Here's this weekend's news and blogs digest:
- Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group: "The Unorganized Cyber Militia of the United States" - "... Some of us did indeed refuse to accept defeat. Some of that was plain old Jacksonian stubborness, and some of it was faith. We kept the faith with our nation’s warriors. We knew deep down that what we were being told was not the whole story. And we believed that our nation was a force for good in this world, and that the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines sent forth to break militant Islamicists of their homocidal habits were the best human beings this Republic had to offer ... We have all been the victims of a massive psychological operation. Even those of us who resisted. Our faith in our armed forces remains unshaken >>>
- In From the Cold: "Behind the Numbers (September Edition)" - "Call it Spook's Inverse Law of Iraq War Reporting: if you don't see a spate of stories on U.S. casualties at the end of the month, then there must be some good news the MSM is ignoring.If you want proof of that, consider the latest numbers from Iraq. With only two days remaining in September, U.S. forces are on pace for the lowest number of monthly fatalities in more than a year. According to ... >>>
- American Thinker: "Another Saddam guy linked to al Qaeda" - "Another member of Saddam Hussein's Baath party has been arrested for links to al Qaeda, this time in Italy for attempting to assist in a terror attack using aircraft, suicide bombers and anti tank weaponry. >>>
- Real Clear Politics: "Ahmadinejad's Overlooked Message" - "The Free World today finds itself embroiled in an ideological war for its very survival. Our enemies - whether Shi'ite or Sunni - are followers of a totalitarian ideology based on Islam which tells them that Allah wishes to rule the world through them. Israel is a central front in this war. Given the weakness of Western support for the Jews, jihadists see attacking Israel as a strategic tool for eroding the West's ideological defenses and shoring up their supporters throughout the world. >>>
- National Geographic: "Violence in Myanmar Exposed By Satellite Images" - "A detailed analysis of images spanning several years pinpoints locations where villages have been burned, settlements have been relocated, and military forces have expanded their camps. >>>
- Catholic World News: "Vatican greets Muslims, asks cooperation for peace" - "As the Islamic observance of Ramadan comes to an end, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue has sent a message to the world's Muslims stressing ... that all believers, regardless of their faith, should share in "work in favor of peace, by showing respect for the convictions of individuals and communities everywhere through freedom of religious practice ... doing everything one can to reject, denounce and refuse every recourse to violence which can never be motivated by religion ... >>>
- Jotman.com blogging Burma live from Bangkok: "Vigil at the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok" - "There was a organized protest at the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok earlier tonight. There were about 100 present for a prayer and meditation vigil. This Embassy is located on a busy street under the skytrain tracks two blocks from Sathorn Station. I'll try to get my video up tomorrow. Bangkok religious groups were well represented, as were expatriots. >>>
- Stop Islamization of Europe: Press Release - "Stop Kuffarphobia and Kalifascism! London demo 26th October 2007 - To coincide with Islamo-fascism Awareness week in which events are being held across the USA highlighting the bullying by Islamists against non-Muslims throughout the world. To protest against Kuffarphobia – the irrational fear and loathing of non-Muslims by Islamists. To protest against the persecution of non-Muslims via Sharia law in Islamic countries. To protest against the under-reporting or even total lack of reporting about such persecution in Western media. >>>
- Flanders Fields: "On Break" - "Please add your vote for a Free Europe at the link on the right. You don't have to be European to vote. >>>
Hopefully back tomorrow with some original work.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here's this weekend's news and blogs digest:
Saturday, September 29, 2007
With some confidence and with sincere regret it may be said that the last Dutch national hero has passed away today.
Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema
1917 Java - 2007 Hawaii
Hazelhoff Roelfzema, World War II veteran and resistance fighter, has died today in Hawaii at the age of ninety. He was born in 1917 on the island of Java, then the Dutch Indies. He joined the resistance when, as a young law student in the historic university town of Leiden, the Second World War broke out. He got caught in 1941 and spent a week in the infamous Scheveningen jail.
Upon his release he went into hiding, graduated and did a daring escape to England. From there he carried out hazardous landings on the heavily fortified Dutch coast, where he dropped off radio equipment for the resistance and picked up other would-be exiles, whom he ferried over to England. Later on he became a pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and flew his bomber seventy times over enemy territory.
At the end of the war he was appointed personal attendant to Queen Wilhelmina, also in London at the head of the Government-in-Exile. Upon the conclusion of the war in 1945 he became known as the man who carried the young princesses, Beatrix and Irene, from a plane onto Dutch soil.
After the war Hazelhoff Roelfzema moved to America, where he first attempted a career as an actor and screen writer. Later on he got to work for television and radio. From 1968 onwards he devoted his time entirely to writing.
In 1970 his best-selling war biography "Soldaat Van Oranje" ("Soldier of Orange") was published. The title refers to his work during the war in the service of the royal family, whose title is Of Orange. The story was put on screen in 1977, an early success of Paul Verhoeven, with actors Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbé in leading roles.
In the 1980 coronation of Queen Beatrix he fulfilled an honorary role. In 1942 he received a Knighthood in the highest ranking order in the country (Militaire Willems-Orde).
His passing for me personally truly signifies the end of an era. His generation was the best a nation could wish for. We are on our own: it's our turn now. The road on the way to the new era is as yet confusing and diffuse. What the future form and essence will be is a matter that's being fought out at present by the forces that shape it. We all are its architects.
- Thomas Jefferson -
Posted by Kassandra Troy at 17:38
Friday, September 28, 2007
Ta ... ta ... here he is ...
Vile Tom Tripod!
Today's the final day of antibiotics.
And he's altogether not so Vile anymore ...
Next Monday the stitches will come out!
And with Christmas he'll be big enough for something really, really wild with No.1 Cat with the Fresh Arm Pits ...
... who - for the moment - frankly, finds it all disgusting and really too ridiculous for words!
Posted by Kassandra Troy at 15:40
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
For some time now I have been persuaded that, whereas Islamism may pose a serious threat to Western civilization as we know it, a certain brand of Western Leftists should be feared even more. There is of course the cooperation of Islam and the Left in the Unholy Alliance (see here for interfaces and commonalities), but the type of Lefty I am referring to at the moment, is in a pathological league of his own.
This type of Islamist advocate is a sufferer of Narcissistic Awe, ugly sister of Narcissistic Rage. Both variations may be combined within the same person at different instances. I'm leaving the causes of this sociopathology aside for the moment, but hippy parents would be a pointer.
The Narcissistic Awe sufferer craves attention. Either positive or negative attention will do. This is the type of person who would enslave the entire world, if he thought this would be for the good of humanity. With this in mind it becomes apparent why we find this type of patient primarily in extreme Leftist circles.
The patient preferably also identifies strongly with what he or she perceives as the underdog, the Oppressed minority of the Marxist dialectic. In this way they share in the attention the underdog is getting on the basis of his particular victimhood.
This identification with the underdog is a problem if the patient happens to be white and the identifying minority member of another race: you could of course marry, but it's still a poor proxy compared to the real thing. Thankfully there are also homosexual and faith-based underdogs to choose from. In the former case one simply makes a personal choice in sexual preference; in the latter, one converts.
Christianity being the religion of The Oppressor (remember, The White Patriarch), the choice for Islam is an easy one to make (see the Left's and Islam's commonalities in "The Unholy Alliance"). But on doesn't need to go as far as that. As apostasy happens to be a capital offence in Islam, I would surely advice thinking twice before taking the fatal step.
Narcissistic Awe sufferers - as such, entitled to some leniency - are nevertheless unpleasant people, if only because they dictate the world to conform to their wishes and requirements. Within the discourse about Islam in Western society I come across this type of pocket potentate more frequently than I care for.
In the run up to the 9/11 Stop Islamization of Europe demo in Brussels I stumbled upon a young Belgian convert. She is an activist aligned with Hizbollah adherent Dyab Abu Jahjah, leader of the Arab European League. Posing as a journalist, she proliferates vitriolic pieces in periodicals in the Islamic world with the obvious view of stirring the passions against the West. The Brunei Times ran one such invective briefly, until their attention was presumably drawn to the fact that the article excels in lies, half truths, irrational revisionism and abject nonsense. Currently it has resurfaced on an Indian Blog under the title "Eye on Europe's Islam hypocrisy".
Another example of the Narcissistic Leftist for Sharia can be enjoyed here (Liberty Bell). This one is related.
In reference to the recent discourse initiated by "Muslims Against Sharia" I stumbled this morning on a site in the Middle East which regretfully doesn't give reason for optimism. "MidEast Youth Thinking Ahead" is a site by "a diverse group of young students, bloggers, and activists who strive for coexistence through democracy ... dedicated to eliminate extremist ideologies and ignorance from the Middle East".
Only a brief perusal yielded an article on that staple of American society: not freedom, but racism. According to this piece the definition of racism is, that it is exclusively directed - not against a race, but against Muslims: all other instances of 'racism' are actually mere 'mistakes'; the intended victims are Muslims, always! What a truly sad piece of paranoia!
But that's a side issue. Back on the trail of Lefties for Sharia is a commentary made by a member of Troofers United (The Real Truth Behind 9/11 conspiracy movement!) on an article "Muslims Against Sharia": Islamic Reform Movement. While the MidEast Youth Thinking Ahead itself terms the initiative an "interesting project", Mr Narcissism alias Randell Jones - in a pedantic talking down to the natives - is enlightening the MidEast Youth readership that:
... "The fact they include Yassir Arafat in the list shows that this organization is more concerned about promoting Zionism than in reforming Islam. ... they make a comparison of the Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Hitler. ... There is so much misinformation on that website I am surprised that you chose to put a link to it. This website is more concerned with demonizing Muslims than reforming Islam."
Like the Belgian convert, pathological projection has turned him against the civilization he stems from. He's stirring the Islamic cooking pots of hatred in the Middle East against the West as a veritable Graduate Ne Plus Ultra from the Marxist School for Agents Provocateurs. He's too pathetic to understand that the sad fate of traitors is, that - once used - they end up being loathed by all parties: betraying the one, why not the other as well!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Muslims Against Sharia (the readership has been requested not to abbreviate) is making the headlines in the blegosphere. But not all is well! While some are singing their praises, others are doing their utmost to expose the movement is Neocon based, or are hinting at the obligatory Jooish conspiracy.
Self appointed defenders of the purity of faith are scrutinizing "Muslims Against Sharia" texts and Manifesto for insufficient in-depth knowledge of Muzzlemanic scripture, and for contradictions that no born Muslim would stoop to.
The former kind of critic is represented by a rather vicious exemplary of the self styled Free Thinker (since 1881!). You know the type: the McCarthys of the faith-based press, habitually confusing Enlightenment with the new dogma and compensating their irrationality with hyperbolic sarcasm. The Witch-Finder General's shriek must have pierced cyberspace today as Free Thought remembered to associate Sharia Law with the Muslim version of G*d! Whatever.
In Muslim circles there are nowadays examples aplenty of the opposite sort: the lay exegete, or amateur zealot. One of them hastily established a personal blog, entirely devoted to the 'debunking' and 'exposure' of "Muslims Against Sharia".
Regretfully, what Muhairi8 - the blogger behind "Exposing Muslims Against Sharia" - is doing in fisking the Manifesto, is simply abrogating "Muslims Against Sharia's fine job. In his zeal to solve the mystery behind the movement, Muhairi8 is confirming many counter-jihadists' claim that Islam and democratic values are mutually exclusive. Take the following commentary from his end:
- Muslims can't go against Sharia. Sharia is orders of God and the Prophet from the Koran and the Hadiths, so going against the Sharia means going against the Islam. [sic]
- What kind of a Muslim wants to change the Koran?
- Q: "Muslim fundamentalists believe that the Koran is the literal word of Allah."
- A: Of course we do.
- Q: "Could it be possible that the Koran itself was corrupted by Muslims over the last thirteen centuries?"
- A: Again no Muslim will say such thing.
- Q: "The following verses promote divisiveness and religious hatred, bigotry and discrimination. They must be either removed from the Koran or declared outdated and invalid, and marked as such."
- A: Again no Muslim will say such thing.
- Q: "Support 'Muslims Against Sharia' and help moderate Muslims fight Islamofascists!"
- A: Yeah right.
He concludes: "I think that I provided enough evidence that they are not Muslims", while confirming in the process that:
- Koranic scripture is untouchable, even if it encourages Muslim exclusiveness, intolerance of others and justifies violence;
- (Self) Criticism is rejected, rendering Muslims beyond improvement;
- Sharia Law is elevated above all other law, encouraging Muslims to break the law in the Dar-al-Harb, where and when incompatible with Sharia.
Read the entire exchange and "Muslims Against Sharia's refutation.
The question remains: who's behind "Muslims Against Sharia"? Is it the horned ones (Neocons), is it The Juice? Or the missing Mahdi? Are we actually witnessing the birth pangs of a true Islamic Enlightenment Movement: the Muslim equivalent of Vatican II? Is this the long awaited liberalization process that the orientalist experts have been promising for so long?
Confused ... you will be even more so after the next instalment ... (we ain't seen nottin yet, is my guess!).
Monday, September 24, 2007
After the first lady went out of her way:
- Int'l Herald Tribune: "Laura Bush calls on U.N. to denounce Myanmar government" - "In a gesture of public policy not normally associated with first ladies, she telephoned the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, last Friday and called on him to denounce the junta that rules Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma."I wanted the U.N. to be on record saying, at least, that we know what's happened in this recent crackdown," she said in an interview Wednesday."
... and her husband weighed in ...
... and even a Leftist mouthpiece cannot keep quiet any longer ...
... isn't it time that the entire peace loving, truth admiring, reality based, morally bankrupt anti war camp turned out the placards, said something, some little thing, a few words perhaps ... a sigh than at least? Instead you get this:
Personally, I blame the Global Researcher, the webpage publishing "news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focusing on social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes", as researched by the Center for Research on Globalization. I feel publishers are DUTY bound to protect some authors at a certain point against themselves! Where that certain point is? Let's say, as of embarrassment level ...
... which reminds me of the Dutch Anti Terrorism czar, who happens to be a Frisian. The Frisians are an ancient, indigenous people inhabiting the utmost northern fringes of the Netherlands. Their flag is a feast to the eyes. They are well known for their pigheadedness, their blond, easy going women, their arduous skating events known to last over 48 hours, rustic alcoholic beverages and cute names.
This official was baptised Tjibbe Joustra. He's also known to say cute things about Muslims (another rustic, ancient, not so indigenous people inhabiting the rest of the Netherlands). Joustra says that Muslims are known to be easily upset and prone to seek the assistance of explosive material when provoked. Since this is well known, the Dutch have only themselves to blame should dangerous situations erupt. It's not just the Frisians though, that are well known to love a game of "Blaming the Victim".
Update 25th Sept., 18:00: BBC News Alert: U.S. President George W. Bush condemns the Burmese military government's "19-year rule of fear", as Rangoon protesters defy army warnings.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Mahmoud 'The Nuke' is honouring New York with a visit! Let's celebrate with a video, straightening the MSM sponsored revisionism in the process:
Hat tip Atlas Shrugs
Gina Cobb has a lovely story for the devoted MSM hater! My new improved title: "Stupid, Lazy AND Dishonest".
Friday, September 21, 2007
Received following update dated 19th September from the Committee on the Present Danger:
Tehran's Troublemaking in Afghanistan
America’s leaders have focused much more intensely in recent weeks on Iran’s deepening role in Iraq, where U.S. officials say the Islamic Republic is helping expand the scope and lethality of the insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition. In their testimonies before Congress last week, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker both delineated Iran’s malignant political and strategic role in the former Ba’athist state.
Increasingly, however, Iran is working its destabilizing magic on another front in the War on Terror as well. Quietly, and away from the public eye, Iran’s ayatollahs are attempting to subvert the fragile, pro-Western government of President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan. Evidence of an Iranian hand in the former Taliban stronghold is mounting. >>>
- The Washington Times: "Ground Zero is not for crashing" - "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the well-armed fruitcake who is more or less in charge of the government in Iran, knows how to pull the chains of certain wimps in the West. The Iranian president will arrive in New York City on Sunday for a two-day visit to the United Nations, where he will deliver one of his entertaining rants against the United States, Israel and the West." >>>
- The Washington Post: "Columbia Won't Cancel Ahmadinejad Speech" - "Columbia University said it does not plan to call off a speech by Iran's president despite pressure from critics including the City Council speaker, who said the Ivy League school was providing a forum for "hate-mongering vitriol." >>>
Now this is a typical example of Pomo's redistributions of speech rights: whereas infidels are constricted by 'hate speech' handicaps, fiddles ... fidels' freedom of speech is exerted unrestraint by similar considerations!
- Monsters & Critics: "Thousands mourn slain member of parliament, Ghanem, in Beirut"- "Thousands belonging to the anti-Syrian camp Friday mourned slain MP, Antoine Ghanem, who was killed two days ago in a bomb blast in the Christian eastern sector of the capital. ... He was the eighth anti-Syrian figure to be slain since the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. ... Ghanem's death has now reduced the number of the majority to 68 in the 128-member parliament against a Shi'ite-Christian opposition bloc that includes Hezbollah, which is backed by Syria and Iran. >>>
Trouble being in the opposition? Just kill the government! Where's the useless U.N. and their tribunal? Perhaps too busy fighting off the latest evidence of moral bankruptcy?
- The Wall Street Journal: "Yet Another UN Scandal" - "This might look like progress toward prosecuting one of the 20th century's most heinous genocides: the extinction of over one million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. Unfortunately, this optimism masks another U.N. corruption scandal in the making -- one so serious that it threatens the legitimacy of the entire process." >>> Here's more >>> The kickbacks payable to the Cambodian judges come out of U.N. funds.
Update: PJM: "Return to the Killing Fields" - "A monument to the victims of Pol Pot’s Regime, the Tuol Sleng Prison bore witness to the horrors and the unspeakable brutality of the Khmer Rouge. LDT Regent reports ... about one of the Asian Rousseau inspired returns to the simplicity and serenity of Agrarian Collectivist life ... >>>
Thursday, September 20, 2007
~ Urgent Blog Burst Request ~
In reply to yesterday's crosspost from Gates of Vienna on the Lars Vilks Modoggies Art Project, we received following message from "Muslims Against Sharia":
"Muslims Against Sharia" praise the courage of Lars Vilks, Ulf Johansson, Thorbjorn Larsson and the staff of Nerikes Allehanda and Dagens Nyheter and condemn threats issued by Abu Omar Al Baghdadi and the Islamic State of Iraq.
Muslims Against Sharia will provide a payment of 100,000kr (about $15,000) for the information leading to capture or neutralization of Abu Omar Al Baghdadi.
Muslimer mot Sharia berömmer Lars Vilks, Ulf Johansson, Torbjörn Larsson och övriga anställda på Nerikes Allehanda och Dagens Nyheter för deras tapperhet och fördömer hotet från Abu Omar Al Baghdadi och Islamistiska Iraq.
Muslimer mot Sharia betalar 100 000 SEK (ca 15 000$) för information som leder till gripande eller oskadligörande av Abu Omar Al Baghdadi.
Muslims Against Sharia - Defend Freedom of Speech - Support Sweden!"
Update: On Gateway Pundit funds are pouring in! Muslims against Sharia says ... "If someone wants to donate money for the bounty, please visit http://www.reformislam.org/support/. When making a donation, please make a note: for Al Baghdadi bounty. We will add the amount on top of 100,000kr. If the bounty is not paid for any reason, you will have an option of a refund." Let's not let Al Baghadadi down! Who's next?
"Inspired by Knute at Every Kinda People, Conservative Swede conceived the idea of the Öland Modoggie Free Speech Flag, and asked for my help in executing it. As CS explains below, by doing this we become part of Lars Vilks’ grand art project.
This all came about because an angry Pakistani mob, thinking they were burning a Swedish flag, burned a green and yellow flag by mistake. Conservative Swede wrote to me about it the other day:
"The green/yellow flag “meme” is already spreading somewhat. The green/yellow flag is a real Scandinavian flag, but for the tiny island Öland. Kurt Lundgren (a great Swedish blogger) is from Öland and made fun of how the diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Öland now are worse than ever."
From a tiny grain of sand grows a great lustrous pearl, and so Conservative Swede presents…Join the Art Project!" ... read it all >>>
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
"1389 Blog Antijihadist Tech" - apart from relentlessly hunting censors and cyber jihad - has shown there's another side to her too. She has kindly nominated "The Lighthouse" for "The Nice Matters Award."
The award is an initiative of Glitter and Grunge, an online shop for unique handcrafted accessories, gifts and collectibles!
The reward is the sidebar button for your blog and the honour of nominating seven more rockin' blogstresses.
1389 herself was nominated by "Velvet Hammer", who got nominated by Debs at "Right Truth". "Velvet Hammer" is keeping tally, so please keep her abreast of future developments as Nice Matters is developing.
Here are the nominees of "The Lighthouse" jury, in random order:
2. Pat Santy at "Dr Sanity";
3. Gina Cobb at "Gina Cobb";
4. Neo Neocon at "Neo Neo-con";
5. Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Ayaan Weblog;
6. Incognito at Confessions of a Closet Republican;
7. Tiberge at Gallia Watch.
Take the day off from the death-cult induced mass hysteria of the Left, and have fun (for once), gals!
Posted by Kassandra Troy at 15:17
Blogging will be limited the coming days. For one, I'm having a cold. But more importantly, I am playing surrogate mum to a two months old kitten called Vile Thomas Tripod. He's been hit in the street by something or other. One hind leg is broken and the nerves are severed. He's having surgery tomorrow.
Number One Cat has never seen such a vile creature in her life, so a peaceful feline coexistence is probably not on the cards. I'll have to take a closer look at adoption.
So, with one thing and another I'm taking the easy way out and link you to what can only be described as the latest cesspit into which humanity has descended: the new Dreyfus is called Karsenty. Here's Melanie Phillips in "Nous accusons!".
Update: A French judge ordered the release of video footage that could reopen the controversy surrounding the 2000 shooting of Mohammed al-Dura. >>> Hat tip Augean Stables
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Exit polls and counts after midnight local time show a healthy victory for the Conservative government party, Nea Dimokratia of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis. Considering this summer's heavy wildfires - the worst in post World War II history, and possibly a series of concerted pyro terrorism attacks - no mean achievement.
The Socialist opposition's campaign - by anyone's standard - can only be termed gratuitous. It obviously backfired.
Both main parties are set to lose seats though. The smaller political parties - among those an old-fashioned communist party still heavily engaged in class struggle, and a Radical Left on a multiculti platform - won by some margins.
This was also the picture in the arson struck prefecture of Ileias, in which the ancient site of classical Olympia is situated. The Socialist Party PASOK is set to win there by a number of seats.
The other heavily hit area, the island of Eboia, is showing a government win; as is the case in the greater Athens area, with the exception of a 'red borrow' in the industrial port city of Piraeus.
Reverting tomorrow when the final count is in.
The auto censoring machinations at the MSM spin factories have created an interesting derivative, almost reminscent of the time of the earliest printed newspaper: the itinerant reporter! The news as it happens (as opposed to 'the news as we like to report it') - the items that the MSM is suppressing, doctoring or manipulating - is being picked up by the bloggers and other niche reporters.
This week concentrated on the Stop Islamization of Europe (SIOE) demo on 9/11 in Brussels, which was ninety percent MSM suppressed and some ten percent re-framed/selectively emphasized. Now that the dust is settling it can be said it is no surprise that participation was low, as large numbers of would be picketers were hauled in by the police, long before even reaching the place of action. Here's one astonishing account.
I am suspending endorsement by this blog of the SIOE, until some leadership issues have been settled satisfactory: the removal of my critique, while it is dealt with by the British Branch in the usual defensive terms, is but the last straw. I do owe the readership an account of the day's press conference. Here it is. Skender has the latest slide show.
In all the suspense and emotion the virtual itinerant reporter might almost overlook a mighty interesting article that was published in the MSM, in this case in today's Times Online: an account of how Israel flattened Syria's nork pile on the 7th instant: "Israelis ‘blew apart Syrian nuclear cache‘ - Secret raid on Korean shipment":
"It was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way ... As a bonus, the Israelis proved they could penetrate the Syrian air defence system, which is stronger than the one protecting Iranian nuclear sites. >>>
Update: Milblog Black Five commentators' speculations running ariot! Someone's recalling Saddam's lost WMD (were those not in Tito's Iraqi bunkers?).
Update: Spook86 weighs in with expert comments.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
In "The War Against the Greek State" in relation to the 'asymmetric nature' of this summer's wildfires in Greece, reference was made to its close relation with crime. Ioannis Michaletos, Junior Analyst & Coordinator at the Southeastern Europe Office of the World Security Network Foundation described it as follows:
"... the all-pervading criminal networks have gained a lot of strength over the past decade due to the opportunities the globalization process provides for their communication, transfer of funds and recruitment. A combination of political aims, ill-aimed business strategies, and abundance of 'executive personnel', is a first clue of what might have caused the current situation and what lies ahead, not just for Greece but for the whole world."
"The only organizations having the logistics in place for the series of arson attacks are international criminal networks. "... only an internationally networked factor could have organized the whole scheme, preferably associated with illegal industries such as narcotics, trafficking and weapons smuggling."
I'll have more details in a few weeks' time, but the idea behind pyro terrorism is "why take the trouble of resorting to dirty bombing when you've got perfectly good, unconventional, asymmetric, large scale arson at your disposal?"
On 14th August Flanders Fields in "Stop Forum Shopping Terrorism" reported on the case of Dr Rachel Ehrenfeld, who was also Pamela Geller's guest at BlogTalkRadio. While the legal gagging of investigators takes on the dimensions of a strategy in itself, Dr Ehrenfeld in a recent article "Terror Criminal Links Growing" on Frontpage stresses that:
"... even if only a little (of laundered crime money) goes to terrorist groups, it's frightening ... not only that, but you see the convergence of organized crime and terrorism occurring. In May 2007, Los Angeles Sheriff Department Lt., John Sullivan, stated: "organized crime groups in Los Angeles County are supporting international terrorists."
"Jihad is not committed by the sword alone. While less transparent, economic and financial jihads are far more insidious aspects of the jihadist war to defeat the West, and especially the U.S." More on Rachel Ehrenfeld's site The American Center for Democracy.
Information on Dr Ehrenfeld's suppressed book "Funding Evil", as well as on a global conference call with the author scheduled for tomorrow September 16th, can be found on News Release Wire.
Dr Ehrenfeld is fighting Saudi oil money opponents on her own! Please consider making a donation to her legal funds! She is fighting for each and every one of us!
Update: Here's a link to a Pajamas video of Robert Spencer's take on the latest ObL missive on the event of "the sixth 9/11 anniversary."
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Witnessing the sad demise of democracy in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels yesterday, takes some digesting, even for one that was already aware of the realities. I will combine further comment on it with a piece I was already working on: the cooperation in the Unholy Alliance between Islam and the Left. People have often expressed their surprise over the apparent cooperation pact between two parties that - on the surface - seem to be each other's opposites. I hope to clear up that misunderstanding.
Yet Europe had influential pacifist movements (here's an brilliant take by Sanity on the subject). The U.K. had Richard "Peace in our Time" Chamberlain, and Mayoresses who promised to "not so much as darn a sock if it assisted the war effort", while 'bluestockings' and other enlightened academics conducted Peace Marches in Europe's streets.
I never understood how advanced, civil societies could let such disasters as World War II take place. That is, until yesterday. In fact, it's becoming blatantly obvious how last century's great wars, the holocaust and the enslavement of half the continent in its wake, could take place. Now, as then, we are closing our eyes to a reality that is too scary to contemplate, let alone deal with it. Yesterday in Brussels we saw the conflation of three great isms taking place before our eyes. It is very sad to see just how far indeed we have already sank into the black hole of dictatorship.
It's a bit of a pity that Stephen Hicks' explanation of Postmodernism (or cultural Marxism) doesn't get the attention it deserves. Hicks comes to another categorization of ideologies than is common. He explains that both Communism and National Socialism derive from the Counter-Enlightenment movement that started with the philosophies of Rousseau. This was a reaction to the primacy of reason that features so prominently in Enlightenment thought, of which Classical Liberalism or Libertarianism became the political offshoot (not to be confused with today's liberalism, which is Left Light).
Does the following Rousseau quotation on the ideal state strike anyone as compatible with Islam? "... the state cannot ... pursue a policy of toleration for disbelievers, or view religion as a matter of individual conscience. It absolutely must ... >>>
After theocrat extraordinaire Rousseau, both Hegel and Kant expanded on anti reason philosophy, eventually even doing away with objective reality and epistemology: man is incapable of knowing anything, to each his own universe: reality is subjective. This has provided Communism and National Socialism with their subjectivist basis.
Experts in Islam never stop to point out there is not 'one Islam'. Every Muslim has his or her own subjective perception of it (apart from the five pillars that is, presumably). I have no reason to doubt it: after Rousseau's take on the ideal state, this makes the second, basic conflation of the three great isms.
As hinted at earlier, from 1939 to 1941 Communism and National Socialism shared a history of cooperation. The German army held manoeuvres in Russia and vice versa. Both totalitarian ideologies were Socialist and differed only on its implementation: the Nazis were nationally inclined (using the ethnic dialectic of the German Volk), while the Communists favoured global subjugation (hence the 'Internationale').
After World War II the Left portrayed Hitler as the great satan. Here the dichotomy of Nazism versus Communism was born: this was however a Communist PR ploy which has worked to this day. But far from being opposites both ideologies are in fact each other's mirror image, cousins if you will, while the real opposition, the actual enemy, is Classical Liberalism or Libertarianism, rooted in the Enlightenment and in the West, which by the way wasn't originally radically atheist at all, on the contrary.
Over time and through various twists of history the two totalitarian isms also got transplanted onto Middle Eastern soil, where they gave birth to Panarabism, Arab Nationalism and Ba'athism.
Today's political correctness emanates from a revived Marxism from which the baby boom generation of the 60s cannot seem to say goodbye: their hatred of a free West is burnt onto their souls and treason has become their second nature. Some one described it aptly as "they just cannot pop out of the Marxist dialectic". It is their mindset that is our ruin today, as they now inhabit the corridors of power.
If a recently unearthed 1985 interview with KGB agent and Soviet defector Bezmenov is anything to go by, the moral compass of the 60's generation has been totally and irrevocably removed by the KGB subversion program. What that left undone, was completed by the fifth columnists at the Frankfurt School of Cultural Marxism, as the undersigned can personally attest to. (For novices, here's a commentary on Gramsci, another luminary)
The influence these intellectuals had on that generation can simply not be overstated: they prescribed how 'thinking people' should act and what their opinions should be, from the books and the newspaper they read, the friends they kept, to the movies they saw, to the brand of tobacco they smoked and the coffee they drank.
They were in no uncertain measure specifically 'present' in the bedroom, which - if they had any say in the matter, should preferably be shared by any number of people. The family a gonner as women dragged husbands through divorce courts whole-sale, Eros and Agapi were kept strictly separated as per Kinsey ukase. Children became a kind of common property, to be raised and cared for, by whoever happened to be present (if any).
Fast forward to the new millennium. The cooperation in the Unholy Alliance of the Western Left with Islamists, as the latter swap their secular subjectivism for a theological one, is simply a Feast of Recognition: egalitarian collectivism against individual liberty, totalitarian statism versus limited government at the people's pleasure, anti reason against science and technology, socialism vs. capitalism and free markets, state (which in Islam is synonymous with religion) against voluntary mutual benefit, state/divine intervention versus free will: in short, combined totalitarianism against the classical liberal values as embodied by the West: freedom and democracy.
And of course the collectivists share the dialectic of Oppressor versus the Oppressed and socially constructed victimhood. This mock epic battle is the basis of all collectivist ideologies, uniquely cultivated to keep the 'struggle' going. Communism had its classes; the Nazis the German Volk; Cultural Marxism its students, women, gays and blacks, as Islam has the true believers versus the infidel.
Multiculturalism is a later manifestation of Cultural Marxism and keeps true to the dialectic mechanism on a cultural level, while N.G.O.ism (U.N.) and transnational progressivism (E.U., N.A.U.) play the same trick on the global scale of nations and states. The same story is transposed and extrapolated on all levels. So much for defeating Marxism, fifty years overdue.
Last but certainly not least the totalitarian isms share a justification of violence to power: the Western versions' passe-partout is provided for by Messrs Rousseau and Marx; the Islamic variety is of course rooted in Koranic scripture, which in the early stages also served as a platform for the conquest of the Christian lands in the Middle East and beyond.
I have laid down the ideological histories and how the three isms relate, in Chart I: The Straight Red Line for easy reference.
But the uncovering of the close ties within the Unholy Alliance doesn't stop here. AEL's Abu Jahjah's vocabulary of choice doesn't come by accident straight out of the Marxist-Leninist handbook for Leftist dummies ... dhimmis.
Just in: Hodja has published "Postmodern Jihad - What Osama bin Laden learnt from the Left", insights into the more recent relations between Islamism and Cultural Marxism: have hardly read it myself, but I think I should share it.
Much is made of political correctness. Some interpret it as latter day Cultural Marxism itself. Personally I see it as soft social pressure, to coerce others into conforming with the Left's ideology: the 'redistribution' of freedoms and rights along the lines of the dialectic. The idea is to shift power, capital, rights, etc. from the Oppressor to the Oppressed minorities. The great trick is to treat gender and faith, on an equal footing with race. But what we have to keep in mind here, is that gender is subject to choice, while Muslims are born as such.
This can be taken very far indeed, as legislation is put in place in support of the same object. We have recently seen that played out with the SIOE demo and Brussels Mayor, Freddy 'The Toad' Thielemans. At that stage, we have de facto a totalitarian situation where dissenters are made common criminals, case need on trumped up charges of assaulting a bus driver. Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna is spot on in today's post "Democratic Europe R.I.P." Freddy and His Walloon Troopers made European history yesterday.
But for most, including the good people of the silent majority , if reality gets too scary to deal with, denial erects a impenetrable curtain of make-belief in the hope the bogey will go away. I just read this morning in a paper that the Dutch as a nation, have become happier than they were a few years back during an economic downturn. Happy totalitarian dreams every one! I hope your bank accounts grow at an even pace!
Others - like Council of Europe's Secretary General Terry Davis - have become completely deluded in their psychological pathology. To them it's simply beyond the realm of the possible - indeed, a crime! - that people might be genuinely worried about the fate of their culture and continent. This type of custodians of 'European values' have no qualm whatsoever of beating up and criminalizing civilians and politicians with whom they happen to disagree. Even manufactured charges do not seem to trigger a red-hot-moral-no-no meme with these Quislings. They have become amoral thugs, who have lost sight of their opponents humanity, and do not know it. That is what scares me to death.
Update: The New York Times is offering a fascinating view of a German officer's World War II photo album of Auschwitz. The commentary is wrong at one point, when exclaiming that this is what "antisemitism, racism and hatred" does to humans. This should actually be: "this is what happens if ideology is valued over human life".