Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Russian Jihad

Eight were killed in a bus explosion in Russia. Although the article does not mention the perpetrators, its not a stretch to guess they were from the religion of peace. More proof that siding with the muslim world against Israel will not make you excempt from the global jihad. ALL muslim terror movements around the world are working in conjunction.

A powerful bomb ripped through a passenger bus Wednesday morning in a central Russian city, killing eight people and injuring more than 50, officials said.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the explosive device had been carried by a passenger or planted somewhere inside or beneath the bus in the Volga River city of Togliatti. Yuri Rozhin, the head of a local branch of Russia's Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency, said in a televised statement that the bomb could have been detonated by a suicide attacker. (AP)

Fatah and hamas, One and the Same

A music video appearing on tv controlled by Israel's moderate fatah peace partners, promises the elimination of Israel. Someone please show this video to president Bush, Secretary Rice and the State Department. These genocidal monsters are no partners for peace and should not be rewarded with statehood. I'm tired of hearing that if we don't strengthen fatah and abbas, hamas will take the reigns of power in Judea and Samaria as well, as though there is any damn difference whatsoever. Fatah, just as much as hamas and the other terror groups, are bent on destroying Israel. Yet, Olmert will travel to Annapolis and negotiate the terms of surrendering Israeli territory to these genocidal terrorists while the U.S. and Europe provide them with aid, weapons and military training. Forcing Israel to surrender vital territory and creating a terror state of "Palestine" will not lead to peace and stability in the Middle East, it will lead to catastrophic consequences, such as WW3, possibly a nuclear war. The west, in its determination to sacrifice Israel in the belief that will quell the worldwide jihad and make them safer, are in for a very rude awakening.

"We will liberate the Land..." the PA singer chants, "[which] is Arab in history and identity, Palestine is Arab in history and identity." The "Palestine" that is to be "liberated," according to the song, includes cities such as Jerusalem, Acre, Haifa, Bethlehem, Jaffa, Be'er Sheva, Tiberias, Hevron and Ramle, as well as the Galilee. Most of those cities listed are located within pre-1967 Israel.

"This is significant not only because it was broadcast on Fatah TV," note Marcus and Crook, "but because the constant repetition of this clip promising Israel's destruction comes at the very time that the world is preparing for a peace conference."

The lyrics of the latest PA video calling for Israel's elimination, as recorded from PA TV on October 23, 2007 and translated by PMW, are as follows:

"Oh mother, they destroyed our house
The house of my brother and my neighbor [2X]
Do not be angry, oh mother, we got more stones [2X]
We are Palestinians, we are not terrorists [2X]

"We have the right, oh mother, we want to bring our home back
Hand in hand, and arm in arm, we will protect your land, Palestine
We will pray in Al-Aqsa and the [Church] of the Nativity, Islam and Christians

"We will liberate [Palestine] the Land of Religions.
And we will build Jerusalem of the homelands.
We are the sons of glory, oh mother....

"We are Palestinians we are not terrorists
We are the students of freedom we are not terrorists

"Oh Arab, oh noble son, your blood is in my blood and your business is my business
Peace will be achieved through unity, oh my brother and cousin
The land is Arab in history and identity
Palestine is Arab in history and identity
We will live in peace, oh mother, and our lives will not be wasted

"Oh mother, they destroyed our house
The house of my brother and my neighbor [2X]
Do not be angry, oh mother, our rocks increased [in number]

"From Jerusalem and Acre, from Haifa and Jericho and Gaza and Ramallah [2X]
From Bethlehem and Jaffa, from Be’er Sheva and Ramla, [2X]
from Nablus to the Galilee, from Tiberias to Hebron." [2x]

The Case for Rudy

A columnist makes a strong case for supporting Guiliani for president. Among the points made are that Rudy is a hawkish, pro-Israel neocon. During the visit of Prince Al Walid Bin Talal to Ground Zero in October 2001, Rudy tore up the $10 million check he was ready to donate because he made remarks lecturing the U.S. that we should stop supporting Israel and side with the Palestians, basically he was blaming the U.S. for the attacks perpetrated against us. Rudy has also stated he would use military force to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He supports us remaining in Iraq for the forseeable future and opposes a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Back in '95 as mayor of NY, Guiliani banned arafat from attending events celebrating the UN's 50th anniversery and threw him out of a concert at Lincoln Center. He also supports the profiling of muslims, revoking the U.S. ban on assassinations and favors torturing terrorists in order to force them to give information. The thing is however, the writer of this article, Linda S. Heard, did not intend this column to be an endorsement of Guiliani, in fact she intended it to be a strong denunciation of him. But what she has actually done is highlight his attributes and realistic approach to fighting islamic terrorism. But in her morally bankrupt way of thinking, as is typical with leftists, she sees these ideas, including, horror of horrors, being pro-Israel, as a nightmare. I suppose she would prefer we sit down and have tea with the mullahs.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Rights" Groups Whine Over Gaza Energy Cuts

Meddling, fraudulent and hypocritical "human rights" groups berate Israel for reducing fuel supplies and cutting electricity to the Gaza strip in response to unrelenting barrages of qassam rockets being fired at its civilian population.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Human rights groups challenged Israel's reduction of fuel supplies to Gaza and its intention to cut back on electricity, and Palestinians warned the measures could lead to a humanitarian crisis.

The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday gave the state five days to respond to the appeal from human rights groups for an injunction to halt the energy cutbacks, said Sari Bashi of Gisha, one of the 10 groups that filed the petition.

Palestinians said Israel cut fuel supplies by 30 percent on Sunday, though defense officials said the cut was only about 11 percent. Israel hopes the move will pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers to halt near-daily rocket attacks by militants against Israeli towns.

It won't have the desired effect so long as the international community continues to run interference for hamas, refuses to hold them responsible, never makes them pay the price for their terrorism, and instead Israel is condemned when acting in self-defense.

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Israel's infrastructure minister, said Monday that the cutbacks were a final attempt to avoid a military operation that would cause scores of civilian casualties.

"What's the alternative? The alternative is that tomorrow or the next day we'll be forced to bring three or four divisions and go into Gaza," Ben-Eliezer said in an interview on Israel Radio. "What will the results be then?"

"There's nothing we haven't tried," he said.

Where are the human rights groups when it comes to the plight of Christians in Gaza?
Military action is unacceptable, cutting off electricity is unacceptable. The international community just expects Israel to remain passive and simply accept, and live with qassams being fired at its citizens, including the deliberate targeting of schools. Would Europe stand for rocket attacks across its borders? Would any country? As far as the international community and human rights groups are concerned, Israeli citizens don't even have the basic right to life, yet every minor inconvience effecting the Palestinians, which they bring upon themselves, the international community jumps to their aid. I'm tired of the world coddling the Palestinians who are never made to pay the price for waging war against Israel. Hat tip Soccerdad

Fraudulent Christians With an Anti-Israel Agenda

Joel Pollack of the blog, Guide to the perplexed, tells of his experience attending the vile, antisemitic Sebeel conference “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel”, which was held in the Old South Church. I don't know how he was able to stomach this abomination in person. These people are not true Christians. Their fraudulent Christianity is a guise for a sinister agenda of delegitimizing and lying about Israel and scapegoating Jews for the world's ills. They have nothing whatsoever to say about the persecution and murder of Christians throughout the muslim world, but condemn the one country in the Middle East where Christians are free. If that is not proof of their virulent antisemitism, I don’t know what is. True Christians are friends of Israel, not her enemies, which also happen to be enemies of Christians.

Tonight I decided to skip my usual Friday night services and head on down to the Old South Church to attend the opening of the Sabeel conference on “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel.” The church is a beautiful building; what a shame it was to see it defiled by such hatred. The pews were packed with people who dislike Israel in one way or another; one guy wore a t-shirt depicting a burning Israeli flag.

I walked around the room to see where the microphones for question-and-answer would be. There weren’t any, and at the start of the evening we were told that if we wanted to ask a question we’d have to fill out an index card and hand it to one of the ushers. Screened in advance! I should have known. I complained to Phyllis Bennis, one of the moderators, who told me: “This is not an open discussion.” Indeed!
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Questioning Pakistan's Right to Exist

Michael Medved exposes the hypocrisy and antisemitism of those who question Israel's right to exist by asking if Pakistan has the right to exist. Pakistan is a violator of human rights, a repressive, unstable, failed and dysfunctional terrorist state with arbitrary borders, so why doesn't the left question whether it should exist? For that matter, why not question the right to exist of many of those repressive, failed, terrorist Arab states which were established after WW1. Instead, the left questions the right of a stable, free and democratic Israel to exist. I challenge any leftist to provide a logical explanation for this blatant double standard.

Personally I feel that most muslim nations don't have the right to exist, considering they are barbaric, terrorist states which are plunging the world into chaos.

Does Pakistan have a right to exist?

Though a Newsweek cover story recently labeled the turbulent South Asian state “the most dangerous nation in the world” no one dares to ask this obvious question.

In fact, Pakistan represents an arbitrarily constructed, chronically unstable, perpetually embattled, deeply dysfunctional and undeniably shaky creation of the retreating British Empire. Before 1947, the territories eventually designated as “Pakistan” (the name means “Pure Land” in Urdu) comprised an integral part of British India. The hastily and sloppily drawn borders corresponded to no historic nation state, and represented only a desperate concession to Muslim agitators who wanted no part of a newly independent, Hindu majority India. The creation of Pakistan led to an explosion of unspeakable barbarity and bloodshed, with “Independence Riots” claiming a total of at least 500,000 lives (some sources say more than a million). Meanwhile, Pakistan’s creation created the greatest refugee crisis in recent history; UN figures indicate that more than 14 million human beings fled their homes in desperation, with Hindus and Sikhs trying to escape the hostile new Muslim state and find safe haven in India, and Muslims moving from India to Pakistan.

During most of its 60 year history, Pakistan has suffered from dictatorial military rule – in contrast to the surprisingly durable democracy in its gigantic neighbor, India. The majority of the nation remains both illiterate and impoverished—with little of the spectacular economic progress that his made India into a high tech and commercial powerhouse. In 1971, the eastern portion of Pakistan engaged in a bloody struggle against federal forces to separate itself into the new country of Bangladesh. Border wars with India over the disputed province of Kashmir have flared up on two major occasions, with the issue still unsettled at a time that both combatants possess nuclear weapons. Now a new crisis looms as General Musharraf tries to hold onto power in the face of twin challenges from rabid Islamist fanatics and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, recently returned from exile.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Intolerance at Emory

Check out this video of crazed, hateful and intolerant leftists and islamists shouting down David Horowitz as he attempts to speak at Emory University. In the alternate reality of today's left, anyone who speaks out against the fascism and hatred prevalent in islam are themselves deemed by the left as fascists and racists. Hat tip Israpundit

Gaza's Christians Live in Terror

Gaza's Christian population is being forced to flee in terror due to persecution, violence and even murder being perpetrated by muslims. Once again, silence from the pro-Palestinian advocates around the world whenever Palestinians are perpetrating atrocities. Where is their concern for Gaza's Christian community since they are supposed to care so much for the plight of the Palestinians? If this isn't proof that Palestinian advocacy is really about abolishing Israel, then I don't know what is.

So far since Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, the result has been increasing islamization, violence against Christians, rockets being fired at Israel, the takeover by hamas etc. So naturally the international community's logical response to all this chaos, violence and proof that the palestinians cannot govern themselves, is to pressure Israel for further concessions. The worse the palestinians behave, the more they are rewarded.
At the end of the afternoon, Rami Ayad said goodbye to his fellow workers at Gaza's Bible Society and headed home. He never got there.

In the hours after Mr Ayad's failed to return home, his wife and his brother spoke to him on his mobile phone. Both were concerned that something was wrong. His brother, Ramzi, said he had heard fear in his voice. Later, Rami called his wife and told her he was in a faraway place and would be very late; the next morning, his body was found in a street. He had been stabbed several times and shot in the head.

His friends and family are convinced his only crime was that he was a Christian - and his murder, on October 7, has persuaded many in the 3,000-strong Christian community they are no longer welcome in Gaza.

It is not clear whether Mr Ayad's murder was a kidnapping that went wrong or whether he was targeted as part of a continuing campaign against Christian and western influences in Gaza. The Bible Society is primarily involved in offering charity to Muslim families, but Mr Ayad had nevertheless been threatened several times; and the day before his abduction, he was followed by a group of men in a car.

The society - originally the British Palestine Bible Society - has long been a target for Islamist extremists. A grenade was thrown at its premises in protest at the publication in Denmark of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and a bomb was detonated outside earlier this year.

Christians have been in Gaza since the fourth century, but Mr Ayad's murder follows a series of incidents that has shaken the community's desire to stay. Christians have been a frequent target of crime in recent years.

"Everything has changed. In the times of my father and grandfather, there was no difference between Muslims and Christians," said Ibrahim Ayad, another brother of the victim. "The Islamic revival has also brought intolerance in its wake." . He said he would leave Gaza as soon as he had identified his brother's killers and got retribution.

He estimated that 70% of the Christian community would leave when they had the opportunity, possibly at Christmas, when Israel usually allows Christians some movement out of Gaza.

Such a tolerant, peaceful people these muslims are. Wherever they are there is bloodshed and misery. The Guardian, ever apologetic for Palestinian terrorists, whitewashes hamas' role in the increasing islamization of Gaza and the persecution of Christians:
Leaders of Hamas have always been clear in their support for Gaza's Christian community, but the murder of Rami Ayad has called into question their ability to protect that community and maintain law and order in general.

Why does the Guardian take hamas at its word that it supports the Christian community? How do they know hamas wasn't involved in the murder? But at least they are covering this story.

Assad Personally Involved in N.Korea Nuke Deal

The U.S. and Israel have clear evidence that Syrian dictator bashar assad was personally involved in the nuclear deal with North Korea.

President Bashar Assad was personally involved in Damascus’ nuclear deal with Pyongyang. Documentary proofs of this, obtained from the presidential bureau and signed by Assad in person, are now in the hands of the US and Israeli intelligence services, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report. In one, Assad hands down a specific order in his own handwriting that North Korea not be charged for Syrian goods, including an annual shipment of 100,000 tons of Durham wheat for five years worth a total of $120 million. This is the equivalent of the value of the reactor for producing plutonium up to its most radioactive stage, which North Korea promised Syria.

A high-ranking Western intelligence source speaking to DEBKAfile described the evidence against Assad in US and Israeli hands as solid and much closer to a smoking gun than the West has turned up against Iran’s nuclear program.

The following sequence of events unfolds from the garnered documents:

Damascus and Pyongyang settled between them that the nuclear transaction would be masked as a joint venture to build a cement factory in northern Syria; meanwhile, North Korea would sell Syria cement for its development projects.

According to DEBKAfile’s sources, North Korean freighters, which began putting in at Syria’s Latakia and Tartus ports in January 2007, unloaded cargoes of cement in which nuclear reactor components and materials were concealed.

The North Korean traffic at these ports and the Durham wheat transaction attracted the attention of US and Israeli secret services.
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Sunday, October 28, 2007

ElBaradei Criticizes Israel Over Syrian Raid

Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the useless IAEA has criticized Israel for protecting its existence by striking Syria's nuclear facility. You can always count on ElBaradei to run interference for rogue muslim regimes. Is it logical for the west to rely on an organization which has a muslim at its helm, to be charged with preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons amongst dangerous islamic, terrorist regimes?

WASHINGTON (AFP) - UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei Sunday accused the Israelis of taking "the law into their own hands" with a mysterious raid on Syria last month and demanded more information about what was hit.

Neither Israel nor the United States has furnished "any evidence at all" to prove that the Syrian site bombed in early September was a secret nuclear facility, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency told CNN.

"That to me is very distressful because we have a system: if countries have information that the country is working on a nuclear-related program, they should come to us. We have the authority to go out and investigate," he said.

"But to bomb first and then ask questions later, I think it undermines the system and it doesn't lead to any solution to any suspicion, because we are the eyes and ears of the international community."

Israel has said it bombed a military target inside Syria on September 6 but has provided no more details, amid speculation that the target may have been a site storing nuclear materials from North Korea.

ElBaradei said he had been told by Syria that the site was a military facility and "has nothing to do with nuclear."

"And I would hope if anybody has information, before they take the law into their own hands, to come and pass the information on," he said.
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You just can't imagine why Israel would take the law into its own hands considering the success the IAEA has had in preventing rogue states, most notably Iran, from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Apparently all the evidence ElBaradei and the IAEA needs is Syria's word that it didn't have a nuclear weapons program. This is the organization the world has to rely on to save us from armageddon. And he wants to know why Israel took matters into its own hands. If Israel had to rely on the UN for its security it would have been destroyed long ago.

Islamic Atrocities Against Women

If you can handle it, watch this documentary, narrated by Nonie Darwish on the horrific brutality which women are subjected to under islam. Warning: it is extremely graphic. Why do we not hear from the feminist and human rights activists throughout the west? Why do they remain silent in the face of such ghastly human rights atrocities committed throughout the muslim world? Hat tip Israpundit

This Week's Haveil havalim

Soccerdad hosts this week's Jewish blog carnival Haveil havalim, which includes my post about Israel and Sarkozy. Read all of the other informative posts each week on Haveil havalim.

Death Cultists Kill Women, Child

Savage mutants in Gaza murdered two women and a four year old girl during a "work accident". They use the homes of civilians to store or make explosives. Given the fact that Israel wasn't responsible for their deaths, don't expect this story to be plastered all over news outlets around the world, or to hear any condemnation by the UN and all the other shrill advocates for the Palestinians. How on Earth is Israel expected to make peace with and surrender territory to monsters who have no value for life? And why does the west insist that statehood be granted to a society ruled by such a depraved death cult? Just how does the west think it will benefit from creating another terror state?

A powerful explosion went off in a house in southern Gaza on Saturday, killing two women and a 4-year-old girl, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.

The cause of the blast in the town of Khan Yunis was not immediately clear.

The blast tore down the facade of the house and badly damaged its interior. A neighboring house was also partially damaged from the force of the blast.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was not carrying out any operations in the area at the time. The house is 300 meters away from a security fence with Israel, overlooking an IDF post.

Hamas police said they suspected explosives being handled by militants went off prematurely. Militants in Gaza often use homes to store explosives or produce them.

Two children were injured in the blast.

Russian Manipulation?

Michael Ledeen has a very interesting and I think plausable theory. He thinks Russia is manipulating the U.S. or Israel into going to war against Iran. It goes something like this. He believes that Russia has no interest in seeing the jihadists gain power since Russia itself would be imperiled, considering the growing muslim population within as well as along its borders. He suggests in fact that Russia wants to see the Iranian regime destroyed and is thus manipulating the situation in order to get America and or Israel to take out the regime. How it works is that Putin convinces Iran it is its strongest ally by taking its side in the global arena, oppose sanctions, claim to the world there is no evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran. He then instigates Iran into acting recklessly and waging war on America by telling it in private that the west and America are weak and have no stomach for another confrontation. And meanwhile sends them defensive systems which aren't meant to work as shown by the ability of Israel to penetrate Syria's Russian made defense systems when striking its nuclear facility. The result is that America has to be faced with either the choice of accepting an Iranian bomb or bombing Iran. I certainly wouldn't put it past the wily pooty poot.

If you were Vladimir Putin, what would you think of Iran? You’d worry a lot about it, that’s what. Your own Russia is losing Russians, due to the usual grim demography that characterizes most of Europe. And, like the others, you’ve got a Muslim problem, with surging birthrates both within Russia and all along its borders, from Chechnya to the ‘stans. Lots of those Muslims are under Iranian sway. You know that well, having been trained in, and elevated by, the KGB, which was horrified to see radical mullahs and imams receiving money, Korans, and even weapons from the Islamic Republic. When Osama bin Laden claims that the defeat of the Soviet Empire was an Islamic victory, there’s a certain element of truth to his words, and you know that the Iranians want to build on that foundation to extend their power deeper into your domain.

You therefore want to see this regime destroyed. The last thing in the world that you want is a gigantic Chechnya, armed with nuclear weapons, launching waves of fanatical terrorists against infidels like you.

But you don’t have much of an army any more, and anyway you don’t want a war with the mullahs. Direct attack is not your way; you prefer cunning. You’d rather have someone else do your dirty work for you. Someone like Israel, or better yet, the United States. And best of all would be to get the Americans to do it in such a way that the whole world condemns them for it.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Stop the Annapolis "Peace" Conference

Add your name on the Act for America petition and tell President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice not to go forward with the Annapolis summit. Appeasing terrorists by throwing Israel to the wolves will not make our problems with the muslim world go away, in fact it will make things far worse. It will be the beginning of the destruction of Israel and further embolden islamic terrorists to wage war against the west.

The proposed Mideast peace conference being arranged by the Bush Administration, slated to take place before the end of the year, is a misguided, futile attempt to reach a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It is futile because a lasting peace can only be negotiated when both sides enter the negotiations in good faith.

The record clearly demonstrates that the Palestinian Authority, now divided between the defeated and corrupt Fatah and the terrorist organization Hamas, has failed to comply with the previous “Road Map to Peace.” The Palestinian Authority refuses to recognize the right of Israel to exist and refuses to renounce terrorism and dismantle its terrorist infrastructure.

No lasting peace can be achieved when one party to the process refuses to recognize the right of the other party to exist, and recent polling data confirm that 75% of Americans share this skepticism of the peace process and 62% have an unfavorable opinion of the Palestinians. Therefore, until such time as the Palestinian Authority agrees to recognize Israel’s right to exist and agrees to dismantle its terrorist infrastructure, any further “peace negotiations” are futile.

Please fill out the form below to add your name to the petition ACT for America will be sending to President Bush and Secretary of State Rice asking them to cancel this proposed conference. Then, forward this petition to your friends and family.
Hat tip Israpundit

Muslims Obliterate Archeological Proof of Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

Muslims continue perpetrating the big lie that there was never a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount. Out of some misplaced sense of guilt for having defeated the Arabs in the six day war, Moshe Dayan foolishly gave the muslim waqf control over the Temple Mount which Israel had liberated in the war. Now the Jewish people are paying the price of that decision. The Israeli government, out of fear of igniting the rage of the islamic world, looks the other way as the muslim waqf destroys archeological evidence of a Jewish historical presence. They are eradicating our heritage and we Jews just accept this indignity and injustice because we don't want to provoke the crazed muslims. I've had enough of the Israeli government and the west indulging the muslims infantile attitudes and barbaric behavior. These gangsters do as they please throughout the world because they use the threat of violence, and the entire world is too feckless to fight back against them. We need to take back what is rightfully our heritage on the Temple Mount and elsewhere, and put muslims in their place.
The former mufti of Jerusalem, Ikrema Sabri, has made the claim that there never was a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount, and the Western Wall was really part of a mosque.

"There was never a Jewish temple on Al-Aksa [the mosque compound] and there is no proof that there was ever a temple," he told The Jerusalem Post via a translator. "Because Allah is fair, he would not agree to make Al-Aksa if there were a temple there for others beforehand."

Sabri rejected Judaism's claim to the Western Wall as part of the outer wall of the Second Temple.

"The wall is not part of the Jewish temple. It is just the western wall of the mosque," he said. "There is not a single stone with any relation at all to the history of the Hebrews."

Asked if Jews would ever be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount under Muslim control, he replied: "It is not the Temple Mount, you must say Al-Aksa. And no Jews have the right to pray at the mosque. It was always only a mosque - all 144 dunams, the entire area. No Jewish prayer. If the Jews want real peace, they must not do anything to try to pray on Al-Aksa. Everyone knows that."

"Zionism tries to trick the Jews claiming that this was part of a Jewish temple, but they dug there and they found nothing," Sabri added.

Syria Abolishes Traces of Nuke Site

Commercial satellite images confirm that Syria has eliminated any traces of the nuclear facility which was bombed by Israel.
Two photos, taken Wednesday from space by rival companies, show the site near the Euphrates River to have been wiped clean since August, when imagery showed a tall square building there measuring about 150 feet on a side.

The Syrians reported an attack by Israel in early September; the Israelis have not confirmed that. Senior Syrian officials continue to deny that a nuclear reactor was under construction, insisting that Israel hit a largely empty military warehouse.

But the images, federal and private analysts say, suggest that the Syrian authorities rushed to dismantle the facility after the strike, calling it a tacit admission of guilt.

“It’s a magic act — here today, gone tomorrow,” said a senior intelligence official. “It doesn’t lower suspicions, it raises them. This was not a long-term decommissioning of a building, which can take a year. It was speedy. It’s incredible that they could have gone to that effort to make something go away.”

Any attempt by Syrian authorities to clean up the site would make it difficult, if not impossible, for international weapons inspectors to determine that exact nature of the activity there. Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna have said they hoped to analyze the satellite images and ultimately inspect the site in person. David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, a private group in Washington that released a report on the Syrian site earlier this week, said the expurgation of the building was inherently suspicious.

“It looks like Syria is trying to hide something and destroy the evidence of some activity,” Mr. Albright said in an interview. “But it won’t work. Syria has got to answer questions about what it was doing.”

The striking difference in the satellite photos surprised even some outside experts who were skeptical that Syria might be developing a nuclear program.

“It’s clearly very suspicious,” said Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear proliferation at the Center for American Progress in Washington. “The Syrians were up to something that they clearly didn’t want the world to know about.”

Mr. Cirincione said the photographic evidence “tilts toward a nuclear program,” but does not prove that Syria was building a reactor. Besides, he said, even if it was developing a nuclear program, Syria would be l years away from being operational, and thus not an imminent threat.

So Israel should have waited for there to be an imminent threat before taking out the site?

Caroline Glick says evidence suggests that the Syrian nuclear site was not in the beginning stages but was nearly operational which would mean it was in fact an imminent threat and she also says that there is very deep and strategic nuclear collaberation among Syria, Iran, North Korea and possibly other states:
But the Israeli strike on Syria also points to other possible scenarios
for better and for worse. In an interview with the British Spectator, a
senior British governmental said of the Israeli operation: "If people
had known how close we came to World War III that day there¹d have
been mass panic." According to reports in the Washington Post and the
Sunday Times, in the days before the attack IDF commandos collected soil
samples which indicated the presence of fissile materials at the site.
That together with intelligence regarding the transfer of nuclear
materials, perhaps even a nuclear warhead from North Korea some three
days before the attack, leads to the conclusion that far from being the
start of a long-term undertaking, the site in Syria was advanced and
nearly operational.
Given the strategic nature of the installation that Israel attacked,
perhaps the most astounding aspect of the operation is Syria's decision
not to respond. Syria's non-response may be telling us something very
optimistic about the consequences of an attack against Iran. It is
possible that what we learn from Syria's decision not to respond is that
under certain circumstances Iran too may opt not to react to a strike
against its nuclear installations.
On the negative side, the Israeli strike on Syria brought a harsh
reality into full view. The nature of the target and subsequent reports
make clear that the nuclear collaboration between Syria, Iran, North
Korea and perhaps other states is close, active, deep and strategic. In
an article published in last Saturday¹s Wall Street Journal, the
ranking Republican members of the House Intelligence and Foreign
Relations committees, Peter Hokstra and Ileana Ros-Lehiten — who
both received classified briefings on the Israeli strike —
emphasized the threat arising from this close collaboration.
Their article complemented a report in Jane's Defense Weekly from last
month. According to that report, Syrian and Iranian engineers were
killed when a North Korean Scud-C missile they were attaching a mustard
gas warhead to exploded accidentally. The explosion took place at a
Syrian military depot near Aleppo on July 26.
What this is liable to mean is that even if an attack against Iran's
nuclear installations inside of Iran were completely successful, there
is a possibility that Iran's nuclear capabilities will not be
significantly downgraded. What the Syrian operation indicates is that
Iran's program may be dispersed in Syria, North Korea, and in Pakistan
which transferred nuclear technologies to Iran and North Korea, (as well
as Libya and Egypt).
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Friday, October 26, 2007

Lebanese Troops Fire On Israeli Jets

Lebanese troops have fired on Israeli jets. The Lebanese, who are impotent and too frightened to take on hezbollah, which actually threatens their country, choose to take the safe route of firing at the Israelis in order make themselves appear tough. The Lebanese army was complicit with hezbollah in last year's war.

Lebanese troops opened fire Thursday on Israeli warplanes flying low over southern Lebanon, but no hits were reported, Lebanese officials said.
Lebanese soldiers opened up with machine guns and light anti-aircraft weapons mounted on armored vehicles at two planes that flew by just east of Marjayoun town near the border at midmorning, a Lebanese security official said.
A total of 150 rounds were fired, he added. A senior military officer also said the army "confronted" the Israeli planes, but gave no details.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity in the absence of a formal announcement from the military command.
Israeli warplanes frequently fly over Lebanese airspace in what Israel says are reconnaissance missions, but this was the first time the army has [fired] on the aircraft since an August 14, 2006 cease-fire ended a month-long war between Israeli and Hizbullah guerrillas.
It is also the first time since February that the Lebanese army, which deployed in the south after the fighting, has fired on the Israelis.
Hat tip Jihadwatch

Islamo-Fascist-Left Wing Alliance

Nonie Darwish is an Arab-muslim who was born in Egypt and was brought up to despise Jews. Her father was head of Egyptian intelligence under Nasser and was eventually assassinated. Today she is an American citizen who founded Arabs for Israel. She gave a speech at UC Berkeley for Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week in which she calls upon the left and western feminists to stand with her and muslim dissidents in defense of freedom and human rights, ideals which the left claims to represent. I won't hold my breath waiting for this to happen. She goes on to discuss the horrific treatment of women in the muslim world. But rather than support, instead, she receives a dose of hatred and hostility from the muslims and leftists in the audience who see America and Israel as the enemy rather than islamic fascists who terrorize, slaughter, behead, hang and stone to death on a massive scale. The western left, without a hint of irony, stands squarely on the side of those who are perpetrating the most brutal and henious human rights violations in the world today while they claim to speak for the world's oppressed. But its all for the cause of fighting the common western enemy. These people must surely be mentally ill. She made a great speech.
[The following is a speech given by Nonie Darwish, the founder of Arabs for Israel, at last night’s kickoff event at UC Berkeley for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. It is preceded by a short intro written by Nonie Darwish regarding her impressions of the events surrounding her speech.]


The atmosphere required extensive security -- which made me feel that without it I would have been physically hurt at UC Berkeley. The first statement from the Al-Jazeera representative to me was: “You are the most hated woman in the Arab world.” The hatred was also felt from the far leftist American audience. My response to the Al-Jazeera statement was: “Arab media spread a hate campaign against me after my book came out. Egyptian media, without reading the book, called me a traitor to my father because I support Israel. I love my father and I believe that if he had lived he would have been part of the peace treaty that Sadat had singed with Israel.” I believe Arab media is trying to misrepresent my views in order to silence me.

A man was sitting in the audience with a black sheer bag covering his head to protest ‘Abu Greib’ when the discussion had nothing to do with Iraq. There were screams from the audience: "Fascist," then "racist" then "Osama Bin Laden is a CIA agent." The noise was getting louder and I could not speak any more. I felt that even in America I am being silenced. My response was: “Who will speak for women who are stoned and for Muslims terrorized in radical Muslim countries? It is sad that I left oppressive Sharia Muslim culture, where I had no freedom of speech, only to find myself silenced in America, by groups who claim they are for free speech.”

The sad thing about this whole event was the feeling that radical Muslims and their far Left supporters would rather never criticize Islamic culture than stand up against the culture that flogs, stones, beheads and amputates limbs. Not offending a religion has become more important to the far Left (unless it is Christianity or Judaism) than human rights of Muslims and victims of terror. Honor killing and female genital mutilation can be tolerated -- but noone better dare utter the word "Islamo-fascism."

American universities are becoming tyrannical when it comes to Conservative values and to Arab Americans who dare to speak out against the culture of jihad. It does not matter how many people in my early life in Egypt suffered from honor killing, female genital mutilation and oppression of women, I must shut up on American campuses.
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Israel to be the Sacrificial Lamb at Annapolis

Daniel Pipes warns about damages and a lopsided outcome in favor of the Palestinians if Israel makes concessions at the Annapolis summit. On the other hand he predicts the coming of a severe crises in U.S.-Israel relations, possibly the worst ever, should Israel's survival instincts kick-in and impede U.S. plans for a two-state solution which would compromise Israel's security.

The Bush administration’s plans to convene a new round of Israeli-Arab diplomacy on Nov. 26 will, I predict, do substantial damage to American and Israeli interests.

As a rule, successful negotiations require a common aim; in management-labor talks, for example, both sides want to get back to work. When a shared premise is lacking, not only do negotiations usually fail, but they usually do more harm than good. Such is the case in the forthcoming Annapolis, Maryland, talks. One side (Israel) seeks peaceful coexistence while the other (the Arabs) seeks to eliminate its negotiating partner, as evidenced by its violent actions, its voting patterns, replies to polls, political rhetoric, media messages, school textbooks, mosque sermons, wall graffiti, and much else.

Damage will be done should the Israeli government make “painful concessions” and get a cold peace or empty promises in return, as has consistently been the case since 1979. This lop-sided outcome would, once again, boost Arab exhilaration and determination to eliminate the Jewish state.

Mahmoud Abbas, Condoleezza Rice, and Ehud Olmert: Will they be celebrating at Annapolis?

Contrarily, should the Israelis resist a joint U.S.-Palestinian position, I see a possible crisis in U.S.-Israel relations of unprecedented proportions – worse than 1975 or even 1957. That’s because, in part, the stakes are so high. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has stated that “the United States sees the establishment of a Palestinian state, a two-state solution, as absolutely essential to the future of not just Palestinians and Israelis but also to the Middle East and, indeed, to American interests.” If a Palestinian state is “absolutely essential … to American interests,” whoever stands in its way will presumably pay a heavy price. As I have been arguing since November 2004, U.S.-Israel relations are hanging by a thread. Annapolis renders them yet more vulnerable to disruption.

So the U.S. government will make Israel its sacrificial lamb in order to win over the Arab world, which is angry over the Iraq war. Hat tip Israpundit

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Terrorist Pronounces Open Season On Jews

A sub-human palestinian terrorist fiend has exhorted the various palestinian terrorist entities to "kill Jews everywhere".
Prominent leader of the Popular Resistance Committees Abu Al-Sa'id on Wednesday called on the de facto Palestinian government to hasten disbanding the Palestinian Authority and establish a 'Resistance Authority' instead in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Speaking during a press conference, Abu Al-Sa'id urged Palestinian resistance factions, particularly the Salah Addin Brigades of the PRC, to "kill Jews everywhere without waiting for permission", in retaliation for the murder of Muhammad Al-Ashqar and the violent treatment of Palestinian detainees at Ktziot prison.

Forget the Two-State Solution

Condi Rice says the two-state solution is in jeopardy. This is excellent news. There already is an Arab palestinian state called Jordan. Israel need not be divided further and be threatened by a terrorist entity on its doorstep. There is increasing talk about a one-state solution with the Palestinians and Israelis living under a single entity. Those who are advocating such a solution are essentially advocating the destruction of Israel and its Jewish population. They must know that the result would not be a democratic, pluralistic, secular state as they claim, it would mean the creation of an islamic state and the oppression of women and persecution of Jews and other non-muslims as is the case in most muslim countries, since muslims would eventually become the majority population in a bi-national state. I have my own idea for a one-state solution. That would be the removal of the Arab population from Israel, Judea, Samaria and Gaza into Jordan or any of the other 22 Arab states, and Israel stretched from the Mediterranean to the Jordan.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma is in jeopardy and described a narrow window of opportunity available to push Israel and the Palestinians toward peace.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding US policy in the Middle East.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, is confronted by CodePink member Desiree Anita Ali-Fairooz, her hands painted red, as she arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding US policy in the Middle East.

In a House of Representatives hearing interrupted by anti-war protesters, Rice said an upcoming peace conference in the United States would give hope to moderate Palestinian forces. She blamed Iran for fanning flames in the region, including what she called "troubling" new Iranian support for Hamas militants.

"Our concern is growing that without a serious political prospect for the Palestinians that gives to moderate leaders a horizon that they can show to their people that indeed there is a two-state solution that is possible, we will lose the window for a two-state solution," Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rice's testimony was punctuated by Iraq war protesters, including a woman who rushed Rice as she entered the room and waved her hands - painted red to look like blood - in front of the secretary's face. She shouted that Rice was a "war criminal" and should be taken to The Hague, where the international war tribunal is based.

Leftist Hoax at GWU

A bunch of leftist punks at George Washington University who wanted to discredit and make trouble for islamo-fascist awareness week, planted more than 100 anti-muslim posters using the Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week name. Now the story of the posters has reached a Pakistani newspaper and there's no telling what repercussions this may have around the world considering what occured as the result of the koran flushing hoax which resulted in mass riots and killings.

Word of the mock “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” posters – more than 100 of which left-wing students posted on the campus of George Washington University last week – has reached Osama bin Laden’s backyard.

A recent news blurb about the hate fliers, entitled merely “Anti-Muslim posters go up at George Washington University,” appeared in the most recent edition of The Daily Times…of Pakistan.

As with all other media coverage, the bold print ignored that a group of leftist students – including a Muslim – planted the fliers, misappropriating the student organization’s name, Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week’s name and website, and the logo of George Washington University; the Pakistani story’s sub-headline read: “Students plan awareness week to counter anti-Islam attitude.” While recounting the deep pain these fliers alleged caused GWU’s Muslims, the story stated, “Some students thought the posters might be a joke at the expense of the conservatives.” (Emphasis added. The story also called the Muslim Students Association “conservative.”)

The words of the story ignore the context: this region of the world is a seething cauldron of anti-American hatred believed to be sheltering the men who perpetrated 9/11. Some have said in a free election Pakistanis would elect Osama bin Laden president by a comfortable margin. Its tribal citizenry already believes the American heart is an abyss of decadence and anti-Muslim hatred. The story’s ambiguities reinforce those prejudices in a country even left-wing Democrats agree is vital to American soldiers currently fighting the War on Terrorism.

These are the serious consequences of sophomoric behavior. This left-wing “satire” has now ricocheted around the world, from a boiling P.C. campus to the nerve center of worldwide jihad. Two years ago, another hoax that attributed anti-Muslim behavior to American patriots touched off a string of riots throughout the Muslim world, claiming 16 lives. Islamo-fascists do not care if the creators of the fliers were conservative American or left-wing (anti-)Americans; they care only that such posters exist – and in an honor-based culture, the blowback may yet be unbearable.

These infractions should move GWU administrators to throw the book at the gang of seven students who posted these hate-fliers. If George Washington University administrators could not be moved by the fliers’ dishonesty, the needless suffering and humiliation heaped upon members of GWU’s Young America's Foundation, or the misuse of its own logo, perhaps they will take note of the international scope this incident has taken on – and the accompanying embarrassment these left-wingers have caused GWU.
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Sarkozy and Israel

French president Nicholas Sarkozy told Olmert that the French position on Iranian nukes is identical to Israel's and that Israel's security was not a topic for discussion.
"Israel's establishment is a miracle and may have been the central event of the twentieth century."

He also rejected the so-called "right of return".
Furthermore, Sarkozy also reportedly told Olmert regarding the Palestinian claim to a right of return for Palestinian refugees that the Palestinians cannot demand a state for themselves and, in addition, "part of your country."

It's great to finally have a French leader being strongly supportive of Israel. On the other hand he did say he wants Israel to be creative and make some gestures in negotiations with the Palestinians, whatever that means. Why is the onus always on Israel to make concessions? When will world leaders demand that the Arabs start making gestures of peace towards Israel? But still, Sarkozy is a vast improvement over his predecessors.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Al qaeda Infiltrating North Jersey

According to the FBI's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark, al qaeda has a significant presence in Northern New Jersey. I suppose it would be islamophobic of me to question why, 6 years after 9/11, are we still allowing muslims to enter this country at will? I hate to say it, but its only a matter of time before another attack takes place. Considering how many muslims are in this country, no matter how many potential attacks are thwarted and terrorist cells disrupted, odds are that eventually some plot will succeed. We just don't have the resources and personel to prevent every attempt. The only option is to put a stop to muslim immigration and conduct mass deportations of muslims already here. But again, that would be considered islamophobic. There are those who would rather risk the lives of thousands then be perceived as bigoted and hurt muslim feelings.

Osama bin Laden may be hiding in the impenetrable mountains near the Afghanistan border, but FBI counterterror officials say they have identified several of his associates in a far more accessible spot -- northern New Jersey.

The FBI's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark says it is not only monitoring a number of North Jersey residents with ties to al-Qaida, but that agents have quietly "disrupted" their activities and even deported a few.

These glimpses into North Jersey's war on terrorism, from a series of interviews with task force leaders, come on the heels of revelations last summer that Bin Laden's terror network had regained strength. But that rebuilding was thought to have taken place overseas.

This is the first time since the 9/11 attacks that FBI counterterror officials have revealed an al-Qaida presence in North Jersey.

"There are definitely facilitators in this state," said Kevin Cruise, the veteran FBI counterterror agent who directs Newark's 100-member terrorism task force of FBI and CIA agents as well as state police and even local beat cops.

One of Cruise's deputies was even more specific.

"There are people in your county who are affiliated with known al-Qaida members overseas," said Jack Jupin, the FBI agent who heads the counterterror squad for Bergen County.

Cruise, who supervised FBI investigations of terrorist bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa and the USS Cole before taking over the Newark task force, cautioned that his agents have no information about an imminent attack here. But he said several al-Qaida sympathizers would try if given the chance.

"There are many people who are like-minded who want to commit acts of terrorism and have just not taken that extra step," said Cruise, who keeps a "wanted" poster of Bin Laden on his office wall.

Sometimes, he said, counterterror agents "disrupt" these North Jersey residents with al-Qaida ties.

Cruise declined to describe any case in detail. But in general, such disruption methods ranged from outright deportations to quiet visits by FBI agents in which suspected terrorists are told their activities are being monitored.

"There are many disruptions that occur that the public does not know about," Cruise said.
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Al-Jazeera Coming to Israel

Israel's largest cable provider plans to replace CNN with al jazeera.

"Even to think of it as a replacement is a joke," Liebes said, adding that few Israeli viewers would be inclined to "trust" the channel's coverage of international affairs. Al-Jazeera's Arabic network, which broadcast videotapes featuring Osama bin Laden soon after the September 11, 2001, attacks, has been criticized for what some call its anti-American and anti-Israel news coverage.

And how exactly will that be any different than CNN's reporting? I'm quite sure that no one will notice any difference in terms of Mideast coverage.
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Eye-Opening Visit to Israel

Indonesian journalists visting Israel find it is not at all the horrible place they had expected.
The visit has been an eye-opening experience for some of the journalists. "Frankly, before coming here I thought of Israel as something of a police state," said Harymuti, "but you probably see more police and soldiers on the streets of Jakarta."

At the end of their helicopter tour of the country, all the Indonesian journalists had the same reaction, one perhaps not surprising from citizens of a nation formed out of some 17,500 islands stretching out over 5,000 km. "Israel," concluded Harymuti, "is a small country."
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Turkey Blames the Jews

The Turks blame the Jews for the Armenian genocide resolution despite the fact that Jewish groups actually lobbied against it. Just for the record I supported the resolution. Anyway, just why are American Jewish leaders and organizations so supportive of the Turks, lobbying on their behalf and so forth? In what ways have the Turks acted as friends of Jews and Israel, or even America for that matter? For one thing, Turkey votes with the other muslim countries against Israel in the UN, the visit to Turkey of hamas terror leader khaled mashal, plus the increasingly islamist, antisemitic and anti-American society which Turkey is degenerating into. Let's not forget the fact that Turkey refused us the use of their bases to invade Iraq.
ISTANBUL (JTA) -- When a U.S. congressional committee approved a resolution recognizing the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, Turkey’s reaction was swift and harsh: Blame the Jews.

In an interview with the liberal Islamic Zaman newspaper on the eve of the resolution’s
approval Oct. 10 by the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said he told American Jewish leaders that a genocide bill would strengthen the public perception in Turkey that “Armenian and Jewish lobbies unite forces against Turks.”

Babacan added, “We have told them that we cannot explain it to the public in Turkey if a road accident happens. We have told them that we cannot keep the Jewish people out of this.”

The Turkish public seems to have absorbed that message.

An online survey by Zaman’s English-language edition asking why Turks believed the
bill succeeded showed that 22 percent of respondents had chosen “Jews’ having legitimized the genocide claims” -- second only to “Turkey’s negligence.”

U.S. Jewish community leaders reject that argument and privately say Ankara has only itself to blame for its failure to muster the support necessary to derail passage of the Armenian genocide resolution, which in Turkey is seen as anti-Turkish...

And despite the fact that the Armenian genocide resolution was eventually dropped, the Turks continue to mass along the border and are still threatening a military incursion into Iraq. Alot good it did us to cave-in in response to Turkey's threats.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

In Response to an Antisemitic Rant

I didn't want to get into the whole Ann Coulter fracas but I feel compelled to respond to this vile, vicious antisemitic tirade against Jewish critics of Coulter's recent controversial statements by one Vox Day in World Net Daily. The column is called Coulter is right.

Ann Coulter, being a Christian, understandably knows her Christian theology rather better than her interlocutor last week, a Jewish gentleman by the name of Donny Deutsch. Apparently Mr. Deutsch hasn’t paid much attention to a best-selling book that has been published a few times over the last few centuries, as he took great offense to Miss Coulter’s assent to his question that “It would be better if we were all Christian?”

Given that Jesus Christ and all of the apostles were Jews before they were Christians, it shouldn’t exactly have surprised Deutsch or anyone else that Christians view Jews as pre-Christians, incomplete Christians, elder brothers in faith who are errantly awaiting a Messiah who has already come...

If Coulter had simply expressed the belief that Jews are merely incomplete Christians that would be one thing. But what defenders of Coulter conveniently leave out is that on the Donny Deutsch show she accused Jews of believing that Jesus was a "raving lunatic", clearly this was an attack upon all Jews. What is also ignored by her defenders is that she had previously made a subtle antisemitic remark against Joe Lieberman during the 2000 campaign. It went something like this: "the harranguing Hasidm from Hartford".

Scenting a fundraising issue, left-wing Jewish interest groups demonstrated their commitment to human liberty and free intellectual discourse by demanding that the mainstream media stop talking to the best-selling author who also happens to be one of the most popular right-wing commentators in the country. The executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Ira N. Forman, reluctantly admitted that while Ann Coulter has freedom of speech, he would very much like to see her forced to exercise it in private.

Freedom of speech means the government cannot make laws preventing speech. That does not mean media outlets are obliged to feature Ann Coulter on their shows.

In addition to the ineptness of his analogy, this would appear to be an extraordinarily silly demand, except for the fact that Vanity Fair has recently announced that a remarkable 51 percent of the Vanity Fair 100 Power List are Jewish in a country in which Jews make up approximately 2 percent of the population. Jews also make up 7 percent of the current House of Representatives, 13 percent of the Senate, and, according to John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of "The Israel Lobby," roughly 100 percent of George W. Bush's foreign policy advisers. One hopes that Mr. Forman's co-religionists have the wisdom to ignore his demand for the shunning of Miss Coulter as the Israel lobby's petulant demand for a third Middle East war, this time in explicit defense of Israel rather than U.S. national security, already has the potential to severely divide America's Jews from the rest of the country, Christians and non-Christians alike.

The old antisemitic canard about Jews having disproportionate power. It never occurs to the likes of Day that Jews have earned their place in society through valueing education and having a strong work ethic. Jews are high achievers, deal with it you worthless, paranoid, pathetic loser. With regard to the foreign policy advisors, I wasn't aware that Cheney and Condi Rice for example, are Jews.

America is still quite friendly towards Jews, but the incessant attacks on Christianity by the likes of Deutsch, Forman and Abe Foxman have grown increasingly tiresome. Given this irritating behavior, and the historical fact that Jews have worn out their welcome in literally dozens of countries over the centuries, it is the height of foolishness for a small number of misguided individuals to demand that 80 percent of the American population remain silent about the tenets of its religious faith. Christians are dying for their faith in the Sudan, in North Korea, in China, Vietnam and Myanmar; they are not about to shut their mouths simply because a few Jews in the media disapprove of their beliefs.

So according to this punk, the Jews themselves bare responsibility for the hatred heaped upon us. No one is trying to keep Christians silent about their faith, and Deutsch and other Jews didn't attack Christianity, they simply defended their own faith in response to what they viewed was an attack upon Jews by Coulter. By the same token, we will not shut our mouths when insults to our faith are expressed even if punks like Day disapprove.

...As for Israel’s survival, not only are the Israeli Defense Forces perfectly capable of defending the nation against a fourth-rate military power like Iran, but it has the Lord God of Israel on its side. Israel simply doesn’t need the U.S. military to fight its battles for it...

The U.S. military has never fought Israel's battles, nor has Israel ever asked the U.S. to do so. However I do wish the U.S. government would stop preventing Israel from fighting and defeating its enemies. How many times over the years has the U.S. government forced Israel to back down from a military offensive? Far from Israel controlling the U.S., the reality is that Israel dances to America's tune.

Despite its flaws, America has been one of the best friends the Jews have ever had. It would not only be a tragedy, it would be a stupid and wasteful one if Americans were provoked into developing the instinctive antisemitism that currently pervades Europe, the Middle East and so much of the rest of the world.

Here again, antisemitism is the Jews own fault, Jews have provoked such a reaction. What a reprehensible son-of-a-bitch. He also acts as though Jews are guests in this country rather than full American citizens with the right to express their own religious and political beliefs. In other words we should stay in our place or else alienate the Christian majority.

This Vox Day is a putrid little punk who doesn't represent the majority of Christians in America who are friends of Jews and supporters of Israel. And if you look at his picture atop the article, he actually looks like a nazi skinhead. Just like a muslim, in vox day's twisted imagination, for someone Jewish to defend their own faith to what they perceive was an insult to it, itself amounts to being anti-Christian. As far as I'm concerned, he can go straight to hell. Hat tip Israpundit

Olmert is a Fool

Olmert is now relying on Russia for Israel's security. Israelis need not worry about Iran getting the bomb because Olmert has assured them that Moscow won't allow Israel to be threatened. Israelis should be secure in the knowledge that puttie put is looking after them. In reality Putin is reprehensible and should be considered an enemy of America and Israel. However the fool Olmert is too busy groveling to Putin, begging him to protect Israel from Iran and not help it to develop nuclear weapons. Of course Russia does not give a shit about Israel and will continue to help Iran acquire nuclear weapons because it is very lucrative for them to do so.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert traveled to Paris Sunday for talks that will focus on Iran, carrying in his pocket what he said was a guarantee from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia would not "put Israel in a place where it could be threatened."

Olmert's trip to France comes just three days after his lightning visit to Russia and a three-hour meeting with Putin.

Olmert told reporters en route to Paris that his meetings in Russia were "serious and important." He said he talked extensively with Putin about the Iranian issue and was "satisfied" with what he heard.

Olmert's snap visit to Russia came after Putin questioned in Teheran whether Iran was developing nuclear weapons and warned the West against attacking Iran.

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Saltanov and Moscow's envoy to the Quartet Sergei Yakovlev arrived in Jerusalem on Sunday for two days of talks. The talks are to concentrate on the Palestinian track, but are also expected to deal somewhat with the Iranian nuclear issue...

More Insane Ramblings From Iran

Iran's lunatic regime is accusing the U.S. and Israel of creating weapons which would specifically target certain ethnic groups for genocide. Obviously Iran's insane mullahs are projecting their own genocidal ambitions onto us.

An Iranian official here on Monday said that the Untied States, assisted by Israel, is seeking to create a genetic and molecular bank to manufacture new types of unconventional weapons.

Addressing an international seminar on 'The Consequences of the Use of Chemical Weapons against Iran', Head of the Foundation for the Protection of the Values of the Sacred Defense General Mir Feysal Bagherzadeh said that the US, in collaboration with the Zionist regime of Israel, is forming a bank of the molecules and genes of the different world nations and peoples in pursuit of its hostile goals.

"This is not done in pursuit of humanitarian goals, rather they are seeking to manufacture a weapon which could kill specific peoples in a limited geographical area," he stressed.

The General further pointed out that the move should be considered as a case of genocide, "because they intend to massacre specific peoples and ethnicities" with the help of this weapon.

He said a number of US experts are running activities and researches in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the same line.

The official also stated that during the recent crash of a Thai plane, the US and Israeli experts were looking for the corpses of Iranian nationals in a bid to provide for their needed genes.

"The US and Israel are seeking to manufacture a new generation of weapons in an effort to immunize themselves and annihilate other nations and peoples," he reiterated.
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Monday, October 22, 2007


The judge in the Holy Land Foundation case has declared a mistrial on all counts. However the Justice Department intends to retry the case. I was afraid of such an outcome. Perhaps I'm being paranoid but something tells me that the jury didn't convict because the holy land foundation was linked to hamas and hamas is a terrorist group which primarily targets Israel. After all, vicious antisemite and hamas supporter sami al-arian was acquitted. The evidence was overwhelming, yet these ignorant fools were unable to come to a guilty verdict?

The nation's largest terrorism-financing trial ended this morning at about 11:30 a.m. (CST) in Dallas when U.S. District Judge Joe Fish declared a mistrial on almost all of the 197 counts [1] [2] against the five defendants and The Holy Land Foundation (HLF). A U.S. government prosecutor, however, said the Justice Department will retry the case. [3]

The jurors deadlocked on most counts, but unanimously acquitted one official - the organization's original chariman and endowments director, Mohammad El-Mezain - on most of the charges. However, El-Mezain could later face prosecution on conspiracy charges. [4] No convictions were won against the defendants and the organization. [5]

The decision comes after almost three weeks of deliberations in the trial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation and five of its officials who were accused of illegally funneling millions of dollars in aid to the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hamas. [6] The indictment also charged the defendants, four of whom are U.S. citizens, [7] with "engaging in prohibited financial transactions with a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns." [8]

The Dallas jury reached a decision Thursday (Oct. 19), but it remained sealed until this morning because the judge who presided over the case was out of town. [9]

Seven individuals were named in the case, but two of the co-conspirators, Akbar Mishal and Hatitham Maghawri fled the country before the indictment. [10] Mishal is a cousin of Hamas political leader Khaled Mishal. [11]

The prosecution argued that HLF has funneled $12.4 million to the Palestinian terrorist organization since 1995, when it became illegal to fund Hamas. [12] Hamas has since been designated a terrorist organization by the European Union, [13] the United States, [14] Israel, [15] Canada [16] and Australia [17]. The defense attorneys argued that the charity front was legitimate and only provided financial aid to Muslim children and families who were left in desolate situations as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [18]

The HLF, which was the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., was shut down in Dec. 2001 by the U.S. federal government. [19]

Among the hundreds of documents and other pieces of evidence produced by the U.S. government [20] were charts that map out HLF's ties to Hamas and a slide that shows connections between HLF officials and Hamas leaders. That includes documentation showing that Hamas's Damascus political bureau chief, Khaled Mishal, is the half-brother of Holy Land Foundation (HLF) fundraiser Mufid Abdulqader. [21]

The documents also show that two of the defendants, Mohammed El-Mezain and Ghassan Elashi, the founder of the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), [22] are related to Moussa Abu Marzouk, the deputy political chief of Hamas's political bureau in Damascus. Mohammed El-Mezain is Marzouk's cousin and Marzouk is married to Elashi's cousin. [23] Elashi is already serving a sentence of almost seven years for having financial dealings with Marzouk, a designated terrorist. [24] For biographies

The evidence, much of which was translated from Arabic, attempted to show that the defendants were part of a global network of Islamic terrorists. [25]

Reports say the deliberation may have been prolonged because jurors could not reach a decision on some or all of the possible 35 counts against each of the defendants. [26]

The Peace Process is a Farce

Salim Mansur discusses the futility of holding international conferences which attempt to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. The obvious reason for their failure is the fact that the Arabs are committed to the destruction of Israel, and the Arabs definition of "peace" is merely a temporary hunda (truce) until the time comes when they are strong enough to destroy Israel.

Every American president, beginning with Richard Nixon in the aftermath of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, has been tempted with the idea of an international conference on the Middle East for negotiating the final comprehensive settlement of the long festering conflict between Arabs and Jews.

Now entering the last year of his two terms in the Oval Office, President George W. Bush also has been similarly tempted.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced the United States will hold an international conference next month in Annapolis, Maryland, with the purpose of establishing a Palestinian state.

The history of such conferences is contrary to the promise of bringing an end to the Arab-Israeli dispute in the Middle East.

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, recognizing the futility of such gatherings, nixed President Jimmy Carter's idea of an international Middle East conference in Geneva by going to Jerusalem in November 1977. There he engaged directly with prime minister Menachem Begin of Israel to reach an accord between their two states.

It is apparent that calling for an international conference on the Middle East to broker final settlement between Israelis and Palestinians is a default position of the American administrations when all the antecedent efforts have failed.

American administrations unfailingly have felt the obligation of being fair brokers between Arabs and Jews since William Rogers, the secretary of state in the Nixon administration, floated the idea of a comprehensive peace plan in 1969.
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Muslim Scholars Faux "Peace" Initiative

A group of muslim scholars sham letter to Christian leaders calling for "peace", is nothing more than a threat to convert or else. Of course gullible westerners will see it as a positive step because they don't know any better, which is what the muslims are counting on as they quote parts of koranic versus that may sound peaceful until you read the entire quote which reveals far more sinister intentions.

Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). (Aal ‘Imran 3:64)

Nice message, isn't it? Verse 3:64 is perhaps the most prominent of many verses from the Quran quoted in an open letter this week, entitled "A Common Word Between Us and You" from 138 Muslim scholars to the Pope and other Christian leaders around the world. It has been posted on a website and in newspapers throughout the world. Ostensibly, the letter's message was the necessity of peace between two of the world's greatest religions – a noble goal. The end of the letter reads:

Finding common ground between Muslims and Christians is not simply a matter for polite ecumenical dialogue between selected religious leaders. Christianity and Islam are the largest and second largest religions in the world and in history….If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace.

So let our differences not cause hatred and strife between us. Let us vie with each other only in righteousness and good works. Let us respect each other, be fair, just and kind to another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual goodwill.

It would be difficult for the Pope to disagree with this profound and even divine message. But the only problem is that peace and coexistence are not the true goals of this letter. And the real target audience isn't the Pope.

Take a closer look at the 64th verse of the 3rd Sura (Chapter) of the Quran quoted above and twice in the letter, including in the title itself; especially the last sentence of it:

And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him).

The word Muslim literally means "one who submits to God." Do we see that fit in anywhere? It would be more accurate to present that sentence this way:

And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are Muslims.

In fact, that's how it's written by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, whose English translation of the Quran is considered the most popular and widely read.

If then they turn back, say: Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's will).

That modification of the word Muslim versus its English translation – those who have surrendered unto him – reveals that claims to monotheism may be exclusive to Muslims. And it doesn't stop there. Take a look at the verses that follow 3:64. Pay particular attention to verses 67, 69, 70, and 71:

3:65: Ye, People of the Book! Why dispute ye about Abraham, when the Law and the Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have ye no understanding?

3:66: Ah! Yes are those who fell to disputing (even) in matters of which ye had some knowledge! But why dispute ye in matters of which ye have no knowledge? It is Allah who knows and ye who know not!

3:67: Abraham was not a Jew, nor yet a Christian, but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah's (which is Islam) and he joined not gods with Allah.

3:68: Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Abraham are those who follow him, as are also this Apostle and those who believe: And Allah is the Protector of those who have Faith.

3:69: It is the wish of a section of the People of the Book to lead you astray. But they shall lead astray (not you), but themselves, and they do not perceive.

3:70: Ye People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah, of which ye are (yourselves) witnesses?

3:71: Ye People of the Book! Why do you clothe Truth with falsehood, and conceal the Truth while ye have knowledge?

In full context, it is clear that this section of the Quran, including 3:64, is a condemnation of Christianity and Judaism and a call for conversion. Why would this verse be included in a call for peace and understanding between Islam and Christianity? The authors and signatories of this letter are among the most learned scholars of Islam in the world. They know the context of 3:64 and its true message, which is exactly why they included it. This letter is not a call for peace. It is a call for conversion...

This quote from the muslim scholars proves just how insincere their call for peaceful coexistence is:
"As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them - so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes."

This statement of course is a complete inversion of reality. Christians are not waging war against muslims or driving them out of their homes. In fact it is muslims who are waging war against the non-muslim world, and driving them, as well as their fellow muslims out of their homes. If these muslim scholars were sincere, they would be condemning the persecution of Christians and other religions throughout the muslim world, as well as the horrific treatment of women. See also this and this article. Hat tip Israpundit

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Life Under "Brutal Israeli Occupation"

The next time someone whines about the plight of the poor Palestinians under "brutal Israeli occupation", here are some crucial facts with which you can use to counter such fallacies and propaganda. The truth which has been hidden, is that the Palestinians, when living under Israeli control, were far better off in terms of health, education and standard of living. All of these areas showed dramatic improvement for the Palestinian Arabs after the six day war when Israel gained control of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

The larger part, still untold in all its detail, is of the astounding social and economic progress made by the Palestinian Arabs under Israeli "oppression." At the inception of the occupation, conditions in the territories were quite dire. Life expectancy was low; malnutrition, infectious diseases, and child mortality were rife; and the level of education was very poor. Prior to the 1967 war, fewer than 60 percent of all male adults had been employed, with unemployment among refugees running as high as 83 percent. Within a brief period after the war, Israeli occupation had led to dramatic improvements in general well-being, placing the population of the territories ahead of most of their Arab neighbors.

In the economic sphere, most of this progress was the result of access to the far larger and more advanced Israeli economy: the number of Palestinians working in Israel rose from zero in 1967 to 66,000 in 1975 and 109,000 by 1986, accounting for 35 percent of the employed population of the West Bank and 45 percent in Gaza. Close to 2,000 industrial plants, employing almost half of the work force, were established in the territories under Israeli rule.

During the 1970's, the West Bank and Gaza constituted the fourth fastest-growing economy in the world-ahead of such "wonders" as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, and substantially ahead of Israel itself. Although GNP per capita grew somewhat more slowly, the rate was still high by international standards, with per-capita GNP expanding tenfold between 1968 and 1991 from $165 to $1,715 (compared with Jordan's $1,050, Egypt's $600, Turkey's $1,630, and Tunisia's $1,440). By 1999, Palestinian per-capita income was nearly double Syria's, more than four times Yemen's, and 10 percent higher than Jordan's (one of the better off Arab states). Only the oil-rich Gulf states and Lebanon were more affluent.

Under Israeli rule, the Palestinians also made vast progress in social welfare. Perhaps most significantly, mortality rates in the West Bank and Gaza fell by more than two-thirds between 1970 and 1990, while life expectancy rose from 48 years in 1967 to 72 in 2000 (compared with an average of 68 years for all the countries of the Middle East and North Africa). Israeli medical programs reduced the infant-mortality rate of 60 per 1,000 live births in 1968 to 15 per 1,000 in 2000 (in Iraq the rate is 64, in Egypt 40, in Jordan 23, in Syria 22). And under a systematic program of inoculation, childhood diseases like polio, whooping cough, tetanus, and measles were eradicated.

No less remarkable were advances in the Palestinians' standard of living. By 1986, 92.8 percent of the population in the West Bank and Gaza had electricity around the clock, as compared to 20.5 percent in 1967; 85 percent had running water in dwellings, as compared to 16 percent in 1967; 83.5 percent had electric or gas ranges for cooking, as compared to 4 percent in 1967; and so on for refrigerators, televisions, and cars.

Finally, and perhaps most strikingly, during the two decades preceding the intifada of the late 1980's, the number of schoolchildren in the territories grew by 102 percent, and the number of classes by 99 percent, though the population itself had grown by only 28 percent. Even more dramatic was the progress in higher education. At the time of the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, not a single university existed in these territories. By the early 1990's, there were seven such institutions, boasting some 16,500 students. Illiteracy rates dropped to 14 percent of adults over age 15, compared with 69 percent in Morocco, 61 percent in Egypt, 45 percent in Tunisia, and 44 percent in Syria.

Hat tip Daled Amos and Soccerdad

Revving Your Engine is Islamophobic

Just when you think political correctness can't get any more bizarre and out of hand, a Scottish motorist is fined and sent to jail for "revving his car in a racist manner". He revved his engine near two muslim pedestrians last year.

UK: Jail Time for Revving Engine in a Racist Manner
A motorist in Scotland, UK is fined $238 and sent to jail for two days for the crime of revving his Lotus Esprit in a racist manner.

Scottish motorist Ronnie Hutton, 49, was jailed for two days for the crime of "revving his car in a racist manner" last September. After waiting more than a year to try the case, the Stirling Sheriff court finally convicted Hutton last week of breach of the peace and fined him £150 (US $282).

An off duty officer, Chief Inspector Eoin Jenkins, said Hutton had revved the engine of his Lotus Esprit near two Muslims last year. After Hutton dismissed Jenkins' concern with an expletive, Jenkins immediately dispatched two police officers to Hutton's home where he was taken and thrown in jail for two days without formal charges. Hutton explained that his revving had nothing to do with nearby pedestrians, rather, he was keeping his temperamental and expensive V8 engine from stalling and being damaged.

"To be convicted for revving my car in a busy street is hard to take," Hutton told the Sunday Mail newspaper. "Does this mean anyone driving a noisy car in Scotland is now a criminal?"

Asked in court why the man may have revved his engine, Hana Saad, 23, said through an interpreter, "Maybe because we are Muslim."

Is there a more paranoid and pathetic people then those representing the religion of peace? Now it is a crime, at least in Scotland, to rev one's engine in the presence of muslims.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Muslim Tories Support Iranian Bomb

Those "moderate" muslims in Britain's Tory party have said that Iran has the right to nuclear arms. They also want the educational system to rewrite history by teaching all the non-contributions made by muslims to western civilization. Forget about the fact that islam represents the antithesis of western values. They also demand that mullahs who reject democracy and its institutions should still be allowed entry into Britain. Of course it makes a great deal of sense to show tolerance toward, and allow the influx into free western countries, those who reject and would destroy our freedom. And naturally, above all else, they demand Britain not support Israel and leave Iran alone to pursue its ambitions of wiping Israel off the map. Ok, maybe they didn't actually use those words, but you can read between the lines. A conservative party spokesman dismissed these absurd demands by saying they don't represent the party's policy.

A body set up by David Cameron to advise the Conservatives on Muslim issues has criticised the Government's relationship with Israel and concluded that Iran has "legitimate" reasons for wanting nuclear weapons.

The Conservative Muslim Forum also wants the compulsory history curriculum in schools changed to give "full recognition to the massive contribution that Islam has made to the development of Western civilisation".

It also argues that preachers who advocate a rejection of democracy and its institutions should not be denied entry into Britain.

The findings are in a response to this summer's report by the Tory National and International Security Policy Group chaired by new adviser, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones.

But the way it addresses certain key issues — completely at odds with Tory policy — will embarrass Mr Cameron. Its comments on Israel, in particular, will be seized on.

The report says: "Regardless of whether one finds Israel a congenial country or not, on any objective assessment of the type of unqualified support given to Israel by the current government it is not conducive to British national interests as this could damage Britain's relationships with 15 billion Muslims worldwide, including those in Britain."

It concludes that passage with: "In all our dealings with Israel, we must remember the plight of the displaced Palestinians."

The group calls on the party to be more sympathetic towards Iran. It says: "Given Iran's position in the Middle East, facing a nuclear-armed Israel, Iran appears to have legitimate reasons for seeking nuclear weapons for defensive purposes."

It says that an incoming Tory government should oppose Iran's weapon ambitions, but adds: "Any collusion by Britain in an Israeli or American military strike against Iran would be extremely damaging to Britain's long-term security interests."

The forum works out of the Conservative headquarters in London. It is chaired by Lord Sheikh, a party donor who was given a peerage last year. His wife works in Tory HQ.

Last night, a spokesman said: "This is simply one of many submissions received and does not represent Conservative Party policy."

Iran Issues Another Threat

Iran's crazed regime has threatened the U.S. and Israel again, claiming false capabilites that it can fire 11,000 missiles in the first minute should we justifiably attack this rogue regime which has no right to exist along with its nuclear weapons making facilities which it has no right to possess.

Iran is capable of firing 11,000 rockets into enemy bases within the first minute after any possible attack, state-run television quoted a top Revolutionary Guards Corps commander as saying Saturday.

Gen. Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, the missile commander of the Guards, said Iran has identified all enemy positions and was prepared to respond in less than a minute to any possible attack.

“Enemy bases and positions have been identified. … The Guards ground force will fire 11,000 rockets into identified enemy positions within the first minute of any aggression against the Iranian territory,” the television quoted Chaharbaghi as saying.

Chaharbaghi did not specifically identify the bases or the enemy and did not refer to arch foes Israel or the United States by name.

The US has 40,000 troops on various US bases in other Persian Gulf countries and 20,000 in Mideast waters. Another 160,000 US troops are in neighboring Iraq.

Tensions are high between Washington and Teheran over US accusations that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons and helping Shi’ite militias in Iraq that target US troops. Iran denies the claims.

Washington has said it is addressing the Iran situation diplomatically, rather than militarily, but US officials also say that all options are open.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly demanded that foreign forces leave the region and urged the US to acknowledge it has failed in Iraq.

Syria Cleans Up Nuclear Site

Syria has begun to dismantle the ruins of the site which was bombed by Israel even though Syria had claimed only an empty building was hit.

Syria has begun dismantling the remains of a site Israel bombed Sept. 6 in what may be an attempt to prevent the location from coming under international scrutiny, said U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the aftermath of the attack.

Based on overhead photography, the officials say the site in Syria's eastern desert near the Euphrates River had a "signature" or characteristics of a small but substantial nuclear reactor, one similar in structure to North Korea's facilities.

The dismantling of the damaged site, which appears to be still underway, could make it difficult for weapons inspectors to determine the precise nature of the facility and how Syria planned to use it. Syria, which possesses a small reactor used for scientific research, has denied seeking to expand its nuclear program. But U.S. officials knowledgeable about the Israeli raid have described the target as a nuclear facility being constructed with North Korean assistance...

Although president Bush was mocked by the left and the international elites and sophisticates for remarks he made in a speech about an axis of evil, it is quite obvious there really is an axis of evil consisting of North Korea, Syria and Iran working in conjunction.

...While U.S. officials express increasing confidence that the Syrian facility was nuclear-related, divisions persist within the government and among weapons experts over the significance of the threat. If the facility was a nuclear reactor, U.S. weapons experts said it would almost certainly have taken Syria several years to complete the structure, and much longer to produce significant quantities of plutonium for potential use in nuclear weapons. Nuclear reactors also are used to generate electricity.

"This isn't like a Road Runner cartoon where you call up Acme Reactors and they deliver a functioning reactor to your back yard. It takes years to build," said Joseph Cirincione, director for nuclear policy at the Center for American Progress. "This is an extremely demanding technology, and I don't think Syria has the technical, engineering or financial base to really support such a reactor."

While expressing concern over the prospect that Syria may have decided to launch a nuclear program in secret, some weapons experts question why neither Israel nor the United States made any effort before the secret attack -- or in the six weeks since -- to offer evidence to the International Atomic Energy Agency, a move that would trigger an inspection of Syria by the nuclear watchdog.

"The reason we have an IAEA and a safeguard system is that, if there is evidence of wrongdoing, it can be presented by a neutral body to the international community so that a collective response can be pursued," said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association. "It seems to me highly risky and premature for another country to bomb such a facility."...

Israel should rely on the IAEA because it has been doing such an adequate job in preventing Iran from acquiring nukes? The above is a particularly amusing statement. It comes as no surprise that there are those in the media and members of international bodies who would go out of their way to find fault with Israel for its decision to carry out a strike against Syria. I suppose they would feel that the right time for Israel to strike would have been after Iran or Syria launches nuclear weapons at it.

Now, in an attempt to make Israel seem paranoid and having overreacted, the IAEA is claiming that after having analyzed the satellite photos, there was no evidence of a nuclear facility where Israel struck. One cannot trust the claims of the IAEA, most especially since it has a muslim at its helm.

U.N. experts have begun analyzing satellite imagery of the Syrian site struck last month by Israeli warplanes, looking for any signs it was a secret nuclear facility, diplomats said Friday.

It was unclear where the material was obtained or what exactly it showed. One of the diplomats, who is linked to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the experts were studying commercial images, contrary to earlier suggestions they came from U.S. intelligence.

Separately, a senior diplomat familiar with the issue indicated the experts were looking at several possible locations for the Israeli strike. Two other diplomats said initial examination of the material found no evidence the target was a nuclear installation, but emphasized it was too early to draw definitive conclusions...
Hat tip Soccerdad