iLife TV's Danny Fontana interviews Democracy Broadcasting spokesperson about the religious motivations of the global Jihad; the war-footing necessary in the West and in Israel to defeat the Islamic totalitarian movement.
Broadcast nationally on i-Life TV network.
Rush to wrongly chastise Israel over 1982 settlement reveals State Dept's prejudice against Jewish State. From the NY Sun:
"Indeed, before the State Department even said that Israel should abide, why didn't they first check? Or why haven't they checked by now? And the same question can be asked of the New York Times. They editorialized and wrote about the story. They have reporters in Israel. Why didn't they first check?
It seems increasingly clear that the settlement isn't new. And yet between the State Department, the AP, the New York Times, and others, for two days Israel was repeatedly attacked and accused of violating a peace agreement. We're reminded of the Winston Churchill line that "a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Will the Times and the AP apologize for printing incorrect stories, and for misinterpreting the State Department statement (as State claims)? And will the State Department apologize at a minimum for not contradicting erroneous claims made in its name? "
Please read it all: http://www.shinesforall.com/archives/2006/12/state_departmen_6.html
Islamists (defined as persons who demand to live by the sacred law of Islam, the Shari'a) might in fact do better than the earlier totalitarians. They could even win. That's because, however strong the Western hardware, its software contains some potentially fatal bugs. Three of them - pacifism, self-hatred, complacency - deserve attention.
Islamists deploy formidable capabilities, however, that go far beyond small-scale terrorism (including):
A non-violent approach - what I call "lawful Islamism" - that pursues Islamification through educational, political, and religious means, without recourse to illegality or terrorism. Lawful Islamism is proving successful in Muslim-majority countries like Algeria and Muslim-minority ones like the United Kingdom.
Please read it all: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1164881991915&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter
Since renewed Palestinian-Israeli violence began six years ago, however, the number of emigrants to Israel has dropped markedly, from 61,542 in 2000 to 19,200 as of November this year, according to Israeli government statistics.
During the same period, however, the number of emigrants from North America slowly but steadily increased by nearly 50%, to nearly 3,000 this year. Unlike other emigrants, many of whom fled persecution and discrimination in their home countries, North Americans tend to be motivated by dreams of spiritual fulfillment or idealistic longing to help build up the relatively young Jewish state, said Nefesh B'Nefesh spokesman Charley J. Levine, who lives in Israel.
Read any newspaper or turn on any news broadcast and you're bound to encounter stories of Islamic radicals fighting, killing and threatening each other -- and just about everyone else.
• In Somalia, jihadists, with the support of al Qaeda, have clashed with troops loyal to the country's internationally recognized interim government and now threaten neighboring Ethiopia with all-out war.
• Nearby in Darfur, Muslim militiamen called janjaweed wage genocide against black Christian and animist villagers -- apparently with the Sudanese government's consent.
• Shi'ite and Sunni militias, each claiming to represent true Islam, keep slaughtering each other in Iraq.
• Hezbollah ("Party of God") seeks to destroy democracy in Lebanon by provoking Israel, which it is sworn to eliminate.
• On the West Bank, Hamas and Fatah have taken time out from their attacks on Israel to murder each other and innocent bystanders.
• The Iranian Shi'ite theocracy -- when not hosting Holocaust deniers or sending terrorists into Iraq -- issues serial pledges to finish off Israel.
• Pakistan's shaky leadership pleads it can neither target Osama bin Laden nor stop Taliban jihadists hiding in its remote regions from streaming back into Afghanistan.
• In Europe, opera producers, novelists, cartoonists and filmmakers are increasingly circumspect out of fear of death threats from Islamists.
While each conflict is unique and rooted in its own history, the common thread -- radical Islam -- is obvious. It's thus worth asking why this violent, intolerant strain of Islam has taken hold in so many unstable places -- and at this particular time.
The ascent of radical Islam is, perhaps, the natural culmination of a century's worth of failed political systems in Muslim countries that were driven by morally bankrupt ideologies, led by cruel dictators, or both.
In the 1930s, German-style fascism appealed to Arabs in Palestine and Egypt. Soviet-style communism had sympathetic governments in Afghanistan, Algeria and Yemen. Ba'athism took hold in Syria and Iraq. The secular Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser promised a new pan-Arabism that would do away with colonial borders that divided the "the Arab nation." Then there is the more pragmatic authoritarianism that survives in Moammar Gadhafi's Libya or in the petrol-monarchies in the Gulf.
Radical Islam may be as totalitarian and as morally bankrupt as any of these past or mostly defunct "isms," but its current appeal isn't hard to figure out. Unlike fascism or communism, radical Islam is locally grown and not plagued by charges of foreign contamination. Indeed, Islamists claim to wage jihad against the modernism and globalization of the outside, mostly Westernized world. Such a message resonates in stagnant, impoverished Muslim countries.
Of course, while the people of the region may be poor, the Islamist movement isn't. Huge oil profits filter throughout the Muslim world, allowing Islamists to act on their rhetoric. In today's world, militias can easily acquire everything from shoulder-held anti-aircraft missiles to rocket-propelled grenades. With such weapons on their own turf, Islamists can nullify billion-dollar Western jets and tanks.
There is still another reason for the rise of Islamists: They sense a new hesitation in the West. We appear to them paralyzed over oil prices and supplies and fears of terrorism. And so they have also waged a brilliant propaganda war, adopting the role of victims of Western colonialism, imperialism and racism. In turn, much of the world seems to tolerate their ruthlessness in stifling freedom, oppressing women and killing nonbelievers.
So how, aside from killing jihadist terrorists, can we defend ourselves against the insidious spread of radical Islam? Here are a few starting suggestions:
(1) Bluntly identify radical Islam as fascistic -- without worrying whether some Muslims take offense when we will talk honestly about the extremists in their midst.
(2) At the same time, keep encouraging consensual governments in the Middle East and beyond that could offer people security and prosperity, while distancing ourselves from illegitimate dictators, especially in Syria and Iran, that promote terrorists.
(3) Establish that no more autocracies in the Middle East and Asia will be allowed to get the bomb.
(4) Seek energy independence that would collapse the world price of oil, curbing petrodollar subsidies for terrorists and our own appeasement of their benefactors.
(5) Appreciate the history and traditions of a unique Western civilization to remind the world that we have nothing to apologize for but rather much good to offer to others.
(6) Finally, keep confident in a war in which our will and morale are every bit as important as our overwhelming military strength. The jihadists claim we are weak spiritually, but our past global ideological enemies -- Nazism, fascism, militarism and communism -- all failed. And so will they.
Victor Davis Hanson is a nationally syndicated columnist and a classicist and historian at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and author of "A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War."
Evidence exonerates Israel from propaganda used to vilify Israel and justify Palestinian intifada. Mohammed al Dura was a conspiracy of Arafat and French TV news bureau.
Michael Freund's "In Praise of Christian Zionists" in the Jerusalem Post.
...Far greater things are at stake here than just boosting revenues from tourism. For as strong and robust as the American Jewish community might be, it cannot and will not last forever, as recent demographic trends make clear. That leaves evangelical Christians as the best hope for ensuring that bedrock US support for Israel remains firm and unwavering in the decades to come.
In other words, thank God for Christian Zionists. Like it or not, the future of the relationship between Israel and the US might very well hinge far less on America's Jews than on its Christians.
Please enjoy this touching call-to-all-good-people to stand-up and stop the global incursion of Islamist imperialism and violence. Composed and performed (even synthesized voice) by the inspiring patriots behind PatrickHenrySongs.com. (Would you like to see a music video edited to this song?). Happy Holidays to all!
The Arab-Israel conflict has nothing to do with the tiny strip of land that Israel's few million Jews are sitting on, a strip of land you could drop into Saudi Arabia or Iran and spend weeks trying to find again. It has nothing to do with the supposed oppression of the Palestinians, considering that what's labeled 'oppression' would be a day at the beach in most of the Arab world. (Checkpoints, checkpoints! They're actually delaying them at checkpoints!)
Underneath it has to do with that same frustrated mix of rage, desire, envy and misery that coats the entire region. The frenzy of men madly assaulting women is not fundamentally different from the frenzy of the lynchers of Israeli soldiers or the rock throwers or the suicide bombers or the car swarmers or the mob tearing at the Ayatollah Khameni's coffin. It is not a condition Israel creates in its territory, but a condition endemic to the region and one that helps explain why Iraq is tearing itself apart in an uncontrollable frenzy of murder and mayhem the moment Saddam's iron hand was lifted from the populace.
"It began with Israel and it will only end with Israel!" It was the authentic voice of the British Broadcasting Corporation, or at least one of its most renowned and respected presenters, at a cocktail party last week. The Iraq Study Group, he declared, had finally sounded the death knell of the Bush doctrine. A chastened president would now have to kick out the neocon kids and listen to the "grownups." And the top priority would now be the unfinished business not just of 2001, but of 1967 and even of 1948. Had not James Baker himself — the most grown-up of all the grownups — endorsed both the return of the Golan Heights and the Palestinian right of return in his celebrated report?
The BBC now has a huge audience in America as well as in the rest of the world for its endless reiteration of the implied thesis that the Jewish state is the root of all evil — not only of war in the East but of terrorism in the West too — and that the " Israel lobby" rules in Washington.
The BBC has reported this gathering of ghouls as if it were a mere eccentricity of the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, rather than the culmination of a concerted policy intended to accomplish nothing less than the delegitimization, and ultimately the destruction, of Israel. ...
Such an open advocacy of genocidal anti-Semitism by a state of 70 million people is rare enough, but this one is backed up by a $50 Billion-a-year oil income, much of which is being spent on a huge program to create weapons of mass destruction and a levée en masse of terrorist "martyrs."
Saudi's give British justice a public dhimmifying, as British prosecutors abandon bribery charges when Saudis threaten to cancel a 10-billion-pound weapons contract to British Aerospace.
Less-publicized Saudi leverage might help explain Western intelligence's disregarding Saudi's advocating sedition through the Wahabi movement throughout the West.
"Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith said the decision had been made "in the wider public-interest," which had to be balanced against the rule of law."
Media's anti-Semitic distortion of 'equal-access holiday display' imbroglio portrays 'Shylock as Scrooge'-- ruining Christmas-- which has ignited anti-Semitic expressions throughout North America.
Coal-soot tarnishes Diaspora Jews' rose-colored, social-acceptance outlook.
Jewish Establishment's public-relations management effectiveness trial-tested.
(from The Seattle Times) "Mr. Robert Jacobs, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said more than a dozen organizations or rabbis had reported receiving hate e-mail. His organization was advising local Jewish institutions that have received significant numbers of hate e-mails to consider having security during Hanukkah and other holiday-season events."
Commentary: The Jewish parties involved have sued no-one, endangered no air-safety, yet earned wide revilement; but fundamentalist-Muslim- Imams threaten the in-flight, terror-behavior threshold, then sue the airline to cry "wolf" to reduce true, terror-threat reporting, which actually does endanger air-safety. Ought North Americans re-adjust their concern towards truly 'religious' challenges in air-travel?
(hat tip: LGF)http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=23603_Al_Jazeera_Editor_Whines-_We_Always_Lose_to_Israel&only
Q: Who is responsible for the situation?
A: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most important reasons why these crises and problems continue to simmer. The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. The West should finally come to understand this. Everything would be much calmer if the Palestinians were given their rights.
Q: Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in Egypt, that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in Jordan would function better?
A: I think so.
Q: Can you please explain to me what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to do with these problems?
A: The Palestinian cause is central for Arab thinking.
Q: In the end, is it a matter of feelings of self-esteem?
A: Exactly. It’s because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego. The Palestinian problem is in the genes of every Arab. The West’s problem is that it does not understand this.
Q: Mr. Sheikh, as the Editor in Chief of Al-Jazeera, you are one of the most important opinion-makers in the Arab world. What do you call suicide bombers?
A: For what is happening in Palestine, we never use the expression “suicide bombing.”
Q: What do you call it then?
A: In English, I would describe it as “bombings.”
Q: And in Arabic?
A: Literally translated, we would speak of “commando attacks.” In our culture, it is precisely not suicide.
Q: But instead a praiseworthy act?
A: When the country is occupied and the people are being killed by the enemy, everyone must take action, even if he sacrifices himself in so doing.
Q: Even if in so doing he kills innocent civilians?
A: That is not a Palestinian problem, but a problem of the Israelis.
Shopping Mall Terror Plot Foiled. (courtesy Little Green Footballs) http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=23595_Mysterious_Man_Arrested_for_Ideological_Motivations&only
DECEMBER 8—An Illinois man plotted to set off hand grenades at shopping malls in a holiday season terror campaign that was thwarted by federal investigators. According to an FBI affidavit, Derrick Shareef, 22, told a confidential source that he wanted to “commit violent acts of jihad,” and spoke of killing judges and blowing up public buildings. A copy of the affidavit can be found below. Shareef told the snitch that he sought “to disrupt Christmas,” adding that, “I swear by Allah man, I’m down for it too, I’m down for the cause, I’m down to live for the cause and die for the cause, man.” The document does not further describe the supposed cause of Shareef, who was named today in a federal felony complaint. Shareef is quoted telling the FBI source, “I probably would have eventually ended up stabbing the shit outta some Jews or something. Just stabbing them niggers with a steak knife...Because during that war with Hezbollah, man, I had already started to look at synagogues out here...”
UPDATE at 12/8/06 11:27:00 am: Zombie emailed a transcription of the crucial section of the affidavit (UI = unintelligible), in which Shareef talks about what MSNBC called his “ideological motivations:”
A few minutes after SHAREEF and the CS discussed shaving their body hair and meditating, SHAREEF stated: “I’m ready man, these Kafirs [a term translated as ‘infidel’] don’t give a damn about us, niggers don’t care what happens to the Umma [an Arabic word meaning community or nation that is commonly used to mean the collective nation of Islamic states], about sisters getting raped, about brothers losing their (UI). They don’t care, man. All they care about is (UI)...I probably would have eventually ended up just stabbing the shit outta some Jews or something. Just stabbing them niggers with a steak knife. Dude, I ain’t gonna lie. Because during that war with Hezbollah, man, I had already started to look at synagogues out here and in the DeKalb area and everything. I was looking at synagogues, I was doing MapQuest.... One of them was down the block from the masjid [mosque], I knew that they do their thing on Saturdays, right. I was like, I’m gonna lay low out here, I’m gonna camp out overnight, be out there on Friday night after Jumma [Friday prayer] or Saturday morning about 12:00 or 1:00 o’clock. I be there. And as soon as I see them fools going in the building, I had planned on trying to grab one, depending on how it was, niggers trying to run in the building all at once and open up shop, I was just going to go over there and shank one or two of them.” A few minutes later, SHAREEF stated: “They definitely gonna know that this shit ain’t over, and they not as safe as they thought.”"
In advance of a planned attack on a Rockford mall, Shareef prepared a martyr's videotape in which he let the "enemies of Islam" know that "the time for jihad is now." He added, "This is a warning to those who disbelieve, that we are here for you, and I am ready to give my life...May Allah protect me on this mission we conduct."
America will ultimately be defeated, according to senior terrorist leaders interviewed by World News Daily.
"The report proves that this is the era of Islam and of jihad," said Abu Ayman, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin.
Abu Abdullah said following a withdrawal from Iraq, the U.S. will be defeated on its own soil.
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Islamists damn Palestinians as Jihad propaganda device to malign Israel & rebrand ethnic war vs Jews as 'liberation'
The fundamentalist Islamist ego, shamed by the socially-progressive (but religiously-inferior) Jewish self-determining culture in their midst (the Islamic "ummah"), seek to fulfill their religious (and cultural) mandate to subjugate them:
* Through character-assassination (by perpetuating Palestinian 'victim-hood' & framing Jewish-state for hypocracy)
* in order to garner international support & pressure for their ongoing, war-of-attrition to weaken Jewish resolve against cultural/political advances, and territorial-concessions in anticipation of coming, Islamist, military onslaught to conquer the Jewish state.
Arab victimization of Palestinians is demonstrated in this documentary "Hostages of Hate" by Pierre Rehov. Please share trailer.
The fact is not all speech is permitted under the Constitution. The 1st Amendment does not protect lewd and libelous speech, and it should not - and cannot in 2006 - be used as a shield for murderers.
The above augments the points brought out by Andrew C. McCarthy in Commentary Magazine last March in
"Free Speech for Terrorists?"
"The nexus in militant Islam between advocacy and actual savagery is no longer contestable. It has been the subject of too much informed analysis and, more importantly, is an empirically demonstrated fact. ...
With an enemy committed to terrorism, the advocacy of terrorism—the threats, the words—are not mere dogma, or even calls to “action.” They are themselves weapons—weapons of incitement and intimidation, often as effective in achieving their ends as would be firearms and explosives brandished openly."
Zionist pioneers, Ben-Gurion bodyguard, Menachem 'Aaron' Friedman and Holocaust-rescuing nurse, Esther Friedman, were honored by the Israeli Consulate, in the opening ceremonies of the World General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities philanthropies annual convention recently in Los Angeles. Interviewer is Shalom TV's Rabbi Mark Golub for an upcoming news documentary.
Our current crisis is not yet a catastrophe, but a real loss of confidence of the spirit. The hard-won effort of the Western Enlightenment of some 2,500 years that, along with Judeo-Christian benevolence, is the foundation of our material progress, common decency, and scientific excellence, is at risk in this new millennium.
But our newest foes of Reason are not the enraged Athenian democrats who tried and executed Socrates. And they are not the Christian zealots of the medieval church who persecuted philosophers of heliocentricity. Nor are they Nazis who burned books and turned Western science against its own to murder millions en masse.
No, the culprits are now more often us. In the most affluent, and leisured age in the history of Western civilization--never more powerful in its military reach, never more prosperous in our material bounty--we have become complacent, and then scared of the most recent face of barbarism from the primordial extremists of the Middle East.
What would a beleaguered Socrates, a Galileo, a Descartes, or Locke believe, for example, of the moral paralysis in Europe? Was all their bold and courageous thinking--won at such a great personal cost--to allow their successors a cheap surrender to religious fanaticism and the megaphones of state-sponsored fascism?
Landes' accumulation of misreporting includes this extraordinary treatise on post-modern, anti-Israelism - actually a cover for antisemitism - and it's ethical and practical mis-guidedness for individuals and societies that tolerate it.
Please link to it as a 'requisite reading ' from wherever 'progressive humanists' malign Israel or Jewish people.
"Nor do I remember, in two decades as a prosecutor, anyone saying, “Y’know, maybe if we just talk with these Mafia guys, we could achieve some kind of understanding ...”Sitting down with evil legitimizes evil. As a practical matter, all it accomplishes is to convey weakness. This spring — after trumpeting the Bush Doctrine’s “you’re with us or you’re with the terrorists” slogan for five years — Secretary of State Rice pathetically sought to bribe Iran out of its nuclear program with a menu of all carrots and no sticks … and certainly no demand that the mullahs stop fomenting terror. The result?
They’re still laughing at us, even as they build their bombs, harbor al Qaeda operatives, and arm the militias killing American soldiers in Iraq.While our rhetoric blathers that we’ll never let them have a nuke, our talk begs them, pretty-please, to stop building one. And our actions all but hand them one. If all that makes you wonder who’s the superpower, what do you suppose they’re thinking? That’s talking with an enemy that has us pretty well pegged, while we stubbornly resist even thinking about what motivates him. We wouldn’t want to question his ideology. After all, what would CAIR say?
The democracy project tells Islamists that we don’t understand them — or care to try understanding them. The “let’s talk” gambit confirms that we’re not just studiously ignorant; we’re ripe for the taking.
For our own sake, we need to respect the enemy. That means grasping that he’s implacable, that he means us only harm, and that he must be subdued, not appeased. Negotiating with such evil is always a mistake, for any accommodation with evil is, by definition, evil.
Rejecting the democracy project is about respecting the enemy. Declining to talk to the enemy is about respecting ourselves."