These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 13, 2012.
Friday, 13 July 2012
Not An Interlude: We Are All Poor Now (Bird And Fortune)
Posted on 07/13/2012 2:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
Brian Lilley Asks The Question Everyone Sensible Is Asking
Islam, Islam, Islam. Muslim, Muslim, Muslim.
Jihad. Dhimmi, Shirk, Bida, Naskh, Khaybar, Hudaibiyya.
What's preventing you? All over the Western world, is it that millions of cats have got your millions of tongues?
Why not deal with Muslim extremism?
I know this has happened to you. You’ve been watching a newscast and there is a story about a terrorist plot being busted. You hear all about the plot, you know how many people were arrested, what they were generally attempting to do, but there is something the police seem to be avoiding.
The M word or the I word.
You know what I mean.
Police bust an Islamic terror cell, people that plan to blow up a building or shoot others in the name of Islam, and yet police will not say the words Muslim, Islam or any variant thereof. Even when the people arrested have clearly stated their goal is to carry out an attack in the name of Islam, police will not use the M word or the I word.
A document issued by the RCMP may help you understand why this happens. It’s called Words Make Worlds and it details how the Mounties are supposed to talk about Islam.
This booklet has a chapter on jihad, but it’s not the jihad you and I have come to know — the kind where people claim they will wage a holy war. No, this booklet is all about how jihad is an internal struggle “striving in the path of God.”
I’m disturbed any time government or a government agency tries to define religion, but that is what is happening here.
The document also makes a defence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that now controls much of Egypt. During his campaign for the Egyptian presidency, Mohammed Morsi, a man closely tied to the Brotherhood, told a crowd, “The Qur’an is our constitution. The Prophet Mohammed is our leader. Jihad is our path and death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.”
That doesn’t sound like a peaceful striving in the path of God to me. And it doesn’t show the Brotherhood as the benign group the Mounties want you to think they are.
The document goes on to tell the Mounties never to link Islam and terrorism. “Terms like ‘Islamic terrorism,’ ‘Islamist terrorism,’ ‘Jihadism’ and ‘Islamofascism’ succeed only in conflating terrorism with mainstream Islam, thereby casting all Muslims as terrorists or potential terrorists.”
What a load of crap.
Since 9/11 when Islamic terrorist scum blew up the Twin Towers, crashed a plane into the Pentagon and were foiled in sending another one to Washington, people in the West have been bending over backwards to say, “Well, of course not all Muslims are terrorists.”
It is the statement everyone needs to make before talking about the problem of Islamic terrorism.
A friend told me that this document was no big deal, just a dust collector that real cops won’t pay attention to. I wish that were the case.
Back in the summer of 2010, four men were arrested and charged with terror-related activities, including claims they were planning a bombing and were attempting to send money to support terrorist activities in Afghanistan. A quick review of the statements made, the press releases issued at the time shows police never used the M word or the I word once.
These men were accused of terrorist activities, activities they planned to carry out in the name of their religion and our national police force was too afraid to name the evil for what it was.
They still are and that should frighten you. If police cannot name the evil they are facing, how can they confront it?
Posted on 07/13/2012 3:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
One Of The Many Comments Elicited By Rioufol's Article
Posted on 07/13/2012 4:24 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
Ivan Rioufol: In France, The Belated Recognition Of Murderous Muslim Antisemitism
Les yeux s’entrouvrent, enfin. "Antisémitisme : ce qu’on ne veut pas dire", titrait Le Nouvel Observateur
, la semaine dernière, en s’alarmant de comportements antijuifs
dans des banlieues françaises. Mais cela fait dix ans et plus que cette hostilité s’y exprime, dans l’indifférence générale et sous la protection d’associations dites antiracistes, comme le Mrap. "Dans les années 1980, au moindre soupçon d’antisémitisme, l’indignation était immédiate (…) Là, personne, rien. Au motif qu’elle est du côté des opprimés, la gauche n’a pas voulu voir le problème", explique Iannis Roder,
professeur en Seine-Saint-Denis, interrogé par l’hebdomadaire. Faudra-t-il attendre encore dix ans pour que la gauche "morale" s’indigne des sentiments anti-français et anti-blancs des intouchables? Ces faits valent actuellement à ceux qui les décrivent d’être accusés de cautionner l’extrême droite.
Le camp du Bien,
prompt à déceler un "propos nauséabond" dans la moindre approche d’une vérité interdite, se déshonore par son silence devant ce racisme assumé. Ses leçons de vertu sont des impostures quand elles épargnent les nazillons des cités, qui éclaboussent une population locale souvent passive. La politique de l’autruche, à quoi incite la pensée dominante qui a sacralisé la préférence immigrée, se rend complice de cette décivilisation. Si Le Nouvel Obs
s’éveille, nombreux sont les beaux esprits qui rechignent à regarder les premières blessures infligées à la tolérance française par un nouveau totalitarisme, islamiste celui-là. Il instrumentalise la non-discrimination et le respect de l’autre, pour imposer la négation de ce qui lui est différent.
l’assassin de trois militaires d’origine maghrébine et de quatre personnes de confession juive dont trois enfants, a été le produit monstrueux de cet aveuglement.(La suite ici)
Posted on 07/13/2012 4:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
Born of Algerian parents, she received a French education and knows exactly why the Muslims in France can't be integrated.
She can be heard, in French, here.
Posted on 07/13/2012 4:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
Mouna Diab Fought "Stereotypes" About Muslims; Now Charged With Terrorism-Related Crimes
From the National Post:
Quebec Muslim activist becomes first woman charged under 9/11 terror laws over Hezbollah gun-running plot
Jul 13, 2012
Graham Hughes for National Post
Mouna Diab arrives at the Montreal courthouse, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, on charges relating to arms smuggling.
A Quebec activist who fought the stereotyping of Muslims was charged with supporting terrorism on Friday after an RCMP investigation linked her to an alleged scheme to smuggle weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Mouna Diab, 26, was charged with committing a crime “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group,” the RCMP said in a statement. She faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
The Laval woman was arrested at Montreal’s Trudeau airport last year and accused of violating an international arms embargo targeting Lebanon, but police added the far more serious terrorism charge on Friday.
While Canadian police have laid dozens of charges under the anti-terrorism laws enacted after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Ms. Diab is the first woman to face charges related to a foreign terrorist organization.
The case also marks the first time Canada has laid charges in connection with Hezbollah, and comes amid concerns Tehran is preparing to unleash the Iranian-sponsored terrorist group in the event of a strike on its nuclear program.
Although a key political party in Lebanon, Hezbollah is also a paramilitary and terrorist group funded, armed and trained by Iran, which uses it as a proxy force. Canada is among a long list of nations that have outlawed Hezbollah, calling it one of the most technically capable terrorist groups in the world. The United Nations Security Council has ordered Hezbollah to disarm but it has only added to its arsenal and now possesses thousands of missiles and rockets supplied by Iran and Syria.
Public Safety Canada: “One of the most technically capable terrorist groups in the world, Hezbollah is a radical Shia group ideologically inspired by the Iranian revolution. Its goals are the liberation of Jerusalem, the destruction of Israel, and, ultimately, the establishment of a revolutionary Shia Islamic state in Lebanon, modeled after Iran.” Source: Currently Listed Entities, Public Safety Canada.
ITAC: Hezbollah’s “Most Sophisticated and Lethal” Attacks
April 1983—Car combing of U.S. embassy in Beirut kills 63.
October 1983—Truck bomb attack at U.S. Marine barracks kills 241 American military personnel. A second attack kills 58 at a French military compound.
June 1985—Hijacks a TWA flight and kills an American passenger.
February 1988—Kidnaps and kills a U.S. official serving with a UN truce monitoring mission.
March 1992—Bombs Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29.
July 1994—Bombs Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, killing 86.
February 2005—Assassinates former PM Rafiq Hariri with a massive bomb that also kills 23 bystanders.
July 2006—Crosses Lebanon’s southern border, kills three Israeli troops and kidnaps two others, triggering a month-long war with Israel that leaves about 1,200 dead, mostly Lebanese.
Source: “Hezbollah Intentions and Capabilities: Implications for Canada in 2010,” Intelligence Assessment, Integrated Threat Assessment Centre, June 10, 2010. SECRET.
“Despite its foray into Lebanese politics, Hezbollah retains a potent military capability independent of Lebanese state control and a terrorist wing controlled by Hezbollah’s leadership,” reads a June 2010 Canadian intelligence study obtained by the National Post.
“Hezbollah has a proven capability to conduct a mass casualty attack, target unguarded foreign nationals, strike at heavily guarded targets, and carry out multiple and coordinated attacks,” reads the report, released under the Access to Information Act.
The charge against Ms. Diab followed an investigation called Project Sagittaire by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Quebec. Police alleged she bought firearms parts in the Montreal area to send to Lebanon and that they could be reassembled to build two complete AR-15-type rifles.
“It is alleged that Diab was acting under the direction of a contact person in Lebanon who is associated with Hezbollah,” the RCMP said in a press release. Quebec provincial police and Montreal police were also involved in the investigation.
Firearms parts were found in her luggage at Montreal airport on May 19, 2011. “Based on gathered evidence it is also alleged that she was shipping firearms parts through people in her community traveling to Lebanon. The victims were unaware of the contents of the packages they were carrying for the accused,” the RCMP said.
The RCMP statement said Hezbollah was “primarily involved in logistics and operational support activities and fundraising” in Canada but there are concerns Tehran has been priming the terror group to conduct reprisal attacks if Iranian nuclear facilities are struck.
Hezbollah has also threatened to avenge the 2008 killing of its chief terrorist, Imad Mugniyah. Following his assassination in Damascus, Canadian authorities warned Canadian Jewish groups that Hezbollah might attempt a revenge attack in Canada.
The Hezbollah presence in Canada goes back at least two decades. In 1993, a Hezbollah member named Mohamed Hussein Al Husseini told the Canadian Security Intelligence Service that Hezbollah had operatives “in all of Canada.” Several senior Hezbollah members are alleged to be Canadians, including Faouzi Ayoub, a former Toronto man who took part in a hijacking and was added to the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list last July.
Militaristic Hezbollah flags have appeared at demonstrations in Toronto and Montreal as recently as last August, and in 2007 members of Windsor’s Lebanese community erected a commercial billboard featuring Hezbollah boss Hassan Nasrallah. It was taken down following complaints.
Hezbollah: Hezbollah posted the following tribute to its assassinated chief terrorist, Imad Mugniyah, on its website last year. “They thought silencing him would do the trick. They thought wrong….With every passing month he asks revenge. And with every passing year, they ask themselves when, where, and how they will taste his revenge.” Source: moqawama.org.
“Hezbollah’s fundraising activities can often be boiled down to simply taking advantage of opportunities that arise from having a vast expatriate Shia population sympathetic to the group,” Matthew Levitt, a former U.S. Treasury official, wrote in Terrorism Financing.
The group gets an estimated $100-million a year from Iran but also raises substantial funds in Canada and elsewhere through crime, businesses, taxation and front charities such as the Martyr’s Foundation, according to experts and officials.
Hezbollah has been responsible for suicide bombings, hijackings, kidnappings and assassinations, including the 2005 killing of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, and remains a considerable source of instability and insecurity in the Middle East.
It ignited a month-long war with Israel in 2006 and any number of triggers might set it off again, notably its ongoing conflict with Israel, the indictment of four Hezbollah members over the Hariri assassination and its support for its closest allies, Iran and Syrian.
Hezbollah has never conducted a terrorist attack on Canadian soil but it has scouted potential targets and its 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Argentina showed it was willing to strike abroad and fueled fears it could harm Canada’s large Jewish community.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement Friday the government was working with international partners “to ensure that Canada will not be a source of weapons or other resources for groups or individuals associated with terrorism.”
Prior to her arrest, Ms. Diab was vice-president of the Association of Young Lebanese Muslims. Her activism was focused partly on changing the stereotypes that too often associate Muslims with terrorism and violence.
Wearing her hijab, she was part of a delegation that traveled to Herouxville, Que., in 2007 after the town passed a code of conduct aimed at immigrants that banned stonings, female genital mutilation and head coverings.
Posted on 07/13/2012 8:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
'Dreamy-eyed' coverage of Syria's troubles
Rev Peter Mullen, writing in The Telegraph, doesn't wish to take sides. Perhaps he should:
Every day, it seems, there comes news of fresh massacres in Syria. Assad’s men are reported to have killed a further two hundred people this morning. There is no doubt that Assad is particularly persevering in his malevolent self-interest, but it is the naivety of our media which rubs me up the wrong way.
Listen to the BBC, read most of the papers, and what you get relentlessly is something like this: the brave and idealistic young rebels, armed only with raw courage and mobile phones, are daring to challenge the evil dictator Assad and promote democracy in their land. Yes, yes, there is some truth in this. But the larger truth is that the Westernised kids with their tweeting and twittering are very similar to those Soviet sympathisers in the West to whom Stalin referred as “useful idiots.”
The reality in Syria is that Assad is fighting desperately against an extremist Sunni revolt which aims to exterminate alike Allawites, Christians and Druze. Naturally, al Qaeda is opportunistically lending them a hand.
The media – and especially the BBC – presents the same simplistic account of all that has become known as “The Arab Spring.” But the same complexities that exist in Syria are replicated all across North Africa and the Middle East. The Libyan rebels we helped by our bombing campaign against Gaddafi have attacked British officials in that land. In Egypt, the smiling teenage radicals on their mobile phones have been replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood. There are powerful elements in Egypt which are determined to exterminate all the Coptic Christians. They have already begun this work.
Similar scenarios exist in Yemen, Bahrain and another half dozen countries from Tunisia to the borders of Iran.
Look, I’m not taking sides. I’m just asking for a bit more reality coefficient from our dreamy-eyed media who insist on describing a most complicated and dangerous scene as a simple contrast between black and white: the glorious “democrats” against the nasty dictators.
At least the "former Rector of St Michael, Cornhill and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London" is standing up for Christians, rather than batting for the other side, Archdruid-style.
Posted on 07/13/2012 6:41 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 13 July 2012
A Musical Interlude: What's The Use? (Isham Jones Orch., voc. Frank Sylvano)
Posted on 07/13/2012 9:36 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
That holiday home in France just got costlier
Here in my French fastness, where the wild boar are even more destructive to the garden than the drunks who scream and shout on Friday nights outside my English home, I received the news of François Hollande’s proposed taxes on foreign-owned second houses with what the French call flegme. I don’t rent it out, didn’t buy it as a speculation, and don’t intend to sell it, so taxes on rental income and capital gains will not affect me. Besides, a reduction in the size of an anticipated profit is not quite the same thing as a loss. But I am more fortunately placed than many who are not in a position to keep their sangfroid in the face of Mr Hollande’s announcement.
My house is as we all imagine one in rural France to be: isolated and peaceful, a clear stream babbling through its large garden, the cicadas singing and the bees busy with the lavender. Alas, the peaches are now finished, as are the cherries and wild strawberries, but the apricots and apples are still ripening.
Mr Hollande’s proposals regarding such properties are entirely consistent with his programme, which is to decrease the French budget deficit without reducing the number of his core constituents, the public sector workers. His political calculation is sound, since 75 per cent of French students would like to be civil servants. And on his own admission he does not like the rich, presumably as defined in the normal way by haters of the rich; that is to say, those with more money than they.
The President is no believer in the Laffer curve, according to which, after a certain level, revenues decline as taxes increase. He takes a more citrus fruit view of the matter: you squeeze the lemon until the pips squeak. This is good politics: demagogic taxes on the rich are always popular in countries where most people hope to get more out of the state than they put into it. It is like running a lottery with compulsory contributions in which 55 or 60 per cent of the ticket holders are winners. Such a lottery will always be popular.
Most British people come to France, however, not to avoid taxes, but to avoid their fellow countrymen, especially the younger ones. In France, even the most uncouth people address you as “monsieur”, not “mate”. The burglar who broke into my mother-in-law’s flat in Paris, not expecting her to be there, withdrew with a courteous “Excusez-moi, madame”. An English burglar would have bound and gagged her.
First published in The Telegraph.
Posted on 07/13/2012 10:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 13 July 2012
People From A Different World
Shiite tribesmen denounce US presence in Yemen
By Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
The mountainous province of Saada is a stronghold for Shiite rebels known as the Houthis. The clan had fought government forces for years until an uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh last year gave them a free hand in the lawless frontier province.
Washington is deepening its involvement in Yemen, using drone strikes to target suspected militants and training the Yemeni army to fight as a counter to the threat of al-Qaeda. The tribal gathering was held to denounce what tribesmen say is U.S. interference in Yemen. Read more about Shia Islam here
Shadows of tribesmen are cast on the ground as they perform the traditional Baraa in the province of Saada, Yemen on July 12, 2012.
A tribesman performs the traditional Baraa dance in the northwestern province of Saada, Yemen on July 12, 2012.
Tribesmen loyal to al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group perform the traditional Baraa dance in the northwestern province of Saada, Yemen on July 11, 2012.
A boy stands among tribesmen, loyal to the al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group, gathering in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada, Yemen on July 11, 2012.
Posted on 07/13/2012 9:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 13 July 2012
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: In The Middle Of A Kiss (from "Pennies From Heaven")
Posted on 07/13/2012 9:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald