Archive for November, 2008

India-Israel Economic Ties Strongest Ever, Despite Mumbai Attacks

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

… Indo-Israeli business relations are on a roll. Bilateral trade is set to touch $3.3 billion this year, some 20% more than the previous year. India is emerging as one of Israel’s largest global trading partners. In Asia, India has overtaken China, and is placed after Hong Kong and Japan as far as trade with Israel is considered. …

The Economic Times, 11/29/2008

Perhaps one of the motives of this week’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India was to damage the burgeoning trade relationship between Israel and India. The two countries have much in common: they both won their independence from the British Empire in and around 1948; Israel and India are democracies; both have free market economic systems; the two countries have large, restive Muslim populations; and, both are surrounded by hostile Muslim neighbors. Remember that the Islamist terrorists, the Deccan Mujahideen, stormed, took control over, and killed all hostages (Israeli nationals) at the Chabad center in Mumbai this week. This cowardly attack may already have had an impact on Indo-Israeli economic relations:

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Legendary Songwriter Now Marches to an Islamist Tune

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

by David J. Rusin*

Music and real estate mogul Kenny Gamble, alternatively known as Luqman Abdul Haqq, is one of the most powerful men in Philadelphia — and also among the most controversial. His effort to revitalize dilapidated South Philly neighborhoods stands at the center of the storm. While he grandiosely links his projects to “the saving of America,” others have accused him of constructing a “black Muslim enclave.”

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Iranian Law: An Eye For An Eye (Literally)

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Iran is one of the world’s nations which implements Sharia, Islamic law: “At the devout end of the spectrum [is] the Islamic Republic of Iran, where mullahs are the ultimate authority…” This “Islamic Republic” is well-known for its “serious human [rights] violations.” One of Iran’s latest legal rulings demonstrates its government’s Stone Age attitude towards law:

A court in Iran has ruled that a man who blinded a woman with acid after she spurned his marriage proposals will also be blinded with acid. …

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Mumbai Terror attacks: Urban Jihad comes to India

Friday, November 28th, 2008

By Walid Phares*

As we write this short early assessment of the terror attacks in Mumbai, events are still unforlding in the financial capital of the sub Indian region. Counter Terrorism units are battling armed elements inside several buildings including the Taj Hotel where hostages have been seized, including foreigners. My first round of monitoring included a discussion with our colleague Animesh Roul who has also posted a report on CTB. I must credit a number of facts and assumptions to him including the projection that the perpetrators — although calling themselves Deccan Mujahideen — are in fact members or trained by Lashkar e Toiba/SIMI (who according to Animesh Roul now call themselves Indian Mujahideen). Here is the condensed report I discussed on Fox News, the BBC, Russia Today TV and other international outlets.

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Islamists Kill Jewish Hostages in Mumbai

Friday, November 28th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Can there be any question of the deep hatred Islamists bare towards Jews? On Wednesday, Islamist terrorists went on a rampage in Mumbai, India, killing at least 144, wounding approximately 300, and taking hostages. Today, as the standoff between Indian security forces and Islamists continued to unfold, it was revealed that the terrorists killed all their Jewish captives:

In Mumbai, Indian commandos who stormed the city’s Jewish centre have found five dead hostages. Initial reports say that three of the terrorists holding them hostage were also killed. All the dead hostages are reported to be Israeli nationals. …

But the carnage wasn’t limited to Jews:

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Wal-mart: Black Friday Turns Red

Friday, November 28th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Our young men and women are dying for the cause of freedom and democracy in Iraq. Seventy-eight innocents were killed and 200 wounded by Islamist terrorists on Wednesday in Mumbai, India. Civil war rages in Somalia. Today in Valley Stream, Long Island, a Wal-mart employee was trampled to death and at least 3 other people injured when shoppers stormed the store, anxious to get their hands on holiday bargains. What’s wrong with this picture — especially if one were asked to prioritize this list of tragedies?

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The Thanksgiving Day Massacre in Mumbai

Friday, November 28th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

The Islamic terrorists in Mumbai targeted Westerners and wealthy Indians. They chose huge, 4000 room hotels and other large, highly symbolic targets such as cafes and the old Victoria railway station. But they also carefully chose a very tiny building, Nariman House, also a highly symbolic location. Chabad is a worldwide movement of Hasidic Jews who do not proselytize, who are not violent, who live to help others and who have “shluchim,” or messengers-in-service on every continent. … (Continue reading…)

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U.S. Government Embraces Islamic Banking

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

by Supna Zaidi*

On November 6, 2008, the U.S. Treasury Department hosted a seminar on Islamic banking to train government employees on Sharia-compliant finance (SCF). According to a press release, it was “designed to help inform the policy community about Islamic financial services, which are an increasingly important part of the global financial industry.”

It is interesting to note that while many in the West deride parallel societies, the lack of integration, and overall “foreign-ness” of its Muslim populations, they have no problem embracing Islamic banking. Maybe because this is the one area of religious “encroachment” that allows the West to make money, and lots of it.

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Islamists wage holy war in Mumbai, India

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

An Islamist group calling itself the “Deccan Mujahideen” went on a killing spree Wednesday in Mumbai, India. These terrorist cowards, organized as “[t]eams of gunmen,” savagely killed at least 144 people, wounding at least 300, and “specifically targeted Britons and Americans.” The “team” which besieged the “landmark Taj Mahal hotel … were targeting foreigners. They kept shouting: ‘Who has U.S. or U.K. passports?’” The Islamists “stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station,” in other words concentrated their attacks on civilians. This “previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen” is comprised of extremist Muslims, bent on terrorizing and killing non-Muslims (“infidels”), waging what they consider to be a “holy war,” all in the name of Islam. Some people, especially in the politically-correct camp of terrorist appeasers, like the “scholar” John Esposito, would accuse me of jumping to conclusions and/or defaming all Muslims. These appeasers would be wrong because, in their attempts to whitewash Muslim extremism, they overlook — probably purposefully — the obvious truth.

This Muslim terrorist group calls itself the Deccan Mujahideen, the operative keyword being mujahideen, which means, “a military force of Muslim guerilla warriors engaged in a jihad.” Some would add qualifications to the word mujahideen:

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Afghan Islamists and militias pervert children into homicide bombers

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

… A U.N. study of suicide attacks documented cases of children allegedly used as suicide bombers by the Taliban … “Most of these children were between 15 and 16 years of age and were tricked, promised money or forced to become suicide bombers.” …

Associated Press, 11/24/08

Here we have yet another one of the many horrors perpetrated by Islamists in their war against civilization — a war to reclaim the Stone Age. But let’s give credit where credit is due: “Afghanistan’s security forces” are also using children as pawns in their war. And in one of the most sickening revelations about Afghanistan, we find from the U.N. study as presented by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that:

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Tehran Is The Obstacle To U.S.-Iran Talks

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

by Michael Rubin*

Barack Obama’s election has sparked enthusiasm in Washington about the prospects for renewed engagement between the United States and Iran. On November 20, 2008, a group of former diplomats, bloggers, and academics released a statement that declared: “We are not forced to choose between a coercive strategy that has clearly failed and a military option that has very little chance of success. There is another way, one far more likely to succeed: Open the door to direct, unconditional and comprehensive negotiations at the senior diplomatic level.” Unfortunately, as has become too common in Washington, these officials privilege advocacy over analysis.

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Westerners Welcome Harems

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

by Daniel Pipes*

A Scottish judge recently bent the law to benefit a polygamous household. The case involved a Muslim male who drove 64 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone — usually grounds for an automatic loss of one’s driving license. The defendant’s lawyer explained his client’s need to speed: “He has one wife in Motherwell and another in Glasgow and sleeps with one one night and stays with the other the next on an alternate basis. Without his driving licence he would be unable to do this on a regular basis.” Sympathetic to the polygamist’s plight, the judge permitted him to retain his license.

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AIG’s CEO shows true commitment to rebuilding his troubled company; Ford, Chrysler, and GM CEOs flaunt arrogance

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

There are good corporate executives, who care about their companies, employees, and shareholders; and there are bad ones, driven mainly by their own greed, thinking only of personal perks and big pay checks. The malfeasant executives helped to create the current worldwide financial crisis — all with the help of consumers with bad credit histories, borrowing beyond their means. There are respectable executives, like AIG’s CEO Edward Liddy, who are willing to make personal sacrifices in the interest of rebuilding their firms, and then there are narcissists like the top guns at Ford, Chrysler, and GM, who can’t see past their own greed.

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Palestinian Terrorists Found Guilty in Dallas: Justice At Last

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

On the very day, November 24, 2008, that the United Nations spent all day and countless sums of money “mourning” the alleged Palestinian catastrophe, a federal jury in Dallas found all five former officials of the Holy Land Foundation, guilty of having illegally raised money in the United States to assist the Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas, in its hot war against Israel. … (Continue reading…)

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Wishful Thinking and Iran: New Governments in Israel and the U.S.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

A briefing by Steven Rosen*

Steven Rosen was director of foreign policy issues at AIPAC for more than two decades, and has been involved with policymakers since his work as a program manager for the RAND Corporation in the 1970s. Earlier, he served on the faculties of Brandeis University, the Australian National University and the University of Pittsburgh, after receiving a Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Diplomacy. He coauthored The Logic of International Relations in 1977, a best selling textbook. On November 10, six days after the U.S. election, Rosen addressed the Middle East Forum in New York City, on how the new administration in Washington is likely to deal with the problem of Iran, and how this would affect U.S. Israel relations.

Rosen observed that, “This was the first presidential election, since Reagan vs. Carter in 1980, where Iran policy played a central role.” As a candidate, Obama repeatedly assailed the Bush administration for what he depicted as a refusal to talk to Iran. He promised to pursue a different policy toward Iran, one that would begin with direct engagement guided by the president himself.

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