Saturday, December 16, 2006
Storm Track Infiltration: CyberJihad- The Voice of The Caliphate
Terrorists are using the internet for everything from propaganda to planning attacks, wrote Tom Allard.
The setting is familiar to anyone who watches the evening news. A large, executive-style desk, a laptop perched on top, a logo in the background and a screen showing shifting images to reinforce the newsreader's message. The only difference is the presenter, who is swathed in an Arab headdress and masked to hide his identity, and the subject of the broadcast, a call for an Islamic state for
The Jihadists are now well versed in using the Internet for their propaganda, planning and recruitment purposes. It must be countered. But how?
Professor Bruce Hoffman, a
academic and one of the world's foremost terrorism analysts, says the use of the internet by jihadists has fundamentally changed the ground rules of terrorism. For the first time, the monopoly of commercial and state-owned media over the mass communication of a terrorist group's message has been usurped. The implications, Hoffman says, are "enormous", not least because terrorism, at its core, has ultimately been about generating publicity, communicating a message through a violent - and preferably spectacular - act to achieve a political outcome. "The art of terrorist communication has evolved to a point where the terrorists themselves can now control the entire production process," he says. Georgetown University
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Pick the Kurds and then..."Let the Muslims fight it out" Diana West
By Diana West
December 15, 2006
Funny thing about the recent op-ed by Nawaf Obaid in The Washington Post outlining likely Saudi actions if the United States withdraws from Iraq: namely, that Saudis would both support Sunnis in Iraq (versus Shi'ites supported by Iran) and manipulate the oil market to "strangle" the Iranian economy.
I think it sounds peachy, this let-them-devour-each-other strategy — which I'm guessing many Americans mutter to one another in frankness, if not also in confidence.
After the column appeared, not only did the Saudi government disavow it, but Mr. Obaid was fired from his job advising the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki al-Faisal. Hmmm, thought Saudi-ologists.
Before anyone could say, "shifting desert sands," Mr. Turki resigned his post in Washington, hightailing it back to the so-called kingdom for reasons unknown but possibly concerning machinations related to securing the post of foreign minister long held by Mr. Turki's ailing brother, Prince Saud al-Faisal. The post is also coveted by former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Hmmm again.
But now it seems the Obaid column "reflected the view of the Saudi government," after all. At least, that's the way the New York Times tells it. Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that "private" Saudi money is already supporting Sunni forces in Iraq. According to the New York Times, this private funding could easily become official Saudi policy. While Saudi leaders say they have so far withheld support from al Qaeda-led Sunni groups in Iraq, the newspaper explains, "if Iraq's sectarian violence worsened, the Saudis would line up with Sunni tribal leaders" — al Qaeda or no al Qaeda. Meanwhile, we already know Iran is backing, if not guiding, Iraqi Shi'ites.
So what should we do?
Yes, but they were looking for a few bucks wrapping Christmas presents ! Yemen for the holidays !
Al Qaida operatives tailing Americans in Yemen
GERTZ>>CAIRO — Americans have been tracked by suspected insurgents in Yemen.
U.S. diplomatic sources said Al Qaida-aligned operatives have been following Americans and employees of U.S. diplomatic missions. The U.S. Embassy has not identified the insurgents, but has informed Yemeni authorities.
On Dec. 5, an unidentified gunman sought to force his way through the U.S. Embassy's front gate. He was stopped by embassy security and the two sides exchanged gunfire. The assailant was shot and arrested.
Hours later, the embassy was closed and staffers were ordered to stay home. The facility was reopened on Dec. 6.
"The Americans in Yemen are no different from other Westerners," a U.S. diplomatic source said. "This is a very fluid situation, and Al Qaida has a significant presence here."
On Nov. 18, the U.S. Embassy reported that a Yemeni man had been following foreign women to their homes. The embassy the followed stalker's car and obtained its license number.
The U.S. Embassy and the rest of the American community in Yemen have been on alert for an Al Qaida-aligned attack. The Yemeni Interior Ministry has been slow in heightening security for Westerners, particularly outside of Sanaa.
But wait.. in Turkey, our NATO ally.......
Yes they want to drag us into paying the coin to loonies for protection
Gulf states want West to arrange 'continuous' strategic dialogue with IranGertz....
ABU DHABI — Gulf leaders may seek a formal dialogue with Iran on regional security.
Officials said Cooperation Council leaders have been discussing a strategic dialogue with Iran, arranged by a Western power acceptable to both sides, to address Teheran's nuclear and conventional weapons programs.
"We need a continuous dialogue with Iran — not an occasional one — and a unified voice so there is no doubt or ambiguity about our intentions," said Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
All six GCC states have a U.S. military presence. The largest American presence is in Kuwait, with more than 15,000 troops.
Iran has demanded that the six GCC states agree to a security architecture. The arrangement would include expelling U.S. forces from the region.
HAMAS SATURDAY BLAST
Israeli intel: Hamas has 50 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missilesGERTZ........
Move along, nothing to see here
TEL AVIV — The Hamas-led PA and its aligned militias have acquired at least 50 SA-7 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft systems.
Israeli intelligence has concluded that many of the systems were smuggled from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip over the past six months.
"They are building an anti-aircraft threat, but they have decided not to use it yet," an official said.
The Israel air force determined a Palestinian anti-aircraft capability in 2004. Palestinian fighters fired surface-to-air weapons in early 2006, but they were not SA-7s, with a range of about 3.5 kilometers.
The air force has reduced manned operations over the Gaza Strip, preferring the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. At the same time, the air force said the prospect of a Palestinian downing of an Israeli helicopter has increased.
"The threats of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles in Gaza are increasing, and we are preparing for that," an officer said. "We will keep operating in a fitting manner, but we can't promise 100 percent that a helicopter won't be damaged over Gaza."
In November, Israel's Foreign Ministry released a report saying the PA was believed to have acquired at least 12 anti-aircraft systems. But officials said the figure reflected an assessment from early 2006.
Hamas has sought to produce a version of the SA-7, which would provide the PA with a credible anti-aircraft threat. Hizbullah advisers have been helping Hamas in the effort.
Yes, that's right boyzngirlz, the sunni and shia can't work together...hey the good news is that there's hope for Iraq, we now see the Muslim Brotherhood (HAMAS, OBL) can work with Hizballah (Iran, Hojatieh). It's the freaking best of the best ....the most insane mullahs like Jannati and Mesbah Yazdi linking hands with freaks like Zawalhiri. I see world peace coming out of this.
Sometimes You Just Gotta Love Your Enemy
For instance, get a load of this guy, this Imam. He'll tell you straight up that all Muslims are innocent and all non-Muslims are guilty of a "crime against God."
Yes, in other words, all non-Muslims are worthy to be killed.
Carter Chickens Out Of Debate With Dershowitz
(AP) Former President Carter turned down a request to debate Alan Dershowitz about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the outspoken Harvard law professor "knows nothing about the situation."
Carter, author of a new book advocating "peace not apartheid" in the region, said he will not visit Brandeis University to discuss the book because the university requested he debate Dershowitz.
"I don't want to have a conversation even indirectly with Dershowitz," Carter said in Friday's Boston Globe. "There is no need ... to debate somebody who, in my opinion, knows nothing about the situation in Palestine."
Sounds like a lame, pathetic excuse to me.
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Hanukkah gift: From Mel Gibson With Love
Friday, December 15, 2006
"For many of us, Islam is perceived as a social straitjacket and not as a real faith, and Christianity as a religion of tolerance and love," said the businessman, who converted at the age of 19 and was later followed by his family.
Yet in the eyes of the state they remain Muslim.
"Officially, my son and I are Muslim," said Abdelhalim. "We hold Christian marriages and bless the young couple but this is not recognized by the state. They must go before the Muslim clergy and marry according to Sharia (Islamic law). If they don't do this, they can be charged with adultery."
The same goes for death. "I cannot be buried in a Christian cemetery, only in a Muslim one," he said.
The same principle applies in Pakistan. For example, Ahmadiyya is a tiny Islamic sect. However, most Muslims consider its followers to be heretic. If Islamists find out that a person buried in a common graveyard is an Ahmadi, then they exhume the body.
The Christian converts also have article 220 of the penal code hanging over their heads, which provides for prison sentences of between six months and three years for anyone who tries to undermine a Muslim's faith or to convert him to another religion.
Oddly enough, the faith of infidels doesn't get the same treatment.
"To deny one's religion, it is the biggest sin that a Muslim can commit," he said.
All four major schools of Islamic "thought" prescribe death for apostasy. See this Egyptian ruling and its translation from 1978.
A break for a wish ....
Merry Christmas and tonight.....
What Happens to Muslims Who Don't Support Jihad II
At the center of the story is Jamal Miftah, who emigrated from Pakistan in 2003 with his wife and four children. As a devout Muslim, he was incensed by the violent reaction of some Muslims to the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed which appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005. He began to write an article about it, but the demands of his job didn't allow him time to finish it.
But Miftah took up the pen again after seeing a videotaped speech in late September of this year by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second in command of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden's terrorist movement.
On November 18, 2006, in his local mosque, Miftah was confronted by the imam and then some minutes later:
[...] he was confronted by the president of the mosque's operating council, Houssam Elsoueissi (also known as Abu Waleed). In a loud voice, Elsoueissi called Miftah "anti-Muslim" and a "traitor" for writing against Muslim organizations.
Those who do not know much about Islamic rhetoric will miss the dark significance of those precise words. Though, thankfully, Bates gets the scoop right from the source.
In our conversation last week, Miftah explained that there is an implied threat in the label "anti-Muslim." In some parts of the Muslim world, apostates, those who abandon Islam, are deemed worthy to be put to death.
Open criticism of Al Qaeda results in swift condemnation, threat of physical violence and possible death for a Muslim. In America.
If nothing else, this incident should make non-Muslims realize how little we know. I invite Muslim Tulsans-- whether you are a leader in the mosque, a contented member, or a discontented member--contact me at [...]
That's the problem. Only Muslims can shed light upon what happens in their mosques. But they can't if they fear for their lives and izzat (reputation).
Storm Track Infiltration: Terrorist Bomb Building? Just Google It!
The SITE Institute's recent news brief announced that the Jihad Media Battalion released a 28-page manual detailing how to use Google effectively to search for information on the world wide web. The Arabic manual, entitled “The Secrets of Searching Using Google,” is divided into 10 lessons, and appears to be based on information already widely available on the web.
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Hero Of Western Civilization: Court Case Against Australian Pastor Thrown Out
Thanks to Religion of Pieces for making me aware of this story:
A TRIBUNAL decision seen as gagging critics of Islam has been torn up in a decisive victory for two fundamentalist preachers facing jail.
The Islamic Council of Victoria had complained that comments by Catch the Fire Ministries pastors had exposed Muslims to hatred and ridicule.
Yesterday's unanimous decision by three Victorian Court of Appeal judges was widely applauded as a win for freedom of speech.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal had agreed with the Islamic Council that pastor Daniel Scot had engaged in conduct that incited hatred, contempt, revulsion or ridicule.
VCAT's Judge Michael Higgins said Mr Scot had caused 250 Christians to laugh at Islam during a 2002 seminar.
But yesterday the Court of Appeal set aside the orders and returned the case to the tribunal for decision by a different judge, without the rehearing of evidence.
Justice Geoffrey Nettle said a recording of the seminar had left him unconvinced that Mr Scot had incited hatred.
He said that though Mr Scot's style sometimes ridiculed Islam and resulted in cynical laughter, his plea during the seminar to love Muslims seemed sincere, as did the audience's reaction to it.
Mr Scot allegedly "made fun of Muslim beliefs . . . in a way which is essentially hostile, demeaning and derogatory of all Muslim people, their God, . . . the Prophet Mohammed and, in general, Muslim religious beliefs and practices."
It was alleged he stated that the Koran promotes violence, killing and looting and treats women badly; that the faith considers women, dogs and donkeys of equal value; that domestic violence in general is encouraged; and that Muslims are liars and demons.
Judge Higgins had ordered Mr Scot and fellow pastor Daniel Nalliah to correct the statements and apologise in full-page newspaper advertisements.
But the appeal court said Mr Scot had been taken out of context, and had been quoting from the Koran.
Outside the court, Mr Scot said he would rather have gone to jail than apologise.
"Muslims have got to hide the truth to convert more people to Islam," he said. "We are not afraid to tell the truth.
"We can't be muzzled."
Storm Track Disinformation: And How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?
Recently, NPR held a debate on Hamas. The debate was part of a series called Intelligence Squared U.S., produced in
Steven Cook (from left), John O'Sullivan and Daniel Ayalon argued in support of the motion, "A democratically elected Hamas is still a terrorist organization." Mark Perry (from left), Mahmoud Mohamedou and Stanley Cohen argued against the motion.
I don’t really don’t understand what was the argument. They could have just as well argued how many angels can dance on the head of pin.
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Bolton calls to bring Ahmedinejad to justice
Every cloud has a .....
FBI Warned Cleric's Death Could Prompt Attacks
Attempts at attacks on American civilians should be regarded by a vigilant populace as an opportunity to identify and kill terrorists.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind fundamentalist Muslim cleric imprisoned for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks, was rushed to a hospital last week, prompting an FBI warning that his death could lead to attacks on the United States, law enforcement officials said on Thursday.
They said the FBI's week-old bulletin had been sent to state and local law enforcement officials out of an abundance of caution and that there was no specific intelligence about any impending attack.
The officials said the medical condition of the 68-year-old Rahman had subsequently improved, that he had been released from the hospital, that he now is in stable condition and back in a federal prison medical facility.
According to the bulletin, Rahman began to spit up blood on December 6 and was taken from the prison to the emergency room at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where doctors discovered a tumor on his liver, the officials said.
The Egyptian sheikh, who was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison, is currently at a medical center for federal prisoners in Springfield. He has long suffered from a number of medical problems, including diabetes and heart ailments.
So long, farewell, auf viedersehn, goodbye...too bad MS Lynne Stewart ...all sons of bitches preaching death in the name of god are ONE, and no addition to this planet.
Nancy Pelosi +John Conyers+Flying Imams+those who voted demo to punish republicans = more danger for US people
On Dec. 1, a curious report on the grounded-imams incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport appeared on the website of the Iranian Quran News Agency. The report quoted extensively from Madhi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. The foundation is the American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, "the world's most influential Islamic fundamentalist group," according to the Chicago Tribune.
Bray's initial statement about the incident had an all-American, see-you-in-court ring. He demanded "large financial compensation for the imams," adding, "We want US Airways and any other airline displaying this type of behavior against Muslims to be hit where it hurts, the pocketbook."
The report echoed statements made by the imams themselves. Omar Shahin, their spokesman, has portrayed the incident in a way that's consistent with a lawsuit and a public relations offensive.
He's called for a Jesse Jackson-style boycott of US Airways, and applied classic civil-rights rhetoric to the incident: "This is prejudice; this is obvious discrimination," the Star Tribune quoted him as saying. "I cannot change the color of my skin," he told Newsweek.
But the report on the Iranian website, which has appeared on a variety of Muslim websites worldwide, had a larger primary focus. After the imams incident, it quoted Bray as saying Muslims want "new, broad-sweeping legislation that will extract even larger financial and civil penalties for any airline that participates in racial and religious profiling."
The report is optimistic that Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, will lend his support to new legislation. Ellison, it says, has expressed his opposition to "such racial and religious profiling." Ellison, through a spokesman, declined to comment.
One piece of legislation in the works is the End Racial Profiling Act. It is an important priority of Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, whose district includes one of the largest Muslim populations in the country. Conyers introduced the bill in 2004 and 2005, but it went nowhere. Now the alignment of forces may be changing. Conyers will probably be chairman of the House Judiciary Committee when the new Democratic-controlled Congress convenes next month.
Nancy Pelosi, who called herself a "proud" cosponsor of the Profiling Act in 2004, is the incoming House speaker. And in January, Ellison, who represents the district where the imams incident occurred, will take his seat in Congress.
All Points Bulletin: Call The CAIR Hotline
I was listening to the Bill Bennett show this morning and they had an outstanding idea.
CAIR has setup a hotline for people to call if they feel they are being discriminated against.
Someone suggested that EVERYBODY call the number and ask about it.
It would be great if CAIR's hotline gets flooded with calls 24/7.
A couple of suggestions went along these lines..
"I'd like more information, what kind of incidents should I call about"or "What type of things should we report to you?"
Wouldn't it be cool if they got hundreds or thousands of calls?
Any other ideas? Spread this around, it really could help.
Here's the CAIR hotline number: 800-784-7526
Yes, I do have other ideas. I am sure I am not the only Infidel who has had the experience of being completely shaken down at the gate of the airport. "Take of your shoes. Take off your coat. We need to swab you. We need to run the scanner across your body. We need to look at your laptop," etc. etc. etc.
I am your average looking white guy, and this shit happens to me 1/3 of the time I fly, and I fly a lot. (I think I get singled out so often because I look like such a stereotypical white guy).
Do I complain? No, I don't complain. I go with it and figure it's my duty as a citizen to take part in security measures which will protect the public at large.
But, tonight I was on an airline and as we were preparing for takeoff, the Flight Attendants asked the Arab guy two seats over from me to turn off his iPod and he didn't. They came back and asked him again, and once again, he didn't. They asked him five fucking times, and he never did turn off that fucking iPod.
And then he started complaining about all the security and how it was all a bunch of "bullshit" and how they are so worried about "plastic explosives" and "bombs" and nothing ever happens.
I heard him utter these words and it occurred to me that I could easily have him thrown off the flight.
But, you know what? This dude was not a terrorist. He was just your average Arab guy, with a chip on his shoulder, who is sick of being shaken down at the airport.
But, what these guys have to start realizing is that us white dudes get shaken down too, and it's no fun. I show up to the airport two hours early even for a 7:00 AM flight, because I know there is a big chance that I'm going to have to go through the full-cavity search process.
This is the world we live in now, and it is this way thanks to a bunch of Muslims who have decided that it is their duty to Allah to wage Jihad against the Infidels and the Jews.
Now, that does not mean that all Muslims are like this, but it does mean that if there is anyone on the face of the Earth who ought to understand why we have to go through all this aggravating security at airports these days, it is our Muslim citizens. But instead, they complain, and file lawsuits, and do press releases, and interviews in periodicals across the country.
So, my suggestion is, call CAIR and tell them of your experiences of
Flying While White
Flying While Christian
Flying While Hispanic
Flying While Asian
Flying While Handicapped
CAIR needs to start to have sympathy for all of us who are suffering under the security tyrrany brought on by Muslim terrorists the world over.
Beware of Illegal Muslim Aliens Seeking Commercial Truck-Driving HAZMAT Licenses
That was enough to raise a red flag with Darleen Crawford, president of the Nationwide Tractor Trailer Driving School in Smithfield, R.I., where Mullawala took driving classes.
Federal and state authorities are investigating why Mullawala was seeking a commercial trucking license after his behavior raised flags at the Rhode Island driving school. Crawford said he was also insistent on taking the test necessary to earn a license to transport hazardous materials.
Mullawala, a 28-year-old citizen of India who is of Pakistani descent, is now in federal custody in Massachusetts on immigration violation charges.
Crossposted at Eye On The World.
Muslim Brotherhood students at Al Azhar university held a protest yesterday after the suspension of a number of MB students who took part in an unofficial student union elections. The government here maintains tight control over student elections to prevent the MB from winning these elections and that forced MB students to conduct student union elections parallel to the official ones.
See the slide show at flickr.
Here's the logo of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Nothing says PEACE like two shiny scimitars!
Free Muslims Coalition
As a devout Muslim, I have watched this painfully protracted saga unravel, fearing what comes next. The media, especially print media, have bent over backward to hear minorities' fears. Yet public opinion has not seemed to budge in favor of the imams. The lesson here lies in why. It has to do with credibility.
We are all creatures of passion. This fiasco has stirred the passionate cry of victimization from the Muslim activist community and imam community. But where were the news conferences, the rallies to protest the endless litany of atrocities performed by people who act supposedly in my religion's name? Where are the denunciations, not against terrorism in the abstract, but clear denunciations of al-Qaida or Hamas, of Wahhabism or militant Islamism, of Darfurian genocide or misogyny and honor killings, to name a few? There is no cry, there is no rage. At best, there is the most tepid of disclaimers. In short, there is no passion. But for victimization, always.
Only when Americans see that animating passion will they believe that we Muslims are totally against the fascists that have hijacked our religion. There is only so much bandwidth in the American culture to focus upon Islam and Muslims. If we fill it with our shouts of victimization, then the real problems from within and outside our faith community will never be heard.
If the world were a just place the media would have the Free Muslims Coalition on speed dial and not CAIR.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Dutch islamic youth radicalizing and the EU's brilliant counter
From Reuters an interview with the chairman of the Nationale co-ordinator Terrorisme Bestrijding (NcTB, national co-ordinator anti-terrorism), Tjibbe Joustra:
'Here in the Netherlands we are seeing an increase in the radicalisation of young people and in how quickly youngsters become radicalised ... which is also taking place in schools,' he told Reuters.And a little tidbit that seems to have escaped everone in the Netherlands:
'Sometimes the radicalisation process can be very rapid.'
The NCTB classed as 'substantial' the risk of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands after the London bombings in 2005, the second-highest level in a four-stage warning system. It has remained at that level ever since.Given the disruption that was cause by the relatively inept Hofstad group, that is not alltogether good news.
'That means that an attack is distinctly possible but that we have no concrete evidence that something is being planned,' Joustra said.
'It is very difficult to say how many groups are operating in the Netherlands. There are problems in defining a group, and then of course we also don't know how much is going on without our knowledge. But we believe there are about 10 to 20 active networks.'
But all's well that ends well. The EU has come up with a declaration of loyalty for muslim citizens. Some of the more insightful and materially knowledgable points (and yes, that is sarcasm) are:
Good luck with that...
Respect non-Muslim religions and issue a fatwa (an Islamic religious decree) prohibiting the use of force, violence or threats to their followers. Respect all civilizations, cultures and traditions and promote understanding of the precedence of national laws over Sharia law. Respect Western freedoms, especially of belief and expression and prohibit violent reaction against people who make use of these freedoms. Prohibit the issuing of any fatwa that would result in violence or threat against individuals or institutions. Request Islamic institutions to revise and issue new interpretations of Quranic verses calling for Jihad and violence against non-Muslims.
I really don't know what this initiative is to accomplish. I even don't know where to begin in addressing the narrow-minded, PC-bent stupidity of those that were involved in this thing.
Even if there are muslims that will sign this thing (and I really doubt there will be many) it'll in all likelihood be a matter of Taqiyya. It has to be, since this declaration so blatantly denies the Allah-givenness of both the Quran and Shariah (or devine law) it actually suggests muslims in Europe just make up their own version of both. It'd be like asking Christians to sign a declaration nullifying the ten commandments and adopting the EU constitution in its place (well, given enough time the EU will undoubtedly arrive at that point). In fact, the declaration bluntly asks muslims to declare their being non-muslim, apostates. No muslim worth his salt will underwrite such a declaration. And no matter how much I despise Islam, I completely understand any muslim refusing to do so.
It's all very lovey-dovey stuff and it looks good on paper. But it fails to even get close to the heart of the matter. As long as both the Quran and Shariah law are considered inmutable and as long as Islam is considered as a doctrine for the 'perfect society', the highest attainable goal, no muslim is going to sell his piece of paradise or his soul for a bit of grey Brussels burocracy. This is just more testament to the fact that out 'betters' haven't a clue, no clue whatsoever, about what they are dealing with.
(cross posted at Klein Verzet)
Infidel Hunk of the Week
This guy has really got me interested. Now I grew up with Bond, and with the biggest Bond fanatic ever (my Dad). However, we all know that the franchise lost steam after a while. Blame it on the end of the Cold War, blame it on bad casting, whatever you want, the geo-political sphere was stacked against 007 as well as popular culture. People wanted a rough and tumble Bruce Willis hero thrown into situations, not assigned to them. Effete Englishmen just weren't cutting it anymore, even when they were actually Irish.
Major scene change; the world wants our James Bonds back now, and we want them tough, still smooth enough to be Bond, but ruthless enough to play the other side of the character. We want a guy that our governments can send out to do the dirty work and come through it all in victory. Not only is this again the time for Bond, but they finally picked one who measures up.
And I haven't even gotten to see the film yet! But yum, yum, yummy, yum.
Flying While Muslim Vs. Breathing While Buddhist
The Ultimate Insult, hat tip to TROP.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Two Buddhists were shot dead Wednesday by suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand, and six small bombs later exploded in a small town in the region, wounding two people, police said.
One of the Buddhists was identified as a 55-year-old rubber tapper, who was driving his motorcycle when he was shot three times by a gunman on the back of another motorbike, said police Maj. Suthas Noosrikong of the Lammai police station in Yala province, where the attack occurred.
Fifteen minutes later, a gunman pulled up on a motorcycle at the home of another Buddhist man in the same village. The attacker entered the house and fired three times, killing the man, aged 69.
"We believe that Muslim insurgents are responsible for the deaths of the two Buddhist men today," Suthas said, adding that police believed the killings were premeditated. "The attackers mean to scare Buddhists away from the area."
Drive-by shootings and bombings occur almost daily in Thailand's three southernmost Muslim-majority provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, where more than 1,900 people have been killed in an Islamic insurgency that flared in January 2004.
Police, soldiers and others viewed as collaborators with the government are targeted, along with Buddhists.
Buddhist monks have been beheaded, Buddhist teachers slain, and leaflets distributed around Buddhist villages warning that raising dogs and drinking alcohol are offensive to Muslims.
In separate violence, suspected insurgents detonated six small bombs in shops belonging to Buddhists in Tanyongmas market in the Rangae district of Narathiwat province, injuring a 65-year-old women and a 15-year-old boy, said police Maj. Chalerm Khongying.
In the meantime, CAIR, the Council on Anti-American Islamic Regurgitation, and the fabulous preying imams have indicated that they will accept a monetary settlement from U.S. Airways in lieu of going to court.
Ah, see the discrimination that Muslims must face?
Women Between the Extremes
The prefix “Radical” here is, unlike in the case of Islam, well-deserved: Radical Feminism departs from the preceding feminism in that it aims not merely for the worthy goal of ending discrimination of women, but for the transformation of society by uprooting that idea which for Radical Feminists is the embodiment of evil, namely patriarchy. The earlier forms of feminism, those which fought for women’s suffrage and other rights that had been confined to men, would never support Islam, which endorses all the evils they contended with; Radical Feminism, on the other hand, is possessed of particular thought-patterns that enable it to strike an alliance with Islam without any feeling of cognitive dissonance. That feminist voices against Islam today are so rare can only be attributed to a takeover, in concensus if not in actuality, of Radical Feminism over the entire Western feminist scene of today.
In full on Our Children Are The Guarantors »
Yes, Syria is dangerous
DEBKAfile’s military sources quote two statements by Israeli generals Sunday, Dec. 10 to the Israeli cabinet: OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen Gadi Eisenkott denounced as irresponsible talk of a war with Syria and Hizballah in the summer of 2007.They may not go to war today, but that doesn't mean they won't go to war tomorrow. It's clear if anything, that the Syrian dictatorship is still as plagued with jihad as can be.
Brig. Gen Yossi Baidatz, military intelligence chief of research, reported that Syria had increased its production of long-range missiles (picture) and was building up its anti-tank rocket units on the Golan border with Israel.
This information is not proof in itself of a Syrian intent to go to war. Gen. Eisenkott says he sees no tangible war preparations on the Golan and Hermon despite the aggressive rhetoric coming out of Damascus, whereas it is Brig Baidatz’s job to count the missiles coming off Syrian production lines in the northern city of Homs. The volume in Nov. 2006 was 20% greater than the output of Nov. 2005.
The key question neither Israeli officer answers is this: How many missiles are destined for Syrian use and how many for the strategic reserve Iran is stocking in Syria. According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, Syria’s missile output is not determined by the heads of its military industry, but by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards sitting on the industry’s executive boards and incoming investment funds regulated by Tehran.
All the departments of Syrian’s military industry merged last year with Iran’s manufacturing complex and are run as a single corporation. Therefore, it may be said that it is very much up to Tehran to determine if and when Bashar Asad goes on the offensive on the Golan front.
Asad is not obliged to dance to Tehran’s tune. He can decide he no longer wishes to coordinate his military and diplomatic strategies with Tehran. This would mean the breakup of the close Damascus-Tehran alliance. For the moment, there is no sign of any breach. Quite the reverse; intelligence data indicate a tightening of the partnership on all shared fronts.
This again is no proof that the widely-predicted summer 2007 war is inevitable. It does mean that Tehran means to hold on to Syria, Hizballah and Hamas as proxy whips against the Americans in Iraq and Israel until such time as its clerical rulers find a war move expedient.
Bolton, Gold, target Ahmadinejad
NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and former diplomats from Israel and Canada called on the United Nations on Thursday to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with inciting genocide.
The U.N. International Court of Criminal Justice should charge Ahmadinejad for his threats against the United States, for calling for the destruction of Israel and for instigating discrimination against Christians and Jews, the group said.
"It's important that if we are in this stage where we're being given early warning, unambiguously, on what his intentions are, then it's time to take action," Bolton told a Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations symposium.
Ahmadinejad caused outrage in the West last year by calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map," echoing comments by the Islamic Republic's late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
[Dore] Gold said statements by the Iran's leader were a "clear cut" violation of the anti-incitement clauses of the U.N.'s 1948 Genocide Convention.
"This direct and public incitement of genocide is a standing threat, not only to Israel, but a standing threat to international peace and security," said Irwin Cotler, Canada's former Justice Minister and Attorney General.
Storm Track Disinformation: Terrorist TV- Al-Jazeera Speaks
It’s 1942. The TV networks, ABC, CBS and NBC are running propaganda speeches and pro-opinion pieces on Nazism. Absurd, right? No broadcasting network would be allowed to serve such blatant propaganda and misinformation from the enemy in time of war.
Fast forward 50 odd years and we see it happening right before our eyes. And the enemy mouthpiece freely admits what they are doing and are jeered on by the liberal left as an example of free speech in this country. How far we have devolved in our ideas of fighting a war brought on by the political failures of
Read an interview with Al-Jazeera Editor-in-Chief and see the face of the enemy. Pierre Heumann of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche spoke with Al-Jazeera Editor-in-Chief Ahmed Sheikh in
Mr. Sheikh, as the Editor in Chief of Al-Jazeera, you are one of the most important opinion-makers in the Arab world. What do you call suicide bombers?
For what is happening in
What do you call it then?
In English, I would describe it as "bombings."
And in Arabic?
Literally translated, we would speak of "commando attacks." In our culture, it is precisely not suicide.
But instead a praiseworthy act?
When the country is occupied and the people are being killed by the enemy, everyone must take action, even if he sacrifices himself in so doing.
Even if in so doing he kills innocent civilians?
That is not a Palestinian problem, but a problem of the Israelis.
You're avoiding the question.
Not at all. When the Israeli Army attacks, it kills civilians. An army should be able to distinguish between military and civilian targets. But how many innocent people did it kill in Beit Hanoun? And then they justify this in saying that the grenade went astray, that there was a technical problem or something. But who believes that?
There's a difference between Palestinian "commando actions" and Israeli military operations. In the one case, the aim is to kill as many civilians as possible; in the other, it is exclusively a matter of military targets.
Oh really? If the Israelis made such mistakes only once or twice a year, I would agree with you and say that it didn't happen intentionally. But such mistakes happen every week. There are three possible explanations for this: either the military equipment is not up to date or the soldiers are badly trained and do not know how to use their weapons or they do it intentionally. Now, we know that the Israelis get the best weaponry from the American arsenal and that the soldiers are well trained. That leaves, then, only one conclusion: they do it intentionally.
You come originally from
So your personal background has no influence on your work?
When I'm in the newsroom, I forget my personal background. I set aside my political convictions. The news story is sacred for me. One cannot change it. One has to broadcast the story, as it is. Unchanged.
Still, I have trouble believing that you leave out your personal history in assessing a story.
You're right. It's not always possible at work completely to separate oneself from one's personal background. For example, in the newsroom one evening I received the images of the poor little girl whose parents were killed on the beach in
How did you report on Beit Hanoun, where 19 Palestinians were killed?
We interviewed people on location. We even spoke with the Israelis. We wanted to know from them if they had done it intentionally, which, of course, they denied. We had to ask them that. As professional journalists, we can't afford only to speak to Palestinians. Even if you hate the Israelis that doesn't mean that you shouldn't speak with them. They are, after all, a party to the conflict.
Did you show all the images from Beit-Hanoun or did you censor particularly gruesome bloody scenes?
We didn't show close-ups of what was too brutal. We don't want to turn the spectator's life into a nightmare.
Evidently, for your coverage of
Is that why you again and again broadcast tapes of Osama bin Laden that your station receives?
You are a journalist and you must know actually that if somebody offers you a tape or an interview with bin Laden, you don't hesitate to accept the offer -- even if it will get you sent to
It's striking, of course, that Al-Jazeera has a quasi-monopoly on information coming from the milieu of bin Laden. Obviously, you are close to them. On conservative blogs, your network is even called "Osama TV."
Because the Americans are in a difficult situation in
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One of the most painful aspects of Muslim demographic warfare is the open attempt by Muslims to grab non-Muslim girls to use them for their own demographic ambitions, meanwhile also inflicting a good dose of humiliation on the accursed kafirs. In Bangladesh and in Muslim-majority areas inside India, this often takes the form of simply kidnapping girls, or of threatening their families to marry them out to Muslims. In the open market-place of the West and of westernized circles in India, it takes the form of normal courtship, with the limitation that in case of a Muslim girl befriending a non-Muslim, family pressure is used on her, or physical threats on him or on both, to stop the affair; since the same is much less likely to happen in the reverse case, the net result is a considerable traffic of non-Muslim girls into Muslim households.
In NRI papers, you can occasionally read the testimony annex warning of Hindu women who sorely regret their mistake of having married a Muslim. E.g. one Hindu woman from the West Midlands (UK) warns Hindus to be alert when "some undesirables (...) who cannot tolerate a Muslim girl marrying a Hindu boy even in a movie, let alone in real life (...) try to take advantage of the innocence of Hindu girls to trap them in marriages." When a Hindu girl is approached by a Muslim, "she should be immediately alerted that he is actually fulfilling the Islamic command of grabbing and converting non-believer women by all possible means. It is not a reflection of my personal bitterness, I remind you of fatwas issued by Mullahs in England for Muslim boys in colleges and universities to marry Christian, Hindu and Sikh girls".
Politicians in most Western countries are either actively working for or are being pressured to enforce a halt to activities in Iraq and consequently Afghanistan.
Meanwhile a number of Middle East countries actively harbor and/or support terrorists. Recently we have read the news of Saudi Arabia, an American ally - no less, permitting its citizens to send financial aid (and perhaps arms) to the Sunni insurgents in Iraq. Iran supports the Shiites and a civil war is probably unavoidable if the Western troops (read Americans) leave. Iran supports terrorists everywhere, Syria many places and even fairly moderate countries like Egypt conveniently turns the blind eye when necessary. All other Middle East countries seem to be in between.
A number of countries have sold or are selling nuclear know how. And all the Arab dictators look forward to having nuclear technology. Not for energy for heating, as it does not get very cold and the considering an oil shortage is absurd. No, it is of course to get any dictator's wet dream fulfilled: The Bomb.
The Arabs have managed to give the Jews the blame for all ill in the Middle East or the world even (just like the Nazis did). According to Muslims, the Palestinian problem is solely a "Zionist" one. Actually most don't give a damn about the Palestinians, but it is convenient to hide the real problems at home. Nothing like enemies to excuse dictatorships. Fictitious ones even better.
Most of the Western world buy this excuse and now hate the Jews more than terrorists. In France many Jews have left or are leaving. Were I a French Jew, I would get the hell out. The French government may not be Vichy, but the attitude is similar. And there are no previsions of improvement. On the contrary - France is becoming Muslim.
What is going on? I have e theory. It is an infection. No extreme PC, left-wing appeasement, cowardly defeatism or even stupidity can explain what is happening. The infection is called M for Madness such as in Mass psychosis. It is a Mental decease.
The M infection is growing at a furious rate.
In the UK the war against terror has been abolished officially as it was an affront to Muslims.
In the US "flying imams" are seeking damages for being kicked of the plane after provoking on purpose by "playing terrorists". Perhaps they were more than provoking - they might actually have been probing and preparing the way for real terrorists. A producer revealing the imam's ill intentions was fired for her effort. Now I am just waiting for CAIR to become part of the American government.
In Norway the rate of rape is six times higher than in New York. According to superblogger fjordman at the Brussels Journal there is a direct connection between rape and Muslim immigration. Another study recently compared general crime rates to Muslim immigration in the UK and found a correlation. Furthermore, according to my own calculations many thousand "honor" and religiously related crimes are committed by Muslims against Muslim children and youngsters in the West every year. Mainly against girls. And mainly in the hidden.
The media and politicians in the West refuse to reveal or acknowledge the problems. In France it is even forbidden by law to do so. Thus a rumor that 70% of all prison inmates in France are Muslim is impossible to validate.
I could go on and on on the widening infection of M. The MSM is silent but new proofs of M are documented daily in many fine blogs.
Perhaps it is a secret Islamofascist weapon - a new kind of virus or M ray. You guys out there with tin-foils on your head are maybe not that mad. At least not as mad as people infected by M.
The Islamofascists are succeeding exceedingly well and the West is doomed by factor M.
Hamas and PLO/Fatah clash at the border
GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israel has closed the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to prevent Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya from bringing in "tens of millions of dollars," sparking a storming of the terminal by armed supporters of the ruling Islamists.Oops, what's that? The man is Muslim himself, ditto many of his gang, and they call him secular? Sorry, but I think that calling them "secular" is avoiding some hard questions. That's typical of the AFP.
"Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered the closing of the Rafah crossing in order to prevent tens of millions of dollars from entering Gaza together with Haniya," an Israeli security source said on condition of anonymity Thursday.
"Peretz made the decision and instructed the closing of the crossing in coordination with all the relevant bodies," he said.
The closure sparked a storming of the border terminal by dozens of armed Hamas supporters, who forced their way inside, witnesses said.
Haniya was due to return to Gaza on Thursday after cutting short his first trip abroad as premier to deal with mounting tensions in the territory between Hamas and the secular Fatah faction of president Mahmud Abbas.
Now, the Hamas takes out its anger on the PLO by clashing with them:
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas militants, angry that Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was prevented from returning to Gaza from Egypt, burst into the Rafah crossing Thursday, sparking a gunbattle with the guards at the border terminal.All the same, Peretz is not a worthy defense minister, and having found that he's now got increasing problems with his own party, who are calling for new primaries to compete against him. If he loses leadership, he will deserve it.
Two Hamas militants were wounded.
The militants had been waiting outside the terminal and grew impatient for Haniyeh's return, finally breaking into the compound and shooting in the air. The Palestinian Presidential Guard, responsible for security at the terminal, began firing at them, according to an Associated Press reporter at the terminal.
Travelers in the terminal lobby ran for cover, some carrying their luggage. Women and children hid behind walls and nearby taxis outside.
The violence came after Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered Rafah sealed to prevent Haniyeh from returning with tens of millions of dollars in cash.
University of Oslo Professor: Norwegian Women Had Better Cover Up Their Meat So They Don't Get Raped By Muslim Men
There has been an explosive increase in the number of rape charges in the city of Oslo, but both the media and the authorities consistently refuse to tell us why. They did do so, however, in 2001, when two out of Norway's three largest newspapers, Aftenposten and Dagbladet, reported that most of these rape charges involve an immigrant perp, which again mostly means Muslims. Both newspapers have since then conveniently “forgotten” about this, and have never connected the issue to Muslim immigration although the number of rape charges has continued to rise to historic levels. They are thus at best guilty of extreme incompetence, since their former articles about this issue are still available online.
Norway’s Minister of Justice from 2001 to 2005, Odd Einar Dørum, mentioned the problem in 2001 but has later gone quiet about the issue. The reported number of rapes in Oslo is now six – 6! – times as high per capita as in New York City, yet the media keeps warning against Islamophobia.
According to Aftenposten, the clinic (voldtektsmottak) at the emergency hospital known as Legevakt has never had so many rape victims to treat. Its ability to care for them all is being severely tested. The number of reported rapes has skyrocketed this year.
Two out of three charged with rape in Norway’s capital are immigrants with a non-western background according to a police study. The number of rape cases is also rising steadily. Unni Wikan, a professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, in 2001 said that “Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes” because Muslim men found their manner of dress provocative. The professor’s conclusion was not that Muslim men living in the West needed to adjust to Western norms, but the exact opposite: “Norwegian women must realize that we live in a Multicultural society and adapt themselves to it.”
We the following Muslim bloggers hereby affirm that the Holocaust did happen because, not only are we quite capable of understanding overwhelming historical evidence, we also refuse to allow Muslim leaders to twist history for cruel, personal and selfish gains -- thereby reflecting negatively upon us and the message of Islam -- without confronting their actions with the hammer of righteous indignation. For religious, moral, and historical reasons, we repudiate and spit upon the Holocaust deniers conference now taking place in Iran, and stand in solidarity with student, and other, anti-fascists in that great nation, along with the victims of the Holocaust itself.Read the rest.
Why I Continue To Believe In The War In Iraq
"Why I Continue to Believe in the War in Iraq," a poem by Lynn Chu, literary agent here hat tip hiphop republican
This is an abridgment, first published by Harper's Magazine in September, 2006, of a long poem, the full version of which can be found at writersreps.
Because to depose a murderous despot is a good thing.
Because I believe in nation building.
Because the left has always insisted on this.
Because I harbor no animus toward Muslim peoples.
Because we must seed the world with democracy, for it is right.
Because Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, deserves no less.
Because containment is impossible in a globalized world.
Because in truth the world respects us for it, however they moan.
Because Iraqis are an educated people fully capable of democracy.
As is all of humanity.
Because we did so with a minimum of human loss.
Because one out of three in the axis of evil is 33.3 percent better than zero.
Because America is as brave and competent as it is reasonable to expect of clumsy, imperfect humans.
Because if Saddam had the bomb in 1981, he would soon have it again.
Because in 1948, to world acclaim, the U.N. created Israel, whose existence is just and must continue to be defended.
For the evil of anti-Semitism still lurks in the world, in radical Islam and elsewhere.
Because the new kind of war will be sporadic, desultory, and covert. And will bore us, but complacency is dangerous.
Because to them their jihad has only just begun, and crush it we must.
For Osama bin Laden is not Deng Xiao-Ping.
Because our nation is strong enough to shrug off the malice and subversion and sophistries its heedless factions devise.
Who style themselves heroes and whistle-blowers.
For their vanity and venality betrays them.
Because this war's lessons will assist in transformation, which must continue.
For the emasculated CIA and bloated DOD must be reformed.
Because the idea that the world has outgrown war is a fantasy.
Because if we cannot do Iraq then we can never do Rwanda or Darfur.
Because we need to pick our fights.
And there is nothing immoral about making a list ordered by need and self-interest.
Because, when the world is ever really in trouble, fashionable anti- Americanism will fall away.
For all know that America is not the source of evil in the world.
Because people just like to exaggerate. And nowhere is the human condition more on display than in a democracy.
Because we must learn how to replace chaos with democracy.
Because we won in Afghanistan, whose economy is starting to boom.
Because Iraq must continue to "balance" Iran in that region.
Because we can use a Middle East base.
Because civilization is always effortful.
Because the U.N. will save no one.
Because diplomacy is sometimes the path to a solution, but just as often is not.
Because politics is always war by other means.
Because we must expect only carping and ingratitude and have infinite patience.
Because it is the right thing to do and the sophists' words will vanish with the wind.
Because wordsmiths overestimate words. Because lies, however big, are only temporary.
Thoughts on Tribalism and Change
I have also given much thought to the way we
in the West arrived at our present rule sets. Separation of church
and state, religious freedom, representative government, private
property ownership backed by rule of law, free scientific inquiry,
and minimal government interference in commerce are all things we
more or less take for granted. In fact many of us may not even
recognize that these rule sets are in fact the basis of our freedom
and high standard of living. Many may also not realize that they are
all the antithesis of tribal rule sets. Each of those modern rule
sets were hard won from people who, just like the Islamists, wanted
to maintain the status quo. There was a great deal of quarreling,
fighting, and bloodshed over a period of 400 years before the modern
world slowly adopted the rule sets one by one. Can we expect it to
be any different in the Islamic world?
We have to be realistic. We have been repeatedly attacked by the
Islamists since 1979. They have told us what their intentions are
and we ignore them at our own peril. If history is any guide their
rule sets will not change without violence and this conflict will go
on for many, many years. We have to remind ourselves over and over
that it is a marathon not a sprint.
Whatever way forward we take, it is going to require that the nation
finally have the serious discussion to: 1.Recognize the enemy and
their intentions. 2. Understand that the only way we can stop them
from attacking us is to help them join the modern world where they
can share in the benefits of modernity. If those things can be
understood and accepted, then the national will can be gathered to
do what is necessary politically, diplomatically, and militarily to
win this war.
Confronting the Holocaust deniers in Tehran
Excerpts From Survivor Testimony "WITNESS TO THE TRUTH" Conference:
Toronto: "To those who deny the Holocaust ever happened I would like them to personally explain to me what happened to my 6-year old brother, who was murdered in Auschwitz, to my 33-year old mother, my 36-year old father and to the one and a half million children who did not survive the Holocaust!"
--Sally Wasserman, survived Dobrowa Ghetto, Poland; 8 year-old orphan when liberated
New York: "The philosopher Edmund Burke said, 'For evil to triumph, good men have to do nothing.' I kept my silence until 10 years ago when a Holocaust denier came to Queens College where I work, to talk about whether the Holocaust took place...[Today] if this monster in human form [Ahmadinejad] manages to convince people that the Holocaust didn't take place, future generations will pay for it."
--Karl Schapiro, survivor hidden under floorboards in barn in Poland
Los Angeles: "It's important that people hear our cries and see our tears-that they know. They took everything away from me but I will not allow them to take my memory and my soul."
--Eva Brown, survivor Auschwitz, Plaszow Camps; who lost 60 members of her family December 13, 2006
On 11 December 2006, fifty Survivors gathered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles to chronicle their experiences during the Holocaust for an historic video conference, "Witness to the Truth," which was widely covered by the international media...
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--The fact that it's the first war of the 21st century and notably different from World War I or World War II is also a problem in a sense that it is unfamiliar ground. There are not big armies, navies or air forces contesting, going against another with visible results and unambiguous outcomes.
We have, without question, the finest military on the face of the Earth and indeed in the history of the world. We can't lose a battle, and we haven't, and we won't. But the military alone, given the nature of this struggle, this conflict, can't win alone. There is no way the military can prevail because what we're engaged in is, in a very real sense, a battle of ideas, a struggle within the Muslim faith between the overwhelming majority of mainstream Muslims and a relatively small minority of violent extremists that have access to all the modern technology, off-the-shelf stuff, very lethal weapons -- increasingly lethal and dangerous weapons -- and all the technologies of wire transfers and e-mails and the Internet to communicate with each other. So the absence of a good, clear, readily understandable and indeed preferably visible -- through photographs and images -- of a conflict, of a war, of a struggle that is understandable -- the absence of that creates a notably different environment.
--I personally believe that the consequences of allowing the situation in Iraq to be turned over to terrorists would be so severe and not simply because Iraq with its water and oil and wealth and geographic position and population size and history as a haven to plan attacks on the rest of the world, the moderate regimes in the region, the United States would be so consequential; but because the -- I don't -- the effect in Iraq is one thing, the effect in the region is a second thing, but the implications worldwide in terms of the U.S. ability to provide security for the American people and work effectively with our friends, partners and allies would be diminished.
--But if you asked me what my view would be, it would be that the military can't lose, but the military can't win alone, it simply requires political solutions. They've got to have reconciliation in their country. They simply have to take a series of steps, that they've not yet sufficiently taken.
And that it would be like trying -- set aside World War I, set aside World War II and major air, sea and land battles, think more of the Cold War. At any given moment in the Cold War -- which lasted 50 years -- you couldn't say if you're winning or losing, it's very difficult.
--They aren't straight, smooth paths, they're bumpy roads. They're difficult. The enemy has a brain; they're constantly making adjustments. Here -- I mean if you think of the phases of the Cold War when Eurocommunism was in vogue and when people were demonstrating by the millions against the United States, not against the Soviet Union, and the -- and yet, over time, people found the will to -- both political parties, our country, Western European countries, to persist in a way that ultimately led to victory.
The circumstance we're in today is more like that than it is World War II. And people are going to have to get more familiar with that idea. It's not a happy prospect. But there are people in the world who are determined to destabilize moderate Muslim regimes and reestablish a caliphate across this globe, as they are. And anyone who wants to know about it can go on the Internet and read their own words, what their intent is. They are serious, they are deadly. They are not going to surrender. They're going to have be captured or killed. They're going to have to be dissuaded. People are going to have to be dissuaded from supporting them, from financing them, from assisting in the recruitment, from providing havens for them.
And we're in an environment where we have to fight and win a war where the enemy is in countries that we're not at war with. That is a very complicated thing to do. It doesn't happen fast. It means you've got to invest the time and the effort and the ability, which we -- we don't have the institutions, we don't have the organization, we haven't had the training as a society to rapidly develop the skill sets so that the countries that are cooperative with us develop the capacity and the ability to govern their own real estate, which they don't have.
Asked about what he might have done differently with the benefit of hindsight-
--I guess I don't think I would have called it the war on terror. I don't mean to be critical of those who have or did or -- and certainly I've used the phrase frequently. Why do I say that? I say it because the word "war" conjures up World War II more than it does the Cold War, and it creates a level of expectation of victory and an ending within the 30 or 60 minutes of a soap opera. And it isn't going to happen that way.
Furthermore, it's not a war on terror. Terror is a weapon of choice for extremists who are trying to destabilize regimes and impose their -- in the hands of a small group of clerics, their dark vision on all the people that they can control.
So "war on terror" has a problem for me, and I've worked to try to reduce the extent to which that's used, and increase the extent to which we understand it more as a long war or a struggle or a conflict, not against terrorism but against a relatively small number, but terribly dangerous and lethal, violent extremists. I say "violent extremists" because an extremist that goes off in a closet and is extreme is not bothering people. But an extremist who has those views and insists on imposing them on free people strikes at the very heart of what free people are. They're people who want to be able to get up in the morning and go where they want and say what they want and do what they want, and that is exactly the opposite of the vision of violent extremists.
And the -- I guess the second thing I'd say is that maybe there would be a better way to familiarize and help people better understand the tension that exists between too many or too few troops. The people who argue for more troops often, I think, are thinking World War II, and they're thinking the Weinberger Doctrine, which is valid in a conflict between armies and navies and air forces. The problem with it in the context of a struggle against extremists is that the greater your presence, the more it plays into extremists' lives that you're there to take their oil, that you're there to occupy their nation, that you're there to stay and not leave; that you're basically against Islam as opposed to against extremists, violent extremists. And so there's a tension that people who argue for more, more, more -- as I would be in a conventional conflict -- that they fail to recognize that it can have exactly the opposite effect. It can increase recruiting for extremism, it can increase financing for extremists, it can make more persuasive the lies of the extremists that we're there for their oil or for their water or to take over their countries.
And that tension is -- there's no rule book for it. There's no guide book, there's no map that says to General Casey or General Abizaid what they should recommend to the secretary of Defense and the president as to numbers. The fact of the matter is that it is a fact, whether it happens to fly in the face of the popular media or not, but it is a fact that the level of forces that we have had going into Iraq and every month thereafter, including today, are the number of troops that the commanding generals have recommended. I have not increased them or decreased them over the objections of any general who is in a position of authority with respect to that decision.
Is it the right number? I don't know. Do I have a heck of a lot of confidence in those two folks? Yes. Do I think it's probably right? You bet, or I would have overruled it or made a different recommendation to the president.
But I think they have to walk that line, they have to find that balance so that they do not -- there are two centers of gravity. One is in
If there is a ditch to be dug, an American does not want to sit down and teach an Iraqi how to dig that ditch. He will -- he'll go dig the dad-burned ditch. It'll be a beautiful ditch. But that is not what the task is. The task is get the Iraqis to dig the ditches. And I use it figuratively, obviously.
So you -- on the one hand, you don't want to feed the insurgency. On the other hand, you don't want to create a dependency. So at some point, you've got to take your hand off the bicycle seat. You get the bicycle running down the middle of the street with your youngster on it, and you're pushing and you're holding it up, and you know if you let go -- you go from a full hand to three fingers to two fingers to one finger, and you know if you let go, they might fall. You also know if you don't let go, you're going to end up with a 40-year-old that can't ride a bike. Now, that's not a happy prospect.
Simultaneously, you have the problem here at home. The more troops you have there, the more force protection you need, the more food you need, the more water you need, the more convoys you need, the more airplanes you need, and the more people get killed, the more targets there are. And if -- part of the center of gravity's back here in the
MR. THOMAS: Biggest disappointment?
SEC. RUMSFELD: I think is the inability to help the free people of the world understand that this new century and the struggle we're engaged in is real, is terribly dangerous to their safety, and regrettably, it is not going to be as easily seen in terms of pitched battles.
MR. THOMAS: Think it'll take another 9/11 to make people wake up?
SEC. RUMSFELD: Well, there are people who have written that this administration is the victim of its success and the fact that there hasn't been another attack in the I remember when I was -- shortly after September 11th, I met with the Sultan of Oman in a tent, and it must have been 150 degrees. We were just perspiring through everything on our bodies, every piece of clothing we had on. And he basically said, you know, this terrible, terrible thing that's happened may be a blessing in disguise, that it may be the thing that will wake up the world to the danger that these extremists pose before those people get their hands on chemical or biological or nuclear weapons and where they could kill many multiples of what they were able to kill on September 11th. This is a man sitting in a tent in a desert with that perspective and that understanding of extremism and the dangers of extremism. And it did for a short while, but that threat then diminished, in their minds, whereas it not only has not diminished in reality, it is growing because of the advances in technologies. I mean, you look at the Johns Hopkins exercise with smallpox -- called Dark Winter -- put in, I don't know, three airports in America and something between 800,000 and a million people died within a matter of some number of months or a year from a disease that people are no longer vaccinated against. So I mean, there are these things that can be done. And anyone who -- now, there's a tendency for a lot of people to be dismissive of all of that, and to do it not just once or twice but repeatedly and to ridicule the -- what was the -- Churchill's phrase, "The Gathering Storm" -- there was a storm gathering, but that there were people in Europe who didn't believe it, who didn't take the storm clouds, the periodic storm clouds and the squalls to constitute a real threat. They felt they were transitory, and, of course, paid the penalty, an enormous penalty in treasure, in life in MR. THOMAS: Denial? SEC. RUMSFELD: -- unwilling or unable to accept what an awful lot of people believe to be the case. And, of course, the penalty for being wrong can be enormous. There can be consequences.
SEC. RUMSFELD: Well, there are people who have written that this administration is the victim of its success and the fact that there hasn't been another attack in the
I remember when I was -- shortly after September 11th, I met with the Sultan of Oman in a tent, and it must have been 150 degrees. We were just perspiring through everything on our bodies, every piece of clothing we had on. And he basically said, you know, this terrible, terrible thing that's happened may be a blessing in disguise, that it may be the thing that will wake up the world to the danger that these extremists pose before those people get their hands on chemical or biological or nuclear weapons and where they could kill many multiples of what they were able to kill on September 11th. This is a man sitting in a tent in a desert with that perspective and that understanding of extremism and the dangers of extremism. And it did for a short while, but that threat then diminished, in their minds, whereas it not only has not diminished in reality, it is growing because of the advances in technologies.
I mean, you look at the Johns Hopkins exercise with smallpox -- called Dark Winter -- put in, I don't know, three airports in America and something between 800,000 and a million people died within a matter of some number of months or a year from a disease that people are no longer vaccinated against.
So I mean, there are these things that can be done. And anyone who -- now, there's a tendency for a lot of people to be dismissive of all of that, and to do it not just once or twice but repeatedly and to ridicule the -- what was the -- Churchill's phrase, "The Gathering Storm" -- there was a storm gathering, but that there were people in Europe who didn't believe it, who didn't take the storm clouds, the periodic storm clouds and the squalls to constitute a real threat. They felt they were transitory, and, of course, paid the penalty, an enormous penalty in treasure, in life in
MR. THOMAS: Denial?
SEC. RUMSFELD: -- unwilling or unable to accept what an awful lot of people believe to be the case. And, of course, the penalty for being wrong can be enormous. There can be consequences.