gave the coveted post of industries minister to Matiur Rahman Nizami, a high-ranking Jamaat official who has helped promote the growth of a Jamaat economic empire that embraces banking, insurance, trucking, pharmaceutical manufacturing, department stores, newspapers and TV stations. A study last year by a leading Bangladeshi economist showed that the "fundamentalist sector of the economy" earns annual profits of some $1.2 billion.

Again, the incredibly arrogant assumption that something WE DO will stop armed dawa, and salafi qutbites. There is nothing we can do except KILL THEM. I'd prefer not to until compulsory

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Stealing Their Souls

Hat tip to Eyes All Around.
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Norwegian Crap and Euro Jew-Hatred

Oslo synagogue vandalized:

On Saturday evening a man defecated on the steps of Oslo's synagogue, then smashed two windows there." ...

"The entire incident was immortalized by the synagogue's security cameras. No one was in the building at the time, but neighbors quickly summoned police. When they arrived the culprit had vanished."

One could hope that the video would be used to capture the thug. One could hope that he would be arrested and sent to prison. One could ... but why bother. It's Scandanavia. Even if he is caught the punishment will be some laughable nonsense like sensitivity training or values courses when the asshole needs to be beaten down hard.

This is in addition to the 20 shops defaced with swastikas in Rome. Such is the state of Europe in the 21st century.
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German police hunt train bomber after devices found

German police hunt train bomber after devices found: "A day after the discovery of two unexploded suitcase bombs on the German railways, federal prosecutors took charge and launched an anti-terrorist inquiry Tuesday.

The railway station in the western city of Koblenz was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after lost-and-found staff noticed a gas canister inside a bag that had been handed in the previous day. "
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Evil must be duly noted, again and again...

Following up on Pastorius' post and the claim of Libanoscopie that 'Disabled children [were] placed inside building' at Qana, I note that Galliawatch has more. Tiberge translates the argument of a purported French nurse/blogger to speculate that Hezbollah are murdering disabled children for the cameras:
I am a registered nurse, with long years of experience with multiple-handicapped children and with older dependent persons. During the nightly news Sunday night, on TF1 TV, about the young victims of Qana, my attention was drawn to the abnormal posture of a dead child on a stretcher.

This child's arm was turned upward with the hand totally turned down. This posture is typical of the tendon contractions that occur in multiple-handicapped bed-ridden children, or those in a wheel-chair. I examined as best I could the other corpses shown in the report, and I was surprised to note that each one of them had signs of being handicapped (feet turned inward, knee and hand deformities...)
Read the whole thing...
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UK funpark's "Muslim only day" was a flop

Now this is good to hear. The Sun's reported that the planned "event" at Alton Towers' amusement park in Britain has been called off because they couldn't get enough attendants to come:
A MUSLIMS-only day at Britain’s biggest theme park has been axed after a huge bookings flop.

Organisers Islamic Leisure had hoped to attract 28,000 people to the event at Alton Towers, Staffs, on September 17 — but less than 1,000 tickets were sold.

The fun day — exclusively revealed by The Sun — caused a race row after plans to ban mixed-sex rides, smoking, alcohol and gambling.

Non-Muslims were angered by the plans.

An Alton Towers spokesman said last night: “At least the park will be open to the general public.”
There's one propaganda bias in there about a "race row" but other than that, this is certainly relieving news. If those nasty Islamists are going to just force their way in on other people's pleasures, then they deserve none themselves.

H/T: Moonbat Monitor.
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Synagogue vandalized

From News from Norway.

This is a translation from Norwegian news channel P4.

Oslo’s only synagogue was vandalized last week. According to newspaper reports, a twenty year old male defecated on the staircase leading up to the front entrance door of the synagogue, and threw rocks at the windows, smashing several of them.

Minister of the Mosaic religious community, Anne Stender, believes the incident is a response to the current war in the middle east.

“What is happening in the region seems to have hit a nerve in the population, and sadly some people react this way, which of course is totally unacceptable.”

The Mosaic religious community have reported the incident to the police. They have also been in contact with the Norwegian Justice department, who have assured the Mosaic community that they take this incident very seriously.

It’s less than ten days ago, since the Mosaic religious community warned its members not to wear the kippah, and not to speak hebrew in public, to avoid confrontations with opponents of the Lebanon-Israeli war.

The middle eastern conflict affects a lot of Norwegians, both mentally and politically, says Stender. People are getting agitated and can’t separate one thing from the other.

It’s weird isn’t it? The lefties are the ones who advocate peaceful coexistence between the different races in this country, but they don’t hesitate for one single second, to physically assault people with differing political views.
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Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West

Click here to view the movie.

(I think we will repost this every few days, because I think it is important that as many people see it as is possible.)
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