Sunday, January 31, 2010

This Week's Haveil Havalim

Edition #254 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at The Israel Situation.

Councilwoman Tells the Truth About islam

A councilwoman out west is receiving some flak for truthful comments she made about islam on her Facebook page. H/T Loganswarning

Councilwoman accused of racist Muslim comment

Sid Garcia
(KABC) — A diverse group of Antelope Valley religious and political leaders are asking for Lancaster City Councilwoman Sherry Marquez, to apologize for what she wrote on her Facebook page about Muslims.

“Why this is of such great concern is that it isn’t something that was said to somebody or was overheard on an open microphone. It is because it went on the World Wide Web,” said Valerie Elliott of the Antelope Valley Interfaith Council.

A portion of what Marquez wrote on her Facebook page after reading a story about a Buffalo New York man accused of beheading his wife reads, “This is what the Muslim religion is all about. The beheadings, honor killings are just the beginning of what is to come in the U.S.A. We are told this is a small majority of Muslims in America, but it is truly what they are all about.”

“We need her apology to come from the heart, and that comes with education,” said Kamal Al-Khatib of the American Islamic Institute of A.V.

Actually she seems quite educated about islam. Perhaps Al-khatib would like to place her and the rest of us who don't fall in line, into reeducation camps. This is the standard line that muslim leaders use whenever someone speaks about the violence in islam, that they are lacking in education about islam. We aren't supposed to believe our own eyes and ears.

Marquez has her supporters. She was elected to the Lancaster City Council in 2008.

“Maybe she shouldn’t have commented on what she said. Maybe it was taken out of context.” said Ron Spears, a Lancaster resident. “It is just Facebook, and I’m sure she doesn’t want to offend any people. The more that I read about her, I’m sure she does not hate Muslim people in general.”

What's with the cowering feckless attitude so many display when it comes to islam? Muslims certainly aren't afraid to offend us. I don't understand how anyone paying even a little attention to world events can doubt what Marquez said is true.

Marquez denied requests for interviews by Eyewitness News. Instead, she referred to a statement she read at a Tuesday night city council meeting.

“My reaction to that has now affected those and the city and to you. I apologize. I was, Saturday morning, and am still very disturbed every time I read about these horrific crimes against women and young girls. I will continue to voice my opinion and speak out about it,” she stated at the meeting.

While one group says that they’ll continue to ask Marquez to apologize to the Antelope Valley’s religious community, they have convinced the councilwoman to remove the statements from her Facebook page.

I'm sorry she apologized and removed her comments from Facebook. We've got to stop apologizing to muslims for stating the obvious about their hateful and violent ideology and we've got to stop caving in to their demands.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Obama Speaks on Israel

Obama speaks about Israel and the "palestinians" in a town hall meeting in Tampa.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would never waver from support for Israel’s security but that Washington must also pay attention to the plight of the Palestinian people.

“We are working to try to strengthen the ability of both parties to have to sit down across the table,” Obama said at a townhall-style meeting in Tampa. His administration’s efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have made little progress since he took office a year ago.

The president referred to Israel as “one of our strongest allies,” adding that “the Palestinians have to unequivocally renounce violence and recognize Israel. And Israel has to acknowledge legitimate grievances and interests of the Palestinians. We have to realize both the Palestinians and Israelis have legitimate aspirations.” Obama cautioned both sides against “mutual demonization” that threatens to jeopardize the resumption of peace negotiations.

Here he goes again morally equivocating. There is no demonization on the part of Israel. Schools, media and synogogues in Israel do not teach that the “palestinians” are the sons of apes and pigs. They do not teach their children that their highest calling in life is to become martyrs by blowing themselves up in a crowd of arabs.

Obama said Abbas “genuinely wants peace” but has to deal with Hamas, a militant group that refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Abbas, a pro-U.S. moderate, is also weakened by Hamas’s control of the Gaza Strip while he governs only in the West Bank.

By praising the fatah murderers of a Rabbi and naming schools and camps after terrorists and refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state shows how genuinely abbas wants peace?

But he quickly insisted, “The plight of the Palestinians is something that we have to pay attention to. It is not good for our security and for Israel’s security if you have millions of individuals who feel hopeless.”

Hopeless because they haven't succeeded in throwing the Jews into the sea? He just doesn’t get it or pretends not to. The “palestinians” do not want statehood, they want to destroy the Jewish state. Over the years Israel's foolish offers of statehood have been repeatedly rejected so long as it means the Jewish state, no matter how much it was dwindled down, would remain in existence.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Left Shuts Down Wilders Event on Campus

Pro-jihad leftists at Temple University display their usual lack of tolerance toward opposing views and cause Wilders' Appearance to be cut short.

Wilders event at University Cut Short as Crowd Turns Nasty

Terrorism Awareness Project

“Where Islam sets roots, freedom dies,” Geert Wilders told the students during his 30-minute address organized by a new student group called Temple University Purpose and funded by the California-based David Horowitz Freedom Center, a foundation that promotes conservative scholarship.

His remarks were met by a mixture of applause and boos, and occasionally gasps — particularly when he stated that “our Western culture is far better than the Islamic culture and we should defend it.”

There is NO muslim country which is free. Every one of them is repressive. Wilders is simply stating a fact when saying “Where Islam sets roots, freedom dies,”. And of course we in the west have the freest societies, the most equality and human rights. That makes our culture superior. So why would such an obvious statement of fact elicit boos and gasps? It does when you are speaking before an audience of left wing lunatics who hate freedom and support tyranny.

He decried as a “disgrace” a resolution co-sponsored by the U.S. and Egypt, and backed by the U.N. Human Rights Council earlier this month, deploring attacks on religions while insisting that freedom of expression remains a basic right. Wilders also criticized President Barack Obama for his efforts to extend a hand to the Islamic world, saying that such appeasement marks “the beginning of the end.”

If the spread of Islam continues unabated in the Western world, “you might at the end of the day lose your Constitution, ” he told the assembly. “Wake up, defend your freedom.”

He also touched on common themes in his speeches, including calling for an end to Muslim immigrationand referring to the Muslim holy book, the Quran, as “an evil book” that promotes violence and intolerance.

A question-and- answer session was cut short after the tone of the event began to turn nasty, when some in the crowd of several hundred students began shouting jeers. Wilders’ security detail quickly ushered him from the room.

“In order to improve our understanding of others, we need to learn,” said Alvaro Watson of Purpose, the student group. “We can’t fight for something if we only know one side.”

Before his remarks at Temple, a public university serving about 34,000 students, Wilders showed his 15-minute anti-Islam film, “Fitna,” which juxtaposes passages from the suras, or chapters, of the Quran with images of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, beheadings, shootings and speeches from clerics advocating violence against non-Muslims.

“I think it’s completely wrong that someone who promotes racism and intolerance should be given a platform at this university,” said Temple student Josh Rosenthal. “It’s hate speech disguised as free speech.”

Another pathetic Jewish liberal who sides with those who would behead him if given the opportunity. In the first place how does criticism of islam amount to “racism” since islam is not a race, but an ideology? Secondly what is hateful about simply stating the TRUTH about the horrors being inflicted in the name of islam around the world? And also I would bet that Josh Rosenthal and the other critics of Wilder would not object to muslims speaking on campus who preach hatred and violence against non-muslims. Freedom of speech is a one-way street with the left. While the left claims to be tolerant, in reality they are closer to being fascists who want to shut-down truth-tellers like Geert Wilders. Read the rest.

There is No Moderate islam

Barry Rubin discusses three competing views of islam.

And the spread of the Saudi version, undermining more tolerant Islam as far afield as Indonesia, is also part of the modern Islamist problem.

Muslims are burning churches in Indonesia. If that’s Rubin’s idea of moderate than he is just as clueless as the “islam is a religion of peace” crowd.

Let us assume that the immigration of Muslims to the West was happening 50 or even years ago. This was in a period before Islamism took hold. And so whatever problems did take place–many of them cultural, too–there would be no huge problem as there is today with a powerful Islamist interpretation often dominating the field and controlling organizations and often mosques and schools. There would be no terrorism issue. While many Muslims would want to keep apart and reject Western ways, they would do so quietly and peacefully. While women who became Westernized and anyone wanting to convert to another religion would face some harassment, they would not face a high likelihood of being murdered. The younger generations would become more, not less, comfortable and accommodating with Western society.

I don't believe that islam was less radical 50 years ago. The reason there was no terrorism is because they were too powerless back then. Decades of accumulated wealth from the oil industry has enabled the islamic world to acquire the power needed to wage global jihad today. If you examine the history of islam, whenever it acquired enough power, it waged jihad and conquered other lands and slaughtered non-muslims.

Are Muslims the main victims of radical Islamism or, if you wish, radical Islam? The answer is absolutely yes. Yet if that’s true then what we are dealing with here is a civil war within Islam in which Muslims have chosen different sides, neither a hijacking nor the “inevitable interpretation” of Islam. After all, if the Islamists were impersonators, they would have no support, and if they were unquestionably the correct form of Muslim, they would have all Muslims’ support.

What civil war within islam? Where is the mass movement of moderate muslims confronting the jihadists? The only civil war that does exist is between sunnis and shiites, not between so-called “moderates” and extremists. Read the whole article.

Obama Disses Israel

I think its an outrage that Obama failed to mention Israel as being one of the countries contributing to Haiti, a contribution second only to the U.S., while mentioning countries that contributed little during a speech he made January 15. If this isn't proof of obama's hostility toward Israel I don't know what is. And besides, highlighting Israel's superior moral values and technical abilities would offend muslims and we can't have that.

Maybe I’m Getting Paranoid … About Obama
Marty Peretz
January 26, 2010 | 6:46 pm

I've just read the transcript [1] of the president's remarks about Haiti, the ones he made on January 15. He noted that, in addition to assistance from the United States, significant aid had also come from "Brazil, Mexico, Canada, France, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, among others." Am I missing another country that truly weighed in with truly consequential assistance? Ah, yes. There it is. Right there "among others." Yes, the country to which I refer is "among others," that one.

The fact is that, next to our country, Israel sent the largest contingent of trained rescue workers, doctors, and other medical personnel. The Israeli field hospital was the only one on the ground that could perform real surgery, which it did literally hundreds of times, while delivering--as of last week--at least 16 babies, including one premature infant and three caesarians. The first 250-odd Israelis were real professionals, and they were supplemented by others, also professionals. And to these can be added the many organized Jews from the Diaspora who, in solidarity with Israel, also went on a work pilgrimage, an aliyah, in solidarity with Haiti.

It's not that Israeli participation in the Haiti horror was being kept secret. I myself saw it reported several times on television—on ABC [2], NBC [3], CBS [4], and CNN [5].

So didn't Obama notice? For God's sake, everybody noticed the deep Israeli involvement. I understand that Obama doesn't like Middle East narratives that do not contain "one side and the other side" equal valence. But he couldn't have that here. The Arabs don't care a fig, not for their impoverished and backward own, and certainly not for strangers. That's why their presence in Haiti amounted to a couple of bucks from Saudi Arabia and maybe from some other sheikhs.

An afterthought: Who would want Arab participation in the rescue effort? This was serious work and dangerous work. Amateurs weren't welcome.

Yes, I think that the labors of the Israelis were edited out of Obama's speech, either by his speechwriters (who have made dissing Israel their forté) or by his own oh-so-delicate but dishonest censoring mechanism.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sarkozy Panders to muslims

Nicholas Sarkozy is going soft on islam. He has called on his countrymen to "tolerate" islam as if the problem lies with the native French rather than the hostile muslim invaders burning cars, demanding the implementation of sharia, perpetrating violent attacks against Jews and even the murder of Jews etc. When will political leaders demand tolerance FROM muslims? It is muslim intolerance which is causing all the problems facing France and most of Europe and the entire world. If anything, the west has been far too tolerant to its own detriment. H/T Loganswarning

Sarkozy calls for tolerance with Muslims

France: French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Tuesday for tolerance with French Muslims and highlighted the need to remain aloof from fratricidal fights due to old state anti-clericalism.

In a speech at the national cemetery Notre Dame de Lorette in Pas-de-Calais, in northern France, Sarkozy also expressed his opposition to the the burqa, the piece of clothing that covers a woman from head to foot.

“We could not bear practices that insult the French converted to the Islam”, pointed out the President in the cemetery, where the graves of Muslim soldiers were outraged three times in 2007.

He stressed that the principle of laicism in France does not mean rejecting religious beliefs and practices, but the opposite, it means tolerance and respect in concordance with civic-mindedness and peace. Sarkozy paid tribute to French Muslims soldiers dead in military missions, among them Marshal Harouna Dio, who died in Afghanistan last January 13.

Hamas Supporters in Congress

Here are 54 members of Congress which accept money from CAIR and voted to demand Israel make it easier for hamas to perpetrate terrorist attacks against its citizens. It's clear that the muslim lobby has much more power than the much talked about Israel lobby. This coincides with the Obama administration removing all but one hamas member from the list of terrorists in order to allow it to receive funding from the EU.

These members of Congress need to be replaced by people who put America's national security above muslim money and votes. Any politician who accepts money from CAIR is committing treason in my view. CAIR is a hamas front group and also an un-indicted co-conspirator in the holy land foundation trial.

Hamas' 54 Democratic Congressmen
Keith Ellison, widely hailed as America's first Muslim congressman, could more accurately be described as CAIR and Hamas' man in Congress. Congressman Ellison has been a regular presence at CAIR fundraisers and at pro-Hamas rallies in the United States. As a former member of Farrakhan's Nation of Islam, Ellison has enough anti-semitic and Islamist credentials to satisfy anyone, and had expressed openly anti-semitic beliefs in the past.

Since Ellison got his start with CAIR , his attempt to provide support for Hamas is completely unsurprising. Both Hamas and CAIR are projects of the Muslim Brotherhood, which also helped birth Al Queda. Organizations like CAIR do the same work in America that Hamas does in Israel. The difference is that CAIR does its work on a political level, while Hamas functions on both a political and a military level. Like CAIR, Ellison is careful to cloak his pro-Hamas agenda, which he does by mentioning that all violence is wrong and that Israelis probably shouldn't be shelled-- but the thrust of his agenda is to force Israel to open its border with Hamas.

The entire "Free Gaza" movement is a Hamas propaganda project that allows it to demand that Israel open its borders, without actually using the P word, for peace, since Hamas doesn't even believe in phony peace negotiations. So Pro-Hamas activists, whether it's former Saddam supporter, George Galloway's Viva Palestina or their American flavors talk only about "The People of Gaza", deemphasize Hamas and emphasize the supposed "suffering" within Gaza.

But the call for Israel to open its borders is nothing more than a way of making it easier for terrorists to strike. Ellison's letter buries its real agenda in paragraphs of prose about how everyone will be better off, except somehow Hamas, if Israel complies with their demand... that Israel ease the movement of people in and out of Gaza. This of course is a fancy way of saying, "Let my Suicide Bombers go".

None of this is up till now is shocking. But what Congressman Keith Ellison accomplished was to convince 53 other Democratic congressmen to join him in this venture. It is not particularly surprising to find the House's most radical anti-Israel voices signing their names onto Ellison's letter. It would be inconceivable if a letter aiding Hamas did not carry the signatures of Barbara Lee, Jim Moran or Jim McDermott, who helped Ellison spearhead the whole campaign. It is essentially inconceivable that any letter circulated in congress opposing Israel would not get their signature.
Read the rest.

Dutch Anti-Semite Gretta Duisenberg

Obviously anti-Semitism is an acceptable form of hate speech in the Netherlands while merely speaking the truth about islam gets one put on trial as is being done with the selective prosecution of Geert Wilders. Why else isn't this anti-Semitic witch Gretta Duisenberg, being put on trial for hate speech?

“Holland's right-wing government is Christian radical, and the radical people within the Jewish people have very strong feelings toward Israel, and they dominate our government.”

Duisenberg is in good contact with the royal family

“I never talk about that. Her Majesty does not want to talk about politics.”

Princess Maxima says:

“Nevertheless, once, princess Máxima was there at a reception, and I passed next to her and she called me and said: ‘I want to say that I really admire you.’”

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Egyptian Christian Girl Asks Obama for Help

Our president made a speech in Cairo in front of an audience of members of the muslim brotherhood, the organization which spawned al qaeda and hamas. During that speech our president falsely proclaimed islam to be peaceful and tolerant and that it should be respected. While he spent all that time flattering muslims, he mentioned nothing about the horrific plight of Egypt's Coptic Christians. Given that Obama's mission is to curry favor with the muslim world and his obvious affinity for it, don't expect him to answer the pleas of an Egyptian Christian girl begging him to address the issue of their plight. This president didn't step up to even give his moral support to Iranian protesters. And recall that in the Cairo speech he spoke about the right of muslim women in the west to be allowed to wear head covering, however he did not speak of the right of women in muslim countries NOT to have to wear head covering. Why won't this president speak out for those suffering under islamic oppression? H/T Loganswarning

Christian in Egypt: ‘They Try to Kill Us’
January 26, 2010 – Dana Lewis
Egyptian Maher El-Gowhary and his 15 year old daughter Dina never pray twice at the same church, never stay longer than a month in any one apartment. They are constantly under threat, always on the run because they converted to Christianity in a largely Muslim country.

Maher and Dina nervously agreed to meet us at a Church in Cairo. The priest at the Church said he feared problems from the Egyptian authorities and while he agreed to have us watch his Sunday mass, the Priest declined to speak to us about what is happening in Egypt and to the El-Gowhary’s.

They tell their story out of fear and desperation. Born Muslims they chose to convert to the Christian Church after both claim they had religious visions.

Now Maher says “Muslims try to kill us, and will kill us if they find us.”

Several religious fatwas have been issued for “spilling his blood” after Maher asked an Egyptian Court to legally recognize his conversion, so he can one day be buried as a Christian and so his daughter won’t be forced into a marriage by her Muslim mother.

The court ruled a legal conversion to Christianity would threaten public order. His lawyer told us it’s a dangerous double standard because in Egypt a Christian can convert to the Muslim faith in a week, but a Muslim cannot convert to the Christian faith.

Ten percent of Egypt is Christian, largely the Coptic Christians who increasingly say they face daunting discrimination and even death.

We had to hide our camera as we followed the El-Gowhary’s because we were told if the authorities discovered we were preparing our story we would be arrested.

Religious tensions are running high in Egypt.

On January 6th, the Coptic Christmas eve, three Muslim men sprayed gunfire at a Church in Upper Egypt killing six Christians and wounding up to a dozen more. Christians rioted the next day and the area is still closed to outsiders including the press.

Human rights activist Hussein Bahjet say’s Egypt has the potential to become like Lebanon because of growing sectarian violence.

“Civil strife that could engulf the country” Bahjet says.

The U.S. State Department reports respect of religious freedom in Egypt is declining, Christians are denied Government jobs, Priests are threatened and harassed, Christians are increasingly attacks in what State describes as “a climate of impunity that encourages violence.”

In some cases authorities turn a blind eye to attacks on Christians, in other cases there is evidence police sparked the attacks.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been largely silent about the problem, but this week he spoke out saying Egyptians must up-root “fanaticism and sectarianism, which threatens the unit of our nation.”

Dina has written a letter to President Obama which has been published on Christian websites. She has been pulled out of school. She has only a blue jean jacket to stay warm and little food to eat. Her letter was a desperate plea. “I wrote that we are a minority Christian Community treated very badly and I want to tell President Obama to tell the Egyptian Government to treat us well.”

Her father Mayer says he can’t stay in Egypt anymore. He and his daughter are in such grave danger we can’t report where they are in Egypt now, or where they are planning on moving tomorrow.

In recent days the two met with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in Cairo. They asked for refugee status to get out of Egypt.

A source at the Commission say’s its a complicated matter because Dina has a Muslim mother and there are legal issues, but their request is being considered.

The Commission source also says because of religious in Egypt, last year the State Department down graded Egypt to being on a watch list. This year it could potentially be downgraded further to a Country of particular concern. That means the U.S. might even consider sanctions against a Country which receives some 2 billion dollars in U.S. aid every year.

As I write this Dina and her father are packing, moving to another area of Egypt. Out of money. And running of out hope.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Muslim Mob Burns Churches in Indonesia

Those phantom moderate muslims are only a figment of liberals imaginations. It is time political leaders in the west stopped tip-toeing around the truth about islam. It is at its essence an evil ideology which commands the conversion of non-believers by the sword. It hasn’t been “hijacked” by a few extremists, those “extremists” actually represent true islam, and we aren’t merely at war with al qaeda, we are at war with islam. These facts need to be drummed into the heads of westerners.

We are told that Indonesia is one such "moderate" muslim country. A crowd of 1000 muslims burned down two Protestant churches. H/T Loganswarning

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A crowd of at least 1000 people burned down two Protestant churches last night in Sibuhuan (district of Padang Lawas, North Sumatra). The blaze was the culmination of tension between the faithful and the local Islamic community, tired of seeing ” too many faithful and too many prayers ” in a place not registered as a church.

The district chief of Padang Lawas, Basrah Lubis, said that “the attackers arrived in a flash. Their number was enormous, more or less a thousand. They were angry because the administration of the church had not responded to their demands: to change the use of buildings from ‘places of prayer’ to ‘neutral buildings’. “

Both burned churches – two adjoining buildings – belong to the Synod of the Protestant Batak Church (Huria Kristen Batak Protestant, Hkbp), and are Pentecostal churches, whose faithful belong predominantly to the ethnic Batak group. Even their liturgies, with dances and songs are in Batak language.

According to police, neither of the two buildings had a building permit and had to be considered “places of prayer” and not “churches”. In Indonesia, to build a church a special legal permit (Izin Mendirikan Bangunan, IMB) is necessary. The process to get the permit is almost always hard and the Islamic community has boycotted the emergence of new churches. This lack of legal permits has become the main source of Muslims violence against Christians.

According to local witnesses, the first skirmishes took place last Christmas, when a large group of Sibuhuan residents held a sit-in protest against the existence of two churches, which has “too many members and disturbs the neighbours.”

In fact, the services of the Pentecostal community are full of songs and musical instruments and it is possible that the religious holiday services were a nuisance to local members of another religion.

Conflicting with previous statements, the locals also argue against the community’s attempts to turn these “places of prayer” in “real churches”. “The legal basis for declaring a church is that the number of believers is at least 60 members. But this community has only 23 members”, claims Basrah Lubis.

The Hkbp community of Sibuhuan is in existence since 1982 and still can not get permission to convert buildings into real recognized churches. Lubis Basrah admits that non Christian local hinder recognition.

Now that the two buildings have been reduced to ashes, Hkbp communities have to travel to Sosa, 28 kilometres from Sibuhuan, where there are three permanent churches.

The Rev. Gomar Gultom, executive secretary of the Synod of Christian Churches in Indonesia (PGI), points out that all this anti-Christian violence occurs because some radical Islamic groups are deeply opposed to the construction of Christian places of worship and seek to restrain the public practise of other faiths. “In Indonesia, Christianity is legal – he says – but often, Christians are threatened.”

Monday, January 25, 2010

Administration to Appeal Blackwater Case

The Obama administration vows to appeal the Blackwater case. Whether it be this case or the case of the Navy SEALS being prosecuted because a jihadist who murdered and mutilated the bodies our guys in Iraq CLAIMED to have received a fat lip by them while in custody, this administration is determined to protect Americas enemies and persecute our patriots in order to appease the muslim world. H/T Loganswarning

Biden vows the US will appeal in Iraq Blackwater case

US Vice-President Joe Biden says the US government will appeal against a court ruling dismissing manslaughter charges in the Blackwater shootings case.

Mr Biden was speaking after meeting Iraqi politicians in Baghdad.

Iraqis were furious when a US judge threw out charges against five Blackwater security guards over the 2007 killing of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad.

Mr Biden is in Iraq in an attempt to defuse a political crisis over candidates for the election in March.

Class action

Mr Biden said the dismissal of the Blackwater charges was just that and “not an acquittal”.

Expressing “personal regret” over the 16 September 2007 shootings in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square, he said the US justice department would file its appeal against the court’s decision next week.

“The United States is determined to hold to account anyone who commits crimes against Iraqi people,” Mr Biden added.

“While we fully respect the independence and the integrity of the US judicial system, we were disappointed with the judge’s decision to dismiss the indictment, which was based on the way some evidence had been acquired.”

Iraq maintains the Blackwater guards fired without provocation. Blackwater said the firing followed an ambush on one of its convoys.

The US rejected attempts for a trial in Iraq but charges in the US were thrown out when a judge ruled in December that the guards’ constitutional rights had been violated and that the justice department had mishandled evidence.

The ruling provoked anger in Iraq and this month the Iraqi government began collecting signatures for a class action lawsuit on behalf of people killed or wounded in incidents involving Blackwater.

Iraq said it would seek compensation for a number of such cases and would continue to “act forcefully and decisively to prosecute”.

The 2007 incident caused widespread public anger against foreign security companies operating in Iraq and their activities have been severely curbed since then.

Anti-Israel Brit Reverend Uses Police to Intimidate Blogger

British reverend Stephen Sizer sent the police to intimidate a blogger who exposed his association with anti-Semites and terrorists. I'm so so sick of the likes of the Rev. Sizers of this world. You would think that someone claiming to be Christian would be concerned with the horrible plight of Christians in the muslim world, the burning of churches in Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, the genocide of the Coptic Christians in Egypt, the persecution of Christians and the denial of their religious rights in every islamic nation. Instead his target is Israel, the only country in the region where Christians have freedom.

Britain is an awful place. While the country is being devoured by muslims, it's Jews who so many Brits reserve their hatred for. It's unexplainable to me why they choose to side with unassimilated, violent, savage hordes living off welfare over assimilated, productive, successful, law-abiding Jews. England is rotting from within. The country as we have known it is finished.

Trying intimidation on for sizer

Instapundit thinks that it's usually a mistake to threaten bloggers. Apparently Rev. Stephen Sizer didn't get the message.

Rev. Sizer is the vicar, or senior pastor, of Christ Church, Virginia Water. If you check out his websites, it is clear that he is rabidly anti-Israel. What you wouldn't know is that he has other associations that are worthy of attention, that blogger, Seismic Shock publicized.
But then...

Yet there's another reason why I've been quiet, and whilst I've held my tongue and my pen for a while, now is time to speak.

At 10am on Sunday 29th November 2009, I received a visit from two policemen regarding my activities in running the Seismic Shock blog. (Does exposing a vicar's associations with extremists make me a criminal?, I wondered initially). A sergeant from the Horsforth Police related to me that he had received complaints via Surrey Police from Rev Sizer and from Dr Anthony McRoy - a lecturer at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology - who both objected to being associated with terrorists and Holocaust deniers.

(Context: Sizer has associated with some very nasty terrorists and Holocaust deniers; McRoy has delivered a paper at a Khomeinist theological conference in Iran comparing Hezbollah's struggle against Israel via suicide bombing with the Christian's struggle against sin via the atoning death of Jesus, and describes the world's most prominent Holocaust denier as an "intelligent, humble, charismatic, and charming" man who "gives quick, extensive and intelligent answers to any question, mixed with genial humour").

Guess What Israel is Being Blamed for Now

The British medical journal Lancet blames Israel for the problem of "palestinian" wife beating. The study of course ignores the fact that violence against women such as "honor" murders of wives and daughters, female genital mutilation, flogging and stoning are normal and acceptable ways of treating women in every islamic country and even muslim communities in the west.

The Lancet is composed of yet another group of wretched far left moral degenerates. Is there any institution left in Britain which has not been hijacked by anti-Israel, pro-jihadi loons? Even the medical profession has been politicized.

I've had enough of this blaming and demonization of Israel. When will cowards stop scapegoating Israel and begin confronting islam?

Lancet Study Blames Palestinian Wife-Beating on Israel

Does Not Mention Honor Killings, Forced Veiling, Arranged Marriages, etc.

It’s official. Britain’s premier medical journal Lancet has been completely Palestinianized. It no longer bears any relationship to the first-rate scientific journal it once was. Perhaps Lancet is no longer a standard-bearer but has become a follower in the global movement in which standards have plunged, biases have soared, and Big Lies now pass for top-of-the-line academic, scientific work.

The post-colonial academy is itself thoroughly colonized by the false and dangerous ideas of Edward Said (please read my dear friend Ibn Warraq’s most excellent book Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism). However, I once believed that Said’s paranoid perspective had primarily infected and indoctrinated only the social sciences, humanities, and Middle East Studies. We now see his malign influence at work in a new article, just out today, by professors who work at the Department of Medicine at Harvard University; the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at Minnesota University’s School of Public Health; The Boston University School of Medicine; the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; and at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

Their study is titled: “Association between exposure to political violence and intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional study.” And yes, they have found that Palestinian husbands are more violent towards Palestinian wives as a function of the Israeli “occupation”—and that the violence increases significantly when the husbands are “directly” as opposed to “indirectly” exposed to political violence.

I believe that Arab and Muslim men, including Palestinian men, are indeed violent towards Arab and Muslim women. I also believe that war-related stress, including poverty, usually increases “intimate partner violence,” aka male domestic violence. But beyond that, how does one evaluate this study?

First, let’s follow the money. This study was funded by the Palestinian National Authority as well as by the Core Funding Group at the University of Minnesota. The Palestinian Authority is not a disinterested party. But even worse: The data was collected by the Palestinian Central Bureau. These are the people who told the world that Israeli soldiers shot young Mohammed al-Dura, committed a massacre in Jenin, and purposely attacked Palestinian civilians (who just happened to be jihadists dressed in civilian clothing or hostage-civilians behind whom the jihadists hid).

Second, let’s note that the study has a political goal which trumps any objective academic or feminist goal. (These researchers claim to have a “feminist” perspective). In my view, this study wishes to present Palestinian men as victims, even when those men are battering their wives. And, it wishes to present Palestinian cultural barbarism, which includes severe child abuse, as also related to the alleged Israeli occupation.

Third, therefore, the study has purposely omitted the violence, including femicide, which is routinely perpetrated against daughters and sisters in “occupied Palestine” and has, instead, chosen to focus only on husband-wife violence and only on couples who are currently married. The honor murders of daughters and sisters by their parents and brothers is a well known phenomenon in Gaza and on the West Bank.

I have written about some high profile cases before. “Souad” barely survived being set on fire by her fWest Bank family because she became pregnant out of wedlock by the man who promised to marry her; Israelis nursed her back to health and she fled the area for Europe, where she wrote a book about her near-death experience. Asma’a al-Ghoul, whom I interviewed in 2008, was fired for writing a series of articles about honor killings on the West Bank and in Gaza. These barbaric, misogynist, and femicidal customs are not due to any alleged political, military, or economic “occupation” by Israelis.

Fourth, if one is completely serious about violence against women, the researchers would have factored in the role of Hamas, which has “occupied” Gaza both militarily and religiously. Since they have done so, more and more (previously modern) women have been forced to veil; more child marriages as well as arranged marriages are now taking place.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

This Week's Haveil Havalim

Edition #253 of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at The Real Shliach.

Jews Stick With Democrats

Jews stubbornly cling to liberal democrats. The Jewish vote in Massachusetts went overwhelmingly for Coakley over Brown. If there hasn’t been any Jewish movement away from the democrats at this point in time, there is no hope that there ever will be. A democratic candidate could be seen on video literally embracing ahmadinejad and the Jewish liberal would nevertheless vote for that candidate. But then again the Jewish liberal regards evangelical Christians to be more dangerous than hamas, hezbollah, al qaeda and the mullahs of Iran.

Massachusetts Jews did not switch sides…

Rosner reader Daniel from Boston writes:
“A friend of mine, traveling through Boston, had told me that he encountered many liberal Jewish Bostonians voting for Brown”. Mr Rosner, you may find the following interesting. Brookline and Newton are about 40 - 50% Jewish and overwhelmingly liberal. In Brookline Martha Coakley beat Scott Brown 74% - 25%, in Newton 67% 32%. I don’t believe liberal Jews are switching religions so fast?. see the link below (that’s a NYT interactive map).

UN Asks Israel to Send Police to Haiti

How is this for irony. The UN has asked the despised Israel, the country it accuses of "war crimes" among other things, to provide police in order to maintain law and order in Haiti. So if they really believed Israel was so evil and guilty of war crimes, why would the UN want it to send police?

I'm concerned about Israel placing itself in such a situation. If God forbid the Israeli police are forced to shoot some violent thug or thugs to protect themselves or innocent Hatians, all hell will break loose. The wrath of the world will come down on it.

UN and US ask Israel to maintain law and order in Haiti

By Jack Golburt

The most interesting news today is that the UN and the US have both asked Israel to send a contingent of police to Haiti. I don’t know whether to crack up laughing or explode in rage.

Might as well laugh, I suppose, but let me be sure I got this straight: the UN and the US want who to send police to Haiti? They want those fascistic, racist, genocidal, worse-than-the-Nazis Apartheid Israelis to send cops to Haiti? Cops, of all things! Armed cops!

Aren’t they afraid the Israelis will murder people and harvest their organs? Some people do worry about that. See And they cite Alex Jones for support. (Yes, Virginia, there are also right wing Jew-haters.)

Don’t they worry that the Jews will use their blood to make Purim pastries and matzah for Pesah? (Oops! That should read “the Zionists will use their blood to make Purim pastries.” We mustn’t confuse anti-Zionism for crass Jew-hatred.) After all, the Saudi government has put that out officially and they want peace with Israel. Don’t they? We know they do because they are the authors of the “peace plan” that the Obama Administration has adopted and is pushing relentlessly.

The request for Israel to send police to Haiti is proof positive that the UN and the world know that the calumnies against Israel are all lies. It’s all just lurid fiction. They are blood libels that are spread for the purpose of making it seem like a good thing to destroy the State of Israel and exterminate the Jews. That, after all, is the purpose of blood libels. We demonize the enemy in order to make people feel good about killing them.

The world regards Israel and the Jews as the enemy. But it is not necessary to scratch too far beneath the surface to find that they know it is all vicious lies. Those calumnies come from visceral hatred of the Jewish people and all that the Jewish people stands for. It has no substance in truth.

The Genocide of Egypt's Coptic Christians

So many ugly lies and slanders are regularly spread around the world against Israel. It has been accused of every evil imaginable, from being a "nazi", "racist", "apartheid" state, committing "genocide", accused of stealing organs, of war crimes and crimes against humanity. At the same time, real horrific crimes against humanity are being met with stone silence. One such group suffering in silence are the Coptic Christians of Egypt. Their daughters are being kidnapped and raped by muslims and are being forcibly married to muslims, their churches are being burned, they are being forcibly converted to muslims and they are being murdered. Yet the media has no interest in covering their plight, there are no leftist groups, universities or churches interested in forming a movement to boycott Egypt. However, Jews build an expansion to a home in eastern Jerusalem and the world howls in protest. Last Wednesday Coptic Christians protested in front of the UN and the Egyptian consulate.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Foxman Lies About Limbaugh

As if we needed further proof that Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman's real agenda is less about fighting anti-Semitism than in being a partisan shill for the democrats. His latest despicable act is to maliciously and falsely accuse Rush Limbaugh of making a "borderline" anti-Semitic statement. What Rush said was that alot of PREJUDICE people view the words "banker" and "Wall Street" as code words for "Jewish", and thus perhaps liberal Jews were having buyers remorse regarding Obama for attacking bankers and Wall Street. So while Rush was actually saying that people who promote the idea that the banks and Wall Street are run by Jews are prejudice against Jews, that scoundrel Foxman edited his comment to make it appear that Rush himself harbored this view. Here is Foxman's statement on the matter. Notice he leaves out the word "PREJUDICE".

Limbaugh told his listeners: “To some people, banker is a code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s – if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with his borderline anti-Semitic comments about Jews as bankers, their supposed influence on Wall Street, and how they vote.

Limbaugh’s references to Jews and money in a discussion of Massachusetts politics were offensive and inappropriate. While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans. His notion that Jews vote based on their religion, rather than on their interests as Americans, plays into the hands of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.

When he comes to understand why his words were so offensive and unacceptable, Limbaugh should apologize.

Here is what Rush actually said:
Look, folks, there are a lot of people who when you say “banker,” people think “Jewish.” People who have prejudice is the best way to put it. They have a little prejudice about them. So for some people, “banker” is code word for “Jewish,” and guess who Obama’s assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people, and a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.

I am so sick of Jewish liberals like Foxman smearing and denigrating our friends while bending over backwards to ingratiate themselves to our leftist and muslim enemies. There couldn't be a better friend of Jews and Israel then Rush.

Contributions to the ADL should cease until such time as the organization puts in place a leader who will bring back its original purpose of exposing and fighting REAL anti-Semitism such as what is occurring on the left, rather than allowing it to be used as a vehicle for partisan political chicanery. Foxman is a self-serving jackass.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tariq Ramadan Given Permission to Enter the U.S.

This is the garbage that Obama is granting a visa to allow into this country and inviting to the White House. Tariq Ramadan, who had been given a position at the once great Catholic university of Notre Dame but couldn't take it because the Bush administration rightfully barred him from entering the country for funding hamas affiliated groups. I guess this is another one of Obama's attempts at muslim outreach. While we are being told by the PC crowd that the vast majority of muslims are moderate and peaceful, isn't it interesting that in order to do outreach to the muslim community requires embracing scum who are tied to terrorist groups and engage in hate speech against Jews, Christians, gays and women. If the muslim community were truly moderate and peaceful, why is it impossible to find a "scholar" or imam who doesn't spew hatred and violence or is not tied to a terror group? If the muslim community were truly moderate and peaceful, why wouldn't such individuals be roundly condemned and marginalized within the muslim community instead of being mainstream and drawing crowds at speaking engagements? I guess the definition of a "moderate" muslim is someone who doesn't actually engage in violence himself, but who merely encourages other muslims to do so.

Tariq Ramadan permitted to enter the U.S.

by Daniel Pipes
January 20, 2010

The Swiss Islamist Tariq Ramadan was about to take up a position at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 2004 when the U.S. government prevented him from entering the country on the grounds that he had funded two Hamas-related groups. For five years, his exclusion has been debated and tried. Finally, it was reversed today. The Associated Press explains:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders enabling the re-entry of professors Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University in England and Adam Habib of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa once they obtain required admittance documents, department spokesman Darby Holladay said.

Clinton "has chosen to exercise her exemption authority for the benefit of Tariq Ramadan and Adam Habib," Holladay said. "We'll let that action speak for itself." In a prepared statement, Holladay noted the change in U.S. posture since both professors, who are frequently invited to the United States to lecture, were denied admittance after making statements counter to U.S. foreign policy. Both the president and the secretary of state have made it clear that the U.S. government is pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect.".

Comments: (1) I always expected this outcome, that Ramadan would be allowed in, because so many forces were aligned in his favor. That the exclusion lasted over five years was impressive.

(2) Note that this change was ordered from the very top, specifically invoking Obama.

(3) Note also the sleaziness of the State Department spokesman, ascribing Ramadan's exclusion to his "making statements counter to U.S. foreign policy." No, the reason was explicitly his having provided funds to a terrorist-related organization. Why the gratuitous lie, State Department?

(4) The Obama administration puts this case into the context of "pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect." But it's always been a terrorism case, with no connection to issues of Islam. What amateurs.

(5) Note the term "mutual respect," the hackneyed phrase repeatedly applied to the U.S. government and Muslims – so much so that I have devoted a whole blog to Obama's use of these words.

(6) So, fellow Americans, how many of you feel safer with the prospect of Tariq Ramadan present in person to talk to our Islamists?

Here's another one of those islamic "scholars" speaking about muslims strangling Jews and biting their heads off. Perhaps he should be given a visa as well. I'm sure he would draw huge crowds on campuses and probably be offered a teaching position too.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Muslims Wage Jihad Against Christians in Nigeria

Despite how this misleading NY Times article is framed as being a clash between equally warring muslims and Christians in Nigeria implying that both sides are at fault, make no mistake, this is a muslim jihad being waged against the Christians. The muslims are clearly the aggressors while the Christians are acting in self-defense. This all started with a mob of muslims burning a Catholic church with people inside on Sunday. Leave it to the NY Times and the rest of the liberal media to portray this situation in morally equivalent terms. It's this kind of PC journalism which is turning the public away from the msm and why the Times is going down the tubes.

Christian-Muslim Mayhem in Nigeria Kills Dozens

Published: January 19, 2010
DAKAR, Senegal — Armed with guns, machetes, torches, and bows and arrows, Christian and Muslim antagonists in central Nigeria’s religiously volatile city of Jos have been fighting for three days in sporadic clashes that have left dozens dead, witnesses and local news accounts said Tuesday.

It was difficult to ascertain the precise toll in Jos, the scene of frequent religious violence over the past decade. Estimates ranged from 30 to 300 deaths, as the city was still consumed by mayhem Tuesday evening, with security forces descending on Jos in an attempt to contain it.

Gunshots could be heard throughout the city, and smoke from burning buildings was visible everywhere, witnesses said.

“This morning there was smoke, and a lot of shooting by the military personnel,” said Shimaki Gad Peter, director of the League for Human Rights, which is based in Jos, in a telephone interview. The violence began Sunday when Muslim youths attacked a church, according to Mr. Peter, “and they were resisted by church members.”

Subsequently, “innocent persons were macheted,” Mr. Peter said. “I saw youths holding bows and arrows, and machetes,” he said. While “the majority” of people killed Sunday appeared to be Christians, he said, there was now a “balance of terror” among the religious groups.
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Mocking Israel Haters

There are those wretched creatures who turn Israel's humanitarian work in Haiti into an opportunity to spew further hatred of the Jewish state and ascribe ulterior motives to Israel. Here is a good article satirizing these cretins.

Israel builds a field hospital in Haiti. Anti-Zionists not fooled!

By Stephanie Gutmann World

Clever people the Jews… oops, I mean the Israelis. Look at the lengths to which they have gone to distract the world from their daily ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. The latest trick is an Israeli field hospital, rushed into Haiti last Friday and erected in a soccer field.

The US, with all its resources, hasn’t yet managed to set up a field hospital in Haiti (undoubtedly the State Department is still drafting the crucial legal papers needed) but the Israelis, operating with their usual disregard to the niceties of law, slapped one up and have already delivered a baby there. The father, obviously paid off by the Mossad, rapturously declared that the baby would be named “Israel”.

According to Israeli government sources the hospital includes 10 tons of medical equipment, 40 doctors, 24 nurses, medics, paramedics, x-ray equipment and personnel, a pharmacy, an emergency room, two surgery rooms, an incubation ward, a children’s ward and a maternity ward.

Information from Israeli government sources should, of course, be taken with a grain of salt, but footage of this tent-city/hospital has now been seen on SKY, Fox and CNN, ABC and CBS and the video seems to confirm (Mossad video fabricators are tricky) at least that the facility is large, clean, and full of modern equipment. CBS’s piece called the hospital the “Rolls Royce of medicine in Haiti”.

Thankfully, the BBC has kept its head and is not colluding with the Israeli government’s attempt to make the world forget its sins.

However, that has not stopped Jewish…er…Zionist propagandists, who are already triumphantly calling the field hospital “Israel’s Disproportionate response”, a reference to the charge last year that Israel reacted to Hamas rocket fire with “disproportionate” military force. The word “disproportionate” in this case refers to the fact that this country of 7.5 million has sent 220 people, compared to say, China, which as of last week had sent 60.

Thankfully, many people are onto the ploy, as these comments from the Los Angles Times show:

“Great,” said someone identifying himself as ‘Smart Alex’, “I just hope the IDF soldiers don’t harvest any of the dead Haitians’ organs without the permission of their families.

“I know, I know,” he wrote, “that was a cheap shot. But I believe well-deserved for a country that tries to use its U.S.-funded humanitarian efforts as propaganda to paper over its disastrous and vile treatment of the Palestinians.”

A clever fellow and brave too! It takes guts to make such a deduction and publish it from behind the cover of a moniker like ‘Smart Alex’.

As I said before, it must make the anti-Semites seethe over the display of Israel’s moral superiority and technological and medical prowess, and such a tiny state at that. I love it when leftists are driven to apoplexy. And any publicity about Israeli and Jewish abilities, achievements and generosity drives them insane and to ever greater displays of hateful rage.

What are all the muslim and marxist nations contributing? Not that they even have the ability, but the wealthy arabs can at least provide money, which they aren’t doing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Extreme Anti-Semitism at Huffpost

Here is a Frontpage mag report on the toxic anti-Semitic vitriol which occurs regularly in the comments section of the ultra left-wing huffington post, regardless even of the subject matter. The site itself gives its approval of this hatred by allowing these comments to remain. Jews who still identify with the political left are not merely fools, but who's very mental health should be questioned. The democratic party is no longer the party of FDR, Truman and JFK, but is the party that welcomes the likes of the barbarians who frequent the huff post and call for the mass murder of Jews and the wiping out of Israel. Jewish Americans need to get their mindset out of the past and come to terms with the reality that the political left is their enemy and instead should align with conservatives and vote GOP.

The Vatican on the Plight of Mideast Christians

‘ME conflict, occupation driving Christians out of region’
A Vatican document released Tuesday blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the “occupying” of lands for fomenting most of the conflicts in the Middle East, driving Christians out and making life difficult for those who remain.

Translation: It’s all the fault of the Jews.

The reality however is that Christians are fleeing the region because of the ongoing persecution of them by muslims. Why won’t the Vatican address the real issue? Apparently the Vatican doesn’t give a damn about Christians any more than they do the Jews since it won’t deal with the real reason for their plight in the ME. The Vatican is betraying its own in the name of placating the muslim world.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Israel's Rescue Efforts in Haiti

The two most reviled countries in the world, America and Israel are the ones doing the most to aid Haiti and are the most generous and humane countries in the world. And its this moral superiority as well as superior technical capability to get the job done is what truly enrages the world's barbarians and losers who condemn these two greatest nations in the world.

And while our military is helping the Haitians, we get condemned as an "occupying" force by France and Venezuela.

And the always maligned and slandered nation of Israel, despite its miniscule size and being on the other side of the world is providing a disproportionate amount of assistance to Haiti. Israel is the country which Europeans view as the most dangerous in the world, more so than Iran or North Korea. It is the nation that is blamed for islamic terrorism and bloodshed and a nation in which a large part of the world wishes would be wiped off the map. The IDF which so often is falsely and maliciously accused of "war crimes" and the deliberate bombing of children, is rescuing children in Haiti.

Meanwhile what are Haiti's communist neighbors Cuba and Venezuela doing to help? Zilch. What are the very wealthy oil rich muslim nations doing to help Haiti? Zilch. These are all countries which consistently vote to condemn Israel in the UN on fraudulent charges. At least the Haitians are grateful and that's all that matters. I'm proud of America and Israel.

See more stories on Israel's rescue mission to Haiti. Watch these videos of the IDF search and rescue team.

Little Girls "Honor" Murdered

Here are two separate instances of little girls in the islamic world being murdered under the barbaric practice of sharia. And this sick savagery is justified on the basis of salvaging some depraved notion of muslim male "honor". Any ideology which sanctions the murder of little girls and daughters deserves no respect in the civilized world and in fact is an ideology which must be fiercely rejected and fought. Even with numerous stories like this occurring daily, there are those in the west who still refuse to acknowledge how evil islam is.

Innocent Little Girl, Stoned to Death for Being a Victim of Rape, Cries for Mercy Before they Kill Her.
An innocent little girl, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, aged only 13yrs was stoned to death in Somalia. She pleaded for her life, a witness explained. "Don't kill me, don't kill me," she cried, according to the man who wanted to remain anonymous. Numerous eye-witnesses say she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck then pelted with stones by over than 50 men until she died in front of 1,000 jeering spectators. She had been accused of adultery in breach of Islamic law, but sources told Amnesty International that she had in fact been raped by three men, and had attempted to report this rape.

Aisha was killed on Monday 27 October in a stadium in the southern port of Kismayu. None of men she accused of rape were arrested.

She was detained by militia of the Kismayo authorities, a coalition of Al-shabab and clan militias. During this time, she was reported to be extremely distressed, with some individuals stating she had become mentally unstable. Initial reports said she confessed to adultery before a Sharia court. Amnesty said it had learned she was only 13 and that her father had said she was gang raped by three men. Yes, that was her crime, she was raped by three savage Muslim men! When the family tried to report the rape, the girl was accused of adultery and detained.

“Honor” Killing: Fifth Grader Shoots Herself

On the morning of January 7, twelve-year-old Meryem Sökmen went to school as always in Somkaya village near Dogubayazit. She was in the fifth grade. In the fourth class period, a friend handed her a note, which was intercepted by the teacher. The note said, “I love you.” Meryem was so disturbed by this that she went home, while her teacher called her father to the school to give him the note (so as to avoid gossip about Meryem in the school). The next day, Meryem stayed home and in her family’s living room shot herself with her father’s Kalashnikov. Three bullets entered her forehead. Only her mother was home at the time. At the sound of the shots, her mother and neighbors came running. Her father, who wasn’t home at the time, said “If my daughter had told me there was someone she loved, I would have married her to him.”

Meryem’s father is a Kurdish village guard with eight children, four of them girls. It seems that thirteen years ago, another of his daughters, Necla, killed herself as well. She hung herself. (click here for article in Turkish)

If Meryem did kill herself, is the father not responsible for frightening her to death? Check the posts for honor killings under the category “women” on this blog. The statistics are hair-raising.

I suppose the teacher thought that by making it all aboveboard, no one could whisper that the girl had a secret relationship. Why didn’t the teacher just keep the note or destroy it? (The sex of the note-writer and teacher are not given in the article. I am presuming both are male.) Giving the note to the father, I suppose, would absolve the teacher if the father ever found out about it and blamed him for his daughter’s “debauchment”. Who wrote the note and why? Does that even matter, or is it just the potential gossip that matters?

And what about Necla? Why did she kill herself in 1997, if she did.

Geert Wilders on Trial

Symptomatic of Europe's moral rot is the persecution of Geert Wilders for the "crime" of standing up for our western values of freedom and human rights and against the fascism of islam which is threatening to destroy western civilization. Meanwhile the barbarians who call for the death of infidels and the imposition of sharia are not being placed in the docket. For all of our sakes, we must hope Geert Wilders is not convicted. But just the fact that he is even being put on trial for "hate speech" is ominous enough.

Shrugging off Spinoza
17. januar 2010 Arthur Legger

Any one who still claims that the trial against Geert Wilders MP, leader of the Party for Freedom (9 seats in Parliament and 27 in the polls), which starts on the 20th of January, is not a political process: get a grip. Accused by the Dutch ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ exactly a year ago for insulting Islam, comparing the Koran to Mein Kampf and delivering hate speeches, the coming trial against Wilders suddenly got a Kafkaesque and potentially murderous twist. Finally, seven days before his first day in Court, all fangs were out and faces off.

“It is irrelevant whether Wilder’s witnesses might prove Wilders’ observations to be correct”, the ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ stated, “what’s relevant is that his observations are illegal”. Unexpected and breaching court procedures the detailed indictment of 21 pages, which Wilders received on the 4th of December and sums up in verbatim all of his Islam and Koran critique in interviews and Fitna, was amended with new accusations of racism against muslims and Moroccans. On top of this, Paul Vellerman, the public prosecutor of the Amsterdam Court decided that the Wilders trial had to be regarded as “an ordinary trial open for public and with a normal procedure, which doesn’t deserve the Department of Justice’s highly secured bunker. His is a normal case and we’ll treat it as such”.

It’s sad to note that Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh, and Volkert van der Gaag, the assassin of Pim Fortuyn, were tried in this specially designed bunker, but that Wilders has to rely on his personal bodyguards and full metal jacket to ward of terrorists. No safe room for him, which recently secured Kurt Westergaard and his granddaughter, but for months on end the vulnerability of a sitting duck.
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The Persecution of Jews in Judea and Samaria

Unfortunately the Israeli government is bent on persecuting observant Jewish patriots who live in Judea and Samaria. If only Israel were as tough on hamas, hezbollah, the arab MK's who cavort with its enemies and the foreign leftists and anarchists allowed to come into the country to agitate against the country.

9 Arrested, Including 6 Minors, in Yitzhar Yeshiva

by Hillel Fendel

( A large security force broke into a yeshiva in the Samaria community of Yitzhar, and violently arrested nine youths, including six minors, shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. No reason was immediately given for the arrests, but it was later reported that they were arrested on charges of damaging Arab property.

Other students reported that anyone who tried to resist arrest was subjected to violence, and anyone who tried to film the incident had their cameras taken away.

Eyewitnesses reported that the forces arrived with “weapons drawn” and their faces covered, and were accompanied by GSS (Shabak) personnel. One student reportedly lost consciousness during the raid, and heavy property damage was caused.

The three 20-year-olds arrested were Tzvi Sukkot and Eliran Algali of Yitzhar, and Shlomo Gilbert of Elon Moreh. According to some reports,four of the minors were released by late morning.

“Whatever happened to civil rights?” asked one of those present. “The police did something here what it would not do against any other population sector in Israel. Is this Iran?”

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) was sharply critical of Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, who oversees Israeli Police: “Murders, pedophilia, other crimes – nothing bothers him; he sends hordes of policemen to vandalize Yitzhar while blatantly violating civil rights and hiding evidence of the police crimes.”

David HaIvri, spokesman for the Shomron Regional Council, issued this statement: “All too often, the police over-dramatize accusations and arrests in communities like Yitzhar. Recently a youth who studies in the same yeshvia was arrested and questioned for hours, only to be later quietly released after his name was smeared through the international media as a criminal. They never bother to apologize for the damage to these individuals and communities. This type of behavior would not be accepted torwards high school students in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and cannot be accepted in Shomron either.”

It was assumed that the arrests are connected with the Price Tag project, which exacts a “price” from neighboring Arabs for any anti-Jewish police activity that takes place in the region. The destruction of a Jewish outpost, for instance, could be met with the blocking of an Arab road. The arrests might also be connected with the torching last month of a mosque in Samaria, the perpetrators of which have never been caught or identified.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Christians not Allowed to Play on Egypt's Soccer Team

Egypt is forbidding Christians to play on its national soccer team. I'm expecting any moment for leftists from around the world to show up at soccer matches to protest whenever the Egyptian team is competing. I am also expecting them to demand Egyptian athletes be barred from competition and for that matter boycott anything that comes from Egypt and rail against its apartheid system. This of course is what they consistently do with regards to Israel, the only free country in the Middle East and the only country in the region which is NOT an apartheid state. H/T Loganswarning

CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt coach Hassan Shehata wants only players who observe Islam, and says team selection is based equally on religious piety and skill.

Shehata’s comments, published Thursday in Egyptian newspapers, show how sports and religion are increasingly mixing in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation of 80 million.

The intrusion of religion into sports is part of the country’s gradual movement toward religious conservatism over the last few decades, with more people praying at mosques, most women adopting the Islamic veil in public, and diminishing tolerance for secular Muslims or minority Christians.

There are no Christians on the squad defending its African Cup of Nations title in Angola.

For years, Egyptian athletes have demonstrated their piety in front of fans and the media – kneeling down to offer a prayer of thanks after scoring or winning, or praying before games to implore God to come to their team’s aid.

Shehata’s comments take religion in sports to a whole new level. He was quoted by Cairo newspapers as saying skill alone won’t guarantee anyone a place on the national team.

He said “pious behaviour” was the main reason for selection.

“Without it, we will never select any player regardless of his potential,” he said. “I always strive to make sure that those who wear the Egypt jersey are on good terms with God.”

One newspaper, the independent al-Shorouk, quoted Shehata as saying that striker Ahmed “Mido,” on loan from England’s Middlesborough to Cairo’s Zamalek, was cut four days after his initial selection because he did not fit the manager’s prerequisite for piety.

The move last month came as a surprise because Egypt already was missing injured striker Amr Zaki, formerly with England’s Wigan, and attacking midfielder Mohammed Abu Trekka.

Mido, who enjoys a reputation for hard partying, said he was insulted by his exclusion.

Shehata, a former Egypt international best remembered for his midfield creativity, has not made a secret of the role religion plays in what he does. He is often seen by millions of fans and TV viewers praying during games, and asks supporters to pray for the national side.

In Thursday’s comments, Shehata boasted of how he convinced Egypt striker Mohammed Zidan, who plays for the German club Dortmund, to begin praying.

“I did not like how he used to be aloof and not mix with the rest,” Shehata said. “I convinced him of the need to pray and how important it is. He has been praying since.”

Bibi Taking Orders From Obama

Why is Bibi taking orders from an administration in Washington which is failing our own country? Furthermore with the declining approval ratings and waning power of Obama and the democrats at home, there’s no excuse for Bibi to capitulate to obama’s demands. When will Israeli leaders start behaving like they are the leaders of a sovereign nation?

Netanyahu Sought US Permission to Build in Jerusalem

by Hillel Fendel

( The story behind the recent announcement of 700 new housing units in Jerusalem does not paint a pretty picture for future construction in new Jerusalem neighborhoods. The new units are a result of strong pressure and even threats by coalition partner Shas, a request by Prime Minister Netanyahu to the U.S., one-time permission for a precise amount of housing units, and a coordinated, weak condemnation.

The information comes from an unnamed senior source in the Prime Minister’s Bureau and sources close to Housing Minister Ariel Attias, reports correspondent Haggai Huberman. Attias of Shas reportedly told Netanyahu that his party would no longer be able to tolerate what had become a “construction freeze” in Jerusalem – and that he would make a public statement to this effect if the situation continued.

In fact, two months ago, Minister Attias told a television interviewer that not a single construction project had been authorized in eastern Jerusalem since Netanyahu took office at the end of March.

Sources close to Attias said that he was motivated by fears that he would be severely criticized by Shas supporters. They added that because of the ultimatum Attias issued Netanyahu, the Prime Minister agreed to issue the housing tenders – but said that they must be coordinated with the Americans.

The tenders in question, announced nearly a month ago, were for nearly 700 units: 198 in three projects in Pisgat Ze’ev, 377 in N’veh Yaakov, and 117 in Har Homa. All three neighborhoods are in areas liberated by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967.

The PM’s bureau source said that the numbers were determined in coordination with the Obama Administration, after Netanyahu explained that he must find a way to appease the nationalist and Shas camps regarding the freeze in Judea and Samaria.

Two other tenders – 150 units in Pisgat Ze’ev and 130 in Har Homa – are still in limbo, according to Housing Ministry sources, because adding them would mean that Israel exceeds the 700 approved by the United States.

Immediately following the announcement of the tenders, the U.S. government publicized a condemnation of sorts, stating that the US objects to new Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem and that Jerusalem’s final status must be resolved via bilateral negotiations with the support of the international community.

The PM’s Bureau source said that both the tender announcement and the condemnation were timed to coincide with the Christmas vacation, so that neither would receive much attention.

Fighting for Jewish Rights to Israel

I'm wondering how so-called bible believing Christians can say that Jews don't belong in the land of Israel. Pretend Christians want Jews driven out of their homeland and the land handed over to muslim terrorists. Versus from the bible were spray painted on buildings in Shdema. From Women in Green:

Erev Shabbat, Parshat Vaere 5770
Friday, January 15, 2010

The struggle for Shdema in Gush Etzion is starting up again.

After a relatively quiet period at Shdema of ongoing cultural
activity, those coming to Shdema this morning were shocked to discover
that all of the base's buildings had been spray painted by leftist
activists and Christian anarchists.

The graffiti consisted of verses from the Bible and slogans of "love
and peace." From the quantity of graffiti on the walls, it was obvious
that they had spent hours at the base without the army interfering.

During the course of the lecture by Dr. Tzipi Rainey on the author
Naomi Frankel and her writing, the Shdema Youth organized and
repainted the entire base, expunging all the graffiti.

The question arose among the audience of the permissibility of
expuning verses containing the name of G-d. The Committee for a Jewish
Shdema argued that since this was a hostile invasion, despite the
"love and peace" slogans, of sovereign Israeli territory and a
challenge to the Jews: "You don't belong here," this was undoubtedly
an attack on Jewish honor. Any thinking person realizes that just as
we wouldn't let a stranger into our living room to draw on the walls,
not even verses from the Bible, this certainly applies in this case.

In the atmosphere of capitulation that reigns in Israel at present,
the Arabs and their supporters are raising their head. We therefore
were forced, not only to remove the graffiti, but to respond in the
same manner. At the end of the morning, Shdema activists went down to
the illegal compound that the Arabs built at the foot of Shdema, in
Area C. a building against which destruction orders exist from the
Civila administration but of course arent implemented.

They went in and sprayed all of the Arab illegal buildings, inside and
out, on the walls, on the doors, and on the floors.

An IDF officer who was present there, promised "payback", against the
Jews, of course, and said: "I will personally see to it that you won't
go up to Shdema any more." It's a pity that this determination is
revealed only against Jews, and not against the enemy. In light of
this, the Committee for Jewish Shdema and Women in Green call upon all
the people of Israel to come next Friday, January 22 (the eve of
parshat Bo), and demonstrate a massive presence at the site. Israel
must stop self-restraint and go over to the offensive in the struggle
for Eretz Israel.

Planned for Friday next week, at 9:00 a.m.: a lecture by Dr. Haggai
Ben-Artzi on the subject: "Eretz Israel in the Literature of the

Sunday, January 17, 2010

This Week's Haveil Havalim

The latest edition of the Jewish blog carnival Haveil Havalim is up at Random Thoughts.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Dhimmitude of Government Agencies Endangers America

There is bound to be another catastrophic islamic terrorist attack within the borders of this country because of the sheer insanity of the very government agencies which are supposed to safeguard us. These agencies have decided that the security of America is much less important than the cultural sensitivities of our muslim enemies.

Political Correctness – a Deadly Infection

Tom McLaughlin

Only recently have I become aware of the depths to which political correctness has permeated our culture. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know how bad. It’ll be the ruin of us if we don’t kill it and comb its nits out of our hair.

I began to get a clue at a private reception for Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders in Washington last February. After Wilders was escorted out by his bodyguards (radical Muslims ordered him killed for making a movie called Fitna), I found myself in extended conversation with a young Defense Department analyst who had been tasked by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to research and report on the ideology of our radical Muslim enemies. He immersed himself in Islamic law and came to the conclusion that it’s the radical Muslims who appear to have the doctrinal base in Islam, not the moderates.

He said that most of the highest officials at the Pentagon rejected his brief. Then they rejected the young man himself – and that was during the Bush Administration. The Pentagon, he said, “as an institution,” wanted to believe that the Radical Muslim interpretation of jihad, which is holy war against infidels worldwide – convert them or kill them, was an aberration.

I had hitherto believed that our National Security planners knew the threat, but were just being polite in their public statements. Not so, according to my young friend. Radical Muslims posing as moderates had more influence with Pentagon planners than he did, he told me. It was their advice the Pentagon was heeding. I’m withholding his name because that’s how he apparently wants it at this point. Last week he was interviewed by Bill Whittle of Pajamas TV (Go here, then click on “The Islamic Infiltration, Part 1″) and appeared only in silhouette as he told his story.

Next, Whittle interviewed a former FBI special agent (also a silhouette) who spent most of his 15-year career working on the Islamic movement in the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Islamic doctrine. He said our Department of Homeland Security is being advised by people from the Council for American Islamic Relations or CAIR. The trouble is, he claims, “they’re a front for Hamas – a Radical Islamic organization. The Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Society of North America – ISNA – a huge financial entity for Hamas in the United States.”

A little background for readers: The Muslim Brotherhood, according to author Robert Spencer, spawned both Hamas and al Qaeda. Khalid Sheik Muhammed, who planned the September 11th attacks for al Qaeda and goes on trial in New York City soon, belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now back to the anonymous FBI agent in Whittle’s interview: “CAIR and ISNA (both closely affiliated with Hamas),” he said, “are the two groups that DOD, DHS, the State Department all use to do their Muslim outreach in North America. They sit in on brainstorming about investigative techniques that our agents are using in the field.”

“I have to stop you,” said Whittle, “because, frankly, that sounds so absurd that I have to really make sure I’m understanding you correctly. Are you saying that the radicalized Muslim groups are invited in to learn our investigative techniques, that they’re invited in to get their feedback on how we’re going to fight against them? Is that what I understood you to say?”

“Yes,” he answered. “The General Counsel of the FBI invites them in as well as the ACLU and other groups in [to make sure that whatever our government agencies did] was okay and not offensive to these organizations. . . . that’s nothing short of outrageous.”

“So you’re giving away the farm in order to make sure their feelings don’t get hurt,” said Whittle.

Evidently, political correctness could be fatal.

“There’s no training for local law enforcement officials about the real nature of the threat,” said the agent. “The training they get is given by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“How did this happen?” asked Whittle. “How did [it] get this far?”
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Rifqa Bary Update

I can't believe this muslim persecution of Rifqa Bary is being allowed to happen in America. Why are we allowing these repressive sharia practices to take place here? And the msm is nowhere to be found taking up her cause, not even FOX.

There have been many disturbing developments since the Rifqa Bary case returned to Ohio, particularly in recent weeks. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas front CAIR has found out where Rifqa is living. Omar Tarazi knows the address of Rifqa Bary's foster home. How? What Islamist enemy leaked her location to CAIR? She must be moved at once. Who put Rifqa's life at risk? I would demand a change of venue. The court room has been infiltrated, her best interests subverted.

Atlas readers are aware of the increased chatter on Muslim forums, social networking websites calling for the death of Rifqa Bary because of her apostasy. She proudly and joyfully left Islam and converted to Christianity, and she has been persecuted for it ever since. On Facebook she is the dajjal (the anti-Christ), threatened here and here.

Rifqa's foster parents have her in lockdown. Rifqa's limited phone and computer were completely cut off after the hearing of the 22nd. Complete crackdown. All communication to Rifqa was cut off. It was decided that a counselor would determine if she could have contact with friends. The counselor said she could, but nothing has happened. She is literally being treated like a prisoner.

This is the punishment for female apostasy. House arrest until the apostate recants. This isolation is a form of psychological torture. I thought Obama said no torture for jihadists. So why is a girl in America, guilty only of freedom of religion, allowed to be psychologically tortured? This is mental abuse, and the fact that the parents are behind it with a terror organization as their hatchet man speaks volumes as to what would happen to Rifqa if they ever dared to send her home.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Israel and Turkey

I am growing increasingly furious with Netanyahu. If he is an example of a “hawk” and a "hard liner" as he is often referred to in the west, then Israel is in serious trouble if this is the toughest leader they can get. I don’t know why he feels the need to grovel to Turkey. What does Israel need from that country? Israel needs to come to terms with the fact that Turkey is as much an enemy as Iran and Syria, hamas and hezbollah and that there are no friendships to be had with muslim countries.

Israel bends to Turkish ultimatum, Ankara prepares next blow


Israel-Turkish relations dropped to another low Wednesday, Jan. 13, when Jerusalem was forced to send a letter of apology to Ankara Wednesday, Jan. 13, by Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul’s threat to recall the Turkish ambassador from Jerusalem. Turkish prime minister Tayyep Recip Erdogan, buoyed up by is power to force Jerusalem to bend, is reported by DEBKAfile’s sources to be planning to intensify his campaign for grinding down the Jewish state, playing to the radical galleries in Tehran, Damascus, Gaza and Beirut. He is targeting Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak for a share in the ignominy.

The crisis in Turkish-Israeli relations was only temporarily defused late Wednesday when prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu forced deputy foreign minister to write a letter of apology to Ankara according to a script virtually dictated by the Turkish president on pain of the recall of the Turkish ambassador the next day.

Most of the day, foreign minister Lieberman and Ayalon refused to add to the half-hearted regrets they voiced earlier over the incident Tuesday, in which Lieberman and Ayalon, who saw red over the Turkish prime minister’s constant abuse, summoned the Turkish ambassador for a dressing-down.

Their foolish maneuver for putting Ankara in its place was to seat the ambassador on a sofa lower than his Israel hosts and calling TV cameras to witness his disgrace.

Ankara hit the ceiling, blowing the incident up into a major row. Netanyahu, rather than fire the foreign minister and/or his deputy for pointlessly fueling the crisis, exposed his weakness to outside pressure and succumbed to Gul’s ultimatum. Not only Turkey, but its new allies, Syria, Iran, Hizballah and Hamas, watched every move and drew their own conclusions.

The aftershocks rocked other parts of the Middle East: President Mubarak found himself wondering how to respond to Saudi King Abdullah’s effort to bring him over to Riyadh Thursday, Jan. 14 for a fence-mending encounter with Syria’s Bashar Assad. By folding under Turkish pressure, Israel strengthened the hand of Erdogan’s partner, the Syrian ruler, which meant that Mubarak would have to run an extra mile to settle his quarrel with Assad and oblige the king. This was more than he had intended.

In other words, by kowtowing to Ankara, the Israeli prime minister effectively pulled the rug from under the moderate Arab Middle East bloc and awarded points to the radical Turkish-Iran-Syrian coalition; the corollary is a stronger hand for the extremist Hamas against the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority.

A high-ranking Turkish official confided to DEBKAfile at the end of the day: “I didn’t know you Israelis were so stupid. You’ve made Erdogan’s sweetest dream come true.
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Israel Should Defy the Obama Gang

Israel has faced down tougher enemies than that twerp, punk and wannabee gangster rahm emanuel. There's no need whatsoever to be intimidated by that little creep. Bibi needs to tell him where to go.

Senator Mitchell's Wake-Up Call

YnetNews, January 13, 2001,7340,L-3833185,00.html

Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, Executive Director, "Second Thought"

The threat issued by Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, to withhold US loan guarantees, in order to extract excessive concessions from Israel, constitutes a wake-up call for wishful-thinkers.

Senator Mitchell's January 7, 2010 interview with PBS' Charlie Rose refutes the notion that the Obama Administration will accept anything but full Israeli compliance with Washington's terms.

Obama's confidant, George Mitchell, known for his deliberate style, made clear that submission to pressure is not rewarded but punishable by further pressure. That is certainly the case with a White House run by Rahm Emanuel, who is "the meanest shark in town." Emanuel and President Obama, his Chicago-politics pal, were elated when Prime Minister Netanyahu rushed on June 14, 2009 to Bar Ilan University, as soon as he returned from a "cold shower" at Obama's White House, to enunciate a major transformation of his world view: The acceptance of the Two States Solution. They realized that their pressure was effective following Netanyahu's September 24, 2009 speech at the UN – which reaffirmed his newly found world view – and the full freeze of construction in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Leveraging their initial success, they now employ the threat of withholding loan guarantees and intensify the pressure on Israel to accelerate the timetable of concessions, to exclude the Jordan Valley from Israel's map of defensible borders, to release more Palestinian terrorists, to make more concessions to Abu Mazen, to refrain from construction even in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood, etc.

Israel's retreat in the face of Obama's pressure is a rarity in a world, which has not been kind to the newly-installed president. His precipitous drop in the polls is the sharpest in recent decades, other than President Ford's. A growing number of Democratic legislators distance themselves from him, lest they be defeated in November, 2010. Furthermore, President Obama is increasingly identified with a 10% unemployment rate, a 17% under-employment rate, a budget deficit which is the highest since 1945, a bigger government, a failed war in Afghanistan and rapidly destabilizing Iraq.
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The islamic Threat

I have a couple of minor disagreements with Barry Rubin's current essay on radical islamism as he refers to it. I have to take issue with Barry that the current jihad being carried is merely one interpretation of islam and that there have been other interpretations over the centuries. Islam has always been an expansionist ideology and jihad has been waged whenever muslims acquired the power to do so. What he refers to as conservative and traditionalist islam is the same as what he calls "revolutionary" islam, to create a worldwide islamic caliphate. Perhaps the only difference is that conservative, traditionalist muslims may use cultural or stealth jihad if that works as opposed to violent jihad, but the goal is still the same. Islamic doctrine commands the spread of islam globally.

The ideas that America is being attacked because Jihadists dislike its freedom or that it is being targeted because of its policies are both partly true. But precisely the same point could be made about Communism, Nazism, and Japanese imperialism. The problem of American culture and freedom, however, does not relate to what goes on in the United States but the fear that this model will spread inevitably to their own societies.

Again, I take issue with part of this statement. In fact the goal of many muslim immigrants and groups like CAIR is to transform western societies from within to comply with islamic law. They want to replace the American constitution with sharia, and in Europe islamic areas are forming separate enclaves with parallel sharia systems.

The following is intended as a work in progress to provide a very brief discussion of issues involving radical Islamism. Naturally, it is too short to make all points, deal with all aspects, and cover all details. I plan to expand it in future to include possible solutions.

A young American named Ramy Zamzam, arrested in Pakistan for trying to fight alongside the Taliban, responded in an interview with the Associated Press: "We are not terrorists. We are jihadists, and jihad is not terrorism."

What he says is well worth bearing in mind in order to understand the great conflict of our era. First and foremost, Jihadism or radical Islamism is far more than mere terrorism. It is a revolutionary movement in every sense of the word. It seeks to overthrow existing regimes and replace them with governments that will transform society into a nightmarishly repressive system.

And so one might put it this way: Revolutionary Islamism is the main strategic problem in the world today. Terrorism is the main tactical problem.

What is Islamism?

Radical Islamism is the doctrine that each Muslim majority country-politics, economy, society-should be ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship guided by the given movement's definition of proper Islam. What Marxism was to Communism, and fascism to Nazism, Jihadism is to Islamism.

In some cases, Islamists have a wider ambition to transform the entire world, starting with Europe. While this may seem ridiculous to most Westerners, it does not seem so to the Islamists who hold that view.

Only a minority of Muslims is Islamist but that sector has grown sharply over the last twenty years and seems to be on the increase still. Muslims are also among the greatest opponents of political Islamism, and often its victims. Among those rejecting it are conservative traditionalist Muslims and Arab (or other types of) nationalists, along with a very small group which can be called liberal reformist.

Three places have been under radical Islamist rule so far: Iran and the Gaza Strip, as well as, temporarily, Afghanistan. An Islamist group using democratic tactics has gained control of the government in Turkey, where it is pursuing a step-by-step attempt to transform that country which may or may not succeed. Radical Islamist movements have been active in well over 60 countries ranging from Australia and Indonesia in the east to Morocco in the west, and even in Europe and North America.

The fact that radical Islamism relates to a religion, Islam, is very important (see below) but should not blind observers to the fact that this is basically a political movement and not-at least in the modern Western sense-a theological one.

Of course, Islamism is rooted in Islam but a strong opposition to Islamism-a standpoint shared by many Muslims who may motivated by a traditional view of Islam, ethnic or nation-state nationalism, or a different radical ideology (Arab nationalism most likely)-is in no way an expression of bigotry against a religion.
Similarly, the idea that opposition to Islamism is in some way "racist" is absurd since no "race" is involved. Just as opponents of Communism (capitalist, imperialist) and fascism (Jews, Bolsheviks) could be discredited by calling them names, the same is done with those who oppose Islamism.

Very roughly, Islamism is parallel to Communism and fascism as revolutionary mass movements. Analogies should not be carried too far but are useful in understanding certain basic points.

There are a wide variety of Islamist groups. A small but energetic international grouping of local organizations called al-Qaida; Muslim Brotherhood branches, Hamas, and Hizballah are the best known. In virtually every Muslim majority country and throughout Western Europe there are such organizations working very hard to gain state power.
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