Saturday, October 09, 2004

Sean Penn Invites "Cross Dressers" to Iraq
So They Can See For Themselves That
Islamofascism Is Preferable to Democracy and Freedom

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the directors of the popularTV show South Park. They also directed the new feature film Team America. Sean Penn is angry with them. From Drudge Report:

To Trey Parker and Matt Stone,

I remember a cordial hello when you guys were beginning to be famous guys around Hollywood at some party. I remember several times getting a few giggles out of your humor. I remember not being bothered as you traded on my name among others to appear witty, above it all, and likeable to your crowd.

I never mind being of service, in satire and silliness. I do mind when anybody who doesn't have a child, doesn't have a child at war, or isn't or won't be in harm's way themselves, is encouraging that there's "no shame in not voting" "if you don't know what you're talking about" (Mr. Stone) without mentioning the shame of not knowing what your talking about, and encouraging people to know.

You guys are talented young guys but alas, primarily young guys. It's all well to joke about me or whomever you choose. Not so well, to encourage irresponsibility that will ultimately lead to the disembowelment, mutilation, exploitation, and death of innocent people throughout the world. The vote matters to them.

No one's ignorance, indcluding a couple of hip cross-dressers, is an excuse.

All best, and a sincere fuck you,

Sean Penn

P.S. Take this as a personal invitation from me to you (you can ask Dennis Miller along for the ride as well) to escort you on a trip, which I took last Christmas. We'll fly to Amman, Jordan and I'll ride with you in a (?) 12 hours through the Sunni Triangle into Fallujah and Baghdad and I'll show you around. When we return, make all the fun you want.

I don't have any idea if Trey Parker and Matt Stone are actually "cross dressers." God love them if they are. The guys are funny, their show is funny, and this is a free country.

Which, of course, is what we are attempting to build in Iraq.

I'm very happy that Sean wrote this letter. His lack of subtelty betrays the truth of what all anti-war protesters really think about Iraq; that Iraqi's should still be stoning gay people. In fact, in the case of Trey and Matt, Penn, by inviting them along, actually seems to endorse such a solution

Senn Penn, and the other anti-War people like him, believe that we should not have done anything to stop such fascism. Therefore, it follows that they believe Iraq should still be stoning gays, and adulterous women, and worst of all, victims of rape.

Penn and his ilk believe the Iraqi's did not deserve a better system than the one they have had.

At the bottom of it all, the reason people like Sean Penn don't think the Iraqi's deserve better is because they don't believe the Iraqi's are capable of anything better.

That is Racism.

Sean Penn, you are a Racist.

Friday, October 08, 2004

A Terrorist Attack At My Kids School?

Following just a few hours after I wrote the post below, look what's in the news today:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. military in Iraq has discovered two computer disks containing photographs, layouts and other material pertaining to American schools in six states, U.S. government officials said.

The FBI is examining the materials, but a Department of Homeland Security official said the intelligence community determined there was no threat.

The military retrieved the disks in Iraq within the last couple of months, and they were turned over to the FBI, one official said Thursday.

"There is no threat associated with this," another government official said.

The schools are in Fort Myers, Florida; Salem, Oregon; Jones County, Georgia; New Jersey; Michigan; and California.

The Department of Homeland Security official said the material was associated with a person in Iraq, and it could not be established that this person had any ties to terrorism. He did have a connection to civic groups doing planning for schools in Iraq, the official said.

Officials said that they are taking the matter seriously though there has been no specific threat related to the recovered material.

The U.S. schools were notified in the last few weeks so they would be aware and could take any action they deemed necessary.

"State and local law enforcement personnel have informed us of the need to increase our school security during this election season," said Jones County School Superintendent William Mathews Jr. in a letter sent last month to parents of students in the Middle Georgia community.

"It is important to know that no threat of any type has been directed or is suspected against any Jones County school."

The FBI sent an advisory to terrorism task forces across the nation to inform them about the material, a Department of Homeland Security official said. No public notification or other action associated with a heightened state of alert was taken, the official said, because it did not seem necessary to "elevate it to that level based on the assessment of the intelligence community."

U.S. officials said they don't know how to explain why such material would be found on computer disks in Iraq. They said the information recovered is publicly available through the Internet or other means.

The Department of Homeland Security official said the information included a Department of Education guide on how to plan for a crisis in schools. A senior government official said there is no indication anyone was on the ground casing the schools.

One official said the retrieved information is "all of relatively recent vintage."

Authorities said this information is not related to a bulletin that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued Wednesday to schools and law enforcement about school safety in the wake of the Beslan, Russia, massacre.

A senior official said analysts are going over the information and are examining all possible scenarios. As the official put it, schools have been mentioned as possible terror targets in previous intercepted conversations between alleged operatives and in interrogations of detainees, but nothing has emerged recently.

"There is no analysis by the intelligence community that the Iraqi information or Beslan information or any other information indicates there is any plot to attack a school in the United States," said Brian Roehrkasse, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman.

Nope, couldn't happen. You heard what those guys said. "There's no threat."

That's what I meant when I said yesterday that this must have been what it was like for the Jews in the ghettos during the late 30's. Yeah, that Hitler guy is bad and he says he wants us gone, but it just couldn't really happen.

How is it that the US military could find a guy in a country, that we're at war with, who has a computer disc with the layouts of schools, and decide that it's not a threat? How does the FBI, and the Dept. of Homeland Security, decide that's not a threat?

So, they have not been able to link him to terrorism.

Have they been able to link him to any employment in the United States that might have required that he have such information?

And even if so, have they been able to get an answer out of him as to why he would bring such information to Iraq even if he had had, at one time, a legitimate reason to have it in his possession?

Thanks to Little Green Footballs.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

A Chemical Weapons Terrorist Attack - Personal Experience

This morning when I took my kid to school she ran off towards the playground and climbed up onto the slide. I stood back and watched from a distance. My eyes scanned across the green expanse of the school yard and what did I see? A man walking around with a sprayer, attatched to a clear, hard, plastic backpack filled with what I assumed to be poison.

Nobody was watching him. Nobody noticed him at all, as far as I could see.

I thought to myself, "He's probably just the bug spray guy, but what if ... Shouldn't the bug spray guy come and spray when there are not children running around, all over the playground?"

Yeah, you'd think, wouldn't you?

I followed the guy as he walked off the playground and off campus, and nobody watched him. Keep in mind, this is a man with a sprayer, and a hard plastic backpack that looks like it's filled with poison, and nobody is watching him.

Anyway, I followed him out to his car. No, it's a truck, thank god. A commercial, business truck, with a phone number on the side.

I called the number.

"Pest Control."

"Yeah, what did you say your name is?"

"Pest Control."

"Do you do work for schools in this area?"


"Ok, thank you."

And I hung up, happy.

Isn't that what a good citizen, and parent, should do?

But, I came home and still felt like I must be paranoid. I turned on my computer and I found this. And still, I felt I was being paranoid.

I'm guessing that's how the Jews must have felt in Germany as the walls closed in around them.
That's the problem with looking into the face of great evil; it's almost impossible to believe they would do what they say they will do. Hitler said he would rid the planet of Jews and homosexuals, but no one believed him.

The Islamofascists say they want to destroy the infidels, but we don't believe them. They've shown us how they will do it. They will stage grand scale terrorist attacks whose purpose is to frighten the entire population. They will kill as many people as they can, with whatever means are at their disposal. They will kill children en masse.

But, I still don't believe they will come to my kids school and really do it. I don't believe this for two reasons. First, because I just don't believe that, of all the schools in the US, my kid would be unlucky enough to attend the one school the Islamofascists attack. That's reasonable. But my second reason is, I just can't imagine the horror. I've seen what happened in Beslan, but that happened on the other side of the world. I saw what happened in New York, but that was three years ago.

I just don't believe it will happen. Nope, won't happen.

UN Job Application

Thanks to Israelly Cool for this.

The Mythical Mobile Biological Weapons Lab Has Been Found

Collin Powell made a lot of noise, along with other figures in the Bush Administration, about Mobile Biological Weapons Labs. Is it possible that the mythical beast has finally been dredged up from the bottom of Loch Ness? Go here (World Net Daily) for photos:

A trailer found by the U.S. in Northern Iraq last year likely was used by Saddam Hussein's regime as a mobile biological weapons laboratory, and not to fill hydrogen balloons as some in Britain and the U.S. have charged, a view supported by exclusive photos obtained by WorldNetDaily that for the first time offer inside views of the trailer components.

Kurdish forces seized the trailer in April 2003 at a checkpoint near Mosul in northern Iraq. At the time, the unit was hailed as the closest U.S. forces may have come to finding a "smoking gun" in their search for weapons of mass destruction inside Iraq.

But initial swab tests of the mobile unit, which seemed to have been washed thoroughly with a strong decontaminating substance, yielded no traces of biological or chemical agents, leading many critics to conclude the trailer could have been used for legitimate medical purposes.

Some in British and American intelligence groups charged the trailers were used for the production of hydrogen to fill artillery and weather balloons.

However, photos obtained by WorldNetDaily from a U.S. Army source in Iraq offer a rare glimpse inside the trailer, which indicates the most likely use for the mobile unit was the production of biological agents and not hydrogen.

The internal components provide the kind of mobile biological weapons laboratory described to the United Nations' Security Council by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell before the conflict began, and match in design and configuration the mobile weapons labs U.S. intelligence learned about several years ago from an Iraqi scientist.

The photos, more than 30 of which were of the inside trailer components, were verified by several military sources and were independently reviewed by intelligence sources familiar with pre-Gulf War Iraqi weapons programs.

The images show a large fermenter, several cylinders to supply clean air for production, canisters to "feed" biological agents, industrial heating machines and a system to capture and compress exhaust gas to eliminate traces of residue – a function not normally used for legitimate biological processes and certainly not for hydrogen production, analysts told WorldNetDaily.

A large stainless steel brewing canister can be seen toward the front of the laboratory, and would be used in the initial stages of agent production, analysts said.

Large pistons are connected to a compressor atop a storage tank that would hold the growing product and maintain a certain pressure on the system required to grow the bio agent at an advanced rate.

The agent would then be pumped into a large canister connected to several tanks that provide "food" from which the agent would "feed," and which apply large amounts of fluid and temperature regulation for the contents of the holding canister. This feature is rarely set up in such a manner in ordinary labs, analysts told WorldNetDaily.

The photos also reveal an industrial heating pump the width of almost the entire trailer. The size of the heating and cooling system was of particular interest to analysts, who said such systems would be used to superheat or supercool strong agents in a pressurized system.

Several of the laboratory components have serial numbers that were traced to German companies, where some of the parts were manufactured. One device, a generator coming from one of the pumps, was made by General Electric.

The trailer itself has a metal plaque that says it was manufactured in 2001 by Iraq's Al-Naser Al-Adheem – a munitions company controlled by Saddam Hussein – and inspected in 2002.

A large collection and compression pipe is visible at the anterior section, which is not commonly used in regular laboratories and would find little use in the production of hydrogen. The system is designed to capture and compress exhaust gas to eliminate any telltale signature of which kinds of agents were produced, analysts told WorldNetDaily.

When the trailer was found last April it was immediately swabbed for traces of biological weapons agents. Military analysts were particularly hopeful about a large holding canister connected to piping that drains the agent and which was at a height that may have left residual agent at the bottom of the canister.

But they found the entire mobile unit had been thoroughly cleansed and decontaminated with a strong caustic agent that rid the trailer of traces of whatever material had been produced.
Official spokesmen for the Department of Defense in the U.S. and Iraq could not comment before press time.

Vice Admiral Jake Jacoby, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has said an informant had told the U.S. military similar mobile facilities had previously been used to make three illicit agents, believed to be anthrax, botulism and staphylococcus.

Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Steve Cambone said, "What we have here is what ... the Secretary of State talked about, along with other things, in his presentation to the United Nations."

A U.S. Army Intel officer in Iraq said he was convinced the trailer was used to make biological weapons: "There are too many indications this was used for biological weapons. The tubing, the heating system, the exhaust system are specific to the kind of military-grade production we saw before the first Gulf War. Also, when you're conducting legitimate laboratory work, you want to do it in the most stable environment possible. Why would scientists work from a trailer?"

It looks like a Mobile Biological Weapons Lab to my untrained eye. I mean, if me and the missus were drivin down to freeway, nuancin' about old times, and I saw one of them things pullin' up along side me, I'd say, "Well dad gurnit, look at that, will ya? That there's one of them Mobeel Bilogical Wepons Labs, ain't it?"

But seriously, I have a hard time understanding why such an elaborate facility would be needed to fill weather balloons.

However, two things are very hard to understand about this story:

1) Isn't it hard to believe, in our current era of forensics, that anyone could scrub a facility of this size with a "caustic agent" and leave it completely free of any trace of evidence?

2) If this is a Mobile Biological Weapons Lab, why has the Bush Administration not come forward with the photos and information themselves? Are they that gun shy?

If so, that's very sad.

The United Nations Declares War On Israel
Israel Retaliates

First, Israel accused the U.N. of aiding and abetting terrorism in the Palestinian territories.

Then, the U.N. admitted it.

Now, Israel has arrested 13 U.N. relief workers.

Islamofascists Following In The Bootsteps Of Their Heroes

Thanks to Little Green Footballs for making me aware of this, from the Jerusalem Post:

A Jewish identity in today’s Iraq ranks either just after or just before US soldiers as a high-value target for Iraqi resistance groups or foreign Islamic ones - depending on which one you ask. Either way, it’s not a good identity to carry around and, to the chagrin of Iraq’s last 17 Jews, it’s written on their ID cards.

Last March, four bodyguards of the US-based Blackwater Security Consulting Company were attacked while driving through Fallujah, a hotbed town filled with foreign Arab and local insurgents. Gruesome video footage showed that the bodies of two of the men were mutilated, dragged through the streets, then hung from the town’s bridge and burned while crowds cheered.

Rumors filtered back to Baghdad that the security guards had dual citizenship: American and Israeli. One source with contacts in the rebellious province says that this was partially true. Israeli passports were found on two of the security professionals, he says, those whose bodies were mutilated and hung. The Israelis, he said, had their appendages cut off and their bodies cut up while they were still alive. Then fuel was poured over them and they were lit ablaze.

Whether the two men were Israeli or not, the underlying belief held by the average Iraqi is clear - there is no place for Jews or Israelis in Iraq.

Gee, maybe they're not anti-Semites. Maybe they're just against Zionism. Oh wait, that's exactly what they say in the next paragraph. Really, I'm getting too good at this job.

From the Eighties on, the remaining Jews received Saddam Hussein’s protection, probably as a way to court the United States for support in its war with Iran. The regime is not racist - it does not hate Jews - it only hates Zionists, it told the world.

The remaining Jews attended weekly religious services at the Meir Tweig synagogue, the last one open in the country, and celebrated their holy days together. In 2003, just before the war, the last 34 Jewish Iraqis held their Pessah Seder together.

But now they can’t. The synagogue, built in 1942 in the Beitaween neighborhood of central Baghdad, is closed. A tough young Muslim guard stands behind the three-meter-high solid steel door and keeps strangers away. He only allows the Iraqi Jews to enter, but they don’t dare anymore.

The hatred Saddam encouraged for the “Zionists” now runs rampant in Iraqi streets. In a view commonly held by Iraqis, one spokesman for the populist Shi’ite Muslim cleric, Muqtada Al-Sadr, claims that the US-led war on Iraq was instigated by the Jewish lobby.
“The Jews,” says Sheikh Hassan Al-Zurghan, “are trying to destroy the rest of the Muslims and they are employing the Christians to do it.”

The Zionist Lobby, the Jews and Israel are interchangeably referred to by Iraqis when explaining why America made war on their country. September 11th? That was a Zionist plot, say Iraqis. Otherwise why were there no Jews in the Twin Towers on the day they fell, they ask.

Yes, I'm getting too good at my job. I always know what those crazy Islamofascists are going to say. You know how I know? I just think to myself; What would the European Media say?

Associated Press Is "Playing" With Gasoline

From MSNBC and AP:

Israeli missile kills 2 Palestinian teens in Gaza
Drone spotted boys playing game emulating militants

That's the headline. Now, look at the description:

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — An Israeli missile strike on Thursday killed two Palestinian teenagers who were playing with a tube and a gasoline-filled bottle in a game imitating militants firing rockets at Israel, relatives said.

The deaths brought to 84 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel began its offensive into northern Gaza on Sept. 29 after a rocket attack killed two Israeli children, according to a count by The Associated Press. More than half those killed were militants. Sixteen of the civilians were age 16 and under.

Ok, so were the teenagers "playing" or were they "militants?

And, ask yourself the question, if there had been 84 violent deaths in your neighborhood in the past 9 days would you be out playing a "game" that involved setting off a bomb?

AP doesn't know these "boys" were "playing". They couldn't know. So, why do they report it? In a headline yet? What exactly motivates AP to report in this manner? What do you think it is?

Spotted by a droneOn Thursday morning, an unmanned Israeli aircraft spotted two suspicious figures on the edge of the Jebaliya refugee camp as they set up a rocket launcher, the army said. The drone spotted a flash, the figures ran away, then returned to the launcher and were struck by the missile, the army said.

I'm glad Israel has such technology at their disposal.

America's Extended Occupation Of Germany

Thanks to Medienkritik for posting this letter from a U.S. soldier stationed in Germany:

I am not as well-versed in forward stationing in Germany as retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters is, as I have been here just over one year. However, I have observed firsthand the disdain many German nationals have for Americans (much of it self-inflicted with our “mightier than thou” attitude).

I am a very proud American, but ultraconservative in my dress and do not stick out in a crowd. However, as soon as I open my mouth I become a target for Germans to blow off steam about what they see as America’s extended occupation of Germany. Their favorite lines are: “If you don’t like it here in Germany, then go home” and: “Don’t think we are your subjects.”

I can't wait until our troops are out of there.

I only worry when I think of what happened to Europe the last time America wasn't babysitting ther Germans.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

There's Something Frightening and Mysterious Going On Over At
The Iraq War Was Wrong Blog

I say there is something frightening going on because all of the sudden the Proprietor, Mr. IraqWarWrong himself, seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. His denizens have had to make due without a post for over four days now.

In his stead, they have decided to have a little blogger mutiny. They have taken over his weblog by posting endless comments in the "Comments" section of his most recent post.

Now, here's the Mysterious part; Some guy has stolen my nom de plume and is posting all sorts of ridiculous junk in my name. This kind of makes me angry. I don't want that guy to sully the reputation of CUANAS.

So, I just want to set the record straight here and now; I am not, repeat, am not Jaco Pastorius. Jaco Pastorius was the great jazz bass player of Weather Report fame. I only use his name here because I like the sound of it.

Pastorius. Doesn't that sound pretty?

The guy over at The Iraq War Was Wrong Blog seems to really believe he is Jaco. That is, of course, absurd, because Jaco Pastorius is dead.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The Western Political Left Now Supports Theocratic Fascism Over Democracy

Christopher Hitchens was a self-awoved "Trotskyite" and prominent proponent of Leftist ideas for 30 years. Then came 9/11. From

"I don't have a political allegiance now, and I doubt I ever will have again. I can no longer describe myself as a socialist. I miss it like a lost limb. But I don't regret anything. I'm still fighting for Kissinger to be brought to justice. The socialist movement enabled universal suffrage, the imposition of limits upon exploitation, and the independence of colonial and subject populations. Its achievements were real, and I'm glad I was part of it. Where it succeeded, one can be proud of it. Where it failed - as in the attempt to stop the First World War and later to arrest the growth of fascism - one can honourably regret its failure."

He realised he was not a socialist any longer around three years ago. "Often young people ask me for political advice, and when you are talking to the young, you mustn't bullshit. It's one thing when you are sitting with old comrades to talk about reviving the left, but you can't say that to somebody who is just starting out. And what could I say to these people? I had to ask myself - is there an international socialist movement worth the name? No. No, there is not. Okay - will it revive? No, it won't. Okay then - but is there at least a critique of capitalism that has a potential for replacing it? Not that I can identify."

"If the answer to all these questions is no, then I have no right to go around calling myself a socialist. It's more like an affectation." But Hitch - there are still hundreds of causes on the left, even if the ?socialist' tag is outdated. You used to write about acid rain, the crimes of the IMF and World Bank, the death penalty... It's hard to imagine you writing about them now. He explains that he is still vehemently against the death penalty and "I haven't forgotten the 152 people George Bush executed in Texas." But the other issues? He seems to wave them aside as "anti-globalisation" causes - a movement he views with contempt.

He explains that he believes the moment the Left's bankruptcy became clear was on 9/11. "The United States was attacked by theocratic fascists who represents all the most reactionary elements on earth. They stand for liquidating everything the left has fought for: women's rights, democracy? And how did much of the left respond? By affecting a kind of neutrality between America and the theocratic fascists."

He cites the cover of one of Tariq Ali's books as the perfect example. It shows Bush and Bin Laden morphed into one on its cover. "It's explicitly saying they are equally bad. However bad the American Empire has been, it is not as bad as this. It is not the Taliban, and anybody - any movement - that cannot see the difference has lost all moral bearings."

Al Qaeda Emerged Out Germany's Nazi Movement published this article, by former Federal Prosecutor John Loftus, about the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood (father organization to Al Qaeda) and the Nazi's:

What I'm doing today is doing what I'm doing now: I'm educating a new generation in the CIA that the Muslim Brotherhood was a fascist organization that was hired by Western intelligence that evolved over time into what we today know as al-Qaeda.

Here's how the story began. In the 1920's there was a young Egyptian named al Bana. And al Bana formed this nationalist group called the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Bana was a devout admirer of Adolph Hitler and wrote to him frequently. So persistent was he in his admiration of the new Nazi Party that in the 1930's, al-Bana and the Muslim Brotherhood became a secret arm of Nazi intelligence.

The Arab Nazis had much in common with the new Nazi doctrines. They hated Jews; they hated democracy; and they hated the Western culture. It became the official policy of the Third Reich to secretly develop the Muslim Brotherhood as the fifth Parliament, an army inside Egypt.
When war broke out, the Muslim Brotherhood promised in writing that they would rise up and help General Rommell and make sure that no English or American soldier was left alive in Cairo or Alexandria.

The Muslim Brotherhood began to expand in scope and influence during World War II. They even had a Palestinian section headed by the grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of the great bigots of all time. Here, too, was a man -- The grand Mufti of Jerusalem was the Muslim Brotherhood representative for Palestine. These were undoubtedly Arab Nazis.

The Grand Mufti, for example, went to Germany during the war and helped recruit an international SS division of Arab Nazis. They based it in Croatia and called it the “Handjar” Muslim Division, but it was to become the core of Hitler's new army of Arab fascists that would conquer the Arab peninsula from then on to Africa -- grand dreams.

There's more. Go read the rest.

John Kerry's Treasonous Manifesto

Download it here. Read it and decide for youself:

Since its publication in 1971, John Kerry’s book The New Soldier has acquired almost legendary status. Rumors abound of political operatives scrambling to locate and suppress stray copies during Kerry’s House campaign in 1972. Copies now sell on eBay for hundreds of dollars.
John F. Kerry has made his Vietnam service the cornerstone of his campaign for President. But he has said virtually nothing about what he did when he came home.

His activities and statements at the time painted our veterans with an undeserved bloody brush. Many believe, and statements by the North Vietnamese confirm, that the activities of John Kerry, Jane Fonda and others actually prolonged the war, resulting in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of our soldiers, and thousands of Vietnamese.

Before you decide how to vote in the forthcoming election, we urge everyone to consider all the information available. We strongly believe the contents of this book are of great importance in the forthcoming Presidential election and deserve to be widely distributed. We created this website at where anyone can read, print, forward or save a copy of the book to a PC absolutely free. No registration or sign-on is required, and no ads appear on the site.

Thanks to Little Green Footballs.

Israel Buying Bunker Busters From U.S. So They Can Bomb Iran

Israel? Bomb Iran's nuclear facilities? I think this is a great idea. And John Kerry's Foreign Policy Advisor, Richard Holbrooke agrees.

Read Roger Simon's post on the subject.

I've been predicting this for quite a while. And here's another prediction that I've been making for awhile; After Israel bombs Iran, it will become very clear that we have, for the last three years, been fighting the early stages of World War IV.

Another prediction, while I'm at it: The world will roundly condemn Israel for bombing Iran's nuclear facilities. And that will include the Kerry camp (and Richard Holbrooke), if Kerry is elected. If Bush is elected, the United States will be the only country in the world, other than Micronesia, who will not condemn Israel.

What's Your Favorite Position?

Dennis Prager makes the same point as my friend (post below - The Complex Gigolo):

This column, which could be titled, "Whatever your position on Iraq, John Kerry is your man," is dedicated to Sean, a listener who called my radio show the day after the presidential debate. He enabled me to understand why most people believe John Kerry won the debate.

Sean explained that he was an opponent of the war in Iraq and only now could he finally vote for John Kerry. I asked him what Kerry said that confirmed that the Democratic candidate was his man.

Sean: "I believe he has a plan." (Kerry said he has a plan some 12 times.)

Prager: "A plan to do what?"

Sean: "A plan to withdraw our troops."

And then I understood. No matter what position you hold about American foreign policy and the war in Iraq, John Kerry holds your position.

Sen. Kerry accomplished this so subtly that recognition of it had eluded me.

Voters who want America to leave Iraq and voters who want to stay there and win -- both heard Kerry say exactly what they wanted to hear.

Voters who want America to act alone in the world when the world disagrees with us and voters who want America to proceed only when we have the international backing and an alliance with others -- both heard Kerry say exactly what they wanted to hear.

Voters who believe the war was a colossal mistake and voters who believe that our soldiers in Iraq are fighting for a noble cause -- both heard John Kerry say exactly what they wanted to hear.

Even voters who share Michael Moore's conspiratorial theories about the war and the Bush presidency heard what they wanted (in Kerry's reference to Haliburton).

Regarding the war and foreign policy, there is no segment of America that John Kerry did not appeal to.

Here are direct quotes from John Kerry in the debate.

On staying in Iraq:

"I'm not talking about leaving. I'm talking about winning."

"Yes, we have to be steadfast and resolved, and I am. And I will succeed for those troops, now that we're there. We have to succeed. We can't leave a failed Iraq."

On leaving Iraq:

"And our goal in my administration would be to get all of the troops out of there ..."
"I believe that when you know something's going wrong, you make it right. That's what I learned in Vietnam."

What was it that John Kerry "learned in Vietnam?" To leave a war he regarded as a mistake.
On America acting alone:

"I'll never give a veto to any country over our security."

On America acting only with world support or within an alliance:

"But if and when you do it (act alone), Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test ..."

I am reminded of the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote:

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

The Complex Gigolo

A friend of mine sent me an email wherein he attempts to figure out Kerry's position (positions?) on Iraq:

KERRY "...if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do
it in a way that passes the test, that passes the
global test where your countrymen, your people
understand fully why you're doing what you're doing
and you can prove to the world that you did it for
legitimate reasons"

Friend: Uhhh, ooookaaayy, we think for ourselves as
a nation, and do what is right for almost
300 million Americans, 'UNLESS' the rest of the
world doesn't give us a 'PASS'?

KERRY on the cost of war in Iraq: "$200 billion that
could have been used for health care, for schools, for
construction, for prescription drugs for seniors, and
it's in Iraq."

Friend: OK, sounds good, you won't let so much money go
to Iraq. I guess that sounds good, healthcare,
education, p-scrip. drugs for seniors. Stop sending
money to Iraq, got it! Things are going to be great
here! It's clearing up.

KERRY: "I've met kids in Ohio, parents in Wisconsin
places, Iowa, where they're going out on the Internet
to get the state-of-the-art body gear to send to their
kids. Some of them got them for a birthday present.
I think that's wrong. Humvees -- 10,000 out of 12,000
Humvees that are over there aren't armored. And you go
visit some of those kids in the hospitals today who
were maimed because they don't have the armament."

TODD---Mr. Kerry, did we spend too much on Iraq, or
not enough? I'm confused. Maybe this next quote will
finally clear it up.

Kerry: "Well, you know, when I talked about the $87 billion,
I made a mistake in how I talk about the war."

Friend: Well, when you say "...when I talked about the
$87 billion,..." you conveniently left out the words
'that I voted against'! So, just so I'm clear, we
should NOT have spent $200 billion in Iraq, but spent
it here in the US, we SHOULD give the troops
state-of-the-art body armor and armored humvees, but
YOU voted AGAINST allowing another $87 billion, a
43.5% increase in funds, to be allocated to funding
such things? Yikes, I'm getting more confused.

I can't figure you out. You are obviously too 'complex' for me

I will follow you,
if you show me how to marry well, and argue both sides
of a point, and win.

Yeah, really, Kerry is good at two things; complexity, and being a gigolo.

The Complex Gigolo: It sounds like a bad French movie.

Great Moments In The History Of Socialist Thought

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, the spiritual father of anarchism and architect of the phrase "property is theft", remarked famously that,

"The Jew is the enemy of mankind. It is necessary to send this race back to Asia, or exterminate it...By fire or fusion, or by expulsion, the Jew must disappear..."

Monday, October 04, 2004

All The Doors Are Closing In John Kerry's Face

John Kerry had three great foreign policy ideas on which he was running.

1) He would give Iran nuclear fuel so he could verify whether they would be using it to generate nuclear power to make up for their oil shortage.

2) He would ask Germany to help out in Iraq so he could bring our troops home sooner.

3) He would ask the same of France.

Well let's see how that's working out for him:

1) Iran on Sunday rebuffed a proposal by U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry who has suggested supplying the Islamic state with nuclear fuel for power reactors if Tehran agrees to give up its own fuel-making capability.

2) German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected on November 2... "I cannot imagine that there will be any change in our decision not to send troops, whoever becomes president," Gert Weisskirchen, member of parliament and foreign policy expert for Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party, said in an interview.

3) A French official said Saturday that even if Sen. John Kerry defeats President Bush in November's election, his country won't provide troops to help the U.S. in Iraq - the same policy France has under President Bush. "If Kerry is elected, we wouldn't send troops either," the unnamed official told the New York Daily News. "We don't need any more targets in Iraq."
The warning that even a President Kerry will have to "go it alone in Iraq" as far as France is concerned flies in the face of a key part of the candidate's Iraq strategy. The top Democrat has been boasting for months that if he wins the White House, he'll persuade America's old European allies like France to pitch in and send troops to Iraq.

And it gets even worse for Kerry:

Why this reluctance? Two main reasons.

First, domestic politics: Both Schroeder and Chirac have promised their voters repeatedly that they won’t get involved in Iraq. Sen. Kerry may see no problem with sudden reversals of opinion, but the French and German leaders know they’d pay dearly at the polls if they sent so much as a handful of traffic cops into Baghdad’s Green Zone.

Second, and more important: Their fundamental difference lies not with the Bush administration, but with U.S. foreign policy broadly understood.

At the core of the Chirac/Schroeder geopolitical outlook is not the thankful belief that America is the world’s only superpower, but the regretful notion that it is an out-of-control “hyperpower” (as former French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine memorably put it). The United States and its influence, in this view, must be balanced — “balanced,” being a euphemism for opposed.

This helps explain (French Foreign Minister) Barnier’s remarks last week, when he said that France will attend a proposed conference on the future of Iraq only if the complete withdrawal of foreign troops is a formal topic for discussion and the negotiations include “all political forces” in Iraq, “including those who have chosen the path of armed resistance.”

Kerry may want to bring the French to the table, but guess who’s coming to dinner with them: terrorists and rebels now attacking U.S. soldiers and slaughtering Iraqi citizens.

Well, there's always the "Global Test".

Middle Easterners Against Islamofascists

Walid Phares says a MidEast American Revolution is coming. Thanks to for making me aware of this, from

With the smoke covering the ashes of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a hillside in Pennsylvania, the temperature was rising over the “Mideast Question.” Are all peoples from that region enemies? Do we have friends among them? More pressing questions haunted the public: "What about Mideastern people living among us?" The issue became critical to most Americans as cells were dismantled, and terrorists were arrested, both inside the country and overseas. Are Jihadists infiltrating our Mideastern and Arab communities?

Unfortunately, not only have the Wahabbi lobbies been supportive of the ideologies of the perpetrators against America, but several Middle Eastern groups have acted against this nation. Dramatically, large segments of Americans started to lose trust in those originating east and south of the Mediterranean.

Mideast Americans needed to be freed from the chains of mistrust. They needed to be represented by new faces. The American public needed to hear a different message than the decades of anti-Americanism and pro-Jihadist sentiment prevalent among the aging Establishment -- which is mostly supported by totalitarians overseas.

Now, finally, after three years of hard work since the tragedy of 9/11, another face of Mideastern Americans is surging to the forefront. Slowly but surely, American groups from Mideastern descent, in disagreement with the established political elites of the 1980s and the 1990s, came to the surface.

Today in the United States, thousands of Americans of Middle East descent are joining forces to answer the anxious questions of their neighbors: "Yes we are fully Americans and we feel this is our country which we love and want to defend against Terrorists," said the organizers of a historic conference to take place in Washington DC on Friday October 1, 2004. "It is time for our communities to break the silence imposed by the oil backed elite," said Tom Harb, a member of the American Lebanese Coalition, a group that co-sponsored the event. John Michael, a medical doctor from Chicago revealed that, "tens of thousands of Assyrians and Chaldeans have sided since day one with the U.S. when it decided to liberate our mother country – Iraq – from the bloody Saddam."

More than 30 organizations, from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, have been meeting and planning for what will become a "beginning for a new era in Mideast-American history" as qualified by Dr Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim activist heading the American Muslim Forum for Democracy. "The mass graves in Iraq shook off the basis of our consciousness" said Zainab al Suwajj, the courageous Arab female leading the Islamic American Congress.

Walking hand in hand with Muslim moderates, Coptic groups are raising the issue of persecution of Christians in Egypt at the hands of fundamentalists. Michael Meunir, President of US Copts said "it will be interesting to see that this new wave of Americans from Mideast descent will show the world and the fanatics that Muslims would stand by Christians when persecuted and the other way around." Moyammed Yahia from Darfur's exiled community agrees: "We saw Christians coming to our help, when we Black Muslims were massacred by the Janjaweed.”

This talk wasn't politically correct a few years ago. Now it is out in the open. Soon, it will have a national umbrella. The "Middle Eastern American Convention for Freedom and Democracy" will hold its sessions on this first Friday of the Fall of 2004. According to the press release issued by these organizations, "Americans of Middle Eastern descent will gather in Washington, D.C., to show their support for the efforts to defeat terrorism and radicalism and to create a free and peaceful Middle East."


Al Qaeda Member Says Al Qaeda Members Are Stupid

Praise be to Allah for making me aware of this, from the Arab News:

JEDDAH, 3 October 2004 — About 95 percent of Al-Qaeda operatives in the Kingdom are ignorant and most of them do not observe basic Islamic teachings, according to new confessions by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashoud and Khaled Al-Farraj, former members of the terror network.
Speaking to Channel 1 of Saudi Television on Friday, they said the Al-Qaeda cell made use of stolen Saudi IDs to rent cars and houses to carry out terrorist operations.

Al-Rashoud said he was waiting for the right time to withdraw from the cell but each time its leaders threatened him with exposure.

(Exposure of what? - asks Pastorius)

Al-Farraj remembered the moment when they killed his father. “I cannot imagine my father lying in a pool of blood in my house,” he said.

“Before someone enters the group, he thinks that it is pure. From my observations, I have seen that they are committing actions that should not come from a group claiming jihad,” Al-Rashoud said.

“I can tell you that 95 percent of the cell’s members are ignorant,” Al-Farraj said. “They are even more ignorant than the uneducated,” he added.

Ahmad Al-Dakheel, who is head of the Shariah committee in the Makkah cell, is guilty of such behavior.

“Dakheel said that all policemen in uniforms are infidels and asked the members to gun them down. If imams at mosques condemn explosions and terrorist activities, then they were also branded as infidels,” Al-Farraj said.

Who Shall We Kill?
The Jihadi Infanticidal Freaks Carefully Consider a Philosophical Question

Amir Taheri, from the Opinion Journal:

Who are we allowed to seize as hostage? Who are we allowed to kill?

For the past few weeks these questions have prompted much debate throughout the Muslim world. The emerging answer to both questions is: Anyone you like!

Triggered by the atrocity at a school in Beslan, in southern Russia, last month, the debate has been further fueled by kidnappings and "exhibition killings" in Iraq. Non-Muslims may find it strange that such practices are debated rather than condemned as despicable crimes. But the fact is that the seizure of hostages and "exhibition killing" go back to the early stages of Islamic history.

In the Arabia of the seventh century, where Islam was born, seizing hostages was practiced by rival tribes, and "exhibition killing" was a weapon of psychological war. The Prophet codified those practices, ending freelance kidnappings and head-chopping. One principle of the new code was that Muslims could not be held hostage by Muslims. Nor could Muslims be subjected to "exhibition killing." Such methods were to be used solely against non-Muslims, and then only in the context of armed conflict.

Seized in combat, a non-Muslim would be treated as a war prisoner, and could win freedom by converting to Islam. He could also be ransomed or exchanged against a Muslim prisoner of war. Non-Muslim women and children captured in war would become the property of their Muslim captors. Female captives could be taken as concubines or given as gifts to Muslims. The children, brought up as Muslims, would enjoy Islamic rights.

Centuries later, the initial code was elaborated by Imam Jaafar Sadeq, a descendant of the Prophet. He made two key rulings. Whoever entered Islam was instantly granted "full guarantee for his blood." And non-Muslims, as long as they paid their poll tax, or jiziyah, to the Islamic authority would be protected.

Recalling this background is important because what we witness in the Muslim world today is disregard of religious tradition in favor of political considerations.

A survey of Muslim views over the past weeks shows overwhelming, though not unanimous, condemnation of the Beslan massacre. But in all cases the reasons given for the condemnation are political rather than religious. Muslim commentators assert that Russia, having supported "the Palestinian cause," did not deserve such treatment.

Sheik Yussuf al-Qaradawi, a Sunni Muslim scholar based in Qatar, was among the first to condemn the Beslan massacre. At the same time, however, he insists that a similar attack on Israeli schools would be justified because Israeli schoolchildren, if not killed, could grow up to become soldiers. (Sheik Qaradawi also justifies the killing of unborn Israelis because, if born, they could become soldiers.)

That view is shared by Ayatollah Imami Kashani, a cleric working for the Iranian government. He claims that, regardless of what it has done against the people of Chechnya, Russia must not be attacked because it has supported "the greater cause" of Palestine. In other words Chechen Muslims are less worthy of consideration than Palestinian ones. That view is shared by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a grouping of 57 Muslim countries. Its secretary-general, Abdelouahed Belkeziz, has issued a strong condemnation of Beslan. But he has not said a word about dozens of other terrorists attacks carried out by Islamists across the globe.

Implicit in all this is that killing innocent people in the lands of the "infidel" is justified for as long as the victims are not citizens of states sympathetic to "the Arab cause," whatever it happens to be at any given time. That position was highlighted in the Arab reaction to the kidnapping of two French journalists by Islamists in Iraq last month. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa led the call for their release with these words: "France is a friend of the Arabs; we cannot treat friends this way."

The assumption that only Americans and Israelis are targeted has proved false as Islamists have murdered hundreds of peoples from all faiths, including Islam, in a dozen countries in the past three years. Today, it is enough for anyone to designate himself as an Islamic "mujahid," fighting for Palestine and opposing the "occupation" in Iraq, to get carte blanche from millions of Muslims, including many in authority, for kidnapping and "exhibition killing."

That no one, Muslim or "infidel," is safe was made clearer by a statement from Abu Anas al-Shami, the self-styled "mufti" of al Qaeda, who was reportedly killed in Iraq in an American air attack last month. "There are times when mujahedeen cannot waste time finding out who is who in the battlefield," he wrote. "There are times when we have to assume that whoever is not on our side is the enemy."

Al-Shami's position echoes a fatwa of the late Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, one of the founders of the Islamic Republic in Iran. Ayatollah Khalkhali wrote: "Among those we seize hostage or kill, some may be innocent. In that case, Allah will take them to his paradise. We do our job, He does His."

United Nations Executive Confirms - UN Employs Terrorists

Thanks to Little Green Footballs for making me aware of this, from the Jerusalem Post:

The head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) confirmed in a television interview that his group employs Hamas members in Gaza.

"I am sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll and I don't see that as a crime," UNRWA head Peter Hansen told Canada's CBC television Sunday.

Hamas has been declared a terror organization by the US and Canada, as well as the European Union.

"Hamas as a political organization does not mean that every member is a militant and we do not do political vetting and exclude people from one persuasion as against another," he said.

In the interview, Hansen added that "whatever their political persuasion is" members of his staff are required to "behave in accordance with UN standards and norms for neutrality."
According to the interview, Canada donates $10 million to UNWRA a year.

This admission by Peter Hansen comes the very same week Hamas members were caught on video loading a kassam rocket into a United Nations vehicle.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Does France Really Consider Iraqi Insurgents Their "Best Allies"?

This from Amir Taheri:

... the recent bizarre phrase from French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. The head of the Figaro press group went to see him about the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq; Raffarin assured him they would soon be freed, reportedly saying, "The Iraqi insurgents are our best allies." In plain language, this means that, in the struggle in Iraq, Raffarin does not see France on the side of its NATO allies — the U.S., Britain, Italy and Denmark among others — but on the side of the "insurgents." '

Surely, he misspoke.

Eursoc tries to give him the benefit of the doubt, but has trouble coming up with a better explanation:

Wonder what Raffarin means by this. The Iraqi insurgents, who yesterday added 36 children to the list of the thousands of Iraqis they have killed, are now allies of the French government? It is surprising to hear it put in such terms by such a prominent leader, but it is not new or unusual for anti-war groups to cheer on the "resistance:" John Pilger did it, various Stop the War activists have done it, it should come as no great surprise that a leader of the most anti-war nation of them all did so too.

Or perhaps Raffarin meant that the insurgents are helping France locate the kidnapped journalists? It's conceivable that many Iraqis who are fighting Allied troops are opposed to the jihadi tactic of kidnapping foreigners but some reports say that much of the "resistance" is led by foreign fighters.

Hard to say. Any readers out there with a better explanation?

I really don't know what to think, but I am reminded of this, from the liberal American columnist Thomas Friedman:

It's time Americans came to terms with something: France is not just an annoying ally. It is not just a jealous rival. France is becoming America's enemy.

If you add up how France behaved in the run-up to the Iraq war (making it impossible for the Security Council to put a real ultimatum to Saddam Hussein that might have avoided a war), and if you look at how France behaved during the war (when its foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, refused to answer the question of whether he wanted Saddam or America to win in Iraq), and if you watch how France is behaving today (demanding some kind of loopy symbolic transfer of Iraqi sovereignty to some kind of hastily thrown together Iraqi provisional government, with the rest of Iraq's transition to democracy to be overseen more by a divided United Nations than by America), then there is only one conclusion one can draw: France wants America to fail in Iraq.

France wants America to sink in a quagmire there in the crazy hope that a weakened United States will pave the way for France to assume its "rightful" place as America's equal, if not superior, in shaping world affairs.