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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Mobilizing the Muslim Vote

According to this October 19, 2006 article (also posted at CAIR's web site) reproduced here in its entirety:

Richmond - Muslims in Virginia are poised to play a sizable role in next month’s election, with nearly 60,000 registered Muslim voters in the state, according to a local political organization.

Mukit Hossain, president of the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee, said his group is working to mobilize voters to get out and vote Democratic....

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Storm Track Infiltration: Ireland Told to Wave the Flag – The Islamic Flag

From The Gathering Storm

Anjem Choudray, a British-born lawyer, angered the Irish Government last year when, speaking at Trinity College, he said that Ireland risked becoming a target for a 9/11 style attack because it allowed US war planes to refuel at Shannon Airport.

Well, Mr. Choudray is at it again. This time, besides reiterating controversial views that Muslim violence is justified in certain circumstances before addressing a Trinity College debate in Dublin, Anjem Choudray also said that the flag of Islam should be flown over Leinster House.

His reason?

“As a Muslim, I believe Islam is superior to every other way of life and that it can resolve all the social and economic problems that Ireland suffers from. And as a symbol of that, the flag of Islam should be flown over the Dáil. This is symbolic of the fact that all societies will be run better according to God’s law.”

Right. Just look at the socio-economic advancements in the Islamic societies of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. All great examples of solutions to the socio-economic problems of the world. Mr. Choudray must think all kafirs are fools - or liberals.

Referring to the US military stopovers at Shannon Airport, he said tonight: “If US warplanes are using Irish soil, then Ireland is seen as aiding and abetting the war on so-called terror. “Ireland says it has a position of neutrality but I don’t think it is seen that way in the Muslim world at all.”

Mr. Choudray, is there anything that Muslims see as neutral in the world? Any criticism, real or imagined, or any behavior of the kafir that does not bow down to the wishes of the Islamic masters will be seen as an affront to Muslims.

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Infidel Babe Of The Week


Nominated by Watcher. Seconded by me. All in favor say "Ay."

Certainly, the eyes have it.

I have no idea who this babe is, and let's face it, unfortunately, most of us never will know the greatest babes. We can only stare.

But, I'd swear this babe is looking at me. I think she likes me. Yeah, she wants me. You can tell.

Ok, guys watch this. I'm gonna prime her with a generous portion of Pastorius power.






Uh, yeah, didn't work.
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Military toy roundup

Boeing official predicts advanced tactical laser (ATL) 'will transform the battlefield'

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The U.S. military is overseeing the development of an advanced tactical laser (ATL) being called revolutionary.

The Advanced Tactical Laser will be fired from C-130H air transport and have a range of up to 20 miles. Popular Science
The laser is the centerpiece of an advanced concept technology demonstration program led by Boeing.

In a $200 million test program, Boeing has begun flights for the ATL to determine the feasibility of an airborne-mounted, high-energy laser for urban warfare and other missions.

"ATL will transform the battlefield by giving the warfighter a speed-of-light, precision engagement capability that will reduce collateral damage dramatically," Boeing Missile Defense Systems vice president Pat Shanahan said.

ATL would be used in so-called low-power flight tests to track ground targets at White Sands Missile Range, NM. A low-power, solid-state laser will serve as a surrogate for ATL's high-power chemical laser in tests meant to last through the fall.


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The laser is mounted on a C-130H air transport. The hardware includes the beam director and optical control bench, designed to direct the laser to its target; weapon system consoles to display high-resolution imagery and enable target tracking, and sensors.

On Sept. 21, Boeing, joined by L-3 Communications and Hytec, fired the high-energy chemical laser for the first time in ground tests in Albuquerque. Executives said the test team would fire the laser through a rotating turret that extends through an existing 50-inch-diameter hole in the aircraft's belly.

UAV market booming worldwide

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WASHINGTON — After a slow start, the United States has become the leading developer and marketer of unmanned aerial vehicles.

A report by Frost and Sullivan said that the war in Iraq has driven recent successes in the UAV market. The UAVs are being purchased by all services in the U.S. military as well as abroad.

"The U.S. unmanned aerial systems market has had considerable momentum due to recent operational successes and increasing mission roles," the report by the Palo Alto, Calif. consultancy said.

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Get ready for stories about how Khameini is a moderate

Power struggle: Khamenei assembles foreign policy group to sideline Ahmadinejad

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LONDON — Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei is moving to wrest control from his emerging rival, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
(How, the thinking goes, can Israel or America drop their guard–international popularity be damned–when Iran’s supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, blasts the pontiff’s words as "the latest link in the chain of a crusade against Islam started by America's Bush"? The Pope’s remarks, insisted Khameini, were part of a U.S.-Zionist conspiracy to foment inter-religious strife. And the Brits and the French think Iran is less of a threat to life and limb than the Israeli occupation of the West Bank? What kind of world are we living in? )
Khamenei has ordered the creation of a foreign policy council that would be solely responsible to the ruling cleric. In a decree, Khamenei said the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations, formed on June 25, would facilitate decisions on foreign policy. "It's the first time Khamenei has asserted control since Ahmadinejad took over the presidency," a Western intelligence analyst said. "Until now, Khamenei has taken a back seat to Ahmadinejad."
For Ayatollah Ali Khameini, Iran’s spiritual leader, “the presence of Zionists in the region is a satanic and cancerous presence and an infected tumor for the entire world of Islam.”
Analysts said the council could become Khamenei's back channel to the United States amid the Western incentive package for Teheran to terminate its uranium enrichment program. Ahmadinejad, backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has dismissed any prospect of an enrichment suspension.
Iran's Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khameini, in a meeting with visiting Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong on Tuesday, spoke about world terrorism, including the beheadings of foreign civilians taking place in Iraq. "We seriously suspect the agents of the Americans and Israelis," Khameini said, according to Iran's IRNA news agency, "in conducting such horrendous terrorist moves, and cannot believe that the people who kidnap Filipino nationals, for instance, or behead U.S. nationals are Muslims." Khameini also said on Tuesday that drug addiction and ethical wrongdoings amongst Iran's youth were the fault of the Americans and Zionists, IRNA reported: "There is no doubt that the hands and brains of the enemies are behind the conspiracy of drug addiction and ethical lawlessness."
Former Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, a longtime proponent of reconciliation with the United States, heads the council. Kharazi, a critic of Ahmadinejad, said Khamenei "sensed a deficiency" in the implementation of Iran's foreign policy.

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100% Vagina

MSNBC:

Many Britons have praised Straw for bringing up a delicate issue in a reasonable way. But Fareena Alam, editor of Q-News, a Muslim magazine, said she believed that Straw's comments were a cynical attempt to boost his own political fortunes and that his calls for debate were "complete rubbish, irritating and patronizing." She said the controversy had driven more Muslim women to start wearing the niqab in "rebellion."

That has to be the lamest rebellion in history.

Alam said the situation has stifled serious and nuanced debate about the issue, as Muslims who believe that their religion is under attack from outsiders instinctively side with Muslim women who wear veils. She said she recently talked to two traditional Islamic scholars who said the full-face veil was "out of place in the West" and a "barrier to integration."

Unh-hunh.

"They are not saying anything different from Jack Straw," said Alam, who does not wear a niqab. "But it has to come from the right place. What Jack Straw said really rubbed people the wrong way. They are saying, 'I'm going to wear this because you don't want me to.' "

Yes, these Muslims have the mentality of a 5-year-old. The fact that a kaafir was correct in pointing out a retrograde Islamic practice is besides the point. You see, his intentions were malicious. (Little known fact: Muslims have psychic abilities.)

By the way, see this page if you don't get the title.

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Two high ranking Hamas members on trial in the US


Abdelhaleem Ashqar, 48, of Alexandria, Va. and Muhammad Salah, 53, a suburban Chicago grocer, leave the federal building after the second day of their trial Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. Ashqar and Salah are charged in a four-count racketeering indictment with furnishing the money and fresh recruits to Hamas.

Federal prosecutors charge that Muhammad Salah of Bridgeview, IL and Abdelhaleem Ashqar of suburban Washington, D.C., aided terrorism from the United States as active members of the Palestinian extremist group Hamas.

(Chicago Tribune) "Since at least 1989, these two defendants have supported and aided Hamas from right here in the United States," [Assistant US Atty. Carrie] Hamilton said.

Hamilton detailed a conversation federal agents recorded between Ashqar and a top Hamas member in which they allegedly discussed a suicide bomber who blew himself up before reaching his final destination.

She told jurors that agents seized thousands of documents related to Hamas from Ashqar's previous home in Oxford, Miss.

And what do you know? Back in 2004, while living in the US, Abdelhaleem Ashqar was running for president of the Palestinian Authority.

Below is his campaign poster. Note that he is wearing a GPS ankle bracelet in the bottom right inset.


(Chicago Tribune) The only evidence that Salah was a Hamas leader comes from a statement he gave while in Israeli custody in 1993, [Salah's attorney] Deutsch said.

The statement was the product of physical and psychological torture Salah endured for more than 50 days and should not be considered as evidence in a U.S. court, he said.

Hamilton said that Salah provided the statement voluntarily and that it included damning corroborating evidence, including Salah's knowledge of the burial site of an Israeli soldier kidnapped and murdered by members of Hamas.

Salah spent four years in an Israeli prison after confessing to being a leader of Hamas. He returned to the U.S. in 1997 and was immediately put under federal surveillance.

Have you noticed that a week doesn't go by without a news that Muslim terrorists or terrorism supporters go on trial?

Crossposted at Eye On The World.
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In France They Kiss On Main Street


In France, the rioting never really stops. Here are the numbers since January 2006, which was about a month or so after the riots were said to have been over. (Thanks to my friend Blueslord the Anti-Jihad Pundit for translating this post from No Pasaran):


Since January 2006:Burned Cars: 31614
Burned public goods: 4397.
Burned trash cans:20080.
Collective violence against security, health services and firemen: 4214
Projectile launcher (like grenades or something...): 6113
Real estate occupations (houses and apartments): 228
Urban furniture damaged (that would be stuff like park benches and bus shelters): 5959.
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Defamation Suit Filed Against John Kerry

The Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation has filed suit against John Kerry. If this gets to trial Kerry and those who made slanderous claims about the conduct of American soldiers in Vietnam will have to support their contentions in a court of law with the possibility of perjury charges if they (again) lie about what they saw:

Thirty five years ago John Kerry slandered an entire generation of men who fought in Vietnam branding them as a "war criminals." Today, much of the same thing is being said about our young men and women in Iraq.

Now, a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas will test the very foundation of Kerry’s anti-war persona for the first time. It isn’t dubious medals or Kerry’s disputed service record in Vietnam that is being called into question. This time Kerry may finally be forced to answer for the events that launched his public career, one that made him an anti-war hero for many American liberals and a turncoat for millions of Vietnam veterans.

The lawsuit (Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, et al. v. Kenneth Campbell, et al.) challenges the basis, the factual accuracy of then-Lt. (j.g.) Kerry’s acrimonious testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971. It was there Kerry’s public career was catapulted with his now ubiquitous portrayal of American soldiers as murderers, rapists and torturers "who ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam . . . [and] razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan."

Many if not all were members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), an organization led by Kerry and financed by Jane Fonda during the early 1970s. Now, a number of those "witnesses" will be required to testify, under oath for the first time ever, about what they really did and saw in Vietnam.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Sawyer Effusive About The Beauties Of Potemkin Village


Oh yes, Ms. Sawyer, look what we have here, Happy Children (hat tip to USS Neverdock):


On Thursday's World News on ABC, Diane Sawyer checked in from North Korea, but she proved little more than a conveyor belt for the repressive communist regime's propaganda. Talking to a North Korean Army General, she relayed how “he said to us, 'make it clear to everyone in the United States, if there is another nuclear test, the person responsible is George Bush,' because he said, 'the Bush administration is backing North Korea into a corner with its pressures and its sanctions.'" Sawyer helpfully added that “the General said to us, he does want peace. And he also said, again, reiterated, North Korea will not be the first to use a nuclear weapon.” How reassuring.

In a second segment, Sawyer was taken to a school which she favorably described as “a world away from the unruly individualism of any American school." She gushed: “Ask them about their country, and they can't say enough." A teenage girl declared, in English: “We are the happiest children in the world.” Sawyer ended her piece with video of her and the class singing "Do-Re-Mi" from the Sound of Music. Far from being embarrassed by Sawyer's obsequious approach, anchor Charles Gibson proposed: "A fascinating glimpse of North Korea."


Damn it, she must be a ditz. What a disgrace.
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Smallpox Scare Locks Down Florida Hospital


Officials say it was NOT Small Pox after all:


HOLLYWOOD – Memorial Regional Hospital's emergency room was put under lockdown for a short time shortly after 7 Friday morning over worries a sick patient was suffering symptoms similar to smallpox, a hospital official said in an e-mail release.

Infectious disease experts at the 690-bed hospital and trauma center quickly confirmed that a patient complaining of a high fever and a skin rash was not suffering from deadly smallpox. They did not say what the patient suffered from.

As part of standard procedure, however, the hospital's emergency room was reported closed off for 30 to 45 minutes while doctors diagnosed the symptons.


Let's hope they are telling the truth. Of course, there is greater attention given to such stories these days, but I don't recall ever hearing of such a scare previously.
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Muslims can never conform to our ways

From the Telegraph, "Muslims Can Never Conform to Our Ways:"

It is the only faith on Earth that persuades its followers to seek political power and impose a law — sharia — which shapes everyone's style of life. ...

We have come to regard blasphemy as a symbol of free speech; Islam treats offensive words about the Prophet or the Koran as a serious offence. It is vain to say: "Well, if they come here, they must conform with British society and its easy ways." Muslims will not do that. Their religion forbids it.

Why do we suppose India had to be partitioned? There was no other way of keeping the peace in that great sub-continent.
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NY Times Co. 3Q Profit Plunges 39%

NY Times Co. 3Q Profit Plunges 39%, Belo Also Down

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By E&P Staff and The Associated Press

Published: October 19, 2006 10:15 AM ET

CHICAGO The New York Times Co. reported Thursday that its third-quarter 2006 profit from continuing operations plunged 39.2% on costs related to its job cuts and a loss on its sale of its 50% stake in the Discovery Times Channel.

Meanwhile, Belo, publisher of The Dallas Morning News, said net income for the quarter fell to $19.2 million, or 19 cents per share, compared to $22.1 million, or 20 cents per share, during the same period last year.

At the New York Times Co., 3Q operating profit was down 48% from the same period in 2005 to $20.5 million on total revenues that slipped 2.4% to $739.6 million.

Reflecting a continuing tough advertising environment, total ad revenue was off 4.2% to 465,476.

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Winds of War: “If You Believe In Nothing, You Believe In Everything”

From The Gathering Storm

This was said by G.K. Chesterton about a hundred years ago: "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing, they believe in anything." If we substitute the word ‘culture’ for God, an we have the state of non-Muslim cultures today.

There are two recent articles that bring home this sad fact. One by Melanie Phillips and the other by Luigi Frascat. They describe the threat to our cultural survival.

First, Melanie Philips.

Suddenly , Britain seems to be developing into a cultural and religious battleground. Hard on the heels of Jack Straw’s criticism of the Muslim full-face veil, local government minister Phil Woolas has said that Aishah Azmi, the Dewsbury teaching assistant who insists on wearing such a veil in her primary school classroom, should be sacked. Not to be outdone, the Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis, has accused Muslims of promoting a kind of ‘voluntary apartheid’ by shutting themselves away in closed societies and demanding immunity from criticism, corroding the very foundations of British culture. Meanwhile, British Airways is being sued for religious discrimination after it required a Christian woman employee to conceal her cross while permitting other faiths to wear turbans, hijabs or Hindu bangles. This echoed the controversy earlier this month when the BBC agonised over whether newsreader Fiona Bruce should wear a small cross on a chain in case it might cause offence. How can Britain have arrived at a situation where it is seriously argued that a class of children who don’t speak English as their first language should be taught by a shrouded woman whose expression they can’t see and whose voice they can’t even hear properly — while the BBC thinks that wearing the symbol of Britain’s established religion might be offensive? The source of this confusion is a profound loss of national, cultural and religious nerve. The Christian values that once defined national identity have simply collapsed, creating a cultural vacuum which Islam — Britain’s fastest-growing and most assertive religion — is busily filling.
She ends the article with this.
This is why the argument over the place of the veil and the cross in public life is so significant. This is not about prejudice or discrimination. It is about cultural survival.
But the quote from Luigi Frascat about Pope Benedict XVI's speech that caused an uproar in Muslims around the world is even more accurate in describing the current weakness in Western culture undermined by political correctness and multiculturalism.
In its bare essence, the substance of Pope Benedict XVI's argument can be summed up in the following syllogism: Islam is faith devoid of reason; modern secularism is reason devoid of faith.
I would add that by ‘devoid of faith’, we can mean a “profound loss of national, cultural and religious nerve”. As I wrote in a previous post “Winds of War: Why the West Needs to Grow a Moral Backbone”:
Islam is a complete way of life. It embraces the spiritual, social, moral, economic and cultural life of its followers, as well as their belief in God. This all encompassing system is similar to the Rule of the Holy Roman Empire and the Popes who headed it up in the Middle Ages. Just as Christian morals, ideals and ideas permeated the society of the Middle Ages to its core as ruled by the Holy Roman Church, so did Islam at the beginning of the 21st Century. A secular culture without absolutes – no right or wrong, no good or evil, cannot stand up to an absolute believing culture with finely defined lines between what they believe and don’t believe, what is advantageous to is and what is not, what they find good and what they find evil, and what behavior is appropriate and what is not. A cultural moral equivalency where everything is equal can not muster the will to stand up for some absolute morals and beliefs. It becomes a culture not worth defending. The belief in self-preservation is lost. The relativistic culture is not worth preserving because in accepting in everything, it believes strongly in nothing.
It’s jihad all the time and not just the militant kind. Our Western Judeo-Christian culture is under attack and most are oblivious to the insidious tactics the Islamists are using to first convert, and if not confront our culture and to bring it in line with Islamic customs, mores and laws.
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Repubs about to heap one mistake on top of another

If this is true then the republicans are about to BURY themselves.

They deserve it but WE don't.

Foley has tipped the scales. It made unavoidable to the American people the conclusion that :

1) The republicans, who have promoted themselves as the party of family values, can't even manage a congressional majority effectively let alone a several campaigns in a world war or

2) They are cynical hypocrites we couldn't stand to be with at a party or dinner, and we'd go home

3) BOTH

The battle inside the republican party which seems to have been brewing since 1988 when Reagan retired is now at full tilt.

Let me make my own feelings clear on this one...James Dobson=Noam Chomsky thru the looking glass. It's that simple.

Morality and ethics have a place in politics, religion does not. Faith has a place, preaching does not. Consciousness raising activities has a place, policy decisions on the basis of what Christ or Moses or Mohammed said DOES NOT. Christianity does not equal conservatism any more than judaism equaled communism (1900's - 1930's, folks).

I'm not sure if the republican party self destructed over religion, hypocrisy, personal greed (Abramoff, Delay, Ney, Cunningham), refusal to take responsibility (Rumsfeld, Frank, et al), or plan incompetence in decision making (Bremer et al), but it took the republicans 12 years to achieve what it took the democrats from 1932 to 1994 to do.

And now, they are about to run an ad over terrorism in a blatant attempt to drive the voters back to them ..."We're probably morons, but we think correctly about the war(?) so you HAVE to vote for us"

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In defense of liberty

From the Washington Times:
By Andrew C. McCarthy/Herbert London
Published October 20, 2006

In 2004, Abdel Rahman al-Rashed, general manager of the Al-Arabiya news channel, courageously wrote, "It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims."
It is simply incontestable that the vast majority of terrorist acts are committed by Muslims who unabashedly claim Islamic scripture impels them. We are in the throes of an ideological war, and it would be grossly irresponsible to continue ignoring the patent nexus between radical Islam and terror.
It is a sad reality that radicalism is actually mainstream in much of the Islamic world. This is due primarily to the refusal of many Muslims -- not just Muslim terrorists but millions of Muslims -- to accept the cardinal principles of enlightened liberty and democracy.
One need not merely infer this. Explicit proof is abundant in both Sunni and Shi'ite Islam. Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's highest Shi'ite authority -- and recipient of high praise by administration officials -- maintains that non-Muslims should be considered in the same category as "urine, feces, semen, dead bodies, blood, dogs, pigs, alcoholic liquors," and "the sweat of an animal who persistently eats [unclean things]." Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, the highest Sunni authority, instructs that Jews are "enemies of Allah [and] descendants of apes and pigs," views he expressly attributes to the Koran.
This dehumanizing hatred has been turned against our nation. Mustafa Zakri, a member of parliament in Egypt (the recipient of $2 billion a year in U.S. largess), has asserted that "America is the head of the serpent, and the greatest enemy, which we must confront." In Yemen, a judge recently dismissed charges against 19 terrorists who joined with al Qaeda in fighting U.S. forces in Iraq, reasoning that Islamic law sanctions jihad against occupiers of Muslim lands.
In newly liberated Afghanistan, the government attempted to put a man to death for the "crime" of converting from Islam to another religion, a capital offense under Islamic law. In Iraq, homosexuals are executed in Shi'ite-controlled areas -- consistent with a fatwa from the Ayatollah al-Sistani.
Meanwhile, Iran, nearing a confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, has developed a missile called "Zelzad 1." Its namesake is a Koranic verse that tells of a conflagration which precipitates Judgment Day. The missile is emblazoned with the slogan: "We will trample America under our feet. Death to America."
We believe that being in denial about Islamic militancy profoundly compromises U.S. national security. Our system's toleration of religious belief does not immunize religions from criticisms of the tenets or practices of those belief systems. This is particularly true when the criticized practices, though rhetorically labeled "religion," are actually elements of an imperialistic social system antithetical to equality, liberty, separation of church and state, and other core Western values.
Activist efforts to limit America's free marketplace of ideas -- such as the tactic of slandering commonsense criticism as "Islamophobia" -- are contrary to the very foundation of democratic governance. The West cannot cure Islam's propensity to spawn radicalism; this is a matter only Muslims can address. But we must do whatever is necessary to protect our liberty and security.
Since the United States is in the midst of a long war for the survival of our way of life, the following steps should immediately be taken:
• Congress should enact legislation stating forthrightly that our enemy in the ongoing war is radical Islam.
• Immigration from and aid to Muslim countries should be drastically reduced. Upward adjustments should be contingent on measurable reforms that promote liberty while reducing the role of religion in politics. (Provision should be made for asylum for reformers.)
• Any Muslim foreign national who will not concede under oath that American law must be followed in the U.S. when it conflicts with Islamic law should be subject to exclusion or deportation.
• It should be made clear that a person's status as a Muslim (particularly if he is also a male under age 45 who is a citizen of a country with a substantial Islamic population) is palpably relevant to investigations of terrorist threats. To do otherwise wastes finite investigative resources and challenges the Fourth Amendment's reasonableness requirement by treating all Americans as if they were potential Islamic radicals.
• Mosques in the U.S. have been used by Islamic radicals to spread their ideology, as hubs for terror recruitment and paramilitary training, and even for storage and transfer of weapons. While the war ensues, it should be made clear that the FBI and other authorities do not require a criminal predicate to collect intelligence or conduct investigations. Mosques in which violence or unlawful activity is encouraged should be subject to forfeiture and loss of tax-exempt status.
• Rigorous examination should be required for certification of Islamic chaplains in the military and the federal and state prison systems.
• Congress should create a National Security Court with jurisdiction over terrorism and other national security matters. Alleged alien-terrorists should be designated unlawful enemy combatants (apprehended either inside or outside the U.S.) and be accorded the minimal rights required by American due process standards. Removing their cases from the civilian and military courts will increase the quality of justice in those systems.
• With radical Islamic sentiment gaining traction in oil-rich nations, it is imperative that U.S. energy independence become a national priority. Congressional action must be taken to remove the onerous legal and regulatory barriers to the construction and expansion of refineries, production of oil and gas from offshore wells, construction of gas pipelines and other energy transportation infrastructure, and the building of power plants, including alternative generation sources such as solar stations, wind farms, tar sands, nuclear power plants, etc.
• Treaty obligations, alliances with other countries and membership in international organizations need to be consistent with national goals. Where they have become obsolete or harmful, they must be reshaped or eliminated.
The 20th century was filled with massive assaults on liberty by totalitarian aggressors who questioned the resolve of the defenders of liberty. This flawed assumption of weakness led to vast and unprecedented death and destruction. We make this statement in an attempt to diminish the chances of another such bloody miscalculation, and we pray that the rich benefits of the American model of government will gain a new appreciation around the world.

Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Herbert London is president of the Hudson Institute.
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Ahmadinejad threatens the free world. Isn't that cute?

The problem with the prevalent Western liberal attitude is that it cannot accept the existence of a fundamentally irrational player on the world scene. If one believes that all problems can be solved through negotiations, as the EU, UN and American Left do, then one must also believe that the other side is always rational and has the roughly same value system that you do.

So the head-in-the-sand crowd will always insist that if only we keep talking like civilized humans, the other side will act reasonably - because that's what we would do, and we are all the same under the skin, let's sing Kumbaya together in four-part harmony.

Ahmadinejad's outrageous pronouncements have become so commonplace that the Western press seems to be treating him more like an eccentric Kaddafi than a Hitler. Let's look at what is happening, just today:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday called the U.N. Security Council and its decisions "illegitimate."
Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands gathered at a pro-Palestinian rally in the capital Tehran Friday that “Israel no longer has a reason to exist, and will soon disappear. The Zionist regime, thank God, has lost all reason to exist”.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Europe on Friday it was stirring up hatred in the Middle East by supporting Israel and said it “may get hurt” if anger in the region boils over.

“You should believe that this regime (Israel) cannot last and has no more benefit to you. What benefit have you got in supporting this regime, except the hatred of the nations?” he said in a speech broadcast on state radio.

“We have advised the Europeans that the Americans are far away, but you are the neighbors of the nations in this region. We inform you that the nations are like an ocean that is welling up, and if a storm begins, the dimensions will not stay limited to Palestine, and you may get hurt,” he said.
"You imposed a group of terrorists ... on the region," he said, addressing the US and its allies. "It is in your own interest to distance yourself from these criminals... This is an ultimatum. Don't complain tomorrow."

"Nations will take revenge," he told a crowd of thousands gathered at a pro-Palestinian rally in the capital Teheran.
Iran, nearing a confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, has developed a missile called "Zelzad 1." Its namesake is a Koranic verse that tells of a conflagration which precipitates Judgment Day. The missile is emblazoned with the slogan: "We will trample America under our feet. Death to America."
The fasting people taking part in the rallies are chanting such slogans as "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" to express their hatred of the world hegemonic powers.
(By the way, the last sentence was repeated verbatim in no less than 11 different articles from the Iranian press.)

So, we have a man who is openly pursuing nuclear weapons, openly threatening the Western world and openly laughing while the EU and UN continues to try to "negotiate" with him, buying him all the time he needs to turn Iran into a superpower.

He also knows that by repeating his ideas about Israel and America over and over again, he will get gullible "open-minded" Westerners to eventually think, "Say, let's investigate if what he says is true." It is not a huge leap from Ahmadinejad's words to those of Walt and Mearsheimer.

Ahmadinejad's threats cannily exploit the Left's fear of conflict. If supporting Israel will inevitably lead to war, and war is to be avoided at all costs, then maybe it is better not to support Israel. All the pseudo-intellectual anti-Zionist rationalizations follow from the primal fear of conflict. The Left's antipathy towards Israel is not from naked anti-semitism nearly as much as out of this fear.

It is another variant of the century-old threat of the mythical "Arab street" which worked so effectively with Britain and its White Paper as to result in the deaths of untold thousands or millions.

Oh, we will talk a good game, saying how unacceptable it is for Iran's president to speak like this. But we won't actually do anything, just as we didn't do anything about North Korea despite a decade of warning.

Short-term self-interest of the West is the greatest ally that Ahmadinejad has.
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Everthing's Jihad in Waziristan , we're so lucky to have Pakistan on 'our' side

Pakistani mullas sent us for jihad, claim Taliban

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Pakistani mullas sent us for jihad, claim Taliban

* Say no ‘infidels’ in Afghanistan, everyone there is Muslim
* Allege some clerics acting as middlemen for Taliban recruiters

BARMAL: Handcuffed and weary, three self-confessed Taliban fighters revealed this week how they had crossed into Afghanistan from Pakistan to carry out “jihad” against coalition troops there after clerics in Pakistan told them that they were duty-bound as Muslims to do so.

The young men - two Pakistanis and an Afghan - were captured on Tuesday after a fierce five-hour gunbattle in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, just a few kilometres from the Afghan-Pak border. During the battle, 24 of their fellow fighters were killed, with the Afghan army later showing their bloodied and broken bodies to reporters at an army base in Barmal district.

The dead were mostly Afghans but also included Pakistanis, Chechens, Turks, one Arab and one Yemenite, an Afghan officer said, citing information from the three detained fighters, as well as captured identity cards and, in one case, a name on a bullet belt.

“Mullahs in Pakistan were preaching to us that we are obliged to fight jihad in Afghanistan because there are foreign troops - there is an Angriz (British) invasion,” Alahuddin, one of the captured men, told reporters.

“No, really?

But wait....


Continue reading "Everthing's Jihad in Waziristan , we're so lucky to have Pakistan on 'our' side" »

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Palestinians training for possible civil war

Sounds like an interesting development.

Security organizations and militant groups associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party are currently undergoing training for the possible breakout within weeks of large-scale clashes with Hamas

Well, I wish them both to do well in their civil war. They should fight until the last Palestinian on each side, and then one of them should suicide bomb the other.

More here.
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United States stops entry of British Muslim leader

Kamal HelbawyNEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States barred a British Muslim leader from flying to New York from London on Thursday morning, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said.

The department's Customs and Border Protection section would not elaborate on why Kamal Helbawy, 67, a founding member of the Muslim Association of Britain, was told by airline staff to get off his flight shortly before it was due to leave London.

"The individual was inadmissible to enter the U.S.," said spokeswoman Kelly Klundt. "I can't speak specifically to this case as to why he was inadmissible."

Helbawy was due to speak on a panel on the Muslim Brotherhood, organized by the Center on Law and Security, an independent think tank based at New York University. [...]

Some background information on Kamal Helbawy:
Born in Egypt in 1939 and joined the Muslim Brotherhood at the age of twelve, largely receiving his education in Islam from them. After working in Nigeria, he traveled to Saudi Arabia where he was among the founders of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and became their first executive director. After six years at the Institute of Policy Studies in Pakistan, Dr. Helbawy moved to London and helped create the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). He was the MAB's first president and currently serves as an advisor to the organization. Dr. Helbawy is also a researcher in Islamic and strategic affairs.

Crossposted at Eye On The World.
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Terror Suspect Wrote School Guidelines

Hey, I've got an idea. Let's teach kids how to become Muslims, in a public school, no less. And, when Californian parents complain, let's take it to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and have their complaints nullified. And, then let's take the whole thing to the Supreme Court and have them also shoot down the complaints voiced by the parents.

Yes, America, it is ok to teach Islam in public schools now. Yes, and the curriculum was written by a terror suspect. Don't believe me?

From WND:


A man arrested as a terror suspect for allegedly trying to transport $340,000 from a group tied to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and who reputedly had connections to Osama bin Laden, helped write the "Religious Expression in Public Schools" guidelines issued by President Clinton during his tenure in office.

And that could explain why students at a California school were told as part of their required classes they would become Muslims and pray to Allah – and a federal judge approved that, and why an Oregon school this year is delivering similar lessons to its students, as WND has reported.

Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was president of the American Muslim Council and a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, worked with President Clinton and the American Civil Liberties Union when the guidelines, launched by Clinton in 1995, were being developed, according to reports.
Those are the same guidelines that the ACLU's Nadine Strossen referred to for authority when supporting organization lawsuits to restrict Christmas celebrations and the removal of the Nativity from public display, the reports said.


When Clinton issued the guidelines, he announced that they had been developed by "35 religious groups" but didn't disclose that many of those were civil rights organizations such as the ACLU, and committed whole-heartedly to the separation of church and state. Alamoudi, who ended up serving time in jail, also founded the American Muslim Foundation and the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council.

He ran afoul of the law because the U.S. banned such money transfers under economic sanctions imposed in 1986 when Libya was tied to terrorist bombings in Vienna and Rome. The U.S. attorney's office told WND at that time Alamoudi was accused under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

It was an affidavit filed with the complaint in which his support of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas was described. There, he also said, "If we are outside (the U.S.) we can say 'Oh, Allah destroy America,' but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it." He also allegedly had connections to relatives of bin Laden, reports said.

For a time he also was employed in choosing Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military and in his role as leader of the American Muslim Council, he frequently met with senior Clinton and Bush administration officials. The Muslim leader said "he intended eventually to deposit the ($340,000) in banks located in Saudi Arabia, from where he would feed it back in smaller sums into accounts in the United States," according to the affidavit.

Before his close encounter with the law, however, he was described as a friend of Hillary Clinton and an adviser on Islamic affairs. It was during this time, as he helped with the presidential guidelines for schools, that Muslim beliefs started appearing in Houghton Mifflin textbooks, which are being used in some of the Islamic indoctrination courses.

... under those guidelines, California, and now Oregon students, are allowed to be told as part of their public schooling: "You are beginning a simulation of the history and culture of Islam. It is important to study the origins of this religion and how it has affected mankind. … It is impossible to study Islam without understanding the relationship between the teaching of Prophet Muhammad and the entire Mid-Eastern culture. It was the early Muslims, primarily the Arabs, who shaped the future of a wide area of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Muslim contributions are extraordinary in art, architecture, philosophy, science, mathematics, government, and of course, religion.

"From the beginning, you and your classmates will become Muslims. You will be a member of a caravan starting from a trading center based around an Islamic city. The task of each caravan group is to be the first group to complete a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest of Islamic cities, with the most amount of dirhems (Arabic money). This pilgrimage or 'haij' is a requirement of all faithful Muslims once in their lifetime."

Those words are taken from text material provided to students in California, a district that was challenged by Christian parents, who just weeks ago saw the U.S. Supreme Court decline to intervene in the lower court's ruling.

"Today, Christmas and Nativity scenes are outlawed while Clinton's nominee, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton, recently approved 'Islam: A Simulation' where children learn to become Muslim, recite the Quran, fast for Ramadan and pray to Allah including this prayer: 'In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation, The Compassionate, the Merciful, King of Judgment-day! You alone we worship, and to You alone we pray for help, Guide us to the straight path,'" wrote Jen Shroder, on her BlessedCause.org website.

"The double-standard is shocking, but one need only look at our public school guidelines and who wrote them, with clauses designed to open or close doors at the will of the ACLU, to discover how our nation finds itself in such a dreadful state today," Shroder continued.
Schroder, on the
NewsWithViews.com website, said Clinton "preferred to 'negotiate' with Muslim leaders rather than answer terrorist bombings with our military.

"He colluded with the ACLU to present religious guidelines worded to manipulate court rulings at the ACLU's discretion, successfully censoring Christians and the Bible in public school while promoting every other faith, specifically Islam.

Edward White III, of the Thomas More Law Center which handled the California lawsuit, asked, "Would it have been 'just cultural education' if students were in simulated baptisms, wearing a crucifix, having taken the name of St. John and with praise banners saying 'Praise be to Jesus Christ' on classroom walls?"

He said one assignment was to learn the "five pillars" of Islam, study Ramadan and listen to guest speakers including an American Muslim who arrived dressed in her religious costume to talk to the kids about her Quran.
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Spain To Teach Islam In Schools


And, the textbook was published by the Catholic Church. Dance, Andalusia, Dance:


The Spanish government, Catholic Church and Muslim leaders have joined forces to publish a school textbook on Islam.

The book Discovering Islam - for primary school children - was written in Spanish by a Muslim leader.

Spanish officials say the book has no parallel among Spain's EU neighbours with large Muslim minorities.
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Global appeal.. Perhaps you will help

I found this over in the comments section at LGF. I don't know exactly who it is from, but they are requesting spiritual solidarity from the people of the world in response to the abuses they suffer under Islamic rule:


on saturday, light fest of south asians (diwali) is comming up. south asians,a tag under which wahabis usually hide in global news....

i want your help in burn a candle next to a poster highlighting islamic cruelity.... can we do this ? can we burn a new candle to connect islamic cruelity & light fest. many peoples will think how diwali is connected to Islamic cult.. here is the answer... http://www.sikh-hist...

SIKHS, hindus, jains, budhist everyone is victim of cruel muslims and now christians are falling under this sword... will history repeat itself... well it is repeating.....

shikh womens are belived to be strongest... here is what they have to face under islamic rule.. http://www.sikh-hist...

Hindu's accepted 700 yrs back a system called sati (dead man's widow immolates herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.) to get rid of ultimate respect islam gives them... that is of a sex slave. they decided to die, instead of getting raped..... http://news.bbc.co.u...

and now christian girls are doing this... http://www.asianews....

can we learn from each other... can we build this bridge... can we really can burn a candle on this day to tribute the history, so it does not repeat....?
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This Week On The Gathering Storm Radio Show

The Weekly Storm Report of The Gathering Storm is now a live weekly radio show on Wide Awakes Radio every Friday from noon to 2PM PST.

This Friday I will have two representatives of some of the best bloggers on the starboard side of the bloggosphere - from Villages With Torches and Chaim from Freedom’s Cost.

Tune in, listen and let’s chat.

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Aga Khan's interview in Der Spiegel

We are writing about Shia and Sunni Muslims. But we nearly never write about other Muslims. But there are others.

Searching in Internet, I have found an interview with Aga Khan, the head of the Islaimi Muslims, in the German Der Spiegel. This man, who is more known in Spain because of the Hola! reports, was interviewed about Pope Benedict's words.

In the same page you have a brief summary of what it takes to be an Ismaili Muslim:

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is considered to be the direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad and, as the 49th imam, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims. A minority community within the Muslim faith, the Ismailis include some 20 million members scattered across 25 countries in Central Asia, Europe and Eastern Africa. The Aga Khan himself lives near Paris in Aiglemont Palace. Born near Geneva, the prince grew up in Kenya, Switzerland and London before being educated at Harvard. At the age of 20, he succeeded his grandfather as the Aga Khan, thus becoming a religious leader and the administrator of billions in assets. Fed by his family inheritance and a 10 percent tithing fee from Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan channels much of the money into the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world's most important private development aid organizations. The Aga Khan has two sons from his first marriage --Rahim, 34, and Hussein, 32. He also has a son from his second marriage to the German princess Gabriele zu Leiningen --six-year-old Ali Mohammed. The Aga Khan must name one of his sons as his successor, but that choice will remain a secret until his death.

In Wikipedia we have a summary of what he does:

At his Aiglemont estate, at Gouvieux in the Picardie region of France, about 4 kilometres west of the Hippodrome de Chantilly in Chantilly, France, he operates the largest horse racing and breeding operation in the country. In 1977, he paid £1.3 million for the bloodstock owned by Anna Dupré and in 1978, £4.7 million for the bloodstock of late Marcel Boussac.

In March of 2005, the Āgā Khān purchased the famous Haras d'Ouilly in Pont-d'Ouilly, Calvados that had been owned by such famous horsemen as the Duc Decazes, François Dupré and Jean-Luc Lagardère. In 2006, he became the majoity shareholder of Arqana, a French horse auction house.

After some background, the interview itself. I am going to copy some parts of it:

[...] SPIEGEL: Does Islam have a problem with reason?

Aga Khan: Not at all. Indeed, I would say the contrary. Of the Abrahamic faiths, Islam is probably the one that places the greatest emphasis on knowledge. The purpose is to understand God's creation, and therefore it is a faith which is eminently logical. Islam is a faith of reason. [NOTE: He does not even consider the education Muslim countries are giving their children. I do not think that learning by heart the Koram, as they do in most madrassas, is the best way to increase one child's knowledge].

SPIEGEL: So, what are the root causes of terrorism?

Aga Khan: Unsolved political conflicts, frustration and, above all, ignorance. Nothing that was born out of a theological conflict. [NOTE: this is the same reasons that punk jihadis -as Pamela calls them- say when they are asked about their behaviour in Paris]

SPIEGEL: Which political conflicts do you mean?

Aga Khan: The ones in the Middle East and in Kashmir, for example. These conflicts have remained unresolved for decades. There is a lack of urgency in understanding that the situation there deteriorates, it's like a cancer. If you are not going to act on a cancer early enough, ultimately it's going to create terrible damage. It can become a breeding ground for terrorism.

Now to the issue of spreading faith by the sword: All faiths at some time in their history have used war to protect themselves or expand their influence, and there were situations when faiths have been used as justifications for military actions. But Islam does not call for that, it is a faith of peace. [Jihad is a peaceful concept: after all Infidels are dead, peace be upon Earth].

SPIEGEL: It's true that horrible crimes were committed in the name of Christianity, for example by the crusaders. That was long ago, that's the past. But jihadists commit their crimes now, in our times.

Aga Khan: It is not so far in the past that we have seen bloody fights in the Christian world. Look at Northern Ireland. If we Muslims interpreted what happened there as a correct expression of Protestantism and Catholicism or even as the essence of the Christian faith you would simply say we don't know what we are talking about. [NOTE: really, when Protestant and Catholic argue because of land or political reasons, they are reading the Bible. Mr Khan, just tell me what part of the Bible tells me to argue with a Protestant, because I do not really know it. Oh, no, you're so cultivated, just know that these quarrels have no basis in religion].

SPIEGEL: "The West (will stand) against the Rest" wrote Professor Samuel Huntington in his famous book "Clash of Civilizations." Is such a conflict, such a clash inevitable?

Aga Khan: I prefer to talk about a clash of ignorance. There is so much horrible, damaging, dangerous ignorance.

SPIEGEL: Which side is responsible?

Aga Khan: Both. But essentially the Western world. You would think that an educated person in the 21st century should know something about Islam; but you look at education in the Western world and you see that Islamic civilizations have been absent. What is taught about Islam? As far as I know -- nothing. What was known about Shiism before the Iranian revolution? What was known about the radical Sunni Wahhabism before the rise of the Taliban? We need a big educational effort to overcome this. Rather than shouting at each other, we should be learning to listen to each other. In the way we used to do it, by working together, with mutual give-and-take. Together we brought about some of the highest achievements of human civilization. There is a lot to build on. But I think you cannot build on ignorance. [NOTE: Any dictator in the Middle East is necessary for peace, but the West, you ignorant infidels, you are the culprits of all the bad things in the world. Because you can study Science, Music, Mathematics, Law, Telecommunications, Economy, etc, but if you do not study Islam, then you are an ignorant and your ignorance is the culprit of jihadis, dictatorships, Bin Laden, Ahmadinejihad, the hunger in the world, the car accidents, the bad nourihsment in the Paleolithic age and of course, of the disparition of the dinasours...]

SPIEGEL: Nonethless, it is striking that a particularly large number of Muslim-dominated states figure among the most backward and undemocratic states in the world. Is Islam in need of an era of enlightment? Is the faith even incompatible with democracy as others claim?

Aga Khan: As I said before, one has to be fair. Some of the political leaders have inherited problems that are in no way attributable to the faith. New governance solutions have to be tested and validated over time. Nor do I believe Muslim states are systematically economic underperformers. Some of the fastest growing economies and some of the most successful newly industrialized countries are in the Islamic world. Now concerning democracy: My democratic beliefs do not go back to the Greek or French (thinkers) but to an era 1,400 years ago. These are the principles underlying my religion. During the prophet's life (peace be upon him), there was a systematic consultative political process. And the first imam of the Shiites, Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, Hazrat Ali, emphasized: "No honor is like knowledge, no power is like forbearance, and no support is more reliable than consultation." [NOTE: Pericles, Locke, Montequieu, et al did not found democracy as we know it: it was Muhammad. You infidels, so ignorant, how on earth could you even think of inventing democracy.

Democracy in the Middle East? Oh, but that is because of the inherited problems, .... from Western societies, of course].

[...] SPIEGEL: Not many are functioning democracies.

Aga Khan: People speak about failed states. I do not think that states can fail, but democracies certainly can. The failure of democracy is not specific to the Islamic world. Indeed, about two years ago, the United Nations carried out an in-depth analysis of democracy in South America. About 55 percent of the population in South American states said that they would prefer to live under a paternalistic dictatorship instead of an incompetent or corrupt democracy that is not improving their living condition. [NOTE: firstly, there are some of them who have stablished democracies which function really well, as Chile, Brazil or Mexico -yes, Mexico is better than Morocco. The frontier with the most different way of live/religion/expenditure... is Spanish-Morocan one].

Secondly, they are speaking about a paternalistic dictatorship, not the same as in Iran (that is the result of an honour killingsmile_angry), for example.

And thirdly, there are Moroccan people coming to Spain saying that Spain is a Monarchy as Morocco, where a Monarch administers as he wants the happiness and the sufferings of his subjects. If Moroccans think like that, what would someone from other countries more underdeveloped than theirs? What would be the results of that analysis in Muslim countries?

Lastly, how many South Americans have come to other countries to kill people because of frustration/political problems/ignorance -accepting that is the reason-? How many they have killed in their countries by the same reasons? Is there any kind of ideal about conquering the world/killing all people that are not South Americans? Eeeh, let me think... NO. Yes, there have been South-American terrorists but were they supported by the population?]

He also does a large exposition about Iraqi war that finishes with:

SPIEGEL: In your opinion, was it pure ignorance and naivete that made the Bush government start the war? Was it really about introducing democracy or a strategic decision about conquering oil fields and military bases?

Aga Khan: I wish I could answer that question.

I'm normally very moderate about my comments on Islam. But this kind of stupid politically correct comments, just make me wonder. He is soooooooo cultivated, and yet he thinks the non-Muslims are idiot/stupid?

Gossip news: Aga Khan IV is the grandson of Aga Khan III, who was the founder of the Muslim League and the 48th Imam of the Sect of the Shia Ismaili. The son of Aga Khan III -and father of Aga Khan IV- was Prince Ali Khan, who married Rita Hayworth.  Yes, the actress. [NOTE: Rita Hayworth is not his mother]

Also posted at AJP.

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"America Hiroshima" Skypecast Tonight

America's Truth Forum and Jeff Epstein are hosting a "SkypeCast" this evening (Thursday, 19 October) at 9:00PM EST (U.S.) to discuss the "America Hiroshima" scenario and other subjects related to the Islamic Jihad against Western civilization.

This is an opportunity to hear the facts of the case from the original investigative researchers and those who broke the story. Since the revelations of the Al Qaeda plot became public "Mainstream Media" has twisted and embellished the original report beyond recognition. We hope to set the record straight this evening.

We hope to receive your input, and that of your readership this evening.

We would also appreciate it if you would announce the Skypecast on your Blog.

America’s Truth Forum

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Storm Track Intimidation: UK Tabloid Pulls 'Burqa Babes' Page

From The Gathering Storm

There’s no joy in Mudville, um, Muslimville tonight.

The Daily Star newspaper yesterday pulled a page at the last minute that mocked Shariah law with a series of captions and pictures. The page, titled Daily Fatwa, included a 'Page 3 Burqa Babes Special' showing a fully covered woman as part of a feature called 'How your favourite paper would look under Muslim law', according to the Media Guardian. The whole feature was pulled after a newsroom revolt led to a stop work meeting by the Daily Star's National Union of Journalists chapel. A resolution condemning the page was produced, forcing management to respond. The Media Guardian reported that the page also contained a blank editorial stamped with the words "censored" and "Allah is great". The top of the page was stamped with the words "no news no goss no fun". A competition told readers to 'Burn a flag and win a Corsa' while a picture of the US president George Bush was captioned: "Death to Infidels".

Muslims just have to get a sense of humor. That’s funny stuff. But……

At the NUJ chapel meeting there was fear of violent reprisals and a motion was carried condemning the feature. It read: "This National Union of (Dhimmi) Journalists chapel expresses its deep concern at the content of page 6 in tomorrow's Daily Star which we consider to be deliberately offensive to Muslims. "The chapel fears that this editorial content poses a very serious risk of violent and dangerous reprisals from religious fanatics who may take offence at these articles. This may place the staff in great jeopardy. This chapel urges the management to remove the content immediately."

I suppose the UK journalists are hiding under their desks in response to the ‘noted tolerance’ of Muslims.

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For the umpteenth time...

This is an “Asian”:

Picture: Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden, Leader of Al-Quaeda

This is a “White”:

Picture: Adam Gadahn
Adam Gadahn, American convert to Islam and member of Al-Quaeda

And these people, of all colors, races, ethnicities and all the rest of the terms our OrwellMedia still thinks are relevant to the situation of our age, are the victims of the ideology held by both of the above:

Picture: Collage of the victims of 9/11
Collage of the victims of 9/11, a prosecution exhibit from the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui (Click to enlarge)

Now… can we just QUIT talking about this war in terms of “race”, “racism” and “racial conflict”, already?! Please. I reach for my punching-bag every time I see it put that way.
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Storm Track Infiltration: Muslim Pharmacist Denies Brit Woman Birth Control

From The Gathering Storm

This story from the UK Telegraph is another example of Muslims incapable of living in a civilized society. Add this to the Minneapolis Muslim cab drives who refuse to take a fare if the person was drinking or carrying alcohol and the UK can driver who refused to take a blind passenger and his seeing eye dog because it was against the Islamic religion.

A Muslim chemist repeatedly refused a mother the "morning after" pill because of his religious beliefs. Jo-Ann Thomas, a school crossing patrolwoman with two children, was told that even though the item was in stock she should go to her doctor for her supplies. When she was denied the pill at a Lloyds Pharmacy near her home in Thurcroft, Rotherham, she asked why and says she was told the pharmacist was a "deeply religious Muslim".
The young lady’s response:
"I am a 37-year-old woman, not a daft girl who doesn't know what she's doing, and the chemist has no right to tell me whether I can or can't take the pill. "It's my choice, not his. It's his religion, not mine. He's a dispensing chemist and his job is to dispense drugs."
So how long will this little tactic of forced dhimmitude show Dearborn, MI or Santa Cruz, CA, or Brooklyn, NY?

And what does the pharmacy where the Muslim works have to say about this?

A spokesman for Lloyds, which runs 1,300 UK pharmacies, apologised to Mrs Thomas for her inconvenience. But he referred to a "conscience clause" in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain's ethics code, saying: "It states that if supplying the morning-after pill is contrary to a pharmacist's personal, religious or moral beliefs they are entirely within their rights not to supply it."

Why do I have the feeling that if the pharmacist were an Orthodox Jew or a devout Christian and he refused to dispense the Morning After Pill, he would be brought up on charges in Britain?

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How Reagan would handle Islam

Joshua Trevino from The Brussels Journal makes a very interesting analysis that throws much light on why political correctness will have to be thrown away if we are to win the struggle with Islamofascism.

one of the key features of Reagan’s anti-Communist rhetoric: it did not buy into the basic premises of the enemy. It did not concede, at least rhetorically, the commanding role of the state, nor the Hegelian/Marxist march of history, nor the forced perfectibility of man, nor the founding nobility of the Communist enterprise. Reagan’s genius was to recall the American people, and to a lesser extent the West, to the need to proceed from the premises of our Founders: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as the inalienable rights of man, and government as existing merely to secure their just exercise. One did not win arguments with Communism when accepting Communist starting-points for those arguments. They led inevitably to the Communist end, and appeals to humanity were steamrolled by appeals to inexorable logic.

In dealing with Islamism in the present day, we make the very error that Reagan eschewed with the Communists. We proceed from Islamist premises — namely, that Islam is inherently peaceful; that it is inherently sane; that it is inherently just; and that it is a welcome and benign participant in our post-modern public square.

Read it complete.
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Pax Islamia: persecution news

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"War Is Inevitable"

In an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, North Korean Gen. Ri Chan Bok sent a message to the world:


Oct. 19, 2006 — If President Bush continues to ask North Korea to "kneel," war "will be inevitable," and it would begin on the Korean Peninsula, North Korean Gen. Ri Chan Bok told "Good Morning America" anchor Diane Sawyer, in an exclusive interview inside North Korea.
President Bush wants the country to kneel down, Ri said, and North Koreans cannot agree with that.


For decades, the general has been in charge of the flash point demilitarized zone, the 2.5-mile stretch between North Korea and South Korea.

In the interview, Sawyer read Ri the president's statement warning of grave consequences for North Korea should the nation continue nuclear testing or transfer nuclear technologies to third-party countries.

She asked whether the general had a reaction. Ri told Sawyer that he didn't tend to believe what Bush said.

"Can the general guarantee or reassure the American people that this nuclear information will not be passed to terrorists?" Sawyer asked.

"We have nuclear weapons to defend our country and our people," he said.

The general said he could guarantee that these weapons were to defend North Korea and not to earn money or be sent to third parties. He added that North Korea did not have a relationship with terrorist organizations.

Sawyer asked him what the words of North Korea meant when leaders said there would be a merciless blow in response to any sanctions.

Ri said he couldn't say specifically, but pointed out that North Korea had short- and long-range missiles.

Sawyer asked whether the country's nuclear technology was weaponized and whether it could be loaded on missiles.

He would not say whether he could nuclearize the country's weapons, but said to be assured that the country had the facilities to deliver nuclear weapons.

"North Korea is ready," he said.


At this point, I don't know what to think. Bush continues to make strong statements only to back down and say almost the opposite thing (usually through Condoleeza Rice) just days later.
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Foley happens before the election, Carter after..republicans are inept

Nothing more demonstrates the difference between the republicans and democrats at the national level currently, than this pair of incidents. Jimmy Carter's new book ...

“Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

has just had its publishing and release date pushed back from November 1st to November 14th.

Guess what occurs in between those two dates?

Thus the republicans are exposed as hypocrites, and mediocre leaders without care or attention, but the democrats who can't even reach the table with respectable moral clarity escape exposure as the craven cowards they really are.

Carter Book Slaps Israel With ‘Apartheid’ Tag, Provides Ammo to GOP

As Republicans step up their efforts to paint Democrats as increasingly hostile toward Israel, former President Jimmy Carter is releasing a book on the Middle East, titled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”Judging from an advance review manuscript of the new work, published by Simon & Schuster and set for release November 14, Carter places the bulk of the blame on Israel for its continuing conflict with the Palestinians. But critics of the former president probably will be most offended by his use of the word “apartheid” in the book’s title and text.

Israel’s current policy in the territories, Carter writes in the book’s summary, is “a system of apartheid, with two peoples occupying the same land but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally dominant and suppressing violence by depriving Palestinians of their basic human rights.” In a separate passage in the advance draft, the former president stated that “Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land.”

In addition, Carter takes what is being interpreted by some critics as a swipe at the pro-Israel lobby. “Because of powerful political, economic, and religious forces in the United States, Israeli government decisions are rarely questioned or condemned,” the former president writes.

Nothing would so convince J Carter of the humanity of the Jews as much as if they would simply agree to have no state. Desiring to live enough to confront conflict, murderers, wars of annihilation, and an ethic of murder and land ownership based in a supposedly immutable document which grants the land in perpetuity by God to their enemies, beyond the ability of humans to reasonably negotiate - is SUCH A BOTHER, since it requires both moral and physical courage, J Carter.

I sincerely question how long it will be until the Conyers ("I'm not for or against Hizballah"), Rangel ("supposed terrorists"), Pelosi leadership collpases into this lingo as well...it would be so easy to just agree with these insistent and dangerous 'others', WOULDN'T IT?

“Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land.”
Sorry J Carter, as well defined by HAMAS, it is the Quran which makes any negotiated settlement OUT OF THE QUESTION .. man cannot negotiate away what has been granted to muslims in perpetuity (i.e. all of Israel). How stupid a man we once elected ! How cravenly stupid!

I just can't stand it!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

An Islamic Newsreel

Guest Editorial by Edward Cline:

While Bo Derek is persuading U.S senators to co-sponsor a bill to ban the export of horsemeat for human consumption, as the country recovers from the Great Spinach Scare, as Madonna returns from Malaŵi with her $3 million dollar baby, and as the news media continues its obsession with American obesity and trans fats in food and simultaneously celebrates the confounding of the Republicans over the Foley Congressional page scandal, the Islamists are marching onward, here and overseas.

I have often wondered what it was like to sit in a movie theater in the 1930’s and 1940’s and watch the Movie Tone newsreels that preceded the short subjects and double features. Would I have been able to distinguish between the important news and the trivial and human interest? Probably. In the latter ‘30’s and throughout the ‘40’s the Nazis would have dominated much of the news, their rise to power in Europe and their imminent fall at the hands of men who weren’t afraid of identifying them as evil and not the least hesitant to dispatching them General George Patton-style.

Ah, yes. General Patton, who didn’t believe in “holding one’s position,” but of advancing and forcing the Hun to “hold” his position, if he could. And when he defeated the Hun, he wanted to draft the German army into the Allied side to fight those fine friends of Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, the looting, raping Soviets before they swallowed half of Europe. The Germans wouldn’t have needed much convincing to fight under American and British commanders to defend their country from those human locusts. Patton would have found in ally in Churchill, but not in the White House.

That development, however, was never seen in the newsreels. Instead, Americans saw American, British and Soviet soldiers hugging each other as laughing chums and drinking to the defeat of the Nazis.

Patton doubtless would be censored today, just as he was censored during the war, for asking why the West, and in particular the U.S., was fighting a “holding position” against Islam. If that indeed is what we are doing. It is difficult to tell anymore.

My red flags of suspicion would have gone up if the Associated Press had run a newsreel titled, “Bush Honors Muslims Aiding in Terror War” (October 16). After a mental “Huh?” I would have asked my seatmate: “Does that mean our president is helping the terrorists in their war against us, or vice versa?”

“He’s a born-again Christian,” she would have replied, “and he can’t help it. What do you expect?”

Someone sitting in back of me leaned forward and whispered into my ear, “It’s easy to be confused by Bush. He’s either a closet Al-Qaeda, or an Amish Democrat.”

“How are they helping?” I would have asked, as I watched our smiling president dine with ambassadors from Islamic nations, U.S. Muslim leaders, and administration officials to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, adding, “Their clerics are preaching jihad against us everywhere. Their Koran permits and encourages it.” I would have winced when I heard Bush say to his guests as the cameras rolled, “You know that the majority of the victims of terrorists have been innocent Muslims, and many of you have seen terrorist violence in your own cities and your streets.” And I would have said out loud, ignoring the shushing of the audience, “But doesn’t that say something about Islam? A lot about Islam?”

“Hey, mister,” the guy in the seat on my other side would have chimed, “there are moderate Muslims. Don’t be so intolerant. He’s against extremists.”

“Like, there were moderate Nazis?” I would have countered. And, in the privacy of my thoughts, I would have heeded the logic that both Islam and Christianity, followed and practiced to their moral extremes, meant death. Did it matter if a Muslim was a fundamentalist or a hanger-on?

An image of Patrick Henry speaking in the General Assembly against submitting to Parliamentary authority popped into my mind. On the floor next to him was a moderate Muslim, bowing repeatedly to Mecca in submission to Allah. “There is no reconciliation between Parliamentary tyranny and liberty,” Henry was saying. “Nor between that,” he went on, pointing to the Muslim, “and this,” he concluded, pointing to his forehead. “Would the sergeant-at-arms please eject this odious, cowering…dog from our temple of liberty? He offends mine sight.”

That was just a fleeting daydream. The next newsreel featured Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abd al-Aziz, looking up from beneath his headdress with a malevolence I’d only seen in the faces of street thugs, warning his listeners about dealing with “moderate” Muslims. I recalled seeing a still of this creature in The Objective Standard on October 4th. “We are familiar with their relations with foreign elements,” the translator was saying. “We are fighting them and will continue to fight them, and we will cut off their tongues.” Well, that would be enough to silence any “moderate” Muslims, if they existed. So much for “reforming” the Koran. Then I asked myself: How would one reform or tone down Mein Kampf? It couldn’t be done. Both tracts would need to be discarded.

The Saudis were our allies in the war on terror, we are told.

What eludes everyone worried about the “demonization” of Muslims and Islam is that Islam contains a political agenda as well as a religious one. They are woven closely together in Sharia law and cannot be divorced. Christianity was tamed when its political power was neutered, and that was after a hard fight from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. The fiery Old Testament took a back seat to the relatively pacific New. Islam is a different animal; it can be defeated only if it is repudiated in its entirety. A big step in that direction would be the vaporization of the Kaaba and the Black Stone of Mecca. Nazism commanded the irrational zeal of a religion; it lost its millions of believers and collapsed when its “paper-hanging” Messiah perished in his bunker in 1945. The same would happen to Islam if Mecca were rendered radioactive gas.

The next newsreel was an “info-mercial” advertising the merits of a new book, the Guide for Individual Jihad, written by Al-Hakaymah. It first appeared on an Islamist website and was reviewed by Geostrategy. Several photogenic Muslims demonstrated on live, illegal Mexicans how a conscientious warrior could contribute to the cause of defeating the West, even in his own backyard, whether in Jihad Alley in Virginia, Des Moines, Iowa, or San Francisco.

These well-groomed, well-dressed gentlemen – not one sporting a ski mask! – showed how infidel Americans, assimilation-resistant Brits, and recalcitrant Frenchmen could be stabbed, fed overdoses of cocaine or heroin, injected with air by needles, burned alive in their homes, blown up in their cars or with roadside IEDs, run over with Saudi-oil fueled SUV’s, and even lured to their deaths via the Internet. Do-it-yourself assassination kits were available for only $9.95, not including shipping, and would be sent in plain brown wrapping so as not to alert the authorities.

Al-Hakaymah’s book featured a blurb from the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Muhammad Abdul Bari, who boasted that the book contributed to a “positive” image of Muslims, who lately were being “stigmatized. What is happening…has been a barrage of demonization of the Muslim community to such an extent that the community is now scared and feels vulnerable.”

As I watched him promote the book up on the big screen, I wondered who was actually feeling scared and vulnerable: Muslims or Tube riders. And the Muslims I saw demonstrating in London in the next newsreel didn’t look very scared or vulnerable to me, particularly the ones carrying signs that read “Behead the Insulters of the Prophet,” “Kill Arrogant Infidels.” One of their spokesmen, addressing a BBC reporter, promised that there would be hell to pay if the 2012 summer Olympics were scheduled during Ramadan that year.

The double feature finally unreeled, “His Girl Friday,” and the original British film version of Patrick Hamilton’s play, “Gaslight,” about a woman driven mad by lamps that kept dimming and brightening (engineered by her scheming husband), much like the assurances of Muslims that they were committed to Western values of freedom of speech and the separation of church and state.

When I got home, I listened to the radio. That was full of depressing news, too. British Airways planned to introduce a special uniform for its Muslim ground staff, and British hospitals had already introduced special burkah gowns for Muslims patients. And some Muslim speech teacher was suspended for insisting on wearing her veil in class, especially if men were present. What was she afraid of? Men would start hitting on her? Or maybe all Muslim women had halitosis, a condition that came with the creed. And that scarf, or hajib, or whatever it was called that went over the hair: Was that to hide lice? Never could believe the “modesty” explanation.

As I prepared to retire, I remembered my seatmate’s suggestion that I should write a satire on Islam and the West’s incremental submission to it. I wondered now how one could pen a satire about an ongoing tragedy. Perhaps I could begin with President Roosevelt hosting a White House dinner for his moderate Nazi guests, the ones who deplored “extremism” and claimed Mein Kampf was blueprint for peace and coexistence. But, I’d have to combine that with the incremental turn to fascism in the country itself. It was going to be a tough satire to put together, especially if I wanted to make the point that it was no laughing matter.

Crossposted at The Dougout

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