Archive for September 1st, 2006

“The Waiting Game” by Victor Davis Hanson

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Hezbollah’s black-clad legions goose-step and stiff-arm salute in parade, apparently eager to convey both the zeal and militarism of their religious fascism. Meanwhile, consider Hezbollah’s “spiritual” head, Hassan Nasrallah — the current celebrity of an unhinged Western media that tried to reinvent the man’s own self-confessed defeat as a victory. Long before he hid in the Iranian embassy Nasrallah was on record boasting: “The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win because they love life and we love death.”

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad trumps that Hitlerian nihilism by reassuring the poor, maltreated Germans that there was no real Holocaust. Perhaps he is concerned that greater credit might still go to Hitler for Round One than to the mullahs for their hoped-for Round Two, in which the promise is to “wipe” Israel off the map.

The only surprise about the edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf that has become a best seller in Middle Eastern bookstores is its emboldened title translated as “Jihadi” — as in “My Jihad” — confirming in ironic fashion the “moderate” Islamic claim that “jihad” just means “struggle,” as in an “inner struggle” — as in a Kampf perhaps.

Meanwhile, we in the West who worry about all this are told to fret instead about being “Islamophobes.” Indeed, a debate rages over the very use of “Islamic fascism” to describe the creed of terrorist killers — as if those authoritarians who call for a return of the ancient caliphate, who wish to impose of 7th-century sharia law, promise death to the Western “crusader” and “Jew,” and long to retreat into a mythical alternate universe of religious purity and harsh discipline, untainted by a “decadent” liberal West, are not fascists. It is almost as if Alfred Rosenberg has returned in a kaffiyeh to explain why Jews really are apes and pigs, and why we must recapture the spirit of our primitive ancestors.

Next, in the manner that Hitler was to be understood as victimized by the Versailles Treaty, so too we hear the litany of perceived grievances against the Islamic fascists — George Bush, the West Bank, Gaza, or now Lebanon. But does anyone remember that bin Laden quip, four years before 9/11, when Mr. Bush was still governor of Texas: “Mentioning the name of Clinton or the American government provokes disgust and revulsion.”

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Amnesty Int’l redefines ‘war crimes’

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Take a moment to read this article by Alan Dershowitz concerning how far Ammesty International is willing to go in order to demonize Israel.

The two principal “human rights” organizations are in a race to the bottom to see which group can demonize Israel with the most absurd legal arguments and most blatant factual mis-statements. Until last week, Human Rights Watch enjoyed a prodigious lead, having “found” – contrary to what every newspaper in the world had reported and what everyone saw with their own eyes on television – “no cases in which Hizbullah deliberately used civilians as shields to protect them from retaliatory IDF attack.”
Those of us familiar with Amnesty International’s nefarious anti-Israel agenda and notoriously “suggestible” investigative methodology wondered how it could possibly match such a breathtaking lie.
But we didn’t have to wait long for AI to announce that Israel was guilty of a slew of war crimes for “widespread attacks against public civilian infrastructure, including power plants, bridges, main roads, seaports, and Beirut’s international airport.”
There are two problems with the Amnesty report and conclusion. First, Amnesty is wrong about the law. Israel committed no war crimes by attacking parts of the civilian infrastructure in Lebanon.
In fact, through restraint, Israel was able to minimize the number of civilian casualties in Lebanon, despite Hizbullah’s best efforts to embed itself in population centers and to use civilians as human shields. The total number of innocent Muslim civilians killed by Israeli weapons during a month of ferocious defensive warfare was a fraction of the number of innocent Muslims killed by other Muslims during that same period in Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Algeria, and other areas of Muslim-on-Muslim civil strife. Yet the deaths caused by Muslims received a fraction of the attention devoted to alleged Israeli “crimes.”
This lack of concern for Muslims by other Muslims – and the lack of focus by so-called human rights organizations on these deaths – is bigotry, pure and simple.

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Hizbullah: We’re arming for second round

Friday, September 1st, 2006

But wait, I thought that Syria was going to keep them from getting arms…

Hizbullah representative in Iran Muhammad Abdullah Sif al-Din, said Wednesday that Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has a new strategic plan to rearm ahead of the “next round against Israel .”
In an interview with the Iranian news agency Fars, al-Din said: “No one can promise us that Israel won’t attack again. Whoever lives as a neighbor to the Zionist regime is in danger and must not save any effort to obtain all of the means to defend himself. We are convinced that there still danger and the situation has not yet been solved. We must, all the time, prepare ourselves for self-defense and to plan for the next stage.” (Just a reminder that it was Hezbollah who started it by kidnapping the Israeli soldiers in an attack from Lebanon into Israel. -ed.)
Regarding UN Resolutions 1559 and 1701, calling for, among others, the disarmament of Hizbullah, Sif Al-Din said that his organization had no intention of disarming, as the issue was an internal Lebanese one.
“From the perspective of the parliament and government in Lebanon , Hizbullah is not a military militia, but a resistance force. Therefore, the clause in resolution 1559 (calling on the disarmament of armed militias – D.C.) can’t include Hizbullah. The Lebanese agreed among themselves that Hizbullah’s disbanding is an internal issue and should be solved among one another,” he said.

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Lebanese PM: “Aid won’t go to Hezbollah” and Annan: “Syria Promises to Enforce Arms Embargo on Hezbollah”

Friday, September 1st, 2006

OK, I have finally been able to stop laughing hysterically, dry the tears from my eyes and continue typing. These guys need to go into stand-up comedy. They say this stuff with straight faces and never miss a beat. They are truly the crux of modern comedy.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The United States, Europe and the Gulf states pledged nearly $1 billion Thursday to help Lebanon recover from a crippling war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas, doubling the amount sought by an international donors’ conference.
Critics said it would be difficult to sidestep Hezbollah when delivering aid to southern Lebanon.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fuad Saniora told delegates that 15 years of postwar development had been wiped out by “Israel’s deadly military machine” in a matter of days. The direct damage of the conflict was in the “billions of dollars,” while the indirect cost including lost tourism and industry revenue would cost billions more, Saniora said.
He praised donors for their generosity and rejected suggestions that the aid would be a boost to Hezbollah.
“This idea, that it will be siphoned in one way or another to Hezbollah is entirely, completely, a fallacy,” he said.

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DAMASCUS, Syria — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Syria would step up border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah.
Syria will increase its own patrols along the Lebanon-Syria border, and establish joint patrols with the Lebanese army “when possible,” Annan said after meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

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Yeah right!!

Pinocchio and friends converted to Islam

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Of all the crazy things I’ve heard…this one gets really close to the top of the list!!

Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories on the Turkish school curriculum.
“Give me some bread, for Allah’s sake,” Pinocchio says to Geppetto, his maker, in a book stamped with the crest of the ministry of education.
“Thanks be to Allah,” the puppet says later.
In The Three Musketeers, D’Artagnan is told that he cannot visit Aramis. The reason would surprise the author, Alexandre Dumas.
An old woman explains: “He is surrounded by men of religion. He converted to Islam after his illness.”
Tom Sawyer may always have shirked his homework, but he is more conscientious in learning his Islamic prayers. He is given a “special treat” for learning the Arabic words.
Pollyanna, seen by some as the embodiment of Christian forgiveness, says that she believes in the end of the world as predicted in the Koran.
Heidi, the Swiss orphan girl in the tale by Johanna Spyri, is told that praying to Allah will help her to relax.
Several more books have been altered, including La Fontaine’s fables and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.
The clumsy insertions by Islamic publishing houses have caused controversy in Turkey, which has been a strongly secular state since the 1920s.
Other books contain insults, slang and rude rhymes which mock the president and the prime minister.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is Turkey’s first Islamic premier, has called for swift action to be taken against the publishers.
The education ministry has threatened to take legal action against any publisher which continues to issue such books.
Huseyin Celik, the education minister, said: “If there are slang and swear words, we will sue them for using the ministry logo.”

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“The Unlearned Lesson of Katrina” by Robert Tracinski

Friday, September 1st, 2006

As an emergency radio communicator during Katrina, I saw first hand the results of years of entitlement. Thousands of people who had no idea what they were going to do. They weren’t taught to find solutions, but only to wait until someone from the government told them what to do. Actually, many of them didn’t even care if the government told them what to do, as long as they had a free place to live and a fee check.
Now before people jump on me about this, yes, there were many people I saw who were being proactive and attempting to find a solution to the problem. They were there only as long as it took to put their lives back to normal. But they were the minority.
We have an entire generation of people who only know entitlement.
Most people have no idea what actually happened at places like “Reliant City” in Houston. I was there. I know what happened.
Most people were grateful for what they got. They knew people were sacrificing and working hard to help them. These people are the ones who will succeed.
But many were not grateful. The spirit of entitlement traveled with them. They voiced it in contempt of the food offered, the lack of things they wanted (as examples, beer and entertainment) and the way the process worked.
Katrina showed me that life long entitlement does not work. I hope our government figures that out too, but I’m not optimistic.

In the press coverage of the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we expect a fair bit of the usual throwing around of blame for political advantage, but to my surprise that has not been the main theme of the coverage (though Ted Kennedy couldn’t resist a crudely partisan tirade). Instead, the dominant theme of the anniversary coverage is what is not being mentioned. Having reported the wrong story about the flooding of New Orleans one year ago, the press is trying to protect its distortion by excising from history the events that gave many Americans their greatest shock.
What shocked many of us was not the hurricane itself, nor the response of the federal government–outrage against the Bush administration was cultivated later. What shocked us first was the response of the people of New Orleans themselves: the immediate looting, the collapse of the city government as demoralized local police walked off the job in the middle of an emergency, and the thousands of people wallowing in squalor while demanding that someone else come to help them. These are the facts that the mainstream media has downplayed or just plain ignored.

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Frank Rich and company claimed that people were trapped in New Orleans because they had been abandoned for decades by a stingy government that denied them an adequate level of welfare handouts. In fact, New Orleans received a higher per-capita rate of federal welfare spending than most cities–a full 78 percent more than the national average–and the districts hardest hit by the flooding contained some of the city’s largest public housing projects. The welfare state had showered its largesse on New Orleans, but with what result?
In fact, the disaster in New Orleans was caused, not by too little welfare spending, but by too much. Four decades of dependence on government left people without the resources–economic, intellectual, or moral–to plan ahead and provide for themselves in an emergency.

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