Archive for January 29th, 2008

Turkey Warns EU Against Becoming ‘Club of Christians’

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Maybe we should just go ahead and rename it the ACEU (Anti-Christ European Union).

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan warned the European Union against becoming a “club of Christians” as he pushed Saturday for Ankara’s membership in the bloc.

“If the EU finds itself as a club of Christians…. it is against the very soul of the EU,” Babacan told reporters on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

EU heavyweights France and Germany are both opposed to full Turkish membership, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been particularly vocal on the issue, arguing that the mainly Muslim country does not belong in Europe.

Babacan regretted that the issue of religion had apparently become a factor in the debate on Turkey’s accession.

“Religious lines should never be presented as a border,” he said, adding that the current 27-nation composition of the European bloc already contained “huge differences” in terms of culture, religion and language.

“Yet, these countries have been successful to find communality,” he said.

“At the end of the road, the decision has to be made over whether Turkey is going to add new richness to the EU, so that the EU has a truly global voice and a truly representative voice,” he added.

Babacan also argued that allowing Turkey into the EU would allow the bloc to act as a bridge between the West and the Islamic world.

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The Big List: Female Teachers Having Sex with Students

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

WorldNetDaily has published a comprehensive list of the teachers involved sexually with their students.

Here is a list of the teacher ‘sexpidemic’ cases WND has documented where female teachers have been accused, or convicted, of assaulting students:

Read the whole list here.

Palestinian State Temporary Ruse to Destroy Israel

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

This philosophy is straight out of the Koran:
“Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”
-Koran 47:34
Can we actually doubt what the pali terrorist have in mind for Israel? Can we actually doubt what they have in mind to do from their new “country”? No we cannot.

JERUSALEM – The Palestinian goal of a Palestinian state is just a temporary ruse until “all of Palestine” can be “liberated,” declared a leader speaking yesterday on the official television network of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization.

Saleh Raafat, a member of the executive committee of Abbas’ Palestine Liberation Organization, was interviewed on PA television about the death last weekend of infamous terrorist leader George Habash, who strongly opposed signing peace agreements with Israel.

In comments screened by WND, Raafat told his interviewer: “Habash was a very positive Palestinian leader who used democratic tools to express opinions. He disagreed with [late PLO leader Yasser] Arafat regarding the present temporary vision of a Palestinian state, but he never used weapons to express his disagreement.”

Raafat said the Palestinians would accept “22 percent of Palestine” as a “temporary and not permanent” state until “all of Palestine” can be liberated.

While Raafat described Habash as “democratic” and as “never” using weapons, Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has carried out scores of notorious deadly terrorist attacks. Raafat was speaking as part of a mourning series on PA television for Habash, the PFLP leader who died in Jordan at the age of 81.

Habash’s PFLP gained notoriety in 1970 for hijacking four Western airliners over the U.S., Europe, the Far East and the Persian Gulf. The aircraft were blown up in the Middle East after passengers and crews disembarked. The PFLP in 1972 then gunned down 27 people at Israel’s Lod airport.

The PFLP continues operating from Syria, Jordan and the West Bank. More recent attacks include scores of deadly shootings against Israelis, the 2001 assassination of Israeli tourism minister Rechavam Zeevi and suicide bombings on an Israeli highway and in Tel Aviv’s well-known Karmel Market.

According to Israeli security officials, the PFLP is the Palestinian terror group most proficient in carrying out successful drive-by shooting attacks.

Habash also led the second-largest faction of the PLO, next to Yasser Arafat’s. Habash strongly opposed interim agreements with Israel and throughout his life advocated terror attacks against the Jewish state. Arafat numerous times said peace accords signed by Israel were part of a “phased plan” for the ultimate destruction of the Jewish state.

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“Saddam Testimony Vindicates Iraq Invasion” by Jack Kinsella

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Up until 2003, the general consensus among Western intelligence agencies was that Saddam surrounded himself with ‘yes-men’ who told him what he wanted to hear and misled him into believing he had stockpiles of non-existent weapons.

We reported on October 7, 2004: “they got the situation exactly backwards. It was Saddam who kept his generals in the dark. Saddam was actually micro-managing Iraq’s weapons policies and kept even his most loyal aides from gaining a clear picture of what was going on — and, more important, not going on — with the program. . .”

“Saddam was convinced that the UN sanctions – which stopped him acquiring weapons – were on the brink of collapse and he bankrolled several foreign activists who were campaigning for their abolition.

He personally approved every [Oil-For-Food voucher]. Saddam focussed on Russia, France and China – three of the five UN Security Council members with the power to veto war. Politicians, journalists and diplomats were all given lavish gifts and oil-for-food vouchers. . . .

Russia, France and China — all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — were the top three countries in which individuals, companies or entities received the lucrative vouchers. ”

What I want you to pay attention to, almost as much as the content, is the publication date — October 7, 2004. The information itself came from the Iraq Survey Group, headed by Charles Duelfer, who reported the ISG’s findings to the Congress.

Why is that important? Because for the past four years, the politicians, media pundits, political activists and bloggers on the Left have built their worldview around the mantra, “Bush Lied, People Died.”

In the process, they’ve managed to convince a lion’s share of the American public, and the majority of the global public, that the President of the United States knew in advance of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq that Saddam did NOT have WMD and invaded anyway to seize control of Iraqi oil.

This week, CBS “60 Minutes” — perhaps recognizing that it can do the Bush administration no more damage — let the cat of the bag officially, so to speak, running an interview with George Piro, the FBI interrogator who spent nearly seven months questioning Saddam Hussein after his capture.

Piro gained Saddam’s confidence by convincing him he was a high-ranking official of the Bush administration who answered directly to President Bush. Piro became Saddam’s new best friend by ‘smuggling’ him treats like writing materials, snacks and extra toiletries.

That, and the fact that Piro is of Arab descent and spoke perfect Arabic, eventually convinced Saddam to open up to his interrogator.

Saddam told Piro that he was running a bluff because he was certain the US would not invade. Saddam expected something more along the lines of the 1998 four-day aerial attack dubbed “Operation Desert Fox”.

Piro told 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley, “He survived that one and he was willing to accept that type of attack.”

According to Piro, Saddam wanted Iran to believe he had nuclear weapons because he feared an Iranian attack. If he admitted to the West that he didn’t, the US and its allies might stand down, but he was convinced that Iran would seize the moment and launch their own invasion.

Evidently, Saddam was less worried about his chances with the Americans than he was with the Iranians. Saddam fooled Western intelligence because he convinced even his top generals that Iraq had both a stockpile of WMD and an ongoing nuclear program.

Saddam knew that Western intelligence had compromised his military high command and that they were feeding the West information, so he constructed this elaborate ruse to maintain the fiction.

Saddam still wouldn’t admit he had no weapons of mass destruction, even when it was obvious there would be military action against him because of the perception he did. Because, says Piro, “For him, it was critical that he was seen as still the strong, defiant Saddam. He thought that [faking having the weapons] would prevent the Iranians from reinvading Iraq,” he tells Pelley.

I told you earlier to pay attention to that particular OL’s publication date — not to pat myself on the back — the Duelfer Report wasn’t exactly a secret — but to make the following point.

For almost four years, the Left has been constructing an edifice upon which to run this November — “Bush Lied, People Died.” I’ve amused myself during the Democratic presidential debates by listening to the various candidates compete for the title of “Most Anti-American”.

(John Edwards) “I was against the war from the beginning.” (Barak Obama) “Oh, yeah? I’ve been against the war since BEFORE the beginning.”

But my favorite is Hillary Clinton’s slogan, “It’s time we had a leader in the Oval Office that will tell the truth to the American people.”

In 2003, it was at least possible to argue that Bush knew something nobody else did — because nobody actually knew anything to the contrary. The ISG’s Duelfer Report plugged that loophole in 2004.

The effort to paint President Bush as a war-mongering liar, a global thief intent on swiping oil from a defeated Iraq, and a loose cannon on the deck of Good Ship America by America’s own elected officials, was a carefully crafted, deliberate lie — a transparent one, but a lie, nonetheless.

I knew (and therefore, so did you) that it was a lie in 2004 — while the Democrats were still calling the Bush coalition “a coalition of the bribed, coerced and extorted.”

And if I knew, then you can bet your bottom dollar that the Democrats knew it, too. (I don’t get regular briefings from the Senate Intelligence Committee — they do)

Still, this is how Jay Rockefeller, [D-W. Va] and co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee characterized it in 2004:

“Despite the efforts to focus on Saddam’s desires and intentions, the bottom line is Iraq did not have either weapon stockpiles or active production capabilities at the time of the war. In short, we invaded a country, thousands of people have died, and Iraq never posed a grave or growing danger.”

Rockefeller knew the truth in 2004. And it IS the truth. Saddam had little reason to lie to Piro about how he fooled the West — or why.

Duelfer told the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004: “The Iranian threat was very, very, palpable to him [Saddam], and he didn’t want to be second to Iran, and he felt he had to deter them. So he wanted to create the impression that he had more than he did.”

That is exactly what Saddam told Piro.

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How the Relief Money to Palestinians is Being Used

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

I ran across a couple of interesting facts about the Palestinians. Here’s the first one.

Pali Motorcycle

The caption reads:
“A Palestinian smiles as he returns to Gaza with his new motorcycle, bought in Egypt, at the border between Egypt and Gaza, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. Hamas-backed militants driving bulldozers knocked down more Egyptian border fortifications on Friday in a brazen challenge to Egyptian forces who are trying, with little success, to gradually reseal the breached border using human chains, dogs and water cannons. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)”

Now one might be tempted to ask “Where did a person from a country that is 100% dependent on international aid for it’s survival, get the money to buy a very expensive new motorcycle?”
Not to jump to conclusions, but in a country that depends 100% on aid from the international community for it’s continued survival, what are the odds that this person earned enough money, through honest means, to purchase this motorcycle. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. Only he and God know for sure. But wouldn’t the money have gone to better use feeding his family or giving it to the 99% of the Palestinians who are starving to death. Oh yeah, about the starving to death thing, check this out:

Gaza buried in flour

The Boston Globe has just run an op-ed under the headline “Ending the Stranglehold on Gaza.” The authors are Eyad al-Sarraj, identified as founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, and Sara Roy, identified as senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. The bias of the op-ed speaks for itself, and I won’t even dwell on it. But I do want to call attention to this sentence:

Although Gaza daily requires 680,000 tons of flour to feed its population, Israel had cut this to 90 tons per day by November 2007, a reduction of 99 percent.

You don’t need to be a math genius to figure out that if Gaza has a population of 1.5 million, as the authors also note, then 680,000 tons of flour a day come out to almost half a ton of flour per Gazan, per day.

A typographical error at the Boston Globe? Hardly. The two authors used the same “statistic” in an earlier piece. They copied it from an article published in the Ahram Weekly last November, which reported that “the price of a bag of flour has risen 80 per cent, because of the 680,000 tonnes the Gaza Strip needs daily, only 90 tonnes are permitted to enter.” Sarraj and Roy added the bit about this being “a reduction of 99 percent.”

Note how an absurd and impossible “statistic” has made its way up the media feeding chain. It begins in an Egyptian newspaper, is cycled through a Palestinian activist, is submitted under the shared byline of a Harvard “research scholar,” and finally appears in the Boston Globe, whose editors apparently can’t do basic math. Now, in a viral contagion, this spreads across the Internet, where that “reduction of 99 percent” becomes a well-attested fact.

What’s the truth? I see from a 2007 UN document that Gaza consumes 450 tons of flour daily. The Palestinian Ministry of Economy, according to another source, puts daily consumption at 350 tons. So the figure for total consumption retailed by Sarraj and Roy is off by more than three orders of magnitude, i.e. a factor of 1,000. No doubt, there’s less flour shipped from Israel into Gaza–maybe it’s those rocket barrages from Gaza into Israel?–but even if it’s only the 90 tons claimed by Sarraj and Roy, it isn’t anything near a “reduction of 99 percent.” Unfortunately, if readers are going to remember one dramatic “statistic” from this op-ed, this one is it–and it’s a lie.

Sarraj is a psychiatrist, but his co-author, Sara Roy, bills herself in her bio as a “political economist.” Her research, the bio reports, is “primarily on the economic, social and political development of the Gaza Strip.” You would think someone with this claim to expertise would know better than to copy some impossible pseudo-statistic on the consumption of the most basic foodstuff in Gaza. Indeed, in a piece she wrote a decade ago, she herself put Gaza’s daily consumption of flour at 275 tons. Did she even read her own op-ed before she sent it off to Boston’s leading paper? If she did, what we have here is a textbook example of the difference between a “political economist” and an economist.

“An American Woman Held Captive in Afghanistan” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

UPDATE: The kidnapped American, Cyd Mizell, belongs to a church in Mechanisville, Virginia. She played the keyboard and sang at Sunday services. Her church, the Atlee Community Church, is planning a prayer service for her and may be contacted at (804) 730-3676.

The East is much wilder than the Wild West of yore and once again, an infidel “do-gooder,” 49 year-old Cyd Mizell, who taught English and embroidery to Afghan girls and women and helped them with “income-generating” projects , has been kidnapped in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Mizell worked for the Asian Rural Life Development Foundation. The fact that she wore a burqa and spoke Pashto did not keep her safe. The Afghan government is currently hunting for her and her 35 year-old driver, Hadi Mahdi, but as yet, no group has taken responsibility or issued any demands.

Kidnappings are a permanent way of life in this part of the world; they are undertaken for ransom and revenge, out of lust, when one is in need of a domestic or sexual slave, and as a form of communication with one’s enemies, be they intimate or foreign. In short, one violently takes what one covets or requires. There is no prohibition against doing so.

Once, long ago, I was held captive and kept in fairly posh purdah in Afghanistan. Whenever I would escape, my Afghan husband would beg me to keep my “adventurousness” in check lest it lead to my being kidnapped (yet again) and to his subsequent “shame and ruin.” Actually, he terrified me with tales about other wives who had been kidnapped and raped which, in one instance, led to a husband’s suicide.

Westerners and other infidels have, notoriously, been captured , albeit by strangers and not by husbands, in the Wild East before. Barbary Pirates attacked shiploads of Europeans and sold the male captives into slavery and the female captives into harems. The blonde French-Carribbean mother of a future Sultan was brought to Turkey in chains. Such kidnappings were so commonplace that both Mozart and Rossini featured the theme in their respective operas, Abduction from the Seraglio and An Italian in Algeria.

But people have forgotten all this. We are infinitely susceptible to the faux-photograpic moments created by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (who gave us the Mohammed al-Dura and Darkness-in-Gaza hoaxes) . And, we remain in a deep sleep —a veritable coma—in terms of this larger historical narrative.

Thus, for the record, let me remind us that Britain’s notorious convert to Islam, Yvonne Ridley, was once kidnapped and briefly held by the Taliban in Aghanistan. Even they released her rather quickly—but that brief experience led Ridley to convert and to publicly and aggressively become a champion for Islam, Jihad, and Palestine in the West. When I debated her on al-Hurrah, she wore a version of Lawrence-of-Arabia headggear which would have led to her arrest for male impersonation had she been living in Mecca, not London.

More recently in Afghanistan: in separate and serial incidents, Red Cross and other humanitarian aid workers, journalists, photographers, and construction workers from Germany, Italy, France, and Columbia, as well as Christian missionaries from South Korea were kidnapped, and either killed or ransomed. Sometimes, their Afghan drivers and bodyguards were be-headed “Arab” style.

Many “infidels” (the phrase is not mine) have been kidnapped by jihadists in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Some (Daniel Pearl, Nicholas Berg) have been grusomely be-headed on video; some (Margaret Hassam) have been forced to beg for their lives on video before they were killed. After extended ordeals, infidels have also been ransomed by their governments or employers.

Today, infidels dare not travel without a driver and a bodyguard in this part of the world. They remain high-profile targets, even if they are grassroots aid workers trying to comfort and aid the civilians who have been caught in the cross-fire of history and war.

Must I remind us that American diplomats were once held hostage in Teheran for 444 days in 1979-1980? Of course, America’s critics insist that such jihadic and Islamist gestures are essentially due to American foreign policy.

I respectfully disagree. Kidnappings are part of the indigenous barbarism of the region and long pre-date any outside presence or influence. In fact, more Muslims are kidnapped by Muslims (and blown up as well) than infidels are. War (intra-family, and between families, tribes, and nations) is a permanent way of life here.

Perhaps Mizell will simply be used for propaganda purposes and released just in order to tell the world how kind her captors really were.

In a brilliant Orwellian move, the provincial governor, Asadullah Khalid, described Mizell’s kidnapping as “against Afghan culture” and described her kidnappers as “the enemy of Islam and the enemy of Afghanistan.” Of course, he is also right. Perhaps his words will lead to a popular religious uprising against her kidnappers. I rather doubt it.

Cyd Mizell is not a soldier or a missionary. She is a ministering angel, just the kind of quiet, grassroots, politically correct “do gooder” that so many western critics of the West seem to admire. Perchance, are they planning to ransom her with private monies? Or, will they merely launch one of their famous Petitions, this time directly addressed to the Taliban, to explain that Mizell is one of the “good” Americans, not one of the crusader-imperialists? Such distinctions make no difference. Appeals to mercy or reason rarely work.

But for Mizell’s sake, I hope I am wrong.

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Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the well known author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness (1972) and The New Anti-Semitism (2003). She has just published The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan), as well as an updated and revised edition of Women and Madness. She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women’s studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and lives in New York City. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
We are delighted to have Dr. Chesler as a contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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