Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Environmentalist Wackos Attack Civilization


IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!

THE SKY IS FALLING!!

WHEN IN PANIC...
WHEN IN DOUBT...
RUN IN CIRCLES...
SCREAM AND SHOUT, "TURN OFF THE DAMN LIGHTS"!!!
1. The Global Warming Witch Hunt, Part 1 One of the most important consequences of the new Democrat Congress will be the return of the global warming hysteria as a powerful political force. House Oversight Chairman Henry Waxman has already started softening us up with a pre-emptive strike intended to silence critics of the dubious scientific claims about global warming.

He is doing this, brazenly, by claiming that it is the shrill, relentless advocates of global warming who are somehow being "silenced" by the evil Bush administration, a claim backed up by a report from a notorious leftist group.

Anyone who has every dared to publicly express doubts about global warming knows that the reverse is actually true: that it is the doubters who face condemnation, ostracism, and (for scientists) the cutting off of their funding if they oppose the global warming hysteria.

In an e-mail to me earlier today, Jack Wakeland points out that this campaign is an alarm bell for what we can soon expect from Congress:

"This survey is such an obvious lie and can so readily be disproved that it indicates a terminal end point in the environmentalist propaganda campaign for global warming has been reached. The vilification of anti-environmentalists in the mainstream media will now be raised to a fever pitch at the moment that Congress considers its first serious attempt to control carbon emissions.

"The global warming issue has just crossed the line in America. It is now a deadly serious political attack—a threat to American liberty, American industry, American technology, American science. Oppressive new laws that will cause hundreds of billions of dollars of losses each year, may soon be passed."

"Bush Administration in Hot Seat over Warming," MSNBC, January 30 The Democratic-controlled Congress on Tuesday stepped up its pressure on President Bush’s global warming strategy, hearing allegations of new political pressure on government scientists to downplay the threat of global warming.

Lawmakers received survey results of federal scientists that showed 46 percent felt pressure to eliminate the words “climate change,” “global warming” or similar terms from communications about their work….

The new allegations were made at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif….

"We know that the White House possesses documents that contain evidence of an attempt by senior administration officials to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming and minimize the potential danger," Waxman added….

The Union of Concerned Scientists, a private advocacy group, and the Government Accountability Project, a legal-assistance group that represents whistle-blowers, sent out the survey to 1,600 scientists. Surveys were returned by 308 scientists. Not all answered every question…

At the hearing, Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, criticized the survey as self-selecting and flawed.

2. The Global Warming Witch Hunt, Part 2 Which side of the global warming debate is really being suppressed? Let's see. In the last few months, we've had two senators send a threatening letter to major oil companies, demanding that they cut off private funding for scientists who question global warming. A Weather Channel climatologist has "suggested that the American Meteorological Society decertify meteorologists who don't warn about climate change."

And in the most notorious example, a blogger for an environmentalist magazine went so far as to propose "Nuremberg trials" for global warming skeptics.

The difference: under a Republican Congress, these threats were exposed and condemned, as in the October press release excerpted below. Under a Democratic Congress, the threats will increase in an attempt to push through disastrous legislation.

"Majority Fact of the Day: Nuremberg-Style Trials Proposed for Global Warming Skeptics," US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, October 11 A US-based environmental magazine that both former Vice President Al Gore and PBS newsman Bill Moyers…have deemed respectable enough to grant one-on-one interviews to promote their projects, is now advocating Nuremberg-style war crimes trials for skeptics of human caused catastrophic global warming.

Grist Magazine’s staff writer David Roberts called for the Nuremberg-style trials for the “bastards” who were members of what he termed the global warming “denial industry.”

Roberts wrote in the online publication on September 19, 2006, "When we've finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we're in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards—some sort of climate Nuremberg.”

3. The City of Light Extinguishes Itself If you want to know the ultimate meaning of the global-warming crusade, whose goal is to choke off our cheapest and most prolific sources of power, there are a few shocking moments that will give you a glimpse of the real environmentalist goal.
One of those moments was when Holland, a nation carved out of the sea through the human effort of centuries, breached its own dikes to comply with the dictates of environmentalism.

Now here's another story with the same meaning: Paris will temporarily black out the Eiffel Tower in order to show its support for the global warming crusade. The City of Light will extinguish itself—an eloquent symbol of the environmentalists' goal of civilizational suicide. Thanks to TIA Daily reader Gary Ware for recommending this link.

"Lights Out at the Eiffel Tower to Help Save the Planet," Agence France-Presse, January 30 The Eiffel Tower's lights will be turned off for five minutes on Thursday as part of a campaign to save energy and draw attention to the plight of the planet.

The agency that manages the Paris landmark said Tuesday that it will be joining a campaign to draw attention to "sustainable development and the preservation of the planet"….

The campaign called "Five Minutes of Respite for the Planet" is being held as world experts meet in Paris to thrash out a report on global warming.

ALAS, POOR BARBARO! AMERICA WEEPS!

I agree with with Rush Limbaugh, the MSM coverage and outpouring of emotion of this sad event was excessive. After all, this horse wasn't even the "Famous Mr. Ed" and could not speak one word of English.
So I said, “Look, Snerdley, if I attack this horse, if I do anything that makes it look like I'm attacking the horse, there's nothing in it, and I don't feel that way anyway. This was a brave horse. This is a horse that everybody was pulling for. The horse gave everything.” We're talking about Barbaro, of course. He said, “I don't care about any of that, people are going nuts with this. They're writing cards and giving flowers to a horse! The horse can't read.” I said, “Snerdley, this is not about the horse.” I reminded him of the funeral for Princess Diana. You remember that. There were how many millions of people roaming the streets of London, 500,000, whatever was number was. They were all dropping off flowers and placing notes and cards and so forth, and everybody was trying to figure this out. George Will wrote a column, I think it was George Will that came up with the best explanation for this, that is, people wanted to be part of the story. It's the same thing with the death of Barbaro, and even before his death, they wanted to be part of the story. It makes people feel good to write notes and give flowers to an animal.

Canadian Town Is Officially Anti-Islamic

These rules should be obvious in a civilized society, but just in case you new immigrants don't understand, we will read you the riot act again:

Canadian Town of Herouxville Posts Controversial 'Norms' For Immigrants, Like 'No Stoning'
January 30, 2007

Attention immigrants, the town of
Herouxville in Quebec has a message for you: no stoning women, and no pouring acid on them either.

According to the
Canadian Press, the town's council recently passed rules targeting immigrants to make sure there are no misunderstandings about the culture they're joining.
According to reports, the rural town of about 1,300 recently adopted a declaration of "norms" that would-be immigrants need to know if they plan on settling there.

Among the "norms:" kids can't bring weapons to school — no ceremonial daggers used by Sikhs or others. It's also all right for boys and girls to swim together in the same pool. Also, female police officers are empowered to arrest people, and are also allowed to drive, dance and make their own decisions.

Andre Drouin, one of the members of the town council,
reportedly said the rules aren't meant to be anti-immigrant. "We're telling people who we are," Drouin said.

According to the reports, B'nai Brith Quebec called the declaration "anti-ethnic backlash," and a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Montreal called the measure insulting and full of stereotypes.

Drouin
reportedly insists that Herouxville welcomes immigrants, despite having just one immigrant family.
The declaration is posted on the town's website.

Since passing the "norms," the town council has reportedly received some 2,000 emails, mostly in support of the measure.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,248819,00.html

The Revolution In The Islamic World


The Freedom Fighters of Islamic world will gather for a conference in the USA for the first time this March 4th and 5th.

From Pope Benedict XVI to the Harvard historian Bernard Lewis, people are asking, What went wrong? How did Middle Eastern cultures transform from the openness and intellectual ferment of the medieval period to the closed theocrat societies of today? Where are the secular voices of the Muslim world? Until now, they have been largely stifled and silenced. Now, bold critics of orthodoxy are calling for sweeping reforms from inside Muslim societies. With the intent of catalyzing a global movement for reason, humanist values, and freedom of conscience, delegates from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Bangladesh will assemble March 4-5 in St. Petersburg, Florida for an unprecedented Secular Islam Summit.

According the chair of the meeting, the rationalist critic of Islam and acclaimed author Ibn Warraq, “What we need now is an Age of Enlightenment in the Islamic world, of the Islamic mind-set or worldview. Without critical examination of Islam, it will remain unassailed in its dogmatic, fanatical, medieval fortress; ossified, totalitarian and intolerant. It will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality; originality and truth.”

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Who Controls "The Land Of The Pure?"


Musharraf losing authority in Pakistan.

A new article on Adnkronos International by Syed Saleem Shahzad provides a glimpse of Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf's weakness. After last week's bomb blasts in Islamabad and Peshawar, Musharraf asked Pakistan's air force to carry out a strike on Islamabad's largest madrassa. Two of the Pakistani Taliban's leading ideologues, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and Maulana Abdul Aziz, are holed up there.

Shahzad reports:

[S]ources told AKI that Musharraf reportedly told a gathering of senior officials at a meeting in Rawalpindi: "I don’t want them in federal capital. If you are unable to arrest them . . . shoot them." Those attending reportedly disagreed categorically with the idea of an air strike in the capital city, and pointed out that the students of the influential clerics have already staged a powerful protest in the past few days against the demolition of two mosques in Islamabad and they are a force to be reckoned with.

In other words, Musharraf asked the air force to carry out a strike in Pakistan's capital city, and they refused to do so. According to a senior U.S. military intelligence source that I spoke with, the reason Musharraf asked the air force to carry out the strike is because Pakistan's army had already refused to raid the mosque. The source said that this further demonstrates the problem with Pakistan's security services: they are too close to the fundamentalists, such that Musharraf cannot exert full control over his military.

Which brings to mind a chilling thought: if Musharraf is unable to order an air strike in his own capital city, how can he control his nuclear arsenal?

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2007/01/musharrafs_inability_to_contro.php

Islam is violent, corrupt and DEGENERATE!


When it was time to sleep, the guests had all left, except for the inhabitants of the house. Al-Khomeini laid his eyes on a young girl who, despite being only four or five years of age, was very beautiful. So, the Imam requested from her father, Sayyid Sahib, that he spend the night with her in order to enjoy her. Her father happily agreed, and Imam al-Khomeini spent the night with the girl in his arms, and we could hear her crying and screaming.'”
The rest of the disgusting true story:


http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2007/01/ayatollah-khomeinis-fling-with-four.html

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

SAVE THIS NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER


Apache Press (AP) article
January 30, 2007

By Apache
Special Guest Columist To THE FREEDOM FIGHTER'S JOURNAL

So you are this big-time NY Times reporter named Michael Gordon and you get invited to interview on the Charlie Rose Show (PBS' cure for insomnia) and in a passion fueled impetuous rant you "step over the line".What would that line be?Calling for the death of a sitting president on national TV?Nope. That sentiment is on half the bumper stickers in the NY Times' employee parking lot.Disclosing leaked confidential CIA plans to fight terrorism?Nada! Been there, done that got the tee-shirt.Saying that America should try to win in Iraq?
BINGO!
Oh my God!
The horror, the horror...
"So I think, you know, as a purely personal view, I think it.s worth it [sic] one last effort for sure to try to get this right, because my personal view is we've never really tried to win. We've simply been managing our way to defeat. And I think that if it's done right, I think that there is the chance to accomplish something."
He must be admonished!
He must repent!

"I would agree with you that he stepped over the line on the 'Charlie Rose Show'. I have discussed the appearances with Michael and I am satisfied that the comments on the Rose show were an aberration. They were a poorly worded shorthand for some analytical points about the military and political situation in Baghdad that Michael has made in the newspaper in a more nuanced and unopinionated way. He agrees his comments on the show went too far."It's a line drawn correctly by Mr. Taubman—and accepted honorably by Mr. Gordon.”
Ah yes, bow before your master Michael Gordon, you would have been at home at Pravda. You fucking worm!
Then finally, why can I only find this story linked through some cow town TV station in North Dakota?
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Hitler Comes To Power Today...in 1933


On this date in 1933, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party moved to the number one slot in the political structure of the German Republic by democratic means that set the standard for the destruction of democracy by legal edicts in other nations over the years, to include most recently, Hugo Chavez and the socialist conquest of formerly democratic Venezuela.

One wonders how many democratic nations in Europe will shortly fall to collectivist control by a "Red-Green Alliance" of Socialists and Islamists? One thing is for certain, the playbook of collectivist coup by democratic means has long been written, approved and tested.
The only question is whether or not this Socialist-Islamist Alliance will last long after democracy is destroyed? When a parallel plot was played out in Russia after Red October in 1917, the alliance of Bolsheviks and Social Revolutionaries only lasted for about seven months until the Bolsheviks were strong enough to destroy their allies in August, 1918 and become the ruling regime. Thus the answer to the question posed: the Islamists would become the sole rulers after making short work of their former allies.
I wonder who the new Leader of Europe will be? "Muhammad Skyhook" of Germany? This is a chilling thought for a cold and dark January day when in my mind's eye I can see the endless lines of Storm Troops in Berlin marching past Hitler in review, shouting in joyful chorus the destruction of a major democracy in Europe.
Excellent article on this theme in The Jerusalem Post:
Islam could soon be the dominant force in a Europe which, in the name of political correctness, has abdicated the battle for cultural and religious control, Prof. Bernard Lewis, the world-renowned Middle Eastern and Islamic scholar, said on Sunday.

The Muslims "seem to be about to take over Europe," Lewis said at a special briefing with the editorial staff of The Jerusalem Post. Asked what this meant for the continent's Jews, he responded, "The outlook for the Jewish communities of Europe is dim." Soon, he warned, the only pertinent question regarding Europe's future would be, "Will it be an Islamized Europe or Europeanized Islam?" The growing sway of Islam in Europe was of particular concern given the rising support within the Islamic world for extremist and terrorist movements, said Lewis.
Lewis, whose numerous books include the recent What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East, and The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror, would set no timetable for this drastic shift in Europe, instead focusing on the process, which he said would be assisted by "immigration and democracy." Instead of fighting the threat, he elaborated, Europeans had given up.

"Europeans are losing their own loyalties and their own self-confidence," he said. "They have no respect for their own culture." Europeans had "surrendered" on every issue with regard to Islam in a mood of "self-abasement," "political correctness" and "multi-culturalism," said Lewis, who was born in London to middle-class Jewish parents but has long lived in the United States.

The threat of extremist Islam goes far beyond Europe, Lewis stressed, turning to the potential impact of Iran going nuclear under its current regime.

The Cold War philosophy of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), which prevented the former Soviet Union and the United States from using the nuclear weapons they had targeted at each other, would not apply to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran, said Lewis.

"For him, Mutual Assured Destruction is not a deterrent, it is an inducement," said Lewis of Ahmadinejad. "We know already that they [Iran's ruling ayatollahs] do not give a damn about killing their own people in great numbers. We have seen it again and again. If they kill large numbers of their own people, they are doing them a favor. They are giving them a quick, free pass to heaven. I find all that very alarming," said Lewis.

Lewis acknowledged that Ahmadinejad had made the notion of Iran having the right to acquire a nuclear capability an issue of national pride, and that this should be borne in mind in trying to thwart Teheran's nuclear drive. "One should try to make it clear at all stages that the objection is not Iran having [a nuclear weapon] but to the regime that governs Iran having it," said Lewis.

This idea already had support among those Iranians who, on the one hand, believed that their country has a right to possess such a capability but, on the other, feared it being acquired by a government that they do not support.

Israel and the West should work to strengthen moderate forces within the Iranian population, he urged, via an aggressive propaganda campaign including the use of television and radio programs.

"All the evidence is that the regime is extremely unpopular with their own people," he said. "I am told that the Israeli daily [radio] program in Persian is widely listened to all over Iran with rapt attention." Israel and the West should also be looking to reach out to moderate forces within the Arab world, which are equally alarmed by the spread of extremism in their midst, said Lewis. "The Arab governments understand that Israel is not their biggest problem," said Lewis.

Here too, he said, Israeli media had a positive effect in the region, particularly in Jordan, where Israeli programs were broadcast and were widely watched. Jordanians "get the message of how a free society works. As one fellow put it, it is amazing to watch these great and famous people banging the table and screaming at each other. Even more striking is the fact that Arabs can denounce the Israeli government on Israeli television. That has an impact." Lewis also highlighted the Washington-based Syrian Reform Party, whose leader Farid Ghadry openly admires Israel.

Regarding the summer's war against Hizbullah, Lewis warned that a second such conflict could break out in the near future.

He quoted a Christian Lebanese friend saying soon after the fighting ended that "Israel has lost the war, but Hizbullah has not won" because many people in Lebanon were blaming Hizbullah for bringing conflict to their country. Now, though, he added, it was his sense that Hizbullah had "gained some ground since then."
Amir Mizroch contributed to this report.
A Hat Tip To: Infidel Blogger's Alliance
Another Tip Of The Hat To: Eye On The World

"Global Warming" Back On The Agenda

The daily readers of THE FREEDOM FIGHTER'S JOURNAL know that Sergeant Ronbo considers "Global Warming" to be nothing more than a return to an ancient pagan earth worship cult (Druid?) by many Leftists of the world who are looking for an anchor for their ideology since the collapse of communism in the 1980s made Marxism the "God That Failed."
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The Infidel Bloggers below write excellent articles on the political moves made by the standard bearer of the Left in the USA, the Democrat Party, to use a pagan religion that by its very definition is above reason, to mandate government policy in an alleged secular republic.
Bush does the cause of republicanism and real science no favor by going along with this nonsense, although some would say his support for paganism is just another faith based initiative.
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One of the consequences of the Democratic election victory will be the intensification of the global warming hysteria. President Bush didn't help matters, either, when he described "climate change" as a "serious" issue in his State of the Union address. As the article linked to below points out, this has emboldened those who want to use global warming to convince man to give up the use of fire.

Things will only get worse at the end of this week, when the UN
releases its latest big global-warming report—another attempt to use the UN's influence to gerrymander a scientific "consensus" for global warming.
Peter Brown,
RealClearPolitics,
January 29 2007
A political issue has reached critical mass when its natural adversaries throw in the towel….
The acknowledgment by Bush of the problem and the need to deal with it is just one sign that the tide has turned on the climate change issue. Recently, a number of major corporations that had been skeptical of the global warming threat have signaled they too want to move on to dealing with the problem.

And with Democrats—who for years have campaigned against Bush and the Republicans as ignoring the global warming threat—in control of Congress, it is obvious that something is likely to be done.

But the real question is exactly what that will be…. Don't look for Bush to endorse the principal international treaty on global warming, the Kyoto Protocol. It doesn't require the same steps of China and India, which have the fastest growing and most polluting economies, as it does of Western industrialized nations.

The political argument now will be about the best way to combat the problem and its effects—in other words disputes about tactics and efficacy—rather than larger, more fundamental disputes….

The current focus of debate will be the proposal advanced by many congressional Democrats and some Republicans for a "carbon tax" and an accompanying system that will allow companies to trade emissions credits.

The Best Muslim Satire Is By Muslims

An Infidel cartoonist couldn't have done a better satire of Arab Muslims then this children's cartoon broadcast on a state supported television station in the Persian Gulf region.


Monday, January 29, 2007

The New Roman Legions



Historians will long argue why the Roman Empire in the West collapsed in 476 A.D. -- but for this old gray soldier and student of history, the fate of Roman Empire was decided the day the commanders of the Roman Army in the Western Empire recruited vast numbers of untrained German barbarian mercenaries into its ranks and did not subject them to the traditional discipline in the late 4th century A.D.

Thus, the fall of the Western Roman Empire was almost inevitable in the 5th century A.D. as Roman mercenary barbarians joined with their barbarian brothers to rape, loot and even burn once mighty Rome itself to the ground.

Today a nation that modeled itself after the Roman Republic has also staffed its armies with soldiers many charge with being simply mercenary, that is to say, they serve for pay and not for patriotism. But is this the case? In this old soldier's humble opinion, the vast majority of volunteers to the military in a time of war are those who serve for patriotic reasons. This theory of mine is backed by many studies that show the typical military recruit has average or above average intelligence, very physically fit and has many job skills.

The barbarians outside or inside the gates of our New Roman Republic cannot hope to take our country by storm, as long as these loyal, rough and violent men at arms stand guard on the ramparts. The watch word is still, "Duty, Honor, Country," and along the long cold borders between the savage and the civilized, the disciplined soldiers of great valor watch the frozen Rhine frontiers of the world for signs of the approach of barbarians.

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Malmo Falls To Islam


Thirty years ago this February in 1977, I went to Sweden for a winter vacation. I was stationed with the U.S. Army in Berlin at the time, so armed with a very inexpensive "EuroRail Pass,"I hopped the trains to Sweden, after first spending a wonderful four days in beautiful winter Copenhagen, Denmark.

The next stop on my journey was Malmo, Sweden. I toured the city, which then was 90% native Swede (In fact, I don't even recall seeing any Middle Eastern people there in 1977) and boasted many nice discos and dance clubs where the wine, women and song flowed to beat of Sweden's most famous songsters, ABBA. I well remember walking in the clear northern moonlight of February with a group of English speaking Swedes in downtown Malmo to the docks and a view of the cold Baltic and distant lights of Denmark, only about 20 miles away.

So it is with a shock that I read today Malmo is one of the dangerous cities in Europe where Muslim rape gangs and thugs would make such an outing as mine foolhardy in the extreme, as Malmo has become a combat zone where the Swedish police are forced to travel in convoy for self protection.

MALMO THIRTY YEARS AFTER MY VISIT:


Muslims rule major Swedish city

Sweden is one of the worst hit countries in Europe of Muslim immigration and Political Correctness. Now, the police themselves have publicly admitted that they no longer control one of Sweden's major cities. I have made some exclusive translations from Swedish media.
They show the future of Eurabia unless Europeans wake up. I've seen the future of Eurabia, and it's called 'Sweden.' Malm¿ is Sweden's third largest city, after Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Once-peaceful Sweden, home of ABBA, IKEA and the Nobel Prize, is increasingly looking like the Middle East on a bad day.

All following links to major Swedish newspapers, with a brief translation:

Malm¿, Sweden. The police now publicly admit what many Scandinavians have known for a long time: They no longer control the situation in the nations's third largest city. It is effectively ruled by violent gangs of Muslim immigrants.

Some of the Muslims have lived in the area of RosengŒrd, Malm¿, for twenty years, and still don't know how to read or write Swedish. Ambulance personnel are attacked by stones or weapons, and refuse to help anybody in the area without police escort. The immigrants also spit at them when they come to help.

Recently, an Albanian youth was stabbed by an Arab, and was left bleeding to rest on the ground while the ambulance waited for the police to arrive. The police themselves hesitate to enter parts of their own city unless they have several patrols, and need to have guards to watch their cars, otherwise they will be vandalized. "Something drastic has to be done, or much more blood will be spilled" says one of the locals.

The number of people emigrating from the city of Malm¿ is reaching record levels. Swedes, who a couple of decades ago decided to open the doors to Muslim "refugees" and asylum seekers, are now turned into refugees in their own country and forced to flee their homes.
The people abandoning the city mention crime and fear of the safety of their children as the main reason for leaving.

ALL of the 600 windows at one of the schools in Malm¿ have been broken during the summer holiday. Window smashing alone costs the city millions every year. City buses have been forced to avoid the immigrant ghetto, as they are met with youths throwing rocks or bottles at them if they enter. Earlier this year, a boy of Afghan origin had made plans to blow up his own school.

People working at the emergency ward at the major hospital in Malm¿ receive threats every day, and are starting to get used to it. Patients with knives or guns are commonplace. They have discussed having metal detectors at the emergency entrance, but some fear this could be seen as a provocation.

Lisa Nilsson has lived in Manhatten, New York City, for 25 years. After moving back to Malm¿, Sweden, she now misses the safety of New York. She never walks anywhere in Malm¿ after dark, but takes a taxi everywhere she goes.

Rapes in Sweden as a whole have increased by 17% just since the beginning of 2003, and have had a dramatic increase during the past decade. Gang rapes, usually involving Muslim immigrant males and native Swedish girls, have become commonplace. Two weeks ago, 5 Kurds brutally raped a 13-year-old Swedish girl.


John Kerry: Enemy Of The American People

"Hang, Draw and Quarter the worst American Traitor since Benedict Arnold," say the New Minutemen.
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Global Muslim Civil War Announced

Another stupid move by the Religion of Barbarism in a series of endless low I.Q. moves like attacking the only country in the world capable of leading a world crusade against Islam on September 11, 2001: This time around it's to declare war on all Muslims not willing to strap on the old bomb belt and blow up the local Mall. Did it ever occur to these morons that the more "moderate" Muslims may make common cause with the Western Alliance and target them for destruction? Perhaps even to redefine Jihad as an inward struggle? Thanks radical Imams for laying the groundwork for the Muslim Reformation.

AN extremist Islamic group has called on Australian Muslims to prepare for jihad against anyone standing in the way of an "Islamic superstate".

Radical clerics from the militant Hizb ut-Tahrir group converged on Sydney yesterday to deliver their message -- kill Muslims and non-Muslims who threaten the unification of the world's 57 Islamic countries under the one leader.

"If two people are united and a third person comes along and tries to incite disunity . . . kill him," Palestinian Sheik Issam Amera said.


"Muslims are not unique in doing so, as most nations kill those charged with treason.
"The establishment for Khilafah (Islamic superstate) is an Islamic duty. The evidence for the duty for establishing Khilafah is confirmed in the Koran."


The six-hour session of violent rhetoric came after NSW Police Minister John Watkins called for the meeting in Sydney yesterday to be banned.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock rejected calls to ban the group and demanded more evidence.

"I think it's time that Mr Watkins puts up or shuts up in relation to Hizb ut-Tahrir. If he has evidence that he believes warrants its proscription he should make it available to the Commonwealth so it can be considered."

To be banned as a terrorist organisation, a group has to urge the use of force or violence.

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http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21132708-661,00.html#

Britain May Support Attack On Iran


First an Allied Navy appears off the coast of Iran. Then we hear of Iranian agents being arrested in Iraq. The Israelis begin to speak of a nuclear strike against Iran. The Bush Administration releases more information concerning the role of Iran in the creation of deadly IED that have killed and wounded scores of American soldiers. The U.N. is is given notice of Iran's activities and posts another useless resolution. It would appear that the British have jumped on the bandwagon as well. The smart money says air strikes against Iran's nukes this year.

The article:

A pre-emptive military strike against Iran involving British troops could be launched under a Conservative government after David Cameron yesterday refused to rule out the use of force against the Gulf state.

Mr Cameron said it would be wrong for a future Tory administration to rule out an attack on Iran. "It's not sensible to rule all these things out in advance however much you want to avoid them."

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he said that while Iran had a right to civil nuclear power it was imperative that the West stopped the country developing nuclear weapons. "Especially as the president [of Iran] has said that he wants to wipe the state of Israel off the map."

The Tory leader criticised the stance of Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary, who in the past has said that military action against Iran would be "unthinkable".

"I don't think it was right of Jack Straw to say what he said. I think in these matters it is not right to declare all your hand in advance. It's right not to take things entirely off the table.
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http://regimechangeiniran.com/2007/01/uk-conservative-iran-attack-po/

American Traitors Spit On War Hero


So we're back to this crap?
I cold cocked a Leftist SOB for spitting on me while uniform back in December, 1969 just after I arrived back from Southeast Asia at the San Francisco International Airport. Afterwards, the gentleman in question was arrested by the police for assualt and battery. I was released by the police and allowed to take plane back to Florida.
In Washington, counterprotesters also converged on the mall in smaller numbers, but the antiwar demonstration was largely peaceful.
There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq.
Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration’s policies in Iraq.
Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.
Capitol police made the antiwar protestors walk farther away from the counterprotesters.
“These are not Americans as far as I’m concerned,” Mr. Sparling said
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LIBERATE EGYPTIAN FREEDOM FIGHTER!


Outrageous attack on Freedom of Speech by a supposed American ally, Egypt!

THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 25, 2007
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An Egyptian court refused Thursday to release on bail a blogger who is on trial on charges of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife for his Internet writings in Egypt's first prosecution of a blogger.

Abdel Kareem Nabil, 22, who has been in detention since his arrest in early November, often denounced Islamic authorities and criticized Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his Arabic-language blog. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted on the charges.

In a statement Thursday, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, called on human rights groups to "pressure the government to drop charges against (Nabil) as a prisoner of conscience."
Two US congressmen also expressed deep concern about the arrest of Nabil - who also goes by the blogger name of Kareem Amer - and called for the charges to be dropped.

"The Egyptian government's arrest of Mr. Amer simply for displeasure over writings on the personal weblog raises serious concern about the level of respect for freedoms in Egypt," Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, and Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank wrote in a letter to Egypt's US ambassador, Nabil Fahmy.

The Bush administration has not commented on Nabil's trial, unlike its criticisms of other arrests of Egyptian rights activists in past years.

In 2005, the Bush administration made Egypt - which Mubarak has ruled unquestioned for a quarter century - the centerpiece of what it called a policy priority of promoting democratic change in the Arab world.

But Egyptian reformists say Washington has all but dropped its pressure on Mubarak amid a need for his support on Iraq and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The United States was also spooked when Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood made big gains in 2005 parliamentary elections and the radical Hamas movement won 2006 Palestinian elections - raising fears that greater democracy would increase fundamentalists' power, activists say.

Nabil, whose trial began Jan. 18, has been charged with inciting sedition, insulting Islam, harming national unity and insulting the president.

In Thursday's session, his lawyers requested he be released on bail during the trial, but the court rejected the motion, Nabil's lawyer Radwa Sayed Ahmed said.

In his blog, Nabil was a fierce critic of conservative Muslims and in particularly of al-Azhar, one of the most prestigious religious institutions in the Sunni Muslim world.

Nabil was a law student at al-Azhar University, but denounced it as "the university of terrorism," accusing it of promoting radical ideas and suppressing free thought. Al-Azhar "stuffs its students' brains and turns them into human beasts ... teaching them that there is not place for differences in this life," he wrote. He was thrown out of the university in March.
In other posts, Nabil described Mubarak's regime as a "symbol of dictatorship."
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Abdel-Kareem Nabil's blog, in Arabic

Sunday, January 28, 2007

"I'm PC"....and..."I'm Not PC"

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True Blue Is Australia





I well recall the Australian soldiers, sailors and airmen I fought along beside in Vietnam. They were small in number, but fine professional soldiers easily worth ten times their number in drafted American troops. In my area of operation the saying went, "If the Aussies are on your right flank, there ain't no way old Charlie Cong is gonna get you from that direction."

So in my adventures in Southeast Asia, I always made a point of standing these lads to a drink, if we were in the same bar, or making an effort to say hello and thank them for putting their lives on the line to fight in what many said was an American conflict. I recall an Aussie sergeant in Hong Kong during 1968 telling me in response to one of my many thank-yous, "The way I feel, we're just being good mates to the USA, if you'll remember in early 1942 the Japs were sailing in our direction with an invasion fleet, and it was the Yanks who sent the best of their military to defend Australia, seeing as how our Forces were deployed to the Middle East at the time. So it's an honor for me to serve along side the Yanks in Vietnam."

Please take a moment of your valuable time and view the moving tribute to Steve Irwin and TRUE BLUE Australia:

http://aussie_news_views.typepad.com/aussie_news_views/2006/09/home_among_the_.html

The Silence Of The Imams


An Infidel Blogger asks a very good question: Why did not the Muslim World go ape when BBC Channel 4 broadcast the videos taken of hate speech, sedition and treason preached at many British Mosques? If you'll remember last year the rage that swept the Islamic nations when the "Mo Toons" were published by a right wing Danish newspaper. This latest incident that shows Islam is a much worse light has been all but ignored by British Muslims, the MSM and those preachers of hate and rape -- The Imams.

More on, "The Silence Of The Imams" at:


http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2007/01/silence-is-eery-if-you-ask-me.html

World War Three


World War III has already begun:
Israeli spy chiefLISBON - A third World War is already underway between Islamic militancy and the West but most people do not realize it, the former head of Israel’s intelligence service Mossad said in an interview published Saturday in Portugal.
'We are in the midst of a third World War,’ former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy told weekly newspaper Expresso.‘The world does not understand. A person walks through the streets of Tel Aviv, Barcelona or Buenos Aires and doesn’t get the sense that there is a war going on,’ said Hakevey who headed Mossad between 1998 and 2003.‘
During World War I and II the entire world felt there was a war. Today no one is conscious of it. From time to time there is a terrorist attack in Madrid, London and New York and then everything stays the same.’Violence by Islamic militants has already disrupted international travel and trade just as in the previous two world conflicts, he said.Halevy, who was raised in war-time London, predicted it would take at least 25 years before the battle against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism is won and during this time a nuclear strike by Islamic militants was likely.
'It doesn’t have to be something very sophisticated, It doesn’t have to be the latest nuclear technology, it can be something simple like a dirty bomb which instead of killing millions only kills tens of thousands,’ he said.Halevy served as an envoy for former Isreali prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres and is a former Israeli ambassador to the European Union.
A HAT TIP:

What Happens When Marxism Fails?


........Just say you have found a friend in Jesus.

Mucho Loco Chavez The Communist reads the Bible in sunglasses and discovers that Christ was a not just a "socialist" -- But the greatest "socialist" in history! Personally, I missed that message at Sunday School.

Why does the totalitarian thug and president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, think he knows what the politics of Jesus Christ are? In his swearing in he invoked Christ and Castro in the familiar fashion of a democrat demogogue.

His right hand raised Wednesday, Chavez declared in words reminiscent of Fidel Castro’s famous call-to-arms: “Fatherland, socialism or death - I swear it.” He also alluded to Jesus: “I swear by Christ - the greatest socialist in history.”

If that were true then the United States would look quite different than it does and probably would not exist today. So what does one do when he wants to put into effect socialism according to Christ? Chavez is planning to steal nationalize various industries in his country.

“They want to nationalize everything. This is the beginning,” said Marisela Leon, a 47-year-old engineer who said she would like to leave Venezuela because she sees difficult times ahead.

He won’t just confiscate these businesses he will “negotiate” on the price. Señor Chavez sounds more like the economic theory of Judas rather than Jesus. In the Bible we find the story of the supper at Bethany in the book of John. In this story John relates an incident where costly ointment was used to anoint the feet of Jesus.

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Señor Chavez’s actions exemplies the theology of Judas Iscariot rather than Christ. Chavez, like Judas and all socialists and Communists, knows better how to spend everyone else’s money and uses the force of the state to bring about his version of heaven on earth. And like Judas, Chavez will betray those he pretends to serve.

Here is the AP story about his swearing in.

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A Tale Of Two Demonstrations


A few thousand Leftist Moonbats On Parade In Washington, D.C. on January 28, 2007 with maximum MSM coverage:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq.Celebrities, a half-dozen lawmakers and protesters from distant states rallied in the capital under a sunny sky, seizing an opportunity to press their cause with a Congress restive on the war and a country that has turned against the conflict.Marching with them was Jane Fonda, in what she said was her first anti-war demonstration in 34 years."Silence is no longer an option," Fonda said to cheers from the stage on the National Mall. The actress once derided as "Hanoi Jane" by conservatives for her stance on Vietnam said she had held back from activism so as not to be a distraction for the Iraq anti-war movement, but needed to speak out now.
IGNORED: The Pro-life Demonstration of Januray 21, 2007 that drew over 100,000
Michelle Malkin:
The stingy photo gallery on the WaPo's website had just 8 photos--3 of which were of a tiny counter-protest by pro-abortion demonstrators and only 1 of which was a medium-wide shot of the Mall showing the pro-life crowd. Tim Graham noticed the same bias:

The story was illustrated by color photos, but in a far too common tactic, the Post balanced a picture of four pro-life demonstrators with "Defend Life" signs in daylight against a photo of four or five feminists with "Keep Abortion Legal" signs at an evening Supreme Court vigil. One side turns out tens of thousands, and the other turned out tens. The Post didn't exactly balance its photos when it came to illegal-alien rallies, not to mention the number of column inches was vastly larger.

The
Washington Times had better coverage, but no pics [clarificaton - no pics on the website. WashTimes editor Robert Stacy McCain notes that the paper carried two large photos of the march prominently in the print edition]. I was at Union Station yesterday as marchers streamed in after the event. The place was absolutely packed--wall-to-wall with families, babies, toddlers, teens, and college undergrads. I wish I had my camera, because the vast number of young people really struck me. Throngs and throngs of ordinary kids who came from all across the country to express their pro-life views in the bitter cold. You never see them on the nightly news or the front page of the major newspapers.

Fortunately, pro-life blogger Barbara at
Mommy Life brought her camera. Check out her photo gallery for the scenes missing from the national papers' front pages.
A biased Leftist dominated MSM that is little more than a ministry of propaganda for the Democrat Party? You bet!

Christian Woman Faces Death For Being Infidel


ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — A Christian married mother with six children remained detained in a Pakistani jail Thursday, January 25, and could face the death penalty for allegedly insulting Islam, her supporters told BosNewsLife.

Police took Martha Bibi into custody late Monday, January 22, in the town of Kot Nanak Singh in District Kasur, southeast of the city of Lahore, after the local Imam urged Muslims to attack the Christian family saying "Martha uttered derogatory words against the Holy Prophet Muhammad," said the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) advocacy group.

"On hearing the continuous announcement [from the mosque] and voices of people outside who were gathered to attack her home, Martha’s family left to hide in one of the neighboring houses," APMA said. However soon, "police came and arrested Martha Bibi."

She was charged under section 295 C of Pakistan’s controversial Blasphemy Law and could face the death penalty if convicted, APMA. In many cases Christians have however received long prison sentences. Bibi has denied the charges.

LOCAL MUSLIMS

Police apparently detained her after on false accusations of blasphemy made by local Muslims, suggested APMA, which is providing legal assistance to the woman. APMA investigators said the problems began when Marti Bibi asked for money from Muslim men working in the Mosque with material they rented from her husband’s construction shop.

The men refused to pay the rent and instead started to beat her, APMA said, citing local sources in the region, an area where about 12 Christian families live among 500 Muslim families. "On the intervention of local passersby, she was freed and returned home," APMA said, before being arrested later in the day by local police.

APMA Chairman Shahbaz Bhatti told BosNewsLife that he appealed to the chief justice of the Supreme Court to take against "the alarming misuse of the blasphemy law." He has the government to repeal the law which Bhatti said has become "a tool in the hands of extremists to persecute, victimize and terrorize religious minorities and opponents."

FREE AID

APMA lawyers have been providing free legal aid to Martha Bibi and the group is assisting the family. A Pakistani official said Tuesday, January 23, that Islamabad wants to reform its controversial blasphemy law, just days after a mentally-ill Christian and a Christian teenager were released from prison.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed reportedly said the law, would be changed after a general election due late this year or early 2008.Copyright 2007 BosNewsLife. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without our prior written consent.

Pakistan is an American Ally and "Moderate" Islamic nation? I once served in Pakistan as a member of the U.S. Army Security Agency and was stationed at Base near Pehawar, Pakistan in 1967. I speak from personal experience when I say that Pakistan is not now, nor was she ever, a friend of the American People. I say add, "Pakistan" to the enemies' list in the Global War Against Terrorism.

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Nazi-Soviet Pact Of 2007


Everyone who pays any attention at all to the news and has an objective point of view is well aware the International Left, including the Left in the USA, has joined with Jihadist Islam in Unholy Alliance to prevent America from defending itself in the Third World War.

I call this the "Nazi-Soviet Pact Of 2007." If you'll recall from from your high school history books, prior to launching his attacks against Poland and France, Adolf Hitler signed a non-aggression treaty with Stalin in August, 1939 to divide Europe between the Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany.

The big pay off for Hitler came in May, 1940 when he threw his entire military machine at France and crushed it in a Blitz of only six weeks while Stalin did not take the golden opportunity of attacking Germany from the rear while Hitler's army was involved in a maximum effort over one thousand miles from the Soviet border with Germany in jointly occupied Poland: The Second World War II could have ended quickly in an Allied victory, but it was unacceptable to Stalin that Western Democracy would have been saved.

Today we have the same dynamic in operation: Two collectivist ideologies, in this case Western international socialism and fascistic Islam, have joined together in an Unholy Alliance to crush Western style representative democracy. Thus we are treated to the obscene spectacle of the Democrat Party, the standard bearer of the Left in the USA, joined by their willing allies in the Leftist MSM, engaged in a ruthless campaign of lies, half truth and propaganda to end American military efforts in the Middle East, which have been very successful to date with the removal of power of Islamofascists from two key Muslim countries.

The dirty little secret is that the American Left, and their internationalist socialist friends in Europe, want to see representative democracy ended everywhere. Hence, like their grandfather Reds, they see the opportunity for this to occur be means of an attack from within the countries like the USA while on the international stage, the Islamic Nazis continue their attacks outside the country. At some stage the two collectivist ideologies will have a falling out: Hitler finally attacked the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 -- So pushing the International Left into the Allied camp.

The question in many minds is that when this falling out happens between two rival collectivist ideologies who have nothing in common aside for hatred of Western Civilization will there be any thing left of representative democracy?

The Leading News Stories Of The Day From An Infidel Blogger:

The Surge of the Defeatists
Terms of Surrender
Iran's Acts of War
The Monster from the Conservative Id
Omelets and Eggs
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1. The Surge of the Defeatists Before the president gets to launch his "surge" of troops in Baghdad, we're going to see an opposite type of surge: the surge of the defeatists, who will do their utmost to eliminate whatever public and political support remains for the war in Iraq.

Hence the "symbolic" vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposing the surge. Senator Richard Lugar highlights the irresponsibility and destructiveness of this vote:

Usually, nonbinding resolutions are designed to show unity on an issue or to highlight an issue that few members know about. In this case, we are laying open our disunity without the prospect that the vehicle will achieve meaningful changes in our policy. This vote will force nothing on the president, but it will confirm to our friends and allies that we are divided and in disarray.

As Daniel Henninger argues below, the left has finally managed to induce an un-American malaise of defeatism that could cause a complete collapse in American action, just when we need to be taking bolder, more aggressive action.

"Talking Ourselves into Defeat," Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, January 25 The United States is talking itself into defeat in Iraq. Its political culture is now in a downward spiral of pessimism. In the halls of Congress, across endless newspaper columns, amid the punditocracy and on Sunday morning talk shows—all emit a Stygian gloom about America.

Yes, on any given day on some discrete issue (Prime Minister Maliki's bona fides, for example), the criticism of the American role is not without justification. But the cumulative effect of this unremitting ill wind is corrosive. We are not only on the way to talking ourselves into defeat in Iraq but into a diminished international status that may be harder to recover than the doom mob imagines. Self-criticism has its role, but profligate self-doubt can exact a price….

One reason the negative mood in politics is so disconcerting is that the opposition's alternative vision is nonexistent. On joining the opposition recently, GOP Sen. Norm Coleman announced, "I can't tell you what the path to success is."…

The mood of mass resignation spreading through the body politic is toxic. It is uncharacteristic of Americans under stress. Some might call it realism, but it looks closer to the fatalism of elderly Europe, overwhelmed and exhausted by its burdens, than to the American tradition.

2. Terms of Surrender The irony of the current surge of defeatism is that it is occurring just as the surge in troops is achieving its first concrete results in Baghdad, Even before the extra US troops arrive, Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army is approaching the Iraqi government and offering to negotiate terms of surrender.

But in all such cases, we have to make sure that we are negotiating the terms of our enemy's surrender—not the terms of our own surrender. The Mahdi Army knows from bitter experience that it can't stand and fight against US troops, so it hopes to negotiate a deal in which it avoids the current fight but keeps its strength and its influence, which it can then wield later, after US troops withdraw.

The lesson of the last year, however, is that military solutions have to precede "political solutions." Negotiations won't work until the enemy has been defeated militarily. We have to defeat the militias first, before we can then talk to them about the process by which they will surrender.

"Iraqi Official Offers Terms From Militia to Avoid Fight," Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, January 25 An Iraqi official authorized to speak on behalf of field commanders for the country’s most powerful militia has approached Western military officials and laid out a plan to avoid armed confrontation, senior Iraqi and American officials said this week….

During the meetings, which took place on Jan. 17 and, most recently, on Monday, Mr. Daraji laid out a proposal from what he said were all the major political and militia groups in Sadr City, the senior Iraqi official said. The groups were eager to head off a major American military offensive in the district, home to two million Shiites, as the Americans begin a sweeping new effort to retake the streets of Baghdad.

Mr. Daraji said in an interview that field commanders would forbid their foot soldiers to carry guns in public if the American military and the Iraqi government met several basic demands….
Even so, it was far from clear whether Mr. Daraji, who said he was not related to Abdel Hadi al-Daraji, the former spokesman for Mr. Sadr who was arrested on murder charges last week, was even able to speak for the sprawling, grass-roots militia, which, according to American military estimates, numbers at least 7,000 in Baghdad alone….

Some of the actions Mr. Daraji said he had requested in exchange for the promises from the militias seemed likely to draw stony stares from American military officials, namely to stop conducting raids in Sadr City and to release a number of those who had been arrested.

3. Iran's Acts of War The most surreal aspect of the current wave of defeatism is that it is taking place at the same time that mainstream media sources are openly reporting that Iran is engaging in acts of war against the United States, as in this Newsweek report on Iran's role in providing technology and training to insurgents who are killing US troops in Iraq.

But we should not be surprised. To refuse to fight back against foreign governments who are committing acts of war against us—isn't that the decades-long stance of the entire foreign-policy establishment?

"Deadly Triggers," Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball, Newsweek via MSNBC, January 24 Why is the Bush administration escalating its accusations that Iran is backing Shiite extremists inside Iraq? One reason: mounting intelligence indicating Tehran has been supplying insurgents with electronic sensors that trigger roadside bombs used against US troops….

Bruce Riedel, a senior intelligence official who retired from the CIA only two months ago, told NEWSWEEK he too was aware of reports that serial numbers of sensors retrieved from IEDs in Iraq have been traced to orders from Iran placed with infrared-sensor manufacturers in Taiwan and Japan.

The infrared devices are particularly deadly as triggers for homemade bombs. Unlike cell phones, radio-control systems or garage-door openers—some of the other devices that have been used by Iraqi insurgents to trigger IEDs—the infrared devices do not emit a signal that can be detected before they go off. As a result, it is particularly difficult for US forces to locate and defuse IEDs rigged with such triggers.

The presence of the infrared sensors is not the only intelligence pointing to an Iranian role in the construction of IEDs…. US officials say they believe the supply of equipment and components to insurgents inside Iraq is being arranged in Iran by the Al-Quds brigades. This group is an offshoot of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a national militia organization charged with protecting Iran’s theocratic government from counterrevolutionary forces. The corps is believed to operate under the direct authority of Iran’s outspoken and controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who himself originally rose to prominence as a member of the organization….

[O]ne of the biggest open secrets in Iraq is the identity of the station chief of Iranian intelligence. According to former CIA official Riedel, he is one of the "most important figures in Baghdad." But this person operates from the Iranian Embassy, almost certainly under cover of diplomatic immunity. While his identity is known to intelligence agencies and his activities may be watched, there is little if anything—short of a violation of diplomatic conventions that could amount to an act of war—that US forces can do to shut him down.

4. The Monster from the Conservative Id I recently described Dinesh D'Souza as the monster from the conservative id. While many conservatives have reacted to the Muslim threat by explicitly declaring themselves to be defenders of the legacy of the Enlightenment, attempting to ally themselves with the civilized heights of Western Civilization, D'Souza reveals the underlying truth: the religious right's latent sympathy with Islamic fundamentalism.

D'Souza has been pushing his thesis in recent days, with the op-ed linked to below and another one in the Philadelphia Inquirer which ends with the declaration that "Secularism…is responsible for producing a blowback of Muslim rage." D'Souza is desperately trying to stir up a firestorm of controversy, which would also be a firestorm of publicity for his book.

It is interesting to note who has not yet taken this bait: the conservatives. At National Review Online, a paid ad from D'Souza's publisher declares, "let the debate begin." But after a brief flurry of negative comments on an NRO blog, the conservative establishment has been silent, as far as I can tell. It's starting to look like they're embarrassed by the book and are hoping that if they ignore it, it will just go away.

"War on Terror's Other Front: Cleaning Up US Pop Culture," Dinesh D'Souza, Christian Science Monitor, January 25 As an Iranian from Neishapour told journalist Afshin Molavi, "People say we want freedom. You know what these foreign-inspired people want? They want the freedom to gamble and drink and bring vice to our Muslim land. This is the kind of freedom they want."…

In one of his post-9/11 propaganda videos, Osama bin Laden said that Islam faces the greatest threat it has faced since the time of Muhammad. How could he possibly think this? Not because of US troops that were in Saudi Arabia. Not even because of Israel. The threat bin Laden is referring to is an infiltration of American values and mores into the lives of Muslims, transforming their society and destroying their traditional values and religious beliefs….

These concerns prompt a startling thought: Are the radical Muslims right?...

To many American liberals, pop culture reflects the values of individuality, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression. Thus, it is seen as a moral achievement. But viewed from the perspective of people in the traditional societies of the world, notably the Muslim world, these same trends appear to be nothing less than the shameless promotion of depravity….

The best we Americans can do is to show Muslims, and traditional people around the world, the "other America" that they often don't see. Bush and his administration spokespersons should in their speeches do more to highlight the values of conservative and religious America. They should not be afraid to speak out against American cultural exports that are shameless and corrupting….

As citizens, we should not hesitate to tell traditional Muslims and others that there are many of us who are working to reverse the tide of cultural depravity in our society and around the world.

5. Omelets and Eggs A college friend of mine once told me about how, during the fall of Communism, an Eastern European professor described to his students the dilemma faced by the newly liberated nations of his homeland.

Playing off of the old Communist excuse that "you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs"—their rationalization for breaking skulls—the professor replied: "When you have eggs and you want an omelet, it's very easy. When you have an omelet, and you want the eggs back, it's very difficult."

This describes the quandary of any nation moving away from tyranny and struggling to rebuild (or build for the first time) the institutions that have been broken and scrambled by dictatorship.

Here is an example from China, where the press is beginning to push for greater freedom from government censorship. It has not managed to secure much freedom to discuss larger political issues, but it is making headway on one issue: the freedom to report on official corruption at the local level.

But there is one catch: the Chinese press has been debased by decades of government controls, and by the reporters' complicity in those controls. And so Chinese newspapers are struggling to keep their own reporters from cashing in on the corruption by demanding bribes to cover up embarrassing stories.

The real news, however, is not that this kind of corruption is happening. The news is that it is being reported on and discussed, and some crusading editors are trying to stamp it out.

"Blackmailing By Journalists In China Seen As 'Frequent'," Edward Cody, Washington Post, January 25 "It's very, very frequent," said Ma Yunlong, an editor whose newspaper exposed an instance of extravagant extortion in central Henan province in 2005. Ma said the case involved 480 reporters and others pretending to be reporters who asked for "shut-up fees" to keep news of a mine flood out of the public eye.

In many ways, blackmail journalism grew naturally out of a system in which Communist Party censors control the news rigorously, barring reports that could be seen as unfavorable to the party or contrary to the government's political goals. If the ruling party distorts the news for political reasons, blackmailing reporters have concluded, why wouldn't they do it themselves for financial reasons?

In addition, local party officials, long used to manipulating information, have been complicit in the payoff system when it suits their needs. In the everybody-does-it atmosphere, even non-reporters have found ways to get in on the take by posing as journalists.

After the August 2005 mine disaster, for instance, reporters and their friends in Henan province dispatched a flurry of cellphone messages as soon as they heard the news—not because they were eager to report on it, but because they knew local officials would be eager to hush it up…. Over several days, the extortionists carried away 200,000 yuan, or more than $25,000, he reported….

After investigating, Gou told his reporters that he was convinced this was a unique case; he threatened to fire any others caught engaging in such conduct. "If anyone feels he can only make a living by blackmailing people, he should leave," Gou said, according to the record. "This is not the place for you."

But he also acknowledged that Shenzhen has an "unhealthy environment" in which such corruption can flourish.