Friday, August 01, 2003

More Muslim Terror

Debkafile reports,

At least 20 killed in car-bomb blast that destroyed a Russian military hospital in north Ossetian town of Mozdok Friday. At least 100 wounded people in hospital at time of explosion. Mozdok is main staging point for Russian forces fighting in Chechnya

Why Are We Giving Them A State Again?

Those peace-loving Palestinians held a rally in Gaza today in support of Uday and Qusay Hussein.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip offered prayers Friday for the slain sons of Saddam Hussein, praising the ousted Iraqi leader as an enemy of Israel and the United States.

At a memorial tent festooned with portraits of Saddam and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, some 300 men drank black coffee and prayed for Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay, who were killed by U.S. troops in the northern Iraq city of Mosul 10 days ago.

Remind me, someone, why these beasts deserve a state?

Thursday, July 31, 2003

More Hope

Things are looking a little better concerning the Road Map, and my worries that America is going to sell Israel out. Uri Dan gives hope.

The joint press conference in the Rose Garden proved that Sharon and Bush had returned the game to square one: Abu Mazen's commitment to dismantle the terrorist organizations - Hamas, the Jihad, and all the rest. Despite the heat and humidity of Washington the two leaders spoke with one voice on this issue, saying they had no intention of making any concessions to Abu Mazen and Dahlan, who need to dismantle the terrorist infrastructures before any advance to the next stage is possible.

Bush viewed with considerable gravity and anxiety Iran's attempts to develop nuclear weapons and its progress in the enrichment of uranium. The US's military achievements in Iraq must act as a deterrent to these efforts that endanger the peace of the world. Bush also asked Sharon about the reemergence of anti-Semitism in Europe, and who lies behind it.

Abu Mazen, who avoided visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, has apparently not yet realized who President Bush is, or that the rules of the game have changed.

I hope so. I hope Michael Freund was wrong when he wrote about George W. Clinton.
Arab "Education"

Caroline Glick writes another fantastic column (as she always does) on Arab culture and mentality, and why there will probably never be peace at this pace.

Many Israelis and our friends in the US have come to understand that for peaceful relations between Israel and the Palestinians to take root, Palestinian society must be transformed. It must abandon its genocidal, authoritarian aspirations and become a liberal democracy. Speaking at the Knesset on Wednesday, US House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay said, "A prerequisite to a lasting peace is the establishment of a genuine Palestinian democracy that serves the Palestinian people."

And yet, understanding that the cultural and political identity of the Palestinians is a product of the Arab and Islamic world must necessarily give pause to our enthusiasm for pushing forward with this goal. Israel cannot take over the madrases from Riyadh to Damascus to Karachi or close down the television stations in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar. Because of this, it can exert little influence over the hearts and minds of the Palestinians.

Even with all the enthusiasm going on about the Road Map and all, the fact of the matter is that it is not possible to make peace with a people that trains its coming generations to hate, kill, and destroy thier future partners in peace.
Peace-Loving Palestinians

The problem with the western world is the civilized manner it functions in. We behave as human beings, respect one another, and are all against unprovoked violence. These are the basic tenets of our society. We live with one another, we love one another, and accept all peoples of the world as equals. In short, we are civilized, and we can't understand why the Arabs aren't.

Let's start understanding. Steven Plaut argues that unlike civilized people, most Arabs are not against random acts of murder and terror, and that is what delays peace in the Middle East.

The one imponderable in American civic theology is the idea that somewhere out there someplace there just might be a group of people - the majority of whom are not peace-loving or honest or tolerant. This belief in universal peacefulness in the minds of Americans is the main obstacle to Americans ever understanding the Middle East. The simple fact of the matter is that the overwhelmingly vast majority of Arabs, and the overwhelmingly vast majority of Moslems, are not peace-loving and are not opposed to violence.

Islam is a religion of peace with other Moslems, and for subordinated non-Moslems, living under the clear domination of Moslems.

The vast majority of Moslems do not personally engage in violence and terror in their daily lives. The vast majority of Germans did not take personal part in the Holocaust. Indeed, as a blanket statement regarding Arabs in Israel, I would say that most Arabs behave in a far more polite daily manner than Jews, exhibiting on average far better manners and more consideration than do Jewish Israelis. But, of course, that is hardly the point.

The vast majority of Moslems support the random and indiscriminate use of terror and violence against Jews and against Americans. The reactions of Moslems everywhere are there on the TV screens for all to see. The vast majority of Arabs openly or secretly approved of Bin Laden's campaign of terror against Americans, approved of the bombings of the World Trade Center and the US African Embassies. Arab political thought is fundamentally Orwellian: murder is resistance, prevention of murder or retaliation for murder is terror. Moslems were outraged by events in the Balkans because Moslems were being massacred; if Bosnians and Albanians were instead massacring Serbs, they would have trouble hiding their approval.


Where Are Saddam's WMD?

We've heard for a while about the lack of WMD in Iraq. Some supporters of the war have responded that the weapons were shipped to Syria, as Debkafile reported during the war. Well, there isn't any real proof to this, but the news today frightens me.

Syria has at least 100 long-range ballistic nerve-gas missiles aimed at central Israel, Jane's Foreign Affairs reported this week.

A senior Israeli defense source told Foreign Affairs that the missiles are equipped with VX, the most lethal nerve gas, and that the Syrians have now achieved their aim of balancing Israel's nuclear advantage.

Where did these weapons suddenly come from?? I wonder.....
I Should Hope So

Ariel Sharon has, for now, put to rest some of my fears of the Road Map to destruction.

Citing historical precedents where failure to abide by the letter of diplomatic agreements led to disaster, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged Thursday to insist the Palestinians fully carry out their obligations under the road map.

"The experience of the past shows that the worst mistake, after reaching an agreement, is ignoring violations in implementation, even if they appear small,"

Likewise, Sharon said that for the past three years Israel has paid a very high price for overlooking Palestinian violations of the Oslo and Wye accords, including the PA's failure to dismantle the terrorist organizations, confiscate and remove illegal arms, and stop the "unbearable incitement" against Israel in the PA media and educational system.

This time, Sharon pledged, things will be different

I hope he means what he says. Chances are though, he's going to get dragged into this process, (not one of peace, hence the omission,) whether he likes it or not. We're going to see a repeat of Oslo, no matter what Sharon wants. The entire world community, which Sharon cares for so much, (which is beyond my understanding,) is so absorbed into the "momentum," Israel will get sucked in to the same fake hope.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

More Tom Delay

Another great quote from Tom Delay I found at Frontpagemagazine. He didn't say this in his speech to the Knesset, but it's still worth posting. Tom Delay on the Hudna:

"Murderers who take a 90-day vacation are still murderers." -- Tom DeLay, speaking in the Middle East.

Was He Trying To Be Funny?

Kofi Annan condemned the security wall being built in Israel, and he was apparently trying to sound "bright."

"I know it's the conventional wisdom that [good] fences make good neighbours, but that is if you build a fence on your own land and you don't disrupt your neighbour's life," he told reporters in New York.

Wow, absolutely brilliant. Sheer genius.

What an ass.

Islam=Tolerance (Of Course It Does....)

From Worldnetdaily:

After slaughtering a Muslim-turned-Christian, Islamic extremists have reportedly returned the man's body to his Palestinian family in four pieces.

According to a report from the Barnabas Fund, the newly converted man left his friends and family earlier this month bound for a mountainous region of the Palestinian Authority area. He reportedly took Christian material with him – videos, cassette tapes and a Bible. After approximately 10 days, the body of the man, who left behind a wife and two small children, was returned to his home, having been cut into four pieces. The family believes the act was meant a warning to other Muslims who might consider becoming Christians.

You have got to be totally sickened by this. This is horrifying. What is going through our president's mind, or should I say veins, when he says Islam is a religion of peace??
Investigate The State Department

Israpundit links to an excellent article on the State Department, and how backwards it really is.

The US State Department acts independently of US congressional approval in its implementation of middle east policy, while obfuscating basic facts from the Executive Branch of the US government, leaving the White House and Congress totally in the dark as to the reality of the Palestinian Authority

These are matters that must be brought to the immediate attention of the White House, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US House International Relations Committee, and to the media . . .

1. The US State Department has ignored all data brought to its attention from Israeli intelligence which provides documents, records minutes, and recordings which demonstrate Abu Mazen's direct involvement with the PLO murder campaign which has ensued over the past three years, which have resulted in more than 18,000 terror attacks and more than 800 Israeli citizens who have been murdered by Arab terrorists in cold blood.

2. The US State Department has demanded that Israel free hundreds of Arabs who have been involved in acts of murder and premeditated murder, the Arab terrorist did not directly commit an act of murder.

3. The US State Department has demanded that Israel free members of Arab terror organizations who are ideologically committed to murdering Jews.

And much much more.
A Good Synopsis Of The Road Map

Israel Asper has an excellent column on the National Post on what the Road Map really is, how far it's gotten, and how far it's going to get before it dies. (Which will inevitably happen.)

As you read, listen to, or watch today's media, you would think the road map is all about Israel refusing to free captured terrorist prisoners; you would think it was about Israel building a security fence to keep out Arab terrorists; you would think it is about Israel being forced to let Palestinian workers, terrorists amongst them, come back in to work in Israel; you would think it was about demanding that Israel make "confidence-building" gestures to support Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, for which there is no quid pro quo, quite unilaterally, so that Abbas will be able to deliver eventually on his promises.

The road map is about none of these matters. In fact, none of them are even part of the road map. They are merely red herrings dragged across the picture by the Palestinians to try and distract the world from the fact they are not carrying out their commitments that the road map actually provides, and to which they say they've agreed.

Israel is now entitled to call a halt to its obligations under the road map, based on Palestinian non-compliance -- and it should do exactly that.

What Saddam Did Wrong

Rich Lowry explains why Iraq was attacked, yet Saudi Arabia continues to enjoy full US support.

Saddam's grossest error, of course, was invading Kuwait. But if he had taken the Saudi route, he probably could have gotten away with presenting much more direct threats to the interests of the United States.

Riyadh created a worldwide Islamic extremist network that provides the sea in which al-Qaida swims. Islamic expert Alex Alexiev has reported that the Saudi push for its extremist brand of Islam represents "the largest worldwide propaganda campaign ever mounted." Saudi "charities," nominally private but really controlled by the government, have pumped funds to terror groups. Saudi-funded Islamic schools promoted the radicalization of Islam in Pakistan and provided the recruits for the Taliban terror regime in Afghanistan.

According to a report in Newsweek, the 9-11 report documents how a Saudi who might have been a government agent had ties to two of the suicide hijackers living in San Diego prior to the attacks.

But Saudi flack Prince Bandar has extensive personal relationships with top Washington policy-makers -- he used to play racquetball with Colin Powell -- and knows the way to official Washington's heart: cash. The Saudis make a practice, for instance, of buying former U.S. ambassadors to Saudi Arabia. "If the reputation then builds that the Saudis take care of friends when they leave office," Bandar once said, "you'd be surprised how much better friends you have who are just coming into office."


You gotta read Tom Delay, House majority leader, in a speech to the Knesset today. I won't bring any excerpts because it's so good, I can't choose which part to quote.

It truly is amazing.
Terror Attacks On The Way

I may be pessimistic, but I'm probably right. Every time Israel leaves a Palestinian town, removes the curfew, or eases restrictions, major attacks usually follow in the next few days.

At the same time, he expressed willingness to hand over two additional West Bank cities, Kalkilya and Jericho, to PA security control within days, Israeli security officials said.

"The Palestinians have not yet started to arrest terrorists, collect arms, or destroy the infrastructure in Bethlehem and the Gaza Strip that was handed over to them some weeks ago," an official said.

Another point of concern for Israel is the ongoing attempts by Hamas to extend the range of the Kassam rocket, seen in test launches they carry out almost daily over the sea, an official said.
"We are also aware of the transferral of technology by Hamas from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. This will pose a direct threat to Israel's coastal area in the future if the Palestinians refuse to deal with the issue immediately," the official said.

Yet? Does he really expect them to start at one point?? Israel will continue giving the Palestinians more and more, and the Palestinians wil do nothing in return. It'll still be Israels fault though, when the whole process collapses. It always is, for some reason or another.

Mark my words. Attacks are coming.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

The Road Map Will Fail

Tom Neumann explains why the Road Map Will fail. The authors aren't committed to what they wrote.

For example, the United States, which declared last year that it would no longer deal with Yasser Arafat, is turning a blind eye to the reality that Mr. Arafat is continuing to call the shots. And all four sponsors of the road map are ignoring the reality that the Palestinians have refused to disarm their terrorist organizations, one of the plan's most urgent requirements.

This is not the way it was supposed to be. The demands go well beyond the road map.

Yet incredibly, the other road map sponsors — the European Union, Russia and the United Nations are providing the Palestinians with public support on these issues.

Worse, they have declared that they intend to continue to deal directly with Mr. Arafat as the recognized leader of the Palestinians, regardless of the wishes of the United States and Israel and of the many Palestinian moderates who are sick of Mr. Arafat's corruption.

By conferring this recognition on Mr. Arafat, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia seriously undermine the authority of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to conduct further negotiations with Israel, thereby making the chances of success far less likely. In effect, they are torpedoing their own road map.

Neumann is right when he says that they are torpedoing thier own roadmap. They are ignoring the fact that the Palestinians aren't doing anything that they committed to, and instead pressuring Israel to "do more."

This isn't going to get us anywhere.
The Day Of Reckoning Is Near

Saddam Hussein's worst nightmare is coming.

American soldiers overpowered and arrested a bodyguard who rarely left Saddam Hussein's side Tuesday and said they obtained documents and information that could help them close in on the former dictator.

As "one of Saddam's lifelong bodyguards," Adnan Abdullah Abid al-Musslit was believed to have detailed knowledge of the former president's hiding places, said Lt. Col. Steve Russell, who led the raid. He said documents taken from the home and information obtained from the men would be useful in the hunt for Saddam.

"Every guy we get tightens the noose," said Russell, commander of the 4th Infantry Division's 22nd Infantry Regiment. "Every photo and every document connects the dots."

It's only a matter of time.
Saudi Terror Involvement

President Bush is refusing Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia's request to release the classified pages of the 9/11 report.

President Bush rejected requests to declassify sections of a Congressional report on Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that dealt with questions of a supposed Saudi link.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says the U.S. will not compromise intelligence sources or put the war on terrorism "at risk" by declassifying the information. McClellan says the information could compromise "sources and methods" of intelligence, reports CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Declassifying 28 pages of redacted material, as has been requested by the Saudi government and some members of Congress, would "compromise our national security and possibly interfere with the investigation of the events of Sept. 11," McClellan said.

I don't buy it. This is one time when I'm not going to side with Bush. I want to see that report. I want to know what the Saudis had to do with the murder of 3000 Americans. Or is our realtionship with Saudi Arabia, the world's #1 exporter of terrorism, more important??
Hudna Alert

The Hudna is only a temporary cease-fire, a strategic decision, like we all know. Well, here's the result of the Hudna.

The IDF is preparing for a new wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israel, Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon said Tuesday.

Speaking at the IDF induction center near Tel Aviv, Ya'alon said that he expected new attacks against Israel unless the Palestinian leadership took action against the terror infrastructure, Israel Radio reported.

Ya'alon said that he anticipates a relatively quiet period but will be counting the days until a new wave of terror attacks begins.

And the Road Map continues...........
Can't Blame Him

EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana meets today with Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas, in France. What is there to say, when even the only world leader that isn't morally backward, George Bush, is meeting with this terrorist?

Monday, July 28, 2003

Paul Wolfowitz On Iraq

Paul Wolfowitz writes about the Iraqis' new-found hopes.

Traveling throughout Iraq last week, I heard many more accounts of unspeakable brutality -- on a scale unimaginable for Americans. While we were in the north, one commander told us workers had temporarily stopped the excavation of a newly discovered mass gravesite, after unearthing the remains of 80 women and children -- some still with little dresses and toys.

In many ways, the people of Iraq are like prisoners who endured years of solitary confinement -- without light, without peace, without much knowledge of the outside world. They have just emerged into the bright light of hope and fresh air of freedom. It may take a while for them to adjust to this new landscape free of torture trees.

The UN And The PA

Joel Mowbray writes about the demonization of Israel in the PA and the UN.

As Israel moves to meet the requirements laid out for it under the so-called "road map" to peace, it does so alone. Other key players, namely the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations, are up to their old tricks.

Two recent events clearly illustrate the real obstacles to peace: a just-released report on the new textbooks used in Palestinian schools and the latest shenanigans of the U.N. Human Rights Commission under the leadership of a Libyan "judge." In each instance, Israel is demonized just as it was before the much-publicized efforts for "peace."

Where is the Road Map going? The United States can't even stop incitement coming from New York. How does it expect to stop it in the West Bank??

Palestinians Fight Terror

A terrorist who lives at least part-time in Arafat's Mukata compound in Ramallah is organizing suicide bombings - and the PA refuses to arrest him.

The story begins this past Thursday when the Shabak arrested a Fatah Al-Aksa terrorist in Ramallah named Assam. He told his interrogators that a double suicide attack was planned for the near future, to be carried out by two women from Shechem who were to pick up their explosives in Ramallah and detonated them on the pre-1967 side of the Green Line. Supervising the plan, according to Assam, is a terrorist named Kamal Anam, who has long been wanted by Israel for organizing shooting attacks that led to three Israeli deaths. Even before the release of the latest information, Israel asked the PA to arrest him; his whereabouts are known, yet the PA has not done so. Other terrorists involved in the planned attacks live in the Mukata.

There isn't anything to comment on this. It's just, depressing, I guess.
Powell: Hamas Ain't All That Bad

Secretary Of State Colin Powell has stated that Hamas and Islamic Jihad don't have to be disbanded.

In the interview, Powell also did not rule out the prospect that Islamic Jihad would be saved from destruction.

On Thursday, Powell elaborated on the plan to save Islamic insurgency groups from being disbanded. He told a news conference that Hamas provides "good works" for the Palestinians and could be reformed.

"Any organization that has a terrorist component to it and supports that kind of terrorist activity cannot have a place in the peace process," Powell said. "Now, if an organization that has a terrorist component to it, a terrorist wing to it, totally abandons that, gives it up, and there's no question in anyone's mind that that is part of its past, then that is a different organization. But right now, Hamas still has a social wing to it that does things for people in need, but, unfortunately, its good works are contaminated by the fact that it has a terrorist wing that kills innocent people and kills the hopes of the Palestinian people for a state of their own."

Officials said the guidelines on the reformation of Islamic insurgency groups might not apply to Islamic Jihad. They said that unlike Hamas, Jihad only has a military wing. But they said Jihad could be offered an option to turn into a political movement.

Fantastic. I think Caroline Glick was right last week when she said that "Unfortunately it seems that the administration is intent on failing this test," and the rest of the war on terror.

"Peaceful" ISM Demonstration

Terrorists, or activists from the International Solidarity movement, participated in a non-violent protest today, to protest the construction of a security fence.

Israelis, Palestinians and foreign volunteers affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement were confronted with tear gas and rubber bullets on Monday when they tore down portions of the security fence and forced open a locked gate to allow villagers of Anin, north west of Jenin, to tend to their fields.

Andrew, a 28 year old Scotsman who arrived in Israel a little under a month ago, has since been dwelling in the Territories. He has assisted in removing roadblocks and witnessed events on the ground in order to inform organizations back home, he said. It was the first time he had participated in a protest against the "apartheid wall", as he put it. "The focus of the march was to open the gate and protest the existence of the fence," he said, adding, "I am part of a non-violent campaign."

Oh those peace loving activists. Little Green Footballs brings a report that while staging this destructo-fest, these peaceful, nonviolent “activists” were shouting a familiar Hamas slogan in English: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” ...in other words, openly calling for the complete destruction of Israel.

Oh so peaceful.

Missing Soldier Found Dead

As the Hudna continues, the body of Oleg Shaikhet, a soldier missing since last monday, has been found between two Arab villages.

The IDF and police announced they found the body of Cpl. Oleg Shaikhet, 20, of Upper Nazareth. Shaikhet went missing last Monday after leaving his base at IDF Northern Command headquarters in Safed.

In a statement, the police said trackers and volunteers this afternoon discovered a body buried in an olive grove between Kfar Kana and Mash-had, near Nazareth. They believe the body is that of Shaikhet.

Hudna, anyone?

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