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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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Which Came First - Terrorism or "Occupation"?


(Ambushed Egged bus from Eilat to Beer Sheva, 1854)
The following is a partial list of documented acts of Arab terrorism, all occurring prior to the beginning of the Israeli administration of the West Bank and Gaza following the Six-Day War in 1967:

There were also Anti-Jewish riots in Hebron in 1929 and in Jaffa in 1936. Jan 1, 1952 - Seven armed terrorists attacked and killed a nineteen year-old girl in her home, in the neighborhood of Beit Yisrael, in Jerusalem.
Apr 14, 1953 - Terrorists tried for the first time to infiltrate Israel by sea, but were unsuccessful. One of the boats was intercepted and the other boat escaped.
June 7, 1953 - A youngster was killed and three others were wounded, in shooting attacks on residential areas in southern Jerusalem.
June 9, 1953 - Terrorists attacked a farming community near Lod, and killed one of the residents. The terrorists threw hand grenades and sprayed gunfire in all directions. On the same night, another group of terrorists attacked a house in the town of Hadera. This occurred a day after Israel and Jordan signed an agreement, with UN mediation, in which Jordan undertook to prevent terrorists from crossing into Israel from Jordanian territory.
June 10, 1953 - Terrorists infiltrating from Jordan destroyed a house in the farming village of Mishmar Ayalon.
June 11, 1953 - Terrorists attacked a young couple in their home in Kfar Hess, and shot them to death.
Sept 2, 1953 - Terrorists infiltrated from Jordan, and reached the neighborhood of Katamon, in the heart of Jerusalem. They threw hand grenades in all directions. Miraculously, no one was hurt.
Mar 17, 1954 - Terrorists ambushed a bus traveling from Eilat to Tel Aviv, and opened fire at short range when the bus reached the area of Maale Akrabim in the northern Negev. In the initial ambush, the terrorists killed the driver and wounded most of the passengers. The terrorists then boarded the bus, and shot each passenger, one by one. Eleven passengers were murdered. Survivors recounted how the murderers spat on the bodies and abused them. The terrorists could clearly be traced back to the Jordanian border, some 20 km from the site of the terrorist attack.
Jan 2, 1955 - Terrorists killed two hikers in the Judean Desert.
Mar 24, 1955 - Terrorists threw hand grenades and opened fire on a crowd at a wedding in the farming community of Patish, in the Negev. A young woman was killed, and eighteen people were wounded in the attack.
Apr 7, 1956 - A resident of Ashkelon was killed in her home, when terrorists threw three hand grenades into her house.Two members of Kibbutz Givat Chaim were killed, when terrorists opened fire on their car, on the road from Plugot Junction to Mishmar Hanegev.There were further hand grenade and shooting attacks on homes and cars, in areas such as Nitzanim and Ketziot. One person was killed and three others wounded.
Apr 11, 1956 - Terrorists opened fire on a synagogue full of children and teenagers, in the farming community of Shafrir. Three children and a youth worker were killed on the spot, and five were wounded, including three seriously.
Apr 29, 1956 - Egyptians killed Roi Rotenberg, 21 years of age, from Nahal Oz.
Sept 12, 1956 - Terrorists killed three Druze guards at Ein Ofarim, in the Arava region.
Sept 23, 1956 - Terrorists opened fire from a Jordanian position, and killed four archaeologists, and wounded sixteen others, near Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.
Sept 24, 1956 - Terrorists killed a girl in the fields of the farming community of Aminadav, near Jerusalem.
Oct 4, 1956 - Five Israeli workers were killed in Sdom.
Oct 9, 1956 - Two workers were killed in an orchard of the youth village, Neve Hadassah, in the Sharon region.
Nov 8, 1956 - Terrorists opened fire on a train, attacked cars and blew up wells, in the North and Center of Israel. Six Israelis were wounded.
Feb 18, 1957 - Two civilians were killed by terrorist landmines, next to Nir Yitzhak, on the southern border of the Gaza Strip.
Mar 8, 1957 - A shepherd from Kibbutz Beit Govrin was killed by terrorists in a field near the Kibbutz.
Apr 16, 1957 - Terrorists infiltrated from Jordan, and killed two guards at Kibbutz Mesilot.
May 20, 1957 - A terrorist opened fire on a truck in the Arava region, killing a worker.
May 29, 1957 - A tractor driver was killed and two others wounded, when the vehicle struck a landmine, next to Kibbutz Kisufim.
June 23, 1957 - Israelis were wounded by landmines, close to the Gaza Strip.
Aug 23, 1957 - Two guards of the Israeli Mekorot water company were killed near Kibbutz Beit Govrin.
Dec 21, 1957 - A member of Kibbutz Gadot was killed in the Kibbutz fields.
Feb 11, 1958 - Terrorists killed a resident of Moshav Yanov who was on his way to Kfar Yona, in the Sharon area.
Apr 5, 1958 - Terrorists lying in ambush shot and killed two people near Tel Lachish.
Apr 22, 1958 - Jordanian soldiers shot and killed two fishermen near Aqaba.
May 26, 1958 - Four Israeli police officers were killed in a Jordanian attack on Mt. Scopus, in Jerusalem.
Nov 17, 1958 - Syrian terrorists killed the wife of the British air attache in Israel, who was staying at the guesthouse of the Italian Convent on the Mt. of the Beatitudes.
Dec 3, 1958- A shepherd was killed at Kibbutz Gonen. In the artillery attack that followed, 31 civilians were wounded.
Jan 23, 1959 - A shepherd from Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan was killed.
Feb 1, 1959 - Three civilians were killed by a terrorist landmine near Moshav Zavdiel.
Apr 15, 1959 - A guard was killed at Kibbutz Ramat Rahel.
Apr 27, 1959 - Two hikers were shot at close range and killed near Massada.
Sept 6, 1959 - Bedouin terrorists killed a paratroop reconnaissance officer near Nitzana.
Sept 8, 1959 - Bedouins opened fire on an army bivouac in the Negev, killing an IDF officer, Captain Yair Peled.
Oct 3, 1959 - A shepherd from Kibbutz Heftziba was killed near Kibbutz Yad Hana.
Apr 26, 1960 - Terrorists killed a resident of Ashkelon south of the city.
Apr 12, 1962 - Terrorists fired on an Egged bus on the way to Eilat; one passenger was wounded. Sept 30, 1962 - Two terrorists attacked an Egged bus on the way to Eilat. No one was wounded.
Jan 1, 1965 - Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb the National Water Carrier. This was the first attack carried out by the PLO's Fatah faction.
May 31, 1965 - Jordanian Legionnaires fired on the neighborhood of Musrara in Jerusalem, killing two civilians and wounding four.
June 1, 1965 - Terrorists attack a house in Kibbutz Yiftach.
July 5, 1965 - A Fatah cell planted explosives at Mitzpe Massua, near Beit Guvrin; and on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem near Kafr Battir.
Aug 26, 1965 - A waterline was sabotaged at Kibbutz Manara, in the Upper Galilee.
Sept 29, 1965 - A terrorist was killed as he attempted to attack Moshav Amatzia.
Nov 7, 1965 - A Fatah cell that infiltrated from Jordan blew up a house in Moshav Givat Yeshayahu, south of Beit Shemesh. The house was destroyed, but the inhabitants were miraculously unhurt.
Apr 25, 1966 - Explosions placed by terrorists wounded two civilians and damaged three houses in Moshav Beit Yosef, in the Beit Shean Valley.
May 16, 1966 - Two Israelis were killed when their jeep hit a terrorist landmine, north of the Sea of Galilee and south of Almagor. Tracks led into Syria.
July 13, 1966 - Two soldiers and a civilian were killed near Almagor, when their truck struck a terrorist landmine.
July 14, 1966 - Terrorists attacked a house in Kfar Yuval, in the North.
July 19, 1966 - Terrorists infiltrated into Moshav Margaliot on the northern border and planted nine explosive charges.
Oct 27, 1966 - A civilian was wounded by an explosive charge on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem.

I know, I know, religion of peace, yadda yadda yadda. The list of terrorist attacks since 2000 can be view here.


Is Israel's Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip really the reason for terrorism?

The following is a partial list of documented acts of Arab/Palestinian terrorism, all occurring prior to the beginning of the Israeli administration of the West Bank and Gaza following the Six-Day War in 1967:

August 23, 1929: Hebron Massacre: Arab rioters killed 67 Jews in Hebron. Many of the dead were dismembered. Many incidents of rape were reported. Numerous homes were burned. The remaining Jewish community of Hebron fled to Jerusalem.

April 19, 1936- Arab rioters attacked Jaffa and killed 16 Jews.

Jan 1, 1952 - Seven armed terrorists attacked and killed a nineteen year-old girl in her home, in the neighborhood of Beit Yisrael, in Jerusalem.

Apr 14, 1953 - Terrorists tried for the first time to infiltrate Israel by sea, but were unsuccessful. One of the boats was intercepted and the other boat escaped.

June 7, 1953 - A youngster was killed and three others were wounded, in shooting attacks on residential areas in southern Jerusalem.

June 9, 1953 - Terrorists attacked a farming community near Lod, and killed one of the residents. The terrorists threw hand grenades and sprayed gunfire in all directions. On the same night, another group of terrorists attacked a house in the town of Hadera. This occurred a day after Israel and Jordan signed an agreement, with UN mediation, in which Jordan undertook to prevent terrorists from crossing into Israel from Jordanian territory.

June 10, 1953 - Terrorists infiltrating from Jordan destroyed a house in the farming village of Mishmar Ayalon.

June 11, 1953 - Terrorists attacked a young couple in their home in Kfar Hess, and shot them to death.

Sept 2, 1953 - Terrorists infiltrated from Jordan, and reached the neighborhood of Katamon, in the heart of Jerusalem. They threw hand grenades in all directions. Miraculously, no one was hurt.

Mar 17, 1954 - Terrorists ambushed a bus traveling from Eilat to Tel Aviv, and opened fire at short range when the bus reached the area of Maale Akrabim in the northern Negev. In the initial ambush, the terrorists killed the driver and wounded most of the passengers. The terrorists then boarded the bus, and shot each passenger, one by one. Eleven passengers were murdered. Survivors recounted how the murderers spat on the bodies and abused them. The terrorists could clearly be traced back to the Jordanian border, some 20 km from the site of the terrorist attack.

Jan 2, 1955 - Terrorists killed two hikers in the Judean Desert.

Mar 24, 1955 - Terrorists threw hand grenades and opened fire on a crowd at a wedding in the farming community of Patish, in the Negev. A young woman was killed, and eighteen people were wounded in the attack.

Apr 7, 1956 - A resident of Ashkelon was killed in her home, when terrorists threw three hand grenades into her house.Two members of Kibbutz Givat Chaim were killed, when terrorists opened fire on their car, on the road from Plugot Junction to Mishmar Hanegev.There were further hand grenade and shooting attacks on homes and cars, in areas such as Nitzanim and Ketziot. One person was killed and three others wounded.

Apr 11, 1956 - Terrorists opened fire on a synagogue full of children and teenagers, in the farming community of Shafrir. Three children and a youth worker were killed on the spot, and five were wounded, including three seriously.

Apr 29, 1956 - Egyptians killed Roi Rotenberg, 21 years of age, from Nahal Oz.S

ept 12, 1956 - Terrorists killed three Druze guards at Ein Ofarim, in the Arava region.

Sept 23, 1956 - Terrorists opened fire from a Jordanian position, and killed four archaeologists, and wounded sixteen others, near Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

Sept 24, 1956 - Terrorists killed a girl in the fields of the farming community of Aminadav, near Jerusalem.

Oct 4, 1956 - Five Israeli workers were killed in Sdom.

Oct 9, 1956 - Two workers were killed in an orchard of the youth village, Neve Hadassah, in the Sharon region.

Nov 8, 1956 - Terrorists opened fire on a train, attacked cars and blew up wells, in the North and Center of Israel. Six Israelis were wounded.

Feb 18, 1957 - Two civilians were killed by terrorist landmines, next to Nir Yitzhak, on the southern border of the Gaza Strip.

Mar 8, 1957 - A shepherd from Kibbutz Beit Govrin was killed by terrorists in a field near the Kibbutz.

Apr 16, 1957 - Terrorists infiltrated from Jordan, and killed two guards at Kibbutz Mesilot.

May 20, 1957 - A terrorist opened fire on a truck in the Arava region, killing a worker.

May 29, 1957 - A tractor driver was killed and two others wounded, when the vehicle struck a landmine, next to Kibbutz Kisufim.

June 23, 1957 - Israelis were wounded by landmines, close to the Gaza Strip.

Aug 23, 1957 - Two guards of the Israeli Mekorot water company were killed near Kibbutz Beit Govrin.

Dec 21, 1957 - A member of Kibbutz Gadot was killed in the Kibbutz fields.

Feb 11, 1958 - Terrorists killed a resident of Moshav Yanov who was on his way to Kfar Yona, in the Sharon area.

Apr 5, 1958 - Terrorists lying in ambush shot and killed two people near Tel Lachish.

Apr 22, 1958 - Jordanian soldiers shot and killed two fishermen near Aqaba.

May 26, 1958 - Four Israeli police officers were killed in a Jordanian attack on Mt. Scopus, in Jerusalem.

Nov 17, 1958 - Syrian terrorists killed the wife of the British air attache in Israel, who was staying at the guesthouse of the Italian Convent on the Mt. of the Beatitudes.

Dec 3, 1958- A shepherd was killed at Kibbutz Gonen. In the artillery attack that followed, 31 civilians were wounded.

Jan 23, 1959 - A shepherd from Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan was killed.

Feb 1, 1959 - Three civilians were killed by a terrorist landmine near Moshav Zavdiel.

Apr 15, 1959 - A guard was killed at Kibbutz Ramat Rahel.

Apr 27, 1959 - Two hikers were shot at close range and killed near Massada.

Sept 6, 1959 - Bedouin terrorists killed a paratroop reconnaissance officer near Nitzana.

Sept 8, 1959 - Bedouins opened fire on an army bivouac in the Negev, killing an IDF officer, Captain Yair Peled.

Oct 3, 1959 - A shepherd from Kibbutz Heftziba was killed near Kibbutz Yad Hana.

Apr 26, 1960 - Terrorists killed a resident of Ashkelon south of the city.

Apr 12, 1962 - Terrorists fired on an Egged bus on the way to Eilat; one passenger was wounded.

Sept 30, 1962 - Two terrorists attacked an Egged bus on the way to Eilat. No one was wounded.

Jan 1, 1965 - Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb the National Water Carrier. This was the first attack carried out by the PLO's Fatah faction.

May 31, 1965 - Jordanian Legionnaires fired on the neighborhood of Musrara in Jerusalem, killing two civilians and wounding four.

June 1, 1965 - Terrorists attack a house in Kibbutz Yiftach.

July 5, 1965 - A Fatah cell planted explosives at Mitzpe Massua, near Beit Guvrin; and on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem near Kafr Battir.

Aug 26, 1965 - A waterline was sabotaged at Kibbutz Manara, in the Upper Galilee.

Sept 29, 1965 - A terrorist was killed as he attempted to attack Moshav Amatzia.

Nov 7, 1965 - A Fatah cell that infiltrated from Jordan blew up a house in Moshav Givat Yeshayahu, south of Beit Shemesh. The house was destroyed, but the inhabitants were miraculously unhurt.

Apr 25, 1966 - Explosions placed by terrorists wounded two civilians and damaged three houses in Moshav Beit Yosef, in the Beit Shean Valley.

May 16, 1966 - Two Israelis were killed when their jeep hit a terrorist landmine, north of the Sea of Galilee and south of Almagor. Tracks led into Syria.

July 13, 1966 - Two soldiers and a civilian were killed near Almagor, when their truck struck a terrorist landmine.

July 14, 1966 - Terrorists attacked a house in Kfar Yuval, in the North.

July 19, 1966 - Terrorists infiltrated into Moshav Margaliot on the northern border and planted nine explosive charges.

Oct 27, 1966 - A civilian was wounded by an explosive charge on the railroad tracks to Jerusalem.

Terrorist attacks against Israel since 2000 can be viewed here.

A document obtained by Iran on the nuclear black market serves no other purpose than to make an atomic bomb, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday. What exactly are we waiting for again? Maybe the Europeans, Russians and Chinese should speak harder. Whatever, let's just blame Bush, that's easier.

Monday, January 30, 2006

My buddy Paul from high school emailed me asking a few questions regarding Hamas' recent victory in the Palestinian legislative elections:

Any chance it will have a reforming effect and wean Hamas off of terrorism and onto actual governance?

They're not the opposition party now, so maybe it won't be so easy to dodge the blame for rampant corruption & failure to provide for their people.

And my long-winded answer:
PT- Good questions, not easy answers.No doubt that is what everyone is praying for, but I'm really optimistic. In the short term Hamas will have to do a better job of governing than did Fatah, they don't really have much of a choice in the matter and I'm quite confident they will be at least less corrupt and nepotist than Arafat's Fatah. However, Hamas offers to real solution to the miseries of the Palestinian people, they ran on a "at least we're not Fatah" platform and that won't exactly pave the streets, make sure the garbage is collected, or pay some 135,000 members on the Palestinian Authority's payroll (some 40% of whom are members of the "security services"). That being said, Hamas has said they're going to be "pragmatic" and "realistic" (do they really have any other option?) in governing the PA, but the Americans, EU and Israel (they will probably renege on transferring some $40-50 million in taxes and customs duties) will most definitely refuse to send any money to the new Palestinian government, so there's a little leverage. At the end of the day though Saudi Arabia, Iran, possibly Syria, will help Hamas out.

You will probably here a lot from Mahmoud al-Zahar about Israel withdrawing to the ’67 borders (which they will probably do unilaterally anyway, not because of anything Hamas demands), and oddly enough the other day demanding Israel change their flag (I Zahar claimed that the 2 stripes on Israel’s flag represent Israel’s vision to set up a state in between the Nile & the Euphrates, when in reality the blue stripes represent the traditional prayer shawl worn by Jews when they pray). At any rate, no matter what Hamas says, their ultimate goal is and always will be the destruction of Israel. They may separate their terrorist-wing from their political-wing, as Hezbollah has done in Lebanon, but they will always be aiming at the total expulsion of every Jew from Palestine. This is because Hamas is a distinctly Islamic fundamentalist movement, not a secular organization like Fatah. They seek to impose Shari’a upon Palestine (too bad the majority of non-Gazan Palestinian Muslims are fairly secular, and even though a great many Palestinian Christians have left to Europe and the United States, I doubt they would be hot on this idea). For Hamas, Palestine is a waqf, a holy piece of land given by Allah to Muslims, and specifically to Palestinian Muslims. There is no negotiation with what God has allotted to the Palestinians. And this, at least I think, will be good for Israel and the United States. It will finally expose the face of Palestinian terrorists (Hamas is no IRA) once and for all, don’t forget Fatah has it’s own terrorist-department, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, who has carried out more attacks against Israel than Hamas.

Either way it’s not going to be pretty.

Feel free to continue to send questions regarding all things Middle East at lukemburke@hotmail.com

Quote of the Day

"In most cases, we need the approval of the host country to do them. However, there are a few countries where the president has decided that we can whack someone without the approval or knowledge of the host government."

Greed personified.

My sources say: "A surprise awaits Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni in Cairo Wednesday: Mubarak has also invited Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal from Damascus and Mahmoud Abbas from Ramallah."

Friday, January 27, 2006

Hamas By The Numbers:
--Since 1989, Hamas has carried out more than 100 major terrorist attacks, killing more than 500.
--Hamas has launched more than 300 Qassam rockets at Israeli towns.
--84% of Israelis killed in these attacks have been civilians. 27 Americans have been killed in Hamas attacks since 1993.
--Hamas has been on the U.S.-terrorist list for the past eight years.
--The European Union added Hamas to its terrorist list two years ago.
--Hamas receives $3 million a year from Iran.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Email me questions about Hamas' Victory in the Palestinian Elections: lukemburke@hotmail.com

Doin' Clinton's dirty work...

Clueless in Palestine

From the people who supported the Turks in WWI, the Nazis in WWII and Saddam Hussein in Gulf Wars I & II, now bring you a government ruled by Hamas. Bloody brilliant. Congratulations are in order for the Palestinian people, they really never miss an opportunity to miss an oportunity. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Palestinians have no one to blame for their sad state of affairs but themselves.

So what now? Israel will continue to set its borders unilaterally with the contruction of the security barrier and launch reprisal attacks whenever a suicide bomber successfully kills Israelis.

The Palestinians will continue to be a joke in the region, and sink into a civil war that has been delayed since the beginning of the Intifada. THe US will halt funding. Not that it matters, they will continue to get all they need from Saudi Arabia and Iran, to continue waging a low-level war against Israel.

From the Hamas Charter:
"Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates itas it had eliminated its predecessors."

"The Arab states surrounding Israel are required to open theirborders to the Jihad fighters, the sons of the Arab and Islamic peoples,to enable them to play their role and to join their efforts to those oftheir brothers among the Muslim Brothers in Palestine."

"Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewishpopulation, defies Islam and the Muslims. "Let the eyes of the cowards not fall asleep.""

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The mercurial Imam of Pop has reinvented himself again, as an (Islamic woman: Michael Jackson Spotted in Robe and Veil. (Via Little Green Footballs)

More Tariq Ramadan Drama...

Ramadan Background (courtesey of Daniel Pipes):
--He has praised the brutal Islamist policies of the Sudanese politician Hassan Al-Turabi. Mr. Turabi in turn called Mr. Ramadan the "future of Islam."
--Mr. Ramadan was banned from entering France in 1996 on suspicion of having links with an Algerian Islamist who had recently initiated a terrorist campaign in Paris.
--Ahmed Brahim, an Algerian indicted for Al-Qaeda activities, had "routine contacts" with Mr. Ramadan, according to a Spanish judge (Baltasar Garzón) in 1999.
--Djamel Beghal, leader of a group accused of planning to attack the American embassy in Paris, stated in his 2001 trial that he had studied with Mr. Ramadan.
--Along with nearly all Islamists,
Mr. Ramadan has denied that there is "any certain proof" that Bin Laden was behind 9/11.
--He
publicly refers to the Islamist atrocities of 9/11, Bali, and Madrid as "interventions," minimizing them to the point of near-endorsement.

Pope dedicates message to meaning of true love...like his true love for red Prada shoes

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Further proof that scientists really don't know why the earth does what it does...

Don't tell Democrats, liberals or our European "friends"...but Afghanis and Iraqis are among the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to their economic future. I wonder why?

Quote of the Day
"It's unfortunate that we are all out of step except for you.'' - Tom Snyder to Johnny Rotten during a 1980 interview

Zarqawi losing some friends...

March for Life

Great turn out yesterday at the National Mall for the annual March for Life Rally. I thought the protestors were going to make me late as I was heading to Heritage to see the Pakistani Prime Minister speak, but they didn't. It was great to see so many young people show up, a lot of them in Notre Dame gear too.

Speaking of Shaukat Aziz, the Pakistani Prime Minister, the man is brilliant. He gave a very eloquent and promising speech, with his James Earl Jones-ish deep baratone voice, of Pakistan as a stable presence in Central and South Asia. You can view the speech here if interested.

I didn't know NGOs supporting Democracy was now called spying, only in Russia.

Palestinians get ready for elections...

Infighting continues until the last minute, elections are tomorrow, Hamas set to challenge Abbas' Fatah

In other Palestinian news...USAID announced they have spent $1.9 Million to Aid Fatah in Palestinian Elections

Monday, January 23, 2006

Churchill Quotes

The New York Times had a section in their Sunday edition this last weekend on a series of notebooks that included minutes of Winston Churchill's wartime cabinet meetings, as recorded by Sir Norman Brook, the deputy cabinet secretary. Candid in public, Sir Winston was even more pointed in private. Some of his musings on specific subjects follow:

The Allies
On March 12, 1945, Churchill objected to American soldiers eating up Britain's precious food stores.

Now is the time to say firmly U.S. soldier eats five times what ours does: U.S. civilians eating as never before: we will never be behindhand with them in sacrifices: but let them cut down themselves before presuming to address us.

Churchill's impressions of Josef Stalin following a series of meetings in Moscow in 1942.
Large man; great sagacity never stops smiling.

Churchill disliked Charles de Gaulle, the French resistance leader. In June, 1943, he offered this assessment of him.

Greatest living barrier to reunion and restoration of France: insensate ambition.

His views were unchanged two years later, after the war in Europe had ended.
No hope of trustworthy relations with France until we are rid of de Gaulle.

As early as July 6, 1942, Churchill was clear about what to do with Hitler.
If Hitler falls into our hands we shall certainly put him to death.

Not a sovereign who could be said to be in hands of ministers, like Kaiser. This man is the mainspring of evil. Instrument -- electric chair, for gangsters no doubt available on Lease Lend.

On April 12, 1945, as the war drew to a close, Churchill rejected the idea of a war crimes trial.
Agree the trial will be a farce. Indictment: facilities for counsel. All sorts of complications ensue as soon as you admit a fair trial. I would take no responsibility for a trial -- even though U.S. wants to do it. Execute the principal criminals as outlaws -- if no Ally wants them.

On May 3, he suggested how to flush out the surviving leaders of the Third Reich.
Negotiate with, e.g., Himmler and bump him off later.

Churchill on July 2, 1943, about the creation of a Jewish state.
I'm committed to creation of a Jewish National Home in Palestine. Let us go on with that; and at end of war we shall have plenty of force with which to compel the Arabs to acquiesce in our designs. Don't shirk our duties because of difficulties.

Ten days later, he mused about how to ensure Anglo-American supremacy.
Propagate our language all over world is best method. Harmonizes with my ideas for future of the world. This will be the English-speaking century. Can be learned in 2-4 weeks.

Hey Ford, pull your head out of your ass...

Friday, January 20, 2006

Larry Franklin, the Pentagon analyst who admitted conveying classified information to staffers of the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC) and to Israeli officials, was sentenced Friday to 12 years of prison and a $10,000 fine at the US District Court in Alexandria Virginia.

Does this mean no truce?

Fox News is reporting that Al-Arabiyah Arab news network is airing a new audio tape from Ayman al-Zawahiri calling for martyrs to attack America...more to come.

Noonan: Thoughts on the decline of the liberal media monopoly and the future of the GOP.

Casey's weekly financial newsletter is updated and posted on The Orange Way, he includes my piece I wrote yesterday on UBL's new audiotape.

I'm amazed that the media is reporting this "truce" as such, and not only that, but that the Bush Administration should possibly consider it!

Jihad Watch makes a brilliant point:

This is another instance in which ignorance of Islam hamstrings our response to the jihad. If policymakers in Washington knew under what circumstances a jihad warrior offers a truce, they would know that now is the time to increase the pressure, in all kinds of ways. But this is by no means the first time that this conflict has been misconceived at the highest levels.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Quote of the Day
"We do not negotiate with terrorists. We put them out of business." -White House press secretary Scott McClellan

Thanks for the update Terminator.

Something fishy in American teen's trip to Iraq...

Remember that snotty little American teen from Florida who went to Iraq without telling his parents? Well apparently it was all a lie. Not only did his parents KNOW he went to Baghdad, but that his father bought him the airline ticket!

Not only that but his father was arrested in 1985 for forgery and conspiracy charges in a scheme to print thousands of false Iraqi passports and military identification cards. Here is the text of the 1985 AP story, the kid's dad's name is Nouri K. Hassan:

May 7, 1985, Tuesday, AM cycle
SECTION: Domestic News
LENGTH: 472 words
DATELINE: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
BODY:
Four Iraqis, including a pro-Khomeini activist, were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday in a scheme to print false thousands of Iraqi passports and military identification cards, officials said.One of the four, Salah Jawad Schubber, 34, a doctoral student in New Orleans, is a Shiite Moslem and "self-proclaimed pro-Khomeini activist," said an FBI statement.

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's spiritual and government leader, has sworn he will destroy the regime headed by Saddam Hussein, Iraq's president. The two countries have been at war since September 1980.

The U.S. State Department took part in the investigation, said Michael Austrian, an agency spokesman.Austrian refused to discuss the possible target of the four alleged conspirators.

"Any time you have people trying to obtain false passports the possibility of terrorism raises its head," he said.

The Iraqi government had been informed of the affair, Austrian said, but he refused to give any further details, saying the case is now in adjudication.

The FBI "can't speculate" on possible political motivations in the case, said the agency's Miami spokesman, Joe Del Campo.T

he investigation lasted three months, the FBI said.

The four men were arrested on passport and conspiracy charges in Fort Lauderdale and were being held in the North Dade detention center pending a hearing before a U.S. magistrate Wednesday.

The men allegedly conspired to produce 2,000 false passports and the same number of forged military identification cards.

Also arrested were three brothers, Dr. Redha Hassan, 37, Nouri K. Hassan, 33, and Ali Hassan, 20, all of Fort Lauderdale.

The four were arrested "after Nori Hassan paid an undercover FBI agent $108,000 for the false documents," said the FBI statement.

The investigation began on a tip from Joel Feinstein, president of Printing and Marketing Consultants Inc. of Fort Lauderdale.The FBI said Feinstein told them he had been approached by Redha Hassan to print the false Iraqi passports and identification cards.

"Feinstein cooperated with the FBI throughout the investigation, to include introducing and working with an undercover FBI agent posing as a printer," the agency statement said.Schubber, an Iraqi citizen and a Shiite Moslem, was born and raised in Najas, Iraq, where Khomeini spent 15 years in exile from Iran between 1963 and 1978, the FBI said.

Redha Hassan is a naturalized U.S. citizen of Iraqi descent and a practicing anesthesiologist in Fort Lauderdale.

Nori Hassan is an Iraqi citizen and manages the Coconut Court Motel in Fort Lauderdale, and Ali Hassan is employed by a local food store chain.

All four were taken to the Fort Lauderdale FBI office and transported to the detention facility. The four were charged with a passport violation and conspiracy, the FBI said.

Indeed after reading some of al-Jazeera's story in Arabic, Bin Laden does offer the American people a "long hudna" (هدنة) in Iraq and Afghanistan in today's message...see below.

Also, there was a suicide bombing today in Tel Aviv near the old central bus station by Islamic Jihad.

No wonder Teddy's so pro-abortion.

More on UBL Tape...

So apparently UBL says new attacks on American targets are in the works, but also that he is offering some kind of "truce".

First, Al-Qa'eda is preparing new attacks and know that they have time on their side. All they have to do in Iraq and Afghanistan is make both fronts unpopular enough for American's to tire of our mission home and cry to "bring the troops home". Needless to say this would be disastrous, ala Vietnam and Beirut. Also, Muslim terrorists are extremely patient in plotting revenge, and the result is often times a very organized attack that is extremely bloody. It is almost considered virtuous to patiently plot your revenge and the longer you wait, the sweeter it is. The best example of this is the time difference in between the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 and 9-11.

Second, if UBL really is offering a "truce" it's very important which word he's using in Arabic. If he's using the word "hudna" (هدنة), the word has great significance in Islam. For instance, you might remember Yasser Arafat calling for a hudna with Israel in late 2003. Well the only reason a Muslim calls a hudna is because he is getting beat.

A hudna is a temporary ceasefire you coordinate with an enemy in order to stock-pile weapons, improve your strategy, and muster youstrength so that when the hudna is over, you are at a strategic advantage over your adversary. A hudna may last 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years, until the Muslim side has improved their position to the point where they feel they can successfully launch a new attack and vanquish the enemy. In other words, a hudna is not a "ceasefire".

According to Umdat as-Salik, a medieval summary of Shafi'i jurisprudence, hudnas with a non-Muslim enemy should be limited to 10 years.

A particularly famous early hudna was the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah between Muhammad and the Quraysh tribe. Over the following two years, Muhammad rearmed and took advantage of a minor Quraysh infraction to break the hudna, slaughtering the Quraysh, and launch the full conquest of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam.

A new UBL tape has been released by Al-Jazeera. From what little I could read from the TV he was talking about the war in Iraq and attacks being prepared against American targets...I'm sure we'll know more soon.

You're kidding me, right?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

For old times sake, the last paragraph of David Brook's immortal piece "Among the Bourgeoisophobes". It's becoming more and more clear to me that post-9/11, the conflicts of the future will pit the United States (and some Brits and Aussies) and Israel against the rest of the world. The combination of Muslim extremeist barbarism and socialist European (and to a large extent American liberal) apathy will only result, in my estimation, to the further cultural and ideological division within American society and within Western Civilization and a larger confrontation with the Muslim World...

"Because the striking thing is that, for all their contempt, the bourgeoisophobes cannot ignore us. They can't just dismiss us with a wave and get on with their lives. The entire Arab world, and much of the rest of the world, is obsessed with Israel. Many people in many lands define themselves in opposition to the United States. This is because deep down they know that we possess a vitality that is impressive. The Europeans regard us as simplistic cowboys, and in a backhanded way they are acknowledging the pioneering spirit that motivates America--the heroic spirit that they, in the comfort of their welfare states, lack. The Islamic extremists regard us as lascivious hedonists, and in a backhanded way they are acknowledging both our freedom and our happiness.

Maybe in their hatred we can better discern our strengths. Because if the tide of conflict is rising, then we had better be able to articulate, not least to ourselves, who we are, why we arouse such passions, and why we are absolutely right to defend ourselves. "

Monday, January 16, 2006

Friday, January 13, 2006

Even though he never addresses the issues I ask him to in the weekly financial newsletter, I've decided to give my boy Casey a plug for his new website The Orange Way.

It's looking good so far. I'll throw a permanent link in the blog roll for those who like his weekly financial newsletter so they can just go to the site whenever they want to reference it.

New York Muslim Leader Backs Iranian In Saying Holocaust Is 'Exaggerated'
BY RUSSELL BERMAN - Staff Reporter of the SunJanuary 13, 2006URL:
The leader of a large Shiite mosque in Queens has joined the new Iranian president in disputing the Holocaust, saying the Nazi massacre of an estimated 6 million Jews during World War II "has been exaggerated."

"The numbers which have been mentioned are too much," the spiritual leader of the Imam Al Khoei Islamic Center in Jamaica, Sheik Fadhel al Sahlani, told The New York Sun. Sheik al Sahlani, who said his mosque has a membership of about 3,000, said that the killing of innocent Jews during the war was "an injustice" but that the extent of Nazi persecution needed further examination. "The numbers, the reasons, we have to study more," he said.

In that light, Sheik al Sahlani voiced his support for Iran's proposal to hold a conference on the Holocaust in Tehran, saying there is "nothing wrong with studying more." The conference is likely to include scholars who deny that the Holocaust took place.

The sheik's skepticism about the Holocaust follows President Ahmadinejad's recent statements that the genocide of the Jews is a "myth" and that Israel should be "wiped off the map." Sheik al Sahlani said that the Iranian leader's call for an end to Israel was not practical, but added, "It is a kind of dream, but we have to be realistic. Even we have to accept a fact that we don't like."

Many Muslim leaders in New York are rejecting such fiery rhetoric about Israel and the Holocaust, saying the comments will not help defuse tension in the Middle East.

In a survey by the Sun of more than a dozen Muslim leaders across the city, only Sheik al Sahlani voiced agreement with Mr. Ahmadinejad's statement about the Holocaust. Most imams, mosque administrators, and officials at Islamic organizations strongly denounced the Iranian leader's comments. Some called the remarks "irresponsible" or "offensive," and others said they should not be taken seriously.

"For him to make stupid comments like that, I don't even think the Iranian people think like that," the president of Masjid Ar-Rahman at 80 Madison Avenue, Firoz Shaikh, said. He added that there is little doubt about the Holocaust in the Muslim community. "Of course it happened. It was atrocious."

The director of the Muslim Center of New York, Mohammad Sherwani, called the Holocaust the "greatest injustice" and suggested Mr. Ahmadinejad was "going bananas."
"How can he say that?" Mr. Sherwani said. "Nobody can deny who knows history that the Holocaust happened."

Other imams interviewed by the Sun professed to have little knowledge about the details of the Holocaust but did express skepticism that 6 million was an accurate figure for the number of Jews killed.

"This is now common knowledge that the Holocaust did indeed take place," the imam of the Islamic Cultural Center on the Upper East Side, Sheik Omar Abu Namous, said. "But about the exact numbers, this needs some scholars to investigate. Only God knows the real number of people who perished at the hands of Hitler. Only God knows."

The Anti-Defamation League has repeatedly condemned Mr. Ahmadinejad's position. The director of its New York branch, Joel Levy, expressed dismay that a Muslim leader in the city would question established facts about the Holocaust.

"It's extremely disturbing that any religious leader would buy into the lie that the Holocaust did not take place or question the well-documented statistics about the number of Jews murdered," Mr. Levy said. "There is no need to go to Iran and meet with a Holocaust denier and somebody who has said that Israel has no right to exist and has even called for its destruction."

The director of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes, said skepticism about the Holocaust from Muslim leaders is "all too common."

"Most mosques, Sunni or Shiite, are in the hands of Islamists," Mr. Pipes said. "Most Islamists are one way or another denying the Holocaust."

Mr. Ahmadinejad has launched repeated verbal attacks on Israel since he took power last August. In October, he was quoted as calling the Jewish state a "disgraceful blot" that must be "wiped off the map." "Anyone who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury," he said, according to the state-run Iranian news agency.

He followed up the remarks in December by saying that because Europeans "insist" on claiming that Hitler murdered millions of innocent Jews, Israel should be moved to Europe.

"If the Europeans are honest," Mr. Ahmadinejad said, "they should give up some of their provinces in Europe - like in Germany, Austria, or other countries - to the Zionists, and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe, and we will support it."
An Iranian studies scholar at New York University, Farhad Kazemi, said Mr. Ahmadinejad's comments were far more forceful than rhetoric from past Iranian regimes that were hostile toward Israel.

"For a president of a country that was popularly elected to make these statements, and repeatedly, is a terrible sign," Mr. Kazemi said, adding that Iran's Revolutionary Guard now has a spokesman in the presidency. Iran also has the second-largest Jewish population in the Middle East after Israel, Mr. Kazemi noted.

Mr. Kazemi, who was born in Iran, called the Iranian president's statements "absolutely outrageous." He said that while it was clear that Mr. Ahmadinejad was appealing to a hard-line constituency in Iran, he saw little practical purpose in his rhetoric, especially with regard to a rejection of the Holocaust. "All they have to do is go to Auschwitz," Mr. Kazemi said. "What is there to deny, for Pete's sake?"

Though extreme, Mr. Ahmadinejad's tirade amounts to a "p.r. effort" likely to backfire, an Iran historian and associate professor of international affairs at Columbia University, Lawrence Potter, said. "These kinds of comments are just going to set them back," Mr. Potter said, adding that Mr. Ahmadinejad, in picking a fight over Israel and the Holocaust, may simply be seeking to distract attention from domestic problems in Iran.

Whatever Mr. Ahmadinejad's intent, his comments have drawn sharp rebukes from around the world, especially in America, Israel, and Europe.

In New York, though some Muslim leaders remain skeptical about details of the Holocaust, most distanced themselves from Mr. Ahmadinejad's call to wipe out Israel.

"That's not our concept. That's not our opinion," the imam of Masjid Al-Hamdu-Li-Llah in Jamaica, Sheik Aziz Bilal, said. "He does not speak for the Muslim community."

Of Israelis, Sheik Bilal said: "They're there, and they deserve to be there and have a place where they can live in peace."

At the Jamaica Islamic Center, the mosque's president, Khwaja Hassan, said Israel's right to exist is no longer at issue. The anti-Israel rhetoric out of Iran should stop, he said. "Israel is an independent state," Mr. Hassan said. "It is a sovereign state." He also dismissed the suggestion that Israel be moved to Europe. "Israel belongs where it is," he said.

The assistant secretary-general of the Queens-based Islamic Circle of North America, Azeem Khan, said the Iranian president's comments would only harm efforts for a Palestinian state in the Middle East. "That type of rhetoric is not constructive," Mr. Khan said. "It doesn't help anyone anywhere."

The executive director of the New York branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Wissam Nasr, said the attack on Israel "boils down to a step backwards. ... For 2005, that's a pretty ill though-out remark."

The secretary of Madina Masjid on 11th Street in Greenwich Village, Mohammed Uddin, also said he disagrees with Mr. Ahmadinejad's sentiments, saying his comments were "not good."
"We have a good relationship with all types of religions," Mr. Uddin said.

Other Muslim leaders characterized Israel's existence as an accepted reality, even if Palestinian Arabs claim ownership of the land both Jews and Muslims consider holy.

"Israel is there, and it is going to be there whether we like it or not," a coordinator for the Arab-American Federation, Linda Sarsour, said. "We have to learn to deal with that."

While many imams denounced the harshness of Mr. Ahmadinejad's statements, some emphasized that it did not mean that Israel does not deserve the bulk of the blame for its ongoing conflict with the Palestinian Arabs.

Imam Talib Abdur Rashid of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem called the Holocaust "one of the great tragedies of humanity, along with slavery, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bosnia, and Rwanda."

But he said Mr. Ahmadinejad's call for Israel's destruction reflects a "sentiment born of the legitimate anger, frustration, and bitterness that is felt in many parts of the Muslim world." Mr. Abdur Rashid said hostility toward Israel in the Muslim world is due in part to Israel's "ongoing injustice toward the Palestinian people."

Saudis, pilgrims trade blame over hajj deaths...I think we all know America and Israel are really responsible though.

Extremely interesting and worrisome...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Five Danish soldiers guilty of Iraq torture, but won't serve time due to Europeans' moral superiority over everyone else

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hmm, I'll give you one guess, OK two, who's responsible for this. This too probably. Trying to send a message to Ahmadinejad I would imagine.

The Religion of Peace. I wonder if PETA would be outraged?

From today's Wall Street Journal:

Ariel Sharon has no peer as a symbol of Israel's 58-year struggle for survival. The 77-year-old warrior, now fighting for his life in a Jerusalem hospital, fought in the 1948 struggle for independence and played key roles in the long string of conflicts that followed. Last year, he conducted a daring maneuver -- perhaps his last -- by withdrawing Jewish settlements from Gaza, not long before a cerebral hemorrhage felled him.

His old antagonists are gone. Yasser Arafat, who spent his career futilely trying to drive Israel into the sea, died at age 75 on Nov. 11, 2004. Saddam Hussein is on trial in Iraq. Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyptian leader who provoked the Six Day War in 1967, passed from the scene in 1970. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, financier of Arab causes, left us last August.

The world is left wondering what comes next in this saga. Ehud Olmert, a former mayor of Jerusalem, has taken the reins as acting prime minister. The Palestinian Authority, which Arafat left in a shambles of corruption and ineptitude, is in total disarray. After parliamentary elections later this month, it may fall under the control of Hamas, one of the territory's most relentless terrorist groups.

Thanks in large part to the U.S. presence in Iraq, the peripheral Arab states are relatively docile. An exception is Syria, where dictator Bashar Assad seems as capable of bloody intrigues as his late father, Hafez. Then there is Muslim Iran, whose new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and is hell-bent on building nuclear weapons to carry out that threat.

If Mr. Olmert accedes to Israel's leadership -- a matter that will be subject to Knesset elections in March -- he is expected to further pursue the latest Sharon strategy, which is to separate Israelis from Palestinian Arabs. This would entail withdrawals of some settlements from the West Bank and completion of the fence that demarcates Jewish and Arab sectors.

While the withdrawals are widely advertised as a peace gesture -- and accepted as such in the West -- they could just as easily be described as a Sharon strategy for clearing the decks for a final defeat of Palestinian militants. By pulling Jews out of Gaza and parts of the West Bank, Mr. Sharon no doubt envisioned giving the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) greater freedom to use modern weapons against Palestinian militants.

This strategy evolved after Arafat ditched the Camp David peace talks in 2000 and launched the second intifada. In 2002, the IDF invaded the West Bank with heavy weapons and assaulted Arafat's base, targeting Hamas leaders as well. That retaliation, combined with the security fence, has sharply cut Israeli casualties from Arab attacks.

The new player on the Arab side is Mahmoud Abbas, who replaced Arafat as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Peace advocates regard it as a triumph that the Palestinians were persuaded to hold elections this month, but the violent struggles between Palestinian factions leading up that event raise doubts that whoever emerges as leader will be a reliable partner in negotiating an Arab-Israeli peace, or even a modus vivendi.

The Arab-Israeli struggle might be equated -- at least in duration -- to the Hundred Years' War between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries. One could say it began in the early 20th century when Zionists began arriving in significant numbers in the Holy Lands, fleeing oppression in Europe. They augmented the Jewish population of what would later be called Palestine.

Late in the 19th century, according to the most reliable studies, Jews were only about 10% of a population of about 700,000, with Christians a further 10% and Arabs most of the rest. But with the Zionist movement Jewish numbers began to grow. With their socialist ideology and commitment to soul-purifying physical labor the Zionists formed tightly knit, dedicated communities foreign to the natives of the region.

Great Britain encouraged the Zionists, issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917 promising the Jews a homeland in the region even as the British army was driving out the Turks. After the World War I allies destroyed Ottoman rule, the British under a League of Nations mandate further encouraged Jewish settlement. The local Arabs mounted anti-Zionist riots. One of the leaders of these demonstrations was Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who would later make common cause with Adolf Hitler, imploring the Germans to thwart any British effort to create a Jewish state.

Most of the Jews who migrated to Palestine in the '30s and '40s were not Zionists. They were fleeing the Holocaust and had nowhere else to go. But the Zionists formed the hard muscle that overthrew the British mandate in 1948 and defeated the Arabs who tried to block the establishment of Israel. Their kibbutzim collectives produced the tough native-born "sabras," among them Ariel Sharon, who formed the core of the Israeli military forces. With roots going back to the 19th century, the Zionists had an uncommon dedication to the defense of a Jewish state.

There would be plenty of fighting. In 1956, Israel, with British and French support, invaded the Sinai after Nasser seized the Suez Canal, but to little avail. In June 1967 came the Six Day War and the IDF's lightning victory over the combined forces of neighboring Arab states that gave Israel control of large territories formerly controlled by Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Then, in October 1973, there was the Yom Kippur War, which Israel might have lost had Gen. Sharon not conducted a bold tank maneuver to neutralize Egyptian surface-to-air missile batteries near the Suez Canal.

Now that is all history. Ariel Sharon is finally hors de combat and his long record will go into the history books. Israel will continue to fight. The barren land the Zionists settled so long ago has become a strong state of 6.5 million people, mostly Jews. It has gradually modified the socialism that hampered its economic development. The Hundred Years' War will continue, but casualties are fewer and the U.S. has established a military presence in the region, grounds for hope that the war is winding down.

Monday, January 09, 2006

New addition to the blog roll

UBL dead? Ledeen thinks so...

Our Saudi friends.

Crowd: Israel is the enemy of Allah.

Man:
May the hands of the infidels be chopped off.

Ugh.

Friday, January 06, 2006

The following is a true story about a friend of a co-worker of my mom who is originally from Vietnam but who lived in Israel for two years before moving to the United States:

I don't know if I told you my personal experiences with Sharon.

Back in 1978 thru 1980,I started a restaurant in Tel Aviv.

I didn’t have much money so the restaurant was in a mixed and bad neighborhood. Then I had problems with the local gangs. They came to my restaurant and scared my customers away. I kicked them out and they broke all my windows that night.I fixed them and they broke them again.

This was going on for few weeks.

One of my regular customers asked me about my business and I told him the problem. He said "see what I can do". I did not know what he did, but those guys went across the street to pass my restaurant.

Then one day I saw Ariel Sharon on TV and it was him who helped me. He was the Minister of Agriculture(he started the new settlements then).

He was also the general who lead the last war. This man has guts.

Sure I pray for him. He is my hero.


ולפאתי מזרח קדימה
עין לציון צופיה

And forward, to the East,
An eye looks to Zion

Thursday, January 05, 2006

In the wake of the Abramoff coruption case, all Americans should turn to conservatism for real government reform.

Quote of the Day:
"It's the demography, stupid"-Mark Steyn

How Bout Them Longhorns?

I've never been so happy to have been so wrong in all my life (I thought SC would win by 2 scores).

I was impressed by how much more physical Texas was than USC. It seemed Southern Cal was getting blown off the ball every play, and their tackling was particularly atrocious.

It's funny to me that Carroll is such a defensive genius when all he had to do was stop one guy, Vince Young.

Not that SC's offensive gameplan was that much better. Their Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush, gets only 19 touches on offense, including just 13 rushes for 82 yards?!?! Doesn't make much sense to me, but what do I care they lost. It's only the bigging of their slide so I have one word: schadenfreude.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

SHARON SUFFERS STROKE/MASSIVE BRAIN HEMORRHAGE

Prime minister’s powers passed to Acting PM Ehud Olmart Wednesday night, Jan. 4, after Ariel Sharon, 78, suffered stroke. He is connected to respirator and under general aesthetic in emergency ward for tests to assess the extent of the damage. Sharon was suddenly rushed to Hadassah Ain Karem hospital in Jerusalem with chest pains at his ranch south of Beersheba the day before he was due to go into the same hospital for heart surgery. Sources report that the first impression of medical specialists is that the prime minister may have suffered internal hemorrhage as a result of the anti-coagulant shots administered twice a day in the three weeks since his first thrombosis. His condition is cause for concern.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Tick...Tock...