Friday, April 09, 2004

Sometimes You Just Gotta Love Your Enemies

Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed Al-Hindi got it right when he told reporters in Israel,

"Our message to the world, to our brothers in Iraq, we are fighting against the same enemies, the same occupation, we are fighting in the same battle. Our people in Palestine and our brothers in Iraq are slaughtered by the knife, the knife of Bush and Sharon."

That's right Mohammed. This War is between free Democratic societies like the U.S., Israel, Britain, France (whether they like it or not), Spain (again, whether they like it or not), Germany (again), Japan, Australia, Italy, etc. and Islmamofascists like you.

Glad to hear one side understands the nature of this War. It will be a good day when our side finally does. However, I fear what it might take for us to come to that understanding.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Twenty Things You Need to Know About Jews, But Were Afraid to Ask, According to a Completely Insane Racist

Sheikh Sakr, the former head of Al Azhar University's Fatwa (a fatwa is a Islamic legal proclamation) Committee, was asked the simple question, "What, according to the Qur'an, are the Jews main characteristics and qualities?"

Here are some of the, uh, finer points of hisanswer.:

1. "They used to fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah. Allah Almighty says: 'That is because they say: We have no duty to the Gentiles. They knowingly speak a lie concerning Allah.' (Al-'Imran: 75)

8. "Giving preference to their own interests over the rulings of religion and the dictates of truth. Allah says [to the Jews]: '… When there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?' (Al-Baqarah: 87)

11. "They are known for their arrogance and haughtiness. Allah tells us about this in the verse that reads: 'The Jews and Christians say: We are sons of Allah and His loved ones.' (Al-Ma'idah: 18)

12. "Utilitarianism and opportunism are among their innate traits. This is clear in the verse that reads: 'And of their taking usury when they were forbidden it, and of their devouring people's wealth by false pretences.' (An-Nisa': 161)

13. "Their rudeness and vulgarity is beyond description. Referring to this, the Qur'anic verse reads: 'Some of those who are Jews change words from their context and say: We hear and disobey; hear thou as one who heareth not, and Listen to us!, distorting with their tongues and slandering religion. If they had said: We hear and we obey; hear thou, and look at us, it had been better for them, and more upright. But Allah hath cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not, save for a few.' (An-Nisa':46)

14. "It is easy for them to slay people and kill innocents. Nothing in the world is dearer to their hearts than shedding blood and murdering human beings. They never give up this trait even with the Messengers and the Prophets. Allah says: '… And [they] slew the prophets wrongfully.' (Al-Baqarah: 61)

16. "They never keep their promises or fulfill their words. Almighty Allah says: Is it ever so that when ye make a covenant, a party of you violates it?' The truth is, most of them believe not.' (Al-Baqarah: 100)

19. "Miserliness runs deep in their hearts. Describing this, the Qur'an states: 'Or have they even a share in the Sovereignty? Then in that case, they would not give mankind even the speck on a date stone.' (An-Nisa': 53)

Do I need to say that this guys a racist? The thing is, Sheik Sakr is a respected legal thinker in Islam. Something is wrong when a society respects a person who spews such racism. What is wrong? I don't know. I truly don't have an explanation. I can only say that Nazi Germany was sick in a very similar way.

Maybe one way to look at it is that societies are like biological organisms. They can become sick and diseased.

We should never be tempted to look at this kind of disease through postmodern, multi-cultural goggles and say, "Well, it's not bad. It's just different." It is bad.

We would never tolerate this kind of racism in our society, so why do we tolerate it in Islamic societies? I have a theory. I think maybe a lot of us in the West quietly think to ourselves, "we can't expect anything more from those people."

I say that that kind of thinking is also racism. The people who live in the Islamic countries of the world are just as intelligent as any of the other peoples of the world. And we can, and must, expect them to develop civilized societies.

Cousin Nidra Sends a Letter to Say She's Worried About Grandma Europa

Nidra Poller moved to France 32 years ago. Recently, she sent a letter home to tell us of some of the strange behavior Grandma Europa has been exhibiting lately.

What happened? The sea change began on September 28, 2000, when the domestic repercussions of Arafat’s prefabricated "al-Aqsa" intifada in Jerusalem struck me in a dizzying instant of recognition. I was hardly alone. Stunned and dazed, the formerly integrated, assimilated, liberated, progressive, and (in some cases) indifferent Jews of France found themselves—ourselves—thrust out of the body politic and herded into a virtual ghetto. In the years since then, things have only gotten worse, much worse.

Here I stand, endowed with an intimate knowledge of French language, thought, and reality—and on the threshold, perhaps, of France’s, even Europe’s, downfall.

I never thought of myself as an expatriate ... Instead, I’d been a "European," picking up after a brief interruption not exactly where my family had left off—not Budapest, not Przemysl, those were places we would not go back to—but Europe and all it could boast of. Beautiful cities that are really lived in, monuments at every street corner, savoir faire, craftsmanship, savoir vivre, boutiques, refinement, manners...

And . . . the Shoah? I came back to be European and, irony of ironies, Europe is showing me why my grandparents left.

...How can I explain to French grandchildren ... that I cannot entrust them to their native land? But how can I lead them to safety if I myself do not know how to go home?

I used to run back to the U.S. for visits of ten days, just to see my family. Then I would return to my true love, Paris, and to my real life. That delicious sweet buttery butter, the perfect bread, our local open-air market.

I loved speaking French, couldn’t wait to get back to it, loved my favorite boutiques, my fashionable clothes, my daily elegance.

I’m being treated to a poignant lesson in European and Jewish history. The 30’s: why did they stay? Why didn’t they run for their lives? Couldn’t they see what was happening?

I am, or was, the first American-born generation in a family that fled Europe before World War I: a lesson in the wisdom of leaving before it is too late. Now I am the first stage in the story of a three-generation "French" family. Why don’t people just pick up and go while they still can? It’s always the same. There is an ailing grandmother, a son in medical school, a daughter who just got married, a business too good to throw away and not good enough to sell. There are in-laws and obligations and unfinished business and . . . hope. Hope that it will all blow over.

Jews are being persecuted every day in France. Some are insulted, pelted with stones, spat upon; some are beaten or threatened with knives or guns. Synagogues are torched, schools burned to the ground. A little over a month ago, at least one Jew was savagely murdered, his throat slit, his face gouged with a carving knife. Did it create an uproar? No. The incident was stifled, and by common consent—not just by the authorities, but by the Jews.

Some Jews are simply frightened; they are reluctant to take the subway, walk in certain neighborhoods, go out after dark. Others, clearly identifiable as Jews, are courageous and defiant. Many, perhaps the majority, show no outward signs of Jewishness and do not seek to know the truth about the rampant and increasingly violent anti-Semitism all around them. If you are Jewish but do not defend Israel or act too religious or look too different, you are not yet a target—so why insist on monitoring the danger when daily life is so delicious?

And the lies so tantalizing. A thick, hand-knit comforter of prevarication spreads itself over the French population. Every morning, instead of waking people up, the press tucks them in. France has become a nation of sleepwalkers. You sense it with particular sharpness after a visit to the U.S.

France is in fact an adversary of the United States—as is its right, after all. But the French honestly believe their country is behaving like a reasonable ally, and there is no way to convince them of the contrary. They are hooked up to an intravenous flow of lies about the United States, ...

I don’t see signs that any of this is about to change.

Will the pacifist and pacified French stand up and defend their nation? Or will we have to leave?

That is what it boils down to. Things have gone from shouting "death to the Jews" to firebombing schools and synagogues, to persecution, attacks, even murder. We have Muslim rage in schools, hospitals, and courtrooms. Police headquarters are attacked, hospital personnel beaten, judges threatened. The Republic is under siege, and what are the French doing about it? They are trashing America.

For me, the monuments are crumbling. The glistening golden dome of Les Invalides. The châteaux and the triumphal arches... How can so much beauty cover such deep cowardice?

We are not free in France. I know the difference. I come from a free country. A rough and ready, clumsy, slapped together, tacky country where people say wow and gosh and shop at Costco... A native land I walked out on with belated adolescent insouciance. A foreign land where I was born because Europe vomited up my grandparents as it is now coughing up me and mine.

If only the accusations bandied about so mindlessly by the French talking heads were true: American imperialism, Washington’s insatiable drive for hegemony, the Yankee need to dominate the world, and all the rest, the whole stars-and-stripes version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Give me empire, my dear Yanks. Come over here and colonize this place so that I can put my suitcases back on top of the closet, keep my swishes and furbelows, my adopted family jewels and Continental airs, and live to a ripe old age here in the center of Paris, in the middle of nowhere.

Of course, her piece is mostly just opinion. Sure, it's true there have been a lot of violent anti-Semitic attacks in Paris in the past few years. Sure, it's true Europe is once again ignoring the truth of it's problem. Sure, it's true that it's ok in Europe to say that America is controlled by a secret cabal ... oh wait, it's not a secret anymore, it's the Jewish Lobby, Wolfowitz, Pearl, etc.

That doesn't mean it's time to consider leaving Europe, does it?

Syrian Television Show: Jews Use Arab Childrens Blood in Passover Matzoh

Proving that the moral-equivalence crowd (in the Middle-East debate) clearly just have trouble making intellectual distinctions, Syrian TV posits that Jews use Christian childrens blood in Passover matzoh:

The Syrian-produced Hezbollah TV series Al-Shatat, which ran earlier this year during Ramadan, represents a long line of Syrian blood libels. In the 20th episode of Al-Shatat, a "rabbi" states, "we want the blood of a Christian child before Passover, for the matzos." A neighborhood boy named Nathan, who looks to be about eight years old, is brought into the room, his throat is slit as he cries "Mama, Mama" and his blood is poured into a metal basin. The next scene has the rabbi wishing a "Jewish man" a good Passover and offering him matzo — "tastier and holier because it was kneaded with pure blood."

This is on TV because these people believe this kind of stuff. Just like the Germans during the time of the Nazi's believed this stuff. Here in America when someone comes out with this kind of racism, they are scorned and shouted out of the public arena. In Syria they give you a budget to produce a TV show and then run it on the national network.

I can't really decide how to think about this one. Is this stupid and silly, or is it evil? How about all three. The thing is they really believe this stupid blood libel.

We need to pity these people, but we also need to realize that people who believe these types of things are dangerous.

Go read the article over at National Review.

Prager Poses a Great Question

Dennis Prager poses a great question in his column this week:

Islamic terror is caused by Muslims, not, as Islamic and leftist apologists would have it, by the non-Muslims against whom it is directed. In our morally confused world, Spain, Israel and America are blamed for having their men, women and children blown up: What did these countries do to arouse such enmity among otherwise tolerant Arabs and Muslims?

Palestinian terror provides the answer. About 25 percent of Palestinians are Christian, yet if there are any Palestinian Christian suicide bombers, I am unaware of them. Now why is that? Don't Muslim and leftist apologists incessantly tell us that the reason for Palestinian terror is "Israeli occupation and oppression"? Why, then, are there no Palestinian Christian terrorists? Are Christian Palestinians less occupied?

Wow. Checkmate in three moves.

Judas Took Christ's Place On The Cross

Let's see now Christianity teaches that Christ took the blame for our sins by coming to this world to die for us. He hung on the on the cross in our place.

Islam, on the other hand, teaches that Christ did not hang on the cross, but instead, Judas took His place.

But there are crucial differences between the New Testament accounts portrayed in the movie and what Islam teaches.

"In Islam, we do not believe that he got crucified at the end," said Ranim Khalifa, 17, a senior at Schenley High School. Muslims believe that when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for God to deliver him from death, God took him directly to heaven. There was no crucifixion or resurrection, only an ascension.

But Muslims believe that God made it appear to Jesus' enemies that they had killed him, Mogahed said. The Quran provides no details, but the most common theological explanation is that Jesus' betrayer, Judas, was made to look like Jesus and was crucified in his placed.

When Khalifa explained that to her Christian friends, "they were taken aback...

As well they should be.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Israelly Cool Is, Well, Really Cool

Today is Israelly Cool appreciation day.

Here's something else from the Aussie in Israel:

AP are carrying this headline:

Funnily enough, I do not recall AP ever carrying the headline "Arafat Reneges Vow Not to Harm Jews."

Good point, I actually read that headline over several times and never even thought about that. Thanks for putting it into perspective.

Dad, Grandma Europa Keeps Babbling About How Someone Named Amerigo Stole Something From Her. Who's Amerigo?

The Guardian, in a decidedly unguarded moment, bares the depth of European resentment over America's dominance. (By the way, a big tip of the hat to Israelly Cool)

The architecture of the Iraqi town of Falluja bears little resemblance to the narrow alleys of Gaza's impoverished refugee camps. Detached two-storey homes with palm trees and small shaded gardens behind their sand-coloured front walls stand along wide streets, looking as comfortable as suburbs anywhere.

But as residents ushered reporters into their homes a few days ago, shortly before this week's attack on four American security guards (though mercenaries might be a better term), it was clear that deep communal anger was lurking here, and had reached boiling point. They wanted to show the results of several US incursions over four days and nights last week.

Rockets from helicopter gunships had punctured bedroom walls. Patio floors and front gates were pockmarked by shrapnel. Car doors looked like sieves. In the mayhem 18 Iraqis lay dead. On the American side two marines were killed. It was the worst period of violence Falluja has seen during a year of occupation.

So this week's retaliation comes as no surprise. The cycle of violence that US troops unleashed looks and feels increasingly like Palestinian rage in the face of excessive force by an occupying power.

In Falluja there are tactical differences. Few Iraqis see a need to resort to suicide, nor do they primarily choose to target civilians. The US base three miles from town produces a ready flow of potential military victims, supplemented this week by private contractors working closely with the occupation authorities. Military convoys trundle through or near Falluja every day. The usual tactic is to ambush them with homemade bombs, followed by grenades and small arms fire when the survivors jump out of their vehicles. Then the resistance runs off into the suburban side-streets.

The American response is heavy-handed and indiscriminate. "The US is indirectly supporting the resistance by targeting innocent people. It makes us more sympathetic to the resistance," Shaban Rajab, 45, a taxi-driver, told me.

For Tha'ir Turki and his family the Americans piled insult on injury. They were attending the wake for their father, who had been killed on Thursday, when more grim news arrived. "Don't go home," a group of neighbours warned them. "The Americans are there." The grieving family had to sleep with friends.

"Even if there was some resistance among people here, what have we done? Our women and girls are not part of it," said Tha'ir Turki, as he showed the chaos the marines left after sleeping in his house. Cupboards were ransacked, a computer had gone, and empty brown bags which once contained army rations littered every room. He was particularly upset at finding them in his teenage sisters' bedroom. Little jewellery boxes were scattered across the dresser, their lids off. Women's clothes had been pulled out of drawers.

Not many of Falluja's people are former Baathist loyalists, as the Americans say, nor have the Americans produced evidence of large numbers of foreign "jihadis". They are ordinary families, driven by nationalist pride, and increasingly by a desire to retaliate when their homes and neighbourhoods are violated and their relatives and friends killed.

Gee, ordinary families, do you think? I know that after church my family and I usually head off to the park down the road for a picnic and some little pasttime, like this.

But, what this article really all comes down to is the Europe's fear that they have lost their power to America. Well, they have and it was a long time ago.

And then we had to go and rub their noses in it again by ignoring the lunatic power plays of France and Germany on the great and terrible equalizing/threshing floor of the U.N.

So now we've got Grandma Europa wondering around her welfare subsidized apartment, with her stockings all frayed, and hanging around her calves, hardly even aware we are sitting on her couch with the tea she just made for us And she's babbling about some man, from her past, named Amerigo, and how he stole from her some unnamed treasure.

We're gonna have to start seriously considering putting Grandma in a home.