Saturday, December 10, 2005


My wife and I went out tonight to celebrate our Anniversary. We went out to the best restaurant we've ever treated ourselves to, and we drank way too much Pinot Noir, and Champagne, and then we stumbled around downtown for awhile, and watched the young people having a great time.


As the years go by, I love my wife more and more.

I am a blessed man.

Bit Of

Historians give us a little bit of perspective on what we often see as frightful times:

ALBANY, N.Y. - Terrorist attacks, a war in Iraq and natural disasters aren't so bad compared to other tough times in America's past, from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War, history professors say.

Asked to compare eight difficult periods of the nation's history, 46 percent of the 354 professors who responded to a nationwide survey agreed the current era was the least trying. The Civil War, 55 percent said, was the toughest.

Researchers at the Siena Research Institute of Siena College came up with the survey after hearing students comment they felt today's era was one of the most trying in America's history.

"It's an issue of perspective," said Thomas Kelly, a professor emeritus of history and American studies at Siena who helped conduct the survey, which was released Thursday.

"With very few exceptions most generations have confronted enormous kinds of problems and have to greater or lesser degrees coped," he said.

Next to the Civil War — which threatened the nation's very existence and cost the lives of more than 600,000 people — the poll found the Revolutionary War and the Great Depression to be the most trying, followed by Vietnam and the Cultural Revolution, World War II, the Cold War, World War I and today.

Kristina Hicks, 20, a Siena junior, said that while it's true most of today's Americans have not had to sacrifice like previous generations did, she disagrees with the poll's findings.

"I definitely think today is one of most trying times," she said. "When I read about things like 9/11 and the war in Iraq in textbooks, it doesn't actually portray the whole picture of what happened."

Dan Reisner, a 21-year-old Siena senior, ranks the current era in the middle, saying the destruction of the World Trade Center changed his world view.

"I never thought we were under threat until I saw 9/11," he said. "It was very shocking. Times are definitely more dangerous now. Terrorism is constantly getting worse."

Kelly said the shock of the 2001 terrorist attacks was felt especially hard by today's college students, who were in their early or middle teenage years at the time.

"For young people, life is very visual," Kelly said. "There are few things as visual as the twin towers falling."

The survey was mailed to each of the roughly 2,500 American colleges and universities with a history department, Kelly said.

To Be

What did they do? What in God's name did they do?

They played in a "Peace Match" with Israeli players (hat tip to Elder of Ziyon, a fine blog):

The Palestinian FA plans to punish players under its jurisdiction for participating alongside Israelis in a 'Peace Match' in Barcelona, an official said on Wednesday.

A 'Peace Team' of Israeli and Palestinian players lost 2-1 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp last week in front of 31,820 spectators, including many dignitaries.

'The Palestinian FA will form a committee to investigate the players who participated in the match ... everyone involved will be punished,' senior FA official Jamal Zaqout told Reuters.

'We act in accordance with the attitude of our people who are against normalisation (of relations with Israel) before the end of the occupation,' Zaqout said, referring to Israel's hold over lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war. (Elder of Ziyon note: And Reuters of course can read his mind that he was only referring to the '67 borders. - EoZ)

Fifteen Israelis, including many internationals and 12 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank joined up for the match sponsored by Israeli statesman Shimon Peres's Centre for Peace foundation.

A Peres Centre spokeswoman said the Palestinian FA's reaction was 'irresponsible and annoying'.

'The Peres Centre together with its Palestinian partner, the Abu Sukar Centre, received the blessing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and (his senior security adviser) Jibril Rajoub for the match,' spokeswoman Michal Eldar said.

'The match in Barcelona was an unprecedented event in which we managed to convey to the world the message of peace and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians,' she said.

A spokesman for the Israel FA (IFA) said it had approved the participation of its players.

Israel's FA has been generally supportive of its Palestinian counterpart, which became a full FIFA member in 1998.

The IFA helped Palestinian players receive permits to leave Gaza for overseas matches when Israel controlled the coastal territory before pulling out last September.

The government of Israel helps the Palestinians, but when some Palestinians perform a nice gesture towards Israel, then the government of the Peaceful State of Palestine punishes the Good Samaritans.

Why do you think that is?


We fight a war in Afghanistan. We free the Afghanis from the terrifying Taliban regime. We help them write a constitution, and establish an elected government. And what do they do? Well, for one thing, they have arrested and jailed a magazine editor for questioning Sharia Law; specifically, the practice of stoning people to death for adultery:

Now they want to put him to death — Mohaqeq Nasab, the Afghan editor already sentenced to two years hard labor for "blasphemy" against Islam. Now, Afghan prosecutors want to put him to death. Why? The Muslim editor of Women's Rights magazine published articles in post-Taliban Afghanistan that criticized aspects of Islamic law, including the penalties of stoning for adultery, amputation for theft, and death for leaving Islam.

"Sometimes the whole religion and the rules of the religion were attacked," explained Muhammed Aref Rahmani, who sits on Afghanistan's council of Islamic scholars. Attacked? "For instance," Mr. Rahmani told the Chicago Tribune, "he says one woman should be equal to one man, as a witness in a case, which is completely against our religion."

Oh, may it never be. Women equal to men? No, no, God no.

Islam has many laws and rules which are simply inhuman. These Islamic laws can not be tolerated. We still have an army in their country. We should go and get that man out of prison, and we should tell Karzai that what his government has allowed is not acceptable, and that they'd better get back to work rewriting the laws and the constitution.

Here are some aspects of Islam which need to be removed from practice across the face of the Earth:

1) Stoning and mutilation as punishment
2) Burqas - and any Sharia rule which dictates, in any way, that women are less than men
3) physical Jihad
4) anti-Semitism - the idea that Jews are the sons of apes and pigs

After we had completed our military victory in World War II, we set about remaking German and Japanese society. We outlawed the preaching of Nazism in Germany, and we outlawed the teaching of Emperor-worship in Japan.

We should do the same thing in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then, in Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia after that.

We can not push the stone of Democracy up the hill only to have it roll back down on top of us.


From Atlas Shrugs:

Vladimir Matveyev: Iran's president, who wants to see a world without Israel, has a vociferous ally in Ukraine.

A Kiev-based university that already has gained international notoriety for its anti-Zionist propaganda and anti-Semitic publications now wants the United Nations to "close" Israel.

The call came in November from the Interregional Academy for Personnel Management, known by its Russian acronym MAUP, whose leadership said the United Nations should revoke its 1947 resolution on the creation of a Jewish state.

"Mankind lived without the State of Israel exactly 2,670 years, but after the second of its creation all the world feels a constant aggression of the old 'sons of the devil,' " according to a university statement, published last month in the school newspaper, supporting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent call to destroy Israel.

MAUP in recent months has become a major purveyor of anti-Semitism in Ukraine. But the silence until recently of Ukrainian authorities -- many of whom have ties to the university -- has led to criticism from the local Jewish community, international Jewish organizations and Israeli officials.

Atlas' commentary is priceless:

So we see the cockroaches come out of the woodwork now that President Ahmadimaniac let the cat out of the bag. This has happened, before. History stuttering. The cancer has returned (not that it ever left, remission). It doesn't go away on its own. Never has, never will.

And, just what are the Jews supposed to do, if Israel is closed?

What is this devil that keeps chasing the Jews to the ends of the earth?

(The photo is from a "Peace Rally" in San Francisco, CA. Thanks to Zombie.


Of The

I love Jihad Watch. There is no more tireless, all-seeing eye trained on the international Jihad being waged on Western Civilization than Jihad Watch. But, they do dumb stuff. For instance, the day before the first Iraqi elections, Hugh Fitzgerald was calling for American troops to pullout. Yes, that's right. He believes so little in the possibility that the brown-skinned Iraqis are like all of the rest of us in wanting to be free, that he thinks it is a lost cause. He offers no solutions. Just pullout.

And what has Jihad Watch done to anger me this time?

Well, they have a poll up today where we anti-Jihad people can vote for Dhimmi and anti-Dhimmi of the year. George Bush, Condoleeza Rice, and Tony Blair are all listed on the "Dhimmi" ballot, but we do not have the opportunity to vote for them as anti-Dhimmis.

What have Robert Spencer, or Hugh Fitzgerald, done that has put them more on the line than George Bush, Condoleeza Rice, or Tony Blair? Bush, Rice, and Blair all staked their entire political careers on fighting against the Jihad. All that Spencer and Fitzgerald have done is sell books.

I'm sure they also receive death threats and, therefore, I do admire them as warriors, but they are also revealing themselves to be small-minded propagandists.

I call on Jihad Watch to amend their ballots. I will vote for George Bush as American anti-Dhimmi of the Year. And, maybe, while they are at it, they ought to put their own names on the ballot under Dhimmi of the Year, for the fact that some of their rhetoric undermines the President, and thus, makes it harder for him to accomplish the things he would clearly like to accomplish in the War on Terror.


Robert Spencer and Hugh Fitzgerald ought to be ashamed of themselves. I buy all of Spencer's books. I love the guy, but anyone can make a mistake, and he has. And, he deserves to be castigated and shouted down for this.

Down with you, Spencer. Down with you, and the camel you rode to work today.

The Pope
Look On

Click on photo for larger image.

Can't See

Scientists have struggled to understand our place in the galaxy:

Astronomers can provide detailed images of beautifully swirling galaxies millions of miles away. It's our own galaxy they haven't been able to get their arms around.

"It's clear that the Milky Way has a structure like those, but it's hard to tell being in it," said Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Now, a team of astronomers has taken an important step toward mapping the Milky Way by accurately measuring the distance to the star-forming region W3OH in the Perseus spiral arm, the nearest arm to us. This long strand of stars streaks out of the Milky Way's disk in the same manner as others seen in galaxies across the universe.

Until now scientists had difficulties figuring just how far away spiral arms are, and various measurements and techniques had discrepancies ranging by a factor of two.

The new results are from a telescope nearly the size of Earth. The astronomers used the Very Long Baseline Array, taking observations from several telescopes stretching from Hawaii to the Virgin Islands, to create the resolution of a telescope nearly 5,000 miles in diameter.

"We have established that the radio telescope we used, the Very Long Baseline Array, can measure distances with unprecedented accuracy--nearly a factor of 100 times better than previously accomplished," Reid said.

In doing so, they determined that W3OH is 1.950.04 kiloparsecs away. That's about 36,000,000,000,000,000 miles.

Although the VLBA has extremely high resolution, the source objects need to be very bright and compact. Spiral arms are just that--bright clouds of star-forming gas. In particular, this team focused in on a cloud of methyl alcohol surrounding a newly formed star.

"We measured distance by the simplest and most direct method in astronomy--essentially the technique used by surveyors called triangulation," said team member Xu Ye.

This technique, also known as parallax, comes straight out of a high school geometry textbook. In this case, the researchers used the changing vantage point from the Earth as it orbits the Sun to form one leg of the triangle. Then, they calculated the star's distance by measuring the change in its position as Earth orbits the Sun.

The astronomers found that this young star is actually moving around the Milky Way in an orbit that is about 10 percent off from being circular. It appears to rotate slower than other stars in circular orbits and is falling toward the center of the Milky Way.

Although scientists don't really understand the details of spiral arm formation, these observations support the "spiral density-wave theory." This theory suggests that a combination of gravitational instabilities and shear forces--a result of the outer edge of the galaxy moving slower than the inner--cause material to cluster and eventually shoot off in an arm.

The researchers are now shifting the VLBA's gaze toward three other spiral arms where they will look at about a dozen star-forming areas similar to W3OH.

This research is detailed today in the online version of the journal Science.

Friday, December 09, 2005

With ...

by Marc Chagall

Or Die

Jihadis in Bangladesh are demanding, under threat of death, that all women, Muslim and non-Muslim, wear the burqa:

DHAKA (Reuters) - A banned Islamist militant group blamed for a series of bombings in Bangladesh has threatened to kill women, including non-Muslims, if they do not wear the veil, a statement said.

The statement by the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen came hours after Thursday's suicide bomb attack in a northern town that killed at least eight people, the latest of a series of blasts blamed on militant groups in their campaign for an Islamic state.

"Women will be killed if they are found to move around without wearing burqa (veil) from the first day of Jilhaj," the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen said in the statement sent to a Dhaka newspaper office.

Jilhaj refers to the Arabic month beginning early January.

"Women, including non-Muslims, are hereby advised not to go out of home without burqa. Seclusion has been made compulsory for you," said the statement in Bangla language, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Friday.

This is the world of the Jihadi. We must resist it at all costs. The burqa is slavery for women. You see that they order the women to wear the burqa, under threat of death.

In other words, they have no choice. That's slavery.

There is nothing opaque here. They are making it very clear for us. There is no room for slavery in this world.

See my post on the Burqa from this morning.

Is So
Even The
Saudis Are

News of Eurabia has video of Iranian President Ahmadinejad telling about the mystical experience he had while speaking at the United Nations. No, that's not a figure of speech. This is a real world leader, who is about to aquire nukes, having a mystical experience, a vision of himself surrounded by a heavenly light.

He has also told confidantes that he believes he is the Messiah.

Really. Go check out the video.

But, that's not all folks. Good ole' Ahmadinejad has spouted so much crazed rhetoric lately that the Saudis are officially pissed. The Pedestian Infidel has the story.


The other day, Muslims in Britain held a controversial conference in a large sports arena. More than twenty-thousand Muslims showed up and cheered the speakers. It was the biggest gathering of Muslims in Europe since the Moors armies were turned back at the Gates of Vienna.

Carol Gould reported it this way.

Ted Belman reported it this way.

And, the Times of London reported it this way.

Hmm, two to one. Which side do you believe?


The German Foreign Ministry is not happy about Iranian President Ahmadinejad's recent denials that the Holocaust had happened:

The German Foreign Ministry said on Friday it had summoned Iran's ambassador to protest against suggestions by Iran's president that the Holocaust might not have happened and that Israel should be moved to Europe.

Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said at a government news conference the decision to deliver a formal protest to Iran's envoy in Berlin was meant to show that Berlin was taking the president's comments very seriously.

"We have summoned the Iranian ambassador," Jaeger told reporters. "When one summons an ambassador, then you signal the start of something in diplomacy, that there are grounds for serious discussion."

The remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a news conference in the Saudia Arabian city of Mecca, follow his call in October for Israel to be "wiped off the map", which sparked widespread international condemnation.

Historians say six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Regarding this widely-accepted view, Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official Iranian news agency IRNA as saying on Thursday:

"Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, our question for the Europeans is: is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?" he said.

"If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe -- like in Germany, Austria or other countries -- to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it."

It sounds to me like Reuters isn't exactly sure the Holocaust happened either. What do you think?

Anyway, kudos to Germany for summoning a diplomat. Now, let's see if anything happens. Once again, what do you think?

An Afghani women begs on the street with her child.

Yet Not

The Burqa dehumanizes women. It is a tool which instantly turns a living, breathing human being into a slave. When the shroud goes over the face of a human being, they are dead to the world. The human being, so enshrouded, can see out through the veil darkly, but no one can see in.

She is windowless, and alone.

(The photograph accompanying this post is the view of a human being from inside the death shroud of a burqa.)

From Act International:

"Women you should not step outside your residence. If you go outside the house you should not be like the women who used to go with fashionable clothes wearing much cosmetics and appearing in front of every men before the coming of Islam."
--- Edict (religious decree) announced by the Taliban’s "Religious Police".

Two months back, I was on an assignment in Afghanistan. Defying another Taliban edict - this one banning taking photographs of "any living thing" - I looked for ways to illustrate how three years of drought and 22 years of war had affected the lives of men, women and children in Afghanistan.

In an environment created by the edicts restricting the behaviour of women it was difficult to get a single picture of women. Basically, I had to "steal" such pictures while pretending to be tying my shoelaces, looking the other way or trust my luck in accidental drive–by snapshots from car windows.

In the end, I tried another approach; one I felt more comfortable with. This approach did not force me to try to cheat the women within range of my lenses and, it even appeared truer to my own experience of travelling as a male in Afghanistan.

Over 14 days, I had next to no interaction with Afghani women and saw only three women’s faces directly. As a sort of compensation, I started focusing my lenses on some of the traces of the women I glimpsed or sometimes just missed where ever I went – villages, streets, bazaars, hospitals, clinics or restaurants and mosques.

Traces of the millions of Afghan women concealed by the rules of the Taliban, the cloth of the head to toe long blue Burqa, local traditions and in some cases the 4 to 5 meter high mud brick walls surrounding their own homes.

Are You
To Do
About It?

Nobel Sweepstakes winner Mohammed el-Baradei says the world is losing patience with Iran:

OSLO, Norway - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said Friday the international community is losing patience with Iran over its nuclear program. ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he hopes the outstanding nuclear issues with Iran will be clarified next year.

"They are inching forward and I'm asking them to leap forward," said ElBaradei, who shares the award with the IAEA.

He said he hopes outstanding nuclear issues with Tehran will be clarified by the time he presents his next report on Iran in March, because "the international community is losing patience with the nature of that program."

"The ball is in Iran's court. It is up to Iran to show the kind of transparency they need to show," ElBaradei told reporters.

He encouraged European negotiators to continue talks with Iran.

You see, things are not going well, so we should do more of the same.

Do you ever get the feeling Mohammed el-Baradei is on the other side?

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Song by
David Gray

Only wish that you were here
You know I'm seeing it so clear
I've been afraid
To tell you how I really feel
Admit to some of those bad mistakes I've made

If you want it
Come and get it
Crying out loud
The love that I was
Giving you was
Never in doubt

Let go your heart
Let go your head
And feel it now
Babylon, Babylon

Sunday all the lights of London

Sky is fading red to blue
I'm kicking through the
Autumn leaves
And wondering where it is you might be going to

Turning back for home
You know I'm feeling so alone
I can't believe

Climbing on the stair
I turn around to see you smiling there
In front of me

If you want it
Come and get it
Crying out loud
The love that I was
Giving you was
Never in doubt

Let go your heart
Let go your head
And feel it now


by Marc Chagall

In The
Of The

Ah, the enlightened vision of the Ayatollah Khomeini:

"A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate. If he penetrates and the child is harmed then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however would not count as one of his four permanent wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl's sister."

The complete Persian text of this saying can be found in "Ayatollah Khomeini in Tahrirolvasyleh, Fourth Edition, Darol Elm, Qom"

Hat tip to Always On Watch.

London Mayor's Friend Sheikh al-Qaradhawi
Says Jews Set Traps

Leading Islamist Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, a man London Mayor Ken Livingstone has praised repeatedly, blames Jews and "satans" for the problems of his fellow Islamic Jihadis:

"We are now under a siege that resembles the Siege of the Trench, the Siege of Akhzab.
"But we will be victorious, Allah willing - despite the traps set by Judaism and the Crusaders, and despite the deeds of those who set traps and who deceive.

"He decided that the only treatment they merited was to have their fighters killed, their women taken captive, and their property seized as booty.

"Some Orientalists claim that Muhammad was cruel to the Jews, but this is how determination should be.

"I pray for Allah to open our brothers' eyes, to make the present in Iraq better than the past, and the future better than the present. I pray for Allah to protect Iraq from overt and covert civil strife, to protect it from the evils of divisiveness and racism, and to protect it from the whispers of all satans, the human satans, the satans among the djinn, the American satans, and other satans."

Mayor Ken Livingstone has great friends, doesn't he?

Anyway, I'm not a Jew, but I've got to get back to setting those traps. There's an awful lot of them, you know.

How Do I Look?

Hope you like the new template.

A big thanks to Blueslord at News of Eurabia, for all the help in getting this new template up and running. I'm just about the most html-retarded person in the world, so the help was very much needed.

Thanks, bro.

Iranian President:
Let's Not Kill The Jews
Let's Send Them To Europe

In statements which will probably end up winning him a Nobel Peace Prize, Iranian President Ahmadinejad has outlined his solution to the Jewish problem:

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred and suggested Israel be moved to Europe.

His comments, reported by the official IRNA news agency from a news conference he gave in the Saudia Arabian city of Mecca, follow his call in October for Israel to be "wiped off the map," which sparked widespread international condemnation.

"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail," IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

"Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, our question for the Europeans is: is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?"

"If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe - like in Germany, Austria or other countries - to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it," he added.

'Jews have no roots in Palestine'

of the

In 1975, a French writer named Raspail wrote a novel which eerily predicted what would eventually become of France:

Raspail first published this haunting and apocalyptic novel, Le Camp Des Saints (The Camp of the Saints) in France. In 1975, it was published in America, where it was compared to Camus's The Plague and to Swift's Gulliver’s Travels. The book imagines a flotilla of millions of immigrants traveling from the Ganges to France. The similarities between the fictional France of the novel and the France of today are easy to spot.

Consider the plot. An all-powerful, multi-culturalist intelligentsia, having taught France that it must atone for its racist crimes, swiftly joins compassionate French Christians in ecstatically welcoming the mass invasion that brutally destroys France. The solicitude of white Frenchmen—the priests, intellectuals, student activists, and prostitutes who wish to embrace and assist the implacably angry new arrivals—is repaid by death. And terror: The immigrants loot everything in sight. They murder for new apartments. France is run into the ground. Raw and relentless, the novel is as brilliant as Orwell’s 1984.

No, couldn't happen.

The United Nations Comes Out
Against Free Speech In Denmark

The United Nations is rushing to the aid of Muslims who are offended by the Jyllands-Posten cartoons of Mohammed:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights understands the concern in Muslim countries over the 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and expects UN experts on racism to deal with the matter.

At the same time as Islamic countries in a meeting in Mecca are going to discuss joint action against Denmark, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has involved herself in the discussion.

The leader of the UN's work on human rights is saying in plain words that she is concerned over the drawings that Jyllands-Posten printed in September, expressing "apologies" for statements and actions demonstrating a lack of respect for the religion of other people.

In a letter to the 56 member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), she states: "I understand your concerns and would like to emphasize that I regret any statement or act that could express a lack of respect for the religion of others".

In a complaint to the High Commissioner, the 56 Islamic governments have asked Louise Arbour to raise the matter with the Danish government "to help contain this encroachment on Islam, so the situation won't get out of control."

Two UN experts, on religous freedom and on racism and xenophobia, are said to be working on the case. The Islamic governments have expressed satisfaction with the reply from Louise Arbour.

Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has stated that he neither can nor wants to interfere in the freedom of speech of Danish media, has confirmed that he is aware of the letter to the UN High Commissioner, but has got no comment to it.

So, a Danish newspaper publishes cartoons poking fun at Mohammed. Muslims get angry and protest. In fact, they rioted. Muslim countries make complaints. And then, the UN decides they are going to intervene.

This is a matter of free speech. The United Nations wants to curb free speech in Denmark. What the hell?

And, once again, it's all because Muslims are angry. Let's recap. Muslims are angry about Piglet. Muslims are angry about "Jewish cookies." Muslims are angry about the Star of David.

Who cares what Muslims are angry about? Think about it. Piglet. If you can get angry about Piglet, then the anger is just in you, and it has nothing to do with anything outside you.

We can not appease such people. If we do, we will end up having to cut off our own limbs to appease them, because eventually it will be particular body parts which offend them. Can you imagine which body parts they'll start with?

Oh yes, and before I forget, screw the United Nations.

Now that I think about it, I have a solution to this whole problem. Take a Koran, grease it up, and shove it up Kofi Annan's ass.

How's that? Don't say I don't ever offer solutions here on CUANAS.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005




By Marc

To Join

Muslims hate Jews so much that they can't stand to have the Star of David appear as logo of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent. The debate as to whether to allow Israel to become a participating nation has been going on for years. At one point Cornelio Sommaruga, the head of the International body was asked why Israel was not a member nation. His answer: "If we're going to have the Shield of David, why would we not have to accept the swastika?."

Well, finally, today, it appears Israel will be able to participate. But, the Star of David can not be used as a logo:

GENEVA (AFP) - Geneva Convention member states decided by a two-thirds majority to create a new emblem that would enable Israel to join the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, diplomats said.

A total 125 countries took part in a vote, with 98 voting for and 27 against with 10 more abstaining.

Most of the hostile votes were from Arab and Muslim countries.

Talks which started Monday and were originally scheduled to end Tuesday ground on into Wednesday and then Thursday as negotiators tried to overcome objections by Syria, which traded jibes with Israel about who was to blame.

The new "red crystal" emblem would join the Red Cross and Red Crescent and ease the way for Israel's Magen David Adom (MDA - Red Star of David) organisation to become part of the international emergency service and humanitarian network.

The MDA is officially unrecognized in the Geneva Conventions, signed by 192 countries including Israel, because its emblem does not conform with longstanding rules allowing only a cross or a crescent.

Abdul Rahman Attar, head of the Syrian Red Crescent, had told journalists his country was still demanding an agreement on humanitarian aid in the Israeli-occupied Golan heights as a condition for approving the new emblem.

Syria says Israel is neglecting the health needs of the 25,000 Syrian citizens who live in the Golan, which Israel annexed in 1981.

Attar claimed the MDA only gives "selective" treatment to Syrians who are prepared to accept Israeli rule in the Golan.

Switzerland tried in vain for three days to mediate between the Israelis and Syrians to reach a consensus before deciding to call a vote late on Wednesday night.

The two-thirds majority was sufficient for a decision, though unanimity is more usual in the Red Cross.

Add this to the list of reasons that Muslims, the world over, are stunningly childish. In Britain, they are offended by Piglet. In Denmark, they are offended by "Jewish Cookies." And, they are so offended by the Star of David, they can't tolerate to even see it on an ambulance.

And yet, we idiotic Westerners keep trying to work with them.

Air Marshall Shoots Passenger
On Flight Bound For Florida

Details are sketchy right now. It sounds like the guy could have simply been a lunatic:

MIAMI - A passenger who claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot by a federal air marshal Wednesday on a jetway connected to an American Airlines plane that had just arrived from Colombia, officials said.

The passenger's condition was not immediately disclosed.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said after the plane had parked at the gate, a passenger indicated there was a bomb in the bag. The passenger was confronted by air marshals but ran off the plane, Doyle said.

A team of air marshals pursued and ordered the passenger to get on the ground. The passenger did not comply and was shot when apparently reaching into a bag, Doyle said.

The plane, Flight 924, had just arrived from Medellin, Colombia, and was headed on to Orlando.
Airport and Miami-Dade County police officials said they had no immediate comment. American Airlines officials confirmed the shooting was on a jetway.

"All I know is that it was on the jet bridge, outside the aircraft," American spokesman Tim Wagner said. "I don't know yet if the passenger had been on the plane and was getting off, or was starting to board the aircraft."

Martin Gonzalez, spokesman for Colombia's civil aviation agency, said the flight "left normally with no problems."

He said he did not have a list of passengers who were aboard the plane.

Interesting that this happened on Pearl Harbor Day.

UPDATE: The Passenger died, and it looks like he was crazy:

MIAMI - A passenger who claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot and killed by a federal air marshal Wednesday on a jetway to an American Airlines plane that had arrived from Colombia, officials said.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said the dead passenger was a 44-year-old U.S. citizen.
It was the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks that an air marshal had shot at a passenger or suspect, he said.

A witness said that the man frantically ran down the aisle of the Boeing 757 and that a woman with him said he was mentally ill.

The thing is, the Air Marshall did the right thing. How sad.

Rally In

Writer Carol Gould tells the story:

Just before going back to the USA after five months in the UK I attended the ‘Global Peace and Unity’ Conference at London’s Excel Centre presented by the new Islam Channel and sponsored by Emirates Airlines, Western Union (hmm??) and the Metropolitan Police.

It was advertised as a diverse event to which non-Muslims were invited and the impression one got from the website was of a celebration of Middle Eastern culture, food, music and children’s activities in a London milieu.

To my utter horror -- and I should have written this report two days ago but my physical and emotional shock have rendered me nearly inert -- it was a seven-hour call to Jihad by a succession of ranting and shouting rabble-rousers.

The eminent barrister Michael Mansfield QC, wearing black and white keffiyah scarf, shouted into the mike about the heinous crimes of the Western coalition countries. The crowd chanted and thundered its appreciation. The terrifying demagogue George Galloway ascended the podium and exhorted the crowd to stand up for the redemption of the oppressed Muslim world or else the nation had better get ready for ‘rioting in every street in Britain.’

The ‘slaughter in Palestine and Iraq’ being only part of the equation, Chechnya, Bosnia and Kashmir were also mentioned all day by every speaker including a crazed, chador-clad Yvonne Ridley, who at any moment I expected to self-immolate, such was her fury at the Zionists, the Americans and her fellow Britons. To my utter disbelief, she condemned the British police force as some form of fascist brigade in ‘jackboot Britain.’

To all of these exhortations came cries of ‘Alllahu Akhbar’ from the enormous, simmering crowd of what looked to me like the angriest gathering of young men and women with whom I have ever had the misfortune to be seated in my lifetime.

It must be noted for non-British and non-Commonwealth readers that legendary cricketer Imran Khan’s arrival from Pakistan to give a speech would be the equivalent of a sporting megastar doing similar in an American arena. The crowd of some 20,000 adoring, mostly young British Muslims went mad with joy when he ascended the stage and took to the dais. What followed was a stream of invective about his own leader, Parvez Musharraf, Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak, and of course the ‘axis of evil’ Bush, Blair and allies. (It must be noted here that in May, when the controversy arose about American soldiers allegedly flushing a Koran down a lavatory, Khan’s power over world Islam was such that he gave one short speech and riots ensued across the globe, including the horrifying flag-burnings in London’s Grosvenor Square. )

Khan actually said we should feel the degradation of modern Muslims in the context of Hitler and the Germans after Versailles. He used this example to accentuate the reason for ‘Muslim rage’ -- there was poor Germany belittled and humiliated, like the Muslim world today.

He recounted being confronted by a fellow Pakistani after 9/11 who asked, ‘Do you not feel ashamed?’ and he told the adoring crowd he did not see what there was to be ashamed of, and anyway, 9/11 was an excuse for the criminal Washington neocons to start a New Crusade against Islam.

For me, reading this article ranks right up there with the 23 days of massive rioting, in over 300 French cities, as the most frightening development in Europe since World War II. This rally is the equivalent of Hitler's 1927 Nuremberg Rally.

The chants of "Allahu Akbar," which resounded here, are the equivalent of the chants of "Heil Hitler" which greeted Hitler's every incendiary proclamation. The citation of Treaty of Versailles should only drive the point home. Once again, our enemies have told us the truth. They identify with Hitler and Germany, not with the great tradition of Western Civilization.

Let us thank them for telling us the truth, and let's get on with business. These people need to be shown the door. There is no compromise with Hitlerian ideology.

Let us acknowledge the truth. In Bosnia, Western armies, led by the United States, defended Muslims against genocide initiated by Milosevic. And yet, the Muslims at this conference find Bosnia to be a valid reason to resent Western Civilization.

In Kasmir, Muslims are trying to steal land, which has traditionally belonged to the Hindus of India. And yet, the Muslims of Britain find their lack of success, in such theft, a reason to resent Western Civilization.

In Chechneya, Muslims are trying to steal land which has belonged to Russia for decades, and was never Muslim land, and yet the Muslims of Britain find this to be yet another reason to resent Western Civilization.

Let us acknowledge that their demands are in the tradition of Hilter. Their appeal to resentment is in the tradition of Hitler. And they have made it abundantly clear that this is so, by citing Hilter and the treaty of Versailles itself.

There is nothing opaque here. We are being greeted by the new Nazis of Europe. Let us acknowledge the truth which is staring us in the face as clearly as the photograph at the top of this post.

Danish Muslims Reject "Jewish Cookies"
Because They Are Offensive

There is a tradition in Denmark. They serve cookies called "Jewish Cookies" in the days leading up to Christmas. The Muslims of Denmark will have none of that, though:

A group of Danish Muslims refuse to eat traditional “Jewish” cookies because they feel offended by the name.

According to the daily Danish newspaper B.T., Ole Poulsen, head of the public food consumer department said that the Muslim refusal to buy the cookies could have an effect on sales. “If this will be the case, then we would be obliged to do something about it,” he declared.

He added that changing the product name was a possibility, as had in the past been done with the “Negroes’ kiss” cakes, which were rebranded with a more neutral name.

Jewish cookies, which are made with cinnamon and hazelnuts and actually have nothing particularly Jewish about them, are very popular in Denmark during the pre-Christmas period.

Denmark’s chief rabbi, Bent Lexner, said that he did not see any problem in a name change. “There is nothing Jewish in it and I wouldn’t mind another name, but I think that it would be better to educate Muslims to respect the culture of the majority in Denmark, if they want the majority to respect their culture".

Boy, that Rabbi Lexner is a real watchdog for his people, huh?

Hey dumbshit, they are "offended" by the the name "Jewish Cookies" because they hate your people. To simply sit back and dream of educating the Mulsims to "respect" Danish culture is lame. Instead, you ought to take this opportunity to educate Europeans about the rise of the new anti-Semitism.

Or, maybe Rabbi Lexner is too busy booking a scenic train trip for his congregation.

God, what an idiot.

And, how stupid is frickin' Danish society that they would think about changing the name of a cookie because of the virulent racism of the immigrants among them.

When you have immigrants in your midst who can't tolerate cookies, and Piglet, it might be time to start thinking about deporting those people who don't want to live according to the traditions of Western Civilization.

Get a clue, Europe. They hate your culture.

The Qur'an:
The Mein Kampf Of The
Jihadist Movement?

There is a sense in which it is true:

As Ibn Warraq has said, "There may be moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." In other words, there are manifestly peaceful people who have no intention of working by violent or subversive means to impose Sharia on the West, and who identify themselves as Muslims. This simple fact does not mitigate the other fact, that some high-profile moderates, such as Cleveland Imam Fawaz Damra, who signed the recent Fiqh Council of North America's fatwa against terrorism, turned out to be deceivers.

No one can claim that all peaceful Muslims are deceivers without being able to look into the soul of each one -- although I know that some ignorant and intemperate writers on Islam have made just such a claim. And to say that the Qur'an is the Mein Kampf of the jihad movement is not to deny the reality that many, if not most, people who identify themselves as Muslims are primarily interested in living ordinary lives, making a living, providing for their families, etc.

How could it be that the Qur'an could be the Mein Kampf -- that is, the inspiration and guidebook, the motivating force -- of the jihad movement, and yet there could be peaceful Muslims? In the first place, because jihadists themselves routinely invoke it as the justification for their acts of violence, and as a means to recruit other Muslims into their movement.

... any cursory glance at the statements of jihadists shows them to be filled with Qur'an quotes and appeals to other Muslims that they represent "pure Islam."

Nor are these jihadists misrepresenting, twisting, or hijacking what the Qur'an says. Indeed, they are fiercely literalistic, taking the book's many martial verses at face value. There are over a hundred verses in the Qur’an that exhort believers to wage jihad against unbelievers.

“O Prophet! Strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell, an evil refuge indeed” (Sura 9:73). “Strive hard” in Arabic is jahidi, a verbal form of the noun jihad. This striving was to be on the battlefield: “When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly” (Qur’an 47:4).

This is emphasized repeatedly: “O ye who believe! Fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him” (Qur’an 9:123).

This warfare was to be directed against both those who rejected Islam and those who professed to be Muslims but did not hold to the fullness of the faith: “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate” (Qur’an 9:73).

This warfare was only part of the larger spiritual conflict between Allah and Satan: “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil: so fight ye against the friends of Satan” (Qur’an 4:76). “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful” (Qur’an 9:5).



Tuesday, December 06, 2005



Joe's Pa died the other day, and he is telling the story of his family tree. It is a worthy read.

Thank you for telling your story, Joe.

Biased AP
Of All

J, from Justify This, picked up on this story, and captured the screen shot.

Needless to say (well, then why am I saying it) the bomber was not Israeli. He was Palestinian.

Isn't it funny how the liberals among us manage to forget to put Israel on maps, or to put the word "Palestine" in place of Israel, but when it comes to naming the origin of the suicide bombers, suddenly, it's the word Palestinian they have trouble remembering?

Yeah, that's as funny as the history of anti-Semitism itself.

Nice job, AP.

In The
Of Islamic

Who said this:

The "easiest way" for Pakistani women to make money is to get raped, he said, so they're lining up to be raped and thus making him look bad… "You must understand the environment in Pakistan… This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped…It is the easiest way of doing it. Every second person now wants to."

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

What is so astoundingly stupid about this statement is that Musharraf is admitting that his government and, indeed, the culture of Pakistan itself, is so dysfunctional that people can't think of a better way to make money. Musharraf is coming right out and telling us he is a complete failure as a President. With this statement he beat Jimmy Carter's "Malaise" speech hands-down.

You Can't
The Bible
Network TV

Funny little article from AP, about my favorite Christmas show:

When CBS bigwigs saw a rough cut of A Charlie Brown Christmas in November 1965, they hated it.

"They said it was slow," executive producer Lee Mendelson remembers with a laugh. There were concerns that the show was almost defiantly different: There was no laugh track, real children provided the voices, and there was a swinging score by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.

Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez fretted about the insistence by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz that his first-ever TV spinoff end with a reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke by a lisping little boy named Linus.

"We told Schulz, 'Look, you can't read from the Bible on network television,' " Mendelson says.

Well, it looks like you can, after all.

There have, in my opinion, been very few moments, in television history, as touching as when Linus says, "And that's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."

Sami al-Arian Is Acquitted

The jury in Florida has found Sami al-Arian not guilty on eight of the charges against him; in particular, of conspiracy to commit racketeering, and conspiracy to murder and maim people abroad:

A former Florida professor was acquitted on a key charge today that he helped lead a Palestinian terrorist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel.

In one of the biggest courtroom tests yet of the Patriot Act's expanded search and surveillance powers, the jury acquitted Sami Al-Arian on eight of the 17 counts against him. The jury deadlocked on the others.

The jury deadlocked on the others including charges he aided terrorists. Al-Arian will go back to jail until prosecutors decide whether to retry him on the deadlocked counts.

I guess the Patriot Act's expanded search and surveillance powers aren't testing out very well, huh?

Now, let's look at Sami al-Arian and the charges against him:

The indictment of Sami Al-Arian is damning. It alleges that this former professor at the University of South Florida was the head of the American wing of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He also held a key position in the group’s worldwide leadership and even established a cell of the terrorist group at his university.

From the looks of the indictment, he has been an active leader. He helped sponsor conferences at which Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a principal conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, addressed adoring crowds. He established a think tank called the World and Islam Studies Enterprises and hired Ramadan Abdullah Shallah to run it. Shallah went on to become the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Al-Arian used his professorial status, according to the indictment, to bring other members of his terrorist group into this country "under the guise of academic conferences and meetings." He helped Palestinian Islamic Jihad members "receive cover as teachers or students" at USF. He also worked to strengthen Islamic Jihad’s ties with other terrorist groups — principally Hamas and Hezbollah.

The indictment also makes clear that Al-Arian knew about and approved of the primary mission of Palestinian Islamic Jihad: bringing death and suffering to the perceived enemies of Islam. When two Islamic Jihad suicide bombers killed eighteen people in Israel in 1995, Al-Arian called them "two mujahidin martyred for the sake of God." Mujahidin are warriors of jihad.

Islamic Jihad has killed scores of others in Israel, both by suicide bombing and simple assassination. These include not only soldiers but a taxi driver named Ilan Sudri; a 20-year-old American woman, Alisa Flatow; a 73-year-old woman named Sylvia Bernstein; and numerous other civilians.

Al-Arian has been under suspicion for years now. As long ago as 1994, Steve Emerson’s PBS documentary, Jihad in America, identified the professor as the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s American group. Federal officials began to investigate him for terrorist activities in 1996, and that investigation continued until the indictment was issued (in 2003).

Palestinian Authority To Pay
Families Of Suicide Bombers

Yes, that's right, the peaceful government of the peaceful Palestinians has approved the payment of blood money to the families of suicide bombers:

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas Monday approved monthly financial aid of at least $250 for families of terrorists the same day a suicide bomber killed five Israelis at a Netanya mall.

The PA also retains jailed terrorists on its police payroll and pays them monthly salaries and pensions.

Let's see now, if they pay jailed terrorists, and the families of suicide bombers, doesn't that make the PA itself a terrorist organization?

Why, yes, by golly, it does. It does, indeed.

Muslim Council of Britain:
Don't Criminalize All Muslims

The British Government plans to close Mosques where violent Jihad is preached. Iqbal Sacranie, the leader of the "moderate" Islamic organization, the Muslim Council of Britain, calls this a criminalization of all Muslims:

Government plans that could see the closure of mosques suspected of inciting extremism have been attacked by Muslim leaders.

Sir Iqbal Sacranie said the move would “criminalise an entire community for the criminality carried out by a few”.

The Muslim Council of Britain secretary general made his comments in a speech to an east London conference focusing on the role of Muslims in the UK.

So, does that mean all Muslims are violent Jihadis?

80% Of U.S. Mosques
Radicalized By Saudi Wahhabism

Saudi Arabia? Is that where the radicalism comes from? As if we didn't know:

Mainstream US Muslim organizations are heavily influenced by Saudi-funded extremists, according to Yehudit Barsky, an expert on terrorism at the American Jewish Committee.
Worse still, Barsky told The Jerusalem Post last week, these "extremist organizations continue to claim the mantle of leadership" over American Islam.

The power of the extremist Wahhabi form of Islam in the United States was created with generous Saudi financing of American Muslim communities over the past few decades. Over 80 percent of the mosques in the United States "have been radicalized by Saudi money and influence," Barsky said.

Before the 1970s, she explained, "Muslim immigrants who came to the United States would build a store-front mosque somewhere. Then, since the 1970s, the Saudis have been approaching these mosques and telling them it wasn't proper for the glory of Islam to build such small mosques."

For many Muslims, it seemed the Saudis were offering a free mosque. However, Barsky believes for each mosque they invested in, the Saudis sent along their own imam (teacher-cleric).

"These [immigrants] were not interested in this [Wahhabi] ideology, and suddenly they have a Saudi imam coming in and telling them they're not praying properly and not practicing Shari'a [Islamic law] properly." This Saudi strategy was being carried out "all over the world, from America to Bangladesh," with the Saudis investing $70-80 billion in the endeavor over three decades.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Fight Fight
Talk Talk

Erik gives us a little lesson in Chinese Taqiyya:

In the years right after World War II, when the United States was striving to negotiate a deal between the Nationalist government of China and the insurrection, the Communist leader Mao Zedong formulated the strategy known as "fight fight talk talk"

writes Richard Bernstein in The New York Times, as he describes Iran's negotiating strategy today and, effectively, Saddam's three years ago and that of tyrants always.

Indeed, their being by definition not the negotiating type, the Times inadvertently puts the lie to all the hoopla about having negotiations bring about a workable, everbody-wins compromise in the Iraqi crisis.

Bernstein adds that, with regards to Mao,

It was a brilliant success.The idea was that even as you seek opportunities to make gains on the battlefield, to expand your territory and gain in strength, you keep on negotiating even though you have no interest in a compromise solution and intend to win complete victory. The talk-talk part of the strategy gives mediators the sense that they are doing something useful, while, by holding theoretically to the possibility of a negotiated solution, you deter great-power military intervention in support of your adversary.

Iran seems to be following a similar strategy, and it has been working for the simple reason that the European/American plan provides no way effectively to counter it.

Yeah, because our Western politicians aren't businessmen. For the most part, they are anti-Capitalists, so they don't recognize the reality of the marketplace when it hits them in the face.

As a businessman, I recognize this strategy, instantly. Whenever the pace of working towards a deal starts to slow, a good businessman knows that his client is seeking another deal.

In the case of Iran, they are seeking to buy more technology from Russia and China, with the endgoal being the self-sufficiency of becoming a nuclear nation. Yes, that's right. Primitive Islamofascists, armed to the teeth, with nuclear weapons.

The Brave New World.

Fell In Love
With A Girl

Fell in love with a girl
fell in love once and almost completely
she's in love with the world
but sometimes these feelings
can be so misleading

she turns and says
"are you alright?"
I said "I must be fine cause
my heart's still beating"

She says "come and kiss me
by the riverside,
bobby says it's fine
he don't consider it cheating"

can't keep away from the girl
these two sides of my brain
need to have a meeting
can't think of anything to do
my left brain knows that
all love is fleeting

she's just looking for something new
and I said it once before
but it bears repeating

(lyrics by The White Stripes)


Howard Dean has declared an American defeat in Iraq:

Saying the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years.

Here's the thing, more than likely we will be done in two years, and Dean knows it. The insurgency is all but defeated, and the elections are going to be the coup de grace. What Dean is doing here is positioning the Democratic Party to look as if they forced Bush's hand, when he does come out in the next few months, and declare that U.S. troops will begin to withdraw.

Truth is, he has already said that it looks like that's going to be what will happen. Dean pronouncement is bald-faced bluster. Sound and fury signifying nothing.

Reliapundit says:

Dean either knows the truth and lies to hurt Bush - and doesn't care if it also hurts the USA and our troops - and is therefore a partisan hack and a traitor, or he is a stupid jerk whose brain is too addled from his ski-bumb years (when he DODGED THE DRAFT and probably began DECADES OF SMOKING MARIJUANA - I speculate that this is the case because he sounds EXACTLY like so many potheads I used to know!).

In any case, the more he opens his mouth the better. He is the best thing to happen to the GOP in YEARS!

Me? I wouldn't know nothing about no reefers. No ma'am, not me. No siree' Bob. Baa... Baah ... Bah ahhhehhh.

No ssssireeee, baaahb. Nope. pah.pah. pah.


The Hell

Europe bites the hand that freed them:

As the American Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, arrives in Europe, it is instructive to look at the areas where her country's interests clash with those of the EU. They fall into six broad categories: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Israel, China and what one might loosely call "supra-nationalism" - that is, the power of the UN, the Kyoto process, the International Criminal Court and so on. These disputes are not unrelated; they are linked by a common ideological thread.

In each case, the United States is pro-democracy, the EU pro-stability.

In Cuba, Brussels has withdrawn its support for anti-Castro dissidents. In Iran, the EU has pursued a decade-long policy of "constructive engagement" with the ayatollahs. In Iraq, with a few exceptions, Europeans were horrified at the notion of toppling a tyrant by force. In European capitals, unlike in Washington, Israel's status as the region's only democracy is not seen as meritorious.

In China, the EU has not only announced its intention to lift the arms embargo on Beijing, but is also actively collaborating with the Communists on a satellite system called Galileo, designed to challenge what Jacques Chirac calls the "technological imperialism" of America's GPS.

And, when it comes to international bodies, the US is almost alone in taking the view that elected politicians are more legitimate than global technocrats and human-rights lawyers.

This difference in approach was, as it were, encoded in the DNA of the two organisations. The US was born out of a revolt against autocratic government.

The EU, by contrast, was a reaction against the pre-war plebiscitary democracy which, in its patriarchs' eyes, had led to fascism and conflict. Its leaders believe to this day that states are better run by experts than by populist politicians and, just as they apply that belief to their own institutions, so they extend it to other continents.

Indeed, the distinction between the two unions can be inferred from the opening words of their founding charters:

the American Constitution begins "We, the people";

the Treaty of Rome begins "His Majesty the King of the Belgians".

Wow, what a beautiful tradition they've got going there. It really is time for a revolution in Europe.

El Baradei

You know, in all this time Mohammed El-Baradei has been heading up the United Nations IAEA team, in charge of inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities, I've never heard anyone suggest that, because of his Islamic heritage, he may be working, purposefully, in Iran's favor.

It is beginning to look like we should have been so prejudiced all this time:

IAEA chairman Muhammad ElBaradei on Monday confirmed Israel's assessment that Iran is only a few months away from creating an atomic bomb.

If Teheran indeed resumed its uranium enrichment in other plants, as threatened, it will take it only "a few months" to produce a nuclear bomb, El-Baradei told The Independent.

On the other hand, he warned, any attempt to resolve the crisis by non-diplomatic means would "open a Pandora's box. There would be efforts to isolate Iran; Iran would retaliate; and at the end of the day you have to go back to the negotiating table to find the solution."

I'm sorry, that doesn't even begin to make sense. He's saying, "I've completely failed at the biggest job of my life. Under my nose, a regime of crazed fanatics has just about acquired the goods to murder millions of people in a matter of minutes, but give me one more chance.

No, I don't think it is possible this guy even believes the words coming out of his own mouth.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

(Good Riddance) Hope You Had The Time Of Your Life

Another turning point
A fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist
Directs you where to go

So make the best of this test
And don't ask why
It's not a question
But a lesson learned in time
It's something unpredictable
But in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

So take the photographs
And still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf of
Good health and good time

Tattoos of memories
And dead skin on trial
For what it's worth
It was worth all the while

It's something unpredictable
But in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

(Lyrics by Green Day)

Puts Off

I am a believer in absolute free speech. However, at the same time I recognize the need that we keep certain forms of information sectored off, so that it can be kept out of the hands of children, and, so that those who do not wish to access it, have a choice in the matter.

For this reason, I have always thought the idea of a .xxx sector of the internet is the perfect solution to the creeping ooze of porn which is so all-pervasive in the .com sector.

But, ICANN has, once again, put off pulling the trigger on this excellent idea:

Plans to provide a domain name for adult-oriented online content were put on hold again by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( ICANN).

Vint Cerf, the chairman of ICANN, said yesterday that the .xxx top-level domain issue had been removed from the agenda of an upcoming board meeting while the organization reviews the proposal further.

The news apparently came as a surprise to everyone, including Stuart Lawley, the president of the .xxx's sponsoring organization, ICM Registry, which has spent millions of dollars getting the bid this far.

Earlier this year in August, ICANN had postponed the approval process for .xxx, citing overwhelming public opposition to a porn-only section of the Internet. At that time, the U.S.
Commerce Department said it had received some 6,000 letters and e-mails protesting the move.

Use of .xxx would be voluntary for those who create adult content, but the creation of this kind of "red light" district is expected to create an impetus for many adult-site owners to migrate their Web sites to the domain.

Initially, the domain was proposed as a way for the online porn industry to follow a list of best practices, including strict measures against spamming. Currently, the Internet porn industry takes in $12 billion per year.

ICANN had endorsed the concept of an .xxx domain in June. Approval of ICM Registry's contract to run the suffix was supposed to be part of a routine vote.

Organizations, like Concerned Women for America, applauded the decision to postpone approval of the domain. "Creating an .xxx domain exclusively for pornographers would just be giving them a new platform to spread their smut," said Jan LaRue, CWA's chief counsel, in a statement. "Porn site operators are the only ones who stand to gain from having an .xxx domain."

But others say an adult-oriented domain would go a long way toward controlling the online porn industry. Parry Aftab of, a watchdog group focusing on children and Internet use that has lobbied for the new domain, said most or those opposed to it do not understand what it entails.

"We support this because it works," said Aftab. By helping regulate the e-commerce practices of the adult entertainment industry, identity theft and unintended access to adult content can be minimized, she noted.

In giving a voice to child-protection issues and parents' concerns by placing a child-safety advocate on the nonprofit oversight board, this top-level domain can be a big help to child protection, she added.

"This has already been approved by the ICANN board, demonstrating a belief in the domain's merit," Atfab went on to say. "We have supported .xxx from the beginning because it offers protections against child pornography and will help clean up the adult entertainment industry."

She suggested that the political pressure exerted by conservative groups interested in child protection issues was a knee-jerk reaction. "This protects families and kids to a greater level than laws on the books in the U.S.," said Aftab.

In many ways, the creation of a virtual red-light district will act like its real-life component by separating adult-themed material into its own section that can be policed accordingly, WiredSafety contends.

I think all pornography ought to be required to operate in the .xxx sector. That way it can be more easily isoltated by blocking software.

The thing is, we have to figure out how we're going to solve this dispute. Pornography is a fact of life, and it is something that hundreds of million, if not billions, of ordinary and decent people use on a regular basis.

The future will bring more and more melding of mind, computer and internet. At a certain point in the future, it is concievable, and I believe likely, that there will be little distinction between the human thought processes, and the internet itself.

Therefore, to limit free speech will be to little the thought life, and dreamlife of human beings. At that point, if governments attempting to limit access to information on the internet, they will be attempting to arbitrate the human soul itself. That is a violation of free will, and it is against God.

Another thing we need to consider is, where do we stop in trying to "make the world safe for children?" And if, in making the world safe for children, might we make the world dangerous for adults. The human brain is an organic complex, like the biosphere. If one eliminates a certain sector of the thought life does it detroy the balance of the human brain's biosphere?