Thursday, March 09, 2006

Quiz: Guess what he's talking about!

“Muslims from Champagne Ardenne are touched like the rest of Muslims in the world, injured in their faith and their dignity,” said the CRCM, that filed the complaint on February 13.

Muslims in Beirut burning down a Danish mision in the name of Allah.


Revisionst Muslims in London preparing for a genocide in the name of Allah.


Child abuse in the name of Allah.


Stoning in the name of Allah.


Cutting of hands in the name of Allah.


Cutting of heads in the name of Allah.


Agraphia in the name of Mohammed.

Mohammed cartoons in the name of free speech.


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How we duped the West, by Iran's nuclear negotiator

A revealing report from London's Telegraph says that Hassan Rowhani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, told a closed meeting in Teheran that he was deliberately deceiving his European interlocutors and only using the talks to stall for time while continuing work on the program:
[...] He told his audience: "When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Teheran we were still installing some of the equipment at the Isfahan site. There was plenty of work to be done to complete the site and finish the work there. In reality, by creating a tame situation, we could finish Isfahan." [...]
He described the regime's quandary in September 2003 when the IAEA had demanded a "complete picture" of its nuclear activities. "The dilemma was if we offered a complete picture, the picture itself could lead us to the UN Security Council," he said. "And not providing a complete picture would also be a violation of the resolution and we could have been referred to the Security Council for not implementing the resolution." [...]
Mr Rowhani said that Iran had bought much of its nuclear-related equipment from "the same dealer" - a reference to the network of A Q Khan, the rogue Pakistani atomic scientist. From information supplied by Libya, it became clear that Iran had bought P2 advanced centrifuges. [...]
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A Mullah’s-Eye View of the World

Iran watcher and scholar Michael Ledeen has an invaluable piece explaining what the clerical rulers of Iran may be thinking, based on reports of an important nuclear strategy meeting in late November or early December:
Sometime in late November or early December, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gathered his top advisers for an overall strategic review. The atmosphere was highly charged, because Khamenei’s doctors have diagnosed a serious cancer, and do not expect the Supreme Leader to live much more than a year. A succession struggle is already under way, with the apparently unsinkable Hashemi Rafsanjani in the thick of it, even though Khamenei, and his increasingly powerful son Mushtaba, is opposed to the perennial candidate-for-whatever. Despite this disquieting news, the overall tone of the conversation was upbeat, because the Iranians believe they see many positive developments, above all, the declaration that "it has been promised that by 8 April, we will be in a position to show the entire world that 'we are members of the club.'" This presumably refers to nuclear weapons. Against this cheery background, the assessment of the Iranian leaders continued:
  • The weakness of the Bush administration is notable. Recent public opinion polls show the country seriously divided, and the top Iranian experts on North America have concluded that the president is paralyzed, unable to make any tough decision (and hence unable to order an attack against Iran);
  • 2006 is an election year, and even some Republicans are distancing themselves from Bush, weakening the White House even further;
  • Israel is facing the darkest moment in its history (remember that this conversation took place before Sharon’s stroke). Likud is divided, Netanyahu is openly against Sharon, and the Labor party has lost its old guard. No strong government is possible (and hence Israel is similarly unable to order an attack against Iran). Therefore this is a moment for Iran to take maximum advantage;
  • Iranian power and prestige is at an all-time high among the Palestinian terrorist groups, from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah, to secular, even Communist groups. Terrorists who in the past had rejected Iranian approaches now travel to Tehran for support;
  • The Syrians have given Iran final say over the activities of Sunni terrorist groups in their country; Iran now exercises effective control over groups ranging from Hezbollah, Ansar al-Islam, al Qaeda, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Jaish-e-Mahdi, and Jaish-e-Huti (Yemen) to the Joint Shi’ite Army of Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, and part of Saudi Arabia, as well as Islamic movements in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia;
  • In the four and a half months since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become president, he has brought the extremist group led by Mezbah Yazdi under control, and, notably, he has forced Syria to resist all pressure from the United States;
  • The Europeans are no longer necessary for the Iranian strategy, and can now be "thrown out of our game." They are in no position to do any damage because they are too busy fighting with one another; Khamenei called for two urgent missions. The first was to do everything possible to drive up oil prices by an additional 30 percent by the first week in April. The second was to intensify the propaganda war against the West in the same period. He stressed that it was important to compel the United States to face at least three crises by the April 8.


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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Is pregnancy really nine or ten months long?

No, that's a Zionist lie! According to (I couldn't read that, but here is a German translation) it can rest for some years. Here is what some Islamic clerics are stating:
- Iman al-Schafi'i & Imam Malik: It can take up to 4 years.
- Al-Laith: up to 3 years.
- As-Suhri: 6 or 7 years
- Abu Abeed: infinite!
Discovered at

The father of the bomb Supported by an European company!

Questions of Concern

I think everybody should write a FAQ on Hamas. Here I go:
  1. Is Hamas a potentially pragmatic, nationalist movement that just wants a state of its own, an end to its followers' oppression and an improvement in their living standards?
  2. Will Hamas move toward moderation and peacefulness when they are in power?
  3. Should the West talk to Hamas?
  4. Shouldn’t we support any approach to democracy in the Middle East?
  5. Isn’t it a matter of fact that excessive Western or Israeli pressure on the new regime would likely only strengthen the Islamists or trigger a resumption of terrorism?
  6. How can pressure solve any problems?
  7. Given a clear opportunity to have a country of their own alongside Israel, would Hamas grab it?
  8. What is the difference between Hamas and European terrorist organizations?
  9. Would the Israeli-Palestine conflict have been resolved if Israel hadn't been so stubborn?
  10. Is Hamas cooperating with al-Qaeda?
  11. Is a Hamas-led Palestinian state becoming a center of international terrorism, including a base for al-Qaeda?
  1. Is Hamas a potentially pragmatic, nationalist movement that just wants a state of its own, an end to its followers' oppression and an improvement in their living standards? – The driving force behind Hamas is not the prospect of a free Palestinian state – a political urge, but the assassination of all Jews on ‘their’ land – a genocidal urge. Hamas isn’t really interested in all of this political mumbo jumbo; they took part in the election because it makes their life easier if they can point to the fact that their leaders are democratically elected parliamentarians. Yes, that’s Hitler’s trademarked strategy of ensuring appeasement by nailing down the legitimacy of his power. Hamas sells itself as an organization with political goals and many Westerners wishfully believe that. [1] And yes, that’s Hitler’s trademarked strategy of ensuring appeasement by verifying the romantic dreams of Western – not that there is anything wrong with it – peace-lovers. We should know better than that by watching Hamas’ propaganda-videos and listening to their speeches (do a Google search on “Palestine media watch”). They don’t think about telling us the truth. Why should they? So the answer to the first question is: “No!”
  2. Will Hamas move toward moderation and peacefulness when they are in power? – Many Westerners think that’s true, because it was true for Fatah, wasn’t it? – No, it wasn’t! More or less directly, they supported Jew-killing terrorists and created a culture of anti-Semitism by means of approving revisionist school curricula and proclaiming their radical views from mosques and via PA-controlled media. [1] And if Hamas is at least as deadly as Fatah, why should they move toward moderation and peacefulness when they are in power? Always remember: Hamas is not like the IRA or ETA. Hamas supports the ideas of world jihad, while the IRA wanted to banish the British from Ireland, but not London. [2] So the answer to the second question is: “No!”
  3. Should the West talk to Hamas? – This is a crucial question. Let me anticipate that the answer must be a plain “no”! The reason is that a “yes” would lead to acceptance of Hamas in the world – and particularly in the Arab world – as a political organization. Hamas and its parent organization, the Islamic Brotherhood, are viewed differently in various Middle Eastern countries. In Jordan, the Brotherhood is legal, while in Egypt, it's outlawed. The question is whether Hamas will be perceived as part of the world jihad – or as an organization that can become moderate. It is important to say, that Hamas is an organization that identifies with the goals of world jihad. Hamas leader Mahmoud A-Zahar has said that Hamas victories are supposed to strengthen the Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Hamas sheikhs provide inspiration for Al-Qaeda. [2]
  4. Shouldn’t we support any approach to democracy in the Middle East? – If it means that we would support murders then the answer must be “no”.
  5. Isn’t it a matter of fact that excessive Western or Israeli pressure on the new regime would likely only strengthen the Islamists or trigger a resumption of terrorism? – This is a stupid question because it implies that Hamas is not really a terrorist organization, and that’s wrong. Defining a problem as solved won’t count. Believe me – I tried it on a math test. Hamas is the worst case. It can’t get worse!
  6. How can pressure solve any problems? – That’s an easy one. Let me ask you this: Have you ever taken part in some sort of therapy? Well, I haven’t but a friend of mine – and he said, the first step is always to admit that you have a problem. We haven’t reached this step, yet. The Western media is still downplaying the thread of Hamas. They are not ready to face it. The next steps include fighting the problem by any means – and this means: pressure! I know, this comparison is a bit weak, but hasn’t history told us that appeasement doesn’t work? What was the provocation prior to the 9/11? They didn’t do it because they couldn’t stand our pressure – they did it because our pressure couldn’t stand them!
  7. Given a clear opportunity to have a country of their own alongside Israel, would Hamas grab it? – The driving force behind Hamas is not the prospect of a free Palestinian state – a political urge, but the assassination of all Jews – a genocidal urge. So the answer to this question is: “No!”
  8. What is the difference between Hamas and European terrorist organizations? – For instance, the IRA wanted only to banish the British from Ireland, and did not want to destroy London – while Hamas has a clear agenda for an Islamic contiguity from Egypt to Iraq. Recent statements by Hamas leaders show that it has not given up its principle goal of destroying the State of Israel. That’s why Condoleeza Rice is wrong when she states that just like the IRA became more moderate after entering the political process, the same could happen with Hamas. [2]
  9. Would the Israeli-Palestine conflict have been resolved if Israel hadn't been so stubborn? – Would Israel still exist if it hadn't been so stubborn? Western politicians can stroke their morning woods dreaming of making a perfectly sensible speech on peace at the UN. Israeli politicians can’t afford this luxury; they have to protect their citizens while being confronted with terrorist attacks each day. Ariel Sharon's shift in Israeli policy toward the territories was not a surrender to the myth of the moderate Palestinian leadership, but rather a savvy recognition of how to counter Palestinian extremism. There is no sense in holding onto territory when your enemy wants you to do so in order to make you more diplomatically and militarily vulnerable. And there is no sense in holding on to territory you don't really want as a bargaining chip when there is no one to negotiate with. At the same time, an Israeli strategy based on the scenario of an attack by combined Arab armies massing on the Jordan River is obsolete. What makes sense is a long-term defensive approach that concentrates on Israel's priorities: protecting its citizens while improving its military, economic, and international situation. [1]
  10. Is Hamas cooperating with al-Qaeda? – Yes. Dore Gold outlined some of the facts [3]: Hamas is an Arabic acronym for the "Islamic Resistance Movement."Article 2 of the 1988 Hamas Covenant reads: "The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine." Throughout the Arab world, the Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as the common wellspring of all modern jihadi terrorism. Indeed, Dr. Ahmad Al-Rab'i, former Kuwaiti minister of education, wrote in July 2005 in the Arabic London daily, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, "The beginnings of all of the religious terrorism that we are witnessing today were in the Muslim Brotherhood's ideology." Al-Qaeda's history is equally tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. For example, bin Laden's mentor and teacher, Abdullah Azzam, was a Palestinian who emerged from the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood. bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, also belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood before establishing the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and merging his group with al-Qaeda. Khaled Sheikh Muhammad, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's branch in Kuwait. The Muslim Brotherhood credo clearly set the stage for jihadism across the Middle East: "God is our objective, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations." (This was incorporated as Article 8 of the Hamas Covenant.) It is thus understandable why Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak insists on keeping the Muslim Brotherhood illegal, though independent candidates identifying with the organization have run for Egypt's parliament. Osama bin Laden actually sent emissaries to Hamas in September 2000 and January 2001, after Yasser Arafat launched the second Palestinian intifada; Israel arrested three Hamas militants in 2003, after they had returned from an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda Operations chief Abu Zubaydah first entered the world of terrorism through his membership in Hamas. And there was even a case of actual operational cooperation: According to a 2004 FBI affidavit, al-Qaeda recruited Hamas members to conduct surveillance against potential targets in the US. Where Hamas and al-Qaeda have cooperated extensively is in the area of funding. They frequently have shared the same financial networks. One of Bin Laden's financial managers for al-Qaeda in the 1990s, Wadi al-Hage, wrote the words "joint venture" next to his phone book entry for the "Holy Land Foundation," a Texas-based non-profit organization that funded Hamas - which was also closed down by President George W. Bush. Both the US and the UN have asserted that Saudi businessman Yassin Qadi funded al-Qaeda and Hamas through two non-profit organizations. Hamas has indicated that while it prefers not to be connected to al-Qaeda by Western reporters, it nonetheless publicly identifies with many of its jihadi goals. The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud al-Zahar, for example, had no qualms about expressing his confidence that Israel's disengagement from Gaza - for which Hamas took direct credit - would lift the morale of the Arab and Islamic world and affect the battle for Afghanistan and Iraq. He plainly admitted: "We are part of the great world plan whose name is the world Islamic movement." In 2003-4, Hamas distributed a colorful poster in Jenin and Hebron featuring individual portraits of Hamas founder Yassin with bin Laden and the leaders of the Chechen mujahideen, Shamil Basayev and Khattab. The poster also refers to other battlefields of global jihad - the Balkans and Kashmir. This indicates that Hamas sees anyone fighting in global jihad as potential allies. It should not have been surprising, then, that after Israel completed its Gaza pullout, Israeli military intelligence reported that al-Qaeda cells had infiltrated from Egyptian Sinai and found a new area which would host them. True, Hamas and al-Qaeda have had their tactical differences over whether Islamist groups should participate in elections, as well as how they view cooperation with Shi'ite Iran; nevertheless, their ideological common ground is far greater than any disagreements between them of this sort.
  11. Is a Hamas-led Palestinian state becoming a center of international terrorism, including a base for al-Qaeda? – It has been reported by the PA news agency Duniya Alwatan that a senior official in the Hamas military, known by his nom de guerre, Abu Huzaifa, told the news agency that since the disengagement from Gaza, the Hamas has set up military bases in every city in Gaza. The bases have been training a new cadre of highly motivated fighters for the Jihad, or holy war against non-Muslims and the Jewish state in particular. More specifically, Abu Huzaifa said PA soliders are taught a number of techniques including firing rifles, shooting Kassam rockets, crawling under fences, and climbing up and down buildings. The instructors are Hamas terrorists who received training abroad. [4] At last month's Herzliya Conference, former IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon warned that Israel might face the threat of Islamic volunteers from the war in Iraq trying to enter the West Bank in the future. Indeed, in the past six months, al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations in Lebanon, Jordan and the Sinai have moved their operations much closer to Israel's borders. In a letter sent by bin Laden's deputy, al-Zawahiri, to insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - intercepted by the US - al-Qaeda in Iraq was instructed to move into neighboring states and prepare for the "clash with Israel." In other words, the threat of al-Qaeda soon seeking to enter the West Bank must be seriously considered. When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon presented his disengagement plan on April 14, 2004, he received a written assurance from Bush that the US was committed to Israel retaining "defensible borders" in the remaining disputed territory of the West Bank. If Israel were to withdraw to the line of its security fence in the West Bank - or even farther to the 1967 lines and abandon the strategic barrier it has controlled over the Jordan Valley - the vacuum created would allow the al-Qaeda forces of al-Zarqawi in the east to link up with Hamas in the west. [3]


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Monday, March 06, 2006

Welcome to Hamastan

Fern Sidman reports at

Speaking to an audience last night in Holon, Avi Dichter, who is number 5 on the Kadima list of Knesset candidates, outlined Kadima's plans to evacuate and demolish most of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and to relocate their residents in those that remain.
The new Kadima plan would leave Israel with four or five isolated pockets of Israeli presence; a narrow finger 20 kilometers long from Rosh HaAyin to Ariel in the Shomron; parts of the Jordan Valley; and strips to the north, east and south of Jerusalem. The rest of Judea and Samaria would fall under the control of Hamas.
Likud Knesset faction head MK Gideon Saar said the new Kadima plan is a "prize for Hamas." "The areas to be evacuated by Israel will immediately become new Hamas bases for attack against Israel and its citizens," Saar said.
And while this is happening, the intifada of Kassam rockets continues near the Gaza border. One of five Kassam rockets landed near Kibbutz Carmiya, where dozens of expelled families from Gush Katif have been relocated. Another Kassam rocket caused damage to what is called "strategic installation" [major power plant, pipeline company and the largest seawater desalination plant in the world] south of Ashkelon. Two people were hurt in the attack on the installation and were treated for shock.
And if we weren't already concerned about national security, it has been reported by the PA news agency Duniya Alwatan that a senior official in the Hamas military, known by his nom de guerre, Abu Huzaifa, told the news agency that since the disengagement from Gaza, the Hamas has set up military bases in every city in Gaza. The bases have been training a new cadre of highly motivated fighters for the Jihad, or holy war against non-Muslims and the Jewish state in particular. More specifically, Abu Huzaifa said PA soliders are taught a number of techniques including firing rifles, shooting Kassam rockets, crawling under fences, and climbing up and down buildings. The instructors are Hamas terrorists who received training abroad.

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More News on Ilan Halimi (1982 - 2006)

Fern Sidman reports at
[...] Ilan Halimi was abducted on January 21 after a woman came into the mobile phone store where he worked and charmed him into a dinner date. The first break in the case came after the police released an Identikit image of the woman suspected of "baiting" Halimi. After turning herself in our of fears that neighbors would identify her, the woman claimed that she was indeed asked to seduce a number of young men, but was unaware of the act's purpose. She identified the apartment where Halimi had been kept.

Halimi was found on February 13, tied to a tree, naked, wounded, handcuffed, gagged and covered with burn and cut marks on 80 percent of his body. Authorities found Halimi near railroad tracks in the Essonne region south of Paris a few days after the kidnappers ended contact with Halimmi's family. He died en route to a hospital."They acted with indescribable cruelty," the judiciary police chief leading the investigation said.

"They kept him naked and tied up for weeks. They cut him and in the end poured flammable liquid on him and set him alight."

Halimi's family received a series of ransom demands - starting with one for nearly $537,000. Ilan Halimi's mother revealed to the Haaretz newspaper that the police told the family to ignore the gang's attempts to contact them for five critical days, after which Ilan was found near death outside the city. "Five days before Ilan was found, the police told us, 'Don't answer the phone, don't repond to text messages.' We saw dozens of calls and ignored them. On Thursday they found Ilan dead."

"We think there is anti-Semitism in this affair," Rafi Halimi, Ilan's uncle, told the press. "First, because the killers tried to kidnap at least two other Jews, and second, because of what they said on the phone," Rafi Halimi added. "When we said we didn't have 500,000 euros to give them they told us to go to the synagogue and get it," Rafi said. "They also recited verses from the Koran."

Under questioning by investigators, one of the suspects "made it clear that he had attacked Ilan Halimi 'because he was Jewish, and Jews are rich".

"If Ilan hadn't been Jewish, he wouldn't have been murdered," Ilan's mom said. She accuses the police of ignoring the anti-Semitic motivation in the case in order not to alienate Muslims, Haaretz reported.

According to a recent article on this subject by Caroline Glick, she states, "It appears that Ilan Halimi's murderers had some connection to Hamas. Tuesday, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said that police found propaganda published by the Palestinian Charity Committee or the CBSP at the home of one of the suspects. The European Jewish Press reported this week that Israel has alleged that the organization is a front group for Palestinian terrorists and that in August 2003 the US government froze the organization's US bank accounts, accusing it of links with Hamas.

"It is clear that the French authorities remain callous and indifferent when it comes to Jews being murdered on their soil or anywhere else. This attitude was evidenced in their initial denial that anti-Semitism played a role in this murder and their expressed policy of ignoring any evidence of anti-Semitism.

This may be the first act of Hamas terrorism directed against a Jew outside of Israel, but clearly it won't be the last. Everyday, we are being saturated with the anti-Semitic diatribes of an Iranian President named Ahmadnajed, of Hamas leaders and leading intellectuals. We can no longer deny it. Anti-Semitism is in full swing. It can only get worse.
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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Gleichschaltung of Iranian Music

The Observer reports:
Ahmadinejad has responded to the dilution of Iran's once-flourishing Islamic revolutionary culture by banning songs by such stars as George Michael and Eric Clapton from state TV and radio. The ban will affect millions of young Iranians, who avidly follow western music.

Alimi, 19, who is among Iran's most promising artists, has backed the ultra-conservative President by attacking the 'cultural bombardment' from the West and counter-attacking the enemy through one of its most subversive sounds: rap.

In his album The Guy From Shahrak-e Gharb, named after an affluent north Tehran suburb, he lampoons wealthy young Iranians who submerge their national identity beneath a facade of basketball, Che Guevara T-shirts and street talk based on that of America's inner cities. With more than a dash of irony, the title song draws on the influence of US rapper Eminem, who is a big hit in Iran.
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Message of Love

Message from a social welfare organization:
“We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children's thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries."
Watch the video here (by clicking on the picture with the friendly looking dudes) and read this.
Oh, erm - I know, they don't mean what they say. These are just some frustrated teens with a lack of self-esteem.
If you wanna be free
Come on along with me
Don't mess with the man
He'll never understand

Cultural Exchange

Jutta Limbach, president of the Goethe-Institut, on the "cartoon controversy":
The Goethe-Institut, according to Limbach, has been advised by many people in the Islamic world to not leave its pathway of cultural exchange, which it has taken for fifty years even in times of crisis. The great interest in and openness to language and cultural work, in particular on the part of Muslim youth, bears out the claim of Goethe-Institut, “to train people from an early age to deal with other cultures.”
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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Iranian Cleric Okays Use of Nuclear Weapons!

Shahram Rafizadeh reports for Rooz:

Based on their interpretation of Islamic law, Iranian hardline religious leaders have licensed the use of nuclear weapon. For the very first time, Mohsen Gharavian, a student of Qom’s fundamentalist cleric Mesbah Yazdi has spoken about the necessity of using nuclear weapons as a means to retaliate and announced that based on religious law, everything depends on our purpose.

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Gleichschaltung of Iranian Press

Meysam Tavab reports for Rooz:
Rooz reporter from Tehran reports that once again journalists are being summoned to the Ministry of Islamic Guidance, which oversees the activities and publications of the domestic press, and threatened on what they write.
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Gleichschaltung of Iranian Business Enterprises

Shervin Omidvar reports for Rooz:
Conservative pro-government media in Iran have launched their war on managers of business enterprises. Ultra-hardline Keyhan claims that about 50% of government and affiliated companies are run by individuals who are not fully committed to the values of the 1979 revolution thus holding them partly responsible for the political and cultural invasion of the Islamic Republic. The daily accuses profitable and successful companies to be involved with foreign elements, which is a crime in the current political atmosphere.
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Gleichschaltung of Iranian Schools

Koroush Salimi reports for Rooz:
The new hardline minister of education has promised right-wing conservative MPs in the Majlis (Iran's parliament) to hand over non profitable private schools to mosques and religious centers, in addition to increasing the religious and Islamic contents of the school curriculum.
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Gleichschaltung of Iranian Banks

Maryam Soleimani reports for Rooz:
Rooz reporter reports that since early this week more than half of Melli Bank managers have either resigned or been ousted from their posts. This push from the top in the banks is similar to what happened to mid-level managers at other government banks.
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Gleichschaltung of Iranian Universities

Hamed Irani reports for Rooz:
Since coming to power late last year, the new hardline government has been talking about the need to Islamicize the universities around the country, which is interpreted to mean the firing of many teachers.
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Gleichschaltung of Iranian Blogs

Sara Isfahani reports for Rooz:

News sources from Tehran report that the Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence has classified domestic and foreign-based Iranian web blogs into three groups, based on their content: those against the regime, those that are pro-regime, and those that are neutral. This is the classification that will be used to determine whether and when a web-blog will be denied access from internet users from inside Iran. [...]

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Gleichschaltung of Iranian Football

Iran’s State Security Forces attacked female football fans in Tehran on Wednesday after they held a defiant protest against the government decision to ban women from football stadiums.
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Let's hope the writers stay alive

The sad tune of the appeaser

Leon de Winter's comments on an op-ed piece by Dutch minister Agnes van Ardenne of Development Cooperation [the department through which the Dutch state is giving aid to underdeveloped countries] in the Arab newspaper Asharq Alawsat about the cartoon uproar can be found here.

Pourquoi est-il permis de plaisanter sur Mahomet et non sur le génocide des juifs?

André Glucksmann sur le principe de morale:

[...] Pourquoi est-il permis de plaisanter sur Mahomet et non sur le génocide des juifs ?, interrogent à cor et à cri les intégristes en lançant un concours de dessins humoristiques sur Auschwitz. Donnant, donnant : ou bien tout doit être autorisé au nom du free speech (liberté d'expression), ou bien censurons équitablement ce qui choque les uns comme ce qui hérisse les autres. Beaucoup de défenseurs du droit à la caricature se sentent piégés. Au nom de la liberté d'expression, vont-ils publier des quolibets sur les chambres à gaz ?

Irrespect pour irrespect ? Transgression pour transgression ? Faut-il mettre sur le même plan la négation d'Auschwitz et la désacralisation de Mahomet ? C'est ici que deux philosophies irréductiblement s'opposent. L'une dit oui, il s'agit de deux "croyances" équivalentes, également bafouées ; il n'existe pas de différence entre vérité de fait et profession de foi ; la conviction que le génocide a eu lieu et la certitude que Mahomet fut éclairé par l'ange Gabriel sont du même registre. L'autre dit non, la réalité des camps de la mort est de l'ordre du constat, pas la sacralité des prophètes, qui relève de l'engagement des fidèles.

Pareille distinction entre le factuel et la croyance est au fondement de la pensée occidentale. Déjà Aristote sépare, d'une part, le discours indicatif susceptible d'être discuté afin d'aboutir à une affirmation ou une négation, d'autre part, les prières. Ces dernières échappent à la discussion parce qu'elles ne constatent pas, elles implorent, promettent, jurent, décrètent ; elles ne visent pas une information, mais une performance. Lorsque l'islamiste fanatique affirme que les Européens pratiquent la "religion de la Shoah", comme lui celle de Mahomet, il abolit la distinction du fait et de la croyance ; pour lui, il n'existe que des croyances, donc l'Europe favorise les unes contre les autres.

Le discours civilisé, sans distinction de race ou de confession, analyse et circonscrit des vérités scientifiques, des vérités historiques et des états de fait qui ne relèvent pas de la foi, mais de la connaissance. On peut les tenir pour profanes et d'une dignité inférieure, n'empêche qu'elles ne se confondent pas avec les vérités de la religion. Notre planète n'est pas la proie d'un choc de civilisations ou de cultures, elle est le haut lieu d'une bataille décisive entre deux méthodes de pensée. Il y a ceux qui décrètent qu'il n'existe pas de faits, mais seulement des interprétations qui sont autant d'actes de foi. Ceux-là ou bien versent dans le fanatisme ("je suis la vérité") ou bien tombent dans le nihilisme ("rien n'est vrai, rien n'est faux"). En face, il y a ceux pour qui la libre discussion en vue de séparer le faux du vrai a un sens, de sorte que le politique comme le scientifique ou le simple jugement peuvent se régler sur des données profanes indépendantes des opinions arbitraires et préétablies.

Une pensée totalitaire ne supporte pas d'être contestée. Dogmatique, elle affirme en brandissant le petit livre rouge, noir ou vert. Obscurantiste, elle fusionne politique et religion. Au contraire, les pensées antitotalitaires tiennent les faits pour des faits et reconnaissent même les plus hideux, ceux-là mêmes que par angoisse ou commodité on préférerait occulter. La mise en lumière du goulag a permis la critique et le rejet du "socialisme réel". La considération des abominations nazies et l'ouverture très réelle des camps d'extermination ont converti l'Européen à la démocratie après 1945. En revanche, le refus de l'histoire dans ses vérités les plus cruelles annonce le retour des cruautés. N'en déplaise aux islamistes - qui sont loin de représenter les musulmans -, il n'y a pas de commune mesure entre la négation de faits avérés comme tels et la critique verbale ou dessinée des multiples croyances que chaque Européen a le droit de cultiver ou de moquer. [...]

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Friday, March 03, 2006

Islamic Art


Nie wieder?

Mark Steyn on Islamic anti-Semitsm:

In five years' time, how many Jews will be living in France? Two years ago, a 23-year-old Paris disc jockey called Sebastien Selam was heading off to work from his parents' apartment when he was jumped in the parking garage by his Muslim neighbor Adel. Selam's throat was slit twice, to the point of near-decapitation; his face was ripped off with a fork; and his eyes were gouged out. Adel climbed the stairs of the apartment house dripping blood and yelling, "I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven."

Is that an gripping story? You'd think so. Particularly when, in the same city, on the same night, a Jewish woman was brutally murdered in the presence of her daughter by another Muslim. You've got the making of a mini-trend there, and the media love trends.

Yet no major French newspaper carried the story.

This month, there was another murder. Ilan Halimi, also 23, also Jewish, was found by a railway track outside Paris with burns and knife wounds all over his body. He died en route to the hospital, having been held prisoner, hooded and naked, and brutally tortured for almost three weeks by a gang that had demanded half a million dollars from his family. Can you take a wild guess at the particular identity of the gang? During the ransom phone calls, his uncle reported that they were made to listen to Ilan's screams as he was being burned while his torturers read out verses from the Quran.

This time around, the French media did carry the story, yet every public official insisted there was no anti-Jewish element. Just one of those things. Coulda happened to anyone. And, if the gang did seem inordinately fixated on, ah, Jews, it was just because, as one police detective put it, ''Jews equal money.'' [...]

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Wake up!

Bruce Thornton on tolerance:

[...] Hence, while we in the West anxiously monitor our words and deeds for even the slightest offense against Islamic sensibilities, we receive in exchange no such consideration; indeed, our eager protestations of respect merely excite more contempt. Thus even as we protest our respect for Islam, Jews continue to be vilified with anti-Semitic rhetoric redolent of Nazi Germany, Palestinian terrorists befoul one of Christianity's most sacred churches, the Al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem still sits on the site of the Jewish Temple, and in Istanbul Hagia Sophia, once one of Christendom's greatest churches, is still a mosque. Worse still, a whole revisionist history in which the intolerant, imperialistic conqueror is transformed into the tolerant, peace-loving victim of Western imperialism is propagated by self-loathing Westerners whose bigotry against their own culture confirms the Islamist view that we are indeed Godless heathens and spiritual cripples. [...]

Because of the brutal violence of those warriors against jihad, we in the West today enjoy the luxury of cynicism, cheap irony, effete tolerance, and hedonism. We moral dwarves stand on the shoulders of those giants and spit on their heads, thinking our ingratitude is really an intellectual sophistication superior to the primitive superstitions and naïve ideals that have made our lives of freedom and prosperity possible. Meanwhile jihad by other means — demography, immigration, terrorism, the oil weapon — continues apace, at least until the time when a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon falls into the hands of a modern jihadist and we are returned to the sort of slaughter our ancestors suffered for centuries. Maybe then we'll wake up.

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Think Islamic fanaticism arises from material want?

Bruce Thornton on Islamic fanaticsm:

So we hear that the violence is caused by a lack of jobs, or a lack of liberal-democratic institutions, or “frustration” and insecurity about the dismal backwardness of most Muslim states, or wounded pride in the face of Western success, or resentment of Western imperialist and colonialist sins, or oppressive autocrats, or . . . take your pick. The same therapeutic mentality that thinks destructive behavior in teens results from a “lack of self-esteem” reduces the religious values of Muslims to mere “epiphenomena,” as the Marxists see it, symptoms of some underlying condition rooted in material deprivation, political impotence, or psychological trauma. The problem with Islam, however, is not a lack of self-esteem but too damned much. [...]
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