Monday, September 25, 2006

From Kishkushim:
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar suggests the Moslems should apologize--for their 8 century long occupation of Spain.
Sounds fair. Both the Pope and an Imam can each aplogize. Ummm...who goes first?

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Israel At Level Ground brings another indication--as if any were necessary--that Moslems don't seem to have any (self-deprecating) sense of humor.

Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that they can dish it out, but cannot take it.

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Hirhurim quotes from an article that reports:
A collection of sacred artefacts looted by the Romans from the Temple of Jerusalem and long suspected of being hidden in the vaults of the Vatican are actually in the Holy Land, according to a British archaeologist.
He also links to an article that is skeptical.

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Cozy Corner addresses the myth that women speak more than men.
Of course as every husband knows, our wives often don't even have to say a word.
They just give us that look.

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From the Boston Herald
“Cockroaches have been given a bad (reputation) in our society,” said PETA spokeswoman Jackie Vergerio. “They are gentle, complex animals.”
You think that's odd?
Check out what PETA is Six Flags.

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From Gateway Pundit:

Thousands Rally in Lebanon Against Hezbollah!

Keep in mind this rally was in the tens of thousands.
The pro-Hezbollah rally was in the hundreds of thousands.

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

From Thursday's AP via Yahoo
Benedict "should be removed from his position immediately for encouraging war and fanning hostility between various faiths" and "making insulting remarks" against Islam, said a joint statement issued by the clerics and scholars at the end of their one-day convention.
Encouraging war.
Fanning hostilities between faiths
Making insulting remarks.

Cool, let's get a list of Imams who spew about Israel and see if we can work out a deal!

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From the Sunday Times in Britain:
Police have agreed to consult a panel of Muslim leaders before mounting counter-terrorist raids or arrests. Members of the panel will offer their assessment of whether information police have on a suspect is too flimsy and will also consider the consequences on community relations of a raid.
The inmates have taken over the asylum.

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Did global terrorism actually exist before Bush?
The Anchoress has a list.

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Jules Crittenden at the Boston Herald on why AP stands for Al-Qaeda Propaganda:
The Associated Press, the reliable just-the-facts news agency you and I once knew, no longer exists. Amoral propagandists have taken over.
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Gatway Pundit on the unconfirmed death of Bin August.

Meanwhile Michael Ledeen writes:
As Corner readers know, I was told many months ago that Osama died in Iran last December, and is buried there, under a marker carrying a woman's name. In early January, Pakistan's President P. Musharaff announced bin Laden had died of kidney failure, which I took as pretty good confirmation. Meanwhile, there has been no bin Laden video for two years, only audios with a voice that might be his son's. Now French intelligence, which is a serious organization, has leaked a document citing Saudi sources (often not serious at all) saying Osama died recently in Pakistan of Typhoid fever.
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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Meryl Yourish noticed that Neturei Karta met with Ahmadinejad in a televised event.

If you read her post very carefully, you'll find signs of disapproval.

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Vital Perspective reports on that invitation that Columbia University extended to Ahmadinejad to come speak there.

They've rescinded it.

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From Rishon Rishon:
Take a look at this dialog between Lebanese blogger Rania el-Masry and Israeli blogger Lisa Goldman (via Lisa). It is sponsored by the BBC. No doubt they picked Lisa because they know that she hails from the Israeli far left. Unfortunately for them, they didn't know that though she's a leftist, she's honest, and doesn't distort or overlook relevant facts. Notice how Rania's arguments sound convincing as long as you don't know the facts. After trying to avoid confrontation, Lisa gives it to her. Her response is so good that I can't let it lie in such an obscure location. I'm reproducing it here in full:
You need to go read it, in full.

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Ocean Guy thinks that as a result of the war with Hezbollah, the Two-State Solution All but Dead

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From Mere Rhetoric:

Egypt is one disgruntled general away from becoming the most dangerous country on earth

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During the past year, Letters of Thought has been in at least 2 countries every month.
And he has the pictures to prove it.

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Michael Freund in The Jerusalem Post:
A Bangladeshi Muslim journalist arrested in the past for advocating ties with Israel now faces charges of sedition, a crime punishable by death in Bangladesh, and will likely be put on trial by the end of the month, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Will the media make as big a deal of this as they did of the Pope?

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From Byron York
Number two on the bestseller list tonight: "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance," by Noam Chomsky.
That's quite an accomplishment for Mr. Chavez.
After all, how many people who bought the book actually knew what 'hegemony' means?

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Hat tip: Best of the Web.

So where did the Moslem extremists get the idea to demand that the Pope convert?
Where all the best ideas come from, of course--blogs.
"Under Sharia law, anyone who even indirectly implies that Islam is anything less than 'peachy keen' can only be forgiven once they've been decapitated, disemboweled, and then trampled to death by a herd of unwashed goats. The Pope is probably too much of a bigot to accept such an olive branch, but there is an alternative. He could convert to Islam.", Sept. 17
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From the Irish Examiner: UN: Torture in Iraq may be worse now than under Saddam

But this is the UN we are talking about, so check out the last 3 paragraphs of the article, starting with "[the United Nations’ chief anti-torture expert, Manfred] Nowak has yet to make an official visit to Iraq"

Anyone surprised?

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Little Green Footballs makes the point clearly:
MSM Completely Ignores Pro-Israel Rally

Astoundingly (or maybe not), yesterday 35,000 people turned out to demonstrate for Israel and against Iran and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad...

...and not a single mainstream media source carried the story.

One blog--I forget which--made the point that if the rally was anti-Bush or pro-Ahmadinejad, the rally would have been covered.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

From the Pope at his General Audience speaking about his remarks made at the University of Regensburg:
I hope that on different occasions during my visit – for instance, in Munich when I stressed how important it is to respect that which is sacred to others – my profound respect for the great religions, and in particular for the Moslems, who "adore the one God" and with whom we are engaged in "defending and promoting together, for all men, social justice, moral values, peace and freedom" (Nostra Aetate, 3) was clearly apparent.
So now Islam is a Religion of Peace?
Only so long as "all men" does not refer to Dhimmis.

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Cozy Corner has figured out the Moslems' hidden agenda.
The truth is, they don't hate Jews and MoslemsChristians at all.

After comparing events in Seattle and the Palestinian territories, it becomes clear that there is a different reason entirely.

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The Colossus of Rhodey says there are 2 faces to Venezuela.
And Chavez is only one of them.

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Ha-Mikdash notes:
Jerusalem's gay pride parade to be held November 10

Why then? Arutz Sheva:
The gay pride parade will take place after the end of Ramadan, presumably so as not to attract the heightened Islamic wrath and violence that often accompany Ramadan.
Orthodox Jews who are accused of being violent are arrested.
Moslems who go on rampages get tiptoed around.

Is any of the anger of non-religious Israelis towards the Orthodox the result of venting their frustration at their helplessnes in dealing with the Arab mobs?

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Blogger Coverage of today's rally against Ahmadinejad's appearance at the UN:

Atlas Shrugs has video and pictures
Little Green Footballs has a slideshow

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New tactic being developed by Palestinian terrorists when surrounded by Israeli soldiers:

Palestinian Terrorists Again Using Children as Shields
There is also a video here

Apparently all those weeks spent jumping through hoops of fire are going for naught.

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So where did Moslems first get the idea that they can go on murderous rampages and still expect total respect for themselves and Islam?

Jerusalem Municipality Readies to Ring in Ramadan


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Arutz Sheva reports that a 15-year old Bedouin boy was hit by shrapnel from a Kassam rocket.

Of note:
Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler quotes a senior IDF officer as threatening, "In the end, the terrorists will see that it wasn't worth it for them. The IDF won't hit only the rocket launchers, but also the vicinity around them in a way that no one will know what hit them."
The difference between Palestinian and Israeli rhetoric:
  • Palestinians tend to follow up threats of violence with...violence.
  • Israelis tend to follow up threats of violence with:
a. Withdrawal
b. Release of terrorists
c. Promises of more meetings with Abbas
d. Destruction of Jewish homes
e. All of the above
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Acording to Gypsy Scholar, a faulty translation of Pope Benedict's German address, done by the Vatican itself, may have helped create the Moslem backlash.

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From Mona Charen:
Yesterday NPR host Diane Rehm featured a discussion between The Very Reverend David O’Connell, president of Catholic U. and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Prof. of Islamic Studies at George Washington U. Nasr was well-versed in the history of Western Civilization as well as articulate and calm. But according to the segments I heard, he took issue with O’Connell’s description of the violence perpetrated against Christians worldwide following the Pope’s remarks as “unprovoked.” He interjected “But it was provoked.” Diane Rehm equably restated his position (I paraphrase) “So you think words are violence.” He confirmed.

Call me crazy but I’d prefer to be called nasty names to being beaten or beheaded any day of the week. How about you Prof. Nasr?
The problem is that they prefer beheading to dialogue.
After all, why not? So far it's been working very well for them.

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News flash from Ahmadinejad: Iran's Leader Says U.N. Controlled by U.S., Israel

Yes, and Kofi Annan is in Israel's pocket.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

From Euphoric Reality: Muslims Booted From Amazing Race

And yet no protests, riots, death threats, or demands for conversion!


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Bush spoke today at the UN.
Atlas Shrugs thinks he was great.

Find out why.

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So what would you do if knew that the entire Hamas leadership was sitting together in one house, and all you had to do was press a button...what would you do?

Biur Chametz
knows what was done and why.

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From the no good deed goes unpunished department:
The French President is the first European leader to state publicly that a freeze by Iran is not a precondition for opening talks. The concession to Iran seems to be linked to events in Lebanon, where there had been concern that French soldiers may be targeted by Iran's proxy militia, Hizbollah, over France's previously hardline stance in the nuclear negotiations.
Hat Tip: The Corner

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Is there a difference between the media reaction to the Danish cartoon controversy and Islamist reaction to Pope Benedict?

According to Spiegel:
But the attacks against the pope are especially grotesque. The severe criticism -- often coupled with threats of violence -- directed at the speech held last Tuesday by Benedict XVI is not just an attack on the head of the Catholic Church. The malicious twisting of the pope's words and the absurd allegations made by representatives of Islam represent a frontal attack on open religious and philosophical dialogue.
Maybe somehow people could justify the reaction to the cartoons.
But this time around, it's getting more and more obvious that the reaction is way over the top.

Maybe people are ready to go to the next level after fear--anger.

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Looks like Islamist extremists are upping the ante.
Both the son of Khadaffi and Moslem leaders in Gaza are saying that the Pope should convert.

If the Pope's goal was actually to abuse and degrade the religion of others with impunity, I suppose that would make sense.

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Via Yahoo:
Iraq's parliament also rejected Benedict's explanation of his remarks, saying it was insufficiently clear. The parliament "demands the pope take practical steps to restore respect to the Islamic world and its religion, and a clear-cut apology for what he said," lawmakers said in a statement read at a press conference.
OK, but if the Moslems themselvses cannot restore Islam's lost respect, how do they expect the Pope to?

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Monday, September 18, 2006

In Australia they are reading Moslems the riot act.
Andrew Robb, Howard Government's multicultural spokesman, spoke to a group of 100 imams who speak at Australia's mosques.
"We live in a world of terrorism where evil acts are being regularly perpetrated in the name of your faith," Mr Robb said at the Sydney conference.

"And because it is your faith that is being invoked as justification for these evil acts, it is your problem.

"You can't wish it away, or ignore it, just because it has been caused by others.

"Instead, speak up and condemn terrorism, defend your role in the way of life that we all share here in Australia."
Imagine if the US gave a talk like that to CAIR.
Or if Israel laid down the law to the Arab MK's.

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So who is this Manuel II that Pope Benedict quoted?
Where was he coming from when he said:
"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
Here is a rundown by Peter Robinson:
Manuel II Paleologus reigned as emperor of Byzantium from 1391, the year in which he is believed to have composed the text from which the Pope quoted last week, until his death in 1425. A brief overview of his experience of Islam:

1390: Manuel is sent as a hostage to the court of Sultan Bayezid I. As his writings demonstrate, he reads widely in Muslim texts and engages in repeated debates with Muslim scholars. He is also forced to participate in an attack on his own people, the siege of Philadelphia, which eliminated the last Byzantine settlement in Anatolia.

1394-1402: The Ottomans besiege Constantinople. For some five years, Manuel directs the defense of the city in person. Then he entrusts Constantinople to his nephew and embarks on a tour of the West, seeking assistance.

1422: The Ottomans attack Manuel in Constantinople once again.

By the time of his death in 1425, Manuel had spent virtually his entire adult life in the struggle against an armed and expansionist Islam—and in 1453, just over a quarter of a century later, the Ottomans would finally conquer the empire he had defended.

The point? One may certainly argue that Islam had no monopoly on fourteenth and fifteenth century violence—Manuel himself had to resist several attempts by members of his own family to deny him the throne. What one may not, argue, I think, is that Manuel lacked the authority or knowledge to speak about Islam. When he described efforts “to spread by the sword the faith [the Prophet] preached,” he wasn't mouthing some sort of ignorant medieval prejudice. He knew exactly what he was talking about.
Now where do the Imams get the authority to speak about Christianity or Judaism?

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From Reuters:
Norwegian police said gunshots were fired at a synagogue in Oslo early on Sunday, the national news agency NTB reported.

...The Mosaic Religious Community, which owns the synagogue, had asked for better protection of its property following threats and after the site was vandalised in early August.
Oslo? Oslo??

Now why does that place sound familiar?

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Australia has been a friend and ally of the US. They are not afraid to take a stand.

A man is facing charges for stalking and using a telecommunications device in order to harass or threaten Jews in Brisbane.

It is believed to be the first time in Australia, if not the world, that an individual has been charged with committing an antisemitic offence using SMS technology. The court did not release the exact content of the messages, but they are believed to be of a threatening nature.
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Israellycool brings you The First Annual Muslim Protest Awards

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Shiloh's Musings urges the Pope: Don't Fire the Speech Writers!

Good advice.

The Pope's problems started with a 14th-Century Christian emperor.

I wonder what he did with his speech writers.

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Tel-Chai Nation quotes from an article in Arutz Sheva that despite the IDF's assumption that Hamas 'realized' it was in their interest to stop the firing of Kassams into Israel, the rockets keep on coming. Two of three just caused property damage. In Sderot itself, besides damage there was one injury and others were treated for shock

Tel-Chai Nation:
As long as the Hamas is in Gaza, and Islam is the rule there, there will only be more sectarian violence of this sort.
And that could be a long, long time.

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The Pope is having a bad week.
First he gives an address that Moslems take offense at.
Then a general apology is issued--but the Moslems want more.
Then the Pope issues a public apology--but he does not seem to have gone far enough.

Some Muslims want to give the Pope helpful advice:
An influential Iranian cleric, Ahmad Khatami, warned that if the Pope did not apologise, the "outcry will continue until he fully regrets his remarks". He suggested "the Pope should fall on his knees in front of a senior Muslim cleric and try to understand Islam".
But while trying to appease the Moslems, the Pope:
...appeared to risk causing fresh controversy during his speech yesterday when he cited a passage from St Paul that risked being interpreted as hostile - not by Muslims, but by Jews. It described the crucifixion of Jesus as a "scandal for the Jews".
When this incident first started, some saw it as a major representative of the West taking a stand.

Now it merely looks like another representative of the West in disarray.

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Two articles that just don't seem to mesh very well together:

According to the Associated Press:
Israel offered an incentive to the Islamic militant group [Hamas] Monday, saying it will consider releasing millions of dollars and freeing Palestinian prisoners if the Palestinian government moderates itself and an Israeli soldier captured in June by Hamas-linked militants is freed.
According to Haaretz:
Members of terror organizations who were released from Israeli custody after being defined as not having "blood on their hands" perpetrated 14 terror attacks in the past several years. In them, 132 Israeli civilians were killed and many others were injured, according to a report released over the weekend by the Almagor Terror Victims Association.
At least Israel only said it "would consider" the release.

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So the Jerusalem Post reports on Sheikh Raid Salah, head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch. Among other things,

Salah also said that the day "was not far off" that Israeli rule over the Temple Mount would be thrown off, and Jerusalem would become the capital of a new Muslim caliphate.

According to Wikipedia, the caliph is "the title for the Islamic leader of the Ummah or community of Islam".

Even putting aside all the major controversy among Moslems surrounding the re-establishment of the Caliphate, does Salah really believe that the Moslem world would accept the renewed Caliphate in a Palestinian state?

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