Monday, July 31, 2006
We (and this also includes Israelis, Brits, and a few others) would never dream of targeting civilians for any reason – not even in self-defense. In 2002, the Israelis used ground troops going house to house in Jenin rather than attack from the air — though it cost the lives of 23 of their men – in order to spare civilians.
Our enemies can not imagine not targeting civilians – ours – and when they can be used as human shields/propaganda fodder, theirs.
Our people are beheaded on videotape and the world ignores it. We fail to offer the full panoply of the Bill of Rights to the beheaders and the world groans at the inhumanity of it all.
The United Nations Security Council condemns Israel for defending herself from naked aggression and manages to overlook Chechnya, the Chinese occupation of Tibet, every terrorist attack against Israel, the massacre in Rwanda, the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, Serbian acts in Bosnia, and pretty much the entire continent of Africa, which as Kofi Annan surely knows better than most, is a human rights cesspool.
As Jeane Kirkpatrick put it: “What happens in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving.”
There are millions of Americans who are not deluded by this madness (and we draw our military recruits from their ranks), and yet you cannot escape the times you live in.
Lack of self-confidence is eroding our civilization like dry rot. We are not as far gone as Europe – but the glide path is worrisome.
Thing is, this will all come to an end eventually. When the West has finally been pushed too far, we will respond with power like the world has never seen before. The sad thing is, the longer we wait, the worse things will be when that time comes. Everyday we wait, I become more and more despondent over the destruction to come.
Our victory is inevitable. I have no question about that. My sadness is for the millions, maybe hundreds of millions of dead and maimed who will pay the price for their silence in the face of rising fascism.
We’re losing the asymmetric war on terrorism. And in a perverse way, some good will come out of it. You’re probably thinking to yourself that I’m one sandwich short of a full picnic, but bear with me.
As I stated in yesterday’s post, asymmetric warfare is another name to guerilla warfare, freedom fighters, the resistance, or terrorism. It’s all one and the same - a military force that has the backing and support of the indigent population and/or has received material and financial support from other countries that use it as a de facto tool of their aggression. The current war that the Anglo-Saxon/Israeli forces are waging against the Islamists who use the jihadists as their military arm is an asymmetric war – and they are winning.
The Anglo-Saxon/Israeli forces are fighting this war alone. The other free democracies of the world are not willing to accept the fact that we are in the beginnings of a world war as the jihadists believe. Nothing new here. It happened he same way in the 1930s. While the world tried to accommodate the fascists regime demands of Germany, Italy and Japan, they in turn knew they were in world wide conflict with the democracies and acted accordingly. The UN can’t bring itself to define terrorism, China, Russia and France are making a profit selling weapons and military technology to the Islamic republics, the appeasers and apologists check the Anglo-Saxon/Israeli tactics at every turn, and the MSM keeps the people in the dark.
We’re on our way to losing Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon to the Islamists. That destiny has already been sealed with the two new constitutions in Iraq and Afghanistan that America and its allies agreed to (snatching defeat from the jaws of victory) and the next election in Lebanon that will usher Hezbollah into power. The Islamist Shiite agenda will then be in place.
The new constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan states clearly that no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam. Sharia Law will rule over any and all laws passed by the democratic assembly in those countries. As for Lebanon, the end result of the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has made Hezbollah stronger and more popular that ever which will end with Hezbollah gaining majority power when next year’s elections are held in Lebanon.
The end result will be the realization of Iran’s (and Al Quaeda’s) dream. To create an Islamic Shiite Empire that spreads from Pakistan to the Mediterranean, and eventual return of the Caliphate. We could assume that Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Mullah Omar just might compete for that honor. Syria, being Sunni, will eventually fall to Iran’s plans and the more ‘moderate’ Islamic nations in North Africa and Indonesia will have to make their decisions on whether to join this new Islamic alliance.
These developments, in a perverse way is good for the final struggle against Islamism for it will shape the coming battlefield and identify clearly the enemy in the world war to come. The Islamists will no longer be able to hide behind its asymmetric warfare which we can’t to defeat for the reasons stated above, and move the conflict into a traditional conventional war where we can use our military might to win.
The question is how will this conventional war begin? That has yet to be determined. Will it be a nuclear attack by Iran on Israel? Will this new Shiite Islamic Alliance oust the sheikdoms of the Arabian peninsula and gain control of the oil fields forcing Europe’s, America’s and Japan’s hand? Will China sit still for Europe ‘protecting’ the oil fields of the Mid-East or will this create an even wider and more deadly war with China?
The future looks grim.
We Westerners are supposed to horny and depraved, right? We want it, and we want it now. So, what's with the chastity belts in Sweden?
Al Fin fills us in:
Sweden's demography is changing very rapidly, with some unfortunate consequences. Rape rates are skyrocketing, particularly in cities and suburbs with high immigrant populations. To combat these rapes, Swedish teenage girls are showing some innovation and enterprise:
A group of Swedish teenage girls has designed a belt that requires two hands to remove and which they hope will deter would-be rapists. "It's like a reverse chastity belt," one of the creators, 19-year-old Nadja Björk, told AFP, meaning that the wearer is in control, instead of being controlled.
The epidemic rates of rape in Sweden follow the out-of-control influx of muslim immigrants into the country.
Some Muslim immigrants admit their bias quite openly. An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape."
Apparently, he's not the only one thinking this way. “It is not as wrong raping a Swedish girl as raping an Arab girl,” says Hamid. “The Swedish girl gets a lot of help afterwards, and she had probably fucked before, anyway. But the Arab girl will get problems with her family. For her, being raped is a source of shame. It is important that she retains her virginity until she marries.”
“It is far too easy to get a Swedish whore…… girl, I mean;” says Hamid, and laughs over his own choice of words. “Many immigrant boys have Swedish girlfriends when they are teenagers. But when they get married, they get a proper woman from their own culture who has never been with a boy. That’s what I am going to do. I don’t have too much respect for Swedish girls. I guess you can say they get fucked to pieces.”
Go read the rest at Al Fin.
Al-Muhajiroun has in the past been suspected of facilitating transportation of British Muslims to fight U.S. troops overseas. It was an Al-Muhajiroun member who became a suicide bomber for Hamas, killing three Israelis when he blew up Mike's Place pizza shop in Tel Aviv in 2003 along with another British Muslim.
Al-Muhajiroun was officially disbanded in October 2004 under laws outlawing the glorification of terrorism, but it remained active by breaking up into numerous sub-organisations - continuing to brainwash British youths.
Al-Hilal(Tajdeed) is an example of a successor group. Below are titles of a few of their latest publications:
“As Salah-Al-Din Ayubi was fighting the crusaders to liberate al Quds all alone so Hizbullah is fighting the crusaders all alone to liberate Al Quds.”
“Hizbullah is showing the true spirit of Badr, Wahud and Khaibar!”
“Four more Yankee terrorist are killed in occupied Muslim Iraq”
“ALLAH BLESS THE ARAB AND MUSLIM FREEDOM FIGHTERS WHO ARE GIVING THEIR BLOOD AND LIVES TO UNYOKE THE LANDS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SWS) FROM ZIONIST-NAZI NEW WORLD ORDER TYRANNY.”
“Holocaust is the raison d’être for Israel. No holocaust no Israel. So, as long as Israel lasts holocaust has to last: one cannot live without the other.”
“Taliban Mujahideen blasts hit Afghan city, eight dead”
They glorify suicide bombings and preach militant Jihad.
Head – Muhammad Abul Hayath Jalal-Abadi
B. M. Box: TAJDEED; London WC1N 3XX; UK; Tel: +44-7790579508/+44-7799555552
One of the contributors at the Polish-language website Europa21 sent us these photos and this description of yesterday’s pro-Israel demonstration in Warsaw:
About 200-250 gathered in front of Warsaw’s main synagogue to show their support for Israel amid fighting in southern Lebanon that has gone on for nearly three weeks. People prayed for all victims of this war — both for Israelis and Lebanese. And there was a really great asmosphere — this demonstration was really for peace — and for all the people who suffered.There were no agressive slogans or songs. We were there to celebrate our hope for the future and for peace.
Last week a pro-Israeli demonstration took place in Kiev in Ukraine. About 5,000 people gathered to show their support for Israel.
For those who read Polish, here’s the link to the article in Europa21: “W Warszawie manifestacja poparcia dla Izraela”.
I've been relying on the MSM all day for my news as I've been away from home; and the skin-deep coverage just doesn't compare to what can be found online- even at MSM sites. Surprisingly, the Sky News coverage is remarkably unbiased. As a Lebanese official was being interviewed tonight the anchor asked about when the Israelis kill civilians it is by accident and when Hezbollah do it, it is on purpose. The official ducked the question, insisting that the death toll was so large now that no comparisons could be made any more. Shame the reporter didn't think to ask what the official thought the death toll would be in Israel if Hezbollah had access to more modern and efficient weapons than the Katyusha.
CNN is now reporting that Israel is suspending air operations for 48hrs while they investigate what happened at Qana; and it is allowing UN officials to move into southern Lebanon to help evacuate civilians there. And Israel has also called the attack a "tragic mistake"; that may not be of any comfort to the families of the dead but it's more than the families of those killed by Hezbollah could ever expect to receive. Could you ever imagine Hezbollah doing the same thing? Oh, right- their intention is to deliberately target civilians. Shame that this seems to have been overlooked by all of those clamouring for Israel to stop fighting back.
Where were the peace activists all this time when Israel was being daily targeted by rocket attacks and suicide bombers? I don't remember any of them calling for the UN to stop the violence then, I don't recall any pressure for the Security Council to take action, no comments by world leaders agonising that something should be done to stop the killing. Bloody hypocrits.
The extent to which the media is being manipulated by Hezbollah is almost farcical. Here we have bodies of children paraded around and photographed for hours with the apparent collusion of AP.
For those not familiar with propaganda techniques, the most effective way of swaying people to one side of an issue is to overload the emotional centers of the observer and then insert the propaganda in the form of causality. Goebbels was a past master at it.
In this case, the vision of dead children overshadows with emotion the fact that Hezbollah actually caused this war in the first place and is ultimately responsible for the deaths of these children by firing from unevacuated civilian neighbourhoods, or that Israel gave hours of warning to the residents...all that goes out the window in favor of an emotive condemnation of "babykiller" Israel.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
From The Gathering Storm
Today’s news from the mid-east and around the world, made me go almost hoarse screaming at the television set and the parade of appeasers and apologists that marched across the screen. I figured I would give my voice a rest and just blog this.
An alternative scenario of World War II.
- The Allies are making very slow progress against Nazi Germany and Japan. In Europe, Allied Forces consisting of Britain and American troops land in Normandy and move south to free all of France from occupying forces. Vichy France however supports the German Army and praises them for defending them against invading forces and refuses to help the Allies. The countries of Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg claim their neutrality when the German Army leaves their countries and forbid the Allies to enter or harm in any way. However, Germany uses these countries as sanctuaries and bases of material support to aid the fight against Allied Forces pushing towards Germany. The bombing campaign of Germany’s military and industrial infrastructure is doing little good. In order to maintain an appropriate response forced upon the Allied Forces by world opinion, any target in a civilian area can not be attacked. The German military know this and hide their weapons industry and military bases inside popular German cities.
- In the US, the mainstream media is keeping a daily account of dead American soldiers and asks why are our boys dying for England’ war. Besides, we need to fight a cult that encouraged misguided Japanese pilots to bomb Pearl Harbor. The press also demands that we must be careful not to let this struggle against this cult, a deviant form of Shintoism, interfere with our trade with Japan who, under the agreement with many far east countries who have declared neutrality, control the far East oil fields and other critical natural resources that our economy needs to thrive. So the US Navy has been restricted to sinking only positively identified ships carrying Japanese Army cult members.
Absurd isn’t it? Imagine if the Allied Forces of World War II had to fight a world war accepting the fact that sanctuaries could exist for German armed forces, that trade between the US and Japan could not be disrupted, and that nations would not support the war against worldwide fascism in fear of being drawn into the conflict. Imagine that Allied Forces were required to fight the war in piecemeal fashion and not permitted to fight in the theater of war that the conflict contained?
But that’s what’s happening today in the war against the Jihadists.
By accepting the rules dictated by guerrilla warfare, terrorists, freedom fighters’ or those fighting an asymmetric war (they are one and the same), victory is ceded to them by their opponent. The Jihadists, and all the guerrilla warfare armies that came before them, know that fighting an asymmetric war is the only way to gain the advantage over a far superior enemy that is more numerically and technologically advanced. But as I have said before in my blog, every opponent that uses asymmetric warfare must eventually field a conventional army in order to hold and gain the ground. Then, and only then, can they absolutely impose their ideology on that captured territory. The solution is to admit, as the Islamists have already done, that we are at war with them and to fight in the entire theater of war.
The North Vietnamese Communists won the Vietnam War and the North Koreans almost won there but kept their country because the America did not fight in the entire theater of war and allowed sanctuaries to exist that the enemy could use for command and control, deployment and material support. We leaned this lesson well and in the First Gulf War allowed our military to fight in the entire theater of war and not just in Kuwait. We won the war by invading Iraqi territory.
But we forgot that lesson in the current struggle against the Jihadists. The US can not win in Iraq and Afghanistan if we allow sanctuaries and support to exist in Pakistan, Syria and Iran. Israel can not defeat the terrorists attacking them from both north and south without neutralizing the sanctuaries and support in Syria and Iran. So why doesn’t the free world change the rules of engagement from an asymmetrical war where the jihadists are winning to a conventional one, which it will eventually become, and one we can win?
The answer is fear.
Fear from the appeasers, fear from the apologists who will do anything and sacrifice anyone to avoid the eventual world war which they pray will never come. But like in the 1930s, pray or the Pope pontifications will not stall the coming conflict. All the appeasers and apologists can do is delay the inevitable and do it in a disgusting and atrocious way. With a furrowed brow and constant talk of negotiations and, in many cases, in defense of the jihadists themselves, the appeasers and apologists will gladly prostate themselves and offer sacrifices to their god of ‘peace’. And that price is the past, present and future sacrifice of you, me, our families and friends, neighbors, our troops, Israeli troops, Israeli civilians, Spanish train and London subway commuters, any and all to the jihadists as long as they leave the sacrifiers alone.
The appeasers in the media, the axis of weasels at the UN, the Islamist propaganda machine that seeks to intimidate, infiltrate and spread disinformation to soften up the soon to be conquered lands – all have their sights set on you and me.
Today, the world’s bleeding heart left is bemoaning the 50+ deaths of ‘innocent’ civilians in QANA hiding in the shadows of Hezbollah rockets even after being forewarned to get out by Israel, the UN Security Council is wringing its hands today and will eventfully declare Israel the problem like it has done many many times before, and diplomats will seriously encourage more negotiations with Islamists who have no intention of doing so and who diligently wage their world war on the free world, impotent to respond thanks to the undermining of the appeasers and apologists.
And the Jihadists smile because they know they are winning and see that, except for the Anglo-Saxons and Israel (why is it always the Anglo-Saxons that have to defend the world against tyrrany?), the free world will not lift a hand to help themselves and will gladly sacrifice Israel and us to avoid a world war.
So I ask you. Are you ready to sacrifice yourself, your family, your fiend’s and neighbors and your country to the appeasers and apologist? How does it feel to be tools in the hands of the appeasers who, like in the 1930s, will lead us into a bloody, nasty, atrocious world war whose effects could have been mitigated if we only acted sooner and fought in the entire theater of war from North Africa to the Middle East, to Central-Asia to the East-Pacific abolishing any and all Jihadist sanctuaries of command and control, financial and material resources and support?
How does it feel? How does it feel?
To quote Winston Churchill, “The appeaser feeds the crocodile hoping that the crocodile will eat him last.” The crocodile is hungry again and it's coming after you.
Amid the IDF films of Katyushas being launched from apartment building near Qana in Lebanon, and after the warining to peopel to get out achievedbnothing we get...
"Since when did Israel feel the need to warn people that they were about to bomb their homes? They are simply playing with people's minds and inflicting a new panic
"Hi, my name is Danny. I'm an officer in Israeli military intelligence. In one hour we will blow up your house."
Mohammed Deeb took the telephone call seriously and told his family and neighbours to get out of the building. An hour later, an Israeli helicopter fired three missiles at the four-storey building in Gaza City, destroying the ground floor and damaging the upper storeys.
Mr Deeb was on the receiving end of a new Israeli tactic of using telephone, radio and leaflets to warn Gazans of impending attacks. The army claims it is an attempt to minimise civilian casualties, but Palestinians say it is a new way of terrorising the population.
Raji Serrani, the director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), which has collected several examples of the tactic, described it as "psychological warfare", adding: "Since when did Israel feel the need to warn people that they were about to bomb their homes? They are simply playing with people's minds and inflicting a new panic in Gaza."
Plus, here's something to ponder from Little Green Footballs: that following the murder of Jews, it's Islamic mosques that are getting protection. This reminds me that, following 9-11, there were some Israeli citizens in the US who were getting arrested, as if they were the ones posing a threat.
These biases and discriminations are something that are going to have to change, because if not, then it'll only enforce the image of the US authorities as discriminatory and even favoring the antagonists. It's bad enough that the DHS has already had its image disgraced, do we need any more of this? The US authorities owe an apology and an explanation.
And now, while we're on the subject of the Seattle jihadist Naveed Haq, here's something extra to take note of (warning: graphic content):
In March of this year, he climbed up on a raised coin fountain inside Kennewick's Columbia Center mall and began "catcalling" women at the makeup counter at the nearby Macy's store, said Lisa Beaton, a Kennewick city prosecutor. When young women walked by his perch, Haq unzipped his pants and allegedly flashed his penis at them, Beaton said."Allegedly"? Is this some sort of an attempt to call every woman who got grossed out by that diablo vulgarian a bimbo? That aside, this reminded me that a few months ago, there was a similar case here in Jerusalem in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, reported in the bi-weekly Kol HaPisgah, of a Muslim teenager who was running around the neighborhood exposing his own private parts at a couple of pedestrians. The police arrested him and sent him for therapy (if it matters, yes, there have also been various Muslim rape cases here over the years, the most recent reported two months ago, of one who raped and strangled an 8-year-old girl in Bet Shemesh, and even a Muslim border patrol officer who sodomized an elderly woman he went after on a road. Yes, that's right, even older women can be and are in danger of Islam in cases like these). I advise everyone reading to make a note on cases like those that take place in Israel too, because it shows that yes, here too is Israel, similar crises have taken place.
The motion to remove Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Gedi needed 139 votes to pass but only got 126. Eighty-eight lawmakers voted to keep him.
The country’s internationally recognised, but virtually powerless, government has been unravelling in recent weeks. The administration has failed to assert any power outside its base in Baidoa, 250 kilometers (150 miles) from Mogadishu, and has been wracked by infighting.
“A pimple is being made to look like a boil,” said Muhammad Ali Foum, speaking on behalf of the African Union.
“The resignation of 18 ministers and top officials on Thursday should not be seen as a ground-breaking step towards a power-sharing plan between the Islamists and the government. I wouldn’t put too much into the resignations at the moment.”
“We should encourage them to have one common idea: a resolution of the crisis, stabilisation of Somalia and the creation of an environment that can allow the Somalis to ... create a government system that will work for everybody.”
Clearly the man is deluded!
The Islamic militia, meanwhile, continues to exert their control on the capital and much of southern Somalia. The United States accuses the group of harbouring al-Qaida leaders responsible for deadly bombings at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
It will be interesting to find out whether the assassination of Isaq, the Constitution and Federalism minister, was an opportunistic act, or a targeted killing.
Omar Hussein, the man convicted of killing his father, was tied to a stake at the school where Mohamed's father had worked, and had his head covered by a bag.
He shouted: "There is no god but Allah' as Mohamed stepped up and plunged the knife into his head and throat time after time.
One witness said: "It was horrible to watch because blood was splashing over the boy.
"But he just carried on stabbing him. He stabbed him around 12 times with a huge knife.
"People fainted because it was so horrible to watch. I saw at least two women collapse. Eventually when he realised the man was dead he just stopped and walked away.
"He was very calm and had a blank look on his face."
Speaking afterwards, Mohamed said simply: "I am happy now because I killed the man who killed my father."
Sheik Ibrahim Mohamed Nur, a UIC imam, said: "The justice of Allah has been implemented and there is no better justice than what Allah recommended." And warned that the same fate awaited others they convict.
This morning's events in Qana underscore the basic asymmetry of fighting an utterly immoral organization and the major advantage Hezbollah has in this war.
As I mentioned before, the fact that international law does not fully address a situation such as this gives the terrorists a gift. Human Rights Watch pretty much says so, in an article about Afghanistan that mixes international law and their restrictive interpretations of that law:
(read the rest at Elder of Ziyon)
If there’s a documentary that you need to purchase and invite all of your friends and neighbors over to watch, it’s Obsession: Radical Islam’s War against the West, a new film from HonestReporting.com.
... in the first segment of the movie, Daniel Pipes makes a very important point: The Islamists hate everything other than what they are themselves.
They killed, for example, over 100,000 Algerians who disagreed with their brand of Islam. These are [their] fellow Muslims. Not only are Westerners being killed by the violence fueled by the virulent and toxic ideology of radical Islam, but so are Muslims who reject that ideology. One would only have to read the daily body count of the dozens – sometimes hundreds – of Muslims killed in Iraq by insurgents every day to get a sickening sense of the slaughter being driven by an ideology that has no reservations about killing its own.
The overriding theme of the film is that radical Islam is a greater threat than most everyone in the West will really admit, and that the West is in denial about that.
Read the whole review here.
SEE THE MOVIE HERE.
Today we will be inundated with the news about the building in Kana Lebanon, hit after repeated warnings to civilians to GET OUT, killing ~54.
Today we will be told about the horrible costs and how it must all stop because it has to stop because it has to stop.
But is this any different than what we did after Pearl Harbor? Is Dresden less? Did we warn anyone on the other side? Is Israel entitled to less in their fight against those proud to claim her death as their goal?
Hizballah's victory in the Guardian, the Independent, Le Monde and Al jazeera will be complete because the wish for Israel to die lies beneath every one of them, and the standards which apply to the jews never even surface in a discussion about their enemies.
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah isn't smiling any more. Western intelligence sources said Nasrallah has escaped to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and spends most of his time underground. He might have also entered Syria for consultations with his Iranian masters.
Nasrallah was almost killed in an Israeli air strike last week, but escaped at the last minute. Nasrallah, whose son was killed in a battle with Israel, left behind at least one dead colleague in the Hizbullah leadership in the smoldering ruins of the movement's headquarters in southern Beirut.
For more than a day, Nasrallah was out of touch as he raced east from Beirut to the air defense umbrella established by Iran and Syria in the Bekaa Valley. The Bekaa, used by Iran and Syria as the nerve center in the war against Israel, contains a network of deep tunnels and bunkers that could resist a small atomic bomb.
Nasrallah's flight from Beirut was a dramatic change of pace for a man who's been used to the good life on Iran's vast expense account. Over the past 14 years, Nasrallah was groomed as Iran's leading agent in Lebanon, willing to do the bidding of the mullah leadership. His early battles were in purging the Hizbullah leadership of those Shi'ites who sought to retain an independent policy. The most prominent of the dissidents was Subhi Al Tufaili, who refused to accept Iranian dictates and found himself fleeing for his life and in hiding in the Bekaa Valley.
The sources said Iranian interests would be harmed if Nasrallah were assassinated by Israel. But the Iranian mullahs have long been preparing for this prospect and have groomed a series of possible successors.
Goebbels was right. Repeat a lie often enough, and people will believe it. This seems to be true even in regard to Jews believing lies about themselves. For decades, so many of us heard pious protestations that strongly held views about Israel had nothing to do with attitudes towards us, that we started to believe it might be true. We didn’t want to believe that classic anti-Semitism was alive and well. It is Israel and the accursed Zionists they were after, not the Jewish people. The Soviets thundered this from the podium at the UN; leftist intelligentsia fed it to their students in the classroom and their readers in the Guardian and listeners to the BBC. Neturei Karta was stupid and/or treacherous enough to fully embrace it.
It isn’t true. Those who hate Israel, hate Jews, according to Yale researchers Edward Kaplan and Charles Small.
Even after controlling for numerous potentially confounding factors, we find that anti-Israel sentiment consistently predicts the probability that an individual is anti-Semitic, with the likelihood of measured anti-Semitism increasing with the extent of anti-Israel sentiment observed.
Until recently I did not know that Muslims are not allowed to face Mecca (nor turn their back to it) when sitting on the loo. I heard about it last April when the British press reported that Brixton Prison near London is rebuilding toilets so Muslim inmates can defecate in the right direction. First I thought it was a joke. This week, however, the BBC website has a story on a housing estate in North England. The homes, with wind turbines and solar panels on the roofs, have up to seven bedrooms, kitchens that comply with halal cuisine and “bathrooms that face away from Mecca.”
Well, that's interesting. So, if they aren't facing Mecca, doesn't mean that they are shitting in the direction of Mecca?
Sounds like a good idea.
Osama slips into something a little more compfortable.
From Clarity And Resolve:
WASHINGTON - Osama Bin Laden talks tough, but other mujahedeen laughed at him in Afghanistan because he would get scared and bolt when under fire, a new documentary reveals.
"When Bin Laden used to hear the explosions, he used to jump. He used to run away," his longtime friend Hutaifa Azzam says on "CNN Presents: In the Footsteps of Bin Laden."
"I still remember that me, and my elder and younger brothers, we used to laugh," says Azzam, the son of Bin Laden's mentor in radical Islam, Abdullah Azzam.
Abdullah Azzam and Bin Laden jointly created a mujahedeen support organization that later became Al Qaeda.
What a pussy. It's really disgusting. He's not really a man. He's more like one of those boys who is kind of born half a man and half a girl.
It must have been hard for him growing up, disgusting, sick little sissy-boy, getting his ass kicked all the time. What a sad, mishapen life.
I'm sure Allah is humiliated by his frailty and perverse feminity.
But, the thing is, he represents Muslims the world over.
When a human being has no choice in whether to go to school or not, whom to marry, what to wear, whether to go outside, whether to drive or not, whether to pursue a vocation, what religion to follow;
when a human being has no choice in the fundamental decisions of their life, then that human being is a slave.
A slave, absolutely.
The burqa is the chains of Islamic slavery.
The burqa is a portable concentration camp for women.
From Little Green Footballs:
Tossed off at the end of this Associated Press story on the Islamic terrorist attack in Seattle is a little tidbit of disturbing information.
Yousef Shehadeb, 46, a member of the Islamic Center of the Tri-Cities, recalled Haq as quiet and something of a loner. Shehadeb said he and Haq’s father, Mian Haq, both work at the Hanford nuclear reservation, as do many members of the area’s Muslim community.
Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the largest nuclear waste dump in the Western Hemisphere.
"Recently we have heard cries calling on Israel to respond to the Hezbollah terrorist attacks with 'proportionate response'. As in 'tit-for-tat', we must suppose. Hezbollah fights from hideouts within civilian neighborhoods, from within hospitals and mosques. They are shielded, usually knowingly, by the very civilians who we are told are innocent victims of Israeli aggression. And while the terrorist of Islam fire their rockets and missiles purposely into civilian targets in Israel, cower behind women and children in attacks against Israeli forces, the World would have us hold back Israel. We are called upon to safeguard the terrorists and denounce the people who have been attacked, again and again, by fanatics.READ THE REST.
"The World continues to plead with our nation to convince Israel to seek a 'path for peace', as if that has not been tried again and again...."
Saturday, July 29, 2006
On July 27th a Texas jury found Andrea Yates, who confessed to drowning her five children in a bathtub, not guilty by reason of insanity and possessing a delusional mind.
Two weeks ago, Israel began a retaliatory assault on Lebanon in self-defense against the terrorist organization Hezbollah, which has launched hundreds of rockets into Israel. Its forces also reentered Gaza for the same reason, to cripple Hamas, another terrorist organization, which also was sending rockets into Israel.
Both Israeli incursions were sparked by the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers by terrorists. The scale of destruction wrought by Israel in Lebanon and Gaza is significant. But much of the news media and the press, many politicians in Europe and the U.S., and of course the United Nations, have found Lebanon and the Palestinians not guilty by reason of being victims of Israel’s “disproportionate” military response.
There has been far more sympathetic news coverage of the plight of Lebanese fleeing Israel’s wrath than of the victims of Hezbollah’s rocket attacks (shall we say, “disproportionate” coverage?) The response to Hezbollah’s depredations can be characterized as a frown of embarrassment; the response to Israel’s justified actions, wild-eyed, fist-shaking outrage.
We are to never mind the fact that most Lebanese tolerate the marriage of their “democratic” government and a terrorist organization. Nor are we to place any importance on the fact that most of the Americans evacuated from Lebanon are Shi’ite Muslims holding dual citizenship, and who sympathize, not with Israel, but with Hezbollah.
Nor are we to observe that President Bush, Condoleezza Rice and others are tip-toeing around the knowledge that Hezbollah’s military “might” is sustained and made possible by Iran by way of Syria, and that Hezbollah is a solely-owned paramilitary franchise of Tehran’s.
But, is there an arguable connection between the Yates verdict and the actions of Islamic terrorists?
The American Heritage Dictionary defines delusion as “a false belief held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a condition of mental illness.” The Oxford Concise Dictionary defines it as “a form of madness.”
Yates murdered her children to “save them from Satan.” She killed them because she had dreams of each of them falling under the influence of Satan. Presumably, she imagined she was sending them to heaven.
A jihadist of any stripe you care to name murders Westerners, Jews, apostates, and others damned by the Koran because they are said to be under the influence of Satan, in order to send them to hell. If he is a member of Al Quada, Hezbollah or Hamas, and is killed in the process of assaulting the “People of the Book,” or martyrs himself as a suicide bomber, the jihadist expects to go to heaven.
Frankly, I do not see a syllogism’s worth of difference between Yates’s actions and those of any random Islamic terrorist. Yates and the terrorist acted from faith, from an unsupportable belief. From a delusion.
Yates and the jihadist acted “morally,” in conformance with their beliefs. Psychologically, morally, in practice, there is little difference between Yates being consistent with the dictates of her faith, and the jihadist being consistent with his. The difference is in the scale of criminal behavior.
I won’t be the first to say that a belief in a deity, regardless of its name, is a delusion, invalidated by the provable existence of the universe and by the unprovable existence of a deity. Our policy of pursuing “peace at any price” is also a delusion, a belief invalidated by a history of “peace movements” that only have lead to war. (See Thomas Sowell’s excellent article, “Pacifists versus Peace” from July 24th on Capitalism Magazine.) And, about ninety-nine percent of humanity, since it believes in some form of deity, can be said to be governed by a delusion. I leave it to the reader to evaluate the mental health of humanity.
The important point here is that the Texas jury succumbed to the “delusional mind” argument of Yates’s defence. The jury could not deny that the children were murdered, and that Yates murdered them. Nor could it admit that the murders were a moral or rational action.
But even though Yates was a (nominally) rational person, able to function in a civilized society, because she committed the crime while “deluded” -- but at the same time sensed it was wrong to commit the murders -- the jury in effect forgave her, and instead of concluding that she had forfeited her life -- that she was responsible for her actions -- decided to sustain it and commit her to a mental institution, partially exonerating her of the responsibility for her actions.
My rhetorical question is: If we can disregard the “delusional” mind-set of a common holdup artist, who acts on the premise that force is a practical way of living, and sentence him to prison, why should we make an exception for a murderer, any murderer? Shouldn’t the contents of a murderer’s mind be deemed irrelevant, as well? After all, Yates thought that murdering her children was a practical and moral way of saving their souls, just as a holdup artist thinks that force is a way of preserving his life.
The jury, in effect, said that Yates “meant well,” but she went about it in a horrific way. One can only suspect that part of the jury’s consensus was an unwillingness to challenge Yates’s Christian motivation. Questioning her “delusional” motivation would have meant questioning Christian morality itself, all the way down to its root: sacrificing oneself to God. In this instance, they might have concluded that Yates was willing to sacrifice her freedom in order to save her children’s souls.
But, why is a jihadist’s mental state considered less delusional than Yates’s? After all, he, too, acts from his beliefs.
Anyone seen to possess a “delusional mind” can be forgiven horrendous crimes. Irrationality can be tolerated, but rational actions that require “violence” -- such as Israel defending itself, or even one’s own self-defense with a gun against a burglar or rapist -- are regarded as intolerable and “disproportionate.” This is why terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas can be tolerated and even forgiven (they are, say the media and our State Department, “freedom fighters”), but Israel receives not a word of moral approbation.
One could say, to paraphrase President Bush’s assertion that Islam is a “religion of peace” hijacked by fanatics (or “extremists”), that Yates’s Christianity was “hijacked,” as well. He would likely agree with that, if anyone had nerve enough to put it to him. If individuals deny the existence of God, according to Christian dogma, they are likewise condemned to an eternity in hell. Before the Catholic Church’s political power and influence were diluted by the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, the Church pursued heretics and apostates with the same fervor as Islamists do today, with the same consequence: death.
“Fanaticism” is largely a pejorative term, connoting an obsession with consistency or purity. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a fanatic as “a person possessed by an excessive zeal for an uncritical attachment to a cause or position.” Thus, Islamic terrorists who obey the injunctions of the Koran to wage jihad against infidels, are deemed “fanatics” or “extremists.” No judgment is made of Islam itself (nor of Christianity or any other creed).
What is “extremism” but applying a moral code in its purist, most uncompromised, unadulterated form to one’s actions? The “extremism” of altruism is self-destruction. The “extremism” of Christianity is the constant sacrifice of one’s values for lesser or non-values. The “extremism” of Islam is the sacrifice of all to Allah.
If Andrea Yates can be found not guilty of multiple murders by reason of insanity and delusion, what is sanity? Again, the American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “soundness of judgment or reason.” Consistent, conscientious sanity might also be a form of “extremism,” that is, rationality in all things.
It is disgraceful that the West, particularly the U.S., is allowing Israel to fight our true Mideast enemy, Iran, by proxy. Sanity would have us annihilate Iran and Syria (and, for good measure, vaporize North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and its million-man army). But sanity is not the ruling philosophy in politics or morality. Delusional “world opinion” forgives Andrea Yates in a Texas courtroom, just as it forgives the Lebanese for wishing to coexist with killers. It is the delusion of non-responsibility that permits such obscenities.
Crossposted at The Dougout
I was one of those who thought The Passion of the Christ was a pretty decent movie. I did not see it as anti-Semitic. However, now we all know that Mel Gibson the man is definately an anti-Semite:
TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets. TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps.
TMZ has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee. According to the report, Gibson became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu.
The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, "My life is f****d." Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated.
As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside. Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it. The report says Gibson then said, "I'm not going to get in your car," and bolted to his car. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.
TMZ has learned that Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.
Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me."
The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"
Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson's rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too "inflammatory." A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff's headquarters. Sources say Mee was told Gibson's comments would incite a lot of "Jewish hatred," that the situation in Israel was "way too inflammatory." It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004's "The Passion of the Christ," had incited "anti-Jewish sentiment" and "For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?"
We're told Deputy Mee was then ordered to write another report, leaving out the incendiary comments and conduct. Sources say Deputy Mee was told the sanitized report would eventually end up in the media and that he could write a supplemental report that contained the redacted information -- a report that would be locked in the watch commander's safe.
Yeah, you wouldn't want people to know the truth.
Mel Gibson got one thing right in there. He is fucked.
If you don't think this is a big deal, imagine the outrage that would be expressed had he said these things about blacks, or Muslims.
Israel's Leaders are the Grandsons of Nazi Killers who Assumed Jewish Identities and Fled to Israel
In an article in the English-language edition of the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat, columnist and formereditorof the paper Jihad Al-Khazen claims that Israeli political military leaders are actually grandsons of Nazikillers who assumed Jewish identities and fled to Israel.
The following are excerpts from the article: 
"Is it Logical for the Survivors of the Holocaust and Their Descendants to Do What the Nazis had Done to Them?"
"Ehud Olmert's government perpetrates definite Nazi practices against the Palestinians and the Lebanese. He is a young Führer, and his generals, like Dan Halutz and Moshe Kaplinsky, are commando generals. The question now is: Is it logical for the survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants to do what the Nazis had done to them?
"There is a psychological explanation for this: the victim impersonates the torturer. However, I have another explanation.
"Historically, six million Jews died in the Holocaust, and 97.5 percent of the Polish Jews were killed in the gas chambers, and by other means. My explanation is that the number of the Jews who were killed might be higher. All the Polish Jews might have been killed, too, and the Nazi political and military leaders might have realized since 1944 that defeat was imminent and, therefore, assumed the identity of Jews and then fled to Palestine as Jews who had survived the Holocaust.
"If this explanation is true, Israel's present political and military leaders are the grandsons of Nazi killers rather than Jews persecuted for centuries at the hands of Western Christendom."
"I know that my explanation may be implausible, but I cannot find any other logical reason for Israel's Nazi-like practices. The phrase 'Israeli Nazism' is exactly an oxymoron, as if we say, for instance, 'Sharon is a man of peace.'"
Every week, enemies of the State of Israel assemble in front of the Israeli consulate to protest what they call the "occupation" and to call for the end of the Hebrew State.
B'nai Brith of Montreal organizes a counter rally, across the street.
So, if you believe in Israel, if you feel Jews should be able to live in peace in Quebec, please join us every Friday, from noon to one, corner Peel and Rene-Levesque in Montreal.
How encouraging is it, that after a lifetime of being bombarded with the steadiest of steady streams of jew-hatred and anti-Israel rhetoric, from the provincial government, the mainstream culture as well as the mainstream media, there are still people living in Quebec whose wisdom can tower over the wall of lies, who have clung to the truth, AND who are ready to be seen doing so.
Now that some have come forward, in public, how many others who hold the truth in their hearts, will feel emboldened to do so as well?
If they're establishing themselves at the busy intersection of Peel Street and Rene-Levesque Boulevard, that's a very public presence indeed.
It's cause-and-effect, isn't it: for the solution we need, we must act to bring it to light. We can't sit around waiting for miracles, we must act to bring the miracle to life. Our belief in the righteousness of this cause is the source of our faith in the merits of victory. Our faith in victory is the incentive for our actions, and our actionswill be the trigger to bring about the change we pray for.
If there are readers who are in Montreal, please join them.
When I set up my blog at The Gathering Storm, I wanted to look at the current struggle between two socio-political ideologies, the free secular democracies and the theocratic Islamic societies, and show not just what they believe about themselves and us – but why.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not defending the Islamist plan for the world domination through Islam. That is a reality, it’s a threat to our civilization and it’s in progress. But it’s useful to take a look at the struggle through their eyes and perhaps in the process, find a way to show the Islamists the error in their logic.
Case in point.
In an article at the Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) entitled ‘Freedom or Free-dumb: The Shocking Truth’, the author, who remains anonymous, makes the case that freedom as practiced by the secular democracies is a farce, and that in reality, freedom is nothing but uncontrolled license. And he does have a point but his understanding of the challenges of a free society do not necessarily point to his solution. As Charles Krauthammer noted in Townhall.com, one of the reasons Islam is fighting “the great jihad” against
The writer of the ITS article states examples like this.
“In UCLA, two in every three males said they would rape a woman if they knew they would not get caught. Wait, it gets better. When Uncle Sam's not around, some love practicing “freedom” on young children by molesting them. The North American Men's and Boy's Lovers Association (NAMBLA) even encourages molestation, and maybe if they got enough money they could lobby as democracy allows, and legalize it. What also should be noted are the ever-evolving laws under Democracy. Several years ago Homosexuality was prohibited, now it's legal. Once pre-marital sex was an abomination, now it's natural. Perhaps rape and child molestation, now considered horrifying will be legalized one day.”
His reason for these ‘atrocities’ against humanity is this.
“Man, with his limited mind, is incapable of legislating justly. With reactionary laws, democracy is impotent when faced with new and ever occurring problems of society.” He’s supported in his ideas by, a foremost thinker of contemporary political Islam, Sayyid Qutb in the 1950s who maintained that “a deep civilizational crisis of the West' would be resolved by creating an Islamic dominance.”
You know where this going, don’t you? But bear with me.
In a way, his perception of a weak minded response to the moral and ethical challenges to persona and society may hold some water. The far Left, PC correct, relativistic political beliefs has little or no defense against an enemy with absolute values and beliefs driven by a clear distinction between their version of what’s right and what’s wrong.
The far secular Left sees the world in relativistic terms. All people are equal. All societies are equal. All ideas are equal. I’m OK, you’re OK. Everything is shades of grey. There is no black and white. No good or evil - just misunderstood people. To hold the view of relativism means one sees no differences. But if you are unable to comprehend differences, how can you perceive when something will harm you? In the case of Islam, an alien culture that is as different from us as one from Mars. One that is incompatible with a 21st century civilization.
That’s the reason why the political Left can not bring itself to see the threat of Islam. It can’t. If it admitted that Islam is counter to and the direct opposite of a free democracy, the secular Left will have to change it’s basic ideology. That they can’t do unless they undergo a reformation of ideas as Islam has to have a reformation of its beliefs.
But back to the author of the ITS piece. He goes on with the expected rant of how democracy is responsible today for slaughtering millions of muslims, exploiting the world’s resources, etc. etc, etc. But then he comes to the real point.
“So what is freedom you may ask? Freedom is when one stops being a slave to one's desires and to society and becomes a slave and worshipper of Allah. This alternative is a system devoid of error. A system based on a definite belief, which can be established rationally and rules humanity justly. THE ISLAMIC SYSTEM lasted for over thirteen centuries securing peace and justice for the oppressed and humanity in general.”
Or in other words, the same form of governing that the western world threw off their backs hundreds of years ago – a theocratic form of government where the church and state are the same. When the western world was free of the dogmatic, suffocating system of being governed by the ‘representatives’ of God, we advanced and created a civilianization that the world had never seen before where even the poor in the free democracies live better, healthier, and longer than the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Is a secular democracy the perfect form of government with it ongoing cultural warfare waged in the halls of government and media? I’ll let Winston Churchill speak to that when he said, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”.
The devil is in the details – not in the concept.
Finally, the article writer’s defense for an Islamic dominated form of government is at the end of his article.
“Even biased, Western scholars acknowledge that Islam was the most advanced technologically and in providing justice. It eliminated racism, elevated the status of women, removed exploitation, and maintained harmony.”
I think Bernard Lewis said it best.
“By all standards of the modern world—economic development, literacy, scientific achievement — Muslim civilization, once a mighty enterprise, has fallen low. Many in the
Middle Eastblame a variety of outside forces. But underlying much of the Muslim world's travail may be a simple lack of freedom.”
We are seeing the tactics of the coming war against the United States from within the Untied States.
How EASY would it be to smuggle speedboats laden with 6 and 9 foot katyushas, 3 to 5 inches across into the USA?
How easy to put them into 1/2 ton pickups with caps and drive them around?
Are we ready? It's one thing for america to be doing research and deployment for missiles such as the BM-25 and Shahab and Taepedong to shoot down a strategic one shot threat. It's another to have demostrated RIGHT IN FRONT OF US, the use of a low trajectory weapon, meant for civilian casualties, firable by morons with a car battery.
We HAVE THE DEFENSE for this. IT SHOULD BE DEPLOYED ASAP
THIS WEAPON KILLS NO ONE
Mobile / Tactical High Energy Laser
(M-THEL) Technology Demonstration Program
Developer: Northrop Grumman Corp.
he fixed-site version Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) THEL, was developed by TRW Inc. under a $89 million contract. During several tests in the USA, the system has shot down 25 Katyusha rockets, but has not been deployed.
According to Amy Wasser-Simpson, the vice president for planning and community services for the Jewish Federation, the man had told staff members, "I'm a Muslim American; I'm angry at Israel," then began shooting.
One victim died immediately, while three others are in critical condition. Two others will undoubtedly recover.
All victims are women.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, founded in 1926, is an umbrella organization for the local Jewish community. It raises money for Jewish social-welfare organizations, runs youth and adult Jewish educational programs, and engages in efforts in support of Israel. It was a sponsor of the Solidarity with Israel rally Sunday on Mercer Island.
The federation's mission is to ensure Jewish survival and enhance the quality of Jewish life locally, in Israel and worldwide.
Imagine that: a Muslim extremist committing a terrorist attack against women (of them pregnant). The FBI says that it's a single act of lone individual.
Funny how there are thousands of 'craze individuals' from a particular religion.
Does it really matter whether they act alone or not? No, in both cases they commit terrorist attacks based on their 'religion'. Fact is that Muslim extremism, whether organized or individually, is one of the greatest threats facing the West today.
The problem is that we can't simply dismiss it as acts of 'crazy individuals': the source of the problem is much deeper than that.
Note: of course this article is based on the assumption that indeed, the murderer was a Muslim, killing Jews out of hatred towards Israel.
Roger L. Simon
Cross posted at Liberty and Justice
It began with Sayeed el Nosair, and it continues with 6 shot in Seattle .. these people are NOT kooks
UPDATE AT BOTTOM
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man walked into a Jewish organization Friday afternoon and opened fire, killing one woman and injuring at least five others before he was arrested, officials said.
The gunman, who employees said claimed to be a Muslim angry at Israel, forced his way through the security door at the Jewish Federation after an employee had punched in her security code, said Marla Meislin-Dietrich, a co-worker who was not at the building at the time.
Staff members said they overheard him saying "'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' before opening fire on everyone," Meislin-Dietrich said. "He was randomly shooting at everyone."
Their founding document gives them permission to be children with guns, knives, and swords if insutled, offended or put upon?
What's the difference between that and what the 'christian' organization, the KKK taught?
They arrogated to themselves the right to kill and intimidate. So do these morons.
ANYONE teaching hate like this needs to be in jail or dead
The Stone and the Tree, and Apes and Pigs is teaching hate
The outcome of teaching hate and racism is inevitable
People are accountable
UPDATES: Fox, CNN (domestic USA), and MSNBC are all reporting this as a "gunman" doing the shooting. No mention of a name, or any other identifying terminology.
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"The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land. The Islamic umma (community) will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland. Israel must be wiped off the map."
--- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran
Hat tip: Eyes All Around
Friday, July 28, 2006
Their ads are very alike “Help the Middle East” they say.
I have been digging for a couple of days, writing to the organisations, reading their ads and their home-pages.
And it’s the same all over. They seem to hide the fact that the aid is for Lebanon only - no aid for Israel.
I wrote to Danish Red Cross, and their answer is: We have contacted Israeli Red Star of David and they don’t need any help.
This I have written to the Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen to get a confirmation.
Another thing is - nobody in Denmark is paying a dime to the the organisations - and they say - “it’s because no danes are involved” or “nobody saw the ads”. Okay its vacation now, but in my opinion it is in danish “thank you for the last time” the danes have not forgotten the burning of ‘Dannebrog’ and the embassies.
I’m following this tightly.
Summary of all correspondance in danish.
If the link doesn’t work:
Iran-backed missile program for Hizbullah stuns Saudis into actionGertz again...
After years of hesitation, Saudi Crown Prince Sultan has gone on a weapons shopping spree. Sultan, who is also the kingdom's defense minister, has determined an emerging threat from Iran exists and needs an answer quickly.
Over the past few months, Sultan has sewn up several major deals with Britain, France and the United States. The projects include military platforms, maintenance and lots of training. Unlike the free spending days in the 1970s, Sultan wants to provide the kingdom with indigenous capabilities and technology.
"There are two facets to the Saudi defense procurement," a Western diplomat in the Gulf said. "One is the conventional weaponry that Riyad needs to bolster its military and maintain air superiority and maritime protection in the Arabian Sea. The other is a secret nonconventional program meant to match that of Iran's."
Over the past few weeks, Iran's conventional military threat has stunned Riyad. Like other Gulf Arab countries, Sultan sees the Hizbullah rocket war against Israel as an offensive by Iran. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has equipped, trained and even directed Hizbullah fighters in Lebanon in waging a conflict more fierce than anything since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Sultan has selected the United States as the lead country in helping train and equip Saudi military and security forces. On July 21, the Bush administration approved the sale of more than $6 billion worth of military platforms and equipment to Saudi Arabia, the largest U.S. arms sale to Riyad in more than a decade.
Iran planned extensively for Hizbullah's assault on IsraelNo really?
From Gertz...Sub Req, excerpted
WASHINGTON — Iran spent more than six months training and planning Hizbullah to prepare for its current war with Israel.
Western intelligence sources said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps held a series of exercises with Hizbullah on the use of new weapons and techniques. The sources said IRGC also prepared arsenals of medium-range rockets and missiles in the Bekaa Valley and Syria to sustain any war with Israel.
"Iran's IRGC planned this war carefully throughout 2006," said an intelligence source who monitors Iran. "IRGC sent weapons and hundreds of volunteers through Damascus in a war designed to contain several stages."
Note that if al this is true, it means that far from resembling the outbreak of WW1, this is really about testing weapons and tactics of the enemy -- the Spanish Civil War of 1936
With Nasrallah in
McQ speculates a more conventional plan for
The leader of Somalia's Islamic movement has urged his countrymen to wage a "holy war" against Ethiopia. The call from Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, head of the consultative Union of Islamic Courts' Shura, came a day after Ethiopian troops moved into Baidoa, the seat of the UN-backed Somali government. Speaking on the Shabelle radio station on Friday, Aweys said Ethiopia deployed troops to the town 240km northwest of Mogadishu, to bolster what he described as a puppet regime. "They came to protect a government which they set up to advance their interests." He said Abdullahi Yusuf, the president and his longtime rival, has "been a servant of Ethiopia for a long time".
Call to arms
Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, chairman of the executive committee of the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia, said: "Somalia is under attack and Somalis must defend their country. "Anybody who sides with Ethiopia will be considered a traitor."He was speaking from Mogadishu, the Somali capital, which the Islamists seized from a US-backed alliance of militia commanders last month.
The Islamists pulled back on Thursday, but the Somali Prime minister, Ali Mohamed Gedi, accused them of plotting to attack his government in violation of a truce and mutual recognition deal. The Ethiopian government continued to deny the presence of any Ethiopian troops in Somalia. A Somali government spokesman said: "This is absolute propaganda from the Islamists. There are no Ethiopian troops in Baidoa. Anybody with the evidence should come forward."
Out of proportion
But a senior Somali government security source said "a few" Ethiopian troops were in Baidoa. He said, however, that they were there to train Somali troops and were not an occupying or protective force. "The media and Mogadishu-based Islamists have blown the matter out of proportion," he said. "No Ethiopian troops are here to occupy Somalia. "As a friendly neighbouring country, they will assist the government to form its own forces."
In another development, a second cargo plane has landed in Mogadishu, fuelling speculation that the Islamists are receiving weapons in violation of a UN arms embargo. The plane is the same one that touched down in Mogadishu on Wednesday and credible sources said that flight originated in Eritrea carrying anti-aircraft guns, uniforms, AK47s and several senior Eritrean officers.
I have a slight criticism of Krauthammer: he notes how
Of the tactics available to fight the Islamist jihadists, there is one that we are not making the best use of.
First a little bit of history.
As J.R. Dunn writes in his column at the American Thinker, when informed that the French had agreed to his surrender terms in 1940, Hitler stomped his foot once in triumph, a gesture caught on film. A British propaganda genius re-looped that footage “at the point where the Fuehrer’s stance looked most effeminate” and made it appear as if he was dancing an insane little jig. To this day, most people truly believe that Hitler actually danced that jig.
Dunn asks “The Jihadist should be made to dance at every opportunity.” His point is that using humiliation and satire to marginalize the jihadists would be a prime weapon in the free world’s fight against Islamism.
How? He goes on.
“What is required is a psychological warfare campaign operating against all levels of Jihadi-umma interaction: doctrinal, social, and political. All active Jihadis, from Osama bin Laden on down, must be targeted through all forms of media, constantly and unrelentingly. A perfect example of this is the Zarqawi video, in which the Lion of Anbar was revealed as a schmuck who couldn’t figure out how to fire a machine gun. When he was finally tracked down and killed a few weeks later, his “martyrdom” lacked the expected impact, in large part due to the impression created by that very video.”
He gives other examples.
“Much the same can be done with other Jihadis, no matter where they’re operating. Nor does it matter whether there’s any actual footage – CGI (Computer Generated Animation) as any filmgoer is aware, is capable of near-miracles today. Imagery can be created that cannot be distinguished from real footage without close professional examination. This technology should be taken advantage of. The possibilities are limitless, from OBL putting away the contents of a bottle of Jim Beam to his directly blaspheming the Almighty. Ridicule can be a potent weapon, as was seen in WW II, when the Western Allies sent Spike Jones, the LooneyToons menagerie, and the Three Stooges against the Axis. The Jihadis by their very nature give us a lot of potential material. It’s already been noted how absurd they look. It wouldn’t take much to push this element straight over the edge into slapstick.
The past can be used for ridicule too. Take past pictures of OBL and use them against him.
The Jihadists previous lives are not off limits either. There are numerous photos of ObL in a Beatle cut wearing striped bell-bottoms. They should be given wider circulation, as opposed to the sickening “white sheik” photo that has become the ObL photo of choice for most of the Western media. (What ruins that one is the eyes – cover his lower face next time you see this shot.You will be chilled.) Did Zawahiri leave behind any snapshots? The other goons? Has anybody bothered to look?”
And here’s another use for satire and ridicule. The Islamist fear of women. Dunn writes:
“As is true of all fanatic movements, there’s a convoluted and potentially usefulpsychosexual component in Jihadism. In large part, this is based on fear of women. Said Qutb, salafist theorist and an important influence on much of the Jihadi hierarchy, gave up completely on the West when, while living in the U.S., he was invited to a sock hop. Now, this was in Greeley, Colorado, in 1949, and occurred in the basement of a Protestant church, so we’re not talking Woodstock here. But the horror of it all (Boys and girls, dancing together! To wild jitterbug music! The girls without burqas!) threw Qutb completely. He fled home to Egypt a confirmed bachelor, to pass his late nights creating the philosophy that so well serves the Islamists today. The fact that Jihadi hypermasculinity is a facade (not to mention its near-explicit homoeroticism), will not come as a revelation to most Westerners, but it might be an amusing novelty in the Islamic world. (Consider in this light the news of the sexy lingerie discovered in the ruins of Zarqawi’s final hideout. Fact or disinformation? No doubt very effective, either way.)
Dun says that we should use the technology that the West has created.
“Material created for such campaigns can be distributed via Internet, videotape, DVD, CD, and for that matter, by comic book for more backward areas. The jihadis have utilized all these media in distributing their propaganda, sermons, and lectures. They have, to put it bluntly, been allowed to monopolize them. We have possession and control of one of the most potent vectors of psychological warfare every created – the Internet. And we’re leaving it to be exploited by the enemy. We have to do better than this. We are the midst of a decades-long conflict, one in which over the long run, the military aspects will be strictly secondary. This war will be won on the political and social fronts. There is no sign that this is understood at every level of government. That being the case, it may be a moment for public action. There are plenty of think tanks and foundations devoting themselves to terrorism and the Middle East. Perhaps it’s time that one of them took a more active hand.
Not to mention an army of video bloggers and individuals who post to sites like YouTube.
Yep, it’s time to take off the gloves and get Mickey Mouse, Quadafi Duck, and Goofy into the fight!
A third front in the war was opened within Israel on Thursday with the kidnap/murder of a Samaria resident and shooting of two Border Guard policemen at a checkpoint at an entrance to Jerusalem.As usual, it's the refusal of the Olmert/Peretz government to combat terrorism effectively that's led to this.
Hamas and Hizbullah terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon have urged Arabs in Judea and Samaria to open up the third front. Some Arab citizens in Israel also have called for an all-out war on all fronts against Israel.
The burnt corpse of the resident of the Samarian community of Yakir was discovered in the trunk of his burnt car Thursday evening, several hours after his family reported him missing. He was finally identified early this morning as Dr. Daniel Yaakobi, father of four and grandfather of seven.
The nearly-unrecognizable vehicle was found by reserve soldiers near the village of Abus, east of Kfar Saba and the Arab city of Kalkilyeh, and near the Jewish communities of Karnei Shomron and Emanuel. Yakir, Dr. Yaakobi's hometown, is located just a few kilometers further south. The funeral, which thousands of people are expected to attend, will be held in Petach Tikvah's Segulah cemetery at 12 noon.
Police have concluded he was kidnapped and then murdered. Another resident of Samaria, Eliyahu Asheri of Itamar, was similarly kidnapped and murdered last month. Nearby areas were placed on high alert Thursday night after the body was discovered.
Earlier Thursday evening, an Arab terrorist approached a checkpoint near the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem and shot two Border Guard policemen, wounding one moderately-to-seriously and the other lightly. The terrorist had surveyed the checkpoint for several days before attacking. One of the wounded officers managed to fire back and killed the attacker.