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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
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Saturday, June 17, 2006

British Empire Debate

The BBC had a very revealing radio show debating the effects of the British Empire:

This week Andrew Marr presents a special edition of Start the Week. To mark the end of Radio 4's This Sceptred Isle: Empire series, some of this country's best-known historians will be examining how Britain and other countries around the world have been changed by their experience of empire. They'll be discussing whether Britain should apologise and make reparation for its imperial past or glory in it, and asking whether the twenty-first century will see the birth of new empires. Eric Hobsbawm, Niall Ferguson, Robert Beckford, Linda Colley and Priya Gopal join Andrew Marr.

Eric Hobsbawm is a very knowledgeable British historian, who is also an unreconstructed Stalinist. I didn't hear him making any apologies of his own during the show. As a Commie, Hobsbawm's interpretations, including his views on the history of capitalism, don't require much refutation or attention.

Niall Ferguson advocated an analysis of the British Empire based on balance and an absence of presentism. For this he was attacked personally by some of the other participants. His refusal to accept unearned guilt has upsetted not just those on the program.

Robert Beckford is a professor of something at the University of Birmingham. He is one of those types of professors, "then the posters on the walls of Robert Beckford's office...Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and the US preacher Bishop Noel Jones loom behind his desk. As symbols of black struggle, black power and the black church, they provide a fitting backdrop for the lecturer in African diasporan religions and cultures." During the discussion it was clear that Beckford is incapable of distinguishing the difference between race and culture. As an English speaker at an English university using, I assume, Western methods of historiography, he complains that "my culture was stolen." When Ferguson disagreed with his White Devil Theory of history Beckford became indignant.

Linda Colley is another British historian and was generally sensible, occupying a middle position between the Leftists and Ferguson.

Priya Gopal provided the most entertainment value. She is not a historian but your typical, trendy English professor of "Post-Colonial" studies. Her latest book is Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence and she is editing a tome titled After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies. Ferguson called Bullshit on Gopal's depiction of pre-British India as utopia. Gopal doesn't mention suttee or caste in her "history" of India before the White Devil arrived. Early in the program she accused Ferguson of "crude" and "lazy" thinking for daring to disagree with her. Gopal also forgets the joys of the Mughal Empire and the Arab/Moslem slave trade. When pressed the Leftist fall back position was slavery and empire weren't that bad until Europeans arrived and messed up a good thing.

The Leftists also, willfully, confuse 17th and 18th century mercantilism with contemporary capitalism. Of course, globalization is another bogeyman of neo-colonialism. Beckford and Gopal were really hating it every time Feguson mentioned the existence of non-Western empires. The various Moslem empires of the last 1400 years get a free pass. Nor are the depredations of the Javanese Empire in Western New Guinea brought up. Gopal also had the nerve to blame the last sixty years of violence between Hindus and Moslems on the sub-continent on the British.

In the context of "asking whether the twenty-first century will see the birth of new empires" there was no mention of the obvious. That is the revival of one of the oldest empires in history.

Demonstrating how academic Leftists are not used to hearing ideas they disagree with, Gopal wrote an open letter to the BBC whining about the meanness of it all. What's funny is that she chose a Leninist website in which to air her views. I wasn't aware that Marxist-Leninism was an indigenous Indian philosophy.

Crossposted at The Dougout.
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The Jihad In Russia: Muslim Racism Causes Civil Strife

Muslims? Racist? No, it couldn't be:

Muslim racism and hatred toward `infidels' continues to sow discord in Russian society, and threatens to provoke a violent reaction from locals who want to defend their way of life.

The flood of illegal Muslim immigrants from the Caucasus region and Central Asia into Moscow is reaching epidemic proportions. Whole city districts are being colonized, and this has naturally precipitated a tough response from Russians who are unhappy that the Muslim invaders are flaunting Russian law and trying to establish their own social order.

As is well known, Muslims put the interests of other Muslims first when any issue involves `infidels.' This happened recently when a Muslim Russian police officer of Azerbaijani descent in the Biryulevo district of Moscow threatened a Russian man who wanted to press charges against several Azerbaijani nationals who attacked him.

The Muslim police officer threatened to frame the Russian with a bogus crime unless he just walked away and forgot the whole affair, reports Newsru. When this affair became public knowledge, it infuriated the local population.

Today, about 150 Russian activists in Biryulevo marched for justice, called for Muslims to be removed from the police force, and demanded the government find a solution to the problem of runaway illegal immigration.

Unlike most westerners, many of whom are rightly suspicious of this latest phase of global Muslim colonization and imperialism, yet afraid to speak up, Russians are more blunt and don't take any nonsense. As with the Nazi invaders, and the Muslim Tatar invaders in the Middle Ages, the Russians will fight until their land is free and their homes safe from aggression.

Well, maybe the Russians will be the beginning of the avalanche.
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From Anti-Mullah

Zarghawi's Last Words "Prepare My Virgins"

IRAN TOLD HAMAS, HAMAS TOLD THE JORDANIANS, THE JORDANIANS TOLD THE AMERICANS (Washington D.C.) - and the Americans invited the Iraqis to join in to bolster the new government's ministerial positions.

Nobody really knows exactly why "anything" but speculation can be reasonably accurate. Might the cash-strapped Hamas have been angling for the $25 million bounty on which to operate?
Or was this a gift from Hamas to the West aimed to potentially reinstate Jordan as the land of the Palestinians as was originally intended long ago and now so feared a possibility - with 60% of Jordanians of Palestinian descent - that Jordan has requested a halt or slow down to American efforts to form a Palestinian State.

Did Iran offer Zarghawi as a precursor to their dubious offer to help the USA in Iraq if the nuclear matter of sanctions were dropped?
Read the rest here.

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Even comic books have them

Elder of Zion wrote earlier about the AP's puff piece on a bigoted comic being published in Egypt. In case it hasn't been discussed here yet, there are other examples of comic books right within the US that have anti-Americanism, anti-Israelism, and even pro-terrorist sympathies, that were put out over the past few years, and that's one of the reasons why, besides my world affairs blog, I've also got a comics blog, The Four Color Media Monitor,* on which to discuss these things too. I'd also written a special posting on my world affairs blog almost two weeks ago on which to discuss some of these issues about comic books that could be going on right under the very noses of the public. And, after reading on that dreadful book from Egypt that the AP sugarcoated recently, I thought it a good idea to write some notes on what everyone should be on the lookout for in comic books today. For example:

The Betrayal of Captain America (in PDF format), co-written by Michael Medved and Michael Lackner, via The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. And click here for Medved's own excerpt from National Review. Learn mainly in the PDF file about how the leftists lording over Marvel Comics now degraded one of comicdom's most favorite freedom fighters for the sake of political correctness, and why even other superheroes and anti-heroes are not safe either.

In 2004, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was used as a political tool when comics writer Paul Jenkins wrote a pre-Munich story called "Countdown", which also used quite a bit of moral equivalency in a story that's almost like a corruption of an earlier, better story written by Stan Lee in 1970 ("The Arms of Doctor Octopus!"), when Doc Ock broke out of jail in Chicago and hijacked a plane carrying a Chinese general to New York. The difference is that, at the time that was written, nobody was denying that the Communists were baddies, whereas Jenkins' story, by contrast, whitewashes the PLO and the character of Hayan Zarour almost entirely, and even if his appearances are short (compared to the 5-6 part story, which is way overlong), Jenkins still does whatever he can to make the readers sympathise with a character who's working for an enemy organization. Ugh. See also this letter conversation I had with Jenkins himself in 2004 that I reprinted a year later. That man, I'm telling you, has no shame.

And then, here's a most distastful example of anti-Americanism hidden in plain sight: Identity Crisis, from DC Comics. Yes, it's misogynist, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Here's three articles about it from IGN's comics section, and in the second one, a most telling clue for starters about where it stands is when the writer says on the 10th page that:
So far, at least, Identity Crisis seems simply to be undercutting the moral stature of many Silver Age superheroes, and by extension, the Silver Age itself. The "magic lobotomy" of Doctor Light is the JLA's Abu Ghraib scandal.
But it's when you read this article here, that you learn some more:
NRAMA: Where did the desire for a shift in tonality within the DCU come from?

DD: A lot of this actually came following September 11th. After everything that occurred in New York City, I was coming to work at DC, and going through the Port Authority. At that time, you would walk into the Port Authority, and you would have National Guardsmen standing there with machine guns. He’s standing there holding his machine gun, and is supposed to be making me feel better and more protected, but somehow, that gave me a greater sense of dread – it put me more on edge.
Yes, it appears that DC's EIC is more afraid of those who want to protect him than he is from the terrorists who destroyed a landmark monument. And, sometime later, I found an article published on the week of the 9-11 memorial, that further confirmed that this was all more or less politically motivated, and an attack on the United States in the worst of ways.

That's what's called political bias and even sympathy for terrorism hidden in plain sight, as well as deconstruction of heroes. Let that serve as an important note about why you need to be on watch for this kind of garbage at all times, and why it pays to have a microscope handy for the more subtle messages too. Just like movies, comics are also in danger of political bias, and we can't let it escape our notice.

* I've also got an extra one, The Comic Book Discrimination Dossiers, that's similar in some ways to the purpose of Women in Refridgerators.
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The Winds of War

From The Gathering Storm

I’m not the only one who believes the Islamists have a clear, precise, over all goal to recreate the Caliphate and dominate the entire world with their fascist ideology – and do this through a long and patient and mostly non-violent process of softening up the free world to create an Islamic society like the Taliban’s, using the strict Wahabi philosophy as their stated goal.

Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum has created the Islamist Watch Project to reveal and “combat the ideas and institutions of nonviolent, radical Islam in the United States and other Western countries.”

The Project hits the nail on the head when it states, “Quietly, lawfully, peacefully, Islamists do their work throughout the West to impose aspects of Islamic law, win special privileges for themselves, shut down criticism of Islam, create Muslim-only zones, and deprive women and non-Muslims of their full civil rights. Lawful Islamists advance their cause through lobbying politicians, intimidating the media, threatening international boycotts, making predatory use of the legal system, advancing novel legislation, influencing the contents of school textbooks, and in other ways exploiting the freedoms of an open society. They advance their agenda in incremental steps, each of which in itself is minor but in the aggregate point to fundamental changes in society.”

There you have it. A perfect description of the softening up process being used today by the Islamists. And in addition to the examples I have given in this blog of intimidation, infiltration, disinformation and appeasement, Pipes adds these examples.

Pipes adds, “Perhaps most alarming is how the Islamists currently dominate the Muslim political scene in every Western society, without exception. They control the mosques, publish the weeklies, host the Internet sites, run the schools, write the op-eds, appear on talk shows, engage in ecumenical activities, and enjoy access to politicians.”

Patriots - start your checklists.

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New Infidel Project

Our Spanish blogger, Blueslord, also known as Spanish Eowyn, has left her old digs, and started a new blog.

It is called The Anti-Jihad Pundit.
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Oh d-d-Dear, Why Do They Hate Me So?

Piglet Banned
In Turkey

It's true:

TURKEY’S public television TRT, controlled by the Islamist-rooted government, has barred the popular Walt Disney cartoon Winnie the Pooh from air because it has a piglet as one of its main heroes, the Turkish press reported today.

Several other cartoons featuring pigs also failed to win the green light from TRT management, according to the left-wing Cumhuriyet daily.

The station initially considered scissoring the scenes showing Piglet, but abandoned the idea because the small pink-skinned character, one of Winnie the Pooh’s closest friends, appeared too often, Cumhuriyet and the mass-circulation Sabah newspaper said.

Employees have recently complained of increasing government intervention in TRT's broadcasting policy, including also the appointment of ruling party cronies to key posts at the institution, which runs several television and radio channels.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, the offshoot of a now-banned Islamist movement, is under fire for seeking to raise the profile of Islam in mainly Muslim but strictly secular Turkey.

Yes, they sound so so secular. And, thank God, because Turkey is likely to become part of the European Union. Of course, Piglet will have to go. Can't wait to watch the EU consider that one.
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The Muslim Brotherhood Project

From Patrick Poole, at Front Page Magazine:

One might be led to think that if international law enforcement authorities and Western intelligence agencies had discovered a twenty-year old document revealing a top-secret plan developed by the oldest Islamist organization with one of the most extensive terror networks in the world to launch a program of “cultural invasion” and eventual conquest of the West that virtually mirrors the tactics used by Islamists for more than two decades, that such news would scream from headlines published on the front pages and above the fold of the New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, Le Monde, Bild, and La Repubblica.

If that’s what you might think, you would be wrong.

In fact, such a document was recovered in a raid by Swiss authorities in November 2001, two months after the horror of 9/11. Since that time information about this document, known in counterterrorism circles as “The Project”, and discussion regarding its content has been limited to the top-secret world of Western intelligence communities.

Only through the work of an intrepid Swiss journalist, Sylvain Besson of Le Temps, and his book published in October 2005 in France, La conquête de l'Occident: Le projet secret des Islamistes (The Conquest of the West: The Islamists' Secret Project), has information regarding The Project finally been made public. One Western official cited by Besson has described The Project as “a totalitarian ideology of infiltration which represents, in the end, the greatest danger for European societies.”

Read about "The Project" here.

Read an English translation of the original text here.
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CNN = INFAMY of moral equivalence

OCTAVIA NASR, CNN SENIOR EDITOR FOR ARAB AFFAIRS: Well, I think for one, terrorism for one person is a freedom fight for another. And you know, the Arab world always talks about this, as they say the so-called terrorism, because they believe that - in Iraq, for example, many people are struggling against occupation, so in many ways they support that struggle against occupation but then they draw a line between those who are struggling.


What will it take?

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Indonesian (south asian) arrested in Thailand, obviously planning to build a house, stupid kufrs


Thai police arrested Indonesian national Sabri Amiruddin, 31, on 16 June during a massive crackdown following the 15 June wave of bombings in south Thailand. He was arrested in Narathiwat province with a kilo of urea fertilizer and two kilos of nails in his possession. Sabri hails from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, though it was not yet known if he was associated with separatists in Aceh (also on Sumatra).

We have to blow the trees up, and then cut them to boards, and then we use the nails. And all those ball bearings are for the manufacturing company we want to open after we build our house. This is how the west and their materialist allies from the world of arrogance keep the faithful poor and struggling.

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We are Dar al-Islam already

Isn't it funny (peculiar, not ha ha) how quickly we forgot important matters as soon as, to quote a German saying, another pig is driven through the village? So what happened to the then world famous, now already almost forgotten cartoonists who draw the Mohammed cartoons, which have changed history?

The following information, I received by email. The comment of the authors is as informative as the attached article itself.
Dear colleague,

Attached please find our article entitled "The Muhammed Affair and the Denmark Pact", which has just been published by www.sappho.dk. On June 6 it appeared in French at www.proche-orient.info under the title "Le Danemark, après l'affaire des caricatures".

It is a report on recent developments in Denmark after the Muhammed Crisis has disappeared from the international headlines. As we have reported, the very islamists who set the affair in motion have reason to consider subsequent developments as an outstanding success, which has given them semiofficial recognition and increased their political and moral standing with the security police.

Only yesterday Minister for Church Affairs Bertel Haarder -- who found his name on an official enemies list issued with impunity by The Islamic Faith Community -- admitted that he no longer dares speak his mind for fear of having to live under police protection (Jyllands-Posten 11 June 2006).

Since the Muhammed Affair Denmark may fairly be described as a place where not even members of the government dare speek freely for fear of being killed -- and where those who openly threaten their critics are praised by the police and treated as victims by the academic, cultural and media elites.

Best wishes
Lars Hedegaard and Helle Merete Brix

To read the complete damned chilling information go to my blog.

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To die for allah

Host: "You described Shahada as something beautiful. Do you think it is beautiful?"
Walla: "Shahada is very, very beautiful. Everyone yearns for Shahada. What could be better than going to paradise?"
Host: "What is better, peace and full rights for the Palestinian people, or Shahada?"
Walla: "Shahada. I will achieve my rights after becoming a Shahida."

More: http://hodja.wordpress.com/2006/06/17/fredens-religion-at-dø-for-allah-shahada/
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Mosque in UK converts children

Youngest Muslim Reverts in The World. Children in England Turn To Islam. Some of the World’s youngest Muslim reverts. Two sisters, aged 9 and 12 show a keen interest in Islam. It all started when they went to the Local Mosque…..

More: http://hodja.wordpress.com/2006/06/17/moske-i-england-konverterer-børn/
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'Suicide plan to crash BA flight' was heard by MI5

 - Britain - Times Online
'Suicide plan to crash BA flight' was heard by MI5 By Nicola Woolcock
TWO Islamist extremists discussed crashing a British Airways flight with 30 suicide bombers on board, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.
In a conversation bugged by MI5 officers, one of them describes an aircraft suicide attack as a “good idea”.
Omar Khyam, 24, and Jawad Akbar, 22, are accused of conspiring with others to cause an explosion at a high-profile British target. They were arrested in March 2004 after surveillance by security services.
The pair talked about infiltrating utility companies and launching attacks on water, gas and power cables simultaneously, and also referred to a friend who had access to all areas at Gatwick airport.
And in one discussion covertly recorded at Mr Akbar’s flat in Uxbridge, West London, three weeks before their arrests, Mr Khyam is heard to say: “It’s just ideas coming out. Like the last idea to hijack the plane, it’s just an idea, we could have done it.
Imagine you’ve got a plane, 300 people in it, you buy tickets for 30 brothers in there. They’re massive brothers, you just crash the plane. You could do it easy, it’s just an idea.” Mr Akbar, a student at Brunel University, interrupts to say: “Thirty brothers, to find 30 brothers willing to commit suicide is a big thing.”
But Mr Khyam replies: “If you spoke to some serious brothers, to the right people, you’d probably get it, bro.”
In an apparent reference to the September 11 terrorist attacks, he continues: “Thirty brothers on a British Airways flight got up — 19 were split up in four planes. Thirty brothers on a plane, the beauty of it is they don’t have to fly into a building, just crash the flipping thing.”
The pair also discussed Guantanamo Bay and what they would do if there were a terrorist attack on Britain. Mr Khyam was recorded saying: “If you do something in this country you are getting caught, trust me 100 per cent, don’t even think about it that you will get away with it.” He added: “If anything happens here all you lot are going down . . . It’s a matter of time, something will get through.”
At the end of the hour-long conversation, Mr Khyam asked: “Do you think your room is monitored?” Mr Akbar replied: “Nah, do you think that? Do you know, I think we give them too much credit bruv.”
In an earlier conversation Khyam refers to a defendant, Waheed Mahmood, who worked for a subcontractor of the power firm Transco, saying: “I’ve got a rough idea what he wants to do.” Mr Akbar replies: “It’s a lot more complicated and it’s a beautiful plan.”
Do you see soemthing special? They are 22 and 24. Very young boys. Just the same as the Canadian "residents".

Crossposted at The Anti-Jihad Pundit.
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British To Share Terror Intelligence With Muslim Leaders

Yes, that's right. The British are so far into submission that they have decided it is necessary for them to share terror intelligence with Muslim leaders, BEFORE THEY MAKE ANY ARRESTS:

The police are considering a proposal to let selected British Muslims examine the intelligence used to mount anti-terrorism raids before they take place, the Guardian has learned.

The proposal will be considered as part of a review of the raid in Forest Gate, east London, a fortnight ago when 250 officers stormed a family house searching for a chemical weapon which was not found. One man was shot and police have apologised for the “hurt” caused by the raid which has further damaged strained relations with the local community. The review began this week and is expected to be completed before the end of the month.

While such a review after a controversial incident is standard, this one is unique because British Muslims are involved from the start.

A senior police source with knowledge of the issues involved said: “We are working on sharing more information with the community before, during and after events so they understand as much of the context as we can provide.”

Other sources said the review would look at the gathering and assessment of intelligence, which is sparser than in other serious crime. The review will also look at what action police then take, and whether hundreds of police need to storm a private family house. Also on the table is more rapid compensation, whether police can do more to stop or counteract leaks “smearing” suspects.

Now, let us remember, these raids were in response to a tip from a highly respected informant who said he had seen a chemical weapons vest with his own two eyes.

The question of whether or not so many police were needed is ludicrous. This is a war, and a chemical weapons vest is classified as a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

Now, what the fuck do you think is going to happen if police tip off Muslim leaders on ongoing investigations, prior to apprehending suspects?

Do you think, just maybe, some of those tips might be relayed to those being investigated, so that they can then elude apprehension?

Gee, do you think?
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Can We Live With Islam?

Regarding the vexed question of whether to condemn Islam as a whole, that is of course best left to the individual conscience.

But hark ye! Here is how I answer it. We are talking about a notional god whose religion and prophet somehow, after fourteen hundred years, here in the second half of the first decade of the third millennium since the birth of another hotly disputed prophet or god or avatar or whatever you hold Jesus to have been--whose religion and prophet, I say, Islam and Mahomet, seem to necessitate perpetual discussions over whether or not it is lawful and virtuous to behead those who do not submit to them, or those who mock them, or those who first submit and then fall away, or those who cause others to doubt them, or any number of other transgressions, all of which involve whether or not one believes in something that is, first, unprovable, and second, only one among many things that may be believed with greater or lesser sincerity by men and women of greater or lesser intelligence and capacity for spiritual and other kinds of experience.

And to all this I say quite simply that it is unacceptable at this stage in human development for there to be any discussion at all about whether such beheadings or killings or punishment of any kind whatsoever are lawful and desirable under any circumstances whatsoever, and that any "religion" or "cult" or "system of belief" that engages in and encourages such questions (that is, engages in them as anything other than a fanciful speculation that is a priori to be answered in the negative) is illegitimate and to be rejected, crushed and stamped out.

In other words, just because some Mahometans imagine that their belief in the big, jealous, angry god with personality issues and an anger management problem entitles them to speculate about what punishments to apply to those who do not share their submission to such an entity, whether or not he in fact exists, does not mean they are so entitled or that the rest of us are obliged to abide these threats with good grace.

I will even go much further than that and state unequivocally that even if their god exists he should not be submitted to by any self-respecting creature, because he is not a god but a tyrant.

And the same goes for any brand of "Xianity" or any other religion that arrogates to itself similar rights.

Enfin, to Islam I say what M. Arouet said repeatedly and with gusto and vehemence about the Church Militant and Triumphant and its claims to temporal authority:

Écrasez l'Infâme.

Permit me to introduce myself: I am Cato the Elder. The worthy Pastorius recently invited me to join the Alliance. I hope you will enjoy my contributions. Whether you do or don't, I look forward to hearing from you about it!

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Thinking About the Unthinkable – Part 1: Civil War In Europe

From The Gathering Storm

In a post I did entailed WINDS OF WAR: The Face of the Future Conflict I speculated on what the war against Islamo-fascism looming on the horizon may look like. I still stand on the statement that ‘real war’ will start when the free world finally awakes from its Islamist induced slumber. When the war arrives, it will be succinct, clear to everyone and with a focused objective - as it did for Europe on September 1st, 1939 and America on December 7th, 1941.

In my opinion and many others, this is the shape of the war to come in three parts.

Militaristic: Like all other wars, there will be a theater of battle across the globe.
Demographic: Civil war in Europe between the Islamists and native Europeans.
Economic: To defeat America they will attempt to seriously damage our economic and social infrastructure and have us sue for peace.

In this three part series we’ll look at each of these ‘battle fronts’ and see how they may play out. Today’s installment is civil war in Europe.

Currently, appeasement is the order of the day in Europe. In an article entitled ‘This time the crocodile won't wait’, a review by Spengler of Melanie Phillips book, Londonistan, speaks of the hopes and fears of the appeaser.

“In retrospect, it seems oafish of Neville Chamberlain, Britain's prime minister in 1938, to have betrayed Czechoslovakia to Nazi rule in return for the empty promise of peace. Yet an overwhelming English majority looked with horror on the prospect of confrontation with Germany and a new world war, until Adolf Hitler forced England's hand by invading Poland. "The appeaser hopes the crocodile will eat him last," said Winston Churchill. Today's crocodiles may not be so patient. The opposing voices in 1938 rang lonely and shrill just as they do today.”

In her book, Phillips portrays an emasculated Britain ashamed of its own national identity and anxious to appease the "clerical fascism" of the jihadis.

Britain, Phillips warns, is reaping what it has sown. A large minority of British Muslims are disaffected at best and seditious at worst. Phillips cites a 2004 Home Office survey finding that 26% of British Muslims felt no loyalty to Britain, 13% supported terrorism, and about 1% (up to 20,000 individuals) were "actively engaged" in terrorism or support for terrorism. Another poll found that 32% of British Muslims agreed that "Western society is decadent and immoral and that Muslims should seek to bring it to an end".

Phillips believes that in the event of a violent collision between the West and Iran, for example, civil conflict might arise in Britain on a scale resembling that in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. I believe I will be much worse and more along the lines of the Spanish Civil War of the mid to late 1930s. A conflict in which the incumbent Second Spanish Republic and political left-wing groups fought against a right-wing nationalist insurrection led by General Francisco Franco, who eventually succeeded in ousting the Republican government and establishing a personal dictatorship.

Spengler adds, “The battle front in Europe will be based not on traditional warfare but through cultural infiltration where the Islamists exploit the democratic spaces within our society and insert their religious dogma via our own societal modes. And when Islam oversteps and the ignorant Westerners protest, Islam screams, “Racism, Xenophobia”, and the gatekeepers of Western culture rollover and go back to sleep.”

The brave Brussels Journal keys in with this.

The number of rapes committed by Muslim immigrants in Western nations is so extremely high that it is difficult to view these rapes as merely random acts of individuals. It resembles warfare. This is happening in most Western European countries, as well as in other non-Muslim countries such as India. European jails are filling up with Muslims imprisoned for robberies and all kinds of violent crimes and Muslims bomb European civilians. One can see the mainstream media are struggling to make sense of all of this. That is because they cannot, or do not want to, see the obvious: this is exactly how an invading army would behave: rape, pillage and bombing. If many of the Muslim immigrants see themselves as conquerors in a war, it all makes perfect sense.

The prized goal of today's appeaser is multiculturalism and multiculturalism is the flag of the appeaser just as the ‘peace at any cost’ was the flag of the appeasers in the 1930s.

Read it all at The Gathering Storm.

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How enlightened Iranians treat women's rights protesters

Iran -- women's rights demonstration, Tehran, 12Jun2006
Activists and police at the June 12 protest
PRAGUE, June 13, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian police violently dispersed a women's rights gathering in one of Tehran's main squares on June 12.

Activists said afterward that police forces detained more than 50 people shortly after the gathering started. One former reformist legislator, several students, and women's rights activists are reportedly among the detainees. Several activists were arrested and summoned to court ahead of the announced gathering.

Activists say several hundred demonstrators of both genders attended the peaceful gathering, which was held to protest legal obstacles for women.

They were planning to remain in front of a nearby park for one hour and voice their objections to discriminatory laws.

According to the interpretation of Islamic laws applied in Iran, a woman's testimony in court is worth half of a man's. Women's divorce rights are negligible compared with those for men. And women need the permission of their father or husband to travel.

Activists planned to call for equal legal rights in marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance, and other areas.

They also said that they would read aloud a statement claiming that despite efforts to achieve equal status, women's most basic rights "have been ignored in the Iranian civil and penal codes.”

Authorities Were Prepared

But shortly after the gathering started, participants faced tough action by police forces, who dispersed the gathering within about an hour.

A baton-wielding policewoman (right) and protesters on 12 June

Keyvan Rafi, the spokesman of a newly founded group that calls itself Human Rights Activists In Iran, told RFE/RL that police and security forces outnumbered protesters.

He said they resorted to force to crush the protest.

"[Police] forces -- especially armed female officers with batons -- suppressed the protest," Rafi said. "Between 70 and 80 people were arrested -- former MP Mussavi Khoinia, women's rights activist from Amir Kabir University Leila Mohseninejad, and also members of Daftare Tahkim Vahdat [major reformist student organizations] are among those arrested -- in addition to many women whose name we have not been able to obtain yet."

Despite the clashes, some protesters managed to chant slogans urging that laws against women be abolished.

Some bloggers claiming to have witnessed the scene accused authorities of dragging women on the ground by their hair and savagely beating others. They say pepper gas was used against the activists.

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Rachel Corrie and Caterpillar revisited

Yesterday was Caterpillar, Inc.'s annual meeting, and predictably the pro-terror crowd was out in force trying to force the company to not sell to Israel. The company rejected their arguments vehemently.

Over a year ago, the pro-terror crowd said they were suing Caterpillar, presumably for building bulldozers that could accidentally kill people.

If one goes through the Rachel Corrie website, for some reason one cannot find a single call for Arab nations or Palestinian Arabs to boycott Caterpillar! As the chairman pointed out yesterday, Arab nations themselves rejected the idea of a boycott, and the wonderful, warm Palestinian Arabs who Rachel was defending somehow manage to get their hands on some Cat bulldozers as well:

And now for today's gratuitous swipe at the MSM: It is widely believed and reported (in the article linked to above, for example) that Corrie was "crushed to death in 2003 by a Caterpillar tractor." In fact:
The army report obtained by the Guardian says Corrie: "was struck as she stood behind a mound of earth that was created by an engineering vehicle operating in the area and she was hidden from the view of the vehicle's operator who continued with his work. Corrie was struck by dirt and a slab of concrete resulting in her death.

"The finding of the operational investigations shows that Rachel Corrie was not run over by an engineering vehicle but rather was struck by a hard object, most probably a slab of concrete which was moved or slid down while the mound of earth which she was standing behind was moved."

Finally, for all of the supposed human rights supporters calling for hurting Caterpillar, it is fun to once again see how its stock has been doing since Corrie's death.

On the day she died, Caterpillar stock was at $22.10 in today's terms, after splits and dividends. Today it is at $70.85, more than tripling its price in a little over three years. Not too shabby! Perhaps an anti-terror mutual fund should be created - it would probably beat the market.
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Yusuf Qaradawi - Sex Expert, US Political Guru ..and supporter of Lesbians over Gay guys?

Where would we all be without MEMRI?

We've been wrong all this time...we must be 'phobic'... Qaradawi is a moderate after all, he's so.....tolerant

Not only that, he's a sex expert....AND a US political GURU...

lookout ole snakehead...


BUT BUSH WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY? WHY? WHY?


Maybe Hillary will hire him ...

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Bad guy roundup..Iran, their new drones, Hizballah Rocket ranges,

From Gertz, excerpted..

The Bush administration is quietly pressing European and Asian governments to join in a new effort to pressure Iran by curbing financial transactions with that country.

Stuart Levey, treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, has been presenting the effort to various nations.

U.S. intelligence agencies have identified key Iranian funding mechanisms used to covertly purchase missile and nuclear goods.

The funding trail leads from Iranian government agencies involved in arms procurement to a network of banks and financial institutions in Europe and Asia.

The plan calls for freezing Iranian government accounts and financial assets around the world.

Many financial institutions already have cut ties with Iranian procurement networks, in advance of any formal sanctions.

A senior State Department official said the administration plans to implement additional “defensive measures” against Iran in order to make it more difficult for Teheran to conduct international financial activities.

The measures include missile defenses in Europe and anti-arms proliferation activities. A series of financial measures are being implemented and will be added to “make it more difficult for Iran to conduct business in financial markets,” the senior official said.

"I would argue that targeted sanctions are designed to have minimal effects on people," Levey told the Washington Post, "and more designed to have effect ... on the government and the people in the government. We are trying to design things that are not intended to inflict harm on the people."

Continue reading "Bad guy roundup..Iran, their new drones, Hizballah Rocket ranges," at Villagers with Torches »

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Text of al-Zarqawi Safe-House Document

As an overall picture, time has been an element in affecting negatively the forces of the occupying countries, due to the losses they sustain economically in human lives, which are increasing with time. However, here in Iraq, time is now beginning to be of service to the American forces and harmful to the resistance for the following reasons:
1. By allowing the American forces to form the forces of the National Guard, to reinforce them and enable them to undertake military operations against the resistance.
2. By undertaking massive arrest operations, invading regions that have an impact on the resistance, and hence causing the resistance to lose many of its elements.
3. By undertaking a media campaign against the resistance resulting in weakening its influence inside the country and presenting its work as harmful to the population rather than being beneficial to the population.
4. By tightening the resistance's financial outlets, restricting its moral options and by confiscating its ammunition and weapons.
5. By creating a big division among the ranks of the resistance and jeopardizing its attack operations, it has weakened its influence and internal support of its elements, thus resulting in a decline of the resistance's assaults.
6. By allowing an increase in the number of countries and elements supporting the occupation or at least allowing to become neutral in their stand toward us in contrast to their previous stand or refusal of the occupation.
7. By taking advantage of the resistance's mistakes and magnifying them in order to misinform.

You can read more in The Anti-Jihad Pundit

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Bashir says families of people killed in Bali should convert to Islam

The Australian: Bali bombings God's will:

THOSE killed in the 2002 Bali bombings had been destined to die by God, radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir said today. The families they have left behind should now convert to Islam, he said. Conversion would give the bereaved relatives "salvation and peace". "For the Bali bomb families, those who are non-Muslims, my suggestion is just convert to Islam so they can be saved and find some peace from Allah," he said at his home inside his Ngruki Islamic boarding school near the city of Solo in Central Java.

From: The Anti-Jihad Pundit ::

Yes, of course.... If your relative has been killed because of Allah's will, the easiest way to find peace is to believe in him.

The worst thing is that he really believes in what he says....

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Islamofascists tried to kidnap two Jewish girls

This is why hitchhiking is dangerous, no matter where you are. Three Muslim terrorists, at least one who was armed with a pistol, tried to kidnap two Jewish girls who were hitchhiking near Rechelim, and fortunately, were stopped:
Palestinian terrorists struggled with and tried to force two Jewish girls at gunpoint into a car - but an army vehicle happened along, and the would-be kidnappers were caught near Shilo.

The incident began shortly before 3 PM. Two 9th grade girls were standing at the Rechelim junction on Highway 60, waiting for a ride from Jewish passersby towards Jerusalem. A car passed slowly by, and suddenly two armed Arabs got out and tried to force the two girls into their car. One of the girls was able to escape, watching helplessly as the Arabs tried to force her friend into their car.

At that moment, a car carrying an IDF officer happened along - and the kidnappers left the girl and tried to escape. The officer radioed the local forces to erect checkpoints along the road. Shortly afterwards, a white Chevrolet with the three Arabs was stopped near Shilo, and they were arrested without further incident.

One of the girls was evacuated by ambulance to a Jerusalem hospital, with back and face injuries.

Avigdor Shatz, chief security officer for the Binyamin Regional Council, told Arutz-7 that though it has been the norm to hitch-hike along Yesha roads, "our long-standing instructions have been not to do so. We will make it even more clear now, and we expect parents and schools to show responsibility."

Shatz did not respond to a question as to whether the regional council would provide more frequent local bus service. The only public bus service in Yesha (Judea and Samaria) is provided by the Egged cooperative, with bus routes originating in the larger cities outside Yesha and not always entering the communities along the way. The service is not convenient for students traveling to and from their homes and schools in Yesha.
This article says that they're going to be making some new rules now, following the incident.
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Iran Would 'Use Nuclear Defense' If Threatened

Iran's Foreign Minister lays it on the line:

Iran's defense minister on Thursday vowed that his country would "use nuclear defense as a potential" if "threatened by any power."

Speaking following a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Hassan Ali Turkmani in Teheran on Thursday, Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar emphasized that Iran "should be ready for confronting all kinds of threats."
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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Addressing Grievances

Pardon me if this video has been linked to before at IBA. I've been off blog-rounds lately.

Turn on your speakers.
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It Makes You Just Wonder…..

From The Gathering Storm

I just makes you wonder how Muslims think. Are their brains wired differently from those who live in the free world? Or perhaps they see the far left waving their moonbat flags and think it’s permissible for them to do the same.

Case in point. When faced with a simple right or wrong decision, many raised in a democratic society – unless they are products of the current leftist education system or of a criminal mindset – can make the distinction and act accordingly.

Not so Muslims. It seems that Muslims in Canada can not make that distinction personally. They had to petition the top ayatollah in Iraq to ask his opinion on whether they should respect the laws of Canada. Yeah, that’s right. They had to have a fatwa declared that prohibited individual Muslims from committing violence and obey the laws and respect the values of the country they live in.

Could it be that Muslims lack a personal moral compass? Do they respond only as a herd led by their Inmans and ayatollahs? Mass think instead of individual integrity? The Muslim leaders in Canada urge Canadians not to judge an entire community on the allegations against the 17 suspected terrorists. But isn’t that the point? If even they see themselves as a herd, acting in terms of mass think, then why not paint all Muslims with the same moral brush?

"These ideas don't represent Muslims," said Walid Chaaban, imam of the Salah Dine mosque in Montreal. "We stand against these people who would commit acts of terrorism against Canadians."
Enter the ‘But Monkey’.
But Sheik Ali Sbeiti, imam at the Muslim Community Centre of Montreal, also cautioned that Canada has to realize that its foreign policies, including its commitment of troops in Afghanistan, have repercussions at home. "Canada is shifting its policy to become more pro-American on international issues," he said in an interview. "This creates a kind of tension. Every time Canada takes action in the international field, you have to consider that is has 800,000 Muslims in Canada watching."

Is that another Muslim threat? Don’t these guys know we’re not blind to their intimidation?

And finally, this piece of hilarity that makes you wonder about the Muslim mind.

Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was speaking after his release from a Jakarta prison where he had been serving a sentence related to the 2002 Bali bombings and said that PM John Howard should become a Muslim if he wants to avoid going to hell. OK. So what else is new? Fundamentalists in all religions hold the belief that if you don’t follow their path to God, you go to hell.

But it get’s better. Here’s the interview exchange.

"I think John Howard should convert to Islam," he said. "If he wants to be saved from hell, he needs to convert to Islam and God willing, he will be forgiven by Allah." Secondly, he warned Australians to never try fighting Muslims because they will definitely lose. "Maybe with God's permission, they can kill us, but they certainly can't beat Islam," he said.

He then warned Australian journalists not to twist his statement.

Yeah. We’re going to kill you. Now don’t misquote me on that.

Nuts! Totally nuts.

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Indonesia May Be In Bigger Trouble

With the stories on earthquake aid fresh in our memories regarding Indonesia, it must be noted that they are facing several disasters at the moment, and possibly more to come. In case anyone's been wondering why I haven't posted much lately, I have been rather closely watching developments of both the smoldering Mt Merapi, in central Java, and the numerous clusters of H5N1, usually known as "bird flu".

This is really just an update on what is going on on both the islands of Java and Sumatra, where most of the "action" has been centered. Nothing is quite certain at this point, and as with all disease and seismic activity, the stories are still developing.

However, Mt. Merapi, which has had local residents on high alert for months now, has now erupted, possibly with more to come. The extremely volatile volcano is to the Northeast of where the May 28th quake hit, so the area is already facing very unstable living conditions. Adding to this is the fact that many villagers are refusing to leave the area, waiting for a bigger eruption. Many minor eruptions have caused deaths in the last century, in fact in centuries past. Most reports, such as this one cite the more recent disasters. However, a major eruption of Merapi in the 10th century AD wiped out most of the population base and governmental center in Central Java. Now the area is rather highly populated, and people to the south in the Yogyakarta area hit hardest by the quake are still in shelters.
Indonesia Quakes June 14th
Now add the MORE recent quakes on and offshore of Sumatra, and the disaster just grows. Note that the quakes are right on/near the troubled Banda Aceh region on the northern tip of Sumatra also. The clusters of bird flu have so far in the last month been very lethal, and have ranged from the Jakarta area in northern Java to other areas, popping up to the southwest. The other major clusters have been in North Sumatra, exactly where the recent quakes have hit. I will write more on the flu a bit later, but one Doctor, Henry Niman, keeps updates on his site, www.recombinomics.com, for anyone interested. Also, for more information on bird flu that's a bit more lay-person oriented, I highly recommend The Flu Wiki at http://www.fluwikie.com/ which includes updates, a forum, basic facts and preparedness guides.

Now is it just me, or does it appear that the bulk of Indonesia's main islands are falling apart at the seams?
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Holland Is In Big Trouble

40% of Dutch Muslims reject the idea of Democracy and Free Speech:

The study found 40 percent of the Moroccan youth in the Netherlands reject western values and democracy. Six to seven percent are prepared to use force to defend Islam.

The majority are opposed to freedom of speech for offensive statements, particularly criticism of Islam. Buijs is the first director of CRES, which will provide information to people who come into contact with radicalism as part of their work.

What can they do about such a problem? Do you think education will help? Welfare?

I would imagine the government had better commission a study of some sort.
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Zarqawi Raid Yields Al Qaeda Treasure Chest

There have been 452 raids, and 109 kills since Zarqawi's home was hit by the United States:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - American and Iraqi forces have carried out 452 raids since last week's killing of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and 104 insurgents were killed during those actions, the U.S. military said Thursday.

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said the raids were carried out nationwide and led to the discovery of 28 significant arms caches.

He said 255 of the raids were joint operations, while 143 were carried out by Iraqi forces alone. The raids also resulted in the captures of 759 "anti-Iraqi elements."

More, from AP.

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Dutch racism, Muslim radicalism and stealth Marxism

So, by now we've been taught that the Dutch are 'extremely racist'. However, a study published yesterday into the mindset of the the young 'allochtone' (oh, how I despise that word) also had some revealing news: 40% of young Moroccans (that would be second and third generation immigrants, those born and bread on these green and wet shores, that have gone to school here, but somehow seemed impervious to the multi-cultural 'everybody is special, but nobody is more special then any other' indoctrination that goes by the name of elementary education these days) reject democracy and think that Muslim and European lifestyles are hardly compatible.

A majority is opposed to the freedom of speech regarding hurtful comments, especially when Islam is the issue debated about. Approximately 7% is willing to defend their faith with violence.

Forty percent.

Reject democracy.

Reject the idea of co-existence with 'European lifestyles'.

And of those 40% 1 in 6 would "defend their faith with violence".

It really beggars belief. They've been born here, been given the opportunities their parents and grandparents sought for them upon arriving here. They've been coddled and helped and assisted along the way though school because of their 'special' nature as immigrant children. And if they get the chance one in 15 will take up arms against the society that granted them all those priviledges. It is beyond ungrateful.

The reaction to this bit of alarming news is obvious to those who know Dutch politics: A Centre for extremist studies will be established. That'll show'em who's boss! Tea will be served, with or without sugar, upon entering the premises.

To those not familiar with Dutch political SOP, or still in possession of some common sense, Fjordman provides a neat analysis that explains this perfectly natural outcome: The revenge of Marxism. Quite a long read, but well worth it.

(Crossposted at the Klein Verzet)

(1) BTW, we did notice the Morrocan youth themselves used the phrase 'Muslim lifestyles' and did not refer to 'Moroccan lifestyles', right? So, if we criticize the treatment of women, the honor killings, the senseless sense of entitlement and of being owed Rezzpect, this is not criticism of Moroccans per se, but of Islam, right? So, in fact it is NOT racism, is it? Glad we got that sorted out, then.
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Philippe De Villiers: the antidote to Le Poisoned Pen

Probably nobody here yet has spoken about Philippe De Villiers, but, he may be the most ideal third-sized party candidate in France to support. Robert Spencer spoke about him a few months ago, and here's a video interview in French with Villiers, in which he discusses one of his latest books about the Islamization of Paris airports.

In contrast to Jean-Marie Dhimmi Le Pen, who recently took off his mask by making his platform more favorable to Muslims in France, De Villiers is no racist, whatever the MSM is trying to make him out to look like. (The MSM makes sure to label de Villiers as "anti-immigrant".) He's more honest and intelligent than Le Pen, and much more rational too. And, like Sarkozy, he also took the time to visit La Rue de Rosiers, following the menace of the Tribu Ka, to run some conferences with the Jewish community.

The problem for now though, is that Villiers is all but unknown, in contrast to Le Pen, who makes headlines all the time. Well, that's why, for all concerned, it'd be strongly recommended to do whatever possible to promote De Villiers as a third-party candidate and a real deal for France. While I figure it best to support Sarkozy as the main candidate for president in France, I most certainly will support De Villiers for parliament.

As for Le Pen, I have no idea if the news of his becoming more favorable to the Muslims as of recent is as well known as it should be (or even his condemnation of the Danish cartoons), but I will say that it's something that needs to be discussed, and people in France most certainly do need to know. Because what if this report from the Telegraph is telling any truth? It wouldn't surprise me if the newspaper were doing whatever it can to try and damage Sarko's election chances, and also to make the French look bad and foolish, but it still can't be ignored. If Le Pen's been moving more towards the Muslims' favor, everyone needs to be warned. He's certainly likely to get a very high voter percentage from the Muslims, that's for sure. One more reason to be very wary.

Angus Reid's got a poll from June 5 that shows that many in France would shun Le Pen in the next elections. But to ensure that, that's exactly why we need to get the word out about why he's dangerous, and why De Villiers is better to support as a third-party candidate.
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When discrimination is not punishable?

The Queen Mary II, a world-famous cruise ship, has been chartered for a gays-only voyage. Isn't this an illicit act of discrimination? Isn't this something infamous against heterosexuals?

Of course not. The Queen Mary II is private property. Those who have chartered the vessel are owners of the money paid for the charter. It is a voluntary transaction between two parties that are free to choose whether to go on with it or not. No coercion has been used to make any of the parties sign the contract. Both parties understand perfectly well the terms and conditions of the transaction, and as free persons in their full right to dispose of their private property as they see fit, they have agreed to go on with the transaction.

The agreement does not violate any rights of third parties. It is not an agreement to kill or maim an innocent person, or to dispossess him of this property. If an heterosexual person feels sad for not being allowed into the vessel for this trip, he still has no right to demand to be admitted, as there is no duty on the part of the organizers to invite anybody in particular. Every man has freedom of association, which means you are free to choose with whom and with whom not to associate. So if John and Peter, a gay couple, give a party at their place and they do not want to invite any heterosexual person to it, they are in their right to do so and nobody has any valid claim against that decision. The owners of a club are free to decide the criteria to be used for admission.

But then, why is it that if the charter was for a trip exclusive for heterosexuals, there would be a public outrage? What is a scandal made whenever a mens-only club decides not to admit women to it? The answer is simple: because in truth the whole movement of affirmative action is nothing more than forced association, but the types of associations that are forced upon people are only those that the ones with the power elect to enforce.

The right to freedom of association signifies that you can choose whether you hang out with someone in particular or not. Nobody is legitimized to force you to spend time with someone you don't want to hang out with. Any law that in fact forces you to associate with someone you don't want to, is an immoral law. Affirmative action is complete negation of the right to freedom of association. And once you are no longer free to decide who you associate with, you have lost fundamental liberty. You are free no longer.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Breaking News: Ayatollahs Love Boys

Thanks to Religion of Pieces for providing a link to an article at Wikipedia on "Pederasty In The Islamic World"

Moral relativists often seem to think that, if we could just find the root causes of Islamofascism, then we could solve the problem. As if the root cause is not Islamic scriptures themselves.

But, I've got to say that, if this kind of crap happened to me when I was a kid, I'd probably blow myself up, and try to take a few people with me, as well.
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Deterring Those Who Are Already Dead

An article by Laurent Murawiec, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute:

Deterrence works because one is able credibly to threaten the center of gravity of the enemy: the threat of inflicting unacceptable losses upon him, whether in a bar brawl or in nuclear escalation. The calculus deterrence relies upon is: is it worth it? Is the Price/Earning Ratio of the contemplated action so hugely negative that it would wipe out the capital?

Deterrence works if the price to be paid by the party to be deterred hugely exceeds his expected earnings. But deterrence only works if the enemy is able and willing to enter the same calculus. If the enemy plays by other rules and calculates by other means, he will not be deterred.

There was nothing the Philistines could have done to deter Samson. If the calculus is: I exchange my worthless earthly life against the triumph of Allah on earth, and an eternity of bliss for me, if the enemy wishes to be dead, if to him the Apocalypse is desirable, he will not be deterred.

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the Mayor of Tehran, he insistently proposed that the main thoroughfares of Tehran should be widened so that, he explained, on the day of his reappearance, the Hidden Imam, Mohamed ibn Hassan, who went into the great occultation in 941 AD could tread spacious avenues.

More recently, he told the Indian Foreign Minister that “in two years, everything will be settled,” which the visiting dignitary at first mistook to mean that Iran expected to possess nuclear weapons in two years; he was later bemused to learn what Ahmadinejad had meant, to wit, that the Mahdi would appear in two years, at which points all worldly problems would disappear.

This attitude, truly, is not new, nor should it surprise us: religious notions and their estranged cousins, ideological representations, determine not only their believers’ beliefs but also their believers’ actions. Reality, as it were, is invaded by belief, and belief in turn shapes the believer’s reality.

The difference between the religious and the ideologically religious is this: the religious believer accepts that reality is a given, whereas the fanatic gambles everything on a pseudo-reality of what ought to be.

The religious believer accepts reality and works at improving it, the fanatic rejects reality, refuses to pass any compromise with it and tries to destroy it and replace it with his fantasy.

Go read the whole thing.
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Canada Cries “Don’t Gore Our Sacred Cow!”

From The Gathering Storm

Canada is throwing it’s spine out over the threat to their sacred cow –multiculturalism. Or is it just losing its spine?

The recent arrests of home grown terrorist in Canada has the multiculturalist political correct Libs all in a tizzy trying to find out why terrorists can arise from their peaceful little liberal “I’m OK. You’re OK.” world. At the University of Toronto debate this week on the roots of terrorism in Canada, the discussion was heated but there was one thing the panel and audience members seemed to agree on. The recently uncovered alleged terror plot had nothing to do with multiculturalism.

''There is really no evidence in this case as there was no evidence in the Netherlands, as there was no evidence in the UK that there is any logical, causal relationship between policies of multiculturalism and the formation of such (radical) groups,'' Melissa Williams, director of the Centre for Ethics at U of T, told the crowd.

What the heck is this woman smoking? With one broad brush stroke she defended the now discredited idea that multiculturalism as it’s practiced in Europe and Canada is not the cause of the radicalization of Islamic youth. Licia Corbella, editor of the Calgary Sun disagrees. She interviews a Canadian Muslim, Professor Mahfooz Kanwar, Professor of Sociology/Criminology at the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Mount Royal College on multiculturalism and comes up with the real truth behind multiculturalism.

Multiculturalism takes away our complete undivided loyalties to this country. Multiculturalism has been bad for unity in Canada. It ghettoizes people, makes them believe, wrongly, that isolating themselves and not adapting to their new society is OK. It is not,” says Kanwar, a devout Muslim.

Now this is a Muslim speaking not your Islamophobic infidel.

“And political correctness threatens us because we can’t fight something we refuse to label and understand.”

HOLY REVELATION, BATMAN! A Muslim who says we have to label our enemy so we can fight it! If a Muslim sees the problem, why can’t our political leaders and the MSM?

Kanwar, 65, says the amount of political correctness stemming from last weekend’s arrests of 17 radicalized Muslims in the Toronto area is “sickening” and “dangerous.”

“Everybody was tripping over themselves not to state the obvious, that these men mostly attended the same mosque,” said Kanwar, referring to the Al-Rahman Islamic Centre—a small store-front mosque in Mississauga, a suburb just west of Toronto, that twists true Islam.

“Toronto police Chief Bill Blair actually boasted that “there was not one single reference made by law enforcement to Muslim or the Muslim community” at the post-arrest news conference a week ago.”

You know, that ‘broad strata of society’.

“That is an absurdity. Political correctness has gone too far. Political correctness threatens our society,” said the Pakistani-born Kanwar. “It is the responsibility of the minorities to adjust to the majority, not the other way around,” added Kanwar.

Read it all at The Gathering Storm.
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Trouble For Somalia?

A few days ago it was reported by Monster and Critics, courtesy of UPI, that Somalia was entering an era of golden peace. Not so fast kiddo.

Somalia's parliament on Wednesday approved deployment of foreign peacekeepers to the anarchic nation, a move opposed by newly powerful Islamist militias controlling Mogadishu, the parliament speaker said.

"Opposed" is one way of putting it. Their actual stance on the matter is more like this-

"We will fight fiercely to the death any intervention force that arrives in Somalia."

That comes from Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, a senior member of the Islamic Courts, who said that "it would be the religious duty of all Somalis to fight any peacekeeping force."

Remember too that the leader of the Courts also has this to say,
"Until we get the Islamic state, we will continue with the Islamic struggle in Somalia."
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Infidel Question Of The Day

Yesterday, I heard Glenn Reynolds on the Hugh Hewitt Show, and he uttered one of those lines that sounds so provocative and intelligent that, when you first hear it, you find yourself instantly agreeing, before you've even analyzed its relative truth.

He said, "The War on Terror is an information war, disguised as a military conflict."

See what I mean? That sounds so friggin' intelligent, you just wanna go belly-up intellectually, and crown Glenn Reynolds King of the Blogosphere, don't ya?

I think Mr. Reynolds was impressed with his line as well, because, shortly thereafter, he repeated it, in what sounded like a rather self-satisfied manner. Hey, but let's give the guy a break. We're all vain, aren't we?

So, anyway, this got me thinking about something I have been pondering recently:

Are we really engaged in a War on Terrorism? Or, are we engaged in a true military conflict with an enemy who relies on a new kind of Special Forces ("terrorists") because they know they can not field a standard armed force?

Before you answer, think about two things,

1) The standard definition of terrorism is,

"The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."

2) A standard military force seeks to kill its enemy, until the enemy has lost the will to fight, and thus, cedes it ground.

So, what is this, a war on terror, or a standard military conflict?
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All That You Can't Leave Behind

The Things We Stand To Lose,
If Islamofascism Wins

I think I'm going to make this a new series here at IBA. And I'm going to ask for your help on this one.

Let us take note of all the things we will lose if our civilization caves in to the Islamofascists, and they take over.

Well, we will lose puppies.

Yes, that's right, those Islamofascist mofos hate dogs. Actually, it would probably be more accurate to say they are afraid of dogs. But, the outcome is the same. They fear dogs, so they don't allow them.

We would lose symphony orchestras and classical music.

The Islamofascists don't allow any music other than prayer chanting with drums in the background. Imagine that, the works of Bach, Chopin, Mahler, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, all wiped out. No more. Gone. Fini.

Yes, and we would lose Angelina Jolie. Well, we might not lose Angelina Jolie, but we would never see her in quite the same way again.

Ask yourself, are you willing to let this happen? I'm sure you aren't. But, we all need to understand the depth of the depravity and decadence of Islamofascism. They want to create a society built on nothing but Jihad and Sharia, hatred, murder, and fear.

If anyone has any suggestions for future posts of this kind, please leave me links to photos of things we stand to lose,

or, maybe I should say, all the things we can't leave behind; the things for which we are willing to fight.
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Somalia Update

So much for the Islamic Courts giving power back to the people- they've now launched an attack on a town 55 miles away.

Islamic fighters drove secular militiamen out of a strategic town in southern Somalia following a brief firefight early Wednesday, witnesses reached by two-way radio said, just hours after the militia's leaders fled the town.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but residents were fleeing for fear of additional unrest in Jowhar, 55 miles from the capital, Mogadishu.

How soon before they extend their presence to the rest of Somalia, and then perhaps beyond?

Cross posted at Cryptic Subterranean.
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Suicide in Prisons

Liebling and Krarup conducted the most comprehensive study ever into suicide and self harm in prison between 1990 and 1992. Their research report, published in 1993, identified a range of characteristics and background factors associated with prisoners at risk of suicide and self harm [*] .
They found that many prisoners had experienced multiple deprivations prior to their imprisonment, and to this was added the stresses resulting from custody and a range of situational problems.
Although all prisoners may be vulnerable at certain times, they found that there were three particularly vulnerable groups: younger “poor copers”, those with mental health problems and adult male serious offenders.

What a characteristic of al-Quaida members:
experienced multiple deprivations PRIOR to their imprisonment, poor copers, with mental health problems and serious offenders.

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Kofi Annan - Rocket Scientist


Annan doubts IDF Gaza shelling findings

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan doubts the findings of an IDF inquiry into the Gaza beach shelling.

"The Israeli claim that the beach blast was caused by an explosive charge at the site sounds strange to me. I don't believe it is plausible that the Palestinians planted charges in a place where civilians often spend their time," Annan told the London-based Al-Hayat daily.

Annan said he would send a representative on his behalf to the region to investigate the Palestinian claims that an IDF shell killed the Ghalia family on the Gaza beach.

Look folks, I see many attempts to bring the facts out here, but this statement SIGNIFIES, let's face it.

Facts are pointless in the face of anti semitic corollary feelings, and the leader of the UN is unfortunately PLAIN in his sway.

The palestinians send CHILDREN out to purposefully provoke fire from the IDF and get killed to have (another?) well covered tragedy and incident, but Annan finds it unreasonable they might plant mines on beaches? Even to nail the IDF who DO patrol Gaza beaches from time to time?

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And the Jeopardy answer is ...

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Then you must be trying to control the people with fear
Agencies: Homegrown Radicals Inside U.S

WASHINGTON -- U.S. counterterrorism officials say they are uncovering homegrown Islamic radicals inside the United States who lack formal ties to al-Qaida and operate independently.

Those independent qualities _ combined with the radicals' ability to organize and plot on the Internet _ make them particularly difficult to disrupt, retired Vice Adm. John Scott Redd, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.In a hearing on the changing face of terror, Redd said the threat from homegrown extremism is a recent trend that was seen in successful transit attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005.

One alleged homegrown North American plot has been disrupted: This month, Canadian authorities arrested 17 men and juveniles who are accused of planning attacks in southern Ontario. They are said to have obtained three times the amount of explosives used in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Redd pointed to what he said were three potential homegrown organizations that have been disrupted in the U.S. in just over a year:

Yes, it's because they are all operating from the same plan. This gives all morons the blessing they need to practice nihilist murder and anarchy and think the result will be at worst, unlimited varied sex with Victoria's Secret gals, and Pichon-Longueville in Riedel stemware

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