Saturday, October 28, 2006


Last year's "Intifada Francaise" afflicted much of France, but mostly spared Marseille (which has a large Muslim population) - and much was made of this.

Many claimed Marseille was, (for a bunch of reasons), more integrated, and that the fact that French-"African" Muslims in Marseille felt like a part of the city made them unlikely to ever riot the way "disenfranchised" Muslims were rioting all over the rest of France. NO MORE; ("Reuters"/WASPOST):
A woman in the southern city of Marseille suffered severe burns when vandals set fire to a bus she was traveling on, a police source said on Saturday. ... The police source said an unknown number of people forced their way on to the bus in Marseille at about 9.00 p.m. (1900 GMT) and set fire to it before a 26-year-old woman could escape. "The woman's life is in danger," the source said. Three other people needed treatment for smoke inhalation.
Perhaps the French Pundits - and other apologists for and appeasers of global jihad - should come up with another explanatory device, one other than "lack of adequate 'integration' and disenfranchisement". Perhaps it's time they admitted that the Muslims who riot have a PROACTIVE AGENDA, one which is above and beyond anything France - or the rest of the West - has done or has not done TO the Muslims.

Perhaps what the rioting Muslims are REALLY doing in France, is exactly what they're doing in Thailand and Sweden, in Iraq and in Afghanistan, in Turkey and Spain and Gaza and London (and in a thousand other places all over the globe): intimidate us until we turn into dhimmis and until they re-establish a tyrannical 12th Century Caliphate.

If they are torching buses in Marseille, then this means that appeasement and apologies and social outreach [like building memorials to islamothugs in Paris - an updated link] can't possibly work. The only effective counter-measure is force: The enemy must be utterly defeated - SMASHED, killed, incarcerated and made to accept unconditional defeat. As any enemy in any war. Half-measures only invite more attacks, and give the enemy time to make them worse. ... That's why the wise man says: FASTER PLEASE!

BTW/UPDATE: LGF is running a post on this now - as is NO PASARAN. Two GRRREAT blogs, but I mention it because on this story - as with so many others, (like the Solana story below), YOU READ IT HERE FIRST - AND WITH BETTER ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY! UPDATE #2: WELCOME READERS OF THE MODERATE VOICE.


Today on Fox News Channel, there was some discussion of the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West, recently released on DVD. The moderator of the discussion stated that CAIR had been invited to participate in the discussion, but had declined.

Now, why is that? One would think that such a discussion on cable news would be an excellent opportunity for CAIR (1) to debunk the film and (2) to issue a call for moderate Muslims to speak out against Islamic radicals.

A recently released twelve-minute version is available for online viewing HERE.

Better yet.
Buy the DVD and watch the entire documentary.

A Chill Wind Blows: Dixie Chicks Violate NBC's Rights

Yesterday, the big news was that NBC has banned ads for the new Dixie Chicks movie:
The NBC television network is reportedly refusing to air ads promoting Shut Up and Sing, a new documentary about censorship of the Dixie Chicks. NBC has reportedly said it will not accept the ads because they are “disparaging to President Bush.” Ralph G. Neas, president of the nonpartisan People For the American Way, which advocates free speech, strongly criticized the reported NBC decision. “If these reports are true, it would be astonishing for NBC to censor criticism of President Bush less than two weeks before the election,” Neas said. “This is a film about censorship, and now it sounds as though it’s being censored.”
The Dixie Chicks voice is being silenced. Yes, a chill wind blows through America, but from where does it emanate? Why, right out of Harvey Weinstein's ass, of course (from Associated Press):
While the Weinstein Co. had shown NBC its ads, it had not inquired about buying commercial time, he said. Generally, when an ad is rejected, prospective advertisers return and work with the network on ways to make it acceptable — as was done with the Michael Moore film "Fahrenheit 9/11," he said.

But NBC heard nothing more from makers of "Shut Up & Sing" until portions of what NBC executives thought were confidential business correspondence showed up in a news release, he said. "There was no attempt to come back and have a conversation," Wurtzel said. "There are times when some advertisers get more publicity for having their ad rejected."

The CW said a Weinstein representative discussed the ad with a low-level network official who questioned whether the network had the right programming to fit the ad. "It was the beginning of a dialogue at a low level and it didn't get beyond that when they decided to go to the media about it," network spokesman Paul McGuire said.

The CW would accept the ad if commercial time was bought, he said.
A gay rights campaigner has accused an Imam of saying the execution of gay Muslims to stop the spread of disease is "for the common good of man". Dr John Casson visited Arshad Misbahi, the Imam at Manchester Central Mosque, to discuss concerns over the execution of homosexual Muslims in Iran. Dr Casson said the comments were made in a private meeting but he wrote them down afterwards. The Imam did not deny the comments but said he had been misinterpreted. Mr Misbahi said he was only talking about the Islamic perspective on homosexuality ...
Why doesn't the Left have anything to say about a Muslim cleric calling for the genocide of gay people? Because most people of the Left do not care about gay rights nearly as much as they hate American patriotism and Judeo-Christian morality. Issues like gay rights, women's rights, and freedom of conscience are simply hammers with which the Left beats on the heads of Christians and American Patriots.

Friday, October 27, 2006


"Reuters": Thailand's Junta will ...
"... drop some charges against 58 Muslims involved in a 2004 protest in the restive far south that led to 78 Muslims dying in army custody, Defence Minister Boonrawd Somtat said on Friday. The move would be a major gesture [APPEASEMENT] by the mainly Buddhist administration [NOW LED BY A MUSLIM GENERAL] in Bangkok to the Muslim majority in the three southernmost provinces, where more than 1,700 people have been killed [MOSTLY BUDDHISTS MURDERED BY MUSLIMS] in nearly three years of separatist violence [JIHAD]. It would also signal a break with the "iron fist" policy of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who refused to censure army, police or government officials after the incident in the town of Tak Bai.
And how do the Thai Jihadists greet the announcement of more appeasement!? AFP:
A soldier was shot dead by suspected insurgents Friday while patrolling a busy morning market in southern Thailand's restive Muslim-majority provinces, police said. The militants stole his M16 semiautomatic rifle before fleeing the market in Pattani, one of three provinces hit by a nearly three-year insurgency that has left more than 1,500 dead.
Time and time again, history has proven that appeasement only emboldens the enemy. This news from Thailand is simply MORE proof. This enemy cannot be appeased or contained. They must be attacked and defeated. Utterly. And everywhere: Gaza; Anbar; Khandahar; Pattani; Darfur; and in Gothenberg and London and Paris. If governments - from France to Iraq, and from Afghanistan to Thailand - won't combat the jihadists, then soon - and more and more - the people will do whatever they feel they have to to defend themselves... but by then, it might be too late.


SANA (Athens):
European Deputy and Representative of the Greek Communist Party, Thneis Paphilis has expressed solidarity with Syria and the peoples of the Middle East who are being exposed to the American pressures.
This commie says "American pressure as if it was something bad. Well, er um... American pressure liberated Greece and Europe from Nazism and Communism, er um... Soviet hegemony. So.... WHY DO LEFISTS HATE AMERICA AND LOVE JIHADOTHUGS!? Easy: all utopianist/statist ideologues have an affinity to each other and hate movements which promote individual liberty and individual accountability.

[Ain't it quaint that there're still some Lefties around who are honest enough to proudly call themselves communists?! Most Lefties like to hide behind terms like "progressive," but we what they're really all about as soon as they start saying how they want to tax us for "the common good"...]


I mentioned on my website yesterday that the Senate race in Maryland between Democrat Ben Cardin and Republican Michael Steele could be the whole election. The race is basically tied in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1. Steele has put up with Chuck Schumer's staff digging into his credit history, having oreo cookies thrown at him and all the other slings and arrows that come with being a black Republican. Now we're 12 days away from the election and people are starting to pay attention. Steele has looked impressive in the debates and stood up to Cardin and Michael J. Fox on the issue of stem-cell research.

The national GOP needs to kick it into gear and start knocking on some doors, holding some rallies and doing whatever they can to boost Steele in this race. If he is able to pull this one out, it'll be a GOP pickup in the Senate and make a Democratic takeover near impossible. The tide is turning, folks. [UPDATE: Power Line agrees with The Popinjay - and has news from a major election analyst to back it up.]


In CAIR And Tax-Exempt Status, I questioned whether or not CAIR has violated its tax-emempt status by the organization's support of candidate Keith Ellison. Now comes this October 27, 2006 article in FrontPageMagazine. Excerpt:
"...[F]or officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – the most visible group claiming to represent Muslims in America – their political loyalties appear to lean in one particular political direction. An extensive review of political contributions by CAIR officials, employees and board members on the local, state and national level reveals that CAIR is betting almost exclusively on Democrats to represent them politically on Capitol Hill during the upcoming 110th Congress....

"[A]t present CAIR officials are content to liberally spread their campaign contributions to Democrats, apparently on the gamble that they will take one, if not both, chambers of Congress....With Democrats in control, CAIR is betting that they will be better represented on Capitol Hill in their self-proclaimed goal of eventual Islamic domination for America. Maybe that is something that citizens should keep in mind on November 7th as they go to the polls and vote."
Among the states mentioned in the article are Ohio, California, Minnesota, Georgia, Virginia, and Florida. Read the entire article here.


Atlas asks an interesting question this morning: When will Israelis take to the streets?
I do not understand, for the life of me, the lack of will in the Israeli people. I can not understand why they are not taking to the streets and storming the Knesset. How have they not overthrown that political hack Olmert and his motley crew? They are selling Israel down the river. Iran is a hair's breath away from going nuclear and these dangerous schmucks are circle jerking to a "peace" process. Iran has been plotting Israel's demise for decades. And Abu Dana has UNIFIL guranteeing Israel's security? How many Jews have to die?
Israelis' lack of will comes from a number of factors: Continue reading here....


Hamas wants to "liberate the Palestinians," not to destroy Israel, Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.... [In an interview following his talks in Tel Aviv with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.]
Obviously, this schmuck is in deep denial - he doesn't even acknowledge that Hamas and Hizballah are self-described jihadist organizations whose plainly stated goal is the destruction of Israel:
Pressed as to whether he was underestimating the fundamentalist religious imperative at the heart of the Hamas ideology, Solana said, "I cannot imagine that the religious imperative, the real religious imperative, can make anybody destroy another country... Therefore that is an abuse of religion...

"I don't think the essence of Hamas is the destruction of Israel. The essence of Hamas is the liberation of the Palestinians," he added. "The liberation of their people, not the destruction of Israel."
It gets worse: He said, for instance,
"I never thought the construction of the security wall was a good idea."When it was suggested to him that the security barrier had saved hundreds of lives, he said, "I think there were other ways to do it. In any case, the wall should have been constructed on the line of '67."
Need I remind you that not a single Arab country recognized these 1967 "borders" (which have - without negotiation somehow become retroactively sacrosanct to some appeasers, even though the enemy - HAMAS - want to destroy ALL of Israel! Sheesh!) and even UNSCR #242 doesn't call for a return to those borders - because they make Israel way too vulnerable to attack. (Even France this week came out in favor of the security fence - partly because they now suffer from the same jihaidst inspired intifada as Israel.) Later, Solana said:
Quoting former US secretary of state James Baker, he added, "To talk to your enemy is not appeasement."

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Italian opposition politicians yesterday demanded a full inquiry into claims that up to 50,000 people a year die in Italy's hospitals because of medical error. A report presented to a congress organised by the Italian Association of Medical Oncology concluded that even the most conservative estimate pointed to a figure of 14,000 deaths a year, which is twice the death toll on Italy's roads.
IOW: It's more dangerous to go to a hospital in Italy than to drive on it's roads. Think about it. Do you want that kind of healthcare here!? I don't.





More HERE on Maliki's weakness. More on ANOTHER DIRECT ACTION WE SHOULD TAKE, here.


After failing miserably to prevent North Korea and Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, bamboozling IAEA chief Muhammed ElBaradei now wants to try his 'skills' at a new issue: the Israeli - 'Palestinian' conflict. The Egyptian-born ElBaradei told a University of Maryland audience yesterday that a solution to the Israeli-'Palestinian' conflict is within grasp if the international community commits to a 'blueprint' and pursues 'dialogue,' and that conflicts like those in the Middle East “cannot be solved through military force.” He called for a new broad approach focusing on human security rather than state security. Right....

There was a blueprint in the mid-90's for a 'solution' to the Israeli-'Palestinian' conflict and it was called the 'Oslo accords.' I didn't like it much, because I felt that we were giving up way too much for way too little. The reason it failed was not because Israel was not willing to give up enough, but because the 'Palestinians' true goal was is not the establishment of a state reichlet, but the destruction of the existing State of Israel and its replacement with a twenty-second Arab state in the Middle East (or its merger into one of the existing Arab states). In other words, this is not a border dispute, which might be resolvable with 'dialogue' about a 'blueprint.' This is an existential dispute: will the Jewish homeland continue to exist on the land of the biblical Kingdom of Israel, notwithstanding the fact that all of its neighbors are hostile Arab states?

There is nothing there to be resolved through 'dialogue' about a 'blueprint.' We've tried that and it failed. All 'dialogue' will bring us now is what it has brought the world community in the cases of North Korea and Iran: another weapons build-up, more war and more bloodshed. Continue reading....


Celebrations for the 1 year anniversary of the Paris Intifada commenced today with the boarding and burning of 3 busses. Drivers refuse to continue work after dark tonight. TAXI!


In another interesting court case, it was found that the blunt, ceremonial knife carried by Sikhs - called a kirpan - could not be carried in public in Denmark. (The knife symbolises that the bearer is "is committed to righteously defend the fine line of the Truth."). The Danish government has recently tightened laws regarding bearing knives, in the most part because groups of youths of "other ethnic origin" have been on the prowl - especially in urban areas at night, near discos, bars etc - and in many cases against women.

Well, I suppose you have to draw the line somewhere: we wouldn't want a new religious sect carrying AK-47's around the streets, now would we? (I think we have already seen this sect in Baghdad!)

I don't know who the state feels they're protecting by separating a Sikh from his kirpan - his sword, when clearly there are more dangerous rabble rousers on the loose, "armed" with just words - the Koran. I guess attacking the core problem is still too un-PC.

Meanwhile, a leading Muslim expert in Islamic thought - who is in fact the highest ranking Muslim cleric in Australia - doesn't blame knives or guns when this type of violence is directed against women; he doesn't even blame the perpetrators; he blames the female victims. Sheesh.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Massachusetts Governor (and presidential candidate) Mitt Romney had the line of the year the other day at one of his press conferences. A reporter was asking a very long winded question about tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike which was filled with Democrat Party talking-points. Romney finally asked sarcastically, but with good humor, if the reporter had a point of view. The reporter replied that he just represented the people. "No," Romney shot back, "I represent the people, you represent the media." Video here.

And that really says it all, doesn't it. The media is supposed to represent the people, but it doesn't. It may have once - in its infancy, but no longer. Now it exists only to help liberals and socialists amass power. I know I've said it a number of times, but it's worth repeating: This election is going to be a big, big test to see just how much power the MSM/Driveby Media still has. If the Republicans hold on to the House and Senate, it won't just be the Democrat Party that loses, but also the MSM, (which has worked tirelessly for years to convince the public that Iraq is a lost cause, the economy is terrible, gas prices are a plot, all Republicans are racists, and on and on and on).

Don't let them get away with it.

Former Iranian Leader Wanted For Murder In Argentina

Europe has trouble understanding the connection between Iran and Hizbollah. Argentina has no such trouble:
Argentine prosecutors asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order the arrest of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed scores of people. The decision to attack the center ''was undertaken in 1993 by the highest authorities of the then-government of Iran,'' prosecutor Alberto Nisman said at a news conference. He said the actual attack was entrusted to the Lebanon-based group Hezbollah.

The worst terrorist attack ever on Argentine soil, the bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and injured more than 200 when an explosive-laden vehicle detonated near the building.

Prosecutors urged the judge to seek international and national arrest orders for Rafsanjani, who was Iran's president between 1989 and 1997. They also were asking the judge to detain several other former Iranian officials, including a former intelligence chief, Ali Fallahijan, and former Foreign Minister Ali Ar Velayati. They also said they were urging the judge to order the arrest of two former commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, two former Iranian diplomats and a former Hezbollah security chief for external affairs.
The United States ought to pursue similar prosecutions against Iranian officials. We should start with Ahmadinejad. You want to tell me that isn't Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (circa 1979) leading an American embassy official away from the American Embassy? Look closely:


From the article "Islam's Growth Requires New Thinking." The concluding paragraph:
"We are at war with an alien power with no regard for Western principles; an enemy that seeks nothing less than our submission or destruction. More than larger defense budgets or better intelligence, we must recover a public insistence on rigorous thought. Diplomatic wrangling and debating the minutiae of policy must give way to a candid reassessment of what Islam is, what it has done, and what it stands to do. It is these questions that we must take up if we are to have any serious hope of saving a West currently unaware of the full magnitude of what is as stake."
The author of the above commentary is Gregory Davis, producer of the documentary Islam: What the West Needs to Know, available on DVD. He is also the author of Religion of Peace?: Islam's War against the World. I haven't read the book, but I have seen the film and can recommend it. [I spotted the article by Gregory Davis at Mark Alexander's web site]



More proof that attacks by the Euro-adoring Left against America are bogus - their own efforts are failing:
Three-quarters of Europe's car brands are failing to improve fuel efficiency fast enough to meet a key European emissions target, a study has claimed. ... According to the report commissioned by Transport and Environment (T&E), Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Audi, Volvo, BMW and Volkswagen cut their emissions at less than half the rate needed to meet their commitment.
I think this also exposes the idiocy of setting unrealistic anti-industrial goals - like Kyoto did. And it of course exposes the hypcorisy of the Euro-left.


Maybe. (At least as far as attaining his goal to get a coveted UNSC seat... ) . More HERE.

BBC: "Iraqi PM vows to tackle militias"

Militia members on parade in Sadr City in August Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has pledged to tackle illegal militias, which are widely blamed for the growing sectarian violence in the country. "We will strike hard at anyone who defies the law," Mr Maliki said.

His comments come a day after the US ambassador said Iraqi leaders had agreed to a timetable for achieving key goals, including tackling the militias. Overnight, Iraqi forces raided Baghdad's Sadr City, a militia bastion, hunting a suspected death squad leader. Iraqi forces came under fire and called for backup from US aircraft, according to a US military statement.
"Bout damn time! More from AP/NYTIMES here. Early, first-hand account here.


In January of 2006, I composed a blog article largely based on the Washington Post article "Reunified Islam: Unlikely but Not Entirely Radical: Restoration of Caliphate, Attacked by Bush, Resonates With Mainstream Muslims." According to that Washington Post article:
"[T]he caliphate is also esteemed by many ordinary Muslims....Muslims regard themselves as members of the umma, or community of believers, that forms the heart of Islam. And as earthly head of that community, the caliph is cherished both as memory and ideal, interviews indicate."
On October 23, 2006, Dr. Walid Phares wrote an essay entitled "The Caliph-Strophic Debate" analyzing a recent article in Newsweek Magazine. Excerpt from Dr. Phares' article:
"It seems that the US is having a hard time winning the hearts and minds of Arabs and Muslims, but an equally serious problem can be observed in the intellectual circles of America where some have had a difficulty coming to terms with the terminology of the War of Ideas. If the educated elite of the United States is incapable of identifying the ideology and the strategy of the Jihadists five years after 9/11, we not only have a problem with handling the War in Iraq, but also with the future of American national security as a whole.

An article published in Newsweek magazine on October 13, 2006 illustrates this problem...."
Many Muslims, including CAIR, have objected to President Bush's use of the word "caliphate." In his essay, Dr. Phares explores Newsweek's errors and why it is important to understand the historical and current significance to Muslims regarding the utopian concept of establishing the caliphate. Read all of Dr. Phares' essay here.


In this morning's Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick decries the Israeli government's inexplicable silence on the blood libel perpetrated by the France 2 television network - assisted by the French courts last week - in what is known as the "Al-Durah affair."
Both men separately proved mathematically and physically that the IDF forces on the ground could not see the Duras from their position and that it was physically impossible for their bullets to have killed Muhammad. Then OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen.Yom Tov Samia held a news conference in late November based on their findings at which he said that the probability that the IDF had killed Dura was low.

Yet Samia was the only senior Israeli official to question the veracity of the film. Then chief of General Staff Shaul Mofaz disavowed Samia's investigation. Prime minister Ehud Barak never questioned the veracity of Enderlin's murderous accusation against the IDF. ...

Yet, even as private individuals were dedicating their time and passion to proving that France 2 had purposely broadcast a blood libel against Israel that caused the death and injury of Israelis and Jews throughout the world and marred the honor of the IDF, official Israel remained silent.

The Foreign Ministry never asked France 2 to show its officials the full 27-minute film. Neither the IDF nor the Foreign or Justice Ministries defended the IDF or called into question the veracity of Enderlin's film. As late as this past June 23, IDF spokeswoman Brig.-Gen. Miri Regev told Haaretz, "I cannot determine whether the IDF is or is not responsible for the killing of al-Dura." ...

Over the years Israeli officials have justified their silence by saying that it was a losing proposition to reopen the Dura case. We'll be accused of blaming the victim, they said. This statement is both cowardly and irresponsible. As the French verdict shows, without an Israeli protest, the protests of private individuals, however substantial, ring hollow. When Israel refuses to defend itself from blood libels, it gives silent license to attacks against Israel and world Jewry in the name of those libels.

In 2000, Barak was desperately trying to close a peace deal with Yasser Arafat. The last thing he wanted was to admit that Arafat was promulgating blood libels against Israel. So he was silent. This is unforgivable, but understandable.

Israel's continued silence is a sign that Israeli officialdom has still not understood what the war of images demands of it. The Dura film, like the fictional massacre of Lebanese children at Kafr Kana in Lebanon this summer, shows that victory or defeat in wars is today largely determined on television. To win, Israel must go on the offensive and attack untruthful, distorted images that are used to justify the killing of Israelis and Jews throughout the world.

When Karsenty heard the court's verdict last week, he said, "If this judgment is upheld, Jews should ask themselves questions about their future in France. Justice covers the anti-Semitic lies of a public channel. It's a strong signal, it is very severe."

To this it should be added that if the Israeli government continues to be silent as the good name of the IDF, of Israel and of the Jewish people is dragged through the mud by distorted television images broadcast by foreign news outlets; if the Israeli government does nothing to defend those who are persecuted for fighting against these distortions, then Jews will have to ask themselves some questions about how on earth we are supposed to defend ourselves, let alone win this war against those who seek our destruction.
Blogger Richard Landes at The Augean Stables goes so far as to suggest that the trial of Philippe Karsenty, in which a decision was rendered last week, was fixed: Continue reading....


A little snippet from the police blotter: A danish citizen who converted to Islam and moved to Yemen with his wife and child has been arrested - in Yemen - for arms smuggling. We are accustomed to reading about Danes who are arrested for drug smuggling - and it is well known that Danish ships have freighted munitions for shadowy clients - but this may be the first case of a Dane smuggling arms for a terror organisation. The Danish Police Intelligence Unit is following the case closely.
LATE EDITION UPDATE: The 23 year old arrested in Yemen is aquainted with the defendants being held under arrest in Glostrup - one of two terror conspiracy cases unfolding now in Denmark. According to danish police he is not directly involved in that case.

Reliapundit adds: Dhimmis are a already huge problem; they aid the enemy from either fear or a misplaced and/or ill-conceived altruism. And Euro-Muslims - from Chechnya for example - might be able avoid detection and might easily take part in an attack or smuggling inside the EU or the USA. But this story reminds us that converts to Islam (who embrace global jihad, but otherwise look and sound ENTIRELY Western) might be jihadoterrorism's secret weapon. They might be impossible to find... until it's too late... Which is why I think the intelligence agencies ought to be hunting for other Western converts who attended radical mosques - folks like Richard Reid.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


The enemy has made this Ramadan in Iraq one of the bloodiest months of the war. Could they be trying to influence the election? Some think so.

It's worked before: in 1968, the Vietcong Communists launched the Tet offensive, and lost. But the MSM reported it as a quagmire; Johnson withdrew from the race, and most Americans were been convinced by the MSM that the war was unwinnable.

More recently, al Qaeda attacked several commuter trains in Madrid a few days before their elections and tipped the election to th appeasing/"anti-war" socialists.

The enemy is attempting to do this again - in Iraq - and once again they have the tacit aid of the MSM.

Don't fall for it. Get out and vote GOP.


In 1992, the Left-wing catch-phrase was "It's the economy, stupid!" and many have since believed that it was the Clinton campaign's "laser-like" focus on the "bad economy" which propelled them to victory. Well, this is bulls*it.

I voted for Clinton on 1992 (I am now sorry to say), but I did not do so because I thought the economy was bad; (IT WASN'T! The recession ended the last quarter of 1992:
While in historical terms the recession was mild and actually ended before the election, the resulting job loss (especially among middle managers not yet accustomed to white collar downsizing) fueled strong discontent with Bush, who was successfully portrayed as aloof, out of touch, and overly focused on foreign affairs.).
Nor did I vote Clinton because I thought that Clinton would "handle" the economy better than Bush. I voted for Clinton because I thought Bush had bailed out on Saddam and left the war unfinished, and I thought Clinton and Gore might be more hawkish.

I knew at the time that the economy was too big and the tools of the White House too small to make much of a difference in our economic situation. The only real power lay with the Fed Reserve, and even the Fed could not guarantee economic growth. (I'm in favor of low taxes based on political and moral priciples, not economic ones.)

So... (you ask), if it the economy wasn't bad, then ... WHY DID CLINTON WIN?! Well, FIRST, remember Clinton won both times because of Perot; and remember: Clinton NEVER won a majority of the electorate; he NEVER polled 50%. And SECOND: People FELT the economy was much worse than it really was. And people VOTED according to HOW THEY FELT. In other words: "IT'S VOTER DISAFFECTION, STUPID!"

So ... (you ask), "Why did the people feel the economy was bad in 1992?" Because... THE MSM REPORTED IT THAT WAY! (And then, they reported it was great as soon as BJ CLINTON TOOK OVER!

Well, the MSM is trying to pull the same crap today - and to make it worse... they are coupling biased economic "reporting" with good ol' fashioned vintage 1968 Tet Offensive "war-reporting", too: By relentlessly reporting that Iraq is an unwinnable quagmire inevitably descending into civil war, they have made most Americans think Iraq is just that.

DON'T FALL FOR IT! (1) The economy since 2001 is BETTER than it was during the Clinton years! And (2) we are winning the GWOT - in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world. Democracy is on the move! SURE: The enemy hasn't surrendered yet; they won't for a few decades! SO ....BUCK UP! Stop whining.

Of course, if you want to pay higher taxes and cede our national security to the UN and the EU, and give into the terrorists then by all means: VOTE DEMOCRAT!

More insight on MSM propaganda from the Captain.


[US Ambassador to Iraq] Khalilzad depicted the struggle to build a united, democratic Iraq as "the defining challenge of our era" and said it would shape the future of the Middle East and global security. "Those forces that constitute the extremist camp including not only al Qaeda, but Iran and Syria, are at work to keep us and the Iraqis from succeeding," ... "They fear Iraq's success. They want to undermine our resolve by imposing costs on us in terms of prolonging the conflict, imposing casualties and creating the perception that Iraq cannot be stabilized," he said.

Al Qaeda and Iraq's "foreign rivals" were trying to tear the Iraqi people apart along sectarian lines, Khalilzad said, naming Iran and Syria as countries that "cynically support rival groups involved in the violence."
He is right - 100% right. SO..... WHEN WILL WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!? Faster, please!

America's Vision: Occupation And The Building Of New Nations

On March 19, 2003, American and a coalition of the willing invaded Iraq. On May 1, 2003, President Bush declared, "Mission accomplished."

Our consumerist, instant gratification culture gives birth to a mindframe which is unrealistic. The new nation we bought, and paid for, is ours. We can take it home and put it in our history books.

But, a new nation is not a product that we buy. And, if it is like a product, then it is more akin to open-source software than it is to a mass-market brand in the capitalist marketplace. Its development will take time, and we have to build it through trial and error.

A war is for the destruction of a regime. War's aftermath is for the building of a new nation. Let's look at how long it took us to rebuild in previous wars in which we fought to rid a nation of an evil regime.
In Germany, post WWII, we found we needed 200,000 troops to maintain the occupation and rebuilding efforts. We did not hand over full-sovereignty to the German government until 1955; ten years later.

In Japan, post-WWII, we found we needed approximately 300,000 troops. We did not hand over full-sovereignty to the Japanese government until 1953, eight years laters.

If you think about it, our rebuilding efforts in the South took even more time. If it were not so, President Eisenhower would not have had to send 1,200 federal troops into Arkansas to escort nine children to classes at Little Rock High School in 1957.
Rebuilding a nation takes time. Obliterating the evil ideologies that are the foundation of malevolent regimes is a generational effort.

I believe we Americans have it in us to see our Democracy project through. Do you believe in America's vision?


The MUST READ of the day over at TAT: The Europeanization of the Democratic Party. Excerpt:
Ronald Reagan famous declaration that he “did not leave the Democratic Party. It left me” can be made more contemporary. The Democratic Party has not only left behind many of its old principles and ideals, it now seems to be in the process of losing its moorings and leaving America entirely.
The Left hasn't just abandoned the USA for the EU, they've abandoned Western Civilization! This abandonment has occured because the Left has become almost entirely post modernist, and believes that the West is the cause of most of the wars, and most of the genocide in human history, and also for "global warming" - all totally false assertions. And this post modern Left is doing well politically because they control an important triumverate of power in society: the bureaucracy, the academy and the MSM. (You ca read more on this triumverate from Bruce Bawer - a superb critic of Europe, who has learned first-hand that the Europe the US Left idolizes is a sham.) Well, TAT is right: the Democrat Party wants to turn the USA into an outpost of the EU, by making us more socialist, and by making us even more reluctant to counter-attack against global jihad - by making us appeasers - like much of the EU. Which is why we say, "A vote for the Democrats is a vote FOR jihad." Use the link, and RTWT.


YouTube has enjoyed a reputation of upholding the right to freedom of speech. Last week, however, in the space of two hours, I twice attempted to leave a comment to this YouTube video relating to Ahmed Bedier, the Executive Director of the Tampa Chapter of CAIR. Both times, the following message appeared:
"Your comment will be posted once it has been approved."
My comment has never appeared, even three days later. What I attempted to post read somewhat as follows:
"From what I've read, some of the incidents reported by CAIR were not confirmed.

"Frankly, Americans showed remarkable restraint following 9/11."
Today, I left a comment asking why my comments had never appeared. That comment has also not appeared. Apparently, all of my comments were deemed inappropriate.... Read the rest here.

Reliapundit adds: GREAT POST! Welcome aboard! We knew that YouTube was censoring videos, BUT CENSORING COMMENTS!? Sheesh. Then again, I guess it should come as no surprise: the Left proved with Campiagn Finance Reform that they do NOT value free speech. This attitude is historically typical of all Statist ideologies: individual liberty is always subverted to the "common good": the individual straw is weak/breakable, but the bundle of straws - the fasci, in Latin - is strong. Hence, the affinities between Leftists and the Islamofascists: they are both utopianist and Statist ideologies purveyed by folks who think they know what the "common good" is, and that this is more important than doing whatever you think is good for you. Now comes news that GOOGLE/YouTube is starting a PAC. I bet they'll continue support the "common good" even when it abridges free speech!


France has been accused by government officials in Rwanda of being complicit in the killing of 800,000 people. A panel of respected Rwandans is hearing claims that French soldiers stationed in Rwanda allowed or even encouraged the massacre of Tutsis. ... The panel is headed by former Justice Minister Jean de Dieu Mucyo and its hearings are being broadcast live on local radio. It is hearing from 25 survivors of the genocide, who claim to have witnessed French involvement. ... The panel will determine whether or not to refer the allegations to the International Court of Justice. Its findings are expected within six months.
I think they should put Kofi Annan on trial too: The UN admitted failure, but Kofi's guilt maybe deeper: he was in charge of "peace-keeping" for the UN at the time. More here.


Three young men stand accused in the Scotish High Court. Their crime: stabbing and then burning a 15 year old who was on his way to school. The Victim: Kriss Donald. The Defendants: Imran Shahid, 29, his brother Zeeshan Shahid, 29, and their friend Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq, 27.

Can't blame Bush or Israel for this. Is the intifada spreading? Sure seems like it.


Can someone please explain this to me? 81% of American Jewry believe that the Arabs want to destroy the State of Israel rather than just get back territory - and yet 54% want to give them the 'Palestinian state' that is the tool for them to destroy Israel. They don't want a State of Israel?

57% back Israel taking military action to block Iran from obtaining nuclear arms, while 35% are opposed and the rest say they don't know. However, the numbers are practically reversed - 38% to 54% - when it comes to the United States acting by force against Iran. They're willing to fight against Iran down to the last Israeli?

56% feel Israel and her Arab neighbors will never be able "to settle their differences and live in peace," compared to 38% who disagreed. But 54% want a 'Palestinian state' anyway?

And unfortunately, 54% of those surveyed identified as Democrats rather than Republicans (15%). The rest were either Independents (29%) or not sure (3%).

I wonder what the survey would have said if they'd asked how many equate Judaism with 'liberalism.' I'm going to guess somewhere in the 55-64% range.

Monday, October 23, 2006


The Fouth Estate has long been a Fifth Column: Swiftgate; Snipergate; CNN; the NYTIMES; the BBC; CNN; CNN. (I could go on and on and on and on...)

Many have complained that we weren't doing enough to combat the bad press. Now it seems we are finally beginning to fight back: Duncan Hunter wants to ban CNN (video here), and the Brits HAVE just banned ITV (for similarly traitorous coverage - via PJM).

It's about damn time. Bravo. I have long maintained that we cannot defeat the enemy abroad until we defeat their Fifth Coumn at home - and that's the Left and the MSM they still dominate.


Below we linked to news that anti-Semitic hate-crimes in the USA are seven times more prevalent than anti-Muslim hate-crimes - despite the fact that there are many times more Muslims in the USA than Jews. And despite the whining complaints of rampant islamophobia from CAIR.

Now comes more counter-intuitive news - from HAARETZ:
World Jewish groups began a global campaign yesterday calling for recognition of Jews from Arab countries as refugees in the Middle East conflict. "The world sees the plight of Palestinian refugees, and not withstanding their plight, there must be recognition that Jews from Arab countries are also victims of the Arab-Israeli conflict," said Stanley Urman, executive director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC). JJAC, a U.S.-based coalition of Jewish organizations, is one of the groups coordinating the campaign, which aims to record testimonies of Jews who fled in the face of persecution, list asset losses and lobby foreign governments on their behalf.

Jewish groups have estimated that since 1948 at least 900,000 Jews have been forced to leave their homes in Arab countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
SO.... how many Arab refugees fled Israel in 1948? Was it more or less than the number of Jews who fled Arabia? LESS: only 720,000. Yet, until now, no one cared about the Jewish regugees from Arabia. Until now. Any deal on Arab refugees from Israel MUST includes a deal for the Jewish refugees from Arabia.

[BTW: for you doubters out there, according to Koran, Medina was largely a Jewish town until Mohamet wiped out the Jews there. And Baghdad alone had as many as 150,000 Jews in 1948. For those interested in reading the human drama of this exodus I recommend the memoir OUT OF EGYPT.]


The Israel Air Force destroyed 59 intermediate and long-range missile launchers in the Hezbollah arsenal during the second day of the war in Lebanon, during a raid that lasted 34 minutes, according to research recently published by David Makovsky and Jeffrey White of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy.

The success of the raid was the greatest Israel Defense Forces achievement during the war, and according to Israeli assessments, it prevented Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, from being able to carry out his threats and strike central Israel with missiles.
If the West still didn't harbor double-standards when it comes to Israel, then Israel could have finished off Hizballah in a few more weeks. But the fact that Israel was prevented from delivering a coup de grace doesn't mean they lost. They demolished Hizballah and at the very least bought a few more years of peace on their northern border. [ASIDE: The threat of more war against Israel from the north (and a destabilized Lebanon) will exist for as long as Iran and Syria are ruled by tyrannies.]


If you are a dispirited conservative, then the upcoming election is all about you and your nose.

WHY? Well, many conservatives have many reasons to be disappointed with Bush and the GOP led Congress. HERE'S A LINK TO A LONG LIST OF DISAPPOINTMENTS. (A list - via GLENN - by a conservative who did not vote GOP.) Most conservatives would agree with some or even many of the items on the list.

But by not voting GOP, the conservative goals the listmaker's list implies he supports WILL ACTUALLY JUST BECOME EVEN LESS LIKELY TO ACHIEVE. In other words, this approach is like "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face."

The disappointed conservative better advances conservatism if he HOLDS HIS NOSE AND VOTES GOP. MY MESSAGE TO DISAPPOINTED CONSERVATIVES IS THIS:


Arab-Israeli newspaper al-Sinara reported that, last Tuesday, during a ten day pilgrimage to Mecca, Khaddam met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz. ... In response to claims that the King of Saudi Arabia met with former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam - a recognized opponent of Bashar Assad's regime – Syrian media announced Sunday evening that "Saudi Arabia is trying to create a civil war and implement US orders, in order to besiege Syria and harm its stability."

... In an interview aired by a television station owned by the al-Hariri family in Lebanon, Khaddam spoke to the Syrian people in honor of Eid al-Fiter, promising that "the tyrannical regime is about to collapse" and be replaced with a democratic one.
This is long overdue. Perhaps the House of Saud has found new motivation as a result of the Hizballah-Israel War? After all, Hizballah is a proxy of the Iranians, and the Iranians are not Sunni and NOT ARAB. As such, their expanding Middle Eastern hegemony is a grave threat to the House of Saud. The Saudis are realists: they justifiably fear the Iranians more than they do Israel. To contain Iran, Saudi Arabia knows it must defang Hizballah and Syria. Overthrowing Assad accomplishes both. I TRULY expect this to happen very soon. Before any confrontation with Iran.

I feel that there has been hesitation on our part to foment this regime change because we were afraid that it might cause more chaos in the region, and that this would hurt our efforts in Iraq and in the so-called "occupied territories." I feel that the administration has finally concluded that Shia/Iranian/Syrian efforts at destabilization in Iraq and Gaza and the "West Bank" are so widespread, that we have NOTHING TO LOSE. That's why I feel that Assad's days are numbered. I predict he will be gone by Spring.


... executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians.
I have felt for a long time that this was the real reason why the MSM is so awful: the MSM is basically run by what used to be called the "radical chic" - and they twist the news to promote all of their biases and to advance their radical, Leftist agenda. Since at least the 1970's, they've attained the key positions of power at most of the big media giants, and they hire and promote only the people who tow their ideological line. And, they work AND LIVE in anti-traditionalist/anti-bourgeiose bubbles so they don't even realize how out of touch with the mainstream they really are.

I hope that this report helps speed the day when the reign of the "radical chic" at the BCC and the NYTIMES - and all the other media they dominate - ends. When their domination of the MSM ends, the MSM will no longer function as a Fifth Column, and those of us who actually LIKE Western Civilization will have a much easier time defeating the jihadoterrorists.

the [BBC] executives were given a scenario in which Jewish Comedian Sasha Baron Cohen would participate in a program titled "Room 101", a studio program where guests would be asked for their opinions on different issues, and allowed to symbolically throw things they hated in a garbage bin.
The executives were asked what they would do if Cohen decided to throw "Kosher food," the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bible, and the Quran in the garbage bin. The executives said they would allow everything to be thrown in the garbage bin, save the Quran, for fear of offending the British Muslim community. [Umph added!]
And I'm gonna tell you what... the BBC is not alone in that. I would bet just about every American news network would take the same position. When I first saw that the media was covering for Islam while bashing Christianity I kind of laughed at it, but now it's just getting completely ridiculous and downright scary.


SO... WHICH GROUP IS VICTIMIZED BY MORE HASTE CRIMES IN THE USA, JEWS OR MUSLIMS? Jews. By 7-t0-1! - even though Muslims OUTNUMBER Jews. (Via Memeorandum.)

Jews are also targeted more than Muslims in the EU, and these attacks are increasing
. And on top of that, Muslims are - more often than not - unpunished for their crimes, for their riots, for their EU intifadas in Paris and Gothenberg and Windsor and Brussels.

And yet the Left still blames the JOOOOOZE and/or the so-called "The Israel Lobby" and/or the neocons. Sheesh. As the song asked: When will they ever learn? When will the ever learn?

[I'LL TELL YOU WHEN: When they accept the fact that the West and the Jews are VICTIMS of islamofascist jihad, and not at all deserving of their attacks. When they accept the fact that global jihad is NOT a response to Western hegemony, but the thousand year old goal of a religion which spread ONLY through its use of militancy and terror: Islam. That's when.

I'm not holding my breath. The truth about Islam (that it is - in its current state - largely incompatible with democracy and universal human rights), is as hard for Leftists to accept as is the truth about socialism, (that it is a bankrupt ideology which was an abject failure everywhere it was tried).

Our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq are in some measure an effort to reshape the Islamic world into one which IS compatible with democracy and universal human rights. This is a HUGE project and a noble cause. One we shouldn't abandon when the going gets tough.

But, if you don't believe that Islam can ever be reformed, or that Muslims don't deserve their univeral human rights, and if you choose to forget that 9/11 proved that we cannot withdraw to safety behind a moat, and if you want to ignore the fact that denial of a threat doesn't make one safe, then by all means VOTE DEMOCRAT - the party of denial, delusion, and ultimately defeat for our side. But they are the terrorists last best hope.]


People who entertain anti-American prejudice will be disappointed to learn that the US does not figure on the latest list of the 10 worst polluted sites in the world. Hanford - the site of much of the Cold War nuclear weapons manufacturing - and post Katrina New Orleans do figure on the list of 25 nominees.

RELIAPUNDIT ADDS: Great post, NS. And a quick look at the list proves another thing: The top ten are all in nations which became polluted while under true Leftist/socialist regimes. This is just more PROOF that socialism was and remains an utter failure: unable to deliver the goods (a better standard of living), and unable to protect the environment and the workplace. WHY?! Leftist policies hinder the efficient production and distribution of goods and services, and cut the profits necessary to be able to invest in cleaner production while still delivering value to the consumer.


Middle East Newsline is reporting that the Olmert-Peretz-Livni government is conducting a 'dialogue' with the Saudis that is predicated upon Israel's acceptance of the 'Saudi initiative.' As I noted in a post last Tuesday, the 'Saudi initiative' calls for Israel to leave Judea and Samaria, for a 'Palestinian' state reichlet to be established in Judea and Samaria, and for the Arab world to recongnize Israel's existence (but not its 'right to exist' - contrary to what you see reported in most of the media). I cannot help but wonder why the government is so desperate as to be willing to accept this terrible plan that recognizes a 'right of return' for 'Palestinian refugees.'
Western diplomatic sources said Olmert, with the help of Jordan's King Abdullah, has met Saudi officials to discuss Riyad's vision of ending the Arab-Israeli conflict and ensuring stability in the Middle East. The sources said Riyad has offered its peace plan as a basis for Saudi-led Arab cooperation with Israel.

"Olmert has accepted the principle that the Saudis have become a key player in any effort to stabilize the Middle East," a diplomat said. "The Israelis and Saudis have joint interest in ensuring stability after the expected U.S. withdrawal from Iraq."

Over the last month, Olmert's political ally, Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit has endorsed the Saudi plan, first presented in 2002. The minister said Israel should hold peace negotiations with the Arabs based on an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders.
Sheetrit is even a bigger leftist than Olmert. Still, I have to wonder whether (and why) the rest of the government would go along with this. The 'Saudi inititiative' is a suicide plan for Israel. If Olmert is so tired of fighting, let him pack up and leave and join his sons abroad.


If your media hasn't already buried this story you should know that the Paris Intifada is still smoldering. I doubt these activities are spontaneous expressions of discontent a la mauvaise de pauvre arab. This is a tiny skirmish in the millennial-war which began in Iran and may not see its end in our lifetimes. (More on the Paris Intifada HERE.)

First, the islamofacists see that much of Europe will not aid American efforts to democratize the Middle East. Second, they know that Europe - especially the French - barely defended themselves the last time their democracies were threatened in WW2!

What makes it more threatening are these two facts: (1) the enemies of freedom are patient; their timeline is not marked by mid-year elections. And (2), these enemies are also willing to suffer greater casualties while attempting to inflict their hideous ideology on others than the West seems to be willing to accept in defense of its own civilization. In other words, Bush's well-meaning policies are failing - not because casualties are too high - but because they are too low. The insurgents in Iraq and the Taleban have Rope-A-Doped the West and are now threatening their counter-attack. Bush and Blair seem exhausted by the onslaught of the media and their constant negativity and defeatism. Which leads me to ask: How will the West respond to the enemy's October Surprise? We shall see...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Jihadis Want You To Vote Democrat

"If the Muslims of America believe that they don't want Bush to have a free hand for the next two years, then the Muslims of America need to get organized and make sure they get out to vote for Democrats for both the House and the Senate. Every Muslim in the Middle East who has a relative in the U.S. should get the message across to their relatives. They need to make sure that all their friends vote against Bush."

The American TV station that broadcasts JIHAD SERMONS ON U.S. TV here is urging Americans to vote for the DEMOCRATS:
The Islamic Television Network that is busy getting out the vote for the Democrats is also busy broadcasting sermons calling for the overthrow of the United States Constitution, and its replacement with Sharia:

Bridges TV, an American-Islamic TV channel "seeking to improve the image of Muslims in the United States" and to "offer a unique perspective on the Middle East and the war on terrorism," has extended its availability into six states, creating a potential audience of nearly 2 million.

A religious figure who appeared on the channel on Oct. 3 said Muslims have a duty to change America and to increase their numbers to 50% of the population from 2%. He recommended that Islamic law be implemented in American courts.
"I have news for the Muslim community," he said. "All American politicians are in the pocket of the Jewish lobby today because they control a lot of money, and they spend a lot of money in politics.
Really, they ought to get it together with the Jews, because the truth is, Jews overwhelmingly go right along with the wishes of the Jihadis and vote Democrat.
A vote for the Democrats is a vote for the Jihad.



Conservatives are unhappy with the Bush and Congress for many reasons: Harriet Miers; immigration; slow amd weak handling of both Syria and Iran; lack of support for Israel in their war against Hizballah; too much multi-lateralism in regard to North Korea; bad handling of ther Jefferson corruption scandal; and so on.
NONE of the people unhappy with Bush and Congress on these issues would EVER vote Democrat. All the GOP has to do is get them to the polls and the GOP will hold both bodies of Congress.

To get them to the polls the GOP merely has to remind people that if the Democrat Party gets control things will get even worse: Higher taxes at home, and appeasement abroad; NO CONSERVATIVE JUDGES; less support for Israel and Afghanistan and Iraq; more kowtowing to the UN and the EU. If that's what you want, then by all means stay home. You'll be sending a message alright: that Conservatives would cut off their noses to spite their faces.

UPDATE: Since Bush got 52% of the vote last time out, his current numbers mean that about 25% of his supporters are pissed off at him. The GOP must identify these voters and get them to the polls. If they do, then the GOP will do very well, (And the Democrats will claim ANTOHER election was stolen!)

UPDATE #2 - K-LO/NRO: "Newsweek poll puts Democrats far ahead in Congress" — should anyone be shocked that Dems come out ahead when only 28 percent of your poll is made up of Republicans, and 35 percent Democrat... ? Reliapundit: This "poll" OVERSAMPLED Democrats bya WHOPPING 20%! If this "poll" had sampled either the average number of Dems who voted in the last THREE elections, or an equal number of Dems and GOP'ers, then the GOP, and BUSH would be coming out ahead. COMPLETE ROUND-UP HERE, AT MEMEORANDUM.


Three weeks ago, Rashid Khalidi, who holds the Edward Said chair in Arab studies at my alma mater, Columbia University, wrote an article in the Boston Globe in which he decried the history of the 'Palestinians' having "disappeared under the powerful impact of the painful and amply recounted story of the catastrophic fate of the Jews of Europe in the 20th century." In other words, according to Khalidi, the fact that there is no 'Palestinian' history is the Jews' fault. At The American Thinker, Rachel Neuwirth has a more plausible explanation... Continue reading...

[ASIDE: Reliapundit adds: "Palestine" was liberated - in 1948 when Jews won their independence! Ever since, Arabs have been trying to obliterate the only pluralistic democracy in the entire Middle East - Israel. When Arabs say "liberation" they actually mean genocide of Jews and Islamic totalitarianism. If you support genocide of Jews and totalitarianism then you should support Arabs who oppose Israel.]