November 2005

“Islamist murders and threats have transformed the once-tolerant Netherlands into a place of armed bodyguards and fear,” reports The Australian.

“In a democracy, strong opinion-leaders must be able to say what they want to say. Therefore, the Government will take the responsibility to protect them,” a spokesman from the [Interior] ministry said, refusing to divulge the number of people receiving protection.”

Let’s just hope the bodyguards don’t also start exercising their freedom of speech, or they’ll have to get bodyguards for the bodyguards.

On Nov. 21st, London Mayor Ken Livingstone launched an “Islam Awareness Week.”

But I’m sure that since July 7th, Londoners are very well aware, thank you–and probably already make sure to eye every passing Muslim for belt bombs and the like.

This is almost as good a response to terror as the recommendations made to the British government by committees that Tony Blair set up in the wake of 7/7 to tackle extremism. The first recommendation? Scrap Holocaust Memorial Day. Because it’s exclusionary, and therefore fuels extremists’ sense of alienation. In other words, Muslims attack, but it’s still because of the Jews.

As usual, life imitates satire. I thought I was kidding when I made a joke last week about how the riots in France have been very disruptive to a society that’s trying to strike. Sure enough, on Monday, the first weekday after rioting ended, came the following BBC headline: “Strike Cripples French Railways

Ah yes, things are back to normal in France, where “as many as two-thirds of trains stopped running as commuters tried to return home on Monday night,” and car burnings are back down to the usual average of 98 a day.

A federal jury yesterday found former Virginia Islamic Saudi Academy valedictorian Ahmed Abu Ali guilty of aiding al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate George W. Bush. The biggest question, of course, is: How do you get to be valedictorian of something called the Islamic Saudi Academy? Can’t you just picture the parents’ bumper sticker: “I am the proud parent of an honor roll suicide bombing student at the…”

Really, these enabling parents! Did you hear about the kid in East Jerusalem who lost an eye when a bomb he was making exploded prematurely? This sort of thing happens a lot, actually. And it just makes you wonder, where are the parents in all of this, to say, “Careful playing with that bomb, Nasser. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”

And we wonder why all their sheiks and clerics are either blind or missing an eye.
Work accidents.

Did you hear the one about the mother who was waiting for an update on the progress of her son’s mission? When she saw his associate at the door, she broke down in tears, knowing what news would come, but instead the man told her, “No, no, no–the mission is not yet complete. Your son is still alive.”

“Alive? What do you mean he’s still alive? What’s that kid doing with his life? I always knew he’d be an underachiever! Hanan’s son is dead; Qudsia’s son is dead–only my kid is still breathing! That’s it: he’s dead to me, until he’s dead.”

The AP reports that al-Zarqawi said al Qaeda didn’t mean to bomb a wedding party at an Amman hotel last week. Boy, are those suicide bombers in trouble now! At the very least, the 72 virgin deal is off. Meanwhile, 57 members of al-Zarqawi’s family ran ads in Jordanian newspapers renouncing their relative and head of al Qaeda-Iraq. Reactions:

Al Qaeda: Oops! Sorry, we mistook you for infidels.

Jordanians: Well…ok…you can go back to bombing Jews and Americans.

Al Zarqawi’s family: That screw-up got the wrong target? He’s an embarrassment!

Kofi Annan: See, look, an apology. Hitler never once apologized. He never said, “Sorry, I was mainly trying to kill Jews, but somehow everyone else got in the way.”

Bill Clinton: Mr. Zarqawi has apologized. It’s in the past now. We should move on.

Just found: another reason why Lefties hate capitalism. It’s because it proliferates technology that sniffs out their b.s.

Like the Internet, for example–which has turned into a sort of forensics for mainstream media. Between Michelle Malkin busting the New York Times every other day, and the bloggers who exposed the CBS fraud, of course they don’t like capitalism. Because without it, we’d just be left with PBS. And yes, we’d be Left with it.

A recent headline read: “Riots Spark Fear Among French Jews.”


But why would they be in fear? If they’re still in France, they obviously have no fear of death; in fact, they probably have a death wish.

Talk about tough Jews! Eat your heart out, Meyer Lansky!

The hotel bombings in Jordan last week marked a first: a husband-and-wife suicide-bombing team. Ah yes, some couples get tattooed together, or enjoy spa day together, or even go bungy jumping, sky-diving or naked horseback riding. But clearly, others prefer more extreme sports. Meanwhile, considering that the enticement and reward for suicide bombers is 72 virgins—adding up to 144 in this case—one can only deduce that this couple were swingers.

Nothing funny here, just some tragic irony. I launched this site with a post comparing the relatively light horror of Halloween ghouls and American gore-fest cinema to the far scarier ghouls and gore that the Islamic world offers. Last week, that musing was darkly incarnated when Moustapha Akkad, the executive producer of the “Halloween” movies, lost his life, and his daughter’s life, in a reality far worse than all eight of his films put together. When the Akkads were murdered by suicide bombers as they checked in to a Jordan hotel for a wedding, it was a stark reminder that today, Halloween is with us all year ‘round.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that the reform-minded Emir of Qatar is donating land for the building of the first Christian church in Qatar since the arrival of Islam in the 7th century. To give some historical background, Monitor reporter Michael Theodoulou writes, “Missionaries brought Christianity to the Gulf in the second half of the 5th century, but it disappeared from most Gulf Arab states within a few centuries of the arrival of Islam.”

Christianity “disappeared!” Poof! Like magic! It’s kind of like saying, “Jews first migrated to Germany in the Fifth Century, but disappeared a few years after Adolph Hitler came to power in 1933.”

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