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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 26, 2008.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
No way to combat terrorism
The Government have some dangerous bedfellows in its attempt to prevent violent extremism
Should government be picking winners within Muslim communities in order to combat the threat of violent jihadism? And does it work - any more than the corporatist strategy of picking winners among big enterprises succeeded in the 1970s?
This approach is a key strand of the Government's new national security strategy, launched last week. The flagship programme for delivering it is the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund (PVE), amounting to £45 million over three years. It was created after the 7/7 bombings, reflecting Tony Blair's belief that the Muslim Council of Britain had not done enough to fight the extremists.
But key local authorities are now in revolt. According to the Local Government Chronicle, many councils are refusing to adopt a target to “build resilience to violent extremism” for fear of damaging community relations. Their Muslim constituents are said not to like PVE because they think the programme stigmatises them. And non-Muslims are said to resent the fact that Muslim groups seem to be benefiting.
A more serious point is whether local government is able to choose appropriate Muslim partners. Yes, municipalities enjoy on-the-ground expertise. But what kind of grassroots expertise? Can they really discriminate between different varieties of Islamism? If even MI5 finds difficulty drawing the line, what hope for aldermanic worthies?
Earlier this year Paul Goodman, the Shadow Communities Minister, pressed Ms Kelly's successor, Hazel Blears, to confirm that money was not falling into the hands of extremists. Blears could not supply that reassurance, though she is the least blameworthy figure in all this. More than any other Cabinet minister, she “gets” radical Islamism. But it is infernally difficult, even for her, to monitor which groups are worthy recipients and which aren't.
The list of grant recipients is strange. . . For example the Channel 4 Dispatches programme exposed hate preaching at the Green Lane mosque in Birmingham. . . Yet the Green Lane mosque is one of the partnership organisations approved by Birmingham City Council.
Indeed, the Green Lane mosque is also a well-established interlocutor of the West Midlands Police.
Kensington & Chelsea Council has turned to the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre to deliver a “parental empowerment programme” that aims “to foster modern, inclusive and Islamically sound relationships between parents and children. Parenting techniques are imparted and discussed from an Islamic and wider social perspective by a trained Muslim NHS psychotherapist.”
Why is it the duty of a council to “foster Islamically sound relationships between parents and children”? Who defines what is “Islamically sound”? How does picking a Muslim psychotherapist - apparently on sectarian grounds - help to prevent violent extremism?
Such partnerships are reflective of the greatest weakness in PVE - and of much the Government's “contest” strategy for combating terrorism. As its name suggests, it is largely about countering violent extremism. It isn't necessarily about countering non-violent extremism.
The interplay between violent and non-violent radicalisation lay at the heart of Mr Cameron's remarkable recent address to the Community Security Trust. Cameron believes that it is not enough simply to be against jihadism on these shores. He is deeply disturbed by the sectarianism of groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and associates such as the Cordoba Foundation - which receive PVE funds.
Tower Hamlets council are considering cutting of their grant to the Cordoba Foundation following the vote against democracy at a Hizb ut-Tahrir meeting in Whitechapel last month.
Posted on 03/26/2008 4:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Muslim leader accuses police of being 'over cautious' in stopping Asian gangs pimping white girls
A muslim leader has accused the police of failing to tackle Asian gangs suspected of prostituting young white girls.
Officers are accused of being "over cautious" when investigating Muslim criminals because they fear being branded racist.
Last night Mohammed Shafiq, director of the Ramadhan Foundation, said the police were differentiating between criminals on the basis of race.
He claimed, driven by fear of race riots in places like Blackburn and Oldham, officers were "overtly sensitive" and not clamping down on the sordid practice.
His controversial comments in this week's Panorama reignite a massively controversial issue which exploded over a Channel 4 documentary in 2004.
That programme which claimed Asian men in Bradford were grooming under age white girls for prostitution was pulled from C4's schedules.
This was because police claimed at the time that it could provoke racial violence during the local election campaign.
Now the BBC is to risk the wrath of police officials and campaigners by airing a programme which will look at the same issue.
Speaking as part of the Panorama investigation, which airs tomorrow (Thursday), Shafiq said: "I think the police are overcautious on dealing with this issue openly because they fear being branded racist and I think that is wrong. These are criminals they should be treated as criminals. They are not Asian criminals, they are not Muslim criminals, they are not white criminals. They are criminals and they should be treated as criminals."
He said that some of the criminals were Asian gangs looking to supplement their income, after the cost of drugs has fallen over the last few years.
Shafiq said "I am the only Muslim leader in the UK that speaks up against this sort of thing and I do it because these teenage girls are somebody's sisters and they are somebody's daughters. I have got two daughters and I wouldn't want that to happen to my daughters.  If there is a drug dealer grooming a white teenager into prostitution then I don't want the police service or local authority not to be open about it."
On the programme Vernon Coaker under secretary of state with responsibility for policing reveals the new measures will be come into force next month.
The government also plans to introduce a new warning video for use in schools over the issue.
But despite funding a Home Office study almost ten years ago which revealed how the problem can be tackled, the police has a low prosecution rate.
Coaker told Panorama that using powers under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 there have been just 44 convictions for grooming and pimping young children.
Police attempts are said to be frustrated by a code of silence.
*Panorama airs on Thursday 27th March on BBC1 at 10.35pm.
The first comment is a point we keep making here.
The problem is not an "Asian" one! Hindus and Sikhs are not involved. This is a Muslim and Pakistani problem.
- Manjit Singh Sidhu, Gravesend
There is nothing on the BBC Panorama website yet but we will keep you updated.
Posted on 03/26/2008 5:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Oh bugger

How do Americans manage without the word "bugger"? It's such a useful, expressive, multi-purpose word.

For avoidance of doubt, it doesn't just refer to what Dr Helen Hatchell calls "alternative masculinities", although when it does it's a better word for it. You can bugger without removing any clothing. There's Churchillian buggering on and the less heroic buggering off. Then there's surprise: "I'll be buggered" or "Away to buggery." A difficult, but not impossible, task is a "bit of a bugger". "Oh bugger" is a particularly useful expression when "Oh dear" isn't enough, and "Oh f*ck" is far too much.

This morning has been an "Oh bugger" kind of morning. My boiler has been playing silly buggers, and now it's packed up. Bugger. To replace it will cost a lot. Bugger. They can't do it till tomorrow. Bugger. It's a tricky job - a bit of a bugger. Then they'll need to un-plumb things, move them around, drill and hammer and generally bugger about. Bugger. I've no heating or hot water and it's cold. Brrr! Bugger. I need to buy a fan heater. Bugger. And I can't wash my hair, which needs washing. Bugger.

I was supposed to have people round to supper, but there's bugger all chance of that now. Still, we can always bugger off to the pub.

It's a great word. I'm buggered if I could do without it, and if I had to live in America, I'd bring it with me.

Posted on 03/26/2008 8:10 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
That Outrageous Public Conversion

Aref Ali Nayed, the head of Jordan's Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, called the baptism of journalist Magdi Allam a deliberate and provocative act.

In a stinging rebuke of Saturday's televised ceremony, Mr Nayed denounced what he called "the Vatican's deliberate and provocative act of baptising Allam on such a special occasion and in such a spectacular way".

'It is sad that the intimate and personal act of a religious conversion is made into a triumphalist tool for scoring points, he said in a written statement.
--from this news article

How amusing that Muslims should be upset at the "public conversion" of a Muslim to Christianity. Such conversions are apparently to be held "dans la plus stricte intimite," like some French funerals, with only the family invited.

And this comes from Muslims, who scream all over the world about how many converts they are making, and who compile lists of such "famous" converts as, inter alia, "Dr. Maurice Bucaille" (never heard of him? No, but Muslims have, and they think he was quite a catch, and want you to know all about him -- go to the Muslim websites, and see).

And they also like to claim crazily all sorts of "converts" to Islam as, for example, Neil Armstrong, who -- many Muslims devoutely believe, heard the Azan when he was on the moon (Allah, you see, arranged for the sound to travel).

Here's one example of this:

We have a very good Islamic community radio station here in Cape Town.
The following story was told for the honest truth on our Muslim radio
the other day:

'When Louis Armstrong and co. walked on the moon, they heard sounds
in a strange language they did not understand. Only later, after
returning to earth, did they realize that it was actually the azaan!'

I have seen a few mosques with powerful speaker systems, but wow, somebody down here certainly turned on the power on that day!

[Obviously the reference was supposed to be in regard to Neil Armstrong, the astronaut, not Louis Armstrong, the Jazz musician.]

This rumor also surfaces every other month or so on the Islamic newsgroup.

If any really important personage was inveigled into converting to Islam, you'd hear about, all over the Muslim press and radio and television and internet sites, and you'd never stop hearing about it. Meanwhile, they have to make do, as we know, with assorted oddballs, even if those oddballs -- Tim Winter, Yahya Birt -- are not quite as oddballish as Marmaduke Pickthall, or Maurice Bucaille.

For Nayed, at the "Islamic Strategic Studies Center," to be furious that the Pope was there to welcome Magdi Allam into the Church is understandable. For him to offer his indignation over this "triumphalist" act is ironic coming from a Total Belief-System that is nothing but triumphalism disguising a deep malaise and sense, nowadays, of the injustice of Muslims not yet ruling over Infidels everywhere, and still worse, as so many suspect but dare not allow themselves to think, it becomes ever more evident that the cause of the many failures of Muslim states and societies, of their own permanent backwardness and disarray (disguised temporarily the oil bonanza they did nothing to deserve, and in the West, by the infusions of Jizyah, and transfers of wealth internally from Infidel taxpayers to Muslim recipients) is Islam itself.

And that last point is made, as well, by the quiet force of Magdi Allam's example, an example that everyone in Italy sees. He appears on the television, always with hands folded, always with a quiet but firm manner, in that effective "voce pacata" that is never raised, never shows excitement, still less the kind of hysterical craziness of Mr. Nayed,  behaving islamically.  (JW)

Posted on 03/26/2008 8:32 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
World-Stage Level One Interfaith-Healing Affair

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger welcomed on Tuesday an initiative from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for dialogue among monotheistic religions, including Judaism.
--from this news article

The White House welcomed the king's gesture.

"We think increased dialogue is a really good thing," presidential spokeswoman Dana Perino said Tuesday. "And, of course, when you have someone like the king of Saudi Arabia, and all of his stature, that is recommending such a dialogue, it can only give us hope that there would be further recognition of everyone's right to freedom and freedom of expression and religion. So we are encouraged by it."
--from this news article

This is a propaganda ploy, a World-Stage Level One Interfaith-Healing affair, with Abdullah carefully wishing to invite not representatives of all the world's religions, but those of the other "monotheisms," the other "abrahamic faiths," in which "the so much that we all have in common" will be stressed, exaggerated, much misunderstood.

Christians and Jews should refuse the ploy. Or if they decide to accept, they must insist that all the world's faiths -- especially Hindus and Buddhists, but not forgetting smaller groups, such as Zoroastrians, and Jains, and others, for in this supposed Rainbow Coalition of faiths, the odd man out is Islam, and anything that helps to undercut that "three abrahamic faiths" line of appeal and subversion and confusion is to be welcomed.

And if those Christians and those Jews insist on those Hindus, and those Buddhists, and Abdullah and other Muslims balk, well then have that meeting anyway. Yes, a meeting of representatives of all faiths willing to meet all the others -- with the representatives of Islam being the ones who stayed at home, no doubt unable to conceive of treating as "fellow faiths" anything other than Christianity and Judaism.

What? you say. That will have the effect of vitiating King Abdullah's "interfaith initiative"? Yes. I know. Tough.  (JW)

Posted on 03/26/2008 9:20 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Combination State Visit, Record Launch, And Nude Photo Auction

The Telegraph:

Carla Bruni, France's first lady, has been accused of cashing in on her status after stickers appeared on her new CD advertising her stay with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The supermodel turned singer has just finished her new album, No Promises.

A diplomatic source in France said: "Stickers [in English] making clear that Carla is now the French first lady who will be staying with the Queen at Windsor Castle have been placed on all the new CDs.

"It has to be said that a lot of people think this is a very unfortunate precedent.

"The aim of the state visit is to further French/British cooperation, not to sell pop songs. It will appear to many that this is an attempt to cash in on what should be a dignified state visit."

News of the stickers with a nude photo of Miss Bruni being put up for auction at Christie's New York comes just hours ahead of the state visit to Britain...

Posted on 03/26/2008 10:02 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Memphis Flyer

Mary Ann Akers writes at WaPo (hat tip: VFR):

If you thought race was an uncomfortable issue in the Democratic presidential primary, wait 'til you get a load of what's going on in the Democratic primary in the Memphis area's 9th District of Tennessee, where a shockingly worded flier paints Jewish Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) as a Jesus hater.

"Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and the JEWS HATE Jesus," blares the flier, which Cohen himself received in the mail -- inducing gasps -- last week.

Circulated by an African-American minister from Murfreesboro Tenn., which isn't even in Cohen's district, the literature encourages other black leaders in Memphis to "see to it that one and ONLY one black Christian faces this opponent of Christ and Christianity in the 2008 election."

Cohen's main opponent in the August 5 Democratic primary in his predominantly African-American district is Nikki Tinker, who is black. The Commercial Appeal wrote an editorial in Wednesday's paper condemning Tinker for not speaking out against the anti-Semitic literature.

"What does Nikki Tinker think about anti-Semitic literature being circulated that might help her unseat 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen in the Democratic primary next August?" the editorial asked. "The question goes to the character of the woman who wants to represent the 9th District, and 9th District voters deserve an answer. But Tinker declined to return a phone call about the flier."

The editorial also noted that last summer Cohen came under attack from black ministers who challenged the congressman's support for federal hate crimes legislation to protect gay rights. The paper wrote that the "real motive" behind the ministers' attacks was revealed later by Rev. Robert Poindexter who, according to the Commercial Appeal, said of Cohen: "He's not black and he can't represent me, that's just the bottom line."...

Posted on 03/26/2008 10:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Hijabs at a Harvard Gym

And clueless at WaPo is Ruth Marcus (hat tip: LGF):

... I share the apprehensions stirred up by the more radical followers of Islam, with their drive to restore the caliphate and subjugate women. But I come to this issue as a member of another minority religion, Judaism, whose adherents often seek flexibility from the majority culture in order to practice their faith. As with Islam, my religion's more observant believers endorse practices -- segregating the sexes at prayer, excluding women from engaging in certain rituals -- that I find disturbing, bordering on offensive. I have relatives who would shrink from shaking my hand. Still, I would defend to the death their right not to touch me.

Certainly, accommodation has its limits. Ten years ago, Orthodox Jewish students at Yale sued -- unsuccessfully -- after the university refused their requests to live off campus because, they claimed, living in co-ed dorms would violate their religious principles. Muslim students at Australian universities are demanding course schedules that fit into their prayer times and separate, female-only dining areas. In Britain, female Muslim medical students have objected to being required to roll up their sleeves to scrub and to exposing their forearms in the operating room. Fine with me if they need a place to scrub in private, but your right to exercise your religion ends where my safety begins.

A regime of reasonable accommodation inevitably entails difficult -- Talmudic, even -- line-drawing. That's not true of the claim that the call to prayer offends because it proclaims publicly what other religions are polite enough to keep private: the exclusive primacy of their faith. Surely even Harvard students aren't so delicate that they can't cope with hearing speech with which they disagree -- in a language they don't understand.

All of this matters not because it's Harvard but because it underscores that America is not immune from the tensions over Islamic rights that have gripped Western Europe. In the Washington area earlier this year, a Muslim runner was disqualified from a track meet after officials decreed that her body-covering unitard violated the rules.

There have been similar disputes over women seeking to wear headscarves on the college basketball court or while walking the police beat. More problematically, Muslim cabdrivers at the Minneapolis airport sought unsuccessfully last year to be excused from picking up passengers carrying alcohol.

The wisdom of the Framers ensures that some of the excesses of Europe -- in both directions -- won't be replicated here. The French ban on students wearing headscarves would not only be unimaginable in the United States, it would also violate the Constitution's free-exercise clause. The archbishop of Canterbury recently suggested that the British legal system should incorporate aspects of sharia law; that, too, would be unimaginable here and would violate the establishment clause.

But the Constitution goes only so far to help American society navigate the familiar issues raised by this unfamiliar religion. Muslim women who enroll at Harvard and turn up in hijabs at its gyms reflect a strand of Islam that society ought to encourage, the better to compete with its more odious cousins...

How does she know women who turn up in hijabs reflect a strain of Islam we should encourage? The arrogance among our pundits knows no bounds.

Posted on 03/26/2008 11:18 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
No Church For You

Riyadh, ( - The president of the Middle East Center for Strategic Studies, Anwatr al Oshqi, has reported that Saudi Arabia’s royal family has decided against building a Catholic church in the kingdom.

Earlier this month Vatican Radio reported that the Saudi government was weighing a proposal for the construction of a Catholic church. That report came as a surprise, since the Saudi regime does not allow public worship by any faith other than Islam.

In November 2007, when King Abdullah became the first reigning Saudi king ever to visit the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI urged him to allow the building of a Catholic church.

While it was not an official response to that request, Al Oshqi’s report carries considerable weight because it was made during a broadcast on the Al Arabiya news channel, which is owned by the Saudi royal family.

Posted on 03/26/2008 12:24 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Mr Islam in court over 'faith hate' attack on priest
A TEENAGER was in court today (Wednesday), charged with religiously aggravated assault on Canon Michael Ainsworth at St George-in-the-East Church in London's East End.
He was 19-year-old Babul Islam, a grocery assistant from Barnardo Street in Stepney.
Islam is accused of religiously aggravated ABH in the church grounds at Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, on March 5, and appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates' Court.
He was arrested in the Whitechapel area yesterday (Tues), in connection with the investigation, then charged.
Another19-year-old was arrested last week in connection with the incident and later bailed to return to a police station on April 9, pending further enquiries.
Posted on 03/26/2008 2:06 PM by ESMERELDA WEATHERWAX
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Shakespeare in Venice?

Did Shakespeare go to Venice? Richard Morrison of The Times thinks he didn't need to:

Did Shakespeare get around more than we thought? As The Times reported yesterday, two Italian academics claim in a new book that Shakespeare must have visited Venice in person - such is the depth of local knowledge that he deploys in The Merchant of Venice and the numerous other plays that he set in Italy.

The notion of Shakespeare as cultural tourist is fascinating - did he fly EasyBard? But I think the academics may be hugely underestimating the power of a first-rate creative imagination to conjure a convincing verbal picture of a location from the tiniest scraps of information.

Remember the great Broadway songwriter Yip Harburg's classic evocation of April in Paris (“ ... Chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees ... ”)? It's said that he tossed off that immortal ditty in a New York diner on a rainy morning in late November, while desperately scanning travel brochures of Paris - a city he had never visited, in April or any other month.

Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure that the resourceful Harburg never went somewhere over the rainbow to research his other great hit lyric, either.

I think Hugh made the related point somewhere on this site that if you can read about places you don't need to go there. Perhaps, but somebody has to go there and report back, if only to provide the "tiniest scraps of information" that Shakespeare was able to conjure with. And if nobody ever went anywhere, what would there be to read about? Certainly many tourists gain nothing from trips abroad, because they take their unreconstructed xenophobic self along with them. The English are notorious for this: "Ooh, you can't get a proper cup of tea round here." They may as well stay at home and sit under a sun lamp.

In any case, not alll armchair travellers are as perceptive as Shakespeare. Here, from an earler post, are  Bernard MacIntyre’s thoughts on an “intolerant travel guide”entitled The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs Mortimer’s Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World: 

Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer, an Englishwoman who started out as a children’s author, published three volumes of travel writing between 1849 and 1854, covering the globe from Asia to Africa to the Americas. She was even-handed, in a back-handed way: she despised just about everyone and everything.

The Portuguese, as well as being “the clumsiest people in Europe”, are “indolent, just like the Spaniards”. The Welsh are “not very clean”; the Zulus: “A miserable race of people”; the Greeks: “Do not bear their troubles well; when they are unhappy, they scream like babies”; Armenians “live in holes in the ground . . . because they hope the Kurds may not find out where they are.” Buddhists, Hindus, Mohammedans: all received a thrashing from the aggressively Protestant Mrs Mortimer.

Lao-Tzu, the father of Taoism, is dismissed as “an awful liar”. Roman Catholicism comes off little better: “A kind of Christian religion, but a very bad one.” Oddly, however, she professes a soft spot for Nubians: “A fine race . . . of a bright copper colour”.

Her sweepingly negative generalisations and racial stereotyping seem even more remarkable for the fact that this doughty world traveller didn’t go to the places she described and disparaged. The sum total of her foreign travel was one childhood trip to Paris and Brussels. Her knowledge of Taoism was exactly zero. She had never set eyes on a Nubian. She amassed her pungent prejudices sitting in her English drawing room.

This was once an acceptable British way to travel (or, more exactly, stay at home and not travel). Mrs Mortimer’s all-embracing xenophobia was probably extreme, but it was far from unique. Those sorts of casual prejudices were part of the arrogance of empire, but also reflected a deep-seated insecurity. Mrs Mortimer was terrified of anybody un-English because she stayed in England…

We owe Mrs Mortimer a debt, for her little book is the shining example of how not to travel in the British manner, a reminder of a way of thinking that has gone forever.

Mrs Mortimer wrote her own epitaph: “They always laugh when they hear of customs unlike their own; for they think that they do everything in the best way, and that all other ways are foolish.” Was this some sudden flash of self-knowledge? No, this is Mrs Mortimer, sticking the boot into the Bechuanas of South Africa.

Posted on 03/26/2008 1:59 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
How A Society Destroys Itself

A new exhibit in Gaza portrays the Jewish state burning Palestinian children in ovens.
--from this news article

They have, they are, they apparently will be, destroying themselves. They will make themselves unfit for any coexistence with the Israelis, who can hardly be expected to trust those raised on this steady diet of unremitting hate, and they will be unfit, really, for living near any Infidels and must under no conditions, in any numbers, be admitted any longer to any parts of North America or Western Europe. That would merely be to endanger Infidels here, beginning with, but hardly ending with, Jews.

They are turning themselves, little by little, into monsters of hate.

Take a look again at those pictures of crowds of "Palestinian" men and boys (not a woman in sight), gawking at a burned-out automobile, or raising their hands and shouting in hysterical hate-filled unison, at some funeral or some rally, or some funeral-rally.

What is your reaction? Your first reaction is to look at the faces so distorted and crowded together, as if it were the last photograph in a series, that starts with one person, and then doubles, quadruples, and so on until in the last photograph every square millimeter is frighteningly filled, in one of those ads against overpopulation.

And your second reaction -- let's face it -- is relief, relief that those people are not living near you. And you wonder how the Israelis can stand it, and thank god, you say to yourself, that they are all bottled up, at least in Gaza, and must be forever, given the way that they have transformed themselves so monstrously, and there is no force on earth that apparently can stop it.

Let them do what they want as long as they remain bottled up under their own Lords of Misrule. But do nothing to make their lot easier, so that they can devote more time to the only thing they do, since they can count on the Infidels to support them. Make them, force them, to work for a living, just like people in sub-Saharan Africa, or China, or Latin America. Why should the world take upon itself the care and feeding, in perpetuity, of one particular group, a group of Arabs and Muslims whose genuine grievance, if they have one, is with the other Arabs and Muslims who have used them as the shock troops of the Lesser Jihad against Israel.

Let them have to work to survive, or at least, make sure that whatever funds they receive come not from Infidels but from other Arabs, other Muslims (no need to encourage them in their delusion that we, the Infidels, owe them a living, owe them anything -- we don't). There is no need for any Infidels to support that seemingly endless overbreeding, which is done for political reasons, as part of what they see as demographic conquest. And if they need, for example, occasionally to let in goods and services, let it be from Egypt, which in any case is where so many of the recent forebears of the Gazan Arabs came from. Yes, and if they occasionally need to travel (say, for medical care that they think they can count on the Israelis to provide) let those in Gaza go to Egypt, where a warm welcome will no doubt be readied for them. And those "Palestinians" in the "West Bank" can go to Jordan, where an equally warm welcome will be awaiting them. (JW)

Posted on 03/26/2008 1:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
A Musical Interlude: Penthouse Serenade (Phil Ohman Orch., voc. Victor Arden)
Posted on 03/26/2008 6:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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