"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Friday, February 11, 2005
ROGER L. SIMON: THE GALL!
I wish him well, and know and pray that HE WILL BE WELL SOON.
I had the operation a few years back - laparoscopically. I recovered in a few days.
I ate a bowl full of Vitenamese pork bellies last night - and slept wonderfully!
Roger - all the best to you, and I'm praying you have a speedy and calm and uncomplicated recovery. All the best to you and yours!
CAUSES OF EUROPE'S "DIATHESIS FOR DHIMMITUDE"
I believe there are TWO root causes for Europe's DIATHESIS FOR DHIMMITUDE:
According to Ms. Ye'or, this Arab/European alliance was motivated primarily by anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism and a desire to import oil and cheap labor. ... any Europeans agree with Said’s theories. Many don’t believe that their culture is worth preserving. ... The policies of the EU towards Israel mirror Arab policies. ... This multicultural 'alliance' is currently cemented by European fear of terrorism. ... Europe seems to accept its current dhimmi status, and does not seem to be willing to defend traditional Western, Judeo-Christian values.
(1) EXHAUSTION - they are worn out by the bloody 20th Century.
(2) This exhaustion has led to flase rationalizions and self-defeating modalities which now permeate NOT only the European "Academe" and the elites, but Europe's masses:
As Seinfeld once humorously noted (paraphrasing): the French fought harder to keep out Disneyland than they did the NAZIS!"(a) colonialism and imperialism were bad and their wealth is the result of pillaging the Third World - which would be wealthy if it weren't for European Hegemony. This has caused MASSIVE GUILT and SELF-LOATHING.
(b) nationalism and etnocentricity led to a lack of acceptance of neighbors and bloodshed; therefore we must blindly accept anything that another nation or culture does that is value-related or we risk more pointless bloodshed. This has led to Pan-Europeanism and to Cultural Relativism and to a "Neo/Quasi-Pacificism."Weirdly, (a) and (b) have led them to embrace and adore Third World culture and immigrants even as they try to protect their culture from so-called "savagery of American Cultural Hegemony" - (which is a misconception of and misnomer for the world's freely evolving "Mass/Pop Culture" or the "free marketplace of ideas," which is free because it is unfettered by snobbery and elitism - and which I blogged about here).
ABBAS BEGINS MOVE AGAINST HAMAS
If these signals are followed by actions, then a settlement and peace will be possible. STAY TUNED...
Mahmoud Abbas is to demand today that militant leaders stop their attacks on Israelis, after the Palestinian president's Fatah movement declared a state of emergency for Palestinian security forces. Mr Abbas is to confront militant leaders in the Gaza Strip in a bid to curb the violence. He will tell militant leaders that "there is only one Palestinian Authority and one leadership, and [he] will not accept any measures that can subject our national project to danger," cabinet secretary Hassan Abu Libdeh said.Late last night, Fatah's central committee announced the state of emergency and accused the militant group Hamas of violating the fragile truce agreed on Tuesday between Mr Abbas and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
The crackdown on militancy follows a sustained rocket and mortar barrage on Jewish settlements yesterday that threatened to unravel the ceasefire just days after it was announced. "We are still committed to the language of dialogue, but at the same time, we warn against continuation of these irresponsible actions," Fatah's leadership said in a statement. "The Palestinian Authority will not tolerate any actions that will sabotage the agreement reached with Israelis on a mutual ceasefire," Mr Abu Libdeh said.
ZARQAWI ALLEGEDLY SEEN IN KIRKUK
Thursday, February 10, 2005
KARTER, KLINTON AND KOREAN NUKES
NORTH KOREA SAYS IT HAS NUKES. Bill Quick blames Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. I guess they deserve some of the blame, but honestly there hasn't been all that much we could do about North Korea, short of nuking them, anyway. The Clinton-Carter deal didn't help, but I don't think it really did a lot of harm, either.
Now... when can we start indicting Old Media journalists like Eason Jordan for doing the same thing!?!?!?!? After all, they are the CHIEF propagandists for ther terrorists: without their hyping of the attacks there'd less "TERROR" (which after all depends on the media to hype their attacks and thereby inflict a disproportionate fear on to the populace), and they're often tipped off before attacks, and they're HAPPY to broadcast the terrorists' charges, and always ignore the good news! If that ain't abetting the enemy then nothing is!
CHECK OUT POWERLINE ON THIS NOW! EVEN MORE AT Michele Malkin, (please use my blogroll link - the BLOGGER hyperlink system seems to be down.)
HAMAS AND ISLAMIC JIHAD KICK BALL BACK INTO ABU MAZEN'S COURT
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have said they are not bound by the ceasefire agreed between Palestinian and Israeli leaders at a summit in Egypt on Tuesday. The two militant groups were at the forefront of attacks on Israel during the Palestinian uprising, but have been observing an unofficial truce. ... "The resistance is not committed to what has been agreed at the summit... since the Palestinian conditions were not achieved. "We consider that there is no truce and there is no deal to stop the resistance." An Islamic Jihad spokesman, Mohammed al-Hindi, said the summit had brought "nothing new". However, Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said he was "fully content" that compliance with the ceasefire would be "complete and comprehensive". A senior Palestinian official has meanwhile been sent to Lebanon to urge the Hezbollah militia to back the peace moves, French news agency AFP reports, citing unnamed sources.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
"KNIFE CONTROL" ANYONE!?
(these are BBC HEADLINES ONLY for the last month)
1 Knifeman grabs money in robbery - A robber wielding a knife threatens shop staff and grabs money from the till.
2 A man who murdered his partner in front of her two daughters has been jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court. Paul Viner, 45, stabbed Donna Brough, 39, to death with a sheath knife at her home in Tylorstown, Rhondda, after she returned home late from a night out.
3 Fresh efforts to cut knife crime - Proposals aimed at helping Scottish police reduce knife crime are setout by ministers at Holyrood.
4 Men held after house knife raid - Police in Grimsby arrest two men in connection with an raid at a house in Nunsthorpe.
5 Knife held to customer's throat - A man holds a knife to a customer's throat during a robbery at a Tyneside petrol station.
6 Armed robbery at service station - Police hunt two men who robbed a petrol service station armed with a handgun and knife.
7 Armed robber holds up nightclub - A hooded robber armed with a knife holds up a nightclub in Derby.
8 Man has knife held to his throat - Two men hold a knife to a man's throat during an assault in a street in Cumbria.
9 Knife-crime battle is stepped up - Police patrols aim to crack down on knife crime in a north London borough.
10 Diamond robber photofit released - Police release an image of a suspected jewellery robber who threatened a couple with a knife.
11 Man with knife robs betting shop - Police are hunting a man armed with a knife who robbed a betting shop in County Durham.
12 Men's sex attack on woman in car - A woman was sexually assaulted by two men carrying a knife who got into her car in central London.
13 Knife gang assaults man in park - A man is punched and threatened by a gang of four as he walks home through a Northampton park.
14 Man still in custody over knifing - Police continue to question a 24-year-old Grimsby man over the stabbing of a New Year's Eve partygoer.
15 Knife attack on video shop staff - A member of staff at a video shop in Rushden is threatened with a knife during a robbery.
16 Man in court over knife rampage - A man appears in court charged with murder and five counts of attempted murder following knife attacks in London.
An armed citizenry is a bulwark against thuggery.
As the song asks: "When will they ever learn when will they ever learn?"
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FLASH!!!! UPDATE!!!!! THIS JUST IN: FOXNEWS reports that there's been another stabbing in London - at a stampede near a midnight grand opening for a new IKEA! FOX: "The stabbing victim, a man in his 20s, was attacked at around 1:30 a.m. near the IKEA store, a spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police said, adding that his condition did not appear life-threatening."
WHICH SIDE REALLY TARGETS JOURNALISTS: PART III
Now, Mr Eason: WHICH SIDE REALLY TARGETS JOURNALISTS?!?!?!?!?!
A BBC producer has died after being shot while making a series of reports in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Kate Peyton, 39, and reporter Peter Greste had just arrived in the capital Mogadishu when she was hit. Mr Greste was not injured. Ms Peyton was taken to hospital, where she had an operation on a bullet wound to her back, but died later of internal bleeding, the BBC said. ... A spokesman for Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed said Ms Peyton's death was "extremely shocking and extremely tragic", the Associated Press reported. Yusuf Ismail spoke to the news agency from Kenya where the exiled government is currently based.
More HERE, at SOXBLOG; (hat tip ROGER L. Simon).
US WARNS SYRIAN AMBASSADOR
WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department called in Syria's ambassador this week and warned him Damascus must stop insurgents from crossing into Iraq and end support for Palestinian militants or risk fresh U.S. sanctions, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The warning to Ambassador Emad Moustapha appeared to signal Washington is edging closer to imposing new sanctions on Syria, which Washington accuses of supporting Palestinian militants and of allowing money and arms to flow to insurgents in Iraq. ... In one sign of U.S. frustration with Damascus, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sharply criticized Syria for what she said was its policy of exporting terror and attempting to wreck Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts."It is just not acceptable that Syria would continue to be a place from which terrorists are funded and helped to destroy the very fragile peace process in the Middle East or to change the dynamic of events in Lebanon," Rice said on Tuesday.
WAS THE U.N. WEATHER SCAM FINANCING AL QAEDA?
The tempest inside the World Meteorological Organization began with a single check. An accountant working late one night in July 2003 at the United Nations-affiliated weather agency in Geneva spotted a check that he had signed, but noticed that someone had endorsed it to an unknown third party, one L. Khalil. The accountant's curiosity was piqued, and he began nosing around. "Within half an hour I had found about 25 checks worth about $400,000 that had not gone to where they were supposed to go," said the accountant, Luckson Ngwira. That led to a formal audit and a continuing criminal investigation by Swiss authorities at the sleepy agency, focusing on allegations of embezzlement of training funds by Muhammad Hassan, a Sudanese employee who controlled that money. Investigators allege in documents and interviews that Mr. Hassan stole as much as $3 million over three or four years.
It's a great short article (but one that fails to even ask this question); RTWT.
WHO'S THE UN AMBASSADOR FROM THE USA?
Don't you think it'd be a good idea if Bush appointed on BEFORE we go to the mats with Iran and the IAEE at the UNSC?!?!?!?
And who is our National Director of Intelligence!?!?!?
NO ONE, yet. Bush hasn't appointed anyone for that key job, either.
Bush should get a move on, no!? What's he waiting for!?
RICE: NO DEADLINE FOR IRAN
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Iran cannot delay indefinitely accountability for a suspected nuclear weapons program, but said the United States has set “no deadline, no timeline” for Tehran to act. ... “I’m quite clear and I believe everybody is telling the Iranians that they are going to have to live up to their international obligations,” she said. “It is obvious that if Iran cannot be brought to live up to its international obligations, in fact, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) statute would indicate that Iran would have to be referred to the U.N. Security Council” for possible sanctions. “I think the message is there,” Rice said. “The Iranians need to get that message,” she said, adding that Tehran should know that “there are other steps” the international community can take.
SEVERAL ZARQAWI AIDES CAPTURED. IS ZARQAWI NEXT?
Iraqi security forces arrested several assistants to Abu Musaab Al-Zarqawi after storming hideouts in Al-Ramadi, said the Iraqi government in a statement Tuesday. The statement said the Iraqi forces arrested in Al-Ramadi a group of terrorists including Adnaan Al-Delimi, 34, who is also known as Abu Abdulrahman.It added, forces arrested another assistant to Al-Zarqawi in the city named Abbas Al-Obaidi, 39, who is also known as Abu Ali. They also detained Adnan Al-Saadawi, 38, known as Abu Ahmad, who is a suspect of planning and financing several terrorist attacks within Al-Zarqawi network. The Iraqi government also announced the arrest of Abu Waleed, the military advisor of Al-Zarqawi, also known as Enaad Al-Qaisi. A statement issued by the Iraqi cabinet said, Abu Waleed, a 41 years old Jordanian, "provided facilities for Al-Zarqawi network which is tied to Al-Qaida terrorist network".Spokesman for Iraqi Premier Thaaer Al-Naqeeb said in a statement that the Iraqi security arrested Basheer Al-Takriti near Mousel.
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Israel and the P.A. BOTH accuse Iran and Syria
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas are trying to recruit Palestinian militants for attacks on Israelis in order to sabotage Middle East peace efforts, senior Palestinian officials said on Wednesday. ... "We know that Hizbollah has been trying to recruit suicide bombers in the name of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to carry out attacks which would sabotage the truce," said one official, referring to a militant group inside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction. ... Another official said intercepted email communications and bank transactions suggested Hizbollah had raised its cash offers to militants, but it was unclear if this reflected a heightened desire to see violence flare up or a dearth of recruits. "Now they are willing to pay $100,000 for a whole operation (suicide bombing) whereas in the past they paid $20,000, then raised it to $50,000," the second official told Reuters. ... Israel has long accused Hizbollah, whose attacks helped end its 22-year occupation of south Lebanon in 2000, of bankrolling a Palestinian revolt that erupted later that year.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
WHAT EASON JORDAN AND DAVOS TELL US ABOUT A FREE PRESS
Then Glenn commented:
If the Davos organizers refuse to release it, and CNN refuses to call for its release, and the BBC refuses to call for its release, and every other news agency refuses to call for its release... ...then remember this, the next time the media gets up on a high horse about the public's right to know. Remember this the next time Dick Cheney has a meeting with energy executives. Remember this the next time reporters complain about Bush not holding enough press conferences, and not doing enough interviews. Remember this the next time they talk about the importance of a free press, and an informed citizenry. Because it's all conditional. None of this applies when the situation includes a media executive says something in a big forum that he later realizes he doesn't want the public to hear. Then all of a sudden, none of this matters, because it's bad form for other news agencies to look into the story if he wants it to go away. "Bad manners, old chap. We journalists have to stick together."
You don't need TV for those ideas to spread. And when they do -- and they are -- getting rid of Eason Jordan doesn't matter so much. Because neither does Eason Jordan. On the other hand, if the Eason Jordans of the world are all untrustworthy, self-interested boobs, and seen as such, it's going to be hard to sustain public support for press freedom. Unless, perhaps, enough people are blogging that the public sees its own face on "press freedom" and not the likes of Eason Jordan's.
BLAIR AND RICE ISSUE SERIOUS WARNINGS TO IRAN AND SYRIA
That's why the recent CONCERTED warnings coming from Blair and Rice against Iran (and against Syria here) are so VERY important - and herald the next front in the GWOT.
I predict that if Syria and Iran don't play ball - if they and their surrogates interfere with the Israeli Peace Process (or in a major attack in Iraq), then they are going to get WHACKED - and I don't mean with more sanctions. Stay tuned...
ANOTHER NEW SIGN OF HOPE
Israeli flags flew inside a cluster of Jordanian, Egyptian and Palestinian flags on the route from the Sharm e-Sheikh airport to the resort hotel where the four-way summit was being held Tuesday morning, already a marked improvement from the last time Israeli and Palestinian leaders met here in 2000. At the ill-fated summit in 2000, Jordanian, Egyptian, Palestinian and American flags flew, but the Israeli banner was nowhere to be seen. The Israeli flag was also noticeably absent from the streets of Aqaba during the summit there in June 2003. Yigal Palmor, one of a handful of Israeli spokesmen who traveled to the meeting to present Israel's position to the mass of journalists who converged on the scene, said that the very fact that the Israeli flag is flying already indicates a change of attitude toward the Israelis.
Monday, February 07, 2005
ANOTHER GOOD SIGN FROM ABBAS AND SHARON
Israel and the Palestinians will announce a cease-fire at Tuesday's summit in Egypt to halt more than four years of violence, officials from both sides said. The deal was reached ahead of the landmark meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Both sides have said they hoped the highest-level meeting since 2000 would mean a halt to violence. It also signals a step toward reviving a U.S.-backed "road map" for a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. "We have agreed to declare a mutual cease-fire," said Mohammad Dahlan, a close Abbas aide who has been in pre-summit talks with the Israelis. "This cease-fire means a halt to all actions against Palestinians and Israelis in accordance with the road map," he told reporters. An Israeli official confirmed the agreement but said the text had yet to be finalized. Signaling new U.S. commitment after Yasser Arafat's death to ending decades of conflict, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named Lt. Gen. William Ward as security coordinator to protect the budding Middle East peace moves. Both Sharon and Abbas had also accepted invitations to the White House in the Spring for talks with President Bush.
And - to all my Leftie Dove friends: be prepared to admit that the Bush Doctrine IS WORKING! MORE HERE.
ABBAS TAKES ANOTHER GOOD STEP
Abbas demands TV shed violent visuals - Newly elected President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered Palestinian television to cleanse its screens of bloody imagery to conform with a new mood of conciliation in the region.
MORE PROOF THAT GLOBAL JIHAD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BUSH OR ISRAEL - and what denial of this FACT says about the Left
MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of armed followers of a jailed former Muslim rebel leader [NUR MISUARI] attacked government troops and occupied at least one army detachment on violent southern Jolo island (search) on Monday, sparking clashes that killed at least 12 soldiers, officials said. Misuari formerly headed the Moro National Liberation Front, a large Muslim separatist group that accepted limited autonomy and signed a peace deal with the government in 1996 [before the Second Intifada, before Bush - reliapundit]. A week before elections were to be held in November 2001 to elect his successor as governor, hundreds of his followers attacked an army camp in Jolo in an assault officials alleged was aimed at derailing the ballot. More than 100 people, mostly Misuari's followers, were killed. Misuari was arrested and jailed on rebellion charges. He is still being tried on those charges, which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. ... They have periodically been accused by military officials of supporting Abu Sayyaf guerrillas. The Abu Sayyaf, which has been blamed for mass kidnappings, beheadings and bombings, has been loosely linked to Al Qaeda.
GOODS NEWS: US DEVELOPING NEW NUKES
U.S. Redesigning Atomic Weapons
Worried that the nation's aging nuclear arsenal is increasingly fragile, American scientists have begun designing a new generation of nuclear arms meant to be sturdier and more reliable and to have longer lives, federal officials and private experts say.
The officials say the program could help shrink the arsenal and the high cost of its maintenance. But critics say it could needlessly resuscitate the complex of factories and laboratories that make nuclear weapons and could possibly ignite a new arms race.
So far, the quiet effort involves only $9 million for warhead designers at the nation's three nuclear weapon laboratories, Los Alamos, Livermore and Sandia. Federal bomb experts at these heavily guarded facilities are now scrutinizing secret arms data gathered over a half century for clues about how to achieve the new reliability goals.
The relatively small initial program, involving fewer than 100 people, is expected to grow and produce finished designs in the next 5 to 10 years, culminating, if approval is sought and won, in prototype warheads. Most important, officials say, the effort marks a fundamental shift in design philosophy.
IRAN COUNTER-ATTACKS IN WAR OF WORDS... for now
Iran's top nuclear negotiator says Iran will retaliate and accelerate its efforts to develop nuclear technology if attacked by the US or Israel. Hassan Rohani told Reuters news agency there was nothing the West could do that would persuade Tehran to scrap its nuclear programme. Both the US and Israel have said it would be unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear programme will be used to generate electricity. The US has refused to rule out a military strike on Iran, but has said it will try to resolve the dispute by diplomatic means.
Sunday, February 06, 2005
POP QUIZ ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The correct answer is: they are 3 of the 5 members of the UN Human Rights Commission's "Working Group on Situations!"
Sickening, isn't it!? I mean IF you believe in Hman Rights it is simply sickening.
MORE HERE. (HAT TIP The Corner.)
FOUR MORE HOSTAGES TAKEN IN IRAQ ... REAL HOSTAGES!
Gunmen abducted four Egyptian telecoms engineers in Baghdad Sunday, underlining the danger haunting Iraq's streets despite its faltering steps toward democracy. The men were seized as they left their house in the west of the capital for work. All are employed by a unit of the Egyptian firm Orascom, which has several contracts in Iraq including one to run Iraqi mobile phone operator Iraqna. "We don't have any more details at this stage," said Shamal Hanafi, an Iraqna spokesman. "It's not clear who was behind it."
The abduction appeared to be part of an attempt by militants to disrupt the rebuilding of Iraq and came two days after the brazen kidnapping of an Italian journalist.
POPE WAS 10 MINUTES FROM DEATH
According to TIME:
THE Pope was just 10 minutes from death when he was rushed to hospital last week, a report has revealed.The Pope's condition was far graver than his spokesman let on, according to the US magazine Inside the Vatican due out this week. ... Inside the Vatican says the Pope was taken to the hospital's intensive care unit until his breathing spasms subsided - an action that also contradicted the account given by Vatican officials. "We got him by a breath," one medico tells the magazine. Another says: "If he had come in 10 minutes later he would have been gone."
Pope John Paul II appears to be recovering after being hospitalized last week with a respiratory infection, the result of a bout with the flu. But his latest health scare has revived a heavy question hovering over St. Peter's Square: Who is really running the show? Despite his physical frailties brought on by Parkinson's disease, his collaborators say John Paul, 84, is mentally alert and capable of making big calls on the direction of the Roman Catholic Church. But even the most steadfast Vatican loyalists concede that a substantial chunk of his workload has been delegated to top subordinates in Rome. A senior Vatican official told TIME, "Things that the Pope would have handled personally in the past are more and more being entrusted to aides." Some duties, such as signing major encyclicals and apostolic letters, cannot be handed off to others. But Vatican insiders say the Pope has now given the green light to the heads of dicasteries to handle their own business virtually without oversight. "He is still the head of the church," said a priest based in Rome. "But he's more of a figurehead. He's not making the day-to-day decisions anymore."
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...
[Javier Solana is the EU's "foreign policy chief." According to the BBC,] Solana said that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would be "a mistake", the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has warned. "That will complicate enormously the situation," he told Britain's ITV television network.
Asked if he agreed with UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw that a US military action against Iran was "inconceivable", Mr Solana replied: "I think at this point in time military action... is very difficult to conceive. "I don't think that the United States has at this point of time the wish or the will or the capability to do that," Mr Solana said.
With allies like these, who needs enemies! Or as the wise man once said: "They're not for peace; they're on the other side!" (YES: I MEAN IT - THE EU IS ON THE OTHER SIDE! AFTER ALL IT'S THE EU AND RUSSIA WHO'RE SELLING IRAN WHAT THEY NEED TO MAKE NUKES!)