Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Chill Air


This is, actually, my very favorite piece of music by Brian Eno. Beautiful.


Strange Kind Of Love


Peter Murphy with Trent Reznor.


Kashf


Music by Anouar Brahem. Brahem plays the Oud. John Surman is on Bass Clarinet, and Dave Holland is on Acoustic Bass.

I love this Anouar Brahem's music.


Jazz Crimes


What a crime to be accused of. Joshua played jazz and the whole world rejoiced. We can't have that. Anyway, Jazz Crimes is the name of this song by Joshua Redman and his trio consisting of he, Sam Yahel on Organ, and Brian Blade on Drums.



Pim Fortuyn



Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the assassination of the Dutch politician, Pim Fortuyn. Bruce Bawer, author of While Europe Slept, contributes an important article on Fortuyn reminding us of the man's greatness:



Sunday, May 6, marks the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Pim Fortuyn. Fortuyn was nine days away from an election from which he was expected to emerge as Dutch prime minister. As he walked out of a radio studio near Amsterdam, a left-wing activist named Volker van der Graaf pumped five bullets into his back. Fortuyn died almost instantly.


The killer would later explain that Fortuyn's views on Muslim immigration made him a "danger." It was the Netherlands's first political assassination in over 300 years.


Fortuyn had been an active politician for only a few months but had already shaken things up dramatically. Before him, Dutch politics had been essentially a closed club whose members shared broadly similar views on major issues and abhorred open conflict.


Then along came Fortuyn, a writer and sociology professor who'd grown increasingly concerned about the rapid Muslim influx into the Netherlands — and about the fact that while the Dutch government lavishly subsidized immigrant families, schools, mosques, and community centers, it made little effort to integrate newcomers and refused to challenge the patriarchal, often brutal values that held sway in Muslim enclaves.


Fortuyn recognized the rise of fundamentalist Islam in Europe as a menace to democracy. And he said it straight out — eloquently, forcefully, fearlessly. Back in 1997 he'd published one of the first books anywhere to sound the alarm. Only days before September 11, 2001, he wrote that communism's role as a threat to Western freedom "has been taken over by Islam."


But instead of recognizing him as a prophet, Dutch leaders saw him as a threat. On September 11, Dutch Moroccans gathered in the streets to cheer. But the interior minister, Zaken De Vries, ignoring these enemies within, warned instead that counterintelligence services would "pay sharp attention to persons who want to … conduct a cold war against Islam." Meaning Fortuyn.


In November 2001, Fortuyn became head of a new party, Livable Netherlands, only to be tossed out three months later for being too outspoken. So he started another party. The more he spoke out, the more journalists and politicians smeared him — an openly gay man and life-long liberal — as a right-wing extremist, a racist, a new Mussolini or Hitler.


Yet millions of his countrymen knew better. Accustomed to leaders who shunned controversy and spoke in empty formulas, Dutchmen were stunned and delighted to hear Fortuyn say things they'd long been thinking themselves. Voters from all over the political map became his ardent supporters. He seemed poised not only to transform the Netherlands but also to lead the way for all of Western Europe.


And then, suddenly, he was dead. Van der Graaf's explanation of his motives read like a précis of every lie that had ever been told about Fortuyn. Dutch citizens were justifiably outraged at the journalists and politicians who'd told those lies. Feeling the heat, the Dutch parliament reformed immigration law — to an extent. It overhauled integration policies — somewhat.


Leading the way in advocating these policy changes were two admirers of Fortuyn's — filmmaker Theo van Gogh and Parliament member Ayaan Hirsi Ali. But by early 2007 they, too, were out of the picture.


In November 2004, an Islamist murdered van Gogh. In 2006, in a crisis that brought down the government, Ms. Hirsi Ali was hounded out of Parliament by colleagues desperate to unload this troublemaker. When she moved to Washington, D.C., last year, polls showed that many Dutchmen wouldn't miss her. The elite, it seemed, had reasserted its power, and the Dutch people, tired of conflict, had embraced the status quo ante.


This was confirmed by the March 2006 elections, in which immigration — incredibly — was a minor issue. Five years ago, Fortuyn inspired widespread hope and determination. Today, all too many Dutch citizens seem confused, fearful, and resigned to gradual Islamization. No wonder many of them — especially the young and educated — are emigrating to places like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.


Yes, some politicians, notably Parliament member Geert Wilders, are carrying on Fortuyn's battle. But momentum has given way to malaise. Politicians and journalists who once kept mum on Islamization now openly defend it as preferable to culture clash: Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen has called for "accommodation with the Muslims," including toleration "of orthodox Muslims who consciously discriminate against their women."


Only last week, Mr. Wilders was called in by Dutch intelligence and security officials who, he said, "intimidated" him by pressuring him to tone down his rhetoric on Islam. Fortuyn's brief shining moment seems very long ago.


Many political assassinations leave behind haunting questions. How would Reconstruction have gone under Lincoln? Could the Vietnam debacle have been avoided if President Kennedy had lived? Five years after Fortuyn's murder, it can feel as if Volkert van der Graaf robbed Europe not only of a brilliant champion of liberty, but of its one great chance to save itself before it's too late.


The Media As A Weapon In Assymetrical Conflict


From the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies:


Journalists are often accused of bias. Rarely do journalists level that charge against themselves. But the 35,000 members of Britain’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have done exactly that. Call them prejudiced, call them unprofessional. You can’t say they aren’t candid. The NUJ has declared a boycott against the usual suspect: Israel. Just say no! to Israeli oranges, lemons and melons, they demand.

The NUJ has not declared a boycott against Sudan -- despite the fact that the Khartoum regime is committing genocide against black Muslims in Darfur. Nor have they called for a boycott against the Syrian and Russian regimes that regularly murder their critics; the Iranian mullahs who torture reporters; the Palestinian Authority which is complicit in the kidnapping of correspondents; or the many Middle Eastern regimes that trample human rights day in and day out.

No, the NUJ targets what is indisputably the freest and most democratic country in the Middle East, the one nation in the world with neighbors so hostile they vow to wipe her off the map.

The simple explanation is anti-Israelism -- the 21st century’s most fashionable form of anti-Semitism. The NUJ is not quite candid enough to say that. Instead, the union cites what it calls the "savage, pre-planned attack on Lebanon by Israel."

You may be thinking: But didn’t last summer's conflict begin when Hezbollah fired rockets from Lebanon at villages inside Israel? Didn’t Hezbollah commandos cross the border into Israel and kill three Israeli soldiers and kidnap two more (who are to this day still in captivity, deprived of the most basic rights to which POWs are entitled)? Weren’t those acts of war to which Israel had a right to respond?

Also, you might wonder why the NUJ is so blithely unconcerned about Hezbollah’s use of Lebanese civilians and, in some cases, entire villages, as human shields. Though there was little press coverage during last summer’s war, after the conflict U.K. Foreign Office Minister Kim Howell investigated and reported to a parliamentary committee that Hezbollah had extensively hidden caches of arms in schools and mosques, and rockets in homes and apartment blocks.

“What I saw out there begs many questions about the way we try to define what constitutes a war crime,” Howell said. “Every time the Israelis responded [to a missile attack] and smashed a building down, every picture of a burnt child and every picture of a building that had housed people [where] there was now pancake on the ground was propaganda for Hezbollah.”

Propaganda that many journalists were more than willing to distribute globally (as Marvin Kalb, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, documents in a recent report: “The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media As A Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict"). But that’s the luxury that bias affords: You can ignore war crimes by those you favor while, deriding as “savage” attempts at self-defense by those against whom you are prejudiced.

The British journalist, Toby Harnden, who has worked in the Middle East and who opposes the NUJ action, writes in the Telegraph that the NUJ has “a childish fixation with trendy-Leftie causes,” of which anti-Israelism is merely the most pronounced.

He notes, for example, an NUJ motion that "applauds the advances made by the Venezuelan people and government in redistributing the country's wealth" since Hugo Chavez came to power and turned that country into a bastion of anti-Americanism and an ally of Iran’s rulers.

Ironically, even as the NUJ is bashing Israel, Alan Johnston, the Gaza correspondent of the BBC is being held captive (and may have been killed) by Palestinian militants. Or maybe that isn’t ironic. Johnson’s kidnapping, the abduction and forced conversions of Fox journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, the video-taped decapitation of Daniel Pearl -- these and other atrocities are intimidating a growing list of journalists.

With this as backdrop, perhaps the NUJ boycott against Israel should be seen less as bias and more as a kind of tribute -- a sacrifice of journalistic integrity in the hope it may appease the editors who matter most, those who cut not with red pens but with butcher knives, those who produce not packages for the evening news but snuff videos for the Internet.

“The use of media as a weapon [has] an effect parallel to a battle," Hezbollah commander Nabil Qaouk has declared. Al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri, has observed that more than half of the Islamists' war "is taking place in the battlefield of the media."

That Britain’s National Union of Journalists has now surrendered any pretense of balance and neutrality in regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict must be a source of enormous encouragement to such men.

Friday, May 04, 2007

A Room At The Top Of The World


A song by Tom Petty.


Thursday, May 03, 2007


This Says

It All,

Doesn't It?



Jimmy Carter ought to be so proud:
Here’s a photograph of a lovely display in the window of a bookstore in Amman, Jordan, featuring the latest bestsellers in Arabic: Jimmy Carter’s “Apartheid” book, and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.




A New Definition
Of Death And
The End Of
Mind/Body
Dualism

Read this short news article from Science Daily and really think about the implications of the information it is presenting. (Thanks to Joe Citizen for sending this over).


PHILADELPHIA, May 1 (UPI) -- New evidence is emerging that clinical death doesn't begin a few minutes after a human heart stops pumping and can take as long as hours to occur.

Dr. Lance Becker, an authority on emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and also the director of the school's new Center for Resuscitation Science, told Newsday in its April 7 edition current resuscitation attempts to keep oxygenated blood moving to the brain could actually make death irreversible.

He said biologists are learning cells don't begin dying as quickly as thought but suspend themselves for hours. Worse for current treatment, flooding them with oxygen kills them, the report said.

Among tests being done are lowering the body temperature of a heart attack victim, deliberately suspending heart activity and using a heart-lung machine to keep the brain supplied with oxygen, he said.

A study at four hospitals, published last year by the University of California, showed 80 percent of just 34 heart attack patients who got such new treatment regimens left the hospital alive, the report said.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.


Ok, if I am not mistaken, what is going on here is that Doctors have found that they are able to bring patients back to life after their brain waves have shut off.

Think about that! That means that when the brain shuts off it is like a computer which can be turned back on.

If I am not mistaken, the common scientific assumption has been that brain death occurs when brain waves cease to be active. This new study seems to refute that idea. If that is true that means that the information which we call our personality, or our mind, or our spirit, or soul, is actually in our brain software and only needs brain waves to flow through the body's nervous system.

The information (soul/spirit) is in the brain.

In my opinion, this would mean the beginning of the end of the idea of the duality of the mind and body.

It also would imply that that information could likely be reacessed and downloaded into another system (body or computer).

What is the future of death?

Here That, Finland?
We're Gunning
For You Next


From Atlas Shrugs:


MUZZLED IN FINLAND

Vasarahammer posted an appeal in the comments of this morning’s post, on behalf a fellow bloger in Finland:

[...]I have a message, a freedom of speech alert, to be specific.

One of the foremost Finnish immigration and islam critical bloggers Mikko Ellilä is facing a police investigation concerning his blog posts.

Mikko posts in Finnish in his blog.

Mikko is due to have a hearing in the local Police department and I believe he is about to face an investigation for incitement against a group of people (hets mot folkgrupp). So far, no charges have been pressed.

Read on and then go to Baron's follow up here;

A followup to yesterday’s report: I just got a note from Vasarahammer, with his summary of Mikko Ellilä’s situation. Mr. Ellilä is a Finnish writer and blogger who has been summoned by the police for a hearing under Finland’s “incitement against groups” law.

Several commenters have expressed the opinion that this whole business is likely to amount to nothing, and that Mr. Ellilä’s case will be dismissed when he goes in for his hearing on Monday.
But we’re not going to take that for granted. A little international pressure will help concentrate the mind of the Finnish government and make it realize its mistake in harassing Mikko Ellilä.
I suggest a two-pronged plan:


1. If you are a blogger, publicize this on your blog. If you are Finnish, and have additional information on Mikko Ellilä, send it in to us or to other blogs to add to the publicity. In particular, a photo would help — I couldn’t find one.

2. Contact the Finnish authorities. For our American readers, the Finnish embassy has a handy US map with state-by-state contact information here.Here’s the main contact info for their embassy in Washington:Embassy of Finland 3301 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 U.S.A Tel. +1-202-298 5800 Fax: +1-202-298 6030 E-mail: sanomat.was@formin.fi Homepage: www.finland.org

Don’t be shy: remind the Finnish authorities how highly-regarded free speech is in their country. It seems that they may have forgotten that.

Busting bloggers for the crime of opinion aint cool.


As I always say at the beginning of my radio show:

We the people have declared ourselves to be the paralell government of the entire world. All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born endowed by our Creator the same unalienable rights; and these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick heads, then regime change will be necessary.

Here that, Finland?

We're gunning for you next.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Palestinian Legislative Leader:
Kill Americans And Jews


Dr. Ahmad Bahar (acting Speaker, Palestinian Legislative Council):

“This is Islam, that was ahead of its time with regards to human rights in the treatment of prisoners, but our people was afflicted by the cancerous lump, that is the Jews, in the heart of the Arab nation… Be certain that America is on its way to disappear, America is wallowing [in blood] today in Iraq and Afghanistan, America is defeated and Israel is defeated, and was defeated in Lebanon and Palestine… Make us victorious over the infidel people… Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies, Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies… Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.”
[PA TV, April 20, 2007]


Here's the video.





Monday, April 30, 2007



Save The World
Cancel The Concerts

Sheryl Crow's behavior leads to the covert consumption of tremendous amounts of Kleenex

The Anchoress has some great ideas on how to solve the Global Warming Crisis. I don't know if Sheryl Crow is gonna like these ideas though:





Sheryl Crow’s plea for all of us to save the toilet paper, save the world has been walked back as a “joke” (Ms. Crow, go join John Kerry over in that corner, please). Crow is just glad that her nonsense has people “talking about global warming,” because heaven knowns, no one was talking about it before she opened her yap.

Look, if we’re going to be urged - relentlessly - to accept that global warming is “the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced”, the unrelenting “crisis” of our time, if it’s as urgent a matter as these preening moralists insist it is, then we need to explore concrete, measurable means of conservation that - unlike “sparing the square” - may actually matter. Let’s start with Sheryl Crow’s medium, the rock concert, shall we?

I recall U2’s fun, splendidly ironic “Zoo TV” Tour of the early 1990’s. The band spent over 18 months traveling the globe in support of their fantastic album, “Achtung, Baby”, hitting all the stadiums and large venues on every continent. 157 shows. The tour boasted:

The stage…featured vidi walls, 36 video monitors, numerous television cameras, two separate mix positions, 26 on stage microphones, 176 speakers, and 11 elaborately painted Trabants, several of which were suspended over the stage with spotlights inserted into headlights, which all required 1 million watts of power to operate: enough to run 2,000 homes.

A total of 52 trucks were required to transport the 1,200 tons of equipment, 3 miles of cabling, 200 labourers, 12 forklifts and one 40-ton crane, required to construct the stage. And that was for every show.

That’s a pretty impressive bit of consumption, but let’s add into it the luxury jets (and non-luxurious staff planes) that carted U2 and their handlers, techies, roadies, belly-dancers, make-up, costumers, etc all around. Add to it the air-conditioning at the indoor venues. Add into it the trains, planes and automobiles used to transport hundreds of thousands of people to the shows. Add to it the klieg lights used for every televised interview, the trees killed to print every magazine promo and to print the $30.00 posters sold at all 157 shows. And consider if you will the souvenir teeshirts - probably stitched together in some hellish Indonesian sweatshop - that weren’t even made out of bamboo fiber!

Good heavens, if only U2 had not run the ZooTV tour, the planet may not be in its death throes, today! If only, when Al Gore was writing Earth in the Balance he had alerted us to this sort of hoggish consumption (by these supporters of the Clinton/Gore campaign) and what it could mean for the planet, the icecaps wouldn’t be melting in 2007!




Read the whole thing.

Anarchy
In
The UK


There's no future for you as Sharia law is gaining a foothold in Britain:


NOW MUSLIMS GET THEIR OWN LAWS IN BRITAIN

MUSLIM radicals have established their own draconian court systems in Britain.

Controversial Sharia courts have been set up in major towns and cities to impose Islamic law and enable Muslims to shun the legitimate British legal system.Last night religious leaders and politicians expressed outrage that Sharia law is gaining an increasing foothold in our society.

Sheikh Yaqub admitted that in­troducing Sharia law into the UK has been his goal since moving to Britain from Paki­stan in the 1960s.

But he insisted its main aim is to help repressed women who are trapped in bad or violent marriages and who dare not use British law.

(Pastorius note: That's a good one.)

The article goes on to say:

Sheikh Yaqub admitted that in­troducing Sharia law into the UK has been his goal since moving to Britain from Paki­stan in the 1960s.

He said: "Ever since I arrived here in the 1960s there has been a case of women being forced to get married, others forced to get married, but unhappy afterwards. Until now there was no organization which could Islamically solve their problems."

Philip Davies, the Tory MP for Shipley, said:

"I am ab­solutely appalled and find the prospect of such courts totally terrifying. Places like this should be closed down or else everybody will want to establish their own courts.

"How many more places like this are there in the UK? Who knows where it could all end? It simply cannot be tolerated."

AP:
Syria Has
Underground
Missile
City


And, you know, not that we should worry too much, but apparently, they also have chemical weapons. Ho hum. From Pamela at Atlas Shrugs:


Syria has underground 'missile city': Israeli report

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Syria has built a fortified complex buried deep underground and cloaked in secrecy to manufacture and store ballistic missiles capable of striking Israel, an Israeli newspaper said on Monday.

The complex includes 30 reinforced concrete bunkers, production facilities, development laboratories and command posts, the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot quoted "foreign experts" as saying, without specifying its location.

Note the quotes around foreign experts - there goes that jihad loving AP editorializing in their news articles again.

The "missile city" houses mainly Scud missiles capable of reaching anywhere in Israel. Given its weak air power, Damascus is boosting its arsenal of surface-to-surface missiles and protecting them in the complex, Yediot said.

According to the paper, Syria has 200 Scud-B missiles, 60 Scud-C and a certain number of North Korean Scud-D missiles with a range of 700 kilometres (434 miles), and has developed chemical warheads for all its Scuds.

The chemical warfare agents are stored in a separate facility, Yediot quoted the foreign experts as saying.

It also said that Iran recently supplied Syria with around 100 Chinese shore-to-sea C-802 missiles -- the same missile that Hezbollah used to hit an Israeli warship during last year's Lebanon war.

As Pamela says: People of Israel, snap out of it. The two state solution is a final solution.


Obama
Throwing His
"Spiritual
Mentor"
Overboard?


Yesterday, the New York Times had an article up about how Barack Obama became a Christian. I should have known something was awry. Since when do either the Times, or Obama use such phraseology.


Hmm:


The New York Times reports on its front page today about Obama's strained relationship with his pastor, also known as his "spiritual mentor." The Times does tend to downplay some of the harsher statements that Pastor Wright has made about Israel, Wright's support for Louis Farrakhan; trips to Libya and more. A I wrote over a month ago:

Pastor Wright is also a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, and in 1984 traveled with him to visit Col. Muammar al-Gadaffi, an archenemy of Israel's and America and a firm supporter of terror groups.

Wright has also been a severe critic of Israel. In his own words,

The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for almost 40 years now. It took a divestment campaign to wake the business community up concerning the South Africa issue. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community up and to wake Americans up concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.

The Divestment issue will hit the floor during this month's General Synod. Divesting dollars from businesses and banks that do business with Israel is the new strategy being proposed to wake the world up concerning the racism of Zionism.

That Divestment issue won't make the press either, however. Once this history came to light, Obama started publicly distancing himself from his spiritual mentor, disinviting Wright from various Obama campaign events. Wright rationalized his current persona non grata status by stating that otherwise

"a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell"


Well, there you go. Mystery solved.


Obama
Throwing His
"Spiritual
Mentor"
Overboard?


Yesterday, the New York Times had an article up about how Barack Obama became a Christian. I should have known something was awry. Since when do either the Times, or Obama use such phraseology.


Hmm:


The New York Times reports on its front page today about Obama's strained relationship with his pastor, also known as his "spiritual mentor." The Times does tend to downplay some of the harsher statements that Pastor Wright has made about Israel, Wright's support for Louis Farrakhan; trips to Libya and more. A I wrote over a month ago:

Pastor Wright is also a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, and in 1984 traveled with him to visit Col. Muammar al-Gadaffi, an archenemy of Israel's and America and a firm supporter of terror groups.

Wright has also been a severe critic of Israel. In his own words,

The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for almost 40 years now. It took a divestment campaign to wake the business community up concerning the South Africa issue. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community up and to wake Americans up concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.

The Divestment issue will hit the floor during this month's General Synod. Divesting dollars from businesses and banks that do business with Israel is the new strategy being proposed to wake the world up concerning the racism of Zionism.

That Divestment issue won't make the press either, however. Once this history came to light, Obama started publicly distancing himself from his spiritual mentor, disinviting Wright from various Obama campaign events. Wright rationalized his current persona non grata status by stating that otherwise

"a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell"


Well, there you go. Mystery solved.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Story
Saying Olmert
Threatened
10-Day Attack
On Iran
Bogus?


Yesterday, I put up this post on an article quoting Israeli President Ehud Olmert with having said that a 10-Day attack on Iran could delay their nuclear capability by years.

Today that story is being retracted by the German periodical which originally published it:


Focus reporter apologizes to PM's Office
Gil Yaron

Reporter Amir Taheri told the prime minister's spokeswoman that an interview with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert published under his name on German magazine Focus' website Saturday had not been written by him.


Taheri said that the material published was not what he had passed to the magazine, and that he had asked the editors to remove the story from the site. "I apologize to you," he told the spokeswoman, Miri Eisin.

Earlier, the magazine quoted Olmert as saying that Iran's disputed nuclear program could be severely hit by firing 1,000 cruise missiles in a 10-day attack. The magazine later changed the story's aggressive headline, "Israel threaten Iran," to "Israel toughens its tone against Iran."

Focus officials have also admitted that "the impression that was created as if Olmert said that there was an operative plan to strike was exaggerated, and it is now clear that Olmert's statements were not aimed as a threat on Iran."

However, in a conversation with Ynet the editors stood by their initial reports and insisted that the text of the interview circulated in the media was correct and will be published tomorrow.


Taken out of context
An examination of the transcript of Olmert's conversation with the reporter revealed that the PM's perceived aggressiveness in the interview resulted from the fact that fine nuances of his English statements were "lost in translation."

In the original version of the interview in English, Olmert did mention – albeit in passing - the option of striking Iran, claiming that "no one has ever ruled it out." However, he stressed that the international community should focus on sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The prime minister also referred to the dangers of an attack on Iran, and stated that he would not want to turn the whole Iranian people into Israel's enemy.
"Such an operation would turn other Muslim countries against us and cause even bigger problems," Olmert added and explained that Israel had no plans to attack.


The Prime Minister's Office said Saturday that the interview with Focus never took place. "The statements published are an utter lie and were never said… This cynical abuse of an invitation for a background conversation, which led to the publication of a false report," the office stated.

However, sources at the magazine insisted that their reporter had met with Olmert for an hour and-a-half last Wednesday.



Who to believe, huh? I mean, you know, Germany has such a good track record when it comes to the Jews.

Oh wait, is that unfair of me? Am I being unfair?

Turks Protest
Islamic-Rooted
Government


Good news from Turkey, where a crowd 300,000 strong marched in the street protesting the Islamic-rooted government:


ISTANBUL, Turkey - At least 300,000 Turks waving the red national flag flooded central Istanbul on Sunday to demand the resignation of the government, saying the Islamic roots of Turkey's leaders threatened to destroy the country's modern foundations.

Like the protesters — who gathered for the second large anti-government demonstration in two weeks — Turkey's powerful secular military has accused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of tolerating radical Islamic circles.

"They want to drag Turkey to the dark ages," said 63-year-old Ahmet Yurdakul, a retired government employee who attended the protest.

More than 300,000 people took part in a similar rally in Ankara two weeks ago.

Sunday's demonstration was organized more than a week ago, but it came a day after Erdogan's government rejected the military's warning about the disputed presidential election and called it interference that is unacceptable in a democracy.

The ruling party candidate, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, failed to win a first-round victory Friday in a parliamentary presidential vote marked by tensions between secularists and the pro-Islamic government. Most opposition legislators boycotted the vote and challenged its validity in the Constitutional Court.
The military said Friday night that it was gravely concerned and indicated it was willing to become more openly involved in the process — a statement some interpreted as an ultimatum to the government to rein in officials who promote Islamic initiatives.

Sunday's crowd chanted that the presidential palace was "closed to imams."


Let's hope this is the start of something new in the Middle East.