It was clever of Vaclav Havel to die almost on the first anniversary of the self-immolation by Mohamed Bouazizi. The latter's death was hailed throughout the western liberal media as the dawn of a new age; so let us now celebrate a full year of self-deceit and delusion.
That idiotic term "the Arab Spring" in itself defines the historical ignorance that underwrites this myth. After all, the Prague Spring was deeply non-violent; it was crushed by tanks, but even the Soviets were careful to avoid taking human life. The spring formally ended with the self-immolation of a young student, Jan Palach, an event which appalled many Czechs, because it was the very refutation of the principles of non-violence, emotional continence and stoic endurance of the anti-Stalinist movement in Prague.
Just about everything that has happened in the Arab world in the past year has been the very reverse of that; quite literally so, for it began with a suicide. We should hesitate to analyse why anyone takes his own life, but nonetheless, in Bouazizi's case it seems to have been because he had been issued a fine by a woman police officer. Yes, it was her sex which so outraged him.
. . . what we are seeing -- as the elections in Tunisia and Egypt have shown -- is the emergence of democratically-mandated Islamism. Yes, you can call that spring, as women disappear behind the burka, and imams become judges, and alcohol is banned, and jihad takes its place on the university-syllabus;
Not merely is Bouazizi's distress at being fined by a mere woman now forgotten. So too is the fate of the American woman television reporter who was isolated in Tahrir Square and for 20 minutes was stripped and sexually assaulted by "protesters". The nadir was reached with the murder in custody of Gaddafi and his son by another group of "protesters". Watch now, as the Libyan liberals who rejoiced at the overthrow of Gaddafi face a foe far more terrible than that clown ever was.
You shouldn't need to be a student of history to know that what we have seen across the Arab world is not in any sense like Prague, and it is certainly not spring.
Yet naivety still triumphs. Listen to the optimistic words of Ganzeer, an Egyptian street-artist and protester, who was quoted thus: "Demonstrations, strikes, and other forms of protest carry on regardless because today's revolution, unlike revolutions of the past, is leaderless."
Human nature is human nature, and humans do not remain leaderless for long . . . the anti-Shah riots in Iran in 1979 appeared to be leaderless too: they heralded three decades of Islamic law, a paradise in which "adulteresses" are regularly hoisted up on mobile cranes, and slowly strangled. Comparisons are odious, yes: but nonetheless ...
No Arab country has the law-abiding middle-class that will dutifully follow the edict of a democratically elected government. Arab societies are usually divided by family, clan, sept, sect and tribe, and in such complex fissures as to prevent simple adherence to the state. And in all Arab countries, their Christian communities are now increasingly under physical threat.
The myths of the Arab Spring even infected the Nobel awards; the joint peace-prize went to Tawakkol Karman, for her role in the "pro-democracy" movement in Yemen. Yet her party is the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. How long before its fundamentalism consumes her and all the hopes and dreams of women in Yemen, a country where 25pc of girls still undergo the evil of genital-mutilation?
Come back to me in a year's time, and tell me all about the Arab Spring.
NER's Jerry Gordon & Geert Wilders Franklin, Tennesse, May, 2011
When we posted on Egyptian government protests of Hon. Geert Wilders’ new book, Marked for Death Islam’s War Against the West and Me, we thought that might catch a wave of interest beyond the US, where it is scheduled to be published on April 30, 2012. According to this report on Radio Nederland, it has. Note Wilders comments:
A book on Islam by Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, which is due to be published in the US in April, is also generating interest in other countries.
“They will probably soon follow,” Wilders said on Wednesday, the first day the book could be ordered in advance. The book is called Marked for Death: Islam's War Against the West and Me and is scheduled for US release on 30 April.
Mr. Wilders says the book is an “indictment of Islam and its Prophet Mohamed". It is not yet known whether it will be translated into Dutch.
The Freedom Party leader says the book offers “a solid, historical analysis of the dangers of Islamization”. Wilders comes with concrete proposals and political solutions to “turn the tide on the Islamization of the West and preserve our precious liberty”.
In our earlier post we expressed the view that the Egyptian government protests and erroneous Al Ahram report might aid in publicizing Wilder’s new book:
However, the Al Ahram report had an error. According to the Freedom Party (PVV) headquarters in the Netherlands:
It is not Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), who was recently banned by the Egyptian authorities from entering Egypt, but Raymond De Roon MP, one of the PVV’s foreign affairs spokesmen.
Al Ahram was clearly confused about which Dutchman was banned from entering Egypt. This is a mere piffle, when the objective is to publicize Muslim outrage over any criticism of the divine word of Allah in the Qur’an. No matter, all this episode in Egypt does is raise the visibility and importance of Geert Wilder’s new book, yet to be published. It is left for Wilders to have the final word:
Fortunately we have freedom of opinion here. The Egyptian military regime should concern itself with the rights and protection of Christians in Egypt and preventing further bloodshed rather than worrying about me.
Sometimes ancient rituals can radiate contemporary significance. That’s the case this year with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival that we began last night.
For eight nights we light candles in memory of the time, nearly twenty-two centuries ago, when Jews fought for and won the freedom to live as Jews. It’s a tale of two leaders. One was the Greek ruler Antiochus IV who lived in Syria but whose empire included the land of Israel.
He was a despot. He’d inherited his title from his father Antiochus the Great, but he was somewhat unhinged. He called himself Epiphanes, meaning God made manifest. But others called him Epimanes, the madman. Attempting to eliminate Judaism he banned circumcision and the public practice of Jewish law, burned sacred Torah scrolls, set up a pagan statue in the precincts of the Temple, forbade Jewish services there and instead insisted that sacrifices be offered to him.
The other leader, Judah the Maccabee, was the man who led the Jewish fight for freedom. And though he faced a powerful enemy, he and his followers re-conquered Jerusalem, re-dedicated the Temple and relit the menorah, the great candelabrum. That light of freedom that miraculously kept burning is what we commemorate on Hanukah each year.
This week two modern leaders died: Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech republic and Kim Jong II, the leader of North Korea. Kim Jong bore more than a passing resemblance to Antiochus IV. Like him he inherited power from his father, and like him he ruled by fear, suppressed freedom, murdered dissidents and encouraged a cult of personality.
Vaclav Havel like Judah the Maccabee inspired his contemporaries to fight against totalitarian rule and though he too faced a seemingly impregnable enemy, soviet communism, he knew that freedom is not won by numbers but by courage, physical, intellectual and ultimately spiritual. He once said: “As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it.” In other words we have to live for something greater than ourselves if we are to win the freedom to be ourselves.
Havel called his most famous essay “The Power of the Powerless,” and that’s not a bad description of Hanukah too. Freedom can defeat ruthless power. It needs a few dedicated people with the inextinguishable courage to light a candle of hope in other people’s lives and together we can change the world.
On contemplating Hanukkah I recalled what Bat Ye'or wrote:
"Judaism is so much misrepresented that the essential meaning of the Bible, which is the liberation of man from physical and spiritual slavery is soon forgotten. However, as Father Richard John Neuhass has stressed, Jews and Christians together share this legacy."
-- Islam and Dhimmitude by Bat Ye'or p. 399.
I also thought of what Pope Benedict XVI said during his installation ceremony:
Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily delivered in Italian during his installation ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Square. English translation provided by the Vatican:
The Church is alive with these words, I greet with great joy and gratitude all of you gathered here, my venerable brother Cardinals and Bishops, my dear priests, deacons, Church workers, catechists. I greet you, men and women Religious, witnesses of the transfiguring presence of God. I greet you, members of the lay faithful, immersed in the great task of building up the Kingdom of God which spreads throughout the world, in every area of life. With great affection I also greet all those who have been reborn in the sacrament of Baptism but are not yet in full communion with us; and you, my brothers and sisters of the Jewish people, to whom we are joined by a great shared spiritual heritage, one rooted in Gods irrevocable promises. Finally, like a wave gathering force, my thoughts go out to all men and women of today, to believers and nonbelievers alike.
Gods yoke is Gods will, which we accept. And this will does not weigh down on us, oppressing us and taking away our freedom. To know what God wants, to know where the path of life is found this was Israel's joy, this was her great privilege.It is also our joy: Gods will does not alienate us, it purifies us even if this can be painful and so it leads us to ourselves. In this way, we serve not only him, but the salvation of the whole world, of all history.
It is Interesting to note that the Pope did not during his Installation ceremony specifically greet the Muslim people in that way or in any way. No talk of "a great shared spiritual heritage" or other "contributions" from islam offered in a spirit of "dialogue" and "reconciliation." Just nothing. Nothing. The silence was deafening, so deafening that I am not sure anybody heard it.
See also some other interesting articles one from New English Review:
Muir-Appelbaum in her commentary draws attention to something significant about Hanukkah, this minor Jewish holiday, the historical record of which can be found in Christian bibles in The First Book of the Maccabees, used by threatened Christian groups in the Middle East like the Copts in Egypt, Syriacs in Syria, Assyrian-Chaldeans in Iraq, and Maronites in Lebanon. She writes:
This is the 2,179th anniversary of the world's first war of national liberation. There have been many since. To a surprising extent, such wars have followed the pattern first established by the Maccabees. They, like later heads of independence movements, were leaders of a people conquered and occupied by a great empire. They fought to claim the right of national self-determination.
Freedom is a game. If you play well, then you might win it. Play badly and you lose everything
Chief Rabbi Sacks says:
"Freedom can defeat ruthless power…It needs a few dedicated people with the inextinguishable courage to light a candle of hope in other people’s lives and together we can change the world."
Sadly, It will take more than the Chief Rabbi's remedy to keep the light of freedom burning and for that light to shine out the darkness that is spreading all over the world. It will take more than that to keep the forces of evil at bay.
The Chief Rabbi speaks well and with knowledge but he has done nothing that I am aware of to warn his Jewish flock and his fellow countrymen of the terrible danger they are in from Islam.
Freedom is under assault from two main forces which are in alliance:
Resurgent Islam fuelled by Petrodollars which, in striving to fulfil its Commandment from Allah, seeks to rule the world and all “mankind” in accordance with Islamic Shari'ah law. This mission which has the appearance of being religious is in fact absolutely political;
The Useful Idiots who are intent on making a pact with the Devil.
That is why I propose the first toast in regard to Hanukah, to "that light of freedom," to leading ex-Muslim Ali Sina who is warning, warning, warning as he has been for years:
More abhorrent than war is making peace with evil.
In the words of the 18th Century British parliamentarian Edmund Burke, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Those who advocate peace with Islam are fools of this century.
If we do not stand against Islam it will grow and then billions will die.
Trying to appease Muslims is foolish. It is informed by ignorance of Islam. Most cancers are treatable, if detected in time. But if you ignore them because you think fighting them is daunting, they will grow to a stage that will kill you. Today we have the choice. We can either fight Islam and extirpate it before it threatens our existence or wait and face the apocalypses.
The threat of Islam today, is much greater than the threat of Nazism during the 1930s
Failure to address this threat will result in a war more devastating than the Second World War. Those who advocate peace do not want peace. They are either the enemy itself that wants you to remain peaceful so he can kill you easily or the useful idiots who have no understanding of the danger the world is facing and have fallen into the trap of the enemy, dancing to the beat of their drums.
Freedom can defeat ruthless power and the first step should be to shine "that light of freedom" brightly onto Islam and expose it for what it primarily is:
A "great political-military army" with the mission, commanded by the god of Islam Allah, to conquer and rule the world and all mankind, a mission which is evil. This mission is essentially the same as the Nazi mission as described in the Nuremberg Tribunals.
I believe by the standards laid down by international law as clearly stated in the Nuremberg Tribunals it can easily be proved that Islam is in fact a "great political-military army" guilty of planning and committing aggressive and illegitimate wars of conquest, right from the start and to the present day - the evidence is overwhelming just as it was against the Nazis:
The German people, therefore, with all their resources were to be organised as a great political-military army, schooled to obey without question any policy decreed by the State.
Judgment of the International Military Tribunal for the Trial of German Major War Criminals Nuremberg 1946
The Judgment: The Nazi Regime in Germany
Hanukkah is often called “the Jewish Christmas” because it takes place at about the same time of year. There is in fact a very strong connection between the two holidays; had it not been for the events that Hanukkah commemorates, there would be no Christmas. Hanukkah is about standing up to those who menace one’s home, family, or way of life as opposed to singing Kumbaya with them.
Hanukkah is therefore about defending one’s home, family, and country
So here's to the good men and women who are "standing up to to those who menace one's home, family, or way of life."
The final toast therefore is to those who are standing up and fighting for freedom as opposed to those who claim the "freedom of religion" to ultimately force others to be unfree or those misguided useful idiots who defend or apologise for such evil.
BAGHDAD — More than a dozen explosions in Baghdad over a two-hour period Thursday morning killed at least 63 people--the first major violence in Iraq since the U.S. completed its troop pullout last week and a political crisis broke out.
At least 185 people were reported injured in the bombings, said officials at the Ministry of Interior, who were speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
The coordinated wave of attacks began around 6:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Washington). Witnesses said that all main roads and many government offices in the Iraqi capital remained closed for hours after.
Babil province, about 80 miles south of the capital, imposed a curfew after receiving intelligence information that explosive-laden cars had entered the area, according to a report on government-run Iraqia TV.
But by 2 p.m., traffic was clogging main roads in central Baghdad, and life returned at least partially to normal. Street vendors sold food. Women boarded buses. Pedestrians, including men in suits and carrying briefcases, walked down sidewalks.
The Baghdad blasts included at least five booby-trapped cars, two operated by suicide drivers. Police were able to diffuse or safely detonate an additional three booby-trapped cars, officials said. Additionally, a Katyusha rocket was fired into a western Baghdad neighborhood, killing one person and injuring another.
Qassim Atta, a spokesman for the Baghdad Operations Command, told the Iraqia station that the explosions targeted civilians randomly, and not specific establishments.
In response to the attacks, speaker of parliament Ussama Alnujafi called on leaders of the government’s political blocs to gather Friday to discuss security concerns, said Tami Ahmed Ma’aruf, a spokesman for the speaker.
Iraq’s political leadership has been in turmoil since Monday, when officials from the Shiite-backed central government announced an arrest warrant had been issued for vice president Tariq al-Hashimi, a leading Sunni politician. The warrant alleged that Hashimi he enlisted personal body guards to run a hit squad.
Hashimi has fled to Iraq’s semiautonomous region of Kurdistan. The country’s top government official, Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, is demanding that Kurdish officials return him to Baghdad to face the charges.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Maliki also said that he would release what he described as incriminating information about government officials unless they work to stop killings and to rebuild the country. Iraq’s constitution, he said, gives him broad authority and latitude to run the country as he sees fit.
Israelâ€™s Humanitarianism Knows No Limits: Tel Aviv Hospital Treats Widow of Munich Massacre Leader
Black September Terrorist at Munich Olympics, 1972
Israel’s health care system is renowned in the Middle East for its care and treatment of all, including its enemies. A report in yesterday’s Israel National News (INN), drew attention to the treatment of the widow of Munich Massacre leader, Abu Daoud at Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv. If that wasn’t enough apparently Israel is permitting the daughters of the ailing widow to come from the West Bank, Jordan and Syria to visit her.
That caught the ire of National Union MK Aryeh Eldad, who is also a Brig. Gen in the IDF Medical Corps reserves and a noted plastic surgeon. In our NER interview , Eldad discussed his releasing skin grafts from the national bank to a Palestinian woman who had been burned in an apparent attempted honor killing. After her treatment at the Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, she returned this time and was intercepted at an Israeli check point wearing an explosive vest. .
The treatment of the wife of Abu Daoud, Black September terrorist leader whose attack resulted in the murder of 11 Israeli Olympics athletes in Munich in 1972, is particularly galling. Daoud, who died naturally last year, in Syria, was one of the few left alive, after the late Israeli PM Golda Meir suspended the assassinations of the Black September terrorists, Operation Wrath of God, in retaliation for the massacre at the Olympics in Germany.
As noted in the INN report: “the late Daoud said before he died, “I cannot fight you anymore, but my grandson will and his grandsons, too.”
That the terrorist’s wife “has a right to be treated anywhere in the world” if she is sick, but concerning allowing relatives to visit, “There is no need to get carried away.”
MK Eldad suggested that the relatives might exploit their visits and travel to Ramle or Yafo (Jaffa) to campaign for the “so-called “right of return” by which the Arab world demands the right of millions of foreign Arabs to immigrate to Israel based on the claim that they are offspring of former Arabs who fled Israel during the War for Independence.
MK Eldad said as a doctor, he has personally taken care of wounded terrorists, but said of Daoud, “He was a terrorist who died a natural death, but it would have been desirable if Israel had killed him one minute before he died.”
The New York Times And Its Indignant, Missing-The-Point Pieties
Here is the only thing the New York Times can say about Iraq:
Iraq’s Latest Battle
No one expected the dangers and tensions in Iraqi politics to vanish after the last American troop departed. But at least Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a member of the Shiite majority, might have made an effort to step up to the challenges of creating a future for Iraq based on democratic principles. Instead, he is showing a greater interest in reprisals against the Sunni minority than in encouraging inclusion.
Mr. Maliki has created a dangerous political crisis by issuing an arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a leading Sunni politician, accusing him of running a death squad. Mr. Hashimi has denied those charges and fled to the semiautonomous region of Kurdistan to avoid arrest.
The timing of the arrest warrant — immediately after American troops withdrew from Iraq — is highly suspicious. If there are bases for the charges, they should be investigated, as should those against any Shiite or Kurdish leader suspected of violence. The problem is ensuring an independent inquiry because Mr. Maliki’s government has often interfered with the functioning of the fragile judiciary system.
Sunnis understandably see the action against Mr. Hashimi as a move to consolidate power. They have been denied promised jobs by the Shiite-led post-Saddam governments. In October, Mr. Maliki arrested some 600 Iraqis for being suspected former members of Saddam Hussein’s (mostly Sunni) Baathist Party and army.
On Wednesday, Mr. Maliki recklessly threatened to abandon an American-backed power-sharing government and warned Kurdish leaders of unspecified “problems” if they did not turn Mr. Hashimi over to Baghdad.
Republicans like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are using this crisis to fault President Obama for not keeping substantial troops in Iraq indefinitely. They’re wrong on the principle, but also did they not notice that an Iraqi-American agreement authorizing the military presence expires at year’s end?
The war should never have been fought. And in the nine long years since its start, most of the errors made there can be fairly blamed on the George W. Bush administration, including the failure to help Iraqis create a more durable political structure. At this point, what is needed is a serious dialogue among the top Iraqi political players on how to calm tensions and begin governing effectively.
Obama administration officials say that in a telephone call on Tuesday, Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. urged Mr. Maliki to call such a meeting (which he later did) and also made clear that Iraq’s relationship with the United States could eventually suffer if the conflict continues. Washington is going to have to lean much harder on Mr. Maliki and all Iraqi leaders to make compromises over tough issues like revenue sharing as they move forward to build a government that can deliver jobs, education, basic services and security.
Even with the troops gone, Washington has leverage. It could, for example, withhold F-16 jets that Iraq has ordered but not yet received, and it could delay acting on promises to help spur foreign investment. Regional allies like Turkey and Saudi Arabia must also be enlisted to help send an unmistakable message to Iraqi political leaders that political turmoil or the disintegration of Iraq into sectarian fiefdoms would be disastrous for the country and its neighbors.
A Muslim man who punched a nurse for trying to remove his wife's burqa during childbirth has been jailed in France.
Nassim Mimoune, 24, had already been expelled from the delivery room for branding the midwife a 'rapist' as she carried out an intimate examination of his wife. Then through a window he spotted the nurse taking off his wife's burqa as she prepared to give birth. He smashed open the locked door and hit the woman in the face, demanding she replace the full Islamic face veil.
A judge in the southern French port jailed Mimoune for six months on Wednesday, telling him: 'Your religious values are not superior to the laws of the republic.'
NY Federal Judge Rules Iran, Taliban, al-Qaida Liable in Sept. 11 Attacks
When New York Federal Judge George Daniels finished his evidentiary hearing on the case brought by 9/11 victims against Iran (the 9/11 Iran Links case) last Thursday in the Southern District Court in Manhattan, we noted in our post that he would rule shortly. Judge Daniels concluded at the hearing:
The extensive record submitted to this court, including fact witnesses and expert testimony, is satisfactory to this court. The court accepts as true the various allegations of the plaintiffs and their experts and I will issue an order in the coming days.
Late today, Judge Daniels found that Iran, the Taliban and al Qaida were liable in the $100 billion case brought by the relatives of victims of 9/11 and left the matter to federal magistrates to assess economic and punitive damages.
Daniels signed findings of fact saying the plaintiffs had established that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were caused by the support the defendants provided to al-Qaida. The findings also said Iran continues to provide material support and resources to al-Qaida by providing a safe haven for al-Qaida leadership and rank-and-file al-Qaida members.
During last week's open-court hearing, family members of Sept. 11 victims sat through a four-hour presentation from attorneys who cited evidence supporting their claims that Iran actively assisted the hijackers of planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, at the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania. Former members of the 9/11 Commission and three Iranian defectors also spoke.
It would be near impossible to collect any damages, especially from the Taliban or al-Qaida.
Iran has not commented on the ruling. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly denied any Iranian connection in the Sept. 11 attacks or with al-Qaida. Saudi Arabia had been knocked out of the lawsuit, but lawyers filed papers on Thursday to reinstate Saudi Arabia as a defendant.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.
Our comments on this decision, that has taken nearly a decade to be adjudicated, are that the ruling raises interesting questions about how to derive funds for additional compensation of the 9/11 victims’ families. Foremost among them is whether the plaintiffs might be able to avail themselves of authorities granting by Congress to the federal government regarding access to funds and seized assets under the recently passed Iran Central Bank Sanctions Amendment to the National Defense Appropriations Act. You may recall from our post on the bi-partisan legislation co-sponsored by Sens. Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) these provisions of the Amendment:
The measure would: 1) Prohibit the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account on foreign financial institutions engaged in non-petroleum-related transactions with the Central Bank of Iran after 60 days; 2) Impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions, including central banks, engaged in petroleum-related transactions with the Central Bank of Iran after 180 days with 180-day special exemptions tied to the availability of non-Iranian oil on the market and a country’s significant reduction in purchases of Iranian oil; 3) Provide a humanitarian exception for food, medicine and medical devices; and 4) Provide the President with an unclassified (with classified annex, if necessary) national security waiver authority every 120 days.
As to the non-collectability from Taliban or al- Qaida sources, we suggest that sequestering illegal drug traffic profits in Afghanistan might be one plausible source of compensation. That is assuming Vice President Biden hasn’t effectively voided that possibility with his much criticized recent comments about peace negotiations with the Taliban. You may recall his verbal faux pas, that the Taliban is not America’s enemy. Perhaps, the White House counsel should carefully review Judge Daniels’ ruling and so advise the Vice President.
Hizbullah was also identified in the 9/11 links case as facilitating the training and travel of the 9/11 al-Qaida perpetrators. Perhaps significant funds might eventuate from the federal complaint filed last week by the US Attorney for the Manhattan Southern District on behalf of the US Drug Enforcement Agency. The cash for cars for terrorism funding of Hizbullah’s drug profits that we discussed in our post might be included in the gathering of funds to compensate the 9/11 victims’ families.