'cookieChoices = {};'

The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, May 03, 2008

"Honor" Murder in Basra

President Bush sincerely believes that this savage culture can be turned into a civilized, peaceful, free nation. It is difficult to judge who is the bigger fool: Bush or the "liberal" multicultists who believe cultural values and ideas, or lack thereof, don't matter:

Teenage Iraqi girl who fell in love with BRITISH soldier in Basra is murdered by her own father in honour killing

"An Iraqi teenage girl was brutally murdered by her father in an "honour killing" after she fell in love with a British soldier in Basra.

When her father learned she had been seen speaking to a foreigner he rushed home and butchered her, strangling and stabbing her while screaming that he was "cleansing his honour".

He was arrested, but Iraqi police took no action. His wife has since left him and is in hiding.

While there is no suggestion the two had any physical relationship, the case raises questions about the training given to British forces in understanding cultural values in a city where 47 women died in "honour killings" last year.

Recalling Rand's murder, her weeping mother Leila Hussein said: "I screamed and called out for her two brothers so they could get their father away. But when he told them the reason, instead of saving her they helped him end her life."

Abdel-Qader Ali stood on the girl's throat until she suffocated and then stabbed her, all the time shouting that his honour was being cleansed.

e was arrested and released within two hours. Sergeant Ali Jabbar of Basra police said: "The father has very good contacts in the Basra government."

Because her family considered her impure, Rand was given only a simple burial. Her uncles spat in her grave to show their disgust."

Oh sure, these loathsome barbarians are our civilized equals. Afterall, Edward Said told us so.

Hat tip: Moonbattery

Crossposted at The Dougout
Bookmark and Share
posted by Grant Jones at permanent link# 0 Comments

Civilized People Make all the Difference

Below is an excellent video that juxtaposes quotes from Mark Twain's observations made during his trip to Palistine in 1867 with pictures of contemporary Israel:

Contrary to the multicultists, culture involves more that diet and apparel. We, including the Israelis value life, they worship death. Strangely enough, this difference in cultural values affects how people choose to live on earth.

Another interesting example: "Why Britons walked warily in Waziristan." Waziristan, another charming place where Moslem-tribal anti-values dominate and home to Osama bin Laden and many of his followers:

In 1919, a young British army officer, Francis Stockdale, was deployed to the Waziristan area of British India.

The title of his book, "Walk Warily in Waziristan" seems no less appropriate now than it did 90 years ago, because today the autonomous Pakistani tribal region of North and South Waziristan is the centre of militancy orchestrated by pro-Taleban and al-Qaeda militants.

The book provides a fascinating account of what was regarded then - as it is today - as a thoroughly dangerous area.

Getting captured, it seemed, was not an option: "It would result in death by torture, an activity which I was informed the tribal women folk used to luxuriate."
Not just dangerous, but a thoroughly loathsome area. Hat tips: PJ and Judith Apter Klinghoffer

Crossposted at The Dougout
Bookmark and Share
posted by Grant Jones at permanent link# 0 Comments

Storm Track Intimidation: Muslim Shame - Urfi Marriages

It’s simply amazing the moral contortions devout Muslims will do to adapt to human behavior. But this time, the jig is up. Secularism to the rescue!

In the back rooms of trinket shops, hidden in the snaking alleyways of Cairo, licences for love are signed, sealed – and sold.

Young, middle-class Egyptians are buying so-called "urfi", informal marriage contracts, in growing numbers to get around religious strictures against having pre-marital sex.

Without documentation it is almost impossible for couples to live together or stay in the same hotel room, and the whiff of impropriety can bring down the wrath of parents, friends and neighbours.

Unless you have a license – one night stands are out.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

Bookmark and Share
posted by WC at permanent link# 0 Comments

Meanwhile, very quietly... FBI Chief Mueller confirms stateside Al Qaida cells

HUH? Gee I'm so shocked, but some people see to forget. Some people need to insist the genesis of this is Afghanistan, where 'we should be fighting'.

Who else but Gertz:
FBI Director Robert Mueller said last week that the FBI has uncovered small groups of Al Qaida terrorists in the United States, although he declined provide details.

In House Judiciary Committee testimony, Mueller was asked about cell of Al Qaida in the country.

"As to your first question as to whether we have found affiliates or, as you would call them, cells of Al Qaida in the United States, yes, we have. Again, I cannot get into it in public session, but I would say yes, we have."

The FBI has been stepping up intelligence-gathering activities in the United States aimed at providing intelligence that would stop a terrorist attack in advance, but U.S. officials said the intelligence program is still in its early stages.

Mueller defended the FBI's Muslim outreach program that critics say have put the bureau in a role of providing legitimacy to Muslim groups that support overseas extremists.

"And every opportunity I have, I reaffirm the fact that 99.9 percent of Muslim-Americans or Sikh-Americans, Arab-Americans are every bit as patriotic as anybody else in this room, and that many of our cases are a result of the cooperation from the Muslim community in the United States," Mueller said.

These murderers are not from Afghanistan, they are from the Quran. They are from Mecca and Qom, Islamabad and Rawapindi, Quetta and Medina, Cairo and Alexandria.


They may sojourn in Somalia, or Afghanistan, or Waziristan, or Pakistan or Algeria, or Turkey, but they are from the Quran. When our leader can articulate THAT without fear, and without inciting morons to visions of barbed wire camps we will make progress. Until then we are going to be stumbling and bumbling, like Ambrose Burnside waiting for his pontoons. We will have a rough idea of what we need to do, but we will be unable to act to do it, and unable to articulate the next steps towards victory.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 5 Comments

Slimy, Weak Politicians Pandering to Muslims

THE GUARDIAN: The government's attempts to placate Muslims will cause long-term damage to communities, a charity said yesterday.

The warning came from Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, chair and co-founder of the British Muslims for Secular Democracy, a new organisation claiming to represent the "silent majority who feel no conflict between their faith and democracy".

Speaking before the launch, attended by Baroness Kishwer Faulkner and former Islamist Ed Husain, the journalist said the government was pandering to Muslims by granting too many concessions, fuelling their separation from the rest of society.

"The government has found a way of placating Muslims in a way that will only damage us in the long term, Muslims wanting separate schools or different measures. There must be one law for all. Stop Pandering to Muslims Says 'Silent Majority' >>> By Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent | May 2, 2008

Hat tip: Dhimmi Watch

Islam: The Enemy of Democracy and Freedom

The Dawning of a New Dark Age (Paperback - UK)
The Dawning of a New Dark Age (Hardback - UK)

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by Mark at permanent link# 0 Comments

Why ? US fails to detect the Syrian/Iranian(?)/NoKo Plutonium weapons plant

The answer in purple below is so disgusting it's breathtaking.


Intel failure in Syria raises questions: Can U.S. monitor proliferation?

U.S. intelligence agencies failed to detect the secret Syrian nuclear facility built with North Korean assistance until the factory was almost complete, according to U.S. officials.
Maybe we should be spying on Israel to learn what they learn, if we can't raise our own capabilities???

The failure is the latest in a string of intelligence failures and raises questions about whether U.S. intelligence agencies can adequately monitor the spread of weapons of mass destruction, supposedly one of the highest national security priorities for the United States.

In 2003 we failed to be accurate about Iraq, now we are failing again and all these things are critical. Why have heads not been rolling? Why has George Bush ACCEPTED such incompetence?

An image that U.S. intelligence officials said shows a Syrian nuclear reactor built with North Korean help. AFP/US Gov.
A senior U.S. intelligence official who briefed reporters on the Syria-North Korea nuclear cooperation stated that the facility located on the Euphrates River near al Kibar had been under surveillance since 2001 and that reports indicated Syrian-North Korean cooperation.

"We received indications in '05 that the Syrians and North Koreans were involved in a project in the Dayr az Zawr region of eastern Syria, but again, no specific information on the nature or the exact location of the work," the official said, noting that suspicions that the cooperation was "nuclear-related" surfaced in 2003.

Despite the indications, U.S. intelligence did not learn conclusively that the facility was a nuclear reactor plant until the spring of 2007, only months before the facility was to be completed.

Oh and we don't know conclusively about Arak and Natanz, either.

"The information included photographs of the interior and the exterior of the building located in Dayr az Zawr showing key features of the reactor," the official said.

The indications that the reactor would be used for nuclear weapons included a lack of infrastructure to produce electricity.

Does the output of 5400 P2 centrifuges in Iran match up to the electrical production need of the nuclear generating stations now being built?

"Internal photographs of the reactor vessel under construction shows that it's a gas-cooled graphite-moderated reactor similar in technology and configuration to the Yongbyon reactor," the official said.

Israel scored the intelligence coup of getting inside the reactor and the photographs led the Israelis to conduct the Sept. 6 bombing raid that destroyed the facility.

U.S. intelligence agencies were biased against accepting intelligence that Syria was building a nuclear reactor because of the intelligence liaison relationship between the CIA and Syrian intelligence, ties that officials said had come to dominate not just intelligence relations but diplomatic relations as well.

Are we really so foolish and incompetent?
Are we?
Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 7 Comments

Syria moves from 'pal' to Iranian vassal state


Syria moving formally into Iran's strategic orbit

Regardless of an Israeli withdrawal and a major U.S. aid package, Syria plans to maintain and develop its strategic alliance with Iran.

The regime of President Bashar Assad had sent messages via intermediaries to the United States that Damascus regards its ties with Teheran as vital and not threatening to regional interests.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem (4th right) and his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki (3rd left) hold a round of negotiations in Tehran on April 23. Reuters/Raheb Homavandi
The Assad message also stressed that Syria would not revise its support for the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah.

Assad said Hizbullah, which sparked a war with Israel in 2006, was a legitimate group that sought to battle Israel's expansionism.

"It would be naive to think Syria will neglect or abandon its strategic alliances that do not stem from the Arab-Israeli conflict," Assad confidante Samir Taqi said.

Taqi, director of the Syrian-sponsored Center of Oriental Studies, relayed the Syrian message in an April 25 interview with Hizbullah's Al Manar television. Western intelligence sources said Taqi, a former adviser to the late Hafez Assad, was close to Bashar and speaks for the Syrian ruler.

Indeed, the intelligence sources said, Iran and Syria plan to enhance strategic cooperation over the next year. They said Damascus and Teheran have discussed joint procurement of advanced Russian weapons and air defense systems, particularly the S-300PMU2. The S-300PMU2 has been touted as an air defense network that could stop any Israeli or U.S. air strike on either Iran or Syria.

I seriously doubt it based on what I know. S-400 might have a better shot.

Iran and Syria have also been working together to acquire nuclear weapons technology and equipment from North Korea. The sources said Iran has helped finance North Korean nuclear contracts in Syria, including the establishment of the Al Kabir plutonium production plant in northeastern Syria. The plant was destroyed by the Israel Air Force in September 2007.

One scenario envisioned by the sources is that Iran would deploy one or several nuclear weapons in Syria. This would ensure the accuracy of any Iranian nuclear strike against Israel, which contains a large Muslim minority.

When was the last time a state allowed nuclear weapons controlled by another to target a neighbor directly?

October 1962. Think the Iranians would react as the Russians did? Think the Israelis would act as we did?

Rx for regional nuclear war.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 0 Comments

Friday, May 02, 2008

Why Do Moderate Muslims Oppose Investigating Radical Jihad?

The Islamic Center of Charlotte opposes Congressman Myrick's ten-point plan for fighting Jihad. Robert Spencer wonders what they could possibly find objectionable in the plan.

From Front Page Magazine:

In mid-April Representative Sue Myrick (R-NC) unveiled a ten-point plan for fighting against jihadist activity in the United States. One would think that Muslims who profess to oppose today’s global jihad would welcome such an initiative, but one Muslim leader from Myrick’s district, Jibril Hough of the Islamic Center of Charlotte, is not happy. On Monday he charged that “Myrick's latest attempt at fighting terrorism is nothing more than a fear campaign. It is nothing more than a new McCarthyism, or Myrickism. As Muslims, we have become expendable as politicians like Myrick seek political gain.”

Myrick responded by inviting the Islamic Center of Charlotte to offer a point-by-point rebuttal to her proposals. And indeed, some specifics would be welcome. What could Jibril Hough really say in opposition to the particulars of Myrick’s plan? It’s worth going through her proposals to see what he could possibly find objectionable.

First, Myrick proposes to “investigate all military chaplains endorsed by Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was imprisoned for funding a terrorist organization.” And her second proposal is to “investigate all prison chaplains endorsed by Alamoudi.”

Alamoudi is doing 23 years in prison for funding jihad terrorism. Is it possible that some of the military and prison chaplains he endorsed shared his jihadist views? Can Jibril Hough explain why not?

Myrick then calls for investigation of “the selection process of Arabic translators working for the Pentagon and the FBI.”

An FBI whistleblower has reported that Arabic translators there cheered the 9/11 attacks. Can Jibril Hough explain why this should not be a cause for concern?

Myrick Plan Point 4: “Examine the non-profit status of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has had several of its officials convicted on jihad terror-related charges, and was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case. Can Jibril Hough explain why its tax-exempt status should not at least be examined?

Myrick Plan Point 5: “Make it an act of sedition or solicitation of treason to preach or publish materials that call for the deaths of Americans.”

Objections, Mr. Hough?

Well, I guess Mr. Hough wouldn't like my plan, either, because it would call for all those who advocate Sharia to be imprisoned for sedition.

If moderate Muslims like Jibril Hough continue to oppose any attempt to end Jihadism, the proposals are only going to get worse.

Jibril is so god damned moderate. I love moderate Muslims like him.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 4 Comments

Mickey Kantor, Worthless White Nigger - UPDATED

Uh, wow!

UPDATED: Ben Smith has a post up over at Politico which sheds doubt on the truthfulness of this video clip.

I tend to believe the clip probably is not real. This clip is old. Considering how much Clinton's enemies hated him, were the clip real, I believe it would have come out before.

The question is, why is it coming out now, and who put it out?

Hmm, could it be Barack Obama and his buddies?

Would they have the "audacity" to doctor a clip like this?
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 8 Comments

Winds of War: Joy For Muslims Is Outlawed

Well, it’s official. At least in Egypt. Sheikh 'Atiya Sakr, a former head of the Al-Azhar University Fatwa Committee, has declared ‘No Joy’ for Muslims. It seems he’s upset about all those Christian holidays polluting poor Muslim minds with celebration, happiness and joy.

And the Copts are not happy.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

Bookmark and Share
posted by WC at permanent link# 2 Comments

This Week on The Gathering Storm Radio Show


The nearly famous The Gathering Storm Radio Show, which Always On Watch and I co-host, will have on, at the top of the first hour, Boss Smith - the man who was accosted and held against his will at a Brooklyn mosque for taking pictures of it. He'll be on Hannity and Combs this weekend but we have him first!!

The show broadcasts live this Friday, May 2 beginning at noon, Pacific Standard Time.

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

Callers welcome!

Be sure to listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show this week!
Bookmark and Share
posted by WC at permanent link# 3 Comments

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Storm Track Infiltration: Got Muslims? Got Shari’a Law

What happens when “an overwhelming Muslim majority” takes over a community? You the imposition of Islamic law on all – Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

It’s happening in that ‘moderate’ Islamic countryIndonesia.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

Bookmark and Share
posted by WC at permanent link# 2 Comments

Iran changes dollar for euro or yen in Oil Exports

This is something Ahmadenijad had already announced some months ago, but now it's being formally announced:
"All the oil operations are being made in euros or in yens" Hojjatollah Ghanimifard has explained. Ghanimifard is the director of foreign relations of the Iranian National Oil Company. Iran finishes this way its process of reducing its exposition to the dollar, after the tensions between Teheran and Wasington because of the nuclear crisis. In fact, last december an Iranian Government speaker informed already that 90% of the revenues obtained by the oil exports weren't made in dollars.
Ahmadenijad said this was because the "dollar is no more than a worthless piece of paper", but surely the confrontation due to the Iranian "pacific"
nuclear project has something to do with it.

Labels: , , , , ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by Nora (LV) at permanent link# 0 Comments

Remember ...NEVER AGAIN. Holocaust Memorial Day

The real thing:
shoah_aus.jpgNot a holocaust:
not a holocasut1.jpg

The real thing:

not a holocaust:

al dura stamp.jpg

The real thing:

Not a holocaust: (Gaza City)

It doesn't matter if was 2 million or 6 million or 9 million, it was the result of 3000 years of racist hatred among humans against the jews for explicable and inexplicable reason of human weakness and compulsions. It is a stain on virtually all nations from the Phillistines and Amalekites thru the Greeks, across the spread of time to Arab and Asian and European nations, and here in the USA, married to the industrial might and ill ambition of a nation of technocratic and willing people who believed the worst of their neighbors and friends.

And now thru the Arab and Islamic lies of multinational PROJECTION of the jews as the nazis we can all be sure what has been for 3,000 years lives in health.

But thanks to them, we now all know that the god of the Quran is a racist god, and makes the Quran a racist document, separating it from all others as the living unchangeable word of a bigoted, hateful being, who separates the jews from all other people.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 6 Comments

How the NIE has helped destroy American interests in one simple lesson

Financial Times:
Iran-Europe gas deals anger Washington

By Daniel Dombey in Washington, Anna Fifield in Tehran and Haig Simonian in Zurich

Published: April 30 2008 18:05 | Last updated: April 30 2008 18:05

The US and its allies are worried that the sanctions regime against Tehran is under threat from a possible new wave of European investment in Iran's strategically important gas sector.

Tehran has already concluded gas deals with Chinese and Malaysian companies - ending a protracted lull in investment in its energy sector - and has alarmed Washington by reaching an agreement with a Swiss group.

The dilemma threatens to expose the limited US influence over foreign companies strategic decisions.

Although Washington and its allies have convinced the United Nations Security Council to sign up to three sets of sanctions against Iran's nuclear and missile sectors and banks, it has been unable to broaden such international measures into the key energy sector.

If these corporations, and groups of corporations had REAL tangible fear that the US was going to take out Iranian nuclear assetts and oil and gas supplies from Iran were questionable in any following chaos, NO ONE would sign such an agreement. More, the signings mean, as Bill Gertz showed over and over HERE that those considered our friends and partners will more and more ally themselves economically so that they will be against the security needs of the people of the USA. We should recognize this, and recognize that this is natural. Nations have no friends, only interest, it is famously reported.

We need to conduct ourselves in recognition that while we would like the shared values of democracy and freedom of expression to make our interests common enough to be true friends, many other nations conduct themselves as being more 'sophisticated' than the rube, gun toting, nekulturny cowboys.

Thus the NIE, gives life to a process which is working against the safety of the the people, as more and more, when these agreements are signed, the businesses, their employees, and those who receive their supplies from Iran find themselves in the position that anything which disturbs this new relationship endangers their heat, electricity, mobility and jobs.

It is therefore ESSENTIAL that the western democracies take very seriously the idea that agreements of this kind IMPERIL their energy supplies.

Of course it is just this conundrum which finds itself expressed in the polls which tell us the USA and Israel are the most dangerous nations in the world. We had better be. Almost everyone else appears ready to sign with anyone for a buck. We had better be dangerous to such people.

Now, the US fears that a 25-year supply agreement concluded in March between Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft Laufenburg (EGL) of Switzerland and Iran could encourage other deals, particularly in the gas sector, despite American calls for tougher sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear programme. The Swiss government says the deal could be worth up to €27bn ($42bn, £21bn).

“The worry is that the Swiss deal will lead others, such as the Austrians, to confirm energy investments in Iran, and that companies like [France’s] Total could then follow suit and sign contracts of their own,” said one western diplomat. He pointed out that the EGL agreement ended a period in which European energy companies had largely confined themselves to agreeing only non-binding memoranda of understanding with Iran.

He added: “There is a lot of attention on sanctions on Iranian banks, but investment in the energy sector is much more important for Iran’s economy.” Iran has the world’s second-largest proven gas reserves, but exports far below its potential.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 0 Comments

This Week on The Gathering Storm Radio Show

Listen to the nearly famous The Gathering Storm Radio Show, which Always On Watch and I co-host. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Standard Time.

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

Callers welcome!

Friday, May 2 (90 Minutes): Our guest for the full hour is Bill Warner, the director of The Center for the Study of Political Islam. He also writes articles for his web site Political Islam and has been interviewed numerous times by Jamie Glazov at Front Page Magazine. We may also be joined the next hour with Boss Smith - the man who was accosted and held against his will at a Brooklyn mosque for taking pictures of it.
Additional information about Bill Warner:

Bill Warner is a pen name for a retired mathematics professor and research scientist. He had read the Koran and understood the political aspects of Islam before 9/11, so he immediately knew the significance of the bombing of the World Trade Towers.

Since 2003, Bill has been the Director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam and its spokesperson. CSPI is a team of independent scholars and researchers who have written 11 books revealing the ideology of political Islam, using the primary sources, the Koran, the Hadiths or Sunnah, and Mohammed’s biography, the Sirah. The books are written in a clear, direct style and can be used as a reference for quotes, examples of warfare, strategy and political ideas.

"The Two Kinds of Dhimmis" and "Islam Slavery and Rape" are two of his recent interviews at Front Page Magazine.

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!

Be sure to listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show this week!

May 9: Mohammed Abdul
May 16: Ibn Misr and Chaim
May 23: Cassandra USA
May 30: John Kenneth Press and Radio Free Dar Al Harb
Bookmark and Share
posted by WC at permanent link# 0 Comments

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

John McCain Is The Man

I'm not a big fan of his politics, or of the manner in which he rose to become the Republican Party candidate for the Presidency, but to read these stories is to admire John McCain as a human being:

Getting to Know John McCain

By KARL ROVE April 30, 2008; Page A17

It came to me while I was having dinner with Doris Day. No, not that Doris Day. The Doris Day who is married to Col. Bud Day, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, fighter pilot, Vietnam POW and roommate of John McCain at the Hanoi Hilton.

As we ate near the Days' home in Florida recently, I heard things about Sen. McCain that were deeply moving and politically troubling. Moving because they told me things about him the American people need to know. And troubling because it is clear that Mr. McCain is one of the most private individuals to run for president in history.

When it comes to choosing a president, the American people want to know more about a candidate than policy positions. They want to know about character, the values ingrained in his heart. For Mr. McCain, that means they will want to know more about him personally than he has been willing to reveal.

Mr. Day relayed to me one of the stories Americans should hear. It involves what happened to him after escaping from a North Vietnamese prison during the war. When he was recaptured, a Vietnamese captor broke his arm and said, "I told you I would make you a cripple."

The break was designed to shatter Mr. Day's will. He had survived in prison on the hope that one day he would return to the United States and be able to fly again. To kill that hope, the Vietnamese left part of a bone sticking out of his arm, and put him in a misshapen cast. This was done so that the arm would heal at "a goofy angle," as Mr. Day explained. Had it done so, he never would have flown again.

But it didn't heal that way because of John McCain. Risking severe punishment, Messrs. McCain and Day collected pieces of bamboo in the prison courtyard to use as a splint. Mr. McCain put Mr. Day on the floor of their cell and, using his foot, jerked the broken bone into place. Then, using strips from the bandage on his own wounded leg and the bamboo, he put Mr. Day's splint in place.

Years later, Air Force surgeons examined Mr. Day and complimented the treatment he'd gotten from his captors. Mr. Day corrected them. It was Dr. McCain who deserved the credit. Mr. Day went on to fly again.

Another story I heard over dinner with the Days involved Mr. McCain serving as one of the three chaplains for his fellow prisoners. At one point, after being shuttled among different prisons, Mr. Day had found himself as the most senior officer at the Hanoi Hilton. So he tapped Mr. McCain to help administer religious services to the other prisoners.

Today, Mr. Day, a very active 83, still vividly recalls Mr. McCain's sermons. "He remembered the Episcopal liturgy," Mr. Day says, "and sounded like a bona fide preacher." One of Mr. McCain's first sermons took as its text Luke 20:25 and Matthew 22:21, "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's." Mr. McCain said he and his fellow prisoners shouldn't ask God to free them, but to help them become the best people they could be while serving as POWs. It was Caesar who put them in prison and Caesar who would get them out. Their task was to act with honor.

Another McCain story, somewhat better known, is about the Vietnamese practice of torturing him by tying his head between his ankles with his arms behind him, and then leaving him for hours. The torture so badly busted up his shoulders that to this day Mr. McCain can't raise his arms over his head.

One night, a Vietnamese guard loosened his bonds, returning at the end of his watch to tighten them again so no one would notice. Shortly after, on Christmas Day, the same guard stood beside Mr. McCain in the prison yard and drew a cross in the sand before erasing it. Mr. McCain later said that when he returned to Vietnam for the first time after the war, the only person he really wanted to meet was that guard.

Mr. Day recalls with pride Mr. McCain stubbornly refusing to accept special treatment or curry favor to be released early, even when gravely ill. Mr. McCain knew the Vietnamese wanted the propaganda victory of the son and grandson of Navy admirals accepting special treatment. "He wasn't corruptible then," Mr. Day says, "and he's not corruptible today."

The stories told to me by the Days involve more than wartime valor.

For example, in 1991 Cindy McCain was visiting Mother Teresa's orphanage in Bangladesh when a dying infant was thrust into her hands. The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to save her life, so Mrs. McCain brought the child home to America with her. She was met at the airport by her husband, who asked what all this was about.

Mrs. McCain replied that the child desperately needed surgery and years of rehabilitation. "I hope she can stay with us," she told her husband. Mr. McCain agreed. Today that child is their teenage daughter Bridget.

I was aware of this story. What I did not know, and what I learned from Doris, is that there was a second infant Mrs. McCain brought back. She ended up being adopted by a young McCain aide and his wife.

"We were called at midnight by Cindy," Wes Gullett remembers, and "five days later we met our new daughter Nicki at the L.A. airport wearing the only clothing Cindy could find on the trip back, a 7-Up T-shirt she bought in the Bangkok airport." Today, Nicki is a high school sophomore. Mr. Gullett told me, "I never saw a hospital bill" for her care.

A few, but not many, of the stories told to me by the Days have been written about, such as in Robert Timberg's 1996 book "A Nightingale's Song." But Mr. McCain rarely refers to them on the campaign trail. There is something admirable in his reticence, but he needs to overcome it.

Private people like Mr. McCain are rare in politics for a reason. Candidates who are uncomfortable sharing their interior lives limit their appeal. But if Mr. McCain is to win the election this fall, he has to open up.

Americans need to know about his vision for the nation's future, especially his policy positions and domestic reforms. They also need to learn about the moments in his life that shaped him. Mr. McCain cannot make this a biography-only campaign – but he can't afford to make it a biography-free campaign either. Unless he opens up more, many voters will never know the experiences of his life that show his character, integrity and essential decency.

These qualities mattered in America's first president and will matter as Americans decide on their 44th president.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 21 Comments

In which Spengler solves ONE of Obama's problems as only he can

Hit the road

Dear Spengler,
I'm in big trouble over something I said to a private group that some busybody posted on the Internet. Just when I was about to lock up the Democratic presidential nomination, everyone is on my case because I said that small-town voters in Pennsylvania were bitter about losing their jobs, and cling to their guns and to God by way of compensation.

I've qualified, temporized, reorganized and sanitized my remarks, but the story just won't go away. What should I do about it?
Shivering in Chicago

Dear Shivering
Last time you wrote to me April 1, 2008) the best course of action seemed clear. This is a tougher one. Some
gaffes don't go away. You might consider emulating the legendary Abu Hussan, whose story is told in the Arabian Nights (as translated by Sir Richard Burton):
They recount that in the city of Kaukaban in Yemen there was a man named Abu Hasan of the Fadhli tribe who left the Bedouin life and became a townsman and the wealthiest of merchants. His wife died while both were young, and his friends pressed him to marry again.

Weary of their pressure, Abu Hasan entered into negotiations with the old women who procure matches, and married a woman as beautiful as the moon shining over the sea. To the wedding banquet he invited kith and kin, ulema and fakirs, friends and foes, and all of his acquaintances.

The whole house was thrown open to feasting: There were five different colors of rice, and sherbets of as many more; kid goats stuffed with walnuts, almonds, and pistachios; and a young camel roasted whole. So they ate and drank and made merry.

god said pull my finger.jpg

The bride was displayed in her seven dresses - and one more - to the women, who could not take their eyes off her. At last the bridegroom was summoned to the chamber where she sat enthroned. He rose slowly and with dignity from his divan; but in do doing, for he was over full of meat and drink, he let fly a great and terrible fart.

In fear for their lives, all the guests immediately turned to their neighbors and talked aloud, pretending to have heard nothing.

Mortified, Abu Hasan turned away from the bridal chamber and as if to answer a call of nature. He went down to the courtyard, saddled his mare, and rode off, weeping bitterly through the night.

In time he reached Lahej, where he found a ship ready to sail for India; so he boarded, arriving ultimately at Calicut on the Malabar coast. Here he met with many Arabs, especially from Hadramaut, who recommended him to the king. This king (who was a kafir) trusted him and advanced him to the captaincy of his bodyguard. He remained there 10 years, in peace and happiness, but finally was overcome with homesickness. His longing to behold his native land was like that of a lover pining for his beloved; and it nearly cost him his life.

Finally he sneaked away without taking leave and made his way to Makalla in Hadramaut. Here he donned the rags of a dervish. Keeping his name and circumstances a secret, he set forth on foot for Kaukaban. He endured a thousand hardships of hunger, thirst and fatigue; and braved a thousand dangers from lions, snakes and ghouls.

Drawing near to his old home, he looked down upon it from the hills with brimming eyes, and said to himself, "They might recognize me, so I will wander about the outskirts and listen to what people are saying. May Allah grant that they do not remember what happened."

He listened carefully for seven nights and seven days, until it happened that, as he was sitting at the door of a hut, he heard the voice of a young girl saying, "Mother, tell me what day was I born on, for one of my companions wants to tell my fortune."

The mother answered, "My daughter, you were born on the very night when Abu Hasan farted."

No sooner had the listener heard these words than he rose up from the bench and fled, saying to himself, "Verily my fart has become a date! It will be remembered for ever and ever.

He continued on his way, returning finally to India, where he remained in self exile until he died. May the mercy of Allah be upon him!
I suggest you change your name, move to a place where no one knows you, and stay out of sight. Spengler

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 4 Comments

Storm Track Intimidation: Murder - More From Those Moderate Muslims

For some Muslim fathers who have been ‘dishonored’ by their daughters, suffocation and dismemberment is not enough. The family itself must get involved – by spitting on the body.

Heard this on Fox New and found it at the Daily Mail.

An Iraqi teenage girl was brutally murdered by her father in an "honour killing" after she fell in love with a British soldier in Basra.

Seventeen-year-old Rand Abdel-Qader told her best friend how she had fallen for Paul, a 22-year-old she met at a charity where she worked as a volunteer.

When her father learned she had been seen speaking to a foreigner he rushed home and butchered her, strangling and stabbing her while screaming that he was "cleansing his honour".

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

Bookmark and Share
posted by WC at permanent link# 2 Comments

CIA ..whoopsi, we changed our mind

or...Ignore that NIE behind the curtain
CIA's Hayden: Syria was on verge of becoming nuclear power
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. intelligence community, in an about-face from an assessment of less than a year ago, has concluded that Syria was close to becoming a nuclear power.

"In the course of a year after they got full up they would have produced enough plutonium for one or two weapons," CIA director Michael Hayden said.


The new assessment was that Syria was weeks away from operating a North Korean-built plutonium production plant near the Turkish border.

That facility, the intelligence community assessed, could have produced up to two bombs in the first year of operation.

On April 28, Hayden said the Syrian reactor could have begun producing sufficient amounts of plutonium for an atomic weapon.

Speaking to reporters after an address at Georgetown University, the CIA director said information of the North Korean-designed nuclear reactor came from Israel and could not be shared with the IAEA until mid-April.

"We've made it clear we did not have complete control over the totality of the information because obviously it was the result of a team effort, Hayden said. "One has to respect the origin of the information in terms of how it is used."

Officials acknowledged that the U.S. assessment marked a near reversal of that in July 2007 when Israel provided aerial photographs of the plant and a video of the North Korean scientists inside.

At the time, the officials said, the CIA and State Department said the North Korean facility -- destroyed by the Israel Air Force in September 2007 -- was years away from being completed and even tested.

"Much of the revision of the CIA assessment came after the Israeli bombing when evidence of nuclear material was found," an official said. "We also learned a lot from the Syrian refusal to the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit the site."

Officials acknowledged that the State Department, particularly Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought to play down the Israeli evidence. They said Ms. Rice and her aides recruited CIA analysts who asserted that the Syrian facility, termed Al Kibar, was not designed for an atomic bomb.

Ms. Rice and Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill were said to have argued that any determination of a North Korean nuclear facility in Syria would torpedo U.S.-led negotiations for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Officials said Israel did not report any uranium shipments to Al Kibar.

And we'd much rather fool ourselves rather than look like fools for a moment. Is Rice then QUALIFIED for high office? If this is the response of a republican UNILATERALIST administration, a rogue outfit, what on earth will happen when Carter II takes office? And now we know why Israel was so silent, because the Bush administration DEMANDED it. FOR POLITICAL REASONS..to not destroy negotiations with a power that has never honored an agreement?

The U.S. intelligence community eventually agreed with the Israeli assessment of a North Korean nuclear program in Syria. Officials said Hayden agreed with analysts who determined that Pyongyang violated its February 2007 pledge to halt nuclear proliferation. The intelligence community suspected that North Korea had been helping Syria's nuclear program since 2001.

By June 2007, officials said, the CIA received information from Israel that North Korea was building a suspected nuclear reactor. Officials said the Israeli aerial and ground-based photographs overcame doubts that stemmed from satellite images of the facility.

At that point, Hayden said, the U.S. intelligence community dismissed arguments that the reactor could be meant for energy production. He said the Israeli photographs also showed that the building was a nuclear reactor.

"Our team effort on the Al Kibar reactor is a case study in rigorous analytic tradecraft, skillful human and technical collection, and close collaboration with our community colleagues and liaison partners," Hayden said on April 24. Our officers put in long hours on this issue for many months, and their hard work paid off by directly advancing our nation's security and that of our allies."

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 1 Comments

Jimmy Carter Is A Friggin' Idiot

Jimmy Carter is having so much trouble holding together the little fantasy world he has created that he actually gets angry at CNN's Wolf Blitzer in this interview.

From Prime Time Politics:

Let's inspect Carter's points. 1. Hamas is not an obstacle to peace in the region 2. Hamas would accept Israel as a Jewish state living alongside a Palestinian state 3. Hamas really wants a ceasefire, but Israel rejects their please for one, and so "the conflict goes on" The reality is the exact opposite on every point. Hamas has continuously launched rockets and other acts of terrorism aimed at Israeli civilians, they've never ceased, regardless of the phony "ceasefires" you hear the AP reporting from time to time. Approximately 30 seconds after good ole Jimmy announced that Hamas was willing to recognize a Jewish State of Israel alongside a Palestinian state, none other than Khaled Mashal, the head of Hamas, contradicted him. It wasn't "spokespersons" for Hamas that contradicted him, it was the head of the terrorist organization himself.

Lastly, Hamas likes to choose very opportune times to offer "ceasefires." Namely, as their leaders start being targeted by Israeli helicopters seems to be the running theme. Of course, they cynically offer "ceasefires" knowing that it puts Israel in the position of choosing between targeting the terrorists that have just attacked their civilian population, or being labeled warmongers who don't want a ceasefire by their friends in the international media.

Sadly, a former President of the United States of America never fails to step up to the plate on behalf of the terrorists of Hamas.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 4 Comments

Indonesia: Non Muslims to wear hijab and massageuses to wear padlocks in their pants

About the obligation for non-Muslims to wear hijabs:
In Padang, capital of the province of West Sumatra, the atmosphere is increasingly that of an Islamic state. Female students who do not wear the headscarf (hijab) are frequently suspended from school. The requirement to observe Islamic customs, sanctioned by the controversial regional law of 2005, is also imposed on non-Muslim girls, and has generated an atmosphere of strong pressure on religious minorities. The proliferation of local laws inspired by sharia (perda syariat) is a growing phenomenon in Indonesia, but the central government has chosen not to intervene for now, in spite of protests from religious minorities and human rights NGO’s.
About the massageusses:
Chastity belts are gaining popularity in Indonesian massage parlors as a way to stop clients and masseuses from getting too close, parlor owners say.
A number of massage parlors in Batu, Indonesia, are requiring female masseuses to wear padlocks over their pants zippers to prevent men from bombarding workers for sex, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
Indonesia has already a terrible history about Islamic fundamentalism, with campaigns which included sexual violence against Timorese females, recognised by UN, and more than 500.000 communists killed because they opposed Suharto, whose troops also carried abductions and mass killings in the mid-1980s.
Last year 100.000 people in Indonesia, asked for the coming of the Global Caliphate in an event. They were summoned there by Islamist group Hibz ut-Tahrir.

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by Nora (LV) at permanent link# 2 Comments

Peace deal ? Israel and Syria ? Wait till you see the terms

Stratfor has received an unconfirmed report that the U.S. administration is currently reviewing a peace agreement drafted by Syria and Israel.

Some of the terms of the alleged deal involve Syria regaining its military,
flying_pig.jpg political and economic influence in Lebanon in exchange for suppressing its militant proxies -- Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Syria and Israel also reportedly came up with a system to create a demilitarized zone along the Israeli-Syrian border in which Syria would pull back four miles for every one mile that Israel pulls back its forces. The Golan Heights would be returned to Syria, though Israel would likely retain full rights to the key water source in the territory.
This means Israel gives up the REAL asset of the Golan Heights which in 100% of the past, when held by Syria meant artillery onto the Israeli kibbutz's below, for the HOPE that Syria will 'suppress' (that's a real objectively measured quantity, isn't it?) HAMAS, Hizballah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

If this information is true, it would indicate the ongoing peace negotiations between Israel have reached a critical phase. Our first clue that these were not simply talks for the sake of talks came when the negotiations broke into the public sphere a little more than a week ago. The lack of denials followed by a public acknowledgment by both the Israeli and Syrian leaderships demonstrated that something serious was going on. The deal could just as well evaporate given the complexities surrounding the issue, but if the two sides have actually crafted together a peace agreement that is now being debated among U.S. officials in Washington, then the political map of the Middle East could undergo some major changes in the near future.

The west is DOOMED.

IMHO there is ZERO per cent chance that Hassan Nasrallah, the most popular man in the middle east for several years running, will be suppressed by anything other than the IDF.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 0 Comments

England - Arab man stabs 2 orthodox jews at random, no hate suspected

Man charged over Golders Green stabbingshear-see-speak-noevil.jpg
By Kevin Bradford

A man has been charged following a double knife attack on two Orthodox Jews in Golders Green.

Mohamed Jama Ahmed, 37, of North Circular Road, Cricklewood, was arrested after two stabbings which happened just meters apart in roads off Golders Green Road on Friday.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said the attacks, which happened at around 6pm, appear to have been random and unprovoked, but were not being treated as faith hate crimes.

Officers were alerted to a 47-year-old man in The Drive who was suffering from stab wounds to his arm and chest.

madinan way.jpg

While at the scene, police were informed that a 43-year-old man had been stabbed in nearby Beverley Gardens.

Both victims were taken to hospital and are said to be in a stable condition.

Ahmed was arrested on Sunday and charged with two counts of assault involving grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear at Hendon Magistrates Court today.

Move along, no religious hatred here. The Quran and Hadith have nothing to do with this. Religion is not involved. Just a nut with a knife upset about his last batch of horseradish, for his gefilte fish, being too weak.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 3 Comments

Obama’s desperate attempt at damage control

Feeling an intense heat and seeing how his presidential bid slips away, B. Hussein Obama decided to do a major damage control and dump on his pastor and mentor of 20 years Rev. Wright by kind of condemning his hate-filled, racist and anti-American views.
"I am outraged by the comments that were made, and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday," he said. "You know, I have been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ since 1992. I have known Reverend Wright for almost 20 years. The person I saw yesterday was not the person I met 20 years ago."
He means to tell us that he's been listening to Wright's hate speeches for 20 years but it is now that he finds all his statements outrageous. Sure, I'll buy that.

But it gets even more interesting, with Wright saying that Obama only distancing himself from him to fool the whitey.
At Tuesday's news conference, Obama explicitly rejected Wright's statements as "ridiculous." He said he was particularly angry that Wright suggested he was only distancing himself from the comments for political purposes.

"And if Reverend Wright thinks that is 'political posturing', as he put it, then he does not know me very well," he added. "And based on his remarks yesterday, I may not know him as well as I thought either."
And after making this strongly worded statement he added:

Crossposted at Eye On The World.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Watcher at permanent link# 2 Comments

Is He The One? - The Audacity of Denial

The problem for Obama is that his books do not, in fact, support the conclusion that he is entirely out of sympathy with what we now know to be Jeremiah Wright's noxious views.

To be sure, Obama has never suggested that the federal government developed the AIDS virus. But Obama's own account of his first encounter with Wright's preaching, as related in his book Dreams From My Father, reveals that Obama knew of Wright's virulent racism from the beginning, and that it was a racist screed by Wright that initially drew Obama to his church.

Listen to Obama himself tell the story in the audio book of Dreams From My Father, by clicking here.

It is hard to see how a candidate who finds inspirational the claim that "white folks' greed runs a world in need" can fully distance himself from Wright's anti-white racism.

PAUL adds: As I've written before, the common thread that ties Obama's views to Wright's is black liberation theology, which sees the Christian mission as bringing justice to oppressed people through political activism, and emphasizes the racial aspect of oppression. In effect, it is an amalgam of Christianity, radical left-wing ideology, and black militancy. Obama's autobiography supports my view that, in all likelihood, "only this brand [of Christianity] could [have brought] a left-wing political activist like Obama to Jesus."

The existence of this common threas does not mean that Obama subscribes to the worst of Wright's views, and I'm confident he does not. But I believe it helps explain why Obama found so many of these views merely "controversial," not deplorable.

So, was Obama just as naive as a child for 20 years, or as disingenuous as any major political figure of the last forty years when he denied knowing the real Pastor Wright this morning?

Either way it creates a huge issue for voters. Is Obama a dupe, or just duplicitous? Do you want him in charge of the nation's security, making judgments about our enemies?

Follow-up reporting should focus on the depth of the relationship between Wright and Obama. In Philadelphia Obama described a deep, strong and personal bond. How deep? What did they talk about all these years? How could you miss the government-created-AIDS etc?

"I did not vet my pastor before I decided to run for the presidency," Obama declared today. That's not the point. The point is Obama's judgment. Or his truthfulness.

One starting point --as Stanley Kurtz notes today, Pastor Wright attended the Million Man March. So did Obama. Obama writes about the Nation of Islam in his memoir, Dreams From My Father.

How can Obama possibly expect us to believe that he didn't know that Pastor Wright esteemed Louis Farrakan? This morning Obama used the Wright praise of Farrakhan yesterday as one of "ridiculous propositions" that led him to "denounce" Wright.

(When men from my church attended the Promise Keepers rally in D.C. in 1997, they went as a group. Do you think that either Obama or Wright traveled with others from their church membership to the rally? I hope a reporter asks Pastor Wright that follow up.)


Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 12 Comments

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Obama on Wright - I'm Shocked, Shocked I tell you, - round up the usual pastors

Yes after 20 years, 2 months, 12 hours, 43 months and 14 seconds...we believe you're just SO shocked.

Shocked at what?
Maybe that Wright is so egotistical he doesn't care if a parishioner is elected POTUS. I'm shocked at that.

But shocked that he said we inject black people with AIDS, as POLICY?
But shocked that he said US Marines are just like Christ's legionnaire executioners?
But shocked that he said we are a terrorist nation?
But shocked that he said Farrakhan is no enemy to him or his church, and that his statement about jews are correct?
But shocked that he said Farrakhan is listened to by all black people?
But shocked that he said attacks on him are attacks on the black church (as if there is some monolithic thing) and are racist?
But shocked that he said we are damned?
But shocked that he said we gave Saddam biological agents to kill his own people?
But shocked that he said 4000 Americans died for a lie?
But shocked that he said we are morally equivalent to Al Qaeda?

At least buy me dinner first, Barry
Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 4 Comments

Bush lands on reporter ..'Look, is it in our interests to confront these jihadists?'

What the hell took you so long, George?

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 5 Comments

Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.... Azerbaijan blocks Russian nuke shipment to Iran

NICOSIA -- Iran has reported that a shipment of Russian nuclear equipment was being held in neighboring Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan, an ally of the United States, has acknowledged the delay. The Azeri government said it has sought to determine whether the nuclear shipment violated United Nations Security Council sanctions on Iran.

Iranian officials said their Foreign Ministry has demanded that Azeri authorities release the nuclear equipment. They said the equipment, intended for the Bushehr nuclear energy reactor, was held up at the Iranian-Azeri border.

"We have asked them to deliver the shipment as soon as possible," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Husseini said. Ali Husseini did not identify the nuclear equipment held in Azerbaijan. The spokesman said the nuclear shipment has been in Azerbaijan for three weeks.

Now wouldn't THIS be interesting. A provocation?

[On Monday, CIA director Michael Hayden said North Korea built a nuclear plant in Syria that could have produced enough plutonium to assemble up to two atomic weapons per year. Hayden said full production of the plant -- destroyed by Israel in September 2007 -- would have been achieved within a year of operation.] Iran and Russia have agreed to accelerate the 1,000 megawatt Bushehr reactor, scheduled to begin full operations in October 2008. But on April 21, Bushehr's prime contractor, Russia's state-owned Atomstroiexport, said one or two trucks carrying equipment for Bushehr were stopped in Astara, along the Azeri-Iranian border.

Atomstroiexport spokeswoman Irina Yesipova said the trucks contained what she termed heat-isolating systems. Ms. Yesipova said she did not envision additional delays to Bushehr.

Iran has also reported the construction of a second nuclear reactor. Officials said the facility was being built along the Iranian border with Iraq and would have a capacity of 360 megawatts.

"Now we need to think about the fuel for it," Iranian ambassador to Russia, Gholamreza Ansari, said.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 1 Comments

State Department Goodthink

Guest Editorial by Edward Cline:

The Associated Press on April 24, under the headline, “’Jihadist’ booted from government lexicon,” announced that,

The Bush administration has launched a new front in the war on terrorism, this time targeting language.

Federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counter Terrorism Center, are telling their people not to describe Islamic extremists as ‘jihadists’ or ‘mujahedeen,’ according to documents obtained by [or “leaked” to] The Associated Press. Lingo like ‘Islamofascism’ is out, too.

So, here is another damning legacy being bequeathed to us by President Bush. He has claimed from the beginning that Islamic terrorism is perpetrated by people who have “hijacked” a “great religion.” But he himself has now hijacked and sabotaged language.

The “new front” is in reality a craven retreat from the old one, which is a costly, futile hit-or-miss campaign to capture or kill individuals responsible for terrorism, and not a campaign against states that sponsor terrorism. In this new development, the State Department, certainly with the sanction of the Bush Administration, will allow the Islamists or Islamofascists to advance and take more ground in their campaign to subjugate the West, and in particular, America.

The AP article claims that one document, “originally prepared in March by the Extremist Messaging Branch of the National Counter Terrorism Center [called “Words that Work and Words that Don’t: A Guide for Counterterrorism Communication”], was approved for diplomatic use this week by the State Department, which plans to distribute a version to all U.S. embassies, officials said.”

What is the rationale for adopting a policy of surrender by expunging “offensive” terms from the nuance-sensitive pragmatist’s Newspeak lexicon? According to Matthew Lee, author of the AP article,

Such words may actually boost support for radicals among Arab and Muslim audiences by giving them a veneer of religious credibility or by causing offense to moderates.

For example, while Americans may understand ‘jihad’ to mean ‘holy war,’ it is in fact a broader concept of the struggle to do good, says the guidance prepared for diplomats and other officials tasked with explaining the war on terror to the public. Similarly, ‘mujahedeen,’ which means those engaged in jihad, must be seen in its broader context.

A Homeland Security report, called “Terminology to Define the Terrorists: Recommendations from American Muslims,” claims that

“U.S. officials may be ‘unintentionally portraying terrorists, who lack moral and religious legitimacy, as brave fighters, legitimate soldiers or spokesmen for ordinary Muslims,’ says a Homeland Security report, which is discussed below.

Let us parse some of these statements in the memo and examine the terms they employ. I cannot determine from Matthew Lee’s report whether or not he is sympathetic to the report, so any criticisms here are meant for the report’s language and not his account of it.

Such words may actually boost support for radicals among Arab and Muslim audiences by giving them a veneer of religious credibility or by causing offenseto moderates.”

Islam is radical. It means submission, specifically, to Allah’s will. It is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year creed, with no allowance for slackers or sabbaticals from it. Every Muslim is either a passive, rank-and-file adherent, or an active one engaged in applying its Islam’s tenets in one of two ways: in Arab societies or in insinuating Sharia in Western or non-Muslim societies – or by bomb. The radical activists already have a veneer of moral and religious credibility, which is based on the religion itself. They possess such credibility in the eyes and minds of all Muslims.

There are no moderates in Islam. One accepts the creed in toto, or one abandons or rejects it; there is no halfway agreement or technical dissension within Islam. Its clerics and scholars do not allow it, nor does the Koran condone it. Anyone who attempts to “reform” Islam risks being chopped by its most consistent practitioners.

Conclusion: One federal agency and one cabinet-level bureaucracy propose to “protect” the U.S. by blanking out reality and not identifying our enemies.

“It’s not what you say,” the AP article quotes from the memorandum, “but what they hear.” In other words, reality is what is in other people’s minds, not in what you might inadvertently be referring to out there in reality. A “jihadist” is merely someone who is “struggling” to “do good” and to “be good” in Allah’s eyes, and not an “extremist” who really isn’t practicing his beliefs, but who is “hijacking” a religion and giving it bad name.

The memo urges officials not to “take the bait” by actually saying, “A is A” when Osama bin Laden or al-Qada “affiliates” speak. Never mind that half the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims cheered when the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11 and bin Laden took credit for it, while the other half silently approved.

We should offer only minimal, if any, response to their messages. When we respond loudly, we raise their prestige in the Muslim world.

Which means that instead of expressing moral condemnation of terrorists and their murderous acts, we should whimper quietly in a corner, perhaps in the company of a grief counselor. The enhanced “prestige” of the jihadists and Islamofascists is guaranteed if that is to be our “response” to terrorist acts.

The Associated Press goes on to note that Homeland Security’s Orwellian Newspeak report treats definitions and meanings as irrelevant.

Regarding ‘jihad,’ even if it is accurate to reference the term, it may not be strategic because it glamorizes terrorism, imbues terrorists with religious authority they do not have and damages relations with Muslims around the world.

Which means that accuracy is optional but basically undesirable and potentially embarrassing. Feelings might be hurt. The most astounding imputation is that using the terms “jihad” and “jihadist” (or any other possibly “offensive” defining term) glamorizes terrorism. The author (or authors, the report is very likely the product of a committee) of that document is someone who believes that “glamorizing” Bonnie and Clyde or Al Capone or Adolf Hitler or Yasir Arafat is wrong, not because these killers were evil and undeserving of any suggestion of good, but because it is impractical. After all, we want other bank robbers, gang leaders, dictators and terrorists to like us, or at least not hate us, and calling these killers killers would damage our relations with all the fools who admire them and who would emulate them if they could. What has morality to do with it?

Steven Emerson, commenting on the Homeland Security report on his Investigative Project on Terrorism site on April 25, noted that

Apparently the report does not say which American Muslims offered the recommendations. But it is virtually identical to a long campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamist groups….So the U.S. government is taking its cues from a group that emanated from a secret Muslim Brotherhood operation in America, one with a stated goal of being ‘a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.’

“’Don’t compromise our credibility,’” quotes the AP article from the Counter Terrorism Center memo, “by using words and phrases that may ascribe benign motives to terrorists.”

Given the gelatin principles and marshmallow ethics that govern the fantasy world of the White House, State Department and our foreign policy, what credibility is left to compromise? And who on earth ever ascribed benign motives to al-Qada, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, or Ahmadinejad’s Iran? These are not branches of Rotary International.

The Counter Terrorism Center memo, reports the AP, contains these pointers:

“Never use the terms ‘jihadist’ or ‘mujahedeen’ in conversation to describe the terrorists…Calling our enemies ‘jihadis’ and their movement a global ‘jihad’ unintentionally legitimizes their actions….Use the terms ‘violent extremist’ or ‘terrorist.’ Both are widely understood terms that define our enemies appropriately and simultaneously deny them any level of legitimacy.” [Note that the term ‘violent extremist” implicitly concedes that Islamic terrorists are acting in the name of Islam, in its most “extreme” interpretation. Apparently the term is widely understood by everyone but the State Department and Homeland Security.]

So, our concern is not with defeating our enemies, but with denying them any “legitimacy” in the eyes of their passive co-religionists, not with destroying those who would destroy us, but with mentally segregating them from Islam. No such thing as a global jihad exists; it’s just a lot of bad guys with guns and bombs who claim they are obeying the will of Allah, but we don’t need to believe that. Not to worry.

One consequence of adopting this evasive anti-language policy is that it will enable our policymakers to dodge the issue of state-sponsored terrorism. It will permit them to negotiate with Islamic regimes that call for our destruction, not eradicate them. What it will not do is change reality.

One unsung hero who summed up the cause and consequence of that policy is Major Steven Coughlin, U.S. Army Reserve, Military Intelligence, author of a paper, “To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad,” [PDF format] submitted in July 2007 to the National Defense Intelligence College, In it, he establishes the crucial links:

Accepting assurances from moderate Muslims that Islam had nothing to do with the events of 11 September 2001, President Bush made policy statements holding Islam harmless for the actions done by ‘extremists.’…As it turns out, the jihadis are able to find a doctrinal basis for their notions of jihad in Islamic law….This legal definition of jihad remains consistent through the 1,400 year span that incorporates the contributions of the authorities relied on in the thesis….Because of our inability to understand the enemy stems from a decision not to know him, this thesis recommends the return to a threat analysis process as the methodology to analyze the enemy’s stated doctrine…. [Italics mine, to underscore the epistemological corruption of our policymakers]

One thing that will be learned if that doctrine is ever analyzed is that Islam is a pernicious, evil ideology that cannot be “reformed” without rendering it something other than Islam. Another thing that will be learned is that it must be defeated root and branch, militarily with retaliatory force, and philosophically, through reason.

Crossposted at The Dougout
Bookmark and Share
posted by Grant Jones at permanent link# 0 Comments

Older Posts Newer Posts