Accomplices– Random House

August 7, 2008

When our free, Western media, self-censors works of fiction because of fear of violent reaction by Islamo-fascists… they have already won.  Recently Random House decided not to publish a novel by a female author about Mohammed, allegedly for these reasons.  Note that other religions are regularly lambasted by artists and writers and fiction is just that, a made up story.

excerpts from WSJ:

Asra Q. Nomani
Last year Random House signed a $100,000, two-book deal with journalist Sherry Jones for The Jewel of Medina, a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad. Jones learned Arabic, studied scholarly works about Aisha’s life, and came to admire her protagonist as a woman of courage.
In May, Random House abruptly called off publication of the book, fearing it would become a new Satanic Verses, the Salman Rushdie novel of 1988 that led to death threats, riots and the murder of the book’s Japanese translator, among other horrors. After consulting security experts and Islam scholars, Thomas Perry, deputy publisher at Random House, said the company decided “to postpone publication for the safety of the author, employees of Random House, booksellers and anyone else who would be involved in distribution and sale of the novel.” (Wall Street Journal)

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Understanding It– The Moral Gulf

July 18, 2008

I have emphasized the huge moral gulf between the Islamo-fascists and Western civliization, whatever our flaws.  The celebrations over the return of mass murderer Sami Kuntar to the Hizbullah Islamofascists in Lebanon pointedly remind us of that.

The Boston Globe editorializes:

…There is something morally repulsive in the hero’s welcome given the most famous – or notorious – of the Lebanese prisoners released by Israel. Samir Kuntar had been sentenced to 542 years in prison for killing four people during a raid in 1979. Kuntar executed a father, Danny Haran, in front of his 4-year-old daughter. Then he killed the little girl by smashing her head against a rock with a rifle butt. This is the creature Nasrallah hailed as a resistance hero, the figure Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called a “huge hero who sacrificed 30 years of his life for the Palestinian issue,” the celebrity that Lebanon’s president and prime minister saluted as a liberated freedom fighter. All wars are inhumane. But not all warriors lose their humanity…

Understanding It– Hudna and other terms

July 6, 2008

What follows is a link to a brilliant article describing terms that the Western media uses from Arabic to describe interactions between Islamo-fascist societies and non-Islamic societies.  These terms, like hudna, jihad, etc. are often poorly understood by those that use them (in the West) and have long historical and cultural meanings that color their real significance.
I recommend this article highly:by Denis MacEoin in the Middle East Quarterly.

Understanding It– War fighting Tactics

June 21, 2008

Excellent piece by Raymond Ibrahim on Victor Davis Hanson’s website, relayed by PowerLine Blog:

One must study and know the enemy and their tactics to defeat the Islamo-fascists

excerpts:


Raymond Ibrahim, writing on Victor Davis Hanson’s website, laments that our Defense Department does not teach, and along with the State Department appears not fully to appreciate, well-documented Islamist strategies of warfare. Ibrahim notes that the senior Service college of the Department of Defense has not incorporated into its curriculum a systematic study of Muhammad as a military or political leader.
As a consequence, he argues, “we still do not have an in-depth understanding of the war-fighting doctrine laid down by Muhammad, how it might be applied today by an increasing number of Islamic groups, or how it might be countered.” These doctrines include (a) the “war of deceit,” which permits Muslims to lie and dissemble whenever they are under the authority of the infidel and, in fact, places deceit on a par with physical courage as an attribute for waging war and (b) the “Abode of War versus the Abode of Islam” dichotomy, which maintains that Islam must always be in a state of animosity vis-à-vis the infidel world and, whenever possible, must wage wars until all infidel territory has been brought under Islamic rule.
Ibrahim sees our government’s deficiency in this regard as the product of Middle East/Islamic scholars who have made anathema anyone who dares imply that there may be some sort of connection between Islamic doctrine and modern-day Islamist terrorism. He notes that, “though there are today many Middle East studies departments, one will be sorely pressed to find any courses dealing with the most pivotal and relevant topics of today — such as Islamic jurisprudence and what it has to say about jihad or the concept of Abode of Islam versus the Abode of War.” Instead, according to Ibrahim, “the would-be student will be inundated with courses dealing with the evils of ‘Orientalism’ and colonialism. . . .”
There’s a competing explanation for why our government seems intent on ignoring, and maybe even ruling, out the connection between aspects of Islamic doctrine and the current jihad (the State Department has decided that the government should not call al Qaeda-type radicals “jihadis,” “mujahidin,” or iincorporate any other Arabic word of Islamic connotation such as “caliphate,” “Islamo-fascism,” “Salafi,” “Wahhabi,” and “Ummah”). That explanation relies on a combination of naivety and the desire not demonize a major religion or its millions of peaceful adherents.
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Hate Education–Hamas Kids TV–Kill Bush

April 30, 2008

Memri has a video clip, translated into English, of a child puppet speaking with a President Bush puppet.  He blames the President for the death of his parents.  He ultimately tells the President the White House is to become a mosque and he repeatedly stabs him with a puppet knife.
These Islamo-fascists start young and stay on message later on:

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1729.htm

Understanding It– They Continue To Fight

April 24, 2008

The Telegraph UK reports that 15 terror plots have been foiled since 7/7 in London.  In other words, the Islamofascists continue to attack and we continue to defend, often successfully.  Are we sufficiently on the attack against them?

excerpts: British Police “Have Foiled 15 Terror Plots Since 7/7” – Richard Edwards (Telegraph-UK)
Fifteen terrorist plots have been foiled in the three years since the London bombings, Bob Quick, Scotland Yard’s new head of anti-terrorism, disclosed.
Britain was said to be the primary target for Muslim extremists, ahead of America and other European countries.

Self-Evaluation–Ashamed of Muslim Violence

April 9, 2008

Emiliio Dabul, in the New York, Daily News looks honestly at the Arab Islamic world:

excerpts: Arabs must take a long,s elf-critical look in the mirror

Monday, April 7th 2008, 4:00 AM

There was a time centuries ago in Arab countries when intellectual introspection was common and the culture produced searching, self-critical scholarship in various arenas.

That time is gone. Today, brave and questioning souls like Irshad Manji, who calls for an Islamic Reformation, receive death threats. Without the ability to look inward, Arab blame for problems is projected outward – meaning, at Israel and the U.S. That is very dangerous for the world.

As an Arab-American, recent events have reminded me in very stark terms why introspection needs to return to the Arab world in a big way, as quickly as possible, as a prerequisite for anything resembling peace, in the Middle East or elsewhere, to be a real possibility. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-Evaluation– One View of How Al Qaeda can Perish

March 29, 2008

Bret Stephens in WSJ describes a surprising response of Moslem clerics to the extremes of Islamo-fascism: It’s a revolt of the elders against Al Qaeda’s philosophy of Jihad and martyrdom. It offers some hope:

excerpts: How Al Qaeda will perish, march 25, 2008, p A22

Do minors require their parents’ consent to become suicide bombers? Believe it or not, this is the subject of an illuminating and bitter debate among the leading theoreticians of global jihad, with consequences that could be far-reaching.

On March 6, Al-Sahab, the media arm of al Qaeda, released a 46-minute video statement titled “They Lied: Now Is the Time to Fight.”…. It’s also an urgent call for recruits.

“We call on the fathers and mothers not to become a barrier between their children and paradise,” says Abu-Al-Yazid. “If they disagree who should first join the jihad to go to paradise, let them compete, meaning the fathers and the children. . . . Also, we say to the Muslim wives, do not be a barrier between your husbands and paradise.” ….

These particular appeals are no accident. Last year, imprisoned Egyptian radical Sayyed Imam Al-Sharif, a.k.a. “Dr. Fadl,” published “The Document of Right Guidance for Jihad Activity in Egypt and the World.” It is a systematic refutation of al Qaeda’s theology and methods, which is all the more extraordinary considering the source. Sayyed Imam, 57, was the first “emir” of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, many of whose members (including his longtime associate Ayman al-Zawahiri) later merged with Osama bin Laden and his minions to become al Qaeda. His 1988 book, “Foundations of Preparation for Holy War,” is widely considered the bible of Salafist jihadis.

Now he has recanted his former views. “The alternative” to violent jihadism, he says in an interview with the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat (translated by Memri), “is not to kill civilians, foreigners and tourists, destroy property and commit aggression against the lives and property of those who are inviolable under the pretext of jihad. All of this is forbidden.” Read the rest of this entry »

Appeasers—Giving up Free Speech too easily

March 29, 2008

 The West prides itself on free speech, tolerance, and open societies. But it’s fascinating how the open threats of Islamo-fascists and the more subtle legal tactics of their non violent supporters often leads Western states to quickly drop “Free speech”.  Peter Hoekstra writes in the Wall Street Journal: 

excerpts:

Islam and Free Speech – Peter Hoekstra (Wall Street Journal)

  • The Netherlands is bracing for a new round of violence at home and against its embassies in the Middle East over “Fitna,” a short film by Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament, to be released this week. The film reportedly includes images of a Koran being burned, and Wilders has called for banning the Koran – which he has compared to Hitler’s Mein Kampf – from the Netherlands.
  • Reasonable men in free societies regard Wilders’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, and films like “Fitna,” as disrespectful of the religious sensitivities of members of the Islamic faith. But free societies also hold freedom of speech to be a fundamental human right. We don’t silence, jail or kill people with whom we disagree just because their ideas are offensive or disturbing.
  • What is particularly disturbing about Islamic assaults against modern society is how the West has reacted with appeasement. The only major U.S. newspaper to reprint any of the controversial 2005 Danish cartoons was Denver’s Rocky Mountain News. You can be sure that if these cartoons had mocked Christianity or Judaism, major American newspapers would not have hesitated to print them.
  • I defend the right of Mr. Wilders and the media to air his film because free speech is a fundamental right that is the foundation of modern society. Western governments and media outlets cannot allow themselves to be bullied into giving up this precious right due to threats of violence. We must not fool ourselves into believing that we can appease the radical jihadist movement by granting them special protection from criticism.The writer, who was born in the Netherlands, is ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Hate Education–Starting Young

March 29, 2008

Time magazine did a piece about the recruitment and selection of young Lebanese to be Hizbullah terrorists. The process is revealing:

excerpts:

  • So You Wanna Be a Hizbullah Fighter? – Andrew Lee Butters
    Hizbullah recruiters keep an eye out for young Shia Muslim students in both Hizbullah-run schools and the national school system. They look for energetic kids, violent kids, and smart kids, from the age of seven into the late teens. From the start, Hizbullah organizes its child recruits into cells of about five kids, with each cell having its own kid commander, and their own missions: usually games and exercises like treasure hunts. The training stresses the path to martyrdom, which is achieved through honesty, prayer, and combat. This ideological training can last for years.
    All along the way, the trainers are on the lookout for those with special abilities. The lazy ones – with the ability to sit for hours on end without getting bored – are chosen as lookouts to watch Israeli troop movements; the brave ones are chosen for attacks, the smart ones are chosen for intelligence and security; and the smart and unpredictable ones – the guys who don’t look or act or behave at all like fighters – get chosen for counterintelligence. (TIME)