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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Vlaams Belang Is Getting Together With The National Front, the Lega Nord, and the Freedom Pary Of Austria

Fascists unite.

I wonder if Baron Bodissey and Christine Brim will be attending.

After all, they wasted countless thousands of words last year trying to explain to us simpletons that guilt by association didn't work when it comes to fascism.

I say guilt by association clearly applies in horseshoes, hand grenades and hate groups.

And, if the Vlaams Belang wants to form an anti-Islamization conference with the people at these other parties, well then, I think we know where they stand.

From Scruffy Immigrant:

More details from the KSTA, "Kein Koelsch fuer Nazis".

Also the multi-lingual website about opposition to the congress is here.The 'anti-islam congress' is planned for 19th and 20th September, and a number of opposing events/demonstrations are also going to take place around this time. Pro Koeln's invitees include Jean Marie Le Pen, President of the French Front National, Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Belgian party advocating the independence of Flanders, Mario Borghezio of the Italian Lega Nord, and "HC" Strache, a member of the Freedom Party of Austria.

Frankly, I will never understand why it wasn't enough for Brim and Bodissey that Filip DeWinter has a photograph, prominently displayed, in his family room of himself arm-in-arm with Frecn Fascist Jean Marie Le Pen? That would be like an American displaying a photo of himself with David Duke. What kind of person would be proud of such an association.

And, as you can see, his kids are right there with him. The man has no shame.

Check out the video.

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Salman Rushdie Calls Out Random House For Censoring Book On Mohammed and Ayish

Rushdie and his smokin' hot babe Padma Lakshmi

Salman Rushdie, author of the controversial Satanic Verses, said that he was disappointed in his publisher Random House for pulling an upcoming novel about the Prophet Mohammed.

“This is censorship by fear and it sets a very bad precedent indeed," said Rushdie. The Jewel of Medina is the debut novel from Spokane, Washington's Sherry Jones. It's a first-person narrative of Aisha, one of Mohammed's wives, and includes a mild account of the first time the two have sex.

Random House pulled the book when an early release of the novel began to elicit fears that their could be a similar violent response as the ones after the publication of Danish cartoons of Muhammad in 2005.

So, here's my question, if this book had to be banned for its depiction of sex between Mohammed and his nine year-old child bride Ayish, than should not the Koran and the Hadith also have to be banned?
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Jihad: From Jakarta To The White House

Barack Obama's
"The Audacity of Hope"
Was Translated as
"Jihad: From Jakarta To The White House"
For It's Indonesian Release

What the hell is that supposed to mean? How are we supposed to take it? Jihad means "fighting in the cause of Allah". One can question whether that "fighting" is done through violence or peaceful means, but the song remains the same.

Barack Obama is repeatedly signalling to the Muslims of the world that, if he isn't exactly one of them, well, he certainly is on their side.

I can't think of another reason that he would allow such a title. Can you?

When I first saw the recently released Indonesian translation of Barack Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream", over here in Southeast Asia I was completely taken aback not only by the violent imagery in new title of the book, "Menerjang Harapan: Dari Jakarta Menuju Gedung Putih", but by the fact that it was not really a translation at all, but rather a completely different title than the original book.

A correct translation of the title of Obama's book would have been "Keberanian Harapan: Pemikiran Untuk Meraih Kembali Impian America" which translates into "Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream".

However, the title for the Indonesian translation of Barack Obama's book is "Menerjang Harapan: Dari Jakarta Menuju Gedung Putih" which translates into "Assault Hope: From Jakarta to the White House".

Why would the publishers drastically change the title of the book for the Indonesian translation and make use of such figurative language? Your guess is as good as mine, but it would seem that Barack Obama is quite interested with promoting himself in Southeast Asia as a crusader for the cause of Indonesia's Muslims.

The problem with direct translations is that often times they never make sense. The words "menerjang" (assault or attack) and "harapan" (hope or expectation) make sense when used separately, but used together, the term "menerjang harapan" makes no sense in Indonesian. But while the term makes no sense, it does however present a mental picture to the native Indonesian speaker, the imagery of a "hopeful assault" a "struggle for victory" or to put it more bluntly, a "jihad", or as the Indonesians see it, Obama's "jihad" for the Whitehouse. For the native Indonesian speaker, this figurative language creates a mental image whereas the translation of the book's title can actually come to mean "Jihad: From Jakarta To The Whitehouse".

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My Thoughts On Russia, Georgia, and Poland

These thoughts are offered in the spirit of ignorance, and almost as a long series of propositions which require questioning and correction from readers.

I have read article after article about Russia and Georgia, and I find them to be lacking. Frankly, even Bolton's article seemed to lack a real nuance.

So, here are my thoughts. Please, tell me where I'm wrong, and/or confused.

The currenct crisis with regard to Russia is one of those situations that I do not feel prepared to write about, but if you ask me, the really strange thing here is Poland.

The Georgia thing has been brewing for awhile, and I believe it's over the oil pipeline. And, if I am not mistaken, it is over Russia's control of the flow of oil to Europe.

Russia wants to control the oil market forces.

My hunch is this is happening now because of Iran. Russia believes they are putting pressure on the market, so we (Israel/USA) will be reluctant to hit Iran.

But, as I said, the strange thing is Poland. What is strange is I think that in a twisted way, Russia actually has a point.

Would we allow Russia to put a "Missile Defense Shield" in Cuba?

See what I mean?

What's to say these missiles are only defensive?

And, by the way, think about this, the analysis we get from lefties on this subject is that it's ok for Russia to invade/seize neighbor territories if there are enough ethnic Russians there.

You know, that was EXACTLY Hitler's argument vis a vis Chechoslovakia and Poland. And Chamberlain and company bought it, just like the lefties are doing today.

I'm currently reading the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. The parallels are eery.

Here's something to worry about. Russia is flush with oil money and they are in a far better position than we are in terms of being able to build a military, especially if they are willing to work with the ME, and I believe they are.

We're living in interesting times.
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Storm Track Intimidation: Tolerant Muslim Nation Intolerant – Again!

The Islamists continue to make inroads into formally moderate multicultural Muslim dominated nations. But there’s no plot afoot – is there?

This time a Christian newspaper has offended the sensibilities of Muslims.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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Why do those other guys treat us with contempt?

You know, the guys in Europe and Asia who profess alliance and friendship.


Russia's Strategy Paralyzes US Government

By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Washington, D.C.

The Bush Administration has warned that ties with Russia are imperiled, but the truth is that the US can undertake little more than symbolic action against Moscow. As much as Russia's actions have irritated the Americans, no one is interested in an escalation.

Wait a minute, I thought the Germans believed us to be more dangerous to the world than Iran? Now they complain we take no action?

Of course from the Asia Times we get the opposite....

To the problem of an overstretched, over-toured military there is but one answer in Washington. Both US presidential candidates want to significantly expand the army and the marines. In this article adapted from his new book, The Limits of Power, The End of American Exceptionalism, historian and retired colonel Andrew Bacevich argues that the US does not need a bigger army, it needs a more modest foreign policy.

i.e., since we can't do anything, we shouldn't do anything, and anyway it's 1919 and we can concentrate on ourselves.

I wish. Fervently. However, objective reality tells me that if our existence depends on foreign oil, and foreign trade, and EXPANDING PROFITABLE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES IN ALL MARKETS....that's a ridiculous dream.

We are hated when we succeed as in Iraq, TWICE, and we are hated when we are perceived to have failed, as in Georgia.

Either way it is the USA that is looked to either by action or inaction as the pivot point and ACTOR when there is a problem in this world. I don't much like it. Anything we do or don't will piss off a hell of a lot of people, pundits, papers, imams, mullahs, leaders, unionists, doctors, lawyers, armies, and the homeless as well. If we free a nation, we find sex slaves being sold, and free the shia and sunni to finally get back to what they were about before Stalin in the form of Saddam arrived. If we don't we have the Hussein family picking girls up off the streets for home amateur porno, and setting the example for the hierarchy, and disappearing those perceived to be troublemakers. If we march into Darfur, we'll kill innocents FOR SURE. If not we are only after oil. If we back Taiwan we are interfering in the affairs of another nation. If not we are treacherous to our friends and harmless to our foes.

  • Chinese pogrom against christians? What's America doing about it?
  • Rape and genocide in Darfur? What's America doing about it?
  • Turkish rejection of secularism? What's America doing about it?
  • Still no peace in the ME? What's America doing about it?
  • Mugabe being Mugabe? What's America doing about it?
  • Glaciers not up to snuff this year? What's America doing about it?
  • Chinese gold medal winner still in 4th grade? What's America doing about it?
  • My ass is itchy. What's America doing about it?

So we might as well do what's right.

What's right?
  • What's good for Exxon-Mobil?
  • What will spread our ideas about what freedom is?
  • Another McDonald's, and Gap in Swat (hey that's REALLY what won the cold war in the long run)?
  • More MTV?
  • Letting the world just SEE our commercials?
  • Documentaries about malls?
  • 10 more Aircraft Carriers?

I have a novel idea.

It's what will reduce people's worry about their daily lives and those of their children.

You all can figure out the corollary effects of that in Swat, or Tbilisi, or Kabul, or Caracas, or Medina, OR MOSCOW, Vlad.

That should be the mission statement of American foreign policy.
That's what's best for AMERICANS.

But you can be sure, THAT will piss off an awful lot of people.

To hell with them. We're not here to please everyone.

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Anti-Americanism on german television (again...)

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And now the good news . . .

Being Muslim and being gay just don't sit comfortably together. In fact, some people have been known to be hanged just for being gay. Even if you're young, handsome and confident and in a Western-style kind of job, you have to keep one foot inside the closet, it seems.

I'm glad to read some good news – with that above reservation – from South Africa. It's in The Times (SA) and concerns a Muslim web designer who's decided to come out. And he feels happier for it. Good for him, say I.

The paper tells us:

Naufal Khan, 27 of Sandton – the brains behind the Gay Desi section of the Indian lifestyle website www.indianspice.co.za – said his decision had been prompted by “overwhelming support” for gay and lesbian people worldwide.

Despite coming out of the closet, Khan says he hasn’t been able to utter the words “I am gay” to his parents.

“I think it would be too much for them to handle. Rather let it be unofficial, like every other Indian family. My mom knows I am gay, but my dad is not very accepting, nor are any of my family members,” he said.

Not surprising, really, is it, when all a belief system has to go on is desiccated old scriptures written at a time when such proscriptions may – may – have made some kind of social or economic sense (as perhaps – perhaps – may have been the case in Leviticus)?

“Being Indian was the first hurdle," says Khan. "The second was being Muslim. I really did not want the mullah factory on my heels, trying to make me see the light that my ‘affliction’ was curable [. . .] My cousin nearly choked on his meal when I told him I’m gay.”

He said his cousin’s response was, “I don’t agree with it, and Islam doesn’t as well.”

Well it's time Islam learned that it's here, it's staying, it's natural and bloody Islam had just better get used to it.


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Russia Threatens To Use Nukes On Poland

Russia is getting frisky aren't they? And, of course, we can be rather sure they are emboldened by the fact that we are basically doing nothing in retaliation (as John Bolton has made abundatly clear).

We will regret these days, if we don't make a drastic change in policy.

From LGF:

Today, following the US-Polish agreement on missile defense, Russia is threatening to use nuclear weapons against Poland.

MOSCOW - A top Russian general said Friday that Poland’s agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported. ...

“Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent,” Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.

He added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia’s military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons “against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them.” Nogovitsyn that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, he said, according to Interfax.
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TSA Fails "Security" Tests, Then Does Nothing

From Debbie Schlussel:

By Debbie Schlussel

Hmmm . . . with their ongoing record of screw-ups, failing security tests, and pandering to Muslims to the point their noses are brown with falafel and shawarmeh, you have to wonder if TSA really stands for Too Stupid for Anything. If this latest story is any evidence, it certainly isn't deserving of the name, Transportation Security Administration.

Remember those tests where up to 75% of fake bombs were let through by TSA airport screeners? Well, they do the tests, but do nothing to address the abysmal results. There's nothin' "secure" about this:

A government program to find gaps in airport screening is "a waste of money" because it doesn't follow up on why screeners failed to spot guns, knives and bombs on undercover agents, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee says.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report obtained by USA TODAY says Transportation Security Administration inspectors posing as passengers do not record why individual screeners failed to spot weapons. The TSA ran 20,000 covert tests at the USA's 450 commercial airports from 2002 to 2007, and the results ought to be used to improve screening, the report says.

The TSA disputed the report and said it has adopted many new screening practices and technologies to close holes revealed by testing.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., plans a hearing next month to press the TSA on making better use of covert tests.

"You have a system that's supposed to strengthen airport security, but you don't use the results of the tests to do exactly what you're doing the tests for," Thompson said. "It's obviously a waste of money."

Results of the covert tests are classified, but recent reports made public have alarmed lawmakers. A November GAO report said investigators repeatedly smuggled liquid explosives and detonators past airport checkpoints in 2006. An internal TSA report said screeners in Los Angeles and Chicago airports missed fake bombs on agents in more than 60% of tests in 2006. . . .

The GAO said the TSA did not list reasons for test failures in an agency database. "The agency is not fully using the results of these tests" to close security holes, the GAO said.

Why the heck do they do tests, if they won't respond and improve TSA screening? And why the heck do we have TSA screeners making me take my shoes off, if they miss fake bombs and won't do a thing to make sure they find the bombs the next time?

But don't worry, they never miss an opportunity to hire extremist Muslims to do the "screening," and they never miss the opportunity to harass those who don't fit the profile.

Kip Hawley has been atop the TSA for quite some time, and every single one of these failures and the stupid three-ounce liquid rules are all under his, um, "leadership."

Yet, President Bush has never asked for his resignation.

Heckuva Job. T Minus Four Months for both o' them. And not soon enough.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Maldives: Female Presidential Running Mate Deemed "Un-Islamic"..

In the Maldives, foreigners can run around in bikinis and drink alcohol in the expensive resort hotels. Thats your "moderate Islam".

Now to the real Islam in action -

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party presidential candidate has been asked to reconsider choosing a woman as his running mate by religious factions within the party.
The Maldivian Democratic Party has a Religious Council within the party and the Head of the party’s Islamic Council has said a woman contravened Islamic principles, shortly after the announcement that a lady, Dr Aminath Jameel will run alongside him in the upcoming elections.
The head of the Islamic Council is a Saudi educated mullah who has previously protested the law requiring that the minimum age for marriage be 18.

The mullah is saying - no surprise here - "a woman should not be a ruler in an Islamic country. He said it contravenes Islamic principles.”

The British educated presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic party appears to be caving into the demands. Mohamed Nasheed who has the final decision as presidential candidate, has said he did not want to do anything against Islam and would meet again with the Saudi educated head of the Islamic council.

Islamic missionaries from Arab countries in the Maldives to teach "real Islam" to the locals.

With thanks to Minivan News

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For those opposed to Obama ...put aside Mr. Corsi

From the Southern Poverty Leadership Conference, a longstanding and well known Civil Rights group, to the left, and the guys who obliterated Aryan Nation from the earth...

The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, released on Aug. 1, has taken less than two weeks to clinch the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list.

While the book's popularity is beyond dispute, its content is not. The website Media Matters recently documented Corsi's numerous untrue or misleading allegations.

That his book is rife with inaccuracies hasn't stopped Corsi from promoting it on dozens of talk shows, where he has peddled additional falsehoods about Obama. On Fox News' Hannity's America, for instance, he made the ludicrous claim that Obama supports abortion "after a child's born."

Perhaps Corsi's most telling appearance, however, has been on The Political Cesspool, an overtly racist, anti-Semitic radio show hosted by self-avowed white nationalist James Edwards. Corsi was interviewed on the Cesspool on July 20 and is scheduled to appear again this Sunday, August 17, joining a recent guest roster that has included Christian Identity pastor Pete Peters, Holocaust denier Mark Weber and former Klan boss David Duke.

Along with promoting Corsi's appearances, Edwards is boasting on his website that the three-hour weekly show will join the Republic Broadcasting Network in September. This conspiracy-minded network, heard via satellite and the web, features talk about a sinister "New World Order" and wild theories about the causes of 9/11. Shows that air on the network include The Piper Report, named after host Michael Collins Piper, who has contributed to the holocaust denial magazine The Barnes Review, and Mark Dankof's America, which has interviewed Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review, a leading Holocaust denial group.

Of course Media Matters is a vipers nest of hateful stupidities arguably almost equal to Corsi's inner drives, but ....

Political cesspool?
911 Troofer?

The sad part is that this man would say we are attacking him and not his facts without ever considering that his inner compulsions, which have led him to such places and beliefs render him unable to separate fact from fiction in his research and writing, and are so strong they prevent him from identifying bigotry, and that at the very least someone who appears on Political Cesspool is not a suitable person to bring forth facts detrimental to Mr. Obama, IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM

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Iraq's Budget Surplus Scandal

By Christopher Hitchens

Why do we have such a hard time hearing good news from Baghdad?

One day I will publish my entire collection of upside-down Iraq headlines, where the true purport of the story is the inverse of the intended one. (Top billing thus far would go to the greatest downer of them all: the tale of Iraq's unemployed gravediggers, their always-insecure standard of living newly imperiled by the falling murder rate. You don't believe me? Wait for the forthcoming anthology.) While you wait, you might consider last week's astonishing report about the Iraqi budget surplus and the way in which the report was reported.

Largely attributable to the bonanza in oil prices, to new discoveries of oil since the eviction of Saddam Hussein, and to the increasing success of Iraqi exports via the pipelines to Turkey, this surplus could amount to as much as $79 billion by the end of this year. A good chunk of that money is sitting safely in a bank in New York. I would call this good news by any standard, though of course I understand the annoyance of Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and others involved in the auditing of Iraq, who complain that all the unspent wealth is a bit much, given the heavy outlay from the U.S. treasury for the rebuilding of Mesopotamia.

Yes indeed, Iraq should pay for its own reconstruction. But, just before we all join hands on this obvious proposition, may we take a moment to apologize to Paul Wolfowitz? Of all the many slanders hurled at this advocate for Iraq's liberation, probably none was more gleefully bandied about than his congressional testimony that Iraq's recovery from decades of war and fascism could be self-financing. Now the opponents of the intervention are yelling that Iraq ought to be opening its bulging wallet right away.

There will be time enough for that to happen, since Iraq's vast resources are back in the hands of its own people and are no longer "privatized" as the personal property of a psychopathic crime family. Sen. Levin, who with Sen. John Warner, R-Va., requested the original report from the Government Accountability Office on Iraq's finances, was the ranking Democrat on the Senate subcommittee investigating the "oil for food" outrage. He knows perfectly well what used to happen to Iraq's oil wealth, which was prostituted through a U.N. program and diverted to such noble causes as the subsidy of suicide bombers in Gaza and the financing of pro-Saddam and "anti-war" politicians in London, Paris, and Moscow. While this criminal enrichment of Iraqi and overseas elites was taking place, the population of the country was living on garbage and drinking tainted water as a result of the U.N.-mandated international sanctions.

I think we should be glad that the luridly sadistic and aggressive Saddam Hussein regime is no longer in power to be the beneficiary of the rise in oil prices and thus able to share its wealth with the terrorists, crooks, and demagogues on its secret payroll. I think we should also be glad that its private ownership of Iraq's armed forces, and its control over a party monopoly called the Baath, has been irrecoverably smashed. Iraq's resources are no longer at the disposal of an aggressive, parasitic oligarchy. Its retrained and re-equipped army is being deployed, not in wars of invasion against its neighbors and genocide against its inhabitants, but in cleanup campaigns against al-Qaida and the Mahdi Army. An improvement. A distinct improvement.

It is in no spirit of revenge that I remind you that, as little as a year ago, the whole of smart liberal opinion believed that the dissolution of Baathism and militarism had been a mistake, that Iraq itself was a bottomless pit of wasted dollars and pointless casualties, and that the only option was to withdraw as fast as possible and let the inevitable civil war burn itself out. To the left of that liberal consensus, people of the caliber and quality of Michael Moore were describing the nihilist "insurgents" as the moral equivalent of the Minutemen, and to the right of the same consensus, people like Pat Buchanan were hinting that we had been cheated into the whole enterprise by a certain minority whose collective name began with the letter J.

Had any of this sinister nonsense been heeded, it wouldn't even be Saddam's goons who were getting their hands on that fantastic wealth in such a strategic country. It would have been the gruesome militias who answer either to fanatical Wahhabism on one wing or to fanatical Shiism on another, and who are the instruments of tyrannical forces in neighboring countries. Hardly a prospect to be viewed with indifference. I still reel when I remember how many supposedly responsible people advocated surrendering Iraq without a fight.

Before 2003, there was, in a way, a socioeconomic basis for fascism in Iraq, in that the lack of oil on Sunni turf supplied an imperative to the Tikrit-based gangsters for the domination of Kurdish and Shiite areas that did possess the needful oilfields. Now, new discoveries of oil and new laws on regional and provincial decentralization provide at least the socioeconomic basis for federalism. Again, a distinct improvement. This element of the substructure, as we Marxists say, does not in itself guarantee the superstructure, any more than the vast new wealth in Iraqi coffers is automatically a promise of prosperity for all. (After all, in spite of a huge improvement in prison conditions in Iraq in general, one has to admit the crimes and coverups of Abu Ghraib.) But does anyone seriously regret that these questions are being addressed in their only feasible context, namely the post-Saddam era that was the necessary if not the sufficient condition?

So, yes, major combat operations appear to be over, and to that extent one can belatedly say, "Mission accomplished." If there is any Iraqi nostalgia for the old party and the old army, it is remarkably well-concealed. Iraq no longer plays deceptive games with weapons of mass destruction or plays host to international terrorist groups. It is no longer subject to sanctions that punish its people and enrich its rulers. Its religious and ethnic minorities—together a majority—are no longer treated like disposable trash. Its most bitter internal argument is about the timing of the next provincial and national elections. Surely it is those who opposed every step of this emancipation, rather than those who advocated it, who should be asked to explain and justify themselves.

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Fukuyama in error again...

First in "The End of History and Last Man" he argued that liberal capitalist democracies are the end of history (neglecting the compulsory sine wave of stupidity in humans), then he argued in 1998 that Iraq was the most serious danger we faced since the Cold War, then he argued that the successful invasion was the beginning of trouble, and now he argues that it wasn't worth it.

Well, if Iraq is taken as a isolated incident I guess we could have that argument. I argue that there is a war of civilizations going on, and in fact it is a worldwide religious war of variable intensity depending on place and time, and that Iraq is Guadalcanal. It is the place where the war forks either one way or the other.

There's a piece off the board.

If Iraq can make it as a democratic state, and satisfy the aspirations of it's people IN THIS WORLD, leaving them with fulfilling lives here, while they pray and prepare for the next, without the necessity to kill us in order to make the world Dar al Islam, not only was it worth it, but it will have saved an unimaginable number of lives.

Imagine, if you will, what the world would have made in 1937, of a Winston Churchill who would have, as PM in 1936 carried his military rejection of the German reassertion of its sovereignty in the Rhineland into a military conquest and occupation of Germany.

It would have been the full justification of those who said WSC was the apotheosis of colonial, imperialist war mongering (something the German Foreign Ministry, and Goebbels always claimed). We would never have found out what would be OUR alternate history, and for all we know, he would be a minor aberration in a peaceful period. There would be (Zinn and Judt and Foner like) books written about the golden age which would have ensued had Germany just been allowed to pursue her destiny rather than be crushed by imperial Britain and her lackeys, the French. There's just one thing...he would have been right to invade, conquer and occupy Germany and as WE know save 45,000,000 lives.

I don't know what dangers a Saddam freed from his sanctions (as would certainly have happened) would have exposed us all to in the free world, but we can be sure the world would not be more stable.

More, seen in the context of this worldwide religious war being waged against us, and against our nature, the ultimate success of this effort proves to the takfiri sunni freaks and their allies in function the khomeinist freaks that we WILL come, we WILL act and we WILL plant the germ of THEIR destruction and it WILL succeed because men want to be free, and to see their children have better lives then they did in THIS world.

The alternative to that solution is just, in the end, to kill a hell of a lot of people.

I'd rather not.

Mr. Fukuyama must isolate Iraq an an experience, and individual war to make his case, but Iraq, like Israel really turns out to be just one campaign in a much larger experience.


Republican presidential candidate John McCain says he was right in supporting the surge and that Democrat Barack Obama was wrong in opposing it. On this tactical issue I grant that Sen. McCain was right. But Sen. Obama was right on the much more important strategic question of whether the war itself was a prudent policy, and here Mr. McCain remains as wrong as ever.

Mr. Obama does not share McCain's instinctive reliance on hard power as the primary instrument for dealing with messy questions of terrorism and proliferation in the broader Middle East. This is one reason I support him for president.

Indeed, I can think of no democrat who can afford to say out loud that he believes :

"I think we are in a war against Islamic extremism, and I think that war is worldwide" John McCain

There are many reasons to vote against Mr. Obama, as we are well aware, but this is a brobdingnagian reason to vote FOR Mr. McCain

This gap on this observation is one of the issues which divides us all. Geroge Bush failed to even attempt to make this case. Had he done so and been convincing, no democrat would today be able to sy the stupid things they do about the most important issue in our lives, and Mr. Fukuyama would have to think harder about the parameters encompassing the meta structure of his arguments.
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Severe Islamic law which banned 'suggestive' cucumbers cost Al Qaeda public support in Iraq

As we all know, Muslims would be funny, if they weren't so deadly.

There is actually a law in Iraq against "suggestive" cucumbers. Isn't the cucumber in the eye of the beholder? And well, somewhere else too?

From the Daily Mail:

A bizarre ruling banning women from buying suggestively shaped vegetables such as cucumbers, and the brutal slaying of children, lost Al Qaeda the support of the Iraqi population, it emerged yesterday.

Al Qaeda's enforcement of a severe form of Islamic law sapped support among the people for its campaign against American and Iraqi forces, allowing Arab tribal leaders to drive Al Qaeda out of the strongholds it had created.

Sheikh Hameed al-Hayyes, a Sunni tribal leader from a former Al Qaeda stronghold in the west of Iraq, said: 'I saw them slaughter a nine-year old boy like a sheep because his family didn't pledge allegiance to them.'

Life under Al Qaeda was not only violent but also farcical.

'They even killed female goats because their private parts were not covered and their tales were pointed upward,' Hayyes said.

'They regarded the cucumber as male and tomato as female. Women were not allowed to buy cucumbers, only men.'

Men would have fingers cut off for smoking, hair salons and shops selling cosmetics were bombed, and ice-cream salesmen were killed because ice cream was not available during the time of Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

'Al Qaeda wanted to kill me and blow up my shop because I sold music CDs,' said Ahmed Yasin from Samarra, north of Baghdad.

Singing, shaving and the medical treatment of women by male doctors were all among activities considered by Al Qaeda to be forbidden by Islam.

'Al Qaeda prohibited the shaving of beards and banned sideburns and long hair.

'Barbers were killed because they did not obey,' said Kais Amer, a barber from Mosul in the north of Iraq.

Leaflets threatened women with kidnap or death for not wearing an all-enveloping robe.

The forced marriage of Iraqi women and girls to al Qaeda members by tribes intimidated by the group was not uncommon.

Disgusted by such acts, Sunni Arab tribal leaders - whose men once formed the backbone of the insurgency against American and Iraqi forces - turned on Al Qaeda in late 2006, and with American backing helped to remove Al Qaeda.

Until the overthrow of former President Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq was largely secular in outlook.

Iraqis of different sects and ethnicities intermarried, women would dress in jeans and T-shirts and Baghdad was packed with bars and discos.

America claims that Iraqi rejection of the Al Qaeda rules is one reason behind a drop in the number of bomb attacks targetting Iraqi civilians and coalition troops.

By the way, one of my beefs with Iraq since our ocupation is that everytime I saw photos of the streets, more and more women were wearing burqas.

Recently, however, I've seen news reports which show that more and more wmoen seem to be dressing the way they want.

Maybe we really are winning. Things seem to be looking up. Espcecially for those women who like a good cucumber every now and then.
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Storm Track Infiltration: First Italy – Now Holland

In a post I wrote on Monday, I spoke of how polygamy was running rampant in Italy and little was being done about it.

Now it’s Holland’s turn.

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Are we cowards when it comes to Islam?

The (UK) Independent's astute and never-less-than-interesting columnist Johann Hari is condemning cowardice. The cowardice that has meant that we are not allowed to read a book. The cowardice that has allowed Islamic threats – even if never uttered – to ensure that we are not allowed to read a book.

On my regular blog at Pink Triangle I got quite hot under the collar last week when this story broke. It's not hard to get hot under the collar when religion starts to dictate what we can and cannot read. It's the tale of Sherry Jones's book The Jewel of Medina. Random House pulled it – and have now pulped it, according to Hari – because it dealt with the prepubescent wife of Mohammed, some forty-odd years her senior. She was married at six, and the marriage was consummated – if that's what you can call a relationship in which a man of fifty-three forces himself on a nine-year-old girl – three years later.

Hari points out that, while you can read this story in the Koran and the Hadith (subsequent teachings based on the Koran), you can't now read it in Jones's book. And that comes down to cowardice. And it's time, says the headline above his Independent piece, we stopped "being such cowards about Islam".

You can read the article plus extra bits on Hari's own excellent website.

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IDF troops cleared in death of Reuters cameraman

In April, 24-year old 'Palestinian' cameraman Fadel Shana was killed after taking a direct hit from an IDF tank shell. For those who have forgotten the incident, you may want to go here and here to refresh your memory.

On Wednesday, the IDF sent a letter to Reuters indicating that the army investigation had concluded that the soldiers acted reasonably under the circumstances.
"In light of the reasonable conclusion reached by the tank crew and its superiors, that the characters were hostile and were carrying an object most likely to be a weapon, the decision to fire at the targets ... was sound," Brig. Gen. Avihai Mandelblit, the IDF's top prosecutor, said in a letter sent to Reuters. The news agency made the letter public on Wednesday.

In a statement issued at its London headquarters, Reuters said the army probe could effectively give soldiers a "free hand to kill," without being sure of the identity of their targets.

"I'm extremely disappointed that this report condones a disproportionate use of deadly force in a situation the army itself admitted had not been analyzed clearly," said David Schlesinger, Reuters' editor in chief. "They would appear to take the view that any raising of a camera into position could garner a deadly response."
Reuters is applying a full-court press on the IDF on this issue, and Reporters without Borders (RSF) is more interested in Shana than in journalists being (including at least one Israeli) targeted on the Russian - Georgian front.
Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the findings of an Israeli investigation into the death of Palestinian cameraman Fadel Shanaa, clearing the soldiers involved of any responsibility. The Israeli military advocate-general, Brig. Gen. Avihai Mendelblit, notified Shanaa’s employer, the British news agency Reuters, of the results of the probe in a letter today.

Gen. Mendelblit said the Israeli tank crew that fired shells at Shanaa and soundman Wafa Abu Mizyed during an incursion into the Gaza Strip on 16 April respected the rules of engagement and will therefore not face legal action. Mizyed sustained only minor injuries.

“The tank crew was unable to determine the nature of the object mounted on the tripod and positively identify it as an anti-tank missile, a mortar or a television camera,” the letter said. “In light of the reasonable conclusion reached by the tank crew and its superiors that the characters were hostile and were carrying an object most likely to be a weapon, the decision to fire at the targets was sound.”

Gen. Mendelblit claimed that the soldiers were too far away to see the “Press” lettering on the car and flak jackets of Shanaa, 23, and Mizyed, who were filming the Israeli army incursion.

Reporters Without Borders said: “The findings of the Israeli investigation are confusing and offer no convincing explanation of the circumstances that led to the Reuters cameraman’s death. The Israel Defence Forces never want to admit they are wrong in such cases. Israeli soldiers enjoy an impunity that endangers many journalists covering their operations.

“Only an impartial analysis of what happened would be able to prevent this kind of tragedy from recurring. Instead of reassuring the press, the Israeli military is fostering an unacceptable climate of fear and danger.

“If journalists are wearing flak jackets, keeping a reasonable distance from the belligerents and clearly displaying press markings, there should be a change in the behaviour of the soldiers in areas where civilians, including journalists, are present.”

Shanaa and Mizyed were about 1 kilometre from the tank that fired shells at their car. Their flak jackets were not effective against the steel flechettes released by one of the Israeli shells.
And here's al-Reuters' reaction. This is about as biased a piece of 'journalism' as you will find anywhere. Let's go to the videotape. I'll have plenty more to say and show after the video.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tonight On KFNX Talk-Radio

[Image courtesy of Stogie]

Tonight, August 14, at 8:00 P.M. Phoenix time, Cassandra, author of Escape! From an Arab Marriage and Thirty-Three Secrets Arab Men Never Tell American Women: A Dissection of How Muslims Treat Women and Infidels, and webmaster of No Slaves of Allah in America, will host "Voices of Freedom," a one-hour weekly show on KFNX 1100. See this time-zone chart (Refresh the page!) if you are in a different time zone than Phoenix, Arizona; click directly on the word "PHOENIX" to get a world map of time zones.

Tonight's guest is Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld.

Tune in if you can! In addition to AM air time at the scheduled hour, KFNX offers live streaming at the station's web site.



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We are in real trouble, and america needs to be educated

FAIRNESS DOCTINE: 47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV

Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary, but they draw the line at imposing that same requirement on the Internet. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say leave radio and TV alone, too.


At the same time, 71% say it is already possible for just about any political view to be heard in today's media, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty percent (20%) do not agree.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) say the government should not require websites and blog sites that offer political commentary to present opposing viewpoints. But 31% believe the Internet sites should be forced to balance their commentary

The democrats are going to DO this.

The web will be next.

Believe it.

If this proceeds, in a few years, every blog post will require an equal and opposite view to be published if it can be read at large, or it will not be able to be published. It will only be a matter of time.
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This Week on The Gathering Storm Radio Show

Listen to the nearly famous The Gathering Storm Radio Show, which WC and I cohost. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is (646) 915-9870.

Callers welcome!

Friday, August 15 (90 minutes): Our guests today will be Ilana Freedman and Layla Elizabeth Gonzalez.
1. Ilana Freedman is a member of Gerard Group International and is an expert on counter-terrorism. We will discuss with her current events and developments in her field of expertise.

2. Layla Elizabeth Gonzalez, of the web site The Hill Chronicles, will be our guest for the last hour of the show. We will discuss with her the dangers and consequences of marrying a Muslim man as she shares with us her own experiences in that regard.

You can listen to the August 15, 2008 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

August 22: Raymond Ibrahim
August 29: John
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The Satanic Bikini Olympics

Check out this MEMRI video, in which a Saudi cleric opines about how awful the Olympic Games are.

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Winds of War: Al Qaeda Plan B

Al Qaeda is may be starting to wise up. Good news for them – bad news for us.

If anything proves that we are fighting a global ideology supported by a religion, ignored by our political leadership and not a group of violent criminals, Al Qaeda writings like this proves it.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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Pelosi...Obama is "one that comes along only every now and then"

Despite the fact that on economic issues Joe Lieberman is more liberal than:

Kerry, John, D-Mass.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for PelosiPoint-714182.jpgStabenow, Debbie, D-Mich.
Reid, Harry, D-Nev.
Kohl, Herb, D-Wis.
Brown, Sherrod, D-Ohio
Inouye, Daniel, D-Hawaii
Lincoln, Blanche, D-Ark.
Akaka, Daniel, D-Hawaii
Kennedy, Edward, D-Mass.
Murray, Patty, D-Wash.
Rockefeller, Jay, D-W.Va.
Pryor, Mark, D-Ark.
Cantwell, Maria, D-Wash.
Dodd, Christopher, D-Conn.
Tester, Jon, D-Mont.
Dorgan, Byron, D-N.D.
Wyden, Ron, D-Ore.
Carper, Thomas, D-Del.
Salazar, Ken, D-Colo.
Bayh, Evan, D-Ind.
Baucus, Max, D-Mont.
Conrad, Kent, D-N.D.
Webb, Jim, D-Va.
McCaskill, Claire, D-Mo.
Byrd, Robert, D-W.Va.
Landrieu, Mary, D-La
he is worthy of the highest scorn since he, like Harry Truman is hardheaded abut foreign foes.
If Lieberman is not the VP nominee he is going to be stripped of his seniority by the Dems. It will be interesting to see what the repubs offer him, where on Foreign issues he is rated between Lugar and Dole, and Socially where he is dead center.

Pelosi warns Lieberman for undercutting Obama

Thursday, August 14, 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Sen. Joe Lieberman on Wednesday for making what she called "totally irresponsible" remarks about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and warned that the Senate might retaliate by revoking Lieberman's committee chairmanship.

Pelosi also chastised some of Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters for being "less than gracious" toward Obama, although she praised the New York senator for rallying behind the party's nominee after a bitter primary fight.

Pelosi's remark in an interview with KGO Radio talk show host Ronn Owens in San Francisco is certain to anger Clinton backers, including some who are pushing to have Clinton's name placed into nomination at the party's convention in Denver later this month. But the House speaker's rebuke of Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat-turned-independent, is likely to please Democratic activists, who are irate at Lieberman's sharp jabs at Obama.

Campaigning for Republican John McCain in York, Pa., on Tuesday, Lieberman appeared to question Obama's patriotism when he called the election a choice "between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put his country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate that has not."

Pelosi was asked by a caller on Owens' show what could be done about the attacks from Lieberman, the Democrats' 2000 vice presidential nominee who, though an independent, still caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

"You're right," Pelosi said. "Joe Lieberman has said things that are totally irresponsible when it comes to Barack Obama. Here we have a leader for the future, really a great leader for the future and one that comes along only every now and then, and they know it so they have to undermine him. And one of their best weapons, of course, is someone who is considered by some to be a Democrat."

Pelosi explained that Senate Democrats are leery of challenging Lieberman over his comments because his vote is crucial to preserving the Democrats' 51-49 majority in the Senate. But she warned that Lieberman's top spot on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee could be in jeopardy if Democrats gain seats in the Senate in November.

"The Democrats in the Senate are in a tough spot. They have 51 votes. Joe Lieberman organizes with them," she said. "In 85 days or something, they will have five more Democrats. They won't need him to make the majority. And it will be interesting to see what the leadership in the Senate, the Democratic leadership in the Senate, does at that point in terms of Joe Lieberman's chairmanship of his committee."

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U.S. puts brakes on Israeli plan for attack on Iran nuclear facilities

From Michael Travis:

By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent

The American administration has rejected an Israeli request for military equipment and support that would improve Israel's ability to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

A report published last week by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) states that military strikes are unlikely to destroy Iran's centrifuge program for enriching uranium. The Americans viewed the request, which was transmitted (and rejected) at the highest level, as a sign that Israel is in the advanced stages of preparations to attack Iran.

They therefore warned Israel against attacking, saying such a strike would undermine American interests. They also demanded that Israel give them prior notice if it nevertheless decided to strike Iran. As compensation for the requests it rejected, Washington offered to improve Israel's defenses against surface-to-surface missiles.

Israel responded by saying it reserves the right to take whatever action it deems necessary if diplomatic efforts to halt Iran's nuclearization fail. Senior Israeli officials had originally hoped that U.S. President George Bush would order an American strike on Iran's nuclear facilities before leaving office, as America's military is far better equipped to conduct such a strike successfully than is Israel's.

Jerusalem also fears that an Israeli strike, even if it succeeded well enough to delay Iran's nuclear development for a few years, would give Iran international legitimacy for its program, which it currently lacks.

Israel, in contrast, would be portrayed as an aggressor, and would be forced to contend alone with Iran's retaliation, which would probably include thousands of missile strikes by Iranian allies Hezbollah, Hamas and perhaps even Syria.

Recently, however, Israel has concluded that Bush is unlikely to attack, and will focus instead on ratcheting up diplomatic pressure on Tehran. It prefers to wait until this process has been exhausted, though without conceding the military option. Israel's assumption is that Iran will continue to use delaying tactics, and may even agree to briefly suspend its uranium enrichment program in an effort to see out the rest of Bush's term in peace.

The American-Israeli dispute over a military strike against Iran erupted during Bush's visit to Jerusalem in May. At the time, Bush held a private meeting on the Iranian threat with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and the Israelis presented their request for certain specific items of military equipment, along with diplomatic and security backing.

Following Bush's return to Washington, the administration studied Israel's request, and this led it to suspect that Israel was planning to attack Iran within the next few months. The Americans therefore decided to send a strong message warning it not to do so. U.S. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen both visited here in June and, according to the Washington Post, told senior Israeli defense officials that Iran is still far from obtaining nuclear weapons, and that an attack on Iran would undermine American interests.

Therefore, they said, the U.S. would not allow Israeli planes to overfly Iraq en route to Iran. The Americans sent a similar message to Iraq, which had objected vociferously to the idea of its air space being used for an Israeli attack on Iran.

These private messages were accompanied by a series of leaks from the Pentagon that Israel interpreted as attempts to thwart any possibility of an attack on Iran. For instance, the Americans revealed details of a major Israel Air Force exercise in the Mediterranean; they also said they doubted Israel had adequate intelligence about Iran's nuclear facilities. In addition, Mullen spoke out publicly against an attack on Iran.

Two weeks ago, Barak visited Washington for talks with his American counterpart, Robert Gates, and Vice President Richard Cheney. Both conversations focused on Iran, but the two Americans presented conflicting views: Gates vehemently opposes an attack on Iran, while Cheney is the administration's leading hawk.

Barak presented Israel's assessments of the Iranian situation and warned that Iran was liable to advance its nuclear program under cover of the endless deliberations about sanctions - which have thus far produced little in the way of action.

He also acknowledged that effective sanctions would require cooperation from Russia, China and India, all of which currently oppose sanctions with real teeth. Russia, however, is considered key to efforts to isolate Iran, and Israeli officials have therefore urged their American counterparts in recent months to tone down Washington's other disputes with Moscow to focus all its efforts on obtaining Russia's backing against Iran.

For instance, they suggested that Washington offer to drop its plan to station a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic - a proposal Russia views as a threat, though Washington insists the system is aimed solely at Iran - in exchange for Russia agreeing to stiffer sanctions against Iran.

However, the administration rejected this idea. In an attempt to compensate Israel for having rejected all its proposals, Washington then offered to bolster Israel's defenses against ballistic missiles.

For instance, Gates proposed stationing an advanced radar system in Israel and linking Israel directly into America's early warning satellite network; he also offered increased American funding for the development of two Israeli missile defense systems - the Arrow-3, an upgrade of Israel's existing Arrow system for intercepting ballistic missiles, and Iron Dome, a system designed to intercept short-range rockets.

In addition, Washington agreed to sell Israel nine Super Hercules long-range transport aircraft for $2 billion. However, it would not agree to supply Israel with any offensive systems. Now, Israel is awaiting the outcome of the latest talks between the West and Iran, as well as a formal announcement of the opening of an American interests section in Tehran. Israel views the latter as sure proof that Washington is not planning a military strike.
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For the fifth day running, Russian forces are pursuing their onslaught against Georgia. Russian troops have brutally advanced far beyond the so-called conflict zones, deep inside the country, occupying towns and villages and destroying Georgia's infrastructure through aerial bombardments.

In addition, the Russian Navy has begun an economic blockade of Georgia. The Kremlin already imposed overland and air transport blockades between Georgia and Russia two years ago. Now, Russia has begun a maritime blockade as well.

This war is not simply about Georgia; it is far more than a Russia-Georgia conflict. This conflict is about the creation of a "Unbrave New World," parallel and alternative to the Western world. It would be a domain policed by KGB alumni, regulated by Russian state energy monopolies, and expanded by military force through the incorporation of non-Russian territories. If allowed to expand as it now does in Georgia, this domain will soon become the power base for a direct Russian challenge to Western values and interests.

As if this is a surprise....well maybe to GWB and Barry

Georgia is now the foremost target of the Kremlin's re-expansion project. Unless this project is resisted here, Georgia will become the birthplace of the Kremlin-controlled "Unbrave New World." In that case, Georgia will also become the unmarked grave of major strategic initiatives that the United States, NATO, and the European Union have undertaken in the past decade: The Caspian energy transit to Europe, the strategic corridor from NATO Europe to Central Asia and Afghanistan, NATO enlargement, EU policies in Europe's East, Silk Road projects, and democratic institution building in the Black Sea region.

All these aspirations and visions will be irretrievably lost if Georgia is allowed to fall. Georgia's fall under Russia's continuous blows would signify an historic rollback of the West from Europe's East.

Hoping to stop the bloodshed, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced a unilateral ceasefire at 9:00 P.M. on August 7 (Georgian Public Broadcaster, August 7, 9:00 P.M.). Despite this, Russian-armed, Russian-commanded South Ossetian forces continued firing at and shelling Georgian villages and police, as well as the Georgian peacekeeping contingent. At least 50 lives--civilian, police and peacekeepers--were lost during two hours under this ceasefire. After 11:00 pm that evening Saakashvili ordered an end to the unilateral ceasefire because Russian troops in massive numbers, with tank columns and artillery, started streaming through the Roki tunnel from Russian territory into Georgia, across the internationally recognized border.

The Georgian leadership faced two options: First, hold the unilateral ceasefire and allow the Russian-led Ossetian forces to overrun or destroy Georgian controlled villages in South Ossetia, and do nothing until Russian troops came down from the Roki tunnel to join the carnage in a matter of hours. Or, second, to start fighting back and push the potential frontline as far north as possible.

The Georgian leadership chose the second option as the lesser of two bad options. On August 8 and 9 Russian forces overran South Ossetia, amid credible reports of rounding up local Georgians, while North Caucasus and South Ossetian paramilitaries committed acts of violence against unarmed civilians in the villages.

What IS IT with all these people? I'm trying to imagine rounding up some of the neighbors nearby to commit acts of violence against unarmed civilians

From August 9 onward, Russian ground forces and aviation carried out operations deep inside Georgia, targeting both military and civilian sites.

In Abkhazia massive Russian forces were deployed from Russia's interior by air as well as landing on ships of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which is based on Ukrainian territory. This move constitutes an overt breach of the Ukrainian-Russian treaties regarding the stationing of the Russian Fleet, as well as a violation of Ukraine's non-block status, which Russia otherwise claims to support. All these moves are destroying any basis for the rule of international law in large parts of Europe's East and Black Sea region. Those in the West who pinned hopes on President Dmitry Medvedev to respect the rule of law, internally and internationally, will have to admit the failure of such hopes.

Russia has already added substantial portions of Georgian territory to the portions it already controlled. With or without active offensive operations in coming days, Russia is poised to issue ultimatums that Georgia as a sovereign country would be unable to accept. Through such an ultimatum, Russian troops seized the Georgian town of Zugdidi and have indicated that they would continue military pressure until Georgia signs a cease-fire agreement on Russian terms.

Within the cease-fire agreement, Moscow will almost certainly demand provisions to control political decision-making by the Georgian government on national security issues. European Union and OSCE mediators must shield Georgia from any Russian-imposed cease-fire agreement that could be turned into a Russian mechanism of influencing Georgia's sovereign decision-making prerogatives.

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A Better Name For "Radical Islam"

The following is an article by Martel Sobieskey, and is reprinted here with his permission. Sobieskey has 35 years research experience in the field of religious conditioning and its relationship to warfare. He is greatly alarmed that American politicians, educators, and security personnel have failed to comprehend the deeply entrenched Jihadist religious conditioning inherent in all of Islam, moderates included.


THERE IS THE erroneous assertion that Radical Islam is not connected with mainstream (moderate) Islam in any way, that the religion of Islam has been “hijacked by a few extremists” that the vast majority of Muslims do not agree with the Islamofascists. Such thinking is a terrible error and a grave threat to America’s national security, especially in this age of nuclear terrorism.

So what is Radical Islam and what should it be properly named? Radical Islam is actually the Islamic Military. The so-called radicals are not a fringe element; they are fully supported by the worldwide Islamic community (Ummah). If they were a fringe element, they would have been defeated long ago. The fight rages on because of strong support from the moderates both covertly and overtly. This means the Islamic Military (wrongly labeled radicals) is intimately connected with moderate Muslims who we have mistakenly labeled as innocent bystanders.

Moderate Muslims are not innocent bystanders. Moderate Muslims provide the base of operations which makes it possible for the Islamic Military to continue their terrorist operations. Hate America (an Islamic organization) demands to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Koran, and outbursts for Sharia law are preached openly from nearly every Mosque in America under the guise of freedom of speech and religion. Freedom of speech and religion has morphed into a weaponized tool of Islamic psychological warfare which is defeating America’s will to protect her national security. Any American who says Islam is less than perfect may become the victim of an unfair lawsuit by a “moderate” Muslim organization.

Why can one be so certain about this fact? The answer is the Koran. The Koran fuses together both moderates and their military. No Muslim dares to contradict the Koran because the penalty is
death and loss of personal salvation. The moderate Muslims of every nation, including those in America, fully support their Islamic military because worldwide conquest is the primary religious duty of all Muslims. Fellow Americans if you believe that your local Muslims are not secretly harboring in their hearts an agenda for the conquest of America by Islam then you are dead wrong, and understand nothing about the Koran.

Moderate Muslims may not carry weapons and murder innocent people hands on, but they play the role of “wolves in sheep’s clothing." Moderate Muslims use two primary strategies to make conquest for Islam. The first is dawa, which is influence peddling, “wining and dining” and manipulation. You make conquest by “pleasing” your opponent, “buttering them up” bribery and back room dealings are common place. There is a “ton” of Muslim oil money buying preferential treatment for Islam in America. The second is taqiyya, which is outright deception and lying. Deception and lying to infidels as a strategy of conquest is one of Islam’s most valued “weapons," a precedent set by the prophet Mohammed himself. Americans hear this deception everyday with proclamations that “Islam is a religion of peace.” This phrase is an excellent example of successful psychological warfare which has caused Americans to let down their guard, and made us very vulnerable to future terrorist attacks, even possible nuclear attacks as several experts have pointed out.

Recent history proves that the “so called peaceful Muslims” work as a team with their Islamic Military. They immigrate to a country touting what peaceful law abiding citizens they are, establish themselves, build mosques, increase their numbers and “bingo” terrorists acts start occurring in the host country. Do the attacks in Spain, England, France, Thailand, Bali, the Philippines, Holland, Sweden and the USA ring any bells here? All these attacks have been preceded by the establishment of moderate mosque communities which in turn became footholds from which the Islamic military could launch their terrorist attacks. The larger the percentage of Muslims that occupy a country the greater the havoc they wreak. The situation is directly proportional. Reducing the percentage of Muslims that dwell in the host country is the most effect way of stopping terrorism. Western governments must evaluate this fact very seriously if they wish to win the war against Islamofascism long term.

Have we Americans become gullible fools? As long as we fail to deal aggressively and comprehensively with the intimate Koranic connection between the moderate Muslims and their Islamic military we can never stop the terrorist attacks. Have you ever wondered why, so numerous the complaints worldwide, that Muslims are not assimilating into their host nation? It is because they are not there to assimilate they are there to conqueror the host country for Islam as their Koran requires. Fellow Americans please read the Koran for yourself. Don’t take my word on it. You will learn first hand that anyone who tells you that Islam is a religion of peace is insulting your intelligence. The Koran (Penguin Classics), translated by the Arab Scholar N. J. Dawood is a well respected version having sold over a million copies worldwide.

The best description of the symbiotic Koranic relationship between the moderates and their military comes from the Muslims themselves. They have a saying, “the poisonous fish swim in the sea”. The “poisonous fish” are the militants and the “sea” is the moderate mosque community. For example, for their 9/11 operation, the Islamic Military (poisonous fish) used the Al Farouq mosque in New York as the “sea” from which they “swam” to pulverize the trade towers. The next poisonous fish may be swimming from the sea of your local Mosque community with a nuclear explosion. Wake up Americans we are not fighting with bows and arrows anymore. We must take aggressive preventative measures to stop the Islamic military’s “euphoric” obsession to make a nuclear attack on American soil.

It is a great mistake to continue calling the Islamic military radicals because the term “radicals” has blinded us to think that the moderates are not in cahoots with their Islamic Military. In so doing we have violated the primary dictum of warfare which is to know and understand one’s enemy. Consequently, we have failed to understand that the Islam of Osama Bin Laden is main stream Islam
not a radical fringe. Osama Bin Laden is one of the generals of the Islamic military which is fully supported by the worldwide community of moderate Muslims, including American Muslims. Both moderate Muslims and their military have the same goal which is the Islamic conquest of the entire world this is the primary religious duty of all Muslims as required by the Koran. Americans desperately need to understand this fact if they wish to protect their country from great harm.


Read more about religious deception: Taqiyya.
Read an article from an ex-Muslim: Warning to the West.
More information: What the West Needs to Know.
Learn what you can do about it: Halt Terrorism.

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US's wrong moves on Israel, Iran, Russia and Georgia

Haaretz reported on Wednesday morning that the United States has denied Israel certain weaponry that it requested that would have given it the offensive capability to strike Iran.
A report published last week by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) states that military strikes are unlikely to destroy Iran's centrifuge program for enriching uranium.

The Americans viewed the request, which was transmitted (and rejected) at the highest level, as a sign that Israel is in the advanced stages of preparations to attack Iran. They therefore warned Israel against attacking, saying such a strike would undermine American interests. They also demanded that Israel give them prior notice if it nevertheless decided to strike Iran.

As compensation for the requests it rejected, Washington offered to improve Israel's defenses against surface-to-surface missiles.

Israel responded by saying it reserves the right to take whatever action it deems necessary if diplomatic efforts to halt Iran's nuclearization fail.
But reining in Israel is not only sending the wrong message to Iran - it's also sending the wrong message to Russia and to Georgia.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is testing the West's mettle. He senses weakness, and is using the conflict with Georgia, a close ally of Washington, to see to what extent the US and Europe will stand up for their friends and their own interests.

In recent years, Russia has become increasingly assertive on the international stage, frequently seeking to undermine Western policy. From North Korea's nuclear program to Kosovo's drive for independence from Serbia, Moscow has taken stances directly opposed to those of the US.

But the invasion of Georgia constitutes a serious escalation, as Russia is no longer confining its mischief to the realm of diplomacy.


THAT IS where Iran comes into play. The ayatollahs are glued to their television screens, waiting to see how the West responds. After all, in recent years Moscow has stood by Iran's side in the face of mounting Western pressure. Russia has been supplying Iran with materials for its nuclear program. And the Kremlin is planning to ship advanced anti-aircraft systems to the Iranians that are aimed at making it harder for Israel or the US to take out their nuclear installations.

While Moscow has thus far voted in favor of three UN Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on Teheran, it has only done so after it succeeded in watering them down and delaying their implementation.

But a newly emboldened Russia will prove to be even more troublesome when it comes time to confront Iran and stop its drive toward nuclear weapons.

If Putin sees that the West is a paper tiger and allows Georgia to be trampled, then he likely will not hesitate to block additional Western efforts to strip Iran of its nuclear ambitions. An atomic Iran, Putin realizes, would further expose the powerlessness of the West, as well as heighten its sense of vulnerability. Consequently, he may be tempted to defy the West yet again, on an issue even closer to its heart, in an effort to push the envelope.

The ayatollahs know this all too well, and will be encouraged to continue their mad drive for atomic power, confident in the knowledge that they have little to fear.
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The Russians are continuing to push the envelope. CNN is reporting that the Russians are not abiding by Tuesday's cease fire and are continuing to push into Georgia (Hat Tip: Hot Air).
A spokesman for the Russian government said the convoy was not bound for the Georgian capital but was demilitarizing the area near the South Ossetia border so that Georgia could not launch new attacks.

The troops, which had been on Georgia's main east-west highway between Gori and Tbilisi, "never had plans" to travel to the capital, the spokesman said.

The Russians' final destination and objective were unclear, CNN correspondent Matthew Chance reported.

Chance, who was riding in the convoy, said there was no resistance from Georgian soldiers, and it was possible that the Russians were on a scouting mission to choose a buffer zone between the breakaway region of South Ossetia and Georgian territory. Chance described the flag-waving Russians as relaxed.
The US has been silent on these latest developments. In fact, it was France and not the US that negotiated the cease fire on Tuesday.

So let's recap. Russia has invaded Georgia on pretext, but at least in part to see how the US will react to a military action against a small but staunch ally. Russia has been shielding Iran from sanctions and has been supplying it with key components for its nuclear program, which the US and its European allies have been totally inept at inhibiting. The US should be standing up much more strongly for Georgia, helping Israel to position itself to do something about Iran before it is too late - and preparing to deal with Iran itself. Instead, the US is allowing Russia to run roughshod over Georgia, preventing Israel from positioning itself to strike Iran and continuing the same weak policies on Iran that have put us where we are today. Something is really messed up in Washington.

Until now, it looked like Israel would be likely to strike Iran between the Presidential election and January if Obama won the election. While it looks like we'd be better off with a McCain presidency than with George Bush as lame duck President, if that other guy who's running against McCain wins - God forbid -Israel may really have to go it alone.

Cross-posted to Israel Matzav.
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