Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Book
Of The
Chapter 14

The LORD Comes and Reigns

1 A day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you.

2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.

3 Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle.

4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.

5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake [a] in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

6 On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost.

7 It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime—a day known to the LORD. When evening comes, there will be light.

8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea [b] and half to the western sea, [c] in summer and in winter.

9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.

10 The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses.

11 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.

12 This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

13 On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other.

14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected—great quantities of gold and silver and clothing.

15 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.

16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.

18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD [d] will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

20 On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the LORD's house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar.

21 Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite [e] in the house of the LORD Almighty.

"We Always
To Israel":
The International
Temper Tantrum

From Freedom's Cost:

The success of Israel, modern, democratic, wealthy, and above all Jewish, has obsessed the Arabs. They cannot tolerate the Jews being among them. Their entire sense of themselves rides on solving their problem with the Jews. It gnaws at their self esteem. It is central to their thinking.

It’s in their genes.

Be Honest. Would you dare say something like that in public?

What if I told you that they are the view of Al-Jazeera’s Editor in Chief? Pierre Heumann of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche spoke with Al-Jazeera’s content czar Ahmed Sheikh in Doha. The interview was published in German, but we can read them in English thanks to a translation by the estimable John Rosenthal of Transatlantic Intelligencer. World Politics Watch publishes the entire interview.

Who is responsible for the situation?

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most important reasons why these crises and problems continue to simmer. The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. The West should finally come to understand this. Everything would be much calmer if the Palestinians were given their rights.

Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in Egypt, that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in Jordan would function better?

I think so.

Can you please explain to me what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to do with these problems?

The Palestinian cause is central for Arab thinking.

In the end, is it a matter of feelings of self-esteem?

Exactly. It’s because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego. The Palestinian problem is in the genes of every Arab. The West’s problem is that it does not understand this.

Charles at Little Green Footballs comments:

Wrong, Ahmed. The West does understand. In this part of the world, blaming all your problems on a super-powerful fantasy opponent is called “mental illness.”

We're supposed to understand that? Why? Should we also treat as rational the football player who turns over tables and chairs in the clubhouse after a big loss?

The Muslim world believes we should treat their international temper tantrum as rational. We would have to be fools to do so.

Israel is the only Democracy in the Middle East. It is the only country in the Middle East which respects human rights. In every other country in the ME, Sharia law reigns to a greater or lesser extent. This means that in every other country in the ME, apostates and homosexuals are treated as criminals, Christianity and other religions are suppressed, women are treated as half citizens, and people can be thrown into jail for criticizing Islam.

Instead of trying to understand the Islamic temper tantrum and their disgusting abuses of human rights, we should be working to promote countries like Israel, Australia, America, England, Japan, and any other country in the world where Democracy and Freedom reign.

The only way to bring about peace in the world is to promote Democracy and the justice which prevails in a free system. To attempt to strengthen countries such as those which exist in the Islamic world is to strenthen the forces of fascism.

Although appeasement and understanding seem like an approach to peace, they is not. Instead, they are an aid to fascism and an assault on oppressed people the world over.

It is time for the Christian Church to begin to speak out clearly on the evils that are being done around the world in the name of Allah and Islam.

The Sudanese genocide is an Islamic Jihad.

The Palestinian bombings are an Islamic Jihad.

The murder of hundreds of schoolchildren in Beslan, Russia was an Islamic Jihad.

The Iranian-funded Hizbollah assault on Lebanon is an Islamic Jihad.

The beheading of Christian girls in Indonesia is an Islamic Jihad.

The suppression of Christianity in Egypt is an Islamic Jihad.

The killing and imprisonment of Christians in Malaysia is an Islamic Jihad.

9/11 was an Islamic Jihad.

The Taliban is waging an Islamic Jihad.

The murder of Christians in Nigeria is an Islamic Jihad.

The bombing of a Jewish Center in Argentina is an Islamic Jihad.

The 7/7 bomings in London were an Islamic Jihad.

The murder of Jews in Seattle was an Islamic Jihad.

The hit and run murders of people in San Francisco was an Islamic Jihad.

The 3/11 bombings in Spain were an Islamic Jihad.

The enslavement of blacks, and the rape of their women in the Sudan is an Islamic Jihad.

There have been over 6,000 acts of Islamic terrorism in the world, since 9/11/01. These terrorist acts have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people around the world, many of them Muslims themselves.

I sit in church week after week and I never hear this clearly articulated.

Most of the strife in our entire world is caused by Muslims. This does not mean that all Muslims are bad people. Clearly, there are many good people who identify themselves as Muslims.

However, we do need to be clear that this strife emanates from Islam itself.

The history of Islam is filled with conquest and slaughter, raping and pillaging, and it is so because Mohammed prescribed such behavior in the Koran. The Koran says that it is ok to convert through violence and conquest. The Koran says it is ok to take women as booty of conquest and to make them your sex slaves. The Koran says that Muslims should give conquered Infidels three choices, conversion, subservience, or death.

All of this that I have enumerated here is evil. The Christian Church is supposed to be the salt of the Earth. This means we are supposed to not only stand for love, but also stand against evil.

If we are not sincere enough to explicitly name the evil, then we can not stand against it.

This is a call to take up the Sword of Truth. Please heed it.

Why Do Most Jews Reject Jesus As The Messiah?

From Got Questions?

The Jews rejected Jesus because He failed, in their eyes, to do what they expected their Messiah to do--destroy evil and all their enemies, in this case the Romans, and establish an eternal kingdom with Israel as the preeminent nation in the world. The prophecies in Isaiah and Psalm 22 described a suffering Messiah who would be persecuted and killed, but they chose to focus on those prophecies that discussed His glorious victories, not His crucifixion.

(Pastorius note: And, who can blame them? Wouldn't we all, in the midst of our suffering choose to seek victory for our people rather than the death of our King?)

The commentaries in the Talmud, written before the onset of Christianity, clearly discuss the Messianic prophecies of Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 and puzzle over how these would be fulfilled with the glorious setting up of the Kingdom of the Messiah. After the Church used these prophecies to prove the claims of Christ, the Jews took the position that the prophecies did not refer to the Messiah, but to Israel or some other person.

The Jews believed that the Messiah, the prophet which Moses spoke about, would come and deliver them from Roman bondage and set up a kingdom where they would be the rulers. Two of the disciples, James and John, even asked to sit at Jesus' right and left in His Kingdom when He came into His glory.

The people of Jerusalem also thought He would deliver them. They shouted praises to God for the mighty works they had seen Jesus do, and called out "Hosanna, save us" when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (Matthew 21:9). They treated Him like a conquering king. Then when He allowed Himself to be arrested, tried and crucified on a cursed cross, the people quit believing that He was the promised prophet. They rejected their Messiah (Matthew 27:22).

Note that Paul tells the Church that the spiritual blindness of Israel is a "mystery" that had not previously been revealed (Romans chapters 9-11). For thousands of years Israel had been the one nation that looked to God while the Gentile nations generally rejected the light and chose to live in spiritual darkness. Israel and her inspired prophets revealed monotheism--one God who was personally interested in mankind's destiny of heaven or hell, the path to salvation, the written Word with the Ten Commandments.

Yet Israel rejected her prophesied Messiah, and the promises of the kingdom of heaven were postponed.

A veil of spiritual blindness fell upon the eyes of the Jews who previously were the most spiritually discerning people. As Paul explained, this hardening in part of Israel led to the blessing of the Gentiles who would believe in Jesus and accept Him as Lord and Savior.

(Pastorius note:

So, once again, the suffering of the Jews is leading to the blessing of the whole world. Judaism is not an evangelical religion. Judaism is an insular religion by nature. It was devised that way, in my opinion, so that the Jews would be able to maintain the Torah (God's Word) and carry it through history, so that all the people of the world would have it. I believe that this carrying of the Torah is still the role of the Jews. I believe that God devised a plan whereby the insularity of the Jewish religion would preserve His Word, and the evangelism of the Gentiles (and Jewish people who accept Jesus) would deliver His Word to the whole world.

Here is Romans 11 25-28:

25I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

"The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27And this is[f] my covenant with them when I take away their sins."[g]

28As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.)

2000 years after He came to the nation of Israel as their Messiah, Jews still (for the most part) reject Jesus Christ. Many Jews today (some say at least half of all living Jews) identify themselves as Jewish but prefer to remain “secular.” They identify with no particular Jewish movement, and have no understanding or affiliation with any Jewish Biblical roots. The concept of Messiah as expressed in the Hebrew Scriptures or Judaism’s “13 Principles of Faith” is foreign to most Jews today.

But one concept is generally held as universal: Jews must have nothing to do with Jesus! Most Jews today perceive the last 2000 years of historical Jewish persecution to be at the hands of so-called “Christians.” From the Crusades, to the Inquisition, to the pogroms in Europe, to Hitler’s holocaust – Jews ultimately believe that they are being held responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, and are being persecuted for that reason. They, therefore, reject Him today for this reason and for the other historical reasons mentioned above.

The good news is that many Jews are turning to Christ today. The God of Israel has always been faithful to keep a “remnant” of believing Jews to Himself. In the United States alone, some estimates say that there are over 100,000 Jewish Believers in Jesus, and the numbers are growing all the time.

Recommended Resource:
Salvation is from the Jews: Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming by Roy Schoeman.

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Friday, December 08, 2006


A performance of the classic U2 song, featuring Mary J. Blige. I think this is even better than the original.

Martin Luther King
A Supporter
Of Israel

Thanks to the very fine blog, Hip Hop Republican, for making me aware of this video.

Here is an excerpt of the MLK's speech:

". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.

Anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic, and ever will be so.

Why ? Because Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land.

Please go read the whole thing over at Hip Hop Republican.

Prime Minister
We Will Never
Recognize Israel

James Baker wants Israel to make concessions to the Palestinian government, so that America can achieve it's objective in Iraq (or should I say, to achieve Baker's objectives, whatever they are). But, one has to wonder what motivation Israel would have to negotiate with a government which refuses to ever recognize its existence.

( PA (Palestinian Authority) Prime Minister (Hamas) Ismail Haniyah told reporters in Iran that he and his colleagues will never recognize Israel.

Western leaders are pushing for the formation of a PA unity coalition including Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in the hope the government would recognize Israel.

Haniyah has stated repeatedly that Hamas will never recognize Israel, even in the framework of the unity government.

Can You
Hear Me ...

I have no reason to put this up, other than the fact that I just think it is funny as hell.

I take it this guy doesn't like Verizon very much.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Die, Infidel Scum

From Raymond Ibrahim at the Los Angeles Times:

When Muslims conquer non-Muslim territories — such as Constantinople, not to mention all of North Africa, Spain and southwest Asia — those whom they have conquered as well as their descendants are not to expect any apologies, let alone political or territorial concessions.

Herein lies the conundrum. When Islamists wage jihad — past, present and future — conquering and consolidating non-Muslim territories and centers in the name of Islam, never once considering to cede them back to their previous owners, they ultimately demonstrate that they live by the age-old adage “might makes right.” That’s fine; many people agree with this Hobbesian view.

But if we live in a world where the strong rule and the weak submit, why is it that whenever Muslim regions are conquered, such as in the case of Palestine, the same Islamists who would never concede one inch of Islam’s conquests resort to the United Nations and the court of public opinion, demanding justice, restitutions, rights and so forth?

Put another way, when Muslims beat infidels, it’s just too bad for the latter; they must submit to their new overlords’ rules with all the attendant discrimination and humiliation mandated for non-Muslims. Yet when Islam is beaten, demands for apologies and concessions are expected from the infidel world at large.

The New Peace Crowd

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Britain Orders Up
Less Christianity
More Islam

I know that when I write a headline like that it will seem like I'm sensationalizing a story, but that headline is true:

A new religious syllabus for schools has caused a fury among church groups and politicians after recommending teachers cut down on education about Christianity while increasing lessons in Islam and Hinduism.

Teachers in Buckinghamshire were directed to spend 40 per cent of religious education on Christianity, while giving Islam and Hinduism equal play at 20 per cent each.

Just ten percent was then to be devoted to other religions - including Judaism - with a final ten per cent on "general concepts".

Christianity is the official religion of the state of Britain. The Queen, or King, swear an oath to protect and defend the Church when they are coronated. But none of that matters much anymore, does it?

God save the queen. We mean it, man.

Jimmy Carter
Aide Quits
Because Of His
Book On Israel

From Associated Press:

ATLANTA (AP) -- A longtime aide to Jimmy Carter has resigned from the Carter Center think tank, calling the former president's new book on Israel and the Arabs one-sided and filled with errors.

Kenneth Stein, the Carter Center's first executive director and founder of its Middle East program, sent a letter that bluntly criticized the book to Carter and others.

Stein wrote that the book, "Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid," was replete with factual errors, material copied from other sources and "simply invented segments," according to an excerpt of the letter published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Deanna Congileo, Carter's spokeswoman, said the former president stands by the book.

America To Deal One-Two Death Blow To Israel?

Many of us conservative Americans like to believe that America is in Israel's corner. And, to now, I have always believed that we are. But, there are very troubling signs ahead. If James Baker and his council of demons have anything to do with it, America will soon deliver Israel a one-two death blow.

Baker Panel Report Mentions Palestinian "Right of Return"

A reference to Palestinians' "right of return" in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts.

The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq.

"This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the 'right of return' for the Palestinian refugees of 1948," said a senior Israeli official, who was reacting to the US policy report on condition he not be identified.

A Middle East analyst who was involved in the Iraq Study Group discussions but did not participate in drafting the report expressed surprise when the reference was pointed out to him by a reporter. "It's hard to know whether that language got in there because of carelessness -- I know there were many revisions up to the very last minute -- or whether it was a deliberate attempt to fuse something to the Bush rhetoric which wasn't there before," the analyst said.

The 1993 Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians calls for a resolution of the issue of Israeli and Palestinian "refugees" as part of a final status agreement that would include the creation of a Palestinian state. But they do not use the term "right of return", which is a long-standing Palestinian demand -- rejected by Israel -- that Palestinians who fled or were driven out of what was to become the Jewish state in 1948, as well as their descendants, be allowed to return home.

Bush, in a 2002 speech in the White House Rose Garden, became the first US president to formally back the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, but he also did not mention a right of Palestinian 'return'.

The bipartisan Iraq Study Group's co-chairman is former secretary of state James Baker, who as the top diplomat for Bush's father in the early 1990s clashed with Israel over its handling of the Palestinian issue. Among his group's 79 recommendations for a policy shift on Iraq, number 17 concerned five points it said should be included in a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The final point in the list was: "Sustainable negotiations leading to a final peace settlement along the lines of President Bush's two-state solution, which would address the key final status issues of borders, settlements, Jerusalem, the right of return and the end of conflict."

"'Right of return' is not in Oslo I or Oslo II, it's not in the Bush Rose Garden speech, it's not even in UN 181, the original partition resolution -- it's part of the Palestinian discourse," said the US analyst.

Israel was created as a Jewish state because World War II proved that the Jews needed a sanctuary where they could live on there own and control their own destiny, rather than rely on the fickle, and often genocidal, plans of hosts, and strangers.

The Palestinian "Right of Return would effectively destroy Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinians, from all over the world, would suddenly have the "right" to flood into Israel, become citizens and vote the entire territory Judenrein, just as they did in the Gaza Strip.

If America wants to allow this to happen, then it is a sad day, not only for Jews, but for America itself, because I believe that such a betrayal of the Democratic Israeli state, would be the equivalent of setting off a moral biological weapon in our country. We will all die from it.

And, if you don't think America is seriously considering going with Baker's recommendation, then answer me, why are we having a conference to discuss Middle East issues which includes Iran and Syria, and excludes Israel?

Baker Wants Israel Excluded From Regional Conference

The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel. The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria.

Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference.

“As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without Jewish pressure,” an official said. “This has become the most hottest proposal examined by the foreign policy people over the last month.”

Officials said Mr. Baker's proposal, reflected in the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, has been supported by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. The most controversial element in the proposal, they said, was Mr. Baker's recommendation for the United States to woo Iran and Syria.

“Here is Syria, which is clearly putting pressure on the Lebanese democracy, is a supporter of terror, is both provisioning and supporting Hezbollah and facilitating Iran in its efforts to support Hezbollah, is supporting the activities of Hamas," National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley told a briefing last week.

"This is not a Syria that is on an agenda to bring peace and stability to the region."

Officials said the Baker proposal to exclude Israel from a Middle East peace conference garnered support in the wake of Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 25. They said Mr. Cheney spent most of his meetings listening to Saudi warnings that Israel, rather than Iran, is the leading cause of instability in the Middle East.

“He [Cheney] didn't even get the opportunity to seriously discuss the purpose of his visit—that the Saudis help the Iraqi government and persuade the Sunnis to stop their attacks,” another official familiar with Mr. Cheney’s visit said.

“Instead, the Saudis kept saying that they wanted a U.S. initiative to stop the Israelis’ attack in Gaza and Cheney just agreed.”

Under the Baker proposal, the Bush administration would arrange a Middle East conference that would discuss the future of Iraq and other Middle East issues. Officials said the conference would seek to win Arab support on Iraq in exchange for a U.S. pledge to renew efforts to press Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Golan Heights.

“Baker sees his plan as containing something for everybody, except perhaps the Israelis,” the official said. “The Syrians would get back the Golan, the Iranians would get U.S. recognition and the Saudis would regain their influence, particularly with the Palestinians.”

Officials said Mr. Baker's influence within the administration and the Republican Party’s leadership stems from support by the president's father as well as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Throughout the current Bush administration, such senior officials as Mr. Hadley and Ms. Rice were said to have been consulting with Brent Scowcroft, the former president's national security advisor, regarded as close to Mr. Baker.

“Everybody has fallen in line,” the official said.

“Bush is not in the daily loop. He is shocked by the elections and he's hoping for a miracle on Iraq.” For his part, Mr. Bush has expressed unease in negotiating with Iran. At a Nov. 30 news conference in Amman, Jordan, the president cited Iran's interference in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki.

“We respect their heritage, we respect their history, we respect their traditions,” Mr. Bush said. “I just have a problem with a government that is isolating its people, denying its people benefits that could be had from engagement with the world.”

Mr. Baker's recommendation to woo Iran and Syria has also received support from some in the conservative wing of the GOP. Over the last week, former and current Republican leaders in Congress—convinced of the need for a U.S. withdrawal before the 2008 presidential elections—have called for Iranian and Syrian participation in an effort to stabilize Iraq.

“I would look at an entirely new strategy,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. “We have clearly failed in the last three years to achieve the kind of outcome we want.”

In contrast, Defense Department officials have warned against granting a role to Iran and Syria at Israel's expense. They said such a strategy would also end up undermining Arab allies of the United States such as Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

“The regional strategy is a euphemism for throwing Free Iraq to the wolves in its neighborhood: Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia,” said the Center for Security Policy, regarded as being close to the Pentagon.

“If the Baker regional strategy is adopted, we will prove to all the world that it is better to be America's enemy than its friend. Jim Baker's hostility towards the Jews is a matter of record and has endeared him to Israel's foes in the region.”

I can see no logic to Baker's plan. The Bush Administration knows that Iran and Syria back Hizbollah and Hamas. In other words, they are supporters, financially and logistically, of genocidal terrorist organizations. Iran is bent not only on the destruction of Israel, but also on the destruction of the United States. Just today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned America that it will "disappear," if we don't accept Allah.

How is it that we have come to a place where we will seriously entertain the idea of negotiating with such a group of people at the expense of the only human rights respecting country in the entire region?

The answer is, there is no logical, rational reason. There is only fear and malevolence. And, what force is made out of fear and malevolence, my friends?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Kumbaya - Video Of The Month

This is Pamela's (from Atlas Shrugs) daughter.

Music For Airports 2/2

by Brian Eno

Paint Like Music

by Brian Eno

Interview With A Zombie

Photojournalist Zombie is interviewed by David Perlmutter. This is a great interview, filled with important statements which are a reflection of our times. Check this out:

Q: When and why did you start ZT?

A: The whole thing started on February 16, 2003. I had just bought my first digital camera the day before, and I had not yet used it. Coincidentally, I had intended to go to an anti-war rally that Saturday, and I thought to myself -- hey, why not bring the camera and test it out?
It seems a little hard to imagine in retrospect, but I was attending this anti-war rally in all sincerity, sympathizing with its goals. At least so I thought. I had been "left-wing" (for lack of a better term) all my life and had been to many protests of various sorts over the years. I was sort of going to this one out of habit. The Iraq War had not yet started -- the goal of the protest was to prevent it.

Yet somewhere in the back of my mind I was feeling ambivalent. The events of 9/11 had kindled new political feelings in me, but they still weren't completely formed, even over a year later. I was going for the purpose of protesting the war, but was that really how I felt? I was confused.

I walked to the protest in kind of a fugue state. And when I showed up, my world changed. I was shocked and mortified by the messages people were carrying. There were overtly anti-Semitic signs, banners blaming 9/11 on conspirators in the U.S. government, guys dressed up as suicide bombers, and all sorts of craziness. I took out my new camera and started clicking away. By the time the march was over, I was a changed person. If that was what the "Left" had become, then I wanted no part of it.

Keep in mind that at this stage, I still did not have a Web site. In fact, I knew absolutely nothing about how to make a Web page. Zero. But when I got home and uploaded my pictures to my computer, I thought to myself: if only everybody could see what I just saw. It would open people's eyes.

That was exactly the reason I started CUANAS. The most stunning thing for me has been to learn that people can see the evidence of the evil in the world, and either deny it, or decide that it is nothing to worry about, nothing to fight against.

Go read the whole thing.

Monday, December 04, 2006

How Hard
Do You Have
To Deny Reality
To Say,
"Let's Negotiate"?

Newt Gingrich says we must re-establish our cherished American beliefs:

In a seemingly wide-ranging speech that, in reality, reflected a single central theme — the protection of American society and culture — former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich warned that the United States is facing a “world-wide alliance” of “evil men” intent upon its destruction.

In a 30-minute talk at the Politics and Eggs forum at the Bedford Village Inn Tuesday morning, Gingrich said we are living in a time much like the 1930s, in which there is “an emerging world-wide threat” from people “who routinely talk to each other about how to defeat the United States.”

But it isn’t, Gingrich told the packed house, all doom and gloom because the challenge is one the nation can overcome. “If we focus on it, if we are serious about it, we have overwhelming capabilities to win this campaign,” he said.

“Over the next 20 or 25 years … we have to destroy the capacity of evil people to shatter civilization with weapons of mass destruction.”

Referencing a story about the arrest of a British couple that intended to smuggle a bomb aboard an aircraft disguised as baby formula, he warned against assuming we can create a dialogue with nations like Syria and Iran.

“Now if I come to you and say that across the planet there are young men between 15 and 25 who are willing to die as long as they can kill you, I’m just describing warrior cultures that have existed for thousands of years,” he said.

“But if I tell you that there is a couple that hates you so much that they are prepared to kill their 6-month-old baby as long as they can kill you, that is a level of ferocity we have not come to grips with. “We have to come to grips with the fact that we have real enemies.”

Still, he said, there are those who think we can talk our way out of danger. He quoted Iran’s president as saying “we must defeat the Anglo-Saxons and eliminate Israel from the face of the earth.”

Repeating it, he said, “Go to any citizen of this state and ask them what they think that sentence means. Now, how hard do you have to deny reality to say, ‘Well, let’s negotiate … we must have a misunderstanding here.’ We don’t have a misunderstanding, we have enemies.”

Despite criticism of, and hatred for, America around the world, “the number of people who want to come to the U.S. to pursue happiness, to create a better future, to earn more money, is breathtaking.”

But he also warned that the nation is not only beset from the outside, that if America allows its culture to be radically changed by immigration, or by court decisions favoring secularism over the nation’s religious roots, that battle against evil will be much more difficult.

“We want to reassert that English is the governing language of this country,” he said. “It is very important for us to reassert that we are a single country. People should come here from everywhere, but they come here to become American, they don’t come here to change America into a system radically different from the one that has been successful.”

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

There may be no accounting for taste, but I've gotta say, this girl gives me goosebumps and shivers and all sorts of other stuff.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

MEMRI Compilation Video

MEMRI is the Middle East Media Research Institute. They specialize in translating Arab media and bringing it to the world. Much of the most virulent anti-Semitism and incitement to Jihad is broadcast only in Arabic. Until MEMRI started translating, the non-Arab world had little idea what was being said about us behind our backs.

Check out this compilation video from MEMRI.