sometimes you got to laugh, rockwood helps.

"History does not long entrust the care
of freedom to the weak or the timid."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(ive noticed because I tend to include a lot of photos, a tendency for my blog to sometimes need to be loaded more than once to get all the graphics to show.)

"the clear & present danger" presented by islamo supremacists, radical islam and what it wants.

We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity.
-Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, head of the al Muhajiroun group in London.

Asked about his comments that he wanted to have the banner of Islam at 10 Downing Street, Muhammad said, "Yes, it's my dream. I believe one day that is going to happen. Because this is my country, I like living here."

Hussein Massawi, former leader of Hezbollah, summed it up very pithily:"We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you."

"Muslim institutions, schools and economic power should be strengthened in America. Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver themessage of Islam ...... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

Omar Ahmad Co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations

become aware find out about cair

Daniel Pipes has been researching Islam for the past three and a half decades. He directs the Middle East Forum - a Philadelphia think tank. Among his twelve books, four focus on Islam. In 2003, President Bush appointed him to the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Pipes on islamofascists~~~ "militant Muslims are at war with America, not because of what America did, but because Islamists perceive themselves as being in a long-term conflict with the values of the West.
Excerpted from Arab & Iranian telecasts in March & April of this year. Available & thoughtfully subtitled by the indispensable MEMRI.
[suicide attacks] carried out by boys and girls… these redeem self-confidence and hope… because a nation that does not excel at the industry of death does not deserve life.
"The Muslim Students' Association on american campuses ~~
Queensborough Community College in New York in March 2003 "We reject the U.N., reject America, reject all law and order. Don't lobby Congress or protest because we don't recognize Congress. The only relationship you should have with America is to topple it … Eventually there will be a Muslim in the White House dictating the laws of Shariah."

Islamic fanaticism was not created by anything that we have done


Goodbye my Love,
I will carry Your memory within me,
as I await the travail of time.
Which I must cross,
before I will touch your face again.
resting in the warmth of your soul,
together again.

Saturday, January 31, 2004


the USS Clueless has an exellent analysis and breakdown of the isreali, palistinian war, and I am in agreement with his summation. long but a great read. here's a small part.

........the first two paragraphs of the Guardian report on Arafat's interview contain two monstrous lies. The first is that Arafat has devoted the past 30 years to achieving a state in the West Bank and Gaza. He's actually devoted the past 30 years to achieving a state comprising the area we currently call "Israel".

The other monstrous lie is that time is running out for the two-state solution. In fact, the exact opposite is true: time is running out for the Palestinian one-state solution. Israel is about to unilaterally implement a two-state solution, and it is Arafat who is running out of time. Once the wall is complete and Israel disengages from the West Bank, there will be no hope that the Palestinians could eventually take Israel back. And there is a very high chance, approaching certainty, that the Palestinian interfaction power struggle would turn violent and lead to an extremely bloody Palestinian civil war similar to the one that took place in Lebanon.

The old strategy of making incremental gains against Israel over a period of years is about to fail. I think that the decision to put up the wall around the West Bank was a brilliant stroke by the Sharon government, because it offers a way for Israel to "win" without cooperation by the Palestinians, even though that win would be partial.

In every way, the decision to build the wall puts time on Israel's side, where time used to be viewed as being on the side of the Palestinians. Once the wall is complete, the Israelis can withdraw their military forces from the West Bank. Part of why the Palestinian power struggle hasn't turned violent is that the Israelis have been keeping the peace. When they are gone, it will turn ugly very rapidly.

And with the wall in place, it will become far more difficult for the Palestinians to make attacks on Israel.

Worst of all, the wall de facto draws the line of demarcation for the two-state solution, and the longer that it exists without any formal agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, the less chance there would eventually be of renegotiating the border, even if the Palestinians ultimately accepted a two-state agreement.

the latest ironic twist to the political realities of the world, democrats have been killing off future democrats..... read all about it...

From http://OpinionJournal.com

Why so few young voters? Part of it, of course, is that younger adults tend not to show up at the polls. But part of it as well, as we noted last week , is that they tend not to exist. That's right, Dean once again has fallen victim to the Roe effect. Not that Dean would have won the election had more young voters shown up at the polls, but Kerry would not have dealt him such a trouncing.

Some readers scoffed when we brought this up after Iowa. But the numbers bolster our case. Check out these 2000 census data , which break down the population of New Hampshire by sex and age (in one-year increments). More New Hampshirians were 40 in 2000--meaning they were born in 1960--than any other age. The number.

The number takes a sharp drop between ages 35 (1965) and 34 (1966), coinciding with the end of the baby boom (and, perhaps not coincidentally, with the Griswold v. Connecticut decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court established a legal right to purchase contraceptives). Then it declines slowly each year, before undergoing another dramatic drop between ages 28 (1972) and 27 (1973)--just after Roe v. Wade. There does seem to have been a baby boomlet starting in the late 1970s and picking up in the '80s and early '90s, but it's far smaller than the postwar baby boom.

Nationwide figures show the same trend.

Because the two political parties have become polarized on abortion, it seems reasonable to assume that more potential Democrats than potential Republicans have been aborted. After all, their would-have-been mothers show through their actions that they agree with the Democratic position on the issue. Result: fewer younger voters in Democratic primaries, as we saw last night, and probably a boost for Republican candidates in the general election. ( Newsweek headline: "Bush's Secret Weapon: Young Voters.") This advantage is likely only to increase as the post-Roe babies get older and vote more often--and, in future decades, as their children reach voting age.

Howard Dean's appeal is essentially to adolescent rage, so it's no wonder he would do best among the youngest voters--and thus be hardest hit by the Roe effect. Whatever you think of the morality of abortion, it does seem for the moment to be pushing American politics toward sanity.


Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Do we really want more liberal judges on the court?? do we really want loons like this making culturally suicidal case law for us???

from James Taranto Best of the Web Today - January 27, 2004

Judge Helps Experts Help Terrorists

What would terrorists do without experts? They may not need to find out, thanks to a ruling by Judge Audrey Collins, who sits on a federal trial court in California. The Associated Press reports that on Friday Collins "declared unconstitutional a portion of the USA Patriot Act that bars giving expert advice or assistance to groups designated foreign terrorist organizations."

The AP reports that Collins, a Clinton appointee, "said the ban on providing 'expert advice or assistance' is impermissibly vague" because it prohibits giving advice on "lawful, nonviolent activities"--even though the ban applies only to advice whose recipients the U.S. government has designated terror groups.

Here's a question for John Kerry and John Edwards, both of whom are now waging demagogic campaigns against the Patriot Act, despite having voted for it: Do you believe the U.S. Constitution protects the right to give expert advice and assistance to terrorist groups? And if so, do you pledge to appoint judges who share this view?


Thursday, January 22, 2004

more news breaking on the iranian conection to 911

Ex-spy links Iran to al Qaeda pre 9/11, court told
By Jan Schwartz

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Iran's secret service had contacts with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network ahead of the September 11 attacks on the United States, a German court heard on Thursday.

Two members of Germany's Federal Criminal Police told a court in Hamburg a former Iranian spy had informed them of the contacts and had also said he tried to warn Washington about the attacks in mid-2001, but that the CIA had not believed him.

The police officers were speaking at the trial of a Moroccan accused of aiding the September 11 attacks.

The Iranian, identified only by his cover name Hamid Reza Zakeri emerged as a surprise witness, postponing the verdict which had been expected to clear the defendant. His credibility is under scrutiny by the presiding judges.

The witness himself was not in court on Thursday, but presiding judge Klaus Ruehle read out passages from an interview with him and questioned the two German investigators who had listened to his testimony.

The Iranian said he had been in a department of the Iranian intelligence service that was "responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks globally," one of the officers said.

"In 2001, a delegation with Osama bin Laden's son was in Iran," the officer said, quoting the witness.

The witness has been summoned to appear on January 29 at the trial of Moroccan Abdelghani Mzoudi, accused of aiding the September 11 attackers.

Mzoudi, 31, was expected to be cleared of several thousand counts of aiding and abetting murder and membership of a terror organisation in a verdict originally due on Thursday, but postponed after the emergence of the Iranian witness.

The sudden new evidence may threaten Mzoudi's chances of acquittal.


The police officers told the court the witness had implicated Mzoudi and had said the Iranian secret service had worked with al Qaeda in 1996 in an attack in Saudi Arabia that killed several U.S. citizens.

He had also said it was an Iranian, Saif al Adel, the military head of al Qaeda, who planned the September 11 attacks.


LGF has been following the hub bub over statements John Rhys-Davies has made concerning the threat islam poses to western civilization he has been called a racist and worse, for telling the truth. especially galling since islam is not a race it is a religion.

Gimli Battles the Race Card
By Robert Spencer
FrontPageMagazine.com | January 22, 2004

Muslim advocacy groups in the West are making skillful use of the race card against anyone who points out uncomfortable truths. One of the most recent targets of this is John Rhys-Davies, the Welsh actor who plays Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings movies. IcWales, which identifies itself as “the national website of Wales,” reported that Rhys-Davies had “kicked off a race storm” last Saturday by “making anti-Muslim remarks.”

What did he say? He pointed out that “by 2020, 50 per cent of the children in Holland under the age of 18 will be of Muslim descent.” This is, he said, just part of a “demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about, that we daren’t bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. And rightly we should be. But there is a cultural thing as well. I think that Tolkien [author of the Lord of the Rings books] says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilisation.”

“Many do not understand,” he continued, “how precarious Western civilisation is and what a joy it is. From it, we get real democracy. From it, we get the sort of intellectual tolerance that allows me to propound something that may be completely alien to you.” It’s clear from this that Rhys-Davies didn’t have race in mind, or culture in the sense of styles of clothing or eating habits. He was expressing his concern about those who wish to erase the Western principles of tolerance and democracy in the name of the ideology of jihad.

Predictably enough, the response ignored his point, caricatured his remarks, and smeared him personally. Adam Price, the MP from Rhys-Davies’ home town, declared: “I condemn these comments as being racist and ill-informed. It is obvious that this man who now lives in the lap of luxury in Hollywood is out of touch with realities of the nature of present day European society. His attack on Muslims and comments about the threat that they pose to Western society shows his ignorance of world events and the true teachings of Islam.”

It’s unclear where Price divined his understanding of the “true teachings of Islam,” or how he came to the conclusion that the existence of these “true teachings” in a religion without a central teaching authority somehow mitigates the undeniable existence of radical Muslim elements that want to conquer the West and subjugate non-Muslims.

Naz Malik of All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (Awema), piled on: “I do not know why he has said these things. If 50 per cent of people in Holland under 18 are Muslims in 16 years time, so what? . . . We live in a global society - we celebrate what is good in cultures and challenge what is bad in civilisations. Does he ever listen to any music other than European? Does he eat Indian food? Does he ever appreciate art other than that from Europe? I feel sorry for this actor because he must feel very insecure about his future. I feel sorry for his close mindedness.”

Well, I don’t know how much Rhys-Davies knows about Islam. But I would be glad to discuss with Malik the reasons why non-Muslim Westerners are concerned about growing Muslim populations. In reality, it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with the fact that Islamic law, the Sharia, makes no provision for non-Muslims to live as equals with Muslims in an Islamic society. It has to do with the fact that Islamic law institutionalizes the subjugation of women and a panoply of draconian punishments. This isn’t about food and music. It’s about human rights.

As Rhys-Davies himself put it: “I do not want to see a society where, should I ever have any, my granddaughters have their fingernails pulled out because they are wearing nail varnish. . . . Do not brand me a racist because I am most certainly not. But I will stand by this: Western Christianised Europe has values and experience that is worth defending.”

Can Malik guarantee that none of those young Muslims in Holland want to see the Sharia imposed there? Is he willing to renounce the Sharia and work to educate Muslims about how it must be reformed in light of principles of human rights that are recognized universally outside the Islamic world?

If not, then Gimli has nothing whatsoever for which to apologize.


Wednesday, January 21, 2004

cought by the command post this story is a sleeper with the potential to rock the world. we shall see what happens, soon. especially if we can verify iran giving safe harbor to high ranking al queda dirtbags.

Surprise witness delays verdict in Sept. 11 trial in Germany
Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON - (KRT) - On what had been the eve of his widely expected acquittal, the trial of the second person charged by German authorities as an accomplice of the Sept. 11 hijackers was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after prosecutors disclosed the existence of a surprise witness purporting to link Iran to the hijackings.

The mysterious witness, who goes by the name Hamid Reza Zakeri and claims to have been a longtime member of the Iranian intelligence service, is said to have told German investigators that the Sept. 11 plot represented what one termed a "joint venture" between the terrorist group al-Qaida and the Iranian government.

Sources familiar with the witness' story, greeted with pronounced skepticism by some German intelligence officials, say he also implicates the defendant, a 31-year-old former Moroccan student named Abdelghani Mzoudi, as a knowledgeable participant in the hijacking plot.

"If the story was true, the consequences would be remarkable," said one senior intelligence official, who observed that the wittiness' account comes nearly 2 1/2 years after Sept. 11, 2001, and "looks a little bit constructed."

Zakeri is not expected to appear in the high-security Hamburg courtroom Thursday, where officials of the German federal police, the BKA, have been summoned to explain why they believe Zakeri's testimony is credible.

Sabine Westphalen, a spokeswoman for the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, said the five-judge panel that will decide Mzoudi's fate had received a 30-page transcript of the BKA's interview with Zakeri conducted within the past few days.

Westphalen said the federal prosecutor had asked "to interrupt the hearing of evidence for 30 days in order to be able to examine the data of the witness and its reliability." No verdict is now expected before Jan. 29.

The appeal to the court to consider Zakeri's story amounts to a last-minute move by the chief German prosecutor, Kay Nehm, to preserve the fast-fading possibility of a conviction in what is likely to be the last trial in Germany of an alleged accomplice of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

In the first such trial, which concluded last year, another Moroccan student, Mounir al-Motassadeq, was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison for aiding the Sept. 11 hijackers.

Motassadeq admitted knowing some of the hijackers but denied any foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 plot, in which four airplane hijackings resulted in more than 3,000 deaths. Mzoudi has taken essentially the same stance.

According to the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, Zakeri reportedly said Mzoudi acted as the hijackers' liaison with their al-Qaida support network.

Until now, the case against Mzoudi has been entirely circumstantial, resting on evidence showing that he performed a number of logistical and "housekeeping" services for the principal hijackers, both before and after they left Hamburg to begin flying lessons in the U.S.

The prosecution's theory, not supported by any direct evidence or testimony, is that Mzoudi must have known why Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, believed to have piloted the two hijacked jets that struck the World Trade Center, had quietly departed northern Germany for Florida.

In December, however, the Hamburg court ordered Mzoudi's release from prison after being informed by the BKA that a confessed Sept. 11 co-conspirator, Ramzi Binalshibh, had told U.S. intelligence agents that those who did know of the hijacking plot had "never talked to others about the true operations or the establishment of a terrorist cell" in Hamburg.

Any credible evidence linking Iran to Sept. 11 would have immediate and profound repercussions for U.S. relations with Iran and the Muslim world. Bush administration officials have included Iran with North Korea and the former Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in what they term the "axis of evil."

The Tribune reported last year that Shadi Abadallah, a 26-year-old Jordanian who said he served as one of Osama bin Laden's bodyguards in Afghanistan, previously told the BKA that one of the world's most-wanted terrorists, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, described by Secretary of State Colin Powell as an "al-Qaida associate," was closely allied with the Iranian government.

Zarqawi, a one-legged Jordanian national who heads the al-Tawhid terrorist network, which some U.S. officials say is linked to al-Qaida, has been accused by the Bush administration of helping al-Qaida develop plans to attack the West with radioactive and other weapons of mass destruction.

American officials, who say Zarqawi is responsible for the assassination of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan, have placed a $5 million reward on his head.

Kenneth R. Timmerman, a senior writer for Washington-based Insight magazine, said he interviewed Hamid Zakeri during several telephone conversations last summer and that the man "told a very credible story."

Timmerman said he had been able to corroborate a number of the physical details provided by Zakeri concerning such things as the physical layout of the Tehran headquarters of the Iranian Ministry of Information and Security, or MOIS.

best quotes of the state of the union address via James Taranto's opinion journal

Last night during his State of the Union Address , President Bush answered one of the most idiotic criticisms of his foreign policy:

*** QUOTE ***

Some critics have said our duties in Iraq must be internationalized. This particular criticism is hard to explain to our partners in Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway, El Salvador and the 17 other countries that have committed troops to Iraq. As we debate at home, we must never ignore the vital contributions of our international partners, or dismiss their sacrifices.

From the beginning, America has sought international support for our operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we have gained much support. There is a difference, however, between leading a coalition of many nations, and submitting to the objections of a few. America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country.

*** END QUOTE ***

The Democrats, by contrast, demean our true allies by demanding that America refrain from acting unless it has a permission slip from "the United Nations"--which, as a practical matter, means France. That is to say that they think America should supplicate a country whose idea of combating radical Islam is to behave like the landlord from hell.

The al Qaeda Cheering Section http://www.iht.com/articles/125942.html

The most telling moment in last night's speech came after the president noted that "key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year." In response, notes the New York Times, "some critics in Congress applauded enthusiastically." If Osama bin Laden watched the speech, one imagines him applauding too.

Perhaps the applauders were hoping to embarrass President Bush by provoking a Howard Dean-like outburst ("You sit down!"). Instead, the president let them clap, then turned toward the Democratic side of the chamber and addressed them directly when he read the next line of his speech: "The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule."

The president also had what appears to be an answer to John Kerry, the haughty, French-looking Democratic front-runner who by the way served in Vietnam. In an October debate , Kerry declared: "This war on terror is far less of a military operation and far more of an intelligence-gathering, law-enforcement operation"--in other words, that he wishes to go back to the Sept. 10 approach to terror.

The president disagrees: "After the chaos and carnage of September the 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States, and war is what they got." Once the Dems have settled on a nominee, we look forward to the debate over this point.


Monday, January 19, 2004

this from James Taranto's opinion journal

Weasel Watch

Saddam Hussein isn't the only Arab dictator the French government is eager to protect. In the Jerusalem Post, Nir Boms and Erick Stakelbeck report on the case of Nizar Nayouf, a Syrian dissident who won political asylum in France, only to find himself in a bureaucratic nightmare:

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Despite repeated requests by Nayouf during the last 18 months, the French government has refused to grant him access to official documents that would allow him to travel freely and continue his human rights work. Moreover, upon asking French authorities last month for the political refugee passport he was legally granted in 2002 (and is due to him by French law), Nayouf was denied yet again and told, much to his surprise, that he "already had" a Syrian passport.

Agnes Vondermull, an official at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, said last month that Nayouf had been asked to turn his Syrian passport over to French authorities in 2002 but refused to do so. But Vondermull admitted that a refugee does not need such a passport to begin with, and that the two issues should not be connected.

In any case, Nayouf has an official document issued by French police stating that his Syrian passport has been missing since December 2002.

*** END QUOTE ***

Because the French refuse to issue a passport, "Nayouf remains confined to Paris, denied permission to attend Syrian human rights conferences, where he has often been invited as a featured speaker." He wanted to attend such a conference in Washington in November, but he "says he was 'advised' by French police not to attend the conference and speak out against the Ba'ath Party." Boms and Stakelbeck note that the situation "raises concerns about France's close relations with Middle Eastern dictatorships."

And remember, most of the Democratic presidential candidates insist that we should have waited for French permission before liberating Iraq.


Saturday, January 17, 2004

at least one person at the beeb gets it. Egfrow cought this one...

Charity begins at home

Justin Webb
BBC Correspondent, Washington

Donald Rumsfeld, it turns out, is all heart.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dug deep into his pockets
He has given $100,000 towards a monument for those who died in the attack on the Pentagon in September 2001. The US Government hasn't given anything.

It's the American way, it seems, for individuals to pay where in other countries the state is expected to provide.

There is a school in America I've been told of. It's a private school, with a multicultural air.

Children from many nations attend the school and their flags are proudly displayed outside. All flags, that is...but the British.

There are British children at the school. British parents pick them up and drop them off. But there is no flag.

The reason? According to my informant, it is a little case of cultural clash.

The school, in the grand American tradition, suggests that the parents of each nation, club together to purchase their flag.

The British parents, in the grand British tradition, think they pay plenty as it is and, if the school wants to advertise its multiculturalism, the school should jolly well cough up.

Of course, plenty of British parents do pay for extras in British schools, private and state, at home and abroad, but you and I know that the British tradition is to minimise those payments, not celebrate them.


Americans genuinely revel in self-help, and giving to those who can't help themselves.

The revolutionary army which defeated the British was largely funded through private donations rather than special taxes. That tradition is alive and well.

Even the fire and ambulance service in the Washington suburb where we live is provided on a voluntary basis by local people.

The Bethesda and Chevy Chase Rescue Squad has an annual fund-raising drive and in return for your donation, you get a sticker with their number. If fire breaks out, or if you need an ambulance, you have bought yourself cover. And if you haven't paid your dues and ring them, well they'll probably come anyway, out of charity.

Charity is the obverse of the self-reliance coin. I am not talking of the odd cake donated to a Women's Institute fete or a tenner to Children In Need.

Charity here is woven into the fabric of American life. In 2002, individual Americans gave $180bn away.

At my children's school, the three-year-olds were introduced to the American way just before Christmas. They spent a rather enjoyable day painting shoeboxes.

The parents then went to a bargain warehouse and bought a hundred pairs of children's socks and assorted cheap glittery items to put in the boxes. This was for the Washington poor.

At the same time the school had its own wish list to which parents were invited to contribute. The total was many thousands of dollars.

As a family we were somewhat discomforted by this contrast, between what we gave to ourselves and what we gave to those who were genuinely needy.

But Americans are not worried in the slightest. They are not into changing society, only keeping it going; giving what is surplus and keeping what is necessary for wealth to be maintained.

The American dream

Next week the Democrats, party of the left, will start the process of choosing their candidate for the presidential election. None of the serious contenders will suggest any fundamental shift in the American tradition of self-reliance, self-help, and charity.

A party worker with the Howard Dean campaign, a young man whose private view was that charity was not enough, told me a cautionary tale the other day.

In the heart of every American beats the belief that wealth lies around the corner

In the progressive state of Washington, a car tax was introduced whereby you paid more if your car was more expensive.

This socialistic experiment was highly controversial and was put to a state-wide vote. It was struck down.

Apparently a victory for the rich. But when the exit poll data was examined, it was discovered that this was in fact a victory for the poor.

Wealthier people had voted in large numbers to keep the tax. Unusually for Americans, they thought it was fair that they should pay more. But poorer people had voted to get rid of it.

Why? Because in the heart of every American beats the belief that wealth lies around the corner, with a new job or a change of luck.

They too would be able to own a more expensive car and they didn't want to pay the extra taxes when they got it.

Americans do not approve of safety nets. They fly high and fall hard. That is the nature of the place.

this cought by the command post

January 16, 2004
IAEA Confirms Yellowcake Found in Rotterdam Likely From Iraq
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — The U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed Friday that Iraq was the likely source of radioactive material known as yellowcake that was found in a shipment of scrap metal at Rotterdam harbor.

Yellowcake, or uranium oxide, could be used to build a nuclear weapon, although it would take tons of the substance refined with sophisticated technology to harvest enough uranium for a single bomb.

A spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency said the Rotterdam specimen was scarcely refined at all from natural uranium ore and may have come from a known mine in Iraq that was active before the 1991 Gulf War.

"I wouldn't hype it too much," said spokeswoman Melissa Fleming. "It was a small amount and it wasn't being peddled as a sample."

The yellowcake was uncovered Dec. 16 by Rotterdam-based scrap metal company Jewometaal, which had received it in a shipment of scrap metal from a dealer in Jordan.

Company spokesman Paul de Bruin said the Jordanian dealer didn't know that the scrap metal contained any radioactive material. He said the dealer was confident the yellowcake, which was contained in a small steel industrial container, came from Iraq.

Jewometaal detected the radioactive material during a routine scan and called in the Dutch government, which in turn asked the IAEA to examine it.

Fleming said the agency will compare the chemical composition of the sample to other samples of ore taken from Iraq's al-Qaim mine, which was bombed in 1991 and dismantled in 1996-97.

She estimated that the Rotterdam sample contained around 5 pounds of uranium oxide.

President Bush came under heavy criticism last year when he asserted in his State of the Union address that Iraq was shopping in Africa for uranium yellowcake -- intelligence that turned out to be based on forged documents.


The Belmont club puts forth this epihany, pearl of wisdom, bit of advice, and it relates somewhat to the fight Internet Haganah is going thru. but my only question is how are we to take our gloves off and save western civilization when we have traitors and cultural self haters like British MP Jeremy Corbyn (in the article below) in our midst? anyway... as usual wretchard gets to the heart of the matter.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Before We Grow Too Ugly
Reader JW asks, in connection with The March Toward Total War, "how do you think we could have achieved a relatively quick victory before we grow to resemble our enemies?" And the short answer is: by finding the key pressure point. One would have thought that during World War 2, the key vulnerabilities of militaristic Japan and Nazi Germany would have been obvious. But it wasn't. In the first two years of the Pacific War, the USN used all its submarines to chase fleet units of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with poor results. It was not until about mid-1943 that the Admirals figured out that that submarines were better employed attacking Japanese commerce -- that is, the ships which brought fuel, nitrates, food and mineral ores to Japan. The results were dramatic. By late 1944, the IJN could hardly sortie, nor its pilots train from lack of fuel. By 1945, Japan was starving. The carrier task forces were the media stars of the Pacific War, but it was the commerce raiding submarines that won it.

In Europe, the USAAF at first concentrated its bombardment on targets like railway junctions, ball bearings plants, aircraft manufacturing. But Nazi industrial production was hardly affected. It just went up and up. Until one day, some USAAF planner figured out that hitting oil production was the key to stopping the Nazi war machine. In due course, the Nazi armies were immobilized.

What, one might ask, does such ancient history have to do with the Global War on Terror? Everything. To date, we've used our military assets to hit out at Al Qaeda terrorists, safe houses, training camps, etc. just like the USN submarines used to chase Japanese destroyers, carriers and cruisers. One day we will realize that it is the infrastructure of terror we must hit: the madrassas, the Saudi funding, the jihadi websites. The Japanese knew World War 2 was as good as lost when they didn't have enough fuel to train their pilots. Someday, the Islamists will know that the jig is up when they can't pay the rent for their factories of hate, the ones they style religious schools, and can't offer any money for impoverished suicide moms to trade their lives for a few thousand dollars.

One day. But that day isn't here yet. Until then, we will trade eye-gouges, half-nelsons, drop kicks and the wholy panoply of dirty wrassling tactics with Islamists, until, in a moment of clarity, we say what the hell, draw our pistols and shoot them in the nuts. Saudi Arabia delenda est.

posted by wretchard


communist leaches on the ass of the world spout off

the world according to socialist loons. the world is flat, the sky isnt blue its red,......

Mumbai, Jan. 17. (UNI, PTI): The six-day World Social Forum (WSF) conference kicked off here on Friday with a call to the US to immediately withdraw its troops and restore peace and normalcy in Iraq.

Addressing a gathering of 50,000 people at the plenary session of the WSF being attended by parliamentarians, leaders from various sectors, activists and intellectuals from across the globe, British MP Jeremy Corbyn said the US had forcefully occupied Afghanistan and Iraq and deployed its troops there.

Innocent people were being killed in the reign of terror unleashed by the US, said Corbyn.
The British MP said the US was trying to "privatise" Iraq. "The world is expressing its solidarity with the Iraqis. Anti-war movement is going on through out the world."
He said global institutions such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were trying to exploit developing countries.

Because of their policies, the rich were become richer and the poor poorer. Free market economy was destroying the world, Corbyn said.

interesting, so because corbin SAID IT, IT MUST BE TRUE?

Lets disect what this worthless socialist said.

1. to immediatly pull out of iraq would gaurantee civil war and death on a scope that would eclipse anything brought on by the war itself. and would turn iraq into lebanon. ripe for terrorists to use it as a secure base of operations. average iraqis would go back under the thumb of tyranny.

2. intelectuals? I dispute the label of intelectual being applieed to anyone who is a communist/socialist. they are propagandists.

3. we forcefully occuppied afganistan and iraq,.... you damm right we did you simpering communist half wit. and you can ignore the talibans role in sponsering and aiding and abetting al-queda the authors of the 911 mass murder as much as you want. were gonna kill anyone who helps the murderers of our innocent civillians. his crocodile tears for the death of innocent life apparently doesnt extend to the poor people who leaped to thier death from 100 stories up. or the flight attendants who had thier thoats cut and bled to death twitching in the aisle. he ignores that to call the U.S the terrorists for crushing evil terror sponsor nations in a bid to deny safe haven to terrorists. what an incredible waste of perfectly useful organs.

4 trying to privatize iraq?? no were returning it to the iraqis it was in private hands and being run into the ground by one saddam hussien and his demon seed.

5. and finally this asswipe says the free market economy is destroying the world. yeah cuase communism was such a fucking success in all the countries it was tried in? anywhere thier is a true free market economy everyone is richer including the least amongst them. he can pine away for the return of karl marx all he wants he is just as dead as his ideas and hopefully this halfwit will keel over and join him.


Tuesday, January 13, 2004


inexplicably one of our fed agencies has started harrassing Internet Haganah a web site that targets jihadi/terror sites on the internet and exposes them to the light of day. he is being called a "vigilante" for trying to do his part to protect all of us from the scum of the world.

here is his statement of his mission and his belief on why what he's doing is the right thing, regardless of what some beltway agancy thats feeling upstaged thinks.

January 13, 2004

moving forward

A few quick notes before I get back to work:

Thank you to everyone who has written to express their concern and support.
The answer to the question "is it now illegal to email an ISP about a web site?" is NO, it is not illegal to write an ISP and let them know who or what they are providing services for. Nor is it illegal to post in one place information about a web site, who it is registered to, who hosts it, what their acceptable use policies are, and who to write to at the ISP to ask them to enforce their own policies.

Engaging in the activities described in point 2 (above) on a regular basis, using your own/real name, may invite a certain amount of harassment, and not all that harassment will come from Jihadis. I still think I gained more than I lost by doing this work in my own name, but I can't say as how I'd recommend the approach to anyone else.

Plan A is still to restrict access to some information, but that decision is by no means final. I really don't like the fact that by doing so I help my enemies while hurting my friends, but it's not clear at the moment what all my options are. Stay tuned.
As is probably obvious by now, I take great exception to people being called vigilantes for doing no more than writing an email to an ISP about a Jihadist web site. I object to the word because it has a connotation of illegality, and as I note above what we are doing is not illegal. Before I sat down to write this, I looked up a definition of vigilante (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate), and here's what it says:
vigilante: a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law appear inadequate)

Let's consider this point by point:
The whole question of whether a web site can be or should be criminal, in and of itself, is highly problematic. In any event, Internet Haganah does nothing to punish any sort of behavior. Internet Haganah and our supporters do no more to suppress crime than does a Neighborhood Watch, and if you want to call that vigilante, that's your problem.
The processes of law, here defined broadly as the overall government response to the use of the internet by Jihadists, appear to many of us to be inadequate. That's not meant as a criticism. The legality or illegality of web sites that promote terrorism not being clear, there is a limit to how much one can reasonably expect law enforcement to do in this regard. Furthermore, I have been very clear on the value I place on our constitutional rights and freedoms and fully support a cautious and deliberate law enforcement process as a manifestation of our western values.

Citizens, on the other hand, are well-equipped to object to such web sites and fully within their rights to do so. As a corollary to the constitutional freedoms and western values mentioned in b, private citizens have the freedom to engage in dialogue with business owners about their concerns. Likewise ISPs, web hosting companies and datacenters are free to choose who they will, and who they will not provide services to.
Put a, b and c together and you have, in a nutshell, an explanation of why Internet Haganah exists and why people support us. We're not about to quit.


this exellent post comes from Dar ul Harbarian on LGF as a response to a an idiot. and I couldnt have said it any better

Dar ul Harbarian 1/13/2004 06:30PM PST

Rachel Corrie made herself a martyr to stupidity.

She is now being recognized for such with this award by people wise enough, and honest enough to see true idiocy for what it is.

We are in a war for the very survival of our culture, our values, our freedoms, and our way of life. She could have used her talents for the defense of liberty and justice. Instead, she died fighting for the enemy.

She was not drafted, coerced or shanghaied into her battles. She elected to fight them of her own free will.
She traveled thousands of miles out of her way to support terrorists whose failed tactics have dragged their own people through years of poverty and hate.
She could have pursued the hard road of peace but chose not to.

She could have respected the flag and honored the hope and opportunity it symbolizes for freedom loving people around the world. But instead she burned it in a display of rage so as to pass the poison of hatred on to a new generation of Palestinian children.

She could have worked toward convincing the Palestinians to abandon bloodshed for the path of civil disobedience in the way of Dr. Martin Luther King or Ghandi. Such tactics are of proven value against a moral adversary with a proven capacity for self reflection and guilt. But instead, she chose to defend an armament supply line used to perpetuate the slaughter of civilians.

She could have gotten out of the way of that bulldozer. Easily. But she chose to defy the law of physics. And died instead.

For this, We, the Lizardoid Minions at LGF, bestow upon Rachel Corrie the award of Idiotarian of the Year 2003 and all the rightful jeering and ridicule it entails.

and Jim in Virginia puts it fast and succinctly. only if your addled by leftist dhimmi propaganda could you not get what corrie was.

"OK random guy, let’s try to make it simple for you.
She was not some dumb american kid. She was supporting terrorists smuggling weapons from Egypt to kill more Israeli men, women and children.
She was not run over by some jerk. She sat down in front of a dozer, where the driver could not see her.
It is tragic that someone would die so stupidly. And it is laughable that the Jew hating left would make a hero out of such an idiot."

heres a pic of st. rachel the evil oompa loompa

update: great catch from Athos on an LGF thread old but apropriate for this section so im adding it

Dennis Prager wrote this in March - Who killed Rachel Corrie?

Rachel Corrie, the Olympia, Wash., college student killed trying to protect a Palestinian house -- a house, remember, not even a human being -- against an Israeli bulldozer, will probably not merit a footnote in history books. That's too bad, because her life and death, the way she has been portrayed in some media, and the reactions of her college are powerful examples of an America with many morally confused individuals.

Rachel Corrie chose to side with a society that breeds some of the cruelest murderers of innocent people in the world. Rachel Corrie gave her life trying to protect people whose declared aim is to annihilate another country. In the name of saving children's lives, Rachel Corrie chose to defend a society that teaches its young children to blow themselves up and which deliberately targets children for death. And Rachel Corrie went to America's enemies to burn her country's flag.

We are told ad nauseam that Rachel Corrie was a "peace activist." So let it be said once and for all that most of these people are moral frauds. Why? Because "peace activists" routinely protest only against peaceful countries. Has there been one Evergreen State or other "peace activist" in Sudan during its Islamic government's slaughter and enslavement of millions of blacks? Are there any "peace activists" in Tibet to protect its unique culture from being eradicated by the Communist Chinese? Did you notice any "peace activists" trying to save the millions of North Koreans dying at the hands of their lunatic government? Of course not. Rachel Corrie and other "peace activists" only target peace-loving Israel and America.

That is why they, and Rachel are idiotarians.

here's a good find from James Taranto From OpinionJournal.com

It's an Ireful Day in the Neighborhood

Yesterday we noted that Howard Dean, who claims to take his inspiration from Jesus, came up with a loophole when asked why he doesn't love his neighbor: "George Bush is not my neighbor," he told 67-year-old Dale Ungerer. That's fortunate for the president, given this story in today's Des Moines Register:

*** QUOTE ***

All those enthusiastic Howard Dean volunteers who have flocked to downtown Des Moines in recent weeks may be trying to elect the next president, but Charlie Sereg wishes they would watch where they park their cars and toss their trash.

"They're terrible neighbors," he said Monday.

Sereg works at Merrill Axle and Wheel Service Inc., 1403 Walnut St., which his parents have owned since 1932. He shares a back alley with Dean's Iowa campaign headquarters, 1408 Locust St.

*** END QUOTE ***

"They were parking on my lot, and they were throwing trash in my Dumpster," Sereg complains. Now there's a sign saying: "This is NOT a Dean for America Dumpster!"

sounds to me like the the unchristian attitude of dismissing people as "not your Nieghbor" when it suits you is indicitive of the attitude running from the top right down to the lowest deanite, proof to me that professing to be a christian is just an affectation for dean....


Sunday, January 11, 2004

I will answer his question for him, yes its to late for arafish to "seize the chance of peace" basically because a terrorist never wants peace.

Is it too late for Arafat to seize the chance of peace?


I ATTENDED a heaving, incense-filled Christmas Eve mass last week. It's not often I get two separate Christmases in one month, but I was in Bethlehem, at the Church of the Nativity, for the celebrations of the various Orthodox rites who still use the old Julian calendar, where the birth of Christ falls on 7 January. There were, in fact, three masses going on simultaneously - the Greek Orthodox, the Syrian Orthodox and the exotic Coptic. The result was a joyous melange of languages, vestments and rites. This being the Middle East, informality mixed with tradition: every so often a bishop would break off from officiating to snap the proceedings with his camera. And, this being the Middle East, politics were everywhere.

Bethlehem is in Palestinian territory and normally Yasser Arafat attends the Christmas midnight mass. However, since Arafat broke off negotiations and sanctioned the start of the Palestinian Intifada armed uprising in October 2000, he has been blocked by the Israelis from leaving his HQ at Ramallah. Nevertheless, his looming absence in Bethlehem was pointedly marked by an empty seat draped with his signature headscarf.

Access to Bethlehem is normally restricted as the Israelis struggle to contain the orgy of suicide bombings - an average of one a day over the past three years, though, fortunately, 90 per cent are thwarted - which have been unleashed against them since the collapse of the Oslo Accords. But on Christmas Eve we were allowed through with the minimum of fuss. Crossing the so-called Green Line from Jerusalem is to move from the advanced West into the shabby, run-down third world.

The gap between the two cultures is stark and underlines the mutual incomprehension of both sides. But that incomprehension also extends to ourselves. For, in recent times, we have acquired a simplistic, erroneous vision of a racist, colonial Israel oppressing downtrodden Palestine. But in the Middle East, nothing is ever black and white.

For their part, the Israelis I met - Left and Right, secular and religious - were uniformly dumbfounded by the collapse of the Oslo Accords and the resort by the Palestinian terrorist groups to blowing up school buses and Israeli Arab restaurants. It is that feeling of utter bemusement that characterises the internal Israeli debate, not a resort to hatred or racism. They shake their heads and ask what went wrong. That is true even in the socialist kibbutz I visited where they specialise in bringing Jewish and Arab school kids together.

Following the signing of the Oslo agreement between the Israelis and Arafat in 1993, there was a mini "golden age" - or so it seems to most Israelis. Israel started handing over territory captured in the Six Day War in 1967 to Palestinian administration for the first time: previously the West Bank had been Jordanian, before that British and Turkish. The optimistic climate led to an economic boom on both sides of the Green Line. Israel’s high-tech entrepreneurs were anxious to create a mini-common market including the West Bank and Jordan. Of course, there were outstanding issues. Some on the Palestinian side considered that the Oslo deal merely sanctioned a sort of Palestinian "bantustan" arrangement, similar to apartheid South Africa’s policy for corralling its black citizens in enclaves lacking real power. Doubtless some on the Israeli right were secretly hoping for that.

But the bantustan theory does not stand up to scrutiny. Israel under Yitzhak Rabin and later Ehud Barach had renounced Jewish claims to the West Bank. They had accepted de facto Palestinian control of East Jerusalem. They had even accepted some form of shared sovereignty of the Temple Mount. The deal was backed by Bill Clinton - hardly a supporter of apartheid.

Yes, there were things I’d have expected the Palestinians to be justifiably opposed to. There were serious grounds for negotiation over the size of the intended land swap. There were issues about continuing Israeli security activity inside the West Bank and the speed at which it would be scaled down. The point is that most Israelis thought these things were up for discussion. But then Arafat not only walked away from the negotiating table but sanctioned an unbelievably murderous terror campaign inside Israel that is designed to bury any form of negotiations.

Why did Arafat change his mind about a negotiated peace? Perhaps he miscalculated, thinking that a last-minute hard-line stance would win him more concessions but not realising he could not contain the suicide bombers of Hamas. Perhaps, after a lifetime in opposition, he lacked the capacity and resolve to be a nation-builder and feared that a democratic Palestine threatened his personal power.

Regardless, the result has been a security crisis that has become self-justifying on both sides. Terror, and the attempt to stymie terror, have also wrecked the economies of Israel and the West Bank, making both populations feel that they are under siege by the other.

How do we re-establish the conditions for fresh negotiations? Outside pressure might help but, regrettably, in Europe - where there has been a naïve tendency to turn the Palestinian terrorists into freedom fighters - the prevailing anti-Israeli bias has hardly helped persuade Arafat that he needs to respond. Indeed, the European Union supplies Arafat with ample amounts of your tax money both to fill his own Swiss bank accounts and to fund the appalling official Palestinian television service, with its constant diet of music videos extolling Palestinian youths to become suicide bombers.

However, this Christmas has brought a new development. After a three-year impasse, the past six weeks have seen a sudden shift in Israeli thinking. Starting on the left wing, ordinary Israelis have begun to embrace unilateral disengagement from the West Bank. If Arafat won’t negotiate, Israel will impose its own solution. The surprising change is that the prime minister, Ariel Sharon, has adopted this line - much to the disgust of the right wing of his ruling Likud Party. To give the policy substance, Sharon has thrown his weight behind the construction of a security fence that will keep out the suicide bombers and delineate a de facto West Bank state.

In Europe, this security fence is castigated as a new Berlin Wall. In fact, as I’ve seen for myself, it is, for the most part, a rather fragile barbed-wire fence, with electronic sensors to detect the passage of any would-be suicide bombers. A similar fence surrounds the Gaza Strip, where it has successfully ensured that not one local suicide bomber has ever penetrated Israel proper. The fence is not a prison wall for Palestinians. It seems more of a psychological comfort blanket for Israelis who just want the West Bank to go away.

How will Arafat respond to this new mood which should, on the face of it, offer him a chance to get back in the game? The omens don’t look good. Arafat is a sick man and already there are signs of rivals jockeying to take his place - not a good time to open negotiations. Meantime, his pointless Intifada has manufactured a passion for martyrdom within the Palestinian youth that can’t be switched off easily.

Chairman Arafat is no Nelson Mandela, and that is the tragedy of the Palestinian people. Perhaps only when that vacant headscarf in the Church of the Nativity is genuinely empty can we make up for the useless detour of the past three years.


Thursday, January 08, 2004

steven on lgf saw this from Dhimmi Watch, I Knew europe was cutting its own throat with its immigration policies, but didnt understand the reasons why it came about, now I know, and its sad and pathetic. and in the next 30 years the french will be crying crocodile tears for the loss of thier culture and thier nation.

January 08, 2004
Europe's Arab gambit
According to the pioneering historian of dhimmitude, Bat Ye'or, Europe's current explosion of anti-Semitism and rapidly rising Muslim population are the results of a strategy implemented long ago. Caroline Glick has the story in today's Jerusalem Post: "The poll conducted recently by the EU which found that Europeans consider Israel to be the single greatest threat to world peace shocked many and caused the EU’s political leadership to cringe with embarrassment. And yet, according to Geneva-based historian Bat Yeor, the results are the culmination of a European policy now three decades old.

"Yeor was born in Egypt and as a Jew was forced to renounce her Egyptian citizenship in 1955 when she fled with her family to Britain. In 1960 she settled in Geneva and has, over the past 30-odd years been a trailblazer in the study of how Muslims have, throughout Islamic history, mistreated their non-Muslim minorities and indeed, how Muslims today attempt to take over non-Muslim societies.

"Bat Yeor was in Israel last month giving a series of lectures on her newest book, Eurabia. In it she presents her thesis that today Europe is both consciously and unconsciously surrendering its Judeo-Christian roots and embracing new cultural and political identities in which Arab and Islamic traditions, including the tradition of dhimmitude (the subservience of non-Muslims to Islamic culture and expansionism), are its central unifying themes. In line with her analysis, Yeor defines the new anti-Semitism in Europe as 'an expression of the mutation of Europe into a new culture and society linked with profound cultural and religious transformations.' During her visit, she discussed with the Jerusalem Post what she sees as the results of Europe’s abandonment of Israel.

"'After the [1962] French withdrawal from Algeria, [French President Charles] De Gaulle, who up to that point favored Israel, completely changed France’s policy toward the Arab and Muslim world. There was a convergence between France’s embrace of the Arabs and its attempt to weaken the Atlantic alliance with America. The Arabs were to give France strategic independence from the US. France’s attempt, first through the European Economic Community and now through the European Union to create a unified European foreign policy, in competition with the US and led by France, sees European alliance with the Arab world as one of the primary sources of this strategic independence.'

"While, in Yeor’s view, 'De Gaulle’s strategy was in the abstract,' the European embrace of the Islamic and Arab at the expense of Israel and the US became a concrete policy in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the subsequent OPEC oil embargo of the West.

"In November 1973, French president George Pompidou and German chancellor Willy Brandt met in Paris and proclaimed a joint resolution aligning EC policy with the Arab demands against Israel. This, according to Yeor was the first official European declaration of a unified foreign policy.

"'After this proclamation, the Arab League opened a formal dialogue with the EC. It was not a simple exchange between elites from the two sides. It established three bodies that would regulate European-Arab relations regarding the US, Israel and Arab immigration to Europe.'

"The aim of these joint policies was to force an Israeli withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines, to enable free immigration of Arabs to European countries and to apply consistent pressure on the US to end its support for Israel, she says.

"The main organ of this new framework was the European-Arab Dialogue, or EAD. The EAD encompassed political, parliamentary and cultural dialogues and also oversaw the European agreement to allow unimpeded immigration of millions of Arabs to Europe. According to Yeor, 'the volume of this population flow was unprecedented in the history of European colonialization. And also unprecedented was the European decision to allow and encourage the new immigrants to maintain their ties to their countries of origin and thus prevent their integration into European society.'

"In a continuous flow of joint resolutions, Arab and European officials called for the diffusion of Arabic and Islamic culture in Europe through European universities. A pinnacle of these efforts, Yeor argues came during French President Jacques Chirac’s 1996 visit to Cairo.

"'During that visit Chirac proclaimed that Europe and Muslims should write history together.'

"As to Arab cultural autonomy in Europe, the resolution of the 1975 conference of the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation anchored this effort by calling for the European governments to facilitate 'the creation of generous means to enable immigrant workers and their families to participate in Arab cultural and religious life.' The results of these policies on Europe have, according to Yeor, been nothing short of disastrous.

"'What the Europeans did not realize at the time was that their embrace of the Arab and Muslim world did not simply involve their abandonment of Israel. What they were actually destroying was themselves.

"'Europe is a continent built on the roots of Judeo-Christian traditions and history and values. By allowing unlimited Arab immigration and the Islamization of their universities, they were destroying their own culture. The new culture that has taken form in Europe is one of subservience to Islam. The new religion, in the post-Christian Europe is "Palestinianism" whose core belief is the need to destroy Israel and replace it with a Palestinian state. Palestinianism replaces a Jewish Jesus with a Muslim Jesus.'

"For Israel, the European decision to merge its foreign policy with the Arab world has led to diplomatic isolation and demonization, according to Ye’or. It was in the wake of the Yom Kippur War and the increased European cooperation with the Arab League that European countries began voting against Israel in the UN and seeking to isolate it in international bodies. The 1975 UN General Assembly Resolution that equated Zionism with racism was a capstone of these efforts.

"'Since the intifada broke out in 2000, the rejection of Israel and the embrace of Palestinians has taken on cult-like attributes,' Yeor notes. 'Every manifestation of public and political life must take up the Palestinian cause. In a very real way, the embrace of the Palestinians provides a mask for the expression of traditional European anti-Semitism.'

"Europe’s embrace of the Arab political agenda for Israel lies, according to Yeor, at the root of European unwillingness to cooperate with the US on the war on terror. 'Until September 11, Chirac and Villepin always said that the root cause of terrorism is the Israel-Arab conflict. This is of course the Arab-Islamic view. Like the Nazi vision of the centrality of Jews as the root of all evil, it is a vision long developed and adopted by Europeans. When George Bush said, after September 11 that "you’re either with us or with the terrorists," he didn’t understand what was going on in Europe. The truth is that for 30 years the Europeans were with the terrorists. They can’t fight the Arabs; they have allowed the Arabs to dictate their policy since 1974. It is a huge problem. Part of the reason is also that they are terrified of terrorism. Their decision was to be subservient, not to fight and that has been their policy for 30 years. By attacking Israel, they believe they are saving themselves, but really, they are destroying themselves.'


Tuesday, January 06, 2004

James taranto puts a different twist on the Neil Starkman opinion piece in the
seattle intelligencer(oxymoron)

From http://OpinionJournal.com

Best of the Web Today - January 6, 2004

Dumb and Dumber

Is Neal Starkman as smart as he seems to think he is? If so, his article in yesterday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer ("intelligent as a post") is a spoof. And in that case, hooray for Starkman for a hilarious jape at the expense of the P-I's editors. In a deadpan tone, Starkman poses the question: Why do people like President Bush? Here's his answer:

*** QUOTE ***

It's the "Stupid factor," the S factor: Some people--sometimes through no fault of their own--are just not very bright.

It's not merely that some people are insufficiently intelligent to grasp the nuances of foreign policy, of constitutional law, of macroeconomics or of the variegated interplay of humans and the environment. These aren't the people I'm referring to. The people I'm referring to cannot understand the phenomenon of cause and effect. They're perplexed by issues comprising more than two sides. They don't have the wherewithal to expand the sources of their information. And above all--far above all--they don't think.

You know these people; they're all around you (they're not you, else you would not be reading this article this far). They're the ones who keep the puerile shows on TV, who appear as regular recipients of the Darwin Awards, who raise our insurance rates by doing dumb things, who generally make life much more miserable for all of us than it ought to be. Sad to say, they comprise a substantial minority--perhaps even a majority--of the populace.

*** END QUOTE ***

This article has received a fair amount of attention from conservative bloggers, and the assumption seems to be that it's on the level. It may well be; certainly, as we've noted before http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110004149#cognitive , those on the political left flatter themselves that they represent the cognitive elite.

But the reference to the Darwin Awards makes us wonder. "The Darwin Awards" honor those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it," according to the awards' Web site. In other words, they "honor" people who die as the result of their own stupidity.

Might Starkman have meant this as a sly reference to terror advocate Rachel Corrie, and thus a dig at the Post-Intelligencer, which lionized her last month Corrie's story, of course, is classic Darwin Award material; she got herself killed because she thought standing in front of a moving bulldozer would be a good way to make a political statement. We don't know for sure what she thought of President Bush, but she did like to burn the American flag , so we're going to go out on a limb and guess she wasn't a fan of his.

Anyway, spoof or not, can't you just imagine the excitement Starkman's manuscript must have generated when it arrived in the Post-Intelligencer newsroom? We picture the editors sitting around, open-mouthed, exclaiming: "Duh, wow! This article is awesome! We really are intelligencer than everyone else!"


Monday, January 05, 2004

here we go again, compare and contrast, its subtle but the twist is there. in this spin the U.S. troops have a "scheme" the implication is we are grasping at straws and losing power, we "need" the former bathists and are going to reward them with power and favor the bathists hold all the cards and are just strolling in waiting for thier ass's to be kissed.

The Gulf Daily News

Baath officials give up arms

"TALL AFAR, Iraq: Senior figures in the Baath party of toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein gathered at a US military base near the northern town of Mosul yesterday to denounce attacks against the military coalition.

In a ceremony at the Tall Afar base, some 60 former high ranking Baath officials also handed over weapons distributed before the US-led invasion in March, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Pease of the US 101st Airborne Division said.

The handover was part of a scheme launched some three weeks ago by the 101st Airborne to rehabilitate former leaders of the Baath.

In May, Paul Bremer, the top US civil administrator in Iraq, issued a decree banning senior party members from holding public sector jobs.

Under the project, they would receive favourable treatment in return for their support and the recovery of the weapons to be handed over to a new Iraqi army currently undergoing training, Pease said."

now a slightly different presentation, in which the bathists are coming to us with the goal of self rehabilitation in order to regain stature. because they are finally figuring out that thier previous life isnt coming back and its a dead end.

U.S. Commander: Iraqis Turning in Weapons


The Associated Press

Saturday, January 3, 2004; 12:29 AM MOSUL, Iraq - A dozen former leaders of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party have handed in weapons caches in northern Iraq to curry favor with the U.S. military and claim a role in a new Iraqi leadership, the commander of the Army's 101st Airborne Division said.

"They're coming to us, saying they want to be part of the new Iraq," Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "It has slowly sunk in that Saddam isn't coming back."
Separately, the 101st Airborne has paid more than $20,000 in rewards in recent weeks to a black marketeer who has handed in 300 shoulder-fired missiles.
The Baathists who have recently begun to cooperate with the division held positions in the second, third and fourth tiers of the Baath Party, top-level officials banned by the U.S.-led administration from any leadership role in Iraq's government and public institutions.

The men have handed over more than 270 AK-47 semiautomatic rifles, as well as rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons. On Monday, some of the men - whose names have not yet been made public - will publicly renounce their participation in the Baath Party at a regional headquarters of the 101st Airborne's 1st Battalion in Talafar, south of Mosul. Petraeus said he doubted the former leaders had taken a direct role in aiding the five to 10 anti-U.S. guerrilla cells operating in the region, and he characterized their decision to cooperate with the U.S. military as an opportunistic move to regain stature.

"They were on the fence. I'm not sure whether they were aiding and abetting," Petraeus said. "They were opportunists before and they're still opportunists. They're chameleons."

The series of weapons hand-ins began Dec. 19 in Talafar when, over three days, a third-tier Baathist gave up 65 AK-47s, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and more than a dozen grenade rounds, according to a division data sheet. None of the men requested a reward, Petraeus said.
By Dec. 28, the 101st's 1st Battalion Combat Team had received 267 AK-47s, along with ammunition magazines, a pair of grenade launchers with 15 rounds as well as 15 hand grenades.
On Dec. 31, a second-tier Baath Party member - among the highest-ranking officials in the region from Saddam's former government, handed over seven AK-47s and 14 magazines to the 101st's 3rd Brigade. The division's 2nd and 3rd battalions have been seeking contacts with other former regime leaders in northern Iraq, trying to convince them to cooperate as well, Petraeus said.

now you tell me which group is holding all the cards and which side has a "scheme"


From opinion journal.com, Best of the Web Today, James Taranto has this gem on the unintended consequences of the lefts unhinged blather.

from James taranto~~~~~~~

"Back in April, the Boston Globe reports, a "sex therapist" called Susan Block, wrote a lurid pro-Saddam essay in which she likened the liberation of Iraq to rape:

*** QUOTE ***

The supreme victory for the rapist is proof that his victim "enjoyed" it. Though he may force his way into her property, demolish her home, murder her loved ones, pillage her belongings, though he may terrify and humiliate her, beat and batter her, break her bones and tear her flesh, spill her blood, wound her organs and lay waste to her very soul, if, in the midst of the rape, between tears and shrieks of agony, if his victim should, for a moment, for some reason, any reason, if she should smile, or, better yet, orgasm [sic], the rapist is redeemed; he is even (in his mind) heroic.

This is why, when the Anglo-American rape of Iraq began, we so desperately searched the Iraqi faces on our televisions for a smile.

*** END QUOTE ***

Block's imagery is particularly twisted given that Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime actually used rape as a tool of political control. But whatever, she's just another harmless left-wing nut case, right?

Unfortunately, wrong. The Globe reports that Yeni Safak, an Islamist newspaper in Turkey, cited Block's essay in a "report" that claimed American soldiers had raped more than 4,000 Iraqi women. The rumor seems to have incited at least one terrorist attack in Istanbul:

*** QUOTE ***

Nurullah Kuncak says his father, Ilyas Kuncak, was boiling about the rumored rapes just before he killed himself delivering the huge car bomb that devasted [sic] the Turkish headquarters of HSBC bank last month, killing a dozen people and wounding scores more.

''Didn't you see, the American soldiers raped Iraqi women,'' Nurullah said in a recent interview. ''My father talked to me about it. . . . Thousands of rapes are in the records. Can you imagine how many are still secret?''

*** END QUOTE ***

Since Sept. 11, "Why do they hate us?" has been a stock question of the anti-American left. One reason they hate us is because of the diligent efforts of homegrown haters like Susan Block."


Saturday, January 03, 2004


the command post has this off yahoo/reuters news

more good news and comfirmation of the end of the bathists in iraq.

"They're coming to us, saying they want to be part of the new Iraq," Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "It has slowly sunk in that Saddam isn't coming back."

Separately, the 101st Airborne has paid more than $20,000 in rewards in recent weeks to a black marketeer who has handed in 300 shoulder-fired missiles.

The Baathists who have recently begun to cooperate with the division held positions in the second, third and fourth tiers of the Baath Party, top-level officials banned by the U.S.-led administration from any leadership role in Iraq's government and public institutions. The men have handed over more than 270 AK-47 semiautomatic rifles, as well as rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons.

On Monday, some of the men — whose names have not yet been made public — will publicly renounce their participation in the Baath Party at a regional headquarters of the 101st Airborne's 1st Battalion in Talafar, south of Mosul.

Petraeus said he doubted the former leaders had taken a direct role in aiding the five to 10 anti-U.S. guerrilla cells operating in the region, and he characterized their decision to cooperate with the U.S. military as an opportunistic move to regain stature.

"They were on the fence. I'm not sure whether they were aiding and abetting," Petraeus said. "They were opportunists before and they're still opportunists. They're chameleons."

The series of weapons hand-ins began Dec. 19 in Talafar when, over three days, a third-tier Baathist gave up 65 AK-47s, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and more than a dozen grenade rounds, according to a division data sheet. None of the men requested a reward, Petraeus said.

By Dec. 28, the 101st's 1st Battalion Combat Team had received 267 AK-47s, along with ammunition magazines, a pair of grenade launchers with 15 rounds as well as 15 hand grenades.

On Dec. 31, a second-tier Baath Party member — among the highest-ranking officials in the region from Saddam's former government, handed over seven AK-47s and 14 magazines to the 101st's 3rd Brigade.

The division's 2nd and 3rd battalions have been seeking contacts with other former regime leaders in northern Iraq, trying to convince them to cooperate as well, Petraeus said.

The 101st Airborne has also paid rewards of about $1,200 apiece for intact Russian-made SA-7 missiles with their launch tubes and sights to a black marketeer who has turned in 300 of the shoulder-fired missiles, said division spokesman Maj. Trey Cate.


Friday, January 02, 2004


Jewels (AKA Julian) at lgf spotted this, and to a rational non limousine liberal without an armed bodyguard who's not living in an upscale crime free nieghborhood this sounds like a great idea, one that would give criminals pause as to the merits of a life of crime and hurting people. because it could no longer be done with impunity. but typically the politician finds no merit in it, because it offends his sensiblities, the common folk should except thier lot in life and just lay down and die. because self defense will be prosecuted. because sheesh we cant just have average folk thinking they can do whatever it takes to stay allive? now can we? the bastards....

MP calls Radio 4 listeners 'bastards' over vigilante vote
By Vincent Graff Media Editor
02 January 2004

"It was trailed as a "unique chance to rewrite the law of the land". Listeners to BBC Radio 4's Today programme were asked to suggest a piece of legislation to improve life in Britain, with the promise that an MP would then attempt to get it onto the statute books.

But yesterday, 26,000 votes later, the winning proposal was denounced as a "ludicrous, brutal, unworkable blood-stained piece of legislation" - by Stephen Pound, the very MP whose job it is to try to push it through Parliament.

Mr Pound's reaction was provoked by the news that the winner of Today's "Listeners' Law" poll was a plan to allow homeowners "to use any means to defend their home from intruders" - a prospect that could see householders free to kill burglars, without question.

"The people have spoken," the Labour MP replied to the programme, "... the bastards."

Having recovered his composure, Mr Pound told The Independent: "We are going to have to re-evaluate the listenership of Radio 4. I would have expected this result if there had been a poll in The Sun. Do we really want a law that says you can slaughter anyone who climbs in your window?"

Journalists on Today are thought to have been taken aback by the choice of their listeners. Observers had assumed that the winning suggestion might be a little more light-hearted - and a little less illiberal."

here's more examples of the barbarity of liberalism

"Since Blair's 1997 total ban on armed self-defense, things have gone from bad to worse. "You are now six times more likely to be mugged in London than New York," avers Malcolm. "Why? Because as common law appreciated, not only does an armed individual have the ability to protect himself or herself but criminals are less likely to attack them ... A study found American burglars fear armed homeowners more than the police." The most dangerous burglaries – the kind that occur when people are at home – are much rarer in the U.S. ... only 13 percent, in contrast to 53 percent in England.

How far has British barbarism gone? Malcolm's evidently garden-variety accounts include the story of an elderly lady who fought off a gang of thugs "by firing a blank from a toy gun, only to be arrested for the crime of putting someone in fear with an imitation firearm."

When Eric Butler was brutally assaulted in a subway, "he unsheathed a sword blade in his walking stick and slashed" at one of his assailants. Butler was added to the lineup – he "was tried and convicted of carrying an offensive weapon."

Martin killed a career criminal by the name of Fred Barras and injured his accomplice Brendon Fearon when the two broke into the elderly man's homestead. However, Martin, who was initially convicted of murder and jailed for life, had no freedom to defend his property or his life.

Tony Martin was almost denied parole. You see, Martin was not contrite for killing the creature that invaded what was supposed to be his castle. I kid you not, but apparently, in the words of a probation officer, Martin continues to be "a danger to burglars."


Thursday, January 01, 2004

here we go again, compare and contrast, (Anne on lgf spotted this) lets compare the palistinian complaint here, which is that these people (the Mandell's) "put their religious zeal ahead of the saftey of their children", which is to say, they were stupid enough to have palistinians for neighbors because they are savages who revel in killing children and smearing thier blood all over the place. was thier a hint of sympathy for the Mandell's? no.
in fact he complains that thier is an attempt to "soften" the mandells image! what the hell does that mean? are they killers? thugs? no just peacefull greaving parents who in contrast to the hate filled palistinians brimming with a palpable viciousness, said they do not hate the killers of thier child!

the heartless palistinian below called the article dangerous propaganda, why? because the jews are portrayed as real people who dont deserve to have thier brains smashed out witha rock for living peacefully in thier ancestoral homeland side by side with muslim arabs.

Palestine Media Watch Action Alert


[ 07/13/2001 12:46:51 PM ]
Washington Post's double standards!


Dear all:

The article below appearing in Today's Washington Post is the sort of dangerous propaganda that we need to be swift to not only react to but neutralize. Note two major flaws in the aggressive attempt to soften the image of the Mandells (religious fundamentalists who put their religious zeal ahead of the saftey of their children): "the hotly disputed West Bank" - when it should be described as "Occupied", and "the village of Tekoa" when it should have been referred to as a settlement.

As usual, please share your thoughts on this with the Post: letters@washpost.com

You can bcc us at: pmw-letters@yahoogroups.com or better yet, archive your letter directly via: http://www.pmwatch.org/pmw/letters

AND: if you know of any Palestinians, or Palestinian-Americans, or Americans, in the Washington DC area who have suffered under Israeli violence, please contact Rania Awwad, head of the Washington Post PMWatch team. We need to insist on a story like this for the Palestinian side.

Her email address is: raniaawwad@hotmail.com

Ahmed Bouzid

Clinging to the Blessing
Father of Boy Slain in West Bank Channels Pain Into Activism

By Nurith C. Aizenman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 13, 2001; Page B01

On the morning her son was found bludgeoned to death, Sherri Mandell turned to her husband, Seth, with an unanswerable question: "How are we going to
get through this?"

Yaakov "Koby" Mandell -- their warm, willful, sports-obsessed 13-year-old boy -- and his friend Yosef Ishran, 14, were discovered in a cave near the
family's West Bank village, the victims of Palestinian killers who had crushed the boys' skulls with boulders and smeared their blood along the walls of the cave, Israeli police said. .........................
..........For all the pain that has washed over him since Koby's death, Mandell said he does not feel hatred toward the boys' killers.

"They are just the products of the hate that was instilled in them by the Palestinian authorities and educational system," he said.

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