Saturday, July 15, 2006


The
Compass
Is Spinning
Round
And Round









While leaders of countries across the West are condemning Israel's use of "disproportionate" force, while the Vatican is returning like a dog to its vomit, what are the nations of the Arab world doing?

They are condemning Hizbollah.

What an upside down time we live in. Our moral compass is spinning around and around, as if it is anarchy is being loosed by some frightening magnetic force.

What do you think that force is?


Some Thoughts
On The
World
Situation
As It Stands


Since 9/11, we have been headed towards World War III. George Bush, rightly in my opinion, articulated that there was an Axis of Evil (Iran, Iraq, North Korea) which must be put down. We put down Iraq. Now, we need to move on, or our enemy will gain nukes, and thus become able to hold us off completely, unless we are willing to wreak terrible havoc.

In recent weeks, I believe, North Korea and Iran have coordinated their agressive moves against Western power. I do not believe it is a coincidence that Iran began a war against Israel (using their proxies, Hamas and Hizbollah), while at the same time North Korea decided to test-fire missiles (with unknown payload) towards Japan and Hawaii. They have done this for the purpose of diverting attention away from the UN Security Council where their sits the still unresolved issue of what to do about Iranian nukes.

Considering the apparent fact that the world seems hellbent on ignoring Iran's progress towards nuclear capability, this is not as stupid a strategy as it may seem on paper. However, it is a strategy which can only work if the countries it attacks lack the will to fight back in a serious manner. And, let's face it, recent events have indicated that neither the US, nor Israel, are serious.

The United States seems to have lost all momentum in its war on Islamofascism. Bush's poll number have been at pathetic lows. And, the best we have been able to come up with in response to Iran has been a package of gifts aimed at trying to bribe the Mullahs to pretty please be nice. And, at the same time, Israel's foreign policy has been primarily focused on giving up land to a terrorist government without bothering to negotiate for any tangible progress.

When Western powers such as the United States and Israel - who have spent the lives of their nations progressing on a forward march towards greater freedom, and greater rationality -suddenly begin being subservient lapdogs to the fascists in Iran, one has to wonder if there could, perhaps, be a larger strategy at play.

Yes, one would have to wonder. Could the United States, and their ally Israel, possibly be holding out fresh juicy bait to the fascist forces of the world? Could it be that Israel's strategy of land for terrorism, and the United States strategy of feeding the dragon in Iran, possibly be the setting of a trap?

I have always thought so. It seems that I am not alone.

Follwing are various comments and posts positing the idea that there is a larger, more intelligent strategy at play in current events:


Me thinks the fix is in! Sharon's pullout of Gaza was done knowing full well Hamas couldn't resist the temptation. All they know is war. They don't know how to govern and collect the trash.

Isreal pulls out of Lebanon with a tacit agreement with Syria to moderate Hezbollah.

Syria misteps and gets thrown out of Lebanon.

Hamas and Hezbollah can't control themselves and cross Israel borders.

Now Israel has wink/nod from everyone involved to take out Hezbollah and Hamas.

A similar thing is happening with President Mad and the Mad Mullahs. They taken the bait hookline and sinker. It was never thought they would take the deal (the package of incentives offered by the US). That would be a rational act.

President MAD will get his next!

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The author, Robert Tracinski, suggests that Iran has forcibly brought the war to the U.S. by aggressively using its proxies (Hamas and Hizbollah) to draw the US out. Why? Because Bush has been content to let the diplomatic process play itself out; and if allowed to do so, then it would place Bush in a stronger position for military action.

It is no coincidence--as others have pointed out--that Iran has taken action on the eve of its nuclear deadline. The war it has initiated is designed to 1)deflect attention away from its nuclear program (not quite ready yet, are we?); and to force the U.S.'s hand in the region--i.e., forcing us to act before they think we were quite ready to act.In all this, Iran is counting on the appeasement of both the UN and the EU ;and they haven't been disappointed, have they? But in all this maneuvering, Iran betrays its fundamental ignorance of the psychology of both Israel and the U.S.

Iran has revealed its hand, challenging the US and its allies and openly demonstrating its desire to dominate the Middle East through force and terror. While we have been trying to delay the war with Iran, it has brought the war to us, in a manner so obvious that even the mainstream media cannot evade it.

In doing so, they have made their threat to America and its interests more obvious and more urgent--providing a stronger case for war than their nuclear program could provide. There can be no question here about whether Iran really has aggressive designs in the Middle East, whether it really seeks the weapons to attack the US and its allies, and how long it might take for such a threat to materialize. The threat is here and Iran's newest war on the West has already begun.

Iran is risking everything on this new strategy, and the only hope they have of success is the expectation that, as they bring the war closer and closer to America, we won't fight back. But that means that we have an easy way to blow their strategy to smithereens. All we have to do is to start fighting back.

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This is a long-running chess match, on a national scale. Give George W time and let the current game play out. He has proven time and again he is an expert chess player and has good advisers, including Dr. Rice.

This is an opening move, in no small part to defang the anti-war left, pin down the drive-by media, and limit the ability of Europe to cut and run when things get hot. The Mullahs will never take the offer - they think we are weak and unable to respond. They'll spit on it and proceed with developing their nukes. Their goal is armageddon and world domination, not peace or salvation.



Friday, July 14, 2006

There Is No
Negotiating
With Evil


Neo Neocon has a great post up today about diplomacy and its limitations. The point is, one can not negotiate endlessly with evil men, because evil men will simply use the negotiation process as a stall until they are ready to kill you. Besides think about how absurd the idea of meeting evil halfway is, when you really get down to it.

Here's a quote, mentioned in Neo's post, from William Garrison, the New England Abolitionist:


With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.

"How's That Democracy Project Going?"
Andy McCarthy Asks A Good Question,
But It's Not The Right Question



From Ancy McCarthy at National Review's The Corner:


We've been told for some time now — against common sense and the weight of our own national experience — that the way to defeat international jihadism is to spread democracy.

So now the Lebanese democracy can't control Hezbollah (which has been freely elected and controls about a fifth of its legislature), while the Palestinian Authority IS Hamas (the Palestinian people having democratically put them in power).

How much do we figure that Israel is hoping democracy breaks out in Egypt, with the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad waiting in the wings? All it needs right about now is yet another democratic neighbor.

Democracy has many enduring benefits, but it doesn't stop terrorists from operating — and in many ways, it makes life easier for them. When are we going to stop talking about it as a national security cure-all?

We have to kill al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and the rest. This is harder work than the administration's rhetoric is preparing the nation for. We are not going to democratize these savages into submission.


True, true, Andy. And I am happy you are saying it.

But, the right question to ask is not, "how is that democracy project going?" Instead, the right question is, why did our democracy project work in Japan?"

Japan was also dominated by fundamentalist religious fanatics willing to blow themselves up out of dedication to their god. Japan was also an honor/shame culture, willing to fight to the very end. Japan was also bent on destroying everything about Western Civilization, in order to establish a kingdom based upon its barbarism. Japan was also willing to terrorize entire populations, killing, raping, lopping off women's private parts, just for the terrorizing effect of it.

So, how did we change them?

We banned, outlawed all their barbaric ways. We said, "If anyone is caught preaching or teaching any of this crap, you are going to jail, and that's that."

And, then we enforced it.

The problem is, we implemented a democracy without enforcing human rights. In Japan, we enforced human rights by outlawing anything that went counter to human rights. In a country like Iraq, or Lebanon, that would mean outlawing all barbaric vestiges of Sharia. It would mean banning the burqa. It would mean making it illegal to preach Jihad against the Infidels and Jews.

Have we done that?

No.

Then, we reap what we sow.


UK
Offers
Israel
Limp
Support


No, I swear, it's about three or four inches long.

Tony, if that's all you got, I wouldn't go around showing it:


British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for restraint on all sides but kept closer to the US line.

"I totally understand the desire and the need for Israel to defend itself properly and I also understand the plight of Lebanon and the Lebanese government, not to say the many Palestinians that are suffering as well," Blair said in London.


No,
Bush
Is Not
Calling
For An End
To Israeli
Airstrikes



This story stinks to high heaven.

Roger Simon has some speculation on the anatomy of this story interrupted:


Perhaps I missed it, but it's hard in the Middle East obsessed media to find any substantive information about what Bush really said to Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. The Lebanese seem to be spinning as fast as they can:

As the crisis entered its third day, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora met in Beirut with ambassadors from the United Nations Security Council and spoke with President Bush by telephone, the prime minister's office said.

According to a statement from Siniora, "President Bush affirmed his readiness to put pressure on Israel to limit the damage to Lebanon as a result of the current military action, and to spare civilians from harm," The Associated Press reported. The Bush administration did not comment on the conversation.

I'm hardly surprised. More likely it ran like this: "Seems to me, Mr. Prime Minister, that half of your country was being run by a homocidal maniac cult. I'd be glad to have someone come in and clean that up if I were you.... Now, you go say anything you want for public consumption, but just sit back and relax and let things happen. Comprende, amigo?"



Bush
To Call
For End
To Israeli
Airstrikes?


From Atlas Shrugs:


FOX is reporting that Bush will call on Israel to stop the airstrikes. If this is true, Bush has become part of the problem. Effecting dhimmitude will not solve this culture of murder.No country, no "group" firing rockets at civilian cities and towns should be sanctioned. Israel has gone out of their way to fire on military installations, and infrastructure that aids the terrorists. Israel is not shelling at civilians.

President Bush, move away from Condi Rice. Step away from the Arabist tool.

If, in the face of repeated threats and provocation by an aggressive dictatorship, you refuse to go to war, the war will eventually come to you.


What kind of sense does this make?

Check out this quote from John Bolton's speech to the UN just this morning:


All militias in Lebanon, including Hizballah, must disarm and disband immediately and the Lebanese government must extend and exercise its sole and exclusive control over all Lebanese territory.

President Bush has made clear that Syria and Iran must be held to account for supporting regional terrorism and their role in the current crisis. Syria provides safe haven to the militant wing of Hamas and provides material support to Hizballah, which also maintains an active presence in Syria. Iran's extensive sponsorship and financial and other support of Hizballah is well known and has been ongoing for decades. No reckoning with Hizballah will be adequate without a reckoning with its principal state sponsors of terror.

We call on Syria and Iran to cease their sponsorship and support of terrorist groups, in particular Hizballah and Hamas. For the third time in two weeks, we again call on Syria to arrest Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, who currently lives in Damascus. There is no excuse for a member state of the United Nations to continue to knowingly harbor a recognized terrorist.


Why is out government talking out of two sides of its mouth?

If Israel does not solve this problem, will we?


The
Gathering
Storm


The New
Anti-Semitic
Talking Points


Charles, at Little Green Footballs, calls this "the New Anti-Semitic Meme." That's a good name for it:


Thanks mostly to U.S. President Harry S. Truman and his “susceptibility to Zionist influence,” Israel came into existence in 1948. [1] Humanity, and in particular, the Palestinians, have paid dearly for his decision. The land on which the Palestinians had been living for centuries, in peace, with a minority Jewish population, has been gradually transformed into an Apartheid state by the machinations of the Zionist Movement. That Apartheid state, in turn, is today dominated by Israel’s Death-Mayhem-and- Occupation Machine. [2]

One wonders: What would the world look like today, if the state of Israel had not been created in 1948? Its improvident formation seems to have set in motion a chain of events, mostly negative, in the affairs of Mankind. In the movie, “Click,” the lead character finds a “universal remote” that allows him to rewind to different parts of his life and to change what had happened. If I possessed such a “universal remote” and could stop President Truman from aiding and abetting the establishment of an Israeli state, then, it is my speculation, (a theory), that the following 25 propositions would probably be our present day reality. They are:

1. The U.S. would not have any enemies in the Islamic World.

2. There would be no Al-Qaeda Terrorist Network.

3. Gasoline would be selling for less than $1 a gallon.

4. There would have been no 9/11.

5. There would be no USA Patriot Law.

6. There would be no Homeland Security Agency.

7. The Israeli Lobby’s “unmatched power” over the U.S.’ foreign policy, for over four decades, would not had existed. (Its support for the Iraqi War was deemed by the experts to be “critical.”) [3]

8. There would also not have been any Neocon ideologues; like Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Richard Perle, et al, to help, (along with other “Special Interests”), to push the U.S. into an illegal war with Iraq. [4]

9. Iran would not be the next target for U.S. aggression. (No Israel. No “A Clean Break” document. No Israeli Lobby. No Neocons. No need for the U.S. to attack Iran.) [5]

10. The Zionist fink, Jonathan Pollard, wouldn’t be in prison for stealing U.S. military secrets and hawking them to Israel.


Look for variations on this to begin coming at you from all directions. I believe we will see a deluge of anti-Semitism in coming months. Such hatred will become so commonplace that it will seem like normal public dialogue. Now is the time when individual human beings need to have principles which stand against bigotry, because if one doesn't, one will be swayed by current public opinion.

Think now, will you become like the Germans of th 1930's? Will you, like the Germans, fall prey to the anti-Semitism which was so commonplace, and seemed so reasonable?

Or, will you make a decision today to not succumb to the court of public opinion? Will you resist the warped trends of thought which have come, and are coming to dominate our media and political dialogue?

France
Bans
Demonstration


You know how France prides itself on its citizenry taking to the streets to express themselves. Well, not this time:


A demonstration in Paris planned by the Iranian opposition movement the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) to coincide with talks on Tehran's nuclear programme has been banned because of a threat to public order, police said Wednesday.


Let's see now. Actual moderate Iranians want to protest in favor of regime change and France bans the demonstration.

Hmm, could it be they are afraid the "youths" may get upset at the threat to Islamofascist tyrrany?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israel Bombs
Road
To Damascus


I'm guessing Bashar Assad had quite an experience with the sudden light on the road to Damascus today:


Israeli planes struck the main highway linking Beirut to the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese security source said.

The jets struck at least five separate times along different points of the international route, the source said.


Israeli officials said on Thursday that Israeli forces planned to strike the key highway as part of an assault aimed at retrieving two soldiers seized by Lebanese Hizbullah guerrillas.

Israel had already bombed Lebanon’s airports and blockaded the country from the sea, bringing trade and tourism to a halt.

Lebanese officials said Israeli aircraft dispersed thousands of leaflets above the Shiite-dominated areas of southern Beirut warning citizens to stay clear of Hizbullah offices and operatives.

"For your own safety and because of our desire not to harm any civilians who are not involved (with Hizbullah), you should refrain from staying in areas where Hizbullah is present and operating," said the Arabic-language leaflets, signed "The State of Israel".


Eyewitnesses said hundreds of residents were seen leaving the capital.

IDF sources said several senior Hizbullah members have gone into hiding.



I Picked
A Fine
Friggin'
Time To Go
On Hiatus,
Didn't I?


Look, I've been on the road working on another project. I did 10 hours on freeways today. I am tired as hell. But, I have to say, if you go to Drudge and read all the articles on what is happening in the Middle East right now, I think it is clear that Iran is just angling to find an excuse to hit Israel:


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a "fierce response", state television reported."

If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime will receive a very fierce response," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


The question is, does Iran have nukes yet?

I think we might find the answer to that question on August 22nd:


The U.S. intelligence community has not been surprised by Iran's refusal to respond to a Western incentive package to suspend its uranium enrichment. Intelligence sources said Iran, following North Korea's model, intends to delay any response or negotiations for as long as possible.

The European Union and the United States demanded that Iran reply to the Western incentive package of nuclear technology, fuel and aircraft by June 29. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Teheran would submit an answer by Aug. 22.

The U.S. intelligence community has been trying to figure out why Ahmadinejad chose that date. Sources said the community was stumped until some Islam experts translated the Gregorian date to that of the Muslim calendar.

Then came the surprise that has the intelligence community worried.

Aug. 22 corresponds to Rajab 27 on the Muslim calendar. The date is called Lailat Al Israa, when Mohammed ascended to heaven from the Al Aqsa mosque to receive the five daily prayers. Later, Al Aqsa came to represent Jerusalem.

The Muslim commemoration is meant to be a night of struggle, accompanied by thunder and lightening, resembling the story of Moses ascending Mount Sinai to receive the Old Testament.
Ahmadinejad could be hinting to the West that he is preparing a major attack on Israel. Or, the Iranian president could be warning that unless the West caves in, he would escalate tension in the region. The lightening in Mohammed's story could represent Iranian missiles.


What is clear is that Ahmadinejad does not see himself as an Iranian leader, but a Muslim prophet, using imagery to portray himself as a messiah for both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Blogging Will Be Light


... to non-existent the next few days. I am working on another project which requires a lot of my time.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Japan
Considers
Enacting
Doctrine Of
Pre-Emption


Is Japan run by evil Neocons? What's going on here? How could they consider defending themselves by striking first when they are threatened with a WMD attack by North Korea?


TOKYO - Japan said Monday it was considering whether a pre-emptive strike on the North's missile bases would violate its constitution, signaling a hardening stance ahead of a possible U.N. Security Council vote on Tokyo's proposal for sanctions against the regime.

Japan was badly rattled by North Korea's missile tests last week and several government officials openly discussed whether the country ought to take steps to better defend itself, including setting up the legal framework to allow Tokyo to launch a pre-emptive strike against Northern missile sites.

"If we accept that there is no other option to prevent an attack ... there is the view that attacking the launch base of the guided missiles is within the constitutional right of self-defense. We need to deepen discussion," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said.

Japan's constitution currently bars the use of military force in settling international disputes and prohibits Japan from maintaining a military for warfare. Tokyo has interpreted that to mean it can have armed troops to protect itself, allowing the existence of its 240,000-strong Self-Defense Forces.

A Defense Agency spokeswoman, however, said Japan has no attacking weapons such as ballistic missiles that could reach North Korea. Its forces only have ground-to-air missiles and ground-to-vessel missiles, she said on condition of anonymity due to official policy.


I'm sure our defense contractors would be happy to supply Japan with the offensive missiles they will need.

Sunday, July 09, 2006


The
Meaning
Of My Wife


Song by Pastorius












Lord -
I have gazed into books - into pools - into jewels -
Just to find my own self
Lord -
I have willed - I have killed - stolen fire - built up higher -
Just to buy me some wealth
Lord -
I would do anything - just about anything -
To put out this burning inside
Lord -
Is it love - beautiful - is it truth - lasting youth -
Where the hell does it hide?


But -
If I could - just be still - and let you - show your love through the cracks in my life
Then -
I would see - what you gave - when you gave me the meaning of my wife


Lord -
Why did we - split the world - flags unfurled - endless swirl - get the girl -
Don't want her no more
Lord -
Why did you - split in two - all we do - can't believe - it was me -
Who built this big wall
Lord -
How we hate - our own fate - our own face - every race - all we chase
Don't want it to end
Lord -
Want to live? - got to give - need something - that will bring
Us together again


And -
If I could - let you kill - the old man - cut through me -
With the edge of your knife
Then -
I could know - what you told - when you told me -
The Meaning of my life
Then -
I coud see - what you gave - when you gave me
The Meaning of my Wife