Archive for January, 2011

Duty calls-will Obama answer?, Re: Egyptian protesters want Mubarak out by Friday, CBC News Website, January 31, 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The current unrest in Egypt demands one thing of President Obama and one thing only. He has to act in the best interests of the United States. Period. Nothing else matters. If he does that he will stand squarely behind President Mubarak and let the world know in no uncertain terms that the U.S. will not tolerate an Islamic government in Cairo because it would seriously threaten America in many and varied ways.

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Mubarak may have his faults but he has been a loyal ally of the United States for thirty years and his government is infinitely more preferable than an Islamic one. He is also more than capable of instituting necessary reforms and in fact has already begun to do so. Let there be no doubt, if Mubarak’s government falls it would be replaced by an Islamic cabal which would view the U.S. as its mortal enemy and would do everything it could to bring America to its knees.

It might even succeed.

Obama has to recognize and understand this and act resolutely now, while there is still some hope of salvaging the situation. If Mubarak falls and Egypt is lost the consequences for the United States would be catastrophic, in the Middle East, around the world and in the American homeland as well. Obama’s sworn duty is to prevent that from happening. The question is whether he has the strength, sense and moral fiber to meet his obligations, to rise to the occasion and answer the call.

All indications are that he does not…but of course the Muslim Brotherhood and all the other Islamists orchestrating and carrying out the unrest in Egypt already knew that, which is why its occurring on his watch. They’re doing it because they can get away with it, whereas they wouldn’t be able to with a stronger President in office.

Mubarak Shouldn’t Leave, Re: Foreign policy establishment of two minds on Egypt, American Thinker, January 29, 2011

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

So the American foreign policy establishment is of two minds about the uprising in Egypt. Let me help it out then.

It would be a disaster of epic proportions if the rioters in Egypt succeeded in overthrowing the Mubarak regime, not only for the United States, Israel and the Western world in general but also for the Egyptian people themselves. Make no mistake, if Mubarak’s government fell it will be replaced by an Islamic theocracy with the Muslim Brotherhood either at its helm or behind the scenes calling the shots. Whatever freedoms Egyptians currently enjoy and whatever hopes they have for democracy and improving their lot would quickly disappear and they would be forced to live under the iron sword of Islam. They will be sadly disillusioned, just like the people of Iran were sadly disillusioned when the theocrats took over their country in 1979. If they think they have it bad now under Mubarak wait until the theocrats take control. Life will be infinitely more difficult if that happened.

Ask the Iranians. The ones that can speak honestly that is.

A takeover would also have severe consequences for the United States, Israel and the Western world in general. An Islamic government in Cairo would view the U.S. as the Great Satan in the same way that the government in Tehran does and would challenge America every way it could, economically, militarily and on moral and religious grounds as well. The damage that it could inflict would be enormous and it would take every oportunity to do so, not only in the Middle East but around the world and in the American homeland too.

Its no secret that the Muslim Brotherhood is affiliated with many organizations in the United States, including large national ones, whose purpose is to Islamize the U.S. and eventually turn the country into an Islamic state. An Islamic government in Cairo would allow their activities to be significantly ramped up. Its no secret that an Islamic government in Cairo could cripple America by shutting down the Suez Canal, among other things. Would it go that far? You bet it would. Its no secret that the Egyptian military is strong enough and capable enough to offer a credible deterrent if the United States finds it necessary to use its own armed forces to protect its interests, especially if Egypt and Iran acted together, which they would undoubtedly do. Would an Islamic government in Cairo fight the U.S.? Yes it would, particularly since it would see America as weak and feckless under President Obama and wouldn’t believe for a minute it had anything to fear.

A takeover would make Israel’s existence even more precarious than it already is. An Islamic government in Cairo would see removing Israel from the face of the earth as practically its first order of business and would do everything in its power to do precisely that as soon as it could. War between Egypt and Israel would be inevitable as soon as a takeover occurred, a war in which Israel’s victory (and survival) would by no means be certain…Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and all the others would fight on Egypt’s side and it is entirely possible that the United States would choose not to intervene. Even if it did it is not clear at all that it would be effective. A takeover would be disastrous even if Israel did win the ensuing war.

A takeover means that an Islamic government in Cairo would blackmail European countries into doing its bidding and would dramatically hasten Islamisation in Europe and elsewhere, which is in no one’s best interests.

Hold on Hosni, hold on. Don’t let the rioters drive you out of office. Make necesary changes and reforms to be sure, but hang in there and don’t leave.

State of the Union speech had nothing to do with the state of the union, Re: Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech, Washington Times, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night had nothing to do with the actual state of the union. Instead, it had everything to do with trying to put a positive spin on things and convincing the American people that more of the same policies and actions on his part will solve the massive problems the United States faces, some of which he inherited to be sure but all of which have become worse on his watch as a result of his misplaced agenda and ideology and his ruthless, narcissistic personality.

He failed on both counts because all his skills as an orator and salesman couldn’t contradict the facts on the ground. A 9% unemployment rate (which doesn’t include people who have given up looking for work), debt loads that are unfathomable, an economy which is in shambles, serious and growing terrorist threats, increasing poverty and hopelessness, government that is becoming bigger and more intrusive as we speak, the absence of civility in political and daily life, Islamisation in the U.S. and the rest of the free world, North Korea, Iran, the Middle East, Obamacare, more and more bad news every day everywhere you look…even he couldn’t put a positive spin on any of that. The general reaction to the speech also tells us he can’t convince anyone anymore that matters will improve under his stewardship.

Obama closed the speech by saying the union is strong. It isn’t. Its in deep trouble on any number of fronts and the problems are constantly being exacerbated because he isn’t capable of dealing with them. The speech was riddled with contradictions, omissions, exaggerations, platitudes and falsehoods and Americans will see it for precisely what it was-political theater divorced from reality. Despite Obama’s pronouncements and his proclivity to blame everyone else except himself the country is in much worse shape since he took office in every important area there is, the economy, foreign affairs, domestic and social issues, everything. All we really got in the speech was a promise to stay on the same failed course.

Obama doesn’t know any better but the American people certainly do. They made their feelings known in the recent midterm elections and will bring his whole sorry Presidency to an end in 2012.

Hamas and Al Jazeera Collaborate Against the Palestinian Authority, Re: Palestinians react angrily to al-Jazeera’s ‘Palestine Papers’, Washington Post, January 25, 2011

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Al Jazeera’s release of the ‘Palestine Papers’ is a transparent attempt to bolster Hamas and remove Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority from any position of consequence in future dealings with Israel and the fabric of Palestinian life. Hamas has already called on Palestinians to protest alleged concessions the Palestinian Authority was supposedly willing to make in peace negotiations with Israel and more interneccine battles are coming as Al Jazeera and Hamas act together to undermine it and the PA tries to defend itself. For example, Al Jazeera will be broadcasting a story shortly on the Palestinian Authority allegedly collaborating with the Israeli military which Hamas will try to use to its advantage and the PA will try to blunt.

Both Al Jazeera and Hamas are hard line entities that have no interest in peace with Israel and by branding Abbas and the Palestinian Authority as traitors to the Palestinian cause and removing them from the equation they can finish off the peace process altogether and get on with their avowed goal of destroying Israel. Collusion between Al Jazeera and Hamas was bound to happen because both see the Palestinian Authority as too weak and an obstacle to their path that has to be removed, which is of course what they are working together to do.

Judging by the reaction of the Palestinian people they will succeed in their effort. Anger and disgust among Palestinians over the alleged concessions is palpable and it is obvious that they are unwilling to make the necessary compromises to make peace a reality. Israelis have known this for a very long time. Al Jazeera, Hamas and the Palestinians are making it clear to the rest of the world now too. Compromises, concessions, honest negotiations, peace…forget it, those things are not possible because that’s not what they want.

What they want is what they’ve always wanted-to get rid of Israel, nothing less. Goodbye peace, hello war, that’s what the papers are really telling us.

Turkish twaddle about Israeli Commission of Inquiry, Re: Israeli Panel Rules Flotilla Raid Legal, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, January 23, 2011

Monday, January 24th, 2011

An Israeli Commission of Inquiry has found that Israel acted according to international law when it enforced its blockade of Gaza by intercepting ships in international waters last May and that the blockade itself was and is within the bounds of international law as well. The commission also concluded that Israeli commandos acted in self defense when they killed nine Turks who attacked them when they boarded one of the ships. The Commission’s report was described as “independent and rigorous” by the respected international observers attached to it. It was rejected outright by the Government of Turkey and the usual spectrum of anti-Israel individuals and groups though.

This is entirely expected and the rejections have to be seen for what they are, specious and disingenuous. International law is very clear on matters such as this and there is no doubt that Israel is well within its rights to enact and enforce the blockade. There is also no doubt that the violence which ensued was orchestrated and precipitated by the so called “activists” on board the ship and that the deaths resulted from their actions, not the Israeli’s. Those who think differently have an ulterior motive e.g. bringing about Israel’s demise, and their knee jerk rejection should be seen in this context. Rejecting the Commission’s findings, or attempting to breach the blockade in the first place for that matter, has nothing to do with somehow improving the lot of Palestinians in Gaza or upholding the sanctity of international law or an honest, objective, unbiased review of the facts. It has everything to do with weakening and destroying Israel and is based on hatred of the Jewish state. Call it anti-Semitic or not but that is exactly what the rejections are based on.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, has said that the Commission’s report had no “value or credibility.” It had no value or credibility for him because its conclusions disagreed with his own preconceived, self serving, politically and religiously motivated beliefs. It would have had an enormous amount of value and credibility for him and others who share his mentality if its conclusions were different however. Thats called hypocrisy, which means, among other things, that Erdogan’s pronouncements are nothing more than Turkish twaddle.

Want to know what else is hypocritical? It is hypocritical to imply that Turkey would have acted any differently if faced with the same set of circumstances. What else was Israel supposed to do, lie back and succumb? No sovereign nation would do that, Turkey included.

Turkish twaddle sums it up nicely.

What happens now?, Re: Islam: ‘A religion of peace’, National Post, January 22, 2011

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Rena Hussain is dead wrong when she says that Islam is a religion of peace. It is exactly the opposite. It is a religion of intolerance, violence, hatred, misogyny, cruelty, war and death. It is supremacist and completely uncompromising and conquest and submission of non believers is at the very core of its being. That is the case now and that is the case since it first came into existence 1400 years ago. Denying any of this is denying reality.

If Ms. Hussain opened her mind and eyes she would see Islam as it really is. She would also recognize and understand that it is fundamentally at odds with free, democratic, secular Western societies and that it is the single greatest threat to Western civilization which exists today.

What happens now Ms. Hussain? Will I be attacked or killed for expressing these views? Will the National Post or any of its staff members be attacked for printing them? That’s what happens under Islam you know.

Religion of peace my foot. What a pile of you know what that is.

Denmark’s justice system on trial, Re: Danish Muhammad cartoon reprinted/Danish cartoonist attacker charged, Al Jazeera English Website, January 19, 2011

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Fifteen newspapers in Denmark, including five major dailies, reprinted a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad which led to Muslim outrage and violence around the world two years ago. A daily newspaper in Sweden also reprinted it. The cartoon was reprinted to protest an alleged murder plot that was recently uncovered against Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist who drew it. A Danish citizen of Moroccan descent and two Tunisians were arrested. The Tunisians will face deportation and the other man has been released and will face preliminary charges. The newspapers have shown great courage in reprinting the cartoon because doing so places them in real danger. Hopefully the Danish justice system will react in kind by actually deporting the Tunisians and prosecuting the other accused to the full extent of the law.

In the meantime, a Somali man is currently on trial in Denmark for attempting to murder Westergaard. He is linked to the notorious Somali Islamist movement Al-Shebab and is also charged with attempted terrorism, attacking a police officer and illegal arms possession, all this as a result of breaking down Westergaard’s front door with an ax, entering his house, screaming that he was going to kill him because he had offended Muhammad and injuring a policeman who responded to the attack. The Somali says he is “a Muslim who follows the precepts of Islam and who prays and goes to the mosque.” There is no doubt that he will be found guilty as there is an overwhelming preponderance of evidence against him.

The real test will come in sentencing. Mohamed Geele, the defendant, faces life in prison when convicted on all the charges. If he is sentenced to anything less it will be a tangible sign that the Danish justice system doesn’t take his actions seriously, that it in fact excuses them and sees Islam as a mitigating factor. On the other hand, if he is sentenced in the harshest possible manner it will be a tangible sign that the justice system takes actions such as his very seriously indeed and that Islam is not seen as a mitigating factor at all. A light sentence would provide no deterrence whatsoever whereas a heavy one might, Islam notwithstanding.

Denmark’s justice system is facing another serious test as well.

Lars Hedegaard, a well respected Danish historian and journalist who is President of the International Free Press Society is being tried for bringing attention to the extensive and disproportionate number of family rapes in areas dominated by Muslims and Islamic culture, which are indisputable, well documented facts. This follows on the heels of a trial last December in which Member of Parliament Jesper Langballe was convicted for hate speech and racial discrimination for calling attention to honor killings in Muslim communities.

Both trials are an abomination and an affront to proponents of free speech and freedom of expression in Denmark and everywhere else too. They have one purpose only, to prevent the discussion of Islam in the public sphere (especially if that discussion is negative in any way) and are an assault on one of our most basic freedoms, the freedom to express ourselves about anything we want to in any way we see fit. They are part of the Islamization of Denmark, Europe and the West and the systematic erosion of the fundamental principles Western societies are built on. The justice system failed miserably in Langballe’s case. It has a chance to redeem itself in Hedegaard’s. 

The outrage and violence that came about because of the original publication of the cartoons two years ago and the threats and intimidation that went along with this disgraceful, barbaric and unwarranted behavior were all part of an effort to stifle and eliminate free speech and freedom of expression in the West that continues to the present day, the events in Denmark being excellent examples. Islamization is a serious and growing threat to Western civilization everywhere and Western values and institutions are under attack by Islam and Islamists throughout the free world, including the United States and Canada. Every time we refuse to be intimidated and exercise our right to express ourselves freely by criticizing Islam, caricaturing Muhammad or doing anything else that Islamists find “offensive” and every time we hold perpetrators of violence legally responsible and refuse to accept Islam as an excuse or mitigating factor we take one more step on the road to survival. Every time we let Islam and the threat of harm control our reaction to events we hasten our demise.

The newspapers in Denmark and Sweden should be commended. Let’s also hope that the Danish justice system throws the book at Geele and the three other Islamists, overturns Langballe’s conviction and tosses the charges against Hedegaard into the garbage where they belong.

Some things are certain, Re: Tunisia’s uncertain impact, Lion’s Den, January 18, 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Exactly how the overthrow of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power will play out is yet to be determined. Three things are certain though.

First, Islamists will try and take advantage of the power vacuum. Even though Ben Ali was an implacable foe of Islamism it was discernable in Tunisia and Islamists there wil try to insert themselves in any new government or take over the government altogether. While they had a peripheral role in overthrowing Ben Ali they are already moving with great speed to exploit the situation. Islamist rhetoric in the public sphere has greatly increased and Ennahda, the leader of Tunisia’s main Islamist organization, will be returning there for the first time since 1989. We can expect to see a much more visible, muscular Islamist presence in Tunisia and a concerted effort to turn it into an Islamic state altogether or at the very least have Islam play a prominent role in the life of the nation.

Second, Ben Ali will be replaced by another strongman, another dictator. The chance of him being replaced by some sort of democratic entity is nil. Dictators who are overthrown in Arabic speaking countries are always replaced by other dictators, even if the chain of events stated off as a popular or people’s revolution. There are no exceptions. That has always been the case in the past and that will be the case in this instance as well. The only question is the amount and scope of Islam in any future government, that’s all.

Third, anti-Israel rhetoric in the Arab world will increase exponentially. We may even see military incursions against her. Dictators throughout the area were taken aback by Ben Ali’s quick and relatively bloodless downfall and fear that the same thing could happen to them. What better way to deflect unhappiness with their own countries ills than to blame Israel for their troubles, to attack her? There is none in the Arab world and attacks on Israel are a foregone conclusion. We’ll also most likely see anti-American rhetoric and attacks on the United States too as the U.S. is the next best target.

The end result of the events in Tunisia is yet to be seen. Some certainties do abound however.

Religious war comes to Canada, Re: Synagogues, school targeted by vandals, Montreal Gazette, January 17, 2011

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Jews in Montreal and the rest of Canada weren’t the only victims of the religious fanatics who vandalized four synagogues and a Jewish school in the early morning hours of January 17. Decent Canadians of all persuasions were victimized too because the vandalism was not only a direct frontal assault on Canadian values like tolerance and pluralism and religious freedom…it was a warning to other religious groups as well. These acts are more than anti-Semitism carried out by simple minded local bigots. They are part of the religious war targeting Christians, Jews and religious minorities that is going on all over the world and have brought a level of planning and organization to Canada that hasn’t been seen before.

If a group of criminals could organize and carry out religiously motivated hate crimes such as these they are certainly capable of conducting the same kind of operation against churches or planting bombs that go off simultaneously in public places or committing other such atrocities. In fact, the coordinated nature of these crimes is a hallmark of al-Qaeda and it is no stretch at all to believe that it or one of its offshoots was behind them. This could easily have been a dry run, with much more serious assaults to come. Make no mistake, the people who did this aren’t garden variety vandals. They are highly skilled, highly motivated, well organized atavists and lunatics who will strike again unless apprehended and dealt with in the severest possible manner within the limits of the law. Their support networks must also be dismantled and all the media generated hatred, bile and disinformation, especially on the internet, also has to be dealt with. Jews may be the first of their victims in Canada but they certainly won’t be the last if Canadians of good heart, good sense and courage don’t stop them in their tracks.

That includes Muslim Canadians. Perhaps especially Muslim Canadians.

Hey Joe, Re: Biden says US ‘not the enemy of Islam’, Pakistan News 24, January 13, 2011

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

During a news conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad earlier this week American Vice President Joe Biden said ” We are not the enemies of Islam and we embrace those who practice that great religion in all our country.”

This is the latest example of the blinders that the current United States administration has on when it comes to the true nature of Islam and the heinous acts that are committed in its name every day all over the world, including in Pakistan and the U.S. itself. There is also of course the serious threat it poses to the very existence of America and the rest of Western civilization. If we are not the enemy of Islam we should be because Islam certainly sees us as its enemy and Islamists everywhere are working very hard to bring about our downfall. That includes individual Islamists (homegrown ones too), Islamic organizations such as al-Qaeda and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Islamic states such as Iran.

Hey Joe, do we embrace Islamic terror, you know, murdering and maiming people in the name of Islam? How about the persecution of Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims that has been going on since Islam came into being 1400 years ago-do we embrace that? Do we embrace Islam’s treatment of women and children? What about Islam’s uncompromising supremacism and unbending imperatives like submission and conquest which have resulted in bloodshed and sorrow from the very beginning? Do we embrace Islam’s attempts to turn the United States and other Western countries into Islamic states and have us all live under its sway? Suicide bombers, sharia, burning churches and synagogues, destroying our hard won freedoms, taking over our streets, creating no go zones for the police and ordinary citizens in our cities, changing laws and customs to accommodate its requirements, Islamization, lawfare, turning us all into unquestioning, unthinking, robotic automatons-that’s what the practice of Islam is really all about…do we embrace those?

Joe, we better not because if we do our way of life will be a thing of the past and we will all be back in the seventh century living under a barbaric, ruthless creed that is the antithesis of the pluralistic, free, democratic, secular society we live in now. Islam is our enemy alright because its very essence makes it so, indeed compels it to be so. The sooner we recognize that and take serious steps to beat back Islam’s attack on virtually everything we stand for and hold dear the better. We’re already much further behind than we should be.

And no, there can’t be any compromise. Islam doesn’t allow compromise.