Saturday, November 30, 2002

What Do Arabs Want?
by Walter James O’Brien
26 November
It is time to cut through the media’s shimmering wall of soap and pantyhose advertisements to review the key issue surrounding the current troubles of the Middle East. Motivations, who claims what, which slights are to be avenged, whose property and lives are to be expropriated by which state, all seem secondary to the main issue: What do the Arabs want?

As plainly as I can discern, and by their own open admission in their mosques and in their press, the following non-negotiable items are on their agenda. All the items listed below I have read in so many words at one or another Arab website, so sue me; I am sick of working. And, please, correct me if I have missed any of their straightfaced demands:
* Kill all the male Jews on the planet, and enslave all their women;
* Destroy by whatever means available the evil and malevolent Western civilization and substitute for it something more progressive and appealing, such as the luxuriously limitless and cutthroat slums of Karachi, where the primary entertainment available to the public will be the stadium beheading of housewives for showing an ankle or using lipstick;
* Eliminate all figurative art, public performance of music, and any and all “Jewish” literature, which I take to mean any collection of words on the printed page using an alphabet other than Arabic;
* Exterminate any and all labor organizations and unions in manufacturing and production facilities, substituting the ultimate management-versus-labor mechanism of the “dhimmi” slave chained to the floor working for the “sheikh” master;
* Destroy the democratic governments of the world and substitute them with enlightened and joyous caliphates. You know, something similar to those existing Moslem regimes, praised by their citizens to such an extent that fully two million Muslims a year desperately pound on the doors of democratic governments’ embassies to escape from such corrupt and predatory regimes;
* Oh, I nearly forgot! Also, Christianity and all other infidel faiths must be annihilated, and their churches converted into mosques, as it is as likely Mohammed visited the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City as he is likely to have visited Jerusalem, by teleportation, pogo stick or garbage truck.

How impolite of me to repeat in open, unedited form what all of Islamic media is screaming daily. Are you not overwhelmed by a vision of beauty and peace as it unfolds before your mind's eye, as we contemplate the prospect of a universal Islamic social and economic reality? One can hardly remain coherent in anticipation of the benefits to the individual that will immediately accrue upon forcible conversion of all of civilization to Islam. Personally, I am ecstatic at the very prospect. Perhaps the West should emulate Islam’s past behavior toward Christian and Jewish minorities in their own countries - to show our true gratitude for all the kind words they have bestowed upon us.

Does the aforementioned mockery constitute a hate crime, please? Am I therefore a thought criminal?

I respectfully submit that the foregoing is not one-tenth as venomous or malicious as that which appears each and every day, by the thousands of column inches, directed at the West, without cause or reason by the august members of the Arab press. If one thinks otherwise, one need only consult their Internet websites. I am underwhelmed by the extent to which Islam reciprocates our tolerance of their intolerance.

So, what do Arabs truly want? Obviously, no friends, supreme command of the earth, all the money, the right to bully whom they choose, and the desire to die horrible deaths, in this life and the next. Alas, I fear the world will only oblige with the satisfaction of the first and last listed wants. However, starting around, oh, February 2003 or so, the decision will be made on the battlefield as to whose God is Lord.
Earth-shattering revelation of the week...

Anti-war activists 'don't understand', says professor

This, of course, is not to make fun of the professor in question. She, after all, is absolutely right!

OTTAWA - A political scientist in Ottawa says the growing anti-war movement in Canada is based on a lack of understanding about why the world is lining up against Iraq.

Elinor Sloan, a political science professor at Carleton University, says when people start paying more at the gas pump because instability in the Middle East has driven up oil prices, fewer will be heading out to protest a possible war.

Two weeks ago, thousands of protesters marched in communities across Canada to voice their opposition to war in Iraq.

Friday, November 29, 2002

For all you blog-junkies...Happy Chanukah!
Hopefully, between world-domination meetings, looking for the right type of blood to mix with your latkes, making sure that no article gets published in any newspaper until you have approved it and ensuring that every $ spent in the world is under your control, you will find time to light a Menorah and remember the miracles that the Jewish People have been enjoying for thousands of years! Hag Sameach.

Happy Chanukah to all!
May this festival of lights bring happiness, health, family and, of course, chocolat "gelt" into your homes.

And as you huddle around the menorah with your relatives and children, say a prayer for Israelis who have these people to deal with:

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of his die-hard guerrillas today, that armed struggle was the only way to liberate Palestine and Jerusalem.

As Nasrallah and his guests looked on, the guerrillas conducted combat exercises and used a building under construction to stage a mock raid operation. Others, wearing black, white, green and red outfits, paraded to form a huge Palestinian flag with their bodies.

Youngsters called Hezbollah cubs, aged between 7 and 10 and clad in military fatigues, took part in the parade, shouting for "martyrdom."

"What protects Jerusalem and Palestine is what the Palestinians have chosen. It's the martyr-bomber who is shaking the enemy's entity," he said. The Palestinians were "in a state of self-defense as they are not aggressing anyone," he added.

The Hezbollah leader defended the suicide bombings as being "legitimate and moral for they aim at removing (Israeli) oppression, occupation and evil." He also warned of "a dangerous and evil U.S.-Zionist plan to control the region and re-draw its political map" as well as to create a rift among its various religions and nationalities.
From Kesher Talk:
DeLay gathers support for Israel in church: Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he'll use "every tool" possible to ensure the House continues to strengthen the alliance between the U-S and Israel. The Texas Republican made the pledge yesterday at a joint religious service at a San Antonio church. He led the crowd of about five-thousand Christians and Jews in calling for the eternal preservation of Israel.
The Reverend John Hagee, who organized the service, also had a message for Saddam Hussein: "There's a Texan in the White House and he's gonna take you down."
Want to see optimism? Read this piece where an Israeli talks about all that's good about Israel, about the miracles, about hope for its children. It is a moving and powerful piece and it reinforces my belief that Israel's steady, calm and composed stand against Muslim terrorism and Arab Fascism will eventually prevail. It is a lesson in decency and democracy.
Dispatches from an Anxious State
By Daniel Gordis
In New York last week, I had occasion to be interviewed on NPR. It still amazes me how many people listen to talk radio, and of those, how many find the time to search the web in order to write email comments on what they've heard. I was pretty flooded with responses to the interview (, and rather struck by one particular theme that appeared in many of the letters. The following is typical -- I use it as the example because it was somewhat less inflammatory than many of the others:" Listening to you on the Leonard Lopate show, I couldn't but be amazed at your disregard for the lives of your children. When the neighborhood we were living in deteriorated to the point that it was no longer safe to walk the streets we moved. We could have stayed, worked with the neighborhood association, joined the block watchers, etc, but in the meanwhile we had images of our children coming home from school mugged, bloodied, or even killed. It wasn't worth it to be heroes. . . . How will you feel if one of those suicide bombers kills your child when you could have avoided it by moving back to the States? Israel does not need you, it has many, many people who will fight the good fight, and in any event the problems are caused by forces beyond your control. Doesn't your family come first? Richard
"Well, Richard, I didn't answer that e-mail until today, because I didn't really know where to begin. But today was the kind of day in Israel that clarifies everything -- why we're here, why this isn't anything like the neighborhood that you left, and why we're not killing our children, but giving them something to live for. We were at a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel (The Western Wall) this morning. After the service was over, I grabbed a cab to head back to the office for a meeting. The news was prattling about something that "even we were unprepared for. "Uh-oh. That was the first I'd heard about the attack in Mombassa.
Details were sketchy, and the only way the news could get any information was to speak on cell phones to Israelis who were actually at the site. One woman, just shy of hysterical, told the story of the explosion, and recounted how it took just under two hours for the first Kenyan ambulances to arrive. (Tonight, Israelis still can't believe that. We get to these disaster sites in two to three minutes, though admittedly, we have a lot more practice.) When asked what she expected would happen next, she said, "I assume Israel will send doctors, medicine and soldiers, and then they'll bring us home."
And she was right. The news immediately cut to an airfield, where five IAF planes were being loaded with the medical equipment and personnel that the Kenyans couldn't seem to amass, and shortly thereafter, the planes and their cargoes were on their way. You see, Richard, this isn't some dumpy neighborhood somewhere in the States that makes no difference to anyone but those who can't get out of it. This is what we call home. Muslim extremist evil knows no borders. We've known that for a long time. Remember Munich? Remember New York? Muslim terrorism isn't about the settlements, or the "occupation"(which may or may not be a bad idea, depending on who you ask, but certainly isn't the root cause of all this terrorism), but about Israel herself and about Israelis and Jews wherever they may be. (Truth fully, it's about Western Civilization, which the Jews for some reason are seen to represent.)
And when Jews end up butchered in Mombassa, they know one thing. Kenyan incompetence will not allow them to be stranded. We'll get there. And we'll bring whatever's left of them home.
And then we heard about the two shoulder-mounted missiles fired at the Arkia jet carrying 271 people, and how they missed. And on tonight's news, even CNN showed a home video one of the passengers had taken as the plane prepared to land. Outside the window, IAF F-16's were flanking the jet, making sure that it hadn't been damaged and was safe to land. They were so close that from the cabin window, the passenger was able to film the pilot and navigator relatively clearly. And as the plane landed, the video caught the clapping and spontaneous singing of "Heveinu Shalom Aleichem" -- a kitschy old Israeli homecoming song that no one on that plane had sung for decades. But no matter. There was no reason to be embarrassed by the kitsch.
Six decades ago, when people fired at Jews across the world, there was no one willing to do anything. The F-16's outside the window showed our children, Richard, that we're not disregarding them or their safety -- we've brought them to the only place on the planet where Jews can take care of themselves.
Of course, we're not always successful, Richard. You're right. Sometimes, they get us. In the past two years, there have been 14,500 terrorist attacks in Israel. No exaggeration. What's amazing is that relatively few have killed people. Still, when two terrorists shot up a Likud Party headquarters this afternoon killing six people (so far), it was the culmination (though the day's not over, so one hesitates to use that word definitively) of a rather horrible day. But no one's running away. The Likud party primary didn't get cancelled or delayed. The polls stayed open. The countries these terrorists "represent" don't have a single democracy to their credit (save Turkey, if you call that military-in-the-shadows-government-sham a democracy), but we do. They blowup a hotel, try to shoot down a jet, shoot up a bus station and we still vote. Quietly, peacefully, democratically. And in the midst of all the sadness and grief, many of us are proud of that. I think we have a right to be. You weren't proud of that neighborhood you left. Probably because it didn't stand for anything too important. Because it reeked hopelessness. So you left, and rightly so.
But this place does stand for something important. And even on dark days like today, in which everyone I know was sullen, recovering from one bit of news only to hear another, this place pulses with hope. Those doctors flying to Mombassa are what this place is all about. The F-16's shadowing the 757 making its way home are what this place is all about. And the quiet, orderly voting is what this place is all about. What kind of a person in their right mind would leave this, Richard? This isn't a neighborhood. It's home. And with all its faults, and there are many, it's a dream come true. Walk away from that? How would we get out of bed in the morning and look in the mirror?
The chit-chat over dinner tonight was fascinating. Micha, our youngest and nine years old, was trying to understand the difference between Sharon and Netanyahu. Apparently, today's Likud primary had been much discussed in his fourth grade class. His older siblings were trying to explain. When they told him that Sharon has said that he's willing, in principle, to see a Palestinian state, Micha asked incredulously, "given them LAND?" To which his brother and sister explained that "they" need someplace to live, too, which is why Sharon says that. But then, they continued, "the Arabs probably won't stop killing us for a long time, which is why maybe Netanyahu's right." Elisheva and I didn't say much, and just listened tothis rather lengthy discussion. They had most of it right, some of it wrong. But guess what, Richard? They were talking about the future, a future they believe in.
In just a couple of years, our daughter will get to vote, too. (That, of course, would not be the case if she lived in the Palestinian Authority. Or Lebanon. Or Syria. Or Jordan. Or Saudi Arabia. Or Egypt.) And she'll vote about stuff that really matters. The direction her country takes will be her choice, too. You're right that we can't completely stop the terrorism, and you're right that there's some danger here. But here's what our kids have learned: Life isn't about staying alive. It's about believing in something that matters while you're alive. And at the dinner table tonight, watching our kids think out loud about how much you should trust people who've been doing this to you for two years, but what you'll have if you're not willing to risk anything, I realized that it works. They actually still believe in the future. There wasn't a grain of hopelessness in their conversation. I bet that wasn't true when people talked about your old neighborhood, was it? And that's what makes all the difference.
Yes, Richard, our family does come first. And that's why we're here. To raise our kids in a place that's all about them, about their history, their future, their sense of being at home. To live in a place that unlike that old neighborhood, matters very much. Not because we're heroes, for we're not. But because we know just a bit about Jewish history; and because we have no right to expect other Israelis to "fight the good fight" if we're not willing to.
On the news this afternoon, they interviewed some alleged aviation expert about the attempted attack on the Arkia 757. He explained how these missiles work, and gave a whole dissertation on the ease of operation of heat-seeking shoulder-launched missiles. When he was done, the interviewer asked him, "Then how did they miss? After all, a lumbering 757, barely off the ground? How do you explain this?" His answer, I thought, was telling. He said, "I can't explain it. Either they fired without priming the heat-seeking element on the missiles, or they were faulty. But normally, there's no way to miss. It was a miracle.”
He didn't mean anything theological by the comment, of course, but today's the day before Hanukkah. In your old neighborhood, and in your new one, too, it's Thanksgiving. I remember it well. College football during the day. Beer and pretzels, and chatting with friends. Turkey and stuffing at night. Not bad at all. None of that here. Just a regular old dinner. But not so tomorrow night. Tomorrow night, when you look outside our living room window, in the windows of virtually every other apartment within sight, there are going to be Hanukkah candles flickering. Religious families, secular families. Left wing families, right wing families. Native families and immigrant families. American families and French families. Young families and old families. Sharon families and Netanyahu families. They'll all have candles in the window. Because Richard, somehow, in spite of everything, we still believe in miracles. Some of them happened a long time ago. But others are still happening. We understand them in different ways, and we disagree passionately about how to keep them going. But after a day like today, somehow we find ourselves still believing in them. It's a crazy, dangerous place, this neighborhood of ours, Richard. But it's home. And it's a miracle. It really is. And from that, you see, you just don't walk away. Now do you get it?
Happy Hanukkah.
(c) 2002 Daniel Gordis

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Who do these people think they are?
Oh no!...what horror! What ever will President Bush do? In a shocking development in the war on terror, the Student's Society of McGill University is considering passing one of their embarassingly impotent resolutions condemning any possible strike on Iraq. You hear that Bush? McGill says "no"! You better rethink your little plan. These freaks actually take themselves seriously! Look at this hilarious report that was just released....

After a long debate and numerous proposed amendments, SSMU Councillors could not agree on the wording of a resolution condemning potential US military action in Iraq. Instead, the resolution was sent back to the Community and Government committee to make the language less divisive.

The gallery in the back of the Lev Bukhman Council room, mostly members of McGill Students Against War and Racism and the Muslim Students' Association, sat through six hours of a marathon Council session before the resolution was discussed.

I cannot believe I pay for this crap.
A first-hand account of the bombing of the Paradise Resort (Mombassa, Kenya) by members of the Peace-Loving Religion
This has to be Palestinians' favorite part, as they seem to focus more and more on hurting children:
I saw people covered with blood, including children. Everyone seemed to be screaming.
Salman Rushdie joins the chorus: Where are the "moderate" Muslims? If they exist, why are they remaining silent?
In this brilliant piece, Salman Rushdie links several recent events which does not put Islam in the best of light. And in all cases, those who condemned Islam and had to flee as a result, were called "Rushdie's". I think someone is going to issue a fatwa against this guy. Oh but wait, they've already done that!
Here is the link to Rushdie's article. It is so good that I have included it here in its entirety.

No More Fanaticism as Usual

It's been quite a week in the wonderful world of Islam.
Nigerian Islam's encounter with that powerhouse of subversion, the Miss World contest, has been unedifying, to put it mildly. First some of the contestants had the nerve to object to a Shariah court's sentence that a Nigerian woman convicted of adultery be stoned to death and threatened to boycott the contest — which forced the Nigerian authorities to promise that the woman in question would not be subjected to the lethal hail of rocks. And then Isioma Daniel, a Christian Nigerian journalist, had the effrontery to suggest that if the prophet Muhammad were around today, he might have wanted to marry one of these swimsuit hussies himself.

Well, obviously, that was going too far. True-believing Nigerian Muslims then set about the holy task of killing, looting and burning while calling for Ms. Daniel to be beheaded, and who could blame them? Not the president of Nigeria, who put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the hapless journalist. (Germaine Greer and other British-based feminists, unhappy about Miss World's decision to move the event to London, preferred to grouse about the beauty contest. The notion that the killers, looters and burners should be held accountable seems to have escaped notice.)

Meanwhile, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hashem Aghajari, a person with impeccable Islamist credentials — a leg lost in battle and a résumé that includes being part of the occupying force that seized the Great Satan's Tehran embassy back in the revolution's salad days — languishes under a sentence of death imposed because he criticized the mullahs who run the country. In Iran, you don't even have to have cheeky thoughts about the prophet to be worthy of being killed. The hearts of true believers are maddened a lot more easily than that. Thousands of young people across the country were immature enough to protest against Mr. Aghajari's sentence, for which the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, duly rebuked them. (More than 10,000 true believers marched through Tehran in support of hard-line Islam.)

Meanwhile, in Egypt, a hit television series, "Horseman Without a Horse," has been offering up antiSemitic programming to a huge, eager audience. That old forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" — a document purporting to prove that there really is a secret Jewish plot to take over the world, and which was proved long ago to have been faked by Czar Nicholas II's secret police — is treated in this drama series as historical fact.

Yes, this is the same Egypt in which the media are rigorously censored to prevent anything that offends the authorities from seeing the light of day. But hold on just a moment. Here's the series' star and co-writer, Mohammed Sobhi, telling us that what is at stake is nothing less than free speech itself, and if his lying show "terrified Zionists," well, tough. He'll make more programs in the same vein. Now there's a gutsy guy.

Finally, let's not forget the horrifying story of the Dutch Muslim woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has had to flee the Netherlands because she said that Muslim men oppressed Muslim women, a vile idea that so outraged Muslim men that they issued death threats against her.

Is it unfair to bunch all these different uglinesses together? Perhaps. But they do have something in common. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was accused of being "the Dutch Salman Rushdie," Mr. Aghajari of being the Iranian version, Isioma Daniel of being the Nigerian incarnation of the same demon.

A couple of months ago I said that I detested the sloganization of my name by Islamists around the world. I'm beginning to rethink that position. Maybe it's not so bad to be a Rushdie among other "Rushdies." For the most part I'm comfortable with, and often even proud of, the company I'm in. Where, after all, is the Muslim outrage at these events? As their ancient, deeply civilized culture of love, art and philosophical reflection is hijacked by paranoiacs, racists, liars, male supremacists, tyrants, fanatics and violence junkies, why are they not screaming?

At least in Iran the students are demonstrating. But where else in the Muslim world can one hear the voices of the fair-minded, tolerant Muslim majority deploring what Nigerian, Egyptian, Arab and Dutch Muslims are doing? Muslims in the West, too, seem unnaturally silent on these topics. If you're yelling, we can't hear you.

If the moderate voices of Islam cannot or will not insist on the modernization of their culture — and of their faith as well — then it may be these so-called "Rushdies" who have to do it for them. For every such individual who is vilified and oppressed, two more, ten more, a thousand more will spring up. They will spring up because you can't keep people's minds, feelings and needs in jail forever, no matter how brutal your inquisitions. The Islamic world today is being held prisoner, not by Western but by Islamic captors, who are fighting to keep closed a world that a badly outnumbered few are trying to open. As long as the majority remains silent, this will be a tough war to win. But in the end, or so we must hope, someone will kick down that prison door.

Salman Rushdie is author, most recently, of "Step Across This Line."
Wondering if the attacks in Kenya today are what Debka Files has predicted for November 28th.
Today, in Mombasso (Kenya) an Israeli-owned hotel was bombed and a missile was fired at an Israeli Airliner (it missed). Between 11 and 13 people appear to have been killed in the hotel, including 2 children (Palestinians' favorite targets).
So here are Israelis who are not in Israel, not in the "occupied" territories, not settlers, not threatening Palestinians, and who are still "legitimate" targets. Makes you wonder how genuine the claim is that the Palestinians are anti-zionists rather than anti-semites. In fact, I think it does settle this charade. Palestinian terrorism and Al Qaida are one and the same. They have a common goal, which is the destruction of Western society and values anywhere in the world, starting with the Jews, which they believe control the financial markets and the media, and are therefore the "linchpin" of this civilization they have been brainwashed to abhor. And therefore, we must find them, fight them and destroy them, not because they are Muslim but because they will not stop until they have slaughtered all of those who refuse to comply with their twisted, cruel and savage beliefs.
Hezbollah escapes terror list...surely for all the good deeds they perform
Yes, in yet another example of this Canadian Government's infinite stupidity and complicity with terror, Hezbollah has not made it to the new and improved list of terrorist organizations from the Canadian Government. Hamas did (after over 600 terror attacks, even a Canadian bureaucrat is able to see the possibility that there may be the beginning of the appearance of a semblance of an indication of the possible existence of an alleged piece of evidence) but Hezbollah didn't make the list. Hezbollah is therefore still able (encouraged?) to continue its "humanitarian" work throughout the world and forcibly recruit new murderers through terror, intimidation and all other peaceful Canadian-sanctioned methods.
Other organizations which made the list are:
- Islamic Army of Aden, or IAA, a Yemen-based radical Islamic organization that advocates overthrow of the Yemeni government.
- Harakat ul-Mudjahidin, or HuM, a Pakistan-based radical Kashmiri Islamist group that calls for liberation of Kashmir from Indian control.
- Asbat Al-Ansar, known as the League of Partisans, a Lebanon-based Sunni extremist organization, composed primarily of Palestinians.
- Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or PIJ, which is committed to the destruction of Israel and advocates an Islamic state in Palestine.
- Jaish-e-Mohammed, or JeM, a Pakistan-based radical Islamist organization that advocates liberation of Jammu and Kashmir from Indian control.
I am sure that we are all sleeping better now that these groups can no longer raise funds in Canada. I have to say, even though I do read quite a bit, I had never heard of 4 out of these 5 organizations, but thank goodness for the swiftness of our eagle-eyed bureaucrats, we really showed them, didn't we?
Do you think the fact that Jean Cretin (the Canadian Prime Moron) actually shook the hand of the Hezbollah leader in Beirut 2 weeks ago has anything to do with the fact that Hezbollah didn't make it onto the list?

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Now there's one for the shredder

UNRWA Commissioner Peter Hansen takes the “Al Quds Sharif” award from decrepit old murderer Yasser Arafat, apparently proud to have UNRWA worker Iain Hook labeled a “martyr” by these thugs.

[via LGF]
Our friends, the Saudis. Guess what? Turns out that 12 businessmen with close ties to the Saudi Royals have and are still funding Al Qaida to the tune of tens of millions per year.
I smell a regime change there too! Colin, how are you going to spin this one?
Thanks to LGF for this one.
Dennis...where have you been all my life?

Today, while procrastinating from catching up on all the reading I have to do for school, I discovered a gem of a writer. His name is Dennis Prager and he is featured in the Jewish World Review. I am absolutely blown it. He's fantastic. I'm going to post the titles of his most recent columns, and you can mozy on down to JWR and read them for yourselves. You won't regret it. He's America's Mark Steyn.

(Note: To read any of these articles, simply click on the link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the respective articles in a list of Prager's most recent works)

Of course, the great majority of Muslims are peaceful -- so what?

Understand Nigeria and you understand the Islamic threat

Bigot laureate well represents New Jersey

LET THEM EAT PEANUTS! (Nothing to do with the MidEast, but it's a personal pet peeve of mine!)

Why does the Left support the "Palestinians"?

What Israelis are saying

"Pro-Israel lobby" is not why America supports Israel
Why is it so hard for the Canadian Government to admit that it actually supports terrorism?
It is the only western government which has not banned Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, it allows these organizations to raise money (through tax-deductible donations) in Canada, allows prominent members of these illustrious groups to come and go as they please in and out of Canada, and when Jean Cretin (the prime minister) was in Lebanon recently (for the Summit of Francophonie), he sat with and shook hand with the leader of Hezbollah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. Could we be more explicit? The next move by the government will be to allow these groups to setup training camps in Canada in some of our National Parks. Don't be so sure it is not already taking place. Can we beg the US for a regime change in Canada?
Here are some of the activities that this government endorses through its inaction:
Mr. Conrad also testified about chilling videotapes seized from the homes of the cell members, including one in which two boys, one of them three years old, are repeatedly slapped in the face and commanded: "Tell them who you are!" The hitting only stops when they reply: "Hezbollah."
In another seized video, Hezbollah recruits pledge to "detonate ourselves, to shake the grounds under our enemies, America and Israel." A third tape shows Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, leading a chant of "Death to America."

Welcome to Canada's multi-cultural paradise where beating a kitten can land you in jail but brainwashing a child to become an Islamo-fascist through torture is, well, a charitable act. How quaint!
I think we should adopt this whole wonderful concept of Fatwa
[Based on some comments we've had in the past, I must be careful here...this is a parody, a joke, OK...I know a few coneheads out there may get their pacifiers stuck in their eye, so relax, OK?]
You know, I am starting to think that Fatwa's (the edict which orders Muslims to kill someone who is deemed to have been blasphemous towards the Prophet Mohammed) are really a very handy little gimmick.
I think that we should institute Christian Fatwas or Jewish Fatwas which would basically give Christians and Jews the moral right, sorry obligation, to do away with whomever they feel has insulted their religion or whatever irritates them.
So here I go with my first set of Fatwi (plural for Fatwa, of course); all these people are on my list:
- all Muslim clerics who have ever called Jews "the descendants of pigs and monkeys"
- Arafat (self explanatory)
- all Palestinians who practice their dance skills in the street whenever westerners suffer a terrorist attack
- Francine Ducros (Chretien's press secretary) for calling George Bush "a moron"...surely that is blasphemy
- all the demonstrators at Concordia who prevented Netanyahu from speaking
- The entire UN for being so blatantly anti-Israel, anti-zionist and anti-semitic
- Chris Patten (EU director of something) for being a complete ass
I think this is enough for my first Fatwa. So according to the powers invested in me, by me, I can just say "off with their heads" and people will go and act on my wishes, right, right? Isn't it the way it works? You mean to say it is wrong for me to incite against these people but it is OK for a Muslim mullah to do the same only because he is a Muslim? And if the Pope or some Rabbi sent out people to do this dirty work, this would be wrong but when a mullah does it, it is OK? Am I missing something here?
Can you already hear the Chomsky's, Fisk's and Islamists of this world? How can Henry Kissinger (a Jew) investigate 9/11 properly?
Actually, they probably feel that there is nothing to investigate. They have their own conclusions which we summarize here for greater portability:
(1) US = bad
(2) Jews/Israel/Zionists = bad
(3) Freedom fighters/Palestinians/Al Qaida = persecuted, no hope, peace-loving
9/11 = conspiracy from (1) and (2) to discredit (3).
Islam at its best

Fatwa is issued on Nigerian journalist

An Islamist state government in northern Nigeria has issued a fatwa urging Muslims to kill the British-educated author of the newspaper article on the Miss World contest which triggered three days of religious rioting that left more than 220 people dead.

Isioma Daniel understood to have fled Nigeria for the US before the deputy governor of Zamfara state announced the death sentence on the local radio station on Monday evening.

"Like Salman Rushdie, the blood of Isioma Daniel can be shed," Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi declared after regional politicians and Islamic leaders met to decide the sentence. "It is binding on all Muslims, wherever they are, to consider the killing of the writer as a religious duty."

Yesterday, the information minister of Zamfara, Umar Dangaladima, confirmed this was the state's policy: "It's a fact that Islam prescribes the death penalty on anybody, no matter his faith, who insults the Prophet."

How lovely.

[via Damian Penny]

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

The plot thickens

Five days ago, UN worker Iain Hook was killed by Israeli soldiers who mistook the cell phone he carried in his hand for a weapon. The Palestinians, of course, expressed their deepest sympathies to the guy's family and began their usual rantings about how the IDF killed the guy on purpose and how the IDF just indescriminantly kills anyone they please. Today, however, some new information was leaked to the press and guess what?? The IDF wasn't lying afterall! Representatives of the IDF released a tape recording of Iain Hook from five minutes before he was killed. He had called the IDF for help when a bunch of Palestinian hooligans began breaking down the walls surrounding the building he was in. He informed the soldiers that Palestinian gumen had entered the compound. It seems that when the soldiers went over to rescue Mr. Hook, they mistook him for one of the Palestinian gunmen and shot him. When the soldiers told people that they truly believed he was armed, everyone called them liars. But now, with this new tape, it seems that no one can accuse them of making assumptions. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Mr. Hook was bound to die that day no matter how the events would have unfolded? I mean, if the Israelis hadn't accidentally shot him, don't you think the Palestinians would've done it eventually on purpose? I mean certainly no one believes they were breaking down the walls and carrying guns to invite the poor man over for tea!
Is something about to happen on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day in the US)? Debka thinks so.
In the last few hours DEBKAfile counter-terror sources report a heightened volume of traffic over the Arabic Internet forums frequented by al Qaeda and its partisans. Most of the last messages end: “The zero hour has come.”

One particular release was aired three times today, all posted by “ARAMCO boy”. The last one to reach our sources was issued at 12:28 EST, 19:28 IST.

”Today, at 6:20 hours, there will be a surprise program, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen over our Qatari channel. Anyone who knows what I mean must tell no one so as to keep the surprise whose content everyone will love. Only God knows what I mean. The program forced me to write these lines at great speed and I ask God to forgive me and reserve Paradise and not Hell for me. The zero hour has come.”

According to DEBKAfile’s sources, these messages may be red herrings designed to confuse and mislead outside monitors. However, the source who picked up the latest batch was the first to detect and correctly interpret at least two such enigmatic messages in recent months as presaging the re-appearance of Osama bin Laden and his lieutenant Ayman Zuwahri after many months out of sight. They were followed by pre-recorded statements over al Jazeera satellite TV. The timing too is suggestive: Thursday, November 28, is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

Also worth noting is that while messages over these forums usually draw responses, the one cited here went unanswered.

Monday, November 25, 2002

Sad but true

It was only a matter of time...
Yes folks, it's finally here ! Andrew Sullivan informs us about the blog you've all been waiting for.....

Biased BBC

All BBC Bias....all the time. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 24, 2002

A wonderful presentation on the history of Palestine (Judea when it all started).
It deals with a lot of the myths which have become accepted truth while they are actually entirely fabricated, historically wrong and profoundly unfair.
Please circulate as widely as possible.
Louis Rene Beres
Professor of International Law, Department of Political Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN 47907 USA

As of November 20, 2002, there had been a total of 15,298 Palestinian terror attacks against Israel since the start of the "intifada" in September 2000. The number increased by one a day later, on November 21, when a Palestinian bomber blew up a bus filled with elderly women and young children in Jerusalem. Not surprisingly, the world has likely taken more angry notice of Israel's defensive actions to prevent further terror than of the grotesque cowardice of Palestinian terrorism. Murdered Jews, after all, are an old story. Israelis have endured nearly one terror attack every hour of every day for twenty-five consecutive months. These attacks have had nothing to do with self-determination or freedom-fighting. Rather, they have targeted, almost exclusively, the most vulnerable and defenseless civilians. And while Palestinian propaganda, funded heavily from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, always seeks to suggest equivalence between Arab terror and Israeli counterterror, there is a longstanding and meaningful difference between premeditated murder and unintentional casualties of essential self-defense against murder.
Nonetheless, the world chooses not to notice. At best, public opinion refuses to blame the Palestinians or supporters of Arab/Islamic terror in other countries. At worst, public opinion openly supports such terror as "national liberation." Universities, at best, are unmindful. The scholars are busy with more weighty matters, especially those that do not pertain to real life in any way. In academe the truly fashionable concern is now for "diversity," "strategic planning" and "multiculturism." Understandably, there is no time for Jewish agony, anguish and suffering. Who is to blame for cowardly forms of terror? If the Palestinians are to be blamed at all, we hear from almost all educated quarters, responsibility belongs only to Hamas, or to Islamic Jihad, or perhaps to Nobel laureate Arafat's Fatah. But surely it does not belong to the broader Palestinian community. Surely only the Arab "extremists" are blameworthy. Yet, as we learn from all reliable survey research, an enormously disproportionate share of Palestinians fully supports the bus bombings, the burnings, the lynchings, and the shootings of Jewish noncombatants. Enjoying the now open support of Al Qaeda - support which is often accepted gratefully and without embarrassment - Palestinians in Israel as well as in Judea, Samaria and Gaza revel proudly in shedding the blood of Jewish children. And why not? Most of the "civilized world" argues that they may wage their particular armed struggle "by any means necessary." And the killing of Jews always buys them and their families a secure place in Paradise. What could be easier to understand? Of course they could earn such a piece of immortality just as confidently by targeting Israeli military personnel, but they avoid such an option wherever possible. That course, after all, would require courage.
The cowardice of the Palestinian terrorist is unparalleled in the history of insurgent warfare. Although there is no shortage of examples of revolutionary fighters who disregard humanitarian boundaries in battle, the record of fighters who purposely and consistently seek utterly innocent and defenseless targets is actually very small. Several weeks ago, when a Palestinian terrorist machine gunned two Jewish infants still sucking on pacifiers (after stabbing the mother), the image of the murdered children was a source of feverish exaltation throughout the Palestinian communities in Jenin, Ramallah and Gaza. When, a year earlier, a newborn Jewish child was shot deliberately by a sniper, Palestinian celebrants hailed the murder as "yet another military victory against the Zionist occupation." When, several years ago, two Russian-Jewish Israelis who had not yet learned to speak Hebrew took a wrong turn into Ramallah, they were torn apart - literally - by howling mobs of frenzied Palestinians. When, after blinding and disemboweling the two Israelis, several young men in a Palestinian "police station" held up the still-dripping eyes and internal organs for all to see, THOUSANDS of ordinary Palestinians began to dance and chant wildly. And when, so very recently, a terrorist from Bethlehem entered the Jerusalem bus on November 21, he waited, patiently, until it was fully loaded with schoolchildren. Only then, only then - did he turn his wretchedly defiled body into a bomb.
What kind of people are these? What boundless levels of cowardice are they willing to undertake and sustain? What manner of fear can occasion such an utter lack of human regard for life? What vision of "Jihad" can transform schools, nurseries and buses into exploding altars of human sacrifice? Are there no limits, no limits at all, to Palestinian terrorism?
I don't know the complete answers to these questions. I do know, however, that it is not despair. There are many, many other peoples on this planet whose conditions of daily life are much, much worse - indescribably worse - and these people never resort to pure barbarism. I know, also, that Palestinian schools and mosques systematically demonize "The Jew" and emphasize his or her alleged subhumanity. It is far easier to kill "the sons of pigs and monkeys" than it is to kill a fellow human being. But this still does not explain the incomparable cowardice of the Palestinian terrorist. I suspect the truest answer has something to do with this murderer's overwhelming fears of death. Let us not forget that the suicide/homicide bomber does not really feel he is giving up his own life in his terrible deed. Rather, he murders Jews to ensure his absolute freedom from death - and also, according to the latest authoritative rulings of Arab clerics, the immortality of his closest relatives - by "dying" for the sake of Allah. "Do not consider those who are slain in the cause of Allah as dead," says the Koran. "They are living by their Lord."
Well, at least they're not bias

A U.N. worker carries a wreath in Jenin on November 22, 2002, with a portrait of Iain John Hook, a British UNRWA official killed on Friday when Israeli troops mistook an object Hook was holding in his hand for a weapon and shot him. The United Nations voiced anger on Sunday over the accidental killing of the U.N. official by Israeli troops in the West Bank

It's funny how the UN didn't voice their anger over the premeditated murder of an Israeli mother and her two babies last week. But what truly pisses me off are the words on the sign that the UN worker is carrying. The sign says "The people of Jenin introduce warmest sympathies to the family of the myrterer (sic) of humanity Iain Hook who was murdered by the army of Israeli Occupation. there ANY room for interpretation here? Do you think the guy would've held up a wreath that said "The Israeli government sends condolences to the family of Iain Hook who was sent to the MidEast because Palestinians are so darn violent that there was incessant violence in our beautiful country"? If you answered "no", then you'd be correct. I tell ya, the UN grows increasingly irrelevant by the day and it's only because they don't even try to cover up their disdain for Israel anymore.