Saturday, August 19, 2006
The Tribute 2,996 Project
From The Gathering Storm
Rumes Of BOZ came across a blog yesterday that was devoting a large amount of time to a worthwhile effort. This effort is called "Tribute 2,996 Project". This blogger has a goal of honoring and memorializing the life of each person that killed on 9/11. Not to recount the events of that fateful day but to remember each and every one of those loved ones that died.
One victim, one blogger.
A blog post needs to be written and posted on September 11, 2006, this being the fifth anniversary of the day that will live forever in the hearts and minds of this generation of Americans. A blogger that signs up will be assigned someone to blog about; their life, their love, their joy.
As of yesterday, the project had almost 2,000 bloggers signed up. There's not much time left for the rest of the 2,996 precious Americans to be honored and remembered through the project. If you are a blogger, take time to help with "Tribute 2,996 Project". Go sign up. You'll be glad you did.
Please dear Crocodile, eat me last!
Read the rest about this sickening bit of dhimmitude HERE!
Internet Curse against Islam Critic
The German Office for the Protection of the Constitution consider a curse at an Internet platform for Muslims as a license to kill. German judges don't even want to see it as defamation.
How subtle will a supposed call for the murder of an Islam critic have to be so that German judges won't even recognise it as a defamation of the target? The case, which the Higher Regional Court Oldenburg will have to settle within the next couple of weeks is a potential lecture about the limits of the freedom of opinion and speech.
Yavuz Özoguz from Delmenhorst [near Bremen] hosts one of the busiest Internet platforms for Muslims in Germany. He says that Muslim-Markt can boast 50,000 to 70,000 visitors per week. 2005 he had written a prayer in one of his Internet fora, which cursed the author and Islam-critic Hans-Peter Raddatz. The disputed lines go like this: "And if Mr. Raddatz is a hatemonger [literally: Hassprediger=preacher of hate] and liar, then the almighty creator may punish him for his crimes…" [I add the German text for clarity: "Und wenn Herr Raddatz ein Hassprediger und Lügner ist, dann möge der allmächtige Schöpfer ihn für seine Verbrechen bestrafen ..."]
Raddatz understood the item, declared to be a prayer, as a call for murder and took Özoguz to court. The Regional Court Oldenburg refused to proceed with the trial against Özoguz. The "prayer" is, according to the court, no call for killing Hans-Peter Raddatz. Although punishment is mentioned, that implies, so the court, an appeal to God in the afterlife... The judges didn't recognise a call for other Internet surfers to commit a crime.
The Next Generation Suicide Bombers
The video is absolutely disgusting and shows us the extent and success of the Islamist (wahabi) propaganda in (our 'ally') Saudi Arabia.
Part of the 'interview':
Q: Are you a Muslim?
Q: Bamallah do you know the Jews?
Q: Do you like them?
Q: Why don't you like them?
Q: Because they are what?
A: They are apes and pigs
Q: Because they are apes and pigs? Who said that about them?
A: Our God. In the Koran
She then asks Basmallah to give her an example of what 'the Jews' did to Muhammed. She tells a story of a Jewish woman who poisoned Muhammed. When Muhammed asked her about it, she admitted it and told him that if he was a liar, God would punish him, but if he was telling the truth, Allah would protect him.
Muhammed survived and killed the Jewish woman.
I'm sure that most of you watched this video before: I didn't, at least not this version (3 minutes). Now picture that there are tens of thousands, even hundredthousands, even millions of children who are taught what Basmallah is taught every single day. An hatred towards Jews that's unparalelled. An hatred and prejudice that are already put into their heads when they're 3 years old.
Now tell me that we should find a strictly 'diplomatical' solution for Muslim extremism.
Cross posted at Liberty and Justice
Letter Which Appeared in the WaPo
The following letter appeared in the Friday, August 18, 2006 Washington Post:
"When he commented on the arrest of a handful of British Muslims accused of plotting to blow up U.S.-bound civilian aircraft ["Plot to Bomb U.S.-Bound Jets Is Foiled; Britain Arrests 24 Suspected Conspirators," front page, Aug. 11], President Bush said the case was "a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists." The president's use of that term is misleading, unfortunate and unacceptable.
"We, as peaceful and justice-loving Muslims, deeply resent the implication that 'fascism' is an integral part of our faith tradition, or that it is condoned by those of us who practice the religion of Islam. In fact, there is absolutely no evidence that supports the legitimacy of any form of state-sponsored violence and injustice, either in our revealed text, the holy Koran, or in the traditions of Islam...."
READ THE REST.
Storm Track Infiltration: What Muslims Are Teaching Kids
From The Gathering Storm
While the 12 jihadists arrested in
But this is not the first case of jihadist infiltration of Islamic schools that promote anti-Semitism or other aspects of the Islamist agenda. Inquiries into Islamic schools repeatedly discover just such a radical Islamic outlook. Daniel Pipes lists examples in a column on the Teach Kids Peace web site.
An investigation by the New York Daily News in 2003 found that books used in the city's Muslim schools "are rife with inaccuracies, sweeping condemnations of Jews and Christians, and triumphalist declarations of Islam's supremacy."
Ajax, Ontario, 50 kilometers east of
Then there are four leading Islamic schools in the
The Muslim Community School in
A textbook used at the Islamic Saudi Academy of
The Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences of Ashburn, Virginia, referred to as a "purported" educational institution in an affidavit justifying a raid on the school, had its financial records seized in 2002 on suspicions of links to terrorism.
Coming full circle, the head of the Canadian Islamic Congress, Mohamed Elmasry, who has asked for calm after the Canadian arrest of the 12 jihadist, publicly endorsed the murder of all Israelis over the age of 18.
I don’t know how long the citizens of the free world can stay clam as the activities of the Islamist marches on. This from the website of the new movie releasing this summer called ‘Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West’.
“The Islamists have pursued their battle on a variety of fronts, from sectarian violence against Coptic Christians in
How long will it take to understand the Islamist infiltration and disinformation of our civilization?
Calling All Cars - Muslim Terrorists On The Loose
(Thanks to Religion of Pieces for sending us this story from the BBC):
Every police force in the UK is now involved in the investigation into the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, it has emerged.
The 43 forces in England and Wales, eight in Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland have sent, or are sending, officers to assist.
Hundreds are said to be involved with further officers on patrol at airports.
Meanwhile, searches of woodland at High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and 14 addresses are continuing.
Police sources have confirmed the inquiry has moved into another area, with a property in Northolt, north-west London, now among those being searched.
The Metropolitan Police, which is leading the inquiry, has said it has already completed searches of 36 business and residential sites.
A total of 20 vehicles have also been searched as part of the investigation.
All forces across the UK are providing officers to help with the operation by the Metropolitan Police."
BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the precise number of officers involved in the inquiry has not been disclosed for operational reasons.
Most of the officers dispatched are detectives, but police specialising in searches and scene of crime examination are also taking part in the investigation, he said.
The alert began on 10 August after raids in London, High Wycombe and Birmingham.
A district judge has granted anti-terror officers an extra seven days to question 21 of the 23 suspects being held, and an extra five days to question two.
Under the 2006 Terrorism Act the maximum period someone suspected of terrorist activity can be held without charge is 28 days, subject to regular court approval.
It is believed up to 17 people are being held in Pakistan over the alleged plot - with two British nationals of Pakistani descent among them.
Scotland Yard officers have also flown to Pakistan to liaise with the authorities there over the questioning of Rashid Rauf, the only man who has so far been named by Pakistani authorities.
What's going on here? Could the terror plot have actually been the first of successive waves of attacks? Yes, they say they are arresting people from Pakistan, but given this plots proximity to Ahmadinejad's self-imposed August 22nd "deadline" could this plot actually have Iranian origins? Is it possible that Iran is wily enough to know that they had better make it look like any terrorist plot against the West which they formulate must appear to have its origins in another country, like Lebanon, or Pakistan?
Could this plot involve the first of waves of martrys 50,000 strong as Ahmadinejad has boasted of having?
Foreign Aid that counts
Say what you will about the racist and genocidal freakish ghouls at the helm of Hizballah, but they understand the meaning of the words 'grassroots organizing', and social organization.
How long would this have taken Allstate?
I also guess Hizballah understands which currency is trusted (assuming that it hasn't come fresh off a North Korean ship)
At a school in south Beirut's Bourj el-Barajneh neighborhood, Hizbullah on Friday started handing out one hundred dollar bills to residents who lost their homes in the Israel-Hizbullah conflict - US$12,000 to each claimant.
Applicants who had signed up for the aid earlier in the week showed up at the school, showed identification papers and only had to sign a receipt. Hizbullah workers handed residents stacks of bills from a suitcase.
Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, in a television speech on Monday shortly after the cease-fire with Israel took hold, pledged to help rebuild Lebanon and said the organization would provide money for civilians who had lost their homes to pay rent and buy furniture.
Nasrallah did not say where the money would come from, but Iran historically has been the group's primary source of finance and weapons. The Iranians were widely believed to have opened their treasury for the rebuilding program.
Nasrallah, and the government's Higher Relief Council which deals with catastrophic events, said 15,000 housing units were hit during the war.
And would that be going on August 22nd?
Iran says to launch large military exercise
TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian army said on Thursday that it would launch a large-scale military exercise Saturday, the state television reported.
The maneuver will begin in southeastern Iran Saturday, military spokesman Gen. Mohammad Reza Ashtiani was quoted as saying.
"It will be carried out stage by stage for a period," he added, without revealing exactly when the exercise would end.
"The maneuver is aimed at introducing our new defensive doctrine," Ashtiani said, adding that 12 infantry regiments would participate in the upcoming exercise dubbed "The Blow of Zolfaghar."
Zolfaghar is the sword used by Imam Ali, one of the most revered figures for Shiite Muslims.
In addition, Ashtiani said that the maneuver came against a backdrop of tensions in the Mideast, saying "We must be ready to fight against any threat and we should be a role model for other countries."
"The army is prepared to destroy all plots against the Islamic Republic," he added.
In April, Iran launched another large-scale military exercise, the biggest in several years.
During the game, Iran said it had tested advanced weapons including missiles and torpedoes.
The new Iranian war game will come when Tehran is facing heightened pressure as a UN Security Council resolution urges it to halt uranium enrichment by Aug. 31.
Number of Foreign Prisoners in UK Increasing
Dramatic increases over the past six years have piled fresh pressure on already overcrowded prisons. One in every seven inmates is now a foreign national. The prison system currently houses criminals from 168 countries.
... [snip] ...
Jamaica tops the table of foreign prisoners, with 1,564 nationals, including 134 women. Nigeria has the second largest contingent, followed by the Irish Republic, Pakistan, Turkey and Somalia."
Muslims Be Warned: We Will Give You A Beating Worse Than Any Allah Has Given You Thus Far
Considering the pathetic medieval state of the Muslim world, the constant humiliations, and the relentless killing of each other - in a magnitude far beyond their meagre successes at killing the infidel - it is clear that there is no one who torments and abuses Muslims more than Allah himself.
However, let us be clear Muslims, if you don't cease with this Jihad, the Muslim world will be subjected to a beating unlike anything even the evil Allah has not yet inficted upon you.
Hugh Fitgerald of Jihad Watch is saying the same thing in his own way:
What if that plot to blow up airliners had not been detected well in advance, but had succeeded? What then? What would have followed? Other than stricter security measures at airports, what punishment would have been meted out to Muslims, to their interests, to the Umma -- a collective punishment as in modern warfare punishments always are, so that it would be far less likely to happen again? What exactly would the Western world, would the United States, would Great Britain, would France, would Germany, would all the countries of the Western world have done?
Would they have bombed several of the entry points into Mecca, so as to limit access to it, and threatened to steadily bomb others, until such time as only one narrow road led in and out -- a far better step, because deliberately incremental, than destroying Mecca or the Ka'ba itself, the Magic Wonderstone often confused with the meteorite which it contains within? Would they have promptly seized the assets of Saudis and other rich Arabs, declaring these to be the assets of enemy aliens, whose property was seized during World War II -- or would that first require legislation? Would they do something, as obviously they should, to damage the interests of Muslims living within the Bilad al-kufr, the Lands of the Infidels, deep behind what Muslims themselves are taught to regard as enemy lines?
One wishes to know. Surely Muslims should know that these things are now being talked about, and that they cannot continue to assume that no matter what happens, their position in the Western world is safe, that the Western peoples will continue to exhibit the extraordinary forbearance that they have exhibited? Does one forget how the United States, which in the late 1930s had the 18th largest army in the world, roused itself, in a vision almost like Milton's "methinks I see a puissant power," and churned out tens of thousands of planes and tanks, many of them sent to the Soviet Union as part of a non-returnable Lend-Lease, and to the United Kingdom, and then entered the war? And within two years of entering the war American bombers were taking part in raids on Berlin and bombing German cities, and then Japanese cities.
The Arabs and Muslims do not really comprehend what warfare is. They have lost only to tiny Israel, a country determined not to use its full armory, and so far very solicitous of the enemy -- partly because of that supposedly impressive but actually maddening doctrine of "purity of arms" (which gets them no points outside of Israel, none). Israel has never been permitted by the outside world, or by its own scruples, to inflict the kind of damage that the rest of the Western world can and will inflict, and not only militarily.
The plotters in England, or in a hundred other places, do not know this. No one has told them that there will be consequences. No one has told them that this can and will by many be treated as an act of war, an act of war by all those who participate in, or support financially or morally or demographically, the Jihad. This has to be discussed.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Extra, extra, read all about it: Iraq's newspaper war
Stories like the following are enough to make one weep from frustration. All that blood spilled, all those lives lost.. for this??
It's as if a surgeon operated without his glasses on, and as a result, became satisfied in removing only one of a patient's two gangrenous limbs, pronouncing the patient cured, even as the effects of that gangrene continue before his very eyes... if only the doctor had sufficient vision to see the full scope of the job before him.
The myopia of multi-culturalism and the blindness of political correctness have much to answer for, in Iraq, as the butcher's bill keeps growing more costly... and the solution harder to diagnose.
The pro-suffering/anti-war "peace" protestors whom we protest against, claim that the US is "occupying" Iraq. Oh how I wish that were literally true, for then it would be far less likely that we would allow stories such as the following to occur...
...where we learn that, of all things, reading the wrong newspaper in Baghdad can now get you killed:
... [Mohammed Shakir] used to offer a selection [of newspapers] from all of Iraq's political movements and parties - but no more. In his majority Sunni neighborhood that has proved simply too dangerous.
Two months ago a group of masked men showed up at his stall and ordered Shakir to stop selling papers printed by Shiite groups or government officials, saying that he would be killed if he did not comply.
"They even threatened people who buy these papers in the neighborhood," said Shakir, who took the threat seriously and closed down because most papers he carried dealt with Shiites and Shiite issues.
And it appears that these were not idle threats. Two paper sellers were killed in the last two months in Baghdad's Adhamiya neighborhood, a Sunni area.
Another three lost their lives in Dora, a district south of the capital that used to be mixed but is rapidly becoming purely Sunni.
Paper sellers say that no one dares to sell newspapers in these areas since they fell under the control of Sunni militants.
... And it is not just paper sellers and their customers who have been caught up in this latest form of sectarian violence sweeping the Iraqi capital.
Cafés with televisions have been threatened with bombing unless they stop showing Shiite stations. Several bookshops have also been burned down or targeted by bombers.
Continue reading "Iraq's newspaper war":
German Government Publishes Images Of Suspects
"We're accusing as yet unknown suspects of having tried to ignite unconventional flammable and explosive devices on July 31, 2006, in the cities of Dortmund and Koblenz with the aim of killing a high number of people," Federal Prosecutor Rainer Griesbaum said at a press conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, today. The perpetrators are suspected of being members of a "domestic terrorist organization," Griesbaum said.
A suitcase found abandoned on a regional train from Aachen to Hamm in western Germany was turned in by the train's conductor in Dortmund. It contained a propane gas bottle, three bottles filled with gasoline and a detonating device, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said Aug. 1. On the same day another piece of luggage was found on another regional train from Moenchengladbach to Koblenz about 75 miles to the South. It too contained a propane gas bottle.
"We have to take this event very seriously," Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a faxed statement today. "We have to expect that the danger of a repeat attempt still exists."
In other words, it looks a lot like the London and (especially) Madrid bombings. There is a difference and that is that the bombs weren't set to go off at a station, but instead 10 minutes before arrival in Dortmund and Koblenz.
German police have published images of (some of) the suspects. They're especially looking for:
two males, who transported the two suitcases at Cologne train station.
Bloomberg explains that Germany isn't exactly free from terrorists:
Germany is clamping down on Islamic extremists after discovering that three pilots involved in the Sept. 11 terror attacks -- Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Ziad Samir Jarrah - - had lived in the northern port city of Hamburg.
Other members of the Hamburg terror group included Ramzi Binalshibh and Said Bahaji. While Binalshibh has been held by the U.S. at an undisclosed location since his arrest in Pakistan in September 2002, Bahaji, a suspected organizer of the terrorist attacks, is still at large. Bahaji disappeared from Germany just prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and is suspected to be in Pakistan.
The German newspaper the Deutsche Welle has an image up up the two suspects:
The person who provides the police with information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects will be rewarded with 50 000 euros ($64,195).
There is, logically, a debate going on in Germany right now about whether or not they should increase video surveillance in railway stations and in trains. This seems to, sadly, be a necessary step.
Submission: Part 2 - Muhammad Exposed
"I gave them a proposal, in which I mentioned how I was going to represent the Prophet Muhammad in New York and have him talk to a number of Western thinkers, and they said, 'No problem.'"
She acknowledges the irony of being a feminist activist employed by an organization affiliated with the Republican Party.
"It is ironic, but I talked to different think tanks and it was only the American Enterprise Institute that said, 'We welcome controversy.' I would have total intellectual freedom."
The identities of her collaborators on Submission: Part 2 will remain anonymous.
"After Van Gogh's death, I've learned a lesson, and that is, you have to make a film without putting the identity of the people out there. You have to be smarter than the killers."
I am certain Muhammad hopefuls are swamping her. I wonder if any of Hollywood’s actors would have the gall to play the part…
What's Honor Got To Do With It: 2
Today, the Guardian reports that Italian police were searching for the third suspect.
Investigators said they were looking into the theory that the grave was dug before the woman was killed. It is thought a long kitchen knife was used to slit her throat.
That appears to be a reasonable thought: considering that they most likely planned this brutal murder on their daughter / cousin far before they actually committed this terrible crime.
The Milan daily Corriere della Sera reported that the victim's father had applied for Italian citizenship two months ago. Applicants must convince authorities that they also embrace "fundamental" rights, including the right of a woman "to choose her own life", said the interior minister, Giuliano Amato.
Well, obviously he failed that test, no?
Cross posted at Liberty and Justice
Just to let u know...
Take care my fellow Kufirs,
Bush Doctrine Phase II
If this were a sane world, this is what we would hear during the president's next address to the nation:
My fellow Americans.
President Bush pauses before the start of a meeting with the Homeland Security Team at the National Counterterrorism Center on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006 in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
I come to you now, gravely aware that what I am about to say will radically change the course of what we have, for nearly five long years now, called the war on terror.
For almost as long as I have held this office, I have been leading this war. On my watch, the United States sent troops into Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban and drive Al Qaeda from the safe haven it used to plan attacks on our country. On my watch, we sent troops into Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein and break this link in the terrorism food chain. On my watch, the United States spearheaded an ambitious drive to bring democracy to regions of the Middle and Near East as part of an effort to touch brutalized peoples with the salve of freedom and see them recover their free will, forever strengthened by what we in America prize as God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I made this democratization process the centerpiece of my second term, the core of my political strategy against global terrorism, because history has taught us that democracies don't make war, or support terrorist attacks, on one another. I didn't, as one predecessor of mine famously put it, simply want "to make the world safe for democracy." I wanted to make the world -- that part of the world from which terrorism mainly springs -- democratic, and therefore, safe.
Over the past few years, then, the United States has supported fledgling democracies in Afghanistan Iraq and the Palestinian Authority. We have proudly assisted in making free and fair elections possible in these places, and with excellent results -- at least with regard to the freeness and the fairness of the elections. But the fact is, when these peoples have spoken, what we have heard, or should have been hearing, in the expression of their collective will is that the mechanics of democracy alone (one citizen, one vote) do not automatically manufacture democrats -- if by democrats we mean citizens who believe first and foremost in the kind of liberty that guarantees freedom of conscience and equality before the law.
On the contrary, each of these new democracies has produced constitutions that enshrine Islamic law. Because Islamic law, known as "sharia," does not permit equality between the sexes or among religions, it is anything but what we in American consider "democratic." Indeed, sharia law endows Muslims, and Muslim men in particular, with a superior position in society. It also outlaws words and deeds that oppose this inequitable power structure for being "un-Islamic." From this same Islamic legal tradition comes the mandate for jihad (holy war, usually against non-Muslims) and dhimmitude, the official state of inferiority of non-Muslims under Islam.
With their devotion to Islamic tradition, then, these new democracies have, in effect, peacefully voted themselves into the same doctrinal camp as the many terror groups that violently strike at the non-Muslim world in the name of jihad for the sake of a caliphate -- a Muslim world government ruled according to sharia.
So be it. What I mean by that is, it is neither in the national interest nor in the national will for the United States of America to attempt to reshape such a culture to conform to our notions of liberty and justice for all. It is neither in the national interest nor in the national will to attempt to reform a belief system that animates this culture to conform to our notions of freedom of worship. It is, however, in our national interest, and must become a part of our national will, to ensure that Islamic law does not come to our own shores, whether by means of violent jihad terrorism as practiced by the likes of Al Qaeda or Hezbollah, or through peaceful patterns of migration, such as those that have already Islamized large parts of Europe.
The shift I am describing -- from a pro-democracy offensive to an anti-sharia defensive -- means a national course correction. Rather than continuing to emphasize the democratization of the Muslim Middle East as our key tool in the war on terror, I will henceforth emphasize the prevention of sharia from reaching the West as our key tool in the war on terror.
This will entail the immediate adoption of the following steps.
(To be continued)
Storm Track Disinformation: Al-Reuters & Al-AP Photo Fraud
We’ve all seen the recent attempts at faux photography that Al-Reuters has done to slant the Israel-Lebanon conflict. AISH.com has compiled an excellent slide show of the photo frauds that Reuters and AP has committed over the last month’s Israel-Lebanon conflict.
As Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read the newspapers you are misinformed”
Storm Track Disinformation: Our Main Stream Media At Work
Two recent articles caught my attention that took Time Magazine and the Washington Post to task over there reporting.
The first was from NewsBusters entitled “Why Time Magazine Can't Explain British Muslim Radicalism”.
NewsBusters reported that the subhead in the Time magazine article promised enlightenment, but failed to deliver on "Why do so many young British Muslims turn to violence against the land where they were raised?"
“Unfortunately, Time's leftward slanted editorial policies don't allow an honest answer. Rather than exploring the root causes of Islamic radicalism, which is, after all, the root cause of British Muslim radicalism, Time offers a sterile hodgepodge of random observations and politically correct standbys; they actually cite "disaffection" with Britain's foreign policy, as if that were a cause rather than a symptom of the disease. Buried within the article is the symptom that identifies the illness:
“And among those British Muslims surveyed, a remarkable 81%--a percentage higher than that for Muslims not just in France and Germany but also in Egypt and Jordan--said they thought of themselves as Muslims first and citizens of their native country second.”
They go on and hit the nail on the head.
“The Pew Research poll Time cites also found that 15% of British Muslims sympathize with Muslim fundamentalists. The problem here is that Time, and other western media, steeped in the dogma of cultural relativism, fail to realize that a Muslim fundamentalist is not just a Christian fundamentalist who happens to worship Allah and Mohammed instead of Jehovah and Christ. This reflexive and fashionable lumping together of all the major religions prevents Time, and most of the mainstream media, from seeing the fundamental differences that separate them. It's why Time couldn't answer its own question.
Next, the UK Telegraph took on their cousin across the pond and brought the Washington Post to task as explained by The Unalienable Right.
Links to two news articles occur adjacent to each other on the blog tracking site Memorandum today (See here and here), that seem to tell two completely different stories about the roots of the terror threat in Britain.First from the Washington Post: Young Muslim Rage Takes Root in Britain
Unemployment, Foreign Policy Fuel Extremism
"...Britain has become an incubator for violent Islamic extremism, fueled by disenchantment at home and growing rage about events abroad, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
………In one of Europe's largest Muslim communities, young men face a lack of jobs, poor educational achievement and discrimination in a highly class-oriented culture. Prime Minister Tony Blair is the most outspoken ally of President Bush, and their policies in Iraq and Afghanistan are seen by many Muslims as aimed at Islam.But from the UK Telegraph, contrast the article headlined "University students at centre of terror plots"
“The recruitment of Muslim students at British universities to take part in terrorist attacks is at the heart of the alleged plot to blow up passenger jets, it is feared.”
“Extremist Muslim groups had been detected at more than 20 institutions, both former polytechnics and long-established universities, over the past 15 years, Prof Glees said.”
The Unalienable Right said, “If the rage is being fueled by unemployment and lack of education, why are so many of the plotters tied to British universities? The view from the Post looks like nothing more than a rehash of the old left-wing "poverty causes crime" canard, re-tooled as the "poverty causes jihad" canard.
For the Washington Post- same PC crap, different group.
The Iranian Regime is Scared
This week the Iranian regime announced that it was about to launch a crackdown against "decadent" satellite television dishes.
...It didn't take long for them to get cracking!
The Wahabbis in Saudi Arabia also tried to ban satellite dishes in the early 90s but business in the end prevailed. Infidelicious programs like Baywatch and beauty pageants were a big hit in the Kingdom.
The Iranian campaign, however, is aimed more towards information control. The jailing of bloggers attests to that:
"It shows their paranoia," said Derakhshan, who helped ignite the Iranian blog boom in 2001 by posting simple instructions to create sites in Farsi. "They fear these sites and blogs could someday become a way for protesters to communicate and organize. They are trying to control the Internet before it can control them."
Don't Say "Islamic Fascists"
On August 11, 2006, I wrote about the use of the term "Islamic fascists" and about CAIR's objections to that term. Now, via Pedestrian Infidel, comes the following, to which Mark Alexander alerted me:
"STATE DEPARTMENT President Bush has avoided repetition of a term that angered Muslims....The Saudi Cabinet objects? President Bush didn't label all Muslims "Islamic fascists." Or did he, albeit unwittingly?
"In a statement after its weekly meeting, the Saudi Cabinet 'warned against labeling Muslims with accusations of terrorism and fascism.'
"Bush didn't repeat the reference to 'Islamic fascists' at the State Department today, referring instead to 'individuals that would like to kill innocent Americans to achieve political objectives.'"
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A simple question on the utility of the Cease Fire
How many Katyushas, anti tank missiles, rifles, pistols, bee bee guns, paintball weapons, or sligshots did the Lebanese army seize yesterday as they headed south to the Israeli border??
More on the cancelled THEL and Skyguard today
Lasers Over Lebanon
by James Dunnigan
Many Israelis are complaining that development of a, laser based anti-missile system, called THEL, which was recently cancelled, could have been used to stop some of the Hizbollah rockets coming out of Lebanon. Meanwhile, the American partner in THEL development is now offering a smaller version, Skyguard, for protecting commercial aircraft from portable anti-aircraft missiles. The manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, originally developed THEL (Tactical High Energy Laser) for combat situations. Tests last year showed THEL was able to knock down barrages of incoming mortar shells.
Israel was a partner in the development of THEL, which was originally supposed to enter service in 2007. When THEL was cancelled earlier this year, the laser still needed work, but the THEL radar was already in good shape. In 2004, Israel used the THEL radar to detect incoming Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza, and this provided an opportunity to operate the radar under combat conditions.
The THEL system was designed to knock down larger, and better made, rockets than the home made Palestinian Kassam rockets. In other words, THEL would have been very useful knocking down the factory made rockets Hizbollah has been firing at Israel over the last few weeks.
One is again COMPELLED to inquire if we can rule out the posibility that among the plans laid by the Mullahs are smuggled 6 and 9 foot long katyushas in the USA. If the Israeli Air Force, whose density over the area of lebanon south of the litani must have been substantial, could not stop the katyusha firings, how much more difficult would this task be in the USA? How much more compelling when these stupid pipes slam in to any small city of 20,000 with three local TV stations there live to upload to CNN and FOX and NBC? Could Manhattan be missed from central NJ? The refineries at Elizabeth NJ? Would we even be able to pick the Katyusha up on radar and know the vicinity of launch in this huge country?
Are we READY?
Why is such a system not already deployed?
Failure of imagination
"It is hard for me to recall a time when the world was such a scary place."
It's one thing to be seen as the bully in the schoolyard; it's quite another when people realise the bully is actually incapable of getting anybody else to do what he wants. It's unpleasant when people stop respecting you, but it's positively terrifying when they stop fearing you.
... [snip] ...
It is hard for me to recall a time when the world was such a scary place. No one should rejoice at America's weakness. The world is scarier still because of it. "
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Explosives Found In Bottle Of Liquid At Tri-State Airport
Tri-State Airport in Wayne County has been evacuated. A perimeter has been set up, and evacuees are being asked to stand back 350 feet from the airport.
The Transportation Security Administration reports that a passenger’s water bottle screened positive for an explosive material around 9:15 this morning. A second test was confirmed at 11:25.
NBC News reports that federal screeners found four containers of liquids inside a woman’s carry-on bag during the screening process this morning. Larry Salyers, Tri-State Airport Director, tells WSAZ the woman is of Pakistani origin, lived in Jackson, Michigan and most recently lived in the Huntington area. She is being detained for questioning.
FBI officials are on scene.
This is from WSAZ Television in Wayne County via Little Green Footballs.
Ahmadinejad launches his very own blog!
The launch of www.ahmadinejad.ir was reported on state TV, which urged users to send in messages to the president.
Ahmadinejad's first posting, entitled autobiography, tells of his childhood, Iran's Islamic revolution, and the country's war with Iraq.
The blog includes a poll asking users whether they think the US and Israel are trying to trigger a new world war.
There is a postform for users to send in questions for the president, and a picture gallery containing a series of images of the blogger himself.
Since coming to power, Ahmadinejad's government has used one of the most sophisticated internet censorship systems in the world to crack down on anti-government bloggers.
Perhaps the Alliance can take up Mr Ahmadinejad's offer and send him a message or two…
Storm Track Appeasement: Do You Feel Safer Now?
From The Gathering Storm
The traitorous American Criminal Liberties Union chalked another victory up to the appeasing and apologist Left today. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs. They believe many of their overseas contacts are likely targets of the program, which involves wiretapping conversations between people in the
So now the radical left is dictating foreign policy through the courts unable to do it through the process of winning elections. They found a useful idiot – a Federal Judge in
“U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in
became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.” Detroit
This is the NSA program that the government said was well within their constitutional rights that monitored conversations going outside of the country. Don’t you feel safer now that journalists, scholars and lawyers have made their job of – and I quote from the Jawa Report – “I feel so much safer knowing that my Constitutionally protected right to chat with Ayman al Zawahiri about the weather in
Barking Moonbat Alert--the 'Alleged' Airline Bomb Plot
Be sure to read the comments here at this post. One of IBLOGA's own has gotten into a schelacking contest with the some of the members of the Red Brigades. Maybe our co-blogger could use some backup.
Storm Track Disinformation: Say That Again?
Islam Answers Back, a web site that is a division of Islaminfo.com, posted this plea.
“Muslims have to provide answers to the objections and negative stereotypes of Islam.”
This is the content you see when a Barrow church website were diverted onto a site run by the Muslim organization.
Umm. Doesn’t hijacking someone’s web site add to a negative stereotype?
You 'interfaith' if you want to. This gentleman is not for 'interfaithing'!
After the shocking news that “home grown” Muslim “terrorists” (more rightfully called jihadis) planned to blow up nine aircraft full of passengers mid-flight over US metropolitan areas which would have killed thousands of innocent people (mostly infidels in their eyes) – in other words, mass murder of enormous proportions – there have been renewed calls for more interfaith dialogue with “our Muslim brothers and sisters”. These calls for more interfaith dialogue are naïve at best, downright stupid, dangerous and appeasing at worst.
One engages in dialogue with people who are yielding enough, with people who are willing enough to shift their opinions somewhat, in order to be able to reach a compromise. Muslims are totally and utterly unyielding. There can be no compromise with them. None at all! They believe they are right. They believe they are God’s (more correctly Allah’s) chosen people, the people who have a monopoly on the truth. They believe that we are inferior beings to them simply because we do not belong to their faith group, because we have not accepted Muhammad as the final messenger of Allah. Further, they believe that we are unclean and unworthy. Their stated aim is to take over the world, to Islamize it. This is the aim of jihad. How can one engage successfully in dialogue with such people?
To engage in dialogue with Muslims is a futile exercise. Nothing will come out of it. Ex niliho nihil fit. This is not a defeatist attitude; rather, it is a realistic one. Islam is out to dominate the world, out to supersede Christianity as the only worthy faith, and out to annihilate Israel and the Jews. With such people, one does not engage in dialogue; rather, one fights them, one thwarts their ambitions, one vanquishes them.
In any case, what is there to discuss? Muslims deny all the basic tenets of Christianity: They deny that Jesus was the Son of God; they deny that Jesus was crucified (hence the cross is anathema to them); they deny that true Salvation can be found only when one accepts Jesus as one’s Redeemer; indeed, they deny that Jesus is the Christ.
If someone doesn’t believe in these basic tenets of our faith, then there is absolutely nothing to talk about.
In actual fact, Muslims believe that Islam is the perfection of religion for man for all time. They believe that Muhammad came to bring this perfection about. They believe that Muhammad was the ultimate prophet of Allah, and that Jesus was the penultimate one. Jesus is therefore a lesser ‘prophet’ in their eyes than Muhammad is. This should surely be anathema to Church leaders; but it apparently is not. So dilute has our faith become in the eyes of the Church elders!
It defies belief that our Church leaders are prepared and willing for Muslims to deny - absolutely - the raison d’être of the Church. What Church leaders should be urging their priests to do is evangelize, they should be bringing Muslims to task for their heinous crimes against humanity, and showing them the Way, the Truth and the Light. That, after all, is what they are paid to do; it’s their raison d’être. But they seem not to know it!
Do churchmen not know that every country in which Islam has put down roots it has eventually taken over and snuffed out Christianity almost for good. Egypt, Libya, Syria, and the Lebanon are good cases in point. Yes, there are still some Christians left in some of these countries – just – but these countries are now Islamic, and the indigenous populations are minorities in their own lands. Christianity never thrives where Islam takes hold. So what on earth are our Church leaders aiding this process of our own destruction for? Don’t they really believe that Jesus is the Christ? Don’t they really believe that Jesus was crucified for our sins? Don’t they really believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Light?
Interfaith dialogue with Muslims is a waste of time and effort. So I do not believe in it; rather, I believe in thwarting the enemy within, and making them submit to our way of life. After all, if they don’t like it here, then they are free to leave and find other pastures. Nobody is keeping them here; and there is easy access to airports throughout the UK. This is true not only for the UK, but for other Western countries, too. In fact, I would hazard a guess and say that the vast majority of Westerners would be relieved if they did leave, since hell will freeze over before Muslims integrate!
To get to this point, we have made many, many mistakes. Here are some of them…
First of all, we shouldn’t have allowed so many Muslims into the West in the first place. We should have done our homework first. Successive political leaders should have read a few history books on the 1400-year struggle between Christendom and Islam. That would have set off some danger lights. Instead of this, nothing was learnt from history. People thought that the wheel could be reinvented. They were let in in their droves. And – astoundingly – they are still being let in! Moreover, if we truly live in a democracy, as our leaders keep telling us, then the people should have been consulted about allowing them in, and warned of the dangers of such a course of action.
Secondly, the ones that were let in should have been told – in no uncertain terms – that they can come here if they abide by our laws, and live according to our customs; otherwise they would not be welcome here. Instead of that, the West has gone down the politically-correct, multicultural route, thus forcing the indigenous population to make all the concessions. I always liken it to guests in my home: They are always welcome, as long as they abide by the rules of the house. I make the rules in my household. I am always the boss in my own home. Once someone starts to tell me how I should run my home, I politely show him/her the door. This should have been done with these immigrants from the start. They need to be placed on the defensive. They must be shown that they are not in the driving seat in our countries, no more than we are in the driving seat in theirs.
Thirdly, who gave our leaders the permission to try and turn our countries into pluralistic havens anyway, into utopias for all the peoples of the world. Were you ever asked to vote on this? I wasn’t; I know that. And had I been asked, I would have voted a firm ‘no’, without any hesitation.
The politicians have got themselves into a fix; and they don’t know how to get out of it. They haven’t got the courage to take the necessary Draconian measures to fix this problem, so they ask for dialogue instead. This goes for the Church, too. They no longer believe in the Scriptures as they should do; so they embark on a dilution of our faith instead, so that it doesn’t offend Muslims. Church leaders will never fill the empty pews that way. People are sick and tired of their prattling! That probably goes a long way to answer why the pews in Europe are pretty empty, and are continuing to empty still further, too.
We have embarked on a perilous journey: a journey of self-destruction. If people don’t wake up to the realities of what we are facing soon, then it will be too late. It is already five to midnight!
President Bush, for the first time in a long time, had the courage recently to state that we are engaged in a war with “Islamic fascists”. This is the most truthful thing he has stated in a very long time. I applaud him for having the courage to say it. He should say it again and again, until it sinks in with the general public. But if he really wants to hit the nail on the head, he should come out and say that this is not so much a “war on terror”, but a ‘war on the jihad’, the jihad which is out to annihilate us, and annihilate freedom and democracy, and annihilate all that the West stands for. This is indeed a battle between two civilizations. In such a battle, there is no room for dialogue, there is room only for victory. For, as Churchill so wisely stated during the Second World War, “without victory, there is no survival”. That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I say: You ‘interfaith' if you want to. This gentleman is not for ‘interfaithing’!
Winds of War: What Year Are You? 1938? 1942? 1948? Or 1972?
It isn’t often that someone manages to organize the thinking about the struggle with Islamism in a way that makes political sense. The usual foreign policy debates have centered on phrases like liberal vs conservatives, neo-cons vs progressives, right vs left, socialist vs capitalist, even good vs evil – any one of which comes up short in describing one’s foreign policy position in this struggle.
But an article by Ross Douthat, an associate editor at the Atlantic Monthly, brings the problem into sharp relief.
Douthat proposes a way to organize this foreign policy debate in terms of what year you think you’re living in. You may be a 1938sit, a1942ist, a 1948ist or a 1972ist.
"1942ists," believe that we stand in Iraq today where the U.S. stood shortly after Pearl Harbor: bogged down against a fascist enemy and duty-bound to carry on the fight to victory. To the 1942ist, Iraq is Europe and the Pacific rolled into one, Saddam and Zarqawi are the Hitlers and Tojos of our era, suicide-bombers are the equivalent of kamikazes -- and George Bush is Churchill, or maybe Truman.
George Bush fits into this camp.
"1938ists" believe that Iran's march toward nuclear power is the equivalent of Hitler's 1930s brinkmanship. While most '38ists still support the decision to invade Iraq, they increasingly see that struggle as the prelude to a broader regional conflict, and worry that we're engaged in Munich-esque appeasement….. If you hear someone compare Ahmadinejad to Hitler, demand a pre-emptive strike on Iran, or suggest that the Hezbollah-Israel battle is a necessary overture to a larger confrontation, you're listening to a 1938ist.
Newt Gingrich holds this view.
"1948ists," who share the '42ist and '38ist view of the war on terror as a major generational challenge, but insist that we should think about it in terms of Cold War-style containment and multilateralism, not Iraq-style pre-emption. What unites them all is a skepticism about military interventions, a fear of hubris, and an abiding faith in the ability of diplomacy, international institutions and "soft power" to win out in a long struggle with militant Islamism.
Liberal hawks like Peter Beinart and neo-cons like Francis Fukuyama support this view. Finally we have the 1972ists.
"1972ists" believe that George Bush is Nixon, Iraq is Vietnam, and that any attack on Iran or Syria would be equivalent to bombing Cambodia….. '72ists suggest that the greater danger is repression at home and blowback from imperialist ventures abroad.
This is the worldview of Michael Moore, the makers of "Syriana," and the editors of the Nation.
What am I? The Gathering Storm says it all. I’m a 1938ist – BUT …I also agree with the last statement of Douthat.
A few voices have spoken up of late for the most disquieting possibility of all…..As our crisis deepens, it's worth considering 1914ism, and with it the possibility that all of us, whatever year we think it is, are poised on the edge of an abyss that nobody saw coming.
So, what year are you?
A Declaration of War Against Radical Islam
believes it is time for America and the Western world to clrarify things by declaring war against radical Islam. Here's are his thoughts and the proposed Declaration:
I saw the movie Obsession last week, and even though I read alot about the radical islamist threat, the movie scared and motivated me more than usual, so here's an idea.
A frequent topic re Radical Islamists is that our legal system is inadequate to deal with the threat. Our criminal justice code and immigration laws and procedures were not designed to handle issues of this magnitude. So, for example, when I discuss with others the implementation of a policy to identify, take into custody, and deport radical islamists, most people usually agree with the concept. Very few of us want individuals who are correctly identified as radical islamists to live in the United States. So how do we legally get from here (currently allowing radical islamists freedom of movement within the country) to there (legally deporting them)?
I think the legal means to that end is a Declaration of War against Radical Islam. OK, OK, I know a Declaration of War is normally directed against a country, not against a movement or a part of a religion. But I think having a document in front of us may help move this forward. The stategy would be:
1. to draft such a resolution
2. to distribute to our congresspersons (as in "see, look at this") or place full-page advertisement in the newspapers, or hand it out at rallies, etc.
3. to have one or two Congresspersons introduce the Declaration, and then watch the interest and sponsors grow.
For all I know, a sample document may have already been written. If anyone can give me the reference, please do so in the comments below. If this document has not yet been written, perhaps there are attorneys out there who can help. As reference, take a look at the Declarations of War by the US Congress for World War I and World War II.
Declaration of War Against Germany--WWI
Declaration of War with Japan
[Proposed] DECLARATION OF WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAM
Joint Resolution Declaring that a State of War exists between Radical Islam and the Government and People of the United States and making provisions to prosecute same.
Whereas the extraterritorial movement known as Radical Islam has planned, advocated, and committed unprovoked acts of War against the people of the United States of America
Whereas, numerous representatives of said Radical Islam have announced that their exists a State of War between radical Islam and the United States,
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, that a State of War now exists between Radical Islam and the United States and is hereby formally declared. The President is authorized and directed to employ the military forces of the United States as needed and the resources of the Government to carry on the war against Radical Islam. Further, recognizing the danger posed by individuals who are loyal to Radical Islam who are now or may in the future be residing in the United States and its territories, the President and the Attorney General of the United States are hereby authorized to identify such individuals, take them into preventive custody, and deport them from the United States.
For purposes of this Declaration, individuals adhering to Radical Islam are defined as those advocating or supporting jihad attacks and the institution of Sharia law for Moslems now living in the United States. Further, the distinction is made herein between Radical Islam and Moderate Islam (the later being expressly excepted from the intent of this Declaration.)
Reduced sentences for Bali bombing accomplices
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Nine people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut by four months on Thursday to mark Indonesia’s independence day.
The nine prisoners are serving sentences between five and 16 years and were convicted on charges such as robbery to help fund the attack and giving refuge to key figures.
Well, gosh, those infidels in Australia are going to be mighty unhappy, granting leniency to the crew that helped to murder so many of their fellow citizens.
A spokesman for Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said many Australians would be upset about the remissions.
“It is difficult for most Australians to comprehend that such prisoners have received reduced sentences. This is particularly painful for victims and their families. But granting remissions is a long-standing practice in Indonesia, and is in accordance with Indonesia’s legal system.”
Australia protested against the release in June of Abu Bakar Bashir, a Muslim cleric who served 26 months of a 30-month sentence for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali blasts. The radical cleric’s sentence had been cut for last year’s independence day.
Funny how that 'legal system' of a Muslim state shows an awful lot of leniency to other Muslims.
Hollywood statement: End terrorism by Hezbollah and Hamas
Heads of the film industry in Hollywood and prominent movie stars have signed a statement blaming Hamas and Hizbullah for terror activities in the Middle East, the war in Lebanon, and for harming innocents.Thing is, though: I can't find any other stories about this. Not even in the LA Times, where the ad was apparently printed.
Some 84 senior film industry members signed the statement, published in the Hollywood Reporter newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, and the Variety newspaper.
Among the signatories: Sylvester Stallone, James Woods, Bruce Willis, director Ridley Scott, tennis player Serena Williams, Nicole Kidman, Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, William Hurt, Josh Malina, Kelly Preston, Danny DeVito, Don Johnson, and media tycoon Rupert Murdock.
[INSTANT UPDATE] Blue Crab Boulevard has found the same story in the Australian Herald Sun. But still, two papers, none of them American. Disproportionately thin exposure, don't you think?
Cross posted at Klein Verzet.
[UPDATE001] Weblogging has a pic of the ad. Is that 'The Fonz' I see among the signers?
Why do we keep hearing, PAKISTAN,PAKISTAN,PAKISTAN ?
Former Pakistan Intelligence Chief on Al-Jazeera: 'Israel is Our Main Enemy'; As Mel Gibson Said, 'The Jews Caused All the Wars'
On August 8, 2006, Al-Jazeera TV aired footage of a press conference with Gen. Hamid Gul. At the conference, Gul, who headed Pakistan's Inter-service Intelligence Directorate from 1987-89 and whom, according to the Washington Times, was termed Pakistan's "most dangerous man" by an internal CIA assessment,  told reporters that "every Israeli leader has said that Pakistan is their number one enemy," and quoted Mel Gibson, stating that "the Jews caused all the wars."
TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1233 .
According to an August 7, 2006 UPI article, General Gul, who is "known for pro-Taliban and pro-Al-Qaeda views, told the media that the United States would attack Syria and Iran next October, and that Pakistan, with its nuclear arsenal, was the only Islamic country that could use its nuclear capability to defeat Israel's designs." 
In a post-9/11 interview, Gul told Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly that he "support[s] the implementation of Shari'a, and we must be governed by the rules of Allah." He also said, "The people who committed this crime [9/11] are inside America, and let me tell you that they are Israelis, not Muslims. Only Israelis can pull off a job like that..." Asked about whether he thought the U.S. authorities were aware of this, he said, "They are aware, but they are afraid of Israel's influence, which is why they are diverting attention to the outside." 
The following are excerpts from Gen. Gul's statements during the August 8th press conference on Al-Jazeera:
Gen. Hamid Gul: "From Ben Gurion to Netanyahu, every Israeli leader has said that Pakistan is their number one enemy."
The US and Israel Stand Alone - Jimmy Carter
Former US president Jimmy Carter speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the danger posed to American values by George W. Bush, the difficult situation in the Middle East and Cuba's ailing Fidel Castro.
SPIEGEL: Mr. Carter, in your new book you write that only the American people can ensure that the US government returns to the country's old moral principles. Are you suggesting that the current US administration of George W. Bush of acting immorally? (immoral! I thought you were on a book tour?)
Carter: There's no doubt that this administration has made a radical and unpressured departure from the basic policies of all previous administrations including those of both Republican and Democratic presidents. (you mean he actually stood up to the radical Muslims instead of letting our citizens be held hostage for 400+ days and not do *hit)
SPIEGEL: For example?
Carter: Under all of its predecessors there was a commitment to peace instead of preemptive war. (peace at the price of appeasement or sending a $5 million dollar missile to blow up a $10 tent) Our country always had a policy of not going to war unless our own security was directly threatened and now we have a new policy of going to war on a preemptive basis. (So Mr. President where were you on 9-11...selling another book) Another very serious departure from past policies is the separation of church and state, which I describe in the book. This has been a policy since the time of Thomas Jefferson and my own religious beliefs are compatible with this. (are they compatible with people blowing up others, shooting rockets into sovereign territory or kidnapping soldiers?) The other principle that I described in the book is basic justice. We've never had an administration before that so overtly and clearly and consistently passed tax reform bills that were uniquely targeted to benefit the richest people in our country at the expense or the detriment of the working families of America. (wow so tax cuts are immoral? interesting.)
SPIEGEL: You also mentioned the hatred for the United States throughout the Arab world which has ensued as a result of the invasion of Iraq. Given this circumstance, does it come as any surprise that Washington's call for democracy in the Middle East has been discredited?
Carter: No, as a matter of fact, the concerns I exposed have gotten even worse now with the United States supporting and encouraging Israel in its unjustified attack on Lebanon. (so what would you have Israel do? Mr Failed President?)
SPIEGEL: But wasn't Israel the first to get attacked?
Carter: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. (so now defending yourself isn't PC. Maybe we should call some local thugs and ask them to beat us up.) What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, (you mean suicide bombers don't you?) so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that's justified, no.
SPIEGEL: Do you think the United States is still an important factor in securing a peaceful solution to the Middle East crisis?
Carter: Yes, as a matter of fact as you know ever since Israel has been a nation the United States has provided the leadership. Every president down to the ages has done this in a fairly balanced way, including George Bush senior, Gerald Ford, and others including myself (you couldn't find your way out of a paper bag) and Bill Clinton (ignorance is bliss they say). This administration has not attempted at all in the last six years to negotiate or attempt to negotiate a settlement between Israel and any of its neighbors or the Palestinians. (how do you negotiate with someone who only wants your destruction? Riddle me that Batman!)
SPIEGEL: What makes you personally so optimistic about the effectiveness of diplomacy? You are, so to speak, the father of Camp David negotiations.
Carter: When I became president we had had four terrible wars between the Arabs and Israelis behind us. And I under great difficulty, particularly because Menachim Begin was elected, decided to try negotiation and it worked and we have a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt for 27 years that has never been violated. You never can be certain in advance that negotiations on difficult circumstances will be successful, but you can be certain in advance if you don't negotiate that your problem is going to continue and maybe even get worse. (should we call Nesrollah or Osama for talks? just wondering.)
SPIEGEL: But negotiations failed to prevent the burning of Beirut and bombardment of Haifa.
Carter: I'm distressed. (the worst President in the last 70 years is distressed so we should listen to him) But I think that the proposals that have been made in the last few days by the (Lebanese) Prime Minister (Fuoad) Siniora are quite reasonable. (you mean the part where Hezbollah still doesn't have to disarm?) And I think they should declare an immediate cease-fire on both sides, Hezbollah said they would comply, (hahahaha yeah right...smoke a doobie James) I hope Israel will comply, and then do the long, slow, tedious negotiation that is necessary to stabilize the northern border of Israel completely. (It's worked for the last 27 years..what a maroon) There has to be some exchange of prisoners. There have been successful exchanges of prisoners between Israel and the Palestinians in the past and that's something that can be done right now.
SPIEGEL: Should there be an international peacekeeping force along the Lebanese-Israeli border?
Carter: Yes. (ever heard of UNIFIL...they've been there forever..tell me how well has that worked over the past 2 decades?)
SPIEGEL: And can you imagine Germans soldiers taking part?
Carter: Yes, I can imagine Germans taking part.
SPIEGEL: ... even with their history?
Carter: Yes. That would be certainly satisfactory to me personally, and I think most people believe that enough time has passed so that historical facts can be ignored. (forgiveness what a concept or ignorant of the feelings of the Jews)
SPIEGEL: One main points of your book is the rather strange coalition between Christian fundamentalists and the Republican Party. How can such a coalition of the pious lead to moral catastrophes like the Iraqi prison scandal in Abu Ghraib and torture in Guantanamo? (like everyone in the government is a fundamentalist Christian...please)
Carter: The fundamentalists believe they have a unique relationship with God, an
d that they and their ideas are God's ideas and God's premises on the particular issue. Therefore, by definition since they are speaking for God anyone who disagrees with them is inherently wrong. (I think you misunderstand Christianity altogether, despite the fact that you call yourself one) And the next step is: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior, and in extreme cases -- as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world -- it makes your opponents sub-humans, (so now is he comparing Christians with suicide bombers and honor rapists?) so that their lives are not significant. Another thing is that a fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. (What did Qadaffi do idiot?) And so this administration, for instance, has a policy of just refusing to talk to someone who is in strong disagreement with them (which is it are we doing things unilaterallly or are we not talking to others...) -- which is also a radical departure from past history. (WWII comes to mind...anyone remember negotiating with Japan after Pearl Harbor?) So these are the kinds of things that cause me concern. And, of course, fundamentalists don't believe they can make mistakes, (you really should read Romans 3, my Bible says "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". ) so when we permit the torture (you mean the 3 squares, prayer rugs, that is torture. I bet half those guys never ate 3 meals a day, as yet anyone has proven any kind of torture at Gitmo) of prisoners in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib, it's just impossible for a fundamentalist to admit that a mistake was made.
SPIEGEL: So how does this proximity to Christian fundamentalism manifest itself politically?
Carter: Unfortunately, after Sept., there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism, (and this equates to fundamentalist Christians how?) and the Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous. For three years, I'd say, the major news media in our country were complicit in this subservience to the Bush administration (hahahaha who was he watching?) out of fear that they would be accused of being disloyal. I think in the last six months or so some of the media have now begun to be critical. But it's a long time coming.
SPIEGEL: Take your fellow Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton. These days she is demanding the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But she, like many others, allowed President Bush to invade Iraq under a false pretext.
Carter: That's correct.
SPIEGEL: Was the whole country in danger of losing its core values?
Carter: For a while, yes. As you possibly know, historically, our country has had the capability of self-correcting our own mistakes. This applied to slavery in 1865, it applied to legal racial segregation a hundred years later or so. It applied to the Joe McCarthy era when anti-communism was in a fearsome phase in the country like terrorism now. (I'd say the presidential election of 1980 was a huge correction) So we have an ability to correct ourselves and I believe that nowadays there is a self-correction taking place. In my opinion the election results in Connecticut (Eds: The primary loss of war supporter Senator Joseph Lieberman) were an indication that Americans realized very clearly that we made a mistake in going into Iraq and staying there too long.
SPIEGEL: Now even President Bush appears to have learned something from the catastrophe in Iraq. During his second term he has taken a more multilateral (how much more multilateral can you be when 30 other countries participated - lie) approach and has seemed to return to international cooperation.
Carter: I think the administration learned a lesson, but I don't see any indication that the administration would ever admit that it did make a mistake and needed to learn a lesson. (you mean like the hostage crisis or the failed rescue attempt..perhaps the general malaise speech you gave would bring the country out of it's funk) I haven't seen much indication, by the way, of your premise that this administration is now reconciling itself to other countries. I think that at this moment the United States and Israel probably stand more alone than our country has in generations.
SPIEGEL: You've written about your meeting with Fidel Castro. He appears seriously ill now and Cuban exiles are partying already in the streets of Miami. You are probably not in the mood to join them.
Carter: No, that's true. Just because someone is ill I don't think there should be a celebration of potential death. And my own belief is that Fidel Castro will recover. He is two years younger than I am, so he's not beyond hope. (get a room)
SPIEGEL: You sought to normalize relations with Castro, but that never happened. Has anything been achieved through Cuba's isolation?
Carter: In my opinion, the embargo strengthens Castro and perpetuates communism in Cuba. A maximum degree of trade, tourism, commerce, visitation between our country and Cuba would bring an earlier end to Castro's regime. (that's it reward a dictator)
SPIEGEL: You've been called the moral conscience of your country. How do you look at it yourself? Are you an outsider in American politics these days or do you represent a political demographic that could maybe elect the next US president?
Carter: I think I represent the vast majority of Democrats in this country. (left wing democrats maybe) I think there is a substantial portion of American people that completely agree with me. I can't say a majority because we have fragmented portions in our country and divisions concerning gun control and the death penalty and abortion and gay marriage.
SPIEGEL: As president, your performance was often criticized. (that's an understatement) But the work you did after leaving office to promote human rights has been widely praised. Has life been unfair to you?
Carter: I've been lucky in my life. Everything that I've done has brought great pleasure and gratification to me and my wife. I had four years in the White House -- it was not a failure. (keep repeating it...it was not a failure...it was not a failure....) For someone to serve as president of the United States you can't say it is a political failure. And we have had the best years of our lives (the American people have been better off too) since we left the White House. We've had a very full life.
SPIEGEL: Do you feel you achieved even more out of office than you did as president?
Carter: Well, I've used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. And secondly, I've still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights (read appeasement and cajoling fascists) and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth.
SPIEGEL: Does America need a regime (hahahaha that's a funny word considering GWB was duly elected) change?
Carter: As I've said before, there is a self-corrective aspect to our country. And I think that the first step is going to be in the November election this year. This year, the Democrats have good chance of capturing one of the houses of Congress. I think the Senate is going to be a very close decision. My oldest son is running for the US Senate in the state of Nevada. And if just he and a few others can be successful then you have the US Senate in Democratic hands and that will make a profound and immediate difference.
SPIEGEL: Mr. Carter, thank you for the interview.
Why Hezbollah won't be disarmed
"I think you can forget about Hezbollah being disarmed. It is just not going to happen. Hezbollah doesn't want to be disarmed and there is nobody else willing to do it. In that simple fact lies the potential for future trouble.
The UN Security Council resolution 1559 certainly calls for all the militias operating in Lebanon to be disarmed, but the Lebanese Government has side-stepped the whole issue since that resolution was passed two years ago. People here accept that it is a very difficult thing to disarm Hezbollah against its will.
Even if the Lebanese Government had been crazy enough to try to force the army to do it, I think the army would have refused. A lot of its senior officers are loyal to President Emile Lahoud, the last leading ally of Syria to remain in office in Lebanon.
The alternative option is to send international troops to disarm Hezbollah, when the United Nations mission in South Lebanon is given a new mandate and beefed up with an extra 13,000 peacekeepers.
But that is not going to happen either. It is clearly understood that the last thing that foreign countries sending troops to maintain the ceasefire want to do is to get involved in disarming Hezbollah - or even in preventing Hezbollah from reaching the border and attacking Israel. There is no way they want to be caught in the middle, or seen as Israel's extra line of defence against Hezbollah.
This is what is behind the delay in agreeing the new UN mission. That is why the countries willing to offer troops for the new UN mission are still talking, why the French Foreign Minister is in Beirut today, still asking searching questions about what the mission's mandate means, what the situation is on the ground, and who else is going to be there.
Countries like France and Australia are willing in principle to commit soldiers, but they worry that if their forces suddenly find themselves surrounded by potentially less reliable troops from other countries and acting as the front line of defence for Israel, then they don't want to be involved.
They want a level of political understanding to be in place at the start, that Hezbollah won't attack Israel and that when they arrive in south Lebanon they will not find Hezbollah guerillas still deployed in their bunkers along the border.
In effect, they want the UN force to be mainly a PR stunt to reassure the international community that the situation in Lebanon is under control."
UAC Will Hang Bin Laden Effigy In Front Of LA Mosque - Sept. 10th
The King Fahd Mosque in Culver City was attended by and gave aid and comfort to two of the 9-11 hijackers (source 911 commission report). They have had Imams indited on terror charges, and this mosque has also produced other terrorists including the former Army Sergeant who threw grenades into a tent which killed his fellow soldiers in Iraq. This Saudi funded mosque continues to preach hatred and violence.
The U.A.C. is going there with open arms to them if they wish to embrace America and democracy, however, last time a peaceful rally was held at this location one of the mosque members yelled that our soldiers who were brutally tortured and beheaded in Iraq “got what they deserved because they were Infidels in a Muslim land.” More information on this event will be forthcoming.