Saturday, September 30, 2006

The beginning of Islam

Islamic history is quite complex and difficult to follow. The following are excerpts of a very short overview of the first hundred years of Islamic history by Abdullah Al-Araby who was "born, raised and educated in the Islamic World."

"After 13 years of being headquartered in Mecca, he had won no more than 100 converts. The failures, the ridicules and the threats against him by the people of Mecca, let him to a pivotal decision. In 622 A.D., he decided to relocate his ministry base from Mecca to Medina, Arabia. This action was so fundamental to the development of Islam that Muslims, later, marked it by a new hijira (migration) calendar. After moving to Medina, a new revolutionary methodology for spreading the Muslim message was introduced. The days of being a peaceful, tolerant prophet were now over. At this juncture Mohammed began to proclaim that Allah was instructing all Muslims to use swords, not just words, to fight for the cause."

"Muslims conducted a series of 27 raids on other Arabian tribes and caravans in which they killed opponents and captured goods, slaves and new territories. Mohammed personally observed 26 of these raids, and participated by fighting in 9 of them."

"Eight years after arriving in Medina, Mohammed was able to organize an army of 10,000 to attack Mecca."

"After Mohammed’s death, the various factions within Arabia revolted against Islam. The successors of Mohammed were called Caliphs. The first one, Caliph Abu Bakr, had to recall the Muslim army from the anticipated conquest of Syria to quell a revolt at home. This revolt resulted in a fierce war called the Apostasy War, which was waged against the masses that were attempting to leave Islam. The Muslims prevailed after offing the Arabian rebels a combination of attractive enticements and physical threats."

"Between the years 637 A.D. – 644 A.D. the second Caliph, Omar, authorized a number of successful raids to subjugate many of the neighboring countries. Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Armenia, Iraq and Iran were all invaded and Islamized."

"Within a century of its birth, there were many indications that Islam was making great progress on its road to establishing a New World Order. Islamic forces raged through North Africa and destroyed corrupt Byzantine Christianity in their wake. They conquered all of the Middle East, Central Asia and large portions of India. In 710 A.D. Islamic forces crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and swept through most of Spain and Portugal. France was invaded and one-third of it was captured. Fortunately, when the Muslim hordes were 125 miles from Paris, they were defeated by Charles Martel at the battle of Tours (Poitiers) in 732 A.D."

"Muslim activists constantly boast that 'Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance.' They assert that the wars of Islam were only ‘defensive’ actions in response to the aggressions of others. Historical facts belie their assertions. The nations that the Muslims conquered did not pose any threat to Arabia. The countries that the Muslims invaded had not initiated attacks. The Muslims attacked them with the motive of prospective plunder and the desire to force Islam on the rest of the world. Allah’s orders were clear, 'When the forbidden months are past, the fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.' Surah 9:5"

(From the Islamization of America by Abdullah Al-Araby, 2003, 20-22).

Friday, September 29, 2006

Say we're peaceful or we'll kill you!

Check out Jihad Watch for the lastest in Jihadist censorship from the "religion of peace."

Questions about Islam and democracy

The following are quotes from Ken Connor in an article entitled, “Tough Questions about Islam and Democracy.”

"We are told that the vast majority of Muslims would embrace liberal democracy if given the opportunity. Perhaps they have been intimidated into silence by extreme elements of their co-religionists. If so, we in the West would do well to encourage them to find their voice, and to urge them to speak up and prevent the extremists from projecting a vision of Islam that is incompatible with democratic ideals. If Islam is a religion of peace, if the majority of Muslims reject violence and support freedom of religion and speech, they should make their voices heard."

"Too often terrorist attacks perpetrated in the name of Islam are followed by the silence of those who would have us believe Islam rejects such acts. Democracy stands no chance of flourishing in the Middle East until a chorus of Muslim voices rejects terrorism and embraces the notions of freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Until then, we should join the pope in asking tough questions, and we should insist on honest answers."

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Violence against Iraqi Christians

The following is a news release issued today from ASSIST News service:

SANTA ANA, CA (ANS) -- In recent days, Open Doors workers in Iraq have reported increased violence against Christians in the country as Ramadan and statements from Pope Benedict have ignited an explosive atmosphere. Several Christians have been murdered, others have been abused and kidnapped, and churches have been fired upon and bombed. A hand grenade was thrown at a priest’s car.

Besides the bloody strife going on between Sunni and Shia Muslims, the recent violence appears to be directed at Christians, leaving several Christians dead in a few days.

In Baghdad and Mosul, several churches have been attacked. On Wednesday, a group of men reportedly fired rockets on the Chaldean Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul and detonated an explosive device outside the church door. AsiaNews reported that no one was hurt during the attacks.

On Sunday morning, September 24, the Church of the Holy Spirit was fired upon by Muslims who wanted the local bishop to issue a condemnation of the pope’s speech. A young man wrote on the church doors, “If the pope does not apologize, we will bomb all churches, kill more Christians and steal their property and money,” an Open Doors’ contact reported.

After this threat, some churches reportedly have written that they refuse to support the pope’s statements.

Also on Sunday, a hand grenade was thrown at a priest’s car parked outside St. Mary’s Ancient Church of the East Cathedral in Baghdad. After police and church members arrived at the scene minutes later, a car bomb went off nearby, killing a child and the church’s guard.

Open Doors’ sources in Baghdad report that at least two people have been killed and many more have been injured by bombs in front and behind the church and Patriarchate of the Ancient Church of the East.

Earlier this month, a car bomb went off near Open Doors’ property in Baghdad. Fortunately, no one was injured, but visitors were very frightened and co-workers remain anxious.

Dr. Carl Moeller, Open Doors USA President, says: “Iraq is obviously a very dangerous place and Christians are caught in the crossfire. Many Christians are fleeing; but those who remain need our support and prayers.”

Moeller and Open Doors urge Christians to unite in prayer with our Iraqi brothers and sisters. Pray for strength for the believers and their children, and pray for the church leaders that they will be able to guide with wisdom. Pray for our workers in the country; for safety and protection.

National Intelligence Estimate and politics

Numerous Democratic leaders are now calling for the release of the entire National Intelligence Estimate. Of course not all of these leaders (maybe none of them) know what this full report says. Yet they demand that it be released in its entirety. Don’t these Democratic leaders first want to know whether release of the full report would compromise foreign contacts, the lives of our diplomats or intelligence agents, or threaten national security?

Do they really want the full document released regardless of the cost? Of course not! All they care about in this particular example is scoring political points. Both Republicans and Democrats play this game and it is despicable.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

National Intelligence Estimate

Recently someone leaked part of a classified National Intelligence Estimate regarding the war on terror. The part leaked to the press reported that America’s presence in Iraq was making terrorism worse. The actual report, just declassified, says, “The Iraq conflict has become the cause celebre for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement.”

What the leaker (or media) failed to report is that the very next sentence says, “Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.” In other words, yes, our presence in Iraq is fueling the terrorist movement (as if they needed an excuse), but pulling out too soon will only make matters worse.

Can any seriously deny that this leak was done for partisan political purposes? I might understand if someone leaked a classified document because the leaker was concerned about illegal government activities, but it should be considered treason for someone to take part of a classified document out of context and leak it to the press specifically for partisan political purposes.

Read the entire declassified part of the National Intelligence Estimate here.

President Clinton's claims "flatly false"

The following is the beginning of a New York Post article on an interview in which Condi Rice essentially calls Bill Clinton a liar:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday accused Bill Clinton of making "flatly false" claims that the Bush administration didn't lift a finger to stop terrorism before the 9/11 attacks.
Rice hammered Clinton, who leveled his charges in a contentious weekend interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel, for his claims that the Bush administration "did not try" to kill Osama bin Laden in the eight months they controlled the White House before the Sept. 11 attacks.

"The notion somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn't do that is just flatly false - and I think the 9/11 commission understood that," Rice said during a wide-ranging meeting with Post editors and reporters.

"What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years," Rice added.

The secretary of state also sharply disputed Clinton's claim that he "left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy" for the incoming Bush team during the presidential transition in 2001.

"We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda," Rice responded during the hourlong session.

Her strong rebuttal was the Bush administration's first response to Clinton's headline-grabbing interview on Fox on Sunday in which he launched into an over-the-top defense of his handling of terrorism - wagging his finger in the air, leaning forward in his chair and getting red-faced, and even attacking Wallace for improper questioning.

Read the rest of the article here.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Open letter to the religious right

Please read "An Open Letter to the Religious Right." While I may quibble with a few points here and there, overall, I think it is excellent.

John Danforth and the nature of Evil

This weekend on “Meet the Press” Tim Russert interviewed Republican Senator (and former Episcopal priest) John Danforth of Missouri. For the entire interview, see “Meet the Press.” I’ll only comment on one excerpt below:

"MR. RUSSERT: You write with real conviction, senator, this is what you say, 'When Christians claim special knowledge of God’s truth, when they advance wedge issues, when they divide America between ‘people of faith’ and their ‘enemies,’ Christians become not the means of peace but the cause of conflict. In that case, Christians are far from being powerless. They are powerful contributors to what has gone wrong in American politics."

"MR. DANFORTH: Well, I think that that’s true. And I mean, to me, one of the messages of religion, in fact, the, the meaning of the world religion has to do with holding people together. It’s the same root as, as the word that “ligament” comes front. But I think, in fact, religion in various part of the world—Iraq, for example—has become the means of division and, and bloodshed…"

First, as I look at political debates, it seems to me that Leftists like Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Cindy Sheehan or John Danforth fight for their vision of reasoned truth just as tenaciously as Christians, Jews or "moderate" Muslims fight for revealed truth. Why is it that conservative Christians are singled out for being the divisive ones? Take the same-sex marriage debate (which Mr. Danforth specifically mentions). Marriage in the U.S. has always been between a man and a woman. When modern political forces try to enforce a change on the American people through the judicial system (because they can’t get their way through democratic vote), why is it that the ones trying to force change are not seen as divisive?

Second, is Mr. Danforth seriously trying to define “religion” based on the etymology of the word rather than on what the various religions actually believe and teach? This is the kind of pie in the sky nonsense that imagines that all religions are essentially the same and are just on different paths to God. This kind of romantic fantasy may play well with Leftist dreamers or with those who are ignorant of the facts, but this reasoning is simply worthless—even dangerous—when it comes to dealing with real issues in a very evil world.

Third, Mr. Danforth says that religion has “become the means of division and bloodshed…” (emphasis mine). The implication is that in the last few decades the religious right has caused this division. Does Mr. Danforth know nothing of American history?

For example, while many in the South mis-used and mis-interpreted the Bible to justify their racism and greed, many other Christians argued and wrote against slavery, risked their lives freeing slaves, and gave their lives abolishing slavery (historical side note: it was the non-Christian Thomas Jefferson who hypocritically owned slaves while his Christian colleague John Adam strongly opposed slavery and never owned slaves). If only the anti-slave Christians hadn’t been so divisive think of all the thousands of Americans who wouldn’t have died in the Civil War. Granted, black people may still be slaves but at least we wouldn’t have had such division and war. Fortunately for blacks (and for all of us) Abraham Lincoln didn’t believe in peace at any price.

And then there’s Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. Think of how politically divisive they were just because black people had to sit at the rear of the bus and couldn’t eat in white restaurants or use white bathrooms. In John Danforth’s world, maybe they shouldn’t have been so divisive.

And what about World War II? While not for a minute claiming that FDR was a Christian in the biblical sense of the word, maybe he was just being way too divisive in sending Americans to die opposing Japan and Nazi Germany. Never mind the millions of people Hitler slaughtered, think of how many American lives would have been saved if we had just pursued peace at any price and allowed Hitler to take over Europe.

And then there was Ronald Reagan with his divisive comments about the Soviet Union as the evil empire. Never mind that the Soviet Union had tortured, murdered, or starved 100 million people and were actively and violently exporting their atheistic ideology around the world (It is a fact almost beyond comprehension that many American liberals actually supported the Soviet Union and thought the Right wing was over the top). Maybe Mr. Reagan shouldn’t have antagonized the Left and the Soviets with his evil empire comments. Maybe Mr. Reagan shouldn't have been so morally superior as to demand, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Mr. Danforth, standing against evil is, by its very nature, divisive. In fact, to not stand against evil—or worse, to relativize or deny the existence of evil—is EVIL.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

A tiny group of Muslim extremists

Remember that small minority of Muslims who are extremist in their views? A “tiny” group of about a half million of them gathered yesterday in Lebanon to rally against the disarming of the terrorist group, Hezbollah (Jihad Watch; TimesOnline).

Osama bin Laden dead?

There are reports this morning that “Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan this month.” A regional French Newspaper, l’est Republicain, reported that an anonymous source says that France’s foreign intelligence service says that the Saudi security service says that Osama bin Laden is dead (does this report in l’est Republicain really qualify as “journalism"?). “European and Pakistani officials tracking bin Laden’s whereabouts told AFP, on condition of anonymity, that the report could not be seen as reliable” (Agence France Presse, 9/23/2006).

On the other hand, according Ynet News, France’s Defense Ministry said the secret service report could not be confirmed—but they are going to investigate “the leak of secret documents." The leak of secret documents?

While the death of bin Laden would indeed be good news its probably a bit early to celebrate. We've heard similar reports before.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Islam to rule the world

Mawlana abul ala Mawdudi (Sayyid Abul A'la Maududi) is “one of Islam’s most well-known scholars.” He is considered to be “one of the founding fathers of the global Islamic revivalist movement.” According to Mawdudi:

"Islam is not a normal religion like the other religions in the world, and Muslim nations are not like normal nations. Muslim nations are very special because they have a command from Allah to rule the entire world and to be over every nation in the world." (Quoted from Islam and Terrorism, 81)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

So much for freedom of religion

Apparently just about any group can use the public rooms available at a Contra Costa library, unless they want to use the room to worship God. The library sought to censor all such free expression--and won! The infamous 9th U.S. Circut Court of Appeals just overturned a lower court ruling and sided with library censorship. So much for freedom of speech and freedom of religion (FOX). Hat tip to Ed for bringing this to my attention)

Islam spread by fear and sword

“Islam became the prevailing power and was spread by the use of fear.” People either followed the teachings of Muhammad “willingly or by the force of the sword.” The message was, you either “embrace Islam today and follow” Muhammad, or “you will be invaded…” (see LGF)

Of course, if I said this many would accuse me of being Islamophobia. The quotations are not my words, however. They are the words of the Islamic country of Oman, in their very pro-Islamic description of the history of Islam in their country. Muslim "radicals" today are just following the example of their Prophet.

For a very provocative analysis of “The Prophet” see BP.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Muslims unite to attack Christians

Muslims in Gaza have reportedly formed an “ad hoc” group designed to attack Christians--but just until the Pope apologizes for reading a Medieval text saying that Muslims are violent. (Jihad Watch, Arutz Sheva)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Military coup in Thailand

Earlier today Recliner Commentaries passed on the report of a military coup in Thailand. The coup was led by army commander Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin. As it turns out, the predominantly Buddhist country of Thailand now has a Muslim ruler (LGF, AP).

Lebanon president hides Nasrallah

At one point during Israel's war with Hezbollah, Israel Prime Minister Olmert said that Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, was hiding underground. DEBKAfile (Sept. 19) just reported that the Hezbollah leader was in fact hiding as the guest of Lebaneese President Lahoud on orders from Syria. Israel knew this but chose not to take Nasrallah out in order to keep from drawing Syria into the war.

If this report is accurate, Lebanon's hands in this war may have been much dirtier most people imagined.

Breaking news: military coup

CBS News is reporting that "The Thai military has launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, circling his offices with tanks and declaring a provisional
authority."

Christians to be executed by the "Religion of Peace"

Three Christians are scheduled to be executed Thursday by the governement of Indonesia. Note that these executions are not being carried out by radical terrorists, but by a "moderate" Islamic governement Read more here.

Christian fascists

Andy McCarthy asks, "Where are all those Christian fascists" in his brief, but excellent article on National Review Online. Check it out.

Different kinds of Muslims

Mark Gabriel is the pseudonym for a former professor of Islam and Islamic history at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. He provides a very helpful way in which to categorize Muslims:

"The secular Muslims. This is a good description of Muslims all over the world. They believe in the nice parts of Islam, but they reject the call to jihad. They take on the cultural trappings of the message, but they are not living it out completely. These Muslims may be very dedicated to their system of thought, even though it does not represent true Islam. The majority of Muslims around the world –both in the East and in the West—fall into this category."

"The traditional Muslims. There are two types of traditional Muslims…first…those who study Islam, know it and practice it, but they have a stumbling block with the concept of jihad. Some consider jihad to be a spiritual battle, like the Muslim Sufism movement…second…people who know that jihad is fighting non-Muslims, but they do not take action…"

"The fundamentalist Muslims. These are the ones who perpetrate terrorism…Their goal is to practice Islam as Muhammad did. Though we call them radicals, they are practicing true Islam (Islam and Terrorism by Mark Gabriel (Pseudonym), 39)"

Monday, September 18, 2006

Breaking New: FBI raids large Islamic charity

The FBI has just raided the largest U.S. Islamic charity (LGF, Debbie Schlussel)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Imminent attack on NY or Washington?

A major terrorist attack--worse than 9/11--is imminent. So says a man who called a reporter identifying himself as Abu Dawood, an al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan. The caller urged Muslims to get out of New York and Washington (CanadaFreePress)

It is pretty hard to take reports like this seriously--which is probably what government officials thought just before 9/11.

Nuclear Iran in a few months?

Israeli "Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Sunday that the world may have as little as 'A few months' to avoid a nuclear Iran and called for sanctions." (Ynet News)

Excuse me, Ms Livni, but did ten years of sanctions do any good in Iraq? Why should anyone think that sanctions would make a difference in Iran, especially in a nuclear Iran is only months away?

The Pope’s speech

So what exactly did the Pope say that enraged Muslims and caused them to demonstrate, to firebomb churches and to murder Christians? The Pope's comments have to do with an academic discussion relating to reason and revelation. The fact that a church leader, or anyone for that matter, cannot engage in an academic discussion without leading to Islamic violence should be a serious warning to the West. Below is the offending quote (emphasis mine) in its broader context. To read the text of the Pope's entire speech go to CWNews.

“I was reminded of all this recently, when I read the edition by Professor Theodore Khoury (Münster) of part of the dialogue carried on-- perhaps in 1391 in the winter barracks near Ankara-- by the erudite Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian on the subject of Christianity and Islam, and the truth of both. It was probably the emperor himself who set down this dialogue, during the siege of Constantinople between 1394 and 1402; and this would explain why his arguments are given in greater detail than the responses of the learned Persian.

The dialogue ranges widely over the structures of faith contained in the Bible and in the Qur'an, and deals especially with the image of God and of man, while necessarily returning repeatedly to the relationship of the three Laws: the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Qur'an. In this lecture I would like to discuss only one point-- itself rather marginal to the dialogue itself-- which, in the context of the issue of faith and reason, I found interesting and which can serve as the starting-point for my reflections on this issue.

In the seventh conversation edited by Professor Khoury, the emperor touches on the theme of the jihad (holy war). The emperor must have known that surah 2, 256 reads: There is no compulsion in religion. It is one of the suras of the early period, when Mohammed was still powerless and under threat.

But naturally the emperor also knew the instructions, developed later and recorded in the Qur’an, concerning holy war. Without descending to details, such as the difference in treatment accorded to those who have the “Book” and the “infidels,” he turns to his interlocutor somewhat brusquely with the central question on the relationship between religion and violence in general, in these words:

'Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached. The emperor goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul.'

God is not pleased by blood, and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death....

The decisive statement in this argument against violent conversion is this: not to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God's nature. The editor, Theodore Khoury, observes: "For the emperor, as a Byzantine shaped by Greek philosophy, this statement is self-evident. But for Muslim teaching, God is absolutely transcendent. His will is not bound up with any of our categories, even that of rationality." Here Khoury quotes a work of the noted French Islamist R. Arnaldez, who points out that Ibn Hazn went so far as to state that God is not bound even by his own word, and that nothing would oblige him to reveal the truth to us. Were it God's will, we would even have to practice idolatry.

As far as understanding of God and thus the concrete practice of religion is concerned, we find ourselves faced with a dilemma which nowadays challenges us directly. Is the conviction that acting unreasonably contradicts God's nature merely a Greek idea, or is it always and intrinsically true? I believe that here we can see the profound harmony between what is Greek in the best sense of the word and the biblical understanding of faith in God. Modifying the first verse of the Book of Genesis, John began the prologue of his Gospel with the words: In the beginning was the logos. This is the very word used by the emperor: God acts with logos.
Logos means both reason and word-- a reason which is creative and capable of self-communication, precisely as reason. John thus spoke the final word on the biblical concept of God, and in this word all the often toilsome and tortuous threads of biblical faith find their culmination and synthesis. In the beginning was the logos, and the logos is God, says the Evangelist.”

The Pope and the "Religion of Peace"

Leaders in Islam regularly slander, kidnap, and torture Christians and Jews, and even threaten to destroy Israel and the West—and Christians and Jews generally go about their business. The Pope reads a medieval text critical of Muhammad and so far, after only a few days, members of the “Religion of Peace” have firebombed seven churches and murdered 2-3 Christians. One Muslim group threatened to kill all Christians in Iraq if the Pope didn’t apologize. Muslims around the world hit the streets in angry demonstrations. (AINA 9-16, AINA 9-17, KAVKAZ Center).

While Muslims certainly know how to demonstrate there is so far no word of peaceful American Muslims demonstrating against the violence. They never do.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The cost of attacking Iran

For a sobering assessment of the cost of our action or inaction with regard to Iran, read "The Terhan Calculus in yesterday's Washington Post. If you were President, what would you do?

Islamofacism infiltrating America?

The following are excerpts from an article by Kevin Mooney published yesterday in CNSNews.com:

“America's 'Islamofascist' adversaries have successfully established a well-funded and expansive 'fifth column' throughout the United States that is devoted to a radical view of Islam. That's according to a former Reagan Defense Department official.”

“Muslim leaders dispute the allegations by Frank Gaffney, who was an assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the Reagan administration.”

“Gaffney recently told a House international relations subcommittee that funding from radical sources in Saudi Arabia has helped to set up an ‘apparatus’ that 'has a substantial organizational footprint all across the United States.”

“Specifically, Gaffney named the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) in his testimony. He expressed concern over the connection these organizations either have had, or continue to have, with the Muslim World League (MWL), which is directed from Saudi Arabia.”

“In my view, such organizations do not represent the majority of this country's Muslims or Arabs,' Gaffney said. 'It is a strategic mistake of the first order to legitimate their bid to do so by having senior U.S. government officials meet with and seek the counsel of their representatives, allowing such groups to shape -- let alone dictate -- policy or entrust them to such tasks as 'Muslim sensitivity training' for the FBI, military or other agencies.”

“It is ‘indisputably the case,' in Gaffney's view, 'that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world practice their faith in a way that is peaceful and non-threatening. But he is troubled by what he sees as a shortage of organizations that represent voices of moderation and democratization within the Islamic world.”

Madness!

The following are recent quotes from British Prime Minister, Tony Blair

"The strain of, frankly, anti-American feeling in parts of European politics is madness when set against the long-term interests of the world we believe in"

"The danger with America today is not that they are too much involved. The danger is if they decide to pull up the drawbridge and disengage. "

"We need them involved. We want them engaged. The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them."

Thank you, Mr. Blair.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Student killed for converting from Islam

The following are excerpts from an article I just received via e-mail, by Michael Ireland of ASSIST News Service:

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (ANS) -- Somali Christian sources report that Ali Mustaf Maka'il, a 22-year-old college student and cloth merchant, who converted from Islam to Christianity eleven months ago, was shot and killed in the Manabolyo quarter of Mogadishu on September 7.
According to a report from The Barnabas Fund, quoting a Christian source inside Somalia, the gunman was loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts (ICU), the Islamist organization that took power in Mogadishu in early June 2006 and now controls much of southern Somalia.

The report states: "The gunman shot Ali in the back after he refused to join a crowd chanting Qur'an verses in honor of the lunar eclipse. (Solar and lunar eclipses are significant in Islam and are accompanied by special congregational prayers.) The ICU confiscated his body for 24 hours before delivering it to the grieving family."

The group reports that in July 2006 there were unconfirmed reports that three Christians had been shot and killed by Islamists as they returned home from a prayer meeting.

It adds: "In October 2005 an evangelist and house church leader, Osman Sheik Ahmed, was shot dead by Islamist radicals. Children of Christian Somali refugees in Kenya have been kidnapped by Muslim relatives and taken to Islamic institutions in Somalia for 'rehabilitation.' "

"According to shari'a, apostates (those who leave Islam for another religion), must be killed. ICU leaders have even threatened to kill as apostates Muslims who are lax in their prayers, claiming this is commanded by shari'a. Several Muslims have been publicly flogged for drug related offences since the ICU took control."

Child slavery in Dubai

The “progressive” rulers of Dubai (Remember the Dubai Ports World Controversy?) have been charged in a class action law suit. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai , and his brother, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum, have been charged as “the most active participants” in the kidnapping, sexual abuse and enslavement of as many as 30,000 children from Africa and South Asia, some as young as two years old! (Michelle Malkin)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

What is it like to be a slave?

What is it like to be a slave? Read a modern first hand account.

Dear Rosie

On The View Tuesday, Rosie O’Donnell said, “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state.” (That's really no surprise. The scarry thing is that her audience exploded in applause!)

Really, Rosie? To whom exactly are you referring? James Dobson? Pat Robertson? James Kennedy? Jerry Falwell? Beverly LaHaye? By what Orwellian leap are they seen as the “radicals” when most of what they fight for are values that have been pretty much accepted in American culture since the founding of this country. I mean, for example, it has only been relatively recently that that prayer and religion have been outlawed in public schools, that manger scenes and other religious displays have been banned from public property, that a navy chaplain could be convicted for praying in Jesus name, that a librarian could risk losing his job for recommending a conservative book, that an adoption agency would find it necessary to close down rather than violate their religious convictions, etc. etc. Why are WE considered the radicals?

But the real issue is, by what perverse logic are the Christian “radicals” seen to be more threatening than Islamic radicals? You may not like the politics of the Christian “radicals” but we believe in freedom of speech, religion, press, etc., we follow the laws and constitution of our country and we are certainly not flying planes into buildings, blowing up innocent civilians, or beheading kidnapped prisoners!

Rosie, I find your remarks incredibly offensive, insensitive, intolerant, and frankly, quite hateful.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

America is the enemy

America is the enemy—well, that is apparently what most Lebanese think, anyway. In a recent poll, 69% considered America an enemy. In fact, 57% of the Lebanese people as a whole, and 94% of Shiite Muslims, even supported Hezbollah’s kidnapping of the Israeli’ soldiers (Lebanon Daily Star)! In the Middle East, I would have thought Lebanon was one of the more “moderate” Muslim nations.

United Airlines passenger subdued

Last night on a flight from Los Angeles to Washington DC a man dressed in army fatigues started throwing punches in the air and tried to open one of the doors. He was subdued by passengers and air marshalls (CNN; CBS)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Path to 9/11

On Monday and Tuesday nights, I watched ABC’s excellent special, The Path to 9/11. Political pundits will squabble about real or imagined historical inaccuracies but if the overall picture is even close to accurate the clear message was that malignant political correctness, thoroughgoing bureaucratic bungling, and the “it won’t really happen here” mindset permeated both the Clinton and now the Bush administrations. While there were many honest, hard-working officials, they were apparently often thwarted by political hacks and bureaucrats who either had their heads in the sand or refused to take any action that might make them look politically incorrect or (if they were wrong) reflect poorly on their careers.

How much has really changed since then? In the five years since 9/11 we have still not secured our borders, our seaports and maybe not even our airports. We have not taken emergency steps to cut our dependence on Middle East oil. Many of our politicians seem more concerned about scoring political points and attacking each other than they are about protecting America from those who would attack us. Katrina showed that we were not at all prepared for a major disaster and it remains to be seen whether we have really learned our lesson. We still insist on giving non-citizens the same privacy protections that we give American citizens, and last year alone we admitted more than 40,000 immigrants from Muslim countries and allowed 96,000 more to become permanent U.S. residents--“more than in any year in the previous two decades” (New York Times).

What will it take before Americans really take Jihadists seriously?

U.S. embassy attacked

While we slept the U.S. embassy in Syria was attacked by four gunmen. Reports say that U.S. Marines and Syrian guards returned fire on the gunmen who were either killed or captured (Al-Jazeera, DEBKAfile, Reuters, ynetnews)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Major al-Qaeda ally captured

According to LGF and The Fourth Rail, a major al-Qaeda and Taliban ally was captured today.

Remember September 11


Today is September 11. Remember those who lost loved ones on this day five years ago.



Sunday, September 10, 2006

Another foiled hijack attempt?

Mohammed Ghanem was arrested yesterday when he tried to board a one way flight from Michigan to Yemen with a book. I always enjoy reading a book while I'm flying but Mr. Ghanem's book would have been hard to read, considering the fact that the pages had been carved out to conceal a knife enclosed within. Mr. Ghanem, of course, said he didn't know where the knife came from. Don't you hate it when you want to read a good book only to find a knife inside? See Jihad Watch for a great report.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

10 reasons why the west will lose to Islam

See Jihad Watch

Taking a stand against radical Islam

Just moments ago Imam Shamsi Ali of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York appeared on Fox and Friends Weekend to take a stand against radical Islam. While I applaud his courage in taking a public stand, I was concerned about his answer to a question about why other Imam’s do not stand with him. I would have expected him to say that many Imam’s take a similar stand but just don’t get the publicity. Instead, he acknowledged that he has been criticized in the Muslim community and he just expressed his hope that other Imam's would follow his example.

Friday, September 08, 2006

The Truth about Muhammad


Below are excerpts of an advance book review of a forthcoming book (due out October 28) entitled, The Truth about Muhammad by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch.

“Robert Spencer outdoes himself in this book—in courage (who else would dare to write a warts-and-all biography of Muhammad?) but also in marshalling solid evidence that the real “root causes” of jihad violence are in Muhammad’s own character and the teachings of the religion he founded. Spencer uses only Muslim sources for the facts about Muhammad’s life—the Koran itself, plus the hadiths and other Islamic documents that Muslims themselves accept as reliable.”

“The resulting picture is at once instructive and horrifying…were you aware that the requirement of four male witnesses to prove a sex crime comes from a “revelation” Muhammad received, clearing the name of his favorite wife? (Today, up to 75% of the women jailed in Pakistan are there because they’re victims of rape—who are judged to be fornicators and adulteresses because they can’t prove rape by Muhammad’s nearly impossible-to-meet standard.) A similar “revelation of convenience” allowed Muhammad to marry his own daughter-in-law. This book is full of fascinating and informative facts and connections between what happened in the 7th Century and what’s going on in Islam today.”

“To defeat the jihadists who want to kill us, we need to understand them. The Truth about Muhammad is an important contribution to that project.”

Thursday, September 07, 2006

More oil than Saudi Arabia

According to an article on NPR this morning, “A study by the Rand Corporation estimates the sedimentary rock in the corner where Utah borders Colorado and Wyoming holds about 800 billion barrels. That's three times the size of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves.”

This oil reserve has been pretty much ignored in the past because the cost to extract the oil from the shale was more than the cost to import it. That is apparently no longer the case. In light of our problems in the Middle East, I wonder if we shouldn’t make it a national goal to rely entirely on American oil and shut down all imports as soon as possible—regardless of the cost. Who knows, maybe we could even export some oil and help others get off Middle East oil as well.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Google News Archive

In news that should be of interest to students or news junkies like me, Google News has now added the ability to search though over 200 years of newspapers archives (Reuters). Go to http://news.google.com/ and click on "news archive search" in the upper right corner. The first time I did this it took me to the Reuters article above. The second time, it took me to the Google news archive search screen.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Human Rights in America?

There are countries all over the world in which people are denied basic freedoms of religion, speech and press. There are countries in which women are denied basic human rights of voting or driving. There are countries in which the legal testimony of women is worth only half that of a man—which means that if a woman is assaulted or raped by a man, she has little chance of winning in court. In various countries, people have been kidnapped, raped, tortured, blown up, decapitated or otherwise murdered by the hundreds-of-thousands!

In such a world, a wide range of American Leftist organizations are making their voice heard—not by protesting these injustices and atrocities, but by staging a protest called, “Why Can’t America Have Human Rights?” (LGF)

These groups certainly have a right to protest about issues of concern but to market it as if American doesn’t have human rights and to do so in a time of war will undoubtedly be used by our enemies as a great source of propaganda to fan the flames of hatred against America. Is it really any mystery why those of us on the Right accuse many on the Left of being anti-American?

Monday, September 04, 2006

Jewish school firebombed

An Orthodox Jewish school was firebombed in Montreal this weekend. Twelve teenage boys had been in the classroom only 20 minutes earlier. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries (Canada.Com)

Steve Irwin dead at 44

Sad news this morning. Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin was deep sea diving for a documentary when he was stabbed in the heart by a stingray. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Our prayers are with his family this morning (NZHerald)

Friday, September 01, 2006

What an appealing faith

In a recent discussion with Juan Williams about the release of Steve Centanni and his forced conversion to Islam, Brit Hume made the following points:

“Yes, and what an appealing faith these thugs must believe Islam is, that conversions have to be effected at the point of a gun. And what of the argument that all of the ills and troubles that beset the Palestinian people, that lead them to terrorism, are the cause of what they endlessly refer to as the illegal Israeli occupation.”

“Consider the latest rounds of trouble in Gaza and Lebanon, two places from which Israel has withdrawn.”

“It has been noted that not for one day after the Israeli pullout from Gaza did the rocket attacks that came from Gaza ever stop. We’re not dealing here with something that is susceptible to a political resolution of the kind of which the State Department and many a president has dreamed.”

“We’re dealing here with a lawless enemy whose goal far transcends any side-by-side, two-state solution. That isn’t going to do it. We’re dealing with a terrorist, gangland-style enemy, which I think it’s fair to conclude, and this episode only further illustrates it, must be defeated.” (Ms. Underestimated)

I was particularly interested in the part about rocket attacks from Gaza. Why hasn't the U.N. been protesting this?

The re-arming of Hezbollah

According to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, the re-arming of Hezbollah has already begun--once again, right unding the nose of the U.N. See the Counterterrorism Blog. Syria, of course, denies the allegations (UPI), which is exactly what we would expect from a nation that supports terrorists.