Monthly Archives: January 2007

Persian Dawn

From a seat on the banks of the Euphrates the sun rises over Iran. Iran, the land that was once Persia, the country with the name that is linguistically identical to “Aryan” as in the Aryan ideal of Hitler’s National Socialist Party. Yes, they are a country of mystics, scholars and tyrants who spawned Darius and Alexander, Zoroaster and the Three Magi of Christ’s Nativity. The Iranian followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who was one of the founding fathers of modern Jihad terrorism (the other main ones being Sayyid Qutb and Mohammed Amin al-Husayni), declared war on the United States in 1979 by invading the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

There is a caricature of Democratic politicians whose ultimate response to every national security threat is not to go to war, but to send in stealthy, black, silent (!) helicopters and have teams of black-clad ninjas rappel down and slay all the enemy then pop back into the helicopters and be back in the U.S. in time to watch Jeopardy.

Jimmy Carter was the first president to give the black-clad-ninja theory a try in the real world. He weakly acquiesced to the Iranian act of attacking the Embassy, fuming privately over the insult to American dignity and too late launched Operation Eagle Claw a poorly conceived, futile, aborted attempt to rescue the hostages that caused the deaths of eight U.S. soldiers.

In these days when Iran’s dangerous neighboring countries have been neutralized by U.S. troops, thus freeing the Iranian Mullahs to engage in all sorts of wickedness via their proxies in Hezbollah and the Iraqi Shi’ite militias, the specter of nuclear weapons in the hands of Ahmadinajad is worth considering. The two main questions that are worth asking are “will he get nuclear weapons,” and “would he use them?”

Pakistan, which shares a border with Iran and has served as a sponsor to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, has working nuclear weapons. Healthy paranoia indicates that whether Iran has actually developed their own nuke or not, they could very well have some in storage. North Korea and Iran have been developing nukes in covert labs for about the same amount of time, both using Pakistani and Chinese designs, and North Korea has developed and tested several suitcase sized nukes. The chances are high that Iran has nukes or will have them soon.

As to whether Ahmadinajad would use nukes, we already have his testimony that he wants to wipe out Israel, and that Israel could be destroyed by several nukes while being unable to inflict correspondingly total destruction on Iran. But stranger than his threats are his beliefs.

Bernard Lewis, the great Princetonian scholar of Islam, says it best.

Outdated Cold war concepts, such as mutually assured destruction (M.A.D) are irrelevant when it comes to Iran , because the Iranian president and his circle see such a scenario “as an incentive, not a deterrent,” renowned scholar Bernard Lewis said during a lecture Monday evening at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. (source)

And yet, with this clearly unhinged holocaust denier in charge of Iran, Europe resists U.S. demands that they fulfill their responsibility to sanction Iran for its refusal to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

In December, Iran’s refusal to give up its nuclear program led the United Nations Security Council to impose economic sanctions. Iran’s rebuff is based on its contention that its nuclear program is civilian in nature, while the United States and other countries believe Iran plans to make weapons.

At issue now is how the resolution is to be carried out, with Europeans resisting American appeals for quick action, citing technical and political problems related to the heavy European economic ties to Iran and its oil industry. (source)

Even Saudi Arabia has warned Iran.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned that Iran is not only interfering in Iraqi affairs, but is attempting to spread Shiite Islam in the majority-Sunni Middle East.

The Saudi king told a Kuwaiti newspaper that he warned an Iranian envoy that Iran’s actions were endangering the Gulf. (source)

And how is this all playing out in the anti-American U.S. media?

The usual idiocy: It’s all Bush’s fault.

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Al Jazeera’s Paean to the Peaceniks

Hanoi Jane still thinks she is relevant. She still thinks that the U.S. President, a Republican this time unlike the Democratic John Fitzgerald Kennedy who was responsible for Vietnam, is wrong for involving the U.S. in a war halfway around the world. She’s not a deep thinker. Never was.

But who cares? Al Jazeera loves her! Here’s the lede.

Chanting “peace, salaam, shalom,” and carrying banners reading “Congress Inaction is Immoral” and “The Surge is a Lie,” “bring our troops home,” tens of thousands of American anti-war protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol yesterday to hear many anti-war activists who included Jane Fonda, among other actress and actresses, war Veterans, military families, lawmakers, and a 12-year-old Massachusetts girl who called on the U.S. government to end the country’s military involvement in Iraq.

Follow the link to read all about the 12-year-old girl’s thoughts explaining how Al Gore’s movie led her to believe she should go to this anti-war protest along with communist Hollywood moguls Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, and Hanoi Jane. I wouldn’t want to leave out Jesse Jackson, who has fallen a long way from being a protege of Martin Luther King to two-bit racism-hustler. This twelve-year old is no Einstein.

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Guantanamo Zak

A fascinating article about the Muslim cultural advisor at Guantanamo from AP.

“I have to use my experience and my commonsense. I don’t want to put myself in any situation that will jeopardize my life,” the 49-year adviser told The Associated Press in a rare interview in a conference room just outside the detention center’s razor wire-topped fences.

Zak recounted how on a recent night, he had retired to his quarters when he learned that four prisoners wanted to see him right away inside the prison. Zak, the only Muslim cultural affairs adviser at Guantanamo Bay, quickly returned to work, but after talking to guards, decided against the meeting.

He suspected the men were planning to attack him – most likely with a “cocktail” of bodily fluids.

“Sometimes, I see into their games,” said Zak, a lean man with salt-and-pepper hair, as he slowly shook his head as if talking about unruly children. (source)

Read it all.

Iraq is for Bird Watchers

The first field guide to the birds of Iraq has been published by BirdLife International and Nature Iraq. This is the first fully illustrated birding field-guide to an Arabic-speaking country… ever. (source)

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Fjordman on the New Face of Fascism in Sweden

Fjordman has a typically hard-hitting editorial in the Brussels Journal on the connections between Islamic immigration, Leftists, and fascist tyrrany in Sweden.

I have written about one such attack [upon Swedish Democrats by the brown-shirt-emulating “anti-fascists”], which extreme Leftists later openly bragged about on the Internet, around 30 members of the Sweden Democrats were attending a private party outside the town of Växjö. “To clearly demonstrate that the Sweden Democrats are not welcome in our area, about 20 anti-Fascists chose to attack the party. The Sweden Democrats were attacked with knives, axes, iron bars and other weapons. After that, their cars were destroyed.” The brave Leftists then smashed the windows and threw tear gas into the building, forcing people outside, where they were again attacked and beaten with iron bars and axes. Several of the people were hospitalized after the attack. This was a peaceful, private party by unarmed members of a perfectly legal political party that just happens to be critical of the country’s immigration policies. These brave Leftists or “anti-Fascists” do, for some curious reason, seem to behave pretty much like, well, Fascists, a bit like the Brown Shirts in the 1930s, physically assaulting political opponents to silence them.

The Swedish newspaper Expressen finally warned against the “low-intensity terrorism” conducted by extreme Leftists and neo-Nazis. But they were honest enough to admit that the extreme Leftists have tended to get away with their violence because it has been directed against the despised right-wingers. Now, their violence is increasingly aimed at established political parties and state institutions, too. Political scientist Peter Esaiasson has done research into every election movement in Sweden since 1866. According to him, the organized attempts at disrupting meetings during the 2006 elections had no parallels in modern history.

Moreover, the historical relations between Fascists and Socialists are a lot closer than many people seem to appreciate. Marcos Cantera Carlomagno in 1995 published a PhD thesis at Lund University describing a series of letters sent by Per Albin Hansson, leader of the Swedish Social Democrats who was Prime Minister between 1932 and 1946 and worked for the establishment of “Folkhemmet,” the People’s Home, as the Swedish welfare state model became known as. Hansson was a dear pen pal with Italy’s Fascist leader Mussolini and praised the corporate, Fascist system where the entire economy and each individual were intimately tied to and subordinate to the state. Hansson was positively disposed to Fascism and saw his welfare state as a related concept.

After mentioning his work in a local newspaper, Carlomagno was called by his supervisor who stated in anger that his scholarship would be cut off. Carlomagno’s work was totally ignored by the entire media and political establishment in Sweden when it appeared in the 1990s. (source)

Read it all.

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Updated: Corrections.

Life is not good for the Christians of Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born. It has gone from being a 100% Christian town in 1948 to 30% and dropping in 2006. The town’s Christian population has dwindled from more than 85 per cent in 1948 to 12 per cent of its 60,000 inhabitants in 2006. (source via LGF) No longer a symbol of sleepy peacefulness, it has become a symbol of the oppression of Christians. Despite frequent claims in the press that the Christians of Bethlehem are persecuted by Israel, the truth is that the “conditions of Christians in Bethlehem and its surroundings had deteriorated ever since the area was handed over to the PA in 1995.” (source)

Fuad and Georgette Lama woke up one morning last September
to discover that Muslims from a nearby village had fenced off their family’s six-dunam plot in the Karkafa suburb south of Bethlehem. “A lawyer and an official with the Palestinian Authority just came and took our land,” said 69-year-old Georgette Lama.

The couple was later approached by senior PA security
officers who offered to help them kick out the intruders from the land. “We paid them $1,000 so they could help us regain our land,” she said, almost in tears. “Instead of giving us back our land, they simply decided to keep it for themselves. They even destroyed all the olive trees and divided the land into small plots, apparently so that they could offer each for sale.” When her 72-year-old husband, Fuad, went to the land to ask the intruders to leave, he was severely beaten and threatened with guns.

“My husband is after heart surgery and they still beat him,”
Georgette Lama said. “These people have no heart. We’re afraid to go to our land because they will shoot at us. Ever since the beating, my husband is in a state of trauma and has difficulties talking.”

The Lamas have since knocked on the doors of scores of PA
officials in Bethlehem seeking their intervention, but to no avail. At one stage, they sent a letter to Abbas, who promised to launch an investigation.

“We heard that President Mahmoud Abbas is taking our case
very seriously,” said Georgette Lama. “But until now he hasn’t done anything to help us get our land back. We are very concerned because we’re not the only ones suffering from this phenomenon. Most Christians are afraid to speak, but I don’t care because we have nothing more to lose.” (source)

Think about this the next time you sing or hear the hymn.

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,
Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

h/t: Pajamas Media

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Theory and Praxis of Progressive Fascism

I just stumbled on the Skarbutts blog and I am stunned by how good it is. Read an example.

Although the term fascist has been distorted, once one understands the concept of the fasces the term becomes less murky and the false dichotomy between other forms of collectivism is exposed. Long before Mussolini espoused fascism the Roman Empire existed as a fascist state and the term fascist itself originated from the fasces which were the ancient Roman symbol representing the power of the state. The fasces were comprised of many rods which were bundled around an axe and bound by cords. The rods and axe together symbolized many diverse groups united and bound to a supreme authority as one. This symbol was revived to represent the Fascist Party during the twentieth century.Unity by itself is not fascism but becomes so when control is placed under a centralized authoritarian which determines to purge out or suppress all nonconformity and resistance. Like the rods of the fasces, fascism today also consists of many social groups and organizations which unite as one in seeking the establishment of a universal authoritarian to empower their agendas and suppress their opponents. These global networks of various groups, many in the form of NGOs and PVOs, represent almost innumerable causes such as environmental, humanitarian, animal rights, civil rights, and gay rights just to name a few. By disguising themselves in a cause that evokes sympathy, and by consolidating forces, they infect the body politic to establish an authoritarian rule which will sympathize with and empower their cause. The fasces as a symbol may or may not have out lived its usefulness, but as a concept it is ever present.(source)

The one-world-government that is described sounds a lot like the U.N.

Read it all.

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