I Took This Shift Because Of Her --- Politics - Justice - And Wrestling With The Angel
Saturday, January 14, 2006
The Eye Of God
From Eyes All Around
Who Is This
Sorry to keep hitting you with Ahmadinejad posts, but the fact is, it's hard to keep up with this guy. It's as if he's on a 24 hour a day psychopathich rant. But, of course, he's a world leader:
As Iran rushes towards confrontation with the world over its nuclear programme, the question uppermost in the mind of western leaders is "What is moving its President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to such recklessness?"
Political analysts point to the fact that Iran feels strong because of high oil prices, while America has been weakened by the insurgency in Iraq.
But listen carefully to the utterances of Mr Ahmadinejad - recently described by President George W Bush as an "odd man" - and there is another dimension, a religious messianism that, some suspect, is giving the Iranian leader a dangerous sense of divine mission.
In November, the country was startled by a video showing Mr Ahmadinejad telling a cleric that he had felt the hand of God entrancing world leaders as he delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly last September.
When an aircraft crashed in Teheran last month, killing 108 people, Mr Ahmadinejad promised an investigation. But he also thanked the dead, saying: "What is important is that they have shown the way to martyrdom which we must follow."
The most remarkable aspect of Mr Ahmadinejad's piety is his devotion to the Hidden Imam, the Messiah-like figure of Shia Islam, and the president's belief that his government must prepare the country for his return.
One of the first acts of Mr Ahmadinejad's government was to donate about £10 million to the Jamkaran mosque, a popular pilgrimage site where the pious come to drop messages to the Hidden Imam into a holy well.
All streams of Islam believe in a divine saviour, known as the Mahdi, who will appear at the End of Days. A common rumour - denied by the government but widely believed - is that Mr Ahmadinejad and his cabinet have signed a "contract" pledging themselves to work for the return of the Mahdi and sent it to Jamkaran.
Iran's dominant "Twelver" sect believes this will be Mohammed ibn Hasan, regarded as the 12th Imam, or righteous descendant of the Prophet Mohammad.
He is said to have gone into "occlusion" in the ninth century, at the age of five. His return will be preceded by cosmic chaos, war and bloodshed. After a cataclysmic confrontation with evil and darkness, the Mahdi will lead the world to an era of universal peace.
This is similar to the Christian vision of the Apocalypse. Indeed, the Hidden Imam is expected to return in the company of Jesus.
Mr Ahmadinejad appears to believe that these events are close at hand and that ordinary mortals can influence the divine timetable.
The prospect of such a man obtaining nuclear weapons is worrying. The unspoken question is this: is Mr Ahmadinejad now tempting a clash with the West because he feels safe in the belief of the imminent return of the Hidden Imam? Worse, might he be trying to provoke chaos in the hope of hastening his reappearance?
The 49-year-old Mr Ahmadinejad, a former top engineering student, member of the Revolutionary Guards and mayor of Teheran, overturned Iranian politics after unexpectedly winning last June's presidential elections.
The main rift is no longer between "reformists" and "hardliners", but between the clerical establishment and Mr Ahmadinejad's brand of revolutionary populism and superstition.
Its most remarkable manifestation came with Mr Ahmadinejad's international debut, his speech to the United Nations.
World leaders had expected a conciliatory proposal to defuse the nuclear crisis after Teheran had restarted another part of its nuclear programme in August.
Instead, they heard the president speak in apocalyptic terms of Iran struggling against an evil West that sought to promote "state terrorism", impose "the logic of the dark ages" and divide the world into "light and dark countries".
The speech ended with the messianic appeal to God to "hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace".
In a video distributed by an Iranian web site in November, Mr Ahmadinejad described how one of his Iranian colleagues had claimed to have seen a glow of light around the president as he began his speech to the UN.
"I felt it myself too," Mr Ahmadinejad recounts. "I felt that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed there. And for 27-28 minutes all the leaders did not blink…It's not an exaggeration, because I was looking.
"They were astonished, as if a hand held them there and made them sit. It had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic."
Western officials said the real reason for any open-eyed stares from delegates was that "they couldn't believe what they were hearing from Ahmadinejad".
Their sneaking suspicion is that Iran's president actually relishes a clash with the West in the conviction that it would rekindle the spirit of the Islamic revolution and - who knows - speed up the arrival of the Hidden Imam.
Man In His
A little lesson in the foundation of Western Civilization from Henri De Lubac. From the book, The Drama of Atheist Humanism:
A wonderful piece of sculpture adorning the cathedral of Chartres represents Adam, head and shoulders barely roughed out, emerging from the earth from which he was made and being molded by the hands of God. The face of the first man reproduces the features of his modeler. This parable in stone translates for the eyes the mysterious words of Genesis:
"God made man in His own image and likeness."
From its earliest beginnings, Christian tradition has not ceased to annotate this verse, recognizing in it our first title of nobility and the foundation of our greatness. Reason, liberty, immortality, and dominion over nature are so many prerogatives of divine origin that God has imparted to his creatures.
Establishing man, from the outset, in God's likeness, each of these prerogatives is meant to grow and unfold until the divine resemblance is brought to perfection. Thus they are the key to the highest of destinies.
"Man, know thyself!" Taking up, after Epicetetus, the Church tranformed and deepened it, so that what had been chiefly a piece of moral advice became an exhortation to form a metaphysical judgement. Know yourself, said the Church, that is to say, know your nobility and you dignity, understand the greatness of your being and your vocation, of that vocation which constitutes your being. Learn how to see in yourself the spirit, which is a reflection of God, made for God.
"O man, scorn not that which is admirable in you! You are a poor thing in your own eyes, but I would teach you that in reality you are a great thing... Realize what you are! Consider your royal dignity! The heavens have not been made in God's image, nor the moon, nor the sun, nor anything to be seen in creation... Behold, of all that exists, there is nothing that can contain your greatness."
In any other country in the world, this guy would simply be locked up in a nuthouse (Hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance):
"Iran FocusTehran, Iran, Jan. 12 – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday evening that the Islamic Republic’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a great movement and a stepping stone to a final 'great event' in the world."
Speaking to a crowd in the southern city of Roudan, Hormozgan province, Ahmadinejad said, 'The Islamic Republic is the continuation of the path of the prophets which came to begin a great movement and the final occurrence'.
“'The Islamic revolution was a great leap in leading the people and reaching the climax of history', Ahmadinejad said."
It's time to take out Iran's nuclear facilities.
Heck, I don't know if "Israeless" is an abuse of the English language, but like Bolton, I know that map was an abuse of humanity:
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador John Bolton has complained to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan about an annual U.N. event where a map of pre-1948 Palestine, an area that now comprises the state of Israel, is displayed.
“It was entirely inappropriate for this map to be used. It can be misconstrued to suggest that the United Nations tacitly supports the abolition of the state of Israel,” Bolton said.
“Given that we now have a world leader pursuing nuclear weapons who is calling for the state of Israel to be ‘wiped off the map,’ the issue has even greater salience,” he said in a January 3 letter, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Friday. The letter was first reported in the New York Sun. ...
Bolton’s letter complained about the symbolism of Annan attending the latest International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, held last November 29, along with General Assembly President Jan Eliasson and Russian Ambassador Andrei Denisov, the Security Council president for November.
He questioned whether the United Nations could promote the event when U.S. law prohibits funding such events. Washington’s dues cover about a quarter of the regular U.N. budget.
Annan’s office was preparing a response to the letter, U.N. chief spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. He said the secretary-general was grateful that Bolton and others had brought the matter to his attention and had raised the matter of the map with the General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which stages the annual event. It was not Annan but the committee that decided in 1981 to display the pre-1948 map at the annual event, he said.
“This gives a very unfortunate impression that the United Nations favors replacing Israel by a single Palestinian state, which is not the case,” he said, stressing that Annan regularly describes Israel as a full U.N. member and strongly disapproved of the Iranian president’s comments.
It may not be Annans intent to portray that he supports the elimination of Israel, but his behavior and statements over the years do not sufficiently show that he doesn't support such a policy.
Annan needs to stand up and clarify his stance. I can't wait to hear his response.
Pope Benedict is the man:
WARSAW (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI personally asked that he be allowed to pray at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau when he visits his predecessor's Polish homeland in May, a Church official said.
By the way, yes, I criticized the Pope below, for saying that Islam cannot "be brought into the modern world," (if, indeed, he did actually say that), but, while my criticism was rather harsh, let me be clear, that it does not mean that I don't like the Pope.
All human beings have failings. If, at this point, the Pope can not see how we are going to get ourselves out of the mess we're in, then, he is just like 99.9% of all humanity.
As Atlas points out, the Pope also condemns terrorism, demands religious freedom, and makes it known that terrorism is what provokes the "Clash of Civilizations."
Like I said, just wait for the Sunday Morning Talk Shows:
DAMADOLA, Pakistan - Pakistan on Saturday condemned a purported CIA airstrike on a border village that officials said unsuccessfully targeted al-Qaida's second-in-command, and said it was protesting to the U.S. Embassy over the attack that killed at least 17 people.
Ooh boy, impeachment talk is going to heat up.
My opinion? I condemn Pakistan for allowing monsters like Zarqawi and Bin Laden to live within their borders. If Pakistan continues to make an issue about this, and we find that Zarqawi was indeed killed in this attack, maybe we should order an attack on Musharrafs offices as well.
Obviously, we are not going to do that, but, the thing is, we know the game we're playing, and so does he. We're acting like he's our ally when in fact, he's our enemy. If he pushes us, he will be put on our listeventually. It is wisest for him to just sit down and shut his mouth.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Wait until this hits the Sunday Morning Talk Shows. Man, are the Dems going to throw fits about this. Bush ordered a political assassination in a country with whom we are not at war.
I hope to God we got him:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri may have been killed in a US strike on a Pakistani village which left 18 dead, US media reported.
ABC television quoted Pakistani military sources as saying five of those killed were "high level Al-Qaeda figures" whose bodies are undergoing forensic tests for identification.
They said Osama bin Laden's deputy, who has been known to stay at houses in the village, may have been one of the victims.
Citing US defense sources, NBC television said the strike targeted Zawahiri, who has been indicted in the United States for his role in 1998 attacks on US embassies in Africa.
NBC quoted Pakistani sources as saying the strikes were probably carried out by CIA Predator drones which fired up to 10 missiles in the village in the tribal zones of eastern Pakistan.
A CIA spokesman in Washington declined to comment on the reports.
The strike targeted a village which the reports said were a known hideout of Zawahiri and other Al-Qaeda figures.
Residents in the village of Mamund reported the attack earlier and said 18 people had been killed.
But the US Defense Department denied that the US military had carried out any attacks in the area.
"There is no reason to believe the US military is conducting operations there," said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Vician.
To Kill Brits
Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammed says the Muslims of the UK no longer have a "covenant of security" with the British. So, it's time for them to take up arms. Hat tip to Strange Girl In A Strange Land:
London, England, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Muslims living in Britain are facing two choices; either to migrate or to join the jihad, a key Islamic figure has said.
Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammed, leader of the now officially disbanded Islamic militant group Al Muhajiroun told United Press International Saturday that as the covenant of security under which Muslims previously lived in Britain has been broken, Muslims must now consider themselves at war.
"And I declare we should ourselves join the global Islamic camp against the global crusade camp," he said.
What violated the covenant, according to Sheikh Omar, was the anti-terrorist legislation introduced in the United Kingdom after the 9/11 attacks. If the British government would review these policies and release those detained without trial in Belmarsh prison and elsewhere, Muslims could live at peace in Britain. Otherwise, they must prepare themselves to fight.
"The response from the Muslims will be horrendous if the British government continues in the way it treats Muslims," he said, adding that suicide bombings were a possibility.
He called on Muslims to form a new coalition united behind al-Qaida with Osama Bin Laden as their leader.
Those who did not wish to either leave or fight would not be regarded as Muslims, said Sheikh Omar, condemning in particular the Muslim Council of Britain for urging the Muslim community to cooperate with the British government.
"They are hypocrites, we don't believe they are Muslims," he told UPI.
"I doubt if one of them would dare to walk the streets of Mecca by themselves," he added.
In other words, they ought to understand that they are marked for death just as surely as are the Infidels.
Sheikh Omar was speaking after at a conference in London ostensibly organized by Women's Dawah U.K., where around 600 attendees gathered to listen to his call for jihad.
Though he insisted the conference -- titled "The role of Muslims nowadays" was not organized by Al-Muhajiroun, a moderate Islamic source speaking on condition of anonymity that the radical Islamist group were indeed behind it.
The speakers, all leading members of the group, called for war against the kuffaar (non-Muslims) and lead chants as a projector screen showed images of dead American soldiers in Iraq.
As the infamous images of two planes crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center replayed again and again, the rapt watchers thrust their fists in the air and chanted "Allahu Akhbar! (God is great!)"
Osama Bin Laden "terrified them, he terrorized them, because they terrify us, because they terrorize us," he said.
The governments of the West must know that if they do not behave themselves we will "give them a 9/11 day after day after day!" he shouted, to furious chanting.
"It is our responsibility as Muslims to prepare, to fight," he said, calling on the crowd to "give up your lives for the sake of Allah."
Muslims must also beware of "the enemy within" -- moderate Muslims ...They side with "the Jewish conspirators, the Jewish occupiers and the Christian crusaders," he said, and "will sell out their Muslim brothers."
"Go forth and prepare; fighting has been ordered on both of you," she said.
Why is that guy allowed to live in England?
From the Indianapolis Star:
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- An 11-year-old boy had a lingering headache two days after a pickup truck ran over his head.
Cameron Schuette said Tuesday he did not remember much about the accident, other than the sound.
"All I remember about it was that when the truck ran over my head, I could hear my bones crack," he said.
Cameron, a 5th-grader at Knapp Elementary School, and his 13-year-old brother, Tyler, had been helping their grandfather chop and load wood Sunday. The boys were sitting on the tailgate of their grandfather's truck when he began backing down his gravel driveway and Cameron either fell or jumped off.
Ron Shurley said he at first thought he ran over a piece of wood until he got out of the truck and saw his grandson lying face down in the gravel. Then Cameron stood up and ran into the house, Shurley said.
"He didn't look too worse for wear," Shurley said. "He was just saying he had a headache."
After spotting blood running out of the boy's ear, Shurley drove him to the hospital in the town about 25 miles west of South Bend.
Cameron then was transferred to a hospital in South Bend, where testing revealed he had a slight hairline skull fracture. His mother, Shannon England, said
he also had road rash on his neck and face, a black eye and a laceration on his ear canal.
He was released from the hospital Tuesday, suffering a stiff neck and a headache, but taking only Tylenol for the pain.
I higlighted the injuries the kid sustained because they indicate the truck ran over the top half of his head all the way down to eye and ear level.
I'd call this a miracle of some sort. The kid will not understand the magnitude of what has happened to him, until he is older. In fact, I would think it could profoundly troubling to try to come to grips with such an occurence.
This reminds me of the movie Fearless, starring Jeff Bridges. In the movie, Bridges' character is flying on a commercial airliner when it, all of the sudden, hurtles towards Earth, crashing, and exploding into a million pieces. All passengers die, except Bridges character, who walks away from the accident unharmed.
The movie then follows his character as he attempts to understand, and yet block out, what has happened. His character deals with guilt over the fact that he escaped while so many others died. He comes to have an irrational sense of invincibility, which is revealed, in reality, to be a way of acting out the trauma which comes from watching people in their last terrified moments, and then opening ones eyes to the sheer carnage, only to find that one is, against all sense, ok.
Bridges character drowns in a deep well of sadness, which doesn't make sense to him because he believes he ought to be happy that he was spared.
The movie is about the paradox of miracles, or the cleft that can open up in ones experience when one is profoundly set apart from the rest of the human race.
Now, this kid, obviously, will not be troubled by having watched others die, while he was spared. But, one would think that having such an experience so early in life, would set a precendence of intensity, or specialness about his life. This would lead to expectations. What will happen to me next? Am I different? Am I set apart for something? What is expected of me? How can I ever make up for this?
And yet, at the same time, the kid got up and ran into his house. His parents took him to the hospital. He was ok. Presumably, they took him home. He probably ate his favorite snack, while watching his favorite DVD. He probably sat on the couch and tried to ignore that fact that his parents were staring at him as if he had just vanished and reappeared, tranfigured; an elevated being. Someone blessed, almost messianic.
Of course, he is just a kid, and kids don't think in these terms, but, they do have a feeling for these complex notion. Children do understand the miraculous, the spiritual, usually better than adults. And yet, kids want to move on to the next thing. He wants to play his video game. He wants to go outside and play with his friends, go to the movies, go swimming, but will parents ever again say, "Yes, go ahead," without that look on their face?
And, as he grows up and is assailed by the ordinary disappointments in life, will he wonder, always in despair, "Was it for this, I was spared? Have I squandered my miracle?
And, of course, we all squander our miracles, but no one could ever make such a person understand this truth. Nor would we even try.
This is an amazing story, I pray for this kid, that his miracle can lead to a blessed life. I pray he can find a way to make it make sense.
In light of the Pope Benedict post, and the comments thread that ensued, I have three questions to ponder:
1) Is it more beneficial to say,
Islam needs to be reformed,
Islam can not be reformed ("brought into the modern world")?
2) If we say Islam can not be reformed "brought into the modern world"), does that mean we must resolve to destroy it?
3) Is it possible to destroy a religion?
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Russian man storms Synagogue. Stabs eight Jews.
It appears anti-Semitism is spreading and becoming bloody in Russia:
MOSCOW - Pogroms and purges of Jews are a thing of the past in Russia, but as women scrubbed the bloodstained floors of Moscow's Chabad Bronnaya synagogue on Thursday, a day after a man burst in and stabbed worshippers, alarm spread over increasingly open anti-Semitism.
Jewish leaders warned official indifference is fueling a wave of hate attacks and called for a crackdown on aggressive nationalist and fascist groups that have mushroomed in recent years. Police should guard outside synagogues and other Jewish sites, they said.
"We expect government and law enforcement agencies to take real measures to ensure this doesn't happen again," Russia's chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, said. "If there is indifference, nothing will change."
Worshippers were somber at the synagogue in downtown Moscow, where the knife-wielding man shouting "I will kill Jews" slashed and stabbed at least eight people before a rabbi's son wrestled him to the ground.
"Until yesterday, I felt completely safe but things have gotten serious now," said Nadav Zavilinsky, a 21-year-old religious student who witnessed the attack.
Among the eight men wounded were an American, an Israeli and a Tajik, chief Moscow prosecutor Anatoly Zuyev said. Four of the victims remained in serious condition Thursday.
A million Jews live in Russia, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities, as the Jewish community has experienced a revival after a wave of emigration to Israel and other countries before and after the break up of the Soviet Union.
But hundreds of racially motivated attacks, including the occasional desecration of Jewish cemeteries and synagogues, have occurred in recent years in violence aimed at Jews as well as dark-skinned immigrants from former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus Mountains region.
More than 40 people in Russia were killed in apparently racially motivated attacks last year, according to the Moscow Bureau of Human Rights. The group estimates that Russia is home to some 50,000 skinheads and numerous neo-Nazi organizations.
Rights activists say such groups are emboldened by mild prosecution of hate crimes and they complain that Nazi and other extremist literature is sold freely.
The suspect in Wednesday's attack, identified as Alexander Koptsev, 20, was reading a book about Jews betraying Russia shortly before the assault, his father told the Kommersant daily.
Two men assaulted two rabbis near another synagogue in Moscow in January but were convicted of assault and hooliganism, which carry lesser sentences than hate crimes.
Alla Gerber, head of the Holocaust Foundation, said anti-Semitism persisted within law enforcement ranks despite high-level condemnation.
"I was shocked at what happened yesterday, but not surprised. Anti-Semitism is a traditional problem in Russia, and it is flourishing now in a general climate of xenophobia," Gerber said.
In what was seen as a step forward, President Vladimir Putin acknowledged anti-Semitism as a problem when he attended ceremonies in January marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.
But just before the Auschwitz commemorations, a group of nationalist Russian lawmakers called for an investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred.
While the authorities ignored calls by human rights groups to prosecute the legislators, they investigated whether an ancient Jewish text incited religious hatred after a complaint from two nationalist activists.
Later Thursday, Moscow police chief, Vladimir Pronin promised to deploy officers to help protect synagogues. Lazar and Pronin also agreed in a meeting to set up a joint working group to monitor xenophobic propaganda and extremist groups, Lazar's office said in a statement.
From News of Eurabia
Think very carefully about the words Ahmadinejad uses to describe his "peaceful" nuclear energy. (From Iran Focus Jihad Watch):
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 11 – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would obtain nuclear capabilities in the “near future”.
“In the near future, full nuclear energy for peaceful purposes will be at our disposal”, Ahmadinejad told a gathering in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.
What do you think he means by "full" nuclear energy? Like, he's not just going to have half-assed nuclear energy. His nuclear energy is going to be among the best of all nuclear energy, apparently. It will really send the sparks flying. It will, you know, light up a whole city. Hell, maybe even a whole country, huh?
Ahmadinejad just out-nuanced all of Europe with one flick of the tongue.
John Vinocur, from the New York Times, on German leader, Angela Merkel:
Merkel is a leader who focused her first major speech on talking about freedom to a Germany historically obsessed with stability as a greater virtue ...Who believes Europe can never become strong and united in opposition to America.
And who wrote into the coalition agreement linking her Christian Democrats to the Social Democrats (in a government of not terribly like-minded parties) that Germans have to be educated again on the United States as creative force - when the polls show America has come to be regarded here with real mistrust.
Karsten Voigt, the Social Democrat who is a holdover as coordinator for German-American affairs in the Foreign Ministry, has caught the new line:
"Her positive America vision will have a real effect on policy. Freedom - it's very important to her. She means it."
This does not include German troops in Iraq. It involves telling Bush, as Merkel indicated over the weekend, that the Guantánamo Bay prison camp mustn't exist "in the longer term."
But it does signify, in relation to the Middle East, what Voigt called an emphasis on establishing new values there - "more human rights, more accountability. It's a gradual process, not an absolute approach." … [Among the] examples, registered by visitors, of its anything-but-adversarial stance in relation to areas of American concern (no deep-reading or textual exegesis required): …
• A clear refusal to go along with French efforts to lift the EU's embargo on arms sales to China, while maintaining cooperation with France as a vital element of German European policy.…
Fundamentally, this means - my take here - that Germany drops playing tag-along to France's vision of a world divided into rival poles; stops demonizing the United States; and abandons as a serious mistake the France-Russia-Germany axis exemplified in Gerhard Schröder's seduction by Putin, the old KGB recruiter.
It's not overdone to believe these choices involve Merkel's deepest convictions. She is forever a child of the Soviet orbit and four decades of totalitarianism growing up in East Germany. In Merkel's mind, the Reagan years signaled the downfall of the old order and German unification, not marching in protest against America's missile and Star Wars programs.
Hundreds of people were killed when a crowd of Muslims freaked out and stampeded each other to death:
MINA, Saudi Arabia - Thousands of Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual during the hajj tripped over luggage Thursday, causing a crush in which at least 345 people were killed, the Interior Ministry said.
The stampede occurred as tens of thousands of pilgrims headed toward al-Jamarat, a series of three pillars representing the devil that the faithful pelt with stones to purge themselves of sin.
Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said 345 people were killed. More than 1,000 people were injured, said Dr. Abbasi with the Saudi Red Crescent.
Footage from the scene showed lines of bodies laid out on stretchers on the pavement and covered with sheets. Ahmed Mustafa, an Egyptian pilgrim, said he saw bodies taken away in refrigerator trucks.
An Egyptian pilgrim, Suad Abu Hamada, heard screaming and "saw people jumping over each other."
"The bodies were piled up. I couldn't count them, they were too many," she said.
The site is a notorious bottleneck for the massive crowds that attend the annual hajj pilgrimage and has seen deadly stampedes in the past, including one in 1990 that killed 1,426 people and another in February 2004 that killed 244.
We're all getting pretty sick of waiting for the moderate Muslims of the world to begin fighting back against those who have stolen their peaceful religion from them. Here's a comment left on a post at Gates of Vienna by Mussolini, which shows how we will all come to think, if those elusive moderates don't get up off their asses and do something about the terrorists in their midst:
I had thought I was at my limit with the beheadings of the Christian schoolgirls last year by victorious muslims-for-Allah.But Islam keeps surprising me at each turn. My hatred of this murder-cult grows deeper than my perceived limits with every revelation of media cover-up of Islamic crimes.
And still, supposedly "saner" heads on the left say we must understand Islam. Even a good majority of morons on the right claim that not all of Islam is bad and that we can't declare war on a whole religion of 1.3 billion people.
On those numbers, all of the left and many idiots on the right claim that 99.99999999999999999999% of muslims are peaceful and not terrorists.
Well, I find that funny. If almost all of the 1.3 billion muslims are really peaceful, then where are the 1.3 billion outcries at the depredations in the name of Allah? Shouldn't there be billion-man marches? How many can anyone count in the last year? Oh... none? Well, okay, maybe only half are peaceful. Fine. Where are the 650 million man marches against all this terrorism?
Oh... none? So maybe only 10% of muslims are peaceful. Fine. Where are the ONE HUNDRED THIRTY MILLION protesting muslims?Oh... none? So maybe only ONE fucking percent of muslims are peaceful. Fine. Where are the THIRTEEN MILLION outcries?
Oh... ... Well how about 1/10th of 1%? I mean, come on. At least 1/10th of 1% of all the muslims in the world must want peace, right? Where are the 1.3 million outcries against murder?Oh... none.
Do a google search. It's pretty depressing. Most of the muslim outcries are against Israeli "atrocities." Even MEMRI can only scratch together a half dozen protestors. Lessee.... a half dozen out of 1.3 billion.Would anyone say that 6 out of 1,300,000,000 is a "statistically insignificant" number? Well, I would.
Islam is a political murder-cult disease that needs to be outlawed. Muslims need to be "cleansed" from out of the West and sent back to their own... the lands they already took from us.
I have come to hate Islam and everyone that defends their sick "religion."
So, my friends, you Moderate Muslims out there, what do you think of that? Do you want everyone to come to hate you like that? I have a suggestion. If you are a Moderate, then go to the local church, the local synagogue, the local Mormon temple, and any other house of worship in your area, and invite their members down to your mosque to cart out all the hate literature and dump it in a recycling bin.
Start building some trust with your neighbors. Because you are losing all of it. And, when you have lost all trust, then you are only one major terrorist attack away from big, big trouble.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Last week, Pat Robertson said Ariel Sharon's stroke was God's punishment for having vacated the Gaza Strip. This week, Israel has suspended all contact between their government and Pat Robertson the man, and his ministries.
Who can blame them?
The BBC's Alan Johnston finds a way to blame the Israel (read: the Jews) for the fact that Muslims are killing each other in Gaza. Yes, he blames Israel, even though Gaza has been completely and totally ethnically cleansed of Jews. From Chistian Hate?:
‘This society has been radicalised and traumatised by its confrontation with the Israelis, who occupied Gaza decades ago and only evacuated their settlers and troops last summer.
‘Thousands of Palestinians have been killed, injured or lost their homes during years of violence.
‘There are numerous armed factions that used to channel their violent energies into attacks on the Israelis - but they now have little on which to focus.’
So, naturally, they kill each other.
Over at Mystery Achievement, we were discussing the phenomena of Muslims killing each other, when they have run out of Infidels to kill. We see this happening in the Sudan, in Iraq, during the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca, etc.
Someguy said, "Doesn't Islam kill it's followers (as a matter of course)? Aren't the majority of targets and victims of recent Islamic terrorist attacks in fact Muslims themselves?
Sometimes it seems to me that they feel that if they can't convince people to convert, make them do so through force, or kill them if they refuse, they deliberately create scenarios in which large numbers of them are killed themselves. How else can they please their false god if they fail at their mission?
It's for that reason--and for the existence of the death penalty for apostasy--that I sometimes think that Islam does, indeed, have a sacrament: human sacrifice."
To which Joseph D'Hippolito brilliantly replied,
"Islam is Moloch worship disguised as "ethical monotheism."
It seems to me that, perhaps, there is a way in which Alan Johnston is worshipping Moloch also. For, it would seem, he is only too willing to feed the Jews to the Islamofascist murderers.
Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace said:
The environmental movement abandoned science and logic somewhere in the mid-1980s, just as mainstream society was adopting all the more reasonable items on the environmental agenda. This was because many environmentalists couldn't make the transition from confrontation to consensus, and could not get out of adversarial politics.
This particularly applies to political activists who were using environmental rhetoric to cover up agendas that had more to do with class warfare and anti-corporatism than they did with the actual science of the environment. To stay in an adversarial role, those people had to adopt ever more extreme positions because all the reasonable ones were being accepted.
So, now they are threatening us:
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Wednesday dismissed as futile any move to slap sanctions on Iran for its nuclear fuel program, which the West suspects is aimed at developing bombs.
Iran removed UN seals at uranium enrichment research facilities on Tuesday and announced it would resume "research and development" on producing uranium fuel, prompting angry reactions from Washington, the European Union and Russia.
The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain will meet in Berlin on Thursday to discuss the crisis caused by Iran's move to reactivate a nuclear fuel program mothballed under a November 2004 deal with the EU trio.
Iran's action had sent shockwaves through oil markets on Tuesday, helping push up the price of crude for a while.
"Adopting harsh measures like imposing sanctions cannot bring about the desired outcome," Rafsanjani said at Tehran University in a sermon to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival.
"We will stand by our right to nuclear technology. They will regret creating any problems for us," he told worshippers, without elaborating.
Europe is shaking in their boots. America is grinding it's teeth and clutching it's fists, and Russia and China are laughing silently to themselves, as they triangulate a world war against us, without having to life a finger.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
In 1139, St. Malachy claimed to have had a vision wherein he was shown all the 112 remaining Popes up to the End Times. Benedict is the 111th of these Popes. His papacy was declared by St. Malachy to be "The Glory Of The Olives." This prophecy is said to fit Benedict because the Bedectine Order has a branch called the Olivetans, and because, thus far, he has spoken out for peace, to a fault, if you ask me.
About a week ago, I was driving home from work, listening to the Hugh Hewitt radio program. Hugh was interviewing a Father Fessio, who relayed that he had been at a "seminar" on Islam, attended by Pope Benedict. Father Fessio relayed that, contrary to his usual habit, after Benedict listened to the scheduled speaker, he did not allow his students to speak first, but instead, took the podium for himself, and declared Islam incapable of entering into the modern world, incapable of reforming itself:
HH: Father Fessio, before the break, you were telling us that after the presentation at Castel Gandolfo by two scholars of Islam this summer with Benedict in attendance, as well as his former students, for the first time in your memory, the Pope did not allow his students to first comment and reserve comment, but in fact, went first. Why, and what did he say?
JF: Well, the thesis that was proposed by this scholar was that Islam can enter into the modern world if the Koran is reinterpreted by taking the specific legislation, and going back to the principles, and then adapting it to our times, especially with the dignity that we ascribe to women, which has come through Christianity, of course. And immediately, the Holy Father, in his beautiful calm but clear way, said well, there's a fundamental problem with that, because he said in the Islamic tradition, God has given His word to Mohammed, but it's an eternal word. It's not Mohammed's word. It's there for eternity the way it is. There's no possibility of adapting it or interpreting it, whereas in Christianity, and Judaism, the dynamism's completely different, that God has worked through His creatures. And so, it is not just the word of God, it's the word of Isaiah, not just the word of God, but the word of Mark. He's used His human creatures, and inspired them to speak His word to the world ...
... it was stunning.
Yes, I must say, I do find this stunning.
The first couple of days, after having heard this exchange, I wandered around thinking that, as I I respect and admire Pope Benedict so much, and believe him to be one of the most remarkable intellects I have ever encountered, I may have to change my worldview entirely.
I have always held that Islam can be reformed, and that the United States is pursuing the proper strategy in attempting to install Freedom and Democratic Republicanism in the Islamic world.
It would seem the Pope does not think so.
My friend Someguy, over at Mystery Achievement (and many others across the blogosphere), agrees with Father Fessio's version of what the Pope has declared.
After having given it much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that, either Father Fessio misunderstood the Pope (as I have noticed his people often do), or, the Pope is wrong on this issue. If the Pope is wrong in the way I think he may be, then it would seem logical, whether or not one believes in St. Malachy's prophecy, that Benedict may, indeed, be the next to last Pope.
Why do I say this? Because, if Pope Benedict believes that Islam can not be reformed, then the Christian worldview has reached its end. And, after Benedict would pass on, it would not surprise me that there would be just one more Pope to oversee Armageddon.
If Islam can not be reformed, then what is the solution? Are we to offer Muslims the Infidel bargain; convert or die? That would hardly be according to Christian principles? There is no way to stamp Islam out of existence. The only way to defeat the menace of Islam, which I choose to call Islamic Jihadism, is to defeat the Jihadis on the battlefield, and then to enforce changes within the ideology of Islam which will make it compatible with a Democratic Republic.
Christianity has always believed that its God was the One True and Living God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the sustainer of all being. As such, Christianity has always believed God was bigger than any evil. Christians with this understanding, have been able to accomlish amazing feats throughout history, not the least of which has been the creation of our magnificent Western Civilization; culminating in the Democratic Republic of the United States of America.
The Benedict I have come to know, from having read his books and essays, is a big believer that the Power and Grace of the living God has the authority and dominion over all things in Heaven and Earth. There is a verse in Romans which says,
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
If Benedict said that Islam is an evil which can not be reformed, then he has refuted Gods Word spoken very clearly in this passage.
And, let me say, Freedom is the First Principle we need to fight for here, because freedom is the only thing which will allow individual Muslims to throw off the chains which bind them. The people of Islam, currently, live in bondage. They are enslaved to Allah. They are not evil as individuals, anymore than the people of Germany were all evil, as individuals. They are, instead, living in the chains of an ideology which has spread across their land and become monolithic.
God wants us to be free. When a government promotes an ideology which enslaves its citizens, then there can be no Freedom to choose God's Will.
To say that the ideology of Islam can not be reformed is to abandon the people of the Muslim world to slavery. It is true that freedom can lead to a lot of evil. There is no doubt about that. However, I still maintain that Freedom is the First Principle. In fact, to be clear, I will go so far as to say that Freedom was God's First Principle in Creating Man in His Image.
We face a dilemna; should we work to give freedom to those in the Muslim world, or should we set up a thug who will keep the Muslims in line?
This is the same question God faced when He created us? He saw us in His mind and thought, "I know that if I give them Freedom, they will eat of the apple. So, should I create them Free, or should I simply create them as innocents who have no choice but to live according to My Will?"
He chose to create us with free will, despite his foreknowledge of the Fall.
Milton proposed the idea of the Happy Fall. That is, God knew that He would be able to take the evil that came of sin, and create something even more glorious. He has done it.
I believe we must stick to our Judeo-Christian principles, even when they look like they are going to fail us. These are the things in which we believe. We must decide do we believe in Freedom? Do we believe in Democracy? Do we believe our own Declaration of Independence, when it says, "All men are created equal and endowed by God with certain inalienable rights."
Abraham Lincoln said, "This is the real issue ... the eternal struggle between these two principles- right and wrong - throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, You work and toil and I'll eat it."
Allah demands that his subjects work and toil so that he may eat them alive. That is the nature of the slavery of Islam, as it stands today; a God who feeds on human beings. But, that does not mean that we can not help Muslims reform Islam. Yes, with man, it may seem impossible, but with our Faith in the Principles which God has given us, with God, all things are possible.
These have carried us through the implementation of Freedom across the world. They have carried us through horrible wars. Good wins out over evil, ultimately, because the forces of evil can not forge a working alliance.
We will win if we have the faith to stick to the principles God gave us.
President Bush, knowing the Democrats will reflexively oppose anything that comes out of his mouth, gives them the advice their P.R. people ought to be giving them:
President Bush, in full campaign mode, warned Democratic critics of his Iraq policy on Tuesday to watch what they say or risk giving "comfort to our adversaries" and suffering at the ballot box in November. Democrats said Bush should take his own advice.
Just watch as the Dems fall all over themselves trying to make ever more outrageous accusations against America. Imagine George Bush sitting in the White House laughing his ass off. This is going to be fun.
From Front Page Magazine:
Thanks to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, a new word has entered the political vocabulary: mahdaviat.
Not surprisingly, it’s a technical religious term. Mahdaviat derives from mahdi, Arabic for “rightly-guided one,” a major figure in Islamic eschatology. He is, explains the Encyclopaedia of Islam, “the restorer of religion and justice who will rule before the end of the world.”
Mahdaviat means “belief in and efforts to prepare for the Mahdi.”
In a fine piece of reporting, Scott Peterson of the Christian Science Monitor shows the centrality of mahdaviat in Ahmadinejad’s outlook and explores its implications for his policies.
When he was still mayor of Tehran in 2004, for example, Ahmadinejad appears to have secretly instructed the city council to build a grand avenue to prepare for the Mahdi. A year later, as president, he allocated US$17 million for a blue-tiled mosque closely associated with mahdaviat in Jamkaran, south of the capital. He has instigated the building of a direct Tehran-Jamkaran railroad line. He had a list of his proposed cabinet members dropped into a well adjacent to the Jamkaran mosque, it is said, to benefit from its purported divine connection.
He often raises the topic, and not just to Muslims. When addressing the United Nations in September, Ahmadinejad flummoxed his audience of world political leaders by concluding his address with a prayer for the Mahdi’s appearance: “O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.”
On returning to Iran from New York, Ahmadinejad recalled the effect of his U.N. speech:
"One of our group told me that when I started to say “In the name of God the almighty and merciful,” he saw a light around me, and I was placed inside this aura. I felt it myself. I felt the atmosphere suddenly change, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink. … And they were rapt. It seemed as if a hand was holding them there and had opened their eyes to receive the message from the Islamic republic."
“Mahdaviat is a code for [Iran’s Islamic] revolution, and is the spirit of the revolution,” says the head of an institute dedicated to studying and speeding the Mahdi’s appearance. “This kind of mentality makes you very strong,” observes the political editor of Resalat newspaper, Amir Mohebian. “If I think the Mahdi will come in two, three, or four years, why should I be soft? Now is the time to stand strong, to be hard.”
Some Iranians, reports PBS, “worry that their new president has no fear of international turmoil, may think it's just a sign from God.”
Mahdaviat has direct and ominous implications for the U.S.-Iran confrontation, says an Ahmadinejad supporter, Hamidreza Taraghi of Iran’s hard-line Islamic Coalition Society. It implies seeing Washington as the rival to Tehran and even as a false Mahdi. For Ahmadinejad, the top priority is to challenge America. Taraghi predicts trouble ahead unless Americans fundamentally change their ways.
I’d reverse that formulation. The most dangerous leaders in modern history are those (like Hitler) equipped with a totalitarian ideology and a mystical belief in their own mission. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fulfills both these criteria, as revealed by his U.N. comments. That combined with his expected nuclear arsenal make him an adversary who must be stopped, and urgently.
The fact that Ahmadinejad is an End Times freak has been making me think of the very real possibility that we could be headed for massive destruction in our world. If this man does detonate a nuclear weapon in Israel, or in an American city, the world will fundamentally change. The response to such an attack will be horrific, and could very well involve multiple nations lobbing missiles at each other in a kind of nuclear feeding frenzy.
I don't want to see that happen. We can not allow loose cannons like Ahmadinejad to possess nuclear weapons. We must bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities before they achieve their goal.
Monday, January 09, 2006
How could this be? I thought it was a Religion of Peace? And, you know, the funny thing is, their preaching of war is in response to culture changes demanded by the West. Violence in response to changes in ideological demands? But, I thought this was a ... Oh, never mind:
Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik, the kingdom’s grand mufti, said Muslims faced critical challenges, among them accusations of terrorism and human rights abuses and calls for revisions in their school textbooks.
“Oh, Muslim nation, there is a war against of our creed, against our culture under the pretext of fighting terrorism. We should stand firm and united in protecting our religion,” he said, speaking at a mosque on the plain of Mount Arafat.
“Islam’s enemies want to empty our religion from its contents and its meaning. But the soldiers of God will be victorious,” said al-Sheik, the Saudi kingdom’s top religious authority.
The faithful called out: “Amen!”
They are calling for violence because they are accused of terrorism?
One is the Jihadis favorite ways to incite anti-Semitic hatred in Istael is to claim the Jews are digging underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with plans to build a Jewish Temple. Supernatural Blog has a post up about this phenomenon, which includes the following article from Islam Online detailing the sneaky Zionist plot:
"The synagogue has been built right beneath Al-Aqsa Mosque, some 90m from the Dome of the Rock," Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement inside the Green Line, told a press conference in the holy city, reported Al-Jazeera.
He said the synagogue includes seven rooms tracing the Jewish history. "One of these rooms features Germany's Nazi rule and the World War II Holocaust." Salah said that works were in full swing to build another synagogue for women under the mosque.
Islam Online even has purported video and photos of the supposed excavation. UPI recently featured an article debunking this whole myth:
The pictures and film the organizers provided did not prove works were under the mosque. They were pictures taken in the Western Wall Tunnels that run beside the half a kilometer long Western Wall. The tunnels are open to tourists….
The film showed an official placing a model of a temple at the site of the Dome of the Rock and said that indicated Israel's plans to replace the mosque with their temple. They showed a door open to allow a worker leave with a ladder and close immediately. Another picture showed people working behind a closed door, one of them holding wires. They took it as proof of digging behind. One picture was described as a tunnel leading into the mosque area.
Supernatural Blog recently went to Israel and took a tour, available to the public, of the dreaded tunnels leading to the excavation. Turns out they do not go underneath the Mosque, but instead simply give people an underground view of the depth of the Western Wall. (The photo above shows the underground view of the Wall.)
Those wily Zionists. They did that to make the Jihadis look like fools, didn't they?