Saturday, February 28, 2009

Robert Spencer on "context" and the Quran...



!WARNING! My audio was screwed up. The sound is muffled at the beginning but don't turn your speakers way up because at 1:18 the audio kicks in properly, only to be muffled again after 1:59. I took the liberty of typing up a transcript in case you can't understand some of it:



Look, there’s a certain kind of “Alice In Wonderland” aspect to the challenge of “hate-speech” being leveled at Geert Wilders and at others like him, and I think that it’s especially piquant that many of you if not all of you were provided with a specimen of it on your way in tonight. Did you get this paper? I love this. This paper says, and you can read along with me, it’s point 1, 2, 3, 4. “The excerpts of Quran in this film Fitna” which we will see soon, “are wrong. The excerpts of Quran in this film are wrong, he is also,” what do you think? “Taking them out of context!” Yes, it’s not possible for somebody like me or somebody like Geert Wilders to quote the Quran in context, it can’t be done. I’ve tried though and we’re gonna try again tonight.

Very briefly, I hope not to try your patience this is the "Tafsir Abdullah Lani" (?) which is an ancient and widely-respected mainstream Muslim commentary written by Muslims for Muslims on the Quran. And so, let’s give these folks their due. They made all this trouble to print this up and to give this out to us, and they said that Geert Wilders is quoting the Quran out of context, and so here’s some context, this is the- (applause).

This is one of the most popular and widely-respected and widely-cited, among Muslims, commentary on the Quran, alright? Now, a couple of verses are quoted in Fitna; Fitna the film that we’re going to see, and so I’m going to give you a little bit of a preview. There is for example Chapter 8 Verse 60 of the Quran which tells believers to "strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah." And of course we all know that I just took it out of context, because we all know that there’s a perfectly cuddly way to strike terror into the hearts of the infidels. If only we understood it in context everything would be great, and it really means “give them a hug.”


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Wilders in Washington

It was my great honor and privilege to see Geert Wilders in person at two events in Washington, DC on Friday February 27, 2009. I have to say that unfortunately I didn't get many pics/videos, and that the audio on my videos was shaky and coming in and out. But I hope you get some enjoyment out of the little episodes I caught and can look past the poor technical quality. Here's a first little clip of the crowd assembled to see Wilders at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC, led by Pamela Geller in singing "Happy Birthday" to a genuinely tickled Robert Spencer. More to come.



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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Visionary

If you don't get to see this man speak in the United States this week, watch this video. It's almost an hour long and you get to see Wilders develop his ideas with the audience.





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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Beautiful thoughts from an Israeli Arab

Speaks for itself. He has my respect.




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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Analysis: Obama address renews audacity to hope"

This is an AP headline? It sounds less like an "Analysis" and more like a tacky slogan directly from the Obama Team.

And the writer goes over the top in wistfully equating Obama's actions to FDR's:

He sounded like Roosevelt who, after closing banks briefly in the first days of his presidency, stoked the embers of American optimism. "Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan," Roosevelt said. "Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system. It is up to you to support and make it work. It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail."

Like Roosevelt, Obama asked Americans to unite against pessimism. "We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril, and claimed opportunity from ordeal," Obama said. "Now we must be that nation again."

Like Roosevelt, Obama said his government had already provided the machinery to create jobs, improve access to health care, free up credit and help struggling homeowners.

And, like Roosevelt, he challenged Americans to help fix the nation's woes. Obama even challenged his fellow citizens to recognize their role in creating the problem. "People bought homes they knew they couldn't afford," Obama said, "from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway."

Remember, Franklin Roosevelt is best known for taking us through the bloodiest war in history.



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Middle-class Britons wear keffiyeh's and throw things at police?


Britain faces summer of rage - police


Middle-class anger at economic crisis could erupt into violence on streets


The pictorial accompaniment to this Guardian piece speaks the words that the text wouldn't dare. The article bizarrely refers to "middle-class anger" as a likely catalyst for riots this summer. Either the British conception of "middle-class" is radically different from the American, or (perhaps more likely) the Guardian has its own particular definition of "middle-class."

The caption says that the pictured protesters are "clashing with police in London over Israel's action in Gaza," yet the article itself does not mention "Islam" or "Muslim" once. It doesn't even mention "youths."

I don't doubt that jobless middle and working-class Britons will be upset about the economic situation this summer, and may strike, and may even demonstrate aggressively in the street. But the more serious threat to "community cohesion" is the Islamic rioter. Striking workers can be satiated with concessions and government money, but Islam has a hunger that goes beyond anything the infidel UK government can offer.

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An eloquent denunciation of Obama's kowtowing to the Islamic world

In this monologue Jay Shapiro of Israel National Radio points out the obvious contradictions in Barack Obama's policy of appeasement towards the Islamic world:




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Monday, February 23, 2009

Multiculturalism breeds Islamism; native populations turn to extremism

The British elites are wetting themselves over the rise in popularity of the British National Party. As Melanie Phillips writes they have no one but themselves to blame:

The reason for its increasing success is obvious. Like all populist, neo-fascist parties, the BNP is opportunistically exploiting the failure by the political establishment to address issues of pressing and legitimate concern to the public.

It is making hay with the terminal alienation of the British electorate, not merely from the current Government but from the entire political mainstream. Many voters have concluded that ‘they’re all the same as each other’.

And they are right. The British establishment refuses to recognize the revolutionary changes that Islamic immigrants are bringing to UK cities, and they ban outsiders who are willing to confront the issue head-on.

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VasileOmFrumos Returns!!!

The wonderful counter-jihad content provider from Romania, VasileOmFrumos (Costin), has a new YouTube channel up with several translations of "Fitna." Best of luck to him and let's see how long YouTube allows him to broadcast. They are already harassing him:

After less than hours of posting Fitna translations, I got strange warnings from youtube fro 3 clips:

"Dear vasileOmFrumos2,

"Your video, FITNA Czech 2 of 2, may have content that is owned or licensed by rumblefish.

No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information."

...and people form a Romanian islamic forum already started complaining about a Romanian blog I write on with 7 other people, http://patrupedbun.net :

http://www.islamulazi.ro/forum/index.php?showtopic=2253&st=0

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IFPS and Geert Wilders Call for an International First Amendment

PRESS RELEASE

International Free Press Society and Geert Wilders Call for An International First Amendment And Ban On All Hate Speech Laws

Washington DC — On Friday, February 27, 2009, Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders, founder and floor leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), and the International Free Press Society (IFPS), in conjunction with the Center for Security Policy, will discuss recent attacks on free speech worldwide, especially the recent legal actions against Wilders and other political leaders and journalists.

The International Free Press Society will announce a global initiative to protect free speech from laws that criminalize any criticisms of Islam or the doctrines of Shariah.

The event will include a screening of Fitna, the controversial film which includes quotations from the Koran, documentary footage of Islamic leaders inciting violence (jihad) based on those quotations, and documentary footage of jihadist violence. The film can be viewed on the Internet here.

Mr. Wilders will discuss his efforts to show Fitna and to rally support for free speech and the right to criticize Islam.

Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, will discuss the dangers to America’s national security and civil liberties imposed by global oppression of free speech. CSP recently hosted a conference in London entitled “Free Speech, Jihad and the Future of Western Civilization.” Selected speeches from that conference can be found here.

Concerning recent attacks on free speech, Gaffney said: “The insinuation of Shariah legal codes and practices into Free World societies includes the effort to impose Shariah blasphemy, slander and libel laws in the West. According to Shariah, it is impermissible to engage in speech or writings that ‘defame’ Islam or otherwise offend its followers. We must oppose all these efforts.”

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thomas Madden: America's Top Crusades Historian

Thomas Madden, an historian at St Louis University, is interviewed here. He does much to dispell common myths about the Crusades, including the idea that the Crusades were an unjust, barbaric assault on a peaceful Islamic world.

The following box is a complete playlist of the series (Parts 1-4):



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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pallywood

Propaganda film-making is the second largest industry in Gaza (just after screenprinting).





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Friday, February 20, 2009

Real Crusades History

If you enjoy my historical videos you need to check out this gentleman's work on YouTube: RealCrusadesHistory. Whereas my videos use the Crusades as a general backdrop to place Islamic atrocities in context, this guy is taking us through the Crusades themselves and dispelling some common myths. I learned a lot from his presentations and I hope you will too:







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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Saudi YouTube hate comments are an opportunity for learning

I received 3 hostile comments on my video "What's In a Letter?" on YouTube today. In the video I discuss a 7th century letter from Islamic leader Caliph Umar to the last King of Persia advising him to submit to Islam or be destroyed. I compared this to a 2006 letter from Iran's Ahmadinejad to President Bush which many in the mainstream media interpreted as a peace gesture, but which actually "invited" Bush to convert to Islam as a prelude to war. This custom is derived from Muhammad's own words:

When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. [...]

If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them.


In the video I read directly from the letter that the King of Persia wrote in response to Caliph Umar, denouncing Islam and extolling the glories of ancient Persia. Here's what a Saudi "gentleman" going by the YouTube username sunniIMAM had to say about it:

fUCK YOU KUFFAR!!! THIS LETTER IS FROM TIME OF IGNORANCE!!! THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT ISLAM!!! SUCH FILTHY WRITING AGAINST ISLAM WAS BURNED ALL OF IT SO YOU HAVE ONLY SOME FRAUD MADE BY JEWS!!! IS FUCKING FRAUD YOU DOG OF FILTH FROM HELLFIRE!!!!

"KUFFAR" = infidel, non-muslim

The "TIME OF IGNORANCE" is the time in a nations history before they accepted Islam. In most cases the previous history of the nation has been erased or has been bent to serve the interests of Islam. An example is the retroactive designation of Jesus as a "Palestinian" and Abraham as an "Iraqi," and the claim that all Old and New Testament prophets were Muslims.

"THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT ISLAM": They knew enough to know that they didn't want to submit to it, as is abundantly clear from the text of the letter.

"SUCH FILTHY WRITING AGAINST ISLAM WAS BURNED ALL OF IT SO YOU HAVE ONLY SOME FRAUD MADE BY JEWS!!!": Here he shows how proud he is that Islam censored all knowledge that came before it, and he throws in the requisite Jew-hatred conspiracy nonsense for good measure.

"IS FUCKING FRAUD YOU DOG OF FILTH FROM HELLFIRE!!!!": At least that insult is semi-creative, just like the graphic insult he posted in two consecutive posts below it.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Panorama - "Muslim First, British Second"

A surprisingly frank BBC documentary on the Islamic fifth-column. Still plenty of vomit-inducing scenes of pusillanimous BBC reporters submitting themselves to verbal abuse at meetings of rabid violent Muslims screaming "Allahu Akbar." They accord these Islamists more respect than they did Geert Wilders.

Some of the folks posting this seem to think it will be taken down soon, so enjoy it while it lasts!



Parts 2 and 3 and a second source for the same film below the fold:









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Miracle in Israel: Peres admits the obvious

A few weeks ago, octogenarian and perennial Israeli political figure President Shimon Peres seemingly broke free from his dementia and stood up to vociferously defend his nation against the slurs of hypocritical Turkish PM Erdogan. Peres took a sober and firm approach, reading from the Hamas charter and insisting that any nation faced with such a threat had a responsibility to respond as Israel did in Gaza.

Peres: Slowly but surely growing a pair

Now, he has admitted that Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 was a mistake. Furthermore, he has pledged that in his formal role as organizer of the new Israeli government he would not favor a coalition given to similar unilateral retreats.

President Shimon Peres made a surprising statement Wednesday, saying that while he supported the 2005 Gaza pullout, he now sees himself "as one of the people who were wrong. We should have done things differently."

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"My problem is less whom to entrust with the role of prime minister but rather the candidate's policies. The world is undergoing new situations and the new government must adjust its policies accordingly."


What's next? Will he admit the fallacy of the Oslo Peace Process as a whole? That might mean surrending his Nobel Prize... considering he shares it with Arafat he should consider it an honor to jettison that piece of junk.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

5th Column: Muslim terrorist camps in America

"Scattered across the United States, unknown to all but a handful of citizens, are 35 Islamic terrorist training compounds known as Muslims of America. Under the leadership of a radical Pakistani cleric, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, Muslims of America has thousands of devoted followers who are being groomed for homegrown jihad."








More information on Jamaat ul-Fuqra and Sheikh Gilani:

Jamaat ul-Fuqra

Sheikh Gilani Lane, Virginia, USA


Sheikh Gilani's American Disciples

Sheikh Gilani's ongoing recruitment efforts

Jamaat ul-Fuqra in Virginia

Jamaat ul-Fuqra in Georgia — From the Air

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Lord Ahmed insists on legal action against UK Jews; apparently UK Muslims fighting in Jihadist wars across the planet do not concern him

Listen to this fat, arrogant, Islamist manslaughterer complain about UK Jews committing "war crimes" in the IDF:



Most people are familiar with the 7/7 bombings carried out by Muslim citizens of the UK on their own neighbors. Here's a small sample of the violence British Muslims have been perpetrating on the rest of the world:

3 UK Muslims killed fighting for Taliban

British Muslims "fighting with Taliban in Afghanistan"


British Muslims fighting alongside Taliban, commanders claim

British Muslims have become a mainstay of the global Jihad

70 British Muslims join Iraq insurgency


UK draws up list of 100 British Muslims fighting in Iraq War

British Muslims aid Taliban in attacks on UK soldiers in Afghanistan


Is Lord Ahmed equally disturbed by these instances of British citizens committing war crimes abroad? No, apparently violence committed abroad by British citizens is fine as long as they are Muslim.

Here's a bonus clip of this odious man comparing Salman Rushdie to a Holocaust denier and referring to the Turkish genocide of Armenians as an "alleged genocide." This man is sickening, it is a crime against decency that he has a seat of power in a Western government:



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America sneezes, China catches cold but keeps going to work sick cause it has no other options...

Via Hot Air:

China: We hate you, but we hate everyone else more

In the current financial crisis, many people wonder how much longer China will buy American debt, or whether they will start dumping it and create an even deeper crisis for Washington. China apparently answered that question earlier this week in its assessment of its options — which is to say, none. Like Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman, they’ve got nowhere else to go:

China will continue to buy US Treasury bonds even though it knows the dollar will depreciate because such investments remain its “only option” in a perilous world, a senior Chinese banking regulator said on Wednesday.

China has used the dollars it accumulates selling manufactured goods to US consumers to accumulate the world’s largest holding of Treasuries. …

Mr Luo, speaking at the Global Association of Risk Management’s 10th Annual Risk Management Convention, said: “Except for US Treasuries, what can you hold?” he asked. “Gold? You don’t hold Japanese government bonds or UK bonds. US Treasuries are the safe haven. For everyone, including China, it is the only option.”

Hey, in a world filled with anti-Americanism, that’s refreshing. At least someone loves us. Or … maybe not:

Mr Luo, whose English tends toward the colloquial, added: “We hate you guys. Once you start issuing $1 trillion-$2 trillion [$1,000bn-$2,000bn] . . .we know the dollar is going to depreciate, so we hate you guys but there is nothing much we can do.”

The colloquial, huh? Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, Luo.

China still could dump US debt, but they’d lose their shirts, and nothing else in the market looks better. Beijing has become a little too capitalist to pull a cut-off-the-nose-to-spite-the-face ploy with its main assets. They need the stability to stay in power. Right now, that means they need to ensure that US debt doesn’t tank.

Feel any better? It’s like having your spouse tell you that she can’t stand you, but she’s sticking around for her half of the retirement accounts, which would get destroyed in a divorce. You feel marginally better, but you sleep with one eye open, just in case she turns into Lorena Bobbitt.


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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Geert Wilders defends himself against a pompous dhimmi BBC "journalist"



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Scenes from the Third Jihad: CAIR

The United American Committee gives us a good roundup of CAIR's pro-jihadist activities in this new video:



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Saudi Society for the Defense of Women's Rights Launches Internet Campaign

I was not able to find any additional information on this group. I wish them well, it appears that these interviews were carried out in Saudi Arabia (or at least an Arabic-speaking country). They must know they are putting their lives in jeopardy by publishing this video:



Bless them for their efforts.

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The hypocrisy of the UK government and the Islamic threat to free expression



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Comic Relief: Aisha and Nawal

I have to admit this is pretty funny. "Aisha and Nawal hang a flier in the street":




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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Every culture has its particular style of domestic violence...

... embrace diversity!

Founder of US Muslim TV charged with beheading wife

Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Detectives have charged her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder.

"He came to the police station at 6:20 p.m. [Thursday] and told us that she was dead," Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz said late this morning.

Muzzammil Hassan told police that his wife was at his business, Bridges TV, on Thorn Avenue in the village. Officers went to that location and discovered her body.

Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light.

The killing apparently occurred some time late Thursday afternoon. Detectives still are looking for the murder weapon.

"Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible," Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said today.


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rushdie: The Wilders of the 80's

With all the drama surrounding Geert Wilder's trip to the UK, it's easy to forget that a similar uproar, complete with a controversial work of art and death threats, engulfed Britain 20 years ago:



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Sam Harris on Islam

A narrated excerpt from Sam Harris' book "Letter to a Christian Nation." Thanks to STOPShariaLAWnow.



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Concerns all around...

PAPER: US concerned over prospect of right-wing government in Israel...






I'm more concerned about the reality of a left-wing government in the United States... who's looking out for my concerns?


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How They Voted: southern Israel veers sharply to the Right



It turns out that having rockets lobbed at your home by Hamas makes you sympathize a bit more with the political Right.

Haaretz has a great presentation of voting patterns by city and sector (i.e. Arab, religious, secular, kibbutz, etc). Sderot and Ashkelon, the cities most affected by Hamas missiles have taken a decided swing to the right:





In Sderot where 30% of the population suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a solid majority of 56% voted for the two major right-wing parties (Likud/Yisrael Beitenu) while only 17% went to the center-left (Kadima/Labor):






Ashkelon, a city of 100,000 which came under Hamas rocket range starting in March 2008, gave 58% to the major right-wing parties, and 22% to the two center-left parties:



What's the saying... a Conservative is a Liberal who's been mugged?

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Iraqi MP: "Only Nations Living in the Past Produce Martyrs"

Listen to this incredibly brave Iraqi parliamentarian denounce the culture of death in Iraq and the Islamic world in general:



Another interesting point: he refers to the Wailing Wall, the focal point of prayer for Jews, as an example of a people hanging on to the past. The remarkable thing is that he says it with no derision or hatred, it's simply a useful example. It's refreshing to hear that from a Muslim.

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The plight of women in Islam

This video, "Ask Our Muslim Women About Islam," has a thorough roundup of the hellish experiences of Muslim women around the world:

WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES


Do you have a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin or girlfriend that you love? Then you have a personal stake in ensuring that Sharia law does not advance. Start working against it now.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Europe still blames the Jews

And the anti-Jewish sentiment is strongest in a country which expelled it's Jews en masse in 1492 and where only 12,000 Jews live today (or 0.03% of the total population of 42.5 million):

It says that in Spain, 74 percent of those asked say they feel it is "probably true" that Jews hold too much sway over the global financial markets. That is the highest percentage in the survey.

Article from Jpost: 1/3 of Europeans: "Jews caused financial meltdown"

And while Europeans are keeping vigilant watch against the global Jewish conspiracy, they are still in denial about this:




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The Chosen Pariah: Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century

I came across this documentary today on YouTube. It is a good primer on the history of anti-semitism and its proliferation in the Islamic world today:

The Chosen Pariah: Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century
by Andrew Goldberg

This documentary discusses the 21st century resurgence of anti-Semitism worldwide, as is evident from hate-propaganda to vandalism, to attacks on Jews themselves. Examines also the history and origins of anti-Semitism, including comments from scholars and selected archival footage of historical events, pertinent to the discussion. Reports from western watch groups such as the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, indicate a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents since the year 2000, especially in Europe. There, the annual average number of such incidents has more than doubled since the 1990s. Research shows that since the year 2000, an increasing number of anti-Semitic acts in parts of Europe, particularly in France and England, are being committed by Muslim and Arab youths who live there. While in more and more Muslim communities around the world, there is an alarming increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric in the political and public arenas, especially in the mainstream media. Looks at the reason behind the rise in anti-Semitism in the Islamic world today, and the real threats it poses; and how history can help with the better understand of what is happening.


Please pardon the YouTube title that appears; the poster colorfully designated it "Antisemitic Jew Haters."



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Monday, February 9, 2009

UK band releases Islamophobic music video; riots across the Muslim world, 54 dead



What if The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" had been released in 2009?

KARACHI- The streets of Pakistan's largest city overflowed with enraged protesters today as what has been billed as the "Great Music Video Riots" reached a crescendo across the Muslim world. At least 20 people died when angry protesters set fire to a Karachi McDonalds during the busy lunch hour. Another 4 were killed and dozens injured by errant projectiles outside of the UK embassy in Damascus, as tightly-packed protesters hurled molotov cocktails and rocks indiscriminately towards the compound. These disturbances are in reaction to the controversial video "Rock the Casbah" by British punk rockers The Clash.

Ahmed al-Zabada, spokesman for the Islamic Brotherhood Society of America, deplored the violence but said it was an unavoidable reaction to Islamophobic sacrilege. "This video is an abomination," al-Zabada said. "Do you realize that the bassist is wearing the uniform of an Israeli soldier? Those fascist Zionist pigs just slaughtered our brothers in Gaza, and he parades around with his guitar like it's a big joke? Of course there are riots!"

Islamic clerics and activists across the world have denounced other aspects of the video they say defame their religion and culture. At 1:03 the lead singer shouts irreverently about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), highlighting the insensitivity with which Westerners treat the hallowed religious figure even after the disasterous "Cartoon Riots" of 2006.

At 1:18 a Muslim man is depicted drinking alcohol, which is forbidden under Islamic Sharia Law (Quran 5:90-91). Perhaps most disturbingly, the same Muslim man is repeatedly depicted fraternizing with a Nazi-imperialist son of pigs and monkeys (i.e. Jew).

The ACLU chimed in yesterday claiming that the Arab-Muslim man shown gallavanting around oil wells and gas stations was a harmful stereotype that threatened community cohesion and racial harmony.

In response to these provocations, the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference has renewed efforts to ban critical and disrespectful portrayals of Islam in media and art. The UN General Assembly is expected to vote on a measure this week. Those who enjoy peace and quiet would do well to support the measure.

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Despite Hamas' claims of victory in the recent war, the people they govern are not exactly convinced

Palestinian poll: Hamas support drops

A Palestinian poll conducted after Operation Cast Lead has found that 56 percent of residents in the Gaza Strip and 48.3% of Palestinians in the West Bank and east Jerusalem believe Hamas is leading them in the wrong direction.

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Today, Hamas is supported by only 27.8% of the population in the Gaza Strip, compared to 51.5% in November, said Dr. Nabil Kukali, founder and general director of the PCPO.

Fatah's popularity in the Hamas-controlled coastal territory lies at 42.5%, compared to 31.4% in November.

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In the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Fatah is now supported by 39.2%, while Hamas is supported by only 23.7%, according to the poll.



I can't imagine why these folks are dissatisfied with their leadership. Maybe Hamas' tendency to murder any dissenters in the Strip is part of it?:


Three weeks after the devastating military offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, it was clear that there was significant anger and fear on the streets of Gaza. But not all of it was directed at or because of Israel.

In a bustling downtown commercial district, a taxi driver named Emad agreed to talk to a Western reporter on the street about the lack of security he felt following Operation Cast Lead.

"Every day is a war here," he said last week. "Each day we hear threats from Israel about war."

But when asked whether he thought that Hamas or Fatah had been strengthened because of Operation Cast Lead, Emad shook his head and quickly walked away.

"If I talk about this, I'm afraid that Hamas will come and kill me," he told another taxi driver accompanying the reporter, before walking off.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Multicultural immigrant enriches Australian society

This illegal Muslim immigrant came to Australia in 1989, overstayed his 1 month visitor visa and used legal stalling tactics until he was able to strategically marry a Lebanese Australian citizen in 1992. He hasn't worked a day in 19 years and has leeched a million dollars in welfare payments for himself, his wife, and his 7 children.

Oh, also he was planning to murder thousands of the Australian citizens whose tax money he was living off of in a Jihadist massacre.

Abdul Nacer Benbrika (born in Algeria about 1960), Australian Muslim activist, also known as Abu Bakr, was one of 17 men arrested in the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne in November 2005, and charged with membership of a terrorist organisation and of planning terrorist attacks on targets within Australia. Benbrika is alleged to be the spiritual leader of the group. Lawyers for Benbrika and the other men arrested have denied all the charges. On 15th of September 2008 Benbrika was found guilty on the charge of intentionally being the leader and a member of a terrorist organisation.






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Persecution of former Muslims in Britain

This clip from the UK show "Dispatches" tells the story of a Muslim man who converted to Christianity, and the subsequent abuse and violence directed at his family in accordance with Islamic law.

Of course in the PC tradition the reporter is careful to use such phrases as "some Muslims believe converting to another religion is an act of apostasy."



But to his credit he reads some blunt statements from several books he's just picked up from the local Islamic bookstore:

"The punishment by death in the case of apostasy has been unanimously agreed upon by all the four schools of Islamic jurisprudence."

"Any muslim who changes his or her religion, kill him or her."

"Anyone who rejects Islam and abandons it, cut off his head."

In a world of reason the analysis would end there. The thugs who are harassing this convert and his family are acting in accordance with mainstream Islamic thought. Actually, they are relatively "moderate" because they have not killed the apostate, merely destroyed his property and harassed and threatened him, his wife, and five children. But because we live in a world of politically correct nonsense, the reporter goes on to interview an Islamic cleric who says those excitable young vandals are simply misunderstanding the tenets of the great Religion of Peace.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dutch cartoonist addresses Free Press Society; disguises self in Burqa due to death threats

Via IFPS:

Speaking to a packed hall in Copenhagen last night the Dutch cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot delivered an unambiguous message: “Once you trade your freedom for peace, you are doomed. The Netherlands, and I am sorry to say so, has set a very poor example.”

The invitation from the Copenhagen-based Free Press Society presented the first opportunity for the persecuted artist to state his case on behalf of the freedom of expression. It was in fact the first time he has ever been invited to deliver a public address.

Mr. Nekschot is one among a growing number of Europeans who have to fear for their lives if their identities should be revealed, so he chose to deliver his speech clad in a burka.



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The full text of his speech follows:



Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the Netherlands, satire is an old tradition. This tradition began seven centuries ago, in the thirteenth century, with the epic poem Reynaerd ‘the Fox’. The poem Reynaerd ‘the Fox’ ridiculed nobility and clergy - the highest civil and religious authorities of that era. The author must have been a wise man, he managed to keep his identity a secret.

Monty Python’s movie Life of Brian pokes fun at Christianity. The movie stirred up anger and controversy in 1979. Nevertheless, the movie could be watched almost everywhere. The makers, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin received neither death sentences nor did the Public Prosecutor lift them from their beds and put them behind bars.

These two fairly random examples illustrate that in Western Europe, religion - in the cases mentioned Christianity - has been ridiculed for ages. First this was done anonymously or under pseudonym, later openly. In Western culture, rationalism, science, humanism and democracy, in a lengthy and painful process, created the separation between Church and State. Freedom of Speech became a constitutional right in many countries. Thus, ridiculing Christianity, without fear of losing one’s life, has been possible for quite some time.

When large numbers of migrants with a different cultural and religious background came to Western Europe, things fundamentally changed. Poorly educated - and without exception raised under dictatorial regimes - a lot of immigrants with an Islamic background cannot agree to our separation between religion and politics, no matter how self-evident this separation appears to us.

Monty Python makes fun of Jesus in Life of Brian. A comparable movie about the life of Mohammed - the founder of Islam - is out of the question. The dreadful fate of film director Theo van Gogh says it all. The horrible and sadistic manner in which Theo van Gogh was ritually slaughtered by a fanatical Muslim meant a return to the Dark Ages for the Netherlands as far as the freedom of speech is concerned. Anyone who has the urge to say something about Islam has to do so most carefully.

On May the 13th of the year 2008, however, the cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot was dragged out of his house by ten civil servants and thrown into jail. Moreover, his home was searched and his computer, mobile telephone, agenda and sketchbooks were confiscated. Cartoons that allegedly discriminated against ethnic minorities and against Muslims caused captivity and a far-reaching infringement of his privacy. Such is the state of affairs in the Netherlands, a country which until recently, was seen as broad-minded, ‘free-thinking’, and enjoying a satirical tradition of more than seven centuries.

How do we interpret this arrest? What has changed in the Netherlands in the past years? Why was Gregorious Nekschot, with his skeptical view on the blessings of a multicultural society, thrown into jail? A number of possible motives and explanations present themselves.

First, the Second World War has left deep scars in Dutch society. The lack of resistance against the deportation of Jewish fellow countrymen has long been a taboo in The Netherlands. This lack of resistance led to a collective trauma in the post-war generation of baby boomers. Satirizing aspects of religion, except Christianity, became something suspicious. In the eyes of baby boomers, any joke about a strange religion or race became the first step towards the trains to Auschwitz. Nekschot was born in the sixties. He is younger than the baby boomers. Therefore a generation conflict could be the motive for this attempt to silence Nekschot’s cynical comments on modern times.

Another Dutch trauma is the colonial past. For a long period the sun never set on Dutch controlled lands. The Dutch profited from the slave trade, and exploited the local populations in the East and West Indies. But they did more than that: they also introduced health care and education, built roads and railroads. This, however, does not lessen the guilty conscience of our baby boom airheads regarding their colored fellow countrymen. Every joke or critical remark about immigrants from our former colonies is seen as an expression of racism. Thus, the ‘we-are-dreadful’ mentality of these do-gooder baby boomers could also be a motive to get rid of the cynic Nekschot.

After the Liberation by the Red Army in 1945, Poland, East Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania experienced the abominations of communism. The Netherlands, thank God, was liberated from fascism by the Americans, British, Canadians and the Free Poles. Safe under the American nuclear umbrella and indulging in the welfare boom, for decades socialist inspired Dutchmen nourished their dreams of a utopian Socialist Welfare State.

When communism collapsed, socialist inspired Dutchmen simply exchanged their bankrupt belief in the Socialist Utopia for a belief in a Multicultural Utopia. The romantic image was of a Multicultural Utopia that ought not to be disturbed by anything. The antisocial behaviour and religiously inspired insanity of a number of immigrants should not be discussed or even criticized, not even in a cartoon.

In typical and reliably old fashioned ways, left extremists do not shun censorship, because a Socialist or Multicultural Utopia does not create itself. It is therefore no surprise that the ultra-leftwing non-governmental private organization Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet (MDI) cooperated with an orthodox imam to nail Gregorius Nekschot. The pathological need for a romantic ideal, with Muslims and colored people in the role of noble savages, is hence yet another possible motive to silence the anti-romantic cartoonist called Nekschot.

Danish meat and dairy export suffered from boycotts after the publication of the - by now well-known - Danish cartoons. In the Netherlands, fear of decreasing exports of deserts, chocolate milk and sausages to the Middle East, led to the creation of a secret Interdepartmental Cartoon Problem Bureau. This secret Bureau, perhaps the most laughable institution in Dutch history, appears to have come to the conclusion that cartoonist Gregorius, on his own, presented a much larger threat to Dutch export than all Danish cartoonists put together did for Danish export. Thus, economic considerations may have been a motive: prevent export losses by silencing Nekschot.

In the Netherlands everybody still remembers the hysterical way in which Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende reacted to Fitna, the anti-Islam film by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders. Balkenende distanced himself loudly, well in advance of the release of Fitna, even without knowing the contents of the film. Prime Minister Balkenende also put severe pressure on Wilders to refrain from releasing Fitna, despite his being a parliamentarian and having a constitutional right to freedom of expression. Fear of trouble with Muslims drove the Prime Minister and his cabinet to questionable servility and compliance. Fear of Islam and panic could have been the reason for these governmental top executives to have the cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot arrested. Cowardice and betrayal are therefore imaginable as the motives for silencing Gregorius Nekschot.

With the arrival of recognizable Muslim immigrant communities to the Netherlands, Christian politicians saw a chance to gain back lost influence in a now almost entirely secularized country. Attempts by successive Ministers of Justice, Piet Hein Donner and Ernst Hirsch Ballin, both Christian Democrats, to revive an obsolete law on ‘offensive blasphemy’ after the murder of Theo van Gogh by a Muslim, point in that direction. Thus, Christian Democratic opportunism whereby the role of victim and perpetrator is reversed once again, could be a motive to teach the godless heathen Gregorius Nekschot a lesson.

In contrast to the ‘Old Media’, the Internet has until now escaped governmental control. Naturally, this is a thorn in the flesh of moralists. For this reason, under the leadership of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, a ‘civilizing offensive’ has started. Christian Democrats firmly believe that ‘freedom comes with responsibility’. For Christian Democrats this means that constitutional laws on Freedom of Speech are subordinate to those on Freedom of Religion. As they see it, Christians and Muslims may for religious reasons discriminate against women and homosexuals as they see fit, but Christians and Muslims themselves may not be criticized, as this would be seen as legally forbidden discrimination.

Gregorius Nekschot, manifesting himself mainly on the Internet, was forcibly arrested. A clear signal to the general public there are limits to what is acceptable on the Internet. Thus, the desire to get a grip on the Internet may have been a motive to shut up this fiendish Nekschot.

The last motive on this list concerns - for the time being - is the personal ambitions of the Public Prosecutor in Discrimination Cases. A Public Justice Magistrate who wants to play God is indeed a new phenomenon in the Netherlands. With the arrest and the breaking of Gregorius Nekschot’s anonymity, the Public Prosecutor loads a heavy responsibility on his shoulders. Not only is the arrest of a cartoonist a direct attack on the Freedom of Speech, in a world full of Muslims who wish to impose sharia law by force, it is a license to kill.

In short: even Nekschot himself could have thought of enough motives to arrest a Dutch cartoonist in the Year of our Lord 2008.

So, what has changed in the Netherlands? The present governing coalition of orthodox Christians, Christian Democrats and Social-democrats is an outright disaster. The Christians in the cabinet try to rob the Dutch of their traditional small pleasures. A smoking ban, a ban on prostitution, a ban on smoking weed, and a ban on magic mushrooms have been introduced. The list is longer but, one by one, these are all attempts to teach the Dutch that their life on earth is not meant to be pleasant.

Christian politicians’ fear of social unrest is deeply rooted. Former Prime Minister Colijn even advised his fellow countrymen to collaborate with the Nazis and abort all resistance after the defeat of the Dutch army in 1940. A cartoonist who pokes fun at Islam is exactly the type of “subversive element” that orthodox Christians and Christian Democrats would rather see the backside of.

Social-democrats, previously well known for their anti-religious behaviour, appease Islamists with subsidies and preferential treatment. They do this for electoral purposes. For instance, Job Cohen, the social-democrat mayor of Amsterdam, has personally abolished the separation of Church & State in the Dutch capital, only to please Muslim voters.

This poisonous cocktail of religion, religious insanity, Christian opportunism and left-wing self-interest have created a deadly threat for Freedom & Democracy in the Netherlands.

Extremists have already killed a politician and a movie-director in the Netherlands. Now the Dutch State has started to arrest and intimidate artists. It is frightening to see how fast, and how easily, the Netherlands is slipping back into dark times.

In the year 2008 it was Gregorius Nekschot who was arrested and thrown into jail, in 2009 there will be others.

Ladies and Gentlemen, once you trade your freedom for peace, you are doomed. The Netherlands, and I am sorry to say so, has set a very poor example.

Long live a free Denmark!

Gregorius Nekschot

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More insight into Turkey's Erdogan and his hypocrisy

Steven Plaut of Frontpage Magazine writes about Turkey's abuse of its native Greek population and territorial expansion into Constantinople and Cyprus. An excerpt:

Somewhat less well known in the West is the fact that Turkey's creation was also accompanied by the mass expulsion of almost the entire Greek population of Anatolia. The Greeks had been living in Anatolia for thousands of years before the first Turk even stepped foot in the place. Homer was an Anatolian. Western Anatolia at the beginning of the twentieth century held large areas with Greek ethnic majorities. As the Ottoman Empire fell apart, the large Greek populations declared their own independence from Turkey and their union with Greece. The areas around Smyrna and parts of Thrace, with their large Greek population, were supposed to come under Greek sovereignty in the name of self-determination. Britain's Lloyd George was among those who had made the promise.

Between 1919 and 1922, Greece and Turkey fought a bloody war for Western Anatolia. No one knows how many Greeks were butchered by the Turks during the war. But the Greeks lost and virtually the entire Greek population, many hundreds of thousands of people, were expelled en masse by Turkey from their ancestral homelands. Almost four times as many Greeks were expelled from Anatolia than the number of "Palestinians" who became refugees as a result of their fleeing the territory that became independent Israel in 1948. The Anatolian Greeks would never be granted any "right of return."

Then there is the little matter of Constantinople. The Greek claims to Istanbul are at least a hundred times more legitimate than are any Arab claims to Jerusalem. Constantinople was always a Greek city, conquered by the Turks only in 1453. Its Greek churches were turned into mosques, and some today are Turkish museums. Turkey has never offered to internationalize the city nor turn half of it over to the disenfranchised Greeks.

Meanwhile, an entire section of Athens consists of the Greek families expelled from Smyrna (Izmir). Other residents of Athens are ethnic Greeks expelled from illegally occupied northern Cyprus.


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Democratic vs. Martial Diplomacy: In Anticipation of Future Negotiations with Iran and Syria

I came across this wonderful presentation on Israel National Radio from January 26, 2009. Professor Paul Eidelberg is an internationally known political scientist, author and lecturer, and the founder and president of The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy with offices in Jerusalem and Washington, DC. He is also president of the Yamin Israel party.

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The second error of democratic diplomacy is the prejudice that international conflict is caused primarily by lack of mutual understanding, the supposed root of mutual fear and suspicion. The assumption, typical of the liberal-democratic mind, is that men are by nature benevolent and that through discussion they will discover that what they have in common is more important than their differences.


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Unfortunately, history has little significance for democratic societies whose politicians and diplomats are animated by an election-oriented and short-term pragmatism. This “now” mentality renders democrats impatient for results and dictators know how to exploit this impatience. They know that democratic leaders have a personal political interest in the appearance of successful negotiations. Dictators can violate agreements, confident that a democratic prime minister will be reluctant to admit any failure in his own diplomatic achievements.


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Last and perhaps the most serious error and weakness of democratic diplomacy is that it makes too sharp a distinction between peace and war. That is, it fails to take seriously the fact that for martial diplomacy peace is war pursued by other means. Stated another way; “to men of goodwill, unrelenting malevolence is incomprehensible.” Hardly any politician or political scientist in the democratic world takes Islam’s murderous hatred of infidels seriously, to the extent at least of offering a comprehensive plan of action to overcome a totalitarian ideology more dangerous than Nazism.


And for those of you who prefer reading to listening, a full transcript follows:



Democratic vs. Martial Diplomacy: In Anticipation of Future Negotiations with Iran and Syria

by Paul Eidelberg

Since Barack Obama is committed to negotiating with Iran, and since Israel’s government whether led by Benjamin Netanyahu or Tzipi Livni, will be on the negotiating track with the Palestinian authority, it is of crucial importance to understand the differences between democratic and martial diplomacy. Differences of which Israel’s ruling elites seem to be ignorant. Here is how I discussed the subject in “Sadat’s Strategy” which I wrote back in 1978, and updated twenty years later in “Jewish Statesmanship,” and I will apply it to current events:

Negotiation between democracies and dictatorships is rendered difficult by the basic differences in the political character of the two regimes. Diplomacy is not an ideologically neutral affair. How and why states negotiate- their methods and objectives- depends mainly on their principles of government. The diplomacy of a government based on freedom of discussion, pluralism, and compromise will differ profoundly from the diplomacy of a government based on coercion, propaganda, and conformity. Whereas martial diplomacy regards negotiation between adversary states as a form of warfare pursued by other means, democratic diplomacy- largely the product of commercial societies- regards negotiation between adversaries as a means of conciliation, requiring mutual concessions, leading to lasting agreement and peace.

The methods of martial diplomacy resemble a military campaign or a series of maneuvers, the ultimate goal of which is victory over the enemy if not his destruction. The purpose of negotiation is to outflank your enemy; to weaken him by all manner of attacks. If the opponent is a democracy attempts will be made to manipulate public opinion through the media, the object being to weaken or undermine popular support for the government’s negotiating position. Efforts will also be made to divide the government itself by subtle appeals to political factions and opposition leaders. The principle is: “divide and conquer.”

While martial diplomacy attempts to disarm the adversary through guile and professions of peace, these attempts are punctuated by veiled, or less than veiled, threats of war. This use of cunning and intimidation by the martial school of diplomacy reflects the basic character of dictatorial regimes. Obviously under such a system of negotiation trust, fair dealing, and conciliation are not easy. A concession made, a treaty concluded, will be regarded not as a final settlement of a conflict but evidence of weakness and retreat, an advantage which must soon be exploited in preparation of further advances and triumphs.

Here martial diplomacy is aided by the fact that democracies typically and ardently desire peace. And even in the absence of pressure will make gratuitous concessions to the extent of taking risks for peace. Indeed, the very principle of compromise intrinsic to democracies renders them more yielding than dictatorships. Knowing this the leader of a military regime will launch his diplomatic campaign from a negotiating position involving impossible demands from which he will hardly deviate. For example the late Syrian dictator Hafez Assad insisted that Israel withdraw entirely from the Golan Heights before he would even consider signing a peace treaty. The morality of martial diplomacy is quite simple: what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is also mine- or at least negotiable.

In contrast democratic diplomacy is based on the assumption that compromise with one’s rival is generally more profitable than his total destruction. Negotiation is not merely a phase in a death struggle but an attempt to reach some durable and mutually satisfying agreement. The means used are not military tactics but the give and take of civilian or commercial intercourse. The problem is to find some middle ground between two negotiating positions, which when discovered will reconcile their conflicting interests. And to find that middle ground, all that is required is good will, frank discussion and compromise. Because democracies are based on discussion the general tendency of democratic diplomacy is to overestimate the ability of reason to produce confidence and lasting agreement; the attitude of Barack Obama and his Middle East envoy George Mitchell.

This tendency of democratic diplomacy results in a number of errors when confronted by martial diplomacy. First there is the error of making gratuitous concessions, sometimes as gestures of good will. The hope is for “reciprocity,” the mantra of Benjamin Netanyahu. But reciprocity is hardly to be expected from dictatorial regimes. As Henry Kissinger has written, “anyone succeeding in the leadership struggles of such regimes must be single-minded unemotional and dedicated, and above all motivated by enormous desire for power.”

The inherent asymmetry between democratic and dictatorial regimes renders reciprocity dubious and the case of Israel impossible. For a democracy to yield territory, something tangible and irreversible, for nothing more substantial than a dictator’s written and revocable promise of peace is an absurd quid pro quo. Yet this defines the relation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, itself a military dictatorship.

The second error of democratic diplomacy is the prejudice that international conflict is caused primarily by lack of mutual understanding, the supposed root of mutual fear and suspicion. The assumption, typical of the liberal-democratic mind, is that men are by nature benevolent and that through discussion they will discover that what they have in common is more important than their differences.

Third, guided by that liberal prejudice the democratic school of diplomacy tends to minimize conflicting ways of life or ideologies. In his July 1996 address before a joint session of congress, then Prime Minister Netanyahu gratuitously denied any clash of civilizations between Israel and her Arab-Islamic neighbors. Such is the influence of democracy on the intellect that not only Netanyahu and Mitchell, but even political scientists tend to think that ideological conflicts can be overcome by confidence-building measures, above all economic ones. Such sentimental materialism is characteristic of bourgeois as well as socialist democracies preoccupied as they are with the enjoyment of the present.

Forgotten is the high degree of commercial and cultural intercourse between France and Germany before the Franco-Prussian War, and also forgotten is that Russia and Germany were the greatest trading partners before the First and Second World Wars. Unfortunately, history has little significance for democratic societies whose politicians and diplomats are animated by an election-oriented and short-term pragmatism. This “now” mentality renders democrats impatient for results and dictators know how to exploit this impatience. They know that democratic leaders have a personal political interest in the appearance of successful negotiations. Dictators can violate agreements, confident that a democratic prime minister will be reluctant to admit any failure in his own diplomatic achievements. Has Ehud Olmert or Shimon Peres admitted that Oslo was a mistake?

Last and perhaps the most serious error and weakness of democratic diplomacy is that it makes too sharp a distinction between peace and war. That is, it fails to take seriously the fact that for martial diplomacy peace is war pursued by other means. Stated another way; “to men of goodwill, unrelenting malevolence is incomprehensible.” Hardly any politician or political scientist in the democratic world takes Islam’s murderous hatred of infidels seriously, to the extent at least of offering a comprehensive plan of action to overcome a totalitarian ideology more dangerous than Nazism.

Political scientists fail to emphasize that whenever a democracy and a dictatorship negotiate publicly as equals the dictatorship gains enormously. Such negotiation places them on the same moral level. This moral equivalence corrupts public opinion in a democratic world already mired in the university-bred doctrine of moral relativism. Consider the case of Israel. Israeli politicians left and right actually degrade Israel by seeking or conducting negotiation with Arab regimes whose media- especially Egypt’s- vilify Jews and Israel. To demand the cessation of this anti-Semitism as a pre-condition of negotiations would enhance Israel’s honor; a crucial element given the overweening pride of Arabs.

Moreover, negotiation with Arab autocrats conveys the impression that they are no less disposed to candor and peace than Israelis, and that agreements reached with these autocrats will bind their successors, which is sheer nonsense. On the other hand, for Israeli prime ministers to be candid about the bellicose and devious character of Arab regimes must preclude negotiation, something beyond the mentality of democratic politicians who must bow to the idol of peace. This is not to suggest that Israeli politicians are truthful. Back in 1976 when I asked a political advisor to Shimon Peres, “What is Israel’s major problem, “ he said and these are his exact words, “We can’t lie as well as the Arabs.” But since then I have learned, that on the issue of peace, Israel’s ruling elites lie, and not only to their fellow citizens. And they lie far more than Arab rulers lie to their own people.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hamas Prepared for 1-year truce!

... that is, if Israel is willing to let them rearm and import all the missiles they want.

From AP:

CAIRO – Hamas officials said Tuesday they are ready to commit to a cease-fire with Israel for at least a year in exchange for a full opening of Gaza's borders, as the group began a new round of truce talks with Egyptian mediators.

At the same time, foreign ministers of pro-U.S. Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, met in the United Arab Emirates in a show of unity in support for Egypt's efforts to forge a long-term truce and against Iran, Hamas' most important ally.


It is increasingly apparent that Egypt and the rest of the Sunni Arab world are tired of all the trouble that Iran's terrorist proxy makes for them; out of sheer self-preservation they are turning on Hamas.


Hamas demands that any truce include the opening of borders into Gaza, which Israel and Egypt have largely kept sealed since the group seized control of the territory from the rival Fatah faction in 2007.



Why doesn't the international Left protest against Egypt for oppressing the Palestinians? If the Palestinians were indeed starving, Egypt would be just as culpable as Israel.


Hamas also wants a role in administering the border crossings in recognition of its power in Gaza.

Israel says it won't ease the 20-month blockade of the densely populated and impoverished coastal strip without international guarantees that Hamas will be prevented from smuggling more weapons into Gaza. It does not want any deal to give Hamas a role in controlling Gaza border crossings.

Hamas remains committed to Israel's destruction and refused to renounce violence. Both the U.S. and Israel consider it a terrorist group.


Translation: "If you allow us to regroup, retrain, and import weapons to kill you, we'll wait one year to do it." No thanks.

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New Geert Wilders interview

Geert Wilders was interviewed on Israel National Radio on Monday February 2, 2009. The approximately 20 minute segment from the Tamar Yonah show is posted below in 2 parts:

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

UNRWA: Lords of Misery

Another great video from Pierre Rehov. Check out his YouTube channel.



This one focuses on the farcical United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which is actually a massive bureaucracy dedicated to prolonging the misery of displaced Arabs in the vicinity of Israel.

According to the UNRWA, any Arab who had lived in the Mandate of Palestine for more than 2 years in 1948 (and all of his descendants to this day) is considered a "Palestinian refugee." That means an Arab from Cairo could have moved to Jerusalem or Jaffa in 1946 (as many Arabs did for economic opportunity), heeded the call to evacuate Palestine for the final destruction of the Jews in 1948, and now he and his 10 children and his 100 grandchildren and 1,000 great-grandchildren are official "Palestinian refugees" and are wards of the UN for eternity.

Another fun fact from the video: the UN employs 1 staff person per 170 Palestinian refugees, while all other UN programs operate with 1 staff person per 4,000 refugees. The UN is obsessed with prolonging the suffering of Jews and Arabs.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Shimon Peres grows a pair, defends Israel's actions in Gaza

I've generally thought of Shimon Peres as a peace-at-all-costs appeaser, but you can hear real passion in his voice when he defends Israel against slander from Turkish PM (and certifiable hypocrite) Tayyip Erdogan.




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Right-wing party may surpass Labor to become 3rd-Largest in Israel Knesset

The nationalist Israel Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party has seen a rise in its poll numbers and may gain as many as 16 Knesset seats in this months elections. It is entirely possible that the center-right Likud could win 35-40 seats, meaning that these two parties could form a coalition government (requiring 60 of 120 seats) with the addition of one or two small parties and completely exclude Labor and the "centrist" Kadima.

Thus it is possible that Israel may soon have a government that is serious about confronting Iran and its local tentacles of Hezbollah and Hamas. From the Jerusalem Post article:

"The Israeli voter is tired of politicians telling everyone what to do but not how to do it," Ayalon said. "We have a very clear message, and yes, there are some who call us racist or fascist, but it's simply untrue. What we're saying is that every citizen of this country should pledge allegiance to it, just like American citizens pledge allegiance to the flag, or new immigrants to America pledge an oath of allegiance before receiving citizenship. Our litmus test is not based on race or ethnicity, but loyalty to the state."

Ayalon agreed that his party had received a boost from the images seen during Operation Cast Lead, but insisted that the problems his party aimed to address had been around for much longer.

"There are some who say that we are going to radicalize the Arab population," he said. "I say, they don't need us to radicalize them. They've been radicalizing themselves for the last 30 years, and we are not going to shy away from that. I think Israelis, regular Israelis, respect that, and we will continue to insist that Israel has the right to request solidarity from its citizens, especially in a time of war."

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