Daily Archives: December 9, 2005

The War for Civilization

Are we winning the war against ter-ror or more precisely, against the death-cult ideology of extreme hate that employs terror as one of its wea-pons? America, Britain and Israel have all committed significant sums of money to fight back militarily and to ensure civilian safety. However, we must fight another very hot war, one which will ultimately decide whether Western Civilization lives or dies. This is a war we are not winning and some argue that it is a war we have not yet even begun to fight.
I am talking about The Culture War, the war that must be fought to oppose the campaign of lies and propaganda that Islamists and western Stalinists launched against the West, beginning with Israel, arguably anywhere from forty to seventy years ago.
The Culture War is a very hot war: no prisoners are taken, no mercy is shown. And there are now penalties for trying to tell the truth about the danger of jihad or about the barbaric and pathological nature of militant Islam today.
Indeed, if you try to discuss the Is-lamic religious and gender apartheid and its dangerous proliferation into Europe and North America (i.e. there have been honor killings in Cincin-nati, St. Louis, Chicago, Jersey City, Toronto, as well as all over Europe and in the Muslim world), this is what will happen to you: If you tell these truths in the Arab and Muslim world, you’ll be beheaded, probably tortured, certainly jailed, exiled if you are lucky. Many Muslim and Chris-tian dissidents have suffered precisely this fate. There are no more Jews there, as the Islamist Caliphate ren-dered the entire Arab Middle East Judenrein long ago. Try to say this in Europe and you might be butchered, as Theo Von Gogh was, or simply imprisoned in purdah, veiled, or threatened, forced to go into hiding, or honor-murdered as so many Mus-lim girls and women are.
Try to tell the moral tragedy that the United Nations represents, or the even greater tragedy that the word “Palestine” has come to represent objectively — and therefore in a non-politically correct way — on Euro-pean and on North American cam-puses, or on the increasingly left-dominated liberal media airwaves, and you may not be shot on the spot, but you will be slandered and called a “racist” and a “fascist.” I have been called both.
If you are a North American intellec-tual, you may not be imprisoned or beheaded but you will be heckled, mocked, and shunned. You might need security in order to speak. If you’re a feminist, you will no longer be taken seriously as an intellectual, nor will you be “heard.”
Expose the permanent Intifada against Western Civilization and against the Jews and you will be sued and driven into exile, as Oriana Fal-laci has been, or sued and prevented from traveling to certain countries, as Rachel Ehrenfeld has been. You will be sued and silenced in all those pla-ces where you were once published, even lionized. Dare to say that the torturer and genocidal tyrant, Sad-dam Hussein, is on trial today only because of America’s and Iraq’s sacri-fice and their bold vision of democ-racy and you will be called a reac-tionary, a liar, a fool, and the worse epithet of all: a conservative.
Both Western leftists and Islamists brandish many tools against America and Israel in this war. Their first wea-pon is the systematic misuse of lan-guage. Mainstream and liberal news-papers write about “insurgents,” not “terrorists,” whom they describe as “martyrs,” not “killers, and as “free-dom fighters,” not as “well educated evil men.”
Anti-American and anti-Israel dem-onstrators, who are clearly and visibly filled with hate and rage, are de-scribed as “peace activists.” Anti-Semitism is legitimized, while the slightest criticism of Islam is banned because of the disallowance of “Isla-mophobia.” Telling the truth has be-come an offense which is unprotected by free speech doctrines, which in-stead protect the telling of lies.
I was once held captive in Kabul, Af-ghanistan. I experienced, first-hand, what life is like in a Muslim country, one that has never been colonized by the West. I learned that it was both foolish and dangerous to romanticize Third World countries. And I learned first-hand that evil and barbarism exist a priori, and are not caused by western imperialism or colonialism or by the “Zionist entity.” It’s where I also learned to reject the doctrine of multiculturalism, which teaches that all cultures are equal, formerly colo-nized cultures even more so. This leads to isolationism and non-interventionism and condemns mil-lions of civilians to Islamist torture, terror and genocide.
Although, to their credit, a handful of feminist activists and journalists have sounded the alarm, once America invaded Afghanistan these very activ-ists, all Democratic party operatives, swiftly opposed the military routing of the Taliban. And why? Because the expedition had not been undertaken, apparently, with women in mind. It’s as if they did not think that bin La-den’s terrorism kills women too.
I hold the Western academy, including the feminist academy, which has been utterly Palestinianized, respon-sible for failing to expose and con-demn the realities of Islamic gender apartheid. I know feminist graduate students who are busy “deconstruct-ing” the veil, polygamy and arranged marriage as possible expressions of feminist or female power — no differ-ent from the bikini. None have con-gratulated President Bush on his ex-cellent choice of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state and none have given her the slightest credit for her pro-woman, pro-human rights and pro-Israel speeches.
The number of lies being told in the Western academy and among West-ern activists are literally beyond be-lief. Here’s one: Mohammed was rea-lly great to women, especially to one Safiya bint Huyay, whom he married even though she was Jewish. Yes. But first he beheaded her father and her husband and exterminated her entire village. And then he forced poor Safi-ya to convert to Islam before he mar-ried her. This disinformation cam-paign leaves me speechless.
Our own intelligentsia — our profes-sors — are so politically correct and so multiculturally relativist that they refuse to call “barbaric” the act of sto-ning a woman to death because she was raped or because she refused to marry her first cousin. Nor will they denounce subjecting women to geni-tal mutilation and public gang rape as “barbaric.” Nor did American media commentators who showed the Pales-tinian lynching of two Israeli reserv-ists in Ramallah in 2000 describe the event, which they played over and over again, as “barbaric.”
The intelligentsia did not describe what was done to us on 9/11 as “bar-baric” either. Indeed, I know Ameri-can and European intellectuals who are convinced that America and Israel are the greatest barbarians of all, and that we deserved 9/11. According to Islamists and Western academics and journalists, bin Laden is not an “Isla-mo-fascist.” To them, President Geor-ge W. Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon are the “Nazi fascists.”
And then there is that vast industry of Palestinian, Arab League and United Nations-funded-and-distributed doc-tored footage and fake film massacres including fake gun battles and the faked death of Palestinian children at Jewish and Israeli hands. Our Islamist opponents have turned out this pro-paganda nonstop around the world.
As propagandists, they are far more sophisticated than Goebbels, and far more patient. We cannot afford to underestimate their skill at telling Big Lies. Islamists understood that if they funded madrassas in the East and Middle Eastern Institutes in the West — and if they funded the total Pales-tinianization of the United Nations and of every international human rights group — that in thirty to fifty years they would have brainwashed generations to see things their way.
Islam is sacred — it cannot be in-sulted. Imagined slights are as impor-tant as real slights. Lies have as much weight as the truth. Whether Ameri-can military forces did or did not flush a Koran down the toilet does not matter. What matters is that Mus-lims thought they did. No penance is good enough to atone for this crime.
Millions of people have been system
atically brainwashed against America, against Israel, against Jews, against women and against the Western con-cept of truth, objectivity, truth-telling, and independent thinking. All are under siege.
We have a serious fifth column in our midst, one that has made common cause with Islamists against us, one that has been well funded by Arab oil billionaires for more than forty years. And George Soros too — a fifth col-umn general who, for a variety of rea-sons, has actually been leading the cultural war against the West. They are fools, but they are dangerous fools. Do they think they will be spa-red because they are so politically correct? Do they think they would enjoy the same freedom of speech in Mecca or Tehran that they enjoy in the West?
What must we do in the face of this tyrannical threat? We must rescue language. It must bear some relation-ship to the truth and morality. Every-thing is not relative. It is not all “Rashomon.” We must not allow our media or aca-demics to continue to insist that Islam is not the problem, but that even if it is, that we cannot say so, lest we be deemed racist. We must teach the history of jihad against infidels, and the history of how infidels (Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Zoro-astrians) were treated under Islam. We must insist that criticism of Amer-ica and Israel be balanced, not patho-logical, obsessive and cult-like as it is now. We must insist on civility in public discourse. We must model it for the coming generations.
We must fund seriously a collective effort to combat vulgar lies and vilifi-cation, the propaganda against us which has brainwashed countless generations. We need a War Room effort to coun-ter the Big Lies. We need international radio and television channels to edu-cate people. We need to teach people about intellectual diversity and toler-ance. This country has birthed two signifi-cant waves of feminism. We must now take that feminist vision global. We need our foreign policy to contain serious provisions about women’s rights abroad. Otherwise, democracy cannot and will not evolve or flourish in Muslim countries.
The way I see it, everything is at sta-ke. This is a time when we must all be heroes. We must all stand up to evil in our lifetime. We must acknowledge that Islamist terrorism is evil and has no justification. We must teach this to our children. We must support Mus-lim and Arab dissidents in their fight against Islamic tyranny and gender apartheid. We can do this. We must do this. Ot-herwise, we will die, and our history and our values and our entire way of life will die with us. If we fail, we will betray all that we believe in as a free people.

La Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D., is the author of thirteen books including the just-released Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Do About It.” She can be reached through her website (www.Phyllis-Chesler.com).

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Ahmadenijad: “I saw a vision while I was at the UN”

Very important video.

And very dangerous: the speaker (a woman), hmm, looks like she understand people have voted this dangerous extermist:

We know: for pacific use only…
Cox&Forkum.

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Mounties bring Khadr scion home


Abdullah Khadr has been called everything from a fugitive to a suicide bomber to a terrorist-training camp instructor. But in reality, he says, he is far less interesting.
“I was never in al-Qaeda,” the 24-year-old said this afternoon, in his first published interview since returning to Canada last week.
“I don’t have a problem with anybody,” he said. “Why should anybody have a problem with me?”
“I don’t have a problem with anybody,” he said. “Why should anybody have a problem with me?”
The Canadian citizen, who was raised in Afghanistan, described himself simply as an aspiring businessman, currently walking in borrowed running shoes, as he tries to get his life back together. He was escorted back to Canada last Friday by an RCMP agent, he says, after being detained for the past 14 months in a Pakistani jail.
Mr. Khadr argues he was wrongfully imprisoned, alleging Canadian and U.S. agents were complicit in his ordeal, which he said included beatings and sexual humiliation at the hands of his Pakistani jailers. His captors, he said, asked about top al-Qaeda figures as well as many Canadian Muslims, including such notable former al-Qaeda suspects as Maher Arar, Abdullah Almalki, the El-Maati brothers and, of course, his infamous father, Ahmed Said Khadr.
Apart from his father, who was killed as a top terrorism suspect in Pakistan in 2003, the other Canadian suspects have all been released to live freely in Canada after suffering their own harrowing ordeals in overseas jails. Abdullah Khadr’s own post-9/11 story is similar, and adds some more layers of grey to his the ongoing saga of his so-called “al-Qaeda family” and those who knew them.
There have been many misunderstandings, said Mr. Khadr, not the least of which being his one-time reputation as a terrorist training camp instructor.
“Instructor? Instructors have to be very, very inside,” he said, insisting that he only spent about a two-weeks at a training camp when he was about 13 years old. “I wasn’t interested in that stuff, I was more interested in cars.”
The Khadr family story is a sprawling one, but one with a simple beginning. A fundamentalist father moved his family to Afghanistan during the 1980s mujahedeen battle against the Soviet invaders. While the family got to know Osama bin Laden, top al-Qaeda lieutenants, and various violent zealots, the Khadrs insist they limited themselves to helping orphans.
“I don’t know if my father did any military work,” Abdullah Khadr said Thursday.
But intelligence agencies allege the family was in the thick of things during al-Qaeda’s formative years, and the family was hunted during the U.S. invasion that followed the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The family headed to Pakistan, but one by one, the four Khadr brothers were arrested.
Only Omar Khadr, 19, remains in jail. He is Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and has recently been charged with murder of a U.S. soldier killed in a 2002 gun battle with Afghan militants.
Abdurahman Khadr, 22, was allowed to return to Canada from Cuba, after co-operating with his captors. A third brother, 15-year-old Abdul Karim, came back to Canada crippled as a result of the battle that killed his father. During this period, family members made comments supporting al-Qaeda in a 2003 CBC TV documentary.
As for Abdullah, he laid low in Pakistan, before his arrest in the fall of 2004.
“Wrong time, wrong spot,” he said, adding he was picked up by Pakistani agents who moved to arrest a man he was with. “I was never in al-Qaeda and I do not support all — some — of all they are doing.”
While he said he likes the idea of Muslims living together in a single nation, civilians should never be killed for that purpose.
After his capture, he said, he was hooded, beaten and not allowed to sleep. He said his captors threatened to rape him with a stick. He said his captors laughed when he told them he wanted to go to the Canadian embassy.
Canadian and U.S. agents asked him questions he said, but never took part in the abuse. He said he was transferred to another jail in Pakistan, where he was visited by both consular officials and CSIS agents named “Mike and Bob.” He said he wasn’t free to speak of any mistreatment because Pakistani officials were always present.
During the whole time, he said he was never charged with any crime.
This month, he said he was let go, accompanied back to Canada by a RCMP officer on the flight to Toronto. He said the Mountie he was travelling with lent him his cellphone to call his family once he arrived in Toronto. They were overjoyed to see him come home
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Now, aren’t this guys really dhimmies???? What a peaceful guy: he wants to live with all the Muslims in a Nation (then why he don’t go to Pakistan and stay there for ever? He would be living in a Muslim Nation them, ehhh??? And oh, yes, he is the most peaceful guy you can meet in your entire life: his father was a majhideen fighting in Afghanistan, All his three brothers have been in prison for their connections with Al-Qaeda (one of them is in Guatanamo accused of killing a soldier) and the other three have made statements in television supporting Al-Qaeda. AND HE CONTINUES SAYING, WITHOUT CRITIZING HIS FAMILY, THAT THEY ARE PEACEFUL GUYS!!!!


Do you think I am idiot, boy???

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Liebermann, a democrat with long-term vision

This is a great article written by Liebermann, that I really recommend to everyone. It appeared on WSJ.

Our Troops Must Stay
America can’t abandon 27 million Iraqis to 10,000 terrorists.
BY JOE LIEBERMAN Tuesday, November 29, 2005 12:01 a.m. EST
I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood–unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.
Progress is visible and practical. In the Kurdish North, there is continuing security and growing prosperity. The primarily Shiite South remains largely free of terrorism, receives much more electric power and other public services than it did under Saddam, and is experiencing greater economic activity. The Sunni triangle, geographically defined by Baghdad to the east, Tikrit to the north and Ramadi to the west, is where most of the terrorist enemy attacks occur. And yet here, too, there is progress.
There are many more cars on the streets, satellite television dishes on the roofs, and literally millions more cell phones in Iraqi hands than before. All of that says the Iraqi economy is growing. And Sunni candidates are actively campaigning for seats in the National Assembly. People are working their way toward a functioning society and economy in the midst of a very brutal, inhumane, sustained terrorist war against the civilian population and the Iraqi and American military there to protect it.
It is a war between 27 million and 10,000; 27 million Iraqis who want to live lives of freedom, opportunity and prosperity and roughly 10,000 terrorists who are either Saddam revanchists, Iraqi Islamic extremists or al Qaeda foreign fighters who know their wretched causes will be set back if Iraq becomes free and modern. The terrorists are intent on stopping this by instigating a civil war to produce the chaos that will allow Iraq to replace Afghanistan as the base for their fanatical war-making. We are fighting on the side of the 27 million because the outcome of this war is critically important to the security and freedom of America. If the terrorists win, they will be emboldened to strike us directly again and to further undermine the growing stability and progress in the Middle East, which has long been a major American national and economic security priority.

Before going to Iraq last week, I visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel has been the only genuine democracy in the region, but it is now getting some welcome company from the Iraqis and Palestinians who are in the midst of robust national legislative election campaigns, the Lebanese who have risen up in proud self-determination after the Hariri assassination to eject their Syrian occupiers (the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Hezbollah militias should be next), and the Kuwaitis, Egyptians and Saudis who have taken steps to open up their governments more broadly to their people. In my meeting with the thoughtful prime minister of Iraq, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, he declared with justifiable pride that his country now has the most open, democratic political system in the Arab world. He is right.

In the face of terrorist threats and escalating violence, eight million Iraqis voted for their interim national government in January, almost 10 million participated in the referendum on their new constitution in October, and even more than that are expected to vote in the elections for a full-term government on Dec. 15. Every time the 27 million Iraqis have been given the chance since Saddam was overthrown, they have voted for self-government and hope over the violence and hatred the 10,000 terrorists offer them. Most encouraging has been the behavior of the Sunni community, which, when disappointed by the proposed constitution, registered to vote and went to the polls instead of taking up arms and going to the streets. Last week, I was thrilled to see a vigorous political campaign, and a large number of independent television stations and newspapers covering it.
None of these remarkable changes would have happened without the coalition forces led by the U.S. And, I am convinced, almost all of the progress in Iraq and throughout the Middle East will be lost if those forces are withdrawn faster than the Iraqi military is capable of securing the country.
The leaders of Iraq’s duly elected government understand this, and they asked me for reassurance about America’s commitment. The question is whether the American people and enough of their representatives in Congress from both parties understand this. I am disappointed by Democrats who are more focused on how President Bush took America into the war in Iraq almost three years ago, and by Republicans who are more worried about whether the war will bring them down in next November’s elections, than they are concerned about how we continue the progress in Iraq in the months and years ahead.
Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America’s bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.
The leaders of America’s military and diplomatic forces in Iraq, Gen. George Casey and Ambassador Zal Khalilzad, have a clear and compelling vision of our mission there. It is to create the environment in which Iraqi democracy, security and prosperity can take hold and the Iraqis themselves can defend their political progress against those 10,000 terrorists who would take it from them.

Does America have a good plan for doing this, a strategy for victory in Iraq? Yes we do. And it is important to make it clear to the American people that the plan has not remained stubbornly still but has changed over the years. Mistakes, some of them big, were made after Saddam was removed, and no one who supports the war should hesitate to admit that; but we have learned from those mistakes and, in characteristic American fashion, from what has worked and not worked on the ground. The administration’s recent use of the banner “clear, hold and build” accurately describes the strategy as I saw it being implemented last week.

We are now embedding a core of coalition forces in every Iraqi fighting unit, which makes each unit more effective and acts as a multiplier of our forces. Progress in “clearing” and “holding” is being made. The Sixth Infantry Division of the Iraqi Security Forces now controls and polices more than one-third of Baghdad on its own. Coalition and Iraqi forces have together cleared the previously terrorist-controlled cities of Fallujah, Mosul and Tal Afar, and most of the border with Syria. Those areas are now being “held” secure by the Iraqi military themselves. Iraqi and coalition forces are jointly carrying out a mission to clear Ramadi, now the most dangerous city in Al-Anbar province at the west end of the Sunni Triangle.
Nationwide, American military leaders estimate that about one-third of the approximately 100,000 members of the Iraqi military are able to “lead the fight” themselves with logistical support from the U.S., and that that number should double by next year. If that happens, American military forces could begin a drawdown in numbers proportional to the increasing self-sufficiency of the Iraqi forces in 2006. If all goes well, I believe we can have a much smaller American military presence there by the end of 2006 or in 2007, but it is also likely that our presence will need to be significant in Iraq or nearby for years to come.
The economic reconstruction of Iraq has gone slower than it should have, and too much money has been wasted or stolen. Ambassador Khalilzad is now implementing reform that has worked in Afghanistan–Provincial Reconstruction Teams, composed of American economic and political experts, working in partnership in each of Iraq’s 18 provinces with its elected leadership, civil service and the private sector. That is the “build” part of the “clear, hold and build” strategy, and so is the work American and international teams are doing to professionalize national and provincial governmental agencies in Iraq.
These are new ideas that are working and changing the reality on the ground, which is undoubtedly why the Iraqi people are optimistic about their future–and why the American people should be, too.

I cannot say enough about the U.S. Army and Marines who are carrying most of the fight for us in Iraq. They are courageous, smart, effective, innovative, very honorable and very proud. After a Thanksgiving meal with a great group of Marines at Camp Fallujah in western Iraq, I asked their commander whether the morale of his troops had been hurt by the growing public dissent in America over the war in Iraq. His answer was insightful, instructive and inspirational: “I would guess that if the opposition and division at home go on a lot longer and get a lot deeper it might have some effect, but, Senator, my Marines are motivated by their devotion to each other and the cause, not by political debates.”

Thank you, General. That is a powerful, needed message for the rest of America and its political leadership at this critical moment in our nation’s history. Semper Fi.

Mr. Lieberman is a Democratic senator from Connecticut.

I understand why he is firm candidat to be the next Secretary of Defense.

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