Monthly Archives: October 2006
|Iraqi Government makes progress, security improvesSetting conditions for country that can govern, defend, sustain itself|
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|Iraqis taking charge across the country|
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|Displaced persons receive help|
|Soldiers from two Army units here delivered supplies and medical care to hundreds of recently displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kadamiyah neighborhood . . .
Iraqi Soldiers and Police chalked up a series of victories in recent anti-terrorist operations across . . .
An important article by Herbert London, president of the Hudson Institute, and Linden Blue, the director of the Institute. They write about the denial of many that we are in anything like an existential conflict, and how our institutions are used against us in this war. Further, they address the fact that jihadists want to destroy us & point out the flawed reasoning of our allies and many Americans who think appeasement of Islamists is a workable stratagem. Lastly, they write about the consequence of failure.
President Bush asserts forcefully that the United States will prevail in the war against radical Islamists. He may be right. We pray he is right. However, it is also important to understand the strength of the forces arrayed against us. There are at least five reasons why we may lose the war against radical Islam — which is in fact, a war for the Free World as we know it.
• First, the extraordinary advances in military technology we command are not necessarily advantages in an insurgency struggle. …
• Second, the United States is far more vulnerable to asymmetric warfare than are our enemies. …
• Third, the enemy has more discretionary funding than we do. …
• Fourth, radical Islam has instilled fear in the West and among moderate Muslims, which is manifested in the effort at appeasement. …
• Fifth, arguably the most significant point, is that Islamists are united, notwithstanding the well-publicized differences between Sunnis and Shi’ites. …
… Most significantly, losing means we will have defeated ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy, his purpose and his serious advantages that put the outcome of this struggle in doubt.
Bernard Lewis has said, “Either we bring them freedom, or they destroy us.” With more effective weapons than we have, more discretionary money, more advantages in asymmetric warfare, the power and will to strike fear in the hearts of those who do not comply and a seriously divided Free World, radical Islamists pose perhaps the most serious threat our civilization has known.
It is a long, hard slog to maintain liberty and freedom. It has been that way since 1776. We owe a debt to those who have carried the struggle for liberty and an obligation to ourselves and our posterity to carry it on again. …[Read more]
Looking for a good anti-Semitic book to read? Would you like to learn how Jews are responsible for all the ills of the world? Perhaps you need a refresher course in holocaust denial. Do you need to “prove” how the Jews have betrayed and plotted against Arabs from day one? Maybe you need to amp up your motivation to hate the West more than you do. When was the last time you’ve read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion? How about a reasoned defense of Hitler’s killing of Jews? Want proof America is a greater evil than Hitler, Stalin or Jihadists like al-Qaeda? Maybe you are a Cultural Jihadists like 9/11 Truthers and need to augment and buttress your conspiracy theories against the U.S. Government, America and/or Americans.
Next time you are in Doha, capital city of Qatar, make sure you schedule your trip around the Doha International Book Fair, and glut yourself on anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-West literature until your cup-o-hate runneth over!
The Arab hate industry: Egypt continues as a center for the publication of crude anti-Semitic literature encouraging hatred for Israel, the Jewish people and the West, and in effect justifying the use of violence against them. …[Read more]
Muslims For Bush was founded in the summer of 2004, by mother and son Seeme Gull Hasan and Muhammad Ali Hasan. We founded Muslims For Bush because we love President Bush and believe that he is the key to bringing about great peace all over this great world.
In studying President Bush’s biggest decisions and arguments, it became very clear that no other world leader is willing to protect the innocent and fight the villains in order to create a world that will forever benefit from peace. Many leaders will fight for the innocent, but few will go after the villains. And it seems that none have the patience to create sustaining world peace.
Our greatest goal was to spread this message, not just in America, but all over the world. We wanted our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan to know that their work is forever appreciated by America’s Muslims. We wanted the world to know that many Muslims, here in America, celebrate President Bush as a hero. And most importantly, we wanted to spread this message to our fellow Americans, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in getting as many people to the polls as possible. …[Read more]
Is the BBC finally acknowledging the bias that many believe is endemic within the organization?
It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.
A leaked account of an ‘impartiality summit’ called by BBC chairman Michael Grade, is certain to lead to a new row about the BBC and its reporting on key issues, especially concerning Muslims and the war on terror.
It reveals that executives would let the Bible be thrown into a dustbin on a TV comedy show, but not the Koran, and that they would broadcast an interview with Osama Bin Laden if given the opportunity. Further, it discloses that the BBC’s ‘diversity tsar’, wants Muslim women newsreaders to be allowed to wear veils when on air.
At the secret meeting in London last month, which was hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley, BBC executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians.
One veteran BBC executive said: ‘There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness.
‘Unfortunately, much of it is so deeply embedded in the BBC’s culture, that it is very hard to change it.’
Political pundit Andrew Marr said: ‘The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.’
Washington correspondent Justin Webb said that the BBC is so biased against America that deputy director general Mark Byford had secretly agreed to help him to ‘correct’, it in his reports. Webb added that the BBC treated America with scorn and derision and gave it ‘no moral weight’.
Former BBC business editor Jeff Randall said he complained to a ‘very senior news executive’, about the BBC’s pro-multicultural stance but was given the reply: ‘The BBC is not neutral in multiculturalism: it believes in it and it promotes it.’ …[Read more]
Retired spies put their skills to use for the new VIGIL Anti-Terror Network.
The VIGIL Anti-Terror Network
Global Politician – Brooklyn,NY,USA
Global Politician’s exclusive interview with Dominic Whiteman – the spokesperson and a British director of the international anti terror network VIGIL, which is fast becoming the home of retired spies and military personnel, keen to help win the war on terror. …
… VIGIL is a non-profit, non-political group of experts covering various fields of expertise who have voluntarily joined forces – after in depth background verification – to help the relevant authorities thwart terrorist entities. The network is international and we have intelligence gatherers across the planet – from India to South Africa to Spain. Our core effort is based out of the UK and the US. Our strategy team is based in London. We are growing fast. …
… To prevent the spread of hatred, anti semitism and violence (in this case primarily Islamofascism) in Britain and around the free world. …[Read more]
Like I said before, right on!
Jones is an embarrassment to BYU & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Good riddance, Professor Flapdoodle.
PROVO – Professor Steven Jones and Brigham Young University finalized a retirement package Friday, six weeks after the school placed the physicist on paid leave to review his statements and research about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. …
… Jones submitted a letter to the editor of the Deseret Morning News via e-mail Friday afternoon. Written two weeks ago, the letter did not mention his decision to retire and avoided any reference to BYU. In it, Jones renounced the Iraqi War, questioned the official explanations of the collapses of the World Trade Center towers and expressed concern that a future terrorist attack might be blamed on Iran or Syria to justify American aggression against those nations.
“I stand firmly against the war in Iraq and any war of aggression,” Jones wrote. “I support scientific scrutiny of the events of 9/11/2001, a day which will live in infamy.”
BYU stripped Jones of two classes he was teaching when the university placed him on paid leave on Sept. 7 to review a paper he wrote about the physics behind the collapse of three towers on Sept. 11. He published a paper saying experiments he conducted at BYU on material from ground zero and other evidence led him to believe the towers fell because pre-set explosives were detonated throughout the buildings after the hijacked jets struck the Twin Towers.
BYU planned to review the paper to see if it met scientific standards of peer review. The university also expected to look at statements made by Jones at conferences and in the media and determine if Jones was appropriately distancing himself from BYU when he spoke about his explosives theory. …[Read more]
PROVO, Utah, Oct. 21 — A Brigham Young University physics professor who suggested that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosives has resigned, six weeks after the school placed him on leave. …[Read more]
9/11 conspiratorialist Steven Jones on paid leave from BYU
Pattern of Secret Combinations in the Book of Mormon
Protec answers Steven Jones’ “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?”
Documentary – The Arab and Iranian Reaction to 9-11: Five Years Later
9/11 Conspiracy Cereal: A Few Nuts and a Bunch of Flakes
Wisconsin Instructor’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theories ill-serve Students
Feds challenge 9/11 conspiracies
TIME: Why The 9/11 Conspiracies Won’t Go Away
BYU professor on paid leave over controversial theories announces retirement
VIDEO: South Park Slams 9/11 Truthers
VIDEO: South Park Slams 9/11 Truthers
Professors of Paranoia?
NYPOST: NUTTY 9/11 PROF QUITS
BYU Scholar, Sept. 11 Theorist, Resigns
Extremist lectures harmful to UW education
9/11 Truther Behind NFL Dirty Bomb Scare
BYU’s Jones denies bias
Banner supports BYU’s Jones
Bill O’Reilly is giving distorted lessons on higher education
BYU NewsNet: Controversial Physics Professor on Paid Leave
InsideHigerEd: 9/11 Skeptic Will Leave Post at Brigham Young
One of the most important papers debunking Steven Jones et al and 9/11 truth movement.
With all due respect to distinguished scholars and others alike, it matters little whether Alex Jones is drawing parallels to building implosions, Steven Jones is drawing conclusions from hot metal or Chuck Jones is drawing dynamite in the hands of Wile E. Coyote; for assertions to be credible they must eventually comply with the scientific principles for explosive initiation and of structural failure, realistic judgments of probability, and indisputable visual evidence.
Thus far, every assertion we have investigated scores a resounding 0 for 3.
Our team welcomes the opportunity to review additional data as it becomes available. However barring any additional evidence, those making allegations similar to the points above may do will to consider that sometimes “asking tough questions” isn’t the biggest challenge; It’s accepting the answer and decisively moving on to other areas that render their contributions productive and valuable. …[Read more]
I just discovered this LDS centric greeting cards & gifts site. Looks good, glad I found it.
Posted by permission from Assyrian International News Agency
By Colonel Buzz Kriesel, US Army (Retired). Buzz Kriesel is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who commanded Special Forces, Military Intelligence and Psychological Operations units.
(AINA) — America recently commemorated the 2973 Americans who died in the infernos of September 11, 2001. The attack on 9/11 was a transformational moment in our history. Like Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 or the assassination of President Kennedy on November 23, 1963, all Americans know exactly where they were when they learned that planes were crashing into the World Trade Center in New York.
For me, it wasn’t a surprise that we were attacked. Much of my military career was spent studying the Middle East and the rise of militant Islam. However, like most military planners and intelligence officers, I was astounded by the success of the operation. It is not the type of operation you pull off with amateurs. In that regard, 9/11 will go down in history as one of the most meticulously planned, superbly executed terrorist attacks ever conducted.
The attack on 9/11 was not only an operational success; it was and remains one of the most devastating psychological operations ever conducted. The attacks struck fear into the heart of America and gave encouragement to Islamist militant groups throughout the world. The attacks were also viewed by millions of Muslims as Allah’s will. They continue to believe that it was Allah’s punishment for the West’s flagrant desecration of Islam and the sin manifest in our culture and way of life.
Since 9/11, I have spoken widely on the challenge we face from the global jihad and the rising threat from Islamic militants. I am often asked, “Are we winning the Global War on Terror?” I try to explain that we are not fighting a “Global War on Terrorism”. Terrorism is a tactic, not an entity to be defeated. In other words, you can’t win a war against terrorism.
The question that should be asked is, “Can we stop the global mass movement that is now rising within Islam?” To answer that question, we must understand ourselves as well as the enemy we are fighting. Political Correctness Will Kill Us
It is becoming clear that we can no longer tolerate the politically correct behavior and speech codes that prevent us from honestly examining and openly discussing the threat posed by militant Islam. Political correctness blinds us to the fact that the Muslim religion is being used to support a murderous ideology that seeks to impose an Islamic utopia on the world. It also explains our reluctance to use all available means to confront the threat from Islam. Simply stated, there is a pacifist strain within the West that argues for understanding, tolerance, and “dialogue” with the terrorists. By now, it should be clear that there can be no dialogue with these men.
The best example is that of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch film maker who was assassinated in Amsterdam in 2004 by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch Moroccan who was born and educated in Holland. Bouyeri killed Van Gogh because he made a movie (“Submission”) that Bouyeri and Muslims considered insulting to Islam. Bouyeri shot Van Gogh in broad daylight while onlookers watched in horror. As Bouyeri bent to cut his throat, Van Gogh’s pleaded, “Can’t we talk about this?”
That was a wake-up call for Holland. There were numerous other warnings that a sinister Islamic threat was gaining strength around the world. These warnings include the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the tragic night club bombing in Bali, the beheading of Christians by Abu Sayyef Islamists in the Philippines, the embassy bombings in Africa, or the train bombings in Spain and London in 2004 and 2005, and the now routine Islamic violence directed against Jews and Christians throughout the world.
The pattern is generally the same–shock, disbelief, and then the question, why? “Why would anyone commit such a horrific atrocities against innocent men and women who have no chance to defend themselves.”
Immediately after 9/11, there were few answers other than those from radically anti-American professors who said that we deserved the attack. There were other so-called experts and apologists for Islam who sought to explain that we had offended the Muslim World which was causing it to lash out against us. President Bush and others sought to reassure us that we were attacked by a small number of fanatics who had high-jacked a peaceful and tolerant religion. None of these answers is satisfactory.
The main reason America was attacked on 9/11 is that it is the leader of the Western world and stands in the way of the world dominion Allah has ordained for Islam. The Jihadists firmly believed that they were fulfilling the demands of their religion and the instruction given to them by their Prophet Mohammad and as recorded in their holy book, the Qur’an. The attacks also had the support of millions of Muslims and were widely celebrated throughout the Muslim world. To believe otherwise makes us extremely vulnerable to the mass movement that is again rising within Islam.
Our Postmodern World.
Let me try to explain why Americans do not fully comprehend or understand the challenge posed by renascent Islam. Our lack of comprehension derives from the postmodern, morally relative world that we live in. American society has been subjected to this culturally destructive project since the late 1960s.
The Postmodern Project seeks to completely deconstruct Western man and Western Culture. It aims to discredit the United States and the West by portraying them as imperial, colonialist cultures that oppress and exploit the pristine innocence of more primitive societies and cultures, most especially the victimized people of the Middle East. The project is profoundly anti-Western and within our borders, intensely anti-American.
Postmodernism is the Trojan Horse of moral relativism and political correctness in all its forms. It is managed by speech codes on campuses and by self-imposed media restrictions that forbid rational and open discussion of Islam’s negative characteristics. If you openly draw attention to the violence that seems to be coming from Islam, you are immediately called racist or more recently, “Islamophobic”.
You will seldom hear truly open discussion or examination of the underlying precepts within Islam that support and encourage Muslim Jihadists and suicide bombers. Such discussion or criticism is off-limits even though criticism or ridicule of Christianity or Judaism is fully approved and common on our campuses, in our main stream media and in the Public Square.
We have also been “conditioned” by our media, by academia, and by Islamic front organizations such as The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The Muslim American Society, to accept the PC myth of Islamic peace and tolerance. Fortunately, the West is waking up. By word and deed, Islam has proven that it is neither tolerant nor is it peaceful! The widespread Islamist attacks and Muslim extremism throughout the world has created an emerging realization that this widespread violence is coming from within Islam.
Jihad as a Mass Movement
A key part of this awakening must be the realization that we are in the early stages of a renascent mass movement within Islam. This modern jihad (Holy War) represents a renewed effort to achieve Islam’s historic mission of submitting the world to the will of Allah. The West and all non-Islamic countries have faced this threat since Islam began its conquest of the world in the 7th Century. The modern jihad is merely a continuation of this violent legacy. Only now, it is using terrorism as a psychological weapon to counter the overwhelming military and economic might of the West. The near term global objective of the modern jihad is to regenerate a mass movement within Islam that supports the historic Muslim goal of establishing Dar al-Islam (the house of submission) where all Muslim nations and eventually the world is ruled by shari’a or Islamic law and government.
The modern jihad was formally declared on February 23, 1998 in a fatwa or ruling declared by Osama bin Laden and the World Islamic Front. The fatwa has been generally ignored in American media and within academia. It shouldn’t be ignored because it calls for the destruction of all Americans whether soldier or innocent civilian. The fatwa declares: “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem] and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim…”
Confronting the Jihad
Our struggle with the Islamic jihad is complicated by the difficulty of estimating the number of Muslims who directly or indirectly support the militants. In any case, we are dealing with some very large numbers. The population of Muslims across the globe is estimated at between 1.2 and 1.5 billion. Many analysts estimate that only 10% of Muslims actually support the jihad and the militants. If that is the case, there are over 100 million Muslims potentially available for Holy War. The number of warriors available for jihad will be even larger if the Jihadists are successful in generating a fully realized mass movement.
Where does the jihad now stand? Some argue that we are at the beginning of WW III citing 9/11 as the opening salvo of that war. I would argue that the war actually began in 1979 when Iranian militants seized our embassy in Teheran and held Americans hostage for 444 days. We also chose to ignore the numerous probing attacks we were receiving before 9/11.
I also agree with those who say that 9/11 was our modern Pearl Harbor. At 8:46 am on that terrible September morning, we lost 3000 men and women to the enemy. This closely approximates our casualties at Pearl Harbor at the beginning of WW II.
Dunkirk in WW II is another analogy that applies to our present struggle with the Islamists. An argument has been made that a modern Dunkirk in the Middle East will occur if the terrorist attacks and suicide bombings in Iraq force a premature withdrawal of our forces before stability is restored. If that were to happen, it is likely that another Holocaust will result as Jews in Israel are slaughtered in a genocidal Muslim rage and Christians are cleansed from the region. Many will object to this scenario as too alarmist. I would argue that an Islamic Holocaust is already taking place in many areas of the world where Christians and other religions are suffering from Muslim persecution and violence. It is occurring in:
- Iraq, where Assyrian churches are bombed, priests are murdered, Christian girls are kidnapped and raped
- Egypt where Coptic Christians are under a genocidal assault by the Ikwahan al Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood)
- The Indonesian Molluccas where Muslim “Komando Jihad” troops are trying to cleanse the islands from all that is Christian. They have killed thousands of Christians in the past decade and have driven an estimated 500,000 people from their homes
- East Timor where thousands of Catholics were killed by Muslims in the 1970s. By November 1976, the death toll is estimated at well over 100,000
- The Sudan where the murder of Christians living under shari’a government is routine. An unrestricted genocide is underway in Darfur Province where Muslim Janjaweed fighters have slaughtered over 100,000 innocent tribals. The number killed grows daily as the world watches
- Nigeria, and Kenya where Muslims are murdering Christians trying to resist the establishment of shari’a (Islamic religious law and government) in those countries
- Pakistan where it is becoming increasingly murderous for Christians as radical Islamists kill missionaries, priests and nuns on a routine basis
Noted scholar Samuel P. Huntington has described this conflict with Islam, as a “Clash of Civilizations”. Huntington’s 1996 book should be required reading if for no other reason than his prediction that conflict between the West and Islam is only “the latest phase of the evolution of conflict in the modern world”. Huntington concluded that the Muslim religion is the most menacing force on the international scene and is a long term threat to world stability. There are many who disagree with Huntington and argue that his thesis is exaggerated and too alarmist. However, terrorist trend lines clearly show that Huntington is correct in his pessimistic assessment of the threat we are facing. As we see in Iraq and Afghanistan and throughout the Muslim world, the virulent hatred and intolerance rising out of Islam is fueling the fanaticism associated with all violent mass movements. There are moderate Muslims who still maintain that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. They argue that the extremists do not represent the majority of Muslims who only want to live in peace. However, it is increasingly difficult for moderates and apologists for Islam to deny that modern Islamic extremism represents a dark side of the religion that lends itself to exploitation by the leaders of the jihad. This deeply ingrained violence within Islam directly supports the modern jihad and finds expression in al Qaeda as the “base” for all modern Islamist movements.
Changing the Heart and Mind of Islam
It is incorrect to think of our struggle as a battle to win the “hearts and minds” of the Muslim world. Actually, our struggle with the Islamists involves changing the “hearts and minds” of the Muslim world.
The West can begin by bringing diplomatic pressure and international sanctions to bear on Muslim countries that do not reject the hatred and violence directed against Jews, Christians and other religions. Political and religious leaders in the West must demand that Muslims demonstrate that Islam is a tolerant religion as proven by deeds as well as words. Muslims should be required to forcefully reject the anti-Semitism and extremism common in mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) around the world. The United States should join with Great Britain and other European countries that now immediately deport Muslim clerics when they preach hatred and violent jihad.
Secondly, the West should demand reciprocity for religious freedom and expression in all Muslim lands. All Muslims must be asked to “do onto others” by demonstrating that their religion can accept pluralism and the democratic norms now observed by the civilized world. The West should no longer tolerate a one-way religious street. Saudi Arabia, for example, should be required to allow churches and synagogues to be built. We should also demand that Christians be allowed to openly worship in Mecca or anywhere else within the Muslim world. Economic and political sanctions should result if religious freedom and expression is not allowed elsewhere within the borders of Islam.
Thirdly, the West must find a way to force a reformation within Islam. There are moderate Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere, who want to reform and move their religion out of the 12th Century. They must be protected and supported when they speak out against their violent co-religionists. They should be encouraged to begin the “independent reasoning” (ijtihad) necessary for a reformation within the Muslim religion. A reformation occurred within the Christian faith in the 16th Century. Something similar must occur within Islam in the 21st Century or the violence will continue. Finally, democracy must prevail in Iraq even though many argue that trying to establish democracy in Iraq is a distraction that takes our eye off the real enemy. I do not believe this to be the case. The attempt to establish a functioning democracy in Iraq is the “canary in the mine shaft”. If Democracy dies in Iraq, the world will be condemned to a very bleak, sharia driven future.
It is obvious that the Islamists are putting us to the test in Iraq. Their aim is not to turn Iraq into another Vietnam. Rather, they are trying to generate a guerrilla war in Iraq similar to that experienced by the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. As with the USSR, the ultimate goal of the Jihadists is to force a humiliating withdrawal by US and Coalition forces. We simply must not let that happen and withdraw in the face of adversity as we did in Vietnam, Beirut and Mogadishu. To do so will only confirm the predictions of Osama bin Laden and his Islamist warriors.
The relentless suicide bombings in Baghdad and the recent bombings in Kabul coupled with the apparently senseless attacks on mosques, innocent civilians, and infrastructure indicates that the Islamists fully realize what is at stake in Iraq and Afghanistan.. They understand the power of democracy to free men’s minds. A functioning democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan is their greatest fear. And be assured that all of Islam is closely watching our actions in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The psychological impact of a forced withdrawal on the millions of Muslims watching this struggle would be incalculable.
Once again, America is bearing the burden of saving the world from an oppression that seeks to destroy liberal democracy as a way of life. Our nation was the deciding factor in the struggle with Japanese Imperialism, German National Socialism and Communism. It is again bearing the burden of leading the free world against an enemy who will not be appeased. The outcome will be determined by the will of the American people. The future of Western civilization is in their hands.
Romney’s pro-family stance and his support for a federal marriage amendment that would protect traditional marriage may be the key to Evangelicals warming up to the idea of a President who happens to be a Mormon.
Boston, Mass.-”He has Christ in his heart,” one woman told me after listening to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speak at the Family Research Council’s “Liberty Sunday: Defending Our First Freedom” event here at Tremont Temple Baptist Church Sunday night.
Days after evangelical icon James Dobson announced on Laura Ingraham’s radio show that Romney’s membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may be an obstacle on the road the governor is clearly on to the White House, Dobson’s policy arm threw the presidential prospect a hail-Mary pass that an Evangelical for Mitt could love, inviting him to a holy political rally on the “frontlines” of the gay-marriage debate. …[Read more]
Framing Islamism as politics instead of religion would go far in defeating the aegis of political correctness which protects and deters an honest, hard look at this nightmarish religio-political movement.
According to Kepel … political Islam originated in Egypt in the 1920s when the Muslim Brotherhood resolved to go beyond observing sharia (Islamic law) to establish a full-fledged Islamic state. Their slogan was “The Quran is our constitution.” (Read more)
At long last, the debate on Islamism as politics, not Islam as religion, is out in the open. Two weeks ago, Jack Straw might have felt he was taking a risk when publishing his now notorious article on the Muslim veil. However, he was pushing at an open door. From across the political spectrum there is now common consent that the old multicultural emperor, before whom generation of politicians have made obeisance, is now a pitiful, naked sight. …[Read more]
I’m neither for or against it per se, but even if it were a good idea, this would never pass in America.
In a move sure to set off more fireworks between Tony Blair’s government and the Muslim community in Britain, lecturers and university staff will be asked to spy on “Asian looking” and Muslim students whom they suspect are “involved with Islamic extremism and supporting terrorist violence.” …[Read more]
When leftist acted as thugs and attacked the Minutemen speaking at Columbia University, I was reminded once again of the lefts aversion to free speech and freedom of assembly.
Democratic socialists mobocrats, thanks for the reminder.
“Why do Americans on the left think only they have the right to dissent? … There’s a pattern here, isn’t there? It is not only about rage and resentment, and how some have come to see them as virtues, as an emblem of rightness.I feel so much, therefore my views are correct and must prevail. … What is most missing from the left in America is an element of grace–of civic grace, democratic grace, the kind that assumes disagreements are part of the fabric, but we can make the fabric hold together. The Democratic Party hasn’t had enough of this kind of thing since Bobby Kennedy died. What also seems missing is the courage to ask a question. Conservatives these days are asking themselves very many questions, but I wonder if the left could tolerate asking itself even a few. Such as: Why are we producing so many adherents who defy the old liberal virtues of free and open inquiry, free and open speech? Why are we producing so many bullies? And dim dullard ones, at that.”
Harassed, taunted with ‘N-word’ during event quashed by protesters
October 13, 2006
An African-American member of the Minuteman Project who was harassed and taunted with the “N-word” during a speech at Columbia University has filed police reports as the first step in a lawsuit against the New York City institution.
As WorldNetDaily reported, angry protesters led by a radical open-borders group hurled racial insults and turned their backs on Marvin Stewart during an Oct. 4 speech hosted by the campus’s Young Republicans Club. Stewart was followed by Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist, who spoke for about seven minutes before the protesters violently stormed the stage, forcing an abrupt end to the event . . . [Click for more]
- Minuteman Project heckled at Columbia University (Fox News)
- The sounds of silencing (Peggy Noonan)
- Video: Protestors disrupt Minuteman speech (YouTube.com)
- Minutemen break ground on border fence in Arizona (CNSNews.com)
- Virginia town OKs rules to bar illegal workers (Washington Times)
- Selective mob rule on campus
Steve Emerson says 9/11 conspiracy theorist are “cultural jihadists” because they “provide the moral support for the military jihadists.”
Emerson: There are essentially two types of jihadists. The hard-core military jihadists who are prepared to carry out terrorist attacks in the
United States . They have already been indoctrinated. All they await is a charismatic leader or the external order that gives them a green light. Secondly, there is the far greater number of what I call “cultural jihadists.” The cultural jihadists are not willing to carry out attacks themselves, but rather, they provide the moral support for the military jihadists.
They are the ones that believe that Israel or the US carried out 9-11. …[Read more]
As I watched the documentary, The Arab and Iranian Reaction to 9-11: Five Years Later, which had medial clips of Arabs & Persians blaming Zionists (of course) and the US Government for 9/11, I could not help but think they must be in collusion with American 9/11 conspirators because they sound exactly the same.
Then it hit me: proof positive Arabs & Persians have infiltrated American academia to brainwash gullible people into believing 9/11 was an “inside job.”
Who: The intelligence services of Egypt’s Al-Mukhabarat al-’Ammah joined up with Saudi Arabia’s Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah, Iran’s Vezarat-e Ettela’at va Amniat-e Keshvar and Syria Idarat al-Mukhabarat al-Amma to fund and train 9/11 conspirators like Steven Jones et al.
How example: Steven Jones is not a Mormon, but an undercover Muslism sent to infect American’s with a lethal disinformation virus called StevenJonesitist: a form of 9/11 post traumatic stress disorder which causes severe denial of facts and a mental delusionary disease attacking the part of the brain used for reason and logic, causing irrational and illogical governmental paranoia and terror-denial. Demand the truth about Steven Jones!
Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, The Middle East Media Research Institute has monitored, translated, and recorded what was said in the Arab and Iranian press about that day. Prominent journalists, members of academia, leading religious figures, and even Arab government officials helped shape conspiracies about what “really” happened.
The carefully documented collection is now available as a PDF and includes a compilation of articles and editorials from the mainstream Arabic and Persian language press, as well as transcripts from television programs.
A documentary film about the Arab and Iranian reaction to 9-11 incorporates footage from various TV and satellite stations in the Middle East. It was made with Interface Media Group and narrated by acclaimed actor Ron Silver.
The final report of the Princeton Project was published on September 27, 2006. It is an important work and adds substantially to the National Security debate. On a cursory first pass, there is much I do agree with in this final report. However, there are some things that for certain these brainiacs remain clueless on. In is my intent to peruse this final report and post my responses to it from time to time.
The most comprehensive effort to date has been the Princeton Project, a two-year exercise in bipartisan policy-making based at the university of that name, drawing on a 400-strong brains trust made up of some of the West’s brightest strategic thinkers. The result is a report published last week entitled “Forging a world of liberty under law–US national security in the 21st century”, which lays out a roadmap. It is worth examining not just because of its provenance–its honorary godparents were George Shultz Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, and Tony Lake, Bill Clinton’s national security adviser–but because of the interest it is exciting in Congress and in the policy boiler-rooms run by some of the potential candidates for 2008.
One of the first recommendations is for Washington to dump the war on terror” as its central organising principle and instead “function like a Swiss army knife able to deploy different tools for different situations on a moment’s notice”. The US was caught looking the other way on September 11, 2001, preoccupied with China. But the same could happen again if the country maintains its single-minded focus on terrorism, the authors argue. The next big threats might not be another al-Qaida attack. It could be a Chinese threat to Taiwan, or an avian flu pandemic, or oil at $100 a barrel.
Meanwhile the Princeon authors urge the administration to drop the phrase “Islamo-fascism” to describe al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, because it is grossly offensive to the Muslim world and therefore fans Osama bin Laden’s dream of provoking a clash of civilisations. Like most experts outside the administration, the writers of this report argue that the route out of oblivion in the Middle East runs, not through Baghdad, but through Jerusalem and it two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict. “For the moment, we have lost our traditional status as a fair and honest broker between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” the report argues. It suggests a united front with the European Union to apply pressure on both sides to make compromises.
More controversial perhaps, are the prescription for reform of the United Nations, an institution it declares essentially broken. It not only advocates the enlargement of the UN Security Council with the inclusion of emerging 21st-century powers such as Brazil and India as permanent members along with representatives of the Muslim world and Africa; it also suggests the abolition of the veto over direct UN action in response to a crisis like Darfur. Thus individual permanent members with vested interests would not be able to block UN intervention against genocide and mass killing.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, one of the Project’s co-directors, argues: “If the US announced it believed in the democratisation of the UN, the end of veto on direct action, it would go a long way to restoring our credibility.” If UN reform fails in the face of resistance from the existing permanent members of the council, the report proposes the formation of a “Concert of Democracies” to act as an alternative fount of authority for multilateral global policing.
This event — hosted jointly by the New America Foundation and the Princeton Project on National Security — was a major day-long conference on Capitol Hill probing panels of experts on the challenges of the 21st Century with regards to developing a grand strategy, maintaining economic security, and revamping institutional rules for new threats.
The conference was punctuated by remarks on national security from Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and closed by a discussion on democracy building with Honorary Co-Chair of the Princeton Project on National Security and former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake.
To read the final report “Forging a World of Liberty Under Law, U.S. National Security In The 21st Century” by Prof. G. John Ikenberry and Woodrow Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, click here.
Video of this conference is available at right, while the day’s agenda is detailed below.
An excellent OpEd. David mentions four reasons we would lose the war againts Jihadists.
- First: self-centered apathy.
- Second: feigned ignorance of who they are.
- Third: not understanding that their only goal is to rid the world of infidels.
- Finally, we are not barbarians.
… Third: not understanding that their only goal is to rid the world of infidels. ALL non-Muslims are infidels and it is not wrong to kill infidels. Mohammed taught that there are only two places in the world: Where there is Islam and where there is war. Remember this: You want to understand them? Doesn’t matter, you’re an infidel. You want to be their friend? Doesn’t matter, you’re an infidel. You want to cure disease and feed their children? Doesn’t matter, you’re an infidel. You want to bring peace, democracy and prosperity to their country? Doesn’t matter, you’re an infidel. You want them to enjoy all the freedoms of your country? Doesn’t matter, you’re an infidel. And Islam teaches that it’s alright to honor a treaty with your enemy, until you’re stronger, and then destroy him. There is a saying used in Al Qaeda training camps: Be patient until patience has run out of patience. The American people have a similar credo: Be apathetic until it’s too late, or, argue about it until you run out of time. …[Read more]
TheMediaLine.org speaks with Jonathan Paris, an Islamic movement analysts and former Middle East Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, argues Imams are the root cause of jihadism, not socioeconomic issue. His focus of late is radical Islam in Europe. He finds it is “more the pull of these Imams, that are pulling young Muslim men into radicalism than the push of socioeconomic issue. Let me give you three reasons, … “
Good for O’Reilly! These 9/11 conspiracy loons need to be exposed for the charlatans that they are.
BILL O’REILLY, HOST: “Impact” segment tonight. As we told you last night, University of Wisconsin instructor Kevin Barrett has called President Bush a murderer, saying he orchestrated 9/11 without providing a shred of evidence to that charge. Despite that defamation, Barrett teaching a course on Islam this semester at the University of Wisconsin. The only sanction against him is an order to stop making public statements. …[Read more]
Chicago, IL, October 11, 2006 … University of Wisconsin instructor Kevin Barrett’s use of 9/11 conspiracy theories and choice of a textbook that equates President George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler and bashes Israel raise serious questions about whether he has crossed the line into political advocacy, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said today.
“While we respect academic freedom, ADL is deeply concerned that the students in Barrett’s class are receiving a taxpayer-funded indoctrination into the instructor’s personal political views that the U.S. government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, that America is equivalent to Nazi Germany and that Israel is a racist state,” said Lonnie Nasatir, Regional Director of ADL’s Upper Midwest office and a University of Wisconsin alumnus. “Students who have signed up for a class purportedly about Islam are being ill-served by this content, which has little to do with that great religion.” …[Read more]
I’ll be very interested in this site to see what the Saudi’s do given their dismal record.
The Saudi Report at Center for Religious Freedom Website
Saudi Arabia Ministry of Islamic Affairs Launches Arabic-English Website to Fight Extremism
The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs has announced the upcoming launch of a website aimed at fighting extremism and to reform individuals with extremist views. The website, which will have sections in Arabic and in English, is aimed at Muslim audiences worldwide. It will include forums for debating controversial issues like takfir (accusing other Muslims of heresy) and al-walaa wal-baraa. 
The site is to be operated by the Al-Sakinah Campaign, an independent Saudi initiative supported by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The campaign initiates dialogue with extremists on the Internet with the aim of preventing the spread of extremist views. 
In an interview with the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh, the public relations director of the Al-Sakinah Campaign, Khaled Al-Mushawwah, provided details on the planned site.
The following are excerpts from the interview: 
The Website Will Contribute to the War on Extremism
“The [Al-Sakinah] Campaign is about to step up [its activities] with the launching of a very big site that the campaign is currently working on. We have [already] contracted a large firm to construct it in the best possible manner. The primary goal of the site is to display the efforts of the Al-Sakinah Campaign in fighting extremist and deviant ideology, to correct [aberrant] views, and to explain the position of shari’a on questions like terrorist activity and takfir. The site also aims to propagate the correct ideology and to publish materials related to the campaign’s activities, e.g. fatwas by senior ‘ulama and sheikhs as well as studies on [relevant] issues. The site aims to take part in proper [Islamic] da’wa and to spread the correct views regarding Islam…” …[Read more]
I agree that a majority of Americans are much less informed than they ought to be, and tend to be disinterested in politics and current events. Yet it is hard to blame them because it takes time and effort to learn about the issues and current events. What is more, today’s political landscape is fraught with extremely venomous & vitriolic partisan criticism.
The truth is, a majority of Americans know more about the fictitious war against terrorists presented on the FOX television series 24 than they do about the real war against radical Islamist terror groups and the nation states that harbor and support them. The fact that so many Americans don’t recognize the conflict in Iraq as but a battle in the over all war against Islamofascism – a war taking place in Baghdad, Haifa, Beirut, Madrid, Paris, London, Manila, Bali, Kabul, Islamabad and New York, to name but a few places around the globe – stands as proof positive that they haven’t found it important enough to be bothered with seeking out the facts.
October 12, 2006
President Bush demanded stiff sanctions on North Korea Wednesday for its reported nuclear test and asserted the U.S. has “no intention of attacking” the reclusive regime despite its claims that it needs atomic weapons to guard against such a strike.
Still, in a Rose Garden news conference, Bush said the United States remains committed to diplomacy but also “reserves all options to defend our friends in the region” . . . [Click for more]
Hamas, may all the sanctions crush your will and help induce the Palestinians to give up in their goal of destroying Israel. Being defeated by Israel and the West is the best thing that could happen to the Palestinians.
(4) to urge members of the international community to avoid contact with and refrain from financially supporting the terrorist organization Hamas until it agrees to recognize Israel, renounce violence, disarm, and accept prior agreements, including the Roadmap. S. 2370
Pipes has it exactly right,
We should urge Israel not just to defend itself, but to impress on the Palestinians the hopelessness of their cause. The situation is tragic for all sides today in the Arab-Israeli theater. The Israelis are seeing their people murdered on a regular basis. This is the only modern Western country that is forced to assert its own existence through military force on a regular basis. Ironically, it is the Palestinians who are even more harmed by the war underway. A skilled and dignified people are obstructed from modernizing because they are obsessed with destroying their enemy; their own polity, economy, society and culture are neglected. Only when they give that up can they prosper and achieve great things. At this time they suffer from dictatorship, poverty and backwardness. These are the wretched results of their own hideous ambitions. Palestinians must first accept Israel, and then benefits will accrue to all involved. (source)
Senate Now Sanctions Palestinian Authority
Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006
[The Hamas electoral victory:] Democracy’s bitter fruit
Israel Has a War to Win
The Palestinian-Israeli War: Where It Came From, and How to End It
Jerusalem, Israel (AHN) – Hamas will never recognize Israel’s right to exist, even in the framework of a comprehensive peace deal, said Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh at a Ramadan feast on Sunday.
Haniyeh was quoted by the AP as telling supporters that Hamas, which swept to power in January’s parliamentary election, will not succumb to pressure for it to “recognize or normalize relations” with the Jewish state.
He also said Hamas has a problem with the 2002 Arab League peace initiative because it offers Israel full recognition and peaceful relations with the Arab world in return for withdrawing completely from the West Bank and Golan Heights.
NEW YORK – A small aircraft crashed into a high-rise on the Upper East Side, raining down debris on Manhattan and unleashing what witnesses reported was a gigantic fireball, police said.
The aircraft struck the 20th floor of a building on East 72nd Street, said Fire Department spokeswoman Emily Rahimi. Witnesses said the crash caused a loud noise, and burning and falling debris was seen. Flames were seen shooting out of the windows.
“There’s huge pieces of debris falling,” said one witness who refused to give her full name. “There’s so much falling now, I’ve got to get away.”
Whether anyone was injured was not known, and it was unclear if the crash was an act of terrorism.
The address of the building is 524 E. 72nd Street – a 50-story condominium tower built in 1986 and located nearby Sotheby’s Auction House. It has 183 apartments, many of which sell for more than $1 million.
Shihab, that is the trouble with Islam, it’s tolerance and encouragement of evil as evidenced and expressed through the murderous acts of terrorism by members of it’s faith.
Shihab, name one Muslim cleric who as called for and demanded the excommunication (Takfir) of Osama bin Laden et al?
In Islamic law, takfir or takfeer (تكفير) is the practice of declaring that an individual or a group previously considered Muslims are in fact kafir(s) (non-believers in God). The act which precipitates takfir is termed the mukaffir. (source: wikipedia)
PROVO – Tolerance is not enough to ease the tension between Islam and the West, Indonesia’s minister of foreign affairs says.
“To tolerate something is to learn to live with it, even when you think it is wrong and evil,” Alwi Shihab said Tuesday at Brigham Young University.