Monthly Archives: March 2007

I am John Doe

Michelle Malkin has written a brilliant manifesto and published it at Townhall, asking people to disseminate it. I’m pleased to comply. Here it is in full.

Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist,

You do not know me. But I am on the lookout for you. You are my enemy. And I am yours.

I am John Doe.

I am traveling on your plane. I am riding on your train. I am at your bus stop. I am on your street. I am in your subway car. I am on your lift.

I am your neighbor. I am your customer. I am your classmate. I am your boss.

I am John Doe.

I will never forget the example of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who refused to sit back on 9/11 and let themselves be murdered in the name of Islam without a fight.

I will never forget the passengers and crew members who tackled al Qaeda shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.

I will never forget the alertness of actor James Woods, who notified a stewardess that several Arab men sitting in his first-class cabin on an August 2001 flight were behaving strangely. The men turned out to be 9/11 hijackers on a test run.

I will act when homeland security officials ask me to “report suspicious activity.”

I will embrace my local police department’s admonition: “If you see something, say something.”

I am John Doe.

I will protest your Jew-hating, America-bashing “scholars.”

I will petition against your hate-mongering mosque leaders.

I will raise my voice against your subjugation of women and religious minorities.

I will challenge your attempts to indoctrinate my children in our schools.

I will combat your violent propaganda on the Internet.

I am John Doe.

I will support law enforcement initiatives to spy on your operatives, cut off your funding and disrupt your murderous conspiracies.

I will oppose all attempts to undermine our borders and immigration laws.

I will resist the imposition of sharia principles and sharia law in my taxi cab, my restaurant, my community pool, the halls of Congress, our national monuments, the radio and television airwaves, and all public spaces.

I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.

I will not be cowed by your Beltway lobbying groups in moderates’ clothing. I will not cringe when you shriek about “profiling” or “Islamophobia.”

I will put my family’s safety above sensitivity. I will put my country above multiculturalism.

I will not submit to your will. I will not be intimidated.

I am John Doe.

Also catch the “I am John Doe” PSA at HotAir.

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Jihadist wannabees in a pickle

From Internet Haganah:

The brother enters the “preparing for jihad” section of the forum, and asks, in typically verbose fashion “where’s the Jihad?” and “how come there are only 20 members of this group?” and “don’t you know there’s a war on?”.

Among the responses was the following… [graphic of a response in Arabic] …which attempts to answer the brother’s questions by explaining that

  • none of them actually have any military experience
  • they can’t rely on information from the Western sites
  • they are under surveillance and they know it
  • and because none of them have the relevant experience, they can’t trust the information they find on other forums, because they know the intelligence services are busy planting false information.

Three cheers for Internet Haganah! Hip, hip, hurrah! For Aaron’s a jolly good fellow.

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Un-Human Rights Council resolves against the right to free speech

Once again, the Un-Human Rights Council, which last year replaced the discredited, identically acronymed Un-Human Rights Commission, has come out against human rights. This time the human right they have resolved against is the right of free speech.

The statement proposed by the Organization of Islamic Conference addressed what it called a “campaign” against Muslim minorities and the Islamic religion around the world since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.

The resolution, which was opposed by European and a number of other non-Muslim countries, “expresses deep concern at attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations.”

It makes no mention of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism or any other religion besides Islam, but urges countries “to take resolute action to prohibit the dissemination of racist and xenophobic ideas and material aimed at any religion or its followers that constitute incitement and religious hatred, hostility, or violence.”

Iran, whose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” belongs to the 57-member Islamic conference.

The resolution was adopted by a 24-14 vote with nine abstentions. Canada, Japan and South Korea joined European countries in opposition, primarily citing its excessive focus on Islam and incompatibility with fundamental rights such as the freedoms of speech and thought. […]

There are 17 Muslim countries in the 47-nation human rights council. Their alliance with China, Cuba, Russia and most of the African members means they can almost always achieve a majority.

I don’t have a thoughtful response to this ironic insult to our intelligence, just the thousand-mile-stare of a man who increasingly feels that the time approaches to gird for total war, and that the second thing we should do is quit the Un and sell the Un-building to Trump or someone who will bring in some classier tenants. The first step is to start sinking the Iranian navy.

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Ask your child

What do you think I, your parent, most want you to be?

  • Happy
  • Smart
  • Successful
  • Good

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The Simplified and False Image of a War of Resistance

Read this thought-provoking article, that goes into the reason why the United States-led Coalition is staying in Iraq for the 5th year. I’ll reveal the writer (and link to the source) at the bottom.

“The obscene behaviors that accompanied the execution of Saddam Hussein demonstrate that Iraqi institutions are incapable of guaranteeing the cohesion necessary for the country’s stability. The bombings that strike the markets and places of worship express an irrepressible reciprocal aversion among the existing communities, and a desire to fight that the Iraqi state is not yet in a position to repress.

“The latest American plan, which aims to reinforce the military presence in Baghdad, is aimed at compensating for the lack of order caused by the sectarian tendencies of Iraqi policemen.”

Terrorism is Aided by a Discourse that Promotes a Simplified and False Image of a War of Resistance

“In this war, which intertwines tribal score-settling, religious resentments, and foreign plans to destabilize [Iraq], the average Iraqi is aware of the fact that his immediate future is in jeopardy. He entertains no hopes – neither of reconstruction and quality of life, nor of political reform.

Let’s repeat that.

“The latest American plan, which aims to reinforce the military presence in Baghdad, is aimed at compensating for the lack of order caused by the sectarian tendencies of Iraqi policemen.”

The Americans are taking the place of the militia for those without a sectarian militia of their own: city dwellers; Christians; immigrants; Jews; businessmen; doctors. The Sunni and Shiite militias kill each other, and they attack innocents of all stripes with their most vicious attacks being aimed at the most defenseless: the mentally handicapped; new Muslim converts; women; and children. U.S. Forces are now acting as peacekeepers who oppose the sectarian murder gangs without preying upon innocents.

“In this war, which intertwines tribal score-settling, religious resentments, and foreign plans to destabilize [Iraq], the average Iraqi is aware of the fact that his immediate future is in jeopardy. He entertains no hopes – neither of reconstruction and quality of life, nor of political reform.

The terror war is complex and beyond the capabilities of Iraq’s toddling government to resolve on its own, but not beyond the capacity of Iraq’s government to resolve given the right kind of aid from Coalition armed forces, military police, and reconstruction teams. That is the purpose of the reinforcement that was named the Surge.

Coalition forces dedicate the Surge to bring HOPE to the average Iraqi, who entertains no hopes of reconstruction, quality of life, or political reform, in the sincere wish that hope will lend him strength to persevere, inspire him with goals only achievable in a free society, and blow away the biting, stinging smog of fear.

And what is one of the greatest dangers to this process of bringing HOPE to Iraq? The writer continues.

“Terrorism has won, aided by a discourse that makes a multifaceted war – which intertwines religious civil war, clan war, transnational terrorism, and a war for influence – into a simplified and false image of a war of resistance.

Our source is Mustapha Hammouche of the liberal Algerian daily Liberté, as translated to english by MEMRI.

It is possible to disagree over whether terrorism has already won. It has certainly taken the lead by winning the early marketing battles, even while losing all the firefights. Marketing is one of America’s strong suits, and the battle for minds can be turned around. But one of America’s great weaknesses identified by this Algerian writer, writing in Algeria in his native tongue, is the strident populist media and peacemonger culture that aims to disarm America and praise the terrorists as agents of “resistance.” Terrorists are not agents of “resistance.” They are counter-insurgents who see themselves as the guardians of an ancient, cruel, misogynous, xenophobic, totalitarian, expansionist, violent system, and they are willing to bomb, sabotage, and murder anyone, anything, anywhere, in order to crush the insurgency of liberty brought by the U.S-led Coalition and spread their system over the whole world.

For that is what it really is about: Liberty. Will the realm of liberty in the world expand in the next century or will it contract? Will the Insurgency of Liberty overthrow the Counter-Insurgency of Tyranny, or will Liberty be defeated? Those who oppose the U.S. presence in Iraq side, perhaps inadvertently, with terrorists. They protest that this is not true. That the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. But in such a binary struggle, where the other side really does want to cut off our heads and post the video on the internet, all those who weaken and enervate our valiant warriors are truly enemies of our way of life.

Eventually, even the most benighted will understand this truly is a struggle between Liberty and Tyranny for the future of the Earth. Liberty must win. The alternative, for Liberty to lose and retreat, is completely unacceptable. I hope enlightenment comes to the class of 1968 before we reach a nuclear sequel to World War II, with 200-500 million war dead, bombed out cities in the U.S. and Europe, and a desolate nuclear wasteland in Iran and Pakistan.

…and less Liberty in every heart that survives the war.

h/t: Pajamas 

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Gaza Metaphor Alert

Just when you are searching for another metaphor for what has happened to Gaza under the rule of the Palestinian Authority, what should appear but a Sewage Tsunami.

By Mahmud Hams in the Gaza Strip
March 28, 2007 08:38am

AT least five Palestinians drowned in a “sewage tsunami” when a water treatment reservoir burst, flooding a village in the northern Gaza Strip.

The deluge, triggered by the collapse of a septic system aid organisations had long warned was dangerously overburdened, submerged dozens of homes in the Bedouin farming village of Umm al-Nasr beneath a cesspool of foul-smelling effluent.

Three woman and two boys, aged one and two, were among the dead.

At least 15 people were injured and scores more were still missing, according to Palestinian medics.

Village children clung to wooden doors floating on the putrid waters and rescuers paddled through the village in makeshift boats in search of victims.

Frantic goats and cows were also pulled to safety.

Village mayor Ziad Abu Thabet said 70 per cent of the village’s mostly ramshackle homes had been buried in raw sewage.

“The situation is very bad,” the mayor said.

The receding flood waters left a stinking scum that further hampered rescue efforts.

Palestinian television proclaimed a “sewage tsunami” had rocked Gaza.

An adviser to president Mahmud Abbas declared the village a disaster area.

Newly-appointed interior minister Hani al-Qawasmeh rushed to the scene to inspect the damage, but angry villagers chased him off.

They opened fire on his convoy and wounded two policemen, witnesses said.

In Israel, defence minister Amir Peretz ordered the army to provide assistance to the victims if asked to do so by the Palestinian Authority.

The Hamas movement, the leading partner in a newly formed Palestinian unity government, blamed the disaster on a foreign aid boycott slapped on the Palestinian Authority a year ago when the Islamist hardliners first came to power.

Pretty good metaphor for the Intifada too, and every other Jihad the Jew-haters came up with.

  • Ridiculous: Check.
  • Horrible: Check.
  • Vile: Check.
  • Self inflicted: Check.
  • Corrupt government: Check.
  • Senseless violence: Check.
  • Conspiracy theories: Check.
  • Israeli military offers to bail out: Check.
  • Blame it on the Jooooooos: Check.

It’s got it all.

h/t: Pajamas

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Soup’s On

Dennis Miller, supergenius, has a radio show!

Anybody need a reminder of the pure genius of his Rants?

Now the most recent chucklehead to step forward with his own unique way of aiding our troops is self-anointed surge protector Joe Biden who’s simultaneously looking for a new Bork Bash to enhance his presidential street cred and make the public forget that he puts his foot in his mouth more frequently than a contortionist with a donut hole for a big toe. […]

Now, I’ll grant Biden turf on being the first to discuss partitioning in Iraq. That might be the eventual resolution to this conflict. But who absolutely knows right now that that is the answer? What we are doing now is sorting thru the inevitable fog of war and guys like Biden constantly blowing smoke doesn’t make it any easier to see things clearly.

Non-binding resolutions emboldening our enemies are madness. A troop cap is madness, timed withdrawals are madness, re-deployment to Okinawa is madness, Rube Goldberg Rules of Engagement are madness. We are in this now and we need to go Roman!

Guys like Biden don’t even give you the courtesy of a separation anymore between their anti-war pronouncements and their insistence that what they just said wasn’t an anti-war pronouncement. At least there used to be a properly demarcated verbiage DMZ before the “buts” started. Now, Biden tries to advance his resolution and immediately tags on the rejoinder about not wanting to hinder the President. The Senator insists he just wants to help Bush from making another mistake. Hey Joe, why didn’t you call Bush before you had your hairplugs done by a giant squid from a Jules Verne novel?

Listen, as far as Iraq is concerned, we’re about two buckets into a million bucket fireman’s carry against Radical Islamic Terrorists. Forget re-entry, we’re not even off the pad. As the Walking Boss will tell you, one of us must force the other to get their mind right. That is, right after we get our own cobwebs cleared.

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Cogito, Ergo Blog

I think, therefore I blog.

Thank you velvethammer for tagging me with a Thinking Blogger award.

Dear Velvet, thank you very much. I really do appreciate it, and I will pass it on right quick.

Here’s the rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote. (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

I award the following bloggers with the “Thinking Blogger Award

  1. Skarbutts, by RA Sprinkle. Incisive reasoning concerning fascism, communism, and other totalitarian systems.
  2. The Belmont Club, by Wretchard. The most elegant writer to come out of the blogosphere, and one of the clearest thinkers.
  3. Blame Bush, by Larry Chomstein. Satire that punches you right in the solar plexus and leaves you stunned and laughing.
  4. Fourth Rail, by Bill Roggio. You can read traditional news or watch the networks, or even Fox news, and you won’t know what the U.S. military’s strategy is. Or you can read everything Roggio writes and understand the Truth.
  5. The Captain’s Journal, by Herschel Smith. Deep thoughts on counter-insurgency and other topics military.

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Indiscriminateness and big-L Liberalism

In this YouTube video, Evan Sayet starts with a parable. I paraphrase.

There was a long-time New York liberal who met an old friend for lunch, and the old friend said that he hated his wife. The liberal smiled at the statement, obviously a lie, because he had heard it a million times from this friend and knew it was not true. Then something happened. Outside the window of the restaurant, the two saw the friend’s wife walking by, and then they saw two hoodlums jump on her and start punching.

The New York liberal said to his friend, “We have to go and help her now. She is getting beaten up.”

His friend replied, “No, I don’t think so. She deserves it.”

At that point, the New York liberal realized his old friend really did hate his wife.

Sayet describes himself as a 9/13 Republican. That is a former liberal who watched America getting attacked by terrorists on 9/11 and on 9/12 wanted to get his liberal friends to help America fight back, only to hear from them that “America deserved it.”

He goes on to talk about standards, thought, reason, and the ability to distinguish between good and bad choices. It is a requirement for real progress to be able to identify those things that are evil, failures, or wrong and to see, distinguish, or discriminate, between them and those things that are good, successes, or right. This is the positive meaning of “discrimination.” But discrimination has become a bad word.

1628, from L. discriminare “to divide,” from discrimen, derived n. from discernere (see discern). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, Amer.Eng. Positive sense remains in discriminating (adj.) “possessing discernment” (1792).

“It especially annoys me when racists are accused of ‘discrimination.’ The ability to discriminate is a precious facility; by judging all members of one ‘race’ to be the same, the racist precisely shows himself incapable of discrimination.” [Christopher Hitchens]

Ref: Online Etymology Dictionary

As shown by the date the racial sense of “discriminate” was first recorded, this goes back to the struggle to abolish slavery. The thinking process has been progressing for 150 years along these childish lines.

In order to eliminate discrimination, we must become utterly indiscriminate.

Stated this way, it is obvious that the movement against discrimination, begun with the best of motives in the English and American Christian abolitionist struggle, has become a nihilist movement, a movement that seeks the destruction of everything worth caring about in order to produce a utopia where nobody fights because nobody can think of anything worth defending.

The evidence is as obvious as John Lennon’s “Imagine” can make it.

Imagine a less nihilist lyric. It isn’t hard to do.

Underline “Imagine” with Ward Churchill’s “little Eichmannshysteria, or the desperate promiscuity of the women in Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, sending the message that marriage and children are less rewarding than prolonged spinsterhood. After all, the Manhattanite glamazons of Sex and the City have lots of orgasmic sex with a new partner every week, while the suburban moms of Desperate Housewives are merely desperate. Or compare the NYT coverage of Abu Ghraib under American control, 44 consecutive days on the front page about embarrassing pictures of terrorist suspects with underwear on their heads, no dead or injured, to the NYT coverage of Saddam Hussein’s tenure at Abu Ghraib, with the rape rooms, electric drills, cigarette burns, torture murders of children in front of their parents and wives in front of their husbands, and the giant industrial shredder where the lucky ones were shredded head-first.

Watch it all. It’s terrific!

[Update: After sleeping and a long day of working in the Methane Mines of Titan I came home and re-read this piece, from front porch to back stoop. I knew the back door was coming soon… But my God!!! That last step was a doozy! Of course I meant to finish by writing that Sayet says all the things that I want to say on the topic of Indiscriminateness and big-L Liberalism much better than I do, so what in creation are you doing reading me instead of watching him?]

h/t: Ace of Spades HQ

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Reverts at Risk

Abdul-Quddus writes on his website “Khalas!

Over time, certain individuals were introduced to me that changed the course of my journey. Being a revert (convert) and impressionable, I was vulnerable prey and acquainted with predators. After taking shahaadah, I was given many telephone numbers for contacts. The first contact being from a brother named Yusuf eagerly seeking my attendance to reinstate a revert support group dismantled after the founder left the country. I’d encounter numerous brothers attempting to recruit me into their organizations. My hesitation to partake in many activities perhaps saved my life. The claims by brothers who left us for “Arabic studies” or “humanitarian work” overseas caught my suspicion. Some actually went for jihaad; one brother returned very depressed from qitaal (warfare, fighting) in Iraq. Yet, even with all precautions, the dreadable risk of having “tea with terrorists” supervened. When over a dozen Muslims were arrested on terrorism-related charges, we discovered one “suspect” was from my close-knit clique of brothers, passing his house hundreds of times while he plotted using three metric tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Reverts were wandering sheep that had to be extra cautious of acquaintances.

Warning to “reverts.” Keep your eyes open and don’t fall for scammers and sinister types who want your future to end with driving a suicide carbomb through Diyala with your hands and feet handcuffed to the steering wheel and accelerator and waiting for the timer to go off.

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