Archive for January, 2007

Spitting on Our Troops

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Some back-room boob apparatchnik at Bargain Suppliers of West Allis, Wisconsin decided to shoot his mouth off at — spit on, as in the Vietnam era — one of our brave soldiers in Iraq:

“We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.”

Brilliant. A what did the customer, Army Sgt. Jason Hess, serving in Taji, do to elicit such a “response?” He:

…sent the company an e-mail asking if it could ship its foam-rubber floor matting to an Army Post Office in Iraq.

Thanks to management, the “customer service rep” (boob) who spewed the vitriol is now a “former employee.”

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Stand Up To Ahmadinejad

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

By Aish.com

Watch the movie; sign the petition:

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British Muslim-on-Muslim Violence

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

What happened when some British Muslims found that another Muslim decided to honor his country by serving in the military? Did they write a letter to the editor? Call a council meeting? Mind their own damn business? No. The Islamists were planning to “abduct [the] British Muslim soldier and behead him” in an “‘Iraq-style’ execution.” Lovely. From the AP:

Counterterrorism police arrested eight men in an alleged kidnapping plot during pre-dawn raids Wednesday, police said, while a broadcaster reported the suspects wanted to abduct a British Muslim soldier and behead him. Police would not comment on Sky News reports about that, or about a plan to post the beheading on the Internet. Counterterrorism officials — speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation — said the plot was the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.

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Herouxville, Quebec: No [Sharia] Violence Against Women

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

“Oh, Canada!” Or should I do my impersonation of René Lévesque singing, “Ô Canada! mon pays, mes amours?” The town of Herouxville, Quebec has taken a stand against the “multi-cultural” crap of giving special dispensations to Islamists. Merci beaucoup! Désirent ardemment Herouxville de phase! You think it would be common sense for any human community to agree that throwing acid on your wife is a bad thing, but not much in Sharia makes sense. The blind fools who push extremist, dogmatic multi-culturalism on us would allow anything, as long as it doesn’t offend anyone. [Freudian interpretation: These fools subconsciously believe that they'll be spared Islamist throat-slitting by placating Muslims.] Here’s the skinny from Reuters:

Immigrants wishing to live in the small Canadian town of Herouxville, Quebec, must not stone women to death in public, burn them alive or throw acid on them, according to an extraordinary set of rules released by the local council.

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No More Spare F-14 Parts for Ahmadinejad

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

It took a Democratic Senator, Ron Wyden, to convince the Pentagon to stop the potential sale of F-14 parts to the Iranian regime, probably the U.S.’s greatest enemy. Wouldn’t this be common sense? I guess not at the Pentagon. The U.S. needs to use anything possible, including military force, to dissuade Iran’s mullahs from meddling in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine — wherever Islamo-fascism has roots. Here’s Wyden:

It just defies common sense to be making this kind of equipment available to the Iranians with all that they have done that is against our interests.

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New Anti-Terrorism Caucus Formed in U.S. House

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

By Zeyno Baran*

Today at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (R-NC), along with Representatives Bud Cramer (D-AL), Kay Granger (R-TX), and Ben Chandler (D-KY) formally announced they have formed a new bipartisan Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus. Myrick, Cramer, Granger, and Chandler are the co-chairs of the new caucus.

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Ashoura’s Long Grudge

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Is the “schism between Sunnis and Shiites,” dating back to the 7th century, worth the blood, massacres, beheadings, executions, homicide bombings, etc. — worth attacking peoples’ religious rituals? Is the hatred worth it, Muslims killing 55,000 to 655,000 other Muslims? Does Islam have a problem with itself? When will Muslims heal their schism and end their war with civilization and modernity? Here’s today’s savagery from Iraq — part of a long litany of barbarous Muslim-on-Muslim acts:

Assailants struck Shiite worshippers in three Iraqi cities Tuesday, killing at least 39 people in bombings and ambushes during the climax of ceremonies marking Ashoura, the holiest day in the Shiite calendar. In apparent retaliation, mortar shells slammed into predominantly Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad hours later, killing at least five people and wounding 20, officials said.

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An Endless Supply of Jihadis?

Monday, January 29th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Officials in Iraq say at least 200 militants were killed on Sunday during clashes with US-backed Iraqi troops ahead of a major Shia Muslim festival.

- BBC, 1/29/07

Add to this news: these terrorists’ leader was nixed — a guy who claimed to be the Madhi, an Islamic messiah. Two or three years ago, I was celebrating such Coalition/Iraqi triumphs. First Najaf was cleaned up, then Sadr City, then Fallujah, then Mosul… U.S. and Iraqi forces killed at least 1,200 insurgents and captured an estimated 1,025 in Fallujah back in ’04. But we seem to keep having this fight; this conversation. Today, “a series of mortar, bomb and gun attacks across Iraq left at least 36 people dead and scores injured, security officials said?” Sunni/Wahabi terrorists; al-Qaeda in Iraq; Shiite revenge via death squads; now Shiite messianic cults trying to kill other Shiites — is there still hope for bringing democracy to the country?

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Palestinian Homicide Bomber Violates Eilat Peace

Monday, January 29th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Eilat is a peaceful, beautiful Red Sea-side town, where Israelis and foreign tourists gather to enjoy sun, food, and perhaps some skin/SCUBA diving. The town threatens no one, except if you’re a crazed Palestinian homicide bomber:

A suicide bomber has killed three people at a bakery in the southern Israeli town of Eilat, police say.

The explosion ripped through the Lehamim bakery in a residential area at 0940 (0740 GMT).

Three Palestinian militant groups said they carried out the attack, saying the bomber was from Gaza but had entered Eilat via neighbouring Jordan.

Palestinians have been so busy killing each other lately… Maybe they tired of their own blood and needed a fix for Jewish blood again. If Palestinians are so willing to kill each other, and to kill innocent Jews, how can Israel be expected to find peace with them?

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Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews

Monday, January 29th, 2007

A briefing by David Pryce-Jones*

David Pryce-Jones, senior editor of National Review, has also written for the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and the Spectator, while contributing frequently to such publications as The Times of London, Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and The New Republic. Pryce-Jones was educated at Oxford and has taught at universities in California and Iowa. He has authored nine novels and a dozen books of non-fiction. The latter treat such themes as Middle Eastern politics and culture, the fall of the Soviet Union, and literary biography and criticism. For more biographical information, see http://www.davidpryce-jones.com. Mr. Pryce-Jones addressed the Middle East Forum in New York on November 2, 2006.

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Israeli Apartheid? Yeah, Right

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Just wait for Raleb Majadele to be labeled a “collaborator” by his Palestinian “brethren.” Need I even reiterate the difference between Israeli democracy and the sewer of Arab dictatorship? The openness and fairness of Israeli society is self-evident:

The Israel government has voted to appoint an Arab Muslim to the cabinet – for the first time in the history of the Jewish state.

Raleb Majadele from the Labour Party will be minister without portfolio.

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The End of Profiling?

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

…more practical, although just as radical: adopting the Israeli model of airport security. The Israelis are generally regarded as having the safest air travel in the world because, instead of searching for weapons, they use profiling to search for terrorists.

- Weekly Standard, 9/1/2006

Despite the proven efficacy of profiling for terrorists, the new Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress may put an end to security pragmatism in favor of appeasement and political correctness. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Sen. Russ Feingold D-Wis., are planning to introduce legislation to ban racial profiling, though it is unclear whether the pair wish to outlaw all profiling. According to the AP, the push for the ban gained momentum after an incident last November:

The repercussions of an airline’s decision to remove a group of imams from a commercial flight in Minneapolis could be heard in Congress this year, with civil rights groups pushing Democratic lawmakers to ban racial profiling.

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Killing Little Girls is Holy War?

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Shiite terrorists — jihadis or “holy warriors” — today specifically targeted a girls school in a predominantly Sunni area of Baghdad, “killing five pupils and wounding 20.” At least the MSM is picking up the story, but will there be any soul-searching in the Muslim world? I doubt it. It is more likely that we will hear the usual Taqiyya — lying to save the face of Islam.

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Privatize the CIA

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

by Michael Rubin*

Twice this past week, on January 23 and 25, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held hearings on intelligence reform. Topics included the remaining 9/11 Commission recommendations and efforts both to facilitate information-sharing across the U.S. government’s 16 intelligence agencies and to increase the number of operatives and linguists.

The committee’s schedule suggests Sen. Jay Rockefeller will use his new majority status and chairmanship to increase oversight and press the Bush administration on matters ranging from CIA rendition programs to the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs. Oversight should be welcome, but neither it nor the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations will be enough to rectify the quality of U.S. intelligence analysis.

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Palestinian Death Toll Mounts

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

The Palestinian death toll is mounting — not because of what Israel did or did not do, but because of violence between the Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and Fatah. Remember “The Photo that Started it All?” It was a lie perpetrated by the mainstream media to demonize Israel, and to legitimize Palestinian terrorism. Now that Palestinians are killing each other, including innocent children, where is the media outcry? From the BBC:

Deadly battles between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have continued in the Gaza Strip, leaving at least five more dead.

Saturday’s deaths raise the toll since Thursday night to at least 22. …

Clashes erupted in Gaza after weeks of relative calm and renewed efforts to form a national unity government. Both sides say they have suspended talks.

Those killed on Saturday included a boy of 11 or 12 who was hit during a shootout late at night between the two factions in the northern Gaza Strip.

Earlier at least one person died in a gun battle near Gaza’s Islamic University, while another died in a car explosion – rumoured to be caused when explosives being carried in the vehicle exploded.

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