Let's FISK this and see if it is true, or unfalsifiable, or false:
"The diversionary and unnecessary Iraq War has made it tougher for our military to recruit, and easier for al Qaeda to recruit, and has therefore made us less safe."
Saturday, July 09, 2005
"... 13 points below, reproduced verbatim from a "Summary of Evidence" prepared by the U.S. government in November 2004.
This unclassified document was released by the Pentagon in late March 2005. It details the case for designating an Iraqi member of al Qaeda, currently detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an "enemy combatant."
1. From 1987 to 1989, the detainee served as an infantryman in the Iraqi Army and received training on the mortar and rocket propelled grenades. 2. A Taliban recruiter in Baghdad convinced the detainee to travel to Afghanistan to join the Taliban in 1994. 3. The detainee admitted he was a member of the Taliban. 4. The detainee pledged allegiance to the supreme leader of the Taliban to help them take over all of Afghanistan. 5. The Taliban issued the detainee a Kalishnikov rifle in November 2000. 6. The detainee worked in a Taliban ammo and arms storage arsenal in Mazar-Es-Sharif organizing weapons and ammunition. 7. The detainee willingly associated with al Qaida members. 8. The detainee was a member of al Qaida. 9. An assistant to Usama Bin Ladin paid the detainee on three separate occasions between 1995 and 1997. 10. The detainee stayed at the al Farouq camp in Darwanta, Afghanistan, where he received 1,000 Rupees to continue his travels. 11. From 1997 to 1998, the detainee acted as a trusted agent for Usama Bin Ladin, executing three separate reconnaissance missions for the al Qaeda leader in Oman, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 12. In August 1998, the detainee traveled to Pakistan with a member of Iraqi Intelligence for the purpose of blowing up the Pakistan, United States and British embassies with chemical mortars. 13. Detainee was arrested by Pakistani authorities in Khudzar, Pakistan, in July 2002.
RTWT. In addition to this connection, remember (when a Leftist tells you that Iraq was a diversion) to remind them that Saddam gave safe haven to jihadoterrorists and supported them financially.
"A peace settlement between Israel and Palestine would remove another great recruiting sergeant for Islamist terrorists. "
The Middle East is both a source and a catalyst of what threatens to become a downward spiral of burgeoning European anti-Americanism and nascent American anti-Europeanism, each reinforcing the other. Anti-Semitism in Europe, and its alleged connection to European criticism of the Sharon government, has been the subject of the most acid anti-European commentaries from conservative American columnists and politicians. Some of these critics are themselves not just strongly pro-Israel but also “natural Likudites,” one liberal Jewish commentator explained to me. In a recent article Stanley Hoffmann writes that they seem to believe in an “identity of interests between the Jewish state and the United States.” Pro-Palestinian Europeans, infuriated by the way criticism of Sharon is labeled anti-Semitism, talk about the power of a “Jewish lobby” in the United States, which then confirms American Likudites’ worst suspicions of European anti-Semitism, and so it goes on, and on.
Beside this hopeless tangle of mutually reinforcing prejudice—difficult for a non-Jewish European to write about without contributing to the malaise one is trying to analyze—there are, of course, real European-American differences in approaches to the Middle East. For example, European policymakers tend to think that a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be a bigger contribution to the long-term success of the “war against terrorism” than the war on Iraq.
SO why does he (and why do so many Europeans, AND so many on the Left - the "chatterati" ) single out ISRAEL? WHY DON'T THEY PRESSURE ANY OF THE OTHER NATIONS WHICH ARE IN CONFLICT WITH JIHADISM? Why do they think that Israel is the ultimate flashpoint and recruiting tool? It's unfair, and unreasonable - AND IT DISTORTS THE TRUE NATURE OF OUR COMMON ENEMY.
Italian police have arrested 142 people as part of a two-day anti-terror operation in and around Milan. One and a half kilos (3.3 pounds) of explosive were found, reports say. Some 2,000 Carabinieri police took part in the raid, aimed at boosting security at sensitive locations such as underground and train stations. ... Some 7,000 people are said to have undergone preventive police checks. ... Of those arrested, 83 are said to be non-EU citizens. Deportation orders have already been issued for 52 of them.
Earlier - UK GUARDIAN:
Early reports quoting US intelligence officials suggested that at least two of the tube blasts - probably the first, at Aldgate, and the last, at Edgware Road - were caused by bombs placed on the floor of the trains and triggered by timing devices. ... Police have been taking statements from survivors of the bus bombing who say they saw an "anxious looking" passenger rummaging inside a bag at his feet shortly before the blast. While detectives are attempting to establish whether the bus bomb, which was placed on either the floor or a seat, was detonated by a suicide bomber, they will not discount the possibility that it exploded prematurely. "It may have been a bomb that went off in transit," Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan police, said. ...A single terrorist would have been able to place bombs on both of the Circle line trains and, by doubling back or by alighting and walking to stations just a few hundred yards apart, place a third bomb on the Piccadilly line train. He or she could then have boarded the No 30 bus, where the final device exploded 56 minutes after the first tube blast. ... "We have absolutely nothing to suggest this was a suicide bombing attack, al though nothing at this stage to rule that out," he said. Speaking of the bus bomb, he added: "We can't rule it out. It may have been that [a suicide attack], it may have been a bomb that was left on the seat, it may also have been a bomb that went off in transit."Among the bus blast survivors who have given a statement to police is Richard Jones, 61, who described spening three minutes standing next to a passenger who was handling something in his bag. "He was standing next to me with the bag at his feet and he kept dipping into this bag and fiddling about with something," said Mr Jones, an IT consultant from Binfield, near Bracknell, Berkshire. "I was getting quite annoyed because this was a crowded bus. You can imagine the crush - it was standing room only. Everybody is standing face to face, and this guy kept dipping into his bag." Mr Jones got off the bus because it was stuck in traffic, and seconds later the bomb exploded, killing 13 people.
That should get their attention. After that, there're the MOABS.
In echoes of the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York, the smiling faces of more than 50 people who are missing after the London bombings yesterday began appearing on makeshift posters tied to railings, stuck to hoardings at the bomb sites, or handed out at hospitals by families and friends. ...
Friday, July 08, 2005
Scheuer is NOT the kind of person whose advice (on 7/7 - or ANYTHING else) we should be taking. This is why he was a failure as a CIA analyst . Thank God he's now merely a kool-aid drinking anti-Semitic book-hawking talking-head. More on Scheuer HERE.
BBC NEWSNIGHT also had GALLOWAY on. Sheesh.
According to the Commission on Terrorist Attacks, as many as 20,000 individuals trained at Bin-Ladin supported camps throughout Afghanistan from May 1996 to September 11, 2001.
That's why when the "anti-war" Left blames the liberation of Iraq for the 7/7 attack they prove themselves INSANE. This attack is what they trained to do. In places like Afghanistan. Since 1996. When Clinton was president and the OSLO PEACE PROCESS was on track!
And there are THOUSANDS more of these jihadoterrorists - ALL OVER THE WORLD - and they are trained to do the same thing as happened in London AS SOON AS THEY GET THE CHANCE.
We do not minimize or diminish in the slightest the chances of another attack ANYWHERE by appeasing the enemy or giving into their demands. Appeasing and/or surrendering to terrorism is not the answer. It ONLY encourages them. And - as Hitchens has so simply and brilliantly said: "Resisting terrorism CANNOT be the cause of terrorism."
The double-decker buses of London and the subways of Paris, as well as the covered markets of Riyadh, Bali and Cairo, will never be secure as long as the Muslim village and elders do not take on, delegitimize, condemn and isolate the extremists in their midst.
Bush is no more responsible for the Jihadists' attacks on the West than is the battered wife responsible for being battered by her battering husband.
"I mean, according to him, it’s not the perpetrators who are responsible. They didn’t kill anybody. The murderer is Tony Blair. I mean, that’s all you have to believe, really, morally to agree with a man like him. Well, you should additionally believe that the root cause of terrorism is the resistance to it. "
"The real solution lies in immediately ending the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. ... At the beginning of the G8, Blair suggested that "poverty was the cause of terrorism". It is not so. The principal cause of this violence is the violence being inflicted on the people of the Muslim world."
They have NOTHING to do with Bush or Israel or colonialism or Halliburton, etc.
The truth is simple: jihadism has a proactive agenda - to re-establish the Caliphate under a fanatically extremist form of Islam and to kill or convert anyone and everyone who gets in their way. They have said as much OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. And we have seen where their kind of rule leads: to impoverished and cruel and evil regimes like the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The idea that al-Qaeda was no threat until we created it does not stand the slightest scrutiny of events in the 1990s — from the first attack on the World Trade Centre in 1993, to the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and, of course, the September 11 atrocity a year later. And no one seriously thinks that only America was in their sights. The ideology of Islamism doesn’t stop at the superpower’s borders; its ambitions sweep through Europe; indeed that is where it is breeding so many of its jihadists. The fight in Iraq is not, as the opponents claim, a self-inflicted wound, suddenly giving rise to new threats on our homeland from people we should have left well alone. We are, steadily, beating the terrorists in Iraq. Not only in the military operations, but also by demonstrating who and what the enemy really is. and thereby creating the only real long-term conditions for safety from Islamo-fascism — free states that do not deny the most basic human rights to their peoples. The people who murdered innocent Londoners yesterday are the same people who are murdering innocent Iraqis.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
These are NO MORE crime scenes, than are Iwo Jima or Gettysberg. And Fallujah. These are ALL battlegrounds.
We do not need prosecute the perps; we need to obliterate them and their bases and their safe-havens. We should attack them and their allies, and their financiers; ALL their enablers and abetters, and the fonts of their evil creed - destroying all madrassas EVERYWHERE that teach ANY form of neojihadism - Salafism, Wahhabism, Qutbism or Binladenism. We should attack them with all we've got - wherever they are. We should do whatever it takes to defeat the enemy.
Amid the carnage today, Home Secretary Charles Clarke is talking about the people who carried out "these terrible criminal acts." That's an understandable reaction — and we shouldn't quibble too much over a choice of words by people who have been stellar allies, who are in the middle of a rescue effort, and who are unsure the bombing has actually stopped.
But it is worth repeating that what happened today is not mere crime. This is war.
It can't sensibly be separated from Bali or Mombassa or Istanbul or Madrid or Baghdad or Virginia or lower Manhattan — or any of the other places where the enemy has attacked. The only security — and an imperfect security it is — is to acknowledge that this is a war and fight it like a one.
Prime Minister Blair has been a staunch ally after 9/11, but many in his country, and throughout Europe, have not grasped what we are up against.
The Al Qaeda have characterized the attack on London as 'punishment' for Britain's temerity to resist the inevitability of Islam. It is the kind of punishment these self-ordained masters of the universe are accustomed to meting out against harem women and insolent slaves. A few administered licks, and no doubt the cowardly kuffar will crawl back to his place. The tragedy is that Al Qaeda's perception is perfectly correct when applied to the Left, for whom no position is too supine, no degradation too shameful to endure [UMPH added!]; but incorrect for the vast majority of humans, in whom the instinct for self-preservation has not yet been extinguished. It will result in history's greatest case of mistaken identity; the mismatch that should never have happened. The enemy is even now dying at our feet, where we should kick him and kick him again.
The world, of course, shares the sympathies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, who said the London bombings were a ''despicable, cowardly act." Yet every invoking of the innocents also reminds us of our despicable, cowardly killing of innocent Iraqi civilians. . . .
The innocents in the so-called war on terror are always ''our" citizens or the citizens of our allies. The only innocent Iraqis are those killed by ''insurgents." Our soldiers clearly did not intend to kill innocents. But this posturing of America as the great innocent, when everyone knows we kill innocents ourselves, is likely only to make us look more like the devil in the eyes of a suicide bomber.
If the London bombings are the work of an Al Qaeda offshoot, then you have to fairly say, in the same way we condemn other's [sic] terror, this is in part the result of Bush's War on Iraq.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
Over there, over there,Send the word, send the word over there -That the Yanks are coming,The Yanks are coming,The drums rum-tumming ev'rywhere.
So prepare, say a pray'r,Send the word, send the word to beware.We'll be over, we're coming over,And we won't come back till it's over Over There.