Saturday, May 15, 2004

Syrian's Killed In North Korean Train Blast?


I don't know about this one. I found it on littlegreenfootballs. Mid East Web News Service says there were Syrians who were mysteriously involved in the North Korean train blast. I thought there was something very suspicious about that blast, and the way N. Korea rejected humanitarian aid. But, the thing is, I don't know whether to trust this story as I don't know who MidEast Web News Service:


[FBIS Translated Text]
A military source familiar with Korean Peninsula
affairs revealed on 6 May that Syrian technicians were
killed in a train explosion incident
that occurred on
22 April in Yongch'on in the northwestern part of the
DPRK and that the damage was especially serious in
that section of the train where the Syrians were
aboard, along with large equipment
. The same source
noted that although the contents of the equipment are
unknown, DPRK military-related personnel wearing
protective suits arrived on the scene immediately
after the explosion and removed debris only from that
section of the train where the Syrian group had been
aboard.
Consequently, there is a strong likelihood
that the accident occurred when military materials
were being secretly transported between the DPRK and
Syria.


According to the same source, the technicians aboard
the train had been sent from the Syrian technical
research center called Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche
Scientific (CERS). Although CERS was established to
promote science and technology development, it is
suspected of playing a major role in Syria's weapons
of mass destruction development program.

The technicians and the cargo were reportedly aboard
the same section of the train. The same source said it
was uncertain whether the cargo was the source of the
explosion or whether it exploded after being set off
by an explosion on another section of the train. The
source then said, "The damage to that section of the
train was the most serious," noting that nearly 10
Syrians and accompanying North Koreans were killed.

The bodies of the Syrians were carried onto and
transported home on 1 May by a Syrian aircraft, which
had come to Pyongyang to deliver aid supplies.

Syrian and DPRK medical and military personnel who
were involved in transporting [the Syrians and other
victims] were also reportedly wearing protective suits
similar to those worn by the DPRK military personnel

who arrived on the scene immediately after the
accident.

The same source said, "The action taken by Syria and
the DPRK indicates that the cargo was top secret
matter, which the two countries did not want to bring
out into the open." With regard to the DPRK and Syria,
the United States and other countries have indicated
concern that the two countries are continuing to
cooperate in the development of Syria's "Scud-D"
missiles, as well as chemical and biological weapons.

Concerning the cause of the explosion incident, the
DPRK has explained that a train carrying fertilizer
containing ammonium nitrate and a railroad tank
carrying petroleum were being shunted, and, in the
process, came into contact with electrical wires, due
to carelessness.


[Description of Source: Tokyo Sankei Shimbun (Internet
version-WWW) -- Internet version of daily newspaper
published by Fuji Sankei Communications Group]



Hmmm.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Speculation

I believe that when we invaded Iraq Bush believed that it would start a bigger war than what we currently have on our hands. I think Bush expected that Iran and Syria would be drawn into the war in a more clear way than they have been to date. There is a lot of talk about Syria and Iran aiding the forces of terrorism in Iraq now. However, none of it has been digested by the general public, and it is not widely seen as a serious problem by the chattering classes.

The truth is, it is a problem. Iran supports Sadr, and Syria, being a Baathist state itself, supports the remnants of the Hussein regime.

I believe the Iranian/Sadr forces, and the Baathist forces, have not yet begun to fight. I believe they are biding their time until June 30th when we are supposed to be "handing over power" the Iraqi Governing Council.

I have to wonder if the Bush strategy is to hand over power, pull our troops back to a comfortable vista, and then watch these expected events unfold.

I believe this probably is the strategy. And, I will add, I hope it is the strategy.

UPDATE: Bremer came out today and said we will leave if asked, but he doesn't think we will be asked. Why am I under the impression that half the world has been asking us to leave for quite a while. Well, anyway ...

The War On Terrorism has never simply been about Afghanistan and Iraq. It is about Terrorist Organizations and the States who support them. Way back at the beginning of this war, I believe it might have even been in Sept. of 2001, I recall Colin Powell making the statement that what will be required is regime change in the terrorist-supporting states.

The Bush Administration has never been shy about telling us who those states are. Iran, Iraq, Syria. So, while a lot of people have accused Bush of lacking strategy, the objective, or at least my understanding of the objective, has been clear from the beginning.

Maybe one of the reasons peole aren't clear on the objective is they think we invaded Iraq on the flimsiest of pretenses, and that we have no justifiable reason for invading any of the other states because their support of terror is nebulous.

While we never had a legal reason, under the U.N., to invade Iran or North Korea. With Iraq we did have law on our side. They were clearly violating the terms of the post-Gulf War peace agreement. They were not cooperating with U.N. Inspections teams, and, in what I've always believed is an even more clear, if less ominous violation, they were shooting at U.S. jets in the northern no-fly zone. What would you call that if not a provocation to war?

The truth is, until the regimes of Syria and Iran are done away with, the War on Terror will still be in a very, very incomplete stage. Even after they are gone we still have the problems in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, among others.

I believe that we will start to see events unfold in a very interesting way over the next four to sixth months. I believe we are coming to the beginning stages of the real war. By that I do not mean that we are not already fighting a real war. What I mean the real war is going to finally come crashing to the fore, and the Americans and Europeans who have been trying to deny the import of the War are going to be shown conclusively that we are, and have been, fighting World War III.

Here's what I think might happen. U.S. forces will slowly back out of Iraq (I don't know where we will go) and gradually Iran and Syria will begin to duke it out to take control of Iraq.

In addition, within the next two or three months, Israel will fly into Iran and bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities.

The U.N. will condemn Israel. The Arab World will seethe with anger. Harsh European condemnation of Israel will give Arab countries the idea that the West is on their side. Syria and Iran, and maybe other Arab countries will attempt to retaliate in some manner against Israel. And meanwhile, all hell will break loose in Iraq.

At that point, U.S. forces will reenter Iraq bringing European condemnation, and more Arab delusion. Inflamed and emboldened by their delusion that European condemnation means European agreement, I believe Iran and Syria will finally make an outright attempt to seize control of Iraq. At this point, the U.S. will seize on the opportunity to invade those countries and change their regimes.

Now, I could very well be completely off on all of this. I merely believe these things will happen because if they don't the War On Terror will not truly be resolved.

Until the Western world wakes up and realizes that our enemy is Islamofascism, and until we recognize which specific govenments support and promote the enemy of Islamofascism, the War On Terror cannot truly be resolved.

I believe, and have always believed that the Bush Administration is clear on who our enemy is. Therefore, I have to believe the Bush Administration has a strategy to bring the enemy out into the open.

We'll see.

Meanwhile, FrontPageMag has an article today on Bush's Syria Accountability Act. Read the article and hear the echoes of the leadup the Iraq War. Doesn't it sound like the Bush Administration is in the beginning stages of justifiying regime change in Syria?

We live in interesting times.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Welcome Back Andrew

The other day I poked a little fun at Andrew Sullivan for losing heart about the war as a result of the Abu Ghirab lunacy. Today it looks like he's back in the fold. Here's a post listed as "Email of the Day":


"It was interesting to hear about the jump in hits on blogger web-sites. Let me suggest that it is due not so much to the Nick Berg video, but to the combination, or sequence, of the Abu Ghraib photos AND the Nick Berg video. For me, the Abu Ghraib photos acted as slate clearer. Like you, after I first saw those photos I fell into a deep funk where I started to question everything that had made me a staunch supporter of the war. While in this funk I realized that much of my rationale for going to war was underpinned by an unformed, yet felt assumption that it would go well. Those photos yanked that all away. So then what happened? Into this void gets poured the images of an innocent civilian being savagely beheaded. Now unencumbered by unspoken assumptions that this would be easy, I see the true nature of what we are up against, and am more committed to winning this thing than ever before. I wonder if many in the blogosphere are experiencing the same phenomenon." The guy's right; and count me among those in this emotional whiplash. I feel more committed this week to getting this liberation right than I have for months. That doesn't mean I think we shouldn't prosecute the perpetrators of the Abu Ghraib abuses as forcefully as we can. It merely means I feel emboldened to carry on, thanks to the reminder of Zarqawi.


Welcome back Andrew. And allow me to say, I think your term "emotional whiplash" is well-conceived. It betrays a certain moral instability, which I believe is media induced. I don't mean to say that you are immoral in any way, only that you got diverted rather easily on this issue.

Andrew, you are a journalist. I am not. I don't care what the media says, while your life is very wrapped up in the day to day antics of the media. It has to be. If you want to play at the top of your game, you have to be involved in what's going on media-wise. You have to know what the different columnists are saying. I think this hyperawareness of the changing tides of the media voice creates the instability, the moral vertigo, if you will.

You are great, Andrew Sullivan. I'm glad you're around. Just stick with the program, ok my friend. You are a very important voice.

Imam Of The Great Mosque In Mecca Preaches Racist Anti-Semitism And Incites Violence

National Review posted an article, by Steven Stalinsky, which talks about a Saudi government-appointed Imam's Canadian lecture tour. Oh yeah, and by the way, he's an anti-Semite:


Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayyis, the Saudi government appointed imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, will give a series of lectures in Canada next week and attend the Islamic Society of North America conference in Toronto. Al-Sudayyis's position is one of the most prestigious in Sunni Islam. Thus, his sermons hold significant weight throughout the Islamic world.

The themes of his sermons are characterized by confrontation toward non-Muslims. Al-Sudayyis calls Jews "scum of the earth" and "monkeys and pigs" who should be "annihilated." Other enemies of Islam, he says, are "worshippers of the cross" and "idol-worshipping Hindus" who should be fought. Al-Sudayyis has been consistent in calling for jihad in Kashmir and Chechnya, for Jerusalem to be liberated, and for the "occupiers in Iraq" to also be fought. He often claims that Islam is superior to Western culture.

At the Grand Mosque in Mecca on February 1, 2004, Sheikh Al-Sudayyis called on Muslims everywhere to unite to defeat the world's occupiers and oppressors. "History has never known a cause in which our religious principles, historical rights, and past glories are so clearly challenged.... The conflict between us and the Jews is one of creed, identity, and existence." He told those listening to "read history," in order "to know that yesterday's Jews were bad predecessors and today's Jews are worse successors. They are killers of prophets and the scum of the earth. Allah hurled his curses and indignation on them and made them monkeys and pigs and worshippers of tyrants. These are the Jews, a continuous lineage of meanness, cunning, obstinacy, tyranny, evil, and corruption...."

Al-Sudayyis elaborated on the conflict between Muslims and Jews:

O Muslims, the Islamic nation today is at the peak of conflict with the enemies of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, with the grandsons of Bani-Quraydah, Al-Nadhir, and Qaynuqa [Jewish tribes in the early days of Islam]. May Allah's curses follow them until the Day of Judgment.

"Read history," Al-Sudayyis stated in another sermon in May 2002, "and you will understand that the Jews of yesterday are the evil fathers of the Jews of today, who are evil offspring, infidels, distorters of [others'] words, calf-worshippers, prophet-murderers, prophecy-deniers ... the scum of the human race 'whom Allah cursed and turned into apes and pigs....' These are the Jews, an ongoing continuum of deceit, obstinacy, licentiousness, evil, and corruption...."

The concluding supplications of Al-Sudayyis sermons are often filled with statements concerning current affairs. He consistently calls for "Muslims to humiliate the infidels (non-Muslims)," as well as for their destruction. For example, on November 1, 2002, he stated "O Allah, support our mujahedeen bothers in Palestine, Kashmir, and Chechnya and destroy the aggressor Jews and the tyrannical Zionists, for they are within your power." In a June 21, 2002, sermon, Al-Sudayyis gives supplication: "O Allah, support them in Palestine, Kashmir, and Chechnya. O Allah, deal with the Jews and Zionists for they are within Your power. O Allah, scatter their assemblies, make them a lesson for others, and let them and their property be a booty for Muslims."

Also, on July 11, 2003, he stated: "O Allah, support our mujahedeen brothers everywhere. O Allah, help them score victory over the unjust Jews and aggressive Zionists in Palestine. O Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. O Allah, destroy them, for they are within your power. O Allah, disperse them and make them prey for Muslims."



His rhetoric is a bit purple, but he states his point clearly.

What Kind Of People Are They? - Part II


Andrew Boston has an article, posted on FrontPageMag.com, explaining what he calls "The Sacred Muslim Practice Of Beheading":


Reactions to the grotesque jihadist decapitation of yet another "infidel Jew," Mr. Berg, make clear that our intelligentsia are either dangerously uninformed, or simply unwilling to come to terms with this ugly reality: such murders are consistent with sacred jihad practices, as well as Islamic attitudes towards all non-Muslim infidels, in particular, Jews, which date back to the 7th century, and the Prophet Muhammad's own example.

According to Muhammad’s sacralized biography by Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad himself sanctioned the massacre of the Qurayza, a vanquished Jewish tribe. He appointed an "arbiter" who soon rendered this concise verdict: the men were to be put to death, the women and children sold into slavery, the spoils to be divided among the Muslims. Muhammad ratified this judgment stating that it was a decree of God pronounced from above the Seven Heavens. Thus some 600 to 900 men from the Qurayza were lead on Muhammad’s order to the Market of Medina. Trenches were dug and the men were beheaded, and their decapitated corpses buried in the trenches while Muhammad watched in attendance. Women and children were sold into slavery, a number of them being distributed as gifts among Muhammad’s companions, and Muhammad chose one of the Qurayza women (Rayhana) for himself. The Qurayza’s property and other possessions (including weapons) were also divided up as additional "booty" among the Muslims, to support further jihad campaigns.

The classical Muslim jurist al-Mawardi (a Shafi’ite jurist, d. 1058) from Baghdad was a seminal, prolific scholar who lived during the so-called Islamic "Golden Age" of the Abbasid-Baghdadian Caliphate. He wrote the following, based on widely accepted interpretations of the Qur'an and Sunna (i.e., the recorded words and deeds of Muhammad), regarding infidel prisoners of jihad campaigns:

“As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, 'When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks' (Qur'an sura 47, verse 4)”....Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah." [The Laws of Islamic Governance, trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192. Emphasis added.]



Now, for my friends over in Europe, I want to point out the beautiful nuances of thought at work here. Muslims are not given a strict dogma as to what to do with us infidels. They are, instead given four ... guidelines shall we call them? ... and told that they should choose that which would be most beneficial. One of their choices is that they could simply show us infidels "favor" and pardon us. It is from such sources that we get the rumor that Islam is a religion of peace.


Indeed such odious “rules” were iterated by all four classical schools of Islamic jurisprudence, across the vast Muslim empire.

For centuries, from the Iberian peninsula to the Indian subcontinent, jihad campaigns waged by Muslim armies against infidel Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and Hindus, were punctuated by massacres, including mass throat slittings and beheadings. During the period of “enlightened” Muslim rule, the Christians of Iberian Toledo, who had first submitted to their Arab Muslim invaders in 711 or 712, revolted in 713. In the harsh Muslim reprisal that ensued, Toledo was pillaged, and all the Christian notables had their throats cut. On the Indian subcontinent, Babur (1483-1530), the founder of the Mughal Empire, who is revered as a paragon of Muslim tolerance by modern revisionist historians, recorded the following in his autobiographical “Baburnama,” about infidel prisoners of a jihad campaign:

"Those who were brought in alive [having surrendered] were ordered beheaded, after which a tower of skulls was erected in the camp." [The Baburnama -Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor, translated and edited by Wheeler M. Thacktson, Oxford University Press,1996, p. 188. Emphasis added.]

Recent jihad-inspired decapitations of infidels by Muslims have occurred across the globe- Christians in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nigeria; Hindu priests and "unveiled" Hindu women in Kashmir; Wall Street Journal reporter, and Jew, Daniel Pearl. We should not be surprised that these contemporary paroxysms of jihad violence are accompanied by ritualized beheadings. Such gruesome acts are in fact sanctioned by core Islamic sacred texts, and classical Muslim jurisprudence. Empty claims that jihad decapitations are somehow "alien to true Islam," however well-intentioned, undermine serious efforts to reform and desacralize Islamic doctrine. This process will only begin with frank discussion, both between non-Muslims and Muslims, and within the Muslim community.



Really though, Mr. Boston left out another option which is open to us infidels. We can SUBMIT TO THE JIZYA. But, that's just not for me, not that I'm saying there's anything wrong with it.

What? What's that? No, no, you don't understand. The Jizya is a special tax on infidels. Jeez, you thought I was making a crude joke? Nope, not me.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

What Kind Of People Are They?

I have avoided the Nick Berg beheading story for several reasons,

1) While it is an example of Islamic extremism at work, it is not clear that it is anti-Semitism,

2) It doesn't surprise me,

3) I tend to not be impressed with isolated incidents of extremism.

However, on his radio show today, Dennis Prager made a great case for why Americans should be aware of what happened to Nick Berg. Prager said that one of the reasons we in the West are so afraid to use words like good and evil is that we never really have to look evil in the face.

For us in the West, evil is just part of the background noise. We are vaguely aware of Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Cambodia, the gassing of the Kurds, etc. But, we never are confronted with the gruesome reality that there are people who not only are willing to kill, but actually delight in the act.

In the case of the Islamic fanatics who killed Nick Berg, they not only delight in the murder, they believe the murder is an act of worship.

Having thought about it from that perspective, I find I do agree with Prager. We should see it. So here's a link to the video:


In my previous post ("Jeffrey Dahmer Would Have Been Proud")about Hamas parading with the body parts of their victims, I posed the question , "What kind of people are they?"

There was an article by Bob McManus in the NY Post today which kind of answers my question:


In the end, of course, the real enemy in the War on Terror is a madness that at the moment of murder shouts "Allahu Akbar"-"God is great."

There is no reasoning with radical Islam
.



Now for my thinking impaired friends over in Europe, I know that quote doesn't seem very nuanced. But, do me a favor, why don't you nuance around about it for a few days, or hell, go ahead and take a few months if you need to, and get back to me with an answer, then, as to what kind of enemy they are.

Take Hitler (Please) for example. Would it have been worth it back in the 1940's to go to great lengths navigating the labyrinthine nuances of Nazi thought and governance? The answer, no matter how much you nuance it is a resounding "no."

The Nazi regime was evil and it had to be done away with, not understood.

Likewise, this Islamofascist madness needs to be done away with.

Day after day, my posts give the evidence. There is a real evil afoot. These are not people with legitimate grievances. The Islamofascists do not present the world with any viable alternatives in terms of how they would run the world if they got the power they seek.

We have had enough of their enslavement of women, their hatred of Jews, their persecution of Christians, their violence and their incitement to violence. Enough.




Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Jeffrey Dahmer Would Be Proud


Associated Press reportsthat after Hamas killed six Israeli soldiers with a roadside bomb they used them as trophies and and ransom merchandise:


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas militants triumphantly displayed remains of some of the six Israeli soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Gaza City on Tuesday, prompting Israeli threats of punishing reprisals if body parts are not returned.

As the troops withdrew around daybreak, an armored personnel carrier transporting at least 220 pounds of explosives for use in the raid was shredded by the roadside bomb.

Through the day and into the night, hundreds of troops searched Zeitoun for the remains of their comrades, which were scattered across a 300-yard radius.

"We are checking every roof and every balcony in order to locate the remnants of the armored personnel carrier and the bodies of our soldiers," said army Maj. Gen. Dan Harel.

Al-Jazeera, an Arabic-language TV channel, broadcast a video it said showed two masked Islamic Jihad activists taking responsibility and displaying what they said was the head of an Israeli soldier on a table in front of them. Israel TV carried the footage but electronically obscured the head.

"We are not conducting any negotiations," said Israeli military commander Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon. "We will show no forgiveness toward those who are responsible for (what happened to) the bodies."

Hamas militants displayed pieces of metal and bits of flesh, laying them out on the ground. In another scene, a Hamas gunman on a motorcycle held a bloodied burlap bag with body parts.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the roadside bomb, but two other groups, the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades - linked to Arafat's Fatah movement - and Islamic Jihad, said they also had some of the remains. They offered to negotiate with Israel.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was approached by Israel with a request for help in retrieving the remains. Israeli security officials said they warned the militants they could expect punishing reprisals if the remains were not returned.



What kind of people are they?

Little Green Footballs has pictures. Go to this link and look under May 11th for the posting titled "Where's The Outrage?"

Israelly Cool has more photos. Go to this link and look under May 11th for the posting entitled "Six IDF Soldier Killed."

Hey France, How About Trying a Little Radio Contact?

World Net Daily has the scoop that French military jets buzzed an Israeli El Al plane as it flew over French airspace:


French air force jets dangerously maneuvered several times around an Israeli El Al passenger plane in an apparent effort to inspect the airliner for anti-missile systems, reports the premium online intelligence newsletter Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The incident occurred over French territory as French fighter jets entered the civilian designated air corridor. The Israeli captain reported the French interceptors flew dangerously close and in some cases formed, what was described as, a dangerous interception mode.

It seems the French fighters not only circled the Israeli passenger plane, but also approached it from underneath.

One pilot said he is under the impression the French were inspecting the planes from every possible angle in an attempt to discover whether the passenger aircraft was carrying anti-shoulder-operated missile devices. Israel announced all its passenger planes are in the process of being equipped with such counter measures, pending the approval of a number of civil-administration authorities worldwide.

France has not approved the use of such devices. The U.S. is contemplating whether to allow them as well.

According to a French source, the Paris government views such equipment as if it were a weapon system requiring a license.

Israel approached France demanding an explanation for the dangerous practice, saying the French took unnecessary risks endangering the lives of hundreds of passengers in a recognized international airline corridor.

The Israeli devices are regarded top secret and, according to sources well aware of the invention, they are perfectly disguised and seen as normal parts of the aircraft frame.

The Israeli decision to use such devices stems from terrorist attempts to shoot down Israeli aircraft in Kenya in late 2002 and information suggesting terrorists might try to do the same in Europe.

According to an Israeli source, similar maneuvers were conducted by the Ukrainian air force but in that case the Ukrainian government informed Israel of interception practices...

"Shoulder-fired missiles continue to pose a serious threat to civil aviation," said subcommittee chairman John Mica, a Florida Republican. "Continuing the Department of Homeland Security's anti-missile research is critical to the long-term security of the aviation industry," he said.

Mica noted that Israel announced last week tests for an anti-missile system to protect its national carrier, El Al.

Missiles were fired at an Arkia Israeli Airlines Boeing 767 on November 19, 2002, as it was leaving an airport in Mombasa, Kenya. Al-Qaida took responsibility for the failed attack.



Let's be honest, the writer of this article clearly has a bit of an ax to grind with France. The use of the word "dangerously" to describe how French jets "maneuvered" around the El Al passenger plane, is unqualified. There are several other such biased uses of adjectives.

What I would be interested in knowing is, would the pilot go on record as saying it was an aggressive maneuver? Did the El Al pilot feel their was breach of ethics, or of etiquette?

We can be pretty sure it wasn't a surprise to France that El Al was flying in French air space. Therefore, we come away with one question from this article asked with a justifiable tone of irritation;

Why didn't they just just call?

Hey France, pick up the radio, for God's sake. Let El Al know you will be approaching their airliner.

I guess it's no surprise that the Ukranians are more polite than the French.

Grandma Europa Hears Her Grandchildren Whispering In The Next Room

As A Person Gets Older The Body Deteriorates

And - newsflash - people do die. Oh yes, and by the way, Daniel Pipes says civilizations die too.


“Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam.” So declares Oriana Fallaci in her new book, La Forza della Ragione (The Force of Reason). And the famed Italian journalist is right: Christianity’s ancient stronghold of Europe is rapidly giving way to Islam.

Two factors mainly contribute to this world-shaking development.

· The hollowing out of Christianity. Europe is increasingly a post-Christian society, one with a diminishing connection to its tradition or its historic values. The numbers of believing, observant Christians has collapsed in the past two generations to the point that some observers call it the “new dark continent.” Already, analysts estimate Britain’s mosques host more worshippers each week than does the Church of England.

· An anemic birth rate. Indigenous Europeans are dying out. Sustaining a population requires each woman on average to bear 2.1 children; in the European Union, the overall rate is a one-third short, at 1.5 per woman, and falling. One study finds that, should current population trends continue and immigration cease, today’s population of 375 million could decline to 275 million by 2075. To keep its working population even, the EU needs 1.6 million immigrants a year; to sustain the present workers-to-retirees ratio requires an astonishing 13.5 million immigrants annually.

Into the void are coming Islam and Muslims. As Christianity falters, Islam is robust, assertive, and ambitious. As Europeans under-reproduce at advanced ages, Muslims do so in large numbers while young.

Some 5 percent of the EU, or nearly 20 million persons, presently identify themselves as Muslims; should current trends continue, that number will reach 10 percent by 2020. If non-Muslims flee the new Islamic order, as seems likely, the continent could be majority-Muslim within decades.

When that happens, grand cathedrals will appear as vestiges of a prior civilization (the jahiliya?) – at least until a Saudi-style regime transforms them into mosques or a Taliban-like regime blows them up. The great national cultures – Italian, French, English, and others – will likely wither, replaced by a new transnational Muslim identity that merges North African, Turkish, subcontinental, and other elements.

This prediction is hardly new. In 1968, the British politician Enoch Powell gave his famed “rivers of blood” speech in which he warned that in allowing excessive immigration, the United Kingdom was “heaping up its own funeral pyre.” (Those words stalled a hitherto promising career.) In 1973, the French writer Jean Raspail published Camp of the Saints, a novel that portrays Europe falling to massive, uncontrolled immigration from the Indian subcontinent. The peaceable transformation of a region from one major civilization to another, now underway, has no precedent in human history, making it easy to ignore such voices.

There is still a chance for the transformation not to play itself out, but the prospects diminish with time. Here are several possible ways it might be stopped:

· Changes in Europe that lead to a resurgence of Christian faith, an increase in childbearing, or the cultural assimilation of immigrants; such developments can theoretically occur but what would cause them are hard to imagine.

· Muslim modernization: For reasons no one has quite figured out (education of women? abortion on demand? adults too self-absorbed to have children?), modernity leads to a drastic reduction in the birthrate. Also, were the Muslim world to modernize, the attraction of moving to Europe would diminish.

· Immigration from other sources. Latin Americans, being Christian, would more or less permit Europe to keep its historic identity. Hindus and Chinese would increase the diversity of cultures, making it less likely that Islam would dominate.

Current trends suggest Islamization will happen, for Europeans seem to find it too strenuous to have children, stop illegal immigration, or even diversify their sources of immigrants. Instead, they prefer to settle unhappily into civilizational senility.

Europe has simultaneously reached unprecedented heights of prosperity and peacefulness – and shown a unique inability to sustain itself (one demographer, Wolfgang Lutz, notes that “Negative momentum has not been experienced on a large scale in world history”).

Is it inevitable that the most brilliantly successful society also be the first in danger of collapse due to a lack of cultural confidence and offspring? Ironically, creating a hugely desirable place to live would seem also to be a recipe for suicide. The human comedy continues.



Yes, and I must admit, I am laughing ... through my tears.

Monday, May 10, 2004

The Voice Of Palestine Radio Is The Voice Of Jew-Hatred

FrontPageMag.com posted an important article by David Bedein this morning:



Palestine Authority radio, known as the PBC "VOICE OF PALESTINE", remains the most influential media tool in the hands of the Palestinian government. It has been in business ten years as the official voice of the Palestinian people and since the genesis of Palestinian Authority self-rule.

You hear the VOICE OF PALESTINE everywhere in the Arab street. It sets the public tone.

VOICE OF PALESTINE was founded by Yassir Arafat and overseen by the highest echelons of the nascent Palestinian Authority, providing radio feeds that are played in every Arab marketplace and every home in areas ruled by the PA. The radio airwaves for the VOICE OF PALESTINE were provided for the PA from Israel's Ministry of Communications with the idea that the Palestinians would be able to broadcast messages of "peace" on their own radio and in their own language.

Despite this, during the past ten years, The VOICE OF PALESTINE has consistently praised Arab terror attacks.

Last week was no exception, when all of Israel stood in shock at the Arab terror drive-by murder of a pregnant woman and her four little girls. Two Arab terrorists executed each little girl at point blank range with a shot to each one's head, the youngest child being only a two-year-old, after they first blew their mother to bits. The murders were witnessed by a CNN crew who watched with horror only 30 meters away. Mike Swartz, the CNN producer, had the good sense to use his vehicle to block any further traffic from driving into the terror trap on the highway. Israeli soldiers who arrived on the scene were able to kill the Arab terrorists, but not before the four little girls in the van had been finished off by their murderers.

Dr. Michael Widlanski, an Arabic media expert at the Hebrew University, formerly a reporter for the New York Times and the Cox Syndicate in Jerusalem, who is also an academic who recently completed his PhD on the subject of Palestinian Authority media, listened carefully to The Voice of Palestine during the hours that followed the attack.

The VOICE OF PALESTINE described the men who carried out the attack that left a pregnant mother and her four children dead as "an act of heroic martyrdom." The VOICE OF PALESTINE radio station repeatedly used the term "is tish-had" (heroic martyrdom in Arabic) and "mustash-hidin" (heroic martyrs) to describe the act committed by "two youths". After reporting the attackers’ names, the radio repeated again that they were heroic martyrs. Widlanski recorded the VOP constantly referring to the victims of the shooting attack only as "five settlers" without mentioning that the attack claimed that they were a pregnant woman and her four children.

The Monday morning broadcast of the Voice of Palestine added that that the five “settlers” who were killed were "mukharibun" - terrorists. The reference to the settlers as “terrorists” was in a VOICE OF PALESTINE report that the settlers were preparing to build a new neighborhood in a settlement near Gaza. Once again, VOICE OF PALESTINE did not condemn the attack that killed a pregnant mother and her four children, but did vigorously condemn the "cowardly act" by Israel of attacking a Hamas radio station which had exhorted Palestinians to carry out further attacks against Israelis. There were no reported Arab casualties in that Israeli attack.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Media Watch reported that the Palestinian Authority's official daily newspaper glorified yet another murderer - a man who was responsible for a cold-blooded murder of an Israeli father and his 2 daughters, labelling him "a beacon of light for generations to come." Palestine Media Watch, an agency that translates Arab broadcasts, noted that "According to the daily newspaper , 'Al-Hayat Al-Jadida', Samir Quntar, the murderer of Dani Haran and his two daughters in Nahariya in 1979, is a Palestinian hero and 'authentic role model'..."(sic).

So there you have it. The official media outlet of the Palestinian Authority, an entity with diplomatic relations with 138 nations around the world, endorses the cold-blooded murder of parents and their children.

That is the same Palestinian Authority which receives direct aid from all of the western democracies, including the USA to the tune of more than 10 billion dollars in its ten years of existence. The United States taxpayer used to fund Palestinian Television also until word got out about children's shows teaching small children to become martyrs.


For the past week, the U.S. State Department was asked if it would condemn the PA’s official media outlet, THE VOICE OF PALESTINE for endorsing the cold-blooded murder of a pregnant mother and her four children and no answer was received.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department did issue a statement in which it states that it “expects” the Palestinian Authority to fight terrorism. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv was asked what basis the U.S. had for assuming the “expectation” that the PA would fight terrorism would be heeded?

The answer from the U.S. State Department spokesman: “Because they committed themselves to doing so.”

The U.S. government does not feel under much pressure to condemn the Palestine Authority for directing its official media outlet to praise, justify and glorify those who would murder a pregnant mother and her four little girls.

And why no pressure? The answer is simple: Not one U.S. news outlet reported that the PA praised, justified and glorified this week's cold-blooded murder of a pregnant woman and her four children. If people don't know about it, why worry about it?

Now readers of this article know what the VOICE OF PALESTINE and the official Palestinian Authority newspaper really communicate to their people, perhaps those readers will be motivated to contact the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Daniel Kurtzer, one of the architects of the Oslo Process, to ask him why the U.S. cannot at the bare minimum condemn the Palestine Authority for inciting its own people in its own language to murder innocent human beings.




I like the tone of this guys article because it expresses the appropriate outrage. It is one thing for journalists to be objective and neutral. It is another thing entirely to surrender one's humanity on the altar of "objectivity" and report coldly the machinations of evil. There is really no other way to describe such actions, such broadcasting.

Think about it. Our country is at war in Iraq. Do we ever celebrate the killing of innocents? Our media does not even celebrate the killing of combatants, and that is appropriate.

I celebrated the killing of Yassin and Rantisi, but they are leaders, the fomentors of the ideology that inspires the anti-Semitism that drives the war against Israel.

I think it is inappropriate to celebrate the death of combatants because they are cogs in the wheels. They may have little choice other than to stand in the streets with guns. They may have a choice, or they many not. They may be truly evil murderers, but we don't know, so it would be disgustingly uncivilized to celebrate their deaths.

This is a war. In a war soldiers are recruited and not all the guys on the other side are bad guys. We know this to be true.

Well, we do, but clearly the Voice of Palestine does not.

And neither apparently do the governments of Europe who support this murderous propaganda, or the American State Dept., who clearly have trouble making simple moral distinctions.

And while we're on the subject, here's some video from Palestinian Authority Television.

Sunday, May 09, 2004

That Andrew Sullivan Feller Is Thinkin' Too Damn Much, Eh Boy?


I mean the guy is bordering on nuance. If he keeps it up we're gonna hafta kick him the hell out of 'merika:


THE CHASTENING: The question I have asked myself in the wake of Abu Ghraib is simply the following: if I knew before the war what I know now, would I still have supported it? I cannot deny that the terrible mismanagement of the post-war - something that no reasonable person can now ignore - has, perhaps fatally, wrecked the mission. But does it make the case for war in retrospect invalid? My tentative answer - and this is a blog, written day by day and hour by hour, not a carefully collected summary of my views - is yes, I still would have supported the war. But only just. And whether the "just" turns into a "no" depends on how we deal with the huge challenge now in front of us.


Dearest Andrew,

Get a grip. Snap out of it. Come over here, I'm gonna slap you.

My friend, do you really want to tell me that what happened at Abu Ghirab compares to what was going on in Iraq, or much of the Arab World where:

1) People are really tortured and raped in rape rooms

2) Half the population (that is, women) are SLAVES

3) A government (Iraq) has used chemical weapons on it's own people

4) Outright anti-Semitism is part and parcel of official government and civil discourse when discussing internal and international affairs, a situation that finds it's unique modern precedent in Nazi Germany

5) Homosexuals face death by stoning, perhaps at best.


That's just a partial list.

Really, my friend, what are you crying about?

These Are Momentous And Frightening Times

I open Yahoo this morning and it brings me three world news headlines:

1) Chechen President Killed

2) Sharon Cancels U.S. Trip After Gaza Plan Setback

3) Blair Faces Calls For Resignation

All three of these are the result of The War On Terror, a War whose existence half of the civilized world, in their civility, seem bent on denying. Here's a little poetry:


Wake Up.
You can't remember where it was.
Had this dream stopped?



That's a line from drunken rock star Jim Morrison (it's kind of a goofy theme this week) that somewhat pertains to our situation.

We've got to wake up. We have forgotten where it was we placed our values, our virtues; everything that makes our culture great, and different from, in particular, Islamic culture. Everything that makes our culture worth saving.

And then, glancing again at the poetry(?) of Mr. Mojo Risin, you will notice the quick shift of tenses, from the present to the past:

Had this dream stopped?

AS QUICKLY AS THAT IT CAN ALL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM US.

Just ask the people of Chechneya.


WAKE UP. WAKE UP, DAMN IT.


They just killed the Chechen President. They've got Blair and Sharon on the ropes without triggering one of their stupid bombs.

WAKE UP!


Jeez, maybe I need to take a vacation. I'm starting to sound like Orianna Fallaci.