Archive for August, 2010

Will Canada wake up to the terror threat in time?, American Thinker, August 30, 2010

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Police in Canada recently averted a major terrorist attack on Canadian soil. Six men were named as belonging to the terror cell, all Canadian citizens of Muslim extraction, one of them a Doctor. All of them are Islamists, or whatever the current word is for followers of Islam who murder and maim people who don’t share their warped, demented mentality. Police dubbed it a “Real, Serious Threat” and said the men were plotting to use Improvised Explosive Devises in Ottawa, the country’s capital.

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Like most Western nations, including the United States, Canada has a serious problem with homegrown and imported terrorists acting in the name of Islam who wish to turn the country into an Islamic state and who have no compunction about using violence to bring this goal to fruition. This incident has received blanket media coverage and will no doubt do so for some time. Perhaps this will lead to Canadians becoming aware of the threat Islam poses to their society and how far Islamization has already progressed in their country. I certainly hope so. Most of them haven’t got a clue right now.

To cite a personal example…earlier today I had a discussion about Islam with an acquaintance of mine who is bright, articulate, accomplished and who considers himself well informed about current events. He mouthed the usual platitudes about Islam and had no knowledge of it’s violent history, it’s actual teachings, the religious imperatives required of it’s followers or the bloody acts committed in it’s name every day throughout the world. In fact, he became quite upset when I pointed these things out to him and refused to believe that my comments contained even a modicum of truth. He also refused to ‘do his homework’ and investigate my assertions further through reading and studying various books and articles and following the trail as it were. The idea that there is any connection between Islam and terror was anathema to him.

Unfortunately, that’s very representative of the population in general, which is worrisome indeed.

Not Helpful At All, Re: Taking Offence, Toronto Globe & Mail, August 30, 2010

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Every day all over the world people are murdered, mutilated and degraded in the name of Islam. Throughout it’s history Islam has sown violence, death and degradation and it is no different today than it has ever been. That is not the case for Catholicism, fundamentalist Christianity or Orthodox Judaism, to cite the three examples given. There are many differences between Islam and other religions, but these are too big to ignore or gloss over. Apologists like your correspondent don’t do anyone any favors by doing so, least of all those who are trying to reform Islam from within, at great personal risk.

Military Maneuvers, Re: Marine Commandant: Obama Deadline Helps the Enemy, Commentary Magazine Website, August 25, 2010

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

General James Conway, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, recently said that U.S. soldiers in southern Afghanistan would have to stay well beyond President Obama’s self imposed July 2011 withdrawal date. He also said, among other things, that Obama’s deadline for American troops to begin pulling out of Afghanistan was “giving our enemy sustenance.”

General David Petraeus, Commander of United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan, is known to be at odds with the President on several important issues, including the deadline and Obama’s policy forbidding any link between terrorism and Islam.

When General Stanley McChrystal, the architect of America’s military success in Iraq and Petraeus’s predecessor in Afghanistan, was fired for critical remarks he made about Obama in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine the President stated that division on his National Security Team would not be tolerated and that unity is obligatory, not optional.

Will Obama fire Generals Conway and Petraeus like he did General McChrystal? How many Generals can he fire anyway? What does this very public criticism by some of the highest ranking members of the American military really mean? Are we seeing the beginning of some sort of concerted effort by America’s military to politically weaken an already unpopular President who has been very damaging to the military itself and the national security of the country?

Good questions all.

Thoughts that may grow into essays, in October when I can sit down and write again that is, August 23, 2010

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

It’s tragic that the United States couldn’t stop the Iranians and Russians from fueling the Bushehr nuclear reactor. Iran’s possession of a functioning reactor in the face of near total Western opposition led by the U.S. gives it a huge propaganda victory and moves it that much closer to developing nuclear weapons. It means that no one in the Middle East, least of all Israel, will trust America to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran’s hands, that the region is now on the brink of a nuclear arms race, that perceived American weakness will do nothing but embolden the Iranians and their proxies and that an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in the near future is inevitable.

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have to be delusional if they believe that the direct talks beginning in September have any hope of leading to a Palestinian state and peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Neither the Palestinians or anyone else in the Middle East is really interested in peace with Israel and Islam doesn’t allow it in any case. The Palestinians are fractious, divided, hateful and unrealistic as they always have been, the rest of the Arab world doesn’t want a Palestinian state and won’t permit one and Israel would have to jeopardize it’s national security in order to reach an agreement which wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s printed on. It’s not going to happen. In fact, there’s every possibility the talks won’t happen either because the likelihood that the Palestinians will walk away on some pretext is very high.

Iran has just built a long range unmanned bomber and dubbed it Karrar or striker. It has a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) and can carry two 250 pound bombs or one precision bomb of 500 pounds. Iranians have also begun construction of two high speed vessels capable of launching missiles and torpedoes…all of this on top of their efforts to acquire nuclear weapons as soon as possible. They smell American weakness and lack of resolve and will continue to arm themselves to the teeth in order to establish their hegemony in the Middle East and wipe Israel off the map before going after the United States, the Great Satan. Only the Israeli military can stop them. The U.S. is not part of the equation. The Iranians believe that they have nothing to fear from the Americans because the United States under President Obama is too feckless and weak to recognize their true intent or take meaningful action against them. Israel versus Iran, coming in 2011 if not sooner. Bet on it.

Canadians in general have absolutely no knowledge or understanding of the true nature of Islam or the substantial threat it poses to their democratic, secular, free, Western, Judeo-Christian society. Their ignorance is appalling and is due in large part to the free ride the main stream media has given it. Critical articles and commentary have been virtually non-existent and there have been no stories about what it stands for and means to accomplish or about the horrible acts perpetrated in it’s name every day on people all over the world, including in Canada. Conversely, a completely distorted and false picture of what it is really all about has been presented to the public, which seems to have swallowed it whole. Canadians better wake up or Islamization in their country will have passed the point of no return and they will find themselves living under sharia law in an Islamic nation.

They tell us that…Re: Murdered Christian Humanitarians Memorialized In Kabul: What Do Their Murders Really Tell Us?, FrontPage Magazine, August 15, 2010

Monday, August 16th, 2010

They tell us that the Taliban and their Islamic brethren all over the world would murder us in a minute for not being a follower of Islam or for violating some dictate of the religion of death, Muslim or not. These murders (and innumerable others like them) tell us what the killers really are…callous, inhuman, unthinking, primitive monsters, whether they’re called Islamists, Jihadists, Extremists or anything else.

They tell us that these people have absolutely no respect for human life and that women, children, the elderly and the helpless are not immune from their brutality.

They tell us that we may be killed, mutilated, tortured, raped or any combination thereof regardless of any mitigating circumstances, that there are in fact no mitigating circumstances.

They tell us that disgust, contempt and hatred of Christians and Jews, Americans and Israelis, is visceral and bred in the bone.

They tell us that Islam is atavistic and is not compatible with a civilized, pluralistic society because of it’s beliefs and the demands it makes on it’s adherents.

Most important of all, they tell us what’s in our future unless we stop the Islamization of our society and keep it from making further inroads in our way of life. That’s the only thing which will prevent us from living in an Islamic country, with all of the attendant violence, degradation, misogyny, cruelty and death.

Equivocation is not an option, Re: Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site…Obama Says Mosque Remarks Were Not Endorsement, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, August 13, 14, 2010 respectively

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

President Obama is often criticized for being ambiguous, misleading and vague. Instead of being unequivocal he equivocates and regularly issues statements to backtrack on remarks he has made. His recent comments on the proposed mosque in New York City are perfect examples of this unfortunate trait.

On August 13 the New York Times ran an article headlined “Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site”, this in response to remarks he made at a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan which were reported all over the world. On August 14 the Times ran an article headlined “Obama Says Mosque Remarks Were Not Endorsement” in which he claimed his remarks were not about the proposed mosque at all but were about freedom of religion and American values in general.

A U.S. President has to have many important characteristics, chief among them being the ability to be resolute and strong. This is vital on a vast array of issues, including issues of great sensitivity which resonate with the American people, which the mosque controversy most certainly does. Equivocation is not an option…all it does is imply that the President is weak, can’t make up his or her mind, doesn’t really stand for anything, can’t be trusted, is trying to be all things to all people, is willing to play politics with anyone and anything and can’t be counted on in the clutch, can’t be counted to make difficult decisions or take difficult actions as it were.

That is certainly the way President Obama is seen internationally by virtually everyone he has dealt with, which is very regrettable. Among other things it means our enemies around the world will continue to take advantage of us and our allies and jeopardize our national security and way of life because our President doesn’t have the mentality or stomach to stand up to them. Our domestic enemies see him that way too, which is one of the major reasons why Islamization is so prevalent and why the country is divided in so many ways.

Like I said, equivocation is not an option. Come on Mr. President, tell us which headline is true and what you really think about the mosque.

Life and death, the difference between Israelis and Palestinians, Re: Israel aims to be space superpower, Jerusalem Post, August 13, 2010

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Israel is one of a small number of nations that can independently develop, manufacture and launch satellites. Prime Minister Netanyahu is about to approve a plan to add to Israel’s already impressive capabilities through large increases in research and development, effectively turning the country into a “space superpower”. This comes on the heels of Israel’s acceptance into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a most formidable accomplishment which affirms her place as one of the most advanced and developed countries on earth, not only in science and technology but in economics, social justice and a myriad of other areas as well. These achievements and many others are remarkable in themselves. They are even more so since Israel is only sixty two years old, has a small population of only seven million people and has had to spend the whole of it’s life in a state of war with neighbors who refuse to recognize it’s legitimate right to exist, who constantly try to murder and maim it’s citizens and who would like nothing better than to obliterate it, to wipe it off the map.

The point is, despite it’s many warts and despite the incredibly difficult conditions that Israelis have to constantly live with the country is progressive, vibrant, alive and forward thinking. Joy, happiness, music, literature, theater and vigorous debate on any and all subjects abound and democracy and freedom flourish. Israel is an outward looking country that has made enormous contributions to humanity in her short life span and promises to make many more as time goes by. Society and culture there glorify life and revel in it, as opposed to glorifying and reveling in death.

This is in sharp contrast to Palestinian society and culture, to Palestinian’s daily lives. To quote from an earlier piece, “Their standard of living is nowhere near Israeli’s, their accomplishments in the international arena are miniscule in comparison, their society is beset by hatred, violence, anger, misogyny and a misplaced sense of victimhood, their institutions are riddled with corruption and incompetence, they are not in control of their own destiny and are dependent on the outside world for virtually everything they need to live and they are a stateless, badly educated, poverty stricken people.” They are under the thumbs of thugs and villains, are not free to think and speak as they wish, are denied many of the small pleasures of life and have to worry about being spirited away in the middle of the night to be beaten up or killed because of some real or imagined transgression. Their lives are strictly controlled and the rest of the Arab world sees them as nothing more than pawns and useful idiots. Their religion, Islam, is all pervasive and glorifies and revels in death, as opposed to glorifying and reveling in life.

Life and death. Two polar opposite visions. That’s the difference between Israelis and Palestinians.

Cartoon craziness, Re: Newspaper defends Jewish cartoon, National Post, August 10, 2010

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Montreal’s La Metropole newspaper published a cartoon in it’s July issue depicting a Hasidic Jewish taxi driver driving a cab labelled Taxi de David and calling out “Come in! May Yaveh be with you…” The cartoon’s headline was “A taxi transformed into a…synagogue?”

Guess what would have happened if La Metropole published a cartoon depicting a devout Muslim taxi driver driving a cab labelled Taxi de Muhammad and calling out Come in! May Allah be with you, under the headline A taxi transformed into a…mosque?

Canada would have had it’s very own Danish cartoon episode, that’s what.

Pathetic and disturbing isn’t it? Crazy too.

An ideology of death, the real root of the conflict in the Middle East, Re: Steal This Movie, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, August 7, 2010

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Thomas Friedman has perfectly exposed the real root of the current conflict between Israel and it’s neighbors, and of all past and future conflicts as well. It has nothing to do with security fences or maritime blockades, settlements or checkpoints or real or imagined slights or provocations. Those are all diversions, excuses that Palestinians use to keep conflict alive.

The root of the conflict is revealed when the Palestinian mother “blurts out that she hopes her son will grow up to be a suicide bomber to help recover Jerusalem.” She exposes the conflict’s essence when she says “From the smallest infant, even smaller than Mohammed, to the oldest person, we will all save ourselves for the sake of Jerusalem. We feel we have the right to it. You’re free to be angry, so be angry.” This after her small son’s life was saved by Israeli Doctors in an Israeli hospital at no expense to her or her family.

Nothing will change between Israel and it’s neighbors until that attitude does. There is no hope of ending conflict in the Middle East until Palestinians recognize and accept Israel’s legitimate right to exist and stop trying to murder and maim Israelis and wipe the country off the map. Nothing else will suffice.

Parents who actually care more about their children than an ideology of death would be good people to get the ball rolling.

Of course he won’t, Re: Will Holder investigate Obama pal for providing material support to Hamas?, American Thinker, August 7, 2010

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Rashid Khalidi is an old friend and confidant of President Obama and a longstanding anti-Israeli activist. He is currently involved in an effort to send an American ship to break the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza, which Israel sees as essential to it’s national security. Sending a ship to try and break the blockade is clearly illegal under U.S. law and there are several provisions in it which could be used to investigate and/or prosecute Khalidi and other organizers, including ones which prohibit providing material support to terrorist groups such as Hamas. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Holder would have to take the lead however and that means the Government of the United States is not going to do anything at all to prevent the ship from sailing. There are many reasons for this (none of which hold up under close scrutiny I might add) but two in particular stand out.

The first is the antipathy towards Israel which is rooted in the oval office and is pervasive throughout Obama’s administration. There is no question that America’s relationship with Israel has deteriorated markedly since Obama was elected and that this deterioration has compromised American interests in the Middle East and around the world. The President simply has no real understanding or apreciation of the importance of the U.S. relationship with Israel and of the depth of the ties between the two countries. This animus and ignorance allows him to rationalize actions which are obviously not in the best interests of either nation. His sympathies lie in the Muslim and Arab camp, not the Israeli or American one, and this has prevented him from looking at the Middle East through an unbiased lens, or taking serious measures to combat the Islamization of the United States either for that matter.

The second reason has to do with collusion, or rather Obama being accused of colluding with individuals with terrorist and Jihadist mindsets and proclivities who are involved in illegal activities which are inimical to the interests of the U.S. and one of her most important long term allies, if not the most important. It defies belief to think that Khalidi hasn’t discussed the possibility of sending a ship to Gaza with Obama and received his tacit approval to try and do so. If the Justice Department investigates the affair Obama’s involvement and the reasons behind it could easily become public, which at best would be extremely damaging politically and at worst would mean the end of his Presidency. Even if he is absolved of any wrongdoing through political chicanery or manipulating or intimidating the main stream media he would be even more tainted in the eyes of the electorate than he already is. Not investigating or prosecuting Khalidi is the best way to keep Obama from being called to account over his handling of this affair and of national security and foreign policy issues in general, to keep a lid on things as it were.

For now anyway.