Saturday, May 27, 2006

Robert Spencer
On
Moderate Muslims
And
Moderate Islam


Robert Spencer weighs in, for those who didn't already know his opinion, on whether moderate Muslim exist, and whether there is such at thing as moderate Islam:


One of the most common responses to my work that I have encountered since I have been doing it publicly is a sweeping assertion that I am ignorant, and/or maliciously ignoring the broad mainstream of peaceful Islam. Of course I do not ignore in the least the broad mainstream of peaceful Muslims, but I have repeatedly pointed out that within the various theological and legal traditions of Islam, they do not have much of a case. All the schools (madhahib) of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) teach violent jihad and Sharia supremacism, with some minor variations.

Accordingly, Ibn Warraq is correct when he says that there are moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam.

This bears repeating: there are moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam.


Go read the whole thing.


An
Anecdote
From
The
Land
Of
Tolerance


Here is a story I found on Neo-Neocon's site:


... commenter DBrooks offered the following story from his personal experience:

I find the level of discourse depressing and disheartening. What I have been struck by in my own experience with friends on the Left is they seem to think it is acceptable, even righteous, that they can be offensive, yet one is not allowed to be offended. To disagree or offer contrary evidence is viewed with scorn and intolerance.

An example--my wife and I have very dear friends whom we love like family. We have known them for 12 years, and have traveled in the Keys, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Colorado with them. They came for dinner last month, and the woman went up to my 10-year-old son's room with him to look at some drawings he had done. He has a poster of GWB, and one of Ronald Reagan on his wall. These were given to him by his aunt. My good friend commented, "Why do you have that asshole on your wall?" referring to GWB.

My son was upset, and told me that she had used "bad language" talking about President Bush. He told me what she said, and, over dinner, I told her that I thought it was inappropriate for her to say something like that to a 10-year-old. Instead of apologizing, she became more and more angry, and told me I was "brainwashing the kid." I said I would never think of commenting on some child's choice of wall posters, at least not in a negative manner--unless it was someone like Stalin, Che, or Hitler.

Her response? She said, "My point exactly."

We haven't spoken to them since by their choice, and my wife, who is very upset about the whole thing, really thinks they may never speak to us again. That we could lose such close friends over this incident is incomprehensible to me. Her anger seems more important to her than reality, or the people in her life. Just another casualty of our current political environment.

Friday, May 26, 2006


The
Carvinal
Is Over


Lyrics by Dead Can Dance







Outside
The storm clouds gathering
Move silently along the dusty boulevard
Where flowers turn and crane their fragile necks
So they can in turn reach up and kiss the sky

They're driven by a strange desire
Unseen by the human eye
Someone's calling

I remember when you held my hand
In the park we would play when the circus came to town

"Over here!"

Outside the circus gathering moves silently along the rainswept boulevard
The procession moves on, the shouting is over,
The fabulous freaks are leaving town

They're driven by a strange desire
Unseen by the human eye
Someone's calling

The carnival is over

We sat and watched as the moon rose again
For the very first time


Palestinian
President
Mahmoud Abbas
Calls Terrorists
"Our Heroes"


Kiss of Death?

Thanks to Mark Alexander, of A New Dark Age Is Dawning, for making me aware of this:


While Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, takes on the position of "moderate" and attempts to convince Hamas to accept Judea and Samaria for now, his words to audiences at home present a different picture.

Palestinian Media Watch, an organization that monitors and reports on anti-Israel hatred in the PA media, reveals that Abbas twice this week referred to Arab terrorists serving "tens of life sentences" in Israeli jails as "our heroes."

Speaking on PA TV on May 23 about the jailed terrorists' recent "conciliation plan" between Fatah and Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas expressed his satisfaction with the initiative of those he called "our brothers, our jailed heroes... [their] initiative proves that these heroes, who are sentenced to tens of life sentences, feel too that the homeland is in danger..."

Noting that the document calls for an Arab state on "all territories occupied in 1967," Abbas said, "We must stop dreaming and accept what we can take now. Let us not speak of dreams. Let us take the Palestinian state on the ’67 borders."

"Clearly," PMW concludes, "Abbas rejects terror for tactical reasons only, and not because it is immoral... Abbas has always been careful, in Arabic, not to condemn terror because it is evil or immoral. He has criticized suicide terror only because it hurts the PA cause, as he did after the December 2005 suicide attack that killed five in Netanya."


This was true of Arafat, who condemned terror in English, while praising it to the Arabic Press. And, it is clearly true of Abbas as well.

The Palestinian Leadership of Fatah (Abbas' party), and Hamas (the majority elected party) are simply playing a game of good cop/bad cop. Abbas appears to condemn terror, while Hamas calls openly for the death of, not just Zionists, but all Jews.

By the way, this info about Abbas should not surprise us. After all, Abbas is a known anti-Semite, who wrote his doctoral thesis on the idea that the Jews of Germany collaborated with Hitler to bring about the Holocaust, so that they could gain the world's sympathy, in order to steal land from the Palestinians.

That's quite a theory, huh?


Madonna,
The Da Vinci Codes,
Mary Magdaelene,
And Jesus Christ


The Anchoress has a brilliant post up today on these three topics. I'll excerpt it here, but if you want to read the whole thing, I suggest you click here:


I’ve had some emails wondering, “Anchoress, how come you’re not writing much about The DaVinci Code? How come you’re not outraged about Madonna’s latest provocation?”

Well…actually, I have written - or more correctly I’ve linked to Amy Welborn’s writing - about the DaVinci fraud and I mentioned the pathetic Madonna here.

“…am I the only one who finds her latest stunts merely predictable and perfunctory? Hey Madonna, it takes no courage to ape the Crucifixion of Christ or make a vulgar joke about George W. Bush - those are the safest things in the world to do - you want to really be daring, try this. Instead of simulating sex and bondage (didn’t you DO that back in the ’80’s?) why not come onstage wearing a Burka…yeah, that’s it…and then you can have your crew simulate a genital mutilation or an honor killing…got it? Now that’s edgy, honey, especially if you then have some dancers show up like US Troops who liberate you, and you kiss a mask of George W. Bush…now THAT would be brave and daring. THAT would be something worth looking at, too. THAT would justify the press’ pavlovian response to every ringing of your bell.”

Why haven’t I written more? Well, to be honest, I just don’t care about either of these over-hyped, over-exposed things.

Possibly I feel this way because I came of age when Jesus Christ Superstar was the big gasp. Oh, my! They’re distorting the relationship between Jesus and Mary! Why, they make it sound like they were lovers! And they distort the history between Jesus and Judas! They make it sound like Jesus all but begged Judas to turn him in, so he would go to trial and be crucified! Gasp! Gasp!

Thirty-some years later, we’re still hearing that Jesus and Mary were lovers and that Judas was doing Jesus’ bidding because Jesus was not divine, but an ordinary human being with a messianic complex. DVC is promulgating the same nonsense, as is the so called “Gospel of Judas.” Really, there is nothing new under the sun.

I’ve been hearing this stuff for all these years - most of my life - and my reason asks, “So?”
So, if the gnostics are right, and Jesus was a mere man, I guess that means St. Mary Magdalene (note, we Catholics consider her a great saint and honor her with a prominent feast day - hardly the sort of “squashing” DVC tries to argue) was a mere woman and not some vessel of “the sacred feminine,” after all.

Islamic
Jihad
Leader
Killed
In Lebanon


Islamic Jihad is blaming Israeli Intelligence for the killing. I suspect they are correct:


SIDON, Lebanon - Security officials said a car bomb Friday killed a leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad — an Iran-backed militant group that persisted in attacking Israel while other major factions adhered to a cease-fire.

His brother was also killed in the explosion, which the group blamed on Israeli intelligence, and it vowed to retaliate.

"With God's permission, the response will be sharp," said Abu Imad Rifai, Islamic Jihad's representative in Lebanon.

Mahmoud Majzoub, a member of the group's policy-making Shura Council body and its leader in Sidon, 24 miles south of Beirut, was walking with his brother, Nidal, near the central square of this coastal city when a parked car was detonated by remote control, security officials said.

Mahmoud Majzoub survived the blast but died during surgery, while Nidal Majzoub was killed instantly, said the security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Islamic Jihad's representative in Lebanon said Nidal Majzoub also was a member of the group, which has continued to launch attacks on Israel since a February 2005 truce that the main militant group Hamas, which swept Palestinian legislative elections, has respected.

The explosion shattered the windows of several nearby apartment buildings. Lebanese police and soldiers sealed off the area as dogs searched for additional bombs.

"I rushed to the balcony after hearing the blast only to see black smoke billowing from a car," said Omran Kaddoura, 16. After running down six flights of stairs to the street, he "found the two bloodied men lying on the ground in front of the car."

Before Mahmoud died, Islamic Jihad's representative in Lebanon, Abu Imad Rifai, blamed Israeli intelligence for the attack.

"This morning the Israeli Mossad detonated an explosive charge. ... This is the second time Mahmoud is targeted, and I believe it comes in the framework of Israeli escalation against the Palestinian people, particularly Islamic Jihad," Rifai told The Associated Press.

Mahmoud, 41, his wife and infant son were wounded in an explosion in 1998 in Sidon when their booby-trapped car detonated. Islamic Jihad blamed Israel for the blast, which also injured a passer-by.

Rifai confirmed that Nidal, 39, was a member of the group.

In Israel, military officials said they had heard about the bombing through media reports, but had no additional information.

Rifai rejected the possibility that other Palestinian or Lebanese groups were behind the attack.
"No one has an interest in assassinating him except the Israeli Mossad," he said.


Palestinians have blamed the assassinations of several militant leaders on Israel. But some of the killings of leading members of Palestinian groups were the result of intra-Palestinian feuds.

Islamic Jihad says its attacks on Israel are a legitimate response to a crackdown on its members.

The virulently anti-Israel group backed by Iran and Syria claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 11 and wounded dozens in April in Tel Aviv, the deadliest Palestinian attack in 20 months.

Islamic Jihad is led by Ramadan Shallah, a Palestinian from Gaza who now lives in exile in Syria. It considers the 1979 Iranian Revolution to be the beginning of a new era for the Muslim world and wants to turn all of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza into an Islamic state. It rejects compromise with Israel.


Is it just me, or does that seem like an entirely fair news report from AP?

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Member Of
British Parlianment
George Galloway
Says Assassination
Of PM Blair
Would Be
A-OK


George Galloway smoking. A cigar isn't always just a cigar.

What the hell? Isn't it against the law for him to say such a thing?


The Respect MP George Galloway has said it would be morally justified for a suicide bomber to murder Tony Blair.

In an interview with GQ magazine, the reporter asked him: "Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber - if there were no other casualties - be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?"

Mr Galloway replied: "Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it - but if it happened it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7. It would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq - as Blair did."

The Labour MP Stephen Pound, a persistent critic of Mr Galloway during previous controversies, told The Sun that the Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in east London was "disgraceful and truly twisted".

He said: "These comments take my breath away. Every time you think he can't sink any lower he goes and stuns you again. It's reprehensible to say it would be justified for a suicide bomber to assassinate anyone."

Mr Galloway yesterday made a surprise appearance on Cuban television with the Caribbean island's Communist dictator, Fidel Castro - whom he defended as a "lion" in a political world populated by "monkeys".

Mr Galloway shocked panellists on a live television discussion show in Havana by emerging on set mid-transmission to offer passionate support for Castro. Looking approvingly into each others' eyes, the pair embraced.


It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It seems to me a civilized nation can not have people in high office advocating for each others assassination. Of course, he said he did not support such action, but saying it would be justified, he did, indeed provide support for the idea.

George Galloway: A fine line between clever and stupid.

There is a very fine line between the two notions, if you ask me. In fact, one might need a electron microscope to find the line.

George Galloway is a dangerous man. England, and the world itself, would be better off without him.

Hey, I'm not saying someone should kill him, but, if someone did, the world would be a better place.


Extry, Extry,
Read All About It,
Vladimir Putin
Caught
In Transexual
Prostitution
Sting


What a man does with his personal time is his own business, but this is really a shock.


Cute
Overload


I'm usually not that into cute stuff, but I think a lot of people will appreciate this website; Cute Overload.

It is what it says it is.

Pass it around.


Pre-Futurism
And
The Singularity
The Melding
Of Man
And Machine


Honda has develope a robot whose movement, it says, are controlled by the human brain:


TOKYO (AP) -- In a step toward linking a person's thoughts to machines, Japanese automaker Honda said it has developed a technology that uses brain signals to control a robot's very simple moves.

In the future, the technology that Honda Motor Co. developed with ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories could be used to replace keyboards or cell phones, researchers said Wednesday. It also could have applications in helping people with spinal cord injuries, they said.

In a video demonstration in Tokyo, brain signals detected by a magnetic resonance imaging scanner were relayed to a robotic hand. A person in the MRI machine made a fist, spread his fingers and then made a V-sign. Several seconds later, a robotic hand mimicked the movements.

Further research would be needed to decode more complex movements.

The machine for reading the brain patterns also would have to become smaller and lighter - like a cap that people can wear as they move about, said ATR researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani.

What Honda calls a "brain-machine interface" is an improvement over past approaches, such as those that required surgery to connect wires. Other methods still had to train people in ways to send brain signals or weren't very accurate in reading the signals, Kamitani said.


The future will be amazing, if we can just win this damned war.


Beltway
Sniper
Artwork


The drawings of Lee Malvo, and the Jihadi goals of the Beltway snipers are revealed by Michelle Malkin.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Lift
Every
Voice


If you are a jazz lover in general, and a Coltrane lover in particular, as I am, I recommend the album Lift Every Voice, by Charles Lloyd.

Let's face it, most artists are moonbats, and I would imagine Charles Lloyd also falls into that category, although I have no specific knowledge of his beliefs.

All I can tell you is this album is his attempt to express his sorrow, and his sense of inevitable triumph, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. He was booked to play the Blue Note jazz club in NYC the week of September 11th. After the disgusting attacks on our nation, rather than canceling his engagements, as everyone else, including the New York Yankees, did, Charles Lloyd decided to go ahead with the gigs, and to give voice to his feelings by foregoing his usual set in favor of hymns and spirituals from around the world.

The result is astonishing.

You can download the whole album at iTunes, or go to your nearest Barnes & Noble (do not go to Borders, because they do not support Freedom of Speech, instead they support the Jihadis right to limit our Freedom of Speech through terror and rioting).

Olmert
Speaks To
U.S. Congress
On The Topic
Of Iran


From Atlas Shrugs:


Every generation is confronted with a moment of truth and trial From the savagery of slavery, to the horrors of World War Two, to the gulags of the Communist Bloc. That which is right and good in this world has always been at war with the horrific evil permitted by human indifference.

Iran, the world's leading sponsor of terror, and a notorious violator of fundamental human rights, stands on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. With these weapons, the security of the entire world is put in jeopardy.

A nuclear Iran means a terrorist state could achieve the primary mission for which terrorists live and die: the mass destruction of innocent human life. This challenge, which I believe is The Test of Our Time, is one the West cannot afford to fail.

The radical Iranian regime has declared the United States its enemy. Its President believes it is his religious duty and his destiny to lead his country in a violent conflict against the infidels. With pride he denies the Jewish Holocaust and speaks brazenly, calling to wipe Israel off the map.

For us, this is an existential threat. A threat to which we cannot consent. But it is not Israel's threat alone. It is a threat to all those committed to stability in the Middle East and the well being of the world at large.

Mr. Speaker, our moment is NOW. History will judge our generation by the actions we take NOW…by our willingness to stand up for peace and security and freedom, and by our courage to do what is right.

Oh Snap,
A Historic Slap?
Well, How About
If We Send
A Thousand
ICBM's
Up Your Ass?


Ahmadinejad is at it again, but, this time, in his most baldfaced "threatening" mode:


TEHRAN (AFX) - Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted Wednesday that the Islamic republic had mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle and that it would give an "historic slap" to any attacker.

"Today, Iran has mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle, from start to finish, thanks to young Iranian scientists," the president said in a speech in the southwestern border town of Khorramshahr.

"The enemies are looking to plot and want to create differences among Iranians to stop us getting our rights," Ahmadinejad said.

"But if they do the slightest damage to the Iranian people, if they commit the slightest aggression, they will receive an historic slap."


Let me think about this; Iran may, possibly, have between 1-20 nuclear devices. America has, well, in the thousands of nuclear devices, all perched on the tips of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missilies.

For God's Sake, who do you think will receive a "historic slap"?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Republicans
Close Ranks
Around One
Of Their Own:
A Democrat


Simply because he is part of Congress:


Resentment boiled among senior Republicans for a second day on Tuesday after a team of warrant-bearing agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned up at a closed House office building on Saturday evening, demanded entry to the office of a lawmaker and spent the night going through his files.

The episode prompted cries of constitutional foul from Republicans — even though the lawmaker in question, Representative William J. Jefferson of Louisiana, is a Democrat whose involvement in a bribery case has made him an obvious partisan political target.

Speaker J. Dennis Hastert raised the issue personally with President Bush on Tuesday. The Senate Rules Committee is examining the episode.

Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House majority leader, predicted that the separation-of-powers conflict would go to the Supreme Court. "I have to believe at the end of the day it is going to end up across the street," Mr. Boehner told reporters gathered in his conference room, which looks out on the Capitol plaza and the court building.

A court challenge would place all three branches of government in the fray over whether the obscure "speech and debate" clause of the Constitution, which offers some legal immunity for lawmakers in the conduct of their official duties, could be interpreted to prohibit a search by the executive branch on Congressional property.


Apparently, our Congress thinks it ought to be above the law. The idea that they are objecting to this search is absurd.

Today, I heard Congressman David Dreyer on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Congressman Dreyer told Hewitt that it seemed to him the Executive Branch had exceeded its authority. He said they should have informed Congress firts.

Now, think about that. If they would have informed Congress (all but the guy they were investigatin), do you think he would not have been tipped off? Do you think the $100,000 in the freezer would not have been moved.

This arrogance defies reason. It is the arrogance of a group of people who have lost all touch with reality.

When it comes right down to it, they are angry with George Bush because he is not playing by the rules of their corrupt game.

Never before have I thought that our government is truly corrupt to the bottom. I have never been a "throw the bums out" kind of guy. But, these guys do not have the interests of the nation in mind. They, apparently, see public service are a way to raid coffers. And, they do not want it to end.

Chump-Change Fatwa


An Indian Christian man has issued a "fatwa" on Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code. The bounty? $25,000:


New Delhi (ENI). Some Indian Christians are so incensed with the fictional blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" they want the government to ban it and one Roman Catholic has offered a bounty of US$25 000 on the head of author Dan Brown, leaving other members of the faithful embarrassed by the reaction.

The Mumbai Catholic Council has threatened to stop the screening of the movie if the government fails to ban the recently released movie of the book. Another group called the Catholic Social Forum has said if the shows go ahead it will launch a death fast from 12 May.
Nicolas Almeida, a Catholic and former Mumbai municipal councillor, offered a reward of 1.1 million rupees ($25 000) for the head of author Brown, leading a Catholic journalist to compare Almeida to the Taliban.


Still, the autonomous Delhi Commission for Minorities joined Christian groups like the All India Christian Council calling for a ban on the movie.

The commission said the Da Vinci Code is "sheer blasphemy" and that it has "deeply upset Christian sentiments", in appealing on 10 May to the federal Censor Board to deny screening permission for the movie.

"In a country like ours where vicious propaganda is used against Christian minorities by Hindu bigots, the movie will be handy for them to tarnish our image," Arnold James, a Church of North India member and Christian representative in the Commission, told Ecumenical News International.

Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, said the fictional work "belittles what is at the heart of Christian faith and cherished in Christian life", in a statement objecting to the release of the movie.

"Every individual has a right to his religious beliefs and to enjoy the respect to them from the followers of other religions," said the bishops' conference in an 11 May statement.

Some Catholics have, however, rebuffed the moves to ban the fictional work.

"Offering bounty for the head of the author is a Taliban-like response," Kay Benedict, a Catholic journalist, told ENI. With their protests, he said, Catholics have ensured "more than enough publicity" for the movie in India. "The Christian faith is 2000 years old and it is not so fragile as to be destroyed by a single movie."


Religion is one of the most powerful institutions in human culture. Therefore, religion must be open to criticism. Often, criticism means people will say things which will be offensive to some of your personal sacred cows. This is what we have to live with, if we do not want institutions to gain undue control over our lives.

If you really think about it, it doesn't hurt you, in the least, to have an artist lie about Christ, or put a crucifix in a glass of urine, or whatever.

And, I think God is a big enough boy to take care of Himself.

Did Bolton Slip
And Make A
Major Admission?


John Bolton says the Iranian regime can stay in power, if they aquiesce, like Libya did.

Then, he takes it back:


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that Iran's leaders could stay in power and improve their ties with Washington if they ended their pursuit of nuclear arms.

He later insisted, however, that he had not meant to threaten Tehran with regime change if its leaders failed to do so.

Bolton, addressing a meeting of B'nai B'rith International, a Jewish humanitarian organization, cited Washington's move last week to normalize relations with Libya after that country gave up its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and said Iran's leaders faced a similar "clear choice."

"This is a sign to the rulers in Tehran that if they give up their long-standing support for terrorism and they give up their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, that their regime can stay in place and that they can have a different relationship with the United States and the rest of the world," he said.

Asked by reporters afterward about those comments, he said he did not mean to imply the United States would seek a change in the Iranian regime if Tehran refused to suspend its enrichment of uranium, as the U.N. Security Council has demanded.

"What it says is, if you do what Libya did, the same thing will happen," he said. "The 'regime stay' strategy is following the Libyan example."

It was "flatly wrong," he added, to argue that Western powers wanted the Security Council to adopt a resolution that was legally binding on Iran "as an excuse to use force for regime change or anything else."

Iran insists it wants only to produce energy for civilian use, but Western powers led by the United States, Britain, France and Germany argue it is using a civilian nuclear program as a cover for producing the highly enriched uranium needed for atomic bombs.

London, Paris and Berlin, working with Washington, are drafting an offer of incentives to Tehran if it agrees to curb its nuclear ambitions, twinned with disincentives should it fail to do so.

"I've probably said a thousand times that the Libya example is there for both North Korea and Iran to see, and that's all I've ever said and this wasn't any different," Bolton said.


I used to believe that the Bush Administration only wants to end Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. I have, in the past few months, come to believe that it is possible that the Administration has come to the conclusion that the Mullahs are an unending regime of lunatics, and that there is no compromising with them.

In other words, if we take out their nuclear facilities one day, they will only pop back up in a few years. We will either have to do the job repeatedly (by attacking facilities), or once and for all by forcing regime change.

However, it is impossible for me to believe that the Bush Administration would want to be responsible for starting a war of the magnitude it would take to end the Iranian Regime. We just don't have the political, or monetary capital, under current circumstances.

Coupled with the story of yesterday that the FBI and the Justice Department are pursuing "urgent" investigations into Hizollah terrorist cells on American soil, I have to wonder if the Bush Administration is, perhaps, confident that the war will come to us, instead of us having to take it to them.

What do you think?

Human To Human
Bird Flu
Transmission?


Oh Lord, help us:


May 23 (Bloomberg) -- All seven people infected with bird flu in a cluster of Indonesian cases can be linked to other patients, according to disease trackers investigating possible human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus.

A team of international experts has been unable to find animals that might have infected the people, the World Health Organization said in a statement today. In one case, a 10-year- old boy who caught the virus from his aunt may have passed it to his father, the first time officials have seen evidence of a three-person chain of infection, an agency spokeswoman said. Six of the seven people have died.

Almost all of the 218 cases of H5N1 infections confirmed by the WHO since late 2003 can be traced to direct contact with sick or dead birds. Strong evidence of human-to-human transmission may prompt the global health agency to convene a panel of experts and consider raising the pandemic alert level, said Maria Cheng, an agency spokeswoman.

``Considering the evidence and the size of the cluster, it's a possibility,'' Cheng said in a telephone interview. ``It depends on what we're dealing with in Indonesia. It's an evolving situation.''

The 32-year-old father in the cluster of cases on the island of Sumatra was ``closely involved in caring for his son, and this contact is considered a possible source of infection,'' The WHO said in its statement. Three others, including the sole survivor in the group, spent a night in a ``small'' room with the boy's aunt, who later died and was buried before health officials could conduct tests for the H5N1 virus.

``All confirmed cases in the cluster can be directly linked to close and prolonged exposure to a patient during a phase of severe illness,'' the WHO said.


While investigators have been unable to rule out human-to- human transmission in the Sumatran cluster, they continue to search for other explanations for how the infections arose, the WHO statement said.

Health experts are concerned that if H5N1 gains the ability to spread easily among people, it may set off a lethal global outbreak of flu. While some flu pandemics are relatively mild, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

So far, studies of the Sumatran outbreak and genetic analyses of the virus don't indicate the virus has undergone major changes, Cheng said.

Scientists at WHO-affiliated labs in the U.S. and Hong Kong found no evidence that the Indonesian strain of H5N1 has gained genes from pigs or humans that might change its power or spreading ability, WHO said.

``These viruses mutate all the time and it's difficult to know what the mutations mean,'' Cheng said.


Health officials earlier found strong evidence of direct human-to-human spread of H5N1 in Thailand in 2004. Scientists reported in the Jan. 27, 2005, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that the H5N1 virus probably spread from an 11-year- old girl in Thailand to her aunt and mother, killing the mother and daughter. People who had more casual contact with the girl didn't become infected.

In the Sumatran cluster, close, direct contact with a severely ill person was also needed for spread, Cheng said. Preliminary findings from the investigation indicate that the woman who died, considered to be the initial case, was coughing frequently while the three others spent the night in the same room. One of the three, a second brother, is the sole survivor. The other two, her sons, died.

``It looks like the same behavior pattern'' of close contact and caretaking during illness with the bird flu virus, Cheng said. To raise the level of pandemic alert ``it would have to be transmissible from more casual contact.''

The Indonesian Ministry of Health and international scientists are continuing their investigation to trace the origins of the infections, the WHO said in its statement.

``Priority is now being given to the search for additional cases of influenza-like illness in other family members, close contacts, and the general community,'' the WHO said. ``To date, the investigation has found no evidence of spread within the general community and no evidence that efficient human-to-human transmission has occurred.''

Turkey,
A European
Nation?


A great post from Charles Henry, at No Dhimmitude:


There was a very interesting comment left recently at an older post, which I thought merited a more elaborate answer than I could provide back in that old comments thread.

Here's how an anonymous reader of No Dhimmitude reacted to my thoughts on the news media telling us that turkey had joined europe:

turkey have been considered part of Europe for over centuries.For example Karl Marx had described Turkey as the most misunderstood country in Europe along with Spain. Thanks to its big cities Europe has become today's Europe. Along with cities like Paris, Istanbul has contributed to Europe's heritage.

And many Turks had lived in a third of Europe until WW1. Institutions like BBC is of course ahead of their readers -they have an obligation to know the history. Readers do not.

In writing my earlier post, one of the sentences I cut out of the initial draft was a quote from russian czar Nicolas I, labeling Turkey now and forever as "the sick man of Europe". In 1854, that quote was weighted in historical truth, for Europe had bore witness to Turkey's barbaric conquest of Bulgaria, Transylvania, Moldavia, Wallachia, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Cypres, the Crimea... writing off the top of my head, here, no sleight intended if I leave out a nation or two.... Turkey's blood-drenched claws dug deep into european soil for centuries.

If this is the logic that ties Turkey to Europe, then why not make much of north Africa, Italian? After all, it belonged to the Roman Empire not so long ago.


Go read the rest.

Charles is a relatively new contributor at No Dhimmitude. He is a great addition. Dag is a lucky guy to have him.

Monday, May 22, 2006


Are
We Losing
To Islamofascism?


An interview at Front Page Magazine, with award-winning journalist Abigail Esman. The subject? How the eff is it that we are losing to Islam here in the West?


FP: ... tell us a bit about your background and why Islamism's encroachment on our liberties is close to your heart.

Esman: I think it's close to all our hearts. As a writer -- and as someone who writes frequently about art -- I am especially passionate about free speech issues, and watching the capitulation of so many to those who decried the Danish cartoons, or the recent report suggesting we ban the term "Islamic Terrorism" from our lexicon -- these strike me as dangerous, the latest of moves on a slippery slope that is proving to be not only more slippery but steeper than we may have realized. When you start playing with language, you start playing with the way that people think.

FP: So you think democracy is losing to militant Islam?

Esman: Absolutely.

The idea was for democracy to create gradual changes in the Muslim world. Instead, I'm seeing pressures from Muslim militants to force gradual -- and sometimes not-so-gradual -- changes in the democratic world. We are not winning this fight.

FP: So let's talk about the big recent news: Hirsi Ali. What do you make of the recent developments?

Esman: The American coverage of this situation has been rather superficial, so I'm glad to have a chance to clarify much of it - or as much as I can in brief. This whole issue emerged because of two recent and very high-profile cases in which Rita Verdonk, the Immigration and Integration Minister, denied naturalization or asylum to others who had in one way or another bucked the system -- or tried to -- in their applications.

Subsequently, a TV news program, a kind of "60-Minutes" sort of show, ran a piece about Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the stories she had told at the time of her application for asylum. Those stories had, for the most part -- not all of them, but most of them -- been well known, and Hirsi Ali had never made a secret of any of it.

But by running the piece at this particular moment, it put the question of her naturalization in a new context for the public, and forced Verdonk to explain why, in fact, Ayaan Hirsi Ali had been able to become a Dutch citizen when she had lied on her application, and yet others were being deported.

And Verdonk had to respond.

But Rita Verdonk runs on a platform of being "Iron Rita" - the law is the law, the letter of the law is all that counts (which is why she has been known to do things like force some Iranian homosexuals to return to Iran, where clearly their lives are in danger). And she is running for office for 2007. It's important to her campaign, in other words, that she maintain that image.

So what you have here is this woman who on one day, of her own accord, announced that "Ayaan has nothing to worry about," the next day called for an investigation, and the following day revoked Hirsi Ali's passport. And I think it's clear that someone said something to her about her campaign and her supporters and the Iron Rita image in the interim, and that alone took precedence.

The irony is that within the subsequent two days, she has agreed, under pressure from the Parliament to re-review the case; then the following day, announced that she was going to hold to her decision to revoke citizenship, and the third day announced yet again that she would try desperately to find "room within the law" that would allow her to make an exception for Hirsi Ali.

Hardly "iron."

But there's more than that, because the whole story is more a view into the way the Dutch so often avert their eyes until called to task for something -- which is, actually, what Ayaan Hirsi Ali did to them on many issues.

The fact is that Hirsi Ali never went after a career in politics. She never went after a role as a public figure. She made a statement while sitting in the audience during a lecture, and some reporter asked her to write a piece for his newspaper, and suddenly everyone was listening to her.

And when she was threatened and had to leave the country, it was the VVD -- the party of which both she and Verdonk are members -- who came to her, not the other way around, and begged her to join them and to serve in the Parliament under their banner.

They literally, you could say, bribed her, promising her the chance to work on the issues close to her heart and, more important at that moment, guaranteeing her round-the-clock security.

FP: Profound insights, thank you.Let's switch over to anti-Semitism in Europe. What is the situation in Holland?

Esman: Holland has been guilty for decades of a deadly silence, beginning with its pretense of ignorance about the death camps (in fact, it was recently confirmed that the Dutch were well aware of where the Jews were going). Now the silence takes the form of a virtual exclusion of Judaism from its culture.

Every Dutch child knows what Ramadan is. In the schools, even the Muslim children dye Easter eggs and are taught about the Second Coming of Jesus. But these are people who think of Pesach as "Jewish Easter," and have no clue what it means. Their Easter breakfasts include matzoh, bagels, eggs and bacon.

They've never heard of Chaunkah. Why? For many Dutch children, a Jew is someone who lives in Israel and is at war with the Palestinians. That's all.

And for Muslim children, that last part is the most important definition of "Jew." It makes Jews the enemy. And so some even threaten teachers who attempt to give lessons on the Holocaust. Shocking as that is, I think the Dutch feed the problem by not educating their children - Dutch-Christian or Dutch-Muslim -- what Judaism is, who Jews are. They simply pretend we don't exist.


Etc.

Go read the whole thing.


The History Of
Anti-Semitism And
The Da Vinci Code


Thanks to Mark Alexander, at A New Dark Age Is Dawning, for making me aware of this article about the latent anti-Semitism buried within the mythos of the Da Vinci Code:


WHY should a Jew care? Consider that the alleged conspiracy underlying the "biggest cover-up in human history" bears a remarkable resemblance to another phony conspiracy, the famous hoax called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Apparently authored by Russian monarchist and anti-Semite Mathieu Golovinski in 1898, the Protocols tells of a secret society of Jewish elders that works to keep gentiles ignorant of a plot to rule the world through "Darwinism, Marxism and Nietzscheism."

In both conspiracy theories, an ancient world religion turns out to be a massive fraud perpetrated to gain or maintain power. In Dan Brown's version, the "Priory of Sion" ("Sion" simply means "Zion" in French) is the good guys. They've been waiting for the right moment to reveal the secret about Jesus having children and to introduce the world to the worship of the "Goddess," a.k.a. Mary Magdalene.

Meanwhile the Catholic Church plots to suppress forever the truth about the "sacred feminine." Opus Dei is willing to go to any lengths, including murder, to keep the male church hierarchy in power.

Pierre Plantard (1920-2000), the French monarchist and anti-Semite who gave us the "Priory of Sion," spent much of his life inventing minuscule esoteric organizations intended to "purify" France of the evil influences of modernity - and of Judaism. In 1940 he wrote of the "terrible Masonic and Jewish conspiracy" that threatened France.

The Priory of Sion was one group he started. The point of this occult order was to advance Plantard's claim to be the surviving heir of the ancient Merovingian line of French kings, whose "holy blood" was guarded by the Priory. The idea that the Merovingians were the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was added on later.

Besides highlighting the word "Zion" or "Sion," the two conspiracy theories share an understanding of how to deal with ideas you disagree with. Rather than taking traditional Christian beliefs at face value and arguing against them (as I do in my current book, by the way), Dan Brown portrays the religion itself as resting upon a conscious deception. That excuses him from having to make arguments at all.

Anti-Semites do the same thing. Rather than coming out honestly against Darwinism or Marxism or modernity in general, they concoct a story about Judaism as a lie and a conspiracy. The Protocols remains a global phenomenon of staggering popularity, especially in the Arab world.

I emphasize that Dan Brown never intended to foment bigotry. Yet to the cause of conspiracy theorizing, he has done a wonderful favor, training his readers in the habits of paranoia and gullibility. For people committed to finding the truth through investigation and argumentation, that's depressing.

As for Jews, we haven't fared well when the culture we live in turns to entertaining fantasies and delusions at the expense of an unfashionable religion. The success of his book, now transformed into a movie blockbuster, is bad news indeed.


Scratch any conspiracy theorist, and it is almost certain, you will find anti-Semitism lurking somehwere underneath.

Little Green Footballs:
September, 2001


Having recently seen United 93, I am once again doubly cognizant of the fact that it is very important for us to remember the visceral terror and disgust of September 11th. That was the day we found out that much of the Islamic world was not, as we always thought, simply full of bluster, but instead, that they truly want to kill us.

And, that they will do whatever they could to kill as many of us as possible.

I highly recommend that everyone go to Little Green Footballs September 2001 archive, and go back to September 1st, and read through the month. You will see the story of how September 11th completely changed the life of Charles Johnson. And, in his story, you will recall your own.

I'm willing to bet that, as soon as you are finished reading his Sept. archive, you will want to move ahead and read the October archive as well.

Let me know what you think.

Reuters Makes
The Case For
Taking Out
The Iranian Regime


Well, sort of, anyway ...

The legacy media is doing what it can to discredit the idea of a military attack on Iranian nuclear sites. The following article, from Reuters, goes a long way in trying to make such a case, even quoting a guy who wants to take out the Iranian regime by using special forces.

That aside, however, I find the article interesting because it gives us just a bit of a glimpse into the relationship between ordinary Iranians and Jewish Iranians:


TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tehran-born Israeli Meir Javedanfar fondly recalls sitting around a television set with his Muslim friends back in Iran drinking copious cups of sweet tea while proudly watching the national soccer team play.

With a growing crisis between the West and Iran over its nuclear program, Javedanfar is among many Iranian Jews living in Israel who fear a possible attack on their former homeland.

"I am strongly against any war with Iran as I do not want to see Iranian people hurt," said Javedanfar, a 32-year-old Iranian analyst, staring at the lapping waves on the beachfront of Tel Aviv, an Israeli city where many Iranian Jews live.

The history of Iran's Jewish community, once over 100,000 strong, stretches back over 2,500 years to the ancient Persian empire. They are sometimes called "Esther's Children" after a Jewish queen of Persia.

Jews faced intermittent persecution in Iran for centuries but flourished with the ascent of the pro-western Pahlavi dynasty in the 1920s.

Since Israel's creation in 1948, more than 40,000 Iranian Jews have moved to the Jewish state, with the last big wave arriving after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.

Tel Aviv shop owner Siyamak Shirazi, 37, who was born in Tehran and moved to Israel in 1979, said he hoped ordinary Iranians would not be caught up in any military action.

"We are Israelis but we are still Iranians. I hope there are no air strikes," he said. "I would prefer the ruling leadership being removed by U.S. or Israeli special forces. Perhaps then the people there will be able to breathe again."

The United States and other countries including Israel accuse Iran of wanting to build nuclear bombs. Iran says its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity.

Washington has not ruled out military options if diplomacy fails to curb Iran's atomic ambitions.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ratcheted up tensions in recent months by calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map." He has also described the Jewish state as "a decaying and crumbling tree that will fall with a storm."

Close allies when Iran was ruled by a U.S.-backed Shah, Iran and Israel have been implacable foes since the 1979 revolution.

Tehran has said its armed forces would retaliate for any attack. Earlier this month, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said Israel would be the first target, a comment later played down by the deputy chief of military staff.

Israel, considered the only nuclear power in the Middle East, is within range of Iranian ballistic missiles.

Israeli officials have said Iran's nuclear program is the most serious threat faced by Jews since the Nazi Holocaust. Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Ahmadinejad should bear in mind that his own country could also be destroyed.

"I miss my friends in Iran and Tehran very much," said Morris Moradiyan, 42, originally from Iran's capital.

"At the same time, Israel faces an existential threat from a nuclear Iran," he said. "I know ordinary Iranian people will suffer like us. I just hope if it comes to any attack, it can be done quickly with as little bloodshed as possible."

The Jewish community in Iran now numbers some 25,000 out of a population of around 69 million.

Jews in Iran are often regarded with suspicion by the government. Earlier this year, the Jewish community in Iran took a dramatic step in criticizing Ahmadinejad's description of the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews during World War Two as a myth.

Despite the growing tensions, contacts between Israel's Iranian Jews and friends and family in Iran continue in secret.

E-mail and telephone calls over the Internet have made it easier to stay in touch without alerting Iranian authorities. Some Iranian Jews in Israel call over regular telephone lines but use code words as a precaution.

"When I speak with my family in Iran we never mention the word Israel," said Shaharzad Amin-Zadeh, 45, who moved to Israel from the Kurdish Iranian city of Sanandaj. "People over there are worried."

Since the 1950s, Israel Radio has run a daily Farsi language service, which it says is widely listened to in Iran.

The service hosts a weekly phone-in talk show with people in Iran via a link through Europe. In the past, Israel's Iranian-born president, Moshe Katsav, has been a guest on the program, which gets on average 10 callers a week from Iran.

"Listeners have called the program saying they were embarrassed by Ahmadinejad's comments," said Menashe Amir, who works in the Farsi service.

"They also said they were happy for the U.S. to confront Iran but hoped it would not hit ordinary citizens and only target nuclear sites," Amir added.

Toronto-based Iranian activist Hossein Derakhshan, one of the best-known Farsi "bloggers" on the Internet, visited Israel this year -- a trip he described as a good opportunity to break "a long-established taboo" about the Jewish state.

"Because of the anti-Israel propaganda of the Iranian regime there is a backlash and people have become curious," said Derakhshan, who left Iran five years ago after working as a journalist with a reformist newspaper.

On his Web site, he wrote about his recent experiences in Israel and posted video clips of his visit, especially his meetings with Iranian Jews. He said more than 4,000 people, many of them in Iran, have viewed the recordings.

"People in Iran are intrigued by the idea of Israel and want to visit it," he said. "Tel Aviv could easily be the sister city to Tehran if Iran becomes open and democratic."


I love the idea that this whole problem can be solved by Special Forces. When someone says such a thing, you know you are just one step away from Moonbat-land. Just ask them the question, "Well, if we can just send Special Forces in there and take out the Iranian regime, then why do you suppose George Bush wants to bomb Iran?

The answer will be either one of the following, or a hybrid of the three:

1) Because of the Military Industrial Complex,

or,

2) Because the Zionists want to destroy Iran,

or

3) Because we want to take over the Iranian oil wells.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Iraq's New
Prime Minister
Will Do What
America Couldn't
Get Away With


And, he will probably be applauded for it:


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's new prime minister promised Sunday to use "maximum force" if necessary to end the brutal insurgent and sectarian violence wracking the country, while a suicide bomber killed more than a dozen people at a restaurant in downtown Baghdad.

"We are aware of the security challenge and its effects. So we believe that facing this challenge cannot be achieved through the use of force only, despite the fact that we are going to use the maximum force in confronting the terrorists and the killers who are shedding blood," al-Maliki said.

Disarming militias, whose members are believed to have infiltrated the security services, will be a priority, he said, along with promoting national reconciliation, improving the country's collapsing infrastructure and setting up a special protection force for Baghdad.

Is This
The Beginning
Of A
Civil War
In America?


Two things here. First comes the statistic that fully 10% of Mexico's population is currently living in the United States:


The current migration of Mexicans and Central Americans to the United States is one of the largest diasporas in modern history, experts say.

Roughly 10 percent of Mexico's population of about 107 million is now living in the United States, estimates show. About 15 percent of Mexico's labor force is working in the United States. One in every 7 Mexican workers migrates to the United States.



That is an absolutely pathetic statistic. The lesson everyone, especially the Mexican people, should learn from this statistic is that the Mexican government is completely incapable of doing its job. It can not provide a decent standard of living for its people. The Mexican government has completely failed the Mexican people.

Vincente Fox ought to be ashamed of himself. But, of course, he isn't. That is reason enough for the Mexican people to gather together, raid the Presidential home, tie Fox up, and physically remove him from office.

But, of course, they won't.

The other important story is that experts expect a surge of volunteers to help illegal immigrants steal their way into America:


A surge in the number of volunteers fanning out across Arizona's southern deserts to aid illegal immigrants is expected this summer.

The increase comes despite the ongoing prosecution of two volunteers arrested last summer on federal charges they intentionally conspired to transport illegal entrants, leaders of illegal immigrant aid groups said.


Question (and really think about it before you answer): Is this the beginning of an American Civil War?

I do not think a full-scale civil war will break out in the next few weeks, but it is a serious question to ponder. Are these the first shots in what will eventually become a very large war.

Like the rest of the West, America needs to do something about its immigrant situation. The difference between America and Europe, however, is the European governments are willingly allowing the invasion of their countries. In America, the bulk of our immigrants are illegal. In theory, the American government does not willingly allow the illegal immigrants in.

However, that is only a theory, or, shall we say, that is the story they tell us, and they've been sticking to it.

However, the American people are waking up to the fact that our government is giving away our country, in the form of allowing, even facilitating, illegal immigration. Mexican illegal immigrants get free health care, they often aquire false identification, and thus become eligible for welfare services, and, they vote. I've seen it with my own two eyes, in my own neighborhood.

Of course, you would just have to trust me on the anecdotal story.

Yesterday, I wrote a post on how there was a poll in Germany which seems to show that the German people are absolutely bottoming out on their trust in the Muslims in their midst. It has gotten so bad that a plurality of Germans now do not even want to allow Mosques to be built in their country:


Asked if there should be a ban on the building of mosques in Germany as long as the building of churches in some Islamic states is forbidden, 56 per cent agreed, said the poll.

There is even considerable backing for ending Germany’s constitutional right of freedom of religion with regard to Islam, the poll showed.

Asked if strict limits should be imposed on the practice of Islam in Germany to protect the country, 40 per cent said they would support such moves.



These are stunning statistics. What I believe we are seeing here is that the views of the German and American people are radically diverging from the agendas of the governments who represent them. This is a very dangerous state of affairs. If things do not adjust themselves, violence will ensue.

America has a pretty good track record of adjustment. However, this illegal immigration situation has been a long time boiling. We shall see if the problem will be addressed.

The German people, on the other hand have a history of violent swings between left and right, often veering into fascism. There is a real danger of history repeating itself there.

And, there is a real danger of America inventing a new historical trend for itself, if our government doesn't start to listen to its citizenry.

"The Underpopulation Bomb"


Al Fin has a very interesting post on "The Underpopulation Bomb." The point is that there are a great number of countries in the world whose people are reproducing are less than replacement rate:


Two years ago, Phillip Longman published an article in Foreign Affairs entitled The Global Baby Bust. He convincingly argues that western nations will soon be underpopulated, due to falling birthrates. Longman's article probably helped to jump start the discussion of this topic within the mainstream, although underpopulation had long been a growing concern among western conservatives and independents.

Japan, Russia, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, South Korea, and a number of other Western/or European countries will either shrink in population, or experience severe cultural shock as populations are replaced by outsiders. Even China and India will face inevitable problems unique to their populations and economies, due to the slowing of birthrates.


Here is a list of countries whose population is reproducing at rates signifigantly below replacement rate:


1. Bulgaria 1.13 children born/woman (2003 est.)
2. Czech Republic 1.18 children born/woman (2003 est.)
3. Latvia 1.2 children born/woman (2003 est.)
4. Singapore 1.24 children born/woman (2003 est.)
5. Hungary 1.25 children born/woman (2003 est.)
6. Slovakia 1.25 children born/woman (2003 est.)
7. Spain 1.26 children born/woman (2003 est.)
8. Italy 1.26 children born/woman (2003 est.)
9. Slovenia 1.27 children born/woman (2003 est.)
10. Andorra 1.27 children born/woman (2003 est.)
11. Estonia 1.27 children born/woman (2003 est.)
12. San Marino 1.31 children born/woman (2003 est.)
13. Macau 1.32 children born/woman (2003 est.)14. Hong Kong 1.32 children born/woman (2003 est.)
15. Russia 1.33 children born/woman (2003 est.)
16. Belarus 1.34 children born/woman (2003 est.)
17. Ukraine 1.34 children born/woman (2003 est.)
18. Greece 1.35 children born/woman (2003 est.)
19. Romania 1.36 children born/woman (2003 est.)
20. Guernsey 1.37 children born/woman (2003 est.)
21. Germany 1.37 children born/woman (2003 est.)
22. Poland 1.37 children born/woman (2003 est.)
23. Japan 1.38 children born/woman (2003 est.)
24. Austria 1.41 children born/woman (2003 est.)
25. Lithuania 1.43 children born/woman (2003 est.)
26. Switzerland 1.48 children born/woman (2003 est.)
27. Portugal 1.49 children born/woman (2003 est.)
28. Liechtenstein 1.5 children born/woman (2003 est.)
29. Georgia 1.51 children born/woman (2003 est.)
30. Sweden 1.54 children born/woman (2003 est.)
31. Saint Helena 1.54 children born/woman (2003 est.)
32. Korea, South 1.56 children born/woman (2003 est.)
33. Armenia 1.56 children born/woman (2003 est.)
34. Jersey 1.57 children born/woman (2003 est.)
35. Taiwan 1.57 children born/woman (2003 est.)
36. Cuba 1.61 children born/woman (2003 est.)
37. Canada 1.61 children born/woman (2003 est.)
38. Belgium 1.62 children born/woman (2003 est.)
39. Gibraltar 1.65 children born/woman (2003 est.)
40. Barbados 1.65 children born/woman (2003 est.)
41. Man, Isle of 1.65 children born/woman (2003 est.)
42. Netherlands 1.65 children born/woman (2003 est.)
43. United Kingdom 1.66 children born/woman (2003 est.)
44. Luxembourg 1.7 children born/woman (2003 est.)
45. Finland 1.7 children born/woman (2003 est.)
46. China 1.7 children born/woman (2003 est.)
47. Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.71 children born/woman (2003 est.)
48. British Virgin Islands 1.72 children born/woman (2003 est.)
49. Denmark 1.73 children born/woman (2003 est.)
50. Moldova 1.74 children born/woman (2003 est.)
51. Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of 1.75 children born/woman (2003 est.)
52. Northern Mariana Islands 1.75 children born/woman (2003 est.)
53. Anguilla 1.76 children born/woman (2003 est.)
54. Monaco 1.76 children born/woman (2003 est.)
55. Australia 1.76 children born/woman (2003 est.)
56. Serbia and Montenegro 1.77 children born/woman (2003 est.)
57. Trinidad and Tobago 1.78 children born/woman (2003 est.)
58. Seychelles 1.79 children born/woman (2003 est.)
59. New Zealand 1.79 children born/woman (2003 est.)
60. Aruba 1.79 children born/woman (2003 est.)
61. Martinique 1.79 children born/woman (2003 est.)
62. Montserrat 1.8 children born/woman (2003 est.)
63. Norway 1.8 children born/woman (2003 est.)
64. France 1.85 children born/woman (2003 est.)


This list is like a Who's Who of the most productive and innovative populations on Earth. The only major innovating countried I am not seeing on that list are the United States and China.

And, let's face it, much of the reproduction in countries such as the U.S., Denmark, Norway, and France, is being done by immigrants. And, in Denmark, Norway, and France, those immigrants are primarily Muslims.

Another thing to note is, almost every Western European nation is represented on that list.