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The Boston Bombings and Understanding the Islamic Worldview

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Interview with Mark Durie

by Christian Worldview Radio*

David Wheaton: Perhaps you watched the Boston Marathon bombings that killed four people and injured more than 200 others and wondered, “Why would two young Muslim men, who were granted political asylum in America years ago, educated in our schools, and received financial aid from U.S. taxpayers, set off two bombs in order to murder and maim as many Americans as possible?”

It’s a very good question. It has been said that, “All Muslims are not terrorists … but almost all terrorist attacks against America are committed by Muslims.”

Why is this? What is it about Islam — or perhaps about America? — that leads two young Muslims to murder the people that have actually taken them in?


Israel’s International Support: A Glass Eight-Tenths Full

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

By Barry Rubin

It’s easy to be misled by elements of Western media and academia that seem to prefer terrorists and radical Islamists to Israel. A diplomatic balance sheet from Israel’s standpoint is quite good, pretty remarkably good, better than it has been for a very long time.

Of course, I have to add quickly that there are real problems, disagreements, and specific frictions. I’ll come to that in a moment. But first the good news:


Bali bombers unremorseful and insane, Australians defiant

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee Australians defiant

Australians have finally found some justice and hopefully, a sense of peace and closure. Three Islamists were executed by Indonesian authorities on Sunday, shortly after midnight, for the heinous, cowardly, and evil bombings of several nightclubs in Bali on October 12, 2002, an act which “killed 202 people — most of them young Australians — and injured more than 300.” Australians have held steadfast in the war against Islamo-fascism, and will probably become even more unwavering in defense of Western ideals after hearing the twisted and unremorseful ramblings of the three Bali bombers before their executions.


Take My Wives, Please: Polygamy Heads West

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

by David J. Rusin*

Myra Morton approached her sleeping husband on the morning of August 5, 2007, with pain in her heart and a gun in her hand. Once the smoke had cleared at the couple’s upscale home just outside Philadelphia, a man would lie dead, a family secret would be exposed, and a spotlight would shine on the emergent phenomenon of Islamic polygamy in the Western world.


Kyoto: Global Warming Farce

Friday, December 7th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

I believe that we are experiencing global warming. It is an issue that both the developing and developed worlds need to address right now. But what I’ve seen over the last week is farcical: 1) a UN “climate change” conference whose participants pumped an “equivalent to what a Western city of 1.5 million people, like Marseilles, France, would emit in a day” into our atmosphere; 2) a new Australian Labor leader whose “negotiating stance” on the Kyoto Protocol is the same as President Bush’s; and 3) the fact that China and India, “among the biggest contributors to the problem, both say they will not sign any climate change treaty that would slow the pace of their development.” Here are the goodies (insert your own, canned laugh-track):


Anti-Semitism Without Any Jews: QNA With Professor Norman Simms, a Proud Jew Down Under

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

By Phyllis Chesler

Professor Norman Simms was born in 1940 and grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn (my home town). He studied at Machzike Talmud Torah, Styuvesant High School, Alfred University, and received his Ph.D from Washington University in English Literature. He protested the War in Vietnam, moved to Canada to teach at the University of Manitoba, and from there to the University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand where he has been ever since.

He has increasingly devoted himself to Jewish studies and to the phenomenon of “crypto-Jews” as “secret agents” of rabbinic wisdom. He has published 15 books, including “Masks in the Mirror: Marranism in Jewish Experience” (Peter Lang, 2005) and “Festivals of Laughter, Blood and Justice” (Sussco, 2007) and hundreds of articles. He also edits and publishes the inter-disciplinary journal, Mentalities/Mentalities.


Ban Islam?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

by Daniel Pipes*

Non-Muslims occasionally raise the idea of banning the Koran, Islam, and Muslims. Examples this month include calls by a political leader in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, to ban the Koran — which he compares to Hitler’s Mein Kampf — and two Australian politicians, Pauline Hanson and Paul Green, demanding a moratorium on Muslim immigration.


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.


The Australian Mufti Soap Opera

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Internal Muslim politics in Australia are playing out like a soap opera — one where radicalism and corruption are major themes. The current “mufti” presiding over Australia’s national imams council got himself in hot water last year: “Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali said women who did not wear a hijab (head dress) were like ‘uncovered meat’.” A name being floated to replace Hilali is Mohammed Swaiti, who is currently under investigation by the tax office for taking Saudi money under the table, and reportedly “praised mujaheddin (holy warriors) in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Can you say “credibility problem?” From The Australian:


Australians Tough, Micro and Macro

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Bali was Australia’s 911, but the Aussies have not been deterred by terrorist cowardice — neither in the micro nor macro sense.

Today, the survivors and family members who lost loved ones bravely ignored warnings of another terrorist attack to remember the 202 innocents killed in Bali in 2002. They:

…gathered at the site of the attacks on Wednesday to remember the 202 people killed and to send a defiant message to the al-Qaeda linked terrorists who allegedly carried them out. …

Among those attending was Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, whose nation lost 88 citizens in the bombings. Four Australians were also among the victims in this month’s blasts. …

But it is important to take a determined stance against terrorists, he said, noting that Australia has been working with Indonesian law enforcement agencies to hunt down the perpetrators of violence.

Many of those present brushed off warnings by foreign governments that tourists should stay away from Indonesia because more terrorist attacks were likely, and said that this month’s strikes made them more determined to come.

Stock Photos from 123RF

In the big picture, Australians dashed the hopes of the terrorists and their sympathizers by re-electing John Howard’s Liberal-National coalition late last year. While Howard supported the Iraq war and defiantly keeps his troops in Iraq, his opponent Mark Latham had promised to bring the troops home. Australians liked Howard.

Howard handily won a fourth consecutive term as Prime Minister. His coalition took 46.7% of the vote, with Latham’s Labor Party trailing at 37.6%. Turnout was an amazing 94.69%.

It will be up to the Anglosphere — Britain, the U.S., Australia, India, Israel, Singapore — to maintain the lead in the war on terror. Thank G#d Australia can be penciled into the right column.