Saturday, November 19, 2005

May God Bless
The Christians
Of China

George Bush, as President of the United States, is on a diplomatic mission to China. As such, he can't go into their country and visit a real underground Christian church and shake hands with the real evangelists of China. But, he has done what he can do. And, he has made his message very, very clear:

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- President Bush attended a legally sanctioned church Sunday in Beijing before scheduled talks on religious freedom with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

Bush also planned to discuss trade, intellectual property rights and support for the U.S. push to spread democracy in nations such as Iraq.

During his visit to the Gangwashi Church -- one of five Protestant churches sanctioned by the government -- Bush signed a guest book with the words: "May God bless the Christians of China."

That is the leader of the free world telling the persecuted Christian Church of China, "We are with you."

In China, people are arrested and tortured for distributing Bibles, for evangelizing, and for holding prayer services in their homes.

Democracy grew out of Protestant Christianity, where everyone has direct access to the ear of God, through prayer, therefore, everyone has a rightful voice in governing the affairs of men. So, even if you don't believe in Jesus Christ, you have a vested interest in promoting evangelism in the Communist state of China.

The Gospel will destroy Communism in China, just as surely as it did in Poland, and much of Eastern Europe.

To Know
Good And Evil

The Romance
Of Fascism

For some strange reason, intellectuals the world over are siding with Islamic radicals rather than Western Civilization. After having carped about the oppressiveness, and enforced conformity of Western Capitalist Democracies, for the past several decades, it is truly eery to see them lining up with those who can not even tolerate that a homosexual should live, that a woman should emerge from her home without being shrouded from head to foot. But such is what we are confronted with from intellectuals today.


From University of Wisconsin Professor, Steven Dutch, via No Dhimmitude:

Islamic Fascism

But a new magnet for intellectuals is emerging: radical Islam. It's not that intellectuals are likely to embrace radical Islam themselves anytime soon - for one thing, the requirement of believing in God would deter many of them. But what they can do is obstruct efforts to combat radical Islam and terrorism, undermine support for Israel, stress the "legitimate grievances" of radical Islamists, and lend moral support to the "legitimacy" of radical Islamic movements.

This is a phenomenon at first glance so baffling it cries out for analysis.

Our mental picture of fascism is now mostly colored by images of Nazi book burnings and bad art, but before World War II fascism was quite successful at passing itself off as a blend of socialism and nationalism.

Marxism in particular offered an intellectual framework that many intellectuals bought into. Marxism presented a facade of support for culture and science, paid intellectuals highly and created huge academic institutions.

True, intellectuals in the Soviet Union were well paid mostly in comparison to the general poverty of everyone else rather than in real terms, the economy was so decrepit that the money couldn't purchase much of value, and a lot of the academic institutions were second-rate in comparison to any American community college, but at least the Soviet Union could put forth an illusion of fostering intellectual inquiry.

But radical Islam is openly hostile to intellectual inquiry. Iran under the Ayatollahs banned music. In the United States, the work Piss Christ ignited a fierce debate - not over whether such work should be allowed, but whether it should be publicly supported. In parts of the Islamic world, dissident works invite not debate over public funding, but death sentences.

Fascism and Marxism at least offered the illusion that they supported intellectual inquiry. Radical Islam offers intellectuals nothing. So why aren't Western intellectuals whole-heartedly behind any and all diplomatic and military attempts to combat radical Islam?

Hatred of Democracy

When we try to discover what fascism, Marxism, and radical Islam have in common, the field shrinks to a single common theme: hatred of democracy. Despite all the calls for "Power to the People" from radical intellectuals, the reality is that no societies have ever empowered so many people to such a degree as Western democracies.

The problem is that people in democratic societies usually end up using that empowerment to make choices that intellectuals hate. How can we reconcile the fact that the masses, whom intellectuals profess to support, keep making wrong choices? I've got it - they've been duped somehow. Those aren't their real values; they've been brainwashed into a "false consciousness" by society. If they were completely free to choose, they'd make the "right" choices.

But of course we have to eliminate all the distractions that interfere with the process: no moral or religious indoctrination, no advertising or superficial amusements, no status symbols, no politically incorrect humor.

"False consciousness" is a perfect way of professing support for the masses while simultaneously depriving them of any power to choose; a device for being an elitist while pretending not to be.
The post-Soviet version of "false consciousness" is "internalized oppression." If you're a woman who opposes abortion, a black with middle class values, or a person with a lousy job who nevertheless believes in hard work, those aren't your real values. You've internalized the values of the white male power elite and allowed yourself to become their tool. You don't really know what you believe. When the enlightened elite want your opinion, they'll tell you what it is.

Go read the rest over at No Dhimmitude. It's worth it.

Hussein Regime Correspondence:
How To Hide The Weapons

Documents found in Iraq may reveal that the Hussein regime did indeed have WMD's, as well as ties to Al Qaeda. Stephen Hayes, a reporter for the Weekly Standard has been trying to get his hands on them, with no success so far. However, we do know a little bit about them:

Many of the documents from Doha had been entered into a database known as HARMONY. HARMONY is a thick stew of reports and findings from a variety of intelligence agencies and military units, and alongside the Iraqi documents were reports from contributing U.S. agencies.

Here are some of the titles:

1. Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) Correspondence to Iraq Embassy in the Philippines and Iraq MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
2. Possible al Qaeda Terror Members in Iraq
3. IIS report on Taliban-Iraq Connections Claims
4. Money Transfers from Iraq to Afghanistan
5. IIS Agent in Bulgaria
6. Iraqi Intel report on Kurdish Activities: Mention of Kurdish Report on al Qaeda--reference to al Qaeda presence in Salman Pak
7. IIS report about the relationship between IIS and the Kurdish Group Jalal Talibani [sic]
8. Iraqi Mukhabarat Structure
9. Locations of Weapons/Ammunition Storage (with map)
10. Iraqi Effort to Cooperate with Saudi Opposition Groups and Individuals
11. Order from Saddam to present $25,000 to Palestinian Suicide Bombers Families
12. IIS reports from Embassy in Paris: Plan to Influence French Stance on U.N. Security Council
13. IIS Importing and Hiding High Tech Computers in Violation of UN
14. IIS request to move persons, documents to private residences
15. Formulas and information about Iraq's Chemical Weapons Agents
16. Denial and Deception of WMD and Killing of POWs
17. 1987 orders by Hussein to use chemical weapons in the Ealisan Basin
18. Ricin research and improvement
19. Personnel file of Saad Mohammad Abd Hammadi al Deliemi
20. Memo from the Arab Liaison Committee: With a list of personnel in need of official documents
21. Fedayeen Saddam Responds to IIS regarding rumors of citizens aiding Afghanistan
22. Document from Uday Hussein regarding Taliban activity
23. Improvised Explosive Devices Plan
24. IIS reports on How French Campaigns are Financed
25. French and German relationships with Iraq
26. IIS reports about Russian Companies--News articles and potential IIS agents
27. IIS plan for 2000 of Europe's Influence of Iraq Strategy
28. IIS plans to infiltrate countries and collect information to help remove sanctions
29. Correspondence from IIS and the stations in Europe
30. Contract for satellite pictures between Russia, France and Iraq: Pictures of Neighboring Countries (Dec. 2002)
31. Chemical Gear for Fedayeen Saddam
32. Memo from the IIS to Hide Information from a U.N. Inspection team (1997)
33. Chemical Agent Purchase Orders (Dec. 2001)
34. Iraq Ministry of Defense Calls for Investigation into why documents related to WMD were found by UN inspection team
35. Correspondence between various Iraq organizations giving instructions to hide chemicals and equipment
36. Correspondence from IIS to MIC regarding information gathered by foreign intelligence satellites on WMD (Dec. 2002)
37. Correspondence from IIS to Iraqi Embassy in Malaysia
38. Cleaning chemical suits and how to hide chemicals
39. IIS plan of what to do during UNSCOM inspections (1996)
40. Secret Meeting with Taliban Group Member and Iraqi Government (Nov. 2000)

What's that saying about walking, talking, and quaking?

Read the rest at Generation Why?

Johnny Depp:
No Longer
Wants To Live
In France
Because of Riots

This is just too funny. Not important, but funny.

Johnny Depp, who at one time said he couldn't live in America, "until the political climate" changes, now, no longer wants to live in France, because of the riots:

Hollywood star JOHNNY DEPP is so shocked by the riots raging through France, he's considering abandoning his home in the country.

The FINDING NEVERLAND heart-throb moved to Europe when life in Los Angeles became too violent.

He has since divided time between the two continents - but he fears France will be scarred permanently by the current troubles.

He says, "It's insane, that setting cars on fire is the new strike.

"I went there (to France) to live because it seemed so simple.

"Now it's anything but. I don't know how they'll recover from this."

Maybe he should try Sweden, or Germany, or Holland. Those seem like nice quiet places.

Friday, November 18, 2005



From AFP:

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Large sections of the 16th century walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City are in danger of collapse unless they undergo immediate restoration.

According to an engineering survey conducted by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, 380 metres (yards), or one-tenth, of the walls' extension are in immediate danger of collapse, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday.

The survey showed 11 sections of the stone wall needing attention, most of them located along the northern stretch, which flanks the Muslim quarter, and the southern stretch, which skirts the Jewish quarter.

The area in most need of work is the section which flanks the southern supporting wall of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam.

The site also houses the ruins of the ancient Jewish temple, the most sacred spot in Judaism, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

Israeli authorities have repeatedly called attention to a bulge in the southern supporting wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, provoking tensions between the Jewish and Muslim communities.

"The examination shows that the signs of cracking and crumbling, which are evidence of structural problems, have increased and become more widespread," the report said. "New cracks were also revealed in the southern wall (of the mosque compound), which shows evidence of movement in the entire wall."

Another 29 sections of the wall, extending a total of 1,280 metres, are also in danger of collapse, but the threat is not quite so imminent, the report said.

The Old City is divided culturally and historically into four parts -- the Jewish, Armenian, Christian and Muslim quarters.

Built by Suleiman the Magnificent between 1536-1541, the Old City walls stretch a total length of 3.8 kilometres (2.3 miles).

Seven gates in the wall lead into the Old City -- Jaffa, Damascus, Herod's, Zion, Dung, Lion's and New gates. An eighth, the Golden Gate, is sealed off.

Think about this. Israeli Engineers do a survey which determines that there are serious structural problems in the Old Jerusalem Wall, particularly in the area of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

They warn Muslim officials of the problem, and this provokes "tensions" between Muslims and Jews.

Here's my prediction. Despite repeated attempts by Israeli scientists to warn Muslims of the problem, they will ignore it, because they don't believe in science. Instead, they believe Allah will protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

However, when the wall falls, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is thus damaged, the Muslims will not blame Allah, but instead, they will blame the Jews.

Further, I predict this will lead to a big, big altercation between Muslims and Jews, and possibly into a full-scale war. And it will all be over an old wall, and a couple of old religious structures, in a very old city.

What do you know?

Republicans Call Democrats
On Their Political Stunt

Yesterday, Murtha called for the United States to immediately withdraw it's troops from Iraq. This Viet Nam redux drumbeat has been increasing in intensity in recent weeks, with Democratic lawmakers falling all over each other to see who can sound more anti-War than the rest.

Well, tonight the Republicans called their bluff. Oh yeah? You guys want to talk like that? Well, let's just see if you're willing to put your vote where your words are.

No, they're not:

WASHINGTON - The House on Friday overwhelmingly rejected calls for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, a vote engineered by the Republicans that was intended to fail. Democrats derided the vote as a political stunt.

"Our troops have become the enemy. We need to change direction in Iraq," said Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania, a Democratic hawk whose call a day earlier for pulling out troops sparked a nasty, personal debate over the war.

The House voted 403-3 to reject a nonbinding resolution calling for an immediate troop withdrawal.

If Democrats thought that was a political stunt, then what is all their dovish talk. Their talk serves to weaken troop morale, and embolden our enemies. If they aren't willing to put their vote where their mouths are, then clearly, they are the ones who are pulling a political stunt.

Another reason I will probably never vote Democrat again in my life.


Neo-Nationalist Parties are joining forces across Europe:

Nationalist parties from seven European countries convened in Vienna last weekend to join forces. The “patriotic and nationalist parties and movements” signed a so-called “Vienna Declaration” calling for a stop to immigration in the entire European Union and the defence of Europe against “terrorism, aggressive islamism, superpower imperialism and economic aggression by low-wage countries.”

The parties also reject the European Constitution and demand that “geographically, culturally, religiously and ethnically non-European territories in Asia and Africa” will be excluded from joining the European Union.

Thomas the Wraith comments that it's an odd phenomena to see Nationalists join forces. What would you call that, International Nationalism?

But, commenter Cosmophant comes up with an even better phrase, and some very intelligent thoughts on this emerging trend:

International nationalism is perhaps an odd concept, but this here is civilizational nationalism.

As Samuel Huntington says, a civilization is "the highest ranking of cultural identity".The parties in the coalition are somewhat odd in themselves, though. It is notable that the Danish People's Party choose to stand outside of this effort.

The problem is the Western self image. Westerners percieved image of the dialectics of the situation, makes them see the brownish abyss as the anti-thesis of multiculturalist fantasies. (Thus, the problem of Front National etc, in my view is that they have too much in common with the establishment; they share the same world view).

Denmark manages to produce a sensible anti-establishment party (DPP) since it is a truly liberal country (in the best sense of the word), so there is a long tradtion of open and constructive debate.

Anti-establisment parties in other countries is more of an expression of hampered emotions expressed in a still immature way. But nevertheless, the dynamics of change has to start somewhere, I suppose.

Still, for me, anti-semitism is always the litmus test. The parties of this joint effort are generally anti-semitic, so in it's current form it is nothing I can support. Compare again with Danish People's Party, which, in contrast, is the most Israel friendly party of it's country.

Not Science

The Vatican's chief astronomer has weighed in on Intelligent Design Theory:

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was "wrong" and was akin to mixing apples with oranges.

"Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be," the ANSA news agency quoted Coyne as saying on the sidelines of a conference in Florence. "If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science."

His comments were in line with his previous statements on "intelligent design" — whose supporters hold that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.

In a June article in the British Catholic magazine The Tablet, Coyne reaffirmed God's role in creation, but said science explains the history of the universe.

"If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly."

Rather, he argued, God should be seen more as an encouraging parent.

"God in his infinite freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity," he wrote. "He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates, loves."

The Vatican Observatory, which Coyne heads, is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. It is based in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome.

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI waded indirectly into the evolution debate by saying the universe was made by an "intelligent project" and criticizing those who in the name of science say its creation was without direction or order.

Questions about the Vatican's position on evolution were raised in July by Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn.

In a New York Times column, Schoenborn seemed to back intelligent design and dismissed a 1996 statement by

Pope John Paul II said that evolution was "more than just a hypothesis." Schoenborn said the late pope's statement was "rather vague and unimportant."

In science, it doesn't much matter if God created the universe or not. Scientists still have to use the scientific method to figure out how things work. If, instead, a scientist looks at an organic process, and simply says, "It's works that way, because God created it," then that's the end of science.





Click here.

For Riots

It has nothing to do with Islam:

PARIS (Reuters) - French Muslim leaders denounced on Thursday efforts to blame Muslims and Islam for recent riots in the country's rundown suburbs and said they saw worrying signs of growing prejudice against their faith here.

Many young rioters may have been from Muslim backgrounds, but their violent outburst was a protest against unemployment, poor housing and other bias they faced because of their foreign origins, they told journalists.

"They didn't act like that because they're Muslims, but because of the misery they're living in," said Kamel Kabtane, rector of the Grand Mosque of Lyon in eastern France.

When the riots broke out after the accidental deaths of two youths apparently fleeing police in a poor Paris suburb, some conservative politicians publicly suggested radical Islamists were either behind the unrest or exploiting it to win new supporters.

Mohammad Bechari, head of the National Federation of French Muslims (FNMF), said Muslim leaders were concerned about the rioting but disagreed with the way many local officials turned to religious leaders to try to calm the youths down.

"We refuse to be sub-contractors," he said.

"When French farmers go out on protest, they don't turn to the Catholic Bishops' Conference to intervene," Kabtane added.

Yes, yes, then why did Muslim leaders act as negotiators. And, why were 12 churches burnt in the riots, but not a single Mosque:

One dozen Christian churches were defiled, ransacked and/or torched by rioters in France during the intifada. That's one every other day over the last two weeks. Quite a clip. And during the same period, not a single mosque was torched by the rioters, (whose Muslim-ness has nothing to do with the riots - according to the MSM. And nothing about these targeted attacks against churches has appeared in the MSM, either).

In the old days, when the KKK - (who were like today's islamofascists: a group committed to tyranny and willing to use terror to impose it) - were torching BLACK churches, liberals did not hesitate to join the fight against the KKK. WHY DO THEY STAND AT THE SIDELINES NOW!? WORSE: why do actively work to make it tougher to defeat today's "GLOBAL KKK" the jihadoterrorists!? Sheesh.

ANSWER: Today's Lefties are like yesteryear's reactionaries. Yesteryear's liberals are today's neo-cons. IOW: FDR and JFK would be neo-cons today. And the And the brave volunteers joing the US military to fight islamofascisim in Iraq today, are like the Freedom-riders of the 1960's.

There were also several Synagogues firebombed, but once again, no Mosques.

It had nothing to do with Islam. It had nothing to do with Islam. It had nothing to do with Islam.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Not Yet

Hirsi Ali:
Hero of


Hirsi Ali, whose movie Submission, made in conjunction with Theo Van Gogh, about the ill-treatment of women in Islamic countries, cost Van Gogh his life, and made her Muslim Public Enemy No. 1, has declared that she refuses to back down against the Jihadis who would have her dead.

Instead, she will make a film which depicts how gay people are treated under Islamic rule:

A Somali-born Dutch MP who collaborated on the film that led to the murder of director Theo van Gogh has written a sequel, about Islam’s attitude to gays.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali received death threats after her work on Submission, a film about Islam’s treatment of women.

Van Gogh was shot and stabbed by a Muslim radical, Mohammed Bouyeri, as he cycled through Amsterdam in 2004.

The film will use anonymous actors and carry no credits in an effort to protect those involved in the project.

Ms Ali told Dutch media that she had co-written the script with Van Gogh in the summer of 2004, months before he was killed last November.

“I examine the position of homosexuals in Islam in the film Submission II,” she told the De Volkskrant newspaper. “In the movie, they are called Allah’s creatures,” she added.

The MP is an outspoken critic of Islamic values and describes herself as a “lapsed” Muslim.

Hirsi Ali is my hero.

She is an incredibly brave woman, who fights for the values of Western Civilization with a religious fervor, though she is not a native of Europe. She has had to live with 24-hour protection for the past 18 months because she is under constant threat of death. Many nights she has literally had to sleep in military barracks, and jail cells.

How many of us would sacrifice so much for the values that we believe in?

Bush's Strategy Revealed

From Scrappleface, via YARGB:

The Bush administration sent the following message to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-TN, with a request that it be distributed to all members of Congress.

United States Iraq Strategy

1. Kill terrorists.
2. Train Iraqi forces to kill terrorists.
3. Help Iraqis build schools and infrastructure.
4. Leave behind first democracy in Arab world.

The White House spokesman said an ‘executive summary’ of the strategy would be available later today for Senators who don’t have time to read the full document.

One can see why the Senators are confused. It couldn't be that simple, could it?

Biggest Story of The Year

What would you do if I told you the UN had filed a report in June, 2004, on how Saddam had "smuggled" his WMD's out of Iraq?

Well, they did. Yes, that's right. The UN did indeed file such a report. And, as extraordinary as that it. It's even more shocking to ponder to totalitarian effectiveness of the Monlithich Mainstream Media in hiding this from the public. Check it out:

In a report which might alternately be termed “stunning” or “terrifying”, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war.

Late last week, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) briefed the Security Council on Saddam's lightning-fast dismantling of missile and WMD sites before and during the war.

UNMOVIC executive chairman Demetrius Perricos detailed not only the export of thousands of tons of missile components, nuclear reactor vessels and fermenters for chemical and biological warheads, but also the discovery of many (but not most) of these items - with UN inspection tags still on them -- as far afield as Jordan, Turkey and even Holland.

Notably absent from that list is Iraq's western neighbor Syria, ruled by its own Baath Party just like Saddam's and closed to even the thought of an UNMOVIC inspection. Israeli intelligence has been reporting the large-scale smuggling of Saddam's WMD program across the Syrian border since at least two months before the war. Syria has long been the world's foremost state-sponsor of terrorism.

Perricos highlighted the proliferation danger to the Security Council, as well he should: UNMOVIC has no idea where most of the WMD material is today, just that it exists and it's gone; and anything in Syria is likely to be in Jerusalem or New York tomorrow.

This is the biggest news story of 2004 so far. Yet you haven't heard about it, have you?

You probably haven't heard about Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin either -- a socialist and no friend of America. Addressing a group of 700 university researchers and business leaders in Montreal last month, Martin stated bluntly that terrorists have acquired WMDs from Saddam. “The fact is that there is now, we know well, a proliferation of nuclear weapons, and that many weapons that Saddam Huseein had, we don't know where they are…. [T]errorists have access to all of them,” the Canadian premier warned.

The tip of this terrorist sword was scarcely deflected on April 26th, when Jordanian intelligence broke up an al Qaeda conspiracy to detonate a large chemical device in the capital city of Amman. Directed by al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu al-Zarqawi -- the same man who personally beheaded American Nicholas Berg in Iraq last month -- the plotters sought to use a massive explosion to spread a “toxic cloud”, meant to wipe out the U.S. embassy, the Jordanian prime minister's office, the Jordanian intelligence headquarters, and at least 20,000 civilians (by contrast, only 3,000 died on 9/11).

Over twenty tons of chemical weapons were seized from the conspirators, who were just days away from carrying out their plot.

One wonders where CNN and USA Today think twenty tons of nerve gas and sarin came from: Chemical Weapons-Mart?

Yet their coverage, like most major media outlets, mentioned not a word about Saddam's smuggled WMDs, which -- according to liberal dogma -- “don't exist.”

Even though the UN says they do exist, now spread around the world.

Why was this not brought out in The Weekly Standard? Front Page Magazine? Or, any of the other conservative journals? If UNMOVIC briefed the Security Council as to these facts, then why has the Bush Administration not bothered to tell the public?

The Bush Administration seems to be stuck on the high-road, unable to find an offramp. Within the last week, of course, they have begun to fight back. I suggest they fight even harder, and release the notes to this briefing.

23rd Night
French Riot
Is At
Normal Level

The riot in France has gone down to only 98 cars burned in a night. That is a "normal" level, so it is acceptable. Stories over:

PARIS (Reuters) - Urban violence in France fell to normal levels on Thursday after three weeks of rioting in run-down suburbs, allowing the government to begin mapping out plans to tackle the problems that sparked the unrest.

Ninety-eight vehicles were set ablaze during the night, a sharp drop from the peak of the violence when 1,400 vehicles were torched in one night on November 6.

"The situation has returned to normal because about 100 vehicles are set on fire each night in France," a police spokesman said.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Goest Thou,

Will love's first kiss intervene to save her?

Let Them Eat America's Cake

Dag, at No Dhimmitude, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers, has an important post up today, about the UN grab for control of the internet. Here's an excerpt:

A group of the world's most repressive regimes, including China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Cuba, wants the UN to take over from ICANN. Disgracefully, the EU recently threw its weight behind this initiative. Canada appears -- thank heavens -- firmly, or at least provisionally, behind the current arrangement.

The United States has been utterly opposed to this attempted power grab. The notion that the Internet would be more safely administered by the kind of guys who hijacked the UN Human Rights Commission is little less than ludicrous. Just how ludicrous has become obvious from the actions of the summit's host.

Tunisia is reckoned to be one of the more "enlightened" North African regimes, but it severely restricts media freedom, spies on cyber-cafes and blocks Web sites. This week in Tunis a French journalist who had been reporting on Tunisian government repression was beaten up and stabbed, allegedly by state goons. Although one must sympathize with his plight, there is a certain rich irony in his nationality.

When French President Jacques Chirac visited Tunis two years ago, he congratulated the country's astonishingly popular President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali (who regularly pulls in 99% of the vote) and declared,

"The most important human rights are to eat, receive medical care and education and have a place to live."

As Dag notes, in his fine commentary, Europe backs this power grab because Europe has strong totalitarian tendencies of it's own, as is evidenced by Chirac obnoxiously condescending remark.

But, it isn't really condescension, if he really believes it, is it? And, the sad thing is, all evidence says he does.

Let Them Eat Cake.

The Coming
Civil War

As anyone who has been reading CUANAS for awhile would know, one of my biggest fears is that Islamofascism in Europe will bring a resurgence of European Fascism. Here, in this excellent post Thomas the Wraith predicts that it will:

The Eurabian Civil War is currently one sided. The Islamofascists are fighting against a vapor with the illusion of substance, a mist enveloping a somnambulant society. Sooner, far sooner than many believe, Europe will awaken and show itself for what it has always been: an aggressive, xenophobic, ethnarchy, jealous of its traditions, proud of its homogeneity, subject to enthusiastic waves of mass violence and enthralled by its angry gods (whether it’s Christ the Crusader King, Siegfried, Santiago Matamoros or some mutant deity as yet unborn).

Elsewhere I have described this as neo-nationalism. The blinkered and stunned media will describe it as a backlash but it will only be the assertion of Europe’s true nature.

The strengths that allow Islamofascism to succeed in its struggle with brittle, liberal democracies will prove of little use against a resurgent European nationalism. (Just imagine how a modern day Richelieu or Bismarck or Franco would have responded to the Madrid bombing. Reconquista indeed.)

This is, of course, bad news for those of us who grew up in and care for liberal democracy and enjoy the freedom and prosperity it provides. European neo-nationalism will most likely be hostile to US interests and downright anti-Semitic. But European civilization existed long before the dawn of liberal democracy and will exist after its sunset. We currently languish in the twilight.

The Islamists delude themselves that it is the dawn of the Muslim Age of the Restored Caliphate rather than the darkness into which they will be cast.

None of this will be pretty. The violence will be up-close and quite personal. Europe’s neo-nationalist future will be one filled with paranoia and fanaticism and blind, desperate struggle. Much of value will be lost.

You may say that I am naïve; that Europeans have already submitted in the minds; that they are proto-dhimmis waiting, however reluctantly, to convert. But I say that thousands of years of ethnic fervor, cultural pride, fierce localism and passionate Faith are not erased in two or three generations. Civilization is more durable than that.

However the civilization that endures is not the faithless, hedonistic, pre-packaged multicultural slop that we have known for 60 years. It is something else entirely.

The ADL:
Picking The Wrong Enemies
Again and Again

The Anti-Defamation League puts out reports on the dangers of skinheads, and anti-Semitism from groups on the right. All the while, missing the story that the fount of murderous anti-Semitism and toleration of Jew-hatred springs forth on the Left these days.

And now, they have declared war on Evangelicals.

Oh, for God's sake. This is an organization which has outlived it's usefulness. Die already.

I have a dream, that one day blogs like this, and all the others who do work similar to CUANAS, will replace the ADL in national discourse. And I pray that we never get old and senile like the ADL.

UPDATE: Some more thoughts.

I'm just a small blogger, but if you add my audience to the audience of all the other like-minded small bloggers, and add to them LGF, and Atlas Shrugs, and Roger Simon, etc., I think we've already outdone the ADL.

Not only do we get out more important/relevant info, but more people pay attention, and they spend much more time reading all of us than they have ever spent digesting ADL press releases and newsletters.

One has to wonder how much longer an organization will retain any relevancy at all, considering the fact that there are others doing what they do, and better. The only thing the ADL is good for is that when they do put out a press release, the MSM will talk about it. The blogosphere isn't there in influence, yet. However, with the advent of Open Source Media, things may change soon.

Think about this. The ADL takes in tens of millions of dollars a year. I, and most of the other bloggers do this for FREE. Why? Because it's that important.


There is a very important post, and comments thread going on over at Fjordman's site.

Congratulations to Charles and Roger
On The Pajamas/Open Source Media Launch

Charles and Roger have contributed a tremendous amount to our political and social discourse, and they, and the rest of my friends in the blog world, have made it easier to be someone like me (former leftie, converted by 9/11) over the past few years. Thanks to them, and to all.

Atlas has pics.

22nd Night
The Dance

Things are winding, uh ... the same in France. Around and around in circles. Kind of like a grand, nationwide dance.

Yeah, that's it. A dance:

The State of Emergency is prolonged for 3 months. Last night, 160 vehicles were torched, 40 arrests were made, and a church was partially destroyed by fire in Romans (Drome). The French are settling into a comfort zone of 150+ cars burned per night just to be able to say that this thing is over.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Taking A Break

The Jihad Is Worldwide
And Coordinated, Part VI

A liberal gets it right. Here, in this article from the Nation, Abigail Esman discusses how Dyab Abou Jahjah, leader of the Arab European League, foments hatred of Western Civilization while living on European soil:

"This is the beginning of the war!" a French Muslim boy called out in the middle of the recent riots in Le Blanc Mesnil, just north of Paris.

But is it? Or was the war really going on already?

Few Americans have heard of him, but in Europe, more and more are becoming familiar with the name--and the ideas--of Dyab Abou Jahjah, founder of the now-international Arab European League (AEL) and the Muslim Democratic Party. Handsome, charismatic, well-educated and multilingual, he has the perfect makings of a political leader, or perhaps better said, a man poised to lead a revolution. And he knows it.

More to the point: As the fury of Muslim youth explodes across the landscape of Western Europe, it's time that others know it, too.

The AEL, founded in Belgium in 2000--in other words, before September 2001--now has branches in the Netherlands and France, and intends to spread across the EU, with plans to participate in future European Parliamentary elections as the Muslim Democratic Party. With battle cries like "Whatever Means Necessary" and frequent condemnations of America, Jahjah--who called the 9/11 attacks "sweet revenge"-- recruits Muslim youth to spread his ideology, a vague series of ideas that occasionally appear moderate but, when added together, call for violent resistance, the destruction of Israel and the introduction of Sharia (Islamic) law in Europe.

Most recently, Jahjah issued a public statement supporting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declaration calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. "The foundation of Najad's reasoning is intellectually defendable," he writes in English (the statement in its entirety can be found here), "and despite the fact that his regime is no perfect example of political morality, I argue that his position on this matter is the only possible moral one." (Ironically, the man slain filmmaker Theo van Gogh once called "a pimp for Allah" continues his rant with mention of a "mythical racial-religious holy promise by some god in some religious book"--by which, of course, he means the Old Testament. Despite such statements, Jahjah repeatedly insists he has "nothing against the Jews.")

I've thought a lot about Jahjah in the past few days: Jahjah who never condemned the killing of van Gogh by a Dutch Muslim fundamentalist; Jahjah who finds the destruction of Israel "the only possible moral" option; Jahjah who has on several occasions incited riots on the streets of Antwerp and now defends the ongoing rioting of Muslim youth outside of Paris. I've thought of Jahjah as Muslim youths riot, too, in Arhus, Denmark, presumably in protest against the publication in a national newspaper of a cartoon drawing of Mohammed.

I've thought of Jahjah in all of this because his influence on European Muslim youth--men and women ages 18 to 30, mostly--has been significant enough that the Dutch intelligence service traces the rise of Muslim anti-Semitism and extremism in the Netherlands in no small measure straight back to the AEL.

And I think of this fact every day lately as I walk the streets of my mostly Muslim neighborhood: Suddenly, now, as an American Jew, if I normally wore a star of David or a chai around my neck, after Jahjah's declaration I would be too frightened to be seen with it on the street.

And the thing is, I have friends in my neighborhood--good people, kind people, women with headscarves and without them, men in Western dress or djellabas. They, too, are the victims of the Mohammad Attas, the Ahadi Nahjads, the Abou Jahjahs of the world. In some ways, they suffer most of all.

So Dyab Abou Jahjah scares me, and not just because when I wrote an article about him a year or so ago, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, herself under protective guard, called me after it was published to be sure I was OK.

Jahjah scares me because as one man he can--and does-- destroy the individuality of so many. While we remind ourselves repeatedly that the Mohamed Bouyeris and Mohammed Attas of the world are only individuals--and that's true--the danger is that the number of those individuals is increasing like brushfire, in large part through the encouragement and cheering of Abou Jahjah and others like him--those who pretend to be "moderate" enough to gain legitimacy, and then ignite the anger of others, many of whom were moderate when they first came to the AEL but don't stay that way for long.

And so we start to see them as a mass: We look at the rioters in Paris and become afraid of Muslims. Not just these Muslims but all the Muslims in the Paris environs, and by extension, all the Muslims in French-speaking Belgium and all the Muslims in the north and all the Muslims in the Netherlands and so on. And we go back again to "us" and "them"--"the Muslims," as if they were all one entity, and the rest of us.

This is what is going on outside of Paris and in Arhus, in Brussels and Berlin, even as I write. This is what goes on when the AEL holds meetings--closed to non-Muslims--in Rotterdam or Brussels, stirring whatever vulnerability, whatever latent anger (and what adolescent boy hasn't some of that? Then multiply it by poverty and alienation and see what happens) he can touch in the hearts of his audiences. Individual by individual, they become a group: They find the identity, the unity, the belonging that they crave, within that group. They become an "us," and the rest of us, of course, are "them."

This, too, is how it worked in Clichy: There was nothing spontaneous about these eruptions, officials announced after a week of ongoing chaos, a week of arson and shattered windows and a woman set on fire.

In Arhus, demonstrators said they'd been planning their uprising for weeks--possibly, that is, even before the paper published the cartoons. (That a group of suspected Danish-Muslim terrorists were arrested in Denmark at around that time may or may not be relevant.) And though Jahjah does not appear to be a part of the French or Danish fury as he was three years ago in Antwerp, he supports it.

While America has been looking elsewhere, the "war on terror" has rapidly been shifting its direction. No longer are the dangers restricted to the caves of Bora Bora; they have filled the streets of European capitals. Only if we start paying closer attention to what happens there--on those very streets of those same European cities--can the war, and peace, be won.

Saudi Arabia:

J, at Justify This, has a post up today about Saudi Arabia's sentencing of a teacher for the crime of talking about the Bible, and speaking positively of Jews. A horrific crime, indeed:

Roads Of Tolerance In Saudi Arabia, Where Only Muslims Can Be Citizens

A court in Saudi Arabia has condemned a teacher to 40 months in prison and 750 lashes in 15 weeks for having “mocked Islam”.

The teacher, denounced by colleagues and students a year and half ago, had discussed the Bible in class and spoken highly of Jews. The victim said the charges were made against him by fundamentalist colleagues who were against his moderate positions.

The sentence, handed down on 12 November, was published the following day by a Saudi daily. Al-Madina reported that the crime of the chemistry teacher, Mohammad Al-Harbi, was that he had promoted a “dubious ideology and declared that Jews are in the right”.

The teacher is also charged with having “discussed the Gospel and not allowing students to leave class to wash before prayer”. At the time, the man was teaching in the Al-Fwailiq high school in the town of Ein Al-Juwa.

Interviewed by the Arab press, Al-Harbi described the sentence as “cruel”. He said the students who levelled charges against him were angry because they had not passed a monthly chemistry test. “They asked me if they could repeat it and I refused.”

The teacher said the students had been manipulated into taking legal action by some teachers of Islamic studies, who did not look well upon Al-Harbi’s views. The latter had often said he was against terrorism and fundamentalism, trying to sensitize youth in the school.

In Saudi Arabia, freedom of worship is prohibited to all religions except Wahhabi Islam. Any public manifestation (like having a Bible or wearing a cross) is banned. According to the latest annual report compiled by the US State Department on international religious freedom, “freedom of worship does not exist” in Saudi Arabia.

It's true. Christians are not allowed to live in Saudi Arabia. They may travel there for a visit, or on business, or most commonly, to serve as maids, and nurses, but no one of any faith other than the official Wahabbi faith may live in Saudi Arabia on a permanent basis.

As egregious as that may sound to our Western sensibilities, it is nothing compared to the information which, until about a year ago, was freely available on the official website of the state of Saudi Arabia. (See screenshot above, or click this link.)

On a page of information on Visa requirements, there was a section which said the following:

Visas will not be issued to the following groups of people:

  • An Israeli passport holder, or a passport that has an Israeli arrival/departure stamp.
  • Jewish people.

We should never forget this.

Someone Drugged and Date-Raped Her

Fjordman posted an excellent and visionary essay today on the future of Europe. Or should I say, Eurabia? Here's an excerpt:

... can Eurabia still be reversed and Europe salvaged?

I must admit there are certain parts of Europe that do seem to be beyond hope, or very close to it. ALL of the largest Dutch cities are projected to have a Muslim majority within a generation, as will several English, French, Belgian, Scandinavian and Spanish cities.

I forsee several possible scenarios:

1. Eurabia.

The EU continues its transformation into a continent-wide organization with clear totalitarian leanings, and a very pro-Islamic stance. Europe's fate is sealed when Turkey is allowed into the Union, and becomes its largest member. Freedom of speech will be shut down, and any criticism of Islam banned.

Eurabia will become a global center for Jihad activities, as the dhimmi taxpayers and infidel Western technology give a boost to the Ummah. For this reason, the Americans, the Israelis, the Indians, the Russians and maybe even the Chinese will have to crush Eurabia by brute force, as it will represent a grave security threat for them.

Muslims will be heavily concentrated in the major cities, and the dhimmi native population will retreat into the countryside. I believe something similar took place in the Balkans during Ottoman Turkish rule. The old nation states will thus slowly die, as their major cities, which constitute the brain and "head" of its culture, are cut off from the rest of the body.

Europe's decline into Eurabia will be speeded up by the fact that millions of educated natives with the means to it will move to the USA or other nations. This trickle of Eurabian refugees wil eventually be slowed down by the authorities in the now totalitarian Europe, as it will erode the tax base. Native Europeans will simply be banned from leaving.

There will be no war in Western Europe, as its civilization is already dead and very few will bother fighting for it. The only violence will be sporadic Islamic terror attacks to induce fear, and occasional Muslim mob assaults in European streets to remind the dhimmis who is boss.

2. War.

Personally, I think this alternative is at least as likely as the above. It also contains several sub-scenarios, partly depending upon when the eventual war starts, and partly on whether there is still some Western pride and resistance left in Europe underneath the self-loathing and Multiculturalism:

The Pakistanization of Europe.

Muslims aren't numerous enough to control the entire continent. In the event of war, there will be mutual ethnic cleansing and Muslims will seize parts of Western Europe. For instance, a belt stretching from parts of Germany via Belgium and Holland to France, but maybe even regions within certain nation states.

All of Europe will not be lost, but some parts will, and many others will de deeply damaged by the fighting. Much of our cultural treasures will burn. How things will go from there is difficult to predict. Perhaps this new "Pakistan" in the heart of Europe will be the source of constant instability and the staging ground for Jihad incursions into infidel areas, just as Pakistan is to India now.

How does that sound, Europe? And, what is the scenario by which one of these ugly possibilites may not come true?

21st Night:
A Frog
In Water

Today, we enter into day 22, the third week of rioting in France. Things do seem to be slowing down, but, there's still a hell of a lot of black smoke billowing over France:

162 vehicles burned, 42 arrests, and one injured policeman by 4AM. This is what the French call an acceptable level of violence for a Saturday night in the summer. Now that they are getting it during a winter weekday, they are trying very hard to convince themselves that everything is back to normal.

At this point, the Islamic Jihadis have learned what they need to know; that the French will not do anything. All they will need to do is organize more riot cells, and instigate larger riots next time, and larger the time after that. That way, they can take over France without the French even noticing, like boiling a frog in water.

Border Deal Sealed

Israel, and the Peaceful Nation of Palestine, have reached a border deal at last:

JERUSALEM - Prodded by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israel and the Palestinians agreed Tuesday on details for opening the borders of the Gaza Strip and allowing freer movement for Palestinians elsewhere, a significant step toward an eventual peace deal between historic enemies.

The agreement, which gives the Palestinians control over a border for the first time, took all-night negotiations and a strong diplomatic shove from Rice. The basic elements of the deal had been in the works for weeks.

"I have to say as a football fan, sometimes the last yard is the hardest, and I think we experienced that today," Rice told a news conference where she announced the agreement.

She praised the deal at a news conference as a "big step forward" in Israeli-Palestinian relations, bruised by nearly five years of bloody fighting.

"This agreement is intended to give Palestinian people the freedom to move, to trade, to live ordinary lives," Rice said.

While important in and of itself, the broader significance of the deal to free up Palestinian movement while satisfying Israeli concerns about terrorism is that it makes a statement of progress that goes beyond the technical details.

"Underneath what may seem like very small details there are hard issues," Rice told reporter.
She said she had about two hours of sleep.

Donor countries have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars, but they money was held up by the lack of a border deal.

Under the agreement, the Gaza-Egypt border would tentatively open Nov. 25. It will be operated by Palestinian and Egypt border officials, under the supervision of European monitors. Israel had demanded veto powers, but in the ended conceded on the issue, said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Israel will receive live transmissions via closed circuit TV from the crossing there, and can raise objections concerning travelers, but the Palestinians have the final say.

The government of the Peaceful State of Palestine is dominated by two political parties (Fatah and Hamas), both of whose charters call for the destruction of the state of Israel. So, I would imagine that if Almadinejad wheeled an atomic bomb that looked like the one dropped on Hiroshima up to the border of Israel, the Palestinians would say, "Ok, let him through."

Yeah, this agreement is going to work.

The Cat
Is Out
Of The Bag

There is such a thing as freedom, and the Iraqis are learning about it en masse:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A few years ago, Ammar Adnan knew almost nothing about what was going on in the world of karate. But now Adnan, who heads Iraq's karate federation, is in contact with groups across the world, closely following events and championships wherever they occur.

It's all because of the Internet cafes — scarce during Saddam Hussein's rule — now spreading throughout Iraq.

Before Saddam's fall in spring 2003, many Iraqis had heard about the Internet, but very few had used it. Internet cafes were not common, security restrictions were tight and having a home connection was very costly.

Now that many are enjoying a higher income than under Saddam, thousands of Iraqis regularly pack shops throughout the country to check their e-mail, chat and surf — despite fears that any public place can be attacked.

"I do much of my work on the Internet," said the well-built Adnan, after checking his e-mail Friday at a cafe in eastern Baghdad.

"I contact the International Karate Organization from here. It is very simple, unlike before when it was extremely difficult to get in touch," he said referring to bad telephone lines and slow mail service during Saddam's rule.

Three months after the fall of Saddam, al-Rubei Internet Cafe became one of Baghdad's first private companies, and ever since business has been doing well, said manager Jarir Majid.

"The idea came when we thought that we wanted to do something with this shop, something that people needed," said Majid, speaking as most of the 50 computers in his shop were occupied. "The Internet is great. It is sad that Iraqis were deprived of this technology."

His business did fall off last year when a car bomb exploded nearby, causing damage to his shop, but it has since bounced back.

Before Saddam's ouster, from the 10th floor of what used to be the Ministry of Information building in central Baghdad, members of Saddam's intelligence agency worked around the clock blocking Web sites, e-mails and chat rooms.

The last thing the former regime wanted in this tightly controlled police state was people chatting with outsiders or entering anti-Saddam Web sites operated exiled Iraqis.

"Intelligence officers used to monitor sites and whenever they found a suspicious domain they used to block it," said Atheer Hassan, who used to work as a part-time technician with the Ministry of Information. Now, he runs his own Internet business, selling connections to people in their homes.

Under Saddam, at a time when most people made only a few dollars a month because of inflation and economic sanctions, few people could afford the annual Internet fee from the government of about $500. E-mails were only available through the ministry, meaning they were read by intelligence agents.

Now, restrictions are of a different sort — some Internet Cafe owners ban their clients from visiting pornographic sites. A sign decorating the Twin Tower Cafe reads: "To the brothers and dear Internet users. Please don't enter sites that contradict our religion and traditions."

Internet cafes aren't the only outlet: Distributors sell wireless connections to private homes for about $50 a month. Many complain that state-run land phone lines are still slow and unreliable.
Such prices are out of range still for many Iraqis, but the cafes fill the need. An hour costs about a $1.

Ibrahim Mahamoud, 24, now goes twice a week to an Internet cafe near his house to chat with friends and relatives living abroad.

"I used to speak with my relatives who live abroad once every few months," said Mahamoud, looking back and forth to the screen as he spoke. "Now I can chat with them anytime I want."

It looks as if we are winning the war in Iraq. Quick, someone, alert the media.


Monday, November 14, 2005

Paris Riots,
Or How Nazi Germany
Managed to Sneak Up On Us All

An excellent piece by Pierre LeGrand, over at the PapaDoc Blog:

In some ways it is tragically funny that the French have responded to the burning of their country with censorship. They have asked the Jews to keep quiet about attacks on their persons and their institutions. They have simply not extensively covered the churches that were burnt. All in an attempt to hide the one fact that is irrevocably true, the instigators and rioters are Muslims. This does not have to be an attack by Al Queda to be an attack by Muslims, this is simply Islam following its primary calling to spread itself by the sword if need be.

But the story of a Mosque attacked is being pushed around like it is some sort of vindication that this isn’t about Islam. Perhaps hoping that all of us have forgotten how easily Islamic thugs forget about the sanctity of their mosques.

Islam’s apologists have failed to explain the incredible history of violence that has followed Islam around the Globe. It is not fair to say explanations have not been given, but its very difficult to swallow it’s all a Zionist Plot when they have managed to murder, Hindus, Buddhists, Animalists, Christians and yes a smattering of Jews.

At one point they managed to murder thousands of all of those groups including the most hated, secularists, in less than two hours by running Jets into buildings filled with innocents. Impressively while the perpetrators declared the action was in the name of Islam, our own elite were busy like the little cowards they are, making excuses. Ooh it’s only a radical fringe group, never wondering why it was that Imams around the world were not immediately denouncing the attacks in the strongest words.

Then when they do denounce terrorism by those supposedly radical Islamists or call for peace it is done in a way that can be defended against both the radicals and the west. The Imams are playing both sides instead of choosing the side of peace. Religion of Peace indeed, our cowardice in the face of their stated goal of spreading Islam around the world by sword if need be will cause this war to go on forever. For example the famous Fatwa issued by the moderate Union of French Islamic Organisations:

“it is formally forbidden to any Muslim seeking divine grace andsatisfaction to participate in any action that blindly hits private or public property or could constitute an attack on someone's life. Contributing to such exactions is an illicit act.”

So if you have a clear view of the reasons for your attacks against the infidels do we assume then that the Moderate Union of French Islamic Organisations is ok with you.

Occurred to me a week or so that we are seeing exactly the same mechanism that allowed the Nazis to basically sneak into power at work again. Its always been a wonder to me that so many Jews got caught in the net the Nazis wrapped them in, but now I understand. We all simply refused to believe that the threat existed, they were harmless, not worth worrying about, until they moved to being too big a threat to cover in the news. Where are we now in that line from laughing to death?

Go read the rest.

The State

France has specially trained a force of 15,000 riot police, called the CRS, to go into the neighborhoods most hard hit by rioting, and reestablish order:

The announcement came yesterday as the regular police threatened action over the detention of an officer after a young man appeared to have been hit and kicked by two policemen in a Paris suburb.

A third of France's 15,000 riot police, whose brutal reputation comes from its violent repression of student-worker protests in May 1968, will remain in the country's 17 neighbourhoods hardest hit by the rioting of the past two weeks.

The CRS's new chief, Christian Lambert, who took over only three days before the riots began on Oct 27 said the force would spearhead a new form of neighbourhood policing in the toughest suburbs.

He insisted that the CRS had received training to perform their new role: "We will go to the most difficult neighbourhoods. Without stirring things up but by imposing ourselves, we will win back these territories.

It sounds like they plan to reoccupy their own land. That's a good thing.

What is extraordinary is France has also extended the State of Emergency for three months:

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac's government decided on Monday to ask parliament to extend emergency powers for 3 months to quell unrest.

Wow, that's a long time for a state of emergency to go on, isn't it? Isn't an emergency something that requires immediate attention, and/or treatment? Doesn't the word imply speed?

At what point does it cease to be called a state of emergency, and, instead, begin to be called something else? And, what word would be more appropriate?

Well, Chirac has found another word he likes to describe the situation:

PARIS - President Jacques Chirac said Monday in his first televised address to the nation since rioting erupted more than two weeks ago that the violence reflected a "profound malaise" in France.

A "malaise" huh, Jaques? Good choice of words. Remember how well it went over when Jimmy Carter used that one back in the 70's?

Night night, Jaques. It's time to go to sleep.

CUANAS Announcement

A big opportunity has presented itself, which means I am going to have to cut back on blogging for awhile. For the next few months posting will be light; usually, just one or two posts per day.

Jihadis Arrested Next To
Australian Nuclear Power Plant

Three Jihadis were arrested in Australia recently, after they were caught near a nuclear power plant. From the Guardian, via the Drunken Blogger:

Three of the 18 terror suspects arrested in Sydney and Melbourne last week were stopped and questioned by police near Australia's only nuclear power station, it was claimed today.

A document released to the court where the eight people arrested in Sydney had their first hearing alleged that three of the suspects had been stopped in their car near the city's nuclear facility in December 2004.

The men also had an off-road motorbike and claimed they were there to ride, the document said. It added that all three had given different versions of the day's events to police.

Police inquiries revealed the lock of a gate to a reactor reservoir had recently been cut.

The three - Mazen Touma, Mohammed Elomar and Abdul Rakib Hasan - along with five other Sydney men, have been charged with conspiring to manufacture explosives in preparation for a terrorist act.

The Melbourne suspects are charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation. The group includes Abu Bakr, an extremist cleric who made headlines last year when he described Osama bin Laden as a "great man".

The document on the Sydney suspects said some of the men had "obtained extremist advice and guidance" from the cleric at a terrorist training camp in New South Wales. It said members of the group sought materials to produce explosives, ordering dozens of gallons of chemicals.

During a search of Mr Elomar's home on June 27, police said they found a computer memory stick containing instructions in Arabic for making TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, a highly unstable explosive made from commercially available chemicals.

The suspects' lawyer has said prosecutors have produced no evidence of an imminent terror attack in the country.

Australia has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil, but has been on medium security alert since shortly after the September 11 2001 attacks on the US.

When these guys were arrested, they were not in possession of explosives, so this was a test run to see if they could get near the nuclear plant. And you know what they found out? They can. They were arrested after they penetrated the property, and had already left the area.

Let's hope Australia got all of these guys, because it isn't that hard to pull off what they were trying to pull off.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Five Questions Non-Muslims Would Like Answered

From Dennis Prager, in the LA Times:

(1) Why are you so quiet?

Since the first Israelis were targeted for death by Muslim terrorists blowing themselves up in the name of your religion and Palestinian nationalism, I have been praying to see Muslim demonstrations against these atrocities. Last week's protests in Jordan against the bombings, while welcome, were a rarity.

What I have seen more often is mainstream Muslim spokesmen implicitly defending this terror on the grounds that Israel occupies Palestinian lands. We see torture and murder in the name of Allah, but we see no anti-torture and anti-murder demonstrations in the name of Allah.

There are a billion Muslims in the world. How is it possible that essentially none have demonstrated against evils perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam? This is true even of the millions of Muslims living in free Western societies. What are non-Muslims of goodwill supposed to conclude?

When the Israeli government did not stop a Lebanese massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982, great crowds of Israeli Jews gathered to protest their country's moral failing. Why has there been no comparable public demonstration by Palestinians or other Muslims to morally condemn Palestinian or other Muslim-committed terror?

(2) Why are none of the Palestinian terrorists Christian?

If Israeli occupation is the reason for Muslim terror in Israel, why do no Christian Palestinians engage in terror? They are just as nationalistic and just as occupied as Muslim Palestinians.

(3) Why is only one of the 47 Muslim-majority countries a free country?

According to Freedom House, a Washington-based group that promotes democracy, of the world's 47 Muslim countries, only Mali is free. Sixty percent are not free, and 38% are partly free. Muslim-majority states account for a majority of the world's "not free" states. And of the 10 "worst of the worst," seven are Islamic states. Why is this?

(4) Why are so many atrocities committed and threatened by Muslims in the name of Islam?

Young girls in Indonesia were recently beheaded by Muslim murderers. Last year, Muslims — in the name of Islam — murdered hundreds of schoolchildren in Russia. While reciting Muslim prayers, Islamic terrorists take foreigners working to make Iraq free and slaughter them. Muslim daughters are murdered by their own families in the thousands in "honor killings." And the Muslim government in Iran has publicly called for the extermination of Israel.

(5) Why do countries governed by religious Muslims persecute other religions?

No church or synagogue is allowed in Saudi Arabia. The Taliban destroyed some of the greatest sculptures of the ancient world because they were Buddhist. Sudan's Islamic regime has murdered great numbers of Christians.

Instead of confronting these problems, too many of you deny them. Muslims call my radio show to tell me that even speaking of Muslim or Islamic terrorists is wrong. After all, they argue, Timothy McVeigh is never labeled a "Christian terrorist." As if McVeigh committed his terror as a churchgoing Christian and in the name of Christ, and as if there were Christian-based terror groups around the world.

Hundreds of millions of non-Muslims want honest answers to these questions, even if the only answer you offer is, "Yes, we have real problems in Islam." Such an acknowledgment is infinitely better — for you and for the world — than dismissing us as anti-Muslim.

We await your response.

18th Night

The rioting has spread across the border into Belgium. From the Astute Blogger:

In Belgium, too, the ministry of the Interior said that it has been “a relatively calm night.” Relative calmness means that in Brussels six cars and a school bus were torched, that there was an attempt to set a school on fire and that molotov cocktails were thrown at a hotel. There were also car fires and acts of vandalism in Mechelen, Liège, Frameries and Seneffe.

“These were all isolated incidents that have been dealt with in an adequate way by the police and the fire brigade,” the ministry stressed in a press release. In short, it is not really worth mentioning in the media.

Yesterday Patrick Dewael, the Belgian minister of the Interior, criticised the newspaper La Dernière Heure for reporting that an extremist weblog is calling upon Muslim radicals to start large-scale rioting in Brussels on Saturday. The newspaper did not make the story up, but it should not have told the public about it.

The Astute Blogger links to multiple stories to show that the MSM is dissembling about the breadth and strength of the rioting. Dissembling is, of course, a fancy word for lying.

The Astute Blogger's analysis of just why the MSM is lying, is priceless. Go read it. Now.

17th Night

In terms of sheer number, things got a little better last night in Paris, apparently:

374 vehicles burned, 212 arrets, 2 police injured (1 in the hospital after getting hit with a metal bocce ball in the Paris suburb of La Courneuve in the Seine Saint Denis area where police are on minimum duty), riots in the city center of Lyon, public demonstrations banned in the Paris which is cordoned off to prevent rioting youths to gain access to the capital, and continual government bleating that everything is getting calmer.

Car burnings continued in the suburbs of Toulouse and Lyon. In Carpentras, a pre-school was burned down, a car was torched in front of a retirement home, and a school was rammed into by a vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Astute Blogger is predicting that Chiraq will resign shortly.