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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Atlas Shrugs VBlog

This is the first VBlog entry by Pamela, who runs a fantastic blog (which I'm sure most of you already know about) called Atlas Shrugs.

Make sure you check out her site after you watch the video :

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The Iceberg in Holland

Dutch police find explosives, arrest 4

Dutch police arrested three men and a woman on Saturday after finding explosives in their apartment in the port city of Rotterdam.

Needless to say that no details of the suspects have been released. I'm taking bets it's those murderous Anglicans. Meanwhile in The Hague:

Liberal Party MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been ordered to vacate the high-security home she is renting in The Hague within four months. An appeal court sided with her neighbours who complained her presence put their own safety
at risk and caused disruption to their lives.

Rather than eliminate the threat to an MP, the courts ask her to move. Brilliant! Lots of metaphors spring to mind, particularly one about deck chairs, a cruise ship and a iceberg.
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I have to say it's almost as if there is an insurrection taking place

042906shultz.jpgFrom Daniel Henninger

George P. Shultz was the secretary of state of the United States during the years that the Soviet Union was led, successively, by Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko and Mikhail Gorbachev. During those years, 1982 to 1989, the United States was led by Ronald Reagan.George Shultz is an intellectual, an MIT economist who in his career held two other cabinet posts, labor and Treasury, under Richard Nixon. And clearly he is awed by Ronald Reagan, the "actor" President, and the years he spent serving as Reagan's minister to the world. But I had come to San Francisco because I wanted to talk about the here and now. So did he. Above all, the Revolt of the Generals and the leaks out of the CIA. He's upset.

"I always had a good experience dealing with the career people in government," Mr. Shultz said. "But I have to say it's almost as if there is an insurrection taking place. Particularly what is going on in the military is astonishing and fundamentally intolerable. There has to be a sense of discipline. This is something new, and for everybody's good it has to be dealt with."


Want to get the chills? Read on...

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Tyson's to close monday because of May 1 illegal alien demonstrations? WE NEED A WALL

Prices, immigration rallies to cut Tyson meat output on Mon

Fri Apr 7, 2006 12:53 PM ET Tyson%20Chicken%20Hot%20Wings%20Buffalo.jpgCHICAGO (Reuters) - Top U.S. meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. said on Friday that it will reduce production for one day on Monday at its beef, pork, and chicken operations in response to market conditions and planned immigration rallies on that day."Some of our plants are not scheduled to operate Monday, due to multiple reasons including market conditions and the planned immigration rally," Gary Mickelson, Tyson spokesman, said in an e-mail. About 30 percent of Tyson's workers are Hispanic and the company is studying what impact an immigration rally scheduled for that day will have on worker attendance at its plants.

Fox reports that 90% of california farmworkers are illegal?

Without secure borders, rather than have any kind of rational immigration policy which keeps us as the hope of the poor and oppressed, we are creating an untenable, economic situation, making criminals out of employers to think they are being competitive, and victims of those who are being tacitly blackmailed.

There! A liberal destruction of the situation. It needs one.

The entire structure is corrupt

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Wonderful Sunshine, 14 years old and dreaming in Mosul.

MG has conducted an interview with Sunshine, a member of a very active family of bloggers in Iraq. They are Sunnis, althought some of them don't approve of the US presence in Iraq, they sure embrace the values of the free world.

Sunshine talks about school, love, friends, her dreams and Iraq.

Whether it rises on a lake in North Bay, Canada or on the Tigris River in beautiful Mosul, the sun is ours to stay,bloody wars or not. Her name is Sunshine, she was born on a glorious January 29 in 1992, in Iraq.

Considered to be the Best Young Iraqi Blogger at age 14, Sunshine from Mosul has experienced a few cloudy days recently with her mother in need of an operation, her Great Grandmother passing away during surgery, and her friend losing several family members in a terrorist/insurgent attack. However, despite the recent difficulties, toils and troubles, of being a young woman growing up in a rebuilding Iraq, Sunshine, like the sun, rises warm and sunny every morning, each day a new learning experience for this bright studious girl, a cornerstone of Iraq's future potential.


Sunshine From Mosul, Days of My Life - Best Young Iraqi Blogger

Hello Sunshine, how are you?

Sunshine: Hello sir, I am fine thanks.

- Can you tell us what a typical or average day for Sunshine is like?

Sunshine: Well, I wake up early in the morning, I go to school at 7:30, & come back at 1:30, I take my lunch & study till bed time …. In the holidays or weekends I sometimes wake up early too if we have electricity, I work on computer (& of course if the voltage is high enough), & I like reading, I am not too interested in watching TV, actually I don't have enough time, but I like Oprah show, Dr. Phil, & the reports.. I love reports...

- Can you describe some of the changes that have occurred for your family and you since the War began?

Sunshine: Since the war we spend most of the time at home, no more fun, no more picnics, no birthdays with guests, my parents discusses policy in most of the day, and watch news many many times during the day...

- What is the most important thing to you in life and why?

Sunshine: I believe that the most important thing in any ones life is education, Iraq needs re-building, & I want to share in rebuilding my country...

- Sunshine, what does Love mean to you?

Sunshine: Well, I don't know, I am still too young, but I think if you love someone you should trust, respect, & to be honest with your lover... Love is important in humanity to make life peaceful … Life without love makes people the same as dolls...



Diane

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Do I Make You Horny, Baby?


Gentlemen, feast your eyes on the "Sharia Swimsuit"


What do you do if you are an observant Muslim woman but you also like swimming?

This year, shops in Egypt have the answer: You buy what has become known as the "Sharia swimsuit".

It is part of a growing industry catering for religiously-observant women.

It is no longer mainly the westernised elite that can afford such leisure activities as swimming.
More and more Egyptians, including the more religious, can now do so as well.


In such a conservative society, many women have until now either had to sit on one side or go into the water in their clothes.

All covering

The "Sharia swimsuit" offers one solution. It is a high-necked, swimming costume with sleeves and a small skirt, to be worn over long trousers.

It first appeared a few years ago, but was expensive and hard to find.

This year, it is widely available - and comes in new cuts and colours.

A salesman at the Sports Mall in Nasr City shows me rails of the new Egyptian-produced swimsuits.

10 models are available but are they selling well?

"Of course they're selling well, very well," says the salesman.

"You know we're living here in an Islamic country, it must be popular."

However, the highest religious authority for Sunni Muslims, Al-Azhar, does not recognise the new swimming costume.

One of its clerics, Sheikh Mahmoud al-Hanafi, says there is no such thing as an Islamically-acceptable swimsuit - the only thing Sharia law recognises is Islamic dress that is meant to protect women from what he calls "gossiping eyes."

Conditions

"Islamic dress must have conditions," he says.

"It mustn't be (so) tight that exposes part of the body, mustn't be translucent that the person can see through,"

Size and colour, please?"Also it mustn't be attractive for strange men to look at a lady, how she is dressed. No."

The sheikh, though, had not seen one of the costumes.
But 15-year Nasr has - and she's a convert.


"The Islamic swimming suits they are better for us because of our religion and everything which says that we must be properly covered," she says.

"It is easier for us than to wear normal swimming suits because some of the parents do not like their girls going around in the normal cuts of swimming suits.

"It allows women or girls to do what they were not able to do before in an Islamic way."

The new swimsuit is, by shopkeepers' accounts, a big hit this summer among women who wear the veil.

Important market

As Egypt becomes more of a consumer society, they are an increasingly important market.


The Geneina shopping mall in the adjacent neighbourhood of Nasr City, boasts a smart fashion boutique for veiled women alongside shops selling skimpy t-shirts.

It is not that more women are now covering their heads.

That happened in the late 1970s and 1980s as a religious revival swept the region.

What is new is that more and more products are now being targeted specifically at religiously-observant women.

The new swimsuit is just the latest splash.
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Friday, April 28, 2006

Eteraz Update -- Female Soldier In Iraq

A newfound friend of mine who recently returned from Iraq is sharing some of her thoughts on my blog. Instead of writing about the insurgents she is writing about the women of Iraq.

You can find what she has to say here. Experience of Female Soldier.

Sorry I've been so absent from this site. I got caught up in reorganizing my blog, starting a new job, getting into a couple of very detailed blogging dialogues and the warm weather.

Here are a couple of recent interesting posts.

Dude, Muslim Lesbians

Saudis Deport a Girl Who Was Raped (By a Saudi)

Pappas there is a discussion on Traditionalism and Postmodernism you'll enjoy. Two Parts 1, and 2.
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CAIR Condemns Pat Robertson for Saying Something Sensible


This is news on both fronts, in my humble opinion. From CAIR

Action Alerts
Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Incitement: Pat Robertson Compares Islam to Nazism


http://mediamatters.org/items/200604240007

The West is ignoring threats from “Islam in general,” just as it ignored “what Adolf Hitler said in Mein Kampf”

Summary: On The 700 Club, Pat Robertson warned his viewers that “we are not listening” to what Islam “says,” just as we did not listen to “what Adolf Hitler said in Mein Kampf.” Robertson claimed that we are ignoring the threats by “not only the radical Muslims but Islam in general,” because “it is not politically correct to believe that any religious group would do what they claim they are going to do.”
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Do follow CAIR's link to Media Matters.org for the full comments by Robertson.

In other CAIR incitement news, and I think that this one's just as funny as the person condemned for saying it, Radio Host Michael Savage. From CAIR:

Incitement: Radio Host - ‘Kill 100 Million’ Muslims
Media Matters, 4/19/06
http://mediamatters.org/items/200604190001

On April 17, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage called for "kill[ing] 100 million" Muslims. . .

On his radio show, Savage told listeners that "intelligent people, wealthy people ... are very depressed by the weakness that America is showing to these psychotics in the Muslim world. They say, 'Oh, there's a billion of them.' " Savage continued: "I said, 'So, kill 100 million of them, then there'd be 900 million of them.' I mean ... would you rather us die than them?" Savage added: "Would you rather we disappear or we die? Or would you rather they disappear and they die? Because you're going to have to make that choice sooner rather than later."

Again, please follow the link to mediamatters.org, where the audio clip is available as well as links to other "hateful statements" made by Savage about Muslims, though no updates on his restaurant adventures or his dog Teddy.
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Iran's nuclear "transparency"

Over the past week, a number of Iranian leaders said curiously similar statements:
Ahmadenijad: "Iran is the sole country whose nuclear activities are completely transparent. We are ready to hold talks to prove there has been no diversion in our peaceful nuclear activities," he added.
Chairman of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: "Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran has adopted transparency on nuclear program and met all requirements of NPT.

"We decided not to hide anything and proved our goodwill to UN nuclear agency," Rafsanjani said.

Deputy Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for international affairs Javad Vaeedi: He said that Iranian nuclear program is transparent and Iran has observed Additional Protocol to NPT for the past three years.

Apparently, the IAEA disagrees about Iran's transparency. In the report released today, they write:
After more than three years of Agency efforts to seek clarity about all aspects of Iran’s nuclear programme, the existing gaps in knowledge continue to be a matter of concern. Any progress in that regard requires full transparency and active cooperation by Iran — transparency that goes beyond the measures prescribed in the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol — if the Agency is to be able to understand fully the twenty years of undeclared nuclear activities by Iran. Iran continues to facilitate the implementation of the Safeguards Agreement and had, until February 2006, acted on a voluntary basis as if the Additional Protocol were in force. Until February 2006, Iran had also agreed to some transparency measures requested by the Agency, including access to certain military sites. Additional transparency measures, including access to documentation, dual use equipment and
relevant individuals, are, however, still needed for the Agency to be able to verify the scope and nature of Iran’s enrichment programme, the purpose and use of the dual use equipment and materials purchased by the PHRC, and the alleged studies which could have a military nuclear dimension.

Regrettably, these transparency measures are not yet forthcoming.
But, not to worry: Helmut Schmidt says that Iran's nuclear program is just hunky-dory, and he brings as proof a supposed fatwa (unpublished, of course) that was supposedly made by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei forbidding the creation of nuclear weapons. Everything's great! We can trust Iran's statements - why would they lie?

Unfortunately, Schmidt seems to ignore another little fatwa from this past February:
Iran's hardline spiritual leaders have issued an unprecedented new fatwa, or holy order, sanctioning the use of atomic weapons against its enemies.

One senior mullah has now said it is "only natural" to have nuclear bombs as a "countermeasure" against other nuclear powers, thought to be a reference to America and Israel.

The pronouncement is particularly worrying because it has come from Mohsen Gharavian, a disciple of the ultra-conservative Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, who is widely regarded as the cleric closest to Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Insights on Islam and islamofascism


Must read.
Is Islam The Enemy? #2
R.J. Rummel
Democratic Peace
Power Kills
April 18, 2006
Excepts
Building on the article by the Boroumand sisters, which I discussed in a previous blog, I would like to address a critical question, “In the context of our War on Terror, is Islam the enemy?”

First, I should reveal my own biases. I am not a Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim or an adherent of any standard religion. I am not a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, a liberal or a conservative. Fundamentally, I am a secular freedomist. My approach is like that of a hypothetical anthropologist from Mars who is trying to evaluate earthly matters without favoritism, a man from Mars who believes, based on empirical evidence, that the solution to many of humanity’s problems is democratic freedom.

By “enemy,” then, I mean anyone who is in violent opposition to such democratic freedom. So the question becomes, Is Islam the enemy of democratic freedom?...

"...In conclusion, the traditionalists are not our enemies, as they mainly want to be left alone to worship and live as they choose. The ruling dictators are not our enemies, since the West provides critical support against the Islamofascists who would overthrow them. And, it is not the modernists who are our enemies, as they generally support Western democratic ideals. The true enemies of democratic freedom are the Islamofascists, whose ideological homeland is Iran.

The policies that flow from this analysis are clear:...".

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Who will defeat islamofscism? Part IV
Louise from The West
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April 23, 2006
In part III of this series, I dealt with the voices of moderate Muslims, primarily from the west and what I see, albeit cautiously, as a movement that will beat back the influence of the Islamofascists who have high-jacked the Muslim faith. In closing I had asked:

“…what about those parts of the world where the majority of Muslims live? The great masses of people there are still poorly educated and subjected to the indoctrination of state controlled media and to the iron grip of the very Islamist version of fascism about which I write. Is there hope that Islamofacism can be defeated there? Does a handful of moderate, obviously well educated, West-friendly bloggers mean anything in the grand scheme of things?”

In this, the last of the series, I attempt to answer those questions...
Islam - Passage through the arts, from its birth until the end of the first millennium A.C.
October 25, 2005
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Texts and Images unaltered, as required.

Birth of Islam


Born in Mecca, in western Arabia, Muhammad (ca. 570–632), last in the line of Judeo-Christian prophets, received his first revelation in 610. Muslims believe that the word of
God was revealed to him by the archangel Gabriel in Arabic, who said, "Recite in the name of thy Lord …" (Sura 96). These revelations were subsequently collected and codified as the Qur’an (literally "recitation" in Arabic), the Muslim holy book. As the source of Muslim faith and practice, the Qur’an describes the relationship between an almighty and all-knowing God and his creations. The Qur’an also maintains that all individuals are responsible for their actions, for which they will be judged by God, and so it provides guidelines for proper behavior within the framework of a just and equitable society.

At this time, Mecca was a prosperous city whose wealth and influence were based on the caravan trade and on the Kacba, a shrine and a place of pilgrimage housing the pagan deities then being worshipped by the Arabs. Muhammad's message, heralding a new socio-religious order based on allegiance to one god—Allah—was unpopular among the leaders of Mecca, and they forced Muhammad and his followers to emigrate north to the oasis town Yathrib (Medina). This occurred in 622, the year of the hijra, or "emigration," which marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar. In Medina, Muhammad continued to attract followers and, within a few years, Mecca had also largely embraced Islam. Upon his return to Mecca, one of the Prophet's first acts was to cleanse the Kacba of its idols and rededicate the shrine to Allah...
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Infidel Hunk of the Week


This in no way indicates that the Babe must be changed, I just had to change the hunk, folks. And quite a change it is! Far from Jim Caviezel and his devout Catholicism in real life coupled with his portrayal of Christ on the Big Screen, I have now chosen one of the darkest characters in film/literature. Though not as true to Emily Bronte's book Wuthering Heights, Laurence Olivier's portrayal in the 1938 film of the same name earns him possible Hunk of All Time status. His portrayal of the dark, brooding Heathcliff is so brilliant is so incredible as to still be one of the most moving performances on screen to the present day. And definitely one of the most attractive and sexy. But hey, he wasn't knighted for nothing. Here's Darling Larry. Sigh.......
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Swedish Muslims Demand Sharia

From Little Green Footballs:


Sweden’s largest Muslim organisation has demanded that Sweden introduce separate laws for Muslims, according to Swedish television. Sweden’s equality minister Jens Orback called the proposals “completely unacceptable”.

The Swedish Muslim Association, which represents around 70,000 Muslims in Sweden, has sent a letter to all Sweden’s main political parties suggesting a number of reforms, SVT’s Rapport programme reported.

The proposals include allowing imams into state (public) schools to give Muslim children separate lessons in Islam and their parents’ native languages. The letter also said that boys and girls should have separate swimming lessons and that divorces between Muslims should be approved by an imam.

The letter provoked an instant, and damning, response from integration and equality minister Jens Orback. “We will not have separate laws in Sweden. In Sweden, we are all equal before the law. In Sweden, we have fought for a long time to achieve gender-neutral laws, and to propose that certain groups should not be treated like others is completely unacceptable.”

Orback said he had spoken to representatives of the Swedish Muslim Council, and they did not support the association’s position. “We have freedom of speech, we have the right to opinions and we have the right to make proposals - but if a law is going to be changed, it must be the same for everyone.”

Asked whether the proposal plays into the hands of racists, Orback said that it did.


How long until Orback starts singing a different tune?

First thing everyone is worried about is how it will play with the racists. Man, that's pathetic. They need to worry about what is happening to their society.
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United 93


I know it's going to sound strange to say this, but, Roger Ebert is one of my favorite writers. So, when I wanted to read about United 93, I turned to him.

Here's an excerpt of his review:

It is not too soon for "United 93," because it is not a film that knows any time has passed since 9/11. The entire story, every detail, is told in the present tense. We know what they know when they know it, and nothing else. Nothing about Al Qaeda, nothing about Osama bin Laden, nothing about Afghanistan or Iraq, only events as they unfold.

This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims. The director, Paul Greengrass, makes a deliberate effort to stay away from recognizable actors, and there is no attempt to portray the passengers or terrorists as people with histories. In most movies about doomed voyages, we meet a few key characters we'll be following: The newlyweds, the granny, the businessman, the man with a secret. Here there's none of that. What we know about the passengers on United 93 is exactly what we would know if we had been on the plane and sitting across from them: nothing, except for a few details of personal appearance.

There has been much discussion of the movie's trailer, and no wonder. It pieces together moments from "United 93" to make it seem more conventional, more like a thriller. Dialogue that seems absolutely realistic in context sounds, in the trailer, like sound bites and punch lines. To watch the trailer is to sense the movie that Greengrass did not make. To watch "United 93" is to be confronted with the grim chaotic reality of that autumn day in 2001. The movie is deeply disturbing, and some people may have to leave the theater. But it would have been much more disturbing if Greengrass had made it in a conventional way.

He does not exploit, he draws no conclusions, he points no fingers, he avoids "human interest" and "personal dramas" and just simply watches. The movie's point of view reminds me of the angels in "Wings of Desire." They see what people do and they are saddened, but they cannot intervene.

Now, that sounds like exactly the movie I would have wanted them to make.

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The Incompetent War!

If ever there was an admission of failure by the Bush Administration, then this is it! The war being waged against the United States and the rest of the West is now called ‘The Long War’! It should never have been allowed to come to this.

The US is doing Saudi Arabia’s dirty work for it! Why? Because GWB and his administration have been too timid to wage the war as it should have been waged: with clear thinking, sound strategy, courage, fortitude and resolve! And with the determination to win at all costs!

The day after 9/11, the Saudis should have been put in the hot seat. They should have been told that it was their responsibility to track down Osama bin Laden and his henchmen, not ours, i.e. not the US’s! Further, they should have been put on notice: The US’s support for the régime is dependent on their co-operation to find these savages.

Why on earth should the US foot the bill of tracking down these savages anyway? Has the West gone mad? After 9/11, so much was made of the fact that the US was not at war with Islam. The fact of the matter is clear though: Islam was, and still is, at war with the West. The West shouldn’t have allowed the King of Saudi Arabia – who is, after all the Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques, and therefore the supposed head of the faith – to get away with hiding behind a smokescreen. They should have been told: Find these people, or else!

George W Bush has been making excuses for Islam. This, we all know. He has come out with ridiculous statements about the loving and kind nature of Islam, statements which are so obviously false. In short, he has placed the West on the defensive. What he should have done is place the West on the offensive by placing the Saudis on the defensive. No war was ever won on the defensive. And this war will be no different. We will not win it this way. Be sure of that!

The Saudi régime depends on the US for its continued existence. The rulers should have been told that if they expect the US (and the rest of the West) to keep on propping it up, then they had better track OBL & Co. down forthwith. If their dynasty would have been put on the line like that, then they would have pulled out all the stops to track down and find the people who are now wreaking havoc with the West.

Political leaders the West over are blinded by oil. Their thinking is therefore muddled. The money being made in the West by the top echelons – and being made often in a corrupt manner – means that the West has been locked into this protracted war. As the saying goes: Our leaders are trying to have their cake and eat it, too. But it won’t work. The result of this protracted war might well bankrupt the States. That, by the way, has always been a stated aim of OBL. The US is playing into his hands!

Why should the Americans allow themselves to be bankrupted like this? Why not let the Saudis, with all their new riches from oil do the spending? They wish to be propped up; so let them pay for it. Why should the American taxpayer foot the bill? And why, indeed, should the taxpayers in the rest of the West foot the policing bills that all this Islamic terrorism is creating? This is ludicrous!

The fact is, however, that Bush and his administration, and the governments of other Western countries, are running scared of Islam. No war will ever be won that way! Name me a war that was ever won when fought from a timid position!

The Saudi régime should be made to feel scared, not Bush and his administration. The royal family of Saudi Arabia would have a great deal to lose if the US suddenly withdrew its support for their régime. For the Saudi royals know that their régime is deeply unpopular at home. The country is, after all, being run like a private family business, with the royals taking a healthy cut of all the contracts going into the country.

I remember well the time when the then leader of Romania, Nicolai Ceauscescu, was heavily criticized for running that country as a private business. It had made the man extremely rich, and, rightly, it was thought to be malpractice on his part, as well it should have been. But for some inexplicable reason, when it comes to the oil-rich kings, princes and sheiks of the Gulf, the practise is thought to be acceptable, even when the average Saudi is kept very short of money! How strange! And how hypocritical our Western leaders can be when big oil and armaments deals are at stake!

It goes without saying that we need to get the better of this jihad being waged against us. We need to crush it before it crushes us! But as things stand at the moment, we are not going to be able to do that. This is why our strategy needs to be changed, and changed rather quickly, before too much more serious damage is done to Western economies. In short, we need to place the unpopular Saudi royal family on the defensive, we need to put them on the spot, we need to make them take the initiative, we need to make them fight this war for us.

It is not for Bush and Blair to talk about Osama bin Laden as being a renegade who doesn’t speak for his faith. Let the Saudis do the talking! If they consider him (and his cronies) to be renegades, then it should be up to them to find them and punish them.

We need to start fighting this war against the jihad as a real war, for a real war it most certainly is. The kid gloves need to be taken off. If we don’t start fighting this real war soon, instead of this phony war we are engaged in, we will fail; and the fate of the West will be sealed. As things stand, the war we are now waging would be more accurately called ‘The Incompetent War’! For incompetent it indeed is!

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Iran "center of peace and tranquility" - plans suicide terror and dirty nukes

(Ahmadinejad) said Iran is the center of peace and tranquility, stressing, "We call for peace and tranquility for all states. We have not attacked any country and are not regarded as a threat to the world. The Iranian nation is independent."
He stated that all Iranians are duty-bound to take steps towards development of Iran, adding, "Iran should become the most advanced and powerful country in the world."
And thanks to an Arab newspaper in London, we can see exactly how peaceful Iran is:
Eight fundamentalist Islamist organizations have received large sums of money in the last month from the Iranian intelligence services, as part of a project to strike U.S military and economic installations across the Middle East Asharq Al-Awsat has learned.

The plan, which also includes the carrying out of suicide operations targeting US and British interests in the region, as well as their Arab and Muslim allies, in case Iran is attacked, was drawn up by a number of experts guerilla warfare and terrorist operations, and was revealed by a senior source in the Iranian armed forces' joint chief of staff headed by the veterinary doctor Hassan Firouzabadi,

The source added that the forces of the Revolutionary Guards’ al Quds Brigades, under Brigadier General Qassim Suleimani is responsible for coordinating and providing logistical support for the groups taking part in the execution of the plan, codenamed al Qiyamah the Islamic word for "Judgment Day".

The plan includes three steps, which Asharq al Awsat has examined in earlier reports. The source gave more details about how the plan will be implemented. He said, “Most of Iran’s visitors in the last four months, including the leaders of revolutionary groups in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon, as well as the heads of Hezbollah cells in the Persian Gulf and Europe and North America were asked, when they met with the Iranian intelligence minister Gholamhossein Mohseni Ezhei and his aides: are you ready to defend the Islamic revolution and vilayat e faqih? If you agree to take part in the great jihad, what would you need to be ready for the great fight?

Amongst the leaders who visited were the head of one of the Iraqi armed group who was very clear and honest. He said his men would transform Iraq into a hell for the Americans if Iran were attacked.

The source also said that the military training camps of the Guards were opened for the fighters of the Mehdi army in Iran to receive the necessary training. Iran had also increased its financial assistance to Moqtada al Sadr to more than 20 million dollars.

The same applied to Islamic Jihad in Palestine which has received large sums of money, large quantities of arms and military training for its cadres in Isfahan, including street fighting methods.

As for the Lebanese Hezbollah, several loads of arms have been sent to; they include rockets, explosives, and guided missiles. Hezbollah's arsenal includes more than 10 thousand rockets short-range rockets and missiles including Fajr, Nour, Arash, Hadid.

An estimated 80 members underwent private training last year on how to carry out suicide operations from the air (through the use of kite planes) and undersea operations using submarines.

While denying that Hamas had joined the list of organizations ready to help Iran in its likely war with the U.S, the source indicated that the external success of the movement, which enjoys considerable Iranian support both financial and military, was strengthened following the latest visit by its leaders to Tehran. This was translated in the Palestinian masses’ support for Iran, against Israel and the United States .

According to Iran, the latest military plan includes:

1- A missile strike directly targeting the US bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq , as soon as nuclear installations are hit.

2- Suicide operations in a number of Arab and Muslim countries against US embassies and missions and US military bases and economic and oil installations related to US and British companies. The campaign might also target the economic and military installations of countries allied with the United States .

3- Launch attacks by the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards and Iraqi fighters loyal to Iran against US and British forces in Iraq , from border regions in central and southern Iraq .

4- Hezbollah to launch hundreds of rockets against military and economic targets in Israel .

According to the source, in case the US military attacks continue, more than 50 Shehab-3 missiles will be targeted against Israel and the al Quads Brigades will give the go-ahead for more than 50 terrorists cells in Canada, the US and Europe to attack civil and industrial targets in these countries.

What about the last stage in the plan?

Here, the Iranian source hesitated before saying with worry; this stage might represent the beginning of a world war, given that extremists will seek to maximize civilian casualties by exploding germ and chemical bombs as well as dirty nuclear bombs across western and Arab cities.

Here is a textbook case where waiting for the inevitable conflict will end up increasing the number of dead.

Sometimes war is moral, and Iran is turning into a textbook case. The longer we wait the more it will hurt us. Time is squarely on Iran's side, unless its president should happen to have an unfortunate accident.

(Thanks to Pastorius for inviting me to this blog!)
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Chirac Calls for World to Resume Jizah Payments to Hamas

"We never liked those Jews much anyway" said French President Jacques Chirac. From the BBC

Mr Chirac said the World Bank should set up a fund to pay the salaries of Palestinian officials.

Diplomacy the only way the French seem to know how; appeasement. Perhaps if Chirac does this for Islamic terrorist groups, perhaps, just perhaps they won't attack France.

I wouldn't have been so incredulous if had called for food and humanitarian supplies to go to the Palestinian people. No, he's asking for special help for Palestinian Officials.
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Questionable credibility, or head in the sand

From the G2 bulletin via Jhad Watch:

Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri in the wake of 9/11, has confirmed that al-Qaida has obtained nuclear suitcase weapons from the Russian black market, that the weapons were tested in Kabul in 2000 and that may have already been forward deployed to the United States.

"If you think that my information and analysis about bin Laden's location is correct," Mir said, "then please don't underestimate my analysis about his nuclear threat also."

Mir said that he met with an Egyptian engineer last week who had lost an eye after one of bin Laden's nuclear tests in Kunar. The Pakistani journalist said that the encounter with the engineer greatly disturbed and depressed him since it provided further assurance that a nuclear nightmare for America is about to dawn.

Mir believes that an "American Hiroshima" will occur as soon as the U.S. launches an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. "Al-Qaida and Iran," he says, "have a long, secret relationship."

That relationship dates back to June 21, 1996, when bin Laden attended a terror summit in Tehran. The gathering attracted terror leaders from various places throughout the world, including Ramadan Shallah (the Palestinian Islamic Jihad), Ahmad Salah (Egyptian Islamic Jihad), Imad al-Alami and Mustafa al-Liddawi (HAMAS), Ahmad Jibril (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), Abdallah Ocalan (the Kurdish People Party), Muhammad Ali Ahmad (al Qaeda), and Imad Mugniyah (Hezbollah). The summit resulted in the creation of the "Committee of Three" that would meet on a regular basis for the "coordination, planning, and execution of attacks" against the United States and Israel. The committee members were Ahmad Salah, Imad Mugniyah and bin Laden.

Mir's position that al-Qaida's nuclear weapons may have already been forward deployed to the United States confirms the report of Sharif al-Masri, a key al-Qaida operative who was arrested in Pakistan in November 2000.

Al Masri, an Egyptian national with ties to al-Zawahiri, said that al-Qaida had made arrangements to smuggle nuclear weapons and supplies to Mexico, From Mexico, he said, the weapons were to be transported across the border and into the United States with the help of a Latino street gang.

Mir also maintains that numerous sleeper agents are in place in major cities throughout the United States to prepare for the nuclear holocaust. Many of these agents, he says, are Algerians and Chechens who obtained European passports and are posing as Christian and Jews...

Farah is not alwyas correct, and neither is Hamid Mir, nor is he a neutral observer, but....

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Palestinian Terrorist Is Sorry

This looks like a pretty good blog.

This post in particular caught my eye. Palestinian terrorist Abdullah Barghouti was interviewed on TV the other day, and he said he was sorry ...

Yes, that's right, he was sorry THAT HE DIDN'T KILL MORE THAN 66 PEOPLE.
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Bought and Paid For

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Russia and China warn UN not to antagonise Iran


Russia and China on Thursday warned against escalating the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme. The call came on the eve of an eagerly awaited report on whether the country has met United Nations demands.

The US and the European Union believe Friday’s report by Mohamed El Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will set the stage for a UN Security Council resolution, since there is little chance that Tehran will meet the council’s demand for “full and sustained suspension” of uranium enrichment, which can produce weapons-grade material.

But on Thursday Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, warned against too great an intervention by the Security Council – a path Moscow feels could lead to confrontation.

“We think that the IAEA must continue to play a key role and it must not shrug off its responsibilities to resolve such questions and shift them on to the UN Security Council,” he said at a summit with Angela Merkel, German chancellor.

European officials argue that, far from sidelining the IAEA, any action by the council would seek to bolster its authority.

The Chinese government also called for restraint. Moscow and Beijing, which have growing energy and economic links with Iran, fear that a UN resolution might be used to justify military action at a later stage.


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I hear there are some excellent empty buildings near Toulouse, which would be perfect for the UN.

I also want to drive home, again, that Russia and China can be depended upon to oppose ANYTHING which is in the interest of the american people.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Aztlan Movement Hosts The Protocols At Official Website

The Aztlan Movement is one of the groups behind the recent illegal immigration demonstrations here in the United States.

For whatever reason, apparently, facilitating illegal immigration, and working to effect a reconquisa of the American Southwest isn't their only issue. They also hate Jews.

Here is the a link to the page where they host the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
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The Stunning Anti-Semitism of Modern Day British Culture


Little Green Footballs is bringing us the story of the new issue of the Independant, one of the major British dailies. Charles says:


The Independent features an interview with the always incoherent Robert Fisk, with a cover illustration straight out of Der Stuermer.


Anti-Semitism, in my opinion, is evidence of a society suffering from a profound mental illness. For several years now, British culture has tolerated anti-Semtisim, of this sort, within its media.

The more the anti-Semtic libels are thrown around the more the public begins to believe them. My own English relatives see no problem in calling me up and explaining to me that the reason the world hates America is because our government is controlled by "the Jewish Lobby."

The amazing thing about it is I'm pretty damned sure my relatives understand that such accusations are straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

But, I guess it doesn't matter, because this time, they believe it is true; the Jews really have gained control of the world, and are now steering it along for their own nefarious purposes.

Clearly, the entirety of Jewish culture has attained a super-human intellectual capacity, because men have been trying, since the beginning of time, just to control their own lives, and they have been abysmal failures at it.

And, that, my friends, is exactly the reason for all this anti-Semitism. When people are unable to understand the world around them, they feel they are losing control of their lives. At such a time, it is easier to buy into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, than to face the icy breath of the nothingness within their souls.

Harry's Place has a history of such images.
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Iran, now TODAY, has missiles that put Europe in range


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This is a 1936 Luftwaffe Alert


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Iran has received a first shipment of missiles from North Korea that are capable of reaching Europe, Israel's military intelligence chief was quoted on Thursday as saying.

Known in the West as BM-25s, the Russian-designed missiles have a range of around 1,500 miles, giving them a longer reach than the Iranian-made Shihab-4 missiles which are capable of hitting Israel.

The intelligence chief, Major-General Amos Yadlin, was quoted by Israel's Haaretz newspaper as saying in a lecture on Wednesday that some BM-25s had arrived in Iran.

The BM-25 was originally manufactured in the Soviet Union, where it was known as the SSN6, a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Haaretz reported.

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Why the national democratic party sucks worse than the republicans

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Selfish, personal hypocrisies
Kennedy faces fight on Cape Wind


Key lawmakers oppose his bid to block project


WASHINGTON -- As record oil prices turn attention to the need for renewable fuels, momentum is building in Congress to buck Senator Edward M. Kennedy's bid to block the proposed Cape Cod wind energy project, potentially reviving efforts to construct the sprawling windmill farm in Nantucket Sound.The chairman and the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee said yesterday that when the bill Kennedy backs that would effectively halt the wind farm comes up for a vote in the Senate, they will object on procedural grounds. They say they'll argue that a renewable energy project shouldn't be lumped in with a bill governing the Coast Guard.

Meanwhile, a group of rank-and-file House members, worried about the political ramifications of rejecting alternative energy sources while motorists pay $3 a gallon at the gas station, have persuaded House leaders to sidetrack the entire bill for at least several weeks, even though it was slated for action this week. The delay could give supporters of the wind farm time to make their case to members of Congress.'Are we going to be for developing alternative energy or not?" said Representative Charles Bass, a New Hampshire Republican who helped persuade House leaders to table the bill until at least mid-May. ''The longer you delay it, the longer there is for people to examine the issue, and to determine what's going on here."


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You just have GOT to love Al Jazeerah, LOVE

Egypt's al-Jazeera chief arrested

The Cairo bureau chief of TV channel al-Jazeera has been arrested by Egyptian police for allegedly spreading false information on the Sinai bombs.

The interior ministry said Hussein Abdel Ghani had falsely reported a blast in eastern Sharkia province.

Mr Abdel Ghani said in a phone call broadcast on the Qatar-based channel he was the victim of "a complete police kidnapping operation - beyond the law".

A triple bombing of the Sinai resort of Dahab on Monday killed 18 people.

On Wednesday, two suicide bombers attacked security personnel and foreign peacekeepers at el-Gorah in the Sinai Peninsula, but did not cause any injuries. A spokesman said: "[Hussein Abdel Ghani] said there were incidents in Sharkia and nothing happened. He's spreading confusion.

"When he said there was an explosion in Sharkia, leading everyone to ask about it, about something that didn't happen, where did he get that from?"

In his call broadcast on al-Jazeera, Mr Abdel Ghani said he was speaking from the chief prosecutor's office in Cairo.

He denied the charge of "propagating false news".

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Hollywood Wisdom: Terrorism Is The Root Cause Of Terrorism

The following appears at Universal Pictures United 93 web page:


Over the decades, with no clear identification with an empire, fundamentalism grew up within Islam with jihad as a focal point. Jihad is an idea that goes back to Muhammad and means “struggle.” Taken to an extreme, jihad can mean holy war against those who do not adhere to Islamic faith.

There are many reasons for the acting out of such views – whether in the Middle East due to the development of the nation of Israel in the 1940s, or more recently the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Africa, the first World Trade Center bombing attempt, the USS Cole blast, the 9/11 catastrophe, or the British bombing of last year.


That's some fancy liberal nuancin', if'n you ask me.
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Let's Play Global Thermonuclear War


Via Wizbang

Welcome, David. Let's play Global Thermonuclear War.

Iran declares they are developing nuclear technology. They say that it is strictly for peaceful purposes, but insist that if they wanted, they have the right to have nuclear weapons.

Do you:
A) Protest, but not too strenuously?
B) Stop them?

A

Iran says that the United States has to withdraw all forces from the Middle East, including all Navy ships from the Persian Gulf, or face "dire consequences."

Do you:
A) Comply under protest?
B) Refuse and confront them?

A

Iran announces that they now possess nuclear weapons. They have previously shown that they have missiles that can deliver those weapons to anywhere in the Middle East, as well as parts of Europe.

Do you:
A) Protest to the UN?
B) Stop them?

A


Iran says that the Zionists have to evacuate Palestine and return to their countries of origin, or face "grave consequences."

Do you:
A) Protest to the UN?
B) Confront them?

A


Tel Aviv has just been nuked. Estimated casualties: 100,000+.

Do you wish to:
A) Urge Israel to show restraint and protest to the UN?
B) Strike back against Iran directly?

A


Israel has launched its own nuclear weapons against Iran. Iran has launched its remaining nuclear weapons against Israel. Several weapons have missed their intended targets, landing in Iraq, Jordan, Syria. The Arab world en masse has declared war on what remains of Israel. Large clouds of fallout are drifing across the Middle East, endangering countless civilians and US forces stationed there.


Estimated casualties:
Iran: 5 million+
Israel: 4.5 million+
Jordan: 900,000+
Iraq: 500,000+
Syria: 200,000+
US: 6,000+

Price of oil breaks $200/barrel. Flow of tankers through the Persian Gulf comes to standstill. Gasoline and energy shortages throughout much of the world. China declares ownership of Spratly Islands and their untapped oil reserves. Philippines, Taiwan, Viet Nam all protest and threaten to take military action. Japan allies itself with Philippines and backs their claim. War breaks out.

Mexico offers the United States oil at $150/barrel -- as long as the US eases back on its enforcement of border security and illegal aliens.

Much of the Arab world blames the US for the nuclear exchange between Israel and Iran, as we supported Israel for far too long and permitted them to have the nuclear weapons they used to hit back. Terrorism against US targets at home and abroad skyrockets.


GAME OVER


Do you wish to play again?

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How stupid is this world? Who is this message intended for?

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Senior Iran Cleric Tells Sudan That Nuclear Aid Is Available


TEHRAN, April 25 — Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday at a meeting here with the Sudanese president that Iran was ready to share its nuclear technology with other countries."Iran's nuclear capability is one example of various scientific capabilities in the country," the leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said to President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, the news agency IRNA reported. "The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to transfer the experience, knowledge and technology of its scientists."

Mr. Khamenei made his comments just days before the Friday deadline set by the United Nations Security Council for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment.

Can anyone else hear the laughter?

America is powerless.
Europe, powerless
Russia and China managed and bought.
The jews cannot act.

WE ARE THE ONES

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Protesting - Syrian Style

I received the following in an email from a friend. Now, let's be honest, this may very well just be a photoshop joke. Or, it could be real. But, either way, it's funny as hell.


This picture is not doctored. Most Syrians struggle to even read Arabic, much less have a clue about English.

So, how do a group of Syrian protest leaders create the most impact with their signs by having the standard "Death To Americans"(etc.) slogans printed in English?

Answer: They simply hire an English-speaking civilian to translate and write their statements into English. Unfortunately, in this case, they were unaware that the "civilian" insurance company employee hired for the job was a retired US Army sergeant!

Obviously, pictures of this protest rally never made their way through the Arab TV networks, but the results were "Priceless"!


Bus fare to anti-U.S. Rally - $0.50
Paint and canvas protest signs - $32.00
Asking a retired U.S. Sergeant to translate your anti American Slogans - PRICELESS

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Just Who's Side Are They On?

The above picture is an extract from Channel 4's list of 100 greatest world cup moments, as chosen for by visitors to the C4 website. The number I have put in negative refers to the Iran vs USA match, back in 1998.

If you think that's bad, check out the what the nomination said :

That's right. Channel 4's official website refers to Britains greatest ally as "THE GREAT SATAN"! What a disgrace!

[click each picture for the direct link to the respective Channel 4 web pages]

(For those who do not know, Channel 4 is one of 5 of Britain's terrestrial analog television channels)

(thanks to Prophetus for the link)
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AADC meets deserved defeat

I don't hear much about the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee these days, maybe because CAIR's been taking up so much space in the news, but now, here's some good news on the immigration scene in which we learn that AADC, which is just as slimy as CAIR, has been defeated in an attempt to dictate immigration requirements to their favor. Note though that there is a bit of whining in this AP article:
DETROIT — With an Arab-American rights group threatening mass court filings, a U.S. immigration spokesman said Tuesday that the government would change its naturalization procedures to stave off such legal challenges.

Lawyers say it's not uncommon for cases to be delayed for years, particularly for people from the Middle East, even though immigration officials are supposed to rule on naturalization petitions within 120 days after interviews.

To call attention to the problem, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee was coordinating an effort by 40 attorneys to file federal court petitions on behalf of dozens of immigrants starting Tuesday.

Chris Bentley, a spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, said Tuesday that "to avoid burdening the federal court with these cases," the agency would no longer schedule citizenship interviews until after background checks are complete.

The American-Arab committee said it was disappointed with the procedural change, which would not eliminate delays, but make it impossible for immigrants to fight them.

Bentley said only about 1 percent of naturalization petitions are not ruled on within 120 days. About 450,000 people are naturalized yearly, he said.

Immigration lawyer Ramsey Malkawi said he has about 14 clients facing long delays in their naturalization applications, including some who have waited five or six years.

"This is completely unacceptable," he said. "It's clearly a racial profiling issue."

Dr. Mohammad Attar, an Iraqi immigrant who has lived in the United States since 1991, petitioned for citizenship in November 2004. Six months later, he had an interview with immigration officials — then he waited. He was eventually cleared, but it wasn't until nearly a year after his interview. He was sworn in as a citizen April 14.

"My feeling about it is, it's OK, they can check, but it took too long," said Attar, a neonatologist on the faculty at the University of Michigan. "If they were concerned about something, they could have called, and I could have clarified something."
I knew they'd whine about racial profiling! But really, it's not racial, it's ETHNIC PROFILING that's being done here, to make sure that the Muslim immigrants coming in aren't extremists. Those Islamists who can't come to terms with that need not apply.
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Wanted : Have You Seen These 3 "Youths"?

Three men filmed by police taking part in Muhammad cartoon protests.

Hey, what are you complaining about? It only took roughly 3 months to make any calls for arrests over the 3rd of Feb terror rally held by Muslim fanatics in London. It wasn't like the police had any video footage available to them, through the public domain or otherwise.

Say what? A video was released through the NEFA Foundation shortly after the rally? Well, ok then, the police obviously did have footage available to them but what can they do now. I mean, obviously if this rally was that bad and people were breaking the law then arrests would have been made at the time, right?

What's the you say, people were breaking the law by calling for the extermination/beheading of non-Muslims and calling for the bombing of other countries, and repeats of the 7/7 suicide attacks.

Well, better late than never :

Scotland Yard was today forced to issue a public appeal for help in tracking down protesters it filmed during a demonstration against satirical cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.
You see, he's not just the Islamic prophet, he's THE prophet. :(

The Metropolitan police said they were still trying to trace three men who took part in the demonstration outside the Danish embassy on February 3.

During the protest, placards were paraded demanding the "massacre" of "those who insult Islam".

In the days following the demonstration, the police faced fierce criticism for not arresting demonstrators on the spot. They instead took video footage of the demonstration and said "arrests, if necessary, would be made at the appropriate time".

A Met spokesman said the men were "wanted in connection with serious public order offences which we believe may have been committed during the protest".
He defended the decision not make arrests at the time, saying officers policing the demonstration "had to weigh up" the effect their actions would have on the overall public order situation.

"We have already identified and charged a number of individuals in relation to the demonstration," he said.

At the time, police had said they did not want to inflame the situation.

A special squad, under the code name Operation Laverda, was set up by the Met's post-event investigation unit to review 60 hours of CCTV and footage and investigate 500 complaints from the public.

During the rally, some protesters held placards with slogans such as "Behead those who insult Islam" and "Europe will pay, the Fantastic 4 are on their way" - an apparent reference to the July 7 bombers who killed 52 people on London's transport network.

The only arrests made were those of two freedom of speech campaigners protesting in favour of the right to publish images of Muhammad.

The police's tactics sparked cross-party calls by MPs to pursue those responsible on the grounds that the threats were an incitement to murder.

Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland secretary, said the police should "bear down ... very heavily" on protesters acting in an "intolerable" way.

The shadow attorney general, Dominic Grieve, told GMTV it was "not a happy state of affairs" when demonstrators acting in such a way "don't end up under arrest before the demonstration is ended".

Six people have since been arrested in connection with the police investigation.

The London demonstration was one of a number of sometimes violent protests against the publication of images of the prophet - which is against Islamic tradition - in a number of European newspapers.
Link...
It also might interest some that the ever dhimmi, Al Guardian (where I have obtained this article) have linked to the motoons at the bottom of the page. I wonder is hotlinking enough for a Fatwa?
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Detroit Free Press Shows Some Balls

Yesterday, we awarded the Golden Balls Award to MSU Professor Indryk Wichman, for a letter he sent to the Muslim Student Association protesting their protests against the Mohammed Cartoons. Although, Mr. Wichman seemed to lump all Muslims in with the Muslims who cause violence, I liked the letter.

Why? Isn't that unfair of me? Am I not aware that there are many Muslims who don't perpetrate violence against Infidels and Jews.

I sure as hell am. However, I am also aware that that are no major Muslim organizations protesting against terrorism. However, there are many like the Muslim Student Association who are protesting against the free speech expressed in cartoons.

What does that tell you?

Well, here's what it told the Detroit Free Press:


MSU professor Indrek Wichman has a beef with Muslims who think their religious sensibilities should trump the First Amendment rights of others.

In an intemperate e-mail response to a Muslim student group's pamphlet campaign against anti-Islamic cartoons, Wichman suggested that Muslim students upset about the depiction of Islam might more profitably protest suicide bombings and other atrocities undertaken in the name of Islam.

It's a legitimate point. But it would be a whole lot easier for me and other civil libertarians to defend if the tenured engineering professor who made it didn't sound like some boorish blowhard from Whatsamatta U.

"I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians," Wichman wrote in a poorly spelled e-mail that has precipitated demands for disciplinary action.

"I counsul you dissatisfied, agressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile 'protests,' " he added. "If you do not like the values of the West -- see the 1st Ammendment -- you are free to leave."

Before getting to the substance of Wichman's grievance, let's stipulate for the record that he could hardly have raised it more clumsily or in a manner less likely to provoke reasoned debate.
But let's be clear: the Muslim students to whom Wichman addressed his e-mail are victims of aggravated incivility, not religious persecution.


It's ignorant to disparage law-abiding Muslims as slave-trading brutes and outrageous to suggest that those who peacefully dissent from so-called Western values are obliged to live somewhere else. And it's certainly disheartening to learn that someone so inept at communicating has been entrusted with the transmission of technical knowledge. (Not surprising though. Techies are notoriously bad communicators. - Pastorius)

... Wichman should not be censured for defending cartoons that probe the troubling nexus between Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Western violence or for suggesting that devout Muslims have an obligation to explain scriptural references that seem to sanction violence against nonbelievers.

It's appropriate for members of an academic community to challenge one another's religious convictions in the same way they challenge one another's beliefs about politics, physics or literature.

The notion that religious beliefs should be exempt from rational scrutiny or criticism has no place in a free society, much less on a campus devoted to free inquiry.


Gee, even the editors at the liberal giveaway rags are getting fed up with the silence of the moderate Muslim community.

Here's an Infidel Koan for all of us to ponder on a Wednesday morning:

What is the sound of 1 billion moderate Muslims speaking out against violence?
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I know this is the right thing to do, but wait…

I was reading the article NOW Do you believe it? on Always on Watch's fine blog and read very interesting comments on the post there. This is a post about a man named Zacharias Moussaoui, whom informed people already know about very well (uninformed people should follow the link above). The comments were very interesting and this post is in answer to some of those comments. I am being very general in this post, so I will not reproduce all or any of the comments here. I am jumping right into the discussion so it is better you read the comments over at Always on Watch first and then read here. Enjoy!

Should the US Government put Moussaoui to death, or should he get life imprisonment, or does he merit a more novel punishment like, say, working in a pig farm (good one!)? He would think he is a 'shaheed' (martyr) if he is killed and indeed this is what he has openly wished for. The Moslem world would certainly see him as a shaheed if he was executed by an infidel government.

But that's what they say and think when any Moslem dies fighting for Allah, killing innocent women and children. They blow themselves up on the streets, in the buses and the malls and then they're hailed as martyrs, heroes who died bravely fighting the Great Satan (USA) or Little Satan (Israel). What should we do then? Should we stop them from blowing themselves up? We try that but even that ends up with them dead. The way you guys are thinking about it, we lose no matter what.

What should we do then? Should we let this man live?

Read the rest here at Pedestrian Infidel.

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Infidel Mojo Weighs in on Political Fracturing

Our resident Anthropologist at What Would Charles Martel Do? (yes, we do have an Anthropologist on staff, and one furthermore who loves to rant in a sarcastic and venomous fashion) has decided to weigh in on the political fracturing that has been occuring throughout the West of late. And that fracturing is something that I believe we are all a part of, people who want something more out of our leaders and when not given decent options will follow the political Wild Cards out there. But enough about my thoughts, here are some from Mr. Infidel Mojo:

Do not get me wrong. I am no fan of Mr. LePen, the National Front, or other political movements disguising Fascism as something more palatable, but I certainly understand how they come to exist and develop a following.

In the US and throughout Europe people are essentially standing up to the condescension and paternalism exhibited by Liberals everywhere. After years of being ridiculed as rubes and bumpkins, they are learning to draw on the arguments liberals have championed, namely the right of “traditional” societies to exist and self-determination. And this includes taking back political power.

The first component, the rights of traditional societies to express themselves, has until recently been extended only to those populations that could be defined as exotic, downtrodden, or otherwise not part of the Western tradition. If they looked good on a postcard from your most recent eco-tourism vacation to the Amazon then they should be uplifted and praised. If they lived in your own back yard, such as rural populations in the Loire Valley or Montana, then this veneration could be rescinded. Indeed, these people could be portrayed and treated as savages. Ignored at best, ridiculed and attacked at worst. However, being human, and therefore a relatively intelligent species, these people grew wise to the double standards and poor logic of the Left.

In response, the Left has begun to develop new ways of dealing with their bumpkin brothers. They either run away and bury their heads in the sand (exemplified in the act of rich Californians buying houses out from under the noses of Oregonians), or resort to name calling. No sound arguments or reasoning, just childishness name calling when they don’t get their way. And the more traditional, “conservative” people have grown wise to this, hence further polarization.

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Al Sadr in a ping pong ball


For Christine and Omar.

Pro-Freedom Sport
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SADR ON SOCCER

It appears that even soccer isn't safe from Jewish conspiracy theories. At least not according to al-Sadr.
Omar at Iraq the Model has translated a video of Sadr explaining why soccer is to be avoided.
Ole' Mookie sounds like he has taken one too many "hits" to the head.

Wondering what Muqtada thinks of soccer? Here's the answer in his own words. (Right click then 'save target as' to download, opens with real media player).
No, I wasn't smoking anything when I translated the video; this is how the "nationalist young cleric" normally speaks!

Transcript:

Actually my father-bless his soul-did not spare an effort in this regard but it wasn't only him who forbid these things so to speak but it's sharia in general that forbids these things that distract worshippers from their worshipping and distract people from remembering Allah.

Habibi the west made things for us that distract us from our integration, uh, what it put for us? Made us run after a ball habibi…that is like 'eat gargary'* habibi.What does it mean to see a man, big tall and wide and…Muslim, runs after a ball?
Habibi, you, er, the goal that is the, the 'GOAl' as they say, if you want to run after it, run after a high goal habibi, go you behind high goals that integrate you, not those that lower you. Run after a goal, put it in your mind; everyone draws a road for himself to take and to reach for the satisfaction of almighty Allah.This is one, the second thing and more important from that; we find that the west, and especially Israel…er, habibi the Jews, have you seen them play football? Ever seen them indulge in games like other indulge and the Arabs indulge?

They left us to waste time of football and other things while they left it…Ever heard the Israeli team, something be upon it, damn be upon it, reached for example or took the world-cup? Or even America habibi! Except for some other games…They let us waste time on it…singing, football, and and and smoking and stuff and satellites in forbidden things are used and so on; they left us to do forbidden things and they mostly turned to scientific things and thingy things.

Why habibi? Are they better than us? No, we are better than them.
This is possible, more than that, to another point, there are games favored by the religion, do them, I mean, must you run after a ball!? Why not go swimming? Swimming is encouraged, horse riding, fencing, so and so, these are games you can indulge yourself in; just like that distracts, these distract as well.Running! Run! Sport! Move your legs move your head move stuff, all organs move. Why everyone runs after a ball habibi?

These are mentalistic things that can be done, and those are non-mentalistic things that cannot be done….



*gargary is the earliest Iraqi version of lollipops, basically sugar cast in animal shapes for kids to suck on.

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Will no one rid us of this meddlesome racist?

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And in the midst of a speech about 'hey in all fairness, why should the arabs suffer for the crimes of the Germans, and the jews should go back and be rich in Germany'....


Why should a small handful of people ignite the entire world, merely in order to fill their pockets? Why? We are against this method of running the world, and we say this clearly. I am declaring clearly that I am against the policies of the U.S. and England in running the world. And by the way, I support peace and quiet, and I am a very peace-loving man...

So by the reasoning of this galactic gavone's speech....if the arabs were complicit in the Holocaust, then Israel is free and clear of all claims, stooooooooooooooooopid or otherwise....hey wait minute I think I have, by George....

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Newsflash: Muslims Condemn Terrorism

Hallelujah. Finally, Muslims en masse are coming out against terrorism. I had begun to lose hope, and think I would never ... Huh?

Oh wait, they're condemning it because it was mostly Muslims who ended up getting killed and maimed this time:


CAIRO, Egypt - The Arab world reacted in horror and outrage Tuesday at the bombings of an Egyptian resort — and a rift opened between hardline al-Qaida sympathizers and other radical Muslim groups who say the latest attacks have gone too far.

Three bombs ripped through a promenade in Egypt's Dahab resort at dusk Monday, killing at least 24 — most of them Egyptians on a holiday marking the first day of spring.


Ok, well, I guess it's business as usual.
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Pali Children Yearn for Death

Head of Palestinian children's org: "We Teach Children Shahada"

In English, PA leaders have denied that they encourage their children to aspire to Shahada [death for Allah]. However in Arabic, the PA continues to express pride in educating children to aspire to Shahada, portraying it as a national achievement. The Director of the Palestinian Children's Aid Association candidly reiterated this PA educational policy, on PA TV.

Al-Dura Calls Children to Follow him to Paradise - Clip

Through a child actor, this music video portrays the delightful Paradise of Muhammad Al-Dura, whose death in a crossfire was broadcast on TV. He is portrayed flying a kite, frolicking on the beach and even at an amusement park. The clip opens with the invitation to other children from Al-Dura: "I am waving to you not in parting, but to say 'follow me'."

Yasser Arafat's Message to Children: "Be a Shahid"

Arafat explains that dead Palestinian children are "the greatest message to the world." More at Palestinian Media Watch

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