Saturday, February 04, 2006


The Cartoon Intifada:
We Have Won
The Battle Of The Sacred Joke

I believe the Paris Riots (Paris Intifada) may have been a coordinated action, an organized battle against the forces of Western Civilization. Go to this page for an archive of my thoughts on this subject.

Tonight on Little Green Footballs, there is a post about the evidence supporting the idea that the Cartoon Intifada is also an organized effort:

It’s some time since I visited Palestine, so I may be out of date, but I don’t remember seeing many Danish flags on sale there. Not much demand, I suppose. I raise the question because, as soon as the row about the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten broke, angry Muslims popped up in Gaza City, and many other places, well supplied with Danish flags ready to burn. (In doing so, by the way, they offered a mortal insult to the most sacred symbol of my own religion, Christianity, since the Danish flag has a cross on it, but let that pass.)

Why were those Danish flags to hand? Who built up the stockpile so that they could be quickly dragged out right across the Muslim world and burnt where television cameras would come and look? The more you study this story of “spontaneous” Muslim rage, the odder it seems.

The complained-of cartoons first appeared in October; they have provoked such fury only now. As reported in this newspaper yesterday, it turns out that a group of Danish imams circulated the images to brethren in Muslim countries. When they did so, they included in their package three other, much more offensive cartoons which had not appeared in Jyllands-Posten but were lumped together so that many thought they had.

It rather looks as if the anger with which all Muslims are said to be burning needed some pretty determined stoking. Peter Mandelson, who seems to think that his job as European Trade Commissioner entitles him to pronounce on matters of faith and morals, accuses the papers that republished the cartoons of “adding fuel to the flames”; but those flames were lit (literally, as well as figuratively) by well-organised, radical Muslims who wanted other Muslims to get furious. How this network has operated would make a cracking piece of investigative journalism.

I believe Al Qaeda is sophisticated enough to have added crowd control to their repetoire. Hitler did it, and he is their mentor.

I agree with this guy that this was, likely, planned.

Our intelligence organizations ought to be looking into who the key crowd instigators are. This is a talent that requires study, and time to develop. It also requires intelligence, and a good amount of natural charisma. It should not be hard to figure out who is doing this.

Once you find out who they are, you just remove them from the population, through prison, or deportation.

By the way, I believe these kinds of efforts begin in coffee shops and other such meeting places. They then travel to the Mosques, once there are enough people within the Mosque to support the change in direction. The street riot, the burning of flags, the torching of embassies, the placards calling for murder, are the third stage.

The goal is to gradually radicalize enough of the Muslim population that a "spontaneous" riot can turn into a full-scale war.

Wretchard, at Belmont Club, believes the Eurabian Jihadis have overplayed their hand, and have, thus, woken up Europe, rather than enervating the Euros-appeasers:

The Danish cartoon crisis has managed to ignite what the Bush administration hoped to avoid from the beginning: turning the War on Terror into a War with Islam. Now an incident arising from a relatively obscure newspaper in Denmark has forced a choice between the most deeply held of all Western values, freedom of speech, with the cherished strategic goal of keeping the Muslim "street" aboard in the War on Terror.

The argument for regarding the Danish cartoons as a boon is premised on the belief that President Bush's attempt to separate the War on Terror from Islam was doomed to fail anyway; that it was better to face that question now than later. According to this point of view, a view reinforced by the election of Hamas in the Palestinian territories, cultural and religious issues were at the root of international conflict.

That mere voting -- in Palestine for example -- would never be sufficient to establish a liberal democracy for as long as the underlying culture remained hostile and aggressive to democracy's roots. No one can foresee where the Danish cartoon controversy will lead. At best both sides will return to their lines of departure after having made their points, each with a renewed respect for the other.

The West should understand, if it didn't realize it before, that Muslims are willing to fight for their religion. And Muslims should understand, from the cartoon controversy, that whatever they had heard to the contrary it goes double ditto for the West.

And in the long run that grudging respect may make the the process of winning over the Muslim moderates easier than feigning the cheap and superficial attitude of multiculturalism. For who in Islam would believe in us if we did not believe in ourselves? Who in Islam could trust that we would fight at their side if we could not defend all that we were, all that we believed?

I agree with Wretchard. This battle has changed the landscape. The Paris Intifada was a victory for the Islamic Jihadis. The French do not like themselves enough to fight for their own streets. But, the French believe in their system (the French way, which is an outgrowth of Western Civilization) enough to fight for basic principles such as Freedom of Speech.

The most important statistic coming out of this battle is that EIGHT French newspapers published the Jyllands-Posten cartoons.

The French found their spine. It lies in their love of Western principles. Thank God, or, uh, whoever the French might like to thank.

Indeed, all of Europe has found its spine, as we have seen periodicals across the disputed territories of Eurabia publishing what the Jihadis consider to be blasphemy.

This battle has gone to the West. We have won. The Jihadis have succeeded in doing what even Hitler could not do; they have made the Euros, and particularly the French, fight for their principles.

Even if this one blows up in our faces, and people get killed, it will still be a victory for us. In fact, even more so. Because this is a battle we have found we are not willing to lose.

This is the hill we are willing to die on.

The Religion Of Peace
"The Real Holocaust"

Photo from Associated Press


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I Could Have Done More:
German Chancellor
Iranian Threat
To Nazi Era

German Chancellor, Andrea Merkel spells it out clearly:

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel likened Iran's nuclear plans on Saturday to the threat posed by the Nazis in their early days, as top U.S. officials urged a tough line to stop Tehran from making an atomic bomb.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused the Islamic republic of being the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, a charge his Iranian counterpart rejected as "ridiculous" and "outrageous".

Addressing the annual Munich security conference, Merkel said countries around the world had underestimated the Nazi threat as Adolf Hitler rose to power.

"Looking back to German history in the early 1930s when National Socialism (Nazism) was on the rise, there were many outside Germany who said 'It's only rhetoric -- don't get excited'," she told the assembled world defense policy makers.

"There were times when people could have reacted differently and, in my view, Germany is obliged to do something at the early stages ... We want to, we must prevent Iran from developing its nuclear program."

Can you believe we are hearing such a thing out of a German leader?

Good for Germany, and good for the world.With leadership like this, there is a chance that we might get out of this war without millions dead.

Friday, February 03, 2006


Soft as skin, you brush against me
with your breath,
and, with your sighs

On A

Pale Horse

Painting by Joseph Turner


Just in case there are any CUANAS readers don't yet know, I actually spend much of my time these days at the Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

Basically, CUANAS is about whatever is of interest to me.

Infidel Bloggers Alliance is precisely targeted anti-Jihad writing, including writers from America, Israel, Spain, Italy, the UK, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Lately, we have been focusing, for the most part, on the Cartoon Kerfluffle.

Go check it out. There are some good pics of Pamela and Salman Rushdie's girlfriend that are certainly worth the price of admission.

Mohammed Cartoon
At Fever Pitch

The French Riots were torturous for me. It was like watching my girlfriend being raped.

This Mohammed controversy, is like watching my enemy forced to dance like a marionette. Oh, what a beautiful sight.

I have been waiting for this battle. I knew it had to come. But, I thought we would have to start it. Instead, they did it to themselves.

Jihadopussies worldwide are making fools of themselves. The Western public is, finally, getting to see what's under the mask. They are having a global temper tantrum the likes of which no one has ever seen before.

We really ought to join together and thank the Jihadopussies for doing themselves in like they this.

Sometimes you just gotta love your enemy.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Crossing

Will we make it?

Lexington Herald-Leader
Columnist Says
To Be Nuked

What year is it? 1939? I don't understand the world I am living in anymore:

Somebody named Elaine Shiber, the smartest person from Van Lear since Loretta Lynn, catalogued in a Herald-Leader commentary some of the terrorist acts committed as Zionists weary of genocide took up horrors on a lesser scale to have a place to alight.

It takes courage, as Shiber did, to inquire as to whether the outrage your enemy harbors is justified or not, and it takes courage to challenge the idea of Israel, with charges of anti-Semitism being the standard recompense for so doing.

But when you read what she reported and know that 40 times that much happened at the hands of Israel, you know why no Arab can have a nuclear weapon. They could be morally justified in using it.

Is this a joke? Surely, this must be a joke.

Gary Busey
And Billy Zane
Star In
Turkish Blockbuster

This is too unbelievable for words:

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Feb. 2) - In the most expensive Turkish movie ever made, American soldiers in Iraq crash a wedding and pump a little boy full of lead in front of his mother.

They kill dozens of innocent people with random machine gun fire, shoot the groom in the head, and drag those left alive to Abu Ghraib prison - where a Jewish doctor cuts out their organs, which he sells to rich people in New York, London and Tel Aviv.

"Valley of the Wolves Iraq" - set to open in Turkey on Friday - feeds off the increasingly negative feelings many Turks harbor toward their longtime NATO allies: Americans.

The movie, which reportedly cost some $10 million, is the latest in a new genre of popular culture that demonizes the United States. It comes on the heels of a novel called "Metal Storm" about a war between Turkey and the U.S., which has been a best seller for months.

One recent opinion poll revealed the depth of the hostility in Turkey toward Americans: 53 percent of Turks who responded to the 2005 Pew Global Attitudes survey associated Americans with the word "rude"; 70 percent with "violent"; 68 percent with "greedy"; and 57 percent with "immoral."

Advance tickets are already selling out across Turkey for the film, which has dialogue in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish and English. In addition to Turkey, the film is set to be shown in more than a dozen other countries - including the United States, Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, Britain, Denmark, Russia, Egypt, Syria and Australia.

The movie's American stars are Billy Zane, who plays a self-professed "peacekeeper sent by God," and Gary Busey as the Jewish-American doctor.

U.S. soldiers have become hate figures in Muslim countries around the world after the unpopular war in Iraq. But here in Turkey, a personal grudge fuels the resentment.

Are Gary Busey and Billy Zane finished in Hollywood? Cuz, you know, Hollywood is controlled by the Jews, right?

Hell no. They'll be bigger than ever.

Want Peace
With Israel?

Jamal "Hitler" Roub [left] On His Way To Carry Out An Excecution

Well, according to a new poll, they do:

Nearly three-quarters of Palestinians want the newly elected Hamas movement to drop its call for the destruction of Israel.

This came in an opinion poll released by the Ram Allah-based Near East Consulting Institute on Monday. The survey also found that 84% of those surveyed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip want a peace agreement with Israel while 86% want Mahmoud Abbas, the moderate Palestinian Authority president, to remain in his post.

.....Rather than indicate backing for Hamas's hard-line tactics, the survey found that 73% of respondents believed that Hamas should "change its position on the elimination of the state of Israel".

Not only did an overall 84% support a peace agreement with Israel, but 77% of Hamas voters also wanted a settlement.

Whatever. They vote for Hitler, and then say they want peace.

You shake that hand and a bomb will go off, I guarantee it.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Iran Is Playin' With The Big Boys

Iran says if we even dare to refer them to the Security Council, they will retaliate with "all means" at their disposal:

Iran's foreign minister yesterday threatened immediate retaliation over a move to refer its nuclear weapons activities to the United Nations security council in comments which deepen his country's confrontation with the international community.

In an interview with the Guardian - his first with western media - Manouchehr Mottaki accused the US of manufacturing the crisis and insisted there was still time to avoid a collision. But he warned that any military action by the US or Israel against Iran would have "severe consequences" and would be countered "by all means" at Iran's disposal.

Mr Mottaki, who was appointed by Iran's hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in September, said Iranian retaliation would come "simultaneously" with any decision on referral by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, which meets in emergency session in Vienna today.

Israel, along with the US, has not ruled out air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails. "Iran does not think that the Zionist regime is in a condition to engage in such a dangerous venture and they know how severe the possible Iranian response will be to its possible audacity," Mr Mottaki said. "Suffice to say that the Zionist regime, if they attack, will regret it." That message was underscored yesterday by Iran's defence minister who said that any attack on Iran would bring "a crushing response".

Mr Mottaki said the US, even with 200,000 troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, was unable to impose its will on the region. "It would be better for President Bush to spend the second half of his presidency governing his country in a calmer manner." He urged Britain and other European countries to postpone a decision on UN referral until a scheduled meeting of the IAEA on March 6. "There's still time for our European friends to take a wise decision not to take wrong steps."

Them's some big words for a bunch of guys without nukes.

You Just
Love Your Enemy

Hamas, because they always say what is on their minds, brings clarity to the, supposedly, tangled web of the Middle East Conflict. Here, in an interview with Media Line, the leader of Hamas, Mahmoud A-Zahhar, tells us the truth:

The Media Line: What is 'this land' that you are talking about? Are you talking about the whole of Israel?

A-Zahhar: I understand where you are headed, and I will answer you.

First of all this Palestinian land, and all the Arabic nation, is all part of the same area. In the past, there was no independent Palestinian state; there was no independent Jordanian state; and so on. There were regions called Iraq or Egypt, but they were all part of one country.

That is why it is not permitted to [agree to] establish separate countries, which was the case after the Sykes-Picot Agreement [1916].

Our main goal is to establish a great Islamic state, be it pan-Arabic or pan-Islamic. Therefore, it is not allowed to establish an Arabic state over the land of Palestine alone.

Also, remember this land is still occupied. To sum up, the Islamic and traditional views reject the notion of establishing an independent Palestinian state.

The European example is clear. Europe's history is filled with wars and blood. Its races are varied, its languages are varied, and nevertheless it established the European Union.

The Islamists' view, which Hamas adheres to, is that a great Muslim state must be established, with Palestine being a part of it. Within this state, Israel has no place - its history is different, its language is different, its religion is different, its culture is different, and its security and political affiliations are different.

This is the view of Hamas movement.

See what I mean? You gotta love your enemy, when he tells the truth.

Thanks, Mahmoud.

Thanks to J, from Justify This.

In Britain

This is very good news:

In a blow to Tony Blair's authority, MPs voted by 288 votes to 278 to back a key Lords amendment to the bill, which targets incitement to religious hatred.

The prime minister voted in the first division but not in the second, which was lost by one vote.

The bill was aimed at extending the concept of the UK's race hate laws to cover belief but critics said ministers' proposals would have made it too wide-reaching.

Heck yes, too far-reaching. The point was they were attempting to stop people from criticizing Islam. No religion ought to be above criticism, especially not a religion whose Holy scriptures call for war against the infidels and Jews.

Would you really want to live in a land where a guy can't take a picture of a Crucifix submerged in urine, and have it published in magazines and newspapers?

I wouldn't.

Either we believe in free speech, or we don't. There can be no compromise. And, we truly must resolve that we would fight to the death to protect the ugly, disgusting speech of others, even the Jihadis. Let them preach that we are subhuman, let them call Jews apes and pigs, let them call for the destruction of America. At least we will know where they stand.

(By the way, when they start making plans on how to carry out the destruction of America, that is the time throw them in jail.)

A society which does not allow free speech becomes a confused, double-minded society where no one is to be trusted. We can't afford that. It will impede progress, and make our lives miserable.

And, the only price we have to pay for our freedom of speech is to be insulted. That's a very small price to pay.

Women Sue
They Don't

8 Weeks

Listen, whatever your opinion on abortion, let's be honest, RU-486 is not a contraceptive. IT IS AN ABORTION:

BOSTON - Backed by abortion rights groups, three Massachusetts women sued Wal-Mart on Wednesday, accusing the retail giant of violating a state regulation by failing to stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies.

The lawsuit, filed in state court, seeks to force the company to carry the morning-after pill in its 44 Wal-Marts and four Sam Club stores in Massachusetts.

The plaintiffs argued that state policy requires pharmacies to provide all "commonly prescribed medicines."
Wal-Mart carries the morning-after pill in Illinois only, where it is required under state law, said Dan Fogleman, a spokesman for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart.

Fogleman said the company "chooses not to carry many products for business reasons." He would not elaborate. But in a letter to a lawyer for the plaintiffs, a Wal-Mart attorney said the store chain does not regard the drug as "commonly prescribed."

The notion that a person (because Wal-Mart is owned and run by people) would be forced to provide abortions to other people is like something out of the Mafia. It's like they want Wal-Mart to "earn their bones."

These women who are suing Wal-Mart are the perfect examples of radical pro-abortionists. It's not enough for them to have access, everyone must participate with them.

They might as well be wearing face paint and dancing with spears around a fire in the dark, because these people are preparing sacrifices. Their agenda isn't just abortion. It's Moloch worship.

Good God.


Bush makes it clear:

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - President George W. Bush vowed on Wednesday the United States would defend Israel militarily if needed against Iran and denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for "menacing talk" against Israel.

In a Reuters interview aboard Air Force One en route to Nashville, Bush also said he saw a "very good chance" the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency would refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

"I am concerned about a person that, one, tries to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, and two, has made it clear that his intentions are to destroy Israel," Bush said.

"Israel is a solid ally of the United States, we will rise to Israel's defense if need be. So this kind of menacing talk is disturbing. It's not only disturbing to the United States, it's disturbing for other countries in the world as well," he added.

Asked if he meant the United States would rise to Israel's defense militarily, Bush said: "You bet, we'll defend Israel."

Bush also said he had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about Iran and would not say how Putin feels about a Security Council referral. "He understands the threat, and we share the same goal," he said.

Bush said on Tuesday in his State of the Union speech that Iran is being "held hostage" by clerical leaders who repress their people.

Asked in the interview if he was calling for Iranians to rise up and overthrow the ruling government, Bush said: "Not at all. What I am saying is that ... the United States is very aware of their conditions and we recognize that liberty is universal and that we hope some day they will be in a position to have a democracy based upon Iranian customs and Iranian traditions."

At Us

Can you hear me now?

And, he's not afraid to speak his mind:

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president lashed out Wednesday at the United States and vowed to resist the pressure of "bully countries" as European nations circulated a draft resolution urging that Tehran be brought before the U.N. Security Council for its nuclear activities.

In a speech to thousands of supporters hours after President Bush's State of the Union address, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad derided the United States as a "hollow superpower" that is "tainted with the blood of nations" and said Tehran would continue its nuclear program.

"Nuclear energy is our right, and we will resist until this right is fully realized," Ahmadinejad told the crowd in the southern Iran city of Bushehr, the site of Iran's only nuclear power plant.

"Our nation can't give in to the coercion of some bully countries who imagine they are the whole world and see themselves equal to the entire globe," he added.

The crowd responded with chants of "Nuclear energy is our right!"

And soon, it will be our right to bomb your nuclear facilities into a million pieces.

UPDATE: Commenter Christine makes a very good point:

Something that needs to be kept in mind. Nejad has not said he would do bad things after he is attacked. He has said he will do bad things if he is sent to the security council.

All of the talk about whether or not sanctions would work, may not matter much. Because, the way he is talking, sanctions won't have time to start.


Newspapers across Europe are reprinting the Jyllands-Posten cartoons:

Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage. France Soir, Germany's Die Welt, La Stampa in Italy and El Periodico in Spain all carried some of the drawings.

Their publication in Denmark has led to protests in Arab nations, diplomatic sanctions and death threats.

Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet, but media watchdogs defend press freedom to publish the images.

Reporters Without Borders said the reaction in the Arab world "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy."

France Soir said it had reprinted the full set to show that "religious dogma" had no place in a secular society.

Under the headline "Yes, we have the right to caricature God", the daily carried a front-page cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud. It shows the Christian deity saying:

"Don't complain, Muhammad, we've all been caricatured here."

Responding to France Soir's move, the French government said it supported press freedom - but added that beliefs and religions must be respected.

French Muslims spoke out against the pictures.

The president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), Dalil Boubakeur, described France Soir's move as an act of "real provocation towards the millions of Muslims living in France".

Theologian Sohaib Bencheikh said "one must find the borders between freedom of expression and freedom to protect the sacred".

"Unfortunately, the West has lost its sense of the sacred," he wrote in a column accompanying the cartoons in France Soir.

(Cue Beavis and Butthead doing wanking-off motion.)

The publication in Denmark of the images last September has provoked diplomatic sanctions and threats from Islamic militants across the Muslim world. Dozens of protesters from a small Islamic party demonstrated in front of the Danish embassy in Ankara on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Ministers from 17 Arab countries on Tuesday urged Denmark's government to punish Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the caricatures, for what they described as an "offence to Islam".

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated this week in the Gaza Strip. Syria and Saudi Arabia have recalled their ambassadors to Denmark, while Libya said it was closing its embassy in Copenhagen and Iraq summoned the Danish envoy to condemn the cartoons.

The offices of Jyllands-Posten, had to be evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

The paper had apologised a day earlier for causing offence to Muslims, although it maintained it was legal under Danish law to print them.

How about that? Jyllands-Posten apologizes and the next day there's a bomb threat. What does that tell you?

Let me say this, good job Europe. I have never been so proud to be a Westerner. We all owe Europe for this.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Will Not
Back Down

The State of the Union Address tonight offered some clues for those who are wondering whether Bush will back down in response to Hamas, or Iran:

... the leaders of Hamas must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace.

The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people. The regime in that country sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon and that must come to an end. The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats. And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.

The Thin


TruePeers, of YARGB, and Dag, of No Dhimmitude, are promoting the Blue Scarf Revolution:

This Thursday at 7 pm local time, I will be meeting Dag of the No Dhimmitude blog, for a discussion of free speech, multiculturalism, and Islam, at a McDonald's restaurant at Main and Terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia (the McDonald's on the southwest corner, not the one across the street in the train station). Any Flares readers in the area are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thanks to Dag's blogging and to the Revolution Bleue movement in France that has emerged in response to elite media and government crack downs on Republican free speech, in the wake of the recent riots and the more general desire in many western countries to ban anti-Islamic and other forms of politically-incorrect speech (on this see, for example, Wretchard's recent post), there will be people meeting around the world in McDonald's restaurants and wearing blue scarves to identify each other and to show sympathy with those in France who are wearing blue scarves in public opposition to their present regime.

While we Canadians are yet unsure if we share fully in the goals of the French blue scarves - a recent anti-Masonic comment at their blog raised eyebrows because of the proximity of anti-Masonic and antisemitic rhetoric historically... but Freemasonry in France is a frankly political and anti-clerical movement, perhaps deserving some criticism, we don't know - it strikes us as nonetheless important for westerners to get out in public and find their voices in face of the various postmodern ideologies that would limit speech in the name of the supposed victims of free speech. And it is important for people to discuss this issue in terms of the ongoing conflict between the west and Islam - or Islamic radicalism, if you prefer.

What, for example, is the duty of western men and women to the Islamic women who are forced (in our opinion) to wear extreme forms of head covering, like the Burka, in our westetern cities, a symbol of their more general oppression under Islam and related forms of family life?

How do we contest the multicultural ideolgies that would defend "the choice" to wear the burka, as a "right"?This question of defending women enslaved by religion, family, and multicultural ideology is the specific topic for our meeting this Thursday.

If you cannot join us, have a look at Dag's blog - especially his archives for last week - to gain some sense of the larger blue scarf movement and consider organizing a meeting at your local McDonald's. Just get the word out in the blogosphere when you will be at McDonald's, and see if any blue scarves show up. It worked for Dag.

Dag chose McDonald's as our meeting place, not simply because they are ubiquitous and you can sit for hours with a cup of coffee. In their ubiquity McDonald's also symbolize a western secular alternative to the sacred meeting places of the Islamic world. And because the target of our discussions is not simply Islamic radicalism, but its present tactical marriage with imperialistic western multiculturalism, McDonald's is the perfect symbol since it is so often a scandal for the elitist anti-American leftists who know what is best for all of us and who would restrict our free speech and stomachs accordingly.

Of course, it is when the mouths are closed that violence is most certain, and the present moves to restrict free speech are sure to reduce the security of Muslims in the west, not strengthen it. Because we are not against Muslims as people (we are out to love and defend the better side of humanity in all of us) but simply want a venue to meet and criticize aspects of both Islamic religion and postmodern western ideologies, we expect and will welcome into our meetings people of all faiths and backgrounds.

UPDATE, Feb. 1, 3:30 GMT: Dag's blog is currently undergoing some trouble. It's not loading properly and he thinks he may be under some kind of attack. Please try the link later.

On Its

From Debra Saunders in Town Hall:

Google gives life to the Eric Hoffer observation, "People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them."

Google painted itself as heroic in refusing to help the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to reinstate a 1998 federal Child Online Protection Act, then revealed that it was going to help the Chinese government suppress free speech. That sort of goes against the company's informal corporate motto, "Don't be evil."

Read the rest.

Apparently, Google is not doing so well on the stock market either:

A sudden chill fell on Google's red-hot share price on Tuesday as the stock market's latest internet darling unveiled earnings that for the first time failed to far exceed Wall Street expectations.

The search engine company's shares slumped by more than 16 per cent in after-hours trading, wiping more than $20bn from its stock market value.

In Possession
Nuclear Weapons

Well, maybe El-Baradei isn't working for the other side after all. It seems the IAEA is getting ready to report to the UN that Iran obtained nuclear weapons blueprints on the black market:

VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said in a report Tuesday that Iran obtained documents and drawings on the black market that serve no other purpose than to make an atomic warhead. Tehran warned of an "end of diplomacy" if plans to refer it to the U.N. Security Council are carried out.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said a move to the council would "be unconstructive and the end of diplomacy."

"We will have to start all nuclear work that has been voluntarily suspended," Larijani said, though he stopped short of saying explicitly that Iran will restart its uranium enrichment program.

The findings about the design obtained by Iran on the black market were contained in a confidential report for presentation to the 35-nation IAEA board and provided in full to The Associated Press.

The four-page report also criticized Iran for refusing to provide interviews with at least one nuclear scientist linked to the military and dismissing requests for information on "tests related to high explosives and the design of a missile re-entry vehicle, all of which could have a military nuclear dimension."

In the brief report obtained Tuesday, however, the agency said bluntly that the 15 pages of text and drawings showing how to cast fissile uranium into metal were "related to the fabrication of nuclear weapon components."

Asked about the finding, a senior diplomat close to the IAEA declined to elaborate but emphasized that the documents had no other use. He demanded anonymity in exchange for discussing confidential information.

Owned By

Discuss among yourselves:

The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Knew Iran
Had Nuclear
In 2000

I think Bill Clinton was just a little too busy
to have done anything about the problem.

James Risen's book State of War is getting a lot of attention because of its criticism of the Bush Administration. But, according to this Michael Ledeen article, the book also contains the bombshell that the CIA and the Clinton Administration knew Iran had a nuclear weapons program way back in year 2000.

Note that this article is in the form of an imagined conversation with a security expert friend:

JJA: ... the really amazing part is that Risen doesn’t even notice the truly horrible aspects of his own story. He doesn’t have the wit or the energy to think half a step beyond the tale he’s been told.

ML: Okay, let’s take them in order. The first one dates back to Clinton. It’s about an operation called "Merlin," and consisted of feeding doctored information about the design of nuclear weapons to the mullahs via a Soviet scientist who had defected "years earlier" to the United States. The concept was to get the Iranians to use the snafued version in their bombs so that they would fizzle instead of explode.

JJA: Right. We’ve been doing such things for years, and for good reason. If you know that your enemies are trying to steal your blueprints, or buy good weapons on the clandestine market, you’re well-advised to try to get them to steal or buy things that won’t work, instead of running around trying to plug all the cracks in the dyke. Nothing wrong with the concept.\ML: Except that we never did it with nuclear stuff before, did we? And Risen’s got expert testimony that the Iranians could easily have sorted out the good parts of the blueprints from the disinformation, so that in the end we would have actually helped them.

JJA: Yes, I saw that. You can always get somebody to say that any given idea is idiotic. But you’d need to know a lot more than Risen knows to be able to judge it, in this specific case. And that points us to the really interesting question, the one that Risen doesn’t bother to ask, let alone answer.

ML: I’m following you. If we knew enough — in 2000, mind you — to be able to design an effective disinformation program, then...

JJA: Then (he started shouting in that gravelly voice of his) THEY KNEW THE IRANIANS HAD A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM SIX YEARS AGO.

You Just
Gotta Love
Your Enemy

One good thing about Hamas is the clarity they provide to the supposedly confused Middle East Conflict. Here are the words of Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar, spoken on Al-Manar TV the other day:

"Palestine means Palestine in its Entirety - From the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River... We Cannot Give Up a Single Inch of it... Why Should We Recognize Condoleezza Rice... or Israel's Right to Exist?"

Like I always say, you gotta love your enemies when they tell the truth. Thanks, Mahmoud.

Hamas' Goal:
The Global

It would seem that Hamas is only concerned with "the plight of the Palestinian people." But, this isn't true. The overarching goal of Hamas is the same as Al Qaeda; the establishment of a a global Caliphate, so that Islam can dominate and govern the entire world under Sharia:

... HAMAS, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), is reaping the fruits of its efforts over the last six decades. It was established in Palestine in 1936 - not in 1987, as most mistakenly think. Since then, the movement, according to Abu Marzuk, has carried out its political, social agenda, including Dawa (Prosetylization) and Jihad.

Both the MB and Hamas are exploiting the U.S. call for democratization in the Middle East, using free elections to gain legitimate political power. Indeed, in December 2005, the MB
won 88 seats in the 454-member Egyptian Parliament. This is while neither organization has changed its charter, or is likely to do so.

Among the many permanent, deleterious features of Shari’a is a system that subjugates and oppresses non-Muslims. It requires non-Muslims to convert to Islam or pay the
jizya tax, a form of extortion, creating a “contract” (dhimma) that “guarantees” the infidels' lives and possessions. In a recent essay Dr. Andrew Bostom quotes the Arabic lexicographer, E.W. Lane, who bluntly calls the tax on “free non-Muslim subjects …compensation for not being slain.”

The system's “obligations” institutionalize discrimination (dhimmitude) that targets Jews and Christians only. Others, such Hindus, and Buddhists have a choice to convert or to be slaughtered. These regulations prohibit them from possessing arms, ringing church bells, testifying in courts, building and restoring houses of worship while restricting many other civil rights as well. Like Nazi regulations, the Shari’a also require non-Muslims to wear special, identifying clothes. These key features of the Shari’a and Islamic ideology as called for by the MB and HAMAS, are political, not merely religious.

The spiritual leader of Hamas, the late Ahmad Yassin said: "The 21st century is the century of Islam," and his successor Mahmoud Zahar says, "Israel will disappear and after it the US." With its recent victory, HAMAS seems to be closer to reaching this goal.

Compare Hamas statements and its charter to those of al-Qaeda, Hizbullah and other Islamist organizations. All strive to establish a caliphate encircling the globe. Al-Qaeda says: "We will turn the White House and the British parliament into mosques," as documented by Jonathan Dahoah Halevi, director of Orient Research Group in Toronto.

HAMAS’ victory, therefore, should be seen as an important realization of the MB agenda, not merely as a localized development.
In Jordan, the Muslim Brotherhood “is demanding "true democracy" from the Jordanian king in order to win in elections there,“ while the efforts to impose the Islamist agenda are making strides in Europe.

Denmark, for example, has in the last few years become a host country for various Muslim radical groups, mostly offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood. The most prominent of these is
Hizb ut-Tahrir. Like HAMAS, members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been connected with the recruitment of fighters for the Taliban, as well as membership in the al-Qaeda terrorist networks. Like HAMAS, they too, under the banner of democracy, are allowed to pursue their Islamofacist agenda

According to Jonathan
Dahoah Halevi, director of Orient research Group in Toronto, who follows Islamist organizations, they view Denmark as an easy target for the spreading of Islam, a springboard from which to renew the Muslim occupation of Europe. As Sheikh Issam Amayra warned in a recent sermon:

"Three percent of the Muslims in Denmark constitute a threat to the future of the kingdom of Denmark. …our Danish brothers will manage to bring Islam to all the homes of the Danish citizens. Allah will grant them the victory in their country in order to raise the Caliphate in Denmark. Afterwards the citizens of the Caliphate (which will be raised in Denmark) will wage war on Oslo, [and] they will fight their neighboring Scandinavian countries in order to join their lands to the territory of the Caliphate. Then they will wage a holy war and spread the teachings of Islam to the rest of Europe, until they reach the original city of Medina.”

Given the global aspirations of these MB splinter groups and the Islamist nature of their agenda, it seems that the West’s unwillingness to recognize their threat to our democracy will enable them to exploit it until those who survive, will have to do so under the MB’s inspired Caliphate.

If you don't believe that the goal of Islamists is world domination then check this out: Just this morning the Spain Herald brought the news that Hamas is demanding the return of Seville to the world of Islam.

Europe And
United In
Of Hamas

For now:

The US and the European Union, often at odds over Middle East policy, now appear united in their stance: If it wants the world's assistance, Hamas must change.

Germany's new chancellor, Angela Merkel, presented that message during a visit here Monday. She asked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of ousted Fatah, to press Hamas to forswear violence and recognize Israel.

"As a president, he should urge Hamas to respect certain principles," Ms. Merkel said. If Hamas holds to its hallmarks - calling for Israel's destruction and using suicide bombers - the EU would be unable to continue funding the PA, she said.

But in a statement Monday, the EU backed away from saying it would completely cut funding to a government led by the militant group. EU foreign ministers said they expected the new Palestinian Legislative Council to back the creation of a government "committed to a peaceful and negotiated solution of the conflict with Israel.... On this basis the EU stands ready to continue to support Palestinian economic development and democratic state-building."

Since last week's election, in which Hamas took a remarkable 76 out of 132 seats, the militia-cum-political party has been sending mixed messages.

Analysts here have long delineated differences that are developing within the organization, between extremists and the more moderate forces in Hamas. What's more, the message from the top Hamas figures in the West Bank and Gaza differs from the tone being struck by the "outside," the Hamas spokesmen living abroad, primarily in Damascus, Syria.

Ismail Haniyeh, the No. 1 on Hamas's electoral list in Gaza, called on foreign donors Monday to continue to their aid.

"We confirm to you this income will be used to pay the salaries of [government] employees and fund daily running costs and infrastructure. You can confirm this through a mechanism that can be agreed upon," Mr. Haniyeh told reporters. "We call on you to understand the priorities of our Palestinian people at this stage and continue the spiritual and financial support in order to push the region toward stability rather than pressure and tension."

Haniyeh asked the EU to understand the "Palestinian reality" and not ask Hamas to disarm. Doing so would "increase the suffering of our people who are looking for freedom, right of [refugee] return, and independence," he said.

In Damascus, where the "outside" leadership is based, the Hamas message has struck a more belligerent tone. There, top Hamas spokesman Khaled Meshal said over the weekend that Hamas would look to form its own army now that it is in power.

In an interview aired on Al Arabiya television, another Hamas official, Mohammed Nazzal, said that cutting off funds would amount to punishment of the Palestinian people; another Hamas official called it blackmail.

"If the European Union countries and the American administration see this as a means that could lead to a change in Hamas's strategic position, then they are dreaming and are mistaken. Hamas will never accept that," Mr. Nazzal said.

One proposal being floated is the possibility of Hamas appointing a moderate prime minister who is sympathetic to Hamas, but not a member of Hamas itself.

Amid the controversy, many Palestinians have grown critical of US and European demands that Hamas change its position vis-à-vis Israel. They point out that the region has been under pressure to democratize, in particular by the Bush administration.

"Aid to the Palestinian Authority is aid to the Palestinian people: either they are still in need of this aid or not, they should not be subject to hardship because of whom they elect," says Mustafa Abu-Sway, a professor of Islamic Studies at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem.

"When we look at the region, we see that if there are open and free elections in all these countries, I'm sure that Islamists will rise to power in most if not all of them," he adds. "This is where people are casting their votes, and so you can't ignore the will of those people and not agree to deal with their leaders."

I'm weary of this whole Democracy meme.

Let's be clear, when we say Democracy, we do not mean the people can vote in Hitler. The problem is we haven't been clear on what we mean by Democracy. To Westerners a Democracy means the people govern themselves through the vote, yes. But, more specifically, a Democracy is a Democratic Republic, which is a form of government which has a charter establishing human rights for its people.

Sharia, Jihad, and Burqas are all violations of human rights.

The fact that we have not been clear about this has led to all sorts of confusion, and may lead to the loss of what little Democracy has been established in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What the people have created in Gaza is not a Democracy, but is, instead, a sort of BDSM dungeon posing as a government.

The sooner our leaders make clear the distinction between a Democratic Republic, and the Muslim mob rule of Palestine, the better.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Bin Laden's
Truce Offer
Was A Warning

When Bin Laden offered a truce a week or so back, my thoughts on his offer were that it was a kind of warning. Well, it seems I was likely correct. Zawahiri seems to confirm so in his latest video:

"The war will be transferred to Bush's soil," al-Zawahiri warns.

"The lion of Islam, Sheik Osama bin Laden, may God protect him, offered you a decent exit from your dilemma. But your leaders, who are keen to accumulate wealth, insist on throwing you in battles and killing your souls in Iraq and Afghanistan and – God willing – on your own land."

Meanwhile, Always On Watch says that ever since the day Chirac issued his warning that France would use nukes in response to any terrorist attack, the Washington D.C. area has been undergoing air-raid drills for the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition, AOW says jets flying overhead have been keeping her up at night.

Is something big in the works?

NORAD is preparing, just in case, for an attack at the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Iran To Face
Security Council

It looks like Iran will be sanctioned:

The United States and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council agreed Tuesday that Iran should be hauled before that powerful body over its disputed nuclear program.

China and Russia, longtime allies and trading partners of Iran, signed on to a statement that calls on the U.N. nuclear watchdog to transfer the Iran dossier to the Security Council, which could impose sanctions or take other harsh action.

Foreign ministers from those nations, plus the United States, Britain and France, also said the Security Council should wait until March to take up the Iran case, after a formal report on Tehran's activities from the watchdog agency.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other foreign ministers discussed Iran at a private dinner at the home of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. After the four-hour meeting, which spilled over into the early hours Tuesday, a joint statement called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to report the Iran case when it meets in Vienna on Thursday.

Foreign ministers from Germany and the European Union also attended the dinner and agreed to what amounted to a compromise _ take the case to the Security Council but allow a short breather before the council must undertake what could be a divisive debate.

The group agreed that the IAEA "should report to the Security Council its decision on the steps required of Iran, and should also report to the Security Council all IAEA reports as resolutions as adopted relating to this issue," a statement from the group said.

The IAEA has already found Iran in violation of nuclear obligations and issued a stern warning to Tehran in September. Thursday's vote would be the next step, one long sought by the United States.

It is still not clear how Russia and China would vote if the questions of sanctions came before the Security Council. It is also not clear that the United States will win the broad international consensus it seeks when the IAEA votes.

In other news, the London Telegraph is reporting that Iran has spies infiltrating the IAEA:

Iran has formed a top secret team of nuclear specialists to infiltrate the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the UN-sponsored body that monitors its nuclear programme, The Daily Telegraph has been told.

Its target is the IAEA’s safeguards division and its aim is to obtain information on the work of IAEA inspectors so that Iran can conceal the more sensitive areas of its nuclear research, according to information recently received by western intelligence. ...

The operation to target the IAEA is being run by Hosein Afarideh, the former head of the Iranian parliament’s energy committee. Mr Afarideh, reported to have close links with Iran’s ministry of intelligence, is in regular contact with a team of Iranian nuclear engineers seconded to work at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters.

According to western intelligence reports, Mr Afarideh heads a three-man team at the headquarters of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran in Teheran, to prevent more embarrassing disclosures about its nuclear facilities. ...

As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is entitled to full access to the IAEA for help with the development of its nuclear programme, so long as it is purely for peaceful purposes.

But western intelligence officials believe that the Iranians are now taking advantage of their access to the IAEA to spy on its inspection procedures so that they can conceal sensitive areas of their nuclear operations from the outside world.

I wonder if one of the spies is named Mohammed El-Baradei?

European Union
Begs Hamas:
Please Let Us
Give You

We saw German President stand strong yesterday, but the leaders of the EU are looking for any little loophole they can find to continue giving Hamas money to kill Jews:

The European Union gave Hamas more time to renounce terror and accept Israel's right to exist. A Dutch leader put it in a time frame. From Bloomberg:

"We still have three or four weeks to make up our minds,'' Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said. "Once people are in power, maybe they change their position.''

And, they also said this:

"Europe always has said that it will not do business with a regime that intends to eliminate another country and that favors terrorist attacks.''

As Roger Simon points out, such concerns have not put a stop to Europe's dealings with Ahmadinejad.

Calling All Infidels

Draw cartoons, or artistic drawing of Mohammed. You don't need to be mean, or pornographic. Just draw him in everyday situations, like standing in line at Wal-Mart, or whatever comes to your mind.

Leave me a link here, or at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, so we can post them, or just post them on your own, if you have a blog.

This should be the new and omnipresent meme of the blogosphere.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

When The Stars Go Blue

Song by Ryan Adams

Dancin' out on 7th Street
Dancin' where the evening fell
Dancin' in your wooden shoes
In a wedding gown
Are you happy now?

Where do you go when you're lonely
Where do you go when you're blue
Where do you go when you're lonely
I'll follow you
When the stars go blue

Laughing with your pretty mouth
Laughing with your broken eyes
Laughing with your lover's tongue
In a lullaby

Where do you go when you're lonely
Where do you go when you're blue
Where do you go when you're lonely
I'll follow you
When the stars go blue
The stars go blue, stars go blue

Mohammed Cartoon

Go see the pretty picture Thomas the Wraith drew of Mohammed.

In light of the worldwide Muslim freakout because over some stupid cartoons of Mohammed, published in the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, Thomas the Wraith is calling on all bloggers, with any artistic skill whatsoever, to also draw some nice little pictures of Mohammed.

Call it an Infidel rebellion if you will.

You don't have to do anything obscene, or even meanspirited. Just draw a simple picture, and watch them dance.

I'll have one ready in the next couple of days. I'm working on an idea. You will likey.

Says EU
Can Not
Fund Hamas

German Chancellor Merkel is a tough leader:

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The European Union could not fund a Hamas-run Palestinian Authority if it did not renounce violence and recognize Israel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Israel on Sunday.

It was the most explicit threat to cut aid from Europe, the biggest donor to the Palestinians, since Islamic militant group Hamas won a shock victory in parliamentary elections last week. The United States has also threatened to block funding.

Hamas, expected to form the new government, has denounced Western threats to cut aid as blackmail and rejected calls to disarm and end its formal commitment to destroy Israel.

"Such a Palestinian Authority cannot be directly supported by money from the EU," said Merkel, standing beside Israel's interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem at the start of her first visit to the region.

Diplomatic sources said Merkel consulted other European leaders before the two-day trip. Last year the European Union gave the Palestinian Authority 500 million euros ($615 million), money vital for its survival.
U.S. Secretary of State Rice said she believed the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and other powers involved in the Middle East were "on the same page" -- that funding must not go to Hamas and other groups that advocated destroying Israel.

In Washington, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Congress would cut funding unless Hamas changed, echoing President George W. Bush's pledge to withhold funds.

"Stopping international donations will not undermine the work of the government," said Hamas spokesman and elected legislator Mushir al-Masri, adding that the militant group could opt to seek government funding from Arab nations.

It could be that I am wrong, and Europe really will stand tough against terrorism. I hope so.

Muslim World
Wants To Ban
Free Speech

The two main political bodies of the Muslim world want to ban all criticism of religion:

The Muslim world’s two main political bodies say they are seeking a UN resolution, backed by possible sanctions, to protect religions after the publication in Scandinavia of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of Organisation of the Islamic Conference, said in Cairo on Sunday that the international body would “ask the UN general assembly to pass a resolution banning attacks on religious beliefs”.

The deputy secretary-general of the Arab League, Ahmed Ben Helli, confirmed that contacts were under way for such a proposal to be made to the UN.

“Consultations are currently taking place at the highest level between Arab countries and the OIC to ask the UN to adopt a binding resolution banning contempt of religious beliefs and providing for sanctions to be imposed on contravening countries or institutions,” he said.

The world is splitting into two.

To Impose
Sharia Law

This is going to be the first thing on their to-do list:

JERUSALEM — The incoming Hamas government will move quickly to make Islamic sharia “a source” of law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and will overhaul the Palestinian education system to separate boys and girls and introduce a more Islamic curriculum, a senior official in the movement said yesterday.

Spelling out the domestic agenda of Hamas for the first time since the group’s stunning victory in a legislative election this week, Sheik Mohammed Abu Teir also said Hamas would not go to foreign donors on bended knee if they withdrew aid to the Palestinian Authority. The armed struggle against Israel will continue as long as Israel continues its occupation of Palestinian lands, he added.

Mr. Abu Teir, who was No. 2 on the Hamas list of candidates for Wednesday’s election, said introducing sharia — a controversial moral and legal code based on the Koran — would be the first act of the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council.

“The No. 1 thing we will do is take sharia as a source for legislation. Sharia has a soul in it and is good for all occasions,” Mr. Abu Teir said in an interview with The Globe and Mail over a lunch of traditional Palestinian dishes supplemented with Coca-Cola.

The table was set under photographs of Sheik Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi, past Hamas leaders who were assassinated in Israeli air strikes.

He made it clear that one way Hamas planned to encourage the next generation to follow sharia was to revamp the Palestinian education system, separating girls’ and boys’ classes and introducing a more Islamic curriculum.

“We will take such measures because we look at examples in the West, like Sweden. They have the highest level of co-education and the highest level of suicides,” he said. “We would like our children to have a protected environment. We don’t want any distractions for our boys or our girls.”

Well, there you go, world. We've got the Taliban all over again. Now, what are we going to do, huh?

I'm hoping that Israel, the first time they are attacked by Hamas, will take it as a declaration of war, and go in and destroy the Palestinian regime. However, I think I am wishing for too much.

No Mas
Por Hamas

Condoleeza Rice has made it clear that America will not be giving aid to a government run by Hamas:

LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday ruled out any American financial aid to a Hamas government in the Palestinian territories and said Washington wants Arab nations and others to cut off money as well.

Humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, many of whom are poor and unemployed, is likely on a "case-by-case basis," Rice said. She indicated that the Bush administration would follow through on aid promised to the current, U.S.-backed Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The United States is not prepared to fund an organization that advocates the destruction of Israel, that advocates violence and that refuses its obligations," under an international framework for eventual Mideast peace, Rice said.

This sounds good to me. But, it seems, Rice is signalling they are willing to work with Hamas, if they change their charter:

"It is important that Hamas now will have to confront the implications of its covenant if it wishes to govern," Rice said. "That becomes a primary consideration in anything that we do."

It seems to me that a change in the Hamas charter would be merely semantic. I don't really know what it would matter. But, one good thing about Hamas is they are honest. I don't think they are going to back down on their "principles."

Extraordinary Times
To My

That's J standing next to me, by the way.

My best friend in the world is the guy who served as the best man at my wedding. As is so often true with good long-lasting friendships, he and I are, in many ways, opposites. We are both musicians, interested in jazz and experimental music. We are both lovers of the arts, both Christians, both interested in Buddhism, and mythology and literature, but we are also opposites.

One of the biggest differences between he and I is that he is a Pacifist and I am not.

When I was younger, I hung with a lot of College Professors, and people with advanced degrees. One of them, a guy I would call my early mentor in life, tried to convince me to join the Quakers and declare myself a conscientious objector. Even though I was only fifteen at the time, I told him no, and said I couldn't do that, because I was not a Pacifist.

Anyway, yesterday, I was talking to my friend on the phone and surprisingly, he was aware of the Hamas situation, but, he wasn't at all aware that Ahmadinejad had declared that Israel must be wiped off the map. He said that NPR has done broadcasts where they have made it known that the Hamas charter calls for death to the Jews, but, apparently, NPR isn't doing the Ahmadinejad story home with the same vigor.

Well, as you can imagine, a long conversation ensued, in which I informed my friend of some things that must have sounded suspect, considering they aren't on the news all the time. I mean, how can our world be on the brink of nuclear war, and NPR isn't doing the story 24 hours a day?

Color me perplexed.

Anyway, since I was feeding my friend info he hadn't heard before, I told him I would send him links, so that he could make sure I wasn't slanting the story. (I try not to.) So, I spent all morning gathering links and composing an email to him.

Now, that I have sent it off to him, I think it serves as a good summary of the events of the last few months, so I'm going to post it here. I'm also going to call my friend later today and ask him if he will compose a response to it to post here at CUANAS.

The reason I want to do that is because I am fascinated by his Pacifism, in the way that one is fascinated by something one knows they could never attain to. My friend is a truly peaceful person. He has worked in a caring profession pretty much all his adult life. He is a brave person as well. His job takes him into the homes of very troubled people. And, sometimes, they get between him and the door.

He does work that I not only would not do, but could not do.

However, all that being said, while I admire his Pacifism, I also think that he should not apply it to politics, and I have told him so. I have called him out on the question of whether his Pacifism is responsible in the face of evil. To his credit, he has talked with me, and expressed his doubts about his own beliefs, but he has not changed his mind. And, for that, I even have some admiration. Because, I understand that his Pacifism is central to his faith.

Also, to his credit, he is one of the few people of his nature, who I have met, who is willing to change his mind, when confronted with truth. I have found most Pacifists to be among the most dogmatic, and narrow-minded people I have ever met.

So, without further adieu (pardon my French), here's the letter I sent to my friend:

Unfortunately, we are living in very extraordinary times.

Here is an Al Jazeera article about Iran's President calling for Israel to be wiped off the map:

My opinion is the Iranian leader wants to desroy Israel, killing all the Jews. If he succeeds in doing so, that will be six million Jews dead. Interesting, huh?

We are seeing a lot of the events of the thirties repeat themselves in the news today.

Watch in coming weeks, as the leaders of Europe decide that they can deal with Hamas, just as the leaders of Europe decided during the 1930's, that they could deal with Hitler.

Let's see if I am correct.

By the way, the Iranian President is probably delusional as well. Check this out:

Iran's President is also a Holocaust denier:

Iran's President seems to believe he may be the Islamic Messiah:

Iranian Government officials think through the practical implications of nuclear war against Israel:

As was the case in the 1930 and 40's, the Christian church is on the wrong side of history, in not standing against the Nazis of our time:

There was a Nuremberg-like rally in London recently:

Saudi Arabia does not allow Jews in their country:

Here's an article about how the Middle-East is almost Judenrein (jew-free):

Read that carefully, Bob. One thing you ought to know is that when the Jews left Gaza recently, they had to dig up their dead, because the Palestinians don't even want dead Jews in their land.

The Middle East is almost monolithically anti-Semitic:

Here's a link to my friend J's blog. He is a guy who lives in England, with whom I started something called the Infidel Bloggers Alliance. We have bloggers all over the world who are working together to educate people about what's happening with anti-Semitism and Jihadism. But, anyway, when you go to J's site, scroll down and look on the left side of the page for "Pictures Islamonazism". Click on the links and you will see photos of Muslims doing the heil hitler salute.

We call this Islamofascism, or Islamic Jihadism. The world needs to know that the Muslim world is going crazy in a way which is very similar to what happened in Germany in the 1930's. We don't need to hate Muslims, but we need to acknowledge the truth and do something about it.

And, by the way, why do we look the other way, while women are treated as slaves in the Islamic world:

Here's an article on anti-Semitism and Pacifism:

You know that I believe Pacifism is for peoples spiritual life, not for political life. I respect your right to have a different viewpoint. But, I believe the Iranians are preparing a new Holocaust for the Jews. And, I believe we need to do something about it.