For our donors from the UK:
|Recent Publications by New English Review Authors
||Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
||Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly. Vol. 1
edited by S.B. Kelly
||The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
||Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
by David P. Gontar
by Theodore Dalrymple
||The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
||The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
||Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
||Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
by Theodore Dalrymple
De Nidra Poller
||The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
||Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
||Virgins? What Virgins?: And Other Essays
by Ibn Warraq
||An Introduction to Danish Culture
by Norman Berdichevsky
||The New Vichy Syndrome:
by Theodore Dalrymple
||Jihad and Genocide
by Richard L. Rubenstein
These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 21, 2008.
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Cologne police ban anti-mosque march
I have not said anything so far about the Pro Cologne “Stop Islam” rally expected to be held in and around Cologne this weekend because some of the organisers are themselves an unsavoury bunch, much as I sympathise with their aim of protesting about the large Mosque with its minarets to rival the spires of the famous cathedral which is to be built in the city and this creeping islamification of Europe generally.
The rally was called off yesterday because of the violence of the left wing groups who opposed the rally.
This is the BBC. Thousands of left-wing demonstrators gathered to protest against an extreme right-wing rally have clashed with police in the German city of Cologne.
Police said about 3,000 protesters threw stones at officers, while some tried to steal their weapons.
Violence erupted after the protesters tried to halt an "anti-Islamification" rally, which police eventually banned. . . leftist demonstrators blocked two Pro-Koeln leaders from entering the conference venue, pursuing them as they sought refuge on a boat.
Police say they responded with batons after left-wing protesters set fire to barricades.
Ynet News of Israel Left-wing protestors supporting construction of controversial Muslim house of prayer in city of Cologne clash with police.
Police reported that some 3,000 officers were called to the scene as 3,000 left-wing protestors threw stones at the police, and some even attempted to grab the officers' weapons. As a result, some parts of the Old City of Cologne were closed to traffic.
Radio Netherlands At the last minute, police in the German city of Cologne have banned a march by right wing anti-Islam protesters. They wanted to prevent further confrontations between the group and left wing counter-demonstrators.
Violence broke out in the city on Friday when five hundred people gathered at the opening of an anti-Islam conference. Several visitors to the conference were pelted with stones and a journalist who was threatened by the protesters had to be rescued by police.
Deutsche Welle German police Saturday canceled an anti-Islam congress organized by a far-right group on safety grounds in Cologne after the venue was blocked by opponents. Radical leftists also fought riot police on the streets.
"The rally has been cancelled," a police spokesman said. The announcement sparked cheers from many protesters.
"The safety of our Cologne people has priority," said a police spokesman after ugly clashes between far-leftists and riot police.
The leftists, who were bent on occupying a city square set aside for the rightists to use, assaulted police and tried to snatch their pistols. Riot police advanced against them, swinging batons.
At Heumarkt, the square set aside for the rightists, the far left attacked roadblocks at several places and scuffled with riot police, but were repulsed.
"We had to crack down hard to avoid something worse happening," a police spokesman said. Reporters saw two men being detained. A police officer was hurt in the face when a firecracker was thrown at him. . . A police spokesman said the leftists were no longer attacking in small groups but in large formations.
The planned anti-mosque demonstration had not only inflamed passions in Germany, but in Muslim nations. Iran demanded that Germany prohibit it. But German police and lawyers said it could not be banned purely because of the opinions to be expressed.
Pro Cologne, a local group which won 5 per cent of votes at the last city-council elections, said Saturday it was outraged by the decision to cancel the congress.
Its secretary, Markus Wiener, said, "It's typical of the Cologne police leadership that they can't enforce freedom of assembly and that they cave in to street terrorism."
Wiener said his group had had 1,000 supporters trying to attend the rally.
A city councillor for the group said he would challenge the ban in court.
"We'll repeat the event later," Manfred Rouhs told WDR television.
Police had banned Pro Cologne from marching Friday evening to multi-ethnic neighborhoods, saying that riot police would not be able to keep order.
There was no sign in the city of prominent far-rightists from abroad who had been invited, such as Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front in France.
I may disagree totally with other views expressed by members of Pro Cologne in other areas but on this matter they have a point and a right to express their view. Stifling that view by violence is not acceptable.
Posted on 09/21/2008 3:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Winger dropped due to loss of form during Ramadan
From The Yorkshire Postyesterday morning
BARNSLEY'S Mounir El Haimour is set to stay on the bench for today's game against Southampton because his performances have dipped during Ramadan.
The French winger (Egyptian according to other sources) is a devout Muslim who cannot eat or drink between dawn and sunset during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Manager Simon Davey believes the absence of a normal diet before games had affected the 27-year-old over the last couple of weeks and he was subsequently dropped for the midweek defeat by Cardiff City.
"There are issues at the moment with Mounir's religion," said Davey. "Because he is not eating at the right times it means his energy levels are not what they should be and he is not at 100 per cent. I had a heart-to-heart with him and he said it wouldn't affect him but we see him every day in training and it has been difficult. This is a critical time for us and we need everyone at 100 per cent . . . I have to go out and find 16 players who can rise to the top and put in a performance to turn our results around. There is a fine line between success and failure in this division and, at the moment, we are on the wrong side. It is not good enough and it is not acceptable,"
Barnsley won their first point of the season yesterday afternoon with a nil-nil draw at Southampton. According to the Daily Star this morning (a paper I would only normally read for the football results) . . . an angry fan wrote on an Islamic website: “The attitude of his manager is what we’ve come to expect from non-believers. He should be warned of the dangers of insulting Islam.’’
Tough! If he is not on form for whatever reason, he gets dropped. All choice involves loss. Live with it.
Posted on 09/21/2008 5:26 AM by Esmerelda WEatherwax
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Death toll in Islamabad rises.
The latest from the Sunday Times on yesterday’s bombing of the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad. Ramadan Day 21.
Rescue teams were hunting for survivors today in the ruins of Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel, where a massive truck bomb blamed on al-Qaeda killed at least 53 people.
More than 250 people were injured in the blast, which blew a massive crater in the ground outside the American-owned luxury hotel in central Islamabad. They included at least 21 foreigners.
Among the dead were a German, an American and the Czech ambassador to Pakistan, Ivo Zdarek, who had phoned his embassy from the burning hotel shortly after the attack pleading to be rescued. The Foreign Office said that four Britons, including two children, were being treated for injuries.
The attack appeared to have been timed to inflict maximum casualties, ripping through the hotel when it was packed with families having dinner to break the daily fast in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The hotel is also popular with Westerners. Investigators believe that up to 600 kg (1,300 lb) of explosives were packed into the truck, which exploded in a giant fireball at the security gate and tore an enormous crater in the ground.
The blast ignited gas cylinders in the kitchen, setting off a blaze that swept through the 300-room hotel. A security official said some victims leapt to their deaths rather than be burnt alive on the upper floors.
Pieces of human flesh were still scattered outside the hotel this morning. The intense heat inside kept rescuers, who were wearing masks and chemical protection suits, from getting inside most of the destroyed building.
A senior security official said at least 60 people were dead. The government put the confirmed toll at 41, and it was not known how many people might still be unaccounted for.
Bodies pulled from the debris were burnt beyond recognition.
“It has the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda,” a senior official involved in the investigation said.
But analysts say the ability to carry out such a massive bombing at one of the most secure sites in the capital, not far from Parliament and the Prime Minister’s residence, is an unmistakable sign of the militants’ reach.
Posted on 09/21/2008 6:10 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 21 September 2008
When I am puzzled about something, I sometimes find it helps to look for an analogy in the relatively logical world of accountancy and tax. Such an analogy may prove useful in considering the vexing matter of Sharia courts in the UK.
People often complain that tax law is very complicated. And so it is, and it always gets more so. Why can't it be simpler? The answer is that it must cover all possibilities. It is human nature not to want pay tax, and to find ways to avoid paying tax. If tax law is simple, the loopholes are enormous. People can stay within the law easily and pay no tax. So the loopholes are closed, but in closing them the law gets more complicated. People still don't want to pay tax, so they try harder to find loopholes, and even employ accountants to help them. These accountants are strongly motivated to push the law to its limits, but remain within it - that's how they earn their fees. So tax law gets even more complicated, and must do so to stay ahead of them.
The urge to minimise tax is natural, but it is feeble compared with the drive that Muslims have to spread Sharia. Muslims will use any means possible - violent or peaceful; legal or not - in order to do so. To spread Sharia, they will call on Western principles of equality and free speech that they do not - cannot -believe in.
Muslims don't really believe in arbitration or alternative dispute resolution. How can they? If the world belongs to Allah, how can there be alternatives? There must be only one system: Sharia. But while Muslims don't really believe in arbitration, or any other Infidel principle, they will take advantage of it if it is there. And it is there - or rather here, in Britain - and has been for over three centuries. The 1996 Arbitration Act merely codified and clarified existing practice. It was not intended to be a vehicle for Sharia, and is ill-equipped, in its present form, to handle this alien force. Arbitration worked well in the past because in the past UK citizens were not bent on using it for a malign purpose. This is no longer true. Islam is a malign ideology, and will use our existing laws as far as possible to dominate. This is a fact, and it is no good wishing it were otherwise. Like tax law, arbitration law must change to take account of that fact, and close the loopholes - preferably with barbed wire.
Contrary to the press hysteria, UK law has not changed to accommodate Sharia, but it needs to change now to exclude it.
I was irritated yesterday with the factual inaccuracies in the Borderfire Report on Tom Tancredo's proposals. The headline in particular was just wrong: "Islamic courts" have not been "certified". However, these are not Tancredo's words, as Rebecca rightly points out. Rather, Tancredo is warning that such abuse of the legal system could happen in the US too, and is proposing to lock the stable door before the horse manages to bolt. This is very sensible, and I wish that our legislators had thought of it too. But in the UK, such prescience seems to be confined to the tax lawyers.
Posted on 09/21/2008 7:25 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Stand by your Beds
For as long as I can remember, there have been postcodes. (Americans call these zipcodes. I wonder what Erica Jong's zipcode is?) Before that, and even now if you do not know the postcode, you had to approximate, thus:
The Old Goat
Cold Comfort Farm
A letter appeared in The Times this week, lamenting the demise of our county abbreviations:
Sir, Is there anything we can do to save our disappearing counties? Ever more organisations only give a building, town and postcode as their address. Is it thought too difficult to remember what abbreviations such as Hants and Salop mean?
Simon Tuite? Perhaps a little bird told him. Many of our counties have interesting abbreviations, so I thought I'd look a few of them up. Usually they consist of a truncated version of the full name with a final -s, as in Lancs, for Lancashire, but some are less than intuitive, and derive from Latin names:
Beds - Bedfordshire
Berks - Berkshire (as in the Cockney rhyming slang berk = Berkshire hunt = ...)
Bucks - Buckinghamshire
Cambs - Cambridgeshire
Glos - Gloucestershire
Hants - Hampshire (from Hantshaving, the original name for the county)
Leics - Leicestershire
Notts - Nottinghamshire
Oxon - Oxfordshire (an abbreviation of Oxonia, the Latin name for Oxford)
Salop - Shropshire (from Sloppesberie, the Anglo-French name for this county)
Worcs - Worcestershire
Posted on 09/21/2008 8:14 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 21 September 2008
A Shropshire lass
The mirror crack'd from side to side
"It is my Shropshire ankle," cried
The lady of Salop
With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson for the above, and also to Regular Reader Reactionry, as it's the kind of thing he would write. Shropshire lasses are up in arms. From The Times:
A BBC art critic has incurred the wrath of women from an entire English county for daring to suggest that their ankles were anything but trim.
Rupert Maas made what appeared to be a throwaway remark while musing over the work of a minor British Impressionist painter on the television programme Antiques Roadshow.
He described the young girl in the piece, who was lazing in a hammock with her sturdy leg draped over the edge, as having a “Shropshire ankle”. But his remarks, which were heard by a television audience of millions, have landed him in trouble with women from the county, who accused him of holding stereotypical views.
The painting in question was The Girl in the Hammock by Algernon Talmage (1871-1939), who specialised in landscapes and figures.
Maas, who is based in London, said yesterday that he was amused at the controversy over his comments made during filming at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. He originally said that the term was handed down to him by his mother, but a phone call from her soon debunked that theory. Backtracking, Maas offered instead an explanation that “thickset ankles” have been associated with the fairer sex in Shropshire because of the county’s hilly topography. He added that Shropshire women of old were farmers’ wives who would have worn flat firm shoes or wellington boots.
His remarks have been met by derision from women all over Shropshire. Lisa Fullwood, 43, managing director of Ice Models, based in Shrewsbury, said: “We see countless local girls come through our doors. Their ankles are anything but sturdy so I have no idea where he got that term from. He has probably a woefully outdated view of Shropshire women as all living on farms, who milk cows all day and fetch pails of water. I think Mr Maas needs to reacquaint himself with the real ‘Shropshire Lass’.”
Bev Langton, 54, who runs the Shrewsbury Lasses dance troupe, said: “None of the ladies in my group have fat ankles, in fact quite the reverse, otherwise they would not be able to glide across the floor so gracefully.”
Update: A clergyman from Hertfordshire has just emailed to deny rumours that he has a Bishop's Stortford.
Posted on 09/21/2008 8:49 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Muscial Interlude: Roy Orbison
Posted on 09/21/2008 10:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 21 September 2008
A Literary Interlude: Carlyle (Sartor Resartus)
"The benignant efficacies of Concealment," cries our Professor, "who shall speak or sing? SILENCE and SECRECY! Altars might still be raised to them (were this an altar-building time) for universal worship. Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Not William the Silent only, but all the considerable men I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how much clearer are thy purposes and duties; what wreck and rubbish have those mute workmen within thee swept away, when intrusive noises were shut out! Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and suspending Thought, so that there is none to conceal. Speech too is great, but not the greatest. As the Swiss Inscription says: Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden_(Speech is silvern, Silence is golden); or as I might rather express it: Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity."
Posted on 09/21/2008 1:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Gingrich: Before D.C. Gets Our Money, It Owes Us Some Answers
Newt Gingrich writes at NRO:
Watching Washington rush to throw taxpayer money at Wall Street has been sobering and a little frightening.
We are being told Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has a plan which will shift $700 billion in obligations from private companies to the taxpayer.
We are being warned that this $700 billion bailout is the only answer to a crisis.
We are being reassured that we can trust Secretary Paulson "because he knows what he is doing".
Congress had better ask a lot of questions before it shifts this much burden to the taxpayer and shifts this much power to a Washington bureaucracy.
Imagine that the political balance of power in Washington were different.
If this were a Democratic administration the Republicans in the House and Senate would be demanding answers and would be organizing for a “no” vote.
If a Democratic administration were proposing this plan, Republicans would realize that having Connecticut Democratic Chris Dodd (the largest recipient of political funds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) as Chairman of the Banking Committee guarantees that the Obama-Reid-Pelosi-Paulson plan that will emerge will be much worse as legislation than it started out as the Paulson proposal.
If this were a Democratic proposal, Republicans would remember that the Democrats wrote a grotesque housing bailout bill this summer that paid off their leftwing allies with taxpayer money, which despite its price tag of $300 billion has apparently failed as of last week, and could expect even more damage in this bill.
But because this gigantic power shift to Washington and this avalanche of taxpayer money is being proposed by a Republican administration, the normal conservative voices have been silent or confused.
It’s time to end the silence and clear up the confusion.
Congress has an obligation to protect the taxpayer.
Congress has an obligation to limit the executive branch to the rule of law.
Congress has an obligation to perform oversight.
Congress was designed by the Founding Fathers to move slowly, precisely to avoid the sudden panic of a one-week solution that becomes a 20-year mess.
There are four major questions that have to be answered before Congress adopts a new $700 billion burden for the American taxpayer. On each of these questions, I believe Congress’s answer will be “no” if it slows down long enough to examine the facts.
Question One: Is the current financial crisis the only crisis affecting the economy?
Answer: There are actually multiple crises hurting the economy.
There is an immediate crisis of liquidity on Wall Street.
There is a longer time crisis of a bad energy policy transferring $700 billion a year to foreign countries (so foreign sovereign capital funds are now using our energy payments to buy our companies).
There is a longer term crisis of Sarbanes-Oxley (the last "crisis"-inspired congressional disaster) crippling entrepreneurial start ups, driving public companies private, driving smart business people off public boards, and driving offerings from New York to London.
There is a long term crisis of a high corporate tax rate driving business out of the United States.
No solution to the immediate liquidity crisis should further cripple the American economy for the long run. Instead, the liquidity solution should be designed to strengthen the economy for competition in the world market.
Question Two: Is a big bureaucracy solution the only answer?
Answer: There is a non-bureaucratic solution that would stop the liquidity crisis almost overnight and do it using private capital rather than taxpayer money.
Four reform steps will have capital flowing with no government bureaucracy and no taxpayer burden.
First, suspend the mark-to-market rule which is insanely driving companies to unnecessary bankruptcy. If short selling can be suspended on 799 stocks (an arbitrary number and a warning of the rule by bureaucrats which is coming under the Paulson plan), the mark-to-market rule can be suspended for six months and then replaced with a more accurate three year rolling average mark-to-market.
Second, repeal Sarbanes-Oxley. It failed with Freddy Mac. It failed with Fannie Mae. It failed with Bear Stearns. It failed with Lehman Brothers. It failed with AIG. It is crippling our entrepreneurial economy. I spent three days this week in Silicon Valley. Everyone agreed Sarbanes-Oxley was crippling the economy. One firm told me they would bring more than 20 companies public in the next year if the law was repealed. Its Sarbanes-Oxley’s $3 million per startup annual accounting fee that is keeping these companies private.
Third, match our competitors in China and Singapore by going to a zero capital gains tax. Private capital will flood into Wall Street with zero capital gains and it will come at no cost to the taxpayer. Even if you believe in a static analytical model in which lower capital gains taxes mean lower revenues for the Treasury, a zero capital gains tax costs much less than the Paulson plan. And if you believe in a historic model (as I do), a zero capital gains tax would lead to a dramatic increase in federal revenue through a larger, more competitive and more prosperous economy.
Fourth, immediately pass an “all of the above” energy plan designed to bring home $500 billion of the $700 billion a year we are sending overseas. With that much energy income the American economy would boom and government revenues would grow.
Question Three: Will the Paulson plan be implemented with transparency and oversight?
Answer: Implementation of the Paulson plan is going to be a mess. It is going to be a great opportunity for lobbyists and lawyers to make a lot of money. Who are the financial magicians Paulson is going to hire? Are they from Wall Street? If they’re from Wall Street, aren't they the very people we are saving? And doesn’t that mean that we’re using the taxpayers’ money to hire people to save their friends with even more taxpayer money? Won't this inevitably lead to crony capitalism? Who is going to do oversight? How much transparency is there going to be? We still haven't seen the report which led to bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It is "secret". Is our $700 billion going to be spent in "secret" too? In practical terms, will a bill be written in public so people can analyze it? Or will it be written in a closed room by the very people who have been collecting money from the institutions they are now going to use our money to bail out?
Question Four: In two months we will have an election and then there will be a new administration. Is this plan something we want to trust to a post-Paulson Treasury?
Answer: We don’t know who will inherit this plan.
The balance of power on election day will shift to either McCain or Obama. Who will they pick for Treasury Secretary? What will their allies want done? We are about to give the next administration a level of detailed control over big companies on a scale even FDR did not exercise during the Great Depression. Is this really wise?
For these reasons I hope Congress will slow down and have an open debate.
And in the course of that debate, I hope someone will introduce an economic recovery act that makes America a better place to grow jobs. I hope the details will be made public before the vote.
For more details on my action plan for getting the American economy back on track and building long-term economic prosperity, you can read this message recorded yesterday to American Solutions members.
This is a very important week for the integrity of the Congress.
This is a very important week for the future of America.
If Washington wants our money, then it owes us some answers.
See also "The AIG Rescue: Does It Portend Re-Regulation Of Financial Markets?" by Jerry Gordon and John Haldi.
Posted on 09/21/2008 2:51 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Terrorism Is Weakening India
Muslim columnist Arif Mohammed Khan writes in the Indian paper Rediff:
...The people and Government of India know, rather the whole world knows who is sponsoring these terror attacks in India, who is organising the terror training camps and where these camps are located. Sadly we appear to have developed a sense of inurement to horror. After every attack we condemn terrorism and give routine expression to our resolve to fight terror and streamline our security establishment and then sit back and wait for another attack to repeat the same performance.
We are not the only country who has suffered at the hands of international terrorism, but we surely are the only country who has shown this stoic passivity in the face of such great provocation. Is it because we are inheritors of a great tradition called gambhirta (indifference to pain and pleasure) and therefore we should not get provoked easily, or is it because we are insensitive to the loss of ordinary people who become targets of such terror attacks? If not, then surely we have underestimated or ignored the gravity of the threat to an extent sufficient to have made the task of its perpetrators far easier.
Terrorism is no ordinary crime, in plain words it is warfare deliberately waged against civilians with the purpose of destroying their will to support either leaders or policies that agents of such violence find objectionable. This cross-border terrorism has now assumed more dangerous proportions with the aid and abetment of domestic elements.
Here I am not going to make any allegations against any country but would like to refer to some public writings and statements of Pakistani columnists and senior officials. This is what an Islamabad-based freelance journalist, Dr Farrukh Saleem, has said in one of his columns:
'For the past 40 years our uniformed decision-makers have been fed nothing but anti-India rations. Our civil society has been indoctrinated to equate Pakistan with Islam, India with Hindus, both being in tandem with 'Hindus being eternal enemies of Islam'. Our elementary and secondary school curriculum continues to be full of hate literature. My 9 -year-old son has a problem comprehending that an Indian can also be a Muslim.'
This was written some 25 years back, but the situation has only worsened thereafter. Ahmad Salim and A H Nayyar, in their 140-page report on 'The state of curriculum and textbooks in Pakistan', say 'the themes of jihad and shahadat (martyrdom), clearly distinguish the pre and post-1979 educational contents. There was no mention of these in the pre-Islamisation period curricula and textbooks, while the post-1979 curricula and textbooks openly eulogise jihad and shahadat and urge students to become mujahids (religious warriors) and martyrs.'
Now this is not about the books in a madrassa, but about the books that are prescribed in government schools for the children of five to 17 years of age
Once we acknowledge that terrorism is an act of war waged against India then it becomes the paramount duty of the central government to decide how long we will allow ourselves to bleed and how soon shall we put an end to this aggression.
We must also disabuse ourselves of the notion that all these terror problems have arisen as a result of the so-called unresolved Kashmir dispute. More than Kashmir, it was the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 and the surrender of more than 90,000 Pakistani soldiers that rankles the mind of the Pakistani military establishment. They hold us responsible for their dismemberment and humiliation and feel that but for India's intervention they could have ruthlessly suppressed the Bangladeshi disaffection and aspirations.
At the same time they are conscious of the result of three conventional wars and do not have the bile for another direct encounter. On the other hand, they can take satisfaction that by the stratagem of proxy wars in the guise of terrorism, they have been able to inflict greater damage on India. According to this strategy the action is directed at destroying India from within, which means using Indians to carry out the operations without risking their own blood and infrastructure.
We need not blame anybody but realise that our security is exclusively our own concern. Pakistan has every reason to behave the way they are behaving, but we have no explanation to justify our sloth and inertia. There are other countries who if attacked pursue the terrorist across continents, and we have failed to take care of the terror training camps at a stone's throw from our borders.
Enough is enough, we must make it clear that we shall not suffer any more spilling of blood on our streets and shall put nothing to chance in matters of national security.
Posted on 09/21/2008 3:04 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 21 September 2008
A Musical Interlude: Heartaches (Bert Lown Orch., voc. Elmer Feldkamp)
Posted on 09/21/2008 5:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Moroccan Secret Service Recruits Dutch MPs
NIS: AMSTERDAM, 19/09/08 - MPs and local council members of Moroccan origin are routinely approached by the Moroccan secret service to defend the interests of Morocco. So says Fouad el Haji, a Labour (PvdA) council member in Rotterdam. The Lower House is shocked and has demanded an explanation from the cabinet.
El Haji said on n TV programme Pauw&Witteman that Moroccan-Dutch MPs, local politicians, entrepreneurs and police officers are enticed by the Moroccan secret service to serve the interests of Morocco. Rabat wants to bind them to it financially, culturally and politically, he stated.
El Haji suggested that within the PvdA, Socialist Party (SP) and leftwing Greens (GroenLinks), there are polticians who have taken up the offer and thus work for the secret service. He suggested one or several MPs or ex-MPs are among them. But he declined to name any names.
El Haji said he himself was also approached. "It is a pattern," he explained. "You are invited to gala parties and treated with all attentions. Before you know it, you are on a plane to Morocco. When you visit Morocco, you are even more cosseted."
'Ordinary' Moroccans are also targeted, El Haji continued. For example, they are urged to use their savings to buy a second house in Morocco. The integration process is thereby deliberately frustrated, according to El Haji.
This week, TV programme NOVA revealed that a Rotterdam policeman, Re Lemhaouli, was a spy for the Moroccan secret service. This was discovered last spring, but hushed up by the Dutch authorities, according to NOVA. Now that the case has come out in the open, the criminal investigation service has launched an investigation after all.
At the request of the Christian democrats (CDA), the House will hold an emergency debate on the question next week. The cabinet will send a letter ahead of this. If El Haji's allegations are true, this is "extremely serious," said CDA MP Sybrand van Haersma Buma yesterday.
Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders wants the cabinet to go into El Haij's suggestion that one or more MPs have or have had contacts with the secret service. GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema said any pressure on Moroccan Dutch is "unacceptable."
Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said he had spoken with the Moroccan authorities about the Lemhaouli question. As a result of that conversation, the Moroccan embassy recalled two diplomats to Rabat, he revealed yesterday.
Verhagen denied that he had formally summoned the ambassador. Nor would he confirm that the two diplomats were removed at his insistence. But he did say that he has made it clear to Morocco the Netherlands is "ill served by the vile practices" that surfaced regarding Lemhaouli.
Verhagen is assuming that Morocco will from now on "refrain from these types of practices." He declined to speculate on possible consequences for relations between the Netherlands and Morocco.
Wilders said Verhagen should deport the Moroccan ambassador. The PVV leader also claimed yesterday that the question shows he was right when he warned last year that the dual nationality of important officials, including cabinet members, could cause loyalty problems. Virtually the entire Lower House at the time booed down that view...
Posted on 09/21/2008 5:29 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Today in the "Religion of Peace™"
On September 21st, in 1997, jihadis killed 53 villagers in Guelb El-Kebir, a small town outside Beni Slimane in northern Algeria. Most of the dead were women and children, whose bodies were then mutilated and burned.
The attack was committed by the Islamic Salvation Army (AIS), in revenge for the village's support for the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).
The AIS and GIA resolved their differences as one would expect of two groups based on the peaceful teachings of the Religion of Peace™: they used car-bombs and assassinations to kill each others' members, and wiped out entire villages for appearing to "support" one or the other. Each side had their respective clerics writing religious fatwas to justify their mass murders.
The AIS is a salafist Sunni group whose goal is to implement sharia in Algeria. The AIS is composed of the result of the merger of FIS (Front Islamique du Sálut), MIA (Mouvement islamique Algérien), and MEI (Movement for an Islamic State).
The GIA is a Khawarij group whose goal is to implement sharia in Algeria. The Khawarijites are distinct from both the Sunnis and Shi'a. The GIA was formed as a splinter group of the MIA. In a story reminiscent of this story from the hadiths...
Ishaq:369 “Thereupon Mas’ud leapt upon Sunayna, one of the Jewish merchants with whom his family had social and commercial relations and killed him. The Muslim’s brother complained, saying, ‘Why did you kill him? You have much fat in you belly from his charity.’ Mas’ud answered, ‘By Allah, had Muhammad ordered me to murder you, my brother, I would have cut off your head.’ Wherein the brother said, ‘Any religion that can bring you to this is indeed wonderful!’ And he accepted Islam.”
...several leaders of FIS and MIA left to join the GIA, after the GIA ordered their murder.
Both the AIS and GIA were opposed by the socialist but staunchly Muslim FLN (National Liberation Front), the UGTA (General Union of Algerian Workers), OJAL (Organisation des jeunes Algériens libres), and the RCD (Rally for Culture and Democracy, a Berber group).
In 1995 the GIA killed its former FIS members for trying to take over the GIA. In 1996, the leader of the GIA was killed by members of the Islamic League for Da'wa and Jihad. By 1998, the Algerian government had severely weakened the GIA through a program of assassinations. The GIA was in turn replaced by the GSPC (Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat), a group with ties to Al Qaeda.
The point of this alphabet soup of competing acronyms is not to befuddle the reader. The point is that within Islam, there are scores of sub-sects (some based on theological differences, some based on tribal or ethnic differences) that constantly, violently, fight each other. The point is that Muslims kill Muslims every day of the week, using religious justification. They kill each other independent of U.S. foreign policy, and without regard for whether the nation of Israel exists or doesn't exist. They killed each other when previous Caliphates existed, and they would continue to kill each other if they ever achieved their goal of a worldwide Caliphate and the forcible conversion of every person to Islam.
The kufir intelligence agencies and police spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out which Islamic group committed a particular attack. In practice, the question borders on irrelevance, since members move from one group to another, alliances between groups are forged and then broken, splinter groups break off and merge with other splinter groups, and bogus "front" groups are created to hide the identity of the perpetrators. What does it mean, for example, to say that a person is a "member" of Al Qaeda? Al Qaeda does not issue laminated cards to its members, it does not take roll call at its meetings. If a jihadi is a former member of a group that collaborated with Al Qaeda on a previous martyr operation, is that jihadi a "member" of Al Qaeda? If not, is that of preeminent significance? If a jihadi has "no known ties to Al Qaeda", but is a member of some other jihadi group, should that offer us any solace or comfort? Our media and politicians seem to think so.
Previous Days in the "Religion of Peace™":
Sept. 20: "Palestinian" corruption
Sept 18: Persecution of Taslima Nasreen
Sept 17: Destruction of Library of Alexandria
Sept 16: Black September
Sept 15: Ottomans conquer Persia
Posted on 09/21/2008 10:54 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden