Saturday, March 11, 2006

Here It Comes

The Mullahs are digging themselves in, literally:

Iran's leaders have built a secret underground emergency command centre in Teheran as they prepare for a confrontation with the West over their illicit nuclear programme, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.

The complex of rooms and offices beneath the Abbas Abad district in the north of the capital is designed to serve as a bolthole and headquarters for the country's rulers as military tensions mount.

The recently completed command centre is connected by tunnels to other government compounds near the Mossala prayer ground, one of the city's most important religious sites.
Offices of the state security forces, the energy department and the Organisation of Islamic Culture and Communications are all located in the same area.

The construction of the complex is part of the regime's plan to move more of its operations beneath ground. The Revolutionary Guard has overseen the development of subterranean chambers and tunnels - some more than half a mile long and an estimated 35ft high and wide - at sites across the country for research and development work on nuclear and rocket programmes.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) learnt about the complex from its contacts within the regime. The same network revealed in 2002 that Iran had been operating a secret nuclear programme for 18 years.

The underground strategy is partly designed to hide activities from satellite view and international inspections but also reflects a growing belief in Teheran that its showdown with the international community could end in air strikes by America or Israel.

"Iran's leaders are clearly preparing for a confrontation by going underground," said Alireza Jafarzadeh, the NCRI official who made the 2002 announcement.

US intelligence believes that if Iranian nuclear facilities were attacked by either America or Israel, then Teheran would respond by trying to close the Strait of Hormuz with naval forces, mines and anti-ship cruise missiles.

A senior American intelligence officer said that the US navy would be able to reopen the strait but that it would be militarily costly. Hamid Reza Zakeri, a former Iranian intelligence officer, recently told Mr Timmerman that the Iranian navy's Strategic Studies Centre has produced an updated battle plan for the strait.

Its most devastating options would be to use its long-range Shahab-3 missiles to attack Israeli or American bases in the region or to deploy suicide bombers in Western cities under its strategy of "asymmetric" response.

"The price to the West for standing up to Iran is clear," Gen Moshe Ya'alon, the former Israeli defence chief said last month in Washington. "It includes terror attacks, economic hardship… and consequences resulting from fluctuations in Iranian oil production."

Oh yes, all that, and more:

MEMRI reports:

Purported "Al-Qaeda Undercover Soldier, U.S.A": Last Warning to American People - Two Operations Will Occur; Your Homeland Security Agency Must Surrender; States Far Away From Washington, D.C. Such as Arizona Will Be Hit; We Await Orders From Our Commander Osama Bin Laden; America Will Be Brought to its Knees

On March 10, 2006, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) posted, on the Islamic websites, a final warning to the American people, on behalf of "Rakan Ben Williams" who defines himself as "Al-Qaeda under cover soldier, USA [sic]."

It is not clear exactly who is behind this name. Moreover, according to a previous statement by GIMF public relations bureau director Saif Al-Din Al-Kinani on the GIMF Internet newscast Sout Al-Khilafa, GIMF is not affiliated with Al-Qaeda. [1]

But on November 8, 2005, the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported: "The Global Islamic Media Front has threatened [the West] on the Internet by means of its new soldier, whom it calls Rakan Ben Williams, and whom it claims is a white Englishman who converted to Islam." [2]

In the following warning, Rakan Ben Williams warns that, unlike after the 9/11, Madrid, and London attacks, which are still being investigated, "[after] the coming attack there will be no one to analyze and investigate, because the mind and the heart will be unable to comprehend it… This will not be a single operation", the report added, "but two; one bigger than the other, but we will begin with the big one and postpone the bigger one, in order to see [how] diligent the American people is [in preserving] its life. If it chooses life, [it must] carry out the demands of the Muslims, and if it chooses death, then we are its best perpetrators."

"O’ you helpless Americans, especially those living in States far away from Washington, D.C.! Your country is comprised of many States that should not have anything to do with Muslims. Take the State of Arizona for example; what does this State have to do with killing Muslims in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq? What interest of theirs serving, helping, and siding with the Jews and Israel?

Now, why Arizona? What is significant about Arizona?

Well, of course, this is just my dumb speculation, but Arizona is a border town, easily penetratable by those coming up from Mexico.

If you were an Al Qaeda operative and you wanted to smuggle a big weapon into the United States, you know, a really big, important weapon, how would you bring it in?

Through the ports? Well, possibly, but that contingency just got a little harder, didn't it? And besides, I think Al Qaeda might believe the ports are monitored by devices which can detect really big, important weapons.

But, you can bet the hundreds of miles along the Arizona border are not. Right?

Yes, maybe Al Qaeda can get a big, important weapon into the U.S., across the Arizona border, but they are afraid, possibly because of previous experiences, of attempting to move it anywhere very far away.

See what I'm saying?

So, why not just take out Phoenix?

And, after that, maybe take out Dallas?

Of course, I'm just reading between the lines here.

Heck, if Al Qaeda thinks we are stunned by what they did in NYC, Madrid and London, then it could be that they are going to set off a stink bomb, and then drop an anvil on our heads, because as vicous as those attacks were, they certainly weren't stunning in the technological sense.

Whatever. If what this Raca Ben Williams guy says is true, then the days of the moderate Muslims are numbered. The real war will be on.

Should We
Allow Muslims
To Call

For Murder
In The Name
Of The Koran?

Yesterday, I posted here about the fact that there are groups in Germany who are proseucting the Koran as hate speech. When I first read of these prosecutions, I was very happy that someone was finally doing something about the obvious incitement to violence. However, having given the subject more thought, and having read Dag's fine article over at No Dhimmitude, I have decided that even the Koran's violent incitement against Christians and Jews needs to be protected by our right to free speech.

TruePeers has a very thoughtful post, over at YARGB, on the subject. Check it out:

The real target in this action, it seems to me, must eventually be not so much Islam, as the present liberal order that would set itself up as the arbiter of what is or is not acceptable speech or writing. Liberalism, having decayed into a wholly victimary politics in which "progressive" forces appoint themselves the judges of what groups or individuals may claim a victim status, which one is not permitted to publicly criticize (if one is to share in the world of our liberal institutions), has reverted to a primitive system of demonization.

What is left of public debate is largely ritualized denunciations and contests over victim status. Lacking more sophisticated forms of discrimination that would appeal to universal truths - by explaining not indulging the human reliance on sacrificial or victimary forms - our contemporary liberalism leaves itself unable to even begin figuring out the problem that the rise of Islam in Europe presently poses for traditional liberal values, like free speech.

... this attempt to ban the Koran should only go to show that the liberal dream of a humanity united in some multicultural harmony (a "multiculturalism" which is actually conceived as a unity - "we are the world" - in opposition to some patriarchal oppressor of old who has been cast out of politically-correct society, the oppressor often being figured as a white imperialist or a rabid, often Jewish, free marketeer) is unrealistic in its denial of some basic facts about human differences ...

Having now given this issue more thought, I believe that an adherence to absolute free speech is what we need. As I always say, "You gotta love your enemies when they tell you the truth."

The truth will, indeed, set us free. And, obviously, the suppression of free speech makes it that much harder to learn the truth.

But, the thing is, eventually,

  • if a large moderate Muslim contingent does not make itself heard,
  • if a large moderate Muslim contingenet does not join us in the fight against Islamofascism,
  • if a large moderate Muslim contingent does not assert itself, and reform Islam as we know it,
then we are going to be forced to do some very illiberal things in order to rid ourselves of the fascists in our midst.

One of the ideas that I have been playing with is this:

Sharia is itself a Constitution for an Islamic state.

Therefore, anyone advocating for the establishment of Sharia law within a Western state is advocating for the overthrow of that state.

They are also advocating for the abolishment of a generally-accepted set of Human Rights.

As such, anyone advocating for the establishment of Sharia law within a Western state is a treasonous criminal and should be thrown in jail.

I am not sure if I am, in this reasoning, attacking free speech, or if I am upholding the rights of the state to protect itself.

What do you think?

Friday, March 10, 2006


I like where Dag and his friends are going with this. The idea is for people to get together in public and talk about how to fight back against the Worldwide Islamic Jihad:

We hope to do more 'outreach' work in the coming weeks by printing leaflets on issues of concern to women and homosexuals and Christians in relation to Islam.

There are ethnic communities who might be open to working with us as a broad coalition of those who will not allow further encroachments of sharia and Islamic triumphalism here.

We can, for example, reach out to Christians and ask that they support their co-religionists under threat and often at risk of death from jihad; that Christians refrain from funding jihad through charitable donations to Islamic groups such as HAMAS, which the Presbyterians do so often, and that instead they give relief to fellow Christians who risk being murdered by Muslims.

We hope to produce effective leaflets showing that homosexuals, for example, should not be worrying themselves over the likes of Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, marginal people who pose no real threat to anyone, but that homosexuals should worry themselves to action to prevent Islam from gaining any strength in the West if homosexuals wish to live, not simply as homosexuals, but at all.

We hope to make leaflets and give them to various representatives of their respective communities in order that we might all unite against this common violent and immediate threat to our lives.

United we stand, divided we fall.

One of the problems with the West is our freedom allows us to break up into widely variant groups, each with our own special interests. And, yes, many of our special interests truly are important.

Yes, I as a Christian am rightly concerned that there are many in my society who are working overtime to eliminate any mention of our Judeo-Christian roots in the public square. My gay friends are rightly concerned that there are many in our society who would like to eliminate any expression of the gay lifestyle from the public square. Women are rightly concerned that they sometimes do not have equal opportunity in the marketplace. Blacks are rightly concerned that most of their brothers and sisters are raised in neighborhoods whose schools are little more than starter-prisons.

But, these issues, while important, pale in comparison to the fact that in places like the Sudan and Nigeria, Arab-run Muslim governments are initiating campaigns of genocide, in the name of Islam, whereby they are

1) stoning gays to death

2) gang-raping women and children

3) mutlilating women sexual organs

3) killing all black Christians, and when they are done with the Christians, they kill the black Sufi Muslims, and when they are done with the black Sufi Muslims, they kill the rest of the black Msulims, after all, they are not Arab.

4) killing Christian men, and taking the remaining women as booty to be raped and mutilated

You see what I mean? The reality of being killed and raped and mutilated is so much worse than the tiny psychological stones we throw at each other here in the West.

We've got to lay down our differences for awhile, get together, and fight for our beautiful Western culture, because it's the closest thing this world has ever had to civilization.

C'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, we've got to help one another right now.


Koran Prosecuted
As Hate Speech
In Germany

About two weeks back I had posted on the idea that any person caught advocating for the establishment of Sharia in a Western country is advocating for the overthrow of the state. Sharia is an all-encompassing set of laws. As such it is, in effect, a constitution-like document.

Well, it looks like some Germans have the same kind of idea. In Germany, the Koran is being prosecuted as hate speech anti-thetical to the Constitution:

Koran under legal attack in Germany: "At the prosecutor's office at Gorch-Forck-Wall 15 in Hamburg, an unusual letter was received Monday morning, containing an indictment filed this weekend.

The indictment targeted the Quran, charging that the holy book of the Moslems, according to the accuser, is incompatible with the German constitution.

The accuser is "Bundesverband der B_rgerbewegungen (BVB)", which concerns itself with, in its own words, "defending basic rights and freedoms" against Islam....

The indictment has been filed in several states, including Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bayern and probably more. In several talkshows on German TV, conservative politicians have pointed out that the Quran is incompatible with the German constitution.

The Turkish-born writer Serap Cileli said on January 29 this year that "the Quran must be considered a historic document. It is not compatible with our constitution and Human Rights." Now the alliance wants the matter tried at the courts....

The indictment is against the 200 verses of 114 suras (ED:chapters) of the Quran that are not compatible with the constitution, including demagoguery, incitement to murder, murder and mutilation, war, acceptance of thievery against infidels, meaning all non-Moslems.

Verses are also pointed out where the equal rights of men and women are not upheld and where people of different faiths are oppressed."

This is very good news. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Dubai Port Deal
The Hand Reaches Up
From The Grave

Someguy, at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, smells something fishy in the Dubai pullout from the port deal:

While I slept, some apparently good news came out about the proposed Dubai Ports World takeover deal:

WASHINGTON - Bowing to ferocious opposition in Congress, a Dubai-owned company signaled surrender Thursday in its quest to take over operations at U.S. ports.“DP World will transfer fully the U.S. operations ... to a United States entity,” the firm’s top executive, H. Edward Bilkey, said in an announcement that capped weeks of controversy.But Barak of IRIS Blog thinks there's less to this than meets the eye. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.)

One article, however, quotes a statement that "we will continue to hold our U.S. operations separate while this process continues." In other words, the Dubai corporation will maintain a separate incorporation status for the American subsidiary. A few comments:-This is a standard legal fiction for corporations who maintain complete operational control over their foreign subsidiaries. As an Information Technology consultant to many multi-national corporations, I can say with certainty that corporate management has access to the information systems of local subsidiaries.-Note the key word "continue."

This strongly implies that there is no change. In other words, there is no news here.-While it is possible that the government-owned firm will indeed be forced to sell, it should be noted that all Arab governments routinely lie. Here is this week's biggest example.

David Thompson at YARGB has this to say:

I am going to make a bold prediction. The Dubai World Ports agreement will ultimately be approved. What, am I some sort of crazy person? Didn’t the company officially pull out? I suspect the devil is in the details. It only said that it would turn over the managerial functions over to an American firm.

There is a major problem with this option: there are no companies in the United States ready to handle these responsibilities! And especially to do so profitably.

We are going to see all hell break out in the next few days. The majority of the American public can be persuaded that this deal is not a security threat. Much of its fear and outrage was based on bigotry and misinformation. These decent Americans will soon start to feel ashamed of themselves.

Terrorism Is Good
After All -
The Koran Says So

We're used to organizations like CAIR telling us they "abhor" terrorism, and condemn it when it happens. Well, the other day, an Egyptian MP from the Muslim Brotherhood Party clarified for us that terrorism is ok after all:

"'Terrorism' is Not a Curse When Given its True Meaning"

Question: "Does it make sense to you that a Muslim should claim that the Koran incites to terrorism?!"

Egyptian MP Ragab Hilal Hamida, from the Muslim Brotherhood: "I said these things in an [Egyptian] parliament session dealing with the Inter-Arab Agreement on Combating Terrorism. I noticed that the report of the [Parliamentary] Committee for Defense and National Security and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry were inaccurate when [they] dealt with terrorism, since [they] dealt with it in general [terms]. I specifically wanted to explain that [the term] 'terrorism' is not a curse when given its true meaning. [When interpreted accurately,] it means opposing occupation as it exists in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq!...

"From my point of view, bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri and Al-Zarqawi are not terrorists in the sense accepted by some. I support all their activities, since they are a thorn in the side of the Americans and the Zionists... [On the other hand,] he who kills Muslim citizens is neither a jihad fighter nor a terrorist, but a criminal and a murderer. We must call things by their proper names!"

Question: "Do you regard the Palestinians who are prepared to sacrifice their lives as terrorists?"

Hamida: "Yes. According to the shari'a, a Palestinian who is prepared to sacrifice his life deters the enemy, in the way [sanctioned by the Koran]: 'Make ready against them your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah knows.'" [3]

"This Palestinian is therefore [called] a terrorist, but he does not care that he is called a terrorist, since the Koran calls him so!

We must realize that all religions forbid the killing of Muslim citizens. But anything related to countering occupation - is not a crime or [an act of] violence, but rather jihad or 'terrorism' in the sense of deterring and scaring [the enemy], and this is emphasized by the language and by shari'a!"

Question: "Do you think that this is the [appropriate] time to repeat such provocative statements, when we are trying to improve the image of Islam in the West and to refute the accusation that [Islam] is a religion of terrorism, as [some] are claiming?"

Hamida: "Islam does not need improvement of its image... But there are some ignorant Muslims who do not understand the tenets of their faith... It is [our] duty to repel any enemy of the Islamic and Arab countries, using 'terrorism' rather than using violence. We need an accurate definition of [the term] 'terrorism' in the negative climate in which we live - a climate that makes no distinction between a criminal and one who is prepared to sacrifice his life or a terrorist. In defining [this term], we must not be influenced by American pressures, but consider the issues in the light of shari'a. They should not tell us to fight terrorism and to fight it as they command us to. The Americans are the ones who perpetrate violence in the Arab countries!..."

Well, what do you know, the Koran sanctions terrorism, so it's ok.

Gee, who woulda thunk it?

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Change Your Mind

Song by Andy Pratt

I'm afraid for you
You're going astray
There's nothing I can do
But wait for you

To change your mind
Change your mind

It's hard around you
It's beautiful - It's good
It's more than you know
Waiting for you

To change your mind
Change your mind

Oh so many people
So many dreams gone bad
It's alright - don't worry
Don't think too much

Just change your mind
Change your mind

Atlas Shrugs,
Little Green Footballs,

Pamela, at Atlas Shrugs, was interviewed by the National Journal. She has some important things to say, as usual. In addition, there is a nice little compliment for yours truly buried in the article:

Describe your typical blogging schedule. And what is your average output?

My blogging schedule is nuts and has taken over my life... any free moment for the blog, I blog. Get up, get outta bed, drag a comb across the kid's head. Head 'em up, move 'em out... hit the newspapers and best news sites, check the emails, start writing.

Sometimes I find I have been blogging all night, it's 6 am and so I nod out for a half hour then do the kid thang.

I am so impassioned by it because we are working against a clock, a scary clock. And we have got to get the word to as many people s possible as fast as we can. The world is at war, pretending it to be anything else will be fatal.

I am so much in agreement with Pamela on this, and in fact, my habits are similar to hers, unfortunately. I have developed bags under my eyes, and my excercise regimen has dropped off the charts. Often I find myself up in the middle of the night worrying about the state of the world, as if I have any control over it.

The sad and glorious thing about blogging is, it gives us little guys a sense of personal responsibility for the world around us. There may be little we can do about it, but we can do a little, and we know that any little bit helps.

Now, check out what Pamela says about Charles Johnson, and know that I wholly agree:

Who is your favorite political blogger?

Little Green Footballs. Hands down. When the history books are written, Charles Johnson will surely go down as a great American that made a critical difference between victory and defeat. His role has been largely ignored but so what? Most of the greats are ignored in their time.

Now, here's CUANAS compliment time:

What non-MSM websites (i.e. blogs) do you visit on a daily basis?

Always Little Green Footballs, I check out Glenn, Roger, adore Wretchard's Belmont Club, Malkin (of course), Tom over at Bizzy Blog should have been Greenspan's replacement, CUANAS just started a brilliant little gem -- Infidels Bloggers Alliance, Jihad Watch, No Pasaran, Vital Perspectives, there are so many... check my blogroll.

I guess I'll have to post this over at IBA as well. Everyone should know.

Disproportionate Response
Reveals The Real War
Is About To Begin

While we watch the spectre of a nuclear Iran dancing on the horizon, we are also being treated to what may seem like a sideshow; the United Arab Emirates is threatening the United States with an economic boycott (including a cutting off of oil), if we don't give them the $6 billion port deal.

This is a completely disproportionate response to what is just one deal among many possible deals. The UAE is the wealthiest nation per capita in the entire world. They do not need this deal, and yet, they are willing to pull out all the stops if they don't get it. In fact, as of right now, they say they will not even relinquish their hold on the deal, no matter what our duly elected representatives have to say about it:

DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai Ports is pressing ahead with a takeover that gives it control of six major U.S. ports despite a Congress committee vote to block the deal, sources familiar with the deal said on Thursday.

Government and company officials in the United Arab Emirates declined comment on Wednesday's vote by U.S. lawmakers to block the deal on the grounds that handing the ports over to a Gulf Arab state-owned firm would threaten U.S. national security.

But the sources said the vote had not taken Dubai Ports any closer to relinquishing the six ports at the center of a political firestorm.

"The vote in the House of Representatives has not change anything in that respect. We are not at that point," one Dubai-based source said.

Analysts said the political furor was bound to provoke businesses in the world's biggest oil exporting region, which is an increasingly important source of financing for the huge U.S. current account deficit.

"It's American double standards. Do you think that businesses and governments here won't react and even retaliate?" said Wadah Al Taha of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Wednesday's 62-2 vote, by the House Appropriations Committee, will be followed next week by another vote by the full House of Representatives.

Dubai Ports officials said they were pushing ahead with plans to integrate British ports group P&O which runs the U.S. ports. A Dubai Ports spokesman said the company would soon announce the de-listing of P&O now that shareholders had approved the $6.8 billion takeover.

The UAE is a close ally of Washington and a frequent port of call for American warships. Concerns are growing that the fallout from the ports row will affect U.S. economic ties with the Gulf.

UAE Economy Minister Sheikha Lubna al-Qassimi said last week the furor could prompt other countries to divert funds away from the United States.

American businesses in the UAE warned on Wednesday that trade worth more than $8 billion between the United States and the United Arab Emirates could be in jeopardy.

People who read CUANAS may know that I am not opposed to the Dubai port deal, as many of my fellow right-wing bloggers are. However, while I am not against the deal, I can still recognize when a business partner has more invested in a deal than seems reasonable.

If the UAE is willing to declare an economic war on the United States, over a deal they don't need, then that is an indication that they have something else at stake in this port deal.

It could simply be that their Arab egos have been bruised.

Or, they could have had some grand plan thwarted.

I have expected that eventually the Arab world would lock together in step and attempt to hit the West economically. This is the first evidence of that.

Simply put, I have my doubts that this is all about something to UAE wants. Instead, I think it is likely they are upset because they will not be able to fulfill obligations to other Arab nations.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

All Things
That Last
Must Come

To Pass

Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

We'll Move On Iran
If The UN Does Not

As well they should:

BERLIN (Reuters) - If the U.N. Security Council is incapable of taking action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself, Israel's defense minister said on Wednesday.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was asked whether Israel was ready to use military action if the Security Council proved unable to act against what Israel and the West believe is a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program.

"My answer to this question is that the state of Israel has the right give all the security that is needed to the people in Israel. We have to defend ourselves," Mofaz told Reuters after a meeting with his German counterpart Franz Josef Jung.

"The Israeli approach is that the U.S. and the European countries should lead the issue of the Iranian nuclear program to the table of the U.N. Security Council, asking for sanctions. And I hope the sanctions will be effective," Mofaz said.

Mofaz, who was born in Iran, added that Israel believed the 15-nation Security Council should grant the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.'s Vienna-based nuclear watchdog, sweeping inspection powers so that it can smoke out any secret nuclear arms-related activities in Iran.

"We need to have very deep and large inspections within all the nuclear locations in Iran because Iran has two nuclear programs -- one is a covered one and the second is uncovered," he said.

Jesus Cartoon

Michelle Malkin points out that The Sheaf, the student newspaper at the University of Saskatchewan, refuses to run the Mohammed cartoons, but they are more than happy to run this cartoon.

I publish this here, not because I like it, but because




I would appreciate it if they would do the same, but they are probably just too angry with their parents, and too pussified to stand up for anything truly dangerous.

Islamofascists Fooling
The Establishment

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, passes itself off as a human rights group for Muslims. Don't be fooled by their pose. From Daniel Pipes at Front Page Magazine:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), headquartered in Washington, is perhaps the best-known Muslim organization in North America. CAIR presents itself as an advocate for Muslims’ civil rights and the spokesman for American Muslims. “We are similar to a Muslim NAACP,” says its communications director, Ibrahim Hooper.[1]

Its official mission—“to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding”—suggests nothing problematic.

But there is another side to CAIR that has alarmed many people in positions to know. The Department of Homeland Security refuses to deal with it. Senator Charles Schumer (Democrat, New York) describes it as an organization “which we know has ties to terrorism.”[2]

Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat, Illinois) observes that CAIR is “unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect.”

Steven Pomerantz, the FBI’s former chief of counterterrorism, notes that “CAIR, its leaders, and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups.” The family of John P. O’Neill, Sr., the former FBI counterterrorism chief who perished at the World Trade Center, named CAIR in a lawsuit as having “been part of the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism” responsible for the September 11 atrocities. Counterterrorism expert Steven Emerson calls it “a radical fundamentalist front group for Hamas.”[3]

Of particular note are the American Muslims who reject CAIR’s claim to speak on their behalf. The late Seifeldin Ashmawy, publisher of the New Jersey-based Voice of Peace, called CAIR the champion of “extremists whose views do not represent Islam.”
[4] Jamal Hasan of the Council for Democracy and Tolerance explains that CAIR’s goal is to spread “Islamic hegemony the world over by hook or by crook.”[5]

Kamal Nawash, head of Free Muslims Against Terrorism, finds that CAIR and similar groups condemn terrorism on the surface while endorsing an ideology that helps foster extremism, adding that “almost all of their members are theocratic Muslims who reject secularism and want to establish Islamic states.”

Go read the rest.

Note that Dick Durbin, the Democratic Senator from Illinois who compared Guantanamo Bay to the Soviet Gulag, thinks that CAIR is beyond the pale.

How is it that this organization is the go-to group for the media when they want a quote from a "moderate" Muslim? Is the problem that there are no significant moderate Muslim political organizations?

Do you think?

Moderate Muslims unite. We are getting pretty tired of waiting.

Iran Threatens
U.S. With
"Harm and Pain"

Does anyone else hear that whistling sound?

Oh, the nuances of diplomacy:

VIENNA, Austria - Iran threatened the United States with "harm and pain" Wednesday for its role in hauling Tehran before the U.N. Security Council over its disputed nuclear program.

"The United States has the power to cause harm and pain," Iran said a statement meant for delivery at the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board meeting in Vienna on Iran's refusal to freeze uranium enrichment.

"But the United States is also susceptible to harm and pain. So if that is the path that the U.S. wishes to choose, let the ball roll."

Iran's statement against the United States was unusually harsh, reflecting Tehran's frustration at failing to deflect the threat of Security Council action against it in the coming weeks.

It attacked the "warmongers in Washington" for what it said was an unjust accusation that Tehran's nuclear intentions were mainly for military use. And it suggested the United States was vulnerable, despite its strength.

"Surely we are not naive about the United States' ... intention to flex muscles," said the statement. "But we also see the bone fractures underneath."

Ohmydumbjihad, we hardly knew ye.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

In Paris

Wow, what a surprise:

More anti-Semitic attacks in France Three anti-Semitic attacks in a Parisian suburb over the weekend led the country's interior minister to increase security measures in the community.

Nicolas Sarkozy announced at a meeting Sunday night that further police reinforcements would be put in place in Sarcelles. "Anti-Semitism is on the rise in our country," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, deputy of the Val d'Oise, a region near Paris, as he exited the meeting.

On Friday afternoon, a local rabbi's 17-year-old son was attacked by two men near the synagogue, and suffered a broken nose.

Also on Friday afternoon, an 18-year-old man was attacked by a group of five men, who insulted him and stole his cell phone. On Saturday night, a 28-year-old man wearing a kipah was verbally and physically abused by four men and suffered a dislocated shoulder, according to police sources. The culprits were found and placed in police custody.

Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Office of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, said that "after the anti-Jewish murder of Ilan Halimi, these aggressions against the Jews of Sarcelles are perceived" by the culprits "as threats and provocations."

Thanks to Dag for making me aware of this.

US And Russia:
Iranian Enrichment

Hey, WTF is that whistling sound?

The US and Russia appear to be closing ranks on Iran:

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration told Iran on Tuesday that any enrichment of nuclear fuel on Iranian territory was unacceptable, as Russia appeared to close ranks with the United States over Tehran's nuclear program.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered the tough message — but shied away from warning of immediate U.N. sanctions — after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

At a joint State Department news conference, Lavrov said there was no compromise in sight with Iran. Russia has been negotiating with Iran and has proposed enriching fuel on Russian soil for Iran's energy need.

OhMyDumbJihad, we hardly knew ye.

May Target New
Prime Minister

Incoming Hamas Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh

As well they should:

JERUSALEM - Israel's defense minister advised the incoming Palestinian prime minister Tuesday to fear for his life if Hamas militants start attacking Israel again.

Meanwhile, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed that his Kadima Party would shave billions off settlement spending — the first time he has said explicitly he would scale back funding for Israel's 40-year-old settlement enterprise, which has cost tens of billions of dollars.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz's warning to Hamas, recently elected to rule the Palestinian Authority, was the first to identify Hamas' prime minister-designate, Ismail Haniyeh, as a potential target for an Israeli pinpoint attack.

"No one is immune," Mofaz told Army Radio, a day after an Israeli airstrike on an ice cream truck killed two Islamic Jihad militants and three bystanders in Gaza City. Two of those killed were aged 8 and 14.

Maybe the Hamas Prime Minister better not drive around in Ice Cream Trucks, huh? Because, the implication of this Associated Press article is that, clearly, the evil Israelis particularly like to target any vehicle that attracts children.

Guess Who's
To College

That's right, Yale, with full knowledge of his past, admitted a guy from the Taliban:

"I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale."So said Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban, who has been admitted as a student at Yale.

This story originally broke on February 26th in the New York Times Magazine. (The article is now behind the TimesSelect barrier and is available for a fee.)'s John Fund has a couple of columns on this subject, here and here.As Fund points out, Yale continues to block ROTC training from its campus and argues for the right of its law school to exclude military recruiters.

What did Rahmatullah's regime stand for? Hosts for Osama bin Laden and terrorism! Beheadings, amputations, mutilations. etc. And what about women's rights? Not!

And Yale is proud of its catch.

The Times reported that Yale "had another foreigner of Rahmatullah's caliber apply for special-student status." Richard Shaw, Yale's dean of undergraduate admissions, told the Times that "we lost him to Harvard," and "I didn't want that to happen again."

That's our Yale.

UPDATE: Eyes All Around reminds me that this Taliban mofo only has a 4th grade education. (That comes from Jed Babbin, who, yesterday, hosted the Hugh Hewitt show.) And that's good enough for Yale.

Yale is sick.

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Pueo

We belong in the land of the Pueo
Yes everyday me and Tara
We would watch it dance across the land

Ooh Ooh
The Pueo - The Pueo

Yes brother I saw the Pueo
Everyday we watch it spread its wings so free
As it floated into the sunset of my city home
Waiting for me

Ooh ooh
The Pueo - The Pueo

Yes father I saw the Pueo
It reminded me of how it must have been so long ago
To have lived in village forested by sandalwood
And Tara woke me up and asked me "Where did it go?"

It went home

Please sing for Tara, the Pueo, and me
Forever free

Thy Name

Hollywood loved the movie suicide bomber propaganda film, Paradise Now, enough to give it an Oscar nomination. The reason Hollywood loved the movie is because it treated the Middle East Conflict with nuance, attempting to understand the motivations of the bombers, because no matter how disgusting their actual methods may be, they do have legitimate grievances which must be heard.

Oh, if only it were legitimately about grievances.

Today, we find that the film's director hates Israel so much that, indeed, he would be a suicide bomber himself:

In other words, had you been living in the territories, you would have become a shahid (martyr)?

Abu-Assad hesitates for a second before replying, "yes." He recounts an episode in which he was humiliated by a soldier at the Kalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem, and says this was what made him realize what runs through the heads of people who later become suicide bombers.
You feel like such a coward it kills you, he describes, saying this cowardice makes people start hating life and feel impotent.

I realized, Abu-Assad explains, that when a man systematically goes through such humiliation, he chooses to kill his own impotency by carrying out an act of "let me die with the philistines."

And there are no suicide bombers who do what they do because of anti-Semitism?

That's a racist notion. No one hates Jews because they are Jews like in Europe, he replies. People have a reason for hating Israelis. You force them to live in refugee camps, and they tell you 'our home is in Ashdod'," he states.

Do you really believe they kill in order to kill Jews, He asks. They are no different than you as people. If you believe they are different, that's racism, he adds.

According to Abu-Assad, it is the situation that brought about the loss of control. I think, he says, that you have been "brainwashed" by the country to believe all Arabs are either a security risk or a danger to democracy.

When asked what he believes could be a solution for the conflict, Abu-Assad says equality is the key.

Robert Spencer points out that the kind of equality the Palestinians have voted for in their recent elections is that of the jizya and dhimmitude instituted by Hamas.

The Astute Blogger offers some thoughts on Hollywoods' bizarre obsession with leftist propaganda and moral relativism:

... the Leftism of H-wood is killing the industry and driving people to other forms of entertainment and other media.


Everyone predicts that this year's Oscars will be the lowest rated. (Pastorius note: In fact, viewership was down by an astounding 10%.)

And it's the first time in HISTORY that H-wood's ticket sales have declined three years in a row. And it's the first time dollar sales of gross BO have declined.

YUP: and the major reason is that H-wood is not giving people what they want; H-wood is telling people what they think the people should want - but don't becasue we're dumb bourgeois cretins. That effete and elitist attitude may make H-wood popular in Paris, Aspen and Tehran, but not in Peoria. It might make Clooney a hero in Madrid and Damascus, but not in Dallas.

In a way, you have to admire Hollywood. They are making it very clear that they are willing to produce work which they believe in, whether it will make money or not.

UNC Students
Will Protest
To Call Terrorism
By It's Name

The students at the University of North Carolina apparently have more sense than the administrators and professors of their asylum ... uh, I mean school:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Protests are planned for Monday in the same area of campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where, authorities said, a former student plowed a sport utility vehicle into nine people Friday afternoon.

The College Republicans, Americans for an Informed Democracy and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies are sponsoring the event, scheduled for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday in “The Pit,” a central area of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Police said Mohammad Taheri-azar, a 2005 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, admits he acted to “avenge the death of Muslims around the world.” UNC police and local authorities, however, say they have not taken a stance on that interpretation, but are simply repeating what the suspect has told them.

UNC-Chapel Hill student leaders said that Monday’s protest is aimed at the reluctance of the university to label Friday’s incident as an act of terrorism. “This is innocent people being attacked by an SUV, driven by a man who was doing it for retaliation for treatment of Muslims around the world,” said Jillian Bandes, with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. “To me, that spells terrorism.”

Taheri-azar, who is currently in Raleigh’s Central Prison under a $5.5 million bond, is charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. ...

But were Taheri-azar’s alleged actions acts of terrorism?

“I think (what Taheri-azar did) is extreme,” said Dan VanAtta, a friend of the suspect. “But then again, I don’t know what was going through his head. … Mohammed was a good guy.”

David Schanzer, the director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, said it is fine for students to voice their dismay, but that they should be cautious. “(They should) understand the roots of it and understand the strategies for addressing it in a constructive way,” Schanzer said.

He takes the same position as officials at the Islamic Center of Raleigh...

Yes, we need to understand the legitimate grievances of a man who would get behind the wheel of an automobile with the sole intent of murdering as many innocent strangers as he possibly can.

I'm Back, Finally

I went on vacation fully intending to continue posting at least once a day. I knew I might miss a day or two, but I think I ended up missing nine straight days.


The hotel I stayed in promised internet access, but alas, there was none.

It was probably for the best anyway. I found out what it was like to not care about the news anymore, and I found out what it is like to only get your news from a newspaper. Here's what I knew about:

Bush was captured on video being told that the levees in New Orleans would probably break in a Category Four Hurricane.

Bush went to India and signed a pact to give nuclear technology to India.

Bush went to Pakistan, even though they hate him and want to kill him there.

Iraq is descending into civil war.

There you go. That's all the papers wrote about. I didn't read anything about Iran, Ahmadinejad, or the emascualted UN.

So. here's what we can learn from this; the average person, at this point in time, has little or no idea that we are on the brink of a nuclear confrontation.

The average person might as well just party for nine days straight.