Lahore - Two French Muslim men have been detained by law enforcement agencies here for alleged links with terrorist groups in the country. Sharafuddin, a Pakistani-born French national, and Zohaib Afzal, a French national of Moroccan origin, had arrived in Lahore about two months ago from France, sources said.
Acting on a tip-off, security personnel picked them up from the airport and shifted them to an interrogation cell, the sources said. The French nationals wanted to go the Waziristan tribal region — a safe haven for Taliban and al-Qaeda elements— to take part in jihad.
The Grand Jihad: Andy McCarthy In Stoughton, Massachusetts
Andrew C. McCarthy, best-selling author of the The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America spoke at my synagogue, Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts on April 11th. McCarthy is the former U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor of the blind Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, perpetrator of the 1993 bombing of what was the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. He is a well regarded and frequent commentator on Islamic terrorism and the stealth Jihad strategy of Muslim Brotherhood fronts in America that seek to supplant our Constitution with Shariah - strict Islamic law. McCarthy is also a co-author of Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II) He was the latest guest at a venue that some have taken to call a Freemont Forum for free thinkers.
Watch MCarthy's presentation on You Tube part 1, here, and part 2, here.
Why do I do this?
My only thought was to break the bonds of a stultifying view which demanded philosophical orthodoxy within synagogues vis a vis guest speakers. Why not bring speakers who maintained different perspectives from those normally associated with the organized Jewish community and relevant institutions? A Fremont Forum type of venue to challenge the attendee to a panoply of perspectives, shake the listener from his/her ideological comfort zone, upon the possibly of new vistas of consideration to the issues of the day. As a result, several national and international thinkers, political leaders and activists have graced our venue including Geert Wilders, Bat Ye'or and David Littman, Mark Steyn, Erick Stakelback, Esther Levens, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Dr. Wafa Sultan, Frank Gaffney (this list is illustrative).
As a consequence of the quality and reputation of the guests and our vision, it was no surprise that a capacity audience traversed the highways and by-ways of greater Boston to come to Ahavath Torah Congregation in order to greet former US Attorney Andrew McCarthy. Andy is a cogent and perceptive thinker, prolific author, and one of the most persuasive persons regarding national security issues. He is also one of the leading voices in the movement to battle the imposition of shariah in the United States. He is especially knowledgeable about the application of the law and Constitutional principles to the fight against Islamic fascism. Mr. McCarthy’s second book, The Grand Jihad, traces the history of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States and explains the strategy that the Muslim Brotherhood is using to infiltrate and sabotage the United States from within with the long-term goal of replacing the Constitution and U.S. law with shariah, an act of sedition according to the U.S. Constitution.
The Obama Administration has failed to correctly define the enemy, their program, the basis for their ideology and their methods even though they declared war against the United States decades ago. Mr. McCarthy explained that Islam is not like Judaism or Christianity, which recognizes a secular sphere. Islam is an all-encompassing ideology that encompasses man, Allah and the government. No separation of mosque or church and state is recognized. Indeed, the term jihad means the ongoing war to tear down all non-Islamic governments and replace them with a caliphate under the Koran.
Critical to understanding what we must do is an accurate definition of what a moderate Muslim is. At present, we define a terrorist as an extremist, a person who kills indiscriminately with the purpose of causing fear and anxiety, and every Muslim who does not espouse acts of terror as a moderate. In fact, that is a false distinction. There is no difference between the goals of Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Both seek the establishment of worldwide sharia. The difference is one of tactics. Al Qaeda prefers a speedier movement toward the adoption of its Islamist vision and uses the instrument of military or paramilitary terrorist actions. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to achieve the same goal by patient stealth and subterfuge. President Obama’s security chief Mr. Brennan has it very wrong.
It is clear that the first step in making an existential difference for the United States and the Jewish community is to develop the intellectual framework for the battles that lay ahead. Education is the key and several books are essential:
One good thing -- possibly the best thing -- from the disruptions in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen -- is that newspapers, including The New York Times, have felt compelled almost every day to publish a little map of the area, with underneath a summary of the most recent developments in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen.
And as readers see that map, again and again and again, they see that broad swath of land, to the left, and to the right, and to the south, and to the north, of the teeny-tiniest hardly discernible sliver that, we know if we take out our magnifying glasses, is Israel.
And that's important.
That's a gain, amidst so many foreign and domestic idiocies, when it comes to the countries of the West trying to come -- and so far failing -- with the permanent threat posed by those who take Islam to heart, and now have the wherewithal, as they did not a half-century ago, to do something about it.
That map. Keep posting it, Times, Post, Globe. It's having its effect.
A Musical Interlude: There's Something In The Air (Ray Noble Orch., voc.Al Bowlly)
England and France are the two countries doing most of the no-fly flying over Libya, and the picture visible on the YouTube screen for the first ten seconds of this song shows the French and British flags fluttering together. You may think of this as the Libyan-intervention musical interlude. And you are allowed to imagine this song being played right now, on a gramophone in Tripoli, by some Italian who arrived with his parents back in 1928, and has lived in Libya, being left alone by successive regimes, even by that of Colonel Qaddafy, ever since.
But you don't have to imagine that if you're not in the mood. You can, without summoning up such embellishments, listen here.
Greg Mortenson and his fundraising racket hit a speed bump. AP has details:
NEW YORK—A "60 Minutes" investigation alleges that the inspirational multimillion seller "Three Cups of Tea" is filled with inaccuracies and that co-author Greg Mortenson's charitable organization has taken credit for building schools that don't exist.
The report, which airs Sunday night on CBS television, cites "Into the Wild" author Jon Krakauer as among the doubters of Mortenson's story of being lost in 1993 while mountain climbing in rural Pakistan and stumbling upon the village of Korphe, where the kindness of local residents inspired him to build a school. The "60 Minutes" story draws upon observations from the porters who joined Mortenson on his mountain trip in Pakistan and dispute his being lost. They say he only visited Korphe a year later.
The "60 Minutes" report alleges that numerous schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan that Mortenson's Central Asia Institute is said to have established either don't exist or were built by others. According to the CAI's website, the institute has "successfully established over 170 schools" and helped educate over 68,000 students, with an emphasis on girls' education."
In a statement issued Friday through the institute, Mortenson defended the book he co-authored with David Oliver Relinhis, and his humanitarian work.
"Afghanistan and Pakistan are fascinating, inspiring countries, full of wonderful people. They are also complex places, torn by conflicting loyalties, and some who do not want our mission of educating girls to succeed," Mortenson said.
"I stand by the information conveyed in my book and by the value of CAI's work in empowering local communities to build and operate schools that have educated more than 60,000 students. I continue to be heartened by the many messages of support I receive from our local partners in cities and villages across Afghanistan and Pakistan, who are determined not to let unjustified attacks stop the important work being done to create a better future for their children."
"Three Cups of Tea" was released by Penguin in 2006. Spokeswoman Carolyn Coleburn declined comment, saying the publisher had not seen the "60 Minutes" story. The book sold moderately in hardcover, but was a word-of-mouth hit as a paperback and became an international sensation, selling more than 3 million copies.
Mortenson has received numerous honors, including the Sitara-e-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan), a civilian award rarely given to foreigners
Tunisians Forced Upon Them, Roman Citizens Block Their Way And Rome's Mayor Protests (In Italian)
From Corriere della Sera:
Tunisini in transito a Grottarossa
ed è subito caos. Ira di Alemanno
Centocinquanta profughi con permesso di soggiorno dovevano passare la notte in una casa famiglia (che poteva ospitarne 40) ma i residenti li hanno bloccati
I profughi tunisini (Proto)
ROMA - Qualcosa non ha funzionato nel meccanismo dell'accoglienza. E' mancato il coordinamento tra gli enti ed è mancato un segnale di solidarietà della società civile. E così tre pullman con a bordo 150 profughi tunisini diretti in una casa famiglia su via di Grottarossa, estrema periferia Nord della Capitale, sono stati bloccati venerdì pomeriggio da un presidio di cittadini allarmati dal tam tam mediatico che, purtroppo, ha trasformato un'emergenza umanitaria in una pericolosa invasione.
I FATTI – Il viaggio di questi giovani verso il lavoro e la serenità, la loro terra promessa, non sembra voler finire. Arrivati nella Capitale da Caserta a bordo di bus della Protezione civile nazionale, i 150 dovevano passare la notte di venerdì in una casa famiglia (di 40 posti appena) su via di Grottarossa e proseguire, il giorno dopo, verso Nord. Così almeno dicono i protagonisti: «Noi tutti avevamo scritto su un modulo che volevamo andare a Bologna – racconta Hassan, 23 anni – dove vivono i nostri familiari». Ma i residenti, allarmati e preoccupati, hanno temuto che si trattasse di una sistemazione permanente e così hanno bloccato il traffico. «Nessuno ci ha avvertito, non sapevamo nulla: vogliamo impedire che i profughi vengano alloggiati qui» ha detto il presidente del municipio XX, Gianni Giacomini.
Un ragazzo mostra il permesso di soggiorno
FUGA E PERMESSI– Di fronte alle proteste, i tre bus dei migranti hanno fatto marcia indietro e scaricato i tunisini in un campo fangoso lì vicino. Per ore, i giovani hanno atteso, sotto la pioggia, l'arrivo di altri pullman che li avrebbero portati in un altro centro per la notte. Soltanto 58 sono saliti sui bus. Impauriti dalle proteste e disorientati dalla disorganizzazione generale, due terzi dei migranti si sono allontanati: a piedi verso i boschi del Parco di Veio, in autobus o accettando il passaggio di qualche generoso automobilista diretto alla stazione Termini. Nessuno ha potuto fermarli: «Proprio oggi abbiamo avuto il permesso di soggiorno e ci possiamo muovere liberamente».
Alcuni dei cittadini che presidiavano la palazzina (Proto)
«NON ERA NEI PATTI» - «La situazione è stata gestita malissimo, non sono stato avvertito, sono molto adirato per questo modo di procedere», è stata la reazione del sindaco di Roma Alemanno. «Non ne sapevamo niente. Questa è stata una inopinata decisione della Protezione Civile che non ci ha mai avvertito» fa eco Giorgio Ciardi, il delegato alla sicurezza del Comune di Roma, arrivato sul posto per cercare di risolvere l'emergenza. Il sindaco Alemanno insiste: «Sono assolutamente contrario al trasferimento dei tunisini a Roma, non è ammissibile, non erano questi gli impegni. Roma è già appesantita per quanto riguarda l'accoglienza. La città è già al limite. Da questo punto di vista -ha proseguito il sindaco- ci deve essere l'impegno da parte della Protezione civile nazionale e anche dal governo nell'accogliere gli immigrati in luoghi adatti». «L'arrivo dei profughi è sempre un momento di sbandamento ma se le cose si gestiscono, così in maniera confusa, si rischia di generare reazioni scomposte. Venerdì i tunisini - ha concluso il sindaco - sono stati portati in un parco e male accolti, queste cose non possono succedere. Stiamo ancora cercando i responsabili diretti perchè ancora non c'è stata chiarezza sulla responsabilità. Ci siamo messi in contatto con la Protezione Civile perché questi immigrati siano portati fuori da Roma, non perché ci sottraiamo ai nostri impegni ma perché qui ci sono già 8 mila rifugiati e 2 mila nomadi e siamo una città che ha già grossi problemi di accoglienza» ha detto Alemanno.
COORDINAMENTO LOCALE - Ma secondo la Protezione Civile nazionale, i “patti” sono ben altri. «Spiace constatare che un mancato coordinamento tra istituzioni sul territorio, che ha provocato evidenti disfunzioni, venga ingiustamente imputato alla struttura nazionale che ha agito per adempiere agli impegni sanciti dall'accordo sottoscritto il 6 aprile tra governo, regioni, Anci e Upi». In base a questi accordi, la struttura nazionale ha organizzato una “pianificazione equa sul territorio della distribuzione sul territorio dei cittadini extracomunitari” e ne ha informato con “ note scritte” e “numerose interlocuzioni” con i vertici della struttura laziale. Quello che è mancato è il coordinamento sul territorio: «Questo episodio spingerà il Dipartimento nazionale a verificare le interlocuzioni intermedie tra istituzioni territoriali, per evitare che inconvenienti simili si ripetano in futuro, pur constatando che al momento ciò è avvenuto solo nel Lazio».
ALEMANNO: «VIA DA ROMA» - A roma, fa sapere il sindaco di Roma, sabato ne sono rimasti 40. «Gli altri sono già andati via dalla capitale. Rimarranno altri due giorni nei centri di accoglienza di Magliana e Tor Vergata. Poi, andranno via da Roma». È quanto ha precisato Gianni Alemanno, a che ha voluto precisare: «la protezione civile nazionale sostiene di aver avvertito la Regione, ma Renata Polverini ha detto di non sapere nulla. Ho parlato sia con il capo della protezione civile Gabrielli sia con la governatrice ed ho detto loro che dobbiamo sapere prima ciò che avviene perchè ieri c'è stato un disservizio».
No armchair general here: Bing West has climbed mountains in Afghanistan with American combat troops, watched rocket-propelled grenades streak over his head and come close to dying of cholera. At a lean and flinty 70, he can dodge bullets along with the 20-year-olds he accompanies on infantry foot patrols, although he admits he does it by leaving the body armor behind — an eye-popping risk — and wearing a Boston Red Sox cap instead of a helmet.
He can think of no better life.
“If I wasn’t around, he’d never come home, he’d just stay over there,” said his wife, Betsy West.
“Well, I’d come home occasionally,” Mr. West replied.
Mr. West was in fact home on Rhode Island Sound the other day, in between trips to Afghanistan, to talk about his book “The Wrong War,” which has landed at just the wrong time for the White House and Pentagon. In the book, subtitled “Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan,” Mr. West passionately defends the military, but argues that the United States is burning billions of dollars trying to nation-build in Central Asia.
He flatly says that the counterinsurgency strategy behind the war — trying to win over the Afghans by protecting them from the Taliban and building roads, schools and civil institutions — is a failure.
“The question isn’t what the Marines or the Army do, the question is, why are they doing it, and what’s the end state?” Mr. West said. “My objection is, they’ve stayed to become the government.” [he still does not know enough about Islam to talk in terms of weakening the Camp of Islam, but that may come -- or it will come from others]
The revolts in the Middle East have far overshadowed anything happening in Kabul this spring, but there are still United States forces of 100,000 in Afghanistan, and the White House is now wrestling with how many to withdraw for an initial pullout in July.
Mr. West is yet another headache in the West Wing, although the Obama administration is doing its best to ignore him. The White House had no comment on “The Wrong War,” nor did the military’s joint staff. The Pentagon press secretary, Geoff Morrell, would say only that the book, which ends with events last fall, “does not reflect the current state of play in Afghanistan.”
Mr. West, whose book has received stellar reviews, would be easier to dismiss were it not for his pedigree: assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, Marine infantry officer in Vietnam and author of “The Village,” a war classic for 40 years on the Marine Corps’ reading list, about 15 Americans — 7 died — who trained Vietnamese farmers to defend their hamlets against the Vietcong.
Mr. West has written three recent books on Iraq, the result of 20 months embedded with American troops. He began reporting in Afghanistan in 2008 and is now following a Marine platoon in Sangin, in Helmand Province, one of the bloodiest spots of the war.
In Mr. West’s view, counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan is a feel-good, liberal theology that is turning the United States military into the Peace Corps and undermining its “core competency” — violence.
He accuses Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of “political drivel” for repeatedly saying that the military cannot kill its way to victory. Instead Mr. West evokes a view similar to that of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and argues that the United States should reduce its footprint to 50,000 troops, focus on obliterating the Taliban, send small numbers of American advisers into combat with the Afghans and stop throwing money at a feckless, corrupt government.
His argument is greeted with exasperation by Gen. David H. Petraeus and other top American commanders in Afghanistan, where United States troops have aggressively stepped up night raids to capture or kill insurgents, particularly since the fall. In their view, Mr. West’s book does not take into account the combination of combat and reconstruction that commanders say has led to progress in Helmand and parts of Kandahar Provinces.
American troops “have repeatedly demonstrated that they know how to fight,” said Rear Adm. Hal Pittman, a senior spokesman for the American and NATO command in Afghanistan. “They have also demonstrated that they know to rebuild in the wake of the fighting.”
One big question about Mr. West is why, seven decades in, he is still wading through canals with the Marines and being evacuated by helicopter when he comes down with cholera (Nuristan Province in Afghanistan, July 2009). The answer is not readily apparent from his Newport surroundings. After years spent as a professor and dean at the Naval War College here, Mr. West lives in an airy, compact house across the street from Rhode Island Sound, not far from the Gilded Age mansions of Vanderbilts and Astors.
But as he tells it, he was born into the Marines. During World War II, when Mr. West’s father was a general practitioner — he later was an eye surgeon and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School — Mr. West’s two uncles were given the third floor of the family house in the Dorchester section of Boston, for use as a clubhouse for their neighborhood baseball team.
“And then the entire baseball team went into the Marine Corps together after Pearl Harbor,” Mr. West said. When team members came home between deployments (his uncles were in Okinawa and Guadalcanal), they would gather upstairs.
“My mother, being downstairs, thought, ‘Well, the least they could do is baby-sit for Bing,’ ” Mr. West said. “So for the first five years of my life, I was just sitting around with all these battle-hardened Marines.”
“Bing, remember the movies we have of you at 3 years old?” Betsy West interjected. “With your gun and your Marine Corps outfit on, patrolling the porch of your house?”
It took, and it stuck, and today, from a spare home office with sparkling views of the water, Mr. West can be found inches from his computer screen, poring over huge files of video he has recorded of firefights in Afghanistan. The other day he played one of a rocket-propelled grenade heading his way in Helmand Province. “That was an R.P.G. incoming, here comes another one,” he can be heard saying in the video, in between cracks of rifle fire. And then, impressed: “Woo hoo! Right over my head!”
Maj. Jason C. Brezler, who as a Marine civil affairs officer took Mr. West around the town of Now Zad in Helmand last year (and who appears in his book), recalls his enthusiasm. “He seems happy just being around Marines, and particularly Marines who are actively fighting,” Major Brezler said. Also, “he has the energy of a 30-year-old.”
Mr. West, who runs daily to keep in shape, has produced yet another Marine — Owen, his son, who served two tours in Iraq while on leave from his job as a commodities trader at Goldman Sachs.
Today, Mr. West said he felt at home on the battlefield and readily accepted the risks, including not wearing body armor, a habit he developed in Vietnam. “They had some flak jackets,” he recalled, “but no one wore them because they couldn’t stop a bullet.” Today’s hard plates, worn inside vests, can stop bullets, but in Mr. West’s view they cut down on mobility.
“I know an awful lot of old fighters from Vietnam are very jealous that I can still do this,” he said. “I’m serious.”
A Swedish man with Tunisian roots was yesterday remanded until May 13 charged with planning a terror attack against the Copenhagen offices of Jyllands-Posten newspaper last December.
The 37-year-old man pleaded innocent as the judge at the district court in Glostrup read out the charges behind closed doors.
”I was in Sweden at the time,” the shaven-headed man mumbled in his only reply to the charge.
Three other men are imprisoned in the same case. They were arrested in the northern Copenhagen suburb of Herlev last December. The national intelligence agency (PET) took action based on intelligence reports indicating that the group was only days – perhaps only hours – away from attacking the Jyllands-Posten editorial offices at the City Hall Square.
The police believe the men were planning to attack the offices with firearms intending to kill as many people as possible in an act of revenge for the Mohammed cartoons that the paper published in 2005.
Leftist Useful Idiot Murdered in Gaza | Why? Koran 5:32-33
A knowledgeable friend sent me the articles below from the Jerusalem Post, twitter and the Wall Strret Journal which report on the murder of the "leftist" reporter for a "leftist" Italian newspaper who was a member of the "leftist" International Solidarity Movement (i.e., he was a Useful Idiot).
The Wall Street Journal reported that the kidnappers/murderers said in "a video clip":
"The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption."
The newspapers/twitter did not explain that anyone who does not accept the proposition that "there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet" is regarded as a person who spreads "corruption" and that is precisely why this man was murdered.
Therefore We prescribed for the Children of Israel that whoso slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, shall be as if he had slain mankind altogether; and whoso gives life to a soul, shall be as if he has given life to mankind altogether. Our Messengers have already come to them with the clear signs; then many of them thereafter commit excesses in the earth.
This is the recompense of those who fight against God and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement,
In an entirely predictable twist, hamas accused Israel of the murder only hours after denouncing the islamic perpetrators. Lies are woven effortlessly into all aspects of arab life, and as such, create no dissonance. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=216777
In yet another twist, the murdered Italian sent out a twitter message only hours before his abduction. He called the young Egtian Christian blogger, Maikel Nabil Sanad (who has just been imprisoned by post-revolution egypt), a 'traitor'. http://twitter.com/VikUtopia/status/57976371967819776
The only surprise in all this is that Europeans continue to engage with all these misanthropes. Why give credibility to those who consistently lie so openly and brazenly?
A Death in Gaza, WSJ, 16 April 2011.
Terrorist thugs cannot be confused with freedom fighters.
Political naivete is not a crime, at least not in the West. But Italian Vittorio Arrigoni, a 36-year-old pro-Palestinian activist, was not in the West when he was kidnapped by an al Qaeda offshoot and strangled to death with a plastic cord. He was in the Gaza Strip, where terrorist furies make no exceptions for Western fellow travelers.
Arrigoni, who filed dispatches from the Strip for a leftist Italian newspaper and a blog called "Guerilla Radio," was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a group that is in the business of ferrying Western sympathizers to Palestinian territories to denounce Israel. His killing came as a "complete shock" to ISM leader Huweida Arraf, who added that she "didn't think there was even a one percent chance they would kill him." His kidnappers clearly thought differently, saying in a video clip that "The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption."
Hamas, which controls the Strip, was quick to denounce Arrigoni's murder, insisting it "does not reflect the values, morals and customs" of the people of Gaza, according to spokesman Ehab al-Ghussein. That's rich coming from a group that has produced scores of suicide bombers and fired thousands of unguided rockets at civilian Israeli targets. Last week, Hamas's paramilitary wing took responsibility for firing a guided antitank missile at a yellow Israeli school bus. One teenage boy was critically injured; it was only good fortune that the bus was near the end of its route and had dropped off most of its young passengers.
Arrigoni was not in Gaza to protest such outrages, an act that would have required something more than the rigid political correctness that passes for courage in radical circles. But his murder remains an outrage all the same, as well as a lesson, perhaps, in the dangers of mistaking terrorist thugs for freedom fighters.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona judge on Friday sentenced an Iraqi immigrant to 34-1/2 years in jail for murder and assault charges including killing his daughter by running her down with a Jeep because she had become too Westernized.
Faleh Hassan Almaleki struck and killed his daughter Noor Almaleki, 20, in a Phoenix valley parking lot in October 2009, and also injured her boyfriend's mother Amal Khalaf, before fleeing the scene. The sentence covers both incidents.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle sentenced Almaleki to 16 years in prison for second degree murder and 15 years for aggravated assault, to run consecutively. He also sentenced him to a total of 3-1/2 years on two counts of hit and run. Those sentences are to run concurrently and are to be served first.
Almaleki apologized to the court for his crimes, court spokeswoman Karen Arra said.
Police said Almaleki told detectives and witnesses after the October 2009 incident that he was angry at his daughter because she was "too Westernized," defying Iraqi and Muslim values.
The daughter had shunned an arranged marriage, and was living with her boyfriend and his mother, police said. Authorities had characterized the crime as an "honor killing" to punish the daughter's behavior.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery commended Judge Steinle and the jurors for Almaleki "accountable for his brutal and shocking crime."
"Dishonor, disrespect and other cultural mores can never serve as a justification for the taking of an innocent life. Mr. Almaleki will have an appropriately long time in prison to ponder this truth," Montgomery said in a statement.
During the trial a prosecutor described how an enraged Almaleki hid in the parking lot for her and her boyfriend's mother and then "revved and raced that car right into them."
Almaleki's defense painted a picture of him as a caring father who loved his daughter even though she caused him grief, crashing the family van and moving in and out of the house repeatedly.
Following his daughter's death, Almaleki fled to Mexico and later to London, where he was taken into custody upon his arrival.
The United Nations has documented honor killings in Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and other countries, but the practice of killing a family member -- often a woman or a girl -- over perceived shame is relatively rare in the United States.
Lying in wait, revving the engine, and driving the car right into them seems to my non-legally-trained mind to be evidence of premeditation and intention; first-degree murder, not second. With time off for good behavior, he'll be out in 10-15 years max.
At Stalingrad hundreds of thousands of men -- armies of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany -- fought what became the largest tank battle in world history. The outcome of this gigantic battle -- the defeat of General Paulus and the Nazis -- was a turning point in World War Il.
Here are the casualty figures:
Various scholars have estimated the Axis suffered from 500,000-850,000 casualties (killed, disabled, captured) among all branches of the German armed forces and its allies, many of them POWs who died in Soviet captivity between 1943 and 1955. Of the 91,000 German POWs taken at Stalingrad, 27,000 died within weeks and only 6,000 returned to Germany in 1955. The remainder of the POWs died in Soviet captivity. According to archival figures, the Red Army suffered a total of 1,129,619 total casualties; 478,741 men killed or missing and 650,878 wounded. These numbers are for the whole Stalingrad Area; in the city itself 750,000 were killed, captured, or wounded. The Soviet authorities executed approximately 13,500 Soviet soldiers during the battle, equivalent to an entire division. Also, from 955 to 40,000 Soviet civilians died in Stalingrad and its suburbs during a single week of aerial bombing as the German 4th Panzer and 6th armies approached the city; the total number of civilians killed in the regions outside the city is unknown. In all, the battle resulted in an estimated total of 1.7-2 million Axis and Soviet casualties.
In Misurata, the reported casualties so far have been 257 confirmed dead. Perhaps, by the time it is all over, there will be as many as 2,000 dead and wounded on both sides. That is, one-one-thousandth of the casualties at Stalingrad. What happens at Misurata has no world-historical consequences, or consequences of any kind outside of one small part of Libya.
But in the hysteria of the age, in which the toppling of a handful of despots by those who want them out because they are angry at the graspingness of the local despot and his local courtiers, is hailed as some fantastic outburt, the "Arab Spring," in favor of "democracy" (it's nothing of the kind), it is not surprising that the trivial business in Misurata should be described, unironically, as "Libya's Stalingrad."
Nothing is too idiotic for the Western media these days, in its coverage of the Arab states, and of Islam.