Proof terrorism doesn't work: IRA ending longtime 'armed campaign'
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Is Britain serious about fighting terrorism?
Innocent Brits are dead today because British authorities denied a request from the United States to apprehend a man now believed to have ties to the bombers for trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999.
Questionable judgement by British authorities. And this just further destroys the argument that the UK was bombed because of their participation in the coalition invasion of Iraq.
Nearly four years after 9-11, and after attacks in Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, Indonesia, India, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Sudan, the Phillipines, Russia, Yemen, Lebanon, Kuwait, Thailand, and the Netherlands, U.S. Muslims issue anti-terrorism 'fatwa'. Better late than never!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where you can be hung for being gay, even if you are a minor!
Don't be surprised this type of thing happens on a regular basis in the Islamic Republic of Iran:
Girl, 16, hanged in public in Iran
Iran 'to execute disabled teen'
Iranian teen faces death for drinking
Simply Hilarious...Saban leaves rookie in tears
Miami Dolphins rookie Manuel Wright apparently is having a difficult time adjusting to the NFL, and was in tears Tuesday. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive tackle from Southern California - the only pick in this month's supplemental draft - broke down during an on-field workout session.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
7/7 has nothing to do with Iraq
An al Qaeda planning document found by Norwegian intelligence in 2003 laid out its revised strategy: spectacular attacks like those of 9/11 against the United States need to be supplemented by attacks on European nations so they will withdraw their support of the Afghan and Iraqi military operations in order to increase the burden on the United States.
University of Chicago professor Robert Pape's excellent New York Times piece of July 9th lays out its specifics: attack Britain, Poland, and Spain as the most vulnerable nations. "It is necessary to make the utmost use of the upcoming general election in Spain . . . we think the Spanish government could not tolerate more than two, maximum three, blows . . . then the victory of the Socialist Party is almost secured and the withdrawal of Spanish forces will be in the electoral program." They hoped that would put "huge pressure on the British presence that Tony Blair might not be able to withstand, and hence the domino tiles would fall quickly."
The terrorist strategy may have changed, but the objective remains the same. Al Qaeda understands that in the end the United States is what matters. The United Nations is irresolute and corrupt, and important European nations are indecisive and vulnerable. So drive the United States from the Middle East, establish control of all its nations, and then force the Western European nations to appease and accept an Islamic, theocratic global society.
Like Old Europe, liberal America is bothered by principled international positions. "The Right Nation," by Adrian Wooldridge and John Micklethwait, points out that liberals were "nervous about moral absolutes, preferring to see the world in shades of grey. After Sept. 11, liberal academics looked for reasons to explain al Qaeda: Was it the product of racism? Of economic injustice? Of American policies in the Middle East?" In his presidential campaign Howard Dean, now national Democratic Party chairman, said our "pre-emptive war is wrong for America"; and liberal leader Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, said that "the U.S. presence [in Iraq] is part of the problem, not part of the solution."
President Bush better understands the reality, for as he said at West Point in 2002, "the war on terror will not be won on the defensive. We must take the battle to the enemy . . . the only path to safety is the path of action. And this nation will act." He must continue to make the case, for to appease rather than oppose the enemy will lose the war against terrorism.
Ricky Martin Seeks End to Arab Stereotypes... and yet he's wearing a Palestinian scarf that has "Jerusalem"written across the front of it, holding a statue of what Arabs would like Palestine to look like, namely no Israel. So am I to assume that the Arab stereotype that Arabs want to push the Jews into the sea isn't a stereotype at all but the truth?
No Shit of the Day
US Democrats speak out against union split...thus you know it would be good for Americans and for the Unions, and the Democrats continue to lose constituents.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Why Will There Never Be Peace in the Middle East?
Well for starters because this is what one of the Arab nations with which Israel actually has peace with thinks.
Clinton expresses regret in Rwanda...this one wasn't Bush's fault
Friday, July 22, 2005
Suddenly Scientology is making sense
Armed police surround E. London mosque shortly after London police shot suspected bomber at S. London’s Stockwell Tube station Friday morning, July 22. UK police have new orders to shoot to kill when bomb is about to be detonated.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Quote of the Day
"The lawyer only sees his client when there is an investigation session. Is this the law?"
I sure am glad Saddam is concerned about the rule of law after brutalizing Iraqis for over three decades, for disregarding the UN Security Council and international law, supporting international terrorism and for using weapons of mass destruction against Shiites, Kurds and the Iranians.
I'm also happy to see the granny glasses have made their reappearance, it's been too long.
Pic of the Day
"YO YO YO, my pop's gonna be on da supreme court!!!"
Guantanamo inmates declare hunger strike ...well I guess that solves the problem of the military tribunals. I wonder if this will last as long as the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike lasted, I think they were about 12 hours into it before they started sneaking food in. Shit last longer during an ordinary day during Ramadan.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Were the London bombers patsies? Very well could have been.
Appealing to black voters
As the GOP makes a better effort, Black-Americans begin to figure it out.
Quote of the Day
"Consider the Bishop of Lichfield, who at Evensong, on the night of the bombings, was at pains to assure his congregants: "Just as the IRA has nothing to do with Christianity, so this kind of terror has nothing to do with any of the world faiths." It's not so much the explicit fatuousness of the assertion so much as the broader message it conveys: we're the defeatist wimps; bomb us and we'll apologise to you. That's why in Britain the Anglican Church is in a death-spiral and Islam is the fastest-growing religion. There's no market for a faith that has no faith in itself. And as the Church goes so goes the state: why introduce identity cards for a nation with no identity?"
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Make your own whisky.
Canada's so progressive
Today's Political Correctness Run Amok brought to you by...
Sen. Daniel Akaka(D-Hawaii) who is introducing legislation to the US Senate which would grant Native Hawaiians the same rights of self-government enjoyed by American Indians and Native Alaskans, and would lead to U.S. recognition of a native governing entity.
Better Late Than Never
Why did it take 10 DAYS for Britain's Muslims to decide the London bombings were the product of a perverted ideology?
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Bin Laden's approval rating down to 35%
Friday, July 15, 2005
Israel Hits Back Hard at Hamas
IDF lanuches attacks against Hamas targets in Gaza, Mofaz orders IDF to prepare large-scale Gaza offensive, all in response to this week's suicide bombing in Netanya which killed two and unrelenting Palestinian rocket fire into Israel proper killed another women Tuesday.
Further military action likely unless Abbas takes concrete steps to disarm Palestinian terrorists.
UPDATE: Israeli army confirms two targeted attacks – the first this year - killed 7 Hamas operatives – 3 on West Bank, 4 in Gaza City. Helicopters rocketed their cars Friday, July 15.
Efraim Halevi (Jerusalem Post) :
The multiple, simultaneous explosions that took place on the London transportation system were the work of perpetrators who had an operational capacity of considerable scope. There was careful planning, intelligence gathering, and a sophisticated choice of timing as well as near-perfect execution. We are faced with a deadly and determined adversary who will stop at nothing and will persevere as long as he exists as a fighting terrorist force. We are in the throes of a world war, raging over the entire globe. We are in for the long haul and we must brace ourselves for more that will follow.
The executives must be empowered to act resolutely and to take every measure necessary to protect the citizens of their country and to carry the combat into whatever territory the perpetrators and their temporal and spiritual leaders are inhabiting. The rules of combat must be rapidly adjusted and international law must be rewritten to permit civilization to defend itself. There is no doubt that international cooperation is essential. Yet this cannot replace the requirement that each and every country effectively declare itself at war with international Islamist terror and recruit the public to involve itself actively in the battle.
The writer, who heads the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is a former head of the Mossad.
In other news, Gen. John Abazaid said that there were direct connections between the terrorists American and coalition forces are fighting in Iraq and those who carried out the bombings in London last week.
Terror Cell discovered in LA?
It's not getting much attention nationally, but two men, both recent converts to Islam while in prison have been arrested for robbing South Bay gas stations since the end of may. What's interesting though is that the two men, one a former member of the infamous LA Crip's street gang, may have had plans to attack local targets.
Apparently the FBI is investigating the two after one of them made threats against National Guard Armories, US Army recruiting offices in Long Beach and LA, the Israeli consul on Wilshire in LA, El Al Airlines (one of those arrested was a airport screener at LAX) as well as synagogues around LA.
This is particularly interesting since Londoner's were so "shocked" to find out that their terrorist bombers were homegrown as well. I mean how surprised can they be? The head chief of Scotland Yard today said that they had no problem at all with Muslim fundamentalism, just like they had no problem with Jewish or Christian fundamentalism, but rather the problem is with extremism. Well I hate to tell you chief but Muslim fundamentalism calls for good Muslims everywhere to overthrow their government and establish Muslim Law as the only legitimate means by enforcing and regulating society.
The FBI should be very concerned about Islamic extremist groups in America's prison system. Channel 7 said that the former Crip arrested was a member of the prison gang "Jamiyat Islam Shahid", which roughly translates to "the Group of Martyr's of Islam". Not only that, but it's painfully clear after already establishing American connections of 2 of the Muslims who planned the attacks of 7/7 in London, American officials should be extremely concerned about terrorist cells, including those which will more than likely include American-born Muslims. I mean is it really that inconceivable that native-born American Mulsims would attack and kill other Americans? Not if you know anything about Muslim Fundamentalism, and especially not if you remember the bombings in Oklahoma City bombings, or Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo and their American style terrorism of picking people off with sniper rifles?
All I know is, it's a bad day to be Magdy el-Nashar, also known as "The Chemist", the one suspected to have organized the materials for the London bombings. I mean being a terrorist in Egyptian custody makes Abu Graib look like a day at Disneyland.
9-Year-Olds Better in Reading, Math
The age group achieves the best National Assessment scores in more than 30 years
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Maybe a nuclear North Korea isn't such a bad idea
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Maybe "Maverick" Senator John McCain isn't so useless afterall...
'During the campaign, President Bush said he will appoint judges who will strictly interpret the constitution... thinking anything else is either amnesia or ignorance... elections have consequences... whomever he nominates deserves an up or down vote and no filibuster... and an up or down vote is what we will have'...
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Now I can't get him out of my mind.
John Basedow, John Basedow, John Basedow.
You may recognize him, although you probably don't recall his name.
He's the guy on the TV commercials for "Fitness Made Simple" - a video series that purports to help you get washer-board abs and look like a fitness god.But to me, John Basedow is much more than that. To me, he's the guy who obviously had his head grafted onto a weightlifter's body.
FINALLY, a war the French could win
Time for stoic Brits to come out swinging
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Londoners today. New Yorkers and Washingtonians on 9/11. People such as these are the reason that one particular variant of human civilization, best named the Anglosphere, reigns as the best hope for all mankind, regardless of cultural and civilizational history.
Islamic Human Rights Commission warns London Muslims to stay at home (Reuters)
"Run as far as you can from Victoria Station" says Scotland Yard after suspicious package found.
At least 37 dead, hundreds injured
Group calling itself the Organization of al Qaeda Jihad in Europe claimed the London bombing in revenge for Britain’s participation in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Italy, Denmark and “all the Crusaders” were threatened with the same punishment unless they withdrew their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. This claim has not been authenticated.
PA expresses condolences to British nation in wake of London attacks (Israel Radio)
Al-Qaida says it killed Egyptian ambassador to Iraq (Haaretz)
UN Security Council convenes meeting on London terror attacks (Reuters)
At least 33 dead in London Mass Transit Attacks
"People were covered in black soot and smoke. People were running everywhere and screaming. It was chaos," he said. "... The one haunting image was someone whose face was totally black and pouring with blood."
President Bush: "The war on terror goes on. We will not yield to these terrorists, we will find them, we will bring them to justice,"
U.S. Terror Alert Being Raised to Orange for Trains Only
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
"For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"
Economist James Shikwati: "Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor."
The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. The avid proponent of globalization spoke with SPIEGEL about the disastrous effects of Western development policy in Africa, corrupt rulers, and the tendency to overstate the AIDS problem.
Monday, July 04, 2005
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The article "The Declaration of Independence: A History," provides a detailed account of the Declaration, from its drafting through its preservation today at the National Archives.
"The Stylistic Artistry of the Declaration of Independence" by Stephen Lucas. By closely examining its language, this perceptive article sheds light on the Declaration as a work of literature and of persuasion. From Prologue, Spring 1990.
The Virginia Declaration of Rights strongly influenced Thomas Jefferson in writing the first part of the Declaration of Independence. It later provided the foundation for the Bill of Rights.
Learn about Our National Treasure, interesting and informative facts about the Declaration and its history.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Inside the Wall?
Contrary to what you see in the media and on websites which decry Israel's security barrier as an "Apartheid Wall", some Palestinians want to be included on the Israeli side of the constructed fence, in essence wishing to remain Arab-Israelis and not citizens of whatever Palestinian State which will be created should the Palestinian people ever demand leadership and peace over fundamentalism and violence.
Haaretz is reporting about three neighborhoods in the Jerusalem area petitioning the Israeli High Court to remain part of Jerusalem and thus inside the Israel's separation fence. I wrote a while back about Chistians from Bethlehem (now an overwhelming Muslim city that recently held a Hamas rally) who also wanted to be included on the Israeli side of the fence and now too those Palestinian neighborhoods who realize how much better their lives are under the Israeli occupation than they would be under the corrupt leadership of the PA and Fatah or under the hopeless and murderous leadership of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade.
Make poverty history is a cliché, not a program
Sick of listening to Bono, Madonna, Brad Pitt and Will Smith blame you for African children dying? Well you should be. I love celebities and uneducated VJs on MTV pontificate about how much they learned this weekend at the Live 8 concert series; "every 3 second", really my heart is breaking. Simon Jenkins of the Sunday Times takes it from there...
Live 8 is clearly an echo of Live Aid, Geldof’s money-raising spectacular for Ethiopian famine in 1985. Live Aid was a spontaneous response to what television presented as a crisis. Its outcome has been hotly debated, most recently by David Rieff in this month’s Prospect magazine. Showering money, trucks and food on Mengistu’s Ethiopia entrenched a vicious regime and aided one of the most cruel forced migrations in history. Ethiopia was never short of food.
Live 8 seems to acknowledge this critique. The £20m it raises will go not on poverty but on itself. Not a penny will go to Africa. Indeed a potential fundraising opportunity, which might at least have bought a planeload of anti-Aids drugs, has become an exhibition of high-tech media co-ordination and a celebrity fiesta.
Targeting the G8 is in truth a hangover from 1960s left-wing agitprop, which held that the evils of the world were due to capitalism and colonial exploitation. Conventional wisdom was to dump the West’s surplus savings and produce on Africa, and then to wail when the continent was predictably corrupted. At a rough estimate some $500 billion was tipped into Africa over the past 40 years. Most observers maintain this contributed to political instability and a negative growth rate.
Advocating Nuanced Isolationism
I have long been a proponent of a partial return to America's isolationism roots in her foreign policy and now the brilliant military historian Victor Davis Hanson has begun to call for the same:
We once learned from the Philippines that the sky did not fall on us or it when we said goodbye; the only unforeseen consequence was the tens of thousands of Filipinos who wished to leave along with us. Shutting down all but one base in Greece was a good idea. The realization that the remaining one in Crete could go at any time brings sobriety to the relationship. Most Americans would prefer, if need be, a base in Kurdistan than in present-day Turkey.
Rather than worry about the supposed new unpopularity of the United States from Canada to France, or constantly badger supposed allies to at least be neutrals, we should very gently strengthen our alliances with nations that are self-confident and without neuroses of various sorts. That would mean to accept that an ankle-biting Belgium, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Mexico, or Turkey has a perfect right as a neutral to distrust the United States and craft its own independent path.
If they all see statism, socialism, and big government as the better solutions to their own problems, or Islamic fascism as largely an American bogeyman, again more power to them all. In the meantime, we should begin to draw closer to true allies Â a Japan, India, Australia, Britain, a very few Eastern and Western European countries (Indeed I would add Ukraine and Poland to the list), Taiwan, and Israel Â who agree that the world is a scary, often crazy place, with the United States far better and more reliable than the alternatives.
There are dangers in such a policy. Cyprus, the Aegean, Iran, the Korean DMZ, even Western Europe could all heat up. But the present course is even more untenable, since the United States alone prods the Middle East for democratic reform, protects South Korea, subsidizes through illegal immigration the failed state of Mexico, still garrisons Europe, and warns about a rising, energy-hungry China Â and is mostly caricatured by nominal allies for its efforts.
To establish such a muscular independence and let our former dependents and erstwhile allies get a life, or at least what they wish for, the United States will have to embrace three broad goals that should be the centerpiece of our foreign policy. We need increased defense spending, especially in transport, mobile forces, missile defense, and carriers that both require as little dependence as possible on foreign basing and provide maximum protection for the U.S. mainland.
Second, we must find a middle path to energy independence that embraces conservation, nuclear power, more exploration, alternative fuels, coal Â anything other than sending billions more to god-forsaken regimes abroad that will only recycle those easy dollars in ways to weaken or destroy us as they deny thatÂs what theyÂre doing.
Finally, we must seek similar financial independence, and get our annual deficits and national debts under reasonable control to ensure immunity from creditors who increasingly are turning hostile.
The American people are way ahead of our leaders. Most outside of New York and Washington shrug when they read of the latest anti-American poll or well-heeled elite condemnation, and wish only to move on.
When we do, we will be pleasantly surprised at how it enjoyable it is to be missed.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
The story on this guy just gets better and better...Iranian President-Elect May Be '89 Killer
An exiled Iranian dissident on Saturday said Iran's newly elected president — already accused of taking American diplomats hostage 36 years ago — played a key role in the 1989 execution-style slayings of a Kurdish opposition leader and two associates in Vienna.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Nine months after World Series win, newest Sox fans are coming to life
I apologize if my farewell post on Sunday was understood as a end of LA2AL-Quds blog but that was not the intent. Rather it was a thanks for the memories to the friends and incredible personalities I met during my 2 years in Israel and Palestine.
After concluding my 2 years writing, for the most part, about my thoughts and experiences living in Israel during the end of the Intifada as a student in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University in Israel, the "AL-Quds" (The Arabic name for the city of Jerusalem, translated as "the farthest" in reference to Muhammad's Night Journey to the "farthest qibla", where he ascended into heaven and met all of the Christian and Jewish prophets and negotiated with God about the number of times a day Muslims should pray), this blog will now continue with the "LA" portion.
I will still intend to focus on the events of the Middle East, particularly those which happen in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Already I have to say that it is a bit difficult to watch the recent evictions of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip. Not because I have any sympathy for them, but because I already feel extremely out of touch with the situation being in Southern California, as opposed to on the ground in Jerusalem. But we will do as best we can. Now bo namshikh!