Friday, April 30, 2004

Melanie Phillips Is Right Again - America Has Screwed Up Big Time

Melanie Phillips drops some serious science on the U.S.

In truth, the Americans could hardly be doing more to lose the support even of those who understand and back what they are trying to do in Iraq. Those pictures of the tortured Iraqis are as sickening and appalling as they are catastrophic. Okay, this was -- we are told -- an isolated and wholly unrepresentative incident. And yes, a number of US soldiers are now facing criminal charges and courts-martial as a result. But that still doesn't lessen the shock and disgust that this can have happened at all. As if the torture wasn't bad enough, the images of the soldiers taunting those Iraqi captives and fooling about in front of them for the cameras bespeak a loss of simple humanity and civilised values here which is deeply, deeply disturbing. What kind of society produces such dehumanisation? It's not enough to be alarmed at the likely damaging effect such images will have on the Arab and Muslim world. We should be alarmed and deeply ashamed about what they say about western values.


I concur, almost completely. However, I must make two statements.

1) The question: "What kind of society produces such dehumanisation?" can elicit only a complex answer. The answer isn't simply, "an inhuman society." It is that, in my opinion, only to some degree. In addition, it is a society which promotes individuality, which has the messy consequence of producing people who decide they can take the law into their own hands. And it is also, simply true that any society will produce people who are going to seek revenge, or more precisely, every society includes people who would do monstrous things in the name of revenge. You will note that I never posted anything about the Iraqi's who stomped on the corpses of the dead American soldiers, and strung them up from a bridge. Why? Because there are monsters in every society.

2) We should be "alarmed and deeply ashamed." However, we should also realize that not only does a society define itself by the bad things it does, but a society also defines itself by how it, in the end, deals with and reconciles the bad things it does. That remains to be seen.

The soldiers responsible for this should be punished severely.

And finally I must say this, if Europe is a old senile lady, then America is a horny, pumped up 18 year old guy out for a night on the town.

"No, no, no, don't sell him that 24 pack. Oh jeez, why'd you sell that to him? Don't you know what they do when they drink?"


Islamic "Conference on Tolerance" Calls for Incorporation of Sharia into International Law

From Islam Online comes this glorious news:


CAIRO, April 30 (IslamOnline.net) – World Muslim scholars meeting in Cairo urged incorporation of Sharia into the International Law to avoid eruption of more crises or other forms of injustice.

"Some western researchers have found out that Islamic principles could be used to develop the International Law and incorporate its moral values into it," said Jaafar Abdel-Salam, the secretary general of the Islamic Universities Association.

He was speaking at the International Islamic Conference, held in Cairo from April 28 till May 1 under the title of "Tolerance in Islamic Civilization".

Addressing the sixteenth session of the Conference, Abdel-Salam, himself a professor of International Law, said the application of Sharia along with the International Law would help set up a world system "turning countries closer to each other".

"Islam, with its practices, is the best of international systems that could achieve peace," said Mohamed Dissouki, an International Law professor at Al-Azhar University, in the conference.


Yeah, Mohammed. Look what a wonderful job Islam is already doing of acheiving peace. Most every conflict going on in the world today, from Chechneya to Nigeria to Sudan to Israel to Indonesia to the Phillipines to Malaysia to Algeria to Australia to Bosnia, etc, etc, etc, has Islam at it's root. That's a fact.

Empirically, that doesn't mean that Islam is inherently flawed anymore than Christianity was when it used it's doctrines as incitement against Jews during the Middle Ages. However, it does mean that Islam needs some sort of Reformation.

It's got to happen, Mohammed. Why don't you get to work on that instead of trying to establish Sharia Law in the World Court?

Sharia Law, for anyone who doesn't know, advocates the cutting off of one's hand as a punishment for stealing, and it advocates stoning as a punishment for adultery.

Hat Tip to Allah

Dateline: Russia - Jewish Cemetary Desecrated

Wasn't it just yesterday I was saying, "Today is a pretty good day?" Did the announcement from the Conference on Anti-Semitism inspire this cemetary desecration?

Look at this.

Dateline: France - 127 Gravesites Desecrated In Jewish Cemetary

Swastikas and SS symbols painted on 127 tombstones. A German flag with the words "One People, One Reigh, One Fuhrer," emblozoned in German. The words Juden Raus (Jews Out) painted on a tombstone. Go here for the photo. And check this out.

Don't you wonder what that old Jewish man is thinking. He looks to be old enough to remember, if not have lived through, the Holocaust.

I'm guessing he's wondering if it's going to happen again.

Also go to Merde In France, and Allah for a little more info.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Great News - Give Thanks When Thanks Is Due - Thank You Europe Even If It's Not Perfect

This is from the Jerusalem Post:


Jewish leaders won a major victory in Europe Thursday with the announcement of a major European political body, that Israel's actions do not justify anti-Semitism.

The statement that, "international development or political issues, including those in Israel or elsewhere in the Middle East, never justify anti-Semitism" was released at the end of a two-day conference on Anti-Semitism in Berlin hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

It further said, "Anti-Semitism following its most devastating manifestation during the Holocaust, has assumed new forms and expressions, which along with other forms of intolerance, pose a threat to democracy, the values of civilization and, therefore, to overall security in the OSCE region and beyond."

The statement marks the first time that European leaders have agreed with Jewish and Israeli ones that a new form of anti-Semitism has emerged in the last few years in which violence against Jews has been justified as an emotional reaction to the crisis in the Middle East.

"Anti-Semitism is a challenge to us all and I'm gratified that it has been recognized here," said Minister-Without-Portfolio Natan Sharansky (Likud).

He identified for OSCE members the difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism.

"Israel welcomes criticism from within and without," said Sharansky. But that criticism becomes dangerous when it crosses over into anti-Semitism, he added. Demonisation of the state and its leaders by comparing them Nazi's or Hitler is anti-Semitism as is saying that Palestinian refugee camps are the equivalent of Auschwitz.

"Refugee camps are very tough places and the problems around them are legitimate," said Sharansky. But when one moves from tackling the problem to the use of Holocaust language, the discussion becomes anti-semitic.

Another clear sign of anti-Semitism is a double standard or treating Jews differently. It is anti-Semitism when Israel is condemned by international organizations more than any other country or when the Red Cross refused to allow the Jewish Star to appear on its ambulances even though other symbols can be used.

The line into anti-Semitism is also crossed when arguments are made that the State of Israel does not have the right to exist, said Sharanksy.

The conference also "condemned without reservation all manifestations of anti-Semitism and all other acts of intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur."

It further stated that it also "condemns all attacks motivated by anti-Semitism or by any other forms of religious or racial hatred or intolerance, including attacks against synagogues and other religious places, sites and shrines."

US and German politicians were among the few who warned against the dangers of a new anti-Semitism, used to bash Israel, when they spoke on Wednesday to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

"It is not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel. But the line is crossed when Israel or its leaders are demonized or vilified, for example by the use of Nazi symbols and racist caricatures," said US Secretary of State Colin Powell before OSCE's conference on anti-Semitism.

He asked OSCE to "declare with one voice, 'Anti-Semitism shall have no place among us. Hate shall find no home within a Europe whole, free, and at peace.'"

But some of OSCE's 55 states, which gathered here for the two-day conference, were far from united on the issue as they argued away from the cameras over the question of whether hatred of Israel can be labeled anti-Semitic.

The fear among those who believe anti-Israel feelings have replaced the traditional hatred of Jews is that the conference will fail to take a stand when it releases its joint statement on Thursday. Turkey is reportedly leading the charge against labeling certain forms of Israel bashing as anti-Semitic.

Studies done by many monitoring groups show a stark rise in anti-Semitism since September 2000.
Most of the leaders who spoke about the dangers of anti-Semitism centered their remarks on the dangers of traditional anti-Semitism. High-ranking politicians vowed that Europe and the rest of the world would never again remain silent in the face of anti-Semitism.

But they avoided both the link with the conflict in the Middle East and that with the growing Muslim population in Europe.


Jewish leaders at the conference were grateful to see OSCE leaders take a stand against anti-Semitism. But they felt they went only half way by failing to highlight the anti-Semitism present in attacks against Israel and the threat to Jews posed by Islamic extremists.

The problem of modern anti-Semitism can't be solved until these two issues are taken seriously, said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Among those who spoke out against the threat of the new anti-Semitism was German President Johannes Rau, who said it is important to distinguish between anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel. Still, he said that "massive anti-Semitism" is behind much of the opposition to Israeli policy.

Powell said that "We must send the clear message to extremists of the political right and the political Left alike that all those who use hate as a rallying cry dishonor themselves and dishonor their cause. We must not permit anti-Semitic crimes to be shrugged off as inevitable side effects of inter ethnic conflicts. Political disagreements do not justify physical assaults against Jews in our streets, the destruction of Jewish schools, or the desecration of synagogues and cemeteries. There is no justification for anti-Semitism.

"When President [George W.] Bush visited the Auschwitz death camp last year, he renewed the United States' commitment to oppose anti-Semitism with these words: 'This site is a sobering reminder that, when we find anti-Semitism, whether it be in Europe, in America, or anywhere else, mankind must come together to fight such dark impulses.' "



Today is a pretty good day.



Great News - Give Thanks When Thanks Is Due - Thank You Europe Even If It's Not Perfect

Jewish leaders won a major victory in Europe Thursday with the announcement of a major European political body, that Israel's actions do not justify anti-Semitism.

The statement that, "international development or political issues, including those in Israel or elsewhere in the Middle East, never justify anti-Semitism" was released at the end of a two-day conference on Anti-Semitism in Berlin hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

It further said, "Anti-Semitism following its most devastating manifestation during the Holocaust, has assumed new forms and expressions, which along with other forms of intolerance, pose a threat to democracy, the values of civilization and, therefore, to overall security in the OSCE region and beyond."

The statement marks the first time that European leaders have agreed with Jewish and Israeli ones that a new form of anti-Semitism has emerged in the last few years in which violence against Jews has been justified as an emotional reaction to the crisis in the Middle East.

"Anti-Semitism is a challenge to us all and I'm gratified that it has been recognized here," said Minister-Without-Portfolio Natan Sharansky (Likud).

He identified for OSCE members the difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism.

"Israel welcomes criticism from within and without," said Sharansky. But that criticism becomes dangerous when it crosses over into anti-Semitism, he added. Demonisation of the state and its leaders by comparing them Nazi's or Hitler is anti-Semitism as is saying that Palestinian refugee camps are the equivalent of Auschwitz.

"Refugee camps are very tough places and the problems around them are legitimate," said Sharansky. But when one moves from tackling the problem to the use of Holocaust language, the discussion becomes anti-semitic.

Another clear sign of anti-Semitism is a double standard or treating Jews differently. It is anti-Semitism when Israel is condemned by international organizations more than any other country or when the Red Cross refused to allow the Jewish Star to appear on its ambulances even though other symbols can be used.

The line into anti-Semitism is also crossed when arguments are made that the State of Israel does not have the right to exist, said Sharanksy.

The conference also "condemned without reservation all manifestations of anti-Semitism and all other acts of intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur."

It further stated that it also "condemns all attacks motivated by anti-Semitism or by any other forms of religious or racial hatred or intolerance, including attacks against synagogues and other religious places, sites and shrines."

US and German politicians were among the few who warned against the dangers of a new anti-Semitism, used to bash Israel, when they spoke on Wednesday to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

"It is not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel. But the line is crossed when Israel or its leaders are demonized or vilified, for example by the use of Nazi symbols and racist caricatures," said US Secretary of State Colin Powell before OSCE's conference on anti-Semitism.

He asked OSCE to "declare with one voice, 'Anti-Semitism shall have no place among us. Hate shall find no home within a Europe whole, free, and at peace.'"

But some of OSCE's 55 states, which gathered here for the two-day conference, were far from united on the issue as they argued away from the cameras over the question of whether hatred of Israel can be labeled anti-Semitic.

The fear among those who believe anti-Israel feelings have replaced the traditional hatred of Jews is that the conference will fail to take a stand when it releases its joint statement on Thursday. Turkey is reportedly leading the charge against labeling certain forms of Israel bashing as anti-Semitic.

Studies done by many monitoring groups show a stark rise in anti-Semitism since September 2000.
Most of the leaders who spoke about the dangers of anti-Semitism centered their remarks on the dangers of traditional anti-Semitism. High-ranking politicians vowed that Europe and the rest of the world would never again remain silent in the face of anti-Semitism.

But they avoided both the link with the conflict in the Middle East and that with the growing Muslim population in Europe.


Jewish leaders at the conference were grateful to see OSCE leaders take a stand against anti-Semitism. But they felt they went only half way by failing to highlight the anti-Semitism present in attacks against Israel and the threat to Jews posed by Islamic extremists.

The problem of modern anti-Semitism can't be solved until these two issues are taken seriously, said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Among those who spoke out against the threat of the new anti-Semitism was German President Johannes Rau, who said it is important to distinguish between anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel. Still, he said that "massive anti-Semitism" is behind much of the opposition to Israeli policy.

Powell said that "We must send the clear message to extremists of the political right and the political Left alike that all those who use hate as a rallying cry dishonor themselves and dishonor their cause. We must not permit anti-Semitic crimes to be shrugged off as inevitable side effects of inter ethnic conflicts. Political disagreements do not justify physical assaults against Jews in our streets, the destruction of Jewish schools, or the desecration of synagogues and cemeteries. There is no justification for anti-Semitism.

"When President [George W.] Bush visited the Auschwitz death camp last year, he renewed the United States' commitment to oppose anti-Semitism with these words: 'This site is a sobering reminder that, when we find anti-Semitism, whether it be in Europe, in America, or anywhere else, mankind must come together to fight such dark impulses.' "




Hilary Clinton Says Interview With Arab Newspaper Never Happened

Hilary Clinton has denied that the interview with Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat ever took place. I believe her.

As I said, the idea that she would do such a thing seemed hard to believe because she really wouldn't have stood to gain from such a move.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Have They Been Hovering Around Your Nuclear Facilities
By Any Chance?


Reuters reports that "flying saucer fever" has gripped Iran:


TEHRAN (Reuters) - Is Iran about to be invaded by little green men or are the Americans racing through the night sky in spaceships to spy on the Islamic Republic?

Flying saucer fever has gripped Iran after dozens of sightings in the last few days. Fanciful cartoons of alien spacecraft have adorned the front pages.


State television on Wednesday showed a sparkling white disc it said was filmed over Tehran on Tuesday night.

More colorful Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have been spotted beaming out green, red, blue and purple rays over the northern cities of Tabriz and Ardebil and in the Caspian Sea province of Golestan, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Newspapers and agencies reported people rushing out into the streets in eight towns on Tuesday night to watch a bright extraterrestrial light dipping in and out of the clouds.

An airforce officer in the Revolutionary Guards was quoted in the reformist Vagha-ye Etefaghiyeh daily saying Iran's Supreme National Security Council should investigate whether these visitors from afar had hostile intent.



Hostile Intent? I'm surprised the inevitable Zionist Plot hasn't been brought up... yet. I mean, for once, they don't bring it up, and yet, I believe soon they will be seeing "Unidentified Flying Objects" swooping down on their country and blasting their nuclear development facilities right out of existence.

The American Press Lies To Us About The War

Hat Tip to InstaPundit for making me aware of this quote from Donald Rumsfeld regarding blatant anti-American bias in the press:


To get a sense of the stark contrast between the good that coalition forces are doing in Iraq and the tactics that the enemy has used consistently, if one thinks back, they used hospitals, they used mosques, they used schools as weapons locations and fortresses to fight from throughout the time of the invasion. The photo of terrorists using a mosque in Najaf as a base for attacks against our forces is an example of what we're finding. There have been additional attacks taken from mosques in Fallujah, and I believe there have been embedded reporters who have been able to -- as well as combat camera -- able to make some of that available to the American people.

There are two ways, I suppose, one could inform readers of the Geneva Convention stipulation against using places of worship to conduct military attacks. One might be to headline saying that Terrorists Attack Coalition Forces From Mosques. That would be one way to present the information.

Another might be to say: Mosques Targeted in Fallujah. That was the Los Angeles Times headline this morning.



I also aspire to one day possess Rumsfeld's verbally eviscerate idiocy.

Saudi Jew Hatred

National Review published an important article concerning Saudi Royal (read "Offical State Jew Hatred"):


The Saudi royal family has been on the forefront of espousing an extreme position of hatred toward Jews, influencing the kingdom's educational system, media, and mosques, as well as its foreign and domestic policy.

In its first attempt to attract tourists to the country, Saudi Arabia's tourist commission, under the control of Prince Sultan bin Abd Al-Aziz launched an official website in March 2004. The website listed those not allowed into the kingdom: "Israeli passport holders or those whose passport has an Israeli arrival/departure stamp; those who do not abide by the Saudi traditions concerning appearance and behavior; those under the influence [of alcohol]; and Jewish people."

The Saudi embassy's Washington, D.C. spokesman, Nail Al-Jubeir, said he was "stunned" when he saw the website; and the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar bin Sultan, said he was "embarrassed." According to a press release by the Saudi embassy, "the information on the website was not correct and as a consequence the erroneous material was removed."

The ambassador's father, Prince Sultan, who serves as secretary general of the tourism commission, said in a statement that the controversy was "blown out of all proportions" by U.S. media seeking to portray the kingdom as anti-Semitic. He added, "...It is all part of a smear campaign meant to tarnish Saudi Arabia's image."

Prince Sultan — who is also second deputy prime minister, defense and aviation minister, and inspector general of Saudi Arabia — has been making statements against Jews for years. Following a ceremony at the Saudi Public Institution for Military Industries in June 2002, when asked about U.S. criticism of Saudi Arabia, Prince Sultan replied to the Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, "It is enough to see a number of congressmen wearing Jewish yarmulkes to explain the allegations against us." More recently, the Saudi royal family website 'Ain-Al-Yaqeen, quoted Prince Sultan as saying that the U.S. media, which is "under the Jewish influence," is using the U.S. reform initiative to widen the gap between Arab countries and the U.S.

Saudi Minister of the Interior Prince Naif bin Abd Al-Aziz, Sultan's brother, has also made accusations against the Jews. In what has since become an infamous interview reported in Ain-Al-Yaqeen a year after 9/11, Naif explained that Arabs were not involved in the attacks: "We put big question marks and ask who committed the events of September 11 and who benefited from them. Who benefited from events of 9/11? I think they [the Jews] are behind these events."

Saudi kings have also been known for holding extreme anti-Semitic views. Saudi Princess Fahda bint Saud ibn Abd Al-Aziz — who's been described as "the daughter of King Saud and the historian of her father's reign" and who appears occasionally in the Saudi media — has written that her father's views on the Jews and Israel still serve as inspiration for the Arab and Muslim world. In one article, she explained that King Saud called the Jewish state a deadly disease that would never be accepted by Arabs. "...King Saud made the right diagnosis: 'The Zionist threat is like cancer — in dealing with it neither medicine nor surgery will do any good.' This royal statement was meant to emphasize that the Arabs do not, and will not, accept an Israeli state amidst them." The article added that under the leadership of King Saud, the Saudi Representative to the U.N. called for the establishment of a U.N. agency "to help resettle Jews [now in Israel] in their former European homes."

The late King Faisal was also notorious for his anti-Semitic statements. In 1972, he told the Egyptian magazine al-Musawwar, "While I was in Paris on a visit, the police discovered five murdered children. Their blood had been drained, and it turned out that some Jews had murdered them in order to take their blood and mix it with the bread they eat on that day." The following year, in an interview with the Lebanese Al-Sayyad Faisal said that in order to comprehend the crimes of Zionism it's necessary to understand the Jewish religious obligation to obtain non-Jewish blood.

The Saudi royal family's hatred of the Jews is now influencing its next generation. Saudi Prince Amr Muhammad Al-Faisal writes often in the Saudi press to warn American Jews that their compatriots will eventually turn against them. In one article he declared: "Dear cousins, if you hear a snap in two or three years, it will probably be the sound of the trap shutting on your collective necks. You have been warned."

Given that the Saudi royal family controls its country's media, mosques, and textbooks, there's no doubt they're responsible for the kingdom's reputation as a breeding ground for anti-Semitism.



No further comment, Your Honor.

Mark Steyn Is Quickly Becoming One Of My Favorite Commentators

Mark Steyn wrote a great piece for the London Telegraph discussing how Bush took away the job of a senior Palestinian official:


There was an hilarious piece in the Washington Post on Sunday, under the plaintive headline, "Why Did Bush Take My Job?" The author was Saeb Erekat, and the job he claims Bush has taken from him is "senior Palestinian negotiator" with the Israelis. The other day, speaking in support of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, President Bush stated the obvious: it was "unrealistic" to expect a return to the armistice lines of 1949, and there’s no point wasting time discussing the Palestinian "right of return" to what’s now Israel, because it’s never going to happen.

Now Mr Erekat has joined the chorus. "Why did Bush take my job?" To be honest, I’d forgotten whether or not Mr Erekat currently held it. Periodically he resigns from Arafat’s cabinet for some reason or another, but quietly returns to his post a couple of months later ...

Edward Heath, in his time as Lord Privy Seal, was once addressed by some foreign dignitary as "Lord Heath" and famously responded that he was neither a lord nor a privy nor a seal. The "senior Palestinian negotiator" is not "senior", speaks for no viable faction within either the dignified (Arafatist) or efficient (Hamas) parts of the Palestinian Authority, and hasn’t negotiated anything in a decade.

Mr Erekat’s real job is to look good in a suit and go on television and sound reasonable when, as on September 11, the excitable chaps in Ramallah are dancing in the street and singing the Arabic version of Happy Days Are Here Again. And he is, of course, "democratically elected", being presently in the ninth year of a five-year term. So Yasser keeps him around to do the CNN-BBC interviews when Hanan Ashrawi is washing her hair and they need someone to do the autopilot drone of "root causes", "desperation", "cycle of violence".

But, if Bush did "take my job", it’s because Erekat is not up to it. For 10 years, the world has been trying to give a state to the Palestinians and the Palestinians keep tossing obstacles in their path. The latest innovation was a suicide-bomber arrested with explosives bearing HIV-infected blood, the thinking being that anyone who survived would get Aids. Unfortunately, the heat of the explosion kills the virus. But, in his combination of depravity and incompetence, the "Aids bomber" neatly encapsulates the present state of Palestinian "nationalism". The only way the Palestinians will get any kind of state is if Israel and America inflict it on them and eliminate such lethargic middle-men as Mr Erekat.

So Sharon is withdrawing from Gaza, abandoning the settlements and building a wall. This is bad news for those Palestinians who take a more nuanced approach to Jews - who think that, if you accidentally infect yourself while strapping on the HIV bomb, you should have the right to state-of-the-art treatment from an Israeli hospital. But they’ll have to make the best of it. Israel has concluded that, if you can’t "live in peace" with your neighbour, the priority is to live.



I aspire to one day be able to inflict that level of sarcastic analytical evisceration.



Thanks To Pat Tillman And All Of The Courageous And Selfless GI's
Fighting In The War On Terror


The amazing example of Pat Tillman reminds one of the courageous sacrifice of all the GI's fighting in the War on Terror, and leads me to want to say "Thanks."

Dennis Prager wrote a pretty cool article in tribute to Pat Tillman.


There is a famous Jewish legend that holds that at any given time, there are 36 tzadikim – particularly good people – living on earth. Thanks to them, the world does not self-destruct. If the number were to decline, the world would end.

I, for one, am torn. On the one hand, I have met a few such moral giants in my lifetime, and I am only one person. On the other hand, they sure are rare, and they are overwhelmingly outnumbered by moral dwarfs.

From what I know about Pat Tillman, he sounds like he was one of the 36. He embodied goodness, idealism, strength and character in a way that is increasingly rare.

First, he did something almost none of us would do. He voluntarily risked his life to fight evil and serve his country rather than become a multi-millionaire, deified pro-football player. Instead, he decided to forgo all that money, all that glory and all that fame, and fight for America in a remote corner of Afghanistan.

Second, he made this decision and sought no credit for it. He refused to give interviews about his decision.

Third, and perhaps most telling, the Washington Times reported that, "When in high school, Sgt. Tillman beat up someone who had assaulted his friend and ended up serving 30 days in a juvenile-detention facility."

Apparently beating up bullies was a deep yearning in Tillman from his youth. That is, after all, exactly what he did and what America is doing in Afghanistan and Iraq – beating up bullies. Pat Tillman hated evil. That alone puts him in a distinct minority in today's world.

Most people who are concerned with good and evil are preoccupied with understanding those who do evil. This is easily confirmed by any perusal of a library or bookstore's shelves. The ratio of books attempting to explain evil to books attempting to explain good is probably a thousand to one. Why? Because of our naive belief that goodness is normal, and that it is the abnormal evil ones who need to be explained.

This is nonsense.

The fact is that the truly good are abnormal. It is the Pat Tillmans, not the fanatical Muslims who killed him, who need to be studied. For if we do not figure out how to make more Pat Tillmans here in America and throughout the world, we and the world will self-destruct. There are only 36 of them.



Call me crazy, but I think there are more than 36 "particularly good people" on the face of the Earth. If there were only 36, then that would mean now there are only 35. Maybe we're in trouble.

I just couldn't resist getting a little sarcasm in there, could I?

Really, the point is that Tillman was a great man, for the reasons Prager stated, and I would imagine his family could tell us even more.

Exactly What Office Is She Running For Now?

Hilary Clinton interviews with a London-based Arab daily and bad-mouths American policy? Is this really true and, if so, what the ...? What would Hilary Clinton possibly stand to gain from this?


Speaking to an Arab-language newspaper, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., charged President Bush's "stubborn" policies are endangering the stability of the Middle East.

The president does not fully understand the situation in Iraq and has no plan, Clinton told the London-based Arab-language daily Asharq al-Awsat, according to Agence France-Presse.

The Bush administration has not been "frank" with the American people about Iraq's financial and human toll, she asserted.

The former first lady, whose remarks were published throughout the Middle East and Muslim world, said the "stubborn and arrogant" Bush administration has refused to admit mistakes which are endangering the lives of Iraqis and American soldiers and threatening stability in the region.

Clinton told the paper, according to AFP, the U.S. is in trouble because it can't abandon Iraq but is unable to provide the necessary manpower to run the country because of its inability to garner international support.

After a December visit to Baghdad during which she sharply criticized the Bush administration, Clinton was accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Clinton insisted she had come to Iraq to tell the troops "Americans are proud" of them, but she said back home "many question the administration's policies."

She then criticized President Bush for having been "obsessed with Saddam Hussein for more than a decade."

Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite news channel, broadcast her remarks immediately in Arabic translation.



I've got to wonder if maybe Asharq al-Awsat merely published comments she had made on the floor of the Senate or something.

If she really did speak to the paper, then it would be interesting to know if this Arab paper publishes Islamofascist propoganda? I will update if I find out anything more, like, for instance, maybe this isn't true.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

52 British Diplomats Say Israel Is The Reason For The World's Woes

Melanie Phillips posted an article on her blog today about a letter sent by 52 "ex-diplomats," high commissionars, governors, and senior international officials, to Tony Blair about his Middle East policies. I believe this article is near definitive and, as such, presents the ideas, and facts, one would have to argue against if one wants to argue that Israeli policies are the dominant problem in the Middle East conflict:


The advanced state of Britain's utter moral bankruptcy is on vivid display today with the publication of the scream of venomous outrage by 52 ex-diplomats against Tony Blair's backing for George Bush over Iraq and Blair's failure to rein him in over his support for Israel. Their letter speaks volumes for the rancid prejudice which animates so much of the British foreign policy mandarinate, and has now unfortunately influenced the attitude of so much of the population.

It is revealing that the diplomats not only link the issues of Israel/Palestine and Iraq, but give the former priority among their concerns. This reflects the view in such circles that Israel, and specifically their perception that Israel is frustrating the creation of a Palestinian state, lies at the root of global terror and that toppling Saddam Hussein was not only therefore the wrong issue but only made Israel/Palestine worse. This analysis is to invert both history, logic and morality and -- like everything else they say -- merely recycle Arab propaganda. Israel is not the cause of Arab and Muslim terror, but its victim. That terror will not end if Palestrine is created; Palestine will only be created if that terror ends. And the terror will only end if the root causes -- the Arab and Muslim states that promote it in their genocidal desire to annihilate Israel and their wider demented animosity against the west --are confronted and faced down.

The diplomats are furious that the road map is dead, but ignore the reasons why it died. Falsely, they blame America. ‘Nothing effective has been done either to move the negotiations forward or to curb the violence’, they say. But the reason the road map died was because the Palestinians killed it. They simply refused to fulfil the map’s very first condition, that they dismantle the infrastructure of terror. Not only did the Palestinian Authority refuse to do so, but its own militias and even its security personnel continue to perpetrate such acts of terror and incite their population to murderous hatred. The diplomats make no mention of this whatsoever. Don’t they know? Do they know and yet wilfully ignore it to misrepresent the facts? Are they stupid or wicked?

Coyly, they say: ‘The legal and political principles on which such a settlement would be based were well-established: President Clinton had grappled with the problem during his presidency; the ingredients needed for a settlement were well-understood and informal agreements on several of them had already been achieved.’

But the current war of terror against Israel started as the Palestinians’ response to being offered a state of their own by Clinton, based on virtually all the territory they wanted. Yes, Clinton did grapple with this problem; and the outcome of that process was to demonstrate with crystal clarity that a state for the Palestinians was not the casus belli at all. It was rather the very existence of Israel, as made totally clear by the ramping up the Palestinian agenda of the demand for the utterly spurious ‘right of return’, more honestly described as the demand to settle in Israel (while demanding simultaneously a country of their own) in order to destroy Israel through demographic means. In other words, Clinton effectively called the Arab bluff; and the result was that the war of terror was promptly ramped up to a horrific scale.

The diplomats make no mention of this. Instead, they berate Israel and its US backer for ‘new policies which are one-sided and illegal and which will cost yet more Israeli and Palestinian blood’. One-sided, eh? That’s rich, coming from this lot. Seeking to defend one’s citizens against terror, having exhausted all diplomatic measures because of the murderous intransigence of the other side, is one-side, is it? There is nothing remotely illegal about any of Israel’s policies, either the occupation or the settlements or the decision to leave them.



I will cut in here to note that when you take the hysteria away from the notion of "Israeli Settlements," in effect, they are housing tracts built by Israeli's in an area that the PA would like to have as a Palestinian state. There are Palestinian neighborhoods in Israel. Are they "settlements?" Are they illegal, and evil?


Nor for that matter is its policy of targeted assassination illegal. Whatever these diplomats might wish, there is no law in the world which requires a state to sit on its hands while its citizens are murdered. And having castigated Israel for occupying the territories and establishing the settlements, is it not beyond perverse for these diplomats now to be excoriating Israel for deciding to get out of Gaza and dismantle some of those settlements?


The idea that the "targeted assasination" of people like Yassin or Rantisi is illegal is silly. Yassin and Rantisi clearly fit the definition of "combatants" as Anne Bayefsky noted in her article The U.N. vs. Israel:


The international legal framework, therefore, could not be clearer.

Rantissi was a combatant in a war. His killing was not "extrajudicial" because the legal term, by definition, applies only to individuals entitled to judicial process before being targeted. Combatants — including the unlawful combatants of Hamas who seek to make themselves indistinguishable from the civilian population — are not entitled to such prior judicial process. Furthermore, the manual on the laws of armed conflict of the International Committee of the Red Cross, states that civilians who take a direct part in hostilities forfeit their immunity from attack.

The overriding legal limit on the conduct of war and the targeting of combatants like Rantissi is the rule of proportionality. In the words of the Geneva Conventions, an attack on a military target "which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life" is prohibited if "excessive." The likelihood of civilian casualties must be carefully considered prior to taking action.

With zero civilian casualties (the only deaths being that of Rantissi and two Hamas accomplices, one a bodyguard, the other his 27-year-old son), the Israeli action could not have been more precise, and hence, proportionate.



I love the smell of verbal napalm in the morning.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Sometimes You Just Gotta Love Your Enemies - Part 3

Thanks to Little Green Footballs for making me aware of the admirable honesty of the new lame duck leader of Hamas Mahmoud Zahar. This interview is from a television show on the BBC called HardTalk:


Q. You know what you're telling me? That under no circumstances will you give up violence until you've pushed Israel into the sea. That's what you want, isn't it?

Z. Who is saying that?

Q. You're saying that.

Z. I'm telling you frankly, the attitude of Islam is not to accept a foreign state in this area.

Q. So until Israel ceases to exist, you won't lay down your arms. Is that right?

Z. First of all, we are a part of the independent Islamist - this is the attitude of thousands and millions of people ...

Q. Why do you keep on with this attitude? You are seen ... by many people in the world as a bunch of ruthless killers, fanatics, terrorists. Are you happy with that picture?

Z. We're not happy - [but] these people are seeing Islam as an enemy, as a terrorist, but this is a historical mistake. Because Islam is a supreme power in this area, sooner or later we are going to achieve our power, our moral principles, our virtue, in order to implement a real state.


I couldn't be bad because I am the Supreme Power of the planet Zurktron.

Well, as I always say, you just gotta love your enemies when they tell the truth. Thanks Mahmoud.

By the way here is a link to the video of the interview, if you want to see it for yourself.

Grandma Europa's Favorite Romance Novelist

Hat Tip to Merde In France for making me aware of the writings of the great, and popular, French author Alain Soral. Here's his take on 9/11:


"I was in my home office writing a pen-named freelance psy-sex piece for a womens' magazine in order to put some food on the table, the phone rang and it was an old friend who I had a falling out with a few years ago, an old friend who was doing the same debilitating work under a pen-name for a different magazine. He screamed into the telephone: "switch on your TV, this is great!". I turned the TV on and it was so beautful that we put our differences aside. I then called an other friend who I had had a falling out with over some political nonsense. He had gone to Spain. On the backdrop of the same images we experienced the same communion and we buried the hatchet as well... Guys the world over who share the same feelings with those who are humilated, felt the same sense of euphoria while watching these biblical images of justice and punishment! For me, 9-11 represents the reconciliation, concerning most subjects, with all those that this mediocre life has forced me to hate because of insignificant differences... Truthfully, it was a beautiful moment of love. That should tell you how much I remember it!"


Alain Soral is a very popular writer in France. His new book is #4 on Amazon.fr

As Sally Field said at the Oscars, "Wow, you do hate us. You really hate us."

Grandma Europa Wanders Down Champs Elysees Babbling To Herself

From an article in the National Review:


On a street in Paris, there is a kiosk that on the outside looks like all the other kiosks selling their wares. On the inside, just above the tourist maps and miniature Eiffel towers, there is an entire wall lined with pro-bin Laden and anti-Semitic books for sale. One book maintains that Jews run the Saudi government. Another praises bin Laden and his cause and violently attacks the U.S. and Western "values" in general.

The name of that street is the Champs Elysées. The kiosk sits right by the chic Louis Vuitton store just about ten-feet away.

In a country where freedom-of-speech laws are much stricter than in the U.S., the radical stance of this vocal minority of Islamic fundamentalists is virulent and often unabashedly public. Even more worrisome is that it is often connected with officially recognized Muslim organizations.

The Union of Islamic Organizations of France is the largest umbrella organization of French Muslim groups and has obtained more seats than any other in the "Conseil Français du Culte Musulman" (CFCM), supposedly the leading voice of the more than five million Muslims living in France. Tariq Ramdan, grandson of Hassan al Banna — founder of the Muslim Brotherhood — has been a frequent guest of the UIOF's annual national congress meeting in Le Bourget, a suburb north of Paris. The UIOF has had longstanding ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. Outside the conference you can buy books with titles such as "The Sharon Protocols" and "The Jews Follow the Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

The other current of hate speech in France comes from the far Left, and takes the form of pure revisionist history. For example, the Frenchman Thierry Meyssan's book 9/11 The Big Lie became the number seven top-seller in France. It claims that the Pentagon was not hit by American Airlines flight 77, but by a missile. According to Meyssan, the CIA, with the aid of bin Laden himself, helped coordinate the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in order to give the U.S. a pretext to go into the Middle East to secure oil. Meyssan even declares that Bush and the bin Laden family are business partners.

Together, these two currents — Islamic fundamentalism and left-wing anti-American revisionism — are proving lethal in France. Islamic fundamentalism provides the ideology and revisionism helps to provide the "justification."



I've never seen such a kiosk in America. I've seen homeless, or hippy types, or street preachers, set up cardboard boxes and spout this kind of nonsense. And sometimes they might have something they sell. But, man, this description is beyond the pale.

The Jews might control most of the world, but they sure don't control the Champs Elysees.

We'll Let Israel Do Our Dirty Work

Here (from a World Net Daily article) is an example of the hidden, filthy hands of the dirty Americans sitting behind the scenes, working the strings, like an evil puppetmaster:

While Iran announced plans to begin building a heavy-water reactor that can produce weapons-grade plutonium, Israel began drawing up plans to demolish it – much as it destroyed an Iraqi nuclear facility more than a decade ago.

Sources in Israel say the attack could come before the end of summer ...



"Wait a minute," you say. "What is Pastorius trying to pull on us? We don't see the name of America mentioned once."

Now really, do you want to tell me you don't think the U.S. would love to see this done?

I've got two words for Israel: "Let's Roll."

Interesting Theory

I have always suspected that Flight 93 was shot down by the U.S. military. World Net Daily published an article making that very case. I don't know whether these facts are accurate. In addition, I don't really know what we stand to gain through speculation or, even, actual revelation of the truth. But, just for your prurient interest here's a link.

The President issued the order. I think that is a documented fact. I believe it would have been the correct thing to do. I also have always thought that one of the few victories we had that horrible day was the whole "Let's Roll" story about the passengers getting together to take control of the plane.

For me that was always a hollow victory because I never really believed it. But, like parents telling their kids about Santa Claus, I always thought it was a beneficial myth.

If this World Net Daily article is accurate, and the facts come to light, we'll be having Congressional hearings of a magnitude never seen before.

I've heard liberals say that America loves to fight wars. Yes, we do especially against ourselves.

Lame Duck Identified

An article from AP announces that Israel has identified the new leader of Hamas:


JERUSALEM - Israel identified the new, secret Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip (news - web sites) as Mahmoud Zahar, a 53-year-old Egyptian-trained physician, and signaled Monday he won't be targeted if the militant group halts attacks on Israelis.

Hamas, however, refused to reveal the name of its leader for fear he will be assassinated like his two predecessors.



If I were Mahmoud (and I'd like to take this opportunity to announce to the world that I am not) I wouldn't go anywhere without a cherubic little kid in one arm and a cute little puppy in the other.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Egyptian State Paper: Jews Control All Terrorism In The World

We already knew the Jews were good at business, and that they control the media and the world's banks, but now the Egyptian (government-owned) daily newspaper Al-Gumhouriyya has the new scoop that:


'The Zionist Jews are Behind All the Violent and Terror Operations that have Occurred Everywhere In the World'

"If you want to know the real perpetrator of every disaster or every act of terrorism, look for the Zionist Jews. They are behind all the violent and terror operations that have occurred everywhere in the world. [They do this] first of all in order to slap [the label of the attacks] on the Arabs and Muslims, and second to harm them, distort their image, and represent them to the world as terrorists who endanger innocents. What is even more dangerous is that after every terror operation they perpetrate, they leave a sign, clue, or traces meant to show that the perpetrators are Arab Muslims.

"Their most recent operation was the bombings in Spain. Spanish Interior Minister Angel Acebes said a videocassette in Arabic was found near one of the Madrid mosques, and in it the military spokesman of the Al-Qa'ida organization took responsibility for these attacks.

"It is obvious that the Jews are the ones who placed these things, in order to prove to the entire world that the Arabs and Muslims are behind the bombings.

'It Is the Jews, with their Hidden Filthy Hands, Who Play their Part with Expertise In Order to Harm the Arabs and Muslims' Their black history is the best possible proof that hatred toward the Arabs and the Muslims fills their hearts and blinds their eyes. They are behind all troubles, disasters and catastrophes in the world."



The writing is a little purple, but his point is clearly made.


Those Jihad Calendar Girls Are So Fine

Big hat tip to Little Green Footballs because without them I wouldn't get half this info. The man over there is a great person to spend so much of his time acquiring and disseminating the truth about the Middle East situation. Thanks to you, sir.

Anyway, today he has a link to a Jihad Calendar which was apparently confiscated from some Arab schoolteachers at a Ramallah checkpoint.

Go check it out.


Update: The calendar was posted for sale on Ebay. They just took it down. I guess that's not a surprise considering how hot those Jihad Calendars girls are. Ebay is not Maxim Magazine, for God's sake. I'm sure somebody will have it cache'd. So, when I find it I will repost it. Until then, I guess you'll just have to take my word for it.

It Tops Topps

Agence France Press reports that Palestinian children are collecting "Intifada Cards" the way American kids collect baseball cards.


NABLUS: While kids worldwide collect pictures of Hollywood stars or soccer champions, the craze in the Palestinian city of Nablus is a sticker album depicting scenes of the bloody intifada.

The cover sports a picture of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem with the words, intifada album, written in flaming stones while the back is a less aggressive watercolor of the disputed holy site by David Roberts.

The well-crafted glossy album is dedicated by the governor of Nablus and bears 229 numbered rectangles where the players have to stick the pictures. Prizes such as televisions, computers or cash will be awarded to the first who complete the album.

"My favorite is the number one picture, because you can see Al-Aqsa Mosque and there's a masked fighter holding a gun," said Ibrahim Aswad, a 12-year-old from Nablus' refugee camp of Ain Beit al-Ma.

"I like these stickers because they show places we know and I also know some of the people on the pictures," said his friend Saleh, who carries his dog-eared, beat-up album everywhere he goes and has already collected 212 cards.

Abu Yasser, who owns a little convenience store and is the neighborhood's intifada cards retailer, points to a copy of this season's soccer sticker album gathering dust on a shelf.

"It may be sad, but the kids don't care about soccer here. Our soap opera is the intifada," he said. "What is happening in this conflict affects all of us, so this is like a big collective photo album for the Palestinians.

"I don't mind the scenes of violence in the album, at least this game keeps them off the streets," said the father of four, who admits the game has become a favorite family activity.



Family fun? I don't know about that, man. Collecting pictures of overpaid sports stars? Alex Rodriguez makes $25 million a year and the stars of the Jihad make, er, get 72 virgins. Looks like capitalism is ruining sports everywhere.