Saturday, July 06, 2002

Can you spell back-pedaling?

Cherie Blair, Tony Blair's wife, is now organizing a fund-raising event for the victims of terrorists in Israel. Remember that this is the same Cherie Blair who, just about 10 days ago, shocked anyone with half a brain when she declared that she understood the homicide bombers as they had no other option but to blow themselves up. You have to admire this lady's terrific clarity of thought! I think that she felt she had to redeem herself before she became a liability for her husband. Oh well, better late than never!
Update on the identity of one of the victims of Thursday's LAX shooting

JPost: LOS ANGELES Friday was to have been one of Victoria Hen's happiest days. Her family had planned a surprise party at which Victoria's fiance would formally propose marriage to the 25-year-old Israeli-American woman.

Instead, her parents, Avinoam and Rachel Hen, and her brothers Nimrod and Udi, spent the day planning her funeral service, set for 2 p.m. today at Eden Memorial Park in suburban Mission Hills.

Hen, who had worked as an El Al ticket agent for only six weeks, was one of the victims slain when an Egyptian-born gunman opened fire Thursday noon in a line of passengers waiting to board Flight #106 from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv.

A beautiful young woman with her entire life ahead of her and a father of eight....yes eight. These are the latest victims of Islamic fundamentalism....or terrorism; which ever you'd prefer.

But try to keep in mind that this was not a terrorist attack......they're still investigating that one. They say it might take a few days to figure out whether Muhamed's actions can be considered terrorism or simply a random act of violence at LAX airport. HA freaking HA! What a joke.
So they taught the Afghanis how to elect a government democratically.....but they forgot to tell them that the democratic way to oust unpopular vice-presidents doesn't involve assassinations.....oops!

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen have shot dead one of Afghanistan's deputy presidents outside the gates of a government ministry in Kabul.

Haji Abdul Qadir who shot dead in a hail of bullets in his car as he arrived at his office on Saturday. His driver also died.

Afghan officials later arrested several members of Qadir's security personnel for negligence, an interior ministry official told CNN.

Qadir, a Pashtun, also served as the minister of public works in Afghanistan's transitional government, and helped fight the Taliban as a former Northern Alliance commander in eastern Afghanistan.

Friday, July 05, 2002

Report: U.S. plan calls for attack on Iraq --- Can someone explain to me how people make the distinction between conflicts which have a military solution (i.e. kicking Saddam's rear end into oblivion) and those which don't (i.e. kicking the homicide bombers, Arafat, Hamas and the PA into oblivion)?

Looks like the US is actively planning a potential massive attack on Iraq with the goal of getting rid of Saddam (I guess) which is good, but if Israel were to attack the West Bank (yet again) to get rid of Arafat, this would be...bad? Boy this geo-political crap is confusing! Does this mean that Saddam = Bad, Arafat = Bad, but not quite bad enough? Maybe, according to Bush/Powell and paraphrasing Austin Power, "Arafat is the Diet Coke of evil, not quite evil enough"!
The calm before the storm?

Things are awfully quiet in the Middle East right now. Why and how long can it last? This is like waiting for the second shoe to drop. Why is that though? Several possible explanations. The first one is that Bush's speech was very clear in the fact that it set out conditions for the creation of a Palestinian state which are so foreign to the Arab psyche that Palestinians suddenly realize that there are going nowhere fast while Bush is in the White House. Not a likely explanation. Draft always starts violence as a way to deflect the focus away from him whenever necessary. I would expect that this is what he is working on right now. Second explanation is that the Palestinians are running out of terrorists who are willing to take the risk of ending up in jail for the rest of their life if they fail as a suicide bomber. Possibly, especially given the fact that Haas has been recruiting people with terminal illness or mental problems as potential bombers. But then again, Arafat and Hamas have been teaching hatred for so long that there are bound to be lots more brainwashed idiots willing to blow themselves up. The third potential explanation, and the one I think is the most plausible, is the quiet cleanup operation that Israel has been conducting in the West Bank over the last 2 weeks. According to many reports (I will provide a link when I can find it!), Israel has captured almost all of the men on its most wanted list and is now starting to go after lower operatives to prevent the cells from reorganizing. What this means is that contrary to all the politically correct declarations that "there is no military solution to the conflict", there actually appears to be one. To stop the suicide bombers, you have to either capture them or send them for a permanent stay with 72 virgins. The fact that the Israeli government has widely publicized that it intends to change the law to allow for the deportation of the families of homicide bombers doesn't hurt either.

Is this the end of homicide bombing and mass murdering of Israelis? That is doubtful. But at least, it would appear that a threshold has been reached: the world has finally realized that homicide bombers make the situation virtually impossible to solve and that it is better to let Israel quietly finish the massive cleanup job it has undertaken.

Thursday, July 04, 2002

Right on target....

Our fears have come true. There's been a fatal shooting near the El Al counter at LAX within the last 90 minutes, and CNN is now reporting that a small plane crashed into a crowded water park in a Los Angeles suburb. So far, at least six people were hurt at the water park, but there are no reports of fatalities at this time. At the airport, however, the gunman killed one person before he was shot dead by El Al security personnel.

(via Damian Penny)
Because he did such a great job in his last posting.....

Arafat names former Jenin governor as new security chief
These are the animals who criticize the US for not joining an international court of justice...

Pakistan tribal court sentences girl to gang-rape

Pakistan's chief justice launched an investigation yesterday into the case of a teenage girl sentenced by a village tribal court to be gang-raped as punishment for the alleged misdeeds of her brother.

The girl was raped by four men as hundreds of villagers stood outside laughing and cheering, and was then forced to return home naked while dozens of villagers watched.

The sentence was ordered to shame the family after the girl's younger brother was seen walking unchaperoned with a girl from a higher-class tribe

I think I speak for all human beings when I say that we cannot deal/bargain/reason with monsters like this.

Wednesday, July 03, 2002

The sickest thing I've seen all week....
Little Green Footballs has posted an article by Daniel Pipes about the lenghts to which the American education system has agreed to go in an attempt to maintain political correctness. It you have a barf bag ready, then please read on...

As our courts continue to do their best to eradicate all Judeo-Christian references from public schools, radical Muslim groups are sneakily introducing Islam to US children under the umbrella of political correctness. In classrooms across the United States, 7th grade students are following a three week course of indoctrination into Islam, even play-acting at jihad, in a simulation designed with input from several militant Islamic organizations. Daniel Pipes writes about this outrageous violation of church-state separation:

Here are some clips:

"Become a Muslim warrior during the crusades or during an ancient jihad." Thus read the instructions for seventh graders in Islam: A Simulation of Islamic History and Culture, 610-1100, a three-week curriculum produced by Interaction Publishers, Inc. In classrooms across the United States, students who follow its directions find themselves fighting mock battles of jihad against "Christian crusaders" and other assorted "infidels." Upon gaining victory, our mock-Muslim warriors "Praise Allah." ...

The Interaction unit contains many other controversial elements. It has students adopt a Muslim name ("Abdallah," "Karima," etc.). It has them wear Islamic clothing: For girls this means a long-sleeved dress and the head covered by a scarf. Students unwilling to wear Islamic clothes must sit mutely in the back of the class, seemingly punished for remaining Westerners.

Interaction calls for many Islamic activities: taking off shoes, washing hands, sitting on prayer rugs, and practicing Arabic calligraphy.

...It goes on. Seventh graders adopt the speech of pious believers, greeting each other with "assalam aleikoom, fellow Muslims" and using phrases such as "God willing" and "Allah has power over all things."

They pronounce the militant Islamic war-cry, Allahu akbar ("God is great.") They must even adopt Muslim mannerisms: "Try a typical Muslim gesture where the right hand moves solemnly... across the heart to express sincerity."

...The curriculum sometimes lapses into referring to "we" Muslims and even prompts students to ask if they should "worship Prophet Muhammad, God, or both."

Contrary to popular belief, there are signs of intelligent life at the UN. UN study faults Arabs for Arab woes:
Illiteracy, lack of freedom and obsession with Israel must stop, intellectuals say: Region 'lagging behind'. Duh!!

And the best part of it all? It was written but Arab diplomats at the UN!! Somebody wake me up. According to this National Post article, some Arabs are starting to think that maybe, having squandered hundreds of billions of dollars of oil revenue over the last few decades instead of building vibrant economies may not have been such a good idea. Well, unless you are a tyrant or a fundamentalist who believe that women, especially, are subhumans of course. A very enlightening article. Unfortunately, it will take a lot more of these reports to get even a slight movement on the part of Arab and Muslim leaders who have exactly zero incentive to change the status quo. But we can always hope.

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Ari Shavitz (Ha'Aretz) argues that the vision Bush described in his speech is actually Condoleezza Rice's creation, developed from one of candidate Bush's themes. This theme is that Liberals always use the principle of "soft bigotry of low expectations" when morally justifying the actions of tyrants and terrorists. Interesting.

This piece focuses on the fundamental gap between the moral clarity of demanding that Palestinians adopt Western values such as freedom, democracy and respect for life, and what the current Palestinian and Arab leadership offers, that is tyranny, corruption, mass indoctrination, murder and secrecy. Let's hope that this speech can start bridging this enormous chasm. I think there will be a lot of blood spilled before things start improving unfortunately.
Is it just me....
Is it just me or have the past few days seemed like the calm before the storm.....the MidEast is peculiarly quiet right now......eerie.
"These killers are neither hopeless nor victims". Bucking the trend of the European love affair with Arafat and with anti-semitism, Michael Gove (Times) provides proof that the West's policies is what fueled homicide bombers, not poverty.

Michael Gove argues that it is the fact that Palestinians have achieved much through these atrocities which will encourage them to perpetrate more and more crimes. Read this Op-Ed. It is compelling.

My favorite excerpt: Their acts are not expressions of despair or hopelessness, “cries for help” as the West has come to understand suicide. Nor are they the noble stands of outnumbered warriors, like the Spartans at Thermopylae, or Samson in the Temple. They are the calculated acts of men and women whose ideology celebrates death in a fashion which almost defies Western comprehension. Indeed, these acts are designed to elicit compassion in the West for the killers, a sentiment which the bombers know undermines the West’s capacity to resist barbarism.

Myth and Fact Feature
*Notice how I no longer refer to it as the "daily" feature....

“Israel illegally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, contravening international law and UN Resolution 242.”


On December 14, 1981, the Knesset voted to annex the Golan Heights. The statute extended Israeli civilian law and administration to the residents of the Golan, replacing the military authority that had ruled the area since 1967. The law does not foreclose the option of negotiations on a final settlement of the status of the territory.

Following the Knesset's approval of the law, Professor Julius Stone of Hastings College of the Law wrote: "There is no rule of international law which requires a lawful military occupant, in this situation, to wait forever before [making] control and government of the territory permanent....Many international lawyers have wondered, indeed, at the patience which led Israel to wait as long as she did."
The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Fatah calls for attacks on US, Zionist targets

Groups affiliated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement yesterday called upon all Palestinian organizations, including the Islamic movements, to attack Zionist and American targets everywhere in response to US efforts "to remove the legitimate leadership of the Palestinian people."

Sunday, June 30, 2002

Gag me with a spoon!
Look at the crap the lefty's are spewing now!

These people act as if the Americans just arbitrarily bombed the Afghanis. Like....HELLO....wake up! Someone could do to us what we did to Afghanistan! Ummmm.....they already did....which is why we are doing Afghanistan right now!

(ridiculous poster compliments of WarBlogger go make fun of them!)