These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 21, 2010.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Leo Tolstoy Died 100 Years Ago
Tolstoy biographer A.N. Wilson reviews a new biography by Rosamund Bartlett in the Financial Times, reprinted in Slate:
The death of Leo Tolstoy on November 20, 1910 in a small railway station in southern Russia, was being turned into mythology even as it was happening. Pathé, the pioneer of newsreels, made one of its first moving-pictures about the event. Lenin had said two years earlier that Tolstoy was "a mirror of the revolution." Both communist revolutionaries and the Russian government were watching to see what the effect of the death of the great anarchist would be on the Russian people, who felt that they had lost not just a great artist but the most eloquent voice that had thundered on their behalf against monstrous injustices.
To such deceptively simple questions as how should we live, the answers he gave caused tsars, armies, secret police and church inquisitors to shake in their souls. By the end, millions of people worldwide were hanging on his words. A week after he died, a woman in a Moscow railway cafeteria made a slighting remark about Tolstoy. The café workers rounded on her and the waiter refused to give her tea.
The anniversary of a writer's death is usually a chance to reassess and re-read their work but it is rarely a provocation to ask the most searching questions about the world as it is now, and about ourselves. Yet Tolstoy's death still challenges us to ask the deepest political and personal questions. It is hard to think of any of the great public questions facing the world today that Tolstoy did not anticipate and address in some way, whether we speak of the environmental crisis, religious debate (creationist versus atheist) or the anti-war movement...
Posted on 11/21/2010 9:17 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Of Fuzzy-Wuzzies, A Lioness, High Priestesses, Rebels, Lost Christians And Arab Supremacism
I wrote, here
, about the rise of Arab supremacism, fundamentalist Islam and government by jiggery-pokery in the Sudan. I looked briefly at the well known troubles of the people of Darfur who are being subjected to a brutal campaign of terror and violence by a government funded criminal force simply because they are not Arabs. I outlined the possibility that the Nilotes of the southern Sudan may be about to break free from the government, and the same government inspired maltreatment as afflicts the Darfuris - maltreatment not only based on race but also aggravated by the Islamic view of the religions of the Nilotes.
(Just to update you about the referendum process in southern Sudan: because of the continuing procrastination by the Khartoum government the United Nations sent people into the south on Monday just gone in order to deal with voter registration and other such matters ahead of the polling which is scheduled to take place on January 9th.)
However, what I didn't do is tell you about east Sudan. Yes, as you have probably guessed, east Sudan is also populated by peoples who are not Arabs and is also suffering at the hands of the Khartoum Islamic and Arabic government. The Beja peoples inhabit the east and they are the Fuzzy-Wuzzies immortalised in verse by Rudyard Kipling in his poem Fuzzy-Wuzzy which was published in 1892 as part of Barrack Room Ballads. The nickname alludes to their habit of carefully dressing their hair with grease which gives them a distinctive 'fuzzy' look and was given to them by English troops fighting the Mahdi.
The Beja are probably the 'Blemmyes' of Ancient Roman repute and were certainly living in eastern and Lower Sudan and Upper Egypt long before the Romans occupied Lower Egypt and the Upper Nile valley. They believe that they are the descendants of a Lioness deity and her human consort. The few remaining Egyptian Bejawi tribes (like the Egyptian Copts they have been persecuted almost to the point of extinction) believe that they are the descendants of the High Priestesses of Amen and their caste of warriors.
The Beja converted to Christianity in the 6th century under the influence of the three Nubian Christian Kingdoms that flourished along the Nile for near enough 600 years (Nobatia, Makuria and Alodia), but it was the Christian Empire of Aksum which most influenced them because the majority lived within its borders from around the end of the third century BC until the early nine hundreds. Around this time the Bejas founded five kingdoms in what is now northern Eritrea and east-northeastern Sudan.
In the 13th century, the Beja were forcibly converted to Islam by the Bedouin tribes as they spread into the Sudan and rapidly swamped their kingdoms. This migration was probably due to a climate event but the newcomers effectively ruined the agriculture of the Nubian Kingdoms and led to the collapse of Bejawi ability to resist the invaders. The Aksumite Empire went through many vicisitudes and what is left of its southern provinces is today known as Ethiopia. As of 2007, the majority of Beja are believed to be Muslim but there is no certainty that this is the case. There are many Coptic Upper Egyptians of Saiddi and Beja stock who are still Christians and it is completely unknown how many Christians there may be in the Eastern Sudan. It seems that of the Muslim Beja peoples who are known about most are Sufi and that fact does not sit well with the Arab Government in Khartoum.
Eastern Sudan, comprising the three states of Kassala, Red Sea, and Gedarif, is, according to many accounts, among the most marginalized regions in Sudan. There are few international humanitarian agencies in the region, and information on social and economic conditions is scarce. The extent of eastern Sudan's marginalization led to the creation of the Beja Congress, an armed and political movement, in 1958...
By 1997 a sustained, low intensity conflict had developed throughout the Eastern Sudan in response to acts of depravity and brutalisation by the Khartoum government. The Beja Congress joined up with the Rashaida Free Lions - another Beja defence group - in 2005 and various other much smaller defence groups to form the Eastern Front. The Eastern Front fought the Khartoum government to a stalemate and in the October of 2006 an agreement was signed between the two sides - the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement (ESPA).
However, the so-called National Islamic Front had set out to undermine the uniqueness of Beja, Darfuri and Southern cultures some years prior to the ESPA and to rubbish their historic claims in the usual Islamist fashion - the dissemination of downright lies, the rewriting of history and the destruction of archaeological sites combined with massive amounts of Islamic propaganda fed to the young via their schools. This effort backfired badly and the Beja Congress in Eastern Sudan, the Soni movement in Dar Fur and the SPLA/M in South Sudan went from strength to strength and, with the exception of the Soni movement in Dar Fur, by and large succeeded in protecting their peoples from the usual treachery of the Arabs.
It must be remembered that the Islam as practised by not a few African peoples is a very
syncretic form of the religion and although the base belief is Islam, which does leave them open to radicalisation, the enormous quantity of traditional beliefs and practises woven into the fabric of their belief is often why the Arabs view the Africans as inferior in every respect. The following from The Sudan Tribune
in this very long article
To sabotage the work of genuine Beja representatives, the National Islamic Front (NIF) launched the Islamic Beja Congress in the period between1985-1986. By launching a presumably Islamic Beja Congress, the NIF had implicitly alleged that the existing Beja Congress was non-Islamic, agnostic or atheist. This is the way the NIF has invoked Islam and, of course, the Qur'an as a unitary source of knowledge. Islam is also conjured up as a ritual authority and as everyday guide or even as a scripture possessing magical powers. However, the wider communities of Sudanese Muslims approach Islam from a religious domain: while embracing Islam as a faith, they tend to stick to their indigenously cultural aspects and linguistic diversities to reflect the outlook of their African identity, but not the pseudo-cultural identity of the Arabised stock. Such a fake identity, which is taught to schoolboys and eulogised in the media, is neglecting the indigenous Sudanese proud history - or else distorting the past and portraying them as worthless, sub-humans whose only contribution to the world was in the form of slaves. Islamists, with a racist ideology at the centre of their political programme, are at the heart of much that is wrong with the Sudan today. The implicit premise that race or religion is an accurate predictor of virtues is a 'recipe for conflicts'.
To move on, the terms of the ESPA are not being adhered to by the Khartoum government. Organised violence against the Beja by groups of armed thugs is commonplace and at the recent Sudanese elections the rigging of the ballot in Eastern Sudan by the Khartoum government was so open, obvious and blatant as to cause monitors and observers to laugh. On every term of the ESPA the Khartoum government has squirmed and hesitated and often downright refused to implement. The Beja Congress, denied representatives by ballot rigging, has been forced to appeal to the international community in an effort to shame the Khartoum government into some concessions and this tactic has had some success.
Although some areas of Eastern Sudan are relatively peaceful it seems to many that it is only a question of time before the Beja Congress, and others, have to take up arms again. The failure of the Khartoum government to release any of the funds for development has led to increasing poverty and near starvation in places. In some areas the so-called 'state of emergency' remains in force and this is nothing more than an excuse for government soldiers to commit the most horrific acts of savagery against the Beja in private. There are three to four times more government soldiers in Eastern Sudan than in Dar Fur and the Khartoum regime has threatened to unleash 'militias' as it has done in Dar Fur unless the Beja come to heel.
The Beja leaders, quite rightly, think that the lucrative revenues of Sudan's ports, minerals, agricultural products and animal wealth, which are abundant in their region, should be spent on their area for socio-economic development. Beja families have been working in the ports as labourers for generations, but in recent job losses, Government figures say up to 28,000 of them - after the mechanisation of the port - have compounded feelings of anger towards a central Government, which is releasing large amounts of oil to the world from here. Reportedly, it is argued that the customs of Port Sudan harbour were moved to Khartoum to give jobs to Government party members and to prevent Beja from claiming their share of regional customs' revenues.
President Nimeiri's 'Unregistered Land Act' of 1971 made the situation worse for the traditionally nomadic Beja, who had found themselves forced to get work as casual labourers on the schemes. Thousands of animals died as prime-grazing land was expropriated, and the Beja were forced to sell cheap those that didn't.
Nothing much has improved for the Beja since Nimeiri's time and unless the ESPA is implemented in full in fact and spirit then nothing much will.
As you are now aware the Sudan is a country with an Arab supremacist, Islamist 'government' in the northern provinces that is perpetrating violence against every non-Arab everywhere else in the country. All of these other peoples are gaining their freedom, or attempting to gain their freedom, from the brutal regime in Khartoum and that regime is unleashing horrific violence whenever it can and whenever it thinks that the world isn't looking.
For more information on the struggle in the Eastern Sudan from a Nubian mountain peoples perspective read the translated bits of Dr. Omer M Shurkian's book The Nuba in Sudan: the struggle of a people in search of justice and power-sharing, Dar al-Hikma, London, 2006. I'll leave you with the following quote from Dr. Shurkian:
In the Sudan, if you are black, you will be called abid (slave); and if you are of a white skin, then you will be called halabi (gypsy). [...] You have to be a 'bastard' in the Sudan to qualify as a true Sudanese. [...] [The] answer may, in fact, sounds allegorically insulting, but in the Sudan the mulattos, the hybrid offspring of Arabs and Africans, whose colour of skin is asmar (Arabic word for brown) is the favoured race colour in the Sudan which is lauded in lyrics, poetry and traditional proverbs as a symbol of a highly social status. Ironically speaking, these people are the unsung heroes of the land. Such mid-way identity catastrophe is a socio-political dilemma in the Sudan as such people whose features and souls are manifested in this category could not be loyal to either end of the racial axis - whites and blacks. These were, furthermore, the diehards who were identified in the past as the Popular Defence Forces in the buffer zones, and they fought vigorously in the regime's camp against the SPLM/A in the 22-year-long civil war. They are repeating the same scenario under the infamous name of Janjaweed in the ongoing civil war in Dar Fur. Needless to say, both 'abid and halabi' terms are pejoratives, and they explain the identity crisis the Sudanese people are going through. These degrading remarks and preposterous slurs are usually said publicly by the Sudanese in their daily folklore and ridiculous jokes, but those who are in high places and key positions translate such prejudices into Government policies and directives.
Posted on 11/21/2010 12:16 PM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 21 November 2010
When I returned recently from Paris, everyone asked about the strikes, the riots, the violence and the chaos. All I had seen was a queue at one petrol station and a notice of closure at another: otherwise, it was all oysters and Sancerre. My questioners were disappointed. It was as if the travails of France were the salvation of England.
Much more pertinent to our national predicament is something that strikes me each time I return from France: the extreme vulgarity of the English by comparison with the French. It is as if the English had adopted vulgarity as a totalitarian ideology, a communism of culture rather than of the economy. This vulgarity is insolent, militant and triumphant, will brook no competition and tolerate no dissent. It exercises a kind of subliminal terror to discourage any protest.
That vulgarity is now the ruling characteristic of England, of the prosperous as of the poor, is evident in small things and in large. At the airport you can always tell a flight bound for England by the number of grossly fat and hideously apparelled passengers waiting to board. No man can be blamed for being ill-favoured by nature; but every man can be blamed for making the worst of himself, as the English now seem to do as a matter of principle. They are the ugliest people in the world, but this has nothing to do with biology.
Their facial expressions, their gait, their speech, their laughter, their very gestures are crude. The mothers of no other nation known to me address their children in tones so lacking in tenderness and so expressive of shrewish irritability and exasperation, with voices shrill, penetrating and impossible to ignore (except, of course, for their children, who will very soon sound like them).
The choice of reading matter offered to passengers at airports and stations on either side of the Channel is instructive. Perhaps you shouldn't judge books by their covers, but you can judge the taste of the public by them. The taste of the English public is for the vulgar, cheap and kitschy. Their aesthetic sense seems no more refined than that of magpies.
The newspapers on offer gratis to passengers boarding the aircraft are instructive too. In England they are tabloid, mainly concerned with developments in Wayne Rooney's sex life, and with headlines the size of a proclamation of a state of emergency. The look of contempt on the faces of French passengers is unmistakable.
On the French side of the Channel, passengers are offered Le Monde. No doubt Le Monde has many faults, but the assumption that its readers are pea-brained prurient vulgarians is not one of them.
As soon as you land in England, you notice how many of the young English women have facial expressions simultaneously ovine and lupine, and how many of them bare their pudgy midriffs, with a tattooed lizard or butterfly for individuality. They are fried food and alcoholic Friday nights made flesh.
The vulgarity enters the fabric of life and seems to omit no detail. My first purchase after my return was in a small supermarket, where a spotty youth addressed me as 'mate', in a way that would never happen in France. I, who was three times his age, asked him not to address me thus, and he returned me a look of sullen malevolence.
On the first train I took on my return, an 11-year-old girl, in tight pink leggings, kept her feet and shoes securely on the seat next to her, under the gaze of her mother, who was tattooed, pierced in the nose and lower lip, and eating crisps. The girl's six-year-old brother had already had his ear pierced, and wore a diamante stud in it. It is never too early for the English to teach their offspring vulgarity.
How are we to account for this? I do not think it was always so. Vulgarity has its place as a counterweight to pretension, of course, but as a ruling national characteristic it is charmless, stupid and without virtue.
I suspect that it is connected with the equality that we feel it necessary to pretend is our ruling political passion. Since economic equality is no longer deemed desirable, the only other equality possible is that of cultural mores; and since it is much easier to level down than up (which, after all, was once the Labour party's aim), the middle classes can best express their political virtue by embracing and promoting the vulgarity that they assume - wrongly, as it happens - was the only cultural characteristic of the proletariat.
The problem with adopting such a pose, however, is that if you keep it up long enough it ceases to be merely a pose. It is what you are: in the case of the English, vulgar.
First published in The Spectator.
Posted on 11/21/2010 12:43 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 21 November 2010
St. Gelasius; Shakespeare; Lupercalia; Vulgar And Common People; And Spring Cleaning
St. Gelasius died on the 21st. November, AD496 which is why today is his Feast day. He was Pope for the last four and a half years of his life and is chiefly famous amongst us vulgar, common people for abolishing Lupercalia.
Lupercalia predated even the Ancient Romans and appears to have been a festival of cleansing and luck bringing. It incorporated the Februa festival of washing and cleaning - Spring Cleaning which we vulgar, common people still do today - and even subsumed its dates and became celebrated on the Ides of February.
Lupercalia itself involved the sacrificing of two goats after which the Luperci dressed themselves in the skins of the sacrifice and ran round the course of the old Palatine walls (the way being well marked by ceremonial stones) striking people who crowded in with thongs cut from the skins. Girls and young women would line up on the route to make sure they received lashes from the thongs. This was supposed to ensure fertility, prevent sterility in women and ease the pains of childbirth. This tradition itself may survive (Christianised, and shifted to later in Spring) in certain ritual Easter Monday whipping traditions such as those of Wet Monday (Easter Monday) in Poland.
Of course what really replaced Lupercalia for the average Christian was the festival celebrating the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Candlemas, observed forty days after Christmas, on February 2.
By the time Gelasius abolished Lupercalia it had become very much debased to the extent that only the vulgar and common people took part in it and one wouldn't find people of the rank of Mark Anthony running with the Luperci as he did in 44BC. Those of us vulgar and common people who have had a little education beaten into us will recall that Shakspeare's play Julius Caesar begins during the Lupercalia, with the running tradition I outlined above. Mark Antony is instructed by Caesar to strike his wife Calpurnia in the hope that she will be able to conceive:
CAESAR (to Calpurnia): Stand you directly in Antonius' way,
When he doth run his course. Antonius!
ANTONY: Caesar, my lord?
CAESAR: Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,
The barren touched in this holy chase,
Shake off their sterile curse.
Anyway, I usually tend to think of St Gelasius in the context of washing and cleaning - a sort of Patron Saint of Housework if you like. Now I think that I'll remember him as a Theodore Dalrymple look-alike, a killjoy observer of the vulgar and common folk.
Posted on 11/21/2010 5:08 PM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Clinton’s State Department flunks Israel on Religious Freedom
The latest evidence that the Obama White House is isolating Israel came with the release on November 17th
of the annual report on International Religious Freedom
by the State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. This time, the striped pants and skirts brigade in Foggy Bottom have outdone themselves putting the State of Israel on the same level as Wahhabist Saudi Arabia that denies any religion other than Islam.
The United States State Department under the administration of Hillary Clinton has issued its review of the state of religious freedom around the world and it has concluded that Saudi Arabia and Israel are equally guilty of denying this freedom.
Huh? You may ask.
Isn't Saudi Arabia the place where you cannot build a church? Where religious law punishes transgressors in the most barbaric fashion?
And isn't Israel the place where churches, mosques, and synagogues are bustling with worshipers? Where the holiest site in Judaism is restricted to Jews because the Jewish State permits the Muslims to be the gate keepers to the Temple Mount?
We know that bureaucrats can be dense but how could the Secretary of State put her approval to a document that designates Israel as an intolerant religious State?
Here is the State Department's reasoning for fingering Israel: Government policy continued to support the generally free practice of religion, although governmental and legal discrimination against non-Jews and non-Orthodox streams of Judaism continued. Governmental allocations of state resources favored Orthodox (including Modern and National Religious streams of Orthodoxy) and ultra-Orthodox (sometimes referred to as "Haredi") Jewish religious groups and institutions. Some individuals and groups committed abusive and discriminatory practices against Israeli-Arab Muslims, evangelical Christians, and Messianic Jews (persons who identify as Jews and follow Jewish traditions but believe Jesus was the Messiah), which continued at an elevated level. Relations among religious and ethnic groups--between Jews and non-Jews, Muslims and Christians, Arabs and non-Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and among the different streams of Judaism--often were strained during the reporting period.
In other words being a Jewish State is a problem even if you protect the rights of non-Jews to practice what they believe. As in any State there will be some charges of discrimination but to use these infrequent conflicts to place Israel in the same category as Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc. is downright wrong. For a more in-depth analysis see Arutz Sheva.
But note the obsequious pandering in this State Department International Religious Freedom Report about so-called 'incremental improvements" by Saudis, despite admitting Wahhabist religious intolerance:
While overall government policies continued to place severe restrictions on religious freedom, there were incremental improvements in specific areas during the reporting period. These included increased scrutiny of and training for the CPVPV, legal reform to broaden the officially sanctioned interpretations of Shari'a law to include other schools of Sunni jurisprudence, and selective measures to combat extremist ideology. The king's Interfaith Dialogue Initiative launched a large-scale national media campaign to promote tolerance and moderation. There were fewer charges of harassment and abuse by the CPVPV than in previous years, but fear of the CPVPV and police continued to cause many non-Muslims to worship in secret. Although some intolerant statements in textbooks were removed or modified following stated government intention to reform educational materials, textbooks continued to contain overtly intolerant statements against Jews and Christians, and subtly intolerant statements against Shi'a and other religious groups.
Give us a break Madame Secretary, Saudi incrementalism on non-existent religious freedom? That is an oxymoron, if we ever saw one.
Posted on 11/21/2010 8:33 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Crime In France: True Figures Far Greater --In Some Cases Five Times Greater -- Than The Official Ones
From Le Monde:
Violences : l'enquête de l'Observatoire national de la délinquance plus alarmante que les chiffres officiels
LEMONDE.FR avec AFP | 21.11.10
Environ 4,7 millions de Français ont été victimes de vols et tentatives en 2009 et près de 1,2 million de violences physiques et sexuelles, selon une enquête à paraître mardi montrant une nouvelle fois une distorsion avec les chiffres officiels de la délinquance. L'Observatoire national de la délinquance et des réponses pénales (ONDRP) rendra publique mardi sa quatrième enquête de victimation visant la relation des Français sur l'insécurité avec d'autres données que les statistiques officielles de la délinquance.
Avec l'INSEE, il a interrogé plus de 16 500 personnes de 14 ans et plus qui ont fait part, pour 20,5 %, de leur sentiment d'insécurité, un taux en augmentation de 1 % par rapport à 2008 et "en forte hausse depuis deux ans", selon l'enquête que s'est procurée l'AFP samedi. En outre, 4,7 millions de Français ont en outre déclaré avoir été victimes de vols et de tentatives de vols en 2009, soit trois fois plus que les chiffres officiels de la délinquance qui les estiment - à partir de plaintes notamment - à 1,5 million cette année-là.
De même, près de 1,2 million disent, toujours en 2009, avoir subi des violences physiques ou sexuelles (hors cadre de leur ménage) soit cinq fois plus que les statistiques officielles qui font état de 200 000 à 250 000 faits de cette nature tous les ans. Selon l'ONDRP, l'enquête est un complément des chiffres officiels de la délinquance avec laquelle elle ne peut être comparée, même s'il convient qu'il y a souvent une "distorsion" entre ces deux données. Celles-ci reflètent cependant les mêmes tendances de la délinquance, selon l'ONDRP : la baisse des vols depuis quelques années, la hausse des violences aux personnes. Les Français ont encore déclaré avoir été victimes en 2009 de plus de 3,5 millions d'actes de vandalisme en 2009, - dont 2,1 millions ont visé une voiture -, une "hausse" par rapport aux autres années. Cette hausse des actes de vandalisme, observe l'ONDRP, "diverge avec la baisse des délits de destructions et dégradations de biens privés" qui est constatée par les services de police et de gendarmerie, toujours à partir des seules plaintes des Français. L'enquête de victimation livre d'autres chiffres qui ne sont pas ou peu connus, voire inexistants, dans les statistiques officielles.
Ainsi, 1,7 million de Français ont déclaré avoir été victimes de menaces (hors vol et hors ménage) et il y a une augmentation de femmes de 18 à 75 ans à dire qu'elles sont victimes de violences sexuelles ou physiques (hors ménage). Pour ce qui est du taux de plaintes, à cet égard, tous sexes confondus, il est de 26 % s'agissant des violences physiques soit un taux très supérieur à celui des violences sexuelles qui est de plus de 9 %. Les plaintes pour les violences survenues dans le ménage, toujours selon cette enquête, ne dépassent pas les 7 % des faits, relève encore l'observatoire.
En 2009, à ce sujet, l'enquête établit que 305 000 femmes de 18 à 75 ans ont été victimes de ces mêmes violences dans le ménage, montrant une nouvelle fois l'importance et la persistance du phénomène des violences familiales. Le fort taux du sentiment d'insécurité, selon une source interne à l'ONDRP, peut par ailleurs "s'expliquer par la crise" mais il "faut l'affiner". L'enquête sera officiellement rendue publique mardi par l'ONDRP lors de la présentation de son rapport annuel sur la délinquance qui porte sur l'année 2009.
Posted on 11/21/2010 8:55 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 21 November 2010
A Musical Interlude: En Cueillant La Noisette (Fred Adison Orch.)
Posted on 11/21/2010 8:59 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Australia: Muslim doctor whose SIM card was linked to Glasgow jihad raid now wants to migrate, sues for compensation
Read this story - the bare-bones ABC version and the full-length report from 'The Australian'. And make sure you take a good long look at the photos supplied with both. His wife wears chador, and he has a beard, which indicates a significant level of conscious Islamic observance, or in other words, sharia-mindedness. I don't know about anybody else, but I'm sorry, I just don't and can't and won't trust him and speaking as an Australian I would much rather we were taking in the Christian survivors of the jihad massacre in the church in Baghdad, than yet another litigious and bearded Muslim colonist with his holier-than-thou be-hijabbed wife. And when I look at that photo of the family, I remember three recent cases - two in the USA, and in Canada - where nice sweet young Muslim couples with cute little kids, seemingly living the white-picket-fence middle class dream, turned out to be busy plotting full-on Jihad.
First, the ABC's Kim Lyell.
'Haneef heading back to Brisbane for talks'.
'Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef, who was falsely accused of terrorism three years ago (not entirely at random, as you will see from the full-length story in 'The Australian' - his SIM card was connected with attempted jihad raids in London and Glasgow in 2007 - CM) will return to Australia next month for compensation talks.
'Dr Haneef was working at the Gold Coast Hospital when he was arrested in connection to failed terror attacks in the UK in 2007.
'An independent inquiry has cleared him of any involvement'.
'Next month's mediation process will be chaired by former judge Tony Fitzgerald'.
Now for The Australian's Paul Maley, with a lot more detail.
'Terror accused Mohamed Haneef returns and he would love to stay.'
'Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef is returning to Australia, possibly for good.
'More than three years after he was imprisoned, falsely accused of terrorism, and deprived of his working visa, Dr Haneef is due to arrive next month to participate in a two-day mediation session with the Australian government, one of the final steps in his bid to secure a sizeable compensation payout for his ordeal.
(His ordeal? Nobody tortured him, nobody raped him, nobody beat him, like Muslim 'police' routinely do to those they arrest - very often on false charges - all over the Islamic world and in the so-called 'third world'; he was just thoroughly interrogated and all his movements and associations checked and checked again, on the principle of 'better safe than sorry'. - CM).
'The Indian-born medico, who for the past 2 and a half years has been working as a GP in the United Arab Emirates (and he's still a devout Muslim after working in a place where non-Arab Muslims are, by and large, cordially despised by their Arab Muslim superiors? - CM) freely admits to being nervous at the thought of returning to Brisbane, where he was held for 12 days without charge after his mobile phone SIM card was linked to the failed terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow in 2007.
'But Dr Haneef said he would love to return to Australia on a permanent basis.
'"I'm very grateful for the support the Australian people gave me", he told The Australian yesterday, from Dubai. "I was really amazed when I saw people coming up and speaking on behalf of me."
(Yes, of course he's amazed, most likely not only by their naivety but by their civility. Hypothetical: imagine the situation in reverse. Ordinary Muslims would certainly not accord the same civilised 'benefit of the doubt' to a non-Muslim arrested on suspicion of spying or sedition or for that matter, who had merely 'insulted Islam' - let's just remember, for example, the baying, bloodthirsty mobs calling for the death of an English schoolteacher who committed a heinous insult in the Sudan, by naming the class teddybear 'Mohammed' - CM).
'Next month's trip, he said, was in part a way of gauging whether or not it would be possible to again live and work in Australia, given his notoriety.
(Testing, testing - CM).
"This would be a time to see how the community accepts us there," Dr Haneef said. "After all the things that happened anybody would have this kind of nervousness and anxiety when they come back, where you have been incarcerated for so long".
('incarcerated for so long'? You were held for twelve days, Dr Haneef. Let's compare that with the months and years routinely inflicted on, say, hapless ex-Muslims imprisoned in Evin Prison in Iran, or Christian victims of 'blasphemy' accusations, in Pakistan? Or with the imprisonment incommunicado and holding-to-ransom of Gilad Shalit. Now that's what I call a 'long' incarceration. And you wail and moan about a mere twelve days ??? Nonsense. - CM).
'Nevertheless Dr Haneef's nerves are apparently steadier than those of his wife, Firdous, who took some persuading to return to the country she and her husband called home for six months...
'Dr Haneef, Firdous, and their 3 and a half year old daughter Haniyah will arrive in Brisbane a few days before the two-day talks, scheduled for December 20-21.
'The sessions will be mediated by Tony Fitzgerald, QC, whose 1987 judicial inquiry exposed widespread judicial and police corruption in Queensland.' (But does Mr Fitzgerald, QC, know anything at all about taqiyya and kithman? - CM)
'An inquiry into Dr Haneef's own incarceration, by John Clarke QC, found no police corruption, but it did accuse the AFP (Australian Federal Police) of making serious errors in its investigation. The inquiry cleared Dr Haneef of any involvement in, or foreknowledge of, the 2007 attacks.
'Dr Haneef was arrested at Brisbane airport on July 2 2007, as he was returning to India on family leave to see his wife, who had just given birth. He was working at the Gold Coast Hospital at the time.
'The then immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, revoked Dr Haneef's visa on the day he was granted bail, prolonging his time in detention for a further 11 days.
'Dr Haneef's lawyer, Rod Hodgson of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, said Mr Andrews was one of two defendant in the action, the other being the commonwealth".
You will observe that neither the ABC nor The Australian ever actually come out and say that Mr Mohamed Haneef is a Muslim, or that the attempted - but fortunately, failed and foiled - mass-murder attacks in London and Glasgow, to the perpetrators of which Mr Haneef's SIM card was connected, were not random acts of generic 'terrorism', but jihad raids carried out in strict conformity with the teachings of Islam.
There are some interesting comments to the article in 'The Australian'. The Brisbane-resident author of one comment observes sardonically - "Imagine what would happen to [you] if you got caught with a dodgy (terrorist) mobile phone SIM in the UAR or Saudi A. After a long stint in jail with more than a few 'coercive' inputs you would emerge blinking into the sunlight a physically and mentally broken individual. Why wouldn't he want to collect a big payout and then establish himself in a country that he obviously acknowledges has treated him well?"
'Chris' of the Sunshine Coast is similarly down-to-earth, and has not forgotten the details of the case - "Acts of terrorism are so extreme, it does in my view warrant extreme measures. In Dr Haneef's case he had a known association with his cousin who had his sim card in his possession and who subsequently was involved in an attempted terrorist act in London and Glasgow. Dr Haneef had also visited his cousin just prior to these terrorist acts...".
And here is more commonsense, from one 'Allen of Canberra' - "If the Brits are screaming down the phone, outraged over a bombing, the suspect's SIM has been recovered at the scene of the bombing, and he is now in the departure lounge of your airport, what would you do?"
Posted on 11/21/2010 8:05 PM by Christina McIntosh