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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 2, 2012.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Jury out in child sex ring trial

From the Lancashire Evening Post, the Guardian and Mancunian Matters

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of 11 men from Greater Manchester accused of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring. 

Liverpool Crown Court heard that five girls were "shared" by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Qamar Shahzad, Liaquat Shah, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The nine-week trial heard that the men - who are all from Pakistan, apart from Safi who is from Afghanistan - groomed the teenage girls because they were vulnerable. The alleged offences are said to have taken place in and around Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in 2008 and 2009 at times when the girls were so incapacitated by drugs or drink that they were incapable of having any control over whether or with whom they had sex.

One 13-year-old girl became pregnant by one of the defendants, Adil Khan, and had a termination, the court was told. Despite DNA proof that he was the father, he denied knowing the girl. As Danny Lockwood said - to such men the truth today will not be the same truth tomorrow.

The court heard that some of the girls were raped and physically assaulted and some were forced to have sex with "several men in a day, several times a week". A victim’s father said he had joined the BNP after his daughter described what had happened to her.

Two of the men worked in the takeaways Tasty Bites and Balti House, both in Heywood, which are now under new management. Four others were taxi drivers, one was a student and four were unemployed.

The jury were sent home for the night and will return to continue their deliberations at 10am on Wednesday.

Posted on 05/02/2012 2:39 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Radical Muslim group involved in Macedonia murders arrested

From AFP via the Canadian National Post

SKOPJE — Macedonian police announced Tuesday that they arrested 20 radical Muslims, suspected to be members of a terrorist group which has been linked to the murder of five Macedonians in early April.

“The ministry of the interior found the perpetrators of the horrific killings at Smilkovsko lake” near Skopje, Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska told a press conference.

Twenty radical Muslims, mostly Macedonian citizens, some of whom had been “fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan against NATO soldiers”, were arrested.

The minister described the suspects as “Skopje followers of radical Islam” but did not reveal their names or ethnicity. “Among those 20 people a few are directly involved in the horrific killings and for some we do not have details,” Jankulovska said.

On April 12 five men, one 45 years old and the others aged between 18 and 22, were found dead from gunshot wounds at a popular fishing pond near Skopje.

“The interior ministry will file terrorism charges against them,” she added, explaining that their motive was “to incite fear and insecurity”. The authorities said they seized weapons and radical Islamic literature.

The murders sparked fears that tensions between Macedonians and minority ethnic Albanians could flare up again.

Posted on 05/02/2012 3:05 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Adis Medunjanin Convicted Of Plotting To Attack NYC Subways

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) A New York man was convicted Tuesday of plotting an aborted suicide mission against New York City subways in 2009 — a case that featured the first-time testimony from admitted homegrown terrorists about al Qaeda’s fixation with pulling off another attack on American soil.

A jury found Adis Medunjanin guilty of all counts for his role in a terror plot that federal authorities say was one of the closest calls since Sept. 11, 2001.

There was no reaction from the defendant at the reading of the verdict. Medunjanin‘s family, refugees from Bosnia who’d literally been saved from persecution there by this country, also sat silently

Testifying against Medunjanin was Najibullah Zazi, the confessed ring leader and bomb maker, and Zarein Ahmedzay, the New York cabbie whose job was to pick out their terror targets. . . Prosecutors called half a dozen members of the NYPD’s Joint Terrorism Task Force to testify about the intense surveillance of the three men. Ironically, it was when Zazi, the ring leader, realized they were being followed and watched, that he abandoned the plot and fled back to Denver.

Ahmedzay said the group should carry out the operation during the month of Ramadan. . . Zazi testified that Medunjanin shared his views back then that “America is oppressing Muslims in Afghanistan” and that it was their duty to join the jihad and kill Americans.

Medunjanin could receive life in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 7.

Posted on 05/02/2012 3:14 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Geert Wilders' Interview on Hannity's America on Fox News

The Hon. Geert Wilders leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands was interviewed last night by Sean Hannity on FoxNews "Hannity's America".  He was interviewd  on his first book, Marked for Death: Islam's War Against the West and Me. We noted the opening video from his talk at the Harvard Club in October 2009 that we had attended prior to the event at Columbia that evening that we had facilitated.  In this interview, Wilders speaks about the 24/7 protection that he and his wife have endured over the past decade spendings nights in a variety of safe houses, including jail cells and Army barracks, all because of death threats from domestic and foreign Muslim extremists.  He also candidly discussed why Islam is a totalitarian creed and that the Netherlands and the EU had pushed back from the threat of Islamizaton compounded by mistaken policies of cultural relativism. He also suggested that  his native Holland and the EU defend free speech akin to our First Amendment guarantees citing examples of colleagues in Denmark like Lars Hedegaard, Danish Free Press Society President and  political cartoonist Kurt Westergaard as victims of criminal hate speech laws and Islamic intimidation. He also cited his nearly three years of trials in The Amsterstam District Court on charges of hate speech and racism from which he was acquitted of all charges. Wilders is a valued firned of Israel noting that in the wake of the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and surrounding Arab countries that the Jewish nation stands alone in the Middle East  against this threat. He noted that we in the West should be grateful for the concerns of Israeli parents of IDF service personnel worried about the safety of their sons and daughters on the front line of this battle against Jihadist Islam.   He also referred to the recent fall of the Dutch government caused in no small measure to his walking out on austerity budget talks with the former Rutte minority government coalition. He noted that snap elections have been scheduled for September 12, 2012.   Wilders's stands against  Islamic doctrine, Islamization in the West, wholesale Muslim immigration, the Euro Zone austerity budgets and the EU itself, endeavoring to preserve national sovereignty in the Netherlands have made him a formidable force in european politics, according to recent commentary in The Economist and the Washington Post. 

Watch Wilders' FoxNews interview with Sean Hannity.

Posted on 05/02/2012 6:25 AM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
US Military Under-Reports Insider Attacks by Afghans

Robert Burns writing for AP:

WASHINGTON — The military is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.

The U.S.-led coalition routinely reports each time an American or other foreign soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But The Associated Press has learned it does not report insider attacks in which the Afghan wounds — or misses — his U.S. or allied target. It also does not report the wounding of troops who were attacked alongside those who were killed.

Such attacks reveal a level of mistrust and ill will between the U.S.-led coalition and its Afghan counterparts in an increasingly unpopular war. The U.S. and its military partners are working more closely with Afghan troops in preparation for handing off security responsibility to them by the end of 2014.

In recent weeks an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of American soldiers but missed the group entirely. The Americans quickly shot him to death. Not a word about this was reported by the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, as the coalition is formally known.

Just last Wednesday, an attack that killed a U.S. Army special forces soldier, Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Brittonmihalo, 25, of Simi Valley, California, also wounded three other American soldiers. The death was reported by ISAF as an insider attack, but it made no mention of the wounded .

The attacker was an Afghan special forces soldier who opened fire with a machine gun at a base in Kandahar province. He was killed by return fire. That attack apparently was the first by a member of the Afghan special forces, who are more closely vetted than conventional forces.

Last year there were 21 fatal attacks that killed 35 coalition service members, according to ISAF figures. That compares with 11 fatal attacks and 20 deaths the previous year. In 2007 and 2008 there were a combined total of four attacks and four deaths.

Jamie Graybeal, an ISAF spokesman in Kabul, disclosed Monday in response to repeated AP requests that in addition to 10 fatal insider attacks this year, there have been two others that resulted in no deaths or injuries, plus one attack that resulted in wounded, for a total of 13 attacks.

Asked to explain why non-fatal insider attacks are not reported, Graybeal said the coalition does not disclose them because it does not have consent from all coalition governments to do so.

“All releases must be consistent with the national policies of troop contributing nations,” Graybeal said.

 And we're going to stay there ten more years until 2024.

Posted on 05/02/2012 8:29 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
The Lesser of Two Evils

THE modern world presents us with many dilemmas that we would much rather not have to face. What to do about very young girls who, physically but not emotionally mature, have full sexual relations.

Should they or should they not be prescribed the Pill?

The best solution would be not to have sex so early in the first place. But this could be brought about only by parents exerting more control over their children than they do now, or exerting a different kind of influence and by a culture in which the emphasis on sex is more muted.

You have only to glance at magazines for 12-year-olds to see how sexualised they are.

And the fact is that many parents actively connive at their children’s premature sexual activities.

We have to make the best of the world we have and not in the world that we ought to have, or would have had if we had organised it differently.

Much as we would prefer a world in which sexual innocence was prolonged there is not much prospect of a return to it in the foreseeable future.

If a doctor is presented with a girl of 13 who tells him she is having sexual intercourse how can he not prescribe the Pill?

He has to do what he thinks is best for his patient and he cannot possibly think it best that she should become pregnant, much less have a baby.

That would certainly not be in her interest, nor in society’s (though the latter cannot be the doctor’s main consideration).

HE HAS little option but to prescribe, though this puts him in the awkward situation of conniving at what the law says is a sexual crime.

Should he tell the parents that he is prescribing the Pill for their daughter? After all it seems odd that parents should be held responsible for their daughter’s attendance at school but not be apprised of her sexual activities.

Having a baby is more serious than failing a GCSE (if it is still possible to do so these days).

The problem is that if young girls knew that their doctor would tell their parents about their sexual activities they would not confide in doctors, at least in those cases where the girls knew that the parents would not approve.

They would keep it to themselves.

It might be argued that if such girls could not obtain the Pill they would be more cautious about having sexual relations because of the fear of becoming pregnant and therefore that the rate of unwanted pregnancy would not rise.

It is impossible to be dogmatic but there are already 8,000 abortions performed annually in Britain on girls under the age of 16.

The girls are either ignorant of contraception, use it ineffectively or are insufficiently concerned whether they become pregnant or not.

But the figure does suggest that for a prohibition of prescription of the Pill to have the desired effect – a delay in the onset of sexual activity – abortion would have to be prohibited also.

And that, apart from its political impossibility, would also bring a lot of problems in its wake.

Personally and with regret I think it is better to prescribe the Pill than perform an abortion.

Originally published in the Daily Express.

Posted on 05/02/2012 9:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
In Macedonia, Five Fishermen Murdered By Muslims

Macedonian police file charges in fishermen deaths

May 2, 2012
Macedonian Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, center, talks to the media surrounded by her associates during a news conference in the capital Skopje, Macedonia, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Macedonian authorities say they have arrested 20 people, all radical Islamists, in the murder of five Macedonian fishermen last month that fueled ethnic tensions in this tiny Balkan country. They have been charged with terrorism. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) / by Boris Grdanoski, AP

SKOPJE, Macedonia (WTW) — Macedonian authorities have filed terrorism charges against five men in connection with the shooting deaths of five Macedonian fishermen in mid-April, Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska said.

Two of those charged were still at large, while the other three were among 20 people identified as radical Islamists who were arrested in connection with the case Tuesday.

The killings of the fishermen near the Macedonian capital Skopje last month fueled tension in the Balkan country between majority Macedonians and the mostly Muslim ethnic Albanian minority.

State Prosecutor Ljupco Svrgovski told media Wednesday that if found guilty of terrorism, the suspects faced life imprisonment sentences.

The remaining 17 of those arrested during an early-morning raid on Tuesday were being interviewed by an investigative judge. They are being investigated on suspicion of terrorism, helping commit the murders and illegal possession and trade of weapons.

Jankuloska did not specify whether the suspects all belonged to the same ethnic group. She previously said most of them were Macedonian citizens.

About 800 police were involved in Tuesday's operation, called "Monster," raiding 26 houses around Skopje and seizing weapons, bulletproof vests and Islamic literature, police said.

Jankuloska said the 20 suspects arrested Tuesday were followers "of radical Islam, which is a danger not only for Christianity, but also for Muslims and others."

The ethnic Albanian coalition partner in the conservative government, the Democratic Union for Integration, or DUI, described the killing of the fishermen as "the biggest crime in the history of Macedonia."

DUI spokesman Bujar Osmani said his party "remains on the position that the killers are simply killers by name and surname, regardless of their ethnicity and nationality".

Tensions between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians have simmered since the end of an armed rebellion in 2001, when ethnic Albanian rebels fought Macedonian government forces for about eight months, seeking greater rights for their community. The conflict left 80 people dead and ended with the intervention of NATO troops.

Ethnic Albanians make up about a quarter of Macedonia's population of 2.1 million. Most Macedonians are Christian Orthodox.

Posted on 05/02/2012 1:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
On the eve of the London mayoral election

in case anybody has forgotten

Mr Livingstone, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, pledged to “educate the mass of Londoners” in Islam, saying: “That will help to cement our city as a beacon that demonstrates the meaning of the words of the Prophet. . . I want to spend the next four years making sure that every non-Muslim in London knows and understands [its] words and message.”

Posted on 05/02/2012 1:39 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
A Musical Interlude: Miss Annabelle Lee (Annette Hanshaw)
Listen here.
Posted on 05/02/2012 3:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
"We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others."

The military has introduced a new training manuel in response to the inadvertent Koran burning in Afghanistan: "Proper handling and disposal of Islamic Religious Materials: Service Members/Civilian Training," with all the usual instruction about wearing gloves if you touch a Koran because we kafirs are unclean and would defile their fetish. 

You can read the 11 slides in the briefing here. This is on the last page: "We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others."

Shouldn't it read: We will pretend to hold sacred the beliefs held by others? But the larger question of course is why should we pretend to held their beliefs sacred? The fact that Muslims are enslaved to an insane belief system is not our fault.

Posted on 05/02/2012 4:12 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Immigration Fraud, Thy Name is Islam: Pakistani Muslims (And Most Likely Other Kinds of Muslims, Too) Gaming and Overwhelming the Australian Immigration System

As reported yesterday by Hayden Cooper and Nikki Tugwell for Australia's ABC.

'Immigration workers claim widespread visa fraud'

'Two Immigration Department insiders have broken ranks to reveal serious claims of frequent and widespread fraud in visa applications, which they say has led to child trafficking on Australian soil.

Probably the importation of grossly-underaged child brides for Mohammedan males already here...- CM

'The allegations relate to family visa applications in which Pakistanis are claiming to be from Afghanistan.

Simple way to fix that is to stop taking in Mohammedans from Afghanistan, period.  They keep telling us they don't want our people on their soil, so why don't we just pull out all our men from the Afghanistan hell-pits and then state flatly that we will no longer accept even one more Afghani (or claiming-to-be-Afghani-but-ain't) Muslim onto our soil? - CM

'While immigration officials often detect the fraud, in many cases they are overruled on appeal.

In other words, Mohammedans are gaming the system - CM

'A former employee at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she witnessed visa fraud in her office "on a daily basis".

"Definitely, in fact I would say just about daily, a large percentage of my caseload would've been Pakistanis claiming to be Afghan refugees or Afghan asylum seekers", she said.

'It is something that even refugee advocates acknowledge.

"I'm not sure that I would say regularly, but it's certainly something I have come across," migration agent Marion Le said.

"I know there are people living now in Australia as permanent residents, as citizens who are actually citizens of Pakistan but who pass themselves off as Afghani".

And I wonder how many of those are from the sharia-crazed jihad-wracked northwest provinces.  Time to investigate; and if we can prove fraud, why can we not simply cancel their residency  - or for that matter, their Australian citizenship if they have managed to acquire same - and send them right back to Pakistan?  Rather than run the risk, further down the track, of losing tens, or scores, or hundreds or even thousands of non-Muslim Australians in a mass-murderous jihad attack - a la the attempted Times Square bombing in the USA - carried out by one or more Pakistani Mohammedans who either entered Australia with the intention from the outset of waging Jihad terror, or else 'got religion' and recruited themselves for combat Jihad after their arrival here.  Muslims pouring into Australia by means of visa fraud represents a whole other type of problem from any other kind of illegal immigrant. - CM

'The ABC also obtained a letter from another Immigration Department employee which details the extent of the problem.

"Illegal facilitation of non-family members, children, child brides, and unknown strangers via false documents, false statements and false applications", the letter reads.

Note the child brides. And - 'unknown strangers'.  One wonders how many of those are primed for Jihad. - CM'

'The letter said some visa holders already in Australia (and how many of those got here under false pretences, to start with - CM)  are sponsoring family members who are in fact no relation at all.

That is what DNA testing was invented to detect.  DNA test those making these sorts of claims, and check against their putative kin sponsors.  Better still, let's just stop importing Muslims. From anywhere.  No matter what sob story they spin us. - CM

'Afghans in Pakistan are being coached by ever more informed relatives and agents in Australia about how to sidestep DIAC's (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) integrity processes", the letter reads.

Anyone caught doing that should be stripped of residency or citizenship and sent right back to Pakistan or Afghanistan or wherever, too. - CM

"When particular visa subclasses are being cracked down on - for instance the 'orphan relative' and 'carer' visas - the fraud simply moves to other caseloads.

And think how much time and money it is taking to keep on trying to stop this gaming of the system.  Like I said, let's just cut the Gordian knot and stop importing Muslims altogether. - CM

"Family reunification visas are now the preferred 'fraud du jour',".

'The former High Commission employee agrees with the letter's sentiments.

"I know that there are children that have come to Australia who are not related to the people that they have been sponsored by - they're not part of that person's family", she said.

"You know they've just been lost in the system - lost in the world, wherever they are".

I wonder how many of them would be little-girl 'possessions of the right hand'? - CM

'Ms Le said she often comes across "women and girls who have been beaten and their families who don't leave for cultural reasons.  I've got four cases on my books at the moment of very, very serious abuse here in Australia", Ms Le said.

'Source of frustration'

'Immigration Department spokesman Sandi Logan acknowledges that there are issues.

Understatement of the year.  And if you were to talk to people with the same kind of job as yours in every other western country, Mr Logan, you would discover that everywhere that there are Muslims entering non-Muslim countries, no matter from whence they come, the same massive and brazen frauds are being perpetrated. - CM

"We have been able in fact to halt a number of attempts where people have tried to pass off children as their own", he said. "This is unfortunate that this occurs, but fortunately we do have systems in place to detect and to prevent [it]".

'The former High Commission employee says many visa applications were detected and rejected, but that is when the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) would intervene.

'The sponsor would go to the MRT in Australia and the case would be remitted, and in that case we'd have no choice but to grant [the visa]", she said.

Gaming the system. - CM

'She says the decisions were "an endless source of frustration".

"Sometimes you got to the point where you thought, 'Why bother refusing?'," she said.

And that is exactly why the Mohammedans are doing it.  To swamp - to overwhelm- our defences.  To wear people down till they simply lose the will to say No. - CM

'Mr Logan says he can understand the frustrations of staff, but that is why a review mechanism is in place.

"It doesn't mean that we get it wrong when the decision is overturned - it is more often than not the passage of time which has resulted in either new evidence coming to light, or new circumstances presenting themselves over time", he said.

In other words, new and slicker fake documents, etc, have been presented, and better sob stories cooked up? - CM

'In some visa categories, more than half of all rejections were later overturned on appeal at the MRT, despite the decisions of the Immigration Tribunal.

'The MRT and Refugee Review Tribunal currently have about 100 members constantly processing a backlog of thousands of visa appeals.

'Thousands'.  Good god.  Think what all this is costing.  And if most of them  are being presented by Mohammedans, then we are in trouble, because the law of probabilities says that among those 'thousands' are any number of persons who are likely to be - or to become - dangerous toward non-Muslims in Australia. - CM

'Tribunals chief Denis O'Brien admitted to 7.30 [that is, the ABC's '7.30 Report' - CM] that his workers " are not coping particularly well at the moment", but defended the decision-making process.

"Our decision-making is sound, notwithstanding the fact that we've got a large volume to deal with", he said.

"When they appeal to us they will often want to put evidence before us that addresses the deficiency in their case when they lost originally before the department".

Yeah.  They cook up another story and another set of more-convincing-looking documents. - CM

'Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock believes the added strain is causing the tribunals to buckle in approving applications, thereby avoiding any chance of further legal appeals.

"It's an easier decision to take if you know that the Government's not going to appeal your decision and if you grant the applicant what he or she wants, they won't be appealing the decision either", he said.

'Mr Ruddock did not mince his words on the child trafficking allegations.

"Well I'm aware of the claims that minors and women are trafficked and if that's happening, it needs to be pursued rigorously and by those in authority", he said.

Yes, it does.  And as and when we find - as we assuredly will, because it has happened in other Western countries, multiple times - that Muslims within Australia are using fraud to import child brides, or 'dancing boys', or children to be used as de facto household slaves, then all those doing the importing should be stripped of residency or citzenship and sent right back to dar al Islam on the double. - CM

Posted on 05/02/2012 3:38 PM by Christina McIntosh
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
News To Cheer Everyone Up: Saudi Arabia Warns Iran
From Reuters:

Saudi Arabia warns Iran over Gulf islands, Bahrain

RIYADH | Wed May 2, 2012 

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia repeated on Wednesday that it would not tolerate threats to the Gulf Arab states' sovereignty, the latest warning to Iran after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to an island claimed by both Tehran and the United Arab Emirates.

The warning, the third in as many weeks by a member of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comes amid increased nervousness in the region over Iran.

Shi'ite-led unrest is resurgent in Bahrain a year after the ruling Al Khalifa family brought in Saudi and UAE troops to help suppress an uprising seen by Sunni Muslim Gulf rulers as sectarian in nature and driven by Shi'ite giant Iran.

"Any harm that comes across any of our countries is harm that touches us all," Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef said in a speech at a meeting of GCC interior ministers in Riyadh.

Nayef also condemned what he called Iran's "occupation" of the island and its role in events in Bahrain.

"We stress that Saudi Arabia and the rest of the council countries are standing in a unified line with Bahrain and the UAE to protect sovereignty and stability, considering their security a part of the council's security as a whole."

Ahmadinejad made a rare visit on April 11 to Abu Musa, one of three Gulf islands also claimed by the UAE and located near oil shipping routes at the mouth of the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz.

Bahrain's Formula One race last month drew fresh attention to ongoing clashes between Bahraini security forces and mostly Shi'ite protesters, although the main Shi'ite Islamist Wefaq party denies any links with Iran.

Tensions with Iran have increased since the Gulf Arab countries' western allies tightened sanctions over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. Tehran says its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful.

Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said in a speech over the weekend that Gulf Arab states are pushing ahead with plans for a political union that would involve joint foreign and defense policies, an idea floated by Saudi King Abdullah last December.

After Ahmadinejad's visit to Abu Musa, some 60 km (40 miles) off the UAE coast, the Islamic Republic said its sovereignty over the three islands was not negotiable but it has also called for talks with the UAE to clear up "misunderstandings".

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, quoted by the student news agency ISNA, said Iran wanted to "have the best possible relations with the UAE, as our trade and economic relations are significant."

Posted on 05/02/2012 3:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Israel Calls Up Reserves to Deal with Threats on Borders

IDF Soldier on Golan Border with Syria

Algemeiner reported that the IDF requested that the Knesset authorize the call up of 22 Reserve Battalions to deal with threats along the Egyptian, Syrian and Lebanese borders. 

There have been more than 50 incidents in the Egyptian Sinai border region provoked by Palestinian and al Qaeda terrorist groups including more than 14 gas pipeline bombings and a cross border attack in August 2011 near Eilat that left eight Israelis dead and more than 33 wounded.  Further, there is increasing tensions between Israel and Egypt given statements by Amr Moussa, a former Foreign Minister and leading candidate in the upcoming Egyptian Presidential elections, disavowing the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of the 1979 Camp David Accords. 

On the Syrian border, there is continued unrest given what appears to be a failed Cease Fire Agreement negotiated by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan between the minority Alawite Baathist regime of embattled President Bashir Assad and armed opposition elements in an attempt to stop the bloodbath that has resulted in upwards of 11,000 deaths.  That may force Israel to strengthen the cease fire line with Syria on the Golan Heights. 

Given intrusions on both the Syrian and Lebanese borders in June 2011 in which more than 20 were killed and hundreds injured, Israel is replacing its electrified fence along the Lebanese border with a concrete barrier.  Israel is currently in the processing of building a security barrier along its southern border with Egypt in the Sinai, which has been breached, recently.

There is a small Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), including a US contingent, positioned in the Sinai established under the 1979 Camp David Accords to monitor the demilitarized area.  Given the rise of terrorist group activities in the Sinai Peninsula and Egyptian statements by political candidates and Muslim Brotherhood leaders for an end to the 1979 Peace Treaty between the two countries there could be a demand for ending the MFO and the remilitarization by the Egyptian Army. 

The Algemeiner report notes the background for the IDF reserve call up:

Instability in Egypt and Syria has led the Israel Defense Forces to call up 6 additional battalions for emergency duty, with 16 others available if needed.

Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, received a request from the IDF to call up the reservists and granted that request based on a 2008 law known as the Reserve Duty Law.

“IDF reserve forces are a key component in the IDF’s operation strength, during both routine and emergency situations. Following security assessments, a number of battalions were called up for military service for the second time in a three year period,” the IDF said in a statement to The Algemiener.

Maariv and Russia Today first reported on this story.

“Following the August attack along the Sinai border, the area around Route 12 was divided into two distinct military zones, creating the need for additional manpower,” the IDF said.

Israel has walked a delicate line with Egypt as the Arab nation moves towards a Presidential election that has seen more than 10 candidates disqualified. In early April Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Sinai – the area controlled by Egypt that shares a border with Israel – is becoming a serious security concern.

As the international community attempts to negotiate an end to the violence in Syria that has led to thousands of deaths, and calls intensify for President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power, Israel has remained relatively quiet about its neighbor to the north. Recently however, Israeli leaders have been more outspoken about their concerns over Syria and their desire to see Assad go.

“We know our place. It’s not for us to give advice,” a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said regarding Syria. “We’re not doing anything to make him go. We’re not getting involved or even thinking of any interference.”

Watch this Russia Today News video on this latest Israeli security announcement.

Posted on 05/02/2012 9:43 PM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Le Journal Des Debats: Sarkozy In A Walk

I saw the debate -- stopping after the discussion of the economy, immigration, and nuclear energy, because "how you view the presidency" was not a question of any interest to me -- and I don't understand how anyone could not have concluded that Sarkozy was, on every issue, more knowledgeable and convincing than Hollande. I suppose there will be stories misleading you, in the French and British and then the copy-cat American press, by those who are very much  parti pris, telling you that Sarkozy didn't deliver that "knockout blow" or whatever it is he is supposed to do in order to overcome his rival and that, as "Hollande held his own, he must be considered the winner." It's crap.

I came away convinced that  wavering voters who listened, and especially those who voted for Marine Le Pen in furious protest at the islamization of parts of France, would certainly come away firmly convinced they must vote for Sarkozy.

Posted on 05/02/2012 10:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
OIC Islamophobia Observatory Deplores Wilders’ Book

As night follows day it was inevitable that the Islamophobia Observatory of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would criticize Geert Wilders’ new book, Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me.

In an IINA news story from Jeddah came this OIC statement:

JEDDAH, 11 Jumada Al-Thani/2 May (IINA)-A Spokesman of the Islamophobia Observatory of Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed dismay on the recent publication of a book titled “Marked for Death, War against the West and Me” by its author Mr. Geert Wilders, a Dutch Parliamentarian and a self-proclaimed activist against Islam.

The Spokesman reiterated that the new book is nothing but a repetition of Mr. Wilder’s campaign of hate mongering against Islam in abusing of his right of freedom of expression. Suffice it to say that his activities have been denounced and disavowed by the Dutch Government, Dutch Parliament, the European Parliament as well as the Council of Europe.

This is probably useful negative publicity for Wilders' book. If the Saudi-backed OIC "Islamophobia" Observatory is criticizing his book, then it should be a signal to the feckless public in the West that there must be more than a kernel of truth to what he propounds. This is also an acknowledgment of  Wilders’ criticism of the OIC- a virtual Caliphate of 57 Muslim countries, including the Palestinian Authority - operating out of Riyadh pushing the EU and even the US to combat 'religious intolerance' meaning Blasphemy under the maligned UNHRC Res. 16/18 of the so-called Istanbul Process.  The OIC and more than 30 EU and other foreign delegations gathered at our State Department last December to discuss with representatives of our Departments of Justice and Homeland Security implementation of UNHRC Res. 16/18 coming up with so-called recommended 'best practices'. That is tantamount to acceptance of Blasphemy codes under Shariah a violation of our First Amendment. Scary stuff here with increasing evidence of infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood and their ansars (helpers in Arabic) of the highest echelons of government and both political parties. Nina Shea of the Washington-based Center for Religious Freedom of the Gatestone Institute and co-author of Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide had good reason to call this a “perverse conference".

Clare Lopez, Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Policy noted in an email:

On Monday, April 30th, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CDHR) in Saudi Arabia held a panel presentation  on UNHRC Resolution 16/18: “Respect for Religions or Anti-Freedom of Expression ?” at the Heritage Foundation and the OIC role in pushing for the criminalization of the criticism of Islam, with full USG backing (minus a few vocabulary quibbles here and there) our great shame.

I moderated the event.  CDHR president Ali Alyami and other speakers lambasted the Saudi role in hosting and sponsoring the OIC. I highlighted the implementation role the Muslim Brotherhood plays in the US on behalf of the OIC and its "slander" law agenda  with the willing, even witting, participation of the USG to subordinate, via "gradualism" and "civilization Jihad", our Constitution and legal system to Shariah.

Watch the CHRD panel at the Heritage Foundation.

Posted on 05/02/2012 10:50 PM by Jerry Gordon

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