Friday, November 22, 2002

More trouble from the forever "peace-loving religion". Over 100 people killed in Nigeria (all Christians it would appear) by bands of Muslim youths over the Miss World Pageant.
Why? Because some guy wrote that not only would the Prophet Mohammed have approved of the pageant but he would probably have gotten himself another wife there. Although we (in the West) would consider this comment a little "risque", over there this is plenty of reason to loot, kill, burn alive and destroy.
And I kid you not (I am trying to find the source where I read this), the rioters do not want the pageant to take place because it is "demeaning to women". Yes, Islam is sensitive to such things, apparently. Now forcing women to cover from head to toe, stoning them to death for being raped, not allowing a woman to go out without either a father or a brother, none of that is demeaning. But a beauty pageant, now that is demeaning. And apparently, in these "youths" eyes, killing all these innocent people (well, they are infidels after all) is OK as long as we preserve the virtue of the women in the pageant. Love that logic!
The front-page article said: "What would (the prophet) Muhammad think? In all honesty, he would probably have chosen a wife from among them (the contestants)."
Shehu Sani of the Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress told The Associated Press he watched a crowd stab a young man, force a petrol-filled tyre around his neck and burn him alive. Sani said he saw three other bodies elsewhere in the city.

Why am I not surprised? The latest high-ranking Al Qaida terrorist captured by the US is originally from...Saudi Arabia, of course.
That is what "friends" are for isn't it. 15/19 terrorists on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden is from Saudi Arabia, now this guy?
I think the Saudis may want to take a close look at their education system. Sure churning out some really interesting types! Or maybe terrorism on an international scale IS part of the curriculum there, you never know.
More Peace-Loving actions: Muslim gunmen shoot a missionary nun (who was helping pregnant women) three times in the head.
The love is just oozing out.
Where does Arafat get the balls to come right out and say these things?

Arafat: IDF redeployment in territories destroying prospects of peace

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat accused Israel on Friday of destroying peace prospects, "not only with the Palestinian people, but with all countries in the Middle East and Arab nations," as IDF troops reoccupied Bethlehem, searching homes and deploying tanks outside the town's Church of the Nativity.

The redeployment Friday followed a Palestinian suicide attack on Thursday that killed 11 bus passengers, including four youngsters.

Why don't politicians call him on this one? Why doesn't anyone say "Excuse me, perhaps if your little thugs stopped going over and murdering children, then we could move a little quicker towards this peace you keep eluding to".
The fact that people just accept these statements from Arafat gives him the power to make them time and time again. And notice how no one condemns Arafat for the killings either. Why not?

Thursday, November 21, 2002

The Onion reports on some pretty scary stuff

FBI: 'Muslim groups may be developing nuclear families'
WASHINGTON, DC—According to an FBI report released Monday, "reliable and substantive evidence" exists indicating that Muslims residing in the U.S. are involved in a widespread plot to develop nuclear families.

"We possess what we believe to be credible proof that thousands of Islamic Americans, many of them Mideast-born, are attempting to acquire nuclear-family capability, often in full view of American law-enforcement authorities," said FBI director Robert Mueller, speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "These nuclear families, which consist of a husband-wife core and a varied number of surrounding offspring, could potentially come into contact with other such nuclear families, creating a terrifying chain reaction of Muslim familial perpetuation."
Why does it matter?

I'm the lunatic-left suggesting that the US shouldn't strike Iraq because American children aren't good at georgraphy? Talk about a non-sequitur!

[Via Damian Penny]

For those of you who, unlike Colin Powell, don't have the time to visit your local Mosque, here are some movie clips which show what goes on among peace-loving Muslims at the Finsbury Mosque in London (UK).
I think I am starting to figure out why it is difficult for the Canadian Government to classify Hamas, Hezbollah and other choice "humanitarian groups" as terrorist groups. Based on some of these clips, how exactly would you distinguish mainstream Muslims from Islamic extremists?
They are starting to all sound the same, don't they?
And while you watch these clips, feel the love, feel the peace which oozes from this peace-loving religion.
Here is a plan to deal with the Palestinians
This is a plan that Naomi Ragen sent out a couple of days ago and modified by yours truly.
First of all, let me start by stating that I do agree with the need to liberate the occupied territories. It is time all terrorists, bombers, immams, people who incite hate, school teachers who indoctrinate children, mothers who encourage their children to kill and bureaucrats who finance hatred be expelled from the territories so that Israelis can finally live in peace. Once these people have been expelled to where they truly belong, both Palestinian individuals who are left will be free of danger and can live peacefully alongside Israelis. That said, how do we get to this stage:
1) Collect all illegal weapons in the West Bank and Gaza, with mandatory jail for all those found in possession, and the destruction of their homes and exile of their families. A one-week deadline to turn in weapons before arrests and house to house searches begin. Anyone turning in a weapon will be given a permit to stay in the territories. Anyone caught with an illegal weapon will be deported immediately.
2)The shutting down of all terror-supportive Palestinian institutions: radio, tv, newspapers, mosques and schools. The jailing of all public figures who that incite to hatred and encourage terrorist acts. It is time Immams and "clerics" who are nothing more than vile murderers for their incitement to violence be jailed and silenced as the criminals they are. The first one would be Sheik Yassassin, Hamas' "spiritual leader".
3)The disbanding of the Palestinian Authority terror network. The deportation of all Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah,Izzedine al Quasam, and
Hezzbollah operatives and their families. The jailing of Arafat and all his "lieutenant" who have been doing his dirty work of organizing, funding and then denying involvement in terrorist acts.
4)A zero tolerance policy for those who plan, execute and incite to terror, including the death penalty.
5)A demand that Palestinians start policing themselves and turning in the violent elements in their society to the Israelis for prosecution. Failing to do that would be proof that Palestinians collectively support these criminals and therefore collectively should pay the price for it. The price would be the deportation of all Palestinians to Jordan (where 80% of the population is Palestinian already) and the liberation of the territories once and for all from the violence and crime that Arafat has elevated to the status of official government policy.
What are we to do?
I am ill. Absolutely horrified. I'm not sure why, but today's homocide attack has struck me more that others. It probably has to do with the fact that the bus targeted regularily carried children to and from their schools. I can't imagine any Israeli having the strength to keep saying "Let's be the bigger people. No tit-for-tat killing of Palestinians". If G-D forbid a child of mine, or sibling of mine were killed in an attack like this, not only would I crave the blood of the perpetrator or some relative of his, I'd want to go and get it myself.

Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert hit the nail right on the head when he said "Every time I come to such a site, I can't escape the thought that a living person entered the bus, and he saw the young kid of 6, 7 years old sitting, and he blows him apart,"

I have no idea what else to say. I'm at a loss.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Suicide Bombing


Enough already. Enough!
Israel has suffered over 15,000 terror acts in the last 25 months, the equivalent of 1 attack every hour of every day for 25 months.The Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2002
15,000 and counting
By Michael Freund (The writer served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office from 1996 to 1999).

Though hardly anyone seems to have noticed, Israel recently set a new world record.
It is unclear when precisely it occurred, or what the exact circumstances were. But at some point earlier this month, Israel became the first country to endure its 15,000th terrorist attack in just over a two-year period. That’s right, you read that correctly. According to statistics compiled by the IDF, as of November 17, 2002, there had been a total of 15,298 Palestinian terror attacks against Israel since the intifada began in September 2000.That works out, on average, to nearly 1 terror attack every hour of every day over 25 consecutive months.
But that is not what qualifies Israel for a place in the record books. After all, many countries have experienced periods of civil unrest, subversive violence and lethal terrorism, albeit not nearly as intense or as prolonged as that which Israel has known of late. What truly puts the Jewish state in a category all its own, however, is its willingness to tolerate this ongoing terror campaign, which should have been defeated long ago. Everyone, it seems, knows what the answer is to the current predicament. Everyone that is, except for the government, which has neither the courage nor the vision to move into Judea, Samaria and Gaza and topple the Palestinian Authority once and for all.
Instead, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon prefers to play ping-pong with the terrorists, sending in the army only to withdraw it a few days later, bouncing back and forth with no long-term plan and certainly no clear-cut strategy. Indeed, much of the military activity undertaken by the army seems purely reactive in nature, coming only after Jews have been killed, rather than before.
Take, for example, the recent IDF response to the terror attack on Kibbutz Metzer, in which a member of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah faction murdered five Israelis. Two hours later, Israeli helicopters fired four rockets into a car-repair shop in Gaza City that was being used as a clandestine weapons factory. Army spokesmen said that terrorists were using it to manufacture explosive devices and mortar shells. If Israel knew that the place was a death factory, one in which the terrorists were actively producing tools to murder the innocent, then why did we wait until after the Metzer attack to knock it out? The minute the intelligence information regarding the garage’s true nature was confirmed, why wasn’t it taken out of commission forth with?
Similarly, after last Friday’s massacre in Hebron, when terrorists killed 12 Israelis near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the IDF re-entered Palestinian-controlled portions of the city which it had evacuated just three weeks earlier, on October 25th. According to a statement issued by the IDF Spokesman’s Office, the purpose behind retaking the city was “to continue the determined action against the Palestinian terror infrastructure.” That sounds good, except for one nagging question: if Hebron’s terrorist infrastructure was still in place, then why did the army withdraw last month? Why did it leave the job only half-finished? Israel’s critics at home and abroad suggest that the government’s response to Palestinian terror is immoral because it results in the needless deaths of innocent Arabs. Frankly, I think they have it all wrong. If the government’s policy qualifies as immoral, it is because it results in the needless deaths of innocent Jews. For, by allowing the intifada to continue, and by refraining from taking the necessary steps to dismantle the PA and defeat the terror organizations, the government has undermined Israel’s security and that of its citizens, leaving the terrorist threat in place to regroup and fight another day.
But we, the public, must also acknowledge our share of the blame for the current situation. We have been too silent in expressing our outrage over Palestinian terror and the government’s feeble response. There have been no demonstrations in the streets, no hunger strikes, no prayer vigils, no mass awakening of indignation or fury. Histadrut workers went on strike recently over a 2.1% cost of living increase, which amounts to just 70 shekels per month, but many people are unwilling to protest when it comes to the 73 Israelis who have been killed by terrorists over the past three months.
It is incumbent upon us to wake up from this nightmare. With elections approaching, we have an opportunity to use all the democratic and legal tools at our disposal, and to send a clear signal to those running for office. We must let them know that the people of Israel have had enough, and that we will no longer tolerate a continuation of the current policy, which amounts to little more than a series of tired and half-hearted measures.
The time has come for Israel to sweep into the territories, reassert control, and eliminate the terrorist infrastructure and those who sponsor it. Yasser Arafat should be led away in handcuffs and put on trial, along with the rest of the Palestinian leadership. We must stop being afraid of what the world might say, and start being more concerned about what the terrorists are doing to us, day in and day out. Israel has already passed the 15,000 mark when it comes to Palestinian terror. If the current trend continues, we will hit the “milestone” of 20,000 some time early next summer. That is one record we can not afford to break.
The Jews took no one's land
By: Joseph Farrah
WorldNet Daily - November 19, 2002

As the most visible Arab-American critic of Yasser Arafat and the phony"Palestinian" agenda, I get a lot of hate mail.I've even received more than my share of death threats. Most of those who attack me – at least those who bother to get beyond the four-letter words and insults – say I just don't understand or have sympathy for these poor Arabs who were displaced, chased out of their homes and turned into refugees by the Israelis.

Let me state this plainly and clearly: The Jews in Israel took no one's land.

When Mark Twain visited the Holy Land in the 19th century, he was greatly disappointed. He didn't see any people. He referred to it as a vast wasteland. The land we now know as Israel was practically deserted. By the beginning of the 20th century, that began to change. Jews from all over the world began to return to their ancestral homeland – the Promised Land Moses and Joshua had conquered millennia earlier, Christians and Jews believe, on the direct orders of God. That's not to say there wasn't always a strong Jewish presence in the land – particularly in and around Jerusalem. In 1854, according to a report in the New York Tribune, Jews constituted two-thirds of the population of that holy city. The source for that statistic? A journalist on assignment in the Middle East that year for the Tribune. His name was Karl Marx. Yes, that Karl Marx.

A travel guide to Palestine and Syria, published in 1906 by Karl Baedeker, illustrates the fact that, even when the Islamic Ottoman Empire ruled the region, the Muslim population in Jerusalem was minimal. The book estimates the total population of the city at 60,000, of whom 7,000 were Muslims, 13,000 were Christians and 40,000 were Jews. "The number of Jews has greatly risen in the last few decades, in spite of the fact that they are forbidden to immigrate or to possess landed property," the book states. Even though the Jews were persecuted, still they came to Jerusalem and represented the overwhelming majority of the population as early as 1906. And even though Muslims today claim Jerusalem as the third holiest site in Islam, when the city was under Islamic rule, they had little interest in it. As the Jews came, drained the swamps and made the deserts bloom, something interesting began to happen. Arabs followed. I don't blame them. They had good reason to come. They came for jobs. They came for prosperity. They came for freedom. And they came in large numbers.

Winston Churchill observed in 1939: "So far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied till their population has increased more than even all world Jewry could lift up the Jewish population." Then came 1948 and the great partition. The United Nations proposed the creation of two states in the region – one Jewish, one Arab. The Jews accepted it gratefully. The Arabs rejected it with a vengeance and declared war.

Arab leaders urged Arabs to leave the area so they would not be caught in the crossfire. They could return to their homes, they were told, after Israel was crushed and the Jews destroyed. It didn't work out that way. By most counts, several hundred thousand Arabs were displaced by this war – not by Israeli aggression, not by some Jewish real-estate grab, not by Israeli expansionism. In fact, there are many historical records showing the Jews urged the Arabs to stay and live with them in peace. But, tragically, they chose to leave.

Fifty-four years later, the sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters of those refugees are all-too-often still living in refugee camps – not because of Israeli intransigence, but because they are misused as a political tool of the Arab powers. Those poor unfortunates could be settled in a week by the rich Arab oil states that control 99.9 percent of the Middle East landmass, but they are kept as virtual prisoners, filled with misplaced hatred for Jews and armed as suicide martyrs by the Arab power brokers.

This is the modern real history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. At no time did the Jews uproot Arab families from their homes. When there were title deeds to be purchased, they bought them at inflated prices. When there were not, they worked the land so they could have a place to live without the persecution they faced throughout the world.

It's a great big lie that the Israelis displaced anyone – one of a series of lies and myths that have the world on the verge of committing yet another great injustice to the Jews.
David Warren believes that the threats contained in Bin Laden's latest tape are real, are immediate and that major terrorist attacks in all the countries listed by Bin Laden in the tape are the actual targets.
Unfortunately for the appeasers and the Cretins in Ottawa, Warren is usually right. Added to this the fact that the intelligence community has noticed a definite increase in the "noise" on the internet which usually precedes large scale attacks and you get a pretty bleak picture:
The voice on the tape called that bluff last week. We are in the crosshairs, supposedly in return for that small, under-equipped, but brave and well-trained corps of Princess Pats we sent to help liberate Afghanistan (and who return to find the government is making cutbacks even to their kitchen supplies). But that is not the real reason.
Since the government is incapable of telling you the truth, let me tell you. In the moments leading to and from the release of that audiotape, the CIA was able to detect a large increase in traffic between Internet servers at suspicious locations. For the last two weeks, it has monitored the highest volume of likely Islamist traffic since it began to listen. Security services in Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Australia and the U.S. are on hyper-alert from fresh evidence in each country that large-scale attacks will be attempted in the near future. There are emergency preparations for civil defence and medical facilities.

[...]The threat to Canada is real, it is immediate, and it is the more substantial because, like Bali, we offer plentiful opportunities for the sucker punch.
Example: terrorists intent on truck-bombing any major federal building in Washington, DC must contend with concrete roadblocks, displaced main entrances, and substantial armed patrols on the approaching streets. Those wishing to take down the Peace Tower in Ottawa may, comparatively, drive right in.
Ditto for any major public edifice in Canada, any large place of public assembly. Years of budget cuts have left us without the means even to cobble together a serious domestic security response. In the political fallout after a major terror hit on Canada, we will be compelled to turn to the United States for emergency resources.

"From the mountains of Afghanistan to the valleys of Bosnia to the plains of Africa to the forests of Asia and around the world we are on the ground working with our Muslim partners to expand to the circle of peace, the circle of prosperity, the circle of freedom,"

Who said that? Maya Angelou? Oprah Winfrey? Nope...Colon Powell. And here's the rest of the post from Little Green Footballs.

Colin Powell wants more Muslims in the US.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday he is trying to expand programs to bring educators, journalists and political and religious leaders from Islamic countries to the United States.

"We are committed to ensuring that our programs reach out to Muslims in all walks of life," Powell told a gathering of Muslim-Americans at an Iftaar, the end-of-the-day meal that breaks daylong fasts during the holy month of Ramadan.

You know, it's not that I have this crazy desire to get rid of Muslims in North America....not at all! My problem is that I don't understand why Powell feels the need to follow every anti-terror move he makes with such copious amounts of hard-core ass-kissing. If he's so convinced that all the Muslims in the US are peace-loving, honest citizens (which I'm sure many are), then why not give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they too would like to see terrorism eradicated. No need to hold their hands through the entire ordeal....they're supposed to be our partners. Remember?
Well duh!

Young Americans may soon have to fight a war in Iraq, but most of them can't even find that country on a map, the National Geographic Society said Wednesday.

I was under the impression that that was the reason we fought wars - to help young North Americans learn geography. Notice how I'm including Canadian students in the lot...I'm afraid we wouldn't fare much better than our American counterparts.'
It's stories like this that make me wish we had a general blog.
Quote of the Week

"How pleasant is the smell of martyrs, how pleasant the smell of land, the land enriched by the blood, the blood pouring out of a fresh body."

-Official Palestinian Authority TV advertisement encouraging children to sacrifice themselves in battle.

This is SICK
True Dat...

In case you needed any more convincing to "fight the good fight", I'm linking to this wonderful article From NRO in which Max Singer explains what the US has to do and say in order to help bring peace to the Middle East. I, for one, don't believe that the solution is as simple as asking Bush to say things like "Jerusalem as a city is central to Israel and to Judaism", but I think the article is marvellous and worth reading anyway. Here are some great clips to lure you in...

The only hope for peace is to compel the Arab world to give up its illegitimate weapons: terrorism and the denial of resettlement to Palestinian refugees

[...]The truths that the U.S. have not been willing to say clearly to Arab governments include: Israel is a legitimate state based on law and justice.

The Jewish people have ancient roots in Palestine

The League of Nations established the international authority for a Jewish homeland in Palestine — and its decision was formally endorsed by the U.S. and never superseded by the U.N.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 does not require that Israel relinquish all territory acquired in 1967. Since 1967 Israel has stood ready to negotiate a division of the West Bank and Gaza as envisaged by Resolution 242.

Israel is not occupying Palestinian land. It is occupying disputed territory to which it has a substantial claim and which was never under Palestinian sovereignty, while trying in good faith to negotiate about the disposition of that land as required by Resolution 242.

Palestinian refugees do not have a "right of return." The Arab interpretation of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194, which is the supposed source of this "right," is incorrect. They must be resettled like all other refugees in the world. Most Palestinian refugees should be on their way to permanent resettlement in Arab countries as a prelude to realistic peace negotiations.

We're one step closer to putting Condi in office...yippee!

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Why I am ashamed to be a Canadian right now; "Canada: Base for Terrorists"
Documents recently released by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), Canada's CIA, have confirmed that, for more than a decade, Canada has served as a financial and logistical base for Hezbollah’s operations in the Middle East.
Believe it or not, Hezbollah is not even an illegal organization in America's northern neighbor. Not content with consistently showing a complete lack of commitment to the U.S.-led war on terrorism, the Liberal Chrétien government has refused to completely outlaw the radical Islamic group. Last December, the government composed a proscription list of terrorist organizations following 9/11, banning only Hezbollah’s armed wing, and leaving its social and political arms untouched.
Despite the recent revelations of Hezbollah exploiting Canada as a base for its terrorist operations in the Middle East, Bill Graham, the Liberal Minister of Foreign Affairs, still defends his government's decision not to banish the rest of Hezbollah from the country. He says its political wing is "legitimate" because it has 12 elected members in the Lebanese parliament, while the social wing helps poor people in Lebanon. Graham also said keeping these lines of communication open with the group may help achieve peace in the Middle East.

Is anyone surprised? This is a LIBERAL government, with a Prime Minister who has stated that the reason for 9/11 was the West's greed which made the terrorists, sorry militants, jealous and frustrated. This is the same Prime Minister who refused to go to King Hussein's funeral because he was skiing, and who didn't go to Ground Zero for almost a month and only after a major outcry from Canadians. This is the Prime Minister who is so corrupt that he had his own business dealings reviewed by an Ethics Counselor that he hires and fires! This is the same Prime Minister that Canadians have re-elected twice and would still re-elect if an election was held today. This is the Prime Minister that Canadians deserve.
PLC member urges Fatah to help Israeli Left by stopping attacks
Sounds like one more of these peace-loving Muslims, right? Nope. This idiot is not asking Fatah to stop attacking Israelis because that would be the right thing to do, no no no..only because attacks, mssacres and violence help Likud.
And this guy is actually a member of Arafat's personal petting zoo the Palestinian Legislative Council. He should be one of the enlightened ones, providing leadership, novel ideas, fresh approaches. Right. Hopeless murderous bunch, all of them.
Just read it!
In this phenomenal Asparagirl post (or rather "ass kicking"), she tears a strip off one of her critics who dared charge her with bias, unfair reporting, and other such ridiculous offenses. While we here at MidEast Realities aren't nearly influential enough to garner such wild criticism, I kinda hope (in some oddly masochistic way) that we too will one day drum up such fierce emotion and be able to refute it so eloquently. it!
Once again...
In case my last post about the UN was pushed far down on the page before you got a chance to read it, I'm posting a link to it right here. While I wouldn't usually repost something that I wrote like this, I would like everyone to get a second chance to view it, so as to help fulfill my duty of fostering more and more disdain for the UN. Enjoy.
Shame on anyone who said it coudn't be done

Andrew Sullivan reports on an article in the Guardian (no, it's not a mistake) that hails "American intervention in Afghanistan as a signal achievement against the forces of human darkness".

Here's one paragraph:

At the Woman to Woman centre, 20 women of all ages were sitting on the floor, all them with burkas left hanging on pegs by the door. Despite the absence of outward change, were things getting better for them now that the Taliban had gone? There was a spontanteous chorus of cries, hands raised in the air, laughter, sighing, exclamations - my translator could not keep up with their energetic assertions that life had changed beyond recognition. This relative liberation - freedom to walk outside for many who had never left their one room in years - was hard to imagine. "I never saw the light of day in five years!" one widow said.

Sullivan adds "We need to remember one important thing: much of the anti-war left wanted to do nothing in Afghanistan. They were rightly ignored then. The same people need to be treated with extreme skepticism now".

I couldn't have said it better myself, which is why I didn't try.

Of course, the great majority of Muslims are peaceful – so what?
By Dennis Prager
World Net Daily
Posted: November 5, 2002 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2002 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

Whenever the question of Islam and violence – specifically terror – is raised, we are repeatedly told that "the vast majority of Muslims in the world are peaceful people" who never engage in terror. This is entirely accurate.

And entirely irrelevant.

The vast majority of Germans living in the Nazi era were also peaceful – very few ever so much as laid a hand on a Jew. So, too, the vast majority of Russians never killed anyone while 20 to 40 million of their fellow citizens were murdered by the communist regime under Stalin.

The point here is that the threat to civilization emanating from within Islam is no more obviated by the fact that the great majority of Muslims are not violent than the threat that emanated from Nazism was obviated by the peaceful behavior of the great majority of Germans, or the threat from Soviet Communism was nullified by the nonviolence among the great majority of Russians.

Germany was a threat to civilization because Nazis and their ideology took over German society while the majority of Germans (the "good Germans") either supported Nazi ideals or did nothing. Russia was a threat to civilization because communists took over the country, and the great majority of Russians either supported Papa Stalin or did nothing.

Some Islamic societies are today becoming a threat to civilization because Islamic totalitarians and terrorists are taking over those societies while a majority of Muslims either support their ideals or do nothing.

That is why it is meaningless at best, and dishonest at worst, to deny the threat to civilization coming from various Muslim countries by noting that most Muslims are not violent. Only a handful of Saudis terrorized America on 9-11-01, but a large majority of Saudis support Osama bin Laden. Few Palestinians strap bombs onto their children's bodies, but the majority of them support such evil and none of the
others publicly morally condemn it.

At this moment, the dominant strain of Islamic thought is totalitarian, meaning that wherever possible, a government should be Islamic and govern according to a strict interpretation of the Sharia (Muslim religious law). Furthermore, when necessary and when possible, the Islamists believe these religious laws should be imposed violently – as in Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

In addition, the dominant ideological trend in much of Islamic society is hate-filled. What is said daily about Jews in Middle Eastern mosques rivals what the Nazis said about Jews. And not only in mosques. During Ramadan, Egyptian television is running a 41-part series based on the anti-Semitic forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

For all these reasons, one's moral assessment of what is taking place in the Muslim world must be made independent of the fact that the great majority of Muslims are peaceful people. Their peaceful lifestyle is not influencing the bellicose trends in their religion.

Thus, what is most frightening is not that there are Muslim terrorists, but by how little criticism of Islamic terror emanates from normative Islamic groups. While some Muslim groups have condemned individual acts of Islamic terror such as 9-11, not one significant Muslim group in the world, including here in free America, has condemned Islamic terror generally. And the leaders of Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious institution of Islamic learning, have actually morally and religiously come out in support of Islamic suicide terror against Israelis.

So the fact that the majority of those living in the Islamic countries are good people is of no consequence. Unless they do something to condemn and to isolate the Muslim totalitarians and terrorists in their midst, history will judge them as it has all the good Germans during the Holocaust.

Monday, November 18, 2002

Georges Jonas states again what more and more are saying: Muslims must disavow Osama's message.
The "moderate" Muslims that Bush is talking about all the time, the peace-loving Muslims that are constantly ramned down our throat, this "wonderfully rich" culture that we are brainwashed into equating to our own for some reason are deafening by their silence. Their silence in denouncing Bin Laden for threatening the West, deafening by their silence regarding the mass murder of non-Muslims by Muslims around the world, silent about the act that 28 out of 30 conflicts around the world today involve what is referred to as "Muslim militants" (a euphemism for murderers and terrorists), silent about the immams who repeatedly call for the extermination of Jews and Christians, silent about the way women are treated in every society dominated by a male Muslim thugocracy, silent about the abuse of non-Muslims in Muslim countries, and so on.
And until they openly repudiates Muslim extremism and Muslim violence, they must be considered the active accomplices of this global plague. Until they show that they are on the side of civilization against nihilism, they must be held responsible for providing the breading ground, the funding, the acceptance and the moral support for Islamo-fascists.
Of course, George is much more eloquent:
When the audio tape attributed to Osama bin Laden was released last week, the voice that threatened America's allies didn't issue its warning in the name of al-Qaeda. It didn't purport to speak for Iraq, Indonesia, Chechnya or the Palestinian territories. Though the voice listed them all, it spoke for what it called "the Muslim nation."
[...]"It is encouraging to hear President Bush address the issue of Islamophobic rhetoric in our society. We hope the President's rejection of anti-Muslim hate speech will be followed by similar statements from other elected officials and from mainstream religious leaders," commented Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) communications director Ibrahim Hooper.
No disagreement here. It's indeed encouraging for the general cause of peace and tolerance in the world that President Bush repudiates excessive or thoughtless statements and reaffirms fundamental Western values. But it would be equally reassuring for leaders of Islamic countries, from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, to have issued similar statements following the speech attributed to bin Laden.
It would have been reassuring to hear one or more major figures in the world of Islam say that "the vast majority of citizens of Muslim countries respect the American people and the Christian faith." Except this didn't happen. Nor did Mr. Hooper express the hope that it might happen. He didn't offer to repudiate what Osama bin Laden said while purporting to speak for the "Muslim nation." Mr. Hooper expected "other elected officials and mainstream religious leaders" to follow the President's example and declare that Pat Robertson and other televangelists don't speak for America, but he didn't offer to declare, or call on Muslim leaders to declare, that "bin Laden doesn't speak for Islam."

Until further proof, I am convinced that Bin Laden indeed speaks for Islam.
In the eyes of Palestinian terrorists (sorry, this seems more and more redundant doesn't it?), any Israeli is a worthwhile target. Including the mother of 7 children.
Etty Galiah, 48, a mother of seven from Kochav Hashahar, was killed when a terrorist shot at her car as she drove on the Alon Road near the Rimonim junction, east of Ramallah, on Monday afternoon.
Galiah, hit in the abdomen, lost consciousness and her car ran off the road. An intensive care ambulance team from Ofra resuscitated her and took her to Hadassah-University Hospital on Jerusalem's Mount Scopus, where she died shortly later.

This poor lady worked for the Bank of Israel, so clearly she deserved to die, right?
Savages, bloody savages and murderers.
Things like this make me lose hope....a lot

Before reading the article below, you should note that over and above the fact that the UN has three General Assembly (GA) resolutions dealing with children (one for Palestinian children only, another for girls only, and one more for all other children in the world), they also have a GA resolutions specific to the problem of Palestinian refugees (who are, of course, not lumped together with other refugees). For every refugee in the world, the UN's policy is to help them leave their camp as soon as humanly possible, for these camps often have sub-human living conditions. For Palestinian "refugees", however, the policy is entirely different. Palestinians, you see, have not been granted the same opportunities as other refugees because UN policy dictates that they must remain in the camps until some peace agreement (including agreements vis-a-vis the so-called "right of return") is made. So what we see is that Palestinians are systematically held in horrendous conditions, while other refugees are aided. To them, of course, the fault lies squarely with the Israelis (they have no idea about the UN policy...Arafat isn't keen on telling them about it either), thus perpetuating the build up of hatred towards Jews and Israelis alike. Given the UN's treatment of Israel and Israelis, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the UN has created these policies to maintain the MidEast crisis, thus providing themselves with a modicum of usefulness (or so they would have us believe).

With that, I hope you enjoy this article courtesy of my cousin Mike...

UN activities which aren't reported
Anne Bayefsky --

On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly Committee dealing with human rights adopted for the first time a resolution on Palestinian children. This brings the General Assembly resolutions dealing with children to a total of three, the other two dealing with all other children in every other place in the world (one on the "rights of the child" and a second on the "girl child").

With its automatic majority on the Palestinian side of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the UN General Assembly is able to generate large numbers of resolutions critical only of Israel. The resolution which focuses only on Palestinian children, however, was an historic first. It increased the number of resolutions directed annually at Israel to twenty. Human rights situations in the rest of the world are predicted to draw from this year's Assembly less than ten country-specific resolutions concerned with the other 190 UN members. There will be no resolutions on human rights in such countries as China or Syria.

The resolution on Palestinian children was adopted in the same week that a Palestinian gunman broke into a home on a kibbutz in Israel and shot to death four and five year old Noam and Matan Ohayon at close range while their mother, Revital, tried to hide them beneath her body. The children, their mother and two other Kibbutz Metzer residents died. Members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the military wing of Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization, claimed responsibility.

Over the past two years Palestinian terrorists have repeatedly and deliberately targeted Israeli children. On April 27, 2002 after breaking into a home west of Hebron, armed men found Danielle, age five, hiding under her parents' bed and killed her with a shot to the head. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility. On May 9, 2001 Israeli students Kobi Mandell and Yossi Ish-Ran, ages 13 and 14, were stoned to death and their bodies severely mutilated in a cave south of Jerusalem. Palestinian suicide-bombers and terrorists have specifically directed attacks at places where children gather, such as school buses, discotheques, and pizza parlours.

Over one-hundred Israeli children have been murdered, while 900 Israeli children have been wounded or maimed, in the past two years alone. The UN body's resolution, however, neither expressed concern nor made any mention of Israeli children.

In explaining their abstention, European Union spokesperson Danish Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Lrj began by apologizing to the assembly for merely abstaining instead of voting in favour, saying that they preferred resolutions on country-specific situations to be dealt with under a different agenda item. Only three states voted against the resolution: Israel, the United States and the Marshall Islands.

Also missing from the resolution billed by the UN body as directed at the welfare of Palestinian children: any reference to the practice of the Palestinian Authority of encouraging Palestinian children to participate in the armed conflict, contrary to international law. The phenomenon of official Palestinian media encouraging children to glorify and emulate suicide-bombers has been widely recorded by such organizations as Palestinian Media Watch the fundamentals of the role of education and the endemic antisemitism in Palestinian children's textbooks, the subject of repeated objection by Israel to the UN agency UNWRA, which supports the Palestinian school system the use of Palestinian children as human shields by Palestinian terrorists, operating from densely populated civilian areas, where the likelihood of civilian casualties is magnified by any attempt of Israeli Defense Forces to act in response to terrorist activities.

The announcement of Friday afternoon's vote on the resolution on Palestinian children was made Thursday, November 14. Friday morning the New York Times chose to publish an article "A Palestinian Camp Mourns Its Slain Children" by Joel Greenberg, leading many delegates and observers in the General Assembly Committee to speculate that the article had been carefully timed to influence the outcome of the vote.
Why the UN inspections are already laughable

David Kay, the chief nuclear weapons inspector in the last round of Iraqi inspections writes that as he looks back at that frustrating experience, he is reminded of "...a history of Iraqi evasion, bullying, and outright lying that the United Nations (and the “anti-war” crew) seems to have completely forgotten". He reminds us that the last round of inspections lasted 7 years; this one is supposed to be wrapped up in 60 days with half as many inspectors and a leader with a noticeable deficit in the cojone department.

(via LGF)

Sunday, November 17, 2002

How on earth did I miss this??

I was just about to leave the library today when I spotted a poster anouncing "Robert Fisk Speaks at McGill Univerisity on November 17!". It proceeded to sing his praise and explain how he is "one of the only journalists today who reports on the Middle East and provides a much needed contrast to official doctrine". He also writes for ZNet . What a joke. I almost wish I could've attended.
Why isn't this bigger news?

Guards foil hijack on Israeli El Al flight

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Reuters) -- Israeli security guards on Sunday foiled a suspected hijacking attempt on an El Al Airlines flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, a Turkish airport official and Israel Radio said.

[...]"We heard people saying there was fighting and half a minute later it became clear that from row five or six a man ran amok towards the pilot's cabin, attacked a stewardess and tried to enter the cockpit," an Israeli passenger on the plane told Israel army radio.

"We saw a stewardess running like crazy from the front of the place to the business section...she was terrified," said the passenger, identified as Menachem.

Take a moment and imagine how huge this story would have been if some guy named David Levy had borded some Air Arabia flight and tried to take it down. I'm not the only one suspicious of a double standard here am I?