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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, December 10, 2005

The PA's New Terror Law The PA's New Terror Law

Re: blueslord's previous post pointing out Palestinian hypocrisy (talking of their commitment to peace and condemning terrorism publicly-- yet continuing to take actions that support terrorism), a recent article sheds further light on the "double game" the Palis are playing:

The PA's New Terror Law
By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen
December 6, 2005

The very same day that an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber killed at least five Israelis and wounded more than 40 innocent people in a Netanya shopping mall, the Palestinian daily, al Hayat al Jadida (page 3), reported that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, signed a new law to support the families of suicide bombers.

Enacting a special law to financially support terrorists will ensure that this kind of activity continues. Each shahid's family will receive a monthly stipend of at least $250. The family of a married shahid will receive an additional $50. Parents will receive an additional $25, and each additional child and/or brother or sister will get another $15.

In what has become the staple subterfuge of PA, Abbas issued a condemnation of the latest attack in Netanya: "These operations against civilians cause the greatest damage to our commitment to the peace process, and the Palestinian National Authority will not show indulgence towards anyone who is found responsible for this operation." Yet, hours earlier, Abbas had signed into law financial incentives for future suicide bombers. It is time for the international community to stop funding the PA. (full story)

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Today's News: Israel and Michael Moore

Both news are very interesting:

A tunnel leading from Gaza toward Israel has been discovered, the first since the Israeli military withdrew from Gaza over the summer, the Israel Defense Forces said Saturday. The tunnel shaft near the Erez security crossing connected to a path leading to a garbage dump. From there, the IDF said, "terrorists" intended to "enter the tunnel and infiltrate Israel." This is known only two days after Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said at a rally in Damascus that the radical Palestinian group had had enough of the agreement it made with the Palestinian Authority to maintain "quiet" with Israel. (Full story).
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Sometimes a little humor can be very therapeutic in difficult times.

  1. Why exactly 72 virgins (or whatever the number is) ? Why not 71 or 73?
  2. Does eternal bliss = (1) virgin every hour x (3) days straight! Its the only "72" calculation I could come up with.
  3. Or maybe the cosine of pie = 72???
  4. Once all 72 are eventually non-virgins, are they still “available” for any future fun? Or by definition, does that mean ... :(
  5. So if you are shit outta luck after 72, is the potential suicide bomber aware of this small but very important fact? I don't know about you but this would definitely affect my decision making process. I'm usually pro-choice but this would surely make me pro-life…Mine!!
  6. Does one need to get married to these virgins before one can actually have sex with them?
  7. If not, would that be a sin?
  8. Can one actually commit a sin in heaven? Especially if this was all set up by, you know, the big man.
  9. And if it is a sin, do you then lose all your "privileges" and are you now headed "elsewhere"? What an ironic and unexpected turn of events that would be, huh?! I just hope these people have really thought through all the possibilities before the "big bang".
  10. And finally, and this really is the big one for me, what if, (drum roll please) ......SEX DOES NOT EXIST......in the after life?
Suicide Bomber Recruiter to Suicide Bomber after the fact - "Well, ummm, gee....Sorry 'bout that. I guess it was just a small misunderstanding. Forgive me please????"
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"Insurgent MinuteMen" Capture 8-Year-Old Oppressors

That's right. Rep Murtha's "insurgents" and Michael Moore's "Minutemen" have kidnapped the 8-year-old son of a bodyguard of a judge in Saddam Hussein's trial.

The 8-year-old boy, Karim Salam, was grabbed Tuesday as he played in front of his parents' house in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Kamsarah, according to his father, Salam Hirmiz Gorgis.

"At about 5:30 p.m. a car came here," Gorgis told AP Television News. "They took my son, put him in the car and left." Gorgis works for one of the trial's five judges.
(ht: Jawa Report)

Remember these are the scum Howard Dean says we can't beat. These are the "insurgents" that Congressman Murtha claims are not "terrorists." What a sad, sad state.
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Friday, December 09, 2005

Admadenijad's video

I have posted a very important video in my blog. Just click here.
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Saddam's Glass Cage?

We shall soon have a new contributor to the Infidel Blog Alliance. His name is JMJ and he blogs at Fu2rman. He hasn't received his official blogger evite yet, but he is raring to go, so he asked me to post this one for him.


Ladies and Gentlemen, JMJ:

I've never been a big fan of Charles Krauthammer but I really think he has hit this one out of the park. Kudos to you, Mr. Krauthammer.

Of all the mistakes that the Bush administration has committed in Iraq, none is as gratuitous and self-inflicted as the bungling of the trial of Saddam Hussein."This has become a platform for Saddam to show himself as a caged lion when really he was a mouse in a hole," said Vice President Ghazi Yawar. "I don't know who is the genius who is producing this farce. It's a political process. It's a comedy show."

But there is no excusing the Bush administration, which had Hussein in custody for two years and had even longer to think about putting on a trial that would not become a star turn for a defeated enemy.

Why have we given him control of the stage?

We all remember the picture of him pulled out of his spider hole. That should be the Saddam Hussein we put on trial.The judge keeps telling him he's out of order. He disobeys with impunity, the guards not daring to intervene.

This is absurd. If anything, Hussein should be brought in wearing prison garb, perhaps in shackles, just for effect. And why was he given control of the script? He shouts, interrupts and does his Mussolini histrionics unmolested. Instead of the press being behind a glass wall, it is Hussein who should be. Better still, placed in a glass booth, like Eichmann, like some isolated specimen of deranged humanity, symbolically and physically cut off from the world of normal human values.

This strikes me as something the Far Left would produce in all their political correctness wisdom. NOT a Republican administration. Still this seems to be the new Republican conservatism for the 21st century, V 2.0!
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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Iran's president says move Israel

Iran's conservative president has said that Israel should be moved to Europe.
Notice the BBC utterly smearing the word 'Conservative'. I would find 'Socialist' more acceptable of the 'National Socialist' variety.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that if Germany and Austria felt responsible for the Jewish Holocaust, they should give up land to make room for Israel.

"You oppressed them, so give a part of Europe to the Zionist regime so they can establish any government they want," he said on a visit to Mecca.

The president's remarks were quickly condemned by Israel and the US.

"This is not the first time, unfortunately, that the Iranian president has expressed the most outrageous ideas concerning Jews and Israel," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.

"He is not just Israel's problem. He is a worry for the entire international community," he added.

Well, the guys a complete loon, that's for sure. I suppose it's a concession from total anhilation of Israel...

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American Hostage Ronald Schulz Murdered

The Jawa Report links to two reports that the American hostage Ronald Schulz has been murdered by a group calling itself The Islamic Army in Iraq.

Congressman Murtha, are these the insurgents we can't hope to defeat?
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UN Appeasement of Radical Islam UN Appeasement of Radical Islam

Numerous incidents around the world have made it quite obvious that Muslims feel that they deserve special treatment. One such situation is that of the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper and the fuss they are making about it.

What makes the matter even more absurd are the actions of the UN in supporting this nonsense. Cartoons in a newspaper get the UN all upset, but they refuse to condemn suicide bombers murdering innocent people.

Fjordman has some excellent coverage on his weblog, as well as contact information if you'd like to register a complaint. Here are a few brief excerpts:

UN Concerned over Prophet Cartoons
by Ole Damkjaer

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights understands the concern in Muslim countries over the 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and expects UN experts on racism to deal with the matter. At the same time as Islamic countries in a meeting in Mecca are going to discuss joint action against Denmark, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has involved herself in the discussion.

The leader of the UN's work on human rights is saying in plain words that she is concerned over the drawings that Jyllands-Posten printed in September, expressing "apologies" for statements and actions demonstrating a lack of respect for the religion of other people. In a letter to the 56 member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), she states: "I understand your concerns and would like to emphasize that I regret any statement or act that could express a lack of respect for the religion of others."

In a complaint to the High Commissioner, the 56 Islamic governments have asked Louise Arbour to raise the matter with the Danish government "to help contain this encroachment on Islam, so the situation won't get out of control." Two UN experts on religous freedom and on racism and xenophobia, are said to be working on the case. The Islamic governments have expressed satisfaction with the reply from Louise Arbour.

. . . today 56 Islamic countries are holding a top meeting in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and on the agenda is a discussion of a united front against Denmark . . .

. . . In an astonishing move on 12 April 2005, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) moved from promoting respect for human rights to promoting "respect for all religions and their value systems". . .

. . . the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres has warned Denmark against closing its borders to poor refugees, during a visit to Copenhagen yesterday. . .

There's much more on Fjordman's blog.

Related sites:
Eye on the UN
NGO Monitor

(Cross-posted at A Deeper Look)
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Saudi Influence, Again

Frank Gaffney Jr. reports on the growing Saudi influence on the USA media:

On Monday, the controversial Saudi billionaire and royal, Prince al-Walid bin Talal, made a stunning revelation during a panel discussion at a conference in Dubai on "the Arab and World Media." According to Middle East Online, after criticizing the "pro-Israel" bias of the U.S. media, the Prince "accused Arabs of not being pro-active in fighting the allegedly slanted media."

Prince al-Walid then proceeded to reveal an example of the sort of pro-activity he as in mind. He recently purchased roughly 5 percent of the voting stock of NewsCorp, the parent company of Fox News. As Middle Ease Online reported:

During last month's street protests in France, the U.S. television network Fox — owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in which Al-Walid himself has shares — ran a banner saying: "Muslim riots." "I picked up the phone and called Murdoch.. . . . (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty," [the Prince] said. "Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots."

The Saudi influence continues to corrupt. He may be buying Murdoch (and the Savoy Hotel in London) but al-Walid can’t buy the Internet! The truth will prevail.

By the way, this was the same Arab that after gloating at ground zero and insinuated that America had it coming, offered a multi-million dollar donation. Rudy Giuliani told him to shove his check.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Murtha Reloaded: Insurgency vs Terrorism

Earlier I wrote a post where I accepted the argument of Rep. Murtha and followed where it took me. That was so much fun I decided to try it again.

Today, in response to the President's speech before the Council of Foreign Relations,
Murtha said this:

Now, let me tell you the major problem we have. You heard the president talk today about terrorism. Every other word was "terrorism." Let me separate terrorism from insurgency. ...

Bin Laden said he attacked the United States because of the troops in Saudi Arabia. That's terrorism. Terrorism was in London. Terrorism was in Spain. Terrorism was, obviously, in the United States.

That's completely separate from what's going on in Iraq. Iraq is an insurgency. ...

Now, let's talk about terrorism versus insurgency in Iraq itself. We think that foreign fighters are about 7 percent -- might be a little bit more, a little bit less. Very small proportion of the people that are involved in the insurgency are terrorists or how I would interpret them as terrorists.

Wow. That is some juicy stuff. Since kausfiles has already nailed the "this man seems confused argument" I'll move on.

As best as I can understand it, Murtha's distinction between "insurgents" and "terrorists" rests on whether they are foreign or domestic. Hence the importance he places on the idea "that foreign fighters are about 7 percent" of our enemies in Iraq. Let's accept that distinction as the key to determining who is a terrorist and who is an insurgent. But before we go any further, let's examine the three attacks Murtha mentioned.

Clearly, as Murtha said, the men who carried out the 9/11 attacks were not American citizens. Therefore, under his criteria, they were terrorists. That's easy. The 3/11 attacks in Madrid were carried out by a mixed group of al Qaeda-related militants:
Moroccans, Algerians and at least one Spaniard. Mostly foreigners, even if some were natives or long-term residents of Spain. Again, terrorists.

Three of the four 7/7 bombers were native Brits, born and raised. The other was Jamaican-born but married to a British native. Unless you're going to make the nationalist claim that the children of Pakistani immigrants can't be British, then this was an attack by local people against what they considered to be an illegitimate government. Therefore they were insurgents.

Onward. Let's accept Murtha classification system look at some key conflicts.

Jemaah Islamiyah is responsible for several attacks in Indonesia, including the October 2002 bombing that killed 202 people, mostly Australian tourists. Insurgency. Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines? Insurgency. Hezbollah? Islamic Jihad? Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the group that assassinated Sadat? Insurgencies all.

Let's widen our view.
ETA, the Basque groups that just detonated 7 bombs to mark Spain's Constitution Day? Aum Shinrikyo, the religious group that released nerve gas in the Tokyo subway system? Both groups are comprised of local people, native born to the nations they are fighting. Insurgencies.

Are these too abstract and distant from US concerns? Let's stick close to home.
The Weather Underground? The Symbionese Liberation Army? Both were groups of native, local fighters, determined to overthrow a government they saw as oppressive and illegitimate. Insurgencies, again.

Let's get even closer to home.
Eric Robert Rudolph was born in Florida. His religious beliefs lead him to view the current regime as responsible for perpetrating great and continuing evils. He bombed the Olympic Games, a nightclub frequented by homosexuals and lesbians, and a clinic that performed abortions. Given Murtha's criteria why is he not considered an insurgent?

You can see where all this leads. Timothy McVeigh. American Insurgent. Can I expect to see him labeled as such in future articles concerning "the Events of April 19, 1995"? Someone should ask Rep. Murtha.

The point is that Murtha's distinction is a silly one. You can call them insurgents or terrorists. You can call them Minutemen (if you're a fat, self-obsessed tool.) The point is this: the insurgents/terrorists/pixies we're fighting in Iraq are the same people who have attacked us all over the world and here in the US. Don't take it from me. Listen to the Number 2 pixie.
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Nuremberg Rally 2005 In London

Writer Carol Gould tells the story:

Just before going back to the USA after five months in the UK I attended the ‘Global Peace and Unity’ Conference at London’s Excel Centre presented by the new Islam Channel and sponsored by Emirates Airlines, Western Union (hmm??) and the Metropolitan Police.

It was advertised as a diverse event to which non-Muslims were invited and the impression one got from the website was of a celebration of Middle Eastern culture, food, music and children’s activities in a London milieu.

To my utter horror -- and I should have written this report two days ago but my physical and emotional shock have rendered me nearly inert -- it was a seven-hour call to Jihad by a succession of ranting and shouting rabble-rousers.

The eminent barrister Michael Mansfield QC, wearing black and white keffiyah scarf, shouted into the mike about the heinous crimes of the Western coalition countries. The crowd chanted and thundered its appreciation.

The terrifying demagogue George Galloway ascended the podium and exhorted the crowd to stand up for the redemption of the oppressed Muslim world or else the nation had better get ready for ‘rioting in every street in Britain.’

The ‘slaughter in Palestine and Iraq’ being only part of the equation, Chechnya, Bosnia and Kashmir were also mentioned all day by every speaker including a crazed, chador-clad Yvonne Ridley, who at any moment I expected to self-immolate, such was her fury at the Zionists, the Americans and her fellow Britons. To my utter disbelief, she condemned the British police force as some form of fascist brigade in ‘jackboot Britain.’

To all of these exhortations came cries of ‘Alllahu Akhbar’ from the enormous, simmering crowd of what looked to me like the angriest gathering of young men and women with whom I have ever had the misfortune to be seated in my lifetime. It must be noted for non-British and non-Commonwealth readers that legendary cricketer Imran Khan’s arrival from Pakistan to give a speech would be the equivalent of a sporting megastar doing similar in an American arena. The crowd of some 20,000 adoring, mostly young British Muslims went mad with joy when he ascended the stage and took to the dais.

What followed was a stream of invective about his own leader, Parvez Musharraf, Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak, and of course the ‘axis of evil’ Bush, Blair and allies.

(It must be noted here that in May, when the controversy arose about American soldiers allegedly flushing a Koran down a lavatory, Khan’s power over world Islam was such that he gave one short speech and riots ensued across the globe, including the horrifying flag-burnings in London’s Grosvenor Square. )

Khan actually said we should feel the degradation of modern Muslims in the context of Hitler and the Germans after Versailles. He used this example to accentuate the reason for ‘Muslim rage’ -- there was poor Germany belittled and humiliated, like the Muslim world today.

He recounted being confronted by a fellow Pakistani after 9/11 who asked, ‘Do you not feel ashamed?’ and he told the adoring crowd he did not see what there was to be ashamed of, and anyway, 9/11 was an excuse for the criminal Washington neocons to start a New Crusade against Islam.

For me, reading this article ranks right up there with the 23 days of massive rioting, in over 300 French cities, as the most frightening development in Europe since World War II.

This rally is the equivalent of Hitler's 1927 Nuremberg Rally. The chants of "Allahu Akbar," which resounded here, are the equivalent of the chants of "Heil Hitler" which greeted Hitler's every incendiary proclamation.

The citation of Treaty of Versailles should only drive the point home. Once again, our enemies have told us the truth. They identify with Hitler and Germany, not with the great tradition of Western Civilization.

Let us thank them for telling us the truth, and let's get on with business. These people need to be shown the door. There is no compromise with Hitlerian ideology.

Let us acknowledge the truth. In Bosnia, Western armies, led by the United States, defended Muslims against genocide initiated by Milosevic. And yet, the Muslims at this conference find Bosnia to be a valid reason to resent Western Civilization.

In Kasmir, Muslims are trying to steal land, which has traditionally belonged to the Hindus of India. And yet, the Muslims of Britain find their lack of success, in such theft, a reason to resent Western Civilization.

In Chechneya, Muslims are trying to steal land which has belonged to Russia for decades, and was never Muslim land, and yet the Muslims of Britain find this to be yet another reason to resent Western Civilization.

Let us acknowledge that their demands are in the tradition of Hilter. Their appeal to resentment is in the tradition of Hitler. And they have made it abundantly clear that this is so, by citing Hilter and the treaty of Versailles itself.

There is nothing opaque here. We are being greeted by the new Nazis of Europe. Let us acknowledge the truth which is staring us in the face.

(Cross-posted at CUANAS)
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Iran and the Calculus of Destruction

Iran is months away from the point of no return in its quest for an atomic weapon. For a very detailed and free crash course on the situation download Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran from the Strategic Studies Institute.

I know many of you are thinking that the Israelis or even the US will bomb the Iranian installations and that will be that. Sadly, it's not going to happen. Iran will develop the capability to build atomic bombs. Period.

All of us should start to think seriously about what this means. Some say that Iran can be deterred. After all, it seemed to work against the Soviets. Deterrence was based on the concept of MAD, mutual assured destruction. I do not believe this will work for several reasons.

During the Cold War it was the stated, public policy of the US to threaten the annihilation of virtually all Soviet citizens in a nuclear exchange with the USSR. We had more than enough thermo-nuclear warheads to utterly obliterate Soviet and Russian civilization. American citizens accepted this policy because we knew that our existence was at stake. Not 'our way of life' or 'our values' but our existence. Iran simply does not pose the same threat. Iran may harm the US. Iran may threaten our interests in a geopolitical sense. But Iranian atomic weapons and missiles do not seriously threaten to destroy tens of millions of Americans and blast our civilization into dust.

This alone changes the calculation. And it feeds into another change since the Cold War: we have lost the domestic Cold War deterrence mentality. As I said, Americans accepted that their government threatened to kill tens or hundreds of millions of people because Americans themselves felt threatened. Without this personal threat I doubt that Americans will accept a policy of nuclear death on a vast scale.

If the Iranians sneak an atom bomb into New York and kill tens of thousands of people, will we utterly destroy their civilization? Will we retaliate with a nuclear strike that kills 70 million people and ends thousands of years of Persian civilization? Or will we go for a 'measured' response of, say, only destroying the regime and the military?

This is not MAD because the Destruction is neither Mutual nor Assured: they cannot destroy us and we will not destroy them. It may sound morbid but it was the Destruction part of MAD that made it work. Attempts to calculate something like "I will risk losing X for the chance to achieve my objective" are undermined by MAD because X always equals everything. Not just the regime or the military but the villiages, cultural assets, even the very landscape.

This lack of the assurance of destruction puts the mullahs in an entirely different situation from the Soviets. The mullahs can make a calculation that the Soviets could not. Suddenly X equals something less than everything; it equal a real number. For example, is it worth losing even a few million Iranians if they can achieve their objective, whatever that may be? After all, Shi'a Islam and Persian culture will continue even if the regime is destroyed and millions killed. This, from their perspective, is a rational calculation, not pure madness.

The ayatollahs aren't Marxists, who for all their evil were a mutant strain of the Western philosophical tradition. The ayatollahs are theocrats of a mystical religion with a strong martyrdom complex. Who can say what their calculation will be based on? Who knows how a deterrence based on Western secular rationalism will play out with a regime run by religious scholars trained in entirely different traditions of decision-making and logic?

Bad things are ahead. Bad indeed.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Holy Dhimmitude!

Maybe I'm an overly sensitive infidel but see if you can find what pisses me off about the following paragraph from Reuters.

RIYADH (Reuters) - Muslim leaders gather in the holy city of Mecca this week to find ways of tackling religious extremism, social challenges and political divisions which Saudi Arabia says have plunged the Islamic world in crisis.

Give up? "The holy city of Mecca"? Excuse me? When did that become a fact? Sure Mecca is "holy" to some people but it is not "holy" to most people. Indeed many would consider Mecca to be the opposite of holy.

Quick, which other cities does Reuters automatically and unself-consciously label "holy"? I can't think of one. Jerusalem? Rome? Kyoto? Salt Lake City? If I read that I'll let you know but I'm not holding my breath.

In the meantime, if you meet a reporter from Reuters, slap some sense into him.
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Madeleine Albright in Newsweek

I have had this interview with Madeleine Albright for weeks in my computer. I think that it's very important to read it. She says thinks like:

"Islam itself and the Qur'an are not actually antiwoman",

"Imposing democracy is an oxymoron"

"While people did turn out to vote [in Iraq], which I think is quite remarkable, it’s very difficult when the situation in the security arena is so tenuous",

"Al-Jazeera is opening up in the United States, and I think it doesn’t hurt if Americans go on Al-Jazeera so that we can tell our story. We have to make clear that a great deal of it is distortion"

"We can’t have terrorist organizations participating, but if there are some Islamist organizations that can give up the use of force and follow the rules, then I think that it’s useful to include them in the political process"

"We depend on some of them for oil, and these are potential markets, as well, if there is proper investment that then creates jobs, which takes care of the problem of people being disaffected or unemployed".

The rest of the interview here.

My post about it here.
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Lincoln and Iraq

A fantastic article in The New Republic of all places comparing the War in Iraq to the Civil War. A must read. Here are some quotes (emphasis added):

Today our forces and Iraqis are fighting together and, slowly, winning a good and noble war that holds the hope of bringing to millions a measure of freedom they never knew before. And yet today, America seems ready, even eager, to concede defeat and withdraw: a sad twist on the famous George Aiken formula for extricating American soldiers from Vietnam. It sounds bizarre--why would anyone want to throw away the chance of such a great victory, when victory seems within reach? But it isn't bizarre. On the contrary, it has happened before.

... In 1863 ... New York saw the worst rioting in our nation's history. The rioters' cause was ending the draft on which Lincoln's war depended. A year later Lincoln seemed headed for electoral defeat, even as Grant's and Sherman's armies seemed headed for decisive military victories. Victory often seems most elusive to civilians when it is most nearly within soldiers' grasp. And noble causes often do not sound noble to the nation whose sons must fight for them. ... In many American towns and cities, then as now, the cause of freedom for others did not seem a cause worth fighting and dying for.

But it is, partly because--as Lincoln saw better than anyone--others' freedom helps to guarantee our own. ... Lincoln had it right: Either democracy and freedom would go on to new heights or they might well "perish from the earth." So too today. A world full of Islamic autocrats is a world full of little bin Ladens eager to give their lives to kill Americans. A world full of Islamic democracies gives young Muslim men different outlets for their passions. That obviously means better lives for them. But it also means better and safer lives for us.

None of this excuses the bungling and bad management that have plagued the Iraq war. The administration has made some terrible mistakes that have cost precious lives, ... But bungling and bad management were far more evident in Lincoln's war than they have been in Bush's. Most wars are bungled ... Sometimes, error gives rise to larger truths; nations can stumble unawares onto great opportunities. So it was in the 1860s. So it is today in the Middle East.

Two-and-a-half years ago, our armed forces set out to fight a small war with a small objective. Today we find ourselves in a larger war with a larger and vastly better purpose. It would be one of history's sadder ironies were we to turn away because that better purpose is not the one we set out to achieve. Either we fight the fight our enemies have chosen until they are defeated or (better still) dead, or millions of Muslim men and women may lose their "last, best hope"--and we may face a mushroom cloud over Manhattan, the work of one of the many Mohamed Attas that Middle Eastern autocracies have bred over the last generation. The choice belongs not to the president alone, but to all of us. Here's hoping we choose as wisely as Lincoln's generation did.

Here's hoping.
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Something I Missed?

Meanwhile, in less reported news :

Saudi court orders defendant's eye gouged out - [via Redneck's Revenge] - A Keralite youth is facing an "eye-for-eye" punishment in Saudi Arabia after a court found him guilty of blinding an Arab during an altercation two years ago...The Saudi national's left eye was damaged when Naushad reacted in self-defence.

PA Approves Aid To Terrorists' Families - [via Arutz Sheva] - Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas Monday approved monthly financial aid of at least $250 for families of terrorists the same day a suicide bomber killed five Israelis at a Netanya mall

London Plumber On Terror Offence Charges - [via This Is London] - A plumber arrested near the M25 last week has been charged with five offences relating to alleged terrorist activities and firearms offences...Kazi Nurur Rahman, 28, of Newham, east London, is alleged to have had in his possession three Uzi sub-machine guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

Saudis Have Radicalized 80% Of US Mosques - [via Jpost] - The power of the extremist Wahhabi form of Islam in the United States was created with generous Saudi financing of American Muslim communities over the past few decades. Over 80 percent of the mosques in the United States "have been radicalized by Saudi money and influence."

Dutch Trial Witness Stays Silent - [via BBC] - A key witness in the trial of 14 men in the Netherlands, charged with belonging to a radical Islamist terror network, has refused to testify.
The 17-year-old girl, Malika Shabi, declined to answer questions about her ex-boyfriend, one of the co-accused.

Al Qaeda Releases Compilation Of Bin Laden Speeches - [via Adnkronos Intl] - The al-Qaeda terrorist network has just launched a new CD compilation of Osama Bin Laden’s speeches from 2002 to December 2004, a copy of which has been exclusively obtained by Adnkronos International from sources in the tribal areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to a senior Pakistani intelligence anlayst, the new CD is "clearly aimed at connecting with the common masses all over the world."

Robbery Trial For Bosnian Muslim Volunteer - [via Serbianna] - Lionel Dumont, 34, a French convert to Islam is charged with being a member of the country's notorious "Roubaix gang" - a group of extremist Muslims that did a series of hold ups and armed robberies in the northern city of Lille in 1996.
Dumont and his islamist group said that the holdups were legal because they were against an infidel and were meant to help the cause of Allah because the proceeds from robberies were sent to Bosnia to aid the Muslim forces that fought a war against Christian Croats and Serbs.

and finally, something a bit more reassuring ;

Filipinos Are 'Too Soft To Become Suicide Bombers' - [via Jihad Watch] - Militants have a hard time training Filipinos to be suicide bombers because of their soft-heartedness, a source told Gulf News.
"Filipino Muslims and Christians, who are converts to Islam, could not muster enough courage to become suicide bombers because they do not believe that they would go to heaven after committing suicide."
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An Act of Courage An Act of Courage

After unilaterally deciding to pullout of Gaza, it would be expected that the Israelis would experience a period of calm. Instead, they experienced rockets being fired at civilian towns in the south, attacks by Hizbollah in the north . . . and an attack by a suicide bomber in the center of the country. It must take tremendous courage just to live in a tiny country like that- surrounded by hostile neighbours who seek to annihilate them.*

The mainstream media in the U.S. reports suicide attacks, but doesn't report those that are thwarted by the Israelis. For every "successful" attack, several are stopped by the Israeli military, police, security guards at cafes, and ordinary citizens.

An article in today's Jerusalem Post tells the story of one such person. First Sgt.-Maj. Shoshe Atiya, 39, is an Israeli police officer . . . and pregnant. When she saw a person acting suspiciously, rather than run in the opposite direction, she ran toward the suspected suicide bomber. She saw that his hand was in a video camera case- she attempted to pull it out.

An amazing story of incredible courage, well worth reading.

*This map is of Israel plus the West Bank and Gaza. Israel no longer occupies Gaza, and part of the West Bank will probably be ceded when/if there is a final peace settlement, so the country is actually smaller than indicated in this map . . .

(This article has been cross-posted on A Deeper Look).

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Voting is now open for the 2005 weblog awards

You can vote for the best blog in each of several categories at:
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Accepting Murtha's Premise

By now we’ve all heard about Congressman Murtha’s weepy declarations on the House floor. This is the part of my post where, per Mark Steyn’s suggestion, I’m supposed to praise Murtha as a “good man” and a “fine man.” I certainly believe he’s sincere.

The rules of my game, “I Accept Your Premise,” are simple. I am not going to argue against what Murtha said. I'm not going to say that Murtha is not a big thinker or question his emotional stability or claim he is an old sentimental man. For the purposes of this post I’ll accept what he said at face value and move on from there.

Murtha called for a pullout from Iraq because the war cannot be won. Here are actual quotes from Murtha taken from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The U.S. Army is "broken, worn out" and "living hand-to-mouth"
"They're barely getting by," said Murtha …
"We are not able to buy the equipment because of the cost of the war."

Let’s be clear what we are talking about. After an invasion that lasted a few weeks with a historically small number of casualties on both sides; after less than 3 years of occupying a country of 25 million people; after sustaining less than 2000 combat casualties, the United States military is “broken” and “worn out.”

Translation: “The United States is not a superpower.” A superpower could handle the Iraq situation without breaking and wearing out and weeping. Here’s what this means for our allies and enemies.
  • U.S. to the Iraqi People - "You'll be okay. Really. Some of you can look forward to being annexed by Iran. In five or ten years the civil war will slow down. Then the U.N. will come in and help you guys get back to maybe even a Third World level of subsistence. After all the U.N. has a long history of putting the well-being of the Iraqi people at the forefront of its agenda. It'll all work out over the long run. Look at Cambodia."
  • U.S. to South Korea – “Good luck with that nuclear dictator, guys. We can’t help you. Maybe India can lend a hand or something.”
  • U.S. to Taiwan – “We’re sure you’ll enjoy being part of China. It worked out so well for Tibet. We'll print some Free Taiwan bumperstickers.”
  • U.S. to Japan – “Sure we spent 50 years telling you not to be a military power. That was then; this is now, baby. You better get up to speed fast because our troops over there are just decoration. How fast can Toyota switch to building precision munitions? By the way, love the new Civic. Sayonara.”
  • U.S. to NATO – “Our troops throughout Europe are basically tourists. Like all American tourists, they’re just over there to drink your beer and chase your women. We aren’t going to defend you from squat. You might want to invest in prayer rugs and Arabic lessons.”
  • U.S. to China – “You want to be a superpower, go for it. Knock yourselves out. It’s all yours. We’re done. We’re going home to watch football and have a few heart attacks. Maybe we’ll run into you when we fly to Thailand for bypass surgery.”
  • U.S. to Iran and North Korea – “Whatever.”
  • U.S. to Al Qaeda – “Uncle. You’re right, we can't handle casualties. It's just like bin Laden said, the American military is a paper tiger. Now you know that after you overthrow Saudi Arabia and execute the Saudi royal family, we won’t invade to secure the oil infrastructure . We’ll pay whatever you tell us for the oil. Hey, if you play your cards right you can even get a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission. Maybe one of your envoys can help oversee the rebuilding of what is left of Iraq.”
  • U.S. to Israel – “It was fun while it lasted. It was really nice knowing you. When the dust settles and the smoke clears we’ll build a lovely monument to your memory. Shalom.”

If we don’t have the capacity and/or the will to occupy Iraq, what deludes anyone into thinking we can handle a war on the Korea peninsula? Or an attack on Japan or Taiwan? If we can’t manage Iraq, how could we ever deal with Iran? If the military is broken and worn out after Iraq then we aren’t a true superpower. We just play one on TV.

At best we’re a 3 Week Superpower every 10 years. We will kick-ass and defeat anything as long as it doesn’t take more than 3 weeks, once every decade. Then we get tired and distracted and a little teary-eyed. After Iraq we’ll be exhausted so the world shouldn’t expect anything from us until at least 2015. More like 2020. If anything happens between now and then, you guys are on your own.

So much for the “American Empire”, huh? Apparently, if you want someone to make a movie about your nation’s genocide, give us a call. We can’t make any promises but we’ll read your screenplay. If you want someone to make a meaningful military and political commitment to spreading and defending democracy, you should probably look at other options. I hear the Riders of Rohan are pretty tough.

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Islamic Jihad Show Their Love For the Israeli People

At least five people were killed Monday and more than 50 others were wounded, including four seriously, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at around 11:30 A.M. at the entrance to Hasharon shopping mall in Netanya.
I will be posting more about this soon as I get it at DrunkenBlogging
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How Will This One Play Out?

El Baradei: Iran only months away from a bomb

IAEA chairman Muhammad El Baradei on Monday confirmed Israel's assessment that Iran is only a few months away from creating an atomic bomb.

If Teheran indeed resumed its uranium enrichment in other plants, as threatened, it will take it only "a few months" to produce a nuclear bomb, El-Baradei told The Independent.

And this from a country that has already made clear it would wipe Israel off the map.

And we all remember this...

We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization... we must make use of everything we have at hand to strike at this front by means of our suicide operations or by means of our missiles. There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them...

...Once we have defeated the Anglo-Saxons the rest will run for cover," he told his audience.So it appears that in the short term, the regime is hoping to start a limited war with the USA that it believes it can survive, since they don't believe that the West has the will nor the means to occupy Iran at this time. This will buy them time for their longer term strategic plans for the world.

And now they may be months away from having nuclear weapons?

I can only ask, was Iraq just a way for the U.S. to get close to Iran so we could ultimately address the real threat?

I hope so, because this must be addressed right now.
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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Ordinary Everyday Atrocities

Anyone who’s read my blog knows I’m a mad Simpsons fan. An episode from last year looked into the future when Bart and Lisa are in high school. Bart works at the Kwik-e Mart.

Apu: "I need you to make a delivery to an elderly shut in but to get there you must go through the Forbidden Zone!" [He waves his fingers in a “scary” motion.]
Bart: "Yeah yeah, which one: radioactive, smallpox, eternal midnight?"

The joke is that something frightening and horrible, the Forbidden Zone, has become so ordinary that not only are there several different Forbidden Zones but Bart is unsurprised, unimpressed, and unafraid. Indeed, life has gone on as before. What were once horrors have become mere inconveniences, like potholes.

That joke came to mind when I heard about Muriel Degauque, “Europe’s First Woman Suicide Bomber” and to my knowledge the “First Ethnic-European Suicide Bomber”. Two dubious achievements for a twice married 38 year-old Belgian.

Muriel may have been the first Western, ethnically European Muslim convert suicide bomber but she will not be the last. In a few years this will have become so common we will no longer keep count.

We were all shocked by the filmed beheading of Daniel Pearl 4 years ago. Now beheading videos don't even make headlines. Who among us even knows how many Westerners have been beheaded by jihadists? What was once stunning and noteworthy passes into routine. Evil becomes cliché.

I fear this pattern of taboo-once-broken-becomes-commonplace will continue. Today an unspeakable horror is front page news. Next year that same horror is mundane, a paragraph on page A12 next to a truck ad.

What shocks you (nerve gas? mass rape? child terrorists? cannibalism?) Imagine something so terrible it could never become 'standard', could never become an expected event. Now try to prepare yourself psychologically for its occurrence and re-occurrence. Again and again, each atrocity blurring into the next until they are simply features of the world. Like traffic. Or bad weather. Or eternal midnight.
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