Monthly Archives: November 2006

Urbaines Sensibles

In France are 751 No-Go Zones that the Police will not even enter because they are afraid. If you visit France do not go where the Police fear to tread.

h/t: Paul Belien of The Brussels Journal

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The Last Words of the Murdered Man

The BBC Has It:

I would like to thank many people. My doctors, nurses and hospital staff who are doing all they can for me, the British police who are pursuing my case with vigour and professionalism and are watching over me and my family.

I would like to thank the British government for taking me under their care. I am honoured to be a British citizen.

I would like to thank the British public for their messages of support and for the interest they have shown in my plight.

I thank my wife Marina, who has stood by me. My love for her and our son knows no bounds.

But as I lie here I can distinctly hear the beating of wings of the angel of death.

I may be able to give him the slip but I have to say my legs do not run as fast as I would like.

I think, therefore, that this may be the time to say one or two things to the person responsible for my present condition.

You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed.

You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilised value.

You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilised men and women.

You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life.

May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.

Alexander Litvinenko
21 November 2006

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

There are those who believe that we as Americans must repeal the Patriot Act, grant habeas corpus to foreign terrorists, and refrain from counterespionage on our own soil in order to discover spies who have infiltrated us. These restrictions are necessary, they say, because Liberty demands it.

This is a flawed belief system. Let someone who used to be a conscientious objector, who evolved out of that dangerously naive viewpoint, describe why.

Read the Declaration of Independence, which is the basis of our American ideal of Liberty.

In what order are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness? Does the order have any import? Or was the order chosen at random?

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, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Life has to be first. It takes Life to enjoy Liberty. Nobody can be free if they are dead. Security, or safety, is the method by which Life is protected. National defense, and the intelligence methods used to protect it, are central to security and a cornerstone of any sensible national government. Once Life is protected, then Liberty is ensured. And once Liberty is protected, by restrictions on the coercive powers of the government against its own citizens (not on foreign spies and terrorists), then the Pursuit of Happiness is protected. It has to be in that order because that’s the only way it can actually work.

Liberty does not trump Life. Life is the trump, Liberty is the partner suit, and the Pursuit of Happiness is a lesser suit.

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Sharia Microstates in Eurabia

Catholicgauze lists some papers he is about to present. One of them is particularly interesting.

United Caliphates of Europe: A Geographical Look at Sharia Microstates
The latter half of the twentieth century saw a large rise in Muslim migration into Western and Central Europe. Originally, Europeans assumed that only a small number of immigrants would arrive and that they would assimilate. However, the promise of Europe attracted a larger than expected number of migrants. At the same time, immigrants interpreted European promises of “human rights” to mean that cultural assimilation would not be necessary. Now original misunderstandings have led to societal conflict, and have helped create spaces where regular law enforcement is nominal at best. Not falling into anarchy, these spaces have instead become microstates under improvised Sharia law. These microstates have similar demographic, infrastructural, and spatial qualities with each other and are each a part of a larger communicative network.
To be presented at the Association of American Geographers National Convention in San Fransisco during April 17 to 21, 2007.

This is one I’d love to see in full.

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Defining Egotism

Obsolete frets in “Are you scared yet?” finally expressing the dark heart of Egotism at the center of his soul:

The Queen Mary University website talks of a communication office, which seems to go out of its way to be hospitable towards journalistic requests of seemingly any nature. Unless it seems, if you’re either: A. a blogger or B: asking about whether the head of MI5 was paid for her appearance, even if just for expenses. As of writing this post at 23:43, having sent the email in the early hours of this morning, I haven’t so much as got a What a maroon!reply telling me to piss off.

Ahhhhhh…. Shut up!

What a maroon.

In the Koran it is written, Israel is the Jews’ Homeland

Salim Mansur writes on a reconciliation between Muslims and Jews in Pajamas Politics Central. While I feel tempted to nitpick with the bucolic, rosy picture he paints of Muslim-Jewish relations through the ages, ignoring the more blood-red tradition of slaughter, slavery and the dhimmi that has always been at the core of Islam’s relation with the world, I will attempt to restrain myself. He has a beautiful, excellent point in the middle of it.

He quotes an earlier article of his:

Muslims tend to consider their politics as inseparably bound and shaped by religion. They need, then, to reflect on religious grounds why so many of them wage wars on Jews, when the sacred words are indisputable.

The Koran recites the story of God directing Moses and the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. It states how Moses was commanded, “Go into the holy land which God has ordained for you” (5:21).

Since Muslims believe the Koran is God’s revelation to Muhammad, how can they reconcile the atrocities committed by their coreligionists in the Holy Land with their scripture’s authoritative words?

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Do Conservatives need a BBC strategy?

The Britain and America blog writes that The GOP needs a BBC strategy

The Republican Party needs to wake up to the power of the BBC as a media player in America. Its online services, in particular, are widely read in the US and BBC foreign coverage informs how many US journalists see the world. I sat in the White House three years ago and recommended that the GOP develops a strategy to work with London-based media. I met other GOP officials with the same message earlier this year but nothing GOP appears to have been done.

The BBC remains a respected brand around the world but opinions like those above are not impartial. They do not amount to a public service. They could have come straight from editorial pages of The Guardian or The New York Times.

Conservatives already recognize how skewed towards 60’s style Che Guevara hero-worship the BBC is. It’s too bad, since given their druthers most American conservatives would be anglophiles. But the Beeb isn’t alone.

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