Friday, November 30, 2007

Storm Track Infiltration: Saudi Academy Still Teaching Radical Islam

Yesterday I wrote a post about how Saudi Arabia was forced into bed with radical Islam. Here’s what we see today as the fallout of that marriage made in hell.

The Saudi Academy opened in 1984. It’s K-12 school with campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia, that is owned by the Saudi embassy and accused of promoting Islamic extremism.

Most recently, the religious freedom commission--an independent federal agency created by Congress--issued its report, saying it was rebuffed in its efforts to obtain textbooks to verify claims they had been reformed.

The commission recommended that the academy be shut down until it could review the textbooks to ensure they do not promote intolerance.

Since the commission's report, the academy has given copies of its books to the Saudi embassy, which then provided them to the State Department. The commission is waiting to get the books from the State Department.

On Nov. 15, a dozen U.S. senators, including Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., wrote a letter to the State Department urging it to act on the commission's recommendations. And on Tuesday, Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced legislation to write the commission's recommendations regarding the academy into law.


Meanwhile, the Saudi Academy has stated that they have ‘cleaned up’ their textbooks. But that is not the case.

After the Saudi government similarly claimed to have modified its textbooks in 2006, Nina Shea at Freedom House reported that those textbooks still included passages such as these:

SIXTH GRADE: Just as Muslims were successful in the past when they came together in a sincere endeavor to evict the Christian crusaders from Palestine, so will the Arabs and Muslims emerge victorious, God willing, against the Jews and their allies if they stand together and fight a true jihad for God, for this is within God's power.

EIGHTH GRADE: As cited in Ibn Abbas: The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are the Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus.

TWELFTH GRADE: Jihad in the path of God -- which consists of battling against unbelief, oppression, injustice, and those who perpetrate it -- is the summit of Islam. This religion arose through jihad and through jihad was its banner raised high. It is one of the noblest acts, which brings one closer to God, and one of the most magnificent acts of obedience to God.

The real problem then is not that a religious school is asserting that its religious claims--even hate-filled claims against other religions--are true, but that particular teachings compel believers to wage war on unbelievers.

As much as the Washington Post editorial page and U.S. political leaders would hate to admit it, even if the textbooks of the Saudi academy were scrubbed of intolerance, a literal interpretation of certain passages in the Koran would still promote violence. After all, when bin Laden and friends issued their 1998 declaration of war, they weren't quoting from a textbook when they wrote: "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)."


More 'taqiyya': from our Muslim ‘allies’. Lies, deceit, silences, obfuscation (including the swearing of false oaths, bearing false testimony, even denying 'allah') which a Moslem may engage in, in order to present a false, positive image of Islam, especially to non-Muslims.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Storm Track Infiltration: Saudi Arabia – Riding the Back of the Radical Islamic Tiger

There was a young lady from Niger,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
After the ride
She was inside,
And the smile was on the face of the tiger.

In an interview posted at BrothersJudd.com, Wall Street Journal reporter Yaroslav Trofimov spoke of his new book, The Siege of Mecca. In it, he reveals how the Saudi Monarchy was forced into bed with the Wahabbists in order to preserve their rule.

According to Trofimov, the defining moment was the Mecca uprising of 1979. This uprising included on organization of radicals from all over the world - Saudis, Egyptians, Pakistanis, even American converts to Islam and this organization served as a model to Al Qaeda in the future.

As history shows, the Saudi government had to re-claim the Sacred Mosque from the radicals. But in order to storm the mosque they needed to have a fatwa declared so they could ‘legally’ do it. This was the tipping point for Saudi Arabia. To get the needed fatwa from the leading Islamic clerics, the Wahhabi ulema, they had to sell their Muslim souls to the Wahabbi devil.

The clerics obliged -- on the condition that the kingdom become much more rigid in enforcing the Wahhabi brand of Islam. As part of this grand bargain, millions of dollars in Saudi petrodollars started to flow all over the world to fund the clerics' effort to spread Wahhabi Islam -- creating the Islamic madrassas, charities and welfare groups that would breed the new generation of Al Qaeda recruits.

The main lesson the Saudi royal family drew from this crisis was that it had to appease the radical Islamist clergy. It seemed like a wise policy for years -- except that it ended up boomeranging with the September 11 attacks and the subsequent rise of Islamist terrorism within the kingdom.


So who’s smiling now? Not the Saudis, not the US, not the free world. When is our dependence on mid-east oil going to be seen as not just a economic challenge but a national security threat and action taken to fight it? When?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Storm Track Intimidation: Don't Bow to the 'Muslim Street'

James Kirchick wrote in a recent issue of the Los Angeles Times and interesting piece about the current Darfur genocide. His argument about ignoring the so called Muslim Street rings true for everything that must be done today to confront the Islamist agenda for world domination.

You know, the whining from the left, the appeasers, apologists and the emasculated sheep who are more concerned with what is politically correct than morally right.. They are always concerned about what the world thinks about our decisions to defend ourselves and win our wars – Hot, Warm, or Cold. From Hiroshima to Vietnam to Serbia to Kuwait to Afghanistan and Iraq, the same group of sheep whines continuously.

Though most of the article is about actions that should be taken by the US ins spite of the reaction from the Muslim Street, there are lessons to be learned in what he says for other morally right actions our country is, and should be, taken.

Americans are frequently told that the Iraq war has "inflamed the Muslim world." Just a few months after the conflict began, Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, used this exact phrase to describe the war's effect on global Muslim opinion. Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said the continued occupation of Iraq has led to "an increase in anti-Americanism in the Muslim world." New York Times columnist Bob Herbert complains about the "bitter anger that (the Iraq war) has provoked among Muslims around the world." And on and on it goes.

Indeed, it is this consequence of the Iraq war — negative public opinion among Muslims — that its critics believe to be the most devastating for America's global standing. The major lesson that many have taken from our Iraq experience is that we should place much greater stock in worldwide public opinion — particularly Muslim opinion — when deciding foreign policy.

Yet there could not be worse criteria on which to determine our foreign policy. This is starkly illustrated by the controversy about how to help stop the genocide in Darfur.


The same goes for any of our foreign policy. Until Muslims get on the right side of the issue concerning their radical brothers and sisters and making it widely and easily known through anti-Islamist organizations and individual action, their ‘concerns on the street’ should be entirely ignored.

There are lots of things that "anger" the "Muslim street:" Women not wearing burkas. Adults drinking alcohol. Homosexuals. But virtually no one seriously suggests that we make America less free in order to suit the tastes of the Muslim world. So why should we let something as nebulous and reactionary as "Muslim opinion" get in the way of preventing genocide in Sudan?

Right on! This is the morally right way to carry out foreign policy in this country.

To be sure, global public opinion should play some role in shaping our foreign policy. But at the end of the day, the value of U.S. action abroad is not determined by the opinions of those most likely to "take offense," but rather by the inherent rightness or wrongness of the action. And if we're going to judge our interventions based on the criteria of "public opinion" at all, we should first and foremost consider the views of the intended beneficiaries.

No need to say more. Hear that Condoleezza? Probably not. She’s too busy doing the politically correct thing in Annapolis, right now.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

GUEST POST: What Islam is Doing to Austria Right Now

This is a dispatch from Austria to inform readers about the current status of Islam in Austria. I will first give you some historical background, which I believe will shock most of you. It shocked the speakers and delegates at the recent Counterjihad Conference in Brussels. Austria is the only European country that affords members of the Islamic faith these rights and privileges. Austria is also the only European country that has set aside a prayer room (i.e. mosque) in a barracks of the Austrian Army. Austria is bending backwards to accommodate Muslims. But read for yourselves:

Austria is unique among the Western European countries insofar as it has granted Muslims the status of a recognized religious community. This dates back to the times following Austria-Hungary's annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Austria has regulated the religious freedoms of the Muslim community with the constitutional law of 1878 This law was expanded and elaborated in 1912 with the so-called Law on Islam. This law, in turn, was reactivated in 1979 when the Islamic Religious Community in Austria (Islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft in Österreich) was founded and given the status of a religious organization and public corporation. This Law on Islam has led to the following:

· Exercise of religious freedom within the limits of the current jurisdiction of the Federal Constitutional Court.

· Free Religious instruction in schools as mandated by federal law.

· The Republic is obliged to provide instructional material and to pay religious instructors’ salaries.

· The Republic has no influence over teaching personnel selection or the content of religious curriculum, which was last updated in 1983 and includes the portrayal of the replacement of a non-Muslim with a Muslim society.

· In 1988, a change to the federal law on Islam was passed, clarifying which religious schools in Islam were to be accepted and covered by the Law on Islam. Until then, only the Bosnian Hanefa school of jurisprudence had been accepted.

Recognition of a religion is not only limited to formal equal treatment of symbols and rituals; it is also a material right -, hence the public funding of religious institutions. A further significant pillar of recognition is the dialogue between State authorities and faith organizations.

There are currently 350 Muslim religious teachers in Austria, most of whom are non-German speakers from Turkey and Bosnia. However, foreign religious teachers are to be the exception, which can hardly be said in this case.

The Islamic Religious Community organizes teachers and is in charge of the content of the instruction, which according to law should be held in German. The purpose of the instruction is to improve students’ knowledge of Islam and to encourage them to reflect upon and discuss issues related to religious identity and living as a Muslim in Austria. Since 1999, a private Islamic religious academy has been training religious teachers of Islam in Vienna.

The Islamic Religious Community, according to its founding charter, claims to represent all Muslims in Austria, yet reality shows that executive offices of the Shura Council are exclusively staffed by Sunni Muslims. The president of the Community, Anas Shakfeh, is not only on the payroll of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, which clearly points to the influence of Wahhabism in Austria, but was also an educational inspector, who said of himself, and I quote, “I am not able to oversee all of the Islamic classes organized in Austria” unquote. This remark came after a number of parents complained about teachers spreading inflammatory ideas.

Although an official separation of religion and state in Austria exists, Muslim officials ignore this by being elected to public office. One example is Omar Al-Rawi who is an elected member of the Vienna city council, representing the Social Democrats. Another example of the intertwining of religion and politics is Sirvan Ekici, also a member of the Vienna city council representing the People’s Party, whose husband works for the Turkish Embassy. Mr. Shakfeh, the president of the Religious Community, is also on the record as saying, “We do not want to make Islam European, because Islam is universal, period.” On the basis of this comment, Bassam Tibi concluded that any dialogue was worthless and integration would certainly fail.

In addition, mention must be made of the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in Austria. By building their own mosques, they are taking all aspects of Muslim integration into their own hands. Saudi Arabia has transferred millions of dollars to Vienna to aid the Islamization. A. M., the head of the Brotherhood in Austria, manages the Saudi funding in addition to being treasurer at the religious academy. Many mosques affiliated with M. and the Brotherhood organize yearly summer camps in order to indoctrinate Muslim youth.

Islam is the largest minority religion in Austria with approximately 4 % of the population according to the 2001 census. Most Muslims came to Austria after 1960 as "guestworkers" and later in the form of family immigration from Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. There are also communities of Arab and Pakistani origin.

There are currently over 280 mosques in Vienna, one of which is conspicuous with a minaret; however, most mosques are simply prayer rooms in the back of grocery stores, leading to parallel societies. These shops are opened on Sundays despite laws prohibiting the opening of stores. Police refrain from entering the premises and closing the shops because of the resulting bureaucratic hassle with the Islamic Community.

Of the approximately 400,000 Muslims out of a general population of 8.2 million in Austria, roughly 50% are Austrian citizens. The mass attitude toward Muslims is often hostile. Muslims face prejudice in social life and the labor market. Native Austrians are often heard to say that those who live in Austria must incorporate the customs and values of the Austrian people. Examples of issues where this argument has played a major role are the dispute over the height of a minaret and the conflict over the changing of opening hours of a public swimming pool in order to address the special needs of Muslim women.

Similarly, an Austrian government study conducted in 2006 concluded that 45 % of Muslims are unwilling to integrate. This study caused an uproar, especially among the Muslim communities, who immediately claimed that they were being victimized by the study. However, according to the co-author of the study, the point of the study was to identify a problem area.

Although there are no readily available statistics for Muslim unemployment in Austria, the unemployment rate is more than 1.5 times higher for those of foreign birth, of which a substantial proportion is Muslim. The Austrian public employment service admits that women wearing hijab are unlikely to be hired. When interviewed for Austrian television, a hijabed girl admitted to having been rejected on numerous occasions, which made her decide to open a tax consulting office. She would offer jobs to hijabed women only, thereby creating another entry to a parallel society.

Austria’s political left chooses to ignore the dangers posed by the Islamization of Europe, particularly in Austria. The Social Democrats as well as the Greens Party rely heavily on the Muslim vote since the latter are accommodated by receiving preferential treatment.

On the other hand, the political right, such as the ill-famed Freedom Party, uses cheap slogans to foment fears about Islam in the population. We at the Austrian Association of Academics strongly believe that this is not the right way to combat Islamization. Thus we are grateful to the Austrian People’s Party’s continuing support of our quest to inform and educate people about the dangers of mixing Islam and politics. Selected politicians are finally realizing that the Austrian policy of Islam’s being “a religion of tolerance and peace and has nothing to do with terrorism” has failed. With the encouragement of the Austrian Association of Academics, the People’s Party has formulated its requirements for immigrants as follows:

1. We must first talk about responsibilities, then about rights.

2. Responsiblities include learning German, the willingness to work, and the integration into the Austrian “way of life” by sharing and accepting our system of values.

The Austrian Association of Academics was founded in 1953 by Rainhard Kamitz, then Minister of Finance. The Karl Martell Network, with its slogan of “giving the silent majority a loud voice”, affiliated with the Austrian Association of Academics was founded in 2007 in order to coordinate organizations working against Islamization. The Network also functions as a competence center and engages in fundraising as well as documentation. In addition, it is currently conducting research projects covering religious sociology with groundbreaking results. In conclusion, I would like to tell you what we at the Karl Martell Network expect of Muslims and the Islamic Religious Community in Austria:

1. Finding out what book is currently being used for Islamic religious education. The book “The Lawful and the Prohibited” by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was used until 2005, paid for by the Austrian taxpayer.

  1. The law of 1912 had been issued for the special case of Bosnia-Herzegovina, of course not taking into consideration today’s needs and without examining the teachings of Islamic doctrine. To this day it is not clear where Islamic law differs from Austrian law. It is therefore of vital importance to urgently request from the Islamic Religious Community that it publicly explain the teachings of the Koran. It is not acceptable that Muslim representatives evade questions about critical Koran verses, pretending that in order to understand them one has to be in command of classical Arabic or escaping into reproaches of racism and xenophobia. Even critical remarks based on thorough analysis are often dismissed as prejudice.

3. It is not clear to what extent the Islamic Religious Community represents all Muslims in Austria. There are some ethnic and religious groupings who doubt this claim of sole legitimate representation. Even Muslims often argue that a uniform Islam does not exist and that therefore a sole legitimate representation is not possible

Only a complete clarification of the above-mentioned questions can render Islam credible and prove

  • whether Islamic principles contravene Austrian laws (separation of state and religion, equal treatment of both sexes, women and children’s rights, right to leave the religious community, punishment according to Sharia law etc.);
  • whether Islam is just a religion or a formalistic, aggressive, patriarchal and totalitarian ideology excluding every form of dialogue;
  • whether the Muslim community’s formula “integration through participation” means the return of religion into politics and the Islamization of Austria and Europe and that therefore the building of mosques, wearing headscarves etc. are to be judged within this context;
  • the “special Austrian way” recognizing Islam as a religion will lead to a unilateral, short time modus vivendi in favor of the Muslims and that
  • in the future the intercultural – presumably violent – clash will become unavoidable.


I suppose you’re duly shocked. But I also believe that in order to understand this special Austrian way mentioned above, one must be familiar with Austrian and European history. In my opinion, granting the Bosnian Muslims this special status while Bosnia was annexed to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was a smart move by the emperor. However, who could have thought that this would one day backfire? Now it’s hard, if not impossible, to return to the days prior to 1877, when the first law was instituted. So what to do? I wish I knew. I have no solution, and I would be grateful for suggestions.

My attendance at the Brussels Conference was crucial in that it put Austria on the map. There are people fighting back. Not many, I admit, but enough to make subtle differences. We are being heard, we are influencing political opinion, but it’s too little, too late, I’m afraid. But then again, one of the reasons, if not the main reason, for my activism is that I don’t want my daughter to ask me in ten or twenty years, “Mom, you knew what was going on, why didn’t you do anything? It’s all there in the Quran, you just had to read it. Why didn’t you?” Those are the words I would have asked my grandparents regarding the Nazi era. It was all there for them to read. The plan was certainly not a secret, just as the plan isn’t a secret today. Just listen to Turkey’s prime minister who was honest enough to inform us "The minarets are our bajonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our baracks and the faithful our soldiers." Case closed.

Now on to the current situation in Austria. There are currently three hotspots regarding mosques (including the works such as minarets): One is located in the provincial capital of Linz, about 120 miles west of Vienna. Another mosque is planned in Bad Vöslau, a small town south of Vienna. The hottest spot, however, is located in Vienna, in the district of Brigittenau, a district with one of the highest percentage of immigrants (read Muslims) in Austria.

The mosque in question already exists. It was built to cater to 250 worshipers and is run by ATIB, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Cultural and Social Cooperation in Austria. According to ATIB’s website, its members are Turks, Austrians of Turkish descent, and Muslims. ATIB’s purpose is, of course, intercultural dialogue as well as assistance in integration matters. Its principles sound even better: they are based on equality among all humans and racial and sexual non-discrimination. They obviously do not elaborate.

ATIB has been planning the massive enlargement of this mosque for the past decade. These plans include the erection of a larger mosque with a total of 1,500 m2 and a capacity of 1,000 worshipers, a Turkish supermarket (why Turkish? An Austrian supermarket isn’t good enough?), a kindergarten, seminar rooms, as well as apartments. These plans go far beyond the argument of “free religious practice” in order to build a large mosque. The area surrounding the mosque is bound to become a pilgrimage center. The already unbearable effects of this cultural center include noise, exhaust pollution, and a lack of parking. The organizers of the civil resistance group are demanding the shutdown of this Islamic center and its moving to a suitable location outside residential areas.

In the lates 1990’s local (including socialst) politicians strongly objected against the proposed center as it contradicts all objectives of urban development, which include:

· Densely constructed residential areas

· Areas with reduced traffic

· Reduced quality of living

· And predicted conflicts and tension between religious community and citizens

Now, in 2007, all promises are forgotten and broken by the socialist politicians. The socialists hold the majority in the district parliament. The civil resistance group adheres to the practice of free religious practice, but if an attempt of peacefully living side by side fails, integration is considered an invasion; if an offer for participation results in ATIB’s takeover, tolerance must end for reasons of self-defense. They have repeatedly offered a hand to their Muslim neighbors, yet had to learn that the Muslims had not only taken the hand, but the whole arm.

Update on this matter:

Just this last week, Ms. Yilmaz, a headsarf-wearing socialist member of the Vienna city council, called the men and women demostrating against the construction of the ATIB mosque, “a mob planning to burn down mosques”.

There is a picture from one of the largest Austrian newspapers “Kurier” that was published about 10 days ago. The caption read: “The Greens demand more money for integration measures from (socialist) deputy mayor Renate Brauner.” What struck me are the two veiled women representing those in need of integration measures. What about all the other immigrants? There are no Indians, no Chinese, no South Americans. Doesn’t this photograph send a message to the newspaper’s readers that integration measures are necessary only for Muslims? I’ll leave that to you to ponder…

University of Vienna offering Master in Islamic Pedagogy

Another interesting, yet scary and infuriating story because all this is paid for by the Austrian taxpayer!

This course of studies aims to train Islamic teachers for secondary schools in Austria and covers topics and issues relating to the religious and ethical eduaction in research and teaching. Professor Ednan Aslan, who is – surprise, surprise – originally from Turkey, is the head of department and says there is no contradiction between Muslim and European identity. According to Aslan, it is possible [for Muslims] to learn to identify with pluralistic values in order to cope with integration. The students of the course work together with the Islamic Religious Community. One project is to develop a “religious language”, which will then be a European religious language. (I’m wondering how this will help Muslim – non-Muslim relations)

Professor Aslan also wants to start a new religious school: The Vienna School of Reformed Islam. He claims that “it is a hard job being a Muslim in Europe” (didn’t know that being Muslim is a job…) and “the state must accept Islam as partner.” Whatever that may mean.

At a public forum introducing the course, Professor Aslan presented the well-known Qu’ranic suras regarding beating and killing and was asked by one of my colleagues from the Network about secularization. “Islam is working on secularization, but has no experience with secularism.” (This from a man originally from secular Turkey!) In another question, Aslan was asked how he planned to secularize killing and beating. His answer: “We’re working on it.” Muslims are asking for patience in this matter. Pure taqiyya!

There’s more to come!

Servus from Austria.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Storm Track Infiltration: Latest Harvest of Our Immigration Policy

One of the biggest arguments for closing the swinging door that is stands for our southern border is the threat of terrorist elements infiltrating the US. Lot’s of speculation as to who what and where – at least until now.

Fort Huachuca is the Armed Forces largest intelligence-training center and is located a stone’s throw from the Arizona-Sonoran border. Such a facility would make a temping target for terrorists. We’ve already seen that jihadists are not afraid to contemplate attacking a US military facility (Fort Dix, NJ) so the report that follows is being taken very seriously by the military.

This time producing the necessary personnel and weapons is much easier to do because of the disaster we call border security in this is country. Hat tip to Lizizpizt.

Fort Huachuca, the nation's largest intelligence-training center, changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels, were planning an attack on the facility.

Fort officials changed security measures after sources warned that possibly 60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were to be smuggled into the U.S. through underground tunnels with high-powered weapons to attack the Arizona Army base, according to multiple confidential law enforcement documents obtained by The Washington Times.

"A portion of the operatives were in the United States, with the remainder not yet in the United States," according to one of the documents, … "The Afghanis and Iraqis shaved their beards so as not to appear to be Middle Easterners."

According to the FBI advisory, each Middle Easterner paid Mexican drug lords $20,000 "or the equivalent in weapons" for the cartel's assistance in smuggling them and their weapons through tunnels along the border into the U.S. The weapons would be sent through tunnels that supposedly ended in Arizona and New Mexico, but the Islamist terrorists would be smuggled through Laredo, Texas, and reclaim the weapons later.

A number of the Afghans and Iraqis are already in a safe house in Texas, the FBI advisory said.


And we’re not taking bomb belts and pistols. The weapons being smuggled across the border according to the report are very sophisticated.

According to the source who spoke with DEA intelligence agents, the weapons included two Milan anti-tank missiles, Soviet-made surface-to-air missiles, grenade launchers, long guns and handguns.

"FBI Comment: The surface-to-air missiles may in fact be RPGs," the advisory stated, adding that the weapons stash in Mexico could include two or three more Milan missiles....Insurgents in Iraq reportedly have used a Milan missile in an attack on a British tank. Iraqi guerrillas also have shot down U.S. helicopters using RPGs, or rocket-propelled grenades.


The source, according to the DEA, is a member of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel. So DEA cautioned the FBI that the information may be a plant to bring the US into a turf fight with the Sinaloa’s competition the Gulf Cartel.

Still, this report brings up again the need for the US to tighten down its border security. One of these days, the report will not only be true, but acted upon.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sunday Morning Stress Reliever

The war on terror is over? Of course if you see the world through rose-colored liberal appeaser and apologists eyes. Just change the name and ‘poof!’ all is well with the world again.

Found this at Norm Blog.

Somewhere deep within the bowels of Britain's security apparatus a new committee has been established. Its remit is to render the language of what has previously been referred to as a 'war on terror' inoffensive. Thanks to a security mole, I have in my possession a minute of the inaugural meeting of this committee, from which I liberally quote:

First business is to settle on the name of our committee.

'The Struggle Against Terror Committee'?

No, no, Trev, won't do at all; 'Struggle' still contains an adversarial element which might offend any number of people.

Hmmm... 'The Campaign Against Terror Committee'?

That's better but still worries me for some reason. Any thoughts, Clarice?

Yes, 'Campaign' is too energetic and, followed by 'Against', it does conjure up the thought of, well, struggle or warfare.

I know... What about 'Committee for the Idea that Terror May Be Unhelpful'?

Excellent suggestion!

If I may, Sir Rupert...

Please, David, do go ahead.

Two points. First, I thought it was already decided that we were replacing 'Terror' by 'Extremist Ideology'. Second, 'Idea that etc' retains a somewhat authoritarian ring since it doesn't problematize its own constructed and relative nature. Might I suggest, in light of these two considerations, 'Committee for the Debatable Point of View that Extremist Ideology May Be Unhelpful'

Lovely. We're making brilliant progress here - but I'm sure all members of the committee can now see that 'Extremist Ideology' will have to go as well. It undermines what 'Debatable Point of View' brings out so nicely. To adapt a well-known saying: 'One person's extremist ideology is another person's programme of social liberation.' Clarice?

'Committee for the Debatable Point of View that What Some See as a Programme of Social Liberation May...' Uhh... No... 'May Be Unhelpful' is too abrasive. Got it! 'Committee for the Debatable Point of View that What Some See as a Programme of Social Liberation is Itself Also Debatable'.

Marvellous. Well done, all of us! We now have, for the name of our committe, a real instrument of public harmony.

Excuse me, Sir Rupert...

Yes, Rocky.

Haven't we slightly lost sight of the idea that there's something we need to... well, stop from happening?

Oh, put a sock in it, Rocky. That's typical of your macho posturing and lack of feeling for the realities of a world of diverse viewpoints. Meeting closed.


See how easy that was?

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Storm Track Disinformation: Pre-Islamic State Given Medal of Democracy Award

Get your barf bag ready for this piece of blatant disinformation that I’ve read in along time. Tell the Big Lie often enough and the world will believe it. Indonesia has won an award. The award is, get ready for this, their unique blend of democracy and Islam.

INDONESIA has been hailed for proving that Islam and democracy can co-exist by establishing and maintaining the only functioning democracy in South-East Asia.

Indonesia's people and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono were yesterday awarded the Democracy Medal by the International Association of Political Consultants. Before delegates in Bali and most of his cabinet, Dr Yudhoyono said Indonesia had transformed itself in less than a decade and would never return to repression.

Although sceptics had claimed Indonesia would splinter or radicalise, "the heart and soul of Indonesia remains moderate and progressive", Dr Yudhoyono said. "In Indonesia democracy, Islam and modernity go hand in hand.


What a piece of tripe! Let’s first look at the award. Who gave it? The International Association of Political Consultants. And who are they? International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) was founded in 1968 by U.S. consultant Joseph Napolitan and French consultant Michel Bongrand.
According to Source Watch:

Working with former Democratic Party chairman Lawrence O Brien, Napolitan had his first foreign election experience in the 1969 presidential campaign of Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippine dictator who, supported by five U.S. presidents, held power for 20 years. Napolitan also served as advisor to Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez (Bonner, 1987, p. 76; Bowler and Farrell, 2000, p. 162; Napolitan, 1999, pp. 24-25). Both heads of state were forced out of office following massive corruption charges, which raises questions about Napolitan’s and other consultants respect for ethical codes in their overseas employment.

So much for the credibility of the IAPC. But that aside, how could the IAPC ignore these?

Indonesian sect leader announces return to mainstream Islam
A controversial Indonesian Muslim sect leader claiming to be a prophet has announced his return to mainstream Islam, while police said an investigation into whether he had blasphemed would go on.

The Church: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
he radicals want Indonesia to be the foundation of a Southeast Asian caliphate that will launch Jihad against other nations such as Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia until they submit to Islam.

Indonesian jihad leader: I support bombings in America, but not in ...
"Democracy Runs Counter to Islam, Because it Emphasizes the Sovereignty of the People, Whereas Islam Emphasizes the Sovereignty of Allah"

Here are some more examples of Indonesia’s model democracy.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono has pursued a policy of winning hearts and minds, persuading young Indonesians that extremism and radicalism have no place in Indonesian society.

And how well has he been ‘winning hearts and minds’?

As Reuters reported back in October, just 10 percent of Indonesian Muslims said they backed jihad and supported bomb attacks on the island of Bali aimed at foreign tourists. But Indonesia is home to more than 200 million Muslims, so while 10 percent may sound like a small number percentage-wise, it is actually quite large in absolute terms. It means there are some 20 million Muslims in Indonesia alone who are willing to say out loud that they support the use of violence and terror against innocent human beings.

Another poll gave these results.

More than two-thirds of Indonesians favor the country's current secular system of law, according to a privately funded nationwide survey by the Indonesian Survey Circle, a pollster. If that seems like good news, read it this way: This means there are "only" about 82 million Indonesians who favor Shariah. Approximately 216 million out of Indonesia's approximately 246 million inhabitants, or nearly nine-tenths of the population, are Muslims. And while Indonesia's religious and cultural climate is justifiably regarded as moderate in comparison to much of the rest of the Muslim world -- and its government is a very useful ally against terrorism -- the numbers still leave plenty of room for concern.

Just over two-thirds of respondents disapprove of the death penalty for those who renounce Islam, according to the survey, which was first reported by Rupert Murdoch's www.news.com.au. More than three-quarters of Indonesians disapprove of mandatory head scarves. Nearly two-thirds oppose stoning for adultery. More than 75 percent are against severing the hands of thieves. When the aggregate numbers of people are factored in, the study looks considerably more disturbing. If one-quarter of Indonesians favor cutting off the hands of thieves, it suggests that upwards of 60 million Indonesians favor the practice. If roughly 164 million Indonesians oppose stoning adulterers, it means that more than 80 million favor doing so.

And there’s more proof of the support in Indonesia for political jihad.

Shouting "Allah is great", and waving black and white flags, about 80,000 members of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir gathered in a sports stadium in Jakarta yesterday to call for the creation of a Muslim state spanning the Islamic world.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in several countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, has a strong following in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim state. Delegates at the Bung Karno Stadium had also come from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

So, what kind of award do you think Indonesia should have received?

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Storm Track Infiltration: Listen Up Infidels! This Is Your Future Under Islam

In the “Schmoozing with Terrorists” Aaron Klein petitioned Mideast terror leaders to describe day-to-day life in the U.S. if al-Qaida won the war on terror.

Hat tip to the Lone Voice.

"Once Islam dominates, anyone living inside the Islamic state must abide by our rules. There is no choice. You will abide or face the punishment," said Muhammad Abdel-El, the spokesman and a senior leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror organization.

Sheik Abu Saqer, a prominent Gaza-based preacher, a founder of the Sword of Islam terror group and a subscriber to the ideology of al-Qaida, explained if Islam controls the U.S., all American women, whether Muslim or not, must cover their hair.

"This is the demand of our religion. Being and walking naked doesn't mean that you are enjoying more freedom; it means that you are going against Allah's laws and you are serving the enemies of Islam who want to empty our Islamic society from its values. Uncovered heads is a form of nudity."Yasser Hamad, a cleric and a Hamas leader in the northern West Bank, explained in "Schmoozing.”


So not covering a woman’s hair is tantamount to being naked. You have to have a constipated mind to think something like that up. But the rules get better for infidels when their Islamist’s glorious day comes.

Islamic law enforcers would at first try to persuade American woman to cover their heads, but eventually females would be forced. Those women who refuse may be stoned.

Asked by Klein whether stoning was too harsh a punishment, Hamad replied:” If you don't respect the local law in America, if you don't pay taxes, if you drive on a red light, aren't there sanctions used against you by your government? Of course there are and it's okay with you. Why is there a prob
lem when it comes to the Islamic state that wants to impose its rules?

OK. I know the IRS has been compared to Nazis by some people who get on the wrong side of them but come on! Stoning? This man is seriously mentally ill.

The ranting goes on against Christians, Jews, synagogues, churches, and just about any other thing our 21st century civilization stands for. But read Lone Voices post for yourself.

Now let’s get serious. Just a bunch a kooks, right. They can never win. We know it. We know that when push comes to shove, the American Idol worshipers and Brittany Spears followers – who by the way would be stoned under new regime – will wake up from their liberal induced, politically correct, multicultural stupor and make the Islamists wish “their mothers never met their fathers”.

So nothing to worry about, eh?

Wrong.

In military parlance, and enemies capabilities are just as important as their intentions. And the Islamo-fascists are gaining 21st century technology at a rapid pace. Robert Spencer put it quit well in his video The Next Moves of Radical Islam.

That we believe a new caliphate will never happen and laughed off as a joke is not what is important. As Spencer said I his video, its what the Islamist believe that’s important. They believe that there will be a new Caliphate and that Islam will dominate the world.

The threat is that they have the intention and, soon, the capability to try.

Does the name Adolph Hitler ring a bell? He was written off as a kook, too until the capabilities of the German war machine were realized and he made his intentions a reality. The effect – tens of millions died.

No one believes that Islam will dominate the world. At least, no one with an ounce of horse sense. But the Islamist will kill hundreds of millions to try.


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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Storm Track Appeasement: Bush Throws in the Towel on War on Terror

First President Bush was lost in translation by turning a war against an ideology into a war against a military tactic. Now he’s lost in space rejecting his Bush Doctrine in favor of ‘real politik’.

As it stands now, American foreign policy in the Middle East has shifted from actively promoting democratic change to the previous policy of realpolitik -- a policy based on the appeasement of dictators and despots that was discredited in the post 9/11 world primarily because it had failed to secure American interests and security even in its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The Bush Doctrine of actively promoting democratic change may have been problematic owing to the backward political culture of the Middle East and other reasons suggested by Silverberg such as Middle Eastern tribal cultures being too resistant to change; secular Middle East dictatorships as too well-entrenched, and Islamic extremists using the electoral process to acquire power and credibility in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, however an American foreign policy based on "based on cold, calculated political and material considerations rather than on moral, ethical or idealistic concerns" hasn't worked in the past and it is highly unlikely to work in the future.

The Bush administration's return to a policy of "realism" translates to both America and Israel being in for a rough time ahead. Simply put, it is unrealistic to think believe that the previously proven wrong policy of realism will do anything but invite another 9/11.


OK. A stinging criticism that has some merit. So what should Bush have done and what should he do now in the waning days of his Administration?

We all know that the label ‘war on terror’ is misnomer and opened the door to for the Left to define terrorism as a criminal justice problem not an ideological one. That’s the root of the confusion we have today. If Bush had said we declare war on an ideology, the ideology of political Islam, we would have seen our enemy in a clearer light.

But that would entail us dissolving our relationships with dictators who crush democratic ideals in their countries, no longer submitting to those dictators that hold our nation hostage to oil, and realizing the reality of a fifth column of Islamists in this country working under the guise of civil rights organizations.

The very best thing that Bush could do before leaving office is to push for US energy independence from foreign oil. This dependence is not just an economic problem but a national security issue and should be treated as one.

He should include this statement in his January ’08 State of the Union Address:

“Our dependence on foreign energy sources is a threat to national security and it must cease. I have ordered a 10-year plan that will open every and all possible sources for oil in the country to drilling and have ordered a fast track permit program for nuclear energy. Tax credits will be issued to any and all companies and individuals who develop or use alternative technologies to reduce the use of oil and natural gas products. I’ve ordered the temporary lifting of controls on the mining and use of coal in this country. We have more coal in this country than the entire middle-east has oil. We have a national crisis on our hands and we are going to use the coal – cleanly.”

Would he have the courage to make this his priority over the last months of his Administration? I wonder.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Winds of War: Eating Our Young

Our movement against the political ideology of Islam is a young one but we run the risk of eating our young and putting in motion what we saw in Europe 70 years ago. I’m referring to the current blog wars involving those organizations in Europe opposing the Islamification of the continent.

First a true story then some history.

Back when I was in college during the Vietnam war and a committed liberal who marched on campus, closed down streets in protest, and occupied the ROTC building, I participated in a city wide march against the war that led from the campus to the State House. When we arrived at the State House there were a number of speeches made about the war and its consequences. But I remember one quite clearly. A young woman wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt started to spew propaganda about Marxism. She was booed off the stage. We saw what she wanted to do. But the peace movement on our campus was not about to be co-opted by the communists.

Now some history.

If you are a follower of history like I am, you would be aware of the Hobson’s choice facing Europe in the 1930s. Though pretty much ignored by the Chamberlain appears at the time, Winston Churchill wrote about his unease he had over both communism and fascism – communism under Stalin in Russia and fascism under Hitler in Germany. Neither one was seen by Churchill as friendly to democracy and he wrote about both of these threats in the 1930s that were pretty much ignored. It was communism that Europe most feared – not fascism. In fact, many British intellectuals felt one with Hitler.

When WWII started, Churchill knew that the only way Hitler, the worse of two evils, could be defeated would be to side with and support communist Russia. Churchill hoped that at the end of the war, the Russian bear could be retrained and put back into its cage.

It couldn’t and World War II led to the Cold War.

This development wasn’t of Churchill or Roosevelt’s doing. It was the Chamberlain appeasers who eventually created the Cold War and have even reached into this century creating the problems we see in Europe today. By not stopping the Nazi threat in its tracks in 1938 when Hitler re-occupied the Rhineland, the Chamberlain appeasers set in motion a process that led to the Cold War and now the Islamification of Europe. If Hitler would have been stopped and as one of his generals said many years after the war that if he was, the military would have overthrown him, the West could have kept Stalin in his box and Eastern Europe would have been spared the yoke of communism.

The EU, with all its attendant problems, would most probably not been formed or even the need for it – but that’s just speculation.

The point I want to make is that we are in a similar situation in Europe as we were in the 1930s. Europe at this time is presented with a choice between two fascisms. Islamo-fascism and neo-fascism – both with its assault on human rights and support for ideological or ethnic supremacy. The EU, which was formed to prevent the type of ideological conflicts that caused two World Wars has sold out its human values in the pursuit of a socialist utopian fantasy. They are of little help in solving the fascist threats facing Europe today.

Robert Spencer clearly paints the current picture.

For years now Hugh Fitzgerald and I have written about the unfortunate fact that the European mainstream parties have completely failed to address the problem of European Islamization -- a problem that of course they have, in many cases, abetted. Hugh and I have both in many separate posts lamented that those mainstream parties have thus left the field open to neo-fascist and neo-Nazi parties, like the Holocaust-denying white supremacist BNP and Haider's party in Austria, and to noxious characters like LePen in France. Those types have in several European countries become the only ones addressing the issue of jihad and Islamic supremacism.

This is unfortunate for several reasons. It allows the European elites and the political and media mainstream to continue to marginalize the counterjihad resistance as simply racist reactionism, rather than a legitimate concern. So their own abdication and complicity are reinforced by the character of the reaction to it -- a logjam that only a new Churchill could break, and there is no such person on the horizon at this point.

The neofascist character of the anti-jihad parties in Europe also keeps many decent people from joining the counterjihad movement, when they otherwise would. This is the great weakness of the argument that, well, there is no one else fighting this fight, so we have to join forces with people we would otherwise regard with distaste: some people simply will not and will never do that, and it limits the power of the movement and its ability to grow.


Our nascent anti-Islamic movement is Europe’s only hope but it needs to thread very carefully as we build organizations and choose allies. Allies should be chosen not for what they are against but what they are for. Our young movement itself needs to form a consensus on some sort of manifesto that we all agree and sign on to. If not the dangers are too real.

First, the appeasers and apologists who believe our movement against political Islam is racist and Islamophobic will pounce on any form of our movement that shows the slightest bit of neo-fascism accusing us of the very thing we are fighting against.

If those who fight the Islamo-fascist do so under a neo-fascist banner, we should not be in the streets beside them and if they show up at our events, they should be shunned and not given a platform just as my personal expereince years ago. As I said before, our nascent movement should be for something not just against something.

We are a small movement that must become large and to that we need to pull together in one direction under an ideology that believes in human rights, universal values and a free democratic form of governance. Period.

If we don’t, we are helping the appeasers and apologists and in effect will be eating our young.

My .02 cents.

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