by Baron Bodissey
The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama pronounced that we had arrived at “The End of History”, and that capitalism and liberal democracy would now be the only global system left. But when I look at Europe today, I see democracies under threat because of an elaborate Eurabian bureaucracy and Islamic fanaticism. I see countries unwilling or unable to defend themselves against massive immigration/colonization.
Has democracy become too soft to function? Have we arrived at “the End of Democracy” rather than “the End of History?”
What are the strengths and weaknesses of democracy? Are there other challenges to it in the 21st century than there were in the 20th century, and if so, what are they? What are the necessary conditions for a democratic society to work? These are massive questions. I cannot do more than scratch the surface of them here, but I’d still like to make an attempt.
Here’s an amazing post at a blog that bills itself as “personal views and opinions of Lebanese Forces members:” Hizbullah’s Filthy Methods. (Hat tip: Israellycool.)
For the past 11 days, we have seen Israel bomb all sorts of targets and i am sure most of us were wondering why would Israel bomb a certain factory or a truck or a construction yard or a truck ..
If we can for a moment turn off all those local and international channels who have nothing to do but show little children killed and bodies and touch the viewer to a certain degree that ll blind him, and think about the reasons behind those hits.
Moonbat Media has some fab photos from Saturday's anti-Israel / Pro-Hezbollah rally in London. I confess to enjoying the knowledge that the Islamists would like to beat the shit out of the British "whores" in their tight black t-shirts and shorts. Marching to support people who would gut you like a fish - a sure sight of decadence and mass idiocy.
Anti-Israel protest, London, 22 July
This statement is buried in an Arutz Sheva article.
The Meron A-Ras area of southern Lebanon has been taken by IDF ground troops. The Hizbullah bunkers in, around and below the village have all been raided and the IDF has now stationed troops in the village. Security forces in the area report scores of Katyusha shells, missile storage areas and missile-launchers, which were concealed in the village’s mosque.
Emphasis mine. Saddam did that during the 1990-1991 war and again in 2003. The Geneva Convention works to protect all sides, as long as all sides comply with it. If you don’t want your holy sites bombed, do not use them to hide within or as storage facilities. That makes the holy sites legitimate targets. For the apologists decrying disproportionate response (which is a ridiculous notion in war), here’s another quip from the same article.
Do you know who your friends are?
I’m not talking about the people who claim to be your friends, and only hang around because they think they can gain from it. You know the kind I’m talking about. The ones who’re likely to desert you when the going gets tough, or who are likely to stab you in the back when you have your guard down, or when you’re down on luck. No, I’m talking about the people who will always back you up, no matter what. The ones who will defend you and support you, come hell or high water. True friends in the real meaning of the word. True friendships should be treasured, because they’re becoming more and more rare in this day and age. People have become more egocentric and self-centered. It is sad to see how some people never take this advice onboard, but keep letting their supposedly good friends back in the heat, no matter how many times these “friends” let them down.
Who were the predecessors of the modern day Islamic terror organisations such as Al-Qaeda, Hamas, IJ, and nearly all if not all other Islamic supremacist and terror movements? Watch and learn :
The Islamic Association Milli Görüs in Germany has been classified as extremist by the German intelligence agency, yet it presents itself as being open to dialogue. It is difficult to determine to what extent both claims are true. Report by Rainer Sollich
The latest report by the Bundesverfassungsschutz, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, once again states that groups such as the Islamic Association Milli Görüs (IGMG) promote the "creation and expansion of Islamist milieus in Germany." The agency reports to the German Ministry of the Interior and is charged with observing every kind of politically extremist group with all the means at its disposal.
Spain decends into madness. Check this video out over at Fausta's blog, it's enough to break the heart.
In Spain, Anti-Semitism is the new Leftist Trend
Although many experts had foretold of the imminent disappearing of European Jews, nobody expected such a virulent explosion of anti-Semitism in Spain, not even under a Leftist government.
The first signal came on Monday, 5 December, when during a dinner with the Benarroch family, Zapatero and wife began claiming what Vidal Quadras, member of the European Parliament, described on the radio as "a tirade of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism".
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has warned that moderate Turks are becoming anti-American and anti-EU.
Mr Gul said many Turks were embittered by the US' support for Israel's actions in Lebanon and by Turkey's problems in joining the EU.
He also said Ankara could be forced to act to stop cross-border raids by Kurdish rebels operating from Iraq.
Mr Gul's comments came in a wide-ranging interview with the UK's Financial Times newspaper.
"Moderate liberal people [in Turkey] are becoming anti-American and anti-EU," he said.
Pope Benedict says he backs the G8 resolution—which lays blame for the current Middle East crisis squarely on Hamas and Hizballah: Pope backs G8 Middle East declaration.
Pope Benedict XVI tonight lent his support to the G8 summit declaration on the Middle East, which blamed the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah for the escalation in fighting and which urged Israel to exercise restraint.
“I fully agree with the G8 communique,” the Pope said when he returned to his Alpine holiday retreat after an excursion in the mountains.
“It seems to me that this indicates the road” to take, the pontiff said of the declaration issued by the Group of Eight leaders at their summit, which ended on Monday in St Petersburg, Russia.
“I have nothing else to add except to add the importance of prayer so that God may help us,” the Pope said.
July 22, 2006, 12:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our sources add Syrian fighter pilots are sitting in their cockpits.
These orders went out from Syrian president Bashar Assad July 20 when Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander Brig.-Gen Yahya Rahim Safavi assumed command of the Lebanon war from Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Tehran’s direct military intervention in the conflict was accompanied by an Iranian weapons airlift which began landing Wednesday, July 19, at the Abu Ad Duhur military airfield north of Homs. The deliveries include large quantities of new missiles, including the long-range Zelzal and Fajr 3 and Fajr 5 missiles, Katyusha rockets, anti-tank and anti-air missiles sent out from RG HQ in Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf.
Somalia's Muslim Leader Calls For Jihad Against Ethiopia
The AP reports
that now, after Muslim extremists took over control of - in essence - Somalia, Somalia's top Islamic leader has now called for a Jihad against Ethiopia.
Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, in an angry radio broadcast, said Ethiopia deployed troops to the government's base in Baidoa, 150 miles northwest of Mogadishu, to bolster what he described as a puppet regime.
"I am calling on the Somali people to wage a holy war against Ethiopians in Baidoa," said Aweys, who is accused by the U.S. government of ties to al-Qaida. "They came to protect a government which they set up to advance their interests."
Jan Marijnissen has immediately become a leading contender for the Witless Moral Equivalency Award of 2006. Of course, the Left's delusion that jihad terrorists are the new heroic anti-fascist vanguard is nothing new; Marijnissen is no doubt completely clueless about just how uncomfortable he would be in the dream society that his new heroes are longing to establish. This is because he is, like almost everyone else on the Left and the Right, focusing on terrorism rather than jihad, and thus completely ignoring the motives and goals of those he has anointed the new Resistance.
"SP Leader Compares Islam Terrorism To Nazi Resistance," from NIS News Bulletin, with thanks to Ummah News Links:
Dr. Artemije Radosavljevic speaks truth to power. From CNSNews.com, with thanks to Sparta:
(CNSNews.com) - A prominent Serbian Orthodox bishop Thursday said the U.S. was allowing Islamic extremists to wage war on Christians in Kosovo by deciding not to oppose Kosovo's independence.
Kosovo is an autonomous province in Serbia with a population of about 2 million, most who are ethnic Albanian and Muslim. It is currently administered by the United Nations Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), but negotiations which began this year are expected to eventually result in independence for the province.
Details emerge about the letter the Thug-in-Chief recently sent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The official line is that the full text of the letter will not be published, which is unfortunate, as it would be useful (though not surprising) to know if Ahmadinejad invited Merkel to convert to Islam, as he did in his letter to George W. Bush earlier this year.
From Spiegel: "Merkel Rebuffs Ahmadinejad Letter"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has dismissed a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The missive contains no references to Tehran's nuclear program or the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. But there are "unacceptable" remarks about Israel's and the Holocaust.
Bund will offenbar Zuzug von Juden begrenzen
70 Jahre nach dem dritten Reich sind Juden in Deutschland wieder unerwünscht.
Das ist wirklich eine Hammermeldung, auf die uns PI-Leser axl heute aufmerksam machte: Die Bundesregierung plant offenbar ein Punktesystem für jüdische Zuwanderer aus dem Osten. Es soll die Zahl der aufgenommenen Juden begrenzen – wegen "Problemen" bei der Integration.
By Thomas Sowell
One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality. They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts.
"Peace" movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities. Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called "peace" movements -- that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war.
Take the Middle East. People are calling for a cease-fire in the interests of peace. But there have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than anywhere else. If cease-fires actually promoted peace, the Middle East would be the most peaceful region on the face of the earth instead of the most violent.
Tehran July (AKI) - A spokesman for an Iranian militant group which claims to have 55,000 would-be suicide bombers among its members said on Thursday that 27 of its men have joined Hezbollah militias in Lebanon to fight against Israel. "The first two groups of esteshhadioun (volunteers of martyrdom) have already reached Lebanon," Mohammad Ali Samadi told Adnkronos International (AKI). Speaking on the phone from the organization's headquarters in Tehran, Samadi said the militants reached Lebanon through Syria.
The spokesman for the Headquarters for the Glory of Martyrs of the International Movement said its militants in Lebanon were "27 people selected from the 55,000 members who spoke fluent Arabic and have received adequate training to fight beside their Lebanese brothers against the Zionist enemy."
The spokesman however said the militants would not engage in combat but would "identify Zionist targets and then attack them with actions of martyrdom."
From The Gathering Storm
Why is it that of all the immigrant populations that enter the free democracies, Muslims seem to have a problem integrating into their new home country? Could the problem be self-imposed? Can’t Muslims play well with others?
During the last few decades of the last century, the free democracies have served the twin gods of multiculturalism and political correctness – gods that have turned on them in this century. The game of multiculturalism can only be successful if all participants play well together. Unfortunately, the ideology of multiculturalism accepts each and every culture and what they practice as morally equivalent and their behaviors protected by the concept of political correctness.
A former US defence official has claimed that in the 1990s, his office often sought to get the State Department to make diplomatic complaints to Pakistan about Dr A Q Khan’s activities, which “seriously violated multilateral agreements to which the United States is a signatory and US law against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction” but his requests “fell on deaf ears”.
F Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Defence Secretary, writing in the Washington Times recalls that his office frequently monitored efforts by Dr Khan’s worldwide network to divert technology to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons development programme.
“We also sought Central Intelligence Agency assistance. The CIA has close ties with Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).
Indeed, my office would often work with US Customs to track down some of Khan’s US technology acquisitions to halt them before they were exported to Pakistan.”
One would hope that discovering members of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), operating in multiple Italian cities (and who knows how many more?) would bolster the political will in Europe to deal with rampant illegal immigration from North Africa. But that remains unlikely as long as such activities are attributed to that ever-expanding Tiny Minority of Extremists.
Eurabia Alert from CNN:
ROME, Italy (CNN) -- In a series of morning raids, Italian military police arrested five Algerians for their alleged affiliation with a terrorist group, authorities said Friday.
According to the Italian Carabinieri, investigators discovered a cell linked to an Algerian militant organization known as the "Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC)," whose logistical base was in Vicenza, but also had operations in Brescia, Naples and Salerno.
According to authorities, the group is part of a "global jihad" recruitment program that is also involved in the production of counterfeit documents, including false IDs, living permits and work contracts to be used by illegal immigrants.
German government official says a letter written by Iranian President Ahmadinejad to German Chancellor Merkel asks her to help solve Palestinian problem, deal with Zionism. Official says letter ‘rather weird’
A German government official said on Thursday that letter written by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to German Chancellor Angela Merkel asks her to help solve the Palestinian problem and deal with Zionism.
“There’s nothing about the nuclear issue (in the letter),” the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the extreme sensitivity of the issue for the German government.
Posted on 03/09/2005 6:58:35 AM PST by Traianus
The Muslim Brotherhood's Conquest of Europe by Lorenzo Vidino Middle East Quarterly Winter 2005
Since its founding in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood (Hizb al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) has profoundly influenced the political life of the Middle East. Its motto is telling: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
While the Brotherhood's radical ideas have shaped the beliefs of generations of Islamists, over the past two decades, it has lost some of its power and appeal in the Middle East, crushed by harsh repression from local regimes and snubbed by the younger generations of Islamists who often prefer more radical organizations.
Folgender Beitrag aus der ZEIT, Nr.7, vom 9.2.2006 zeigt deutlich, warum der Euro-Islam wohl unmöglich sein wird: http://www.zeit.de/2006/07/Muslime?page=all
(Auszug)...Im Unterschied zum Urchristentum hat sich der frühe Islam nicht auf dem Weg der Mission ausgebreitet, die den Einzelnen anspricht, sondern auf dem Weg militärischer Eroberung. Als Mohammed in seiner Heimatstadt Mekka keine Unterstützung fand, wich er bekanntlich nach Medina aus, wo er mit Hilfe befreundeter Stämme die Herrschaft in die Hand bekam und von wo aus er den Krieg gegen Mekka führte. Damit begann die arabische Eroberung der Länder vom Zweistromland bis nach Spanien, die mit einer kollektiven Islamisierung verbunden war, von der nur Juden und Christen, die Mohammed als seine Vorläufer ansah, bis zu einem gewissen Grade ausgenommen waren...
...Deshalb ist es ein Gebot nüchterner Einsicht, die Hoffnung auf eine multikulturelle Gesellschaft nicht mit dem Traum eines Euro-Islams zu verbinden. Gewiss gibt es Euro-Muslime, die freilich im Kreis ihrer Glaubensbrüder oft argwöhnisch beobachtet werden; einen Euro-Islam kann es nicht geben.
By Olivier Guitta
In the same vein of my latest July 13 post, here is some additional info that has been overlooked:
1- Over two weeks ago, Hezbollah's leader Nasrallah told opposition leader Walid Jumblatt: "The stability of Lebanon is vital for us. We have to preserve the touristic season and continue with a dialogue between the different political parties."
2- After the Syrian Army left last year, not only did Syrians still place officials in the Lebanese Army, Secret Service, and high in the administration (for more on that, please read my piece in the "Daily Standard" here), but also Hezbollah did the same.
By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
Turkey is currently making a lot of noise about launching a cross-border incursion into Iraq to engage the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) in combat operations. On July 18, Professor Sedat Laciner published an article in the Turkish Weekly comparing the situation that Turkey faces from the PKK to the threat Israel faces from Hamas and Hizballah. After stating that Western countries have defended Israel's right to self-defense, Prof. Laciner asks, "But, does the right of self defence just belong to Israel in the Middle East? For example, doesn’t Turkey have such a right?"
Prof. Laciner outlines the damage that the PKK has inflicted upon Turkey: "Turkey has given terrorism more than 36.000 victims. The PKK is the bloodiest terrorist organization in the world. It is among the first places in the lists of terrorist organizations of both the US and the EU. Besides, it does not have democratically elected-members unlike the Hamas and Hezbollah. It sustains its name with its massacres." (For more on the PKK, see CFR's profile.) Prof. Laciner then turns to the situation Turkey faces on its border, with the PKK gaining strength in Iraq:
British man indicted on terrorism charges over Internet sites
A British man was indicted on charges he helped run terrorism fundraising Web sites, set up terrorists with temporary housing in England and possessed a classified U.S. Navy document revealing troop movements.
Syed Talha Ahsan, 26, was arrested at his home in London on a federal indictment in Connecticut charging him with conspiracy to support terrorists and conspiracy to kill or injure people abroad.an indicted on terrorism charges over Internet sites
Ahsan is accused in the same case as Babar Ahmad, a British computer specialist who was indicted in Connecticut in October 2004. Both are accused of running several Web sites including Azzam.com, which investigators say was used to recruit members for the al-Qaida network, Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime and Chechen rebels.
Hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel are on the ground in Lebanon fighting Israel, security sources say.
"I have no doubt whatsoever that they are there and operating some of the equipment," an Arab diplomatic source told The New York Sun yesterday.
Another foreign source, based in Washington, said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps contingent in Lebanon is based in Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley. He said the troops usually number a few dozen, but that the size of the force increased in connection with the hostilities that have broken out between Israel and Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, over the past week.
The governments of the major nations of Europe are competing to see who will be the first taken down by a violent rebellion of their people.
About six weeks back, a young white man freaked out and shot some North Africans in the streets of Brussels. Now, of course, the truth is, Europeans are understandably nervous about the dangers of Islamofascism.And, when a population is under pressure, things like this will happen. I am not excusing it. I am simply saying it is not surprising.
Europe in general, and Belgium in particular has been infiltrated by dangous Islamofascists. Major European cities have under-25 populations that are over fifty percent Muslim. Muslims have bombed Spain and England, rioted in Paris, Birmingham, and Copenhagen, and have been caught plotting to hit the Chunnel with WMD's.
There’s an old saying that goes like this. Some people make things happen. Some people watch things happen. Then there are those who wonder what happened. Europe today fall into the latter.
At a recent conference in Switzerland, student representatives asked: how could the Muslim population gain traction so quickly in Western Europe? One answer is the disparity between Christian and Muslim birthrates and immigration patterns. But that’s only one small part of the reason. In a commentary by Herbert London, he lists five socio-political underpinning that have transformed Europe from distinct freedom loving nations into Eurabia.
One of the favorite memes of Palestinian Arabs is the notion that Israel engages in "collective punishment." This is viewed as immoral
and illegal and de facto
One can sympathize with this viewpoint. After all, one would naturally think that innocent people should not suffer for the crimes of others. The idea of people being individually responsible for their actions is a strong one (and, I would argue, a Western one.)
There is a flip side though that those who trot out this argument will never address: Do the Palestinian Arab people have any collective responsibility?
Not only must people act responsibly, but nations (and other groups of people) must as well. This is not an unreasonable expectation. It also makes sense that the larger group will be inconvenienced as a result of the criminals' actions.
When you read that headline you must have been thinking to yourself 'is this a joke?'. Sadly, no
The European High Representative of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Javier Solana said during a press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni that the UN has no sufficient data to determine whether the Hizbullah can be included in the list of terror organizations. He also added that the issue at hand is legal, not ethical.
This truly is unbelievable. What's next, calling them "freedom fighters"? "Resistance against the Zionist aggressor"? If this is the EU's attitude towards Hizbollah, I withdraw my earlier statements and don't want the UN to do anything
against the current crisis.
I'm sure a lot of Brits will have already heard about the Muslim only "fun" day in Alton towers, where the theme park will be following the rules of Shariah for a day and banning non-Muslims from attending. The following picture and article are from the Sun and give Jon Gaunt's take on the subject :
In a recent special on Al-Jazeera TV , correspondent Iyad Al-Daud accompanied fighters from the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, to locations in Gaza. There he observed training exercises and interviewed fighters and leaders about the Brigades' history, training, weaponry, operations, and ideology.
The following is the transcript of the special:
TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1191.
A Gaza street at night; vehicles start up and move off. Stirring military music in background.
The conservative daily Kayhan, affiliated with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, reported today that Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's atomic energy agency, declared that Russia is opening a new center for uranium enrichment in Siberia, which will operate under IAEA's supervision.
Kiriyenko mentioned that the center would allow Iran to develop its nuclear energy industry for civilian purposes.
In an interview on Russian TV, Kiriyenko said that Russia would cooperate with Iran [regarding the nuclear issue] based on two principles: First, Iran's right, as a NPT member, to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and second, Iran must guarantee that it is not manufacturing any kind of nuclear weapon.
The following is the fourth dispatch in the series on Iran and the recent escalation on Israel's borders. 
Today's (July 16) G8 summit dealt mainly with the developing crisis in the Middle East.Before the start of the summit, Russia, which is hosting the summit -which is also Iran's primary supporter on the nuclear issue and has consistently opposed sanctions - restated its position that "too much pressure on Iran over the nuclear issue will lead to a political dead end." 
Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Hamid-Reza Asefi, said: "We will wait for the summit and its outcome. The G8 have two options to choose from: One is a wise path and [the adoption of] reasonable recommendations, and the other is an unreasonable one." 
The following is the third dispatch in the series on Iran and the recent escalation on Israel's borders.  During July 12-14, 2006, the Iranian, Lebanese, and Syrian media published articles and statements on the emerging conflict between Israel and Hizbullah.
The following are excerpts:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Iran is Doing its Best to Maintain a Constructive Approach to the Nuclear Issue; Any Problem Created for Iran in the Region Will Be Detrimental for Everyone
In a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: "If the regime that occupies Jerusalem perpetrates the foolish crime of attacking Syria, this act will be tantamount to an attack on the entire Islamic world. This regime will [then] encounter an even fiercer reaction... [Israel's] insane attacks indicate the extreme weakness and impotence of this fake regime, which will soon bring about its fall."
On July 13, 2006, the Iranian, Syrian, and Lebanese media published articles and statements on the emerging conflict between Israel and Hizbullah.
It is noteworthy that on May 4, 2006, Hizbullah founder and former secretary-general Sheikh Subhi Al-Tufeili told Al-Arabiya TV: "They [Hizbullah] are committed to the Iranian policy... I have said before that the Shi'ites in Lebanon serve as Iran's 'playing ground'... Hizbullah definitely fosters its relations with the Syrians, but its real leadership is 'the rule of the jurisprudent' - in other words, [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei." (See MEMRI TV Clip No. 1132, May 4, 2006, http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1132 ).
The following are excerpts from the articles and statements in the Iranian, Syrian, and Lebanese media. 
In statements published over the last few weeks, senior Iranian officials advocated an escalation of the violent activity against Israel and against "Zionists" around the world.
Additionally, in mid-June 2006, Syria and Iran signed a military cooperation agreement. The Syrian defense minister stated on that occasion that the two countries "are establishing a joint front against Israel... [since] Iran regards Syria's security as its own."
For the last few weeks, Iran has been constantly delaying its response to the ultimatum presented to it by 5+1 (the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany) regarding its nuclear program, since it has no intention of accepting the international community's terms and of suspending its uranium enrichment activities. Iran was required to respond to the ultimatum by July 12 (before the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg). As of July 13, 2006, since Iran failed to respond, the international community has decided to refer the Iranian case back to the U.N. Security Council. So far, the international community has not yielded to Iran's attempts to evade the ultimatum, and has denied Iran's request to postpone the deadline to August 22, 2006.
It is always very hard to focus on broad pictures when so many fires are in need of being put out. But it is imperative to keep in mind in the ongoing conflict Iran’s long-standing ties not only to Hezbollah, but to Islamists in Bosnia, a relationship that spans more than a decade.
There is concern among Bosnian contacts that, if Iran feels things are going badly in Lebanon and that the war needs another front, it would take little to ignite Bosnia. It would not be hard to do and the international presence in Bosnia is greatly reduced. So is the intelligence capacity developed in the late 1990s. Several key intelligence-gathering units have been dissolved in Bosnia in the past six months, meaning the West is more blind there than any time since the mid-1990s.
Key Arab leaders condemn the Shiite group, despite its popularity with their citizens.
BAGHDAD AND CAIRO
– With Israel's confrontation with Hizbullah and Lebanon lurching closer to all-out war, winds of anger are blowing through the Middle East that are likely to strengthen the political hand of radical Islamists from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.
Since the fighting began, at least 24 Israelis, 12 of them civilians, have been killed and at least 175 Lebanese, nearly all civilians. In recent weeks, about 200 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in a separate showdown between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group who won power in elections earlier this year.
19 July 2006
Turkey's prime minister says his military is moving forward in drafting plans for sending forces into northern Iraq to clear out Kurdish rebel bases, but added that officials are also holding talks with the United States and Iraq in an attempt to defuse tensions.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Ankara Wednesday that his security forces are proceeding with their work and would take whatever steps are warranted according to their findings.
Erdogan added that his government is in talks with the United States and Iraq regarding the issue.
by Olivier Guitta
With just one-fifth the population of the United States, France boasts the world's second largest contingent of diplomats, and its consulates and embassies number just eight fewer than the State Department's 260. The French investment in its foreign ministry is likewise heavy and demonstrates the importance the French government places on French prestige and grandeur. Under President Jacques Chirac, French foreign policy has become increasingly assertive. Francois Heisbourg, director of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Foundation for Strategic Research), summed up French foreign policy as "oppose just to exist." Such descriptions are not entirely fair, though. While Chirac inherited a French foreign policy already tilted toward the Arab world, his pursuit of close personal ties to Arab leaders and his outreach to Islamists, rejectionist Arab states, and groups considered terrorists by the U.S. government is part of a broader strategy to increase French influence in the region.
by Patrick Devenny
In May 2005, as international pressure increased for Hezbollah's disarmament, the group's spiritual leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, announced, "They say [we have] 12,000 rockets ... I say more than 12,000 rockets." It was the first time Nasrallah had ever publicly quantified Hezbollah's arsenal. The risk of escalation has increased in recent years as internal events in Lebanon become less predictable and as Iranian and Hezbollah activities and interests have come into greater conflict with U.S. and Israeli security concerns. A number of scenarios exist in which Hezbollah might order a missile strike against Israel. As the Iranian government works to develop nuclear weapons, both the U.S. and Israeli leadership may consider a military strike to delay achievement of that capability. Hezbollah may also be tempted to apply its deterrent to Israeli actions in any renewed conflict with Palestinian groups or strike at Israel as it lays a claim to a greater regional role or to Jerusalem.
EU Enlargment commissioner Olli Rehn demands that Turkey amend its laws on curbing free expression, in particular Article 301 of its penal code. Recently, Turkish courts upheld a prison sentence against a Turkish editor, Hrant Dink. The Turkish citizen, Elif Shafak – author of Father and Bastard – also faces renewed charges of “insulting Turkishness” under the notorious Article 301 of the Turkish Criminal Code, despite the earlier dismissal of the case.
Shafak’s case has already been fraught with complications. The original trial in June of Elif Shafak and her publisher (Semih Sokmen of Metis Publishing House) declared that, after the publication of her bestseller Father and Bastard, there was no evidence to prosecute her on the charges of “publicly insulting Turkishness.”
From the desk of Fjordman on Thu, 2006-07-20 07:40
In a true, totalitarian society such as the old Soviet Union, crime rates are usually low because of the crushing state control of all its citizens. Supposedly, street crime in Moscow in the USSR was rare, probably because the state itself was the biggest criminal. In contrast, in the European Union of today, which is not a totalitarian society, at least not yet, crime rates are booming in major cities. At the same time, authorities are stepping up censorship efforts, openly talking about media “speech codes” and aggressively slapping labels such as “racism” or “xenophobia” on anybody daring to criticize the immigration policies or pointing out the inadequate response to Muslim gang violence.
There is obviously a connection here: The less control the authorities have with Muslims, the more control they want to exercise over non-Muslims. As problems in Europe get worse, which they will, the EU will move in an increasingly repressive direction until it either becomes a true, totalitarian entity or falls apart. This strange mix of powerful censorship of public debate, yet little control over public law and order, has by some been labelled anarcho-tyranny.
Reporting "Serbian genocide" became a highly profitable industry that produced Pulitzer prizes and million-dollar best sellers. Media careers and fortunes were made through a campaign of anti-Serb hate and hysteria allowing no response from the Serbian side. Peter Brock has written a book meticulously correcting such past media lies and exaggerations. For those open-minded and willing to read another point of view, Brock's book will be a revelation. - Professor Raju G. C. Thomas