October 2003

This billboard says it all.


LGF points to this article from the Jesuit magazine “La Civiltà Cattolica”. Anyone familiar with Robert Spencer’s books would not be surpised by the contents on the article. The reality is that the “religion of peace” has persecuted Christians and other religions for a millenium and continues to do so in the Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan and most Arab countries.

The situation in Sudan is terrible yet Western (Christian?) countries have virtually ignored the plight of non-Muslims in the Southern half of that country.

But the most tragic situation – and, unfortunately, forgotten by the Western world! – is that of Sudan, where the North is Arab and Muslim, and the South black and Christian, and in part, animist. Since the time of president G.M. Nimeiry, there has been a state of civil war between the North, which has proclaimed shari’a and intends to impose it with fierce violence on the rest of the country, and the South, which aims to preserve and defend its Christian identity. The North makes use of all of its military power – financed by oil exports to the West – to destroy Christian villages; prevent the arrival of humanitarian aid; kill the cattle, which are the means of sustenance for many South Sudanese; and carry out raids, for Christian girls in particular, who are brought to the North, raped, and sold as slaves or concubines to rich, older Sudanese men. According to the 2001 report of Amnesty International, “at the end of 2000, the civil war, which started again in 1983, had cost the lives of almost two million persons and had caused the forced evacuation of 4,500,000 more. Tens of thousands of persons have been compelled by terror to leave their homes in the upper Nile region, which is rich in oil, after aerial bombardments, mass executions, and torture.”

Unfortunately, the poor, black Christians and Animists don’t control Sudan’s oil wealth.

And one more question. If it’s OK for Saudia Arablia to build Mosques and Islamic schools in Christian countries, why isn’t it OK for Christians to build Churchs and Christian schools in Saudi Arabia?

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the 10th session of the Islamic Summit Conference on Oct. 16 dropped these pearls of Islamic wisdom

We are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.

We are up against a people who think. They survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back, but by thinking. They invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power. We cannot fight them through brawn alone. We must use our brains also.

His audience apparently agreed with him. He got a standing ovation from fellow moderate Muslim leaders, including our erstwhile allies Ms Megawati, Hamid Karzai, Pervez Musharraf and Crown Prince Abdullah, and a free pass from NYT columnist Paul Krugman. Note how Mahathir seems to think it is right to persecute Jews but they were so cunning they promoted ideologies that made it appear to be wrong to persecute Jews. Under Islam Jews and Christians can only live in dhimmitude or subservience to Muslims, so Mahathir is taking an orthodox Muslim attitude towards Jews.

But the thrust of Mahathir’s post-Nazi ramblings is even more disturbing:

Those weapons and horses cannot help to defend us any more. We need guns and rockets, bombs and warplanes, tanks and warships for our defence.

It cannot be that there is no other way. 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way. And we can only find a way if we stop to think, to assess our weaknesses and our strength, to plan, to strategise and then to counter-attack.

He wants weapons to defend Islam against the Jews (and their proxies) and then to counter-attack. Since he did not actually use the N word, he is just one step away from radical Islamist Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president, who said last year that on the day the Muslim world gets nuclear weapons the Israeli question will be settled forever “since a single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel, while an Israeli counter-strike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world.”

There we have it, folks. Moderate and radical Islam share common cause – the defeat of the Jews and their proxies (us).

See this post for more analysis of Mahathir’s speech.

Stephen F. Hayes’ article in the Weekly Standard gives you the rundown.

Salim, you see, is also known as Abu Hajer al Iraqi (“the Iraqi”). According to Steven Simon and Daniel Benjamin, two Clinton administration National Security Council appointees who wrote “The Sacred Age of Terror,” Abu Hajer oversaw al Qaeda’s efforts to produce and obtain weapons of mass destruction. Not coincidentally, say Bush administration officials familiar with intelligence reporting on Abu Hajer, he was one of the few deputies bin Laden trusted to maintain his relationship with Saddam Hussein throughout much of the 1990s.

Go read the whole thing. And while you are about it, check out Al Qaeda’s New Base” by Jeffrey Bell.

1. Abdurahman Alamoudi founded the Muslim chaplain program for the U.S. military. He was caught en-route to Syria with Libyan cash, according to this MSNBC report. Some of his proteges are under investigation for espionage activities at Guantanamo Bay.

[He]is a prominent American Muslim leader, welcomed by presidents and founder of the Muslim chaplain program for the U.S. military.

However, in an audiotape of a conversation obtained by NBC News, Alamoudi seems to embrace violence. Speaking Arabic, Alamoudi criticizes Osama bin Laden — not for acts of violence, but for his choice of targets, specifically the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Africa. A translator quotes Alamoudi as saying, “Many African Muslims have died and not a single American died.” In fact, 12 Americans were killed. Alamoudi adds, “I prefer to hit a Zionist target in America, or Europe, or elsewhere.”

2. Rod Dreher reveals the extremist connections of so-called moderate Muslim groups in this Dallas Morning News column. (Registration required)

When I asked the man how he squared his profession of tolerance and moderation with having radicals on the ISNA [Islamic Society of North America] board, Dr. Syeed became hostile, sputtering that my question reminded him of Hitlerian persecution. That is blustering nonsense, of course, and an attempt to silence legitimate questions about ISNA’s agenda through intimidation and misdirection.

3. In Seattle, FBI investigators uncovered a cache of weapons belong to Islam convert James Wilburn, acording to the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. It is not known what he was planning to do with his arsenal but there are disturbing parallels with that other Islam convert, the DC sniper John Muhammad.

Among the items found in the storage locker: a sniper outfit, a range-finder scope, silencers, gas masks, road spikes, knives, guns and “a black leather bag full of ammo,” according to an affidavit filed by Special Agent Fernando Gutierrez of the FBI’s domestic terrorism squad.

4. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the arrest of Ashraf Al-Jailani, another suspected al-Qaida operative in Kent, Ohio.

Ashraf Al-Jailani, a Yemen- born geochemist arrested a year ago in Akron, sat mute as FBI Special Agent Roger Charnesky described him as an al-Qaida “first-stringer, highly educated, highly trained and highly motivated.”

These four items came from looking at the news for one day. So, who is it thinks the Patriot Act goes too far? Organizations like CAIR, ISNA, ACLU and most of the Democratic presidential candidates.

Gabriel Schoenfeld’s opinion piece in the WSJ should be compulsory reading for everyone concerned about our progress in the war against terror. The article points out how rogue nations that were signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) have circumvented its provisions and inspection regimes to continue nuclear weapons development.

Iraq has been dealt with, firstly by the Israeli strike on Osirak and then by two major wars, but Iran’s program continues apace and North Korea likely already has nuclear weapons. Pakistan, which never did sign the NPT, is a known nuclear power one coup away from becoming a radical Islamic state. The Bush administration is now approaching crunch time.

We can now see things as they are–that is, just as the government of Israel saw them in 1981. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, fanatical anti-American regimes like those ruling Iran and North Korea cannot be permitted to obtain weapons that can be easily hidden and used without warning to destroy entire cities in an instant. If peaceful means of persuasion have been exhausted, it is incumbent on us to consider, coolly, other means.

But does the administration have the will to carry on the fight and deal with the tougher problems posed by Iran and North Korea? Or has it gone into reelection mode and put off dealing with these near imminent threats until after the 2004 election? Maybe it will take a little nuke smuggled in on a cargo ship and detonated in a US harbor to bring action. Pray that won’t happen but the odds that it will are rapidly increasing.