Friday, October 18, 2002

Hizballah Hate With a U.S. Link -
Why are local Lebanese subsidiaries of major American corporations - like PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Western Union - lending comfort and support to terrorists by advertising on the Hizballah television station Al Manar? Al Manar's programming glorifies suicide bombers, exhorts Palestinians to kill Jews, and revels in the carnage of terrorist attacks on civilians. Al Manar almost always has immediate footage of terrorist outrages or Hizballah attacks across the Israel-Lebanon border.
The millions of Americans who hold stock in these companies would be outraged to know that these all-American brands are used to help celebrate murder, terrorism, anti-Semitism, and coarse hatred of American values.
Persecution of Muslim Converts to Christianity -
The U.S. State Department has documented numerous instances of religious persecution overseas against Muslim converts to Christianity. According to Islamic law as practiced in countries such as Iran, Sudan, Pakistan and in northern regions of Nigeria, the penalty for changing one's religion is execution. What is not so well known are the threats against such converts in the United States. David Barrett, co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia, estimates that within U.S. borders, 50,000 Christians per year turn to Islam while 20,000 Muslims adopt Christianity. Rev. Esper Ajaj, the Syrian-born pastor of Washington Arabic Baptist Church, says "We've seen more Muslims in [the 1990s] become Christians more than any time in history."
Former Secretary of State Shultz Backs Iraq War
Former Secretary of State George Shultz, who served under President Reagan, told a New York audience he supports President Bush’s policy of pre-emption and that Iraq is a "clear and present danger." "The risks of inaction clearly outweigh the risks of action....Time is his ally, it’s not our ally." Shultz said the president would ask himself whether he would let Russia, China, or France prevent America from defending itself.
The war against terrorism is "not a matter of law enforcement." The idea of finding "the criminals" and trying them in American courts doesn’t work. Neither does cutting deals with the terrorists. "You can’t negotiate with the terrorists. You’ve got to put them down." As for the policy of "pre-emption," Shultz observed: "People are shocked by that word." He advised: "Get used to it."
Ever wonder why human rights orgs don't complain about this?
Arafat to Execute Imprisoned "Collaborator" as Peace-Offering to Hamas
On Friday, Walid Hamdiya, a senior member of Hamas until his arrest by the PA in 1995, was abruptly taken from his cell and brought before a closed Palestinian security court which sentenced him to death by firing squad for working undercover on behalf of Israel's security services.
The sudden tribunal and death sentence is seen as a bid by Yassir Arafat to calm tension between Hamas and the Palestinian police in Gaza. The Palestinian leadership is seen to be anxiously trying to pacify Hamas leaders by carrying out a public execution of Hamdiya on their behalf. On September 23, another accused collaborator, Akram Mohammed al-Zatma, was turned over to Hamas for execution by Gaza police boss Rashid Abu Shabak.
OUR ENEMIES THE SAUDIS: U.S. Pinpoints Top Al Qaeda Financiers
U.S. intelligence has identified about a dozen of al Qaeda's principal financial backers, most of them wealthy Saudis, and a top financial investigator is headed to Europe seeking a unified front to freeze their assets in the hope of crippling the terror network, senior administration officials said Thursday. (Washington Post)
Police in Moscow are hunting the killer of the governor of Russia's Far Eastern region of Magadan. Valentin Tsvetkov, 54, was assassinated on Friday, in broad daylight on a busy central Moscow street.
A bomb exploded on a city bus packed with passengers Friday night on the northern outskirts of Manila (the capital,) killing two people including the bomber and wounding at least 20 others -- the second attack in two days in the Philippines. It occurred a day after two bombs exploded in department stores in the central shopping district of Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, killing at least six people and wounding 144 others.
This blast -- apparently the fourth such incident in the Philippines since the start of the month -- comes against a backdrop of escalating attacks believed tied to al Qaeda or affiliated terror groups.
Officials lowered the death toll from three when they determined that what appeared to be two separate bodies was in fact just one body torn in half by the blast.
Officials said that body appeared to be that of the bomber, who carried the bomb in a bag and was seated in the back of the bus. This blast -- apparently the fourth such incident in the Philippines since the start of the month -- comes against a backdrop of escalating attacks believed tied to al Qaeda or affiliated terror groups.
Military officials said Thursday's attack appeared to be the work of the Abu Sayyaf -- which has ties to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network -- noting the makeup of the bomb was consistent with devices used in other attacks by the Muslim extremist groups.

In a sermon in a mosque in Tabriz last Friday Iranian cleric Ayatollah
Mohsen Mujtahed Shabestari, called for the death of three prominent American
Christian leaders who have recently criticised Islam. “In our opinion, to kill
these three is necessary” the Iranian Farsi daily "Abrar" reports Shabestari
as saying.
Shabestari is the personal representative of Iranian President
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the country’s Azerbaijan province.
The call was issued in response to an interview given by Southern
Baptist Minister Rev Jerry Falwell on CBS television last week in which he
described the Islamic prophet Muhammad as “a violent man, a man of war” and a
“terrorist”. [Nikita's comment - well, it may not have been PC of him, but if one
is to judge the preaching of Muhammad by the behavior of his followers - 'nuf said.]

Falwell has since apologised. [but why? Haven't heard any Muslim clerics apologize
for their habitual calls for infidel blood.]

Shabestari was also calling for the deaths of Franklin Graham, who last November went
on record describing Islam as “a very evil and wicked religion” and Pat Robertson who
in February described Islam as a religion which seeks to “dominate and then, if need be, destroy”.
[if you really do think Robertson was inaccurate, read this.]
The most recent remarks by Falwell outraged Shiite religious leaders,
in particular in Iran and Lebanon. Hossein Chariatmadari the editor of
the conservative daily "Kayhan" is also reported to have called for
Falwell’s death stating, “in agreement with Islam, it is imperative to kill”.
[yup, so they are determined to prove Falwell right by their behavior.]
At least twelve Christian students were killed and over 50 injured in a
riot at the Federal College of Education in Zaria, Kaduna State in late
The rioting broke out after a Christian candidate won the annual
student union elections. Disgruntled Muslim students whipped up resentment among
local Muslims who stormed the campus. Christian students were attacked and
forced to flee. According to official sources twelve were killed and many others
were injured and required treatment at the local hospital. Some Christian
women students were raped. Unofficial reports indicate that as many as 50
people were killed.
After three hours, order was restored by a police
detachment. Following the violence, the Kaduna State Chapter of the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for the removal of the
institution’s provost, Alhaji Aliyu Shika, citing as their reason the fact that, in
previous college posts, his actions have resulted in religious tensions and
They also claim that he failed to help injured and raped Christian
students after the riot in Zaria. A CAN spokesman said, “… all we know is that
Alhaji Shika must be removed because of his antecedents.” There have been
reports of similar incidents on other college student union elections. Such
religiously motivated clashes provide a worrying reminder of the possibility of
widespread religiously motivated violence during national elections scheduled for
next year.
In another indication of the pressure on Christians in Nigerian states
that have implemented Shari’ah (Islamic law), reports indicate that the
government of Kano State is pursuing a plan to reduce the number of churches in
the state by seventy-five percent. This is even higher than in August when state
government officials told a church delegation that there were too many
churches in the state and asked the Christian leaders to approve the demolition
of half of them. Twenty church buildings have already been demolished since
the implementation of Shari’ah in Kano three years ago. However, the
church leaders refused to agree to further demolitions. One church leader is
reported as saying, “We told them that we would rather have all churches in the
state demolished than to support the demolition of some.”

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Yet another example of how Indonesia has been appeasing Islamist terrorists-
Persecution of Christians in Aceh province:

Seventeen churches in Aceh province were closed down during September
by local government authorities.

Christians in Aceh have been under increasing pressure since the
implementation of Shari’ah (Islamic law) in
the province in March 2002. Although Shari’ah regulations were only
supposed to apply to Muslims, Christian women are being forced to conform to
Islamic dress codes. Aceh is a strongly Islamic province and the
implementation of Shari’ah was allowed by the national government as
part of a special autonomy agreement aimed at countering a violent separatist
movement fighting for an independent Islamic state in Aceh.
Two more attacks on Christian targets in Pakistan:.
In the first incident a small bomb exploded outside a Christian prayer
hall in Kolhu, Baluchistan province on Sunday 29 September. Some worshippers
were inside the building at the time but were not injured.

The second attack occurred on Friday 4 October when a grenade was
thrown into the out patients courtyard of Bannu Mission Hospital, in the North-West
Frontier Province. The grenade bounced three times before exploding
near the main gate of the hospital. No one was close to the explosion but a
patients’ attendant was slightly injured and there was slight damage to the
building. The two attackers were riding a motorcycle and escaped after the
As there were no casualties in either of these attacks, they have not
received widespread publicity but they demonstrate the pattern of continuing
attacks against Christian targets in Pakistan, coming just days after gunmen
killed seven people in an attack on a Christian Charity in Karachi. In the
last twelve months there have been seven such attacks on Christian targets
and they are now occurring with increasing frequency.
"if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War." --George Washington
Quote posted by RealPolitik.
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
--Samuel Adams
Sponsoring Terrorism: Syria and Hamas
The second of a series of in-depth studies about Syrian ties to extremist groups listed by the US State Department as terrorist organizations.
Interview : Nechervan Idris Barzani
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Irbil speaks about American policy toward Iraq, Kurdish relations with Baghdad, and the future of the country after Saddam Hussein.
The Baghdad-Ramallah Axis: Palestinian Authority (PA) minister for public works, Azzam al-Ahmed commented in December 1997, to Al-Ayyam, that since the forming of the PA, "contacts between Arafat and Saddam Hussein have not ceased, not even for a moment." Arafat himself owns three villas in Baghdad. One of these homes, a palatial structure in Baghdad's Jadiriya district, serves as the PLO's embassy. Against the backdrop of increasing tensions between UN weapons inspectors and Saddam Hussein in late 1997 -- tension that led to their expulsion in March 1998 -- reports surfaced of PLO assistance to Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs.
You've just got to read it all.
Now this I like. The Pink Pistols.
The other beltway shooter, Mir Aimal Kasi, was a Muslim terrorist.
Indonesia braces for economic fallout
Many Indonesians are asking how the nation will cope with the economic fallout from the attack on Bali, the hub of Indonesia's tourism industry.
Unlike other parts of Indonesia, Bali has been spared the separatist violence seen in Aceh, East Timor and Papua over the past few decades. The popular island, whose residents are mostly Hindu, has avoided the communal and anti-Chinese violence that have hit parts of the capital, Jakarta, and the archipelago since the downfall of Suharto in 1998.
Despite the years of sectarian violence, internal repression, ethnic conflict and religious tension, Bali could always be counted on to attract international tourists and to bring in hard currency the whole year around. As the nation's No 1 destination for foreign tourists, Bali attracted 1.35 million foreigners last year.
But Saturday night changed all that. Keep reading.
Missing: A modern-day Silk Road
Post-Soviet Central Asia is a veritable trove of energy deposits and natural resources, but the region remains mired in a rut of poverty nonetheless. What's missing is the means to transport the region's myriad goods to market - a modern-day Silk Road leading the way to prosperity.
Where there is no freedom, there are lies and death. The black cloud of Communism lives on in China.
An elementary school in western China collapsed onto more than 50 students, killing at least five and injuring dozens more.
Human Rights in China, in a statement sent to news agencies in China, blamed the collapse on officials who embezzled funds earmarked for the school and built it using shoddy construction materials. "They sealed up this news on the spot," the group said. It said authorities wanted to bottle up the news because of President Jiang Zemin's visit to the United States next week and the upcoming Communist Party Congress next month.
"They wanted to cover up their ugly sin," the group said. It said the careless construction showed "total disregard for the lives of the students."
Three letter bombs exploded in separate locations across the Pakistani port city of Karachi, injuring six people, including a police official. Police also found two other similar bombs in undisclosed locations, according to Pakistani Home Secretary Mukhtar Ahmed, who said neither of those bombs detonated. One, he said, was defused and the other was taken away by the Pakistan navy.
Lebanese students taped their mouths shut and raised banners calling for an end to Syria's grip on Lebanon on Thursday, as French President Jacques Chirac addressed lawmakers ahead of a summit of Francophone nations.
Dozens of mainly Christian students joined the protest at the French Cultural Centre in Beirut amid heavy security.
The protesters sought to appeal to delegates, who have been arriving for the Francophone conference starting in the Lebanese capital on Friday, to help end Syria's political and military domination over its smaller neighbour. Keep reading.


Lebanese Christians: A Unified Opposition Front?
In recent months, once-disunited Christian opposition currents in Lebanon have shown signs of unprecedented political coordination. Gary C. Gambill
Objectives of the MTV Closure and Ensuing Crackdown
The Closure of Murr Television was intended not just to shift the balance of power between government and opposition, but also within the regime.Gary C. Gambill
The Syria Accountability Act and Lebanon
The impact of the SAA is felt in Lebanon, the crackdown on dissent in Lebanon is felt in congress. Ziad K. Abdelnour
You, yes you, can help fight Islamist terror. How? Arab oil fuels terror. Global oil consumption generates the Middle East wealth used to market fanaticism and finance terror.
The United States is not locked into ever-greater oil dependence. We can kick our oil addiction by following a five-step program to use American technology and know-how to produce dramatically better vehicles and fuels:Take 10 minutes to read this, then forward it to others who care.
Keep in mind Venezuela is a major source of oil, and read the following.
JIm Henley is collating info on the DC sniper.

Glenn Reynolds has more on the terrorist angle.
An open letter to the free people of this world.

My heart aches for all those whose loved ones were brutally murdered in Bali. Have you ever read A Wrinkle In Time? It is a children's book, and describes a dark cloud of evil creeping over the earth. I think Madeleine L'Engle was referring to communism. That war lasted 70 years. This war against Islamism may be as long. We free people of this world must steel our resolve and stand strong together against those who have vowed to destroy us. It is us or them, and those who sit on the fence mired in moral equivalence and hamper - with word or deed - our efforts to defend our civilization must know: they have made an implicit choice to side with the enemy. These dark days will reveal the true character of nations and individuals. I have read these words many times since September 11:

O God of battles! steel my soldiers' hearts;
Possess them not with fear; take from them now
The sense of reckoning, if the opposed numbers
Pluck their hearts from them.
(William Shakespeare's King Henry V, Act IV Sc. I)

This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here
And hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day
.(Act IV, Sc. III)

Liberty is our strength. The sorrow must steel our resolve.
Dan Savage wonders: The American left, which has long argued that our support for "friendly" dictators around the world was immoral...After 9/11, the left argued that our support for brutal dictatorships in the Middle East helped create anti-American hatred. Apparently the Bush administration now agrees--so why isn't the American left claiming this victory? Andrew Sullivan has the answer.
Western journalists: shilling for Saddam.
Jordan Battles Anti-Normalization Groups
The Jordanian government is waging a battle against trade unions that oppose the development of economic ties with Israel and the West, and has asked them to disband all committees opposing normalization with Israel. Cabinet members in Amman have accused the unions of causing serious damage to the Jordanian economy. (Yediot Ahronot)

Another Step Closer to War - Kenneth T. Walsh
Hundreds of special-operations troops are training in Jordan as part of a scheduled exercise, and they could be called upon during the first hours of an attack to neutralize Iraq's Scud missile threat. The U.S. Army has tripled its presence to about 6,000 troops in Kuwait, and 2,000 Marines are currently conducting war games off the Kuwaiti coast.
The U.S. Navy plans to have three aircraft carrier battle groups near Iraq by December. The military may move several Army divisions to the region, including the 101st Airborne, 3rd Infantry, and 1st Cavalry.
Military leaders want a short window between the final buildup and the start of an attack, reducing the risk of an Iraqi pre-emptive strike.

Some input for the Nature - Nurture debate. The Hashemites - the Jordanian ruling family - are a good lot. King Hussein, once he realized he couldn't destroy Israel militarily, sat down and made peace. This peace was unofficial for a long time before it became official. Israelis used to say, that the unofficial peace with Jordan was warmer than the official cold peace with Egypt. This pragmatism runs in the Hashemite family. Read this, and keep in mind that Sherif Hussein was great great grandfather of the current King of Jordan.
Yasser Arafat (full name Mohammed Yasser Abdul-Ra'ouf Qudwa Al-Husseini,) on the other hand, is nephew of Haj Amin el-Husseini.
What do we know about Haj Amin el-Husseini? Read on.

In 1921, Haj Amin el-Husseini, appointed Mufti (Muslim religious leader) of Jerusalem by the British, first began to organize fedayeen ("one who sacrifices himself") to terrorize Jews. Haj Amin hoped to duplicate the success of Kemal Atatürk in Turkey by driving the Jews out of Palestine just as Kemal had driven the invading Greeks from his country. Arab radicals were able to gain influence because the British Administration was unwilling to take effective action against them until they finally revolted against British rule.

Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, former head of British military intelligence in Cairo, and later Chief Political Officer for Palestine and Syria, wrote in his diary that British officials “incline towards the exclusion of Zionism in Palestine.” In fact, the British encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to attack the Jews. According to Meinertzhagen, Col. Waters Taylor (financial adviser to the Military Administration in Palestine 1919-23) met with Haj Amin a few days before Easter, in 1920, and told him “he had a great opportunity at Easter to show the world...that Zionism was unpopular not only with the Palestine Administration but in Whitehall and if disturbances of sufficient violence occurred in Jerusalem at Easter, both General Bols [Chief Administrator in Palestine, 1919-20] and General Allenby [Commander of Egyptian Force, 1917-19, then High Commissioner of Egypt] would advocate the abandonment of the Jewish Home. Waters-Taylor explained that freedom could only be attained through violence.”

Haj Amin took the Colonel’s advice and instigated a riot. The British withdrew their troops and the Jewish police from Jerusalem, allowing the Arab mob to attack Jews and loot their shops. Because of Haj Amin's overt role in instigating the pogrom, the British decided to arrest him. Haj Amin escaped, however, and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in absentia.

A year later, some British Arabists convinced High Commissioner Herbert Samuel to pardon Haj Amin and to appoint him Mufti. By contrast, Vladimir Jabotinsky and several of his followers, who had formed a Jewish defense organization
during the unrest, were sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment.

Samuel met with Haj Amin on April 11, 1921, and was assured “that the influences of his family and himself would be devoted to tranquility.” Three weeks later, riots in Jaffa and elsewhere left 43 Jews dead.

Haj Amin consolidated his power and took control of all Muslim religious funds in Palestine. He used his authority to gain control over the mosques, the schools and the courts. No Arab could reach an influential position without being loyal to the Mufti. His power was so absolute “no Muslim in Palestine could be born or die without being beholden to Haj Amin.” The Mufti’s henchmen also insured he would have no opposition by systematically killing Palestinians from rival clans who were discussing cooperation with the Jews.

As the spokesman for Palestinian Arabs, Haj Amin did not ask that Britain grant them independence. On the contrary, in a letter to Churchill in 1921, he demanded that Palestine be reunited with Syria and Transjordan.

The Arabs found rioting to be an effective political tool because of the lax British attitude and response toward violence against Jews. In handling each riot, the British did everything in their power to prevent Jews from protecting themselves, but made little or no effort to prevent the Arabs from attacking them. After each outbreak, a British commission of inquiry would try to establish the cause of the violence. The conclusion was always the same: the Arabs were afraid of being displaced by Jews. To stop the rioting, the commissions would recommend that restrictions be placed on Jewish immigration. Thus, the Arabs came to recognize that they could always stop the influx of Jews by staging a riot.

This cycle began after a series of riots in May 1921. After failing to protect the Jewish community from Arab mobs, the British appointed the Haycraft Commission to investigate the cause of the violence. Although the panel concluded the Arabs had been the aggressors, it rationalized the cause of the attack: “The fundamental cause of the riots was a feeling among the Arabs of discontent with, and hostility to, the Jews, due to political and economic causes, and connected with Jewish immigration, and with their conception of Zionist policy....” One consequence of the violence was the institution of a temporary ban on Jewish immigration.

The Arab fear of being “displaced” or “dominated” was used as an excuse for their merciless attacks on peaceful Jewish settlers. Note, too, that these riots were not inspired by nationalistic fervor — nationalists would have rebelled against their British overlords — they were motivated by racial strife and misunderstanding.

In 1929, Arab provocateurs succeeded in convincing the masses that the Jews had designs on the Temple Mount (a tactic that would be repeated on numerous occasions, the most recent of which was in 2000 after the visit of Ariel Sharon). A Jewish religious observance at the Western Wall, which forms a part of the Temple Mount, served as a catalyst for rioting by Arabs against Jews that spilled out of Jerusalem into other villages and towns, including Safed and Hebron.

Again, the British Administration made no effort to prevent the violence and, after it began, the British did nothing to protect the Jewish population. After six days of mayhem, the British finally brought troops in to quell the disturbance. By this time, virtually the entire Jewish population of Hebron had fled or been killed. In all, 133 Jews were killed and 399 wounded in the pogroms.

After the riots were over, the British ordered an investigation, which resulted in the Passfield White Paper. It said the “immigration, land purchase and settlement policies of the Zionist Organization were already, or were likely to become, prejudicial to Arab interests. It understood the Mandatory’s obligation to the non-Jewish community to mean that Palestine’s resources must be primarily reserved for the growing Arab economy....” This, of course, meant it was necessary to place restrictions not only on Jewish immigration but on land purchases.

In 1941, Haj Amin al-Husseini fled to Germany and met with Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world.
The Mufti sent Hitler 15 drafts of declarations he wanted Germany and Italy to make concerning the Middle East. One called on the two countries to declare the illegality of the Jewish home in Palestine. Furthermore, “they accord to Palestine and to other Arab countries the right to solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries, in accordance with the interest of the Arabs and, by the same method, that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries.”

In November 1941, the Mufti met with Hitler, who told him the Jews were his foremost enemy. The Nazi dictator rebuffed the Mufti's requests for a declaration in support of the Arabs, however, telling him the time was not right. The Mufti offered Hitler his “thanks for the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches....The Arabs were Germany's natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely....the Jews....” Hitler replied:

Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine....Germany would furnish positive and practical aid to the Arabs involved in the same struggle....Germany's objective [is]...solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere....In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. The Mufti thanked Hitler profusely.

In 1945, Yugoslavia sought to indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his role in recruiting 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS, who participated in the killing of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. He escaped from French detention in 1946, however, and continued his fight against the Jews from Cairo and later Beirut. He died in 1974.
Learn more about the Middle East.
Our Enemies the Saudis:
Council on Foreign Relations Report Blasts Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda
"For years, individuals and charities based in Saudi Arabia have been the most important source of funds for al Qaeda, and for years the Saudi officials have turned a blind eye to this problem," according to a new report by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. The administration must pressure the Saudis - as well as other governments - to crack down on terror financing.

Al Qaeda Prisoner Links Saudi to Bali Blast
Omar al-Faruq, an al Qaeda-trained Kuwaiti arrested in Indonesia in June, has told U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan that the spiritual leader of the radical Indonesian group Jemaah Islamiah, Abu Bakr Bashir, was given $74,000 by a Saudi to buy explosives from Indonesian army officers earlier this year.

Saudi oil fuels terror. Stop putting money in the coffers of Saudi Arabia.
Please email Australian newspapers to express your support in this time of crisis. We stand together, and together we will defeat the Islamic terror that threatens our world.
Geelong football star David Clarke explains the lasting effect the attack in Bali and its aftermath has had on him and his team-mates. The young Cats were on an end-of-season trip to Bali and Saturday night was the first evening they had not ventured to the Sari Club. They later did as much as they could to help the wounded and dying.

Bernard Slattery, in western Victoria, Australia, is weary and angry.
Laurence has the scoop on a New Saudi DWI Campaign...
Infighting among the Palestinians.. No shock here. If not for Israel they would have long ago ripped each other to shreds.
Mother of Hamas man who murdered Palestinian Authority policeman: I would've killed the colonel with my teeth
The Palestinian leadership has never missed an opportunity to commit a mistake, Muhammad Dahlan, who resigned earlier this week from his job as national security adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, was quoted as telling a group of businessmen at a closed meeting in Gaza City.
The London-based Al-Hayat newspaper said one of those who attended the Sunday meeting revealed Dahlan's words to its correspondent in Damascus, Ibrahim Hamidi...Dahlan is also reported to have described the Palestinian people as a "mob" inclined to radicalism and rejection. "The leadership should impose its decisions on the people on a number of issues, even if it has to use a stick," he added.
According to Dahlan, "Ben-Gurion agreed to the establishment of a [Jewish] state without Jerusalem in order to form a political entity and strengthen it. He accepted UN resolution 181 and declared the establishment of the state of Israel... But if Arafat had declared the establishment of a Palestinian state without Jerusalem, he would have been accused of treason, even by Fatah."
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better persons than himself." — John Stuart Mills
KHALED ABU TOAMEH reports Arafat has issued a "presidential decree" to establish an Islamic religious court in East Jerusalem. The new Shari'a Appeals Court would start functioning in the next few weeks.
Amina Lawal will soon have company.
Arundhati Roy's head is so far up her ass it's a wonder she can still produce wordage.
Actually, that probably explains the effluvescent stench of her writing.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Four people have been killed and more than 100 injured after two bombs exploded in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga.
An October 2 blast in Zamboanga killed four people, including a U.S. Green Beret commando, and injured about two dozen others.
Officials blamed the attack on the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf -- tied to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network -- which warned a week earlier it would mount attacks on civilian, military and U.S. targets.
Just over a week later, on October 10, an attack in a crowded bus station in Kidapawan city -- also in the southern Philippines -- killed six people and wounded ten others
Don't Blame the West
A majority of intellectuals, academics, schoolteachers and journalists in
Australia share the view that international terrorism is explained by the
vices of the liberal democracies. It will be interesting, in the shattering
light the Bali explosions, to see how much room is made for the possibility
that the true instigation for terrorism might not be the vices of the
liberal democracies, but their virtues.

Those who attribute terrorism to the supposed injustices of the West
frequently quote its failure to secure a settlement between Israelis and
Palestinians. They overlook that the typical terrorist believes that Hitler
had the right idea and that the obliteration of the state of Israel is a
religious requirement. In furthering that end, the sufferings of the
Palestinians are instrumental, and thus better exacerbated than diminished.
The terrorists epitomise the extremist pressure that has been so sadly
effective in ensuring that the Palestinians reject any settlement, no matter
how good, that also recognises Israel's right to exist. One is thus free, if
not forced, to doubt by now that Palestine is the main concern.

The main concern of fundamentalist Islam is with moderate Islam, and
especially with Islamic states which have tried to banish theocracy as a
basis for government. That fundamentalism loathes the western democracies
goes without saying: or rather, it goes with a lot of saying, at the top of
the voice. But the real horror, for the diehard theocrats, is the country
with a large number of Muslims that has been infiltrated by the liberal
ideas of the west. The Australian gauchiste commentators persist in
representing Australia as racist, exclusionist, illiberal and immature. Let'
s be clear: Australia, though it certainly had the tragedy of the
Aboriginals to haunt its conscience, is one of the most mature, generous and
genuinely multicultural democracies on earth. For that reason alone,
Australia would be in the firing line.

The term "Palestine" is believed to be derived from the Philistines, an Aegean people who, in the 12th Century B.C.E., settled along the Mediterranean coastal plain of what are now Israel and the Gaza Strip. In the second century C.E., after crushing the last Jewish revolt, the Romans first applied the name Palaestina to Judea (the southern portion of what is now called the West Bank) in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel. The Arabic word "Filastin" is derived from this Latin name.
Palestine was never an exclusively Arab country, although Arabic gradually became the language of most the population after the Muslim invasions of the seventh century. No independent Arab or Palestinian state ever existed in Palestine. When the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Prof. Philip Hitti, testified against partition before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: "There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in history, absolutely not."

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."

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.

For many centuries, Palestine was a sparsely populated, poorly cultivated and widely-neglected expanse of eroded hills, sandy deserts and malarial marshes. As late as 1880, the American consul in Jerusalem reported the area was continuing its historic decline. "The population and wealth of Palestine has not increased during the last forty years," he said.

Mark Twain, who visited Palestine in 1867, described it as: “...[a] desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds-a silent mournful expanse....A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action....We never saw a human being on the whole route....There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of the worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

The Report of the Palestine Royal Commission quotes an account of the Maritime Plain in 1913:
The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached [the Jewish village of] Yabna [Yavne]....Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen....The ploughs used were of wood....The yields were very poor....The sanitary conditions in the village were horrible. Schools did not exist....The western part, towards the sea, was almost a desert....The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants.

Lewis French, the British Director of Development wrote of Palestine:
We found it inhabited by fellahin [Arab peasants] who lived in mud hovels and suffered severely from the prevalent malaria....Large areas...were uncultivated....The fellahin, if not themselves cattle thieves, were always ready to harbor these and other criminals. The individual plots...changed hands annually. There was little public security, and the fellahin's lot was an alternation of pillage and blackmail by their neighbors, the Bedouin.

Surprisingly, many people who were not sympathetic to the Zionist cause believed the Jews would improve the condition of Palestinian Arabs. For example, Dawood Barakat, editor of the Egyptian paper Al-Ahram, wrote: "It is absolutely necessary that an entente be made between the Zionists and Arabs, because the war of words can only do evil. The Zionists are necessary for the country: The money which they will bring, their knowledge and intelligence, and the industriousness which characterizes them will contribute without doubt to the regeneration of the country."

Even a leading Arab nationalist believed the return of the Jews to their homeland would help resuscitate the country. According to Sherif Hussein [great great grandfather of the current King of Jordan], the guardian of the Islamic Holy Places in Arabia:
The resources of the country are still virgin soil and will be developed by the Jewish immigrants. One of the most amazing things until recent times was that the Palestinian used to leave his country, wandering over the high seas in every direction. His native soil could not retain a hold on him, though his ancestors had lived on it for 1000 years. At the same time we have seen the Jews from foreign countries streaming to Palestine from Russia, Germany, Austria, Spain, America. The cause of causes could not escape those who had a gift of deeper insight. They knew that the country was for its original sons (abna'ihi­l­asliyin), for all their differences, a sacred and beloved homeland. The return of these exiles (jaliya) to their homeland will prove materially and spiritually [to be] an experimental school for their brethren who are with them in the fields, factories, trades and in all things connected with toil and labor.

As Hussein foresaw, the regeneration of Palestine, and the growth of its population, came only after Jews returned in massive numbers.

Emir Faisal, son of Sherif Hussein, the leader of the Arab revolt against the Turks, signed an agreement with Chaim Weizmann and other Zionist leaders during the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. It acknowledged the "racial kinship and ancient bonds existing between the Arabs and the Jewish people" and concluded that "the surest means of working out the consummation of their national aspirations is through the closest possible collaboration in the development of the Arab states and Palestine.” Furthermore, the agreement looked to the fulfillment of the Balfour Declaration and called for all necessary measures “ encourage and stimulate immigration of Jews into Palestine on a large scale, and as quickly as possible to settle Jewish immigrants upon the land through closer settlement and intensive cultivation of the soil.”

Faisal had conditioned his acceptance of the Balfour Declaration on the fulfillment of British wartime promises of independence to the Arabs. These were not kept.

Critics dismiss the Weizmann-Faisal agreement because it was never enacted; however, the fact that the leader of the Arab nationalist movement and the Zionist movement could reach an understanding is significant because it demonstrated that Jewish and Arab aspirations were not necessarily mutually exclusive.

In 1913, the Zionist leadership recognized the desirability of reaching an agreement with the Arabs. Sami Hochberg, owner of the newspaper, Le-Jeune-Turc, informally represented the Zionists in a meeting with the Cairo-based Decentralization Party and the anti-Ottoman Beirut Reform Society and was able to reach an agreement. This “entente verbale” led to the adoption of a resolution assuring Jews equal rights under a decentralized government. Hochberg also secured an invitation to the First Arab Congress held in Paris in June 1913.

The Arab Congress proved to be surprisingly receptive to Zionist aspirations. Hochberg was encouraged by the Congress’s favorable response to the entente verbale. Abd-ul-Hamid Yahrawi, the President of the Congress, summed up the attitude of the delegates:

All of us, both Muslims and Christians, have the best of feelings toward the Jews. When we spoke in our resolutions about the rights and obligations of the Syrians, this covered the Jews as well. Because they are our brothers in race and we regard them as Syrians who were forced to leave the country at one time but whose hearts always beat together with ours, we are certain that our Jewish brothers the world over will know how to help us so that our common interests may succeed and our common country will develop both materially and morally (author’s emphasis).

The entente verbale Hochberg negotiated was rendered ineffectual by wartime developments. The outspoken Arab opposition to the Balfour Declaration convinced the Zionist leadership of the need to make a more concerted effort to reach an understanding with the Arabs.

Chaim Weizmann considered the task important enough to lead a Zionist Commission to Palestine to explain the movement’s aims to the Arabs. Weizmann went first to Cairo in March 1918 and met with Said Shukeir, Dr. Faris Nimr and Suleiman Bey Nassif (Syrian Arab nationalists who had been chosen by the British as representatives). He stressed the desire to live in harmony with the Arabs in a British Palestine.

Weizmann’s diplomacy was successful. Nassif said “there was room in Palestine for another million inhabitants without affecting the position of those already there.” Dr. Nimr disseminated information through his Cairo newspaper to dispel the Arab public’s misconceptions about Zionist aims.

In 1921, Winston Churchill tried to arrange a meeting between Palestinians and Zionists. On November 29, 1921, the two sides met, but no progress was made becaue the Arabs insisted that the Balfour Declaration be abrogated.

Weizmann led a group of Zionists that met with Syrian nationalist Riad al-Sulh in 1921. The Zionists agreed to support Arab nationalist aspirations and Sulh said he was willing to recognize the Jewish National Home. The talks resumed a year later and raised hopes for an agreement. In May 1923, however, Sulh’s efforts to convince Palestinian Arab leaders that Zionism was an accomplished fact were rejected.

Over the next 25 years, Zionist leaders inside and outside Palestine would try repeatedly to negotiate with the Arabs.
To be continued...
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Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Two years after Hizbullah announced it had kidnapped businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum, his family is still hoping for his safe return.
"There are those who say that time heals wounds, but our heartache only grows stronger as the time passes with our father still in captivity," said Tannenbaum's son, Ori.
IDF forces killed two Islamic Jihad terrorists north of Jenin Monday evening as they were about to carry out a suicide bombing inside of Israel, security sources said. The Shin Bet had received information that the two carried at least one explosives belt when the forces ambushed and killed them.
The IDF arrested two Palestinians in the Balata refugee camp early Monday morning, one of whom was planning a suicide bombing, the IDF Spokesman said. The suspect, affiliated with the Fatah Tanzim, confessed his plans to security officials...
Sappers blew up a bomb containing over ten kilograms of explosives, which had been planted by Palestinians south of Kalkilya. Later in the day soldiers detonated another bomb, this time west of Jenin.
In the Gaza Strip, security forces thwarted a terrorist attack near Netzarim when soldiers spotted two bombs wired together near the community.
Freedom of the press in the Palestinian Authority: Palestinians attack journalists at Abayat funeral in Bethlehem

The Abayat clan of Islamic terrorists has long terrorized the Christian residents of Bethlehem. Not to mention murdered many Israelis.
U.S. troops discovered two large weapons and ammunition caches in eastern Afghanistan, as part of "Operation Alamo Sweep," The smaller of the two caches filled 35 trucks with various weapons and ammunition, and the second, larger find has yet to be inventoried.
Ugandan rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have killed 52 people in an attack on a village in northern Uganda in their worst raid in months, an army spokesman said.
"They attacked Lapono village, burnt people to ashes in their huts, hacked others to death and shot others before dawn on Sunday," Major Shaban Bantariza told Reuters on Monday.
Lapono village, in Pader district, is about 350 km (220 miles) north of the capital Kampala. There was no way to independently verify the army's report...
At the end of July the LRA attacked Okol village in neighbouring Kitgum district and hacked 42 people to death.
Was the Finnish suicide bomber a convert to Islam or did he draw his inspiration from the European left's glorification of suicide bombers that attack Israel? I would really like to know. The murderer destroyed a McDonald's. Perhaps he was affiliated with the anti-globalization humanity-haters that attacked that McDonald's in France and exchanged bodily fluids with Arafat a few months ago.
Two youths have been questioned by police investigating the Finnish bomb blast which killed six and injured about 80 others.
A religion of peace:
Pakistani gunmen ambushed a family as it traveled to court, spraying them with automatic weapons fire and killing seven people..
The victims -- including five members of the same family -- were walking to a court in Narowal to face charges that they had participated in a killing over a plot of land just outside of town...Revenge killing is not uncommon in Pakistan. The family members slain included three brothers, their cousin and a nephew, police said.

Monday, October 14, 2002

Islamists in Pakistan: (note, the use of the word democracy in the article is a farce)
The six-party Islamist fundamentalist alliance, the Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (United Action Front - MMA) has not only secured 53 seats in the national parliament, but a controlling representation (48 out of 99) in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Assembly, and the largest single party status in Balochistan , with 14 of 51 seats.
And significantly, it has secured a fair presence in the other two provinces that went to elections - Sindh and Punjab - as well, both in the national and state assemblies. The enormity of this achievement can be measured against the fact that no combination of religious parties has ever secured more than 11 seats (1988) in any previous national assembly, and the religious parties were down to just two seats in the last elections in 1997.
Maulana Sami ul-Haq, central vice president of the MMA, and the head of the madrassa (religious school) Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania at Akora Khattak, that spawned virtually the entire leadership of the Taliban, interprets the mandate as proof that "the masses have rejected the 55-year-old tyrannical system of governance and want a just system based on Islamic values" [translation -- They want to Talibanize Pakistan.]
FORMER Australian rugby league Test player Craig Salvatori discovered his wife's body in a Bali morgue just a few hours after putting his two young daughters on a plane back to Australia yesterday afternoon.
Kathy Salvatori would have turned 38 yesterday..the couple's six and nine-year-old daughters were yet to be told of their mother's death.
JOHN Golotta's agonising search for his daughter, Angela, ended in a Bali morgue yesterday..
"We went from body to body, pulling them over, looking for Angela," he said. "You can never imagine what it was like. They don't look like people. You have no idea what it was like. Then we found her."..
"Someone must pay for this," Mr Golotta said. "They have blood on their hands. They took my little girl and they must pay."

Jemaah Islamiah
Abu Bakar heads the Indonesian Mujahideen Council (Majlis Mujahidin Indonesia or MMI), founded 2 years ago to push for the adoption of strict Islamic sharia law in Indonesia: The Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda of Southeast Asia
Your tax dollars are paying a Nazi's pension.
Andrew Sullivan seconds Tim Blair's take down of the latest Fiskian effluvia.
Taranto gives a very good example of what is best described as people "shitting on your front porch then knocking on the door to ask for toilet paper" ---

Remember that "anti"-racism conference in Barbados where delegates voted to kick out all white people? Now the Barbados Advocate reports that the group that sponsored the conference "will be turning to the local white community to pay off its $200 000 debt":

President of that organisation, the Congress Against Racism (Barbados) (CARB), Reverend Aaron "Buddy" Larrier, contending that the amount is pocket change for any of the large local companies, indicated yesterday that white-owned businesses have an obligation to assist those in the black community because it is on those persons they depend for the survival of their businesses.
Did your Representative to Congress vote to allow Iraq time to acquire nuclear weapons?
If they did, vote them OUT OF OFFICE!
HOUSE: Check how your Reps voted: House Roll Call via Spoons.

SENATE: These are the Senators that voted to let Iraq get nukes:
Akaka (D-HI)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chafee (R-RI)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (D-FL)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wellstone (D-MN)
Wyden (D-OR)

No shock here, they're mostly Dems. If the Democratic party would like to
regain relevance, it should focus on three points (in terms of security
issues) -
1. emphasize the importance of post war nation building---increase
supportive activity in Afghanistan and develop a robust plan for Iraq (a post war custodial gov. as was done in post WW2 Japan is a superb idea - Den Beste has more.)
2. emphasize the need for consistency in regards to dealing with the Arab
states- let's call a spade a spade and not pretend the Saudis are our
friends, let's demand the release of hostage American women and children,
3.the need to clean house in many career bureaucrat institutions whose civil
servants' ossified policies eased the way of the terrorists - State Dept,
INS, intelligence apparati.
The Republican party managed to save itself from being hijacked by the
religious right (yes, there are issues w/ abortion, prayer in school, etc,
but these are on the margin. the party has restructured itself in the neocon
mold.) The Democratic party needs to save itself from being hijacked by the
loony left. For the future of the US, I hope this will happen. It is
important to have an intelligent opposition. The Baghdad bozos, Bonoir and
Mcdermott, whose behavior smelled like seidition if not treason, are symbolic of large chunks of the party. For the good of the country, I
hope Leiberman and Gephart will manage to lead their party out of
its Hanoi Jane moral-equivalence morass and focus on the issues where an
opposition can make a significant contribution.

We are at War. If your Congressmen or Senators do not understand this, and choose to blame America and try to tie the hands of those that defend our liberty - VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.

Send a message to Congress.
Saudi Oil fuels terror. Every time you fill up your car's gastank, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis. Don't send your money to the people whose Jihadist aim is to kill you, your family, and your friends.

Major companies that import Middle Eastern oil (for the period 9/1/00 - 8/31/01).

Shell................ 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco....... 144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil......... 130,082,000 barrels
Marathon............. 117,740,000 barrels
Amoco................ 62,231,000 barrels

At $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION.

Some companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:
Citgo 0 barrels
Sunoco 0 barrels
Conoco 0 barrels
Sinclair 0 barrels
BP/Phillips 0 barrels
Hess 0 barrels
If you cringe and think "The Emperor has no clothes" whenever you hear stacked jugs of urine or plasticized vomit described as art, then read these articles and start voicing your thoughts out loud.

Pandora's Box Part I

Pandora's Box Part II
Why Liberals Should Support the War - Jonathan Chait
Liberals and conservatives share many foreign policy values in common: encouraging democracy and capitalism, responding to direct aggression. That is why both overwhelmingly supported overthrowing the Taliban and hunting down al Qaeda in Afghanistan. We are contemplating the overthrow of one of the most internally violent and repressive regimes on Earth. Indeed, from a purely humanitarian perspective, the case for this war is stronger than for the Gulf war - in which we restored an authoritarian monarchy in Kuwait and left Saddam's tyrannical regime in place.

Clayton Cramer adds:
We are all infidels. Even behaving characteristically French, and trying to avoid confronting Iraq, won't save the French from attack by al-Qaida, until France is Islamic. Al-Qaida is engaged in a death match with the West--and with civilized behavior... Liberals had better face up to this. It isn't about Israel. It's about Islamofascism. Until American courts are stoning women to death for having children out of wedlock; until French courts are amputating hands for theft; until Britain abolishes television (which, after all, shows images of living things, a violation of the Koran); until Sweden requires women to wear burkhas; until Italy prohibits the making of wine; until Denmark stops making pornography; until Canada makes homosexuality a capital offense--there will be no peace.
link via Instapundit.

It's us or them. Western Civilization, or Islamic theocracy. Make a choice. Non-choice - moral equivalence, the fence sitter's option means you equate the slaver to the man who does not enslave, means you equate the murderer to the man who would kill only in self defense or pre-emption of attack. If you work, even with words alone, to prevent Western Civilization from defending itself then be aware that whether you voice it or not, you have implicitely chosen a side.
As the President said - Choose - you are either with us, or with the terrorists.
Those of you reading this blog regularly may remember this example of European capitulation to terror:
In the aftermath of the Munich attack, [where 11 Israeli Olympians were murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists, Palestinian terror organization] Black September threatened to target Lufthansa planes as long as the three surviving Olympic terrorists remained in German custody. According to Abu Daoud, whose account is not disputed by several highly placed German sources, West German officials responded by offering $9 million, plus a proposal for a staged hijacking to provide a pretext for returning the captives. Indeed, on Oct. 29, 1972, two terrorists commandeered a Lufthansa jet as it left Beirut for Frankfurt with only 11 passengers, none of them women or children. West Germany promptly acceded to the hijackers' demands, sending the three surviving Munich terrorists to Libya so quickly that they were virtually on the ground in Tripoli before Israel knew the swap had been consummated.
The Germans' swift capitulation led [Israeli Prime Minister Golda] Meir to become "literally physically sickened," as she put it in her memoir.

That shameful episode was not new behavior on the part of Europe:
Of Pirates and Terrorists -
As historian Paul Johnson has pointed out, European states in the 19th century initially found it convenient to ransom their citizens from pirates rather than fight them. It was the U.S. that broke this pattern by sending the marines across the Egyptian desert to force the Bey of Tripoli to surrender all American captives and sue for peace. The entire strategy of terrorists is based on the targeting of civilians - what is known as "war crimes."
Indonesia is predominantely Muslim. Bali, while part of Indonesia, is largely Hindu.

Al Qaeda Believed Thriving in Indonesia - Richard Halloran
Muslim extremists seek to drive the United States out of Southeast Asia and establish strict Islamic regimes in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Zachary Abuza, a political scientist and director of the Asia program at Simmons College in Massachusetts, reports that the al Qaeda cell in Indonesia may be the most dangerous because of the breakdown of government authority in that country.
"New ties between Indonesia and al Qaeda are being uncovered at an alarming rate," he says. "Until Indonesia begins to get serious about the threat of terrorism, it will remain al Qaeda's next great frontier." (Washington Times)
Andrew Sullivan discusses Bali, Jew-haters at Yale, and more. Go read.
President Bush's statement regarding the terrorist attack in Bali.
Aussie blogger Tim Blair asks:
WHO'LL BE the first dumb fuck to write that the attacks were the logical consequence of supporting the US in the war against terror, and that we'd be better off staying quiet and not upsetting anybody, especially Islamic murderers?

Chris Textor (link via Tim Blair) has found this essay on an Australian Islamic website:
It is therefore unavoidable that as long as we live here we will, through a process of cultural osmosis, take on some of the characteristics of the Kuffar. The likeness of Islam and Kuffar is like that of fresh clear spring water and water brought up from the bottom of a suburban sewer. If even a drop of the filthy water enters the clear water, the clarity diminishes. Likewise it only takes a drop of the filth of disbelief to contaminate Islam in the West. If we have it within our means we should therefore consider moving to a Muslim land whereby we can at least live amongst our brethren and within an Islamic society free from the contamination of the disbelievers. Click over to Chris and read the rest.
Kufar, fyi, means Infidel - yes, that means you.

Bovination is another Aussie blogger.

Survivors recall night of horror
Survivors from the deadly blasts in the Balinese resort town of Kuta have been recalling how a night of revelry on an island paradise was suddenly transformed into a scene resembling a war zone.

A poster on LGF notes: Australia's got about 1/15 of the US population, so 200+ dead has the same impact as 3000 in the US. Many of us know someone who's either dead, injured or missing.

Such is the face of Islamic terror. Australian officials believe an Islamic group called Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) may be responsible. JI has been referred to as the Southeast Asian arm of al Qaeda and is headed by Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Baasyir.

Australia's National Security Committee is meeting Monday to map out a promised "firm" response to terror threats in the wake of the Bali bombings.

Tim Blair has continuous updates, please click over to him.

Sunday, October 13, 2002

The death toll from yesterday's Islamic terror attack on Bali has risen to 187.
Eight Australians were among 26 bodies that have been identified so far following the bomb blast that killed more than 180 people in Bali, a doctor said in Kuta today.
Seventeen foreigners were among the 26 bodies, according to Ketut Semara Jaya, a member of the medical team in charge of identifying the bodies. They included three Singaporeans, two British, and one each from France, the Netherlands, Germany and Ecuador. The other nine have been identified as Indonesians, Jaya said.

Charred and limbless bodies were strewn across the road as terrified foreign tourists, some with clothes on fire and drenched in blood, stumbled through the carnage of the Bali blast.
In seconds the bustling nightspots in the popular Legian resort overnight were transformed into an inferno..The bomb erupted at about 11pm (0100 AEST) just as the nightclubs were beginning to fill up, and the restaurants and roads were brimming with people eating or strolling.

My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones in this horrific terror attack.
Tim Blair is posting continuous updates.
LGF posters have more info.
Walter Reich writes, To stop terror, first recognize its true source:
What terrorism was it is no more. Political agendas once drove it. What
drives it now is hate. This revolution in terrorism demands nothing less than a
revolution in how our government understands and responds to it.

That the country's anti-terrorism apparatus doesn't appreciate this
revolution even after Sept. 11 - and is still responding to it as if it was politics
that drove it and as if only terrorist networks carried it out - was reflected in
the FBI's initial response to the July 4 shootings at the El Al ticket
counter at Los Angeles International Airport.
"There's nothing to indicate terrorism at this point," a spokesman said. He
acknowledged, however, that it could be an isolated hate crime.

If the FBI understood the revolutionized nature of terrorism, it wouldn't
hang onto its old distinction between a terrorist crime and a hate crime.
Terrorist crimes have become, quite simply, the quintessential hate crimes. Just
because a terrorist acts alone doesn't mean he's not a terrorist.

The FBI's policy of distinguishing politics from hate and terrorist networks
from terrorist individuals is widely shared within our government and
outside it, and is likely to be shared in the proposed Department of Homeland
Security. But it's shared at our peril.
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