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Saturday, October 20, 2007

CounterJihad Brussels 2007

From the press release:
The first day of the Counterjihad Brussels 2007 conference was held in the European Parliament, and the second day of working groups was held in the Flemish Parliament....
Check out Pamela Geller's report, which includes Robert Spencer's speech on video and other resources.

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Storm Track Infiltration: Jihad in New Jersey


While Pelosi and her gang are trying to limit government surveillance of terrorist communications and local cells, the FBI has been successful using the very same tools the Democrats would like to remove.

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Jihadist Strategies In The War On Terrorism

The following is a transcript of a talk given by Mary R. Habeck, Ph.D., an associate professor of history at Yale University, reprinted with permission from the Heritage Foundation. The talk was originally published in Heritage Foundation's Policy Research and Analysis.

I AM GOING TO BE TALKING about a group of people who are generally known as fundamentalists, extremists, or (as I have grown to call them) "jihadis." The term jihad suggests what they believe their lives are about — holy war that is directed against people they believe are their enemies and the enemies of their way of life.

Yet there is more to what they are doing than simple warfare. In fact, I believe they are involved in a war that has a definite strategy behind it, not simply the sort of random attacks that people talk about all the time. However, if you watch the news it is really hard to see that. You look at the news and you see Muslims being killed, you see churches being attacked, you see Jews being killed. You see all sorts of people being targeted and attacked, and in some cases those attacks seem to be counterproductive. After all, it does not make sense to kill the Muslims that you are trying to win over to your side of the argument. It does not make sense to target churches or other places of worship when all this does is win sympathy for the victims of these attacks.

There are also things like the Madrid attack, which, while it seemed to attain their ends, was accompanied by a second plan for a second attack on April 2 — an attack that, if it had been carried out, would have had nothing to do with the elections, or with Spanish participation in Iraq. In fact, it could not have been sold as anything except an apparently random attack — a counterproductive attack on the Spanish. It might have convinced the Spanish themselves to get re-involved in Iraq, or at least (in some way) with the war on terrorism.

However, I am going to argue that, in fact, this is not true. These are not random attacks; they are not entirely counterproductive. They do have strategies that are rational, systematic, and followed rigorously. Unlike other groups — such as the Anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th century (which really did seem to carry out pretty random attacks), or the Communists (whose pragmatism allowed them to pretty much get away with anything as long as they could make some sort of argument that it was helping the cause) — these new terrorists believe that they have an ideology that is so important that it must be followed rigorously. There are many different groups and each one of them is carrying out its own rational systematic strategy.

To understand each attack, therefore, you have to get into the mindset of the group that carried out that attack and not try to make broad generalizations about jihadis, extremists, or fundamentalists. These are very different people and very different groups with very different arguments about how they should be carrying out their warfare. To understand their arguments and attacks you have to understand their ideology, and in some cases understand theological arguments that they are having with the rest of the Islamic world.


Levels of Strategy

I am going to differentiate in this talk between four different levels of strategy or tactics. First, there are grand strategies; then there are military strategies; operations (or operational art, as some people call it); and then there are tactics. I am only going to be talking about the first two levels here, that is, grand strategies and military strategies.

Grand strategy is basically the same for almost every jihadi group. This is, I think, the only place where you can say that there is something unifying these groups and holding them together. The objective is, almost across the board, the same. They want to restore the greatness of their vision of Islam by defeating every rival to its power. The means by which they are going to attempt this are also the same and fit into this grand strategic vision. They are hoping to create an Islamic state. They all argue about what that means and how it is going to be created, but somewhere they want to create an Islamic state. They also want to defeat all of their rivals through military means — that is, through violence of some sort. Additionally, they hope to win over the rest of the Islamic world to their vision of what Islam is about and how to restore Islam to greatness.

Those three things are the same across the board. If you take a look at these extremist groups, they all agree, at least on those basic principles. The result of this grand strategic vision is that they must take on an immense number of enemies. They must take on, in fact, what they call "The West" (or as some of them say, "the Jewish crusaders"); "the agent rulers" (that is, the rulers in almost every single one of the Muslim states); "the apostates and the heretics," (which means any Muslim that doesn't agree with them as well as the Shi'a groups — because most of the groups I'll be talking about are Sunni). They also have to take on what they call "oppressors," but this is a term that they use in a very specific way and has little to do with the socialist or leftist use of this term. For instance, "oppressors" include all the Hindus in the world.

The military strategies, unlike this grand strategic vision, seem more random. However, the extremists do not attack all of these groups simultaneously. They have, in fact, prioritized which one of these groups has to be attacked first, second, and third; which is the most important; which is the most dangerous; how they are going to carry out these attacks. In other words, they have definite strategies, but differing definite strategies, even about how to carry out these military attacks. Behind the seeming randomness then, even of the military strategies, there are a few basic principles which will help you to understand, when you see on the news that this or that group has carried out an attack on X, Y, or Z, why they might have chosen them and why they might be choosing another group next.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Terrorist Demand - Send me to the Care Rehabilitation Center in Riyadh, and hold my spot at the pool


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Call it the anti-Guantánamo. Young Saudis are captured in Iraq waging jihad against the American infidels. But instead of being shipped off to a bleak detention camp in Cuba, they are dispatched to a cozy chalet an hour outside the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Technically it's a detention center, but no one is forced to wear an orange jumpsuit or a blindfold. And far from being condemned to solitary confinement, its occupants are free to roam the landscaped courtyard and play Ping-Pong, volleyball and video games.

Next time I slit someone's throat, remind to shout Allahu Akbar and wear my dishdasha ...
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Welcome to the Care Rehabilitation Center, part of a three-year-old experiment to reform malleable minds who have fallen under the sway of Osama bin Laden's radical brand of Islam. To get here, jihadis have to demonstrate during a prison interview a readiness to rethink their extremist views. (About 20% of the 1,875 holy warriors invited to participate have refused.) The program, developed by a team of Islamic scholars, psychiatrists and sociologists, tries to convince these men of their mistakes and make them productive members of Saudi society, which has been rocked by terrorism: al-Qaeda attacks have killed 144 people there over the past four years. By not treating the detainees as criminals, the center seeks to avoid reinforcing their radicalism and turning them into role models for more jihadis.

Hey, maybe it's a 12 step program ..and they have to ask forgiveness from Deborah Burlingame

Although the perimeter is guarded by police, the facility feels like a country club or college campus. Detainees have lots of downtime and soda pop. They spend their days in vocational training, psychological counseling and classroom lectures, most of which are given by religious scholars from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, including the center's director, Sheik Ahmed Hamid Jelan. He walks the detainees through religious texts on jihad--a theological minefield, considering that while the Saudi government forbids fighting in Iraq, it once recruited young Saudis like bin Laden to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. The basic difference, Jelan explains to his charges, is that fighting the Soviets served the interests of Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world, while struggling against the U.S. in Iraq does not. "We answer all the questions about al-Qaeda concepts by referring to the Koran and the message of Islam," says Jelan. "We have dialogue. They become convinced."


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Storm Track Infiltration: Illegal Knock-off Funding Terrorism

The financial jihad continues. The Islamists are always looking for ways to fund their jihad. This time it’s through Paraguay. Hat tip to Debra.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Islamic Saudi Academy Again Under Scrutiny

It remains to be seen whether or not anything will come of the recommendation of a federal panel. From this source, October 18, 2007:
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A private Islamic school supported by the Saudi government should be shut down until the U.S. government can ensure the school is not fostering radical Islam, a federal panel recommends.

In a report released Thursday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom broadly criticized what it calls a lack of religious freedom in Saudi society and promotion of religious extremism at Saudi schools.

Particular criticism is leveled at the Islamic Saudi Academy, a private school serving nearly 1,000 students in grades K-12 at two campuses in northern Virginia's Fairfax County....
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Breaking the Shackles

Shire News Network:

This week we talk to two free-thinkers. One is from the UK and the other from the USA and both are trying hard not to be defined by the religion they were born into and have subsequently rejected. Shire Network News senior religious affairs correspondent Tom Paine speaks to two ex-Muslims - Sheila (not her real name for reasons which are probably obvious) who lives in the United States, and Adil Zeshan from the United Kingdom. They talk about why they left, and why the fear the reaction from their former compatriots.

Download the podcast here.

My experience is significantly different, in two ways, than the paths taken by Sheila and Adil Zeshan.

1. I wasn't very religious before leaving Islam. I only prayed when my relatives dragged me to the mosque on either Friday or Eid. I have never fasted. I've enjoyed listening to music since 1988. I don't hate dogs. And so on.

I convinced myself that all these things weren't important because on Judgment Day such rituals won't make a difference. In fact, I thought that most of the tiny Islamic regulations were asinine. Things like: men not allowed to wear gold, divorcing a woman by uttering a few words, the ban on photography, interest being forbidden, gender apartheid...all of it just didn't make any rational or moral sense.

So, I simply neglected almost all of the rules. The crucial synapse didn't click till my late teenage years when I asked: Why do I call myself a Muslim?

2. I have visited a Muslim-majority nation after 9/11. Saudi Arabia, to be precise. There, in December 2001, I was saturated with hatred and loathing for the US. In my dad's workplace, everyone celebrated the news of 9/11 as if the Saudis had won the soccer world cup. Everyone except one Arab. This Saudi was sad because the Twin Towers didn't fall sideways which would have caused more death and carnage.

Here was an event where thousands were instantly obliterated and numerous families were fractured forever. The overall reaction from the center of the Muslim world? Pure, unadulterated joy. I knew then that these Muslims will not genuinely oppose the future atrocities committed by Islamists -- for why would they stand against the evil that brings them so much pleasure?

By January 2002, the final synapse had clicked.

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There's another critical factor which comes into play: Proximity to Muslims. I went to an American high school in my mid-teens and later to a Canadian university. I was surrounded by infidels and I liked it! I wasn't close to my family before but then the connection thinned even more. Upon leaving Islam I didn't have to worry about being cast as an untouchable by both family (they don't know) and society (Canadians don't care about my religious views).

However, many unlucky ones who reside in the Muslim world have to live a dual life. One can imagine that such apostates still go to the mosque and listen to ridiculous sermons. They continue to praise the wretched life of Muhammad as the pinnacle of perfection. They sing the praises of the black hole called sharia while personally finding it abominable. Their minds had imploded on fully realizing the sham of Islam but publicly they don't, nay, they can't share their "impure" thoughts. For in doing so, they would lose their entire support structure -- family, friends, society -- and possibly their life.

For this reason it's important for ex-Muslims in the free world to share their experience and act as shards of light for Westerners who don't have the visceral feel for the evil at the heart of Islam.

It's the least we can do.

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Jeopardy Question is ...How do you spell ISI?

Jeopardy Answer ... who might be the only people to have foreknowledge of the route that Benazir Bhutto would take?

Bhutto's Return Rocked By Explosions

Dozens of people have been killed in two explosions near to where former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was being welcomed home.

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Scene of one blast

Ms Bhutto's truck had just passed when the blasts happened in Karachi, only hours after she ended her eight-year exile.

She was unhurt and has been taken to her house in the city.

But at least 34 people have been killed and around 100 others wounded, police say.

An initial small explosion was followed by a huge blast just feet from the vehicle.

Ms Bhutto's procession was heading to a rally near the tomb of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, when the attacks happened.

Hundreds of thousands of people had lined the route to see her and it is not known if she will attend the rally.

Militants linked to al Qaeda, angered by her support for the US war on terrorism, had threatened to assassinate her.

Earlier, she pledged to fight for democracy as she ended her exile amid chaotic scenes at Karachi airport.

With tears in her eyes as she walked off the plane that had brought her from Dubai, Ms Bhutto waved at supporters and said: "I feel good."

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Achmed the Dead Terrorist

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This Week on The Gathering Storm Radio Show

Listen to the nearly famous Gathering Storm Radio Show, that AlwaysOnWatch and I co-host. The show broadcasts live every Friday for one hour at NOON, Pacific Time.

Friday, October 19: Two interviewees, Mustang and Freedom Fighter, will be joining us for this week's show.

The call-in number is (646) 915-9870.

Callers welcome!

If you are unable to listen live to the radio show, you can listen to recordings of the radio broadcasts later by CLICKING HERE.

The call-in number again is (646) 915-9870. Converse with my co-host and I, chat with our guests or if you must, just air your spleen!
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Storm Track Infiltration: Political Islam Making Inroads in the Netherlands

I know. So what else is new? Well, what’s new is that the Dutch intelligence service may finally be waking up. It seems it doesn’t take a windmill to fall on them to know that something stinks in Holland.

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The First Law of Russian Foreign Policy Dominates ALL


Anything which hurts the USA and its people -
is good for Russia
in the big zero sum great game that doesn't exist.
EVEN IF that means a nuclear detonation in Israel
or the USA
since they have judged
that a full scale nuclear war will not break out.

Oil motive in Iraq, Putin says
MOSCOW, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said the motives for U.S.-led operations in Iraq centered on control over the country's oil reserves.

“In my opinion, one of the goals, of course, was to put that country’s oil under control,” Putin said in a call-in interview with Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency.

Putin said there was speculation over similar motives regarding Russia’s oil reserves but noted the situation in Iraq cast a shadow over such motives, Interfax said.


US should set a date for Iraq withdrawal: Putin
The United States should set a date for its final pull-out from Iraq to force the war-torn country's leadership to build up its security forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"The Americans say you should not name a date for withdrawal. I think this should be done because unless it is done the Iraqi leadership feels under a US umbrella and won't rush to build up its own security forces," Putin said during a televised question-and-answer session.

He warned Washington against striking Iran, whose nuclear programme has been the subject of United Nations sanctions.

Touching on Washington's plans for a missile defence shield in Europe and Asia, which have angered Russia, Putin said the United States was trying to address Moscow's concerns.

But he said Russia may decide to re-deploy its weapons if its interests were not heeded sufficiently.

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Message to Iraq : So long and thanks for all the fish


Iraqi Contracts With Iran and China Concern U.S.

BAGHDAD, Oct. 17 — Iraq has agreed to award $1.1 billion in contracts to Iranian and Chinese companies to build a pair of enormous power plants, the Iraqi electricity minister said Tuesday.

Word of the project prompted serious concerns among American military officials, who fear that Iranian commercial investments can mask military activities at a time of heightened tension with Iran.

The Iraqi electricity minister, Karim Wahid, said that the Iranian project would be built in Sadr City, a Shiite enclave in Baghdad that is controlled by followers of the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr. He added that Iran had also agreed to provide cheap electricity from its own grid to southern Iraq, and to build a large power plant essentially free of charge in an area between the two southern Shiite holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.

The expansion of ties between Iraq and Iran comes as the United States and Iran clash on nuclear issues and about what American officials have repeatedly said is Iranian support for armed groups in Iraq. American officials have charged that Iranians, through the international military wing known as the Quds Force, are particularly active in support of elite elements of the Mahdi Army, a militia largely controlled by Mr. Sadr.

And then the money line:

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An American military official in Baghdad said that while he had no specific knowledge of the power plant contracts, any expansion of Iranian interests was a concern for the military here.

Is there any point to all this? Create fortified bases in northern Iraq. MAYBE there is a chance for a democracy there. The Sunnis now depend on us for protection from the revenging Shia militias (they need us, not the reverse), dominated by people like Sadr who will NEVER be democratic allies of the USA, and certainly not of a polyglot, multi-religion American people.

We got rid of Saddam. We helped them to vote, and they did so several times. Al Qaeda has been decimated. These elected people in the govt are not even TRYING to be allies against our enemies. They are not allies.

Fine. We respect that vote. C-YA later.

Oh, and a slim reminder ...

Don't make us come back again. We'll be really angry with YOU ALL for the obvious reasons which will make us do something like that. You won't like us if we are angry that way.

Of the two new projects Iraq has agreed to finance, Mr. Wahid said, the largest is a $940 million power plant in Wasit to be built by a Chinese company, which he said was named Shanghai Heavy Industry. That project would pump some 1,300 megawatts of electricity into the Iraqi grid. For comparison, all of the plants currently connected to Iraq’s grid produce a total of roughly 5,000 megawatts.
And we'll be providing security for this? Or since the 'Iraqi Shia IRGC' is responsible will there even be a need?

What a farce !
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More evidence of the amoral political judgement of capital upon the USA


Previously I have expounded here on the commentless, wordless, expression of the force and nature, and MOTION of capital, and what the underlying meaning is. The force of nature, capital, like a flood, has no ability to acknowledge friendship, democracy, religion, personality

While one can complain about the lack of savings here as a metric of lack of self control leading to these things, that may turnout to be minor compared to the average American's drive to succeed, and therefore HAVE as a corollary, as the key to why economics really is never a zero sum game, if we play. To succeed we invent, conspire and bludgeon towards what never was, and never would be without us.

money_tree5.jpgNever the less, lack of resolve in Washington, lack of SEEING WHAT IS, is driving others to take self protective measures which say far more than any stupid press release, political comment, or bellicose semi secret atomic messages.

Our failure to acknowledge the nature of what we face, and our manifest failure to seriously invent and bludgeon our way out of economic energy dependency on the very people who mean us ill, for religious reasons, say all that needs to be said to those who wish to protect their assets
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In short, we are not leading, we are drifting and the enemy despite what it looks like, has a playbook. AND, there is no change in sight. The motion of capital is a clear symptom and corollary of its determination to survive.

Japan and China lead flight from the dollar


By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
Last Updated: 12:26am BST 18/10/2007

Japan and China led a record withdrawl of foreign funds from the United States in August, heightening fears of a fresh slide in the dollar and a spike in US bond yields.

Data from the US Treasury showed outflows of $163bn (£80bn) from all forms of US investments. "These numbers are absolutely stunning," said Marc Ostwald, an economist at Insinger de Beaufort.

Asian investors dumped $52bn worth of US Treasury bonds alone, led by Japan ($23bn), China ($14.2bn) and Taiwan ($5bn). It is the first time since 1998 that foreigners have, on balance, sold Treasuries.

Mr Ostwald warned that US bond yields could start to rise again unless the outflows reverse quickly. "Woe betide US Treasuries if inflation does not remain benign," he said.

The release comes a day after the IMF warned that the dollar was still overvalued and likely to face "some depreciation in the medium term".

The dollar's short-lived rally over recent days stopped abruptly on the data, increasing pressure on US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to shore up Washington's "strong dollar" rhetoric at the G7 summit this week.

The Greenback has already fallen below parity against the Canadian Loonie for the first time since 1976 and has touched record lows against a global basket. It closed at $2.032 against the pound.

Now I seem to remember WHO was elected president back then, and what THAT lead to. 22 Gia Long St, was April 1975, and Iran was 1979. Those events boxed the highest combined unemployment and inflation rates in modern times. A JUDGMENT

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Plus Ca Change, Plus C'est La Meme Chose, baby


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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Iran a "special message" on its disputed atomic program and other issues, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator was quoted as saying on Wednesday, without giving details.

IF YOU BUILD IT, HE WILL COME

Putin's visit to Tehran on Tuesday was watched closely because of Moscow's possible leverage in the Islamic Republic's nuclear row with the West. It was the first time a Kremlin chief went to Iran since Josef Stalin in 1943.



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Poll: Some Germans See Good in Nazi Rule

BERLIN (AP) - A quarter of Germans believe there were some positive aspects to Nazi rule, according to a poll published Wednesday—a finding that comes after a popular talk show host was fired for praising Nazi Germany's attitude toward motherhood

Pollsters for the Forsa agency, commissioned by the weekly magazine Stern, asked whether National Socialism also had some "good sides (such as) the construction of the highway system, the elimination of unemployment, the low criminality rate (and) the encouragement of the family."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ronald Reagan on Appeasement

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Storm Track Disinformation: This is What Passes As Academic Thinking in the West

A blog for students engaged in doctoral studies in the field of human rights, called PhD studies in human rights, posted and article entitled “Muslim World Journal of Human Rights” (Now there’s a contradiction in terms) in which it links to an article by Barb Rieffer-Flanagan, entitled "Improving Democracy in Religious Nation-States: Norms of Moderation and Cooperation in Ireland and Iran". Quite a mouthful but your thesis has to sound impressive for the pinheads in academia to hold any water.

At any rate, you read that right. She’s comparing Ireland to Iran! And get this. She posits that the same process that transpired in Ireland between Protestants and Catholics could be used to move Iran towards civil rights in that country.

And you wonder why academics have no clue as to what’s really happening in the world. I’d love to be on her thesis committee.

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Armenian Genocide ? “I think it is a good resolution and horrible timing” House Dem from Arkansas


What a total clusterf*ck!

Can competing motives, partisan desires, and sheer ego make things worse? (Well actually, check out 1830-1860). Frankly, I would have a hard time voting for this TODAY, because of our men, and our needs vs Iran (and in Iraq), but let me tell you, I predict the Turks have dug a DEEP HOLE for themselves in the heart of the American people with this. Perhaps we would be far better off with a Kurdistan, and unconditional allies (at least for now).

Support Wanes in House for Genocide Vote

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 — Worried about antagonizing Turkish leaders, House members from both parties have begun to withdraw their support from a resolution supported by the Democratic leadership that would condemn as genocide the mass killings of Armenians nearly a century ago.

Almost a dozen lawmakers had shifted against the measure over the last 24 hours, accelerating a sudden exodus that has cast deep doubt over the measure’s prospects. Some representatives made clear that they were heeding warnings from the White House, which has called the measure dangerously provocative, and from the Turkish government, which has said House passage would prompt Turkey to reconsider its ties to the United States, including logistical support for the Iraq war.

Until today, the resolution appeared to be on a path to House passage, with strong support from the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California. It was approved last week by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But this evening, a group of group of senior House Democrats had made it known they were planning to ask the leadership to drop plans for a vote on the measure.

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“Turkey obviously feels they are getting poked in the eye over something that happened a century ago, and maybe this isn’t a good time to be doing that,” said Representative Allen Boyd, a Florida Democrat who dropped his sponsorship of the resolution Monday night. .

Others who took the same action said that while they deplored the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, beginning in 1915, the modern-day consequences in the Middle East could not be overlooked.

“We simply cannot allow the grievances of the past — as real as they may be — to in any way derail our efforts to prevent further atrocities for future history books,” said Representative Wally Herger, Republican of California.

“I think it is a good resolution and horrible timing,” said Representative Mike Ross, Democrat of Arkansas.

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Dhimmi Brown Sends His Greetings to the Muslim Community on the Occasion of Eid ul-Fitr

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Cozying Up

Excerpt from this article in the October 17, 2007 edition of the Washington Times (emphases mine):

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday warned against a U.S. military strike against Iran and invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to make a precedent-setting visit to Moscow — dealing another blow to U.S. hopes of isolating the regime in Tehran.

Mr. Putin issued the invitation on the sidelines of a summit in Tehran of the five nations bordering the Caspian Sea.

His trip to the Iranian capital was the first by a Kremlin leader since Josef Stalin visited there in 1943 to participate in an Allied conference to plan for a postwar world.

In a final declaration, the Caspian nations backed Mr. Putin's call, saying "under no circumstances will they allow [the use of their] territories by third countries to launch aggression or other military action against any of the member states."

The participants also backed the rights of signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty — which includes Iran — to develop peaceful nuclear
energy....
A bit more detail from this article in the Washington Post (emphases mine):

Putin has said there is no evidence that Iran's nuclear program has a military dimension, but the Kremlin nonetheless has delayed construction of a nuclear power plant in Iran, ostensibly because of a financial dispute. Many analysts here say the Kremlin was angered by Iran's unwillingness to accept a Russian proposal to enrich uranium, on Russian soil, for Iran's needs.

Putin refused to say if the plant could begin operation before he leaves office next year.

"I only gave promises to my mom when I was a small boy," Putin told Iranian reporters. "At the same time, we are not going to renounce our obligations."

Ahmadinejad and the mullahs of Iran have their own agenda. Putin has his as well. Where will this Russia-Iran alliance lead the rest of the world? It seems to me that the world just became a more dangerous place.

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Today's stupid new left claim about the right


You know, only someone of the new left could consider me some kind of right winger (and they do). But if the new left is invading what used to be the democratic party, as it seems, via the Open Society Institute Networks and its affiliates, INCLUDING Mrs. Clinton, perhaps one day I will be.

Every iteration of this cycle becomes more excessive.
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The last three, the Bill 'blacks in fine restaurants don't shout nigga' O'Reilly, Rush 'hates GI's who dissent' Limbaugh, and Ann 'wipe out the jewish religion' Coulter, established new records for making asses out of the claimants in their 'all about me' marketing effort to change our frame of reference.

Now comes this:
Air America host Randi Rhodes
was or wasn't mugged,
and if she was it was a plot by the right
to silence the left

What are the facts this time?

Air America host Randi Rhodes wasn't mugged


Air America radio host Randi Rhodes is temporarily off the air, but claims she was brutally attacked near her Manhattan apartment are bogus, her lawyer and a police source said today.

Fellow host Jon Elliott claimed on the liberal radio network that Rhodes had been mugged while walking her dog, Simon, on Sunday night. Elliot, who said Rhodes lost several teeth in the attack, waxed about a possible conspiracy.

"Is this an attempt by the right-wing, hate machine to silence one of our own?" he asked on the air, according to Talking Radio, a blog. "Are we threatening them? Are they afraid that we’re winning? Are they trying to silence intimidate us?"

A police source said Rhodes never filed a report and never claimed to be the victim of a mugging. Cops from Manhattan's 17th Precinct called her attorney, who told them Rhodes was not a victim of a crime, the source said.

Rhodes' lawyer told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog.
How to make the Center into the Right, courtesy of the 'we never really understood Alinsky, MOVEON, SOROS democratic party'

That all you got?

WWHST SAY?

You complete morons !
"What the %$#$ is WRONG with you people?? Are you that SICK in the head that just because you don’t agree with someone’s political views you believe that they deserve to be mugged? Are you on the right that DEMENTED??," a blogger called neddlenosehanty posted on watchingthewatchers.org.
Go on, keep going ...
To think I used to believe that the John 'fluoride in the water is a Communist Conspiracy' Birch Society totally discredited the ideas of the right.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Al Gore’s “Pulp Fiction”

Guest Commentary by Edward Cline:

As years go by the idea of Nobel Prizes for peace and literature becomes more and more lunatic. The criteria by which literature is measured and recognized by the Norwegian Nobel Committee remain unfathomable to an outside but critical observer. This year the Prize for literature went to Doris Lessing, a British author who wrote stories with ever-in-vogue feminist themes.

But the individuals who screen nominees and award the Prizes for literature could just as well as sit on award committees for the Guggenheim or MacArthur Foundations, whose criteria for giving away lots of tax-free money are similarly eclectic, eminently subjective, “socially relevant,” and focused on the obscure and banal because they are obscure and banal. The standards of what anymore is judged literarily important have been plummeting as fast as a skydiver in a tangled parachute.

The Nobel Memorial Prize in economics, established in 1968 by the Swedish central bank and conferred by it, has invariably gone to economists who disparage or are ignorant of capitalism, or who are not consistent advocates of it, such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek.

Only the criteria for the Prizes for medicine, chemistry and physics have retained some semblance of objectivity. But that will change, now that science has become increasingly politicized, that is, now that scientific truths are established, not by empirical evidence, but by consensus. And when politics applies those consensus-based, reality defying “truths” to life, the results have been disastrous.

It was a “scientific cultural consensus” in Germany that Jews were sub-human parasites who were destroying the country. This was an “Aryan truth” responsible for the Holocaust. Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, a Soviet agronomist and pseudo-geneticist, claimed that acquired characteristics could be inherited in crops (just as the bourgeois had acquired their own irreversible characteristics, requiring their eradication in Soviet Russia). This was a “Soviet truth” that conformed to Marxist ideology and the Party line. It resulted in drastic crop reductions and chronic famine.

When it comes to rewarding accomplishments in the abstract, normative realm, the successive Committees that vet nominees for the Peace Prize have apparently been spinning their judgmental wheels since 1901. In establishing the conditions for awarding this Prize, Alfred Nobel stipulated in his will that it go to the individual who had done “the most or the best work for fraternity among nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the holding and promotion of peace conferences.”

The problem is that neither Nobel nor any of his succession of executors of the Peace Prize has ever had any fundamental knowledge of the requirements of “peace.” “Fraternity among nations” is possible only if those nations are free nations, nations that feature governments that have at least a nominal respect for individual rights and a judiciary that protects them. Volunteer standing armies may be necessary for those nations as protection from or deterrents against aggressor nations. Peace conferences are not be necessary among nations not bent on conquest or territorial expansion, although alliances may be formed between free nations to oppose or fight outlaw, criminal governments that are so inclined.

It is important to note that the Committee that reviews nominees for the Peace Prize is composed of five individuals elected by the Norwegian parliament. Norway is a socialist country, so it is logical that career socialists and collectivists would favor any person or institution that worked for peace for the sake of peace, regardless of kinds of individual accomplishments (as long as they are selfless and altruistic), the nature of a conflict or of the character of the disputing parties. This explains why the Prize has been awarded to an unsavory collection of thugs, criminals, “saints,” charlatans, and fools.

In terms of conflict between nations, “peace,” to these individuals, as well as to their moral and political ilk ranging from Jimmy Carter to Condoleezza Rice and George Bush, is a Platonic condition to be achieved between antagonistic parties by means of compromise, concession, or even surrender. “Peace” is the “higher” principle to pursue, higher than the principle of a nation’s self-preservation in the face of conquest or destruction. Since these individuals regard the desire for self-defense or self-preservation against brute force as a purely “subjective” or selfish motive, the rational and the irrational are placed on the same plane, on which, by their moral criteria, the selfish must always defer to the unselfish.

Thus, for example, to the peaceniks, the desire of Palestinians to swallow chunks of Israel is just as legitimate a cause as Israel wanting to preserve its existence against governments and gangs that wish to dismember it or completely erase it – perhaps even more legitimate, since the Palestinians are stateless, poor and needy, while Israel is a prosperous, relatively free country.

To the peaceniks, the historic circumstances of Israel and the Palestinians are irrelevant. In order to stave off the chimera of violence and war, both parties must be brought to the negotiating table and persuaded to compromise. Bush, Rice and the State Department wish Israel to surrender large sections of its territory to create a Palestinian state, knowing full well, but not conceding it in public, that such a state would merely serve as a launching site for Hamas and Hezbollah to attack and destroy Israel.

But it is Israel that is asked to compromise, while the Palestinians have nothing to compromise but their urge to kill. The peril in which Israel is placed is of no concern to the peaceniks; violence must be avoided at all costs, even at the cost of Israel’s existence. The classic instance of pursuing peace for the sake of peace and avoiding violence is Neville Chamberlain’s surrender to Hitler in Munich.

All that being said, what has Al Gore’s campaign against global warming to do with “peace,” vis-à-vis Alfred Nobel’s good intentions? In a fairly ludicrous and patently desperate stretch of semantics, Jan Egeland, a Norwegian peace mediator and former U.N. undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, offered an explanation. According to an Associated Press release on October 12, the day it was announced that Gore had won the Peace Prize, he said,

“It is a question of war and peace. We’re already seeing the first climate wars, in the Sahel belt of Africa.”

“He said that nomads and herders are in conflict with farmers,” reported the AP item, “because the changing climate has brought drought and a shortage of fertile lands.”

Omitted from his account is the fact that the Sahel Crescent, located between the spreading Sahara desert and the wetter tropical regions to the south, has been in drought conditions since the 1960’s, and also the fact that billions of dollars in indiscriminately strewn international aid have not improved conditions there one iota. Perhaps in pre-history it got more than rainfall than the contemporary, recorded annual averages of between four and eight inches through summer and fall.

Egeland also neglected to mention the increase in population in the Sahel, a population existing in an altruist purgatory made possible by anti-cause and effect international aid. Much of the African continent is on a Western welfare system, and as a Kenyan economist recently explained, conditions will never improve as long as the West keeps sending it aid. This fellow will never be a serious candidate for the Peace Prize. He spoke a truth and pleaded with the West to stop being so “caring.”

By awarding Gore the Peace Prize, which he will share with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Nobel Committee revealed itself as being on the same intellectual level – a very, very low and clueless one – as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which earlier this year awarded an Oscar to Gore’s propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth. One can imagine that the Committee members were as impressed by that instance of agitprop as they might have been (and possibly actually were) by Hollywood’s past environmental efforts, such as The Day After Tomorrow, Day of the Animals, Frogs, Soylent Green, The Pelican Brief, and Silent Running, to name but a few “let’s blame man” eco-disaster films.

Propaganda is not necessarily an evil form of communication. It is an extreme, stylized distillation of concepts to perceptual concretes of a group’s position or cause in words, pictures, or both. Its purpose is not to inform men of facts or to educate them, but to alert them to or remind them of an issue. The issue may be genuine or false; that is, it may be governed by facts, falsehoods, or a stew of facts and falsehoods. Political cartoons skirt the definition of propaganda, and an argument could be made that they are a form of propaganda.

Even without a British High Court’s ruling this month that An Inconvenient Truth is largely a high-tech tissue of lies and misinformation, and that students shown the film in class must be advised of eleven major “inaccuracies” (a kind term for fabrications) in the film, not only the film but the whole issue of global warming, whether or not it is occurring, and if it is, what is causing it, has been stirring up another kind of “climate war” between believers and skeptics that has gone on for years.

On one side are the believers in anthropogenic (man-caused) global warming, armed with statistics and findings they claim prove man is causing the phenomenon. These have the ear and voice of most of the disaster-and-crisis-obsessed news media. On the other side are climatologists and meteorologists who claim that if global warming is occurring, man has little or nothing to do with it, and they, too, are armed with statistics and findings. They do not have the ear and voice the news media, because they are not posing as oracles of disaster and crises. Some of the latter cannot be justly labeled “skeptics,” because they are certain of their findings.

The believers indulge in histrionics and demand that governments impose controls and restrictions on especially industrialized nations to arrest or reverse global warming. The skeptics or “deniers” of anthropogenic global warming, eschewing thespian ambitions, and respecting and relying on human intelligence, simply offer their counter-arguments and positions to anyone who will listen, hoping that reason and truth will win out the end.

They do not think any action need be taken by either governments or panicked citizens. Indeed, they contend that any drastic, fiat actions taken by governments would result in an infinitesimal reduction in “greenhouse gases,” hardly measurable and certainly not worth the likely trillions of dollars such totalitarian measures would cause in lost production and standards of living. (As an illustration of the pathetic, impressionable ignorance rampant in the media, Roger Ebert, the movie critic, when he came home from first seeing An Inconvenient Truth, immediately turned off all his lights. One could say that he remains “in the dark.”)

Needless to say, the skeptics and deniers do not get much press, friendly or unfriendly. What they have to say, which is the truth, is not what politicians and the media want to hear. (This is another instance of how “science” can be politicized.) The number of “skeptics” and “deniers” is unknown, chiefly because of the “climate of fear” that exists. Too many climatologists and scientists in related fields are afraid to buck the “truth” and perhaps lose their grants, jobs, or careers.

One meteorologist who is not afraid is Dr. William Gray, retired, famous for his hurricane forecasts, who addressed an audience of 300 at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte recently. The Courier Mail of October 13 (“Gore’s climate theory savaged”) reported that:

“Gray, whose annual forecasts of the number of tropical storms and hurricanes are widely publicized, said instead that a natural cycle of ocean water temperatures – related to the amount of salt in ocean water – is responsible for global warming that he acknowledges has taken place….However, he said, that same cycle means a period of global cooling will begin soon and last for several years.”

Countering another of Gore’s assertions, that man-caused global warming has caused an increase in hurricanes, the article reported that Gray “cited statistics, showing there were 101 hurricanes from 1900-1949, in a period of cooler global temperatures, compared to 83 from 1957-2006, when the earth warmed.”

“’The human impact on the atmosphere is simply too small to have a major effect on global temperatures,’ Gray said. He said his beliefs have made him an outsider in popular science.

“’It bothers me that my fellow scientists are not speaking out against something they know is wrong,’” said Gray. ‘But they also know that they’d never get any grants if they spoke out. I don’t care about grants.’”

He cares about the truth, and alluded in his talk to self-censorship by extortion and a fraternity of cowards.

Before Gore’s covinous movie won either an Oscar or a Peace Prize, Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow in Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in September 2006 took the film apart nearly frame by frame, assertion by assertion. Among a multitude of things, he points out that Gore:

§ “Calls carbon dioxide [CO2] the ‘most important greenhouse gas.’ Water vapor is the leading contributor to the greenhouse effect.”
§ “Claims that Venus is too hot and Mars too cold to support life due to differences in atmospheric CO2 concentrations (they are nearly identical), rather than differences in atmospheric densities and distances from the Sun (huge).”
§ “Claims that global warming is drying out soils all over the world, whereas pan evaporation studies (which measure the rate of evaporation from open pans of water) indicate that, in general, the Earth’s surface is becoming wetter.”
§ “Blames global warming for pine beetle infestations that likely have more to do with increased forest density [as a consequence of environmentalist policies, “Woodman, spare that tree! It has rights!”] and plain old mismanagement [again, management dominated in the forestry and national park bureaucracies by environmentalist policies].”
§ “Blames global warming for a ‘mass extinction crisis’ that is not, in fact, occurring.”
§ “Claims that sea level rise could be many times larger and more rapid ‘depending on the choices we make or do not make now’ concerning global warming. Not so. The most aggressive choice America could make now would be to join Europe in implementing the Kyoto Protocol. Assuming the science underpinning Kyoto is correct [or objectively validated], the treaty would avert only 1 cm of sea level rise by 2050 and 2.5 cm by 2100.”
§ “Claims that the European Union’s emission trading system [linked to Kyoto] is working ‘effectively.’ In fact, the ETS is not reducing emissions, [it] will transfer an estimated £1.5 billion from British firms to competitors in countries with weaker controls, [it] has enabled oil companies to profit at the expense of hospitals and schools, and [it] has been an administrative nightmare for small firms.” [Britain is a “have,” and so is guilty and must be punished; competitors and “have not” countries are needy, and must be rewarded with being let off the totalitarian hook. Imagine the consequences in the U.S. if it ever becomes party to the looters’ philosophy of the Kyoto Protocol.]

These are seven of the ninety-three points that Lewis raises and discusses in his paper, which is nothing less than a complete shredding of Gore’s thesis (square brackets contain my observations). His paper, “A Skeptic’s Guide to An Inconvenient Truth,” may be read in its entirety at the CEI’s site at http://cei.org/.

For the report on the British High Court’s ruling on Gore’s movie, go to http://newsbusters.org/node/16209/print.

For what one CNN weather forecaster has to say about the movie, go to http://rawstory.com/news/2007/CNN_weatherman_applauds_global_warming_skepticism_1004.html.

And as a counter Power Point Presentation about the Earth, climate, and the hoax of anthropogenic global warming (Gore's original production was a slide show), go online to http://www.darylscience.com/GW.ppt#2561,1,Globa_Warming;_A_Semi-Educated_Rebuttal. If Marlo Lewis’s paper shreds Gore’s thesis, this ten-minute presentation further reduces it to atoms.

The Courier Mail article on Dr. William Gray’s stand against psuedo-science, which is the least unbiased report I could find, can be read at http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,22579081-5003419,00.html. It is significant that this report appears in an Australian newspaper, not a cowed American one. But then most American papers were afraid to reprint the Danish Mohammad cartoons, out of “respect” for the religion. Well, a lot of people “respected” Al Capone, Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin, and it wasn’t from love.

It is interesting to note that it was Hollywood that made Gore’s movie possible, and not any special marketing savvy of the former vice-president’s. (At least he hasn’t claimed any.) According to a Los Angeles Times article of October 13, “Even better than an Oscar,”

“Hollywood has been credited for playing a major role in the efforts that led to Gore’s [Peace Prize] award Friday.” Laurie David, apparently a power behind putting Gore on a studio blue screen, “saw Gore’s slide show on global warming at a private Los Angeles presentation in 2004. She immediately asked Pulp Fiction producer Lawrence Bender to get involved. They approached Burns [Scott Burns, a producer of An Inconvenient Truth] and director Davis Guggenheim, then set up a pitch session with Gore at a hotel in San Francisco in spring 2005….Participant Productions – founded by EBay pioneer Jeff Skoll – came onboard with financing, and Guggenheim immediately went to work…..John Lesher, the newly installed head of Paramount Pictures’ specialty film division, made the documentary one of his first purchases.”

That figures. Leave it to West Coast, anti-American lefties to help a failed politician perpetrate a fraud, a big lie. It is also noteworthy that Laurie David immediately contacted Bender, producer of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction, an episodic collection of stories about Los Angeles low-life criminals. Who better, she must have thought, to help pull off a celluloid non sequitur?

In “The Worm and the Spider,” a review I wrote of Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction for the May 1995 Intellectual Activist (and which also appeared in the April 9, 1995 Las Vegas Review-Journal), I noted Bender’s (and director Tarantino’s) contempt for plot and logic, and his penchant for mindless violence, mayhem, and obscenities. It is a short cinematic journey, in terms of man-hating “art,” from depicting the nihilism of brutes to the nihilism of environmentalism.

From one perspective, one cannot help but view Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth as his vengeance for having lost the 2000 election to George W. Bush. Perhaps he wishes to punish America and Americans for having denied him the White House, from which he could have more easily imposed his (not our, what’s this “we” business?) environmentalist “choices” without having to resort to a slide show.

From a more fundamental perspective, however, environmentalism, which has become a no-questions-permissible secular religion (and the last graspable straw of the left wing), is Gore’s Allah, to which he is urging everyone to bow – or else.

Crossposted at The Dougout

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Storm Track Disinformation: "It Is Not Easy to Defeat Islam, But It Is Easy to Live With It."


“Islam and the Living is Easy”

My apologies to Porgy and Bess.

According to OSCE Chairman Miguel Angel Moratinos, that’s what he advised the residents of Western countries which had Muslim populations. OSCE stands for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Of course, if you’re a regular follower of the anti-jihadist movement in the blogospher, you know that to live easily with Islam – is easy. Just do what Islam means – submit and you shall have peace.

And the bull gets even deeper from Mr. Moratinos.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

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The Land of Intolerance

Tarek Heggy: If I were a Shi'ite from Saudi Arabia.

If I were a Shi'ite from Saudi Arabia, I would make a huge commotion in the world, because the government spends millions of dollars on building thousands of mosques throughout the kingdom, but the Saudi government has not shared [in the costs] of building a single Shi'ite mosque or a single Husainiya since the establishment of the state. In addition, the Shi'ites are prevented from building their mosques and Husainiyas with their own funds, and they are punished for practicing their religious rituals - even though all the country's oil resources are pumped from their regions.

This is true for all non-Wahabbi religious affiliation. One cannot build a church, Hindu mandir or a synagogue in Saudi Arabia.

If I were a Shi'ite from Saudi Arabia, I would publish articles, one after another, about how the [Saudi] media ignores matters [concerning me] and my religious holidays - as if I and the Shi'ites did not exist in Saudi Arabia.

Many Christians, from Western nations, work in the oil industry in Saudi Arabia. Some years ago, Saudi Aramco gave them time off for Christmas which caused volcanic eruptions from the religious fanatics, so much so that Aramco reversed its decision. In its place, Aramco gave an extra week off for vacation to Western workers...which they largely utilized for Christmas.

It's not just religious events. Here's the Saudi position on Valentine's Day:

Each year shortly before Feb. 14, the country's religious police mobilize, heading out to hunt for — and confiscate — red roses, red teddy bears and any signs of a heart. In a country where Valentine's Day is banned, ordinary Saudis find they must skirt the law to spoil their sweetheart.

Back to Tarek Heggy:

If I were a Shi'ite from Saudi Arabia, I would make my voice heard in the world, because since the kingdom's establishment to the present day, there has been no Shi'ite minister appointed in the country - and, as of this writing, they [i.e the Shi'ites] are barred from working in the Foreign Ministry, the army, the armed forces, and the National Guard.

The Saudis employ millions of foreign workers, many of whom are Third Country Nationals (TCNs). These men and women come from mostly Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and numerous African nations. Many spend more than a decade in the country. Yet, jobs in the government are not open to them. They are paid 33-50% of the wages for the same work done by an Arab. The Saudi legal system is stacked against them. As Human Rights Watch puts it, "[...] migrant workers in the purportedly modern society that the kingdom has become continue to suffer extreme forms of labor exploitation that sometimes rise to slavery-like conditions."

Furthermore, these laborers are barred from buying property. They have to rent their living space. Saudi landlords have no qualms about raising the rent prices by 20% or more after a year which often causes these workers to move to a new place numerous times during their stay in the kingdom.

The vast majority of such workers are Muslim. When the Saudis treat their own "brothers" in such a lovely manner, it's hard to imagine what their behavior would be like to the much loathed kafir.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Story of the Middle East in the Modern World in ONE SAD SENTENCE


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KABUL, Afghanistan - AP - A mother who tried to stop her son from carrying out a suicide bomb attack triggered an explosion in the family's home in southern Afghanistan that killed the would-be bomber, his mother and three siblings, police said Monday.

Is this all there is?
Is this the modern world's only possible connection to the middle east?

The would-be bomber had been studying at a madrassa, or religious school, in Pakistan, and when he returned to his home in Uruzgan province over the weekend announced that he planned to carry out a suicide attack, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said.

Surviving family members told police that the suicide vest exploded during a struggle between the mother and her son, said Juma Gul Himat, Uruzgan's police chief. The man's brother and two sisters were also killed.

Family members said the would-be bomber gave his family $3,600 before telling them he intended to carry out the attack, Himat said.

Someplace the message of this God has been lost. It's almost as if some other entirely different deity has been channeled.

One of these days the person who would have given birth to a great human who could change everything will be obliterated.
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An egregious example of press laziness and distortion ... torture.

Thank you Judge Napolitano for the impetus on this one.
A few days ago the 'Judge' in Brian and the Judge when considering the legalities and technicalities of torture and it's definition remarked in a question to a listener that Harry Truman tried people for waterboarding.

This got me thinking, since as an icon to me anyway, and as a paragon of common sense, american ideology and liberalism, if waterboarding was in Harry's mind, torture I wanted to know his reasoning and the details.

Well here is the case...
Yukio Asano. 1947.
Defendant: Asano, Yukio

Docket Date: 53/ May 1 - 28, 1947, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: Violation of the Laws and Customs of War: 1. Did willfully and unlawfully mistreat and torture PWs. 2. Did unlawfully take and convert to his own use Red Cross packages and supplies intended for PWs.

Specifications:beating using hands, fists, club; kicking; water torture; burning using cigarettes; strapping on a stretcher head downward

Verdict: 15 years CHL

More ...one count apparently documents this on a US civilian held prisoner, as well as POW's.

Now here is the link to the Washington Post story about this ... nowhere in this article which clearly is used to say that if waterboarding was torture for HST it ought to be for Bush, does the word "burn" occur. Nowhere does the word "beating" occur.

Ted Kennedy they reported said ...."Asano was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) told his colleagues last Thursday during the debate on military commissions legislation. "We punished people with 15 years of hard labor when waterboarding was used against Americans in World War II," he said.

Bye the bye, they also mention this ...In the post-Vietnam period, the Navy SEALs and some Army Special Forces used a form of waterboarding with trainees to prepare them to resist interrogation if captured. The waterboarding proved so successful in breaking their will, says one former Navy captain familiar with the practice, "they stopped using it because it hurt morale."

In no article I have found have the other crimes been mentioned. Thus the only excuse besides deliberate distortion available to the press at large, is utter laziness, and a will to believe the distorted work of others supplying information to the press in a Ratheresque rush to do harm to reality.

I cannot say if this man, had he carried out what we did to our own men in training ALONE, and not inverted, would have been found guilty and sentenced to 15 years, but I CAN say that the list as complete is appalling and criminal without doubt.

No article save for the original archive source has made this effort to represent the whole truth and this was found in a 30 second look see.

I have come no closer to a decision on waterboarding (solely in extremis to obtain information to save the lives of american civilians not otherwise at risk ...not for confessions, not for intimidation) as torture, but nothing yet I have seen on Harry Truman or FDR leads to conclude they would have banned it, CERTAINLY IN WARTIME. The idea of waterboarding makes me extremely uncomfortable and unhappy, but measured against the lives of people having coffee at their desks, and the thousands and thousands of families affected by failure of intelligence on a clear blue September morning .....

Yet here is another list as to what we will not do....

--Interrogators may not force a detainee to be naked, perform sexual acts or pose in a sexual manner.

--They cannot use hoods or place sacks over a detainee's head or use duct tape over his eyes.

--They cannot beat or electrically shock or burn him or inflict other forms of physical pain, any form of physical pain.

--They may not use hypothermia or treatment which will lead to heat injury.

--They may not perform mock executions.

--They may not deprive detainees of the necessary food, water and medical care.

--They may not use dogs in any aspect of interrogations.


Currently waterboarding is forbidden by the Pentagon, and this certainly reflects the likelihood that anyone they capture is not going to have ticking bomb information about the imminent death of American civilians
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French teens in suicidal leap of faith

Good Monday morning to the world from Vancouver, Canada. Today we have on offer a story of teen-age angst and the ultimate thrill of nihilism on display at Covenant Zone. I'm sure this will wake up those dreamy, sleepy readers who missed their coffee earlier. There's little like a shot of Death in the Morning to get the old nerves a ajanglin'.

This Guardian story and the following commentary come from Charles. Two things popped to mind as I read it, both from the pen of TS Eliot. First, here's the Guardian, a vision of the Life we have lost in living, gone, not with a bang but a whimper.

"What its children become, that will the community become."
___Suzanne Lafollette


From France, a story as sad as it is horrible, courtesy of the Guardian: French police are investigating the suicide of two teenage girls who tied themselves together and leapt from the 17th storey of a tower block while their horrified boyfriends watched.

... The girls, named only as Marion and Virginie, had apparently carefully prepared their deaths and had intended their boyfriends, Ben and Julien, to witness the event. The two friends had gone to a relative's flat and told the two boys to wait in the living room while they prepared a "surprise".

One of them called out from the bedroom: "OK, come in." Ben opened the door. Marion and Virginie were standing on the window sill, their hands tied together. They smiled. And jumped.

...
"They dressed the same, always black, lots of make-up, and they liked the same music, Marilyn Manson, goth rock, metal ..."
...
The handwritten note found in her pocket said: "Life is not worth living."


Read the rest here.
http://covenantzone.blogspot.com/2007/10/french-teens-in-suicidal-leap-of-faith.html

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Storm Track Appeasement: How to Boil an Infidel Frog

Islamist are on a roll – the Empire State Building bathed in Islamic green as today’s example. The Islamist are well versed how to boil a frog. In this case – the infidels.

For those of you who are not aware of the boiling frog process, it goes like this. You can’t throw a frog into a pot of boiling water. He’d jump right out. So, you put him in a pot of cold water and slowly, very slowly, turn up the heat until it’s too late and he boils.

The Iranians have been slowly boiling the free world’s frog now for some time and they’re about to get what they want.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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Amid reports of an imminent Turkish of invasion of Iraq, Turk General warns: US relations to be "irreversibly damaged"


The law of unintended consequences meets Murphy. I hope the democratic leadership did NOT do this for political reasons, for the timing totally sucks, but history on this subject is clear. It was genocide.
Prediction - an invasion of northern Iraq by Turkish forces followed by them staying (i.e occupation) will result in the formation of Kurdistan, harming Turkey, and Iraq. Kurdistan will be a strong democratic ally of the USA, and the rest of Iraq will disintegrate slowly.
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Turkish General Issues Warning on Bill
Oct 14 10:27 PM US/Eastern
By C. ONUR ANT
Associated Press Writer
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's top general warned that ties with the U.S., already strained by attacks from rebels hiding in Iraq, will be irreversibly damaged if Congress passes a resolution that labels the World War I-era killings of Armenians a genocide.

Turkey, which is a major cargo hub for U.S. and allied military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, has recalled its ambassador to Washington for consultations and warned that there might be a cut in the logistical support to the U.S. over the issue.

Nomatter what provocation the Turks believe this is, the US Congress, and govt in full, as well as the american people respected (while grumbling) the decision of the Turkish parliament in 2003 when they refused to allow the 4th Infantry Division to cross a portion of their nation to get to Iraq. It is INCUMBENT on them as democratic allies, and NATO members to RESPECT equally the decision of the American representative system as well.

"If this resolution passed in the committee passes the House as well, our military ties with the U.S. will never be the same again," Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told the daily Milliyet newspaper.

That is an exceptionally threatening statement, and is to be completely rejected by Congress.
That is no NATO ally.

Despite the general's strong words, it is not clear how far Turkey will go to express its dismay to Washington.

Turkey suspended its military ties with France last year after the French parliament's lower house adopted a bill that that would have made it a crime to deny that the Armenian killings constituted a genocide.

But there is more at stake for NATO's only Muslim member when it comes to its relations with the U.S. The Turkish military, and especially the air force, is heavily dependent on the American defense industry, experts say.

Still, when Washington imposed an arms embargo against Turkey in 1975 due to a dispute over Cyprus, Turkey ended all its logistical support to U.S. troops and sharing of intelligence until the embargo was lifted, said Onur Oymen, the country's former permanent representative to NATO.

See additional updates from Jamestown with reports from Turkey's papers here ... halfway down the column


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