Archive for May, 2007

Syria’s Freudian Guilt

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Sometimes a person’s (or government’s) guilt can be fathomed by how vehemently that entity objects to accusations, and/or denies its guilt. Case in point: Syrian objections to the UN Security Council’s decision to establish an international tribunal to investigate the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Laughingly, Syria is claiming to be looking out of the Lebanese people — after ruthlessly occupying the nation for 29 years. From the BBC:

(more…)


LAPD Chief Feeds Officers to the Dogs

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Despite evidence to the contrary, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton fed his own officers to the dogs at a press conference held yesterday. Obviously, his career advancement comes before officer safety. Bratton stated that a “‘command and control breakdown’ and poor officer communication fueled violence” between police officers and demonstrators at a May 1 immigration rally in MacArthur Park. Members of the press were caught in the middle. But the LAPD’s own “transmissions, video footage and dozens of interviews from command staff” show that some of the demonstrators violently attacked police, according to a report aired on NPR yesterday (re: an “aggressive group of rock throwing demonstrators”). Jack Dunphy of the National Review has “spoken with people who were directly involved and [has] pieced together what [he is] confident is an accurate if incomplete description of the events:”

(more…)


The Soviets’ Six-Day War

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

by Daniel Pipes*

One of the great enigmas of the modern Middle East is why, forty years ago next week, the Six-Day War took place. Neither Israel nor its Arab neighbors wanted or expected a fight in June 1967; the consensus view among historians holds that the unwanted combat resulted from a sequence of accidents.

(more…)


Help Derail Barack Obama’s Walk for Change

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Giving Political Credibility to Anti-Semites and Other Hate Mongers Must Carry a Heavy Price

by Bill Levinson

David Ploufe of BarackObama.com sent the following in response to our e-mails questioning Barack Obama’s association with anti-Semites, racists, and hate organizations.

An army of Obama volunteers are getting ready to Walk for Change on June 9. These folks will go door-to-door, signing up new volunteers, raising money from supporters, and spreading Barack’s message of change in neighborhoods across the country. Local organizers have planned more than 1,000 walks in all 50 states.

If Barack Obama’s association with bigots and hate groups is not acceptable to you, here is how to derail his Walk for Change. First, print out the information shown below, and have it ready to hand to the Walk for Change volunteer on Saturday June 9. Then, when the volunteer comes to your door, be polite but firm.

(more…)


National Jewish Democratic Council: Criticize Republicans On Any Pretext

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

by Bill Levinson

The National Jewish Democratic Council (double oxymoron, there is nothing about it that any decent Jew or Democrat would acknowledge) just posted, “Criticize Romney for his Behavior, NOT his Religion.” NJDC head Ira Forman, the same individual who whitewashed MoveOn.org’s anti-Semitic hate speech, wrote the following:

When Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney chose to honor Henry Ford with his campaign announcement, NJDC raised an objection. When Romney praised Pat Robertson during his commencement address at Regent University, NJDC posted criticism on our blog, noting some extreme quotes by Robertson.

So tell us, Mr. Forman: when is the NJDC is going to criticize Hillary Clinton and especially Barack Obama for honoring the prominent racist and anti-Semite Al Sharpton by appearing at his National Action Network, with Obama posing arm in arm with him? We remind NJDC that, while Henry Ford has been dead for sixty years and that he retracted his anti-Semitic publications in the bargain, the individual whose rhetoric helped provoke the fatal Crown Heights pogrom and the fatal arson of a Jewish-owned store in Harlem is alive, well, and unrepentent.

(more…)


Is Iraq in a Civil War?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

by David A. Patten*

Many politicians have determined Iraq to be in a civil war. “We’re not fighting terrorism in Iraq,” Rep. John Murtha (Democrat-Penn.) said on January 27, 2006, “We’re fighting a civil war in Iraq.”[1] He is not alone. On November 27, 2006, NBC sparked media and political debate when it announced it would henceforth label the violence in Iraq a civil war. Such a designation is significant. Major-General William Nash (ret.) explains failure to acknowledge that a civil war exists “means that our counter-measures are inadequate and, therefore, dangerous to our long-term interests.”[2] A March 2007 Pentagon report augmented the debate. “Some elements of the situation in Iraq are properly descriptive of a ‘civil war,’ including the hardening of ethno-sectarian identities and mobilization, the changing character of the violence and population displacements,” it said.[3] However, the debate should not be political. Precision matters. If Iraq is not in a civil war, using the term for U.S. domestic political reasons might undercut efforts to restore stability.

(more…)


Globalization Destabilization

Monday, May 28th, 2007

By RA Sprinkle

Globalization: A Catalyst for Terrorism and Global Destabilization?

The object here is not to lay blame on globalization for the hostilities to it, nor to excuse hostile or malevolent reactions. It is, however, worthy of understanding, not only the sources of global instability today, but the catalyst setting these forces into an aggressive-defensive mode. It is for this purpose I propose the question: Is the increase of terrorism and the radicalization of Islam over the past few decades an effect of globalization? Furthermore, are many of the tensions between nations today related to the transition from self-dependent, sovereign states into a world of nations which are becoming increasingly interdependent, while looking to establish global security and world order through international consensus in a multi-polar, global society?

(more…)


iPod poopoo accessories – must have!

Monday, May 28th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Are you part of the iPod phenomena? If so, then you can’t be without your iTunes when sitting on the can. Keep in mind that if you do purchase the Atech Flash iCarta Stereo Dock with Bath Tissue Holder, and use it a lot, my pseudo-diagnosis is that you may have digestive problems, or a touch of Freud’s anal retentiveness:

Note: all advertising revenues go towards keeping this site online.


Australian Pub Bans Heteros – Two Wrongs Make a Right?

Monday, May 28th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Yesterday, I reported on mistreatment of gays in Moscow. This incident was “deplored” by all sorts of big-wigs, like London Mayor Ken Livingstone and “the mayors of Paris and Rome.” Now I find that a gay bar in Australia has banned heterosexuals from entering, with the approval of government and civil rights groups. Identity politics — special dispensations for certain groups — will lead us down a slippery slope, one where our laws will become untenable and confusing. How would we explain such contradictions to children? There’s too many of us straights anyway — I guess we should be wearing hetero armbands. From the BBC:

A gay pub in the city of Melbourne has won the right to ban heterosexuals – the first time such legislation has been passed in Australia.

The Victorian state civil and administrative tribunal ruled the Peel Hotel could ban patrons based on their sexual orientation.

The pub’s management said the move would stop groups of heterosexual men and women abusing gay people.

Civil liberties groups have supported the decision.

(more…)


Moscow is not Sodom!

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Despite being decriminalized, homosexuality is still widely despised in Russia.

- AP

Church ladyNow isn’t that special? Russia sure is uptight: pushing around chess players (political dissidents); picking on little countries like Estonia; and now going after gays, whom Moscow Mayor Luzhkov described as “satanic:”

Police detained gay rights activists, among them European lawmakers, as they tried to present a letter to Moscow’s mayor Sunday in a demonstration that also attracted a hostile crowd of people who punched and threw eggs at the activists. [Continues below...]

(more…)


Hamas Admits to Holding Hostages

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Hamas, an elected and “sovereign” government, has admitted openly to holding hostage the citizen of another sovereign nation, Israel. Responsible government? From the BBC:

…Hamas has warned that any Israeli attack against the group’s military or political leaders would make the release of Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit more uncertain. …

What would happen if Norway threatened Sweden by holding Swedish citizens hostage? How many more examples could I list in which this situation would be considered unconscionable? Many. Yet the Palestinians continue to get away with murder — literally. One of their rockets killed an Israeli man this morning. Fair and balanced?

(more…)


America’s Limited Options

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

By Ted Belman, IsraPundit

Before 9/11, Islamists attacked American forces, ships, diplomats and Embassies from time to time with relative impunity. The enormity of 9/11 demanded that the US put an end to such attacks. Her first response which came within 24 hours of the attack was to enable planeloads of Saudi VIPs to leave the country. Thus even before determining who was responsible and what course of action to be taken, Bush decided to absolve and protect the Saudis. Incredible, considering that 15 of the 19 terrorists were Saudis.

Nine days later, Bush identified the perpetrators as the “enemies of freedom” (how generic) and named al Qaeda as the culprit declaring that it follows a “fringe form of Islamic extremism” thereby absolving Islam also.

Although he grandly declared that “we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorists” he did no such thing except for invading Afghanistan.

I urge you to reread my article What War on Terror? which sets this out in greater detail.

(more…)


Darfur’s Mass Graves

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

…The prosecutor says most of the killings were done by the Sudanese army and the janjaweed, Arab militiamen backed by the Sudanese government. Their war on Darfur rebels, which turned against all black African villagers, has become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 200,000 dead and 2.5 million made homeless. …

- AP

When will the government in Khartoum be held accountable for its campaign of ethnic cleansing? Will the atrocities be stopped before the evidence is all covered up? Read on:

(more…)


Rosie Ousted from The View

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Rosie O’Donnell has fought her last fight at “The View.” ABC said Friday she asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract at the daytime chatfest following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday. She was due to leave in mid-June. …

No one was feeling the love on Wednesday, when the argument with Hasselbeck began over O’Donnell’s statement last week about the war: “655,000 Iraqi civilians have died. Who are the terrorists?”…

- AP

Dear Rosie, most of the Iraqi civilians have been killed by Sunni or Shiite terrorists. To give you an idea of how childishly Rosie and friends operate, check this out:

O’Donnell’s chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly led out of the building on Wednesday after she was caught drawing mustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck in “The View” studios.

(more…)


AAH Calls On U.S. Govt. To Shut Down Major American Muslim Organization

Friday, May 25th, 2007

By Joe Kaufman, posted by permission

Editor’s note: If you would like to help in exposing the ICNA’s funding of Hamas, please click here.

(Coral Springs, FL) Americans Against Hate (AAH), the terrorist watchdog group, is calling on the United States government to shut down the offices and freeze the assets of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for its role in the financing of Hamas. As well, AAH is calling on the U.S. government to place the Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), on the State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) for the same.

In August of 2006, just nine short months ago, JI announced on its website that it had presented, via its charity Al-Khidmat Foundation (AKF), a check for $99 thousand (six million rupees) to the head of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal. Mashaal thanked JI and stated that Hamas would continue to wage Jihad (war) against Israel.

(more…)