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The Iconoclast

Friday, 15 June 2007

Nazi and war-criminal, given a special award for his participation in "Operation Kozara." Present at the roundup of the Jews of Salonika in the center of town, surrounded by jeering Germans (and their wives too, who took delight in the spectacle) before being sent off to certain death.

Somehow Kurt Waldheim crawled his way to the top of the Austrian heap -- his resistible but unresisted rise clear  testimony to the truths that prompted the  writer Thomas Bernhard's famous disgust for his native land and many of its citizens (as much up to their neck in Jewish blood as the Germans were, but pretending to be "Hitler's first victims"). And as a slick and greedy diplomat he rose high, high enough to become, appallingly, the appalling Secretary-General of the U.N., where he helped to oversee its transformation, with its growing subservience to the Islamintern International, into the world's preeminent center of antisemitism and anti-Americanism, and utterly useless for helping to solve real problems, beginnig with the revival of the Jihad, and ending with the destruction, which should have started to alarm people decades ago, of the environment.

Posted on 06/15/2007 6:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Friday, 15 June 2007

During my retreat from the urban and suburban, from computer and telephone, from enthusiasms and toward the abiding, I had the pleasure of reading Vigen Guroian's The Fragrance of God, a collection of essays chronicling an earthman's lifelong love of gardening.  An excerpt:

I learned my ecology in wood and vegetable patch. But I am as uncomfortable with the deep ecology people who want to persuade me that I am an interloper in "Nature" as with the other folk who look upon "mere nature" as raw resource for raising the GDP. The way I understand the biblical story, God drew Adam from out of the earth. And Adam "grew" in the Garden together with flowers and trees of all kinds. We humans belonged to nature right from the start. We are not interlopers, and insofar as we are exiles from Paradise, we are obliged to heal our broken relationships not only with one and another and with God but also with the rest of Creation. God wants us to cultivate this world and offer it up as a gift of our thanksgiving that he may bless in the consummate crowning season:

I will make them and the region around my hill a blessing: and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. The trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase. They shall be secure on their soil; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 34:26-27, NRSV

One thinks of Israel, modern Israel, and its vast "gardens," farms conventional and hydroponic which stop precisely where the Muslim world, its lonely deserts inside and out, begins. If Adam took a piece of Paradise with him in his exile, did Muhammad in his? The evidence says no.


Abandoned Lighthouse, 2007 by Robert Bove
Morris Is. lighthouse, Charleston, S.C.

Posted on 06/15/2007 5:27 AM by Robert Bove

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Don't worry. Rashid Khalidi, Rami Khouri, Fawaz Gerges -- it is so hard to tell their voices and propaganda lines apart -- will be on NPR any minute now, explaining not only why the whole mess in Gaza is "America's" and "especially Israel's fault" but will also helpfully provide the specific causes.

Now you may choose one or more of those Causes they will adduce:

1) the withholding of "Palestinian" tax revenues by Israel
2) the "boycotting" of the "Palestinians" by the temporary halt in the disguised Jizyah of foreign aid by America and other Infidel countries
3) the failure to supply Fatah with every conceivable kind of advanced weaponry, including tanks and helicopters and a state-of-the-art air force would, come to think of it, come in handy as well
4) the failure to remain completely convinced that the "Palestinian" struggle really is, as such propagandists as Kouri and Khalidi and Gerges like to repeat, COMPLETELY "nationalist" and has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Islam or Al Qaeda, which is a far-away group, somewhere in Afghanistan, of radical extremist hijacking-a-great-religion extremist radical Islamist extremists, who also happen to be radicals

And now choose one or more of the proffered "solutions":

1) Now, more than ever, the Americans must seek a new policy and direction in the Middle East, one which puts much more pressure on Israel for if Israel is not pressured, than Al Qaeda will manage to take over everything even though it only represents a tiny handful of extremist radical hijackers-of-a-great-religion

2) Now, more than ever, the Americans and Israel -- for its own good -- must create a "Palestinian" state on the West Bank, and load it up with so much advanced weaponry that nice Fatah, good Fatah, well-meaning Fatah, "moderate" Fatah, will never have to worry about Hamas, or bad old Al Qaeda, again -- and once again the "Palestinians" will return to being, like all the other Arabs and Muslims, those innately friendly and trustworthy friends of the United States, those allies and even staunch allies, that they always were, and would be still, just as soon as the pesky problem of Israel is solved. Israel, after all, should mean nothing to the West.  After all, haven't the Arabs and Muslims always scrupulously observed the rights, protected the rights, of Christians all over the lands where Muslim Arabs dominate? Why should Christians worry about Muslim control of the Holy Land?

So that's the lesson to be drawn from the fight between the Slow Jihadists and the Fast Jihadists. Pile the money and weaponry high on the Slow Jihadists. You can work with them. As for Israel, it now has an even greater moral duty than ever before to help create that "Palestinian" state that is, as we all know, for otherwise it would not be referred to as such, the "solution."

Posted on 06/14/2007 4:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Thursday, 14 June 2007

From Westport News with thanks to Jerry Gordon:

In her [Greens Farms Academy] valedictorian speech, Georgetown-bound Alexis Herman from Westport reflected on discovering one's own identity by exposing oneself to new and different cultures. Herman stressed that this exposure is very important, "Learning about the world without experiencing it is incomplete," she said. "It is crucial to continually seek out what is foreign and different."

Herman described her experiences travelling to different parts of the world such as Jordan, Egypt and Biloxi, Miss. During her time in Jordan, Herman recalled an incident with a Jordanian schoolgirl who slapped Herman for wearing shorts, something indecent for a female to do in their culture. Herman was left stunned, yet tolerant and understanding that it was a "clash between two cultures, rather than one between myself and another girl," she said...

I'm clashing myself. Biloxi, Mississippi included in her list of "different parts of the world" along with Egypt and Jordan? There are more black people down here in the south, that's true. And we do speak a bit differently, that's also true, but to be lumped in with the Middle East? Oh, that's right, this girl is going to Georgetown, no wonder.

Posted on 06/14/2007 4:10 PM by Rebecca Bynum

Thursday, 14 June 2007
Posted on 06/14/2007 3:54 PM by Rebecca Bynum

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Abbas to Dissolve Palestinian Authority Government in Wake of Hamas-Fatah War

Meanwhile Rashid Khalidi, long-time propagandist for the Arabs and quasi-academic engaged for decades in the "construction-of-the-Palestinian-identity" project, on NPR blames America, blames Israel, and while for years he has been denouncing the horrible, monstrous, completely intolerable "Israeli occupation," now insists that the Israelis, as the "occupiers" (Israel gave up all of the Arab areas of Gaza in 1994, and it ever since has been under Arab, "Palestinian" control, and the Jewish villages that were voluntarily relinquished have not been part of that imaginary "Israeli occupation" for several years), should come back in and "assume their responsibilities."

In other words, Rashid Khalidi, like the Arabs ("Palestinians") in Gaza, wants Israel back, to establish security, and a modicum of decency --indeed, insists that Israel has a "duty" to do so, when for the past few decades the same Rashid Khalidi, and the same local Arabs ("Palestinians") wanted Israel out.

Please. Try to ignore logic. Try to ignore common sense. Try to forget all you know about this conflict, all you know about the history of the Middle East, all you know about the history of Islam, the tenets of Islam.

Stick with Rashid Khalidi, and try to believe -- he wants you to believe -- Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

It's not much to ask, is it? And besides, he's the "Director" of the "Middle East Institute" at Columbia University. He wouldn't try to fool you, would he?

Posted on 06/14/2007 2:49 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Thursday, 14 June 2007

"[L]and records unearthed by Paul Sperry, author of "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington," show that exactly one year after 9/11 — as its dues were drying up — CAIR signed over the deed to its Washington headquarters to a United Arab Emirates-based foundation headed by the ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum's foundation put up almost $1 million for the property, and recently pledged $50 million more to help CAIR build larger headquarters, replenish its legal war chest and fund a nationwide pro-Islam propaganda campaign."
-- from this piece in Investor's Business Daily 

Mohammed Al-Maktoum, of the Al-Maktoums who rule Dubai, with its luxury skyscrapers funded in large part by tens or hundreds of billions of dollars in Iranian money? The same Dubai to which George Bush and so many of the Great and Good, in both parties, wanted to entrust responsibility for the security of our ports? The same Dubai that thinks it can attract Westerners (and even the rich from the former Soviet 'stans')? That Dubai?

Well, the Al-Maktoum family has a little bit of explaining to do. Why does it routinely threaten with lawsuits those who criticize members of the ruling family? (See the case of Rachel Ehrenfeld, who dared to write about one member of the Al-Maktoums). And what about the little business of horse-racing and the treatment of jockeys and trainers? People in the Blue Grass country want to know if it is true that the Al-Maktoum care more for their horses then they do for their human employees?

What if it becomes clear that in the confrontation with Iran the Iranian-owned buildings in Dubai become, quite properly, targets of Infidel bombs? Would that prospect cut down on the attractiveness of the market for apartments in Dubai, and hence into the undeserved colossal wealth of the Al-Maktoum family?

And if you were a True Believer in Islam, what more obvious target for the takfiris than the luxury and implied decadence of those skyscrapers and even a Western rock-star or two -- would not Dubai be high on your Things-to-Do List of places to attack?

Of course it would.

I wouldn't be buying an apartment in Dubai, I wouldn't be making any investments in Dubai, I'd be getting just as far from Dubai as I could, for at least the next, oh, fifty years. There is trouble coming. And whether from Infidels intent on undercutting and pressuring Iran through the infliction of economic damage, or from True Believers intent on driving the "false" Muslims (see how Hamas characterizes the Slow Jihadists of Fatah, see how Al Qaeda in Iraq describes the Shi'a) out of the region.

The Al-Maktoum may think they are riding high, high on their racehorses, and high as those skyscrapers being erected all over the place. But they are headed for a giant fall. And while the characteristic Al-Maktoum method is to threaten with a law suit to silence all of its critics, those who have money don't need to listen to the moral criticism of the place, but only to their own common sense.

What was said about Saudi Arabia applies to all the rich Arab sheiklets:

"Money can buy everything, except civilization."

And the Saudis and the Kuwaitis and the Emiratians should be exposed, every step of the way, and stopped where possible, for the money they are spending on CAIR, like the money they spend on campaigns of Da'wa (Hizb ut Tahrir, Tablighi Jamaat), or on mosques and madrasas, or on direct and indirect financial support to the likes of Eugene Bird (a former American consular official), James Akins (a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia), John Esposito (a present-day entrepreneur working in the vineyards of "Muslim-Christian Understanding" which is to say, working as an apologist for Islam), Raymond Close (a former CIA station chief in Riyadh, who took "early retirement" in 1977 to go into business with two well-connected Saudis, and from then, through his BCCI dealings and similar louche activities, has never looked back). There's a hundred articles, and two dozen books, and the material for several independent Congressional investigations, in the story of this money pouring in to further Islam and the cause of Islam -- in other words, about where that money goes, and what it buys, to further the Jihad which is the central duty, of Muslims, to "struggle" to tear down all obstacles to the spread of Islam until Islam everywhere dominates, and Muslims rule, everywhere.

The article about CAIR above contains in its title the word "Paymasters." The article asks the question: Who are the paymasters of CAIR? And now we know.

But we also need to know who are the paymasters of all kinds of groups and people. One would like to know, for example, just what Arab money is received by Eugene Bird and his absurdly-named Arab front-group, "Council for the National Interest. " Who's paying Eugene Bird, and who is paying for those full-page ads, that must cost $100,000 a shot, in The Sunday Times? You might say -- oh, it's just true-blue American patriots, you know, like Eugene Bird himself, or the founder of the group, Paul Findely, whose remarks on the wonderfulness of Islam and the Arabs, and the horribleness of Israel, were last on public display, in an article he published, just a little inappositely, in September 2001.

Let's have Congress look into the "Council for the National Interest." Let's start with Bird, and proceed from there. And there is a reason why we must do so. Since 1973, the Arabs and Muslims have taken in some ten trillion dollars from oil and gas sales. They did nothing to deserve that money, no real work, no entrepreneurish, nothing. It is all the result of an accident of geology. And while we may regret it morally, we must do everything to diminish the size of those revenues, which supply the world-wide Jihad with its critical Money Weapon. There are ways to do this, ways to diminish the revenues, or to force those revenues to be spent in other ways. One could, it has been repeatedly suggested at this website, end the disguised Jizyah of foreign aid by Infidel taxpayers, paid through their governments to Muslim states and groups, and instead repeatedly raise the issue of why the Saudis and Kuwaitis and assorted rulers of the Emirates have not shared Allah's munificence with their fellow, not-quite-as-lucky members of the Umma al-Islamiyaa,

But another part of this is to expose, expose to public view, expose to ridicule, expose to the full force of whatever laws can be passed to prevent giving aid and comfort to the world-wide Jihad (there are ways to draft such legislation so that it will pass constitutional muster), all the Western hirelings of these Arab and Muslim paymasters.

It takes two to tango. There are the paymasters. And there are the hirelings. Both need to be exposed.

Posted on 06/14/2007 2:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Thursday, 14 June 2007
"Found out some bad news. The relaxing place was done over. 7-8 of the guys taken whilst asleep. 2 others 72ed," jihadi slang for killed, referring to "martyrs" rewarded with 72 virgins in paradise. --From Esmerelda's post taken from this Jihadi Diary

He may or may not be "mentally ill." Islam is "doubly-totalitarian,"as the French scholar of Islam G. H. Bousquet noted in 1950, for it stakes a claim to dominate the entire world, the inevitable outcome of the state of war -- though not of open warfare,  that must exist between Believers and Infidels, and it further claims to regulate every area of a Believer's life. A system of Complete Regulation, and a Total Explanation of How the World Was Created and Must Inevitably End (with the Total Triumph of Islam) is what characterizes Islam, and those Infidels who fail to understand this, and allow themselves to focus only on the Five Pillars of individual rituals and worship (shehada, zakat, salat, Ramadan, hajj), and further allow themselves the comforting idea that "all religions are the same" (ignorance and fear of finding out a disturbing truth can make people willing to believe that).  

Amusing, that "seventy-seconded." A colonel, preferably not a brevetted Kentucky one, may be "seconded" from, say, the British to the American army, or vice-versa. Hollywood starlets and even French would-be starletties can find their fame, according to an old tv show, at Seventy-Seven Sunset Strip (I can still hum the tune), while dead Jihadists will find their orgasmic reward at Seventy-Second Sunset Strip.

"Seventy-seconded." Omar down the caff has been seventy-seconded. So's Ali, wot used to sell smack in the schoolyard and got to shag the white girls for it.

Seventy-seconded. It hath an ignoble Islamic ring.

Posted on 06/14/2007 11:55 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Thursday, 14 June 2007
Until Thursday morning, the identity of Zeeshan Siddiqui, a 26-year-old British jihadi who has escaped his control order, was a closely guarded secret. The BBC has won the right to release his name, and has been given access to his diaries.
Cold, alone and suffering from terrible diarrhoea, Zeeshan Anis Siddiqui's dream of being a heroic warrior in the name of God, was faltering.
"The greatest tests are truly to be soon alleviated and the greatest rewards will be given to those who bore them with patience only for the sake of Allah," he comforts himself.
No running water, dreadful food and terrible neighbours who live in "filth". Just another day in the utterly miserable existence of a would-be British jihadi who had given up the creature comforts of London surburbia to rough it in one of the poorest parts of Pakistan.
The BBC has won a legal battle to release his identity and thereby tell the story of Zeeshan Siddiqui, one of six men who have absconded from UK anti-terrorism control orders. And his story can be told thanks to a diary he kept in Pakistan after paramilitary training with British bomb plotters. The BBC obtained the diary and other papers on the 26-year-old through its court action.
Having trained to fight - and built himself up psychologically to do so - he seemed to be lacking a definite target for his intentions. Many of his British contacts were in custody and the "brothers" he was associating with appear from the diaries to be heading nowhere.
And so, as his mind deteriorates at the same rate as his stomach, he convinces himself he is going through a test of faith that God has reserved for the chosen.
Extremely cold and troublesome night," he writes, occasionally invoking strong language. "Awoke first time after Fajr [dawn prayers] 0724 HRS then bk 2 sleep. Pain in head and flank.  I'm covered in shit and there ain't a drop of water. Only Allah knows the suffering I am going thru.  He will not let the suffering of his believing slaves go to waste. Allah knows that the thing I hate most is being covered in filth.
"All alone in a strange land with strange ppl [people] and a strange language. I'm always constantly laughed at and ridiculed. I can trust no-one except Allah - for he alone is my only helping and protecting friend."
While these do not appear to be the thoughts of a stone-cold killer, security officials judged him a sufficient risk on his return to the UK to place him on a control order, a version of house arrest.
By that time they had seen his diaries and probed his links with other extremists. He was questioned at length by the Pakistanis. British officials met him after the London suicide bombings. We don't know what was asked or said because the government has blacked out those parts of the papers on national security grounds.
But during the dark days in Pakistan, he attacks local shopkeepers for being not as Islamic as he is because they play pop music. Others are con-men who are eating into his precarious finances. Muslims who don't share his world view are unbelievers.
But most of all, he fears for his brothers-in-arms as the authorities close in.
"Found out some bad news. The relaxing place was done over. 7-8 of the guys taken whilst asleep. 2 others 72ed," jihadi slang for killed, referring to "martyrs" rewarded with 72 virgins in paradise.
A key question for the British security services is whether Zeeshan himself was a potential suicide bomber. Evidence heard at the Old Bailey during the fertiliser bomb plot trial, which ended in April, suggested he was being groomed for that task because he worked as a London Underground station assistant. Zeeshan was said to have rejected the idea - but his diary reveals other thoughts.
"The armies of Islam are coming, we are ready. I must endure and outdo all the others in endurance. I will do what Allah has willed for me indeed only then will Allah make me successful both in this life and the next."
And as his health finally improves, he concludes that God has singled him out for blessings and that he now must rejoin the cause.
Part of Zeeshan's diarySome days he busies himself with his potato plants and making furniture. Other days, when he is feeling down, he entertains himself with violent jihadi videos or the news. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a "black witch". Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari is a "dog of the hell fire, the Shatan [devil] used to live in Wembley. . . I just can't imagine how other Muslims... including my own brother can go about their daily lives as normal, rejecting the strife of the battlefield. Today Islam needs those who are prepared to fight to the death”.
He may well be mentally ill (he absconded from a mental hospital while subject to the control order) but I would resist any attempts to excuse his thoughts as solely because of his mental state.  
Posted on 06/14/2007 10:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Thursday, 14 June 2007

The problem is, we haven't had the debate over whether we should classify Islam as a religion in this country. Did Islam advance morality beyond the point where Jesus left it? And if not, what about its claim as the "last revelation" and the "only true religion?" And if a religion does not advance morality, what is its purpose? If its purpose is political and its goal to attain political domination, should we then accept it as a religion? I think not.

New Duranty: WASHINGTON, June 13 — In recent years, the Bush administration has recast the federal government’s role in civil rights by aggressively pursuing religion-oriented cases while significantly diminishing its involvement in the traditional area of race.

Paralleling concerns of many conservative groups, the Justice Department has successfully argued in a number of cases that government agencies, employers or private organizations have improperly suppressed religious expression in situations that the Constitution’s drafters did not mean to restrict.

The shift at the Justice Department has significantly altered the government’s civil rights mission, said Brian K. Landsberg, a law professor at the University of the Pacific and a former Justice Department lawyer under both Republican and Democratic administrations...

The department’s emphasis has been embraced by some groups representing Muslims, Jews and especially Christian conservatives, who have long complained that the federal government ignored their grievances about discrimination.

“We live in a society that is becoming more religiously diverse, even by the hour,” said Kevin Seamus Hasson, who founded the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty 12 years ago. “So it’s entirely appropriate and slightly overdue that the Justice Department is paying more attention to the various frictions that increasing religious diversity is causing in the society.”...

The only added religion making us "more diverse" is Islam, the un-religion.

Posted on 06/14/2007 8:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum

Thursday, 14 June 2007

There is an excellent article in The Times by Anthony Julius and Alan Dershowitz on the proposed boycott of Israeli universities. (It is worth noting that there is little support for this boycott and much opposition from academics.)

It may be enough to say: “The boycotters are wrong” and leave it at that. But the boycotters are not just adopting bad politics derived from faulty thinking. There is an edge of malice to their campaign. Their desire to hurt, to punish, outstrips their ability even to identify with any precision their targets – all Israeli universities without exception? All academics within those universities? Israeli academics in non-Israeli universities? They cannot say. And so the question arises – does this malice have a name? To be blunt, is it anti-Semitic?

The academic boycott resonates with earlier boycotts of Jews, whether those of medieval Europe or the Third Reich. The history of anti-Semitism is in part the history of boycotts of Jews. Each boycott derives from a principle of exclusion: Jews and/or the Jewish State are to be excluded from public life, from the community of nations, because they are dangerous and malign. We see an essential continuity here, but even if we are wrong about this, the boycott has indeed been an essential tool of anti-Semites for at least a thousand years. And who but the crassest of individuals, those least sensitive to the burden of anti-Semitism’s history on Jews, would wish to impose precisely that sanction on the Jewish State today?

Second, it is predicated on the defamation of Jews. The Jewish State, in pursuance of its racist ideology, is perceived as pure aggressor, and the Palestinians as pure victims. The boycotters would deny to Jews the rights that they uphold for other peoples. They adhere to the principle of national self-determination, except in the Jews’ case. They affirm international law, except in Israel’s case. They are outraged by the Jewish nature of the State of Israel, but are untroubled (say) by the Islamic nature of Iran or of Saudi Arabia. They regard Zionism as uniquely pernicious, rather than as merely another nationalism. They are indifferent to Jewish suffering, while being sensitive to the suffering of nonJews. They overstate, on every occasion, and beyond reason, any case that could be made against Israel’s actions, and wildly overstate the significance of the Israel/Palestine conflict – indeed, they put Jews at the centre of world affairs.

Longstanding anti-Semites now embrace “anti-Zionism” as a cover for their Jew-hatred. This is because, in relation to Israel, the antiSemite finds a protected voice. The desire to destroy Jews has been reconfigured as the desire to destroy or dismantle the Jewish State. Boycotters may have Jewish friends, they may be Jews themselves – but in supporting a boycott they have put themselves in anti-Semitism’s camp.

Take a step back, and ask the most fundamental of questions. What is anti-Semitism? Anti-Semitism consists, first, of beliefs about Jews that are both false and hostile, and secondly, of injurious things said to or about Jews, or done to them, in consequence of those beliefs. It is no enlargement at all to rewrite this definition as follows. Anti-Semitism consists, first, of beliefs about Jews or the Jewish State that are both false and hostile, and secondly, of injurious things said to or about Jews or the Jewish State, or done to them, in consequence of those beliefs. Anti-Semites wrong Jews and the Jewish State, and they are wrong about Jews and the Jewish State. Many antiSemites also want to hurt Jews and the Jewish State or deny to them freedoms or rights enjoyed by nonJews or the generality of states.

The fight against the boycott is one aspect, perhaps the most urgent aspect, of the contemporary fight against anti-Semitism

Posted on 06/14/2007 8:39 AM by Mary Jackson

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Washington Times: NEW YORK -- A retired top U.N. adviser disparaged U.S. policy in the Middle East in a confidential report leaked yesterday, accusing Washington of skewing the work of international mediators in support of Israel.
    Alvaro de Soto, who until recently served as the U.N. envoy to the Middle East Quartet and to the Palestinian government, chastised U.N. officials for allowing the Americans to sway the Quartet from a neutral to a pro-Israel posture.
    The entire U.N. peace process is "strategically subservient to U.S. policy in the broader Middle East, including Iraq and Iran ... a policy that has become discredited," he said in the report, in which he suggested that the United Nations withdraw from the group.
    In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said he had not seen the document, but attributed its reported findings to the "personal views of an individual," rather than "the corporate views of the U.N."

[I wouldn't be so sure about that, Mr. McComack.]
  

  Mr. de Soto, a Peruvian diplomat, said the Bush administration had bullied the United Nations into agreeing to a review of aid and support to the Hamas-led Palestinian government just a month after it was legitimately elected.
    He wrote of intense pressure from U.S. envoys David Welch and Elliot Abrams to participate in a strategy of isolating Hamas.
    "I was subjected to a heavy barrage ... including ominous innuendo" suggesting that if then U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan didn't agree to review international assistance to the Palestinians, Congress would likely review its funding for the United Nations...

To read the latest news on the wonderful "legitimately elected" Hamas, see here.

Posted on 06/14/2007 7:49 AM by Rebecca Bynum

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Here's one way to reduce the porn industry.

Posted on 06/14/2007 7:44 AM by Rebecca Bynum

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Monsters and Critics: Manama, Bahrain- Bahraini Shiites marched through the streets of the capital Manama Wednesday night in protest over the bombings at Iraq's Golden Mosque, directing their anger at the United States and an intolerant faction of Islam.

In two separate marches held back-to-back, protestors shouted 'Death to America' and 'No to Terrorism.' One march passed by the British embassy compound.

Shiites make up more than 60 per cent of the Gulf islands population and have reacted sharply to regional developments affecting Shiites particularly in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon.

The bombing of the revered Al-Askari Shiite mosque in Samarra destroyed two minarets that were left standing after the 2006 bombing of the shrine's golden dome that sparked a wave of sectarian violence that is still washing across Iraq, killing thousands and bringing the country to the brink of civil war.

The attacks were blamed by US and Iraqi officials on al-Qaeda extremists.

The marchers held both the United States and the Takfeereah groups, factions that paint Muslims who differ with them as infidels, responsible for the attacks. ..

'There is no doubt that forces hostile to the nation are striving to create sectarian strife, fuel sectarian differences, and strain relations between brothers,' in a malicious effort to control the fortunes of Muslims, an OIC statement said...

If only...

Posted on 06/14/2007 6:57 AM by Rebecca Bynum

Thursday, 14 June 2007

The Herald:...Meanwhile, corrupt Iraqi officials are pocketing the pay of thousands of "ghost" policemen and soldiers who exist only on paper, a senior US officer claimed yesterday.

Lieutenant-General Martin Dempsey, who until recently headed coalition military training teams in Iraq, said the payroll scam went as high as the governors of the Shi'ite holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.

The general estimated up to 20% of the declared security force manpower in the two cities were part of the "ghost army" providing senior officials with a second income or retirement nest-egg.

But it also meant, when Iraqi units were mobilised for active duty, average turnout was 50% of their declared strength.

"Iraqi army rolls are also inflated by soldiers who have been severely wounded but are still being paid because the government lacks funds and a system for retiring them on a pension," General Dempsey added. "Units which showed up in Baghdad at half strength for 90-day rotations left US officers angered by the poor turnout."

Posted on 06/14/2007 6:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum

Thursday, 14 June 2007
A HATE-FILLED poster urging Muslims to “rise against British oppression” has been put up in the chippie where a 7/7 bomber worked.
Locals were stunned by the leaflet, which advertises a Downing Street demo tomorrow.
It tells Muslims to visit an anti-cop website that has the logo: “Police Target Muslims. Will You Be Next?”
The Ocean Fisheries chippie used to be owned by the family of suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer, 22.
Tanweer’s family is understood to have no connection with the chippie now.
The shop’s sign says its owner is Neil Kay, but it is not clear if he still has a connection with it. An Asian man claiming to be the owner yesterday refused to give his name.
He said of the poster: “I can only read a little. There is nothing wrong with it.” When told about the website he shrugged his shoulders.
Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, West Yorks, said putting up the poster in the chippie was “insensitive.”  He added: “Anything calling for a rising up against Britain is completely unacceptable. “There are plenty of countries where people really do know about oppression, and Britain is not one of them. “If people don’t like it here they should leave.”
There have been suggestions that it is a spoof. I don't believe that it is.
Posted on 06/14/2007 4:03 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Thursday, 14 June 2007
A PARTY to mark the Queen's birthday by the British embassy in Iran is "psychological war" planned with the United States against the Islamic Republic, a hardline Iranian newspaper has said.
Kayhan, accusing the embassy of expanding its list of Iranian invitees, wrote: "The British embassy acts as America's psychological war wing. It seems the different kind of programming for the Queen's party is a joint American-British project."
The embassy's birthday party for the Queen is an annual event, but this year it will be held against the backdrop of tension with the West over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
The gathering takes place today in the embassy's leafy Tehran compound - renovated a few years ago during a period of warming ties.
A British diplomat in Iran dismissed the charges.
"We are just doing what we normally do in embassies all over the world, inviting people from all sorts of walks of life," the diplomat said, adding those invited included officials, members of civil society and others.
Hardline student groups said they would hold a news conference outside the embassy to note the "betrayals and the historically cunning behaviour of the British government in Iran".
I don’t believe that Ferrero Rocher are actually served at British embassies but my advice would be beware of the cucumber sandwiches.  
Posted on 06/14/2007 3:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Thursday, 14 June 2007
A new, Islamist mini-state was emerging in the Gaza Strip yesterday, as victorious Hamas forces surrounded and blew up their secular rivals’ last strongholds in bitter fighting that threw the entire future of the Middle East peace process into doubt.
Supporters of the Fatah movement fled to Egypt or surrendered as Hamas leaders predicted that they would control the entire coastal strip by the end of the week.
European Union chiefs said that the deployment of an international force should be urgently considered to curb the bloodshed. Ahem – Gaza used to be under such an authority but demands were made that the locals be given autonomy. The EU and the world were warned that it would end in tears. And which International force are they thinking of?  The United Nations said that it would scale back its operations in Gaza after two of its Palestinian employees were killed and two others seriously wounded in crossfire.
”This is a victory for Islam and I hope we will build our Islamic state,” said Abu Qatada, a masked 22-year-old Hamas fighter, standing outside the smouldering ruin of the Fatah security base. “We must now complete the job,” he said.
Posted on 06/14/2007 3:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Complaints about tailors we have heard: "Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long." But not a full-fledged lawsuit, even if the pants were not too long but apparently not to be found,and certainly not a suit for $67 million (the plaintiff's come down to $54 million), for such tortish things as intentional infliction of emotional stress. If justice is to be done and seen to be done, Mr. Pearson should be awarded nothing. Instead, the dry-cleaners should sue him, Mr. Pearson, for his intentional infliction of emotional disress, a distress that must clearly have been felt by the Korean owners of this dry cleaning establishment. One can well imagine the persistent and semi-demented complaints by Mr. Pearson, which led them to finally make him the offer of $3,000 for lost pants that might possiblyhave cost $100 or even $200, but not $3000.

Let such a countersuit be brought to punish Pearson and all the pearsons of this world. They have it coming to them. In the case of dry-cleaners what amazes is not how much they lose, but what amazes about dry cleaners is not how much they lose or misplace, but how little. How do they do it? A little gratitude, for god's sake.


Posted on 06/13/2007 9:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Taking this line of reasoning a little further, the Senate bill, which I believe Linda Chavez favors, includes permanent legal residence for current illegal residents and eight years of family reunification measures for them and the current heavily-national-origin-biased immigrant population, both legal and illegal.  That is even if you take the enforcement provisions seriously and believe the bill, or one anything much like it, would not deliver a huge boost to illegal entry across the southern border.  Which, in common with many other critics of the bill, I don't.
 
Given deep skepticism about enforcement of current or future laws—about either the will or the administrative ability to enforce them—as expressed on The Corner by myself and other commentators—it makes sense to look at immigration from a de facto, not a de jure point of view.  That's what I was trying to do there.  De facto, current immigration policy implements massive favoritism towards Latin Americans.  De facto, there are strong reasons to doubt that the Senate bill would change this much.  Those like Linda who favor the bill, favor this system, wich is de facto comparable to the old national-origins quota system they affect to deplore.  It favors people from some nations, at the expense of people from other nations.  That's what it does.  That, as best I can guess, is what it would continue to do under the proposed new legislation. 
Posted on 06/13/2007 7:16 PM by John Derbyshire

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

There are two kinds of humour in the world: English humour and Jewish humour. Everything else is but a pale imitation of one or the other, or, occasionally, a mixture of both, which is why even Americans sometimes win. When I have more time I will elaborate on this.

English humour is here. I hope the link works. If it doesn't, weep for what you miss. If it does, and you don't like it, weep for what you can't understand.

Oh, to be in England.

Posted on 06/13/2007 5:21 PM by Mary Jackson

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Was it something we said?

E&P: NEW YORK Reports surfaced on Tuesday, confirmed in spades this morning, as The Wall Street Journal announced major changes in its editorial structure "that is aimed at better positioning the Journal to benefit from the profound changes sweeping the news business," it said in a release.

"This new organizational change will fully complete the integration of the Journal's print and online news operations and will simplify our international news structure, at a time when the company is expanding and has a stronger presence worldwide."

Posted on 06/13/2007 4:48 PM by Rebecca Bynum

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Here are some relevant numbers, from the Center for Immigration Studies. 

We no longer have a de jure national-origins quota system for immigrants.  In actual practice, though, if you include our lax attitude towards illegal immigration as part of the practice, we have a massive de facto national-origins bias in our immigration.  From that link:

Table 4 shows the distribution of immigrants by region of the world, with Mexico and Canada treated separately. Mexico accounts for 31 percent of all immigrants, with 10.8 million immigrants living in United States, more than the number of immigrants from any other region of the world. Immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean account for the majority of immigrants, with 54 percent of the foreign‑born coming from these areas. ... The importance of the Western Hemisphere, excluding Canada, is even more striking when we look at recent arrivals. Of those who arrived 2000 to 2005, 58 percent are from Latin America.

...One of the striking things about contemporary immigration is that there has been a significant decline in the diversity of immigrants; Mexico accounted for 31 percent of all immigrants in 2005, up from 28 percent in 2000, 22 percent in 1990, and 16 percent in 1980. The top sending country in 1970 was Italy, which accounted for only 10 percent of the foreign-born.

In view of these numbers, it seems to me that a fair riposte to those like Linda Chavez and Geraldo Rivera who accuse their opponents of anti-Hispanic bigotry, would be to ask why they favor the current practice of colossal favoritism towards Latin American immigrants. 

Several billion people live in nations poorer than Mexico.  E.g. GDP per capita in Ethiopia is $1,000, vs. Mexico $10,600.   Don't those people deserve a shot at the American dream?  Where is our generosity?  Where is our compassion?

Posted on 06/13/2007 4:13 PM by John Derbyshire

Wednesday, 13 June 2007
GUNMEN (men with guns I can accept being called “gunmen”. As in “Gunmen kill Afghan schoolgirls”. Did these men definitely have guns? Should they not be referred to as bombmen? What explosive did they use? Safecrackers used to be called petermen because of the saltpetre they used to blow the doors off. But I digress) blew up a major Sunni mosque in the Iraqi town of Iskandariya overnight, police said.
Police said Iskandariya's Grand Mosque had been totally destroyed in the attack, which followed an attack on a revered Shiite shrine that has stirred fears of a surge in sectarian bloodshed.
Overnight, suspected al-Qaeda insurgents destroyed the two minarets of the Askariya Shiite shrine in the city of Samarra, 95 kilometres north of Baghdad.
Posted on 06/13/2007 2:53 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

Wednesday, 13 June 2007
This is from the Guardian. I hope all the Islam respecting feminists and dozy bints who frequent the Grauniad sit up and take notice of this.
Unlike many women under the threat of "honour" violence, Banaz Mahmod didn't suffer in silence. In December 2005 and January 2006, this 20-year-old Kurdish-born woman from south London told police at least four times that threats had been made on her life. She had left an abusive arranged marriage and started a relationship with another man, and, as a result of this, she believed her father wanted to kill her. She even wrote a list of young Kurdish men she suspected he had hired to carry it out.
Last Monday, her father and uncle were found guilty of her murder; a third man, Mohamad Hama, had pleaded guilty earlier.
Jasvinder Sanghera, director of Karma Nirvana, a women's project and refuge in Derby, says . . . “The women who ring us for support have said, 'We've been to the police and they don't understand and they're sending us back'. What the police don't seem to be able to get their heads around is that they're sending them back to the perpetrators. In their mindset, the police don't like to think a mother or father could harm someone in the way these women are describing. 'Honour'-based violence is far more complex than 'typical' domestic violence and the police are not being trained in how complex it is. . . Very often, we find ourselves entering into long conversations with police officers trying to get them to understand. "
"Honour" crimes include abduction, imprisonment, physical and emotional abuse, forced abortions and rape, as well as murder. Most of the cases involve families from south Asia, but they have also included Nigerian, Turkish, Algerian, and, as in Banaz's case, Kurdish families.
(Jasvinder Sanghera said) “There are some forces that are trying, and a handful of officers who take it very seriously, but they have to have support from senior officers. They also need to have the confidence to engage in this work ... this is not a cultural issue to be dealt with sensitively."
Diana Sammi, director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation agrees. "Most of the families who are involved in 'honour' crimes are Muslim but there is nowhere in the Qur'an where it condones 'honour' killing," (Ahadith then I take it?)
Diana Sammi, director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation agrees. "Most of the families who are involved in 'honour' crimes are Muslim but there is nowhere in the Qur'an where it condones 'honour' killing,"
"The problem is that frontline police officers often adopt a historical stance - they think that this is a part of a minority culture and they don't want to interfere ... They leave these communities to police themselves - and these communities are dominated by conservative male forces. The community has to address the problems, but they have been left to address them on their own and that has meant that women have not been protected.”
Posted on 06/13/2007 2:42 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax


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