Sunday, March 29, 2009

Nothing Like Muslim Gratitude

While watching the inflammatory rhetoric of the speaker, remember that this is not a Jihadists from Iran but a professor from Kuwait - a country with every reason to be grateful to the USA for liberating it from the tyranny of Saddam Husseins invasion.

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Taking the Jihad Temperature - A Gathering Storm Special Series – APPEASEMENT – Part 7

If you throw a frog into boiling water, he will jump out. If you put it in cold water and slowly turn up the heat, he will not notice the rise in temperature and will eventually boil.

Abu Qatada is to receive almost £8,000 a year in benefits because he has a bad back.

The fanatical cleric, said to be Osama Bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe, will get £150 a week of taxpayer’s cash after being released from jail last week.

He was granted the incapacity benefit because his condition makes him unfit to work – even though a curfew allows him out of his home for only two hours a day, meaning it would be almost impossible for him to get a job.

Qatada left Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire after the Appeal Court blocked his deportation to Jordan.

He is now living in an £800,000 four-bedroom Edwardian semi in a tree-lined street in West London. His incapacity allowance will push the family’s total annual handouts to more than £50,000.

His wife has been claiming £45,000 a year in child benefit, income support, housing benefit and council tax credit for the past four years.

Steve Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North, which borders Qatada’s West London home, said: ‘This is adding insult to injury. He abuses us and bleeds us dry at the same time.

Qazi Hussein Ahmad has been banned from more than 25 countries across Europe and the Middle East for the activities of the Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) organization that he heads. Terrorism analysts around the world have noted JEI’s close ties to al-Qaeda, and Qazi has publicly defended Osama bin Laden, admitting to meeting with him on several occasions and claiming that no definitive proof exists of bin Laden’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

In an October 2002 interview with Der Speigel Qazi went so far as to deny al-Qaeda’s existence altogether and defended his group’s support of the Taliban, saying that “they were just and honorable men, who brought peace to Afghanistan.”


The Islamists are boiling our frog and though this blog and hundreds like it record almost daily the rise in the Jihad temperature, unless we see how far and fast the temperature has risen, we will not know how far along our boiling has progressed. 

So, the Gathering Storm will be posting only once a week but these weekly posts will take the Jihadist temperature by looking back at news and events over the last two years. Over the next several weeks in the areas of intimidationinfiltrationdisinformation and those appeasers and apologists who either knowingly or unknowingly advance the Jihad agenda, the Gathering Storm will show how far our frog has been boiled. 

By seeing the boiling water around us, we can see how far the boiling has progressed. 

The good news is that we are noticing that the water is getting warmer. There is a glimmer of awareness here - a glimmer of hope there. But we have a long way to go. 

Here’s this week’s look back at the rising Jihad temperature of APPEASEMENT !! And remember – this is just a sampling of Jihadist Appeasement. More to follow.

Storm Track Appeasement: Preaching Jihad is Hard on the Back

It must be quite a heavy load jihadist preachers must carry in their pursuit of destroying the infidel devil. It’s hard work and can, as in this case, create a disability.

No worries. The dhimmi UK government takes pity on such men and rushes to the rescue!

The fanatical cleric, said to be Osama Bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe, will get £150 a week of taxpayer’s cash after being released from jail last week.

Fat dumb and happy jihadist is enjoying the fruits of Western democracy.

He is now living in an £800,000 four-bedroom Edwardian semi in a tree-lined street in West London. His incapacity allowance will push the family’s total annual handouts to more than £50,000.

His wife has been claiming £45,000 a year in child benefit, income support, housing benefit and council tax credit for the past four years.

Isn’t there a phrase for something like that – sadomasochism. But the milking of the taxpayer doesn’t end there.

Taxpayers are also footing an estimated £500,000 a year bill to provide round-the-clock surveillance on Qatada, who has been described by a judges as a ‘truly dangerous individual’.


Bend over, Brits. This won’t hurt a bit. You’re only exercising your multicultural sensitivity.

 

Storm Track Appeasement: Oh! Canada!

While Mark Steyn is defending himself in the kangaroo court of the Human Rights Commission of Canada against hate speech, who did Canada extend a visa to? Qazi Hussein Ahmad, a Pakistani terror leader.

The good news is that it was eventually denied as a result of the public outcry and political pressure preventing him from speaking at the ISNA conference.


Yes. And Hitler brought peace to the streets of Germany and Stalin brought peace to Russia.

Storm Track Appeasement: The Last Year of the Pig?

China has joined the long sorry list of countries bending to the will of their Muslim minority. If you’ve ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant, you would be familiar with the Chinese calendar. The restaurants I ate at have the calendar right on the paper place mat.

The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. 2005 was Year of Rooster. 2004 was Year of Monkey. 2003 was Year of Goat (sheep, ram). 2002 was Year of Horse.

This year was the year of the Pig. Muslims didn’t like that.

We may have seen the Year of the Pig fully celebrated in accordance with the Chinese calendar for the last time. References to pigs were banned in China’s television advertising in 2007, the official Year of the Pig, to prevent offending the Muslim population. In Taiwan citizens were put on notice about using ‘pig’ postage stamps for mailings to Muslim countries or recipients.


The appeasement, or accommodation as it’s called, has not been limited to China.

Janet Levy in FrontPageMagazine.com writes comprehensively of the multitudinous ways in which some Muslims are choosing to be offended, choosing to protest and how communities around the world are also choosing to accommodate this veritable plague of Muslim religious demands.

Piggy banks, those charming inducements that promote fiscally conservative children, are objects many of us remember very fondly. They have now been banned in the United Kingdom as marketing gifts by certain financial institutions. Pig calendars, toys and objects are increasingly disappearing from public offices and institutions. We are on our way to becoming a ‘pig free’ society (one is reminded of other, far more extreme attempts to cleanse society of its offending objects, including the burning of the incomparable Royal Library of Alexandria - the world’s largest - in the 1st millennium CE, Hitler’s 1930’s Juden-Rein vision for Europe, Pol Pot’s 1970s evisceration of Cambodian intellectuals and China’s effective decades-long dilution of Tibetan traditions and monasteries).

Target department stores have, in specific instances, allowed their Muslim check-out employees to excuse themselves when pork products are presented at their counters. Yet these same employees were well aware of Target’s product selection when they applied for their jobs.


This is such horse hockey. Jews and Hindus don’t seem to have problem with the pig issue. They’ve been living in pig land for centuries without any need by the non-Jew and non-Hindu societies for accommodation.

As I understand it, orthodox Jews, Hindus and vegetarians have little interest in pork products and many exclude pork from their daily diet with the same proficiency and commitment as do many Muslims. How come they operate checkouts at supermarkets, drive taxis, receive piggy banks as gifts and visit government offices replete with pig paraphernalia without protest? How have they managed for decades at our schools and universities without kosher and meatless cafeterias? Why are they not insulted by the many instances of references to the pigs in our multicultural society? Are they any less serious about their religion, any less observant and sincere in their beliefs?

It seems, in a kind of reverse idolatry, that the Islamists have imbued the pig, in all its physical and symbolic manifestations, with a kind of mystical evilness, a negative energy of boundless proportions. It’s not only the ingestion of the pig that is now at issue – it’s its very existence in any form, an inverse deity as it were from hell.


Do you think if we wore a pork rind around our neck we can stave off the onslaught of Muslim accommodation?

 

Storm Track Appeasement: From the UK - Now We Have Racist Toddlers

Just when you think political correctness can get n loopier, the UK pushes it up, or perhaps down, another notch. No it’ the toddlers that will have to watch their Ps and Qs to avoid insulting minorities.

Toddlers who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency.

 

The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says "yuk" in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food. The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.


Yeah. Brainwash them when their too young to know better. Children no a ‘yuk’ when they see one.

It alerts playgroup leaders that even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can "recognise different people in their lives".


Could this get any nuttier? Jeeezz… come on!


The guide goes on to warn that children might also "react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying 'yuk'".


Unbelievable!

Nurseries are encouraged to report as many incidents as possible to their local council. The guide added: "Some people think that if a large number of racist incidents are reported, this will reflect badly on the institution. In fact, the opposite is the case."


No reflects on their STUPIDITY !!!

 

Storm Track Appeasement: BBC Kneels to the Islamofascists

Remember V for Vendetta? A futuristic tale that showed America at war with Islam round the world, Britain ruled by a Christian theocratic fascist state led by bishops and Cardinals that lusted after young boys and committed all kinds of acts of depravity? A movie that celebrated terrorism and showed Islam the victim of America and Western Civilization?

Yeah that one.

I particularly like the scene of the Christian who has a Koran hidden in his stately home and when asked why he has a Koran and he’s not a Muslim, he says something to the effect that you don’t have to be a Muslim or know Arabic to recognize the beauty and truth in something.

Anyone with a half a brain can see through the propaganda. But the BBC doesn’t even have that.

New TV Series Has ‘Extremist’ Christian Beheading ‘Moderate’ Muslims.

Last week, the BBC aired a new TV series titled “Bonekickers” touted as a “groundbreaking” show where “history comes alive,” and a series that is “Based in fact.” The premier episode, though features an odd thing if “fact” is the aim of the Beeb’s new TV series: a Christian beheading a Muslim. Yeah, THAT is really a “fact” based premise, isn’t it?

Of course, the few remaining Christians in Britain have found themselves a bit put out by this “fact based” show where it is a Christian beheading a Muslim instead of the other way ’round.

And it isn’t just a beheading, the entire episode turns our current “fact based” reality on its head as the plot gives us a group of “right wing Christians” bent on purging England of its immigrant population, a group the TV series is fictionalizing as the “White Wings Alliance.” In a day when extremist Muslims the world over are killing people for not being a Muslim, this show features the exact opposite situation. Christian “extremists” killing innocent, moderate Muslims. For what reason? Only the Beeb knows for sure.



Imagine if someone from another world saw the BBC bulls**t.

The whole premise is so ridiculous that Andrew Anthony of the Guardian newspaper said, “A Martian watching TV drama of late would probably conclude that the country is crawling with homicidal Islamophobes, desperate to kill those few Muslims who have not already been interned by the government or shot by the police.” In his droll way, of course, Anthony is saying that none of that is happening despite the outrageous plot line that appears in this “fact based” series.

The Independent’s reviewer was no kinder saying, “Murderous Christian fundamentalists, like the ones on Bonekickers, are frequently on TV, but their Islamic counterparts rarely make an appearance. Our TV controllers have a tendency to make like the three wise monkeys when it comes to Muslim extremism: hear no evil, see no evil, broadcast no evil.”


So much for “facts.”

So, lots of “extremist Christians” running about the countryside beheading moderate Muslims over there in England? There must be. After all, we did mention that this is a “fact based” series, didn’t we?

Speaking of bones, this appears to be another reason why the west hasn’t the backbone to stand up to Islamic extremism, doesn’t it?


Right on !!

 

Storm Track Appeasement: Quo Vadis? The Church of England

The Church of England is on its way our. It no longer has the courage to defend it values, principles and beliefs. What a sad state of affairs. Its leaders are well down the road to dhimmitude when the Archbishop of Canterbury says that “Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims”.

Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Dr Rowan Williams also criticised Christianity's history for its violence, its use of harsh punishments and its betrayal of its peaceful principles.

His comments came in a highly conciliatory letter to Islamic leaders calling for an alliance between the two faiths for 'the common good'.



Conciliatory letter? You mean a letter of surrender!

He also said the Christian belief in the Trinity - that God is Father, Son and Holy Ghost at the same time - 'is difficult, sometimes offensive, to Muslims'.

Trinitarian doctrine conflicts with the Islamic view that there is just one all-powerful God.



Whao !! Wait just a minute ! Where did this jackass get his divinity degree? There are not three Gods in the Christian religion. There is only one God. The Christian God consists of 3 parts – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

He told Muslim leaders that faith has no connection with political power or force, and that Christians have in the past betrayed this idea.

'Christianity has been promoted at the point of the sword and legally supported by extreme sanctions,' Dr Williams said.



What a flaming appeaser! Note one incident in modern history when Chris8nity was advanced by the sword. Now look at Islam. It happens every day.

Why is this man still holding an office in the Church?

 

Storm Track Appeasement: Leftards Gets It Wrong Again

What a loon. Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten decided to exercise his right to trash American – in Europe, of course.

Why do the have to go to Europe to trash America? Too cowardly to do here or do American celebrities have such a low opinion of their self-worth that they need the jeers of European leftist socialists to show them they are alive.

Unless of course, they are so stupid that forget what country they’re in.

Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten was booed by fans on the final night of EXIT Festival, after encouraging the crowd to "Praise Allah".

In a bizarre and misjudged gaff midway through their Sunday night set, the ageing rocker asked the crowd: “So who thinks America should still be in Iraq?”

The question was met by boos and jeers, prompting Rotten to wave his arms in mock Muslim prayer chanting, “Praise Allah, Praise Allah” repeatedly.

The main stage crowd were initially taken aback by the mystifying gesture, before boos began echoing around the crowd.


Dumb f**k. You’re in Serbia!

Realising his mistake, Rotten then changed his chanting to "Praise Serbia, Praise Serbia" before quickly launching into another song.


Leftards think with their asses.

 

Storm Track Appeasement: Conspiracy? What Conspiracy?

Denmark has decided that there is no longer a need to study the Hizb ut-Tahrir's international terror connections and financing.

Danish Justice minister Lene Espersen rejects additional studies of Hizb ut-Tahrir's international connections and financing. This, after the prosecutor general concluded in June that there's no evidence that the organization has illegal objectives.

The Danish People's Party, New Alliance and the Radicals continue to demand a ban against Hizb ut-Tahrir. And New Alliance's leader, Naser Kahder, has specially requested further studies of Hizb ut-Tahrir's cooperation with Muslim organizations in other countries along with the money trail both of the Danish branch and between the international branches.


Of course, to do that, Denmark would have grow an anti-dhimmi backbone and do something else.

Khader recommends that prosecutor Jørgen Steen Sørensen take a course in Islamic ideology.

Right! It’s the ideology, stupid!

 

Storm Track Appeasement: France Realizes Its at War – Surrender !!

Well, it must be a real war in Afghanistan because the French majority want to surrender to the Taliban.

FRENCH troops in Afghanistan suffered one of their worst military defeats since the Algerian war of independence, leaving President Nicolas Sarkozy facing one of the biggest crises of his political career as he came under attack for supporting Nato against the Taliban.

Amid an unprecedented display of national doubt and soul-searching, parliamentary hearings on the French role in Afghanistan were being scheduled to address growing public concern about young men being used as “cannon fodder” in a war against a seemingly invincible enemy.


Hmmm…Doesn’t history prove that all enemies of France are seemingly invincible?

On Thursday Sarkozy, visibly shaken as he stood before the flag-draped coffins of 10 soldiers killed in an ambush, praised the bravery of young men “cut down in the flower of youth” and insisted that France would continue to pull its weight in the multinational Nato force that is struggling to keep the Taliban, or “barbarians”, as he called them, from power.


Welcome to party, Mr. Sarkozy. Now you know how Bush feels when confronted with a defeatist opposition.

The French losses in a single battle on Monday were almost as great as their total of 14 casualties since 2001 and shocked the nation into the realisation that, rather than just another peace-keeping mission, Afghanistan was a real war.


A real war !! My god. If the French knew that (and why they wouldn’t is beyond me) they would have surrendered long ago.

 

Those are examples of the rising Jihad temperature of for this week. When seen in groups like this, the slow boil becomes obvious.

Next week we return to a look back at the rising Jihad temperature of Islamist Intimidation!!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

The Europe Syndrome and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism

Monday, March 16, 2009

The advent of the Obama administration brings this question before the nation: Do we want the United States to be like Europe? President Obama and his leading intellectual heroes are the American equivalent of Europe’s social democrats. There’s nothing sinister about that. They share an intellectually respectable view that Europe’s regulatory and social welfare systems are more progressive than America’s and advocate reforms that would make the American system more like the European system.

Not only are social democrats intellectually respectable, the European model has worked in many ways. I am delighted when I get a chance to go to Stockholm or Amsterdam, not to mention Rome or Paris. When I get there, the people don’t seem to be groaning under the yoke of an evil system. Quite the contrary. There’s a lot to like—a lot to love—about day-to-day life in Europe.

But the European model can’t continue to work much longer. Europe’s catastrophically low birth rates and soaring immigration from cultures with alien values will see to that.

So let me rephrase the question. If we could avoid Europe’s demographic problems, do we want the United States to be like Europe?

I argue for the answer “no,” but not for economic reasons. The European model has indeed created sclerotic economies and it would be a bad idea to imitate them. But I want to focus on another problem.

My argument is drawn from Federalist Paper No. 62, probably written by James Madison: “A good government implies two things: first, fidelity to the object of government, which is the happiness of the people; secondly, a knowledge of the means by which that object can be best attained.” Note the word: happiness. Not prosperity. Not security. Not equality. Happiness, which the Founders used in its Aristotelian sense of lasting and justified satisfaction with life as a whole.

I have two points to make. First, I will argue that the European model is fundamentally flawed because, despite its material successes, it is not suited to the way that human beings flourish—it does not conduce to Aristotelian happiness. Second, I will argue that 21st-century science will prove me right.

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First, the problem with the European model, namely: It drains too much of the life from life. And that statement applies as much to the lives of janitors—even more to the lives of janitors—as it does to the lives of CEOs.

I start from this premise: A human life can have transcendent meaning, with transcendence defined either by one of the world’s great religions or one of the world’s great secular philosophies. If transcendence is too big a word, let me put it another way: I suspect that almost all of you agree that the phrase “a life well-lived” has meaning. That’s the phrase I’ll use from now on.

And since happiness is a word that gets thrown around too casually, the phrase I’ll use from now on is “deep satisfactions.” I’m talking about the kinds of things that we look back upon when we reach old age and let us decide that we can be proud of who we have been and what we have done. Or not.

To become a source of deep satisfaction, a human activity has to meet some stringent requirements. It has to have been important (we don’t get deep satisfaction from trivial things). You have to have put a lot of effort into it (hence the cliché “nothing worth having comes easily”). And you have to have been responsible for the consequences.

There aren’t many activities in life that can satisfy those three requirements. Having been a good parent? That qualifies. A good marriage? That qualifies. Having been a good neighbor and good friend to those whose lives intersected with yours? That qualifies. And having been really good at something—good at something that drew the most from your abilities? That qualifies. Let me put it formally: If we ask what are the institutions through which human beings achieve deep satisfactions in life, the answer is that there are just four: family, community, vocation, and faith. Two clarifications: “Community” can embrace people who are scattered geographically. “Vocation” can include avocations or causes.

It is not necessary for any individual to make use of all four institutions, nor do I array them in a hierarchy. I merely assert that these four are all there are. The stuff of life—the elemental events surrounding birth, death, raising children, fulfilling one’s personal potential, dealing with adversity, intimate relationships—coping with life as it exists around us in all its richness—occurs within those four institutions.

Seen in this light, the goal of social policy is to ensure that those institutions are robust and vital. And that’s what’s wrong with the European model. It doesn’t do that. It enfeebles every single one of them.

Put aside all the sophisticated ways of conceptualizing governmental functions and think of it in this simplistic way: Almost anything that government does in social policy can be characterized as taking some of the trouble out of things. Sometimes, taking the trouble out of things is a good idea. Having an effective police force takes some of the trouble out of walking home safely at night, and I’m glad it does.

The problem is this: Every time the government takes some of the trouble out of performing the functions of family, community, vocation, and faith, it also strips those institutions of some of their vitality—it drains some of the life from them. It’s inevitable. Families are not vital because the day-to-day tasks of raising children and being a good spouse are so much fun, but because the family has responsibility for doing important things that won’t get done unless the family does them. Communities are not vital because it’s so much fun to respond to our neighbors’ needs, but because the community has the responsibility for doing important things that won’t get done unless the community does them. Once that imperative has been met—family and community really do have the action—then an elaborate web of social norms, expectations, rewards, and punishments evolves over time that supports families and communities in performing their functions. When the government says it will take some of the trouble out of doing the things that families and communities evolved to do, it inevitably takes some of the action away from families and communities, and the web frays, and eventually disintegrates.

If we knew that leaving these functions in the hands of families and communities led to legions of neglected children and neglected neighbors, and taking them away from families and communities led to happy children and happy neighbors, then it would be possible to say that the cost is worth it. But that’s not what happened when the U.S. welfare state expanded. We have seen growing legions of children raised in unimaginably awful circumstances, not because of material poverty but because of dysfunctional families, and the collapse of functioning neighborhoods into Hobbesian all-against-all free-fire zones.

Meanwhile, we have exacted costs that are seldom considered but are hugely important. Earlier, I said that the sources of deep satisfactions are the same for janitors as for CEOs, and I also said that people need to do important things with their lives. When the government takes the trouble out of being a spouse and parent, it doesn’t affect the sources of deep satisfaction for the CEO. Rather, it makes life difficult for the janitor. A man who is holding down a menial job and thereby supporting a wife and children is doing something authentically important with his life. He should take deep satisfaction from that, and be praised by his community for doing so. Think of all the phrases we used to have for it: “He is a man who pulls his own weight.” “He’s a good provider.” If that same man lives under a system that says that the children of the woman he sleeps with will be taken care of whether or not he contributes, then that status goes away. I am not describing some theoretical outcome. I am describing American neighborhoods where, once, working at a menial job to provide for his family made a man proud and gave him status in his community, and where now it doesn’t. I could give a half dozen other examples. Taking the trouble out of the stuff of life strips people—already has stripped people—of major ways in which human beings look back on their lives and say, “I made a difference.”

I have been making a number of claims with no data. The data exist. I could document the role of the welfare state in destroying the family in low-income communities. I could cite extensive quantitative evidence of decline in civic engagement and document the displacement effect that government intervention has had on civic engagement. But such evidence focuses on those near the bottom of society where the American welfare state has been most intrusive. If we want to know where America as a whole is headed—its destination—we should look to Europe.

Drive through rural Sweden, as I did a few years ago. In every town was a beautiful Lutheran church, freshly painted, on meticulously tended grounds, all subsidized by the Swedish government. And the churches are empty. Including on Sundays. Scandinavia and Western Europe pride themselves on their “child-friendly” policies, providing generous child allowances, free day-care centers, and long maternity leaves. Those same countries have fertility rates far below replacement and plunging marriage rates. Those same countries are ones in which jobs are most carefully protected by government regulation and mandated benefits are most lavish. And they, with only a few exceptions, are countries where work is most often seen as a necessary evil, least often seen as a vocation, and where the proportions of people who say they love their jobs are the lowest.

What’s happening? Call it the Europe syndrome. Last April I had occasion to speak in Zurich, where I made some of these same points. After the speech, a few of the twenty-something members of the audience approached and said plainly that the phrase “a life well-lived” did not have meaning for them. They were having a great time with their current sex partner and new BMW and the vacation home in Majorca, and saw no voids in their lives that needed filling.

It was fascinating to hear it said to my face, but not surprising. It conformed to both journalistic and scholarly accounts of a spreading European mentality. Let me emphasize “spreading.” I’m not talking about all Europeans, by any means. That mentality goes something like this: Human beings are a collection of chemicals that activate and, after a period of time, deactivate. The purpose of life is to while away the intervening time as pleasantly as possible.

If that’s the purpose of life, then work is not a vocation, but something that interferes with the higher good of leisure. If that’s the purpose of life, why have a child, when children are so much trouble—and, after all, what good are they, really? If that’s the purpose of life, why spend it worrying about neighbors? If that’s the purpose of life, what could possibly be the attraction of a religion that says otherwise?

The same self-absorption in whiling away life as pleasantly as possible explains why Europe has become a continent that no longer celebrates greatness. When life is a matter of whiling away the time, the concept of greatness is irritating and threatening. What explains Europe’s military impotence? I am surely simplifying, but this has to be part of it: If the purpose of life is to while away the time as pleasantly as possible, what can be worth dying for?

I stand in awe of Europe’s past. Which makes Europe’s present all the more dispiriting. And should make its present something that concentrates our minds wonderfully, for every element of the Europe Syndrome is infiltrating American life as well.

We are seeing that infiltration appear most obviously among those who are most openly attached to the European model—namely, America’s social democrats, heavily represented in university faculties and the most fashionable neighborhoods of our great cities. We know from databases such as the General Social Survey that among those who self-identify as liberal or extremely liberal, secularism is close to European levels. Birth rates are close to European levels. Charitable giving is close to European levels. There is every reason to believe that when Americans embrace the European model, they begin to behave like Europeans.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Taking the Jihad Temperature - A Gathering Storm Special Series – DISINFORMATION Part 7

If you throw a frog into boiling water, he will jump out. If you put it in cold water and slowly turn up the heat, he will not notice the rise in temperature and will eventually boil. 

The Islamists are boiling our frog and though this blog and hundreds like it record almost daily the rise in the Jihad temperature, unless we see how far and fast the temperature has risen, we will not know how far along our boiling has progressed. 

So, the Gathering Storm will be posting only once a week but these weekly posts will take the Jihadist temperature by looking back at news and events over the last two years. Over the next several weeks in the areas of intimidationinfiltrationdisinformation and those appeasers and apologists who either knowingly or unknowingly advance the Jihad agenda, the Gathering Storm will show how far our frog has been boiled. 

By seeing the boiling water around us, we can see how far the boiling has progressed. 

The good news is that we are noticing that the water is getting warmer. There is a glimmer of awareness here - a glimmer of hope there. But we have a long way to go. 

Here’s this week’s look back at the rising Jihad temperature of DISINFORMATION !! And remember – this is just a sampling of Jihadist Disinformation. More to follow.

Storm Track Disinformation: Can Islam Safely Use the Ballot Box?

Now that the concept of political Islam is being recognized by pundits and commentators out side the blogospher, we’re seeing attempts by those pundits and commentators to try to deal with it.

This blog, and hundreds of others like it, know that political Islam is the non-violent strategy of Islamists to inject their jihadist ideology into non-Muslim and Muslim countries in the attempt of overthrowing democratically elected freedom loving governments and what are called current moderate Muslim ones.

If one holds the position that the ideology of Islamism is as much a threat to freedom and world peace as fascism and communism, then its obvious no one should allow it to gain any kind of political power. We see how every day the ‘democratically’ elected governments of Gaza, the PLO, Iran and Pakistan run roughshod over every personal freedom and civil right that the Islamists deem a threat to their theistic ideology.

But there are some who believe we should allow Islam to have a voice in the political process to close the door on ‘extremists’ who would advance the Islamist agenda.

Endy Bayuni, writing in the Washington Post, holds such a position. In his piece titled Don't Send Islam Underground, but to Ballot Box, he states that Political Islam is a fact of life in countries with large Muslim populations and we should allow them access to the ballot box as we have done in the past with other ideologies that have used the political process in democratic countries to advance their agenda.

Indonesia and Turkey, two such countries, have had to deal with this issue for decades. Indonesia's own experience tells us that suppressing or banning political Islam is not the answer. General Suharto tried this when he ruled Indonesia for three decades until 1998, and political Islam simply went underground, making detection of its activities -- some of which were violent -- even more difficult.

If political Islam is accepted as a fact of life, then its presence must be accommodated in any democratic political system. That means the Islamist political parties are allowed to contest elections, but like other political parties, they must abide by the rules of the game called democracy.

Obviously, those Islamist groups who preach violence or even engage in terrorism don't count, and must be dealt with by the law. But Islamist parties that adhere to democratic rules and principles have legitimate claims to operate and take part in elections. Secular parties concerned about the country turning into a theocratic state must then confront political Islam through the ballot box.


And there’s the problem. Allowing a political party that promises to overthrow the very democratic processes that it uses to gain power is the weakness in Mr. Bayuni’s argument. Hitler was voted into office and soon thereafter, used the power of the government to name him as dictator. This was a much the fault of the German people who swallowed his lies in return for prosperity as the Parliamentary form of government and it’s need to have consensus between the many different parties into order to form a government. Unlike our republican form of democracy – there’s a winner and a loser and the loser has to wait until the next election to gain power - I’ve written before of the dangers of a parliamentary form of government and how it can be used by special interest parties to steer a nation into disaster.

Mr. Bayuni, like most liberals, is banking on the power of endless discussion and debate to resolve a country’s problems. What he doesn’t understand or refused to see is that there are those who will use the democratic process to make sure that such discussion and debate is null and void once they gain political power.

But let’s give Mr. Bayuni the benefit of the doubt and use history to defend his position.

Anti-democratic ideologies like fascism in the 1930s and communism in the 1950s were allowed to form political parties and partake in the democratic political process. Any fool could see that their ultimate aim was not to improve the lot of citizens but to control them. Yet, we allowed those anti-democratic parties access to and participation in our political process.

We went to war with two fascist ideologies – Nazism and Shintoism – and declared them illegal to practice in the political process. We fought a cold war with communism and defeated their ideology with the power of our economics. Fascist and Communist parties that survived were eventually marginalized in the democratic institutions around the world. Right wing and communist parties exist but little attention is paid to them in the free democracies.

Mr. Bayuni thinks that such marginalization can happen eventually with Islamic parties who have the same goals as the fascist and communist parties.

But this anti-democratic ideology is far different from those of the past. Those anti-democratic ideologies were secular while Islam is not. They wanted to survive the conflict while Islamists would gladly eliminate itself in the process if they were guaranteed to be victorious. Those parties represented a comparatively small world population with feeble attempts at demographic domination compared to the rapidly expanding Muslim population in democratic countries.

Though we knew and understood clearly the goals of past anti-democratic ideologies and watched them closely, the ideology of Islamism and its plans for world domination is not fully understood by our political leadership whose vision of the threat has been blurred by political correctness and multiculturalism. If all parties in all democratically elected countries saw the threat for what it is and reported to their general public, the intent of political Islam and its plans of execution – allowing intimidation of Islam’s critics, blind to infiltration of the Islamist ideology in our government, institutions and organizations, and the disinformation that spews from such ‘civil rights’ organizations like CAIR and the Muslin Student Association – then it would be safe to allow Islam access to the ballot box for it would be defeated time and time again like many marginalized parties.

But as of now, we would only be letting the camel‘s nose into the tent – and the entire camel will soon follow claiming democracy has spoken.

Storm Track Disinformation: Winning Battles but Losing the War on Terror

The on-line edition of Time Magazine carries a story by Joshua Kurlantzick paying homage to Indonesia's unequalled track record in the continuing war on terrorism. Too bad they and the writer don’t have a clue as to the real conflict before them.

The article chronicles recent devastating blows dealt to home-grown and imported terror cells, citing Indonesia as "one of the world's few triumphs in fighting terrorism."

Relating how police and anti-terror units have "arrested or killed some 300 alleged militants," Indonesia has also become a front-line member on the world effort to curtail money laundering and terror, earning praise from the U.S., Great Britain and Australia along the way.


The whole thrust of the article plays up the success of treating the war as a criminal problem and totally unaware that the strategic struggle between a 21st century civilization and a 7th century one is about ideology not terrorism.

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.

So what do the numbers tell us? That terrorism is not the only jihad that the Islamists use to advance their agenda of Islamatizing the world.

The figures above, taken from a variety of nations, continents and contexts, all point in one very ominous direction. They demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that the global jihadist movement enjoys a wide and broad base of political support that extends far beyond just a minuscule number of violent supporters. And that far beyond includes the many different types of jihads used by the Islamists – media, litigation, financial, economic, demographic and cultural jihads.

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 just this last week.

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.


Yes. Indonesia may be winning battles on terrorism but have no idea that they are losing the war to the real enemy – political Islam.

Storm Track Disinformation: Liberty Science Center Indoctrinates Children in Islamic Culture

More indoctrination of young American children into the wonders of Islam. This one promoting the myth of Islamic scientific accomplishments.

Although there is no arguing that the Muslim world was more advanced during this period than the “Christian” world, the reasons for this have absolutely nothing to do with the Islamic religion (other than its mandate for military expansion). In fact, the religion actively discourages knowledge outside of itself, which is why the greatest Muslim scholars throughout history tend to be students of religion rather than science.

To sum up, although the Islamic religion is not entirely hostile to science, neither should it be confused as a facilitator. The great achievements that are said to have come out of the Islamic world were made either by non-Muslims who happened to be under Islamic rule, or by heretics who usually had little interest in Islam. Scientific discovery tapers off dramatically as Islam asserts dominance, until it eventually peters out altogether.

For more of this myth read a recent post here at my blog. A new book by Physicist Taner Edis has an interrsting take on the ‘scientific approach’ of Islam. In his book “An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam” Edis examines the range of Muslim thinking about science and Islam, from blatantly pseudoscientific fantasies to comparatively sophisticated efforts to "Islamize science."

Sultan Knish has post about the Liberty Science Center exhibition on Islamic culture.

With enough money invested the Arab and Muslim world has demonstrated the ability to take advantage of American tolerance and Western political correctness to promote their propaganda and self-glorification abroad. The Liberty Science Center exhibition is not simply about promoting a myth of Islamic culture, it is about promoting Islam. Read the following paragraph from the official Liberty Science website.

"Never before presented in North America, this important exhibition from MTE Studios in South Africa was first presented at Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will help guests of all ages understand how the flowering of Islam led to a new kind of prosperity across large areas of the known world, from Spain to China."

Note that what is mentioned is specifically the flowering of Islam as bringing prosperity across the world. Never mind the millions dead, the religions and cultures crushed and suppressed. They of course go unmentioned.

You'll even visit a re-created Souk, an Arabic market, as part of your introduction to the Islamic world.

Which of course is the real agenda. Not promoting science. But "introducing your kids to the Islamic world" which the Arab money behind the exhibition intends to have them join down the road.

That this propaganda has been repeatedly aimed and targeted at Western children, whether through schools or now a children's educational museum, bespeaks the cowardly and cunning nature of the enemy intent on brainwashing our children when they cannot get to the adults and those adults in charge at the Liberty Science Center and at schools who allow this promotion of Islamic supremacism.

Twisting history to meet one's agenda is an old Leftist trick well learned by the Islamists of today.

 

Storm Track Disinformation: “Understanding the Basics of Islam Is the First Step in Healing”

That headline come from that well-known apologist for Islam, John Esposito, writing in the Washington Post.

Jesus is for Christians, except solely human. He is seen as the ideal husband, father and friend, the ultimate political leader, general, diplomat and judge. Understanding Muhammad's special place in Muslim hearts helps us appreciate the widespread anger of many mainstream Muslims -- not just extremists -- with the denigration of a Muhammad-like figure in Salman Rushdie's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses," the controversial 2005 Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad in unflattering lights or Pope Benedict XVI's 2006 speech quoting a long-dead Byzantine emperor who accused the prophet of bringing "only evil and inhuman" things into the world.

Karen Armstrong's "Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time" and Tariq Ramadan's "In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad" provide fresh, perceptive views on his modern-day relevance.

The Gallup World Poll's helpful section on the Muslim world (www.muslimwestfacts.com) sheds some light on the views and aspirations of more than 1 billion Muslims. My years studying those attitudes suggest that Muslim hostility toward the West is mostly political, not religious, and that Muslims hope the West will show their faith more respect.


You have to wonder if Esposito lives in the real world. Has he seen the reality of Islam’s modern-day relevance in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan?

I don’t understand people like Esposito. Do they have their heads in the sand or up their arse?

Not that President Bush is any better. While I wrote this post I was listening to his latest speech on the war on terror, democracy, the middle-east and comparisons to World War II Germany and Japan. He still refuses to see that the war on terrorism is a misnomer and that we didn’t go to war with Japan and Germany to bring democracy to those countries. We went to war to defeat their virulent ideology.

The establishment of democracy in those countries was an after thought.

Bush paid lip service to the “ideological struggle of our times” but refused to address that ideology (Islamism) explain its objectives (imposing Sharia Law on the world) and how we will confront the multiple fascists of their strategy (the different tactics of political Islam).

Until Bush ceases to listen to apologists like Esposito who, like his comrades in CAIR, have the ear of the administration, we can never form a cohesive defense and an effective defense against the ideology of Islamism.

 

Storm Track Disinformation: Blinded By the Light

Singing Cumbya is no way to fight terrorism. But you can’t tell that to Sonia Gandhi.

While recognising terrorism as the worst form of conflict propelled in the name of religion and ethnicity, Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has said the civilised world could by no means lower its yardsticks in combating the menace.

Delivering the inaugural Mahatma Gandhi Lecture Series at Cape Town University on the continuing relevance of Gandhian philosophy earlier this week, Sonia Gandhi delineated the risk posed by terrorism, saying that it had inflicted "untold suffering on innocent women, men and children".

She, however, cautioned against attempting extra-legal measures. "If democracies are going to wage a war against terrorism, the measures that are adopted should be consistent with and not contrary to the values of democracy," she said. She pointed out that the essence of the Gandhian value-system lay in the coherence of ends and means.
"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for," she quoted the Mahatma as having said.


Too bad the Muslims in India, who he defended, took him at his word. A Muslim, after Gandhi had performed the ultimate appeasement by giving Muslims their own country – Pakistan – assassinated him and his appeasement to Muslims ushered in a long, slow abandonment of secular law – which Gandhi held at such high esteem - in Pakistan.

If you look at the history of Pakistan you will see that when it broke off from India, India went on to become a prosperous nation of the 21st century while Pakistan followed a slow downward spiral lead by fundamentalist Islam and Islamic law.

One could say the Mahatma Gandhi is the quintessential role model of the common liberal. His way of dealing with oppression was to dialogue and peacefully protest. Our own protégée of Gandhi was martin Luther King who used many of Gandhi’s tactics to bring attention to and bring about the results of the civil rights movement.

To say that the tactics of Gandhi and King were successful is an understatement. One confronted an Empire and made it conform to his ideals. The other confronted a long held bigotry and made its institutions conform to his will. Both freed their people. Liberals and Progressives forever hold these two men and the means they used in high esteem and claim that dialogue with opponents, peaceful protest and the very power of their ideals will always win over brute force, hatred and aggression.

But there is a flaw in this thinking.

Both men struggled with a fundamentally moral opponent. Their protests were not met with firing squads and their dialogue did not condemn them to concentration camps. They worked their magic of change in an environment ruled by Anglo-Saxon culture that above all recognized the value of life and the procedure of law.

The flaw in Gandhi’s thinking became quite evident during WW II when he was asked how he would respond to Hitler and the Nazi persecution of the Jews. David Lewis Schaefer in “What Would Gandhi Do?”

Gandhi offered only one avenue for the Jews to resist their persecution while preserving their “self-respect.” Were he a German Jew, Gandhi pronounced, he would challenge the Germans to shoot or imprison him rather than “submit to discriminating treatment.” Such “voluntary” suffering, practiced by all the Jews of Germany, would bring them, he promised, immeasurable “inner strength and joy.” Indeed, “if the Jewish mind could be prepared” for such suffering, even a massacre of all German Jews “could be turned into a day of thanksgiving and joy,” since “to the God-fearing, death has no terror.”


Unknown to Gandhi at the time, the Jews did enjoy his “voluntary suffering”. It was called the Holocaust.

The pacifist ignores reality and substitutes it with his or her beliefs. Gandhi said of Hitler just a month before the fall of France, “I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing and seems to be gaining his victories without much bloodshed.”

As for his response to Muslim demands for a separate nation – Pakistan – once India received its independence from Britain, Sudaram writes in “Gandhi, the Moulana of Muslim Appeasement”:

Dr B R Ambedkar paid his tribute to the Muslim Appeasement Bible of Moulana Mahatma Gandhi in these brilliant words: 'Gandhi has never called the Muslims to account even when they have been guilty of gross crimes against Hindus. It is a notorious fact that many prominent Hindus who had offended the religious susceptibilities of the Muslims either by their writings or by their part in the Shudhi Movement have been murdered by some fanatic Musalmans. The leading Muslims never condemned these criminals. On the contrary, they were hailed as religious martyrs.... This attitude of the Muslims is understandable. What is not understandable is the attitude of Mr Gandhi.'

Dr Ambedkar was not talking through his hat about the anti-Hindu and pro-Muslim attitude of Mahatma Gandhi. When thousands of women were raped and many of them killed by the Moplah Muslims during the Moplah rebellion in 1921, the brutalised women of Malabar led by the senior Rani of Nilambur gave a heart-rending petition to Lady Reading, the wife of the then Viceroy of India. The atrocities committed by the Moplah rebels were widely reported in the English and vernacular newspapers of the day throughout India and the British Empire. Mahatma Gandhi was fully aware of every development in Malabar during this time. But his overweening egoism blinded his eyes to such an extent that he was unable to see the realities on the ground.

Gandhi was a great leader but also an appeaser showing many of the traits of appeasers and apologist over the ages - especially the need to see their oppressors as ‘human beings’ so as to continue the fantasy that they hold the same basic ideals of humanity and that they can be reasoned with.

Mahatma Gandhi at that time gave a great finding to the effect that every Muslim is a bully and every Hindu a coward. On the one hand he called every Hindu a coward and on the other hand he exhorted all the Hindus to remain calm and non-violent even when they went all out to defend themselves against the attacking Moplah Muslims. The truth is Mahatma Gandhi displayed all his courage only to suppress the Hindus. In so far as the Muslims were concerned, he was a typical Hindu coward. He was mortally scared of them. So was Jawaharlal Nehru. Therefore Gandhi had no moral sanction to talk about the cowardice of the Hindus. And here is the callous, sadistic and barbarous message he gave to the Hindu victims of Moplah rebellion in Young India of 29 September, 1921: 'The ending of the Moplah revolt is a matter not only of urgency, but of simple humanity. The Hindus must have the courage and the faith to feel that they can protect their religion in spite of such fanatical eruptions. ... Be the Moplahs be ever so bad, they deserve to be treated as human beings.'


Storm Track Disinformation: The Liberal Delusion of Islam Continues

Yesterday I posted an article on the delusions that liberals have about Gandhi and his vision of Muslims. Today I’ll answer a blog post by Mick Hall of Organized Rage adding more fuel to the delusions of liberal-think and Islam.

When it comes to political islam, it appears the majority of the western media have taken their lead from their political masters and bracketed it within the context of the ‘clash of civilizations,’ so beloved of George W Bush. Thus organizations as diverse as Palestinian Hamas, Lebanese Hezbullar, the Afghan Talaban and Al-Qaeda are all portrayed as terrorist groups beyond the pale, as if they were a single homogeneous Group.

In reality political islam represents a host of differing political positions and to attempt to blanket them as a single homogenous group is ridiculous, dangerous and uninformative.


May I respectfully say, Mr. Hall – bulls**t!

All true Muslims are the same. It’s very simple Mr. Hall. Do true Muslims consider themselves members of the nation of Islam – that is, the Ummah? Yes they do. Do all true Muslims follow the dictates of Sharia law and not the secular laws of the societies they live in? Yes they do. If a Muslim replies in the negative, then they are apostates and according to Islam must be killed.

I was brought to task by some of my liberal friends saying I was simplifying the problem too much and any moderate Muslim would not admit to such answers.

Well ….Guess what? The New York Times spilled the beans when they reported an interview which they claim is from two true Muslim moderates. You know, the law-abiding, deeply religion, good neighbor that lives next door. They seek a ‘middle ground’ of moderation – with us and our freedoms in the middle.

Here’s one of the moderate’s answer to the question I pose.

Every Muslim who is honest would say, I would like to see America become a Muslim country,” he said. “I think it would help people, and if I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t be a Muslim.


There’s your answer. A true Muslim must work to Islamatize the societies they live in.

There are countless verses and traditions, in fact, that make it clear that Muslims are to be in a constant state of animosity toward non-Muslims, waging war through tongue and teeth in order to spread Islam, and, when finally in a position of superiority, discriminating against those who refuse to convert (see, for example, 3:28, 5:73, 5:17, 9:5, 9:25, etc).


The solution to the Muslim problem is not to engage in conversations of accommodation but to make it clear that this is our culture that has hundreds of more years of history and struggle towards freedom than theirs and these are the values and mores that we intend to live by. If Muslims can’t, then they need to find those societies that are willing to be subjugated by them.

Those are examples of the rising Jihad temperature of for this week. When seen in groups like this, the slow boil becomes obvious.

Next week a look back at the rising Jihad temperature of Islamist appeasement!!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Taking the Jihad Temperature - A Gathering Storm Special Series – INFILTRATION Part 7

If you throw a frog into boiling water, he will jump out. If you put it in cold water and slowly turn up the heat, he will not notice the rise in temperature and will eventually boil. 

The Islamists are boiling our frog and though this blog and hundreds like it record almost daily the rise in the Jihad temperature, unless we see how far and fast the temperature has risen, we will not know how far along our boiling has progressed. 

So, the Gathering Storm will be posting only once a week but these weekly posts will take the Jihadist temperature by looking back at news and events over the last two years. Over the next several weeks in the areas of intimidationinfiltrationdisinformation and thoseappeasers and apologists who either knowingly or unknowingly advance the Jihad agenda, the Gathering Storm will show how far our frog has been boiled. 

By seeing the boiling water around us, we can see how far the boiling has progressed. 

The good news is that we are noticing that the water is getting warmer. There is a glimmer of awareness here - a glimmer of hope there. But we have a long way to go. 

Here’s this week’s look back at the rising Jihad temperature of INFILTRATION !! And remember – this is just a sampling of Jihadist Infiltration. More to follow.

Storm Track Infiltration: Terrorists Conned UK Out of Passports

The UK is becoming the biggest threats to US security. Their incessant accommodations to Muslims in the name of political correctness are undermining the security of the free world.

An article in the New Republic magazine details how this summer's terror alert has left a question mark in the US over the trustworthiness of young Asians in Britain who trace their roots back to Pakistan and in particular Kashmir. It highlights how extremists with links to Pakistan have been implicated in a string of attacks and plots against Western targets, often after attending training camps run by terror organizations.

The analysis comes amid mounting calls in Washington for a review of the threat posed by British citizens, who are increasingly being seen as a likely source of terror attacks against the US. The US administration and its supporters are also worried by signs that so-called moderate British Muslims have used the terror alerts to call for a change in British foreign policy.

That’s old news. Now the new.

TWO convicted terrorists, including a key al-Qaeda member, were among at least 10,000 applicants who fraudulently obtained passports from the Home Office in the last year, ministers said.

One of the men - Dhiren Barot - was the al-Qaeda figure who planned radioactive "dirty" bombs in London. He was convicted in December after admitting conspiracy to murder and jailed for 40 years. He managed to obtain nine British passports, seven of them in his name. The other, Salaheddine Benyaich, a Moroccan national, obtained two British passports. He is serving 18 years in a Moroccan jail for terrorist offences.

Last night, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) said a face-to-face interview would have stopped the applications.

DUH! You think? Oh, wait a minute. That might lead the official seeing the applicant to apply profiling. Can’t do that. Especially if he’s in prison garb.

The Home Office revealed that an estimated 10,000 fake applications had been successful by the year to September, out of more than 16,500 attempted fraudulent applications. The real figure could be far higher as officials admitted 10,000 was only an estimate.

Ministers used the high incidence of fraud to make the case for face-to-face interviews and identity cards. However opposition politicians warned that the ease of obtaining passports under false pretences undermined, rather than justified, the need to roll out identity cards.

But [the] arguments were dismissed by the Conservatives, Lib Dems and the SNP.

David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said it was "outrageous" that the government issued multiple genuine passports to convicted terrorists under false pretences.

"What is to say they won't issue genuine ID cards to terrorists or that terrorists will not use fraudulent passports to obtain genuine ID cards?" he added.

Yep – a really quandary. It’s now a little too late to close the security barn door after the political correct multicultural horse has gotten out.

Nick Clegg, the Lib Dems home affairs spokesman, said: "This bad news should not be used cynically to justify the creation of an ID card sledgehammer to crack the passport fraud nut."

Typical liberal hogwash. Perhaps the Libs might see that such an ID card might solve a multiple of security problems now facing Britain thanks to the liberals and their policies.

Storm Track Infiltration: Marxist-Islamist Speech Code Under Guise of Legitimacy

The Canadian Federation of Students has completed its “Task Force on the Needs of Islamic Students”, and - surprise! - has concluded that Ontario Universities are hotbeds of “Islamophobia”.

Its report calls on University administrators to use the Ontario Human Rights Commission to vigorously counter and prosecute violators of “Islamophobia”. I would like to expose the untold story of this report - a report that is being promoted uncritically by mainstream media like the CBC. That is, this report was not created to give an unbiased look at the life of Muslim students on campus. It was created by Muslim activists and Marxist agitators with pre-existing agendas, looking to exploit white liberal guilt to further their goals of Islamic supremacy and anticapitalism.

Here are seven of the ten who ran the commission and prepared the report:

  • Sheikh Faisal Abdur-Razak, President of the Islamic Forum of Canada, who proudly boasts on his web site of having studied in Saudi Arabia from 1977-1986 at King Abdel-Aziz University in Jeddah, under scholars such as Sheikh Muhammad Qutb and other Wahabbi and Muslim Brotherhood teachers. Osama Bin Laden attended the same school in the late 1970s, and has identified Qutb as one of his chief influences.
  • Grace Edward Galabuzi, a Ryerson professor who regularly presents at Marxist and Socialist conferences;
  • Alex Kerner, the notorious Trotskyite socialist agitator who ran the SAC at the University of Toronto in the early part of the decade, and now works for the Ryerson Students Union.
  • Ausma Malik, a U of T social justice agitator who will be speaking at the “Marxism: A Festival of Resistance” conference in Toronto this May;
  • Diana Ralph, Carlton University professor, and favourite of the paranoid-delusional “9/11 Truth” movement;
  • Mohamed Sheibani, President of the Muslim Students’ Association of the U.S. and Canada, a lobby group with documented links to the Saudi Wahabbi movement.
  • Wahida Chisti Valiante, National Vice President of Mohamed Elmasry’s Canadian Islamic Congress, who has been promoting anti-American, anti-Israel sentiment for years.

So, we have a coalition of Marxists and Islamists, under the seemingly legitimate umbrella of the Canadian Federation of Students, telling us we’re all racists, and demanding that we give up our freedom of speech and ways of living as compensation. Scary to you? Scary to me. I can only imagine the state the University campus will be in when my now two-year-old son heads off to his post-secondary education.


So when are University administrators and Canadian politicians cease being good little dhimmis, grow a backbone and stand up and condemn this type of dishonest, subversive bullying report.

Storm Track Infiltration: Economic Jihad – Muslims and Student Loans

In an entry on the Chronicle of Higher Ed's Daily News Blog, a new report is noted that talks about barriers to Islamic students studying in western schools. And thus the quandary.

Should our western educational system in search of the almighty dollar make special accommodations to Muslim students seeking student loans or should we just change the entire educational system to accommodate them?

The report offers nearly five dozen recommendations for improvements. Among them are retaining Muslim faculty members and offering halal meals, which meet Islam’s dietary restrictions. One of the biggest problems facing Muslim students is the loan-based student-aid system. “Interest-bearing loans are forbidden in Islam, which means that provincial- and federal-government loans are simply off-limits for many practicing Muslims,” said Mohamed Sheibani, president of the Muslim Students’ Association National of the U.S. and Canada...


The solution?

In principle if a university wanted to attract these students it would be possible to create a contract to charge them a higher tuition than non-Islamic students, then have them replay the loan on installment after graduation without interest. The university would receive the same amount of money either way.


OK. I’ll buy that. That's a fair solution to their cultural problem. But final remark in the article is the most telling of all.

But could you imagine how the news would handle the idea that Islamic students paid a higher tuition?


God forbid! Well we can’t have that. That’s racist, right? You can bet your bottom Canadian dollar that if education institutions implement such a sensible policy, the uproar would be so loud that the schools will back down and say – “OK. Here’s you loan – interest free.”

It will happen. It follows the pattern. You heard it hear first.

 

Storm Track Infiltration: Resisting the Islamist Agenda for the Free World

The threat of Islamism that is obvious to the anti-jihadist bloggers and alternative news services has not seeped into the general consciousness of non-Muslim world. There is a litany of reasons why this is so, ranging from the lack of coverage by the MSM, the lack of comprehension by our political and military leaders, the mislabeling of the struggle - and of course the appeasers and apologists who muddy up the education of the couch potatoes who would rather watch American Idol or the ongoing soap opera of Anna Nicole Smith than enlighten themselves to the Islamic threat before us.

At times it seems that the march towards Islamization and Sharia law, in Europe especially, goes on unabated with no effective strategy to combat it.

But there is hope. A group of Muslim apostates who have left Islam out of their own conviction that the religion of Islam is not a religion at all is trying t d something about the creep of Shari law. Their site is Islam Watch and they have posted a series on articles entitled No Sharia. They believe that we now know enough about Islam to formulate a detailed, practical and effective policy that will keep Europe free for the next few hundred years.

The aim of the first article in the series was to give a prognosis of the political development in European countries if the on-going Islamization process is not interrupted. The conclusion of that analysis is that the dreams of a peaceful transition to Eurabia is a complete illusion. What we will experience in the future in European countries is an ever increasing level of violence interrupted by spikes of violent cruelty. Civil strife and in the end civil war in some countries, if the Islamization process is not stopped.

That’s not a new prognosis. Fjordman has been saying this for some time. What is new is the attempt of the writers at Islam Watch to formulate a Theory of Policies and Laws That Prevents Islamization of a Country.

Here are the major points of the anti-Sharia integration strategy.

A suitable policy will build on an integrated approach using many methods and laws regarding a multitude of matters. Policies using few methods are doomed to fail because the attack against western society is so broad and consists of so many dimensions.

1. Individual Rights

Special attention must be given to an individual’s right to be an independent person enjoying all now existing freedoms. Human rights in general, and especially in relation to how the Muslims value persons of different faiths, must be stressed. For example, the low valuation of women’s rights in the Muslim religion must be counteracted.

2. Values and Laws

How much freedom shall a religion have to proclaim opinions and rules which are contrary to human rights and the laws of the country? What can imams say, and what is permitted in mosques? It is important to delimit religious freedom in a rational manner and taking a long-term view because those rules have such an important influence on the behavior of people.

The penalties for breaking various laws and specially those of importance for preserving a free society, is another area of interest. The definition of hate crimes (se below) is especially important.

3. Citizenship and Integration

The specific requirements for being allowed to live in a country is another factor of interest in a policy. The rules for annulment of citizenships and for deportation must be realistic and take the interest of the population of the country into enough consideration. The type and extent of the education given to immigrants and later their family members after their arrival to the country is important and influences their worldview and chances to progress in the society. This education can be a very powerful instrument to influence immigrants and change values opposite to human rights and democracy.

The demand that an immigrant integrates into the ways and values of the society, and the level of assimilation demanded are vital aspects.

4. Foreign Policy

The foreign policy of the country must also be formulated to resist the threat from political Islam and in the end eliminates that threat.

The articles go on to explain these policies in detail. Though much more must be done, the article is well worth the read for start.

Storm Track Infiltration: Mapping Sharia in America

After 9-11, there is one threat that every freedom loving person, non-Muslim and Muslim alike, on this planet understands and even the dense main stream media can not deny.

Jihadism.

Over the last few moths I have written about the different forms of Jihadism being waged against the non-Muslim and moderate Muslim world and that the most obvious one and the one that obscures the others is terrorism. Whether the jihad be militant and violent – i.e. terrorism and thuggery – or non-violent and political – i.e. cultural, economic, demographic, litigation, institutional, financial, media, and criminal jihads - the final objective of all of them, plain and simple, is the institution of Sharia law throughout the world.

Knowing how it’s being done is of prime importance and alerting others to it is our task as bloggers. But how can we find out where the insidious head of Sharia surfaces in our country? Now there is a organization tracking the spread of Sharai in the US. It’s called the Mapping Sharia Project.

Intelligence sources, both public and classified ones, inform us that al Qaeda and many related, affiliated or kindred Muslim terrorist organizations and operational cells are located in the United States……What we also know from our intelligence sources, and again much of this is public information, is that the ideological infrastructure is already in place for the Islamic assault on American from within America. This includes Islamic mosques, day schools, and social clubs and other organizations openly teaching historical, traditional and authoritative Islamic law or Shari’a.

Jihad, or Islamic holy war, can be waged peacefully through persuasion and even democratically (i.e., lobbying for electoral results), through coercion and threats, and of course through death and destruction.

Many Islamic organizations in America appear to adhere to a peaceful Jihad. But most Islamic groups and organizations take on what appears to be a legal and peaceful veneer in the English settings, but in fact preach quietly and often in Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu a very violent and anti-American Jihad.

The exact number of Islamic mosques, day schools, and social clubs and organizations in the United Stated is unknown. It is estimated at over 2,000. What is also an unknown, and it is the single most important intelligence and counter-terrorism factor, is who provides the ideological or theological leadership of any given Muslim organization or mosque. Some are headed up by Imams; some by local councils; and some by political activists.

If we do not know the organizational structures of these organizations and who provides the religious and political instruction, we will never have a satisfactory picture of the threat from Jihad.

Because of this lack of intelligence and the seeming inability of our political and security leadership to understand the threat of Sharia to this country, the Mapping Sharia Project was started.

It is our task to conduct an extensive mapping of all the Islamic day schools, mosques, and other identifiable organizations in the US and to determine which ones teach or preach Islamic law, Shari’a. Further, the mapping will scale the Shari’a threat by identifying to which school of jurisprudence it belongs, its historical and contemporary call for Jihad, and whether the Jihad includes violent Jihad against non-believers.

This investigation will also map the leadership of these Muslim organizations and their other affiliations. We will also attempt to uncover any related businesses used or run by the organizations as fronts for money laundering and other illicit activities.

Finally, we will examine and map any potential targets situated near these organizations, such as city, county, and federal government buildings, schools and universities, US military installations, major utility or infrastructure sites (i.e., nuclear installations, pipelines, water supply, etc.), and transportation hubs.

I strongly suggest that you visit this organization’s site and carefully read the material that’s there. Then the Project asks of us the following:

[1] Keep your eyes open! Keep abreast of threat warnings and new information by visiting this site and others like it regularly. Don’t ignore obvious signs. Be in touch with us by sending in tips on new mosques, Islamic day schools, and the like. There is no crime in keeping tabs on these organizations but it is a crime of indifference to pretend that the Jihadists walking down your streets and preaching to the faithful are not a threat to our national existence and existence simply!

[2] Support our program! The Mapping Shari’a in America project is sponsored by the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a non-profit institution recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501c3 organization. This means that your contributions are tax deductible.

[3] Spread the word! We will not spend your contributions on PR. There is too much work to do to collect the data, analyze it, and to get it out to the appropriate authorities and to the public. We need your help to be our public relations effort. Remember: this is what a grass roots program is all about!

The work of saving America begins with all of us right now!

Fight Terrorism Abroad. Resist Sharia at Home!

Storm Track Infiltration: American Cable Set to Air Terror TV

Ohio is set to become the next center of terrorist support. Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media is asking for help to protest Ohio’s Block Communications Cable TV’s decision to air the pro-terrorist Al-Jazeera English Channel. From the 910 Group.

Toledo includes a significant Arab-Muslim population, and Al-Jazeera has been shown to play a role in radicalizing members of this group. In effect, Al-Jazeera has emerged as a "root cause" of anti-American terrorism. Could Block's decision spark more terrorism on American soil? A terrorist plot involving planned attacks on U.S. forces was already uncovered in Toledo, as reported by the Toledo Blade, one of Block's newspapers, on March 21.

All of this is documented in the AIM DVD Terror Television: The Rise of Al-Jazeera and the Hate America Media.

But Block told the Voice of America, in a story headlined, "Al Jazeera TV Gets Toe-hold in Toledo," that because the channel is based in Qatar, an alleged U.S. ally and home to a U.S. military base, that makes everything okay. According to that Voice of America article, “Those backing the channel have reportedly invested more than $1 billion in al Jazeera English, with no plans to cut off the cash flow. Al Jazeera already reaches millions of viewers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Company executives say now, they just need to show U.S. cable operators that if al Jazeera English plays in "middle America," it will play in all of America.”

You can register your disapproval of the decision to air Al-Jazeera by calling Mr. Block's office at 419-724-6035. Ask Mr. Block if he would have aired Tokyo Rose during World War II. Please ask Mr. Block why he is willing to distribute a television channel that has encouraged Islamic terrorists to come to Iraq to kill Americans.

Storm Track Infiltration: It’s Called an Insurgency – An Islamist Global Insurgency

We forget that moderate Muslim nations are just as threatened by the Islamist jihad as non-Muslim nations. Take Malaysia for example. From Western Resistance.

Recently there has been a debate in Malaysia, which is 60% Muslim, about the role of the Syariah, or Islamic Courts. The constitutional issue, which means that a civil court has no power over cases which fall under the jurisdiction of the Syariah courts, has caused a Hindu to be buried as a Muslim, and people being prevented from leaving Islam.

On December 22, 2005, the Islamic Family Law Bill was pushed through parliament by the government. This effectively decreased the rights of women in divorce situations. Its unpopularity led the government to temporarily suspend it last week, pending further consultation.

The powers of the Islamic bodies in the nation have caused Hindu groups to form a pressure group, the Hindu Rights Action Force, to protest against the "Islamification" of Malaysia. On Wednesday, the government ordered a newly formed "Islamic Council Volunteer Squad", a Muslim team recruited to spy on Muslims to ensure they conformed to Islamic behaviour, to be disbanded.

A power struggle appears to be taking place between supporters of civil law which should affect all citizens, and advocates of Islamic law, which should affect only Muslims, but has punished apostates for not being "Islamic".

Sound familiar? Malaysia is going down the same road as Europe as Muslim numbers begin to grow and they insist on being treated differently than other religious groups. Though terrorism – militant jihad – is not a problem yet, Malaysia, is fast becoming a key meeting place for al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists and an exporter of jihad. In addition, creeping Shari law is snaking its way into the society and minority religions are feeling its effect.

Religious minorities have long complained about obstacles in getting the government's permission to build places of worship in Malaysia. But their frustrations have grown amid recent accusations by religious rights activists that authorities are destroying non-Muslim shrines, heating up racial bitterness that has simmered for decades beneath a veneer of multicultural harmony.

"There is much disillusionment" among non-Muslims, said P. Uthayakumar, a Hindu lawyer who has launched a court battle to prevent authorities from demolishing temples. "Every time a temple is demolished, the people's confidence is shaken further."

The issue of churches and temples is part of a wider debate in Malaysia regarding racial and religious rights. Majority ethnic Malays, who are exclusively Muslim, enjoy a host of privileges, while other groups struggle with issues such as a perceived lack of recourse when they get into legal disputes with Muslims over religious matters.

Islamism – political Islam – is on the march in Malaysia.

A Malaysian senator has been found guilty in an Islamic court for not divorcing his wife without a Syariah Court's permission and divorcing her outside a Syariah Court.

52-year old Senator Kamaruddin Ambok, of the ruling party (Umno, United Malays National Organisation) admitted on Thursday that he had committed an offence against his former wife Mahani Hussain, aged 50. The divorce (Talaq) had been announced not in front of an audience, or even to the woman's face. He had divorced her by text message on a cell phone, with a reminder by voicemail. The Senator was hardly chivalrous, but it is a strange situation where a member of the government is being accused by an Islamic Court for divorcing his wife without first gaining the court's permission.

Prosecution lawyer Mohammed Yusof Sulaiman told the Syariah court: "Cases such as this are happening often these days as reported by media. The court must ensure that Islamic laws are adhered to, and give a proper punishment to deter him and others from committing such an offence again."

Cultural, legal and demographic jihads are working in favor the Islamists in Malaysia.

Malaysia, which boasts proudly that it is a "moderate Muslim country" is nothing of the sort. It enforces Islam in a racially-based apartheid which ensures that no ethnic Malay can avoid being labelled as a Muslim from the age of 12 onwards, and refuses to allow Muslims to convert to other faiths. And while Muslims are allowed to convert others, the government is pressuring all 13 states in the nation to enforce laws preventing anyone from attempting to convert a Muslim. Many of Malaysia's states have adopted the Control and Restriction Bill, which gives a fine of 10,000 ringit ($2,653) or imprisonment for up to one year for "persuading, influencing a Muslim to leave Islam for another religion."

Barely a week ago, the irascible Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Mohamed Nazri Aziz (pictured left), ordered on August 23 that the "constitutional law" which forbids others to spread religions other than Islam to the Muslims must be streamlined nationwide.

Here’s how such a law is implemented.

We have trodden the same ground several times on Western Resistance, documenting the abuses of Malaysian Hindus, Buddhists and Christians alike, as temples, some a century old, and churches are bulldozed, for spurious reasons, such as not having planning documents. In the case of the oldest Hindu temples, such planning documents were never issued 100 years ago, and were not issued by the Malaysian state because it simply did not exist then. When the 100-year old Malaimel Sri Selva Kaliam-man Temple in Kuala Lumpur was bulldozed on April 18 no prior warning had been given. A Hindu service was going on inside when police and bulldozers ordered worshippers to leave.

Malaysia lies to the entire world, and to its own people, that it is a moderate and tolerant Muslim nation. History has proved that there never has been such a thing as a moderate or tolerant Muslim nation.

Malaysia is only one small part of the global insurgency of Islamism that seeks to make all nations Islamic nations.

Those are examples of the rising Jihad temperature of for this week. When seen in groups like this, the slow boil becomes obvious.

Next week another look back at the rising Jihad temperature of Islamist DISINFORMATION!!

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