Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Saints Will Come Marching In

Sunset is seen over in New Orleans, September 12, 2005.

The French Quarter is opening again on Monday. Dixieland is rising from the dead. The sound legacy of Louie Armstrong will grace America once again.

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Yes, We've Been Telling You That For Awhile Now

Palestinian lawmakers are calling for members of the cabinent of Mahmoud Abbas to resign in wake of the anarchy in the streets of Gaza:

Palestinian legislators on Thursday demanded the resignation of the cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, holding it responsible for the ongoing state of anarchy and lawlessness in Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.

"The situation is very dangerous, especially in the Gaza Strip," said Rouhi Fattouh, Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council. "We are demanding that the Palestinian Authority put an end to security chaos and start collecting illegal weapons. The Palestinian leadership isn't doing enough to impose law and order."

Noting that the PA had yet to fulfill its pledge to consolidate the security forces, the report accused Qurei's cabinet of negligence with regards to enforcing law and order. It also stressed the importance of putting an end to the phenomenon of masked gunmen roaming the streets of Palestinian cities and refugee camps.

Legislator Abdel Aziz Shahin held PA Interior Minister Nasser Youssef responsible for the continued anarchy. "There will be no stability until the security chaos ends," he said.

When your schools, your media, and your politicians teach nothing but violence for over thirty years running, then all you will have generations of people who only know how to create violence.

How To Wake Up

In his continuing Washington Times series on the War on Terror, Tony Blankley says we need an old war spirit to fight this new war. The old war he refers to is World War II, in which we proudly fought a "total war":

American writer and social historian Studs Terkel memorably called World War II "the good war."

Terkel interviewed hundreds of GIs and their families many years after the war. They recalled that the struggle lifted them above their personal lives to fight on behalf of something they believed was greater than themselves.

World War II was good, despite the millions of deaths, the limitations on daily lives, the encroachment on peacetime liberties and the arduousness of wartime life. The war was good because the sacrifice was for a noble cause, for the perpetuation of America and the American way of life.

The struggle against Islamist terrorism is an equally good war -- and for the same reasons. We have just as great a responsibility to win our struggle against insurgent Islamist aggression as our parents and grandparents had to win World War II.

There is no other cause so urgent. If we do not pay with our sacrifices now, we (and our children) will pay in greater losses later. We must be prepared to be just as ruthless and rational as the "greatest generation" was in defeating fascism.

Just as their generals and admirals made no compromise to the imperative of total victory on the battlefield, so British and American political leaders, courts and popular opinion let the requirements for victory define the powers of their government on the home front.

Prior to America's entry into the war, Congress passed laws that, collectively, authorized President Franklin D. Roosevelt to instruct the FBI to investigate suspected subversive activity.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, the Smith Act of 1940 and the Voorhis Act of 1941 were the grounds for Roosevelt's wartime domestic surveillance of American citizens whose political activity might lead them to serve the interests of opposing nations.

Attorney General Robert Jackson described the targets and responsibility of the FBI's domestic intelligence activities as involving "steady surveillance over individuals and groups within the United States ... which [are] ready to give assistance or encouragement in any form to invading or opposing ideologies."

Roosevelt authorized the FBI to use wiretaps (without a warrant), surreptitious entries and "champering" (secretly intercepting and reading private mail without consent).

A total of 25,655 noncitizens living in the United States were interned or deported during the war years because of their ethnicity or nationality, rather than their words or conduct. They included 11,229 Japanese, 10,905 Germans, 3,278 Italians, 52 Hungarians, 25 Romanians, five Bulgarians and 161 other foreign nationals.

The Supreme Court later held, in Johnson v. Eisentrager (1950), that "executive power over enemy aliens, undelayed and unhampered by litigation, has been deemed, throughout our history, essential to wartime security." The high court added: "The resident enemy alien is constitutionally subject to summary arrest, internment and deportation whenever a 'declared war' exists." So the power to intern or deport comes into effect only when war has been declared.

Today, we are under attack not by a nation, but by groups of militant individuals who claim Islam as their faith. Yet for the first time in human history, the destructive power of terrorists can be as great as that of a traditional nation-state that has declared war. We need a mechanism to deal with this change.

During World War II, the country was faced with the prospect of large numbers of people -- again identifiable by ethnicity, not conduct -- who were real or potential enemies.

The logic of the Supreme Court's opinion is applicable to the situation we face today. The court held that people ethnically connected to the war-makers are more likely to support them than are others -- and our country at war has a right to protect itself from this presumed higher risk of danger.

This is true regardless of the personal innocence of particular individuals. The term we would use today is "ethnic profiling," and 200 years of American law and practice during wartime permits ethnic profiling for the common defense.

The war power "extends to every matter and activity so related to war as substantially to affect its conduct and progress," Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone wrote in the majority opinion.

Members of the Jehovah's Witnesses were prosecuted during World War II for refusing to let their children recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, a liberal, wrote the majority opinion in the case. He upheld the school expulsions and parental prosecutions for violating compulsory attendance laws.

Justice Frankfurter observed that "the mere possession of religious convictions which contradict the relevant concerns of a political society does not relieve the citizen from the discharge of political responsibilities."

This is particularly applicable to the situation we face today. Radical Islamists are demanding to be covered by Shariah -- laws compiled over a thousand years of Muslim jurisprudence, based on the Koran and its commentaries -- rather than by the laws of the United States, Britain, Germany or the other non-Muslim nations in which the radical Islamists live.

Although Justice Frankfurter is remembered as a great liberal, in the 1940s, liberalism still understood our country's history and government's role in unifying our nation.

"We are dealing with an interest inferior to none in the hierarchy of legal values," he wrote. "National unity is the basis of national security."

Today, schoolchildren, senators and elite journalists would giggle at the idea of applying Justice Frankfurter's lofty words to the defense of the modest little Pledge of Allegiance.

But back then, as now, we were a nation of newly arrived immigrants, threatened from abroad and bombarded with destructive ideologies.

Then, it was communism and fascism. Today, it is multiculturalism, political correctness and, among the Muslim population, radical Islam.

Good morning, America. It's time to get up and face the day.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Iranian TV Says
9/11 Made By Mossad

You've got to see this. Click here to go to the video.

Egyptian Forces Beat Palestinians With Sticks
Human Rights Groups Yawn

The Pedestrian Infidel points out that Egypt is now doing everything Israel ever did, and worse, to try to control the Palestinian Jihadis, but the media, and the human rights organizations, and the UN itself, are all turning a blind eye:

Those poor oppressed Gazans. Now Egypt is beating them with sticks and rolling out the barbwire. But do you hear a peep from all those Palestinian sympathizers that Egypt is being mean. Nope, not a peep.

RAFAH, Egypt Sep 16, 2005 — Thousands of Palestinians broke through Egyptian and Palestinian Authority lines on the Gaza border Friday, pouring into Egypt in defiance of government attempts to secure the frontier.

It was the second afternoon in a row when crowd power overwhelmed the measures imposed in the morning to restore order on the Gaza-Egypt border, the Palestinians' only outlet to the world that avoids Israel.

The surge started when Palestinians waiting to cross pelted their own security forces with stones at the Saladin gate, the main informal crossing on the border, in this border town.

When the Palestinian security officials gave way, the crowd pushed through the iron gateway and tackled the Egyptian police....

Policemen tried to beat the crowd back with sticks, but they were overwhelmed. There was no official figure for the number of Palestinians who entered Egypt, but The Associated Press estimated them at about five thousand.

Let's see, when the Israelis beat back a Palestinians crowd they are condemned by the UN, castigated in newspapers like the Guardian, and accused of Genocide by politicians and organizations like Amnesty International. But when Egyptian forces do it, no one says a word.

I wonder why that is. What is the difference between the Egyptians and the Israelis which could lead to the different response?

Could it be because the Israelis are Jews?


The Astute Blogger notes that Katrina victims, who are temporarily being put up in the Astrodome, do not blame Bush for their plight, but instead blame Louisiana Governor Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Nagin.

The Astute Blogger's post is priceless. Go read it.

Massachusettes Governor Says
"Wiretap Mosques"

From Jihad Watch:

WASHINGTON -- Governor Mitt Romney raised the prospect of wiretapping mosques and conducting surveillance of foreign students in Massachusetts, as he issued a broad call yesterday for the federal government to devote far more money and attention to domestic intelligence gathering.

In remarks that caused alarm among civil libertarians and advocates for immigrants rights, Romney said in a speech to the Heritage Foundation that the United States needs to radically rethink how it guards itself against terrorism.

''How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who have come from terrorist-sponsored states?" he said, referring to foreign students who attend universities in Massachusetts. ''Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them?"

''How about people who are in settings -- mosques, for instance -- that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror," Romney continued. ''Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what's going on?"

Mitt Romney's idea may sound crazy to the more liberal-minded of us, but I guarantee you that we are going to here more and more and more of this if Muslims don't take care of the problem. The solution is not up to non-Muslims, it is up to the Muslim community.

Why? Because they have the most personal connections with those who are preaching the Jihadi ideology.

We don't know who is and who isnt'. All we know is that a sizable percentage of Mosques in the United States have made anti-Infidel hate literature available to their worshipers.

After the London Bombings of July 7th, I did a series of posts where I reiterated that until Muslims start taking action against the Islamists in their midst, they can expect to be treated with increasing distrust in our world.

Here's what they can do to start to make things better:

1) start by contacting Christian churches, Jewish Synagogues, and Mormon Temples 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.

World's Dumbest "Intellectual" Says
It's Time For Bin Laden To
Take His Place Among World's Statesmen

Perhaps, the dumbest "intellectual" I have ever heard of:

Bruce Lawrence is the Duke professor who says that jihad means "being a better student, a better colleague, a better business partner. Above all, to control one's anger." Now he has joined to that bit of wisdom the assertion that Osama bin Laden needs to take his place among the world's statesmen.

From the Duke University Chronicle:

Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, is publishing a book of Osama bin Laden’s speeches and writings.

Only days after the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a Duke professor is trying to explain the motivations of the tragedy’s organizer—jihadist Osama bin Laden.

Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, edited and wrote the forward to the book Messages to the World—The Statements of Osama bin Laden. The text, which goes into print today and will arrive in bookstores in the fall, is the first to include the translations of the Arabic writings of bin Laden.

The book features a collection of 22 speeches and interviews given by the leader of the terrorist organization al Qaeda between 1994 and 2004....

“If you read him in his own words, he sounds like somebody who would be a very high-minded and welcome voice in global politics,” Lawrence said.

After analyzing his writings, Lawrence said he concluded bin Laden does not have an ultimate goal that he wants to achieve in his jihad but that he does have a specific target.

Spencer comments:

He doesn't have an ultimate goal, eh? Apparently Lawrence did not read the writings he was editing all that closely. Osama makes it quite clear in his message to the American people of November 24, 2002 that he is waging "Jihad in the way of Allah so that Allah's Word and religion reign Supreme." He criticizes the United States for failing to adopt Islamic law:

"You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and desire. You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator."

What, then, is his goal? To restore the caliphate and Sharia in the Islamic world, and then by offensive jihad to extend it over the non-Muslim world. This is emphasized not only by Osama but by other jihadists around the world. How could Lawrence have missed it?

And, although this isn't Bin Laden's "ultimate" goal, I would add that he has also stated that it is a "religious duty" to aquire nuclear weapons, and that he has sought and received a Fatwa authorizing him to kill 2-4 million Americans.

That may not be Bin Laden's "ultimate" goal, but it sure would seem pretty ultimate to us, wouldn't it?

Atlantic Monthly Calls Palestinians
Pawns In A Permanent War Against Israel

Yes, well they did 44 years ago anyway.

Neo-Neocon has dug up a treasure of an article from a 1961 edition of the Atlantic Monthly, which reveals that what ought to be evident about the Palestinian cause today, was as plain as the nose on your face back in 1961:

A reader recently alerted me to an astounding article by Martha Gellhorn which appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in October of 1961, forty-four years ago.

The article is entitled "The Arabs of Palestine," and it was the result of a series of interviews Gellhorn had with residents of Palestinian refugee camps, and talks with Israeli Arabs, as well.

At the time of Gellhorn's article, the various refugee camps she visited were under the jurisdiction of Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Keep in mind, also, that she was describing conditions that existed long before the 1967 war that resulted in Israel having jurisdiction over some of the areas Gellhorn visited. Therefore nothing Gellhorn writes about Palestinian attitudes towards Israel could possibly be the result of an "occupation" that hadn't yet occurred.

Here are some of her opening salvos:

Although no one knows exactly how many refugees are scattered everywhere over the globe, it is estimated that since World War II, and only since then, at least thirty-nine million non-Arab men, women, and children have become homeless refugees, through no choice of their own....

The world could be far more generous to these unwilling wanderers, but at least the world has never thought of exploiting them. They are recognized as people, not pawns. By their own efforts, and with help from those devoted to their service, all but some six million of the thirty-nine million have made a place for themselves, found work and another chance for the future. To be a refugee is not necessarily a life sentence.

The unique misfortune of the Palestinian refugees is that they are a weapon in what seems to be a permanent war. Alarming signs, from Egypt, warn us that the Palestinian refugees may develop into more than a justification for cold war against Israel...

... today, in the Middle East, you get a repeated sinking sensation about the Palestinian refugees: they are only a beginning, not an end. Their function is to hang around and be constantly useful as a goad.

Was Nancy Gelhorn a prophet? Well, what was obvious to her 44 years ago is even harder for the general public to grasp these days.

The truth is, public perception of the Palestinian situation has gone backward during the course of my lifetime.

I am in my early forties. When I was a kid I had insomnia (well actually, I still do). So, I used to stay up late watching the TV news in desparate hope that it would put me to sleep. I remember, clearly, being 7, 8, 9 years old, and seeing Yasser Arafat and his insane followers on the news; hijacking, bombing and generally making a menace of themselves.

The difference, though, was in those days, he was called a terrorist, not a head of state. He had not won a Nobel Peace Prize. He was not even allowed on U.S. soil, let alone to speak at the United Nations.

The leftist transfiguration of Yasser Arafat has been an abomination, and one motivated by all sorts of anti-Western idiocy, which has over time mutated into virulent anti-Semitism.

Go read the rest of the Neo-Neocon post. It's worth it.

Swedish Muslim Students Laugh
And Shout "Allahu Akbar"
While Watching Beheading Video

In Sweden, the phenomena of young Muslim kids glorifying suicide bombers and Jihadi activity is becoming so prevalent that the government is looking into ways to deal with it:

Jihad is Only an Inner Struggle

A high school teacher in Malmö, Sweden, discovered that about a dozen Arab students were laughing and shouting "Allahu Akbar!" while watching a DVD of infidel hostages being beheaded in Iraq. The headmaster didn't think the incident was such a big deal.

Security police to monitor children

Swedish security police unit Säpo plans to keep tabs on Muslim schoolchildren who express admiration for suicide bombers and other terrorists. Teachers are expected to assist in monitoring the attitudes of young pupils, and the plan has sparked strong reactions, newspaper Aftonbladet reports.

Talks are already planned between school authorities and Säpo, and many educators do not feel that watching and reporting on students is part of their job. Sweden's Liberal Party is behind the proposal.

"Get teachers to spy on danger pupils"

Teachers in Stockholm could be asked to report pupils who praise suicide bombers, if new proposals are put into action. But Säpo, Sweden’s security police, say that they are cautious about any moves to turn teachers into informers.

The proposal for teachers and security police to start cooperating, which will be put before the city’s education committee next week, was originally the idea of the Liberal Party.

The party came up with the idea after the London terror attacks in July, in which the bombers were young Muslim men, one as young as 18. The Liberal Party’s Lotta Edholm told Aftonbladet “Muslim extremism is now a threat against a number of pupils in Stockholm’s schools.”

You know something has really changed in Europe when the Liberal party is prosposing what they heretofore would have called "spying" on students.

Still, they are couching their fear over evidence of Jihadi behavior as concern for the "threat" it poses to students. It does not pose a "threat" to students. It poses a threat to Swedish society.

Oh well, we can't expect Liberals to deal with the full scope of consequences. We must leave that to Conservatives and remember that the Liberal will blame us for doing it. It's the way of the world.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Meandering In Your Inner Sanctum

A visitor walks inside the ' The Luminarium Levity II ' by Architects of Air at Hong Kong's Victoria Park Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. The walk-through sculpture immerses visitors in light and color. It is inspired by Islamic architecture and features winding passages of small domes reminiscent of the repetitious forms found in the bazaars of Iran. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Not An Ordinary War

"In times like these - in times of great tension, of great crisis - the compass of the world narrows to a single fact. The fact which dominates our world is the fact of armed aggression, the fact of successful armed aggression, aimed at the form of Government, the kind of society that we in the United States have chosen and established for ourselves. It is a fact which no one longer doubts - which no one is longer able to ignore.

It is not an ordinary war. It is a revolution imposed by force of arms, which threatens all men everywhere. It is a revolution which proposes not to set men free but to reduce them to slavery - to reduce them to slavery in the interest of a dictatorship which has already shown the nature and the extent of the advantage which it hopes to obtain.

That is the fact which dominates our world and which dominates the lives of all of us, each and every one of us. In the face of the danger which confronts our times, no individual retains or can hope to retain, the right of personal choice which free men enjoy in times of peace. He has first an obligation to serve in the defense of our institutions of freedom - a first obligation to serve his country in whatever capacity his country finds him useful."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
July 19, 1940

This was said 1 year and 5 months before Pearl Harbor. Can you imagine how Americans felt about being told they must expect to give up their freedoms? Can you imagine how American felt about being told they were at war?

Thank You Mr. President
And To The Glorious American People

The other day the Democratically elected President of Iraq, Jalal Talibani, gave an extraordinary speech, thanking the American people for what we have done for the Iraqis. From the Anchoress:

“In the name of Iraqi people, I say to you, Mr. President, and to the glorious American people, thank you, thank you. Thank you, because you liberated us from the worst kind of dictatorship.”

“Mr. President, you are a visionary, great statesman. We salute you. We are grateful to you. We will never forget what you have done for our people.”

All of us who supported the war have reason to be proud. America has done a great and historic thing.

Some Of My Best Friends Are Jewish

From Front Page Magazine:

The annual United Nations General Assembly serves as an opportunity for world leaders and diverse groups to meet. One such meeting this year includes Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, reaching out to American Jewish groups.

On September 19, 2001, Mr. Musharraf made a televised message to the Pakistani people to explain how his nation would respond to September 11. Referring to “the first six years of the history of Islam,” Mr. Musharraf said:

Mohammed himself went from Mecca to Medina to save Islam...when the prophet reached Medina, then he entered a friendship treaty with his enemies, the Jews...because of the peace treaty with Jews, he was able to fight the infidels of Mecca. After six years, the Jews noticed that Islam was becoming stronger. They got very irritated.

Mr. Musharraf then explained why Mohammed was willing to sign a peace agreement with the infidels even if it temporarily made Muslims look weak.

There was a battle between Muslims and Jews, and of course by the grace of God, Muslims won the battle...Mecca was conquered. What lesson do we derive with this incident?...On this occasion, a strategic decision is to be taken...if you are facing two problems and you have to choose one, then it is better to take the lesser evil....

The temporary good relations between Mohammed and the Jewish tribes of Arabia (Qurayza, Khaybar, Khaynuqa, and Nadhir), who were wiped out by Muslims, is well-known in the contemporary Muslim world, as it is often mentioned in textbooks, sermons, and TV shows. Yasser Arafat frequently referred to the concept of a temporary truce (Hudna) in justifying the Oslo Accords with Israel. Other Arab and Muslim leaders also frequently refer to this.

For example, following threats to bomb Los Angeles, Egyptian labor party head Magdi Ahmad Hussein appeared on Al-Jazeera on October 17, 2004, explaining:

600 to 700 prisoners were killed in the raid on the Qurayza tribe. Why do they conceal this? Why do they hide the fact that the Prophet gave the order to assassinate some poets – to assassinate! Not in military operations, but rather by individual assassination. Why did he order the assassination of K'ab Ibn Ashraf, the Jew, leader of Khaybar...As a result, the Jews became fearful and terrified.

Syrian legislator Mohammed Habash appeared on Syrian TV on July 29, 2005, discussing the characteristics of the Jewish tribes of Arabia. He explained that the Jews smelled so bad it “made people sick,” and that “when the Prophet's companions reached Al-Madina, they all contracted fever because of the filthy environment.”

“Stories From Before the Verses Came Down” was a Jordanian-produced series that ran on Saudi Iqra TV in February 2005, which was based on the Jews of the time of Mohammed. The series portrayed the Jews as despicable “pigs” scheming against Mohammed. Part of the plot included Jews altering the Torah to hide the fact that Mohammed was a true prophet; how early Jews planned “a very long war” against the decedents of Muslims and Jews depicted as having “joined forces with Satan.” One episode showed Jews engaged in voodoo, creating a doll of Mohammed and sticking it with needles in his head, liver, and eyes.

Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, one of Sunni Islam's most prominent scholars, explained on his Al-Jazeera show on January 19 this year: “One of the first things the Prophet Mohammed did when he went to Al-Madina was to make a pact with the Jews...The problem started because of the Jews. They were the ones who were treacherous and violated the pact.” Mr. Al-Qaradhawi added, “The problem with the Jews is not one of faith or religious laws. The problem is the covetous aspirations that have characterized their attitude since the days of the Prophet Mohammed, that brought this position toward them since the days of Mohammed, and later on in our times.”

By reaching his hands out in friendship to the Jews, President Musharraf has a unique opportunity to distinguish himself from other Arab and Muslim leaders who have given messages of peace in English and hate in Arabic.

Let's hope Musharraf means it. As a wise man once said, "Trust, but verify."

Iranian President Says
Iran Will Share Nukes
With Other Muslim States

From Little Green Footballs:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is ready to share its nuclear technology, considered to be a front for bomb-making by Washington, with other Islamic countries, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Thursday.

The comments were likely to heighten Western concerns about Tehran’s nuclear program just ahead of a key meeting of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog this month which could decide to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action.

“The Islamic Republic never seeks weapons of mass destruction and with respect to the needs of Islamic countries, we are ready to transfer nuclear know-how to these countries,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

The remarks were made during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, IRNA said.

Iranian President Says
Iran Will Share Nukes
With Other Muslim States

From Little Green Footballs:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is ready to share its nuclear technology, considered to be a front for bomb-making by Washington, with other Islamic countries, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Thursday.

The comments were likely to heighten Western concerns about Tehran’s nuclear program just ahead of a key meeting of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog this month which could decide to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action.

“The Islamic Republic never seeks weapons of mass destruction and with respect to the needs of Islamic countries, we are ready to transfer nuclear know-how to these countries,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

The remarks were made during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, IRNA said.

Peaceful State Watch
Palestinians Torch Synagogues

I've been travelling the past few days, so I wasn't able to keep up with all the news. They were eventful days in the Peaceful State of Palestine, to say the least. For instance, as we know, since Israel left Gaza, the Palestinians have been running amok.

They looted the Greenhouses which Israel had left behind for them to use for commerce purposes (at the expense of Jewish donors living in New York City). Well, there goes the business.

Then, they blew a hole in the Egyptian border.

They dug a tunnel into Egypt for arms smuggling purposes.

And they vowed to destroy Israel.

Then they torched the Synagogues the Jews had left behind when they evacuated:

NYTIMES: "KISSUFIM CROSSING, Gaza Strip, Sept. 12 - Palestinians moved into the former settlement of Neve Dakalim today after Israel ended its 38-year presence in the Gaza Strip, setting fire to the main synagogue and ripping out aluminum window frames and metal ceiling fixtures. The Palestinian flag and the flag of the militant group Hamas flew from the synagogue roof. "

As the Astute Blogger notes:

The Gazans did NOT choose to reclaim or recycle the religious buildings ... OBVIOUSLY, the Gazans could not control their racist hatred, and the Gazan authorities could not control the Gazans. The Gazans torched the EMPTY synagogues and demolished them by HAND by swinging hateful sledge-hammers into concrete columns. This display of UNBRIDLED HATE AND GENOCIDAL DESTRUCTIVENESS reveals EVERYTHING you need to know about the chances Gazans have at establishing the rule of law in their own "space" and about the chances Israel has at peaceful relations with the Gazans.

So, the Jews are gone - there are no Jews left in Gaza - and still the Palestinians are angry.

What could they possibly be angry about?

Mice Infected With Bubonic Plague Missing

From Associated Press:

NEWARK, N.J. - Three mice infected with the bacteria responsible for bubonic plague apparently disappeared from a laboratory about two weeks ago, and authorities launched a search though health experts said there was scant public risk.

The mice were unaccounted-for at the Public Health Research Institute, which is on the campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and conducts bioterrorism research for the federal government.

Federal official said the mice may never be accounted for. Among other things, the rodents may have been stolen, eaten by other lab animals or just misplaced in a paperwork error.

If the mice got outside the lab, they would have already died from the disease, state Health Commissioner Fred Jacobs said.

The possibility of theft prompted the institute to interrogate two dozen of its employees and conduct lie detector tests, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Thursday.

The FBI said it was investigating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also investigating, the newspaper reported.

Flight 93 Memorial
Did We Win?

Somehow, I doubt it will be this easy. But, the architect says he will make changes:

WASHINGTON - The architect of the memorial to a plane downed in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, said Wednesday he would work to satisfy critics who complained that it honors terrorists with its crescent-shaped design.

Designer Paul Murdoch said he is “somewhat optimistic” that the spirit of the design could be maintained.

“It’s a disappointment there is a misinterpretation and a simplistic distortion of this, but if that is a public concern, then that is something we will look to resolve in a way that keeps the essential qualities,” Murdoch, 48, of Los Angeles, said in a telephone interview.

I can't wait to see what those changes are. Sorry to be pessimistic, but I have a feeling they won't be sufficient.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Egypt Discovers Tunnel Under Gaza Border

Now that Israel is out of Gaza, will Egypt live up to it's agreement to monitor the border and prevent illegal arms smuggling? Believe it or not, the answer just might be yes (From Associated Press):

El-ARISH, Egypt - Egypt said Wednesday it had found an arms-smuggling tunnel under the Gaza border, and Palestinians crossing the frontier were warned to return by sunset when passport controls will be reimposed.

Egyptian border guards discovered the tunnel in the al-Duhniya area, 2 1/2 miles south of the Rafah crossing point, on Tuesday evening, a security official said.

The tunnel contained 38 firearms and three rocket-propelled grenades, the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The tunnel penetrated to the Palestinian side of the frontier, and Palestinian security forces seized the weapons Wednesday, the official said.

(Pastorius) But, even if Egypt does live up to it's committment, they seem to be no match for the Islamic Jihadis of the Peaceful State of Palestine, who yesterday blew a hole in the border crossing (From Little Green Footballs):

Hamas militants have destroyed a section of a concrete barrier erected along the Gaza-Egypt border.

Palestinian and Egyptian troops have been trying to shore up the barrier to stop Palestinians crossing into Egypt after the withdrawal of Israeli troops. In chaotic scenes, thousands of Palestinians have streamed over the border in the last few days without undergoing official checks.

Despite this, Egypt says that its Gaza border is officially closed.

Militants from Hamas cleared an area before setting off explosives that blew away a section of the wall. Palestinian security officers present did nothing to prevent them. A local Hamas commander warned them not to try to intervene, the AFP news agency reported.

(Pastorius) I wonder how Egypt feels about it's illegal immigration problem?

Meanwhile on the other border (the one they share with Israel) Hamas is threatening to destroy Israel entirely. And, amazingly enough, for the second time in the past few days, Agence French Press is reporting things from the land of reality, instead of the land of dhimmitude:

KFAR DAROM, Gaza Strip (AFP) - Officers from Hamas's militia are vowing to turn Gaza into a huge armed camp devoted to digging Israel's grave, with tunnels, rocket attacks and a free flow of weapons and militants from Egypt.

"If Israel attacks the West Bank, we will fire rockets from here," thundered Hamas officer Abu Muad, bouncing his young son on his lap during a "victory parade" in the abandoned Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom in central Gaza.

Ground commanders, with bushy black beards and pistols strapped to their sides, rode defiantly in a convoy of 50 jeeps and SUVs to cheers of Allah Akbar (God is Great) from a rapt crowd.

Many officers remained unmasked, in testimony to their soaring confidence after Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip on Monday.

Commanders from Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing spoke triumphantly of their post-Israeli withdrawal war strategy from the Gaza Strip.

They sketched out a vision of tunnels into Israel, regular rocket attacks on the Jewish state; a free flow of weapons and militants from Egypt; and constant smuggling to the West Bank.

They spoke of their determination to turn the strip of Mediterranean coast, home to 1.3 million people, into an armed camp intent on the destruction of the Jewish state with a Palestinian Authority powerless to stop them.

Speaking perfect English, an Al-Qassam officer bragged that the group was banking on smuggling more and better quality arms from Egypt now that Israeli troops had handed security on the southern border to Egyptian guards.

Abu Muad painted Gaza as a giant weapons laboratory, where militants will perfect their rockets, such as their trademark Qassams.

Abu Hamza, a refugee camp commander, said Hamas would infiltrate Israel from Gaza despite the security fence and high-tech surveillance.

"We will have tunnels into Israel. We can smuggle into the West Bank by many means. In the name of God, Gaza is the first step and next the West Bank."

Israel's deputy defence minister, Zeev Boim, warned Monday that Israel would treat any future rocket or mortar attack from Gaza as tantamount to an act of aggression of one state against another.

I like the way Zeev put that. Sounds familliar.

Anti-Semitism at the International Red Cross

From Little Green Footballs:

GENEVA - Member countries of the international Red Cross movement met on Monday to investigate whether they can revive an effort to give Israel full status five years after the last attempt failed because of Arab-Israeli tension. [Of course, this “Arab-Israeli tension” doesn’t preclude the ICRC from dealing with Arab ambulances, even when they’ve been shown to be used for transporting terrorists and weapons in Palestinian areas. —ed.]

The disagreement centers around whether a red Star of David can join the emblems of the red cross and red crescent to identify ambulances, medical workers and others on humanitarian missions.

Israel, which cooperates with the movement, has been denied full membership over the emblem issue for 57 years.

The latest proposal envisions what its proponents call a red crystal — a square standing on one corner, with a blank white interior and a thick red border. Magen David Adom, or MDA, the Israeli society, would be allowed to put its Red Star of David in the center but the Israeli military would not be able to use the combined symbol in an armed conflict to protect its medics.

Once the diplomatic conference agrees to an additional symbol and two member countries ratify it, all members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement would be free to chose one of the three symbols.

The red cross emblem was first adopted in 1863, when Swiss humanitarians founded the movement to care for war victims. It simply reverses the colors of the neutral Swiss flag, without any religious intent.

But Muslims, reminded of the crusader’s cross from centuries earlier, refused to use the emblem. Instead, the Ottoman empire was already using the red crescent to protect its medical workers in the 19th century.

The red crescent, along with the Red Lion and Sun of Iran, was enshrined with the red cross in the Geneva conventions of 1929.

The American Red Cross has come in for a fair share of criticism lately, but they are the only branch of the Red Cross to stand up against this craven nonsense:

The American Red Cross has been campaigning for full Israeli membership for years. It has withheld six years’ of payment owed to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies — totaling approximately $34 million — since May 2000 to protest the MDA’s not being admitted.

Pastorius comment: And, in case you think it's only about appeasing the Islamic Jihadis, then here's some info. A few years back, Cornelio Summaruga, who was at the time, the head of the International Red Cross was asked why they had not included Israel as a participating country. His answer?

If we include the Star of David, we might as well include the swastika.

I can't provide links today, because of the problem I'm having with my computer, but that quote is true. You can reference in a Krauthammer article from April of 2002. Google it.

Incidentally Bernadine Healy, who was at the time, the head of the American Red Cross, is the one who reported what Mr. Summaruga had said. She is a hero. She also got herself into trouble with the IRC on another occasion when she criticized the IRC for taking America's 9/11 donations and using them in other countries.

In the end, the fact that she spoke up, intimidated the IRC into doing the right thing. But, if I am not mistaken, she ended up losing her job first.

Bernadine, you are a hero.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Islamic Jihadis

I've been thinking, for a while now, that my use of the word Islamofascists probably does not serve my cause well. I think I probably come across as being similar to those who would call Bush a Nazi, or America a fascist state.

The thing is, the words fascist and Nazi have been deligitamized through overuse. I have been using the word Islamofascist with the thought that reasonable people would see that I make a clear case for the fact that they are fascist. They run, or want to run authoritarian states. They control through physical and mental intimidation, and like the Nazis they want to kill the Jews.

Funny thing, when I started writing CUANAS I thought this would be an easy enough case to make. I started CUANAS with the idea that I would educate Christians about the reemergence of anti-Semitism in our time. I believed that this would be instantly recognizable to people once they were presented with the facts. I believed that the lessons of history were clear to my fellow Christians;

that anti-Semitism is a warning sign of great evil,

that anti-Semitismon a societal level usually leads to the murdering of Jews,

that anti-Semitism MUST be confronted,

and that one of the most pathetic chapters in Christian history was the apathy of Christians in the face of the rise of Nazism, and the complicity of many Christians in the murdering of Jews.

While it is true that Christians, at this stage of the game, are the best friends Jews have got, I find, personally, that my warnings go unheeded in the circles in which I travel. This causes me much frustration and deep disappointment.

The only thing I can think of to account for the apathy I encounter is that, perhaps, the language I use sounds alarmist and is therefore dismissed. Frankly, I don't know how one could develop an alarm loud enough for the problems we face, but I understand that sometimes a whisper will be heard better than a scream.

Thus, I am going to start referring to our enemy as the Islamic Jihadis, rather than Islamofascists. I think most people are now aware that Jihad is many times used in the context of making war. So, it is my hope that when I explain that an Islamic Jihadi called for the death of Jews on state-sponsored TV, that maybe it will be heard.

I hardly think this is change is suddenly going to exponentially increase the impact of the work I do. However, maybe it will serve to win more of the casual drop-in readers I get, and maybe it will decrease the rolling of eyes, and the incredulous looks I receive in my personal life.

I had the experience of few months back of having sent a few key people in my church a brief email with three links as examples of the murderous anti-Semitism in the Arab World. I was met with silence. Not a return email. Not a comment in the foyer at church. Nothing. Just complete silence. Oh yes, and, over the next few weeks, an acceleration in jokes about my blogging.

As I said, the only explanation I can come up with for this sort of behavior is that something about my way of putting things is undermining my message.

I've also decided that, since a picture is worth a thousand words, instead of calling the Islamic Jihadis Nazis, I will simply post photos of their Nazi antics. So, you can expect to see pictures of Jihadis flashing the Heil Hitller sign on a regular basis.

Our society has become accustomed to thinking of Nazis as white-supremacists. Well, some Nazis are white supremacists, but a lot more are Islamic Jihadis. When I say this, I do not mean that the Islamic Jihadis strictly adhere to the totality of Nazi ideology. But that they do adhere to the part that calls for death to the Jews.

Most people in our society are completely unaware of the fact that Arab Muslims worked with Hitler during World War II. Most are unaware of the fact that there is a direct line between Nazism and the movement for a Palestinian state. Most are unaware of the fact that the Grand Mufti al-Husseini was Hitlers point man in the Arab world, and that he was also Yasser Arafat's mentor, and, rumor has it, his uncle.

This ignorance allows the Islamic Jihadis to carrry on the war against Western Civilization in the guise of being freedom fighters. But, what kind of freedom is Jihad and Sharia? The answer, of course, is it is not freedom. It is tyranny.

By the way, I want to thank everyone who has been stopping by lately and leaving all the thoughtful comments. It heartens me to know that there are like-minded people out there. I wish you people were my neighbors instead of the ones I have, to be frank. But, I guess that's what I get for living in SoCal.

The blogosphere is not like traditional media. It is not about one person talking and millions listening. It is about communication and community. Always on Watch puts out some information, and I pick up on it, and then someone else gets it from me. We pass on information. We do not simply beat on our bully pulpit. I pray that between us all we can make more and more people aware of the menace we face.

Here's an off-topic aside. For the next couple of days, I am stuck using a Mac. For whatever reason, this Mac does not interface with blogger very well. Thus, I am not able to create colors, italics, bold, or any other way to separate quotes from the body of my post. Sorry.

I know that I should learn to use html. Well, ok fine. I will.

Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Thanks to TruePeers for sending this over to me:

Premier Dalton McGuinty said today Ontario will reject the use of Shariah law and will move to prohibit all religious-based tribunals to settle family disputes such as divorce.

His announcement comes after hundreds of demonstrators around the world this week protested a proposal to let Ontario residents use Islamic law for settling family disputes.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was reacting to a recommendation, by former NDP attorney general Marion Boyd, to allow Muslims to establish Shariah-based tribunals similar to Jewish and Catholic arbitration bodies

In Montreal around 100 people gathered Thursday to protest the tribunals. In Ottawa more than 100 others, mostly women, protested in the rain in front of the parliament building.

And in the western German city of Dusseldorf, about 25 people protested at the Canadian consulate.

"If the Shariah is used in Canada, I also feel threatened here," said protester Nasrin Ramzanali, who said there should be a clear separation of church and state.

Other protests were planned this week in Waterloo and Victoria, and in Europe in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, Goteborg, London and Paris.

Ontario has allowed Catholic and Jewish faith-based tribunals to settle family law matters on a voluntary basis since 1991, but the practice got little attention until Muslim leaders demanded the same rights.

It is good news that Canada has opted to quash the introduction of Sharia into their legal system. However, they are doing it by eliminating Jewish and Christian arbitration, which they have allowed for years. TruePeers comments:

The Judeo-Christian ethical system is the moral foundation of out liberal democracies. It is the moral foundation of Western Civilization. If we eliminate Sharia by also eliminating our own moral foundation, we will have cut our legs out from underneath ourselves: 

TruePeers also sends along this quotation:

  "The 'secular state' is a liberal state, but it is neither opposed to religion nor does it fancy itself the referee of religion.  It is liberal because it knows that it is temporary, not because it imagines itself to be neutral." - Douglas Farrow

Burnin' and Looting Tonight

Israel is now officially out of Gaza. So what do the Palestinians do?":

Hours after the IDF rolled out, vans bristling with masked gunmen and blaring martial music rolled into this abandoned settlement, passing donkey carts laden with loot and families picnicking on yellowing lawns.

OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Dan Harel officially ceded control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority on Monday evening, but by then the fate of Israel’s settlements had long been sealed. By early Monday morning, tens of thousands swarmed the settlements celebrating what leaders here called “a day of rebirth of the Gaza Strip.”

Students cut school, the terrorist groups carted out their homemade RPGs and prayed in the settlements’ smoldering synagogues, the poor scavenged the settlement carcasses, and the PA police and other security forces watched.

Looters torched synagogues and ripped what they could from what were considered the settlements’ sturdiest buildings.

The greenhouses, left behind by Israel as part of a deal brokered by international mediators, are a centerpiece of Palestinian plans for rebuilding Gaza after 38 years of Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Authority hopes the high-tech greenhouses will provide jobs and export income for Gaza’s shattered economy.

During a tour of Neveh Dekalim, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei implored Palestinians to leave the structures intact, even as people scavenged through debris elsewhere in the settlement.

“These greenhouses are for the Palestinian people,” he said. “We don’t want anyone to touch or harm anything that can be useful for our people.”

Just minutes away, crowds of looters in the Gadid settlement overwhelmed hundreds of guards trying to protect the greenhouses. Guards acknowledged that in many cases, they were unable to stop the looting.

“They are taking plastic sheeting, they are taking hoses, they are taking anything they can get their hands on,” said Hamza Judeh, a Palestinian policeman.

Remember that about a week and a half back I wrote a couple of posts about the looters in New Orleans and how anarchy is the natural state of man, so when civilization is taken away, it isn't long before man will return to his natural state?

Well, here you go.

Israel was the only civilization the Palestinians knew. The governing bodies of the Palestinian territories (Fatah and Hamas) are terror organizations. That's not much of a civilizing influence. So, this is to be expected.

Israel leaving is the best thing for the Palestinians in the long run. They need to learn how to take care of themselves. (Hat tip LGF)

Monday, September 12, 2005

Atlas Kicks Some Ass

Pamela at Atlas Shrugs has got herself worked up into a Fallaciesque rage, and rightly so.

Just When You Thought
Britain Was Waking Up

From National Review:

After the 7/7 bombing attacks by Islamo-fascists that killed scores of Londoners, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced with great fanfare that he would create a Home Office task force of committees to "tackle extremism." The purpose, he asserted, was to confront "head on" the rise of radicalism among young Muslims.

How is it working out so far?

Well, first came the word that an invitation to participate in the effort had been extended to the media secretary for the Muslim Council of Britain, Inayat Bunglawala, known for his anti-Semitism, who refers to Osama bin Laden as a "freedom fighter," and describes Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman ("the blind sheikh" behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspiracy) as "courageous."

Next to join the team was Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss professor (and grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood) who has praised jihadists attacking Israeli and American forces. Ramadan has just recently landed on his feet in England (where he has been appointed to teach at St Anthony's College at Oxford) after being banned from the United States and France.

Last week it was announced that coming aboard would be Yusuf Islam, better known as the pop singer Cat Stevens, who has become a "peace activist" since converting to Islam in the late 1970s — and an unusual one in that his appearance on a watch list due to what U.S. officials (according to Fox News) called "alleged associations with possible terrorists" caused a trans-Atlantic flight on which he was a passenger to be diverted last year.

Now comes the latest, from Sunday's Times of London:

ADVISERS appointed by Tony Blair after the London bombings are proposing to scrap the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day because it is regarded as offensive to Muslims. They want to replace it with a Genocide Day that would recognise the mass murder of Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya and Bosnia as well as people of other faiths. The draft proposals have been prepared by committees appointed by Blair to tackle extremism....

What is the reasoning? How would it possibly advance the cause of suppressing militancy to suppress memory of the atrocity that is central to the 20th Century history of Europe and to the grandeur of Britain's singularly heroic role in that history? Why, by preventing Muslims from feeling "hurt and excluded," of course.

If all this were not stunning enough, the Times adds in the briefest of asides that Blair's extremism tacklers will also lodge objection to the prime minister's proposal to ban the noxious Hizb ut-Tahrir organization. This militant group is barred throughout much of the Islamic world. Nonetheless, Blair's very helpful advisers contend it should be keep its wide berth in England because, they claim, it does not advocate violence in or against the U.K.
Here's how the Heritage Foundation described Hizb ut-Tahrir in a 2003 study:

Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Islamic Party of Liberation) is an emerging threat to American interests in Central and South Asia and the Middle East. It is a clandestine, cadre-operated, radical Islamist political organization that operates in 40 countries around the world, with headquarters apparently in London. Its proclaimed goal is jihad against America and the overthrow of existing political regimes and their replacement with a Caliphate (Khilafah in Arabic), a theocratic dictatorship based on the Shari'a (religious Islamic law). The model for Hizb is the "righteous" Caliphate, a militaristic Islamic state that existed in the 7th and 8th centuries under Mohammad and his first four successors, known as the "righteous Caliphs."...

Hizb explicitly rejects democracy.... Yet some regional observers have called for the legitimization of Hizb and its integration into the existing political model. [Footnote omitted] In doing so, they ignore the obvious — Hizb's goal is to smash the existing state apparatus, not to become a player within it.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reported last week that the 7/7 attacks appear only to have strengthened the resolve of those in Blair's government hell-bent on a strategy of "engagement" with militant Islam — gripped by the delusion that such cross-pollination will eventually transform the jihadists rather than sustain the alarming transformation of England itself. Thus they are moving toward approval of a visa allowing the reentry of Shiekh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Mulsim Brotherhood cleric (and a trustee of the Oxford University Center for Islamic Studies) who supports suicide bombers in Iraq and Israel, the stoning of homosexuals, wife-beating, female genital mutilation, and other charming aspects of the Islamist agenda.

It's a good thing the Brits are only "tackling" extremism. Who knows what they would do if they decided to start promoting it?

And then of course there's the Muslim thinker whom Blair consults with who believes that the Jews and Freemasons are controlling the world's events:

Tony Blair decided to wage war on Iraq after coming under the influence of a “sinister” group of Jews and Freemasons, a Muslim barrister who advises the Prime Minister has claimed.

Mr Thomson said: “Pressure was put on Tony Blair before the invasion. The way it works is that pressure is put on people to arrive at certain decisions. It is part of the Zionist plan and it is shaping events.”

Mr Thomson wrote a book in 1994 in which he said Freemasons and Jews controlled the governments of Europe and America and described the claim that six million Jews died in the Holocaust as a “big lie”.

He also wrote that the Jews have no right to live in ”the Holy Land“ because they are not a pure race and therefore not the true biblical Israelites and that Saddam was used as an excuse for US troops - ”including thousands of Jews" - to occupy Saudi Arabia.

You know, if Blair is following a policy of "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer," then he's going to flat-out have sexual relations with that guy.

Roll over and go back to sleep, Britain.

The West's Last Chance

From Tony Blankley in the Washington Times:

The threat of the radical Islamists taking over Europe is every bit as great to the United States as was the threat of the Nazis taking over Europe in the 1940s.

We cannot afford to lose Europe. We cannot afford to see Europe transformed into a launching pad for Islamist jihad.

While we in the United States and Europe have vast resources for protecting ourselves, we have thought ourselves into a position of near impotence.

Beyond the growing number of Muslims committed to terrorism is the threat from the Islamic diaspora's growing cultural and religious assertiveness -- particularly in largely secular Europe, where Muslim cultural assimilation has not occurred.

It is beginning to dawn on Europeans that the combination of a shrinking ethnic-European population and an expanding, culturally assertive Muslim population might lead to the fall of Western civilization in Europe within a century.

This phenomenon, called Eurabia, is viewed with growing fatalism both in Europe and in America. Such fatalism, however, is premature.

Last November, an Islamist terrorist's butchering of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who had made a movie revealing abuse of Muslim women, aroused deep fears in Holland and across the Continent.

The public anger, which included the burning of mosques in traditionally tolerant Holland, is evidence that the European instinct for survival has not been fully extinguished.

But that survival instinct is threatened by the multiculturalism and political correctness advocated in media and academe -- and institutionalized in national and European Union laws and regulations for half a century.

Europe's effort at cultural tolerance since World War II slowly morphed into a surprisingly deep self-loathing of Western culture that denied the instinct for cultural and national self-defense.

If Europe doesn't rise to the challenge, Eurabia will come to pass.

Mr. Blankley has an important new book entitled The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? I intend to buy it today.

Read the the rest of his article here.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Message of September 11th

The Islamic Jihadis will do anything they can to kill as many of us as is possible. In addition, they would like nothing more than to bring down our civilization.

Therefore, we must work to strengthen our understanding of what it is that makes our civilization great. We must understand that the precious freedoms we are afforded are a treasure. We must understand their origin.

And, we must understand how fragile our life is, and that Western Civilization is a unique oasis of goodness when seen in the scope of the barbarity of history.

We can not afford to lose our civilization and it's values. We must do anything we have to to protect our beautiful culture.

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Ditch Holocaust Day

Tony Blair's (Muslim) advisors are calling on him to ditch Holocaust Day, because it may be offensive to Muslims:

ADVISERS appointed by Tony Blair after the London bombings are proposing to scrap the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day because it is regarded as offensive to Muslims.

They want to replace it with a Genocide Day that would recognise the mass murder of Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya and Bosnia as well as people of other faiths.

The draft proposals have been prepared by committees appointed by Blair to tackle extremism. He has promised to respond to the plans, but the threat to the Holocaust Day has provoked a fierce backlash from the Jewish community.

Holocaust Day was established by Blair in 2001 after a sustained campaign by Jewish leaders to create a lasting memorial to the 6m victims of Hitler. It is marked each year on January 27.

The Queen is patron of the charity that organises the event and the Home Office pays £500,000 a year to fund it. The committees argue that the special status of Holocaust Memorial Day fuels extremists’ sense of alienation because it “excludes” Muslims.

A member of one of the committees, made up of Muslims, said it gave the impression that “western lives have more value than non-western lives”.

Muslims may be offended? Why would that be? Maybe it's because Holocaust Day reminds Muslims that they didn't succeed in killing every last Jew on the planet.

After all, Muslims worked hand in hand with Hitler. Many Muslims, to this day, are Nazis.

Look at that destruction, that massive, senseless, cruel loss of human life ... and then I ask you to look in your hearts and recognize that there is no room for neutrality on the issue of terrorism. You're either with civilization or with terrorists.
On one side is democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human life; on the other is tyranny, arbitrary executions, and mass murder.
We're right and they're wrong. It's as simple as that.
-- Rudy Giulani, October 1, 2001

"You love life, we love death."
-- Osama Bin Laden March 14, 2002

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September 11, 2001

Only a tiny minority of Muslims want to be suicide bombers, and only a slightly larger minority want actively to provide support networks for suicide bombers, but big majorities of Muslims support almost all the terrorists' strategic goals: For example, according to a recent poll, over 60 percent of British Muslims want to live under sharia in the United Kingdom. That's a "moderate" Westernized Muslim: He wants stoning for adultery to be introduced in Liverpool, but he's a "moderate" because it's not such a priority that he's prepared to fly a plane into a skyscraper.

-- Mark Steyn

Also, go see Michelle Malkin's 9/11 post. It's the best I've seen.

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Remember the People

Always Remember.

Remember the Firemen

They ran into the buildings, while everyone else was running out.

Remember the heroes.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
- Matthew 16:19

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Remember Beslan

Hostages sit on a floor in a gym as a hostage-taker stands with his left foot on a book apparently with a device connected to a chain of explosives in the school in Beslan, Russia taken in this undated image from television during the early part of the siege which began on Sept. 1, 2004. (AP Photo/NTV-Russian Television Channel)

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Beslan stormed an elementary school taking over 1000 people hostage. They stabbed babies to death, shot toddlers in the back, forced children to eat rose petals and drink their own urine, raped teenage girls, executed their teachers and blew themselves up in a crowded school gymnasium. Death toll: 338.

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Remember Beslan

Beslan, Russia, September 1, 2004. Muslim men stormed an elementary school, taking over 1000 students and teachers hostage. They wired the whole school with explosives, apparently intending to blow up every child who was there. In the end, 331 people were murdered, including 186 children. Posted by Picasa

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Remember What They Have Done
In The Name of Allah

Here on the fourth anniversary of September 11, let's look back at an article Michelle Malkin wrote on the third anniversary:

The third anniversary of Sept. 11 is upon us. We remain at war -- and the media remain in denial.

How many times have you picked up a newspaper and read about terrorist attacks perpetrated not by Muslim terrorists, but by generic "militants" or "guerrillas" or "rebels" or, as Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes noted the Pakistan Times called them, "activists"?

It wasn't no-name militants or wayward guerrillas who have butchered, beheaded and slaughtered thousands of innocents over the last three years alone. Anniversary reality check:

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Russia stabbed babies to death, shot toddlers in the back, forced children to eat rose petals and drink their own urine, raped teenage girls, executed their teachers and blew themselves up in a crowded school gymnasium. Death toll: 338.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Spain detonated bombs on four commuter trains during Madrid's rush hour. Death toll: 190.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Bali blew up a beach resort with an electronically triggered bomb at one bar and a car bomb hidden in a van at another nightclub filled with young Western tourists on holiday. Death toll: 202.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Pakistan kidnapped and beheaded American journalist Daniel Pearl.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Saudi Arabia kidnapped and beheaded American engineer Paul Johnson.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Iraq kidnapped and beheaded American independent contractor Nick Berg.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Iraq kidnapped and executed Italian security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in the Philippines kidnapped and killed American missionary Martin Burnham.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Israel engineered near-simultaneous suicide attacks on two buses, killing at least 15 people.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Morocco waged suicide bombing attacks in Casablanca.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in Turkey bombed synagogues and the British consulate.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists in America hijacked and incinerated three planes full of men, women and children, trapped pregnant women and firefighters in smoke-filled stairways, and forced office workers to leap 99 stories to their deaths after saying final prayers from the ledges of the World Trade Center on a peaceful September morning. Death toll: 3,000.

And I will add some of my own:

In the name of Allah, the Islamic government of Sudan has carried out a 21 year long campaign of genocide against Christians, Animists and Sufi, killing 2.2 million people.

In the name of Allah, Muslim terrorists detonated four bombs on London's public tranportation system, killing 56 people and injuring over 700.

In the name of Allah, over 200 bombs were set off in India one morning, killing one and injuring over 100.

In the name of Allah, countless bomb attacks have been waged against the ordinary citizens of the Philippines, killing scores and injuring people by the hundreds.

In the name of Allah, Saudi Arabia has a policy of "No Jews Allowed" inside the borders of their countries.

In the name of Allah, Muslims across the world perform cliterectomies on their daughters. In one Kurdish province of Iraq a study was done recently which revealed that two-thirds of girls have been genitally mutilated.

And finally, remember that this is just a partial list. I could go on and on and on, for page upon page.