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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Hamas militarizes Gaza

The Hamas is increasing its terrorist plotting activities in Gaza, and continuing to spread jihad:
The Hamas terror organization, which won control of the PA legislature in January elections, is setting up a standing army in Gaza based on its military wing, the Al-Kassam Brigades.

A senior official in the Hamas military, known by his nom de guerre, Abu Huzaifa, told the PA news agency, Duniya Alwatan, that since the disengagement, the Hamas has set up military bases in every city in Gaza. The bases have been training a new cadre of highly motivated fighters for the Jihad, or holy war against non Moslems, and in particular, against the Jewish state.

Recruits are sent to the camps for four months. The first month consists of basic training, and after that, recruits are taught more advanced military maneuvers.

More specifically, Abu Huzaifa said PA soldiers are taught a number of techniques including firing rifles, shooting Kassam rockets, crawling under fences, and climbing up and down buildings. The instructors are Hamas terrorists who received training abroad.

The goal, he said, was to turn the Al-Kassam Brigades into a full-fledged standing army. That army would be dedicated to eliminating Israel and replacing it with an Arab state ruled by the Hamas.

Abu Huzaifa said that military units were already working on developing more sophisticated rockets and explosive devices to advance the Jihad.
And if they're working in collaboration with Iran, then there's the danger of their trying to obtain chemical/nuclear weapons to use as well. Anything's possible, so we gotta be on the lookout.
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Islam Comic Book Down Due To Death Threats

I recommended the Islamcomicbook.com site to a friend yesterday and was surprised to find that it had been taken down. I searched the site on google and the cached results displayed the following (text follows picture, click the picture for the full sized snapshot) :

Text :


It is with great regret that I must go into hiding.

This is a result of the multiple death threats I have received for my comic book, which depicts the truth about the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. I am earnestly confused about this matter. I have spoken honestly and truthfully about Islam and its teachings. All quotes in the comic book are directly from the Qu'ran and the agreed Hadiths.

Why does a religion of peace seek to kill me for being honest? What do they have to hide?

I hope to return when I am free to speak once again.

Abdullah Aziz
(Author or the World Renowned Comic Book, "Mohammed's Believe It or Else!"

Not all is lost though as faithfreedom.org is hosting a copy of the comic book which I recommend you all go and read. Please pass this information around the blogosphere and internet forums to make the public aware that the ROP has claimed another victim in it's aim of silencing the critics of Islam.
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The Further Myth of Islamic Civilizing Influence (this time in Spain)

Islam loves to proclaim itself as a "prime mover" in the march of civilization; it has repeated this claim so often that many have come to believe it.

While the myth of the Islamic origin of a "Golden Age" in the East is easy to dispel (Islam was, in fact, responsible for its demise), the myth of an idyllic Islamic civilization in Spain has persisted.

For your edification and reading pleasure on this matter, I would like to refer you to a chapter taken from a difficult-to-find work by Louis Bertrand and Charles Petrie. George Mason, over at 6thcolumn, was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of it through the generous efforts of someone in a foreign country.

The book itself is "The History of Spain," Part I, By Louis Bertrand of the Academie Francaise, and Sir Charles Petrie, and was written in two volumes in 1934.

I have extracted a portion of what is posted to give you an idea of what it's about; the whole chapter is available at 6thcolumn.

From George Mason's introductory comment:


A gentleman in another country was kind enough to send in this chapter, "What the Arab Spanish Civilisation Was," from [volume I of] the [two-volume ] "History of Spain," 711 - 1931, by Louis Bertrand and Charles Petrie. The reader kindly provided this translation from the Spanish. Bernard was a contemporary of Andre' Servier, who wrote "The Psychology of the Musulman."

Our generous reader and translator provided this note:

This copy from a chapter of Bertrand's "History" - could have been written today. If you can, get hold of the book: apart from being informative, it makes excellent reading. The first part, that is, on Muslim Spain. The 2nd part, on Spain after Philip II, is less interesting to me, was co-authored by an Irishman, Sir Petrie, also well-known in those days. Asunto: Re: Louis Bertrand, History of Spain.

Spanish translation and preface by Manuel Castillo, Officier de l'Instruction Publique de France EspaÏa Pais Creador; Historia Critica de un gran pueblo.

Louis Bertrand de la Academia francesa Ediciones Atlantida; Mexico, df, 1942

What the Arab Spanish Civilisation Was (Emphases mine)

It was in the tenth century, especially during the reigns of I Rhaman the Great, of his son Hakarn II, and even of the usurper El Mansour, that, despite the unpropitiousness of the time, despite perpetual wars and rebellions, what is called the Arab Spanish Civilisation developed. It is here especially that we must be on our guard against being misled by words, which do not mean the same thing to us as to Orientals*. To judge this civilisation reasonably, it is important not to let ourselves be carried away by the hyperbolical admiration or preconceptions, and the prejudices of those who exalt pan Arab -Spanish culture to an exaggerated extent only in order degrade Catholic Spain and, in general, medieval Christianity in proportion. . .

The gravest error in this matter is to believe that the civilisation was the work of Arabs. The Arabs, who were very small in number in the Peninsula, were never anything for the Spaniards and for Western Europe but intermediaries, most of the time unconscious and involuntary, who reopened to them the roads of the great civilising centres of the East:
Byzantium, Damascus, Cairo, Baghdad. The Arabs themselves brought nothing with them but their nomad poverty and roughness, their pride of race, inveterate hatred of everything that we understand by the civilisation. Even those historians who are most prejudiced in favour are obliged to recognise their nullity as civilising element as factors of progress.

*This statement by the author is one to which we should pay close attention and take very seriously. Ralph Patai, in his book, "The Arab Mind," makes this point at length. We not only must be careful to translate the Arab language into English words, we must also be keenly aware of the fact that Arabic words, once translated, stand for significantly different ideas in many cases. We are beginning to become aware of this difference as we hear words like "humiliation," "pride," etc. in the news.
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Hinrichs may not have intended to kill himself

The Oklahoman's got another article on Joel Henry Hinrichs III (Hat tip: Mark Tapscott and Michelle Malkin), in which a member of the police bomb squad investigating the blowup outside the Norman stadium says that he believes Hinrichs did not intend to kill himself when bringing a bomb there. If not, then the reports of a suicide note being found now stand contradicted. From the report:
A Norman police bomb expert said Tuesday he does not believe University of Oklahoma student Joel Henry Hinrichs III committed suicide by blowing himself up outside a packed football stadium.

"I believe he accidentally blew himself up," Sgt. George Mauldin said.

Mauldin said Hinrichs, 21, an engineering student, had two to three pounds of triacetone triperoxide, commonly known as TATP, in a backpack in his lap when it exploded Oct. 1.

When asked if he believed Hinrichs meant to enter the stadium with the explosives, Mauldin replied, "I don't believe he intended for an explosion to occur at that spot (on the park bench)."

"Some of us will forever wonder what he (Hinrichs) was doing at that time, at that place," Police Chief Phil Cotten said.

Hinrichs was sitting on a park bench 173 yards from the OU stadium during the second quarter of OU's night game against Kansas State when the TATP inside his backpack detonated.

"Someone saw him fiddling with it (the backpack) shortly before the explosion occurred. I think he got cocky, and it went off," Mauldin said.
Yes, it could be possible that he panicked and accidentally pulled the trigger on himself if someone spotted him where he was sitting. And as for his plans regarding the bomb he was carrying in his knapsack, was he planning to hide it in the stadium, and then trigger it from a distance? Good question.

Cross-posted to Tel-Chai Nation.
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Hurray for the Danish PM!

This one is pretty old, but just too many things got in my way. However, it doesn't seams like there has been any post about it so here I go.

I have been very disappointed with the Danish PM especially with the personal dissociation to the cartoons. But now it seams like he finally realize that it is at no use to appease the angry muslims. He actually kicks ass and states (freely translated):

"I really think, this is about a major lack of principle...But it reaches from broad circles in the trades and industries to broad circles in culture and media."

"Writters and others, that really are living by the freedom of expression, has failed in this matter. And I believe I know why, it's because they put it into a whole other contex, that has fully blocked for the undistorted view. They don't like Dansk Folkeparti (FYI: far right-winged party), they don't like Jyllands-Posten, and they don't like the government.. And possibly in this order. Because of a almost hate-relationship to these three factors, they can't get themself up and stand by protecting the freedom of expression in this matter. So there has been introduced a double standard"

For those of you who can read Danish please correct me if I have made some wrongly translations.

Hurray! Take that Danish media and industry! Now, with this attitude, I hope he do begin to be much more tough in the discussion about the Imams, about the arab countries demands, about the boycutt of Danish goods. I gain a little more hope for this conflict, through it doesn't seams to be any good times we're going to have in the long run. As things heading now I vision a great civil war in many of the western european countries will happen. I guess we aren't far from getting death penalty gets back in Western Europe. Turkey is also all out of admission in EU so I really hope that the military will get so pissed off that they'll retake the country and teach the people some lessons in western culture and secularism.

Here's a little story of how it's around here where I live. I live in one of the bad parts of Denmark (well, actually I live in a ghetto), where there is a pretty big arab population. Lots of unreported crimes has happened here though it has reduced much since the police actually dared to take some action. Things like firefighters, ambulances and policecars getting thrown stones at when alerted to the areas wasn't any unusual. The police didn't really dare to do much against these groups responsible for the attacks, and the general population here was very annoyed, and still are. But the police finally gain pretty much control, as many off these bad eggs are arrested. But that's just until the next wave come. The groups are very cowardly and usually only attack weak victims like elderly people, drunk people and kids. But I don't think there's many people here who doesn't know or have heard of the more brutal attacks that has happen. These groups of course also do a lot vandalism. But what is worse, is all the shady illegalities that happens. Some years ago I lived just two blocks away from a family that worked together with al-Qaeda fabricating false passports, dealing drugs and of course was on social security (though they had millions). But it's pretty calm here now at least.

Well, let's see one of those muslim rave parties! (Hat-Tip: Viking Observer)
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Rashomon or Lies? Both, but neither.

Iraq has moved perilously close to civil war. Everyone who knows anything about the tortured history of that country, cobbled together from disparate parts by British colonial officials less than a century ago, has always dreaded such an outcome.

Ralph Peters (from Iraq)
March 1, 2006 -- THE reporting out of Baghdad continues to be hysterical and dishonest. There is no civil war in the streets. None. Period.

Terrorism, yes. Civil war, no. Clear enough?

Buckley's recent caterwaul argues for the former
Hanson, JUST BACK from Iraq argues for the latter
Kristol hasn't changed a note
Kaplan (R of the WaPo) argues they can't do democracy, we should go for 'normalcy' (what the hell is THAT? I can't even figure out what that means in my own life)

It doesn't matter
What's real?
Well here's my view .. A very intelligent Al Qaeda has in the same week(s) attempted to foment a civil war aided (functionally if not explicity) by Sadr and the Iranian Pasdaran in Iraq, nearly simultaneoulsy they have attacked Abqaiq in KSA. This OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN in the war on terror by the murderers, is an effort to :
1) Regain the initiative, for the next step(s)
2) Cripple the economies of the west, making it far more difficult to carry on ANYWHERE far from home
3) Create civil war in Iraq for the purpose of creating a failed state in the Sunni triangle to have another - Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan. Both the highly Shia south and Kurdistan would be functional states with a key natural resource in excess, and one of them somewhat inimical to the USA. The Sunnis would have but one resource, and one export .. suicide murderers for Islam.

Whether we like it or not, Iraq is and has always been just one campaign in a world war. A war fomented by others, a war they say must be, a war begun they say by the immutable words of god against the whispering satans of free will, licentiousness, and material wealth. It leads to the end point as much as Peleliu lead to the Brandenburg Gate, as much as Anzio lead to Tokyo Bay, as much as Guadalcanal lead to Dresden. We can argue about WMD, Shia and Sunni hate (or not), not enough men, they are too brutish to govern themselves ... it's all angels on a pinhead.

The war is to kill the jihadis of salafism, and reduce to ashes the philosophy of Islamic Domination through **Jihad and intimidation and violence**. That the latter must occur by indirect means is indisputable, unless we just unleash ourselves without any moral compunction. However, that is not who we are today.

But as Geraghty pointed out, and as many others including myself have argued repeatedly, the next attack here in america will find a very different mindset in the aftermath.

What does that mean about civil war in Iraq?
It means that if there is a civil war, and 3 states result, the citizens of Baghdad, Fallujah, Ramadi etc should expect relentless long range warfare via technical means from above.
Bet on it. No failed state can be allowed to exist, and if we by cowardice, or Hamlet-izing allow it, the murderers actions will merely bring about this result after the death of (#?) americans. The murderers have no choice, you see.

Only we do.
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Mini-Chernobyl in Iran?

From Italy's TG5: "Iran: Nuclear Contamination, government covers up."
It happened about two months ago in Teheran, in the country's main center of nuclear research, at the headquarters of the Iranian atomic energy organization; among other things under the control of the U.N.'s IAEA. From an ultra-secret nuclear laboratory of the Revolutionary Guards situated in an undisclosed location in Iran, there arrived--according to TG5 sources--a load of radioactive material. A small suitcase containing some tens of grams of tritium was forced open by inexperienced hands, and the surrounding area was contaminated as a result. It appears that some workers were exposed to a high level of contamination.

Safety measures were put into effect, the plant was decontaminated, and an investigation was launched. All of this took place under maximum security, according to TG5 sources. The inquest regarded not only the dangerous incident, but also the level of security of the entire operation presided over by the pasdaran of the Iranian revolution. Investigators sought to discover if word of the accident had been leaked, and from what level of the chain of command.

The official version of what took place is that the material in question was simply uranium. But our sources go farther: If the place of origin of the radioactive material is designated by the letter "j," it means that the Iranians have done everything possible--it appears--to hide the evidence of its source: the writing on the containers were erased, except for two letters in Cyrillic. Disturbing news coming from the shadowy and dangerous underground of the international trafficking of nuclear materials and the secret experiments that are in progress.
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Muslim Strikes Back at the Infidels in North Carolina

A University graduate with at least one prior arrest careened a rented silver Jeep Grand Cherokee through the Pit about noon Friday, striking nine pedestrians and sending six to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries.

Mohammed Reza Taheriazar, 22, who formerly lived at 3125 English Sparrow Lane in Charlotte and who graduated in 2005, was taken from the Department of Public Safety to Orange County Jail at 6:20 p.m.

He had a grim smirk on his face as he was escorted out.

Taheriazar was born May 5, 1983, according to University records. He was a psychology and philosophy major and was cited in The Charlotte Observer for dean's list honors in spring 2005. He is still listed as a senior in the UNC print directory.

The Pit incident was just the start of a long afternoon of tension. Carrboro police officials, a bomb squad, a Hazmat team, and the state and federal Bureaus of Investigation have been staked out at Building D of the University Commons apartment complex, at 303 Smith Level Road, since 2 p.m.

A bomb threat was called into the buiding where Taheriazar is believed to now live. No counter-terrorist agents are present, said Capt. Joel Booker of the Carrboro Police Department.

The bomb squad, Hazmat officials and other personnel entered the building at 5:28 p.m. A loud boom was heard from inside the building, but no incident has been reported.

"I just heard a muffled bang, and everyone just went over there to look," said Josh Curd, 26, a resident of building D. "There is no smoke - no evidence of any destruction I can see."

Booker said the Smith Level threat is related to the campus incident. All buildings have been cleared, and police encourage residents not to return to the complex.

"To my knowledge, the only person involved is being dealt with on (campus police's) end," he said. "This person obviously has roommates, but there's no reason to believe they were involved."

University Commons apartments typically house four people. Booker said Taheriazar has two roommates, one a UNC student and one a student at a local community college.

Officials are trying to get one of the roommates to return to the apartment.

Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins said a Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar has a prior arrest. He was arrested June 16, 2003, on one count of resisting arrest and reckless driving.

According to Charlotte police records, a Mohamed Dahran Taheri, who has the same Charlotte address as the one University records list for Taheriazar, was arrested on April 15, 1999, on charges of operating a vehicle without a license and reckless driving with intent to endanger. Both charges were dismissed.

It is unclear whether Taheri and Taheriazar are the same person. Taheri's birth date, for example, is listed as March 5, 1982 - not May 5. Police records, however, state that no other person named Mohammed is listed as a resident of 3125 English Sparrow Lane in Charlotte

Taheri and whoever lived with him moved away from Sparrow Lane before 2004, said the nanny for the current tenants.

DPS spokesman Randy Young declined comment on the investigation into past priors and said he did not know Taheriazar's birth date.

Six victims were transported to UNC Hospitals after the incident in the Pit, including a 20-year-old woman suffering from a head injury and a 42-year-old man suffering from road rash. Five of the victims were students. One was a visiting scholar.

Stephanie Crayton, hospitals spokeswoman, said she does not anticipate that any of the victims will be admitted.

Sophomore Tiffany McDole and junior Jeff Hoffman were among those hit.

"I see everyone kind of part because there's a car coming through … and the next thing I know, I'm on his windshield," Hoffman said afterward. His arm was bandaged, but he was OK.

According to reports on the scene, the vehicle entered the Pit through the walkway between Greenlaw Hall and Lenoir Dining Hall, traveled east through the Pit and exited between Lenoir and Davis Library. Skid marks were visible at the corner of Lenoir and Greenlaw.

"He hit one person - I remember he just hit him, and the guy just flew," said junior Michael Highland, who was at the scene. "A few others got hit partially. I and some other people ran after it to get a license plate. But he was too far away. We ran after him to see where he went."

Taheriazar was apprehended at Plant Road shortly after the incident, as several people in the Pit were able to supply the suspect's driver's license tags to police.

Capt. Brian Curran with the Chapel Hill police said Taheriazar called 911 on himself.

"He kinda gave himself up," said Herbert Bryant, a DPS officer.

The vehicle, with N.C. license plate number TXH-2669, was a rented from an East Franklin Street Enterprise car rentals location on Thursday, said Laura Bryant, spokeswoman for Enterprise.

There was a laptop in the front seat of the car, which has been impounded.

Several high-ranking University officials, including Young and UNC spokeswoman Lisa Katz, met at 1 p.m. to discuss the incident. They convened a press conference a little after 2:45 p.m.

Capt. George Hare of DPS said at a University press conference that the investigation is ongoing.

Hare said police will charge Taheriazar with "at least" multiple felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The car is the weapon in the assault.

"This assault … is not a traffic accident. It's an assault."

"Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be involved, but we haven't confirmed that," he added.

A professor who taught Taheriazar, Gordon Pitz, said his main impression of Taheriazar was that of a studious learner who was never afraid to seek out information and talk about his ideas.

"He was active and involved with the material," said Pitz, who taught Taheriazar last school year in Psychology 135.

Among other Pit occupants, Black Student Movement elections candidates were in the popular campus gathering spot at noon.

"He slowly came in, and I thought he was going to stop or something," said sophomore Scott Wilson, who was campaigning for BSM vice president. "But then he sped right through."

The scene was frantic, with hundreds of students and community members struggling to find out what happened.

Senior Foster Kyei said Taheriazar entered the Pit slowly, then accelerated through the main section in front of Lenoir.

"I heard the engine rev as he came through the Pit," said junior Tyler Daluz. "He didn't stop at all."

"I heard 'bump, bump, bump.' He was nailing people," said Zach Ludington, a junior, who is friends with Hoffman. "People weren't even screaming that much. It was so ridiculous."

Officers had the scene cleared at 12:16 p.m., roping off the entirety of the Pit with police tape.

"I'm trying to figure out why you would do something like that. Maybe you're mad at the University and you're taking it out on the students," Highland said. "It was just completely random."

UNC tailback Barrington Edwards was on the scene. He said he was standing near the Pit when he went inside Lenoir.

"If I hadn't gone in to get a drink, I'd have been run over," Edwards said.

Other students expressed similar experiences.

"I almost got it, too," said senior Foster Kyei.

Student affairs staff and counselors have been providing support to students who watched the scene unfold. Faculty, staff and students may seek counseling assistance from the University's Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 966-3658.

The incident comes a little more than a week after two students fell from Stacy Residence Hall. One, Keith Shawn Smith, died in the accident.

Responding to that fact, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Margaret Jablonski said, "Any time we lose a member of our community, that's a very tragic event for us. … We do believe that our community is hurting right now."

From: Link [edited by J]
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Pakistan blocks all Google Blogs - That Damn Disrespect Problem with Islam

The BBC had an interesting article today. Pakistan is blocking all Google blog sites to prevent any Paks accessing mo cartoons or mocking articles about Islam.

Instructions were issued to internet service providers across Pakistan on 27 February to block about a dozen websites of various origins. [Yeah, that'll work.]


Bloggers in Pakistan became first became aware of the ban on 28 February when they were unable to access a popular blog hosting site, Blogspot.

One of the blocked sites is hosted on Blogspot, which led to the blocking of all web journals hosted on the site.


The BBC's Aamer Ahmed Khan in Karachi says the blocking is unlikely to turn into a major freedom of expression issue in Pakistan as there seems to be a consensus against allowing such freedom to extend to irreverent treatment of religious figures.

Pakistani bloggers agree the blocking of Blogspot cannot be intentional, but are hoping the authorities realise the problem soon and rectify it, he said.

There are many ways of blocking specific sites without letting it affect the entire hosting facility, bloggers say.

Pakistan, meanwhile, is seeking an internationally applicable law against blasphemy.
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Friday, March 03, 2006

Why you never hear 'Muslim jokes'

Muslim fundamentalists have decided that even if you never saw or heard of the cartoons, you deserve to be hit with rocks, have your car wrecked, and your embassies destroyed.
Ironically, the cartoonists were not insulting Islam; they were satirizing fanaticism. Now the fanatics have decided that there are no laws, limits or boundaries that apply to their behavior. They not only have the right to take your life; they now have the right to rob you of your freedom of expression.

Could you picture a Jew killing anybody for such meaningless reasons?
If a Jew gets mad he might sneak into your house and steal your Lipitor or he would make a deal with your doctor to lie about your cholesterol number, or just when you have fasted a whole day on Yom Kippur he would sneak into your house and steal all the pastrami sandwiches.
I never saw a Jew going into meaningless fights. That is why you seldom see Jewish football players. A Jew is not going to take a chance in spraining his neck or tearing a ligament in his knee just because he was fighting with somebody about catching a ball. He would rather go to a store and buy another ball and avoid the whole problem. That is why there are also no Jewish hockey players. Hockey players spend all their time hitting each other in the mouth with sticks. When Jews saw how Gentiles played hockey, that is how Jews found out that instead of becoming hockey players they would become dentists, and that way they decided to let other people play the game while they found a way to make a profit from it.
Jews are never known to get into unnecessary physical battles. That is why people are never afraid of being attacked by a Jew. Did you ever hear anybody say, 'Don't go into that neighborhood, it is very dangerous, there are a lot of Jews there'? Jews have so long been accustomed to being threatened and persecuted all over the world that they could never dream of creating needless violence anywhere, because they would be grateful to find a place where they are allowed to live in peace.

Meanwhile, the world is reacting with an amazing cowardice. Instead of a collective fury, we are pleading forgiveness and promising not to offend them with any more cartoons. Could anything be more perverted?
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’Islamism’: A Concept invented by the infidel for the infidel!

The mantra, ‘Islamism’, is repeated time and time again, over and over, ad nauseum, ad infinitum, especially by those who are in denial: ‘Islamism’, they say, not Islam, is the source of our problems. It is what feeds the perpetrators of Islamic terror.

The liberal media, in particular, love this word, since it allows them to talk about the problems we face with Islam, without causing offence to Muslims throughout the world. It creates a distinction between good, practising Muslims and their extremist co-religionists. Alas, it is a false distinction!

Our politicians love the term, because it allows them to duck the obvious need to come to terms with the fact that a major world religion – Islam – is out to destroy our way of life, out to destroy our social structure, out to destroy our civilization! In short, ‘Islamism’ is a concept dreamt up by the infidel for the infidel. It lets him off the hook!

The fact of the matter, however, is that the use of the term ‘Islamism’ obfuscates the true problem we face, namely the growth of Islam in the West, and therefore the increasing Islamization of our societies and our civilization. It also obfuscates the causes of the jihad itself – the tool of the Muslim to bring Islam to the rest of the world, the tool to turn Dar ul Harb, the House of War, into Dar ul Islam, the House of Islam, the tool to Islamize the regions of the world which have yet to be Islamized, to Islamize the regions of the world still living, in their opinion, in a state of moral chaos, in a state of pre-Islamic disorder, otherwise known among Muslims as a state of Jahiliyyah.

Our real problem is Islam, the real thing. Muslims do not use the term ‘Islamism’. The concept is unknown to them, other than as a term used by the infidel to try and make sense of the aggressive nature of their faith.

Let us, for goodness' sake, think clearly, for without clear-thinking, we shall never overcome this grave threat to our civilization. To talk of 'Islamism', and make a false distinction between that and Islam, is like making a false distinction between Christianity and 'Christianism'! We don't do this with Christianity, so why should we do it with Islam?

The jihad is fed by nothing other than Islam itself! That means to say that it is fed by the Qur'an, the teachings and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (Ahadith), and the life of the Prophet (As Sirah). These are the sources of the problem - die Quelle des Übels, la source du mal! It is what so-called 'Islamism' is based on! ‘Islamism', if it is anything at all, is not a source, but the result of taking the religion of Islam literally; and that's what all true Muslims do anyway.

The Jihad is a duty resting on the shoulders of all Muslims. It is a must, or wajib. It is an integral part of the faith of Islam. One cannot be a true, practising Muslim and reject the call to Jihad, or holy war.

To accept this term ‘Islamism’ is tantamount to playing with the meaning of words; to use the term is tantamount to engaging in semantics! One is engaging in verbal acrobatics; one is contorting the brain!

Our problem is Islam. Islam, based as it is on al Qur’an, Ahadith, and as Sirah, is the source of the Jihad, and inspiration for it. Nothing else!

We must come to terms with this fact if we ever wish to get a handle on the problems facing us. To talk in riddles helps not a soul, and it certainly doesn’t help the war effort!

©Mark Alexander
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Solidarity with Denmark

Solidarity with Denmark – Rally at noon, March 3, 2006, at One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City. Here are the pictures:

Atlas! Now I know I’m in the right place! More pictures. And more.

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Another "Ultimate Insult To Any Muslim" : Beware the Ham

From : http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/ and a link over at TheReligionofPeace.com :

Muslim fury over prison food
Mar 2 2006

By Adam Smith, Birmingham Mail

DISGUSTED Muslim prisoners at a Midland jail are boycotting meals after a rogue kitchen worker was caught filling their halal curries with unholy ham.

Prisoners at HMP Blakenhurst received a written apology from the Prison Service after the discovery and Imams were on hand to console distraught Muslims.

Wasim Zafar, aged 19, from Alum Rock, spoke out after visiting his relative in the Howell Drive Category B prison.

"He was very depressed and had lost a lot of weight because he has not been eating much since he found out what had happened with the curries," he said. "He feels he can't trust anyone again after finding out such a disgusting problem with the food."

And Wasim's brother Anis, aged 27, who had also visited the prison, explained why including ham in the halal curry caused such anguish.

He said: "This is the ultimate insult to any Muslim. All the food we eat has to be blessed."

"This has really messed up the heads of anyone who ate the unholy meat. Religion is central to any Muslims life and this shows total disrespect to our religion."

Islam decrees that followers cannot eat meat from a pig as it creates "lowliness in character and destroys moral and spiritual faculties in a man".

It is unknown how long the prison kitchen worker had been contaminating the halal food.

The Prison Service admitted there had been an incident at the HMP Blakenhurst, which houses 1,070 inmates, and that the prisoner, who was caught throwing tinned ham in the curries, had been punished.

"We can confirm that officials at HMP Blakenhurst discovered that a prisoner had contaminated halal food," said a spokesman. "The person responsible has been disciplined and everyone who ate any of the food was sent a letter of apology and Imams based at the prison were on hand to deal with any issues that have arisen."

There are currently an estimated 4,500 Muslim prisoners in jails in England and Wales with each prison offering halal food and special measures for prayers.

I particularly enjoyed the comment that the ham had caused "anguish". Regardless, I think we need to make up a list of things that have been claimed to be the "Ultimate Insult to Muslims". I'm starting to lose track. Cartoons, ham, blogging apostates, etc........will the madness ever end?

Hat Tip: www.thereligionofpeace.com
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Check the Date on This One

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

A November 21, 1998 CNN web article "Nike and Islamic group end logo logjam":

"FALLS CHURCH, Virginia (CNN) -- Athletic footwear company Nike and an Islamic organization broke ground on a playground on Saturday and announced that a controversy over a shoe logo is over.

"Nike and the Council on American-Islamic Relations completed an agreement last week, officially resolving a problem that began in April 1997 when CAIR objected to a shoe with a design on the heel similar to the Arabic word for 'God' or 'Allah.'

"As part of the final agreement, Nike is building three playgrounds for Islamic communities in the United States, said Roy Agostino, communications manager for Nike. CAIR will decide where the playgrounds will be, Agostino said.

"The first playground will be at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Falls Church, Virginia, where representatives from Nike and CAIR held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday. Children from the center's school drew pictures of what they would like in their new playground. Nike distributed balloons and T-shirts.

"In June last year, Nike apologized to Muslims for any unintentional offense, agreed to recall all products carrying the design, introduced training for Nike designers in Islamic imagery and agreed to investigate how the design came about.

"After the recall, other issues remained, such as the shoes' appearance in some markets outside the United States.

""I think this agreement we signed with Nike a few days ago puts this whole issue to an end. And we hope that Nike will be now aware of the sensitive market that they have and the global issue that pertains with the shoes,' said Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR."
[Hat tip: Kender, who posted this information to the bulletin board of Yahoo group The Wide Awakes]

Also posted to Northern Virginiastan.
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Rohde: Daughter of Cartoonist sought out by 12 Men

A group of Moslem males have tried to get at the daughter of one of the 12 cartoonists who drew the cartoons of Muhammed at her school. The political spokesman of the Liberals, Jens Rohde, revealed this during an interview with TV-Avisen while explaining his and the Prime Minister’s attack on the business community in Denmark, charging that they have put profits over Freedom of Speech.

Not at school

Rohde says that the 12 cartoonists have had their lives overturned and are now living in hiding, after receiving several death threats. "And a daughter of one of cartoonist was sought out by 12 Moslem males - they were looking to get to her. Fortunately she wasn’t at school," Jens Rohde said.

Meting with Cartoonists

Later Thursday night, Jens Rohde told Ritzaus Bureau that he was told of this incident during a meeting with the cartoonists.
The Police Intelligence Service did not wish to comment on this.

HT: Agora.

Crossposted at EN.
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Five Kassam rockets fired against an installation in Ashkelon

The Kassam rocket attacks by the Hamas/PLO against Israel continue to become more severe and dangerous:
Five Kassam rockets were fired again today from Gaza to Israel - and one of them caused damage to what is called a "strategic installation" south of Ashkelon.

Two people were hurt in the attack on the installation, and were treated for shock. Despite this, government-run Israel Radio reported that no one was hurt. A building was hit.

National infrastructures in Ashkelon include the following:
* The Rotenberg Power Plant in southern Ashkelon is Israel's second-largest electric station, and supplies about a quarter of the country's electricity.
* The Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline company (EAPC) in Ashkelon operates three oil pipelines linking Ashkelon with Eilat, Ashdod and Haifa.
* The Ashkelon seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant, the largest desalination plant of its kind in the world, is set to ultimately provide an annual 100 million cubic meters of water, or some 15% of the country's domestic consumer demand. It commenced initial production in August 2005, and began operations at a third of its full capacity.

One of the five Kassam rockets landed near Kibbutz Carmiya, where dozens of expelled families from Gush Katif have been relocated.

IDF forces arrested late Friday morning two Arabs south of Shechem who appeared to be carrying a portable weapons cache. They were found to be carrying 12 Molotov cocktails, a knife, and a bottle containing an unidentified powder. The terrorists were transferred to an Israeli security installation for interrogation.

Terrorist victim Eldad Abir, 48, was buried today in the Yarkon cemetery. He was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the gas station he managed near Migdalim on Wednesday. Eldad is survived by his wife Debbie, 17-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. He was eulogized by his brother Aryeh, the Jewish Agency’s Latin America director.
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A Tipping Point

From the New York Sun’s essay “A Tipping Point,” Jim Geraghty says:

For much of the post-September 11 era, non-Muslim Americans tended to see Muslims as mostly good people, not terribly different from Christians, Jews, or other folk, whose faith had been hijacked and besmirched by extremists in their midst. … Since September 11, year by year, month by month, hard questions and harder answers have spread far beyond Islamic-skeptical scholars Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer and radio talk show host Michael Graham, and the blogging gang at Little Green Footballs.

For the past weeks, Americans have been horrified by threatening protests and outright violence over the Danish cartoons in just about every corner of the Muslim world. … A large chunk of Americans just decided that they no longer have any faith in the good sense or non-hostile nature of the Muslim world. Many, many Americans flat-out no longer trust Muslims. …

In a radio interview, Michael Medved lamented that Islam "has really become for many, many Muslims, unfortunately, a death cult, not a religion of life... I think there is a huge percentage of the Muslim population, probably bigger than 50% that is susceptible to radicalization."

These words, and the similar ones spoken and written around the country in recent weeks, are not the reactions of bigots or haters. These are the reactions of men and women whose patience is exhausted. Perhaps the straw that broke the camel's back was an angry Muslim protester carrying a sign saying "Islam will dominate" at ground zero in Manhattan. As one blogger wrote, "Not there. Not ever." …

History will remember that after September 11, the overwhelming desire of many in America and elsewhere in the West was to punish al-Qaeda and the Taliban and help democracy, liberty, and governments free from religious extremism take root in Afghanistan. Up until Iraq, there was something of a consensus in America that democracy, human rights, religious tolerance, freedom of speech and freedom of the press and women's rights were worth promoting in the Muslim world; …

There will not be the same reaction after the next terrorist attack in the United States - and sad to say, sooner or later, there will be another attack. The aftermath of the next attack may well feature many Americans saying they're ready to write off the Muslim world as hopeless - not decent human beings worthy of liberation and liberty, but a bunch of inherently homicidal maniacs to be contained, defeated, or, worse, if need be, eliminated.

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In the country you are currently living in, what would be your best estimate (%) of how many adults HAVE SEEN the Mohammed Cartoons?

If you feel comfortable, please state your country. If not, then the continent you live on.

Everyone is invited to answer.

Thank you for participating!
Country: Brazil
Adults who HAVE SEEN Mohammed Cartoons: 50%

Cross posted at Fu2rman and Friends
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Abbas: al-Qaida Now in West Bank, Gaza

Shortly after 911, Israeli soldiers
discovered these "Toys" for sale
Gaza & Ramallah. (click photo
to enlarge)

Associated press reports:

Al-Qaida has spread to the West Bank and Gaza Strip and its operations there could have dire consequences for the entire region, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published Thursday. "The infiltration of al-Qaida can ruin the whole region."

Israel has warned before that al-Qaida was operating in Gaza and recently arrested a Palestinian it said worked for the group.

Jordan's King Abdullah also has said al-Qaida has set up terror cells in Israel.

Links to article, plus links to important related articles & videos, and more background information on al-Qaeda and the Israel-"Palestine" conflict are here.
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Thursday, March 02, 2006

A New Deal in South Asia

Prime Minister Singh and President BushRegular readers of Gates of Vienna know me to be somewhat of an Indophile. Or should I be modern and multicultural, and say “Bharatophile”?

In any case, my heart was gladdened by the photos of President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh standing together at the press conference. And the deal they signed is not inconsequential – I’ll let rediff.com tell the story:

India Inc on Thursday welcomed US President George W Bush’s visit to this country, saying it will boost economic ties between the two giant democracies, and hailed the civilian nuclear deal for providing critical energy inputs to the Indian industry.

The energy-starved industry will get a booster as a consequence of the India-US nuclear deal thus reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and lowering the mounting oil import bill.

FICCI president Saroj Kumar Poddar described the agreement as a ‘watershed’ and ‘landmark’ deal and one which will serve the economic interest of the two giant nations.

Describing Prime Minister Singh and President Bush as statesmen and leaders of vision and foresight, Poddar said the agreement reflects the transformation and upgradation of the Indo-US business relation, the process of which started with the visit of the Indian prime minister to Washington in July 2005.

Being described as a “statesman and leader of vision” must make Mr. Bush reluctant to go home and resume the usual status of moron, fascist, and/or theocrat.

We may be facing a nasty and unpredictable conflagration in the not-so-distant future, what with Iran playing with nukes and President Musharraf trying to hang ten on a hot lava wave of Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan. India is our natural ally on these and other fundamental issues; after all, their interest in them is even stronger than ours.

India is a thriving, dynamic, free-market, and democratic country with a large and well-educated English-speaking middle class. It is the driving engine of the South Asian economy, and well-positioned to be a counterweight to other regional powers whose interests do not coincide with ours.

In addition, it faces a version of the Great Islamic Jihad which is more vicious and widespread than anything outside of the Sunni Triangle. India is an outpost of civilization in a dangerous region, and deserves American support.

And, in case you need them, here are two more reasons to like today’s deal.

Number one, Reuters calls it “controversial”.

Number two, China doesn't like it:

China has said nuclear co-operation between the United States and India must conform with the rules of the global non-proliferation regime.

‘Co-operation must conform with the requirements and provisions of the international non-proliferation regime and the obligations undertaken by all countries,’ foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told Agence France-Presse.

Suggested headine for the above story: Butter Fails to Melt in China’s Mouth.

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Cross-posted at Gates of Vienna.
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Just another roundup of news

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Better Late Than Never?

Nearly 1 month ago hundreds of Muslims took to the streets of London (under police guard) and called for the slaughter of those who "insult" [oppose] Islam.
I'm sure I wasn't the only one let down at the lack of police or government action over this incident so you could imagine my surprise when I saw the sign below on Baker street (where part of the march took place) earlier today. Are the Met police finally willing to do something about those who violate British law under the guise of "religous" freedom? I guess there is only one way to find out and that is by gathering all the information, pictures and videos of the event that you can find, and send them to the police, quoting 'Operation Laverda'.

I'll give the police a bit of a headstart and provide them with the following links, the first link is a video taken of the rally by the brave people who work for the 'Nefa Foundation' and the second link is a collection of pictures taken at the rally :

click for the video

click for the pictures

If you have any more UNIQUE pictures or video, please let anyone here at the IBA know and I will add them to the links in this post.
Finally, if you are a Brit and have an issue with or personally affected by the rally, or if you'd like to make a complaint with the police, I suggest you call the number listed on the yellow police sign above. I will not be contacting them myself, so if you do get in touch with the police, please inform them of the above two links.
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DPW - Here We Go Again!

As many of us have heard, DPW is poised to insert its influence over the operations of 21 (not the six we usually hear about) U.S. ports. The relationship will include, according to DPW's dhimmi Senior Senior Vice President Michael Moore (not THAT Michael Moore!), an obligatory "interface" with security operations.

But wait! There's more!

Dubai is also considering the purchase of Doncasters, a venerable British company, that has subsdiaries in the U.S., Mexico, and the UK. Doncasters' website announces that it manufactures precision components, often in difficult-to-work materials, for its customers.

Its customers include defense contractors such as Boeing, GE, and Pratt-Whitney.There we go! The Panama Canal and the Long Beach deep-water port are "managed" by the Communist Chinese; DPW will soon "manage" many terminals in 21 ports, including those through which military materiel is shipped, and which processes hundreds of thousands of containers. Now DPW is making a move on Doncasters and by extension, defense contractors in the U.S.

Oh, goodie!

But wait, there's more!

Polls indicate (surprise!) a shift towards support for the DPW port deal.

I'm not paranoid, they really ARE against me!
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Holland's Silence Is Deafening!

This with thanks and appreciation to Bld for alerting me to the article:
Islamists are stifling debate in what was Europe’s freest country, says Douglas Murray.

‘Would you write the name you’d like to use here, and your real name there?” asked the girl at reception. I had just been driven to a hotel in the Hague. An hour earlier I’d been greeted at Amsterdam airport by a man holding a sign with a pre-agreed cipher. I hadn’t known where I would be staying, or where I would be speaking. The secrecy was necessary: I had come to Holland to talk about Islam.

Last weekend, four years after his murder, Pim Fortuyn’s political party, Lijst Pim Fortuyn, held a conference in his memory on Islam and Europe. The organisers had assembled nearly all the writers most critical of Islam’s current manifestation in the West. The American scholars Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer were present, as were the Egyptian-Jewish exile and scholar of dhimmitude, Bat Ye’or, and the great Muslim apostate Ibn Warraq.

Read the full article here: We should fear Holland's silence

Mark Alexander
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It's Waziristan Stupid

Al Qaeda's money, inspiration and organizational abilities have helped turn Pakistan's Pashtun belt into the extremist base it is today, but U.S. and Pakistani policies have helped more.Donald H. Rumsfeld's refusal to put enough U.S. troops on the ground let the extremists escape and regroup in Pakistan's Pashtun belt.
In fact, Gary Berntsen the leader of the CIA team which lead on the ground in the destruction of the Taliban was begging Genl Franks for 800 Rangers as a blocking force in Tora Bora as the 'eastern' alliance, which had far less trust from us than the Northern Alliance, ran herky jerky during ramadan (fast during the day,be with the family after dark) up the mountains after Bin Laden. He was told both that we feared too many casualties, and they weren't 'ready' (WTF?).

What followed was a disaster: For 27 months after the fall of the Taliban regime, Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Washington's closest ally in the region, allowed the extremists free rein in the Pashtun tribal areas to re-establish training camps for militants who had escaped Afghanistan. These included Arabs, Central Asians, Chechens, Kashmiris, Africans, Uighurs and a smattering of East Asians. It was a mini-replay of the gathering in Afghanistan after bin Laden arrived there in 1996.
I believe this to be factual.

Today the extremists rule over North and South Waziristan and other tribal agencies, while the 70,000 Pakistani troops stationed there are boxed up in outposts, too frightened to patrol the mountains. More than 100 pro-government tribal elders have been assassinated by extremists for divulging information to the U.S. or Pakistani secret services.

And in another article
Hibernating securely somewhere along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, bin Laden and his Egyptian sidekick, Ayman al-Zawahiri, must be deriving warmth from the fact that the Iraqi insurgency has taken on a decidedly Sunni extremist coloration; that Hamas has successfully exploited political opportunities in Palestine; that radicals within Europe's Muslim communities are gaining strength and destructive force; and that caricatures of the prophet Muhammad have led to violence even among Muslims not inclined toward terrorism.

This is certainly true as well. (Although the west certainly needed a live demonstration of the issues between what passes for Islam and what we hold dear and COMPULSORY)

While al Qaeda has been rocked by a well-financed and increasingly successful international counterterrorism effort, there is no equivalent successful campaign to counter bin Laden's strategic plan and vision. Sunni extremist activists roam virtually unchallenged in the Islamic world, spreading political and ideological seeds among a younger generation thirsting for attention, power and celestial reward.

Leaders of Islamic countries, organizations and local communities have most of the burden, as well as the best chance, of steering Muslim hearts and minds away from bin Laden's world vision. Yet while most distance themselves from his terrorist acts, their penchant for engaging in fiery rhetoric castigating the West helps breed greater intolerance of non-Muslims

I think the time to get Bin Laden and Zawalhiri has come. I'd rather it be alive and we squeeze and humiliate them, finding them in garters and Victoria's Secret burqas, or maybe in a nice pair of 'white Saddam Briefs'. But either way, this admin has to rise above the frankly STARK and undeniable errors, verging on real incompetence and ignorance at this point, and get that job done. Musharraf has to acquiesce, and we have to get the SOB's, and Waziristan has to rejoin earth, rather than transmogrify into Afghanistan II.

We are in a world war in which events will certainly slide back and forth, but the moment has arrived for an unsparing effort to Kill Yamamoto
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The CAIR Connection

Cross-posted at Mystery Achievement.

Somebody tell me again how the Dubai Ports World deal can be good for us when CAIR is an enthusiastic backer. From yesterday's FrontPage, excerpts from "CAIR's Dubai Sugar Daddy":
As a Muslim-rights pressure group, CAIR's own knee-jerk response in defending the UAE is not surprising -- after all, it's populated by Muslims. But the group has more at stake in this case. In fact, it has a direct financial interest in defending the UAE -- a financial relationship that has never been reported in the mainstream media and never publicly disclosed by CAIR, even as it claims to receive no foreign support.

Truth be told, CAIR has an otherwise glaring conflict of interest in speaking out about the White House-approved deal to give UAE-owned Dubai Ports World control of six of our ports effective March 2. And it's something that producers at FOX, CNN and NBC should know before they ever book another CAIR flack. Here's what CAIR is hiding:

The U.S.-based executives of Dubai Ports World report to the emir of Dubai, who owns controlling interest in the Dubai-based company. His name is Gen. Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.
Memorize that name, folks. And keep reading.
It just so happens that Sheik Maktoum also owns the deed to CAIR's headquarters located practically in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. As I first reported in my book, "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington," CAIR's deed is recorded in the name of his foundation, the Al-Maktoum Foundation. It put up more than $978,000 for the property and holds the rights to sell it, manage it and collect rents from other tenants in the multistory red-brick building on the CAIR property, located at 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., in Washington. (You can view the relevant pages of the documents on the book's companion website, sperryfiles.com.)

CAIR's landlord, Sheik Maktoum, doubles as UAE defense minister. Before 9/11, he provided UAE military C-130 cargo planes to supply al-Qaida hunting camps in Afghanistan with all the amenities they needed when he and other high-level UAE officials and princes took hunting trips there. On one trip in 1999, roughly half the UAE royal family was the guest of Osama bin laden at his camp near Kandahar. They flew in on an official UAE aircraft, according to a recently declassified CIA memo dated Feb. 19, 1999, and titled, "Recent High Level UAE Visits to Afghanistan." The memo also determined that Dubai officials had lied to U.S. officials about visiting the camps. And they were believed to have even tipped off bin Laden about a coming strike on his camps. Mind you, this was just months after bin Laden blew up the two U.S. embassies in Africa (a plot which was financed in part through Dubai banks), so they knew they were in bad company. Just like CAIR knows it's in bad company.
Sheik Maktoum's reaction to the mass murder of 3,000 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania was shockingly unsympathetic (as was CAIR's). In fact, he reserved his sympathies for Palestinians. Two weeks after 9/11, Sheik Maktoum warned Washington not to attack "innocent" Muslims in Afghanistan and to instead focus on "Israeli terrorists" in its war on terrorism. He argued that they are the only real terrorists.

"The Arab and Muslim communities have paid dearly for terrorism, especially the state terrorism practiced by the government of [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon and extremist groups in Israel," he bellowed. "Regrettably, the powers in the international community [read: America, "the Great Satan"] have done nothing but watch the Israeli terrorists, a matter which has angered Arabs and Muslims [including most assuredly Sheik Maktoum]." He added, "Confrontation of terrorism must cover Israeli terrorism."

Sheik Maktoum defines Palestinian suicide bombings as "legitimate acts of resistance," and not terrorism (which makes you wonder how he defines 9/11), and he has held Dubai telethons to support the families of suicide bombers.
Also, the sheik has been accused of winking at al-Qaida money-laundering in his city-state, and helping an ailing bin Laden receive care at a Dubai hospital when he was on the lam.

This is CAIR's main sugar daddy (it also get funds from Saudi benefactors), and the Arab ruler with whom the White House has entrusted our vital port security.
I'm sorry to keep asking why this DPW deal is a good idea. But every time I read stuff like this, I come down with a bad case of amnesia.
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My Big Problem With the Term "Islamophobia"

I decided today to delve into this issue of the perfectly rational fear of Islamic encroachment on the West being wrongly called "Islamophobia". I realize that the apologists and the Taqiyya factories such as the OIC, CAIR, the ISNA etc. are behind this nonsense, and I have decided to skewer them in this post on my site What Would Charles Martel Do? Here is an excerpt, and yes, that is Pim Fortuyn in the picture. I hated to use it, can hardly look at is myself, but I want to keep jarring people into reality here. Here is an excerpt of "The Misnomer that is "Islamophobia" : Why Be Afraid?":

I have, as have most who write critically of Islam, been accused of "Islamophobia", a matter which has amused me greatly throughout the last several years, or since I have become so outspoken on the subject of Islam. The fact that the term is now being used more widely by both apologists for Islam and Muslims themselves is a matter that needs response, if not a thorough report. Here I will at least give a response, as well as some reporting on what I have found regarding "Islamophobia" floating around of late.

Make no mistake, I do fear Islam, and given their vast history of conquest as well as their more subtle tactics sanctioned for use against the "infidels", I do not think this fear irrational in the least. People who suffer from phobias are shackled by fears that are somewhat irrational in nature. Agoraphobics fear being out in public spaces, arachnophobics fear spiders to the point of sometimes being paralyzed by the mere presence of one of the little creatures. "Islamophobia", especially when applied to those who have studied both Islam and Islamic history and doctrine, refers instead to a rather rational response that is common to humans everywhere who desire the protection of their own culture and way of life. Given certain devious Islamic DOCTRINAL practices, such as al Taqiyya, in which Muslims are religiously sanctioned to use deceit and outright lies in their dealings with non-Muslims in order to advance the cause of Islam, I do not think that either mistrust OR fear are irrational. There are numerous speeches which have been given by Muslim leaders worldwide in Arabic which have been translated and reveal these same leaders to be saying quite different things to their Western audiences than their Muslim ones when giving speeches in Arabic.

In short, I fear Islam not out of an irrational fear of women who wear headscarves or for the fact that Muslims believe in a religion that is not mine. I am not a "xenophobe", to use another term which is quickly gaining currency in the al Taqiyya factories worldwide. I do not fear foreigners, even newer imigrants to the US who dress and believe differently than I do, and certainly don't have either a fear of Indian Hindus. I also am not aware of active efforts on the part of these same Hindus to issue religious decrees (as in the infamous Muslim "fatwas"), to launch massive efforts of either misinformation or conversion against my fellow Westerners. Rather, I fear Islam in much the same way that I would fear a train barrelling towards my car if I were stuck on the train tracks.

For the rest, please see http://whatwouldcharlesmarteldotm.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The barely disguised glee, and the glaring stupidity

Over at Sondrak, at the bottom left, she also maintians a short list of left sided blogs, such as Sadly NO, and Amanda...so I trolled around reading comments in a short effort to escape from the undocumented vicissitudes of MS SQL server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 (which are good but new, and real men don't need manuals).

I suppose there should be no surprise, but there was a barely suppressed celebration over the (already accepted) civil war in Iraq as a repudiation of the right, over Buckley's seeming collapse, and over what they see as a pre-defeat preaparation to blame the likes of them for the 'defeat' (and they really seem to have it in for !No Pasaran).

They are celebrating over the new Zogby Poll of US troops (where are the details - $19.95 - and who commissioned it?), and over the CBS Poll of 34% approval (cracked open by Newsbusters over imbalance in their sample).
Is there a word there about freedom of speech? About civil intimidation? Is there any awareness of anything other than the domestic side of the foreign issues?
I actually took the trouble to search the pages.
No. Not one word.
Not one word.

To them Iraq is a domestic issue disconnected from anything else in the world. It's function is to whack Bush and what they perceive as the 'right'. Foreign opinion of the USA being positive is a valid foreign policy goal. Freedom of Speech and its significance is not worth a mention.
Oh and people to whom that's important....wingnut..and 'the worst'
I feel like Hank Reardon. It's disappointing, but they are not motive forces in the real world.
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Laser pointers being used to blind air pilots in Detroit area

Here are two topics worth noting from Debbie Schlussel on how incidents of laser pointers were discovered being aimed against pilots at the Detroit Metro Airport.

If this is allowed to continue, there could be some real danger of planes being wrecked in terrorist attacks.
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Quote of the Day:

With regard to the destruction of the Golden Mosque in Samarra:
"Having once been an orthodox, believing Muslim I find myself almost at the limits of my imaginative capacities in trying to grasp the mentality of a Muslim capable of such a thing. A Muslim capable of flying a 757 into the World Trade Center or Pentagon is perfectly imaginable to me. A Muslim capable of blowing up the Golden Mosque is not.

But maybe one needn't strain so much. We shouldn't forget that the principle behind the macabre absurdity of the destruction of the Golden Mosque is endorsed in the Qur'an itself. 'What is this life,' asks Surah An'am, 'but play and amusement? But best is the Home in the Hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand?' (6:32).

The thing to 'understand' is that if this life is merely an instrumental means to the next, so is everything and everyone in it. The implication is that if someone or something stands in the way of what you take to be your salvation, your job is to sweep it out of the way and let God deal with it later."
-Irfan Khawaja
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Of German Spies, Iraq, McHamza, Saudi Arabia, polish campaign "Martys of our time" and Danish economy

A report from the New York Times just speaks out the truth about German colaboration in Iraq. The German Spies handed US a plan about Saddam's ideas to defend Baghdad. And when the bombers came, the German spies took refuge in... the French Embassy. Tagesschau.de, in German.
The Golden Mosque's Terrorist attacks and its consequences. Is really Moqtada al-Sadr gaining influence after the bombing?
MC Hamza, as it's called by its henchmen is Abu Hamza'a son and plays songs like this one:
“I was born to be a soldier, Kalashnikov in my shoulder, peace to Hamas and Hezbollah, that’s the way of the lord Allah . . . we’re Jihad through, defend my religion with the holy sword.” He also sings of his Islamic “brothers” who vowed to die for Allah.
We have also gathered some news about the Al-Qaeda attack in Saudi Arabia.
There is also a campaign I want to make everyone aware of: the Polish "Martyrs of our time". Via Gateway Pundit. In Polish, here.
Our post in Freedom's Zone (written by AMDG): Danish central bank says overheating may risk to economy.

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It looks, from Holland, like the twilight of liberalism

Douglas Murray who reported from a conference in the memory of Pim Fortuyn, which was about freedom of speech, Islam and Europe, (and needed his OWN security and pseudonym) tells us the TRUTH

Every word of this needs to be digested.

But american papers and media continue to fail to stand up for freedoms.

The event was scholarly, incisive and wide-ranging. There were no ranters or rabble-rousers, just an invited audience of academics, writers, politicians and sombre party members. As yet another example of Islam’s violent confrontation with the West (this time caused by cartoons) swept across the globe, we tried to discuss Islam as openly as we could. The Dutch security service in the Hague was among those who considered the threat to us for doing this as particularly high. The security status of the event was put at just one level below “national emergency”.
Are we coming through? What american media has reported on this?

All across Europe, debate on Islam is being stopped. Italy’s greatest living writer, Oriana Fallaci, soon comes up for trial in her home country, and in Britain the government seems intent on pushing through laws that would make truths about Islam and the conduct of its followers impossible to voice.

Those of us who write and talk on Islam thus get caught between those on our own side who are increasingly keen to prosecute and increasing numbers of militants threatening murder. In this situation, not only is free speech being shut down, but our nation’s security is being compromised.

Where is Tom Brokaw? Where is the great Dan Rather? Where is Cronkite? Where are those to whom the ability to voice dissidence is the pre eminent virtue of freedom... Katrina Van Den Heuvel? Where are Schumer and Clinton? Where are the philosophical descendents of FDR?
Why don't we hear McCain? Where are Bush and Condi?

This transcends politics
Even university professors are under protection.

Europe is shuffling into darkness. It is proving incapable of standing up to its enemies, and in an effort to accommodate the peripheral rights of a minority is failing to protect the most basic rights of its own people.

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Manifesto: "Together We Are facing the new totalitarianism"


February 28, 2006

Update: This will be brought in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo tomorrow, Wednesday. Charlie Hebdo has urged other papers to print it, as a show of solidarity.(Via Jyllands-Posten:Together We Are facing the new totalitarianism

Update: That means you, people-- Republish this everywhere!


Together We Are facing the new totalitarianism

After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.

The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.

Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears and frustrations. The hate preachers bet on these feelings in order to form battalions destined to impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world. But we clearly and firmly state: nothing, not even despair, justifies the choice of obscurantism, totalitarianism and hatred.

Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its success can only lead to a world of domination: manÂ’s domination of woman, the Islamists' domination of all the others. To counter this, we must assure universal rights to oppressed or discriminated people.

We reject "cultural relativism", which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of "Islamophobia", an unfortunate concept which confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with stigmatisation of its believers.

We plead for the universality of freedom of expression, so that a critical spirit may be exercised on all continents, against all abuses and all dogmas.

We appeal to democrats and free spirits of all countries that our century should be one of Enlightenment, not of obscurantism.

12 signatures

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Chahla Chafiq
Caroline Fourest
Bernard-Henri Levy
Irshad Manji
Mehdi Mozaffari
Maryam Namazie
Taslima Nasreen
Salman Rushdie
Antoine Sfeir
Philippe Val
Ibn Warraq


Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, from somilian origin, is member of Dutchparliamentt, member of the liberal party VVD. Writter of the film Submission which caused theassassinationn of Theo Van Gogh by an islamist in november 2004, she lives under police protection.

Chahla Chafiq
Chahla Chafiq, writer from iranian origin, exiled in France is a novelist and an essayist. She's the author of "Le nouvel homme islamiste , la prison politique en Iran " (2002). She also wrote novels such as "Chemins et brouillard" (2005).

Caroline Fourest
Essayist, editor in chief of Prochoix (a review who defend liberties against dogmatic and integrist ideologies), author of several reference books on "laicite" and fanatism : Tirs Croises : la laacite a la epreuve des integrismes juif, chretien et musulman (with Fiammetta Venner), Frere Tariq : discours, strategie et methode de Tariq Ramadan, et la Tentation obscurantiste (received2005). Shereceivedd the National prize of laicite in 2005.

Bernard-Henri Levy
French philosoph, born in Algeria, engaged against all the XXth century " ism" (Fascism, antisemitism, totalitarism, terrorism), he is the author of La Barbarie à visage humain, La Ideologie francaise, La Purete dangereuse, and more recently American Vertigo.

Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji is a Fellow at Yale University and the internationally best-selling author of "The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith" (en francais: "Musulmane Mais Libre"). She speaks out for free expression based on the Koran itself. Nee en Ouganda, elle a fui ce pays avec sa famille musulmane d'origine indienne a l'age de quatre ans et vit maintenant au Canada, ou ses emissions et ses livres connaissent un enorme succes.

Mehdi Mozaffari
Mehdi Mozaffari, professor from iranian origin and exiled in Denmark, is the author of several articles and books on islam and islamism such as : Authority in Islam: From Muhammad to Khomeini, Fatwa: Violence and Discourtesy and Glaobalization and Civilizations.

Maryam Namazie
Writer, TV International English producer; Director of the Worker-communist Party oIran'sss International Relations; and 2005 winner of the National Secular Society's Secularist of the Year award.

Taslima Nasreen
Taslima Nasreen is born in Bangladesh. Doctor, her positions defending women and minorities brought her in trouble with committeeee of integrist called "Destroy Taslima" and to be persecuted as an "apostate".

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie is the author of nine novels, including Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses and, most recently, Shalimar the Clown. He has received many literary awards, including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, Germany's s Author of the Year Award, the European Union's Aristeion Prize, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Mantova, and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. He is a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres, an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T., and the president of PEN American Center. His books have been translated into over 40 languages.

Philippe Val
Director of publication of Charlie Hebdo (Leftwing french newspaper who have republished the cartoons on the prophet Muhammad by solidarity with the danish citizens targeted by islamists).

Ibn Warraq
Ibn Warraq , author notably of Why I am Not a Muslim ; Leaving Islam : Apostates Speak Out ; and The Origins of the Koran , is at present Research Fellow at a New York Institute conducting philological and historical research into the Origins of Islam and its Holy Book.

Antoine Sfeir
Born in Lebanon, Christian, Antoine Sfeir choosed french nationality to live in an universalist and "laic" (real secular) country. He is the director of Les cahiers de l'Orient and has published several reference books on islamism such as Les reseaux d'Allah (2001) et Liberte, egalite, Islam : la Republique face au communautarisme (2005).

1- The Original Drawings, plus maps of which countries did, an did not, allow them.

2- A Failure of the Press-- How most of the U.S. media failed to do its job because it wrote about the cartoons-- but didn't actually publish the cartoons themselves!

3- "Forbidden" Images of Mohammed-- Merely a Big Hoax?

4- Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Everyone is Afraid to Criticize Islam"

5- Rushdie: "West Underestimates Role of Sexual Fears in Islamic Violence"

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Anti-Semitic Port Security

Posted earlier at Mystery Achievement.

Dubai ports firm enforces Israel boycott
The parent company of a Dubai-based firm at the center of a political storm in the US over the purchase of American ports participates in the Arab boycott against Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The firm, Dubai Ports World, is seeking control over six major US ports, including those in New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Baltimore. It is entirely owned by the Government of Dubai via a holding company called the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCZC), which consists of the Dubai Port Authority, the Dubai Customs Department and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Area.

"Yes, of course the boycott is still in place and is still enforced," Muhammad Rashid a-Din, a staff member of the Dubai Customs Department's Office for the Boycott of Israel, told the Post in a telephone interview.

"If a product contained even some components that were made in Israel, and you wanted to import it to Dubai, it would be a problem," he said.

A-Din noted that while the head office for the anti-Israel boycott sits in Damascus, he and his fellow staff members are paid employees of the Dubai Customs Department, which is a division of the PCZC, the same Dubai government-owned entity that runs Dubai Ports World.

Moreover, the Post found that the website for Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone Area, which is also part of the PCZC, advises importers that they will need to comply with the terms of the boycott.

In a section entitled "Frequently Asked Questions", the site lists six documents that are required in order to clear an item through the Dubai Customs Department. One of them, called a "Certificate of Origin," "is used by customs to confirm the country of origin and needs to be seen by the office which ensures any trade boycotts are enforced," according to the website.

A-Din of the Israel boycott office confirmed that his office examines certificates of origin as a means of verifying whether a product originated in the Jewish state.
So why is this a big deal? Well, besides the fact that the anti-Israel boycott maintained by the state-owned parent company of Dubai Ports World is one more dirt clod on an already-existing mountain of evidence that even our "allies" in the Global War on Terrorism have the destruction of Israel as their ultimate goal, such a boycott is against United States law:
On at least three separate occasions last year, the Post has learned, companies were fined by the US government's Office of Anti-boycott Compliance, an arm of the Commerce Department, on charges connected to boycott-related requests they had received from the Government of Dubai.

US law bars firms from complying with such requests or cooperating with attempts by Arab governments to boycott Israel.

In one instance, according to a Commerce Department press release, a New York-based exporter agreed to pay a fine for having "failed to report in a timely manner its receipts of requests from Dubai" to provide certification that its products had not been made in Israel.
Looks like the misgivings of the Coasties aren't the only reason to nix this deal. It needs to be "Mired." Like, ten minutes ago.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Stars of the 'Americans kill you for your organs' Turkish Ben Hur

I really hate to dump my Zoolander...maybe we should just inform Jack Bauer
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Collaborators of the Freedom Zone

We are now collaborating with the blog The Freedom's Zone. Our first post is about the "Eurabian" Erasmus that Spanish Foreign Minister Moratinos wants to create.

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But Wait, There's More!

ThomastheWraith published the VERY funny "Racist Soup." It serves to remind me that Islamic life is FULL of funny stuff - here's another one! I think we should make a collection of this kind of nonesense and publish it! Talk about ridiculous!

But I digress; here's a quote from Mark Steyn in The Patriot Post:

"Burger King. . .withdrew its ice cream cones from its British menus because Rashad Akhtar of High Wycombe complained that the creamy swirl shown on the lid looked like the word 'Allah' in Arabic script. I don't know which sura in the Koran says don't forget, folks, it's not just physical representations of God or the Prophet but also chocolate ice cream squiggly representations of the name, but isnay on both just to be 'sensitive.'"

There's one from one of those Islamic "ask the expert" things about the best way to get the dog hair off your clothing. Gotta go find that! HYSTERICAL! We don't need to think of cartoons or anything like that; Muslims supply all the material that we need, and we can use it absolutely unchanged!
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