Monday, July 31, 2006

I'll be Baaack!

Dear reader,
ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ is departing on a business trip to the People's Republic of KKKalifornia in his trusty 4X4 truck and will thus not be providing his pearls of wisdom for about 10 days.
In the meantime you are invited to enjoy the gems of the following sites:

Those sites should stir up thought for libertarian conservatives and piss off the progressives.


Ongoing Homicide

By James Lewis

The New York Times has announced that the entire world is outraged at Israel’s behavior in bombing Qana. So it must be true. Or is it?

Nothing is more heartrending than the suffering of children. Emotionally we all want to put the blame on the bombs, the bombers, and those who ordered the bombing. And yet that is obviously a twisted perversion of reality. Because it is the explicit policy of Islamist terror groups to hide behind children, shooting missiles at Israeli civilians all the time. The gains to the terrorists are enormous. Israelis inevitably feel guilty about the unwanted casualties, but they don’t know what else to do in the face of constant attacks on their own children at home. The Muslim masses are predictably outraged because they only hear one side of the story. And the Leftist media continue to lie—- there is no other word for it—- about who is choosing to expose children to danger.

So the seeds are planted from the beginning. The BBC and the New York Times have labeled the black hats and the white hats for years and years. We are seeing just another replay of Leftist propaganda since Stalin—- who was the innocent victim of Western aggression until decades after his death, when a few old Lefties sheepishly admitted his crimes. Communism killed some 100 million innocents in the 20th century, according to the authoritative Black Book of Communism (Livre Noire du Communism in the original French).

And yet, the most famous intellectuals of the 20th century served this murderous ideology. We are simply seeing a repeat today, with the usual suspects on the Left siding with Islamic fascism just as they took sides with the Leftist fascism of Stalin and Mao.

The Qana story is just a replay of Abu Ghraib, the myth that Saddam had no WMDs, the Wilson-Plame bedroom farce, and on and on. It has just become a kind of reflex of the Left: Israel and the United States are always wrong. Everything is set up for the same mendacious narrative.

Hezbollah killed the children of Qana, just as it killed the children of Haifa. Hezbollah is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his fellow criminals of the mullahcracy in Tehran, who created the Hezbo monster with malice aforethought to “wipe Israel off the map.” There’s no mystery here. They are dead serious about a second genocide against the Jews of Israel. There has never been any effort to lie about it on the part of the Khomeini cult in Tehran. So we know who is responsible.

And yet, the “progressive” media always blame the good guys. There is something twisted and perverse about the media narrative, some sense of delight in enabling the overt malice of the Islamofascists. Because the media know. They know what’s going on. They are just playing dumb, trying to turn their easily-led audiences against those they hate the most. The media take an almost sexual delight in facilitating the murderous malice of Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad. In the calculus of moral responsibility, the New York Times and its ilk must therefore be held to blame in equal measure with the aggressor. “If it bleeds, it leads,” is their working slogan, and it is hard to evade the thought that the biggest “journalists” and editors have learned to enjoy that game, that sense of importance, that arrogation of power. They are co-conspirators in the slaughter of innocents.

The "Progressive" media will now tell us who won in Lebanon. They know, because they make the rules. When they announce that Israel lost, a frisson of delight will shiver the Left around the world. Muslims will hand out candy in the streets. And the world will become much more dangerous.

Yet our permanent Ruling Class will cling to its power, sneering at time-serving politicians with undisguised contempt. When George Bush and Condi Rice are history, Pinch Sulzberger and the BBC think they will still be there, exercising their monopoly on permissible thinking in the world.

Yet everybody knows that if Hezbollah did not exist there would be a solid peace between Israel and Lebanon, just as there is between Israel and Jordan. Both countries would thrive on peace, just as both are suffering today.

There are only two obstacles to a true and lasting peace: Tehran and the worldwide Left. Both must be defeated, if children on all sides are to live and thrive, and enjoy normal lives in the Middle East.



Sunday, July 30, 2006

Another Glorious Victory!

The "progressives " of the left excoriate Israel constantly for its "brutality," complaining that Israel kills civilians. Yes, Israel kills civilians. So does every country that engages in military action. Like all civilized (i.e. "non-Muslim") nations, and to a greater degree than most, Israel strives to avoid civilian casualties, but they still happen. As a result of Muslim provocation, of course. Few will point that out.

Muslims, on the other hand, target civilians deliberately. The USUAL goal of armed Muslims is to kill civilians. Partly because they're barbarians, and partly because they generally lack the guts to take on soldiers.

Now another mighty Muslim warrior--an American citizen--has reminded us how brave and moral Muslims are, and how loyal Muslim citizens are, by breaking into a Jewish community center and shooting six women, one of them pregnant. Way to go, Muslim Avenger. I'll bet Allah is really impressed. Maybe next time you could break into a maternity ward and shoot Jewish babies. By Muslim standards, that would be a major military victory.



Saturday, July 29, 2006

A Patrick Henry Moment

The problem today as it has been in all civilized societies is the deathly fear of conflict and war. This fear drives all men to cower in their own shadow and tolerate just about any concession to avoid conflict. Technology has brought those fears home to many. On nightly TV we are treated to graphic displays of the results of physical war. Unfortunately those pictures don’t tell the real story. As in all previous wars, their genesis is in the minds of men. Men start wars for as many reasons as can be imagined. Islam wants to fight a war to conquer the world for Islam. The Imams make it mandatory as dogma that a young Muslim will only be saved fighting to install Islam throughout the world. The Imams resort to the supernatural “Allah” as their authority and the idiots of the free world think they can talk the Muslims into secularism. Muslims don’t want no stinking secularism, they want a caliphate and no amount of talking will deter them.

So we find ourselves in August, 2006 teetering on a world gone mad with fear that the “Great Satan”, the United States of America, will not only tolerate but assist in killing the warriors of Hezbollah (The Army of god) . But fear is never a good reason for capitulation or surrender as your victorious opponent will visit upon you greater than that you feared. So in your mind if you have a scintilla of resolve, pray for the President of the United States to be courageous and cut the head off this poisonous snake right now. Waiting is what the Muslims pray for; don’t give them any help because they salivate at the thought of beheading you in the stadium no matter how long it takes.



Thursday, July 27, 2006

A European Regret

By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez
A Spanish Newspaper article on Judiasm

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly
discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz.
We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20
million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture,
thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen
people, truly chosen, because they produced great
and wonderful people who changed the world.
The contribution of this people is felt in all areas
of life: science, art international trade, and above
all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we
And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we
wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of
the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million
Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance,
religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and
poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support
their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into
the third world, drowning in filth and crime.
Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the
government, they plan the murder and destruction of
their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture
for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill,
intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We
have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of
Europe and their talent for hoping for a better
future for their children, their determined clinging
to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death,
for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves
and others, for our children and theirs.
What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe

America would do well to learn from that mistake!


Wednesday, July 26, 2006


On 1 July 1916, the opening day of the battle of the Somme, Total Allied casualties were 57,470, of which 19,240 were fatal. The battle lasted until November of that year with over 600,000 casualties on both sides. The 24/7 "news" outlets are suggesting that the 9 casualties sustained today by the IDF are "horrendous" and that Israel should agree to a "cease fire" to allow the "Army of God" (hezbollah) to resupply and reorganize. And these are not even the French!


Monday, July 24, 2006

Negotiate a Suicide?

To quote Hussein Massaw, (rest his soul in hell) the Hezbollah engineer of the suicide attack that killed 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French paratroopers in Beirut in 1983: "We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you." The muslim jihadists don't want to kill us because they have been deprived of freedom. They want to kill us because they believe their religion tells them that is what they are required to do. It is why they continue to try to kill us even when they live in very comfortable democratic circumstances such as Los Angeles and Detroit. Freedom is not a cure for what ails them.

Let us review a brief history of the "freedom fighters" of Hezbollah:

They perpetrated the 1983 bombings in Beirut that killed 241 US servicemen, 63 U.S. Embassy personnel and 58 French paratroopers. The 1984 torture-murder of CIA station chief in Lebanon William Buckley. The 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the torture-murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem. The 1988 torture-murder of Col. William Higgins. The bombings of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992, killing 29, the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994, killing 96, and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996, killing 19 U.S. servicemen.

In spite of the nonsensical utterings of the U.N. secretary general and our own Dhimmicrat Senator Christopher Dodd, how is Israel supposed to "proportionally" respond to an enemy that hides missiles in houses that are inhabited by civilians? A war crime. And how is Israel supposed to "proportionally" respond to an enemy that volleys missiles laced with ball bearings against Israel’s civilian population? Again a war crime.

In fact just about everything Hezbollah and Hamas do is a war crime.

But few will say it is a war crime, and that Hezbollah and Hamas are war criminals.

The citizens of Lebanon are painfully learning the lessons of failing to form a sovereign state. Sovereignty requires that Lebanon maintain a monopoly on the use of force within its territory. By allowing Hezbollah to establish a terrorist state within its borders it has not done so; consequently, the claims of sovereignty ring hollow. There are really only two plausible explanations: either Lebanon is allowing Hezbollah’s attacks; in which case they’re a belligerent or they’re unable to stop Hezbollah in which case they’re not sovereign.

Any agreement entered into by Israel as a result of "negotiations" which allows the jihadists' military capabilities to survive is a suicide pact.


Sunday, July 23, 2006

End of the Nation State?

One of the most serious challenges to democracy in the 21st century is the unprecedented pressure from migration, and the fact that certain groups can decide to permanently change the entire demographic make-up of a country without public debate and without public consent, by simply refraining from upholding its borders. It has been called “the greatest demographic experiment ever forced onto a people politically.”

Even in the USA, the most astonishing aspect of the immigration debate is that the élites “think they can override the clear and huge resistance of the American people.” As columnist Tony Blankley wrote, the Senate was prepared to “legislate into the teeth of the will of the American public.” Eight out of ten Americans wanted the borders closed to millions of illegal immigrants, yet nothing substantial has been done. There has to be a reason for this.

There is also in the USA a dangerous drive for granting full rights, even voting rights, to illegal immigrants. In the Nordic countries — Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark — foreign citizens, though not illegals, are allowed to vote in local elections. As Roger Scruton points out, Western civilization depends on an idea of citizenship that is not global at all, but rooted in territorial jurisdiction and national loyalty. A nation that refuses to differentiate between citizens and non-citizens cannot survive.



A Plan?

Over at Rantburg, ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ ran across a comment by an anonymous individual identified as "Poison Reverse" who presents a splendid plan for resolving the situation in Lebanon:

It is impossible to make an accurate map of Hezbollah zones. As long as Hezbollah actually holds parliamentary seats in the Lebanese government, it is impossible. Also, Hezbollah provides hospitals, daycare, plumbing, sewer services, water, electricity and other services to the Shiites. This is how Hezbollah establishes mind control over the Shiite population. Hezbollah is a cancer that must be destroyed completely. It can be done in three ways.

Unlike the Democrats, I have ideas:
One is do what Israel is doing right now. Completely destroy the military capability of Hezbollah within Lebanon and cut off re-supply.
Two, the surrounding Arab states and the EU must be allowed to immediately supply funds and rebuild the city in the Shiite community. In fact, the Arab states and the EU must be on stand by with reconstruction personnel and equipment. The Shiite people of Lebanon must be able to witness, now that the Hezbollah military capability is destroyed, help is on the way. The Lebanese army should be put in place to provide security. In order to re-train the mind set of regular Shiite population, basic services must be restored immediately. Use Halliburton with Arab employees, I don’t care.
Third, the Lebanese army must be put along the Syrian border, yes that’s right, I said Syrian border and NOT the Israeli border and inspect every Syrian truck that comes into Lebanon. Any trucks with weapons coming in Syria must be destroyed ASAP. If the Lebanese can’t handle it, then let Israel know where the truck is located. Jordan cooperates with Israel in this manner all the time.

In conclusion, There should be a massive influx of construction equipment brought in, for the rebuilding. The Shiite population must be a clear witness to the reconstruction efforts. Now that the war is happening, the Shiite population is willing to put up with some inconveniences for a short time. There is a small window of time to restore or least a clearly visible massive attempt, to restore basic services. If basic services are not restored within the small window of time, about 3-6 months, the seed is planted for chaos and insurgency. Then, Lebanon turns into another Iraq that gives birth to new militias vying for power. Bottom line, whoever restores basic services first, wins the hearts and minds. It cannot be the US. The US can hand out 10 gold coins to every Shiite and they would still hate us.

I know my ideas won't be put in place due to the fact that the UN want chaos to exist to use as an excuse to thumb their collective noses at the evil Israel and the US.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Mother Moonbats friends

In September 2004, there was a huge gathering of anti-American, anti-Israeli organizations in Beirut to attend a conference entitled "Where Next For The Global Anti-War And Anti-Globalization Movements? An International Strategy Meeting." The resulting manifesto, simultaneously turgid and strident, has as its primary goal attacking the U.S. war in Iraq. It's [sic] secondary goal is to challenge Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian lands. It's a nasty document, with a decidedly anti-American tone. What makes it interesting today is the identity of one of the organizations playing host to all these anti-American Leftist organizations: Hezbollah .

One of the participants from the United States was a group called United for Peace and Justice. Ordinarily, this would just be one of the icky little anti-American groups that America produces, along the lines of Code Pink : Women for Peace (which also attended this little American and Israel hatefest). What distinguishes United for Peace and Justice is that Teresa Kerry indirectly funds it. So, in 2004, a couple of months before Americans decided whether to put John Kerry in the White House, his wife's money was being used to fund one of the participants in a virulently anti-American meeting held in Beirut and hosted by Hezbollah. Once again, we have reason to be somewhat relieved that American voters put their money on George Bush.



Monday, July 17, 2006

A Thomas Paine Moment

The more that Israel gave its lands back to Islam, the more Islam treated those gestures as weakness. They triumphantly declared victory. Islam immediately converted those lands into sites for missiles to bombard Israel with and the world stood by and deceived itself into believing that our progressives had done a good thing talking and meeting and compromising away some territory; while the Imams laughed themselves silly and plotted more treachery. But who are we to doubt the NYT and the State Department? They are the progressive bastions of America who fill the air with surrender monkey nonsense. You know the types that call George Bush "dumb" and merrily go down the path of extinction at the hands of those who don't mind getting their hands a little dirty.

So to those of you who are snot-nosed progressive geeks who buy into this strategy of self-destruction; don't call for restraint; don't call for meetings; don't call for the feckless UN to intercede; don't support Hamas, Hezbollah, or any other AKAs the Muslims use; Islam is crawling up your nose and you are too stupid to know it. Read something about it and stop this suicide by pacifism. In war, the goal is victory; the goal is not talking and surrendering to an enemy who knows your weaknesses and is using them against you. So stop reading or listening to liberals, they are the history that no one ever reads about.


To the Spartan Motto ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Now We Know

Was it only last year that we were all ecstatic to observe the Syrian army pulling out of Lebanon after a 30 year occupation? Under considerable pressure Asshat, the Syrian "leader" caved in the face of international pressure and the "Cedar Revolution" and we were treated to media footage of Syrian troop trucks crossing the Bekaa valley on the road to Damascus. ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ at the time thought it odd that those Syrian troops all decked out in camo battle dress and waving cheerily appeared strangely UNARMED. Nor did we see included in the convoys any artillary. Was all the hardware turned over to Hezbollah? It would certainly seem so as the terrorists who control the southern quarter of the country and occupy 20% of the seats in parliament are armed to the teeth. Asshat appeared to have the last laugh until he authorized the terrorists to goad the only credible military power in the region to respond. Let's see how long the U.S. president resists the pressure from foreign and domestic appeasers to "reign in the Israeli over reaction" to the acts of war against them.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Religion of "Peace"?

President Bush has blamed Hezbollah and Syria for the attack on Israel's northern border and Iran and Hamas for the rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza. This makes about as much sense as blaming only the officers and men of the six Japanese carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941 for starting WW II. We should be clear as to the identity of the true enemy. It is militant, jihadist Islam.

Terror is the default position of Islam. If you don't convert to their religion, if you practice another religion, their solution is to behead you. They are no more peaceful than a scorpion who can't help it; forgiveness is not in their nature. There is no turning the other cheek in Islam. "Peace" is their siren song, death is the reality. They are the world's most successful evangelists because you can't refute their message of peace. But once they have you, you can't escape. If you try, it is off to the soccer stadium for your beheading. If you don't think these Muslims are a serious bunch remember their thought police killed two people in Somalia who were caught watching the World Cup because Muslim law forbids watching TV.

And all this diversion by names has some serious consequences. The people can't rally to their own defense when they have no earthly idea who their enemy is. America is not fighting Hamas or Hezbollah, they are fighting Muslims intent on converting the world to Islam and realizing their caliphate here on Earth. This is pretty scary stuff. No TV and no bikinis, just 7th Century religious barabarism run by unelected Imams of seriously questionable intelligence.


Friday, July 14, 2006


The west stands on the brink of world war and the battle lines could not be more evident. The stated war aims of the jihadis which are the elimination of the Israeli state and the supplanting of western culture by a global caliphate although often repeated are ignored by western "progressives".

The Munich Olympic Massacres of 1972; the Iranian hostage crisis; the assassination of Anwar Sadat; the bombings of the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut; the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight from Athens to Rome; the Achille Lauro hijacking; the 1985 airport attacks in Rome and Vienna; the bombing of TWA flight 840 in Greece; the kidnapping and murder of U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins; the 1991 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi; the 1992 Bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina; the initial 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the 1995 bombing of the Egyptian Embassy compound in Islamabad, Pakistan; the bombing of the Khobar Towers; the 1997 Tourist Killings in Egypt; the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; the attack on the USS Cole; the September 11th 2001 attacks; the train bombings in Spain; the July 11th London train bombings; and most recently the terrorist bombings in India. All of these brutal acts of the cowardice that is unprovoked terrorism have one thing in common; they were all perpetrated in the name of Allah by radical Islamists.

Meanwhile, anti-war activists, the progressive-left and opportunistic politicians maintain their assertions that Islam is a religion of peace, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Comparing those who were in denial of the Nazi threat in the 1930’s to those who insist that Islam is a religion of peace is not a stretch. Rationalizing the use of terrorism by depicting terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “patriots” – as has been done by the intellectually stunted Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Cindy Sheehan and Sean Penn – exemplifies denial and ignorance of history, exactly like the Neville Chamberlains of the Nazi Era.


#Bend Over Here Islamists Come Again


Thursday, July 13, 2006


The extent to which green-left thinking on the environment has taken hold in the mass media and at all levels of education has made it the dominant voice in the so-called environmental debate. There is not one opinion leader or political party, especially the shrinking Democrats, that has not been heavily influenced by it one way or another.

However, it would be a serious mistake to assume that the green-left alliance is ideologically united. It is not. Basically it comprises two factions: the Marxist-Leninist faction and the utopian faction. Both are temporarily united by their mutual loathing of capitalism. Temporarily because their long term goals are mutually exclusive.

The unregenerate Marxist-Leninists (aptly called watermelons: green on the outside and red on the inside) still fervently believe that capitalism will be brought down by its “inner contradictions” helped by a lot of economic sabotage. The collapse of the Soviet Empire has taught them nothing. They still have the fanatic’s capacity for self-deception and cruelty.

To them socialism has not failed, it just has not been tried. Hence environmentalism is just another weapon in their ideological war against capitalism, which really amounts to war against our civilisation. To these socialist cultists “environmentalism” will provide the regulatory noose that will strangle capitalism and herald a new world.

Where the old left still believes in the virtues of a centrally planned economy and the evils of capitalism, the green utopian left consist mainly of people who have developed a vague vision of an anarcho-agrarian society. Leftists originally joined the greens with the intention of using them in the fight against capitalism. But a funny thing happened to many of these cultists on the way to their socialist revolution: their anti-capitalism was transformed into an anti-industrial ethic. They abandoned their visions of a workers’ state to embrace the fantasy of a green Elysium that only the elect can enter.

This is why they had no difficulty in deserting the materialism of Marx for Rousseau’s fantasy of the “Noble Savage”. None of this is really surprising. Their utopianism is obvious to any informed observer. Incredible as it seems and despite all the evidence to the contrary, these dangerous clowns actually believe that profit driven economic growth (is there any other kind?) creates mass unemployment and wholesale destruction of the environment.

What is really striking, however, is the resemblance of the green movement to revolutionary millenarianism — with one crucial difference: the top echelon of the green movement consists largely of intellectuals, the spoiled and selfish offspring of an affluent and indulgent capitalist society. . In one subtle ideological move, “the dictatorship of the proletariat” has been transformed into the dictatorship of the lumpen intelligentsia.

So basically the Green movement has been formed by intellectuals for intellectuals. “You won’t see any branches of the Sierra Club in Watts or Harlem”. And this brings us right back to their hatred of capitalism, or should I say economic growth. They hate it because it gives the masses what they want rather than what they, the intellectuals, think they should have.



Monday, July 10, 2006

Russians Get It Right!!!

Some times you have to hand it to the Russians. It seems that the Chechen Islamofascist who ordered the takeover of a Russian school in 2004 which killed over 300 including nearly 150 children most of whom were shot in the back while trying to flee has been sent to his rondevous with 72 virgins.
Report: Chechen Islamic terrorist dies in blast set by Russian agents

The Jihadist Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the Beslan school attack in 2004, in which 331 people, half of them children, were killed.

FSS Director Nikolai Patrushev said Monday that Basayev was planning an attack to coincide with the G8 summit of world leaders this weekend in Russia.

The operation was in Ingushetia -- a republic bordering Chechnya -- in which Basayev was killed early Monday.

Russian agents exploded a truck bomb next to several cars in which Basayev and other rebels were riding, according to the Interfax news agency, quoting Ingush Deputy Prime Minister Bashir Aushev.

"This is retaliation he deserves for killing our children in Beslan, Budennovsk, all the terrorist acts his jihadis perpetrated in Moscow and other regions of Russia, including Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic," Patrushev said in an Interfax report.

A Chechen Web site quoted a rebel commander as saying Basayev's death was caused by an "accidental spontaneous explosion of a cargo vehicle with explosives," not Russian security agents.

Law enforcement officials in Ingushetia told Interfax that Basayev's body was in pieces but was identified by his head and by the fact that he had earlier lost a foot.

Twelve other Chechen terrorists were killed in the operation, the officials said.

I'll bet he wasn't even read his rights or represented by a court appointed attorney. Congressional Democrats will doubtless demand hearings by this time tomorrow.

It's Bush's Fault

If it was not bad enough that Progressives, headed up by Appeaser-in-Chief, Jimmy Carter, drafted the treaty that North Korea promptly ignored and developed nuclear weapons under, they are now complaining that the treaty did not work, and blaming Bush for it. Evidently, they do not feel that the United States has appeased the psychopath leader of North Korea quite enough, so off we go to the United Nations to learn the true meaning on international diplomatic incompetence. As we speak, the leaders of nations North Korea is not pointing nuclear missiles toward are deciding the fate of those who do. Perhaps, if we are lucky, the UN will get really tough with North Korea, and in addition to a press release expressing “regret” that North Korea is practicing its incineration of Tokyo, and order the United States to send 52 American hostages to Pyongyang to guarantee our good behavior.

Speaking of 52 American hostages, Iran, venue of President Carter’s last diplomatic victory for Progressivism’s cause, is going to develop nuclear weapons, as well. This time, the Bush Administration is doing what the Progressives want, and engaging in multilateral negotiations with a country that is the wellspring of global international terrorism. Not to be the pessimist, but they are not going to work. Iran is doing to pursue the development of nuclear weapons until either they have them, or someone destroys their nuclear production capabilities. We can stand around and negotiate forever, and this fact will not change. Progressives like to pretend that negotiations are an end unto themselves. That somehow, if we talk long enough, and give a hostile enemy concession after concession, peace will mysteriously erupt. The fact that negotiating with rogue regimes is no more effective today than it was in the days of Neville Chamberlain is lost on Progressives. Faced with the reality that the problem is not Iran’s poverty, infrastructure, or need for alternative fuel sources, but the radical terrorist regime running it, Progressives have once again chosen to blame Bush and the United States, in general, for objecting to Iran’s desire to “wipe Israel off the map.”

At no point have Progressives joined the threads of together and realized that we are doing the exact same thing with Iran that we did with North Korea. If there is ever a negotiated compromise to the current crisis, all it will do is give the Iranians a few years to secretly violate the treaty and then drop their fully developed nuclear capability on the world as a /fiat accompli/.


Friday, July 07, 2006

Slavery in Colorado

Where are the "feminists" and civil rights "activists" when you need them?
Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi subject was convicted last week in a Colorado court of:

* Twelve felony counts of unlawful sexual contact with use of force
* One felony count of criminal extortion
* One felony count of theft (this is probably the $64,000 in back wages he owed his “maid”)

In addition, there were two misdemeanor convictions, both related to “false imprisonment”.

Al-Turki owns a Colorado bookstore whose website still appears to be up and running. If you want to order an Islamic diatribe, here’s the email address: The snail-mail address is:

Al-Basheer Publications & Translations
3700 Havana Street, Unit # 102
Denver, CO 80239

Let’s not forget that this man didn’t break any Shari’ah law. Rape of your Muslim slave is permissible under Islam. The young Indonesian woman, a seventeen year old virgin before al-Turki got hold of her, could be raped and enslaved with impunity. Now, rape of an infidel woman is another matter, so it’s probably no coincidence that the family’s choice of slave was a follower of the Prophet. I wonder if she was permitted a Koran in her basement hole? After all, her owner had a bookstore which sold them by the bushel. Maybe he gave her an employee discount…?

Fortunately for this woman, Shari’ah law has no jurisdiction in Arapahoe County, and the fiqh does not apply in Colorado. Thus the Labor Department, in its lawsuit against al-Turki, requires him to pay $64,000 in back wages. Perhaps there will, in addition, be a civil suit for damages and deprivation of her civil liberties. Calling the ACLU and Reverend Jackson: a tailor-made case here, just waiting for you. Much more apropos than eradicating little tiny crosses from municipal seals, wouldn’t you say?

Al-Turki has the full financial backing of the Saudi government. They went his bail, to the tune of $400,000, and the lesser bail for his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, who plea-bargained for a lesser fate. She’ll be sentenced in July, and has agreed to return to Saudi Arabia after her sentence has been served next year.

Al-Turki is not free on bond anymore. Having been convicted, his sentencing will take place in August. His defense argued that he should be allowed out on bond until then. The prosecutors asked that he be remanded without bond. He is not a citizen, and has immigration issues.

[Judge] Hannen ruled that since Al-Turki was convicted of counts that had aggravating factors that would put them into the category of violent crimes, the statutes did not allow him to continue bond, and Al-Turki was to be kept in custody until his sentencing Aug. 31.

In October al-Turki faces yet another trial — this one in federal court — on charges of forced labor, document servitude (he kept her passport from her, and it eventually expired), and harboring an illegal immigrant. The last charge is especially ironic, since it was al-Turki himself who created her status as an illegal alien by not permitting her to renew her visa.

This man is one of those famous Saudi “students”, a 36 year old student studying linguistics in Colorado. He is also a member in good standing of the Colorado Muslim Council, where he spoke while out on bond awaiting trial.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Nork Insanity

Forget the July 4th bottle rocket display by North Korea. It gets even stranger:

North Korean officials engage in even more bizarre behavior. For example, food and fuel supplies sent to North Korea have been halted, not to force North Korea to stop missile tests or participate in peace talks, but to return the Chinese trains the aid was carried in on. In the last few weeks, the North Koreans have just kept the trains, sending the Chinese crews back across the border. North Korea just ignores Chinese demands that the trains be returned, and insists that the trains are part of the aid program. It's no secret that North Korean railroad stock is falling apart, after decades of poor maintenance and not much new equipment. Stealing Chinese trains is a typical loony-tune North Korean solution to the problem. If the North Koreans appear to make no sense, that's because they don't. Put simply, when their unworkable economic policies don't work, the North Koreans just conjure up new, and equally unworkable, plans. The Chinese have tried to talk the North Koreans out of these pointless fantasies, and for their trouble they have their trains stolen. How do you negotiate under these conditions? No one knows. The South Koreans believe that if they just keep the North Korean leaders from doing anything too destructive (especially to South Korea), eventually the tragicomic house of cards up north will just collapse. Not much of a plan, but so far, no one's come up with anything better.

Go figure.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Name That Essay

Thomas Jefferson wrote a classic essay in 1776. It is no longer read in its entirety. Its economic complaint is no longer taken seriously by those who claim to be his political heirs. "He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." In fact, his self-proclaimed heirs seem to believe that our pursuit of happiness is dependent on ever-more numbers of office-holders and their ever-more-rapid depletion of our substance. It is the office-holders' pursuit of their happiness that presently reduces the ability of the rest of us to pursue our happiness.

Today, the process is everything. The goal of the political process is to capture that other crucial process, the flow of funds. The process that counts in modern politics is an interminable quest to control and multiply the offices that provide their holders with the ability to direct the other processes.

When it comes to the pursuit of my happiness, I am willing to settle for an all-around agreement to defend life, liberty, and property. This can and should begin by the widespread purchase of sufficient Second Amendment hardware to defend the other nine.

Read that essay in its entirety today. It's called the Declaration of Independence