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Thursday, 28 June 2012
Why I became an Islamic extremist
Its all our fault - other children were nasty and waycist to him when he was a little boy. From the Southend Standard. I wrote about how Southend and Westcliff have changed in recent years here.
A FORMER Westcliff schoolboy turned to Islamic extremism after he was targeted by racist thugs.
Maajid Nawaz, now 33, believes it was the racism he experienced as a child at Earls Hall Junior School and the violence he suffered as a teenager which led him to join radical political party Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
He will reveal the truth about the journey he took to leaving the group and becoming an anti-extremist speaker in his new book, Radical. The personal account is split into three sections, with a third of it focusing on Nawaz’s upbringing in Southend.
Mr Nawaz, also a former Westcliff High School for Boys pupil, said: “Southend has changed so much. People don't know how it was for us and what I experienced growing up. It has become a lot more diverse, which I think is great, but that obviously comes with its own problems. Racism is nowhere near as common as it was in the early 1990s, especially with the level of violence I experienced.”
In his twenties Nawaz travelled the world spreading the message of radical party Hizb-ut-Tahrir and recruiting other impressionable young men. It was whilst in Mazar Tora (Egyptian Prison) that Nawaz began to study Islam properly and changed his mindset. Fourteen months after his release from prison in 2006, he co-founded the Quilliam Foundation, a think tank which fights against the radicalisation of young muslims and promotes religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy.
"The Muslim Brotherhood, who have just been voted in to power in Egypt, are people I spent time in prison with. I don’t agree with some of their ideas, but at the same time I hope everyone can have a voice.”
Posted on 06/28/2012 2:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 28 June 2012
We make up the law as we go along, admits Britain's new Euro-judge
Daniel Hannan in The Telegraph:
Think of some of the more bizarre interpretations that have come out of the European Court of Human Rights. How does the ‘right to a family life’ allow illegal immigrants to defy deportation orders? How did ‘freedom of expression’ come to encompass pornography in prison cells? How does the prohibition of torture mean that a state can’t repatriate dangerous militants to places where they won’t be tortured, but someone else might have been?
Whatever the rights and wrongs of such rulings, they are plainly political rather than legal. You can make a case that, for example, felons should not lose the right to vote. But if that is your view, you should stand for election and seek to alter the legislation. The objection to the ECHR is not that all its judgments are idiotic – though some of them are – but that it is behaving as a legislative rather than a judicial body, ruling on the basis of what it thinks the law ought to say rather than what it says.
One of the reasons it does so is that it isn’t staffed by judges – not, at least, as we understand the term. Like its cousin, the European Court of Justice, it doesn’t require its members to have served on the bench in their home countries. Many of them are academics, politicians and human rights activists who happen to have law degrees. And some are quite blatant about using the institution to advance an agenda that would be rejected at the ballot box.
Consider Britain’s new representative, Paul Mahoney. James Slack describes him as ‘A Eurocrat who has never been a judge in Britain’: for 30 years, he has worked within the Strasbourg system.
Like his predecessor, Sir Nicolas Bratza – though in more measured words – he cheerfully admits that the ECHR makes things up as it goes along: ‘The open textured language and the structure of the Convention leave the Court significant opportunities for choice in interpretation. In exercising that choice, particularly when faced with changed circumstances and attitudes in society, the Court makes new law.’
Changed attitudes, eh? As defined by whom? Not, obviously, by the electorate as a whole, or the law would have been altered. But you, the ECHR, somehow have a direct connection with ‘attitudes in society’ that elected representatives have not? And you’re absolutely certain that these attitudes represent society as a whole, not just the opinions you get from Guardian leader-writers and Matrix Chambers activists?
The odd thing is that the autocracies which were defeated in 1945, and whose re-emergence the ECHR was supposed to prevent, likewise justified themselves by arguing that they had a better sense of the people’s welfare than a parliamentary system would produce. The whole purpose of representative government is to ensure that our rulers don’t get to decide, on their own, what’s good for us. It’s hard to improve on C.S. Lewis:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Posted on 06/28/2012 3:49 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Nice doesn't get laughs, especially at the UN
(with 'apologies' to Adam Carolla)
I often wondered why so many gay people cannot, or will not, see the threat posed to their liberties by Islam. For goodness sake, all one has to do is look at the state of gays and lesbians (and the transgendered) inside the Islamic gulag and listen to the idiotic pronouncements of Islamist politicians in order to gain a pretty good idea of exactly what the average Muslim thinks of gay people.
If you go to this site - http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2012/06/egypt-clustered-id-on-freedom-of-assembly-and-countering-terrorism-7th-meeting.html - and watch the webcast from the United Nations that you can find there, you will see yet another face of intolerant Islam in Egypt.
According to the transcription of Egypt's Human Rights Council's chief diplomat's remarks, he stated the universal right to free association does not apply to gay people and that gay people do not warrant any protection under any human rights legislation for they are not "real people"
Omar Shalaby also said at the meeting in Geneva: "We call on Mr Kiai [UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and association] not to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of his important work in the eyes of the real people who actually need it..." once again implying that gay people are not real people.
He went on to say "Finally, concerning the highly controversial notion of sexual orientation, we can only reiterate that it is not part of the universally recognised human rights."
I don't know what's controversial about the idea of sexual orientation. Most scientists working in the field of human sexuality have long agreed that sexuality differs from person to person in a huge variety of ways and it seems to me that Mr. Shalaby is simply trying to rewrite science and knowledge in the usual despicable Islamist way. Muslims are adept at trying to rewrite history and obviously anything else that contradicts their crazy world-view, including science, is fair game.
Gay Cairo (http://www.gayegypt.com/gaycairo.html) have this to say about the current situation for gay men in Egypt: "You may be aware that both the state security and sex police in Cairo are engaged in a vicious campaign to imprison and intimidate gay men. Their tactics are constantly changing. Please be careful and don't become a victim. Although, to our knowledge, discreet gay foreigners have usually been able to avoid arrest, the state's future actions are highly unpredictable". Indeed they are.
One cannot say, of course, that gay people were much better off under Mubarak's government; they wern't, excepting in one crucial respect: before 2001 and the marked rise of Islamo-fascism in Egypt there was very slightly less organised, state-wide, deliberate persecution of gay people under Mubarak, it was all just a bit more casual and haphazard and often politically motivated and if one knew someone in authority then one could frequently 'buy' immunity, as it were. However, the state began to target gays and lesbians (and the transgendered as well) much more seriously from about 2001 despite the fact that there is no criminal law against being gay in Egypt (though that is now sure to change).
It is now an established fact that the Islamic countries of the world have hijacked many UN Committees in an attempt to impose grossly offensive Islamic notions on the whole world. Such actions have rendered the Human Rights Committee incapable of even uttering a single word of support for gay, lesbian or transgendered people and, indeed have led to this disgusting speech by the Egyptian representative passing the Committee unchallenged. We have seen the same tactic used successfully against Israel at the UN and you can rest assured that gays and Israel are only the first two in what will turn out to be a very long list of things that the Islamists will target there.
Posted on 06/28/2012 6:08 AM by John M. Joyce
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Honing your soft skills to a sharp point
Julia Hobsbawm, daughter of unrepentant stinking rich Stalinist Eric Hobsbawm, has been appointed the "first ever" Professor of Networking. How has the world managed for so long without one? From the BBC:
[In] the era of digital buttonholing, is traditional schmoozing still important? And can it be taught?
The appointment of Julia Hobsbawm as the "world's first visiting professor in networking" at London's Cass Business School might suggest so. Hobsbawm believes networking should be a core skill, like driving or computer literacy.
"In a time of recession, people need their soft skills honed every bit as sharp as their hard skills. Networking is poised to become the most valuable soft skill on a CV," Hobsbawm says.
By the same token, are we to let our sharp and pointy skills go limp?
So do the hours we spend on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on a daily basis count towards our networking quota?
"Face-to-face contact is much more important in the 'Facebook age' because technology can create isolation despite its many benefits," argues Hobsbawm.
"Trust is the biggest single asset a person can have and face-to-face contact provides this better than any other form of engagement. But everyone needs to be connected on social media too. The more blended your information sources, the better."
Rest assured, we at New English Review will be blending our sources, honing our soft skillsets and girding our competences on a daily, nay, hourly basis.
So how do you get to be Professor of Networking? Well, it isn't what you know but who you know.
Posted on 06/28/2012 6:39 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Pim Fortuyn And Geert Wilders Are No Longer Outliers
From The Gatestone Institute:
The Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism
by Soeren Kern
June 23, 2011
The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.
A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: "The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society."
The letter continues: "A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups."
The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.
The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, "it is not the government's job to integrate immigrants." The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.
If necessary, the government will introduce extra measures to allow the removal of residence permits from immigrants who fail their integration course.
The measures are being imposed by the new center-right government of Conservatives (VVD) and Christian Democrats (CDA), with parliamentary support from the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV), whose leader, Geert Wilders, is currently on trial in Amsterdam for "inciting hatred" against Muslims.
As expected, Muslim organizations in Holland have been quick to criticize the proposals. The Moroccan-Dutch organization Samenwerkingsverband van Marokkaanse Nederlanders, which advises the government on integration matters, argues that Muslim immigrants need extra support to find a job. The umbrella Muslim group Contactorgaan Moslims en Overheid says that although it agrees that immigrants should be better integrated into Dutch society, it is opposed to a ban on burqas.
But polls show that a majority of Dutch voters support the government's skepticism about multiculturalism. According to a Maurice de Hond poll published by the center-right newspaper Trouw on June 19, 74 percent of Dutch voters say immigrants should conform to Dutch values. Moreover, 83 percent of those polled support a ban on burqas in public spaces.
The proper integration of the more than one million Muslims now living in Holland has been a major political issue ever since 2002, when Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was assassinated for his views on Muslim immigration, and since 2004, when Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was stabbed to death for producing a movie that criticized Islam.
Muslim immigration to the Netherlands can be traced back to the 1960s and 1970s, when a blue collar labor shortage prompted the Dutch government to conclude recruitment agreements with countries like Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. In the 1980s and 1990s, Muslims also arrived in the Netherlands as asylum seekers and refugees, mainly from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia.
There are now an estimated 1.2 million Muslims in the Netherlands, which is equivalent to about 6 percent of the country's overall population. Moroccans and Turks comprise nearly two-thirds of all Muslims in the Netherlands. Most Muslims live in the four major cities of the country: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
As their numbers grow, Muslim immigrants have become increasingly more assertive in carving out a role for Islam within Dutch society. For example, a documentary aired by the television program Netwerk in June 2009 reported that Dutch law was being systematically undermined by the growth of Sharia justice in the Netherlands.
In December 2004, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior published a 60-page report titled From Dawa to Jihad. Prepared by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD, the report says that the Netherlands is home to up to 50,000 radical Muslims whose key ideological aim is to target the Western way of life and to confront Western political, economic, and cultural domination.
The report concludes that Dutch society is poorly equipped to resist the threat of radical Islam because of "a culture of permissiveness" that has become synonymous with "closing one's eyes" to multiple transgressions of the law.
As for Interior Minister Donner, he has undergone a late-in-life conversion on the issue of Muslim immigration. In September 2006, while serving as justice minister, Donner provoked an outcry after saying that he welcomed the introduction of Islamic Sharia law in the Netherlands if the majority wants it. He also said Holland should give Muslims more freedoms to behave according to their traditions.
After applauding Queen Beatrix for respecting Islam by not insisting that a Muslim leader shake hands with her during a visit to the Mobarak Mosque in The Hague, Donner said: "A tone that I do not like has crept into the political debate on integration. A tone of: 'Thou shalt assimilate. Thou shalt adopt our values in public. Be reasonable, do it our way.' That is not my approach."
Fast forward to 2011 and Donner now says his government "will distance itself from the relativism contained in the model of a multicultural society." Although society changes, he says, it must not be "interchangeable with any other form of society."
Posted on 06/28/2012 9:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 28 June 2012
A Musical Interlude: On The Air (Rudy Vallee)
Posted on 06/28/2012 9:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Two Muslim converts arrested over Olympic terror plot
From The Telegraph
Two Muslim converts have been arrested in East London on suspicion of plotting an attack against the Olympics. Sources said the arrests were based on a tip-off and the investigation was at an early stage.
One source said it was unclear if the alleged plot was serious or developed or what method of attack was to be used but said the Olympics could have been the target.
The two men, aged 18 and 32, were arrested at separate residential addresses in east London, according to Scotland Yard. A spokesman said officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command, known as SO15, raided the properties at 7am on Thursday morning.
The men were detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Scotland Yard and MI5 act on tips far quicker in the lead up to major events than they would do at other times. The security services accept that any plotting that takes place in the lead up to the Olympics, which begin in Stratford, East London on July 27, is likely to be linked to the games.
Posted on 06/28/2012 11:56 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 28 June 2012
In Memoriam: Nora Ephron
So farewell, then, Nora
Ephron. When Harry
Met Sally. When Seattle
Met Sleep. When Chick
Met Flick. When Nora met
Her maker. I'll have what
She's having. That was your
Catch phrase. If I must, but
© E. J. Throbb, aged 17¾
Posted on 06/28/2012 2:34 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Dr. Muhammad Mursi's Pre-Election Assurances To The Salafis
Posted on 06/28/2012 4:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Imparts Home Truths About Islam To Those Who, It Seems, Still Need It
June 26th, 2012
Photo Credit: Screen shot
At the recent President’s Conference in Jerusalem – though Shimon Peres and others spoke about the dearth of women in professional life in Israel, few spoke about the amazing lack of women presenters at the conference. I counted only about a hand-full, perhaps a few more (one estimate I heard was that less than 10% of the presenters were women). There was Caroline Glick, who was amazing; Dr. Ruth who was entertaining. There was Keren Leibovitch who defines the word inspirational, and there was Ayaan Hirsi-Ali.
Ayaan is a 42-year-old woman who was born in Somalia, lived in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya. She is graceful, soft-spoken and beautiful. She came to the platform to speak and it was then you could see beyond the grace and the beauty is courage and intelligence. She explained that the first 20 years of her life were the complete opposite of the last 20 years. As a young Muslim child in Somalia, she learned three things that characterize that culture – the culture of Islam. She came to the microphone after Dennis Ross, former US ambassador to Israel.
She spoke after two American Jews had been to the platform to offer their opinions and knowledge of the Israeli-Arab situation. The night before, Henry Kissinger, Shimon Peres and Tony Blair all spoke about peace as if tomorrow it will come…if only we want it badly enough. Quietly, Ayaan spoke and without ever mentioning their names, she made these men sound like naive fools.
She never said it, but it was there. You cannot make peace with a society that does not want it; you cannot compromise with a people who refuse to accept that you even exist. Dennis Ross suggested one of the steps that the Palestinians must take is to simply put Israel on their maps – even this, they will never do because this is about compromise and, according to Ayaan, an impossibility.
These are her words, her experiences. People have asked me if I believe there can be peace. If I were to be honest with them, until now, I would have told them no – there can be no peace. Instead, I typically answer “if the Arabs want it.” That part is true. If they want it…
There are three things that characterize Ayaan’s Muslim upbringing and the world that she knew. It is amazing that days later, I do not even have to consult my notes to remember. Such was the power of her words and the honesty of her opinion. These are:
1. Absolute authority – of her father, of her Imam, of her teacher, of her government. Absolute. No opportunity to question, no right to question. You do what they say, always. She did not. She refused the marriage they would have forced upon her and in so doing, she lost her culture, her community, her family – and she sees where she is now and accepts she is in a better place, despite what she had to sacrifice.
2. No compromise – never. To compromise is to lose face; to be a loser. To be the weak one. The Palestinians will never compromise was her message. At one point, as someone on the panel was suggesting ways towards peace, Ayaan said something. I’m sure I heard it and perhaps can find it on a video somewhere to confirm. I believe she said, “Even if you give them Jerusalem,” and then she repeated it, “even if you give them Jerusalem, there will be no peace.” No compromise.
3. All that is right is in the Koran – and by extension, whatever is not in the Koran, is wrong. This means not only absolute power to the figure of authority, but absolute control of every aspect of your life.
What this means for Israel, was the silent message from Ayaan, is that you are in the Middle East. Just as she grew up within that world, Israel must accept it is firmly planted here. Ayaan was lucky in that she was able to break away; our country can’t do that.
True opposition will never succeed in the Arab world – the election of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is yet another proof of this. In breaking away from one tyranny, they have simply chosen another – even more fundamental, even more extreme. Absolute authority, no compromise, the Koran.
In her quiet way, Ayaan spoke the truth that so many simply refuse to see. It’s right there in #2 – no compromise. It’s right there in the absolute authority – why young men move to suicide, why mothers accept this and fathers are proud of it. It’s all in the Koran.
Even if you give up Jerusalem, even Jerusalem – there will be no peace. If you know anything about Israel, about how much we love Jerusalem, you will understand her message. She came to Jerusalem, recognizing it as our capital, recognizing our love of it. Even if you surrender this city that you love, this place that is your heart – even then, they won’t give you peace!
To come to the President’s Conference where half the sessions seemed to be dedicated to discussing tomorrow and the roads we should take towards this thing called peace, and essentially say you are dreamers, naive and perhaps even foolish – this was a bold and brave stand to take. I have little doubt that most of the male presenters lack the experience, the bravery and the boldness of this one woman.
They spoke of maps that lead nowhere, compromises that will bring nothing. They suggested, cajoled. insisted, opinionated. They want to push Israel because perhaps deep down they understand that they cannot push the Arabs – no compromise. It was the truth of Ayaan that I wish they had heard – even if you cut out all that we are, even if you give it all, even we listen to your foolishness, even if we give up Jerusalem, they will not let us live here in peace.
No, it wasn’t a message Peres would be ready to listen to; not a concept most of the other panelists would have been ready to hear but it was one woman’s voice, her story, her truth, her past and her future – and perhaps, just perhaps, Israel’s as well.
Posted on 06/28/2012 4:27 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 28 June 2012
What Sunnis Think Of Khomeini, Nasrallah, And Other Shi'a
Posted on 06/28/2012 8:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 28 June 2012
A Sunni View Of The Shi'a
Watch, to your heart's content, here.
Posted on 06/28/2012 8:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 28 June 2012
A Musical Interlude: Keep Your Undershirt On (Ben Pollack Orch., voc. Scrappy Lambert)
Posted on 06/28/2012 9:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Australian Parliament Supports Motion Calling for IOC To Observe Memorial Minute's Silence at London Games
As reported by the Australian Jewish News, and by The Times of Israel.
First, the AJN.
'Parliament Rises For Munich'.
'The House of Representatives rose in unison on Tuesday [26 June] in support of a motion calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to observe a minute of silence at the London Games for the 11 Israeli victims of the Munich massacre.
'The move comes less than a month after an open letter from The AJN [that is, from the Australian Jewish News - CM] beseeching the IOC to hold a memorial at the 2012 Games attracted a raft of high-profile signatories, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott.
'On September 5, it will be 40 years since 11 Israelis [that is, 11 Jews from Israel - CM] were murdered by Palestinian terror group Black Saturday [that is, the 'Palestinian' Arab Muslim jihad terror gang, Black Saturday - CM] at the Munich Olympic Games.
'Since then, the IOC has repeatedly ignored calls for a minute's silence to be observed in memory of the dead.
'But pressure has been building on IOC president James Rogge after he dismissed a request by the Israeli government last month to commemorate the terror attack at the opening ceremony in London.
'The motion was moved by Liberal MP Paul Fletcher and seconded by the member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg.
Josh is one of three Australian Federal MPs who are Jewish. - CM
'In an impassioned speech to Parliament on Monday, Frydenberg stressed the importance of a memorial at the London Games.
"The Olympics in London is the perfect opportunity to right the wrongs of the past," Frydenberg said. "Indeed, the slogan for the 2012 Olympics is "Inspire a Generation". Now it is time to live up to these words. Plaques and memorials only go so far. What is now needed is a minute of silence".
"I commend all those individuals, including the member for Bradfield, the member for Melbourne Ports, and the member for Eden-Monaro; the media outlets, including the Australian Jewish News; and national governments from around the globe, which have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Olympic movement does not forget the victims of Munich."
Indeed it should not. The Jews from Israel who were murdered at Munich by Muslim ghazi raiders suffered a fate that, today, all non-Muslims across the world may rationally fear, especially when they take part in high-profile and spectacularly un-Islamic events such as the Olympics; for the Fast Jihadists are always looking for opportunities to kill as many kuffar as possible, all at once, in such a manner as to sow maximum terror. I do not know how much security measures were stepped up, from Munich onward; but I suspect that it was only after the Muslim assault on America in 2001 that those hosting the Olympics - in 2004, and 2008, and now London in 2012 - that the real exponential increase in the extent, type and cost of security measures for athletes and spectators took place, in the face of the real and ever-present threat that an attack like that which took place at Munich - or much, much worse - is being plotted somewhere in the Muslim world...or in the Muslim colonies within the non-Muslim world. - CM
'Fletcher said it was "important that this horrific event is not forgotten, and that is the point of the motion before the House today", adding that for four decades, "the families of those killed in Munich and the Jewish community around the world have been asking the International Olympic Committee to observe a minute of silence at Olympic Games in memory of those killed at Munich."
'Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby reminded Parliament that the support for an official commemoration was not confined to Australia and Israel.
"This request has the support, among others, of the Canadian Parliament, US congressmen, British politicians and, to their great credit, the members for Bradfield, Kooyong and Eden-Monaro, and the Australian government and opposition", Danby said.
'Labor MP Mike Kelly also spoke in support of the motion. "We must have a minute's silence in London to remind the world of the loss of these fine Israeli athletes and to inspire our rededication to the implacable fight against terror, the attainment of peace in the Middle East, and the pursuit of the Olympic ideal".
Half marks, Mr Kelly. We are not fighting against 'terror'. We are - however haphazardly and blunderingly at the moment - attempting to defend ourselves against Jihad: a global Jihad that assails the Jews (whether within the diaspora - remember Toulouse? - or within Israel) first, but which has all other non-Muslims in the world on its 'things to convert, crush, or kill' list as well. And as for 'peace in the Middle East'; I advise you, Mr Kelly, to have a nice long chat with Ms Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and let her fill you in on the totalitarianism and authoritarianism of orthodox Islam, and its inflexible zero-sum paradigm which will never permit any agreement between Muslim entities and Israel to be anything other than a temporary truce within which the Muslim forces will regroup and rearm and bide their time, waiting their chance to go back in...for the kill.
There is a little more in the Times of Israel report; most notably, the OIC gets a mention.
'Australian Lawmakers Vote For Olympic Minute of Silence for Munich Victims'.
'Legislators including PM Julia Gillard vote for the motion by standing in silence as a mark of respect to the memory of those murdered in the 1972 massacre.
'Australian lawmakers unanimously backed a motion supporting a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israelis murdered in Munich 40 years ago.
'About 100 lawmakers - including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott - voted in Canberra Tuesday for the motion by standing in silence...
"Proposed by Liberal lawmaker Paul Fletcher, the motion, which said the impact of the massacre by Black September terrorists in 1972 'has been seared on world consciousness' urged the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the anniversary during next month's Olympics.
'Joshua Frydenberg, the only Jewish federal lawmaker in the opposition Liberal Party, seconded the motion. "Only by remembering this tragedy can we impart the message that it must never happen again."
It would send a powerful message to the Muslims that their hatred of Jews is not shared or endorsed by others. It would also be an excellent way to demonstrate general Infidel solidarity in the face of the Jihad..- CM
'The motion was also supported by Michael Danby, a Jewish lawmaker for the governing Labor Party, who blasted the intransigence of the IOC, which claimed a minute's silence would politicize the Games.
"Perhaps their reluctance to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of the massacre is not simply a desire to kowtow to the Organisation of the Islamic States", he added. "Perhaps they don't want people to remember their incompetence."
Hmmm. I assume Mr Danby means, by 'the Organisation of the Islamic States', the OIC, or 'Organisation of the Islamic Conference' (or whatever it calls itself today). I am pleased to see that at least one person in my country's Parliament appears to be getting a faint glimmering of a clue as to the baleful influence of the OIC...- CM
'Last month IOC president Jacques Rogge rejected an official request from Israel to allow a moment of silence for the Munich 11 at the July 27 opening ceremony of the London Games.
'Fletcher said he would be writing to Rogge, advising him of the unanimous resolution.
'The Australian resolution, which is non-binding, comes less than two weeks after Canada's parliament passed a unanimous resolution supporting the memorial.
'Earlier this month the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved a non-binding resolution to honor the memory of the Munich victims, and last week the London Assembly joined the growing chorus of organisatins urging the IOC to back down."
I hope the IOC gives way, and accedes to Israel's request. I would very much like to see what the Muslim nations attending the Games - their spectators, their athletes, their official representatives - do, during the Opening Ceremony, when just about every kuffar present stands for a minute in silence to honor eleven Jews who were murdered by Muslims. - CM
Posted on 06/28/2012 11:56 PM by Christina McIntosh