Saturday, August 20, 2005



Stop! You're Killing Me

British Muslim stand up comedian, Shazia Mirza, seen here in an undated file photo and who is currently appearing at the Edinburgh Festival, is one of several comics cracking jokes about Islamic extremism and the government's response to radical Muslim clerics(AFP/File/Steve Ullathorne)

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The Protocols Of The Elders Of The BBC


From Dhimmi Watch:


Sometimes things are altogether more simple than we wish them to be. Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the eminent chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, recently refused to attend the Holocaust memorial day. When asked why this was so, he muttered something about how lots of people had been killed all over the place, not least the poor Palestinians and why shouldn’t we remember them, etc., etc.

In the liberal press, extravagant excuses were made for Sacranie and his ludicrous chef de cabinet, Inayat Bunglawala. But I suspect that the simple answer, the one we didn’t want to hear, is the most accurate: Sacranie and Mr Bunglawala don’t like Jews.

They are both unequivocal anti-Semites. You do not refuse to grieve for one bunch of people because another, much smaller, bunch of people have been murdered as well. Nor should you automatically equate Jews with the right-wing Zionism of Ariel Sharon: that would be like equating all black Zimbabweans with Robert Mugabe.


Pastorius Note: Palestinians have not been "murdered." They have been killed in defensive military actions. If the Israelis wanted to murder Palestinians, it wouldn't be hard to do. The Israeli military is among the most powerful on Earth. They could easily wipe out every last Palestinian man, woman, and child.

And, in addition, Ariel Sharon is hardly Robert Mugabe. For God's sake.

Other than those two points, this is a good article. Keep reading:


It’s a racist thesis, isn’t it? Those people who are opposed to Israel’s policies are usually at pains to point out that they are not being anti-Semitic, merely anti-Zionist. It is not the Jews to whom we are opposed, they say — it’s the Zionists. In which case you’d expect them to be happy to spend two minutes in silence commemorating those six million Jews, those non-Israeli citizens by definition, murdered by the Nazis.

But Sacranie and Bunglawala wouldn’t even cross the road to attend such a memorial. It wasn’t because there are altogether too many of these sorts of commemoration these days, to the extent that they have become almost meaningless. It was because the commemoration was for the Jews; ergo, in my book, they’re anti-Semitic. They’re Jew-haters.

I thought as much at the time and think it even more so now.

Sacranie is in a bit of a bait right now because the BBC Panorama team has just completed a programme looking at this false dichotomy I’ve been banging on about for the last couple of years: the New Labour notion that there is moderate Islam, represented by the likes of the Muslim Council of Britain (which speaks for, we are told, some 50 per cent of British Muslims, although by what democratic mechanism we can’t be sure) and the rogue ‘handful’ of extremists who want the rest of us dead; and the idea that Islam, as a religion, had nothing to do with those bombings on 7 July.

The journalist responsible is John Ware — a first-rate investigative reporter if ever there was one, but I’m not sure how far his powers of investigation were stretched digging into the background of the Muslim Council of Britain. There’s plenty of stuff on the record which even journalists as hopeless as, say, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown or even Martin Kettle could find, if they cared to look. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Sacranie once said that death was ‘too easy’ for Salman Rushdie; Bunglawala meanwhile has called the creation of Israel a ‘terrible mistake’.


Yes, yes, but the BBC says these people are moderate.

Yes, but these amps go to eleven.

The Arab World:
Never Missing An Opportunity
To Miss An Opportunity


From The Wall Street Journal, via No Pasaran:

Saddam's fall was welcomed by shamefully few Arabs: The "humiliation" of seeing an Arab leader toppled by Western armies far outweighed that of seeing one of the most talented of Arab societies, the Middle East's Germany, subjected to a ferocious despotism responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Nor was there much interest regionally in the discovery of the Baath's mass graves. One reason was the secondary concern that many Arab societies have for Saddam's foremost victims--the Shiites and Kurds; but the main cause of indifference was that Saddam's crimes, if acknowledged, threatened to imply the Arabs' inability to responsibly manage their own emancipation.

In other words, applauding his ouster meant admitting that the Arab world could produce no better, and deserved no better than Western armies in its midst.

This rationale was nonsense, but spawned a cliché that Arab intellectuals routinely peddle: that Arab reform must come "from within"--though the notion would have been laughable in Baathist Iraq. Arab societies must indeed open up from inside, but absent an echo, sometimes a determining one, from outside--including the option of foreign military action--little will change.

… For all these reasons, American achievement in Iraq could have been looked on with greater self-interested approval and imagination by the Arab publics. It never was.

How the U.S. adventure in Iraq ends is anybody's guess. However, its repercussions will be felt, first, by the Arabs themselves. By refusing to profit from the prospective democratic upheaval that Saddam's removal ushered in; by never looking beyond the American messenger in Iraq to the message itself; by lamenting external hegemony while doing nothing to render it pointless, Arabs merely affirmed their impotence.

The self-pitying Arab reaction to the Iraq war showed the terrible sway of the status quo in the Middle East. An inability to marshal change for one's benefit is the stuff of captive minds.

Who's Who In Iran


Michael Ledeen at National Review tells us who, exactly, is running Iran these days:


Iranian President Ahmadi Nezhad has been busy putting together a cabinet for the Islamic republic, and while all real power remains firmly in the clammy hands of Supreme Leader Khamenei, it's worth taking a look at some of the new ministers, if only because it tells us two important things:

(1) The face the regime wishes to show to the world at large, and

(2) the policies the regime intends to unleash on the long-suffering Iranian people.

Who's Who

Let's start with the interior minister, Hojatoll-Islam Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi. He was formerly the number-two man in the ministry of intelligence and security — where he was directly in charge of the foreign section (and thus the sorts of foreign operations now running full bore in Iraq and Afghanistan) — and, even more significantly, the man in charge of those matters in the office of the supreme leader.

Pour-Mohammadi comes from a sartorially celebrated family; his father and brother are tailors for leading clergy. Indeed, they prepared the raiments for both bin Laden and Zawahiri in their recent videos, in which their clothing was distinctively Iranian.

The minister for intelligence and security is Hojjatol-Islam Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ezhei, from Isfahan, where he acquired a reputation as a particularly vicious and barbaric head of the Islamic tribunals which regularly issued brutal sentences. He has been special prosecutor in the intelligence ministry, where he was also in charge of key personnel decisions, and at present he is judge and prosecutor for the special tribunal of the clergy.

And then there is the defense minister, Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, another brigadier general in the revolutionary Guards, where he has been since its official formation in 1979. As several commentators have pointed out, he was the commander of the RG forces in Lebanon in 1983, when the Marine barracks were blown up by the Guards and Hezbollah. So we owe him one.

The mullahs have torn off their conciliatory mask in order to bare their fangs to us, the Europeans, and the Iranian people.

If we had an Iran strategy worthy of the name, our confused leaders would have pointed out the remarkable interview with the chief nuclear affairs negotiator, Hossein Musavian. It was broadcast on Iranian television August 4th, and made it quite clear that the Iranians deliberately tricked the Europeans into giving the mullahs an extra year to complete a vital part of their nuclear program in Isfahan.

"Thanks to the negotiations with Europe," he bragged, "we gained another year, in which we completed...Isfahan."

"We suspended (the enrichment program) in Isfahan in October 2004, although we were required to do so in October 2003...Today we are in a position of power: (the program) in Isfahan is complete and UF4 and UF6 gases are being produced. We have a stockpile of products, and...we have managed to convert 36 tons of yellow cake into gas and store it..."

President Chirac? Chancellor Schroeder? Prime Minister Blair? How do you all intend to answer your parliamentary inquiries? You were all gulled by the mullahs (or, to put the darkest light on the matter, willing accomplices).

Meanwhile, the mullahs are killing us. Time published a long report from Baghdad on August 14, entitled "Inside Iran's Secret War for Iraq," which lays out chapter and verse of the mullahs' longstanding efforts — often coordinated with Assad's Syria — to drive us out of Iraq.

It is the first time I've seen a major publication confirm what I reported months before Operation Iraqi Freedom: planning for the terror war against Coalition forces in Iraq "began before the U.S. invaded." And Time quotes a "British military intelligence officer about the relative inattention paid to the murderous Iranian activities. 'It's as though we are sleepwalking'."



We are at war with Iran, whether we want to admit it or not. If we don't then they will win. If we do then, we can win. If they win, the price we will pay is they will become a member of the nuclear club. We can not afford that.

My friend Titus, wrote an excellent post on what to do about Iran over at the new group blog I am working on; The Internet Journal for Public Policy. Titus believes we need to push for regime change. I am sceptical of the chances such a policy would have for success.

Here are my comments to Titus:

... you think we should do this BEFORE we attempt to take out their nuclear facilities.You believe, apparently, as Kenneth Timmerman believes, that bombing their nuclear facilities would turn the populace of Iran against us.

I can understand that idea. But, that brings a few questions to my mind.

1) How long do we give the attempts at subversion?

2) If subversion is going to work in Iran, wouldn't the perfect time to have done this already have passed - that is during the time when Iraq had their elections and the Lebanese managed to throw the Syrian military out?

3) If we somehow missed such a great opportunity, does that mean that Bush, apparently, doesn't have the same view on this as you?

4) If subversion is the way to accomplish the task of regime change, why didn't we use it in Iraq?

Indeed, if subversion is the way to topple the Mullahs, we ought to have NO hesitancy to simply supply weaponry, and other assistance, right out in the open. We have made it no secret that we consider theirs to be an illegitimate government. Therefore, the more openly we target them, the more clearly we give the signal to the Iranian people that we are TRULY behind them, and that we will come to their rescue, if they get in over their heads.

See what I mean?

Honestly, by not moving during the time of the Iraqi elections/Lebanese rejection of Syrian military, I believe we have sent the OPPOSITE message to the Iranian people.

This is not the first time we have sent a message of support to a tribe of Middle Eastern people, only to leave them when they needed us. We did this to the Kurds, after the Gulf War. The problem is, the Iranian people know that. And they very well may think we would do it again.

Anything we do, we need to do boldly; right out in the open.

No pussyfooting.

As Ledeen say, "Faster please."

CAIR Needs To Be Stopped


From Joel Mowbray, via Dhimmi Watch:


Local talk-radio station WMAL is under assault from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group that has savaged journalists, critics of radical Islam, even the Fox TV show "24" -- but which just as steadfastly has refused to specifically condemn various Islamic terrorist organizations.

CAIR has instigated a campaign to pressure the Disney-owned WMAL to fire its already-suspended midday host, which came on the heels of its initial effort to have him suspended.
Though the outcome is uncertain in the current situation, two things are certain:


1) CAIR will continue demonizing genuine criticism of radical Islam as "Islamophobia," and

2) it will never specifically condemn radical Islam or Islamic terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

At issue are remarks made by mid-morning host Michael Graham, in which he said that "Islam has, sadly, become a terrorist organization." But what is lost in most media accounts -- and is never mentioned by CAIR -- are the surrounding statements made by Mr. Graham, which put the thrust of his comments in an entirely different light.

Mr. Graham's comments, in fact, were not met with immediate condemnation or outrage. He wasn't suspended until July 28, almost a week after his on-air remarks. In the interim, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper even came on Mr. Graham's show -- telling him that CAIR didn't want him fired, just punished. Once Mr. Graham was suspended indefinitely later that week, CAIR quickly called for his head.

Here are Mr. Graham's remarks, with full context:

"Because of the mix of Islamic theology that -- rightly or wrongly -- is interpreted to promote violence, added to an organizational structure that allows violent radicals to operate openly in Islam's name with impunity, Islam has, sadly, become a terrorist organization. It pains me to say it. But the good news is it doesn't have to stay this way, if the vast majority of Muslims who don't support terror will step forward and reclaim their religion."

Plenty of people can -- and should -- take issue with the framing of the religion itself as a "terrorist organization." But his surrounding comments have more than a ring of truth. Islamic theology is used to promote violence. And in many parts of the world, radicals have taken control of Islam--and the moderates have been effectively silenced.


(Pastorius note: Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Sudan, Nigeria; just to name a few)


And Mr. Graham's desire that moderates reclaim control of Islam is shared by many, though likely not by CAIR or groups of its ilk.

CAIR was founded in 1994 by two former high-ranking officials with the Islamic Association of Palestine, a rabidly anti-Semitic organization known as Hamas' biggest political booster in the United States.

Since September 11, CAIR officials have been careful to avoid the appearance that they support Islamic terrorism. But not before September 11. In November 1999, CAIR President Omar Ahmad addressed a youth session at the IAP annual convention in Chicago, where he praised suicide bombers who "kill themselves for Islam": "Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam ? that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam." (Transcript provided by the Investigative Project.)


People who are aware of this information need to band together and call on all radio and TV hosts, and other members of the media to stop consulting, and interviewing CAIR spokespeople.



Muslim Women Protest Against
The Islamofascist Government of Sudan


Get the whole story over at Atlas Shrugs.

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Psalm 23


Lord, you are my provider and my guide. You will not abandon me to wander in need. With you, I luxuriate in lush fields of emerald and fragrance. You bring me down from the hills to rest by the mirrored plateau of your peace.

And you restore my soul.

You guide me along the exalted path; a parade of saints and spirits for your Name's sake.

Though there appears before my eyes visions of bones and dryness in a haunted land, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your Truth and Guidance gives me comfort, and sustains in me hope.

My enemies are nothing to me. No assailants, no doubt or fears, or anger can steal me away from you. Because, inside the temple of my body you have already lit the fire, and you have laid out the bread and the wine, and already I sit there, and feast with my Father and my Family.

My enemies are stunned and frightened by the vision, and they howl even more, but you have annointed my head with oil. I am sealed in you.

You have poured my cup to overflowing, and we dance and sing with You, and for You forevermore.

Pope Urges Muslim Leaders To Fight Terror


From Associated Press:


COLOGNE, Germany - Pope Benedict XVI decried the "cruel fanaticism" of terrorism Saturday and urged Muslims to join Christians in trying to combat its spread.

In blunt remarks, he told a gathering of Muslim officials in Germany that Muslim leaders had a "great responsibility" in properly educating their younger generations.

"I am certain that I echo your own thoughts when I bring up as one of our concerns the spread of terrorism," Benedict told the Muslim leadership, mainly Turks, in his most extensive remarks on terrorism during his four-month papacy.

"Terrorist activity is continually recurring in various parts of the world, sowing death and destruction, and plunging many of our brothers and sisters into grief and despair."

Benedict did not mention specific attacks or assess blame, but it appeared significant that he chose a Muslim audience for his remarks on terrorism.

"Those who instigate and plan these attacks evidently wish to poison our relations, making use of all means, including religion, to oppose every attempt to build a peaceful, fair and serene life together," he said.

The meeting, during Benedict's four-day trip to Germany for World Youth Day, was part of the pope's outreach to non-Catholics to achieve common positions on social issues and world peace. There are some 3.5 million Muslims in Germany, one of the highest figures in western Europe.

Going into Saturday's meeting, he had been cautious about making any links between terrorism and Islam, rejecting the idea that the world faced a "clash of civilizations" and reportedly overruling an aide who wanted to brand the July 7 London bombings as anti-Christian.

But in warning Saturday that the world risked exposure to "the darkness of a new barbarism," he stressed that Muslim leaders must "guide Muslim believers and train them in the Islamic faith."

"Teaching is the vehicle through which ideas and convictions are transmitted. Words are highly influential in the education of the mind. You, therefore, have a great responsibility for the formation of the younger generation," the pontiff said.

By working together, Catholics and Muslims could "turn back the wave of cruel fanaticism that endangers the lives of so many people and hinders progress toward world peace," he said.

The pope spoke of terrorism striking in "various parts of the world" but did not mention any specific attacks.

Israel sharply criticized the Vatican last month after Benedict condemned terrorist attacks in Britain, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey but did not mention a suicide bombing in Israel that killed five Israelis.

Benedict also alluded to another of his themes — the need for reciprocity in religious freedom for Christians and other minorities in some Islamic countries. He did not name any but said "the defense of religious freedom ... is a permanent imperative and respect for minorities is a clear sign of true civilization."

Something Smells Like Shit In Iraq


I use the profanity in the title because I want to shock you, and make you take notice of this. Of all the posts that I have written on CUANAS since I started this blog 17 months back, this is among the most bitter.

News comes today that the Iraqi Constitution is more than likely going to enshrine Sharia as "the" source of law in Iraq. From Little Green Footballs:



BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. diplomats have conceded ground to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraq, negotiators said on Saturday as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline to draft a constitution under intense U.S. pressure.

U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment.

Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish negotiators all said there was accord on a bigger role for Islamic law than Iraq had before.

But a secular Kurdish politician said Kurds opposed making Islam “the,” not “a,” main source of law — changing current wording — and subjecting all legislation to a religious test.

“We understand the Americans have sided with the Shi’ites,” he said. “It’s shocking. It doesn’t fit American values. They have spent so much blood and money here, only to back the creation of an Islamist state ... I can’t believe that’s what the Americans really want or what the American people want.”


I have noted over the past few weeks, on a few occasions, that things looked like they might be going in this direction. I have made the point that, if this is what will happen, we have wasted huge amounts of blood and money.

Charles at Little Green Footballs put it this way:


... if it’s even remotely accurate this is bad. Very bad.


Yes, it is.

If we allow this to happen, then I think we need to start thinking differently about George Bush and his Administration. I don't know what to think, honestly.

Is he afraid because he believes the media has defeated him, and turned the American people against his project?

Has he lost his resolve?

Or, has it all been lip service from the beginning?

I think we need to consider the following perspective (offered by commenter Bob W., at the blog Israpundit):


I have a hunch - regardless of what the Washington Post writes - that America's critical strategic objectives in Iraq were already obtained.

The first strategic objective was to keep the oil trade denominated in US dollars. The Euro lost out. The second strategic objective was to build "lily pad" bases around the Arab oil fields and the Caspian pipeline. The Arab portion has since been completed. A third strategic objective was to reconfigure the US military. Although far from complete, it's already beyond the halfway mark.

Note that the Wash Post article addresses the domestic public concerns. Outside the floodlights of the US media, the USG now controls the pricing mechanism of OPEC Vienna.

I hope American readers don't think the recent price spikes for consumer gasoline (Does anyone think the Defense Fuel Agency recently experienced a bona fide price increase because of contract acceleration clauses?!) is money going to the Arabs. Call a tax a tax and a shovel a shovel. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, USG debt service is benefiting from this recent de facto user tax.

So far the US oil lobby is on the top of the pile. They are well represented.


Much of Bob W.'s perspective sounds like conspiracy theory. For instance, I have a very hard time understanding how the Bush Administration could hide a "tax" in the price of gasosline. One would think such a thing would show up.

However, I do think it is possible that, while the Bush Admin. may have had Democratic goals for Iraq, and for the entirety of the war, those goals paled in comparison to more pragmatic and pressing goals involving economics and short-term National Security concerns.

Well, that is not acceptable, as far as I am concerned. This war has been far too expensive to have been ALL ABOUT US.

I would love to hear the perspective of others on this. Am I being too emotional here?

Friday, August 19, 2005



Jet in the sky

A jet draws patterns in the sky during a demonstration flight at the Moscow International Air Show at Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. (AFP/Denis Sinyakov)

What can we make of the emerging Russia-China-Iran Alliance?

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Screwing With The Absolute
Labcoat Guys Go Faster Than The Speed of Light


Whatever God made, man will figure out how to manipulate:


Researchers in Switzerland have succeeded in breaking the cosmic speed limit by getting light to go faster than, well, light.

Or is it all an illusion?

Scientists have recently succeeded in doing all sorts of fancy things with light, including
slowing it down and even stopping it all together.

Now a team at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland is controlling the speed of light using simple off-the-shelf optical fibers, without the aid of special media such as cold gases or crystalline solids like in other experiments.

“This has the enormous advantage of being a simple, inexpensive procedure that works at any wavelength,” said Luc Thévenaz, lead author of the study detailing the research.

Using a technique called Stimulated Brillouin Scattering, the researchers were able to slow down or ratchet up the speed of light like the gas pedal on a car. They succeeded in reducing the speed of light by almost a factor of 4 (although that’s still plenty fast at 46,500 miles per second), but even more dramatically, the team was also able to speed up the speed of light.

Light in a vacuum travels at approximately 186,000 miles per second, but a popular misconception is that,
according to Einstein’s special theory of relativity, nothing in the universe can travel faster than this speed.

This seeming paradox can be resolved because a pulse of light is actually made up of many separate frequency components, each of which moves at their own velocities. This is known as the pulse’s phase velocity. If all the frequency components have the same phase velocity, then the overall pulse will also appear to move at that velocity.

However, if the components have different phase velocities, then the pulse’s overall velocity will depend on the relationships between the velocities of the separate components. If the velocities differ, the pulse is said to be moving at the group velocity.


By tweaking the relationship between phase velocities, it’s possible to adjust the group velocity and create the illusion that parts of the pulse are traveling faster than the speed of light.

One area where such an advance could be enormously beneficial is in the telecommunications industry.


Heh.

The Muslim March For Peace


Well, they said they were going to march for peace, anyway. From Little Green Footballs:



The idea of a “million Muslim march” event in Lodi by Muslims to publicly denounce terrorism has officially died, say those involved.

Envisioned in late June as a response to the allegations of terrorists in Lodi’s Muslim community, the idea drew the interest of Mayor John Beckman, conservative radio host Mark Williams, the Sacramento chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and local Muslims.

Interest waned, however, when it became apparent the deep division in Lodi’s Muslim community would make organizing such an event difficult if not impossible. It appears it has become impossible, as Beckman said this week the event will not be happening.


Meanwhile, the patience of people around the world is waning. Muslims can expect to experience increasing distrust from their fellow citizens unless they start taking some concrete steps to combat the Islamofascists who are stealing the credibility of their religion.

Here are some steps they could take:

1) start by contacting Christian churches, Jewish Synagogues, and Mormon Temples, and inviting them down to their mosques for a day of gathering up the hate material, and carting it to the recycling plant.

2) call the FBI every time they hear of Islamist terrorists recruiting people on campus or in a Mosque.

3) eject Imams and other speakers from Mosques when you hear them say things like this and this.

When mainstream Muslims start taking strong action against such hatred, then they can expect the level of respect for their community to rise dramatically. Until then, they can expect suspicion.

Pope Warns of Increase in Anti-Semitism


From Associated Press:


COLOGNE, Germany - Pope Benedict XVI warned Friday of rising anti-Semitism and hostility to foreigners, winning a standing ovation from members of Germany's oldest Jewish community during a visit to a rebuilt synagogue that had been destroyed by the Nazis.

With the shrill sound of a ram's horn and a choir chanting in Hebrew "peace be with you," Benedict became only the second pope to visit a synagogue, praying and remembering Holocaust victims.

"Today, sadly, we are witnessing the rise of new signs of anti-Semitism and various forms of a general hostility toward foreigners," he said.

Benedict said progress had been made, but "much more remains to be done. We must come to know one another much more and much better."

He did not elaborate on his warning except to call for more vigilance, receiving loud applause from the audience after his remarks.

Earlier, Benedict stood quietly with his hands clasped during a Hebrew prayer before a memorial to the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany, and strode into the main hall as the choir sang, "Shalom alechem," or "peace be with you."

A shofar, or ram's horn, sounded as the pope sat down at the front. He then listened intently to the cantor's singing in the blue-domed Roonstrasse Synagogue, which was destroyed during the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938.

Rabbi Netanel Teitlebaum called his visit "a step toward peace between all peoples."

The pope underlined his commitment to continue in the path of his predecessor, John Paul II, who made the first papal visit to a synagogue in Rome in 1986 and improved relations between Catholics and Jews.

"Today I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II," said Benedict, who did much of the theological groundwork for John Paul's outreach while serving as a Vatican official in charge of doctrine.

Outreach to Jews and Muslims is one of the themes of Benedict's first foreign trip since his election as pope on April 19 in conjunction with the World Youth Day festival that has drawn over 300,000 young people to Cologne.

Progress had been made, he said, but "much more remains to be done. We must come to know one another much more and much better."

He did not say where or among whom he saw rising signs of anti-Semitism, but called simply for more vigilance and stressed the Roman Catholic Church's belief in the equality of all and respect for human life. He was answered with loud applause from the audience.

The German-born pope did not discuss his own personal experience of World War II — being unwillingly enrolled in the Hitler Youth as a teenager and risking execution by deserting the German army at the end of the war.

He was given a shofar as a gift from the congregation, which has roots going back to Roman times. Some 11,000 Jews from Cologne died in the Holocaust; the community has rebounded in the past decade with the influx of Jews from the former Soviet Union and now numbers 5,000.
Benedict's visit appeared to have helped smooth over a dispute between the Vatican and
Israel that arose after the Israeli government faulted Benedict for not mentioning attacks on Israelis in a recent condemnation of terrorism. The Vatican responded with a terse statement asking the Israelis not to tell the pope what to say.

Abraham Lehrer, a member of the synagogue board, said the controversy "did not cast any shadow over the synagogue visit."

He noted the presence in the front row of Israel's ambassador to Germany, Shimon Stein, calling that "a sign that the controversy has been overcome."

Benedict's remarks focused on the horror of the Holocaust, the common heritage of Christans and Jews, and the need for better relations to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.

"In the 20th century, in the darkest period of German and European history, an insane racist ideology, born of neo-paganism, gave rise to the attempt, planned and systematically carried out by the regime, to exterminate European Jewry," he said. "The result has passed into history as the Shoah," he said, using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.


Yes, and now, here in the 21st century an insane racist ideology, born of the Jihadi ideology of Wahhabi Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood has given rise to another attempt to exterminate the Jews. Oh yes, and the infidels too.

It might have been nice for him to have mentioned that. There will be other opportunities, I'm sure.

I'm glad to see the Pope reaching out to the Jews in this way, but I am certainly not surprised.

Pope Warns of Increase in Anti-Semitism


From Associated Press:


COLOGNE, Germany - Pope Benedict XVI warned Friday of rising anti-Semitism and hostility to foreigners, winning a standing ovation from members of Germany's oldest Jewish community during a visit to a rebuilt synagogue that had been destroyed by the Nazis.

With the shrill sound of a ram's horn and a choir chanting in Hebrew "peace be with you," Benedict became only the second pope to visit a synagogue, praying and remembering Holocaust victims.

"Today, sadly, we are witnessing the rise of new signs of anti-Semitism and various forms of a general hostility toward foreigners," he said.

Benedict said progress had been made, but "much more remains to be done. We must come to know one another much more and much better."

He did not elaborate on his warning except to call for more vigilance, receiving loud applause from the audience after his remarks.

Earlier, Benedict stood quietly with his hands clasped during a Hebrew prayer before a memorial to the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany, and strode into the main hall as the choir sang, "Shalom alechem," or "peace be with you."

A shofar, or ram's horn, sounded as the pope sat down at the front. He then listened intently to the cantor's singing in the blue-domed Roonstrasse Synagogue, which was destroyed during the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938.

Rabbi Netanel Teitlebaum called his visit "a step toward peace between all peoples."

The pope underlined his commitment to continue in the path of his predecessor, John Paul II, who made the first papal visit to a synagogue in Rome in 1986 and improved relations between Catholics and Jews.

"Today I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II," said Benedict, who did much of the theological groundwork for John Paul's outreach while serving as a Vatican official in charge of doctrine.

Outreach to Jews and Muslims is one of the themes of Benedict's first foreign trip since his election as pope on April 19 in conjunction with the World Youth Day festival that has drawn over 300,000 young people to Cologne.

Progress had been made, he said, but "much more remains to be done. We must come to know one another much more and much better."

He did not say where or among whom he saw rising signs of anti-Semitism, but called simply for more vigilance and stressed the Roman Catholic Church's belief in the equality of all and respect for human life. He was answered with loud applause from the audience.

The German-born pope did not discuss his own personal experience of World War II — being unwillingly enrolled in the Hitler Youth as a teenager and risking execution by deserting the German army at the end of the war.

He was given a shofar as a gift from the congregation, which has roots going back to Roman times. Some 11,000 Jews from Cologne died in the Holocaust; the community has rebounded in the past decade with the influx of Jews from the former Soviet Union and now numbers 5,000.
Benedict's visit appeared to have helped smooth over a dispute between the Vatican and
Israel that arose after the Israeli government faulted Benedict for not mentioning attacks on Israelis in a recent condemnation of terrorism. The Vatican responded with a terse statement asking the Israelis not to tell the pope what to say.

Abraham Lehrer, a member of the synagogue board, said the controversy "did not cast any shadow over the synagogue visit."

He noted the presence in the front row of Israel's ambassador to Germany, Shimon Stein, calling that "a sign that the controversy has been overcome."

Benedict's remarks focused on the horror of the Holocaust, the common heritage of Christans and Jews, and the need for better relations to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.

"In the 20th century, in the darkest period of German and European history, an insane racist ideology, born of neo-paganism, gave rise to the attempt, planned and systematically carried out by the regime, to exterminate European Jewry," he said. "The result has passed into history as the Shoah," he said, using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.


Yes, and now, here in the 21st century an insane racist ideology, born of the Jihadi ideology of Wahhabi Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood has given rise to another attempt to exterminate the Jews. Oh yes, and the infidels too.

It might have been nice for him to have mentioned that. There will be other opportunities, I'm sure.

I'm glad to see the Pope reaching out to the Jews in this way, but I am certainly not surprised.

Patriot Act, Schmatriot Act


Victor Davis Hanson compares the European reaction to terrorsm, to America's reaction:


We endlessly quarrel over the Patriot Act as an infringement of civil rights. "We are a nation of laws and liberties, not of a knock in the night," John Kerry intoned to Iowa votersduring the 2004 presidential primaries. "So it is time to end the era of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time."

Yet few Democratic senators, including John Kerry, now seem to want to repeal it. But in terms of what either the British or Dutch are doing, the Patriot Act is pretty tame.
We are hardly arresting Americans for inflammatory speech, closing down madrassas, or stripping suspect naturalized Americans from the Middle East of their citizenship — even in a war where the only real danger to the homeland seems to come from Islamicists who are planning our destruction through cells so far undetected often due to our past laxity.


Our European friends used to equate the Patriot Act with over-the-top cowboyism; now in their brave new judicial landscape it is becoming passé.


Well, yeah, and they are becoming like cowboys:


Leaked documents appear to contradict the official account of how police mistook a Brazilian man for a suicide bomber and shot him.

The papers, from the probe into Jean Charles de Menezes' death, and leaked to ITV, suggest he was restrained before being shot eight times.

Mr de Menezes, 27, was killed at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said it will not comment on its investigation.


Public inquiry

The documents, including witness statements, also suggest Mr de Menezes did not hurdle the barrier at Stockwell tube station and was not wearing a padded jacket that could have concealed a bomb, as eyewitness reports previously suggested.


As Charles at LGF noted, the London police have succeeded in handing a HUGE propaganda victory to the radical Islamists.

How Many Times Must I Explain Myself
Before I Can Talk To The Boss?


Saudi Arabia says they will give their people voting rights ... in fifteen years. From the Washington Times:


Saudi King Abdullah promised Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a series of reforms that could give the desert kingdom an elected government within 10 to 15 years, says a senior U.S. official who was present when the two met in June.

"He professed to transform his country and talked about having a representative government within a decade or a decade and a half," said the official, who asked not to be named.

The 82-year-old king made the pledge during a June 20 visit by Miss Rice to the capital, Riyadh, when he was still crown prince and the kingdom's de facto ruler.

It is thought to be the first time a Saudi ruler has attached a timeline to moving toward a democratic process.


Okey doke.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Worldwide Islamic Rule In Seven Easy Steps


Thanks to AlwaysOnWatch for emailing me this Jihad Watch link about an Arab journalist who spent time with various Al Qaeda leaders. This is an example of a good Muslim using his status as a Muslim to get a real glimpse of Islamofascists with their guard down:


If there is anyone who might possibly have an inkling as to what al-Qaida are up to, it is the Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussein. He has not only spent time in prison with al-Zarqawi, but has also managed make contact with many of the network's leaders. Based on correspondence with these sources, he has now brought out a book detailing the organization's master plan....

One of Hussein's most sensational sources for the book, according to what he told SPIEGEL Online, was Seif al-Adl. The Egyptian terrorist, who is suspected of taking part in the attacks on the American Embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi in 1998, has a ransom of US$5 million on his head from the FBI. Secret services suspect that al-Adl is now in Iran....

An Islamic Caliphate in Seven Easy Steps

In the introduction, the Jordanian journalist writes, "I interviewed a whole range of al-Qaida members with different ideologies to get an idea of how the war between the terrorists and Washington would develop in the future."

What he then describes between pages 202 and 213 is a scenario, proof both of the terrorists' blindness as well as their brutal single-mindedness. In seven phases the terror network hopes to establish an Islamic caliphate which the West will then be too weak to fight.

The First Phase Known as "the awakening" -- this has already been carried out and was supposed to have lasted from 2000 to 2003, or more precisely from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington to the fall of Baghdad in 2003. The aim of the attacks of 9/11 was to provoke the US into declaring war on the Islamic world and thereby "awakening" Muslims.

"The first phase was judged by the strategists and masterminds behind al-Qaida as very successful," writes Hussein. "The battle field was opened up and the Americans and their allies became a closer and easier target." The terrorist network is also reported as being satisfied that its message can now be heard "everywhere."

The Second Phase "Opening Eyes" is, according to Hussein's definition, the period we are now in and should last until 2006. Hussein says the terrorists hope to make the western conspiracy aware of the "Islamic community."

Hussein believes this is a phase in which al-Qaida wants an organization to develop into a movement. The network is banking on recruiting young men during this period. Iraq should become the center for all global operations, with an "army" set up there and bases established in other Arabic states.

The Third Phase - This is described as "Arising and Standing Up" and should last from 2007 to 2010. "There will be a focus on Syria," prophesies Hussein, based on what his sources told him. The fighting cadres are supposedly already prepared and some are in Iraq. Attacks on Turkey and -- even more explosive -- in Israel are predicted.

Al-Qaida's masterminds hope that attacks on Israel will help the terrorist group become a recognized organization. The author also believes that countries neighboring Iraq, such as Jordan, are also in danger.

The Fourth Phase Between 2010 and 2013, Hussein writes that al-Qaida will aim to bring about the collapse of the hated Arabic governments. The estimate is that "the creeping loss of the regimes' power will lead to a steady growth in strength within al-Qaida." At the same time attacks will be carried out against oil suppliers and the US economy will be targeted using cyber terrorism.

The Fifth Phase - This will be the point at which an Islamic state, or caliphate, can be declared. The plan is that by this time, between 2013 and 2016, Western influence in the Islamic world will be so reduced and Israel weakened so much, that resistance will not be feared. Al-Qaida hopes that by then the Islamic state will be able to bring about a new world order.

The Sixth Phase Hussein believes that from 2016 onwards there will a period of "total confrontation." As soon as the caliphate has been declared the "Islamic army" it will instigate the "fight between the believers and the non-believers" which has so often been predicted by Osama bin Laden.

The Seventh Phase This final stage is described as "definitive victory." Hussein writes that in the terrorists' eyes, because the rest of the world will be so beaten down by the "one-and-a-half billion Muslims," the caliphate will undoubtedly succeed. This phase should be completed by 2020, although the war shouldn't last longer than two years.

Report On The Gaza Pullout
Egypt To Post Troops Along Southern Border
To Stop Flow Of Weapons Into Gaza -
Palestinians Celebrate Jew-Free Territory


From Associated Press:


CAIRO, Egypt - Watching the dramatic footage of Israeli soldiers pulling Jewish settlers from synagogues Thursday, many Arabs cheered what they saw as a victory for the Palestinian cause while wondering how the Gaza withdrawal will reshuffle Mideast politics.

Egypt, meanwhile, was preparing to post hundreds of troops along the Gaza border to heighten security once Israeli troops leave. Around 450 Egyptian soldiers arrived Wednesday in the town of el-Arish, near the border.

The deployment increases Egypt's role in the future of the Gaza Strip and the wider peace process. Israel wants Egypt to ensure that weapons and other materials are not smuggled across the border to militant groups in Gaza.

Israel and the United States have said the degree to which the Palestinian leadership curtails militants and establishes control in Gaza after the Israeli departure will have an effect on future peace moves.

Cairo has given few details on the deployment, including when its troops will move into place. Israel is to complete the removal of its forces from the Mediterranean strip in about three weeks.

"This is an important opportunity to broaden the circle of peace in the area. Let me say that we see this not just as Gaza, but more than Gaza. If confidence can be rebuilt between Israelis and Palestinians, there's an opportunity to do more," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch after talks in Cairo with Egyptian Prime Minster Ahmed Nazief.


I see it that way too. I hope for peace. But, what are they doing on the Palestinian side?:


Arab satellite stations gave extensive coverage to the removal of settlers, particularly the most popular channels Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, which broadcast live footage from the scene. Al-Jazeera interviewed an Arab-speaking Israeli officer on how the evictions were proceeding.

In Lebanon, Al-Manar TV, the station of the Shiite guerrilla group Hezbollah, cheered the settlers' removal with shows featuring Palestinian dances and clips of fighting from the Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, set to martial music.

Al-Manar's exuberant coverage brought up an implicit — but clear — parallel between the Gaza pullout and the 1990 Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon after years of bloody fighting with Hezbollah forces, giving both events the aura of victory by armed resistance.

Two top officials from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Khaled Mashaal and Osama Hamdan, met Thursday with Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the top Shiite Muslim cleric in Lebanon, to "thank him for his support of the Palestinian cause."

The Gaza withdrawal is a "real victory, and achievement, albeit limited in size, but with great consequences. We see in it good tidings ... a beginning of withdrawal, the beginning of retreat and the beginning of an ultimate triumph for the resistance," Meshaal said after the meeting, according to Al-Manar.

Still, many in the Arab world fear that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is withdrawing from Gaza only to strengthen his country's hold on the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

In Jordan, university student Kameel al-Khalidi said the resistance of settlers to leaving Gaza "proves that Israelis nurture biblical dreams in Palestine."


Yes, this is true. There are hardcore Zionist Jews who do operate under the understanding that Israel is theirs because God gave it to them. If one were to poll Israelis and ask them if this is what they believe, one would find that far less then 10%, probably something more like 4% of Israelis believe that.

Meanwhile, Palestinians elected two political parties to lead them, both of whom publicly flaunt political charters which call for the utter destruction of Israel.

There is no moral equivalency here.


Despite concerns over the next steps, however, some said the end of the Gaza occupation marked a decisive change, proving that Israel can be forced to remove its settlements from Arab lands.


Yes, because there must be no Jews living in Arab lands. Question, how are these Arabs different than the Nazis who wanted Europe to be Judenrein?

How?

No Jews Allowed In Palestine


One might note that for a pro-Jewish, pro-Israel website, it is rare that CUANAS ever comments on the Gaza pullout, or any border issues for that matter. That's by design. The only comment I have is that I am happy that the Palestinians will finally have autonomy and control over a portion of land. I am happy that they will have, in effect, a state of Palestine, whether they choose to call it that or not.

However, there is one other thing to note about the Gaza pullout. David Horowitz, over at Front Page Magazine nails it on the head:


Forget for a moment all the strategic and geopolitical rationales for the Gaza pullout and consider the reason that the Jewish settlements in Gaza are an issue at all: Palestinian Arabs and indeed all the Arab states of the Middle East hate Jews. They hate Jews so ferociously that they can't live alongside them. Not even if there are 8,000 Jews living among 2 million Arabs.

By contrast there are more than million Arabs, Muslim and Christian, living safely in Israel where they enjoy more citizen rights than the Arabs living in any Arab country -- or for that matter the Muslims living in any Muslim country. But not a single Jew can live in a single Arab state.

The ethnic cleansing of the Jews from the Middle East began in 1921 when Churchill created the state of Jordan out of 80% of the Palestine mandate. The order creating the state of Jordan said no Jew is allowed to live on this land. That was what the Arabs wanted. No Jew should dirty this land. Seventy-percent of the population of Jordan is Palestinian Arabs. But they don't want Jordan as their Palestinian state because there are no Jews there to drive into the sea.

Palestinians have shown twice -- in 1948 and again in 2000 that they want to kill Jews more than they want a Palestinian state. Jew-hatred is the cause of the Middle East conflict and it is the only reason the Jews in Gaza are an issue at all.


Click the links to find out what happened in 1948 and 2000.

The Mind of Bin Laden


I have added a new blog to my blogroll called The Reform Club. A friend of mine recently was invited to join the staff of writers there, so I began reading. The Reform Club is a group journal which seems to offer a nice mix of high-minded commentary and intelligent humor.

Here, my friend Tom Van Dyke reminds us of the ideology of Osama Bin Laden by referring to his 1996 Fatwa declaring war on the United States:


"But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia; where--after vigorous propaganda about the power of the USA and its post cold war leadership of the new world order--you moved tens of thousands of international force, including twenty eight thousands American solders into Somalia. However, when tens of your solders were killed in minor battles and one American Pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead with you.

Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and promising revenge , but these threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal. You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew; the extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a pleasure for the "heart" of every Muslim and a remedy to the "chests" of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities of Beirut , Aden and Mogadishu."

---from bin Laden's 1996 fatwa against the West


Tom's commentary is worth reading. Go check it out. He makes the point that Bin Laden's Fatwa makes it clear that weakness, not strength, feeds Jihadism. In a series of comments, Thlaloc takes issue with this assertion:


You are mistaken. Read all of OBL's words and you see clearly he's pissed off by the US forces in the Middle East and the support of Israel and the US intervention in arab countries internal concerns. Much more importantly those are the things that piss off moderate muslims and hence recruit for Al Qaeda.

I can't explain this to you any clearer: Terrorism is a tactic designed to defeat military strength.

The military option has always failed: Israel, Ireland, Iraq give us a nice window into that. Ireland also gives us a nice view that a terrorist threat can be overcome by deciding which of their demands are things that can be accepted and which can't. You accept those that are okay and thus cut their motivation. Or you deal with daily attacks like Israel and respond everytime with more force and thus perpetuate the cycle.

The IRA is an example that what I'm suggesting has worked at least once. Do you have a single example of a well established terrorist group being destroyed by military force?


That's a very good question. Thlaloc has framed the issue well. He has proved his intelligence.

Now, let me pose a question. Thlaloc rightly asserts that "Terrorism is a tactic to defeat military strength." Ok, so suppose the Nazis had chosen the tactic of Terrorism instead of using their military. Should the world have then have figured out a way to deal with the Nazis?

Read Bin Laden's statements and demands. He wants to establish a Caliphate (transnational Islamic superstate) which includes Andalusia (Spain). He wants to kill the Christians and the Jews. He wants to establish Sharia Law as the rule of the land.

How are Bin Laden's demands different from those of Hitler?

It is important to understand that Afghanistan and the Sudan are Bin Laden's models of the perfect state. I wonder if Thlaloc could find something to compromise with in such an ideology.

My answer to Thlaloc's points (because, as I said, they are intelligent) is, if a military response has not worked against terrorism in the past, then we need to find a different way to use our military. In fact, we have done that so far in the WoT. Our new tactics have worked to some extent. The enemy adapts. We adapt. Some days it looks like we're doing a good job, and other days we are frightened.

That's war.

But, all our doubts and fears do not take away from the fact that Bin Laden's list of demands are not something we can abide. He and his rabid followers need to be removed from the face of the Earth.

The Creation of Eurabia From Within


From the New Zealand Herald, via Fjordman:


I came across an article the other day which, in the light of the London bombings and other acts of Muslim terrorism in Western Europe, gave me cause to reflect afresh on the growing population of Muslims here in New Zealand.

The article, headed "The Islamisation of Europe", was written by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, who is director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, the research arm of the Christian aid agency Barnabas Fund based in Pewsey, Wiltshire. According to Dr Sookhdeo, Europe is undergoing a rapid process of change as Muslims make their presence felt in politics, economics, law, education and the media.

Europe, he says, is being transformed into a society in which Islam takes its place not just as an equal with the many other faith communities but often as the dominant player. It is, says Dr Sookhdeo, not happening by chance but is the result of a careful and deliberate strategy by certain Muslim leaders which was planned in 1980 when the Islamic Council of Europe published a book called Muslim Communities in Non-Muslim States, which clearly explained the Islamic agenda in Europe.

The instructions given in the book told Muslims to get together and organise themselves into viable Muslim communities based on Islamic principles. This was the duty of every individual Muslim living in a non-Muslim country. They should set up mosques, community centres and Islamic schools.

At all costs they must avoid being assimilated by the majority, and to resist assimilation must group themselves geographically, forming areas of high Muslim concentration within the population as a whole. Yet they must also interact with non-Muslims so as to share the message of Islam with them.

The ultimate goal was for Muslims to become the majority and the entire nation be governed according to Islam.


Go here to read the rest.

Whither Goest Europe?


A radio station in Denmark proposed that the extent of radical Islamist infiltration of the Danish populace is so extensive that there are only two possible ways to solve the problem at this point; one is the mass expulsion of Muslims, and the other is to kill all extremist Muslims.

In a separate story the Danish branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir put out a flier calling for Muslims to kill Danish authorities and members of the Danish military.

The radio station immediately had their license suspended. Meanwhile, the Danish government is "looking to find a legal way" to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Now, note the distinctions in this story. The West, whether we want to admit it or not, is at war with Islamofascists, or to put it another way, we are at war with extremist Islam. So, a Danish radio station proposes two ways to deal with that fact; One, which does not involve killing Muslims, and the other which calls for killing only "extremist" Muslims.

Hizb ut-Tahrir called for the killing of Danish people with no distinctions, no contingencies. Just kill them.

Danish society has a way to deal with one problem, but not the other? How could that be? Isn't it clear that what Hizb ut-Tahrir did was worse than what the radio station did?

Go read the story from BBC.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


An Iraqi woman holds a poster explaining the procedures regarding the new Iraqi constitution in Najaf. Al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch launched an Internet campaign threatening Iraqis with death if they take part in the October referendum to approve the country's constitution.(AFP/Qassem Zein)
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They Did What to Her Clitoris?
How Many?


We hear, all the time, about the horrors Islam brings upon it's people. When confronted with evil, the natural reaction of human beings is to attempt to disbelieve what we are confronted with. It is impossible to fathom, so it must not be true.

Hitler told the Jews what he was going to do to them. He wrote it in Mein Kampf and he proceeded to repeat it in speeches. But, the Jews, and in fact, the whole world, refused to believe what they were hearing.

Similarly, the Jihadis openly tell us they want to establish a transnational Caliphate ruled by Sharia Law, but we refuse to believe they mean it. They tell us they are charged by the Koran to kill Christians and Jews, but we don't listen.

Why do we not listen? Because it is impossible to fathom the idea that someone would want us dead because we are "Christians." Especially since many of us don't consider ourselves Christians.

Well, if you want to understand whether to believe them or not, here's a story that will give you nightmares. You may have already heard of Female Genital Mutilation. The name means the removal (usually using crude surgical techniques, and without anesthesia) of the clitoris. FGM is practiced by Muslims for the purpose of making sure women do not enjoy sex.

So, now, if you have heard of this practice, you probably have formed some opinion. You think it's awful, right? But, you probably don't think it is very widespread, right? C'mon, admit it.

Well, read this. From Little Green Footballs:


KIRKUK, IRAQ - Set on an arid plain southeast of Kirkuk, Hasira looks like a place forsaken by time. Sheep amble past mud-brick houses and the odd sickly palm tree shades children’s games. There is no electricity.

Yet along with 39 other villages in this region that Iraq’s Kurds have named Germian (meaning hot place), Hasira and its people have become noted for presenting the first statistical evidence in Iraq of the existence of female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), as critics call it.

“We knew Germian was one of the areas most affected by the practice,” says Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, director of a German nongovernmental organization called WADI, which has been based in Iraq for more than a decade.

Of 1,554 women and girls over 10 years old interviewed by WADI’s local medical team, 907, or more than 60 percent, said they had had the operation.

The practice is known to exist throughout the Middle East, particularly in northern Saudi Arabia, southern Jordan, and Iraq. There is also circumstantial evidence to suggest it is present in Syria, western Iran, and southern Turkey.

But while this practice was suspected in the region, there was never solid proof that the procedure was so prevalent.


The Global War on Terror is a war to free women from the slavery of Islam. It is among the most just wars ever fought in the history of the world.

May God hold everyone of us accountable. We can not allow this to go on anymore.

How Pakistan's Dr. X
Gave al-Qaida Islamic Bomb


World Net Daily claims that the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb has already given nuclear weapons to Al Qaeda:


Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the "father of the Islamic bomb" and the "godfather of nuclear proliferation," provided nuclear expertise, nuclear materials, and designs for atomic weapons to Osama bin Laden ...

News about Dr. Khan's involvement with al-Qaida and the American Hiroshima plan first emerged with the capture of several al-Qaida operatives in Afghanistan in October 2001, during the first phase of Operation Enduring Freedom, and, later, with the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, bin Laden's military operations chief, in Karachi, Pakistan, March 2, 2003.

From Khalid Mohammad's laptop, CIA officials uncovered details of al-Qaida's plan to create a series of "nuclear hell storms" throughout the United States.

After days of interrogation coupled with severe sleep deprivation, Khalid Mohammad told U.S. intelligence officials that the chain of command for the "American Hiroshima" answered directly to bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and a mysterious scientist whom he, at first, referred to as "Dr. X," but later identified as Dr. Khan.

Tim Burger and Tim McGirk in the May 12, 2003, edition of Time managed to confirm that at least one meeting between Dr. Khan and bin Laden occurred within a safe house in Kabul.

More information was squeezed out of Khalid Mohammad in subsequent months, including accounts of continuous visits by bin Laden and company to the A.Q. Khan Research Laboratories in Pakistan, where they gained the assistance of such renowned nuclear physicists, including Dr. Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, chairman of Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission.
Dr. Mahmood's Confession


Mahmood was taken into custody by Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence and CIA agents Oct. 23, 2001. After months of questioning, Mahmood at last admitted that he had met with bin Laden, al-Zawahiri and other al-Qaida officials on several occasions, including the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to discuss the means of speeding up the process of manufacturing nukes from the highly enriched uranium that al-Qaida had obtained from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and other sources.

Mahmood insisted that he had provided answers to technical questions concerning tactical nuclear weapons but declined to provide bin Laden actual hands-on help for the creation of such devices. Upon voicing this denial, Mahmood was subjected to six lie-detector tests. He failed them all.

Dr. Chaudry Abdul Majid, PAEC's chief engineer, admitted that he met with bin Laden and other al-Qaida officials on a regular basis to provide technical assistance for the construction and care of its nuclear weapons. Dr. Mirza Yusuf Baig, another PAEC engineer, made a similar confession.

... the interrogations of the Pakistani scientists, coupled with findings from Dr. Mahmood's office for "charitable affairs" in Kabul, verified for the CIA that al-Qaida had produced several nuclear weapons from highly enriched uranium and plutonium pellets the size of silver dollars at Khan's facilities. At least one of these weapons was transported to Karachi where it was shipped to the United States in a cargo container.

The story of the deployed nuke was reported by Arnaud de Borchgrave of the Washington Times Dec. 10, 2001. It was carried by United Press International but received little play in the national press and garnered scant attention from such major news outlets as ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

The whereabouts of the weapon remains a mystery.


There are more than 18 million cargo containers that pass through U.S. ports every year. Only 3% of them are inspected.

Jihad Roundup


As if they weren't already abusing the Human Rights of mass-murder advocates enough, now Britain is going to expel even more Jihadis:


The Home Secretary said that further expulsions were imminent and that it would be “absolutely foolish” to assume that there will not be a third terrorist attack in London.

The security services and immigration officials are understood to have drawn up a list of foreign extremists to be deported. Many are understood to be young clerics who have come in recent years from Pakistan and North Africa. These so-called preachers of hate are not as well known as clerics such as Abu Qatada and Omar Bakri Mohammed but are seen as stirring up hatred and extremism among young followers.

Muslim leaders have been consulted about a number of the suspects who are expected to be arrested shortly. Their identities are being kept secret for fear that the men may go into hiding before arrests can be made.

As well as clerics, the list is understood to include owners of radical Islamic bookshops, writers, a number of teachers and website operators of different nationalities....

In future unacceptable behaviour will include fomenting terrorism or seeking to provoke others to terror, justifying terrorism, fomenting other serious criminal activity, fostering hatred which may lead to intra-community violence, advocating violence in support of particular beliefs and expressing what the Government considers to be extreme views conflicting with Britain’s culture of tolerance.

It will apply to anyone preaching, public speeches, websites and those writing, publishing or distributing such material. British diplomats have been told to speed up their negotiations to get more countries to sign a deal to take militants who have been expelled.


I think you can bet that if the police are "consulting" with the Muslim community on information which they want kept from the Jihadis, it ain't gonna happen.

Yesterday, I featured a post on a condemnation of the new British terrorism laws, released by "moderate" Muslims. In their condemnation they said the following:


It is natural for Muslims to feel sympathy with fellow Muslims elsewhere in the world and to desire justice for those of them living under oppression.


In other words, they are Muslim before they are British. And they do consider these new terrorism laws to be oppressive, so they will decline to help. I can guarantee it.

And while we are on the subject of Tony Blair's new terrorism policies, let us examine one of the Islamic extremist groups he wants to ban:


The London bombings have prompted the UK government to outlaw Hizb ut Tahrir - a radical Islamic group that wants to replace secular governments with an Islamic Caliphate, or super-state run according to Sharia Law.

The group is particularly strong in Central Asia, where it believes it may take the first steps towards establishing its Caliphate.

High in the mountains of poverty-stricken Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia a bearded man with a fierce gaze slices a watermelon. It is a very colourful sight - red drops of juice on the green carpet, with the glistening snow-covered peaks in the distance.

"In this village, people trust us, not the authorities," says Nur Mohammed, a local leader of Hizb ut Tahrir, which is also banned in Kyrgyzstan.

"Everybody here knows that we will solve their problems quickly and in strict accordance with the Koran. And this suits people a lot better than the slow, bureaucratic and often expensive official route."...

"We have already won the battles on prostitution, drink and robbery," says Nur Mohammed.

"All we do is talk to people about the Koran. Sometimes, it requires more than just the skill of persuasion - but in the end, we do come out on top.

But for Hizb ut Tahrir, battles for hearts and minds in small villages like Arslanbob are just routine. The organisation aims much higher.

"All Muslims in the world already want to live in a Caliphate, under Sharia law," he says. "It will be a huge state, a very powerful state. Even now you are all afraid of us - America, Israel, you in the UK too."


Meanwhile, the confederation of "moderate" British Muslim groups says there is nothing wrong with that:


To equate "extremism" with the aspirations of Muslims for Sharia laws in the Muslim world or the desire to see unification towards a Caliphate in the Muslim lands, as seemed to be misrepresented by the prime minister, is inaccurate and disingenuous.

The proposal to ban the non-violent organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir is, in our view, unwarranted, unjust and unwise, and runs counter to all the principles which Western democracies are currently trying to promote abroad.


Yes, that's right, they believe there is nothing wrong with the idea of creating a Muslim superstate, made up of formerly secular countries, where Sharia Law will rule.

Don't worry about the Caliphate, infidels. It's nothing to lose your head over.

And, if you think the British are doing a good job with their new terrorism policies (and I do), then you will truly be blown away by the Italians:


ROME — Italian police have arrested 141 people in raids at Islamic gathering places across the country, but the country remains at an "elevated risk" for a terrorist attack, the government said Monday.

Police sweeps recently, including raids across Italy on Friday and Saturday, brought the arrests of 141 people, the Interior Ministry said. Two of those arrests were for possession of false documents under a new law stepping up anti-terrorism crackdowns after the London transit attacks last month.

The ministry said others were arrested for suspected robberies or thefts and other "common crimes" but that none of the suspects had immediately been linked to terrorism.

Targeted in the raids were "Islamic gathering places: call centers, Internet Points, Islamic butcher shops and money transfer business," the ministry statement said.


But, that was yesterday. Today comes the news that the Italians have targeted 700 militants for expulsion:


ISN SECURITY WATCH (16/08/05) – The Italian police on Monday said they had arrested more than 100 suspected Muslim militants and planned to expel hundreds more in a massive “anti-terror” sweep made possible by new legislation granting broader powers to police.

More than 141 suspected militants have been arrested, and officials claim to have questioned 32,000 suspects since the introduction of new anti-terrorism legislation last month.

In late July, the Italian parliament passed legislation granting greater powers to police and making it easier to detain people on suspicion of membership in a militant group. Civil liberties groups have harshly criticized the legislation.

The move comes only weeks after one of the suspects in the failed 21 July attack on the London transport system, Hussain Osman, was detained in Rome. Osman is among 701 people Italy plans to expel or extradite for alleged involvement in terrorist activities.


Now, all of Western Civilization needs to learn how to give the Jihadis the big Italian boot in the ass.