Saturday, June 08, 2002

In case you wondered (hoped) that Islamofascist ambitions end where the deserts do, better read this little number from the Chechen Jihadist website:
"What are our GOALS ?
Bringing mankind to the worship of their lord and establishing a khilafah on the pattern of prophethood. " [translation by Nikita: making the whole world an Islamofascist state]
ooo ya. Check out the rest. You may find the Jihad Lands map instructive...(they haven't updated it to include the US yet, but I'm sure that's coming.)
These guys really do want to go back to the Stone Age. Perhaps if they insist we infidel will be forced to provide them a one way ticket.

For those who persist in thinking Russia's struggle against Chechen Islamic terror is any different than that of India, Israel, or the U.S., read these excerpts of a letter from the Chechen Jihadists to their brethen in the Palestinian Authority:

To you, the people who are fighting for the last remaining shred of Palestine. To you, who confront the enemies of Allah in the Name of the Religion and to raise the Word of Allah. To you, our message is:
Be patient. Victory is to whomever has an extra hour of patience. Indeed, Allah is the Almighty, the All Glorious. Persist in your Jihad! Do not tire or become weary! If you tire, then remember us. The enemies of Allah have occupied our land for decades. If you are dispirited because your enemy has expelled you, then remember us. Our entire population was usurped and exiled less than a hundred years ago and only a few returned. And we continue to be made outcasts and refugees. And we continue to be violated and slaughtered. And we continue to be tortured with remorseless cruelty. No food, no clothing, no homes, except that we are happy that we have pleased our Lord and Creator. It is with His Knowledge and His Wisdom that He decreed this situation for us. And if anything else was better for us, He would have ordained it. The believer’s role is to be patient during hardship and to be thankful during fortune.
To you, our martyred brothers. To you, congratulations on meeting your Lord, having shed your blood for His sake. You are in the True Happiness. You are living the everlasting life and you are enjoying the endless bounty. By Allah, we are not saddened over you. We are saddened over our own selves. To be martyred is to be chosen by Allah. Whoever is not good enough for it, let him not expect it.
....“The Day of Judgement will not come around until the Muslims fight the Jews in war where the Muslims will annihilate the Jews. A Jew will hide behind a rock or tree and it would shout (at a near by Muslim) “O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Will you not come and kill him ?” All would say this except the 'Gharqadah' trees for they are loyal to the Jews”. ...
A Promise From Chechnya
Finally, we promise you that soon insha-Allah, you will hear of what we do with the brothers of the Jews, the Russians, in retaliation for Al-Aqsa and for you. Wait for a forth coming operation which we haved named 'Operation Al-Aqsa'. That is all that we can do to comfort you and heal your wounds. Indeed, Allah is the source of support and reliance should be on nothing but him.
We ask Allah with every Glorious Name He gave Himself and every Honorable Description to bestow victory on all of our struggling Mujahideen brothers everywhere and in particular those in Palestine. We ask Him to make it easy on them and to crush their enemies, turning them back defeated and broken. Indeed He is capable of everything.
We end with, “Praise be to Allah, the Lord and Sustainer of the Worlds”
The Mujahideen Military Command Council – Chechnya
Watching Russian President Nemerov in the Sum of All Fears I was reminded of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf - both men's primary battle is against the extremists in their own military/intelligence complex. For more on the extremists Musharraf is facing, read this. I do think Musharraf could potentially be Pakistan's Ata-Turk, but it will take an iron will and a great deal of Western insistence and direction.
Note what Tanzeem-e-Islami (Tanzeem is also the name of one of Arafat's multiple Islamist terrorist organizations) had to say about Musharraf a year ago:
" had been the case with the previous government of Pakistan, there is no hope of any good from the present government. At least the custodians of the previous government were practicing Islamic rituals. General Musharraf openly identifies with Western culture. He gave this signal immediately after coming to power by taking photographs with dogs and expressing personal admiration for Mustapha Kemal Ata Turk." Keep reading.
A few more words from the nutjobs Musharraf is facing: "Dr. Israr Ahmad said that in his own opinion, the Armageddon is indeed very close, a war in which Arab Muslims will suffer great losses. However, ultimately Islam and Muslims will triumph, and Pakistan will play a major role in the revival and renaissance of Islam. Dr. Israr Ahmad said while Taliban's government was Islamic, it had not yet established a true Islamic System."

One thing that REALLY BOTHERED ME about this movie is that in Tom Clancy's book (upon which the film is based) the nuclear bomb stealing terrorists that murder a hundred thousand Americans are PALESTINIANS. Why oh why did Hollywood succumb to political correctness and change the story so that the bad guys were neoNazis??? Were they afraid of offending the Arabs? Or perhaps they didn't want to give them any ideas? Hate to tell you, guys, but I'm sure the gang of death loving thugs that are trying to destroy our civilization have already figured this one out.

Last point regarding the movie - does anyone really think that if Israel had needed plutonium it would have had to steal it as Jack Ryan wonders or have the US provide it (as ultimately turns out) as opposed to just producing it on its own? Israel's R&D runs technological circles around the rest of the world (yes, it's true.) The automatic assumption that Israel would steal is really disturbing to me, and reminds that the "Jew as Cheapskate and Thief" stereotype is still deeply embedded in popular culture.
By the way, if like me you are no longer purchasing French or Belgian chocolate - ScharffenBerger is a superb alternative.
Today in Israel, Arab terrorists murdered three Israelis, including a man and his wife, she in her ninth month of pregnancy. Soldiers guarding the community spotted the two terrorists and opened fire, the terrorists returned fire and split up. Within minutes reservists on patrol in the area reached the site and shot and killed one of the terrorists. At 2.30 the shooting had finished and the fatal results became clear. In addition to those murdered, 5 people were wounded. The Tzur Shalem neighborhood was established in the memory of Dr. Shmuel Gillis who was gunned down and murdered some 18 months ago when he was returning to his home from hospital.
The Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, there was no condemnation by the PA (not that it would mean anything anyway.) CNN report.
Picture for a moment a woman in her 9th month of pregnancy. I just came back from a walk where I saw two heavily pregnant women. There are few things more vulnerable than a pregnant woman. All our protective instincts come into playing when looking at small children or pregnant women. Imagine the evil it takes to target shoot and murder such a person. It is overwhelming.

Elsewhere in the world, Islamic terrorists murdered others - news from the Philippines via WSJ Opinionjournal:
Terrorists Murder American Hostage
Martin Burnham, a Christian missionary from Kansas, is dead after Philippine troops attempted to rescue him from his terrorist kidnappers. Burnham's wife, Gracia, survived the raid, but a third hostage, Filipino nurse Deborah Yap, also died. The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf kidnapped the Burnhams in May 2001 and Yap a month later. Christianity Today blogger Ted Olsen has a thorough summary of the news, with links.

More news regarding persecution of Christians by Muslims in the Middle East - specifically, by "Our Friends The Saudis":
Saudi Arabian authorities on January 28 lashed three Ethiopian Christians 80 times each with a flexible metal cable in front of more than 1,000 detainees. The three Christians (whom authorities were about to deport because of their faith) smuggled a letter out of the Bremen Deportation Prison in Jeddah to describe their treatment. Officials beat and kicked them before suspending them with chains and flogging them, and Saudi authorities denied them medical care for back wounds.
"Our bodies are wounded, swollen, terribly bruised, and with great pain," Baharu Mengistu, Tinsaie Gizachew, and Gebeyehu Tefera wrote to Washington, D.C.–based International Christian Concern and other agencies.
"Baharu's kidney may have been damaged, and he is passing blood with his urine," they wrote. "When we reported to the prison hospital for treatment, we were slapped and told to come back after we were dead. It seems as if we were brought [here] to be tortured and tormented to death." Keep reading.

The following two reports from WSJ OpinionJournal:
The Jerusalem Post reported in 1997 the Palestinian Authority's "justice minister," Freih Abu Medein, "said publicly that the death penalty would be demanded in PA courts for anybody who sold land to Jews."
Hold Your Breath
"Syria's role as head of the U.N. Security Council resulted in an awkward dilemma Thursday, when Israel asked the council president to condemn his own country for harboring militant groups that attack Israel," the Associated Press reports.

Here is a very interesting analysis from the WSJ: Why the Settlements Should Stay - Making the West Bank Judenrein is no way to bring peace.

Friday, June 07, 2002

Some thoughts by David Perlmutter:
When I was in college, an Armenian American acquaintance told me about his grandfather's obsession with the Turkish genocide against his people in the early part of the 20th century. To a comment of "nice weather, today," the old man habitually replied "What does it matter since our people were slaughtered?"
I wonder if I will be like him in forty years. Marcel Ophuls, creator of the "The Sorrow and the Pity," once said, "It's time to stop talking about the Holocaust and do something about it." I presume he meant doing a better job of uncovering and prosecuting war criminals--but what about the next Holocaust?
For the first time in my life I see the shadows of Israel's destruction, if not by Arab armies all at once, but by suicide bombers one Jewish child and mother at a time. I see an anti-Jewish European press sadistically attacking Israel's defensive measures. I see a clownishly hypocritical United Nations condemning Israel's bulldozing of a building while millions die in the Sudan or Tibet. I see my fellow academics musing and posturing in praise of demons who would cut their throats merely for being non-Muslims. Keep reading.

Palestinian reform? "The reality is that the same people will remain in charge," said Abdul Jawad Saleh, 70, a popular Palestinian legislator representing Ramallah who was beaten up by intelligence officers in Jericho three years ago after a peaceful sit-in against Arafat. "He doesn't want representatives of the people to scrutinize or criticize him. What he wants these people who are in charge to do is to protect him."
If anyone actually thinks any reform is in progress in the Palestinian Authority, read this.

Thursday, June 06, 2002

This is one of the most obscene things I have read lately (and given that every day brings a new Islamofascist obscenity, that's quite something.) The cult of death is a virus rapidly spreading across our world. I am reminded of the black haze slowly coating the planet in a Wrinkle in Time:
In the March issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Peter Landesman described Pakistani enthusiasm for nuclear war. In the center of every major Pakistani city's central traffic circle, he writes, "sits a craggy, Gibraltarish replica of a nameless peak in the Chagai range. This mountain is the home of Pakistan's nuclear test site. The mountain replicas, about three stories tall, are surrounded by flower beds that are lovingly weeded, watered, and manicured. At dusk, when the streetlights come on, so do the mountains, glowing a weird molten yellow."
Landesman interviewed Brig.-Gen. Amanullah, formerly head of Pakistani Military Intelligence in Sind Province, which borders on India and includes Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. Now retired, Amanullah retains close ties to the Pakistani military and intelligence service. He explained to Landesman that he prays for a nuclear war. "We should fire at them and take out a few of their cities Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta," he said. "They should fire back and take Karachi and Lahore. Kill off a hundred or two hundred million people. There is no future here, and we need to start over." Keep reading.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres yesterday lashed out at the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying it shares in the blame for Wednesday's Megiddo bus bombing, because Damascus is harboring terrorist organizations.
IMHO, Bashar is still young and stupid. He hasn't yet learned the lessons of his father's generation. He doesn't yet realize that when you play with fire, you will get burned. And he will be humbled, in the same way that his father's generation was humbled. King Hussein of Jordan spoke quite a big game until 1967. He had to learn the tough way that Israel wasn't going anywhere, but once he learned this in 1967, Jordan's de-facto attitude toward Israel softened considerably (Arab league appeasing rhetoric aside.) I have a feeling though, that while King Hussein of Jordan was an honorable and forward thinking man, Syrian Bashar, like his father, harks from the same gang of thugs as Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Which does not bode well for his future personal well-being.

On a separate yet related note: those who urge the free-peoples of this world to compromise with and appease terrorists, should mull over this line from Atlas Shrugged: "the compromise between food and poison is death."
Erez Rund, 18, (not 20 as previously reported) of Ofra, died after being shot in the chest by a Palestinian terrorist yesterday afternoon while riding on Route 60 between Shilo and Ofra, near the village of Sinjil. Full article
Today in history...

1967 The Israel Defense Forces liberated the Old City of Jerusalem, ending nineteen years of Jordanian occupation. Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan arrived at the Western Wall saying, “To our Arab neighbors we extend, at this hour - and with added emphasis at this hour - our hand in peace.”
More information on the history of Jerusalem.

Before proceeding to the Western Wall, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol addressed the Chief Rabbis and spiritual leaders of other religions, reading the following declaration: “You may rest assured that no harm whatsoever shall come to the places sacred to all religions. I have requested the Minister of Religious Affairs to get in touch with the religious leaders in the Old City in order to ensure regular contact between them and our forces, so as to make certain that the former may continue their spiritual activities unhindered.”
More information on religious freedom in Israel.

1981 Prime Minister Menachem Begin ordered The Israel Air Force to destroy the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osiriq. Both the United States and members of the Israeli political opposition condemned his actions. After Operation Desert Storm the U.S. Department of State belatedly praised Begin for his actions, admitting they had saved countless lives.
More information on the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor.

20 year old Israeli wounded in Samaria shooting attack dies in Hospital. He was shot in the chest by Palestinian terrorists at the Haramiya Junction. He had hitched a ride with a Jewish family and their car was shot at. There were children in the car.

The big terrorist attacks are the ones you hear on the news. But every day there are little attacks, failed suicide bombings, shootings that claim a few lives, stonings, terror. Little cuts that Israel suffers daily.
On that same spot of today's murder, on Nov. 14, 2000, Sarah Lisha (a mother of five from N'vei Tzuf), and two young soldiers Elad Valenstein and Amit Zana were murdered - the three were murdered while driving in two separate cars; and seven soldiers and three civilians were shot and killed by a sniper on March 3 of this year. Source

When you don't answer your cellphone in Israel after a terrorist attack is announced, somebody's heart drops to the floor.

The Victims of Yesterday's Megiddo Massacre

This is what it is like. Hearts are being ripped asunder.

This is what is it like. "You never know when it's your turn," said Guy Pollack, from Netanya, who regularly travels to his base in the North by bus. "I narrowly missed the last blast on this line because I was late for the bus, but this time my luck ran out. Soldiers are no longer allowed to hitchhike, so we have to take the risk.
"I was dozing when this enormous blast threw me out through the window. I awoke, covered in blood, only to lose consciousness. I have many cuts and burns; I'll be OK."

This is what it is like. For the wounded. Dr. Alan Bauer, an immigrant from the Chicago area, and his seven-year-old son, Yonathon, were among 87 people wounded in a March 21 suicide bombing on Jerusalem's King George Street.
The tragedy of the three people who were killed in that attack, including a man and his pregnant wife (Gadi and Tzipi Shemesh), who left behind two little girls aged three and seven, overshadowed - at least in the news media - the ordeals faced by those "only" maimed or otherwise injured in the blast.
Anti-Israel groups are petitioning MSNBC to remove Alan Keyes program
"Making Sense" from their evening lineup because of his pro-Israel
reporting of the news from the Middle East. Send an e-mail to MSNBC
(a copy goes to Alan) to let them know you want his program to remain on the air.

Wednesday, June 05, 2002

More on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. This is what happens to Palestinians who convert to Christianity:
Shortly after his conversion, Palestinian security officials began to question Abed. He was arrested nearly a dozen times, and eventually jailed, beaten and tortured. They hung him up in the air, and forced him to go without sleep for days.
"They tried to sit me down on the leg of a chair. They tried to let me, to sit me down on a bottle. It was hard… I cannot describe it. And it makes me like, cry, when I remember that situation. But I feel, I feel that this suffering is a privilege from the Lord, because I suffered for Him," Abed said. Read the entire article.

The following post contains alot of info I've previously posted, organized into a soul-relieving rant. So forgive the repetition, and do read on past parts you already know, there is new info.
I continue to hope that most people, even those living in countries ruled by fanatics, yearn for freedom, and do not wish to do harm to others. I think fanaticism is like a virus that infects minds. This article by a Muslim apostate who now has a price on his head is pretty eyeopening (not to mention, scary.) The Afghanis exhibited pretty openly their relief at being liberated from Islamist fanatics. Interestingly, the Afghani government is even talking informally to Israel now (see end of post.) [a sidenote - if you are interested in Afghani culture, browse this.]
This is what Israel is up against:
Jack Kelley of USA Today visited Hamas schools in Gaza City, where he saw an 11-year-old boy speak to his class: "I will make my body a bomb that will blast the flesh of Zionists, the sons of pigs and monkeys… I will tear their bodies into little pieces and will cause them more pain than they will ever know." His classmates shouted in response, "Allah Akhbar, " and his teacher shouted, "May the virgins give you pleasure." A 16-year-old Hamas youth leader in a Gaza refugee camp told Kelley, "Most boys can't stop thinking about the virgins." Read more..
Iraq pays $1,000 to every person who was seriously wounded in the fighting, and $500 to those who were less gravely injured. The donations are in addition to $25,000 awards Hussein has been making over the past two months to the families of suicide bombers and the $10,000 he gives to relatives of other Palestinians who die while attacking Israelis. The Saudis pay $5,333 plus a family trip to Mecca. Here, proudly reported on the Saudi embassy website.
Those who blame terrorism on poverty should read this passage from a New York Times story on a pair of prospective successors to Yasser Arafat, West Bank security chief Jabril Rajoub and his Gaza counterpart, Muhammad Dahlan:
"Both have also been living large: Mr. Dahlan built a mansion in Gaza so huge that Mr. Arafat had to tell him it was ostentatious. When an outraged Mr. Rajoub led a press tour of his damaged house after an Israeli rocket attack, journalists were fascinated by his marble whirlpool bath."
What is remarkable to me (and illustrative of the fact that hope springs eternal in the hearts of Israelis), is that still today, over 70% of the Israeli public supports establishment of a Palestinian state within the framework of a negotiated settlement and in return for true PEACE (ie, not a situation where a day after the deal is signed Iraqi soldiers are sitting on the border - remember that at its narrowest point Israel is a mere 9 miles across.)

Those who talk about the "desperation" of suicide bombers should think carefully about that word and remember desperation means no way out, no one willing to talk to you, no one willing to negotiate. They should remember Palestinians were offered a state in 1936 by the British, 1947 by the UN, the West Bank was illegally annexed by Jordan in 1948 and held until 1967 and no Palestinian state was formed there (PLO, in fact , was established in 1964.) Barak and Clinton went to Camp David ready to establish a Palestinian state. What happened? Dennis Roth was Clinton's Middle East Envoy in charge of brokering peace in the Middle East. He broke his silence on the events at Camp David in Sept. 2000 during an interview on Foxnews with Brit Hume. Enlightening.
They should remember that still now, Israel would be ready to sit down and talk if PEACE was on the table. not WORDS, PEACE. not lying condemnations of violence, PEACE. WE DO NOT WANT THIS WAR. WE DO NOT WANT IT!
A bit of historical info (Source.) Prior to partition, Palestinian Arabs did not view themselves as having a separate identity. When the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to choose Palestinian representatives for the Paris Peace Conference, the following resolution was adopted:
We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.

In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine: "There is no such country [as Palestine]! 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria."

The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said "Palestine was part of the Province of Syria" and that, "politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity." A few years later, Ahmed Shuqeiri, later the chairman of the PLO, told the Security Council: "It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria."

Palestinian Arab nationalism is largely a post-World War I phenomenon that did not become a significant political movement until after the 1967 Six-Day War and Israel's capture of the West Bank.

A good source for historical information on the Arab-Israeli conflict

Lastly, there is a great lack of awareness of the plight of Christians, women [are people aware that women in Saudi Arabia are as repressed as Afghani women were??], and gays in the Middle East (and in Muslim communities in Europe,) especially because these communities fear to speak:
Christian Exodus from the Middle East
Institutionalized Christian persecution in Bethlehem : Sayed Anwar of the Washington Times discusses rape, murder, and extortion of Christians by Arafat's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Bethlehem: Exiled Palestinian militants ran two-year reign of terror.
Independent Media Review Analysis notes a Palestinian statement accusing the Israelis of "war crimes"--for inspecting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for bombs after the Palestinian gunmen withdrew (Israeli soldiers found 40 explosive charges hidden in the Church).
Persecution of gays: A discussion by Egyptian press on why and how homosexuals should be killed.
In England: "A young girl who refuses to marry the man to whom her father has betrothed her is likely to be (as several of my patients have been) beaten and starved into submission. Every Muslim girl whom I meet knows of girls who have been done to death for their stubbornness in continuing to refuse: sometimes hanged, sometimes strangled, sometimes thrown from the roof of a building, sometimes burnt. It costs a father about £5 to put an end to the not very strenuous investigations into the death of a daughter. " The full article.
The Egyptian press, on the "vulgar women that rule America"
And lastly, the blood libels that appear almost daily in the Middle East regarding Jews (Jews, not Israelis.) I have been shocked to see how the Arab world has revived and usurped the worst of long-discarded Christian anti-Semitic imagery including blood libels ("Special Ingredient For Jewish Holidays is Human Blood From Non-Jewish Youth" is one example from the Saudi government controlled press, the same in Egyptian government controlled press) and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (a Russian Tsarist police forgery detailing the Jewish plot to take over the world, made into a month long documentary on Egyptian television during Ramadan.) It is difficult to picture a world in which peace in the Middle East is possible when these kinds of hatred gain currency.

Arab Anti-Semitism Documentation Project
“Anti-Semitism and Racism as Policy in the Palestinian Authority”
A 50 page report prepared by the Wiesenthal Center for the UN Conference on Racism at Durban, September. Documents the use of Palestinian Authority organs (media, education system and religious outlets) to vilify and demonize Jews and the Jewish religion. 2001.

Detailed reports on Anti-Jewish propaganda in the Arab government media, by country

The situation in Israel is not a battle over territory. It is the battle for the right of a free, democratic, and secular state to exist in the Middle East. There are times in life when one must look clearly at a situation and take a moral stand. Terrorism is wrong. Cold blooded murder is wrong. Violence that is not in self defense or pre emption of attack is wrong. The police officer that kills a murderer is not morally equivalent to the murderer, and the soldier who kills a terrorist is not morally equivalent to the terrorist. The war against Islamic fundamentalism is the war of our generation, sadly and inescapably. Israel, Russia, India, US 9/11 - all these are canaries in the coal mine. Europe is next in line, no matter how much appeasing it does. Appeasement is interpreted by the dictators and fanatics of the Middle East as weakness.

Here is that article on Afghani conversations with Israel:
Jerusalem Post Jun. 5, 2002
Sharansky, Afghan leader confer in Kazakhstan

Afghanistan's interim leader Hamid Karzai told [Israeli] Housing Minister Natan Sharansky yesterday he sees eye-to-eye with Israel in its battle against terrorism, a spokeswoman for Sharansky said yesterday.

According to the spokeswoman, Karzai and Sharansky spoke for some 20 minutes on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia meeting in Kazakhstan.

Although Karzai would not hold a formal meeting with Sharansky, Sharansky did meet formally with Karzai's advisor Yaya Marufi.

Marufi told Sharansky he respects Israel's agricultural achievements, and that after the elections in Afghanistan it may be possible for two countries to hold a formal dialogue.

Sharansky addressed the gathering, which brought the leaders of some 16 Asian countries together, saying the world is no longer divided along the lines of communism and capitalism, East and West, but rather between those who recognize the sanctity of human life, and those for whom human life is nothing but "a card to be used for threats and extortion."

"Today," Sharansky said, "the world is divided between those who look for compromise and cooperation, and those for whom terror and war are acceptable and even necessary to achieve their aims."

Sharansky said the only guarantee for a more secure world is the establishment of a new democratic world order "based on the principles of mutual respect, cooperation, and a willingness to compromise on all sides."

The Iranian representative stormed out of the hall when Sharansky took the podium to speak.
Two bits of news mentioned by WSJ OpinionJournal:

Today, 34 years ago, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by a Palestinian Arab.

The Odd Couple
The Jerusalem Post reports that "Afghanistan's interim leader Hamid Karzai told [Israeli] Housing Minister Natan Sharansky yesterday he sees eye-to-eye with Israel in its battle against terrorism, a spokeswoman for Sharansky said yesterday." The two leaders had an informal encounter in Kazakstan, at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia. Karzai refused to hold a formal meeting with Sharansky--like all but a handful of Muslim countries, Afghanistan has no diplomatic relations with Israel--but "Sharansky did meet formally with Karzai's advisor Yaya Marufi."
Excuse me while I let off some steam: I was standing in line at the bank today, when I overheard a woman mention how her 93 year old mother was searched top to toe by airport security. WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE TO MAKE THESE PEOPLE LISTEN????? There is one group of fanatics you need to look out for. ONE!!! Muslim terrorists murdered innocent people in New York on 9/11, in Israel almost everyday, in Russia, in India. MUSLIM TERRORISTS! Not 93 year old grandmothers!! Not blond housewives from the Midwest!! Not Asians! Not 50 year old Englishmen!!! STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR LIVES.
That's it. Feel a bit better now.
Words to remember from Chen Keinan, mother of Sinai Keinan and daughter of Ruth Peled, both murdered by Arab terrorists in Petah Tikva last week. (I quoted some of this interview earlier)
CNN: How do you see the future? How do you see this unfold?
Chen: I'll tell you how I see the future: I think Israel is like the canary in the coal mine, and that's what the Europeans - and I am sorry, I know this goes to Europe, and I said different [more positive] things to America [on CNN-USA] - but we in Israel are dying *now.* We are slaughtered on a daily basis, but - you’re next! You're next, buddies.
I understand that you have a lot of Muslim minorities. That’s OK, everybody should live where he wants - but you are appeasing terrorism! And you hope that if you tolerate it, and try to understand its motives, and you give it reasons, whatever they are… I ask the Europeans: Do not tolerate murder! I don’t want to use the word terrorism, because it’s banal. Do not tolerate murder, do not appease the terrorists! Not for oil, and not because you're scared - because the more fear you show, the faster it's going to be on your doorstep - and then, God help you, because you gave it legitimacy. And my baby’s blood is just as precious as any French blood --
God help these hypocritical people..." Read the rest.
If ever there was a definitive list of the
anti-Israel members of Congress, we have it now.
It's the 23 members -- two in the Senate and 21 in
the House -- who voted against the House and
Senate resolutions of support for Israel.
The New York Times, Friday, May 3, 2002 Following is a
list of legislators who voted "No" on yesterday's resolutions of support for

Robert Byrd, Dem., W.Va.

Ernest Hollings, Dem. S.C.


Neil Abercrombie, Dem., Hawaii

David E. Bonior, Dem., Mich.

Rick Boucher, Dem., Va.

Gary A. Condit, Dem., Calif.

John Conyers Jr., Dem., Mich.

Peter A. DeFazio, Dem., Ore.

John D. Dingell, Dem., Mich.

Earl F. Hilliard, Dem., Ala.

Jay Inslee, Dem., Wash.

Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Dem., Ill.

Gerald D. Kleczka, Dem., Wisc.

Barbara Lee, Dem., Calif.

Cynthia A. McKinney, Dem., Ga.

George Miller, Dem., Calif.

David R. Obey, Dem., Wisc.

Ron Paul, Rep., Tex.

Thomas E. Petri, Rep., Wisc.

Nick J. Rahall II, Dem., W.Va.

Dana Rohrabacher, Rep., Calif.

Nick Smith, Rep., Mich.

Fortney Pete Stark, Dem., Calif.

Send a message to your Congressmen.
A few words from Chen Keinan, mother of Sinai Keinan and daughter of Ruth Peled, both murdered by Arab terrorists in Petah Tikva last week:
First of all, my beloved mommy, she blocked the bomb. The terrorist was two meters from me, and she was the only thing between us. My mommy. I came out nearly without a scratch. She saved me, and I couldn't save my daughter, and I'm going to live with that for the rest of my life.
And to the American people, I know you can understand us, but please understand that our babies are murdered on a daily basis, not once a year, not once every few months. On a daily basis, twice a day, three times a day, and our government's hands, I feel that they are tied. Our only friends are the Americans. Please help our nation. Please. Please.
Read the interview

Her husband Lior: Really, sometimes I think that my wounds, they help me cope. Because I had a piece of metal this big [shows him] stuck in my face. And when we sit and cry about Sinai, people come over and ask me how I feel, and I can say that I feel better [physically], because yesterday I had a lot of pain, and today less. But in everything that I look at, even your shirt and buttons, I think of how I buttoned Sinai's clothes [voice breaks] and how I caressed her and how I tried to save her until the last moment when she had only reflexes. And I think of Ruti, her grandmother, and how she loved her… The only way to cope is to try to lose the thoughts for a second, and think of something else - even to do this interview, and yet a minute later I see her smiling face, or I see her a second before she died sipping on soda water. So there is really no way to cope.
I just want to tell everybody that they shouldn't keep even one eye closed when they sleep, because what we Israelis know today, they will know tomorrow. Every country, mainly in Europe, has its minorities and has it problems. And one day, it will come! This is the time to stop it, and to avoid babies being scattered on the streets. That is my way to cope, to try and put and end to it even though I know that that will not be the case. Even after Sinai, four people have already died in terrorist attacks in Israel [in the Itamar high school and south of Ofrah; he was speaking before the Megiddo bus attack], and I wish that all the parents and all the people who got hurt from terrorism, even in Europe, come out and speak… Keep reading.

I went to sleep last night with an odd feeling that things were oddly quiet in Israel. Then woke up to this email: THERE WAS ANOTHER SUICIDE BOMBING.
At least 18 Israelis were murdered when a car bomb packed with explosives exploded alongside a passenger bus at the Megiddo junction, between Hadera and Afula. At least 50 people were wounded. Several are in critical and serious condition, and twelve are listed in moderate condition. A "moderate" wound might consist of irreversible damage to internal organs or the loss of a limb. People were burned alive inside the bus. Keep reading.
The bus was Egged bus 830 en route from Tel Aviv to Tiberias. The driver, Miki Harel, survived. It was the fourth terror attack he had survived, an Egged spokesman said.
In a gesture of love snatched amid unspeakable horror, a man and woman embraced in their final moments trapped in a burning bus.
HaShem Yinkom Damam.

Thoughts worth reading on this subject from Oceanguy

Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Did you know slavery is rampant around the world?

For more than 800 years black Africans in Mauritania have been brutally enslaved by Arabo-Berber masters. Today they remain a voiceless underclass, although slavery has been "abolished" three times. Please contact the World Bank to ensure that any future investment in Mauritania is explicitly linked to the real and effective abolition of slavery.

The military regime of Burma abducts its own citizens and forces them to do back-breaking work for no pay. The US has imposed some sanctions against Burma, but business still thrives between these two countries. Current legislation would ban all imports from Burma. Please contact your representatives tell them to support sanctions against Burma.

Fall out from the conflict in Afghanistan: A Surge in Child Trafficking. Twelve year old girls - stripped for inspection - are auctioned off as sex slaves. Young boys are sold to the highest bidder as domestic slaves. You can help stop this. Urge the State Department and Pakistan's ambassador to make the liberation of these children an immediate priority. Don't let them suffer in silence.

Canada's Talisman Energy is an oil giant operating in Sudan, partnering with the genocidal ruling regime. Slavery, mass murder, and gang rape - all are fueled by Talisman's presence. Yet the city of Calgary has accepted $10 million from Talisman to fund its athletic complex, now called the "Talisman Centre." Please call (403-268-5622) Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier or send an email from The e-mail will be CC'd to the Calgary City Council. Ask them to return the $10 million to Talisman or donate it to the people of southern Sudan.
Ask Fidelity to divest from Talisman
Write Canada's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, urging them to ban Talisman from Sudan

Register to become an abolitionist at
Terrorist victim Shimon Shiran came out his two-month long coma today. He was seriously injured in the March 31st bombing of the Matza restaurant in Haifa. Fifteen people were killed in that attack. Another victim, however, remains in a coma. Three months after a suicide massacre in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood in which ten people were murdered, including seven members of one extended family, 16-year-old Eliyahu Nehmad remains hospitalized and unconscious. Keep reading..
Yet another incident illustrating CNN's uneven Middle East coverage (you know, I can't help but wonder whether Saudi Prince Al-Waleed's ownership stake in AOL-Time Warner, which owns CNN, affects their coverage.)
From USNews by way of WSJ OpinionJournal comes this disturbing (yet somehow not surprising) news: Jihadi-Americans
Marin mujahid John Walker Lindh may not be as unusual as we thought. "For 20 years," according U.S. News & World Report, "American jihadists have ventured overseas to attack those they believe threaten Islam."

And just in case you were wondering whether the nutjobs whose Jihadi mission is to destroy our civilization actually believe the 72 virgins nonsense, the answer is....yes:
The Hamas movement educates the children in its schools, beginning in kindergarten, to believe that a martyr is given virgins in Paradise. Jack Kelley of USA Today visited Hamas schools in Gaza City, where he saw an 11-year-old boy speak to his class: "I will make my body a bomb that will blast the flesh of Zionists, the sons of pigs and monkeys… I will tear their bodies into little pieces and will cause them more pain than they will ever know." His classmates shouted in response, "Allah Akhbar, " and his teacher shouted, "May the virgins give you pleasure." A 16-year-old Hamas youth leader in a Gaza refugee camp told Kelley, "Most boys can't stop thinking about the virgins." Read more..

Monday, June 03, 2002

The [Israeli] air force, responsible for protecting Israel from airborne terror attacks, has intelligence that foreign fighter pilots may attempt kamikaze-style attacks in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Closer to home, it is also believed that Palestinian terrorists have purchased motorized ultra-light gliders and para-gliders to be used to infiltrate from the Gaza Strip. The gliders and para-gliders were purchased as civilian items abroad.
There is also a constant alert for a terror attack similar to the September 11 strikes in the United States, with a hijacked passenger plane crashing into a building or strategic target. Keep reading...
The latest obscenity from Our Friends The Saudis...Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
TV1 in Arabic, official television station of the Saudi Government, 31 May 2002 at
0926 GMT carries a live sermon from the holy mosque in Mecca:
Saudi Shaykh al-Sudays Friday Sermon: "Jewish aggressors ..criminal Zionists...supported by...worshippers of the Cross"
Today in history...
1982: A Palestinian terrorist who shot and seriously wounded Israel’s ambassador Shlomo Argov prompted Israel to retaliate by launching an anti-terrorist campaign in Lebanon.
More information on Israel’s anti-terrorist campaign in Lebanon
1918: Jewish leader Chaim Weizmann met with Emir Faisal, leader of the Arab revolt, at his camp in southern Transjoran. They discussed cooperation between the two national movements, Jewish and Arab.
More information on The Weizmann-Faisal Agreement.
1998: Israel announced it would send a humanitarian aid package for victims of the earthquake in northern Afghanistan. Israeli authorities and public organizations organized 15 tons of urgently needed material, including tents, blankets, food and medicine.

Read this open letter to Palestinians from David White in New Zealand You'll need to scroll down a bit to see the letter.
Remember flight 587?
Remember TWA Flight 800? read this...

From the Washington Times via WSJ OpinionJournal :"new intelligence indicates that Islamic terrorists have smuggled shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles into the United States...intelligence reports...identified the missiles as Russian-made SA-7 surface-to-air missiles or U.S.-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles."[America supplied Stingers to the Afghan mujahideen in the 1980s for use against Soviet aircraft]
"The SA-7s have a range of more than 3 miles and can hit aircraft flying at 13,500 feet. Stinger missiles can hit aircraft flying at 10,000 feet and 5 miles away.
"Officials said the intelligence reports followed the discovery earlier this month of an empty SA-7 launcher near a desert base used by U.S. air forces in Saudi Arabia. The launcher was found by Saudi security police near Prince Sultan Air Base, near Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
"The Saudis could not determine whether the launcher had fired a missile, and they destroyed it before U.S. military or intelligence officials could examine it." Read the whole article..

Another report on missiles, this time Iranian made.

Sunday, June 02, 2002

Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University and one of the best known advocates for civil rights, says: A nasty and immoral campaign is being waged around the world to damage
Israel's economy by coercing universities and other institutions into
divesting their holdings in Israel, as some of them did from South Africa
during the apartheid regime. There is no justification for the comparison
between the two, and the divestment effort should be opposed by anyone who
supports human rights. Keep reading..

Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr.'s Speech:
anti-Zionism EQUALS anti-Semitism

The International Red Cross By Barry Shaw
(After you read this, you can communicate your feelings to the
International Red Cross. Write to:
The International Committee of the Red Cross has, for years, shown
grievous anti-Israel bias, despite the exemplary humanitarian work of the
Magen David Adom. Among the recorded anti-Semitic offences was the remark
by one of it's past President's that likened the Star of David to a

Now comes the announcement that the ICRC are 'more than doubling its
budget for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to 79 million Swiss
Well done, you cry! Well, no. Let's look at the figures.

The Palestinian Authority with a population, according to their last
census, of less than 3 million are granted $30 million from the ICRC.
Israel, with a population of over 6.5 million is given - wait for it -

Just look hard at these figures and then tell me that there is no
imbalance here.

The Director General of Magen David Adom, Avi Zohar, has complained that
these allocations are unfair. "The ICRC announcement mentions both
Israel and the Palestinian Authority as if the funds were divided
equally, but we came out on the short end," said Zohar. "We are short of
manpower and equipment, and we have a huge deficit due to our ambulance
work during the last two years."

We all know the tremendous burden on personnel and equipment that Magen
David Adom has endured during two years of explosions, shootings, and a
wave of suicide

The International Committee of the Red Cross should be firmly censured for
it's continuing poor humanitarian record when it comes to Israel. It can
only be put down to either anti-Semitism, or a surrender to pressure from
and Muslim countries - which is, again, anti-Semitism.

The View from Here is written by Barry Shaw.
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