A Finnish reader and blogger (who has asked not to be identified) sends us a translation of an important article from the author’s Finnish-language website. It is about Multiculturalism and the effects of Muslim immigration in both Finland and Sweden.
The translator includes the following introductory note:
The article covers a lot of the same issues as Fjordman and it is backed by references to news articles (in Finnish and Swedish) and publicly available statistics (in Finland and in Sweden).
Finland has had a significantly more restrictive immigration policy over the years than Sweden, Norway and Denmark. That is why the problems caused by Muslim immigration are of a smaller scale than in neighboring countries. However, the things may change for the worse in the future, since PC multiculturalism is prevalent here as well.
From the desk of Fjordman on Wed, 2006-08-30 19:38
Kari Vogt, historian of religion at the University of Oslo, has stated that Ibn Warraq’s book “Why I am Not a Muslim” is just as irrelevant to the study of Islam as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion are to the study of Judaism. She is widely considered as one of the leading expert on Islam in Norway, and is frequently quoted in national media on matters related to Islam and Muslim immigration. People who get most of their information from the mainstream media, which goes for the majority of the population, will thus be systematically fed biased information and half-truths about Islam from our universities, which have largely failed to uphold the ideal of free inquiry. Unfortunately, this situation is pretty similar at universitiesand collegesthroughout the West.
London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), scene to a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents from an increasingly pro-Islamic campus, issued a threat to one of its Jewish students to cease his protests against anti-Semitism at the University. Gavin Gross, an American, had been leading a campaign against the deterioration of conditions for Jewish students at SOAS, which is part of the University of London. SOAS had witnessed an escalation of anti-Jewish activity, in both severity and frequency. At the beginning of the year, the Islamic Society screened a video which compared Judaism with Satanism.
Heftige Reaktionen nach Veröffentlichung über Muslime
Der spanische Parlamentsabgeordnete Gustavo Aristegui hat mit seinem Buch "Der Dschihad in Spanien" bei Teilen der Muslime im Land einen Sturm der Entrüstung ausgelöst. Aus Saudi-Arabien wurden gar Morddrohungen geäußert. Aristegui verteidigt seine Warnung vor der Gewaltbereitschaft der Muslime. Aus Madrid berichtet Hans-Günter Kellner.
"Blut muss fließen. Sein Tod ist nah. Er ist ein Ungläubiger." Solche und noch deutlichere Drohungen erhielt der konservative spanische Politiker Gustavo Aristegui auf einschlägigen Internetseiten. Hintergrund ist sein Buch "Der Dschihad in Spanien", in dem Aristegui die schon länger bekannte Warnung aufgreift, Radikalislamisten verstünden Spanien als ein Land, das es zurückzuerobern gelte. Sie beziehen sich auf die Herrschaft des Islam in Al Andalus zwischen 8. und dem 15. Jahrhundert. Die Reaktionen ließen nicht lange auf sich warten:
Our exclusive Jerusalem sources reveal that the issues raised at his press conferences with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and FM Tzipi Livni – the full implementation of UN resolution 1701, the Israeli blockade of Lebanon, the kidnapped Israel soldiers, the embargo on imported weapons for Hizballah - were all left outside the closed doors of the conference rooms he entered in Jerusalem.
Inside, the UN Secretary went straight to the point: He wanted an Israeli message to hand to Iranian leaders in Tehran which he hoped to visit later in his 11-day Middle East tour. The message was to contain an assurance that, despite the Lebanon war and the accelerated tempo of the Iranian nuclear program, Israel undertook not to attack Iran. Annan wanted to be the bearer of a Note in this vein to dispel the Islamic Republic’s fears of an imminent Israeli strike. He told Olmert he intended placing this assurance in the hands of supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in person.
Last week, Britain's Communities Secretary, Ruth Kelly, made a speech at the inauguration of the Commission on Integration and Cohesion on Wednesday, August 23, in which she gave fulsome praise to the multi-ethnic society of Britain. There was little in this speech to outrage PC proponents. She said: "...I believe that we should celebrate and clearly articulate the benefits that migration and diversity have brought - but while celebrating that diversity we should also recognise that the landscape is changing, changing rapidly. And we should not shy away from asking - and trying to respond to - some of the more difficult questions that arise.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Aug 29, 2006 (AP)— Her father said it would be a two-week holiday to learn about her Pakistani heritage. But the British woman soon found herself captive in a remote tribal village for over a year and promised in marriage to a first cousin she'd never met.
With the British High Commission's help this month, the woman escaped Pakistan shortly before her planned wedding, avoiding the phenomenon of forced marriage that befalls scores of foreign women, including Americans, annually in this deeply conservative Islamic country.
"My dad made me believe it was just a holiday," said the 20-year-old woman, who declined to reveal her actual name and asked to go by Shazia for her own protection. "But the weeks turned into months and months. I never believed my own father would have a plan to marry me to someone I didn't know, but I was wrong."
30/08/2006 12:45 MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russia insists that a common approach be taken to resolving the problem of Kosovo and other regional, "frozen" conflicts, a deputy foreign minister said Wednesday.
Russia has repeatedly said that sovereignty for the UN-administered Serbian province of Kosovo, which is sought by the ethnic Albanian majority but opposed by Belgrade, could have negative consequences for conflicts in the former Soviet Union that erupted in the early 1990s.
"It is extremely important to avoid a situation when one approach is taken to the Kosovo problem and another one to similar conflicts in other regions," Vladimir Titov said.
Russia has peacekeepers stationed in the zones of three conflicts in the former Soviet Union. Two of them are in Georgia, where the self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia refuse to recognize Tbilisi's rule, and the other is in Moldova, where the unrecognized Transdnestr has sought to break away from the central authorities.
While often ignored in the Western media, human rights abuses in the Islamic world are a daily occurrence. Both Muslim states and ad hoc religious courts order mutilation and execution, not only of criminals but also of individuals—mainly women—who have not committed anything which would be considered a crime in other societies. In some cases, Shari‘a (Islamic law) tribunals issue death sentences for those acquitted in regular courts. In other cases, religious leaders invoke religion to sanction non-Islamic practices such as honor killings and female genital mutilation.
Original Islamic jurisprudence, however, does not necessarily mandate such severe punishments. In the early twentieth century, it even seemed that the introduction of modern legal codes in Muslim majority countries might ameliorate regular Shari‘a punishments, but in recent decades, traditionalists have pushed a back-to-basics program which has augmented application of Shari‘a punishment. Rather than modifying Islamic practice, many self-described Islamist reformers make matters worse by advocating retrenchment rather than reform.
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Source ::: Internews WASHINGTON • Muslim circles have expressed alarm and disgust at the publication of a redrawn map of the Islamic world in a journal closely linked to the US armed forces.
The Armed Forces Journal, which has published the redrawn map of the world of Islam along with a long explanatory article, is published by the Army Times Publishing Company, a part of Gannett Company, Inc, the world’s largest publisher of professional military and defence periodicals.
Bill Clinton is remembered by many as the U.S. president who bombed Kosovo, along with the rest of Yugoslavia, in 1999. What we may not realize is that Clinton’s career in advocating air strikes goes further back than 1999. As Hillary said, Clinton “advocated” air strikes during the Bosnian war. Hillary also admits that U.S. supported the Croat-Muslim coalition: “Gains on the ground by the Croat-Muslim coalition that the U.S. had helped support, coupled with the NATO airstrikes that Bill had advocated, finally forced the Serbs to negotiate a settlement.”
That is hardly any secret. But even if it is no secret, it is an important admission nonetheless. Just as a reminder: what happened when the ICTY indicted Milosevic? The U.S. stopped negotiating directly with Milosevic the minute he was indicted and used some supposedly neutral go-betweens instead (although the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott, was suspiciously prescient about the impending indictment in his discussions with those go-betweens).
BELGRADE, Serbia-The Serbian Orthodox Church on Monday accused the United Nations' top two envoys for Kosovo of siding with Kosovo's ethnic Albanians in negotiations over the province's future status.
The church, which wields considerable influence among Serbs, sharply criticized Joachim Ruecker, Kosovo's U.N. administrator, and Martti Ahtisaari, the U.N.'s chief envoy, saying they "have openly declared their pro-Albanian stances."
They "have joined a media campaign for (Kosovo) Albanian interests and wishes. Their recent statements have triggered surprise, worry and bitterness among the Serbian people," it said in a statement.
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has harsh, well-deserved criticism for mainstream media’s uncritical dissemination of terrorist propaganda: Downer accuses media of Lebanon hoax. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
FOREIGN Minister Alexander Downer is standing firm on his comments yesterday slamming the media over its coverage of the Lebanon conflict.
Speaking in Brisbane, Mr Downer criticised local and international media for sloppy reporting and failing to check facts.
In particular, he singled out the London-based Reuters news agency over an incident in which a photographer deliberately manipulated a digital image so that the effects of an Israeli bombing raid over Beirut were exaggerated.
Political developments in Turkey have the West concerned about the country's possible actions in northern Iraq and its role as an oil and gas facilitator.
By Federico Bordonaro for ISN Security Watch (28/08/06)
European observers and decision-makers are closely watching ongoing political developments in Turkey and their implications for Ankara's foreign policy. Foremost among these concerns is the appointment in late July of General Yasar Buyukanit as the new military chief of staff, not to mention upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
General Buyukanit will take over as the new military chief of staff on 30 August, replacing General Hilmi Ozkok. In a country where the relationship between the civilian administration and the army is key to the preservation of democracy and national unity, a change of leadership on the military side of the equation is considered a delicate moment - even more so as the country prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections.
Editor's Note:Karim is a special correspondent for the Counterterrorism Blog (he posted on July 24) and is currently in Lebanon. UPDATE 8/29: Pictures from the demonstration added below.
Hezbollah's staged mini-demonstration in the southern suburb of Beirut has been exposed by unauthorized media footage. (Editor's Note added 8/29: I have verified that the footage was taken by a well known and respected media source, but we won't reveal the name for fear of damaging its contacts in Lebanon.) During a visit to the Hezbollah former "security square," destroyed during the war with Israel, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was greeted by a prepared crowd of Hezbollah militants. Accompanied by Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Seniora, Dr. Annan was escorted by Lebanese Army security, apparently very friendly with Hezbollah Department of Security. The Lebanese Army officers and Hezbollah were seen smiling at each other and coordinating the staged demonstration. A camera linked to an international media agency was broadcasting live from behind the Hezbollah's security lines. It captured the details of the "show." A group of women and girls, in traditional Muslim dresses and scarves were gathered by Hezbollah bearded security some 15 minutes before the motorcade arrives. The gathering was at about 30 feet away from where Annan's car was supposed to stop. This indicates that the motorcade security and the Hezbollah operatives knew ahead of time where the spot would be and had the women standing and waiting. Posters of Hassan Nasrallah were then distributed to the women. The camera showed a group of bearded men standing few meters behind the first line of women as a "second brigade." Then the camera showed the group of women tightening their positioning while few men with hats and "talkies" positioned themselves behind the women and started shouting orders: "Clap when Annan gets out of the car," they screamed to the women. The latter complied with "passion," raising the posters of Nasrallah. "Boo when Seniora appears," the Hezbollah's operators shouted. A huge boo was produced, not only by the women, but also by the men standing behind them.
Brilliant, Caroline Glick writes an extraordinary column eviscerating the corrupt and vicious predatory media and hails the emergence of the blogs as the force of good that will save freedom loving peoples. Gd love that woman. I know I do.
What are we seeing when we watch events from the Middle East on our television screens? Is it news or is it terrorist theater?
As each day passes, the governments, formal and informal legal apparatuses, and media of free societies show themselves to be less and less capable of contending with the information operations conducted against their societies by subversive forces seeking their destruction.
The Washington Times has intriguing news. According to the Times, Israel is preparing for a war against Iran. Olmert has appointed Maj. Gen. Elyezer Shkedy, Israel's air force chief, as 'overall commander' for the "Iran front", two months ago already.
Israel is becoming extremely concerned now with what they see as Iran's delaying tactics," said Israeli Iran analyst Meir Javedanfar. "[The planners] think negotiations are going nowhere, and Iran is becoming a major danger for Israel. Now they are getting ready for living with a nuclear Iran or letting the military take care of it."
The prospect of Israel "living with" a nuclear Iran appears remote. Last week, Giora Eiland, Israel's former national security adviser, told reporters that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would "sacrifice half of Iran for the sake of eliminating Israel."
Door Diyanet gewijzigde versie Intentieverklaring INHOLLAND en CMO De ondergetekenden:
I.Hogeschool INHOLLAND, uitgaande van de stichting Hoger Onderwijs Nederland, kantoorhoudende te Den Haag, te dezen rechtsgeldig vertegenwoordigd door J.M.M. Elbers, voorzitter College van Bestuur, hierna te noemen: “INHOLLAND”
II.Contactorgaan Moslims en Overheid, kantoorhoudende te Apeldoorn, te dezen rechtsgeldig vertegenwoordigd door A.Tonca, hierna te noemen CMO.
The Saudi Arabian king’s unusual visit to Turkey in early August was a first move towards forming a Sunni bloc to bar the way to Iran’s Shi’ite expansionism.
The first visit by a Saudi monarch to Turkey in 70 years on Aug. 8 resulted in the signing of highly publicized commercial and political agreements but also of secret security and intelligence pacts.
The most sensitive meeting during king Abdallah’s visit was an encounter between the chairman of Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council, prince Bandar bin Sultan and the most influential members of Milli Guvenlik Kurulu (MGK), Turkey’s national security council. Badar was accompanied by the head of the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate (GID), prince Moqrin bin Abdulaziz, and the country’s ambassador to Washington, prince Turki al Faysal.Lees verder...
On August 25, 2006, the Kuwaiti daily Al-Ra'i Al-'Aam reported on a new organization established in Syria for "the liberation of the Golan," using the strategy of Hizbullah. This report comes after several weeks during which the Syrian government press published numerous articles praising the "resistance," and even several articles threatening that Syria would adopt the path of resistance in the Golan Heights.  Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said in an August 14, 2006 interview with the Egyptian opposition weekly Al-'Usbu' that "the Golan will be liberated by Syrian hands." He repeated this statement in a speech on August 15, 2006. In an August 23, 2006 interview with Dubai TV, he said that "it is the Syrian people who will decide if there will be resistance in the Golan." 
And not because of soccer yobs. From The Telegraph, with thanks to Roseanne:
Britain now presents a greater security threat to the United States than Iran or Iraq, an American magazine said yesterday.
In an article on Islamists headlined "Kashmir on the Thames", the New Republic painted Britain's Muslim communities as a breeding ground for violent extremism.
Citing recent opinion poll evidence suggesting that one in four British Muslims believed that last year's London Tube bombings were justified, the magazine said: "In the wake of this month's high-profile arrests, it can now be argued that the biggest threat to US security emanates not from Iran or Iraq or Afghanistan, but rather from Great Britain, our closest ally."...
Der Anteil Nazideutschlands am arabischen Antisemitismus
Im heutigen Tagesspiegel stellt Thomas Uwer das demnächst erscheinende Buch "Halbmond und Hakenkreuz" vor, das die Propaganda Hitlers für den arabischen Antisemitismus zu großen Teilen verantwortlich macht. Die Autoren bezweifeln, dass der Terror von Hamas und Hisbollah eine Reaktion auf den Staat Israel und dessen Politik ist. Auf PI haben wir schon häufig auf die erschreckenden Ähnlichkeiten zwischen dem Antisemitismus der Nazis und dem der arabischen Welt offenlegt. Merkwürdigerweise stellt dieser für die allerorten eifrig nach "Faschismus" Ausschau haltenden Gutmenschen überhaupt kein Problem dar.
Website quotes al-Qaeda senior figure as saying: 'Hizbullah are infidels, it and
Israel are enemies of Allah'Yaakov Lappin
A speech allegedly made by Sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman has surfaced on a jihadi pro al-Qaeda website in which Rahman is cited as condemning the "infidel Hizbullah" and "the most corrupted regimes of Syria and
The speech was posted on the Islamist Muntada internet forum, frequently used by British Muslim al-Qaeda sympathizers, and was described as being a "summary of an address by Sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman speaking from
It is unclear whether the speaker identified as Rahman on the forum is a reference to al-Qaeda's second in command in Iraq, Abu Abdul Rahman al-Iraqi, and whether the senior al-Qaeda figure actually delivered the message from Lebanon.
[FrontPageMagazine.com title: "The Terrorist Murder of a Palestinian Apologist"]
An Italian named Angelo Frammartino, 25, espoused the typical anti-Israel views of a far-leftist, as he expressed in a letter to a newspaper in 2006:
We must face the fact that a situation of no violence is a luxury in many parts of the world, but we do not seek to avoid legitimate acts of defense. … I never dreamed of condemning resistance, the blood of the Vietnamese, the blood of the people who were under colonialist occupation or the blood of the young Palestinians from the first intifada.
Hizballah’s leader said in a broadcast speech Sunday night that he would not have ordered the kidnap of two Israeli soldiers had he know it would lead to war.
DEBKAfile reveals the other side of the picture: While saying mildly that in his view a second round of the war is not indicated, Nasrallah has just finished reconstituting his Southern Nasser Brigade command (short range Katyusha rockets) in the port town of Tyre after collecting its elements form various south Lebanese villages to the east. His fighters reached Tyre at the same time as French UNIFIL troops landed in the same port but were not noticed by the TV cameras focusing on the French landings.
I've been reading about the 1930s lately. One chapter from The Hollow Years: France in the 1930s struck me as particularly interesting. I wanted to share several quotes which I included below.
Chapter IX - The Nightmare of Fear -----
The possibilities of surprise attacks were dire; the only parry against them would be preventative attacks impossible to envisage in a peaceful democracy or else the threat of massive reprisals. The defense debate was slipping into nightmare. ... It was certainly an encouragement for defeatism.
The Journal of Julien Green, the delicate Franco-American writer, is full of rumors of war for the end of the month, panics, images of catastrophe. "The people I see have fallen prey to panics," he notes in 1932. "This happens three or four times a year." And in 1934: "Life is impregnated with this general fear."
The saddest part of the now concluded episode of the captured Fox News team in Gaza is the relating of Islam with political terror. So many good and distinguished people have been trying so hard to make a distinction between a great revelatory faith, i.e. Islam, and terror. Along come misguided terrorists and force a conversion to Islam in the media of two captured journalists, thereby connecting Islam to politics and terror.
Many of us wanted to believe that we are not in a battle of civilizations between Islam and the West and that well-meaning people would resolve the political conflicts in a reasonable manner.
Islam over the generations has given the world so much of its cultural heritage that one is flabbergasted when considering the forced and instant conversion seen on television.
Post 9/11 and particularly post-Madrid 2004, events have led to a hardening of positions in Europe among the majority population and, at the same time, there are more second and third generation Muslim youth finding their way to jihad. The stereotype of the jihadi coming from the Arab world is changing. Post-September 11, recruits are just as easily to be found in poly-techniques, high schools and university campuses in Europe.
Hundreds of European youth, mainly second generation immigrants, have found their way to Iraq to fight in the Sunni triangle. There were reports of a two-way traffic between West Asia and Europe of illegals coming in to Europe and legals going to perform jihad in faraway places. Three of the July bombers in London were young second-generation youth of Pakistani parentage. The youth in the UK have been increasingly under the influence of the Deobandi mosques, where al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Hizbut Tehrir activists have been active. Lees verder...
The alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners and last year's terrorist attacks on London have made more people fear Islam as a religion, not merely its extremist elements, a poll for The Daily Telegraph has found.
A growing number of people fear that the country faces "a Muslim problem" and more than half of the respondents to the YouGov survey said that Islam posed a threat to Western liberal democracy. That compares with less than a third after the September 11 terrorist attacks on
America five years ago.
The findings were revealed as Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, conceded that the multi-culturalist approach encouraged by the Left for two decades had probably been a mistake and could have contributed to the alienation that many young Muslims said they felt and experienced
The Norwegian government has started forcefully repatriating Somali asylum seekers. Of course they’re being heavily criticized by the usual crowd of bleeding heart liberals at the UN, and other more local naive do-gooders for this. These idiots claim that this repatriation is very dangerous and borders on cruelty. But if that is the case, that it’s very dangerous for them to return to Somalia, then why do Somalis living in this country choose to travel back to their country of origin on a regular basis, to visit family and friends? Maybe because it’s not so dangerous after all?
A lot of Somalis living in Norway travel to Somalia each year for “holidays”, even though they claim they are being persecuted in that country. The summer is peak season for these types of “holidays”. The majority of the Somalis who make this journey go via Dubai, a country that has many direct flights to Somalia, says Hugo Fjeld, Norwegian consul to Dubai. He can reveal that the Somalis in question are equipped with Norwegian travel documents or Norwegian passports. Lees verder...
Am 18.08.2006 berichtete Jyllandsposten über die VERURTEILUNG des Fadi Abdel Latif (Vorsitzender der Hisb ut-Tahrirs) aufgrund von Übersetzungen (der Koran oder Hadith wird im Verfahren und der Berichterstattung nicht genannt) und Weiterverbreitung von Texten, welche die Regierung und die Juden überall auf der Welt, also auch in Dänemark, bedrohen würden. Die Anklägerin (bei uns die Staatsanwaltschaft) versuchte zu beweisen und blieb dabei, dass diese Texte eine Aufforderung zur Beseitigung der Regierung und Vertreibung der Juden darstellten. F. A. Latif wurde zu drei Monate Haft verurteilt. (Unsere deutschen Gerichte lehnen mit hanebüchenen Begründungen analoge Verfahren ab.)
Hier einige Zitate von Latif, die die Zeitung abgedruckt hat: "...und vernichtet eure Regierungen, wenn sie euch im Wege stehen, denn in den Djihad für Allah zu ziehen ist besser als die ganze Welt und das, was in ihr ist" "Oh Muslime: eure Brüder und Schwestern in Palästina rufen euch, und ihr brennt, um sie zu retten, aber die verräterischen Regierenden hindern euch daran. Sie verhindern, dass ihr eure Verpflichtungen ausführt, die Allah euch durch den Djihad und der Ausrottung der Juden befohlen hat." " Und tötet sie (die Juden), wo immer ihr sie findet, und vertreibt sie von dem Ort, wo sie euch vertrieben haben." [Sure 2:191]
>DEBKA-Net-Weekly 266 first drew attention to Iran’s heavy EW investment and its successful functioning in the Lebanon War on Aug. 11, 06. This first account will be followed up in the next DNW issue out on Friday, Aug. 25.
DEBKAfile on Aug. 23 adds: The American EW experts are interested in four areas. 1. The Israeli EW systems’ failure to block Hizballah’s command and communications and the links between the Lebanese command and the Syria-based Iranian headquarters. 2. How Iranian technicians helped Hizballah eavesdrop on Israel’s communications networks and mobile telephones, including Israeli soldiers’ conversations from inside Lebanon. 3. How Iranian EW installed in Lebanese army coastal radar stations blocked the Barak anti-missile missiles aboard Israeli warships, allowing Hizballah to hit the Israeli corvette Hanith. 4. Why Israeli EW was unable to jam the military systems at the Iranian embassy in Beirut, which hosted the underground war room out of which Hassan Nasrallah and his top commanders, including Imad Mughniyeh, functioned.
I came across some information which appears to link Hezbollah to counterfeiting, even including US $100 bills - example below. The info comes from an on line Intel page and one always has to question the veracity of some of the information available through such sites. There's information and dis-information ... and then just plain BS. But this looks somewhat legit, as if that can even be trusted.
There's also additional info through linked sites and an available doc file linked below as well.
Hezbollah as producer and distributor of forged notes
• During the second half of the 1990s, money counterfeiting in the Bekaa region continued to thrive. However, though the fake dollars were still of high quality, they did not match the standards of the “Super Dollar”. In this “industry”, Hezbollah plays a prominent role, while joining forces with criminal elements and taking advantage of its powerful position in the Bekaa and its relations with Iran and Syria.
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 22 (IANS) Islam is history because we live in the 21st century now, opined controversial exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen here Tuesday.
"The Islam religion and their scriptures are out of place and out of time. It still follows the 7th century laws and is hopeless. The need of the hour is not reformation but revolution," said Nasreen interacting with reporters here.
The feminist author of Bengali book "Lajja" is in Kerala in connection with the release of the Malayalam translation of four of her books, which would be released at Thrissur on Aug 24.
"The government is aware that society is fragmenting into tribes - but if they are talking about creating common values for different faith groups, what are they?" - Munira Mirza, multiculturalism researcher [Source: The BBC]
British society is facing challenges that threaten its record on uniting ethnic groups, says Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly
Tensions between people of different ethnic groups and faiths in British society must be tackled, says Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.
These and other questions will be addressed more fully as you go through this website. However, there is a preliminary historical fact that must be established now. There has never been a civilization or a nation referred to as "Palestine" and the very notion of a "Palestinian Arab nation" having ancient attachments to the Holy Land going back to time immemorial is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated upon the world! There is not, nor has there ever been, a distinct "Palestinian" culture or language. Further, there has never been a Palestinian state governed BY Arab Palestinians in history, nor was there ever a serious Arab-Palestinian national movement until 1964... three years BEFORE the Arabs of "Palestine" lost the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and Gaza as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War (which the Arabs started). Even the so-called leader of the "Palestinian" people, Yasser Arafat, is EGYPTIAN! In short, the so-called Arab "Palestinians" are a manufactured people...a people with no history and no authenticity... whose sole purpose for existence is to destroy the Jewish State!
Israel first became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam! Seven hundred and twenty-six years later in 586 B.C.E. these first ancient Jews in the Land of Israel [Judea] were overrun and Israel's First Jewish Temple (on Jerusalem's Old City Temple Mount) was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, king of ancient Babylon. Many of the Jews were killed or expelled; however many were allowed to remain. These Jews along with their progeny and other Jews who would resettle over the next 500 years, rebuilt the Nation of Israel and also a Second Temple in Jerusalem upon the Temple Mount. Thus the claim that Jews suddenly appeared fifty years ago right after the Holocaust and drove out the Arabs is preposterous!
Then in 70 C.E. (nearly 2000 years ago), it was the Roman Empire's turn to march through ancient Israel and destroy the SECOND Jewish Temple, slaughtering or driving out much of its Jewish population. Many Jews left on their own because conditions for life were made unbearable in many respects... yet thousands upon thousands stayed and rebelled on for centuries in order to once again rebuild a Jewish Nation in this Holy Land.
feminist wakes up to the fact the Hezbollah isn’t a feminist’s best friend. Sarah Baxter writes:
As a supporter of the peace movement in the 1980s, I could never have imagined that many of the same crowd I hung out with then would today be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with militantly anti-feminist Islamic fundamentalist groups …
Hassan Nasrallah, … regularly issues bloodcurdling threats against the Jews. “If they (the Jews all gather in
,” he has said, “it will save us the trouble of going after them on a worldwide basis.” For some on the left such words are merely understandable hyperbole, provoked by decades of Israeli ill-treatment of the Palestinians, but I prefer to take Islamic fundamentalists at their word …
Our Washington and Jerusalem sources report intelligence predictions of an impending revival of the Lebanon war and its spread to the Golan. Tehran and Syria are turning up the heat to obstruct Western moves to curb Iran’s advance on a nuclear weapon and nullify the embargo on arms for Hizballah.
A senior Iranian spokesman announced Wednesday night, Aug. 23 that his government was on the brink of a “dramatic” nuclear development. Some Tehran sources surmise an announcement will be made on significant Iranian advances in uranium enrichment following a breakthrough in activating P-2 centrifuges. This would constitute blatant defiance of the UN and an affront to the six powers and their offer of incentives for halting enrichment.
The Israeli military’s setback in its fight against Hezbollah in south Lebanon in recent weeks was primarily a failure of its intelligence agencies; and it was also the victory of a defensive guerilla force organized along North Korean lines. [...]
How the Media Legitimized an Anti-Israel Hoax and Changed the Course of a War
On the night of July 23, 2006, an Israeli aircraft intentionally fired missiles at and struck two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances performing rescue operations, causing huge explosions that injured everyone inside the vehicles. Or so says the global media, including Time magazine, the BBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and thousands of other outlets around the world. If true, the incident would have been an egregious and indefensible violation of the Geneva Convention, and would constitute a war crime committed by the state of Israel.
"Al-Jazeera has Become [a Channel] Affiliated With a Political, Religious, and Ideological OrganizatiIn an article posted July 29, 2006 on the reformist website Elaph, Tunisian intellectual Dr. Khaled Shawkat, director of the Netherlands-based Center for Promoting Democracy in the Arab World, attacked Al-Jazeera TV because, he says, it has become the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood. The following are excerpts from his article:
"Al-Jazeera has Become [a Channel] Affiliated With a Political, Religious, and Ideological Organization [i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood]"
"I am convinced that the special status attained by the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel in the Arab and international media is based on the fact that in its early years, it dealt persistently with issues of democracy and human rights in the Arab world, dared to discuss things not spoken of in Arab politics, and exposed the disgrace of the violations and misconduct of the Arab regimes. I am also convinced that Al-Jazeera has in recent years abandoned this direction, for many reasons, and that its current administration is trying to preserve the channel's popularity by distorting Arab public opinion, [which it achieves] by stirring up emotion on sensitive regional issues, such as Palestine, Iraq, and
One of the great successes of the Islamists, particularly the Shi’ites, is the ability to create separate states within weak and failing states. The prime examples are Hezbollah and, as the Washington Post chronicles today, Moqtada al-Sadr in Iraq.
One could argue that there are groups within the Iranian intelligence and security apparatus that also form non-state groups. The alliance of these elements, with no formal power, to ally in transnational, borderless associations and alliances, is what poses one of the largest threats to the Middle East and beyond.
The weakness of the states that allow these groups to flourish gives these groups, along with Hamas and other Islamist and non-Islamist organizations, the priceless ability to provide social services, remedy injustice and corruption and generally make people’s lives better on a measureable level.
Medienbild vom frommen, freundlichen Mann eingestürzt
Schon eigenartig: Unmittelbar, nachdem der Kieler "Kofferbomber" verhaftet worden war, erfuhren wir aus der Presse, was für ein netter junger Mann er war. SpiegelOnline bezeichnet ihn als "freundlich, unauffällig und fromm" und die Kommilitonen sind allesamt fassungslos. Youssef, wahlweise auch Jussif, führte ein unscheinbares Leben, trug sogar Jeans und Turnschuhe, BKA-Chef Zierke versichert uns, dass der Täter kein massenhaftes Blutvergießen wollte und der Vizepräsident der Islamischen Föderation in Berlin, Burhan Kesici, vermutet eine "spontane Reaktion" wegen der Demütigung des Libanon durch Israel im allgemeinen und den Tod des Bruders im besonderen. Keiner konnte etwas im voraus ahnen. Schicksal eben.
Der ist Großbrittanien lebende Moslemführer Azzam Tamimi (Foto) ist ein Meister der Verwandlung: Gegenüber westlichen Medien zeigt er sich gerne - wie manch andere hierzulande auch - gemäßigt und tolerant, während er gegenüber seinen Glaubensbrüdern Selbstmordbombenanschläge gutheißt und ausdrücklich unterstützt. Tamimis Doppelzüngigkeit ist schon hier entlarvt worden und auch die britische Daily Mail berichtet über ihn:
In a recent column for JewishWorldReview, Daniel Pipes describes what he sees as a new, tougher, approach by the Vatican to the encroachment of Islam throughout the West, and the decline of Christian populations in Islamic states.
In his closing paragraph, Pipes tells us, “Obtaining the same rights for Christians in Islamdom that Muslims enjoy in Christendom has become the key to the Vatican’s diplomacy toward Muslims. This balanced, serious approach marks a profound improvement in understanding that could have implications well beyond the Church… Should Western states also promote the principle of reciprocity the results should indeed be interesting.” The Vatican Confronts Islam by Paul R. Hollrath
There is also the amazing case of journalist Paul Belien, who edits the Brussels Journal, a pro-American, Euroskeptic, anti-Islamist blog. In February, the blog was one of the few news sources to republish the notorious Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammad, thereby attracting some two million unique visits. It also attracted extraordinary scrutiny from the Flemish newsweekly Knack. Noting that Mr. Belien's blog had been cited by Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, Knack described the link as "no coincidence," but rather a "deliberate provocation by the neocons," the ultimate aim of which was to make Americans and Europeans believe "that all Muslims are violent and dangerous, after which the clash in Palestine, Iran and Syria can really kick off."
A new Indian documentary provides visual and other evidence that Islamist attempts to secure a base on Northeastern India are “at an advanced state.” According to the documentary by Indian, Mayank Jain, “A conspiracy has been hatched by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence and fundamentalists from Bangladesh to carve out an Islamic country comprising Asom, Tripura, and West Bengal,” as well as Bangladesh. The three Indian states almost totally surround Bangladesh on the North, East, and West. Bangladesh is the world’s third largest Muslim nation and the seventh largest nation on earth both by population, and it actually separates Asom and Tripura from the rest of India.
Our military sources report that Hizballah is also working on the rehabilitation of its short-range rocket “Nasser” Brigade – all under cover of the stream of returning south Lebanese refugees. Weapons deliveries from Syria to Lebanon are arriving at an accelerated pace in the last 24 hours, mostly through the northern Beqaa Valley. They are then distributed across Lebanon including the south. Israel is no longer impeding the traffic although it has an all-clear from Washington.
Monday, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert praised his Lebanese counterpart Fouad Siniora for his courage and predicted if things carry on this way, it may soon be possible to discuss formalizing relations. However, DEBKAfile discloses that, on the quiet, Siniora has instructed his troops to avoid friction with Hizballah and on no account impound its weapons or obstruct its efforts to regroup.
Apparently out of the blue, a clutch of Israeli ministers - Amir Peretz, defense, Tzipi Livni, foreign affairs and Avi Ditcher, internal security – have evinced a burning desire to talk peace with Syrian president Bashar Assad and even a willingness to discuss handing over the Golan captured in the 1967 war.
Monday, Aug. 21, prime minister Ehud Olmert stepped in with a reminder: Thousands of Hizballah missiles striking Israelis came from Syria, he said. Until that stops and the Palestinian terrorist commands are ejected from Damascus, we have nothing to discuss with Syria.
ROME -- Italian authorities seized a container full of weapons including Kalashnikov assault rifles and plastic explosives bound for the United States from Saudi Arabia in May, press reports said yesterday.
Il Mattino newspaper said the "arsenal" was discovered during a search of a ship registered to an unidentified ex-Soviet republic which was traveling from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. East Coast.
Customs officials in the port of Gioia Tauro in the southern Calabria region discovered more than 70 AK-47 assault rifles, plastics used in explosives and launch pads for rockets in the container, the daily said.
The Ansa news agency later reported that "the shipment was permitted, but certain papers were missing from the accompanying documents."
As I understand it (strictly due to personal conversations) most Westerners who convert to Islam do so, because Islam is extremely clear about, well, just about everything. There are clear rules, the consequences are made clear... In short: one is not required to think for oneself a lot about everything.
This would be considered negative by most of us, Westerners, but for some it seems to be appealing.
After yesterdays shoot-out in Oslo several politicians have called for tougher measures to fight the criminal immigrant gangs in the city. Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget (Labour) wants to make it easier for the courts to confiscate property from these criminals, such as money and cars believed to be obtained from illegal activities. This is of course a start, but Mr Storberget must be living in never-never land if he thinks that alone will solve the problem.
Here’s an excerpt from a TV2 (Norwegian online news site) news article published earlier today.
“Police officers in Oslo have on numerous occasions chosen not to intervene against immigrant gangs (mostly Pakistani) , because they’ve feared for their own safety. This is revealed in a letter written by police representatives at Stovner police station (Stovner is an Oslo immigrant suburb). Certain gangs, especially the ones based in Furuset, are considered to be so dangerous that the police will never enter the area with less than two patrol cars. The people involved in the shoot-out at Aker Brygge last Sunday are believed to come from this area. Anstein Gjengedal, chief of police in Oslo, says he’s surprised, but promises to give the local police in Stovner more resources if the information turns out to be correct.”
Junger Tscheche verschafft sich Eintritt in eine Moschee
PI-Leser Mir macht uns auf obige Film-Dokumentation des tschechischen Fernsehens (28 min, mit englischen Untertiteln) aufmerksam, in der sich "Habib", der vorgibt, zum Islam konvertieren zu wollen, mit versteckter Kamera in eine Prager Moschee wagt. In der hochinteressanten Reportage kommt nach sieben Minuten auch der deutsche Orientalist Hans-Peter Raddatz zu Wort, der sich allgemein zum Islam und speziell zu Ehrenmorden und dem Fall Sürücü äußert. Überhaupt wird exemplarisch Deutschland mit zehn Millionen Moslems als abschreckendes Beispiel für die flächendeckende Islamisierung eines europäischen Landes vorgestellt.
Europe has become the focal point for recruitment and expansion for several strands of Islamist thought and activity, from the Muslim Brotherhood to salafists fighting in Iraq and recruiting for Afghanistan. There is some tension between and among these groups, but what these groups have in common is a clear sense of what they are doing and why.
Perhaps the most interesting move, and one with long-term implications, is the (largely successful) efforts by these groups to buy large amounts of real estate, territory that effectively becomes “Muslim” land once it is in the hands of Islamist groups. Some groups are signing agreements to guarantee that they will only sell the land to other Muslims.
The Brotherhood, particularly, is active in investments in properties and businesses across Europe, laying the groundwork for the future network that will be able to react rapidly and with great flexibility in case of another attempted crackdown on the group’s financial structure.
Do we, the Europeans, really have to put up with the nonsense and appeasement coming out of
? The stupidity of the pronouncements coming out of
knows no bounds. Franco Frattini, the European Union commissioner for justice, freedom and security, has recently stated, in an interview with The Telegraph, that no religion in Europe should be afforded special status; moreover, he wants to introduce a voluntary code of conduct – a European press charter - for the media in
to commit to “prudence” when reporting on Islam and other religions.
Franco Frattini says that Europe faces a “very real problem” inasmuch as
needs to reconcile two fundamental freedoms: freedom of expression and freedom of religion. He went on to say that the acceptance of such self-regulation would send an important political message to the Muslim world: the press would give the Muslim world the message that we are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression, and we are able to and are willing to self-regulate.Lees verder...
A British-based Muslim radical appeared to back suicide bombing yesterday when he claimed that dying for your beliefs was ‘just’.
Dr Azzam Tamimi told an 8,000-strong crowd that standing up for your principles was the ‘greatest act of martyrdom’. The 51-year-old was speaking at the ExpoIslamia convention in Manchester. The Palestinian-born academic - who previously boasted he would carry out a suicide bombing in Israel - also repeated his public backing for Hamas, which remains banned in the UK.
The Fatah presence in the Gaza Strip will be gone in three months, Yuval Diskin warned Sunday, Aug. 20, in his briefing to the weekly cabinet session in Jerusalem. In three or four years, Gaza Strip will be just like South Lebanon, in the view of the Shin Bet director. Hamas holds Hassan Nasrallah up as a national Arab hero and is eagerly aping his methods of combat. The anti-tank rockets which were so effective against Israeli tanks are the big hit for the Palestinians. Diskin also reported that money and weapons continue to reach Hizballah from Iran and Syria.
Six Iranian ILDT type 4-cargo planes and a Syrian aircraft were forced to land at the southeast Turkish military airport last Thursday after US spy satellites spotted they were loaded with missiles, missile launchers and eight boxes of Chinese made C-802 missiles, dubbed by Iran “Nur.”
DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose: The flights were bound for Damascus and Syrian military air bases just across the Turkish border. The C-802 is the advanced ground-ship missile which crippled the Israeli Navy’s gunship off Beirut, and killed three of its crew on July 14, two days after the outbreak of the Lebanon war. Searches by the Turkish authorities disclosed that one of the planes was carrying crates of Fajer rockets which Hizballah fired at Israeli towns. Two of the Iranian cargo planes have not been permitted to take off from Turkey unless they fly back to Iran.
There are countless articles and speeches from Muslims and terror supporters decrying "Islamophobia" who are convinced that the Western world is fighting a war against all Muslims. Often, these paranoid people will blame world Jewry or their popular codewords, "Zionists" and "Neocons", as the force behind this supposed epidemic of hatred of all Muslims.
I have a simple question:
How many places on the planet are Muslims afraid to walk around in full Muslim attire - women with hijabs or chadors or burqas, men with their skullcaps and beards? Where exactly are the places that they can expect to be beaten up by random people on the street who are so consumed with hate at the idea of a Muslim in their midst?
Now, compare this answer with the number of places in the world that a Jewish man can proudly walk around with a yarmulka without a trace of fear or nervousness.
Since Islamophobia is supposedly so pervasive - where are the 1.6 billion Muslims afraid to walk?
SHE grew up in Cairo with the privileges that go to the daughter of a military officer, attended a university and landed a job in marketing. He grew up in a poor village of dusty unpaved roads, where young men work long hours in a brick factory while dreaming of getting a government job that would pay $90 a month.
But Jihan Mahmoud, 24, from the middle-class neighborhood of Heliopolis, and Madah Ali Muhammad, 23, from a village in the Nile Delta, have come to the exact same conclusion about what they and their country need: a strong Islamic political movement.
“I have more faith in Islam than in my state; I have more faith in Allah than in Hosni Mubarak,” Ms. Mahmoud said, referring to the president of Egypt. “That is why I am proud to be a Muslim.”
Observers better informed than Atlas believe the French never had any intention of sending troops, disarming Hizbullah, or anything remotely like that. They just wanted to get the Israelis out of there, and came up with whatever they thought anyone wanted to hear.
France Hesitates Over UN Force Le Monde reported that France wanted to send just a dozen officers and 200 personnel from an engineering division for the beefed-up UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Many diplomats had expected France to provide at least 2,000 men. Such a move could seriously delay the UN mission or even scupper the operation.(Reuters/Washington Post)
Dramatic increases over the past six years have piled fresh pressure on already overcrowded prisons. One in every seven inmates is now a foreign national. The prison system currently houses criminals from 168 countries.
... [snip] ...
Jamaica tops the table of foreign prisoners, with 1,564 nationals, including 134 women. Nigeria has the second largest contingent, followed by the Irish Republic, Pakistan, Turkey and Somalia."
It seems that certain anti-Hizbullah members of the Lebanese cabinet, aren't too happy with a memo that circulates within the Lebanese army. The memo calls on the Lebanese soldiers to stand with the 'heroes of the resistance' and to 'protect' Lebanon from Israel with them:
An internal Lebanese army statement, circulated among forces in the past week, has called for troops to stand "alongside your resistance and your people who astonished the world with its steadfastness and destroyed the prestige of the so-called invincible army after it was defeated".
The circular has alarmed ministers in the Lebanese cabinet who had been calling for the army to disarm Hizbullah.
The Hamilton Spectator has published an excerpt from The al-Qaeda Reader, translated by Raymond Ibrahim and with an introduction by Victor Davis Hanson. The book will be published in early 2007 by Doubleday. The paper, meanwhile, assures us: "Radical Muslims claim to be acting out the words of God, Moderate Muslims have competing interpretations." Unfortunately, like so many hundreds of other articles that casually invoke the presence of a significant non-jihadist vision of Islam that is competing with jihadism within the Islamic world, they give no example of those "competing interpretations," or any indication of how successfully they are competing. Thus the moderates' competing interpretation of Islam remains the great unicorn, the wonderful kingdom of Prester John, the thing that everyone knows is there but no one can quite find.
Raymond Ibrahim is a bit more realistic in his introductory remarks in the Spectator:
Is the indictment by the Hague Tribunal of Ratko Mladic on war crimes charges based on “justice” or “vindictive triumph”, revenge and retribution? Is he indicted because he prevented NATO expansion and US penetration into Southeastern Europe? Is his greatest crime opposition to the US and NATO and the EU?
One person’s war criminal is another person’s hero. On June 30, 2006, the ICTY convicted the senior Bosnian Muslim military commander of Srebrenica of committing war crimes against Bosnian Serb civilians because forces under his control tortured and murdered unarmed Bosnian Serb civilians in Srebrenica. Oric was a convicted war criminal. But he was regarded as a “hero” by Bosnian Muslims as reported by AKI, “Convicted War Criminal Returns to Hero’s Welcome”. Moreover, he was regarded as a hero in the US and the Western media. The US and Western media reported with satisfaction his arrival in Bosnia to cheering Bosnian Muslim crowds. Why and how is a convicted war criminal a hero? His forces beheaded and slit the throats of Bosnian Serb civilians and POWs. Oric himself led the attack on Kravica where his forces burned down Serbian houses and destroyed the Serbian Orthodox Church. Oric never took any Bosnian Serb POWs. He ordered that all Bosnian Serb POWs be executed. He burned down at least 50 Bosnian Serb villages in eastern Bosnia around Srebrenica. Is he a “hero”? How is this to be explained?
But when British blogger Inigo Wilson wrote some satirical comments critical of Islamic terrorism, MPACUK launched a successful drive to have him suspended from his job with British mobile phone company Orange: MPACUK - SUCCESS: Orange Suspends Islamophobe!
Alhamdulillah a vigorous campaign by Muslim activists on the MPACUK Forum has resulted in a high-profile success. Mobile phone company Orange has suspended its Community Affairs Manager and launched an investigation following a flood of complaints from customers outraged at comments he made about Muslims and Palestinians on a Conservative Party Members Blog.
I've written about how the U.S., Turkey and Iraq developed a joint strategy to combat the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) terrorist group's presence in Iraq. The strategy was developed in order to prevent Turkey from undertaking a unilateral incursion into Iraq, which would have risked accidental Turkish engagement with non-PKK Kurdish forces or even U.S. forces. In recent days, Turkey has undertaken a number of anti-PKK actions that shed some light on the agreement.
On the heels of what it views as a Hizbullah victory against the Jewish state, Syria is forming its own Hizbullah-like guerilla organization to fight Israel in hopes of "liberating" the Golan Heights, an official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Ba'ath party told WorldNetDaily yesterday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syria learned from Hizbullah's military campaign against Israel the past month that "fighting" is more effective than peace negotiations with regard to gaining territory.
He said Syria's new guerilla force would be trained by Hizbullah leaders.
"Syria is very serious about establishing this new guerilla force," the official said. Lees verder...
We reported on August 7 that a prominent cleric who allowed his mosque in southern Kyrgystan to be frequented by members of the extremist Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, was shot.
The cleric, Muhammadrafiq Kamalov, aka Rafiq Qori Kamoluddin, had earlier in the year been arrested and placed under surveillance from Kyrgystan's National Security Service (SNB) in May, suspected of involvement with radicals who had raided a checkpoint on the Kyrgyz border. His name and phone number had been found in a book belonging to one of those killed in the raid.
Kamoluddin had bragged that he allowed Hizb ut-Tahrir members to worship at his mosque, but said he did not allow them to disseminate their propaganda. Last month, it appeared that Hizb ut-Tahrir was becoming more active and insurgent in Kyrgyzstan.They had links with the terror group Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Should Israel complain that it was tricked into stopping the war in Lebanon? The United Nations, the various governments and organisations around the world who had their say, even the Lebanese themselves all maintained that Hizballah should be disarmed; and they all agreed that the two soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, should be released.
But when the perception of the war shifted from one of Israeli response to terror to one of Israeli aggression against a helpless neighbour, the world's self appointed referees started wagging their fingers and blowing their whistles at Israel: the Jewish state had to be stopped. And since most people believe that two wrongs do after all make a right, the agreement to Israel's demands in the knowledge that no one would be willing or able to enforce them seemed a slight peccadillo compared to the devastation seen through the distorted lenses of the world's cameras.
Auszüge zweier lesenswerter Artikel aus der SZ und NZZ
Auf zwei Beiträge zum Versagen der sogenannten Linksintellektuellen weist uns heute PI-Leser Dean hin: In der Süddeutschen vom 16.8. kritisieren die Autoren Eva Menasse und Michael Kumpfmüller die Fixiertheit des deutschen, linksliberalen Establishment auf die Nazi-Diktatur. Der ständige Rekurs auf diese Zeit wird von ihnen zur eigenen moralischen Erhöhung über andere Menschen und Regierungen misssbraucht, wobei allerdings die einzig richtige Konsequenz - dass man faschistische Bewegungen mit aller Macht bekämpfen muss - ausbleibt.
The German Police, it turns out, have been lucky in interdicting a terror plot that would have resulted in numerous casualties on board a couple German trains. LGF has its take on this story.
The German Criminal Police Office on Friday released images taken from a surveillance camera of the two suspects in the attempted bombing of two trains. Police believe the plot was an attempted terror attack.
The German investigators working on the case surrounding the two suitcase bombs found on trains in Koblenz and Dortmund at the end of July released images obtained from surveillance cameras of two suspects in the suspected terror plot.
I’ve translated this newspaper article from Aftenposten into English. In the article a bleak scenario is painted for the city of Oslo. If things doesn’t change soon it will be ruined forever. Maybe people will referred to it as Oslambad in the future?
More crime, greater social differences, but better neighbours.
Tougher crime, record high property prices, English as official language, and gated residential areas. This is how researchers envision Oslo in 2025.
The social differences in Oslo will increase dramatically in the next twenty years. Immigrants will make up approximately 50 percent of the city’s population, and the gap between “affluent” and “poor” neighbourhoods will be a lot more prominent than today.
by Asaf Romirowsky Tech Central Station
August 18, 2006
[N.B.: The following reflects what the author submitted, and not exactly what was published. To obtain the precise text of what was published, please check the original place of publication.]
Hezbollah has long used the satellite broadcaster Al-Manar as a medium for winning the hearts and minds of their supporters inside Lebanon and throughout the Muslim world. Al-Manar, literally "the beacon" in Arabic, is the official mouthpiece for Hezbollah -- the "party of God". This beacon is best known for airing propaganda against Israel, not least of which include reports of "heroic" and "successful" operations by Hezbollah fighters against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Steyn marshals as evidence for his theory several factors:
The collusion of the MSM with those who wish to destroy Western traditions. The latest example, of course, is Reuters’ conspiracy with Hezbollah. One could also point out the special care some members of the French press have taken in setting up “scenes” in Gaza for the Palestinians to demonstrate the barbarity of the Israelis.
The Pew poll taken recently in Britain: eighty-one percent of British Muslims consider their primary allegiance to be Islam, not Britain.
After the shocking news that “home grown” Muslim “terrorists” (more rightfully called jihadis) planned to blow up nine aircraft full of passengers mid-flight over US metropolitan areas which would have killed thousands of innocent people (mostly infidels in their eyes) – in other words, mass murder of enormous proportions – there have been renewed calls for more interfaith dialogue with “our Muslim brothers and sisters”. These calls for more interfaith dialogue are naïve at best, downright stupid, dangerous and appeasing at worst.
One engages in dialogue with people who are yielding enough, with people who are willing enough to shift their opinions somewhat, in order to be able to reach a compromise. Muslims are totally and utterly unyielding. There can be no compromise with them. None at all! They believe they are right. They believe they are God’s (more correctly Allah’s) chosen people, the people who have a monopoly on the truth. They believe that we are inferior beings to them simply because we do not belong to their faith group, because we have not accepted Muhammad as the final messenger of Allah. Further, they believe that we are unclean and unworthy. Their stated aim is to take over the world, to Islamize it. This is the aim of jihad. How can one engage successfully in dialogue with such people? Lees verder...
Der Streit um die zwölf Mohammed-Karikaturen, die im September vergangenen Jahres in der dänischen Zeitung "Jyllands-Posten" erschienen sind und zu einem weltweiten Aufruhr der Muslime geführt haben, war nur ein Vorspiel, eine Art Kostümprobe für Auseinandersetzungen, mit denen Europa in Zukunft rechnen muss, wenn es seine Appeasement-Politik nicht überdenkt. Wie schon in den dreißiger Jahren, als mit dem Münchener Abkommen die Tschechoslowakei dem Frieden zuliebe geopfert und der Krieg trotzdem nicht verhindert wurde, meinen die Europäer auch heute, durch Wohlverhalten, Konzessionen und vorauseilende Selbstaufgabe einen Gegner gnädig stimmen zu können, der den Tod mehr liebt als das Leben und deswegen unbesiegbar scheint...
So verschieden die Reaktionen des Westens auf die muslimischen Proteste im Detail auch ausfielen, allen gemeinsam war, dass sie dem Gefühl der Macht- und Hilflosigkeit entsprangen. Kritische Geister, die gestern noch mit Marx der Meinung waren, Religion sei Opium fürs Volk, fanden plötzlich, man müsse doch Rücksicht nehmen auf religiöse Empfindungen, vor allem wenn sie von Gewaltakten begleitet werden. Die Repräsentanten der offenen Gesellschaft reagierten wie Insulaner, die von einem Hurrikan bedroht werden. Da sie gegen die Macht der Natur nichts ausrichten können, bunkern sie Vorräte, nageln Fenster und Türen zu und hoffen, dass der Sturm bald vorbei sein möge. Freilich: Was bei einer Naturkatastrophe die einzig richtige Option ist, führt bei einer Auseinandersetzung mit Fundamentalisten nur dazu, dass diese immer entschlossener auftreten... Lees verder...
News from Copenhagen Post and the BBC states that a Danish Muslim and al Qaeda supporter will be the first person to be tried under Denmark's anti-terror laws, which were introduced in 2002 following the events of 9/11.
Yesterday, the public prosecutor's office announced that Said Mansour (pictured) will be charged for inciting terrorism, following approval from Lebe Espersen, the Danish justice minister. He will be tried for making and distributing material glorifying jihad against the West. If he is found guilty, he could face six years in prison.
45-year old Mansour has said that he is not guilty.
He has been under investigation since 2004, and was arrested on Thursday September 8 last year. His home in the Copenhagen suburb of Brønshøj was searched, and inside were found videos, CDs and other material promoting jihad. Since then, other evidence has emerged that Moroccan-born Mansour was distributing bomb-making manuals. He would sell his CDs at a flea market in Copenhagen.
Meteen nadat vorige week donderdag het vliegverkeer van en naar Londen nagenoeg tot stilstand kwam en tientallen Britse Pakistani waren gearresteerd, publiceerde een groot aantal Britse moslimorganisaties en islamitische parlementsleden samen een open brief aan de Britse premier Tony Blair. In die brief legden zij een verband tussen de verijdelde aanslagen op vliegtuigen en de buitenlandse politiek van het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Zij stelden dat de Britse regering een eenzijdige aanpak heeft bij de terreurbestrijding. Het beleid van Blair levert volgens hen munitie aan extremisten en zou leiden tot terreurrisico’s voor Britse burgers.
Blair en zijn ministers reageerden ontsteld op de gezamenlijke brief. Blairs woordvoerder stelde dat de terreur van organisaties als Al-Qa’ida al jaren geleden is begonnen, lang voor de interventie in Irak en lang voordat Israël terugsloeg nadat Hezbollah een maand geleden Israëlische militairen ontvoerde. Andere politici spraken van 'chantage’ door de Britse moslimleiders.
Croatia Arrests Austrian National for Illegally Filming Military Compound
"AUSTRIAN ARRESTED FOR ILLEGALLY FILMING BARRACKS IN KNIN" -- HINA headline
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 T15:18:02Z
Journal Code: 3152 Language: ENGLISH Record Type: FULLTEXT
Document Type: OSC Transcribed Text
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SIBENIK, Aug 14 (Hina) -- Croatian police arrested a 36-year-old Austrian suspected of illegally entering a military compound in the southern town of Knin and making sketches of military facilities and equipment, Sibenik County police reported on Monday (14 August).
WASHINGTON, August 17, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution last year led to the withdrawal of Syrian forces and optimism for the country's economic and political future. Now, as the cease-fire takes hold after the month-long war with Israel, that future is clouded by economic and political challenges.
Just as the war damaged Lebanon materially, it also put Lebanon’s fragile domestic political balance under new pressures.
Augustus Richard Norton, a professor of international relations and anthropology at the U.S.-based Boston University and the author of a forthcoming book on Hizballah, says some of this pressure comes from Lebanon’s Shi’ite community, particularly from the approximately 1 million people displaced from their homes.
Tomorrow is the big day in Sweden, when the Final Report on Immigration Policy will be released by the Swedish government.
Swedish reader LN sends a detailed summary of the situation, with translations of excerpts from Swedish sources, plus his own commentary:
In the Weekly Standard, February 28, 2005, Christopher Caldwell writes: In a country where, as the Swedish sociologist Åke Daun puts it, “People like being like each other,” there is evidence of profound exhaustion with immigration, whether the reasons for this exhaustion are rationally well-founded or not. In the moral-superpower context, it is the equivalent of “imperial overstretch. Swedes tell pollsters they want no more asylum-seekers. (A common complaint is that prospective arrivals have figured out how to “game” the rules of asylum applications, and that the best way to render one’s story unchallengeable under the law is to destroy one’s identity papers.) A very low rate of mixed marriage is an indication that Swedes may not have been crazy about this immigration in the first place.
Watching the Jews go along with this suicidal resolution is eerily reminiscent of what an observer must have been thinking as the Jews got on those trains thinking that "Arbeit macht frei. Did the French play American diplomacy for a patsy? Wasn’t it a typical seduce and betray operation?
‘Voluntarily’ Is How Rice Expects Enemy To Give Up Its Weapons
UNITED NATIONS — As all sides prepare for Lebanese and international troops to replace the Israeli army in Lebanon in as early as 10 days, officials in Europe, America, and Lebanon have made clear that the resolve to confront and disarm Hezbollah in the aftermath of the war is fast eroding.
The jihadists are clearly winning their battle over the British people. In the UK, the Labour government has shown that it is more than willing to jeopardise national security in favour of its oppressive multicultural agenda. Violent Muslims – a hotchpotch of infantile soul-searching converts, theocratic barbarians and permanently incensed and uneducated nobodies – who are supposed to be living as British citizens are intending to kill the people they live among. Clearly, the European multicultural project is failing to such a degree that citizens not only possess a visceral hatred of one another but they are now at war with one another.
Those responsible Palestinian Arabs, who the world says deserve a state, continue to kill each other non-stop. Here's the latest:
At approximately 19:30 on Sunday, 13 August 2006, the Palestinian Police in Deir El-Balah detained a Palestinian who confessed to killing his two sisters in an alleged "Honor Killing." The victims are Fatheya Kamel Kullab (27) and Amani Kamel Kullab (21). They were living in Jabalia refugee camp.
Palestinian police found the bodies of the two young women at approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 9 August 2006, in the Sawarha area, west of Nuseirat refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. .... Sources at Shifa Hospital indicated that both were killed by gunshots. Each one was shot twice in the head. In addition, they were severely beaten and tortured before they were killed.
The Global Islamic Media Front (al-Jabhah al-'ilamiyah al-islamiyah al-'alamiyah) is regarded as the official mouthpiece of Al Qaeda. A year ago, it served more to disseminate rough and ready videos, and news items regarding items it wished to place into the public domain. It was used last August to announce on various websites that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had become the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, for example.
But in October last year, the group went public with requests for people with media skills. The GIMF said that it would "follow up with members interested in joining and contact them via email", though no contact address was given. In September, Middle East Online stated that the group was a derivative of the "Global Front for Fighting Jews and Christians", which had been set up by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1998.
There's much excitement in Europe that it's France which cut the Gordian knot and enabled a cease-fire deal to pass the United Nations Security Council. Perhaps Europe will be able to sideline the United States? Perhaps this is the end of the American vision for the Middle East and the beginning of a new European intervention? After all, the European Union represents a third of Israel's foreign trade, and most of the aid to the Palestinians comes from Europe. Surely that gives Europe some leverage?
Not really. France got dragged into Lebanon because it used to run the place and actually set it up as a separate country in an effort to give its Christians some guarantee of autonomy. As part of the global Francophone network some in Lebanon still look to France as a natural ally and a source of assistance. Not all the Lebanese agree though. Twenty years ago the French left Lebanon following a similar set of circumstances. By then their ineffective peacekeepers had become little more than targets for terrorists.
Reaktion nach den vereitelten Flugzeugattentaten von London
Der Generalsekretär des Zentralrates der Muslime in Deutschland (ZMD) und FDP-Vorsitzender seiner Wahlheimat Alsdorf , Aiman Mazyek, hat im Zusammenhang mit den vereitelten Flugzeugattentaten von London vor der "Ausgrenzung und Stigmatisierung" von muslimischen Bürgern gewarnt. In einem Interview mit dem Südwestrundfunk sagte Mazyek, dass er nicht in einem Land leben wolle, das zu einem "Überwachungsstaat" mutiere.
Hezbollah’s propaganda and services machine is in motion and Sheikh Nasrallah has put the Lebanese Government to shame. As I noted in my post following the acceptance of UN Resolution 1701, what would the world do if Hezbollah became the Lebanese Government? No answer? I think that is the answer - if Hezbollah is taking care of the Lebanese people, then are they legitimized? I say that is probably a sound “Yes.”
The impotence of the Lebanese Government is apparent. The only ones not crying the blues are Hezbollah - if they did that, then their failures would be obvious and all the suffering of the Lebanese people would be theirs to bear. But no. Nasrallah is way too smooth for that - not only is Israel at fault, trust Hezbollah - they will take care of you as the government cannot. What better message to people in distress? What the people won’t hear is that the war with Israel was unnecessary and was expensive in terms of men and materiel lost, a huge military loss, but the propaganda victory for Hezbollah and uniting all anti-Semite Muslims behind Iran was immense. Some of us know the truth that Israel was constrained in its attacks and Nasrallah was hiding in a rat hole as opposed to standing tall, personally holding off the Zionists, etc. etc…
Many readers have emailed Gates of Vienna to express their dismay over the treatment of Paul Belien of The Brussels Journal.
I have sent the following letter to the Counselor for Political Affairs in Washington, expressing my dismay and sorrow at Belgium’s scapegoating of a loyal citizen.
We are fortunate to live in America, where we may still question authority, poke fun at the self-important, and warn others of what we see as dangers to our nation’s security and integrity. Those freedoms are disappearing in Europe.
The lights are going out again and this time there will be no one to rekindle them.
No surprise here, but look where it's coming from(!):
Report: Italian general expresses doubts over U.N. command of Lebanon forces
ROME (AP) _ The Italian general in charge of missions abroad said in an interview published Tuesday that Italy's plans to send in soldiers to Lebanon are almost complete but that a force under U.N. command will be hamstrung by bureaucracy.
"If we must draw lessons from past experiences, then we must admit in all honesty that the operations commanded by the U.N. have turned out to be failures, in some cases a total disaster," Gen. Fabrizio Castagnetti was quoted as saying by Milan daily Corriere della Sera.
Islamic radicalism did not begin with Muslim grievances over Western foreign policy in Iraq or Afghanistan. It has deep roots, going back to the 13th-century reformer Ibn Taimiyya, through Wahhabism to modern ideologues such as Sayyid Qutb in Egypt or Maududi in Pakistan.
The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan gave it the cause it was looking for, and Afghanistan became the place where Muslim radicals were trained, financed and armed (often with Western assistance).
Two reports from Bint Jbeil from yesterday's news, one from Orla Guerin on the BBC (watch the full report here**) and the other from Alex Thomson on Channel 4 News (click here to view. Window Media Player only. 2 mins in.) (Added emphasis mine in all spoken extracts)
First this sequence from Orla Guerin on the BBC (approx 2:30 in).
"We've been walking for a few minutes now. The damage here is absolutely incredible."
President George W. Bush and prime minister Ehud Olmert in speeches on Aug. 13 laid down the law on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. Bush said the motion marked a pivotal moment in the Middle East and would end Hizballah’s state within a state.
This term was borrowed from an earlier Lebanon reality: The stranglehold Yasser Arafat’s PLO held on South Lebanon and Beirut in the 1970s.
Reactions From the Turkish Media to the Middle East Crisis
In June 2006, the Turkish media reported on two recent surveys, by Pew and by Princeton Survey Research Associates. The Pew study, which was conducted in 15 countries between March 31 and May 14, 2006, found significant erosion of positive feelings towards the U.S. among the Turkish people. The Princeton study showed that most Turks have negative feelings towards Jews and Christians - more than in other Muslim countries and Arab countries - and that most do not believe in democracy, despite the common belief that Turkey is the most democratic country in the Muslim world.
The secular mainstream daily Hurriyet reported that thesurvey results showed anti-Americanism on the rise among Turks. While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was chosen by 25% of respondents as the most trusted leader, President George W. Bush came last, with only 3%. 
NRO: Survey Shows Many Are More Loyal To Fellow Muslims Outside U.K.
Aug. 14, 2006
National Review Online) This column was written by Patrick Basham.
The recent homegrown plot in Britain to blow up transatlantic flights will intensify the fear that the country's 1.6 million Muslims are rejecting political tolerance and free speech for a violent, radicalized version of Islam. There is a real concern that British Muslims do pose a threat to that country and its traditional values. So how prevalent are such radical views among British Muslims?
Some answers are provided by the most comprehensive survey to date of Muslim opinion in Britain. The results from NOP Research, broadcast by Channel 4-TV on August 7, are startling.
Caught between a rock and a hard place – the majority of law abiding Muslims in the UK are now finding it harder to stay out of the growing fight thanks to the unthinking opportunism of so called ‘moderate community leaders’.
Over the last year or so Muslims in the UK have been subjected to more soul searching than they would wish or had hoped for. Most Muslims in the UK are totally law abiding and just want to get on with everyday living.
But, since 7th July last year when a handful of British Muslim extremist took it upon themselves to blow up innocent fellow citizens (of all backgrounds and creeds) in London, the Muslims in the UK have been dragged into the limelight in a way that most would rather hadn’t happened.
No politician can get around this result! 390,694 BILD readers took part in the great BILD phone-in poll on the Europe constitution. 96.9% said NO! Only 3.1% are for the EU constitution.
If the dead could speak (by Peter Boenisch) More devastating than the “Non” and the “Nee” is the German “Nein”. According to the BILD poll, 96.9% are against the European constitutional treaty. This is clear to understand. Annoyance with politics in the nations’ own capital cities. Frustration over Brussels bureaucracy. Nearly 500 page constitutional treaty. Who, apart from the authors, is going to read it? The American declaration of independence needed only 6 pages and that was sufficient for the multiracial mix USA to become a world power.
On August 10th President Bush, speaking about the foiled, London-based plot to blow up ten planes with liquid-based devices assembled during flight by Al-Quada linked would-be suicide bombers, said, “The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.”
Before addressing this subject, let us first define and clarify the meaning of the term fascism. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (1956), defines fascism as “any program for setting up a centralized autocratic national regime with severely nationalistic policies, exercising regimentation of industry, commerce, and finance, rigid censorship, and forcible suppression of opposition.” The American Heritage Dictionary (2nd edition, 1982) is less exact in its definition, and, frankly, woozier: “A philosophy or system of government that is marked by stringent social and economic control, a strong, centralized government usually headed by a dictator, and often a policy of belligerent nationalism.”
The Iranian president, Ahmadinejad, has opened his very own blog. You can read the news here. Wouldn’t it be nice to pay him a visit and tell him what you think about his terror-supporting regime? Don’t do this! It’s a trap!
Apparently the Iranian now use the Internet to terrorize citizens. If you do visit the blog, the first screen looks innocent:
BELGRADE (AP)--Serbia's president said Sunday that Serbs in Kosovo live in fear, despite promises to protect their rights as a minority from the U.N. authorities and ethnic Albanian leaders in the troubled province.
President Boris Tadic issued a statement to mark the third anniversary of an attack on Serb teenagers in Kosovo, when gunmen killed two and wounded four while they were swimming in a river in the western village of Gorazdevac.
"Serbs live in constant fear for their lives and the lives of their families," Tadic said. "The international community must find the perpetrators of this crime and provide security for all."
A five-year-old girl’s passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders.
Hannah Edwards’s mother, Jane, was told that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country.
The photograph was taken at a photo-booth at a local post office for a family trip to the south of France. Because of the way the camera was set up, the picture came out showing Hannah’s shoulders.rs.)
The militant Lebanese group Hizbullah has an excellent intelligence capability. Various intelligence sources have told Jane's that the group which sparked a major crisis when it captured two Israeli soldiers on 12 July is deeply committed to developing its intelligence, as it believes that accurate information is an essential prerequisite for both military and political success.
Hizbullah probably has the most effective intelligence apparatus in Lebanon. A Western intelligence official based in Beirut who asked not to be named told Jane's: "Hizbullah intelligence is strongly active in Lebanon and has infiltrated all the Lebanese factions and groups... if these factions decided to challenge them [Hizbullah], it would be a very difficult job." A senior commander with Jordan's General Intelligence Department confirmed the official's claims and added that Hizbullah's intelligence on the various Lebanese factions was better than Israel's.
The group has a 'preventative intelligence' department tasked with enforcing organisational security. This includes ensuring that members rarely use communications technology that can be monitored by Israel. It is rumoured that Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has not used a telephone since he became the group's leader in 1992. Operational units are also said to have been restructured in recent years to increase the compartmentalisation of the organisation and minimise the risk of infiltration. Source
Monday night, the Syrian president declared: They said peace was the only way but now, after seeing how Hizballah fought, I see an option. “Syrian hands will liberate Golan.”
The Syrian ruler also warned the Siniora government in Beirut: It’s time to go, he said. DEBKAfile adds: There is deep concern in Washington for the life of Fouad Siniora. It is feared that if he refuses to go, he may be the victim of a murder conspiracy by Hizballah and Syrian intelligence as a means of trashing UN Security Council resolution 1701 and any chance of ending hostilities in Lebanon.
The rockets and guns were silent up to Tuesday morning, Day 2 of the ceasefire – although during the night Hizballah fired six mortar rounds at Israeli troops who returned fire without suffering casualties.
However, the swelling numbers of returning Hizballah fighters with their families are jamming the roads south – also blocking the deployment of the 15,000-strong Lebanese force ordered by UN SC resolution 1701 to take over the South and disarm Hizballah.
The Hizballah are moving back into their still undamaged bunkers and fortified civilian dwellings opposite the Israeli border.
Earlier today, the Communities minister, Ruth Kelly, held the first of a few scheduled meetings with Muslim "leaders", and according to reports in the BBC, Khaleej Times and Guardian, there were sharp words exchanged on both sides.
Kelly stated: "There is a battle of hearts and minds to be won within the Muslim community," and spoke of the need for government to work with the Muslim community (there are, actually, several communities) "to take on the terrorist and extremist elements that are sometimes found within it, not just in the Muslim community, but elsewhere as well."
"We have all got to step up to the challenge. We have got to work together. Yes, the Muslim community has got to do more, yes we as government have got more to do," she said.
Haras Rafiq, the moderate leader of the newly formed Sufi Muslim Council asked for government help to tackle extremism. His group has the support of 300 mosques in the Midlands and north of England, and he is someone who may be a far better Muslim representative than the politicised extremists at the Muslim Council for Britain. Rafiq gave an honest comment, saying: "The first thing that we need to do as a community is admit there is a problem. It is like being an alcoholic - we need to stand up and say these things and have an open and honest debate."
In an August 14, 2006 article titled "They Are Fascists" in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, the paper's former editor-in-chief and current director general of Al-Arabiya TV, Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, defended President George W. Bush's description of the individuals who were arrested last week before they could carry out their plan to blow up passenger airplanes.
The following are excerpts from the article, in the original English:
"The Protesting Groups... Would Have Done Better to... Denounce the Deeds of Those Affiliated to Islam Who Harmed All Muslims and Islam"
"Many of us are only concerned with reputation and image, our image in the media, and the reputation of the Muslims in the world, but they do not care about reforming the original source, their children.
Domani Fabianus Tibo will be unjustly executed by firing squad together with his friends da Silva and Riwu. His last words are an appeal to the president and a denunciation of the country’s legal system. The sorrow of the Catholic community: “used as scapegoats”. Mgr Mandagi will preside over the funerals.
Palu (AsiaNews) – Three Indonesian Catholics on death row are only a few hours away from their execution in Palu, central Sulawesi province. Today, a few minutes after midnight (local time), they will be brought before the firing squad that will kill them. Their hopes in an act of clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are dimming but have not been completely extinguished. One of the men condemned to death, Fabianus Tibo, has turned to the head of State to express the so-called “last wish” allowed him by Indonesian law. “I hope my president will be so good as to review my case,” he said last night from Petobo prison in Palu. For several months, defence lawyers and human rights groups have been calling for a review of the men’s trial that was held to be unfair and conditioned by pressure from extremist groups. New witnesses and evidence that would have absolved the three men was never taken seriously by the court.
Throughout much of Iraq's postwar period, Shiite restraint was largely what prevented the country from sliding into civil war. Despite an onslaught of increasingly destructive insurgent attacks by Sunni Arabs, most Shiite clerical and political leaders urged caution. They feared disrupting the democratic process because, from a demographic standpoint, it clearly favored Shiite parties. The February bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, however, marked the turning point when Shiite militias responded with proportional force and violence became more sectarian. General John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, told the U.S. Congress August 3 that Iraq was teetering on the precipice of civil war (IHT). Civilian casualties now top one hundred per day.
But if Iraq enters the grips of civil war, what does that mean for U.S. policy? More U.S. troops could be sent in or forces could be scaled back, a move which might force Iraq's feuding ethnic groups to broker some form of peace. Or perhaps troops could be reassigned to danger zones like Baghdad, which some analysts have likened to a "whack-a-mole" strategy. CFR Senior Fellow Max Boot prefers deploying more troops, not fewer "if we are to have any hope of averting the worst American military defeat since Vietnam."
The nomenclature of the current conflict has vexed
UN Security-General Kofi Annan sent a letter to the government over the weekend warning that if one side was fired upon, the other side should not respond except in immediate self-defense. A source in the Prime Minister’s Office called Annan’s letter unacceptable and said a team was working on a letter in response that would reiterate the IDF’s right to respond to Hizbullah if it broke the cease-fire.
The Israelis are not going to be duped by Kofi Annan.
“From Israel’s point of view, we will do what we have to do bring about the resolution,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said. “We have less control over what the Arab side does. If there are violations on the Arab side, Israel will have to respond. It is inconceivable that Israel will keep the agreement unilaterally. It has to be an agreement for both sides to keep.”
In the days after Hezbollah crossed from Lebanon into Israel, on July 12th, to kidnap two soldiers, triggering an Israeli air attack on Lebanon and a full-scale war, the Bush Administration seemed strangely passive. “It’s a moment of clarification,” President George W. Bush said at the G-8 summit, in St. Petersburg, on July 16th. “It’s now become clear why we don’t have peace in the Middle East.” He described the relationship between Hezbollah and its supporters in Iran and Syria as one of the “root causes of instability,” and subsequently said that it was up to those countries to end the crisis. Two days later, despite calls from several governments for the United States to take the lead in negotiations to end the fighting, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that a ceasefire should be put off until “the conditions are conducive.”
Condi's gross miscalculation of the French is at best --naive, at worst -- America's complete capitulaton to socialist, commie Eurabia. An historic, missed opportunity. Does she know that the French were lying about her every step of the way? And they hate her? And they trash her every chance they get? They are just one step behind the Palis in mocking her.
Yes, she wants to get along with our "allies" (echoes of John Kerry) but it's no trick to agree with our allies and pursue a failed policy, her job is to wrangle them to stand up to Islamic fascism and stand against moral inversion and equivalency. That is the skill required for her mission as SoS.
British Muslim community leaders are working hard to change government foreign policy. They should be given the cold shoulder by all sane people. This country has its own foreign policy, which has always been pro-Israel and pro-America. It should remain that way for ever. We, the people, must insist on that. If Muslims don't like our foreign policy, then they should be shown the door. Goodbye! We don't need them. Islam spells trouble whichever way you slice it. Islam always will. Maybe it's time we started to think about repatriating these people. They don't belong here; and they probably never will. Foreign Office minister Kim Howells has criticised Muslim leaders for condemning British foreign policy.
An open letter, signed by three Muslim MPs, three peers and 38 community groups, said the stance on the
Middle East has put civilians at risk.
They went on to say that
UK policy has given "ammunition to extremists".
But Mr Howells denied there was a "rational connection" and said "no government" formulates policy based on a perceived risk from terrorists. Minister criticizes Muslim letter
A month into the conflict in Lebanon, UN peacekeepers are on the ground and the UN Security Council has unanimously brokered a ceasefire. Over two years into the conflict and genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, despite promises to the contrary, there are no UN peacekeepers in Darfur, and the UN has failed in its "responsibility to protect."
All conflicts are not created equal. Why? In the case of Darfur there are two tangible obstacles, oil and sovereignty. People (and HuffPost commentators) like to cry: "because there's no oil in Sudan". There is oil in Sudan, and that oil is essential to the Chinese economy, alas not to ours. China has systematically aided the Sudanese Government in the Security Council by vetoing attempts at intervention. The defense is that, in the words of Mustafa Ismail the Sudanese Foreign Minister: "the security of Darfur is the responsibility of Sudan alone." In this case the Government of Sudan has ably demonstrated that "security" means "genocide" .The UN is only obligated to act in the case of genocide and although President Bush and many others have called this conflict genocide, the UN has failed to act decisively.
A Lebanese man who tells the truth, cutting through all the bull. This is the best article on the situation I have yet seen.(H/T Israel Matzav)
The politicians, journalists and intellectuals of Lebanon have, of late, been experiencing the shock of their lives. They knew full well that Hezbollah had created an independent state in our country, a state including all the ministers and parallel institutions, duplicating those of Lebanon. What they did not know – and are discovering with this war, and what has petrified them with surprise and terror – is the extent of this phagocytosis.
In fact, our country had become an extension of Iran, and our so-called political power also served as a political and military cover for the Islamists of Teheran. We suddenly discovered that Teheran had stocked more than 12,000 missiles, of all types and calibers, on our territory and that they had patiently, systematically, organized a suppletive force, with the help of the Syrians, that took over, day after day, all the rooms in the House of Lebanon. Just imagine it : we stock ground-to-ground missiles, Zilzals, on our territory and that the firing of such devices without our knowledge, has the power to spark a regional strategic conflict and, potentially, bring about the annihilation of Lebanon.
It's already 14 August in Australia where News.com reports that 'a critical Lebanese Cabinet meeting set to discuss implementation of the cease-fire between Israel and Hizballah was postponed, a move that was likely to delay the dispatch of the Lebanese army to the south and an end to the fighting. A top aide to Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said the meeting had been indefinitely postponed but would give no reason. Published reports said the Cabinet, which approved the cease-fire unanimously last night, had been sharply divided over demands in the cease-fire agreement that Hizballah surrender its weapons in south Lebanon. That disagreement was believed to have caused the postponement of the meeting today that was to have taken up the dispatch of some 15,000 troops to the south.'
This glitch in the truce process comes in a roundabout way from Hizballah. As must be abundantly clear to everyone, although no one seems to have the heart to say it, Lebanon is not a belligerent in this war. They're the hosts, that's all. They didn't ask for it, they didn't want it, but they'll have to clear up the mess when it's over.
How about Islamic Extremism is to blame? Khobar Towers? The Cole bombing? African Embassy Bombing? WTC-1 (1993)? Do these ring any bells? What did Canada do to deserve its nest of Islamic Extremist vipers?
As long as we take responsibility for that which we cannot control (one’s own life and religious beliefs, which we must not control), then yes, we are at fault that Islamic Extremism exists in the world (note tongue firmly embedded in cheek here) The 9/11 hijackers did not represent the unemployed or those dissatisfied with U.S./British policies in Iraq. They attacked America for other reasons - because we are infidels.
Oslo AUF (youth movement of the Labour Party) has reported the Norwegian branch of Sar-el to the police.
Oslo AUF filed a formal complaint to the police last Saturday, against the Norwegian branch of Sar-el, a private organization that are involved in the recruitment of personnel to the Israeli army. It is believed that at least twenty Norwegian citizens will serve as volunteers in the Israeli armed forces this year.
Yesterday the leader of AUF in Oslo, Eskil Pedersen, filed a formal complaint to the police against Sar-el. He believes the organization has violated paragraph 133 of the Norwegian criminal code. This paragraph make it a crime for Norwegian citizens to serve as soldiers in foreign armies, during times of war. Lees verder...
Hezbollah attacked Israel on July 12th and kidnapped two Israeli soldiers. The attack, dreamed Nassraleh, will force Israel to release thousands of Palestine terrorists. A month later, he awakes to a new reality.
UN Security Council Resolution 1701, adopted on 11 August 2006, contains the essential elements that Israel believes can build a more stable and secure situation and will prevent Hezbollah from ever again being able to create the sort of regional crisis we have witnessed in the past month.
The preamble of the Resolution:
- clearly puts the blame for the current crisis on Hezbollah
- calls for the unconditional release of the Israeli hostages, and
- calls for the implementation of UNSC 1559
Die bende moordenaars die Israël wil vernietigen wordt als een aanvaardbare diplomatieke partner aanzien door Europa.
Yves Weinberger zegt dat de media zich laten meeslepen door Hezbollah.
'Uit schrik van antisemitisme beticht te worden neemt de pers Israël met fluwelen handschoenen aan', schreef mensenrechtenactivist Paul Bekaert gisteren op deze pagina's. Meent u nu werkelijk dat Israël met fluwelen handschoenen wordt aangepakt in Europa? Ik sta al dertig jaar in het
onderwijs als geschiedenisleerkracht en nog nooit heb ik zoveel onwetendheid en vooroordelen gezien ten opzichte van de joden en Israël.
And, here is Paul Belien's analysis of the situation:
Our website appears to be one of the “small number of cases” in which the Belgian authorities “proceed to legal action” by sending the police to our door in order to question us. Stanley Kurtz at National Review has also spoken out in our defence, saying: “Let the public decide whether to visit The Brussels Journal and how seriously they wish to take its reports and arguments. That is the way to handle disagreements, and infinitely preferable to shutting down the site. [...] In other words, it would be a crime against the principle of free speech – and against the interests of Europe and the West – to shut down The Brussels Journal, particularly at a moment of such danger, testing, and decision for the West.”
On July 21, the Israel Security Agency arrested an Israeli Bedouin, a resident of Beit Zarzir (on the Haifa-Nazareth road in the Galilee ) on suspicion of passing intelligence to Hezbollah for criminal purposes (smuggling drugs). According to the indictment issued against him on August 10 at the Nazareth District Court, about a month and a half before his arrest he had contacted a Lebanese drug dealer to buy drugs in the village of Ghajar for sale in Israel .
A number of days after the two IDF soldiers were abducted on July 12, the Lebanese drug dealer contacted the Israeli Bedouin and asked him to collect intelligence about IDF proceedings (for example, the procedures for sending the infantry into Lebanon) and where the Hezbollah's K atyusha rockets had landed. The Lebanese drug dealer claimed that he had to provide Hezbollah with the information so that they would overlook his dealings and enable him to continue his drug trade . The Israeli Bedouin passed along the requested information which he collected, he claimed, by following the news.
An LGF reader who worked for Associated Press TV News sent me the following article explaining how APTN works, and suggesting a reason why their coverage of the Middle East is so overwhelmingly biased against Israel:
click on the balls
How Much Does It Cost to Buy Global TV News?
The vast majority of the TV news pictures you see are produced by two TV news companies. Presented here is a case for how a large amount of money has been used to inject a clear bias into the heart of the global TV news gathering system. That this happens is not at question, whether it is by accident or design is harder to tell.
You may not realize it, but if you watch any TV news broadcast on any station anywhere in the world, there is a better than even chance you will view pictures from APTN. BBC, Fox, Sky, CNN and every major broadcaster subscribes to and uses APTN pictures. While the method by which they operate is interesting, it is the extra service this US owned and UK based company offers to Arab states that is really interesting.
This AP photograph from Gaza, published yesterday, claims to show a little Palestinian girl killed by an Israeli airstrike being carried into a hospital, surrounded by armed men (probably Hamas).
A Relative carries the body of Rajaa Abu Shaban, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006. An Israel air strike against Islamic militants in Gaza City on Wednesday killed three people, including 5-year-old Rajaa Abu Shaban, and wounded two more, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. The Israeli army said its forces attacked a ‘terrorist training camp’ in Gaza, but gave no further details. (AP photo/Adel Hana)
Wafa Sultan is a secular psychologist of Syrian-American origin. Go read more about her on Wikipedia to get the background. Although she is quite well-known for her part in the the public discussion on the clash of civilizations her recent appearance on Al Jazeera has spread on the Internet like wildfire
Four mortar rounds from the Hezbollah side impacted directly inside a UNIFIL position in the area of Deir Mimess yesterday evening, causing extensive material damage, and destroying a fuel storage tank, but with no casualties. ... There was one incident of firing from the Hezbollah side close to a UNIFIL position in the area of Hula. Hezbollah also fired rockets from the vicinity of UN positions in Labouneh, Tibnin and At Tiri.
One Katyusha rocket from the Hezbollah side impacted directly inside the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura yesterday evening, causing extensive material damage, and lightly wounding one French soldier. One artillery round from an unknown source impacted 10 meters from a UNIFIL position in the area of Hula last night. Hezbollah fired small arms at a UNIFIL APC moving on the coastal road some 5km north of Naqoura this morning, causing some damage on the vehicle, but no injuries. Hezbollah also fired from the vicinity of UN positions in Labouneh, Tibnin, Brashit and Haris. Source
John Reid took the telephone call at 11pm: possibly the biggest terrorist attack of modern times was imminent, the plot must be dismantled, arrests would soon be under way, Britain’s air traffic system would be plunged into chaos and the country should be placed on maximum alert.
Only a few hours earlier the Home Secretary had been haranguing critics of the Government’s anti-terrorism measures for failing to take the security threat seriously enough. “They just don’t get it,” he said.
He could have been forgiven for thinking as he picked up the telephone to inform the Prime Minister on holiday in the Caribbean: “They will get it now.”
In latest video aired on Al-Manar TV terror group says it ‘defeated the invincible army’ Roee Nahmias
Hizbullah did not wait for the official UN Security Council announcement on a ceasefire and launched its own media campaign declaring it had 'won the war against Israel.'
In the latest video aired on Al-Manar TV the terror group says it “defeated the invincible army” and “July-August 2006: Legend shattered
The new video clips show thousands of supporters waving Hizbullah and Lebanon flags.
These clips, which are aired between regularly-scheduled programs, include excerpts from Hassan Nasrallah speeches in which he had promised victory; similar videos were aired during the IDF’s withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000.
Vigorous and open debate seems to be the norm in the Danish press nowadays. Zonka has translated an opinion piece from a Danish newspaper (a version of the same translation is posted on his own blog).
First, his remarks from his cover note to us:
Below is an article from Jyllands-Posten on Aug. 7, 2006. I believe that it is important on several issues, foremost because I think it is a correct assessment of the situation… uh duh :-) But also because it shows that the Danish media climate is (with a few regrettable exceptions, Thøger Seidenfaden’s Politiken comes naturally to mind) such that these issues can be stated openly and without being censored by the media PC police. The big question though is how many are listening and taking the warnings seriously. In my opinion a growing number of people… but as the author of the article states: Are they willing to do what is necessary?
PI has a new banner tagline now. I think it succinctly sums up the unvarnished truth of Islam, the evil of the ages. What do our readers think?
Now you can add another 's' in Islam's values--slavery. Our so-called 'ally', the government of Pakistan, continues to turn a blind-eye to these Islamic atrocities and has been revealed for what they are, as an accomplice to evil.
08/10/2006 - By Dr. Andrew McGregor (from Terrorism Monitor, August 10) - Rockets are not new weapons, nor are they strangers to Middle East warfare. Size, range and destructive power are all factors in the development of rocket-based strategies, the ultimate of which was the "Mutually Assured Destruction" of the Cold War. The rockets used by Hezbollah in the ongoing conflict with Israel are much smaller and are usually integrated elsewhere within the tactics of the battlefield. Hezbollah is known for innovation, however, and has developed new strategic uses for their unguided rockets, employing them as political, economic and psychological weapons. As stated by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres on August 6, "Nobody understands why they started to attack, what the purpose of the attack was and why they are using so many rockets and missiles."
ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Turkey has signaled that military operations in northern Iraq against Kurdish guerrillas remain an option if terror attacks by PKK rebels continue.
Government spokesman Cemil Cicek, quoted Wednesday in the newspaper Zaman, said "Turkey has the right to exercise its rights" of self-defense based on international law, and would pursue the struggle against Kurdish terrorism at any cost.
"The entire world should be aware that we will carefully watch for offers of support and a show of sincerity from our allies, which is our right," he said. "The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is a terrorist organization and every country has the authority and the right to fight against terrorism."
Hezbollah is interested in the plan where the Lebanese army replaces them south of the Litani river.
The only way this all makes sense is if Hezbollah is already confident that they own Lebanon, and therefore a Lebanese force at the border with Israel is synonymous with Hezbollah itself.
Lebanon is 60% Muslim and 40% Christian, so the Lebanon poll numbers may be considered suspect. But Hezbollah seems to have already established a network of fear, a modern Arab KGB, where politicians and the media are afraid to say anything that might upset them.
Lebanon may already be lost.
UPDATE: Meryl Yourish makes a similar point about Hezbollah and the Lebanese army, and adds evidence that the Lebanese army helped Hezbollah target the Israeli naval vessel in mid-July.
We shouldn't be surprised that the United Nations Security Council has finally agreed on a formula for a cease-fire for Lebanon. It was on the cards from the first week of the war and was only a matter of time. In fact four weeks is far longer than Israel originally expected to have for the job of defeating Hizballah.
Due to the reluctance of the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to commit ground troops, and given that his reliance on air power has scarcely dented Hizballah's capacity to attack Israel at the cost of enormous collateral damage, Israel's leverage at present is limited: Israel has taken a number of Hizballah prisoners, and has several corpses. Israel also occupies bits of southern Lebanon. This is not a strong enough hand for Israel to obtain its core demands, that the two kidnapped soldiers be returned and that Hizballah be disarmed. Israel may appeal for sympathy and justice, but that counts for little in the real world if the other side is perceived to have more to complain.
The Muslim Brotherhood, through its chief spokesperson Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, is working overtime to try to reconcile Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims, particularly in the efforts to support Hezbollah in Lebanon. This puts the international Muslim Brotherhood in direct opposition to the stance taken by Zarqawi in Iraq and other Sunni armed groups that condemn the Shi’ite as heretics and infidels.
This role of mediation for the greater good of Islam-in this case, to support Hezbollah in Lebanon-is a hallmark of the Iqwan’s role in the Islamist world. As my colleague Zeyno Baran at the Counterterrorism Blog pointed out, the Lebanese Brothers are making known that they, as Sunnis, are fighting beside Hezbollah with “military combatant units.” As she correctly points out, it is the first time on record that the Iqwan have publicly acknowledged having an armed branch that is operational.
Washington (CNA) -- Recent reports indicate that Hezbollah is using Christian villages to shield its attacks against Israel.
According to Christian Solidarity International, Hezbollah is hiding among civilian populations, mostly in southern Lebanese towns, such as Ain Ebel, Rmeish, Alma Alshaab.
Launching attacks behind human shields is in violation of the Geneva Convention's provision for the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts, which prohibits the use of civilians as military shields.
This is not a new strategy for Hezbollah. Col. Charbel Barka, a former South Lebanese Army commander, says Hezbollah is repeating what it did in attacks against Israel in 1996.
The London conspiracy is “a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation,” the president said on a day trip to Wisconsin.
I use the term Islamic Extremists and there are those who use the term Islamists (since the goal of radical Islam is also political in providing a government based on Islam and a system of laws under Sharia). In the end, playing the game of political correctness in this issue helps to cloud the debate and allows the enemy of humanity more breathing room. Muslims who do not correct the course of radical Islam themselves are complicit. They should not direct their ire at those who note what is apparent, but they should focus their efforts against those who are hijacking peaceful Islam, if there is such a thing.
From the Foreign Policy web site (a registration only, but free and well worth your time to join). A recent opinion poll of British Muslims, which Timothy Garton Ash wrote about this morning, makes for sobering reading. Only 31 percent support free speech if it offends religious groups. Seventy-eight percent want those who published the cartoons of Muhammad to be punished. A mere 29 percent believe the Holocaust happened as history teaches it.
The fact that, as the BBC News 24 is reporting, all 21 of those arrested this morning in connection with the airline terror plot were British-born is going to produce yet more soul-searching
In the Spring 2006 issue of The Objective Standard, Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein analyze "Just War Theory." In the article they state:
Just and Unjust Wars [by Michael Walzer] serves as the major textbook in the ethics classes taught at West Point and dozens of others colleges and military schools. More broadly, Just War Theory—for which Just and Unjust Wars is the most popular modern text—is the sole moral theory of war taught today.
As evidence of this I present some recent comments on the war in Lebanon by Mark Grimsley who has a blog named Blog Them Out of the Stone Age. Grimsley is a professional military historian who teaches at Ohio State University where he received his Ph.D. He has published several well regarded works on the American Civil War. In a recent post Grimsley provides numerous links about the ongoing campaign in Lebanon. One section is titled: "Articles on Just War Theory and the Problem of Moral Judgment in War." As the entries under this heading make clear, there is only one theory governing the "rules of engagement" in war and that is based on one interpretation of Judeo-Christian ethics.
One of the most difficult things to understand for people, who are not religious or are indifferently so, is how those who are seriously religious think. Americans who, mostly, are either irreligious, only vaguely religious, or indifferent, usually can’t begin to understand serious Catholics or Protestants or Jews. That is simply a fact. Islam, which is even more foreign to American tastes, is nearly incomprehensible to almost anyone who has not studied it. That is not to say many people don’t think they know something about Islam. They are, however, mostly wrong in their imaginings. Islam is as malignant now as it was 500 years ago. The difference is that then Christians understood it better.
My own background and professional work have permitted me to study both a modest amount about Islam as well as about the Islamic countries of the Mideast. Further, since the kind of information generally available through mass media sources is invariably incomplete and, unfortunately, not always completely accurate, I am assuming it’s reasonable to provide some information to family and friends who might be interested.
The Israeli Ambassador at the U.N. began, "Ladies and gentlemen before I commence with my speech, I want to relay an old Passover story to all of you ...
"When Moses was leading the Jews out of Egypt toward the Promised Land, he had to go through the nearly endless Sinai desert. The people became thirsty and needed water. So Moses struck the side of a mountain with his staff and a pond appeared with crystal clean, cool water. The people rejoiced and drank to their hearts' content.
"Moses wished to cleanse his whole body, so he went over to the other side of the pond, took all of his clothes off and dove into the cool waters. Only when Moses came out of the water, he discovered that all his clothes had been stolen. 'And,' he said, 'I have reasons to believe that the Palestinians stole my clothes.'"
The Palestinian delegate, hearing this accusation, jumps from his seat and screams out, "This is a travesty. It is widely known that there were no Palestinians there at that time!"
"And with that in mind," said the Israeli Ambassador, "let me now begin my speech."
In reality, this peculiar convergence of interests isn't new. There have been four distinct phases of cooperation between militant Islam and the extreme right, stretching back to Germany's Third Reich and World War II. During this time, much of the Muslim world sympathized with the Axis alliance, and Muslim Brotherhood members even prayed for the defeat of the Allies during their meetings.
"Ask for death" is the message that the Palestinian Authority [PA] has been conveying to its children since the start of violence in October 2000. In June 2002, two articulate 11-year-old girls were interviewed in the studio of official Palestinian Authority TV. Among other topics, they spoke of their personal yearning to achieve death through Shahada – Death for Allah – and of a similar desire they said exists in "every Palestinian child." It is striking that their desire for death was expressed as a personal goal, not related to the conflict with Israel. Having been convinced that dying for Allah is preferable to life, their goal in living is not to experience a good life, but to achieve the proper death – Shahada.
Es bleibt weiterhin unklar, ob nach 35 Jahren die Schliessung des griechisch-orthodoxen Priesterseminars aufgehoben wird.
Frankfurt am Main (www.kath.net)
Als „heuchlerisch“ bezeichnen Menschenrechtler die ständigen Beteuerungen der türkischen Regierung, Christen in der Türkei gleich zu behandeln. Seit 35 Jahren sei das griechisch-orthodoxe Priesterseminar geschlossen und werde dem orthodoxen Patriarchat die Ausbildung von Priestern verwehrt, kritiserte die Internationalen Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte (IGFM).
Während hohe Vertreter der türkischen Regierung im Zuge der EU-Beitrittsverhandlungen jährlich die Gleichbehandlung der Christen beteuerten, sammelten Vertreter der rechtsgerichteten Organisation „Graue Wölfe“ nach eigenen Angaben 2,5 Millionen Unterschriften, um das Patriarchat aus Istanbul zu vertreiben.
In the past four weeks, hundreds of innocent men, women and children have been killed and thousands injured on both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border. While the bulk of the blame for the fighting falls on the warring parties, the United States, as the only superpower, has its share of responsibility in this bloody affair.
The disastrous situation in the Middle East is about to get even worse, thanks to officials in Washington who have other agendas than bringing peace to the region. David Ignatius revealed in his July 21 column in the Washington Post that the Bush administration, within days of the outbreak of hostilities, started pushing the idea of deploying a multinational "stabilization force" in southern Lebanon, composed of troops from Turkey and several other countries. Unlike a traditional United Nations peacekeeping force, this would be a robust peace-enforcement unit that would be ready to shoot it out with Hezbollah fighters or anyone else in their way.
The following are statements on the crisis in the Middle East, made August 8 and 9, 2006 by Iranian leaders and Russian officials.
*Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: "The U.S., the Zionists and Malicious European Superpowers Seek to Root Out Islam from the Region"
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, at a traditional Shiite celebration marking the birth of 'Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, that "today, it is the duty of entire Islamic society to defend Hizbullah... The Muslim peoples are currently in the grip of two terrible realities: [One is] the ongoing catastrophe in Lebanon and Palestine and the massacre of innocent children and [civilians] at the hands of the Zionist regime, [and the other] is the division [that exists] among the Muslim countries, which is especially [due to the behavior of] some Arab countries that watch [the events] and keep silent. Such behavior is entirely wrong and harmful...
By Patrick Devenny FrontPageMagazine.com | August 3, 2005The July terror attacks in
London were a prime example of how an evidently ragtag team of local jihadis, possessing little funding and skill, could successfully kill dozens of their fellow citizens while plunging one of
Europe ’s great cities into chaos.If recent reports are to be believed, the motley group, relatively unskilled in the ways of mass terrorism and guerilla warfare, were able – using explosives mixed in a Tupperware container – to send political shockwaves across the entire continent.Their attack was the perfect practical realization of the “new terrorism,” a decentralized, low cost operation using anonymous operators resulting in maximum casualties and panic.
Europe certainly has sufficient reason to fear its restive ranks of homegrown militants who utilize simple terrorist techniques, such a threat pales in comparison to the so-far hypothetical one posed by Hezbollah.The deadly terrorist organization - operating behind the protective aegis of
Iran - has meticulously constructed an extensive and professional network of agents and terrorists that has metastasized all across
Europe .What Hezbollah brings to the threat level in
Europe is more dangerous than anything wielded by local extremist groups, organizational attributes such as professional training, military grade explosives, well placed spies, and centralized coordination.While the indigenous European jihadis may be the West’s current threat du jour, it would be a serious miscalculation to overlook the power of Hezbollah’s European-based terrorist enterprise.
The Guardian is a rather stodgy organ of the UK media, and though it is one of the few newspapers to welcome contributions from new writers (it even published my writings), it is still middle class in its appeal, and veering to the left in its editorials.
But today, Harold Evans, the former editor of the Times, writes a critique of the individuals at the "Stop the War" rally in London on Saturday, 5 August, where some protesters carried Hizbollah flags or wore Hizbollah T-shirts, and some went as far as to burn the Israeli flag in Parliament Square.
BY JAMES TARANTO Tuesday, August 8, 2006 3:21 p.m. EDT
Back in May 2002, we noted that the Israel Defense Forces had provided a reconnaissance video showing a staged funeral of a Palestinian at the "refugee camp" in Jenin, supposedly the site of an Israeli massacre. As Ha'aretz reported at the time:
IDF field intelligence chief, Colonel Miri Eisen, told reporters that the film shows someone who is supposedly dead--and on the way to burial--falling off his stretcher and then running away.
The same scam seems to be popping up in Lebanon--quite literally. Look at this July 30 photo, shot by the Associated Press's Lefteris Pitarakis:
There have been times when I’ve been convinced that Norway is a lost cause. There have been times when I’ve been convinced that Norway will fall into the hands of the Muslims, but I’ve snapped out of such dismal thoughts pretty quickly. I firmly believe that Norway will overcome its problems, and once again rise to its former glory, with a strong majority of ethnic Norwegians. It’s in times of troubles that one usually start looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.
I believe we’re there now. I believe that ordinary Norwegians have had enough, and that they’re desperately looking for that light. Luckily for us, we have a political party that knows exactly what kind of problems we as a nation are facing, and they’re not afraid to address these. I believe that Norway will follow in the footsteps of Denmark in a couple of years, and start the long walk back to sanity.
Here’s a letter to the editor of Aftenposten, one of Norway’s biggest newspapers, written by FRP (progress party) MP Ulf Erik Knudsen.
Lebanon has now declared war on Israel and its citizens are bearing the consequences. Lebanon is no more a victim of Hezbollah than Austria was a victim of Nazism. In fact a higher percentage of Lebanese--more than 80%--say they support Hezbollah. The figures were nearly as high before the recent civilian deaths.
This is considerably higher than the number of Austrians who supported Hitler when the Nazis marched into Austria in 1938. Austria too claimed it was a victim, but no serious person today believes such self-serving historical revisionism. Austria was not "Hitler's first victim." It was Hitler's most sympathetic collaborator.
Some 8,000 people demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday against the war in Lebanon. There were slogans against the U.S. and Israel and in support of Hamas and Hezbollah. Participating organisations included the maoistWorkers Party of Belgium (better known under its Dutch acronym PVDA), the StopUSA platform, Lebanese liberals, a jewish-muslim-christian pacifist organisation from France, and a christian trade union from Belgium. Lebanese flags were flanked by Cuban and Venezuelan flags, a further indication of the left-wing character of the demonstration.
By Robin HughesJDW Deputy Editor LondonAdditional reporting byAlon Ben-DavidJDW Staff Reporter Israeli-Lebanese border
Iran is to supply the Islamic Resistance - the armed wing of the Lebanese Shi'ite Party of God (Hizbullah) - with a quantity of surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems over the coming months, Western diplomatic sources have confirmed to Jane's.
According to the sources, Tehran will supply Hizbullah with Russian-produced SAMs, including the Strela-2/2M (SA-7 'Grail'), Strela-3 (SA-14 'Gremlin') and Igla-1E (SA-16 'Gimlet') man-portable SAM systems.
The New Republic published two great articles today about the crisis in the Middle-East.
In State of Denial Michael Béhé explains why the Lebanese government should let Israel finish her job: the destruction of the threat Hizbullah poses to Israel and to the democratically elected Lebanese government.
Michael Béhé, who lives in Lebanon, writes that although the Lebanese people already - of course - knew that Iran was meddling in the southern part of their country, they didn't know to what extent. For instance: Iran has been able to supply Hizbullah with thousands and thousands of rockets. Iran - and thus extremists - have a lot of influence in their country: the current war has exposed that.
Debate in the Arab Countries – Is Hizbullah a ‘Resistance’ Organization or Not? Cracks in the United Arab Position on Hizbullah's Right to ‘Resistance’ Against Israel
The war between Israel and Hizbullah has revealed profound disagreement in the Arab world concerning the legitimacy of Hizbullah's activities against Israel. Two major camps have emerged. The first camp, led by Saudi Arabia, opposed Hizbullah's activities and called them "uncalculated adventures," not "resistance," and said that in order for a group to be considered a resistance organization it must meet certain criteria that Hizbullah does not meet. The second camp, headed by Syria, has supported Hizbullah and has considered it a true resistance organization that is conducting "glorious national resistance" that brings honor to the Arabs. They contend that resistance is always legitimate, and that its legitimacy is not dependent on any particular conditions. 
Nahostkrieg-Berichterstattung meist einseitig und parteiisch
Sachliche Darstellung des Nahostkriegs Mangelware. Bei Wickerts Tagesthemen ist das Verhältnis "Kritik an Israel versus Kritik an Hisbollah" 4:1!!!
In einer wissenschaftlichen TV-Analyse hat der Bonner Media Tenorzwischen dem 21.7.06 und dem 3.8.06 Beiträge der öffentlich-rechtlichen Nachrichtensendungen Tagesschau, Tagesthemen, Heute und Heute Journal zum Nahost-Krieg untersucht. Die Schlüsselfrage war dabei: aus welchem Blickwinkel werden die Ereignisse dargestellt? Liegt der Schwerpunkt der Darstellung auf einer Partei oder wird allen Beteiligten ein mehr oder minder gleicher Raum eingeräumt? Wie gehen Moderatoren/Korrespondenten vor Ort mit der Opfer/Täter Perspektive um? Welche „unabhängigen“ Stimmen werden gebracht?
From the Wall Street Journal, a superb and concise legal analysis from a Professor of Law regarding Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, and Israel and whether any war crimes could be prosecuted.
Geneva Convention Protocol I contains one version of the proportionality test, the International Criminal Court Statute another; neither is universally accepted. As a result, the proportionality test is governed by “customary international law,” an amalgam of non-universal treaty law, court decisions, and how influential nations actually behave. It does not hinge on the relative number of casualties, or the force used, however, but on the intent of the combatant. Under customary international law, proportionality prohibits attacks expected to cause incidental death or injury to civilians if this harm would, on balance, be excessive in relation to the overall legitimate military accomplishment anticipated.
Browsing through the thousands of pages of a diplomatic history of the United States commissioned by the State Department, I came across this interesting paragraph about the efforts and obstacles of the U.S. to establish civil relations with foreign powers under the Articles of Confederation, before adoption of the Constitution:
“The Confederation’s lack of power was an even more significant factor in the abortive negotiations over American sailors held captive in Algiers. Unlike relations with Spain…Algiers held all the advantages. The guarantee of safe passage in the Mediterranean was always available: namely, to pay suitable tribute to the Dey [Muhammad III, Emperor of Morocco, 1757-1790]. This route was followed by European powers, who found it less expensive to pay the pirates than to fight them. Such recourse was not open to Americans. Although the issue was never as vital to America’s survival as other problems in foreign relations, none was more painful. For Jefferson, who was given the task of ransoming the American captives, the solution lay in arms. He wanted to join a federation that would sweep the pirates from the sea once and for all, and was distressed over France’s submitting to Algerine demands. [John] Jay’s reaction was more cynical; he sensed that Europe had no interest in challenging the pirates, and would relish the prospect of a war between America and the Barbary States, from which Europe would benefit….”
Wer noch immer so naiv ist zu glauben, die wichtigsten Aufgaben der Vereinten Nationen seien die Sicherung des Weltfriedens, die Einhaltung des Völkerrechts, der Schutz der Menschenrechte und die Förderung der internationalen Zusammenarbeit - sollte sich dieses Video anschauen: here
There has been a lot of controversy over the past week or so about how the European nations, and the United Nations do not seem to be able to gather together the moral clarity to declare Hizbollah a terrorist organization. It is appropriate that we criticize the EU and the UN for inability to recognize evil when they see it.
However, I am going to say something controversial here:
Hizbollah is not a terrorist organization.
Yes, I repeat, Hizbollah is not a terrorist organization. Instead, they are duly elected representatives of the Lebanese people. They have twenty percent of the seats in the Lebanese parliament, and, as such, they are one of the biggest players in the Lebanese government.
From the desk of Fjordman on Thu, 2006-08-03 19:11
I have heard comments from people who thought Fjordman was from Sweden, because I write at least as much about Sweden as I do about my own country, Norway. There are several reasons for this. The most important one is that Sweden is probably one of the worst, if not the worst, country in the Western world when it comes to Political Correctness. Norway is pretty bad, Sweden is absolutely insane. Which makes it fun to write about.
The other reason is that Sweden is the largest and best known of the Scandinavian countries. When people in Canada or the USA discuss the Scandinavian welfare state, they usually talk about the “Swedish model,” not the “Norwegian model.” The Swedish welfare state was presented during the Cold War as a middle way between capitalism and Communism. When this model of a society collapses – and it will collapse – it is thus not just the Swedish welfare state that will collapse but the symbol of Sweden, the showcase of an entire ideological world view.
When I used to read about the 1930s — the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, the rise of fascism in Italy, Spain, and Germany, the appeasement in France and Britain, the murderous duplicity of the Soviet Union, and the racist Japanese murdering in China — I never could quite figure out why, during those bleak years, Western Europeans and those in the United States did not speak out and condemn the growing madness, if only to defend the millennia-long promise of Western liberalism.
Of course, the trauma of the Great War was all too fresh, and the utopian hopes for the League of Nations were not yet dashed. The Great Depression made the thought of rearmament seem absurd. The connivances of Stalin with Hitler — both satanic, yet sometimes in alliance, sometimes not — could confuse political judgments. Lees verder...
Terroristen verschanzen sich in Schulen - Zivilisten werden im Kampf um die öffentliche Meinung geopfert
Von Jacques Schuster
Kiriat Schmona, Haifa, Samstagnachmittag: Sirenen kündigen die nächste Angriffswelle der Hisbollah an. Kurz darauf schlagen Raketen in weiten Teilen Nordisraels ein. Allein Kiriat Schmona wird 100 Mal getroffen, neun Menschen werden verletzt.
While Israeli officials keep on insisting that Syria must be kept out of the conflict, the fact is that the Assad regime is already in it up to their ears – with a leading role in the Hizballah rocket attacks on northern Israel.
The command which coordinates the pace of those attacks is located at the Anjar base of the Syrian Army’s 10th Division opposite the Lebanese town of Az Zabdani. It is manned by Iranian and Hizballah officers, who take their orders from a Syrian military intelligence center in Damascus to which Iranian Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers are attached. It is headed by a general from one of Syria’s surface missile brigades. This joint command is provided with the most up-to-date intelligence and electronic data available to Syria on targets in Israel and IDF movements. The timing and tempo of Hizballah rocket strikes are set according to that information.
To keep the rockets coming without interruption, the joint Hizballah-Syrian-Iranian command is also responsible with keeping Hizballah supplied with an inflow of rockets and launchers. They use smuggling rings to slip the supplies into Lebanon by mule and donkey which ply the 5,000-7,000 feet mountain paths that straddle the Syrian-Lebanese frontier.
A senior Israeli officer told DEBKAfile: We can go on bombing Lebanon for many weeks, but that will not stop the rockets..
The conflict in the Middle East is about much more than Israel and Hezbollah, or even Hezbollah's Syrian and Iranian sponsors. What is at stake are the very rules of war that underpin the entire international order.
Sadly, judging from how most of the world has responded to Israel's military action against Hezbollah, these rules have been completely abandoned.
The rules of war boil down to one central principle: the need to distinguish combatants from noncombatants. Those who condemned Israel for what happened at Qana, rather than placing the blame for this unfortunate tragedy squarely on Hezbollah and its state sponsors, have rewarded those for whom this moral principle is meaningless and have condemned a state in which this principle has always guided military and political decision making.
• In early 2002, the preponderance of potential guerrilla and terrorist activity in the areas in and around
Albania was confined to a few splinter groups located in northwestern Macedonia and fed by personnel and equipment from Kosovo and
Albania . The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and its most significant offshoots have nominally disarmed, leaving some of their personnel and weaponry unaccounted for.
• Regional intelligence agencies in the Balkans have identified a link between current guerrilla/terrorist groups and the large amount of trafficking in narcotics, arms, and people that is indigenous to the region. Specific activities and levels have not been documented, however.
• Regional trafficking in the Balkans and the
Adriatic is likely to remain at a high level, thus presenting an ongoing opportunity for guerrilla/terrorist groups to participate. That trend is promoted by the increased inter-group cooperation and sophistication that has been noted in recent years in the Balkan and Adriatic regions.
Terrorist/Extremist Groups and Narcotics
The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA, also known by its Albanian-derived acronym UCK) nominally was converted into a territorial security organization, called the Kosovo Protection Corps, after NATO troops occupied Kosovo in 1999. However, far from all of the KLA’s personnel and weapons were transferred into the new organization. Members of the protection corps also reportedly have engaged in illegal activities, taking advantage of their newly legitimate position. Officials of the corps have expressed dissatisfaction that the force is controlled by NATO rather than by the Kosovo government.193
Norway, the country run by left wing cowards who were amongst the first to apologise to the Ummah for allowing their free press to show the dreaded Motoons, seems to have no major issue with one of their leading papers running a caricature of Ehud Olmert depicted as a Nazi war criminal :
Invoking a scene from the film Schindler's List, one of Norway's largest newspapers recently published a political cartoon comparing Prime Minster Ehud Olmert to the infamous commander of a Nazi death camp who indiscriminately murdered Jews by firing at them at random from his balcony.
We reported on June 17 that Turkey's state television channel, TRT, removed the series of Winnie the Pooh, because of the depictions of the bear with very little brain's best friend, Piglet. The decision to remove the Disney show was made following pressure from the government. Employees of the station had then been complaining that the Islamist government of Recep Tayyin Erdogan, the Justice & Development Party (AKP), had been increasingly interfering with their scheduling.
Now, it appears that Islamist pressure has once been brought to bear upon the officially secular nation's state channel. AKI reports that the government-linked daily newspaper Yeni Safak had complained about the placing of an Oscar-winning film, "The Pianist", was an example of "bad timing while Israel was continuing its bombing campaign in Lebanon."
One of the strangest aspects of Islam's treatment of women is "mut'ah" marriage, which allows a Muslim man to take up with a part-time wife for a short contract. At the end of the agreed period, the man no longer has any responsibility for the woman. In effect, it is legalised prostitution. The Bahraini feminist Ghada Jamshir has condemned mut'ah marriage.
She said on al-Arabiya TV on December 21, 2005 of mut'ah that it is, in practice, a form of child abuse:
Ghada Jamshir: "This is a violation of children's rights! This constitutes sexual assault of the girl. What does 'pleasure from sexual contact with her thighs' mean? It means deriving sexual pleasure from an infant. How old is an infant? One year, a year and a half, a few months?
By holding out two weeks longer than the nations that attacked Israel during the Six-Day War, Hezbollah has proven itself to be a formidable military force that has spent recent years increasing its wartime capacity and training even as it was projecting a more moderate image of a party in government.
Granted, the military success to date is built partly on the willingness to hide among the civilian population, in part giving rise to the horrendous civilian toll in the conflict. Nor is Hezbollah capable or seeking to destroy the nation of Israel. Its objectives and means are more limited than the more grandiose plans of previous nations to wage war there.
But when the dust clears at the end of each day, Hezbollah is there, against one of the most formidable armies in the world, fighting on familiar terrain, not far from home.
There was no agreement at the mid-June EU summit EU summit on how to revive the EU Constitution which the French and Dutch peoples voted down last year. Germany, which holds the EU presidency in the first half of 2007, is to produce a report this time next year. There will be a new French President after May 2007. The Presidents and Prime Ministers will work on a grand rhetorical statement for next year's 50th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaty, which they hope may give a boost to the grand project.
Two different strategies are at play on the Constitution. One is based on maintaining it without any changes, continuing with the national ratifications and then pressuring the French and Dutch to accept the whole thing, like the Irish and Danes were pressurised into changing their minds when they dared to vote No. This would be done by calling it something other than a "Constitution", and sugar-coating it in some undefined way to make it more acceptable to the French and Dutch. The other strategy is based on the notion that the first strategy will fail. Therefore the goal is to adopt the Constitution in bits and pieces, each one without national referendums.
Last month the Brussels Commission proposed that EU Member States should scrap their national vetoes in the field of police and judicial cooperation and adopt EU laws in this area by qualified majority voting. This means that crimes and criminal penalties could be decided at EU rather than national level, so that Member States would no longer be able to decide or defend the fundamental rights of their citizens. If adopted, this proposal would mean a further huge extension of of EU power over our lives. It would give more power to the EU Commision, that body of unelected supranational officials which French President Charles de Gaulle once described as "a conclave of technocrats without a country responsible to nobody". It would mean lifting a proposal from the EU Constitution which was rejected by French and Dutch voters last summer, and trying to push it through on the sly, supposedly on the basis of the existing EC/EU Treaties.
The Brussels Commission asserts that to have more EU control of justice and criminal law matters would make for "more effective" laws. What else would one expect the Commission to say, as a highly self-interested party in the matter, for the adoption of this proposal would greatly increase its own powers? The Commission's claim is a totally unproven and disputable proposition, designed to pave the way for an EU federal police-force and Public Prosecutor, despite the radically different legal systems in the EU - trial by jury and habeas corpus in Ireland and Britain, but inquisitorial magistrates and the presumption of guilt rather than innocence in most continental EU States.
Hizbullah must immediately stop firing rockets into civilian areas in Israel, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.
“Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Nothing can justify this assault on the most fundamental standards for sparing civilians the hazards of war.”
“Most of the attacks appear to have been directed at civilian areas and have hit pedestrians, hospitals, schools, homes and businesses,” the humanitarian organization’s website stated.
A plainclothes police officer was forced to flee from an angry mob of Pakistani youths in Furuseth, immigrant dominated neighbourhood in Oslo, last Tuesday afternoon, while on a routine assignment in the area. The officer was standing outside the local shopping centre, when he all of a sudden was surrounded by a large group of Pakistani youths, described in the paper as “known criminals”. The youths started punching him in the face, and told him he to get the hell away from their turf. The officer managed to break free and get away. Police reinforcement were called in, but no arrests were made
Police chief inspector, Asbjørn Øynes, of Stovner police station, admits that, over the years, it has become increasingly more difficult to uphold law and order in this particular neighbourhood. He also reveals that local gang members, on numerous occasions, have vandalized police carriers operating in the area. Local sources that the paper have been in contact with, claim that local gangs of Pakistani youths consider the area in question as their territory, and don’t tolerate “intruders”.
One of the most important responsibilities of any functional state, is to secure the safety of its own citizens. When a state can no longer guarantee this elementary right, within reason, its legitimacy has to be revaluated. This is especially the case when the state has the means available to sort out these problems, but are refusing to do so, either on ideological or political grounds. Likewise, when a government is in clear breach of its own country’s constitution, by giving superiority to the laws and treaties of international organizations, it is very appropriate to raise the question if this government deserves to be referred to as a legitimate one.
The Norwegian Storting (Parliament) fits into the above description. It has failed miserably, in protecting its own citizens from criminal elements, who feel nothing but discontempt for other human beings. We’ve seen an explosive growth in violent street crimes and rapes in this country over the last decades. One could be tempted to use the word epidemic to best describe the situation. The number of people who’re afraid to go out at night, of fear of being attacked by violent criminals, are growing day by day. Even so, our authorities have done next to nothing to try and reverse this negative trend, apart from constantly expressing the need to introduce new and tougher reforms to combat this evil. But sadly, it’s just a lot of talk and very little action. Our politicians have failed miserably in implementing any radical changes, that could have brought down the number of violent crimes in Norway.
The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 changed the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. Within weeks, six predominantly Muslim countries along the southern rim of the Soviet Union gained independence. Israel, along with Turkey, Iran, and various Arab states, rushed to establish embassies in capitals ranging from Ashgabat to Tashkent. While Jerusalem maintains good working relations with these newly independent states, few could have foreseen how Israel's relationship with Azerbaijan would blossom. The two countries formally established relations in April 1992, one year after Azerbaijan declared its independence. The idea that a country 93 percent Muslim would cooperate closely with Israeli intelligence, and even provide Israeli officials a defensive platform in such a volatile region, was hardly considered. Yet, Jerusalem and Baku have quietly become strategic partners—sharing intelligence, developing trade relations, and together building regional alliances. Although the Israel-Azerbaijan partnership has had important regional implications, uncertainty remains how far Azerbaijani elites are willing to pursue ties.
Between September 1993 and September 2000, the Middle East was the setting for a great historical experiment: the effort to negotiate a final resolution of the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The experiment failed, and disastrously so. Oslo diplomacy—which takes its name from the site of the original back-channel negotiations between Israeli academics and Palestinian officials—came to a standstill with the collapse of the Camp David summit in July 2000. Soon thereafter, one side, the Palestinian, opted to replace negotiations with war, launched under the misnomer of a popular uprising (intifada). More than three years later, Israelis and Palestinians continue to suffer death, injury, and economic privation.
All observers were stunned by the rapid collapse of the security arrangements that were at the heart of the Oslo concept. How could the negotiators of the various Oslo-era accords create a situation that permitted the Palestinians to prepare for terror-based war while limiting and even restricting Israel's options to respond? How could a generation of experienced, professional, security specialists—many of them battle-hardened veterans—fail to take into account the possibility that Oslo could be exploited by the Palestinians as a platform for war, not a basis for peace?
The word Hesperophobia was coined by political scientist Robert Conquest. Its roots are the Greek words hesperos, which means “the west” and phobos, which means “fear,” but which when used as an English suffix can also carry the meaning “hate”. Hesperophobia is fear or hatred of the West.
Or should it be Caucasophobia the fear of white people