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Saturday, December 09, 2006

The arab mind

Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in Egypt, that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in Jordan would function better?

Editor in Chief of Al Jazeerah:
I think so.

And it's not Leno, Kimmel or John Stewart, honest.

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When Egypt deports terror-suspects - they send them to...............

Egypt has deported eight French and two Belgian citizens it arrested on suspicion of trying to recruit people to fight in Iraq, airport sources say.
The 10 were put on a flight from Cairo to ............

Answer here
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How to "win" in Iraq - PICK A SIDE

We started it to get rid of a terror leaning, weapons loving, fascist, america hating son of a bitch whom the president judged (rightly or wrongly) to be not worth taking a chance over on the safety of the american people.

We completed this phase in a few weeks, and then were left with a conquering force right sized, and a garrison force about 20-25% of what was required. We set loose the ancient war of Ali and 700 AD, versus the converted tribe of power in the hijaz of pre Muhammad times.

We succeeded in a few weeks.
We also failed to comprehend the ragnorokian forces of entropy coiled tighter every day since Ali and Husayn died/were treacherously killed.
That is the responsibility of the Bush admin.

Jim Baker has also FAILED to grasp the elementary.

If the members of the ISG:
James A. Baker, III, and Lee H. Hamilton, Co-Chairs, Lawrence S. Eagleburger, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Edwin Meese III, Sandra Day O’Connor, Leon E. Panetta, William J. Perry, Charles S. Robb, Alan K. Simpson are so naieve that they believe not only that Israel can make peace with HAMAS, but also that this will fix the problems in Najaf and Ramadi, and Sadr City, then The Wise Men of our day are fools.

Some of them should have learned this lesson of Israel being a distraction and canard - for their ignorance of that force which grew from the 1979 Russian invasion of Afghanistan onwards, while they guarded the realm.. had nothing to do with Israel and everything to do with the 'unbelievers' everywhere.

These people, who certainly know better, include every name on this list except for Mrs. O'Connor. They might have been able to claim ignorance the first time around, but the forces of salafist and khomeinist aggression are no strangers on the world stage now, and have little to do with Israel.

I have lost much respect for every single name on that list.
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But of course we all know wordlessly, the reason for the ISG. It was to give cover to republicans and democrats for treacherously leaving Iraq, and giving up, and making it easier to garner votes in the short term of those in office (of both parties).

Bernard Lewis:"America is harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend."

If we want to "win" we need to pick a side. Sunni or Shia. Who has more 'right' on their side?
Will that be cod liver oil or milk of magnesia, sir?
Are you kidding me?

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Storm Track Appeasement: US Government Supporting Terrorists – So What Else Is New?

That’s right; the US government is helping to train terrorists on our tax dollars. From DAFKA.

It's now out that the American security coordinator in the territories, General Keith Dayton, has been giving secret training to the Palestinian Presidential Guard. It's part of his program to provide "support" to the Palestinian Fatah faction in its internal struggle with Hamas. The initial training was conducted by American military instructors in a military camp near Jericho, for some 400 men. And now Dayton has asked the Quartet to put in place a program that will have Egyptian, British and perhaps even Jordanian instructors to train the force loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, helping it to grow to some 6,000 men. Dayton seems to have managed to help his masters forget the history of the Presidential Guard and its elite Force 17 unit, and is probably hoping that the Quartet will also have a spot of amnesia. He has also sidestepped the conclusions of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank that, before the addition of more than 35,000 troops in the last three years, the Palestinian Security Services were overstaffed, out of control, and an insurmountable burden on the Palestinian economy. Of greater concern, though, is that Force 17 is well known for its involvement in terror activities.

Yep – it seems once again, America is training future terrorists.

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Internal view? Mover-and-shaker Baker is too dictator-friendly for President Bush

Gertz:
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James Baker has been lobbying the Bush administration to change U.S. policy in the Middle East. Baker, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, has sought to lead the Republican administration and the Democratic opposition that dominates Congress toward a staged withdrawal from Iraq in a move that would have Washington woo Iran and Syria.

On Dec. 6, the ISG released its 100-page report and recommendations in a move meant to satisfy Democrats and Republicans. But Baker has been lobbying Congress and the administration to pursue a path that would essentially abandon President Bush's principles of freedom and democracy for Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

"Baker has sought to build a consensus that the United States complete a pullout before the 2008 elections to remove the issue of Iraq from the campaign," an official said. "This is extremely tantalizing to the Republican leadership."

As co-chair, Baker ensured that all 10 members — divided between Republicans and Democrats — unanimously supported the recommendations. His concept is based on”realpolitik" of what the United States can and cannot do. Washington cannot change Iraq into a democracy, but with heavy U.S. and Arab pressure, Baker believes, the United States could force Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war.

Baker, who prides himself as being the ultimate fixer, is also being credited with successfully placing a key member of ISG as defense secretary. Former CIA Director Robert Gates has publicly supported the recommendations of the panel and, as Pentagon chief, would be in a position to implement them. Already, the U.S. military and Defense Department, despite the political stalemate that has retarded military development, plan to accelerate the handover of the Iraq army to the government in Baghdad over the next few months.

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What the hell is really wrong with James Earl Carter?

Carter - We can't discuss Israel rationally because of American Jews

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Anyone who has Dennis Ross's wonderful "Missing Peace" knows with a few seconds work that Carter DID plagiarize, certainly to the same extent as others such as Doris Kearns Goodwin, who took several tons of garbage for non attributed quotes. This is more serious. How much more? Who knows? Who cares?

Cater also has taken MUCH fire from MANY who claim authoritatively he is inventing history to fit his theories of why there is no peace (Ismail Haniyeh can fill him in).

But finally he is attacking the attackers with that old reliable ... the problem with Israel is the JEWS.(American jews today, other jews at other times)

We can't discuss Israel rationally because of AIPAC. This echoes neatly the protocols of zion light of Walt and Mearsheimer. I have no doubt that this man now is completely a captive of that sick camp.

We also can't discuss changes in voting because of People for the American Way or Gun Control because of the NRA, or .....well you get the picture. All hot positions have their supporters and opposition and groups to represent that with more influence.

GROW UP

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Uncovered Meat

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Friday, December 08, 2006

IBA Best Small Counter-Jihadi Blog Nominations

A "small blog" is defined as a blog with less than 500 readers a day. Now, truth is, we don't always know the size of the blog, because many blogs do not publish their Site Meter stats, but let's just estimate here. I think we all kind of have a feel for it.

I don't know about you, but most of my favorite blogs are blogs which are relatively unknown. There are many great writers out there, offering unique perspectives, which greatly contribute to the collective intelligence of the counter-Jihadi blogosphere.

Leave your nominations in the comments section.
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What If We Treated The Mafia The Way The ISG Wants To Treat The Jihadists?

James Lileks puts the Iraq Surrender Groups recommendations into perspective:


Imagine a government report on organized crime, demanding the following:

* The Mafia’s full adherance to the RICO and IRS statutes concerning independent contractors, including but not limited to Social Security contributions, FICA regulations, as well as compliance with state and federal laws concerning murder, extortion and kidnapping

* The Mafia’s full cooperation with all investigations into the deaths of Artie “Two Sheds” Palini, Ricky “The Squid” Piscatori, Jackie the Gaspipe, Tommy Shoes, and 16,302 others.

* A verifiable cessation of Mafia contributions to local law enforcement officials.

* The Mafia should use its influence with the Russian and Irish mobs to find out what the hell happened to that poor guy who wandered into the back room when they were all having a sit-down.

* A verifiable cessation of Mafia efforts to undermine and circumvent the laws in the states of New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Chicago, as well as Nevada and portions of Kansas City which Johnny Mook swears he has no control over, but some of those hits just have his style written all over them.

If those things are done, well, the price of garbage hauling in selected municipalities might decrease. But I wouldn’t count on the happening, and I certainly wouldn’t argue that we should give the Mafia Staten Island in the hopes some age-old territorial grievance will be settled for good.

Happy infamy day, by the way.
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The Infidel Bloggers Alliance Radio Show


The Fu2rman and I did our second radio show together last night. Highlights included:

1) The Great Australian Bikini March.

2) Ayesha (Mohammed's child-bride) called in and complained about Mohammed a bit.

3) The Ask The Imam Show - we had Imam Ali Allah Akbar Bibi in studio and he answered questions on masturbation.

4) James Baker "Throws the Jews Down The Well"

I hope you enjoy the show. We had fun doing it.

If you'd like, you can download the podcast, burn a CD, and listen to it in your car on the way to work.

Click on the BlogTalkRadio logo below, and it will take you to The IBA Radio Show page. Scroll down and click on the green arrow to listen to the show.


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Arab Hospitality

Observe, a billboard in Pakistan:

The Religion of Peace

It's an ad targeted at those who wish to perform the Haj; made by the Anti-Narcotics Force (Punjab); basically says that the punishment for taking drugs to Saudi Arabia is death.

The big text on the middle-right says, "Injaam sirf maut hai"...The result is only death.

By the way, alcoholic beverages are considered "a drug" in Saudi Arabia.

A few points:

  1. Why are Hajis-to-be being warned about drugs? Shouldn't these pious Muslims be aware of the horrific punishment already?
  2. It says something about the level of illiteracy in Pakistan that the government chose to put an image (isn't that haram?) in the ad.
  3. And what an image it is: an Arab with a blood-tinged sword and a hapless, hand-tied Pakistani guy with a his head cut off. I don't think that 99% of the "Islamophobic" West could produce a graphical description as damaging--and true!--as this.
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From Muslims with love

Fan mail I received from the followers of the Religion of Peace™ in reply to some of the videos I posted on YouTube.

Two of the latest comments by the followers of the Religion of Peace™ on my Springtime for Mohammed video.

There's so much love and respect for the infidels, you have to read it to believe.
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Blair And Sarkozy Demand: Islam Must Conform

It seems like Tony Blair is starting to get it. Well, at least a bit:


Mr Blair urged the public to embrace multiculturalism People entering the UK must be prepared to be tolerant or not become part of British society, Tony Blair has said.

In a speech at Downing Street, Mr Blair said that tolerance was "what makes Britain, Britain" and warned "we must be ready to defend this attitude".

The prime minister said: "So conform to it; or don't come here. We don't want the hate-mongers, whatever their race, religion or creed."

He also defended multiculturalism, saying it should be celebrated.


I think he's still going to have to come to the point where he can make a distinction between multiculturalism and a British melting pot, but one has to credit him for making such a forceful statement.

By the way, France's Nicolas Sarkozy seems to be coming to the same conclusion at the same time:


"I Want An Islam Of France..."

France is multiple. France is diverse. Whether one likes it or not. The second religion of France is Islam. I want an Islam of France, I don't want an Islam in France. I demand therefore a Frenchification of Islam to make it compatible with the laws of the Republic."

The last sentence is repeated 3 times and then the video displays these words:

"Islam must be made compatible with France," Nicolas Sarkozy tells us.
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Show a poll leader and I'll show you an attack machine

Salon.com:

9/11 gave America amnesia about the real Rudy Giuliani. He's an authoritarian narcissist -- and we don't need another one of those in the White House.

Well actually he's the guy who cleaned up Times Square, and as an ex US District Attorney for the NY region, THEN mayor in 1994, also lowered the crime rate there in stunning fashion. How awful !!
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NY is red, LA purple, Newark blue, national rate, black



There is at least one nice thing one can say about former New York mayor and current Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani -- besides, of course, his penchant for dressing in drag, his love for opera, and the fact that he used to share an apartment with a gay man.

On 9/11, all Americans were frightened children, and in a moment of mythic personal heroism, Mayor Giuliani filled the gaping leadership void. The president looked like a petrified chimp; Cheney was spirited to an underground bunker. Only Giuliani could pull himself together sufficiently to get on TV in the midst of the wreckage and show America that a grown-up was still breathing. On that terrible day our reptile brains looked at Rudy Giuliani and said, "We're OK now. Daddy's home."

And we forgot, some for a moment, some permanently, that Daddy was psycho.

Sorry, but once more, it looks like projection from here

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Agents of the enemy payroll

Mark Steyn gives it good to the Internal Enemy. Hat tip to the Java report.

Author and columnist Mark Steyn was merciless with the Associated Press in particular and the mainstream media in general on The O'Reilly Factor, stopping just barely short of calling them traitors. Allah at HotAir has the video.

Sample:

...I believe that the majority of American newspapers, which is full of Associated Press content, on the central issue of this, of our time; they're either dupes, at best, or actually semi-treasonous and colluding with the enemy and demoralizing America on the homefront - including having agents of the enemy on their payroll; this is a disgraceful organization.
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"Don't Play Us For Chumps"

Dennis Miller's take on the six praying imams:


[Hat-tip to CatHouse Chat]
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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Claim - the USA is supporting madrassahs in Mali?

GAO, Mali (Reuters) - There must be at least 80 children in the classroom, the desks packed so tightly together that I wonder how those at the back have squeezed their way to their places.

Adjusting from the glare of the sun outside to the dark of the mud-brick room, I can barely make out the boys in the furthest row.

But shafts of light through the windows -- holes in the wall, without glass -- catch the dazzling colors of the girls' dresses and headscarves. The faces are black African, but the writing on the blackboard is in Arabic -- a difficult, foreign tongue to the 600 children at the Soullamou Islamic school in eastern Mali.

They are learning it to study the Koran, the holy book of Islam, in this desperately poor west African nation where 90 percent of people are Muslims.

"Why have you come?" a girl of about 13 asks me.

The truth is that I have never seen an Islamic school and am curious to compare the stereotype with the reality. In countries like Pakistan, Koranic schools or madrasas have often been viewed with suspicion in the West, and even portrayed as academies for al Qaeda.
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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once famously asked if the United States was eliminating more terrorists every day than the madrasas and radical clerics were recruiting.

But in Mali, where most adults cannot read or write, the growth of private Islamic schools or medersas shows "a hunger for numeracy and literacy" in a state that lacks the means to educate all its people, U.S. ambassador Terence McCulley said.

He told me the United States is even supporting some of them through development aid -- a "soft power" counterpoint to its military training program, in which U.S. special forces are teaching Malian soldiers to fight militants in the desert.

We are using tax $$ for training the illiterate to memorize by rote the Quran? And we call this soft power?

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Be Careful What You Wish For - Appeasement And It's Consequences

Tracy makes a lot of sense here:


Many Muslims, especially Arab Muslims, are happy that the Iraq Study Group seems to be declaring Iraq a failure. The Democrats ran on withdrawal from Iraq and will most likely cut back funding for Iraq in the next session. Both groups are quite happy about their temporary victories. I am concerned that these short term gains might have long term repercussions that neither group wants nor understands.

First the Muslims and the Middle East: If we admit defeat and withdraw from Iraq, we will send the world the message that Muslims and the people in the Middle East just can’t adjust to democracy.

The Islamists will be ecstatic and will continue to clamp down on the region and spread Islamo-facsism. The result of this will be more terror attacks, sooner or later in the United States of America.

Now, one of the traits of Americans that few understand is our desire to live peacefully. We really hate going to war. Many think that that makes American cowards, but nothing could be further from the truth. We also really hate being attacked and usually demand retaliation. No one should forget that we are the world’s largest military power. We the public demands an attack, our military is more that capable of delivering a massive strike.

We have expended $500 billion and thousands of lives in Iraq in an attempt to bring democracy to the region. Far from the “Shock and Awe” of the original campaign, we have gone slowly and cautiously out of respect for the Iraqi people. The people have repaid us with death for our kindness.

After the next terrorist attack on the US, we will again be faced with how to appropriately respond. This time the public will be much less concerned about the Iraqi people. They have shown that they can’t be won over to civilization and our free society with global trade can’t be hobbled by savages.

We will only have a few options and ground troops won’t be one of them. Our next response will have to have an incredibly low death toll for our military and a massively higher one for our enemies.

We entered Iraq with the naïve concept that the Iraqi people were basically good people being ruled by a very bad leader. The last 4 years have disabused the public of that notion. The MSM has done an excellent job of painting Iraqis as a massive group of American hating radicals that couldn’t wait to start killing each other as soon as we disposed Saddam. (I don’t think that this is true, but that doesn’t matter. The media has worked over time to lose this war and they are responsible for the low regard most Americans now have for Iraq and the Iraqi people).

The next answer to terrorism could very well be a nuclear response. The public will honestly question why we should risk men on a society that is incapable of accepting civilization.
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Captured IDF soldiers found?

Wish I could've posted this earlier, but I was on a trip up north today. Don't forget Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, and I thank Michelle Malkin for remembering them:
JERUSALEM - In their first comment about the fate of two soldiers whose capture triggered a monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas last summer, Israeli officials said Wednesday the two were seriously wounded — raising the prospect they may no longer be alive.

The Israeli military censor allowed publication of the existence of the report on Wednesday, and local media broadcast sketchy details. Military officials told The Associated Press the report determined that one of the soldiers was critically wounded and the other seriously wounded when they were captured, without giving further details. They spoke on condition of anonymity under military rules.

"If they did not receive immediate medical treatment, there is grave concern for their lives," Israel TV military correspondent Yoav Limor said on the nightly TV newscast.

After Hezbollah guerrillas crossed the Lebanon-Israel border in July and attacked an Israeli patrol, killing three soldiers and capturing the two, Israel sent regular forces into Lebanon, first to look for the soldiers and then to try to beat Hezbollah into submission.

Both missions failed, and the war ended inconclusively after Hezbollah fired almost 4,000 rockets at northern Israel despite a massive Israeli ground and air assault on Lebanon.

The outcome of the war cut deeply into popular support for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and it continues to haunt him. This week, he caused an uproar with a comment about the captured soldiers, "if they (are alive), and we hope they are alive," saying it would have been improper to extend the war to try to win their freedom. Families of the soldiers objected to his implication that the two might be dead.

Wednesday's disclosure of the soldiers' serious wounds indicated that Olmert was referring to a real possibility that the soldiers might not have survived. This would have implications on negotiations with Hezbollah, although Israel has released prisoners both for captured soldiers and for bodies. The U.N. is trying to mediate, but there are no reports of progress or of actual contacts.
Olmert's comments, which I think he made at the time he was meeting with Segolene Royal, may have been worse than that (it was reported about in the daily Yisraeli on Tuesday; I wish I had the issue so I could see what exactly it was that he said, though aside from the fact that he implied that he favored the crummy Royal as a presidential candidate, he said something a lot more offensive than what this article implies).

Which brings us to the following news, of wide-ranging calls for Olmert's replacement:
The Rabbinical Congress for Peace, a coalition of over 1,200 rabbinic leaders, calls for a "democratic uprising" to replace the Olmert gov't. Full-page ads in US weeklies call for Olmert to resign.

“Out of love for each and every Jew," the Rabbinical Congress (RCP) statement reads, "we call on the people of Israel and its leaders to begin a democratic uprising to immediately replace this government, which constitutes an ominous threat to the nation of Israel."

Former Chief Rabbis Mordechai Eliyahu and Avraham Shapira are among the signatories, as is Rabbi Meir Mazuz, head of Israel's Tunisian Jewish community.
The RCP labeled Olmert’s speech in Sde Boker, in which he offered to free terrorist prisoners and give up large areas of Judea and Samaria for a Palestinian state, "an extension of Sharon’s crimes."

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At the same time, New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has launched a campaign calling for Olmert to resign on his own. The campaign includes full-page ads in several American Anglo-Jewish weeklies throughout the U.S.
Olmert would do well to listen to his growing number of critics, and do us all a favor by leaving office.
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Afgan teacher disembowelled and murdered for teaching girls

GHAZNI, Afghanistan - The gunmen came at night to drag Mohammed Halim away from his home, in front of his crying children and his wife begging for mercy.

The 46-year-old schoolteacher tried to reassure his family that he would return safely.

But his life was over.

He was partly disembowelled and then torn apart with his arms and legs tied to motorbikes. The remains were put on display as a warning to others against defying Taleban orders to stop educating girls.

Halim is one of four teachers killed in rapid succession by the Islamists at Ghazni, a strategic point on the routes from Kabul to the south and east which has become the scene of fierce clashes between the Taleban and United States and Afghan forces.

More here.
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And in the 'you have to be effing kidding me' dept...

Six of 1,000 speak Arabic fluently at U.S. embassy in Iraq

Absolute, total, and completely inexcusable incompetence.
WASHINGTON — After more than three years in their country, the U.S. military still can't understand Iraqis. The Iraq Study Group said the lack of Arabic speakers has hurt U.S. intelligence collection and analysis. The bipartisan panel said the U.S. military and government rely too much on non-U.S. translators, who fail to provide context.

"As an intelligence analyst told us, 'We rely too much on others to bring information to us, and too often don't understand what is reported back because we do not understand the context of what we are told,'" the report said.

ISG said the U.S. embassy, with 1,000 staffers, has only a handful of fluent Arabic speakers. The embassy has 33 Arabic speakers, with six of them fluent. ISG said the U.S. embassy, with 1,000 staffers, has only a handful of fluent Arabic speakers. The embassy has 33 Arabic speakers, with six of them fluent.

"In a conflict that demands effective and efficient communication with Iraqis, we are often at a disadvantage," the report said. "There are still far too few Arab language-proficient military and civilian officers in Iraq, to the detriment of the U.S. mission."

The report said the United States faces great difficulties in recruiting civilians to work in Iraq. ISG cited the dangers of working in insurgency-ridden Iraq.

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Muslims Vs. Police In France

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San Francisco State University Condemns College Republican Group For Desecrating Hamas Flag

You can set fire to an American flag, but don't stomp on the Hamas or Hizbollah flag, for Allah's sake:


Preceding an ongoing investigation into SF State College Republican behavior, the Associated Students board unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the student group for purposely stomping on flags containing the Arabic symbol for God.

“Associated Students, Inc. deems the College Republicans’ actions as contrary to university values and feel they should be held accountable by the university for their actions,” the resolution says.

Amid heavy campus police presence at an Oct. 17 anti-terrorism rally in Malcolm X Plaza, some members of the crowd turned angry when the College Republicans stepped on homemade Hezbollah and Hamas flags ...

After that, the College Republican-organized rally dissolved into a heated shouting match between the group and a mix of students, including some Muslim students, eventually resulting in formal complaints to student representatives.


‘They were voicing their concerns that this event was even allowed. They were offended,” said Kimberly Castillo, board member and chair of University Affairs, the committee that drafted the resolution. “We felt it our duty to respond.” Administrators have been criticized for even allowing the rally to take place.

“The actions on the part of the College Republicans amount to no more than hateful religious intolerance, and constitutes an attempt to defy policies outlined and defined by San Francisco State University’s values,” the resolution says. “Members… pre-mediated the stomping of the flags knowing it would offend some people and possibly incite violence.”


Have the liberals of the academy come to accept Allah as their personal Lord and Savior?

Here are two videos of the event:





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The "Alternative Christmas Message"


When a news story involves a level of controversy, often the reporters will choose to air the opinions of two experts on the subject who have opposing views. In theory, this is done so we can have a broader understanding of the story, in order to make up our own minds as to what we believe is right.

Channel 4 Network in Britain has, apparently, decided that there is something controversial about Christmas, so they have determined to air a "alternative Christmas message" which will be delivered by a Muslim woman in a full burqa.
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The New Pacifism

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Terrorists Welcome ISG Report

Well, who would have thought it? The Iraq Study Group advocates retreat, surrender and appeasement and the "insurgents" in Iraq think it's a great idea.

Insurgents and militias in Iraq on Thursday welcomed the recommendations made in a report by the Iraq Study Group that indicated that US policy in Iraq was not working and that its troops should be pulled out earlier than current projections suggest.

And if that isn't reason enough to reject the ISG's findings altogether I don't know what is.

"The withdrawal of US troops from Iraq has been one of our foremost demands since 2004. The presence of foreign troops in our country is the reason why we continue to fight, resulting in the killing of thousands of Iraqis," said Abu Baker, a member of Sunni insurgent group Jeyshi Muhammad (Muhammad's Army) who declined to give his full name.

Abu may have neglected to give his last name but Reuters' source here sure seem friendly enough with him- enough so that they know he's a terrorist. Perhaps they also have a contact number or address they could pass on to the American troops in Iraq?

For his part, Abu knows all to well the talking points he's supposed to put across-

"The occupation in Iraq is unacceptable to every Muslim fighter group and the Iraqi resistance believes that the country can only be governed by Iraqis without interference by US soldiers or politicians," Abu Baker said."This report just makes us stronger in our beliefs and reinforces our view that the best choice to be taken by the United States is to leave Iraq soon," he added.

Of course, if America just tucks its tail between its legs and runs away everything will be just hunky-dory!

Al-Qa'eda representatives in Iraq have long called for US troops to leave the country and see their continued presence as a direct cause of the increasing bloodshed there. "No Muslim country should close their eyes over this occupation that is destroying the country. The occupation is not popular with us Iraqis and that is why you can see an increase in the numbers of Iraqis who have turned into fighters against the US occupation," said Abu Ahmed, who claimed to be a member of al-Qa'eda in Iraq and declined to give his full name.

Reuters' buddies sure does seem to know a lot of terrorists willing to chat to them- funny that they aren't on last name terms though. They sure do seem to be pretty friendly. Abu number two doesn't seem to be quite so media savvy though-

He warned that the departure of US troops is not enough and said members of the Iraqi government and parliament who are pro-US should quit their positions "to clean the government of US ideology".

In other words, once America is gone we have to overthrow the US-created government and, say, install a Sharia-compliant, terrorist friendly one instead. Yep, America pulling out of Iraq will lead to a new golden age of peace just like the one the Islamist courts are creating in Somalia...
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Democrats and Hamas

If this is true then I expect heads to roll- Hamas are after all a designated terrorist group. For members of the Democrats to actually be involved in talks with them smacks of treason to me. It remains to be seen if the report will turn out to be confirmed or not- but I sincerely hope that someone in law enforcement or anti-terrorism in America is investigating this claim.

Hamas met with a delegation of "important Democrats" who expressed interest in relations with the Palestinian terror group even if it doesn't recognize the right of Israel to exist, a Palestinian news website claimed today.

Maanews quoted a source in the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority stating the terror group felt it important to meet with members of the Democratic Party since, the Hamas source said, the party will likely win 2008 presidential elections.

Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, told WND the party was not aware of any meeting.

Just to be clear, these are the people the Democrats are accused of meeting with-

Signaling a change in tactics, Hamas' military wing on Wednesday called on Muslims around the world to attack American targets after an apparent misfiring of an IDF artillery shell in the Gaza Strip.

"America is offering political, financial and logistic cover for the Zionist occupation crimes, and it is responsible for the Beit Hanoun massacre. Therefore, the people and the nation all over the globe are required to teach the American enemy tough lessons," Hamas said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

In other words, Democrats may be in talks with a group not only responsible for mass murder of innocent Israeli civilians but one which has also effectively declared war on America. And as Daniel Pipes has noted, Hamas has already infiltrated mainland USA- and they have the potential to switch tactics rapidly in order to commit acts of terrorism there.

In August 2004, a longtime Hamas money-man, Ismail Selim Elbarasse, was arrested for videotaping the details of Maryland's Bay Bridge. This "set off alarms among U.S. counterterrorism investigators," the Baltimore Sun reported. They treated the incident as a Hamas reconnaissance of the bridge and "as a potential link between Hamas and Al Qaeda." In court papers, authorities alleged that the images Elbarasse's shot of the bridge included close-ups of features "integral to the structural integrity of the bridge."

Only a few years ago I would have dismissed out of hand claims that Democrats would meet with a bloodthirsty terrorist group. Right now, I don't know what to make if this- but given their rhetoric, I wouldn't be at all surprised.
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Storm Track Appeasement: Affirmative Action – Islam Style.

From The Gathering Storm

I wonder where this kind of logic comes from. Bunch of pinhead statistic pencil necks I suppose.

A new religious syllabus for schools has caused a fury among church groups and politicians after recommending teachers cut down on education about Christianity while increasing lessons in Islam and Hinduism.

Yes – you heard it right. Muslim Affirmative Action.

Teachers in Buckinghamshire were directed to spend 40 per cent of religious education on Christianity, while giving Islam and Hinduism equal play at 20 per cent each.

Just ten percent was then to be devoted to other religions - including Judaism - with a final ten per cent on "general concepts".

The Jews get the short end of the stick again. And what the heck are ‘general concepts’ religion, anyway. Will Scientology be studied? How about Druidism? Got to have all included in the multicultural paradise off Britain that’s done so much for societal peace.

However when the lack of time devoted to Christianity sparked protests, Buckinghamshire education authorities reportedly removed those numbers from official documents.

Out of site, out of mind. You have to admire the beaureaucratic pinhead’s courage – or lack there of.

Councillors accused authorities of a cover-up, saying that while the need to teach children about other world religions is obvious the lack of education on Christianity in a Christian country was going too far.

However the Buckinghamshire County Council reportedly hit back saying the changes would not impact taxpayers as printing errors meant the document had to be redrafted anyway.

Aka – cover your ass.

The council also insisted Christianity remained the focus of the syllabus, and insisted the new policies provided flexibility for the schools and promoted goodwill, seeking to inform rather than influence children.

Yep. Make sure the Islamist propaganda gets to the children so as to inform – not influence. Right.

However critics reportedly insisted the nation's religion was being turned in to a sideshow in the name of political correctness.
But who’s listening to them?

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File under....no compulsion?

AP - Residents of a southern Somalia town who do not pray five times a day will be beheaded, an Islamic courts official said Wednesday, adding the edict will be implemented in three days.

Public places such as shops and tea houses in Bulo Burto, about 124 miles northeast of the capital, Mogadishu, should be closed during prayer time and no one should be on the streets, said Sheik Hussein Barre Rage, the chairman of the town's Islamic court.

Those who do not follow this edict "will definitely be beheaded according to Islamic law," Rage told The Associated Press by phone. "As Muslims, we should practice Islam fully, not in part, and that is what our religion enjoins us to do."

He said that the courts are announcing the edict over loudspeakers in the town.

The decision is not binding on courts in other towns.

Somalia's Islamic courts have made varying interpretations of Quranic law, some applying a more strict and radical version of Islamic law than others.

As a result of such disparate variations, residents in the capital of Mogadishu complained, forcing the Council of Islamic Courts officials in October to set up an appeals court with better-educated judges.

The Council of Islamic Courts have swept through most of southern Somalia since taking over Mogadishu in June.
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Giuliani -"the reality here is that the Islamo-fundamentalist terrorists are at war with our way of life"

Where's the voting booth?
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Giuliani Calls Idea of Quitting Iraq ‘Terrible Mistake'

WASHINGTON — Mayor Giuliani resigned from the Iraq Study Group when it became clear that signing the group's report would politicize its findings and conflict with his likely presidential run in 2008.

When asked yesterday by The New York Sun, the mayor said he had not read the report's recommendations but that some of those he had heard about on television sounded "useful."

Nonetheless, Mr. Giuliani's views on the war are in contrast to the Iraq Study Group's conclusions. The extent of Mr. Giuliani's disagreement with the bipartisan group's Iraq policy recommendations, published yesterday, was made clear in remarks he made to a talk-show host, Dennis Prager, on Tuesday.

"The idea of leaving Iraq, I think, is a terrible mistake," the former mayor said. The group's report, however, stresses that America should not make an "open-ended" commitment of troops and links the presence of troops to milestones met by the Iraqi government.

Mr. Giuliani also rejected the panel's recommendation that America tie the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict to stabilizing Iraq. When asked about this linkage on Mr. Prager's radio show, Mr. Giuliani said, "Israel and Palestine is an important issue. Sometimes it's used as an excuse to deal with underlying issues. But the reality here is that the Islamo-fundamentalist terrorists are at war with our way of life, with our modern world, with rights for women, religious freedom, societies that have religious freedom. And all of that would still exist, no matter what happens in Israel and Palestine."

The stark difference between the position of Mr. Giuliani, who left the Iraq Study Group this summer, and that of the rest of the group — which is headed by a former secretary of state, James Baker, and a former congressman, Lee Hamilton — indicates that the greater political world is less agreed on the group's 79 recommendations than are the group's five Republicans and five Democrats.

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"Mo, The Hatred Pope" - The Prophet Mohammed Anagram - Update

After noticing a large number of hits coming to my blog via searches, all looking for "The Prophet Mohammed Anagram", I decided to do a bit more research. It seems as though a cartoon [Opus] which appeared on the Berkeley Breathed Website contained an anagram for 'The Prophet Mohammed', but it was scribbled out. Below is the original cartoon strip, including the scribbled anagram [click the picture for the full sized image]. So the challenge is for my fellow infidels to work out what it was. Good luck kaffirs ;)

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America Surrenders?

At least, that's what the Iraq Study Group intends. Their great plan is to reduce US combat forces to little more than advisor status and to "engage" with Syria and Iran. Somehow images of Chamberlin holding that piece of paper aloft seem to fill my mind when i consider this as a tactic for success in Iraq. In essence though what we have is this- a plan to draw down troop strength rapidly in Iraq and prove Bin Laden's theory that the USA is a paper tiger that will fold when the going gets tough-

Bin Laden summed up his perception of Americans in an interview with ABC News reporter John Miller, published in Esquire in 1998: “After leaving Afghanistan, the Muslim fighters headed for Somalia and prepared for a long battle thinking that the Americans were like the Russians. The youth were surprised at the low morale of the American soldiers and realized, more than before, that the American soldier was a paper tiger and after a few blows……would run in defeat.”

It seems Bin Laden only one got salient point wrong- it's not the American soldier who is the paper tiger, it's the American politician. And despite the military victories of the American soldiers and Marines in Iraq, it seems that US policy is now going to be retreat, though I'm sure it won't be couched in those terms. Whatever language is used, the enemies of the United States will know one thing- they have secured a victory. They know now beyond a shadow of a doubt that the USA does not possess the strength of will to wage a long term conflict where terrorists can utilise propaganda to maximum effect. They know now that they do not have to engage with American forces to defeat them; all they need is a steady diet of high-profile carnage for the Western press to lap up. Avoid all those armed, armoured, professional soldiers and murder innocent civilians instead. Safer for them and, it seems, much more effective in defeated their actual opponent. Who knew that it was so easy to defeat the world's major superpower, without even winning a single battle in the war?

Bin Laden bet on it, and now the ISG is backing him up. I don't know what the best solution is for Iraq but one thing is for sure; leaving now before the US's stated aims are achieved means only one thing- an emboldened enemy, an enemy who is as bloodthirsty and vicious as any history has conjured. An enemy who now believes that America is not strong enough to stand against him.

God help us all.
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Islamic Jihad - "The report (ISG) proves that this is the era of Islam and of jihad,"

What is wrong with the planet?

I was born in 1949. While grade school wended it's way past me, I learned some history. Certainly I learned about the holocaust part. I learned and LIVED the civil rights movements here. There was no doubt that the forces of racism, dictatorship and hate are one. Looking about in 1959 and back on 1935-1945 was a complete sensation of 'whew, glad I missed that, and glad those lessons are learned and not to be repeated.'

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Guess what?

I am compelled to be alive in a time when despite all humanity has experienced these forces are repeating their powerful terror, and in which the appeasing lackeys with NO moral conviction rationalize their ascendancy. I am compelled to confront the incredible fantasy that those who point out that which is obvious, that a war is descending upon us, whether that truly represents the religion in question or not, are themselves regarded as the bigoted authors of this strife, and the representatives of a troglodyte's pencil view of reality, extremists, wing nuts, and sometimes called hysterical jews (whether we are jewish or not). Too many feel if we just go away, things would improve, if not be better.

According to Abu Abdullah, a senior leader of Hamas' so-called military wing, Baker's report is a victory for Islam brought about by "Allah and his angels."

Of course, if the damned jews would quietly disappear, things certainly WOULD be better.
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The aid of the west in dismembering and killing Israel, which WILL entail the deaths of millions of jews (again) will be a speed bump, at BEST, in the death and destruction of individual and religious freedoms as we enter a new dark age. This process is so obvious it is absolutely BREATHTAKING, yet the machine grinds away, nearly without comment.

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“As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without Jewish pressure,” OR...

Munich II, the essence of repeating history

More wonders from the Iraq Study Group

An official said. “This has become the most hottest proposal examined by the foreign policy people over the last month.” munichII.jpg

Officials said Mr. Baker's proposal, reflected in the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, has been supported by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. The most controversial element in the proposal, they said, was Mr. Baker's recommendation for the United States to woo Iran and Syria.

“Here is Syria, which is clearly putting pressure on the Lebanese democracy, is a supporter of terror, is both provisioning and supporting Hezbollah and facilitating Iran in its efforts to support Hezbollah, is supporting the activities of Hamas," National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley told a briefing last week. "This is not a Syria that is on an agenda to bring peace and stability to the region."

Officials said the Baker proposal to exclude Israel from a Middle East peace conference garnered support in the wake of Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 25. They said Mr. Cheney spent most of his meetings listening to Saudi warnings that Israel, rather than Iran, is the leading cause of instability in the Middle East.


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That's right, if Israel just gives back the Golan, and tears down the wall, abandons the west bank (never mind what happened in Gaza), then Shia death squads and Sunni ginstu freaks will disappear, the killings in Iraq will stop, and the middle east madrassahs will launch peace studies groups.

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Britain Orders Up Less Christianity And More Islam

I know that when I write a headline like that it will seem like I'm sensationalizing a story, but that headline is true:


A new religious syllabus for schools has caused a fury among church groups and politicians after recommending teachers cut down on education about Christianity while increasing lessons in Islam and Hinduism.

Teachers in Buckinghamshire were directed to spend 40 per cent of religious education on Christianity, while giving Islam and Hinduism equal play at 20 per cent each.

Just ten percent was then to be devoted to other religions - including Judaism - with a final ten per cent on "general concepts".


Christianity is the official religion of the state of Britain. The Queen, or King, swear an oath to protect and defend the Church when they are coronated. But none of that matters much anymore, does it?

God save the queen. We mean it, man.
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"I Know You Are, But What Am I?": The Muslim Response to Everything


Infidel Mojo wrote a post! He'll be writing a bit more often from now on. Here's a sample:

Those dang Christians (and Buddhists and Hindus and whoever else is available at the moment) are at it again, noting those recurrent themes that emerge again and again from Islam – repression, lies, violence. And their allies on the Left and at publications like "Time Magazine" have rallied to their support. Specifically, with the Pope’s visit to Turkey, it is imperative to focus not on the history and contemporary realities of both faiths, Christianity and Islam, but to direct criticism of Catholicism, the West, and Christianity exclusively. “A Catholic nun was shot today in Somalia.” “Yes, but a thousand years ago Christians killed 1000 Muslims!” “And what were Muslims doing? And what are Muslims doing now?” “Shut up Infidel!” The simple truth is this: we refuse to recognize the elephant in the room, we feel compelled to condemn Christians even as we elevate Muslims to sainthood (even those who detonate in Israeli malls), and reduce everything to a degree of cultural relativism that borders on the absurd. With that in mind, it is time to address, and perhaps put to rest, some of the fallacious arguments being posted by Muslims and their army of supplicants.

First, Muslims and their supporters frequently respond to any criticism or insight with attacks that are precisely in line with everything they rail against. Such attacks are typified by the likes of Ahmed Bedier who recently quipped that one is more likely to be molested by a priest than killed by a terrorist – so much for the champion of tolerance and respect. So much for the champion of the truth over distortions and statistical anomalies. Never mind that molestation is rampant in the Muslim world, though no one knows the statistics – they’re hard to get at when a country accepts child-brides and boy-prostitutes as a the norm (one of NAMBLA’s favorite vacation spots is Morocco). Never mind the fact that they (CAIR, The Nation of Islam, Hamas, the Yemeni government, etc.) refuse to discuss the horrors brought about by the own religious institutions and sanctioned by both Muslim scholars and governments. Never mind honor killings, executions of women who have been raped, imprisonment for openly practicing another religion, executions for apostasy, forced gang rapes of suspected adulteresses, public stoning and beheadings, and the list goes on. But this isn’t meant to be a catalogue of either the horrors committed as a matter of course by Islam, rather it is a comment on the “I know you are but what am I” diatribe preached by Muslims and the Left alike. Most of their responses to examination or polemic can be broken down into some simple over-arching themes.

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Principle versus Pragmatism in War

An alternative title to this post could be: A tale of two military philosophies, “No substitute for victory” versus “Victory is not an option.”

Two recent articles, both available online highlight this very different approach to the war being waged upon the West by militant Islam. The first is by John Lewis, history professor at Ashland University, in the latest edition of The Objective Standard, “No Substitute for Victory: The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism.” The second article is by the well-known author of military history and affairs who is also a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, Max Boot. Boot’s article is “The Paradox of Military Technology” and appears in The New Atlantis magazine.

The paradox that Boot refers to is the fact that America’s overwhelming military might, partially based upon cutting-edge technology, does not secure the nation from terrorists utilizing “asymmetrical warfare.” This observation is so common place as to be banal. Boot does acknowledge the importance of the human element in the use of technology:

It is not only U.S. hardware that’s hard to replicate; so is the all-volunteer force that makes it work. Operating high-tech military equipment requires long-service professionals, not short-term conscripts. Countries as diverse as Vietnam, China, Germany, and Russia are emulating the Anglo-American model by downsizing their forces and relying less on draftees; many other nations have abolished the draft altogether. The U.S. military’s edge lies not simply in recruiting high-quality personnel but in its methods for training and organizing them. Initiatives undertaken in earlier decades, such as setting up realistic training centers to simulate combat conditions and forcing the services to work more closely together (the Goldwater-Nichols Act), continue to bear fruit. Few other armed forces have made comparable reforms.

The major portion of his article is an interesting discussion describing America’s military dominance. Given America’s military might, Boot argues that no state will challenge her in a conventional war in the foreseeable future.

Boot then moves on to the dangers Americans face from terrorism. He acknowledges that the terrorists have state support. Boot then recounts the numerous ways in which the United States is vulnerable to such attacks. The concluding section is chillingly titled “American Hiroshima?” “There is little in theory to prevent al Qaeda from carrying out its oft-expressed desire to create an ‘American Hiroshima.’”

Boot’s recommendation for dealing with this threat is for Americans to adapt a siege mentality. Wars have never been won with metal detectors and explosive smelling dogs. Boot, on some level, realizes this by a concluding remark, “Changing the culture and structure of our armed forces—to say nothing of the CIA or State Department—is far more daunting task than simply figuring out which weapons systems to buy.” This statement is true as far as it goes. It just does not go nearly far enough. The problem is not with the military. The problem is a military operating without a strategy or shred of political leadership. In a previous sentence in the same paragraph Boot identifies the problem and that he is part of it:

And the combination of moral restraint and bureaucratic sluggishness that defines America’s military culture may leave the U.S. at a comparative disadvantage against nimble, networked, nihilistic enemies like al Qaeda, who will deploy whatever weapons they have with urgent brutality [emphasis added].


There is nothing moral about the current state of affairs when restraint in the use of America’s overwhelming military strength results in the enormous potential for an “American Hiroshima.”
A wise old soldier once wrote on the topic of the maximum use of military force. He had this to say:

Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat an enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: war is such a dangerous business that the mistakes which come from kindness are the very worst. The maximum use of force is in no way incomparable with the simultaneous use of the intellect. If one side uses force without compunction, undeterred by the bloodshed it involves, while the other side refrains, the first will gain the upper hand. [Carl von Clausewitz. On War (Peter Paret and Michael Howard, trans. & eds.) Princeton University Press, 1989. Pp. 75-6]

This quote, of course, describes the situation we are in today. I would only change “kindness” with the word “altruism.” It is not “kindness” to risk the lives of millions of Americans in order to avoid the bloodshed that will be required to defeat the Jihad barbarians. This is an example of the nation’s leadership sacrificing our interests, security and freedom in order to appease savages.

There is no better example of the feckless appeasement of America’s leaders than the just released findings of the “Iraq Panel.” For starters notice it is not the “Defeat Jihad” panel. More accurately it should have been titled the “Dhimmi Surrender Panel.” The panel’s recommendations are to sell-out an ally, Israel, and to appease a sworn enemy, Iran. This is the same Iran whose Holocaust denying president just today announced that the civilized West must embrace Allah or "vanish from the face of the earth". The president of a puny, backwards country feels secure enough to taunt the greatest military power in human history "They are angry with our nation. But we tell them 'so be it and die from this anger'. Rest assured that if you do not respond to the divine call, you will die soon and vanish from the face of the earth." The end result of the practical politics of the pragmatists of the panel will be a mushroom cloud over Tel Aviv and New York.

John Lewis in his article provides a refreshingly sharp contrast to the disgusting events of the day. He cogently makes the case for eliminating the threat posed by Iran. He reminds those Americans who have not lost their ability to connect cause and effect due to the philosophy of pragmatism that the United States has been in a state of war with Iran since November 1979, by their own statements and actions:

The Iranian Islamic State was born in an act of war against America—the seizure of the American embassy in 1979—and has chanted “Death to America” ever since. Even Muslims at odds with Iran for sectarian reasons, such as many followers of Osama Bin Laden, draw inspiration from it as they engage in their own jihads against the West. Bin Laden’s most important effect in this regard has been to energize and empower radical Muslims to rise above the petty squabbles between Persian and Arab, and between Sunni and Shiite, to join Iran against the “Great Satan”: America. Hezbollah, Hamas, and company are dependent on Iran for ideological, political, and economic strength. It is Iran that addresses the U.N. as a world leader; it is Iran that is openly committed to acquiring the weapons needed to take control of the Middle East; it is Iran that poses as the defender of Muslims against the West (for instance, through loyal clerics in Iraq); and it is Iran that has gained power since the U.S. removed its strongest regional opponent in Iraq.”

Lewis makes clear that the problem is not that America lacks the right type of military to fight guerillas, but of political leadership and will. The endless negotiation with an enemy sworn to our destruction makes that fact painfully clear. Personally, I had thought the deposing of Saddam in 2003 as a good idea. I did not consider the ending of Saddam’s regime good in order to provide the military with the endless altruistic task of state building. Instead the United States could have acquired bases in Iraq not dependant on the goodwill of regional “allies.” With such bases Iran could have been assailed from three directions Iraq, Afghanistan and the sea. An attack using such concentric lines would have spelled a quick end to that loathsome regime.
Based on its philosophy of pragmatism and altruism our strategy-less administration went on to break the rules of the proper employment of military forces. According to our old soldier the two basic principles of strategy are:

The first principle is that the ultimate substance of enemy strength must be traced back to the fewest possible sources, and ideally to one alone. The attack on these sources must be compressed into the fewest possible actions…In short the first principle is: to act with the utmost concentration.

The second principle is: act with the utmost speed. No halt or detour must be permitted without good cause...Any unnecessary expenditure of time, every unnecessary detour, is a waste of strength and thus abhorrent to strategic thought. It is still more important to remember that almost the only advantage of the attack rests on its initial surprise. Speed and impetus are its strongest elements and are usually indispensable if we are to defeat the enemy. Thus theory demands the shortest roads to the goal. Endless discussions about moving left or right, doing this or that, are otiose. [Clausewitz pp. 617 & 624]


It goes without saying that America’s current drift of appeasement, “state-building,” creating a garrison state of metal detectors and whacking various moles violates the cardinal principles of military strategy. Assuming, victory is the sought after goal.

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America's One-Two Punch To Destroy Israel?

Many of us conservative Americans like to believe that America is in Israel's corner. And, to now, I have always believed that we are. But, there are very troubling signs ahead. If James Baker and his council of demons have anything to do with it, America will soon deliver Israel a one-two death blow.

Baker Panel Report Mentions Palestinian "Right of Return"

A reference to Palestinians' "
right of return" in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts.

The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq.

"This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the 'right of return' for the
Palestinian refugees of 1948," said a senior Israeli official, who was reacting to the US policy report on condition he not be identified.

A Middle East analyst who was involved in the Iraq Study Group discussions but did not participate in drafting the report expressed surprise when the reference was pointed out to him by a reporter.

"It's hard to know whether that language got in there because of carelessness -- I know there were many revisions up to the very last minute -- or whether it was a deliberate attempt to fuse something to the Bush rhetoric which wasn't there before," the analyst said.

The 1993
Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians calls for a resolution of the issue of Israeli and Palestinian "refugees" as part of a final status agreement that would include the creation of a Palestinian state.

But they do not use the term "right of return", which is a long-standing Palestinian demand -- rejected by Israel -- that Palestinians who fled or were driven out of what was to become the
Jewish state in 1948, as well as their descendants, be allowed to return home.

Bush, in a 2002 speech in the
White House Rose Garden, became the first US president to formally back the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, but he also did not mention a right of Palestinian 'return'.

The bipartisan Iraq Study Group's co-chairman is former secretary of state James Baker, who as the top diplomat for Bush's father in the early 1990s clashed with Israel over its handling of the Palestinian issue.

Among his group's 79 recommendations for a policy shift on Iraq, number 17 concerned five points it said should be included in a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The final point in the list was: "Sustainable negotiations leading to a final peace settlement along the lines of President Bush's two-state solution, which would address the key final status issues of borders, settlements, Jerusalem, the right of return and the end of conflict."


"'Right of return' is not in Oslo I or Oslo II, it's not in the Bush Rose Garden speech, it's not even in UN 181, the original partition resolution -- it's part of the Palestinian discourse," said the US analyst.



The Palestinian "Right of Return would effectively destroy Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinians, from all over the world, would suddenly have the "right" to flood into Israel, become citizens and vote the entire territory Judenrein, just as they did in the Gaza Strip.

If America wants to allow this to happen, then it is a sad day, not only for Jews, but for America itself, because I believe that such a betrayal of the Democratic Israeli state, would be the equivalent of setting off a moral biological weapon in our country. We will all die from it.

And, if you don't think America is seriously considering going with Baker's recommendation, then answer me, why are we having a conference to discuss Middle East issues which includes Iran and Syria, and excludes Israel?


Baker Wants Israel Excluded From Regional Conference

The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel.

The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria. Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference.

“As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without Jewish pressure,” an official said. “This has become the most hottest proposal examined by the foreign policy people over the last month.”

Officials said Mr. Baker's proposal, reflected in the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, has been supported by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. The most controversial element in the proposal, they said, was Mr. Baker's recommendation for the United States to woo Iran and Syria.

“Here is Syria, which is clearly putting pressure on the Lebanese democracy, is a supporter of terror, is both provisioning and supporting Hezbollah and facilitating Iran in its efforts to support Hezbollah, is supporting the activities of Hamas," National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley told a briefing last week. "This is not a Syria that is on an agenda to bring peace and stability to the region."

Officials said the Baker proposal to exclude Israel from a Middle East peace conference garnered support in the wake of Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 25. They said Mr. Cheney spent most of his meetings listening to Saudi warnings that Israel, rather than Iran, is the leading cause of instability in the Middle East.

“He [Cheney] didn't even get the opportunity to seriously discuss the purpose of his visit—that the Saudis help the Iraqi government and persuade the Sunnis to stop their attacks,” another official familiar with Mr. Cheney’s visit said. “Instead, the Saudis kept saying that they wanted a U.S. initiative to stop the Israelis’ attack in Gaza and Cheney just agreed.”


Under the Baker proposal, the Bush administration would arrange a Middle East conference that would discuss the future of Iraq and other Middle East issues. Officials said the conference would seek to win Arab support on Iraq in exchange for a U.S. pledge to renew efforts to press Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Golan Heights.

“Baker sees his plan as containing something for everybody, except perhaps the Israelis,” the official said. “The Syrians would get back the Golan, the Iranians would get U.S. recognition and the Saudis would regain their influence, particularly with the Palestinians.”

Officials said Mr. Baker's influence within the administration and the Republican Party’s leadership stems from support by the president's father as well as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Throughout the current Bush administration, such senior officials as Mr. Hadley and Ms. Rice were said to have been consulting with Brent Scowcroft, the former president's national security advisor, regarded as close to Mr. Baker.

“Everybody has fallen in line,” the official said. “Bush is not in the daily loop. He is shocked by the elections and he's hoping for a miracle on Iraq.”

For his part, Mr. Bush has expressed unease in negotiating with Iran. At a Nov. 30 news conference in Amman, Jordan, the president cited Iran's interference in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki.

“We respect their heritage, we respect their history, we respect their traditions,” Mr. Bush said. “I just have a problem with a government that is isolating its people, denying its people benefits that could be had from engagement with the world.”

Mr. Baker's recommendation to woo Iran and Syria has also received support from some in the conservative wing of the GOP. Over the last week, former and current Republican leaders in Congress—convinced of the need for a U.S. withdrawal before the 2008 presidential elections—have called for Iranian and Syrian participation in an effort to stabilize Iraq.

“I would look at an entirely new strategy,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. “We have clearly failed in the last three years to achieve the kind of outcome we want.”

In contrast, Defense Department officials have warned against granting a role to Iran and Syria at Israel's expense. They said such a strategy would also end up undermining Arab allies of the United States such as Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

“The regional strategy is a euphemism for throwing Free Iraq to the wolves in its neighborhood: Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia,” said the Center for Security Policy, regarded as being close to the Pentagon.


“If the Baker regional strategy is adopted, we will prove to all the world that it is better to be America's enemy than its friend.

Jim Baker's hostility towards the Jews is a matter of record and has endeared him to Israel's foes in the region.”


I can see no logic to Baker's plan. The Bush Administration knows that Iran and Syria back Hizbollah and Hamas. In other words, they are supporters, financially and logistically, of genocidal terrorist organizations. Iran is bent not only on the destruction of Israel, but also on the destruction of the United States. Just today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned America that it will "disappear."

How is it that we have come to a place where we will seriously entertain the idea of negotiating with such a group of people at the expense of the only human rights respecting country in the entire region?

The answer is, there is no logical, rational reason. There is only fear and malevolence.

And, what force is made out of fear and malevolence, my friends?
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Report: Hamas met delegation of Democrats

December 6, 2006

JERUSALEM (WND) – Hamas met with a delegation of "important Democrats" who expressed interest in relations with the Palestinian terror group even if it doesn't recognize the right of Israel to exist, a Palestinian news website claimed today.

Maanews quoted a source in the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority stating the terror group felt it important to meet with members of the Democratic Party since, the Hamas source said, the party will likely win 2008 presidential elections.

Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, told WND the party was not aware of any meeting.

Maannews is an independent Palestinian news website based in Ramallah and Bethlehem. Sources close to the website told WND the site receives some funding from the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands.

According to the report, the alleged meeting with the Democrats took place in a European country following a series of preliminary meetings with representatives from the British and French governments. [...]

Crossposted at Eye On The World.
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"Genuine Muslims"

The Sick Backwards World We Live In. Quite right:

What about their treatment of women? Few people know that the Taliban had opened several centers to train women to be doctors. As for the burqas, the women of Afghanistan continued to dressed the way they had under the Taliban as they had done for centuries. In the countryside and in and around the home with a simple headscarf, but in the towns they wore the burqas.

Yeah, the poor misunderstood Taliban. All they did was dish out love:

Taliban Love

More from the parallel universe:

To hand over OBL without evidence or a trial would completely contrary to the rule of law and no country on Earth would do it. It would be the same as France handing over General George S. Patton to the Japanese without evidence of a crime.

Video tapes, apparently, don't count.

It appears as though the Taliban might be just what they claimed to be genuine religious Muslims of very high integrity that posed no threat to the U.S.

Of course.

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Boys expelled from Islamic school for urinating on Bible

(ABC News) The headmaster of a Melbourne Islamic College has condemned the behaviour of two boys expelled for allegedly urinating on a Bible.

The incident is alleged to have happened on a school camp last week.Teachers at the East Preston College have petitioned the principal telling of their shock and dismay.

Principal Shaheem Doutie says the behaviour of the boys was unacceptable.

"Principal, teachers and the school community hereby condemn in the strongest possible terms the alleged desecration of the Bible by two of our students at a school camp," he said.

Crossposted at Eye On The World.

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New Islamic anti-violence t-shirt

Just to prove to the world that Islam is about peace, love and tranquility.

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Crossposted at Eye On The World.
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Those Cunning Zionists!

M. Shahid Alam via Kabobfest:

The Zionist project to create a Jewish state in Palestine possessed the unique power to convert two historical antagonists, Jews and Gentiles, into allies united in a common imperialist enterprise against the Islamic world. The Zionists harnessed the negative energies of the Western world -- its imperialism, its anti-Semitism, its Crusading nostalgia, its anti-Islamic bigotry, and its deep racism -- and focused them on a new imperialist project, the creation of a Western surrogate state in the Islamic heartland.

It's amazing to read this type of palaver. It portrays the West as all-evil and all-powerful and the Muslims are described as nothing but innocent serfs. Somehow the explicit genocidal rhetoric of the Islamic world doesn't make it in the equation. Also ignored is the inconvenient fact that Israel, in its cruel imperialistic drive, has given land to the Muslims in the past decades for the sake of elusive peace.

It is the Muslim sphere that is truly imperialistic in the modern world and it is they who're drenched in toxic antisemitism, deal in racism, loath the shameful liberty of the West, and who dearly wish to obliterate Israel--not the other way around.

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The Channel 4 Brush Off

I have received a reply to my Furious post from Channel 4, apparently from a Max Whitman


Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries.

We felt it fitting that the Alternative Christmas Message should be from a British Muslim woman in a year in which issues of religious and racial identity and freedom of expression have dominated the news agenda.

If you require further information, feel free to email me back or visit http://help.channel4.com/tv.

Max Whitman
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries


How noble! Freedom of expression! Here's my reply for what it's worth


Dear Mark,

With respect, please answer the questions. Most of the British public think it is far from "fitting". This brush off really is quite outrageous. Channel 4 did not publish the Mohammed Cartoons or Theo Van Gogh's Submission film. These have been far more prominent on the news and the "freedom of expression" agenda.

It's easy pickings to offend non-Muslims. If you really want to talk about freedom of speech you should be giving a voice to moderate muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq who are being slaughtered by religious fascists whilst walking to school, or those women in Iran who get beaten by religious authorities for demonstrating for equal rights.

Or perhaps all those British Muslims who have come out in opposition to the burqa and the niqab in Britian, and those normal Muslism who don’t go and pray in the mosque every week, and sometimes even, mix with strangers of the opposite sex.

Channel 4 seems to be consistently presenting the case for literalist and extremist Islam. When will Channel 4 embrace the real moderates? It seems Channel 4 is trying to be controversial. It has certainly achieved that, but it has consistently played the safe bet of offending non-Muslims only.

I await your answers with anticipation.
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Christian Game Creates Outrage Amongst Dhimmis And Islamofascists Alike

Post apocalyptic New York in a scene from the game - Eternal Forces

UPDATE FROM PASTORIUS AT BOTTOM OF POST

A militant Christian computer game could become a Christmas bestseller despite calls for it to be banned.

The game lets players lead an army of violent Christian crusaders fighting to free America from the anti-Christ.

Left Behind: Eternal Forces rewards users for converting or killing unbelievers, in a post-apocalyptic New York.

The game has just gone on sale in the US and is now being introduced to UK shops, sparking protests from Muslims and secularists.

The Muslim Association of Britain called for a ban, saying: 'This game is irresponsible and highly racist.

Errr, yeeees. Christians being RACIST against non Christians. Since when was Christianity a race?

'It demonises every other religion which isn't Christianity. Games like this poison the minds of young people.'

National Secular Society president Terry Sanderson said: 'Most Muslims and most Christians would recognise this as crude and despicable hate-mongering and give it a wide berth.'
Ah, well who'd know better about what Christians and Muslims think than the president of the 'National Secular Society'. Moron!

The game is based on Left Behind, a series of Christian fantasy books created by US authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

It encourages users to strengthen their troops through 'the power of prayer' - and lines up Spies, Special Forces and Battle Tanks alongside Prayer Warriors.

The makers have said the game should not be taken too seriously as a Biblical study.

Left Behind Games chief executive Troy A Lyndon said: 'The game is designed to be a classic battle between good and evil.

'But it does not gratuitously depict death or violence.

'Situations are used to encourage gamers to think about matters of eternal significance, a topic largely ignored in modern games.'
Link...
I think a link to the official site [click here] is deserved. I'm not endorsing the game, but come on, firstly it's RTS and secondly it's not like you go round cutting heads off or blowing up supermarkets.

UPDATE FROM PASTORIUS: When I read this article, immediately, I knew that the Metro was not accurately reflecting the nature of the game. I am familiar enough with Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series to know that it does not call on Christians to convert or kill everyone in the world. That is patently absurd.

So, I called up Left Behind Games and talked to the President, Jeff Frischner. I asked him if the game presents a "convert ... or kill" scenario at this article insinuates. Mr Frichner replied:

"Most certainly not. There are actually negative consequences incurred, if they player resorts to violence. Each character has a personality and a life story. Once they perish, they are gone for good. They can not come back to help in the next level of the game. We, mindfully, created the game this way to make it clear that there are real consequences to violent action, whether that violent action, well meaning (in the sense of protecting oneself or loved ones) or not."

Here's a link to a page at LeftBehindGames.com which addresses the ongoing controversy over this game.
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