Saturday, May 13, 2006

Even Mel Gibson
Hates Bush

The Passion Of The Iraqi People, starring Mel Gibson as Saddam Hussein.

That's not a photoshop job, folks.

The man who made The Passion Of The Christ doesn't like George Bush very much:

Film star and director Mel Gibson has launched a scathing attack on US President George W Bush, comparing his leadership to the barbaric rulers of the Mayan civilisation in his new film Apocalypto.

The epic, due for release later this year, captures the decline of the Maya kingdom and the slaughter of thousands of inhabitants as human sacrifices in a bid to save the nation from collapsing.

Gibson reveals he used present day American politics as an inspiration, claiming the government callously plays on the nation's insecurities to maintain power.

He tells British film magazine Hotdog, "The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys".

Chavez Says
United States
Must Be Destroyed

Hugo Chavez, with musical theatre partner, Jacques Chirac

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told us all how he really thinks, yesterday in Rome:

Rome, May 12, IRNA-Visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said in Rome on Thursday in case of a military attack against Iran, no country in the world would have access to crude oil.

Chavez made the remark at a press conference, adding, “As Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has reiterated, if Tehran would come under attack, oil would get scarce for everyone.”He also said that the US President George W. Bush should be put to trial at the international court of justice for having launched genocide in Iraq.

“For all the horror it has created around the globe in the course of the past century, the United States’ war machine should be dismantled, since under the current conditions it is a threat against the entire mankind, particularly against our children.”

Chavez added, “The North American empire is the most cruel murderer regime that has ever come to power in world history and a serious threat for all nations.”

He believes the death of the United States had better taken place in the course of the 21st century, because “otherwise the entire world would face the threat of annihilation.”

This is not some crazed college student refocusing anger he feels against his parents, instead on the government. This is the leader of a major nation on the world stage. Now, we have Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, all openly advocating for the destruction of the America. Words matter. They concretize thought. They form our hearts.

When a world leader openly advocates for the destruction of another country he will have an influence in the hearts of millions, if not billions.

We are fools to allow this to keep going on.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Musing Upon
Pope Benedict's

I am sorry that posting has been so light recently. I have been under some pressure at work. Yesterday, I had to trek across multiple time zones, and today, I had to trek across multiple states. I didn't get back to the hotel and have dinner until late.

In fact, I have no idea at this point, what is going on in the world.

However, I did enjoy a lovely Pinot Noir with dinner, while I was reading an article from First Things magazine, about Pope Benedict's Encyclical. It is a profound meditation on the nature of Love, and on how Love is made of both Agape (self-sacrificing, altruistic love) and Eros, which is passionate and sexual in nature.

That's right, my friends, the Pope believes that our relationship with God is both self-sacrificing and erotic.

Just one more reason (see picture) that I love Pope Benedict.

Anyway, here is a short excerpt from the First Things article:

Benedict's purpose is to rehabilitate a Christian understanding of eros. He says that Friedrich Nietzsche and other moderns held that Christianity, with all its emphasis upon sin, sacrifice, and commandments, had "poisoned" the understanding of eros.

They asked, "Doesn't the church blow the whistle just when the joy that is the Creator's gift offers us a happiness which is itself a certain foretaste of the divine?"

The pagan world, the Pope says, saw eros as a dkind of intoxicated longing, a "divine madness," that found expression in fertility cults and the "sacred" prostitution that flourished in their temples. The Old Testament rejected such cults as incompatible with monotheistic faith, but it did not reject eros as such: "An intoxicated and undisciplined eros is not an ascent in 'ecstacy' toward the divine but a fall, a degradation of man."

There is, Benedict says, a certain relationship between love and the divine. "Love promises infinity, eternity - a reality far greater and totally other than our eveyday experience." But the attainment of the promise is not through succumbing to instinct, but through a purification by renunciation that heals eros and restores its true grandeur.

Of critical importance is the understanding of human being as both body and soul. "Should he aspire to be pure spirit and reject the flesh as pertaining to his animal nature alone, then spirit and body would both lose their dignity. On the other hand, should he deny the spirit and consider matter, the body, as the only reality, he wold likewise lost his greatness."

The body should be neither denigrated nor exalted.

The latter is the cultural tendency when eros is reduced simply to sex and becomes a commodity, with the result that the person becomes a commodity. Thus, "the apparent exaltation of the body can quickly turn into hatred of bodliness."

The Song of Songs in the Old Testament shows the way in which love "becomes concern and care for the other." Love's growth advances as it becomes ever more definitive in the sense of exclusivity (this person alone) and is directed to the eternal (it is forever).

Such love is ecstacy, not as a moment of intoxication, but as a continuing journey, "an ongoing exodus out of the closed inward-looking self" and toward the other, and finally toward God.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Is Ahmadinejad
Giving Us
One Last Chance?

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch says Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush was not a peace overture. Instead, he says, it is a call to Islam, a kind of evangelism. Spencer points out that according to Hadith quoting Mohammed, such a call to Islam ought be issued before taking offensive action against an enemy:

In a Hadith, Muhammad tells his followers to call people to Islam before waging war against them:

Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them….If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya [the tax on non-Muslims specified in Qur’an 9:29]. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. (Sahih Muslim 4294)

In light of that, this letter could be -- but is not necessarily -- a prelude to an attack.

There's no way we can know what Ahmadinejad's motive is, is there?

I must say, he does sound eerily calm in the letter. Go read it.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Belgian Churhces
Are Being
Turned Into Mosques
In Complicity
With Belgian Bishops

Today is a day full of the news of Eurabia. This is my third straight post chock full of bad news out of Europe. Now, Belgian bishops are handing over churches to Muslim immigrants who are promptly turning the churches into mosques.

Why are the bishops doing this? Because they are trying to make a stand for the right of illegal immigrants. You see, these Muslims have snuck into the country, so they are in some trouble with the government. So, the bishops think they are doing their Christian duty by granting the illegal immigrants asylum.

And, they Muslims thank them by desecrating their churches.

But, that's ok. I'm guessing the Bishops don't care:

For more, go to Brussels Journal, and Dhimmi Watch.

This is a practice run for the Abomination of Desolation, which will ultimately take place in Israel, within the Jewish Temple itself. Christians do not hold spaces sacred, and that is, in my opinion, a good thing. But, at the same time, we ought to know that when we give up our space, we may never get it back again.

We need to protect our land, because our land is a land of just and humane law. There is no Muslim land in the world which is ruled by just and humane law.

If we give up our land to Muslims, then we will be ruled by unjust and inhumane law.

The World
Slowly Caves In
To Hamas

The other day, the Swedish government decided to deny visas to Hamas leaders travelling abroad. The next day, they decided to do so after all:

The Palestinian Authority’s refugee minister Atef Adwan has thanked the Swedish government for allowing him to visit the country, after arriving in Malmö to address a gathering of Palestinian exiles.

Sweden is the first European country to be visited by a representative of the Hamas-led Palestinian administration.

The decision to grant him a visa to visit Sweden has led to protests by opponents who point out that Hamas is classed as a terrorist organization by the UN and the EU.

Adwan said he hoped that the Palestinian Authority under Hamas will now establish further contacts in Europe.

“I saw no protests as I was coming here,” he said after arriving at Folkets Park ahead of the conference on Saturday morning.

“I believe that this corresponds to the wishes of the Swedish people. They respect human rights,” he said at a press conference. ...

Adwan described Israel as an enemy that wants everything without giving anything. Asked whether the two sides can accept each other, he replied:

“There is maybe room for a Jewish state, but then there should also be a state for us.”

Today, our friends, the Brits, have also caved in to Hamas, although they are couching their aquiesence to a terrorist organization in a language of victory:

A PROPOSED trust fund for donors to pay overdue Palestinian salaries would undercut Hamas, not strengthen it, says a British document meant to increase pressure on the US to drop objections to the plan. (Pastorius note: Keep telling yourself that.)

Britain circulated the memo on the proposal, aimed at averting a collapse of basic services provided by the Palestinian Authority, to major donors before tomorrow’s meeting of the Quartet of Middle East mediators.

The four-page document argues, in response to US efforts to block creation of such a fund, that it “will not undermine the diplomatic effort” to persuade Hamas to renounce violence, recognise Israel and abide by interim peace accords.

The US is concerned that allowing the international community to pay Palestinians’ salaries would take pressure off Hamas, Western diplomats said.

But Britain argues that if Palestinians end up receiving crucial aid through channels other than Hamas, the Islamic militant group stands to lose “a big part of its street credibility and hence have an incentive to come closer to what the international community wants”.

Of the countries that we Americans classify as "Old Europe" (France, Germany, Belgium, England), the British would seem to have the least to fear from the Islamofascists. Yes, there are many radical Islamists living in Britain, but, England is, traditionally, a strong country. I suspect their anti-Semitism has rotted out their morality.

I was speaking with an English family member of mine the other day, and it is clear that his anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism have left him completely incapable of making moral distinctions. To him, Israel is just as dangerous a country as Iran. To him, it is obvious that Ahmadinejad does not mean what he says. Instead, it is more that Ahmadinejad is forced into such rhetoric by the belligerence of the Israelis.

Get it?

Read the post below, and see where I think Britain's sickness will lead.

Read Dag's article on what he calls "Philobarbarism", the modern West's love affair with the thugs and new Barbarians.

Europe is fast becoming a continent of people who are no longer to make the most basic of moral distinctions. This bodes ill for the world. God help us.

London Review Of Books
Protocols Of Harvard

You may remember that a little over a month back, two Harvard "scholars" named Walt and Mearsheimer published an official Harvard paper the thesis of which was that Israel controls American foreign policy. Well, now the London Review of Books has published the paper.

Another step towards a society that will accept the destruction of Israel:

WASHINGTON—Editors of the London Review of Books are standing by their decision to publish a paper by Harvard academic dean Stephen Walt and University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer, entitled The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. The paper promotes the false and reactionary theory that U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is manipulated by a Jewish lobby with support from a network of “neoconservative gentiles.”

‘London Review of Books’ An edited version of the Harvard paper appeared in the March 23 London Review of Books. Despite receiving what they describe as “a great many letters” criticizing its publication, some of which they reproduced, the editors of the literary journal said in the April 20 issue they stand by their decision to publish it. They also announced they will run a reply by Walt and Mearsheimer to the letters in the magazine’s next issue.

The magazine’s editors also noted that some of the letters congratulating the authors of the paper are of an “anti-Semitic nature.” One of them applauded Walt and Mearsheimer for having exposed a “secret Jewish conspiracy,” and its author felt the need to spell it “JEWISH conspiracy.” Nonetheless they asserted that what the letters supporting and opposing the article have in common is that they “come from people who appear not to have read the piece, and who seem incapable of distinguishing between criticism of Israeli or U.S. government policy and anti-Semitism.”

One of the letters was from Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz. Among other points, he took exception to two of the paper’s central arguments—the United States has become a target of “terrorism” because of its support for Israel and that Washington and Tel Aviv have different, if not conflicting, interests in the Middle East.

Just a few weeks back the London Independant published a similar article by Robert Fisk and illutrated the cover with the image you see here.

British social commentator, Melanie Phillips, comments:

The image makes the claim that America is run by the Jews. As such, it is merely a variant on the ‘Jewish conspiracy’ theory that has long been a defining feature of anti-Jewish prejudice. In these degraded times this particular trope, which once would have caused any publication which printed it to be treated as racist or a Nazi-style pariah, has become a commonplace of mainstream media discourse because now it is Israel which is treated as a Nazi-style pariah; and so vicious libels against the Jews are regarded as fair comment. (The illustration calls to mind the notorious New Statesman ‘Kosher Conspiracy’ cover which portrayed a Star of David piercing the UK flag, and also a previous illustration in the Independent which was almost identical.) David T at Harry’s Place neatly juxtaposes the Independent illustration with near-identical ones on neo-Nazi and other racist websites. Thus our anti-racist, multicultural media.

If merry ole' England had any sense they would realize that anti-Semitism is a sign of a mentally ill society. But, the problem is, England appears to be like a manic-depressive speeding along in his manic phase. They're feeling so good, so empowered right now, that no one could convince them that there is something wrong, and it might be time to go on meds.

Just wait until it comes crashing down.

Recently Britian announced that there is no way they would join America in a military attack on Iran. Announcing such a thing while we are still in the negotiation phase makes no sense. But, it is a sign of where Britain's illness will lead if the meds aren't administered; a complete abandonment of America and Israel, as they join with old Europe, on the side of the Jihad in the name of peace and political correctness.

I believe that will only be the first stage, because these decisions will come back to bite them in the ass. The Jihadis will see their abandonment of America and Israel not as the act of a friend but instead as the flinching of a frightened enemy. And, at that point the Jihadis will attack, and they will attack hard.

Britain will then have to make the decision on whether to join with Germany in a nationalistic feeding frenzy, wherein foreigners will once again become the target of Aryan rage.

History will not repeat itself, it will echo in a decaying pattern.