Saturday, July 30, 2005
The question is, now that he is about to be sworn in as president, will Ahmadinejan abandon terrorism and become a responsible pragmatist who understands that he has to cooperate with the West? Speaking of the role he envisions Iran playing under his leadership, Ahmadinejad said on Friday, “Thanks to the blood of the martyrs, a new Islamic revolution has arisen and the Islamic revolution... will, if God wills, cut off the roots of injustice in the world. The era of oppression, hegemonic regimes, tyranny and injustice has reached its end. The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world.” In short then, the answer is no. Ahmadinejad sees his role as promoting the same platform of global jihad he has been actively participating in since 1979. IN A nutshell, Ahmadinejad is the personification of everything that the US and its erstwhile European allies claim that the war against global terrorism is seeking to defeat. He is a religious fanatic, a terror commander with global reach who seeks to destabilize the world and he is planning a no holds barred sprint to the finish line of Iran’s race to acquire nuclear weapons which, he promises, will be used to protect the entire Islamic world. This naturally begs the question, now that the mask of “reform” has been removed from the Iranian face, what will the US and Europe do? Will they accept that there is no diplomatic way of dealing with a regime that, in selecting Ahmadinejad as president has finally admitted that it remains fully committed to the destruction of Western civilization? Or will they try to ignore the obvious and tell themselves that a deal can still be reached if the payoff is high enough? The signs are mixed but discouraging.
It would be nice if we could do the same here! It would be nicer if everybody did this EVERYWHERE!
Friday, July 29, 2005
That's why I am so VERY saddened and angered by what seems to be CONFIRMATION of the Pope's anti-Semitism in a GLARING CASE OF BLATANT DOUBLE STANDARDS AND "FALSE MORAL EQUIVALENCY"/MORAL RELATIVISM - OF EXACTLY THE TYPE THAT THE POPE HAD ORIGINALLY CONDEMNED AND SIGNALLED HE WOULD FIGHT.
ACCORDING TO THE BBC:
The Vatican has rejected Israel's criticism that Pope Benedict XVI failed to condemn Palestinian militant attacks against Israel in his recent remarks. A Vatican statement said it could not condemn every Palestinian strike because Israel's own response had sometimes violated international law. Israel had complained that the Pope on Sunday left the country off a list of those recently hit by terror attacks. The Pope deplored the attacks in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Britain. ... The latest statement from the Vatican said: "It's not always possible to immediately follow every attack against Israel with a public statement of condemnation." ... It said this was mainly because "the attacks against Israel sometimes were followed by immediate Israel reactions not always compatible with the rules of international law". "It would thus be impossible to condemn the first (Palestinian attacks) and let the second (Israeli retaliation) pass in silence". The statement added that "the Holy See cannot take lessons or instructions from any other authority on the tone and content of its statements". Earlier this week, it criticised the Pope for failing to mention a 12 July suicide bombing in Netanya that killed five Israelis. The foreign ministry [of Israel] said the pontiff's speech would be interpreted as "granting legitimacy to... terrorist attacks against Jews".
SHAME ON THE VATICAN! This is sad and a dark day for the Church. It bodes VERY badly for the Church. Pope Benedict can hardly be the type of staunch leader that the Church and Europe needs if he has one set of standards for Christians (and Muslims) and another set for Jews. This HYPOCRISY will cripple any and all efforts to re-awaken moral clarity in Europe. Pope JPII was morally consistent and clear. Pope Benedict seems now to be neither. If he keeps this up, he will be a DISASTER for the Church, and for Europe.
I pray to God that he repents.
[More criticism of other recent anti-Semitic attacks against Israel's right to self-defense (specifically Israel's use of targeted assassinations, and the ANTI-TERROR BARRIER and why the anti-Israel "appeal to international law" is ENTIRELY BOGUS) HERE and HERE.]
"But that's because French workers spend more time with their families. The point is that to the extent that the French have less income than we do, it's mainly a matter of choice. And to see the consequences of that choice, let's ask how the situation of a typical middle-class family in France compares with that of its American counterpart. The French family, without question, has lower disposable income. This translates into lower personal consumption: a smaller car, a smaller house, less eating out.
But there are compensations for this lower level of consumption. Because French schools are good across the country, the French family doesn't have to worry as much about getting its children into a good school district. Nor does the French family, with guaranteed access to excellent health care, have to worry about losing health insurance or being driven into bankruptcy by medical bills. Perhaps even more important, however, the members of that French family are compensated for their lower income with much more time together. Fully employed French workers average about seven weeks of paid vacation a year. In America, that figure is less than four. So which society has made the better choice? "
Thursday, July 28, 2005
And from POWERLINE:
And more from POLIPUNDIT:
A similar result would be reached if you compared June 2005 with June 1997. And with May 2005 versus May 1997. And then April 2005 vs. April 1997.
And, let's not forget that Georgia and Ukraine and Afghanistan and Iraq and Lebanon and Egypt are becoming more democratic than ever, too. And not ALL of that can be credited to Arafat's death or Hariri's assissination, either!
In other words: Bush - in just 5 years - has accomplished more than Clinton in 8! (But that's NOT a fair comparison because BJ Clinton sucked. Let's just say that Bush has accomplished more in 5 years than most presidents did in 8!) And I didn't even mention passing the Patriot Act (and renewing it), or the tax cuts, or the re-organization of the DOD, or the Energy Bill, or turning Qaddafy, or exposing the AQ Kahn Network, or the Medicare drug plan, or the No Child Left Behind Act.
SO... IF Bush is a "smirking chimp", then the dems are slugs and the MSM are amoebas.
LONDON ATTACK PLANNER CAUGHT IN ZAMBIA; CNN - he could have been "rendered" months ago, but the Brits refused to let the CIA take him!
A senior British al-Qaeda operative sought by authorities since the July 7 bombing attacks on London has been arrested in Zambia. The Los Angeles Times reported today that Haroon Rashid Aswat, a 30-year-old of Indian descent who grew up in West Yorkshire, was arrested last week and is being held in Lusaka, where both British and US anti-terrorism investigators have travelled. ... Aswat, whose associations with al-Qaeda date back ten years, is believed to have entered Briton about two weeks before July 7 on a ferry into Felixstowe, and to have flown out from Heathrow hours before the four suicide bombers killed 52 rush-hour commuters on three Tube trains and a bus. Investigators have sought him since discovering that he made up to 20 calls from his mobile phone to two of the bombers. Intelligence sources told The Times that during his stay in Britain Aswat visited the home towns of all four bombers as well as selecting targets in London.
According to CNN:
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Mr. Ressam, 38, was arrested as he entered the United States in Port Angeles, Wash., on December 14, 1999 in a rental car with a trunk full of explosives and other bomb-making material. He had arrived in the United States on a ferry from Victoria, British Columbia , Federal authorities at the border said they became suspicious about Mr. Ressam when they noted his "nervous demeanor" as he was driving off the ferry.When authorities stopped the car, Mr. Ressam tried to run, but was quickly caught. After investigators searched the car and found explosives hidden in the spare tire compartment, Mr. Ressam acknowledged that he had planned to set off a bomb at Los Angeles International on the eve of the new millennium. He was convicted in 2001 of nine counts, including conspiracy to commit an international terrorist act and explosives smuggling.
Berger is the focus of a Justice Department investigation for removing the documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room prior to the Sept. 11 Commission hearings. He had been serving as a national security adviser to John Kerry's campaign but announced today he is stepping down. The officials said the missing documents included critical assessments about the Clinton administration's handling of the millennium terror threats as well as identification of America's terror vulnerabilities at airports to seaports. Berger had ordered his anti-terror czar, Richard Clarke, in early 2000 to write the after-action report. Berger testified that during the millennium period, "we thwarted threats and I do believe it was important to bring the principals together on a frequent basis" to consider terror threats more regularly.
The record on the Millennium Plot proves indisputably that Berger and Clarke were do-nothing lying, cheating, stealing, self-aggrandizing blowhards whose inactivity - NAY NEGLIGENCE - in the face of repeated attacks against the USA by the islamoterrorists put this country at graver and graver risk - and DIRECTLY led to 9/11, (at least according to Osama Binladen)!
The LIES that Clarke and Berger told (and that the Left-wing dominated MSM gobbled up and spit out) about how the Clinton Adminstration thwarted the Millennium Plot really make this whole sick episode qualify as "#25" on my running count of "BOGUS BUSH SCANDALS"; let's call it MILLENNIUM-GATE, and let's call it another Left-wing lie. A lie FINALLY put to rest. Amen.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's call for an ideological cease-fire in the Democratic Party drew an angry reaction yesterday from liberal bloggers and others on the left, who accused her of siding with the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) in a long-running dispute over the future of the party. Long a revered figure by many in the party's liberal wing, Clinton (D-N.Y.) unexpectedly found herself under attack after calling Monday for a cease-fire among the party's quarreling factions and for agreeing to assume the leadership of a DLC-sponsored initiative aimed at developing a more positive policy agenda for the party.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is starting a three-day visit to France. He is expected to discuss the forthcoming pullout from the Gaza Strip with President Jacques Chirac. ... Only a year ago, Mr Chirac was making it plain that Mr Sharon was not welcome in Paris, after the Israeli prime minister called on French Jews to emigrate to Israel because, he said, the climate of anti-Semitism was so bad in France. ... As well as President Chirac, Mr Sharon will meet Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin...
LONDON, July 26 - Britain moved closer today to introducing stricter anti-terrorism laws when the three main political parties agreed in principle on new legislation for Parliament to consider in the fall. At his monthly news conference, Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the opposition Tory and Liberal Democrat parties had come together with the Labor Government for a "cross-party consensus" over the new plans. The three parties have often been at odds over how far anti-terrorism legislation should go, and that an agreement is emerging now reflects how much the mood of the country, and of Parliament, has changed since the July 7 suicide bombings in the subway and on a bus. "When the main political parties present a united front, then it sends an important signal to the terrorists of our strength and our determination and our unity to defeat them," Mr. Blair said.
What we have learnt recently is that diversity is not just to be celebrated mindlessly, but also navigated and negotiated. We, the host community, have accepted multiculturalism; the issue now is whether hardline — and I stress hardline — Muslims can do the same. To my eyes at least, “live and let live” seems to be a concept they have a problem with; until they can grasp it, as the Sikhs and Hindus have (who have at least as strong and rich a culture, but feel no need to burn books, form parliaments, set up separatist schools and kill their fellow Britons to demonstrate this), the jury is still out on whether hardline Muslims can truly live happily in non-Muslim countries. And, after all, they have 56 — count ’em! — of their own to go to if they don’t like it. They are spoilt for choice. Or will they not be happy until every last country in the world is composed of veiled women, bearded men and dead infidels, of all creeds and colours?
If intelligence failures are inevitable — and in a world of human fallibility, they are — we are better off worrying too much about our enemies and taking steps to defeat them than worrying too little and being caught, unready, when they attack. Worrying too much led the United States and Britain to topple a brutal tyrant. Worrying too little led to 9/11 and 7/7.
David M. Kennedy has a column today bemoaning the thought that today's soldiers are mercenaries. Apparently, it is bad for society when our armed services fight for money rather than being drafted. ... What Kennedy is really advocating is some sort of return to the draft so that the population would be more involved in the war. ... I think this all part of the same push that Charles Rangel had last year saying that we needed a draft because if there were a draft the war would be more unpopular and there would be more of an anti-war movement in the country. ... But how many times does the military have to say that they don't want everyone serving? They want people who have gone through their special training and who are committed to the military for a certain set time and aren't looking to get out as soon as their year is up. Rumsfeld has said over and over that he is not looking for a draft. ... So, Kennedy's call for national service is based more on what he thinks would be good for the country's character than for the country's military. There is no way that having a bunch of disgruntled draftees in the forces is going to be a good thing for the military. ... You can see that that is what Kennedy is truly worried about: "This is not a healthy situation. It is, among other things, a standing invitation to the kind of military adventurism that America's founders correctly feared was the greatest danger of standing armies - a danger made manifest in their day by the career of Napoleon Bonaparte, whom Jefferson described as having 'transferred the destinies of the republic from the civil to the military arm.'"
Does Professor Kennedy really believed that we went in to Afghanistan and Iraq to conquer them in the same way that Napoleon went in to Spain and Russia? I'm sure he knows his 19th century history very well; I wish he were more familiar with his 21st history.
"PALESTINIAN SECURITY FORCES UNFIT" - but is it structural or temperamental? OR: "WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY!"
The security forces of the Palestinian Authority are divided, weak, overstaffed, badly motivated and underarmed, and more attention must be paid to building up institutions rather than personalities, says the first independent survey of the complicated Palestinian security environment since the death of Yasir Arafat. ... The 83-page report, "Palestinian Security Assessment," was prepared by a Washington-based group called Strategic Assessments Initiative, which has worked in other hot spots like Kosovo, East Timor and Macedonia to provide security analysis and negotiating advice to aid conflict resolution.
The study was financed by the Dutch and Canadian governments, and it was made a part of the coordination mandate given to General Ward at an international conference in London in March, said Jarat Chopra, who heads the group's Jerusalem office. ... The essential problem for the Palestinian Authority, the report says, is that its security forces were established on "an ad hoc basis without statutory support and in isolation of wider reforms," a lasting legacy of Mr. Arafat's policy of duplication and promoting rivalry within his organization. The security forces in Gaza are somewhat stronger than those in the West Bank, but suffer from a continuing lack of coordination, the report says. "The critical gap is in command and control," Mr. Chopra said. "There's a blurring between state actors and non-state actors, and that's very difficult from the military point of view."
Monday, July 25, 2005
Betsy comments on this PERFECTLY - as she almost always does:
I'm sick of hearing about the terrible time that Muslims are having as people regard them with suspicion these days. I think rather about the terrible time that the families of the victims who died on July 7th are having as they try to put together a life without their loved ones. I think about the difficult rehabilitation that I'm sure that many of the surviving victims are going through. They're the ones who have earned my sympathy. When I see Muslims every day speaking out against terrorism, turning in people within their communities, and showing their desire to be full members of the new country they themselves have chosen reporting those who have been recruiting young men to jihads, then I'll work up more sympathy for them.
Abbas doesn't trust anyone in Gaza - he shouldn't: Gaza is dominated by Hamas and other jihadoterrorist groups. The west bank is only slightly more under his control.
NOT SURPRISINGLY: The Left - led by former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook - and many Muslims are protesting the policy.