Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Freedom Fighter of the Year Award

The Freedom Fighter's Journal is proud to announce its first ever "Freedom Fighter of the Year" award.

This was a difficult call with so much heroism displayed daily by so many in the world who oppose the tyranny of Islam in the Third World War; however, the award will go to Ayaan Hirsi Ali who was raised in one of most reactionary and backward Muslim countries, yet was able to escape to Holland where she became an activist, author, politician and script writer for the movie, "Submission," which spoke volumes about the iron yoke of Islam where many Muslim women are treated little better than cattle by their men.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali now lives in the United States where she is in the process of writing a book that exposes more of the evil that is Islam.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (pronunciation (help·info); Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan 13 November 1969[1] in Mogadishu, Somalia) is a Dutch feminist and politician, daughter of the Somali warlord Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent and often controversial author, film maker, and critic of Islam (e.g., she wrote the film Submission). She was a member of the Tweede Kamer (the Lower House of the States-General of the Netherlands) for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) from January 30, 2003 until May 16, 2006. The affairs surrounding her citizenship of the Netherlands indirectly led to the fall of the Second cabinet Balkenende. Hirsi Ali currently works at the American Enterprise Institute, a centre right American think tank. In 2005 she was named in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Persons of the World.[2

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Please File Complaints Against Islam Here

Complaints against Islam?

I feel like a mosquito at a nudist convention -- Where do I start?
My own personal disagreement with Islam is that the Muslims want to kill me and take control of my country -- The United States of America.

So please inform CAIR of all Muslim outrages against Infidels anywhere in the world.

Also, tell them Ronbo, the Infidel Zionist Crusader, sent you.

Liberty and Culture In Iraq

Liberty and Culture in Iraq

by Jason Pappas

John Agresto, former president of St. John’s College’s Santa Fe campus, served as a senior advisor in Iraq from September 2003 to June 2004 and has kept in close contact with friends and colleagues since he left. He describes the situation in Iraq in the journal, Academic Questions, of the National Association of Scholars, of which he is on the board of advisors. He was eager to help his country bring democracy to Iraq by helping to establish educational institutions appropriate to a liberal order. He tried to reopen and reform Iraqi Universities. He describes his quixotic quest: (Academic Questions, Vol. 19, No. 3, page 37)

“[W]e talked all the time about freedom and democracy. Yet we had precious little knowledge of how to bring a stable, mild, moderate, middle-class, and above all free democracy to Iraq. We had, it seemed, scant idea as to what made our own democracy lasting and liberal. Other than holding elections and writing some kind of constitution, we had little idea as to what kind of civic institutions might precede democracy, what character a people might need to have to make democracy work, or what kind of political institutions were needed to make democracy just. We acted as if democracy were natural—just get rid of the tyrant, hold elections, and look: a democracy.”Agresto explains the lack of understanding of their Iraqi culture and religion is familiar terms to the readers of this blog:

“We generally have a benign view of religion. We always insist that those who kill infidels or torture in God’s name have somehow ‘hijacked’ their religion. We consistently failed to understand that not all religions have the same view as we do of peace, of brotherhood, or of justice. Islam in general, and parts of Islam in particular, are not post-Enlightenment faiths. But why would they be? We desperately kept looking for the supposed ‘moderates’ among the clergy in Iraq. Moderate as compared to what? Just because we believe that God wants everyone to enjoy equal rights, or that killing Jews or stoning apostates is wrong, doesn’t mean that our beliefs are shared in other faiths.We have so tamed and, in a sense, marginalized religion in the West that we consistently underestimate its ferocity and strength. … we didn’t, I think, realize, the attraction of extremism and fanaticism, especially among the youth, and especially among a people who have so little stability and order in their lives. We don’t understand either killing for God or dying for God. But others do.”He believes the problem wasn't mistaken policies or mismanagement, although he describes that in detail. The problem is something that simple management can't address. He reiterates that we “misunderstood religion, we misunderstood human nature, we misunderstood the prerequisites of liberty and liberation, we misunderstood democracy.”

He notes Iraqis fight oppression, not to establish universal liberty, but to be the new oppressor. He explains the difference between Iraq and the nations we defeated in WWII and why Iraq is less suitable for such a transformation. He sees the imposition of “medieval Islamic law under the protection of a new constitution” that will be illiberal and dangerous to world peace. Finally, he worries that Iran’s influence is all but unstoppable.
Despite all that he says we can’t leave anytime soon. And he contrasts Kurdish success with Arab failure. The above is just a brief description of some of the important points. In reading the interview I kept thinking of the paragraph on my masthead that I’ve had for the last two years. Liberty is the end-result of a long and difficult cultural and philosophical evolution.

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The Death Of The Tyrant Saddam

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Thus Always to Tyrants








and reliably dead!!!


Excellent Coverage and More Video:

Fox News: Still More Video Coverage:

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Ding Dong! The Witch is dead.
Which old Witch?
The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead.
She's gone where the goblins go,Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know The Wicked Witch is dead!
Mayor: As Mayor of the Munchkin City, In the County of the Land of Oz, I welcome you most regally.
Barrister: But we've got to verify it legally, to see
Mayor:To see?
Barrister: If she..
Mayor: If she?
Barrister: Is morally, ethiclly
Father: No.1: Spiritually, physically
Father No. 2: Positively, absolutely
Munchkins: Undeniably and reliably Dead
Coroner: As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her. And she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead.
Mayor: Then this is a day of Independence For all the Munchkins and their descendants
Barrister: If any.
Mayor: Yes, let the joyous news be spread The wicked Old Witch at last is dead!

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Friday, December 29, 2006

A Russian Flying Pig Moment

No, I'm not making fun of their N1 rocket again, you know, that's the one due to a bolt getting sucked into a fuel pump led to the greatest explosion in the history of rocketry that also destroyed the entire launch facility 110 East or the R-16 disaster that not only killed a crapload of their technical personnel but a couple of hundred visiting dignitaries too.
No, today we go back to a much simpler time, well before the heady days of Sputnik and Vostok, and back to what can only be literally called a flying pig moment in the great and checkered history of the Soviet Space program.
Step one, the passenger(s) must drink heavily.
Some Russian traditions never go out of style!

Homeless Tyrant Saddam To Hang Today?

I mean what does the poor bum have to live for?
He lost his empire and is reduced to living in a tiny room in a public housing shelter with absolutely no chance for employment ever again as a tyrant in the tight job market for that vocation in the Middle East.
I'm sure this will be viewed as a mercy killing.
Maliki wants it done by Sunday, but like Ed says, we wouldn’t transfer him to the Iraqis unless the execution was imminent. The risk of someone on their side tipping the jihadis to his whereabouts or even trying to bust him out themselves is too great. Baghdad is eight hours ahead of us; don’t be surprised if there’s big breaking news this afternoon a little after 4 p.m. eastern time.


Bush Is Both Saint and Sinner

I would imagine a poll of Lincoln would have came up with nearly the same results in the middle of the U.S. Civil War.

I think history will show Bush the same favor it did Lincoln.

Bush Voted Top Villain and Hero of 2006
Britney Spears Selected as Worst Celebrity Role Model

WASHINGTON (Dec. 28) - Bad guy of 2006: President Bush. Good guy of 2006: President Bush. When people were asked in an AP-AOL News poll to name the villains and heroes of the year, Bush topped both lists, in a sign of these polarized times.
A Hat tip:
Hojas Blog (Denmark)

NYT: Why The Rush To Hang Saddam?


Saddam is a former tyrant and mass murderer with millions of dead, wounded and missing victims as a result of his decades long holocaust of terror and war.

So why would anyone want to string up such a fine altruist with dispatch after only three years of the judicary process in Iraq even if it was a flawed, politicized and divisive trial according to the NYT?

But at least THE NEW YORK JIHADIST TIMES is not giving away state secrets today.

It could have, but it didn’t. After a flawed, politicized and divisive trial, Mr. Hussein was handed his sentence: death by hanging. This week, in a cursory 15-minute proceeding, an appeals court upheld that sentence and ordered that it be carried out posthaste. Most Iraqis are now so preoccupied with shielding their families from looming civil war that they seem to have little emotion left to spend on Mr. Hussein or, more important, on their own fading dreams of a new and better Iraq.

The Rock Worshippers Of Islam

The Muslims hate the pagans...Why?

There is a rock that to this day is worshipped as being somehow inhabited by or connected in a special way to God. The rock is supposedly a black meteorite, although the story has it that the rock was removed and replaced repeatedly since very ancient times and the structure, the pagan Ka’bah, which became the Palladium of Islam, that is supposed to house it has been repeatedly rebuilt. In any case, at one time back in the Stone Age, a rock fell to earth and the superstitious locals began worshipping it as some sort of deity. Perhaps they thought it was a Sacred Turd from the butt of the Sky Spirit.


The Black Hat Cafe: Where Anarchy Rules!

Visit The Black Hate Cafe: A place where anarchy rules and a fact is something to be faced, but not for very long.

Thursday, December 28, 2006


This coming from the guy who made up "Deep Throat" during the Watergate scandal.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In an interview never before published, former President Gerald Ford said President Bush and his chief advisers "made a big mistake" with their justifications for the Iraq war.

Ford made the comments in a four-hour interview in 2004 with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

Woodward is famous for being part of the writing duo who exposed the Watergate scandal, which led to Ford becoming president.
The truth at Free Republic:

So Ford DID support the war in Iraq. I knew that Woodward was lying. It's not the first time and it won't be the last.

The real story and commentary:

Liberty First, Football Second

Duty, Honor, COUNTRY!
Welcome aboard, Freedom Fighter!
Woods, one of the Terps' top offensive linemen, has contacted military recruiters, and the Montgomery County Police Department has contacted Woods. He will play the last football game of his college career Friday against Purdue in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. It was a decision he secretly made before the start of the season - while daydreaming one day in a summer class - and one he said he will not regret.

"I always wanted to serve my country," said Woods, who will turn 23 on Jan. 27. "I think freedom is an amazing thing. I love what this country stands for. I want to give back for what we have. There's no other high for me."


Excellent Video On Islamonazi CAIR

Fascism on the march in America thanks to CAIR.

The Video:

If Down Try:

What Is Islam?

But for those who want to know more about The Religion Of The Sword summarized in a few paragraphs:

What is Islam? First we must distinguish between the ideology, Islam (philosophy) and the demographic group, Muslims (sociology.) As an ideology, Islam is understood by studying the ideas and their origin. Islam is an imperialist supremacist political ideology created by a 7th century warrior who conquered and oppressed. Given its time and place of origin, the ideology is underwritten by a supernatural metaphysics and an epistemology of faith and revelation. Formally, this makes it a religion as well as a political creed.
The complete article:

The Heroic Intellectual: The Late Great Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci: When I try to talk about you, here in Tehran, people lock themselves in a fearful silence. They don't even dare pronounce your name, Majesty. Why is that?
The Shah: Out of an excess of respect, I suppose.
Fallaci: I'd like to ask you: if I were an Iranian instead of an Italian, and lived here and thought as I do and wrote as I do, I mean if I were to criticize you, would you throw me in jail?
The Shah: Probably.

Don't Provoke The Muslims!

Sign Of The Times

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Somalia: "Something Happening Here...."

Though 98% Muslim and long without a functioning government, southern Somalia has not, so far, ripened into the fully fledged terrorist threat that many have feared it would. This week, however, as Ethiopia engaged Islamist Somali militiamen, Somalia became the site of a nascent regional war. The primary combatants are Somalia's secular Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is internationally recognized and politically supported by the U.S., and the Islamist "Islamic Courts Union" that holds sway on the ground. They are backed militarily by two fierce rivals, Ethiopia and Eritrea, respectively. The military balance appears indeterminate. Ethiopia has deployed 15,000 to 20,000 troops in Somalia. Eritrea has provided arms to the Islamic Courts militias and sent only about 2,000 troops to support them; but the Islamic Courts hold more territory than the TFG and have greater indigenous assets and popular support. Even if Somalia does not become a terrorist redoubt, it could become a potent fount of regional geopolitical instability and perhaps the next "field of jihad" unless diplomatic attention is rallied to rescue the situation.

The Old Hangman Meets The Young Hangman

...And may God have mercy on his wicked soul.
The Iraqi High Tribunal's appellate chamber on Tuesday upheld Saddam Hussein's death sentence in the Dujail massacre case, Judge Aref Shaheen announced.

Shaheen said the court's decision was the final word in the case.

The toppled Iraqi dictator's execution must take place before January 27, Shaheen said. Iraqi law requires a death sentence to be carried out within 30 days.

British Operation Sinbad Crushes Basra Gangsters

Well done, Tommy Atkins!

The British Army kicks Muslim butt and takes names in southern Iraq.

And pay no attention to the armchair generals and Personal Computer warriors.

British/Iraqi Troops Storm Milita Gangster Dominated Basra "Police" Station

The British let this cancer fester for far too long. And while they freed 127 victims -- many showing signs of real torture, like crushed hands -- the perpetrators had mostly fled when they stormed in.

The complete article:

Yet another military defeat for Islam...

Gone are the days when the armies of "The Prophet" could smash empires and conquer miilions of square miles for the "Greater Glory of Islam." Today even a small backward African nation can overrun a Muslim country with dispatch.
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia government soldiers, joined by troops from neighboring Ethiopia, advanced toward Somalia's capital Tuesday as Islamic fighters dug in and promised a "new phase" in the war _ a chilling pronouncement from a movement that has threatened suicide attacks.

Somalia called on the Council of Islamic Courts militias, bloodied by a week of artillery and mortar attacks, to surrender and promised amnesty if they lay down their weapons, government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Onward Christian Soldiers

Poorly armed Muslim fighters wait for advancing Ethiopian armor and troops.

The Christian soldiers of Ethiopia smash the Muslims of Somalia.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Islamic fighters attempting to wrest power from Somalia's internationally recognized government retreated from the main front line early Tuesday, witnesses said, a day after Ethiopian fighter jets bombed the country's two main international airports.

Troops loyal to the Council of Islamic Courts withdrew more than 30 miles to the southeast from Daynuney, a town just south of Baidoa, the government headquarters.

The Islamic forces also abandoned their main stronghold in Bur Haqaba and were forming convoys headed toward the capital, Mogadishu, residents in villages along the road told The Associated Press by telephone.


Islamophobia Is Good For You

*Click to enlarge and see a classic Islamophobic picture that exists only in the mind of the Infidel.

In reality the Runnymede Trust has neatly defined many important aspects of Islam.

This definition, from the 1997 document 'Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All' is widely accepted, including by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.
The eight components are:
1) Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
2) Islam is seen as separate and 'other'. It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
3) Islam is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.
4) Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism and engaged in a 'clash of civilisations'.
5) Islam is seen as a political ideology and is used for political or military advantage.
6) Criticisms made of the West by Islam are rejected out of hand.
7) Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.
8) Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural or normal.
For a summary of the 1997 report, see here

The Animal Rights Terrorists & Friends

Muslim Congressman Ellison And The Republic

A Muslim cannot serve both the American Republic and Allah.

Speaking in Dearborn late Sunday night, the first Muslim elected to Congress told a cheering crowd of Muslims they should remain steadfast in their faith and push for justice.(JUSTICE??? hmmmmmmmm, in the quran this has a specific meaning)


Three Cheers For Freedom Fighter Boxer!

I hope Senator Boxer's statement is a turning point for the Democratic Party's support for CAIR.
Welcome Aboard, Senator Boxer, You CAIR

For years, many of us have been warning about the true nature of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and that it is a terrorist-support organization and not a group dedicated only to defending the civil rights of America’s Muslims. As a minimum, CAIR has been unabashedly dedicated to the imposition of Sharia law in the United States and to pooh-poohing the idea that Muslims took part in 9/11.

Freedom Fighter Nick Griffin of Great Britain

The time has come to give recognition to Mr. Nick Griffin of the United Kingdom. He is the leader of the British National Party (BNP), which is growing right wing movement that advocates a strict immigration policy and the end to multiculturalism. This stand quite understandably has not made Griffin popular with the Leftists and Muslims in Britain, so unpopular in fact that they encouraged the authorities to use the law against "racism" to silence him. The result was two trials in 2006 that were both won by Griffin.

What was the terrible crime committed by Griffin that so enraged the Left, Muslims and the legal system in Britain? He said in public that Islam was a “wicked, vicious faith” — Shock! Horror! O The Humanity! This said by Mr Griffin several years after 9/11 when Muslim terrorists displayed to any Doubting Thomas anywhere in the world that Islam was indeed, "wicked, vicious faith" to put it mildly, that was after the destruction of Western Civilization, in particular one of the major "Infidel" nations of the world - Great Britain.

The entire affair, which was a "win-win" situation for the Griffin (If Griffin had lost, the governing authorities in Britain would have been under intense fire for restriction of freedom of speech) has boosted his popularity and that of the BNP, a once fringe political movement that today is making serious inroads into the membership of both Conservative and Labour parties in large measure because of its uncompromising stand against unrestricted immigration and the appeasement of Muslims by the authorities.

Are You Happy Now, Leftists?

U.S. toll in Iraq surpasses that of 9/11

The Man Who Invented Kwanzaa

The real story of the creation of a holiday that you won't hear from the Leftist MSM.

The Monster Who Made Up Kwanzaa

As the leaves fall and November fades into December our sentimental hearts turn naturally from Thanksgiving to America’s second and only purely American seasonal observance – Kwanzaa. Real Americans love Kwanzaa because Kwanzaa is the funniest “holiday” ever invented. The creator of Kwanzaa may have been certifiably insane when he patched Kwanzaa together; you can decide that for yourself. Here is the history.

Once upon a time there was a little black boy named Ron N. Everett who was born the fourteenth child of a Baptist minister on a poultry farm in Maryland. By the late 1950s young Ron Everett had groped his way to California and attended some classes at Los Angles Community College. By the mid-60s he was touting himself as a “cultural nationalist,” which was Ron’s way of distinguishing himself and his followers from the Black Panther Party gang who were then parroting Maoist Marxist rhetoric. Ron Everett, self-described “cultural nationalist,” awarded himself the lofty title “maulana,” which means “master teacher” in Swahili, and gathered around him a following of unsophisticated young blacks. He adopted the African last name of Karenga. By 1969 Karenga’s gang was calling itself United Slaves and was gearing up to challenge the Black Panther Party gang for domination of the spanking-new Afro-American Studies Center at UCLA. Karenga’s gang and the Panthers each backed opposing candidates for the chairmanship of the Center. Both gangs began sporting firearms on the California campus. The clueless liberal university administration turned a blind eye to the on-campus arms buildup.

The Black Student Union, by contrast, had a better sense of the urgency of the situation and sought to parley a peace between the two camps of ideological rivals – that is, the Black Panthers and the guy whom the New York Times was preposterously calling Ron Ndabezitha Everett-Karenga.

I Want You To Wake Up, America!

Awesome Video:

Monday, December 25, 2006


The best Christmas picture of the season comes from India

Students join sand sculpture artists to create a 30-meter-long (100-foot-long) Santa Claus sculpture on the Puri golden beach, in the Indian state of Orissa on the eve of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006. Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

Terrorist Bloppers

Who says the Muslims don't have a sense of humor?

The Great Moderate Muslim Discovered!

"For some time past, though at intervals only, the unaccompanied, secluded White Whale had haunted those uncivilized seas mostly frequented by the Sperm Whale fishermen. But not all of them knew of his existence; only a few of them, comparatively, had knowingly seen him; while the number who as yet had actually and knowingly given battle to him, was small indeed. For, owing to the large number of whale-cruisers; the disorderly way they were sprinkled over the entire watery circumference, many of them adventurously pushing their quest along solitary latitudes, so as seldom or never for a whole twelvemonth or more on a stretch, to encounter a single news-telling sail of any sort; the inordinate length of each separate voyage; the irregularity of the times of sailing from home; all these, with other circumstances, direct and indirect, long obstructed. "-- from Moby Dick

Those who hunt "The Great White Whale" of moderate Islam can be at rest -- He has been discovered in France.
Malek Chebel, a renowned anthropologist focusing on the Arab world, is one of today's prominent French-speaking North African intellectuals. In 2004, he established, in France, the Foundation for an Enlightened Islam. Chebel has published some 20 books on Islam, in which he has frequently dealt with sensitive and uncommon subjects, such as love in Islam: He claims that Islam is a sensuous religion and condemns the strict fundamentalist approach to relations between men and women. He has also tackled such taboos as wine and homosexuality in Islam. His publications include a Love Dictionary of Islam (Plon, 2004) and an Encyclopedia of Love in Islam (Payot, 1995). His other main focus is reform of Islam, to which he has dedicated two major books: Islam and Reason: The Struggle of Ideas (Perrin, 2005), and Manifesto for an Enlightened Islam (Hachette, 2004). In his Manifesto for an Enlightened Islam (Manifeste pour un islam des lumières), Chebel puts forth 27 proposals for extensively reforming Islam. He turns to the values of the 18th-century European Enlightenment for guidance, when rationalism and secularism guided the drive towards cultural, social and political progress. Chebel's first two propositions set the principles of reform: a new interpretation of the Koran, and the preeminence of reason over creed. However, he dismisses atheism, noting that "nothing very important is achieved outside the framework of religion." [1] Chebel calls for putting an end to violence in the name of Islam; for renouncing Jihad, which is, in his eyes, immoral; for abolishing all fatwas calling for death; and for abolishing Islamic corporal punishment. Chebel stands against female genital mutilation and for banning slavery and trafficking in human beings in the Arab world; for strict punishment of the perpetrators of honor crimes and for promoting the status of women.


The Lost Guide of Reason

The word from the philosopher-Journalist:

Robert W. Tracinski, editor of The Intellectual Activist, has taken a public stand that makes clear the gulf between his thinking and the philosophy of Objectivism that he had previously claimed to espouse. He recently states in Part 3 of his position, "What Went Right?" that "every thinking man who does honest work in his own field is our ally and is helping to move civilization forward. The work of such men is not mere cultural 'momentum' from a previous era, but an active addition to human knowledge and achievement. And whatever their philosophical errors, in their professional work these men are creating valid and important ideas that do change the course of events."Counterpoint: Such men are today working in a philosophical vacuum. Unless a philosophy of reason salvages our culture and civilization, civilization cannot move forward and the work of such men will be for nought. Their work will constitute the rubble of a civilization that committed suicide because it rejected a fully consistent philosophy of reason. "But philosophy does not and cannot dictate the content of a specialized field."


The Oldest Mosque In America

The first Mosque in the USA was founded in 1934.

Today we have 15 Mosques in Central Florida alone with upwards of 40,000 Muslims milling around in the Orlando metro area.

Everyone of them is a potential suicide bomber.

The term "Muslim-American" is an oxymoron.

Mother Mosque "We're Americans with dreams and aspirations."

Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa--Not far from the banks of the Cedar River and the concrete silos of the Quaker Oats plant, in a working class neighborhood adorned with Christmas lights and American flags, sits the oldest mosque in North America. Founded in 1934, and admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, it's not what you think of when you think of a mosque. There is no lofty minaret, no balcony for the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer. There is, however, a place of worship that most resembles a one-room schoolhouse--a single-story, white clapboard box with plain black shutters. If it weren't for the crescent-topped green vinyl dome and the canopy above the entrance bearing the words "The Mother Mosque of America: Islamic Cultural & Heritage Center," one might easily mistake it for a modest, if not meager, Pentecostal church, which indeed it was for a brief stint in its history before being abandoned altogether. A young boy on a bicycle cuts through the well-kept grounds of the mosque without giving it a second thought; he drops the bike and runs into a house across the street with Christmas decorations in the window. Just then, Imam Taha Tawil, a jovial man in his late 40s wearing khakis and a polo shirt, comes out to greet me: "Mr. Michael! You made it! Welcome! Welcome!" he says. "I hope my directions weren't too hard to decipher!" I don't tell him I've been driving around the neighborhood for a good 30 minutes, half-lost, half-exploring--a few blocks away I came across the Jesus Church, a limestone building with a boarded-up bell tower that flies a banner saying simply, "Jesus Will Save You." As Imam Tawil and I approach the mosque I can just make out the words higher up on the green dome: "There is only Allah (God alone) to be worshiped, and Muhammad is his messenger." I wonder which came first, the Jesus Church's banner or the Mother Mosque's dome?

But I'm not here to talk about any miniature clash of civilizations, etc. On the contrary, I'm here, at the invitation of Imam Tawil, to talk about something remarkable: the rebirth of the oldest mosque in North America and the Muslim-American community that made it happen. "We've been here for four and now five generations," says Imam Tawil, pointing to a panoramic black-and-white photo of dozens of early settlers; the picture dates to 1936 and shows an imam and priest, both of Middle Eastern descent, proudly shaking hands in the center. "We're as old as the oak trees in Iowa," he continues. "We're part of the fabric of this great state. We're Americans with dreams and aspirations." Many of the earliest Muslim settlers came to Cedar Rapids in the late 19th century from what is now Lebanon to work the farmland and raise crops of their own. As the community grew, it needed a permanent place to worship. Despite the hard times of the Great Depression, the local Muslim community pooled its resources and the "Mother Mosque" was dedicated on June 16, 1934. Sixteen young men from the Muslim community here served their country in World War II; two of those men never made it home. Since then, Muslim-Americans from eastern Iowa have served their country in nearly every major military conflict. "At least 20 members of the community are currently enlisted in the military," says Imam Tawil. "Several are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq right now." Cedar Rapids is now home to Muslims from some 30 countries, including Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq. After the 1991 Gulf War, dozens of Iraqi families--mainly Shiites who rose up against Saddam--found refuge here. Today, of the 700 Muslim families who call eastern Iowa home, more than 50 are from Iraq. "Nearly all of these refugees are striving to become U.S. citizens," says Imam Tawil, who emigrated from Jerusalem in 1983 and became a U.S. citizen in 1990. A Palestinian by birth, he says, "I have never had citizenship anywhere else but America. Every time I vote I feel so proud because I didn't have this right in my home country." Around the same time that he became a U.S. citizen, Imam Tawil set out to renovate and restore the Mother Mosque. The building, which had gone vacant after housing a Pentecostal church and a teen center, was purchased in 1990; renovations began in 1991 and a grand opening was held in February 1992. The mosque serves mainly as a cultural and historical center since a modern Islamic Center was completed in 1971. "Our main goal is to educate the public about Islam," says Imam Tawil. Part of this education process was the founding, in the early 1990s, of the Linn County Inter-Religious Council. "We started the council to promote understanding and respect for all faiths," says Cedric Lofdahl, who retired as the pastor of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in 1998. "Taha was very much involved. I'll never forget it. He said, 'It may be too late for our generation but we need to be talking together and understanding each other for the sake of our children.'"

That dialogue, says Pastor Lofdahl, helped the residents of Cedar Rapids deal with their grief and better understand the nature of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. "Because we had spent a lot of time together trying to educate the community regarding various faiths, and because we had become acquainted with people from the mosque, our immediate reaction was concern for those people." Imam Tawil agrees. "Our outreach to the community--because we shared in the community's happiness and sadness--these things helped us after Sept. 11." Both men say they remember flowers and cards and letters of support being dropped off in front of the Mother Mosque in the days after 9/11. "We are blessed with a community here that understands our endeavors and knows our struggles," says Imam Tawil, as he prepares to leave his little office in a little mosque that has witnessed great things. Mr. Judge, a freelance journalist, is an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Terrorism In The KORAN

Terrorism is nothing new for Muslims, because its founder, Muhammad, was a terrorist in addition to all his other crimes who advocated the destruction of all Christians and Jews, the Infidels
Don't believe me, fellow Infidel?
Read the "sacred" words of "The Prophet" yourself and decide.

quran 3.149 - O ye who believe! if ye obey those who disbelieve, they will make you turn back on your heels, and ye turn back as losers.
quran 3.151 - We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust.
quran 5.51 - O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

New Infantry Rifle & Ammunition Still On Hold.

It hasnt been cancelled, it's just been shelved for a while. The army decided that it wasn't enough benefit replacing all those M16 types with a new rifle and having to deal potential teething issues, and they are totally right - you don't want to be in a place like Iraq (or Iran) with M16A1 or SA80A1 issues. I wouldn't call it a waste, the project has only been frozen and I'll still expect it to brought in at some point in the future. It's a beauty (I got an airsoft replica), and I share the US army's distain for bullpups.

New Rifle M8 (if adopted)

The XM8 (M8 if it's adopted) assault rifle is a proposed replacement for the current M16 rifle and M4 carbine, the standard infantry weapons in today's US military. The XM8 action is based upon the Hechler & Koch G36, a tried and true infantry weapon with a reputation for toughness and reliability. The XM29 OICW, which combined both an assault rifle and a smart grenade launcher, turned out to be too heavy, fragile, and expensive. The rifle part of the XM29 was adapted to become the XM8. The smart grenade launcher part of the XM29 is being developed separately as the XM25.


New Round 6.8mm (if adopted)

The U.S. Army is pretty serious about adopting a new caliber bullet for its infantry weapons. Now is the time to do it, as a new infantry rifle, the XM-8, is moving quickly through field testing. The proposed new caliber is 6.8mm (also known as .270). Officially, it's the 6.8mm Remington SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) Special Forces troops were the first to use 6.8mm ammo in combat, and they were impressed with it's better (than 5.56mm bullets) ability to take down enemy troops. This should be no surprise, as the 6.8mm round is based on the 19th century 30-30 round. The 6.8mm round is a modified 30-30 caliber round based on the Remington 30 cartridge (first introduced in 1906). The 30-30 is a rimless round first designed for lever action rifles. Most of those lever action rifles you see in cowboy movies are 30-30s. The 30-30 round is still popular with deer hunters because of its ability to bring down deer (of up to about 400 pounds) or wild pigs (up to 300 pounds) at common hunting ranges (100-150 meters) without producing a lot of recoil, or requiring a heavy rifle. The 6.8mm round has a bullet that's about 40 percent lighter than 30-30 rounds, but about twice as heavy as the current 5.56mm bullet. The superior hitting power can be seen in comparing muzzle energy (1158 foot pounds for the 5.56mm bullet versus 1793 for the 6.8mm round.) At 500 meters it's 338 versus 600 foot pounds. This means that, out to about 600 meters, the 6.8mm round has about the same impact as the heavier 7.62mm round used in sniper rifles and medium machine-guns.

The M1A?

So with SOCOM adopting the FN SCAR rifle, the USMC sticking with the M16A4 and the US Army canceling the XM8 project ("This action has been taken in order for the Army to reevaluate its priorites for small caliber weapons, and to incorporate emerging requirements identified during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Government will also incorporate studies looking into current capability gaps during said reevaluation."), what does everyone think is next? Something in 6.8mm? A return to 7.62mm? Sharks with frickin' laser beams on thier foreheads? It seems a real possibility that 5.56mm is finally on the way out.

MERCS:The Dogs of War

The Western response to Islamic "stateless" terrorists: The well organized and high tech MERCS: The Dogs of War. These are bold and heroic professional warriors who take the battle between barbarism and civilization to the sewers of the Third World.
Stateless warfighting organizations are all the rage these days. From Al Qaeda to Blackwater, they come in all shapes and sizes and pursue all varieties of ends. Consider: Al Qaeda is an organization funded by a Saudi tycoon's heir, and exists to pursue strategies that are wholly outside the realm of policies of any given state. Indeed, it seeks to topple the governments of many states in the Middle East, from which it draws many of its recruits and funding.

The Mahdi Army is a large, subnational Iraqi militia of something on the order of 30,000. It gives loyalty to a Shi'ite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, whose motives are suspect to say the least. Does he merely desire to defend Shi'ites, or does he wish to seize power in Iraq?

Now shift gears a bit and consider Blackwater, the world's foremost private security company. A recent article in the Weekly Standard described its capabilities:
*A burgeoning logistics operation that can deliver 100- or 200-ton self-contained humanitarian relief response packages faster than the Red Cross.
*A Florida aviation division with 26 different platforms, from helicopter gunships to a massive Boeing 767. The company even has a Zeppelin.
*The country's largest tactical driving track, with multi-surface, multi-elevation positive and negative cambered turns, a skid pad, and a ram pad for drivers learning how to escape ambushes.
*A 20-acre manmade lake with shipping containers that have been mocked up with ship rails and portholes, floating on pontoons, used to teach how to board a hostile ship.
*A K-9 training facility that currently has 80 dog teams deployed around the world. Ever wondered how to rappel down the side of nine stacked shipping containers with a bomb-sniffing German shepherd dog strapped to your chest? Blackwater can teach you.
What's the purpose of this organization? In a nutshell, the Standard article reports that it is "supporting humane democracy around the world."
What is the future of the relationship between states and such stateless warfighting organizations as those mentioned above? Why might states come to rely more and more upon stateless proxies? Here are a few reasons:
1. A lack of other means: Many states lack the means to perform their own security effectively. This lack can be manifested in a variety of ways: Some states may not have access to the force-multiplying effects of technology; others may not have the funding to provide for standing forces, in which case proxy forces can offer their services in what is essentially a lease-like arrangement; finally, some states may not be able to employ their forces as efficiently or productively as the private security sector. Blackwater claims, for example, that it can sometimes do with ten people what takes the US government 100.
2. Plausible deniability: This is a famous phrase often attached to the work of intelligence agencies. In this context it has two flavors: first, a fear of retaliation. Some states may wish to pursue policies covertly that would bring harsh and swift retaliation from their enemies if they were overt. The use of proxies in pursuing such policies might be one way to avoid such retaliation. This mainly applies to weaker states. The second flavor is fear of attribution. Many states wish to pursue policies covertly that if pursued overtly would bring massive opprobrium upon them, from the press, their own electorate, their allies, or the "international community." Stateless actors might allow a bit of discretion or separation that would otherwise be impossible.
3. Circumvention of Laws: States may wish to circumvent their own laws or international regulations in the pursuit of certain policies. One solution is to make a deal with a stateless organization that can operate with much more extralegal freedom than can a state organization. Consider: an intelligence organization can certainly operate across borders illegally. But a stateless proxy can do so with much less fear of retribution, for either it or a sponsoring state.
4. A Lack of Political Will: There may be times when states are compelled to pursue policies that their populations cannot stomach. In this case, the introduction of state forces is impossible. Stateless proxies might take their place, either covertly or overtly.

Aside from the interests of states, consider the future of private security and stateless warfighting organizations from the perspectives of those organizations themselves. Here are some considerations:
1. Externalities in the international order: Al Qaeda exists to promote ideas which no state is willing to address. It aims to create a Caliphate. In a similar vein, various NGOs and activist groups exist to promote ideas which they perceive as being neglected by states. Some of them wish for more state action. Others may one day wish to take action on their own. Finally, consider genocides, which most states will condemn, but which few will commit their own resources to stopping without a compelling national interest. Blackwater has offered to send a brigade of peacekeepers to Darfur if someone will pay for it.
2. Financing: The paucity of financing options for stateless warfighting organizations indicates that they will often turn to states for income. Aside from state sponsorship, only a few other pathways are open: running legitimate businesses; gaining donations from individual or corporate supporters; or criminal activity, like kidnapping or theft.
3. Legitimacy: One of the biggest public relations problems for companies such as Blackwater is the recurring taint of being considered a firm full of mercenaries. States may be able to offer some stateless warfighting organizations a degree of legitimacy that will ease their ability to operate in some countries, raise financing and hire key talent.
The world of stateless warfighting organizations - many of which will become state proxies - is here to stay. It will be fraught with controversy as the issues delineated above seep in and out of the news.
In the part two of this series, I'll look at what an al-Qaeda for the good guys would look like.
Josh Manchester is a TCS Daily contributing writer. His blog is The Adventures of Chester

How many Muslims In America?

Maybe one-third the number the MSM and Islamists say are here.

In other words, two authoritative studies carried out by scholars found that American Muslims number under 2 million - less than a third of the hitherto-consensus number.
How many Muslims live in the United States?

Until now, basically, no one has had any idea. By law, the U.S. Census cannot ask questions about religion. There are also plenty of other difficulties in coming up with a number, starting with the problem of defining who is a Muslim: Does one include non-standard believers like Louis Farrakhan and the Druze?

Uncertainty has generated some wildly divergent numbers. A large 1990 demographic survey counted 1.3 million Muslims. In 1998, a Pakistani newspaper put the number at 12 million. Even the usually authoritative Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches found 527,000 American Muslims in 1996 and six times as many (3.3 million) in 1998.

Needing some kind of consensus figure, Muslim organizations came up with a self-acknowledged "guestimation" of 6 million, which this year they decided to raise to 7 million.

These numbers were so widely adopted (even by this writer) that they acquired a sheen of authority. But repetition does not transform a guess into a fact.
The trouble is a generic one; religious organizations commonly inflate their membership to enhance their voice in the public square.

Fortunately, the smog of imprecision finally lifted last week, with the appearance of two authoritative studies by highly regarded demographers. (Each study relied on respondents' religious self-identification.) Interestingly, they agreed on a very similar number, one much smaller than the old guestimate.

The American Religious Identification Survey 2001 carried out by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York polled more than 50,000 people and found the total American Muslim population to be 1.8 million.

Meanwhile, the University of Chicago's Tom Smith reviewed prior national surveys and (in a study sponsored by the American Jewish Committee) found that the best estimate puts the Muslim population in 2000 at 1,886,000. (With a nod toward figures supplied by Islamic organizations, he allowed that this number could be as high as 2,814,000 Muslims.)

In other words, two authoritative studies carried out by scholars found that American Muslims number under 2 million - less than a third of the hitherto-consensus number.

To this, the militant Islamic groups in Washington - widely but erroneously seen as representative of American Muslims - responded with predictable hyperbole. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) furiously accused Smith's report of working "to block Muslim political participation."

The American Muslim Council (AMC) charged Smith with nothing less than trying to "deny the existence of 4 1/2 million American Muslims" and blamed him for "tearing at the very heart of America."

The AMC also amusingly claimed that its own estimate of "more than 7 million" Muslims came from the 2000 Census figures - erroneously thinking that the Census asks about religion.

Oh, and that's the same AMC which in 1992 pressured a researcher named Fareed Nu'man to find 6 million Muslims in the country; Nu'man later testified that he counted just 3 million and was fired by the AMC when he refused to inflate his number above 5 million.

Why does the militant Islamic lobby insist on the 6-7 million figures? Because a larger number, even if phony, offers it enhanced access and clout. Convincing the Republican Party that Muslims number 8 million, for example, led to urgent calls from its chairman for "meeting with [Muslim] leaders," something which becomes less of a priority when the Muslim population turns out to be much smaller.

Knowing the real number of Muslims will, most immediately, likely impede two militant Islamic efforts now underway: one (pushed by The Minaret magazine) to get Americans to acknowledge that their own misdeeds partially caused the atrocities of Sept. 11; and another (led by CAIR) to halt the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan. The longer-range implications will be yet more significant.

Iranians captured in Iraq

Really? I have a ghost of idea who sent them.

December 25, 2006

U.S. Is Holding Iranians Seized in Raids in Iraq


The American military is holding at least four Iranians in Iraq, including men the Bush administration called senior military officials, who were seized in a pair of raids late last week aimed at people suspected of conducting attacks on Iraqi security forces, according to senior Iraqi and American officials in Baghdad and Washington.

The Bush administration made no public announcement of the politically delicate seizure of the Iranians, though in response to specific questions the White House confirmed Sunday that the Iranians were in custody.

Gordon D. Johndroe, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said two Iranian diplomats were among those initially detained in the raids. The two had papers showing that they were accredited to work in Iraq, and he said they were turned over to the Iraqi authorities and released. He confirmed that a group of other Iranians, including the military officials, remained in custody while an investigation continued, and he said, “We continue to work with the government of Iraq on the status of the detainees.”

It was unclear what kind of evidence American officials possessed that the Iranians were planning attacks, and the officials would not identify those being held. One official said that “a lot of material” was seized in the raid, but would not say if it included arms or documents that pointed to planning for attacks. Much of the material was still being examined, the official said.
Nonetheless, the two raids, in central Baghdad, have deeply upset Iraqi government officials, who have been making strenuous efforts to engage Iran on matters of security. At least two of the Iranians were in this country on an invitation extended by Iraq’s president, Jalal Talabani, during a visit to Tehran earlier this month. It was particularly awkward for the Iraqis that one of the raids took place in the Baghdad compound of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, one of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite leaders, who traveled to Washington three weeks ago to meet President Bush.
Over the past four days, the Iraqis and Iranians have engaged in intense behind-the-scenes efforts to secure the release of the remaining detainees. One Iraqi government official said, “The Iranian ambassador has been running around from office to office.”

Iraqi leaders appealed to the American military, including to Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior American ground commander in Iraq, to release the Iranians, according to an Iraqi politician familiar with the efforts. The debate about what to do next has also engaged officials in the White House and the State Department. The national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, has been fully briefed, officials said, though they would not say what Mr. Bush has been told about the seizure or the identity of the detainees.

A senior Western official in Baghdad said the raids were conducted after American officials received information that the people detained had been involved in attacks on official security forces in Iraq. “We conduct operations against those who threaten Iraqi and coalition forces,” the official said. “This was based on information.”

A spokesman for Mr. Hakim, who heads a Shiite political party called Sciri, which began as an exile group in Iran that opposed Saddam Hussein, declined to comment. In Tehran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, had no comment about the case on Sunday other than to say it was under examination.

The action comes at a moment of extraordinary tension in the three-way relationship between the United States, Iran and Iraq. On Saturday, even as American officials were trying to determine the identity of some of the Iranians, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution imposing mild sanctions against Iran for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment. Meanwhile, the Bush administration has rejected pressure to open talks with Iran about its actions in Iraq.

Much about the raids and the identities of the Iranians remained unclear on Sunday. American officials offered few details. They said that an investigation was under way and that they wanted to give the Iraqi government time to figure out its position. A Bush administration official said the Iranian military officials held in custody were suspected of being members of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. It has been involved in training members of Hezbollah and other groups that the Americans regard as terrorist organizations.

American and Iraqi officials have long accused Iran of interfering in this country’s internal affairs, but have rarely produced evidence. The administration presented last week’s arrests as a potential confirmation of the link. Mr. Johndroe said, “We suspect this event validates our claims about Iranian meddling, but we want to finish our investigation of the detained Iranians before characterizing their activities.”

He added: “We will be better able to explain what this means about the larger picture after we finish our investigation.”

In the raids, the Americans also detained a number of Iraqis. Western and Iraqi officials said that following normal protocol, the two Iranian diplomats were turned over to the Iraqi government after being questioned. The Iraqis, in turn, released them to the Iranian Embassy. An Iraqi official said his government had strained to keep the affair out of the public eye to avoid scuttling the talks with Iran that were now under way.

The raids and arrests were confirmed by at least seven officials and politicians in Baghdad and Washington. Still, the development was being viewed skeptically on Sunday by some Iraqis, who said that they suspected that the timing was intended to reinforce arguments by some in the administration that direct talks with Iran would be futile.

An administration official in Washington disputed that, saying, “When the military conducted the raids, they really didn’t know who they were going to find.”

The United States is now holding, apparently for the first time, Iranians who it suspects of planning attacks. One senior administration official said, “This is going to be a tense but clarifying moment.”

“It’s our position that the Iraqis have to seize this opportunity to sort out with the Iranians just what kind of behavior they are going to tolerate,” the official said, declining to speak on the record because the details of the raid and investigation were not yet public. “They are going to have to confront the evidence that the Iranians are deeply involved in some of the acts of violence.”

The events that led to the arrests of the Iranians began on Thursday, although details are sketchy.

In one raid, which took place around 7 p.m. that day, American forces stopped an official Iranian Embassy car carrying the two Iranian diplomats, one or two Iranian guards and an Iraqi driver. Iraqi officials said that the diplomats had been praying at the Buratha mosque and that when it was stopped, the car was in the Allawi neighborhood, a few minutes from the Iranian Embassy to the west of the Tigris River.

All in the car were detained by the Americans. The mosque’s imam, Sheik Jalal al-deen al-Sageir, a member of Parliament from Mr. Hakim’s party, said the Iranians had come to pray during the last day of mourning for his mother, who recently died. He said that after the Iranians left, the Iranian Embassy phoned to say that they had not arrived as expected. “We were afraid they were kidnapped,” Sheik Sageir said.

But he said he was later informed that the diplomats, whom he said that he did not know well, were in the custody of Americans. “I had nothing to do with that,” Sheik Sageir said. “I don’t know why the Americans took them.”

The predawn raid on Mr. Hakim’s compound, on the east side of the Tigris, was perhaps the most startling part of the American operation. The arrests were made inside the house of Hadi al-Ameri, the chairman of the Iraqi Parliament’s security committee and leader of the Badr Organization, the armed wing of Mr. Hakim’s political party.

Many Shiite political groups are now suspected of having ties to Iran, and Sciri is no exception. Senior party leaders lived in exile in Iran for years plotting the overthrow of Mr. Hussein. Some married Iranians and raised their children there.

Mr. Hakim has emerged as the central Iraqi Shiite who is backing a new bloc made up of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds that would isolate more radical politicians. Americans back the new bloc, and Mr. Hakim traveled to Washington earlier this month to discuss its formation with Mr. Bush. It was not clear how the arrests, embarrassing to Mr. Hakim, would affect those political efforts.
Hiwa Osman, a news media adviser to Mr. Talabani, said, “The president is unhappy with the arrests.” .

The politician familiar with the efforts said the Iranians in the compound had been in Iraq for four days. He said Iraqi officials expected that two more of the Iranians would be released soon.
The disagreement will further irritate relations between Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq and his American supporters. The Shiite-led government has begun to chafe under the control of the Americans, pressing for more control of its army and for greater independence from what it says is unilateral American decision making.

The Americans are concerned that the Shiite-led government would not respect the rights of the minority Sunni Arab population, and, in the worst case, would use the largely Shiite security forces as a weapon in this country’s deepening sectarian war.

Since the borders opened after the invasion, it has not been uncommon for Iranian pilgrims to visit Iraq. Many come to worship in religious places holy to Shiites.

David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon contributed reporting from Washington, and Nazila Fathi from Tehran.