We don't want 330 students next door in Mill Road, says Cambridge mosque
Readers might remember that I reported in January about a legal attempt by Stephen Gash, of Stop Islamisation Of Europe (SOIE), and Sareeta Webra, founder of Sikhs Against Sharia (SAS) to block the building of a new and very prestigious mosque in Mill Road in Cambridge. The design and grandiose plans below suggest that the Mosque trustees wish to emulate the famous university colleges.
There were many local objections to this plan. Local residents, including lecturers at the university had already experienced intimidation when complaining about noise and parking at the Cambridge Muslim Academic Trust's existing mosque in Mawson Road.
Neighbours of Cambridge’s main mosque claim they have been threatened by worshippers when they complain about noise and illegal parking . . . Dr Alexandra Winkels, who lives a few doors away from the mosque in Mawson Road, said the noise had forced her to move bedroom.
She said residents felt “threatened and intimidated by the large crowds that gather on Fridays and during Ramadan” and that when she had spoken directly to worshippers she had been met with “verbal abuse and derision”. She said: “At one point someone threatened to smash my window in if I didn’t back off. I really love living near the mosque, it’s a reflection of the diversity of the Mill Road area…”
But it’s all getting a bit much now isn’t it, ducky???
I don't seem to have reported on the EDL demonstration against it last year, although I thought I had. That demonstration was countered by the UAF, and students of the university. under the umbrella of the Cambridge University Islamic Society and Marxist discussion group.
The Mosque is still to be built and there are other plans for the regeneration of Mill Road. One of which is for more student accomodation. From the Cambridge News.
Supporters of Cambridge’s new mosque have said they don’t want more than 300 student flats to be built next door.
In a statement, Cambridge Muslim Academic Trust said a “concentration” of undergraduate accommodation on the former Priory Motors site in Mill Road “would not represent the best amenity value and is unlikely to be the development option most beneficial to local residents or mosque users”.
The trust said it was concerned by plans for the student development to front directly onto the street, preferring a continuation of the community garden planned for outside the mosque. Development next to the mosque should “strive to match and complement the massing, materials and design values of our own structure”, the trust said. The statement said: “Our preference is for a mixed scheme of a lower density, to include residential family and young couple accommodation.
“We are confident that proximity to the prestigious new mosque structure will attract new home purchasers from all sections of the community..."
In other words, Muslim families, to form a Muslim district. While drafting this comments are already appearing on the Cambridge News website saying something similar.
Political power or office often gives those who possess it the illusion that they control events. That, after all, is the reason why the story of King Canute retains, and will always retain, its relevance to the current political situation. Men think that if they can sometimes do something it follows that they always can do anything.
But nothing could have been more vainglorious than Britain's participation in an agreement guaranteeing the sovereignty of the Ukraine. By what means could Britain, or even the United States, have guaranteed it? By sending William Hague to Kiev, to protect that capital with his cloak of self-importance? By saturating it with protective fact-finding missions? The calibre of the British establishment was painfully and pitifully, though no doubt unintentionally, exposed by a recent article in the Times by Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to Germany and the United States. He wrote:
Any lustre [Putin] might have gained from the Sochi Olympics will disappear like snow in the sun, if he is judged to have trampled on international law.
Here is the Official Mind speaking loud and clear to the Official Mind, secure in it the 'knowledge' that no other kind of mind is of any account. Even worse is Sir Christopher's refutation of the idea that President Obama is weak:
It is in reality a perverse judgement on a president who has used drones against terrorists in far greater numbers than President George W. Bush.
I am not here trying to make out whether President Obama is weak or strong: I want only to point out Sir Christopher's foolish and horrible criterion of strength, namely the authorisation of the use of drones in a country that cannot reply in kind. Their use may be justified or unjustified, but hardly constitutes strength in him who authorises it. You might as well say that a young man proves himself strong by robbing an old lady in the street.
There is an obvious asymmetry. While unleashing drones does not prove strength, failure to react forcefully in the Ukraine does prove weakness - not the fault of the President, but a consequence of the situation. Humiliation is the natural result of self-importance, against which unrelenting realism is a preventive. Realism is not the whole of morality, but it is part of it. The following words should be inscribed over the portal of every foreign ministry and embassy in the world:
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Could Malaysian Air Flight MH370 be another version of Egyptian Air Flight 990?
Indian Beach Sculpture March 12, 2014 Source: AFP/ Getty Images
I watched the confused early morning US live broadcast of press conference held by Malaysian military and civilian aviation authorities. They were endeavoring to answer questions of an international press perplexed by the conflicting information about the final moments and whereabouts of Malaysian Air Flight MH 370 with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board departed Saturday, March 9th from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. The Boeing 777 aircraft has redundant electrical and communications systems on board and a near faultless safety record, as does the operator Malaysian Air. Only three such aircraft have had accidents in an otherwise impressive airworthiness history. At today’s press briefing a Malaysian military spokesperson said that defense radars had last placed Flight 370 200 miles northwest of Penang Island. The search area has been extended to both sides of the Malaysian Peninsula covering 47,000 square miles .An international flotilla of more than 43 ships and 39 aircraft are involved in searching for the debris of the downed aircraft.
Watch this CBS News report on the disappearance of Malaysian Flight MH370:
The confusion that I witnessed must have further perplexed the relatives of more than 14 nationalities aboard, the majority were Chinese passengers. Both the families of Chinese passengers and Chinese government officials have badgered Malaysian airline staff in Beijing requesting information on the ‘disappearance’ of Flight 370. Doubtless that also would have been the response of the families of the other international travelers including Australians and three Americans on board the flight.
Regarding the matter of passengers with stolen passports, we know that neighboring Thailand is a major center for trafficking in such stolen documents. Two Iranian nationals had obtained these stolen passports. These Iranians were cleared by US counterterrorism authorities of having any nefarious terrorist connections. They were bound ultimately for destinations in Europe and were on not on any no fly or watch lists.. While Interpol maintains a data base of such purloined passports, it is not entirely fool proof. Thus, local photographic and biometric screening of departing passengers’ documentation is the only way to effectively identify and screen them for possible untoward missions.
Perhaps contributing to the confusion in locating Flight 370, is whether the impact occurred on land or more likely in the relative shallow depths of the Gulf of Thailand. There is also the matter of opacities in the international civil aviation radar coverage, especially in relatively undeveloped areas. Airline safety experts, both former National Transportation Safety Board officials and International Civil Aviation Organization and independent experts said that the sudden disappearance of Flight 370 transponder communications might be due to a possible criminal act, either from terrorist actions or a rogue pilot. We know from a report of an Australian tourists that the co-pilot on Flight 370 had left the cockpit door open so that curious passengers on board might come up to the flight deck to see how the flight was being handled. If the case, that is a violation of international flight safety rules requiring the cockpit to be locked down s following the 9/11 skyjackings and suicide attacks in New York, Northern Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.
One example of a plausible criminal act is what occurred with the loss of Egyptian Air 990 that went down 60 Miles off Nantucket in late August 1999 with 217 passengers aboard. As Flight 990, a Boeing 767, crashed in international waters the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) was the responsible for conducting the investigation. The ECAA initially denied that the relief pilot aboard might have deliberately plunged Flight 990 into the Atlantic. Cockpit recordings and recovery of the flight recorders, the so-called black boxes, verified the sudden deliberate violent changes in flight controls.
Note this Wikipedia report on Flight 990:
As the crash occurred in international waters, the responsibility for investigating the accident fell to the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) per International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 13. As the ECAA lacked the resources of the much larger US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Egyptian government asked the NTSB to handle the investigation. Two weeks after the crash, the NTSB proposed handing the investigation over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as the evidence they had gathered suggested a criminal act had taken place and that the crash was intentional rather than accidental. This proposal was unacceptable to the Egyptian authorities, and as such the NTSB continued to lead the investigation. As the evidence of a deliberate crash mounted, the Egyptian government reversed their earlier decision, and the ECAA launched their own investigation. The two investigations came to very different conclusions: the NTSB found the crash was caused by deliberate action of the Relief First Officer Gameel Al-Batouti; the ECAA found the crash was caused by mechanical failure of the airplane's elevator control system.
Could Malaysian Flight 370 have suffered the same fate as Egyptian Air 990? That is, a rogue pilot seizing the controls plunging it into a steep dive and impact possibly at sea? If the case, then the aircraft debris including large sections of the fuselage constructed of honey comb material and baggage would have floated free for evidentiary recovery. If the impact was on land, the aircraft could have crashed in tropical areas with impenetrable triple canopy jungle areas. Should the cockpit voice recorder and flight recorder 'black box' be event be eventually recovered, then we might learn whether a terrorist or criminal act occurred.
Recovery of the aircraft debris, voice and flights recorders may be problematic Nonetheless, an Egyptian Air Flight 990 scenario could be a plausible, yet disturbing scenario. The last voice transmission from Flight 370 was: “All right, good night”.
A just-published Op/Ed -- "Will We See The End of American Hubris?" by Stephen Kinzer-- is quite a feat. In less than a thousand words, it manages to include more portentous, or baseless, or obvious, or empty, assertions than are to be found in works a hundred times its length.
Here are a few:
"Civilizations that have survived from antiquity, like China and Iran, are those that have learned to change as the world changes. Over millennia, they have risen to immense power, declined, fallen, risen, and fallen again. They know the tides of history."
"Conflicts over increasingly scarce resources--energy, food and water--are certain to intensify. The United States faces a turbulent and unfamiliar world."
And then there is the last paragraph:
"Yet much debate over America's global options is constrained by old taboos and outmoded assumptions. Original ideas are often seen as germs of a terrible plague to be crushed before it infects the national consciousness. Our thinking about the world should be enriched by skeptical, contrarian, and iconoclastic ideas."
Even Tom Friedman would have a hard time topping that.
Sectarian Fissures That Some Deplore, Others May Welcome
Mohammed Habash is among the Muslim deplorers, here.
The aggression and violence that naturally arise among those who are raised in societies suffused with Islam -- look at what the Quir'an contains, look at what kinds of behavior the Hadith describes and celebrates --explains why the sectarian violence is certain to continue. And without a single word of encouragement from the West. Nothing need be done. Just watch.
Australia, Foolishly, Prepares to Import at Least 1000 More Muslim From Truly, Madly, Deeply Muslim Afghanistan
Because, you see, the poor dears worked as translators for Australian troops in Afghanistan, and therefore, now that we are (at long last) leaving that sharia-crazed hell-pit, their ever lovin' mohammedan bros in the Ummah will fall upon them and their families (their spouses, children, sisters and cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents, etc,) and murder them on the basis that by collaborating with the Dirty Unbelievers they have shown themselves to be Insufficiently Islamic.
The only problem is that it is highly unlikely that any of these people so generously offered a free ride to one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, with anxious folks fawningly hastening to cushion their landing among us - and meanwhile, will it even occur to anybody to consider the mere possibility of offering, say, 800 special visas for the genuinely-threatened-with-jihad-genocide Assyrian Christians of either Iraq or Syria, or the imperilled and persecuted Copts of Egypt?? - will abandon the ideology of Islam and embrace either Christianity or nonreligion. It is far more likely that they will cling to the very same Islam that motivates those who would kill them. Why, why, why can we not let in 800 to one thousand easy-to-assimilate Christians, rather than another 800 to a thousand smiling, lying mohammedans, some of whom most assuredly will (or their offspring, in the next generation) Go Jihad on us, spectacularly and mass-murderously, sooner or later, and probably sooner rather than later?
An infuriating report from the ABC's Giselle Wakatama.
"Displaced Afghan Translators Make NSW Hunter Valley Their Home".
And how many giant mosques will start popping up in the midst of one of Australia's oldest and richest wine-growing regions? - CM
"The Hunter Valley is again opening its arms to people displaced by war, with hundreds of Afghan translators being resettled in Newcastle.
That is: hundreds of Afghan Muslims. Displaced by a war that is basically driven by Islam, Islam, Islam. - CM
'The Australian Government, acknowledging the risks faced by Afghan translators helping Coalition troops in their fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, has previously announced the provision of 800 special visas for translators and their families.
Just how many people are we talking about, here? Why, why, why import another thousand or so Muslims...from one of the most fanatically, crazily, violently Muslim parts of the whole of planet earth? - CM
'The ABC can reveal that as part of a wider resettlement program, about 280 of these visas are earmarked for Afghans (that is: Afghan Muslims - CM) due to resettle in Newcastle.
'It is understood around 200 have already arrived in the region, but housing them all is proving a challenge.
And are we also going to pay for the great big mosques that will, in due time, be demanded? - CM
'The ABC also understands there are fears for relatives left behind, with reports of attacks by the Taliban as payback for the help provided to Coalition troops.
How many "relatives" are we talking about? Whole villages full? Whole tribes full? We're not dealing with nuclear families, here. Think, dozens of cousins, who will all claim to be mortally endangered unless they can be got onto a plane to Australia. Prepare for the endless sob stories as thousands more Afghan Muslims prepare to engage in al-hijra, inveigling their way into the heart of dar al Harb (the zone of War), even as their brethren in Afghanistan screech with rage at the very idea of any non-Muslim being present on Afghan Muslim "turf". - CM
The Hunter region is no stranger to helping people displaced by war.
"Under Operation Safe Haven, Singleton Army Base housed 500 people displaced from Kosovo in 1999.
Yup. And they weren't the Catholic or Orthodox Christians who are being persecuted there, and their churches desecrated and destroyed, today. They were Albanian Muslims to a man (and woman). And if they behaved as did others of their ilk who were housed at another Army Base in Australia, then I'll bet they behaved abominably.
I found out all about the Albanian Muslims quartered at Puckapunyal in Victoria in the 1990s, in a most instructive thread at Jihadwatch, some years ago. Present in the forum was an Aussie soldier who had worked at that base at the time and had a grim story to tell, from first-hand experience, of the monstrous behaviour - and the monstrous sense of entitlement - displayed by those Albanian Muslims. Just click on the following link, scroll down, and read:
Excerpt: "After seeing the Kosovar Albanian refugees at Puckapunyal (Australian Army Base north of Melbourne) I find it really hard to believe that Albanian Muslims can be anything but "honourable". The behaviour these people displayed whilst here in Australia could be summed up as nothing more than disgraceful, and if the Australian Media reported on what happened at Pucka **as well as Singleton** (School of Infantry, northern NSW) then these people (Albanians) would of [have] been seen in a different light. - Shelldrake 1972, September 5 2009, 1.55 am.
And when he was asked to give more details, this is what he supplied.
"I was at the time posted to Puckapunyal as part of training staff SOA (School of Artillery).
"Before the lovely Kosovars arrived at Puckapunyal we (Australian Soldiers) had a visit from a really lovely lady, ermm, hmm, from (Dept of Immigration, Multicultural Affairs), she as you would guess was of Albanian descent.
"We were talked down on as if we were some kind of Neanderthals and barbarians..We were told we "must" respect these Albanians as they're proud and honorable Muslims. We must not speak to their women or look at them and accord them all the respect they deserve.
"It came as a shock when we found out that the Albanians had free use of the area pool of a nighttime. I think it was for 1 or 2 hours but the amount of mess they made in that time was despicable.
"These people could not (or would not ; my money is on "would not" - CM) go to the toilet so they took it upon themselves to defecate in the pool or anywhere for that matter, urinate everywhere they possibly could even on the heater in the sauna and funny thing of all they EXPECTED the staff there to clean up for them. That pool was emptied and cleaned many times only for it to happen again and again.
"Their billets were set out with all the latest mod cons, heating, television, computers, their own cooks brought in to cater for them all at Australian taxpayers' expense, yet these selfish dirty ingrates weren't happy with this. They had the nerve to complain about the accommodation and food and they wanted more.
"These people couldn't (or wouldn't - CM) even use toilets, they would poke their bums outside their door and crap over the side of the step, the toilet mind you was only 10 meters away.
"The lovely Australian Government also paid these people an allowance yet when these people were taken for shopping trips into Seymour they couldn't be bothered buying items they just stole them. It was later leaked out as well there that the Albanian (that is, Albanian Muslim - CM) men were prostituting their children for cigarettes and money. Certain acts were observed by outside sources, and there was a (hushed) case of attempted sexual assault of a female staff member. Few of us at the SOA actually heard that there were a few cases but [these] were hushed up very quickly.
"I personally came to see for myself the disgusting way that Albanian Muslim men act especially around our women; on a couple of occasions I observed female soldiers in our Gym being preyed upon by this filth...
"To top this off when it came time for these lovely people to be sent home, they smeared crap all through the billets, beds, walls, floors didn't miss out on this assault either...". - Shelldrake 1972, September 5, 2009, 5.35 am.
One wonders how much knowledge of the goings-on percolated out into the society surrounding Puckapunyal - and, probably, Singleton as well, because if the Albanian Muslims behaved in this manner in Puckapunyal it's odds on the ones billeted in Singleton did the same - and whether Hunter Valley locals have long memories, and are not best pleased about having some 200 or probably 300 or more Muslims (from a totally-Muslim country far more violent and backwards than mostly-Muslim Albania) dumped in their midst, today.
And so, back to our ABC report. - CM
'Refugee advocates have applauded moves to resettle the translators in Newcastle, but are concerned about a lack of housing.
I'm sorry, my dears. I would be more than happy to open my house to a family of desperately-imperilled Coptic or Assyrian Christian refugees, or a a whole nunnery's worth of Catholic nuns from Syria complete with habits and crosses, even if they had to sleep on the floor and eat in relays; but there is no way I would be at all interested in bringing mohammedans into my house, or my country. I'm afraid of things getting blown up. I'm afraid of having my or my children's - or grandchildren's, one day - throats slit in the night.
But cue a deluded dhimmi-in-training, who has obviously not been paying any attention to what Muslims - common or garden Muslims - have been doing of late to her fellow Christians in Syria, Egypt, the Central African Republic, Pakistan, or Northern Nigeria, and is all too eager to import hundreds of extra Muslims into Australia, to swell the more than half-million colonists of the Ummah who are here, and making trouble, already.
"Sister Di Santleben from the Josephite Refugee Support Network says Newcastle has a history of welcoming refugees.
"It's a huge honour", she said. "I mean these people have given up their lives for us, the Australians.
I wouldn't be so sure about that. I don't know why they did it, but knowing what Islam teaches, and that they are still card-carrying members of the Mohammedan Mob, I can't trust them. - CM
"They've interpreted for the Australian Army and other people in places that we know were deadly dangerous places to be.
Dangerous because of Islam, Islam, Islam, and the suspicion and aggression and zero-sum mentality it inculcates into all of its adherents. - CM
'But finding private rentals is going to be a challenge for this many families".
How many child brides - second and third and fourth "wives" - are going to be sneaked into Australia under black burkas, represented not as wives but as "sisters", "sisters in law", "daughters" and "cousins"?? - CM
'She says the translators are happy to be in Newcastle but fearful for the fate of relatives left behind.
Just how many of those "relatives" are there? Whole villages full? And are we going to be asked to let them all in?? Well, I'm fearful about what may happen to my fellow Infidels in Newcastle, and elsewhere, as in locality after locality, suburb after suburb, town after town, all over Australia, the ummah's numbers and perceived power grows, and grows, and grows, and grows. - CM
"I've asked them can they think of a day when we'll be able to publish their photographs and the folks said if you publish my photograph tomorrow, my brother will be dead", she said. "That's just the truth of it. They're not hiding but they've left behind brothers (how many brothers? all with wives [plural?] and children...all demanding to come to Australia, to live in safety, donchaknow... and can we be sure that none of those brothers or their children will not, one day, become suddenly, fervently Islamic, and go Jihad on us, to the tune of tens or dozens or scores or hundreds of dead Australian Infidels? - CM) and parents and fheir families, and while they're now safe, their familiess are by no means safe."
And the more Muslims come to Australia - more and more and more, foolishly welcomed in, offered "refuge", with welcome mats rolled out - the less safe Australia steadily and inexorably becomes, for every Australian who is not a Muslim.
Who is prepared to bet that some of these Muslim "translators', or their family members, will not - some time after arriving in Australia - engage in one or more of the following: sexual harassment of or assault upon Australian non-Muslim women or girls; "honor" murders of daughters, wives, sisters, cousins if said female kin show too much of an interest in an Aussie kuffar guy or start wanting to slough off the Slave Rag; forced and/ or child "marriages"; polygyny; welfare fraud on the grand scale; criminal activity (e.g. car theft, and drug manufacture, importation, pushing and dealing) of one kind or another such as the Lebanese Muslims are already heavily engaged in; and/ or, last but not least, mass murderous jihad plots? - CM
Terror plotter employed at school targeted by radicals: Extremist was jailed for involvement in cell that planned to behead British soldier
Despite the Sunday Times breaking this story last week The Times has a story today claiming that the letter is a fake, as evidenced by errors contained within it, as to the exact date a particular headmistress left a particular school, the reasons she left and the departure dates of another two head teachers.
Even if Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, is right that “the idea that there was an organised plot .?. . seemed far-fetched”, he is also right that these very serious allegations require investigation. Which is what they are getting, and all sorts of undesirable incidents are coming to light.
A state school allegedly infiltrated by Muslim fundamentalists had on its staff an extremist who was jailed for his involvement in a terror cell which planned to behead a British soldier, it emerged yesterday. Zahoor Iqbal, 36, was arrested while working for Saltley School, Birmingham, as an attendance officer and ‘achievement mentor’.
Saltley is one of several schools allegedly targeted for takeover by Islamic fanatics.
A teaching assistant, who worked at Saltley School for ten years, also told yesterday that terrorism convict Iqbal was just one of several extremists at the school. She said a group of male teachers and governors who called themselves The Brotherhood sought to make Saltley ‘an Islamic school’.
The woman, who worked there until 2012, said: ‘Everyone was intimidated by The Brotherhood. They were the ones really running the school. They excluded moderate Muslims from their group and would talk in Urdu to each other and to the children. More non-Muslims left every year until there were hardly any left. The Brotherhood would criticise anyone who wasn’t as strict as them.
‘I heard one Muslim teacher call another “a Bounty” because they were supposedly brown on the outside and white on the inside. Even how staff dressed was moderated to fit their beliefs.’
The source said she suspected Iqbal and other teachers took older pupils on ‘school trips’ to radicalise them. She said: ‘One teacher was suspended because he never kept records of where he was taking children. He would just take them away for weekends on his own.’
Iqbal was jailed for seven years in 2008 for supplying equipment for terrorist acts and supplying money or property for use in terrorism.
Saltley’s head Mr Bains was ousted after opposing plans by governors to scrap sex education and allow only halal food. Friends said he faced ‘bullying and intimidation’. The respected head, who is of Sikh origin, was also allegedly undermined when governors overturned his decision to expel a Muslim pupil found with a knife.
The author of the leaked letter even admits targeting Mr Bains, writing:
‘At Saltley School we had a Sikh Head running a Muslim school. This was perfect as we have been able to play the religion and India/Pakistan card and stirred up a real fuss about a Pakistani boy who had been excluded whilst an English boy had not.’
The undated letter, which is believed to have been written sometime last year, continues: ‘Balwant Bains will soon be sacked and we will move in. This is all about causing the maximum amount of organized (sic) chaos and we have fine tuned this as part of Trojan Horse.’
Birmingham Council is also taking the allegations seriously. I hope the West Midland’s Police Service are doing the same.
A moment’s reflection is all that should be necessary to convince anybody that our passions are not necessarily engaged by public controversies in proportion to the numerical or statistical importance of the question in hand. The debate over euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (PAS) is deeply impassioned everywhere; but not even the most enthusiastic advocate of euthanasia supposes – at least not yet supposes – that the question will ever affect other than a very tiny percentage of people.
The fact is that man is an animal that quarrels over symbols, and euthanasia is as much a matter of symbolic as of practical importance. How else are we to explain the fact, cited in an article in a recent edition of The Lancet about the new Belgian law extending the benefits of euthanasia to children, that there have been dozens of bills before the Belgian parliament desiring either to extend or to limit the scope of the current euthanasia legislation?
Reading the article and the articles to which it was linked, I came across two statements, one startling and the other importantly revealing. The starting fact was the following:
Recent studies have shown that the proportion of deaths that are the result of euthanasia or PAS in Oregon, USA as a whole, and The Netherlands, are 0.09%, 0.4%, and 3.4%, respectively.
Assuming this to be no misprint, why should the rate of physician assisted suicide be more than four times higher in the United States as a whole than in Oregon, which is one of only four states (with a total of only 5 percent of the US population between them) to permit it? Is it under-reported in Oregon? Is it carried out surreptitiously and illegally elsewhere? Are all the figures so inexact as to be virtually bogus? And if they are bogus, what does that tell us about the whole matter?
Another question is why there should be nearly forty times as many deaths by euthanasia and PAS as there are in Oregon. Is unbearable end-of-life suffering forty times more frequent in Amsterdam than in Portland? This is prima facie most unlikely. The pattern of disease in most western countries in very similar, and both in Oregon and the Netherlands cancer is by far the most common cause of requests for easeful death. Is there something sinister in the disparity?
The importantly revealing statement in the article about the extension to children in Belgium of the right to euthanasia was that suffering caused by psychiatric disorder was excluded as grounds for it (as it was excluded also for adults). This is very revealing because it is an implicit recognition of the truth of what is elsewhere often denied: namely that there is a fundamental difference between physical and psychiatric disease. The deeply corrupt and corrupting Anglo-American tort system pretends that the two are the same, to be dealt with and compensated equally; when in reality everybody – including even the most liberal legislator in Belgium – knows that there is a fundamental difference between them. Clearly if that difference were recognized by the courts there would be less work for lawyers.
It is obvious that if psychiatric disorder were recognized as grounds for euthanasia or PAS, the latter would become more or less death on demand. And if there is a right to death on demand, there must be a corresponding duty for someone to provide it. The slippery slope, the principal argument of those opposed to euthanasia and PAS, would become a very steep one, impossible not to slide down.
Nevertheless, many people persist in the lie that mental illness is no different from any other.
Israel fears terrorists in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip will deploy exploding drones in a future war, in addition to their main rocket arsenals, the chief of Israeli air defense said on Monday.
"We will have to cope with dozens of pilotless aerial vehicles on both the northern and southern fronts," Israeli Air Force Maj. Gen. Shachar Shohat said at a Tel Aviv security conference organized by the Institute for National Security Studies think tank,
Uzi Rabin, an Israeli aerospace expert, said Israel's Iron Dome and Patriot missile interceptors are capable of shooting down most drones. Israel is separately developing the Iron Beam, a laser system for vaporizing short-range mortar bombs and says it also will be able to destroy small drones.
Shohat said the terrorists' drones would range from radio-controlled model airplanes weighing a few kilograms to large drones with payloads of hundreds of kilograms.
Shohat told the conference that drones were now part of enemy guerrilla strategies.
Drones flew into Israeli airspace from Lebanon on at least two occasions in 2012 and 2013, apparently on photography missions and bids to probe air defenses. Israeli jets shot them down.
After the 2012 incident, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged sending a drone that flew some 25 miles (40 kilometers) into Israel.
Syria’s biological weapons programs run out of the Syrian Scientific Research (SSRC) in Damascus have not been the focus of much media attention. That despite these weapons are far more dangerous and more likely to be deployed. Perhaps less clear is Syria’s close relationship and support of Hezbollah and Hezbollah’s arsenal of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The merging of Syria’s biological weapon program with Hezbollah and/or Iran’s UAV programs could create an international public health emergency more catastrophic than a natural outbreak.
Iran is believed to have supplied Hezbollah with 12 Ababil UAVs.3 The Ababil carries an 88 pound conventional payload, with a range of approximately 150 miles. Given the unique characteristics of UAV’s it is conceivable that Hezbollah, under orders from Iran, and provided with advanced technology could deploy biological weapons utilizing this platform.
As regarding the credibility of the UAV drone threat, Bellamy commented:
Biological and nuclear weapons fall into the highest level of WMD threat, because their effect, for a given low weight, is far greater than for chemical and radiological weapons.6 As a consequence, they were given a priority, comparable to that given nuclear weapons.7 Hezbollah has acquired almost every type of conventional weapon Iran has ever produced and works closely with Syria. As Hezbollah is considered by some to run their own laboratories in Lebanon, it is likely that Syria has already transferred weaponized biological agents to these labs.
To put the threat Hezbollah’s potential BW program poses and the possible use of their current UAV stockpile as a deployment platform into clearer focus, in 2005, France's Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin, at an Interpol bio-terrorism conference held in Lyon, emphasized that nowadays terrorists are highly likely to use weapons of mass destruction including biological weapons. Given Hezbollah’s possible laboratories, they could easily maintain an advanced BW capability. Hezbollah’s state sponsorship by both Syria and Iran vastly increase their ability to successfully deploy BW using UAV’s.
Note the ominous threat posed by Hezbollah drone equipped with BW payloads:
Should Hezbollah decide to arm their arsenal of Ababil UAV’s18 or other drones, with biological warfare agents and target Israel, perhaps using a swarm of UAV’s, the likely and unfortunate casualties will be populations in nations who do not possess a bio-defense infrastructure. These are states that do not have the economic means to stockpile vaccines and medical counter-measures, who do not have the laboratory capacity or the health care capacity to conduct mass casualty care. With several BW agents such as smallpox, incubation periods can be lengthy. Some incubation periods would be over three weeks, transmission could occur several kilometers downwind given good meteorological conditions. This means a drone could lay down BW in an unpopulated area. The BW payload, should the drone be destroyed, could go undetected until populations become symptomatic. Lengthy incubation periods mean silent transmission which would come in waves. As A-symptomatic civilians travel to other regions of Israel and internationally. A war game, called Atlantic Storm, illustrates the existential risk to the global community from BW verses chemical or nuclear weapons.
Perhaps, IAF Gen. Shohat focused his public remarks on the terrorist UAV threat purposefully on aerial platforms equipped with conventional ordnance. That may deflect attention from probable covert developments by the IDF to combat Hezbolleh and other Iran proxies resorting to potentially more catastrophic BW and other non-conventional UAV payload threats to Israel and the World.
Khaled Abu Toameh On Abbas, Obama, And The Arab League
The Arab League is a comical and ineffectual organization, but non-Arabs do not know that. So when Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) makes sure the Arab League passes a resolution supporting his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, he can now go to Kerry and Obama, panting for an agreement, dangerous and unjust as that agreement will necessarily be for Israel, because they can't understand that the absence of such agreement is what keeps the peace, the only peace that counts, based on Israel's deterrent power, which power will be weakened by any further relinguishing of control over territory taken in the Six--Day War, but that military conquest is not the source of Israel's title, merely the source of its ability to enforce its title. There is a difference.
That whole business of "recognizing Israel as a Jewish state" is a way of saying -- this is the formulation the Israelis have come up -- "You've got to do something to show that this is a final agreement, you really truly mean it, no more slicing-the-salami strategy, no more of those Hudaibiyya hudnas to be broken as soon as possible." It might be preferable for them to discuss those very things -- that sausage-strategy, that Hudaibiyya hudna -- openly, even if it means saying things no non-Musliim is supposed to say. Come to think of it, Hudaibiyya ought to be mentioned, to the Americans, now and forever. It's time they were forced to learn a little something about Islam, and about the impossibility of ever ending the Jihad against Israel.
The latest, here. It would make sense for the Iranians to use the PFLP, the one "Palestinian" Arab group that is least religious (i.e., Sunni), with even Christian Arabs in its ranks. Its current leader, the aging Ahmed Jibril (now holding up somewhere in northern Syria), is still a Syrian-regime stalwart.
Spain on Islamist alert, decade after train bombings
AFP: Madrid — A decade since the deadly Al-Qaeda-inspired train bombings in Madrid, Spain stands on alert against growing numbers of Islamist "lone wolves" willing to launch fresh attacks, officials say. The ranks of young radical Islamists in Spain have swelled, recruited for jihad -- or holy war -- not in mosques but in Internet chat rooms and private houses, officials and experts say.
Spanish courts sentenced 18 people for the bombings that killed 191 people on commuter trains heading for Madrid's Atocha station on March 11, 2004. The Spanish anti-terrorist service's level of alert has since remained at "a likely risk of attack", junior security minister Francisco Martinez told AFP.
"That has not changed... but the number of jihadists has grown," he added. "Especially in certain areas, radicalisation has increased."
A study by the Royal Elcano Institute, a Spanish research body, said 84 Islamists, all young men, were convicted for attack plots in Spain between 1996 and 2012, or died in relation to such attacks. Those who died were the seven chief suspects of the Madrid bombings, who committed suicide weeks afterwards. The convicts also included those seized in a failed plot in Barcelona in 2008.
Most of these Islamists were first-generation immigrants from Algeria, Morocco or Pakistan.
Increasingly, such suspects are being radicalised on the fringes of the Islamic world, not in the closely-watched mosques, said Fernando Reinares, a security specialist at the institute. "They tend to gather in small, marginal places of worship and in private homes," he said. "This recent breed of extremists is marshalled not so much by Islamic clerics as by seasoned warriors, "charismatic individuals who have fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia or Chechnya".
In recent years, however, police have arrested several suspects that Spain's interior ministry has identified as a new breed of "lone wolf", self-radicalised online.
That was the profile attributed to Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in southern France in 2012. Authorities said he had visited the Spanish region of Catalonia five years earlier.
Suspected Islamists arrested in the first few years after the Madrid attacks, up to 2009, "were more structured, in groups and in cells, but in the past few years a profile of isolated figures has emerged", said Martinez. Some of them "leave to wage jihad in conflict zones" such as Syria, he added.
Last June Spanish police said officers in Ceuta, a Spanish territory on the northern tip of Morocco, busted a gang that recruited and indoctrinated young men and sent them to fight in Syria.
The Elcano Institute in a report cited police intercepts of conversations between members of that network willing to "wage jihad at home", in Spain, if they returned from Syria. The institute's research indicates that between April 2012 and November 2013, some 20 Islamic extremists headed from Spain to fight in Syria's civil war.
"The risk is that individuals with European passports who have taken part in jihadist activities in Syria return to their country of origin with the intention of carrying out what they call acts of jihad," Reinares said.
Muslim school headmistress reveals she was driven out of job by fanatics who 'saw her as the enemy, because she was too moderate'
A Muslim headmistress told last night how she was driven out of her job by extremists bent on taking over state schools. Her school is one of 12 apparently targeted by Islamic fundamentalists in a plot dating back two decades.
She said: ‘I was the victim of a pernicious, well-orchestrated smear campaign I have never been able to recover from. ‘People need to know this is a dangerous, well-organised and sinister group who have the capacity to destroy. They are producing fear in society and playing on paranoia. They are extremely powerful.’
The 69-year-old believes she was seen as an enemy because she was too moderate a Muslim. She was confronted with a number of allegations, including one of financial mismanagement.
Despite protesting her innocence her dismissal followed in 1994.
She added: ‘I was involved in a campaign so nasty that, since I lost the headship, I’ve never been able to raise my head above the parapet. I was shocked to read this letter after 20 years and I am genuinely scared by it.’
How Much Would You Pay to Survive Four Months Longer with a Terminal Disease?
When I was young enough still to consider myself rational, I was irritated by patients who tried any remedy in desperation to save themselves from their fatal disease. I have long since mellowed and when an acquaintance of mine with glioblastoma, a rapidly fatal brain tumor, decided recently to go to India to try Ayurvedic medicine, all I could do was wish him luck – sincerely so. After all, the scientific medicine — which he would continue to take while there — offered him little enough hope, a few months at most. (This case, incidentally, illustrates an important point: alternativemedicine, so called, is not generally alternative, it is additional.)
Two trials of a very expensive monoclonal antibody, bevacizumab, in glioblastoma, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, make disappointing or even dismal reading. This antibody is directed at vascular endothelial growth factor that promotes the growth of new blood vessels; glioblastoma is a tumor particularly rich in new blood vessels, and so it was hoped that by preventing them from forming, tumor growth would either be prevented or at least slowed. Early results were promising but as has so often been the way in the history of medicine, early promise is not fulfillment of promise.
In one trial, for example, 637 patients with this terrible tumor were randomized to conventional treatment plus placebo and conventional treatment plus bevacizumab. Although the latter had a slightly longer period free of progression of the tumor, their overall length of survival was not increased, and indeed they suffered so many more side effects that the overall quality of their lives was worse. The patients taking bevacizumab survived on average 15.7 months; those taking placebo survived 16.1 months. The authors of the paper end:
In conclusion, we did not observe an overall survival advantage first-line use of bevacizumab in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Furthermore, higher rates of neurocognitive decline, increased symptom severity, and decline in health-related quality of life were found over time among patients who were treated with bevacizumab.
This makes rather odd the concluding words of an editorial that accompanies the trials in the Journal:
Finally, it is worth noting that despite its limitations, bevacizumab remains the single most important therapeutic agent for glioblastoma since temozolemide. Ongoing and future trials will better define how and when it should be used in this population of patients for whom so few treatment options currently exist.
Clearly the viewpoint of the oncological researcher is not that of the sufferer of the disease: he is looking far into the future, while the poor patient (all the poorer if he has to pay for his drugs) is thinking rather less far ahead.
Another paper in the same issue of the Journal reports something slightly more favorable to the drug, this time in cases of advanced and metastatic cancer of the uterine cervix. Here a trial showed that those treated with bevacizumab survived four months longer on average than those who were not so treated, and survived four months longer (that is to say, 17 rather than 13 months).
This raises the unpleasant question of whether treatment that costs so much to administer is good value. Value for whom? For the ill person herself, for her family, for society as a whole? Eventually, of course, the treatment, like flat-screened televisions, will become much cheaper; but in the meantime the question will be asked. The answer might depend on who is paying.
How much would I pay to survive an extra four months of life with an illness I knew to be fatal? I don’t think this is a question that I can answer in the absence of it being a real choice. It depends on too many variables.
The contrast could hardly be greater. Israel has helped to alleviate the suffering of Syrians, while the rest of the world speaks about that suffering but does little to relieve it.
On February 18, 2014, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, even visited wounded Syrians at an Israeli field hospital in the Golan Heights. On March 5, 2014, Chris Gunness, spokesman of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), spoke of the profound suffering of civilians in the Palestinian camp in Yarmouk in Damascus and of the widespread incidence of starvation, malnutrition, and absence of medical care in the camp – but little relief has come from Arabs.
Since 1948, Syria has been at war with Israel, having refused to sign an armistice agreement to end its attack. Nevertheless, Israel has been aiding individuals fleeing the civil war in Syria that has so far cost at least 130,000 lives and perhaps two million who have fled their homes. More than 700 wounded Syrians – men, women, and children – have entered Israel to be treated for war injuries in the Golan Heights military field hospital, including wounded fighters who had been turned back when trying to enter Jordan and therefore went to Israel. Individuals needing further treatment have been airlifted to hospitals farther south in Israel with specialist facilities. Besides this medical attention, other Israelis, including the actress Natalie Portman, have donated funds and clothing to Syrian women and children.
Not surprisingly, the biased groups and individuals in the media, academia, mainstream churches, and trade unions, who, out of professed concern for the Palestinians in the West Bank, advocate boycott of the State of Israel and its personnel, have totally ignored this extraordinary Israeli aid to suffering enemies, even if only nominally enemies. What is surprising is that these same people have also said or done so little to alleviate the plight of suffering Palestinians caused by the brutal and indifferent treatment by Syrians in the camp in Yarmouk. Once again, their behavior reveals their hypocrisy and shows that the true nature of their actions is to act against Israel rather than on behalf of the Palestinians.
Yarmouk is a district of about three quarters of a square mile, and about five miles from the center of Damascus. At one point it housed 180,000 Palestinian refugees, or more accurately the children, grandchildren, and increasingly the great-grandchildren of those who left their homes after the Arab armies attacked the newly created State of Israel. They have been prevented by Arab states from absorption into the general population.
The district, virtually a city in itself, became the scene of intense fighting, in which Palestinians took different sides. Some, including the group Liwa al-Asifa and some supporters of Hamas, supported the rebel groups, especially the Free Syria Army. Others, particularly the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), led by Ahmed Jibril, supported the regime of President Bashar Assad. It was Jibril who in June 2011 orchestrated an attack on Israeli forces in the Golan Heights. In addition, Palestinians have fought against Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliated group that has been active in the camp.
The absence of humanitarian behavior was shown by the sordid reality that no food was allowed into the area until January 18, 2014. Then, some people, mainly ill or pregnant, were allowed to leave and enter the Assad-controlled area of Damascus. By then, more than 100 had died of hunger or hunger-related illnesses since the blockade of the area by Assad that had begun about a year ago, since no food or medical aid had been allowed into the area. Most of the Palestinians have now fled the area, to other parts of Damascus or to Lebanon, but about 18,000 are still trapped there.
There is no need to belabor the point that if Yarmouk were besieged by Israeli forces, the situation would be covered by the anti-Israel mass media and by the usual anti-Israel and anti-Semitic suspects, and the United Nations would have passed numerous resolutions condemning the Jewish State.
The silence about the Arab atrocities in Yarmouk is deafening, and appalling. Amnesty International has not issued an 87-page report condemning Syria for those atrocities, as it did in February 20124 when it censured Israeli actions such as checkpoints in the West Bank. Oxfam International has not had problems with any of its “ambassadors,” as it had with Scarlett Johansson. The novelist Alice Walker, who stated that Israel is “an apartheid state,” worse than the infamous South African regime or even the old American South, has not organized an international flotilla to break the blockade of Yarmouk. Roger Waters has not yet advised other musicians not to perform in Syria. The American Studies Association, after its resolution boycotting Israeli universities, has not yet found where Yarmouk is on the map.
As always, the U.N. remains “deeply concerned” about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk. Yet it was not until February 22, 2014 that the U.N. Security Council agreed unanimously on a resolution calling for the facilitation of food and aid deliveries to the district, and calling on both sides in the civil war to allow aid convoys to reach civilians. It is hardly a strong resolution, since it does not call for any sanctions to be imposed if the parties do otherwise. Nevertheless, UNRWA has said it has supplied about 6,000 food parcels to the stricken area, though those supplies have been intermittent due to the continuing fighting.
When will there be impartial and honest commentary by the eager boycotters of Israel on the starvation and humiliation of Palestinians by fellow Arabs? When will they report on the brutality of the civil war and on the fighters of Hezb'allah in Syria, so-called liberators though terrorists, for killing Palestinians? They appear hoodwinked by the lip service that Arab leaders pay to the Palestinian “cause” and seem fooled by the fact that those leaders may wear the kuffiyas, traditional Palestinian scarves. They also seem blind to how little tangible aid has been given to the Palestinians by the Arab states.
Those leaders and perhaps the Arab people as a whole may think of the symbolism of Yarmouk. This is the place of the historical battle in 636, when Muslim forces defeated the armies of the Eastern Roman Empire, thus ending Byzantine rule in Syria. It has long been celebrated as a great Arab victory, almost the start of the Islamic conquests after the death of the Prophet. It is not the site of an Arab victory today.
The myth may continue of Arab brotherhood and solidarity. The destitution in Yarmouk shows hollow this is. Meanwhile, Syrians seeking medical assistance continue to enter Israel and receive treatment. Only the uninformed, biased bigots of the BDS movement seem to be unaware of this.
Michael Curtis is author of Jews, Antisemitism and the Middle East.
Extremist Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after campaigning in a van inscribed with the logo of Syrian opposition group with close links to al-Qaeda.
Choudary, based in Walthamstow, and his followers took to the streets of Dalston last weekend in a white transit van adorned with the logo of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al-Sham) (ISIS).
ISIS is a jihadist group established in the early years of the Iraq War which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is fighting with opposition forces in Syria.In a video Choudary can be seen sticking the leaflet on the van.
Chants in praise of ISIS can later be heard during calls for Shariah Law to be established in the UK. The video also shows the ISIS logo being pinned to the coat of a young child.Police have confirmed officers are investigating events in Dalston last weekend. No arrests have been made.
The Sunday Times explains the original incarnation of the group, Al-Muhajiroun, and some of the nefarious men who are linked within it, and ponders how quickly the Home Secretary can get it proscribed. They also provided a link which led me to the video.
A French horticulturist gives advice on the right ranunculus - avoid foreign invaders -- here. In Paris, they're warmer in March to begin with, and now having a heat wave. So wait a month if you are thinking of planting in l'Amerique septentrionale.
"While, treading on rose and ranunculus/You Tommy-make-room-for-your-uncle us"
And that kind of rhyme explains why there used to be Browning Societies all over the place.
Why, when it comes to Arabs who are in trouble, almost always of their own and always of Islam's making, does that word "plight" keep being used? Mary Jackson once complained at NER about that phrase "plight of the Palestinians" which is not a Homeric eptihet but fixed-wingèd words that never take flight, designed to evoke tear-jerk, and diseased, sympathy.
What about the "plight of the world's non-Muslims" who have to deal, world without end, with the hatred toward them that Islam inculcates in its adherents, and the craziness of the atmospherics and attitudes of Islam, that causes in so many Muslims who know or suspect there's something wrong with their world, but could not possibly allow themselves to recognize that the problem is Islam, to instead wallow in hysteria and in conspiracy-theorizing, blaming everyone and everything but Islam itself, the cause of their own wretchedness. And now thanks to criminally-negligent immigration policies in the West, millions of Muslims have become a source of expense, unpleasantness, and physical insecurity for non-Muslims in the countries least able, because most pacific and programmatically unable to be anything but long-suffering, to deal with the matter. North America and Western Europe bound together by a Trans-Atlantic Plight.
Paolo Uccello, St. George And The Dragon, Musée Jacquemart-André, here.
You don't even have to visit Paris before the tourists discover it. Just go on-line. Fewer fumes and contrails. Don't fill up your passport with stamps. Don't visit 27 countries. Live lightly on the earth. Learn to sit still.