Saturday, July 15, 2006
UN Potato Heads
National Post Published: Saturday, July 15, 2006
A United Nations designation of an "international year" once actually meant something. The International Women's Year in 1975 produced a World Plan of Action to improve women's health, education and employment opportunities, and led to the creation of the UN Development Fund for Women. The International Year of the Child in 1979 resulted in the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the General Assembly. The International Year of the World's Indigenous People in 1994 led to the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But what to make of the UN's designation of 2008 as International Year of the Potato?
It has been clear for some time that the world body has run short on subjects that merit a year of their own. There have already been international years of tolerance, human rights, older persons, disabled persons, youth, health, peace, literacy, volunteers, sports, space, deserts, mountains, oceans, freshwater, refugees, heritage, microcredit, physics and "dialogue among civilizations." Yet that has not stopped the UN. To the contrary, where the General Assembly would formerly declare an international year only every few years, it now designates several international years at once. For example, 2008 is not only the International Year of the Potato, but the International Year of Planet Earth, which will force people to make some hard choices.
In approving the International Year of the Potato, a UN declaration described it as a "major event." Indeed it is. Vegetables rarely get the recognition they deserve. There has never been an International Year of the Parsnip, for example. And as the UN declaration states, it "will present many opportunities to raise the profile of the potato among civil society." Yes, but will the UN designation do for potatoes what it once did for women? Will the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is organizing the international year "in collaboration with governments, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), other United Nations bodies (UNB) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)," produce, in conjunction with the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) and the Alliston Potato Festival (APF), a Declaration of the Rights of Potatoes and other Starchy Edible Tubulars?
That at least would explain the silly grin on Mr. Potato Head's face.
© National Post 2006
UN Potato Heads
The Force is Upon Us
As a postscript to my commentary of July 13th, "The Force is with them," I am compelled to cite another article, forwarded to me by a British contact, that more thoroughly discusses the rise of "consensus science" in relation to the alleged "debate" on the causes of global warming (if, indeed, such a phenomenon is occurring). The Financial Post (Canada) article, "Climate consensus and the end of science," by Terence Corcoran, is more philosophical in its critique of consensus science. Corcoran may be a closet "Objectivist," because his critique correctly identifies the conflict and illuminates the more abstruse roots of the deterioration of reason and the rise of "belief systems." Here are a few excerpts, to whet your appetite:
"Back when modern science was born, the battle between consensus and new science worked the other way around. More often than not, the consensus of the time -- dictated by religion, prejudice, mysticism and wild speculation, false premises -- was wrong. The role of science, from Galileo to Newton and through the centuries, has been to debunk the consensus and move us forward. But now science has been stripped of its basis in experiment, knowledge, reason and the scientific method and made subject to the consensus created by politics and bureaucrats."
Ayn Rand once quipped, "Fifty million Frenchmen can be as wrong as one." The relevance of that doesn't need explication here.
"In short, under the new authoritarian science based on consensus, science doesn't matter any more. If one scientist's 1,000-year chart showing rising global temperatures is based on bad data, it doesn't matter because we still otherwise have a consensus. If a polar bear expert says polar bears appear to be thriving, thus disproving a popular climate theory, the expert and his numbers are dismissed as being outside the consensus."
"Jasper McKee, professor of physics at the University of Manitoba and editor of Physics in Canada, asked recently: 'Is scientific fact no longer necessary?' Apparently it's not. 'In the absence of hard scientific fact or causal relationships, a majority vote of scientists can determine scientific truth.'"
This is not irrelevant to the subject, but I might add that these post titles were inspired by the climax of George Lucas's original Star Wars film (1977), in which Luke Skywalker, trying to shoot a fuzzy electronic torpedo into a vent leading to the Death Star's power center, hears a voice, "Use the Force, Luke. Don't think. Just feel." Or words to that effect. Just feel. Just believe. Never mind your reason, or the evidence of your senses, or your skills, or the fact that you blasted a lot of TIE fighters. Trust your feelings on this one. The Force is with you.
Force, of course, having a double meaning in the context of these posts.
Crossposted at The Dougout
Why the West Will NEVER Understand the Motivations of the Arab World
Israel has every right to exist as it does, the land of "Palestine" was never not populated by Jews, they were just held down as dhimmis as they were in the rest of the Arab world. Sorry Dar al Islam, just like in "al-Andalus", sometimes those you have subjugated decide to fight back. This is a fact of life, get used to it.
Yet the Arab world cannot get past this fact, nor get used to it. Hence, they have been begging the West and anyone else who would listen for years now that they have been ruined by this humiliation and the military and diplomatic support of Israel by the United States. The biggest problem here is that it is almost impossible for Westerners, even those engaged in the most absurd forms of self-flaggelation for being Westerners, to truly understand the Arab sense of "being" and what every Arab grows up understanding as their culture. Furthermore, since Islam is one of the greatest forces of imperialism on the planet, this mindset has been exported well beyond the Arab world, even if non-Arab Muslims don't feel the sting quite as much. The point is, the concepts of "honor" and "shame" mean something indescribably deep in the Arab world that the West will never be able to really get its head around. And not being able to understand it, Westerners have couched the Arab dissenters in Western forms. We have the "freedom fighters" instead of "terrorists". We have the "rage of the impoverished" instead of the fact that most doing the fighting are hardly poor. Any form of Western romanticism will do, as long as it's not that love of "the little guy", which Israel most certainly is, surrounded by a whole region determined to destroy it utterly (see above).
Read the rest at: What Would Charles Martel Do?
Connecting The Dots
When talking about how to fight Muslim terrorism she starts by quoting Jihad Watch's Robert Spencer:
"Of course, from the infidels' standpoint all anti-terror measures must be undertaken. But they should be accompanied by a strength of will that realizes that it is precisely fear and the loss of the will to resist that the jihadists are ultimately hoping to bring about."
She - as I do - agrees with that but adds:
Besides the will to resist, then, we need the knowledge to resist -- the knowledge that there is in the religion of Islam itself the historical, inexorable and driving force behind what the entire non-Muslim world is now experiencing as jihad terror. Whether most Muslims wouldn't hurt a fly is an increasingly irrelevant footnote to the hostile aggression of other Muslims who, in a very short time, have actually transformed civilization as we used to know it.
I agree with her in so far that terrorism, or armed Jihad, is more ingrained in Islam than the West was willing to recognize for years and years. The political correctness and our own history forced us to do so.
However; as I noted when everything with Ayaan happened, it is of the utmost importance for us - the West and more, the non-Muslim countries - to investigate the nature of Islam more. Any such study shows that while there might be moderate Muslims, there simply is no such thing as a Moderate Islam. The Islam's lessons that carry authority don't teach peace, they teach hatred and aggression.
Again; that does not automatically make every single Muslim a terrorist. In fact - of course - the (far) majority of Muslims aren't terrorists at all. However; to deny its teachings of aggression and hatred would be a silly mistake.
If one wants to beat ones enemy - Muslim terrorism - one has to know ones enemy. A 'they're all crazy' won't be suffice.
Canadian Prime Minister supports Israel
Some uncommonly sensible statements from a country usually lacking much moral credibility. Let’s hope that the new Conservative government can back words with actions, and can survive canadian anti-semitic media’s predictable attempts to portray Prime Minister Stephen Harper as “Bush’s lapdog” for believing that Israel deserves the right to exist.
From The Globe And Mail, a Toronto-based national newspaper just slightly to the left of the New York Times:
Harper sides firmly with Israel
LONDON — Responsibility for the escalating violence in the Middle East rests entirely with those who have kidnapped Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.
Mr. Harper, on his first major international foray, hadn't even touched down in Europe before aligning himself firmly with the United States and Israel in the latest conflagration.
“Israel has the right to defend itself,” the prime minister told reporters aboard a Canadian Forces Airbus en route to London, where he's starting a week-long diplomatic mission.
“I think Israel's response under the circumstances has been measured.”
Israeli military incursions into Lebanon following the kidnapping of two of its soldiers threatened to toss the volatile region into full-scale war. While many countries are urging restraint, Mr. Harper said “the onus to end this escalation is on the other side, and I would urge them to return the prisoners.”
In a prepared statement delivered midway over the Atlantic Ocean, Mr. Harper said: “It's essential that Hezbollah and Hamas release their Israeli prisoners and any countries in that area that have influence on these organizations should encourage an end to violence and recognize — and encourage the recognition of — Israel's right to exist.”
He said he found it “tremendously disappointing” that Palestinian organizations are launching attacks on Israel from a territory that Israel “voluntarily evacuated.”
Mr. Harper's unabashed pro-Israel stance, is sure to prove divisive at the G8 summit this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia, which anchors Mr. Harper's first major overseas foray as prime minister.
Mr. Harper refused to be drawn into assessing whether Israel's military incursion into Lebanon — including the bombing of Beirut airport — is too much, responding only that “Israel has the right to defend itself.” ....
The world must be changing when my government’s actions allow me to feel proud to be Canadian again.
“Attention: Illegal Aliens. Cambridge, Mass., is a sanctuary city. For help getting there: . . . . .
From Al Fin:
This message is slated to go up on billboards from coast to coast across the United States. Travel plans and travel assistance to Cambridge, MA, will be provided to illegal immigrants at the border, and in communities across the US.
Cambridge Massachussetts must be populated by very good people, to be willing to accept millions of illegal aliens into their small community. No doubt these millions of new Cambridge residents will constitute something of a new tax burden for the current taxpayers of Cambridge, but the good people of this small college town do not seem to be concerned. Truly these are very good people.
Another reason to praise the people of Cambridge, is the fact that crime rates among illegals is more than three times the normal crime rates of most US towns. Cambridge will obviously need to hire a lot more police officers than it currently has.
The surrounding communites of Boston, and as far away as Portland Maine, will no doubt also need to hire more police officers. But do the good people of Cambridge hesitate to invite these millions of illegals to their fair town? No, not at all.
Go read the rest at Al Fin.
Germans are suffering from an acquired reflex: Each and every time the word "Israel" resounds, they start slobbering and salivating. The tiny little sliver of land more than 3000 km away is the focal point and catalyst for everything that is great and good in Germany. Never mind hundreds of thousands killed in Sudan, never mind the decade-long occupation of Tibet by China, never mind the security wall that India has put up to protect itself against Pakistan and the millons of people involved in all this. Who cares? It's Israel that makes the German glands work overtime.
[To continue reading about Germany and their take on the Middle East situation click HERE.]
Winds or War: How Do You Deter Those That Are Already Dead?
From The Gathering Storm
This a very scary paper for those who think we are dealing with a rational enemy – the jihadists – and we can somehow deter them from their actions if we would only try and understand them through rational discussions. The paper is a must-read but I’ll summarize the important points here.
According to the paper, we are not dealing with a rational enemy as we did in the past. The Cold War is a good example of deterring an enemy steeped in a rational belief system. MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction – kept the Soviets at bay until their economy imploded and the Cold War ended. Their desire to live was the most important deterrent of all.
But we are not dealing with an enemy who values life – theirs or anyone else’s. Laurent Murawiec, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute,
“Deterrence works because one is able credibly to threaten the center of gravity of the enemy: the threat of inflicting unacceptable losses upon him, whether in a bar brawl or in nuclear escalation. Deterrence works if the price to be paid by the party to be deterred hugely exceeds his expected earnings. But deterrence only works if the enemy is able and willing to enter the same calculus. If the enemy plays by other rules and calculates by other means, he will not be deterred. If the calculus is: I exchange my worthless earthly life against the triumph of Allah on earth, and an eternity of bliss for me, if the enemy wishes to be dead, if to him the Apocalypse is desirable, he will not be deterred.”
Murawiec goes to make the distinction between those that are religious and the ideological religious. As many have said, myself included, Islam is not just a religion. It is a socio-political ideology. “The difference between the religious and the ideologically religious is this: the religious believer accepts that reality is a given, whereas the fanatic gambles everything on a pseudo-reality of what ought to be. The religious believer accepts reality and works at improving it, the fanatic rejects reality, refuses to pass any compromise with it and tries to destroy it and replace it with his fantasy.”
Or in other words, a fanatic is one who when proven wrong – redoubles his efforts.
Murawiec continues. “Contemporary jihad is not a matter of politics at all (of ‘occupation, of ‘grievances,’ of colonialism, neocolonialism, imperialism and Zionism), but a matter of Gnostic faith. Consequently, attempts at dealing with the problem politically will not even touch it. Aspirin is good, and so is penicillin, but they are of little avail to counter maladies of the mind. I am emphatically not saying here that the jihadis are “crazy.” I am saying that they are possessed of a disease of the mind, and the disease is the political religion of modern Gnosticism in its Islamic version.”
This is what I have been saying for the last two month. Islam is a form of mental illness and the current struggle in Islam is not so much a battle over its soul than a battle over its mind.
Murawiec goes on. “Soldiers kill. Terrorists kill. Modern Jihadis lap the blood. Inseparable from contemporary Arab-Muslim jihad are the idealization of blood, the veneration of savagery, the cult of killing, the worship of death. Gruesome murder, gory and gleeful infliction of pain, are lionized and proffered as models and exemplary actions pleasing to Allah. These are no merely reflections of a pre-modern attitude toward death.”
Murawiec offers some very gruesome examples.
Sept. 28, 1971, in . The prime minister of Jordan Wasfi al-Tell, who had been threatened by the Palestinian movement in retaliation for the so-called Black September of 1970, walks into the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel. “Five shots, fired at point-blank range, hit [him]… He staggered… he fell dying among the shards of glass on the marble floor. As he lay dying, one of his killers bent over and lapped the blood that poured from his wounds.” Cairo
- This report on the killing of an Algerian intellectual: “Dr. Hammed Boukhobza who was killed by a group of Islamist terrorists in the city of
. (…) He was not just killed in his apartment, but his wife and children who wanted to escape were forced to watch how he was literally cut to pieces, his entrails slowly drawn out while he was just barely alive. The terrorists obviously liked to watch the suffering, and they wanted to family to share their enjoyment.” Telemly
- “We love death more than you love life.” From an al-Qaeda communiqué.
“This pornography of crime is endless, from the gratuitous killing of a Leon Klinghoffer to Mohammad Atta’s instructions, “You must make your knife sharp and you must not discomfort your animal during the slaughter.” The accumulation of such deeds shows that they are not an epiphenomenon but are central to the purpose of the jihadi.”
Murawiec continues. “As I said, a soldier kills, a jihadi loves to kill. And what was the dismal arithmetic conveyed by some jihadi that since the Americans had purportedly killed a lot of Muslims, the Muslims were “entitled” to kill 4 million Americans, children included? Torah recounts the end of human sacrifice: it forcefully states that God’s Law is THOU SHALT NOT MURDER that was adopted by Christians. Today’s jihad is a giant regression to pre-Abrahamic times, to Moloch and Baal.”
Finally, Murawiec poses the question, “How do we deter the modern Gnostic warriors, the jihadi?”
His answer is not pleasant. “Mainly, we do not. Those who are dead already, who consider themselves dead to the world and only alive to the Afterworld, those who wish to die, generally cannot be deterred. Faith has been described as a belief in things invisible. Gnosticism is belief in a fantasy that is taken to be more real than the common reality: they do not believe what they see, they see what they believe. This cannot be deterred.”
“If our enemy was merely ‘terrorism,’ we could defang it, admittedly at great cost: by destroying the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus and their grip on power, by wiping out the Iranian Ayatollahs’ strength, and by squeezing hard the noxious Pakistani military-intelligence establishment – all in all, the linchpins of Muslim terrorism. Once this infrastructure of terror collapsed, much of terror would. But terror itself is nothing but the principal paramilitary instrument of jihad: the operative concept is jihad, not terror. Some workarounds work. The way in which Israeli military and security forces have ruthlessly sapped the strength of Islamic terror, notably by a high-tempo attrition of its leadership cadre, is exemplary and should be studied and emulated elsewhere.”
He continues. “Contemporary jihad, like its emanation, terrorism, is an integral chain: as long as it is islamico-glamorous to be a cleric who issues fatwas calling for the murder of Israeli civilians or American GIs, the cleric will go on. Once dead, he will stop. So will the chairman of a charity that funnels money to jihad. So will the senior intelligence officer who trains or smuggles them, the predicator who incites, the madrasa or university professor who brainwashes, the prince who lies for terror, the ayatollah who sends out teams of killers, etc.”
“Jihad is the operative ideology of a number of states; states can be pinned down and hit. This approach is a variant of the notion of decapitation, or of the formulation of nodal targeting given by air power theorist Col. John Warden. Less than the jihadi hardware, it is the jihadi software that has to be hit – but not by soft power.”
And he makes a good point here. “One martyr will have followers, ten martyrs will be admired and emulated. One thousand dead martyrs who died unheralded die in vain. If Ahmadinejad and others die in vain and uselessly they will not die as martyrs but as slobs. For the Gnostic, for the jihadi, his death is the only thing that matters to him: take that away and nothing is left. It does not mean, as the jurors of the Moussaoui trial were apparently led to believe, that “you cannot make a martyr out of him, since this is what he wants.” Make his death a lonely, useless, ignored death. Unextraordinary, unromantic, trivial deaths shatter the glory of the jihadi’s death.”
“Jihad is integral to Islam and derives from its most fundamental tenets. The severing of that link is not going to happen soon. But throughout history, when Islamic conquerors met their match, they stopped. When they met crushing defeat, they retreated, and found the ulama and the faqih to justify that, like prophets who announced the Rapture for yesterday, , and reschedule it for next year. But let us remember that most of the faithful are not turned off by the ludicrous failure of their prophet’s prophecies, precisely because they live in the ‘second reality.’”
Murawiec ends with this proposal. “Applying high-tempo attrition and nodal targeting to the jihadi apparatus worldwide (by which I emphatically do not mean ‘terrorists’ alone or even in the first place) seems to me to be a modern equivalent. It is those who deploy the undead who must be the priority targets.”
Infidel Hunk of the Week
I'm going to celebrate some Israeli fighting spirit with this one. I have heard from women who were old enough during the wars in which Moshe Dayan fought that he was rather CELEBRATED instead of maligned here, and was actually something of a sex symbol amongst college ladies. I've always admired his spirit, and I think he qualifies as a hunk. Sometimes those eye-patches just really add something......
His spirit in battle is legend, though he's sometimes considered controversial. Most great warriors are. So here is my Hunk of the Week, Moshe Dayan. Ariel Sharon can be seen in this picture as well, with the bandage on his head.
Pretty Much Sums This Issue Up For Me.....
"The European Union is greatly concerned about the disproportionate use of force by Israel in Lebanon in response to attacks by Hezbollah on Israel," according to a statement issued by Finland which holds the EU's rotating presidency. "The presidency deplores the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. The imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon cannot be justified."
"The government of Israel is greatly concerned about the disproportionate use of one-sided language by the new European Union presidency concerning the situation in Lebanon," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said in response to the statement.
EXACTLY. This is WAR. Whoever won a war without using "disproportionate use of force"? What, they want a tie?
The War's Next Front
Hezbollah is getting its ass kicked. Their Iranian 'advisors' managed to hit an Israeli naval vessell with an Iranian-made radar-guilded C-102 missile yesterday (not a crude drone as first reported). Except for that it's been pretty one-sided, as the blogger Sandmonkey says in his anti-Hezbollah rant:
Now, I for one awaited the Hezbollah surprise, and I have to say I found it rather dissapointing. They hit one f-ckin ship. That’s the surprise? That’s what the Israelis should beware? Hehehe. Dude, they blew up half of Beirut, they destroyed Nasrallah’s home and Office, and he is now hiding like a rat, declaring war on a cellphone since he no longer dares to show his face in public. He declares open war from a hideout and he doesn’t even have the means to have it televized. We are suppsoed to be impressed by this? What are your war capabilities you f-ckhead if in one day you run hiding and can’t even show your face? What is this bullsh-t anyway? And you know the Israelis haven’t even started fighting yet.True, true. The war is not going well from Hezbollah's perspective. Indeed the war is entirely playing to Israel's strength and Hezbollah's weaknesses. What do you do in this situation? You change the entire configuration of the conflict so that it plays to your strengths and your enemies weakness.
Hezbollah is not known as a conventional military power. Hezbollah's only real weapons are the 12-15000 rockets they can fire into Israel. But at the current rate they will deplete those rockets in 2-3 weeks. The only real risk from the Israel's point of view if that the IDF may run out of targets. Hezbollah has to open the war on yet another front. Israel is fighting in the south and the north. Hezbollah will expand the war to the frontless-front: the diaspora.
Soon, perhaps withing days, Hezbollah will attempt to attack an Israeli or Jewish target far removed from the battlefield. Obviously Europe presents the most tempting and probably the most rewarding target. I'm sure the Israeli embassies are on high alert and are well guarded. But there are too many soft targets: community centers, temples, charities, schools, Jewish-owned businesses. etc. With a little help from Iranian and/or Syrian intelligence Hezbollah can kill a lot of people and cause significant damage in the heart of European cities.
And the topper is that the Europeans would blame Israel. In Lebanon, on the battlefield Hezbollah can't win. In Europe, in a terror war, Hezbollah can't lose.
Chinless Wonder Is In Big Trouble Now
Bashar Asshat, picture here thinking deeply.
Israel has, apparently, given Syria an ultimatum:
The London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday that “Washington has information according to which Israel gave Damascus 72 hours to stop Hizbullah’s activity along the Lebanon-Israel border and bring about the release the two kidnapped IDF soldiers or it would launch an offensive with disastrous consequences.”
The report said “a senior Pentagon source warned that should the Arab world and international community fail in the efforts to convince
Syria to pressure Hizbullah into releasing the soldiers and halt the current escalation Israel may attack targets in the country.”
Al-Hayat quoted the source as saying that “the US cannot rule out the possibility of an Israeli strike in Syria,” this despite the fact that the Bush administration has asked Israel to “refrain from any military activity that may result in civilian casualties.”
The report also mentioned that President George W. Bush has repeatedly put much of the blame for the recent escalation on Syria.
“It is no coincidence that the Hizbullah operation comes at a time when the international community is working to impose sanctions on Iran due to its nuclear program and settle the score with Syria by establishing an international court to try those behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,” the Pentagon source said.
According to the source, Hizbullah made the same mistake as Hamas when it did not predict the ramifications of its actions and ignored the regional and international changes since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
The source said that Israel has indicated that it “will not end its military activity until a new situation is created that will prevent Syria and Iran from using terror organizations, such as Hamas and Hizbullah, to threaten its security.”
From Fox News
Israeli Military Says Missile Struck Warship Instead of Drone
Saturday , July 15, 2006
BEIRUT, Lebanon — A missile fired by Hezbollah, not an unmanned drone laden with explosives, damaged an Israeli warship off Lebanon, the army said Saturday.
The attack on Friday night had raised widespread concern in the Israeli military because initial information indicated that the guerrillas had used a drone for the first time to attack Israeli forces.
But the army's investigation into the attack, which left four Israeli sailors missing, showed that Hezbollah had fired an Iranian-made missile at the vessel from the shores of Lebanon, said Brig. Gen. Ido Nehushtan.
"We can confirm that it was hit by an Iranian-made missile launched by Hezbollah. We see this as very profound fingerprint of Iranian involvement in Hezbollah," Nehushtan said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Another Hezbollah missile also hit and sank a nearby civilian merchant ship at around the same time, Nehushtan said. He said that ship apparently was Egyptian, but he had no other information about it....
Speaking of the IDF obliterating the Bekaa and Hizbollah being a major beneift for the USA
Cell leader in New York subway plot trained at Palestinian refugee camp
Assem Hammoud, 31, the architect of a plan to bomb New York tunnels, was trained and directed by Al Qaida to strike by the end of this year, U.S. and Lebanese officials said. "Security forces were able to track e-mails and conversations on an extremist Islamic website used to recruit terrorists," the Lebanese Internal Security Forces said in a statement.
Hammoud, nicknamed the "Andalusian prince" in an apparent reference to Islamic emirs who once ruled Spain, was trained in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein Hilwe near Sidon, the ISF statement said. Ein Hilwe has long been a hotbed of terrorist activity.
The statement said Hammoud was a Syrian national and that he had intended to travel to Pakistan for additional training.
Hammoud, a lecturer at Lebanese International University, was arrested on April 27 and accused of plotting the attacks in the United States. He reportedly has admitted forming a cell to conduct a series of major strikes.
Striking 'beyond Haifa" may NOT be a bunch of hooey
Culled from various sources ...including Statfor, Globalsecurity, and Spacewar ..
There is mass confusion in the news media about the names and ranges of various missiles in the Iranian, North Korean, and now certainly the Hizbollah arsenal (that is CERTAIN). In fact it looks if there is really one storehouse and technology development line, and all players then modify as they please, and have the ability. There is no doubt after the demostrated capability of Hizbollah to use a guided drone, OR somthing similar to the anti ship guided weapon fired (as being reported bu FOX) by the IRGC, on the ground in Lebanon, to hit a ship at sea that all these must be seriously considered as enemy capabilities.
So now to the Fajr-3 and Zelzal 2. In the hands of Nasrallah, MUgniyeh and Fadlallah? You flesh it out
Lebanon, Israel: Potential Attack on Tel Aviv
July 14, 2006 21 18 GMT
Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said July 14 in a speech broadcast on Hezbollah media outlets that his group will strike "beyond Haifa and what is beyond, beyond Haifa." Hezbollah has the capability to launch an attack on Tel Aviv, Israel, from southern Lebanon.
Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah declared July 14 that Hezbollah would strike "beyond Haifa and what is beyond, beyond Haifa" in an all-out war against Israel. Nasrallah's speech was broadcast live on Hezbollah media outlets.
Hezbollah already demonstrated its capability to strike Haifa with what were likely Iranian-made Fajr-3 rockets that have a range of 28 miles. "Beyond, beyond" Haifa, however, lies Tel Aviv, Israel's most densely populated and industrialized city. Sources in Lebanon whose reliability is unconfirmed reveal that Tel Aviv may very well become Hezbollah's next big target, and Hezbollah is believed to possess the capabilities to carry out such an attack from southern Lebanon. According to Israeli intelligence, Hezbollah has as many as 30 Zelzal-2 rockets, a 610 mm heavy artillery rocket that can deliver a warhead of more than 1,000 pounds to a range of approximately 130 miles, giving it the ability to hit the northern outskirts of Tel Aviv from the Israeli-Lebanese border. The Zelzal-2 is a solid fueled rocket, which means it can be launched with very little preparation.
Faced with destruction, Hezbollah will use all the long-range missiles it has in its arsenal. The plan to launch a ground invasion into Lebanon was likely hardwired into the Israeli military strategy following the Haifa attack. Israel will precede any major ground offensive with a preemptive strike on Hezbollah's offensive capability -- namely, the rocket sites in the Bekaa Valley in southern Lebanon.
The Zelzal and Fajr -3 .......
MAWO Vancouver Death Hippies.
The whole world is watching!
The whole world is watching!
Truepeers is organising a demonstration against the Death Hippies in Vancouver, Canada next weekend, July 21-23, 2006.
The whole world will be watching as we descend on the Death Hippies in Vancouver, Canada in the coming week to demonstrate once again that Left dhimmi fascism has an opponent, the people, the united people, the people who will crush this snakehead reactionary movement of evil that is the Left.
The whole world is watching.
We're taking it to the streets again in Vancouver to protest the death machine that is the Left.
Down with the Death Hippies!
Vancouver Hip Hop Festival is Hate Festival - Protest MAWO VancouverA bunch of anti-American, antisemitic, hate-mongering "pacifists" - MAWO Vancouver - whose website calls, among other things, for support of the Toronto 17, and for Canada's withdrawal from Afghanistan - is next week holding an event in Vancouver - the Hip Hop Festival Against War and Occupation - that has sponsorship from the City of Richmond and the District of West Vancouver as well as several other community and academic organizations.
Normally, I would not willingly put my ears in proximity to hip hop resentment. But the fact that Canadian taxpayers are being asked to sponsor - through various tax-supported institutions - this anti-western hatefest, organized by a terrorist-sympathizing group, just frightens me too much. I would like to organize a counter-demonstration.
Please contact Truepeers at the following blog to leave your comments and suggestions and ask for further details.
There is a direct link here to see what the Death Hippies are planning on the surface.
The whole world is watching!
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Re-reading the MSM
From Reuters: “The European Union has expressed concern that the confrontation between Hizbollah and Israel could spread to Syria and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi talked with President Bashar al-Assad over the phone on Friday.”
Translation: Prodi, like everyone else, knows that Syria and Iran are behind that attacks on Israel and the Italian PM has asked Assad: “how can we help?”
“U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday Syria must pressure of Hizbollah to release two soldiers it captured on Wednesday.”
Translation: I don't have a clue what I should do but I should say something.
AP writer, Karam, reports that Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says “You wanted an open war, and we are heading for an open war, we are ready for it."
Translation: We started this war because we wanted to go to war.
AP writer, Abu-Nasr says: “The fighting between Israeli forces and Islamic militants in Lebanon hasn't touched Iran or Syria yet, but many analysts think those countries were the hidden hand behind Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers.”
Translation: Only the brain-dead still don’t realize that Iran and her client state Syria are behind this.
“On Friday, French President Jacques Chirac implicitly suggested the two states might have a role in the expanding crisis, saying he has "the feeling, if not the conviction, that Hamas and Hezbollah wouldn't have taken the initiatives alone."”
Translation: Even the French can’t deny it!
“Saudi Arabia has harshly criticized Hezbollah, without naming it directly, for escalating the situation, saying "uncalculated adventures" could precipitate a new Middle East crisis.”
Translation: Saudi Arabia is worried about the growth of Iranian power and needs to support America.
The AP reports: “French President Jacques Chirac castigated the Israeli offensive into Lebanon on Friday, calling it "totally disproportionate," …”
Translation: Israel is winning and we hate it!
“Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero warned Israel it was "making a mistake" to attack Lebanon.”
“"In fact, the right to defense on the part of a country does not exempt it from respecting norms of international law above all for that which concerns the safety of the civilian population," said a statement by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's No. 2 official.”
Translation: Hezbollah is not a formal army; thus they are technically civilians who can’t be killed. Or in simpler language: surrender.
AP writer, Hendawi, writes: “Israel has held Lebanese leaders responsible for Hezbollah's capture of two soldiers, but the government here says it has no real control over the guerrillas — and taking action to rein them in could tear the country apart.”
Translation: The Lebanese government is a fraud, a bunch of liars, or both.
Yet Another Epochal Post From Fjordman
Imagine you have two such houses next to each other. In House A, the inhabitants have over a period of generations created a tidy and functioning household. They have limited their number of children because they wanted to give all of them a proper education. In House B, the inhabitants live in a dysfunctional household with too many children who have received little higher education.
One day they decide to move to their neighbors’. Many of the inhabitants of House A are protesting, but some of them think this might be a good idea. There is room for more people in House A, they say. In addition to this, Amnesty International, the United Nations and others claim that it is “racist” and “against international law” for the inhabitants of House A to expel the intruders. Pretty soon, House A has been turned into an overpopulated and dysfunctional household just like House B.
This is what is happening to the West today. Europe could become a failed continent itself, importing the problems of Africa and the Islamic world. The notion that everybody should be free to move anywhere they want to, and that preventing them from moving into your home is “racism, xenophobia and bigotry,” is the Communism of the 21st century. And it will probably have the same effect, only on an even large scale.
Communism creates poverty because when people don’t own property, they cannot plan for the future. If you and your children cannot enjoy the fruits of your efforts and work, but have to watch others take it away, you will no longer bother to go the extra mile or mobilize your full creativity to generate improvements.
Unrestricted immigration from failed states will eventually destroy global centres of excellence, the same way Communism did. This is definitely bad for the people who will lose what were once functioning countries, but in the long run bad for everybody else, too. It will deprive the inhabitants of Third World countries of the incentives needed to change their own nations if they can simply move somewhere else and refrain from confronting the reasons for their failures.
Go read the whole thing at Gates of Vienna.
Bolton Speaks. Benedict Appeases.
“Mr. President, in recent days and weeks, we have seen an outbreak of violence in the Middle East, sparked by attacks and kidnappings which Hamas and Hizballah carried out against Israel. Events continue to develop even as we speak.
Hizballah’ s incursions across the Blue Line on July 12 were a deliberate and premeditated provocation intended to undermine regional stability and are contrary to the interests of both the Lebanese and Israeli people. We unequivocally condemn the kidnapping by Hizballah, a terrorist organization, of two Israeli soldiers and call for their immediate and unconditional release.
Provocations across the Blue Line by terrorist groups highlight the urgent need for full and immediate compliance by Syria and Hizballah with relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including 1559, 1583, 1655, and 1680.
The international community has made clear its desire to see the central authority of the Government of Lebanon extended throughout the country.
In this context, we underscore the importance of the Security Council President’ s statement of June 18, 2000 and the Secretary-General’s conclusion that as of June 16, 2000, Israel had withdrawn all its forces from Lebanon in accordance with UNSC resolution 425 and met the requirements defined in the Secretary-General’s s May 22, 2000 report.
As President Bush said yesterday, we are concerned about the fragile democracy in Lebanon. While we have been working very hard with partners to strengthen the democracy in Lebanon, we are also making clear that the democratic aspirations of the Lebanese people must not be undermined by the irresponsible and destabilizing actions of Hizballah.
We have repeatedly made clear to Lebanon and Syria our serious concern about the presence of terrorist groups on their soil and the periodic attacks against Israel from groups and individuals in southern Lebanon.
All militias in Lebanon, including Hizballah, must disarm and disband immediately and the Lebanese government must extend and exercise its sole and exclusive control over all Lebanese territory.
President Bush has made clear that Syria and Iran must be held to account for supporting regional terrorism and their role in the current crisis. Syria provides safe haven to the militant wing of Hamas and provides material support to Hizballah, which also maintains an active presence in Syria. Iran’s extensive sponsorship and financial and other support of Hizballah is well known and has been ongoing for decades. No reckoning with Hizballah will be adequate without a reckoning with its principal state sponsors of terror.
We call on Syria and Iran to cease their sponsorship and support of terrorist groups, in particular Hizballah and Hamas. For the third time in two weeks, we again call on Syria to arrest Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, who currently lives in Damascus. There is no excuse for a member state of the United Nations to continue to knowingly harbor a recognized terrorist.
The Secretary General’ s decision to send a senior level team to the region is a development that is welcomed by my government.
We are also engaged with the primary parties and other concerned leaders to help restore calm and achieve a resolution to this crisis. In fact, senior U.S. officials are in Jerusalem today for meetings.
All parties in the region must accept their responsibilities for maintaining security and stability. We urge all parties to accept the principle that governments must exercise sovereign control over territory. The United States remains firmly committed to working with others not only to resolve the present situation but toward building longer-term peace and stability in the region.”
The emphases in Mr. Bolton’s address are mine.
Please compare his straight-forward speech with the statement released under Benedict XVI’s authority:
“As in the past, the Holy See also condemns both the terrorist attacks on the one side and the military reprisals on the other,” he continued.” He argued that Israel’s right to self-defense “does not exempt it from respecting the norms of international law, especially as regards the protection of civilian populations.”
“In particular,” the statement continued, “the Holy See deplores the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation.”
So I join multitudes of the shocked faithful in asking, with all humility, Holy Father, just what do you consider Israel to be, if not a “free and sovereign nation”? And what reasonable response would you expect from a free and sovereign nation when her civilian populace is fired upon without provocation by another nation? In fact, when she is beset on all sides, when she is threatened daily with annihilation?
I also ask in all humility why you would dissemble by referring to Lebanon as “free” when, you, Holy Father, or all people, know the suffering and death of Lebanese Christians — for generations — within the sovereign borders of Lebanon. When you, of all people, know the treachery and cruelty and disdain for human life that Hizbullah, which controls the southern part of this so-called “free” Lebanon.
The children cry out for bread — for justice, Holy Father — and you have given them stones. You are ruining the credibility of the Church with these declarations, which are mere hand-wringing appeasement.
If you do not stand for justice now, Holy Father, you will kneel eventually, head bowed, in front of an unjust sword. Or one of your successors will, and part of the responsibility for that murder will fall on you. Vatican City is not immune from the tempest — particularly when its leader chooses to take sides, which you have clearly and unjustly done here. Do you think the Ummah will spare your small country, or you, an infidel it despises? You are an expert historian and you know better.
God have mercy on your soul for the harm you have caused today.
PREDICTION: WAR ENDS IN 2 WEEKS WITH ISRAEL LIBERATING SOUTHERN LEBANON
Hezbollah has between 10,000 and 12,000 rockets of varying ranges and types, [IDF] General Nehushtan said, most of them provided by Syria and Iran.
If Hizb'allah uses about 300 a day and loses about 300 a day (to IDF strikes on weapons depots) - and since they cannot now be resupplied - then that means that Hizb'allah will run out of rockets and missiles in about 20 days AT THE CURRENT PACE.
I feel that the pace of the IDF's counter-attacks will quicken, accelerating the destruction of these weapons, and that the IDF will force the leadership of Hizb'allah to flee to Syria and Iran - in two weeks, effectively ending their reign of terror over southern Lebanon, effectively LIBERATING SOUTHERN LEBANON FROM SYRIA AND IRAN.This will effectively mean that UNSCR#1559 will have been enforced by Israel - a GREAT and LONG OVERDUE event:
Hours earlier, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Israel would not end its military operation in Lebanon until the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559, which calls for disarming Hezbollah and the deployment of the Lebanese army in southern Lebanon.
This victory by Israel will be enjoyed by most of the Arab nations in the region - all except Syria and Yemen.
Friday, July 14, 2006
It's never different...overdrawn at the bank of Yom Hashoah
Absent the United States, Israel AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE would not only be alone, but be alone in a sea of bigotry and racist delight..
"In particular, the Holy See deplores right now the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation, and assures its closeness to these people who already have suffered so much to defend their independence," he told Vatican Radio.
French President Jacques Chirac questioned whether Israel was seeking Lebanon's destruction. "One may well ask if there isn't today a kind of wish to destroy Lebanon -- its infrastructure, its roads, its communications, its energy, its airport. And for what?
"I find honestly -- as all Europeans do -- that the current reactions are totally disproportionate," he said in a live television interview on France's national Bastille Day.
Around the Web on Bastille Day
There are some interesting links on the web that demonstrate that America needs another Revolution, this time against our self-loathing "elites." Thomas Sowell has an excellent piece on how the Lamestream media is doing all they can to smear American soldiers in combat, "Presumed Guilty: How Biased Reporters 'Honor Our Troops.'" Of course the media's real purpose is to dishonor the troops and consequently undermine the war effort:
None of the brutal beheadings of innocent hostages taken by terrorists in Iraq -- and videotaped for distribution throughout the Middle East -- has aroused half the outrage in the mainstream media as unsubstantiated charges made by terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo.
We all need to understand the fraudulence of the claim that these media liberals who have been against the military for decades and who have missed no opportunity to smear the military in Iraq are now in the forefront of "honoring" our troops by rubbing our noses in their deaths, day in and day out.
This sort of thing isn't limited to just America. In a reprehensible exercise in moral equivalence, Israel is under attack for using "disproportionate" force in time of war. For "liberals" war is about fairness, not winning. Jason Pappas has a few words for such persons:
On one side we have savage Islamic societies were people are destitute and oppressed by fascist regimes. These regimes are backed by envious scheming second-rate powers that seek to bleed us and our allies. On the other side is a progressive stable and pluralistic democracy—the only one in the region—that is the best hope for liberty in that part of the world. This fact—the nature of the characters involved—is the main fact that explains all the rest.
At Frontpagemag, Phil Orenstein has an great article on a too long forgotten cause of Nazism and what in means for us today:
Far too little attention has been paid to addressing the fundamental role that ideological indoctrination in classrooms and lecture halls has played in delivering the atrocities of Nazism to the world. The German university was the ideological originator of Nazism, turning romantic racial myths and superstitions about Germany and the Jews into a systematic “scientific” body of knowledge that gave rise to Nazi racial policy and justified the horrors of the Nazi atrocities. Professors and academics with multiple Ph.D.s eagerly collaborated with the Nazi leadership and selected who was to be sterilized and who lived or died for the glory of the Volk, advocated which races were to be exterminated and which nations were to be invaded and conquered for lebensraum.
After the passage of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, academic institutions vied with tne another to curry favor with the Nazis by swiftly enacting racial quotas, expelling Jewish teachers and banning Jewish students. Schools and universities quickly became Nazi indoctrination centers, suppressing freedom of expression, free inquiry, independent research and all objectivity. They became the training grounds for the intellectual troops dedicated to serving the German Volk and Hitler. The last vestiges of academic freedom, scholarly autonomy, and freedom of research and teaching were stamped out. Professors were told by the new Nazi minister: “From now on, it will not be your job to determine whether something is true, but whether it is in the spirit of National Socialist revolution.” (71)
Read the whole thing and then dwell on the fact that American universities welcome hate mongers and conspiracy kooks to teach your children.
Crossposted at The Dougout
Israel Destroys Hizbollah's Main Office
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli warplanes Friday destroyed the building housing the headquarters of Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Beirut, the group's TV station reported.
It did not report any casualties.
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and the top leadership of the group have offices and residences in the high-security area, but they were likely to have been on the move during the Israeli offensive.
Smoke rose from the Haret Hreik neighborhood late afternoon, after four huge explosions shook the capital. They were followed minutes later by a fifth blast.
Earlier Friday, Israeli warplanes renewed attacks on the southern suburbs, targeting a Hezbollah radio station and starting a fire in a building, but its broadcasts continued.
Bush To Call For End To Israeli Airstrikes?
FOX is reporting that Bush will call on Israel to stop the airstrikes. If this is true, Bush has become part of the problem. Effecting dhimmitude will not solve this culture of murder.
No country, no "group" firing rockets at civilian cities and towns should be sanctioned. Israel has gone out of their way to fire on military installations, and infrastructure that aids the terrorists. Israel is not shelling at civilians.President Bush, move away from Condi Rice. Step away from the Arabist tool.
If, in the face of repeated threats and provocation by an aggressive dictatorship, you refuse to go to war, the war will eventually come to you.
What kind of sense does this make?
Check out this quote from John Bolton's speech to the UN just this morning:
All militias in Lebanon, including Hizballah, must disarm and disband immediately and the Lebanese government must extend and exercise its sole and exclusive control over all Lebanese territory.
President Bush has made clear that Syria and Iran must be held to account for supporting regional terrorism and their role in the current crisis. Syria provides safe haven to the militant wing of Hamas and provides material support to Hizballah, which also maintains an active presence in Syria. Iran's extensive sponsorship and financial and other support of Hizballah is well known and has been ongoing for decades. No reckoning with Hizballah will be adequate without a reckoning with its principal state sponsors of terror.
We call on Syria and Iran to cease their sponsorship and support of terrorist groups, in particular Hizballah and Hamas. For the third time in two weeks, we again call on Syria to arrest Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, who currently lives in Damascus. There is no excuse for a member state of the United Nations to continue to knowingly harbor a recognized terrorist.
Why is out government talking out of two sides of its mouth?
If Israel does not solve this problem, will we?
Storm Tack Intimidation: Ham Sandwiches And A Ruined Wedding
Two pieces of Islamist intimidation caught my attention today. One was self-imposed, the other forced by Muslims.
Police bosses banned officers from eating bacon and ham sandwiches while guarding a Muslim festival at Alexandra Palace in case it offended Mulsims. Senior officers on duty at the IslamExpo last weekend returned the lunch fare amid concerns it would upset Muslims, who do not eat pork for religious reasons. Hungry bobbies were reportedly left with a choice of cheese or tuna.
Being in a gracious mood because of the Muslim event, leaders of the conference said that the “knee-jerk, well-imbued, dhimmi reaction of the police” (that’s my interpretation) insisted they would not have been offended. But it shows how well the intimidation process is succeeding in Britain.
A couple's plans for a £5,000 wedding at Alton Towers were thrown into confusion yesterday after it emerged that the theme park had double booked them with a fun day for 20,000 Muslims.
Amanda Morris, 30, and her fiance, Scott Lee, 31, have been told that if they go ahead with the ceremony they will not be allowed to go on celebratory rides together. Furthermore, Miss Morris and her female guests will have to cover up to be in line with guests of Islamic Leisure wearing hijabs. "I've been looking forward to this day for 18 months, and suddenly it's in ruins," she said yesterday. “Everything was booked - the photographer, the hotel rooms, everything. Then some of our guests started getting letters saying they would have to cover up because it was a Muslim event.”
I wonder how many more of our cultural traditions will end up I ruins when the Islamists achieve their agenda.
Middle Eastern Balkanization And The Good Cop/Bad Cop Ruse
HAIFA, Israel – The Israeli army should not punish the Lebanese government and the country's civilian infrastructure for the actions of Hezbollah, which refuses to obey the authority of the Lebanese leadership and attacked the Jewish state this week without authorization, Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said in an exclusive interview.
Jumblatt urged dialogue to solve the growing military crisis surrounding Hezbollah's kidnapping Wednesday of two Israeli soldiers and the firing of missiles yesterday into Israeli population centers.
He also hinted Syria and Iran may have directed Hezbollah to attack Israel.
"[Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah does not obey the government of Lebanon. We (in the government) don't agree with his acts. But we cannot in Lebanon force him to accept any resolution unless he accepts it himself," said Jumblatt, speaking to the WorldNetDaily and ABC Radio's John Batchelor on Batchelor's national radio program. (Click here to listen to the Jumblatt interview.)
Jumblatt is the head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party and is largely considered the most prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese politician.
He said he saw the fingerprints of Iran and Syria on Hezbollah's actions the past few days.
"They (Iran and Syria) are financially and militarily supporting Hezbollah. It is a known fact that this alliance from Tehran to Beirut is quite a solid strategic alliance."
Jumblatt said Hezbollah's attack and Israel's retaliation will make it more difficult to persuade the Lebanese militia to integrate into the country's army, a move he and other top parliamentarians had urged in response to calls by the international community for Hezbollah to disarm.
"We were having in Lebanon national dialogue on how to integrate Hezbollah inside the Lebanese army and we were progressing. Suddenly [Nasrallah] decided to act on his own for the release of Lebanese prisoners," Jumblatt said.
You see that? They were just about to start getting their house in order, and then Israel had to go and hold them responsible for the actions of Hizbollah, the largest political party in the Lebanese Parliament. No, Lebanon can not be held responsible for the actions of its most powerful political party. Or, at least, they would have us believe thusly.
This is typical of Middle Eastern countries, wherever you look. Governments and countries are balkanized, fighting against themselves, unable, we are told, to control the various factions who are at war with each other.
In the Palestinian territories we are told that Fatah can't be held responsible for Hamas, and neither can Hamas be held responsible for the actions of Fatah. In Saudi Arabia, we are told the Sauds can not control their own people (the "Arab Street"), nor can they seem to get a grip on the Wahabbist hate literature which their own royal family finances. In Pakistan, we are told the government has no control over the border region where Osama Bin Laden in known to be hiding. Therefore, we must understand that they can not be expected to catch him and turn him over to us.
Every ME nation believes it can play good cop/bad cop with its own "rogue elements". This is the negotiation tactic of the dishonest. Everytime an agreement is made, the game is changed once again, as the bad cop element rearranges the terms of agreement. This is called "negotiating in bad faith."
This is all bullshit, and it is time for it to stop.
If an American political/terrorist group began firing missiles into Mexico, you can bet your sweet ass America would be held accountable for it. The American government would put a stop to any such action, and the American government would apologize on behalf of the American people.
Certainly, the American government would not turn to Mexico and say, "Well, you know, you are going to have to give in to the separatists a bit, because we can not control them. Mind you, we don't agree with them, but we simply can not control them."
A real government claims responsibility for what happens within its borders. A government that can not control what happens within its borders is not a legitimate government, and is a danger to the world.
Israel's policy as this war develops seems to be to hold the governments of the Middle East responsible for the actions of their citizens. This is as it should be. The only reason we are hearing all this talk of "disproportionate response" is because in our fear of conflict with Middle Eastern nations we have allowed this ridiculous good cop/bad cop game to go on for so long that it has begun to seem like reasonable geopolitical policy. It is not. It is a shell game, and it is time for it to stop.
While the 1930's describes the 90's to now, it's time to worry about 1914
When Gavrilo Princeps offed the Archduke in Sarajevo no one could have predicted the coming pestilential horror in the trenches. In fact, a few weeks before the deluge, Germany, Russia and England all were insisting no such result could obtain.
The three recent kidnappings are beginning to remind me of Sarajevo's ignition.
There are few thinking, historically grounded analysts who would deny that this is a just moment for Israel to realign the political situation via the result on the battlefield. But at the moment we all saw the story about shifting the Israeli captives to Iran, there was a flash of another world.
With Khaled Meshal esconced, honored and protected in Damascus, and the IAF buzzing Assad's summer home as a result, and the idiots of the Syrian Baath protecting, and aiding via arms transfers from Iran, the racist murderers of Hizbollah, can a regional or LARGER war be avoided?
Should it be avoided?
At this moment in time many of the objectives of Israel's insistence on living, and american needs are identical or parallel, and there may have been no way back since a few people realized that El Sayed Nosair's action was not that of a lone lunatic, but the very tip of a massive iceberg, and one that smeared falseness, and futility over the idea that Israel's fight to live was and could be separate from the coming mass murders by the Muslim Brotherhood and it's philosphical child, and literal children in Al Qaeda, and their struggle against the dajjal, the Great Satan. Me. You. Your kids.
Britainistan : Al Ghurabaa Member Mocks Terror Victims, Declares Support For Islamic Terror
Ah'ma (Startin' to) Gettin' It
The “War To End All Wars” concluded with the 1919 signing of the Treaty of Versailles. One of its provisions called for the establishment of a "League of Nations" to ensure that the First World War really WOULD be 'the war to end all wars'.
The League was set up by the victorious Allied powers under the terms of a document known as ‘The Covenant’. It outlined the League’s mission: “To promote international co-operation and to achieve international peace and security”
The League was the brainchild of US president Woodrow Wilson, who won the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. But the United States was never a member. The Senate refused to ratify membership; correctly concluding that membership would subordinate U-S sovereignty to the League.
In 1931, Imperial Japan invaded Manchuria and established a puppet republic called Manchukuo. When the League of Nations objected, Tokyo resigned its membership. The League of Nations blustered and fumed and sent many letters of protest, which Japan ignored until the organization tired of sending them.
Four years later, Benito Mussolini, noting the League's ineffective response to Japanese aggression, invaded Ethiopia. The League condemned Italy, sent many letters of protest, and threatened sanctions.
In 1936, Mussolini's forces occupied Addis Ababa and Ethiopia became part of Italy. Adolph Hitler watched this response carefully and took notes. This encouraged him to test the League’s resolve in 1936.
Hitler marched his storm troopers into the Rhineland to claim the Ruhr as German territory, contrary to the Treaty of Versailles. The French protested but did nothing. The League of Nations explained this action away as an understandable redress of excessive measures imposed on Germany after World War One. It did nothing.
Hitler’s stature grew with the German people. Even the German military officers were amazed that the League of Nations did nothing. Some industrial leaders who, for economic reasons backed Hitler because they thought they could control him, were dumbfounded.
Some were even disappointed that the Western nations did nothing. On March 11, 1938, Hitler annexed Austria into the Third Reich. When the Austrian Chancellor – forced to resign by Hitler – refused to name a Nazi as his successor, Hitler marched his troops into Vienna and took over without a shot being fired. Again, the League of Nations took no effective action against this clear violation of the 1919 treaty of Saint Germain. It was an act of aggression that was not met with force.
Emboldened by his success at facing down the entire free world, Hitler persuaded British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to surrender a part of Czechoslovakia known as the Sudetenland. He spoke of the need for German “Lebensraum”. This was a coined Nazi word for “living space” for the German people.
Representing the League of Nations, Chamberlain surrendered to this demand without even consulting the Czechoslovakian President. Now Hitler’s stature grew to mythical proportions. This enabled him to crush Czechoslovakia with a new kind of war known as “blitzkrieg” or lightning war. The Allies were unable to respond. There was no stopping Hitler after this.
On behalf of the League of Nations, Chamberlain issued guarantees of protection to Poland. Hitler, now confident that the League was a ‘toothless tiger,’ invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. World War Two had begun. Hitler’s audacity and boldness quieted every voice of reason in Germany.
And the enormous tragedy of it all is that it could probably have been prevented if the League of Nations had boldly stood against Hitler and backed him down at the beginning. World War Two concluded with the replacement of the League of Nations by the United Nations. The new organization’s purpose was to prevent, through international cooperation, another ‘war to end all wars.’
The historical parallels between the 1930’s and the 1990’s are unmistakable. Throughout the 1990’s, what President George W Bush aptly dubbed ‘the Axis of Evil’, took turns testing U-N resolve and noting the reaction of the global community. First, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and survived the U-N-led war to push his troops back across the Iraqi border.
His Axis counterparts watched as he defied the U-N’s repeated resolutions with impunity. By the way, when Saddam’s Iraq finally fell twelve years later, it was at the hands of a United States-led coalition AND it was over the vociferous objections of the United Nations that Saddam had so blatantly defied. After observing the U-N’s response to Iraqi aggression, Kim Jong-il pushed the envelope still further with the first North Korean nuclear standoff in 1994.
That resulted in the international community bribing Pyongyang not to develop nuclear weapons. President Clinton gave him all sorts of ‘goodies’ to get him to back off his nuke program. Like any good extortionist, Kim Jong-il took the bribe but ignored the terms.
He got away with it for eight years while the U-N blustered and threatened him with letters of diplomatic protest. He learned that he could get all kinds of rewards by rattling his missiles and then allowing the West to bribe him to stop.
Meanwhile, even more dangerous aggressors were taking note. Iran’s mad mullahs took careful notice of the United Nations response. Iran, the third member of the ‘Axis of Evil’, began testing the U-N in 1998 when its own nuclear program was uncovered. It has managed to hold the international community at bay by creating the diplomatic equivalent of a Mexican standoff, thanks to its fostering of Islamofacism and the threat of escalating the war.
Now, Iran is only a few months, if that, from nuclear capability. And once again, we have North Korean missile tests, carried out in open defiance of the United Nations. To add insult and intensify the provocation; the tests coincided with both our 4th of July and the launch of the space shuttle Discovery.
The Taepodong test was deemed a ‘failure’ by the U-S because the missile exploded only 40 seconds after launch and at an undetermined altitude. But it’s worth noting that a powerful nuclear weapon detonated 180 miles above the United States could generate an ElectroMagneticPulse that experts say would instantly plunge half the country into the technological 1890's.
North Korea is now preparing several more missiles for ‘test’ launch. The United Nations is in a tither. Diplomatic letters of protest are flying like confetti. Military and intelligence analysts warn darkly of all the important lessons learned by Pyongyang, even though the test itself was considered a failure.
Maybe it wasn’t Pyongyang that the July 4th missile tests were intended to educate. If the ‘Axis of Evil’ analogy holds true to its historical template, the lessons were really intended for the mad mullahs in Tehran. It’s now their turn to move. Even casual observation should teach us that only ‘the aggressors’ learn from history. ‘The appeasers’ NEVER learn.
But the stakes today are far more dangerous than ever before. Armageddon looms large before us.
From the Oracle:
"TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on Islamic countries to mobilise against Israel and 'remove' the 'Zionist regime'.
"'The basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of the Zionist regime, and the Islamic world and the region must mobilise to remove this problem,' the president said in a speech to regional officials....
"He also issued an ominous warning to Western powers....
"'The waves of fury of Muslim nations will not be confined within the boundaries of the region, and the people who close their ears to the cries of the Palestinians and blindly support this regime will be responsible for the consequences,' he warned...."
Empty threats? Maybe. But consider this:
"The U.S. intelligence community has not been surprised by Iran's refusal to respond to a Western incentive package to suspend its uranium enrichment. Intelligence sources said Iran, following North Korea's model, intends to delay any response or negotiations for as long as possible.
"The European Union and the United States demanded that Iran reply to the Western incentive package of nuclear technology, fuel and aircraft by June 29. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Teheran would submit an answer by Aug. 22.
"The U.S. intelligence community has been trying to figure out why Ahmadinejad chose that date. Sources said the community was stumped until some Islam experts translated the Gregorian date to that of the Muslim calendar.
"Then came the surprise that has the intelligence community worried.
"Aug. 22 corresponds to Rajab 27 on the Muslim calendar. The date is called Lailat Al Israa, when Mohammed ascended to heaven from the Al Aqsa mosque to receive the five daily prayers. Later, Al Aqsa came to represent Jerusalem.
"The Muslim commemoration is meant to be a night of struggle, accompanied by thunder and lightening, resembling the story of Moses ascending Mount Sinai to receive the Old Testament.
"Ahmadinejad could be hinting to the West that he is preparing a major attack on Israel. Or, the Iranian president could be warning that unless the West caves in, he would escalate tension in the region. The lightening in Mohammed's story could represent Iranian missiles.
"What is clear is that Ahmadinejad does not see himself as an Iranian leader, but a Muslim prophet, using imagery to portray himself as a messiah for both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims."
I don't know where Epaminondas got his information, but if he is correct, there is big trouble on the way. There's Something About Islam posted the following information on July 12, 2006:
"Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected Western demands that he respond to a new proposal regarding the cessation of Iran’s nuclear efforts by the middle of this month.You can read the entire article here.
"To the consternation of officials in Europe and Washington, Ahmadinejad promised only to respond by the end of the Iranian month of Mordad (August 22).
"Why that date? Why so long to look over a simple package of incentives and give either a negative or a positive reply? Finding the answers to these troubling questions may require America and Europe to come to terms with a reality Western liberalism has done its best to ignore - that Islam remains engaged in a clash of civilizations with the Judeo-Christian world.
"You see, Ahmadinejad is a strong believer in the Shi’ite tradition of a 12th imam, the so-called 'hidden' Imam Mahdi who Allah has miraculously kept alive since his disappearance in 874 AD. As the story goes, Imam Mahdi will return at a time of great global chaos, oppression and bloodshed and usher in an era of (Islamic) justice.
"Ahmadinejad sees himself as Allah’s instrument to pave the way for Imam Mahdi, and constantly uses public appearances to urge his countrymen to prepare to back him in this task.
"Rumor is, Imam Mahdi could be returning this August (or shortly thereafter), just around the time some military experts believe Iran will be ready to construct its first nuclear weapon...
As a rule, I'm not keen on predictions based on specific dates, but as Mark Twain once noted:
"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."
(Posted by Always On Watch)
Time to accept the reality, over the brink and GOOD
In the past of this world war has ended slavery, fascism and other evils. These horrors have ended because civilized men recognizing the futility of avoiding what cannot be avoided, undertook horror to end worse.
And so now, the forces which are only the cat's paws of apocalyptic belief that the end of the world is a good, and that horror visited on jewish people thru history is justifiable, have made a mistake. The same mistake that such forces have always made of free peoples.
It doesn't matter.
This had to happen.
All of the players in the middle east from Morocco to Pakistan would, to put it mildly, prefer to see Israel dead. Most of them insist on it. All of them certainly teach that it would be good. Sooner or later the students of such racism and hate grow up, teach others, and cannot understand when others look at them as verminous bigots.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Ray of Hope or Bullshit PR?
Trial of Strength in Gaza
Israel and the Arab World
by Lord Weidenfeld
During the heated discourse over the situation in the Gaza Strip, the buzzword proportionality comes up once again. Do the kidnapping of a young soldier, weapon smuggling or the rocket shelling of the Israeli border town Sderot justify major attacks with inevitable civilian deaths? Isn't moderation the only done thing now?
Continue reading HERE.
The Force is with Them
"The debate in the scientific community is over," said Al Gore during an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the former vice-president's sortie into the movie business, "An Inconvenient Truth." This is a "scientifically based" documentary that asserts that an environmental apocalypse is gathering strength, and that its sole cause is man's uncontrolled carbon dioxide emissions.
But in a revealing article in the Wall Street Journal ("Don't Believe the Hype"), Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, writes that there has been no "debate" in the scientific community, and that what passes for truth about global warming is a mere consensus among those who wish to believe that man is the cause of catastrophic climate changes.
After bursting the bubbles of computer models and theoretical projections, and detailing the level of ignorance about climatology among scientists honest enough to admit their ignorance about what causes glaciers to retreat or the frequency of hurricanes, Lindzen concludes his article with, "Lastly, there is a clear attempt to establish truth not by scientific methods, but by perpetual repetition."
I would have put it: But by perpetual chanting by savages to entice the rain gods to make rain.
Perpetual repetition it has been for years, and also by dramatic pictures intended to frighten the unwary and persuade the impressionable with guilt. "You wanted your SUV! Well, there's the result, that avalanche of ice falling off of Greenland!" However, as Dr. Leonard Peikoff years ago remarked about the anti-abortionist tactic of using gruesome photographs of aborted fetuses, "A picture is not an argument."
And this is the substance of the environmentalists' scare campaign: impressive sounding but nevertheless bogus science, razzle-dazzle photography, and a belief closed to reason. Remember that today's environmentalist establishment had its roots in the ecology movement of the anti-establishment hippies and "radicals" of the 1960's. Those creatures are now the establishment, and tolerate no criticism. If you never credited the power of unopposed irrationality, of faking reality at the price of dismissing or suppressing reason, the success of the environmental establishment ought to convince you of it once and for all.
"I am here to say the debate is over: the science is clear," Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona said in a televised news conference about the alleged dangers of secondhand smoke. In a New York Times article, reporter John O'Neil on June 28th wrote that, according to Carmona's new report, "the evidence is now 'indisputable' that secondhand smoke is an 'alarming' public health hazard, responsible for tens of thousands of premature deaths among nonsmokers each year."
Of course, the science of the health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke is not clear, either. The issue has been "debated" on government terms for decades, and is an obsession of those who would impose their "findings" on everyone, regardless of the truth. Anymore, a government report on any subject -- whether on secondhand smoke, the dangers of cholesterol, or the thriving of the spotted owl or jeopardized salmon runs or the decline or increase of teenage pregnancies -- is an invitation to hard scrutiny. So many government-funded findings and studies, as well as those emanating directly from the government, are just so much a priori number juggling and reality-faking legerdemain.
In the disguise of science, a cohort of totalitarians has ascended to prominence. To what end? Ultimately, to absolute control of the individual, the extinction of selfish pleasure, and the inculcation of voluntary, public-spirited abstinence (from any pleasure you care to name), for the sake of the allergic, for the elderly with heart and respitory problems, and, of course, for that regular Trojan horse of justification, the children, born and unborn.
"Dr. Carmona warned that measures like no-smoking sections (in restaurants and bars) did not provide adequate protection," reports the Times article, "adding, 'Smoke-free environments are the only approach that protects nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.'"
Adolf Hitler, a virulent nonsmoker, also intended to impose such a policy on Germany if it had won the war. And, his Aryan scientists could just as well have conducted a study that meshed perfectly with such a policy, one that concluded that a "Jew-free Germany is the only approach that would protect Germany from the dangers of Zionism."
What is opposing the advance of the nanny-statists? Certainly not reason. Lindzen, writing about the speciousness of the environmentalist premise that man alone is causing global warming, remarks:
"Even among those arguing [in the alleged "debate"], there is general agreement that we can't attribute any particular hurricane to global warming. To be sure, there is one exception, Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., who argues that it must be global warming because he can't think of anything else."
That is an example of the consequences of repetition creating a "truth." It is nothing less than the death of thought. In George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four," O'Brien eventually convinces Winston Smith that two plus two equals five. We have been witnessing the same phenomenon, only in slow motion, over a vast field of issues, for decades.
There is little difference between the means and ends of the environmentalists and the anti-smoking brigades in the U.S. and the means and ends of Russian President Vladimir Putin's preparations for the G8 summit in St. Petersburg this weekend. Under the headline, "Putin cracks the whip for summit," the Daily Telegraph (London) of July 12th reported that "The Russian authorities have been instructed to banish the poor -- and the rain - from St. Petersburg."
People who are likely to demonstrate are being forced to leave the city, activists are being jailed, stray dogs are being killed, and the homeless evicted for the duration of the summit. To what end? To create the illusion of serenity, stability and order.
"Mr.. Putin," reports the article, "wants to ensure that the world's most powerful politicians never come face to face with aspects of St. Petersburg that most discomfit him." In short, he is exercising his power to fake reality. The faking even extends to having the Russian air force on standby "to 'seed the clouds,' pumping ions into the air that supposedly will ensure the rain falls anywhere but on the Konstantinovsky Palace, where leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations will stay."
"I think, therefore I am." "I wish it to be true, therefore it is true." And if repetition will not make it "true," or result in a consensus that will create an "accepted truth," force will. Force, not facts, will settle the issue. Facts, or the absence of evidence, have always been an "inconvenient truth" to those who wish to resort to force to accomplish their ends when indoctrination and brain-washing have failed. And what is their supreme end? Power, in the name of the "public good."
When a petit totalitarian reaches for his gun, or threatens to use it unless one submits to his moral or "scientific" authority, then the debate is indeed over.
Crossposted at The Dougout