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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Turkish Cleric Says Criticism of Islam Is A Threat To World Peace

Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion of submission. When you submit, then there is peace. Islam is not a religion of reason. It is a religion of submission. You must not question. Islam is not a relgion of love. It is a religion of power. And, it is this power to which you must submit.

That is the logic of Islam; no logic.

Turkish cleric: Criticizing Islam threatens peace
ANKARA, Turkey

A leading Turkish cleric said Tuesday that criticism of Islam is a serious threat to world peace. He spoke ahead of a visit later this month by the pope, who has come under fire for quoting a Medieval emperor's thoughts on Islam and violence.

Religious Affairs Directorate chief Ali Bardakoglu said "it was saddening" to see Islam being criticized while the religion's contribution to civilization is ignored.

"This attitude, which fuels division and lack of mutual trust, is seriously threatening world peace," Bardakoglu told a conference in Istanbul attended by several African Muslim leaders.
Bardakoglu, is expected to meet with Pope Benedict XVI during his Nov. 28-Dec. 1 visit to Turkey - his first to a predominantly Muslim country as pope.
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Iran claims spy drones overfly US carriers undetected


Iran's Arabic language television station broadcast footage it claimed showed a US aircraft carrier cruising in Gulf waters it said was taken by an unmanned Iranian drone.

The brief minute-long film, which was shown on Al-Alam television's evening news bulletin, showed wobbly aerial footage of an aircraft carrier stacked with war planes as it sailed. The television's anchor said the film, the property of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, showed a vessel from "the US fleet in the Persian Gulf".

"A source in the Revolutionary Guard said the drone carried out its mission without US fighter pilots reaching it," the television said.

It said there were 10 such films taken by the drone which showed "more precise information and details about military equipment, foreign forces, and their activities in the Persian Gulf."

The station did not name the vessel nor did it say when the footage was shot.

The broadcast comes near the end of Iran's latest 10-day war games, "Great Prophet II", which military chiefs have said were aimed at showing off Iran's defensive prowess and testing new military hardware.

The war games coincided with US-led naval manoeuvres in the Gulf off Iran aimed at halting arms-trafficking, the first time such an exercise has been held in the area.

Is there a doubt as to how this must end?
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Intelligence reports call Iran's massive missile test 'impressive' and on 'larger scale' than N. Korea's

As we pointed out on the basis of an earlier report

the north korean tests of October were to test command and control systems for missile barrage launches for Iran.

And now this:

LONDON — Iran has demonstrated its capability to launch a massive missile strike in the Gulf.

Western intelligence sources said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps succeeded in a test that concentrated massive missile and rocket fire in one area. They said the IRGC launched hundreds of missiles and rockets by remote control against simulated targets in the Gulf. "They fired and fired and there were no duds or mishaps," an intelligence source said. "It was a very impressive display of firepower."

On Nov. 2 Iran began firing Shihab-3 and Shihab-2 ballistic missiles and medium-range rockets at the start of the "Great Prophet" exercise.

The source said Great Prophet, held in 10 Iranian provinces, resembled a North Korean exercise held in July 2006. At the time, Pyongyang fired a range of intermediate-, medium- and short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan in what was later deemed a test of the North's command and control system.

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UN crushes illegal Syrian and Iranian weapons smuggling to Hizballah

You had such a hard time believing that, you read this, right?

Well here is the real headline:

UN seeks end to 'very dangerous' overflights

BEIRUT: A senior United Nations envoy said Friday that Israel's continued violations of Lebanese airspace "are very dangerous," stressing the world body's keenness to "halt or at least reduce" Israeli overflights in the coming weeks. This came as France said Friday it hoped the US would put pressure on Israel to end military flights over Lebanon, after French peacekeepers nearly launched missiles at Israeli jets flying carrying out mock raids.

"This message must be sent by France and other countries, and also the UN ... We hope the Americans can send the same type of message to the Israelis," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei.

What fatuous smarmy cretins.

The entire purpose of the flights are to ensure the Israelis KNOW what is being smuggled and dug in, in violation of the UN Resolution the French and the UN are sidelining by winking and nodding at the hizballah murderers.

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Al Qaeda Retreat? - Hmm, What's Going On Here?

I've seen this story at a couple of sites the past few days. Al Qaeda appears to be retreating from Afghanistan. Everyone is counting this as a victory, and perhaps it is. At least one site was tying this story to the story of a few weeks back about Bin Laden being dead.

I don't know, though. Read this story, and tell me if you think this is good news, or not:

Rohan Gunaratna, head of terrorism research at Singapore's Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies, and the author of "Inside Al Qaeda; Global Network of Terror," said "We have seen that several hundred, perhaps five to six hundred al Qaeda members who were located on the Afghan-Pakistan border, have now left."

Gunaratna adds that these al Qaeda members have returned "to their own home countries, particularly to Iraq, and also to other Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and Yemen. We have seen a shift in Al Qaeda's thinking, in strategy."

Some of those who returned to their native countries in the Arab world and were caught have told investigators that the orders only specified al Qaeda's decision for the Arabs to depart Afghanistan. The choice of a route was left to al Qaeda's local commanders in Afghanistan, according to information given by arrested suspects to their interrogators.

"The standard answer was: We don't know why we were told to leave. The orders were very specific — leave Afghanistan now without wasting much time." The diplomat spoke on the condition that neither his identity nor that of his country would be revealed.

Leave, and leave fast?

That's peculiar, especially when you consider they could simply melt away into the landscape. Methinks there's something more to this.

There was also a call for Muslims to leave the United States recently.

I don't know. If Al Qaeda had a nuke up their sleeve, it's a bit hard to believe they'd detonate it in Afghanistan.

What do you think is going on?
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Storm Track Appeasement: Democrats Are NOT Like a Box of Chocolates

From The Gathering Storm

Now that the hang over from Tuesday’s elections have passed, this is what we are looking forward to regarding the Democrats view of dealing with terrorists. Democrats are NOT like a box of chocolates. You know what your gonna get.

WARNING: Do not listen with a mouth full of drink! And hold your nose!

"Al Qaeda wants to dialogue"

But there is a lighter side to our friends in the Democratic Party. View the greatest movie line ever.

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30 Years of Terror

According to the current head of MI5 Britain faces a huge problem-

Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller outlined the terrifying prospect as she told how her agents are tracking 1,600 fanatics from 200 al-Qaeda cells.

In a rare briefing, the spy chief warned of a sustained campaign of indiscriminate terrorism lasting 30 YEARS.

And she said: “It aims to wear down our will to resist. All of us, whatever our ethnicity and faith, are the targets of terrorists.”

In a nightmare vision, Dame Eliza also told of the “daunting” menace facing Britain, in which:

THIRTY active terrorist plots are under investigation by the security services.

MANY more have yet to be uncovered.

SIX major attacks have been foiled in the last six years.

FANATICS are poised to use biological, radioactive or even nuclear weapons.

RECRUITMENT to terror cells of young Muslims — some still schoolkids — is exploding, with many groomed to be suicide bombers, and

MI5 is struggling to cope with a staggering 80 per cent increase in casework since January, leaving its 2,800 spooks at full stretch and potentially unable to “stop the next attack”.

Dame Eliza said: “The threat is serious, growing and will, I believe, be with us for a generation.

“Today we see the use of home-made improvised explosive devices. Tomorrow’s threat may — and I suggest WILL — include the use of chemicals, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology.”

All of which means that my eldest daughter will be older than I am now when all this is over- if it ever does end. That's the world my children are growing up in.

Dan Simmons' Century War is sounding more and more accurate in its description of the future.

“Your enemy is he who will give his life to kill you,” said the Time Traveler. “Your enemies are they that wish you and your children and your grandchildren dead and who are willing to sacrifice themselves, or support those fanatics who will sacrifice themselves, to see you and your institutions destroyed. You haven’t figured that out yet – the majority of you fat, sleeping, smug, infinitely stupid Americans and Europeans.”

He stood and set the Scotch glass back in its place on my sideboard. “How, we wonder in my time,” he said softly, “can you ignore the better part of a billion people who say aloud that they are willing to kill your children . . . or condone and celebrate the killing of them? And ignore them as they act on what they say? We do not understand you.”

I wonder, will enough people- with enough influence- wake up in time to stop it? Somehow, with the anti-war Democrats in power, with Rumsfeld's sacrifice and the failure to secure an appointment for the highly effective Bolton at the UN, I don't think enough people have managed to keep their eyes open since September 11, 2001. I dread to think what the next "wake up call" might be.
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Sudan: Arab Muslims Kill And Enslave Black Christians - World's Media Yawns

The situation in the Sudan is even worse than that the media ever tells us. I am amazed that the media has covered it up so effectively. It is disgusting, and it is a black mark on the souls of those who choose not to report the truth.

The truth is, well over two million people have been killed over the past 20+ years. The Arab Muslim government uses the Janjaweed to kill their enemies. They started with the black Christans, and Animists. This is the part the media never tells you about.

The first two million they killed were Christians and Animists.

The last couple hundred thousand have included a lot of Muslims (black Sufis, primarily).

When they started killing the Muslims, that's when the media started reporting on it.That was about three or four years ago.

Note that the whole time it has been Arabs killing black people. That the media doesn't care about.

What's more, in the Sudan, they kill the black men, and use the women and children as slaves and sex slaves.

There is literally black slavery going on in Sudan, but the media doesn't fucking care to tell the world about it. Arabs are using black people as slaves, and it is ok.

Sudan's Silent Jihad
by Robert Spencer
FrontPageMagazine.com July 29, 2004

Just in time to mark the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide that it largely ignored, the human rights community is beginning to take notice of the genocide in Sudan. As welcome as this is, and as refreshing as it is that the New York Times and Washington Post have done extensive reporting on Darfur in recent weeks, few have noted that the tragedy of Darfur is actually the second Sudanese genocide of our age. The first killed over two million African Christians and animists in southern Sudan.

They may be forgiven for being slow on the uptake, however; after all, Darfur marks the third genocide in Africa that Kofi Annan is declining to notice: Rwanda, Sudan I and now Sudan II. Over 100,000 people have been killed in Darfur. By autumn the number of those who have been displaced or impoverished, or whose lives have been destroyed by the war in other ways, will most likely exceed three million. Yet Annan declared that he cannot consider it “genocide or ethnic cleansing yet.”

There is another word that Annan has never uttered in connection with Sudan. For a decade Khartoum has waged what the regime itself calls a jihad against Christians and tribalists in the South. A 1992 fatwa issued by a group of pro-Khartoum Sudanese imams declared: “An insurgent who was previously a Muslim is now an apostate and a non-Muslim is a non-believer standing as a bulwark against the spread of Islam, and Islam has granted the freedom of killing both of them.” This allowed for the murder of Christians and animists in the south; now it has been turned against the Muslims of Darfur, whose Islam doesn’t measure up to Khartoum’s hardline standards.

Yet Annan has never acknowledged that what is going on in Sudan is a jihad. And this is just one manifestation of the by-now inescapable fact that the United Nations is damaged beyond repair. The Islamic states maintain an unbreakable solidarity. The only exception to their unwillingness to condemn other Muslim states came when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq attacked Kuwait. Meanwhile, the Europeans and Chinese have oil interests in Sudan that dovetail nicely at the UN with the Islamic bloc’s determination to repel any criticism. France, the most energetic opponent of UN sanctions against the Khartoum regime, is heavily invested in Sudan through its oil giant ElfTotal.

The emperor has no clothes, but Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and Oxfam are still paying enthusiastic obeisance. A perusal of each of their websites demonstrates that they criticize the UN only with extreme reluctance and in the most muted tones. In a startling recrudescence of the old “white man’s burden” mentality, they tend to focus more anger at the United States and Western Europe for failing to stop killings than at the murderers themselves. And above all, they won’t describe the conflict as what it really is: a jihad, another example of the crying need for large-scale reform within Islam.

Yet until they do so, they give jihadists carte blanche to continue their work. Instead of providing a platform for those who will work for Islamic reform, the human rights organizations, out of political correctness and a reflexive inability to see any non-white, non-Western entity as anything but a victim, are treating the symptoms but not the cause. Search for “jihad” at the Amnesty International website, and you will find articles alleging that Israel has mistreated a man named Jihad Shaker Abu Ayesh, as well as members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. You won’t find the word mentioned in connection with Sudan. Human Rights Watch analyzes the Sudanese crisis exclusively in economic and ethnic terms, with no notice of how the murderers themselves have explained what they are doing.

So the very people who are supposed to tell us the truth — that the UN is broken, and no longer truly stands for human rights — can’t or won’t do so. Why? Are they so trapped in their old illusions about how the world works, and how to make peace, that they are in denial about the harsh realities of the post-9/11 landscape? It seems so.

The victims are the blacks of Darfur and southern Sudan, who continue to be murdered and enslaved by Islamic Arab fundamentalists. The jihadists operate with impunity before a world that doesn’t dare give a name to the crime they are committing. How many more deaths will be needed before Annan and the human rights establishment admit the truth?
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we remember those who have given all in the defense of our way of life, culture and beliefs
from years gone by to the present day.


In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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It just struck me

Have Muslims ever complained about the "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" line?

I'm just... you know... giving some ideas.
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Dutch Aim To Ban Burqas

If this goes through, they will be the first European government to do so:

The Dutch government has announced that it would seek a way of banning the wearing of burqas and other Muslim face veils in public places, possibly becoming the first European country to impose such a ruling. The announcement comes at a time when the debate on such veils and whether they prevent Muslims from integrating has gathered momentum across Europe and drawn comments from leaders such as Britain's Tony Blair and Italy's Romano Prodi.

Last December Dutch lawmakers voted in favour of a proposal by far-right politician Geert Wilders to outlaw face-coverings, partly on security grounds, and asked Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk to examine the feasibility of such a ban. Ms Verdonk said the fact veils were worn for religious reasons could bring new legislation into conflict with Dutch religious freedom laws, but signalled the government would try to find a way around this.

"The cabinet finds the wearing of a burqa undesirable ... but cannot at present enforce a total ban," she said after a cabinet meeting.

Existing legislation already limits the wearing of burqas and other total coverings in public transport or schools, Ms Verdonk said, but the cabinet would discuss imposing as wide a ban as possible next week.

"The government will search for the possibility to provide a ban," her spokeswoman told Reuters.The Muslim community estimates that only about 50 women in the Netherlands wear the head-to-toe burqa or the niqab, a face veil that conceals everything but the eyes.

The Dutch may have been among the first to legalise cannabis, prostitution and euthanasia – earning them a reputation for tolerance – but in recent years they have pushed through some of Europe's toughest entry and integration laws.

(Pastorius note: Think about what a non sequiter that sentence is. For God's sake, what does tough entry and integration laws have to do with tolerance of cannabis, prostitution and euthanasia? Are the media as stupid as they seem?)

Social and religious tensions have escalated in the last few years, exacerbated by the murder of film director Theo van Gogh by a Dutch-Moroccan militant in 2004.

Dutch Muslim groups have complained a burqa ban would only make the country's one million Muslims feel more victimised and alienated, regardless of whether they approve of burqas or not.

(Pastorius note: LOL!)

"What the government is doing now is totally disproportionate to the number of women who actually wear the burqa," said Ayhan Tonca, chairman of an umbrella group of Dutch Muslim organisations. "The legislation we already have to protect people for security reasons is adequate," he added. Hope, a Dutch-born Muslim, said she wore a niqab because she wanted to. "Nobody has the right to forbid it. If someone decides I cannot wear it then I will feel suppressed," she said.

(Pastorius note: Well, poor you, Hope. The fact is, the government does have the right to set laws to protect security and the rights of women. Gee, what do you know?)
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Friday, November 10, 2006

It Must Be Noted: Moderate Muslims Are Beginning To Make Themselves Heard

If something happens once, it's a chance occurrence. If it happens twice, it could be a fluke. If it happens three times within a relatively short span of time, you very well might be witnessing the beginning of a trend.

So let's look at this possible trend. In Canada, the Muslim Canadian Congress is making it clear there is no obligation for women to wear the niqab:

It quoted sociologist Mohammad A Qadeer as saying, “Concealment of the face is neither religiously necessary nor socially desirable.” He asked Muslim communities to “reappraise this custom, before a scare about terrorists or a bank hold-up raises a public uproar against the niqab.” Also quoted was Dr Yousuf al-Qaradawi of Qatar who said, “It is not obligatory for Muslim women to wear the niqab. The majority of Muslim scholars and I do not support the niqab in which women cover their faces.”

Meanwhile, in Britain, 2,500 Muslims have stepped forward in a petition which opposes the mega-Mosque in London:

Asif Shakoor, chairman of the Sunni Friends of Newham, said: 'It is radicalising the younger generation. We have to make a stand.'

And finally, a prominent British Muslim business man has publicly proclaimed that he wants "extremists" to be targeted:

A leading Muslim businessman has called on the government to be more "heavy-handed" when tackling extremism. Sir Gulam Noon said protests from human rights activists should be resisted in some cases to prevent another terror attack in the UK. [...]

"This is not scaremongering: the bombers will try again, and when that happens, many in the Muslim community fear a backlash. The problem is this risks the radicalisation of yet more young Muslims. And so the spiral worsens."

This is not taqiyya, because Sir Gulam Noon clearly stated that "Muslims" would become radicalized.

So, are we seeing a trend develop? I hope so. It will have to gain a lot more power before it can begin to beat back the other trend which is expressing itself around the world.
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As Good As It Gets?

Humans are quite good at complaining. Humans complain about just about anything. Even when an objective observer might see that the persons have relatively little reason to complain, they still find plenty to complain about.

In a democracy, people express their displeasure through the election process. If a nation's economy is doing extremely well, if a severe threat of homeland terrorism has been reasonably controlled, if the nation's military is involved overseas in a conflict that involves relatively little bloodshed compared to other wars--even then many voters can become incited by incessant negative news coverage to view their nation's situation as "unbearably bad." Many people have relatively little "personal ballast", and are easily moved by outside opinion. (as opposed to objective data that has been placed in perspective) This is naturally true of young people with little real life experience. But it is also true of older people who fail to develop personal depth. People without personal heft are people who are easily affected by special interest morons including those who populate the newsrooms of North America and the western world.

The recent US election will have very little substantive effect on the actual situation of most US citizens. But the "stylistic" effect of the election will occupy the pseudo-journalists for months and years. That type of superfluous "analysis" is expected from the type of person who typically goes into journalism. As time goes by, people looking for alternative points of view, and more data-based coverage of the world, will find what they are looking for in the internet.

The mid-term election of 2006 is similar in many ways to the election year of 1992. In both cases, voters were tired of several years of republican domination of national politics, and decided to "send a message" to complacent republicans. This many years after 1992, the salient fact about that year's election is what happened in the mid-term election only two years later, in 1994. Not only a reversal, but a reversal with a vengeance.

The founders of the USA were wary of democracy, and mob rule. They tried to build checks and balances into the system, to limit the "madness of the mob" that afflicts democratic forms of government. The incredible madness of the Palestinian territories, where decent people are afraid of walking the streets for fear of being gunned down by different radical Palestinian factions, is an example of a society where democracy can not work. Iraq--with its deep ethnic and religious divides--may very well be another example.

Partition of Iraq into three near-autonomous regions may be in the cards. But it will not be the cure-all that many people anticipate. Iraq is merely a prominent symptom of the problems in the islamic world, and the undeveloped world in general. The US is there, holding a spotlight to the problem. Even after the US leaves, the problems will be there, just as bad or worse. That is how that part of the world is, without strong-arm dictators like Saddam, Assad, or the mullahs in Iran. Does the US experience a benefit by directing the world's attention to the endemic problems of that part of the world? Will withdrawing the coalition troops so as to re-direct the world's attention to other parts of the world mean that the problems are gone? Will the fact that fewer coalition military members are killed in combat be balanced by more civilian deaths in coalition countries--when the islamic combatants are freed up to travel outside their native regions? Maybe.

An interesting dilemma, and not susceptible to the easy solutions that any of the vocal critics are suggesting. Critics are a dime a dozen. But acting in the world, no matter what one does, necessarily brings mixed results. By focusing on the negative--as the media often does--without looking at the larger picture, humans who need to understand never will.

As good as it gets does not mean perfection. As good as it gets means that everything you do will have at least some negative results. Pretending that is not true is commonplace, but not very intelligent.

Cross posted at Al Fin blog.
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Al Qaeda Congratulates Democrats - Vows To Blow Up White House

I must say, I also congratulate the Democrats. Good job, Democrats. You've got a great group of supporters, and I'm relatively sure you will all accomplish many of your goals together:

On the audio tape made available on militant Web sites, the al-Qaida in Iraq leader also welcomed the Republican electoral defeat that led to the departure of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. He added that the group's fighters would not rest until they had blown up the White House.

Now, let's be fair. Not all Democrats are advocating retreat, but much as with regards to our problems with Islam, it isn't so much the individuals, many of whom are fine, it's the official organizations into which they form themselves, which are invariably anti-Western/anti-American.

Welcome to our brave "new" world. The Democratic Congress plans to meet with George McGovern to discuss options on Iraq. Considering McGovern is known for advocating retreat in Viet Nam, I think we know what the Dems must have up their sleeve.

And, how do you think the Democrats feel about the fact that Donald Rumsfeld will be tried for war crimes in Germany?

Probably pretty good, I imagine.

I'm telling you, they have a lot to be proud of.
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Pope introduced to an old Ottoman custom on eve of trip to Turkey

On November 28 Pope Benedict XVI will begin his much-discussed trip to Turkey. In anticipation of that event, the pontif recently received an important visit from President Papadopoulos of the [Greek] Republic of Cyprus.
[Translated from the original french:]

Papadopoulos hands Pope photos of churches destroyed by turks

President of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos was received by Pope Benedict XVI friday, to whom he offered a photo album of destroyed and disused churches from the turkish section of the island, stated journalists accredited to the Vatican.
... M. Papadopoulos, who had come to Rome specifically for this trip to the Vatican, talked about the situation of "the diverse christian communities of the island", according to the Vatican.
During the traditional exchange of gifts, the cypriot president handed the pope a 19th century icon from a destroyed church in the turkish zone, as well as a photo album of 300 churches that were either destroyed or turned to other use within that part of the island.

"Incredible", muttered the pope, quite moved.
This visit comes just over two weeks away from Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to Turkey, and at atime when the EU, to Cyprus' satisfaction, is pressing Turkey to open her ports to greek Cypriot shipping.

The treatment of Cypriot Christian churches at the hands of the turks since their invasion is shocking. From March of 2006, an eye-witness account of the respect the island's turks hold for Europe's Christian heritage:

The Islamization of the north of the island has been concretized in the destruction of all that was Christian. Yannis Eliades, director of the Byzantine Museum of Nicosia, calculates that 25,000 icons have disappeared from the churches in the zone occupied by the Turks.
At the village of Peristerona, on the road to Famagosta, the medieval monastery of Saint Anastasia ... is being used as a stable, with the cows chewing their cud amid what remains of the ancient cells.
... [Along the coast] many of the churches have been turned into restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, for the enjoyment of the tourists. ... Almost the entire artistic patrimony of the Orthodox Church in the territory occupied by the Turks – 520 buildings between churches, chapels, and monasteries – has been sacked, demolished, or disfigured. Only three churches and one monastery, the monastery of Saint Barnabas, which has been turned into a museum, are in a more or less dignified state.
... I insist: what do you have to say about the churches that, still today, are being turned into mosques? [Huseyn Ozel, a government spokesman for the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] spreads his arms wide:

“It is an Ottoman custom...”

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Storm Track Infiltration: Putting a Face on the Enemy

From The Gathering Storm

Not to beat a dead horse, but unless we have clear idea of who the enemy is in this war with Islamists, Islamo-fascists, or whoever you call the enemy, we can to hope to present a defense against them. We ARE at war and between the Republicans that can’t bring themselves to identify the real enemy due to Muslim sensibilities and the Democrats who think they don’t exist – just misunderstood – we can’t seem to put a face on the enemy in order to create some defensive tactics. The dominant western response to Islamic terror is compromise, dialogue, apology and calls for understanding.

We won’t get into the offensive tactics in t his post. That will not occur until the real shooting war starts and is supported by the entire non-Muslim world.

Here’s even a better question. How can we identify the enemy in a way that the far Left, Progressives and even the ACLU can be against it? The term of Islamists are just to general. Islamo-fascism is perceived by the left as just too hateful. And don’t even call it Islam or you will catch the ire of over a billion Muslims – and the ACLU - in the world. So what do you do? If you can’t identify your opposition than how can you defend against it?

At TownHall.com, Diana West knows who the enemy is and it fits perfectly into the theme of my blog. She uses a make believe speech from Bush as an example. In the fantasy speech, Bush says:

I made this democratization process the centerpiece of my second term, the core of my political strategy against global terrorism, because history has taught us that democracies don't make war, or support terrorist attacks, on one another. I didn't, as one predecessor of mine famously put it, simply want "to make the world safe for democracy." I wanted to make the world -- that part of the world from which terrorism mainly springs -- democratic, and therefore, safe…..On the contrary, each of these new democracies has produced constitutions that enshrine Islamic law…...With their devotion to Islamic tradition, then, these new democracies have, in effect, peacefully voted themselves into the same doctrinal camp as the many terror groups that violently strike at the non-Muslim world in the name of jihad for the sake of a caliphate -- a Muslim world government ruled according to sharia.

More Muslims endorse violence than are violent themselves. Falling into this camp is any Muslim who accepts, loudly or tacitly, the political ideology of totalitarian Islam. Totalitarian Islam is the view that Islamic law should govern human action in all spheres, and especially in politics.

West’s musings identifies the enemy in this war perfectly. It’s not Muslims, Islamo-fascists, terrorists, or radical Islamists. The enemy we should fight is the goal that the wish to achieve. For if the achieve the goal of instituting the law of sharia in Muslim and non-Muslim societies – both through violent and non-violent methods – they would have won the clash between civilizations. Bush’s fantasy speech goes on:

What I mean by that is it is neither in the national interest nor in the national will for the United States of America to attempt to reshape such a culture to conform to our notions of liberty and justice for all. It is neither in the national interest nor in the national will to attempt to reform a belief system that animates this culture to conform to our notions of freedom of worship. It is, however, in our national interest, and must become a part of our national will, to ensure that Islamic law does not come to our own shores, whether by means of violent jihad terrorism as practiced by the likes of Al Qaeda or Hezbollah, or through peaceful patterns of migration, such as those that have already Islamized large parts of Europe.

I would add, of course, the successful tactics of intimidation and infiltration of non-Muslim societies combined with the use of disinformation to confuse and stunt any defensive response. Once small example of this non-violent means.

In his article at Little Green Footballs, Paul Sperry writes:

In our brave new schools, Johnny can't say the pledge, but he can recite the Quran. Yup, the same court that found the phrase "under God" unconstitutional now endorses Islamic catechism in public school. In a recent federal decision that got surprisingly little press, even from conservative talk radio, California's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it's OK to put public-school kids through Muslim role-playing exercises, including:
  • Reciting aloud Muslim prayers that begin with "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful . . . ."

    Memorizing the Muslim profession of faith: "Allah is the only true God and Muhammad is his messenger."

    Chanting "Praise be to Allah" in response to teacher prompts.

    Professing as "true" the Muslim belief that "The Holy Quran is God's word."

    Giving up candy and TV to demonstrate Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

    Designing prayer rugs, taking an Arabic name and essentially "becoming a Muslim" for two full weeks.

When parents complained they were told that “the state was merely teaching kids about another culture” and to “get over it.”

So the touchstone of who supports the implementation of sharia law through out-right or creeping means is the enemy we need to oppose.

Back to the President’s fantasy speech.

The shift I am describing -- from a pro-democracy offensive to an anti-sharia defensive -- means a national course correction. I will henceforth emphasize the prevention of sharia from reaching the West as our key tool in the war on terror.

Wherever support for sharia law from radical, fundamentalist or moderate Muslims in any form raises it’s ugly head, we need as a societies and a cultures to ‘Just say no!” This is a war against an ideology not individuals and we must treat the enemy ideology most potent weapon against our civilization no different if it were Nazism or Communism of old.

A final word from the President’s speech.

At home, the line of defense is clear. It is our border. My new strategy calls on us to think of our border as more than just a line on a map. We need to see the border as a cultural line also, a defining line of freedom against proponents of Shariah, which, I cannot emphasize enough, poses a direct threat to our founding principles of liberty and equality. It is that simple….This, the most crucial domestic component of my anti-Shariah program, will undoubtedly be regarded as the most controversial because it necessitates making a definitive judgment against the laws promulgated by Islam, a religion.

And what’s new about that? Isn’t the secular Left using the very same tactics against anything Christian – of religious in nature? Framing the enemy as a campaign against religious law that will usurp the secular agenda would make the hypocritical secular Left drool at the prospect.

Right? Yeah, right.

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Unimaginable violence, a trial begins.

Horrific violence. Beheading of children in Indonesia.

The trial for assassin Hasanuddin.

Carefully planned by Hasanuddin, the Jakarta trader had for objective to decapitate six girls. On October 30, 2005, he carried out his crime and eventually butchered three girls with the help of five other men. The children had been watched on their regular path to school. They apparently severed the heads in a "cleanly" manner, placed them in plastic bags with the note, "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head." .

Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies'
By Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta correspondent
The Australian - November 09, 2006

Indonesian schoolgirls beheadings 'act of charity'
By Adrian Morgan, Spero News - November 09, 2006
Photos of Alfita Poliwo (left) and Theresa Morangke - Source for these photos Spero News
"... Ida Yarni Sambue (15), Theresia Morangke (15), and Alfita Poliwo (19) - were decapitated, and their companion, Noviana Malewa, was hacked in the face with a machete, but survived. The killings of the three schoolgirls, whose heads were placed in plastic bags and left near a church in their village, signaled a resurgence of sectarian conflict in the province of Central Sulawesi...."

Last year, this horrific crime was reported in several blogs covering Islamic terror but it seems that main stream media ignored the story.

Read Atlas Shrugs for more on this story: Beheading Sweet Young Christian Girls on their Way Home from School October 29, 2005 - Photos Reuters Alertnet

Recently in Iraq, a 14 year old Christian boy was decapitated by a Islamic group -AINA, Assyrian International News Agency - October 29, 2006

14-year old Christian boy beheaded in Iraq -MND, MensNEWSdaily - October 30, 2006

For more, see at Gates of Vienna, by Dymphna - Arab Sport: Crucifying Christian Children in Iraq The Assyrian International News Agency reports the latest atrocities against Christians in Iraq. - October 12, 2006

Analysis and Commentaries
About the Moro Islamic Liberation Front - MILF.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front - MILF, Global Security

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Security in Southeast Asia
Report Summary by Zachary Abuza USIP, United States Institute of Peace

For more read Beheading of Christian Children in Islam, including of SHEITAN's video, French musicians glorifying violence. Difficult Images
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Ellison Supporters Chant "Allahu Akbar" at Acceptance Speech

Anyone still doubt the SCAIR factor here? Oh, and by the way, thanks a lot Minnesota. Great job.

Listen to this, as well as the reporters playing "good dhimmi" here, thanks to Powerlineblog.com as linked by TROP.

Does anyone still think that this is not viewed by muslims in the US as a coup? As another step in using our own laws against us? Interesting area of debate. We're a Representational Democracy, and therefore the people can vote in the candidate they most identify with, whom they believe will most represent their needs in our government. So what happens when our population of muslims begins to reflect this?

Also at Power Line, a fresh new press release from the always respectable CAIR:

CAIR's dinner, which in past years had sold-out crowds of more than 1,000, will feature addresses by Representative-elect Ellison (D-MN) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Albert Wynn (D-MD)......

...."We are honored to have the first American Muslim elected to Congress offer his first major address during our annual banquet," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad."

This major new thrust by CAIR to present American Muslims in the same light as Black Americans during the Jim Crow era is slowly seeping into peoples' brains and must be countered with facts to the contrary at all costs. With the cooperation of UmmahFilms, this view is broadcast to even more people through YouTube as well as at www.ummahfilms.com. I am sure that at least some of their funding comes from CAIR, and until either UmmahFilms or anyone from CAIR refutes this suspicion of mine, I will continue to raise it. The dots are fairly well connected in this overall scheme I think, for those willing to look.
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Bolton, swimming with cement shoes on, feels Rumsfeld's head beneath him

As an effective administrator of a garrison situation (Iraq) I was no fan of Rummy (conquering a nation and obliterating armed forces is another deal).

I am and always have been a fan of Mr. Bolton.

So if I'm Mr. Bush (or who Mr. Bush advertised himself to be next to the retired fire chief standing amid the ashes and vapor of 3000 New Yorkers), and I read this:

John Bolton's prospects for staying on as U.N. ambassador essentially died Thursday as Democrats and a pivotal Republican said they would continue to oppose his nomination.

My response is, fine then.

Then for the next 2 years the US will have no representation at the UN - none, no one, not even staff, and I will block every cent I can for the UN.

Of course, that's not who Bush is, IS IT?

Let's see who John Murtha, and Nancy and Harry Reid will pick.

Maybe the guy on the left?
BTW, anyone recognize the fella in the middle?

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1796: the "peace treaty" with Islam that now needs to be discarded

Daniel Pipes finds startling news of a document written back in the early days of the US, that could give some clues about why the US has never engaged in a serious war with Islamofascism. This is important news, because in order to build the future, that's why we need to learn from the mistakes of the past:
Has the United States ever engaged in a crusade against Islam? No, never. And, what's more, one of the country's earliest diplomatic documents rejects this very idea.

Exactly 210 years ago this week, toward the end of George Washington's second presidential administration, a document was signed with the first of two Barbary Pirate states. Awkwardly titled the "Treaty of Peace and Friendship, signed at Tripoli November 4, 1796 (3 Ramada I, A. H. 1211), and at Algiers January 3, 1797 (4 Rajab, A. H. 1211)," it contains an extraordinary statement of peaceful intent toward Islam.

The agreement's 11th article (out of twelve) reads: As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, - as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, - and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."

In June 1797, the Senate unanimously ratified this treaty, which President John Adams immediately signed into law, making it an authoritative expression of American policy.

In 2006, as voices increasingly present the "war on terror" as tantamount to a war on Islam or Muslims, it bears notice that several of the Founding Fathers publicly declared they had no enmity "against the laws, religion or tranquility" of Muslims. This antique treaty implicitly supports my argument that the United States is not fighting Islam the religion but radical Islam, a totalitarian ideology that did not even exist in 1796.
Actually, the part about totalitarianism did exist, and is one of the themes of the Koran. That aside, look at this:
Beyond shaping relations with Muslims, the statement that "the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion" has for 210 years been used as a proof text by those who argue that, in the words of a 1995 article by Steven Morris, "The Founding Fathers Were Not Christians."
Could it be that this is one of the weapons used by moonbats who try to delegitimize the rights of Christians in America and elsewhere? Good question. Now, take a look at this startling discovery:
But a curious story lies behind the remarkable 11th article. The official text of the signed treaty was in Arabic, not English; the English wording quoted above was provided by the famed diplomat who negotiated it, Joel Barlow (1754-1812), then the American consul-general in Algiers. The U.S. government has always treated his translation as its official text, reprinting it countless times.

There are just two problems with it.

First, as noted by David Hunter Miller (1875-1961), an expert on American treaties, "the Barlow translation is at best a poor attempt at a paraphrase or summary of the sense of the Arabic." Second, the great Dutch orientalist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936), reviewed the Arabic text in 1930, retranslated it, and found no 11th article. "The eleventh article of the Barlow translation has no equivalent whatever in the Arabic," he wrote. Rather, the Arabic text at this spot reprints a grandiloquent letter from the pasha of Algiers to the pasha of Tripoli.

Snouck Hurgronje dismisses this letter as "nonsensical." It "gives notice of the treaty of peace concluded with the Americans and recommends its observation. Three fourths of the letter consists of an introduction, drawn up by a stupid secretary who just knew a certain number of bombastic words and expressions occurring in solemn documents, but entirely failed to catch their real meaning."
What's amazing about this is that it's a form of early political corruption, and done at a time when democracy was far from being as fully thought out as it is today (for at least a century, women did not have the rights to vote in elections, and their rights to owning property like estates and businesses was very difficult or almost impossible). What the US government at the time did, you could say, was to perform something along the lines of taqqiya, the Islamic concept of deception, by writing up a document in English, scripted specially so that the American public would be tricked into accepting it, when in reality, it's something that they should've rejected.
These many years later, how such a major discrepancy came to be is cloaked in obscurity and it "seemingly must remain so," Hunter Miller wrote in 1931. "Nothing in the diplomatic correspondence of the time throws any light whatever on the point."

But the textual anomaly does have symbolic significance. For 210 long years, the American government has bound itself to a friendly attitude toward Islam, without Muslims having signed on to reciprocate, or without their even being aware of this promise. The seeming agreement by both parties not to let any "pretext arising from religious opinions" to interrupt harmonious relations, it turns out, is a purely unilateral American commitment.

And this one-sided legacy continues to the present. The Bush administration responded to acts of unprovoked Muslim aggression not with hostility toward Islam but with offers of financial aid and attempts to build democracy in the Muslim world.
And that's something that needs to change. And there are many changes that America's made for the better over the years. A change in how US policy should deal with Islam is one of the most important that's going to be needed right now. We cannot continue with policies of appeasement that cost many good Americans their hard-earned tax dollars, and just like Communist countries were isolated years before, so too will the Islamic world have to undergo isolation if that's what's needed for starters to tell them that we do not accept their hostility.
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Speaking to number one below......it's FALLUJAH AGAIN

Two years after U.S. assault on it, Fallujah returns to insurgent hands

Are you kidding?
If I am in charge an awful lot of people are looking for new jobs today ... right down to brigadier generals...

Jay Price and Mohammed Al Dulaimy, McClatchy News Service
FALLUJAH, IRAQ - When insurgents hid a bomb in front of his house a few days ago, intending to use it against U.S. or Iraqi troops, Majeed al-Rawi had only one option: Move out.

"If I report it to the Americans, I will be killed by the men who put it there, and if I don't, my family will be killed either by the explosion or the Americans," the car dealer said. "This is not a way to live; this is a way to hate life."

Two years after U.S. troops launched a devastating ground assault that purged, at least temporarily, the heart of the Iraqi insurgency, Fallujah once again is a violent place.

In recent months, insurgents have filtered back into the city, despite tight controls that limit access to only six checkpoints. Residents must submit to an extraordinary identification system that includes fingerprinting, retina scans and bar-coded identification cards.

An insurgent intimidation campaign has killed two City Council members and at least 30 police officers.

The campaign has been so effective that police patrols have all but stopped, as officers fear to walk the streets.

I think we're ready for "fresh perspective" all right.
It's time to convey the message that either this is worth ZERO american lives, or it's time for MORE RUBBLE, LESS TROUBLE

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Okay it's been a few days...what did the voters say?

Presented for your consideration, without value statements...the customer is always right...what did the voters say ?

1. If you want an elective war, WIN IT, or secondarily, hold miscreants responsible - TO US..it's probably true that media is warping the story, but the story is a piece of sh*t to begin with

2. If you say you are a party of values, you can't be Cunningham, Foley, Ney and Abramoff, with Delay as arrogant blugdeoner in chief for spice, and YES we will tolerate more from the dems because they don't CLAIM superior values ..and please - don't point to Barney Frank etc. that's baloney. If character counts, show some. Otherwise you're just the same AND hypocrites to boot, and we SEE you.

3. Our message on the border may be muddled, but you did NOTHING...NOTHING about either that or immigration.

4. We're pissed off and we'll turn on the dems too, and fast.

5. We don't buy the good economy story, we buy the rich getting richer story

6. If you want to lay claim to the word conservative, put away the checkbook, and get rid of all the employees, and stay the hell out of my life, church, and bedroom..if we want to ban gay marriage, we can damn well present it as a binding referendum ourselves, otherwise it's religion and NOT Reagan or Goldwater, masquerading as conservative and we SEE you, oh and we STILL prefer having women being able to choose rather than the reverse.

Gee, that's attractive.
And nowhere in the mix is the word TERROR
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Re-examining Islam as Heresy and Blasphemy

I have been toying with this idea for some time, and will expand on this post or in another larger one altogether. The term "mohammedan" is usually objected to by Muslims based on their claim that the worship Allah and not Mohammad (though I find this stance questionable). However, what if you line up the claims of Mohammad as found in the Quran and view them in light of the blasphemy that they are, setting Islam next to other historical heresies? Arianism, Docetism, Gnosticism, Mohammedansim, etc.

This idea has made sense to me for quite some time. After all, are Christians and Jews REALLY to accept Islam in earnest? To accept that our deity actually told Mohammad the "revelations" that make up the Quran? Why would Christians accept that Jesus was not in fact the Son of God? That believers in him were admonished by allah to his "prophet" and that we shall be punished for our beliefs? Or the many other absurd "revelations" that Mohammad received, seemingly when he wanted his way?

Islam is, in my opinion and the opinion of many, nothing more than a cult of personality surrounding a man suffering from increasing delusions of grandeur as his career as an erstwhile "prophet" continued, and I see no reason for this view to become the dominant view for both Jews and Christians. The idea of "interfaith" discourse is absurd when one of the faiths involved blasphemes and threatens the other two, not to mention the other religions of the world. Historically, the relationship between Judaism and Christianity has not at all times been a pleasant one, yet the one is an offshoot of the other. Christianity is heretical in regards to Judaism, but it was born of a schism in belief over whether the Messiah had come and had been Jesus of Nazereth or not. It was not a new religion built upon scant knowledge of Judaism, or of both of these Abrahamic religions as was Islam. Thus I think that it is wise to consider Islam a "mohammedan heresy" rather than a religion on it's own standing per se.

In looking at this idea, I came across the words of a Catholic theologian, Hilaire Belloc, in his piece The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed. Though written in 1936, I found his ideas to be rather prescient and reflective of the nature of Islam and the threat that it has always posed to the West, even though he writes of it as being a rather broken religion at the time of his writing. Belloc was all too aware of Islamic theology and doctrine, and asks a question most pertinent and almost prophetic (pardon the pun) for his time:

"Millions of modern people of the white civilization—that is, the civilization of Europe and America—have forgotten all about Islam. They have never come in contact with it. They take for granted that it is decaying, and that, anyway, it is just a foreign religion which will not concern them. It is, as a fact, the most formidable and persistent enemy which our civilization has had, and may at any moment become as large a menace in the future as it has been in the past.

There is another point in connection with this power of Islam: Islam is apparently unconvertible. The missionary efforts made by great Catholic orders which have been occupied in trying to turn Mohammedans into Christians for nearly 400 years have everywhere wholly failed. We have in some places driven the Mohammedan master out and freed his Christian subjects from Mohammedan control, but we have had hardly any effect in converting individual Mohammedans.

It has always seemed to me possible, and even probable, that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent.

Why this conviction should have arisen in the minds of certain observers and travelers, such as myself, I will now consider. It is indeed a vital question: "May not Islam arise again?"

In a sense the question is already answered because Islam has never departed. It still commands the fixed loyalty and unquestioning adherence of all the millions between the Atlantic and the Indus and further afield throughout scattered communities of further Asia. But I ask the question in the sense, "Will not perhaps the temporal power of Islam return and with it the menace of an armed Mohammedan world which will shake off the domination of Europeans—still nominally Christian—and reappear again as the prime enemy of our civilization?"

The editor's note explains a bit more regarding the doctrine of "heresy":
"Editor's note: In calling Islam a heresy, Belloc is speaking loosely. A heresy is a movement of baptized Christians who deny part of the Christian faith; Muslims are not baptized. Though the early history of Islam was shaped by Jewish, Christian, and Arab pagan influences, it was a new religion, not simply a splinter from early Chritianity. The fact that Islam is not technically a heresy takes nothing away from the accuraby of Belloc's historical exposition and his prescience regarding the dangers of Islam's global re-emergence."

It did not take a 9/11 or even the birth of the Nation of Israel for Belloc to write these words, merely an understanding of the nature of Islamic (or mohammedan) beliefs and nature. This piece is considered a "classic" in Catholic apologetics, and the rest of the article, though very much Catholic in nature and theology, is still a work that endures simply because of the threats we face stemming all from the Cult of Mohammad.

To be continued at What Would Charles Martel Do? in greater depth and detail, as I believe that this is an idea whose time has more than come again.
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There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber

Maybe we could all make a collection to start a training camp? We could call it "Path to Eden". Put in some commercials in the newspapers, a few new cartoons of Mo to get the tempers going. It could become an industry. Maybe we could offer courses by correspondance and the Internet. We would have to mail the training kit - the biggest problem is transport - explosives are considered risky.

Slogans for the publicity:

Get the most bang for the buck
Hands on experience guaranteed
72 virgins waiting just for you
Now with bonus virgins

Maybe we could also apply for government funding?

Legislation for Islamist required attendance is coming up.

Investor's notice:

  • Explosives are cheap
  • Return tickets are not necessary
  • Any cheap land for camps will suffice as remote locations are ideal and nearby or actual polution is no problem
  • Great opportunity for franchising
  • Saudis have lots of money and will sponsor candidates
  • One word: Pay-tv
  • Consider also interactive TV - perhaps assisted suicide for the more mellow Islamists - after all the bang is what counts
  • Most candidates will qualify - just pushing a button is all it takes
  • Investments are tax deductible - we are talking education and adherence to the religion of peace
  • Donations and scholarships are abundant
(An earlier version of the above was done by me a while ago on another blog - but due to the increasing Islamist insanity I will once more put forward this sensible suggestion - one could even call it a solution.)
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To The Moon, Allah!

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Melanis Phillips's Analysis

Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan, has posted her analysis of the recent election results. Excerpt from "America Falters":

...[T]he most likely outcome of these mid-term elections is another major terror attack on America. Whatever the smart analysis of the likely shape of domestic American politics over the next two years, America has now signalled a faltering of resolve; and that’s the cue for a redoubled Islamist attack....

Alarmist or realist?
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This guy might just be Infidel Of The Year. Thanks to Tim Blair.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

V the K owes us PROPS

Are you kidding?

It's an hysterical site, and always was...but REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLY !
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Islam Respects Meat

Khaleej Times:

A new report paints an alarming picture of the abuse of women in the Palestinian territories, with police, courts and government agencies failing to treat violence such as rape and beatings as a crime.

That is shocking!

The report, based on dozens of interviews with victims, social workers, lawyers and police chiefs in the West Bank and Gaza, found that abusers are granted virtual immunity.

Rapists who marry their victims are not prosecuted, and such deals are often arranged by the families, tribal leaders and local police chiefs.

How can a relationship be any healthier?

Police and hospital doctors are not trained to handle abuse cases and often further humiliate victims, the report said. In one hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus, a doctor announced to a crowded waiting room that his unmarried 16-year-old patient was pregnant. The girl’s mother later cited that incident as the main reason for her decision to kill her daughter, according to a case documented in the report.

If you don't understand that act of compassion, then you're a racist.

A premium is placed on female virginity, with rapists facing a lesser punishment if the victim is not a virgin.

Makes perfect sense.

Link via Dhimmi Watch.

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Behold the Peace of Islam

Zeeshan Shahid, a Pakistani, expresses his gratitude to the West for pointlessly taking in Muslim immigrants.

He was sentenced to life in prison along with two others for stabbing and burning an innocent 15-year-old Scottish boy to death.

Hat tip: TheReligionOfPeace.

Crossposted at Eye On The World.
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Losing Elections and Wars for Fun and Prophet

This isn’t an actual book yet, as you may well have guessed. It’s an idea, and it begins as most ideas do, with a rough sketch, a preliminary outline. That’s what this post is about. The following tips, if applied consistently, can help any non-Muslim group of people cling to the course toward Islamic overlordship. Many, but not all, of the tips here were applied by the US administration from 9/11 onward and, while not so critical as to lead to the whole shebang of shariah law, have cost political power to those involved. Other tips were carried out elsewhere.

  1. Don’t identify the enemy. If you really must, wait until at least half a decade after the attacks.

  2. If you have to use the I-word and M-word, always qualify them with a modifier such as “radical”, “extremist”, “militant” or “political”.

  3. Don’t turn this into a religious war. That’s the stuff of the Middle Ages, a horrible period in history, unlike our age, in which everything always can be and has been solved through negotiations and material concessions.

  4. Don’t turn this into a clash of civilizations. Huntington is a crackpot. You’re much better served by following the ideas of Fukuyama, which are still applicable after the demise of the happy Clinton years.

  5. Keep in mind that the other side is just like you. They have the same dreams as you have. The fact that affluent, settled members of theirs suddenly went to suicide bombing missions is irrelevant.

  6. Know that the other side is as sensible as you are, and amenable to all manner of rational persuasion. Just remember never to wave cartoons of their prophet in front of their eyes, that’s culturally insensitive.

  7. Moderate Muslims (the majority of them) should be relied upon to defuse the threat of their extremist brethren (most definitely a tiny minority). They can, of course, be trusted to speak without fear of reprisals, unlike Pope Benedict XVI or Robert Redeker.


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Infidel Hunk of the Week: Bolton
Cannibalizing our Best, Brightest

Is this to be the latest blood sacrifice coming out of a bowed Bush White House? And I say here, now, STOP THE INSANITY. Throwing our best, our brightest to the insatiable leftist beast makes them hungrier. Rumsfeld, now Bolton? WTF? and Why?Charlie_mccarthy_edgar_bergen_2

Someone call that asshat Charlie Chafee McCarthy - who btw - got what was coming to him, and tell that dickless wonder to let the Bolton nomination out of committee. Someone whisper in Chafee's ear that he has a chance here to do something consequential. To do something historic, important, meaningful - he'll probably wet his pants at the thought of actually doing anything.

Rumsfeld was a mistake ........... yes folks, my thoughts on that are here -- the left wanted a clean, tidy war with the jihadis and blamed Rumsfeld for their lack of decorum? Or not. More likely, it was just the constant, inane drone of the 6 year Democrat temper tandrum - if it wasn't Rumsfeld, then Cheney ........

But Bolton? Why Bolton? Talk about taming the lions. He accomplished everything, he accomplished the impossible. Ambassador Bolton got resolutions passed on every single one of those nightmare states (Iran-resolution 1696, North Korea resolution, Darfur-resolution 1706, and Lebanon, resolution 1701) with weak, spineless, malevolent member states of the UNSC no less, many of which were patrons, sponsors of those very rogue, belligerent nations.

This has nothing to do with performance and everything to do with dismantling the backbone and strength of the Bush administration.

John Bolton Likely to Depart U.N. NEWSMAX

After a rocky series of Senate confirmation hearings, Bolton was sent to the U.N. by President Bush in August 2005 under a recess appointment. That allowed the president to bypass Senate confirmation while it was in recess, but the appointee could only serve for the length of the current Congress which is set to expire at year's end.

There had been indications that Bolton might win Senate confirmation after the election when several key votes might be open to favoring Bolton. But the GOP's apparent loss of the Senate has doomed that hope.

"This nomination is dead and we have known it for several days," a source close to the U.S. mission to the U.N. tells NewsMax.

"We just don't know what the White House wants to do next," the source added.

Bolton has won high marks for his role at the U.N. as he has dealt with several crises, especially with North Korea, Iran, and the recent crisis between Israel and Lebanon.

Atlas readers, I call upon you, now, to right this wrong - if possible. Write and/or call the White House, call your old or newly elected Senator, Congressman etc and politely insist the Ambassador Bolton remain.

Here's the White House contact info:

Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461


Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-212

Please send your comments to comments@whitehouse.gov Do it. Click below for more addresses.

UPDATE 1:35PM: The White House has just sent the Bolton confirmation back to the Senate. START WRITING NOW go here for more contact info.

UPDATE: Mara writes, "Look at this asshole,"

Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., who was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse on
Tuesday, told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue
opposing Bolton. That would deny Republicans the votes they would need to move
Bolton's nomination from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full
Senate. Seattle News here

Typical leftist Jew hater. Seriously............ it's all here.

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Saddam Pisses His Pants

Now that Saddam has had a bit of time in his cell thinking over the reality that he will be executed his behavior has been a bit different. Funny that the media isn't reporting on it (from USS Neverdock):

The media did not report his behavior since he reappeared, Saddam's legs were shaking and he could not stand a number of times when called upon.

The sources said that the video filmed for the court shows that the bailiff had to help him stand, and that he was wobbly once he stood up, and when he was spoken to he appeared bewildered and did not know what to say except invoking God’s mercy.

As Saddam was escorted back to his cell he sends word to the judge Raauf asking for mercy and clemency. This information was confirmed by the court today.

Of course, if the media were to report on the new Saddam, you can be sure the spin would be that we were trying to pre-empt his executions by drugging him to death over time.
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This Week on the The Gathering Storm Radio Show

This week’s special guests of the Weekly Storm Report of The Gathering Storm is EPA of the blog Villages with Torches and Freedom Fighter from Joshua Pundit. Two great guests. Don’t miss it.

Click here to listen Friday from Noon to 2PM PST

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Storm Track Infiltration: The Myth of Multiculturalism

From The Gathering Storm

Last week I had Pastorius from the IBA on my Gathering Storm talk show. We spoke of many things but one bit of conversation clarified something about the myth of multiculturalism. Both of us being recovering Liberals, we spoke about the opinion and beliefs we held back then. One of them was the multiculturalist’s belief in cultural equivalency.

I spoke about a book I read back in the 70s that had a picture of a group of Australian Bushmen. Under the picture of these primitive men dressed in loincloths and holding spears was the statement “These me can fly the Apollo spacecraft”. The quote was right. The Bushmen could mostly probably be trained to fly the Apollo spacecraft. But as Patorius said, “Yeah, but they can’t build it.’

And right there the balloon popped on the myth of multiculturalism. Multiculturalists are correct that individuals are equal - but cultures are not. That’s the progressive Left’s mistake and the mistake of the multiculturalists.

Islamic culture is not equal to the Judeo-Christian culture of today. Compare those living under both of these cultures and you will see that those that live in a culture dominated by Western Civilization’s methods and mores are far more superior to anything the Islamic culture had created over the last 500 years.

When not claiming to be the victim, Islam is seeking to dominate. Or in the words of the Church of England’s only Asian bishop, whose father converted from Islam, “Muslims are schizophrenic - they desire both 'victimhood and domination'.”

'Their complaint often boils down to the position that it is always right to intervene when Muslims are victims, as in Bosnia or Kosovo, and always wrong when the Muslims are the oppressors or terrorists, as with the Taliban or in Iraq. 'Given the world view that has given rise to such grievances, there can never be sufficient appeasement and new demands will continue to be made.'

Perhaps we should learn from a 65-year-old Pakistani-born Kanwar, who immigrated to Canada in 1966. "Multiculturalism creates nations within a nation and divides the loyalty of people. It allows people to marginalize themselves.”

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Iran moves in on Syria ... It's the religion stupid...

Iran buying 'whole villages' of converts in Syria; Assad gives 'carte blanche'

WASHINGTON — Iran is moving in on Syria to the point of encouraging Alawis and Sunnis to convert to Shi'ite Islam.

Syrian opposition sources said the regime of President Bashar Assad has given Iran "carte blanche" in Syria. Unlike his late father, Bashar has allowed Iranian clerics to spread the Shi'ite religion in Syria.

"Syrians have been observing over the last year a dangerous phenomena mostly witnessed by an alarming number of non-Shia turning to Khomeini-style Shia in return for financial rewards," the opposition Reform Party of Syria stated. "Whole villages and urban areas are adopting the Hizbullah model whereby clinics, schools and social services are provided by Iran in return for Syrians to convert to Shi'ism."

In August 2006, RPS stated, Iran opened two centers in the Syrian port of Latakia. The centers, which teach Farsi, have been converting Sunni Muslims.

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John Conyers' Heavy Breathing on Impeachment Proceedings

From NewsMax, without further comment. What do you think? Care to make any predictions? -—

Ed Koch Predicts Push to Impeach Bush

Some congressional leaders will push for President Bush’s impeachment now that the Democrats have taken control of the House and possibly the Senate, former New York Mayor Ed Koch predicts.

“I expect that [Rep. John] Conyers as chairman [of the House Judiciary Committee], now with great freedom, will do anything he can to commence such impeachment or investigatory activity, and we’ll see whether Pelosi will prevent it,” Koch says.

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Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in line to become the first female speaker of the House of Representatives in U.S. history, has said that impeachment proceedings against Bush are “off the table,” according to a report in The Washington Post.

With the resounding Democratic victory on Tuesday, however, Conyers, D-Mich., is set to take over the chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee.

Earlier this summer, Conyers issued a 350-page “investigative report” on the Bush administration that was widely viewed as a road map for Bush’s impeachment if the Democrats took control of the House. Conyers charged that the Bush administration had violated “approximately 26 laws and regulations.”

The Judiciary Committee would initiate any impeachment proceeding.

If Conyers were able to use his chairmanship to launch an impeachment investigation of Bush, Koch warns, the effect would be “devastating.”

“The reason I supported, and still support, President Bush with respect to foreign policy on the issue of international terrorism is that I believe that it is an extraordinary threat to the U.S.,” Koch tells NewsMax. “And I regret that too many in the Democratic Party don’t appreciate the danger.”
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Pure Poppycock

Haaretz via Abu Sinan:

[...] the number of people Israel killed is not only almost 10 times higher than the number of people Hezbollah killed, but the number of soldiers Hezbollah killed is three times higher than the number of Israeli civilians they killed, while the number of Lebanese civilians killed by Israel is about three times the number of Hezbollah fighters. So whose arms are purer? A journalist from The Guardian who is currently in Israel was shocked to hear that these figures have not been the subject of public discussion here.

What utter nonsense!

Where and when in history has the morality of a side been defined by the relative number of kills? This logic doesn't make sense, both at the individual and at the nation-state level.

Let's say a woman is assaulted by two men who start to rip off her clothes. She, in retaliation, takes out her handgun and shoots them both. They end up dead.

Number of rape victims who were killed: Zero.
Number of room-temperature rapists: Two.

Does that accrue some magical morality to the potential rapists?

Take the case of Japan in WWII. More than 1.5 million Japanese were killed in the Pacific War between 1942-45. The Americans in stark contrast lost less than 10% of that amount.

So whose arms were purer?

According to The Theory of Moral Mathematics, the Japanese were bursting with moral superiority!

There you go, I've publicly discussed just how stupid this whole talk of morality by numbers really is.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

RoP and the women

Sir Henry Wilson of RECONQUISTA has been doing some number-crunching in relation to probems with the muslim segment of the worlds population. Some highly interesting, number crunching with highly unexpected and deeply troubling outcomes

Earlier he produced some compelling evidence for a massive effort on the part of radical muslims to "strike fear into the heart of the infidel" through terror since the day of 9/11. Even if he accounted for the violence in Afghanistan and Iraq after the US invasions of both he found a very pronounced increase in the number of terror attacks world-wide since the big one of September 11th, 2001.

In a follow-up Sir Henry Wilson does some further analysis and finds clues there is some organizing body out there distributing resources for these attacks. He also projects the trends he's observing into the future and thos projections are as terrifying as they are clear.

And today Sir Henry Wilson sends word that he's done some number-crunching on crime-stats. Fjordman has been maintaining for some time that sex-crimes and a muslim population seem to be correlated. Now Sir Henry Wilson relates sexual crime statistics from the London metropolitan police to census data of the London metropolitan area. More specifically, he relates sex-crime statistics to the presence (in % of the population) of different religious groups.

Now, I kicked the PC habit of multi-culturalism quite a number of years ago. But still I was shocked to find the words of the Quran and the Hadeeth so starkly represented in the numbers that Sir Henry Wilson found. Take a look yourself. In fact, I urge you to take a good, long look.

Methinks the myth of Islam as respecter of women is now officially dead.

(Crossposted ate Klein Verzet)
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