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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pessimism About The Long War

From the BBC (with thanks to Michael):


100 Year War?

Grappling with global terror conundrum


The world's anti-terrorism experts met for a conference in Stockholm this week and, as Roger Hardy, the BBC's Islamic Affairs Analyst, found, optimism was in short supply.


As the event began - at a conference centre overlooking the famous Stockholm waterfront - we stood in silent commemoration of the victims of the Madrid train bombings of 2004.

It was a sign, had we needed one, that we were gathered in the Swedish capital to discuss one of the most important and difficult issues of our time.

The participants came at the topic from every angle.

There were senior soldiers and policemen, intelligence professionals, diplomats, think-tank experts, a handful of journalists - and, on the fringes, salesmen eager to explain the latest gadgets, designed to make us feel safer in a dangerous world.

Counter insurgency

Our common concern was how do you defeat an insurgency - and the phrase invoked more than once was T E Lawrence's dictum that it is like eating soup with a knife.

He, after all, was in a position to know, having led a much-romanticised Arab insurgency against the Turks in the First World War.


Insurgencies of course are not new.


At one point, delegates trooped off to see that classic Sixties film The Battle of Algiers - the moral of which is that a Western country, however powerful (and even one that is ready to resort to torture) will fail to crush an insurgency if it faces determined popular resistance.

Now the West and its allies are trying to adapt the lessons drawn from past insurgencies to help them fight a new kind of war.

Even defining the conflict is problematic. US President George W Bush dubbed it the "war on terror".

Others now prefer to call it a "global insurgency". Still others think that term is not quite right either.

Ideological struggle

But whatever it is, it is posing a whole host of dilemmas for those who are fighting it.

Above all, this new war is being fought, not just on the battlefield, but in the mind.

The West and its Islamist adversaries are competing for Muslim opinion - and that means Muslim opinion in Birmingham and Jakarta, as well as Baghdad and Kabul.


So in this battle for hearts and minds, how do you protect law-abiding Muslims, while continuing to capture or kill the violent ones?

And can you be sure you can tell the difference?

One British defence expert remarked: "We're not looking for a needle in a haystack - we're looking for a piece of straw in a haystack."

Everyone is having to reinvent their traditional role.

Soldiers are no longer just fighters but nation-builders.

Policemen must visit mosques and explain what they do to sceptical Muslim congregations.

Intelligence people are trying to get into the minds of an enemy they only dimly understand.

Government departments can no longer operate as "stovepipes" - the favourite jargon nowadays for agencies which do not co-operate with one another and sometimes do not even speak to one another.

It is clear there are still significant differences of approach - not least between the Americans, who tend to see terrorism as a form of war, and the Europeans, who tend to see it as a form of crime.

And, as the conference made plain, Europeans are far from being united in their perception of Muslim radicalism in Europe - and how their governments and societies should respond to it.

Pessimistic predictions

There is an abiding fear of social division.

The Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad polarised Muslim and non-Muslim opinion in Europe - and now there are fears that a film about the Koran, made by a right-wing Dutch politician, could do the same.

As for those salesmen for whom the conference was essentially a marketing opportunity, I had to confess to being technically challenged.

I never did master "predictive analytics" - and my favourite bit of gobbledy-gook was "open computer forensics architecture" - or OCFA for short.

And if, like me, you do an internet search for it, you may not end up much the wiser.

It is now widely recognised that Muslim hearts and minds matter

What struck me most, in three days of debate, was the degree of pessimism about the task at hand.
Yes, there has been a learning curve.

It is now widely recognised that Muslim hearts and minds matter and that military successes mean little if the battle of ideas is being lost.

But there is still a long way to go.

This came home to me when I spoke to an American military man who had helped produce the US Counter-Insurgency Manual.

How long did he think the "long war" - as many now call it - would last?

It is the kind of question journalists ask, and I did not expect that he would put a number on it.
But he did. "Thirty years if we get it right," he said. "A hundred years if we get it wrong."


I predict we won't win this war until we have stopped "competing for" the hearts and minds of Muslims.

It is up to them to seperate themselves from the radicals in their midst.

We are under attack within our own borders by those who would weaken us by taming us into lethargy, taking away our freedoms, and replacing them with Sharia law.

How can we win against such an attack without doing things that are going to turn off the "hearts and minds of Muslims"?
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Video: Islam For Kids: Mohammed

Found at Women Against Shariah, which states as follows:
"A short story showing how "merciful" Mohammed was as told by Islam's religious texts."

This is a MUST watch two minute video used to educate children about Islamic teachings.




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Is stoning one of those Islamic values we're supposed to be showing respect for?

Condoleeza Rice says that we respect Islamic values in this excerpt from Arab News:
...The US government said it had appointed Texas entrepreneur Sada Cumber to the OIC “to promote mutual understanding and dialogue between the US and Muslim communities.” Ihsanoglu said the OIC’s position on issues like the Palestine-Israel conflict is often misrepresented in the United States. “We want (Cumber) to listen and learn,” Ihsanoglu said.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the appointment of Cumber signals the deep respect for the values and ideals of Islam held by the US government and the American people. “This appointment is one part of a much larger effort that our government has undertaken to increase our engagement with Muslim communities worldwide,” she said....
I've got news for you, Condi. Knowledgeable infidels don't respect barbaric Islamic values.

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Obama’s Testament to Our Society

Saw Barack Obama on Hannity and Colmes last night responding to the Revered Wright’s radical sermons that have put Obama in hot water over the last couple of weeks.

You know, watching his pained expression as he tried to toe a fine line almost makes me feel sorry for the man. Sorry because I think he is trying to take the high ground in this election – where in politics, there no such thing – and he truly believes in the basic goodness of his fellow man.

He can be seen as young and inexperienced and an idealist no matter which side of the aisle you come from. So why would he associate himself with the likes of a racist like Rev. Wright? How could an intelligent sensitive man have anything but contempt for such a man as Rev. Wright?

The answer lies not in Obama’s beliefs so much as society he was raised in.

You see, over the last 50 years this country and western society in general has seen it values slowly devolve into relativistic classless muddle. We’ve lost all sense of shame and guilt, believe that any value system, any ethical system, any philosophical or religious belief is equal to each other. Even our sense of conscience has been polluted by “Do your own thing’ and ‘If it feels good, do it’.

Raise a generation under such a value system and one can easily accept the most hideous of views.

Without a sense of shame or guilt, which we have lost almost entirely in western society, we have nothing to anchor us to or are able to form a crap detector and recognize crap when crap is served. Shame and guilt or feeling that one should not associate with such values and those that hold them has fallen upon the wayside in today’s society.

Obama’s sense of discrimination between what’s right and what is not is a direct result of our society.

And when you go too far, there are few consequences if you go on Operah and be forgiven.

To paraphrase Cassius in Julius Caesar - The Fault, America, Lies Not In Obama’s Stars. But In Ourselves.

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Saddam & al Qaeda, details, schmetails......

Courtesy of Powerline, it appears the media jumped the gun and skipped the details, regarding the Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda link. Not surprising, since it fits into MSM's anti-war agenda.

He quotes The Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes:


A new Pentagon report on Iraq and Terrorism has the news media buzzing. An item on the New York Times blog snarks, "Oh, By the Way, There Was No Al Qaeda Link." The ABC News story that previews the full report concludes, "Report Shows No Link Between Saddam and al Qaeda."

How, then, to explain this sentence about Iraq and al Qaeda from the report's abstract: "At times, these organizations would work together in pursuit of shared goals but still maintain their autonomy and independence because of innate caution and mutual distrust"? And how to explain the "considerable overlap" between their activities which led not only to the appearances of ties but to a "de facto link between the organizations"? (See the entire abstract below.)

And what about this revelation from page 34? "Captured documents reveal that the regime was willing to co-opt or support organizations it knew to be part of al Qaeda -- as long as that organization's near-term goals supported Saddam's long-term vision." (The example given in the report is the Army of Muhammad in Bahrain, a group the Iraqi Intelligence Service describes as "under the wings of bin Laden.")

And there is this line from page 42: "Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda's stated goals and objectives."

Really? Saddam Hussein "supported" a group that merged with al Qaeda in the late 1990s, run by al Qaeda's #2, and the New York Times thinks this is not a link between Iraq and al Qaeda? How does that work?

Anyone interested in the "strong evidence that links the regime of Saddam Hussein to regional and global terrorism" -- that language comes from this report, too -- should read the entire thing for themselves, here.


For the rest of us, for whom details are important, there's a lot more information at the Powerline link above.

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Winds of War: Poor Little Sheep That Lost Its Way

While Britain falls deeper and deeper into Islamic appeasement, you wonder why they haven’t learned lessons of WW II even while they mourn the victims of that appeasement 70 years later.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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Radio Show: The Weekly Gathering Storm Report

For those who couldn’t listen in to yesterday’s Weekly Gathering Storm Report Radio Show with Always and WC because of time constraints or simply because it was broadcast in your country at an inconvenient time, here’s a direct link to the show:

Walid Shoebat and Yours Truly as Guests of Always and WC

Mark Alexander (Paperback)
Mark Alexander (Hardback)

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Motoons An Issue At The OIC

The letters "OIC" stand for the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which just wrapped up a two-day summit in Dakar Senegal.

From the AP article "Muslims Nations: Defame Islam, Get Sued?":
The Muslim world has created a battle plan to defend its religion from political cartoonists and bigots.

Concerned about what they see as a rise in the defamation of Islam, leaders of the world's Muslim nations are considering taking legal action against those that slight their religion or its sacred symbols. It was a key issue during a two-day summit that ended Friday in this western Africa capital.

The Muslim leaders are attempting to demand redress from nations like Denmark, which allowed the publication of cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and again last month, to the fury of the Muslim world....
Read the entire AP article HERE.

Apparently a larger group than Islamic activists in Jordan may resort to some form of litigation-ifada.

At the summit, Sada Cumber, the U.S. envoy to the OIC emphasized how much America respects Islam.

2008 grinds on as the The Year of Silencing Voices.

Additional reading on the topic of the OIC.

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Obama's Inconsistency

From Reliapundit over at THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS:
OBAMA NOT ONLY HEARD A RACIST SPEECH BY WRIGHT - IN PERSON, HE DID WORSE: HE ACTUALLY PRAISED A RACIST DIATRIBE BY WRIGHT.
Reliapundit cites this essay by Rich Lowry and includes this quotation from Obama's bestselling autobiography The Audacity of Hope:
“It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…That’s the world! On which hope sits!”

And so it went, a meditation on a fallen world. While the boys next to me doodled on their church bulletin, Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and in the State House.
Reliapundit points out,
OBAMA IS QUOTING A SPECIFIC SERMON OF WRIGHT'S - ONE WHICH OBAMA FELT WAS PARTICULARLY MOVING AND PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO HIS LIFE.
I found the following video, about seven minutes in length, over at The Amboy Times.




YouTube Link

In the above film footage, we see Obama's denial of knowing that Jeremiah Wrightis an America hater and a racist. Notice all of Obama's head tilting and eye blinking, both of which were even more pronounced in another video HERE at FNC's Hannity & Colmes on March 14; if you haven't seen the video, about four minutes in length, it is worth watching, but the load time is quite long.

In the YouTube footage embedded in this posting, Obama states that he never heard "such incendiary language" when he was "in the pew." Do you believe him?

In my view, Obama's denials are not plausible. After all, his autobiography places emphasis on the influence of Jeremiah Wright in his life. And, judging from statements by Michelle Obama, I believe that Wright has also influenced her views about America.

Will Obama's association with Jeremiah Wright ruin Obama's run for the White House? Maybe not. His followers are cult-like in their devotion.

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I'm sure Obama has no knowledge of this stupidity either


Iran's bad behavior blamed on Bush by Obama's most senior military adviser


March 15, 2008

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for arrow_thru_head2.jpg By Rowan Scarborough - Sen. Barack Obama's most senior military adviser says President Bush is to blame for Iran's bad behavior.
Didn't you know we control everything? Can't you tell from the spiral of the dollar, the price of oil and gold? Can't you tell? Huh?

The assessment from an interview with retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak provides a glimpse into how an Obama administration would deal with Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called repeatedly for the destruction of Israel, is pursuing nuclear weapons in the opinion of some national security experts, and his Revolutionary Guard is training Iraqis to kill American military personnel in Iraq.

Earlier this month, Mr. Ahmadinejad said of Israel, "the world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast."

In the view of Gen. McPeak, the most-senior retired officer to back Mr. Obama's presidential run, Iran's behavior is a reaction to Mr. Bush's tough talk.
Maybe McPeak never heard of MEMRI, which only goes back to Clinton. Or maybe he never read Khomeini's words. Looks like Mr Bush has no monopoly on having incompetent people in his employ.

"They were a big enemy of the Taliban," the retired four-star general (McPeak) said. "They cooperated with us quite completely in the initial phases of our Afghanistan operation.
They were SCARED, douchebag.

And it was us that insulted them by including them in the 'axis of evil' and making sure they understood we didn't like them very much."

Gen. McPeak, an Obama campaign co-chairman, was referring to Mr. Bush's post-September 11 speech in which he referred to North Korea, Iraq and Iran as an "axis of evil."

"That drove us apart," Gen. McPeak said. "Obama's idea is: 'Why not talk to them? Why not see if there isn't some common ground?' Certainly, the fight against al Qaeda would be one of them."

Iran is HOUSING and shielding some of Al Qaeda, did so from the start. Iran's long term objective parallel Al Qaeda with respect to Dar al Harb, but I guess you've never heard of that.

National security officials note that Iran's rogue behavior long predates Mr. Bush's speech. In June 2001, the Justice Department indicted 13 members of a pro-Iranian group, Saudi Hezbollah, for carrying out the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American service members in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Hezbollah, a terrorist group, held regular meetings in Iran, the FBI said.

"With all due respect to General McPeak, what drives the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran apart -- and has since 1979 -- is the unwavering antipathy of the regime in Tehran towards the United States, its ally Israel, and freedom-loving, non-Islamist nations more generally," said Frank Gaffney, a Pentagon policy-maker in the Reagan administration who heads the Center for Security Policy.

Added Mr. Gaffney: "It is not simply naive, it is reckless to ignore serial statements by the mullahs and their front man, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, about a world without America, their goons parading in Iranian cities shouting 'Death to America,' their active efforts to kill and maim Americans and Iraqis in the hope of defeating the United States in Iraq, and rendering the latter an oil-rich satellite and new safe-haven for Iranian-backed terror, and accumulating evidence that Iran's Hezbollah proxies and their intelligence agents are developing cells capable of unleashing deadly violence here as well as elsewhere.

"Even an individual without appreciable expertise in such matters, like Senator Obama, should be able to discern these realities. It is inexplicable how a professional military officer like General McPeak could fail to do so."

Mr. Obama, who leads in the race for the Democrats' presidential nomination, has said he will meet with any leader of any state, including Iran's Mr. Ahmadinejad, without preconditions.
Mr. Obama who will, if the MSM even mentions this, deny his knowledge of his key adviser's thoughts, and/or deny he is a key adviser, and/or say as he did with Zbig, he only had lunch with him once continues to demonstrate, thru the people he appoints to deal with the day to day minutiae of operations in what would be his admin, that he is completely unfit for the job, and will be far worse than Bush in any measurable objective way . Prepare yourselves for more Islamic republics if he is elected, and/or the caliphate. His people, who after all, reflect his beliefs are simply deluded, or incompetent or lazy or stubborn about their ideal views of the world or some combination of all four.
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Then I guess we can forgive Trent Lott for speaking so warmly of the racist pig Thurmond


How stupid do these people really think we are?

MSNBC:
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., condemned racially charged sermons by his former pastor Friday and urged Americans not to reject his presidential campaign because of "guilt by association."

Obama's campaign announced that the minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., had left its spiritual advisory committee after videotapes of his sermons again ignited fierce debate in news accounts and political blogs.

Obama spoke warmly of Wright, who retired last month as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Wright is a man "I've known for 17 years, [who] helped bring me to Jesus, helped bring me to church," he said.

Trent Lott:

the United States would have avoided "all these problems" if then-segregationist Strom Thurmond had been elected president in 1948.

Jeremiah Wright:

SAYS ABS NEWS: "Obama's Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Has a History of What Even Obama's Campaign Aides Say Is 'Inflammatory Rhetoric'." The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has been Barack Obama's pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side. And he loves a conspiracy theory. He told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that "America's chickens are coming home to roost". The Wall Street Journal hears more: " We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God." And : "We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . ." On America's blacks : "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people... God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." God damn. Looking from the outside in on America, it's always noticeable how American everyone is. Even in highlighting disunity and perceived unfairness, the American succeeds in sounding only like an American. He demands to be heard. ...

Both equally as reprehensible, and un american, and factually, GALACTICALLY STOOOOOPID.

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Why should we not regard Obama as having for his pastor, VOLUNTARILY, and in full view of history, a man with the most reprehensible and negative of faiths in America, and Americans as his CORE SET OF BELIEFS ABOUT AMERICA AND WHAT AMERICANS DO AND WILL SANCTION?

If it was anyone else but a candidate for president, as we saw with Trent Lott, we'd all think that such core beliefs in his pastor reflect CLEANLY Obama's personal beliefs, and wonder what the hell was going on when God gave him judgment. He warmly regards this man?

Obama remained a congregation member without objection to these hideous representations for his ENTIRE MARRIAGE.

This is NOT guilt by association, and the Obama campaign's continual reference to this as the basis for questioning Obama, belies just how terrified they are about this objective truth. Nor is this the first time in his campaign this (guilt by association as a defense for his judgment, and lack of required knowledge - to be exceptionally kind- about his advisers) has come up. Or the second.

"'If I Had Heard Them Repeated, I Would've Quit' the Church"...HAVE YOU YET?

Your pastor is an American hating racist, who thinks we deserved what we got (Ward Churchill), and jews are South Africans, and we invented AIDS to get the blacks. Are you kidding?

'Hey I didn't know'

He married you.

He baptized your children.

You are going to tell America that in the quiet of dinners with him such topics never came up? Such is not my experience with our congregation leader. Topics are wide ranged and clear. And she was not so involved at the birth of our family.

GIVE ME A BREAK. You are a typical pol with a nicer voice than most, and worse judgment than almost all, Trent Lott excepted.


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The Rise of the Guards

Now that Iran has held it's most recent election, it appears the appeasers are going to have their work cut out for them.

With many of the more liberal or reformist candidates disqualified, the conservatives look certain to consolidate control in the parliament. But this election could mark an important change in Iran. A crucial marker in the rising power of the military.

The Revolutionary Guards have been steadily gaining power since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took power nearly three years.

Former Guards commanders, including the president himself, have many of the top jobs in the government. Now former members of the Revolutionary Guards are expecting to win many seats in parliament, eclipsing the power of the Shia Muslim clergy.
"I can tell you that military forces are impatient to have more political power and impact" Saeed Leylaz, Former Revolutionary Guards officer
Growing Authoritarianism
BBC

As part of that trend, Iran is becoming a more authoritarian country.
Dissent is being ruthlessly suppressed. Anti-government demonstrations are almost unheard of.

The human rights lawyer and Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi, says it is a symptom of an unpopular government.
"When a government strongly supported by its people, it is not afraid of critics, and has a high tolerance for dissent. But a weak government is usually afraid of its critics. This is a government that is not popular as it wishes."

The West also has plenty to fear from the rise of the Iranian military.

The Revolutionary Guard, after all, are the ones who captured the British sailors last year, and are blamed by the Americans for supporting insurgents in Iraq, and supplying weapons to Hezbollah and Hamas.

So as the military tighten their grip on the Iranian government, expect an ever more uncompromising line on the nuclear issue, and even more active intervention across the Middle East.

If this trend continues, we definitely need a president who has the knowledge and ability to deal with it. Appeasers need not apply.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Congressional Duplicity, or Treason?

Guest Commentary by Edward Cline:

I rarely write commentary from anger, preferring a properly objective, psuedo-dispassionate approach to a subject deserving my attention. But news of the details, nature and scope of pending legislation in the U.S. Senate has caused me to make an exception to that rule.

As though Americans were not already burdened with:

· Extortionate and confiscatory taxes wherever they turn on virtually everything they earn, purchase, or do, from the local level on up to the federal level;
· Myriad regulations, controls and arbitrary rules that hamper or obstruct their productivity and their lives;
· Footing the endless bills of earmarked pork barrel projects at home in the amount of billions;
· Footing the bill in the amount of the billions for bottomless altruist and “humanitarian” pork barrel projects abroad;
· Footing the bill for an ever-expanding and ever more costly welfare state to subsidize the ill, the retired, the aged, the young, etc.
· Being held hostage by, say, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and other hostile “oil-producing” countries, because our government has decided that snail darters, sea cows, and caribou have a greater right to live than have human beings;
· Paying more for food because mandated ethanol, which reports prove costs more in oil to produce than it “saves,” in the gas they buy is taking more crop acreage out of production;

Congress is proposing, in Barack Obama’s Global Poverty Act (S.2433, based on H.R. 1302, passed by the House September 25, 2007), that Americans be delivered into a state of indentured servitude as laborers for the United Nations. Perhaps “indentured servitude” is too kind a term, for as horrendous a condition as it is, there is usually a time limit to such servitude. Slavery would be the more accurate term in this instance, for what Congress is considering is servitude by Americans in perpetuity, in exchange for nothing but the privilege of laboring to “save” the world without thanks or reward, of filling the alleged needs of others, of performing unlimited “community service” for the offense of merely existing.

The not-so-peculiar and odd thing about H.R. 1302 was that it passed the House by voice vote. This is a stratagem adopted by legislators who fear that a bill is so outrageous that it is better that no record be kept of those who endorsed it. S.2433 was passed from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the same manner – by voice vote, without public hearings, to protect the identities of the guilty.

It will probably be introduced to the Senate for a similar, anonymous voice vote – by Harry Reid.

There is a double irony in this behavior. First, S.2433 is a bipartisan-sponsored bill. This underscores the fact that there is no fundamental difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties. Second, it is a piece of legislation which, given the altruist, collectivist premises behind it, one would have thought its creators should have trumpeted boastfully. But it is being handled by corrupt, guilty, fearful sneaks who haven’t the courage of their own malice.

It reminds one of the scene in Atlas Shrugged, when James Taggart pulls down a window blind to obliterate the sight of the Washington Monument, just as he and government officials decide to decree a moratorium on brains.

The proper American response to this evil and to its sponsors and supporters, in Congress and in the U.N., should be Dagny Taggart’s when she learns of it: “I won’t work as a slave or as a slave-driver.”

The bill’s co-sponsor is Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee. Its other co-sponsors are Senators Joseph Biden, Maria Cantwell, Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold, Dianne Feinstein, Charles Hagel, and Robert Mendez, all Democrats.

The bill was the subject of a strong editorial in Investor’s Business Daily of February 28, 2008, “Obama’s 0.7% Solution For Poverty Gets Pass from Senate Republicans.” According to IBD, the bipartisan bill would require the president
to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the U.S. foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

The “Millennium Development Goal” refers to a United Nations declaration adopted by the U.N. Millennium Assembly and Summit in 2000 that calls for “the eradication of poverty” by “redistribution (of) wealth and land,” cancellation of “the debts of developing countries” and “a fair distribution of the earth’s resources.”

The IBD reports that
“The Millennium project is monitored by Jeffrey D. Sachs, a Columbia University economist. In 2005 he presented then-U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan with a 3,000-page report based on the research of 265 so-called poverty specialists.

“Sachs’ document criticized the U.S. for giving only $16.5 billion a year in global anti-poverty aid. He argued that we should spend an additional $30 billion a year in order to reach the 0.7% target that the U.N. set for the U.S. in 2000….Sachs said that the only way to force the U.S. to commit that much money is by a global tax, such as a tax on fossil fuels [oil, coal, natural gas].”
The tax would be imposed not only on their production, but on their use, as well. Among other consequences, Americans would be impoverished for the purpose of reducing poverty abroad by 0.7 percent of the U.S.’s gross domestic product.

The Millennium declaration, reports IBD, also calls for a “currency transfer tax,” a “tax on the rental value of land and natural resources,” a “royalty on worldwide fossil energy production – oil, natural gas, coal,” “fees for the commercial use of the oceans, fees for airplane use of the skies, fees for use of the electromagnetic spectrum, fees on foreign exchange transactions, and a tax on the carbon content of fuels.”

The U.N. has assumed that it governs the earth, and wishes to penalize the most productive country on it for, well, being the most productive. If you never quite understood the nature and purpose of the “unification” and “global amity” plans described by Rand in Atlas Shrugged, this plan is its real world counterpart.

In practical terms, the Millennium declaration is a prescription for not only perpetuating the “global poverty” it purports to eradicate, but also for impoverishing everyone, and for perpetuating that condition, as well.

But the Obama bill does more than allow the U.N. to tax American citizens. It is more than a matter of legality or illegality. For all practical purposes, it surrenders U.S. political sovereignty and independence to the U.N., an organization most of whose members are actively hostile to the U.S.

Has the U.S. ever approved a tax on its citizens imposed by the U.N.? If it has, by what authority? Note that the wording of the Obama bill would require “the president to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy” – which assumes that the office of president is just another mode of tyranny or arbitrary power, no different from the “presidency” of any random tin pot dictatorship or regime.

There is some logic to their premise. After all, the U.S. has withheld moral judgment of every one of those countries. Long, long ago, the U.S. should have won World War II, but not participated in the formation of an organization that admitted dictatorships and other tyrannical regimes for the purpose of “peace.” Long ago, the U.S. should have withdrawn from that organization, and evicted its headquarters from this country’s soil.

But it maintains its sanction of that organization, and has paid the price for it every since.

Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution states: “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

It would be interesting to see if this definition could be applied to the actions of Senators Obama, Lugar, Reid and the rest of the supporters of S. 2433 (and also the sponsors and supporters of H.R. 1302). Given that the U.N. has never disguised its hostility for the U.S., and that the enemies of the U.S. are legion in the U.N.’s membership, would passage of this bill by Congress constitute giving “aid and comfort” to our enemies, and “adhering” to their purposes and ends? For that is what the bill amounts to: giving our enemies the right to conquer, loot, and subjugate this country and its citizens.

Are we not already burdened by our own lords and masters of “social policy” and “redistribution” in Washington and in every state capital, without inviting the depredations of a clique of international thugs and looters?

I urge anyone reading this to call or email his senator and urge that Barack Obama’s S. 2433 be roundly defeated by a recorded roll call. If possible, communicate your outrage with the same moral indignation as Dagny Taggart’s.

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Islamic Democracy: Satan Is On The Ballot


Democratizing Islamic countries is like handing a suicidal/homicidal person a gun.

But, the United States is bound and determined that Egypt shall be "Democratized", to the point where we are making sure Satan is being treated fairly.

You wouldn't want to leave Satan off the ballot after all. That wouldn't be a free and fair election.

Gates of Vienna has the scoop.
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The Infidel Bloggers Alliance Radio Show


Coming to live from beneath the burqa of Barack Obama's Mama, it's the Infidel Bloggers Alliance Radio Show ...

In an Infidel Blogger Alliance exclusive, we find out that Barack Obama uses a device called

"The Instant Wisdom Machine"

to write his speeches.

We go behind the scenes with Obama as he uses the Instant Wisdom Machine and finds that it has gone haywire.

Uh oh.

We also interview Horst Scheinhaxe from the Council on American-Nazi Relations. Horst informs us that he will be bringing us before the California Human Rights Commission on hate speech charges.

We are, as you can imagine, appropriately frightened.

And finally, we interview John K. Press, author of the book Culturism. John explains how and why Culturism is a antidote to Multiculturalism.


Click on the Media Player to listen. We hope you enjoy the show.

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Storm Track Appeasement: We’re a Melting Pot Not a Salad Bowl

A lot has been written about the disaster called multiculturalism and how not only does it balkanize and divide the culture of a nation but also places in the hands of the enemies of our civilization a potent weapon that they use to dominate us.

Lawrence E. Harrison wrote, what I think, is properly the most accurate description of the danger of multiculturalism and what it has done to our society. He brings into stark relief that the US is a melting pot of pluralism and not a salad bowl of multiculturalism and how it has even diminished the positive effects of our foreign policy.

Here are some excerpts from his excellent article.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

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URGENT HEADLINE - There is nothing to discuss in the Middle East - DUHHH !


and there hasn't been since 1919, the day the jews invited the arabs to school their children with them and set off the Abu Musa riots, resulting in the ascendancy of Haj Amin al Husseini, and with him, the Muslim Brotherhood.

KUWAIT NEWS:
Fatah: we are not obliged to honor any truce

MIL-MIDEAST-FATAH-TRUCE
Fatah: we are not obliged to honor any truce

GAZA, March 13 (KUNA) -- Fatah's Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said, Thursday, that they will not be party to any truce with Israel.

This applies to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian people are suffering from siege and a series of assassinations of brigade leaders, in addition to incursions into Palestinian refugee camps, the statement added.

"We are not obliged to honor any truce or ceasefire in the West Bank or Gaza Strip," said the brigade.

The Palestinian faction called on the Arab and Islamic world to uphold their historical responsibilities towards the Palestinian people, and to the Aqsa Mosque which is suffering the most dangerous phases of judaization (what the hell does that mean?), the statement added.

The brigade also stated that this step came avenge the recent assassination of four Aqsa and Quds brigade leaders in Bethlehem on Wednesday.


How stupid can all these peace groups be?
There is NO POSSIBILITY of peace in the middle east today.
That's it.

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There are PLENTY of qualified Americans who are NOT caucasians, who could be president


and the smartest among them will have nothing to do with it.

You know, I really wouldn't give a HOOT what Barack Obama's pastor had to say except in a passing way, however, he is running for president.
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I wouldn't care that Michelle Obama is so completely STUPID that she thinks we are downright mean, and is ashamed of being an American except this year, but that her husband is running for president.

Who could vouch for his wife's senior paper in college?

Who the hell checked, JUST IN CASE?

What kind of assssssssssssssssssssssshole would?

Never the less, we are compelled to know what we have to know. We are not better for it, even though better informed.

sowell.jpgColin, Condi...pretty smart to stay out of this crud, irrespective of any political issues. Both could do the job. Thomas Sowell...any day. Harold Ford? Anytime. Better than Barack, if you ask me. I could vote for Harold Ford. I cannot vote for Barack today, but that's because of what he believes in, and who he has already appointed within.

But who needs the aggravation and insane prying it takes to run, or even perhaps to be appointed? In how many universities and businesses are black, asian, latino and who knows what culturally, are there men and women who would surprise us as much as Obama, and more?

Do their wives dislike this nation? Did they burn a flag, sleep with too many? Maybe they didn't shave their armpits. Maybe they snorted a line when 19. Or they liked to party.

Would their pastors, priests, rabbis and sensei's disregard the almost 1 million Americans who died to free the slaves like the complete moron, Wright? Would they also wax delusional about AIDS? Call ending WW2 war crimes? Call 9/11 some kind of justice? Call Israel South Africa?

We'd find out. Is it any wonder smart people avoid public service like the plague?

Doesn't it make you wonder about the people who self select for such scrutiny to have power?
Of course none of this changes the ineluctable fact that Mr. Obama has to repudiate, reject, publicly excoriate and ostracize his own pastor of many years standing. If he cannot, then he is not acceptable, presentable, or judgmentally fit or ready for real national office, let alone president. Obama knows what Wright believes, says, and incites his people to believe. It is unamerican, unappealing, factually in error. That's no place for Senator, let alone a candidate for president.
WHY IS THIS NOT CRYSTAL CLEAR TO MR. OBAMA?

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It's the little things ..key Aegis anti missile data leaked by Japanese Navy


This is the primary Navy anti air, and anti missile system, and is now deployed around the world as a ballistic anti missile system. It protects, today, Japan, Taiwan, S Korea, is deplayed in the Persian Gulf and Israel (in addition to the Arrow). It is also the system which just shot down the falling satellite.

Japan's navy to replace all PCs to prevent more high-tech spying

East-Asia-Intel.com, March 13, 2008

Embarrassed by a spy scandal, Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force will replace all of its personal computers with systems that have little memory and no local storage to prevent leakage of classified information, sources said.


The move comes after the leak of information
about key functions of Aegis-equipped destroyers.

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The leak triggered criticism of the MSDF's lax information management.

A 34-year-old MSDF officer has been arrested for allegedly taking confidential data on the U.S.-designed Aegis defense system from a computer system task force in violation of a bilateral agreement with Washington.

The MSDF plans to replace some 30,000 PCs by 2010 with units that have no disk drives and which run applications from central servers, the sources said.

Sumitaka Matsuuchi arrives at a police station in Yokosuka, Japan on Dec. 13. Yomiuri.co.jp

So-called "thin clients" use a remote display protocol and do not have USB-based wireless adaptors.

The leak was discovered early last year after information on the capabilities of the Aegis was found on the home computer of a second-class petty officer in Kanagawa.

After a year-long probe, Japanese police arrested Sumitaka Matsuuchi for allegedly leaking secret data on the high-tech Aegis combat system, a top line defense against a possible attack by North Korea.

He was the first Japanese arrested on suspicion of violating the Secrets Protection Law, which is based on the Japan-U.S. Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement signed in 1954.

The classified information reportedly includes data on performance limits of Aegis destroyers' interception systems.

The U.S.-developed Aegis system has cutting-edge radar and can simultaneously track hundreds of targets, such as missiles and enemy aircraft, and can attack dozens at the same time.

According to Kyodo News on March 9, the MSDF uncovered defense documents and file-sharing software on Matsuuchi's private computers. They are attempting to determine whether the data include confidential files.

Matsuuchi, who was assigned to the MSDF's Maizuru headquarters, began storing data on his computers about 10 years ago and added information from a number of units to which he was assigned, Kyodo said.

He also apparently failed to obey recent Defense Ministry directives to delete sensitive data and file-sharing software from private computers, it said.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

"God Damn America," Says Obama's Pastor


Barack Obama goes to a church which is headed by the Reverand Eugene Wright. Reverend Wright is a committed African Nationalist who is friends with Louis Farrakhan and Moamar Ghaddafi.

And this man is Obama's "mentor", according to Obama himself.

Now, word comes that Obama's mentor asks God to damn America. And, we're considering electing this man President?!!?!???

From ABC News:


Sen. Barack Obama's pastor says blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God damn America."

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side, has a long history of what even Obama's campaign aides concede is "inflammatory rhetoric," including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own "terrorism."

In a campaign appearance earlier this month, Sen. Obama said, "I don't think my church is actually particularly controversial." He said Rev. Wright "is like an old uncle who says things I don't always agree with," telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.

Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope."

An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright's sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.

"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda's attacks because of its own terrorism.

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost," he told his congregation.


For anyone who isn't familiar with the history, those are the words of Malcolm X he is speaking.

What country would the Reverand Wright prefer to live in? In what country have black people done better than in America?

While it is true that America does sometimes deserve to be condemned for its mistakes, the Sunday following 9/11 was not a day to condemn America.

Would you choose the Sunday after your friend got his face beaten in to condemn him for his sins?

But anyway, it looks like the chickens are coming home to roost on Obama's head. This article is written by ABC News. The mainstream media is finally starting to tell the truth about Barack Obama. And, he seems to be a man to whom the truth is not kind.

Oh, by the way, here's the video to go along with this ABC News story:


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UN Report: Terrorism Against Israelis Is Ok

From Eli Hertz:


A recent UN report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/7/17) by UN Special Rapporteur John Dugard disregards international legal standards against terrorism and excuses the killing of innocents. We, the undersigned, urge the United Nations to reject categorically this attack on the standards of human decency at the heart of the UN’s origins.
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Terrorism is the targeted killing of innocents to intimidate a population or compel a government to act in a particular way. This definition reflects an international legal consensus, but UN Rapporteur Dugard disagrees.

UN Rapporteur Dugard claims “a distinction must be drawn between acts of
mindless terror…and acts committed in the course of a war of national
liberation.” He then categorizes the acts perpetrated upon Israeli civilians by
Palestinians acting “against occupation” as the second kind of terror.

No terror is “mindless” in the sense of being politically unmotivated by a sense of grievance, however misconceived the grievance may be.

UN Rapporteur Dugard seeks historical support for his position: “History is
replete with examples of military occupation that have been resisted by violence
- acts of terror”, analogizing the Israeli occupation resisted by Palestinian
terror to “the German occupation resisted by European countries in the Second
World War.”

Not every act of violence is an act of terror. Comparing the murderers of Israeli civilians to the liberators of Nazi Germany (and thus the Nazis' victims to the Nazis themselves), is a slander against the Jewish state. In fact, the European Union includes in its working definition of anti-semitism “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

UN Rapporteur Dugard argues that Palestinian terror “must be understood as being
a[n] inevitable consequence of occupation” and that “Until this is done
[occupation is ended] violence will continue.”

Inevitability absolves Palestinian terrorists from moral responsibility for their murderous acts. It alleges they have no choice but to kill Israelis – whether blowing up men, women and children in restaurants or on buses on the way to school or at synagogue, work or play.

UN Rapporteur Dugard maintains the only proper course of action to end
Palestinian terror is to meet its perpetrators’ demands.

By implication, these demands are reasonable. But Palestinian terror groups have declared that they will not end their terror campaign until Israel as a Jewish state ceases to exist. And yet according to Dugard there is no point in time at which Palestinian terror becomes “mindless.”

The words of UN Rapporteur John Dugard serve to incite terror – an egregious violation of human rights – against Jewish men, women and children living in the Jewish homeland. They therefore stand in direct contradiction to the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. We call upon the United Nations to withdraw this discreditable report from circulation as an official UN document and to reject it as a statement of UN policy.


I don't agree with the Palestinians at all. However, I would feel differently about their violence if they only targeted the IDF. But, that's not what they do. They are out to kill Jews, including innocent women and children.

They do this, not because they are "occupied", but because they hate Jews. When Israel gave the entire territory of Gaza to the Palestinians, every Jew had to leave. The Palestinians were not simply happy to have control over the land. There could be no Jews allowed.

That is proof the Palestinians hate the Jews.

There is no equivalent hatred of Palestinians by Israeli Jews. Palestinians and other Arab Muslims make up a large percentage of the Israeli population. Palestinians sit in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament). Palestinians are successful and free in Israel

And yet, their bretheran, on the other side of the fence, make it their life's work to kill innocent Jews.

And now, the UN is considering making that legal?

Sign the petition against this moral retardation, please.
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Infidel Babe Of The Week



Ashley Dupre.





First, we all owe her a debt of gratitude for relieving us of that tool Eliot Spitzer. His life is really ruined, isn't it? Now, everybody knows he was asking to do his wire transfer into her offshore account without a condom. This is what happens when Eliot thinks with his Spitzer.


Second, you gotta admit, this girl could ruin your life too, couldn't she?


We can all believe we're too moral to make the mistake, but if this chick is your cup of Bathsheba (and, she is mine), then down you go. Down, down, down, to drown the dregs.

Well, Eliot ought to get down on his knees and thank the Constitution that he doesn't live in a Sharia state, where they put people to death for adultery.

What? Oh yeah, that's right. In a Sharia state, they'd only put HER to death.

Eliot might be ok with that, but I find that a reason to not give a shit about the Eliot Spitzer's of the world, and instead, to concentrate on making sure all the Jihadis disappear from the face of the Earth.
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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.

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

Callers welcome!

Friday, March 14 (SPECIAL SHOW-Two Hours): Walid Shoebat will be with us for the first hour, Mark Alexander the second hour.

If you are unable to listen live to the radio show, you can listen to recordings of the broadcasts later by CLICKING HERE.
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1. For a full hour, we will discuss with Mr. Shoebat material from his second book Why We Want To Kill You: The Jihadist Mindset and How to Defeat It, including his past life as an Islamic terrorist and his life-change, myth vs. fact about Islam, and how the West should be dealing with Islamism and its various manifestations, particularly those of the present.

Video (about 10 minutes): Walid Shoebat - A Palestinian's Journey

More Shoebat videos HERE.



2. For another full hour, we will discuss with Mr. Alexander material from his book The Dawning of a New Dark Age: A Collection of Essays on Islam and the immiscibility of Islam with democracy. You can read my review of the book HERE Amazon.com. Excerpt from Mr. Alexander's online essay "Islam: The Enemy of Democracy and Freedom": Wake up to the harsh realities of life in the twenty-first century! We've got some collective thinking to do if we wish to save ourselves from darkness. Perhaps we shall, indeed, be forced to think about having to re-classify Islam as a political system first and foremost...[T]o give complete, unhampered freedom to Islam to grow here in the West is tantamount to digging our own graves.

Don't miss this edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, during which we'll be discussing the Islamic threat with two experts on the topic!

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 me, chat with our guests or if you must, just air your spleen!

UPCOMING SHOWS
March 21: Elisabeth of Austria
March 28: Robert Spencer
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Storm Track Disinformation: The Islamic Pot Calling the Islamic Kettle Black

I’m the better terrorist. No I am. No you’re not. I am. No you’re not…

Palestine – land of fruit and nuts.

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Dhimmi Condoleeza Rice

With a hat-tip to Michael.

From Sultan Knish's exclusive:
For International Woman's Day, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice convened eight women to be honored for the 2008 Secretary of State’s Awards for International Women of Courage ceremony. Of those eight women, oddly enough six were Muslim, as if Muslim women had cornered the market, making the "International" ceremony a rather parochial pat on the back for Muslims. (In 2007 it was 7 out of 10.)

Of these six Muslim women, one has a rather interesting biography. Nibal Thawabteh. Undersecretary Dobriansky stated that she founded a newspaper, he oddly enough failed to mention its name. The newspaper's name is Al-Hal and it is produced at Bir Zeit University's media center where Nibal Thawabteh is also a lecturer.

Al-Hal is actually printed and distributed by Al Ayyam, which is the main mouthpiece of Fatah. Bir Zeit University itself is known as a hotbed for radical terrorism and its media institute benefits from infusions of international funding even as it turns out terrorist propagandists. But if you're thinking that Condoleeza Rice could not have known all this and might have missed it, Nibal Thawabteh's own resume available on multiple sites makes her terrorist affiliations incredibly clear....
Read the rest HERE.

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Video: Obama - Building A Religion

With a hat-tip to Nanc.



YouTube Link

Also read about the t-shirt controversy.

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Another systemic shock ...Iran Schoolbooks Teach Jihad, Martyrdom, Study Shows..aren't we all surprised, again?


"The Islamist regime does not need to be 100 percent successful, only a small portion," Arya said. "If 10 percent are exposed, that's 5 million. If 1 percent is exposed, that's 500,000. If it's a half of a percent, that's 250,000. That's more troops than we have in Iraq."

Washington (CNSNews.com) - When third grade school children in Iran turn to page 113 of their textbook "Let's Read," they find a passage that says, "At that time, the Israeli officer pounded (three-year-old) Muhammad's head with the rifle's stock and his warm blood sprinkled upon his (six-year-old brother) Khaled's hands."

The Iranian textbook was published in 2004, before the controversial Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president of Iran in 2005. In another third-grade text, "Gifts of Heavan," an illustration of a monster wearing the Star of David is seen going through a tidy Muslim town leaving garbage everywhere.

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While those examples could seem shocking to some, it gets worse, said Arnon Groiss, director of research at the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, who recently completed a study of 115 Iranian school textbooks. (Most of the books reviewed in the study had been published in 2004.)

"Indoctrination is less felt in the lower grades and increases in the higher grades," Groiss said, speaking at a forum Monday on the topic at the conservative Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.
Let me submit, that if things changed TODAY it would take 2 generations for what has been inculcated into these kids to be diluted into some kind of normalcy.
What kind of impetus drives adults to warp children in this way?

The books are part of an overall indoctrination effort aimed at school children. This effort includes rewritten Iranian history and the inclusion of Jihadist political views in science and geography texts, he said.

The seventh grade text "Islamic Culture and Religious Instruction," which refers to the West and Israel as the "Arrogant Ones," tells students that war is unavoidable and victory is guaranteed "in order to continue with all our power our revolution against the Arrogant Ones and the oppressors."

An eighth grade text says the "army of Islam would make the Arrogant Ones fall in holy Jihad and heavy attack."

"This is a form of child abuse rejected by all civilized countries," said Groiss, who for 30 years was an Arab-language journalist and is currently deputy director at Israel Broadcasting Authorities Arabic Radio. "This pictures a regime bent on global war to the point of self-destruction."

On page 20 of the high school textbook "Humanities," the United States is described as an "imperialist country" that "does not refrain from massacring people, from burying alive soldiers of the opposite side and from using mass-destruction weapons. It makes use of atomic bombs. ... It creates the greatest dictatorships and the violent and torturous security-oriented regimes, and defends them."
Note that this dialectic has been subtly reinforced by the attitude of the Foreign Minister of France. This is the measure of the size of what we face. Our own 'friends' are unable to reject the dialectic in a forthright, unembarrassed, and confident manner, because the arrogant religious superiority manifested by these people, to whom we represent all that najas stands for, strips them of the will to resist, by any and all means. The goal of the west is to be reasonable and avoid both confrontation and violence. The goal of the other side is victory for god even if confrontation and violence are needed.

The good news could be that most Iranian families dismiss the teachings in the books, telling their children to simply memorize the material for the test, but nothing else, said the Iranian-born Shayan Arya at the forum.

"To the Iranian youth, America is the most popular country," said Arya, a member of the Constitutionalist Party of Iran - an international group of one-time Iranian citizens pushing for the establishment of a liberal democracy in that country. However, even a small number influenced by the books could be damaging, he said.

"The Islamist regime does not need to be 100 percent successful, only a small portion," Arya said. "If 10 percent are exposed, that's 5 million. If 1 percent is exposed, that's 500,000. If it's a half of a percent, that's 250,000. That's more troops than we have in Iraq."

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They Admit Terrorists Don't They?

It's unbelievable, the Home Office admits potential terrorists into Britain from all over the Muslim world. They don't even deport convicted terrorists or other foreign criminals. British Pakistani's can marry in Pakistan and bring their wives back PLUS extended families. WTF do they think they are doing?

American-born stepdaughter, 15, faces deportation from UK after residency application is rejected.

A British businessman has accused the Home Office of trying to destroy his family in an astonishing row over the deportation of his 15-year-old stepdaughter.

Go read the rest at CommonSense

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Gee, I'm so shocked...World losing interest in blocking Iran


Poll: World losing interest in blocking Iran

A new BBC poll found that international support for tough sanctions and military action against Iran has fallen over the past year.

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In a 2006 survey, more than 35 percent in 14 of 21 countries polled supported taking military action against Iran over its defiance of calls by the UN and the international community to stop enriching uranium. In 2008, the number of countries in which 35 percent or more favored military action dropped to nine.

Most of the 30,000 polled favored allowing Iran to produce nuclear fuel under UN supervision.

Over 40 percent of those polled in Middle Eastern countries favored the diplomatic track as the best way to solve the conflict.

In Britain, support for severe action against Iran dropped to 34 percent, down from 43 percent in 2006, and a similar decline was reported in Australia and Germany. All in all, only nine percent support a military operation against the Islamic Republic worldwide.

Come to grips with the KIND of minority we are really in folks.

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The United States and South Korea were the only countries in which respondents favored tougher action against Iran.

Support for such measures has dropped 10 points in Australia (52 per cent to 42 per cent), nine points in Britain (43 per cent to 34 per cent), nine points in Germany (46 per cent to 37 per cent), seven points in Canada (52 per cent to 45 per cent) and six points in the United States (66 per cent to 60 per cent).

Only three countries show an increase in support for economic sanctions or military strikes: an increase of nine points among Israelis (62 per cent to 71 per cent), six points among South Koreans (47 per cent to 53 per cent), and 12 points among Turkish respondents (21 per cent to 33 per cent).

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That's it in the world. THAT'S IT. With the NIE, the Axis of Evil has been inverted.

There are only three nations in the world with majorities ready to commit to action against a nuclear Iran ready to WIPE OUT another nation (threats of which are a violation of the UN 'law' in and of itself), one of which is the purported victim itself. That is not a function of George Bush or any American policies.

The poll was conducted following news of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate that found Iran had stopped pursuing nuclear weapons in 2003.

It should be quite clear that the NIE itself has been devastating to the USA, and a great boon to our enemies.

Why is that?

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Friends, and Schadenfreude -'Magic is over' for U.S., says French foreign minister


Let me first postulate that anyone who finds the words coming out their mouths that negotiating with HAMAS is a good idea, is delusional, so take this for what it's worth.

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PARIS: Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of France and a longtime humanitarian, diplomatic and political activist on the international scene, says that whoever succeeds President George W. Bush may restore something of the United States' battered image and standing overseas, but that "the magic is over."

In a wide-ranging conversation with Roger Cohen of the International Herald Tribune at the launch of a Forum for New Diplomacy in Paris, Kouchner on Tuesday also held out the hope of talking with Hamas, the Palestinian faction that rules the Gaza Strip but has been ostracized by the West and by its Palestinian rival, Fatah, because it opposes peace talks with Israel and denies that Israel has a right to exist.

To achieve what end? Only no Israel can be an outcome of negotiating with HAMAS. Negotiating a ceasefire changes NOTHING except the terminal date of the conflict. Thoughts that while a ceasefire exists somethign good may happen are fantasies for children

Asked whether the United States could repair the damage it has suffered to its reputation during the Bush presidency and especially since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Kouchner replied, "It will never be as it was before."

"I think the magic is over," he continued, in what amounted to a sober assessment from one of the strongest supporters in France of the United States.

No, it amounts to an envy ridden glee, and hope, from at heart a nation that never got over being rescued twice from it's own stupidities by a nation with no culture, and little history. If we are despised it's by the kind of nation which can't wait to get to Durban II to make obeisance at the feet of racists of the most ancient kind whose position in this world is temporarily vouchsafed by the geographical position of plants, millions of years old. The feelings of that kind of world were made quite clear when the UN vote on Iraq came down to Cameroon. Long before anyone knew Iraq had fooled the world on WMD and long before Abu Ghreib.

U.S. military supremacy endures, Kouchner noted, and the new president "will decide what to do - there are many means to re-establish the image." But even that, he predicted, "will take time."

Kouchner began the 90-minute event with a speech that emphasized that "there is not just a new diplomacy; there is a new world."

What is he actually saying? American decline creates a new world? I think so. Perhaps Sarkozy is not what he appears to have been presented as, or as we would like to see him, or Kouchner needs to be watched.

Asked whether there is a way to engage Hamas, which is supported by a significant minority of Palestinians, Kouchner appeared to hold out hope of contact, saying: "I'm looking for a diplomatic way to say yes."

For what purpose? Not peace. They are quite plain about that, and without any embarrassment in saying so.

Kouchner is the founder of Doctors Without Borders. Perhaps humanitarians have little place in creating and implementing foreign policy, being guided by principles which victimize their own peoples at the hands of those who act with untrammeled consciences.


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