Archive for September, 2007

Germany’s Middle East Policy

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

by Wolfgang G. Schwanitz*

At times of peace, Germany’s Middle East policy has historically taken a secondary position—one subordinate to Germany’s primary policy toward Europe and America. While of secondary importance, it was a tool that could be used to manipulate the Middle Eastern Question by playing off Western powers against each other. Berlin’s goal was a peaceful penetration of the Ottoman Empire, and it had no colonial aspirations in the region. During the world wars, however, Berlin elevated its Middle East policy to primary status by instigating jihad in the enemy’s hinterland. Yet in recent years, Berlin has sought out policies on Middle East peace and Islam fitting the European framework.[1]

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IPT Video Sinks Muslim Brotherhood Appointment in Virginia

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

By The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)*

Esam Omeish, President of the Muslim American Society and a newly appointed member of the state’s Commission of Immigration, resigned Thursday, a few hours after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was informed of online videos, posted by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), showing Omeish railing against Israel and advocating “the jihad way.”

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End of the Line for MoveOn.org

Friday, September 28th, 2007

by Bill Levinson

There is an outstanding scene in one of the Karate Kid movies in which a corrupt martial arts instructor’s students finally recognize his dishonesty and lack of character, throw their belts at his feet, and walk away in disgust. Almost half of the Senate’s Democrats and two thirds of the House’s Democrats have just done the same with MoveOn.org. These include former MoveOn.org candidates Bob Casey (PA), Bill Nelson (FL), Patrick Murphy (PA-08) and Nick Lampson (TX-22). This is the long-awaited break in the ranks that marks the end of MoveOn.org. It shows that many if not most Democrats are now more afraid of public opinion and common decency than they are of MoveOn.org’s organizing capabilities and George Soros’ money.

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Disbanding and Rebuilding the Iraqi Army: The Historical Perspective

Friday, September 28th, 2007

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi*

In 1921, the Iraqi Army was established in the British mandate, which had weak democratic institutions at the time of the first insurgency. The Iraqi public saw that its destiny was controlled by the British, whom it believed sought to exploit the country’s natural resources. In a backlash of nationalism, the public projected its aspirations for complete independence on the growing army. After 2003, the Americans reestablished an army in a state with weak democratic institutions during a period of civil internal conflict, and 82 years after the British mandate, the United States controlled Iraq’s destiny. Both the United Kingdom and the United States faced the same difficulties and produced the same reactions among the Iraqi public as they tried to create an Iraqi Army from “scratch.”

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The Big Jena 6 Lie

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Six black teens beat up a white kid in Jena, Louisiana, and Al Sharpton hails it as “the start of the 21st century civil rights movement.” The white teen who was assaulted had nothing to do with the hoo-ha. Some 18,000 “protesters” swarmed Jena demanding that the black teens, the so-called “Jena 6,” be released from custody — for beating up an innocent bystander. This is not justice. This is no civil rights movement. This is the culture of victimization, avoiding its own problems and projecting them on others. How did it all get started?

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Concrete Canadian action needed to end military dictatorship in Burma

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

By Canadian Coalition for Democracies

Ottawa, Canada – On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier condemned Burma’s military junta for the regime’s escalating assaults on freedom, democracy and individual liberty. The junta has long detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, abused other pro-democracy leaders and protesters, and denied free expression and free association to its citizens.

“Canadians applaud Minister Bernier’s firm support for democracy in Burma,” said Alastair Gordon, President, Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). “The Minister must now demonstrate Canada’s commitment with decisive action aimed at ending the dictatorship, and restoring freedom to the Burmese people.”

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Top Democrats: No Iraq Troop Withdrawal

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013. …

- CNN, 9/27/07

This is the saving grace of American politics: the overwhelming power of the center; the adaptability of a naturally self-correcting system. If this were not the case, then certainly the top Democrats debating last night in New Hampshire would have continued to cater to their far-left constituency, and demanded the immediate pull-out of American troops from Iraq. No doubt we’ll here cries from the loony-left about how they’ve been “betrayed.” Here are the top Democratic contenders in their own words:

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Normalizing Evil

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

by Phyllis Chesler

Columbia University’s President Bollinger accomplished three things by allowing Iran’s President Amadinejad a platform. Bollinger modeled the normalization of “dialogue” with our era’s Hitler; he gained for himself a world platform in which he indulged his ego (and tried to appease his donor base) by saying many of the “right” things; and he exposed the West’s weakest spot, namely our willingness to engage in fruitless and endless debate with evil instead of defeating it on the battlefield.

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Islamic Economics: What Does It Mean?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

by Daniel Pipes*

While the outside world hardly noticed, a significant and rapidly growing amount of money is now being managed in accord with Islamic law, the Shari’a. According to one study, “by the end of 2005, more than 300 institutions in over 65 jurisdictions were managing assets worth around US$700 billion to US$1 trillion in a Shari’ah-compatible manner.”

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MoveOn.org Democrats “Betrayus” on Cornyn Amendment

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

by Bill Levinson

Nowhere do we see “Senator” or “Representative” in front of David Petraeus’ name. General Petraeus did not get a vote on “A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq” in late 2002. As a soldier, he has merely carried out the lawful orders he received from our civilian government. The fact that Hillary Clinton voted to give him and other soldiers those orders, but has now joined MoveOn.org in attacking his personal character, proves her unfit to direct our Armed Forces in any capacity whatsoever.

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CAIR Calls for Profiling of Muslims in the United States

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

By Andrew Whitehead

On September 20, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington DC based Islamic terrorism supporting group, issued a press release titled “CAIR Welcomes TSA Policy Change on Islamic Scarf.” From the article:

“Following discussions with community leaders of several faiths, including a representative of CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, TSA officials have accepted a proposed modification to the August 4 policy. According to the updated policy, Muslim women who wear a head cover that is attached to the contour of the head, with no space between the scarf and the head, should not be subjected to a secondary screening. That style of cover is worn by the majority of Muslim women who wear scarves.”

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Ahmadinejad at Columbia: no gays in Iran

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

…”In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at Columbia University…

- The Sydney Morning Herald, 9/25/07

If there are no gays in Iran, then why have Ahmadinejad’s courts tortured, sentenced, and executed so many homosexuals there? They hung two boys for being gay in July 2005. Two adult men were executed around the same time “for homosexual conduct.” According to the British LGBT rights group OutRage, “over 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979.”

Of course, Ahmadinejad hoped that his appearance at Columbia University would show how reasonable he is, but the implication of his denial of the existence of gays in Iran is complicated — and quite Freudian. Ahmadinejad is in fact implying that Iran is morally superior to the U.S., because it is free of the “perversion” (“lavat”) of homosexuality. Reasonable? Not according to Scott Long of Human Rights Watch:

“This is a sick joke,” …[and he added that]… Iran tortures gays under a penal code that punishes homosexuality between men with the death penalty.

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Propaganda Show at Columbia University

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

By Fern Sidman

The hallowed halls of New York City’s premiere Ivy League institution of higher learning, Columbia University, will never be the same for today the world’s leading despot graced its presence. Today, the master of propaganda, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the podium at Columbia’s World Leaders Forum and spewed forth his own brand of vituperative against America and Israel, while sprinkling in generous doses of lies and gross distortions of facts. Today, a Holocaust denier and executor of dissidents exploited the cherished freedoms of American society, all the while smiling like a Cheshire cat. Today, the new generation of progenitors of “freedom of speech” and “academic freedom” heaped praise upon themselves as they reveled in their latest victory.

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HLF Jury Begins Deliberations

Monday, September 24th, 2007

By The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)*

DALLAS – The fate of five men accused of running the nation’s largest terrorist-financing front is in the hands of a jury.

The men, officers and employees at the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) are charged with conspiracy and with providing material support to Hamas through their charitable donations. Prosecutors say HLF funneled more than $12 million to Hamas, mostly through a network of social welfare charities in the West Bank and Gaza.

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Columbia welcomes Ahmadinejad, shuns Minuteman

Monday, September 24th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

The Iranian president will address students and faculty at a forum only days after Columbia retracted a speaking invitation to the president of the Minuteman Project…

- Fox, 9/24/07

Fox adds, “Critics wonder why the leader of a nation that exports terrorism is allowed to speak [at Columbia], but the leader of an American organization that seeks to secure U.S. borders was not.” Count me as a critic. When Minuteman founder and president Jim Gilchrist tried to speak at Columbia last year, “his speech was thwarted when students and other opponents stormed the stage as he took the podium.” No doubt that Iranian President Ahmadinejad will be welcomed courteously at Columbia, even though he’s called the Holocaust a “myth” and advocated that Israel be “wiped off the map.” Columbia allowed a riot to stifle Gilchrist’s free speech — in academia. Fair and balanced? Click to watch and read about the “Minutemen Insanity at Columbia” last year.

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