Saturday, April 30, 2005

Simple As A Pomegranate

Flawless light in a darkening air
Alone...and shining there
Love will not elude you
Love is simple

I worship this tenacity
And the beautiful struggle we’re in
Love will not elude us
Love is simple

Be sure to know that
All in love
Is ours

And love, as a philosophy
Is simple

I am calm in oblivion
Calm, as I ever have been
Love will not elude me
Love is simple

Be sure to know that
All in love
Is ours...
Is ours...
That all in love
Is ours

And love, as philosophy
Is simple...
And ours...

- k.d. lang

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The Protest Warriors Are My Heroes

They dare to challenge the "Peace" Protesters so, of course, the "Peace" protesters kick their asses, and cuss at them, and tear the signs from their hands, and knock women to the ground. You know, all the "peaceful" stuff you would expect. Go watch the video.

There Were No WMD

From Atlas Shrugged:

Addendum to Report on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction- Charles Duelfer (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)

Iraq Survey Group (ISG) formed a working group to investigate the possibility of the evacuation of WMD-related material from Iraq prior to the 2003 War. The investigation centered on the possibility that WMD materials were moved to Syria. Whether Syria received military items from Iraq for safekeeping or other reasons has yet to be determined.

There was evidence of a discussion of possible WMD collaboration initiated by a Syrian security officer, and ISG received information about the movement of material out of Iraq, including the possibility that WMD was involved. In the judgment of the working group, these reports were sufficiently credible to merit further investigation. ISG was unable to complete its investigation and is unable to rule out the possibility that WMD was evacuated to Syria before the war. Firm conclusions on actual WMD movements may not be possible.

Based on evidence available at present, ISG judged that it was unlikely that an official transfer of WMD material from Iraq to Syria took place. However, ISG was unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials.

Detainee de-briefs allowed ISG to confirm the use of the chemical agent VX during the Iran-Iraq war and the use of nerve gas agent in Karbala during the Shia uprising following the 1991 war.

So far there is little evidence that either foreign jihadists operating in Iraq or Iraq insurgent groups are attracting experts from the former regime's WMD programs. There are multiple reports of Iraqis with general chemical or biological expertise helping insurgents to produce chemical or biological agents. Unidentified members of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) allegedly smuggled an Iraq rocket scientist into Iran at the request of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

The Apogee Of Moral Relativism

From Little Green Footballs:

Al-Reuters demonstrates their expertise in the art of the morally equivalent headline, in which the murderer and his victim are described in the same neutral tones: Palestinian, Israeli Killed at West Bank Roadblock.

HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian driver ran over and killed an Israeli at an army checkpoint in the West Bank on Monday before soldiers shot him dead in the latest violence to strain a de facto cease-fire, witnesses said.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Pajama Venture

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs announced this morning the start of a new venture this morning:

I have been sneaking around over the last few months, trying to turn blogs into a business. We have enlisted some others with names familiar to you with the intention of working in two areas - aggregating blogs to increase corporate advertising and creating our own professional news service.

With respect to advertising, we do not wish to go into competition with Henry Copeland’s BlogAds, which we fully support. (Some of us even have them!) We are working on another model that will sell ads en masse, not blog-by-blog. We expect this model to go live within a few weeks.

As for the Blog News Service, a lot of work needs to be done and a lot of questions answered. An editorial board consisting of Glenn Reynolds, PowerLine, Lawrence Kudlow, Hugh Hewitt, Marc Cooper, Wretchard of the Belmont Club and Tim Blair, as well as the founders, is already in place with other bloggers in many countries having signed on as contributors.

Everyone is invited to participate, if you want to make money. And who doesn't?

Anyway, I just had to throw in my two cents, so here's the comment I left:

If anyone deserves to profit from this whole blogging phenomenon, it is you, Charles. I want to tell you how much I appreciate the fact that you have not caved in to the "scandal of the week" mentality that other bloggers are using as a way to get themselves media opportunites.

There are also bloggers who are clogging up the very top of their page with huge ads for credit cards and crap (and you all know who I am talking about).

At some point, the blog becomes secondary, doesn't it?

I believe bloggers ought to be able to make a living (after all we're not communists :), but I also believe that we need to protect the ideal of what blogging is; it is Democracy in action.
I, for one, promise to never sell my voice.

More On The "Book Tag"

After having thought about it more, I decided that I had to add Franny and Zooey (J.D. Salinger) and Beloved (Toni Morrison) to my list.

Any one of the books I mentioned have, at one time, been "my favorite book."

Another book I am tempted to mention is The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy. It's never been "my favorite" but I do think it is profound.

This is pretty fun. The more I think about it, the more I want to think about it.

Other books that have, at one time been my favorite books include:

The Baseball Life Of Sandy Koufax (I was a kid, but the book shaped me)

Wilt: Just Like Any Other Black, Seven-Foot Millionaire Who Lives Next Door (Just a kid, but again yes, it shaped me)

The Grapes Of Wrath (I was thirteen when I read this. This book made me a liberal.)

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by Tolkien.

Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzche. (As far as I am concerned, there are two ways of looking at the world. Either you see the world through the prism of The Bible, or you see it through the prism of Thus Spake Zarathrustra. It's as if the world were an optical illusion.)

Love and Will by Rollo May. (This book was the beginning of the healing that I needed after reading Nietzche.)

And one book I want to mention, while at the same time recognizing that it probably does not deserve to be canonized, is Memnoch The Devil by Anne Rice. There are parts of that book which are truly classic. Basically, Memnoch The Devil builds off Milton's Paradise Lost (it also has a little similarity to the opening passage - about the angels and God - of The Silmarillion. )Anne Rice wonderfully imagines the relationship between Satan and God. And I mean wonderfully. The flaw of the book is it's denial of Original Sin. But, even that, taken in context, is not a flaw, because, of course, Satan would deny Original Sin as well.

There is a possibility that Memnoch The Devil might actually be classic literature, but I am not the one to make such a call. This could just be my oddball opinion. I am an oddball, after all.

One of the truly fascinating (well, to me anyway) things about having participated in this meme is that I have to confront the fact that,

1) while I spend an inordinate amount of time reading,


2) while I really believe that God created the world with The Word,

I do not really believe that the words written by people are very accurate. And some of the most "accurate" writers (Proust, Brodkey, Sartre) do not give much in the way of wisdom. It's as if one of the curses of the Fall was a disconnect between language and creation.

Poetry and Music, for all their lack of specificity, seem to be more accurate in describing life.

UPDATE: Jaymarie wrote in with a good question. What do I mean by "accurate." Sorry, that was rather cryptic. By accurate, I mean that the writer describes their subject in great detail, or with great specificity as to the details.

I used two other words in a cryptic manner. So, I'll try to define them.

1) Rigor: not making mistakes with the details. This is different from accuracy, because in literature there exists a little thing called the poetic license. In other words, detail can be inaccurate to reality as long as long as it is not completely incongruous to reality. Rigor has more to do with the logic of the ideas presented and less to do with the specificity of the details. In other words rigor is logical accuracy of the details with which the book puts forth it's ideas.

2) Tightness: a book is tight if all it's details, rigorous or not, fit together like a puzzle. The book Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, is one of the tightest books this side of Shakespeare, but it's argument (and it is an argument) is absolutely devoid of rigor.

I'll be you TVD will write in and tell me I just restated something from Plato or Aristotle.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Annex Mexico Movement

From the Astute Blogger:

A local Spanish-language TV News station put up a now NOTORIOUS billboard which proclaimed that Los Angeles is part of Mexico. Michele Malkin HAS ALL THE LINKS.

Many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans (typified by the organizations MECHA and La Raza) BELIEVE that California - and Texas, if not the whole southwest of the USA - are "rightly" theirs, as if they were somehow "stolen" in the middle of the night by some underhanded act of American trickery. They "proudly" call the territory "Aztlan" as if it was an ancient Mexican nation or Hispano-Mestizo homeland.This is not true. As David Orland wrote:

As a matter of fact, the American Southwest was not, as MEChA claims, “stolen” from Mexico. Following the Mexican-American War, the government of Mexico legally ceded this territory to the United States (by the Treaty of Guadalupe de Hidalgo, 1848). Nor has there ever been any place called “Aztlan” on American soil, much less a “Nation of Aztlan.”
Invented 30 years ago by radical Latino activists, the Nation of Atzlan has more in common with Atlantis than with Israel. [...]
MEChA plans for the American Southwest is to be a peaceful one — at least for the time being. By supporting continued high levels of Mexican immigration to the United States, MEChA hopes to achieve by sheer weight of numbers what the U.S. government long ago achieved by force of arms: the re-partition of the American Southwest. To this end, MEChA endorses a cocktail of pro-immigration policies. These include open borders, government benefits (including the right to vote and obtain drivers licenses) for non-citizens, amnesty for illegal aliens, dual citizenship, state recognition of Spanish as an official language, and racial set-asides in education and corporate hiring.

The membership of MECHA includes many prominent Democrat polticians, and the Democat Party panders for the "Aztlan"/Mexican-American vote by supporting policies which aid the accomplishemnt of the "reconquesta" goals.

SO: If you want California and the southwest to remain American and part of America, you'd better stop supporting Democrtas, and start supporting ONLY those politicians who want a HALT to illegal immigration, and who would ONLY a continuance of legal immigration which inlcudes ASSIMILIATION.

Which means it's time for the USA to adopt English as our official/legal language and demand that ALL government agencies and all election ballots ONLY BE AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH. We should DEMAND that Congress re-introduce - AND THAT BUSH SIGN INTO LAW "The English Language Unity Act of 2001" which if enacted, would require "nearly all federal official government business to be conducted in English, and all documents to be printed in English, while protecting individual constitutional rights. Exceptions would include documents to protect public health and safety, law enforcement, court translations and tourism."

If America continues its lax policies - allowing "Immigration without assimilation" then America is committing cultural suicide. We MUSTN'T let Mexicans do to us what Muslims are doing to Holland and France and Europe: conquer it by insidious invasion of their underclass and by the ensuing demographics.

I think we should fight fire with fire. If they want to give voice to the idea of taking over the Southwest through a population invasion, then I say we give voice to the idea of annexing Mexico.

The truth is, whenever Vincente Fox talks with George Bush, the most important item on his agenda is how he can go about exporting more of his citizens to the United States. That is the policy of a bankrupt government. A government whic is no longer capable of taking care of it's citizens.

Since Mexico has been proven to be incapable of governing itself, I think we should annex the whole country and make it part of the United States. This way, everybody will be happy. They get to be citizens our country, and we get to "exploit" their natural resources. You know, they've got a lot of oil. Maybe we won't have to invade anymore Middle Eastern countries.


I'd love to hear the comments of other bloggers on this idea.

Book Tag

PapiJoe over at the excellent Marlowe's Shade, has tagged me with a Meme. I'm not feeling very comfortable with Memes these days


but I'll participate, because this meme doesn't look as tiresome as the other one. Here goes:

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

I don't really understand the question because I've never read Farenheit 451. I'll answer the best I can. Let's see, a book I'd want to be? I know Papijoe said the Bible. That's a good answer, and I ought to try that. I'm afraid I don't follow The Bible very well much of the time.

You know, when I think about it, I find that I don't have as much respect for the written word as I should. Generally, I think it's rare that authors touch the sublime. I'll just mention some stuff I have liked.

The opening passage of Henry Miller's Sexus is filled with energy and is a loving, but brutal celebration of life.

Moby Dick is one of my favorite novels, and one of the strangest reads you'll ever find. It's also funny as hell, if you're willing to roll with it.

I very much enjoyed Douglas Coupland's Life After God. What happens to people who live in a post-God culture? They long for God, of course. Douglas Coupland's writing sometimes lacks subtelty, and I wouldn't say he's the tightest storyteller or the most rigorous thinker, but he does touch the ineffable sometimes.

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway, in which the author turns the entire Hemingway mythos upside down. An amazing book, especially if you think you already understand Hemingway.

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. What happens when a couple walks away from every last vestige of Western Civilization?

A Distant Episode by Paul Bowles: Short stories. My favorites being Tapiama, The Circular Valley, The Echo, and The Delicate Prey. Paul Bowles elegantly captures the what happens at the border of Western Civilization and chaos.

Beloved by Toni Morrison. This book perfectly captures the atrocity of slavery, and yet somehow transcends the subject and becomes a universal story.

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. I never grow up, so this story of crossing the border from adolesence into adulthood remains ever relevant.

It seems to me all these books could, with just a bit of added context and a little bit of enforced brevity, be made part of the Bible itself.

And then there are three poets I love:

The Prelude by William Wordsworth

North American Sequence by Theodore Roethke

The Rock by Wallace Stevens

I always feel completely incapable of analyzing poetry. I hope it will suffice if I just say that all three of these men spent their time trying to capture the eternity which unfolds outward from certain transcendant moments here in life. Somehow they managed to do it.

Interesting to note that, with the exception of Shakespeare, all the writers I mention are Americans

Anyway, enough of books. What I really love is music. If I had to be a piece of art, I would be music.

- The Vienna Concert by Keith Jarrett
Perhaps the most amazing piece of music I have ever heard, in terms of being improvisational and yet almost perfectly constructed, and even symphonic in essence, is Keith Jarrett's The Vienna Concert. It is solo piano, but Jarrett's technique makes it symphonic.

Track 1 (which is untitled) is the masterpiece. It is forty-five minutes long, and requires considerable emotional investment, so make sure you have time, and mindspace. You can't just pop it on the CD player and do the laundry. You need to participate in this music. The piece is in three parts.

In the first part a simple and beautiful melody blooms out of just a few notes. The melody, which is sweetly satisfying develops nicely, but always seems to elude resolution. The first part evolves into tension which builds over an alternating two-chord drone. The drone has an interior quality to it, as of anxiety building within oneself.

But this anxiety explodes outward and suddenly we find ourselves confronted with the roiling, careening modern world. Phantasms of sound jump out at you like furies. Anger and confusion are palpable. At some point the roiling drone of Jarrett's playing become pantonal, and the music exists solely on the level of sound for a suspended moment. Somehow, Jarrett creates an almost industrial sound with his piano. Then, suddenly a hint of tonality is reintroduced were and spreads across the dark sky in triumph.

The final part of the piece is a glorious processional of redemption. Even more than a redemption, it is a transfiguration.

- In Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part
Another sublime piece of music. It is profoundly sad. Starting with just the pure tone of a bell, Part builds outward across the harmonic spectrum, once again increasing in tension, only to resolve in the pure tone of a bell. There is no redemption in this music, although Part is a devout Eastern Orthodox Christian, because this is the sound of a man mourning the loss of a loved one.

- John and Mary by Jaco Pastorius
This piece is a celebration in music, and includes the voices and giggles of his young children as he teases them at the beginning of the track. Featuring steel drums, choir, island rhythms, strings arranged beautifully by Jaco, and the mans stellar bass playing, this track is a ceremony of innocence, a feast of glory.

I guess I could go on and on. And I would like to, but I should probably get to the other questions.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Is Norah Jones a fictional character?

The last book you bought was:

Eurabia by Bat Ye'or

The last book you read was:

The Winds of War/War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk.

What are you currently reading?

Eurabia and The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard.

Five books you would take with you to a Desert Island:

1) The Bible (The story we find ourselves in.)

2) The Book of Common Prayer (1928 Edition) (I find it comforting.)

3) Complete Works of Shakespeare (Do I need to say why?)

4) The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (Papijoe said he's reading this now. I started it once, and it seemed like the kind of book you could read and reread.) or Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

5) Ball Four by Jim Bouton (somehow I think I might need this to keep in touch with my sanity)

Who will you be tagging with this meme?

You know what? Just because I would love to know what makes the guy tick, I'm sending it to Wretchard at the Belmont Club, on the offhand chance that he will answer.

Jaymarie at Pond Ripple.

And my good buddy IraqWarWrong at The Iraq War Was Wrong Blog.

UPDATE II: I don't know why I didn't think of TVD, at Philosodude, in first place. Sorry about that, bro. It's pretty clear he has digested much of the literary canon.

Oh yes, and I have added The Anchoress to my list as well.

Chirac Says, "Let Them Eat Cake"

This is a post from CUANAS, dated March 30, 2004. I just had to bring it up again.

I was cruising the internet, checking out stories, and I came across this.

Jacques Chirac, President of France, went to Tunisia and elucidated the Chirac Doctrine on Human Rights.

Chirac's talks with President Zine AlAbidine Ben Ali on the Middle East and the global war on terrorism were overshadowed by the case of Tunisian rights lawyer Radia Nasraoui, on hunger strike since October 15.

On the second and final day of Chirac's state visit, Nasraoui slammed statements by the French president glossing over Tunisia's rights record.

Referring to the hunger-striking lawyer, detained over her human rights advocacy and denunciation of torture, Chirac said on Wednesday: "We also have people in France who are staging hunger strikes, who have staged hunger strikes and who will doubtless stage hunger strikes in the future."

"The first human right is to eat, to be cared for, to receive an education and to have housing. From this point of view, we must remember that Tunisia is more advanced than many countries."

But Nasraoui reacted furiously on Thursday, telling AFP that "Mr Chirac told us in essence: eat up and shut up.

Chirac needs a refresher course on Democracy and The Rights of The People, for God's sake. Two centuries after the French people chauffered their queen to her rendevouz with the 72 virgins, Chirac goes to Tunisia and pulls a Marie Antoinette on them. There is something very sick about France, if they have a President who thinks "the first human right is to eat."

What about freedom of speech, religion, right to own property, the right to vote, etc?

As my man the dissidentfrogman said,

"To eat, , to be cared for, to receive an education and to have housing", is not 'the first of the human rights', but the UberStatist's dream. "Please, do shut up. All you need is a food voucher and see, I'm the one who delivers. Here you go, stop complaining."

Florida Islamic Center Invites Neo-Nazi To Speak

From Front Page Magazine:

On April 30, the Assidiq Islamic Educational Foundation (AIEF), an Islamic center in Boca Raton, is hosting an event commemorating the “prophet” Mohammed at the Boca Marriott Hotel. The featured speaker for the event is William Baker, a man whose anti-Jewish works and statements have won him accolades throughout the white supremacist movement.

In 1984, Baker was Chairman of the Populist Party, a Neo-Nazi organization founded by Holocaust denier Willis Carto. Baker’s book,
Theft of a Nation, sports a cover depicting a Jew carrying, on his back, a container holding the state of Israel, which Baker claims in his book the Jews stole from the Palestinians. Baker writes: “The entire country of Palestine has been ‘taken’ by political Zionists, and it would seem the entire world has believed, supported and participated in the ‘theft’ of an entire country from an entire nation.”

Why would the AIEF choose to bring a notorious anti-Semite like Baker to an event in an area that houses a very large Jewish population? A glimpse at the center’s background and ideology may provide some answers.

On the
Audio Library section of Assidiq’s website, along with an animated graphic of dripping blood (apparently taken from another site glorifying the barbaric custom of pounding oneself over the head with swords until blood flows), there are a series of (what used to be) downloadable lectures made by Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini. In one dated February 12, 2005, titled “The concept of war through an Islamic perspective,” Al-Qazwini said the following:

“And until today, people do not seem to be able to forget what happened on [September 11, 2001]. It’s very hurtful. But who suffered the most after that attack? Immediately, if you turned on a TV set, and they started mentioning the names of those who were involved in the attack, the Muslims and American Muslims started suffering right away...The American Muslims were suffering the most, and they’re still suffering. They’re not comfortable. And that is because of the lack of understanding of Islam in this country. Brothers and sisters, this is our country.”

He continues: “Thus rule number one, fight for the sake of Allah. Who must you fight? Those who start the war against you. Those who establish the war against you. Those who initiate the war against the Muslims. Then you are allowed to defend yourself...If you are attacked, you ought to defend...Permission has been given to those fighters whom have been forced, have seen injustice, have seen wrongdoing, have seen oppression and occupation. Then, they are given the permission to fight and to defend themselves and let them know that Allah will assist them to victory.”

Since Al-Qazwini believes that Muslims—inside and outside America—have been wronged following the 9/11 attacks, does he also believe that Muslims should fight “for the sake of Allah” against America, a country that Al-Qazwini claims for Muslims?

In the same speech, Al-Qazwini discusses the issue of martyrdom in Islam. He uses the terms “shahada” and “shaheed,” which are also the Arabic words used to describe suicide bombers in Iraq and the Palestinian territories.

He states: “Shahada is equivalent to a very very important degree in Islam. The shaheed is not washed. The body of a shaheed is not washed. The shaheed is [pure/exempt from washing]. Thus he is placed in his grave immediately after he dies, because the shaheed is a purified figure. Not anybody that dies can be given the title of a shaheed. The shaheed is chosen by Allah, and the prophet is chosen by Allah. Those two people. Less not anybody can go and become a shaheed, brothers and sisters.”

With this information in mind, it’s no wonder that the Assidiq Islamic Educational Foundation issued a
disclaimer on its website warning viewers that the center is not “liable for damages of any kind arising out of [one’s] use of [the center’s website]” just in case one would want to go off and start a jihad or become a shaheed.

One final bit of information discovered within Al-Qazwini’s February 2005 lecture may very well unveil the real answer as to why the Nazi sympathizer William Baker was invited to the center’s upcoming event. In his speech, Al-Qazwini matter-of-factly states, “Before Islam, there were the idol worshippers, the Christians and the Jews.”

On the flier announcing the April 30 AIEF event, which refers to Baker as an “outstanding figure,” the Mayor of Boca Raton and the Mayor of Coral Springs were listed as “Guests of Honor.” Following numerous complaints via phone and e-mail, both Mayors
expressed their anger at their titles being used and have stated that they have no intention of partaking in the event. Summarily, the Mayors were deleted from the flier, but they are still listed as ‘Guests of Honor’ on Assidiq’s website.
... some of the previous guests at the center (including numerous members of Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini’s family):

Dr. Sayed Mustafa Al-Qazwini, the founder and Director of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County

In a speech entitled “
Challenges facing Muslims,” the Al-Qazwini, uncle of AIEF founder and lead Imam Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini, tries to explain away the Qur’anic verse, “O you who believe, do not take the Jews and Christians as friends.” (Al Ma’idah, Surah 5:51)

Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini, the leader of the Islamic Center of America in Detroit

In a speech he gave, dated March 12, 2004, he
discussed how Jews react to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He stated: “The Jews want the world today -- those who made a big issue out of [the film, The Passion of the Christ] -- they want someone to come up and say ‘Jesus was not crucified by the Jews. [sarcastically] It was aliens, who came from outer space who abducted him, and they crucified him.’ You cannot deny historic facts. Even though that we Muslims believe that it wasn’t Jesus who was crucified...[The Jews] thought that Jesus was in the business competition with them. If people would follow him, nobody would go to them. They would go out of business. That’s why they decided to conspire against him.”

In an October 2004
speech to mark the beginning of Ramadhan, Al-Qazwini described how Judaism and Christianity are lower forms of humanity than Islam, Judaism being the lowest. He stated: “Generally, human being [sic] goes through his or her life through certain stages -- infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood -- as when you start your education, you go to an elementary school, then you move to high school, then you go to university, get your degree and find a job. This is how the entire humanity did. It was, in the beginning, preventive teachings. And then there was Judaism. And then, when the humanity advanced, there was Christianity. And now, when the humanity had advanced one more step, Islam came to be the universal, the university.”

In a news article that came out in The Boston Globe, dated October 23, 2000, it was reported that, during a lecture he was giving inside a university classroom, Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini had “
expressed...hostility towards Jews.”

Provided all of the above statements, this hostility seems evident in much of the Al-Qazwini family. It exhibits a pattern of prejudice and bigotry aimed at those that are not of the Islamic faith, primarily those that are Jewish.

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Hitler's Mountain Home

What should we think when we find such outrageous anti-Semitism in the Turkish media? Read the following and think about the sheer volume of hatred being spilled in article after article. From Memri, via Little Green Footballs:

"[…] Sami Celik, the owner of Emre Publications, who recently printed 31,000 copies told Aksam newspaper on February 27, 2005: 'Following our research and observations, we thought that Mein Kampf would be a book that would be sought after and read by the public. […] Mein Kampf was [indeed] affected by [recent] developments and its sale figures peaked.' [4]
As a matter of fact it has become a sort of handbook for the [electorate] base of MHP [the ultra-nationalist 'National Movement Party'] and 'Genc Parti' [the Youth Party]. Some claim that it is very popular among the students at police academies.

"In the same newspaper [Aksam] we read sociologist Prof. Mustafa Erkal who said: 'Reading Hitler is a reaction. Israel's policies and goals cause a reaction. Naturally, people get curious about Hitler's antisemitism and want to learn more about what he did and wanted to do.'
What our academician failed to say is the fact that in Turkey, as in the rest of the world, animosity toward the Jews, that disgusting form of racism called antisemitism, is fast growing and causing the increased interest for Mein Kampf.

Columnist Arslan Tekin of the nationalist-Islamic daily Yenicağ, wrote in an article titled 'Yes, Mein Kampf should be taught in schools:' "Everybody should read it, and should learn the reasons why Hitler came about." [5]

11 days later, Tekin wrote in his column in Yenicağ: [6] "Can a Hitler rise in America? It can happen… What was [true] for Germany before Hitler came to power is [now] exceedingly true for America. Big banks, big TV organs, big newspapers, all the tools that can trap the public opinion are in the hands of the Jews… Politics is run by them too.

"Hey Jews! The world cannot bear to have another Hitler [because of you]. Your disproportionate [presence]; your recklessness; your daring to burn the world for [even] one Jew, makes the American people and everyone in the world ask the question: 'what's happening here?' Do you know how the US is seen now? [It looks like] the biggest Jewish empire of the world. […]

"I, like everyone else, am seeing this situation… Hitler's Mein Kampf must be read especially by the Jews.

"A madman like Hitler does not just come about [without a reason]… The book which you define as 'nonsense' has set the world on fire. The Jews should think about the reasons [why]."

"Hitler Was a Man of Foresight"

Abdurrahim Karakoç, a columnist at the Islamic newspaper Vakit praised Hitler: [7]

"[…] It is impossible not to admire the foresight of Adolph Hitler, who is presented to public opinion as 'racist, sadistic, and monstrous.' Way back then, Hitler foresaw what would happen these [present] days. He cleansed off these swindler Jews, who believe in racism for a religion and take pleasure in bathing the world in blood, because he knew that they would become [this] big a curse for the world.

"[…] Hitler indeed was a man of foresight […] So Hitler did the job, yet Israel is presented to the world public opinion as the innocent victim.

In reaction to a Wall Street Journal article by Robert Pollock [8] [on the rising anti-Americanism in Turkey] columnist Serdar Kuru wrote in the nationalist Turkish daily Ortadoğu: [9]

"[Pollock's] article determines that Turkey is becoming a paranoid third world country. And the reason they think we are paranoid is the widespread belief among Turks that America is [nothing but a] toy in the hands of Jews who have designs of aggression against Turkey.
The author of the article seems to be annoyed at the exposure of the Jewish identities of the American Ambassador Edelman and later of [Douglas] Feith during his visit [to Turkey].

"[…] In reality it is clear who ordered this poor shooter [Robert Pollock, WSJ] to write this article […] Our problem is with the Zionist Jews who have grabbed every corner in America and the Evangelist Christians that they [the Jews] feed, who plan [together] to set on fire the whole world and our country. The ones who are disturbed by people, who oppose their plans, are the same ones who prepare these plans.

" The Wall Street Journal, where this article was published belongs to the Dow Jones Corporation. Peter R. Kahn, the head of Dow Jones is Jewish and is a member of CFR. This man's wife Karen House is the head of the Wall Street Journal. She too is Jewish and a member of CFR. Mrs. Karen is also the director of RAND, the think tank that prepared the world domination plans for the Bush team.

As you can see my friends, the reactions to the Turkish attitude towards American and Zionist expansionisms are not objective […] they are coming from the Zionists themselves.

"Is it our fault that behind every immorality, incitement, conspiracy and filth there is a Zionist ? Couldn't you send to Turkey people other than the Jew Edelman and the Jew Feith? […]"

In the leftist-liberal daily Radikal, Murat Necip Arman wrote: [10]

"The discussions we are having now are almost identical to the ones they had in Germany during the 1930's. At those days the press articles were not openly targeting the non-Germanic races yet, but were often arguing that they [the Jews] dominated the economy and that they were conducting [secret] activities that would ruin the fiber of the German society.[…]

"On New Year's Eve, in a TV channel which does not feel the need to hide its ties to a [Turkish] political party, it was recounted at great length that the Jews are a cursed people and that for this reason it was obligatory for the Muslims to eradicate them [the Jews]. […] it should not be forgotten that to openly say such a sentence constitutes a crime. […]
While this neo-antisemitism is recklessly manifested in almost all media organs, in the eyes of the masses Israel's aggression towards Palestinians provides justification for such a dangerous kind of racism.
"As I said, what we have here [in Turkey] presents similarities with Germany of the 1930's. I hope common sense prevails in Turkey and this dangerous trend does not lead to frightening results. […]

Upon the German Government's decision to ban the publication of the Turkish Islamic daily Vakit in Germany, a columnist at Vakit, Hüseyin Üzmez, wrote:

"[…] It is true that persecution [of Jews] by Hitler is much exaggerated. We are sick and tired of [listening to] stories of the inhuman persecution and torture he committed against the Jews. It is said that Hitler himself was a Jew… that he committed cruelty only to force the Jews to migrate from Europe to Palestine … and that it was the Israeli Zionists who dictated these acts upon him, at the time they were founding Israel.
Two great powers (money and media) are in Jewish hands. The 'treacherous local collaborators' and some international organizations are also in their command.

"All humanity knows the fact that they [the Jews] are unequalled in [their] lobbying [skills]. With all this power and the tools, they can make or break anyone. […] Who can oppose them?
We saw the best example of this in what the German Interior Minister did to our newspaper Vakit. Against all the European human rights agreements, German police was putting pressure on our paper. We were in the midst of a judicial process. Our paper was illegally shut down […] Then the German Interior Minister interfered. He banned our paper. […] This was a [perfect] example of execution without a trial. […]
"[…] the German Interior Minister, who was so angry at us because we said 'Hitler had not killed six million Jews,' cannot be German. We are very curious to know whether he is a Jew?"

Columnist Yusuf Kaplan of the Islamic Yeni Şafak writes:

"Jewish paranoia ( = fanaticism) is a phenomenon found in Jews that is an integral part of their character, blood and soul. Since paranoia is the form of Jewish existence and self- expression, they have never refrained from exposing it at every occasion, in the past and the present.

"[…] the Jewish paranoia can reach barbaric, cruel and inhuman dimensions […]

"Jewish paranoia has determined the color and the shape of our times. What keeps this paranoia alive is the power that the Jews possess [which enables them] to shape and direct the politics, economies and cultures of especially the western countries.

"[…] Jews also rule the Western universities and world media. […]

"Jewish desire to dominate everything in the Western countries, and the way they easily and arrogantly exploit organizations and individuals to serve Jewish interests, may end up causing a short circuit within the democratic institutions of the West.
Their nosy interference with everything, and their actions beyond the reach of their size, have already started to draw serious reactions in the Western countries. Because the Jewish paranoia is blown to extreme, forced and artificial dimensions, it can explode any day and take care of them [the Jews] and cost them dearly."

In his article titled 'Globalization Projects and Nationalists' Israfil Kumbasar of the nationalist-Islamic daily Yenicağ, summarizes a lecture by Mehmet Gül
[13] at a recent [pan-Turkic] Turan Cultural Foundation's meeting: [14]

"[…] The only 'secret' power behind the globalization project are the Jews and the masons!...

"The 'Jewish Zionists whose goal is the 'total Jewish domination of the world' claim that a 'messiah' will come down from the sky and will build the 'World Kingdom'!...

"The same expectation is widely shared by the 'Christian Zionists' who accept all that the 'Old Testament' says!... The Christian Zionists believe that all humanity will become Christian with the coming of Jesus, the 'son of God'!...

"The Neo-Con representatives of Evangelism that amalgamates the 'Christian Zionism' and the 'Jewish Zionism' are ruling America now!...[…] they are looking for 'sacred allies' in the Islamic world, who will serve their purposes!...

"In recent years some communities with 'messianic views' are appearing within the Islamic world […] !...

"[…] We can understand the games played on the Muslim world if we learn that the 'Wahhabism' which originated in Saudi Arabia is plotted by the 'masons' to 'leave the Muslims behind.'
Bahaism, Kadianism […] and other 'messiah waiting' Muslim communities all help serve 'the new world order'!... […] it seems that these 'Zionist Muslims' will soon say that 'greater Israel' is the will of the great architect of the universe'!... The Muslim Turks who follow them will only see the realities when it is too late and our lands between the Euphrates and the Tigris will already be in Israeli hands.

"[…] 'Messianic belief' is a 'Zionist trap' for all humanity! […]"

Two days ago, I wrote a post on the Jihadi origins of the Armenian genocide, wherein I said the following:

I am truly worried that many in the Islamic world today would commit genocide against the Jews if they could. The question immediately arises, "Well, if they would, then why don't they?" I can only answer with another question, "How would they?" They would have to move against Israel. Arab countries have tried on several occasions to make war on Israel with humiliating results. So, apparently, traditional war is not going to work. What I am concerned with is nuclear war.

I recongnize that, when I say such things, I sound alarmist. But, look at the sheer number of articles translated in this dispatch from Memri. It would be frightening enough if just one article of this nature got into a mainstream paper.

I started CUANAS a little over three years ago when I began noticing such vile propaganda popping up in media around the world. It may be hard to believe, but I rarely thought about the subject of anti-Semitism prior to just a few years ago.

I am a father, a husband, a musician, and a businessman. When I think about it, out of the countless number of people I consider friends, only four are Jews. I work primarily with Christians, I play music primarily with Christians, and I hang out primarily with Christians. I write this only to make it clear that CUANAS is not an organization initiated or "controlled" by Jews. One member of CUANAS is Jewish, the rest are not.

That I spend my time writing articles on the subject of anti-Semitism is a surprise to me. What an odd thing for me to do. But, how could I not? Given history, and the menace of the propaganda above, it seems obvious to me that there is a danger of another Holocaust.

And yet the mainstream media rarely reports on this issue.

And who am I, you might ask? I am no one special.

Just remember, though, the world ignored the Nazi's rise to power as well. The press and politicians of the thirties fell all over themselves telling the people of Western Europe, and the United States, that we didn't have to worry about Hitler.

In fact, in 1938 Homes And Gardens Magazine featured an article on "Hitler's Mountain Home," describing Hitler as a gentleman squire living in stylish surroundings in the Bavarian Alps.

I believe we are seeing the same kind of dynamic at work today. The world burns and the media tells us everything is ok. We need to understand that our leaders do not always like to face facts.

We are presented with two messages. The first is from me me, telling you that the Jihad is widespread and the Arab media means what it says, and the second is from the media, saying that the Jihad is being waged by a "tiny minority of extremists." We need to carefully consider history before deciding which message to believe.

Islamofascists Murder Female Politician In Iraq

From Reuters:

GUNMEN have shot dead a member of Iraq's parliament outside her house in Baghdad, Iraqi police said.They identified the victim as Lame'a abed Khadawi, a member of caretaker Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's political party.
The attack occurred in front of her home in eastern Baghdad.

She is believed to be the first person in the 275-member National Assembly to be killed. The assembly was formed after elections on January 30 this year.
Insurgents and gunmen have targeted politicians in the past. The former head of the Iraqi Governing Council, the predecessor to the interim government, was assassinated in a car bombing in May last year. Earlier this month, Allawi survived an assassination attempt when his convoy was attacked by a car bomber.

Iraq's parliament had met for several hours earlier today to discuss its rules and regulations and other issues. It was also expected to vote on a proposed cabinet, the next step in the formation of a new government.

The parliament meets in the heavily-fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad and prominent MPs are often given police escorts around the capital to protect against the risk of assassination attempts.

Khadawi was one of about 90 women elected to the assembly in January. By law, a third of the candidates on party lists had to be women.

As I've said before, women's rights are the biggest and best reason for fighting the War on Terror. Women are, literally, treated as slaves in much of the Islamic world. We must put a stop to that state of affairs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Christian United Against the New Anti-Semitism
Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation


America Was Founded On Intolerance
According to Al Gore

From Little Green Footballs:

“What makes it so dangerous for our country is their willingness to do serious damage to our American democracy in order to satisfy their lust for one-party domination of all three branches of government,” Gore said of the GOP in a speech. “They seek nothing less than absolute power.” ...

“This aggressive new strain of right-wing religious zealotry is actually a throwback to the intolerance that led to the creation of America in the first place,” Gore said as many in the audience stood and applauded. The speech was sponsored by the liberal group MoveOn’s political action committee.

To think this man was almost our President.

Israel: The High Tech, Multi-Cultural Middle-Eastern Country

A little well-deservedd rah-rah for Israel, from Atlas Shrugged:

Muhammed is the most popular boys' name in Israel, but Americans might not know that, even if they are frequent readers and viewers of news reports from the Middle East.

Donna Rosenthal included that factoid in her book, "The Israelis: Ordinary People in an
Extraordinary Land," which she wrote, she says, to change the perceptions some people have about Israel.

"I was not Sephardic, like I thought I was," said Iller Abramob, 21, of Forest Hills. "The things I learned about Israelis and Jews really affected me a lot. I didn't know that Israelis invented the Pentium chip and firewalls for computers."

Rosenthal, a former journalism professor, spent five years writing her book, compiling interviews from Israelis from all walks of life. In it, she writes about Arab Christians who run a daring, Cosmopolitan-style Arabic magazine, and points out that Arab Israelis are the most affluent and best educated of all Israelis.

"I decided to write this book to let Israeli people speak in their own words and smash stereotypes," the author said. In the book, she said, "you hear from Christian Jews, Arab Jews, Muslim Jews. These are the voices you don't hear on television."

The book - published in the fall of 2003 and now in its fifth printing - reveals that most Jews in Israel are of Middle Eastern descent, and that the nation is the Middle East's only country with a growing Christian population.

Rosenthal has been crisscrossing the U.S. lecturing college students about her book, which is filled with interviews with Israelis in their 20s and 30s and addresses issues ranging from homosexuality to Christmas.

Rosenthal said despite the fact that Israel receives more media coverage than China, India and all of Africa combined, Americans know very little about the country.

Just 18% of Jewish Americans have visited Israel, she notes.

Israelis Introduce Touch-Typing to Arab World by David Brinn

Most people take touch-typing on their keyboards for granted. But for Arabic-speaking students, a differently configured keyboard with Arabic characters has meant that traditional methods to teach touch-typing weren't applicable.

This has all changed since Israeli company Sight & Sound developed the world's first touch-typing course in Arabic. They've successfully tested the course in a pilot program in Israeli Arab schools and hope to market it soon to the rest of the Arab world.

What Is An "Honor Killing?"

From Little Green Footballs:

Amman - A Jordanian man shot dead his divorced sister after seeing her photo on his friend’s camera-equipped cellphone in the latest “honour” killing in the kingdom, hospital officials said Monday.

The unidentified man shot the 31-year-old mother twice in the head Sunday night and then turned himself in to police saying he committed the murder to “cleanse his family’s honour”.

The incident is the fifth example of a so-called honour killing in Jordan this year. Those found guilty usually face sentences of a maximum of one year in jail under Jordanian law.

Last month, a man stabbed his sister to death after finding out she had agreed an unofficial marriage with a man who subsequently disappeared.

At least 19 women lost their lives in honour killings in Jordan last year, according to the local press.

State-Sponsored Terrorism in Morocco

From the Eurabian Times:

Terrorism and Islamism as tools of Moroccan politics

Whig has kindly translated another article from Libertad Digital:


Most of the arrested of the 11-M massacre are Moroccan subjects. But only this fact doesn’t say anything about the guiltiness of the Morocco Sultan and its despotic system of power (the Majzen). But between the murder of the opposition leader Ben Barka in Paris (1965) and the murder of Hicham Mandai in Malaga (2004), the Sultan and its Majzen have developed very close and turbid links with the Islamism and terrorism.

Shabiba al Islamiya (Islamic Youth) was known by the murder of the Hassan II leftist opponent, Omar Benjelún. The Shabiba was a movement inspired in the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. This was the first Fundamentalist Organization in the Maghreb: it was founded in 1969. Three years after was legalized by Hassan II.
In 1975 Morocco took terrorism groups to the Spanish Sahara, groups that put some bombs in El Aaiun and produced several victims. As Spain was not delivering Sahara “ Those actions had it result, the “Rodriguez” (Zapatero) of those times, called Carlos Arias Navarro, delivered the Sahara to Morocco in “Madrid Agreements” on November 1975.

That situation was frustrated by the unexpected resistance of Polisario Front helped by Algeria. The Islamism had a very efficient and discreet ally, the sultan of Morocco, when his growth started in Algeria (in 1991) and his choice was the terrorism way.

This is not a speculation: this is something confessed (after falling into disgrace) by the Morocco Home Office Minister, Driss Basri (very powerful vizier in the last twenty year of Hassan II era). The arms used by GIA (main terrorist group in Algeria) came from Morocco. Morocco was also was the shelter of those terrorists that escaped from Algerie after their massacres… and Morocco took advantage from the GIA terrorism goals.

One of the objectives was to weak Algerie who was the main support to Polisario Front in those days, and also to kill some of its leaders.

To face the internal and external problems, Hassan II asked Arab Saudi for help. This country financed the expensive Sahara wall (a 2.000 kilometre wall rounded of 4 millions of mines and kept by 120.000 soldiers) to get back their help to expand the religious influence of Wahabism in Morocco. Thus, the Wahabism (the Ben Laden ideology) started to expand it through the country.

In May 2003 a fanatic Islamists influenced by the Wahabism provoked several terrorist outrages in Marrakech, with tens of deads. One of the survivor terrorist confessed that the group was infiltrated by the Secret Service of Morocco.

The Spanish position has changed since 11-M. The government of Morocco didn’t collaborated strongly with the investigation of the facts (till now there is no answer from their side to the Spanish question to get the identity of those who received last calls made to Morocco by the 11-M terrorists).
Even with no proofs, it’s very disturbing that some of the components of the “Asturias plot” 11-M talk about some trips to Morocco in 2001, when the newspaper of the main Moroccan political party (the Istiqlal) recommended the support of Morocco to ETA as “punishment” to the Spanish support to the Polisario Front.
In December 2001* Rodriguez Zapatero, PSOE leader, had a secret interview with Mohamed VI, excluding to the Spanish ambassador (*Then the Aznar PP was in power).

Moratinos, the current Spanish Foreign Affaires Secretary said last July 2004, that if we don’t want have another 11-M, we should give in to the demands of Morocco in the Sahara subject. This declaration is especially interesting for two reasons: because Moratinos said that he had “information” after the 11-M, that the perpetrators were Islamists and because Lamari and the “friend” of Huarte, Benesmail, are members of the Algerian GIA.

(Bold in the translation.)

That's a pretty rough translation, but the point is that Morocco, along with Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the Congo, is yet another Islamist state that periodically uses terrorism in place of traditional security forces. When governments employ such nefarious means, they need to be called on it. It's too easy to think everyone plays by the Geneva Convention. They don't.

George Bush holds hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. From AFP

Keep Your Friends Close
But Keep Your Enemies Closer?

From National Review:

Before boarding his flight to Crawford to meet with President Bush Monday, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah presided over the arrest of 40 Pakistani Christians on Friday. Their crime? The Pakistanis were caught praying in a private home in the capital Riyadh in violation of the state’s strictly enforced religious law that bans all non-Muslim worship.

As the State Department has determined, there is no religious freedom in Saudi Arabia and everyone there, Muslim or not, must obey the rules of the extreme sharia of the kingdom’s established religion, the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. The Saudi state indoctrinates its nationals from an early age in the Wahhabi ideology of zero tolerance for the "other."

Government textbooks and publications teach that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and warn against imitating, befriending, or helping them in any way, or taking part in their festivities and celebrations. The state teaches a Nazi-like hatred for Jews, treats the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion as historical fact, and avows that the Muslim’s duty is to eliminate the state of Israel.

Though the persecution of the Pakistani Christians is a dramatic example, they and the other non-Muslims among the quarter of the kingdom’s population who are foreign workers are not the only ones to suffer from the denial of religious freedom. Saudi Arabia’s nationals, by law Muslim, find that a broad range of their freedoms are limited because of the state’s monopoly on religious expresssion.

For example, Muslims who follow the Sufi and Shiite traditions are viewed as heretical dissidents and viciously condemned and discriminated against by the state. Regarding those who convert out of Islam, the Saudi ministry of Islamic affairs explicitly asserts in publications Freedom House has acquired, they "should be killed."

Muslims who object to even particular tenets of Wahhabism, such as advocates of greater religious tolerance, also are viewed as the "other" and condemned as "infidels." Under Saudi law, such "blasphemers" and "apostates" from Islam can be sentenced to death.

Political reformers, too, are crushed on religious grounds. Three Saudi professors have now languished for over a year in prison after proposing that the country adopt a written constitution. Among other charges, their terminology was denounced as un-Islamic or "Western." State publications condemn democracy itself as un-Islamic. They instill contempt for America because the United States is ruled by "infidel" legislated law, rather than Wahhabi-style Islamic law.

A direct consequence of there being no religious freedom is that every Saudi woman is forced by the state to conform to Wahhabi religious edicts restricting dress, transportation, movement, due-process rights, and the ability to participate in civic life.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks — and the discovery that two thirds of the hijackers were Saudis — Saudi state ideology has become a matter of U.S. national security. As bad as it is that Wahhabism is Saudi Arabia’s state religion, even worse is that it is the Saudi government’s aim to propagate it and have it replace traditional and moderate interpretations of Islam worldwide, including within the United States.

This Wahhabist prostelization is funded by Saudi Oil Money. From The Foundation for The Defense of Democracies:

Stephen Schwartz, author of the Two Faces of Islam, says alarm about the growth of Islam in the United States is over who controls it.

"I would say billions of dollars have been spent in the United States to advance Wahhabism," he said.

"The Wahhabi sect, backed by Saudi Arabia, controls 70 to 80 percent of the mosques in the United States. That means they control the teaching, the preaching, the literature that's distributed, and they control the training of the imams."

Schwartz added, "They control all the Imams in the federal and state prisons, and they control the imams in the U.S. military. That is, they instruct, they indoctrinate and they certify the Islamic chaplains in the federal and state prison systems and in the military."

Exactly how much money is involved?:

The Saudis have poured an astonishing sum of money into this effort. Reza F. Safa, author of Inside Islam, estimated that since 1973, the Saudi government has spent some $87 billion to promote Wahhabism in the United States and the Western Hemisphere.

Back to National Review:

Earlier this year, Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom released a report based on a year-long study of the radically intolerant Wahhabi ideology contained in documents spread, published, or otherwise generated by the government of Saudi Arabia and found in the United States.

In one example, a publication for the "Immigrant Muslim" bearing the words "Greetings from the Cultural Department" of the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., gave detailed instructions on how to "hate" the Christian and Jew: Never greet them first. Never congratulate the infidel on his holiday. Never imitate the infidel. Do not become a naturalized citizen of the United States. Do not wear a graduation gown because this imitates the infidel.
The opening fatwa of another a book distributed by the embassy that was published by the Saudi air force responds to a question about a Muslim preacher in a European mosque who taught that it is not right to condemn Jews and Christians as infidels. The Saudi state cleric’s reply emphatically rebukes the Muslim cleric: "He who casts doubts about their infidelity leaves no doubt about his."

Within worldwide Sunni Islam, followers of Saudi Arabia’s extremist Wahhabi ideology remain a distinct minority. This is evident from the millions of Muslims who have chosen to make America their home and are upstanding, law-abiding citizens and neighbors. It was just such concerned Muslims who first brought these publications to the attention of Freedom House. They did so in the hope of "freeing their communities from ideological strangulation."
The Saudi state’s propagation of Wahhabi extremism is more than hate speech; it is a totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite to violence. The fact that this ideology is being mainstreamed within our borders through the efforts of a foreign government demands President Bush’s urgent attention in today’s conversations with Prince Abdullah.
With his remarkable State of the Union address that challenged Saudi Arabia to democratize, the president turned a new page in U.S. policy. Some in American policy circles argue that religious freedom, however, is too sensitive to raise. It's too important not to; the first topic on the president’s agenda should be the expansion of religious freedom in the kingdom — for Muslims, as well as the captive Christians.

The other day I wrote a post on how little leverage it would seem it would seem America has in negotiating with the Saudi's. Let us all hope that someone in our government has a sophisticated plan on what to do about this Wahhabi menace, because the Saudi plan is based upon the longterm ideology of their conception of the eternal.

The book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is about a man, Siddhartha, who left the ascetic life of a monk behind to live the life of an ordinary man in the working world. At one point he is seeking employment, and he is asked what he would bring to the table as an employee. He patiently explains that he knows how to "fast, to pray and to wait." The prospective employer is, of course, nonplussed. But the irony of the story is that it is exactly these qualities which allow the Buddha to become successful in the end.

This is exactly the strategy the Saudi Wahhabists are using on Western Civilization. While Western nations continue to feed our lust for short-term gratification on Saudi-supplied oil, the Saudi's use the proceeds from that oil to fund the spread of their totalitarian ideology to the Muslim immigrants of Western countries.

Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian citizens who had lived Westernized lives here in America, only to reject the American Dream and return, instead, to the Saudi Dream of "Death to the Infidel." While we may look at the Wahhabi ideology and find it to have little attraction as compared to our American lifestyle, many Muslims living in our midst do place their faith in such ideas.

Stephen Schwatz' statement that 70 to 80 percent of American mosques are controlled by Wahhabists does not equate with the idea that 70-80% of Muslims agree with the Wahhabist philosophy, but it does mean that those who attend such mosques are willing to tolerate Wahhabi ideas.

This is a dangerous state of affairs. Imagine if 70-80% of Christians attended churches where Pastors called for the murder of abortionists. Would we not be concerned? Would this not be intolerable?

We must stop tolerating the intolerable. We must stop holding the hand of the Saudi Crown Prince, while he uses his other hand to bitch slap us.

UPDATE: Someguy, at Mystery Achievement, has a post about the Saudi Chief Justices' call for Holy War against the U.S.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Billboard in Los Angeles

Should America Annex Mexico?

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

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Muslims Lead March Against Terror

From Front Page Magazine:

More that 50 groups have now endorsed the March Against Terror. (See list Below). On Saturday, May 14, Washington DC will witness its first ever Muslim led March Against Terror. Among the list of speakers are several Congressmen and Senators.

This upcoming rally is historic and represents a turning point in the war on terror. The war on terror is an ideological battle and no one is better suited to fight this battle than moderate Muslims. Will you join us on May 14th?

Christians and Jews must join their fellow Muslims at the rally. The terrorists and extremists justify their evil by falsely arguing that they are responding to a world wide conspiracy by Christians and Jews to destroy Islam. Thus, it is absolutely essential that American Muslims, Christians and Jews join forces against the evil doers and paint an accurate picture. Will you join us on May 14th?

We all have to do our part. By attending this rally, you can do your part in bringing peace and harmony to the world. Will you join us on May 14th?

Please circulate this message to as many groups and people as possible. Help us make history and join us on May 14th.To endorse this rally, please send the name of your group to the Free Muslims Against Terrorism at

Location of the rally: Freedom Plaza Neighborhood: Downtown Address: Pennsylvania Ave. between 13th & 14th Street, NW Metro: Federal Triangle Date & Time: Saturday, May 14th 2005 1-5 pm 202-776-7190

Please help us cover the cost of the rally by making an online contribution or by check:

Lesson Learned
The Armenian Genocide Was a Turkish Jihad

From the American Thinker:

I attended a banquet in New York City April 2, 2005, celebrating Professor Vahakn Dadrian’s distinguished career, most notably, his singular contributions to the study of the Armenian genocide.

Dadrian recounted the harrowing details of this particular slaughter, its Islamic religious motifs unexpurgated. Six thousand four hundred Armenian children, young girls, and women from Yozgad, were decamped by their Turkish captors at a promontory some distance from the city. Then,

To save shell and powder, the gendarmerie commander in charge of this large convoy had gathered 10,000-12,000 Turkish peasants and other villagers, and armed with “hatchets, meat cleavers, saddler’s knives, cudgels, axes, pickaxes, shovels”, the latter attacked and for some 4-5 hours mercilessly butchered the victims while crying “Oh God, Oh God” (Allah, Allah). In a moment of rare candor, this gendarmerie commander confided to the priest-author, whom he did not expect to survive the mass murder, that after each massacre episode, he spread his little prayer rug and performed the namaz, the ritual of worship, centered on prayer, with a great sense of redemption in the service of Almighty God.

Within 24-hours of agreeing to a secret military and political pact with Imperial Germany on August 2, 1914, the Ittihadist (“Young Turk”) government ordered a general mobilization ... Within a month, the final, definitive stage of the process which reduced the Armenian population to utter helplessness, i.e., mass deportation, would begin. [7]

During an August 6, 1910 speech in Saloniki, Mehmed Talat, pre-eminent leader of the Young Turks disdainfully rejected the notion of equality with “gavours” , arguing that it “…is an unrecognizable ideal since it is inimical with Sheriat [Shari'a] and the sentiments of hundreds of thousands of Muslims…”.

Indeed, an influential member of the Ottoman Committee of Union and Progress, Sheik Abd-ul-Hack, a “progressive” Young Turk, made this revealing declaration writing in a Parisian Muslim review, (Le Mecherouttiete, edited by Sherif Pasha, Paris), in August, 1912:

Yes! The Musulman religion is in open hostility to all your world of progress. Understand, you European observers, that a Christian, whatever his position may be, by the mere fact of his being a Christian is regarded by us as a blind man lost to all sense of human dignity... the man whose judgment is so perverted ... can only be the meanest expression of human degradation; to speak to him would be a humiliation ...

The presence of such miscreants among us is the bane of our existence ... Though detesting you, we have condescended to study your political institutions and your military organization. Over and above the new weapons that Providence procures for us through your agency, you have yourselves rekindled, the inextinguishable faith of our heroic martyrs...

During the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid, the Ottoman Turks massacred over 200,000 Armenians between 1894-96. This was followed, under the Young Turk regime, by the Adana massacres of 25,000 Armenians in 1909, and the first formal genocide of the 20th century, when in 1915 alone, an additional 600,000 to 800,000 Armenians were slaughtered. [26] The massacres of the 1890s had an “organic” connection to the Adana massacres of 1909, and more importantly, the events of 1915.

A 1915 Ottoman Fatwa [31] believed to have been written by Sheikh Shawish (entitled, Aljihad, and translated into English, March 10, 1915) ... The calls to religiously motivated violence against non-Muslims, as sanctioned by Islam—jihad war—are unmistakably clear.

If you believe in God, in his faith and apostle, hear the words of our sages as recorded by his holy prophet. “You believers take not the Jews and Christians as friends unto you, He who loves then shall be called one of them”. Therefore arise and purify yourselves of such deeds. Arise to the Holy War no matter what it costs so as to carry into execution this sacred deed.

Is any of this sounding familiar?

The Armenian Genocide is a study in, "When they say it, they mean it." I often feature posts here entitled "Sometimes You Just Gotta Love Your Enemies," wherein I make the point that we ought to be happy when our enemies tell us the truth about what they are preparing to do to us. The lesson I believe we need to learn from this account of the Armenian Genocide is that we ought to take the crazy proclamations of the Islamofascists very seriously, because I think they mean exactly what they say.

The main purpose of this blog is to fight against anti-Semitism. Considering all the problems in the world today, I'm sure it must seem outlandish that I focus so much energy on this problem. The reason I do it that I am truly worried that many in the Islamic world today would commit genocide against the Jews if they could.

The question immediately arises, "Well, if they would, then why don't they?" I can only answer with another question, "How would they?" They would have to move against Israel. Arab countries have tried on several occasions to make war on Israel with humiliating results. So, apparently, traditional war is not going to work.

What I am concerned with is nuclear war. And I think I have good reason to be. Here's a quote from former Iranian President Rafsanjani:

"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world ..."

With the lesson of the Armenian Genocide fresh in our minds, I would ask, don't you think we should take the words of Rajsanjani seriously?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Bush Urges Saudis To Boost Oil Production?

From AP:

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush prodded Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah on Monday to help curb skyrocketing oil prices, and the White House expressed hope that the kingdom's plans would ease U.S. gasoline prices that have shot above $2.20 a gallon.

"A high oil price will damage markets, and he knows that," Bush said of Abdullah, the de facto leader of the desert kingdom.

Asked whether pump prices would drop, Bush said that would depend on supply and demand.
"One thing is for certain: The price of crude is driving the price of gasoline," Bush said. "The price of crude is up because not only is our economy growing, but economies such as India and China's economies are growing."

Saudi Arabia has outlined a plan to increase production capacity to 12.5 million barrels a day by 2009 from the current 11 million limit. Saudi Arabia now pumps about 9.5 million barrels daily.

If necessary, Saudi Arabia says it will eventually develop a capacity of 15 million barrels a day.
National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said the plan could be seen as positive news by financial markets.

"The problem in the oil market now is a perception that there is inadequate capacity," Hadley said. Reassurance that can be given to the market on available supply, he said, should "have a downward pressure on the price."

On another economic issue, the United States and Saudi Arabia are on the verge of a bilateral trade agreement that would allow the Gulf nation to join the World Trade Organization by the end of the year, Abdullah's foreign affairs adviser, Adel Al-Jubeir, told reporters.

Other issues, including terrorism, prospects for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, Syria's role in Lebanon, and democratic change in the Middle East, filled the leaders' meeting and discussion over lunch. They agreed to set up a high-level committee, headed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Saudi foreign minister, to deal with strategic issues.

Spreading democracy is a second-term goal that could affect Bush's legacy, yet high gas prices are a drag on his popularity.

Al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia is producing all the oil that its customers are requesting. He said the price is being driven up by a shortage of refining capacity.

"What we have done is explain to the U.S. what our production capabilities are," he told reporters about the meeting. "We also explained to the U.S. — and we have for months — what our plans are for adding to that capacity in the future years."

A U.S. push for democratic change across the Arab world faces a difficult test with Saudi Arabia, a longtime ally ruled by a monarchy. Last week, Saudi Arabia completed its first nationwide elections, an experiment in democracy designed to take the steam out of militant Islamic movements.

The council posts that were on the ballots, however, have little power, and women were not allowed to vote. Moreover, the United States has long-standing concerns about human and civil rights in Saudi Arabia.

A joint statement by the two leaders reflected tensions over the issue of democratic change. It said: "While the United States considers that nations will create institutions that reflect the history, culture and traditions of their societies, it does not seek to impose its own style of government on the government and people of Saudi Arabia."

Both nations also agreed to cooperate in fighting terrorists. U.S.-Saudi relations were strained after the 2001 terrorist attacks, in which 15 of the 19 airplane hijackers were Saudis. But American officials have been much more satisfied with anti-terror efforts the Saudis have undertaken since militants' May 2003 attacks in Riyadh.

The president was accused during last year's presidential campaign of being too cozy with Saudi officials. But he paid such criticism no public mind. On Monday, he offered Abdullah a warm embrace and a kiss on both cheeks and gripped his hand as they disappeared into an office building on the ranch where bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, were making their spring debut.

Call me cynical, but it would seem Bush doesn't have a whole lot of leverage in a meeting like this. Think about the dynamics at play here:

1) China and India are buying more oil every year, meaning there is more competition for Saudi oil.

2) Bush wants Saudi Arabia to democratize.

3) Saudi Arabia does not want to Democratize.

4) Bush wants Saudi Arabia to crack down on terrorists.

5) Saudi Arabia funds the spread Wahabbi Islam, which is the foundational philosophy of Jihadi terror. This would seem to indicate that Saudi Arabia has no real interest in cracking down on terrorists, other than those who target them directly. But, of course, those are not the ones who concern us.

6) Saudi Arabia's most dangerous enemy was Saddam Hussein. We got rid of him, so I don't know what we can do for them militarily, other than keep the shipping routes open, which, of course, is only in our best interest.

7) Saudi Arabia is making more money per barrel of oil than ever before.

Bush may seem inarticulate, but he has proven he's no dummy. So, I'm inclined to believe he has something up his sleeve. This meeting must have been about more than the dynamics I outlined.

What could it be?