Tuesday, January 31, 2006

An Islamic Twist to the American Declaration of Independence

In this twisted, chock-full-of-lies op-ed from Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marzook in the Washington Post, he ends by appealing to our founding documents.
We appeal to the American people's sense of fairness to judge this conflict in light of the great thoughts, principles and ideals you hold dear in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the democracy you have built. It is not unreasonable to expect America to practice abroad what it preaches at home. We can but sincerely hope that you use your honest judgment and the blessings of ascendancy God has given you to demand an end to the occupation. Meaningful democracy cannot flourish as long as an external force maintains the balance of power. It is the right of all people to pursue their own destiny.

In a morally reprehensible defense of the Iranian President's vow to wipe Israel off of the map, Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights Michigan, offers this appeal:
In fact, the Iranian president's quip can best be understood in the American context of the Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Americans fought a civil war and struggled for a century to end racial discrimination. "One man, one vote" worked for us here in the United States, and it is worth a try in the Holy Land.
This lovely piece of anti-semitic hatred was originally published in the Detroit News, the more conservative of Detroit's two daily papers.

So, in effect, a known terrorist and an obvious terror supporter attempt to misrepresent documents that guarantee freedom and liberty in order to convince the gullible to support tyranny, religious hatred, and the destruction of the very ideals of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The fact that Islam stands in direct opposition to these ideals is supposed to be ignored. In order to advance the cause of freedom and liberty throughout the world, these jihadis want us to believe that they must be free to destroy the country of Israel. Only then will the true beliefs of our founding fathers be realized. Well, maybe not quite then, it may have to wait for the destruction of the democratic United States and Europe and their admittance into the Umma.

This can't be coincidence. I have to assume that other Muslim writers are trying to subvert our institutions by appealing to our founding documents. I wonder if the jihadis exported to the U.S. learn which words to mouth in Iranian and Saudi Arabian jihad schools, or if they study us long enough once they get here, to figure out which of our buttons to push and how to push them. Either way, they obviously are using their knowledge of our culture and values in their struggle to undermine us. We, on the other hand in our politically correct, multicultural haze, can't even admit that the enemy is Islam!

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Another Nail In Great Britain's Coffin?

I think hyperbole is overused in today's political discussions (especially from the Stop Alito Crowd), so I hope I'm not engaging in it here, but this article by Diana West makes me wonder how much longer Great Britian can survive as a free non-Muslim country when it still fears to correctly name its enemy.
For the defense, Edward Fitzgerald says: "It is said he was preaching murder. But he was actually preaching from the Koran itself."

Well, which is it, gentlemen? He's preaching murder that has nothing to do with Islam; or he's preaching the Koran that has nothing to do with murder. For people trying to fend off jihad in their midst, the question becomes a distracting conundrum.

At the onset of the trial, prosecutor Perry predicted the defense would likely argue that Abu Hamza "was speaking as a follower of Islam and he was speaking the words of the holy Koran." This, Mr. Perry explained, was not the prosecution's contention. "This prosecution is not brought to criticize Islam or criticize the teachings of the Koran. It is brought because of what the defendant says."
Read the whole thing. Then you can tell yourself, if you're into denial, that this is just one episode in the whole country. But there have been a whole lot of other episodes.

For example, is the pig ban still on?

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

A Glimpse of Sanity from the Detroit News

I know I'm not supposed to, but this is the entire editorial from the Detroit News.
T he United States cannot possibly continue to send financial assistance to the Palestinians now that they've chosen terrorists to lead them.

The Hamas terrorist organization prevailed in last week's balloting and will lead the new government of the Palestinian Authority.

That should put an end to all aid, both direct and indirect, from the United States, as well as from all other countries committed to the war on terror.

Last year, America sent $50 million to the Palestinian Authority and had pledged to increase that to $150 million this year, with an additional $84 million funneled through the United Nations. President Bush has said assistance would increase as the Palestinians embraced democratic reforms and ended attacks on Israel.

But the Paletinians have chosen a different direction. It can expect to suffer the consequences.

Hamas, with 217 terrorist attacks on Israel to its credit, is listed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist group. It would send an unacceptable message to put money in the hands of those terrorists.

In truth, it was hypocritical of the United States to send money to the Palestinians while they were harboring and encouraging terrorists.

Bush says financial support is under review. There's no need for review -- the White House knows very well what Hamas is and what it's done.

If the president doesn't yank the aid immediately, Congress should.
There it is, short and refreshingly sweet.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Only Thing We Have to Fear is . . .

I've been reading Leonard Pitts for a long time. Sometimes he writes some very thoughtful columns that ring with intelligence and truthfulness. And sometimes he demonstrates an advanced case of Bush Derangement Syndrome. For example, in this column, he rants:
Experience tells us that with this crew, "security" is just a code word for fear. So this election will hinge on making people think terrorists are going to get 'em if they don't vote Republican. In a sense, you can't blame Rove. With apologies to Garrett Morris, fear "been beddy, beddy good" to the White House. That's why Sept. 11 has become Team Bush's fallback position -- its default reply to every hard question.

A ruinous war fought under false pretenses? Sept. 11.

Indefinite detention of alleged terrorists? Sept. 11.

Torture? Sept. 11.

The right of the people to dissent? Sept. 11.

Spying on Americans in violation of federal law? Sept. 11.

A growing record of incompetence and lies? Sept. 11.

Fear is the president's get-out-of-jail-free card. It works because panicked people are not thinking people. If you can convince them Osama bin Laden is coming up the driveway and only you can save them, they'll turn a blind eye while you break the law, steal their rights, rape the Constitution itself.

So while this willingness to use fear as a tool of manipulation is distressing, what's more distressing is the willingness of some to be manipulated. Consider the howls of outrage you don't hear as rights are abrogated and laws broken. Fear makes us sheep.
Of course, it's conservatives who want to scare us, right?

Let's take a look at a chain email I received from a liberal friend. Naturally, I removed her name and email address.
I find this situation frightening! Please help!

---- -----

>From: "PFAW's American Way--Stop Alito Edition"
>To: "---- -----" <---------@--------.com>
>Subject: Senator to Lead Filibuster!
>Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 14:56:37 -0800
>AMERICAN WAY -- Special Hearing Update
>January 26, 2006
>Dear ------,
>Senator John Kerry has called for a filibuster of the Alito
>nomination, heeding your calls to do everything possible to
>defeat it. He has asked that activists now help convince his
>colleagues to join him.
>Please contact key senators who can provide critical support
>to the filibuster effort!
>Then forward this email to anyone you know who is worried that
>Alito would likely condone the abuse of power by the president,
>vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and help curtail Congress'
>ability to protect the civil rights, health, safety, and
>welfare of the American people.
>We need to act now to prevent Senate Republican leaders from
>ramming this nomination through the Senate -- time is of the
>--Your Allies at People For the American Way
>Unless otherwise noted, all material in this email was brought
>to you by People For the American Way, a (501)(c4) organization
There is some serious fear-mongering going on here, but it's coming from the left. If that isn't scary enough, their website features their enemies list - uh - I mean their Right Wing Watch page. Now at a glance, you can know who, on the Right, to be afraid of. They call themselves "People for the American Way", but is fear the American Way?

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Thoughts on Hamas' Victory

By now everyone has weighed in on the possible ramifications of the New - Improved - Elected - Hamas. And they continue to weigh in across the blogosphere and the MSM. I too must offer my thoughts.

First - Everyone is suprised that Hamas won so big. Even Mossad is surprised. That surprises me. European leaders and press outlets are shocked. That doesn't surprise me. They continue to be blind to reality. Did they not think that their extensive campaign to demonize Israel would not bear some bitter fruit? Their donations to the Palestinians, their kowtowing to the Muslims in their midst, and their irrational support of the "Palestinian Cause" paved the way for more extreme terrorism. They can't pretend that they don't know that they have helped support Palestinian terrorism just as much as Iran and Syria have.

Second - No matter how vile and despicible, no matter how horrendous the Palestinians are in word or deed, the Main Stream Media in the United States will continue to blame Israel for the violence, as in this Detroit Free Press Editorial:
Israel must reconsider some of its own policies, which are at least partly responsible for Hamas' growing popularity over the last five years. It cannot use the election as a reason to adopt an even harder line on issues such as building more settlements that carve up the West Bank. The two-state solution remains the only viable path to peace, but the future Palestinian state must be independent and viable.
Oh, excuse me. Israel is only partly repsonsible for the growth of Hamas. Those nasty Israeli policies of battling terrorists instead of caving in to them are creating more terrorists! How dare a bunch of Jews defend themselves! Have they forgotten how to march into the cattle cars already?

Third - There is a severe case of blindness amongst some people here in the United States too. Take for example former president, Jimmy Carter, who said,
the United States is legally bound to cut off funding for a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

But Carter said Washington should look for other ways to funnel money to Palestinians, perhaps through UN agencies, "so that the people can still continue to have food and shelter and health care and education."
Maybe Mr. Carter hasn't noticed where all of that funneled money has been going these past few years. It certainly hasn't been going to food, shelter, and health care. Here's a clue: guns and bombs. I hope that wasn't too subtle for Mr. Carter.

I'm certainly no expert on the Middle East, but I fully expect Hamas to escalate the war just to show they can. And then, the part that is always sickeningly predictable, Israel will be castigated for fighting back.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Feminism, Multiculturalism, the MSM, and Terrorism, the Unholy Alliance

I vaguely remembered this atrocity from a few years back. I didn't know we were lied to by the news outlets who reported it until this article by Mark Steyn.
every December 6, our own unmanned Dominion lowers its flags to half-mast and tries to saddle Canadian manhood in general with the blame for the Montreal massacre -- the 14 women murdered by Marc Lepine, born Gamil Gharbi, the son of an Algerian Muslim wife-beater, though you wouldn't know that from the press coverage. Yet the defining image of contemporary Canadian maleness is not M Lepine/Gharbi but the professors and the men in that classroom, who, ordered to leave by the lone gunman, meekly did so, and abandoned their female classmates to their fate -- an act of abdication that would have been unthinkable in almost any other culture throughout human history. The "men" stood outside in the corridor and, even as they heard the first shots, they did nothing. And, when it was over and Gharbi walked out of the room and past them, they still did nothing. Whatever its other defects, Canadian manhood does not suffer from an excess of testosterone.
Nope, I didn't know he was a Muslim either. So even 14 years ago, the MSM was preparing for the "anti-Muslim backlash" we've been promised since the September 11 attacks. Steyn covers more ground in this article and yes, you should read the whole thing.

I originally linked to Steyn from Gates of Vienna. Another good link and another perspective is here at New Sisyphus.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Terrorism Called by its Proper Name

From a Detroit Free Press editorial :
Sharon, who was once an aggressive advocate for expanding Israeli settlements in West Bank areas, shifted his focus in recent years to stopping the senseless cycle of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel followed by Israeli retaliation.
Did you see that? They, the Detroit Free Press, said TERRORIST, not "militant", not "extremist", not "activist", or "fighter", or any of the other weasel words the MSM uses to avoid the truth of the Islamic death cult. I only hope this is the beginning of a trend in telling the truth about Islamic terrorism. That would be refreshing.

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