Monday, March 31, 2008

Storm Track Appeasement: Where Are the Palestinian Moderates?

Elliot Jager asks this question a book review of Army of Shadows - Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948 by Hillel Cohen.

In the book, Hillel Cohen of the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem tells the absorbing story of the Palestinian Arabs who sought accommodation with the Zionist movement. This book answers the question: Where are the Palestinian moderates?

His answer? They’re all dead.

For more than 90 years, Arab radicals have been at war not only with with Zionism, but simultaneously with any Arab voice - Christian, Muslim, Druse or Beduin - advocating moderation and coexistence with the Zionist enterprise. So, where are the moderates?

They are dead - hacked up with axes, riddled with bullets, slaughtered with knives and exploded by bombs. That's where the Arab moderates are. This book chronicles their story from the start of the British Mandate until the War of Independence.


Cohen explains that the Zionists actually collaborated with the Arabs in the 20s.

Cohen's research shows that the Jewish Agency and Hagana paid Arab informants, funded pro-Zionist Arab newspapers (though often insufficiently and erratically) and made an effort (often far too little) to support Arabs who were friends of the Jews. The Zionists correctly intuited that the Arabs of Palestine did not mostly define themselves as "Palestinians," but self-identified by their clan, locale - urban or rural - and as part of the greater Arab or Muslim collective.

The "collaborators," says Cohen, had various motives: sometimes personal gain, but just as often communal interest. Often they merely wanted to do the ethical or humane thing. the mufti insisted that Palestinian Arabs define their cause in religio-nationalist terms - insisting that only his brand of Palestinian identity was legitimate and that a moderate nationalism which acquiesced in any semblance of Jewish rights to the Land of Israel was treason.


And if you remember, that Mufti was a staunch ally of Hitler and bought into his racist beliefs against the Jews. A marriage made in hell.

The Rejectionists spearheaded a continuum of murderous riots, beginning in the 1920s. Even as they were killing Jews, they were also intimidating any Arab tainted by a Jewish link. Fanatics even opposed connecting Arab villages to the Zionists' electrical grid. They opposed establishing self-governing institutions for the Arabs of Palestine and participation in municipal elections. They advocated a boycott of Jewish products and vehemently opposed Jews and Arabs working for or with each other.

You think Hamas and Hezbollah’s philosophies are new? They hawk back to the 1920s.

Then, as now, the hard-liners controlled the mosques, which they used to incite against the Jews and against Arabs who did business with Jews. Initially, their fatwas merely warned of beatings for disobedience. With time, they would command the murder of moderates. (Christian Arab clerics issued their own anti-Jewish rulings in their elusive quest to win acceptance as loyal Palestinians.)

“Then, as now, the hard-liners controlled the mosques.” Now why is that not surprising. We know today that mosques are not just places of worship but command and control centers for the advancement of the Islamist agenda. It was the same then and the same now.

In the period covered by the book, hundreds of Palestinian moderates - maybe 1,000 - were murdered. Countless others got the message: Moderation is treason punishable by death.

There was no appeasing the rejectionists. Not even the draconian White Paper, issued just four months before Hitler's invasion of Poland - a British policy turnabout which dealt a near-fatal blow to the Zionist enterprise - went far enough for the fanatics. No step save the complete eradication of the Zionist enterprise would be tolerated.


There were moderate Palestinian voices.

"I am not a traitor... I am not a Zionist... Our national demands are equivalent, but our means differ. Your method will lead you to destruction and to expulsion. A man has a right to criticize, and criticism should not be obstructed... I cannot recognize Haj Amin al-Husseini as the leader of Palestine because his direction has brought no benefit to the country."

Those were the sentiments of Muhammad Tawil from Acre. His words went unheeded by the Palestinian Arabs, and he was ultimately abandoned to his own devices by an ungrateful Jewish Agency leadership.


Jagar ends his review with this.

Army of Shadows is an important academic work that is accessible to general readers. It painfully exposes how today's violent, dysfunctional, pathological polity that is "Palestine" came to be.

It is a story of a misbegotten revolution that consumed its own.


How true. How true.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Storm Track Infiltration: Thank You for the Check – I Kill You!

What do you get when you mix the stupidity of multiculturalism with political correctness and an appeasing heart?

You get kicked in the lower nether regions.

A FANATICAL preacher of hate has been recorded urging impressionable young British Muslims to go to WAR against our troops.

By the way – did I say that he and his family are collecting $50,000 a year in welfare payments from the filthy infidels?

Now Choudary —who once called for the Pope to be executed and described the September 11 hijackers as "magnificent martyrs" — could face arrest under anti-terror laws for his evil ranting on the tape, which was passed to the News of the World.

After hearing his latest inflammatory remarks, terror experts asked: "What more does this man need to do before he is locked up?"


Now that’s a good question? So how did readers respond to the article when asked if hate preachers should have their benefits cut?

  • Read the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire...they let barbarians into Roman territority to increase thier power and the size of thier army. Problem was...these people were not loyal to Rome. They gladly took the benefits of being a Roman citizen and tried to destroy the country from within. This is happening in England,America, France(who cares they have surrendered to every one in history anyway). We were all nations conceived and built under the flag of Democracy and Christianity.
  • Well well what a public outcry. Finally it is in your face of the Brits. Can you all stop being so polite and get your act together and sent this man with his family and followers to place of origin. Preferable by aircraft and let them parachute above their home country.
  • Its a pretty stupid question really, they preach hate and talk about what they are going to do and who they are going to kill and they still get paid for it!!!
  • Mabe if some important members of this country would have the guts to stand up to these kind of people then it wouldnt be so bad!
  • So back to my point, NO they damn well shouldnt get benefits!
  • No,don't cut his benifits,cut his throat!

Of course their always a dhimmi around when you need ‘em.

  • Why is everyone so anti-muslim?

That such a question should even be raised in today’s Britain is beyond me.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Storm Track Appeasement: Vet Barred From English Police For "England" Tattoo

Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.

When a nation no longer respects itself it lowers itself to this.

PATRIOTIC squaddie Craig Briggs has been barred from joining the police — because he’s got an ENGLAND tattoo on his arm.

The Iraq veteran, 22, had wanted to be a cop since childhood and was advised to join the Army to get experience first.

But when he applied he was told: “Unfortunately, some people feel intimidated by the word England.”

Last night Craig, who has just completed 4½ years with the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: “I am shocked and disgusted.

"I don’t understand how it can cause offence. It is our country, after all.”


Weasel Zippers comment: (Correction, it was your country).

The recruiter’s response:

He said he was told in a phone call by the Manchester force’s senior recruitment consultant: “A family who aren’t of English origin who see England on your arm could feel you might discriminate against them.

"We live in a diverse society and try to ensure we give everybody equality.”


Right. As long as you not British. He was told he could get the tattoo altered. Perhaps if it said dhimmi instead of England?

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Storm Track Infiltration: American Reporter Quits Al-Jazeera English

It seems even a dhimmi has his limits.

When Al-Jazeera English decided to enter the US market with their seditious propaganda news organization, they wanted to put an Anglo-Saxon face on their new US channel. I assume they felt the ‘balanced news’ they reported would go down easier if coming from the mouth of an American. One of the reporters they found willing to take the job was "Nightline" reporter Dave Marash.

But it seems Marash has had enough of the anti-American bias at Al-Jazeera English.

Former "Nightline" reporter Dave Marash has quit Al-Jazeera English, saying Thursday his exit was due in part to an anti-American bias at a network that is little seen in this country.

Marash said he felt that attitude more from British administrators than Arabs at the Qatar-based network.


Yep. It’s those damn British spewing the muck not the innocent Arabs.

Marash was quick to explain why their was bias at Al-Jazeera English. That’s right. It’s Bush’s fault.

"Given the global feelings about the Bush administration, it’s [the anti-American bias] not surprising," Marash said.

But he found it "became so stereotypical, so reflexive" that he got angry.


Even a dhimmi can swallow only so many lies. Of course Al-Jazeera English denies nay anti-American bias. They’re fair and balanced.

Will Stebbins, Washington bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English, denied any bias against Americans.

"We certainly evaluate U.S. policy rigorously," he said. "But we do our best to give everyone a fair shout."


Well, given that, the US cable companies are beating down Al-Jazeera’s doors to have them on their systems. Right?

Al-Jazeera English has been largely unsuccessful in getting U.S. cable or satellite systems to pick it up, except for the municipal cable system in Burlington, Vt., and a small system visible in Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio. But its programming is available on the network's YouTube site.

"We were sorry to see Dave go," he said.


I bet. They’ll have to go out and find another Tokyo Rose or Lord HawHaw to spew their propaganda.

Hey! How about CNN!

Marash, who's being replaced by former CNN International host Shihab Rattansi, said he was the last American-accented anchor at the network, which broadcasts from Washington, London, Kuala Lumpur and Doha, Qatar.

Oh. They already thought of that.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Storm Track Intimidation: Welcome to Indonesia, Infidel – Here’s Your Beating

Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has a message for all of you infidels that would like to visit the wonderful exotic islands of Indonesia. Don’t come unless you want a beating.

ISLAMIC cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has returned to his hardline rhetoric with a call for followers to beat up Western tourists and for young Muslims to die as martyrs.

In the sermon, organised by an Islamic youth organisation and delivered a few kilometres from the home village of convicted Bali bombers Amrozi and Mukhlas, Bashir likened tourists in Bali to "worms, snakes, maggots", and specifically referred to the immorality of Australian infidels.

He called for signs to be erected across Indonesia warning tourists they were entering a Muslim area, and directing they cover up appropriately. But in east Java, he urged the Islamist youth to "beat up" foreigners.

"God willing, there are none here," Bashir said. "If there were infidels here, just beat them up. Do not tolerate them."


I wonder what the Indonesian Tourist Bureau has to say about this maggot. He went on to say:

"The youth movement here must aspire to a martyrdom death," said the cleric, who was convicted of conspiracy over the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, but was later cleared and released from prison.

"The young must be first at the front line - don't hide at the back. You must be at the front, die as martyrs and all your sins will be forgiven. This is how to achieve forgiveness."


Right. At the back you will find this a**hole. The coward. And here’s what you get when you show mercy scum like Bashir.

Observers said the sermon's content was a clear indication of what many terrorism academics have noted - that the accused spiritual head of Jemaah Islamiah has been emboldened by his release from prison last year after serving 26 months for conspiracy in relation to the Bali blasts. "Going to jail, serving a very light sentence, and becoming a media icon - it's the best thing that's happened to him."

So why doesn’t the government of Indonesia lock this vermin up? Dream on.

Bashir's address was observed by the village's police chief and a horde of plainclothes Indonesian police officers.

They probably applauded.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Winds of War: The Madrid Precedent – Will We Follow?

The jihadists have successfully used what is called now the Madrid Precedent. Will they try the same think on our Presidential election? Will it work? If the Democrats get elected it most certainly will.

The Madrid Precedent gets its name from the terrorist attacks on Spain on 3-11.

In the post-attack wave of hysteria, "Socialist peace candidate" Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was elected Spain's prime minister. He immediately withdrew Spanish troops serving in Iraq.

Hence the Madrid Precedent — attack a democracy just before an election with the aim of electing a "peace candidate" who thinks al-Qaida's killers can be appeased.


But it also appeals to their experience that the free world will retreat when confronted with terrorism. The Jihadists knows that the Precedent has worked in the past – even on the US. Remember Beirut (U.S. Marine barracks, 1983) and Mogadishu ("Blackhawk Down," 1993)? This fits well al-Qaida's planners in their "Letters to the Africa Corps" which states that if "we kill enough, they will withdraw."

Meanwhile, back in the United States: Democratic candidate Barack Obama promises a rapid withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. I can't call his plan the Obama Precedent because Hillary Clinton has toyed with the idea — of course, she toys with many ideas, depending on the crowd.

Will, if elected, Obama create an Iraq Precedent? Or will he follow the advice of the CIA Agent played by Godfrey Cambridge given to James Coburn in The President’s Analyst.

“Look, you want to save the world? You're the great humanitarian? Take the gun!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Storm Track Disinformation: The Dismantling of Multiculturalism

One of the worst concepts, and there have been many, of the Progressive Left and has done the most damage is multiculturalism.

Salim Mansur wrote in the Edmonton Sun, “It is with the evening of multiculturalism at hand that we can discern how utterly flawed is the liberal notion proclaiming equality of all cultures at the expense of individual freedom, which has guided governments in western liberal democracies for some time.”

He does an excellent job in just a short page of identifying multiculturalism’s flaws and why it should be – and will be dismantled. His argument, and it is so true, is that those liberals who created the concept of multiculturalism belonged to a generation in the West who took freedom for granted. That is, they never had to earn freedom. It was handed to them without the knowledge and experience of how much it cost to attain it.

For this generation, freedom -- with the ground laid for the greatest expansion of wealth in all of human history -- without breaking a sweat.

Consequently, they never understood fully what freedom means for those who yearn for it in its absence, and those called upon to sacrifice all that is most precious in its defense.

For this generation freedom as inheritance amounted to a value or basket of goods of no greater merit than some other value to be sought. And protecting it at best became a burden to be met reluctantly, even grudgingly, unlike the grit shown by their parents and grandparents in defeating the fascist ideology of their time.

It was the idea of equality that took hold of this generation's thinking and out of it was hatched multiculturalism.


And that’s its major flaw. Cultures are NOT equal.

For example, the bushman of in Australia could, as individuals, be trained to fly the space shuttle. But that doesn’t make their culture equal to ours because they can’t build a space shuttle. You can try and give everyone equal opportunity and treat everyone equally - but that doesn’t make us equal.

A little story gives a good example of this.

Once upon a time, the animals decided that they must do something to meet the problems of the ‘New World’. So, they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying and all the animals had to take all the subjects.

The duck was excellent in swimming. In fact, better than his instructors, but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming in order to practice running. This was kept up until his feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school since that would make him more equal. So nobody worried about that except the duck.

The rabbit started at the top of the class in running but had a nervous break-down because of so much make-up work in swimming.

The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustration in flying class where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the treetop down. He also developed charley horses from over-exertion and then got a C in climbing and a D in running.

The eagle was a problem child and disciplined severely. In the climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way of getting there.

At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well and also run, climb and fly a little had the highest average and was made valedictorian.

Equality is a fine ideal. But like all other ideas, it can be pursued to absurdity. The same with multiculturalism. Melanie Phillips wrote about the problem of multiculturalism.

Many people think multiculturalism just means showing respect and tolerance to other cultures and faiths. If that were so, it should be unarguable. We should all support respect and tolerance. But that's not what multiculturalism is at all. It holds that all minority values must have equal status to those of the majority. Any attempt to uphold majority values over minorities is a form of prejudice. That turns minorities into a cultural battering ram to destroy the very idea of being a majority culture at all.

The end result of multiculturalism the Balkanization of a society.

Back to Mansur.

For the generation that invested in multiculturalism as a political ideal, the test came with the Islamists unleashing their cult of death ideology against the West.

For the multiculturalists the dilemma posed by terrorist assaults questions fighting Islamists instead of appeasing them through accommodation. That question arises since all cultures are equal according to their ideology and, moreover, their ideal instructs them there is nothing specific and precious about the West to begin with, thus no sacrifice is meaningful in its defence.

The logic of multiculturalism goes against the thought of Canadian soldiers waging war against the Taliban in Afghanistan when multiculturalists would accommodate Taliban values in Canada.


We need to recognize that pluralism is distinctly different from multiculturalism. One is based on strong, positive values. The other is based on appeasing everyone with a lowest common denominator approach. It must stop if we are to preserve the best of the free world’s cultures.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Winds of War: Can The Koran Be Reformed?

Robert Spencer said that Islam can not be reformed until the Koran itself is reformed. Muslims say that’s impossible because the Koran is the verbatim transcript of the word of Allah as transmitted to Mohammed, his prophet.

But is that really true? Is the Koran we see today the actual recitals of Mohammed?

Let’s look at the facts.

Mohammed was born in 570 CE in what today is Saudi Arabia. At the age of 40, he began having visions and hearing voices telling him he was the messenger of Allah. Until his death in 632, he regularly received revelations through the Angel Gabriel.

Now Mohammed was illiterate. He couldn’t read or write so his words or ‘recitations’ – or what is known as – ‘Quran’ were memorized by his followers. This is in keeping with Arabic culture which has an oral tradition rather a written one. Muslim tradition also mentions that there were scribes who were responsible for writing down these memorized recitations. Mohammed’s revelations were written down on palm leaves, pieces of bone, or whatever was handy at the time.

It wasn’t until after Mohammed’s death that his words were ‘codified’ into a written book known today as the Koran. Muslim sources give different accounts of this process.

At the battle of Yamama (633 CE), six months after the death of the Prophet, a number of Muslims, who had memorized the Quran were killed. Hence it was feared that unless a written official copy of the Quran were prepared, a large part of revelation might be lost. So, Mohammed’s successor, Abu Bakr, ordered a text to be compiled and compared with the memorized text.

Now let’s go back a few hundred years to the First Council of Nicaea, held in Nicaea, Turkey convoked by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in 325. Anyone who has read the DaVinci Code knows that this Council had the responsibility of sifting through hundreds of gospels, letters and other writings on Jesus and his life. Constantine, tired of al the bickering on the different interpretations of Christianity, ordered the Catholic Bishops to codify the one and only ‘New Testament’.

That’s same codification process took place in Islam.

Othman, the third Caliph, ordered a leading Muslim scribe, to head a team to examine all written and oral records. There work was to yield a complete and accurate account of Allah’s word.

All other texts and oral accounts were ordered destroyed. This Othman Quran, was unanimous approved by the whole Muslim world. Muslims claim that an error even of a single alphabet in transcribing the Quran, the Qurra (memorizers of the Quran) which totaled in the tens of hundreds would have caught it right away and correct it.

But Dr. Gustav Weil has another view.

In consequence of the multiplied variations which had crept into the readings of the Koran, Othman had caused all the different copies which could be found to be collected together and burnt, excepting one, which alone, sanctioned by his own authority, he directed all believers to receive as the only genuine transcript of the revelations of the prophet. Moreover, he confided the editorship and revision of this new and authentic edition to those men who were the most devoted to him, rather than to those who were the most learned.

But what we have here is the problem of the fallacies of memory and the cultural dictates of the time as grist for what is known as the Koran today. But faith and religions organized around that faith see no problem in the cultural intrusions into a belief system. AKA: not eating pork – Muslim and Jew, not killing cows – Hindu, etc.

Are you getting the picture? Perhaps, the Koran we have today is not truly the words of Mohammed and earlier versions or sources, if they were ever studied, might shed light on the problem.

Guess what. There may be such a source.

January 12th, 2008, the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy report entitled , “The Lost Archives” by Andrew Higgins on the early Muslim archives, allegedly destroyed in an April, 1944 British air bombing of a Bavarian Academy of Science in Munich that housed these treasured scholarly documents. The story behind how these archives came to Germany and their status during the Nazi regime has elements of Indiana Jones, the Da Vinci Code and the ODESSA files. The archives were never destroyed, and were secreted by an Arabic scholar and translator, Anton Spitaler, who was liaison to Nazi sponsored Waffen SS battle units composed of Middle East Arabs sponsored, in part, by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al Husseini, Hitler’s house guest in Berlin during WWII.

Some Koranic critics, notably the pseudonymous scholar “Ibn Warraq”, claim that Professor Angelika Neuwirth, the archive’s custodian, has denied access to scholars who stray from the traditional interpretation.

Public pressure may finally be brought to bear to throw open to Islamic scholars and not simply handed over to Islamic clerics for ’safekeeping’ Safekeeping akin to that of the biblical ark of the covenant buried in an Army Intelligence depot at the end of the original Spielberg film, “Raiders if the Lost Ark”. It may take a decade or more to both catalog and review these documents. Doubtless, fatwas was will be issued upon release of interim analyses of what surfaces from this process, as the Koran appears to be redacted by many writers over many years and includes both Christian and Jewish sources in languages like Syriac-Aramaic, which may explain the ‘72 raisins’ interpretation according to one German philologist expert at the “Christoph Luxenburg”.


What other redactions will be found once the archives are released? When they are, scholars could put the Koran under the same scrutiny that the Bible has gone through and in the end give those Muslims who truly believe in peace to have a tool in reforming the Koran.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Winds of War: Dealing With Pakistan’s Tribes

Much talk and a whole truckload of money has been spent o how to deal with the tribes in the Northwest frontier of Pakistan. They give aide and comfort to our enemies fighting us in Afghanistan and are attempting to overthrow the current government through violence in Pakistan.

So how do you deal with them? The British did. Successfully.

Dr. S. Amjad Hussain writes in the Toledo Blade.

According to one knowledgeable source, an American, most of the money earmarked for developmental projects in the tribal areas is literally going to waste, and there is precious little to show for it. At this pace, it will take another 50 to 100 years to realize the stated objectives of ridding the area of Islamic militancy and terrorism. America, this expert says, has an extremely short attention span when it comes to long-term commitments.

Is there a political solution to the current impasse?

For that, one has to look back in history to find some reference points to the current situation.

Employing a classic reward-and-punishment approach, the British were able to deal with the tribes. They would enter into an agreement with a tribe and would reward them with subsidies and incentives to keep their word. If there was a violation by any member of the tribe a collective punishment was meted out. This included, more often than not, withholding the subsidy, demolishing the dwellings, and destroying crops. They maintained a fine balance between the carrots they offered and the length of stick they carried. The tribes did not like the Brits any more than they like American or Pakistani forces, but they respected the Brits. The policy worked for over 100 years, until the departure of the British from the Subcontinent in 1947. And yes, even then there were plenty of religious fanatics who were determined to rid their lands of the foreign "infidels."


Perhaps we should look to the past to find solutions that will work in Afghanistan instead of 50 to 100 years
of ridding the area of Islamic militancy and terrorism.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Holy Burka, Batman! Arabs Campaign to Take Off the Veil

I quote from Finestkind Clinic and fish market:

ABC news covers a fashion event, and tells it's readers that "..The burqa is the wardrobe of choice for many Muslim women...."

Guess ABC can't tell a burqa from a chador...

And how do they explain the "choice" part when local thugs in Paris and the morality police in Iran and Saudi have morality police to force women to comply with the dress code...even if this means they burn to death?


But resistance is mounting and from an unusual source. Their organizer says "my hair is not a sex symbol"

A group of Arabic websites and blogs have launched an international campaign against the Muslim headscarf (hijab), arguing the move is a response to what they see as “intellectual terrorism” practiced by strict Islamic groups and individuals.

The campaign is called "Take Off The Veil”, and was launched March 8, 2008 to coincide with International Women's Day.

"My hair is not a sex symbol that I should be ashamed of, and my body is not a stage for men's fantasies. I am a noble human being with my hair and body," Dr. Elham Manea, one of the campaign’s leaders, wrote on the participating websites.

Manea, a professor of Yemeni descent and who works in Switzerland, said she believes the headscarf was never part of Islam and chose International Women's Day for the campaign as she views the headscarf as a symbol of women's oppression and to warn women deceived by Islamists into putting "this rag on their heads."


That’s calling a spade a spade.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Winds of War: What is a Moderate Muslim?

AINA ran published the text of a Frontpage Symposium they held on the subject of Anti-Fascists of Islam. They pulled together an impressive list of panel participants including Wafa Sultan, a Syrian-American psychologist and internationally known critic of militant Islam, Khalim Massoud, the president of Muslims Against Sharia, an Islamic reform movement, Robert Spencer, a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch, and Abul Kasem, an ex-Muslim who is the author of hundreds of articles and several books on Islam including, Women in Islam.

The article is a must read but I want to highlight one response from Mr. Massoud where he makes an excellent comparison between a radical Muslim and a moderate one. Our leadership should take note.

First, we define what 'radical Muslim' is. Radical Muslim is the one who believes in Islamic supremacy. Hence the urge to wage Jihad for world domination that usually involves killing or subjugating infidels. After we define the enemy, the 'radical', we define 'moderate' as the opposite to 'radical'.

Radical

Anti-Semitism - Yes

Caliphate - Pro

Criticism of Islam – No

Deceiving non-Muslims - Yes

Democracy - Against

Dhimmitude for non-Muslims - Pro

Every deed (and word) of Prophet Muhammad (according
to Ahadith) was noble and is worthy of emulation - Yes

Freedom of (from) Religion - Against

Gender equality - Against

Jihad - Pro

Government - Religious

Islamic reformation -Against

Islamic supremacy - Pro

Israel - Against

Koran over Constitution - Yes

Reaction to criticism of Islam or Prophet Muhammad - Anger / Violence

Religious equality - Against

Shari - Pro

Terrorism - Pro / Neutral

Theocracy - Pro

Universal Human Rights - Against

Use of terms such as "Islamic terrorism" or "Islamofascism" - Object

Whitewashing terrorism - Yes

Moderate

Anti-Semitism - No

Caliphate - Aainst

Criticism of Islam - Yes

Deceiving non-Muslims - N

Democracy - Pro

Dhimmitude for non-Muslims - Against

Every deed (and word) of Prophet Muhammad (according
to Ahadith) was noble and is worthy of emulation - No

Freedom of (from) Religion - Pro

Gender equality - Pro

Jihad - Against

Government - Secular

Islamic reformation - Pro

Islamic supremacy - Aainst

Israel - Pro / Neutral

Koran over Constitution - N

Reaction to criticism of Islam or Prophet Muhammad - Reason / No reaction

Religious equality - Pro

Shari - Against

Terrorism - Against

Theocracy - Aainst

Universal Human Rights - Pro

Use of terms such as "Islamic terrorism" or "Islamofascism" - Accept

Whitewashing terrorism - No

While this table could certainly be improved, it provides a good framework for a litmus test to identify true 'anti-fascists of Islam' (moderates).


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Winds of War: Islam-Religion, Cult or Something Else

Depending on who you talk to, Islam is seen as religion by most and a cult by some, but neither one of those definitions fits if we are to identify those that seek to impose Islam on the entire world.

First a little history.

Many of us see parallels between Islam today and Holy Roman Empire of the Middle Ages. Islam’s all encompassing socio-political-religious system is similar to the Rule of the Holy Roman Empire and the Popes who headed it up. Just as Christian morals, ideals and ideas permeated the society of the Middle Ages to its core as ruled by the Holy Roman Church, so does Islam at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Islamism is the socio-political arm of the religion of Islam just as the Catholic Church was the socio-political arm of the Holy Roman Empire.

Jarret Brachman, the director of research at the United States Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center, recently told a class of West Point cadets to “know thy enemy”.

The article goes on discussing that enemy as terrorism – the first mistake – but what would you expect from the Academy's Combating Terrorism Center. Brachman, after a while did come up with a money quote. Unfortunately he doesn’t know the ramifications or meaning of it.

When they are not teaching cadets, the small group of academics at the Combating Terrorism Center, known as the CTC, publish analytical papers on al-Qaida and other terror networks that have landed on newspaper front pages and the desks of U.S. policy makers. The group's central tenet is as old as war itself: Know your enemy.

"We have not been focused on the power of ideas, or been as sensitive to the power of ideas as much as they have," said Brachman, a former CIA analyst.


Let’s look at that quote again.

"We have not been focused on the power of ideas, or been as sensitive to the power of ideas as much as they have.”

That’s the crux of the problem. Ideas or otherwise known as an ideology.

Our leaders and analysts, whoever and wherever they may be, have not been able to bring themselves to identify the ideology that we face as civilized world. Oh, they’ve skirted around the issue with terms like Islamo-fascists or Islamists, but even then, they are unable to truly identify the tactics used by the Islamic ideologues to reach their goal of Islamatizing the world. They refuse to accept the fact that Islam as a socio-political system and not just a religion (similar to the Holy Roman Empire’s socio-political system of the Middle Ages) uses a non-violent weapon of choice that has the same objective of the terrorists.

Islam is a complete way of life. It embraces the spiritual, social, moral, economic and cultural life of its followers, as well as their belief in God. This all encompassing system is similar to the Rule of the Holy Roman Empire and the Popes who headed it up in the Middle Ages.

Doc’s Talk has a very informative article on the Islamic system and even more important, at what point such a system can be implemented fairly peacefully.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.

Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called "religious rights."

When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to "the reasonable" Muslim demands for their "religious rights," they also get the other components under the table.

Here's how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).

As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

United States -- Muslim 1.0%
Australia -- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -- Muslim 1.9%
China -- Muslim 1%-2%
Italy -- Muslim 1.5%
Norway -- Muslim 1.8%

At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

Denmark -- Muslim 2%
Germany -- Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom -- Muslim 2. 7%
Spain -- Muslim 4%
Thailand -- Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

They will push for the introduction of halaal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. (United States).

France -- Muslim 8%
Philippines -- Muslim 5%
Sweden -- Muslim 5%
Switzerland -- Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago -- Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions (Paris -- car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats (Amsterdam -- Mohammed cartoons).

Guyana -- Muslim 10%
India -- Muslim 13.4%
Israel -- Muslim 16%
Kenya -- Muslim 10%
Russia -- Muslim 10-15%

After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

Ethiopia -- Muslim 32.8%

At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:

Bosnia -- Muslim 40%
Chad -- Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon -- Muslim 59.7%

From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

Albania -- Muslim 70%
Malaysia -- Muslim 60.4%
Qatar -- Muslim 77.5%
Sudan -- Muslim 70%

After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

Bangladesh -- Muslim 83%
Egypt -- Muslim 90%
Gaza -- Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia -- Muslim 86.1%
Iran -- Muslim 98%
Iraq -- Muslim 97%
Jordan -- Muslim 92%
Morocco -- Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan -- Muslim 97%
Palestine -- Muslim 99%
Syria -- Muslim 90%
Tajikistan -- Muslim 90%
Turkey -- Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates -- Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of "Dar-es-Salaam" -- the Isla mic House of Peace -- there's supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

Afghanistan -- Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia -- Muslim 100%
Somalia -- Muslim 100%
Yemen -- Muslim 99.9%

Of course at the 100% point, Muslims start killing each other.

We’re waiting for some political leadership that recognizes the true enemy in this struggle and makes plans to confront it. I’ve seen no such leadership so far in the crucial Presidential election cycle.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Storm Track Disinformation: Jihad, Islamism, and the American Free Press

"Our enemies are not all we need to fear,
we must fear those that refuse to name them".

Susan Duclos Wake Up America


If you can’t name the enemy, you can’t fight it and if you can’t name them you can’t REPORT it.

There is an excellent article by Jeffrey Imm over at CounterTerrorismBlog. It describes the problem, takes it point by point, and suggests some resolutions. Here are some highlights.

In the war with global Jihad, words and definitions matter, and in fighting anti-freedom ideologies, the free press and media should be America's greatest ally. Yet the confused and inconsistent reporting on Islamism and Islamist terrorism is another key fault line in America's struggles with global Jihad.

Without a precise definition of the enemy by American political leadership, major segments of the American free press have made their own foreign policy decisions as to who is and is not an enemy, made their own decisions on what terms like "Islamism" and "Jihad" mean (if they use such terms at all), and provided mostly "isolated incident"-style reporting on such subjects, with the exception of the largely anti-war colored reporting on Iraq.

So instead of much of the American free press being used to largely address and confront enemy anti-freedom ideologies and their adherents, such media has been manipulated by editorial managers, publishers, and Islamist groups to focus their investigative reporting on the American government's reaction to Islamist terrorism. As much of American government actions are based on a reaction without a defined enemy, there has been plenty of source material for press critiques and for press managers to gain political points against an unpopular administration.


The leftists, peace loving, socialist of the world and the media networks like CNN see themselves not as members of a nation but citizens of the world. And though that might be a noble idea someday, it doesn’t fit with current reality and wishing it so will not make it so.

But as made clear last week in speeches by leaders of the Washington Post and the Associated Press, the larger issue of "Islamism" itself, its role as the root of "Islamist terrorism" (as defined in the 9/11 Commission Report), and coherent news reporting on the continuing global links between political Islamism and such Islamist terrorism is not even an objective of much of the American free press. The reactive political sniping agenda by much of the American press' reporting not only misses the larger issue, but also fails to understand that anti-freedom ideologies like Islamism are a threat to a free press itself.

Therefore, even when the threat of Islamism to a free press is unquestionable -- such as imprisoned Afghan journalist Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh on death row for "blasphemy" per Islamists in the Afghanistan government -- Islamism is not a concern to such media leaders as Washington Post's Philip Bennett or AP's Tom Curley. These American free press/media leaders' apparent obliviousness to Islamism is symptomatic of the larger problem with much of the American free press when facing Jihad -- as shown in such media shaping of terms, providing a platform for Jihadists, confusing the public on the identity of the enemy, providing opportunities for enemy infiltration, and allowing news reporting tainted by gullibility about Islamism.


How did that go – I’m paraphrasing – ‘First they came for the Christians, then they came fro the neo-con, then they came for the conservatives – then they came for me (the Press)’.

Read the entire article and then send it to your local newspaper editor.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Storm Track Infiltration: France Cracks Down on Mosques

Back in mid-2007, France started to monitor mosques in their country. That’s right. The poster child for liberal socialism is doing the unheard of. They seem to have no problem with identifying threats to their nation’s security whereas in this country, the Democratic Party in Congress can’t seem to see its way to protect us with a temporary extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Since radical mosques have played a critical role in the radicalization process of terrorists in the past, the Renseignements Généraux (RG), the French internal intelligence service, have been monitoring mosques, their clerics and their sermons since the mid-1990s.

The section of the RG called Milieux Intégristes Violents (Violent Fundamentalist Environment) is in charge of monitoring all 1,700 mosques and Muslim places of worship throughout France. Through their monitoring, they have identified radical mosques in almost every corner of French territory.

Every Friday, sermons are collected through unidentified means, and they are centralized and analyzed. The RG use their analysis to determine which imams are preaching a radical Salafi brand of Islam, or if they are assisting terrorist activities by helping recruitment or granting material support to an operational network.


Very, very smart. Could you imagine this happening in America? The liberals would form a chorus of protest similar to the sound of screeching cats! And yet, one non-government organization is doing just that in America.

The Mapping Shari’a Project. Of course, they’re accused by the Left of Islamophobia at best and racist at worst.

But France is going one step further to make sure their citizens are not used as fodder for OVBL and his ilk.

France has launched a groundbreaking program to educate future imams and Muslim chaplains about the country and its values. The goal: to put a French stamp on Islam, the second largest religion in France. Lisa Bryant has more from Paris.

The courses are being held in an unusual location - the Catholic Institute of Paris, an institution better known for training priests and Christian scholars than Muslim clerics.


WHOA !! NELLY !! Christians teaching Muslims on how to preach! Will wonders never cease in France?

What the year-long program does not do, says Interior Ministry spokesman Gerard Gachet is offer theology training.

Too bad.

Experts say the courses fill a critical gap. Most of France's five to seven million Muslims - the largest Muslim community in Western Europe - were born here. By contrast, roughly 80 percent of the 1,200 imams preaching in French mosques and prayer houses were born overseas. Some cannot converse with their own faithful, much less understand French laws and social customs.

The Catholic Institute's training has another goal: To ensure a moderate, tolerant Islam flourishes in France, which has been the target of Islamist terrorist attacks.

So, when do we start it here.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Storm Track Infiltration: Taxpayers Funding Terror Tie School

Is there a line being crossed by a Muslim school in Minnesota that using taxpayers funds? You decide.

Weasel Zippers has the story.

Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) -- named for the Muslim general who conquered medieval Spain -- is a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights. Its approximately 300 students are mostly the children of low-income Muslim immigrant families, many of them Somalis.

The school is in huge demand, with a waiting list of 1,500. Last fall, it opened a second campus in Blaine.

TIZA uses the language of culture rather than religion to describe its program in public documents. According to its mission statement, the school "recognizes and appreciates the traditions, histories, civilizations and accomplishments of the eastern world (Africa, Asia and Middle East)."

But the line between religion and culture is often blurry. There are strong indications that religion plays a central role at TIZA, which is a public school financed by Minnesota taxpayers. Under the U.S. and state constitutions, a public school can accommodate students' religious beliefs but cannot encourage or endorse religion.

MAS-MN came to Minnesotans' attention in 2006, when it issued a "fatwa," warning Muslim taxi drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport that transporting passengers with alcohol in their baggage is a violation of Islamic law.


You read that right. This is the same school that the infamous Muslim taxi drivers attended who refused to pick up passengers who had liquor or Seeing Eye dogs.

Now tell me. What’s a publicly funded school doing issuing religious fatwas?

"A visitor might well mistake Tarek ibn Ziyad for an Islamic school," reported Minnesota Monthly in 2007. "Head scarves are voluntary, but virtually all the girls wear them." The school has a central carpeted prayer space, and "vaguely religious-sounding language" is used.

Yeah, right. Mistake. Dumb Kaffir. More mistakes.

Publicly, TIZA emphasizes that it uses standard curricular materials like those found in other public schools. But when addressing Muslim audiences, school officials make the link to Islam clear. At MAS-MN's 2007 convention, for example, the program featured an advertisement for the "Muslim American Society of Minnesota," superimposed on a picture of a mosque. Under the motto "Establishing Islam in Minnesota," it asked: "Did you know that MAS-MN ... houses a full-time elementary school"? On the adjacent page was an application for TIZA.

The group is also linked to – hold it – Hamas. Shocker!

Islamic Relief-USA, the school's sponsor, is compared to the Red Cross in several TIZA documents. In 2006, however, the Israeli government announced that Islamic Relief Worldwide, the organization's parent group, "provides support and assistance" to Hamas, designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist group.

Meanwhile, MAS-MN offers on its web site "beneficial and enlightening information" about Islam, which includes statements like "Regularly make the intention to go on jihad with the ambition to die as a martyr."


And what about teaching their students proper family values? The umbrellas organization has that covered with guest speakers.

At its 2007 convention, MAS-MN featured the notorious Shayk Khalid Yasin, who is well-known in Britain and Australia for teaching that husbands can beat disobedient wives, that gays should be executed and that the United States spreads the AIDS virus in Africa through vaccines for tropical diseases.

Yasin's topic? "Building a Successful Muslim Community in Minnesota."

That says it all.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Viva la French !!

I just had to post this. An impressive demonstration of state-of-the-art French technology.




Maybe They Should Stick to Quiche.

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An American Moon Bat Speaks on Wife Beating

This ding bat is ready for a Burka. Size 5 to match her IQ.



She’s heard of only ONE video on wife beating. I wonder if it was ONE of these.




Or perhaps this one? Saudi Cleric Explains Proper Islamic Wife Beating to Teens.

Or this one.



At the end she says think for yourself and do not assume. Someone should turn her on to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Wafen Sultan and read the book by Cassandra called Escape! From An Arab Marriage: Horror Stories of Flight from Abusive Arab/Muslim Husbands.

Hide your head in a Burka, honey. Your time will come soon.

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