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Thursday, 3 June 2010
Imam accused of launching 'jihad' against prostitutes in Spain

From The Telegraph

Yazid Koudri, president of the Islamic community of Cartagena and the imam of the Ennour mosque, has been accused of sending a team of "Muslim guards" onto the streets to prevent the women from working.

Police confirm that they have received several complaints from prostitutes working in the streets around the mosque, including one woman who claimed the imam had tried to run her over in his car.

Others said the imam sent a team of his faithful onto the streets encouraging them to "insult the sex workers" and "threaten violence".

Mr Koudri has openly lobbied authorities to crack down on the red light district, which has emerged on several streets around the mosque in what local newspapers have termed a "jihad against prostitution"

Members of the mosque have reportedly been placed at the entrance to streets favoured by prostitutes to prevent any Muslim passing through, an act which the women complain has led to a drop in clients.

The local prosecutor has applied for a restraining order to prevent the Imam going within 200 yards of the sex workers.

Prostitution is legal in Spain, although living off earnings derived from prostituting other people is not.

Posted on 06/03/2010 3:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Afghanistan: 8.5 years, 1,700 lives, and $1 trillion later, here we are


Afghan Parliamentarian Calls for Execution of Christians

On Tuesday, the Associated Free Press reported that Abdul Sattar Khawasi, deputy secretary of the Afghan lower house in parliament, called for the execution of Christian converts from Islam.

Speaking in regards to a video broadcasted by Afghan television network Noorin TV showing footage of Christian men being baptized and praying in Farsi, Khawasi said, "Those Afghans that appeared in this video film should be executed in public, the house should order the attorney general and the NDS (intelligence agency) to arrest these Afghans and execute them."


Aidan Clay, ICC Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, "It is absolutely appalling that the execution of Christians would be promoted on the floor of the Afghan parliament."

Posted on 06/03/2010 2:51 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Bostom Reviews The Grand Jihad
Andrew Bostom reviews Andrew McCarthy's new book, The Grand Jihad at The American Thinker:

During an address on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies,
John Brennan, the Obama administration's lead counterterrorism adviser, provided a transparently bowdlerized perspective on jihad. Brennan's statements were breathtaking in their profound cognitive dissonance regarding this uniquely Islamic institution, which continues to wreak daily havoc in our era.

over 15,350 jihad terror attacks by Muslims worldwide since the cataclysmic acts of jihad terrorism committed against the United States itself on September 11, 2001, Brennan insisted,
Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or ‘Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.
Closing this willfully blind circle of "reasoning," Brennan further asserted that "describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by Al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism -- that the United States is somehow at war against Islam."
Brennan's views -- a dangerous concatenation of hard-left, Islamophilic cultural relativism and the relentless, successful "Islamic dawa" efforts of generations of jihadists -- represent the apotheosis of phenomena analyzed with uncompromising lucidity in Andrew McCarthy's The Grand Jihad.
An accomplished former federal prosecutor, McCarthy convicted the infamous jihadist "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman for his role in orchestrating the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and planning other acts of jihad terror. McCarthy recounted this prosecution in a prior book, Willful Blindness, which characterized the motivating Islamic ideology, goals, and methods of contemporary purveyors of violent jihad. He juxtaposed their openly declared jihad war campaign to the "conscious avoidance" of this threat by both America's leadership elite and its masses in a game effort "to expose this suicide ethos as it pertained to maintaining our security against the terrorist threat." In The Grand Jihad, McCarthy extends these previous observations, and focuses upon the more pervasive threat of jihad's non-violent manifestations, which he describes so appositely, as
...the wolf, that comes, if not quite in sheep's clothing, as nothing more dangerous than a sheepdog-is the more insidious one. ...Very simply the purpose of jihad is not violence for its own sake. It is to pave the way for the imposition of sharia, the Muslim legal code and the necessary precondition for erecting an Islamic state and society. That is a peril we don't want to deal with. Doing so would require confronting the brute fact that such a state would be antithetical to American democracy.

Continue reading here.

Posted on 06/03/2010 9:10 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Israel's exposure of the truth draws criticism

I think if you listen carefully, you can hear Ms. Teibel hyperventilating while typing this story.   By Amy Teibel for AP:

Israel's use of captured video draws criticism

JERUSALEM – Israel's army has been using confiscated videos to justify its deadly raid against a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and the Foreign Press Association wants it to stop.

The organization, which represents hundreds of journalists in Israel and the Palestinian territories, says the military seized video and equipment from dozens of reporters on board the main ship.

The FPA demanded Thursday that the military stop using the captured material without permission and identify the source of the video already released. The material appeared Wednesday on the army's YouTube site labeled as "captured."

The FPA says the military is now selectively using footage to bolster its claims that commandos opened fire only after being attacked.

Huh.  I wonder why FPA and Amy Teibel don't want these videos exposed?  Here are some examples:

Flotilla Passenger: "I Want to Be a Shahid (Martyr)"
(taken by a fellow flotilla passenger)

Flotilla Rioters Prepare Rods, Slingshots, Broken Bottles and Metal Objects to Attack IDF Soldiers
(taken from the flotilla ship's own security cameras)

Mavi Marmara Passengers Attack IDF Before Soldiers Board Ship
(taken from the flotilla ship's own security cameras)

This is an outrage.  Why won't Israel just lie down and take what the "international community" wants to give it?  Hold still, @*$ it!!

The IDF is just trying to bolster its claims that commandos opened fire only after being attacked, by providing videos that show their commandos being attacked before opening fire.

Posted on 06/03/2010 9:44 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Gnashers in Nashville

Having successfully hoodwinked the Visa Waiver people into believing that I am of good character, I must pass a further test before they will let me into Nashville, Tennessee for the upcoming symposium: are my teeth good enough? All Americans have perfect teeth, as any fule kno, whereas the British are snaggle-toothed, yellow-pegged and generally grotesque of gob.  Keeping said gob shut is not an option, so perhaps I need to visit the dentist I drove past the other day. This offered inplants, presumably of teeth, tooth-whitening and - horror of horrors - "smile design". Isn't a smile meant to be spontaneous rather than designed?

Perhaps Gordon Brown has been visiting a cut-price smile design consultant:

Posted on 06/03/2010 9:40 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Randing Ayn

Talking of smiles, Ayn Rand doesn't look as if she's game for a laugh:

Posted on 06/03/2010 5:52 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 3 June 2010
F for Muslim

If a Muslim is too old to be a youth, too lazy to be an activist and too undisciplined to be a militant, here is another way of avoiding the M-word: use the F-word, flotillista. David Aaronovitch used it in The Times, where he seems to regret Turkey's eastward drift, as if a westward drift would be desirable. Melanie Phillips uses it sarcastically in The Spectator:

[T]he line being peddled that one of the casualties of this debacle is Turkey’s hitherto close tie to Israel demonstrates once again the ostrich-like ignorance of Britain’s political and media class which refuses to grasp the reality of the global Islamic jihad. Turkey, which indeed was once an ally of Israel and the west, has been steadily morphing from its secular traditions into an Islamist regime -- which is turning it into an enemy of the west (and also places it at odds with those secular Turks who are rightly horrified by the prospective loss of their freedoms).

Only last month, after all, Turkey agreed to take 1200 grams of Iran’s ‘surplus’ uranium for enrichment – thus providing the fig leaf for Iran’s genocide bomb. The IHH are Turkish terrorists linked to al Qaeda. Turkey is now threatening to up the ante by providing a Turkish naval escort for the next Gaza flotilla. Go figure.

Further evidence that the Marmara flotillistas were not your average humanitarian soup-kitchen run has apparently been aired on Israel TV news, which has reported that after interrogation 40 to 60 of these men have been revealed to be members of several units, each with its own commander and assignments.  The men had no official papers, and each carried a large amount of cash.  Some were equipped with night vision equipment and ceramic vests, and there appears to have been a military-style command structure on board.

Posted on 06/03/2010 6:08 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 3 June 2010
World Collapse Explained
Posted on 06/03/2010 6:31 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Great Campaign Billboards

We profiled Vijay when he ran for Congress in Tennessee's 5th district (Nashville) in the last election. He's back!

Posted on 06/03/2010 6:49 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 3 June 2010
We Con The World

Thanks to George McCallum:

Posted on 06/03/2010 7:04 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 3 June 2010
A Letter To Turkey From Daniel Greenfield

An Open Letter To Turkey


Dear Former Friends,


Ever since you decided to trade in the Secularism of Ataturk for the Islamism of Erdogan, you also seem to have dispensed with the ability to coexist with non-Muslims on a peaceful basis. These days all we ever seem to get from you, is video clips of your leader, Prime Minister Erdogan, barking at us like a dog that its owner carelessly let off the leash. And if you don't know that Erdogan's owner lives in Riyadh, then you don't know very much of what goes on in your own country.


But your affairs are your own affairs. And our affairs are our affairs. If you want to let a fanatic in a cheap suit destroy Turkish nationalism in the name of Islam, that's your business. But when he gets into business with terrorist organizations who attack and murder our soldiers, then it's our business. And when a country that persecutes its Kurdish, Assyrian and Armenian citizens, and sends their elected representatives to jail-- presumes to self-righteously lecture us on how to manage our affairs, it had better remember that holding a stone throwing contest in a glass house will just lead to piles of broken glass.

You say you want an international investigation into the flotilla raid? Sure. Right after we have an international investigation into that minor matter of Armenian genocide that you've been ducking for quite a while. As the new "standard bearer" in fighting for human rights, I'm sure you will agree that it's only fair that Turkey should undergo the same scrutiny it demands for other countries.

And then we can move on to the more than

10,000 political prisoners

in your jails. A number

that at times

has topped 100,000. An independent investigation could also begin by looking into the torture and murder of political activists such as Engin Ceber. They could meet with representatives of TAYAD, the organization representing the families of prisoners. And they would no doubt be fascinated by the

more than 1500 children

in your prisoners who are there on "terrorism" charges. Like

that 12 year old

you arrested in 2008 for singing a Kurdish folk song. So by all means wrap yourselves in the banner of "Human Rights" and we'll

turn it into a noose

and strangle you with it.


In Israel, Arabs are a legally recognized minority. Arabic is taught in schools and used as a legally recognized language. Meanwhile Kurdish identity is all but banned in Turkey. Kurdish names, folk songs and even the Kurdish language itself has been repressed. Your regime

has actually prosecuted

and removed officials for simply incorporating a Kurdish phrase into a greeting. You screech self-righteously about the "Palestinian children"-- perhaps we should talk about the hundreds of

Kurdish children arrested

for throwing stones at protests. Arrested and charged with terrorism. Just more of the thousands of political prisoners of oppressed minorities in your prisons.


And perhaps next time your dog Erdogan gets up to bark up at us about human rights, we can stuff this in his mouth. Jenin, the Second Lebanon War and every armed encounter between Israel and Islamic terrorists over the last 20 years combined together killed fewer people, than your country did in 1997 alone. After you get through lecturing us on the use of force against Islamic terrorists, shall we discuss how many times you used jets to bomb Kurdish rebels who were lightly armed at best. Including in 2008 when you invaded sovereign Iraqi soil in order to continue your genocide of the Kurdish people.


You talk about stolen land, when your entire country is stolen land, from Cyprus to Istanbul. Your regime is a racist illegitimate entity based on the oppression of the Kurds, the Armenians, the Assyrians, the Circassians and numerous others. You went directly from being Imperialists to Fascists to Islamists, a truly dubious achievement for any nation. Your history is filled with slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide and invasion. And that's just in the last century alone. If you had any sanity or shame, you would dig a hole, crawl into it, and hope that no one mentions words like "Minority Rights" or "Territorial Legitimacy" in your presence, instead of trying to use them as a club against a nation whose national history predates yours by thousands of years. We had kingdoms and a civilization that changed the world, back when your ancestors were still trying to decide whether to eat the sheep or rape it.

But let us get back to your precious Islamist flotilla, decorated with Turkish flags that used to be more than just red versions of the Saudi flag. That ship you filled up with

Muslim Brotherhood members and Islamist radicals

bound for our shores. Over in your wonderful nation of boundless freedom, reporters have been put on trial for even interviewing leaders of terrorist groups. You sentenced the head of a Kurdish party to six months in prison for calling the head of the PKK, Mr. Ocalan, instead of just Ocalan. He joins the

more than 800 Kurdish politicians

you imprisoned in the last year alone. And after all that you actually have the nerve to pretend to be "outraged" when Israel intercepts your flotilla full of political terrorists?


But of course we know how strongly you feel about blockades. Like the time

you blockaded Armenia for Sixteen Years

. Very well then. If you insist on sending vessels flying the Turkish flag to aid Hamas, perhaps we'll begin sending vessels flying the Israeli flag to aid the PKK. We're not big fans of the PKK, but since you've decided to friend Hamas, then what's good for the turkey, just might be good for the gander. We can also fill a flotilla full of senile troublemakers, phony survivors and leftist radicals-- along with a few hundred well armed "activists" who know

how to use a knife

. Or perhaps we won't bother with any of that. Instead for every boat flying the Turkish flag that invades our territory, we'll donate a million to the PKK. I wonder how many rocket launchers that would buy. Perhaps the next time, your air force sweeps in to bomb Kurds out of their homes, they might get a surprise or two.


And then there's the Republic of Cyprus, which has actually been helping us stop weapons smuggling. They might benefit from significantly upgraded air defenses. While the US insists on equalizing weapons sales to Turkey and Greece, we just might have something tastier to offer to one side. And the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus might actually be able to sleep soundly in their beds, instead of being intimidated by savages showing off their F-16's over their heads. The Cyprus National Guard likes our drones, just like you do. But what if they had a much better equalizer at their disposal? Being a small non-Muslim nation surrounded by much larger Muslim countries, we do have a certain fondness for the infidel underdog.


Oh I know, what you're going to say. This means war. But you might want to consider that we've fought and beaten enemies many times our size. And what exactly was the last war you won single-handedly?  And no, bombing starving Kurdish rebels from the air, or occupying Cyprus doesn't count. And how long could you fight that war, before a domestic Kurdish insurgency overthrows your little empire. If that doesn't happen, you might want to think about the big Russian bear at your back. The bear has been eyeing you for a long time now. And with your military engaged in a disastrous war for the Great Caliphate, your borders would be temptingly open. And who exactly would bail you out then?


Oh I know you've made many great news friends, such as Ahmadinejad and that nice burnoosed king in the Arabian Desert, who tells your Erdogan when to jump and how high, but if you think Iran is about to pass up Russian nukes in order to bail you out, you've got another thing coming. Meanwhile old Abdullah in the desert can't even protect himself without the US Marines. And if you think Obama would send them in to save your asses, you've got another thing coming. I'm sure if there were Russian tanks headed to Ankara, he'd make a vocal statement about it. And Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would pretend not to laugh while hanging up the phone.


There is of course the European Union. Last time Russia pulled that trick, it was Britain that bailed you out in the Crimean War. But these days Her Majesty's Empire isn't quite in the same shape it used to be. Sure Cameron, Clegg and Harman will lick Erdogan's feet. But none of them want to be the next Tony Blair either. Germany doesn't like you very much anymore. Perhaps that time when it got enmeshed in WW1 to protect your Ottoman Empire may have put them off. Or

your internal campaign of subversion exploiting Germany's horde of Turkish laborers

. What are you left with then? France, Italy or perhaps Austria will forget that whole pesky Gates of Vienna thing and this time ride to your rescue.


No, when Russian commandos are ripping off your wife's Burqa-- there will be no one left to save you. Not your newfound allies, or Erdogan who will take the first plane to Riyadh, with as many Lira as his sweaty hands can shove into the pockets of his cheap suit. And just think of it, as the Hagia Sophia church that you turned into a mosque, will become a church again. Istanbul will once again be Constantinople, which means a certain catchy 20's song will require a rewrite. Of course it may not happen exactly that way. But it will happen. Erdogan's plan to suppress and integrate Kurds into a Muslim Turkey will not succeed. And his antagonizing of former allies means that Turkey is exchanging friends, for enemies. Meanwhile your new friends happen to share borders with you and have territorial claims on your land. 



So when that day of reckoning comes, you will find that you have made enemies of former allies such as Israel and the US-- and that the new allies Erdogan has found for you in Iran and Syria would prefer a Russian controlled Turkey, that has no chance of ever reverting to a Kemalist government. And Erdogan's godfather in Saudi Arabia commands oil money, not troops. And while he might be willing to sink Turkey for the sake of Islam, perhaps there are Turks who value their nation, more than Islamism. If not, you can look forward to Erdogan "reforming" your country, until it has the military might of Pakistan, the literacy level of Saudi Arabia and the poverty rate of Egypt. It is of course your choice.


A people have the right to choose their destiny, for good or ill. And if you find that this letter is filled with contempt, it is a contempt fully merited by a regime that seeks to cloak its shameful betrayal of a former ally in the guise of human rights, when it brutally suppresses the rights of its own minorities. You may wish to go on dancing to the tune being played by Erdogan, to sheet music composed in Riyadh. It is a very good tune. Filled with hate, violence and religious fanaticism. That also is your choice. But know that whatever you have was bought and paid by your ancestors who understood that Turkey would either modernize out of the gutter of Islam, or it would be washed away by the colonial tide. Your power does not come from Islam, it comes from the bread crusts of civilization that fall from the table of Europe. Abandon them for the red hued madness of the Jihad, and you will not rule over an empire, but over a wasteland. If you doubt that, look to the south and to the east. Look to the desert. You came from there once. And if you throw away civilization for the fanatical madness of Islam-- you will return there again.


Sincerely Yours


A Descendant of a Subject of the Ottoman Empire

Posted on 06/03/2010 9:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Grateful Iraqis Help Themselves To American Embassy Property
US Embassy in Iraq missing property worth millions

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of dollars in federal property is missing or unaccounted for at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the largest U.S. diplomatic mission abroad, according to an internal State Department audit released Wednesday.

The report from the department's inspector general found that 159 of the embassy's 1,168 vehicles, worth $18.5 million, are unaccounted for.

The report said 282 vehicles worth $40.4 million have not been properly registered, and $2.3 million in other property, including furniture and other office equipment, is missing.

The audit doesn't say whether the missing property has been lost or stolen, but it says the failure to account for the items is unacceptable.

Auditors also found that the embassy is paying nearly $270,000 per year in charges for more than 2,000 cell phones that have not been registered to authorized users. The report said the embassy could save more than $740,000 a year by disconnecting unassigned and underused cell phones and limiting international calls.

In addition, the report said the embassy has 1,000 more hand-held radios than it is using and could save $936,000 if they were sent to posts where they are needed.

"Embassy Baghdad has had difficulty controlling and accurately accounting for its U.S. government property," said the audit, which was conducted between July and November of last year. It noted the difficulties of doing so in a war zone, a move to a new compound and frequent staff changes. But it said that the inventories should have been done.

A response from the embassy said much of the data used by the inspector general was outdated or incomplete and that steps had been taken to correct many of the deficiencies.

Aside from the missing or unaccounted items, the audit also found approximately $2.3 million worth of property stored in warehouses or shipping containers that "should be considered excess" and returned or sent to other missions.

That included 1,069 chairs worth $275,276, 631 televisions worth $451,550, 614 mattresses worth $122,418, 681 tables worth $173,899 and 563 DVD players worth $29,214.

Posted on 06/03/2010 9:28 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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