Thursday, November 30, 2006

Calling Islam violent makes Muslims act violently -- Turk religious chief

This is the sort of tortured thinking that leads some otherwise perfectly sane American analyists to maintain that if we all pretend that Islam is peaceful, it will make it so. After all, Bardakoglu is affirming the other side of this coin: speaking about what within Islam gives rise to violence will only "encourage those who perform wrong-doing on behalf of religion." Uh huh.
"Insulting Islam breeds violence - Turk religious chief," from Reuters, with thanks to Twostellas:
Turkey's top Muslim official repeated in the presence of Pope Benedict that Islam was not a religion of violence and that arguing so can only encourage those who abuse religion to do wrong.
Ali Bardakoglu, who heads Ankara's Directorate General for Religious Affairs which controls Turkish imams and writes their sermons, said all Muslims were offended by accusations that their religion was violent.
"Such accusations and attempts can only serve to encourage those who perform wrong-doing on behalf of religion by way of exploitation," he said in a speech.
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Fitzgerald: There is no chance Turkey will be admitted to the E.U.

There is no chance Turkey will be admitted to the E.U.
Some of the many reasons for this are located in the fact that Turkey let the murderer of Don Andrea Santoro, the priest murdered on February 7, 2006, get off lightly. And the Turkish authorities did nothing to publicize, throughout Turkey, exactly what it was that prompted those teenagers to harass him, to demand money, and then finally to return to kill him -- he who in Trabzon (Trebizond) did nothing to anyone, but merely had a congregation of eight or perhaps nine people, several of them Georgian women.
Continue reading "Fitzgerald: There is no chance Turkey will be admitted to the E.U."
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Wiesenthal Center Urges Croatia To Press Austria Harder for Extradition of Escaped Nazi Police Chief Ašner

Wiesenthal Center Los Angeles
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi-hunter Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff met on Monday night with Croatian Attorney-General Mladen Bajic; and Deputy Attorney-General Antun Kvakan to discuss ongoing efforts by Croatia to prosecute escaped Ustasha police chief Milivoj Ašner (currently residing in Klagenfurt, Austria) and investigate former Ustasha governor of Dubrovnik Ivo Rojnica (currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina).In the course of the meeting, Zuroff urged the Croatian prosecutors to apply increased pressure on the Austrian authorities who have hereto refused to accede to a Croatian request for Ašner’s extradition, which was submitted in September 2005. Croatian Attorney-General Bajic; acknowledged the intransigence of the Austrian authorities and promised to urge the Croatian Justice Ministry to increase its efforts to expedite the Ašner case. According to Zuroff:“Time is rapidly running out in this case and therefore a concentrated effort must be made by all involved parties to finally convince the Austrian authorities that there is absolutely no basis for their refusal to turn over the former police chief of Požega to face charges for his role in the persecution and deportation to concentration camps, where they were murdered, of hundreds of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies.”

picture: Nazi-war criminal Milivoj Ašner,currently residing in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

NIGHTLINES

David Letterman: “Top Signs Your Family Is Nuts Presented By Dr. Phil”: You’re 42, but your dad still makes you watch the parade on his shoulders; All of mom’s recipes involve 1 part gin and 3 parts tonic; Breaking the wishbone usually involves a trip to the hospital; The Shi’ites next door ask you to keep the fighting down; Have to eat your dinner without utensils because everyone’s on suicide watch; So-called turkey is wearing a dog collar; Instead of spouses, each member brings an attorney.

Jay Leno: Are you like me and you really didn’t give thanks until the relatives went home? ... President Bush spent Thanksgiving weekend at Camp David with a small group of friends and family. He would have spent it with a large group but there are no Republicans left in Washington. ... Have you heard about the tur-duck-en? Very popular. A chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. They now have Tum-alka-pepto after you eat a tur-duc-ken. It’s a Tums stuck to an Alka-Seltzer covered in Pepto Bismal. ... A popular item this year is gift cards. There’s nothing like saying, “I don’t care, I don’t know what you want, but take this and you’ll find something you like at this store.” ... In an interview with FOX News Sunday, John Kerry said his botched joke about Iraq will not hurt his chances for a presidential run in ‘08. Now see that was funny! That was a good joke. ... According to a new study by National Geographic, 11 percent of Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four could not find the United States on a map of the world. You know the only place where everyone could find the United States on a map? Mexico. ... Texas A&M University is doing research on making cotton edible. Making food from cotton. If it goes over well they should put it on a stick and start selling it at county fairs across the country.

U.N. police fire tear gas at protesters in Kosovo


AP ,PRISTINA, Serbia: United Nations police in Kosovo fired tear gas Tuesday to disperse protesters who overturned a concrete barrier shielding the U.N. headquarters in the capital Pristina. Some three thousand ethnic Albanians rallied outside the building to protest ongoing talks with Serbia on the future of the province, which is currently part of Serbia but under U.N. administration. Before reaching the U.N. premises protesters pelted the provincial government's building with stones and splashed red paint, symbolizing blood, on its walls. No injuries or arrests were immediately reported. The demonstration was called by a group known as "Self-determination" that is opposed to U.N. brokered negotiations between Kosovo leaders and Serbia's officials. Kosovo has been run by the U.N. since 1999, when NATO bombing ended a crackdown by Belgrade on separatist ethnic Albanian rebels. Since February, the U.N. has been mediating talks to determine the province's final status. The majority ethnic Albanians want independence, but its Serb minority and Belgrade want Kosovo to remain part of Serbia. Tuesday's rally came a day after police increased security measures following unspecified threats against U.N. personnel serving as part of the administration that runs the province. The organization said the threats were serious and credible. Members of "Self-determination" have vandalized U.N. vehicles and the headquarters building in the past. The head of the group, former student leader Albin Kurti, has been apprehended several times. Recently, Kurti held rallies in Kosovo's rural areas calling for an end to the status talks, claiming that decentralization - a central part of the negotiations aimed at improving the rights of minorities - would split the province into an ethic Albanian part and a Serb-controlled part. "We believe Kosovo does not lack status, but the people of Kosovo lack freedom and that is freedom to self-determination," Kurti told AP.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Pope Rage in Istanbul


By Robert Spencer
What’s at stake as Benedict XVI travels to Turkey.
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Monday, November 27, 2006

Bawer: Cat Stevens' Grim Message


Bruce Bawer has an article in the New York Sun on ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf “Death to Salman Rushdie” Islam: Sending a Grim Message. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Perhaps the barring of Yusuf from America and his expulsion from Israel were based on misunderstandings; perhaps he was misquoted on Mr. Rushdie, and perhaps the Jawa Report is mistaken. But Yusuf’s own statements on his own Web site are not so easily dismissed. On that Web site he claims that he “never called for the death of Salman Rushdie; nor backed the Fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini,” even though he feels that Mr. Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” “destroyed the harmony between peoples and created an unnecessary international crisis.” But then he adds the following: “When asked about my opinion regarding blasphemy, I could not tell a lie and confirmed that — like both the Torah and the Gospel — the Qur’an considers it, without repentance, as a capital offense. The Bible is full of similar harsh laws if you’re looking for them. However, the application of such Biblical and Qur’anic injunctions is not to be outside of due process of law, in a place or land where such law is accepted and applied by the society as a whole.” What does this mean? It means this: Yusuf is not against the idea of Mr. Rushdie being executed for writing a book. He is simply acknowledging that in Britain and other Western countries, the proper Islamic punishments do not apply. Yet.
What about women’s rights — about burkas and such? Yusuf writes on his Web site that his wife and four daughters all wear clothes “which modestly cover their God-given beauty.” He insists that “a woman’s beauty and form” should not be viewed by “males who are not closely related.” This view places him squarely in the mainstream of patriarchal Islamism, for whose adherents the covering of women is central to the theological principle that a family’s honor is founded in its women’s “modesty.”
And what about free speech? Yusuf supports an Islam that “wisely prohibits the vilification of what people hold sacred, in order that people do not vilify or mock God the Almighty.” In other words, he champions the same kind of Shariah-based censorship that obtains in Saudi Arabia and Iran and that was a way of life in Taliban-run Afghanistan. This is, in short, a man who opposes freedom of speech and women’s equality — a man who would have cheered the execution of Salman Rushdie. The decision to invite him to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert — which is supposed to be a celebration of civilization’s highest values — sends a grim message about the values the Norwegian Nobel Committee exalts above all others.
For the new album, Atlantic Records was canny enough to remove the word “Islam” from his name; he’s simply Yusuf. And you’ll have to read pretty far down into the reviews to find anyone who knows—or cares—about his radical views.
LGF

Thousands denounce papal visit to EU-Turkey

Tiny Minority of Extremists Update from modern, secular Turkey. From AAP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Tens of thousands of protesters denounced Pope Benedict XVI as an enemy of Islam at a rally that highlighted the deep strains in Turkey before hosting the pontiff this week.
Chants of "No to the Pope!" rose among the nearly 25,000 demonstrators at every mention of the pope's remarks on violence and the Prophet Muhammad. Many protesters wore headbands with anti-pope slogans and waved placards that included a depiction of Benedict as the grim reaper.
The protest, organised by an Islamist political party, was the largest mass gathering so far against Benedict's four-day visit scheduled to begin Tuesday - his first papal journey to a mostly Muslim nation. The outcry also was designed to rattle Turkey's establishment.
Turkish officials hope to use the visit to promote their ambitions of becoming the first Muslim nation in the European Union and showcase their secular political system. But pro-Islamic groups - which have been gaining strength for years - perceive Benedict as a symbol of Western intolerance and injustices against Muslims.
"The Pope is not wanted here," said Kubra Yigitoglu, 20, who attended the rally in a headscarf, ankle-length coat and cowboy boots.
Nearby, a large banner was raised amid a sea of red flags of the Saadet, or Felicity, party. It called the Vatican "a source of terror".
Sure. That's why those 19 Catholic priests flew those planes into the World Trade Center towers.
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Man arrested after anti-Semitic vandalism at Vienna Jewish school

Photo:Jakob Biderman, head of the Lauder Chabad School in Vienna, walks over broken glass. Austrian police on Sunday detained a man suspected of breaking into th Jewish community school overnight and systematically smashing windows and school’s restrooms with an iron rod.
By Samuel Laster
VIENNA (EJP)--- A man in his 30’s, who introduces himself as 'Adolf Hitler', is suspected by police of having smashed the windows of a Jewish school in Vienna this weekend, in what appears to be an anti-Semitic act of vandalism.
A Vienna police spokesman said the man, who has not been identified, was arrested early on Sunday around the Lauder Chabad school after residents alerted police because of the noise.
Police were not immediately ready to comment on the man’s motives.
Austrian radio reported that the man told police he was Croatian.
Hundreds of windows were broken and the school’s restrooms damaged by the man who apparently used an iron rod.
“Where glasses are destroyed, men are due to be attacked soon,” Ariel Muzicant, head of the Vienna Jewish community, told EJP.
Psychiatrist Alexander Friedman, a member of the Jewish community board, spoke of the “radical and aggressive force” of the attacker.
“This is for us the worst incident since the terror attacks in Vienna in 1981 and 1985,” Muzicant declared.
The Jewish community heads held a crisis meeting at the spot and in a statement to the media declared they trust the Austrian authorities. The school is to reopen on Monday after all repairs are made to remove or cover the destructions, Jakob Biderman, head of the Lauder Chabad School, told EJP.
The school, which opened in 1997 and is located in the Leopoldstadt quarter of Vienna, is attended by about 360 pupils from basic school to secondary level.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The SUN:Well said, Dave


FOR once we cannot argue with David Cameron.
The Tory leader has condemned Islamic extremists who want to replace our tolerant, liberal way of life with Sharia law.
This hardline interpretation of the Koran treats women as chattels and demands death for gays and Jews.
The answer, says Mr Cameron, is for fanatics to go and live in another country.
We can only add: The sooner the better.
www.thesun.co.uk

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Russian Spy Died of Radioactive Poisoning, Converted to Islam?

The Russian thugocracy may still be fond of poisoning their enemies, or there may be even more sinister forces at work; but whoever killed Alexander Litvinenko used a very rare radioactive element to do it: Radioactive Link To Dead Spy.
A large quantity of radiation, probably from a substance called Polonium 210, has been found in the body of dead ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
The “major dose” of alpha radiation was detected in his urine, said Government experts, who added that Polonium 210 is only dangerous if ingested.
They also revealed that police have found radiation at three locations: his Muswell Hill home, a central London sushi bar where he ate shortly before falling ill, and a hotel where he had met two Russians that morning.
Dr Pat Troop, head of the Health Protection Agency, said the death was an “unprecedented event in the UK” and he had “apparently been poisoned by a type of radiation”.
And in a bizarre twist, Litvinenko is reported to have converted to Islam before his death: Russians Blame Litvinenko Ally In Former Spy’s Death. (Hat tip: The UK Daily Pundit.)
Radio station Echo Moskvy reported Friday that Litvinenko converted to Islam. Litvinenko, it said, was read the Yasin surah, or prayer, and given Islamic death rites by an imam invited to the dying spy’s hospital bedside.
Ekho, a prominent liberal broadcaster funded by state-owned gas monopoly Gazprom, said Litvinenko would be buried in a Muslim cemetery in London. The station cited Chechenpress, the official news agency of the wartorn republic’s insurgency.
A statement dictated by Litvinenko two days before his death and read by friends on Friday said nothing about a conversion to Islam.
LGF

Friday, November 24, 2006

The 751 No-Go Zones of France


How bad has it gotten in France? Daniel Pipes answers:
They go by the euphemistic term Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, with the even more antiseptic acronym ZUS, and there are 751 of them as of last count. They are conveniently listed on one long webpage, complete with street demarcations and map delineations.
What are they? Those places in France that the French state does not control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassone to twelve in the heavily Muslim town of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them.
Comment: A more precise name for these zones would be Dar al-Islam, the place where Muslims rule. (November 14, 2006)
And where dhimmis dare not venture.
dhimmiwatch

French Policeman Kills Soccer Fan to Stop Antisemitic Mob


Europeans often look down their noses at the “violence and racism” of the United States, but if there’s an equivalent for this appallingly antisemitic, racist French behavior in the US, I haven’t seen it: Policeman kills PSG fan in post-match racist violence. (Hat tip: Ron.)
PARIS, Nov 24, 2006 (AFP) - A French police officer — a black man in plain clothes — shot dead a Paris-Saint Germain football fan after being turned on by a mob during racist violence that followed the team’s defeat by Israeli side Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Photo).
Antoine Granomort, who was in custody Friday morning, fired his handgun into a threatening crowd near the Parc des Princes stadium late Thursday after seeking to defend a French fan of the Israeli club from attack, police and witnesses said.
A 24-year-old man was killed and a 26-year-old who was wounded is in serious condition in hospital, police said. Five fans were in police custody Friday morning and face possible charges for “racist and anti-Semitic insults”, police said.
“Four young people presumably from the Jewish community were rounded on by a group of supporters of PSG. They decided to separate, and one of them Yanniv Hazout was chased by attackers ... The mob grew to some 100 people,” said state prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin.
“A plain clothes officer from the transport police, Antoine Granomort, told Monsieur Hazout to stand behind him and then tried to keep the crowd away using his tear-gas canister.
Police prep for problems at Marseille v PSG ”The crowd hurled insults — dirty Jew, dirty n_____ — and monkey cries and raised Nazi salutes. Some shouted ‘Le Pen for president’,“ he said.
According to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy: ”One of the attackers hit him on the head and another kicked him in the groin, and he fell to the ground. He got out his gun after stating he was a policeman — though in what exact circumstances I do not know.“
”(The officer) fired in legitimate self-defense in order to protect his physical person. He had come to the aid of a man in accordance with our rules of engagement, and he had no choice but to shoot," said Patrice Ribeiro of the Synergie police union.

LGF

Bosnia Herzegovina Expresses Regret over Sacrilege


Fars News Agency, Iran
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- In a letter, the ambassador of Bosnia Herzegovina to Tehran expressed his regret and sorrow over publication of an insulting article in a Bosnian weekly. In his letter that was addressed to the Institute for the Publication of the late Imam Khomeini's Works, the Bosnian ambassador to Tehran said that the measure taken by the Slobodna Bosna weekly is an insult to all the Bosnian Moslems who consider Imam Khomeini to be the symbol of Islam, justice and even beyond justice. The Bosnian ambassador to Tehran further added in his letter that Slobodna Bosna is not a widely circulated publication in Bosnia Herzegovina and has already been boycotted by the Muslim community of his country and that this publication pursues to impair friendly relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Bosnia Herzegovina. The ambassador of Bosnia Herzegovina to Tehran concluded his letter by stating that the measure taken by the said publication is misuse of freedom and expressed his deep regret over such an unethical practice.
balkanpeace.org

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Religion of Tolerance in EU-Turkey


Two Christian converts went on trial today in Turkey, for grievously insulting an abstract concept.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Two men who converted to Christianity went on trial Thursday for allegedly insulting “Turkishness” and inciting religious hatred against Islam, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The trial opened just days before a visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict XVI. During his visit, the pontiff is expected to discuss improved religious rights for the country’s tiny Christian minority who complain of discrimination.
Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, are accused of making the insults and of inciting hate while allegedly trying to convert other Turks to Christianity. If convicted, the two Turkish men could face up to nine years in prison.
Also from Turkey, the Associated Press gives us this deadpan headline: Protesters occupying building detained.
Protesters = radical Islamists.
Building = the Hagia Sophia.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Police on Wednesday detained about 40 members of a Turkish nationalist party who earlier had occupied one of Istanbul’s most famous buildings, the Haghia Sophia, to protest the visit next week of Pope Benedict XVI.
The protesters belong to the Great Unity Party, a far right-wing group that has previously staged demonstrations against the planned Nov. 28-Dec. 1 visit. They entered the 6th century former Byzantine church and mosque, shouting “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great!” — and then knelt to perform Islamic prayers. They also shouted a warning to Benedict: “Pope, don’t make a mistake, don’t wear out our patience.”
A group leader read a statement saying Benedict had offended Muslims with his comments linking violence and Islam, but the reading was interrupted by police.
When the protesters refused to surrender, a policeman used pepper spray on them.
LGF

Serb school in Kosovo blown up

PRISTINA, Serbia-An explosion shook an elementary school in the breakaway province of Kosovo early Tuesday, minutes after the classroom was cleared of children, an official said. No one was reported injured in the blast, which police believe was caused by a hand grenade being put in a stove.
The Kosovo Serb school, in the village of Ropotovo, in eastern Kosovo, was damaged, police said.
Three Kosovo Serb men were being questioned about the explosion, police spokesman Veton Elshani said, but no arrests had been made.
"We believe the hand grenade exploded as the stove was heated in the morning hours," Elshani said. Police did not provide an explanation of how the grenade was placed inside the stove.
Police said no warning was given before the blast, but they did not say why the children were moved out of the classroom.
Investigators do not believe the incident was ethnically motivated, citing internal problems with the school management as the motive behind the blast.
Tension has been running high between the minority Serbs and majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo as the province seeks to sever all ties with Serbia and become an independent state, an option Belgrade is opposed to.
serbianna.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Shouting "Allahu akbar," protestors occupy Hagia Sophia to protest Pope's visit to Turkey

They entered the once-great cathedral, in its desacralized and appropriated state an international symbol of jihadist aggression and Islamic supremacism, and shouted a threat: "Pope, don't make a mistake, don't wear out our patience."
"Protesters occupying building detained," by Benjamin Harvey for
Associated Press, with thanks to Twostellas:
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Police on Wednesday detained about 40 members of a Turkish nationalist party who earlier had occupied one of Istanbul's most famous buildings, the Haghia Sophia, to protest the visit next week of Pope Benedict XVI.
The protesters belong to the Great Unity Party, a far right-wing group that has previously staged demonstrations against the planned Nov. 28-Dec. 1 visit.
They entered the 6th century former Byzantine church and mosque, shouting "Allahu akbar!" — "God is great!" — and then knelt to perform Islamic prayers.
They also shouted a warning to Benedict: "Pope, don't make a mistake, don't wear out our patience."
A group leader read a statement saying Benedict had offended Muslims with his comments linking violence and Islam, but the reading was interrupted by police.
Posted by Robert
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Is Khaled Al-Masri Lying?

Here is another interesting analysis by John Rosenthal of the Al-Masri case. Al-Masri, you may remember, is the poor Islamist chap who got caught on his way to Skopje, which he visited for vacation purposes, of all things.
John Rosenthal:
It (the article) brings the Masri saga up to date as compared to my earlier PJM article and finishes by posing some questions about what exactly Masri was doing when he left for Macedonia in Dec 2003. What’s odd about the German coverage, as opposed to the really pitiful American coverage, is that there really is enough information in the German media to start having serious doubts about this guy, but those doubts are rarely expressed. Instead, every new piece of information that comes out linking Masri to extremist milieus is spun – as in the Spiegel article I cite – as a reason for raising “suspicions” about possible German police cooperation with American authorities – as if a priori that would be a bad thing!
Read the whole article!
Davids Medienkritik

Canada must take action against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Palestinians for terror in Lebanon

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Ottawa, Canada - Yesterday's assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel is another example of foreign state terror being used to destabilize Lebanon. Canada must not stand by and allow these vicious criminal actions to succeed.

"Prime Minister Harper understands the importance of democracy to the people of Lebanon," said Francois Hachem, director of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). "Today, we are calling on the Prime Minister to take strong action against Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists within Lebanon as well as their sponsors in Syria and Iran. We must defeat those who use violence and murder, especially against the Christian minority, with the goal of making Lebanon yet another stage for global Islamist terror that threatens all nations including Canada.""Syria has mocked United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 and 1701 and the UN refuses to act," said Hachem. "It is time that Canada recognized this fact, and take the necessary steps to hold the regime and its proxies responsible."

"Iran and Syria will continue to ignore criticism and UN resolutions," said Alastair Gordon, president of CCD. "Canada must consider meaningful action such as cancelling our active trade partnership with Syria as we did with South Africa during the Apartheid regime, moving our Lebanese immigration office back to Lebanon from Syria, ending our funding of UNRWA for its incitement of Palestinians against Christians in Lebanon, and helping bring to justice the killers of President Hariri and Minister Gemayel and those who have murdered and maimed journalists, clerics and democracy activists who have spoken out against Syrian occupation."As a first step, Canada must send a high-ranking cabinet minister to the funeral of Minister Gemayel scheduled for Thursday. "This gesture will signal support to the people of Lebanon and let the Syrians and their proxies know that the Christian and Muslim people they seek to destroy and the nation they seek to re-occupy are not without friends", added Hachem.

For more information, please contact:
Francois Hachem, Director of Lebanese Affairs, CCD 416-791-1392, or
Alastair Gordon, President, CCD 416-963-8998

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Airliner Horror Averted In Germany

By Stephen Brown
FrontPageMagazine.com
It just never ends.
Islamic terrorists’ endless fascination with explosives and Western passenger jets exhibited itself most recently last Friday in Germany where six Arabs were arrested for plotting to blow an airliner out of the sky with a suitcase bomb. The terrorist attack was probably to occur last summer during soccer’s World Cup tournament that Germany was hosting, most likely to ensure as big an audience as possible for the heinous crime. The targeted aircraft is believed to have been Israeli.

What makes this particular case perhaps more frightening than others involving airplanes, Islamists and bombs, however, is that none of the plotters planned to give up his own life to commit yet another aerial mass murder of infidels, but rather they enlisted the help of a worker at Frankfurt Airport who, for a price, was willing to smuggle the deadly suitcase onto the El Al plane. The French recently suspended 72 workers from Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris with connections to terrorist groups, about 60 of whom had ties to radical Islam.

One German newspaper report said some of the arrested cell members were Palestinians from Jordan, while the others were from different Middle Eastern countries. Five of the six suspects were released from custody on Saturday after a hearing. Preliminary proceedings have been launched against them for membership in a terrorist organization, although German papers reported it was not yet clear whether the plotters belonged to al Qaeda or a similar terrorist outfit, or to an autonomous group. The police are also investigating other suspects in the case, who are involved the plot’s background.

Investigators stumbled onto the homicidal conspiracy during an eavesdropping operation regarding drug offenses. The scheme was still in the early planning stages; the price to load the suitcase onto the plane had still not been agreed upon between the Islamists and the airport worker, showing that murderous Muslim extremists at least respect the free market when it comes to killing their fellow human beings. Nine apartments in Mainz and Wiesbaden were also searched when the suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

This latest Islamist plot to kill hundreds of innocent people is the fifth such terrorist attack to be thwarted in Germany in the last six years. Islamist terrorists based in Frankfurt planned to bomb the Christmas market in Strasbourg in 2000. In 2002 the al-Tawhid terrorist group planned to bomb a Jewish establishment in Berlin and throw hand grenades into Jewish-owned pubs and pubs frequented by Jews in Dusseldorf. And members of Ansar el Islam based in Germany plotted to assassinate the then visiting Iraqi president, Iyad Allawi, in Berlin in 2004.

But perhaps the deadliest Islamist terrorist plot in Germany that never came to fruition occurred only last summer when suitcase bombs were placed in two commuter passenger trains that could have caused hundreds of casualties and the trains’ derailment. Only the bombs’ faulty construction prevented another Madrid or London commuter tragedy from occurring in Germany. One of the arrested suspects, a student in Germany at the time, had the wonderful first name of Jihad, which somehow did not disturb German visa officials. Jihad, now under arrest in Lebanon, claims the publication of Denmark’s Mohammed caricatures in Germany was the reason for his willingness to commit mass murder.

And while one may question German immigration authorities’ wakefulness in Jihad’s case, others in Germany are complaining about the security situation at Frankfurt Airport, the third largest in Europe that handles about 52 million passengers a year. Germany’s police union says security controls at the airport have worsened since privatization of the airport’s security services as this has caused a decline in the quality of security personnel. The union is calling on politicians to follow the American model and put all airport security in the country under government control.

Ironically, this latest attempt to destroy a passenger airplane in flight comes at a time when one of the 9/11 terrorists, Mounir El Motassadeq, a member of the infamous Hamburg cell that produced suicide pilots Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah is set to appear before a court for the third time to receive a new sentence. The previous two sentences were found invalid due to trial-related problems. Motassadeq signed Atta’s will and is believed to have been involved in the logistics end of the conspiracy. The Moroccan Islamist paid the 9/11 plotters’ rent and other bills, so they could, it is believed, live outwardly normal lives.

So at least for this Islamist murderer, this hopefully will be the end.

Frontpagemag.com.
Stephen Brown is a columnist for Frontpagemag.com. Email him at
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No Nazi!

Herbert Kuhner
“You’ll find people in Gurk who are socialists or conservatives, who in certain situations say Hitler should be here now, but that doesn’t mean that they are Nazis.” - Karl Felsberger Vice-Mayor of Gurk, Carinthia, Profil, No. 23, June, 6, 2005 .
"die jüdische"

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What GIs need to know about Kosovo

By Stella Jatras
The Nov. 6 article
Training helps Guardsmen get Kosovo-savvy deserves a response.
The Stars and Stripes reporter states that ethnic Albanians in Kosovo make up 90 percent of the population. Actually, a more precise number is 97 percent. It is also necessary for your readers to understand just how the Kosovo (Muslim) Albanians became the majority — considering the Christian Serbs were once the majority until hundreds of thousands of them were either ethnically cleansed or killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi troops, followed by the communist Josip Broz Tito, who, in his hatred for the Christian Orthodox Serbs, encouraged Albanians to cross illegally into Kosovo.
While training for the situation as it exists today is important, we too often send our young men and women into these foreign countries to do impossible tasks without a clear understanding of the cultural and historical background of the region. What the Wailing Wall is to the Jews, what the Vatican is to the Roman Catholics, and what Mecca is to Muslims, Kosovo is to the Serbs. It is their Jerusalem. It is their heart and soul.
While under the watchful eye of NATO’s Kosovo Forces since 1999, more than 150 Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries have been destroyed or desecrated and dozens of new mosques have been built — including the Osama bin Laden mosque that now stands on Serbian soil. Is this why peacekeepers are in Kosovo? To protect mosques named after the prime terrorist who has vowed to destroy our country?
"Bin Laden" mosque in Kosovo now renamed because it endangers Muslim Albanian hopes to acquire Serbian territory.
Following are facts of importance that should not be ignored:
We have known as far back as 1999 the terrorist connections of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) when The Washington Times reported that “some members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which has financed its war efforts through the sale of heroin, were trained in terrorist camps run by international fugitive Osama bin Laden."
In 2004, a report by National Review stated: “A pogrom started in Europe on Wednesday. A U.N. official is quoted as saying that ‘Kristallnacht is under way in Kosovo.’ Serbs are being murdered and their 800-year-old churches are aflame. Much of the Christian heritage in Kosovo and Metohija is on fire and could be lost forever. By these deeds too many of Kosovo’s Albanians have shown that all the speeches about democracy and multi-ethnicity we have been hearing in Kosovo since June 1999, and the naive repetition of them by the international community, are false. These words too are burning, as is the hope in the hearts of right-thinking policymakers across the world that Kosovo’s barbarians can be civilized at little cost to the West.”
Serbian culture, language and religion are being eradicated by Albanian mobs with the help of the Kosovo Liberation Army that has now been morphed into the Kosovo Peace Corps. Even under U.N. control, as noted in a May 20, 2002, briefing by Derek Chappell, spokesman for the U.N. Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Police, sex slavery, prostitution and rape are rampant in Kosovo. The situation has become worse, not better.
The Wall Street Journal of Nov. 1, 2001 — in an article titled “Al Qaeda’s Balkan Links” — writes: “For the past 10 years, the most senior leaders of al Qaeda have visited the Balkans, including bin Laden himself on three occasions between 1994 and 1996. The Egyptian surgeon turned terrorist leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri has operated terrorist training camps, weapons of mass destruction factors and money-laundering and drug-trading networks throughout Albania, Kosovo, (FYROM) Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Bosnia. This has gone on for a decade. Many recruits to the Balkan wars came originally from Chechnya, a jihad in which al Qaeda has also played a part.” …
It is a well-known fact that many of the jihadists who have taken over the government in Kosovo were trained in bin Laden’s terrorist camps. Sitting in the seat of government, Kosovo’s prime minister, Agim Ceku, helped to mastermind the most brutal ethnic-cleansing campaign in post-communist Yugoslavia’s history. According to an Amnesty International report, “Croatia: Impunity for killing after [Operation] Storm,” nearly the entire ethnic Serbian population of the region, estimated to be at least 180,000 people, fled in face of the attack. Hundreds of civilians were murdered, most of the victims being elderly and disabled persons who were unable to flee. The report estimates that “5,000 structures were torched by the advancing Croatian army.”
While the training emphasizes building relationships with the town leaders, does that include building relationships with the few Serbs who are left? Also, are our GIs being prepared for the renewed violence that Albanian Muslims have warned of if independence for Kosovo is delayed or refused? The violence may be directed at Americans who up until now they have considered to be “on their side.”
After Sept. 11, President Bush told the American people that we would do whatever it takes to defend our country against the Islamic terrorists, yet we denied the Serbs the right to fight the same enemy that we are fighting today.
Am I cynical? You bet. Through our flawed foreign policies in the Balkans, we destroyed a Christian people, our ally of two world wars, in order to appease the Muslim world, a world that cannot be appeased. Sept. 11 is a case in point.
serbianna.com

Monday, November 20, 2006

"People" plot to blow up aircraft in Germany

Here is another story in which the perpetrators are almost certainly Islamic jihadists, but no mention is made of that fact. Maybe we should declare "war against people." "Six Investigated in Germany for Alleged Airplane Plot," from AP, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
BERLIN — At least six people are under investigation in an alleged terrorist plot to blow up a commercial aircraft, German prosecutors said Monday.
The six are believed to have begun preparations for an attack on behalf of "so far unknown" terrorist backers, federal prosecutors said in a statement. Several of the accused last summer approached a person with security clearance at an unidentified airport, the statement said. That person said he or she was prepared to load a case or bag containing explosives onto a plane in an exchange for an unspecified payment, it added.
Posted by Robert
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Germany Investigating Plot to Blow Up El Al Plane

Germany is investigating a plot by a number of people of indeterminate ideology and unknown origin, to blow up an Israeli airplane at Frankfurt Airport: German police investigate foiled plot to bomb plane.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German authorities are investigating a number of people in connection with what they suspect was a foiled plot to smuggle a bomb onto a passenger plane, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said on Monday.
German security sources said on condition of anonymity that the plane would have been at Frankfurt International Airport, one of the world’s busiest. German newspaper Die Welt cited security sources as saying the target was a plane of Israel’s El Al airline. An El Al spokeswoman in Israel said the company does not respond to reports about security matters.
Prosecutors in Karlsruhe said they were investigating six suspects whom they had identified and a number of unidentified suspects. None of the names have been made public.
Several of the suspects had approached someone during the summer who had access to the security department at a German airport and who had expressed willingness to smuggle a suitcase or bag onto a plane for payment, a statement said. The suspects repeatedly made contact with the person but were unable to agree on a price for planting a bomb, it said. Die Welt said the person was a male employee of Frankfurt airport.
“The suspects were temporarily taken into custody and informed of the suspicions against them before they were released on Saturday, with the exception of one wanted in connection with another crime,” the office said.
The men are suspected of being members of a terrorist organization, the office said. It did not explain why the suspects, who remain under investigation, had been released.
“I can’t comment on the particularities about the decision to release them,” said a spokesman for the interior ministry. Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency also declined comment.
UPDATE at 11/20/06 8:41:57 am:
Imagine my surprise to discover that this investigation involves, of all things, an Islamic terror cell: Terror cell nabbed in El Al bomb plot.
LGF

Kosovo Serbs: Humanitarian catastrophe

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Kosovo Serb representatives Marko Jakšić and Milan Ivanović say there is a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Kosovo today. In a press conference called in reaction to power cuts that lasted for hours and to what he called vandalism toward Telekom’s equipment in Kosovo, Jakšić said that UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker was acting like “a Kosovo government member, rather than a high UNMIK official”. “He [Ruecker] is one of those who authored the looting privatization and the economic discrimination against Serbs and Serb-owned companies, and is charged with driving everything that even reminds of Serbs and the Serb state away from Kosovo“, Jakšić said. In his words, “out of 190 privatized companies in Kosovo not a single one is owned by a Serb, which means that the property belonging to one nation is taken and given to another”. Jakšić said that beside the physical violence and persecution that the Serbs suffer at the hands of the Albanians, UNMIK is undertaking “torture on the economic level”, and called on Ruecker to “stop jeopardizing Serb interests making the lives of Serbs impossible.” Serb National Council (SNV) president Milan Ivanović said that the situation in the province has deteriorated and dubbed it a humanitarian catastrophe. Ivanović said the Montenegrin opposition leaders would be visiting Kosovo on Monday, as well as that he expected them to, after being acquainted with the situation in Kosovo, “support the only just solution, Kosovo’s future as a part of Serbia”.
balkanpeace.org

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Muslim leader sent funds to aid court case of prominent Holocaust denier

Photo:David Irving
The Muslim Public Affairs Council would like to wave this off as a personal, "innocent gesture of support."
But Bukhari used his position in the community -- having assumed the role of a "civil rights" leader -- to urge other Muslims to support Holocaust denier David Irving. That should lead those who haven't already questioned the agenda of Bukhari, MPAC, and the community it represents as what the article terms an "increasingly influential" entity, to do so without further delay.
"Muslim leader sent funds to Irving" by Jamie Doward for the
Guardian:
One of Britain's most prominent speakers on Muslim issues is today exposed as a supporter of David Irving, the controversial historian who for years denied the Holocaust took place.
Asghar Bukhari, a founder member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), which describes itself as Britain's largest Muslim civil rights group, sent money to Irving and urged Islamic websites to ask visitors to make donations to his fighting fund.
Bukhari contacted the discredited historian, sentenced this year to three years in an Austrian prison for Holocaust denial, after reading his website. He headed his mail to Irving with a quotation attributed to the philosopher John Locke: 'All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to stand idle.'
No word on the present revolutions per minute (RPM) at Locke's grave.
In one email Bukhari tells Irving: 'You may feel like you are on your own but rest assured many people are with you in your fight for the Truth.' Bukhari pledges to make a donation of £60 to Irving's fighting fund and says that he has asked 'a few of my colleagues to send some in too'. He also offers to send Irving a book, They Dare to Speak Out, by Paul Findley, a former US Senator, who has attacked his country's close relationship with Israel. Bukhari says Findley 'has suffered like you in trying to expose certain falsehoods perpetrated by the Jews'.
In a follow-up letter, Bukhari writes: 'Here is the cheque I promised. Good luck, if there is any other way I can help please don't hestitate to call me. I have also asked many Muslim websites to create links to your own and ask for donations.'
Bukhari confirmed sending the letters in 2000. 'I had a lot of sympathy for anyone who opposed Israel,' Bukhari told The Observer said. 'I wrote letters to anyone who was tough against the Israelis - David Irving, Paul Findley, the PLO."I don't feel I have done anything wrong, to be honest. At the time I was of the belief he [Irving] was anti-Zionist, being smeared for nothing more then being anti-Zionist.
'The pro-Israeli lobby often accused people of anti-Semitism and smear tactics against groups and individuals is well known. I condemn anti-Semitism as strongly as I condemn Zionism (in my opinion they are both racist ideologies). I also believe that anyone who denies the Holocaust is wrong (I don't think they should be put behind bars for it though).'
At his trial this year, Irving said he had been 'mistaken' to say the gas chambers did not exist. He had been due to attend a conference hosted by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, questioning the 'truthfulness' of the Holocaust.
'David Irving was described by a High Court judge as a falsifier of history and a false denier,' said Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust. 'I can't understand why anyone would want to support his views, let alone encourage and influence others to sympathise with them. I'm appalled.'
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MPAC was banned from university campuses in 2004 after being branded 'anti-semitic' by the National Union of Students. It is becoming increasingly influential within the Muslim community. At the last election the organisation drew up a list of Labour candidates with links to Israel, whom it urged Muslims to vote out. One MP, Lorna Fitzsimons, lost her seat to the Lib Dems by 400 votes.
'Getting into bed with Holocaust revisionists who are the heroes of racist organisations which use Islamophobia to divide communities on racial and religious grounds is just extraordinary and very, very sad,' Fitzsimons said.
MPAC, which strongly denies allegations that it is anti-semitic, accused The Observer of 'twisting an innocent gesture of support (even if gravely mistaken) into more than it is'. The story was 'just another Islamaphobic attack aimed at undermining and harming the brave individuals who support the Palestinian cause and the cause of Muslims within Britain.'
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Muslim Mac attack

Brandnew: The Mullah-Burger


"It has pretty much doubled our sales." And that's all that matters, right? From the Sunday Herald, with thanks to Rosie:
McDONALD'S latest bid to attract more customers -- Muslim fast-food lovers -- has caused uproar among customers. The fast-food chain has introduced halal products at two Melbourne restaurants, significantly boosting sales.
However some non-Muslim customers are furious they were not told their hamburger meat was slaughtered and blessed in accordance with Islamic rules laid down in the Koran.
McDonald's consulted Muslim leaders before introducing halal products at its Brunswick East and St Albans stores.
Halal meat is from animals that have been killed facing Mecca and blessed using the name of Allah.
Brunswick East store assistant manager Nicholas Yacoub said the move had attracted a surge of new customers.
"It has pretty much doubled our sales," Mr Yacoub said.
The store does not tell drive-through customers about the change and has only one small sign inside advertising the move.
Coburg resident Miriam McLennan was stunned to discover the hamburger she bought from the Brunswick East store was blessed.
"Just as a Muslim would not want to eat anything that isn't halal . . . I should have my rights to eat normal, ordinary food that hasn't been blessed," she said.
A Catholic Church spokesman said non-Muslims deserved to know if the food was halal before buying. But he said there was no biblical reason for Christians to avoid halal food.
A McDonald's spokeswoman said customers who did not want halal food should buy from any of its other stores.
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Saturday, November 18, 2006

US troops in Kosovo ready to respond to violence

(SERBIANNA) - American troops deployed in Kosovo are ready to respond to violence that is nearly certain to erupt once the final status of this Serbian province is determined by the international Contact Group, assesses US commander of the Kosovo Force's Multinational Task Force, Army Brig. Gen. Darren Owens. Owens told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that, regardless of the outcome, one side will be unhappy and violence is likely.
"We're approaching an important moment politically that will affect the future of Kosovo," said Gen. James Jones, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's supreme allied commander. "We'll have to see what that is and what the decision is, and we'll also wait and see how the Kosovars accept the will of the international community."
Kosovo's ethnic Albanians are referred to as Kosovars.
"What we're facing here are 180-degree opposing viewpoints," Army Lt. Col. Steve Johnston from the task force's intelligence section. "There's calm, but tensions are rising about issues surrounding the final status."
The intelligence unit also assesses that the delay in reaching an agreement could spark new violence. Owens reminded Pace of anti-Serb riots that erupted when talks were delayed in 2004.
Kosovo Force's Multinational Task Force is made up of 2,600 US, Greek, Polish, Ukrainian, Romanian, Armenian and Lithuanian troops, is part of the 16,000-member Kosovo Force.
Kosovo Force's Multinational Task Force is also worried about spread of Islamic terrorism.
"This is a place where the United States has an opportunity to stop the spread of terrorism," Owens said. "People here have been killing each other for years, and our presence here demonstrates that the world won't stand by and let that happen, while showing the importance of our basic values of treating people with dignity and respect."
Since 1999 when the UN introduced self-rule to Kosovo Albanians, over 200,000 Serbs have been ethnically cleansed from the province while over 150 churches have been destroyed in a Muslim drive to religiously cleanse the province of its vast Christian heritage.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Germany refuses to alter Israel ties

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
The German Embassy rejected on Thursday a call made by 25 German academics for the country to abandon its "special relationship" with Israel in favor of a stance recognizing Palestinian suffering as an outcome of the Holocaust.
In a lengthy petition published in the Frankfurter Rundschau regional newspaper Wednesday, the scholars said that, "The roots of this bloody 60-year confrontation in the Middle East are German and European. The Palestinian population doesn't have the responsibility to take on European problems in the Middle East," according to translations in English-language media.
The signers also questioned whether German backing for Israel was causing tension within German society, and objected to German sales of hi-tech weaponry to Israel despite its actions against the Palestinians.
In addition, the petition also requests a "friendship free from past burdens" between the two countries, in which Israel could be criticized, and, according to news accounts, states that "a large part of the German society has turned the shame and grief of the Holocaust into a ceremonial matter. That is how a problematic philo-Semitism has developed in Germany."
A German Embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv, however, dismissed the petition. "It in no way reflects the position of the German government. The position of the German government regarding the special relationship with Israel will not change."
He described that relationship as stemming from German behavior in the Holocaust.
"We accept fully that because of the Shoah, the German people and [government] have a special responsibility to the State of Israel," he said, emphasizing that all of Germany's top leaders have stressed their support for this policy in recent years.
"There's no way Germany can be a new Germany if we cannot accept this special relationship," he continued. "Our special relationship with Israel is one of the pillars of our foreign policy."
Despite media references to the professors who signed the petition as respected and employed by the state - as faculty of public universities - the spokesman said they didn't reflect the views of a majority of German academics, let alone the government that pays their salaries.
The Central Council of German Jews would not comment on the petition, saying that it was holding a consultation with all of its representatives over the weekend in order to adopt a unified position, which it would announce on Monday.
JPost.com

The Black Hole of Europe

source: balkanalysis.com
by Christopher Deliso
Kosovo interventionists cover up their crimes
In a recent article in Canada's Globe & Mail, former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia James Bissett invokes the famous words of Otto von Bismarck, who once said, "If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans."

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Strong Wahhabi cells of Saudi Arabian origin in the Kosovo villages

source: BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom
Gracanica

There are strong Wahhabi cells of Saudi Arabian origin in the Kosovo villages of Planjane and Racane in the Sredacka zupa area, says a statement issued today by the press office of the Rasko-Prizrenska Eparchy.The statement says that there are training camps in northern Kosovo, where trainers are experienced terrorists who were active in Afghanistan and Bosnia-Hercegovina (B-H).The statement recalls that recently UNMIK [UN Mission in Kosovo] police uncovered in the village of Talinovac near Urosevac, in a "Shqiptar [Albanian] terrorist cell" liquid explosives, identical to the explosive used in terror operations in London.These centres and camps for training of terrorists have at their disposal arms and explosives which "are going to be used in future attacks against Christians, their churches, cemeteries, and other holy places" says the statement.Over the last seven years, since the arrival of the international community, around 400 new mosques have been constructed in Kosovo, while 150 churches have been demolished, the statement says.

German High Court: 9/11 Conspirator's Sentence Too Light

I was just about to write a post about the appallingly light sentence handed down in Germany for convicted 9/11 conspirator Mounir al-Motassadeq, when LGF reader American Viking emailed the link to this story: German Court: Sept. 11th conspirator let off too lightly.
Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - Germany’s High Court scolded judges Thursday for letting off Mounir al-Motassadeq too lightly for conspiring in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Appeal judges ordered a limited new trial, where the evidence from the previous trial will stand and only the penalty must be decided.
Last year the Moroccan student was sent to jail for seven years for being a member of the Hamburg terrorist cell led by Mohammed Atta and two other suicide pilots. But he was acquitted at trial of being an accessory to 3,000 murders of plane and building occupants.
Appeal judges rebuked the court for that partial acquittal, although the court had been convinced that Motassadeq, 32, at least premeditated the killings of the 246 occupants of the four jets that were hijacked and crashed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
They quashed the partial acquittal and imposed a conviction for being an accessory to 246 murders. The High Court said judges in Hamburg, Germany must now reconsider the penalty for this expanded conviction.
Presiding Justice Klaus Tolksdorf said: “At the new hearing, the conviction cannot be questioned.” Only the penalty was at stake.
LGF

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

NIGHTLINES

David Letterman: “Top Signs George W. Bush Is Depressed”: Speaks wistfully of the days when his approval rating was 33%; Barely musters a smile when catching Cheney torture detainees; Barely laughs anymore during “Happy Days” reruns; No longer pretends he quit drinking; Sits in the Oval Office listening to Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” over and over; At lunch with Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, he hardly touched his fish sticks.

Jay Leno: I have some good news about the health of Fidel Castro—it got worse! ... John Kerry came out of the closet today. Literally he came out. He’s not gay, the Democrats just let him out of the closet. ... “Borat” is the number one movie in the country. It’s a tall bumbling guy who can’t speak English. He travels around the country annoying people and is often confused. Oh wait, that’s John Kerry. ... Turns out the two biggest things that hurt Republicans in the election were sex and money scandals. After all these years of attacking Hollywood it turns out they are Hollywood! ... I’m so glad the election is done. Now the only annoying political speech you’ll hear is at a Barbra Streisand concert. ... An amendment to legalize marijuana in Nevada was voted down. It probably would have passed but all the people already on marijuana didn’t show up to the polls until today. ... Did you see Nancy Pelosi and President Bush during their lunch meeting last week? And you thought you saw more fake smiles when the Clinton’s were together. ... John McCain is forming an exploratory committee to run for president. Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton is also forming an exploratory committee just to try and keep track of Bill. ... Wal-Mart will allow employees to say “Merry Christmas” this year. This year they can do that. They finally learned how to speak English.

Germany "well on the way to becoming a Muslim state by 2050"

Berlin Mosque
If demographic trends continue. "German Population Plunge 'Irreversible,' Federal Stats Office Admits: Expected that one third of all European children will be born to Muslim families by 2025," by Gudrun Schultz for LifeSiteNews, with thanks to David:
BERLIN, Germany, November 9, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Germany’s downward spiral in population is no longer reversible, the country’s federal statistics office said Tuesday. The birthrate has dropped so low that immigration numbers cannot compensate.
“The fall in the population can no longer be stopped,” vice-president Walter Rademacher with the Federal Statistics Office said, reported Agence France-Presse.
Germany has the lowest birthrate in Europe, with an average of 1.36 children per woman. Despite government incentives to encourage larger families, the population is dropping rapidly and that trend will continue, with an expected loss of as much as 12 million by 2050. That would mean about a 15 percent drop from the country’s current population of 82.4 million, the German news source Deutsche Welle reported today.
The low birthrate will cause the German population to age dramatically over the next 40 years--last year there were 144,000 more deaths than births, and that number could increase to 600,000 by 2050, the FSO forecast stated.
With a 22 percent reduction in the workforce and increasing costs for senior assistance and medical care, the drop in population is expected to have a radical impact on the nation’s economy, along with the welfare budget....
Germany has one of the largest populations of Muslim immigrants in Western Europe, with a Muslim community of over 3 million. That trend is expected to continue, leading some demographic trend-watchers to warn that the country is well on the way to becoming a Muslim state by 2050, Deutsche Welle reported.
The Brussels Journal reported last month that one third of all European children will be born to Muslim families by 2025. There are an estimated 50 million Muslims living in Europe today--that number is expected to double over the next twenty years.
Posted by Robert
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Germany’s Headscarf Scandal

By Stephen Brown
FrontPageMagazine.com
What a woman wears on her head may literally cost you your head in Germany.
That is what German politician Ekin Deligoz discovered recently when she called upon Muslim women in Germany to take off their headscarves. Deligoz, who is Turkish-born, has long expressed her opposition to the scarf’s wearing and wants Muslim women in her adopted country to lay it aside, believing it is a symbol oppression and patriarchy. There are more than three million Muslims in Germany and about two million are Turks or of Turkish descent.

“You live here, so take your headscarf off,” said Deligoz in a German newspaper.

But unlike the veil controversy in England where the Leader of the House of Commons, Jack Straw, wanted Muslim women to go about with uncovered faces, Deligoz, a member of the leftist Green Party in the Bundestag, has received numerous death threats as a result of her comments. Ninety per cent of the threats, the Green politician said, were from men. Also unlike Straw, Deligoz now has joined the lengthening list of European writers, editors and politicians, among others, who have to accept police protection in their own countries due to threats from Muslim extremists.

Some German Muslim feminists see a danger to Germany’s legal and social order in the headscarf’s wearing, viewing it as part of the creeping Islamization of German society. Author Serap Cileli, a champion of Muslim women’s rights in Germany, views the headscarf as outwardly representing the fundamentalist Sharia legal order rather than a sign of faith. Sharia, in turn, she says, demands the subordination of women to men. So the head scarf, according to Cileli, is really a symbol of oppression.

As well, other Muslim feminists maintain the headscarf, like the veil, is a conscious self-segregation of its Muslim wearers from Western society and values.

And as the headscarf controversy flares up in Germany, it isn’t only the extremists who are venting their venom against Deligoz and other German Muslim feminists who oppose its wearing. In Turkey, the newspaper Yeni Mesaj claimed the Bundestag representative and another supportive politician, Lale Akgun, also a woman of Turkish descent, have been “made into Germans in Germany.” The two women have distanced themselves, the report stated, from their Turkish and Islamic identity, remaining Turkish in name only. The newspaper also said Deligoz and Argun are using Nazi-like logic in calling for the headscarf’s disappearance.

In truth, the only ones using Nazi-like logic here are the newspaper’s editors, especially with their reference to race with the inference of the superiority of one over the other. Moreover, their hate-filled comments make it obvious why the integration of Muslim immigrants has failed in so many European countries.

As expected, not much support for Deligoz is forthcoming from Muslim associations in Germany. While they condemned the death threats, according to a newspaper report, the associations sharply criticized their co-religionist. The chairman of one Muslim organization said Deligoz’s comments were nonsense. What is important for him, he continued, is “that she is allowed to spread this foolishness.” All of which, again, clearly shows the disturbing attitude of some Muslim leaders living in European societies toward the Western tradition of freedom of expression.

Moreover, some Muslim women teachers in German schools, where the wearing of the headscarf by instructors is forbidden, are offering resistance to this dress-code regulation. In the state of North Rhineland-Westphalia, where the ban came into effect last May, several Muslim teachers continued to show up in class with covered heads. It was last reported discussions were being held with the malefactors before implementing any disciplinary measures, which include dismissal.

In another well-known case, a Muslim teacher in different German state even tried to overturn the headscarf regulation in court, but failed. Muslim teachers have also tried to get around the headscarf ban in the classroom by decorating their head coverings and presenting them simply as a fashion accessory and not as “a religious-political symbol.” This, according to one school official, has created a “grey zone.” But another German school official, exercising more firmness and common sense, said the redecorating of the scarves to evade the law will not be tolerated.

But all the news is not bad. Emal Algan, the daughter of the founder in Germany of Milli Gorus (National Vision), a large, radical Turkish Muslim organization, laid aside her headscarf last year. Until then, the 44-year old Algan had led a typical life for a Turkish woman. Promised in marriage at sixteen, married at nineteen and the mother of six children, she had led a sheltered existence. Bearing her father’s famous name, however, had given her standing in Germany’s large Turkish community, where the now divorced German-Muslim was honorary chairperson for years of Milli Gorus’ women’s association.

In a newspaper interview last year, Algen said that without the identifying head scarf, she was now just “one of many” and was looking forward to a scarfless life,

“Almost every door is open to me now, and I step through inconspicuously,” she said.

And although many of her former Muslim friends have shunned her since her decision, Algen did not regret taking off the scarf, giving as her reason what should be the last word for any Muslim woman considering the same move: “My head belongs to me.”

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Kosovo: False calm before the real storm?

With number of allies dwindling and independence off the table, Kosovo Albanian options are reduced to violence as no country wants to recognize them into a state.


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The German Stain


By Susanne Klingenstein
Hitler and the Nobel Laureate.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Islamic hip-hop artists are accused of indoctrinating young against the West

Does it occur to the pro-jihad rappers (whom Jihad Watch has most recently covered here) that there would be no rap or hip-hop without the cultural influence of the old Great Satan across the pond? Do they regard their use of it as appropriating and liquidating elements of a culture under conquest, or do they really think their rights as recording "artists" and adherents of hip-hop culture would be so respected under the Sharia law they advocate? By Sean O'Neill for The Times:
HIP-HOP and rap artists are teaching young Muslims the ideology of radical Islamism through songs about the war in Iraq, the oppression of Muslims and the creation of an Islamic state governed by Sharia, or religious law.
Intelligence agencies have identified music as a “tool for indoctrination”. The phenomenon began with an American group called Soldiers of Allah. The group has since disbanded but its music and lyrics remain popular on the internet. Other groups in Britain, France and the US have been identified as giving cause for concern. Many use the derogatory term “kufur” to describe non-Muslims.
Madeleine Gruen, an American intelligence analyst, highlighted the lyrics of a British group called Blakstone as a possible gateway to extremist politics.
Ms Gruen has studied how music, internet forums, boardgames and fashion have been used to radicalise youths.
She said: “The music is very persuasive because it is giving young people ideas, and those ideas are what might motivate someone to become a jihadi. The material is all in English. It’s spreading a radical message to domestic populations that don’t speak Arabic or Urdu.”
Ms Gruen said that Blakstone’s lyrics echoed the views of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), the Islamist political movement.
Blakstone operates from an industrial estate in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. The group could not be contacted yesterday. In an interview last year, its founder, Ahmed Ashley Welbeck said that the music was “about the underdog” and offered “a middle way” between Muslim tradition and street culture.
Last night, a spokesman for HuT said that it had no formal links with Blakstone or any other rap groups.
He said: “Our message is out there, it is very widespread and it is hardly surprising that groups might pick up on it.
“HuT is a more traditional political movement. We use conferences, websites and leaflets, but rap music is not one of our things.
“There is a lot of anger out there, especially about the Iraq war. Our challenge is to channel that frustration and anger into political activism.”

THE LYRICS SEEN AS A CALL TO ARMS

Yesterday I was dreaming I dreamt of The State we made, a place with purpose and meaning. I saw my people they were smiling not grieving, I saw our kids they were safe they were breathing . . . And no more talk of war and of bombs to drop, under Allah’s Shade and Shield and fearing not. No more bleeding due scheming dogs on thrones, whom plot with foes to spread woes, the stench of rot. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. I look around and all I see today is poverty and misery from systems ruling over me with blasphemy. Their tool, kufur rule it’s a catastrophe
- From Close 2 Me, by Blakstone
No Khalifah [Islamic state] Where are we heading? Without Islam we’re stressing, implement Allah’s blessing, that’s what I am addressing. Apart from this kufur scheme. Bring Islam back to the scene. Let’s unite the Ummah [Muslim nation], following only the Koran and the Sunnah. Even if all the kufirs got together, they still couldn’t stop this Ummah. We love Islam More than we love life
- From Bring Back Islam, by Soldiers of Allah
Peace out.
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Pope urges 'firm, humble' dialogue with Muslims

Yes, I know. You have all seen this on Drudge. So did I. So did everyone who has internet access. But it is relevant and worth discussing. So from AFP, via Mr. Internet himself:
Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholics to engage in "firm and humble" dialogue with Muslims, in an address to bishops from Germany, which has a sizable Muslim minority.
Pope Benedict said Catholics should manifest their beliefs with the same conviction as Muslims, who "are attached with great seriousness to their convictions and their religious rites."
This brings out my inner Sunday School Teacher:
Don't think the Pope means cringing dhimmitude when he says humility. If you will turn to your
catechism, you will find humility as regards one's neighbor discussed in full.
As for "firmness" I believe the Pope is looking for something that might be a happy medium between Osama bin Laden and Roger Mahoney.
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Audio: Cat Stevens Linked to Radical Islamists, Convicted Terrorists






Cat Stevens and his girlfriend Mouse Mohammed

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Neo-Nazi Radical Islamic Convergence



UPDATE at 11/11/06 8:39:43 am:
Howard Dean wearing a Palestinian scarf.

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Kosovo disappointed by UN postponing sovereignty decision

ABC Online, Australia, November 11, 2006
The President of Kosovo says he is disappointed the United Nations is postponing its decision on the future stages of the province until after Serbia's parliamentary elections in January. The UN Special Envoy for Kosovo made the decision after a meeting of the six nation contact group overseeing talks on Kosovo's future and just hours after Serbia announced its election date. Kosovo, technically part of Serbia, has been run by the UN since 1999 when NATO forced Belgrade to withdraw troops from the province. Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu says he is worried by the timing of the announcement. "We are especially concerned that this delay is connected to the announced parliamentary elections in Serbia," he said. "However the Kosovo negotiating team firmly believes that the process of defining Kosovo's status will lead the creation of an independent and sovereign state of Kosovo."

Convicted Swedish robber on trial for war crimes in Bosnia

DPA
Stockholm- Proceedings opened Friday against a 33-year-old Swedish national suspected of war crimes committed in Bosnia- Herzegovia when he served as a volunteer soldier. Prosecutor Lise Tamm has summoned several former victims to testify against Jackie Arklov, who is serving a life sentence for armed robbery and shooting two police officers in a highly publicized case a few years ago. Arklov's trial is reportedly the first of its kind in Sweden, and Tamm said the outcome could give legal guidance to possible future cases even though Arklov's jail-term cannot be extended. In interviews on the eve of the trial, Arklov has admitted to many of the alleged crimes including threatening and assaulting victims when he served as a volunteer with Bosnian-Croatian forces in 1993. His laywer said that he was a changed person, and wanted a clean break with his past. While in prison Arklov has begun to study history and sociology. Arklov was sentenced in Bosnia in 1995 to a 13-year jail term, but the sentence was later reduced to eight years, taking into account that he was only 20 at the time. A few months later he returned to Sweden under the terms of a prisoner exchange, and was later released owing to lack of evidence. Although Liberian-born - as a boy he was adopted by Swedish parents - he was part of a neo-Nazi group that 1999 robbed a bank in southern Sweden, and shot two police officers who had set up a road block. Arklov and his two associates were sentenced the following year, although all three denied shooting the officers. In 2001, however Arklov said he had fired at the officers. The war crimes probe was re-opened in May 2004 after one of his former victims who lives in Sweden approached authorities. Several former victims were slated to testify via video-link from Bosnia during the trial that was due to last through early December.

Friday, November 10, 2006

War Crimes Charges Against Rumsfeld Sought in Germany

Former prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay are filing criminal charges in Germany against Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, George Tenet, and other officials: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany’s top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called “20th hijacker” and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings. As TIME first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a “special interrogation plan,” personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S. says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other controversial interrogation techniques.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs say that one of the witnesses who will testify on their behalf is former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the one-time commander of all U.S. military prisons in Iraq. Karpinski — who the lawyers say will be in Germany next week to publicly address her accusations in the case — has issued a written statement to accompany the legal filing, which says, in part: “It was clear the knowledge and responsibility [for what happened at Abu Ghraib] goes all the way to the top of the chain of command to the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld .”
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Lebanese suspect in German bomb plot: Cartoon Rage made him do it

Inner Spiritual Struggle Hamad Update. "Lebanese says Prophet cartoons led to bomb plot," from AFP:
BERLIN: A Lebanese man who has admitted plotting to bomb two trains in Germany said in an interview that he and his accomplice were driven by the publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad. Jihad Hamad told German public television NDR in his first interview since turning himself in to police in Beirut in August that he and fellow Lebanese national Youssef Mohammed al-Hajdib wanted to exact revenge for an affront against Islam.
"Youssef told me that two German newspapers had printed the Mohammad caricatures. He told me that we could not do nothing," NDR quoted him as saying. "We would go to hell if we did not do anything."
Hajdib, who was registered as a student in Germany, is in custody in Berlin.
The publication of the 12 Mohammad cartoons in a Danish newspaper last year, and their reproduction in other mostly European media this year, sparked Muslim anger worldwide and triggered a wave of violent protests.
Authorities believe Hamad and Hajdib are the two men captured on security cameras July 31 planting suitcases packed with bombs on trains. Technical defects in the bombs prevented an almost certain bloodbath.
Hamad told NDR that he and Hajdib had no other accomplice. "There was no third person," he said.
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Church firebombed in EU-Turkey

Islamic Tolerance Alert. "Turkey - Attackers Firebomb Protestant Church" from Compass Direct:
November 9 (Compass Direct News) – Unidentified assailants hurled six Molotov cocktails at a Protestant place of worship in western Turkey last Saturday (November 4), breaking windows and inflicting minor damages on the exterior of the building.
The attack followed months of repeated harassment by unknown elements against the small Protestant congregation in the town of Odemis, 65 miles east of Izmir.
According to Odemis security police, fragments of the exploded bombs were sent to Izmir for examination by judicial forensic experts. The explosives were described as homemade devices placed inside beer bottles.
Pastor Mehmet Sahin Coban of the Odemis Love Protestant Church said he was away from the building, where he and his family live, when the attack occurred about 10:30 p.m. last Saturday (November 4). After his young son telephoned him, saying some windows had been broken and flaming objects thrown against the walls, Coban notified police and then hurried to the scene.
Attackers had been throwing stones at the church building almost every night for the past two weeks, Coban said. Although he had reported the incidents to Odemis security police, he said no action was taken.
But within minutes of the November 4 firebombing attempt, a police team from the Public Order and Anti-Terrorist division came to examine the damages, take fingerprints and record Coban’s official complaint.
Local journalists came the following morning to cover the attack, although initial reports in Yeni Asir newspaper and several local dailies on Monday (November 6) identified the building only as a private home.
But a front-page article replete with photographs in the November 7 edition of the Odemis Kent newspaper was headlined clearly, “Molotov Cocktail Thrown at Church in Odemis.”
“I have freedom to worship as a Protestant,” the newspaper quoted Coban as saying. “Six years ago I changed my religious identity to Protestant [Christian]. I have freedom of religion as a citizen of the Turkish republic. The religion written on my identity card is my religion.”
Registration Denied
The 46-year-old Coban, who said he converted to Christianity 14 years ago, said his small congregation has been unable to obtain formal “church” status since it began meeting seven years ago.
First formed in 1999, the 25-member congregation has met in its present location on Selvi Street since 2002. Following established procedures, the group informed the district administrator’s office of its location on both occasions, stating the address and times of their worship services.
In February 2004, Coban said the church had applied in writing to the Odemis municipality to register the location as a place of worship. But 10 months later, the city sent a formal refusal.
Local security police have since pressured the group to close the church because it did not have legal status, Coban said.
After the building’s windows were broken several times during 2005, the church had installed some shutters, as well as iron grilles over windows.
Just two weeks ago, the pastor said, he came out to his car parked in front of the building to find that someone had cracked and broken several of the vehicle’s windows.
Despite the cost, Coban said, his congregation is now looking for a lawyer to help them secure their rights as Turkish citizens, in order to establish their church as an official place of worship.
“Throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at our place of worship is not going to force us to change our faith,” Coban said.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Kosovo: Jihad's Path Into Europe


Ethnic Albanian Democratic Party, formed in 1997, adopted a slogan “with Islamic spirit and Albanian blood" and this Albanian spirit of Jihad will move onto Europe.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

NIGHTLINES

David Letterman: “Top John Kerry Excuses”: Lightheaded from too much Botox; Hasn’t been himself since he heard Bob Barker is retiring; Just displaying that famous wit that cost him the 2004 election; Hoped saying something really stupid would make him seem more presidential; Too much Halloween candy; Relax, the election is months away; On the advice of his friend Mel Gibson, he’s blaming it on the Jews.

Jay Leno: John Kerry now getting slammed by the Republicans because of a botched joke he did about President Bush and Iraq in a recent speech. Kerry was stunned about this. He said, “What? People are listening to my speeches?” ... As you know, John Kerry has apologized for saying those who do not study hard and do their homework will get stuck in Iraq. On the other hand, those who don’t campaign well and are really boring will get stuck in the Senate. ... Kerry personally apologized to any service members who were offended by what he said. Kerry said he was drunk at the time and he’s going to enter rehab. ... It’s so hard to believe Kerry botched a joke because he’s usually just so hilarious. ... It’s hard to tell when Kerry is joking because of all the Botox. ... Who would have ever thought that the Democrats would miss the wit and charisma of Al Gore? ... There was a huge accident today. Apparently a bunch of Republican candidates trying to distance themselves from President Bush ran into a bunch of Democrat candidates trying to distance themselves from John Kerry. They just collided in the middle. It was gruesome. ... Last night I answered the door and kid says, “Trick or treat!” I said, “Trick or treat? Aren’t you a few days late?” Then he responded, “No, I’m dressed as a FEMA worker.”