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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Do The Muslims Love Their Children Too


With much love to that sage of humanity, Sting:


In Europe and America
There's a growing feeling of hysteria
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets

Mister Bin Laden said, 'We will bury you'
I don't subscribe to this point of view
It'd be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Muslims love their children too

How can I save my little boy
From Ahmadinejad's deadly toy?
There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Muslims love their children too

There is no historical precedent to put

Words in the mouth of the president
There's no such thing as a winnable war
It's a lie we don't believe anymore
Mister Bush says 'We will protect you'
I don't subscribe to this point of view
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Muslims love their children too



What a naiive mofo that Sting was.

Is he still alive?


UPDATE: D.C. writes in to say the following:

I can tell you yes, Muslims love their kids, YES! But not those in these images. They are fanatics who love their sick cause more than their kids and their own lives. The Palestinians society is a mentally sick one, but not all Muslims in the world embrace their ways or the jiahdis ways.

All the Muslims I know, would be outraged at these pictures. It's important that we make that message clear if we want to help fighting terror. It's important that we teach not encourage more hatred.

Bashing all Muslims is like calling all Germans Nazis. It create gaps rather than bridges.


Yes, I agree. I do not, at all, mean to say that all Muslims would raise their children to be suicicde bombers, or Jihadists. So, if that is the impression left by this post, or any other post I write, then I apologize, and I ask forgiveness.

The thing is, however, I do want to make it clear how incredibly disappointed I am in the Muslim community at large because of the fact that there are no major Muslim organizations that will condemn terrorism, Sharia, and Jihad.

When I write a post like the one above, the reason I come off as so hardcore is because, for all we know given the messages we receive from the Muslim community at large, we have no idea whether you stand for terror, or not.

Instead, I have to go by anecdotal evidence and personal experience. I have known Muslims who were very nice people, and who did not seem to believe in terrorism, etc.

Likewise, I have friends who have friends who are Muslim. They tell me they are nice people. Great. I am happy. I want to know nice Muslim people.

But, this kind of thing is not nearly as reassuring as if there were an organization of Muslims, a million or ten million strong, which condemned terrorism in clear terms. That would be more reassuring than knowing 10-20 nice people.

See what I mean?
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Gee, Why Do You Think The Palestinians Aren't Cooperating?

UPDATED AT BOTTOM


The other day, Israeli forces SUPPOSEDLY fired a rocket at a Palestinian family sunning themselves on a beach. Seven "civilians" were killed.

Israeli Defense Forces don't know where the rocket came from and they are attempting to investigate. But, the Palestinians aren't cooperating with the investigation:


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

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

Gaza Division Commander Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi is heading the IDF investigation.

The sources said the Palestinians have not disclosed information regarding the explosion’s exact location and time.


The army is looking into the possibility that an IDF artillery shell strayed from its course for some reason and has therefore asked the Palestinians for specific data that may help it reach definitive conclusions.

It should be noted that over the years the Palestinians have repeatedly refused to disclosing information following incidents in which Palestinians had been injured, making it difficult for Military Police to carry out detailed investigations.

“There were several incidents in which the IDF closed its investigations although it was clear that had the Palestinians disclosed information it may have changed the entire picture,” a military source said.

“In this case, we do not hold specific information regarding the types of injuries incurred by the Palestinians in the incident, which make it very difficult to form a clear picture of what happened.”

Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that the incident was the tragic result of a stray Qassam rocket that was fired by Palestinian terrorists.


Gee, why do you think the Palestinians aren't cooperating?

Atlas has more.

UPDATE:

Comment from Manker at LGF:

... watch the video here

Gazan after IDF attack: Dad died in my arms

All the images show completely flat sand.

Unless the IDF has developed a new kind of 'low explosive' 155 mm artillery shell than where the hell is the crater on the beach?

Really where is the crater, these things should leave a huge gaping hole.


Yes, it looks as if, once again, we have on our hands a completely manufactured Israeli atrocity.
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Teledildonics: Oh The Wonderful Things We Infidels Create


Al Fin writes one of the most important blogs in the blogosphere. The subject is technology, and the amazing changes that await us in the next 40-50 years. His headline reads:

"Primary interest is seeing that the best of humanity survives long enough to reach the next level. "

The point of that statement is that Al Fin is well aware of the threat we face from the Islamofascist Jihad. Al Fin believes great things are coming our way, if we can just defeat the Jihadis.

Al Fin writes on serious subjects daily, including Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Computer Science. Today, he is writing on Teledildonics.

"What is Teledildonics?" you ask.

No need to ask. It is exactly what you think it is:


Most people have heard of teledildonics, the family of technologies that allows people to sexually stimulate each other from a distance. Presently the technology is limited to remote controlled vibrators and other simple machine stimulators. Eventually, the technology is going to get much more sophisticated. Science fiction can give us some ideas how it might be done.Take the Star Trek shows featuring a "holodeck".

You may have wondered how in the world solid objects could appear from empty space--even convincing simulations of walking, talking, touching, human beings. More than one crew member had to be reprimanded for fornicating with holodeck "beings." Well, at least one, and you can imagine how the stress of crewing a starship might lead to that kind of thing . . .

Anyway, you do not have to wonder any longer about the technology involved. There is a type of nanotechnology that has been theorised called "utility fog." Utility fog can sit in a room, invisible to the naked eye, then when activated it can simulate solid objects. Here is a list of links for learning more about utility fog and how it might be made and used.

There is quite a gap between a bluetooth controlled vibrator or role-playing cybersex, and a fully animated touch-realistic holodeck partner using utility fog. No doubt remote controlled realistic sex robots incorporating haptics sensors and actuators will attempt to fill the gap in the near future.


Go read the rest.
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Successful Terrorism Brought To You By The Mainstream Media

The most important prerequisite of a successful terror campaign is effective mass media communications. Because the goal of a terror campaign is to instill terror in the populace, a terror campaign without mass media coverage is like a tree falling in the woods with no one to hear it.

Here, David Warren explains how the MSM works for guys like Bin Laden and Zarqawi:


So much of the credit for his (Zarqawi's) murderous successes, and those of other terrorists like him, must be given to the mainstream media -- both East and West. Journalists assiduously advance the terrorist cause, by reporting almost exclusively on allied setbacks and mistakes, and by their ceaseless improvisation of destructive criticism against “Bush” and other Western leaders and allies. Heroic, and largely successful reconstruction efforts in Iraq have been ignored; instead we have an endless spool of meticulously-reported terror hits.

The Western media attention to, and celebration of, such unstable characters as Cindy Sheehan and Michael Berg, make their alliances obvious. The New York Times has been the bellwether for this. Almost every news item touching Iraq is spun to maximize its demoralizing effect on the allied war effort. And across America itself, editors look to the Times nightly front-page line-up for clues on how to slant their own coverage.

To an enemy who depends utterly on morale, in the absence of significant military abilities -- who has only such weaponry as he can rig or steal, and only such soldiers as he can recruit in secret; who has no secure territory to which he can retreat and regroup -- this constant and reliable support from the media is indispensable. Without it, the “resistance” in Iraq would have collapsed quickly, saving ten-thousands of lives; and the Afghan “resistance” would be in greater disarray (though it has the benefit of secure pasturage in remote tribal mountain fastnesses).


The American military spends billions of dollars developing effective systems for its troops to communicate with each other, and with the larger world.

The American Mainstream Media gives the terrorists their communications systems for free.
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The Armed wing of the Republican Party ends truce with Mexico

Huh?
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Hamas Military Wing Calls Off Israel Truce

Oh, right.


Just imagine if Tom Coburn was the mouthpiece for some Dobsonian-Robertsonian-Falwellian religiously pure waqf based group of god freaks so malevolent their acts were utterly amoral, and that the 'armed factions' ran around making policy right out of their own heads as dictated by their version of a deity. BEAUSANT2_1_.gifTom Delay in a balaclava and St. George's cross on his chest?

That wouldn't resemble anarchy would it?

AP- Hamas militants called off a truce with Israel on Friday after a barrage of Israeli artillery shells tore into Palestinians at a beachside picnic in the Gaza Strip, killing seven civilians. laughing%20chimps.gif

The declaration raised the prospect of a new wave of bloodshed. Hamas militants suspended a campaign of deadly suicide attacks on Israelis with a February 2005 cease-fire, and have largely stuck to the truce. The Islamic group now leads the Palestinian government.

LIES OF THE MSM

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OK, that's where they're coming from

With Zarqawi, leader of the ginstu wielding jihadis, the brave necksmiting god-soldiers against tied hostages, presumably licking sperm from a pig's rectum, getting bombed to hell, and the yearly Kos Convention being confluent, Ryan Sager of the NY Sun,gets to the press room there....
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There was a broad recognition that anything anyone on the Left said that was negative would feed right into the "Republican narrative" that Democrats were hungry for defeat in Iraq. However, there wasn't even the first inkling of an idea as to how to deal with that fact.

"We are constantly bashed on the Right for not supporting the military," one blogger said.

"We can't say 'yes, but'," another said, as in, yes it's good Zarqawi is dead, but ...

Another suggested the question: "Why have we not gotten Osama?"

But wait it gets worse

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Innocent Muslims Targetted by Hitlerians.

Had we but world enough and time we could dwell on the charms of the Muslim ummah eternally, finding testimonials to each and every one accused of wrong-doing. In the past few days we scooped up at least these few gems regarding the very nice people who brought us: Terror in Toronto.
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The National Post of June 9, 2006, p. A1.

UK Suspect linked to terror Group in Pakistan.

"Mr. Khan was arrested at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.... Mr Khan's friends and family said they could not imagine him being involved in terrorist activities."
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The National Post of June 6, 2006, pp. A1, A6.

"Pretty Much Born Here."

"But Ali was not an exremist," his brother said. "No, he wasn't that type." Mr Mohammed's mother agreed, saying, "Ali [Mohammed Dirie] didn't believe like that."

[And]

"I feel screwed by life," Yasin [Abi Mohmmed] told his mother when she visited him at Kingston prison, she said.

She thinks Yasin is innocent and that he is accused of terrorism only because he is Muslim. "He's not a terrorist. This is not fair," she said "They finish his life."
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The National Post of June 6, 2006, p. A7.

"Alleged leaders described as 'nice guys.'

Qayyum Abdul Jamal.

Mosque member Sam Lela told reporters yesterday that Mr. Jamal is a "soft" person always eager to help those in need.

He said he didn't believe Mr Jamal or any of the mosque members implicated in the plot were capable of hurting others.

Fahim Ahmad.

The young man has known Mr. Ahmad for about a year and described him as nice, outgoing and always willing to help with a problem. He also said Mr. Ahamd played basketball of Fridays at the local mosque.

Amin Mohammed Durrani.

On hearing the news, Mr. Khan said he was shocked. "It's really hard to believe this."

Zakaria Amara.

Mike Paaku, a next door neighbour to the west, said Mr. Amara appeared to be a "normal nice guy."

Shareef Abdelhaleem.

"He is a very decent and good kid," said Mohammed Abdelhaleem, the man's father. "He has no violent inclinations at all. I couldn't believe it when I heard it. It is not in our family. We have no intentions of such things.

He said his son's only "crime" is that "he goes and prays in the mosque."

"It is all fake, for God's sake," he said of the charges against his son. "There is no foundation."

Jahmaal James.

"He's a very nice guy, you know. He came to me to ask about getting married," said Mr Hindy....

"I had no idea he was involved in anything like this," said his father in an interview at the Scarborough townhouse he shares with his son and 83 year old grandmother.

Abdul Shakur.

"We were surprised, really, [at his arrest] because he'd been living with us and we had no idea." said Mr. Attique.

Admad Ghany.

A man with a Muslim student association at Mc Master University said Mr. Ghany was "a quiet, unassuming man."

And finally we come to poor Asad Ansari, of whom not much good is claimed:

"Not everyone knows each other, she said, declining to give her name. "But it's not like they were hiding. They were a quiet family and watered their lawn but didn't always cut it," she said.
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Played basketball. Didn't mow the lawn. Oh. Oh. The horror! It's all your fault, you... whatever you are.
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Infidel Hunk of the Week


OK, OK, OK, OK. I'm relenting. I just can't put Hugh Laurie up next to a thong shot. I know I have, um, quirky taste in men, but I'm not completely weird. I did hit upon a treasure trove of lovely Israeli men online though, so let's start the objectifying, ladies! I don't know his name, I don't care, it's all about the body. Well, all of it's pretty good, IMHO. Here's nameless Israeli hot model #1. Yum....Enjoy.....

--The Nymphette Infidel
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Friday, June 09, 2006

Michigan girl tries to run off to Palestinian Arab man

This is a very strange story, but what is perhaps stranger is the word that no news outlet is using.
DETROIT -- A 16-year-old honor student from Michigan tricked her parents into getting her a passport and then flew off to the Mideast to be with a West Bank man she met on MySpace.com, authorities say.

U.S. officials in Jordan persuaded her to turn around and go home before she reached the West Bank. She was on her way home Friday.

Katherine R. Lester is a straight-A student and student council member, her father said. "She's a good girl. Never had a problem with her," Terry Lester said.

Katherine disappeared Monday after talking her family into getting her a passport by saying she was going to Canada with friends, sheriff's officials said. She apparently planned to visit a man whose MySpace account describes him as a 25-year-old from Jericho, Undersheriff James Jashinske said.

The FBI traced the teenager to a Wednesday flight from New York's Kennedy Airport to Tel Aviv, Israel. At a scheduled stop in Amman, Jordan, U.S. officials persuaded her to return home, FBI agent Robert Beeckman said.

It was not immediately known when she would arrive back in the United States. Terry Lester said the family was keeping details of the return private.

Katherine apparently contacted the man from Jericho about three months ago, Jashinske said. Jericho, a city of 17,000, is a relatively calm area of the volatile West Bank.
So why exactly do no news outlets describe this man as a Palestinian?
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Italy Is Going Halal

Yes, Islamic Food Is Making Inroads In Italy:


FLORENCE, Italy — Italian cuisine is prized worldwide, with bistecca alla Fiorentina — or Florentine steak — a must for meat-loving visitors to this city. The succulent, mouth-watering, porterhouse cut reappeared in restaurants this year, after a nearly five-year hiatus due to mad cow disease.

While it was shelved, butcher shops carrying Muslim halal meat opened their doors to the city. And now, despite being a quintessentially Tuscan dish, some of the Florentine steak served in homes and restaurants here follows Islamic dietary restrictions.

“At least seven restaurants buy Florentine steak from us,” said Palestinian Mustafa Abu-Zahu, as he butchered cuts of beef at his family’s halal Mini Market near Florence’s basilica of San Lorenzo.

“They feel that our meat is fundamentally more flavorful,” he said on a recent afternoon, adding that some believe “it’s better for the health.”


You know, if it is more flavorful, then, I say, "GREAT!"

This, actually, may help Muslims learn about the joys of Free Enterprise. Finally, individual Muslims may have something we in the West would want to buy. I really hope so.

However, I have a feeling this is just the beginning of the entire continent going Halal en toto.
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Aid for Saudi Arabia?

It’s small but it’s a start:

The House voted, 312-97, to strip Saudi Arabia of $420,000 that lawmakers had included in the bill, most of it to train Saudi officials in techniques for finding terrorists and detecting terrorist attacks.

"American taxpayer dollars should not be supporting Saudi hate and terror," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who pushed to strip the funds. "Why should we provide aid to a country that has systematically exported terrorism?

Weiner is a liberal Democrat from Brooklyn, New York who is staunchly pro-Israel.

Kolbe said the vote would only set back efforts to help the Saudi Arabian government root out terrorists in that nation.

"For heaven sakes, is this not something we want to do?" he said. "This is about the war on terror."

Jim Kolbe is a Republican from Tucson, Arizona, who will be retiring this year. (Quotes from the Associate Press article by Mary Dalrymple.)

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Remember the Cole!

USS ColeRemember the Maine!

But do you remember the Cole?

Most of our readers probably do remember the USS Cole, which was badly damaged in a terrorist attack on Columbus Day of 2000, when the ship was refueling in Yemen during the prodromal stage of the current war. Seventeen sailors were killed in the explosion.

Yesterday the USS Cole set sail again for the Middle East for the first time since then, and every time the crewmembers gather for a meal, they remember their fallen predecessors:

USS ColeEvery day the sailors aboard the Cole walk across a reminder of the attack that made the destroyer the most famous ship in the U.S. Navy fleet.

The floor in the corridor leading to the dining area has 17 gold stars — one for each sailor killed when terrorists bombed the Cole as it was refueling in Yemen’s port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000.

None of the current crew was there on that fateful day, but they are well aware of what happened, and of the dangers facing their ship in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf:

Sailors in the current crew of 320 — including many who asked to be assigned to the Cole — say they’re unafraid to deploy to that region.

“You’re looking over your shoulder, maybe a little nervous pulling into ports and stuff like that,” Chief Robin Guy said Tuesday on the ship, docked at Norfolk Naval Station.

“But I think right now throughout the world we have to be like that on any of our ships,” said Guy, 35, of Virginia Beach. “That threat is there, whether you’re here or overseas.”

[…]

Former Cole crew member Master Chief Paul Abney, who lost friends when the guided missile destroyer was bombed, said it’s the right thing for the ship to return to the Middle East.

“It sends a message in and of itself that we can be hurt but not broken,” Abney, 49, said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Abney said he considers himself blessed because he only suffered a black eye in the attack and inhaled smoke. He left the Cole in February 2001 and now is stationed at a command in Norfolk.

The dedication of the Cole’s current crew is impressive:

Command Master Chief Pat Reynolds, 44, of Lubbock, Texas, has been in the Navy for 25 years but has been aboard the Cole for only three weeks. He requested duty on the Cole in part because he was impressed with the crew’s ability to come together to save the ship.

“The ship is metal. It’s the living, breathing crew that makes it special,” he said, adding that he has no doubt every member of the current crew would perform as well if something should happen to the ship.

Reynolds said he can’t wait to deploy to protect U.S. interests and show “the world we’re professional and that we mean business.”

As the confrontation with Iran heats up, the Cole’s presence in the Middle East is likely to be more than symbolic. Best keep the ship and its crew in your prayers.

USS Cole MemorialIf you need help remembering, visit the Cole Memorial website.

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And while you’re remembering the Cole, it’s important to remember a few other things:

  • The Clinton administration response to the Cole bombing was… essentially nothing. Send the FBI, collect some evidence, and pressure Yemen to co-operate.
  • When the Iranian revolutionaries overran the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 and seized American citizens as hostages, the Carter administration response was… essentially nothing. Freeze Iranian assets. One botched rescue attempt. Twenty-seven years of unremitting bellicose behavior on the part of the mullahs.
  • When Hezbollah blew up the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 American servicemen, the Reagan administration response was… to withdraw the Marines from Lebanon.
  • When U.S. Army Rangers were ambushed and eighteen were killed in Mogadishu in 1993, the Clinton administration response was… to withdraw from Somalia.
  • When Islamic terrorists bombed the World Trade Center in 1993, killing six people, the Clinton administration response was… to treat it as a domestic law enforcement matter, initiating a protracted criminal proceeding and essentially ignoring the potential connections with Saddam Hussein’s intelligence services.
  • When terrorists bombed the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia in 1996, killing nineteen U.S. Air Force personnel, the Clinton administration response was… to let the Saudis control the investigation and dispense justice, pleading with them to throw the FBI some crumbs of information.
  • When the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Al Qaeda in 1998, killing hundreds of people, the Clinton administration response was… to bomb an aspirin factory in Sudan and an empty terrorist camp in Afghanistan.

After 9-11 everything changed, right? We overthrew the Taliban, invaded Iraq, captured Saddam Hussein, and killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Yes, but…

  • When the Palestinians elected members of Hamas — which is among the most vicious and ruthless terrorist groups in the world — the Bush administration response was… to give some more money to the Palestinians and beg them to play nice this time.
  • When Islamists organized carefully staged riots and violence to protest the Danish Mohammed cartoons, the Bush administration response was… to say that the Danes were out of line when they published the cartoons.
  • When the Iranians deliberately and publicly demonstrated their intention to obtain nuclear weapons, the Bush administration response was… to offer the Iranians nuclear technology, attempt to engage them in talks, and beg them to abide by previously-signed treaties.

You’d think we’d have learned by now, but apparently we haven’t.

Although we all wish it were otherwise, the fact remains that our displays of weakness — doing little or nothing in the face of terrorist atrocities, or withdrawing when attacked, or equivocating in the face of threats, or obsequiously offering inducements when threatened with violence — only generate more violence against us.

Until we reclaim our martial virtues, we can only expect more of the same. We would do well to emulate General William T. Sherman:

My aim, then, was to whip the [enemy], to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Remember the Cole!


Hat tip: Reader TJP.
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Londonistan : Brainwashing The Children For Allah "The Merciful"

About 100 Muslims in east London have taken to the streets to protest the arrest of two Muslim men in anti-terror raids :

















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Great Moments In The History Of Pacifism


Gandhi Is A Sacred Cow -
We Must Butcher Him

In light of the endless handwringing by the Mainstream Media, and Nicholas Berg, over the targeted assassination of the murder Musab al-Zarqawi, I want to repost this old essay from CUANAS.

From CUANAS, circa August 2004:


If Europe would have taken Gandhi’s advice as below, we’d all be speaking German and be part of a perfect Aryan race. There would be no people living with disabilities or birth defects; the Roma (gypsies) would have disappeared into oblivion and there would be no homosexuality allowed. Communism and free speech would be considered crimes and there would have been no freedom of religion.

"I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions...

"If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourselves, man, woman and child to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them."

"Hitler killed five million [sic] Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs."

Louis Fisher, Gandhi's biographer asked him: "You mean that the Jews should have committed collective suicide?"

Gandhi responded, "Yes, that would have been heroism."

It’s very lucky that Gandhi himself used passive resistance against the civilised British, because if he’d have used the same technique with the Nazis, there would be no people of Indian descent left in this world.

It's time for the world to grow up and realize that Gandhi was not a man of great vision. He was not an incarnation of God.

I would not even call him a man of peace.

The emotional devastation he was willing to lay on his wife gives the lie to his being a good man in private. For a person to deprive the one he supposedly loves of physical intimacy (and the emotional well-being that goes with it) because he believes he has some special relationship with the universe is an disgusting sin.

Gandhi was a snake oil salesman who won a P.R. battle against British imperialism. Thank God he did. He was the right schmuck at the right time. His people owe him thanks.

However, his legacy is a burden on the whole human race. Unfortunately many naiive, but well-placed, people believe we can take Gandhian "principles" and apply them to all of reality.

Gandhi's notion of applying his asinine philosophy to the fight against Hitler is not only laughable, it's arrogant to the point of megalomania. It shows he was willing to let the whole human race go down with the ship, because of his own belief in his special relationship with his stupid pantheistic universe.

And to sum it up, let me pose this question:

Gahndi says,"the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife." So, how exactly does his philosophy differ, in practice, from that of Hitler?
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Lost The Plot

The following extract is from a New Statesman by Brendan O'Neill in which he criticizes "Londonistan", a recently released book by Melanie Phillips :

Poor Melanie Phillips. Her new book, Londonistan, which argues that the London attacks of 7 July 2005 were the culmination of a sinister Islamist conspiracy to infiltrate Britain and bring our civilisation to its knees, has hit the shelves just a few weeks after the government's report into the bombings revealed that, in fact, they were the work of four ordinary blokes with no clear links to al-Qaeda. What Phillips presents as the handiwork of "clerical fascism" looks increasingly like Britain's Columbine, a murderous stunt executed by four bored and overgrown adolescents who had nothing better to do.
So let's clear that up ;

1) These were four ordinary guys

2) No links to Al-Qaeda

3) They blew themselves up because they "had nothing better to do"

But why should we take Mr O'Neill's word for it? Let's hear what the ringleader of the attack and one of Al-Qaeda's top brass has to say on the July 7th terrorist attacks :


Mohammad Siddique Khan confesses to London attacks. States that Islamic Jihadism, fighting for the Ummah, achieving Shahada, Islamic conquest [fighting the Kufr/non-believers] were his beliefs and ideology for the attacks. In other words, fundamental Islam [click the picture to watch the video - this article contains more information on the video and it's release]


Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri claims responsibility for the London attacks [click the picture to watch the video]
If you watch the videos you may notice that they carry the same logo. This is the logo of Al-Sahab, the Al-Qaeda video production company. In the original video of Khan's confession was a longer version of Zawahiri's claims.

So once again for Mr O'Neill.

1) The boys [ringleader at least] were driven by a violent and hostile ideology.

2) Al Qaeda claim responsibility, Khan's video will uses the Al-Qaeda production company logo and Khan's will was released in compilation form to Jihadist websites by the production company.

3) They carried out the attacks in the name of their beliefs, not because they "had nothing better to do".

In fact, I'm ashamed I even had to answer that last point and I'm repulsed that Mr O'Neill would suggest that this terror cell blew up three tube trains and one bus simply because they "had nothing better to do".

This is where I have to leave it for now, but if you read through the rest of O'Neill's article you'll see that it's one big whitewash for the Islamic terrorist ideologies, mindsets and activities that are blossoming right under our noses in the UK. The same ideologies that led directly to the July 7th attacks.[click here for the full article]

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US Troops Conducted 40 More Counter-Terrorism Raids Last Night In Iraq

The hit on Zarqawi had the side effect of landing us an avalanche of fresh information on the whereabouts of other terrorists:


U.S. troops conducted nearly 40 raids Friday in Iraq, taking advantage of information gleaned from searches following Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, a military spokesman said, revealing new information about the man believed to be poised to take the terror leader's place.

U.S. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the military spokesman, also said that al-Zarqawi was alive when Iraqi police arrived at the strike scene and that U.S. forces also saw him alive.

"We did in fact see him alive. There was some kind of movement he had on the stretcher and he died immediately after," Caldwell said. "He mumbled something but it was indistinguishable and it was very short."

He also said U.S. troops conducted 39 raids across Iraq, including some directly related to the information they obtained from the strike against al-Zarqawi.

Those were in addition to 17 raids conducted after the terror leader was killed Wednesday evening.

In the second night of raids, Caldwell said 39 raids were carried out and that "clearly we picked up things like memory sticks, some hard drives" that would allow American forces to begin dismantling al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq. He said it was also helping them understand where the group's weapons and financing were coming from.

But Caldwell also told the British Broadcasting Corp. that he did not think the terrorist organization had been decapitated. "We have no question we dealt it a severe blow, but it can regenerate," he told the BBC. "There are still going to be some difficult times."

In announcing al-Zarqawi's death, Caldwell said the 17 raids had "produced a tremendous amount of information," which he described as a "treasure trove."

He also said they waited to kill al-Zarqawi before carrying out the other raids, in an apparent effort not to spook the Jordanian-born terrorist. "We had identified other targets that we obviously did not go after to allow us to focus on al-Zarqawi. Now that we got him, we will go after them," Caldwell said.
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At least we know now what they really think!

Yes, you are reading that right. The logo on the left is from the website of Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH), the organisation, which will be sponsered by the event the logo announces. More about it can be found at Tariq "The glamorous face of radical Islam" Ramadan's website.

The fundraising panel discussion with the title "The Future of Europe in Islam - Exclamation Mark" took place on Wednesday in London.
(It) aims to explore the future of Europe in Islam. Islam is frequently cited as Europe’s fastest growing religion, and its followers have increasingly been in the spotlight. The rise of the far right across Europe together with a growing confident Muslim identity raises interesting questions about the role that Europe is playing in shaping the future of Islam and Muslims living in the west.

Tariq Ramadan is one of the speakers at that event. Yes, that is the man who notably stated in a Moroccan newspaper "The big deception is to let Europe believe that it is based on Judaeo-Christian tradition", the man who in 2004, during a television debate (100 Minutes pour convaincre) with then French Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy refused to condemn the application of hudud laws, which include punishments such as amputations for theft, stoning for adulterery and the persecution of those with dissident views on Islam.

His goal is the Islamisation of the West, as described by the German scholar of Islamic studies of Lebanese descent, Ralph Ghadban, in his book "Tariq Ramadan und die Islamisierung Europas".

"Ramadan's goal is the Islamisation of the societies of the West. He approves of democracy because it gives him the freedom to act. He does, however, want to overcome the constitution, which is based on human rights."

In such a light, of course, we ought not to be amazed that integration is a non-issue at the above described panel discussion.

As an aside, Tariq Ramadan is introduced again as 'Professor'. Gudrun Eussner has collected a wealth of knowledge at her website (sadly in German only) about that specific sort of imposture: "Professor Tariq Ramadan?" and about Tariq Ramadan, maternal grandson of Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, generally. Tariq is a Swiss citizen because his father, Sa‘id Ramadan, also a leading Islamist, fled from Egypt in 1954 following increasing pressure on the Brotherhood. Sa‘id went to Geneva in 1958, where Tariq was born in 1962.

The question is not just how a radical Islamist like Ramadan could become quite that influential among the Western intelligentsia, the question is even more how he managed to sell himself as the moderate face of Islam and a bridge-builder.



Additional information:

Daniel Pipes:
Why Revoke Tariq Ramadan's U.S. Visa?

Fouad Ajami
Tariq Ramadan

Gudrun Eussner:
Dr. Tariq Ramadan in Kopenhagen
Dr. Tariq Ramadan wird nun allmählich böse!
Prof. Dr. Tariq Ramadan - 12 Jahre im Dienste des europäischen Islamismus

Hat tip: Politically Incorrect!

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Muslims Protest Counter-Terrorism Raids In London

Instead of protesting against terrorism, they are protesting against the police, who are trying to protect the citizenry:


Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators are set to gather in east London to protest at being treated as "second-class citizens" following a controversial anti-terror raid.

One of Scotland Yard's most senior officers appealed for calm ahead of the protest outside Forest Gate police station.

Andy Hayman, the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, said it was not the time for conflict and anger and urged all communities to pull together.


No, with major Muslim organizations, it is always time for conflict and anger. Find me one major Muslim organization which opposes terrorism unreservedly.
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The Iraqi And Jordanian Blogospheres On


By MG at IBC, Iraqi Blogger Central
June 09, 2006

Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi likely was born in Zarka, Jordan circa October 1966, and met his final resting place in Hibhib, Iraq on June 8 2006. Since he graced both nations with his malevolent presence, in this post, we look at the reaction of the Iraqi and Jordanian Bloggers to the death of infamous Zarqawi...

THE IRAQI BLOGOSPHERE

As you would expect, Sam from Hammorabi took the news of Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's earthly demise with good cheer and cast him and his fellow terrorist travellers on a journey through hell:

Zarqawi without doubts went into the bottom of the Hell with blood of many innocent children, women and men in his dirty hands...Zarqawi and his aides simply went to Hell and this is the worst fate for any one like them.

Sam even outlined the crimes committed by Zarqawi for us: Zarqawi who is Jordanian from Palestinian origin was responsible for thousands of crimes against the Iraqis and the MNF as well as against humanity. He appeared recently in a video challenging the American and Iraqi forces. He beheaded by his dirty hands many Iraqis and foreigners...

[...] I know that attacks will increase. I know more people are going to die. I know mistakes are going to be continued. I know everything will not be fixed soon like in the fairy tales. But I am happy that this man is killed. I believe his death is the real first step: the thousand-miles road starts with one step.[...] Baghdad Treasure The Thousand-Miles Road Starts with One Step


Read the rest of MG's post on the reactions in the Iraqi blogphere here.

Diane
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Zarqawi: Terror Tool Of Tehran

From Michael Ledeen in National Review:


I first noticed (Zarqawi) some years ago, reading the German and Italian press. Several terrorist cells in those countries had been rounded up, and court documents showed that in both countries the network had been created from Tehran, by Zarqawi. Thus, years before we went into Iraq, Zarqawi was already a major player in international terrorism, and in recognition of his skills he was sent into Iraq as one of the organizers of the terror war against us and the Iraqi people.

Despite his intonations against the Shiites, and his manifest efforts to promote civil war in Iraq, Zarqawi was happy to work with the radical Shiite regime in Tehran, and they were happy to work with him.

Zarqawi played on a global scale. Reports from Canada recount contacts between the ‘home-grown’ terrorists arrested by the Mounties and Zarqawi himself (See the ‘Mississauga News,’ June 7: ‘The arrest of 17 suspects...is said to be the latest stage in dismantling a terrorist network that’s linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi...’). Those arrests seem linked to those carried out in Atlanta, Georgia, by the FBI, and to other arrests in Sarajevo, England, and Denmark. It will be surprising if we don’t find Zarqawi’s claw prints in several of those venues, as the Canadians have said.

Remember, it was publicly announced a few months ago that Zarqawi was no longer the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, that henceforth the Iraqi Sunni ‘community’ would run the terror war there, and that Zarqawi would devote his efforts to the international jihad. It seems he did just that — and failed.

We have probably just lived through the greatest global counterterrorist operation in history. In Iraq alone, some 16 or 17 terror cells were attacked at the same time as Zarqawi was killed. And the wave of arrests — just yesterday the Swiss reported they had broken up a cell planning to attack an El Al passenger plane — is like nothing I have seen before, bespeaking an encouraging degree of international cooperation. It goes hand in hand with the devastating campaign in Iraq against the terrorist leadership. Zarqawi is just the latest to fall; most of his top associates had been eliminated over the course of the past several months.
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Islamic Indoctrination Case Taken To Supreme Court

From WND:


A public-interest legal group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing a California public school to engage in a three-week intensive course for 7th graders on how to "become Muslims."

A California federal trial court and the 9th Circuit, widely considered the nation's most liberal appeals court, determined the class did not violate the Constitution.

As WND reported, the lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center against the Byron Union School District and various school officials to stop the "Islam simulation" materials and methods used in the Excelsior School in Byron, Calif.

The 2001 course had students take Islamic names and wear identification tags that displayed their new Islamic name and the Muslim star and crescent moon. They also were handed materials that instructed them to "Remember Allah always so that you may prosper"; complete the Islamic five pillars of faith, including fasting; and memorize and recite the "Bismillah," or "In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate," which students also wrote on banners hung on the classroom walls.

Students also played "jihad games" during the course, which was part of the school's world history and geography program.

Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said the "case cries out double standard."

"The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is the same court that held our Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contained the phrase 'under God,' and yet they allow a three-week intensive course on how to become Muslims, including class memorization of Islamic prayers and participation in Islamic religious rituals," Thompson said.

Edward L. White III, the Law Center's trial counsel handling the case, argued that although a public school may teach about religion, the school district "went far beyond an explanation of the historical or literary significance of Islam and placed these seventh graders into the position of becoming trainees in that religion."

"These young children were indoctrinated in Islam, which the Constitution forbids," White said.
The Supreme Court will decide within the next few months whether to review the case.

The Law Center argues the panel did not address the plaintiff's claims that their free exercise and parental rights had been violated.

White says parents were never told about the Islamic program and didn't know they had the option to remove their children from such an activity.

One of the parents found out by accident, looking through her son's schoolbag after the program had finished.

In December 2003, the San Francisco court determined the school district had not violated the Constitution.

In her 22-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton determined Excelsior was not indoctrinating students about Islam when it required them to adopt Muslim names and pray to Allah, but rather was just teaching them about the Muslim religion.

But White insists a line was crossed, placing the students in the "position of being trainees in Islam, which is impermissible in a public school."

When WorldNetDaily first reported the story in January 2002 – shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks committed by 19 Islamist terrorists – major controversy ensued nationwide.

The course was part of a curriculum taught to seventh-graders all over the state, included in the state's curriculum standards required by the state board of education. Although the standards outline what subjects should be taught and included in state assessment tests, they didn't mandate how they're to be taught.

At the end of the three-week course, Excelsior teacher Brooke Carlin presented a final test requiring students to critique Muslim culture.

The Islam simulations at Excelsior are outlined in the state-adopted textbook "Across the Centuries," published by Houghton Mifflin, which prompts students to imagine they are Islamic soldiers and Muslims on a Mecca pilgrimage.

The lawsuit also alleges students were encouraged to use such phrases in their speech as "Allahu Akbar," which is Arabic for "Allah is greatest," and were required to fast during lunch period to simulate fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Nevertheless, Judge Hamilton ruled the program was devoid of "any devotional or religious intent" and was, therefore, educational, not religious in nature.
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IAF kills PLO member named Jamal Abu Samhadana

The successful slaying of Zarqawi by the USAF isn't the only air strike that's brought justice this week: even another terrorist, this one being the PLO's Jamal Abu Samhadana, was killed shortly ago by the Israeli Air Force:
The Israel Air Force struck a Gaza terrorist base late Thursday night, killing Jamal Abu Samhadana, a wanted terrorist newly appointed to head a new Hamas militia comprised of various terrorists.

The IAF craft attacked a training camp of the Salah al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), in the southern Gaza town of Rafiah, firing four missiles in the strike.

Abu Samhadana, founder and leader of the Fatah splinter group, the PRC, was the director-general of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (PA) Interior Ministry. He was appointed to the post a short time after his release from an Israeli prison.

Abu Samhadana had survived at least four previous assassination attempts. He has been on Israel’s most wanted terrorist list from the time of the first intifada and was suspected of having a key role in the bloody 2003 bombing of a U.S. convoy in Gaza.

The camp was located on the ruins of the former Jewish settlement Slav in the southern part of Gush Katif, which the government demolished last summer during the expulsion program. Terrorists were being trained there to launch a large scale attack on Israel, according to an IDF spokeswoman. At least three other terrorists were killed and ten wounded in the missile strike, she said.
Very good.
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Death Be Not Proud


... your big win for the day is the piece of shit Zarqawi.

Congrats Mr. Reaper. Old Musab is quite a catch.

And, now he goes to meet his 72 Virgins. Here's a photo of the first few to show up at the Hellfire Orgy.
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17 More Raids On Terrorist Safe-Houses Immediately After Zarqawi Killing

We also may have gotten Zarqawi and staffs computers:


It's reported that immediately after Zarqawi's house was bombed, Iraqi and American forces carried out 17 simultaneous raids on terrorists in the Baghdad area. Local commanders have said that our soldiers recovered a "treasure trove" of information from Zarqawi's house in documents and on computer hard drives.

17 more raids on top of Zarqawi's not-so-safe house, we no doubt did recover lots of actionable information. So the fallout will continue for weeks to come.


I heard the blogger Citizen Smash on the Hugh Hewitt Show today, and he was saying the reason we got all these guys immediately after the Zarqawi killing is because we had been tracking them for weeks without killing them in hopes they would lead us to Zarqawi.

They may have, although, I also hear people inside Al Qaeda may have had something to do with the American intel as well.

Is the whole House of Cards crumbling?
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Reuters And The But Monkeys

As Laura Ingraham would say, at Reuters, the Flying But Monkeys are out in force:


Zarqawi Found, But Bin Laden Still Eludes US


Hee hee. I'll get you my pretty.
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Some Democrats Call Zarqawi Killing A "Stunt"

Pete Stark (D - CA) is among the most American-loving of all politicians. It's clear:


Some Democrats, breaking ranks from their leadership, today said the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in Iraq was a stunt to divert attention from an unpopular and hopeless war.
"This is just to cover Bush's [rear] so he doesn't have to answer" for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers, said Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat. "Iraq is still a mess -- get out."


Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, said Zarqawi was a small part of "a growing anti-American insurgency" and that it's time to get out.

"We're there for all the wrong reasons," Mr. Kucinich said.


Uh, just in case anyone didn't realize it, my set up to this post contained just a touch of sarcasm.
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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Anecdotes, Facts and Wetbacks

Otto has recently posted about how his friend’s dog was blinded by a wetback. Otto lives in Arizona were his friend, Sandy, has a ranch. Sandy is one of those Americans who have the misfortune of living on an illegal alien thoroughfare. His property has become a conduit for large numbers of illegals and he, like many others, is paying the price of being abandoned by his nation’s law enforcement agencies:

Recently, illegal aliens blinded my friend Sandy's dog. The dog, Gobbler was in his kennel on Sandy's property when it happened. The criminals sprayed pepper spray into the eyes of a helpless animal just for "kicks." The dog is now blind. This story really upsets me. Blinding a man's dog should be a hanging offense.

Otto provides a link to the Arizona Daily Star story. It gives more details on how Sandy, up till now, had maintained a state of truce with the invaders:

Sandy Schlesinger thought he had an unspoken accord with the illegal entrants who passed through his property on a nearly daily basis.

He filled their water jugs and gave them tortillas before sending them on their way and calling the Border Patrol.

The article’s headline is: “Border Crossers Appear Guilty of Blinding Dog with Pepper.” “Border crossers,” is I guess that is the new, official PC term of evasion. They used to be called wetbacks, but that was judged to harsh and even “racist.” After all Americans wouldn’t want to hurt the feelings of those who flaunt our laws and national sovereignty. So, the new term became “illegal alien.” While it was an increase to two words and four syllables to say the same thing as one word, it was still accurate.

Accuracy was still a problem for the arbiters of language. Accordingly, the new, new term became “undocumented workers.” Now we are up to seven syllables to say nothing. “Undocumented,” as if the main problem with these invaders is a paper work hang-up. While shorter, “border crossers” is even more absurd. Millions cross our southern border legally every year. The purpose of the new PC term is to evade the distinction between the law abiding and the law breaker.

On Otto’s comments I made mention of this issue:

I noticed in the article you link to yet another PC euphemism designed to conceal the truth: "border crossers." Not least among the left's many intellectual crimes is their abuse of language.

Chris O’Byrne, of The Peaceful Birder, quickly took me to task:

Interesting, Grant, that you so blithely separate the left and right by their purported abuse of language. Instead of blasting you for such an over-simplification, let me simply ask you this: do you have any statistical evidence supporting your statement? Is not this abuse more an individual trait, instead of a political trait?

Hmmm…where to begin with the above? I, not so blithely, separate the left and right based on their different ideas. What I find interesting is those who dismiss uncongenial facts as “anecdotes.” I will also note that statistics, while valuable, is not the foundation of induction. Once one has enough data points, there is justification to come to general conclusion. In this case the left’s politically correct abuse of language. I single out the left because with their dominance of the mainstream media, academia and the prestige press, they have the power to alter language to conform with their agenda.

No, I haven’t conducted a statistical survey to support my viewpoint, nor do I have to. This demand by Chris is just an attempt to prevent discussion on an important issue. There are many examples of the phenomenon.

George Orwell wrote about the adulteration of language for political purposes sixty years ago with his essay “Politics and the English Language:”

It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because out thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble.

In this essay Orwell was not specifically writing about mendacious words driving out truthful ones. Of course, he saved that issue for his essay on “Newspeak.”

Moving forward to our own time, one of the most egregious examples of a euphemism being used to muddy the intellectual waters is the term “Native American.” To even say the word “Indian” on an American college campus is to identify oneself as a doublepluscrimethinker. I seriously doubt if a scholar could get a peer review essay published in an academic journal or a book published by an academic press without using the new terminology. Never mind that the American Indian Movement refuses to change its name and its leader, Russell Means, “abhors” the new term, or that their reasons are incontrovertible. The PC language police will enforce their edicts wherever they can get away with it.

There are even books, and many chapters of books, on the proper use of academic left Newspeak. Edward Cline wrote a brilliant analysis on this ten years ago, “The Ghouls of Grammatical Egalitarianism:”

A small, innocuous-looking book appeared in bookstores recently, published under the auspices of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), an organization which claims to be devoted to the dissemination of knowledge and scholarly research. Its title is Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing, by Marilyn Schwartz and the Task Force on Bias-Free Language (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995). It is little more than 100 pages long, weighs less than a pound, yet its contents are more potent than the Oklahoma City bomb. Its ingredients are politically correct jargon, multiculturalism, and the phenomenon of what may be called "grammatical egalitarianism.

The PC Newspeak is not limited to the United States. Australian historian Keith Windschuttle recently wrote on this topic of “Language Wars.” Windschuttle focuses on how, and why, “gender” replaced the perfectly serviceable word “sex” in political correct argot:

Gender is a term that reeks of the sexual politics of the Seventies. It made its first appearance when gay activists began to demand that homosexuality be not merely tolerated but given equal standing with heterosexuality in all things. It was reinforced by feminists who wanted to eliminate the differences between men and women.

These activists had to face the fact that sexual differences are grounded in biology. They are determined at conception by the distribution of X and Y chromosomes and cannot be altered, no matter what identity a person assumes, how many hormones someone ingests, or whatever surgery is performed. Moreover, the biology of sexual difference has no place for homosexual activities. Indeed, it implies they are unnatural.

Clearly, that won’t do. Sex may remind some that humans are sexual mammals and that not everything under the sun is up to individual caprice.

I’ll close with a quote from Less Than Words Can Say by Richard Mitchell, the Underground Grammarian. I doubt if he is a favorite of the language cops:

Words never fail. We hear them, we read them; they enter into the mind and become part of us for as long as we shall live. Who speaks reason to his fellow men bestows it upon them. Who mouths inanity disorders thought for all who listen. There must be some minimum allowable dose of inanity beyond which the mind cannot remain reasonable. Irrationality, like buried chemical waste, sooner or later must seep into all the tissues of thought.

Update, 6/9: I almost forgot Daniel Pipes list of twenty euphemism for the terrorist killers of Beslan, "Beslan Atrocity: They're Terrorists - Not Activists." Pipes list is from the international media, the refusal to call things by their proper names is a worldwide problem.

Crossposted at The Dougout.

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Dutch Say Islam Is Incompatible With Modern Europe

A new poll shows the Dutch citizenry gets it. 63% say Islam is incompatible with modern Europe. Check out this report from polling firm, Angus-Reid Consultants:


Many adults in the Netherlands hold strong views on the way Muslims adapt to the European continent, according to a poll by Motivaction released by GPD. 63 per cent of respondents believe think Islam is incompatible with modern European life.

In September 2004, Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders quit the liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Wilders criticized Muslims in the Netherlands for failing to properly integrate to society, and openly opposed Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU).

In November 2004, controversial filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered. Van Gogh directed a short motion picture that depicts a husband’s abuse on a Muslim woman. Death threats to Wilders and other former VVD members were left at the crime scene.

On May 15, Dutch officials revealed that Somali-born VVD lawmaker Hirsi Ali provided false information when she applied for refugee status, and then when she sought citizenship. The next day, the lawmaker announced that she would leave the Second Chamber immediately. Hirsi Ali confirmed that she intends to move to the United States and work at the American Enterprise Institute.


You catch that? Hirsi Ali's "lying" to gain Dutch citizenship is being equated with Holland's real problems with Islam, including the brutal murder of Theo Van Gogh.

Angus-Reid appears to not like the results they got from there poll, wouldn't you say?

It appears they are trying to spin the results so that the perception is that ignorance is the reason for the opinion of the Dutch citizenry.
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British Arrest Two Terror Suspects At Heathrow

The first suspect is an American citizen:


An American citizen who once lived in New York was indicted yesterday on charges of conspiring to send money and military gear to associates of Al Qaeda to use against United States forces in Afghanistan, federal prosecutors said.

The defendant, Syed Hashmi, 26, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London on Tuesday night as he was trying to board a flight to Pakistan, according to the United States attorney's office in Manhattan. Prosecutors said he was carrying a large amount of cash. He was jailed pending extradition proceedings.

The conspiracy alleged in the indictment was based in London, law enforcement officials said, but Mr. Hashmi, who had been living in England for two and half years, was charged in the United States because he is an American citizen. He was born in Pakistan and came to the United States as a child, officials said.

One law enforcement official said the arrest of Mr. Hashmi reinforced investigators' belief that New York was a link in a web of worldwide terrorist activity.

Hashmi belonged to a now-defunct London-based group, Al Muhajiroun, which was active in New York according to the NYT and explicitly praised the 9/11 attack.


The other suspect has not been named:


BRITON said to be a key figure in an alleged plot to bomb public buildings in Canada, including the Parliament, was arrested by counter-terrorist police as he stepped off a plane at Manchester airport.

The 21-year-old man had arrived from Canada, where security services claimed that he had been living alongside some of the 17 terror suspects arrested in Toronto at the weekend in one of the biggest operations in North America. Hours later police in West Yorkshire arrested a 16-year-old youth after documents and mobile phone records seized in Canada revealed a British link to the alleged gang of Muslim militants operating from their homes in the Toronto suburbs. ...

The suspect was born in Pakistan but is believed to have British citizenship and lived at a number of addresses in Dewsbury, the home town of Mohammad Sidique Khan, the leader of the July 7 suicide bombers. He is understood to have spent much of this year living in Toronto.
“This is an example of the extremist soup we have in this country with lots of overlapping links,” a security source said.


The arrest of the 16-year-old in West Yorkshire resulted in a careful search of the premises, with police shutting down the street. It reminded residents of the aftermath of the July 7 bombings, when police did much the same thing while searching the house of July 7 mastermind Mohammad Sidique Khan, who lived in the same area. The teenager had connections to the man arrested at the airport by British investigators alerted to his presence by Canadian authorities. They identified him as a member of the Toronto cell, but could not catch him before he left the country.
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Swiss Thwart Muslim Plot To Down El Al Plane

There isn't much information on this yet, but, Drudge has the scoop:


Swiss thwart plot to attack El Al plane
Thu Jun 08 2006 10:39:35 ET

Swiss justice authorities said Thursday that they had thwarted a plot by a group of North Africans to attack a plane of the Israeli airline El Al, and had made seven arrests in the process...

MORE...The Federal Prosecutor's Office said the individuals had been seized in sweeps which began on May 12 in Zurich and Basel, AFP reports, following an investigation which had shown that their cell had 'very seriously considered' attacking the Israeli carrier in Switzerland.
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Iranian Campaign against Neo-Nazis: You Go Guys!

News from Germany:

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This is from the weblog named Iranian Campaign against NPD, which is, as its name does not suggest, in Farsi and German language only. It was set up by a group of Iranian students in Germany and Iran who are protesting against the announced public "solidarity campaigns" of the extremist rightwing party NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands / Nationaldemocratic Party of Germany) for the Iranian team at the impending FIFA World Cup in Germany. I found it important enough to translate and publish to my English speaking audience.

To read the open letters to the NPD representatives and the Iranian ambassador in Germany go to my blog.

It ought not to be forgotten, and certainly neither by those Germans from the Left who are taking advantage of the NPD action by staging a cheap but politically correct protest and even more not by those who are gushingly celebrating the achievements of the Iranian society that writing such a letter may make the signees end up swinging at the top of a crane.

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Is he finally DEAD??

UPDATE: He is not merely dead. He is most sincerely dead.

Even Al Qaeda is admitting it.

IF SO, this is the best news for Iraqis and for all of us.

Iraq PM says Zarqawi killed: TV
Reuters,
Jun 8, 2006

Al-Qaeda's Iraq chief al-Zarqawi killed
Associated Press
BAGHDAD — For the Globe and Mail, Jun 8, 2006

Iraqi PM: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi Killed
Forbes -
Associated Press By PATRICK QUINN , Jun 8, 2006

Al-Zarqawi killed, says Iraqi PM
Times Online and agencies in Baghdad, Jun 8, 2006

Iraqi PM: Al-Zarqawi killed in US air raid
Irish Examiner, Jun 8, 2006

Zarqawi killed in Iraq air raid
BBC,
June 8, 2006

For all the hurt he caused, may he burn in hell with his other pigs and the 72 dry raisins!














UP DATE great pic!
Iraq's most wanted is dead - CNN

Thanks to Pete from Australia who just left for the pub to celebrate with his mates!
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Facing Reality Face-to-Face

I was searching for a line from Rilke's novel when I came across this:

Shakespeare's King Henry IV, Part II, where the former prince has shed his profligate lifestyle to become King Henry V. Visited by his erstwhile drinking companion, Falstaff, the new and mature king says:

Presume not that I am the thing I was;
For God doth know, so shall the world perceive,
That I have turned away my former self (V,v).
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Below you will find more of this and appeal to join your fellows at a library or some convenient public place to meet and make new friends in our joint struggle to combat jihad and Left dhimmi fascsism in our communities.

http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com/2006/06/facing-reality-face-to-face.html
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President Bush Does the Right Thing

The Bush administration has just come out in opposition to the Akaka Bill. This development can also be viewed as a long overdue political whack upside Governor Linda Lingle's (RINO) head. Hawaii Reporter has posted a letter from William E. Moschella, Assistant Attorney General, to the lamest of ducks, Bill Frist:

Dear Mr. Leader:

The Administration strongly opposes passage of S. 147. As noted recently by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, this bill risks "further subdivid[ing] the American people into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege." As the President has said, "we must ... honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one nation out of many peoples." This bill would reverse that great American tradition and divide people by their race. Closely related to that policy concern, this bill raises the serious threshold constitutional issues that arise anytime legislation seeks to separate American citizens into race-related classifications rather than "according to [their] own merit[s] and essential qualities." Indeed, in the particular context of native Hawaiians, the Supreme Court and lower Federal courts have invalidated state legislation containing similar race-based qualifications for participation in government entities and programs.

While this legislation seeks to address this issue by affording federal tribal recognition to native Hawaiians, the Supreme Court has noted that whether native Hawaiians are eligible for tribal status is a "matter of dispute" and "of considerable moment and difficulty." Given the substantial historical, structural and cultural differences between native Hawaiians as a group and recognized federal Indian tribes, tribal recognition is inappropriate for native Hawaiians and would still raise difficult constitutional issues.

I hope this means that if, in its infinite stupidity, Congress passes this turd of a bill, the President will veto it. I also hope Lingle will enjoy being Hawaii's Christine Todd Whitman.
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Straight From the Horse's Mouth: Islam Is Fascism

If I were to say Islam, itself, is Fascist, I would be accused of being a bigot. But, if leaders of major Islamic nations and organizations say it, perhaps, we ought to listen

Here, from Jihad Watch, we are told that there is no room for Freedom in Islam:


Despite the insistent pleas of some apologetic sections of the Muslim community and their distorted claims that Islam ‘represents freedom’ and ‘tolerance’. The fact of the matter is that there is no room for freedom in Islam whatsoever, in fact Islam calls for the complete opposite, and end of all freedoms and the enslaving of all people to their lord.


Click here to read the rest.

And, then there's this, from the Ayatollah Khomeini:


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

Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all!

Islam says: Kill the [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender [to the enemy]? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword!

The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors! There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths [sayings of the prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Sacred Blood Rituals Of The Mujahideen

From TruePeers at the Covenant Zone:


Mujahideen fighting the coalition forces in Iraq have revived a long tradition of blood rituals, particularly Quranic verses that beckon holy warriors to smite the necks of unbelievers. The modern version of this mujahideen blood ritual is choreographed and videotaped. These videotaped beheadings are not just a form of psychological warfare but a method of validating the ideal that they are in the same war that the prophet and the first Muslims were fighting.

Beheadings in the Al Qaeda network videos meet all the criteria to be designated ritualistic crimes ...

The mujahideen are not beheading victims as offerings to Allah; they are ritually murdering the enemies and apostates of Allah to preserve Islam as theologically proscribed in the Quran. The Mujahideen are not creating a cult of human sacrifice; they are returning to a pure form of Islam, as they consistently claim.

The very fact that these executions are ritualized and that the executioners praise Allah throughout is what distinguishes them from common acts of barbarism. There would be no honor in simply cutting off someone’s head for the sake of terrorizing your enemies; the ritual characteristics have to be present to be theologically and communally sanctioned. To situate this in the realm of the sacred as opposed to a mob killing it is ritually required that each person participate in the religious ritual, hence, the communal chanting of Allah Akbar while the victim is being beheaded.

Jihadists consistently claim that they are traditionalists who restrict themselves to literal and traditional interpretations of their sacred texts. The media have perpetuated an erroneous idea that Islamic terrorists have corrupted the peaceful religion of Islam, when in fact it is moderate Muslims who have altered the religion and actually practice a Westernized, watered-down version of Islam.

Acknowledging the documented history of the Islamic religion should not be viewed as an insult to Modern Muslims or deemed slanderous of contemporary Islam. Every major religion has evolved and adapted to new technologies and cultural changes. The danger occurs when revisionist history promotes a fallacy that denies the violent origins of the Islamic faith and undermines the public’s perception of the seriousness of the threat.

These holy warriors are willingly blowing themselves up because they have faith. As a consequence of our Western view of the world and standard behavioral science analysis of crime, we fail to see the nature of these true believers.

Al-Qaeda has already won the most important strategic battle; they know their enemy, but we are in denial of their religious imperative to annihilate us. Our worst opponent is not the Mujahideen, it is our refusal to acknowledge that we are fighting soldiers of God in a centuries-old holy war.
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25 Years Ago Today

Another daring raid, even by Israeli standards

Osirak was a French-built 40 MW light-water nuclear materials testing reactor (MTR) in Iraq. It was constructed by the Iraqi government at the Al Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Centre, 18 km south-east of Baghdad in 1977. It was crippled by Israeli aircraft on June 7th 1981 in a preventive strike to stop the Saddam Hussein regime using the reactor to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons.

On June 7, 1981, fourteen F-15s and F-16s flew off the runway of Etzion Air Force base in the Negev, flying over Jordanian, Saudi, and Iraqi airspace, to attack the Iraqi nuclear reactor.

The attack was, of course, universally criticized. The United States voted for a Security Council resolution condemning Israel and, as a punishment, delayed a shipment of aircraft to Israel that had already been authorized.

The destruction of the reactor helped numerous countries besides Israel. Had Iraq obtained nuclear weapons they might have been able to achieve regional hegemony. Ten years after the attack, the American government noted this. In June 1991, during a visit to Israel after the Gulf War, then-Defense Secretary Richard Cheney gave Major General David Ivri, then commander of the Israeli Air Force, a satellite photograph of the destroyed reactor. On the photograph, Cheney wrote, "For General David Ivri, with thanks and appreciation for the outstanding job he did on the Iraqi Nuclear Program in 1981, which made our job much easier in Desert Storm."

Professor Louis Rene Beres wrote that, "Israel’s citizens, together with Jews and Arabs, American, and other coalition soldiers who fought in the Gulf War may owe their lives to Israel’s courage, skill, and foresight in June 1981. Had it not been for the brilliant raid at Osirak, Saddam’s forces might have been equipped with atomic warheads in 1991. Ironically, the Saudis, too, are in Jerusalem’s debt. Had it not been for Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s resolve to protect the Israeli people in 1981, Iraq’s SCUDs falling on Saudi Arabia might have spawned immense casualties and lethal irradiation."

According to Yitzhak Shamir, "Deterrence was not attained by other countries – France and Italy – and even the United States. It was attained by the State of Israel and its Prime Minster who decided, acted and created a fact that no one in the world today – with the exception of our enemies – regrets."

As part of a series marking 25 years since Israel bombed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor, BBC News has interviewed four of the F-16 pilots involved:
Had mission commander Col Zeev Raz's risk assessment been proven right, one pilot would have ejected over Baghdad and another would have been waiting out in the desert for helicopters to rescue him in the night.

Yet the loss of two planes would have been a price worth paying in the eyes of the pilots of the eight F-16s and their two F-15 escorts: several believed they were averting nothing less than a new Holocaust of the Jews.

"No-one thought that all eight F-16s would return, no-one," the retired colonel says.

"We were really amazed that all of us landed back safely without a scratch."

Col Raz is the most vocal of the surviving pilots. For personal security reasons, three of them - Pilots A, B and C - would only talk to the BBC on condition of anonymity.
[...]
Osirak posed a formidable challenge: to fly a round trip of some 2,000km (1,200 miles) over hostile territory in new jets laden with bombs and extra fuel tanks.

The US-made single-seat F-16s had been in service for only a couple of years with the Americans, and had arrived in Israel less than a year before, though the pilots had been in training earlier in Utah.

"None of us had flown more than 100 missions in an F-16, which is not a lot, and the whole plane was completely new, its limitations were not completely clear, we were still learning," says Pilot A.

Pilot B was anxious about the runway at Etzion, Israel's Sinai Desert air base, which has since been returned to Egypt.

"I was very concerned whether the runway at that altitude would be sufficient for a take-off at our weight," he recalls.

In the event, all eight F-16s got away safely along with their escorts, rising into a clear sky just before 1600 (1300 GMT).

"After you take off, you have to pinch yourself and say 'Hey, it's the real thing' because riding there it's basically 90 minutes of navigation with not a lot of activity and it's like in training," says Pilot A.

Flying in unchallenged, Pilot C remembers his first glimpse of the reactor. "It glistened with the sun shining from the low west," he says.

This was despite the dome having been covered in mud by the Iraqis, rattled by a small-scale Iranian air attack the previous autumn.

Col Raz remembers the view from the cockpit as his F-16 climbed for the bombing run: "We could look right and see Baghdad and look left and see the reactor."

Within a minute, all eight planes had dropped their twin bombs on Osirak. Only two failed to explode.

Once the bombs were released, Pilot C recalls, his only thought was "jinking the AAA [anti-aircraft artillery] and getting to low level".

With their lack of fuel ruling out dogfights, the pilots' greatest concern was the flight home.

When they touched down at Etzion, each had at most 450kg (1,000 pounds) of fuel left.

Col Raz recalls relief, happiness and "some hugs" back on the ground but the celebrations had to wait until the pilots got back to their home base in Israel.

"Even then we didn't have much time to celebrate because we were flown on a small cargo plane to Tel Aviv to debrief with the generals," he says.

"It had gone just like in planning and therefore there was not a lot to say at the debriefing," Pilot A adds.

One of those Osirak pilot, however, who couldn't be interviewed by BBC News anymore, had become world-famous as Israel's first astronaut.

IAF Colonel Ilan Ramon, born June 20, 1954 in Ramat Gan Israel, died February 1, 2003 over the southern United States when Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew perished during entry, 16 minutes prior to scheduled landing.



In 1981, Ilan Ramon was the youngest of the pilots who flew the F-16 jets that blew up the Osirak nuclear reactor.

We owe them much.
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