Saturday, August 05, 2006

Palestinians Use
Racist Language
To Describe Condi

They hate Jews. It shouldn't be any surprise that they aren't too fond of blacks either:

According to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch, the PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida detailed Wednesday's Ramallah protests in which Rice was described as a "raven" who "brings only destruction."Al Hayat Al Jadida featured pictures of ralliers brandishing anti-Rice placards, some reading, "Murderer Rice go to Hell" and "Get out."

One placard had Rice drinking the blood of dead babies and stating, "I need more blood."A cartoon last week in the PA controlled Al Quds depicted Rice pregnant with a monkey. A caption read, "Rice speaks about birth of new Middle East."

In a previous article by Al Hayat Al Jadida, Rice is described three times as the "black woman," and her father, who was an ordained Presbyterian minister, was called the "black clergyman [who filled Rice's head with Bible stories]."

The article warned, "Beware of this 'black spinster,' we don't want to say 'the black widow' out of respect for her femininity and her intelligence."

There's more, if you really want to hear it.

Ave Maria

Kathleen Battle - Vocal
Christopher Parkening - Guitar

The History Of
The Christian Explusion
Of Muslim Invaders

Over at Galliawatch, Tiberge is pondering the history of the Christian struggles against Muslims invaders:

A reader named Anonymous stated that he saw nothing wrong with a church becoming a brothel or a bicycle garage, since it didn't affect the architecture. I decided to take him seriously and wrote my (inadequate no doubt) reply.

Here's the reply Tiberge wrote:

Christianity is one of the major foundations of Western culture. No one is obligated to be a Christian. No Christian is obligated to attend church. But the art, architecture, music, literature and value system of the West have, until recent times, always been impregnated with Christianity. Handel would not have composed "Messiah", Leonardo would not have painted "The Last Supper", these churches in France would never have been built, without the profound Christian feelings that are clearly absent from today's western world.

It is impossible to ignore the impact of Christianity even if it is not the only factor in French culture. There is certainly a secular tradition as well, which, by the way, would not exist except in contrast to the religious.

The purpose of this website is to present, in translation, information from France that traces the rise of Islam, the decay of French culture and education, and the abandonment of the former value systems that built the European nations. One of these is unavoidably Christianity.

If Europe today had a strong Christian identity, Islam would not be the powerful and malevolent force that it is. Europe has always had difficulty mustering the will to fight Islam, but the battles that it did win, such as Lepanto, were won because of a belief in the superiority of Christianity and the nations that were built and that flourished under its influence.

Lastly, your notion that a brothel housed inside a former parish church is just as worthy architecturally as a church used as a church is missing the point of architecture. Architecture is a reflection of the essence of whatever activity takes place within its walls. Municipal buildings, national monuments, museums, religious structures, educational edifices cannot be turned into whore-houses without making a complete mockery of the architect, his clients and architecture itself. It is making a mockery as well of the very human feelings that lived, studied and worshipped in these buildings.

By your theory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art would be just as magnificent as a giant brothel. No way.

Tiberge is right, Europe would not be having the trouble it is having with Islam if Europe had a profound belief in the Christian religion of its heritage. For better or worse (and I believe it is for better) Christianity presents a worldview by which human beings are able to make moral judgements. The postmodern European worldview teaches that there is no intellectually accessible moral standards by which we can find our way in the world.

While it is true that Europe is a champion of human rights, we see over and over again that Europe is almost completely incapable of acting on that sense of rights. Consider Sudan or Rwanda. In both cases Europe dithered and refused to take action while genocides went on.

It is not that Europe lacks any sense of right and wrong. Certainly the modern understanding of human rights is, itself, a reflection of a moral sense. But, Europe does lack a confidence in its moral judgements.

I believe this a reflection of the fact that without a belief in God, there is no foundation for a belief in absolute right and wrong. Without a belief in God it is very easy for a person, or group of people to throw their hands up in the air, when the going get tough, and say, "Well, who am I to judge?"

Yes, who are we to judge? That seems to be the message of the whole Bible, when you get right down to it. Judgement is God's. Vengeance is God's. Human beings can study the Word of God from here to the end, but they will only see through a glass darkly. God made us upright but we seek out many devices.

In short, wee can't trust ourselves, and we are only too aware of that fact.

However, if we believe in God, if we believe in an absolute moral standard to which we are held, then we go forth in fear and trembling lest we, seeing through that dark glass, should make a mistake, but, we go forth knowing that we must make a choice to act, because not to act is itself a sin. And, it is a sin for which we will be held accountable.

See, when it comes down to it, that is the difference between the religious man, and the non-religious man, that is the difference between a Bible-believing culture, and one which does not believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Having said all that, let us look at how a Bible-believing culture reacts when confronted with a Muslim invasion. Let us look at the Battle of Poitiers:

The Battle of Tours (
October 10, 732), often called Battle of Poitiers and also called in Arabic بلاط الشهداء (Balaat Alshuhada'a) The Court of Martyrs was fought near the city of Tours, France, by Frankish forces under Austrasian Mayor of the Palace Charles Martel and a massive invading Muslim army led by Emir `Abdul Raħmān al Ghāfiqī, Governor-general of Al-Andalus. The Franks defeated the Islamic army and Emir Abd er Rahman was killed. Charles earned the nickname Martel ("The Hammer") for the merciless way he hammered his opponents during this victory, and went on to repulse later Muslim invasions, driving Muslim forces back to the port of Narbonne. Edward Gibbon said of the Muslim invasions and Charles Martel "in the public danger, he was summoned by the voice of his country."

The battle followed twenty years of
Muslim conquests in Europe, beginning with the invasion of the Visigoth Christian Kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula in 711 and progressing into the Frankish territories of Gaul, former provinces of the Roman Empire. Muslim military campaigns had reached northward into Aquitaine and Burgundy, including a major battle at Bordeaux and a raid on Autun. Martel's victory is believed by many historians to have stopped the northward advance of Islam from the Iberian peninsula, and is therefore also considered of macrohistorical importance in that it halted the Muslim conquests and preserved Christianity as the controlling faith in Europe during a period when Islam was overrunning the remains of the old Roman and Persian Empires.[1]

Varied estimates of the Frankish army defending
Gaul suggest Martel commanded between 15,000 and 75,000 infantry[3] in the first western standing army since the fall of Rome. They had been trained to fight in phalanxes in order to face the dreaded Muslim heavy cavalry. Between 60,000 and 400,000 men [4] [5], mostly Berber lighthorse cavalry supplemented by Muslim heavy cavalry were under Abd er Rahman, often fractured into raiding parties to plunder various Frankish centers. According to Arab accounts, in the six days before the battle, Abd er Rahman recalled his forces so they were all present for the battle. By both western and Arab historical accounts, the Muslim forces probably outnumbered the Franks significantly at the onset of the Battle, but how far is unknown.

732, the Arab advance force was proceeding north toward the River Loire having outpaced their supply train and a large part of their army. Essentially, having easily destroyed all resistance in that part of Gaul, the invading army had split off into several raiding parties, simply looting and destroying, while the main body advanced more slowly.

The Muslim heavy cavalry broke the Christian infantry in their first charge, and then slaughtered them at will as they broke and ran.

The invading force went on to devastate southern Gaul, preparing it for complete conquest. One of the major raiding parties advanced on Tours. A possible motive, according to the second continuator of
Fredegar, was the riches of the Abbey of Saint Martin of Tours, the most prestigious and holiest shrine in western Europe at the time. Upon hearing this, Austrasia's Mayor of the Palace, Charles Martel, collected his army (estimated at 15,000 to 75,000 veterans) and marched south, avoiding the old Roman roads and hoping to take the Muslims by surprise. Because he intended to use a phalanx, it was essential for him to choose the battlefield. His plan — to find a high wooded plain, form his men and force the Muslims to come to him — depended on the element of surprise.

From all accounts, the invading forces were caught entirely off guard to find a large force, well disposed and prepared for battle, with high ground, directly opposing their attack on Tours. Charles had achieved the total surprise he hoped for.

In one of the rare instances where medieval infantry stood up against cavalry charges, the disciplined Frankish soldiers withstood the assaults, though according to Arab sources, the Arab cavalry several times broke into the interior of the Frankish square.

"The Moslem horsemen dashed fierce and frequent forward against the battalions of the Franks, who resisted manfully, and many fell dead on either side."

Despite this, the Franks did not break. It appears that the years of year-round training that Charles had bought with Church funds, paid off. His hard-trained soldiery accomplished what was not thought possible at that time: unarmoured infantry withstood the fierce Muslim heavy cavalry. A translation of an Arab account of the battle from the Medieval Source Book says:

"And in the shock of the battle the men of the North seemed like a sea that cannot be moved. Firmly they stood, one close to another, forming as it were a bulwark of ice; and with great blows of their swords they hewed down the Arabs. Drawn up in a band around their chief, the people of the
Austrasians carried all before them. Their tireless hands drove their swords down to the breasts of the foe." [[6]]

Those Muslims who had broken into the square had tried to kill Martel, but his
liege men surrounded him and would not be broken. The battle was still in flux when Frankish histories claim that a rumor went through the Arab army that Frankish scouts threatened the booty that they had taken from Bordeaux. Some of the Muslim troops at once broke off the battle and returned to camp to secure their loot.

According to Muslim accounts of the battle, in the midst of the fighting on the second day, scouts from the Franks sent by Charles began to raid the camp and supply train (including slaves and other plunder).

Charles supposedly had sent scouts to cause chaos in the Muslim base camp, and free as many of the slaves as possible, hoping to draw off part of his foe. This succeeded beyond his wildest dreams as many of the Muslim Cavalry returned to their camp. To the rest of the Muslim army, this appeared to be a full-scale retreat, and soon it was one.

Both Western and Muslim histories agree that while trying to stop the retreat, Abd er Rahman became surrounded, which led to his death, and the Muslims then withdrew altogether to their camp. "All the host fled before the enemy," candidly wrote one Arab source, "and many died in the flight."

Yes, we beat them, and beat them, until they began to retreat, and then we slaughtered them while they were running away. That is how battles are won.

We will, once again, regain this Charles Martel spirit. There is no doubt about it. No matter how much we may disdain the works of our hands here in the West, we know in our hearts that we can not part with our culture. Everything we love is born of and sustained by our culture, all our freedoms, all our abilities, all our technology, all our enterainments, arts and sciences.

Finally, I will leave you with a portion of an essay I wrote called
"Why The Christian Church Must Take On The Battle For The Defense Of Western Civilization."

Both Judaism and Christianity teach that man, having been made in the Image of his Creator, also inherently possesses these attributes to some extent. Therefore, man is meant to be creative, he is meant to love matter, he is meant to be reasonable and analytical, he is meant to reshape his work, and even, the work of God's hands, using the gifts of reason and analysis, and more than anything, man is meant to be Free, as God, most indubitably, is Himself.

And, what's more, God wants man to have Freedom of choice. He wants man to come to Him of his own accord. When man sinned, God could have unmade the sin, and started over, but instead, God worked with the new reality man had created, and even promised to make something more glorious of it.

In other words, when God was confronted with man's sin, and He banished the sinners from the Garden of Eden, He did not make it His next step to take away man's Free Will, but instead, chose for man to retain Free Will, and He chose to remain a partner in man's creative endeavors.

Reading the rest of the Hebrew Bible, and the Gospels, and the Letters, it becomes apparent that God made this decision precisely because He wants man to be Free, otherwise, man would not be free to choose Him.In other words - and I can't stress enough how important this is -

The first principle of the Bible is that man needs to be Free, and this comes before anything else.

This is not at all a principle of Islam. In Islam, a good Muslim is to learn the Koran by heart, and to follow its rules by rote. He is not to be analytical, because his analysis can never add anything to that which Allah has already provided. The Koran, itself, is the final word of Allah to man. It is not to be amended or added to. It is to be followed only.Man's creativity is to be impeded. Music must not be made of anything more than chanting and drums. Art must not be representational. It is forbidden for a Muslim to depict the human form in a sculpture, for instance.

Man is to love the paradise Mohammed calls him towards. He is not to love the Earthly realm of matter. In fact, much of the material world is haram, to the extent that man is forbidden to even view the form of any female not his own wife.

In Islam, man is not forbidden to be generous to other men, so long as his fellow man is a Muslim. But, there is no reason to be generous to a non-Muslim. In fact, one is not to take a non-Muslim as a friend.

In Islam, compassion is not the central theme. Allah can not be said to be the equivalent of Love, as the Bible tells us Yahweh is. Allah is instead, probably, more easily called a god of justice, as defined by Allah. Or, is that justice defined by Mohammed. We can't be sure, because when it comes right down to it, the only person from whom we have learned of Allah, is the prophet himself. And, we shall never hear another new word about Allah from anyone else.

So, we see, the god of Islam is not anything like the God of the Bible. We delude ourselves if we think the two can be compared.What's more, we put ourselves in danger, and, we put our very ability to practice our religion in danger, if we accept the idea that God and Allah are the same. Because Allah does not accept divergence of opinion. It's Allah's way, or the highway. No other opinions, or ideas, or beliefs, are allowed. Free Speech, Freedom of Conscience, Democracy, these are all but the baubles and bangles of a decadent Western Civilization, as far as the most learned men of Islam are concerned. They all lead to disobedience, and sloth, and weakness, we are told. And most importantly, what we need to know is they all lead away from Allah.

Therefore, if we are to accept that Allah is the same as the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible, we are accepting that Allah is preeminent, and our God must be subservient. We are accepting, therefore, that we are no longer to be free, rational, and analytical beings. Therefore, we are accepting that we no longer can make our own choices, for Democracy, for Freedom of Conscience, or for our God Himself. If we accept such, we are condemning ourselves to the destruction of Western Civilization, and we are taking away the very duty of man himself, that is to express himself as a being made in the Image of God.

The Christian Church, in general, must come to understand these things. The most important endeavor the Christian Church can undertake, at this point in time, is to understand that the defense of Western Civilization is of utmost importance to the existence of Christianity. Without the protection Western Civilization provides to Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Speech, and Democracy, Christianity itself would go into a dark age. Christians would be forced to worship underground, away from the light of day. Fewer people would hear the gospel preached, and therefore, fewer people would be free to make a choice to follow the God of the Bible.

The Christian Church must understand that Western Civilization and the Bible go hand in hand. The Christian Church must become warriors for Western Civilization.

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Dhimmi Contract

A Dhimmi is a non-Muslim who Muslims deign to allow to live in a Muslim land. In order to live safely the Dhimmi must pay a special Dhimmi protection tax. If he does, then he is agreeing to a contract of Dhimmitude which guarantees that he will not be killed, as long as he behaves himself.

With thanks to Stogie at SaberPoint,
here is the Dhimmi contract:

1. Dhimmis live in a second class condition within the society they inhabit.
2. Dhimmis are not allowed to vote or hold public office.
3. Dhimmis must pay a steep tax, called the Jihza, and do so under humiliating conditions: they must pay the tax in person where they are either spit on or slapped. The tax is a heavy financial burden, but if you can't pay it, you're dead. Some dhimmis who couldn't pay were forced to turn over their children as payment. The children were then raised as Muslims.
4. Dhimmis must dress differently than Muslims, e.g. with broad cloth belts, shoes of different color on opposite feet, or no shoes at all, and must shear their forelocks (the front part of their hair) so their dhimmi status is obvious.
5. Dhimmis must give way to Muslims on the sidewalk or street.
6. Dhimmis must give up their seat in any public place if a Muslim wishes to sit.
7. Dhimmis cannot build a house that is higher than Muslim houses in his neighborhood.
8. Dhimmis can only work in menial jobs like street sweeping or manual labor.
9. Dhimmis cannot renovate their churches or synagogues, so when they fall into disrepair they continue to deteriorate.
10. Dhimmis cannot display any symbol of their religion in public, like a cross, nor ring church bells or sing too loudly in their churches or synagogues lest they offend Muslims.
11. Dhimmis must house and feed any Muslim who passes their door for three days.
12. Dhimmis cannot criticize Islam, the Qur'an or Muhammad, under penalty of death or imprisonment.
13. Dhimmis cannot prevent any of their family members from converting to Islam.
14. Dhimmis cannot attempt to convert any Muslim to their religion.
15. Dhimmi men cannot marry Muslim women, but Muslim men can marry Dhimmi women.
16. Dhimmis cannot be witnesses in court against Muslims.
17. Dhimmis cannot own or carry any weapons.
18. Dhimmis cannot fight with or injure any Muslim, even in self defense, under penalty of death.
19. Dhimmis are subject to execution for apostasy against the Prophet of the Qur'an. (This provision was often abused. When a Muslim wanted a dhimmi's land or house, he simply had to state the dhimmi had insulted the Prophet. Since a Muslim's word was always accepted over that of a dhimmi, the dhimmi's unjust execution or imprisonment was assured.)
20. In many cases, dhimmi children are not allowed to attend state schools or universities.

Boy, that's quite a deal. I advise all Western appeasers to take it, before the Muslims start negotiating downward.

On The
Of Madness

Victor Davis Hanson, from National Review:

When I used to read about the 1930s — the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, the rise of fascism in Italy, Spain, and Germany, the appeasement in France and Britain, the murderous duplicity of the Soviet Union, and the racist Japanese murdering in China — I never could quite figure out why, during those bleak years, Western Europeans and those in the United States did not speak out and condemn the growing madness, if only to defend the millennia-long promise of Western liberalism.

Of course, the trauma of the Great War was all too fresh, and the utopian hopes for the League of Nations were not yet dashed. The Great Depression made the thought of rearmament seem absurd. The connivances of Stalin with Hitler — both satanic, yet sometimes in alliance, sometimes not — could confuse political judgments.

But nevertheless it is still surreal to reread the fantasies of Chamberlain, Daladier, and Pope Pius, or the stump speeches by Charles Lindbergh (“Their [the Jews’] greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government”) or Father Coughlin (“Many people are beginning to wonder whom they should fear most — the Roosevelt-Churchill combination or the Hitler-Mussolini combination.”) — and baffling to consider that such men ever had any influence.Not any longer.

Our present generation too is on the brink of moral insanity. That has never been more evident than in the last three weeks, as the West has proven utterly unable to distinguish between an attacked democracy that seeks to strike back at terrorist combatants, and terrorist aggressors who seek to kill civilians.

It is now nearly five years since jihadists from the Arab world left a crater in Manhattan and ignited the Pentagon. Apart from the frontline in Iraq, the United States and NATO have troops battling the Islamic fascists in Afghanistan. European police scramble daily to avoid another London or Madrid train bombing. The French, Dutch, and Danish governments are worried that a sizable number of Muslim immigrants inside their countries are not assimilating, and, more worrisome, are starting to demand that their hosts alter their liberal values to accommodate radical Islam.

It is apparently not safe for Australians in Bali, and a Jew alone in any Arab nation would have to be discreet — and perhaps now in France or Sweden as well. Canadians’ past opposition to the Iraq war, and their empathy for the Palestinians, earned no reprieve, if we can believe that Islamists were caught plotting to behead their prime minister.

Russians have been blown up by Muslim Chechnyans from Moscow to Beslan. India is routinely attacked by Islamic terrorists. An elected Lebanese minister must keep in mind that a Hezbollah or Syrian terrorist — not an Israeli bomb — might kill him if he utters a wrong word.

The only mystery here in the United States is which target the jihadists want to destroy first: the Holland Tunnel in New York or the Sears Tower in Chicago.

In nearly all these cases there is a certain sameness: The Koran is quoted as the moral authority of the perpetrators; terrorism is the preferred method of violence; Jews are usually blamed; dozens of rambling complaints are aired, and killers are often considered stateless, at least in the sense that the countries in which they seek shelter or conduct business or find support do not accept culpability for their actions.

Yet the present Western apology to all this is often to deal piecemeal with these perceived Muslim grievances: India, after all, is in Kashmir; Russia is in Chechnya; America is in Iraq, Canada is in Afghanistan; Spain was in Iraq (or rather, still is in Al Andalus); or Israel was in Gaza and Lebanon. Therefore we are to believe that “freedom fighters” commit terror for political purposes of “liberation.”

At the most extreme, some think there is absolutely no pattern to global terrorism, and the mere suggestion that there is constitutes “Islamaphobia.” Here at home, yet another Islamic fanatic conducts an act of al Qaedism in Seattle, and the police worry immediately about the safety of the mosques from which such hatred has in the past often emanated — as if the problem of a Jew being murdered at the Los Angeles airport or a Seattle civic center arises from not protecting mosques, rather than protecting us from what sometimes goes on in mosques.

But then the world is awash with a vicious hatred that we have not seen in our generation: the most lavish film in Turkish history, “Valley of the Wolves,” depicts a Jewish-American harvesting organs at Abu Ghraib in order to sell them; the Palestinian state press regularly denigrates the race and appearance of the American Secretary of State; the U.N. secretary general calls a mistaken Israeli strike on a U.N. post “deliberate,” without a word that his own Blue Helmets have for years watched Hezbollah arm rockets in violation of U.N. resolutions, and Hezbollah’s terrorists routinely hide behind U.N. peacekeepers to ensure impunity while launching missiles.

If you think I exaggerate the bankruptcy of the West or only refer to the serial ravings on the Middle East of Pat Buchanan or Jimmy Carter, consider some of the most recent comments from Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah about Israel:

“When the people of this temporary country lose their confidence in their legendary army, the end of this entity will begin [emphasis added].”

Then compare Nasrallah’s remarks about the U.S:

“To President Bush, Prime Minister Olmert and every other tyrannical aggressor. I want to invite you to do what you want, practice your hostilities. By God, you will not succeed in erasing our memory, our presence or eradicating our strong belief. Your masses will soon waste away, and your days are numbered [emphasis added].”

And finally examine here at home reaction to Hezbollah — which has butchered Americans in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia — from a prominent Democratic Congressman, John Dingell:

“I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah.”

And isn’t that the point, after all: the amoral Westerner cannot exercise moral judgment because he no longer has any?

An Arab rights group, between denunciations of Israel and America, is suing its alma mater the United States for not evacuating Arab-Americans quickly enough from Lebanon, despite government warnings of the dangers of going there, and the explicit tactics of Hezbollah, in the manner of Saddam Hussein, of using civilians as human shields in the war it started against Israel.

Demonstrators on behalf of Hezbollah inside the United States — does anyone remember our 241 Marines slaughtered by these cowardly terrorists? — routinely carry placards with the Star of David juxtaposed with Swastikas, as voices praise terrorist killers. Few Arab-American groups these past few days have publicly explained that the sort of violence, tyranny, and lawlessness of the Middle East that drove them to the shores of a compassionate and successful America is best epitomized by the primordial creed of Hezbollah.

There is no need to mention Europe, an entire continent now returning to the cowardice of the 1930s. Its cartoonists are terrified of offending Muslim sensibilities, so they now portray the Jews as Nazis, secure that no offended Israeli terrorist might chop off their heads. The French foreign minister meets with the Iranians to show solidarity with the terrorists who promise to wipe Israel off the map (“In the region there is of course a country such as Iran — a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region”) — and manages to outdo Chamberlain at Munich. One wonders only whether the prime catalyst for such French debasement is worry over oil, terrorists, nukes, unassimilated Arab minorities at home, or the old Gallic Jew-hatred.

It is now a cliché to rant about the spread of postmodernism, cultural relativism, utopian pacifism, and moral equivalence among the affluent and leisured societies of the West. But we are seeing the insidious wages of such pernicious theories as they filter down from our media, universities, and government — and never more so than in the general public’s nonchalance since Hezbollah attacked Israel.

These past few days the inability of millions of Westerners, both here and in Europe, to condemn fascist terrorists who start wars, spread racial hatred, and despise Western democracies is the real story, not the “quarter-ton” Israeli bombs that inadvertently hit civilians in Lebanon who live among rocket launchers that send missiles into Israeli cities and suburbs.

Yes, perhaps Israel should have hit more quickly, harder, and on the ground; yes, it has run an inept public relations campaign; yes, to these criticisms and more. But what is lost sight of is the central moral issue of our times: a humane democracy mired in an asymmetrical war is trying to protect itself against terrorists from the 7th century, while under the scrutiny of a corrupt world that needs oil, is largely anti-Semitic and deathly afraid of Islamic terrorists, and finds psychic enjoyment in seeing successful Western societies under duress.

In short, if we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Our Failure In Afghanistan

If you want to know whether we are succeeding or failing in our war efforts so far, you need look no further than this report from the BBC:

They have been accused by Islamic clerics of preaching Christianity. Afghanistan bans attempts to convert people to non-Islamic faiths.

Around 1,500 South Koreans arrived this week for a "peace festival", and education and entertainment programme.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Afghans held a protest rally against them at a mosque in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

"They were given tourist visas and now it seems they are misusing their tourist visas," a government official told the AFP news agency.

Religious freedom is an indispensible part of a Democratic Republic. A government which does not respect religious freedom is not a human right-respecting government. Therefore, it does not fit with our notion of a Democratic Republic.

Either we believe in spreading freedom, or we don't. If this is the best we are going to do in Afghanistan, then we must believe this is the best Afghanis deserve.

This is not acceptable.

If this is the best we believe Afghanis deserve, then we have failed them, and we have failed ourselves. In fact, we have failed Democracy and human rights.

The Saddest Day Of The Year:
Jews And Christians
Are Not Allowed
To Pray
At The Temple

(Thanks to Olivia for sending this over.)

Today is a big day on the Hebrew Calendar, Tisha B'Av. Wikipedia says, Tisha B'Av, or Tish'ah b'Av, (Hebrew: תשעה באב or ט׳ באב) is a major annual fast day in Judaism. Its name denotes the ninth day (Tisha) of the Jewish month of Av, which falls in the high summer. It has been called the "saddest day in Jewish history".

Today is a day when Jews, and Christians like myself (who observe Jewish rites) might want to mosey on down to the Temple and pray. But no, we wouldn't be allowed to in the Holy City of Jerusalem:

The Israeli Police Force, able to turn out tens of thousands of members in order to uproot Jews from their homes in parts of the Promised Land, was unwilling to secure the rights of Jews to pray at their holiest site Thursday for fear of Arab violence.

In an announcement aimed at circumventing a ruling of the High Court of Justice earlier this week, according to which members of the Temple Mount Faithful would be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount on the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av, Jerusalem police chief Ilan Franco ruled that the site would be off-limits to Jews and Christians for the day.

The reason, according to Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby as stated by The Jerusalem Post:

The decision to shut the Mount to visitors … followed an amalgamation of intelligence information that thousands of Muslims were planning to flock to the site to "protect" it from Jews who were planning to visit on Tisha B'av at the urging of "extremist" Jewish groups…

Muslims, who refuse to recognize or respect Jewish veneration of the place on which Israel’s ancient temples stood, are being allowed to pray on the Mount today Tisha B’Av (the Ninth Day of Av) is one of the holiest days on Israel’s calendar, when Jews around the world mourn the destruction of both the first and second temples, along with numerous other catastrophes that impacted them as a nation down the ages.

Included in that long list this year is the 2005 uprooting of Jews from their homes in the Gaza Strip and the abandoning of that ancient Jewish land to Muslim Arabs. Tens of thousands of soldiers and policemen were used to carry out that expulsion.

The lack of readiness on Israel’s part to use its law-enforcers to guarantee the rights of its own people to worship God at sacred sites has only served to strengthen the Islamic hold on these places.

So, if you are a believer in the Bible, what do you think of this?

A Worldwide

In Belgium, the Holocaust Memorial was attacked:

BRUSSELS (EJP)--- The Brussels Jewish Memorial for Holocaust victims has been vandalized, in an attack described as "devastating" by the head of a Belgian Jewish association.

Judith Kronfeld, secretary general of the “Union of deportees in Belgium-Sons and Daughters of deportation” organisation, spoke of a “scene of devastation” which was discovered Monday night.

The gate of the Memorial’s crypt was pulled out, documents were destroyed, windows broken and an urn containing ashes from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp was desecrated and emptied.

In Baltimore, MD, the Hebrew University was firebombed.

In Malaysia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is again calling for the destruction of Israel.

In Oslo, Norway, a Synagogue was vandalized. The assailant defecating on the front steps.

And at the United Nations, they have decided that Hizbollah is not a terrorist organization after all.

Jay Mac comments:

Right before our very eyes Hezbollah are, apparently, metamorphosising from a terrorist organisation to...well, no news what exactly they are yet. I'm sure it'll only be a short time before the MSM starts calling them freedom fighters or some such nonsense.

I wonder how long before other terrorist groups are elevated to the same level as nation-states?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Dhimmi Carter

A Dhimmi is an infidel who "enjoys" second-class citizen status under Islam in return for paying the Jizya, which is a protection tax levied under Sharia law.

Dhimmi Carter pays the Jizya by fellating the entire Arab world with statements such as the ones below:

Today in the Washington Post, Democrat former one-term president Jimmy Carter said:"Israel should withdraw from all Lebanese territory, including Shebaa Farms, and release the Lebanese prisoners."

The BBC reported that the prisoner most wanted for release by Hezbollah is Samir Qantar. We previously reported on this evil child-murderer here. According to the child's mother, Qantar "smashed my little [4-yr.old] girl's skull in against a rock with his rifle butt."
Carter also said: "[I]t is inhumane and counterproductive to punish civilian populations in the illogical hope that somehow they will blame Hamas and Hezbollah for provoking the devastating response."

Brylun, of YARGB, notes:

Somehow Carter missed the point that Hezbollah is hiding behind the women and children.

Check out this quote from a guy who lived in the midst of the brave Hizbollah freedom fighters:

"I lived in a small town in southern Lebanon, near Marjayoun, where most of the population was Shi'ite, like me. It didn't take long after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon until the Hezbullah had control, there and in all the other towns. With the welcome of triumphant [Hezbullah] partisans, we received weapons and rocket storage in bunkers. The "social services" of the Party of God consisted of building a school and apartments over this bunker. A local Sheik explained. laughing, that the Jews would lose no matter what --- when the rockets were fired, or when they attacked the bunker and world opinion condemned them for the civilian dead. The Lebanese people don't interest these people in the slightest; they use them as shields, and when dead, as propaganda. So long as they exist, there can be no rest or peace."
--- Dr. Mounir Herzallah, Berlin-Wedding

Mel Gibson Apologizes

Mel Gibson is apologizing for his hateful words about Jews:

August 2, 2006 -- There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of Anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge. I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.

The tenets of what I profess to believe necessitate that I exercise charity and tolerance as a way of life. Every human being is God’s child, and if I wish to honor my God I have to honor his children. But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith. I’m not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one on one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.

I have begun an ongoing program of recovery and what I am now realizing is that I cannot do it alone. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery.

Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help. I know there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.

This is not about a film. Nor is it about artistic license. This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have. It’s about existing in harmony in a world that seems to have gone mad.

It seems to me the right thing to do is for the Jewish community leaders to work with him, giving him positive steps he can take to heal himself and those he has hurt. He is a sick man, but the Bible does make it clear that the sacrifices which God honors are those which come from a broken and contrite heart, and that is a humility we need to learn in forgiving, as well as in asking for forgiveness.

We are to take care of the widows and the orpans, and certainly, Mel Gibson has made himself an orphan in this world.

On the other hand, I, not being Jewish, really have no right to speak for the Jewish community. It is up to the Jewish community how they want to handle this.

Monday, July 31, 2006

I Know
The Pieces

A song by Tool
A song for today, unfortunately.

I know the pieces fit 'cause I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering, fundamental differing
Pure intention juxtaposed will set two lovers' souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes, testing our communication

The light that fueled our fire then has burned a hole between us so
We cannot see to reach an end, crippling our communication

I know the pieces fit 'cause I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame, it doesn't mean I don't desire
To point the finger, blame the other, watch the temple topple over
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover communication

The poetry that comes from the squarin' off between
And the circling is worth it, finding beauty in the dissonance

There was a time that the pieces fit but I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering, strangled by our coveting
I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing
Doomed to crumble unless we grow and strengthen our communication

Cold silence has
A tendency to
Atrophy any
Sense of compassion
Between supposed brothers
Between supposed lovers

I know the pieces fit,
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit,
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit,
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit,
I know the pieces fit

Jaco Pastorius

Many of you may wonder where I got the name Pastorius. It is the name of my favorite musician; Jaco Pastorius. Here is a videoclip of Jaco playing bass guitar with the band Weather Report circa 1978.

Hizbollah Nazism

Click here to view a photoessay from Time Magazine which reveals the underlying ideology behind Hizbollah.

One Of The
Bravest People
On The Planet

Watch as Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American Psychologist tells an Al-Jazeera host the truth about Islam and its shortcomings.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Qana Caca

This morning the big news was that Israel had bombed a building which housed civilians, killing 56 people, "mostly women and children." Here's how the LA Times reported it: In Qana, A Gruesome Scene

QANA, Lebanon -- Hour after gruesome hour, the bodies came to light on Sunday: Corpses with limbs snapped into unnatural poses. Women with arms frozen upward, as if they died grasping at the sky. Children with blue faces, their mouths packed with dirt.

The two families had moved into a basement of a half-built home because they hoped it would protect them from Israeli attack; but by sunrise, they were dead.

As many as 56 people were suffocated or crushed to death by the Israeli airstrike on the home in this southern Lebanese town. Many of them were children.

The few who survived sat in hospital cots with haunted eyes on Sunday. They spoke of the long hours trapped beneath heavy heaps of rubble, and recalled the dying groans of their loved ones that faded through the night to silence.

"When I woke up, I started screaming, and I kept screaming for two hours," said Heyam Hasham. Her fingernails were broken and caked with earth. She couldn't remember how they got that way. "I thought I'd die because everybody was dead around me," she said.

Something horrible did happen in Qana, and many innocent people did die.

At least 34 children were among the dead.

Hundreds of Lebanese people went wild in the streets.

They raided the UN building in Beirut.

The UN weighed in condemning the violence of Israel.

But, all is not as it appears. For some reason,
the building collapsed 7 hours after it was hit by Israeli shells.

Seven hours later, and the innocent civilians were still in the building. Why is that?

And, why is it that the photojournalists documenting this incident for Associated Press, Reuters, and other major news distributors, are
giving us blatant propaganda photos?

What is going here?

An IDF investigation has found that the building in Qana struck by the Air Force fell around eight hours after being hit by the IDF.

“The attack on the structure in the Qana village took place between midnight and one in the morning.

The gap between the timing of the collapse of the building and the time of the strike on it is unclear,” Brigadier General Amir Eshel, Head of the Air Force Headquarters told journalists at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, following the incidents at Qana.

Eshel and the head of the IDF’s Operational Branch, Major General Gadi Eisnkot said the structure was not being attacked when it collapsed, at around 8:00 in the morning. The IDF believes that Hizbullah explosives in the building were behind the explosion that caused the collapse.

Another possibility is that the rickety building remained standing for a few hours, but eventually collapsed.

“It could be that inside the building, things that could eventually cause an explosion were being housed, things that we could not blow up in the attack, and maybe remained there, Brigadier General Eshel said. ”I’m saying this very carefully, because at this time I don’t have a clue as to what the explanation could be for this gap," he added.

The Photos
That Damn

The mainstream media (in this case, Associated Press) mindlessly report that an Israeli attack killed 56 Lebanese, including 34 children. That is horrible. But, what AP doesn't tell you is that Hizbollah purposely makes war against Israel from civilian zones.

From the Australian Herald Sun, here are the photos to prove it.

Suburban warfare: Hezbollah fighters are ready for action in a residential area.

Caption from the Australian Herald Sun

Of Untruth

From Victor Davis Hanson:

A “ceasefire” would occur should Hezbollah give back kidnapped Israelis and stop launching missiles; it would never follow a unilateral cessation of Israeli bombing. In fact, we will hear international calls for one only when Hezbollah’s rockets are about exhausted.

“Civilians” in Lebanon have munitions in their basements and deliberately wish to draw fire; in Israel they are in bunkers to avoid it. Israel uses precision weapons to avoid hitting them; Hezbollah sends random missiles into Israel to ensure they are struck.

“Collateral damage” refers mostly to casualties among Hezbollah’s human shields; it can never be used to describe civilian deaths inside Israel, because everything there is by intent a target.

“Cycle of Violence” is used to denigrate those who are attacked, but are not supposed to win.

“Deliberate” reflects the accuracy of Israeli bombs hitting their targets; it never refers to Hezbollah rockets that are meant to destroy anything they can.

“Disproportionate” means that the Hezbollah aggressors whose primitive rockets can’t kill very many Israeli civilians are losing, while the Israelis’ sophisticated response is deadly against the combatants themselves. See “excessive.”

Anytime you hear the adjective “excessive,” Hezbollah is losing. Anytime you don’t, it isn’t.

“Innocent” often refers to Lebanese who aid the stockpiling of rockets or live next to those who do. It rarely refers to Israelis under attack.

The “militants” of Hezbollah don’t wear uniforms, and their prime targets are not those Israelis who do.

Read the rest.