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Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant

(30Mar06) “…I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since. "Very few people were true Nazis" he said….The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant FrontPageMagazine.com “…It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave….The Average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of Killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians….History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points…”

The War Against Swedes

(30Mar06) “… Last year, I wrote a post about how Swedish society was disintegrating and was in danger of collapsing, at least in certain areas and regions. The country that gave us Bergman, ABBA and Volvo could become known as the Bosnia of northern Europe . The “Swedish model” would no longer refer to a stable and peaceful state with an advanced economy, but a Eurabian horror story of utopian Multiculturalism, Socialist mismanagement and runaway immigration…The wave of robberies the city of Malmö has witnessed during this past year is part of a “war against Swedes.”… Although Sweden is an extreme example, similar stories could be told about much of Western Europe . As Mark Steyn points out, the Jihad in the streets of France looked like the early skirmishes of an impending Eurabian civil war, brought on by massive Muslim immigration and Multicultural stupidity. The War Against Swedes by Fjordman “…Law and order is slowly breaking down in major and even minor cities across the European continent, and the streets are ruled by aggressive gangs of Muslim youngsters… It's getting urgent. When enough people feel that the system isn't working anymore and that the social contract has been breached, the entire fabric of the democratic society could unravel. What happens when the welfare state system breaks down… And what happens when people discover that their own leaders, through the EU networks and the Euro-Arab Dialogue described by Bat Ye'or in her book “Eurabia,” have been encouraging all these Muslims to settle here in the first place? There will be massive unemployment, and tens of millions of people will feel angry, scared and humiliated, betrayed by the system, by society and by their own democratic leaders..”

Muslims and PC

(30Mar06) “…The major problem facing American Muslims today is not active prejudice or government harassment; it's political correctness…. The essence of political correctness is privileged treatment provided solely due to an individual or group's ethnic background…. One factor concerning PC that's usually overlooked is that it actually has little to do with the race or ethnicity that it purports to protect. Ever since its rise in the1980s (and even in its embryonic state in previous decades) political correctness has been all about the whites who administer it, the bureaucratic and academic elites who select the privileged groups and set down the rules that the rest of us are supposed to obey. It's their agenda that PC actually serves – the supposed victim groups come in a poor second, if at all..” Muslims and PC by J.R. Dunn in The American Thinker “… This can clearly be seen in the way that blacks fared under the PC regime…Now culturally embedded as the sole method of dealing with “vulnerable minorities,” PC is operating in much the same way with regard to Muslims…. Ethnic disorders are similar to tsunami – there's no buildup, no real warning, there's simply a roar and the thing is upon you…. We must never forget that PC is not an invention of the Muslim minority, any more than it was of American blacks. Political correctness is and has always been a tool of the Leftist elite. If anyone is to be called to account for its abuse, it should be them – the politicians, the academics, the bureaucrats, and the media types whose power and position is bolstered and secured by misuse of the ethnic card…”

The Islamic threat is greater than German and Soviet threats were

(30Mar06) “…Only four types of individuals can deny the threat to civilization posed by the violence-supporting segment of Islam: the willfully naive, America-haters, Jew-haters and those afraid to confront evil….Just as previous generations had to fight Nazism, communism and fascism, our generation has to confront militant Islam….And whereas there were unique aspects to those evils, there are two unique aspects to the evil emanating from the Islamic world that render this latest threat to humanity particularly difficult to overcome…” The Islamic threat is greater than German and Soviet threats were  by Dennis Prager “…If just 10 percent believe in the Islam of Hamas, the Taliban, the Sudanese regime, Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, bin Ladin, Islamic Jihad, the Finley Park Mosque in London or Hizbollah -- and it is inconceivable that only one of 10 Muslims supports any of these groups' ideologies -- that means a true believing enemy of at least 100 million people. Outside of Germany , how many people believed in Nazism? Outside of Japan , who believed in Japanese imperialism and militarism? And outside of universities, the arts world or Hollywood , how many people believed in Soviet-style totalitarianism…..The evils committed by Nazism and Communism were, of course, greater than those committed by radical Islam. There has been no Muslim Gulag and no Muslim Auschwitz. But the threat is far more serious…”

Multiculturalism and Marxism

(28Mar06) “….This transformation is as radical and revolutionary as the project to establish Communism in the Soviet Union . Just as every aspect of life had to be brought under political control in order for the commissars to impose their vision of society, the multiculturalists hope to control and dominate every aspect of our lives. Unlike the hard tyranny of the Soviets, theirs is a softer, gentler tyranny but one with which they hope to bind us as tightly as a prisoner in the Gulag. Today's "political correctness" is the direct descendent of Communist terror and brainwashing… Although it claims to champion the deepest held beliefs of the West, it is in fact a perversion and systematic undermining of the very idea of the West… In the post-Stalin period, political correctness even meant that dissent was seen as a symptom of mental illness, for which the only treatment was incarceration. As Mao Tse-Tung, the Great Helmsman, put it, "Not to have a correct political orientation is like not having a soul." Multiculturalism and Marxism by Frank Ellis, ( professor of Russian at the University of Leeds in England ). “..Today's dogmas have led to rigid requirements of language, thought, and behavior, and violators are treated as if they were mentally unbalanced, just as Soviet dissidents were…. Today, of course, we are made to believe that diversity is strength, perversity is virtue, success is oppression, and that relentlessly repeating these ideas over and over is "tolerance and diversity." Indeed, the multicultural revolution works subversion everywhere, just as Communist revolutions did: judicial activism undermines the rule of law; "tolerance" weakens the conditions that make real tolerance possible; universities, which should be havens of free inquiry, practice censorship that rivals that of the Soviets. At the same time, we find a relentless drive for equality: the Bible, Shakespeare, and rap "music" are just texts with "equally valid perspectives;" deviant and criminal behavior is an "alternative life-style."

Oh my God, they killed satire

(28Mar06) “…We have a new cartoon-blasphemy scandal. No, it's not Islamists burning down Kentucky Fried Chicken stores in Pakistan because a few Danish cartoonists had the gall to draw the prophet Mohammed. Now it's Scientology versus the popular and hilarious cartoon television program South Park . And the Scientologists, like the Islamists before them, are winning…. News reports say that Viacom, the company that owns the Comedy Central cable channel, made the decision. Viacom also owns Paramount movie studios, which has spent a small fortune on Mission : Impossible III starring Cruise, a Scientologist. He denies any connection. Viacom refuses to say why it hasn't put the episode back on the air. South Park fans have started a petition. And so we are back where we were with the Mohammed cartoons. Someone somewhere won't let you see the Scientology episode of South Park . You can go to the Comedy Central website and view it on the internet - the last refuge for free speech..” Oh my God, they killed satire by Andrew Sullivan in The Australian “…A free society survives partly because the powerful are mocked, and their pretensions undermined. Religions, which guard their own illusions carefully, are particularly ripe for satire. Whenever one human being is claiming to tell the truth about the meaning of life he is making a very powerful claim - and, in a free society he also runs the risk of getting a raspberry. Laughter matters because piety begets power. Orwell once remarked that one reason fascism never took off in Britain was because the sight of a goose-stepping soldier would prompt your average Englishman to giggle. Someone is now silencing the giggles. And our world is a lot creepier because of it.

Will we stick our necks out for his faith?

(26Mar06) “…Fate conspires to remind us what this war is really about: civilizational confidence. And so history repeats itself: first the farce of the Danish cartoons, and now the tragedy - a man on trial for his life in post-Taliban Afghanistan because he has committed the crime of converting to Christianity….The cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were deeply offensive to Muslims, and so thousands protested around the world in the usual restrained manner - rioting, torching, killing, etc….There's talk of various artful compromises, such as Rahman being declared unfit to stand trial by reason of insanity on the grounds that (I'm no Islamic jurist so I'm paraphrasing here) anyone who converts from Islam to Christianity must, ipso facto , be nuts…. ” Will we stick our necks out for his faith? ” by Mark Steyn “…This man must die," says Abdul Raoulf of the nation's principal Muslim body, the Afghan Ulama Council. "Cut off his head! We will call on the people to pull him into pieces so there's nothing left." Needless to say, Imam Raoulf is one of Afghanistan 's leading "moderate" clerics….For what it's worth, I'm with the Afghan Ulama Council in objecting to the insanity defense. It's not enough for Abdul Rahman to get off on a technicality. Afghanistan is supposed to be "the good war,"…At some point we have to face down a culture in which not only the mob in the street but the highest judges and academics talk like crazies. Abdul Rahman embodies the question at the heart of this struggle: If Islam is a religion one can only convert to, not from, then in the long run it is a threat to every free person on the planet….”

The “Loyal” Opposition

(25Mar06)…The “You're Wrong” link takes you to the full story-Filed by Mike Jericho on Saturday, March 25, 2006

“… Remember those charming Christians who went to Iraq hoping to find evidence of coalition war crimes and generally attempt to obstruct the American military and their allies as much as possible? The same Christians, who were kidnapped, tortured and (in one instance) butchered by the Jihadists whose cause they advance? The same Christians who thanked everyone but the troops who rescued them from certain death, and whose PR department manipulated the story of their rescue, making it out to be a release? ... Think they couldn't do much worse, don't you? ”
You're wrong . “... Just like captured enemy terrorists, they're now refusing to cooperate with American and Iraqi officers sent to question them …”

Leftist revisionism calls Crusaders 9/11 terrorists

(25Mar06)“…It seems that the historical revisionists and terrorist appeasers are at it again. A recent Victorian textbook has made a comparison between the Crusades and the September 11 terrorist attack. Defenders of the textbook say it is merely being deliberately provocative and designed to spark debate…the Crusades were simply the reaction of the Christian West to more than three centuries of Islamic expansion, mistreatment of Christian populations in the Holy Lands, and harassment of religious pilgrims….Christians in Jerusalem often suffered terribly under the Muslims. So many Christians wanted to reclaim the Holy Lands from Muslim rule. But to equate this with what happened on September 11 is ludicrous… . Leftist revisionism calls Crusaders 9/11 terrorists by Bill Muehlenberg BrookesNews.co “..Indeed, one can argue that September 11 was a continuation of the principle of Islamic expansion, begun 1400 years earlier — the very thing the Crusaders were responding to…. of equal concern with this textbook incident is that this is but another tedious example of how far to the left our teaching establishment has become, and how many of our educational elite simple despise their own heritage and culture. This anti-Christian, anti-Western mindset is characteristic of our Politically Correct education establishment…Will we soon be seeing textbooks comparing the Green movement with the Ku Klux Klan in order to be “deliberately provocative”? Or will we have textbooks drawing parallels between Aboriginal dreamtime spirituality and the Raelian cult in order to help students “tease out ideas”?

Interesting Times: Irshad and Wafa

(25Mar06) “…Since a single interview on Al-Jazeera on February 21, Wafa Sultan, a Syrian-born psychologist now living in the US, has become an overnight sensation. The link to the clip on www.memritv.org has received over a million hits, and Sultan has been interviewed by The New York Times , The Sunday Times and Le Monde . Sultan, in her original five-minute interview, became the Rosa Parks of the global struggle against jihad: the catalyst whose stubborn courage marks a turning point…. "The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations," Sultan said in that interview. "It is a clash between civilization and backwardness... between barbarity and rationality... between human rights on the one hand and the violation of these rights on the other, between those who treat women like beasts and those who treat them like human beings." Interesting Times: Irshad and Wafa by Saul Singer, The Jerusalem Post "..The Jews have come from tragedy and forced the world to respect them," she said, "with their knowledge, not with their terror; with their work, not with their crying and yelling."We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant... Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. ... The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind before they demand that humankind respect them." Perhaps the most striking and radical entry in this "Muslim Spring" of fresh thinking, however, was an op-ed in this week's New York Times by exiled Iranian author Irshad Manji… Manji is even more heretical to the Muslim ear than Sultan because she not only defends Jews, but Israel , and not only Israel , but the security fence…”

Revealed: radicals who backed girl in dress fight

(23Mar06) There's is a story behind the story of Shabina Begum, the 15 year old school girl in Britain , who lost her case in the High Court on Wednesday. The case swirled around Begum's insistence on wearing the Jilbab to school instead of the approved uniform. Lurking in the background, the puppet master was the shady, odious Hizb ut-Tahrir. Her brother, who is a HuT supporter, helped her with her case. The case was also championed by none other than the Prime Ministers wife, the ditzy Cherie Booth (Blair), mindlessly, and naively unaware of the dark sinister hand and manipulative forces of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the wings.  

“…The teenage girl who fought a two-year legal battle to wear full Islamic dress to school was influenced by an extremist Muslim splinter group…. Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham 's Perry Bar constituency, said: “Most Muslims are happy with the existing dress code. I think they (HuT) are trying to pick a fight…. Begum, who was regarded as a promising pupil, was orphaned last April with the death of her mother. Revealed: radicals who backed girl in dress fight   Times online “…Her father had died in 1992. Her 21-year-old brother, Shuweb Rahman, who helped her bring the case, is an HuT supporter…Dr Imran Waheed, an HuT spokesman, confirmed that leading activists had encouraged Begum in the dispute… HuT's ultimate aim is a worldwide Muslim state, ruled by sharia, Islamic law, and it urges Muslims not to participate in democratic politics. It was founded in 1953 in the Middle East, and was banned in Egypt after an attempted coup in 1974…”

Gramsci; leftist master tactician

(23Mar06) “…Lenin believed that a leftist society would be built when "the masses" achieved "class consciousness" and then spark a devastating revolution that would sweep away the "bourgoisie”. However, Gramsci disagreed; he noticed that actually, most people don't care about politics….Rather than try and spark a mass revolution among the masses, Gramsci instead believed in a gradualist strategy for moulding the West into a leftist gulag…” Gramsci; leftist master tactician  “…Gramsci urged leftists to do two things, firstly, to concentrate themselves into small groups of activists, where their power would be most concentrated (remember the laser). Secondly, he told them to point this laser at the societies "nerve centre"; its mass media, its educational establishments, its churches, its trade unions etc. From here, they would have their hands on the levers of Western society, from where they could turn up the heat until the Western world had been eliminated…”

“The Code of Conduct”

(22Mar06) Here it is, its original format, “The Code of Conduct” Balgowlah Boys High 1959  

Hope in heretical voices

(22Mar06) Self-assessment is a tricky business. At a personal level, too much of the stuff has you moaning on a psychiatrist's leather couch for years with no real benefit. Likewise, at a national level, or a cultural level, it can soon enough turn into unhelpful self-loathing….Enter Wafa Sultan on Al-Jazeera television, of all places, who recently delivered a provocative and brave self-critique of Muslims….Sultan criticised the Muslim world for its backwardness, for shunning knowledge and progress, and for embracing terrorism. She said it was time for Muslims to stop the self-pity and to stop blaming others as justification for Muslim violence directed at the West…. Sultan's comments were dynamite because self-criticism in the Muslim world is rare. The West, on the other hand, has mastered the art of questioning its flaws. …As former diplomat Owen Harries once pointed out about the US : "Everything bad we know about America - its crime and its excessive punishment, its corruption, its graft, its racial tensions, its inane political correctness - we know because Americans have told us about them..." Hope in heretical voices by Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian  “… But few episodes of Muslim self-assessment have been as confronting as Sultan's interview where she pointed to the obvious links between ignorance, on the one hand, and intolerance and violence, on the other….The problems canvassed by Sultan are, with increasing speed, seeping into the West. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, one Muslim immigrant to Sweden recently described why she had decided to pack up her family and leave her Swedish suburb of Tensta. In short, because of the influence of Islamic fundamentalists."I'm tired of being expected to speak badly of Christians and Jews just because I'm Muslim. I'm tired of the hate preachers. I'm tired of seeing women condemned for the way they dress ... I never imagined that in the new millennium, and in Sweden of all places, my five-year-old son would have to defend and explain in his day-care centre why his mother doesn't wear a head scarf," Nalin Pekgul said…”

View Wafa Sultan interview

Bring Back Stigma

(21Mar06) This goes back a number of years but is an excellent read none the less

It is now orthodox to regard social stigma as a form of oppression, to be discarded on our collective quest for inner freedom. But the political philosophers and novelists of former times would have been horrified by such a view. In almost all matters that touched upon the core requirements of social order, they believed that the genial pressure of manners, morals, and customs—enforced by the various forms of disapproval, stigma, shame, and reproach—was a more powerful guarantor of civilized and lawful behavior than the laws themselves….Stigma has evaporated in our era, and along with it much of the constant, small-scale self-regulation of the community, which depends on each individual's respect for, and fear of, other people's judgment….But stigma is now retreating even from crime. Convicted thieves and burglars are no longer automatically excluded from social gatherings. Indeed, some (such as the English criminal Howard Marks) have acquired kudos from writing about their "hot-headed youth" and the jolly times they had as drug dealers, robbers, or burglars…” Bring Back Stigma by Roger Scruton, City Journal  “… The odd result of this movement to reject stigma, however, has been the introduction of stigma of another kind. "Judgmental" people find themselves condemned with a vehemence that would have gone down well in Salem….Stigma floats free in the anarchic world of individualist life-styles, ready to attach itself to anyone who stands up for self-restraint. It is in this context that we should understand political correctness. The new kind of stigma creates a new kind of fear. Political correctness is not a morality in the traditional sense… It tells you to watch your language, so as to avoid the only prevalent adverse judgment, which is judgment of the adverse judge….The talk of "social inclusion" is a mask for the reverse. Political correctness does not seek to include the Other in "our" community but to accept his otherness and allow him to live outside… The dwindling of stigma inevitably means that the task of social control is bequeathed to the state. The state has therefore become the guardian of social order.”

Teflon Europe

(20Mar06) “…The prison at Guantanamo Bay was designed to interrogate terrorists and jihadists swept up from the battlefield:… for all the fury about its existence, not a single detainee has died there in over four years of operation…. In contrast, the European Milosevic just dropped dead while under custody of the U.N. at the postmodern tribunal at The Hague . This follows the recent suicide of Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic, likewise an inmate in a European detention center..” Teflon Europe by Victor Davis Hanson “..The public wonders why the incompetent Americans can't catch Osama bin Laden, or at least Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Few note that it has been over six years since the collapse of the Serbian rogue regime, and still no one seems to know where either Radovan Karadzic, or his military commander, Ratko Mladic, is hiding inside Europe — not exactly the Sunni Triangle or the borderlands of the Hindu Kush …. Europe cringed at George Bush's use of cowboyisms, like "smoke 'em out" and "dead-or-alive" — hardly the parlance of sober and sophisticated statesmen, who should hint at, rather than brag of, their substantial military power. But once again, contrast Bush's words with Jacques Chirac's recent boastful threat that France would consider a nuclear response to any country sponsoring a terror attack against it. Had Bush said anything close to that, the Europeans would be trying to indict him in Brussels for war thought-crimes.

A New Threat on the Horizon: The Quiet Game

(20Mar06) An interesting read and well worth watching…

It is difficult - but essential - to gain a perspective on the predicament facing the United States . We need to understand the precariousness of the dollar, the impossible debt burden we collectively face, and the emergent storm clouds on our financial horizon. First, the mountain of debt we are facing. President Bush and the current Congress have together authorized and borrowed more money from foreign governments, banks, companies, and citizens than all of the previous 42 U.S. administrations combined. From 1776 to 2000, the first 224 years of U.S. history, 42 U.S. presidents borrowed a combined $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions….Two-thirds of world trade is conducted in dollars. Over 70% of central banks' currency reserves are held in the American currency. The U.S. dollar is the sole currency used by international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF)…. This confers on the U.S. a major economic advantage: the ability to run a trade deficit year after year. It can do this because foreign countries need dollars to repay their debts to the IMF, to conduct international trade, and to build up their currency reserves. The U.S. provides the world with these dollars by buying goods and services produced by foreign countries, but since it does not have a corresponding need for foreign currency, it can sell far fewer goods and services in return. Thus, the U.S. always spends more than it earns, whereas the rest of the world always earns more than it spends….” A New Threat on the Horizon: The Quiet Game by  Chuck Missler “…This U.S. trade deficit has now reached extraordinary levels, with the U.S. importing 50% more goods and services than it exports: currently $800 billion annualized….The Iranian Oil Bourse is scheduled to commence operations on March 20, 2006. This bourse will be a trading exchange whereby the nations of the world will now have the option of selling and purchasing their oil in euros rather than dollars. This Bourse will directly compete with the two American-owned exchanges: The International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) in London , and the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange). This represents a direct threat to the supremacy of the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency. The availability to shift to non-dollar reserves would create a major structural change in the global monetary environment and could usher in a traumatic effect on the U.S. economy….”

The Market Place of Ideas: fusing history, law and current events

(20Mar06) “'The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.' [1] So propounded Justice Holmes in 1919…. Over the years, this marketplace of freedom has given no quarter; nothing has escaped examination. Whether Christian, Jew, agnostic, militarist, communist, capitalist, bigamist, entrepreneur or pacifist; all and much more have been the target of opposing speech and passionate intellectual scrutiny…” The Market Place of Ideas: fusing history, law and current events by David Kennedy Houck “…The western media as a whole has largely retreated from protecting free speech, and has instead decided to cave-in into Islamist totalitarianism. Equally unfortunate, most Americans have not seen the Danish cartoons, despite the fact that they represent a major international story. Rather than display the mostly innocuous drawings, most American media outlets fell all over each other seeking that elusive moral high ground where disparaging Christianity is safe and easy, and protecting Muslims from insult is the only sensible tack….”

Opiate of the Masses

(19Mar06) I think you'll get the point when you read this

“…Gerin oil (or Geriniol to give it its scientific name) is a powerful drug which acts directly on the central nervous system to produce a range of characteristic symptoms, often of an antisocial or self- damaging nature. If administered chronically in childhood, Gerin oil can permanently modify the brain to produce adult disorders, including dangerous delusions which have proved very hard to treat…” Opiate of the Masses (Gerin Oil) by Richard Dawkins. “…Gerin oil addiction can drive previously sane individuals to run away from a normally fulfilled human life and retreat to closed communities from which all but confirmed addicts are excluded. These communities are nearly always limited to one sex, and they vigorously, often obsessively, forbid sexual activity…As with many drugs, refined Gerin oil in low doses is largely harmless, and can even serve as a social lubricant on occasions such as marriages, funerals and ceremonies of state. Experts differ over whether such social use, though harmless in itself, is a risk factor for upgrading to harder and more addictive forms of the drug.

When Danes Pay Danegeld-Dealing with Islam in Scandinavia

(19Mar06) “…One thousand years ago Scandinavians were the barbarians of Europe , spreading fear and extracting “Danegeld” from their more civilized neighbors. In the 21st century Scandinavians are peaceful and soft-spoken, and the roles seem to have been reversed with certain newly arrived immigrants…. In Denmark right-wing politicians are already debating the threat of immigrant “welfare tourists,” should the Swedish system collapse. In Norway almost half of all children with a non-Western background claim social security benefits. This is ten times the rate of the native population… Although the cost of welfare is significant, it pales in comparison to the price paid through rapidly declining social harmony and increasing insecurity caused by Muslim immigration…” When Danes Pay Danegeld-Dealing with Islam in Scandinavia The Brussels Journal “..There is growing fear amongst politicians that the immigrant environment in the Nørrebro area in Copenhagen , which has been unofficially declared an “Islamic state” by some of its residents, is developing into a parallel society where ancient traditions threaten Danish law. Professor of Islamic studies Mehdi Mozaffari tells of how he and thousands of others have fled burkas, sharia, blood money, muftis and Islamism in the Middle East, only to witness the same beast rear its ugly head in Europe …. Probably no other Western nation has more problems with, yet less debate about Muslim immigration than Sweden, and the only thing the elites are doing about this is demonizing neighboring Denmark for “xenophobia… Scandinavians, too, were once involved in blood feuds and fanaticism. That time is called the Viking Age, and we left it behind a thousand years ago, as Muslims should have done. We have no particular urge to return to being a primitive tribal society….”

The Fallaci Code

(14Mar06) “..In The Force of Reason, the controversial Italian journalist and novelist Oriana Fallaci illuminates one of the central enigmas of our time. How did Europe become home to an estimated 20 million Muslims in a mere three decades?... There is no one she despises more than the intellectual “cicadas,” as she calls them — “You see them every day on television; you read them every day in the newspapers” — who deny they are in the midst of a cultural, political and existential war with Islam, of which terrorism is the flashiest, but ultimately least important component….The book is also animated by a world-class journalist's dismay that she could have missed the story of her lifetime for as long as she did. In the 1960s and '70s, when she was a Vietnam War correspondent and a legendarily ferocious interviewer — going mano a mano with the likes of Henry Kissinger and Yasser Arafat, Fallaci was simply too preoccupied with the events of the moment to notice that an entirely different narrative was rapidly taking shape — namely, the transformation of the West….Only later did she realize that he “also meant the cultural war, the demographic war, the religious war waged by stealing a country from its citizens…” In The Fallaci Code Oriana Fallaci asks: Is Muslim immigration to Europe a conspiracy? By Bredan Bernhard, LA Weekly “… I n short, the war waged through immigration, fertility, presumed pluriculturalism.” It is a low-level but deadly war that extends across the planet, as any newspaper reader can see….These entities, Fallaci says, not mincing her words, were the official perpetrators “of the biggest conspiracy that modern history has created,” and Eurabia was their house organ….Briefly put, the alleged plot was an arrangement between European and Arab governments according to which the Europeans, still reeling from the first acts of PLO terrorism and eager for precious Arabian oil made significantly more precious by the 1973 OPEC crisis, agreed to accept Arab “manpower” (i.e., immigrants) along with the oil. They also agreed to disseminate propaganda about the glories of Islamic civilization, provide Arab states with weaponry, side with them against Israel and generally tow the Arab line on all matters political and cultural….”

We should fear Holland 's silence

(14Mar06) “…I had been invited to deliver the closing speech to the memorial conference on what would have been Fortuyn's 58th birthday. I said I would talk on the effects of Europe 's increasingly Islamicised population and advocate a tougher European counterterror strategy… But the story of Holland — which I have been charting for some years — should be noted by her allies. Where Holland has gone, Britain and the rest of Europe are following. The silencing happens bit by bit. A student paper in Britain that ran the Danish cartoons got pulped. A London magazine withdrew the cartoons from its website after the British police informed the editor they could not protect him, his staff, or his offices from attack. This happened only days before the police provided 500 officers to protect a “peaceful” Muslim protest in Trafalgar Square … . We should fear Holland 's silence  Douglas Murray The Sunday Times “… Europe is shuffling into darkness. It is proving incapable of standing up to its enemies, and in an effort to accommodate the peripheral rights of a minority is failing to protect the most basic rights of its own people…. The governments of Europe have been tricked into believing that criticism of a belief is the same thing as criticism of a race. And so it is becoming increasingly difficult and dangerous to criticise a growing and powerful ideology within our midst. It may soon, in addition, be made illegal… Holland — with its disproportionately high Muslim population — is the canary in the mine. Its once open society is closing, and Europe is closing slowly behind it. It looks, from Holland , like the twilight of liberalism — not the “liberalism” that is actually libertarianism, but the liberalism that is freedom. Not least freedom of expression…”

UK - Muslim Censorship at the Telegraph?

(14Mar06) "Is the Telegraph going the way of the BBC and censoring any report critical of Muslims or Islam? Looks that way. Earlier today I posted about a Telegraph article that showed Britain was headed towards a Muslim state within a state, being withdrawn and replaced with this warning: "This story has been removed for legal reasons". Now comes word that the Telegraph has dropped Mark Steyn's column. Steyn regularly writes articles critical of Muslims and Islam. So, why drop Steyn now? His latest article may give you a clue. Here's the title: "Media shockingly ignorant of Muslims among us".

Can the pace of converting Britain to an Islamic state happen any faster?
Apparently yes.

The UK Telegraph had an interesting article by Dr Patrick Sookhedo   The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state' which was originally published on February 19. For some mysterious reason, this article was recently withdrawn from its archives "for legal reasons."… Western Resistance is an American-registered site, and under terms of US copyright law, an article can be reproduced in its entirety, for the purpose of review . I can find nothing within this article which appears to be in any contradiction of British Law, so the question remains: What were the "legal reasons" for withdrawing the article? No-one is slandered, and the only reason that seems to spring to mind is more to do with Islamist threat. So in the name of "review", it is our public duty to reproduce this article in its entirety, as the unanswered questions concerning its withdrawal need to be examined. "

There Is No Clash of Civilizations but a Clash between the Mentality of the Middle Ages and That of the 21st Century

(14Mar06) Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan: There Is No Clash of Civilizations but a Clash between the Mentality of the Middle Ages and That of the 21st Century. This video run 3 or 4 minutes and  is from MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute)

This link is of selected transcripts from the Wafa Sultan video

“…Three weeks ago, Dr. Wafa Sultan was a largely unknown Syrian-American psychiatrist living outside Los Angeles, nursing a deep anger and despair about her fellow Muslims….Today, thanks to an unusually blunt and provocative interview on Al Jazeera television on Feb. 21, she is an international sensation, hailed as a fresh voice of reason by some, and by others as a heretic and infidel who deserves to die…” For Muslim Who Says Violence Destroys Islam, Violent Threats

From The New York Times, a feature piece on Wafa Sultan “… Dr. Sultan, who is 47, wears a prim sweater and skirt, with fleece-lined slippers and heavy stockings. Her eyes and hair are jet black and her modest manner belies her intense words: "Knowledge has released me from this backward thinking. Somebody has to help free the Muslim people from these wrong beliefs."

Where are the moderate Muslims?

(13Mar06) “…Once I read that the number of Germans directly involved in the Holocaust — giving orders in Berlin, building the infrastructure of the death camps, rounding up victims, piloting trains, releasing the gas, hunting down escapees and so forth — was 100,000…..In 1939 the population of the Reich was 80 million, so slightly more than one-tenth of 1 percent of the Germans were actually involved in murdering Jews… the verdict of history is that all Germans share the burden, because all Germans let it happen…” Where are the moderate Muslims by Michael Bowers “..Today, many progressives in the Western world try to explain away crimes committed in the name of Islam. A Google search for the apologetic phrase "tiny extremist minority" turns up 252,000 results. Why is not the passive Muslim majority held to the same standard as the passive German majority?... And just how tiny is this "tiny" minority anyway? Let's look at what some of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims believe…”

In a fight with radical Islam under different sets of rules

(13Mar06) “…In a conventional war, if one side has tanks, fighter jets, submarines and similar weapons, while the other side does not, who wins? The answer is obvious…..In an unconventional war, if one side has suicide bombers, license to kidnap, torture and violate the laws of war while the other side must refrain from deploying such weapons and abide by all the rules, who wins? The answer, I'm afraid, may be equally obvious…Asymmetrical warfare would be less effective if suicide-bombing women and children, decapitating aid workers and using civilians as shields evoked widespread public outrage and revulsion, if it brought shame and disrespect upon those who committed such acts and on the causes they claim to champion..” In a fight with radical Islam under different sets of rules   Clifford D. May StarTribune.com “…There is no deterring such fanatics. To die while fighting Islam's enemies, they believe, will ensure them "paradise now" -- to borrow the phrase used by Hany Abu-Assad, the filmmaker celebrated by Hollywood's aristocrats. "A democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back," wrote Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, "as not all means are acceptable to it, and not all practices employed by its enemies are open before it."

Terror Meets Delusion: The Murder of Tom Fox

(13Mar06) “…Yesterday, peace activist Tom Fox was found murdered in Iraq….He belonged to the leftwing Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), which provided “human shields” in Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, works side by side with the anti-Israel, quasi-terrorist International Solidarity Movement …He believed he was doing a righteous thing by essentially throwing stones in the path of the U.S., Iraqi and Coalition soldiers, the same men and women who are trying to round up the Islamist terror-mongers washing the streets of Baghdad in blood and misery, terror-mongers like those who murdered him…” Terror Meets Delusion: The Murder of Tom Fox in The American Thinker “… After reading most of his blog entries , it seems to me that Fox's tragic flaw, the one that ultimately got him killed, was that he did not really believe that some men are more evil than others…Crippled by this moral confusion, Fox habitually ignored the greater of two evils…All Tom Fox was to his captors and murderers was filth—a piece of garbage; a weak, vile, subhuman infidel of the Western variety; a creature to be spit on and reviled and, when no longer useful, slaughtered like an animal and then discarded….If there are lessons to be learned from the murder of Tom Fox, they are primarily for the Left:  Like a person, it is never too late for it to abandon its suicidal march until the moment the executioner strikes…”

Russia's Islamist Fears

(12Mar06) “…In what may presage a broader Russian crackdown against Islamist groups, a regional Federal Security Service, or FSB, head says that Islamic extremists in have moved from the 'first' to the 'second' level of activity, one level short in the Federal Security Service`s classification of the point at which such groups will organize 'mass disorders' and try to 'seize power.'… On March 2, Aleksandr Krivyakov, the chief of the Chelyabinsk oblast FSB, told the Interfax news agency that there now existed 'definite preconditions for the manifestation of extremism on an ethno-confessional basis' among 'persons who profess Islam' in that predominantly Russian region..” Russia's Islamist Fears by Paul Goble “….At the present time,' Krivyakov continued,'the second stage of this so-called expansion is taking place: the formation of missionary groups among the members of which is being disseminated an anti-government ideology….And unless something is done and done quickly, he insisted, these Islamist radicals will move to the final, third stage in which there will be 'a sharpening of inter-ethnic and inter-confessional relations, ‘the activization of national radicals,' and even 'the organization of mass disorders and the seizure of power….Three years ago, FSB analysts first began to talk about what they called the 'three-stage process' of the Islamist threat to the Russian Federation. At that time, these analysts and others close to them in Moscow said that they had learned of this plan from captured Wahhabist documents…”

Denial

(12Mar06) "Denial is an often useful innate human trait. Few of us would be able to function in the present if we did not put out of mind many unpleasant realities — such as our inevitable death…But when a person, or a society, denies emerging or imminent dangers, the peace of mind it gains will be extremely short-term, while the harm may be sustained or fatal…I have been in contact with British politicians who tell me that there is increasing radical Muslim street violence in Britain that is explicitly motivated by radical Islam but is not reported or characterized as such. Even in its cleansed versions, I am told, these incidents are being extremely under-reported." Denial by Tony Blankley The Washington Times ... "In Antwerp last month, according to the reporter Paul Belien, rioting Moroccan "youths" went on a rampage destroying cars and beating up reporters, but the police were instructed not even to stop them or arrest them. According to an anonymous policeman, "An ambulance was told to switch off its siren because that might provoke the Moroccans." This event, too, was underreported or not reported at all in American media."

Spain counts cost of growing intake of migrants

(12Mar06) “…Two years after the worst terrorist attack on European soil, immigration is revolutionising Spanish society far more than the terrorist bombings ever could. In 2000, there were 900,000 foreigners living in Spain . That figure has now risen to 3.7 million (8.5 per cent of the population), an increase of more than 400 per cent….By one estimate, Spain has received more immigrants in the past five years than France received in the previous four decades….”   Spain counts cost of growing intake of migrants By Anthony Ham in The Age, “…Last year, Spain received 560,000 immigrants, one-third of Europe 's total. This massive demographic shift is starting to take its toll. A survey published in January found that 60 per cent of Spaniards believe that there are too many immigrants in Spain . In 1996, the figure was just 8 per cent….The poll also found that almost twice as many Spaniards see immigration as a more important problem facing Spain than terrorism and there is a widespread perception that the riots that rocked France late last year may offer a vision of the country's future…”

The New East End

(12Mar06) “….Trevor Phillips, Head of the Commission for Racial Equality, has described it as ‘one of the most important books he has read for a long time'. The book, The New East End , takes the lid off a society deeply troubled by massive immigration over the past 30 years. It has lessons for us all as we move on from naïve multiculturalism to confront the real problems of our inner cities, especially the disaffection of some second-generation immigrants….Though it focuses on London's East End community, the profoundly important issues that it raises could equally apply to any of our major post-industrial cities, where uncontrolled immigration has given rise to tensions between communities…” a review of the book The New East End “…The thrust of the book seems to have emerged almost by accident. The authors, from the Young Foundation, a think-tank on social issues, were following up a study of working class life in the East End conducted in the 1950s… young male Bangladeshi told researchers: ‘I did a course on “tolerance and diversity” at the youth club. It was designed to counteract racism by working closely with white youths. ‘The course did not last long. We got into more fights with these white boys.' Indeed, by 1998 more whites in Tower Hamlets were reporting themselves as the victims of racial incidents than were reported as perpetrators … The Bangladeshi population of Tower Hamlets increased from fewer than 3,000 in 1971 to over 65,000 in 2001. And, nationally, foreign immigration has trebled under the present government to over one third of a million in 2004 . No society can integrate immigrants at such a pace. We are simply building up problems for the future….”

Arson, rape, massacres ... and the strange silence of the archbishop

(7Mar06) “…Like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, the Islamists of Sudan claim monstrous liars are libelling them. 'You are terrorists,' Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein, the regime's defence minister, screamed at journalists in Khartoum on Thursday…. Fashion matters and today the fashion is to ignore genocide. Quite rightly, the crimes of American, British, European and Israeli democracy are dissected and denounced. But an intellectual blockage - a Chinese wall in the mind - prevents the critics applying universal principles to far greater outrages… The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, made my point for me in Sudan last week.” Arson, rape, massacres ... and the strange silence of the archbishop  by Nick Cohen “..On a visit to a church in Khartoum , the fearless archbishop told the congregation: 'It will be a joy to share with fellow Christians in Britain what... I have learnt from you.' What he had learnt was a history of massacre, slavery and second-class citizenship, but he didn't mention it…And so it went on. He travelled through a country torn by religious mania and genocide without mentioning religious mania and genocide… The confusion isn't confined to the General Synod of the Church of England. The United Nations tried to suppress a report that named the alleged war criminals of Darfur, in a way that it would never have suppressed the names of alleged torturers at Guantanamo … Why isn't every liberal newspaper and liberal party fulminating?”

The Suicide Bombers Among Us

(7Mar06) “…Only a few terrorists use their own deaths as an integral means of terrorizing others. They seem to be a breed apart, with whom the rest of humanity can have little or nothing in common… Britain has suddenly been forced to acknowledge that it has an unknown number of such people in its midst, some of them home-grown…. I have met a would-be suicide bomber who had not yet had the chance to put his thanatological daydream into practice. What could possibly have produced as embittered a mentality as his—what experience of life, what thoughts, what doctrines? What fathomless depths of self-pity led him to the conclusion that only by killing himself and others could he give a noble and transcendent meaning to his existence?... Those who died in the London bombings were sacrificial victims to the need of four young men to resolve a conflict deep within themselves (and within many young Muslims), and they imagined they could do so only by the most extreme possible interpretation of their ancestral religion..” The Suicide Bombers Among Us by Theordore Dalrymple frontpagemag.com

“…However secular the tastes of the young Muslim men, they strongly wish to maintain the male dominance they have inherited from their parents. A sister who has the temerity to choose a boyfriend for herself, or who even expresses a desire for an independent social life, is likely to suffer a beating, followed by surveillance of Stasi-like thoroughness. The young men instinctively understand that their inherited system of male domination… Such is the fragility of the modern ego—not of Muslims alone, but of countless people brought up in our modern culture of ineffable self-importance, in which an insult is understood not as an inevitable human annoyance, but as a wound that outweighs all the rest of one's experience… According to Islamism, the West can never meet the demands of justice, because it is decadent, materialistic, individualistic, heathen, and democratic rather than theocratic. Only a return to the principles and practices of seventh-century Arabia will resolve all personal and political problems at the same time. This notion is fundamentally no more (and no less) bizarre or stupid than the Marxist notion that captivated so many Western intellectuals throughout the 20th century: that the abolition of private property would lead to final and lasting harmony among men. Both conceptions offer a formula that, rigidly followed, would resolve all human problems….”

Still not sorry: The Best of Andrew Bolt

(5Mar06)Prime Minister John Howard says he “writes a lot of sense” Mark Latham called him a “ nancy boy”. You decide for yourself in this compendium Still not sorry: The Best of Andrew Bolt Andrew Bolt is a columnist for the Herald Sun and regular guest on the ABC's Insiders program as well as Channel 9's Today program. In this book Bolt has brought together his best columns, his “greatest hits” if you like, on a wide range of social and cultural issues.

Steven Emerson an interview

(5Mar06) “…Over a decade ago, Steven Emerson identified the enemy as jihadists – fundamentalist Muslims – and set out to understand them. He has concluded that no compromise is possible and that the western world risks submerging its own identity as it bends to intimidation from radical Islam… Today Emerson's occupation – indeed, passionate preoccupation – is born of a world staring such irreconcilable differences in the face… Emerson happened upon the story that would consume him. The degree to which radical Muslims had infiltrated the United States and exploited its liberties in order to undermine it, was for Emerson more than just a story..” Steven Emerson an interview by Jana Wendt, The Bulletin. “…Emerson's reputation in Washington was forged on the basis of testimony before the US Senate's Judiciary Committee in 1998, where he systematically laid out the jihadist threat to the US . He foreshadowed a terrorist strike on US soil. Three years later, when planes like poison arrows, pierced the Twin Towers of Emerson's hometown, he was accorded the status of prophet by many…. you have a critical mass of jihadists on Australian soil ... [who have] sufficient conditions to create jihadist cells that are not connected to external hierarchies like al Qaeda.” He likens Australia 's circumstances to that of the US . Both countries are operating “in this enigmatic environment of not knowing who's really a moderate..”

A speech to the Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference on Europe and Islam

(5Mar06) This is a long but essential read to understand how and why Europe and the West is where it is.

Douglas Murray explains in his speech at the Pym Fortuyn Memorial Conference, w hy European intellectual and political leaders will not stand up to radical Islam. The infection, writes Murray is relativism. A culture which is imbued with relativism, argues Murray , can in the end find no reason to fight for its own salvation.

“…Much of the threat we face today bears no similarity to the Nazi threat of the thirties. We do not face vast militarized units, we are not seeing the absorption of nations into a military superstate, and we can be all but certain that we will not in our lifetimes again see the mass mobilization of Europe 's citizenry. By all these things we are comforted….Were troops in blackshirts or jackboots to come marching back through our cities today, not a European country would stand for it…As in the 1930s, Europe is tired of war. So when war has been launched upon it, Europe pretends it is not war, and fails to fight back….Europeans are making a worse confrontation down the line more likely: in their effort to pretend-away the risk, the risk is swelling….what makes it so dangerous now, is that in the current war the enemy is, as a demographic and political fact, massed not just on foreign shores, but within the gates of our cities…” A speech to the Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference on Europe and Islam  by Douglas Murray “…The collision of forceful Islam with European spinelessness and dhimmitude is fatal for our free societies… Dhimmitude rises when people think the feelings of a threatening minority matter more than cherished native traditions of free-speech…Dhimmitude begins in such small ways, but it is growing into a big problem…Anyone who thinks that Islamic populations in the West are going to convert to relativism before we are all converted, or subjugated, to Islam is living in a fantasy…When we stare in disbelief at tolerance of the intolerable and the slow turning of that tolerance into acceptance and then acquiescence in evil, we are seeing Europeans acting out the last stages of nihilist philosophy. It is a way of looking at – and acting in – the world which will ruin Europe if we do not rid ourselves of it….”

The Suicidal Left: Civilisations and their Death Drives

(5Mar06) “…For a long time now, the political Left has been a source of widespread puzzlement. Many people instinctively suspect its insidiousness, but are uncertain of its precise nature….Duplicitous by disposition, the Left indeed does not lend itself to easy analysis…The Left's devotees like to say that knowledge is power, and on this much at least we can agree. Let us begin, then, our quest for knowledge by rising above the political and cultural melees of the day to obtain a more rounded view of the battlefield forces….It intensely detests Christianity, the West's predominant religion…. Deeply averse to the West's moral code, the Left contemptuously refers to it as bourgeois morality…” The Suicidal Left: Civilisations and their Death Drives The American Thinker  “…The West's moral decline, the collapse of its religion, economic sluggishness, and the indifference to its own historical and cultural achievements – all this is the Left's doing….The Left's gains have been greatly facilitated by its ingenious modus operandi , which is to cloak its destructive intent in the language of good causes. Civil rights, gender equality, ecological preservation are among some of its favorite ploys….”

The Closing of Civilisation in Europe

(5Mar06) “… Europe 's current problems are entirely self-inflicted. This does not mean, however, that the result will be less catastrophic. By subverting the roots of its own Judeo-Christian culture – a process that started with the French Enlightenment (as opposed to the Scottish Enlightenment , which was not anti-religious) – a religious and cultural vacuum was created at the heart of European civilization. The collapse of faith in its own values has, not surprisingly, led to a demographic collapse because a civilization that no longer believes in its own future also rejects procreation..” The Closing of Civilisation in Europe By Paul Belian “…In Europe a secularized post-Christian culture is facing a Muslim one… America 's “conservative reserves” are far stronger than Europe's, because America , unlike secular Europe , has remained rooted to a larger extent in traditional Christian values…. The coming decade will witness the war between the values of Islam and the secular “values” of the decadent, hedonistic post-Marxist Left. We have seen the assassinations of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, last November's prelude to the French civil war, the Danish cartoon case. This is just the beginning of the beginning…”

Carjacking: the everyday ordeal testing South Africa

(5Mar06) “…Thousands of motorists are ambushed at gunpoint each year in South Africa . The lucky ones are left by the roadside, shaken and without their cars. The unlucky ones are abducted, raped and murdered. ..Yesterday, staff from the British High Commission attended the National Hijack Prevention Academy , a private course run by former police officers at a racetrack outside Pretoria which advises diplomats and other clients on how to respond if ambushed…. Carjackings peaked at more than 16,000 cases in 1998, prompting one entrepreneur to market a car with a flame-thrower. The annual rate has subsided, with 12,434 reported last year, and commentators say it shows South Africa is maturing and adapting to post-apartheid realities. The middle class was badly shaken by a surge in violent crime which accompanied democracy and the end of apartheid in 1994. "In the late 1990s there was so much hysteria, almost a national panic…” Carjacking: the everyday ordeal testing South Africa  The Guardian…Robberies tend to leave victims traumatised but unhurt because carjackers know that any assault may invite greater police attention. About a fifth of cases involve physical harm, including rape. "Males get raped as well," said Frikkie Page, a senior superintendent with an anti-hijacking taskforce in Johannesburg . "But unlike females they tend to keep quiet about it, it's not something they want to advertise."

So long Europe; hello , India

(5Mar06) “…It's hello, India , and goodbye, Europe, as the United States seeks out a strong new partner in world affairs, one that is growing, bold and confident instead of one that is hiding from the future and in steep decline. …If Congress approves the treaty, the United States is embracing an India that, during the Cold War, frequently sided with the Soviet Union 's evil ambitions… something remarkable happened. Free markets happened…” So long Europe; hello , India  by Jay Ambrose  “…India today has a 7 percent to 8 percent growth rate, an innovative entrepreneurial class, highly efficient corporations and the prospect of becoming one of the largest economies in the world in the years ahead. It is already the world's largest democracy. It wants to be a major world player, and it will be… Contrast this comfortable, sleepy Europe afraid of disturbing the status quo with a vibrant, wide-awake India that is pulling itself out of desperate circumstances, and you can see why the United States is beginning to look East instead of West as it considers its own most fundamental interests in the century ahead…”

No facts in the bag of green pretenders

(5Mar06) “…Once upon a time, hypocrisy was the homage vice paid to virtue. This required a certain connection between the word and the deed. You could tell the world you cared for the environment, or you could drive a massive, energy-guzzling pollute-mobile. But not both. Not at the same time, anyway. If you did, other people tended not to take you seriously….I'm not sure how we got here, but it seems associated with a declining interest in facts. Possibly we are now so overwhelmed by information we've given up trying to arrange it logically, and just cling to any strands of meaning we find emotionally congenial. But the facts should still matter…” No facts in the bag of green pretenders by Michael Duffy (Sydney Morning Herald) “..The very concept of hypocrisy is, like, so yesterday. Maybe it needs to be renovated. Maybe, for example, we should ask the advocates of urban consolidation - which involves forcing most new families to live in concrete boxes next to railway lines in outer suburbs - where they themselves live. (Most I've met are childless and live in trendy inner-city flats, or are older people on generous blocks in established suburbs) … But moral vanity still flourishes. My favourite example at the moment is the environmentalists in fashionable suburbs who disparage McMansions for using energy-wasting air-conditioning. The fact that it's five or more degrees hotter out west in summer doesn't seem to concern the critics in places such as Waverley . But then, it's easy to occupy the moral high ground when it gets ocean breezes….”

Living in fear, lost for words

(5Mar06)Instead of ideas, party leaders look for brands and sub-contract the job of image creation to think tanks, public relations agencies or marketing organisations….Take some of the so-called "Hurrah Words" that trip off the tongues of public figures. Everybody is for diversity, transparency, social cohesion, inclusion, best practice, evidence-based policy, adding value and stakeholding. But what does any of it mean? Living in fear, lost for words by Professor Frank Furedi “...Take a key Hurrah Word: diversity. Celebrating the value of diversity is a roundabout way of saying that society has no values with a distinct purpose to celebrate. Diversity has no intrinsic political or moral meaning…Diversity merely provides a rhetorical strategy for avoiding the challenging task of outlining what society stands for by claiming that it stands for anything…It says little about what distinguishes that society and what ought to be its aspiration…It is precisely because politics is lost for words that politicians would rather close down discussion about what it is we are defending and fighting for than engage with it through the force of its ideas…”

Frank Furedi is professor of sociology at the University of Kent, and author of The Politics of Fear: Beyond Left and Right (Continuum, $35)

Our two faced ‘friends' in the Middle East

(5Mar06)“…On any given day, the state-run media of the Middle East publish vile anti-Semitism and various slanders against the West. With such an unapologetic assault on Western values, why then would thousands riot when an obscure Danish publication runs a few tasteless cartoons caricaturing Islamic radicalism?...The honor-bound Middle East's leadership is obsessed with the West in general, and the United States in particular. It desperately seeks our undivided attention, and yet resents deeply that this very desire reflects either dependence or hidden admiration… Middle Eastern media outlets practice a particular behavior for themselves while insisting on quite another one for others — expecting, like troubled teenagers, to be offensive and touchy at the same time ..” Our two faced ‘friends' in the Middle East by Victor Davis Hanson “..But there is another rarely discussed reason that a two-faced Middle East feels it can be both savagely critical and needy of the U.S. We idealistic American people are ourselves also hypersensitive, but in a different way: We want to be liked at all costs…Castigate an average American overseas for his support of democratic Israel and he will often apologize rather than cite America's aid to Jordan, the Palestinian Authority or Egypt — much less the liberation of Kuwait, feeding of Somalia and saving of Muslims in Bosnia and Kosov..”

NSW votes for religious freedom

(5Mar06)“…A prominant Christian convicted of vilifying Muslims says the NSW Parliament has exposed a ‘bad law' by rejecting legislation to limit religious freedom….The Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Tolerance) Bill was overwhelmingly defeated yesterday in the Legislative Council…Pastor Danny Nalliah of Victoria's Catch the Fire Ministries, who is appealing his vilification ruling in the Supreme Court, says the defeat of the bill will help church leaders fight to repeal Victoria's controversial Racial and Religious Tolerance Act..” NSW votes for religious freedom “..Mr Nalliah and fellow pastor Daniel Scot have refused to apologise to the Islamic Council of Victoria for comments made about Muslims, the Koran and Jihad at a church seminar in 2002… The Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious tolerance) Bill was soundly defeated in the NSW Upper House by 23 to 5 votes….The bill was supported by just the three Greens Party members, Democrat Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans, and Independent member, the Hon Peter Breen…”

Dispatch from the Eurabian Front: Sharia Law in the West?

(5Mar06) A poll published last week (Feb. 19) in Britain's Sunday Telegraph , reveals that four out of every ten British Muslims want Sharia law introduced in areas of the country which are pre-dominantly Muslim, while 41 percent oppose it…Sharia law is used in large parts of the Middle East, most notably in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia…. The law also contains detailed rules for practically every aspect of life and is made up of elements from the Koran and the Hadith besides rulings by Muslim judges from the first centuries of Islam..” Dispatch from the Eurabian Front: Sharia Law in the West? By Hjörtur Gudmundsson “…The Norwegian human rights think tank Human Rights Service (HRS) recently warned against compromising with Islamists. “There is a gulf between secular democracy and Islamism as a totalitarian ideology which goes hand in hand with fascism, communism and nazism. Indications of the similarities between those ideologies is the Islamists' derogative views on Jews, that they exalt themselves as superior people, and that they want to subvert secular democracy,” said Hege Storhaug from HRS to the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen .

The civilisations of the modern world are more likely to collapse than collide

(5Mar06)“…It is nearly 13 years since my colleague and near neighbour, Samuel Huntington, published his seminal essay "The Clash of Civilisations?"… the Bosnian war was a good example of what Huntington had in mind, since it was a conflict located precisely on the fault line between Western Christianity, Orthodoxy and Islam….Strife between Nigerian Muslims and Christians? Chalk another one up to Huntington . Trouble in the Caucasus ? Make that two. Darfur ? Three, and counting..” The civilisations of the modern world are more likely to collapse than collide By Niall Ferguson “..The term "civilisation" has always struck me as much too woolly. I know what a religion is. I know what an empire is. But, as Henry Kissinger might have said, who do I call when I want to speak to Western Civilisation?... The really big problem with the theory, however, is right in front of our very noses. Question: Who has killed the most Muslims in the past 12 months? The answer is, of course, other Muslims….In my book Colossus I argued that the problems of the Middle East have nothing to do with a clash of civilisations, and everything to do with the Arab world's "civilisation of clashes" - the propensity of its political culture to resolve disputes by violence rather than negotiation…”

The End of Tolerance (Farewell, multiculturalism)

(2Mar06) “…The world has long looked upon the Dutch as the very model of a modern, multicultural society. Open and liberal, the tiny seagoing nation that invented the globalized economy in the 1600s prided itself on a history of taking in all comers, be they Indonesian or Turkish, African or Chinese…. How different things look today. Dutch borders have been virtually shut. New immigration is down to a trickle…The Dutch are once again at the forefront of changes in Europe . This time, the Dutch model for Europe is one of multiculturalism besieged, if not plain defunct…” The End of Tolerance (Farewell, multiculturalism) by Stefan Theil, Newsweek International. “…Welcome to the end of tolerance, or at least to the nonnegotiable limits to what Europeans will tolerate. Whether it's the Netherlands ' rediscovery of Dutch communal values, or the universal affirmations of free speech (to mock religion, or anything else), Europe is everywhere on the defensive. After decades of relatively unfettered immigration and cultural laissez faire when it came to accepting people of differing values and social mores, there are signs that a potentially ugly backlash is setting in….”

The fascists of free speech

(2Mar06) “…A friend of mine took his young daughter to visit the famous City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, explaining to her that the place is important because years ago it sold books no other store would — even, perhaps especially, books whose ideas many people found offensive…..it did occur to him that perhaps the long-delayed English translation of Oriana Fallaci's new book, "The Force of Reason," might finally be available, and that because Fallaci's militant stance against Islamic militants offends so many people, a store committed to selling banned books would be the perfect place to buy it. So he asked a clerk if the new Fallaci book was in yet. "No," snapped the clerk. "We don't carry books by fascists."  The fascists of free speech By Catherine Seipp, Los Angeles Times “… It's particularly repugnant that someone who fought against actual fascism in World War II should be deemed a fascist by a snotty San Francisco clerk…Strangest of all is the scenario of such a person disliking an author for defending Western civilization against radical Islam — when one of the first things those poor, persecuted Islamists would do, if they ever (Allah forbid) came to power in the United States, is crush suspected homosexuals like him beneath walls….Yet those most oppressed by political Islam continue to defend it…”

Why the left doesn't blame Muslims for Muslim violence

(1Mar06) “…There's a certain consistent pattern regarding the worldwide Left's assessment of culpability for Muslim terror. It is the fault of the murdered…. From Kofi Annan to the New York Times – and the other American newspapers that declared respect for religious symbols a new journalistic virtue – liberal and leftist opinion always condemns violent Muslim demonstrations, but always with a "but." Why the left doesn't blame Muslims for Muslim violence by Dennis Prager  “…For a decade or more, it has been a given on the Left that Israel is to blame for terror committed against Israelis by Palestinian Muslims (Palestinian Christians don't engage in suicide terror) ….Since examples of liberals refusing to blame criminals and terrorists for their behavior are legion, let's try to figure out why this moral inversion is so common. Here are three hypotheses…We don't know who will be the next target of Islamic or other murderers from poor or non-Western or non-white groups. All we can know is that liberal and leftist thought will find reasons to hold the targeted group largely responsible.

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