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Friday, June 18, 2004

Shabbat shalom

It's time for American Jews to open their eyes!

by Nemjamin Shapiro, at WorldNetDaily
It's been long enough. For the last two decades, American Jews have shirked common sense and logic in the interest of an ideology that deserted them long ago. American Jewish leftism cannot be overlooked or excused. And in a world teetering on the brink of disaster, blind loyalty to a false cause can no longer be afforded.

Jews have a long history of liberalism in America, dating from a day when conservatives were "country-club Republicans" and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was deified. Those days are long past. Elderly Jews should realize FDR is dead and his party no longer stands for tolerance.

It was Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, who claimed that a Jewish cabal stood behind the Iraq war.

It was former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat from Georgia, who took money from anti-American and anti-Israeli terrorist supporters during her candidacy for Congress.

It was Vermont's Howard Dean, a Democrat, who labeled Hamas members "soldiers."

It was Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, who was once Grand Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan.

It was Sen. Ernest Hollings, a Democrat from South Carolina, who blamed the Iraq war on pro-Israeli interests.

Beyond all the rhetoric about Jewish relatives, the Democratic Party stands for a thinly veiled hostility toward Judaism and Jews.

Continue . . .

ARTHUR SZYK: Drawing on War

Beautiful Animated Exhibit at Newseum.org
What impact did Arthur Szyk's editorial cartoons have on American public opinion during World War II and what role did they plan in creating awareness of the persecution and murder of Jews during the Holocaust?

Go to http://www.newseum.org/arthurszyk/ for answers.

"That many of us are willfully closing our eyes to a global danger worries me."

Daniel Pipes at FrontPageMagazine Symposium: How Are We Doing?
. . . the focus is on the totalitarian ideology of militant Islam, regardless of whether its proponents are Sunni or Shi‘i, Pakistani or Parisian, male or female, violent or not. (Indeed, I believe the greater long-term threat comes from the non-violent Islamists, for we know better how to deal with terrorism than with subversion.)

We have moved so slowly against terror-sponsoring regimes because, as Afghanistan and Iraq show, the results of such actions are messy and potentially debilitating. Assuming that the Iranian regime can be contained, I am against American steps to overthrow it, for the simple reason that the Iranian populace is on track to doing this itself, and that will be a far better conclusion than if done by U.S. forces. If it cannot be contained, then military action might well be necessary.

As for your general question, how goes the war on terror, I judge this not by how many Al-Qaeda operatives have been killed, networks disrupted, or other such calculations. I judge it rather by the state of mind of the adversaries. Are the forces of militant Islam encouraged or despondent, unified or divided? And the same goes for the forces fighting militant Islam, Americans in particular – what is their condition?

Looked at this way, militant Islam was gaining in force through the two decades “when America slept,” 1979-2001. Then it took a severe battering post-9/11, when Americans woke up to this danger in a unified manner. Two and a half years later, substantial numbers of Americans have not just returned to a pre-9/11 lethargy, but have done so in an ideologically-driven manner. (I documented this five months ago in a column titled “Democrats Unlearn 9/11.”) That many of us are willfully closing our eyes to a global danger worries me. If this continues, the price will be steep in lives, treasury, and duration of the war.

We ultimately will prevail, but at a much greater cost to ourselves than need have been the case.

I still prefer Bush

Not only he is more photogenic than his rivals ;) but he reminds me just a tad of Winston Churchill quoted here in relation to the war against terror:
"Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey,
hardship our garment, constancy and valor our only shield.
We must be united, we must be undaunted, we must be inflexible."

Of course, if you prefer Bush-bashing, you can certainly have at it - in illustrious company:
A group of 26 retired U.S. diplomats and military officers said Wednesday that President Bush should be voted out of office in November for damaging U.S. national security interests and America's standing in the international community.

UPDATE: I want you all to read this comment posted by Rick, so I'm bringing it up out of obscurity for all to see (I know, it's really complicated and time-consuming for you to click on the Comments link).
From President Bush's speech today:

I want you to listen to how The New York Times described conditions in Germany in November, 1946. This was 18 months after the fall of Berlin:

"Germany is a land in an acute stage of economic, political and moral crisis. The basic elements of recovery and peace are lacking. European capitals are frightened by the prospect of a German collapse. In every military headquarters, one meets alarmed officials doing their best to deal with the consequences of the occupation policy they admit has failed."

Fortunately, the pessimists did not have their day. Fortunately, our predecessors had great faith in the power of free societies to change society. Fortunately, our predecessors stood firm in the face of cynicism and doubt.

Doin' the Holocaust Shrug

David Gelernter, via DANEgerus via Ross Mackenzie
David Gelernter, Yale professor and Unabomber victim: "People ask, why this big deal about Saddam? 'Isn't X evil too, and what about Y and how can you possibly ignore Z?' But we aren't automata; we are able to make distinctions. Some evil is beyond our power to stop. That doesn't absolve us from stopping what we can. All cruelty is bad. Yet some cruel and evil men are worse than others. By any standard we did right by overthrowing Saddam - and do wrong by denying or belittling that fact. The Democrats' refusal to acknowledge the moral importance of the Coalition's Iraq victory felt, at first, like the Clinton treatment - more relativistic, warped-Earth moral geometry in which the truth gradually approaches infinite malleability. ... But as we learned more about Saddam's crimes, and Democrats grew less convinced that the war was right and was necessary, their response took on a far more sinister color. It started to resemble the Holocaust Shrug."

Terror hits home

Our prayers are with the Johnson family

A U.S. flag billows in the breeze next to a yellow ribbon
on the front porch of kidnap victim Paul Johnson's sister
near Tuckerton, New Jersey, June 16, 2004. Saudi Arabia
will not give in to al Qaeda's demands to free jailed
militants terrorists to secure the release of Johnson, who
was kidnapped last week, Saudi official sources said
Wednesday. Al Qaeda has threatened to kill engineer Paul
Marshal Johnson unless Saudi authorities free the militants
terrorists by Friday. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

Oy Vey

Timetable for expulsion of Gaza Jews moved up - to December
Arutz Sheva: For as yet unexplained reasons, the timetable for the evacuation and expulsion of Gaza's Jews has been moved up, and is now scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The government of Israel voted specifically earlier this month not to approve the actual evacuation of Jewish towns in Gaza and northern Shomron. The Cabinet decision states that a vote on the evacuation will take place only several months from now.

Despite the above, the adjusted timetable now states that residents can start requesting compensation for their expulsion ten days from now; will start leaving in August; and will be physically forced out of their homes by December. If all goes according to plan - i.e., of those who drew up the new timetable - the first Jews are to leave Gaza in a month from now.

According to the original timetable, the forced expulsion was to have begun only in the summer of 2005.

The IDF is in the process of forming a special force of some 2,000 soldiers to carry out the mission of removing the Jews from their homes. A "disengagement administration" has been established in the Southern Command, headed by Col. Yossi Turjeman. Dozens of officers and soldiers will spend the next several months dealing only with preparations for the retreat. The soldiers who will actually force the residents from their homes will be carefully chosen from among those who are not expected to refuse orders. Reserve soldiers will not be picked, for instance, as their numbers include many who would refuse to carry out expulsion orders.

1995 Law requires American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol
and relocation of American embassy to Jerusalem

Pres. Bush still stalling, cites U.S. "national security" issues
ZOA: During the 2000 election campaign, Mr. Bush pledged that if elected, he would "begin the process" of moving the embassy to Jerusalem on his "first day in office." Although nearly four years have passed, there is no evidence that he has begun that "process."

Moreover, President Bush has repeatedly invoked the "national security" clause of that law, which enables him to postpone implementing the law if moving the embassy would endanger U.S. national security. This week, he again invoked that clause. The administration has never explained exactly how the moving of the embassy would harm national security.

ZOA president, Morton Klein said,
"The failure to recognize Jerusalem is a violation of U.S. law and a blatant surrender to Arab terrorist threats. At a time when America is engaged in a life-or-death struggle with terrorists worldwide, it is especially important to implement U.S. law on Jerusalem and thereby send a message to terrorists everywhere that America will not capitulate to their blackmail. It is President Bush's refusal to move the embassy which could undermine national security because it encourages terrorists to believe that threats and violence will force the U.S. to change its policies."
Arutz Sheva quotes Pres. Clinton as saying in 2000 (after the failed Camp David talks),
"I have always wanted to do it. I've always thought it was the right thing to do. But I didn't want to do anything to undermine the peace process ..."
You can read the President's Memorandum at the White House website and you can respond directly by writing an email to president@whitehouse.gov - or perhaps more effectively, FAX your comments to 202-456-2461.

A story from Israel you'll not hear on CNN

The Mommy Who Busted the Bomber by Toby Klein Greenwald
Jewish World Review: My friend, Shlomit (not her real name), doesn't look like your typical terrorist hunter. She wears a sheitels (wig worn by religious women as a sign of modesty) and arch supports. In addition to her regular job, she scoots around the country, giving a lecture here, taking a class there. She cooks for families in distress and she bakes cakes to pass out to soldiers manning roadblocks. She's always on a diet.

But last week, Shlomit became a hero.

Shlomit was driving on a main highway in Israel, on her way to a town inside the green line, to visit her married daughter and grandchildren. She found herself behind a large garbage truck, but, not being in a hurry and preferring not to pass on a busy road, she drove contentedly along behind him, listening to a CD of Devora Gila, a religious female Joan Baez-type singer. The yellow license plate on the truck in front of her indicated that it was owned by an Israeli. The cars of Palestinian drivers living under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority have white or green plates. There are, however, Arab-owned vehicles with yellow plates — those belonging to Arab residents of East Jerusalem.

After a while Shlomit noticed that other cars were flying by them, but a car with white plates remained steadfastly behind her. She was sandwiched between the two.

After a while, the garbage truck pulled over to the side of the road and Shlomit passed it. Something made her glance up at her rear view mirror, and she saw that the Palestinian car was also pulling over. Shlomit saw the driver get out and hand a small package to the driver of the garbage truck.

This, she thought — the transfer of something from a white-plate to a yellow-plate driver — was a little odd.

So Shlomit, being a good citizen, upon reaching a roadblock several miles up the road, told the story to a soldier manning the post.

"Would you mind sticking around for a few minutes?" he asked.

"No problem," said Shlomit and settled down with a cup of coffee kindly offered by the young man in the bulletproof vest and helmet.

A few minutes later the garbage truck rolled into the roadblock lane. Having yellow plates, it should have passed through fairly easily. But the soldiers, tipped off by Shlomit, examined his cab even more carefully than usual. They found the little package and opened it.

It contained explosives. My friend Shlomit probably saved some lives that day.

The story could end here, but it doesn't. There is a story behind the story.

Shlomit, being the road traveler she is, always carries two items in her car, in addition to her green leather purse and a water bottle. She has an instant camera and the soldiers' "bill of rights". It explains what rights a soldier has when checking an individual and someone tries to question the soldier. "I see the 'Machsom [Roadblock]-Watch' women harassing soldiers all the time," she says. "I also noticed, over time, that the day after the media reports that soldiers at a certain roadblock caught terrorists before they infiltrated, the 'Machsom-Watch' women are there, harassing the soldiers.

"In effect, the statement these women are making," says Shlomit, "is that they would rather the bombers got through and murdered Jews."

This is the reason that Shlomit won't say at which roadblock they caught the "garbage bomber" — in order not to provide the harassers with another IDF target. When Shlomit gets to a roadblock where soldiers are being harassed, she photographs the harassers and hands the soldiers a copy of their bill of rights, along with her chocolate cakes.

The moral of the story, says Shlomit, is, "Be vigilant. If you notice something unusual on the road or anywhere else, don't hesitate to point it out to a soldier, policeman or security person." Life or death can be only a heartbeat away.

How does she feel, knowing she probably saved lives that day? "I didn't do anything," says Shlomit. "It was all the hand of G-d."

And off she drove, into the sunset.

Palestinians and Peaceniks Protest Life-Saving Security Barrier

Thursday - near Arab village of Iskaka

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

AFP/Yoav Lemmer

See also Israeli Arabs credit fence for newfound prosperity in the Jerusalem Post.
Since the fence's completion in their areas last August, many Arab communities – especially those bordering Palestinian villages – have enjoyed a spike in both security and economic activity, as Arabs who once hauled back millions of shekels worth of wares from Jenin now shop locally.
"God be blessed, the fence ended the parade of terrorists through this city and gave us an economic boom and increased security," says Umm el-Fahm City Manager Tawfiq Karaman.

UPDATE: The website of the International Solidarity Movement hosts a journal entry about this "demonstration." It's titled Peaceful Protesters (sic) from the Village of Iskaka met with Violence by Israeli Military. Is kaka, indeed.

According to "Pat," two ISMers were arrested:
"As the soldiers were dispersing the crowd, Israeli police arrested two of the international protesters, Jewish American activist Max Schmookler and Swedish writer and journalist Andreas Malm. Max and Andreas were held at the police station at the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel before being released under the condition not to enter any closed military area again."

Palestinian Leader of Ohio's Largest Mosque CONVICTED

file photo: Fawaz Damra
Charged with lying about connections to terrorist organizations
Newsday/AP: AKRON, Ohio -- The Palestinian-born leader of Ohio's largest mosque was convicted Thursday of lying about his connections to terrorist organizations when he applied for U.S. citizenship.

Fawaz Damra, imam of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, showed no emotion as the verdict was read in federal court. He could be sentenced to up to five years in prison, stripped of his citizenship and deported for providing false information to become a citizen in 1994.

Prosecutors claimed that Damra, 41, concealed ties to Afghan Refugee Services, the Islamic Committee for Palestine and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, groups the government classifies as terrorist organizations.

Prosecutors showed video footage of Damra raising money for an arm of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has been listed as a major terrorist group by the State Department since 1989.

Fawaz Damra, second from right, imam of the Islamic Center
of Cleveland and his wife, Nasreen, second from left, are
escorted from the federal building Thursday, June 17, 2004
in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Jurors also were shown footage in which Damra called Jews "the sons of monkeys and pigs" during a 1991 speech and said "terrorism and terrorism alone is the path to liberation" in a 1989 speech. . . .

Damra's attorneys asked Judge James Gwin to acquit their client based on what they called insufficient evidence. The judge said Thursday he would rule on that and other post-verdict motions within 15 days. Damra was allowed to remain free on bond while awaiting sentencing, set for Sept. 9.

Zarqawi and the Syrians

from Yediot Ahronot (Hebrew only) via JCPA's Daily Alert
Ahronot-Hebrew, 18 June 04

Two and a half months ago, four trucks full of twenty tons of military equipment and poisonous materials were seized by Jordan not far from the Syrian border.

Azmi Jyusi, a leader of the terrorist cell who was captured, said that part of the operational plan of Abu Musab al-Zarkawi [the terrorist who beheaded American Nicholas Berg] was to paralyze the intelligence and security system of the Jordanian kingdom.

Two days after the disclosure, President Bashar Assad appeared at the king's palace to apologize that "truck bombs were smuggled from Syria without his knowledge."

The Israeli intelligence community in Tel Aviv smirked cynically: "Not even a cat can cross the Syrian border without being checked and registered."

Because of the insufferable way the trucks crossed the Syrian border, Assad was not invited to the wedding of the Jordanian crown prince two weeks ago.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Friday: Krauthammer

While no one was looking, something historic has happened in the Middle East. The Palestinian intifada is over, and the Palestinians have lost.

Read it all.
UPDATE: Confirmation from the Holy Land - When asked if this was an accurate assessment, my friend Shirl in Jerusalem responded, "Charles is 100% right on!"

What do all these newspapers have in common?

Birmingham News, Birmingham, AL
Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ
Arkansas-Democrat Gazette, Little Rock, AR
Fresno Bee, Fresno, CA
Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA
Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA
Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA
San Deigo Union-Tribune, San Diego, CA
The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA
Ventura County Star, Ventura, CA
Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO
News Journal, Wilmington, DE
Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach, FL
Ledger, Lakeland, FL
News-Press, Fort Myers, FL
Orlando Sentinel, Orland, FL
Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach, FL
Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL
Savannah Morning News, Savannah, GA
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL
Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, IL
Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN
Star Press, Muncie, IN
The Truth, Elkhart, IN
Quad-City Times, Davenport IA
Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, KY
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA
Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA
Portland Press Herald, Portland, ME
The Sun, Lowell, MA
Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN
Mississippi Press, Pascagoula, MS
News-Leader, Springfield, MO
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO
Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, MT
Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
Union Leader, Manchester, NH
Courier News, Bridgewater, NJ
Daily Record, Parsippany, NJ
Herald News, West Paterson, NJ
Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ
Times Herald-Record, Middletown, NY
Las Vegas Review Journal, Las Vegas, NV
Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, OH
Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH
The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK
Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK
Oregonian, Portland, OR
Statesman Journal, Salem, OR
Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Pittsburgh, PA
Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, TN
Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, TX
Al Dia, Dallas, TX
Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX
Herald Journal, Logan, UT
Culpeper Star-Exponent, Culpeper, VA
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA
USA Today, Arlington, VA
Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT
Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV
Olympian, Olympia, WA
Seattle Times, Seattle, WA
The Columbian, Vancouver, WA
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI
Casper Star-Tribune, Casper, WY
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
I'll give you a hint:

These papers, and probably many others as well, had big headlines that NO LINK was found between Saddam and al Qaeda (I didn't include the ones that mentioned anything else in the headline, or the ones where this headline wasn't prominently featured).

I'll leave it to Richard Miniter to explain:


See also The Iraq Fitnah by Daniel Drummond, at the fourth rail.

Yesterday was Bloomsday

When I arrived at Kesher Talk yesterday, I was so pleased with myself for knowing what Bloomsday was (I had just heard about it on the radio barely an hour before). Judith Weiss has a beautiful/sad post about the Irish Jews, a must-read.
"I don't think they'd miss us for a moment if we went or were never here."
Ditto, Boulder.

How 'bout where you live?

Israeli Jew indicted in Manhattan for aiding Hez B'Allah

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of a Canadian shipping company and an Israeli citizen were indicted on Wednesday for a scheme to ship the highest level of night vision technology equipment to Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

Naji Antoine Abi Khalil, 39, chairman and general manager of New Line Services, a shipping company based in Montreal, and Tomer Grinberg, 30, an Israeli citizen living in New York, were named in the indictment filed in Manhattan federal court.

Khalil, who holds dual citizenship in Canada and Lebanon, is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization and attempting to contribute goods to a specially designated terrorist. He and Grinberg are both charged with conspiring to export sensitive military nightvision equipment out of the country without first obtaining licenses from the U.S. government.

Prosecutors accuse Khalil of agreeing to send night-vision goggles, infrared aiming devices and other equipment to Hezbollah, which the indictment describes as a Lebanon-based terrorist group. The charges allege that on May 17 and 18, Khalil met with an undercover FBI agent at a Times Square area hotel to discuss a shipment of stolen electronics that needed to be exported out of the country.

During the meetings, the agent told Khalil that he had a customer who wanted to ship night-vision goggles to Hezbollah in Athens, Greece. Khalil is accused of saying that it was not a problem and he had "friends."

The charges state that during another meeting, the agent introduced Khalil to another undercover FBI agent who was posing as the customer.

The "customer" gave Khalil the address of individuals who would receive the shipment and Khalil agreed to create a fictitious bill of lading so that the items and the identity of the shipper would not be revealed.

On May 19, Khalil and Grinberg met with the undercover agent at a Manhattan storage facility to pick up the night-vision equipment, the indictment said.

The undercover agent showed the two defendants a crate filled with fourteen pieces of "Generation 3" night-vision equipment. This is the highest level of night-vision technology and cannot be exported without a license.

Khalil and Grinberg loaded the equipment inside a minivan and Khalil accepted a $2,500 down payment from the agent for the shipment to Greece.
Oy, my husband's maternal grandmother was a Greenberg/Grinberg.

Saddam and Osama

Op/Ed - New York Post

We had a commission that held hearings and issued a report, all for the sake of clarity, no? Well, not so much clarity, not so fast.

Newsmap shows 1,289 articles out and about this morning under the headline, Panel finds no link of 9/11, Iraq. I suspect g'zillions of people will read no further than that headline, and will conclude for all time, like John Kerry has, that there is or was no relationship between Saddam's regime and al Qaeda, and that the President and his administration have purposefully misled the American people. I would wager it's just a little more complicated than that.

Though I imagine it's too little too late, and the damage (to the truth) is done, the New York Post makes this valiant attempt to clarify the clarification. You should read it.
To hear much of the news reporting yesterday, you'd think a national 9/11 Commission report had blown a giant hole in the Bush administra tion's rationale for toppling Saddam Hussein.

The commission did no such thing.

But that didn't stop congressional Democrats — led by presumptive presidential nominee John Kerry — from renewing their charges that the administration "misled America" about Saddam Hussein's ties to Osama bin Laden.

Again, that's not what the report says.

And even if it did, a Saddam-Osama alliance is not why America opened a front in Iraq as part of the War on Terror.

The staff report, released as part of yesterday's final public hearings, says there was no evident connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks.

In fact, the Bush administration has never said there was.

The report also says the commission has "no credible evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States."

Again, the administration never said there was.

But the report does say that bin Laden actively sought to work with Saddam, through contacts arranged by the Sudanese government.

Indeed, it says, "a senior Iraqi intelligence office reportedly made three visits to Sudan, finally meeting bin Laden in 1994." Further, it says, "contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda also occurred after bin Laden returned to Afghanistan."

The report claims that those contacts "do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship." But that's far from a flat-out "no ties exist."

And, again, the administration has alleged only that Saddam and al Qaeda maintained contacts that were more than casual or inconsequential, none of which is denied in the commission report.

In fact, as Stephen Hayes writes in The Weekly Standard, the conventional wisdom in Washington long before George W. Bush took office was that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were partners in terrorism.

Two Clinton-administration stalwarts, Attorney General Janet Reno and U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, brought an indictment against bin Laden and a deputy, Mohammed Atef, in 1998 — charging that Saddam and Osama "reached an understanding . . . that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq."

Yes, those allegations were eventually dropped from the indictment. These likely means they couldn't have been proven in a court of law under federal rules of evidence — not necessarily that they were baseless to begin with.

(This underscores the dangers of treating global terrorism in the age of suitcase nukes as a legal — not a military — matter, as candidate Kerry proposes.)

Meanwhile, back in 1999, ABC News reported that Saddam had offered bin Laden asylum, citing their "long relationship" and a December 1998 meeting in Afghanistan between Osama and Iraqi intelligence chief Faruq Hijazi.

That same year, the Congressional Research Service reported that if Saddam Hussein "decide[s] to use terrorists to attack the continental United States, [he] would likely turn to bin Laden's al Qaeda," which was then recruiting "Iraqi chemical weapons experts."

Did everyone mislead America?

If, in fact, the nation was misled, the misleading began long before George W. Bush entered the White House.

But what if substantive Osama-Saddam ties were for real? Just because the Kean commission hasn't yet found any evidence does not mean it doesn't exist.

As recently as Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney said that Saddam "had long-established ties with al Qaeda" — a statement his spokesman reiterated again yesterday.

Further details can be found in Richard Miniter's vastly illuminating column on the opposite page.

In other words, the Kean commission — whose blatantly partisan Bush-bashing has been manifest from the get-go — is hardly the final word on the subject.

But the commission report does offer a clear rejoinder to those like Sen. Bob Graham — a possible Kerry vice presidential pick — who charge that the war in Iraq somehow constituted a distraction from the War on Terror.

Many seem to have forgotten that the first U.S. military action after 9/11 was to invade Afghanistan and destroy its Taliban government, targeting bin Laden strongholds — and capturing many of his top aides — in the process.

As a result, the report says, "al Qaeda's funding has decreased significantly. The arrests or deaths of several important financial facilitators have decreased the amount of money al Qaeda has raised and increased the costs and difficulty or raising and moving that money."

Moreover, though the organization re mains dangerous, it today has "a greatly weakened central organization."

Still, President Bush realized — as John Kerry, the Democrats and the Kean commission clearly do not — that the war on terrorism is not just about seeking revenge against the perpetrators of 9/11.

It's about neutralizing radical Islam's fundamental challenge to Western civilization — fighting to win a war that was imposed on the West by evil men in the service of a depraved ideology.

The path to victory is not clear, but the alternative is one, two, many 9/11's — each more horrific than its predecessor.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Why is that so hard to understand?

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

FAITH AND FREEDOM: today's featured article at Opinion Journal

"Statistics say America is not only a religious nation but also a Christian one"
Today, overwhelming majorities of Americans affirm religious beliefs. When asked in 2003 simply whether they believed in God or not, 92% said yes. In a series of 2002-03 polls, 57% to 65% of Americans said religion was very important in their lives, 23% to 27% said fairly important, and 12% to 18% said not very important.

Large proportions of Americans also appear to be active in the practice of their religion. In 2002 and 2003, an average of 65% claimed membership in a church or synagogue. About 40% said they had attended church or synagogue in the previous seven days, and roughly 33% said they went to church at least once a week. In the same period, about 60% of Americans said they prayed one or more times a day, more than 20% once or more a week, about 10% less than once a week, and 10% never. Given human nature, these claims of religious practice may be overstated, but the extent to which Americans believe the right response is to affirm their religiosity is itself evidence for the centrality of religious norms in American society.

Only about 10% of Americans, however, espouse atheism, and most Americans do not approve of it. Although the willingness of Americans to vote for a presidential candidate from a minority group has increased dramatically--over 90% of those polled in 1999 said they would vote for a black, Jewish or female presidential candidate, while 59% were willing to vote for a homosexual--only 49% were willing to vote for an atheist. Americans seem to agree with the Founding Fathers that their republican government requires a religious base, and hence find it difficult to accept the explicit rejection of God.

These high levels of religiosity would be less significant if they were the norm for other countries. Americans differ dramatically, however, in their religiosity from the people of other economically developed countries. This religiosity is conclusively revealed in cross-national surveys. In general, the level of religious commitment of countries varies inversely with their level of economic development: People in poor countries are highly religious; those in rich countries are not. America is the glaring exception. One analysis found that if America were like most other countries at her level of economic development, only 5% of Americans would think religion very important, but in fact 51% do. . . .

Over the course of American history, fluctuations did occur in levels of American religious commitment and religious involvement. There has not, however, been an overall downward trend in American religiosity. At the start of the 21st century, Americans are no less committed, and are quite possibly more committed, to their religious beliefs and their Christian identity than at any time in their history.

The author is Samuel P. Huntington, Albert J. Weatherford Professor of political science at Harvard and former policy aide to President Clinton. He wrote The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, published in 1998.

Publishers Weekly had this to say (quoted at Amazon):
Most controversial will be Huntington's tough-minded view of Islam. Not only does he point out that Muslim countries are involved in far more intergroup violence than others, he argues that the West should worry not about Islamic fundamentalism but about Islam itself, "a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power." While Huntington notes that the war in Bosnia hardened into an ethno-religious clash, he downplays the possibility that such splintering could have been avoided. Also, his fear of multiculturalism as a source of American weakness seems unconvincing and alarmist.
Alarmist, or prescient?

In the shadow of the spies

by Alan Perlman at IsraelInsider
In the Torah portion of Shalach Lecha, we read the account of the sin of the spies. To recap briefly, G-d is about to bring the Israelites into the Land of Israel. However, the Israelites choose to send out twelve scouts, one from each tribe, to spy out the land. Ten returned with a highly negative report and strongly counseled against entering the land. Two, Caleb and Joshua, report that the Israelites should put their trust in G-d, and go up to the land immediately. The nation rejects entry into the land, accepting the report of the ten instead of the two. G-d decrees that the generation dies in the wilderness, and that the next generation enters the land. Too late, the people realize their foolishness, and cry all night. It is the 9th of Av (the eleventh month, making it the original 9/11), and it becomes a perennial time of tragedy for the Jewish people. The next day, disregarding the decree, the Israelites try unsuccessfully to enter the land - the door has been slammed shut.

Many lessons can be learned from this Torah portion, but the central point is that when the Jews are offered, and then reject, a desirable path to redemption, G-d leads them along a more difficult path. This lesson may not be important during exile, but it is critical once redemption begins. And this past century has witnessed at least three major instances of this lesson being ignored at tremendous cost.
Continue reading . . .

Zarqawi to bin Laden: "The future is becoming frightening"

The good guys just might be winning in Iraq
AP CAIRO, Egypt - A leader of militants in Iraq has purportedly written to Osama bin Laden saying his fighters are being squeezed by U.S.-led coalition troops, according to a statement posted Monday on Islamic Web sites.

It was not possible to authenticate the statement allegedly from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian whose insurgent group claimed responsibility for the videotaped beheading of American Nicholas Berg.

Titled "The text of al-Zarqawi's message to Osama bin Laden about holy war in Iraq," the statement appeared on Web sites that have recently carried claims of responsibility for attacks in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

"The space of movement is starting to get smaller," it said. "The grip is starting to be tightened on the holy warriors' necks and, with the spread of soldiers and police, the future is becoming frightening". . . .

U.S. authorities believe al-Zarqawi runs his own terrorist operation but is an ally of bin Laden, whose al-Qaida network orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The nine-page statement was longer than previous ones from al-Zarqawi, and uses classical Arabic language and poetry typical of militant leaders. The statement isn't signed.

If the militants fail to take over Iraq, "we will have to leave for another land to uphold the (Islamic) banner, or until God chooses us as martyrs," the statement says.

It goes on to assess the militants' record in Iraq, claiming 25 suicide operations targeting majority Shiites, American and Iraqi forces, and other coalition troops. "What is coming will be more, God willing."

The message also apparently seeks to reassure bin Laden that Iraqi militants are in league with his al-Qaida extremists. "We are not competing with you. We just want to be the head of the spear, a bridge by which the (Islamic) community can cross to victory," it says.

The statement puts the Iraqi militants' enemies into four categories: the Americans, the Kurds, Iraqi police and soldiers; and the Shiites. Of the Shiites, it says: "If we succeed in dragging them into sectarian war, we could wake up the Sunnis."

Shiite Muslims constitute Iraq's largest sectarian group. The second biggest are the Sunni Muslims, whom the statement describes as "politically unaware and divided." The third community is the Kurds.

More on Zarqawi: Jordanian Said to Have Wide Terror Links.

PARIS: Brigitte Bardot Fined for Inciting Racial Hatred

French movie legend Brigitte Bardot arrives at the Paris Mosque,
in this Feb. 11, 2004, file photo. Bardot was convicted Thursday,
June 10, 2004, of inciting racial hatred for portraying Muslims
in a negative light in a book. The Paris court said the former film
star compared them to "invaders, cruel and barbaric." Bardot and
her publishing house, Editions du Rocher, were fined $6,050 each,
to be paid to two anti-racism groups that took them to court. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel, File)

Boker tov, Infidels!

"We are Mujuahideen, and we want the Americans. We have not come to aim a weapon at the Muslims, but to purge the Arabian Peninsula, according to the will of our Prophet Muhammad, of the infidels and the polytheists . . . "

MEMRI provides translation of interview with terrorist commander responsible for attack in Saudi Arabia.
The al-Qaeda-identified journal Sawt Al-Jihad includes an interview with Fawwaz bin Muhammad al-Nashami, who took responsibility for the May 29 attack at Khobar, Saudi Arabia, in which 22 people were killed.

"We entered one of the companies and found there an American infidel....I went into his office and called him. When he turned to me, I shot him in the head."

"We entered another office and found one infidel from South Africa, and our brother Hussein slit his throat."

"We found a Swedish infidel. Brother Nimr cut off his head, and put it at the gate so that it would be seen by all those entering and exiting.

"We found Filipino Christians. We cut their throats and dedicated them to our brothers the Mujahideen in the Philippines.

"We found Hindu engineers and we cut their throats too."

"That same day, we purged Muhammad's land of many Christians and polytheists."

James Robbins in today's National Review considers the numbers, and the odds, as Americans are urged to flee Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis are downplaying the threat to Westerners, but the danger is great enough for the U.S. embassy to urge that all Americans leave the country. Twenty-nine foreigners have been killed in terror attacks in Saudi Arabia since May 1. There are six million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, so you might think the odds of survival are good. But most of the workers are Asians employed at menial labor, and are not in the target group. There are only 35,000 Americans. For a point of comparison, ninety-five Americans in uniform were killed in Iraq over the same period, out of a force of 135,000. If the Saudi terrorists can manage to kill one American per day, that will be about twice the death rate facing our combat forces in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post spends 2000 words on alleged prison tactics and abuse in Israel.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Survey: Palestinians want democracy "like Israel"

JPost: Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza strip view Israeli democracy as the preferred model for a regime that they would like to see applied in a future Palestinian state, according to a survey released at a conference in Jerusalem last week.

The Palestinians rank Israeli democracy even before Western democracies such as the US, France, Germany, and others, according to surveys conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research
Go figure.

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Boker tov, Sweden!

You don't have to go and Google [boker tov] - it's just the password for the cabal. No, really it means "good morning," as in hullo, wake up. The appropriate response is "boker or," morning light. Which brings us back to Sweden, where it sounds very dark, according to this comment at LGF.
I actually think Sweden is leading the race to be the worst dhimmi-nation of the Western world. As a Scandinavian myself, I expect to get refugees across the border any time soon. Yesterday, one of the parties in Sweden proposed to ban “Islamophobia” BY LAW. Sweden has pretty much done this already, anyway, but why not make it formal? Two Swedish girls were sent home from school by their headmaster for the crime of showing up wearing sweaters that showed some tiny Swedish flags. (flag=nationalism=racism=Nazism, according to leftist, multicultural logic). At the same time, Swedish Universities are discussing whether burkas should be allowed on campus (not hijab, Taliban-style burkas).

Swedish national radio is broadcasting an Islamic sermon - in Swedish - every morning. Some city councils have suggested major Islamic holidays should be public holidays. At the same time, one of the anti-immigration parties in Sweden has asked for UN observers to monitor the Swedish elections, as they are attacked with molotov cocktails by ultra-lefties, denied ads in major newspapers, get their voting slips stolen etc., etc. Maybe Sweden will need international monitors, just like fellow banana republics such as Zimbabwe? Swedish mosques, of course, openly incite violence and even genocide of Israelis and Jews.

Most Swedish newspapers have closed their readers’ discussion forum on the internet, after one paper was convicted of racism as a couple of anti-Muslim immigration comments were allowed on their forum. Swedes who want to discuss what is happening in their country have to visit forums in Norway or Denmark.
Follow the link; there's more and worse.

Imshin on the Man with the Sign

I am so embarrased for Imshin to see this. I am sick that this is happening right here in America. I am ashamed that there's nothing I can do to stop it.

She says
Everything about the harmless-looking gentleman in the photo, in his green or gray cap, even his serious, committed expression, is in such sharp contrast with the viciously violent, hateful sentiment expressed on his little sign.

Smash the Jewish State. Smash the Jews in it. Smash my nine-year-old daughter. Smash her little collection of Bratz dolls, lovingly collected one by one. Smash our three-month-old kitten. Smash my great grandmother’s Shabbat candlesticks. Smash Ronit’s new baby with her dark skin and bright eyes, suckling milk from her mother’s breast in the shade of the tree. Smash Doctor Assuline, who helped bring her into this world. Smash Luda, who washed the room after mother and daughter had been wheeled away, and Hameed, who built the crib her parents bought for her when they bought her home from the hospital.

There are more photos from San Francisco, June 6th.

Looking at these pictures is like taking psychological or spiritual poison. But there are antidotes. Imshin is one. Oriana Fallaci is another:
I find it shameful that in obedience to the stupid, vile, dishonest, and for them extremely advantageous fashion of Political Correctness the usual opportunists--or better the usual parasites--exploit the word Peace. That in the name of the word Peace, by now more debauched than the words Love and Humanity, they absolve one side alone of its hate and bestiality. That in the name of a pacifism (read conformism) delegated to the singing crickets and buffoons who used to lick Pol Pot's feet they incite people who are confused or ingenuous or intimidated. Trick them, corrupt them, carry them back a half century to the time of the yellow star on the coat. These charlatans who care about the Palestinians as much as I care about the charlatans. That is not at all. . . .

I find it shameful and see in all this the rise of a new fascism, a new nazism. A fascism, a nazism, that much more grim and revolting because it is conducted and nourished by those who hypocritically pose as do-gooders, progressives, communists, pacifists, Catholics or rather Christians, and who have the gall to label a warmonger anyone like me who screams the truth. I see it, yes, and I say the following. I have never been tender with the tragic and Shakespearean figure Sharon. ("I know you've come to add another scalp to your necklace," he murmured almost with sadness when I went to interview him in 1982.) I have often had disagreements with the Israelis, ugly ones, and in the past I have defended the Palestinians a great deal. Maybe more than they deserved. But I stand with Israel, I stand with the Jews. I stand just as I stood as a young girl during the time when I fought with them, and when the Anna Marias were shot. I defend their right to exist, to defend themselves, to not let themselves be exterminated a second time.

And I thought it was going to be a slow news day

War with North Korea is Possible [sooner rather than later]

I went buggy-eyed when I read this, but I trust Aaron at Internet Haganah; he wouldn't waste our time with this if it weren't reliable.
...Based on this and other sensitive information, my conclusion is that war with North Korea could occur by the end of the summer or in that time period. Many of the U.S. forces needed for this are already in place, and more are being dispatched in surge.

I also conclude that such a war would quickly escalate to a nuclear conflict and also would see the use of chemical and bacteriological agents after we first use conventional weapons to attack North Korea's nuclear sites.

Seoul could be lost, as could Tokyo. But as many as 100 U.S. nuclear weapons might be used to keep this from happening.
Read it all.

UPDATE 06/15/04: If anyone comes across corroborating stories, please let me know. There seems to be some question with this. Okay, a lot of questions.

Victor Davis Hanson: Feeding the Minotaur

Please Please Please READ IT ALL
Nearly three years after 9/11 we are in the strangest of all paradoxes: a war against fascists that we can easily win but are clearly not ready to fully wage. We have the best 500,000 soldiers in the history of civilization, a resolute president, and an informed citizenry that has already received a terrible preemptive blow that killed thousands.

Yet what a human comedy it has now all become.

Saudi newspaper reports Iran massing troops on Iraqi border

Maariv: The Saudi daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat has reported an Iranian build up of troops on the Iraqi border. The paper claims this is part of Iranian preparations to invade Iraq after US troops leave. The ostensible justification is to prevent a security vacuum from developing.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted "reliable Iraqi sources" as saying, "Iran moved part of its regular military forces towards the Iraqi border in the southern sector at a time its military intelligence agents were operating inside Iraqi territory."

This comes in the middle of a renewed crisis between Teheran and the UN over Iran’s less than full cooperation regarding inspections of its nuclear development program.

Earlier today Iran threatened to reassess its decision to cooperate with UN inspectors, monitoring the program to ensure Iran is not clandestinely developing a nuclear arsenal.
See also "Coddling the Mullahs: The world shrugs as Iran builds its nuclear bomb" -- Wall Street Journal.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Turkish President accuses Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians

Palestinians scuffle with an Israeli border policeman during a
protest against the construction of the controversial Israeli
security barrier near the West Bank village of Az-Zawiya June
14, 2004. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Al Bawaba: The 31st Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Foreign Ministers' Conference started in Istanbul on Monday. In his speech to participants, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said,
"We do not disregard the security concerns of Israel. However, we see the use of excessive force as a big mistake that does not serve any end other than further escalating tensions and harming civilians."
In recent weeks, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attacked the policies of Israel, accusing the Jewish state of engaging in terrorism against the Palestinians.

Kol hakavod

DANEgerus is blogging up a storm!

Red Crescent... er I mean Red Cross backpedals on Saddam demands
By... DANEgerus

Saddam slaughtered 1/2 a million of his own and the International Red Cross ignored it...

Saddam attacked Iran, Kuwait and Israel without provocation and slaughtered millions and the International Red Cross ignored it...

Saddam used Chemical weapons in Iranians and Iraqi Kurds and the International Red Cross ignored it...

Now the International Red Cross has decided that Saddam isn't being treated "fairly" and they want to do something about it...

They are late... 2 million lost lives late.

Unless the US Red Cross repudiates the International Red Cross they can all go to hell... ambulances used by terrorists... money gathered for 911 but not given to the victims... allowing the "Red Crescent" to Islamify the 'secular' "non-political" 'international' organization... banning the Joooooos...

How am I to know where the dividing line is between the corrupt American Red Cross and the terror enabling International Red Cross begins... as if it matters.

It's now up to them to communicate that to me or I'll spit on them to the last of my days on this earth.

He's also got the New York Times on the record: "43 stories in 47 days on Abu Grabass... But not a word about 10,000 suicide bombing volunteers in Iran . . . "

and this is unbelievable (as if that word still has any meaning):
"A leading UN official has warned US manufacturer Caterpillar that it may be complicit in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza."

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Quote for the Day

from Andrew Sullivan's Daily dish
"Bill Clinton could always see a better day ahead and Americans knew he was working hard to bring that day closer. Over eight years it was clear that Bill Clinton loved the job of the presidency. He filled this house with energy and joy. He's a man of enthusiasm and warmth, who could make a compelling case and effectively advance the causes that drew him to public service."

-- president George W. Bush, today.

Blogging Lite

You probably think I haven't been blogging much because I've been washing dishes or doing laundry or taking the dog for a walk. But no, I've been engaged in e-conversation with a local who means very well, hates Bush, opposes the war in Iraq, but is sympathetic with concerns about antisemitism. He made the mistake of prefacing a remark by saying, "Israel isn't perfect, by any means, but. . ."

I guess that's how you begin when you seek to defend Israel at cocktail parties attended by liberals, but it set me off.
Israel not perfect? No, but it's a helluva lot better than most countries on this earth. Considering that it was largely founded by refugees from Russian pogroms, the Holocaust and from persecution in Arab countries, that most everyone arrived speaking a foreign language and with only the clothes on their backs, that it's been under constant attack from Arab terrorists since even before it became a country and hasn't had a moment's peace, I'd say they're doing extremely well. They've accomodated immigrants from 100 countries on five continents, over a million just since 1990, and 23,000 last year. And for crying out loud, in terms of democracy, they just appointed a Christian Arab woman to their supreme court! They house a mosque in the Knesset building for the Arab Muslims who are elected representatives.

Israel has more political parties, museums and newspapers per capita than any other country in the world, produces more scientific papers and files more patents (both per capita) than any country in the world, has The Highest Average Living Standard in the Middle East, and a per capita income which exceeds that of the UK. Their economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined (perhaps because over 95% of the population is literate, 24% of the workforce has university degrees and 12% hold advanced degrees). Fully 80% of all the biotechnology in the world comes from Israel, which leads the world in numbers of scientists and technicians in the work force. Among women and people over 55, they have the highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world. And they're the only country to have come out of the 20th century with more trees than it began with.

All this from a nation of less Jews than there are Muslims in France, from a country that is little more than twice the size of Rhode Island and surrounded by enemies.

Maybe it's not perfect, but you have to admit, it's miraculous. If it survives, it's only going to get better.

Israel takes out terrorist with missile attack

A file photo taken March 22 shows Khalil Marshoud,
an al-Aqsa brigades leader, who was killed in a
missile attack on a car in the West Bank city of
Nablus June 14, 2004. Israel's military killed two
militants, including Marshoud, in the missile attack
on Monday, Palestinian security sources said. The
Israeli army declined to comment on the incident.
REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
Complete with the inevitable Car Swarm

Palestinians inspect the wreckage of the destroyed car
hit by Israeli missiles in the West Bank city of Nablus
June 14, 2004. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
Inspecting wreckage or looking for a bit of flesh to play with? You decide.

Jihad in Ohio

FBI/DOJ: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney General John Ashcroft, Assistant Attorney General Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Lockhart of the Southern District of Ohio, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced today that a federal grand jury in Columbus, Ohio has indicted an Ohio man for providing material support to al Qaeda, as well as obtaining and using fraudulent travel documents.

Nuradin M. Abdi, 32, a Somali national living in Columbus, was named in a four-count indictment returned under seal in the U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio on June 10, 2004. The indictment was unsealed today prior to an initial appearance before a magistrate judge. Count One of the indictment charges Adbi with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2339A. Specifically, the indictment alleges that on April 27, 1999, Abdi applied to the Immigration and Naturalization Service - now known as the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - for a travel document, wherein he concealed his destination by representing that he intended to visit Germany and Saudi Arabia for the purpose of "Umrah (Holly[sic] - Mecca) and visit my relative," when he allegedly planned to travel to Ogaden, Ethiopia, for the purpose of obtaining military-style training in preparation for violent jihad. Abdi allegedly sought training in radio usage, guns, guerilla warfare and bombs. A conviction on a charge of violating 18 U.S.C. 2339A carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Count Two of the indictment charges Abdi with conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2339B. Al Qaeda was designated an FTO by the Secretary of State on Oct. 8, 1999, and redesignated as such in October 2001 and October 2003. A conviction on a charge of violating 18 U.S.C. 2339B carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Count Three of the indictment charges Abdi with fraud and misuse of documents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1546(a). The indictment alleges that on or about June 11, 1999, Abdi possessed a false Refugee Travel Document, a document that had been required by the INS for entry into the United States. Abdi allegedly represented that he had been granted valid asylum status, when in fact his application had been procured by means of false statements. Count Four alleges that Abdi used the fraudulently obtained travel document to re-enter the United States from Africa.

The government intends to seek a terrorism enhancement on the immigration fraud charges. The government will seek the 25-year maximum sentence on each immigration charge, as those violations were allegedly committed to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Each count also carries a potential $250,000 fine.

A detention motion filed by the government in the Southern District of Ohio alleges that in March 2000, Abdi re-entered the United States from Africa using the immigration document gained through fraud. According to the detention motion, one of Abdi's co-conspirators was Iyman Faris, a convicted al Qaeda operative, who picked him up from the airport in Columbus, Ohio. Faris is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for providing material support, and conspiracy to provide material support, to al Qaeda.

Upon returning to the Columbus, Ohio, area, it is alleged that Abdi, along with admitted al Qaeda operative Iyman Faris and other co-conspirators, initiated a plot to blow up a Columbus area shopping mall. It is also alleged that in pursuit of this plot, Abdi received bomb-making instructions from one of those co-conspirators.

"America offers freedom and the protection of human dignity to oppressed people who come to our shores," said Attorney General Ashcroft. "Unfortunately, some American citizens, as well as others given haven here, have chosen to betray these values, and to support the terrorists' goals and plots."

Gag Order Lifted:

Hamas planned to bomb PM's office

Arutz Sheva: A gag order has been lifted permitting the publication of the arrest of Hamas terrorist Hussan Nabolsi who was planning to place a bomb in the Prime Minister’s Office about three weeks ago.

DEBKA: Palestinian mail truck driver employed by Israeli firm admits to plotting to blow up bomb in prime minister’s office Jerusalem precincts. Armed with permit for Israel government office compounds, Hussam Nabulsi Hamas member from Jerusalem Old City planned cell phone detonation of 15-kilo bomb hidden under printed matter.

Under questioning he led Shin Beit to bomb in Bir Naballah. Suspect detained two weeks ago in connection with another plot to blow up Mea Shearim synagogue.

Remember Abu Mazen?

"Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas
resigned on Saturday after an exhausting
power struggle with President Yasser Arafat"
-- al Reuters, 09/06/03

NEWSWEEK's Dan Ephron has an interview.
You said the Palestinians need to be prepared to take control of Gaza. What does that involve?
It means we should unify the security apparatuses. Of course, we need dialogue with Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad. I believe that we can reach an understanding.

Why is unifying the security agencies so important?
We have at least 12 security apparatuses that cannot be controlled by anybody.

You said the Authority should try to reach an understanding with Hamas. What kind? What would have happened had Sharon offered to evacuate Gaza while you were prime minister?
It would have helped me a lot. It would have given me power and prestige among our people.

Why did you resign?
For three reasons. *Sharon didn't give me anything. Secondly, I was attacked by my colleagues, and thirdly, Bush was reluctant to help.

What kind of attacks by colleagues?
There was incitement.

What kind of incitement?
Words and more than words—the demonstration against me before the Palestinian Legislative Council. This was the peak. Two days later I resigned. It was the fourth of September, and after that I asked for a closed session. I exposed all the secrets and then I sent my resignation to Chairman Arafat.

Some might say that a national leader must be able to withstand criticism and incitement.
That's true. But when they try to kill — I felt that someone was going to kill.

To kill you?
Yeah. Or to cause bloodshed within Fatah itself.

How many of these things were instigated by Chairman Arafat?
I wouldn't want to mention anyone by name. But I'll give you something to understand: I don't have any relationship with the chairman from the resignation to this day.

When you're in Ramallah, you don't meet with him?
I live in Ramallah and he's 100 meters away. I don't go to him, I don't meet with him, I don't have any relations with him.

* Sharon didn't give Abu Mazen anything?

As I remember, Sharon sacrificed "settler outposts",

released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and

transferred 2 billion shekels (about $470 milion) to the Palestinian Authority.

"Bush was reluctant to help."

Meanwhile, during the 19 weeks of the reign of Abu Mazen, there were 473 Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks or attempted attacks, in which 78 people were murdered and 489 wounded.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Sculptor, Painter, Cab Driver

Iraqis Complain . . . about foreign journalists
"A lot of French journalists are shit," Wady, the sculptor, observed one afternoon as we shared a narghile filled with apple-flavored tobacco. "They come here and talk against the U.S. in a stupid way. They don’t care about the crimes of Saddam Hussein."

And it’s not only the French, noted Esam Pasha, a painter and translator for the U.S. military: "European and Arab journalists talk to us, but they don’t care about our happiness in being liberated. They only want us to make anti-American comments."

Even a cabbie who took me to the Shabander one afternoon weighed in. "Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabia TV, no good," he said. "They only show pictures of bombings and killings of Americans — always how things are bad in Iraq, never how they are getting better."

At the End of 2005 There Will No Longer Be Any Jews in Europe

by Nadia Matar
In June 2004 the European Union convened all its members to discuss the question of anti-Semitism in Europe. Violent incidents against European Jews had greatly increased during recent months - firebombs thrown at Jewish schools, the desecration of graves, Jews wearing kippot being attacked on the streets, and the like - mainly by Muslims.

The European Union resolved to put an end to the phenomenon. After lengthy deliberations, a press conference was held in which the Chairman of the European Union announced a dramatic program that would constitute a final solution to the problem of anti-Semitism. The name of the program: "Disengagement from Europe." "We have resolved to defend the Jews," the Chairman of the European Union proclaimed, "and to immediately stop the violence against them. To this end, we have formed a program that will disengage the Jews from Europe. The Jews will be evacuated to other locations. So as not to interfere with the demographic balance in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians, we will do everything so that European Jews will not immigrate to Israel. We shall rather promote the transfer of Jews to desolate regions in the world, such as the Sahara Desert."

"Details concerning the exact location where the Jews will be relocated will shortly be specified, but one thing is certain," the Chairman continued: "At the end of 2005 there will no longer be any Jews in Europe." And thus there will no longer be any anti-Semitism in Europe, and the Jews will no longer be attacked."

"The Interior Ministries of each European state will prepare the lists of Jews, the number of people in each family, and their addresses. Beginning now until the end of 2005 the Jews will be able to leave of their own free will and receive set compensation for their businesses and homes. The Jewish property will be transferred to the Muslim community in Europe, in the hope that this growing community will assimilate in its surroundings and aspire to peaceful coexistence with its neighbors, the indigenous Europeans."

"The forceful deportation of those Jews who refuse to leave of their own free will shall begin in September 2005. For this sensitive mission we have chosen elite units of the German army, because of the considerable experience they have amassed in previous years."

The "Disengagement from Europe" plan was approvingly accepted by the UN, that announced that it would do all in its power to facilitate the plan and its implementation. The United States announced that it officially opposed the expulsion of Jews from Europe, but would remain a member of the United Nations in order to try and change the resolution. "Who knows," the American President opined, "perhaps by the end of 2005 we will be able to ensure that only the Jews of France and Belgium will be expelled, and not all the Jews of Europe. This compromise would constitute proof of the importance in remaining a member of the United Nations in order to exert influence "from within."

The Israeli government issued a strong condemnation of the "Disengagement from Europe" program, and charged the European Union with hypocrisy and deception. The Israeli announcement stated: "The European Union is masquerading as the initiator of programs for the defense of Europe's Jews, but the truth is that this is an anti-Semitic plan for the forced deportation and ethnic cleansing of European Jewry - a plan that is meant to appease the Muslim community in Europe, that is growing by terrifying dimensions and threatens to take control of all Europe. We call upon the Western world to immediately abandon this plan, so as not to give a victory to violence."

The Chairman of the European Union responded to the Israeli announcement with surprise, and stated: "It is actually the Israeli announcement that is hypocritical. We in Europe are merely applying the exact program that Ariel Sharon is about to carry out in Israel, in order to provide an answer to Arab terror. If a Jewish Prime Minister in Israel can evacuate Jews from the Holy Land, then we certainly can do so in Europe."

UPDATE 06/14/04: The author makes the following clarification.
Women in Green wants to clarify that Nadia's article re the disengagement of Jews from Europe was a SATIRE based on what Ariel Sharon plans to do to the Jews in Gush Katif and northern Samaria.

Ariel Sharon has announced that "at the end of 2005 there will no longer be any Jews in the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria". In fact, August 14, 2005 has been set as the last day of the existence of Jews in Gush Katif. It also happens to be the Ninth of Av, the day of the destruction of the First and Second Temples and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

Sharon also announced that from now till August 14, 2005, those Jews can leave voluntarily, but after 2005 they will be removed by force. The entire area will be given over to the Arab enemy.

Disgracefully, the world has welcomed Sharon's remarks concerning the ethnic cleansing of Jews, and their deportation from Gush Katif and Samaria and the destruction of thousands of Jewish homes, synagogues, Jewish businesses, etc., with calm and indifference instead of with shock and horror.

In her article, Nadia used the same exact terminology that Sharon used against the Jews of Gush Katif but attributed it, satirically, to EU leaders re the Jews of Europe. As expected, this was felt to be shocking ...some readers even believing the article was true and asking to receive some more info re the imminent expulsion of Jews from Europe.

Even though Nadia's article was a satire, Women in Green would like to warn that if, G-d forbid Sharon's plan for the deportation of the Jews from Gaza and Samaria will be implemented, the scenario of Nadia's article will become more and more likely. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to fight Sharon's plan and prevent it from being implemented. The best way to do so is to bring down Sharon and send him back home to his farm where he will be able to continue to raise his sheep. The People of Israel will not accept being Sharon's sheep to be slaughtered by him or anyone else.

Jerusalem, June 14, 2004
Ruth and Nadia Matar

Thomas Friedman: Anti-Semite

Imagine the outrage if the New York Times published an op-ed article that would contain the following paragraph:
Yes, the race relations in the United States are still tense, but very few African-Americans have been lynched here in four years. That's my idea of racial harmony. There is no total victory to be had by the American Blacks over racism in the United States, without total eradication of the KKK. There is, though, the possibility of long periods without cross burnings and lynchings, with the African American community holding the moral and strategic high ground, so it can lead its life.
I didn't write the paragraph above. Thomas L. Friedman did. I only replaced a few nouns in what he wrote in his column in the New York Times on Sunday, June 13, 2004.

Here it is, the way it was printed:
Yes, the Israel-Lebanon border is still tense, but very few Israelis have been killed there in four years. That's my idea of peace. There is no total victory to be had by Israel over Hezbollah or the Palestinians, without total genocide. There is, though, the possibility of long cease-fires, with Israel holding the moral and strategic high ground, so it can lead its life.
It's not difficult to figure out why the New York Times decided to hire a Jew to promote its consistently anti-Semitic views.

It's hard to imagine though how Mr. Friedman manages to look at his reflection in the mirror without vomiting. Lots of practice, I guess.

If you didn't follow the link, you should know that the Friedman column is titled
"Taking the High Ground" :/

United States May Protest

Charleston WV Daily Mail
March 22, 1933
(AP) -- Ready to make a formal diplomatic protest if necessary, the American government today sought to learn officially if Jews in Germany are being mistreated by the new Hitler government.

On the heels of a protest from prominent American Jews headed by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, the state department informed Ambassador Sackeit at Berlin of the concern felt here on the basis of press reports and asked him to check officially on their accuracy.
This was followed, two days later, by three short articles on the front page:
Action Against Jews

BERLIN, March 24 (AP) -- Adolf Hitler's legalized four-year term as dictator began today with one western German state taking action which may lead to the expulsion of all eastern Jews within its borders.

The legislative bodies of both the German reich and its greatest unit, Prussia, have been indefinitely suspended. The signature of President Paul von Hindenburg to the decrees which Hitler may desire to enact is no longer necessary as a result of the reichstag's action yesterday in granting absolute power to the chancellor.

The Hitler government's commissioner in Palatinate, a state lying between the Rhine and the French frontier, has ordered that no bank or postal funds be delivered to eastern Jews. The ban was invoked until they settle all business obligations.

Protest in New York

NEW YORK, March 24 (AP) -- Ten thousand Jews marched to city hall to the mournful chant of "El Molai Rachmem," dirge for the dead, to protest alleged persecutions in Germany and to call for a boycott of German goods.

The Torah, sacred scroll of the Jews, was carried in its silver case, and the dean of the city's cantors chanted.

As the orderly protest procession entered the New York city hall park, Mayor John P. O'Brien, who previously had said he would not see the marchers, changed his mind, reviewed the parade and received a delegation.

Attacked in London

LONDON, March 24 (AP) -- The British government, like that of the United States, has started inquiries through its foreign office into the reports of atrocities against Jews in Germany.

Premier Ramsay MacDonald announced this action was being taken when he was asked, during a discussion in parliament of the German situation, concerning an unconfirmed report that 1,400 persons were slain in Hamburg.

London newspapers today attacked the reported violence of the Hitler regime in Germany and the censorship of news reports. Meanwhile, many Jewish leaders have started boycotts of German goods, while others hestitated to follow suit, fearing reprisals against Jews in Germany.
Please bear with me and this old newspapers thing; I fear it is a new obsession. Its effect on the blog should be fairly limited -- if I want to post anything, I have to type it out (I almost said, "by hand").

Did you hear the one about the two al Qaeda agents eating at a Denny's restaurant in Colorado?

Denver Post, May 28, 2004

The FBI office in Denver has received "numerous" calls about the seven people believed to be associated with al-Qaeda pictured Wednesday in newspapers.

Monique Kelso, spokeswoman for the Denver office, wouldn't characterize the calls as "sightings," but at least one was reported as such.

Samuel Mac, manager of the Denny's in Avon, isn't happy with the response he got from the FBI when he reported that two of them ate at his restaurant Wednesday.

When he called the FBI in Washington, D.C., Mac said the man who answered the telephone said he had to call the Denver office and declined to take down any of the information.

When he called the Denver office, he was shuttled to voice mail because the agents were busy, Mac said. It was five hours before a seemingly uninterested agent called back.

Mac said two men - he subsequently identified them from their photographs as Adnan G. El Shukrijumah and Abderraouf Jdey - came into Denny's, which is just off Interstate 70, about 8 p.m.

One ordered a chicken sandwich and a salad, the other just a salad, Mac said. They were demanding, rude and obnoxious, he said.

They said they were from Iran and were driving from New York to the West Coast.

When the FBI agent called him back, she took a few notes and said she would pass the information along to the field agents, according to Mac.

Kelso said the Denver FBI office has received at least a dozen calls about the pictures. The calls are all taken seriously and "we follow up on every lead," she said.

But she said the FBI has no reason to believe any of the seven are in Colorado or traveling through.

Aliases: Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja'far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar; Jaafar Al-Tayyar

Aliases: Abd Al-Rauf Bin Al-Habib Bin Yousef Al-Jiddi, Abderraouf Dey, A. Raouf Jdey, Abdal Ra'Of Bin Muhammed Bin Yousef Al-Jadi, Farouq Al-Tunisi, Abderraouf Ben Habib Jeday

"Hitler Slipping"

Charleston WV Daily Mail
July 21, 1934

I've been doing some genealogical research at Ancestry.com, where for a fee you can have access to archives of various newspapers nationwide. Having exhausted the references to my family and those of friends, I noticed a bit about the Nazis (1931) and have been reading every word the Daily Mail archives have to offer on the subject. I'm up to mid-1934.

Check this out, from page four, Saturday, July 21, 1934 (no byline listed):
There is no doubt that many of the reports coming out of Germany dealing with a decline in Hitler's power have little if any basis in fact. It is almost equally certain, on the other hand, that the German dictator is not the all-powerful official he was credited with being before his recent murderous drive on his political foes.

One bit of convincing evidence of this is to be seen in the transferring of the control of German finances, a power formerly Hitler's, to the hands of the German minister of economics, Dr.Schmidt. The latter is not a Nazi, and he has been a consistent opponent of Hitler's economic policies. The Ohio State Journal sees as proof of the change in economics control reversal of the German moratorium in the announcement from London that the reich would continue the payment of interest on its external debt.

"Quite often the economic situation," it comments, "can be a rather accurate barometer of what lies ahead in governments as well as in business. So far as this is true with Germany, it forecasts a further slipping from Hitler of powers he has up to now exercicsed as his own." It thinks that "it well may be a fact that the present shift in economic control is the forerunner of more changes to come, all of them supply the lubrication which may be greasing the skids down which the world-discredited dictator inevitably is doomed to slide."

Once the chancellor becomes discredited in the eyes of the German people, his elimination should be swift. This now apparently is taking place. There are indications that he is gradually losing popular favor. Instead of inspiring fear by his recent bloody orgy, he seems to have given the people opportunity to see him as one not entitled to confidence and trust and lacking in the strength of character essential in a great leader.

His star seems to be setting.

Next column over, to the right, is something called "As the World Wags"
A four-legged chicken that is developing a sound similar to the bark of a dog is startling residents of Lima, O.

At last 16 huge American condors with an average wing spread of 14 feet were seen and photographed in Santa Barbara county.

A cigarette can be lighted by steam -not by the visible cloud that comes from a tea kettle, but by real steam, which is still in gaseous form.

Friday the thirteenth was Mary Tobin's third birthday. While crossing a field near Scranton, Pa., a lightning bolt struck and killed her.

Hereafter any German railway man who serves loyally for 25 years will receive a free copy of Hitler's book, "Mein Kampf," it has been decreed.

St. Louisans attribute the maintenance of their city's good government and economic conditions during the depression to "constructive liberalism."

The first giraffe brought to the United States was shown on Worcester common in 1839, says Robert W. G. Vail, librarian of the American Antiquarian society, who is doing research into first circuses in this country.