CHESLER'S THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM OUT IN PAPERBACK
Phyllis Chesler's The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It has been released in paperback. In this must-read book, Chesler explores the many current faces of anti-Semitism, from the most blatantly murderous and heinous to the subtler, yet equally complicit rhetoric of media and academic terror sympathizers. Natan Sharansky has written that Chesler's book is "essential reading" for anyone "who wants to understand the connection between anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism, the role of propaganda, and appeasement." -- The Editors
WHEN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS: HONOR KILLINGS PLAGUE BERLIN
In a lesson about the danger of political correctness in the age of terrorism, the Germans now face an increasing wave of Muslim "honor killings," the practice of killing women who refuse to live under the thumb of male family members. Unfortunately, Germans feel restrained from investigating threats of such killings for fear of appearing racist. The issue has finally come to the fore after the brutal murder of a woman by her three brothers for the crime of leaving the cousin she was forced to marry at 15, but it hardly is the first such killing in Berlin:
Police records show that 45 "honour killings" have been committed within Germany's two million-plus Muslim community in the past eight years. Now that at least five have occurred in just four months in Berlin alone, the German authorities and local Turkish leaders are desperately trying to find out why.
Karl Mollenhauer, a Berlin police psychologist, blamed Islamic religious leaders for failing to address the problem. Last week, he also suggested that the German authorities were at fault for failing to intervene in case they were branded racist.
"We have silently allowed a parallel society to develop because of fears that we would sow hatred by talking openly about its injustices. The women have paid the price for this," he said.
Even worse, the problem appears to start with the indoctrination of Muslim children in Berlin. In one private Islamic school, the students were asked about their attitudes towards such killings as Sürücü's, and the responses are chilling:
Asked by teachers what they thought of the murder, several 13-year-old pupils are said to have implied that they thought Mrs Sürücü had "earned" her death. "Well, she lived like a German, didn't she?" remarked one. Mrs Sürücü got married in Turkey at the age of 15 but returned with her son to her birthplace, Berlin, more than five years ago. ...
In an open letter last week, the headmaster of the school publicly denounced the attitude of his pupils. Other head teachers in Berlin, however, said that they were not surprised by the children's reaction.
"This type of thinking is latent in their minds," said the head of another predominantly Turkish immigrant school in the district, who asked not to be identified. Their remarks, he said, reminded him of the spontaneous "victory dances" which immigrant pupils at his school had staged after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
The Germans have hate-speech regulations that deter criticism of Muslim practices, although not as strict as those in Sweden, but the political correctness has taken its toll on the protection of Muslim women. The Germans have allowed moral relativism to supplant the one-law construct that Western societies have gradually adopted since the sealing of the Magna Carta, creating a substructure of de facto shari'a to develop in its Muslim community with little pushback from the German government.
That PC instinct spells trouble for Germany in dealing with its Muslim population, and for any country that does not enforce its laws equally among its population -- as American history demonstrates more than adequately in its civil-rights struggles. Germany needs to decide whether it wants to remain a united social construct or allow itself to become balkanized internally, with various minority groups conducting their own law enforcement, legislative, and judicial functions independent of the elected German government. If they do not have the will to enforce German law in Muslim communities, they will have begun the process by which civil wars start. In the meantime, the primary victims of German PCism will continue to be Muslim women, at the hands of their own families. Sunday, February 27, 2005
PALESTINIANS SHOCKED, SHOCKED! TO FIND TERRORISTS AMONG THEM
The AP reports tonight that ordinary Palestinians are outraged by the Tel Aviv bombing that killed four Israelis yesterday. Instead of the usual ululations and street celebrations, Mohammed Ballas reports that Palestinians voiced complaints instead:
Palestinians expressed anger Saturday at an overnight suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis and threatened a fragile truce, a departure from former times when they welcomed attacks on their Israeli foes.
Official condemnations and denials were followed by public anger toward the perpetrators as Israeli blamed Syria and the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which claimed responsibility for the attack. The Palestinians pointed fingers at the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah. Syria denied the allegations. ...
In contrast to the dozens of previous suicide bombings, no celebrations were held in the West Bank on Saturday and militant groups didn't hang the customary posters of congratulations at the bomber's home.
What a blow that must have been. No $25,000 check from Saddam and now the family doesn't even get its posters. What a crackdown!
And let's take this report with a huge, Lot's-Wife-sized grain of salt. This is the same Palestinian population that elected Hamas to two-thirds of the Gaza council seats in the last election, double the number that Abbas' Fatah faction got on their peace platform. Now we're supposed to believe that they elected Hamas to push the peace process along? Perhaps the AP wants to win the coveted Captain Louis award for feigning shock at the ridiculously obvious, or more accurately, trying to get us to buy into it.
UPDATE: My RNC colleague (and all-around good guy) Roger L. Simon notes my skepticism and counters with the argument that there isn't much difference between Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad except a franchise label:
Ed Morrissey seems to believe that Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad can actually be differentiated in an ultimate sense. I respectfully disagree. I believe they share personnel, goals, information, everything, and take credit in the most elusive way possible. What is Al Qaeda, after all, but the fungible name of the old Muslim Brotherhood?
Actually, what I argue is that Palestinian IJ cannot be differentiated in an ultimate sense from Hamas and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, if not Fatah itself, for the same reasons Roger gives. That's what makes this Palestinian triangle offense so powerful. Hamas and the PLO may oppose each other for political purposes, but their goals are exactly the same: the annihilation of the Jewish state. Hamas speaks more openly about it. PIJ serves as a handy subset of the two in order to provide yet another voice in the mix. And if no one considered that before, the reports of the arrest certainly bear it out; the men arrested had ties to AAMB while PIJ took credit for the operation.
That's why I am so skeptical of both the Abbas "election", a product of widespread electoral fraud, and the Palestinian desire for a negotiated peace that leaves Israel in place. When Palestinians quit electing terrorists over moderates (if Fatah can even be called that), then I'll re-evaluate my skepticism. Saturday, February 26, 2005
JACK KELLY: IRAQ WAR WON
Jack Kelly tells us in his column today what really should have been obvious since January 30th -- that the Iraq War has been won, and the media has missed the story entirely:
It will be some months before the news media recognize it, and a few months more before they acknowledge it, but the war in Iraq is all but won. The situation is roughly analogous to the battle of Iwo Jima, which took place 60 years ago this month. It took 35 days before the island was declared secure, but the outcome was clear after day five, with the capture of Mt. Suribachi.
Proof of this was provided by Sen. Hillary Clinton. Iraq is functioning quite well, she said in a press conference in Baghdad Feb. 19. The recent rash of suicide attacks is a sign the insurgency is failing, she said.
"When politicians like [Clinton] start flocking to Iraq to bask in the light of its success, then you know that the corner has been turned," a reader of his blog wrote to Bay.
Kelly wants to know when journalists and media outlets will finally be held accountable for malpractice for getting almost every development in the war on terror wrong. Since I know Jack reads the blogs, I know that question is meant rhetorically -- Jack already has provided the evidence, and the media will get its trial among its activist readership in the blogosphere. Read his whole column, and while you're at it, ask your local paper why Jack's column doesn't appear there. They may not like the microscope Jack aims at their credibility. (via Hugh Hewitt) Sunday, February 27, 2005
The beneficent effects of the administration's Iraq policy continue to be felt. Municipal elections have taken place in Saudi Arabia; Lebanese citizens march for self-rule; Egypt announces a plan for competitive elections, which, the International Herald Tribune says, responds to "stepped-up pressure from the United States," but also to the fact that the Arab world is "bubbling with expectations for political reform."
These steps are, of course, halting and imperfect, but one can only be impressed by the speed with which progress toward democracy in Iraq has sent pressure for reform through other Muslim countries. Somewhat remarkably, I think, the Bush administration is not resting on its laurels, but is continuing to press for more. Thus, Mubarak's announcement of constitutional reform in Egypt followed on the heels of Secretary of State Rice's decision to forgo a visit to Egypt to show concern over the Mubarak government's failure to allow greater political freedom.
And today, Syria demonstrated that it, too, is feeling the heat, by arresting and handing over to the Iraqi government Saddam Hussein's half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, along with twenty-nine other members of Iraq's Baath party who had been operating in Syria. An Iraqi official described the handover of the thirty Baathists as "a goodwill gesture by the Syrians to show that they are cooperating."
There has never been any doubt about the fact that die-hards from Saddam's regime were participating in and directing the Iraqi insurgency from what was thought to be a safe haven in Syria. The fact that the Syrian haven is no longer safe seems enormously significant, for two reasons. First, Assad is obviously worried about his own survival if his regime continues to try to undermine the new Iraqi government. Second, Syria has apparently concluded that the insurgency is being defeated and is going to fail. Why else would it turn on the Iraqi Baathists whom, until now, it has sheltered and encouraged?
The principal reason for deposing Saddam Hussein, as articulated repeatedly by President Bush and others in his administration, was to begin the process of reforming the Arab world--the only long-term strategy for dealing with the problem of Islamic terrorism that has yet been proposed. Two years ago, no one could have known how likely the administration's policy was to succeed, and today, of course, there are still huge uncertainties. Nevertheless, it seems fair to say that all current indications suggest that Bush's Iraq policy may be more successful, and sooner, than even its most optimistic backers had dared to hope. Sunday, February 27, 2005
DEAN: WE'RE GOOD, THEY'RE EVIL
Howard Dean shows he’s just the man to heal the divisions of the 2004 election: Dean roars into town.
Dean told the Hiebert fund-raiser that gay marriage was a Republican diversion from discussions of ballooning deficits and lost American jobs. That presents an opportunity to attract moderate Republicans, he said.
“Moderate Republicans can’t stand these people (conservatives), because they’re intolerant. They don’t think tolerance is a virtue,” Dean said, adding: “I’m not going to have these right-wingers throw away our right to be tolerant.”
And concluding his backyard speech with a litany of Democratic values, he added: “This is a struggle of good and evil. And we’re the good.”
He then shrieked as if possessed by a malignant demon.
...Oops! That was a different speech.
BERLIN: SIX HONOR KILLINGS IN FOUR MONTHS
‘How many more women have to die before this society wakes up?’
Shortly before nine o’clock one Monday evening earlier this month, Hatin Sürücü left her five-year-old son asleep in their small apartment in the Tempelhof district of Berlin and made her way to a bus stop in the main Oberlandgarten Strasse.
Minutes later, a volley of pistol shots rang out but no one came to help Mrs Sürücü, 23, who was of Turkish origin. A bus driver discovered her body, with multiple wounds to the head and chest, about 40 minutes later and called the police.
Last week, Mrs Sürücü’s three brothers, aged 18 to 25, who were arrested six days after the attack, were formally charged with the murder. They have pleaded not guilty and were remanded in custody.
Police are investigating whether Mrs Sürücü was the victim of a so-called “honour killing” after she made the decision to leave the cousin with whom she had been forced into an arranged marriage eight years earlier.
The police said that Mrs Sürücü had frequently complained of being threatened by her brothers.
If they are found guilty, Mrs Sürücü’s murder will be the sixth “honour killing” within Berlin’s 200,000-strong Muslim community in four months. Shocking as that is, the reactions of some Turkish immigrant children at a school whose main gates are yards from the scene of the shooting has caused even graver concern.
Asked by teachers what they thought of the murder, several 13-year-old pupils are said to have implied that they thought Mrs Sürücü had “earned” her death. “Well, she lived like a German, didn’t she?” remarked one. ...
In an open letter last week, the headmaster of the school publicly denounced the attitude of his pupils. Other head teachers in Berlin, however, said that they were not surprised by the children’s reaction.
“This type of thinking is latent in their minds,” said the head of another predominantly Turkish immigrant school in the district, who asked not to be identified. Their remarks, he said, reminded him of the spontaneous “victory dances” which immigrant pupils at his school had staged after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
The five Muslim women killed in recent months were murdered by their husbands or partners because they had “insulted” the family honour by wanting to end the relationship. One woman was strangled; another drowned in a bath. In another case, a 21-year-old Turkish woman who was forcibly married to her cousin was stabbed to death on the street by her husband in front of their three-year-old daughter.
MORE DUTCH EMIGRATE AS MUSLIM INFLUX TIPS SCALES
The New York Times has a piece on the increasing flight of the Dutch middle class, as their country is inundated with waves of immigrants from Muslim countries: More Dutch Plan to Emigrate as Muslim Influx Tips Scales.
This small nation is a magnet for immigrants, but statistics suggest there is a quickening flight of the white middle class. Dutch people pulling up roots said they felt a general pessimism about their small and crowded country and about the social tensions that had grown along with the waves of newcomers, most of them Muslims.“The Dutch are living in a kind of pressure cooker atmosphere,” Mr. Hiltemann said.
There is more than the concern about the rising complications of absorbing newcomers, now one-tenth of the population, many of them from largely Muslim countries. Many Dutch also seem bewildered that their country, run for decades on a cozy, political consensus, now seems so tense and prickly and bent on confrontation. Those leaving have been mostly lured by large English-speaking nations like Australia, New Zealand and Canada, where they say they hope to feel less constricted.
In interviews, emigrants rarely cited a fear of militant Islam as their main reason for packing their bags. But the killing of the filmmaker Theo van Gogh, a fierce critic of fundamentalist Muslims, seems to have been a catalyst.
“Our Web site got 13,000 hits in the weeks after the van Gogh killing,” said Frans Buysse, who runs an agency that handles paperwork for departing Dutch. “That’s four times the normal rate.”
Mr. van Gogh’s killing is the only one the police have attributed to an Islamic militant, but since then they have reported finding death lists by local Islamic militants with the names of six prominent politicians. The effects still reverberate. In a recent opinion poll, 35 percent of the native Dutch questioned had negative views about Islam. Sunday, February 27, 2005
THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
Don't that beat all. When the blog Dutch Report reported that two parliamentary representatives, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders had been kept in prison cells to protect them against Islamic death threats, I refused at first to believe it. The Dutch Report is in English and since I could not read the source documents directly, the report seemed too unlikely to be true. But the more I read, even in translation, the less it seemed like a parody. For example:
Parliamentary chairman Weisglas now says he is “shocked by the disinterested reactions” in parliament after the protest of representatives Hirsi Ali and Wilders. ”I think the parliamentary members accept it way to easy that a colleague, has to sleep for months in a prison cell”. He describes it as a “disgrace” and “a pathetic show” that Wilders is in prison to protect him against terrorism. Weisglas says he has this weekend made it “very clear” to the government that the two representatives should be able to live in normal circumstances. ...
Security expert Hans Salman says in NRC newspaper that he nearly couldn’t believe the news: “Wilders? In a prison?”. With his company International Security Partners (ISP) he often works for families who need personal protection.... He was also involved in the protection of the Turkeys ambassador, who was under threat of the ultra nationalistic Turkeys Gray Wolves. ... “This is asking for trouble” he says and continues with: “Every body knows that nobody can endure something like this.”.
Former Amsterdam police commissioner and security expert Kees Sietsma ... says, Hirsi Ali and Wilders are right to say that in countries like Israel, the United States, Spain and Italy, the living addresses of people under threat are not secret. ... Arie Duijdam of Interseco, the biggest personnel protection firm in The Netherlands also thinks there are other alternatives.
But Reuters provided collateral confirmation. The article Threatened Dutch MP Reveals Living on Navy Base says:
NRC Handelsblad said Ayaan Hirsi Ali had revealed her secret residence on a navy base to protest against the circumstances of her hiding. ... The newspaper said Hirsi Ali was living on a heavily guarded navy base in Amsterdam, while anti-immigration populist Geert Wilders, whose life has also been threatened, was sleeping in a prison cell in the central Dutch town of Zeist.
Expatica reports that the accommodations weren't the equivalent of a BOQ or any such, but a real jail cell.
Wilders is also an outspoken critic of the Islamic faith, calling for an end to immigration of Muslims to the Netherlands. He is also opposed to Turkey accession to the EU. He has been living at Camp Zeist for some time, which was formerly used to house the two Libyan suspects of the Lockerbie bombing. It now houses arrested immigrants and normal detainees. Wilders has been told he will be staying at the jail — and sleeping in a jail cell — until at least September when he will be given his own living space.
The complaints of the Dutch parliamentary representatives were greeted with dismay. The revelation, it was said, would put the base in danger of attack. Hirsi Ali 'put guards in danger' says:
22 February 2005 Amsterdam — MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali placed not only herself and right-winger Geert Wilders, but also their bodyguards and other officials, in danger by revealing the location of her safe house, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said on Tuesday.
The description involuntarily recalled the classic scene in the original Terminator movie where an unstoppable android kills all the cops in a station house to reach its designated target. Camp Zeist -- the secure location in question -- was used to hold the Lockerbie bombers, and is, if anything, somewhat more formidable that the garden variety station house. No one wants to put things to the proof. According to the Dutch Report, members of the press are asking why Hirsi Ali simply doesn't quit politics to avoid further unpleasantness.
The press and other parliamentary members, some even of her own liberal (VVD) party have attacked Hirsi Ali in the past and suggested that her work as representative is under pressure and said she could better stop.
That would solve the problem for sure, but what happens if Europe is threatened by more than a handful of Islamic terrorists? What to do for an encore? Saturday, February 26, 2005
GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ, PART 22
To read Chrenkoff's latest post, click here. Monday, February 28, 2005
PUTIN DOESN'T READ BLOGS
Well, that's a safe bet. But it's even safer after reading this report in Newsweek of Bush and the Russian president's meeting in Bratislava:
When Bush confronted his Russian counterpart about the freedom of the press in Russia, Putin shot back with an attack of his own: "We didn't criticize you when you fired those reporters at CBS."
It's not clear how well Putin understands the controversy that led to the dismissal of four CBS journalists over the discredited report on Bush's National Guard service. Yet it's all too clear how Putin sees the relationship between Bush and the American media-just like his own. Bush's aides have long feared that former KGB officers in Putin's inner circle are painting a twisted picture of U.S. policy. So Bush explained how he had no power to fire American journalists. It made little difference. When the two presidents emerged for their joint press conference, one Russian reporter repeated Putin's language about journalists getting fired. Bush (already hot after an earlier question about his spying on U.S. citizens) asked the reporter if he felt free. "They obviously planted the question," said one of Bush's senior aides.
No doubt they did. This squares with my experiences in Russia pre and post Soviet Union. Paranoia, alas, is buried deep in the Russian soul, probably from the time of the Tsars or even before. It destroys their society. At least there's a funny part in this case. We all know something those "crafty" KGB-types would never believe - that Charles Johnson had more to do with the "firing" of Dan Rather and company than George Bush. Saturday, February 26, 2005
For the fullest account of the controversy involving Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), read the links in this search of LGF posts. The short version: LGF broke the story when Hinchey made public, unsubstantiated claims that the fake memos from the Dan Rather scandal were planted by Karl Rove, chief strategist for President Bush. (Why would Rove plant fake documents that supposedly contained "accurate" information damning Bush? Obviously logic is not a hallmark of conspiracy theorists.) Standing firm on his remarks, Hinchey's office apparently received a "storm" of protest phone calls, prompting a supporter to declare that Hinchey was being "slammed" by "hoards of flying monkeys from the Dark Side." LGF host Charles Johnson sent us the latter post, which was just begging for a cartoon. We based the cartoon on the famous 1781 painting by Henry Fuseli called The Nightmare. And it's not everyday that John gets an excuse to draw flying monkeys. Saturday, February 26, 2005
THE GARBAGE MAN MOVES ON TO LONDON
By Michelle Malkin
Democrat political operative Zack Exley, known as "the garbage man" for publishing fake photos of President Bush with cocaine residue under his nose, has been hired as a campaign consultant by Britain's Labour Party. A Labour spokeswoman told The Independent that Exley was hired specifically because of his experience working for MoveOn. For those who have been living in a cave for the past year, that's the left-wing activist group that compared President Bush to Hitler.
Exley worked for the Kerry campaign and has ties to The Ruckus Society, a radical organization that, as Lowell Ponte reports, has "links to members of domestic terrorist groups like Earth Liberation Front and Earth First!"
But if Exley is as successful in British politics as he was in the U.S., the Conservative Party should welcome his arrival with open arms. Sunday, February 27, 2005
REAL ID ACT LOOPHOLES
By Michelle Malkin
The Real ID Act, which recently passed the House by a 261-to-161 vote, has been portrayed by both supporters and opponents as banning drivers' licenses for illegal aliens. As the sponsor of the bill, Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), told Human Events, "an applicant for a driver's license or renewal must prove lawful presence in the United States."
Unfortunately, that's not completely true. Section 202(c)(2)(C) of the bill says certain kinds of illegal aliens will be allowed to obtain "temporary drivers' licenses and identification cards." Those eligible for these temporary cards are listed in 202(c)(2)(B):
EVIDENCE OF LAWFUL STATUS - A State shall require, before issuing a driver's license or identification card to a person, valid documentary evidence that the person... (v) has a valid, unexpired nonimmigrant visa or nonimmigrant visa status for entry into the United States;
(vi) has a pending application for asylum in the United States;
(vii) has a pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
(viii) has approved deferred action status; or
(ix) has a pending application for adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States or conditional permanent resident status in the United States.
This means that the Real ID Act allows states to give temporary drivers' licenses to:
-illegal aliens who have been granted a hearing for asylum,
-illegal aliens who have applications pending for temporary protected status, and
-illegal aliens who have applied for amnesty under the 245(i) program.
If the Bush guest worker plan passes, states will also be permitted to grant temporary drivers' licenses to illegal aliens who apply for a guest worker permit.
I strongly support the Real ID Act. But the bill would be better without the loopholes. Rep. Sensenbrenner's e-mail address is email@example.com. Saturday, February 26, 2005
From the Seattle Post Intelligencer: Canada opts out of US defense shield, insists on missile consultation.
A day after opting out of the U.S. ballistic missile defense shield, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin reiterated Friday that Washington must get permission from Ottawa before firing on any incoming missiles over Canada. ...
Martin made his comments to reporters as the fallout from Canada’s decision to not take part in the development and operation of President Bush’s nascent anti-ballistic missile shield continued to roil relations between with Canada.
Stockwell Day, the Conservative Party’s foreign affairs critic, laughed off Martin’s demand that Washington would have to alert Ottawa before taking out an incoming missile.
"These missiles are coming in at 4 kilometers ( 2.5 miles) a second, and if the president calls the 1-800 line and gets: 'Press 1 if you want English, press 2 if you want French, press 0 if nobody’s there ...' I mean, it's crazy." Sunday, February 27, 2005