These are all the Blogs posted on Thursday, 4, 2007.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
The Arab-Nazi Alliance
After the war, all kinds of Nazi war criminals were not merely given refuge, but welcomed, and appointed to important positions in the secret police and the military, especially in Egypt and Syria. Alois Brunner may still be alive in Damascus, where he was put to work. In Egypt, a whole group of Nazis, with the unrepentant Johann von Leers the most famous, not only went to work for Nasser's Egypt -- Nasser's brother had published an Arabic translation of "Mein Kampf" in 1939 -- but also found Islam very much to their liking. Von Leers found in Islam what he had been seeking for a long time: something not really to replace Nazism, but to allow everything about the Nazis he liked to be continued, under slightly different auspices.
Meanwhile, the Jews of Palestine, who during World War II had been handed out rifles by the British because the latter feared a German invasion and knew that only the Jews could be counted on, after the war promptly went around seizing all that weaponry, so that the Jews were left without those arms. And during World War II, it was Jewish volunteers who took on, in the Middle East, the most dangerous, usually suicidal missions, in Egypt's Western Desert, in Damascus, and in the oilfields of Iraq, where David Raziel, the likely successor to Jabotinsky in his wing of Zionism, died trying to keep that oil out of German hands.
As everyone knows, much of the Western world has been flagellating itself over its supposed mistreatment of every conceivable "colonized" people. The Arabs are at the top of the list of those who have won the sympathies of the British left, presumably because of British "colonialism" among the Arabs. But what "colonialism" was there? Arabia was never colonized. The British only established a few small garrisons in order to keep the peace -- that's the "Trucial" in "Trucial States -- and, early on, to suppress the Arab slave trade. That's it as far as Arabia went.. As for the British as mandatory authorities, that was not colonialism. The British threw out the Turks, and gave the Arabs a freedom, and states, they did nothing to deserve. And in Mandatory Palestine, the British mandatory authority, with a few exceptions -- Col. Meinertzhagen, who had been Allenby's intelligence officer, was forced to leave Palestine because of his protests against the whipping up of the Arabs to riot and murder, by Col. Bertie Waters-Taylor, and then the famous Captain Orde Wingate, who dared to train the Jewish settlers in techniques of self-defense during the Arab Revolt, and was, like Colonel Meinertzhagen more than a decade before, promptly sent out of Palestine because of his sympathies.
If this history were better known, and if the Nazi-Arab alliance, which included not only the Mufti of Jerusalem, but the attempt by Sadat, and Nasser, to aid the Nazis during World War II, not to mention all the other pro-Nazi sentiment, in Iraq, in Arabia, indeed everywhere -- better known to people in Great Britain, and if they knew further just what the British did in Mandatory Palestine, in refusing to abide by the solemn commitments that had been made in order to be given the Mandate, and if they knew just how many hundreds of thousands of Jews might have been saved, had Palestine been open to the Jews just before and after the war, then perhaps that desire to feel guilty would be transferred from the completely wrong object of such a feeling, to the people to whom, in deed, such a feeling is owed. And that might begin to help everyone stop their apologetics and appeasement of Islam, and perhaps even come to see the overwhelming case, legal, historic, and moral, of the Israelis, who are terrible, possibly hopeless, at presenting that case, but that is not the same thing as saying the case is not there to be made.
Posted on 10/04/2007 7:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Iran 'arming Taliban with roadside bombs'
Iran is supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan with the same bomb-making equipment it provides to insurgents in Iraq, according to British military intelligence officers.
US Army General Dan McNeill, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, said that the discovery of more than 50 roadside bombs and timers in lorries crossing the border from Iran last month proves that Iran's Quds Revolutionary Guards are actively supporting the Taliban.
British special forces, believed to be from the Special Boat Service, played a prominent role in tracking and intercepting two lorries that crossed from Iran into Afghanistan's Farah Province on Sept 5.
"I cannot see how it is possible for at least the Iranian military, probably the Quds force, to not have known of this convoy," said Gen McNeill.
Gen McNeill added: "The observation of a number of British officers who served in southern Iraq was that [the bomb timers] were relatively common there and that they originated from Iran."
A spokesman for the British embassy in Kabul said yesterday: "This confirms our view that elements within Iran are supporting the Taliban. We have previously raised the issue of arms to the Taliban with the Iranians and will continue to do so." Last month, Lt Col Patrick Sanders, the commander of British forces in Basra, said troops there were engaged in a "proxy war" with Iran, which was supplying Shia militias.
Iran, a Shia Muslim state, has denied that it was supplying the Taliban, pointing out that it was a Sunni militia. Iranian officials allege that American and British rhetoric is part of a propaganda campaign to build a case for war over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Last month, the new head of the Quds Revolutionary Guard force, Gen Mohammed Ali Jaafari, warned that a US attack on Iran would be met with a response directed against US interests in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"If the enemy wants to take any impudent action, the Islamic republic will for sure give a decisive and teeth-breaking response," he said.
What weapon are they planning to use to break teeth? Peanut brittle or toffee slab?
Posted on 10/04/2007 2:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Taking on Nigeria's Islamic censors
A filmmaker in northern Nigeria has defied a ban on filming brought in by Islamic authorities after a popular actress was caught up in a sex scandal.
The Kano State authorities suspended all filming in August for six months after a video clip of popular actress Maryam Hiyana having sex with a married man spread through Kano, the largest city in the mainly Muslim north. An enterprising street trader had burned it on to a DVD and was selling copies for $40 each.
Officials then acted, saying that in future, singing and dancing will be banned in movies, actors and directors will need a licence to make films and production companies will have to meet strict criteria before they will be allowed to do business.
Seventeen actors have already received bans for "immoral conduct" such as drinking off set and another director was jailed for making a film showing belly-dancing women.
The state's Islamic authorities say singing and dancing are gratuitous sexual titillation banned by the Koran, and the new regulations are necessary to protect public decency.
But producer Hamisu Lamido Iyan Tama says he has found a loophole in the state's harsh censorship powers.
His film, a Nigerian version of West Side Story, is funded by the US embassy as part of "heart and minds" anti-violence campaign and is therefore out of reach of the state censor's knife.
Kano has been the flashpoint for violence between Christians and Muslims, only last year at least 16 people were killed in protests about the Danish cartoons that satirised the Prophet Muhammad. They mean the Muslim prophet Mohammed, not to be confused with the real thing like Isaiah and Elijah.
Kano is among 12 northern states that began enforcing Islamic Sharia, which bans indecent conduct, drinking and gambling, in 2000, although the Christian minority, usually southern Igbo and Yoruba traders, are exempt from the laws.
Mr Iyan Tama's film, Tsintsiya (The Broom in Hausa), is about a young couple who find love across ethnic boundaries during bloody riots that rocked the state in 2004. Muslim from Kano State, Mr Iyan Tama says his message of unity is too important to be stopped, and to convey his message he must make films entertaining.
In "Kannywood", as the Kano movie industry is known, this means scenes of singing and dancing.
But Abubakar Rabo, head of the Kano State Censorship Board and a former deputy chief of the religious Hisbah police, disagrees - saying the ban was needed to prevent the religious public attacking filmmakers.
And while the loophole allowed the filming of Tsintsiya to be completed, it will not be sold in Kano without Mr Rabo's approval. "The confidence of the general public must be restored. Their religion, their culture is at stake. We know what the public wants," he says. In future, actors and filmmakers will be vetted. The censors' investigations will not be done through the courts and the decision making process is confidential.
Francisca Isaac, Tsintsiya's lead actress, said the state is maligning actors who are trying hard to produce films with moral messages. "They are not really concerned with decency. They go to the media and make the masses believe we dress indecently and we are involved in drug abuse and fornication," she says. "I am for decency, but they could engineer it so people believe I am not. It is all about what they want and right now they don't want acting."
Her male co-star Baballe Hayatu is also no stranger to controversy. Islamic clerics burned copies of an earlier film of his when he portrayed a man who beat his wife and used prostitutes, before changing his ways. "They are using this as an excuse because they are selfish, and want to control things," he said about the ban.
Posted on 10/04/2007 3:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 4 October 2007
GOP & Free Trade
This was an eye-opener on page-one of the WSJ this morning:
By a nearly two-to-one margin, Republican voters believe free trade is bad for the U.S. economy, a shift in opinion that mirrors Democratic views and suggests trade deals could face high hurdles under a new president....
Six in 10 Republicans in the poll agreed with a statement that free trade has been bad for the U.S. and said they would agree with a Republican candidate who favored tougher regulations to limit foreign imports. That represents a challenge for Republican candidates who generally echo Mr. Bush's calls for continued trade expansion, and reflects a substantial shift in sentiment from eight years ago....
The new poll ... posed two statements to voters. The first was, "Foreign trade has been good for the U.S. economy, because demand for U.S. products abroad has resulted in economic growth and jobs for Americans here at home and provided more choices for consumers." The second was, "Foreign trade has been bad for the U.S. economy, because imports from abroad have reduced demand for American-made goods, cost jobs here at home, and produced potentially unsafe products." Asked which statement came closer to their own view, 59% of Republicans named the second statement, while 32% pointed to the first.
Posted on 10/04/2007 6:32 AM by Andy McCarthy
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Iraqis to Pay China $100 Million for Weapons for Police
Why go through the mafia to obtain Russian weapons when the Chinese will come right to your door? From the WaPo:
Iraq has ordered $100 million worth of light military equipment from China for its police force, contending that the United States was unable to provide the materiel and is too slow to deliver arms shipments, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday.
The China deal, not previously made public, has alarmed military analysts who note that Iraq's security forces already are unable to account for more than 190,000 weapons supplied by the United States, many of which are believed to be in the hands of Shiite and Sunni militias, insurgents and other forces seeking to destabilize Iraq and target U.S. troops.
"The problem is that the Iraqi government doesn't have -- as yet -- a clear plan for making sure that weapons are distributed, that they are properly monitored and repeatedly checked," said Rachel Stohl of the Center for Defense Information, an independent think tank. "The end-use monitoring will be left in the hands of a government and military in Iraq that is not yet ready for it. And there's not a way for the U.S. to mandate them to do it if they're not U.S. weapons."
News of Iraq's arms deal came as Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the top U.S. commander for day-to-day operations in Iraq, told editors and reporters at The Washington Post yesterday that he expects a U.S. troop presence will be required in the country for a minimum of "at least three to five more years" and will involve 25,000 to 50,000 troops, depending on security conditions...
Talabani yesterday expressed frustration with the delays. "The capacity of the factories here are not enough to provide us quickly with all that we need, even for the army. One of our demands is to accelerate the delivery of the arms to the Iraqi army."
Iraq has become one of the largest buyers of U.S.-made weapons. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last month that Baghdad has signed deals to buy $1.6 billion in U.S. arms, with another $1.8 billion in possible weapons purchases.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the United States is "working closely" to help Iraq obtain "appropriate and necessary" military equipment. But U.S. officials concede delivery problems.
"We haven't converted toaster factories to produce carbines and we're working hard just to supply our own troops," said an administration official involved with Iraq policy. "Our factories are working for our own troops. So it's true we don't have the ability to provide these rifles and other equipment they're looking for."
In 2004 and 2005, the United States bought 185,000 AK-47s from an Eastern European country -- after Iraqis rejected U.S.-made M-16 assault rifles -- as part of a $2.8 billion program to deliver military equipment to Iraq. But a recent Government Accountability Office report said that 110,000 of them were unaccounted for, with about 30 percent of all arms distributed to Iraqi forces by the United States since 2004 missing...
Another factor has been the unexpected willingness of Sunni tribes to cooperate with U.S. and Iraqi forces, he said. But Odierno said he remains concerned over recent statements from Iraq's Shiite ruling faction demanding that the U.S. military stop recruiting Sunni tribesmen f0r Iraq's police force.
"That's uncomfortable to them, and I think that's part of why it's so important. This is about reconciliation," Odierno said. "We have to continue to move forward."
He said the U.S. military is shifting more of its resources to targeting Shiite militias, including what Odierno called "surrogates" who are trained, armed and funded by Iran, as well as "special groups" affiliated with the Mahdi Army of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
"We are starting to see at low levels a split between those [Shiite militias] who have some relationship with Iran . . . and those who do not," Odierno said. He said the significance of the "fissures" is not yet clear.
As Hugh Fitzgerald has said, over and over again, there are three basic fissures (sectarian, ethnic and economic) within the camp of Islam and a major fault line between the Sunni and Shi'a runs right through the center of Iraq. It is this fissure we be exploiting and its exploitation requires only our non-interference - military withdrawal. This should have been recognized as the inevitable consequence of the removal of Saddam and welcomed as part of a larger strategy to weaken the camp of Islam.
Posted on 10/04/2007 6:47 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Boredom And That Near-Life Experience That Is Islam
Are you a bored Muslim, suffering from that near-life experience that is Islam, and can't figure out what to do except to damage or bring harm to Infidels? Why not take up stamp collecting -- that's halal, isn't it, as long as there are no Israeli or American stamps among those you collect. Play chess: both Libya and Qatar have sponsored chess tournaments, so it must be islamically okay. It sharpens the mind, and is akin to war in the deployment of pieces, so it should be qaradawishly acceptable. Take up bustard-hunting in Pakistan, or if you can't afford the game of Saudi royals, just go bird-watching.
Or listen to music. Here's a song -- I think it is a favorite of several Saudi princes -- to liven up any Iftar or meeting of CAIR:
Posted on 10/04/2007 7:19 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Radical Behavior In The Muslim World
"The United States invading a number of Muslim countries was believed to have created radical behavior in the Muslim world, the speakers said."-- from this news article
"Radical behavior in the Muslim world" -- i.e., the conduct of Jihad through violent combat, qitaal, or its (for Muslims) perfectly acceptable variant, terrorism (that is, indiscriminate killing of Infidels, especially of civilians) -- was not "created" by the United States. The Jihad through violence predates -- as a doctrine, and as a doctrine put immediately into practice by the earliest Muslims -- the existence of the United States by more than a millennium. It has been conducted in the Middle East, in North Africa, in the Iberian peninsula, in sub-Saharan Africa, in Sassanian Iran, in Hindustan, in parts of East Asia. For a time, when Muslims were defeated in conventional combat (as near Poitiers by Charles Martel), the Jihad then took the form of raiding parties by sea, the destruction of Christian coastal villages, killing and looting and the seizing of Christians in Western Europe, with 1-2 million being taken, back to be enslaved by their Muslim masters. And in Eastern Europe, millions of Slavs were taken, and women from Circassia and Georgia, for the slave-markets and then the harems.
Jihad does not end. There is no, pace the thrusting young academic entrepreneur Noah Feldman, an "After Jihad." Jihad never ended as a doctrine; it merely fell, for a while, into desuetude when the non-Muslim powers -- the Christian powers -- proved too strong, too strong to be fought militarily. But the texts of the Qur'an and Hadith underwent no change. The details of the life of Muhammad, in the Sira, were not changed. No, the only thing that changed was that Muslims could not successfully conduct Jihad against the European powers.
But then, after World War II, things changed for the Camp of Islam. Where, however briefly, European powers had had their writ run, that writ came to an end. Parts of former British-ruled India became Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Dutch East Indies became Indonesia. The French-controlled lands of Morocco and Tunisia (which had French rule for less than a half-century), and finally Algeria (the only Arab country that can be said to have had full-fledged colonial rule for a long period, 130 years), all became independent.
And then came the oil wealth, discovered by Westerners, produced by Westerners, and paid for by Westerners, which since 1973 alone has given the Arab and Muslim states of OPEC ten trillion dollars. They have wasted much of it, in yachts and private 747s and every imaginable vice, and have failed to create -- how can they, given inshallah-fatalism? -- modern economies, but have managed to build palaces and fantasy-lands (including that grotesque hyper-Las-Vegas known as Dubai, where both Iranian and Arab money compete), and of course have become by far the biggest arms-buyers on the planet, spending hundreds of billions over the past three decades, and then doing one other little thing: spreading Islam, pushing Islam, paying for mosques, madrasas, campaigns of Da'wa, armies of Western hirelings (diplomats, journalists, former intelligence agents, lawyers to bring suits or defend Muslim clients, academics to make sure that in colleges and universities the Muslim view of Islam is the only view allowed, throttling all attempts to discuss the texts and tenets and attitudes of Islam soberly, without fear or sentimentality) to protect and promote Islam or the image of Saudi Arabia and other countries doing Allah's work. Saudi Arabia alone has been estimated to have spent $100 billion on these efforts. Add in the Emirates, Kuwait, Libya, Iran, Qatar (home of Al-Jazeera, spreading its anti-American, anti-Infidel venom, as well as to an American base that is there only because Qatar, like Kuwait, wants American protection from local bullies such as Iran, a revived Iraq, and even Saudi Arabia itself).
Islamic terrorism and other forms of "radical behavior" come from Islam itself. They come from the texts and the tenets and the attitudes. They come from the rage against Infidels, who are responsible for everything bad in the world, and above all, everything that is not right with Muslims anywhere. Are the leaders of Egypt and Saudi Arabia corrupt? Yes. Blame the Infidels, who "support them." Are the Muslims in Western lands not being allowed, quite at the pace they would wish, to have their every demand for Islam-friendly sites, for prayer rooms in schools and footbaths in public places, for changes in the way people are allowed to dress, for an end to mixed-sex public pools or special Muslim-women-only and Muslim-men-only days, for this and for that, and for that and for this, in order that the Infidels will by degrees, thinking this or that accommodation is of no great significance, when it is the accommodation itself to Muslim demands, that is the achievement, that is changing the face, and weakening the resolve, it is felt, of Infidel nation-states and their peoples to remain what they are, and not to yield. It is all thought out, not spontaneous.
It has all been planned, all been premeditated. These demands, including those that seem so innocuous (that Congressional resolution to "commend" Muslims for Ramadan -- well, Congressmen thought to themselves, "why not?" What's the harm in that? Why shouldn't Muslims be "commended" for Ramadan? But why should they? Is any group "commended" for such an observance? This was a deliberate attempt to inveigle Congressmen into a vote that then, minds being what they are, Congressmen would find themselves, if challenged on it, becoming defensive, finding reasons to convince themselves why the resolution was a good thing, why they were not wrong to vote for it, and they have then moved just a bit, just a bit toward the Muslim point of view, even if they didn't give a damn about, and paid no never mind to, that Resolution when it first came up, but merely cast that automatic, timid, and not-quite-innocuous "Yes").'
The Jihad - that "radical behavior" -- is back because it can be. Those OPEC trillions, those millions of Muslims allowed to settle deep within Infidel lands, behind what Muslims themselves are taught to regard as enemy lines, those Western technologies that have made possible, as never before, the spread, to both Muslim and non-Muslim populations, of propaganda on behalf of Islam and the Jihad -- those are the three elements that explain why "radical attitudes" -- as they are demurely called, are back, though if the West had been paying attention, not merely to Israel, but also to Muslim behavior toward non-Muslims in every land dominated by Muslims, they would have realized, long before now, long before 9/11/2001, that Islamic attitudes never were modified, and the limited improvements in the treatment of non-Muslims that obtained under European rule were, often, reversed, s-l-o-w-l-y or rapidly, it hardly matters. It was happening.
Posted on 10/04/2007 8:19 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Muslim Scouts Dialing For Votes
Linda Keay writes at IPT (thanks to Bill Warner):
Seeking to flip a Republican Senate seat, the Muslim American Society used Boy and Girl Scout troops last year as part of a massive get-out-the-vote campaign targeting Muslim voters in Virginia and elsewhere.
National leaders at the Boy and Girl Scouts of America say they've never heard of using Scout troops in such political activity and it violates Scout policy. They promised to look into the MAS program.
MAS Executive Director Mahdi Bray isn't keeping the fact that he tapped Scouts to run phone banks a secret. In fact, he's bragging about it. And while he claims the calls were non-partisan, he also is comfortable saying "Democrats would be a better choice" for his constituency.
In Virginia, incumbent George Allen was struggling to hold onto his Senate seat against former Navy Secretary Jim Webb. "We delivered 80 percent of the eligible voting Muslims to the polls," Bray said in July at an Islamic Circle of North America-Muslim American Society convention in Hartford, Conn. "48,000 Muslims voted in Virginia. 93 percent of them voted for Webb, seven percent voted for Allen. Webb won by a slim margin of 9,000 votes. Now I don't care how you slice it, dice it and I don't care whether you are a mathematician or not, you can figure this out, that if 48,000 Muslims voted and 90 percent of them voted for the successful candidate, then certainly, and he only won by a 9,000 vote margin – we made a difference."
Those numbers come from a study by a MAS official. While they were widely reported after Bray touted the study, these numbers have never been independently confirmed. Independent electoral consultants have expressed doubts about their reliability.
The Muslim American Society was founded in 1993 by the members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian-rooted organization that aims to reestablish the Caliphate, a global state governed by Islamic law.
Bray, its leader, has called the war on terror "a war on Islam" and at a 2000 rally, gestured enthusiastically in support of Hizballah and Hamas. In addition, he has defended Hizballah on his Washington, D.C. area radio show.
Bray openly described the scouting program last November in a release posted on the MAS website. "MAS Dialing for Muslim Votes" described how the organization was using a Muslim Voters Database to target calls nationally and encouraged people to vote on November 7, 2006.
"The MAS CEE (MAS Center for Electoral Empowerment) phone banks are being operated by MAS Youth, chapter members and volunteers. Even MAS Boy and Girl Scout Troops are making calls," the release said.
"Through our MAS Youth department, Boys and Girls Scout Troops, we are training an upcoming generation that will be spiritually grounded and political (sic) savvy."...
Posted on 10/04/2007 10:33 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 4 October 2007
"Well-Respected" By Whom?
"A well-respected military analyst and author, Ralph Peters, is sure that Eurasia is a myth. I don’t know if he’s right but take a look at 'The Eurabia Myth'..."
-- from a reader
"Well-respected" by whom, and for what? One cannot simply attach an epithet, and expect others to salaam-salaam. Peters is sometimes sensible, sometimes wild, even ludicrously so. He has had a hard time of it with Islam, makes all kinds of pronouncements. I think he has been delicately dismembered by Andrew Bostom, but possibly also at this website. He says one thing, and then another thing, and they don't always make sense. For a long time he was a great supporter of the idiocy in Iraq. He still can't quite understand what the Americans should want to be the outcome -- clearly, a weakening of the Camp of Islam -- and still can't figure out, insists upon overlooking, the obvious way to achieve this, by exploiting (that is, by doing nothing to prevent) the sectarian and ethnic fissures that Iraq presents us with on a platter.
Hugh, I’m surprised at your rebuking of my description of Ralph Peters as “well respected”. “By whom and for what?”, you insultingly ask. --from the same reader
When I parried your adjective -- that epithet "well-respected" that you simply placed, without more, in front of the name "Ralph Peters" -- with those interrogatives "by whom?" and "for what?" I was indeed taking issue with the whole notion, as currently offered, of "authority." I have known professors of English who were incapable of writing a simple English sentence and knew very little of the corpus of English literature. I have seen professors of French who cannot speak French, and whose notion of what constitutes "French literature" bears no relation to what a well-educated French person would offer. And so on, all through much of academic life.
And I have seen, on the nightly news, all kinds of on-retainer "experts" on this or that, some of whom are the most oleaginous apologists (see Fawaz Gerges), or portentous summarizers of the absolutely obvious (see Anthony Cordesman), or military analysts who for some reason are called upon as "experts" on a place called "Iraq" (see O'Hanlon), not to mention kristols and kagans by the dozen.
I don't like to be told, by the press, or by anyone, that so-and-so is "well-respected." Is Jimmy Carter "well-respected" as an "international humanitarian"? Well, he thinks he is, and no doubt there are others who agree with him. Is Desmond Tutu, another of the self-described "Elders" who has gone to Darfur with Carter, a "great man"? He thinks he is. There are so many of these people. Is this or that magnate, who gives away a teeny-tiny bit of his fortune, to be hailed for his "generosity"?
And what about all those "experts on Islam"? Do you doubt that before the name "John Esposito" some will put the adjective "well-respected"? Or "the respected scholar of Islam, Noah Feldman, author of 'After Jihad'." You tell me if you think the adjectives there are misplaced. And you tell me if you think the telling of an audience that so-and-so is great, respected, or connected to a "prestigious university" (which prestige, like fairy dust, supposedly rubs off on all those who manage to teach at it, whether they are professors of elementary particle physics, or professors of hip-hop studies -- the latter, incidentally, being the new hire announced by the new President of Harvard, undoing, deplorably, what the deplorable -- in other ways -- Summers at least managed, during his brief tenure, to prevent).
Peters has a shtick. It is the "Military Man As Intellectual." Reporters interviewing him are inevitably treated to a view of all those German and Russian books in his library, and then they dutifully report this, being duly impressed, They fail to realize, as does their audience, that such being impressed merely demonstrates an unwitting condescension toward members of the military, as if it is quite amazing, worth reporting, that someone who was a career officer in the army could have such books, and presumably read them, in that German, in that Russian. What condescension toward the American military. I'm not having it.
Peter's' comments on Islam and Iraq have been a farrago of confusion. Here, I'll do just what you asked: I'll post below the thing he wrote, in 2006, pooh-poohing all those fearful cassandras, from Bat Ye'or on, whose numbers include Bernard Lewis, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Pavel Kohout, and Philippe de Villiers, and Ibn Warraq, and the late Oriana Fallaci, and a great many others who, "well-respected" or not, know a good deal more about Europe, and about Islam, and about Islam in Europe, than Ralph Peters, the sudden scholar of Islam and Eurabia.
I won't bother to criticize the article of his upon which you request comment. I find it best, in cases of obvious idiocy, to let the thing stand without comment. It's a technique used by the Austrian writer Karl Kraus, in his one-man (from 1911 to 1936) journal, "Die Fackel." Sometimes, No Comment Necessary is the best comment. But I'll put up what a writer in Belgium, Paul Belien, wrote in response to that crazed piece by Peters.
So look at Peters' article-- and indeed, let everyone have a look, at what Ralph Peters wrote -- he's the dismissive one, he's the complacent one one -- about all those who are alarmed, and with reason, with the demographic conquest of Western Europe by the forces of Islam. Just look, and see what you think, what in that article gives good grounds for that complacency and that dismissiveness, instead of the foreboding and alarm everyone of sense should by now be feeling.
Here is Peters' "The Eurabia Myth." And here is Paul Belien's response. And here is an article by Andrew Bostom that is a more general response to Peters. Judge for yourself.
Posted on 10/04/2007 11:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
MAS & The Boy Scouts & The Balilla
What does the phrase "MAS [Muslim American Association] Boy and Girl Scout Troops" mean? Has the MAS created its own little Oktobryata, its own little Balilla, its own variant on Hitler Youth groups, those uniforms not merely the innocuous cub-wolf-bear-lion scouts of yore, but something else, something in which Islam itself is much in evidence, is what those "boy and girl scouts" are to be promoting?
One expects to hear from the Boy Scouts of America on this. If, indeed, troops of these "scouts" are connected to the Boy Scouts of America, then the quasi-public nature of the Boy Scouts no doubt forbids any political activity, and there will be consequences, including those about the tax treatment of the Scouts and of donations to them, unless this problem is cleared up in a way that satisfies American taxpayers and the American government. Mahdi Bray may think the world is his oyster and anything goes. He has another think coming.
Posted on 10/04/2007 11:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Management theories are pretty silly. There's Charles Handy's "gods of management" malarkey, which states that an insurance company has an "Apollo role culture". And don't forget Maslow's hierarchy of needs, with food and shelter at the bottom, "self-actualisation" at the top, and "hole in the head" nowhere to be found.
Teams being all important to management, many theories involve team members (co-ordinator, shaper, finisher, plant, monitor-evaluator, and so forth) . Robert Benchley's two kinds of people won't do at all. There should be at least five, and preferably seven or ten. All these movers, shakers, plants or whatever they are go through Tuckman's stages of team development. These used to be:
A team forms, then it thrashes things out, then the members get to know each other and establish patterns, then they they work well together and finally they get complacent. Dorming is optional, and teams should avoid it. But five is a better number than four, so that may be why they put it in.
As management theories go, this was not the worst. There were five things to remember and they all rhymed. But now they've added another one: "mourning". This comes after "dorming", the idea being that you lament your lost performing, productiveness and proactivity. But it doesn't rhyme properly.
Naturally, once they got to six, they had to proceed to seven, six being an unacceptable number. And what did the gods of management come up with? "Adjourning". That looks like "mourning" but doesn't sound like it, and sounds even less like the Stormin' Norman words. Forming, storming, norming, performing, dorming, mourning and adjourning: a lacklustre performance I'd say, and proactivity issues going forward.
All is not lost, however. If they take it up to ten - eight or nine won't do - they can redeem the rhyme: forming, storming, norming, performing, dorming, mourning, adjourning, learning, yearning and gurning.
Now, what rhymes with Tuckman?
Posted on 10/04/2007 12:48 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Newspaper editor was bomb target
A suspect in the Vollsmose terror case said the culture editor of Jyllands-Posten newspaper was a possible bombing target due to the Mohammed cartoons
Jyllands-Posten’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, was one of the Vollsmose terror group’s possible targets for a bomb attack because he made the decision to publish the Mohammed cartoons in the newspaper, according to one of the suspects in the case.
On Tuesday, suspect AA told the Eastern High Court that he and the other three suspects charged in the case one day discussed sending a remote control car bomb to Rose’s house. He added that it may have been meant as a joke, as he had also told the domestic intelligence service’s undercover agent LH that he would ‘halal-slaughter’ MP Naser Khader.
AA, a Dane who converted to Islam, also gave testimony Tuesday that included several damaging comments to the credibility of the three other suspects, who have pleaded innocent of charges of planning a terror action.
Among AA’s comments were that two of the suspects had set off a test bomb on a football field at the Vollsmose housing complex. He also said that metal pieces presented in evidence were to be used to make a bomb more lethal.
Posted on 10/04/2007 1:35 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 4 October 2007
A business administrator writes
Talking of management speak, here are the words of a "PGD" in Business Administration:
A.aleykum.The ummah must also know that since 1924 QURAN is not hudalnnaas also is not wabayynaat minalhuda walfuruqaan,the ummah are ruled by total kufru system since 1924.Thefore,if it is haram from the ijumau swahaba for the muslims to stay for three day without khalifah,know is more than 80years.Let the ummah feel shame in this mounth of RAMADHAN before ALLAH and work to re-exstablish the khilafah so that the QURAN become Hudalnnaas which will be the result of hudalmuttaqiin.
I'm not sure what all of this means, but I don't like the sound of it. Perhaps English is not his first language; it's hard to tell with all the Arabic. Hudalnass should not be confused with Habermas, that's for sure.
The above is a comment on an article on Ramadan at the website Khilafah.com, a site I like to dip into now and again. The article starts:
O Muslims! Make Ramadhan the month of victory again by re-establishing the Khilafah.
And there we all were thinking Islam was a religion of peace that just wanted to make friends.
Khilafah.com is the website of Hizb ut Tahrir, an Islamic party that Cameron said he would ban. Banning H u T is not enough. What they preach is mainstream Islam. Or if it isn't, where are the moderates refuting their arguments?
Posted on 10/04/2007 2:28 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 4 October 2007
I learned a new word today: tawakkul. It sounds rather fun, but then so does "quango". Tawakkul is less fun than "quango" and more deadly.
It means "reliance on Allah". What's wrong with that? Christians sing "Rock of Ages", don't they? Well, let's see. From Khilafah.com, a must-read website:
Tawakkul is different to acting according to the means. They are two different issues with different evidences. The Messenger of Allah (saw) used to make tawakkul and act according to the means he used and to instruct his companions to do the same either by ayah or hadith. He (saw) used to prepare all what he could of power, such as emptying the wells of Badr, digging the trench (khandaq), borrowing armour from Safwaan, baths springs, cutting off the water supply in Khaybar, concealing information from the Quraysh when he wanted to open Makkah, and he entered Makkah supported by two plates of armour.
But what about "Onward Christian Soldiers"? Well, here's one thing about them - they are marching as to war.
Update: Apologies. When I said "Allah", I meant "Allah SWT", natch. I wonder if this PGD in Business Administration has studied SWT analysis.
Posted on 10/04/2007 2:50 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Forty-one Republicans, more than 20 percent of the caucus, and one Democrat voted “present” on a resolution recognizing the commencement of Ramadan on Tuesday.
The 42 lawmakers make up more than 10 percent of the members voting on the resolution. There were zero “no” votes, and 14 members did not vote.
The resolution recognized “the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world,” rejected “hatred, bigotry and violence directed against Muslims, both in the United States and worldwide” and “[commended] Muslims in the United States and across the globe who have privately and publicly rejected interpretations and movements of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence and terror.” --from this news item
Why should anyone be "commended" for their religion? Is believing in this or that religion some special exploit, some feat of derring-do, that needs to be commended?
There are those who deserve commendation for ceasing to believe in Islam and bravely writing about it. In a better world, those whose duty it is to protect us, and instruct us, and therefore have a duty -- a duty they must cease to ignore --to learn about Islam, and not from the army of hirelings of Muslim states, and apologists for Islam, who are running around all the capitals of the Western world. In a rightly-ordered world, the brave dissenters, those who in the case of Islam are the equivalent of Andrey Sakharov and Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Yuri Galanskov and Valery Chalidze and Anatoliy Yakobson and all the others, the best people in the Soviet Union, who helped bring that system down by irrefutably showing what was wrong, morally and in other ways, with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and helped to unnerve and demoralize, starting with the educated children of the Nomenklatura, the Party's rulers, who could not gainsay their arguments.
No, don't expect any resolutions "commending" those who signed that St. Petersburg (Florida) Declaration, including Ibn Warraq and Wafa Sultan and Mithal al-Alusi, and many others.
But why was this resolution, seemingly innocuous, but in fact sinister in its goal -- to implicate Congressmen in ways they do not yet realize, implicate them psychologically in the defense of Islam -- ever brought to a vote?
One is beginning to feel about Congressmen the way Mark Twain felt about them, and Will Rogers. The contempt, if expressed as they did it, amuses, but it doesn't make for a healthy polity, one able to defend itself against the greatest internal menace, one that is unprecedented in its means and its resources, that this country, and that the entire West along with it, has ever faced.
Posted on 10/04/2007 3:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
More Muslim management speak
As I noted earlier, market-based solutions have been impacting and leveraging the Islam-based enterprise for some time now and will progresss this going forward within the architecture of consumer space, with dhimmitude an optimal solution for Islam resistance issues in the potential customer base.
Now IslamIsPeace.org promises "to create permanent channels of dialogue" and, above all "to partner with business and government".
I hope they won't try to partner with Allah, SWT. Because that could lead to negativity issues going forward.
Posted on 10/04/2007 3:36 PM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 4 October 2007
DALLAS — The Dallas trial of a charity accused of financing Middle Eastern terrorists took a twist Wednesday when jurors indicated that a member of the panel was refusing to vote.... --from this news item
In December 2005, I wrote:
Certain subjects are deemed too complicated, not only for jurors, but for ordinary judges. There are special Military Courts. There are special Tax Courts. Is the matter of terrorism akin to a case of shoplifting, or assault and battery, or even murder, or does it require special kinds of knowledge, including an understanding of the tenets of Islam, the worldview that those tents naturally engender, the opaque language of parts of the Qur'an, the principles of kitman and taqiyya? Is this the kind of knowledge that those who make up the jury pool are likely to comprehend, or be made to comprehend? And since a great many people have a great deal of respect for anything called a "religion," and since Islam is called, by many, a "religion," can one expect the necessary ability to stand back, to analyze, to be skeptical even, or perhaps especially, of someone who is called a "cleric"? Can even the phrase "in the path of God" be understood properly? And what happens if, in court, the usual highly selective quotation of Qur'anic passages occurs? And what if, as is quite likely, the defendants in such cases are, to an untutored eye, perfectly nice people, family men (and how), who raise their children with all those family values (and if we are to listen to Mustafa Akyol's siren song, practically Kansas fundamentalists in their desire to promote intelligent design and to find, at long last, with their "Christian brethren," a way out of the supposed moral mess that "modern science" has created).
Congress -- Tancredo, any one -- must look at this, and figure out how to set up separate courts, specialized courts, with special prosecutors. See if there is anything to be learned, anywhere, for example in the operation that Jean-Louis Bruguiere runs in France, to deal with the problem of dumb juries.
A clearly-guilty defendant let off with his freedom and his Heisman Trophy, who cannot conceivably be a further menace now that his wife is dead, is bad enough. Letting off anyone like Sami al-Arian heartens others like him everywhere, and further endangers all of us. Sentimentalism about juries has to go. Just as, in tort cases, these juries choose mindlessly to redistribute the wealth -- unable to do so at the ballot box, they do so in the courtroom, but the recipients of the transfer of gigantic sums from defendant corporations do not get spread around, but rather go to a particular plaintiff who hardly deserves the preposterous settlement, and of course to the lawyer. That too is a problem: the Jury that is determined to redistribute wealth in the clumsiest, and most unfair, manner possible.
But this is far worse.
Posted on 10/04/2007 3:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
The Dhimmi Tube
Bill Warner writes at the Center for the Study of Political Islam:
There they were on one of the "intelligent" TV channels, extolling the wonders of Moorish Spain, Andalusia, an Islamic Golden Age. The Dark Age Europeans were hillbillies living in huts with dirt floors and here were the cultured, tolerant, multicultural Muslims showing the kafirs how a civilized man lived. The Golden Age was a wonderful, glorious time that the bigoted Christians ruined. They fought and died for 700 years to evict the peaceful, tolerant, brilliant Muslims.
Oddly enough, there were a few facts that were not mentioned by the dhimmi scholars. There was no mention of the 1,000 blond Christian virgins shipped to Africa to serve as sex slaves for Moorish Muslims. There was no mention of the imam's call to prayer atop a mountain of Christian knights' heads. There was no mention of the Islamic riots that killed thousands of Jews in Cordoba and Granada.
Islamic Spain was jihad and dhimmitude. That meant yearly raids on the neighboring bloody borders of Islam. What were the peaceful, tolerant Muslims doing? The usual jihad--killing, raping and stealing from the intolerant Christians.
But think about it. If Islam is such a brilliant intellectual culture, why didn't North Africa have a Golden Age either before or after Andalusia? The Golden Ages of Islam always depend on the dhimmi scholars, the Christians and Jews. There is no such thing as a pure Islamic Golden Age. And as more of the Christians and Jews disappear into Islam, the Golden Age becomes a black hole. There has never been a Nobel prize in the sciences won with work done inside of an Islamic country. There are only eight Islamic scientists who won a scientific Nobel prize and all eight had kafir partners. (Tiny Scotland has won 32 scientific Nobel prizes.)
The dhimmi TV scholars did mention the word dhimmi and said it meant "protection". They made dhimmi sound like your Daddy had wrapped his big, strong, loving arms around you. Yes, dhimmi means protection, but in the same way the Mafia means "protection". A dhimmi Christian or Jew had to wear special clothing with a patch on it. The churches could not be higher than the mosques. All mosques were built on destroyed churches. A dhimmi could not testify in court against a Muslim. All of these terms are put forth in the Treaty of Umar. And for the privilege of being a dhimmi, they got to pay a special tax, called the jizya.
It was a Golden Age built on slavery, jihad, ethical dualism, submission and dhimmitude. Why is that Golden?
Where did this lie about the Golden Age come from? The source of the propaganda is well documented--Jewish scholars and European secularists, like Voltaire--created the Andalusian Golden Age. Why? Both had the same reason--it was good propaganda against the Catholic Church. Well, the Catholic Church is fast disappearing in Europe, but the Golden Age will never die. You know it is real, you saw it on TV.
Now to give credit where credit is due, there were many Jewish elites who prospered at times in Islamic Spain. But their life was characterized by "extremes of creativity and humiliation". The shame of the Jewish love of the Islamic Golden Age is that Jews allied themselves with the oppressor who made both Christians and Jews dhimmis. [Andrew Bostom's wonderful The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism brilliantly lays out Jewish dhimmitude, to be released at the end of the year.]
A last thought. What if the Christians had not thrown Islam out? We have the easy answer, look to Turkey. Spain today, would be 99.7% Islamic. And Islamic tolerance has only one result--100% Islam.
Posted on 10/04/2007 3:51 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Crossing Our Fingers
Concerning the Pentagon's celebration of Ramadan, it would be useful to quote certain passages of the Qur'an -- I can think of a baker's dozen off-hand -- and ask Commander Saifulislam if he considers those passages to be the immutable Word of God, and if so, how should non-Muslims, in his view, regard him. And then add a hundred-odd Hadiths, from the collections of Bukhari and Muslim. And ask him what he makes of this, and of that. Does he think those born in to Islam should be allowed to leave Islam without anyone making a fuss, much less attempting to kill them? Does he agree with the duty to spread Islam through the "struggle" of Jihad, Islam which of course defines as "injustice" and "oppression" all those acts, and institutions, which serve as obstacles to that very spread, and which no doubt include the First Amendment, and a good deal else, of the Constitution of the United States. And what does Commander Saifulislam make of the American polity, which is based on the notion that political legitimacy can be located in the will of the people, and is not to be found, as Muslims are taught, in the will (or whim) expressed by Allah in the Qur'an, and as glossed by the Sunnah?
These are not trivial questions. They are not wicked or cruel. They need to be answered. We whose lives and whose country's institutions depend on those who are in the Pentagon, and in the government, answering these questions -- and of course the veracity of those answers can be checked in various ways, but before getting to the polygraph and other means of lie-detection, one should certainly engage a Believer who claims that "of course he doesn't wish to see the spread of Islam until it dominates everywhere" why not? And when he says that "of course he can be friends with Christians and Jews" confront him with the precise Qur'anic passages that say he cannot, and the further passages in the Hadith that say he can do so, but only feignedly, and for the sole purpose of protecting Islam.
Has this been done? I doubt it. Timidity, fear of being thought a "bigot," or a "hysteric," explain why measures that should be on everyone's mind, and apparently are on the minds of no one, in authority, the kind of measures for national and individual survival that were undertaken by the American government during World War II, when those who had belonged to Fritz Kuhn's Bund or other such groups were indeed hauled in for questioning, monitored, kept out of certain kinds of employment. But now? Now we are supposed to keep ignoring what is in the Qur'an and the Hadith, and just cross our fingers, or intone mantras, or carry around apotropaic amulets and hope that things will turn out okay?
Posted on 10/04/2007 3:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Holidays and Muslims
Halloween and Thanksgiving and July 4 are national holidays. Christmas may be a religious holiday, but it has also taken on the character of a national holiday, and language to that effect can be found in the Pawtucket creche case, Lynch v. Donnelly. A private school, provided there is no discernible action, can do what it wants. There are private Muslim schools.
Those who do not believe in pluralism, whose canonical texts tell Believers, as the immutable Word of God, they "must not take Christians and Jews as friends" and have a great deal more that disturbs to say about the relation of Believers to Infidels (that cannot be overlooked and that cannot be evaded or elided by those smiling imams and other apologists) have no business invoking, disingenuously, the doctrine of "pluralism" to help them along in their aim which, if it succeeds, would relegate non-Muslims to a permanent status of dhimmi, one requiring humiliation, degradation, and physical insecurity. Those who invoke the very things that they most despise and which, under their dominance, would not last for even a minute, need to be subject to closer examination.
In that school district, for example, the protesting parents should do more than protest. They should locate the passages in the Qur'an and stories in the Hadith that make clear how central, in Islam, is the permanent division between Believers and Infidels. Every such moment should be an occasion for investigation, study, and widespread discussion and distribution of the disturbing facts. And this should never stop, should never let up. If Muslims realize that their every demand will only lead to a far greater number of Infidels finding out about Islam -- but not in the way Believers would like -- that may make some, here and there, hesitate.
The more push-back there is, the less, rather than the more, demanding, Muslims will become. They have a keen sense of these things, and will know when they have overstepped. Monitoring the reaction of non-Muslims to Muslim behavior is something they are well-versed in; after all, until they can achieve that dominance --and at this moment they constitute only 1% of the American population -- they will have to watch it. And they will.
Posted on 10/04/2007 4:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Nazi-Arab Alliance in World War II
Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers’ Halbmond und Hakenkreuz. Das "Dritte Reich", die Araber und Palästina, (Crescent Moon and Swastika: The Third Reich, the Arabs, and Palestine) was published in September, 2006 and has yet to appear in English translation. It documents the Arab sympathies for Nazism, particularly in Palestine and German attempts to mobilize and encourage the Arabs with their ideology, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, and the forces around the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini,in Palestine.
Nazi radio broadcasts to the Arabs between 1939 and 1945 constantly proclaimed the natural German sympathy for the Arab cause against Zionism and the Jews. German Middle East experts stressed "the natural alliance" between National Socialism and Islam. And such experts as the former German Ambassador in Cairo, Eberhard von Stohrer, reported to Hitler in 1941 that "the Fuhrer already held an outstanding position among the Arabs because of his fight against the Jews."
Cüppers and Mallmann quote many original documents from the Nazi archives on this. From the late 1930s, the planning staffs dealing with the external affairs of the Reich in the Head Office of Reich Security (RSHA, Reichssecuritathauptamt: originally under the monstrous Gestapo-chief Reinhard Heydrich) sought to engulf the Arabian Peninsula and win control of the region‘s oil reserves. They dreamt of a pincer movement from the north via a defeated Soviet Union, and from the south via the Near East and Persia, in order to separate Great Britain from India.
Thanks to the counteroffensive of the Red Army before Moscow in 1941/1942 and at Stalingrad in 1942/1943, and the defeat of the German Africa Corps with El Alamein, the Germans never managed to actively intervene in the Middle East militarily although they helped spark a pro-Axis coup in Baghdad in 1941. At about the same time, Palestinian-Jewish volunteers, Free French Forces and the Australians helped rid Syria and Lebanon of the pro-Vichy Fascist regimes there.
The refusal to place the blame and ultimate responsibility for Arab flight from Palestine during 1947-48 squarely on the divided and corrupt Arab leadership itself should also be held up to scrutiny in the light of what the world has witnessed during the last five years of insurrection and guerilla war in Iraq, the fifteen year long civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990), atrocities against civilians by the Sudanese Muslim forces in Darfur, and the rival factions fighting for control in Algeria, Yemen, and Syria (“Black September“, The Muslim Brotherhood“),and similar conflicts between rival factions; mass atrocities, mutilations, indiscriminate killing, blackmail, arson, looting, and mass flight were and remain the norm in inter-Arab conflicts. The Arab civil population of Haifa and Jaffa realized long before April 1948 that their lives and property were in jeopardy from the poorly disciplined, irregular, and corrupt Arab forces as much as from the prospect of a Jewish military victory.
Dr. Herbert Pritzke was an escaped German prisoner of war who served as Chief Medical Officer for the Arab forces in Jaffa. His eyewitness account, Bedouin Doctor (Dutton, 1957) is the objective reporting of a foreign volunteer:
There was no discipline, no military police. no muster rolls, no list of personnel. No one ever knew who belonged to which unit or where the different units were. This incurable disorder was shamelessly exploited. Things happened as they were bound to happen under such leader-ship. By the end of April, the Jaffa front was completely disintegrated. The town was almost deserted. Less than a tenth of the 80,000 inhabitants remained in their homes, and even this remnant was trying by all means possible to get out of the town. Fear of their own bullying and cruel compatriots spurred them to leave home and property, not less than the imminent occupation of the town by the Jewish besiegers. Moreover, bandits, more dangerous than the occupying force, were roaming through the town singly and in groups robbing and murdering. It was clear that the depopulated and demoralized town must soon be overrun by the Jews.
We Germans, who met almost daily in my room in the hospital, found ourselves in a very precarious situation. As representatives of law and order, we could to some extent check the depredations of the bandits and looters, which did not make us popular with them. At the same time, we felt that we were hated by the embittered citizens because we could not save their town. If we managed to survive the final chaos, we could look forward to no prospect of future but captivity. The Arabs themselves no longer showed any keenness to fight for their country.
Dr. Pritzke makes no mention whatsover regarding Deir Yassin but bears out that from the beginning that it was a dirty, nasty little war fought at close quarters by intertwined populations and that at the outset of the war the Arab side possessed a clear superiority in fire power.
Posted on 10/04/2007 4:56 PM by Norman Berdichevsky
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Nazis On The Nile
Unlike the Nazi war criminals who fled to South America, those who fled to Arab countries did not have to hide their identities, and they often were employed by Arab governments, especially by Egypt.
Here is a list, found in a footnote in "Il Gotteskamp di Johann von Leers" by Claudio Mutti. The text is in Italian, but the Nazi names, and the Muslim names so many of them took on -- as it says toward the end, "[l]a maggior parte di loro abbracciò l’Islam" (most of them embraced Islam)-- should be easy to make out:
"Tra coloro che svolsero un ruolo politico o militare in Egitto, possiamo citare: Hans Apeler, alias Salah Ghaffar (Ministero dell’Informazione), Franz Bartel alias el-Hussein (Ministero dell’Informazione), il generale della Wehrmacht Wilhelm Farmbacher (consigliere militare di Nasser), l’SS Standartenführer Baumann (Ministero della Guerra; istruttore del Fronte di Liberazione della Palestina), l’ex commissario della Gestapo Erich Altern alias Ali Bella, l’SS Sturmbannführer Walter Balmann alias Alì ben Khader, l’ex aiutante di campo di Rommel Fritz Bayerlein, Hans Becher (istruttore della polizia), l’ex ufficiale della Gestapo Wilhelm Beissner, l’SS Sturmbannführer Bernhard Bender alias Bashir ben Salah (consigliere della polizia politica), l’SS Untersturmführer Wilhelm Boerner alias Ali Ben Kasher (Ministero degli Interni, istruttore del Fronte di Liberazione della Palestina), Werner Birgel alias el-Gamin (Ministero dell’Informazione), l’SS Untersturmführer Wilhelm Boeckler alias Abd el-Karim, l’SS Hauptsturmführer Alois Brunner alias Alì Mohammed, l’SS Obergruppenführer Friedrich Buble alias Ben Amman (Dipartimento Relazioni Pubbliche), Franz Bünsch, l’SA Obersturmführer Erich Bunzel, il capo della Gestapo di Düsseldorf Joachim Daemling alias Jochen Dressel alias Ibrahim Mustafa (Radio Cairo), l’SS Obergruppenführer Oskar Dirlewanger, il medico SS dr. Hans Eisele, l’SS Sturmbahnführer Eugen Fichberger, l’SS Standartenführer Leopold Gleim alias al-Nasher (Servizi di Sicurezza), l’ex assistente di Goebbels barone von Harder, l’ex giornalista del Welt-Dienst Ludwig Heiden alias al-Haj (traduttore del Mein Kampf in arabo), l’SS Hauptsturmführer Heribert Heim (medico della polizia), l’ex dirigente della Gestapo Franz Hithofer, Ulrik Klaus alias Muhammad Akbar, l’ex dirigente della Hitlerjugend Karl Luder (Ministero della Guerra), l'SS Standartenführer Gerhard Mertins, Rudolf Midner, l’SS Gruppenführer Alois Moser (istruttore delle Camicie Verdi), l’SS Sturmbannführer Oskar Münzel (consigliere militare), Gerd von Nimzek alias Ben Alì, Achim Dieter Pelschnik alias el-Said, Franz Rademacher, Walter Rauff, l’SS Sturmbahnführer Schmalstich, l’SS Sturmbannführer Seipel alias Imad Zuher, l’ex funzionario della Gestapo Heinrich Sellmann alias Hasan Suleyman (Ministero dell’Informazione), Albert Thiemann alias Amman Qader, l’SS Standartenführer Erich Weinmann, il dr. Werner Wietschenke, il medico SS Heinrich Willermann alias Naim Fahum, Ludwig Zind alias Muhammad Saleh. La maggior parte di loro abbracciò l’Islam. “Per la verità, l’arrivo di un certo gruppo di ex nazisti al Cairo è precedente alla rivoluzione nasseriana. Già re Faruk si era circondato, tra il 1948 e il 1951, di alcuni esperti tedeschi (…) Giunto al potere Nasser, il reclutamento degli esperti tedeschi si è intensificato ed il senatore americano dell’Alaska, Ernest Gruening, poteva offrirne un lungo elenco, il 3 maggio 1963, nel corso del dibattito sul Medio Oriente” (Angelo Del Boca e Mario Giovana, I “figli del sole”. Mezzo secolo di nazifascismo nel mondo, Feltrinelli, Milano 1965, p. 463 n."
Posted on 10/04/2007 9:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald