These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 19, 2009.
Monday, 19 October 2009
The vowel that must not be spoken
As I predicted in a comment yesterday, 'Jundallah' has become 'Jundullah'. True, the transliteration of Arabic to English will always be ambiguous, but I've yet to see these same news organizations refer to Allah as Ullah, or Ollah (can you imagine the Muslim cries of 'sacrilege'?). As with Hizb'Allah (a.k.a. Hezbollah or Hezbullah), I believe this is an intentional attempt to cover up the religious connotations of the name 'Jundallah' which in Arabic means, "Soldiers of Allah," in order to portray them as a non-religious "nationalist" or "separatist" organization. From Time magazine:
Sunday's suicide terrorism attack that killed at least five commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps could have an impact far beyond the Islamic Republic's restive southeast border with Pakistan. Although the attack was orchestrated by the Sunni extremist group Jundullah — a separatist organization based among the Baluchi ethnic group that spans the Iran-Pakistan border and has for years conducted low-key terrorism strikes — many in Tehran blamed the bombing on a covert campaign by Western intelligence agencies to destabilize Iran. And that could cast a shadow over President Barack Obama's delicately poised effort to engage Iran in search of a solution to the nuclear standoff.
While any suggestion of a U.S. hand in Sunday's attack may be far-fetched, Iran is basing its accusation on the covert program begun by the Bush Administration during its second term in office that allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to efforts at destabilizing the regime from inside Iran. And while President Obama came into office promising a new era of engagment with Iran, it's not clear whether the covert program was ever suspended. Former Bush National Security Council officials Flynt Leverett and Hilary Mann Leverett wrote recently in the New York Times of their conversations with Iranian leaders, saying "President Obama has had several opportunities to send ... signals [of good intent] to Tehran — such as ending Bush-era covert programs against Iran — but has punted." Iran has long suspected that groups such as Jundullah are supported as part of the covert campaign, and in 2007, ABC News alleged that Jundullah had secretly received advice and encouragement from U.S. intelligence officials.
Could U.S. intelligence officials be so short-sighted as to support jihadi organizations even today? Even after our lesson in unintended-consequences in the Soviet-Afghan war? I wish it were as ludicrous as it sounds on the face of it.
Even if Western powers are in fact entirely innocent of involvement in Sunday's attack, it could nonetheless cast a pall over the nuclear negotiations. Monday's meeting in Vienna to discuss the technical details of a plan to transfer much of Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium for enrichment abroad into harmless fuel rods is unlikely to be affected. But in future talks with the Western powers and Russia and China, Iran could take the bombings as a pretext to change the subject from its nuclear program, putting its own security concerns and accusations against the U.S. on the agenda. Back in Tehran, the attacks may fuel the arguments of hard-liners for a more uncompromising response to Western demands and reinforce the narrative of Iran being under external attack, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Revolutionary Guards have used to justify the harsh crackdown on political-opposition activities.
Just when everything was going so well, this bombing has thrown a spanner into the smoothly-running Middle-East-peace-machine. And we were this close to getting Iran to agree to halt their nuclear weapons program, and open up their society to free-and-fair elections. Sigh.
Posted on 10/19/2009 2:37 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Monday, 19 October 2009
Chelm comes to Fairfield U: Rabbi Marc Schneier to lecture on Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
In the August New English Review, we wrote in “Chelm on the Charles River” about foolish American Rabbis and Jewish community leaders abetting the Islamization through Jewish Muslim dialogue. One of the prominent proponents of Jewish Muslim dialogue is Rabbi Marc Schneier of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress and founder of The Foundation of Ethnic Understanding, founding rabbi of The Hampton Synagogue and The New York Synagogue.
On December 2, 2009 Rabbi Schneier will appear at Fairfield University in my former Connecticut community to give The Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies on “Jewish Muslim Dialogue: The Interreligious Challenge of the 21st Century."
Here’s what we wrote in “Chelm on the Charles River” about Rabbi Schneier and his whirlwind tour of New York and Washington, DC this summer with a group of 28 European Imams and Rabbis.
The folly of Chelm on the Charles River spreads across America
The delusions and follies of Chelm on the Charles River are spreading across America up to and including the White House. This time it is the Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) along with liberal Rabbi Marc Schneier founder of the New York –based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) that figured prominently in promoting Black-Jewish relations. Now Schneier and the FFEU have a new effort conflating anti-Semitism with Islamophobia. The FFEU brought a contingent of European Rabbis and Imams to a fast paced tour of how ‘successful’ interfaith dialogue is in America, exemplary of what could be done to combat fundamentalist Islamic hatred of Jews in Europe.
Note this from a Washington Times report, “European Rabbis and Imams in US:”
A group of 28 imams and rabbis from 10 European countries arrived in New York and Washington this week for whirlwind visits to interfaith centers to break new ground on Muslim-Jewish relations and combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in each other's communities.
They will receive instructions from teams of American rabbis and imams who will show the Europeans how American-style ecumenism works on the ground. It's the first visit of its kind to involve foreign Muslim and Jewish leaders coming to the U.S., where interreligious ties have a much longer history and track record of success.
"Our success in America has given us the faith and confidence to reach out to Europe," said Sayyid Mohammad Syeed, national director of interfaith and community alliances for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), one of three hosts for the visit.
The impetus for the five-day visit came after "exponential" growth of anti-Semitism among Muslims in Britain, France and elsewhere in Europe, said Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the New York-based FFEU and chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section.
"We want to help strengthen those in the Islamic world who are projecting this voice of moderation and to help them take their religion back from the cadre of extremists and fanatics in Islam," he said.
Rabbi Schneier was rated by Newsweek and The Forward among the top fifty American Rabbis. Clearly, Schneier is caught up in the fantasy of dhimmitude misleading both European and American Jews about the intent of his Muslim interlocutors.
This FFEU Jewish Muslim Dialogue started in Manhattan with visits to the Islamic Cultural Center on the upper East Side followed by a ball game at Yankee Stadium. What followed were visits to Ellis Island, 9/11 ground zero and a meeting with a Muslim New York City Councilman. The moveable dialogue contingent then bussed to Washington, DC to visit the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, met with prominent Interfaith Alliance Board member Rabbi Jack Moline (President Obama‘s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s rabbi) at Cong. Agudas Achim in Alexandria, Virginia and with Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Mosque in Sterling. There was a Capitol Hill tour followed by meetings with two Muslim congressmen, Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) and liberal Jewish Congressmen, Jerold Nadler (D-NY) of Manhattan’s West Side and Robert Wexler (D-FL). The ISNA threw a dinner at which Rabbi Gerry Serotta of Rabbis for Human Rights and Georgetown U. Imam Yahya Hindi spoke at the suburban All Dulles Area Muslim Society. The Jewish Muslim dialogue group’s finale included a morning session at the White House with Obama’s Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships coordinator, Joshua Dubois. The group was then bussed to the Saudi embassy for lunch before they flew home to Eurabia. A veritable whirlwind tour.
All of this sounds constructive, but as Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein commented in an email: “it is a fraud.” The reason is the Islamic Quranic canon espouses xenophobic anti-Semitism and hatred of “the other” meaning Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, B’hai and Zoroastrians. This hatred has fomented Jihad down through the centuries. It is what killed 3,000 on 9/11 at ground zero in lower Manhattan, the courageous passengers on Flight 93 in Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Flight 77 passengers including service personnel and civilians at the Pentagon.
FFEU Jewish Muslim outreach is an aggressive version of the delusional Jewish Muslim outreach by the Boston rabbinate chronicled here. The Washington Times piece continues,
Two years ago, the FFEU ventured into Muslim-Jewish relations, convening a summit of rabbis and imams in New York in November 2007. They combined forces for a public service announcement on CNN in early 2008 that denounced both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
On a weekend in November 2008, they "twinned" 50 mosques and synagogues in cities across the country to encourage mutual visits and partnerships. A second such weekend is planned this year for Nov. 13-15.
"We received calls from faith leaders in England, Sweden and Australia who want to take part in that," Mr. Schneier said. He organized this week's visit, which, he added, is costing the FFEU about $150,000.
The moral blindness of these foolish Jews is evidence that Chelm exists on the Charles River and is spreading across America. The FFEU sponsorship of the European rabbi and Imams visit to New York and Washington, DC, including a red carpet visit to the Obama White House, is indicative of rampant dhimmitude among liberal members of the rabbinate. The reality is that without any fundamental change in the Islamic Quranic Canon, like the rabbinate in Boston, they will look like the foolish Jews in Chelm leading their congregants astray.
This is indicative of the mindset of many Jewish community leaders in Boston and throughout America. They are woefully ignorant of Islam, and as Lowenthal states “In Good Faith,” even ignorant of the 'complexities' of their own faith. They are leading their fellow Jews and the greater community astray from the body of factual evidence of the extremists in the leadership of the ISBCC, MAS, ISNA and CAIR, among the unindicted co-conspirators cited in the United States vs. Holy Land Foundation trial record. They all believe that interreligious dialogue, with Muslims for its own sake, is good because out of it comes a feel good 'rapport.' Moreover, they earnestly believe American Muslims are truly assimilable, when the Islamic religious doctrine of supremacism contradicts this. They perpetuate the ignorance of fellow Jews concerning the real agenda that lies behind the toothsome grins of Muslims at dialogue sessions. Add to those arguments the fact that Muslim Brotherhood fronts, like the MAS, ISNA, CAIR and others support their affiliate Hamas in Gaza, which openly seeks the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel and you wonder why these foolish Jews of Chelm on the Charles and elsewhere in America are so delusional.
Rabbi Jon Hausman of Cong. Ahavath Torah, the only rabbi in America who invited Dutch politician Geert Wilders to speak at his synagogue had this observation: “these foolish Jews are twisting reality to fit a particular political-philosophical weltanschauung (world view).” Our comment is that the world view of these foolish Jewish leaders in Chelm on the Charles River could become our undoing.
Posted on 10/19/2009 3:38 PM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 19 October 2009
Paid To Meet The Mayor
Islam in Europe:
Moroccans in Rotterdam were paid to meet with mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb.
About 100 to 150 participants got up to 40 euro for meeting with the mayor for about 2.5 hours and talking about their success stories or problems. This happened during five so-called "Moroccan tables" [meetings] in which Aboutaleb mainly listened. Recently Antilleans in Rotterdam got similar expense returns.
The compensation came to light after angry Rotterdam residents saw a letter about it hanging on shop windows and Muslim butchers all over Rotterdam.
The Rotterdam municipality ordered the letter removed immediately from shop windows. "Those people are giving up two and a half to three hours of their time to speak with the mayor. It's only normal that we compensate them for the trip and parking costs or for the baby-sitter. These are often people who are hard up, therefore it's not so crazy to compensate them for it."
Ronald Sorensen of Leefbaar Rotterdam thinks it's 'too crazy for words'. He says it's idiotic that you get compensation for something which should be your moral duty, namely touching on problematic points in society.
A Muslim mayor handing out infidel cash to his Muslim constituents. Crazy like a fox.
Posted on 10/19/2009 2:11 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 19 October 2009
Two Yemeni Al Qaeda members killed in shootout in Saudi Arabia
From Saudi Gazette:
RIYADH – The two men killed in the gunfight in Jizan last Tuesday were known Al-Qaeda militants who carried a store of explosives and four suicide vests for use in an “imminent” attack, the government said Sunday.
The authorities have arrested six Yemenis in the wake of the shootout and are searching for more people believed to be involved in the planned attack, according to the interior ministry.
The two killed men, identified as Yousef Al-Shehri and Raed Al-Harbi, were both Saudis included on the list of 85 wanted alleged Al-Qaeda associates Riyadh handed over to Interpol earlier this year. With the killing of the two terror suspects and surrender of Muhammad Al-Aufi, Fahd Al-Ruwaili, Fawaz Al-Otaibi and the handover of Muhammad Al-Harbi from the Yemeni authorities and the suicide of Abdullah Asiri on August 28, the list has declined to 78. [That's a hard way to get the list to decline].
The ministry said the two men killed in the Jizan shootout, along with a third, their driver who was captured after the gunfight, had snuck into the country from Yemen and were carrying RDX explosives, Kalashnikov assault rifles, grenades, pistols, four suicide vests, and a cash amount of SR19,500 and foreign currencies in their car when they were intercepted.
The men were believed to have been trained and armed by what is known as the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) led by Nasser Al-Wihaishi, known as Abu Bassir, and the second man Saeed Al-Shehri, known as Abu Sufiyan Al-Azadi.
Two of Yousef Al-Shehri’s brothers, Faisal and Mustafa, and his cousin Abdulghani Al-Shehri are being detained at the Hai’er Prison, south of Riyadh, for terrorist ties to Al-Qaeda, security sources said. “They had infiltrated into Saudi territory from the border to undertake an imminent criminal act,” the government said.
The two dead men had disguised themselves as women wearing conservative head-to-toe black abayas and suicide vests fully ready for use, according to the interior ministry.
Very similar to this story posted back in July, also taking place in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, in which 6 men attempted to cross the border wearing abayas .
Posted on 10/19/2009 12:13 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Monday, 19 October 2009
Hate preacher tells Queen: Turn Muslim
An Exclusive from The Sun
HATE preacher Anjem Choudary sparked fury yesterday after calling for the Queen to become Muslim.
He demanded an Islamic revolution across Britain.
Choudary, 42, said Her Majesty - head of the Church of England - should convert to ensure her place in paradise.
I think her Majesty's strong faith in Christ has already secured her salvation. Choudary needs to look to his own soul.
He also wants to see senior members of the Government switching faiths. Choudary, a key henchman of rabble rousing cleric Omar Bakri, said: "We invite everyone from the Queen, to the ministers, to the Parliament, to the aristocracy, to the ordinary person in Britain to embrace Islam.
Save yourself and your children in this life from misery and prepare them for a great destiny in the hereafter."
He made his call during an internet rant to promote a march in London later this month supporting Sharia law.
Meanwhile in Birmingham a second March for Sharia is planned. From the Sunday Mercury HT/Alan.
EXTREMIST Muslims are planning to march through Birmingham to call for the introduction of sharia law in Britain.
The demonstration is to be led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who has previously called for all British women to wear burkhas.
It will follow an earlier protest scheduled for London at the end of the month.
Birmingham Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said he is appalled by the plans and has called for West Midlands police to ban Choudary and his followers from entering the city.
“Having the hooligans from the English Defence League fighting the extremists whipped up by the UAF in the city centre was bad enough. Everyone witnessed the violence that happened when they came to Birmingham,” he said. “But I feel that this would have the potential to be much, much worse because the people of Birmingham will find the idea of sharia law very offensive".
Personally I think Islam 4 the UK is encouraged and emboldened by the activities of their sympathisers in the UAF and wouldn't be planning this if they didn't think that they will have UAF/Searchlite/Unison 'protection' should there be any counter demonstration.
Choudary has revealed to the Sunday Mercury that his group plans to target Birmingham next.
He said: ‘’We are hoping for more than 1,000 Muslims to attend the march in London on October 31.
“But if it proves a success then we may be coming to Birmingham next.
“I cannot say exactly when at this stage, but we would hope that it could take place within the next couple of months.
“We believe there would be a lot of support for a March in Birmingham, where we would hope to raise the same issues as in London".
West Midlands Police declined to comment.
Posted on 10/19/2009 2:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 19 October 2009
AG Holder equates Anti-Semitism with Muslim Discrimination to justify “hate crime legislation”
Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at an Anti-Defamation League dinner in Las Vegas decried anti-Semitism and put it in the same league at anti-Muslim attitudes in America. According to a Jerusalem Post report Holder said that the prevalence of religious bigotry of Jews and Muslims were reasons for Congressional passage of ‘hate crimes’ legislation. Note the parallels Holder drew in his remarks at the ADL Las Vegas event:
"The stubborn persistence of anti-Semitism saddens me - for it undeniably still exists. We deny this at our peril," he said. "Whether in a casual joke made in private when the speaker thinks no Jewish person is listening, or in shocking public acts of violence, its heartlessness and ugliness should scald the conscience of every American."
Holder, speaking in Las Vegas, pointed out that religiously motivated attacks are the second most-common category of hate crimes following race-based incidents.
According to Holder, some 7,500 hate crimes take place in America each year, a number that he labeled "completely unacceptable" but at least stagnant since the 1990s. But he noted that that trend has not held for the Muslim community.
"Crimes against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have escalated dramatically since September 11th," he said, adding that many Muslims also feel "isolated and discriminated against by law enforcement" in the wake of the attacks.
Holder cited a recent Pew poll finding that nearly 60 percent of US adults say that Muslims are subject to widespread discrimination, more discrimination than any other group aside from lesbians and gays.
To help redress that situation, he stressed his commitment to seeing a hate crimes bill passed, one that the ADL has championed for a decade. He praised the organization's efforts in getting the measure passed, which he promised would come during his tenure.
While we decry antisemitism, anti-gay behavior and racial hatred, we believe that equating these noxious behaviors with alleged discrimination against Muslims may be dangerously close to condoning blasphemy doctrine under Islamic Sharia Law. Muslim Brotherhood fronts in America are promoting Sharia law to supplant the US Constitution. We are not condoning hatred towards Muslims as persons. We are opposed to the hate-filled doctrine of the Quranic canon towards, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, gays, lesbians, and especially apostates from Islam-the latter subject to death fatwas, even here in America. In our view, AG Holder and the leaders of the ADL had best be concerned about falling into the trap of moral equivalency that could ultimately lead to adoption of hate crime legislation at the national level. That could be the camel’s nose under the tent that will allow Sharia to muzzle Free Speech guarantees under our First Amendment criminalize any criticism of Islamic beliefs, especially hatred towards unbelievers, us. If that is what the ADL is seeking then they have become unwitting dhimmis insinuating Sharia law in America under the guise of “hate crimes.”
Posted on 10/19/2009 2:16 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 19 October 2009
Israel's Secret War with Hezbollah and Iran
Two mysterious explosions in Southern Lebanon last week, led Israeli Ronen Bergman, author of “The Secret War with Iran: The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World's Most Dangerous Terrorist Power,” to cite them and earlier ones as evidence of a “Secret War on Hezbollah,” in a Wall Street Journal commentary.
Bergman noted what Israel security services and the IDF may be doing:
The episode also led to heightened tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border. The specter of renewed fighting between Israel and Hezbollah looms as large today as it has at any time since the end of the Lebanon war in August 2006. Yet senior military officers in Israel's Northern Command are confident that the embarrassing outcome of the last round will not be repeated.
"By all means, let the Hezbollah try," one officer told me two weeks ago when I asked if he was concerned about the possibility of warfare. "The welcome party that we are preparing for them is one that they will remember for a very long time." That sentiment is shared by many of his colleagues.
If the 2006 war underlined the military might of Hezbollah—a repeat, in a sense, of Hezbollah's success in driving out the Israeli occupying forces from South Lebanon in May 2000—it also forced Israel to include Hezbollah in any assessment of possible responses to an Israeli attack against Iranian nuclear installations.
As part of its combat doctrine, which eschews reliance on reinforcements and resupply, Hezbollah has stockpiled its weapons throughout Lebanon, but particularly near the Israeli border. According to current Israeli intelligence estimates, Hezbollah has an arsenal of 40,000 rockets, including Iranian-made Zelzal, Fajr-3, Fajr-5, and 122 mm rockets (some of which have cluster warheads) and Syrian-made 302 mm rockets. Some of its rockets can reach greater Tel Aviv. Hezbollah also has a number of highly advanced weapons systems, including antiaircraft missiles that constitute a threat to Israeli combat aircraft.
Then, in February 2008, Imad Mughniyeh, the organization's military commander and Nasrallah's close associate, was killed in a car bomb in Damascus. The assassination of the man who topped the FBI's most-wanted list prior to Osama bin Laden was a severe blow to morale, as well as to Hezbollah's strategic capabilities. Nasrallah was convinced that the Mossad was responsible, and vowed to take revenge "outside of the Israel-Lebanon arena."
The Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, which is also responsible for protecting the country's legations abroad, has been on high alert ever since. But as of today, Hezbollah has not exacted its revenge. This fact was a topic of discussions at a high-level secret forum of Israel's intelligence services that took place from late July to early September.
Israeli officials raised four possible reasons for Hezbollah's failure to act, all of which reflect its current weakness.
First, no replacement has been found for Mughniyeh, whose strategic brilliance, originality and powers of execution are sorely missed by Hezbollah.
Second, Israel's intelligence coverage of Iran and Hezbollah is far superior today to what it was in the past. Planned attacks, including one targeting the Israeli Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, have all been foiled. The Israeli security services have warned Israeli businessmen abroad of possible abduction attempts by Hezbollah. They also shared information with Egyptian authorities that led to the arrest of members of a Hezbollah network who intended to kill Israeli tourists in Sinai. The arrest of these operatives resulted in sharp public exchanges between Egypt, Hezbollah and its Iranian masters, when Nasrallah admitted that these, in fact, were his men.
Third, Nasrallah cannot afford to be viewed domestically as the cause of yet another retaliation against Lebanon. Any act of revenge that he contemplates needs to be carefully calibrated. On the one hand, it needs to hurt the enemy and be spectacular enough to stoke Hezbollah pride. On the other hand, it cannot be so murderous as to cause Israel to respond with force. To complicate matters further, Israel has made it clear that because Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government, despite the fact that the party that it backed lost in the recent election, any Hezbollah action against Israel would be viewed as an action taken by the Lebanese government. Thus Israel would regard Lebanese infrastructure as a legitimate target for a military response.
Finally, there are the Iranians. Their primary focus is on proceeding with their nuclear program without unnecessary distractions. Tehran's main concern is that a terror attack that can be linked to Iran would result in the arrest of its agents overseas, who are currently procuring equipment for its uranium-enrichment centrifuges.
While we concur with Bergman’s analysis, much remains to be done by Israel’s security services in any run-up to an rumored attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, as the Obama Administration’s dithering posture has made that a distinct possibility reflected in a Los Angeles Times commentary by former US UN Ambassador John Bolton. In an assessment of the Israeli Iran confrontation on Friday, I heard Clare Lopez of the Intelligence Summit opine that according to published Israeli accounts that the rumored Iran nuclear attack might come as early as December.
Hezbollah has vast bunkers filled with rockets, ammunition and vehicles in the Bekaa Valley, well above the Litani River line in Southern Lebanon that defines the responsibility of the weak UNIFIL screening Force and the Lebanese Army to monitor Hezbollah arms caches in Southern Lebanon under UNSCR 1701. A resolution that has been breached repeatedly by Hezbollah. Thus, we expect to hear more in the coming weeks about other mysterious explosions in Lebanon demonstrating the possible furtherance of the Israeli covert ops against the vast array of Hezbollah rocket and missile arsenal supplied and controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al Qods force. That effort should strengthen the defensive shield of the northern half of Israel against any likely Hezbollah response should the rumored Israeli Iranian nuclear facilities attack scenario become a reality. Israel security officials also have to be concerned about elimination of Gaza based rocket and munitions caches and any other ‘laboratories’ like the one uncovered in Abu Dis a Palestinian town bordering Jerusalem. We can expect to hear more reports in coming weeks about the progress in Israel’s secret war against Hezbollah, Hamas and West Bank terror group rocket and missile arsenals, as a possible date for the assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities likely draws near.
Posted on 10/19/2009 3:23 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 19 October 2009
Memphis Mayor Presents Farrakhan With Key To The City
AP: In comments to the crowd before the speech, [Memphis Mayor Willie] Herenton recalled presenting [Nation of Islam leader Louis] Farrakhan with a key to the city despite the controversy it caused.
"It was easy for me as a mayor to present a key ... to a man who is worthy, to a man who speaks truth, to a man who possesses wisdom, to a man who is courageous in thought and in action," said Herenton, who was the first elected black mayor of Memphis. "To an anointed man."
Mayor Herenton is also running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. We'll keep an eye on that race.
Posted on 10/19/2009 6:45 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 19 October 2009
Baluchi Bomb Blast Raises Questions About Obama Appeasement
A massive suicide bomb blast by Sunni Jundallah (Soldiers of God) fighters in the Iranian province of Sistan Baluchistan claimed the lives of deputy Revolutionary Guards commander, Gen. Noor Al I Shooshtari, several other revolutionary commanders and tribal chiefs gathering at a sports stadium for a parlay. More than 42 bodies have been recovered and dozens injured. The Washington Times account, “Bomb attack kills Guard Commanders,” reports the toll, swift Obama Administration condemnation and denials of involvement all while Ahmadinejad calls for blood revenge.
In May, Jundallah said it sent a suicide bomber into a Shi'ite mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan, killing 25 worshippers.
The latest attack, however, would mark the group's highest-level target. It also raised questions about how the attacker breached security around such a top delegation from the Revolutionary Guard - the country's strongest military force, which is directly linked to the ruling clerics under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency said the victims included the deputy commander of the Guard's ground forces, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari, as well as a chief provincial Guard commander, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh. The others killed were Guard members or tribal leaders, it said.
The agency quoted the provincial forensics director, Abbas Amian, as saying 42 bodies had been handed over to his department. More than two dozen others were wounded, state radio reported.
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the United States condemned what he called an "act of terrorism." Reports of alleged U.S. involvement are "completely false," he said.
The commanders were entering a sports complex to meet with tribal leaders to discuss Sunni-Shi'ite cooperation when the attacker detonated a belt fitted with explosives, IRNA said.
Mr. Ahmadinejad - who counts on support from the Revolutionary Guard - vowed to strike back.
"The criminals will soon get the response for their inhuman crimes," IRNA quoted him as saying.
The Revolutionary Guards moved into the Southeastern province allegedly to thwart the cross border opium trade that the Jundallah control that fuel their insurgency against the central government in Tehran. This terrain is very hard to police and the Baluchi insurgents know how to conduct hit and run operations within the warren of sanctuaries that abuts both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Note this from the Washington Times report:
Drug traffickers ferry opium and other narcotics through the cross-border badlands - a key source of income for the Taliban in Afghanistan and the ethnic Baluchi tribes that straddle the three-nation region and include members of Jundallah. Iran has pleaded for more international help to cut off the drug routes and criminal gangs.
Iran also has accused Jundallah of receiving support from al Qaeda and the Taliban, though some analysts who have studied the group dispute such a link.
"There is no evidence of outside help for Jundallah from wider militant networks," said Mustafa Alani, director of security and terrorism studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "It's a homegrown group that moves across the borders within fellow Baluchi tribes. It is very hard to control the border."
The Jundallah attacks in Baluchistan are an indication of the presence of large ethnic religious minorities in the Islamic Republic that can spell trouble if the Mullacracy crumbles. Global Security notes:
By 2008 the main ethnic groups in Iran remained the Persians (65 percent). Other groups were the Azerbaijani Turks (16 percent), Kurds (7 percent), Lurs (6 percent), Arabs (2 percent), Baluchis (2 percent), Turkmens (1 percent), Turkish tribal groups such as the Qashqai (1 percent), and non-Persian, non-Turkic groups such as Armenians, Assyrians, and Georgians (less than 1 percent).
In a 2005 Jerusalem Center for Public affairs analysis, “Domestic Threats to Iranian Stability: Khuzistan and Baluchistan” of sectarian violence in Khuzistan (Iran’s oil producing region adjacent to Iraq in the southwestern Gulf region) and Baluchistan, AEI scholar Michael Rubin had these comments:
· Iran is ethnically diverse. While the recent terrorism may have some ethnic or sectarian component, Iranian nationalism trumps ethnic separatism. Often, regional violence is more a sign of weak central government control and local disaffection than separatist sentiment.
· When Iraq invaded Iran in 1980, Saddam Hussein sought to play the ethnic card. The Iraqi leader portrayed himself as the liberator of the Khuzistani Arabs. His rhetoric backfired. Rather than divide Iran, he unified it.
· Any U.S. or Western attempt to play an ethnic card in Iran will backfire and betray not only the Iranian people, but also long-term Western interests.
The question is, given the most recent problems the Islamic Republic in Iran is facing, is that assessment still valid?
Note these comments from Richard Baehr and Ed Lasky at The American Thinker about the swiftness of response by the Obama Statement Department about this insurgent Baluchi act of terrorism versus those acts of the Revolutionary Guards and the hated Basiji militia.
Richard Baehr notes that it took days for the Obama administration to condemn the brutalization of democracy demonstrators in Iran, but that condemnation of attacks on the brutalizers was nearly immediate.
Ed Lasky asks:
Did the US condemn Iranians' role in the Khobar Towers bombing; the support given to Hezbollah that led to the massacre of hundreds of American and French soldiers-- and the continuing killing of Lebanese and Israelis, the lies and broken agreements that have followed the building of its nuclear weapons program?
So whose side is Obama on?
For sure, we know that Obama is not on the side of those oppressed opposition Iranians, and ethnic minorities, whether Persians, Kurds, Arabs, Baluchi, Azeris. From this all we can discern is that the Obama Administration earns a red letter “A” for appeasement.
Posted on 10/19/2009 8:41 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 19 October 2009
Biscuit-gate, or, that's the way it crumbles, cookiewise
Biscuits are important. One of Italy's heroes was named after a biscuit, and the UK's former Prime Minister Tony Blair is the original Jammy Dodger. When Hob-Nobbing with the people, a politician must answer the question, whether animal, vegetable or miniroll.
As Britain crumbles, The Times reports on biscuit-gate:
Like a digestive that has fallen down the back of the sofa, it is annoying, causes aggravation wholly out of proportion to its size, and shows no sign of going away.
Gordon Brown attempted at the weekend to kill all discussion about his taste in biscuits when he revealed that what he really likes is anything with chocolate on.
Last night, however, more than 48 hours after he failed to answer the question of his favourite biscuit when he appeared on Mumsnet, the question remained one of the burning topics on the social networking site.
“I have a horrid image now of Gordy stood in his pyjamas by the half light, troughing choccy biccys in handfuls,” wrote one poster.
“Chocolate covered Gordon — ooer!” wrote another. “Don’t think I could manage a whole one.”
The issue, a trivial aside during an hour-long session in which he faced questions on subjects ranging from childcare vouchers to Afghanistan, was a classic example of the perils politicians face when they engage with the public in an uncontrolled environment.
The more Mr Brown failed to answer — no doubt because he did not want to appear trivial, or give away a hostage to fortune — the more some of the mothers wanted him to come clean about his policy priorities, biscuit-wise.
He relented the next day, and posted an answer on Twitter. “I missed Mumsnet question about biscuits: the answer is absolutely anything with a bit of chocolate on it, but trying v hard to cut down.”
But by then it was, for some of them, too late. “He dithers so much he forgets the point,” wrote one. “He could have answered that question in ten seconds flat, but he got in a panic about being seen to be trite, or picking a biscuit made by ‘foreign’ companies, or small children in China. And all over a blardy biscuit.”
“I think his refusal to engage with the biscuit question illustrates rather well his communication problems,” wrote another. “He just can’t get the right tone, and missed an opportunity to show his human side.”
Mr Brown is bound for the Middle East. Jaffa? Yes - he will have his cake and eat it.
Incidentally, when I imagine former Labour Party leader and Welsh Windbag, Neil Kinnock, I always think of ginger nuts.
Posted on 10/19/2009 5:28 PM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 19 October 2009
A Musical Interlude: What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Billie Holiday)
Posted on 10/19/2009 8:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 19 October 2009
Colonel Richard Kemp On The Goldstone Report
Watch, and listen here.
Then email this, or otherwise bring it to the attention, of all the fair-minded people you know. Surely you know some.
And see here for Kemp's earlier discussion of Israel's attempt to defend itself by putting paid to the rockets being fired on its towns and cities from Gaza.
And send that one urbi et orbi as well.
Posted on 10/19/2009 9:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 19 October 2009
Clar Regis, One More Time
Posted on 10/19/2009 11:59 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 19 October 2009
A walk around Whitechapel
From Aldgate East up Whitechapel Road.
Every obviously Asian or Somali woman is in hijab. One in three women wears a niqab. I did see one young girl tear off her niqab, the sort that tie over the headscarf, and giggle as she turned the corner and was out of sight of the Mosque.
A quarter of the men, even some boys of maybe 8 are in pyjama or kurta.
Only the Blind Beggar is still operating as a conventional pub - they must be kept afloat on the tourist trade. There are a few trendy bars, the rest are now a shoe shop, a halal fast chicken joint, a haji agent, or demolished.
Whitechapel Road used to be dominated by the London Hospital (now the Royal London) which you will know from the excellent Casualty 2007/8/9 series starrring Cherie Lungie as Matron Eva Luckes. The Matrons Arms is the Halal Fast food fried chicken shop now. The sign remains, painted plain black.
Seen from the bus you don't realise quite how large the East London Mosque complex is. You have to walk round it to realise how many streets, shops and houses it has swallowed.
I have written before about the old Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue which remains in the street behind the mosque. There an aging Jewish congregation continues to worship, while the Mosque committee, although they say otherwise, covets the land for further expansion.
A Funeral directors has recently been demolished next to the synagogue. This land is to be redeveloped into a 9 (yes nine) story building to provide extra prayer space for men and women, a gym, a girls school, new premises for the funeral directors, all accessable through either the Mosque or the London Muslim Centre which is the other side of the Synagogue. These are the plans.
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry was built in 1570.
The Synagogue was built in 1899.
There was a Mosque in Whitechapel from about 1942 for use of seamen passing through London Docks - the present World Domination Society building was started in 1982. They do broadcast the call to prayer but I didn't hear it this afternoon.
The pictures explain better.
The front of the Mosque on Whitechapel Road. The white building towards the right is the London Islamic Centre. The block of flats at the far right is Mosque Towers, sheltered housing for 'Asian and Somali elders'. The convienience of being near the mosque, communal prayer room if you don't want to walk even that far, culturally relevant activities, about which more later.
The Great Synagogue from the front entrance. Mosque dome and builders vans to the right of the picture.
The Great Synagogue from further down Fieldgate Street looking west.The rear entrance to the London Islamic Centre is immediately behind, further behind that is Mosque Tower (with its own dome!)
Posted outside Mosque Tower - join the March for Sharia on 31 October. I suppose bingo, much enjoyed by elders of other religions, is haram.
Having seen the site for the first time in several years I have nothing but respect for the members of the Great Synagogue for their fortitude. May they still be there in worship on their 200th anniversary.
Posted on 10/19/2009 3:36 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax