Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I'm Done Defending the Iraq Policy

by Ed Koch from Real Clear Politics

Remember also how we refused to take seriously the threats Adolf Hitler made in his book Mein Kampf. There were only 80 million Germans at the start of World War II. There are now one billion 400 million Muslims. There is still not yet a majority who subscribe to the Wahabist fundamentalist belief popular in Saudi Arabia that they have a duty to kill the infidel who will not convert or pay tribute. But there are tens of millions of Muslim fanatics, including English doctors, who believe that is their sacred duty. Wake up, America.

Israeli, Palestinian Analysts Doubtful International Summit Will Help

by Julie Stahl from

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokeswoman Miri Eisen said that Israel sees an international summit as a way of steering Arab support to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel wants to see regional states such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Morocco, which have no diplomatic relations with Israel, participate in the conference, said Eisen ... While the conference probably will take place, it's doubtful that the Saudis would show upsaid Prof. Gerald Steinberg head of the Conflict Management program at Bar Ilan University. The Saudis, Palestinians and all the Arabs make promises and Israel is required to make some gesture involving its security and then the Arabs don't come through. "The Israelis have no reason to think the pattern will be broken," Steinberg said.

Your Tax Dollars at Work

by John Weisman from

The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) also predicts that, like, "the spread of radical-especially Salafi-Internet sites, increasingly aggressive anti-US rhetoric and actions, and the growing number of radical, self-generating cells in Western countries indicate that the radical and violent segment of the West's Muslim population is expanding, including in the United States." I'm not kidding folks. This is your tax dollars at work ... We need a 21st Century OSS-an organization that can turn on a dime, go proactive, think outside the box. Instead, we have an IC with all the maneuverability of a fully-loaded supertanker. It would be funny, if the bad guys weren't laughing so hard right now in North Waziristan.

Preventing the West from Understanding Jihad

by Walid Phares from American Thinker

The advocates of this ruse recommend that the United States and its allies stop calling the jihadists by that name and identifying the concept of Jihadism as the problem. In short, they argue that "jihad is good, but the Mufsidoon, the bad guys and the terrorists, spoiled the original legitimate sense." When researched, it turns out that this theory was produced by clerics of the Wahabi regime in Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood, as a plan to prevent jihad and Jihadism from being depicted by the West and the international community as an illegal and therefore sanctioned activity. It was then forwarded to American- and Western-based interest groups to be spread within the Untied States, particularly within the defense and security apparatus. Such a deception further confuses U.S. national security perception of the enemy and plunges democracies back into the "black hole" of the 1990's. This last attempt to blur the vision of democracies can be exposed with knowledge of the jihadi terror strategies and tactics, one of which is known as Taqiya, the doctrine on deception and deflection.

When Conservatives Argue about Islam

by Daniel Pipes from the Israel Hasbara Committee

The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) particularly nettles me, as it appears to be an Islamist institution uniquely dependent on U.S. government patronage; in 2004, investigative reporter Joel Mowbray found that a whopping 90% of CSID funding came from the American taxpayer ... Seven intellectual leaders associated with the Center on Islamic Pluralism issued a joint statement, labeling the CSID "a front for some of the most obnoxious members of the ‘Wahhabi lobby' in America," including Jamal Barzinji, Antony T. Sullivan, Louay Safi, and Abdulwahab Alkebsi. The seven note that "Some of us have participated in CSID events, but ceased to do so when it became apparent their goal was merely to camouflage radicals as moderates."

How not to counter terror

by Praful Bidwai from Frontline

The presumption was this could not have happened: highly educated, "normal" Muslims from middle-class, professional families living in Bangalore - "the software capital [sic.] of a world flattened by globalisation" - could not have embraced wahhabi or salafi fundamentalism ... Confronted with unpleasant reality - Kafeel Ahmed's involvement in the Glasgow attack in partnership with an Iraqi - many commentators have taken recourse to two more stereotypes. The first attributes quasi-mystical, demonic power to wahhabism's appeal for devout Muslims. The other stresses the "grave blunder" the Indian state has committed in regarding Muslims as "permanent victims" and treating them with kid gloves. The subtext is, their feet should be held to the fire as regards their professed commitment to the nation over religion.